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Gail Matarazzo
President 2017-18

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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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 In an effort for each of us to know more about each other, a personal “bio” and photograph will be published on the month of your anniversary of joining The Rotary Club of Asbury Park. Remember to extend your congratulations to those that are profiled.
On August 15th we celebrate the 5th Anniversary for Peter Leyman  as a member of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park.  Sponsored by Tom Gilmour, Peter has truly enjoyed being a member of our club and is currently a member of our Board of Directors.
Peter was born in Wroclaw Poland, his family immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old, first to California then to New Jersey when he was 11. His father worked for the Army at Fort Monmouth. Peter was graduated from Ocean Township High School in 1998.
He received his MBA in Finance at the University of Phoenix and has been in banking for over 15 years.  Currently, Peter is Branch Manager for Investor’s Bank in Deal, N.J.  He and his wife Zaneta have been married 10 years have 2 children and live in Toms River.
Asked about Rotary membership, Peter says “he loves the people that serve the club and the outreach and support they provide in the local communities we serve”.  We are a richer club because of members like Peter Leyman.
News from Asbury Park Rotary

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.



Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action

We took a field trip and were warmly greeted by the staff of PL Customer Emergency Vehicles.  Jane Smock, CEO, and Debbie Thompson, President took the time from their busy schedules to share with us the history of this family-run business. Dividing into three groups, we were given the “short tour” for a better understanding of how an emergency vehicle is assembled.  Many thanks to Marta for organizing this informative and enjoyable meeting.

Thursday, August 17
     6 to 8 PM
  Asbury Eighteen Mini Golf
        on the boardwalk - $15 per person
                        www.asburyparkrotary.org to register - See Events on left side of page
Fern & Jeff Hall from the La Mesa Sunrise (San Diego area) CA Club visited our meeting on August 2nd.
Jeff is a founding member of their club (35 years).  We are proud to host visiting Rotarians and exchange banners.

We were delighted and honored to welcome District Governor Diane Rotondelli to our club on August 2, 2017.  She presented us with the Rotary banner highlighting this year’s theme “Rotary Making a Difference”, and then shared with us the many ways in which a Rotarian makes a difference.  She pointed out that while clubs provide friendships and fellowship, the focus on service to our communities is primary.  Our community in Asbury Park and in the world.

 New this year there is the Four-Way Test Contest and DG Diane shared stories of how that test has changed lives.

 Her emphasis for the year is “Adopt a Veteran” and we have been charged to make a difference in the life of a veteran before the end of year. DG Diane’s enthusiasm is contagious and will no doubt motivate new programs during her tenure.

We presented a check for $500 to Wag On Inn to support their efforts. 
Wag On Inn Rescue is a 501(c)3 that focuses on rehoming dogs and cats in Monmouth County.  If you would like information or would like to adopt a dog or cat please visit their website at www.wagoninn.rescuegroups.org.
from left Gail Matarazzo, Adrienne Gnassi, Tom Price
Marta's family business will host us at their location for our August 9th meeting.  The Renaissance is not available because of preparations for the Italian Festival.  Here are the details.
Date:               Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Location:         PL Emergency Custom Vehicles
                        2201 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan, NJ  08736
Time:               12:00 Rotarians arrive
                        12-12:30 Chick-Fil-A lunch w/speaker, Deb Thomson
                        12:30-1:15 Tour of facility
Directions to PL Custom: From North: Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. After toll, keep to far left for Route 34 South. Proceed halfway around traffic circle and continue on Route 34 South to exit 1/2 mile to right turn at top of hill (marked Sea Girt – Manasquan). Continue right at bottom of exit (Atlantic Avenue) Stay right at fork in road PL Custom on right – approx. 1/4 mile. Take second entrance to office.

Rotary Speaker 7.19.17


Melissa Leardi, Breaking the Chain through Education


Melissa (left) has been working with Breaking the Chain through Education since its inception. Her high school social studies teacher shared the reality of young children enslaved in Ghana and forced to work on fishing boats.  Through his efforts, Evan Robins has not only been able to secure the freedom for children, but has established a rehabilitation school that assists with their transition back into society and then finding suitable places for them to live.  Constant follow up with each child ensures that they are safe and receiving appropriate education.  For additional information, their website is www.btcte.org.



