October 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Maplewood Rotary Club welcomed special guest speaker Maggie Doyne at Tuesday’s regular meeting at Cryans in South Orange. Guest Rotarians from the South Orange Rotary and Madison Rotary were also in attendance. Doyne shared her story and appealed to Rotary Club for help building a well to provide clean water for her orphanage in Nepal.
The Maplewood Rotary Club’s weekly meeting turned magical when special guest Maggie Doyne shared her story. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room and all in attendance were inspired by her accomplishments.
Angel Calvosa, VP of Maplewood Rotary, noted, “What Maggie has achieved in her lifetime is truly remarkable. I’ve never met an individual with such genuine desire and conviction to make the world a better place. She embodies the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. Our club will do all we can to help her.”
At the young age of 19, New Jersey native Maggie Doyne took $5000 of babysitting money and bought a piece of land in Nepal, a war torn country with countless orphans. She began raising money, won Cosmo’s Girl Born to Lead Award and built the Kopila Valley Children’s Home which now houses 40 children. In 2009, Maggie was the grand prizewinner of the Do Something.org Award. She used the $100,000 prize money to build a school that now services 300 children, some of whom walk up to 3 hours each day to get there.
Dr. Melissa Brown, Board Member BlinkNow Foundation said, “"Maggie Doyne inspires others to make a difference--in the blink of an eye, we can all do something that can make a difference in this world. The Maplewood Rotary's warm welcome and willingness to help with the Kopila Valley High School clean water project will create huge positive ripple effects in the lives of so many--far beyond what any of us can imagine!"
To learn more about the Kopila Valley School and the BlinkNow Foundation please visit www.blinknow.org. You will also find a wish list page showing what is needed and how you can help. For more on Maggie Doyne’s story: http://youtu.be/xATsJijzVNo.
About Maplewood Rotary Club
The Rotary Club is an International Organization comprised of community leaders around the globe and is most famous for nearly eradicating Polio. The Maplewood Rotary Club has been sharing their time, talents and resources to help make our community and the world a better place, since 1930.
Our next project, is the Annual Holiday Tree Sale. Please come support your community by purchasing your tree from us! Tree sales start the, the week after Thanksgiving @ the Maplewood Community Pool located at 187 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood. Hours are Sat-Sun, 9 am - 6 pm; Mon-Fri, 6 pm - 8 pm. Please tell Your Friends & Neighbors!
The Maplewood Rotary Club is always looking for new members. It is a service club, nonreligious, nonpolitical and open to everyone. We meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm at Cryan’s in South Orange. Anyone looking to find out more information, please come join us for a meeting or go to: www.maplewoodrc.org or visit us on Facebook “Rotary Club of Maplewood, NJ.”