Fund Drive for Trinity Church Food Program Joanne Papaianni 2020-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
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Asbury Park Dinner Table Joanne Papaianni 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
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HABcorp in the Age of Covid 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Drug Free NJ 2020-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Help us Provide Meals to Healthcare Workers

As Rotarians, we proudly call ourselves 'people of action'. We serve our community year-round, and especially during times of crisis.

The Rotary Club of Asbury Park has assembled a program to deliver free meals to local healthcare workers and first responders in the greater Asbury Park area.

This endeavor is an effort to show appreciation to those on the front lines while simultaneously supporting local restaurants. At the time of this writing, the Rotary Club of Asbury Park has partnered with local restaurants including Falco’s Catering (Ocean Twp.), One18 (Deal), and Chick Fil-A (Howell) to provide free meals for our local heroes on the front lines.  



If your restaurant offers take-out/catering and you would like to participate in this program to support local healthcare workers & first responders, please email us at


If you would like to help, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by credit card on our website  or by check made payable to;

Rotary Foundation of Asbury Park P.O Box 512 Asbury Park NJ 07712. 

Help us Provide Meals to Healthcare Workers Brenda Skinner 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0 Asbury Park,Covid19,Jersey Shore Medical,Monmouth County,Monmouth Medical
First Zoom Rotary Meeting a Success 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Video Meetings 2020-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
President's Meetings Announcement 2020-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Restore Volunteer Day cancelled 2020-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Yoga, Breathing and Meditation   2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
The Importance of Monarch Butterflies 2020-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Volunteer Days 2020-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
2020 Rotary Polar Plunge 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Deal Lake Watershed Alliance 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Love Lifts Us Up 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Self Defense Expert to Speak 2019-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
RNs Discuss Opioid Crisis 2019-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Veterans Luncheon 2019-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Filing 2019 Taxes 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0


I enjoy the diverse group that make up our Rotary Club, brought together by the common good of helping others.
Brian Mullins, March 2005

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Rotary Christmas Party

The Rotary Christmas Party is Sat., Dec. 7 at One18 American Bistro on Norwood Avenue in Deal. 
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Learning About Fulfill

Former Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno relishes her job as the new CEO and President of Fulfill.

Guadagno explained the name change from the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean counties to Fulfill saying the food bank seeks to fulfill all the needs of county residents including mental health, tax preparation as well as food.

Guadagno also said hunger is as much of a problem at the Jersey Shore as any county in the state.

She  said one in 10 residents are food insecure.

“You have to believe that message in order to address the issue,” she said, adding that the problem exists across all races, genders, locations and even among those who are employed. 

There are people she said with one or two jobs who still can’t afford enough food.

Guadagno said her reasons for taking the position at Fulfill are complex but involve a strong desire to help people get off food lines, or if not possible at least live a dignified life in Monmouth County.

Fulfill, she said, has been cited for its financial efficiency, reporting that for every dollar donated, 96 cents is spent on programs.

Fulfill also provides hot meals after school to children attending the Boys and Girls Club in Asbury Park.

Guadagno also said Fulfill is planning monthly dinners at Asbury Tower for residents, whose income must be less than $18,000.

“And it is done in a non-stigmatized way,” she said.

Guadagno was very excited about the new Back Pack program where children are given a food pack and their own backpack to take home to get them through the weekend.

“They are given food for two full days,” she said.

The pack includes cereal, shelf milk, juice and Spaghettios with a pop top. She explained that many poor families don’t have can openers.

Fulfill began collecting can openers to hand out with Thanksgiving baskets.

The food bank distributes one million pounds of food monthly. 





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Used Bike and Sewing Machine Drive

We're collecting adult and kids bikes and sewing machines to send to Tanzania, Gambia and Guatamala.  Do your part to put unused bikes and sewing machines to good use in the developing world.

Bikes should be rust free.  No children's trikes, but bikes with flat tires in need of some repair are accepted.  Portable sewing machines should be in working order.

For more information contact Sean 908-884-067

Full Details on Event Page

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Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday December 14, 2019
The Asbury Park Rotary will be supporting Wreath’s Across America this year at Mount Calvary Cemetery Rt 66 Neptune with a ceremony open to the public at 12 P.M. We encourage the public to come out and join our members at the wreath laying ceremony as we will place 385 wreaths on each veteran’s grave to Remember those who fought and died for our freedom’s, to Honor their sacrifice and to Teach our children about the true costs of freedom.
About Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. 
For more information to volunteer or to sponsor a wreath please visit
Dina Blackwood
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Scott Chesney Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Scott was one of the most dynamic speakers we have had at the Asbury Park Rotary.  As part of his presentation he mentioned a project in Asbury Park on Friday July 26th.  A Day at the Beach in Asbury
Here is the link to the event if you know of someone who would be interested in participating 
If you are interested in volunteering please email Sheila Olt at
Scott Chesney Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House - Caring Cooks volunteers

Rotary Club of Asbury Park members served as the Caring Cooks for the Ronald McDonald house in Long branch on July 9th 2019, serving up grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage, salad with watermelon. The Ronald McDonald House hosts families who have children being cared for at Monmouth Medical Center. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, the Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost. By cooking a meal,  our Rotary volunteers made it just a bit easier for families to focus on their child's health.  Great job!
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Speaker 7/10/2019 - Alan Stein

President Brian Mullins thanks our speaker, Mr. Alan Stein from the Vorhees Twp. breakfast Rotary Club. Alan got lost coming to our meeting so his talk was brief but informative. He spoke about “Josh the Otter” program detailing preventative measures for infant drowning. He will try and come back next May for a full presentation.
Speaker 7/10/2019 - Alan Stein 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

Passing the baton

This week's meeting was Sean's last as the 100th President of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park. We know that Sean's family has a long history of service as Rotarians, and we say Thank You for a memorable year. We look forward now, to supporting Brian as the 1st President for our 2nd 100 years -  Good Luck Brian - we will work together to make it a great year!
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Speaker June 26, 2019 - Tom Hayes

Not only did we have the opportunity to meet and greet our scholarship winners, but Tom Hayes, Director of Community Relations, presented one of our winners, Jesus Reyes, with New Jersey Natural Gas’s scholarship award and then shared with us the involvement of New Jersey Natural Gas in our community. Focused on Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties, NJNG provides volunteers to 50-60 nonprofit events; they collaborate with service organizations (such as Rotary) and conduct numerous employee-driven collection drives; they have a senior program, home ownership program in conjunction with Interfaith Neighbors, utility assistance program, and of course, programs that focus on education. In the area of education, their programs include: Project Venture, Achieve 3000, Literacy Programs, College Planning Workshops, Kids & Conservation, The Energy Hog, Ocean Fun Days, Speakers’ Bureau Presentations, and Come Visit Our Corporate Headquarters. NJNG is truly a stunning example of how a corporation can provide ‘service about self.’ We are blessed to live in their service area. Additional details of these programs are available on their website, or call Tom’s office 732.938.1035.
Speaker June 26, 2019 - Tom Hayes 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Our projects and fund raising work were shown to be worthwhile when we had a chance to meet the exceptional young students from our local high schools receiving Rotary Scholarships.  The recipients are Talula Dechev of Neptune H.S. and attending University of North Carolina; Olivia DelCuore of Ocean Twp H.S. and attending Brookdale Community College; and Jesus A. Santos Reyes of Asbury Park H.S. and attending Brookdale Community College.  Jesus is the recipient of the New Jersey Natural Gas Scholarship, presented by Tom Hayes - Director of Customer and Community relations for NJNG.  All the students showed not only high academic achievement but much time involved with service to their community -- one of the requirements to receive the Rotary Scholarship.  The program was masterfully presented by our MC HJ Abrecht. Congratulations, also to Roy and Tama for their first year as Co-chairs, and a big thank you to all the members who served on the Scholarship Committee!
Pictured left to right, Talula Dechev, Neptune HS, Olivia DelCuore, Ocean Twp, HS, and Jesus Santos Reyes, Asbury Park HS.
Pictured left to right, Raya and Talula Dechev, Danielle and Olivia DelCuore, Jesus Santos Reyes and Euphemia Reyes
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New Jersey Natural Gas Scholarship Recipient

At the Scholarship Luncheon, Tom Hayes was on-hand to award the New Jersey Natural Gas Scholarship to Jesus A. Santos Reyes. We extend a hearty Congratulations to Jesus on his award and thanks to Tom and to New Jersey Natural Gas for their generous support to make this scholarship possible. 
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Tinton Falls Rotary Club - Jack Rafter 5K Run

Marshall Wright, President of the Tinton Falls Rotary Club was our guest at the June 26th meeting.

The Tinton Falls Rotary Club is holding its major fundraiser, the Jack Rafter 5K Run on Saturday, July 20th at the Atchison Fields, 977 Sycamore Road, Tinton Falls NJ.  They are asking for help on race day to manage the runners before, during and after the event.  Arrive at 7:30 PM, get a T-Shirt, help with the race at 8:30 and join us at the bar at MJ’s in Tinton Falls afterwards!  If you would like to help, but can’t make the race on Saturday, there are still sponsorship opportunities available.  Please reach out to Marshall at if you can help out so we can keep track of the volunteers.

If you are interested in running the race, Google “Rafter 5K Run” to get to the signup page.


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Visiting Rotarian

We welcomed Barbara Brennan from Hendersonville, TN.
Barbara is from Ocean Twp and was visiting family in the area.
Please come back and visit us again!
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2019 Installation Dinner

The 2019 Installation Dinner was held on Sunday June 23, at the Deal Country Club. Members gathered to bid Sean Growney a fairwell and Thank You for a successful year (our 100th, if you had not heard), and to welcome, and wish Good Luck to Brian Mullins as our President for the coming year. 
District Governor Joanne Ventura was our honored guest and installed the Board. We are looking forward to seeing her again when she visits in August.
The Paul Harris Award was awarded to Maha Boutros. Maha has been working tirelessly as the Publicity Chair, and she has gotten our message out to the community, and as a result we have seen great coverage of our work in the local media. Congratulations Maha! 
Please take a look at the additional photos of the event in the Photo Albums section on the website. 
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Welcome our new members!

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.
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Speaker June 12, 2019 - Regina M. Egea

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 or contact Regina at
Speaker June 12, 2019 - Regina M. Egea Tama Campbell 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

A Day at the Races

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.
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A Rotary Day at the Races

Rotary Club of Asbury Park Centennial Celebration Continues!!! 
                                                                              A Day at the Race Track!!!
The 49th Annual New Jersey Irish Festival will recognize the 2019 Grand Marshals and Deputy Grand Marshals of the St. Patrick's Day Parades from across the State of New Jersey at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  The Mass will be held in the Main Hall (2nd floor) at the Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport. 
A sign-up sheet is available at the regular meeting, or let Kate know via email so that she can provide a number of attendees to the organizer. 
Then...Come celebrate your inner Irish at the 49th Annual Irish Festival.
Grab your favorite green outfit and come celebrate with Irish step dancing, crafters, food, a pipe and drum competition, two human horse races and so much more!
Authentic Irish music and step dancing will be performed throughout the day. Plus, enjoy FREE Family Fun Day with face painting, pony rides, a bounce house and two of our famous human horse races!
Six lucky members will draw from a lottery to go down to the winners circle and present the winner of the
  Rotary Club of Asbury Park Centennial Race
We will have an area in the picnic area..BYOB and food!!
So wear green, dust off your finest Irish brogue, and join us for a great day of fun as we celebrate our 100th year and  everything Irish.
General parking $5
Grandstand admission $5
Children 12 and under always FREE
Gates open 8am, First Race 12:50pm 
No pets allowed 
Coolers and BYOB permitted only in the picnic area
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Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to Renee!
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Speaker May 29, 2019 - Randy Bergmann

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 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.
Speaker May 29, 2019 - Randy Bergmann 2019-05-31 04:00:00Z 0


Both HJ and Sandy are celebrating their Birthday --
Best wishes!!
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Speaker May 22, 2019 - Tom Arnone

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.
Speaker May 22, 2019 - Tom Arnone 2019-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Centennial Garden Planted in Asbury Park

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.

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Wish Denise and Hunt a Happy Birthday!
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Speaker May 8, 2018 - Jim Lenskold




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.

Speaker May 8, 2018 - Jim Lenskold 2019-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club and Chick Fil-A 3rd Annual Cookie Drive

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.
Rotary Club and Chick Fil-A 3rd Annual Cookie Drive  2019-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Sandy Brown Honored for Pro Bono Service

Our very own Sanford D Brown was honored for his long-standing association with United Methodist Communities, his record of pro-bono service and generous financial contributions.
We know him as Sandy - and could not be more honored and proud to know him as our fellow Rotarian!
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Guest speaker May 3 2019 - Tom Kilgannon

We were fortunate to have Thomas “Tom” Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance, speak and share his organization’s mission with us. Their mission is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense. But the aspect of their program that Tom focused on was their emphasis on caring for our fallen or wounded veterans; our national heroes. Tom shared story after story of how ordinary men and women enact extraordinary heroic deeds, and how with those actions they sometimes lose their lives leaving behind families who need support and assistance, or they return home wounded either physically and/or in their hearts and minds. Through the dedicated team at Freedom Alliance, veterans and the families of fallen warriors can find peace and a way to move forward with their lives. Their two main programs are: 1. Supporting the troops by supplying housing, vehicles, wheelchairs and other items necessary for daily living; and 2. Their Scholarship Programs provides more than $1.m/year for students to attend college. Currently 398 students are attending school through this program. It is a living memorial for the student of the service their parent gave to our country. For more information on their program and upcoming events visit their website: or contact Tom at
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Our youngest guest celebrates a birthday! 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute level 3 graduates 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our new members

The journey to 100 members for our 100th year continues!
Please welcome Chris Daly, Kathy Daly, Rose Haydu, and Ellen Gaynor
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Guest speaker April17, 2019 - Peter Avakian

A nice follow-up to the presentation by Don Brockel, Chair of the Deal Lake Commission, was our speaker today whose firm does only municipal engineering, Peter Avakian of Leon S. Avakian, Inc. Peter serves as staff of the Deal Lake Commission and focuses on the planning/zoning board review of development projects as these pertain to the environmental safety of Deal Lake and other environmental concerns. Peter shared that it has taken years to education developers and municipalities as to the importance of proper storm management. As he says, “you must develop property properly.” This is entails: 1.) Ground water infiltration, guaranteeing that 100% of the water that was absorbed in the ground prior to the site being developed, must be absorbed into the ground following completion of the project; 2.) Water discharging from the developed site must be slowed; and 3.) Removal of sediment before beginning the project. The developer must think through the whole project. To learn more about what Peter’s firm does, see their website, and for questions call Peter at 732.922.9229.
Guest speaker April17, 2019 - Peter Avakian 2019-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Announcements for Week of April 22, 2019

Save the Dates: Details to follow
May 18th - We will be planting our Centennial Garden at Veterans Park in Asbury Park
June 9th - Asbury Park Rotary Club Day at the Race Track
We will be sponsoring a race!!  Who will go into the winners Circle?????
Other announcements:
New Shirts are in..please bring check to meeting to pick up.

APRIL 100 Acts of Kindness

We have 17 RAK to date…83 to go…9 days to act!!!

Email Dina if you can’t make the meeting..she will share for you!!!

Feeding someone hungry. Picking up a piece of litter by the side of the road. Helping someone who needs a hand getting down a staircase. These gestures take mere seconds of your time, but they can make all the difference to the person on the receiving end of them. And while they may not make a major dent in your day, they can lead to some serious benefits for you, as well. According to researchers at the University of Oxford, acts of kindness—from smiling at a stranger to helping dig someone’s stuck tire out of the snow—can yield major improvements in the mood of not only their recipients, but the individual doling them out, as well. That’s right: every seemingly minor thing you’re doing to make someone else happy can fill you with just as much joy.

A few FREE ideas to motivate you..

