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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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Although a Rotarian for only a year, Rebecca has a background that emulates our motto Service above Self. This is a story well worth reading about a true mid-western girl born in the small town of Caney, Kansas which is near the Oklahoma border where she lived for the first 5 years of her life. From there to Kentucky until the 8th grade, then to Cahokia, Illinois which is opposite St. Louis on the Mississippi River where she became a “Cardinal Fan” at least for a while. At age 20, Rebecca returned to Kansas to attend Wichita State University majoring in social work.
 While in Wichita she became acquainted with the Ecumenical Institute, an organization that was doing local church renewal based in Chicago. Rebecca dropped everything and moved to the Windy City for the next 12 years. Trained in the development/fund raising department of the Institute she worked out of Chicago, Edmonton, Canada, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Lagos and Cairo offices, plus extended time in Tokyo, Manila, Bombay and New Delhi. What an incredible life experience and dedication to her work.
Much to the relief of her grandparents, Rebecca settled down from the fast pace of work and travel when she met her future husband Tim Lush in Chicago and became a “True Cubs Fan”.  Tim’s son Jack came with the marriage. Rebecca and Tim moved to Hoboken, N.J. and added two daughters to the family, Julie and Jo. Jack, his wife and daughter live in Seattle, the daughters live in Washington DC and Richmond. After leaving Chicago, Rebecca continued in fund raising/development. She focused more on smaller non-profits, helping to establish a development office and procedures, many having a director for the first time. She focused on organizations that she felt “made a difference”, particularly in education. There came a time when Rebecca and Tim decided to come “down to the shore” for good.
Rebecca and Tim are active at Trinity Church in Asbury Park and reside in Wanamassa. She has been the chair of the board for Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center, Cantigas Women’s Choir and the church council at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jersey City for many years. She has lost count of how many development committees and golf outing committees. Currently she is Director of Donor Relations at Mercy Center in Asbury Park, an organization very familiar to our club.  We can thank Club Secretary and Past President Tom Price for sponsoring this outstanding lady. Rebecca is most happy watching a movie based on a historical event or reading a good mystery “on the beach”. She remains a die-hard Cubby fan. Here’s what Rebecca thinks about Rotary…
”I truly enjoy attending Rotary meetings and am enlivened by the banter and genuine companionship of the members. I’ve learned a lot about Monmouth County through our speakers. I hope to find ways to make a more meaningful contribution to Rotary in the coming year.”
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
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!
The Asbury Park Rotary Club held a Mini Golf Outing in August, 2017, to support the club as well as raise funds for additional AED devices for the Asbury Park Fire Department. We raised enough funds to purchase three defibrillators.  On February 14 we welcomed Asbury Park Fire Chief Kenny Keddy, Asbury Park Fire Marshall Garrett Giberson, and our Rotary member Neptune Fire Commissioner Paul Annunziata as the distributor of the AED demonstrated how the device works to save lives.  James Schatzle, Paramedic, Founder & President of Team Life, shared the statistic that every 90 seconds someone suffers a massive heart attack, with a 5% survival rate. What a AED does, is change that survival rate to 90% if used within the first few minutes.  He then demonstrated the ease of using the defibrillator.  For more information visit their website www.teamlife.com or call Jim at 732.946.4243; it could save the life of someone you love.
We would like to thank our club members for their work on this project, especially Kip Daly, Paul Annunziata, Tony Chambrovich and Brian Mullins.
Jill Garaffa is an occupational therapist with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital who has a passion for and an understanding of how our personal energy affects our quality of life. She has founded Seeds of Change Health & Wellness Coaching LLC, and shared with us the following.  There are five different sources of energy: mental/emotional, physical, social, environmental and spiritual.  Each of these has aspects that influence the energy (negatively and positively) in our lives and she provided suggestions for improvement in each category.  To learn more about these energies visit her website www.seedsofchangecoaching.com, or text her at 732.859.6962.
Asbury Park Rotarians welcomed the return of Gina Hagerman, Assistant Principal, and Greg Colón, Career Pathways Coordinator, who shared with us the Academies being introduced as educational alternatives at Ocean Township High School (OTHS).  Using a grant received from the State of New Jersey, the first of three Academies was launched this academic year.  Spartan School of Business and Finance, received 35 student participants in this program that partners with Georgian Court University.  September 2018 will be the start date for the Spartan School of Technology, whose program partners with NJIT, and in the fall of 2019 Spartan School of Visual and Performing Arts will be launched.  These programs offer students a variety of options for focus during their high school years, and give students a head-start by providing college credits.  Each is a four-year program, but these do not replace the standard high school curriculum.  OTHS is seeking businesses who can provide the internships or apprenticeships which are part of the program.  If you are interested or want more information contact Greg at: gcolon@oceanschools.org or 732-531-5650, ext. 1400.
Jill Schumacher spoke about the work the American Littoral Society does in New Jersey.
The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same.
For information on their projects see https://www.littoralsociety.org 
Prudence White
Feb 28, 2018
Redeem-Her is a 501(C)3 that helps women in transition from rehabilitation and incarceration
Tony Howley
Mar 07, 2018
Americans for Prosperity
Michael Dowens
Mar 14, 2018
Unbroken Warriors
Mar 21, 2018
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