Volume 60   Number 3
Welcome to the resurrected Hartman Gazette, the official Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Wyckoff-Midland Park. The Bulletin is named after John Hartman (1924-2002) a long time member of the Club and a PDG for District 7490. 
It is only July, and we have much going on!
The Lloyd Vorderstrasse Story
Everyone has a “story” and Rotarian usually have great stories – including their “Rotary Moment” At our July 18th meeting  our own Pastor Lloyd Vorderstrasse shared his story of growing up in Nebraska, joining the Army, being deployed to Germany, struggling with addiction, and ultimately finding his purpose in life. A Pastor for over 30 years, Lloyd took his training in Germany, pastored a church there, and eventually found his way to the Church of God in Midland Park, where he has served the community for decades.
His talk was funny, poignant, and inspiring. If you missed the meeting or would like to hear the talk again, it is available a http://bit.ly/30Pnmwi.  It is 20 minutes well spent.
New Well in Nigeria?
This past Wednesday evening Rotarian Paul Platek and Rotarian Andy Garlick met with Rotarian Fr. Felix and Brian Murray to begin planning another Water Project in Nigeria. This well would be in a village about 2 hours from Fr. Felix’s village, Awhum. Fr. Felix has a classmate who is the priest in the new village, and they have very similar challenges. Once again we would be working with our friend, Eric Igweshi of the Rotary Club of Enugu in Nigeria.
We estimate the project to cost $50,000. Brian’s Foundation and Brian’s contacts could contribute well over half that amount. We would also leverage other local giving with District and Global Grants to complete the funding.
We are at the beginning stages of the Project and we will report out news and progress as we proceed.
Rotary Avenues of Service
Rotary International lays out Five Avenues of Service for Clubs to follow and engage in their planning. The Wyckoff-Midland Park Club is actively engaged in all 5.
Club Service – We currently have 30 Active and 10 Honorary Members. Are meetings are well attended and we always have an engaging program. The Rotarian who administer the Club are dedicated and spend a goodly number of hours assuring we have one of the best Clubs in the District.
Vocational Service – To the Rotarian each member is known for their ethics and commitment to honorable business practice. All of our members have a story to tell like Lloyd’s, and we are planning to hear many of them throughout the year.
Community Service – Reflecting, it is amazing how much our Club does and accomplishes in the Community. From the Dictionary Project, the Support of Community Activities, hands on volunteering at Oasis, Star of Hope, and other charities, our partnership with the Wyckoff Family YMCA, to the annual Charitable Giving Breakfast (we just gave out over $29,000), our impact is huge!
International Service – Here, too , the list is exhaustive. We have supported over 14 Gift of Life Recipients (not counting the funds we have donated for international missions). For well over a decade we have paid the tuition for a student at the Ganley School in Juarez, Mexico. We support female students in Kenya. We have provided clean water to over 10,000 villagers in Awhum, Nigeria, and are embarking on another Nigeria Water Project. These are just a few of the recent projects!
Youth Service – Our Club is committed to Youth. We sponsor Interact Clubs at Ramapo High School and Midland Park High School, as well as a ReAct Club at Eisenhower Middle School. We give out over $15,000 each year in College Scholarships to local graduating High School Seniors. We send between 6 and 8 students each year to RYLA. We charter and support a Boy Scout Venturing Crew. And our Club members are active in Youth Services District Wide – Andy Garlick is the Distract Youth Services Chair and John Adams is the District Youth Exchange Chair.
 Our Club is proud of all its accomplishments, and we encourage others to become members and join us I our Service Above Self!
This week's chuckle!
It has been hot of late, but (thanks to Rotarian Ron Pepper and One Hour Heating and Cooling) our meetings (every Thursday morning at 7:30 am at The Brick House - 179 Godwin Ave in Wyckoff) are always cool and comfortable.
If you are not a member, check us out and be our guest for Breakfast an inspiration, any Thursday morning!
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