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Atlantic City Rotary-Serving Humanity-the 141st Club of Rotary as we celebrate 103 years of service!

Atlantic City

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays 5:30-7:00 PM
The Claridge Hotel
Atlantic City Boardwalk
Indiana Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ  08401
United States
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President Fernando being inducted by PDG B. Jennings
Our three scholarship winners, Bob Ruffalo receiving his Paul Harris Fellow pin
Please join us in the Main Ballroom of the Claridge Hotel on June 13th between 5:30 and 7:00 as we welcome our new Club President Fernando Fernandez. We will also say thank you to Past President Anthony Pinto. Guest fee is $20.00 and includes light fare.

Council elevates Rotaract

Representatives from around the world also vote to preserve club flexibility

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The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.

  1. Representatives at the 2019 Council on Legislation in Chicago vote on the first proposal of the week: an amendment to the preamble to the Avenues of Service. Download a list of preliminary voting results.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  2. Representatives vote to close a debate on a proposal at the Council.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  3. Two representatives share a laugh between votes at the Council.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  4. Past RI Presidents K.R. Ravindran and Ian H.S. Riseley listen to representatives debating a proposal.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  5. A representative at the 2019 Council on Legislation uses a device to listen to the interpretation of a debate. The Council is conducted in eight languages.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

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Representatives at the 2019 Council on Legislation in Chicago vote on the first proposal of the week: an amendment to the preamble to the Avenues of Service. Download a list of preliminary voting results.

Photos by Alyce Henson

Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.

“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”

In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. Members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. And Rotaract clubs will not immediately pay dues or receive other benefits, such as the official magazine that Rotary members receive. The Board will determine a dues structure over time.

The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 

Every three years, representatives from Rotary districts around the world meet in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to consider changes to the constitutional documents that govern Rotary International. This year’s Council considered more than 100 proposals.

Representatives authorized the Board to pursue changing RI’s charitable status to a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. It is presently a 501(c)(4). A task force has been studying the possible change for 18 months and says it will offer benefits that include tax reductions and vendor discounts that will reduce expenses.

Dues increase

As for dues, the Council approved a modest increase of $1 a year for each of three years, beginning in 2020-21. The previous Council set dues for 2019-20 at $34 per half year.

With the increase, the dues that clubs pay to RI per member will increase to $34.50 per half year in 2020-21, $35 per half year in 2021-22, and $35.50 per half year in 2022-23. The dues will not be raised again until a future Council votes to change it.

Councils give Rotary members a voice in how our organization is governed. Learn more about the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions on our Council web page or read our live blog of the 2019 Council. 

 

The Council also changed the name of the General Surplus Fund to RI Reserve, because that more accurately reflects the purpose of the fund. In another vote, the Council approved calling the general secretary a chief executive officer (CEO) in circles outside Rotary, to increase his stature in dealings with other intergovernmental organizations.

A seemingly small but intensely debated action will reduce the number of nonvoting members at future Councils, by removing past RI presidents and allowing only one RI Board director to attend but not vote.

But in some respects, the Council defined itself as much by what it did not do. 

This year’s representatives resisted pressure to limit some of the flexibility that the 2016 Council granted clubs, rejecting several measures that would have placed restrictions on clubs. One unsuccessful measure would have required clubs to meet at least 40 times each year. 

Many clubs have been using the innovative and flexible club formats to attract new members and meet their current members’ needs.

Representatives also rejected proposals to make it optional for members to subscribe to an official Rotary magazine and to reduce the size of the Council by half and have it meet every two years.

Democracy in action

Several representatives commented on the democratic nature of the proceedings.

“All of the delegates have been very responsible and respectful, no matter what their opinions,” said Adriana De La Fuente, the representative from District 4170 and a member of the Rotary Club of Plateros Centro Historico, Ciudad de México, Mexico. She has attended three previous Councils. “That elevates the trust and respect for our organization.”

Glen K. Vanderford of District 6760, a member of the Rotary Club of Jackson-Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA, said he appreciated the opportunity to represent the people of his district and gather with like-minded people to voice opinions.

“The process allows us to have a road map forward instead of just going day to day,” he said. “I was excited by the outcome of enhancing Rotaract and that we didn’t weaken future Councils, but preserved the ability for everybody to have a voice.”

Reminder: There is no meeting at the Claridge on 4/11. We will have a table at the GoBlue for CASA event at the Linwood Country CLub 6-9 PM
President Anthony thanks our speaker.
 
Michael W. Klein is the interim executive director of the of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University. Michael was appointed to his position in January 2018.
Tonight's speaker was Vincent D'Alessandro the President of Ocean First Bank Southern Region.  He spoke about bank growth and how and why Ocean First has quickly grown from a small regional bank to the largest New Jersey based bank in New Jersey, covering Central and Southern New Jersey.  Ocean First has retained many of the employees in the local banks that they acquire because they realize they are the reason customers continue to use them after the acquisition.  It was a very interesting and informative session.
Dr. Straub is currently a Professor of Biology at Stockton University. He received post-doctoral training in molecular biology from Washington University in St. Louis after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Delaware, College of Ocean, Earth and Environment.
President Anthony thanks Speaker Brian G. Lefke 
Senior Vice President of Solid Waste and Authority Board Secretary
blefke@acua.com 
Mr. Lefke oversees all operations within the Solid Waste Division, which includes ACUA’s state-of-the-art landfill, recycling center, transfer station, compost facility, and collections department that serves more than 100,000 homes and businesses.
Between 60-80 interactors from Atlantic and Cumberland Counties assembled for the annual dune clean up. They were assisted by members of the Special Improvement District.More than 250 garbage bags were used to collect the litter.
The 13Th Beacon Awards
 
The Atlantic City Rotary Club honors individuals in the greater Atlantic City area
who have demonstrated exemplary service to their vocation, local or international community.
 
 
Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service Honorees
 
Local Community Service: Richard Helfant, Executive Director/CEO, Lucy the Elephant
 International Community Service: Dr. Danielle Pieri, AtlantiCare
Vocational Service: Richard Santoro, Director-CRDA
Youth Service: Dave Heib, Executive Director of CASA
 Club Service: Atlantic City Rotarian Martin Wood
 
The Frank J. Quigley Memorial Award  
Bud Verfaillie, Mullica Hill Rotary Club
 
 
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New Member Captain Frank Piccioitto Commanding Officer of the Atlantic City Chapter of the Salvation Army. Frank was a member of the Patterson, NJ club. Welcome to the club Frank.
 
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