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
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Member Spotlight
This is the story of one of our “big” members, actually the biggest in size but a real teddy bear. Jason Hutzley is a full fledge Ocean Township guy, born, raised and still lives on the same property he grew up on in Wayside. He went thru Ocean Township Schools was graduated in 1983 and was a star on the Spartans Basketball Team. Following high school, Jason went to St Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont where he also played basketball. He was graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
The most important part of Jason’s story is that he now owns the family business, Kepwel Springs Water that was founded by his great-grandfather in 1872, one hundred and forty six years ago, followed by  his grandfather and father. In 1989, Jason assumed ownership of the business, probably one of the oldest family owned in the state of its kind.
Jason is an avid hunter, loves to fish and is a skeet shooter. He belongs to the Wayside Skeet Gun Club. As we know he also belongs to the Belmar Fishing Club where he graciously hosts our annual Christmas Party. Many thanks to Jason for his contribution to our club’s social life.
Hunt Parry was Jason’s sponsor into Rotary ten years ago and is another example of persistent persuasion from Hunt to bring Jason into our club. Talk about Rotary Legacy, both Jason’s father Bill Hutzley now living in Colorado and his grandfather Richard Morrell were members of The Rotary Club of Asbury Park. Jason is also on The Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.
Jason and his wife Keelin have two sons, Ryan and Gage. Ryan is going into his junior year at Princeton University and is on the rowing team. Gage will be entering High Point University in North Carolina this fall.
Jason’s thoughts on Rotary.
“I was struck by the passion of Rotarians. I thought here is a group of people that want to help, not for personal or financial gain, but want to help because it's the right thing to do. I know of no other organization, certainly not a worldwide organization, that has the drive, determination and talent to do so much good and not be the least bit concerned about profit or publicity. I am proud to be a part of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park”
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
Each year the Rotary Club of Asbury Park dedicates funds raised to award scholarships, the purpose of which is to encourage and assist local high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary education. The emphasis is on service to the community and leadership. Each selected student is awarded a scholarship of up to $2000. This years' awards were presented at a luncheon to three of the five winners. Pictured are, Brenda Skinner (Scholarship Committee Chair), Ryan Jenks from Ocean Twp HS (attending East Carolina University), Judex Beaubrun from Asbury Park HS (attending Rutgers University), Kathlanda Nelson from Asbury Park HS (attending Monmouth University), Gail Matarazzo, Rotary Club of Asbury Park President, and HJ Albrecht, Master of Ceremonies. Winners not attending were Allayah Huntley from Neptune High School and Carolyn Brody from Ocean Township High School.  Congratulations on a job well done, and best wishes to all recipients.
Rotary Fun Fact:  Believe it or not our club, along with all others, was given a challenge by Rotary International president Ian Risely to plant 1.2 million trees, shrubs, flowers, whatever we chose! So of course Asbury took the challenge and refurbished an entire Veteran's Memorial on Sunset Lake! So to date there have been over 3700 planting projects across the country so far and we have exceeded the 1.2 million tree challenge!!!
Speaker, Tom Pivinski, Director, Environmental Shade Tree Commission
Tom started his presentation by saying how helpful it was to have our Rotary’s assistance with the planting of trees in the Bradley Park where 12 trees are now in the ground along with 2 beds of geraniums and other flowering plants that create a red, white and blue bouquet.  He encouraged us to go by and see how lovely it truly is.  Because of the commitment of Rotary to the care of Asbury Park, Tom is proposing to the city that a Rotary Garden be created in honor of our 100th anniversary.  Tom then shared with us that the Environmental Shade Tree Commission (ESTC) assists residents with planting, trimming and removal of public trees. One hundred eighteen volunteers assist with projects that include garden planting, weeding (Wednesday and Saturday mornings 9-11), cleanups, small tree trimming and pruning.  Along with plants are raised vegetable beds located on Bangs Avenue along City Hall.  These beds are now in need of replacement and a gift from AP Neighbor Association is providing funds to completely rebuild, and plant tomatoes and green peppers.  ESTC has recently received their 501(c)3 status which will allow them to do fund raising activities.  If you are interested in volunteering, the Environmental Shade Tree Committee generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the City Council Chambers.
Anyone needing assistance with City trees can submit a request to the ESTC at: or send letters of request to: Tom Pivinski, c/o Environment and Shade Tree Commission, 1607 Emory Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712.
Visit by District Governor Diane Rotondelli
DG Diane visited today and updated our club on the progress of her service dog project, the district clubs have raised enough funds to provide service dogs to three veterans!

When HIV/AIDS was at the height of its epidemic, Asbury Park was no stranger to this disease.  Already working on prevention and treatment, the A-Team out of the Jersey Shore Medical Center, knew that more was needed.  In 1992, Fr. Bob called a meeting inviting churches and community groups to address this issue, and was surprised when the meeting was attended by 60 people, a clear sign that others were concerned.  This meeting had an agenda with three questions:  1) what is this disease?, 2) what do those infected need?, and 3) what can we do?  Even in the early stages of understanding the disease it was clear that the homeless and malnourished were the less likely to be able to fight it.  The Center started by providing food, actually delivering it those in need along with transportation so that medical attention could be obtained.  As this part of the program continued, it was clear that the real problem was housing.  In 2003 their current location on 3rd Avenue in Asbury Park was built, and they now have 25 apartments.  Residents of these apartments receive three meals/day.  This is permanent housing, theirs until they no longer need it.  In addition to housing, The Center provides a healthy lunch to 50 clients/day, organizes 70 volunteers/week and have a full-time staff of five.  “Meals on the go” are meals that can be frozen, then heated in a microwave and are given to the lunch customers for a dinner, and sometimes several on Fridays to tide them over the weekend.  Three years ago they opened a thrift store in Belmar as a source of income.  They receive state grants, support from individuals, and have three events each year: Bike-a-thon, Walk-a-thon, and Center a la Carte.  For more information go to, or  make an appointment and Patsy will give you a tour.

Our club took a group of veterans and their guests on a bus trip to visit Memorials in Washington DC.  We were able to provide this trip for the veterans as a result of funds raised at the 2018 Wine Dinner.

We visited Arlington, WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial.  It was a long day but the veterans and their guests we so appreciative.  They especially liked the police escort!

More photos available here
  Our club collected 40 bikes and 6 sewing machines for Pedals for Progress and Sewing Peace this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  For information about the program check out their website at
Roger Stein CPA
Jul 25, 2018
New Tax regulations
Bill Donnelly
Aug 01, 2018
District Governor