The Rotary Club of

Berkeley Heights

April 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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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.

Together with Rotarians from Fanwood, Scotch Plains, and Mountainside, members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club shared lunch at the Stage House in Scotch Plains and enjoyed a caroling performance by the chamber chorus of the Fanwood Scotch Plains High School.

Photo (from left): Judy Croneberger, Pam Steiner, Stephanie Bakos, Linda Sausville, Julianne Simmons, Tiffany Escott, Fred DaVeiga. Not pictured: George Kraemer, Hal Daume.

The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club has adopted a family for the Holidays:
Our family lives in Elizabeth and is extremely poor.  We will work with Little Flower Church on making sure the items we donate go directly to the family.
Donations of Clothes and nonperishable food will be very much appreciated.
Father: David  32 years old   Large Shirt & 38X40 Pants
Mother: Perla  37 years old  Large Shirt & 16 Pants
Child: Brian 12 years old  14 Shirt & 16 Boys Pants
Child: Nayeli 7 year old  10 Shirt & 8 girls pants
Child: Daniela 5 years old  6 Shirt & 6 girls pants
Child: Diana 3 year old  4 shirt & 5 girls pants
Anyone that is wanting to participate please see the instructions below.  Thanks in advance and have a great holiday season!
Please plan to drop your family's items to Tiffany at the YMCA by Thursday, December 18th.  Items should be placed in a bags that are clearly labeled with your family's name. (Perla).   Your generosity will mean a great deal to this family. 

On November 1 the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club hosted their 34th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast.  It was a cold and wet Saturday morning so the hot coffee, scrambled eggs and pancakes were even more appreciated than normal.  Please see the article that appeared in The Alternative Press here......

Berkeley Heights Rotary Club member Hal Daume has been appointed to the post of Rotary International District Governor for 2015-2016.  Congratulations Hal!  A detailed article that recently appeared in the local press can be found here....

November is fast approaching and that can mean just one thing.....  PANCAKES!!  The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club 34th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast is just around the corner.  This years extravaganza is on Saturday, November 1 from 7:00am until noon at the Union Village United Methodist Church, 1130 Mountain Avenue in Berkeley Heights.  This is an all you can eat event featuring delicious pancakes, scrambled eggs, Sausage, cereal, OJ and coffee.  The proceeds of this year's event will benefit the Governor Livingston High School Booster Club.  Tickets are $7.50 per person or a very reasonable $20 per family.  Tickets are available at the door.   


BERKELEY HEIGHTS. If "Roll Over Rembrandt" were a song, the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club would be singing it! Members of the Club gathered at Kayla's Creative Art Studio in Berkeley Heights for an evening of fellowship, fun, wine, hors d'oeuvres, acrylics, and canvass.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is a group of local residents, businesspeople, and professionals, who share the vision of service to the community and the world, practice high ethical standards in their personal and professional lives, and enjoy fellowship and friendship. The Club holds open lunch meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, fromNoon till 1:30, at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road, Gillette. Check the Club's website for more information:

(Seated left to right): Tracy Kreilis, Julianne Simmons, Pam Steiner, Stephanie Bakos.
(Back row standing): Jim Ramentol, Judy Croneberger, Louise Harris, Lynn Falanga, Linda Sausville, Hal Daume, Tiffany Escott, Fred DaViega, Gerry Harris, Mary Ann Cusack.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS. The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights recently unearthed a unique need among the residents of the New Jersey Veterans Hospital at Lyons. Although DVD movies are shown in their group room regularly, some residents are crowd-sensitive, others have difficulty hearing, and still others may be room-bound. To alleviate this and amplify the entertainment experience for all, Berkeley Heights Rotary Club members raised the money and then purchased eight portable DVD players with full headphones ("ear buds" don't work so well for many) and collected over 150 new and gently viewed DVD movies, for all to enjoy. The Club plans to purchase more DVD players shortly.
The Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System ("VANJ") in Lyons serves approximately 160 American military veterans in the areas of health treatments and rehabilitation, work training and employment, and transitional housing for those who may have become homeless.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is a group of local residents, businesspeople, and professionals, who share the vision of service to the community and the world, practice high ethical standards in their personal and professional lives, and enjoy fellowship and friendship. The Club holds open lunch meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, fromNoon till 1:30, at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road, Gillette. Check the Club's website for more information:
PHOTO (Left to Right):
Linda Sausville; Tiffany Escott, Club President; Mary Ann Cusack; Judy Croneberger; Jim Ramentol; Jessica Wolen, VANJ; Julianne Simmons, Club Treasurer; Fred DaVeiga; Karen Garubba, VANJ; Bob McManus; Dolores Scott Croneberger; Hal Daume; Gerry Harris; Stephanie Bakos, Club Secretary; Pam Steiner; Tracy Kreilis.