Donate Blood

Call your Mom

Text someone an uplifting compliment

Offer to pick up a neighbors groceries

Make your partner breakfast in bed

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New members inducted at Gala

District Governor Bill Donnelly inducts 2 new members into our Club at the Gala Celebration. Please welcome Ellen Gaynor and Rose Haydu!
New members inducted at Gala Tama Campbell 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Announcements for this week

Rotary Shirts are IN
The new Rotary shirts are in and will be available for pick-up at the meeting. If you have not paid for the shirt, please bring a check.
April 100 Acts of Kindness  
86 To Go!!!!!!
We have heard our members making meals for neighbors, bring the elderly food and gifts, showing strangers kindness.  Lets continue our Random Act of Kindness and make it to 100!!
If you can't make the meeting to write your Random Act of Kindness to be read, send it to Dina and she will share it for you!!!
Below are a few simple ideas to inspire you...
  • Put change in a vending machine.
  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  • Tell a joke.
  • Return someone's cart at the store.
  • Give candy to your bank teller.
  • Leave a letter in a library book.
  • Feed the birds.
Rotary Garden in Veterans Park
Mark Your Calendars!!
 We will planting OUR Rotary Garden in Asbury Parks Veterans Park
 with the generous creative design help form Asbury Park Environmental Shade
 Tree Commission and heavy labor help from Dept of Public Works.
                                        All hands on deck!
                                    Sign up sheets coming!!!
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Celebrating 100 years of service

The Rotary Club of Asbury Park would like to thank our Guests, Supporters, Friends and Family who gathered at our Gala Event to celebrate 100 Years of Service. The celebration was a huge success! We will have more stories and photos posted on the website soon.
Celebrating 100 years of service Tama Campbell 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park Rotary presents check to Holiday Express

Every January for the past 10 years, supporters of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park have plunged into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds and awareness for their service projects. This January, for the 2nd year, funds raised by Polar Plungers supported both Holiday Express, a local organization delivering music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year; and Rotary Eye Rescue, a project that restores vision to the blind through corneal transplants. Every $2,000 raised gives sight to one person. The results are in, and the Rotary Club of Asbury Park proudly presents a check for $10,000 to Holiday Express. Pictured are Rotary President Sean Growney, Rotary Plunge Committee Chair Traudy Grandy, Dawn Bunyon Holiday Express Director of Marketing, The Rotary Polar Plunge Bear, Rotary Plunge Committee Member Brenda Skinner and Rotary Fundraising Chair Jeff Bassett. Planning has already begun for next year's plunge. Look for the Bear at local events in the fall!
Asbury Park Rotary presents check to Holiday Express Tama Campbell 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker 4/3/19 - Don Brockel

Did you know that Deal Lake is the largest coastal lake in New Jersey? Did you know that seven communities in Monmouth County have access to this lake? Don Brockel, Deal Lake Commission Chair, took time to share with us how this 158 acres of lake can and should provide a resource for recreation and plays a significant role in our ecosystem. The mission is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to preserve and restore Deal Lake and its tributaries as a healthy and stable ecosystem. By actively serving as stewards of Deal Lake and its Watershed, their goals include:

· Educating the community, including our school children, to increase awareness and appreciation for the natural environment of the lake;

· Providing leadership concerning issues related to Deal Lake within and outside our community;

· Helping homeowners and public groups recognize and mindfully solve problems related to water quality, siltation, and lake restoration;

· Serving as the liaison between lakeside communities, County agencies, and the NJ DEP to implement a Regional Storm Water Management Plan; and

· Proactively suggesting practical ideas to improve overall the environmental quality of properties throughout the Deal Lake watershed. For more information, or to find out how you can volunteer, see their website The website also provides practical ways that each of us can participate in preserving and caring for the lake. The commission meets every third Thursday of the month at Interlaken Boro Hall, 7pm, and encourages public participation.

Guest speaker 4/3/19 - Don Brockel Tama Campbell 2019-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

April is 100 Acts of Kindness Month

Please come prepared to share what Act of Kindness you demonstrated this week!
Index cards will be at front desk for you write down your actions.
You can sign or be anonymous...either way lets share our good deeds and inspire one another!!
April is 100 Acts of Kindness Month 2019-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Big Brothers and Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties

” To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” It’s a bold mission statement, but their vision of every child succeeding in life, is even bolder.  William Salcedo, Executive Director, and Marybeth Bull, Director of Development, for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, presented the program of this organization as well as their current needs.  They focused on Asbury Park, where Big Brothers Big Sisters has served 720 boys and girls this past year, but have 70 kids on a waiting list hoping to connect with an adult mentor. These children come mostly from single-parent, dysfunctional homes.  The major program offered is the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer program.  The volunteer agrees to be paired with a child aged 6-15 for a commitment of one year.  There is a rigorous background check, lengthy application process before being connected with the child.  The volunteer is assigned a case worker who oversees the arrangement.  And while it may take a while to get through the application process, the experience of being a mentor/supporting adult to a child who has none, is tremendously rewarding; for both the child and the adult.  While this is their major program they also work with: 1) school-based mentoring which is an afterschool program that uses high-achieving high school students; 2) peer-to-peer program thathelps the middle school transition into high school; 3) work place mentoring introduces the participants to a wide variety of jobs; 4) back-on-track, is a court mandated program that shares success stories with a group of 14-18 year olds; and 5) college exposure and encouragement that actually takes potential students to the campuses. In addition, children who are participating in their programs have opportunities for outings such as Six Flags and college football games. The majority of their funding comes from community support, and they organize no less than five events throughout the year.  To be a volunteer, or for more information, see their website:, or contact William at, 732.444.3540
Big Brothers and Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties 2019-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

This Month’s 100 Acts of Kindness

Final opportunity to donate to this month's 100 acts of kindness in our 100 years of service cookie sales.
Our efforts benefit both the Frances Foundation (serving kids with cancer) and Family Promise (serving families with children who are homeless)
We only have 38 more 6 packs ($285.00) to hit our goal of 100. Please make your checks payable to The Rotary Foundation of Asbury Park
A special thanks to everyone for all your efforts!
Please contact Jeff Bassett
This Month’s 100 Acts of Kindness 2019-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker 3/20/19 - Kevin Akey

Just in the nick of time, Kevin, Akey, Rutgers Master Gardener, joined us to steer us in the right direction for preparing our gardens. It’s spring and here is what you do first: *clean and sharpen those tools so that they are reliable; *test the soil; *clean-up the winter kill; *clean up dead leaves and debris; *get some help (preferably from someone younger) not only for the heavy lifting but so that you can begin to plant seeds encouraging future gardeners. Why is pruning important to do now? This needs to be done prior to plant leafing, and it’s easier to do now when you can clearly see the branches. This is no time for any emotional connection to the plant; if it’s dead, remove it (the giver of this gift will understand); you need to let go. Prune with proper tools: use pruning sheers, either by-pass scissor sheers for branches or anvil sheers. When using long-handled loppers remember to protect yourself: head covered, gloves on, wear long sleeves, protect your eyes. If using a pruning saw, purchase the folding type as these are very sharp and it’s safer when these are folded and stored away. And using pruning paint or sealers is a thing of the past as these block a plants’ natural healing process and could capture infection in the plant that has no way to depart. What to prune? Dead, diseased branches, branches rubbing together, storm damage, broken branches and to shape and control the size of the plant. Moving on to lawns: get the sprinkler ready, but never, never give your lawn more than 1” of water per week. Why? Lawns need to root deep and if they’re getting too much water on the surface, they’ll get fat and lazy and not dig deep for their nourishment. If you need help knowing when your lawn has received an 1” of water, strategically place tuna fish cans around and when these are filled, you have your 1”. It was a lot of information, and if you need additional advice, ask our in-resident gardener, Roy!
Guest speaker 3/20/19 - Kevin Akey Tama Campbell 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Dawn Doherty, Executive director  of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide and Samantha Parker, Director of Development spoke to us about the group's role in helping  to identify teens who are “at risk”  of  hurting themselves.  The group was formed in 2005  and offers two hours of training to teachers who are in a  good position to recognize the signs leading to  these acts.  It has also trained 350,000 teachers online and its free to all Lifelines curriculum has been published. There is also a 3-day program for training school staff.
The group seeks a stigma-free approach to mental health for teens and tries to help with transition between middle and high school.  It emphasizes that reaching out is  fine and  that young people should find a trusted adult when they are in need and it is okay not to be okay. The agency works with educators, parents and students to identify those who may be tempted to harm themselves with a set of facts to see the warning signs.  They work directly with teens, some who have substance abuse problems, and also partner with Monmouth and Ocean County youth agencies to teach coping skills to help kids be safe.  
The trusted adult that teens seek out should be nonjudgemental and not apply shame to the teen, only asking “What's going on with you.? “  That person would be able to give the teen some ideas where they can get help and lighten the burden , relieving some of the young person's worries.  Knowing the warning signs may help to lower the teen suicide rate, the second greatest cause of death for teens today.
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Asbury Park Rotary as Grand Marshall of Asbury Park St Patricks Parade 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Birthdays this week! 2019-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

AP Parade Grand Marshall Honors

In celebration of our 100 years of Service to the Community, this year our Club is leading the Asbury Park St Patrick's Day Parade as the Grand Marshall.  We could not have a better representative of the spirit of Rotary than Mike Fornino, and that is why we are honored to have him wear the Grand Marshall sash and lead us in the parade. The Parade Committee unveiled the Banner behind which we will proudly march! 
AP Parade Grand Marshall Honors Tama Campbell 2019-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker 3/6/19 - Robert Weiner

Robert Weiner, SCORE

SCORE: formerly Service Core of (not necessarily) Retired Executives – there are many wonderful opportunities to volunteer once you decide that you’re finished with your 9-5 job, but not all of these can make good use of your particular expertise. Robert Weiner found SCORE to be a good fit following his successful retail and manufacturing businesses. After selling his closet design business, he and a partner created a ladies’ shoe drawer, so he actually has experience in launching and building two successful businesses. However, he wasn’t ready to retire from ”work”, just from actually running the business. He found SCORE to be his answer. With 300 chapters in the USA and 10,000 volunteers he discovered an organization that makes excellent use of his skill set. SCORE volunteers offer advise to both start-up businesses as well as those who find themselves struggling. They also host seminars on topics such as taxes, bookkeeping, HR, PR, and other related matters. There is a network of referrals and expertise available that include lawyers, technology, retail, and accounting, to name a few. An example of how it works is that Robert would be asked to meet with someone who has a business idea or thinks they are ready to launch a business. He offers advise, poses questions they may not have thought of, and basically helps them prepare for a successful venture. He does feel, however, that the best advise he’s given has been NOT to start their business! Without a solid business plan and financial backing, many start-ups are doomed to fail. Want to see an example of a successful business that was guided by volunteers working with SCORE? Go to the The Curvy Bride website (; it’s worth the visit. Want to know more about SCORE and volunteer opportunities (you need not be retired, by-the-way), go to

Guest speaker 3/6/19 - Robert Weiner Tama Campbell 2019-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker 2/20/19 - Ken Bruton

Ken Bruton from National Write your Congressman (NWYC) joined us on a snowy Wednesday and presented the work of his organization. He was quick to point out that while there are 47,000 lobbyist in DC, all representing their point of view, his organization is the only one of its kind. NWYC presents its members with both sides of an issue, without prejudice to either side, allowing the member to understand the issue in more depth and thus make an informed decision on where they stand. Members are encouraged to share their opinion with their representatives at either the State level or with those in DC. Forty percent of Americans are registered to vote, but only a mere 2% have ever written to their legislator! NWYC is the largest “we the people” organization in the USA. They are not left nor right, Democrats nor Republicans, but simply encourage their membership to respond appropriately to the issues that they care about. And this makes a difference! An example he cites is the research that they did on the appalling state of our care for our Veterans. Through their efforts, benefits have gone up, and health care is now available outside the VA network. As a member of their organization, you not only vote, but you give your opinion and your voice is heard. It doesn’t really take a lot to make a noise, but it must be vocal. Their membership is fee-based, and they currently have more than 1m members. But it’s not the number of people, it’s how active they are. For more information, see their website, or contact Ken at, 732.672.9746 and he’d be delighted to visit with you.
Guest speaker 2/20/19 - Ken Bruton Tama Campbell 2019-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Feb.13,2019 - Terry Bloomfield

Terry Bloomfield, Holistic Registered Nurse, who has a clinical practice, The Healing Way of Ocean, presented the benefits of CBD oil. For more than 30 years she has been working with clients who are referred to her when their traditional treatments are not working. Some of her older clients brought CBD to her attention, and she began to research the viability of this product. It is advisable to work with a licensed health professional so that the administration of the oil is monitored. Beware: there are many over-the-counter products that claim to have CBD in them, that have not been tested. Make sure to research your product. She has found amazing for her clients from mental health issues to relief from cancer. After explaining aspects of our body and how CBD provides support for it, she introduced Karen Apy who shared her story of how a diagnosis and treatment of a terminal cancer condition led to many complications and additional medications to treat the side-effects of other medications. She was finally wheelchair bound unable to even brush her teeth. Feeling depressed and discouraged, she saw an ad for CTFO, a product containing CBD. She had nothing to lose, so ordered the oil and a lotion. After only one application of the lotion to her feet and hands, she was able to get out of the wheelchair AND brush her teeth. She stood before us; a living example of how an organic product can enhance and rebuild a body. For additional information, you can call Terry at 732.778.0112 – or hey, contact our very own Dina at!
Guest speaker Feb.13,2019 - Terry Bloomfield Tama Campbell 2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speakers Jan 30, 2019 - Redeem-Her

We welcomed the return of Redeem-Her as Stephanie Douranakis reminded us of the nonprofit program whose mission is to provide support to women committed to staying free from addiction. Located in Toms River this house of eight residents offers hope and help to women reentering the community from rehabilitation facilities, jails and prisons. With housing, clothing, food, employment and most importantly, support from women who have shared similar experiences, these women can achieve success in their lives. Stephanie then introduced Olga who is a current resident of the house. Though Olga came from a large, supportive family, there was alcohol abuse history there as well. She departed for college having graduated high school with honors and with a scholarship to play basketball. But during her second year spring break, she discovered she did not have her love for alcohol under control and her life began to spiral. Even with going to detox, she found her first step afterward was to a liquor store. After failed attempts of recovery and with a new resolve, she located a business card for Redeem-Her and gave them a call. After being interviewed she was accepted into their program and made the unfamiliar journey from the inner city of Trenton to the country-side of Toms River. She was given a sponsor and now two and half years later she has reclaimed her life and her self-esteem. She is still taking recovery one day at a time, but says with the safe haven that Redeem-Her has given her, she can continue to succeed. We applaud both her efforts and her commitment to succeed as well as a program that has offered her, and others like her, hope.
Guest speakers Jan 30, 2019 - Redeem-Her Tama Campbell 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Our newest member! Tama Campbell 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Rotary Polar Plunge!

  The Polar Plunge Committee would like to thank all those who volunteered, sponsored and PLUNGED!  We should have the final tally in a few days.  For anyone who would still like to donate you can either make a check payable to The Rotary Foundation of Asbury Park or donate online at  We would especially like to thank photographer Christine Smith who allowed us to use all the photos she took.  Most of the photos in the album are hers!  We will be adding more photos as they come in.  Thank you to Holiday Express as well, we are proud to support your amazing organization as well as Rotary Eye Rescue.
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Guest speaker Jan 23, 2019 - Kara Johantgen

Our speaker this past week was Kara Johantgen from the Nothern Monmouth Division of Child Protection and Permanancy Office. This entity deals with children who are placed in foster care or who are adopted. These children, especially siblings and teens, need nurturing families who will help them heal and grow as they were probably subjected to abuse and/or neglect.

One of the main goals of this agency is to keep families unified. When a child is removed from a family home, they work with the biological parents to keep that child's stay in foster care as brief as possible. Since Monmouth County has no facilities for group care, a child is placed with a foster family the same day as the removal and sometimes the placement can be long term or lead to adoption and some stays can be as brief as one night.

At the end of 2018, there were 220 children in Monmouth County in foster care, down from 300 the previous year. A goal of placement is to keep children in their home community and school system. To become a foster parent, one must have a 27-hour training course, a home inspection and attend an information session. There is always a need for foster families. A foster parent must be at least 18 years of age, single, married, in a domestic partnership or a civil union. You can have your own children or be parenting for the first time.

Kara can be reached at

Guest speaker Jan 23, 2019 - Kara Johantgen Tama Campbell 2019-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Robin! Tama Campbell 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Jan 16 2019 - Bill Atkins

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 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.
Guest speaker Jan 16 2019 - Bill Atkins Tama Campbell 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

2018 Holiday Project - Jersey Shore Rescue Mission

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.
2018 Holiday Project - Jersey Shore Rescue Mission Tama Campbell 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Dec 12, 2018 - Dottie Lopapa

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 or 732.982.3003.
Guest speaker Dec 12, 2018 - Dottie Lopapa Tama Campbell 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker - Dec 5, 2018 Toni Seinfeld

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: or contact Toni directly at or 732.870.0059.
Guest speaker - Dec 5, 2018 Toni Seinfeld Tama Campbell 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Wish Jeff a Happy Birthday.... Tama Campbell 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Nov 14, 2018 - Greg Kucharewski

It is a sad commentary on our society that the men and women who serve our country in combat, return home with injuries that are not always as visible as a physical wound and therefore not adequately treated. Greg Kucharewski shared with our club how a fishing program is making a difference in the lives of these veterans (young and old) by utilizing healthy outdoor activities. In addition, they can then connect veterans to VA Services offices, outreach centers, NJ Coastal Parks, local fishing clubs and other veteran organizations. By having an activity that encourages them to leave the house, connections can be made and new friendships are formed (and sometimes an old friend is found) that can truly give the vet a spark of hope. As a survivor of PTSD himself, Greg understands the roller coaster that many find themselves on following combat duty; the high-highs, and the lower-than-low lows, the flashbacks and the sleepless nights. By partnering with other community/local organizations and seeking out vets, the activities that he and his team of volunteers can offer truly offer a hand-up to those in desperate need. If you would like to be part of this program, or need additional information, contact Greg at: 732.785.9278 or
Guest speaker Nov 14, 2018 - Greg Kucharewski Tama Campbell 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Nov 7, 2018 - Ryan Garmond

It is always a pleasure to hear about programs that offer young people an alternative for their future; opportunities different from what they may face when growing up in Asbury Park. The Beat Bus does just that. Ryan Garmond, Program Manager at Lakehouse Mobile Recording Studios, shared with us that through music children of all ages are given a way to express their creativity. This year the Asbury Park Music Foundation launched a state-of-the-art Mobile Recording Studio with the mission to bring music education to under-served youth across New Jersey. The newly renovated school bus is outfitted with industry standard recording gear including 10 modular workstations and a sound booth equipped to record vocals, pianos, guitars and drums. This versatile program offers During School Program, After School Program, or an Explorer Program. They can also do a During and/or After School Program. When exceptionally talented students are discovered, they are able to work one-on-one with them to help them develop their full musical potential. But no matter the ability, exposure to this program gives students a way to create and collaborate. To learn more see their website:
Guest speaker Nov 7, 2018 - Ryan Garmond Tama Campbell 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Committee Delivers!

