Let's enjoy the last
few days of summer ...
Fall arrives Saturday!
And don't miss our next meeting! 
Tomorrow -- 
Tuesday, September 19th
    11:45 am @ Larry's II
Remember -
if you miss a meeting,
you miss a lot!
Highlights from our September 12th Meeting
President Andy Browne opened the meeting. Steve Plevins led us in the
Pledge of Allegiance, Dawn Hunter performed the Four Way Test and Jay Einstein gave the invocation. Alicia Fichera was our notetaker. Photography by: Susanna Philippoussis, Cara Stanzione, Alicia Fichera and Dawn Hunter.
Our very happy club members shared their good news as Sherry Soutiere and Frank Rumick (below) collected $116 in Happy Dollars! Our weekly totals have been very impressive. Last week we collected $164 in Happy Dollars!
An additional $67 was collected in the Gift of Life Collection tins that are on each lunch table each week. Last week was our first week collecting for Gift of Life and $31 was received
Rotarians are so very generous!
Sherry also reported that our next Road Cleanup Project will be on Thursday, September 28th at the Vineland Industrial Park at starting at 3:30 pm and continuing until 5:30 pm. Our club will receive $250 for our participation. More details will follow soon.d
We also need a volunteers and a Chairperson for the annual Alzheimer's Walk to be held Saturday,  October 7th. If interested, let President Andy know. 
Back to School Fun - School supplies and a delicious lunch! 
Last week, Josie Spinelli challenged us to join the Back to School excitement by bringing a lunchbox filled with school supplies  - and, not surprisingly, more than 20 members met the challenge!
More than 20 lunch boxes filled with school supplies were donated and additional supplies were also dropped off!
The highlight of the meeting was a contest to select the "best" lunchbox. Josie was assisted by Susanna Phillipoussis (below left) Kudos go to Dawn Hunter (below right) whose donation of a "Frozen" themed box was the winner.
Meanwhile, Rotarians enjoyed a delicious "back to school" luncheon featuring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and much more! Tables were sprinkled with candy treats. Great job everyone! Thanks for the initiative, Josie!
Congratulations to our most recent ...


Congratulations to our newest
Rotarian of the Week, Jim Siwek! 
Jim (above) is a dedicated and helpful
Rotarian who gives so much of himself to
help others. He has worked diligently to keep
our ongoing Blood Drives for the American
Red Cross going strong.
Because of Jim, this vital
activity continues to be very successful.
Jim is a kind-hearted person who is generous of spirit and heart.
Congratulations, Jim on a well-deserved award!
     Wear your crown with pride!
Joe Botero is inducted as our newest member!

Joe Botero (far right) shows his enthusiasm as he was inducted as our newest member at the meeting in a ceremony presided over by Ed Morvay with Jay Einstein. Joe was previously a Rotarian in Arizona before his move to this area. Welcome Joe - we know you are going to be an excellent addition to our club!
Steve Plevins receives his 5-Year Pin ... a little late. 

Steve Plevins (at left with Ed Morvay) received his
5-Year Pin. It was a little late as Steve has been a member for more than 7 years.
Congratulations, Steve! It won't be that long before you'll be receiving your 10-year pin!
Karen Bauman reminded us about the Vineland Rotary Family Barbeque at Parvins Park on Saturday, September 23 from 3-7 pm. We have both pavillions at the park reserved. We will be cooking and serving hot dogs, burgers and drinks but other barbeque goodies will be provided by our membership! Sign up sheets were passed around at the meeting and will be available again at tomorrow's meeting. Let's make this a great family event!!
Donna Perez reminded us that the Charles A. Loyle Vocational Service Award will be presented at our November 14th luncheon meeting. The award, presented annually to a non-rotarian, is awarded to someone who uses their vocation to help others in the community. For more information and to make a nomination, please contact Donna  at: 

Our Program:
Lisa Tobolski
Challenger League
Lisa Tobolski (right) an active member of Challenger League who serves as the organization's Coordinator of Volunteers, was our speaker. Lisa graduated high school with two our of Rotarians - President Andy Browne and Rotary Charities Treasurer, David Schad. 
Lisa spoke about her family, and specifically, about her son Matthew, who is a special needs child, She said she considers him a gift and a blessing from God. Matthew is her third born child. Because of her son, Challenger League is near and dear to her heart. 
Challenger League dates for 2024 have not been announced yet. We will share them as soon as we have them. Typically, games begin in April.

