Westfield Rotary Announces February Programs

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Rotary has announced its February program schedule.

Upcoming programs include:

February 2 – Triwomen SPFW: Triathlons R Us
Triwomen SPFW was organized by speaker Amy Carow of Scotch Plains, who first participated in the Danskin Triathlon in 2006 and set out to convince 100 local women to do it in 2007. Now in its fourth year, the group continues to grow and includes vibrant adventurous women in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield, and surrounding areas of NJ, who train to complete this Sprint Triathlon. The volunteer leaders of Triwomen SPFW encourage, educate, and inspire women of all ages, shapes and sizes to push their boundaries and achieve a goal many initially didn’t think was possible.

The Danskin Women’s Sprint Triathlon series, which includes ½ mile swim, 11 mile bike ride and 5K run, is the longest running multi-sport event in the United States and raises money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

February 9 – Want To Help? Engage In Service Above Self In Rotary!
Past District Governor and Past District Membership Director, Joe Scandariato, who has been an active Rotarian for nearly 30 years, will offer fresh and entertaining perspective on the mission of Rotary International, the meaning of Service Above Self and its relationship to membership. This will include the Object of Rotary which is to ensure Rotary’s continuing relevance and to help build a better world, emphasizing service activities by individuals and groups that enhance the quality of life and human dignity, encouraging high ethical standards, and creating greater understanding among all people to advance the search for peace in the world.

New members and anyone wishing to learn more about this international service organization, should attend this meeting.

February 16 – Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy?
Author and playwright, Meg Noble Peterson of Maplewood, will lead a colorful discussion of her latest book, “Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia.” The book chronicles her first 1986-87 trip around the world, carrying only one backpack, a camera, journals, and an open ticket, making her way with no reservations through an unknown, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, but always remarkable world. Life has always been an adventure to Meg, who is also a violinist, whether it be running the international organization, Music Education for the Handicapped for seven years, organizing international symposia, or hitchhiking with her children through Europe.

Peterson also co-authored a play, “Thank You, Dear,” which was produced in Deerfield, MA, and has had her essays published in the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and New York Newsday. She also wrote more than 38 song and method books, and two textbooks in the field of music education for major publishers.

February 23 – Westfield Rotary Foundation Report
Members of the Board of Directors of the Westfield Rotary club will report on the many ways in which the club and its Foundation engage to support the local community. Last year, this included $74,500 in college scholarships to Westfield students, and over $20,000 in grants to organizations such as Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Furniture Assist and projects such as Youth and Business Day, Holiday Basket Distribution with the Optimist Club, and weekly food donation to the Westfield Community Center. The Foundation also supports International projects such as Pure Water for the World, Pedals for Progress and the Save a Child program in Thailand with the Westfield Area Y.

Westfield Rotary was founded in 1921 and is a non-denominational service organization of professional women and men who live or work in the Westfield area. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to among other things, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

One of 33,000 clubs in 160 countries worldwide that make up Rotary International, the Westfield Rotary is the largest provider of scholarships to Westfield students, a major contributor to community grants as well as several international projects. They meet 50 weeks per year between 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. for lunch and a program at the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street in the second floor Kellogg room. They welcome guests to join them at any of their weekly meetings.

Anyone interested in attending a program or learning more about Rotary in Westfield, may contact President Mark Swingle at 1-908-379-2705 or email westfieldrotary@gmail.com.

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