Each year, our Club, provides dictionaries to area 3rd graders. This year, we delivered 809 dictionaries to schools including Ocean Twp (3 Elementary schools and Hillel Yeshiva), Deal (Elementary school), Neptune Twp (4 Elementary schools, Holy Innocents Elementary, and Summerfield Academy) Asbury Park (4 Elementary schools and Mt Carmel Elementary) and Bradley Beach (Elementary school). The dictionaries are made possible by a donation from Investors Savings, which also generously provides a space to process and box the dictionaries for delivery to the schools. Look in your 3rd grader’s back pack. You will see a new dictionary.
Thanks to Amy and the rest of the committee for providing a valuable resource to our schools.
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Celebrating Halloween Tama Campbell 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
Wish Mansa a Happy Birthday! Tama Campbell 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - Oct 24, 2018

Our members gathered on Wednesday Oct 24th to bring awareness to and celebrate Rotary World Polio Day 2018 at Anchor's Bend on the Asbury Park boardwalk. We had a great turnout, good fellowship and as always lots of fun.
District Governor Bill Donnelly and PDG Diane Rontondelli also attended to mark the occasion.
Thank you to the board for their efforts in putting this together for our club and especially, Dina, Jacquie, Roy and Kip. They "painted the towns" with our message posted on the digital signs in Asbury Park, Neptune and Ocean.
World Polio Day - Oct 24, 2018 Tama Campbell 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker - Oct 17, 2018

Our speaker on October 17, was our former president, Traudy Grande, who, along with her husband, owns a financial investment company. She shared with us the two main reasons that families invest which are retirement and for the education of their children. When thinking through an investment for your retirement, it would be wise to remember that Social Security will most likely only cover 35% of your monthly costs, and that it was created when life-expectancy was 74/75 years. Now, investment planners advise their clients to count on living to 95 for women, or 92 for men. If you are saving for your children’s education, it is good to remember that education costs are going up an average of 6% per year. As daunting as this may seem, Traudy shared realistic avenues for getting the most out of your savings, and offered advice on investment plans that for your family no matter your age. Want more information? Traudy is available to answer any questions or to work with you on your investment strategy.
Guest speaker - Oct 17, 2018 Tama Campbell 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Brenda! Tama Campbell 2018-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Oct 3, 2018 - Doug Rowell

Neptune Fire Commissioner Doug Rowell spoke about Fire Prevention Month, which is observed during the month of October. He began by relating the significance of this month as the anniversaries of the Great Chicago fire and the Peshtigo fire, both of which occurred in October 1871, resulting in  thousands of fatalities and massive destruction.
He encouraged us to Look/Listen/Learn to help prevent fires in our homes and businesses:
Look – pay attention to the top 3 causes of fires; cooking, heating systems, and electrical
Listen – smoke alarms should be tested every month, the battery replaced every year, and completely replaced every 10 years
Learn – have at least 2 ways out of each room
He also shared photos of the causes and results of some local fires, which went a long way to motivate us all to take a good look around our homes with an eye towards fire prevention.
Guest Speaker Oct 3, 2018 - Doug Rowell Tama Campbell 2018-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Mix, Mingle and Sort at fulfill 2018-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Frank! Tama Campbell 2018-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Sept 26, 2018 - Sgt. Rich Ashkar

What an honor it was to welcome Sgt. Rich Ashkar of the New Jersey State Police. Sgt. Ashkar has been a Trooper for 11 years, and is currently a training instructor at the New Jersey State Police Academy located in Sea Girt. In its 97th year as an organization, the Police Academy is a stress-inducing environment that prepares men and women to respond appropriately in their protection of our citizens. The importance of discipline in everything from how laundry is folded to thoroughly investigating crimes is taught and evaluated in every student. Sgt. Ashkar is the boxing instructor. The rationale for the student to be in the boxing ring has to do with his/her response to situations during an adrenaline rush, which boxing induces. These rushes can obscure the thought process and creates tunnel vision, and instructors must know how each recruit responds. A student must complete two bouts using technique and defense, even if they don’t win the bout. His explanation of how a law enforcement officer must respond to an accelerating situation was extremely helpful and he probably had much more to share with us had time allowed. (Shouldn’t we have him back?)
Guest Speaker Sept 26, 2018 - Sgt. Rich Ashkar Tama Campbell 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Bio for this weeks Speaker 

Posted by Jim Jeffries
New Jersey State Police
A little departure from our Rotary Member Spotlight this week.
We are pleased to welcome as our speaker this week Sgt. Richard Ashkar of the New Jersey State Police. Rich grew up in Middletown and was graduated from Middletown South where he starred as a wrestler. He wrestled in Division 1 level at West Virginia University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He also received his Master of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Rich was a Gold Medalist in the Pan American Games in 2012, and obtained his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2013. He fought professionally in MMA (cage fighting) for over 6 years with 6 wins and 2 loses.
He is a Self-Defense instructor for one of the largest law enforcement agencies on the east coast. He joined the New Jersey State Police 11 years ago and now serves as a training instructor at the academy in Sea Girt. Prior he has worked in most of the more dangerous cities in the country and knows how “force options” work in real time. He has taught members of the FBI, NYPD and countless other police departments.
Totally, Rich has over 21 years training in various martial arts and competed at the highest level in the Mixed Martial Arts.
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September Birthdays 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker Tom Price

Tom began by explaining the benefits of establishing a 529, which is a college savings program.  This can be set-up with a child or a grandchild as the beneficiary.  But he strongly urged that these accounts should be set up early in the child’s life as even a small amount compounds over the years.  Recent changes in a 529 now permit use of these funds for private elementary and/or high schools as well; up to $10,000/year.  The fund is tax deferred growth.  The beneficiary can be changed as long as it’s used for a family member (niece/nephew or even yourself.)  The funds can be used not only for tuition but also for fees and housing costs.  He then shifted to the importance of completing the FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) even if you think your family income will deny your child access to scholarship monies.  If your circumstances should change during your child’s education years, the school will have on file a history of your family’s income which will help them assess need.  A word of warning: don’t be taken by “I can complete your FAFSA for you and guarantee a scholarship” as this is a scam.  Filing can begin on October 1 and funds are distributed on a first come first serve basis, so begin the process online now.  Remember to complete the FAFSA each year.  Tom would be happy to answer any questions that you have, and even to assist in establishing your child’s account.
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Annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser

Posted on Sep 18, 2018
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.
Annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser Tama Campbell 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Sept 12 - Christine Giordano Hanlon

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: 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.
Guest Speaker Sept 12 - Christine Giordano Hanlon Tama Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Amy! Tama Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Oakhurst VFW Post 2226 Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Dedication

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.
Oakhurst VFW Post 2226 Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Dedication Tama Campbell 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Richard Buckley - Guest Speaker Sept 5, 2018

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 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.
Richard Buckley - Guest Speaker Sept 5, 2018 Tama Campbell 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - August 29, 2018

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,  Volunteers are needed and welcomed.
Guest Speaker - August 29, 2018 Tama Campbell 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Chairman Jim Jeffries

If you have not heard, our Club is entering its 100th year. And if you didn't know that, Jim was here to tell us all about it! The Centennial Committee Chair, his Co-Chair, Marta Quinn, and the rest of the committee Chairs,  kicked off the  year's activities with balloons, hats and enthusiasm!!
Guest Speaker - Chairman Jim Jeffries 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

New Chef in Town

Tom passes the mantle of Master Chef of the BBQ to Natan. We look forward to the burgers and dogs next year at the Summer BBQ!
New Chef in Town 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Mystery Birthday 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Diane Rontondelli takes a stand for Gift of Life

Past District Governor Diane Rontondelli spoke at the August 22nd meeting about the Gift of Life, encouraging our individual and club participation in this important international Rotary service project.
Diane Rontondelli takes a stand for Gift of Life 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome new member Jim Mack

Not only was VFW Post 2226 Commander Jim Mack the Guest Speaker at the off- site meeting, he was also inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park. Congratulations Jim and welcome to our club!
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Wish Jennifer and Joanne Happy Birthday! 2018-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Tama and Rich! 2018-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Bill Donnelly 

Posted on Aug 06, 2018

Speaker District Governor Bill Donnelly

Bill is our new district Governor of the newly formed District 7505. He told us his philosophy of how to merge the different cultures of the two districts. He believes that Rotary’s public image is up to individuals to spread the word about Rotary. Advertising and Facebook can enhance participation in events but reaching out to your friends, neighbors and business associates is the best way to grow membership. Our new district is 80 Clubs strong! He believes that hands on projects in the community provide the biggest impact.

District Governor Bill Donnelly 2018-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

Roger Stein CPA

Roger Stein, CPA, was the third speaker in our Rotary member’s presentation series.  Prior to beginning, he wanted to remind us that phone calls claiming to be from utility companies or the IRS are often most likely scams and we should proceed with caution before giving out any personal information.  Income tax was ratified by the 16th Amendment in 1913, with a tax rate of 1-7%. This increased to 77% with WWI and peaked at 94% during WWII, but was steady during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s at 70%. The Economic Recovery Act of 1981 slashed the top rate of 70% to 50%.  The Tax Reform Act of 1986, sponsored by Richard Gebhardt (House) and Bill Bradley (Senate) required social security numbers for dependents over the age of 5 (immediately 7m dependents vanished), and the tax rate from 50% to 38.5%. With this act credit card and consumer loan interest was no longer deductible.  More recently, the 2018 Trump tax changes have standard deductions of $12,000 for a single person, $18,000 for head of household and $24,000 for a joint return.  The details and implications for both individuals and businesses were numerous, and Roger (or your tax accountant/advisor) can explain how these will affect you, your family or your business.  But one last point is that while there is no longer a federal mandate for a family to have health insurance, there will be a penalty tax in the state of NJ of $695 per family member up to a maximum of $2085 or 2.5% of the household income, whichever is greater. Roger also left us with the thought that the new tax law adds $1.5T to the national debt, with the economy performing well.  A debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay.
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Happy Birthday Mike! 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Sandy Brown Speaks about Corporations

It is with fear and trepidation that this writer attempts to sum up the great amount of historical detail presented by this week’s speaker, the second in our member’s series, Sandy Brown.   The first thing he pointed out is that in our day-to-day lives, we interact more with corporations than we realize. School districts are part of municipalities, vocation schools part of counties, religious organizations and even charities are all registered as corporations.  But if we really want to understand corporations, we need to go back to 300 A.D. when the Roman Empire created corporate law (the word deriving from corpus meaning body = a body of people) as trade was booming.  After the collapse of the Roman Empire, corporate law picked up during medieval times as trade once again took hold, and significant time periods would include the East India Company and Dutch Company influence during the 1600’s, more modern publications such as “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith, taking us into the 1800’s when Britain created the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) as their courts declared a corporation a separate entity.  New Jersey led the way in the States with the first corporate law act in 1896 though this was repealed in 1913, allowing for Delaware to become the State in which to incorporate your business.  Registering as an LLC gained popularity for as this structure allowed for better control and tax options.  Thank you, Sandy, for your presentation which, we understand, segues into Roger’s information being presented next week.
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VFW Post 2226 Presents Plaque to Rotary Club of Asbury Park 2018-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Asbury Park awards scholarships to local students

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 Club of Asbury Park awards scholarships to local students  2018-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 21st

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!
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Fr. Bob Kaeding, Executive Director, The Center

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.

Fr. Bob Kaeding, Executive Director, The Center 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Tour of Honor to Washington DC

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
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Bike and Sewing Machine Collection

  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
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Rotarians Honor Veterans

Celebrating Memorial Day and honoring service men and women, past and present, members of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park and the Asbury Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission joined together to beautify Veterans Park along Sunset Lake. Over a dozen magnolia and crepe myrtle trees were planted, and flowerbeds containing roses and hydrangeas were added to the site.
Rotarians Honor Veterans 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 9

Rotary Fun Fact: in April 1950, our Rotary club raised money for the Boy Scouts for their Camp Brisbane, and the following year contributed to both Forestburg Scout Reservation and to a Boy Scout troop in Rome, Italy.
We welcomed Don Zumbach, Thunderbird District Executive, for Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth County.  The Thunderbird Council covers the area of West Long Branch through Manasquan. Don shared that through 100 years of Scouting in Monmouth County, this area has an 83% retention rate.  Their scout reservations of Quail Hill and Forestburg have both seen substantial upgrading: Quail Hill has upgraded roads, updated the ranger station, renovated the chapel and is currently improving the pool; Forestburg has added a zip line, is reroofing and improving the electrical system. The conversation moved into the recent decision on the part of the Boy Scouts to admit females into their program.  Don pointed out that both the Venturing (age 14-20) and the Exploring (high school age) programs have been co-ed for many years. That what is new is the younger aged scouts.  He was also quick to remind us that “scouting is a movement, and we will move into the future making adjustments as are needed along the way.”  For more information review their website
Brian and Donnie celebrated Birthdays!
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Rotarians Around Town

 Rotarian Brooke Bennett participated in the Police Unity Tour Ride.
 She's the rider on the right.
 Asbury Park Rotary had a table at the Greater Ocean Chamber of Commerce Expo last week.  Great way to meet future Rotarians!
Rotarians Around Town 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Wine Dinner Renminder

Last call for Wine Dinner Auction items!  Please bring any items to tomorrows meeting.
Wine Dinner Renminder 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

New Member installed

Our newest member Major Stanley Newton of the Asbury Park Salvation Army.
Stanley comes to us from the Rome NY Rotary Club.
New Member installed 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/2/18

Rotary Fun Fact: Rev. Vern Matthews, President from 1990-91, led the Asbury Park Rotary with the first induction of female members: Betty Erickson, Eileen Sheridan and Susan Soviero.




JoAnn Burney, founder and Alison Monte, Allaire Community Farm.


This was not the first visit from Allaire Community Farm, and it was wonderful to hear their update on their program.  We were reminded that Allaire Community Farm is a sanctuary where passionate people make an impact on their community by creating an encouraging environment that fosters healing and hopeBut more exciting was their news of the move to the property next door.  With the support of the town and the state, they were able to secure a mortgage for the new property.  On this property, they will provide: a BBQ plaza in memory of JoAnn’s brother-in-law, have stunning and productive green houses, provide farm-wide handicapped accessibility, year round education opportunities, pony rides, birthday parties, and much more.  Their barn will provide much needed storage, have a multi-purpose room, shelter for animals and space for therapeutic driving.  It was hard not to be infected with their enthusiasm and we wish them well in this new endeavor.  Perhaps they can return next year and report on their accomplishments?

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Meeting April 25th

This week’s speaker, Commander Charles “Jim” Mack of VFW Post 2226, presented information on how the VFW serves our veterans of war. Their mission is to foster camaraderie among US veterans of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and advocate on behalf of all veterans. The purposes of the VFW….are fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans. The VFW Hall is open for meals and our own Dina Blackwood bore witness that it serves a stellar breakfast.  Located at 212 Norwood Ave., Oakhurst, the restaurant is open to the public.  Meetings and members, however, is limited to veterans, and they meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm.  For more information, contact Jim at or friend them at
Rotary Fun Fact:  On September 8, 1934, when 125 injured passengers from the burning Morro Castle were taken to the Jersey Shore Medical Center (as it’s now known as), Harry  Jackson enlisted the help of his fellow Rotarians, Jess Webster and Fred Havens, to install additional phone lines which they were able to accomplish in a short period of time.
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Meeting April 18th

Speaker, Mike O’Grady
After several years of debilitating fatigue and many other symptoms, Mike was correctly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  This is a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.  In MS, resulting nerve damage disrupts communication between the brain and the body.
Multiple sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person. Some people may be symptom free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.  Physical therapy and medications that suppress the immune system can help with symptoms and slow disease progression but there is no cure.  As Mike bravely shared his personal story with us, it became obvious that his first priority for use of his limited energy is his family.  Learning to adjust schedules, change habits and adapt to his illness, allows Mike to continue to put his wife and sons first.  His book is available, “A Dad with MS”, and supports MS research.  He asked us to watch for walks/runs/events that will be happening to raise awareness for this disease as well as funding for research.  We thank Mike for sharing his journey and exposing his struggles to us.   Let us keep Mike, his family, and all who suffer from this disease in our prayers.

