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Welcome to our Club! Where Service and Fellowship Flourish!

Asbury Park Rotary

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Renaissance
1110 Valley Rd & Hwy 35 S
(Just North of Wegman's)
Ocean, NJ  07712-3977
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Vince Alvino
It is with great delight that we feature this week another Rotarian “extraordinaire”, Vince Alvino.
A native of Long Branch, Vince was graduated from Long Branch High School in the class of 1966 and later from Monmouth College in 1970 with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. In 1971 he was employed by the accounting firm of Stevens, Fluhr and Chismar as a Public Accountant in Neptune, N.J. and in 1995 became a CPA and in 1997 a Senior Partner of Alvino & Shechter, L.C.C.
Vince is a member of the NJ Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Accountants and the PCPS of the AICPA Division of CPA Firms. In addition to individual, partnerships, corporations and trusts, the firm’s professional clients include Municipalities, Fire Districts, School Districts and Not-For-Profits.
Frank Fluhr, Vince’s partner and a Rotarian of The Rotary Club of Asbury Park sponsored Vince as a member in March 1995, some 23 years ago and Vince has not looked back since. He was fast tracked to become President in the Rotary year 1999-2000, with the Club receiving the Presidential Citation in his presidency. In 2001, Vince was asked to be our Treasurer and was in that position for 14 years which terminated his 19 years on the Club’s Board of Directors. In year 2001-2002, he served as Finance Committee Chairman for the Rotary District 7500. Vince was instrumental and part of the creation of The Rotary Foundation of Asbury Park in 2004 which is a critical part of the Club’s operations. Vince received his Paul Harris Fellow in 2002 with an additional sapphire to his PHF pin representing additional contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Vince has also been involved with the Vince Lombardi Awards Banquet Committee for 22 years to date, with 20 years as its Awards Chair. This committee of member from Rotary Clubs in Monmouth County honor on an annual basis, outstanding “linemen” from various high schools in the county. Two sons, Brian and Nicholas were honored from Wall High School for this prestigious awards, with Brian receiving the award in both his junior and senior years. Vince has also assisted the 2014-2015 District Governor Harriet Primack, in an advisory capacity, in the Rotary District 7500’s approval of their tax-exempt Foundation application.
The Alvino Family suffered a horrific tragedy in 1994 when their son Adam was killed in a car accident in his junior year. From this event, Vince and Janice established both the Adam Alvino Achievement Scholarship and The Adam Alvino Memorial Scholarship to honor their son’s memory. Over the past 23 years and amount in excess of $100,000 has been raised to provide football players from Wall Township, Manasquan and Neptune Township High Schools; and senior graduates from Wall High School.
In 1972 Vince married his high school sweetheart Janice and have been married for 46 years. Besides Adam they have Christopher, Brian and Nicholas. They are very proud grandparents of Wade age 5 and Grant age 3.
With a family of four sons, Vince made a decision early on in his career to seek employment in the local area in order to have time to devote to his family. Vince spent 17 years with the South Wall Little League. He started as a Player Agent, then Team Manager, President for two one year terms and 15 years as its Treasurer. With three sons participating in the Wall Pop Warner Football program, Vince became involved at game time as a player play monitor and member of the chain detail.
Vince and Janice enjoy traveling, especially to their adult community in Boca Raton, Florida, and recently become involved with the sport of Pickleball as intermediate level players and enjoy the exercise, social interaction and competition.
Regarding his thoughts about Rotary, Vince says, “With sincere regards for the thoughtfulness of my partner and sponsor, I became a Rotarian at a time in my life in which I needed Rotary as much as Rotary needed me. I found the camaraderie and dedication among its members in the pursuit of goals that I find unparalleled, and the reason for my continued dedication to the Rotary ideal”.
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
Prudence White, Board Member, and Jennifer Simon, House Manager, representing Redeem-Her, shared with us their unique program that supports women transitioning from confinement (jail or rehab) back into society. Their mission is to provide support to women committed to staying free from addiction. This program offers hope and help to women reentering the community by providing basic needs of housing, clothing and food as well as support from women who have shared similar experiences.  For information on how you can help visit their website: www.redeem-her.org.  Also view their website to see the testimonies from women who have been successfully supported and given a second chance.

MARCH 11, 2018
Marchers will assemble between 12:30 and 12:45 at the Wonder Bar. Our staging area will be assigned to a number location on Ocean Avenue on Sunday morning.  Our float will accommodate children and anyone that is unable to walk the route.
Please RSVP to katechambrovich@gmail.com or call/text Kate 732-213-0917 if you have any questions. I will make every effort to share our assembly space number via email or text!
Lori Schenck, Assistant Director of Services, introduced our club to Camp Oakhurst, located in Oakhurst.  It was established in 1906 by parents of children with disabilities.  At that time it provided an opportunity to get out of the city into the fresh air of the country. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, including autism and physical and intellectual disabilities, and provide respite for their families through a year-round camp experience.  Being fully accessible and having 15 acres to explore, gives campers with a variety of capabilities an opportunity to have a true camp experience.  For more information, see their website: www.nysh.org or contact Lori at 732.531.0215 or lschenck@nysh.org.
This years Wine Dinner will be our 15th!! SAVE-THE-DATE May 18th, 2018.  We will once again be at The Deal Golf & Country Club.
This year we will raise funds for the first time ever for ourselves, specifically for our Veteran's Bus Trip to Washington DC June 9 and our Rotary Foundation in general.
This year we will be honoring Kelly Terry from The Mya-Lin-Terry Foundation with The Outstanding Community Service Award for her efforts within the Pediatric Cancer Community.
HabCore for The Outstanding Service Award for their supportive services to Veterans, families & individuals with special needs.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW! Keep your eyes open for the Invitations in March.
The Asbury Park Rotary Club will be making a $500.00 donation to The Moorestown Lunch Rotary!
If you were in attendance last week you heard all about their "Solar Light Project"!!
Our Club Board voted Thursday to contribute to this wonderful project!
Moorestown Rotary will be replacing kerosene lamps with solar lamps.  This will be life-changing for students in Uganda!
Our contribution will help them reach their goal of bringing safe, clean, lighting to 400 children & their families!
Audubon Society
Mar 28, 2018
Jackeline D. Mejias-Fuertes
Apr 04, 2018
Monmouth Ocean Small Business Development Center
Ashley Clayton
Apr 11, 2018
A Moment of Magic Foundation
Mike O'Grady
Apr 18, 2018