May Montag-McMurray, a Rotarian since 2002, is a member of the Rotary Club of Point Pleasant Boro, Born in Hanau, Germany, she and her parents fled their native Estonia following Russia’s invasion during World War II. The family immigrated to America in 1949 and was settled in Chatham, New York by the displaced persons program.
She worked in the banking industry for over 20 years, managed the student loan department and worked in the new business development department where she received her Life Insurance and Series 7 Brokerage licenses, and was instrumental in starting the brokerage department of the bank.
She is principal of Craft Financial and Prestige Benefits Association, Inc. established in 1988 with her late husband Jack.
May served as President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Point Pleasant Boro, and is currently Assistant Governor to Area Six, as well as serving as a member of the district grants and vocational assembly nominating committees.
As a Board Member of the Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation since 2010, she serves on the their finance, fundraising and gala committees. In 2009 through Gift of Life International, May hosted an 19 month old Ecuadorian girl and her mother for four months, and in 2014, she hosted a 12 year-old boy and his father from Kosovo, Albania, for 3 months, while the children underwent heart surgery and received follow-up care.
In 2010, she was a Rotary International Exchange Fellow in Melbourne, Australia. She also hosted a Group Study Exchange Student from Italy in2013.
In 2013, she traveled to India with a Rotarian team where she participated in a National Immunization Day (NID) in the Indira Colony-Manimajra area of Chandigarh. While there she and the team visited the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in New Delhi for a polio update. They also attended a briefing by Deepak Kapur, Chairman of Rotary International’s India National Polio Plus Committee. The trip solidified May’s commitment of Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign.
May has attended Rotary International conventions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, California, Denmark, Georgia, Louisiana, Portugal, Thailand and Utah. In additional, May has attended most of Rotary International Days at the United Nations since 2010.
She has also attended the Rotary Leadership Institute and completed levels I, II, III. She has also taken their graduate courses.
May received a Paul Harris Award in 2010, a Presidential Citation from the Rotary Club of Point Pleasant Boro in 2012 and the Michael’s Heart Award from the Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation in 2013, and The 2017“ Archie” Award , from District Governor David C. Forward. She has also been a member of the Paul Harris Society since 2008.
In her spare time she loves to travel would-wide with friends and has been fortunate to visit her father’s native land Estonia and was a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Tartu, Estonia. Her first love was fashion design and sewing but was sidelined by career goals. May’s daughter and step-children live in Colorado, Canada and upstate New York. She resides in the Vanada Woods section of Brick, NJ.
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