Rotary Fun Fact
Former District Governor David Forward has written a new book. "A String of Pearls" by David C. Forward. ( Inspiring Stories of Rotary) The web site to purchase or learn more about the book is; 
Paul Harris Plus One Award
Roy Helfrich was awarded a Paul Harris Plus One pin for his support of Rotary International Foundation.
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Rotarians Participated in Child Abuse Awareness Event 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

A Moment of Magic

Ashley Clayton, 21 from Ocean Township, is a student at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She is a member of an organization called A Moment of Magic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in which college students volunteer at children’s hospital and other places and events dressed as princesses, superheroes, etc. The organization visits children in need free of charge. They provide services such as individual visits, bedside visits, group visits, story readings, and special events- just to name a few. They have 12 chapters all over the United States and 500+ volunteers who have visited over 20,000 children. The organization relies on donations to continue to providing services. They have been featured on ABC News, USA Today, CNN, Elite Daily, NBC News, and MANY more. They always need help since they pay for their own visits, commutes, costumes, etc. They hold events like galas and fashion shows in order to raise money further than just online donations and sponsors. Here is a link to various involvement opportunities:
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We Celebrated a Few Birthdays! 2018-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Monmouth Ocean Small Business Development Center

At the 4/4/18 meeting, Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes from the Monmouth and Ocean County Small Business Development Center at Brookdale College was our Guest Speaker. The MOSBD is part of a national network of university and college-based centers that provide comprehensive counseling to small businesses and educational opportunities to small business owners and potential business owners. Their website is

Monmouth Ocean Small Business Development Center Tama Campbell 2018-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Shirts Are In

If you ordered a Rotary shirt Dina Blackwood has advised that they are in.  Please bring cash or check payable to Rotary Club of Asbury Park.
Rotary Shirts Are In 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

Monmouth County Audubon Society

A life-long resident of Monmouth County, Bob Henschel shared with us his passion for nature, particularly the bird population of Monmouth County.  An active member of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, Bob has much experience about which birds are best seen and where you will find them.  The Monmouth County (NJ) Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of nature, wildlife conservation, habitat protection and education.  Through the Society, field trips, evening trips and programs are scheduled throughout the year.  Bob’s presentation was a wonderful reminder that while we live in the shadow of a major city, Monmouth County has many opportunities to explore and enjoy nature.  For additional information visit
Monmouth County Audubon Society 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Warren & Sean Celebrate Birthdays 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Redeem Her February 28th

Prudence White, Board Member, and Jennifer Simon, House Manager, representing Redeem-Her, shared with us their unique program that supports women transitioning from confinement (jail or rehab) back into society. Their mission is to provide support to women committed to staying free from addiction. This program offers hope and help to women reentering the community by providing basic needs of housing, clothing and food as well as support from women who have shared similar experiences.  For information on how you can help visit their website:  Also view their website to see the testimonies from women who have been successfully supported and given a second chance.
Redeem Her February 28th 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park St Patrick's Day Parade


MARCH 11, 2018
Marchers will assemble between 12:30 and 12:45 at the Wonder Bar. Our staging area will be assigned to a number location on Ocean Avenue on Sunday morning.  Our float will accommodate children and anyone that is unable to walk the route.
Please RSVP to or call/text Kate 732-213-0917 if you have any questions. I will make every effort to share our assembly space number via email or text!
Asbury Park St Patrick's Day Parade 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Camp Oakhurst

Lori Schenck, Assistant Director of Services, introduced our club to Camp Oakhurst, located in Oakhurst.  It was established in 1906 by parents of children with disabilities.  At that time it provided an opportunity to get out of the city into the fresh air of the country. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, including autism and physical and intellectual disabilities, and provide respite for their families through a year-round camp experience.  Being fully accessible and having 15 acres to explore, gives campers with a variety of capabilities an opportunity to have a true camp experience.  For more information, see their website: or contact Lori at 732.531.0215 or
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Save The Date! Annual Wine Dinner May 18th

This years Wine Dinner will be our 15th!! SAVE-THE-DATE May 18th, 2018.  We will once again be at The Deal Golf & Country Club.
This year we will raise funds for the first time ever for ourselves, specifically for our Veteran's Bus Trip to Washington DC June 9 and our Rotary Foundation in general.
This year we will be honoring Kelly Terry from The Mya-Lin-Terry Foundation with The Outstanding Community Service Award for her efforts within the Pediatric Cancer Community.
HabCore for The Outstanding Service Award for their supportive services to Veterans, families & individuals with special needs.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW! Keep your eyes open for the Invitations in March.
Save The Date! Annual Wine Dinner May 18th 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park Rotary supports Moorestown Rotary's Solar Light Project

The Asbury Park Rotary Club will be making a $500.00 donation to The Moorestown Lunch Rotary!
If you were in attendance last week you heard all about their "Solar Light Project"!!
Our Club Board voted Thursday to contribute to this wonderful project!
Moorestown Rotary will be replacing kerosene lamps with solar lamps.  This will be life-changing for students in Uganda!
Our contribution will help them reach their goal of bringing safe, clean, lighting to 400 children & their families!
Asbury Park Rotary supports Moorestown Rotary's Solar Light Project 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park Rotary Provides The AED Devices to Asbury Park Fire Department

The Asbury Park Rotary Club held a Mini Golf Outing in August, 2017, to support the club as well as raise funds for additional AED devices for the Asbury Park Fire Department. We raised enough funds to purchase three defibrillators.  On February 14 we welcomed Asbury Park Fire Chief Kenny Keddy, Asbury Park Fire Marshall Garrett Giberson, and our Rotary member Neptune Fire Commissioner Paul Annunziata as the distributor of the AED demonstrated how the device works to save lives.  James Schatzle, Paramedic, Founder & President of Team Life, shared the statistic that every 90 seconds someone suffers a massive heart attack, with a 5% survival rate. What a AED does, is change that survival rate to 90% if used within the first few minutes.  He then demonstrated the ease of using the defibrillator.  For more information visit their website or call Jim at 732.946.4243; it could save the life of someone you love.
We would like to thank our club members for their work on this project, especially Kip Daly, Paul Annunziata, Tony Chambrovich and Brian Mullins.
Asbury Park Rotary Provides The AED Devices to Asbury Park Fire Department 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Jill Garaffa, MS OTR/L PPC
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls

Jill Garaffa is an occupational therapist with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital who has a passion for and an understanding of how our personal energy affects our quality of life. She has founded Seeds of Change Health & Wellness Coaching LLC, and shared with us the following.  There are five different sources of energy: mental/emotional, physical, social, environmental and spiritual.  Each of these has aspects that influence the energy (negatively and positively) in our lives and she provided suggestions for improvement in each category.  To learn more about these energies visit her website, or text her at 732.859.6962.
Jill Garaffa, MS OTR/L PPCHealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls  2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Ocean Township High School Career Pathways 1/31/18

Asbury Park Rotarians welcomed the return of Gina Hagerman, Assistant Principal, and Greg Colón, Career Pathways Coordinator, who shared with us the Academies being introduced as educational alternatives at Ocean Township High School (OTHS).  Using a grant received from the State of New Jersey, the first of three Academies was launched this academic year.  Spartan School of Business and Finance, received 35 student participants in this program that partners with Georgian Court University.  September 2018 will be the start date for the Spartan School of Technology, whose program partners with NJIT, and in the fall of 2019 Spartan School of Visual and Performing Arts will be launched.  These programs offer students a variety of options for focus during their high school years, and give students a head-start by providing college credits.  Each is a four-year program, but these do not replace the standard high school curriculum.  OTHS is seeking businesses who can provide the internships or apprenticeships which are part of the program.  If you are interested or want more information contact Greg at: or 732-531-5650, ext. 1400.
Ocean Township High School Career Pathways 1/31/18 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Jill Schumacher American Littoral Society

Jill Schumacher spoke about the work the American Littoral Society does in New Jersey.
The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same.
For information on their projects see 
Jill Schumacher American Littoral Society 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sneakers purchased for kids in need

 Sneaker purchased by Dina Blackwood Our club was presented with a challenge by fellow Rotarian Anthony Petrocelli (Pt Pleasant Beach).  Petro is a teacher in Asbury Park and told us that many of his kids are unable to participate in gym because they don't have sneakers.  Our club decided to help by passing the hat and last week we collected over $200 to purchase sneakers!
Job well done!
Sneakers purchased for kids in need 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Asbury Park Rotary Receives Community Service Award 2018-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

District Vocational Awards Dinner

Come & celebrate the winners of our District Vocational Awards!!! Monday Jan 29th.
The Dinner will be held at LaBove' Grande, Rte, 70 Lakehurst.
Please join us! We will celebrate Dina Blackwood as Asbury's 2018 vocational award winner!
I will send around a sign up sheet at Wednesday's lunch.  You can also RSVP to -but please let me know as well so we can keep a record.  The cost is only $35.00.
Looking forward to a fun night!
District Vocational Awards Dinner 2018-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Asbury Park Rotary Donates to Central Jersey Blood Center 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Update

  • Don't forget that we are helping the Salvation Army Bell Ringing this weekend.  Contact Roger Stein for details if you are signed up.
  • We will not have a Program Speaker on December 27th, come and enjoy fellowship with your Rotary friends!
  • There will be no bulletin next week!  The editor is taking a break :)
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Holiday Party at Belmar Fishing Club 2017-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Daniela Olt, Daniela’s Wish

Posted by Rebecca Nichols


 As Sean introduced Daniela Olt as the youngest speaker at our Rotary luncheon, he was unable to also say that this was the youngest program.  At an early age, Daniela was touched by the hardships of others, and at just 7 years old, in 2nd grade, organized the sending of 1,000 boxes of cookies and 300 brand new stuffed animals to the children of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Daniela’s Wish was launched, and as a registered 501(c)3, has a mission to help every child, everywhere have comfort and safety, especially during times of sadness.  They do this by providing items they have lost or need to get through a tragedy or time of sadness. Now a sophomore in high school, Daniela still runs this organization in between school studies and sports activities.  Working with a volunteer board of five, they continue to respond to the requests of children in need.  Visit their website for additional information on this truly impressive program.

Daniela Olt, Daniela’s Wish Rebecca Nichols 2017-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Photos from Offsite Evening Meeting at Lunch Break 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Polar Bear attend Asbury Park Christmas Tree Lighting 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Chaplain Jason Scalzi, The Police Chaplain Program

Chaplain Jason Scalzi, who is also the lead pastor at Glad Tidings AOG, informed us of the Police Chaplain Program, created to provide spiritual and emotional support to and through law enforcement agencies. A multi-faceted program, these chaplains not only work on a regular basis with established community organizations focused on preventing crime, but also travel to areas of unrest to assist in restoring a peaceful atmosphere.  Trained to counsel officers as they encounter troubling situations in their daily routines, chaplains play a key role in supporting these officers through difficult times. For additional information visit their website:

Chaplain Jason Scalzi, The Police Chaplain Program 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park Rotary Honors Vets at Third Annual "Thank a Veteran" Event

Posted by Robin Platt-Lacey
In our most inspirational meeting of the year, ROCAP entertained a wonderful group of veterans, with more than enough gratefulness to go around. The highlight of our Veteran's program was the recognition of WWII vets, now in their nineties.  Happy dollars were shared by all, including a very magnanimous seventy dollars from an American Legion post from Asbury Park.  Jeff Bassett gave his usual rousing presentation that brought goosebumps to us all.  This large assemblage can be credited to the hard work of Dina Blackwood, who contacted American Legion, DAV,  and VFW posts to make sure all were welcome.  Donnie kept rolling out the extra tables, so next year we will probably need the ballroom!  The best surprise of all was when News12 showed up and we were on TV for two days.  Out District Governor joined us and gave Rotary pins to all the vets, who wore them proudly on their clothing or caps,.  In short,  a sensational day for ROCAP.
Asbury Park Rotary Honors Vets at Third Annual "Thank a Veteran" Event Robin Platt-Lacey 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Please Support Our Holiday Projects!

The Asbury Park Kwanza Book Drive is asking for children's book to give out at their event on December 9th.  Please bring new or lightly used books to our meeting by Wednesday December 6th.
The Mya Lyn Terry Foundation is supporting 90 families for the holidays.  They have created an Amazon wish list for those who would like to support.  Just purchase using the attached link and gifts will ship directly to TMLTF, they will wrap and distribute the gifts.
TMLTF Holiday Wish List 
The Asbury Park Toy Drive has also created a wish list, it work the same as above.
Asbury Park Toy Drive List
Please Support Our Holiday Projects! 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

President Gail Give Club Update at Club Assembly

Posted by Gail Matarazzo
The Asbury Park Rotary Club’s Midyear Accomplishments!!
Recap from our Club Assembly
July- Volunteered at FufFill AKA FOOD BANK & sponsored Asbury Park Little League kids for camp!    
Aug-Raised enough $ during the Mini-Golf Outing to purchase 3 Defibrillator’s for Asbury Fire Dept.
September-Collected a garage full (over 100 bags for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas)                         Our Club raised just under $1500.00 for the 1st ever Relay-For –Life event in Asbury Park!(American Cancer Society) between the Evening Club & the AP daytime Club.
October- AP Rotary held our 3rd annual month long food drive to help The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
October-Rise-Against Hunger Event & Deal Lake Clean-Up
November- We will have our annual “Thank a Veteran Luncheon” (Hosting Veteran’s for lunch Nov 22nd)
November/December- Our members are helping adopt wishes for the 90 families that The Mya-Lin-Terry Foundation serve.  MLTF serve families with children fighting pediatric cancer.
December-Kwanzaa Book Drive for the City of Asbury Park, Salvation Army Bell Ringing & Dec 16th Holiday Party at The Belmar Fishing Club.
I am happy to announce we had applied for & received 2 additional grants through our district, 1 for Public Relations & the other for our Bike Project for the spring of 2018 (about $2,000)
The MS Making Connection’s Program has been quite successful donating almost 100 computers in 2017
Between our members & visiting Rotarian’s we have collected four banners from clubs around the world!
A few of our members were lucky enough to take part in the Rotary Leadership Program this fall.
Brand New Badges are pending & should arrive just in time for the New Year!
So thank you to all who have participated & plan to participate. The year is going so fast.  We look forward to The 3rd Annual Blood Drive Jan 3rd, The Polar Plunge Jan 27th, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March and the Planet Earth Initiative in April!!!  The Wine Dinner will follow in May of course with the Installation Dinner not far after that in June, our famous Beach party with Adrienne & Diane in July to wrap our Rotary year up!
To date we have donated or are slated to donate hundreds of dollars to many local groups –To name a few: Rise Against Hunger, Guatemala Water Project, Habcore, Mercy Center, American Cancer Society & Alex’s Lemonade Stand as well as Lunch Break!! Stay tuned for more action & I urge you to take part in as many activities as you can.  Many hands make light work (John Heywood) & keep your eyes open for the new member spotlights, your week will be coming! Get to know your fellow Rotarian’s J
  • In Closing, the Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce has chosen our Club to be the recipient of The Outstanding Community Service Award on Jan 10th!! Let’s keep our great service going!!
With Appreciation,
Gail Matarazzo
President Gail Give Club Update at Club Assembly Gail Matarazzo 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

United Way, Monmouth/Ocean Counties, Tamer Gouda, Director of Resource Development

Posted by Rebecca Nichols

While the United Way is an organization that is known to all of us, it was good to be reminded of their focus and their presence in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Though the programs and partnerships that receive United Way funding are numerous, Tamar shared with us that youth and families are the primary focus. School readiness, both emotionally and academically, receives a great deal of attention from the United Way. Reading programs ensure that children are at grade level in their ability to read and comprehend, and that they remain at grade level throughout their elementary school years. Working with children during the summer months helps to support this effort.  Located in the Freehold Mall is the Financial Success Center, which is open to anyone who needs support, with most of these programs being free-of-charge.  Tax returns, money management, and job search are just a few of the programs offered. This barely touches on the difference that the United Way makes in our communities. For additional information or to see how you can get involved, visit their website

United Way, Monmouth/Ocean Counties, Tamer Gouda, Director of Resource Development Rebecca Nichols 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Celebrates our "Newest Rotarian" 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Dina Blackwood visits Chicora Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Joe Leone Speaks About His Humanitarian efforts 

Posted by Robin Platt-Lacey

Joe Leone, our speaker, told us of his humble beginnings that were overcome with his eventual great success as a food entrepreneur.

Along the way, he discovered Covenant House in Newark, a place for homeless teens.  He related several anecdotes about the experiences of those children whose lives were profoundly changed by their time at Covenant House, some who overcame adversity to become very successful and  productive.  All of whom, he explained, were uplifted by their experience there.  He told us that Asbury Park also is home to a Covenant House, that he is very supportive of in his charitable work.   He also related how he recently lead a convoy of four semis holding 400,000 cases of water to the victims of the Texas hurricane, postponing his visit with us for several weeks. 
Joe Leone Speaks About His Humanitarian efforts Robin Platt-Lacey 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park Rotarians attend Belmar Wall Fundraiser

Anthony “Petro” Petrocelli immediate past president of Point Pleasant Beach Rotary Club- Diane Rotondelli Rotary District 7500 Governor- Kathy and Kip Daly Rotary Club of Asbury Park and Laureen DiMatteo enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and fellowship supporting their Rotary Club members from the Belmar/Wall Rotary Club at the annual wine tasting fundraiser. They sampled delicious wines from around the region in a blind tasting and voted on their favorite wine in a red, white, and blush/rose variety. They sampled foods provided by area restaurants  that were delicious. Kip and Petro both agreed that it was a great event and a good time. We will be back next year for sure!
Asbury Park Rotarians attend Belmar Wall Fundraiser 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Pat Bohse, Executive Director, SCAN (Social Community Activities Network)

An adult education and resource center since 1988, SCAN believes that staying active socially and staying connected promotes mental and physical health among adults 50+.  With the use of education and technology SCAN creates an environment where active adults can continue to grow intellectually as well as physically and emotionally.  See their website for the fall schedule of classes now being offered:


Pat Bohse, Executive Director, SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Red Cross Harvey Donations arrive in Texas 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Board Elections

Board elections will be held in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in serving on the Rotary Club board please let President-Elect Sean Growney know.
Upcoming Board Elections 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

President Gail and Dina attend Rotary Leadership Institute

Rotary's Leadership Institute's was held on Saturday October 14th! from 7:30 A.M. until 3:30.

