Rotary Club of Crofton

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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Congratulations to Jim Harvey who was inducted as the new Crofton Rotary Club President for 2017-2018 at our annual Officer Induction Dinner. Many thanks to Rotary District 7620 Area Governor Jimmie Gorski who handled the induction and was our featured speaker for the evening!  Congrats to Vice President Cliff Oliver, Secretary Roger Morrison, Treasurer Barry DesRoches, Foundation Chair Tom Callahan and Membership Officer Rankin Lusby as well.
The Crofton Rotary Club held three fundraising events in conjunction with the Crofton Farmer's Market this past summer and fall.  The Apple Pie Bake-off, the BBQ Cook-Off and the Chili Cook-Off raised funds for the Food Bank run by the Crofton Christian Caring Council.  Many thanks to our participants, volunteer judges and to the Crofton Farmer's Market for making these events a success!
Members of the Crofton Rotary Club were joined by students from the Interact Club of South River High School in providing a complete picnic dinner along with entertainment for residents of Sarah's House.  The two club's have made hosting this picnic an annual event.
For it's Annual Holiday Shoe Drive for Sarah's House Children, the Crofton Rotary Club delivered 44 wrapped gift cards to Sarah's House. The cards are a gift for children under the age of 18 which will allow their parents to buy them a new pair of shoes for Christmas.
The 2016 Bowl for a Cure Fundraiser sponsored by the Crofton Rotary Club and the South River High School Interact Club raised $2,000 for the South River Interact Club's Relay For Life team.  The event was held on May 15, 2016 at the Crofton Bowling Centre. Funds were raised through generous donations by our sponsors as well as through tickets sold by Interact Club members.  The Relay For Life event this year will be held on Friday evening June 10, 2016 at the South River High School.  If you would like to make a donation to this event, you can make a donation online in the name of the South River Interact team!  Just go to the link provided for Relay For Life of South Anne Arundel County.
Members of the Crofton Rotary Club and students from the Interact Club of South River High School are ringing the bells at the Safeway at the Village of Waugh Chapel on Saturday December 13 and 19, 2015 to help raise money for the Salvation Army.
The Crofton Rotary Club held it's annual Shoe Drive for the children of Sarah's House.  Our members, friends and students from the South River High School Interact Club came out to help us purchase 54 pair of shoes for the kids at local businesses.
The Rotary Club of Crofton has launched a new international project in conjunction with Rivers of the World Foundation, a Crofton-based non-profit organization.
Nepal and Northern India have been plagued by natural disasters over the last two years. The Crofton Rotary Club is helping the Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation (also a nonprofit organization) establish a safe drinking water and water testing school in Ghansali, India. Located at the headwaters of the Ganges River, this is the source of drinking water for millions of people, many of which are living in poverty. The Safe Drinking Water and Water Testing school is hosted by the Himalayan English School in India, ROW has provided the first of the testing kits, and a building has already been donated to the effort by a local guru.  This effort will allow local folks to learn to test, identify and eliminate sources of pollution and will have a lasting effect for many years to come.
Please help us in this effort by sharing the link to our fundraising effort ( ) on your personal and company Facebook pages, Linkedin page and website.
While there, please consider making a donation to this effort; even if it's just a few dollars, your investment will go a long way to helping Rotary International reach its goal of making safe drinking water available to everyone. 
The Crofton Rotary Club presented the American Cancer Society with a check for $3,500 during the Relay For Life event on June 6 at South River High School. This was a joint fundraising effort between the Crofton Rotary and the students of the Interact Club at South River HS and was held at the Crofton Bowling Centre on May 17, 2015. 
The Rotary Club of Crofton is sponsoring the "Bowl for a Cure" Fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at South River High School.  The fundraiser will be held on Sunday May 17, 2015 from 3-5 pm at the Crofton Bowling Center.  Business sponsorships are $250 and include signage at the event, 4 bowling tickets and the company name on a commemorative T-shirt. We are also selling individual tickets to the event for $15 each or $60 for a team of 6 bowlers (includes 6 tickets). Please see the attached flier for details. 
During the 2015 Service Above Self Awards Dinner, the Rotary Club of Crofton presented a check for $1,060 to Jacob Landis for the Jacob's Ride benefit for the "Gift of Hearing".  Jacob was honored at the dinner with the Crofton Rotary Clubs Service Above Self Award.  The donation was raised during the club's 2015 Gala which was held earlier this year.  Pictured are (l to r) Club President Roger Morrison, Jacob Landis and Club member Barry DesRoches.

During a short ceremony at the Club's Annual Gala on January 24, Crofton business owner Gary Heldt was inducted into the club as it's newest member. Pictured here are Gary Heldt (l), Crofton Rotarian Tom Hutcheson, who presided over the ceremony and Rotary District Governor Bill Fine (r). 

Crofton Rotary member Barry DesRoches was recently honored with the club's highest honor: "The Raymond E. Streib Rotarian of the Year Award".  Barry served as the club's president for 2013-2014 and continues to play a lead role in the club's fundraising and service projects in the Crofton community.  Pictured here are Barry(r), receiving the award from fellow Rotarian Tom Locke during a recent club meeting.

The Founding Director of the Crofton-based "Rivers of the World Foundation" charitable organization, Subijoy Dutta, was the speaker at this weeks Rotary meeting held at the Nautilus Diner. Rivers of the World was founded with the primary objective to make all efforts to cleanup highly polluted rivers in the US and internationally.  Mr. Dutta was the keynote speaker at the recent Second International River Summit held in Markima City, Philippines.  For more information visit:

The Crofton Rotary Club was pleased to induct it's newest member Jim Harvey during Tuesday's meeting.  Tom Hutcheson (r) handled the induction ceremony which was witnessed by member Tom Callahan (l). Welcome aboard Jim!

Rotary District Governor Bill Fine visited the Crofton Rotary Club Monthly Evening Meeting which was held at the Crofton Country Club on October 28, 2014.  DG Fine gave an inspiring speech, addressing the membership and highlighting our club's many accomplishments over the past year and outlining the "Light-Up Rotary" international service campaign.  

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