Adopt the Newark Reservoir
On Saturday August 19, 2023 the Newark Morning Rotary Club led by Doris Leach began the monthly cleanup of the Newark Reservoir and Preston’s Playground. Doris was joined by Robin Broomall, John Hornor and his wife Karen, Amanda McGinty, Clinton Tymes and Lynn Mey and her husband Jeff. One of the members took the trash home to discard. Clean ups will occur in the future on the third Saturday of the month at 9:30 AM.
GREAT PROJECT BY THE LADIES OF THE NEWARK MORNING ROTARY CLUB
By William Aloysius Sullivan
The Ladies of the Newark Morning Rotary Club, took the power of suggestions from Rotary International Preside Jennifer Jones’s theme of Empowering Girls.
At one of their social sessions, they mentioned the hygiene kit idea. They investigated and found nearly 100 low-income and homeless girls attend Glasgow High School and regularly visit the school nurse for their menstrual supplies. We found that in the summer they did not have access to this from the nurse, so we took the challenge. In less than 2 weeks we collected more than 7,500 items. With the energy of the ladies and help from other members, spouses and the community, our Club ladies collected and assembled 100 kits for the girls and delivered them to the school nurse for distribution to the girls before school ends for the year on FridayF.
Here are several photos of the collection and assembly of the hygiene kits! Wow, and thanks to all!
Many times a year, the club puts together birthday boxes. The boxes consist of some snacks and drinks, puzzles, stress relievers, and other personal items. The boxes are given to the Meals on Wheels program where the volunteers give them to the seniors and other homebound people when it is their birthday. The recipients are thrilled when they receive their birthday box. See the cover of our recent 2023 Report To The Community!.
Ever October, NMR delivers Dictionaries to 3rd grade students throughout Newark. Our members purchase student dictionaries, and personally deliver them to over 40 classrooms. During our visit, we discuss how useful dictionaries can be, and walk students through finding words and reading their definitions (like “Truth”), looking up facts about states, planets and other things of interest, and let them try to pronounce the longest word in the English language. The dictionaries are gifts, and are the students to keep. In many cases, the students tell us the dictionary is the first book that they ever personally owned!
Leaf Raking Project
Every November, NMR takes to the streets with our Leaf Raking Project. With the help of community assistance programs, we identify people who are unable to rake their own leaves, and can’t afford to pay someone to do it. Many of the folks we help are homebound and completely dependent on others. Our members arrive with rakes, blowers and bags, clean up their entire yard, and dispose of the bagged leaves. And to prove no sacrifice is too great, we often enjoy donuts before we start, and gather for lunch and a beverage or two after we’ve completed our work.