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This week in Rotary
Sunday, April 18, 2021
President's Message
Dear Friends,

Every year since I joined the Rotary Club of Haddonfield in 2013, I have looked forward to the annual picnic. We have enjoyed a variety of settings, both inside and outdoors. Last year, we were not able to have the picnic and, as we are all well aware, indoor gatherings are still highly regulated due to COVID.
Last fall, I had hoped to give us an opportunity to gather in a safe outdoor location, far from crowds. I recalled the wonderful Camp Roosevelt, where my son enjoyed many experiences as a member of Scout Troop 65. Since we have 2 current members who are active in the Garden State Council, Patrick Linfors and Jason Miller, I asked if they might give me a tour of the camp to see if it would be an appropriate place for us to gather. They did – and it is! It also has the benefit of built in activities that for some that may bring back memories of youthful scouting, camping, and hunting.
Target shooting was a favorite sport in colonial America, with the New England Puritans regularly testing their shooting skills for recreation and at militia training days. The Scotch Irish settlers on the frontier favored shooting matches sponsored by Tavern keepers. Turkey shoots were popular after harvest time. Contestants would pay an entry fee, and everyone who killed a tethered turkey at 110 yards for muskets or hundred and 65 yards for rifles could keep the bird.
Practicing for game hunting by shooting at artificial aerial targets launched from spring-powered launching devices (“traps”) became highly popular and led to the development of the modern Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays shooting sports.
In 1831 a sportsman club in Cincinnati Ohio held a competitive shoot at pigeons and quail released from ground traps. German ethnic communities set up athletic clubs and shooting clubs, especially in the Midwestern states In the 1850–1917. Breach loading shotguns introduced in the 1860s, and the knowledge of rifles by Civil War soldiers, made trap shooting popular. However, there was opposition to killing live birds—and the passenger pigeon was dying out—so glass or clay targets were used instead.
Today, more than one million youth participate in shooting sports events and programs such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, U.S. Jaycees, NCAA, The USA High School Clay Target League, the Scholastic Clay Target Program, National Guard Bureau, ROTC, and JROTC.
I hope you will join me at Camp Roosevelt on June 6th and enjoy an “out of the box” experience! A delicious lunch is included, and the picnic is FREE to members and their immediate families.  Sign up here.  
Stay safe,

This Week:  Why We Need More Veterans in Business
WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 12noon.
WHERE:  Register in advance by clicking here:
and you will receive a confirmation email with a one-click link to join the meeting.  

Jeff George wears many hats, such as a Wealth Management Advisor and Senior VP for Merrill Lynch, where he oversees more than $1 billion in client assets.  He is also a former Army Captain, Company Commander 101st Airborne Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom.  And that's his true passion -- veterans today and assets they bring to business. Several years ago all we heard was about veteran homelessness, PTSD and suicide rates -- all tragic but reflective of a small percentage of veterans. Like Rotarians, Jeff certainly believes in service above self.  His first assignment of an Air Ambulance Company and a Medical Planner in the 101st Airborne Division Staff.  His first assignment was as a Blackhawk MEDEVAC pilot and team leader in South Korea for 24 months. He was awarded the City of Philadelphia's 2017 Veteran of Influence, the 2016 Merrill Lynch David Brady Award for Community Service, a Bronze Star Medal, multiple Meritorious Service Medals, and many others. He and his wife, Valerie, who owned of multiple Cold Stone Creamery franchises for about ten years, are the parents of three boys. 
News & Updates on our Fellow Rotarians

Jim Tassini is at Moss Rehab, recovering from a fall and is expected to be discharged on Friday. We thank Kathy for the updates!
Bill Bromley is recovering from COVID at Magee Rehab, and will hopefully be released to home on Friday as well. He will then receive outpatient rehab. Bill is what the media refers to as a “longhauler” but we have every reason to expect a full recovery and look forward to having Bill back among us in the future. Big thanks to Sue Bromley for keeping us in the loop.
We had a wonderful conversation with Ginny Ritchie, who reports that Al is recovering from COVID, which impacted the whole Ritchie family. Ginny is grateful for our concern and says that the Rotary Club of Haddonfield has always been an important part of Al’s life, and that he hopes to enjoy our fellowship again soon.

We're thrilled that Allison Super will join the 2021-2022 Board as Director of Fundraising. It's a big job and she is up to the task!

Our dedicated editor of The Observer, Susan Baltake, moved to new digs in downtown Haddonfield this week. We are impressed – and very grateful that she was able to “keep the presses rolling” and deliver this edition of the Observer. Thank you, Susan!
Coffee Talk 

The Membership Committee has put together a "Coffee Shop pitch" (in lieu of an elevator pitch) that members can use when they encounter a new prospect who might be curious about joining the Club. With the help of Joe Murphy and his office, a supply of these business cards with the pitch and contact information will be made available to members to have at-the-ready when the opportunity arises. 
Invite your friends and neighbors to these upcoming meetings by simply forwarding this email. 

April 28:  The Reverend Patrick J. Rooney STS, of the Rotary Club of York, PA, the 23rd largest Club in the world, on a vision with passion.
May 5:  Club Member Paul Schmeltzer, on the dreaded Spotted Lantern Fly.
May 12: Club Forum.
May 19:  Scholarship Dinner at 6:30pm via Zoom (no lunchtime Zoom that day).
June 6:  Shooting Party and Club Picnic at Camp Roosevelt.  Free!  Sign up here!
June 23In-Person Changeover Dinner at Tavistock Country Club (in-person as of now).
Rotary Club of Haddonfield
P.O. Box 383 Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Doing Good and Having Fun Doing it!

With much appreciation to the late Bill Reynolds, Editor Emeritus.  

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15pm 
via ZOOM for now, and looking forward to returning to Tavistock Country Club this summer,
100 Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield NJ  08033, 856-795-7976

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