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
"Service Above Self" says it all as Anthony P, Sean and Tom P lead the way
The frost was on the shamrock at this year’s Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Parade, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Asbury Park Rotarians as they took their rightful place in the festive procession. Club members and friends bundled up for the 4th annual event on March 12, 2017 that marched from Ocean Ave, through downtown Cookman and ended by Johnnie Mac’s on Main Street. Only one disgruntled Rotarian was heard to complain about the subfreezing temperature when he said, “This isn’t fair. It’s like doing two Polar Plunges in one year!”
Kate did a great job as chair of our Parade committee and, with the help of Kip, put together a grand little Rotary float describing our accomplishments. The Rotary kids rode the float and tossed goodies to spectators as we passed by. Special thanks to Anthony Petrocelli, Point Pleasant Beach Rotary president and Asbury Park High School teacher, for anchoring one end of our lead banner.
The reviewing stand described us as the “best Rotary club in the universe for our enthusiasm, infectious spirit and commitment to service.” Many comments were heard from the crowd like “go Rotary,” “you’re the best” and “thanks for all you do.” The word is getting out.
The kids ride the float
Kate, Tama, Dina and the Buckleys with Denise P
Kevin and Amy work the crowd with goodies
Tony C in the cold while Kip and Kathy pull the float
Asbury Park Rotarians prepare to march
An open car door beckons you in for a ride on "The Circuit" as the Palace glows behind
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973)
Down in town, the Circuit's full of switchblade lovers
So fast, so shiny, so sharp
As the wizards play down on Pinball Way
Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight
In an everlasting kiss
Figuring I'll get a drink
Turn the radio up loud
So I don't have to think
I take her to the floor
Looking for a moment when the world
And I tear into the guts
Mmh, of something in the night
Recent health studies have shown that laughter can actually boost the immune system to fight illnesses such as cancer and viral diseases. Hilarity not only reduces stress but increases natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells. Lord knows, we sure do laugh a lot in Rotary.
Sandy, Joan and Jeff react to a misspoken word at the District Foundation Dinner
One major new study found that roaring with laughter can boost the immune system by up to 40%, and health professionals should look more seriously at humor as a complementary therapy. Research at Indiana State University showed that a group of women watching laugh-out-loud comedy videos together had healthier immune systems than those who watched a dull tourism video. Blood tests confirmed a significant increase in natural killer cells over the control group, and stress levels decreased. It was concluded that laughter may benefit cancer patient treatment.
Tony B and Anthony enjoy a Rotary meeting exercise program
So, here’s another reason to belong to Rotary – Laughter is good for your health. And, Asbury Park Rotary is certainly known for its good times. Our meetings are always upbeat and produce many moments of amusement. We are lucky to have a collection of members who keep us entertained. Even our service projects can be fun, whether we’re jumping in the frigid Atlantic Ocean or packing frozen chickens at the Food Bank.
Denise P and Jeff verify a fun holiday party
Be active in Rotary. You have nothing to lose and, maybe, a whole lot to gain.
What in the world could Gail and Penny be smiling about at the District Installation Dinner?
Gail, Tama, Brenda, Hunt, Tom P, HJ, Traudy, Kip, Kate, Brian Y and Sean proudly display their certificates of appreciation
The Asbury Park Corps of the Salvation Army honored the Asbury Park Rotarians who volunteered to be a “Bell Ringer” and support their kettle drive during this past holiday season. A special awards luncheon was held and certificates of appreciation were handed out by Major Carl, corps commander and Rotarian. Asbury Park Rotary is always there when the community calls.
Dale Vetter (c) and past Michael's Heart winners
Fun with a purpose is the trademark of Rotary, and it all came together at the 20th Annual Gift of Life Foundation Winter Gala of Rotary District 7500. Rotarians from around the district met at the Crystal Point in Pt Pleasant on February 11, 2017 with one primary goal – to repair the hearts of little children around the world.
The Gala is a fund raiser to support medical missions for poor children in underserved countries who would die from congenital heart defects if we didn’t help. Rob Raylman, CEO of Gift of Life International, addressed the attendees with encouragement and praise for all the good Rotarians from D7500 are doing to save children’s lives. He reported that the many Gift of Life organizations, working through Rotary, now are the #1 charitable organization in the world that helps children with heart disease. We not only help the children but the families that love those children so much.
