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

(732) 292-1955
(732) 292-1992
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Asbury Park Rotary Celebrates 100 Years!
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 6:30pm,
the Asbury Park Rotary is hosting its Centennial Celebration
at Deal Golf & Country Club, Deal, NJ. 
This event is a celebration of 100 years of service to Asbury Park and Monmouth County communities.  
This celebration will include dinner, dancing, gift auction and LIVE Entertainment by the Moroccan Sheepherders! 
The Centennial Celebration is our largest fundraising event of the year.  We hope you will support the Rotary through sponsorship, attendance, a purchase of an advertisement in the Centennial Book. As a sponsor, your business will be recognized at the event.
Proceeds of this event will benefit the Rotary Foundation of Asbury Park and these programs. 

Scholarship Program 

Each spring we invite local high school students from surrounding areas to participate in the scholarship program. This program is a vocational service activity of our club that assists and encourages high school seniors of Asbury Park, Neptune, Ocean Township and Academy Charter High Schools to pursue a post-secondary education with an emphasis on service to the community. Each year, we award scholarships to students of the four high schools. 

Asbury Park Rotary Foundation Veterans Program 

Throughout the year the Asbury ParkRotary Foundation sponsors and supports several events honoring the hundreds of veterans in our community. Events include: Bus Trip to Washington, Veterans Day Luncheon, and Memorial Garden in Asbury Park.
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
Both HJ and Sandy are celebrating their Birthday --
Best wishes!!
Freeholder Tom Arnone joined us for lunch to share Economic Development in Monmouth County.  Just what is a Freeholder? Though Tom did not answer that question directly, he did explain in great detail what a Freeholder does. When Tom first ran for Freeholder the county budget was $489m (this was 2010); it is now $449m. The streamline came from identifying programs that the county wasn’t doing well, and privatizing those and the savings returns to our communities. Freeholders work on county projects that coordinate with municipal visions so that everyone wins. An example that he gave is: when dredging a lake, the dredge was used at a landfill, the savings circulating back to benefit the community. He highlighted three major programs that have assisted in not only bringing new business to Monmouth County but more importantly, has helped retain these businesses: Grow Monmouth Program, Made in Monmouth Expo and Grown in Monmouth. There are 53 towns in Monmouth County and the Freeholders can honestly claim a good, solid working relationship with each of these. For additional information you can visit or just ask Tom: 732.431.7396.

On a beautiful May morning, volunteers from the Asbury Park Environmental and Shade Tree Commission and the Rotary Club of Asbury Park created a Centennial Garden on 5th Avenue and Sunset Lake next to Veterans Park in Asbury Park. This circular garden celebrates the Rotary Club's 100 years of service to the community of Asbury Park and surrounding areas. The garden highlights the colors of Rotary with the letter “R” in yellow roses, surrounded by Nikko Blue Hydrangeas. All supplies were provided by the Environmental and Shade Tree Commission and the plants were provided by the Rotary Club.

Wish Denise and Hunt a Happy Birthday!




Jim Lenskold, Chairman of the Board for Asbury Park Music Foundation, joined our meeting to share the work that this foundation has done to ensure the art of music is present in Asbury Park. Originally established in 2011 to ensure that AP’s rich history in the music industry was not lost during the revitalization of the community, it has evolved to be more inclusive of the residents, particularly the children of the west side of Asbury. Their mission now: Our life-changing music programs provide under-served youth with confidence, discipline and relationships that improve their future success and economic mobility. And they are serious about this mission having served more than 3,000 youth in the past year with opportunities to learn an instrument, play in a band, record a song, and learn other aspects of this industry. They have regularly scheduled in-school programs in Long Branch, Asbury Park and Neptune school districts, but they also park their Beat Bus in strategic locations that allow children to explore and be creative with sound and rhythm. In addition to this they organize events that bring music to the community. New this year was the Holiday Show. While they were hoping for an audience to fill a quarter of the auditorium, their artists performed to a full house. Throughout the 10 weeks of the summer months, you can enjoy free concerts on Mondays at Springwood Park, on Wednesdays on the Boardwalk in front of MOGO’s (emerging artist series), and/or on Thursdays with the Asbury Park Concert Band closer to Robinson Ale House. Did I mention these are free events? Hope to see you at one or more of these this summer.

The Rotary Club of Asbury Park and Chick-Fil-A held their 3rd Annual Cookie Drive this March. The cookies were donated and delivered to local organizations : Laurel House, Family Promise, Covenant House, Ladacin, Monmouth Daycare, and Habcore. Additionally, through the sale of the cookies $5800 was donated to the Frances Foundation.
Randy Bergmann
May 29, 2019
New Jersey Property Taxes
Regina M. Egea
Jun 12, 2019
Garden State Initiative-Public policy think tank focused on fiscal and economic matters in NJ
Scholarship Lunceon
Jun 26, 2019
Rotary International News
Rotary 110th convention brings world to Hamburg

Rotary brings the world to Hamburg  One of the city’s largest and most multi-cultural conventions will bring €24 million HAMBURG, Germany (30 April 2019)

Holger Knaack selected to be 2020-21 Rotary International president

Holger Knaack selected to be 2020-21 Rotary International