Rotary, July 12, 2017


Speaker, Jessica Jarmer, HHC, AADP


Jessica Jarmer, Health Coach & Wellness Expert, shared with us the benefits of a plant-based diet giving concrete examples based upon her own family, of how this diet promotes physical well-being.  Additional information on how transitioning to healthier eating can benefit you, see her website jessicajarmer.com. She will schedule a complimentary consultation.

Candice Guardino, Author and Star of the sold-out comedy Italian Bred spoke at the meeting this week about her show and career.  She has a local performance at 3pm at the Paramount Theater on 7/30/17. For tickets call 800 745-3000 or go to Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, or the Stone Pony Box Office. Break a leg 
Our annual Beach and Bocce Party was held on July 1st. The day started out a little cold and windy but everyone had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Marta we even had live music this year!

It was youth week at the Rotary Club of Asbury Park last week.  Lunch last Wednesday was a sell out.  A full house watched and listened to our scholarship winners tell us about themselves and their aspirations.   Three of our four recipients attended and from their presentations we could tell that the committee made some excellent choices.  We look forward to following their academic careers.  


They are (l to r) Jorge Villavivencio from Academy Charter HS, attending Rutgers University; Lindsey Sanclementi from Neptune HS, attending Quinnepiac University; and Trevor Kraeutler from Ocean Twp HS, attending James Madison Univ. Not pictured - Cristal Ramirez from Asbury Park HS, attending College of St. Elizabeth. Good luck to all and come back to visit us!


On Tuesday evening some club members attended the moving closing ceremony of RYLA.  Included were two ROCAP parents whose children participated in this excellent program, Amy and Jason.  We hope that these Rotary  offspring can come to a meeting to talk about their experiences at RYLA and share their  feelings about this life-changing program.  Our club sponsored the following participants:


William Gage Hutzley Ocean Twp Ocean Twp HS.   Ayana (Yana) Kai Jean Williams Neptune Neptune HS.  Katie Lynn Peardon Neptune Ranney School.  Victoria Hope Den Bleyker, Loch Arbour, Rumson-Fair Haven HS.  Pearl Grace Morales, Bradley Beach, Biotech HS

Congratulations to Gail Matarazzo!
Gail is married 28 years to Christian and is the proud mom of Harry age 22 and Hayden age 19.
Gail is NJ and PA licensed in life and health insurance, also Real Estate in the state of New Jersey.  Gail is part of the management team at Retirement Income Solutions, Oakhurst, serving as the Financial and Administration Director.
Gail is also the managing partner of Parkview River HH, LLC & CAM2030 LLC Real Estate Investment Companies that she and her husband own with properties in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Please welcome Gail as the 99th President of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park.
Members of the Asbury Park Rotary attended the Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club Meeting on Thursday June 15th at The Asbury hotel, it looks like they had a perfect night for fellowship.  For detail about the evening club contact Jaclyn Boruch 732-241-7927
Club members also participated in the June service project at Allaire Community Farm. 
Laurie Salka, Program Administrator Displaced Homemaker Services 
We welcomed Laurie Salka, Program Administrator for Displaced Homemaker Services, who shared with us their program that offers a compassionate, nonjudgemental support system for women in transition.  The support offered includes referral servers, training programs and support groups; helping women who have been dependent on a partner, find their way to independent living.Their website is www.brookdalecc.edu/displaced-homemakers
On Saturday June 10th The Asbury Park Rotary held its first collection for Pedals for Progress.  We collected 30 bikes and 6 sewing machines.  It was a beautiful day and a great turnout for our first event.  We expect to hold this event annually and expect it to grow.
P4P collects 3,000 to 5,000 bicycles annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 149,000 bicycles and 3,500 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market and accessing health care and other services. Sewing machine shipments help initiate educational programs and generate income opportunities that may otherwise remain out of reach for many people. Steady employment for adults is vital to the development and success of struggling communities.
Dawn Bunyon from Holiday Express spoke about how her organization strives to " Deliver the gift of human kindness ". Their mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support, and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year. We look forward to the opportunity to help.  For more information check out their website at www.holidayexpress.org .  Stay tuned for Service Project information.