The Michael’s Heart Award was presented to a person who demonstrates dedication to Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation and who follows Rotary’s principles of service above self, compassion and integrity. This year’s winner was Dale Vetter of Willingboro Rotary Club who gave a very moving acceptance speech.
Asbury Park Rotary supported the event with a $500 ad in the program book and an auction item donation. Attending from our club was Gary S, a member of the GOLF board of trustees.
Chuck Watson of Red Bank with Gary S and Rob Raylman
… And Those Who Helped!
Adrienne and Robin are always there to sell the merchandise
You don’t have to plunge to be a big asset to a Rotary event like the Polar Plunge. Those who work behind the scenes are vital in making these fund raisers a success. So we thank and recognize those who helped at the 9th Annual 2017 Rotary Polar Plunge:
Jim, Hunt and Ted -- True Rotary yeomen.
Mike, Tom P, Brian Y, Roy -- Make things happen
HJ and Frank -- Eager to Serve
Rotary 2017 Polar Plungers are happy to help
The Plungers are ready
Jeff leads the way; Gary S, Linda, Brenda, Ellen P, Traudy and Maria after the Plunge
2017 Plunge's top donors
Chairlady Traudy and Maria, from Mary's Place, with MC Jeff
Sean brings his biggest fans
Investors Bank, our most loyal supporter, was there to help. Seated l to r: Marissa, Rose and Michele. Standing L to r: Kate, Renee, Polar Bear, Peter and Rich
A True Friend of Rotary
Helping Students: President Brenda, Penny, Tino Fontes and Peter
Investors Bank sent some of its VIPs to our meeting to present the second half of the grant Asbury Park Rotary was awarded to give out for its college scholarship program. This brings the total to $16,000 our club was given by Investors to assist students from Asbury Park, Neptune, Ocean Township and Academy Charter High Schools with the costs of furthering their education.
Making the presentation were Tino Fontes, Senior Retail Market Manager, Penny McDaniel, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager and Peter Leyman, Assistant Vice President and Deal Branch Manager, all of Investors Bank. Of course, Penny and Peter are Asbury Park Rotarians which helps a lot.
Our special thanks go to Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank, for being such a good friend of Rotary.
HJ lounges like Cleopatra in her boudoir as she generously gives
The holidays are the time of giving and Asbury Park Rotarians showed their generosity by donating their life-giving blood. The Central Jersey Blood Center sent its bloodmobile to our January 4, 2017 meeting where about 25 members and friends provided something more valuable than money.
Brian Y gets his fluids checked by technician Colleen
Sean surprised everyone when his blood was warm
Rotarians Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Vince, Jeff, Robin and Traudy sing "Gloria, in exelsis Deo!"
A cool mist rolled into Belmar and turned the beachfront into a winter wonderland. The salty ocean air and the colorful decorations of the Belmar Fishing Club made the ideal setting for our annual Holiday Party.
Jason came through again and was the perfect host for our holiday festivities December 17, 2016. The buffet food was delicious and plentiful and libations flowed freely. Great fellowship was had through conversations with old and new friends.
Charlie Brown provided the entertainment with his singing and guitar. Jeff was the song leader as we went through a long list of Christmas Carols. Of course, Robin knew the words to them all. When Charlie got into popular songs later, the dancing started. Tom G and Patti did a sultry Tango, and new member Dina showed she can really shake it. Traudy, her two friends and Denise R looked like they were ready to form a new singing girl group to rival the Shirelles. Everyone left the party with feelings of peace and goodwill to all.
Host Jason with wife Keelin (lt) and Patti G (ctr)
Tom G with a happy Peter and his wife
Song leader Jeff and Patti and Tom
Traudy with her friends and Denise R singing along
Gail and Hunt at the end of the evening (obviously)
Kate and Tony C work like a team that's been together for years
There is no question that Rotarians make the best Salvation Army bell ringers. And, we are only too happy to help. On December 16 and 17, 2016 we greeted shoppers at the Neptune Walmart and eagerly accepted their donations and exchanges of merry Christmas wishes. We now await Major Carl's determination of how much we raised.
