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Gail Matarazzo
President 2017-18

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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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President Gail Matarazzo was persistent in getting Dina Blackwood to join Rotary nearly two years ago. After attending several events and meeting other members, Dina finally said “YES”. Now she wishes she had joined The Rotary Club of Asbury Park earlier.
Raised in Rumson, Dina was graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven High School, then onto the University of Arizona to study Interior Design. She worked for Ethan Allen for 10 years earning several local and national design awards. Several years ago she established Finding Spaces, LLC. This unique business model uses her skills in assisting elderly clients make the transition from their homes to independent living wherever that may be. From helping to dispose of furniture and personal belongings to moving and setting up new interiors, Dina has found this new venture to be very fulfilling and rewarding.
Who would ever think this motorcycle enthusiast to be a mother of FIVE, including triplets? Her amazing children are Brittany married and living in Maryland, Che to be married in March and the triplets, Hayley  who was just graduated from Bloomsbury University, Jordan, a production manager for Rook Coffee and Zach, a Deal Police Officer. Oh yes, and two spoiled “Labs”.
Dina and husband Jim, an independent metal and alloys distributor, owner of All American Braze have motorcycled in all but 7 states with a goal of doing all 50 someday. Dina holds a motorcycle license but prefers to ride holding onto Jim on the back of their cycle.
This busy mom always had time to be a Girl Scout AND a Boy Scout Leader, a Hospice Volunteer and active in the Ocean High School Booster Club. Now it’s ROTARY. Dina has strong and deep feelings about her new passion.
“I Love Rotary. I admire the people who are Rotary. Everyone inspires me. I love being part of something big, important and meaningful. I try and do as much as I can for the club. I believe in everything it stands for. The 4 Way Test is more than Rotary to me as it lines up with my Christian values I try to live by every day”.
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
  Our After Party will feature the Moroccan Sheepherders!
                         $20 at the door for non-plungers
                                          11:30 - 2pm
Come & celebrate the winners of our District Vocational Awards!!! Monday Jan 29th.
The Dinner will be held at LaBove' Grande, Rte, 70 Lakehurst.
Please join us! We will celebrate Dina Blackwood as Asbury's 2018 vocational award winner!
I will send around a sign up sheet at Wednesday's lunch.  You can also RSVP to addieschmidt@hotmail.com -but please let me know as well so we can keep a record.  The cost is only $35.00.
Looking forward to a fun night!


 As Sean introduced Daniela Olt as the youngest speaker at our Rotary luncheon, he was unable to also say that this was the youngest program.  At an early age, Daniela was touched by the hardships of others, and at just 7 years old, in 2nd grade, organized the sending of 1,000 boxes of cookies and 300 brand new stuffed animals to the children of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Daniela’s Wish was launched, and as a registered 501(c)3, has a mission to help every child, everywhere have comfort and safety, especially during times of sadness.  They do this by providing items they have lost or need to get through a tragedy or time of sadness. Now a sophomore in high school, Daniela still runs this organization in between school studies and sports activities.  Working with a volunteer board of five, they continue to respond to the requests of children in need.  Visit their website  http://www.DanielasWish.org for additional information on this truly impressive program.

Julie Schumacher
Jan 24, 2018
The Littoral Society