This was held at The Indian Cultural Center in Marlton, NJ - Gail & Dina both attended & had fun learning

more about what Rotary can offer through the Facilitator's as well as exchanging ideas with other Rotarian's.


There are three courses & a graduate course available to those who have completed I,II, & III.

It seems there is always more to learn about Rotary!!

President Gail and Dina attend Rotary Leadership Institute 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker October 18th Paul J Abrams, Publisher, The Today Paper

A life-long resident of Ocean Township and Tinton Falls, Paul Abrams is the founder of The Today Paper, a hyper-local community newspaper for Ocean Township, Tinton Falls and Eatontown.  He knew when he purchased the paper in 2012, that he wanted this paper to be different, a publication that focused on information that matters to everyone. In each monthly issues, located on page 3, you will find a photo of Paul along with a public message – not just about any topic, and most certainly nothing about politics, sex or religion, but a positive message that everyone can relate to.  Paul described how he’s made an effort to get to know those people with whom he has daily contact: his mail carrier, the new neighbors next door, etc, and what a difference this has made in his life. He shared with us his medical journal, but highlighting how those who knew about his disease supported his family in small but meaningful ways; such as, dropping off a hot cup of coffee.  This is what he strives for through his community newspaper – personal connections that increase our quality of life.  Thank you, Paul.
Speaker October 18th Paul J Abrams, Publisher, The Today Paper 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

This week in Rotary

Our club has a number of service projects available in the month of October.  President Gail asks that you participate in as many as possible.
  • Food Drive for Emmanuel Cancer Foundation--food collected each week at our meeting.  See Events for details and list of items needed
  • Raffle tickets are for sale and the drawing will be held on October 25th at 12:30pm, please be sure to bring in sold tickets prior.  50% to the winner  25% to American Cancer Society and 25% to Asbury Park Rotary Foundation.  Help sell tickets for a great cause.
  • October 28th Rise Against Hunger  Sign up for a shift or if you can't make it please consider making a donation.  Details and links in Events tab.  Our club Foundation is donating $500 to the event.  Please consider signing up for a two hour shift or donate if you can't make it.  Every dollar counts!
  • October 28th Deal Lake Clean-up  
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Rotary speaker 10/17 Leslie Nolan, Leslie Nolan Design

Posted by Rebecca Nichols

Leslie Nolan, owner and founder of Leslie Nolan Design, began her presentation by sharing her definition of “mojo” as the inner power of an individual that releases creativity.  As a motivational speaker, Leslie works with creative entrepreneurs who need to reclaim their mojo in order to move forward with their vision.  Through inspirational workshops and painting techniques, these creative individuals navigate the darkness to find new ideas.   Leslie offered a free consultation to our Rotary club members.  Contact her at or through her website

Rotary speaker 10/17 Leslie Nolan, Leslie Nolan Design Rebecca Nichols 2017-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

October Food Drive Has Started!

These items will benefit local kids with
Items can be brought in to Rotary
on any Wednesday or placed in Gail’s
car which hopefully will be parked
just outside the main doors
is a local non-profit located in Wall
Help The Asbury Park Rotary Club with
food donations 10/5,10/12,10/19,10/26
See Events for list of items needed
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October 4th Speaker Lunch Break 

Posted by Robin Platt-Lacey
Our speakers were Katie McMahon and Jenny Jones from Red Bank's Lunch Break.  It was formed in 1983 as a response to the growing issue of hunger in Monmouth County.Today it is one of our County's top social service agencies, serving over 72,000 hot lunches a year, Monday through Friday, breakfast on Saturday and bagged meals for the rest of the weekend.  They deliver meals to home bound individuals and provide free food for 800 families a month.  They are unique in allowing clients to shop for their own food in their Client Choice Food Pantry.  
But  they also tend to people's needs in many other ways.  Clara's Closet provides clothing, an ESL program helps the non-English speaker, Suited for Success provides people with proper clothing related to employment, and they provide holiday baskets, a community garden, and many other services aimed at fellowship.  Their goal is to provide a route to self-sufficiency and a healthier lifestyle with compassion and dignity.
October 4th Speaker Lunch Break Robin Platt-Lacey 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Executive Director, All-Africa Conference Sister–to-Sister

Jim Jeffries proudly introduced his cousin, Sister Rosemary, who shared with us the Sisters of Mercy program that promotes hope and leaders for a global community.  Their mission is to create collaborative strategies by and among African Women Religious for the prevention of HIV-AIDS and the support of those affected by it in sub-Saharan Africa.  Through workshops, conferences and a diploma program, their emphasis on education will prepare the Sisters to better serve their communities. For more information visit their website

Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Executive Director, All-Africa Conference Sister–to-Sister 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger

 Our club will be participating in Rise Against Hunger on October 28th.  See the flyer for details.  We participated last year and those who attended said it was a wonderful event.  Remember that you will need to sign up using the link provided.  Slots are expected to fill up quickly.  Also if you cannot attend we encourage you to donate to help defray the cost of the meals.  
Members of Rotary clubs from Ocean, Monmouth, and Burlington Counties plus other volunteers will work to bring an end to hunger on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Working with Rise Against Hunger, volunteers will pack meals in an assembly line formation within specialized crates to be shipped nationally and internationally to areas around the world with a shortage of food. Funds will be raised for the event from contributions from Rotary clubs, businesses, and individuals to fund the costs of the meals to help end hunger.  You do not have to be a Rotarian to volunteer, all are welcome to participate
There will be three separate locations to pack meals, one in each of the participating counties. Volunteer shifts including setup and cleanup will run from 7AM-11AM or 11AM-3PM 
Monmouth County - Manasquan Fire Dept. #2 111 Parker Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736
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Rotary Supports Alex's Lemonade Stand 

Jeff Basset and Dina Blackwood delivered 50 gallons of fresh squeezed lemonade to The Center, Trinity Soup Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, Market Street Mission and HabCorp.  The lemonade was purchased by our club and Investors Bank.  Chick-fil-A donated 100% of the day's lemonade sales to Alex's Lemonade Stand.
Rotary Supports Alex's Lemonade Stand 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Celebrating Birthdays! 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

September 13th Speaker Jeff Bond Retired Pharmaceutical Executive

Though Jeff is now retired from the pharmaceutical industry, he shared with us his journey through sales and marketing before transitioning into advocacy and government affairs.  Enlightening our club with facts that show how innovation, grounded in research, is enhancing our longevity (how’s that IRA?) and our well-being as we live longer.  Pointing out that research is failure-based, and the length of time it takes from conception to trail to the market place, helped to educate us in the true value of a life-saving drug.  Thank you, Jeff, for this informative presentation.

September 13th Speaker Jeff Bond Retired Pharmaceutical Executive 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Allaire Community Farm is now accessible thanks to Rotary!

As you may recall, our wine tasting fundraiser this past May benefited Allaire Community Farm in Wall Twp.—a farm and sanctuary that services those with disabilities and special needs. 


At the wine dinner, we held a special live auction to raise funds earmarked for "Mobi-Mats." These large and durable mats create a safe surface on uneven terrain. Allaire desperately needed these very expensive mats (almost $2,000 each!) to create a safe pathway for wheelchairs. 


The live auction raised enough to purchase 3 Mobi-Mats, and Allaire Community Farm is now ADA accessible!


Shown in the photo are the 3 Mobi-Mats: (One 75ft + Two 50ft).


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile mission. 

Allaire Community Farm is now accessible thanks to Rotary! 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Boyce Overstreet talks about eggs!

To everyone’s surprise and delight, our speaker was our very own Boyce Overstreet. Boyce spoke about his worldwide enterprise as an Egg Trader. He explained how he puts together egg farmers in the USA and egg buyers who are mostly in his case from Hong Kong. He arranges transportation from port to port. He answered numerous questions and his talk was very informative to all. Thanks Boyce for filling in at the last moment.

Rotarian Boyce Overstreet talks about eggs! 2017-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Message from District Governor about Hurricane Harvey 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey 

Posted by Rebecca Nichols
Annmarie Casaceli and Chris MacKay introduced our Rotary club to a fairly new program being offered throughout Monmouth County in support of our elderly population, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.  By offering transportation to appointments, doing the grocery shopping, or simply spending some quality time playing cards and chatting, volunteers make a huge difference to someone who otherwise may spend day after day alone.  For more information, or to find out how you can volunteer, go to
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey Rebecca Nichols 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Dave Legg District 7500 Rotary International Foundation Chair

Dave Legg enthusiastically reviewed the mission and the global work of THE Rotary Foundation.  He reminded us of the many ways in which our club and our district can participate through THE Rotary Foundation to truly make a difference in the world.  He encouraged us as Rotarians to each become Paul Harris Society members ($1,000/year/person) and to participate as a club in a global grant, but more importantly, he challenged us to become an EREY Club, Every Rotarian Every Year at $25/Rotarian.  Something to think about!  Thanks, Dave.


For those who would like to support The Rotary International Foundation a simple way you can participate is by visiting  There you can do a one time donation or an automatic monthly donation.  As little as $10 per month would make a significant impact on our club goals.

Dave Legg District 7500 Rotary International Foundation Chair 2017-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Mini Golf outing Supports Asbury Park Fire Department

The Asbury Park Rotary Club held a Mini Golf Outing to support the club as well as raise funds for additional AED devices for the Asbury Park Fire Department.  We raised enough funds to purchase two defibrillators and possibly a third once all the donations are in.  This event was sponsored by the following organizations and individuals.  
Event Sponsor  Investors Bank
Hole Sponsors
Alvino & Schecter
Johnson's Restaurant Supply
Grande Financial Services
Retirement Income Solutions
Brenda Skinner State Farm
Roger K Stein 
Eastern Monmouth Physical Therapy
Jim & Kathy Jeffries
College Bound Solutions
click read more for photos of the event
Mini Golf outing Supports Asbury Park Fire Department 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horse Farm Speaks to Rotary

We welcomed Christine Landuyt, Program Director of Celtic Charms, who introduced us to Therapeutic Horsemanship. Celtic Charms is a non-profit whose mission is to provide children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities or disorders a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, family farm environment.  Not only are physical challenges overcome, but social skills and self-confidence is developed.  For more information visit their website:
Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horse Farm Speaks to Rotary 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Mini Golf Fundraiser this Thursday

Thursday, August 17
     6 to 8 PM
  Asbury Eighteen Mini Golf
        on the boardwalk - $15 per person
               to register - See Events on left side of page
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Asbury Park Rotary Mans a Water Station at Asbury Park Sheehan 5K 2017-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary visits PL Custom Emergency Vehicles

We took a field trip and were warmly greeted by the staff of PL Customer Emergency Vehicles.  Jane Smock, CEO, and Debbie Thompson, President took the time from their busy schedules to share with us the history of this family-run business. Dividing into three groups, we were given the “short tour” for a better understanding of how an emergency vehicle is assembled.  Many thanks to Marta for organizing this informative and enjoyable meeting.

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Rotarians Visit Asbury Park Club

Fern & Jeff Hall from the La Mesa Sunrise (San Diego area) CA Club visited our meeting on August 2nd.
Jeff is a founding member of their club (35 years).  We are proud to host visiting Rotarians and exchange banners.
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District Governor Visit August 2, 2017

We were delighted and honored to welcome District Governor Diane Rotondelli to our club on August 2, 2017.  She presented us with the Rotary banner highlighting this year’s theme “Rotary Making a Difference”, and then shared with us the many ways in which a Rotarian makes a difference.  She pointed out that while clubs provide friendships and fellowship, the focus on service to our communities is primary.  Our community in Asbury Park and in the world.

 New this year there is the Four-Way Test Contest and DG Diane shared stories of how that test has changed lives.

 Her emphasis for the year is “Adopt a Veteran” and we have been charged to make a difference in the life of a veteran before the end of year. DG Diane’s enthusiasm is contagious and will no doubt motivate new programs during her tenure.

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Asbury Park Rotary Presents check to Wag On Inn 

We presented a check for $500 to Wag On Inn to support their efforts. 
Wag On Inn Rescue is a 501(c)3 that focuses on rehoming dogs and cats in Monmouth County.  If you would like information or would like to adopt a dog or cat please visit their website at
from left Gail Matarazzo, Adrienne Gnassi, Tom Price
Asbury Park Rotary Presents check to Wag On Inn  2017-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

IMPORTANT!  Offsite Meeting August 9th

Marta's family business will host us at their location for our August 9th meeting.  The Renaissance is not available because of preparations for the Italian Festival.  Here are the details.
Date:               Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Location:         PL Emergency Custom Vehicles
                        2201 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan, NJ  08736
Time:               12:00 Rotarians arrive
                        12-12:30 Chick-Fil-A lunch w/speaker, Deb Thomson
                        12:30-1:15 Tour of facility
Directions to PL Custom: From North: Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. After toll, keep to far left for Route 34 South. Proceed halfway around traffic circle and continue on Route 34 South to exit 1/2 mile to right turn at top of hill (marked Sea Girt – Manasquan). Continue right at bottom of exit (Atlantic Avenue) Stay right at fork in road PL Custom on right – approx. 1/4 mile. Take second entrance to office.
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Melissa Leardi, Breaking the Chain through Education

Rotary Speaker 7.19.17


Melissa Leardi, Breaking the Chain through Education


Melissa (left) has been working with Breaking the Chain through Education since its inception. Her high school social studies teacher shared the reality of young children enslaved in Ghana and forced to work on fishing boats.  Through his efforts, Evan Robins has not only been able to secure the freedom for children, but has established a rehabilitation school that assists with their transition back into society and then finding suitable places for them to live.  Constant follow up with each child ensures that they are safe and receiving appropriate education.  For additional information, their website is


Melissa Leardi, Breaking the Chain through Education 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Jessica Jarmer Health Coach and wellness Expert


Rotary, July 12, 2017


Speaker, Jessica Jarmer, HHC, AADP


Jessica Jarmer, Health Coach & Wellness Expert, shared with us the benefits of a plant-based diet giving concrete examples based upon her own family, of how this diet promotes physical well-being.  Additional information on how transitioning to healthier eating can benefit you, see her website She will schedule a complimentary consultation.

Jessica Jarmer Health Coach and wellness Expert 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Candace Guardino Star of Italian Bred speaks at Rotary

Candice Guardino, Author and Star of the sold-out comedy Italian Bred spoke at the meeting this week about her show and career.  She has a local performance at 3pm at the Paramount Theater on 7/30/17. For tickets call 800 745-3000 or go to,, or the Stone Pony Box Office. Break a leg 
Candace Guardino Star of Italian Bred speaks at Rotary 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

Beach and Bocce Party

Our annual Beach and Bocce Party was held on July 1st. The day started out a little cold and windy but everyone had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Marta we even had live music this year!
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Asbury Park Rotary Supports Local Youth

It was youth week at the Rotary Club of Asbury Park last week.  Lunch last Wednesday was a sell out.  A full house watched and listened to our scholarship winners tell us about themselves and their aspirations.   Three of our four recipients attended and from their presentations we could tell that the committee made some excellent choices.  We look forward to following their academic careers.  


They are (l to r) Jorge Villavivencio from Academy Charter HS, attending Rutgers University; Lindsey Sanclementi from Neptune HS, attending Quinnepiac University; and Trevor Kraeutler from Ocean Twp HS, attending James Madison Univ. Not pictured - Cristal Ramirez from Asbury Park HS, attending College of St. Elizabeth. Good luck to all and come back to visit us!


