Mr. Gift of Life, Ray Hough Proudly showing the results of a Rotary Team visit to Honduras via a slide show presentation, Ray Hough explained to the club members what they accomplished and why they travelled to Honduras. Although several of us have seen this slideshow before, it never fails to move us and to praise the dedicated team that does about 35 surgeries in so few days.
The group of volunteers are going to another country in January; has already shipped a container containing supplies that would not be readily accessible. According to Hough, it takes $105,000 to ship the container. This is covered by donations and sponsorship. The approximate 40 volunteers cover their own expenses.
On Friday, February 13th, 2009 there will be a Gala, a Gift of Life Dinner held at the Venetian in Garfield. The Ad Journal covers a good deal of expense for Gift of Life! To get involved, contact John Mosca at 201 310 7729.
Valerie Coniglio, our Sergeant at Arms was quick to note that although the meeting should have started, none of the officers were present. Valerie bravely stepped up to the plate, rang the bell and started the meeting. She did an excellent job, ceding the chair to our president, Anthony Iacono, when he came in.
Discussing club business, nominations for the Rotary year starting July 2009 were made and approved. They call for the following: President- Mukesh Malkan, President Elect- Liz Mason, Vice President- John DeBouter, Secretary- Caryl Bixon-Gordon, Asst. Secretary- Simki Shar, Treasurer- Gary Spivak, Asst. Treasurer- Hemish Kapedia, Sgt. at Arms- Valerie Coniglio, Asst. Sgt. at Arms- Mayank Ghadia, Director of Internal Functions- Buzz Dressel, Community Service Director- Rick Cary, Club Service Director/Webmaster- Sophie Stone Vocational Service Director- Kelly Leitch, Past President- Anthony Iacono and Parliamentarian- Mel Fabrikant.
There will be no meetings for the rest of December with the first meeting beginning Tuesday morning, January 6th, 2009 with a Board of Directors meeting immediately after. President Iacono will schedule a holiday party at that meeting. Plans for the new Rotaract Club are progressing with a whitewater canoe trip being discussed among other plans. Their next meeting will be Wednesday, January 7th, 6:30 PM at the Paramus Berkeley College campus.
Among our guests we welcomed Ray Wells, Lois and Jerry Horowitz (dressed in a Santa cap) and Len LoPinto.