The Rotary Club of

Berkeley Heights

October 2015

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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights

Service Above Self

The Second and Fourth Wednesdays at 12:15pm
Chimney Rock Inn
342 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ  07933
United States
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On Saturday, September 26 the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club participated in Clean Up Day in Berkeley Heights.  Plastic bags, gloves and tee shirts were provided to all participants.  Many areas of the town cleaned of trash including Watchung Reservation.  At the conclusion of the cleanup hot dogs and drinks were provided to all that attended.  Distributing shirts above are left to right Judy Croneberger and Tiffany Escott

This year eight Berkeley Heights Rotarians and spouses gathered at
Long Beach Island--the home of Bob and Lois McManus--for a day of
bright sunshine, great barbecue, and boating!

Photo (clockwise from top): Gerry Harris, Joe Falanga, Bob McManus,
Lynn Falanga, Lois McManus, Louise Harris, and Linda Sausville.
(Not pictured: Hal Daume)

The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club has sponsored the InterAct Club, a student service organization at Governor Livingston High School, for over 25 years. Today, there are over 130 InterAct Club members; it's the largest student organization at GLHS.  Among the InterAct Club's activities are: Sending Shelter Boxes (a Rotary International initiative) to disaster areas around the world, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and following the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal (the Rotary Club has done the same); annually sponsoring a student in Ecuador, and contributing to causes aimed at exterminating the trafficking of human slaves around the world
pictured left to right - Linda Sausville, Club President  - Darren DeMarco, Club Member & Owner-White Tiger Martial Arts  - GLHS InterAct Club Officers: Cathryn Lazzaro, Cassie Anzalone, Vicki Thomaides (not in photo: Kelly McLoughlin)  - GLHS InterAct Club Advisors: Doreen Ladinski & Sharon Leahy  - Gerry Harris, Club Member & District InterAct Chair

The Billy Joel Tribute Concert Was Good But The Rainbow Was Spectacular!

On the night of Friday, August 7 the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights participated in 
Rotary Night at the Ballpark.  The home team won and a good time was had by all who attended.
Pictured (clockwise from left) Gerry Harris, Linda Sausville, Hal Daume and Louise Harris.
In attendance but not pictured: Fred DaVeiga

The weather was too hot and the beer wasn't cold enough and as a result the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club's annual picnic was postponed until Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30pm.  Bring a chair and a friend and we hope to see you there!

Installations Galore
The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights had a busy installation season.  Tiffany Escott became our Immediate Past President after serving capably for the previous two years.  Linda Sausville was installed as the 2015-2016 Club President along with Stephanie Bakos, Secretary and Julianne Simmons, Treasurer.
Berkeley Heights Rotary Club member Hal Daume was installed as District Governor for Rotary District 7510 at a ceremony held at Primavera Regency in Stirling.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights hosted the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Chimney Rock Inn on Monday evening, June 15.  The club was introduced to the four  2015 scholarship winners and their families. All four students will be graduating from Governor Livingston High School on June 18.  This year's honorees (pictured rt to left) pictured with Tiffany Escott, Berkeley Heights Rotary President are Timothy Park who will be attending Bucknell University, Shannon Roth - Sacred Heart University and Alyssa Lopes - Villanova University.  Unable to attend the dinner was Kyle Brackman.

The 2015 edition of the Rubber Duck Festival was a resounding success!!  Thousands of Rubber Ducks made their was down the Passaic River much to the delight of their owners who were cheering them on.  The weather was perfect and a fun day was had by both the attendees and the many volunteers that make this annual event the success it has been.

Here are some photos of our great folks having a blast! A thousand hot
dogs, six or seven dozen turkey dogs, and several dozen veggie burgers,
all cooked to perfection and not a one left over!

The "Top Award" for clever goes to Tracy!  When we ran out of buns, she
grabbed a bunch of juice cups and shouted,' "Come n' get 'em! Hot dog
in-a-cup!"  And people did!  :-))

Meanwhile, Jim Ramentol invented a "hot dog escapee guard"-- kept those
little devils from trying to sneak over the side and scamper away unnoticed.

Others helping out were Linda, Hal, Julianne and Tom!

What a great morning!!!
Darren DeMarco, martial arts expert and owner of the White Tiger Dojo in Berkeley Heights pays a visit to the Berkeley Heights Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is in its 49th continuous year of providing service to our community and the world.  The Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 12:10 to 1:30 PM at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road, Gillette.  The luncheon-and-program is $15 per person (includes tax and tip).  All meetings are open to the public.  For more information visit, email us at, or call 908-447-6290.

Photo: Darren DeMarco, White Tiger; and Tiffany Escott, Rotary Club President.

For the 9th consecutive year, Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights members gave special Student Dictionaries to all 3rd graders at the Hughes, Mountain-Park, and Woodruff Schools in Berkeley Heights.  The students, many of whom have older brothers and sisters who have received these in prior years, happily looked forward to their own "Literary Birthday Presents" this week (see photo). "Doing the math" tells us that, to date the Club has given these dictionaries to some 3,000 students at no cost to them, the schools, or the township.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is a group of local businesspeople and professionals with three objectives: Fellowship, Networking, and Serving the Community. Now in its 49th year of service, the Rotary Club meets for lunch at the nearby Chimney Rock Inn on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are open, and anyone can visit. For more information the visit Club's website at or call 908-447-6290. During the interim time, club members enjoy a social event one week and a service project on the other.
In addition to these annual dictionaries, in 2014 the Club "adopted" an inner city family of six for the Holiday Season, complete with gifts for all; continued to support some 200 solo seniors with our 23 year-old Medic-Alert program; presented four $1,000 scholarships to Governor Livingston graduating seniors; continued supporting 7 Scouting units with over 250 boys and young men; made 12 significant donations to Little Flower's food bank; supported the annual 5k charity run-walk and the Y's Mothers Day 5k; supported the Berkeley Heights Street Fair for its second year; gave 16 personal DVD players and over 150 DVD movies to the residents of the Lyons VA Hospital; gave brand-new World Book Encyclopedia sets to every Berkeley Heights school; and, when the town's Recreation Department needed more chairs for meetings and events, we answered that call, too.

(Photo from left, back row:) Jim Ramentol;  Stephanie Bakos; Dolores Croneberger; Tiffany Escott, Club President; Linda Sausville.


Most everyone is aware of the Rotary Club's local work with scholarships, dictionaries, thesaures, medic alert units and many others.  Many don't know the Herculean efforts that Rotary makes to eradicate the dreaded disease polio from the face of the earth.  It's not easy. Here's a an article that recently appeared in the New York Times.

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