Sean Growney 
President 2018 - 2019 
 

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Greetings from Asbury Park Rotary

Welcome to our Club! Where Service and Fellowship Flourish!

Asbury Park

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Renaissance
1110 Valley Rd & Hwy 35 S
(Just North of Wegman's)
Ocean, NJ  07712-3977
United States of America

Phone:
(732) 292-1955
Fax:
(732) 292-1992
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LINDA BLOECHL
 
Here’s another surprising story of a solid Rotarian. Linda Bloechl was born in Asbury Park but raised in Oakhurst as a toddler. She was graduated from Ocean Township High School in 1985 and later from Washington College in Chestertown, MD where she received her degree in Political Science and International Law. She was employed by IBM in Dayton, N.J. in the Internal Order Department, then as a Police Dispatcher for Shrewsbury Police Department for another 10 years. In 2005, Linda took a stab at the restaurant business and was the owner of Dano’s and then The Grill in Luigi’s at the corner of Asbury Avenue & Wyckoff Road in Tinton Falls which lasted 7 years. The failing health of both parents required total attention so Linda gave up the business. Both died with 4.5 months of each other in 2009.
In 1990 she joined the Oakhurst Independent Hose Co and was a volunteer firefighter of that fire department. In addition to being a firefighter, Linda was also the Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Historian. She is now an Exempt member having served a total of 29 years.
Linda continues her love for food service and for the last 23 years has worked for Waterview Pavilian in Belmar and Falco’s Catering who provides our meeting lunches. She is a lifelong active member of the Ballard Methodist Church in Asbury Park. Currently Linda is employed as a Medical Assistant for a Pulmonologist in Holmdel.
Linda met Brenda first through Dan Skinner as a member of the Oakhurst Fire Co., became friends and was invited to attend a meeting of our club over 6 years ago, and was of course her sponsor. She has been an active participant in the Polar Plunge and enjoys every aspect of Rotary.
Linda’s brother Lou lives with his family in Newtown, Pa. Her sister Leslie and husband Wayne live in Oakhurst with daughters living out of state. Linda reminds us that she is the baby of the family. Now living in Neptune, Linda enjoys her Beagle rescue dog “Mosley” who she adopted from The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance over 6 years ago. The “Outer Banks” is a favorite destination for fun with friends.
Linda’s thoughts on Rotary. “Rotary gives me the opportunity to spend time with people that have a unique focus of bettering the community and the world. In today’s crazy world, the weekly meetings are a reminder that there are still good people in this world who are willing to put service above self. It is a joy to be around like minded and big hearted people like Rotarians.”
 
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
Bill Atkins is the former owner of a limo company. During his business journey’s ups and downs, he learned many things about marketing and advertising that he shared with our Rotary. He learned that advertising yourself as “we are the cheapest” doesn’t get you the customers that you need to sustain a business. For example: Apple is not the cheapest computer products, but customers who buy into Apple products are devoted Apple users. Bill learned that presenting your product as unique and different from similar products is how you capture the attention of the user. Kohl’s doesn’t give their customers coupons, they give them Kohl’s cash. Is there a difference? Maybe not, but the word “cash” captures the attention of the customer and brings them into the store quicker than a coupon would. Bill has taken what he’s learned and now that he’s “retired” is sharing this knowledge with businesses free-of-charge. You can reach him at bill@billatkinsmarketing.com or 732.496.8400. Sidebar: Bill is active in Toastmasters, an international non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Bill would be happy to share more about this organization as well.
One rainy Sunday, on his way to drop off food to the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, Jeff came upon a classic Bentley that was broken down on the side of the road. Inside was a Bride and her father on their way to the church for the wedding ceremony. Springing into action, Jeff saved the day by transporting the Bride and her Dad to the church in the Chick Fil-A Flex!
But there's more to the story....
It turns out that the proud Father of the Bride is Nick Narilis, a member of the Rotary Club of Branchburg. And the Father of the Groom is Phil Enmott, and he, remarkably, is a member of the Bury, England Rotary Club.
Fast forward to our Dec 19th meeting. In attendance as Jeff's guests, were both Dads and also the Bride and Groom from that fateful day! We exchanged Club flags and were treated by the Happy Couple to a dance performance. (They just happen to be professional dancers). A very rare treat for a Rotary Club meeting indeed. Both of the Dads presented checks to our Club for the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, donated by members of each club. How great is Rotary?
And speaking of the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, Club member Phil Richardson’s invited guest was the Executive Director of Market Street Mission/Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, Dave Scott.  This year our Holiday project was to sponsor and raise $2200 for the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission. Jeff led a rousing pledge drive to ultimately raise more than $2700. 
Last but not least, further proving "it is all about Jeff", District Governor Bill Donnelly presented Jeff with his 3rd Paul Harris award. Congratulations!!
This meeting displayed Rotary Service Above Self in so many ways. We can all be thankful for the Friendships and the Fellowship we enjoy as members of Rotary.
 
Dottie Lopapa, Employment Specialist, informed us of the Supported Employment Services which is a program of CPC Behavioral Healthcare. For more than 30 years, this program has been placing and supporting adults into full time or part time positions. These are usually individuals on permanent disability/Social Security who need additional work not only for the income for also for healthy activity. They help individuals succeed through: assessment, career exploration, job placement, job coaching, follow-up services and coordination of services. The key to their success is building their self-confidence so that they interview well and feel they can actually do the job. With evaluations and access to a support group, they have the vehicle through which they can share their successes and receive input on how to meet their challenges. For additional information on how you can hire someone in this program, contact Dottie at dlopapa@cpcbhc.org or 732.982.3003.
It is always good to be informed of organizations and individuals who are focused on lending a helping hand to our troops in active duty and this is just what Toni Seinfeld does. As one of many volunteers with Eagles UP! She coordinates the boxing and shipping of supplies that men and women overseas need (or simply enjoy) during their deployment. She shared that 2% of the American population is in or affected by our military and many of those have had as many as five tours of duty. Imagine opening a box and finding your favorite snack or warm socks or a supply of deodorant. However, the organization needs not only items, but also cash. With the rising cost of postage it gets harder and harder to ship on a more frequent basis. See their website for how you can help: www.eaglesup.org or contact Toni directly at toniseinfeld@gmail.com or 732.870.0059.
 
 
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