On Saturday, September 27th, members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club turned out for the annual Clean Communities Clean-Up Day sponsored by the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.


In orange shirts, volunteers met outside of the municipal building to be assigned their territory to pick-up. "We have a bigger crowd this year, over 290 volunteers," said Joe Steiner of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and member of the Summit/New Providence Rotary Club. "We’re cleaning everything we can, including parts of the Watchung Reservation and Runnells Hospital," he went on to say.


Joeii Loaiza is a 2014 graduate of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights.  She is spending the 2014-15 school year as a student in Thailand, along with other exchange students from across America and around the world.  She will be living with three Thai families over the course of the coming year, all while attending school there.  The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights while she's there and when she returns next spring!  What follows is an email recently received from Joeii letting us know how she's doing.

Berkeley Heights - Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights enjoyed "The Infernos" performance at the town's summer concert series.  The Rotary Club is a major sponsor of this free concert series for the second consecutive year.  "We enjoy sponsoring this concert series because it supports our community and it gives us an opportunity to get together as a club for our annual summer picnic," said Tiffany Escott, Club President and Executive Director of the Berkeley Heights Y.

Photo:  Seated from left: Dolores Scott Croneberger and Hal Daume.  Standing from left: Elaine Donahue, Mike Del Duca, Olivia Escott, Louise Harris, Tiffany Escott, Tracy Kreilis, Pam Steiner, Julianne Simmons, Gerry Harris, and Linda Sausville.


Our guest speaker today was Libby Corydon-Apicella, of Berkeley Heights. Her presentation to our Rotary Club today was about her first experience with Rotary. As a high school senior, she was a Rotary-sponsored exchange student to Denmark in 1968-69.

On July 19th, members and friends of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club enjoyed a day at the shore, as guests of Bob and Lois McManus.

(Photo from left: Joe Steiner, Louise Harris, Pam Steiner, Linda Sausville, Lois McManus, Bon McManus, Gerry Harris, Hal Daume)

On Sunday, June 29 the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights again co-sponsored the 2nd Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.  The weather was  perfect and the fair was attended by literally thousands.  This is just one instance of the Rotary Club supporting its community.  Other projects include  sscholarships for college bound  Governor Livingston High School seniors, the Medic Alert program for local senior citizens and many others.  If you might be interested in becoming a member please contact  Hal Daume at 908-447-6290.  Pictured l to r: Stephanie Bakos, Hal Daume and Linda Sausville.

New Providence. On June 22, two new Eagle Scouts of Troop 1 were honored by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights. Brothers Brian and Kevin Urness became the 73rd and 74th Eagle Scouts in this 24 year-old troop. Brian and Kevin received the Rotary Certificate of Achievement and their parents, by special arrangement, received an art print personally signed by Mr. Joseph Csatari, the official artist of the Boy Scouts of America.

(Photo from left: Hal Daume, Rotary representative, Brian Urness, Josefina and Mark Urness, Kevin Urness)

The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club and the Berkeley Heights YMCA are co-sponsoring a Summer Blood Drive.  The blood drive will take place on Tuesday, July 15 from 2pm – 7pm at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.  Walk-ins are welcome but registration is encouraged by calling 908-522-2985.  It is suggested that donors eat and drink fluids prior to donating.   Donors should also bring a photo ID.  All donated blood will help the patients at Overlook Medical Center. 
Why donate blood?  If not personally in need, at some point we will all know a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker who needs a blood transfusion. In fact, 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives. 

