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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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One thing our club is known for is the continued involvement of our past presidents. Matt Taylor is one of them. Sponsored by Richard Buckley in 2003, Matt quickly rose in leadership and served as our   91st president for the 2009-2011 Rotary year and received his Paul Harris Fellow in 2012.
Born in Long Branch, and raised in Allenhurst, Matt attended St Mary’s School in West Deal and then was graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft. He later graduated from Loyola College with a degree in Business Administration and has been in the financial services field ever since college.
 Matt has been with Buckman Buckman & Reid, Inc. out of Little Silver N.J. 14 years and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President.
For the last 7 years, Matt has chaired our scholarship fund raiser at the miniature golf facility on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, a Rotary Club event enjoyed by many members and their families. He has either chaired or been involved with most committees of the club since joining our club. Matt has also been known to enjoy smoking fine cigars and conversation with other Rotarians at various events and locations.
Matt is on the board of Michael’s Feat, a foundation that is very close to our club and have supported for many years.
Matt is a member of Deal Golf and Country Club where he can be seen teaching his kids the game of golf. He chairs the Junior Golf Program at Deal. He has been involved with the Ocean Township Recreation Program for baseball and basketball for kids.
The Taylor’s, Matt, Jennifer and their children Matthew Jr., Luke and Grace live in West Allenhurst, a section of Ocean Township.
Asked about his thoughts on Rotary, Matt was quick to remember a comment mentioned long ago by Past President Vince Alvino. “Vince probably doesn’t remember, but he said. “Rotarians Never Say No”.
“That comment really made sense to me and told me all that I needed to know about Rotary. This continues to be our way of thinking and I like it.”
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action

Chaplain Jason Scalzi, who is also the lead pastor at Glad Tidings AOG, informed us of the Police Chaplain Program, created to provide spiritual and emotional support to and through law enforcement agencies. A multi-faceted program, these chaplains not only work on a regular basis with established community organizations focused on preventing crime, but also travel to areas of unrest to assist in restoring a peaceful atmosphere.  Trained to counsel officers as they encounter troubling situations in their daily routines, chaplains play a key role in supporting these officers through difficult times. For additional information visit their website: www.the-police-chaplain-program.org.

In our most inspirational meeting of the year, ROCAP entertained a wonderful group of veterans, with more than enough gratefulness to go around. The highlight of our Veteran's program was the recognition of WWII vets, now in their nineties.  Happy dollars were shared by all, including a very magnanimous seventy dollars from an American Legion post from Asbury Park.  Jeff Bassett gave his usual rousing presentation that brought goosebumps to us all.  This large assemblage can be credited to the hard work of Dina Blackwood, who contacted American Legion, DAV,  and VFW posts to make sure all were welcome.  Donnie kept rolling out the extra tables, so next year we will probably need the ballroom!  The best surprise of all was when News12 showed up and we were on TV for two days.  Out District Governor joined us and gave Rotary pins to all the vets, who wore them proudly on their clothing or caps,.  In short,  a sensational day for ROCAP.
The Asbury Park Rotary Club’s Midyear Accomplishments!!
Recap from our Club Assembly
July- Volunteered at FufFill AKA FOOD BANK & sponsored Asbury Park Little League kids for camp!    
Aug-Raised enough $ during the Mini-Golf Outing to purchase 3 Defibrillator’s for Asbury Fire Dept.
September-Collected a garage full (over 100 bags for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas)                         Our Club raised just under $1500.00 for the 1st ever Relay-For –Life event in Asbury Park!(American Cancer Society) between the Evening Club & the AP daytime Club.
October- AP Rotary held our 3rd annual month long food drive to help The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
October-Rise-Against Hunger Event & Deal Lake Clean-Up
November- We will have our annual “Thank a Veteran Luncheon” (Hosting Veteran’s for lunch Nov 22nd)
November/December- Our members are helping adopt wishes for the 90 families that The Mya-Lin-Terry Foundation serve.  MLTF serve families with children fighting pediatric cancer.
December-Kwanzaa Book Drive for the City of Asbury Park, Salvation Army Bell Ringing & Dec 16th Holiday Party at The Belmar Fishing Club.
I am happy to announce we had applied for & received 2 additional grants through our district, 1 for Public Relations & the other for our Bike Project for the spring of 2018 (about $2,000)
The MS Making Connection’s Program has been quite successful donating almost 100 computers in 2017
Between our members & visiting Rotarian’s we have collected four banners from clubs around the world!
A few of our members were lucky enough to take part in the Rotary Leadership Program this fall.
Brand New Badges are pending & should arrive just in time for the New Year!
So thank you to all who have participated & plan to participate. The year is going so fast.  We look forward to The 3rd Annual Blood Drive Jan 3rd, The Polar Plunge Jan 27th, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March and the Planet Earth Initiative in April!!!  The Wine Dinner will follow in May of course with the Installation Dinner not far after that in June, our famous Beach party with Adrienne & Diane in July to wrap our Rotary year up!
To date we have donated or are slated to donate hundreds of dollars to many local groups –To name a few: Rise Against Hunger, Guatemala Water Project, Habcore, Mercy Center, American Cancer Society & Alex’s Lemonade Stand as well as Lunch Break!! Stay tuned for more action & I urge you to take part in as many activities as you can.  Many hands make light work (John Heywood) & keep your eyes open for the new member spotlights, your week will be coming! Get to know your fellow Rotarian’s J
  • In Closing, the Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce has chosen our Club to be the recipient of The Outstanding Community Service Award on Jan 10th!! Let’s keep our great service going!!
With Appreciation,
Gail Matarazzo
The Asbury Park Kwanza Book Drive is asking for children's book to give out at their event on December 9th.  Please bring new or lightly used books to our meeting by Wednesday December 6th.
The Mya Lyn Terry Foundation is supporting 90 families for the holidays.  They have created an Amazon wish list for those who would like to support.  Just purchase using the attached link and gifts will ship directly to TMLTF, they will wrap and distribute the gifts.
TMLTF Holiday Wish List 
Link: http://a.co/ch758Pz
The Asbury Park Toy Drive has also created a wish list, it work the same as above.
Asbury Park Toy Drive List

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.

Daniella's Wish
Dec 13, 2017
non profit volunteer organization serving children who are suffering from illness or tragedy