Challenger League Divisions and Ages:

Challenger Division: Ages 5 years to 18 years of age.

Senior Division: Ages 15 years of age and older.

Thank you Lisa for sharing your family's story!
This is Rotary!
Pedals for Progress!
It's time to start planning for one of our
long-standing service projects.
Alicia Fichera updated us on Pedals for Progress.
Progress is being made and some donations have arrived - but we need MORE! Alicia reported that the granddaughter of the late Henry Hanson has reached out and let us know that she wants to get involved to help carry on her grandfather's legacy.
Mark your calendars for our annual Pedals for Progress event! Last year we collected 82 bicycles and 7 sewing machines. Our goal this year is to exceed those numbers! Start collecting bicycles now - ask others to donate. Check yard sales and flea markets.  On Saturday, October 21 we will gather at DNS Solutions 2898 S Main Rd, Vineland, NJ 08360 to prepare the bicycles for shipping,
Make sure you volunteer to help!! For more information about Pedals for Progress, visit their website
Start collecting bicycles now!
Let's make this another successful collection event!
Here's your chance to make a donation that supports
Vineland Rotary while giving you the chance
to win a valuable prize!
Click the link below for more information about Tix For Gooimaged and to donate for chances to win a variety of sporting event tickets -- like The 2024 Masters Golf package which includes weekend passes to golf's premier event, The Masters in Augusta, Georgia. A portion of your donations return to Vineland Rotary.
Check the site frequently because new experiences are added regularly! Make sure you tell your friends and family members about this great opportunity to take a chance to win awesome prizes - and to help support Vineland Rotary.
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Sep 19, 2023 11:45 AM
Rotary Family Barbeque
Parvin's State Park
Sep 23, 2023
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Sep 26, 2023 11:45 AM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Oct 03, 2023 11:45 AM
Spirit and Truth Lunch Project
First United Methodist Church
Oct 06, 2023 8:45 AM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Oct 10, 2023 11:45 AM
Membership Meeting
Black Olive Restaurant
Oct 12, 2023 7:30 AM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Oct 17, 2023 11:45 AM
Pedals for Progress
DNS Solutions
Oct 21, 2023
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Oct 24, 2023 11:45 AM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Oct 31, 2023 11:45 AM
Spirit and Truth Lunch Project
First United Methodist Church
Nov 03, 2023 8:45 AM
Weekly Lunch Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Nov 07, 2023 11:45 AM
Membership Meeting
Black Olive Restaurant
Nov 09, 2023 7:30 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kevin Bernhardt
September 1
Steve Plevins
September 4
George Steinbronn
September 8
Ann Cantoni
September 11
Alicia Fichera
September 12
Norm Neill
September 13
Donna Perez
September 17
Alan Dickinson
September 25
Preston Centuolo
September 25
David Scales
September 27
Donna Bennett
October 2
Nick Surace
October 9
Rosana Schreiber
October 10
Maureen Simmons
October 15
Sandra Forosisky
October 22
Join Date
John (Jay) Parks
September 1, 1995
28 years
Joanne Hewes
September 7, 2022
1 year
Ana Saull
September 8, 2022
1 year
Maureen Simmons
September 8, 2010
13 years
Mia Arrison
September 8, 2021
2 years
Sherry Soutiere
September 10, 2001
22 years
Nick Surace
September 20, 2011
12 years
Dave Hanrahan
September 25, 2006
17 years
Albert Marsh
October 1, 1970
53 years
Bill Gonzalez
October 1, 2019
4 years
Dave Schad
October 1, 1985
38 years
Joseph Ianni
October 1, 2008
15 years
Ron Rossi
October 8, 2019
4 years
Heather Sugden
October 23, 2018
5 years
Shirley Burke
October 29, 2007
16 years
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