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District 7640: Garden State Rotary Club of New Jersey-September 2011 Newsletter by Toch Koch

Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (excerpt from newsletter)

Josh The Otter was born from the urgent need to protect children through an outstanding water safety program combined with emerging literacy for young children and ESL students. Presented in a learning kit that features a CD, the story of Josh, a coloring book and stickers, has touched and potentially saved the lives of thousands of children around the world; not just here in the US.

Governor Alan Stein attended the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans this year. Immediately he recognized that there was a match between Rotary Clubs everywhere. He brought the opportunity for Community Service to 7640. Everyone that I know who has had a “Josh experience” agrees of that potential to empower kids with safety AND has an incredible corporate fundraising opportunity to reach as many young lives as possible in schools, libraries, homeless shelters etc. through GSR donations and presentations.

I have already spoken to local businesspersons about purchasing “blocks of books” for distribution into the community. Other community and school based leaders see one more example of how GSR gives Service Above Self. Individual kits will also be available for family and friend gifting.

I know that JOSH likes to hang out (see above) and spread the message ~ STAY SAFE and support JOSH. There’s a rumor that JOSH will be swimming up the Delaware and come ashore on October 6, at Café Madison. BE THERE.