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District 7640 Public Relations Chair Major Donor Level II Charter Member of South Jersey Rotary eClub District 7640 2014 Secretary for Rotarians on the Internet Fellowship Board Member Rotary Global History Fellowship Zone 32 Membership Representative for the Rotarian Action Group for Peace and Social Media Committee Rotary Foundation Major Donor Level II Peace Benefactor Social Media Blogger on LinkedIn and Facebook. Vice President of CMI Industries Inc. Interact Advisor at Cherry Hill West High School Member of Cherry Hill Business Council ] Master Gardener of Camden County VP of CMI Direct (35+ years) Direct Mail Marketing Interact Committee Member at District 7640 New Generations Greater Philadelphia Area Industry Marketing and Advertising Education Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick The George Washington University Company Website: Public Experience Interact Committee Member New Generations at Distrist 7640 July 2012 –Present (2 months) Planning and advising programs for youth community service and Leadership for ages 12-18 through Rotary (International) Interact guidelines. Programs mostly include fundraising for charities, hands on involvement with community and foreign charities. Our district Rotary Interact program reaches out globally and supports an orphanage in Santo Domingo. We send members to this facility to "interact" and help. Interact is celebrating its 50th year nationally and across the world. Appointed Member Cherry Hill NJ Business Council June 2012 - June 2015 Cherry Hill, New Jersey USA I have been appointed to the Cherry Hill Business Council. The Business Council’s mission is to work collaboratively with the Mayor, Department Heads, and members of the administration to develop solutions and initiatives for the Township. The Council provides a forum for business leaders to share their opinions, concerns, and suggestions about how the Township can provide better support and assistance, while developing initiatives to market Cherry Hill as a destination for businesses and residents. Together, we ensure the lines of communication remain open and engage in extended dialogue regarding many of the issues and opportunities facing our businesses. Club Interact Liaison to Cherry Hill West High School Rotary International January 2012 –Present( 8 months) Cherry Hill NJ USA This club comprises of Cherry Hill High School Students proforming community service.. They have raised money for UNICEF, donated and wrapped presents for 2 entire families in Cherry Hill They are currently collecting clothes, toys, shoes etc to benefit Doctors Without Borders. This fundraiser collected over 2,000 pounds VP CMI -Direct January 1977 –Present(35 years 8 months) 26 Haddonfield Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 II am in the Direct Mail Industry. My Company, CMI Industries Inc was established in 1974 and incorporated in 1991. Since then we have evolved and produce and mail over 15 million pieces of mail yearly. We maintain all the equipment needed to automate and personalize standard, first class and periodical mail. Some of our clients include area hospitals and universities and large associations both profit and non-profit. We also do work for the graphic arts trade (printers and designers). We advise them as to mailability and post office regulations for their clients. We save our clients money and aggravation. We are certified by the post office to qualify you for the best possible rates. We cleanse your database for changes of address, deceased people, vacant address, duplicates, and unable to forward prospects. We also procure mailing lists as per the clients’ geographic and specific markets . I started the South Jersey Postal Customer Council in 1984 and was Industry Co-Chair. The purpose of this organization is to network mailers with the Post Office in a social way to solve issues. For the past 25 years I have been active and in the background of Garden State Rotary of Cherry Hill. In 2011 I was voted in as “Honorary Member”, a highly respected rank. The same year I went on a National Inoculation Trip to Moradabad, India to give polio drops to infants and small children who live without electricity or running water. This was voluntary through Rotary International. In this past year there have been no new cases of Polio in India.

Rotary’s commitment to saving mothers and babies

Service in Action

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs Staff

Everyone everywhere has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. However, gender-based discrimination often undercuts this right. It causes women to be more susceptible to sickness and less likely to obtain care, for reasons ranging from affordability to social conventions keeping them at home. *

Through projects focused in maternal and child health, Rotary members are committed to reaching United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

A mother and her daughter hang out outside the classrooms at Rancho Alegre schools in California, USA.Each year, at least seven million children under the age of five die from diseases, malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary members provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Nearly 80% of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to…

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Proud of our Rotary Foundation as told by our Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith

When Arch Klumph was president of Rotary in 1916-17, he suggested in a speech at the 1917 Atlanta convention that Rotary should start an endowment fund for the purpose of doing good in the world. It was only a brief reference, but the idea caught on with Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Mo., made the first donation of $26.50 to the new fund, which was officially named The Rotary Foundation in 1928.

The Rotary Foundation had some activity in the 1930s and 1940s, but it was the memorial gifts to honor Paul Harris after his death in January 1947 that provided the funds to undertake the first major program. That was the award of 18 international scholarships for successful college graduates to spend a year studying abroad as Rotary Fellows. The fellowship program grew to 125 students a year in 1960-61, when I was a Rotary Fellow in Cape Town, South Africa, and it later became the largest privately funded scholarship program with 1,200 students a year.

Rotarians’ constant search for the best possible charitable programs led to the introduction of the Matching Grants and Group Study Exchange programs in 1965-66. From there, the Foundation assumed responsibility for the PolioPlus program in the early 1980s, established the Rotary Peace Centers in 2002, and restructured Rotary’s Humanitarian Grants Program as a part of the Future Vision plan in 2013.

What has been the result of these efforts? Rotarians have been justifiably proud and supportive of the Foundation for many years, evidenced by their generous contributions of $123 million to the Annual Fund in 2014-15. In addition, the CNBC television network recently confirmed the success of The Rotary Foundation by naming it one of the “top 10 charities changing the world in 2015.” In fact, our Foundation was ranked as the fifth-best charity working to make the world a better place!

What a powerful tribute to Arch Klumph’s visionary idea in 1917! We have so much to be proud of in Rotary, including The Rotary Foundation, and so much to celebrate at the Atlanta convention next year. Please plan now to attend the centenary celebration at the convention and show your support for one of the very best charitable foundations in the world!


Ray Klinginsmith

Trustee Chair 2015 – 16


Source: Rotary International

Using the Rotary network to wage peace

Service in Action

By Zuhal Sharp, RI Programs Staff

Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are autonomous, internationally organized groups with a passion for and expertise in a specific service area. They provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing large-scale community development and humanitarian service projects in their respective areas of expertise, such as water, AIDs prevention, microcredit, or hearing.

In honor of February, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month, learn about the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP), a committed group of Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other Rotary program alumni dedicated to advancing world peace through education and activities related to conflict prevention and peace building. RAGFP supports and enhances the peace work of Rotarians by offering project guidance and resources. Visit RAGFP’s website and like them on Facebook for the latest updates.



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Fostering Ethical Decision Making

We are starting an Rotary Action Group for Ethics. Please share this in your Rotary Networks. Please email me # and follow us on Facebook.

Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin

–submitted by Ben Hebebrand; photos by John Bonsett-Veal and Mike Wenzel


Almost 250 11th grade students from 20 different Madison area high schools met for the 16th annual Rotary Club of Madison Ethics Symposium on Friday, Feb. 19 at Monona Terrace in Madison, affirming at the culminating luncheon the need not just for adolescents but all of us to “think all the way through decisions.” This kind of thinking, the students expressed, could be enhanced by discussing dilemmas with others including those whom we do not know and those who are different than us.

“Discussing issues with others can broaden your viewpoint,” said Katie Feller of La Follette High School. “It’s interesting to see how people can change their view (by thinking and talking it through),” added Liz Dominguez of Marshall High School.

DSC_0012The five-hour symposium kicked off with real-life reminders that ethical decisions abound throughout history and…

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