On Tuesday evening some club members attended the moving closing ceremony of RYLA.  Included were two ROCAP parents whose children participated in this excellent program, Amy and Jason.  We hope that these Rotary  offspring can come to a meeting to talk about their experiences at RYLA and share their  feelings about this life-changing program.  Our club sponsored the following participants:


William Gage Hutzley Ocean Twp Ocean Twp HS.   Ayana (Yana) Kai Jean Williams Neptune Neptune HS.  Katie Lynn Peardon Neptune Ranney School.  Victoria Hope Den Bleyker, Loch Arbour, Rumson-Fair Haven HS.  Pearl Grace Morales, Bradley Beach, Biotech HS

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99th President of the Asbury Park Rotary Installed

Congratulations to Gail Matarazzo!
Gail is married 28 years to Christian and is the proud mom of Harry age 22 and Hayden age 19.
Gail is NJ and PA licensed in life and health insurance, also Real Estate in the state of New Jersey.  Gail is part of the management team at Retirement Income Solutions, Oakhurst, serving as the Financial and Administration Director.
Gail is also the managing partner of Parkview River HH, LLC & CAM2030 LLC Real Estate Investment Companies that she and her husband own with properties in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Please welcome Gail as the 99th President of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park.
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Displaced Homemaker Services of Monmouth County Speaks to Asbury Park Rotary

Laurie Salka, Program Administrator Displaced Homemaker Services 
We welcomed Laurie Salka, Program Administrator for Displaced Homemaker Services, who shared with us their program that offers a compassionate, nonjudgemental support system for women in transition.  The support offered includes referral servers, training programs and support groups; helping women who have been dependent on a partner, find their way to independent living.Their website is
Displaced Homemaker Services of Monmouth County Speaks to Asbury Park Rotary 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Members of the Asbury Park Rotary Support the Monmouth County Evening Rotary

Members of the Asbury Park Rotary attended the Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club Meeting on Thursday June 15th at The Asbury hotel, it looks like they had a perfect night for fellowship.  For detail about the evening club contact Jaclyn Boruch 732-241-7927
Club members also participated in the June service project at Allaire Community Farm. 
Members of the Asbury Park Rotary Support the Monmouth County Evening Rotary 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Asbury Park Rotary Collects Bikes and Sewing Machines for Pedals for Progress

On Saturday June 10th The Asbury Park Rotary held its first collection for Pedals for Progress.  We collected 30 bikes and 6 sewing machines.  It was a beautiful day and a great turnout for our first event.  We expect to hold this event annually and expect it to grow.
P4P collects 3,000 to 5,000 bicycles annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 149,000 bicycles and 3,500 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market and accessing health care and other services. Sewing machine shipments help initiate educational programs and generate income opportunities that may otherwise remain out of reach for many people. Steady employment for adults is vital to the development and success of struggling communities.
Asbury Park Rotary Collects Bikes and Sewing Machines for Pedals for Progress 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Holiday Express Explains their Mission

Dawn Bunyon from Holiday Express spoke about how her organization strives to " Deliver the gift of human kindness ". Their mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support, and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year. We look forward to the opportunity to help.  For more information check out their website at .  Stay tuned for Service Project information.
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Upcoming Event Saturday June 10th!



Pedals for Progress & Sewing Peace, in its continuing effort to recycle unwanted

items properly, is having a used bike and sewing machine collection sponsored by

Asbury Park Rotary Club.

Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate

his or her bike to this worthy cause. We do not accept “bikes for parts” or

disassembled bikes. We also accept working portable sewing machines and sewing

notions (no fabric, please).

Bikes and sewing machines can be dropped off from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday

June 10, 2017 - rain or shine – at State Farm located at 3329 Sunset Ave.,

Ocean Township, NJ 07712.

For more information please call Sean (908) 884-0674

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Collier Youth Services Speaks at Asbury Park Rotary

Thank you to Russell Hartz and Sister Debbie Dragon from Collier Youth Services for their presentation at today's meeting. The mission of Collier Youth Services is to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope. Please visit their website at
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Speaker May 10, 2017

Kim Brittington of Tiny Tours Ocean Grove spoke last week and gave an interesting talk about the history of Ocean Grove including the significant number of women business owners in the late 1800's.  Tiny Tours provides walking tours of Ocean Grove, please visit her website at
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Asbury Park Rotary and MCERC participate in Service Project

Rotarians from the Asbury Park and Monmouth County Evening Rotary Clubs assisted Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship by building screens to keep pigeons out of the indoor paddock area.  Celtic Charms is a 501c3 that provides lessons in horsemanship to children and adults with disabilities.  A great turnout for a deserving project.
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Last Week's Speaker

Guest Speaker: Rick Garlipp, Manager, Quality & Marketing, CPC Behavioral Health




Rick started his presentation with an exercise that highlighted the number of people with mental health problems: one out of every four, with only 33% of those seeking treatment.


CPC started as Children’s Psychiatric Center in 1960, but has grown into an organization that provides services for all age groups.  In addition to their center, they have a special education school where 250 students, ages 5-21, attend.  Their services are varied and encompass a wide range of mental health diseases.


They have recently received funding for a federal pilot program that will add nine programs to their services, two of which are: Armed Forces and Veteran Services aimed at lowering the extremely high suicide rate, and Crisis Services providing an alternative to an emergency room visit.


Rick then shared that mental health has a direct relationship to happiness, and that everyone can take a few minutes a day to promote positive thoughts, in one of the following ways:

·         Five minutes of meditation, focusing your thoughts and breath for just five minutes daily

·         Anticipation – looking forward to an upcoming event (family gathering, trip, party, etc)

·         Spend your money on experiences

·         Take a day for acts of kindness

·         Increase the positive in your work environment, decrease the negative

·         Exercise!

·         Pinpoint your signature strength and use it.


Rick concluded by announcing that CPC would soon be opening a center in Asbury Park.

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Rotary Club of Asbury Park Participates in Beach Sweeps

On April 22nd members of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park and the Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club participated in Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps.  We collected and logged trash and recyclables found on the Beach in Belmar.  The event was held from Sandy Hook to Cape May.
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Last Week's Speaker

Our very own Dr. Gary Siciliano was the guest speaker today, telling us about the Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation. Their charter is to provide free medical services to children in 3rd World nations suffering from congenital heart defects. Their goal is "A healthy heart for every child" Our club has generously donated to this worthwhile endeavor, and we know a little bit more about the blue buckets on the tables! For more info, see
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Story of the Week -- Little League Donation 2017


Rotary Helps Kids at Home, too.

Warren, Brenda, Danny and Exievier

Danny McKee, Asbury Park Little League president, and two of his young players showed up at the March 29, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park to accept a check for $2500.  The donation will be used to send 5 young ball players from Asbury Park to Little League Baseball Camp this summer in Williamsport, PA.

Warren Riddick, Asbury Park little leaguer, attended the camp last year and reported his experience to the Rotarians at their lunch meeting.  “They split us into teams and then we play games,” said Warren.  Exievier Chathuant, another camp attendee, told his story about Williamsport and expressed his gratitude. “We go swimming and have a lot of fun.  The money you give to us, we are thankful for,” said Exievier.

Asbury Park Rotary received half the money for this Little League project from a Rotary District Grant, available for small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in a community.  Individual and club donations to The Rotary Foundation come back to Rotary districts three years later for grants to help fund programs like this. 

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Photo of the Week -- December 12, 2016

The Asbury Park Rotary Holiday Party has a long tradition, dating back over 40 years.  It's been held in been held in homes, restaurants and social clubs, and the membership has always responded by making it a most memorable evening.  In 2011, Jason and Keelin invited the club into their beautiful Wayside home for a truly festive celebration.  This old photo shows some familiar faces.

Sandy, Robin, Terri, Brenda, Tom and Joan enjoy the good food
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December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

During the month of December, we celebrated Disease Prevention and Treatment on the Rotary calendar. Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but Rotarians take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.

Asbury Park Rotary does its fair share in this area of Rotary humanitarian focus.  We support polio eradication and corneal transplants and child heart surgery for the poor abroad. Locally, we have provided medical equipment to hospital NICU units and given blood as a group.  We have supported water projects in Peru and Kenya. Not a bad record.

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This Week's Meeting -- November 30, 2016


     Dara Heidt

Dara Heidt is the Director of Estate and Gift Planning for the American Cancer Society in the state of New Jersey. She is responsible for building and stewarding relationships with donors and with estate and financial planning professionals to provide information about the ACS’s programs and services pertaining to cancer control.  Let's find how we can help cure this dreaded disease.


Holiday Party -- The annual and famous Asbury Park Rotary Holiday Party will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Belmar Fishing Club in Belmar.  The past events there have been noted for great food and drink, spirited singing and wonderful Rotary fellowship.  Charlie Brown will be entertaining.  It starts around 6 pm and costs $45 per person.  Sign up at the Rotary meeting.

Polar Plunge -- Our annual fund raiser to provide sight to a poor person from an underdeveloped country and support a local charity will be held Saturday, January 28, 2016 on the Asbury Park beach.  The charge to the sea begins at 11 am. Save the date.


Committee Sign Up -- President Brenda reminds all club members to sign up for a committee for this Rotary year.  The sheet is passed around at the meeting.  Pick something that interests you or even try something different. Remember: "He profits most who serves best."

Adopt-A-Family -- For this holiday season, we will participate in a gift giving project sponsored by the Salvation Army to buy presents so needy families in the area to have a joyous Christmas.  Sign up online at the link below. Bring your assigned gift by December 14th to the Rotary meeting or drop at President Brenda's office: State Farm Insurance, 3329 Sunset Avenue, Ocean, NJ.   Sign up:

Computer Donation Project: Our Rotary club was approached by a computer-fixer-upper man who asks us to find people to donate his restored computers to.  There are both desktops and laptops to be donated.  If you know a needy person who would benefit, let Brenda know.

Michele Grady was inducted into membership in the Asbury Park Rotary Club.  Michele is the branch manager of the TD Bank on West Park Avenue in Oakhurst and will hold the classification BANKING -- RETAIL.  She was sponsored by Robin and was part of our Fantasy Football membership drive. Michele commented, "Rotary is a great fit for my personality."  That means Michele must be a great person.  She has been married for 11 years and has a 4 year old boy.

Robin pins Michele into the greatest service organization in the world
The end of November marks the end of The Rotary Foundation Month, but that's no reason to stop learning about and supporting our wonderful charitable organization.  Remember, we will continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our renown nonprofit throughout 2017.  In 1996, Paulo V.C. Costa of the Rotary Club of Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil said in a address to the Rotary Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada:

“Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation….It transforms our most daring dreams into the most splendid realities….The Rotary world and even the political world are already aware that The Rotary Foundation is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity — a generosity that not only brings benefits, but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind….Only God achieves the impossible, but The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”  
Sometimes a Rotarian's happy dollar deserves more than a one line mention. Here are two such cases:
Roy proudly announced that he was one of 29 men and women who became certified Master Gardeners at a ceremony held November 16, 2016 at Jumping Brook Country Club.  He is now a certified gardening expert because he has completed a course of classroom and hands-on training in plant biology, propagation, soil science and disease and pest control.  He can now begin sharing his knowledge by conduction garden lectures, demonstrations, school and community garden projects and answering calls on the County's "horticulture helpline."  Great job, Roy!
Denise R recently returned from a special 3-day conference for leading scholars in Boston called "Learning and the Brain."  The object of the event was to assist school leaders and teachers who are committed to enabling students to acquire critical and creative thinking in their lives. Denise noted that a point was made that there is a need for greater emphasis on service with compassion in today's schools.  This sounds like an idea for a future club project to instill Rotary's Ideal of Service into our area's educational systems. Thanks for the info, Denise!




Near Death Experience

A boss asked one of his employees, 'Do you believe in life after death?'

'Yes, sir,' replied the new employee.

'I thought you would,' said the boss. 'Yesterday after you left to go to your brother's funeral, he stopped by to see you.



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This Week's Meeting -- November 9, 2016


    Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Its consistently respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.  This should be an interesting presentation of a very current public issue.
Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club -- This Satellite Rotary gathering meets twice a month and is open to all Monmouth County Rotarians and anyone who wants to join Rotary. The next meeting will be in the Asbury Park area Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park.  It starts at 6 pm and you pay as you go.  Invite someone who can't make a lunch meeting.
Board of Directors Meeting -- President Brenda has announced a club board meeting will be held Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:15 am at Perkins Restaurant, Hwy 35 at the Asbury Park Circle.  All club members are invited.
District Foundation Dinner -- The annual District 7500 "Thanks for Giving" Foundation Dinner will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm at La Bove Grande, 800 Rt. 70, Lakehurst, NJ, 08733.  We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. The cost is $37.52.  Sign up online at 

“We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others.”

– Arch Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation


All around the Rotary world in 2016-17, clubs and districts will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  Our festivity will take place Friday, November 11, 2016 at the annual District 7500 "Thanks for Giving" Dinner.  The event promises to be the biggest party in our district's history.  Hear inspiring stories about the wonderful work YOUR Foundation gifts are making possible.  Our club will also receive our District Grant for the Asbury Park Little League we support. 
The featured speaker is RI 2000-01 president Frank Devlyn, one the best and most humorous speakers you'll hear anywhere.  Be sure to attend, you won't regret it.  See Announcements above for details
     Frank Devlyn
A young girl asked her father if all fairy tales begin with "Once Upon A Time?"

"No," he replied. "A whole lot of them begin with 'If elected, I promise ...'"
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Photo of the Week -- November 9, 2016

Roger, chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Asbury Park Corps, encourages businesses to sponsor a Salvation Army Kettle this holiday season. It's a Win/Win situation. 
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November is The Rotary Foundation Month.

The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, it taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into priorities such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
This Rotary year marks the 100th anniversary of our Foundation’s beginning.  Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.
Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating and a unique funding model mean that it makes the very most of our contribution. District Governor David requests each Rotarian donate only $26.50 to TRF in memory of the very first bequest.  Become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!
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FoodBank Service -- October 2016

Asbury Park Rotary Serves the FoodBank

Dina, Tama, Brenda, Linda and Gary team up to pack frozen chicken
It seems that every time we work at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, we learn a new skill.  This day involved frozen chickens and spaghetti squash.  Asbury Park Rotary took part in the Volunteer Group Program, October 6, 2016, where we packed, weighed and stacked about 2 tons of the of the aforementioned eatables. We split into two teams that worked like well-oiled machines to get the job done in record time.  Attending from Asbury Park Rotary were Brenda and Dan S, Roy and Gail H, Linda, Tama, Dina, Gail, Kip and Gary S. Service Projects chair, Sean, showed up to get the ball rolling.
The FoodBank;  Gail H and Kip pack boxes

Linda and Tama dig into frozen chicken

Dan and Brenda as a working couple
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New Jersey Vocational Assembly 2016

Vocational Service, Unique to Rotary

Asbury Park Rotarians and friends with Kevin Cummings (center) at the 36th NJ Vocational Assembly
Eleven Rotarians headed to Edison,, NJ, the crossroads of the state, to hear two dynamic speakers talk about Vocational Service and how it makes Rotary stand out from other service organizations.  The 36th NJ Vocational Assembly saw over 200 Rotarians from around New Jersey gather, October 5, 2016, at the Pines Manor for an evening of fellowship and learning. 
Kevin Cummings, president and CEO of Investors Bank, praised Rotary and told us how his bank strives to follow the same principles of ethics that are written into Rotary’s creed.  The dinner speaker, Rick King, past RI president, gave an inspiring presentation on the beginnings of Rotary, when building friendships and supporting each other in business was most important to our organization.  
Attending from Asbury Park Rotary were Penny, Kip, Jeff, Jessica B, Gary S, Robin, Jackie, Gail, Peter, Sandy and Tama.
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World Polio Day 2016 Highlights Rotary's Progress to End Polio

Where are we in the fight to eradicate polio?  What's left to do?  And why does it cost so much?  Rotary's fourth annual World Polio Day event was held October 24, 2016 and answered these questions and more.  Health officials from our partners* in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative joined Rotary leaders and special guests at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia to give a status update on the eradication campaign.  Watch a replay of the  streamed live event on the internet from CDC headquarters that brought together 50,000 viewers from around the world.:

*WHO, CDC, UNICEF, Gates Foundation

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September is Education and Literacy Month


Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health,  encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Consider these international facts:

  •   If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
  •   A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
  •   If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.

Rotary clubs all over the world are taking action to enhance basic education and literacy in their communities. Every community has different needs and different opportunities to serve. Asbury Park Rotary supports these efforts through its Dictionary, Kwanzaa Books and College Scholarship Programs.

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Photos of the Week -- July 18, 2016

More Installation Dinner Pictures:

Robin and her famous centerpiece

Brooke with Heather and her fiancé

Kip enjoying a stogie
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Paul Harris Fellow Honor


For Howard’s a Jolly Good Paul Harris Fellow

One of our most beloved fellow Rotarians, Howard Orr, was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow at our July 6, 2016 Rotary meeting.  Howard has been a faithful member for five years where he pours out affection and goodwill, not to mention martinis, at all of the many Rotary events he and his wife Peg attend.  At each Rotary meeting he greets us with a jovial hello and provides “Service Above Self” to fellow Rotarians in need.  A Paul Harris Fellow is presented by The Rotary (International) Foundation to someone who promotes world understanding and peace.  Howard was awarded his PHF as an honor by the Rotary Club of Asbury Park.

President Brenda and Past President Traudy award Howard the Paul Harris Fellow



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2016 Beach Party

Fun and Sun at the Beach

Andy, Amy and Dina soak up the sun
Not many Rotary clubs can boast a venue like we have at Asbury Park for a fellowship and fund raising event -- the backyard of Adrienne and Diane's house, overlooking the Allenhurst beach and ocean.  The day was perfect and the food was delicious.  We cannot thank the Gnassi sisters enough for they donated the food so that our admissions costs go to the club treasury for local service projects. Tom P handled his usual job as grill master, and we even saw new members Brooke, Dina and Tony B come out.

