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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
Two new members were welcomed to the Club this week. Give a warm welcome to Michael and Edwin Collins. Both Ed and Mike were recommended by Howard.
We welcomed Regina Egea, President of Garden State Initiative (GSI) which is a non-partisan, independent research and educational institution focused on the economy of New Jersey and making this state a place where families can afford to live and businesses can thrive.  When adding it all up, taxes and total state income, there is $117B available to spend; and where does this get spent? The three major areas are: 3. Transportation: road and street maintenance and upgrading.  While the weather in the NE comes into play, there are ways to economize and practical changes that could be made.  2. Education: the highest expense is school bussing followed by facility maintenance. They looked at what other states are doing and see that if the 600 school districts would consolidate their purchases and the state reviewed routes, costs would decrease.  1. The number one expense is health benefits and pensions for public employees: in order to relieve the escalating costs of living in NJ, the health benefit systems must be modernized.  Not only does GSI evaluate and assess the current situation, but strives to provide new, innovative solutions to the state’s problems so that NJ can become economically strong and vibrant.  For additional information visit their website www.GardenStateInitiative.org or contact Regina at regea@gardenstateinitiative.org.
A Day at the Races started out with a mass at 11am, during which the Club and others were honored as Grand Marshalls of NJ St Patrick's Day parades. Then, it was a fun day of Monmouth Park Irish Day shenanigans, spectacular weather, great company, and excitement being up at the rail as the ponies ran by. The 6th race was dedicated to our Club and #8 Amazing Cat took the Rose's. 6 lucky Rotarians stood in the winners circle!
For more pictures of this memorable day, see the photo album on the right banner of the website.
Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to Renee!
Randy Bergmann, Regional Community Content Editor, from the Asbury Park Press, joined us again and focused the content of his information on New Jersey Property Tax.  He was quick to point out, however, that you can’t talk about property tax without putting it into the context of the other taxes, though, residents of NJ consistently identify the property taxes as a home owners’ biggest concern. We have the highest property taxes of any state.  This coupled with the second highest corporate tax, third highest income tax, sales tax is the 8th/9th highest, and we have the second worse credit rating of all the states. This makes NJ an expensive state in which to live. Property taxes in this state have doubled in the past 20 years.  Is all lost? Randy shared with us the package that he has been promoting and pushing for years which would ease some of this tax burden on local residents. But getting this package pushed through legislature has been an ongoing battle.  It is a more comprehensive financial reform package that if the governor and state legislators would collaborate, would not only relieve some tax pressure but also benefit healthcare costs and local education costs.  If you search Bergmann’s name on the app.com website, you can view interviews he has had concerning these issues as well as editorials he has written.  But if you still have questions, he can be reached at 732.643.4034.
Scholarship Lunceon
Jun 26, 2019
Chuck Watson
Jul 03, 2019
Live in your vision and not in your circumstance
Alan Stein
Jul 10, 2019
Child water safety and literacy-Josh the Otter
Scott Chesney
Jul 17, 2019
Christopher and Dana Reeves foundation - motivational speaker
Carolyn E. Cannon
Jul 24, 2019
Lead Customer Relations Coordinator - NJNG Co.
Jul 31, 2019
Members sharing fellowship and Rotary conversations
Joe Dino
Oct 23, 2019
Womens Health and self defense
Rotary International News
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Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes

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