Other great teams: Tama and Gail; Heather and hubby Chris
Linda and Sean jump right in
Natan and Tony C making it work
Asbury Park Rotary Gives Sight to Six
That’s Why We Plunge
Surgical team at He Eye Hospital, Shen Yang, China (Dr. James Lehman, center)
A few moments of discomfort at our yearly Polar Plunge are well worth being directly responsible for a needy person seeing again. With that in mind, Traudy announced the results of our 2016 Polar Plunge donation to Tissue Banks International and introduced four of the six people from China who can now see.
It costs $2000 to provide a corneal implant through the TBI program, and Asbury Park Rotary has been only too happy to help for the previous eight years with money raised at our Polar plunge. Last year $11,000 was raised and, added to $1000 from the year before, six people were helped. Their pictures and bios are listed below. We thank TBI for wisely using the fruits of our hard work.
1. Hu Baoting: 64 yr old male with corneal perforation and traumatic cataract
2. Huang Tijun: 49 yr old male with failed graft for corneal scars
3. Sun Guifen: 74 yr old female with corneal scarring
4. Wang Yong Wei: 37 yr old male with keratoconus and failed previous keratoplasty
President Brenda receives 100% Giving award from past RI President Frank Devlyn
President Brenda receives District Grant check with other clubs of District 7500
The label stickers include: Kate, Jeff, Dina, Jim, Peter, Roy, Gail and Natan
Roy, Brenda, Tom Pivinsky and Tom P at the awards dinner
Asbury Park Rotarians and friends with Kevin Cummings (center) at the 36th NJ Vocational Assembly
Dina, Tama, Brenda, Linda and Gary team up to pack frozen chicken
The FoodBank; Gail H and Kip pack boxes
Linda and Tama dig into frozen chicken
Dan and Brenda as a working couple
Jeff, Kip, Brenda, Tom P, Jackie, Tony C and Roy get their hands dirty for a good cause
Roy and Gail H and Tony C in action
AP Rotary Operates Critical Water Station
Outstretched arms pass much needed water
A vital service was provided by Asbury Park Rotary for the City’s 5K Race through the streets of Asbury Park, ending on the boardwalk. About 20 Rotarians and family came out to support a water station on the hot, sweltering August 13, 2016 summer day where thousands of runners participated.
Sweat-equity was the donation as Rotarians set up the tables, filled the cups, gave out the water and cleaned up on one of the hottest days this year. Rotary is alive and well in Asbury Park.
Tom P, Tony B, Natan, Dan, Dina, Denise R, Vince, Brenda, Roy, Rich, Linda, Kip, Jackie, Gail, Brian M, Tom G, Jim (not pictured are Josh, Catherine and Jim Campbell)
Tony B, Dan and Roy set up the water cups
Jim and Denise patiently await the runners
Josh and Catherine team up
It looks like a hurricane hit after the last runners go by
Rich, Brian M, Jackie and Tom G of the clean up crew take over
Jim and Brenda with GOL International director, Rob Raylman
President Brenda proudly stepped up to the microphone and presented a check from Asbury Park Rotary for $1000 to Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation to save children’s lives around the world. Over $30,000 was donated by Rotary clubs of District 7500 at the GOLF Annual meeting August 8, 2016. This money is used for medical missions to the Philippines, Haiti and El Salvador to perform surgery to correct congenital heart defects on children unable to receive the lifesaving procedures.
Rob Raylman, CEO of Golf of Life International, praised the District 7500 GOLF board for their ever increasing support. “We not only save the lives of children, but save the lives of families. Without us, the children have no hope,” said Rob. Throughout its history, District 7500 GOLF has helped heal the hearts of more than 1195 children.
Nancy Haddock, Matawan Rotarian and GOLF trustee, accompanied a recent mission to the Philippines supported by District 7500 GOLF where nine children were saved. She said the change she observed in the children was miraculous. From barely moving before surgery to running around and playing after. Nancy said the children and their families sent this message: “Thank you and God bless you all.”
Attending the dinner meeting at La Bove Grande in Lakehurst with Brenda were Jim and Gary S, a GOLF board trustee.
Nancy Haddock (rt) with heart patient and mother, heart surgeon and Rob Raylman on Philippine mission
Gary S, Vince, Janice and Linda celebrate without the Golden Clam Trophy
Linda displays perfect form and Vince wows LB Rotarians
Janice shows she's played this game before