At a recent court of honor, four new Eagle Scouts of Troop 68, sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club, were recognized by the club for their achievement. Since its founding in 1936, Troop 68 has had 93 Scouts, including these four most recent, reach the Eagle rank--the pinnacle of Scouting achievement.

(Photo left-to-right: Hal Daume, Rotary Club representative; Brian Dobrowsky; Edward Dryer; Uday Manchanda, Will Bunyaner.)


Berkeley Heights: The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights honored four Governor Livingston High School seniors with $1,000 scholarships at the club's annual Scholarship Dinner held on June 16th at The Chimney Rock Inn.  These seniors were selected on the basis of both academic achievement and service to their community.

(Photo left to right: Linda Sausville, Scholarship Chair; Emily Fetter; Christine Moon; Rachel Zhu; Phoebe Cook; Sharon Leahy and Doreen Ladinski, GHLS Interact Club Advisors; Tiffany Escott, Rotary Club President.)


Berkeley Heights Rotary's guest speaker on June 11th was Dr. Mitchell Erickson, Science Advisor with the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  A chemist by education, with a career in environmental science and analytic chemistry, Dr. Erickson has served with the DHS for over a decade. He is the author of two authoritative books and over 150 technical publications.  He spoke to Rotary Club members and guests in the five missions of the DHS: Preventing terrorism and enhancing security, securing and managing our borders, administering and enforcing immigration laws, securing and safeguarding cyberspace, and--one of his specialties--ensuring our that country's physical and electronic infrastructure is resilient to disasters.

(Photo left to right: Hal Daume, Rotary Club member, and Dr. Erickson, DHS)

Boy Scout Troop 68, founded in 1936 and sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club received their 78th concecutive annual charter from the Boy Scouts of America at a recent court of honor.  This active troop of nearly four dozen Scouts meets on Monday evenings at the Mary Kay McMillin School in Berkeley Heights.

(Photo left-to-right: Terrence Grossman, Scoutmaster; Lynn Kral, Troop Committee Chair; Andrew Clark, Senior Patrol Leader; Hal Daume, Scouting Commissioner)

At a recent Court of Honor, the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights recognized new Eagle Scout Ryan Stahlin with the Rotary Certificate of Achievement.  The certificate was presented by Rotarian Jim RamentolAIA, himself an Eagle Scout.  Ryan Stahlin is a member of Troop 368, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights.

(Photo: Eagle Scout Ryan Stahlin and Rotarian Jim Ramentol, flanked by Ryan's parents)

The weather on Saturday, May 31 was absolutely perfect!!  The Rubber Duck Festival and Race was the wonderful family event that it usually is with scores of families there to play games, eat the food, take in the car show and most of all - to watch the much anticipated duck race.  Thanks to all that participated, volunteered and sponsored this great event!
The 11th Annual Berkeley Heights Rubber Ducky Festival is taking place on May 31, 2014 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. at the Passaic River Park soccer fields at 151 Springfield Avenue, in Berkeley Heights. 
The feature event will again be the Rubber Duck Race when thousands of Rubber Ducks float down the Passaic River in a quest to be the first to the finish line for their respective owners.  Yogoccino Self Serve Frozen Yogurt Café will be in attendance with plenty of delicious food selections.   Carnival games will be on site for all to play.  Local businesses and community organizations such as Home of Good Dogs will also have exhibits at the Festival.  Try out your pitching arm at the “Dunk Tank” with local celebrities being dunked!  Other exciting happenings during the event are live music by local kids’ bands, a Scout-O-Rama, Moon Walk, water balloons, and kids games.  Admission is free.  Enjoy seeing friends and neighbors and coming together as a community. 
Adopt ducks for only $5 each for a chance to win fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. First Prize this year is a Samsung 46” high definition television valued at $699, provided by the Rotary Club.  Scouts are selling tickets in front of local businesses; a limited number will be available at the Festival.
The first $4,000 raised will go to Governor Livingston High School Senior Scholarships.  Other Rotary Club projects include providing Student Dictionaries to every Berkeley Heights 3rd-grader and a Thesaurus for every 6th grader, Medic-Alert for over 200 area solo senior citizens, and helping over 500 local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
This year the premier sponsor is Primrose School of Berkeley Heights.  Other supporters include Cornerstone Analytics, Summit Medical Group, Investors Bank, Door Boy,, and Taylor Rental. For more information on sponsoring, call Julianne Simmons at (908) 464-0860.