Pedals for Progress & Sewing Peace, in its continuing effort to recycle unwanted

items properly, is having a used bike and sewing machine collection sponsored by

Asbury Park Rotary Club.

Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate

his or her bike to this worthy cause. We do not accept “bikes for parts” or

disassembled bikes. We also accept working portable sewing machines and sewing

notions (no fabric, please).

Bikes and sewing machines can be dropped off from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday

June 10, 2017 - rain or shine – at State Farm located at 3329 Sunset Ave.,

Ocean Township, NJ 07712.

For more information please call Sean (908) 884-0674

Thank you to Russell Hartz and Sister Debbie Dragon from Collier Youth Services for their presentation at today's meeting. The mission of Collier Youth Services is to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope. Please visit their website at www.collieryouthservices.org
Rotarians from the Asbury Park and Monmouth County Evening Rotary Clubs assisted Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship by building screens to keep pigeons out of the indoor paddock area.  Celtic Charms is a 501c3 that provides lessons in horsemanship to children and adults with disabilities.  A great turnout for a deserving project.
Kim Brittington of Tiny Tours Ocean Grove spoke last week and gave an interesting talk about the history of Ocean Grove including the significant number of women business owners in the late 1800's.  Tiny Tours provides walking tours of Ocean Grove, please visit her website at tinytoursog.com.
On April 22nd members of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park and the Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club participated in Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps.  We collected and logged trash and recyclables found on the Beach in Belmar.  The event was held from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

The Traveling Team!

On March 30, 2017, a dedicated group of Asbury Park Rotarians drove to West 32nd Street in Manhattan to serve dinner at Hope Lodge.  The American Cancer Society runs Hope Lodge as a free boarding facility for people receiving cancer treatment in New York City that offers relaxation from the busy city outside. Again, Rotary answers the call for service.




Rotary Helps Kids at Home, too.

Warren, Brenda, Danny and Exievier

Danny McKee, Asbury Park Little League president, and two of his young players showed up at the March 29, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park to accept a check for $2500.  The donation will be used to send 5 young ball players from Asbury Park to Little League Baseball Camp this summer in Williamsport, PA.

Warren Riddick, Asbury Park little leaguer, attended the camp last year and reported his experience to the Rotarians at their lunch meeting.  “They split us into teams and then we play games,” said Warren.  Exievier Chathuant, another camp attendee, told his story about Williamsport and expressed his gratitude. “We go swimming and have a lot of fun.  The money you give to us, we are thankful for,” said Exievier.

Asbury Park Rotary received half the money for this Little League project from a Rotary District Grant, available for small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in a community.  Individual and club donations to The Rotary Foundation come back to Rotary districts three years later for grants to help fund programs like this. 


First Repaired Computers Ready for Delivery

Dennis stands by his refurbished computers awaiting a new owner
Dennis Huntley has Multiple Sclerosis and knows what it’s like to be confined at home where the only connection to the outside world is a computer.  He is also a skilled IT person who repairs and refurbishes old computers.  Because of this, he approached Asbury Park Rotary with a proposal.
If Rotary can supply Dennis with unwanted and defective machines and find the disabled and needy people who could use one, he will make the repairs and updates.  The first restored computers are ready for delivery, and Asbury Park Rotarians will take care of that too.  It’s a partnership made in heaven, and we’re sure the good Lord is pleased.  A great job has been done by Brenda, Dina, Kip and all others involved.
David Legg
Aug 23, 2017
Rotary International Foundation
Annamarie Casaceli
Aug 30, 2017
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
Joe Leone
Sep 06, 2017
Covenant House
Jeff Bond
Sep 13, 2017
Judy Daniels
Sep 20, 2017
Fulfill formally The Foodbank