Lord we thank you for people with compassion – the caregivers – who care about others and do what they can to help them.
We ask you for your guidance and help in finding ways to overcome the mental and physical problems facing many of our fellow citizens.
The Tenafly Rotary is grateful that Surrogate Judge Dressler was able to visit us to explain about the necessity for well-written wills.
Martin’s schedule puts him in Manhattan on most Thursdays but he still escapes to visit us occasionally on Thursdays at the Clinton Inn.
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Rotary regards mankind as one.
This is the time of love. Love of your fellow man, of your community, of your country, and of your world. Love transcends all of mankind. The love in your heart and in your mnind shows itself by kindness, thoughtfulness, courtesy, generosity, compassion and an overall warmth for humanity.
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Lord, we thank you for letting America show the way. At this time when we are celebrating Haunukkah and preparing for Christmas, we are reminded how well people of all religions work side by side in this great land, and we know and pray it shall always be.
Lord, this week is “disarmament week”, so-declared by the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs.
Your son, Lord, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote more than a century ago that someday there would be a parliament of man and that nations would turn their swords into ploughshares.
We pray for that day when man will no longer raise weapon against man.
To that end, we ask your guidance so that we will work with and support those who would bring about a peaceful world.
(Disarmament Week is declared by the United Nations usually in October)
Doctors and Nurses
Lord we thank you for those who heal others, for those individuals who are doctors and nurses, who spend much of their lives helping to cure and to ease the pain of people who are ill.
We pray, Lord, that you bless them.
Encourage them and give them strength, for surely they are doing your will.
Michael Buffuto spoke about setting concrete goals – in writing – to help achieve your dreams. An interesting and lively presentation.
The Tenafly Rotary was happy to host the annual Rotary Luncheon at the Clinton Inn. Malcolm Borg, Chairman of the North Jersey Media Group and Board of Trustees for the NJ Press Foundation, spoke on the past and future of print media.
I was fourteen and a freshman at Tenafly High School when I heard John H. Knebels, a social studies teacher, say “The child is father of the man.” Was he saying to the class, “whatever you are to become, you had better stat on it now,” or was he thinking, “the attitudes you have today will probably have when you grow up”. I graduated from Tenafly High School in 1938 and had the good fortune to have attended three class reunions since then, the 25th, the 50th and the 55th. The graduates were always thrilled to see some of their teachers present. They were sad when only one could attend the 55th reunion.
Graduates look up to their teachers. They respect them. They are part of their lives. They help make them what they became. Through example and through values taught, teachers live on and on, through an inseparable bond they have with their students.
Let us pray: Lord, we thank you for those who spend their lives helping mankind through their teachings. There is no finer profession than one that helps educate mankind, preparing it for honest work and mobilizing its conscience for justice.