MADISON, NJ - Barry Kroll of Madison, a member of the Rotary Club of Madison for 18 years, has assumed the volunteer post of Rotary 7470 District Governor for 2013-2014.  As governor, Kroll coordinates local community and international service projects of the 54 Rotary Clubs with over 1,300 members that serve Essex, Morris, Sussex, Warren counties and Bernardsville. He assumed this office July 1, 2013 and will serve through June 30, 2013. 

Rotary Clubs in our area are part of a worldwide Rotary organization with 34,000 clubs, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries.

During an installation ceremony held at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange  on June 24, 2013, he said “the main goals for the coming year are to continue providing excellent service projects both locally and internationally that affect the lives of thousands of people.” Additionally, “we want to grow our membership and increases resources to further expand and enhance the impact Rotary projects.”

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Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self” and programs are provided in the following areas of focus:  Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development.

One of Rotary’s most significant programs/accomplishments is the eradication of Polio worldwide. In the last 25 years, the number of reported cases of polio worldwide has been reduced from 700,000 reported annually to 225 cases reported so far in 2013.  We are very close to completely eliminating this disease.

The goal for 2013-2014 is to increase the number of local members by 10 percent.  If you are an individual looking for a way to “give back to your community” and are interested in becoming part of a group of  inspired individuals who transform their passions into relevant social programs improving live in the community then contact Robert Button at rbttn@aol.com, Membership Development Co-chair to find the local Rotary Club in your community.

To learn more about Rotary, visit the local district website at www.rotarydistrict7470.org or the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org  .