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March 7, 2023 Tuesday Luncheon Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President elect Andy Browne who conducted the meeting in the absence of President Harry Maloney. Consensus was Andy did a great  job!
Donna Bennett led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Josie Spinelli conducted the 4 Way Test and Jay Einstein led us in prayer. Notetaker was Linda Rumick.
Sergeant at Arms, Gus Foster announced upcoming birthdays and Rotarians sang "Happy Birthday" to Bonnie Laube (March 10) and Josie Spinelli (March 15) who were present. Andy led the song in a new, faster tempo which everyone enjoyed. 
Gus introduced three prospective members who joined us - Cindy Hollingsworth - Head of School, Cumberland Christian School; Kasie Harris - Laury Heating and Cooling and Nancy Spinelli - Realtor. They were given a warm, Vineland Rotary welcome! Josie, who is also our Membership Chairperson, presented our three guests with tickets to our March 19th Spaghetti Dinner. 

**  Announcements  **

Josie Spinelli reported that the Disco Ball was a huge success! She said her heart is “full and happy” as a result. Attendance was strong and everyone had a great time. People came dressed in disco-era themed outfits, and our own George Steinbraun came in full regalia, and on roller skates! Josie, who developed the Disco Ball from an idea to a full blown success - noted that she is happy and proud for the three organizations who were involved with the ball and will benefit from the proceeds of the evening (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Vineland YMCA and Vineland Rotary). She thanked all the committee members who helped pull all the details together, Stay tuned for a report on how much each organization will share.

Spirit and Truth - next date us 4/7/23: Joanne Hewes reminded everyone that volunteers are always needed for the first Friday of the month to assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and assorted goodies to provide 100 lunches for individuals in need to have for the weekend. on Friday, March 3rd.  There is always a need for volunteers to help.

Our Hunger Project with US Hunger will be held April 22 from 10 - 11 am. We will assemble 20,000 meals to be donated to those in need in our community. To volunteer, contact Gail Marino at: 

Spaghetti dinner on Sunday, March 19th.  Assistance is needed for setup, cleanup and to provide desserts.  Please help if you can. (See details below)

Ed Morvay read a thank you letter from Mission Teens from Norma thanking Vineland Rotary for the donation of spaghetti dinners on Sunday, February 5th. The group relies totally on donations as they receive no funding from the state.

Fellowship Alert!!

Karen Bauman announced that we have a fellowship scheduled this coming Saturday, March 11 at the Cedar Rose Winery starting at 2 pm. There will be music and lots of fun! Please email Karen ASAP:

Rotarian of the Week!!

Bonnie Laube was named Rotarian of the week and presented with a trophy and a crown. Bonnie, our club Treasurer is a tireless supporter of the Vineland Rotary who dedicates many hours each week to supporting our club. Congratulations, Bonnie on your well-deserved award!



Our special guest Clyde Ravell, was introduced by President Elect Andy who noted that he and Clyde have been friends for 50+ years. Clyde gave us a very detailed presentation - Biking the US for MS.  

Clyde, a bicycling enthusiast since the age of 12, rode 3,200 miles by bicycle over 52 days and raised $5000 for Biking the US for MS. His journey started in September of 2016 in San Diego The group rode through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and to the final destination of St. Augustine, Florida. 

Clyde's initial journey was interrupted in Louisiana when he collided with a guardrail and caused injuries to his shin that required surgery, 16 staples and a 6-week recovery. But that didn't stop him! The following year, he joined the 2017 group in the same spot where he was injured and continued with them to complete his ride - a total of 52 days (some in 2016, the rest in 2017). 

On rest days during the journey, the bicyclists performed community service - helping individuals with MS with things like painting and yard work. 

For more information about Biking the US for MS, visit:


Spaghetti Dinner - Sunday March 19!!
Volunteer! Sell you tickets!
Sunday, March 19th is our eat-in, take-out fundraising spaghetti dinner. Tickets are available now - please make sure you get yours and sell your share!
Ready to volunteer?  Contact Jay Einstein  or Harry Maloney for more information! Click "Volunteer" for more information.


Don't miss our next Meeting:

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 @ 11:45 am

at Larry's II Restaurant - featuring guest speaker

Alfonso Llano, Superintendent of Vineland            Public Schools

Upcoming Events
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Black Olive Restaurant
Mar 09, 2023 7:30 AM
Fellowship @ Cedar Rose Winery
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March 3
Ken Dondero
March 11
Josie Spinelli
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Maria LeBlanc
March 17
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March 24
Ana Saull
March 27
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March 11, 2019
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