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Mission Statement

The mission of the Newton Rotary Club is to enhance the quality of life for all, in Sussex County and beyond . It is a service club that encourages friendship, business development and public speaking skills while offering prestige and companionship to its members.

The Club is a unit of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million members, in 200 countries.   Our purpose is to bring business and professional leaders together to exchange ideas and form friendships and goodwill throughout the world.

Membership is open to local professionals approved by the membership

Newton Rotary meets weekly for lunch with guest speakers and other informative programs

 
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Event: May 15, 2019  12:15 pm
Where: Hampton Diner
Topic: Newton Rotary to Donate Bus to North Carolina Residential Home for Vulnerable Children 
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      * Representatives from the school will discuss it at the Club’s noon meeting
       * Formal transfer of the vehicle will be made at approximately 1:30 in the Diner parking lot
 
 
Background: A Newton Rotary member has a winter home in Sunset Beach, NC. During his times there he attends the local Club meetings, South Brunswick Isles Rotary Club           (http://www.sbirotary.org/?fbclid=IwAR05G7RixFiHXe2JLZaaSlA5Z7r1OjNiVxYLtf5VKehAqwjKTtLXb6CC  Recently he attended a function that  the club was giving for one of their prime charities. The member, Frank Eberhart, learned that the recipient BOYS & GIRLS HOMES OF NORTH  CAROLINA needed a bus to continue their programs. 
 
   He contacted his Newton Club and member Denise Current (owner of Stocker Bus Co) about the need. Almost immediately the Club and Stocker Bus Co made arrangements for the donation.
 
B&GH of NC : Has been established for over 50 years in Lake Waccamaw, NC.
  “Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc. is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community-based services to meet the needs of vulnerable children by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.”..http://www.boysandgirlshomes.org/About
 
The 24/7 facility is funded by several federal and state agencies along with additional funds from many civic groups. They include: Civitans, Lions, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Optimists as well as several Rotary Clubs in NC
 
The Director of the School, Tom Simmons and Ustis Inman, Director of the Auto Academy,  will travel to Newton for the presentation and bus acceptance.
 
They will drive the bus down to the School after the transfer.
 
The Newton Rotary Club has been providing services since 1923. They meet regularly at the Hampton diner and welcome visitors and prospective members to their lunch meetings.
 
Rotary is a world wide organization of over 1.3 mllion men and women in over 200 countries

In 1948 a C-47 struck a B-25 cruising at an altitude of 7,000 feet over Swartswood. The B-25, while losing part of its wing went on to its final destination.

The C-47 crashed and 6 enlisted men plus the crew perished.

I told the members of the Newton Rotary, this story, a few years ago.
I asked if anyone remembered the incident.
FRED WEBER, said that not only did he remember it, but he helped in the search and rescue operations.

I always enjoyed speaking with the Judge and listening as he told stories of Newton, many years ago.

NEWTON NJ ROTARY CLUB - Starts 96th Year
 
On May 15 this Club begins it’s 96th year. It was chartered in 1923.
 
The Club has close to 100 members and is the largest in the district.
It started with  18 charter members. They were drawn from a wide circle of industries. Those early categories included: silk merchant, shoe manufacturer; lawyer and hotel owner. It seems the only category that has survived and prospered has been the “lawyers”.
 
New clubs must be sponsored by an existing club. Bill Chapman (in the early 1920’s) worked for Standard Oil and was a member of the Denville Rotary Club, at the time. His business brought him to the area, where he met many local business people. On several of these trips, he mentioned the formation of a Newton club.
 
When the club was established, they met in the main dining room of the former Cochran House. The hotel/restaurant was owned, by Charles Hendershot, who was one of the charter members. It was not coincidental, then, that the club continued to meet there for 33 years.
 
Lunch, in those early days was $ .50
 
In 1957, the club moved to Wilber’s Newtonian Inn, now know as the Hampton Diner. Luncheons were held there for 34 years until the club moved to the Lafayette House, in 1991. After 25 years the Club moved, this year,  to the Spring Street Grill. …. So it looks like this will be home for a long time.
 
The Club has  sponsored several other clubs, in the area. These clubs, in turn, sponsored other local clubs. Currently, there are six clubs in the county. Newton Rotary  is  proud of the fact that it was  the seed for many of them.
Over the years, there have been many memorable events and local people connected and associated to the Club.
 
  • Newman Drake purchased and donated land, in 1928, that eventually became Memory Park. He was the founder of the Drake Baking Co… you know DRAKES CAKE. For your info, he lived on Linwood Ave, next door to Janice’s house.  The current owner of Drakes recently presented a $20,000 check to the Town to refurbish this park.
  • Harry Jones, who started  Grand Union Stores, made substantial gifts for the establishment of the Newton Municipal Pool.
  • Our first community project in 1923, was the establishment of a Boy Scout troop.
  • We donated a tractor to Equator in 1962 and  a used fire truck to The Bahamas in 1965
  • We donated a rest room to Ft Dix in 1943
  • We published the book “Sussex County – A History
  • In 2018 the Club made a major contribution to provide flowers to the town.
 
The Club was also very instrumental in establishing the Newton Hospital.  Early members provided the land as well as the  initial capital for its establishment.
 
Various types of equipment were also donated, over the years. Among them was a  1937, La Salle ambulance that was used until 1951. In fact this vehicle was later used in several scenes of the GODFATHER.
 Since 2000  over $200,000 has been donated to the Hospital with another $100,000 pledged for the future. 
 
Other significant local contributions, since 2000, include over $75,000 for scholarships to local students. In fact, all community donations, since 2000, have exceeded $500,000 and over $1,000,000 since 1923.
 
Significant Past Members Included:
 
Ernie Wallace  - local jeweler
Dr Dorset Spurgeon – local physician
Harry Jones – Banker & merchant
Lewis Dolan -  Lawyer
George Condit - Auto Sales
Sylvester Fletcher - Soil Scientist
 
The Club looks forward to continuing its traditions of community service, into the future.
 
Guests and prospective members are invited to join us on Wednesdays:  Spring Street Grill  @ 12:15   $15.00 Newton, NJ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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