Volume 60   Number 7
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. 
Make Note of our Upcoming Meetings:
August 22 - District Governor John Mitchell Visit
August 29 - Charles Salinas, Headmaster, Dawn Treader School
September 5 - Business Meeting: The Rotary Foundation
September 26
October 31
November 21
The John Adams Story
This past week Rotarian John Adams shared his personal story with the Club. Born in New Jersey, John has lived in many places, but having been raised by good southerners who always cared for others, he has both a sensibility of southern manners and a true heart for “giving back”. A chemical engineer by training, John specializes in adhesives. He is focused, however, on processes and systems, both scientific and social that will allow for a greener earth.  His particular interest in Rotary is Youth Services. He is a member of the District Youth Service Committee and Chair of the Youth Exchange Program.  He and his wife Josie (who is also a chemist and whom he met in Connecticut) have three terrific children, the youngest of whom will be starting college this year.
Gift of Life Update
Our Gift of Life Child, Hans, had his surgery this past Monday.  It was successful!
After some normal post-operative challenges, Hans was released from the hospital on Friday. He and his mother stayed with Rotarian Jennifer Padolina on Friday and Saturday.
Paul and Carmen plan to take them back to their house on Sunday. Paul hopes to bring Hans to a meeting in a couple of weeks.
Operation Backpack
Star of Hope Ministries in Paterson held their annual “Operation Backpack” this month, and once again member of the Club volunteered to assemble the backpacks.
Last year Star of Hope was able to assemble 1,500 backpacks, and this year’s goal is over 1,700! The Ministry acquires the school materials, volunteers take 2 hour shifts to put them together, and the Ministry delivers the packed packs to local churches and charities for them to distribute to disadvantaged children throughout the area. Assembling the packs is great fun and a very worthwhile project. Many in the Club look forward to it every year.
The District Governor Role
The Rotary district governor performs a very significant function in the world of Rotary He or she is the single officer of Rotary International in the geographic area called a Rotary district, which usually includes about 45 Rotary clubs. The district governors, who have been extensively trained at the worldwide International Assembly, provide the "quality control" for the 27,000 Rotary clubs of the world. They are responsible for maintaining high performance within the clubs of their district.

The district governor, who must make an official visit to each club in the district, is never regarded as an "inspector general." Rather, he or she visits as a helpful and friendly adviser to the club officers, as a useful counselor to further the Object of Rotary among the clubs of the district, and as a catalyst to help strengthen the programs of Rotary.

The district governor is a very experienced Rotarian who generously devotes a year to the volunteer task of leadership. The governor has a wealth of knowledge about current Rotary programs, purposes, policies and goals and is a person of recognized high standing in his or her profession, community and Rotary club. The governor must supervise the organization of new clubs and strengthen existing ones. He or she performs a host of specific duties to assure that the quality of Rotary does not falter in the district, and is responsible to promote and implement all programs and activities of the Rotary International president and the RI Board of Directors. The governor plans and directs a district conference and other special events.
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