Business Meeting this Tuesday
December 8 at Noon

Meeting will include an update from EPSD Superintendent Robert Kravitz on Technology and Remote Learning in the EPSD
Click here to see a summary of EPSD technology update in advance of our meeting
Please click here for the agenda for the 12/8 meeting
Here is the link for the Spoke for the 12/1 meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 2752 5274
Passcode: 352511
Special New Year Party Celebration
Tuesday December 29th at 6:00 PM via ZOOM
Advance Registration Required...please register now to reserve your spot
Service Spotlight

Teaching Oaxacan Artesanos How to Survive in the Times of COVID
Monserrat Raymundo Sanchez from San Atonino Castillo Velasco, Oaxaca creates folk art with dried flowers and was one of the participants in the pilot project organized by FOFA, which taught her how to sell her folkart pieces on social networks

Rotary Club of Englewood is proud to award a grant of $1500 and participate in an international service project with the the Friends of Oaxacan folk Art (FOFA). Here is a link to the FOFA website.

For a majority of folk artists in Oaxaca, Mexico the collapse of tourism during COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on their livelihoods since they rely primarily on selling their works to tourists, collectors and gallery owners from their home workshops. COVID ended this traditional way of making a living and they and their families are without resources including food.

The funding will underwrite an instructional curriculum that teaches them branding, marketing, customer service and remote selling along with packing and shipping. The needed materials have been developed and tested by FOFA, a 501c3 and lessons are taught by dedicated Mexican experts. Rotarian Joyce Grossbard has been a FOFA board member since its inception 13 years ago. She and Rotarian Mike Jacobs, (a fluent Spanish speaker) are looking to partner with one of the 5 Oaxacan Rotarys.

Sub-titled video of one of the participants in the pilot project talking about what the program offered her, can be viewed here.
Strategic Plan Update

We started working on our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan in late summer and had a meeting each month as well as emails soliciting the opinions and thoughts of our members. We looked at the plan from 2015 and the review from 2016 to get a sense of what we might want to carry forward. We noted that our vision statement was quite long, and I hoped to make it more concise. We also did a little research and analysis including looking at our Club’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and focused specifically on where our opportunities and strengths are. Based on that, we determined a direction for the future. 

Lisa has led us into a more activist role, promoting People of Action. Over the next three years, we can build on what has been established by our leadership over the past two years – Lisa and JoEllen – in terms of building membership and taking action. 

Here is what we accomplished: a vision, a mission and three overarching goals. The “how” of meeting our goals will be added early next summer. 

The Rotary Club of Englewood is an organization whose members work together to meet needs in our community and beyond. Leveraging our camaraderie, creativity, resources and diversity, we are always striving to serve as an exemplary organization in our community. 

To provide service to others and promote integrity, understanding, good will and peace in our Club, our community, nationally and abroad.

Membership - To attract and engage new members while maintaining an equal focus on meeting the needs of current members, both recent and long term. 
Community/Service – To devote ourselves to active, hands-on service in our community and beyond. 
Youth - To place particular emphasis on reaching out to the young people of Englewood, playing a role in developing future leaders. 

Thank you to those who actively participated in our discussions and responded to email questionnaires and surveys. This could not have happened without you. 

Jacqueline Guttman 
A Look Ahead....

Tuesday December 8 at noon- Business meeting

Tuesday December 15 at noon- Gary Hollander, Director of the Dwight Morrow H.S. Marching band with a special music performance

Tuesday December 22- No Meeting

Tuesday December 29 at 6 P.M.- Virtual New Year Celebration

Tuesday January 5 at noon- Dr. Angelica 'Angel' Pilato, from The Rotary Club of Portland, the first woman Air Force Officer assigned to manage an officer's club and the first to run one on a fighter pilot base in Southeast Asia, "How Being Part of History Turned into a Memoir".

Tuesday January 12 at noon- Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Zur will discuss Food Insecurity during the Pandemic in Bergen County and in Englewood

Tuesday January 19 at noon- Englewood Rotary member Dr. Mike Passow, "Englewood Environmental Trail"
Dr. Lisa Wisotsky, President,Rotary Club of Englewood

For Membership Inquiries please contact Joyce Grossbard, Chair of Membership