Traudy, with John, relaxes at her first event as past president

What's a beach party without guys drinking beer and smoking cigars?
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2016-17 Theme: Rotary Serving Humanity

RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
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Last Week's Meeting -- February 24, 2016

Peter Tomai -- Rotarian from Park City, Utah Sunrise
Brooke Bennett -- Guest of Heather
Wendy Stockdale -- Guest of Mike
Megan Smallwood -- Guest of the speaker
Mckinley Smallwood -- Guest of the speaker
Michael Smallwood -- Speaker
Brian M -- Announced he's moving his PT office to the Asbury Park Circle
Sandy -- Met with Ray Minor in Dayton who said he misses us
HJ -- Happy to be going to Florida
Renee -- Greeted guest Wendy as her former competitor
Bryan K -- Sad his flag football team lost in playoffs by a player's cursing
Ross -- Greeted guest Wendy as one of his patients
Michael S -- Happy to be here with his wife and daughter
Mike -- Said he's trying to get guest Wendy to join the club
Maha -- Welcomed guests and said to pray for Alan
Traudy -- Greeted visiting Rotarian Peter and bemoaned the Stock Market
Tom P -- Will be going to PETS with Brenda
Tom G -- Called guest Wendy a wonderful person
Peter T -- Agrees we're the best Rotary Club in the Universe

       Our Health is our Biggest Asset


Our speaker was Dr. Michael Smallwood, a chiropractor who will soon open an office in Tinton Falls.  He brought his wife and office manager, Megan, and future assistant, three month old daughter Mckinley.


Dr. Michael said that our health is our biggest asset. We can't base our health on how we look and feel because health issues can still occur. The key word is function, not feel, and health should be defined on how we function.  Dr. Michael performs neurology based chiropractic care which strives to insure the nervous system is functioning properly.


Michael told the story of his wife's problem with dizziness and infertility. After nothing could be found wrong, he performed a scan and adjustment of her spine and she felt better.  Amazingly, they were soon blessed with a beautiful baby girl.  He says the body will heal in the absence of interferences. This is why Dr. Michael is a chiropractor -- to serve others.  He wants to play a role in giving someone a better life and help them to achieve their goals.


HJ thanks Dr. Michael for an inspiring presentation

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February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month


Sixty million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution.  Ninety percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children.  Through service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, Rotarians train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Rotarians also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tensions, lack of access to education and unequal distribution of resources.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to attend Rotary Peace Centers to participate in master's degree programs at one of its partner universities.  Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.  For more information contact your local Rotary club.

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RYLA: Youth Leadership Opportunity

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a leadership program for young people aged 14 to 30 and Rotary District 7500 has one of the best. It will be held at Monmouth University June 25 to 28, 2016. The program is designed to teach ethical, visionary leaders in team-building, problem solving, cooperation and communication skills.  And, it's loads of fun! We encourage freshman, sophomore and junior high school students from the Asbury Park, Neptune and Ocean Township area to apply online by April 1, 2016 at link below.

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Last Week's Meeting -- October 7, 2015

Michael Bucca – Visiting Rotarian from Central Ocean
Peter Singagliese – Visiting Rotarian from Central Ocean
Jezel Coleman – Guest of Renee
Ali McGrath – Guest of Tom G
Kevin Kane – Speaker
Mike – Happy to be a Rotarian
Sandy – Glad to have Gary E become a member
Gary S – For Clemson’s big win over Notre Dame
Gail – Congratulated Gary E, Amy and Coastal Carolina
Vince – Happy for Amy’s Vocational Service Award
Warren – Thrilled to be sitting between Gail and Penny
Pete S – Happy to visiting here
Amy – Made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in honor of Dr. Scott
Heather – Welcomed Kevin K, our speaker and her uncle-in-law to be
Josh – Will be going to Comic Con in NYC
Brenda – Thrilled to be a Paul Harris Fellow
Jeff – Announced Mary’s Place fund raiser made $80,000
Sean – Congratulated Amy for her award
Penny – Wished her son a happy 13th birthday
Roger – Reported Clemson’s QB is involved with Habitat for Humanity
Tom P – Had a very nice evening at the Vocational Assembly
Tom G – Will be going to Havana, Cuba in December

"I was taught to get involved with my town."

Our speaker was Kevin Kane, Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Clerk in the upcoming November election.  Kevin is presently a Freehold Borough councilman and soon to be uncle-in-law to Heather.
Kevin’s goal, if elected County Clerk, is to develop effective relationships with all 53 municipalities in Monmouth County. He views the Clerk’s office as a nonpartisan position and plans to treat all towns well.  He also hopes to push for shared services between towns as a means to lower costs as was done in Freehold Borough out of necessity.
Kevin really wanted to give a “Happy Dollar” but feared it might be misinterpreted because of the coming election.

Kevin Kane is thanked by Major "Rocky" Carl
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October is Economic and Community Development Month

Throughout October, Rotary Economic and Community Development Month, we’re celebrating our progress and commitment to helping grow local economies.
To promote growth and development of local economies and communities, the United Nations (U.N.) Millennium Development Goals encourage us to focus on eradicating poverty, uplifting and empowering women, creating global partnerships for development, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
According to the 2014 U.N. progress report, extreme poverty has been reduced by half, women’s status in the labor market is improving, the debt burden on developing countries remains stable and the use of technology continues to grow with almost three billion people online and seven billion mobile-cellular subscriptions.
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Gift of Life

Asbury Park Rotary Supports Gift of Life
President Traudy announced at the District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation annual meeting that Asbury Park Rotary is presenting a check for $1000 to save children's lives.  The GOLF is an organization of Rotary clubs in our district that raises money to support heart surgery for poor children with congenital heart defects in developing countries.  Without this help, these children would surely die. Arlene Schwartz, board president and Brick Morning Rotarian, moderated the August 18, 2105 evening's events with dinner at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River. 
The keynote speaker was Dr. Andrew Lodge, pediatric heart surgeon from Duke University Medical Center and leader of two GOLF missions to the Philippines.  Dr. Lodge showed a presentation detailing everything involved from transporting the equipment and personnel to screening the children to performing the surgeries. About 20 children have been saved by his two trips and he is planning more.
A total of $30,000 was donated by the Rotary clubs in District 7500 at the dinner.  Traudy set our club's goal for this year at $1000 and made sure it was met through deposits in the blue table buckets at our weekly meetings, her own personal check, a fund raiser by Catherine and the rest from the club's treasury.  Jim sent his own check for $250 and HJ added her own $100 which brought our club total to $1350.  This is a record donation for our club to GOLF.  Accompanying Traudy to the meeting was Gary, a GOLF board trustee.

President Traudy (center) with Dr. Lodge and board trustees Bill Donnelly, Kathy Hiltner, Arlene Schwartz
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September is Basic Education Month and Literacy Month

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotarians support educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
Asbury Park Rotary has encouraged literacy in the past through our Dictionary Project where a personal dictionary is given to each third grade student in our service area.  We have supported the Sisters Academy of the Mercy Center in Asbury Park as a Wine Dinner beneficiary.  And, book donations have been given to Asbury Park Pediatrics for its Reach Out and Read Program and to the City of Asbury Park
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April is Magazine Month

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

Explore the World of Rotary in the Rotarian

April is Magazine Month, a time to celebrate the global network of Rotary’s official magazines which provide valuable information to 1.2 million Rotarians. The RI Board of Directors has designated April of every year as Magazine Month. It is a time to recognize the role that our Rotary publications play in our Rotary lives – and the role that we should play in our publications. For the magazines to live up to Paul Harris’ original vision, it takes more than just an editorial staff; it also takes the good work of Rotarians.  The best part of reading any Rotary publication is the opportunity to find out what other clubs are doing. Each issue, each article is a chance to be informed and inspired.

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March is Literacy Month

Posted on Feb 28, 2014

Rotary Fights Illiteracy One Person at a Time

Combating illiteracy has been a focus of Rotary since 1986 -- and for good reason. UNESCO estimates there are 862 million illiterate adults in the world and about two thirds of them are women. Millions more are functionally illiterate, without the reading and writing skills necessary for everyday life. The United Nations has identified illiteracy as a major obstacle to economic, political and social development. March is the month we showcase literacy. Our efforts are twofold. All across the world Rotarians note the importance of reading and we publicize the needs in the form of poor literacy rates and the lack of resources. Around the world we support numerous programs that help children and adults to gain the ability to read. CLICK ABOVE TO READ MORE


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February is World Understanding Month

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jan 31, 2014

Rotary Promotes Goodwill, Peace and World Understanding

February is "World Understanding" month on the Rotary calendar and it is most appropriate at this time that we revisit an article in the January 1946 Rotarian Magazine written by Rotary Founder Paul Harris. Although Paul Harris wrote this article in the shadow of World War II and some of his comments may be dated in the light of the 21st century, the central truths of his comments about peace are timeless. Following is a short excerpt from that article.

"When a certain distinguished scientist was asked what coming invention would mean most to mankind, he answered, 'I don't think that any invention will mean so much to mankind as the discovery of a better way to get along together.' But how can we find a better way to get along together?

There is the Golden Rule, but every nation believes its way is the Golden Rule way. Sir Norman Angell has wisely observed that no nation, however aggressive and inhuman its course may be, is conscious of guilt; its people are taught that they are superior to all others and that destiny calls them to lead. Most nations are overeducated in their virtues and undereducated in their vices. Open-mindedness and tolerance are earmarks of the Rotary approach to the problem. Clubs exist in some 60 nations and opportuni- ties for discord abound. But though membership includes representatives of all religious and political parties, discord is rare in Rotary.

The Rotary way works! But Rotary has no patent on it, for it is but the Golden Rule in action. Any person, any nation, can apply it by displacing negative hatred and fear with goodwill based upon understanding. Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment; they can find peace if they will."


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Mid-Year Assembly

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jan 26, 2014

Mid-Year Assembly Means Rotary Year is Half Over

Asbury Park Rotary was represented at the Mid-Year Assembly by five of its members as District Governor Sheila reported on the first half of the Rotary year in District 7500.  Our group attended and participated in the various workshops to help build a well-functioning Rotary club.  The event was held January 27, 2014 at La Bove Grande in Lakehurst and included a raucous  keynote speech by famous Rotarian John T Capps of North Carolina.  Gov Sheila characterized our club as "crazy" to the group of other Rotary clubs because of our Polar Plunge she witnessed two days previously.  Traudy, Brenda, Robin, Tom P and Gary picked up some good tips to bring back.  The one thing that was stressed was something we already knew -- successful Rotary clubs are the ones that have fun!

Front row: Brenda, Robin and Traudy.  Back row: Gary, John T Capps and Tom P

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Polar Plunge, 2014

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jan 24, 2014

We Plunged for Mya and the Vision Impaired


The rush to the sea after Jeff yells, "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy."

The only thing angry at the 6th Annual Polar Plunge was the Atlantic Ocean as over a hundred people of all ages used their better judgment on how far to venture into the rough surf.  With the air temperature about freezing, the ocean a constant 41 degrees F, and the 6th Avenue Asbury Park Beach covered in snow, it's a wonder there were so many happy faces. They turned out on January 25, 2014 to remember Mya Lin Terry, the young Ocean Township girl who fought a valiant but losing battle to cancer and to raise money for the new foundation in her name.  Rotary Eye Rescue, the program that provides corneal transplants to the poor in developing countries, will receive the other share of the proceeds. Traudy and the Plunge committee did another great job and the "Rotary Divas" were out in force. 

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Rotary Scholarship Presentation

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jan 07, 2014

2013 Scholarship Awards Presented to Excellent Students

Our projects and fund raising work were shown to be worthwhile when we had a chance to meet the exceptional young students from our local high schools receiving last year's Rotary Scholarships.  The recipients were Karen Lopez of Academy Charter H.S. and attending Richard Stockton College of NJ; Sarah Sanclementi of Neptune H.S. and attending Fairfield University; and Sarah Abdelaziz of Ocean Township H.S. and attending Rutgers University.  Herling Valesquez Domena of Asbury Park H.S. was not present because she had to return to school at Florida International University.   All the students showed not only high academic achievement but much time involved with service to their community -- one of the requirements to receive the Rotary Scholarship.  Each student spoke to us about her first semester in college. The program was presented by HJ Abrecht, chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, who did a great job running her first Rotary event. This is why we are Rotarians.

From left to right Rotarian Brenda, Sarah Abdelazizi, Karen Lopez, Sarah Sanclementi, Rotarian HJ

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January is Rotary Awareness Month

Posted on Dec 31, 2013

Celebrate Rotary Awareness Month

January is Rotary Awareness Month, an ideal opportunity to enhance the public image of Rotary. Let's tell the public about Rotary. Even though the organization is over 100 years old, many people still are not familiar with Rotary’s purpose or humanitarian mission. To enhance awareness in our community, work with the local media to cover our efforts. Promoting Rotary to the general public can be as simple as wearing our Rotary pin or as elaborate as organizing an integrated marketing campaign. By increasing the public's understanding of Rotary, we're strengthening our ability to make an impact in communities around the world.

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Holiday Party, 2013

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Dec 27, 2013

Holiday Party Filled with Spirit

The Growney's new home was properly christened with a fun-filled Rotary Holiday Party. Sean and Barbara were gracious hosts as Asbury Rotarians gathered on December 28, 2013 for our annual event featuring home cooked food, holiday cheer and great friendship.  Tony Ch won the most festively dressed award and Robin's Beef Bourguignon was as sumptuous as ever.  The Growney kids took part in the fun and ended up in their pajamas.  And, like all proper Rotary parties, Hunt and Gary were the last to leave.  Although this was one of the few times they didn't have to be asked to leave!

Holiday Party hosts Barbara and Sean

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Holiday Bell Ringing

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Dec 21, 2013

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army

It's surprising how enjoyable bell ring for money in front of the Neptune Walmart can be. Of course, when it's the holiday season, and we're with our Rotary friends and the shoppers are so generous and friendly and we're working for a great organization like the Salvation Army, we knew we put in a worthwhile two hours of service to the community.  It didn't hurt that the temperature was unusually warm on December 21 and 22, 2013. Major Kevin Stoops, SA director and Rotarian, reports $1350 was raised from our efforts.  Roger Stein, chairman of the Asbury Park SA advisory board and Rotarian, thanks our club for the much needed support.

Tom G and Colin showing their Rotary enthusiasm and spirit while ringing their bells

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Mercy Center Support

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Dec 17, 2013

Read a Book and  Support the Hungry

President Tom G presented Ariane with a donation to the Mercy Center to support their food pantry to feed the hungry at our December 18, 2014 Rotary meeting.  It was part of a challenge initiated by Sandy when the club received the book 40 Chances by Howard Buffet on poverty in the world.  For a chance to read it, make a donation of food to the Mercy Center although Tom says it will probably take him another month to finish reading the book.

Ariane gives President Tom a hug for his generous donation to the Mercy Center's food pantry

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Starlite Chorale Scholarship Fund Raiser

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Dec 14, 2013

Starlite Chorale Sings for the Season

For the 27th year, the Starllite Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Tony Godlefski, performed a wonderful concert to benefit our Rotary Scholarship Fund.  Since they first visited us in 1987, over $100,000 has been raised for the education of the youth of our community.  Traditional, favorite and beloved Christmas songs from around the world filled the West Grove United Methodist Church in Neptune, NJ on December 15, 2013.  Many thanks go to the Rotarians who helped. Rev Jeff with the invocation; Tom and Patti G selling tickets; Traudy was an usher and Gary introduced the group.  Special thanks go to Rev Park, pastor of West Grove for the use of his beautiful church.  Watch for the Stalite Chorale's return in September for an Ocean Grove Tabernacle concert.

Dr. Tony Godlefski leads the Starlite Chorle

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December is Rotary Family Month

Posted on Nov 30, 2013

Expand the Rotary Family this Month

In the Rotary calendar December is Family Month, a time when we pay special attention to Rotary's large and expanding family. Rotary is not just 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,558 clubs.  We're 365,125 Interactors, 133,860 Rotaractors, and 174,547 Rotary Community Corps members. Our family includes the spouses and children of Rotarians. It also encompasses the dozens of community nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations that Rotary had forged partnerships with. The family of Rotary is millions strong -- and it continues to grow as we keep developing new ties. During this busy holiday season not only connect with your immediate family but bring in people who need our help to make them a part of the Rotary family.

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Gift of Life

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Nov 17, 2013

10 Filipino Children Receive Gift of Life

Our District 7500 Rotary Clubs sponsored a pediatric cardiac medical mission to the Philippines during the week of September 29 to October 5, 2013 and as a result 10 precious Filipino children received the gift of life.  This $60,000 project was conducted as a Rotary Global Grant mainly from monies donated 3 years ago to The Rotary Foundation by individuals and Rotary clubs of District 7500 and the Gift of Life Foundation of District 7500.  The medical operations were performed at the Philippines Children's Medical Center by medical teams from the Philippines and Miller Children's Hospital of Long Beach, California. The Rotary club partners, necessary for the grant, were the Rotary Club of Maki West, Philippines and the Rotary Club of Brick Morning, NJ. The administrative work was done by Gift of Life International and its executive director Rob Raylman. Special thanks goes to PDG Kathy Hiltner of Morrestown Rotary for completing the new Global Grant requirements in record time.  Asbury Park Rotary was involved through our donations to TRF and to District 7500 GOLF by way of the blue buckets on the lunch meeting tables. This is how we promote world understanding and peace, not to mention save lives.


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November is The Rotary Foundation Month

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Our Foundation does "good in the world"

The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, it taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of each contribution.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of $26.50 only to more than $55 million. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world. Take time to learn more about this most worthy organization, CLICK ABOVE.

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Mini Golf Outing

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Oct 02, 2013

"Tiger" Taylor Dominates Mini Golf Event

Playing with his kids, Matt Jr and Gracie, Matt T shot a sizzling 41 and ran away with victory in the Rotary Mini Golf Outing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk held October 3, 2013.  An enthusiastic group of Asbury Park Rotarians enjoyed an evening of family fellowship that included challenging golf with good food and camaraderie.  After the competition, we gathered at Debbie's famous Wonder Bar for Jeff's Chick-fil-A nuggets, Gail's beef Wellington, pizza and assorted desserts.  Brenda's husband, Dan S, finished second with a score of 44 and Mike F's wife, Sandy, won most honest golfer award. 

