News From Around the District
That's right.  It should be right here.  But instead, your club's story remains untold.  Have you had a successful event?  Are you looking for help on a project?  Want to tell us all about the new fundraiser you've had all that success with?  Well do we have a forum for you!  Just write up your story, maybe provide a picture or two (saves you a thousand words, after all), and send it all in reply to the next monthly bulletin.  That's it!  Your club's story will go on the district website and will be eligible to be featured in next month's bulletin.  Can we guarantee it will be in next month's bulletin?  Well, no, of course not!  But we can guarantee your club won't be featured if you submit nothing...  As of right now, we are not faced with excess content so odds are, if you write it, it will fit...
Welcome from District Governor Justin

We are now one sixth or fifteen percent into the "new" Rotary year, how do you feel?  This is our second newsletter and I hope that the reduction in e-mails from us is helpful not hurtful.

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Association is one of our most successful Programs
    Over 100 youth and 35 alumni participated in Summer RYLA over the past two weeks and we are currently working on a partnership with the 4H camp where we run Spring RYLA to help expand the camp so our fees will be lower and they can accommodate more students over the long term.  We are looking for clubs, companies, and people who are willing to donate material and/or labor for our first roofing project- can you help?
  • September is Basic Education and Literacy month
    With the back to school season in full swing this is a great opportunity to "Grow Rotary" by partnering with one of the largest institutions in any community, our schools.  If your club has never done a literacy or education project I encourage you to reach out and partner with clubs who have, lets not reinvent the wheel let's push the cart together.
  • Let's Leverage Technology
    Our Public Relations & Marketing committee is offering a series of training on such mystical and unknown services as The Rotary Brand Center, Eventbrite, Clubrunner, and Social Media For the full schedule click here or for more information check out our Rotary PR Guide Here
  • Don't Rest when you're tired, Rest when you're done
    Our Polio Eradication efforts have been long and storied but don't give up now... I know we've been  This Close for a while now but without your help we will never be done. Thank's in part to your efforts fundraising we did meet the Gates Match goal.  For more information on where we are please check out these links: PolioPlus Program Update & Polio District Giving Report
  • I Missed the last leadership meeting what happened?
    Our illustrious District Secretary Rose was able to (as usual) take excellent notes which you can review here: August District Leadership Meeting Minutes
Governor's Bio
Born and raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. Justin is the son of fellow Rotarians Rose & PDG Arnie, brother of Chelsea and Taylor all members of the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club, he joined the Club in 2010.
Justin is an Eagle Scout and has a degree from Farmingdale State College. He also is a license Independent Insurance Adjuster and Property & Casualty Insurance Broker.
     As Operations Manager for Restoration Experts of NY, Inc. located in Ronkonkoma Justin oversees the quality control, and all main operations of the family business started in 1995 by his Grandfather. Justin holds top restoration credentials and is a Master Fire, Smoke & Water Damage Restorer. The company employs 10 people along with a network of subcontractors and they have earned accolades as top performers in the industry and have a four-star rating for their professionalism and workmanship. They specialize in post disaster clean-up & reconstruction, as special trade contractors.
     Justin and his family founded The Simple Hope Foundation after he survived a fatal car accident that killed his partner Andrea Giattino as well as the drunk driver that hit them while on his way home from a Rotary Event. This organization supports innovative drunk driving prevention. Justin believes in shifting the paradigm of drinking behavior towards more reasonable and educated choices by starting the conversation when it matters most, when people actually have a drink in their hand. 
     Besides serving as president of The Simple Hope Foundation Justin is President of the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society organizing pop culture events with attendance of 10,000+ each year and sits on the board of General Needs- a foundation that serves homeless veterans in the NY, NJ, CT area.
     At 24 Justin was the youngest President in the history of the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club. In his two years as President he started to bring the value of networking back to the club. Since 2014 the Club has grown from 14 members to 54 in 2018. He has served in many positions during his time in Rotary including District Grants Chair 2016-2019, Gift of Life Long Island Board of Director 2018-2021, Rotaract Chair, Youth Exchange & RYLA Committee member, Paul Harris Society Chair, IT Committee member, and he has served on the District Conference committee for four Governors. Justin believes in The Rotary Foundation, he is a member of the Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and is a Major Donor.
News from Rotary International
Value of Rotary volunteering

Value of Rotary volunteeringA special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer

The Sustainability Challenge

10 years into the Rotary-USAID water and sanitation partnership, here’s what worked, what didn’t — and

6 humanitarians honored for their work with refugees

Six humanitarians who are members of the family of Rotary were honored as People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders during the 2019 

Hoops on the Hudson

In Yonkers, New York, a new basketball court four years in the making provides valuable life lessons to the community’s kids — and its

Justin A. Quaranta, District Governor
December 2019
Upcoming District Events
Dec 07, 2019 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Feb 16, 2020 6:00 PM 11:00 PM

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