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Gail Matarazzo
President 2017-18

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Greetings from Asbury Park Rotary

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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It’s a good thing that Jim Jeffries recruited Richard Buckley years ago, because Richard recruited his neighbor Tony Chambrovich in 2013. Our club has been the winner for having Tony as a member ever since. Not just a member, but surely a a Rotarian in so many ways.
Tony hails from Orangeburg, N.Y. and graduated from Tappan Zee High School.
He graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1978 with a degree in Physical Education. Tony was a K-12 teacher for the following two years.
In 1980, took an opportunity to change careers to pharmaceutical sales which became Tony’s new passion. Lucky for him, this is where he met Kate. Tony and Kate have 4 boys and 3 grandchildren. They first lived in Allenhurst for 28 years, and currently in Interlaken.
 Sports are big in Tony’s life.  He started coaching while in high school and has been at it some form or another for many years.  Tony has coached both boys and girls in basketball, soccer, swimming, Asbury Park Little League and Ocean Township Pop Warner Football, he loves it. His fondest memory was coaching swimming to special needs kids in NY. One boy, Norman loved to tackle the college football QB which gave Tony the most enjoyment. We should call him “Coach”.
Tony never knew much about Rotary except the local club in New York sponsored his summer basketball team back in the “70’s”.  All that changed on his first two visits to The Rotary Club of Asbury Park, when he sat next to Mike Fornino. Tony says, “boy, did I learn a lot”.  Most of us are not surprised by that statement.
“Now I know that Rotary consists of a great bunch of people from all walks of life and we have a strong passion to help others”.
Kate will not be forgotten here. She too is a Rotarian and will be “Spotlighted” in the future. Tony and Kate, a great Rotary Team.
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action

While the United Way is an organization that is known to all of us, it was good to be reminded of their focus and their presence in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Though the programs and partnerships that receive United Way funding are numerous, Tamar shared with us that youth and families are the primary focus. School readiness, both emotionally and academically, receives a great deal of attention from the United Way. Reading programs ensure that children are at grade level in their ability to read and comprehend, and that they remain at grade level throughout their elementary school years. Working with children during the summer months helps to support this effort.  Located in the Freehold Mall is the Financial Success Center, which is open to anyone who needs support, with most of these programs being free-of-charge.  Tax returns, money management, and job search are just a few of the programs offered. This barely touches on the difference that the United Way makes in our communities. For additional information or to see how you can get involved, visit their website uwmoc.org.

Joe Leone, our speaker, told us of his humble beginnings that were overcome with his eventual great success as a food entrepreneur.

Along the way, he discovered Covenant House in Newark, a place for homeless teens.  He related several anecdotes about the experiences of those children whose lives were profoundly changed by their time at Covenant House, some who overcame adversity to become very successful and  productive.  All of whom, he explained, were uplifted by their experience there.  He told us that Asbury Park also is home to a Covenant House, that he is very supportive of in his charitable work.   He also related how he recently lead a convoy of four semis holding 400,000 cases of water to the victims of the Texas hurricane, postponing his visit with us for several weeks. 
Anthony “Petro” Petrocelli immediate past president of Point Pleasant Beach Rotary Club- Diane Rotondelli Rotary District 7500 Governor- Kathy and Kip Daly Rotary Club of Asbury Park and Laureen DiMatteo enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and fellowship supporting their Rotary Club members from the Belmar/Wall Rotary Club at the annual wine tasting fundraiser. They sampled delicious wines from around the region in a blind tasting and voted on their favorite wine in a red, white, and blush/rose variety. They sampled foods provided by area restaurants  that were delicious. Kip and Petro both agreed that it was a great event and a good time. We will be back next year for sure!

An adult education and resource center since 1988, SCAN believes that staying active socially and staying connected promotes mental and physical health among adults 50+.  With the use of education and technology SCAN creates an environment where active adults can continue to grow intellectually as well as physically and emotionally.  See their website for the fall schedule of classes now being offered: www.scannj.com.


Veterans Lunch
Nov 22, 2017
Veterans Lunch
Jason Scalzi
Nov 29, 2017
The Police Chaplain Program
Lunch Break Dinner Meeting
Dec 06, 2017