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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

(732) 292-1955
(732) 292-1992
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Member Spotlight
Maybe it’s in our genes, but sometimes people know early on what they are going to be doing for a career. It appears that Brian Youngblood was destined to be in the automotive field. First we should know that Brian was born in Neptune and raised in Wall Township where he was graduated from Wall High and well as Monmouth County Vocational School with honors from both. He started his automotive career in 1984 by working after school and full time during the summers for his step father at his Belmar shop. In 1989 while at the vocational school Brian and another student entered the Statewide Plymouth/AAA “trouble shooting contest” and came in FIRST out of 11 entrants both in the written and diagnostic parts of the competition. Following graduation, Brian went to work for Ritttenhouse-Kerr Ford as a mechanic for about a year when “they let me go” which turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. He had a new job the next day at J&W Auto Repair in Neptune City. Brian became a partner in 1996 at the age of 25 and took full ownership in 2008.
1993 Brian married and lived in Howell Township when their first son Brian Jr. was born prematurely, suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Today, Brian Jr. is a sophomore at Freehold Township High School and is doing well. Daughter Shelby was born in 2010. Brian and wife Christine divorced in 2015.
 When Boyce Overstreet was Membership Chairman, he worked hard to get Brian to attend a Rotary lunch several times, which Brian kept saying “it’s not for me”, not knowing anything about Rotary. Boyce then used an old salesman’s trick of saying that he needed “one more” to reach his quota. Brian agreed to attend and “I never left”. That was May of 2014.  Just months later, the club needed a new treasurer and Brian “stepped up to the plate” and held that office until June of 2018. Brian instituted the Quick Books program, obtained a club credit card and used “points” to get gift cards for families during our holiday giving program.
The Rotary experience sometimes brings about Non-Rotary events. In this case, Brian is now engaged to Boyce’s daughter Nikki.  No date has been set as they are not in any hurry. This will be a marriage “Made in Rotary” when it happens.
Quoting Brian, “A good friend once told me, that if you surround yourself with quality people, you will always be good. I see this to be true with our club. My childhood memories of not having much especially around the holidays makes our club’s efforts in providing family assistance very worthwhile. I remember vividly the West Belmar Fire Department coming to our house with Santa and toys for us. They were the only gifts we received for several years. It is because of these memories, that I appreciate Rotary and the things we do for others and thanks to Boyce for not giving up on me. I enjoy Rotary and giving back so much through our club”.
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
A great time was had by all on the Asbury Park Boardwalk at our annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser. Afterwards, Tony and Kate hosted the BBQ, complete with Tony's famous Jambalaya and  the ice-cream truck. Delicious!
Thanks to all who participated in this fun family event, and a special thanks to all the Sponsors who generously donated to support our Club.
Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk, joined us and enlightened us on what a County Clerk actually does. This diverse position includes, but is not limited to: property reporting and processing (deeds and mortgages), overseeing the election process, organizing county archives and preserving historical records, offering passport services (two offices and one mobile office), updating notaries, processing trade name applications, and much more. She shared the new initiative of Property Fraud Alert and encouraged us to register as this protects you from property fraud should paperwork be received bearing your name. It prevents fake filings and you will be notified if documents are received in their office. This effort avoids paper terrorism. You can register online: www.monmouthcountyclerk.com. Questions were numerous particularly around the mail-in and pre-election day voting. We appreciated her taking the time to share valuable information with us.
Richard Buckley provided us with information on the options of preparing for your funeral. Preplanning for your final arrangements can relieve your grieving survivors of the burden of deciding what you would want. This information can be included in your will, but also inform your relatives of your wishes. But part of preplanning includes covering the cost of your arrangements. Saving funds in a trust can cover the cost of a funeral. A licensed funeral director can assist you in establishing a Prepaid Funeral Trust Fund. Richard shared two brochures on this subject: New Jersey Prepaid Funeral Trust Fund and SSI/Medicaid and Prepaid Funeral Arrangements. You can ask Richard for a copy of the brochures or this information is available at www.njsfda.org/choices. Richard shared that the cost of a funeral can be as much as $12,000, so preplanning for this expense is advisable. Richard then fielded entertaining questions to a serious slice of life and stories from our own experiences were shared.
In a very moving ceremony, Oakhurst VFW Post 2226 held the dedication of the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial on Saturday Sept, 8th. Members of our Club attended the event, as well as area veterans, and their loved ones. Many local, county, and state officials were on-hand to show their support, including the Ocean Twp Mayor and Council, and Former Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Post Commander Jim Mack, who is also a member of our Rotary Club, worked tirelessly for over 3 years to make the day a reality. We commend Jim for his dedication, and thank all service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service.
We welcomed Christine Tesoriero who is the House Administrator at the St. Claire House for Children located in Neptune NJ.  One of three locations (the others in Elizabeth and Jersey City), these homes provide transitional housing for medically fragile children.  Initially established for children removed from their homes and diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, the homes are now open to children with autism and childhood cancer as well.  Referred by DCP&P, from which they receive their funding, the homes can accommodate five children aged infant to 13 years old.  During their stay at the home, the children are supported physically and emotionally while biological, foster and adoptive parents are offered training, guidance and support.  To learn more about the programs of AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, visit their website, www.aidsresource.org.  Volunteers are needed and welcomed.
Richard Ashkar
Sep 26, 2018
NJ State Trooper / Self Defense Instructor
Doug Rowell
Oct 03, 2018
Fire Safety
Jim Schatzle - Team Life
Oct 10, 2018
Emergency Health Training
Traudy Grande
Oct 17, 2018
Financial Planning 101