Mini Golf champ, Matt T, playing with future champs Gracie and Matt Jr

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October is Vocational Service Month

Posted on Sep 30, 2013

Vocational Service:  One of Rotary's Founding Principles

Rotary was first started as a Club based on vocations. This continues today. This month is a great time to celebrate, explore, understand the vocations of our Club members, and to explore the possibilities of membership from other vocational groups in our community.  Promoting integrity through ethical behavior is an essential part of what it means to be a Rotarian.  The Four-Way Test provides a road map for ethical behavior in the workpalce and other areas of life:   

THE FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


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September is New Generations Month

Posted on Aug 31, 2013

New Generations: The Future of Rotary, our Communities, the World 

The month of September in the Rotary calendar is New Generations Month.  It reminds us to continue our commitment to youth.  It is important to recognize the positive contributions youth and young adults can make to society and Rotarians have provided that support and encouragement for much of our organization’s existence.  If Rotary is to grow and survive, we must continue to expose young people to the magic of Rotary.  Beside individual club youth projects, Rotary International has established significant New Generations programs: (CLICK ABOVE to view)

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August is Membership Month

Posted on Jul 31, 2013

Who Wants to Make a Difference?

To be effective, a Rotary club needs members. Our club’s ability to assist local and international communities, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders capable of serving Rotary beyond the club level is directly related to the strength, size, and involvement of our membership base.  Membership in Rotary concerns every aspect of the club to not only entice someone to join but keep current members happy and productive.  RI President Ron Burton tells us, “The goal isn’t just bringing in new members.  The goal is growing Rotary.  The goal is making Rotary bigger, not just with more members, but with more involved, engaged, motivated members who will be the ones to lead us into the future.”
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Quote of the Month - Who Said It?

Posted on Jul 31, 2013

"Don’t spend your precious time asking 'Why isn’t the world a better place?”'It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is 'How can I make it better?' To that there is an answer.”

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Rotary Eye Rescue

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jul 14, 2013

TBI Thanks Rotary for Restoring Sight for Three

Three young people in Yemen have had the miracle of restored sight due to our efforts at this year's Polar Plunge in February, 2013.  Traudy Grande, Plunge Chair, presented our check for $6000 to the Tissue Banks International (TBI) foundation trustees.  This was the 5th year of the Rotary Eye Rescue Program, and the Polar Plunge that supports it, and brings our total donation since 2008 to $40,000.  Halima, 16, Rahma, 25, and Saleh, 22, all of Yemen, were relieved from a condition called Keratoconus.  Dr. Mahtouth A. Bamashmus, Associate professor of Opthamology, performed the operations at Yemen Magabi Hospital.

Traudy (3rd from left) presents check to TBI Foundation Trustees

Click below to learn more about Keratoconus, meet the young ladies we helped and read the TBI Letter of Thanks:

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June is Rotary Fellowships Month

Posted on May 31, 2013

Make New Friends Around the World

June is Rotary Fellowships Month.  Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common vocation or recreational interest. Rotary Fellow­ships give their members the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world, and enhance their experience in Rotary. Examples of Rotary Fellowships are: bird watching, golf and lawyers.  Wine is a Fellowship group but not Heineken beer. Why not start one?

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Rotary Vocational Service Project

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on May 02, 2013

Rotarians Participate in Career Day

Members of the Asbury Park Rotary shared their personal story by answering questions about their vocations at the Academy Charter High School Career Day on May 3, 2013 in Lake Como, NJ.  The students circulated the gym asking what we liked and disliked about our profession and why we chose it.  Each one, very impressively, introduced him or herself with a handshake and concluded with a thank you.  Taking part from our club in this Rotary Vocational Service project were Adrienne Gnassi for dog rescue and teaching; Brenda Skinner for insurance; Tom Price for financial and college planning; and Gary Siciliano for dental careers. 

Adrienne with her best friend Scooby Doo counsels a student  on the Dog Rescue career

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April is Magazine Month

Posted on Mar 31, 2013

Rotary Magazines: Getting the Word Out

April is Magazine Month, a time to celebrate the global network of Rotary’s official magazines, which provide valuable information to 1.2 million Rotarians. Established in 1911, The Rotarian is the official magazine of Rotary International and is circulated worldwide. Each issue contains feature articles, columns, and departments about, or of interest to, Rotarians. Seventeen Nobel Prize winners and 19 Pulitzer Prize winners – from Mahatma Ghandi to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – have written for the magazine.

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Board of Directors Report

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Mar 31, 2013

Rotary Board Bans Heineken Beer

The Asbury Park Rotary Club board of directors has decided not to permit the use of Heineken Beer at all future club functions due the recently disclosed unsafe effects of the beverage.  Heineken has been found to contain dangerous chemicals that are harmful to a person's health, as well as, damaging to the environment.  It has been discovered the beer is manufactured with the use of child slave labor under horrendous working conditions that goes against all of Rotary's principles.  The motion was put forward by Roger Stein, CPA, club vice president and political activist, and passed by a vote of 9 to 1.  Roger stated, "There are many other delicious beers out there like Schlitz, Iron City and Old Milwaukee that will do just fine, and they are made right here in the USA. Be patriotic, drink American !!!"

For more information on this breaking story, CLICK BELOW:

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New Generations Mixer

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Mar 20, 2013

Membership Mixer Draws Attention

More than a dozen (mostly young!) Asbury Park area business and professional people joined us at the Asbury Ocean Beach Inn on Asbury Avenue, March 21,2013, to socialize, learn about Rotary and meet Rotarians from the best Rotary club in the Universe.  Phyllis Maffucci organized the wonderful event that brought together great food, drink and information in the Rotary spirit.  Interest in joining the club was evident.  Chip and Betsy were great hosts and even gave tours of their fabulous accommodations. We will hold more mixers in the future in the hope of expanding the reach of Rotary in Asbury Park. Many thanks to Phyllis for a job well done.

Rotarian Phyllis (left) with Mixer guests and host Betsy (2nd from right)

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41st Lombardi Awards Banquet

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Mar 06, 2013

Lombardi Banquet Honors Linemen

"Be Invincible" was the message at the 41st Vince Lombardi Awards Banquet held March 7, 2013 and sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Monmouth County. The featured guest speaker was Vince Papale, former Philadelphia Eagles walk-on player, special teams captain and inspiration for the Disney movie INVINCIBLE, who told his story of living a dream. But, he told the honored high school linemen, it takes hard work and determination in the tradition of the great coach Vince Lombardi.  Representing Asbury Park Rotary on the awards committee were Tom Price, Vince Alvino and Gary Siciliano.


Award winners from Asbury Park Rotary service area: Peter Askew, Neptune; Matt Hicks, Ocean Township; Domingo Perez, Asbury Park

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Rotary Scholarship

Posted on Mar 02, 2013

2013 Rotary Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Asbury Park is happy to announce the doubling of its annual scholarship award from $1000 to $2000 in the form of a direct award to the recipient to pay for books, electronic support devices and other college expenses.  There will be four awards given, one each to the prospective graduate of the four high schools in our service area: Asbury Park, Neptune, Ocean Township and Academy Charter.  These awards will be dispersed at the successful completion (with 2.5 GPA or above) of the recipients first and third semester of school. 

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Asbury Park Rotary Supports Newtown, CT

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Feb 26, 2013

 Rotary Sends Assistance to Newtown, CT

Rotary is described as a global network of business, professional and community leaders who serve locally and around the world.   This became cleary evident as the Newtown Rotary Club has witnessed tremendous charitable support from across the nation and around the world in their efforts to assist victums of the Sandy Hook School tragedy. With our $500 donation, Asbury Park Rotary is one of over 261 Rotary clubs  that have contributed over $100,000 to the newly formed "Newtown Rotary Foundation Sandy Hook School Fund."  This support will go to assist individuals and groups directly involved in the tragedy.

Click below to view the thank you letter:

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Rotary District 7500 Peace Forum

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Feb 23, 2013

Rotary Sponsors International Peace Forum

Proving how small the world really is these days, Asbury Park Rotary took part in an International Peace Forum to discuss world peace on February 24, 2013 at Lenape High School in Medford, NJ.  Interact students from Serbia, Israel and the Philippines engaged in a live exchange via the Internet with students of the Interact Club of Lenape H.S. about the effects of war and violence in their countries.  Before the youth group's discussion, Rotarians from District 7500 related stories about themselves or family members during armed conflicts of the past involving the United States.  The forum proved to be an incredible experience.


Peace Forum participants (Lenape High School Interact Club in fromt row) join, electronically, with students from the other countries as the Philippine students lead in singing "We Are the World."

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Hurricane Disaster Relief

Posted on Feb 05, 2013

How can Rotary Clubs Help with Hurricane Disaster Rellief?

Rotary District 7500 Governor Joan Vas has been working hard to coordinate the efforts of the Rotarians and clubs of Dist 7500 in helping those in Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington Counties devistated by Hurricane Sandy.  Click above to read her request. 

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5th Annual Rotary Polar Plunge

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Feb 02, 2013

Polar Plunge, Another Cool Event

The sun was bright...the sky was clear...the ocean tranquil.  But, the air temperature was 23 degrees F and the water 43 degrees F as the dedicated supporters of our 5th Annual Rotary Polar Plunge hit the surf off the Asbury Park beach on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.  Rotarian Traudy Grande put together another successful event which raised money for Hurricane Sandy relief and Rotary Eye Rescue corneal transplants.


Plungers return from the figid Atlantic Ocean

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February is World Understanding Month

Posted on Jan 31, 2013
The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month.  The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held 23 February 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day.  World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the fourth Avenue of Service -- Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
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"Thanks for Giving" Dinner

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jan 25, 2013

Rotarians Attend Foundation Dinner

Led by President Penny, Asbury Park Rotarians attended the District 7500 "Thanks for Giving" Dinner on Jan. 25, 2013 to recognize clubs and individuals for their support of The Rotary Foundation in 2011-12.  Our club was sited for reaching our Foundation giving goal for last year which helped District 7500 achieve the honor of being number one in Zone 32 in per capita giving to the Annual Programs Fund.  Seven of our members were recognized for becoming Paul Harris Fellows.  Michael K. McGovern, a trustee of The Rotary Foundation and past RI Vice President, was the keynote speaker.  The event was held at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River.


Seated: Traudy, Tom, Penny; Standing: Matt, Denise, Bob, Gail, Gary, Vince, Tom

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Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Jan 01, 2013

Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

The Asbury Park Rotary scholarship winners for 2012 attended our luncheon meeting on Dec. 26, 2012 for their award presentation.  Lytane Boyer of Asbury Park High School is attending Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Andrew Bauer of Neptune High School is attending the University of North Carolina.  Travis Schembri of Neptune High School is attending the University of Delaware.  Jessica Williams of Ocean Township High School is attending Christopher Newport University.  These students have successfully completed their first semester and are eligible for the award.  Money raised from our Starlite Chorale Concert and Calendar Raffle provide the funds for these scholarships.


Travis Schembri, Andrew Bauer, Lytane Boyer, Jessica Williams

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"I am a Rotary Bell Ringer"

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Dec 21, 2012

Rotary Rings Bells for Salvation Army


Again this year, Asbury Park Rotarians supported one of the finest humanitarian organizations, the Salvation Army, during the holiday season.  For two days, Dec. 21 & 22, 2012, we stood in the chilly weather at the entrance to the Neptune Walmart to accept donations from generous shoppers.  Major Kevin Stoops of the Salvation Army and Asbury Park Rotary announced the weekend's collection effort to be: $1,486.65. 


Rotary Bell Ringer photos:  Traudy and HJ (above) and Colin and Maha (below)

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Holiday Party

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Dec 13, 2012

Fellowship Abounds at Holiday Party 

The evening was filled with camaraderie and celebration of the season as Asbury Park Rotarians, friends and family met for the annual Holiday Party.  The gathering was held December 14, 2012 at the sturdily built Belmar Fishing Club, one of the few remaining structures on the Belmar beachfront to survive Hurricane Sandy. Singing, good food and cheer marked a wonderful night chaired by Jason Hutzley with Charlie Brown providing entertainment.  We value fellowship and good times as an important aspect of Rotary and this event sure had it all!

Jason,  Steve, Traudy, Rich, Jeff and Charlie wish you all a Merry Christmas 
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Hurricane Sandy Relief

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Nov 09, 2012

Rotary District 7490 Provides Hurricane Relief

Asbury Park Rotarians were called to action on Nov. 10, 2012 when District 7490 Governor Bonnie Sirower drove down from North Jersey with a truck load of much-needed supplies for the Lutheran Atonement Church's food pantry in   Asbury Park.  The response to  Hurricane Sandy depleted their reserves and Rotarians, as usual, were there to help.  Asbury Park Rotarians unloaded the truck and helped to set up for a clothing distribution in the church auditorium.  Rotarians Penny McDaniel, club president and Dr. Amy Peardon coordinated the effort.  Another example of Rotary in action.

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Starlite Chorale Concert 2012

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano on Sep 23, 2012

Starlite Chorale Rocks Ocean Grove

For 26 consecutive years the Stalite Chorale has provided us the best music of the Great American Songbook in a concert that raises money for our local high school scholarships.  Under the enthusiastic direction of Dr. Tony Godlefski, music lovers from the shore area filled Bishop Janes Tabernacle, Ocean Grove on Sunday, September 23, 2012.  Sponsorship and gate receipts totaled over $4500.


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Valerie Center Bowl-A-Thon

Posted by John Everson on Sep 16, 2012

Valerie Center Thanks Rotary 

Our club was well represented at the 4th Annual Valerie Center Bowl-A-Thon held Friday Sept 14th at Shore Lanes.  Over 3 hours of bowling, plenty of food, and a fun time was had by all.  The Valerie Center Auxiliary thanked our club for its continued support and help at each Bowl-A-Thon since its inception in 2009. 


 Look at the happy faces - could it be the Chick-Fil-A and Falco Brothers' Salad for dinner?  For Gary, it's the Heineken.

The Valerie Center, which is a part of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, provides comprehensive medical services to children, adolescents and young adults with leukemia and other cancers and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and thrombocytopenia. The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth is one of the state’s six Valerie Fund Centers for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders.  

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Asbury Park 5K

Posted by John Everson on Aug 10, 2012

Serving Water to Runners

The Asbury Park Rotary Club helped out at the Asbury Park 5K on Saturday August 11th.  In spite of the high humidity over 1250 runners participated. We poured and handed out 36 gallons of water in 6 oz. cups.  Well done Rotarians!!


Serving others and having fun while we do it.  That's what we do at Rotary!

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9th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

Posted by John Everson on Jul 17, 2012

Our 9th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner was a Huge Success!

We raised over $24,000 to support the great work of Mary's Place By The Sea


At our July 18th meeting we presented Mary's Place with a check for $24,238.  From the left are Jeff Bassett, past president and event MC; Maria McKeon of Mary's Place; Gail Matarazzo, Wine Tasting Dinner Chairwoman; Bob Johnson, immediate past president who selected Mary's Place to receive all the net proceeds from the wine tasting; and Penny McDaniel, current club president.

Mary's Place, located in historic Ocean Grove, NJ, provides a retreat for women with cancer to help heal their mind, body and soul.  Thank you to all who attended, donated, and participated to make this year's tasting a great success.  For these hard times, it was one of our best Wine Tasting Dinners.  For more information on the wonderful ministry and work of Mary's Place visit their website at Mary's Place By The Sea.


Even Tom was surprised at how Happy Maria was to receive such a big check !!! 

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2011 Scholarship Luncheon

Posted by John Everson on Dec 28, 2011
2011 Scholarship Winners 



At our December 28th lunch meeting, we honored our 2011 scholarship winners and their families.   Because of greater support from the Asbury Park community, we were able to award seven $1,000 scholarships this year.  For the past 25 years the club has given over 90+ scholarships to deserving local students.  From the left are Frank Rodriguez of Neptune High School who is attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona; Matthew Porter, also from Neptune High, attends Green Mountain University in Vermont; Charlotte Lee from the Academy of Health and Science is attending Duke University; Jessie Joseph Lauria of Ocean Township High School attends Monmouth University; and Jordyn Tumas, also from Ocean, attends the University of Pennsylvania.  Missing are Christopher Shields of Asbury Park High School who attends The College of New Jersey and Duchana Gille of Academy Charter High School.

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Video of the Week -- February 2, 2014

Posted by Gary E. Siciliano

VIDEO OF THE WEEK THEME:  2014 Rotary Polar Plunge, View from a Plunger

Asbury Park Rotarian Sean Growny takes us through all the drama -- the agony and the ecstacy -of a Rotary Polar Plunge with a GOPRO camera strapped to his forehead.  You will feel the anticipation of the preparation at McCloone's, the undressing on the snowy beach and, ultimately, the Plunge into the icy ocean.  Click the link below.  Enjoy!



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First Calendar Raffle

Posted by John Everson

1st Calendar Raffle Raises Over $5,000

   Our Calender raffle brought in more than $5,100 for our scholarship fund. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and congratulations to all the winners, you have made a difference! 

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