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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
United States
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Member Spotlight
KIP DALY
 
“True Grit” and “Tenacity” are two words to describe Kip Daly, at least in his younger days. Officially he is Arthur Kearn Daly III, but Kip as we know him overcame some real challenges early on. As a kid growing up in Neptune and active in just about every sport, Kip fell from a tire swing after graduating the 8th Grade and was seriously injured. He was paralyzed from the neck down for several months until a fusion of his spinal cord was successfully achieved. It took a year and a half of therapy to get to a point where he could resume playing soccer for Neptune High. It was his determination and promise to his ailing mother that he would play again.
Kip was graduated from Neptune High School and credits his teachers for their wisdom and guidance for moving him forward. He was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde, N.Y. on the condition that he spend 6 months in the cooking field. In the meantime Kip went to work for an EPA testing facility. In 1979, four months after he graduated high school, Kip’s mom passed away from cancer. Kip had been living at the time in a trailer. Because of his dad’s work schedule he took in his 14 year old brother Kris to live with him to insure he receive proper care and direction. This change put an end to his cooking career but he still dabbles in it.
While searching for a career, Kip joined the Neptune Township Volunteer Fire Company in 1980. He rose through the ranks and finally became the Deputy Chief. This experience led to him being first elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2018 as a Fire Commissioner for Neptune Township. During the years as an active fireman, tragedy nearly ended Kip’s fire fighting service and that of his brother. In 1983 they were both out on a 100 foot extended aerial ladder when it came crashing down during a training exercise. Both Kip and his brother were injured, but his brother got the worst of it receiving permanent brain damage, but is doing OK at this time after 25 years. In addition to being a fireman, Kip was also a “first aider” until his boys were born. He is a Past President of the Neptune First Aid Squad and Past President of the Neptune Republican Club.
In 1982, Kip began a career with the Neptune Township Sewage Authority. He took numerous courses at Rutgers and Ocean County College to receive his Class 4 license, the highest in that field. Kip retired after 27 years with the authority. Following retirement he went to work for Applied Water Management, now Natural Systems Utilities with responsibilities in many New Jersey counties.
About this time 36 years ago, Kip met his future wife Kathy who was a nursing student at the time. After two weeks from meeting her, Kip “popped” the question and they were married in August. He was so happy she said “yes”. This marriage brought two sons, Kristopher 32, a Police Officer in Neptune and has been married for 4 years. Evan 30, is an IT consultant specializing in spreadsheets and recently engaged. Kip credits their mother Kathy for their sons “fine upbringing”.
Brian Mullins was Kip’s sponsor into Rotary two years ago. Visualize this scene of Brian treating Kip for some type of injury. Knowing that Kip was being tortured, Brian asked him to join Rotary. To get the pain to stop, Kip agreed and The Rotary Club of Asbury Park gained an outstanding member from the very beginning.  Thanks to Brian for effective treatment. Kip took to Rotary like a “fish in water” enjoying every moment and was asked rather quickly to be a Director on our Board of Directors. His immediate dedication to the club was noticeable to all and received his Paul Harris Fellow at our last installation.
Kip says, “Joining Rotary has afforded me the opportunity to gain new friendships, interact with some of the most dedicated, loving and giving people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.     Service above Self is not just a buzz word for me but a lifelong commitment to the people of the world that need our help and especially towards each other. I’m grateful to be a part of The Rotary Club of Asbury Park family”. Our club has certainly been enriched with the addition of Kip Daly.
 
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
Ashley Clayton, 21 from Ocean Township, is a student at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She is a member of an organization called A Moment of Magic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in which college students volunteer at children’s hospital and other places and events dressed as princesses, superheroes, etc. The organization visits children in need free of charge. They provide services such as individual visits, bedside visits, group visits, story readings, and special events- just to name a few. They have 12 chapters all over the United States and 500+ volunteers who have visited over 20,000 children. The organization relies on donations to continue to providing services. They have been featured on ABC News, USA Today, CNN, Elite Daily, NBC News, and MANY more. They always need help since they pay for their own visits, commutes, costumes, etc. They hold events like galas and fashion shows in order to raise money further than just online donations and sponsors. Here is a link to various involvement opportunities: https://www.amomentofmagic.org/copy-of-mercer-get-involved.

At the 4/4/18 meeting, Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes from the Monmouth and Ocean County Small Business Development Center at Brookdale College was our Guest Speaker. The MOSBD is part of a national network of university and college-based centers that provide comprehensive counseling to small businesses and educational opportunities to small business owners and potential business owners. Their website is www.MOSBDC.com

If you ordered a Rotary shirt Dina Blackwood has advised that they are in.  Please bring cash or check payable to Rotary Club of Asbury Park.
A life-long resident of Monmouth County, Bob Henschel shared with us his passion for nature, particularly the bird population of Monmouth County.  An active member of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, Bob has much experience about which birds are best seen and where you will find them.  The Monmouth County (NJ) Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of nature, wildlife conservation, habitat protection and education.  Through the Society, field trips, evening trips and programs are scheduled throughout the year.  Bob’s presentation was a wonderful reminder that while we live in the shadow of a major city, Monmouth County has many opportunities to explore and enjoy nature.  For additional information visit http://www.monmouthaudubon.org