Westfield Rotary Announces August Programs

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

Upcoming programs include:


Historian and long-time Westfield resident, Hassan “Sam” Mahmoud will take the club on a historical journey back to the time of the Phoenicians, an ancient civilization centered in the north of ancient Canaan, with its heartland along the coastal regions of modern day Lebanon, Syria and Israel. Phoenician civilization was an enterprising maritime trading culture that spread across the Mediterranean during the period 1550 BC to 300 BC. A fascinating exploration of human development, he will discuss how everything from their religion to their written language have influenced modern day beliefs and culture. Mr. Mahmoud, who came to the United States from Egypt 40 years ago, is a world traveler, author, lecturer, columnist, a student of world culture and history and a member and trustee of the Westfield Historical society.


August 17 – BOYS SCOUTS: 100 YEARS!

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. One of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, the BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. In celebration of their milestone anniversary, local scouts William Foltz, 18, Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow and Peter Foltz 14, Star Scout and Order of the Arrow will offer history, insight and tales of adventure and service.


The schedules and relaxed attitudes of summer are coming to a close, so it’s time to crank it back up! Pundits have described what you are now living through as the new normal. Without a doubt, this new normal is throwing some hard and fast curve balls. How can you create enough space in your calendar to meet tomorrow’s goals while you are still battling the challenges of today? The discussion will be conducted by Doug Brown, Chairman & CEO of Paradigm Associates LLC. Since 1985, Mr Brown has been instrumental in helping people and organizations from around the world improve their business results and achieve their personal and professional goals.


Byron Miller; Westfield Rotary club member, Asst District Governor and Rotary International Service Above Self Award recipient, spearheads the District’s efforts in supporting clean water initiatives, especially in Haiti through Pure Water for the World. It has been 6 months since the devastating earthquake there, which left so many without access to clean water. From an insightful perspective, he will share poignant observations and significant updates on Pure Water’s work in Haiti, casting light on the darkest of times for this human experience. Learn first hand, of the people’s struggles to cope, tales of great heroism, tragic endings and of Haiti’s new reality. It is a story of the human spirit, of moving forward and of hope.

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 visit http://westfieldrotary.com or contact President Ray Kostyack at 1-908-789-7834 or raymond.kostyack@wachoviasec.com.

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