The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights donated World Book Encyclopedias to the Columbia, Hughes, Mountain Park, and Woodward Schools; a set of Animals of the World books to the Mary Kay McMillin School; and a set of career books to Governor Livingston High School. The funding for these books are the result this year’s Rotary Community Breakfast plus donations by club members.

“In today’s tight economy, these books are invaluable to our schools’ Media Specialists, libraries, and students,” confirmed Laurie Scott, Berkeley Heights District Media Supervisor.

“We’ve already put them to use,” added Marilyn Merrill of the Mountain Park and Woodward Schools. “Our students have begun team research assignments using these encyclopedias.”

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is in its 48th 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 in Gillette.  The luncheon-and-program is $15 per person and all meetings are open to the public.  Call [908] 447-6290 for meeting and event information.
Photo (Left to Right):
Mary Niedenfuhr, Hughes and McMillin schools; Linda Sausville, Rotary Club; Pam Steiner, Rotary Club; Cathy Avino, Governor Livingston; Dolores Croneberger, Rotary Club; Stephanie Bakos, Rotary Club; Cheryl Kurowski, Columbia School; Tiffant EscottRoray Club; Marilyn Merril, Mountain Park and Woordruff schools; Laurie Scott, District Media Supervisor; and Jim Ramentol, Rotary Club.


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At the March 12 lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights a very informative presentation was given by Parita Howe of 'Orange B Strategic Marketing'.  Orange B Strategic Marketing is a marketing consultant practice that works with startups and entrepreneurs to develop business plans, investor pitches, new product launches and creative marketing strategies.  More information about Orange B Strategic Marketing may be found at


On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights had the honor of a visit from Tulsi Maharjan, the District Governor of Rotary International - District 7510.  Tulsi, born and raised in Nepal, shared a personal moment in his life that took place on a return visit 20 years ago, that influenced his efforts over the past two decades.  On that visit, Tulsi became aware of the many school-age children not in classrooms because their families could not afford the $50 cost per year to attend.  That moment altered Tulsi’s personal charitable efforts and helped nurture the vision for the District’s Passion Into Action  movement.  This effort strives to empower all of our members to leverage the Rotary’s resources in support of their personal causes – whether for example that personal passion is in support of veterans, underprivileged children, or some other worthy candidates for assistance.  Tulsi also invited club members to join him for “New Year’s on top of the world” -  - a January trip to Nepal he is currently organizing.  Tulsi, a member of the Rotary Club of Branchburg was accompanied by Joe Cash, the Branchburg club’s Sargent at Arms.  Joe spoke enthusiastically regarding the District Conference to be held in May 2014, in the Somerset, NJ area.  At this meeting, the Berkeley Heights Club also honored its own, presenting a certificate recognizing member Bob McManus’ 25 years of service to Rotary (fellow 25 year member Gerry Harris, service was recognized this past summer).  




Berkeley Heights Rotary Club member Dolores Scott Croneberger was recently honored at the Good Scout Award Dinner.  Other recipients of this year's honor were Kathleen Harrison, Sue Johnson and Joseph Allegra.  A recap of the night can be found in the Alternative Press coverage - Good Scout Award Dinner



LFC Food Drive

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is conducting a Food Drive through October 18.  The Food Drive is for the benefit of the Little Flower Church Food Pantry which serves families in need in Berkeley Heights and throughout Union County.  Canned food and non perishable items such as pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, rice, canned vegetables and fruits, juices, coffee, mac and cheese, soups, cooking oil, crackers, toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, napkins, soap, shampoo/conditioner, male and female deodorants, laundry detergent (no bulk sizes please), dish washing liquid, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.

Items may be dropped off in boxes located at Investors Bank in Berkeley Heights, Taylor Rental, Prudential New Jersey Properties - New Providence Office, Door Boy, The Berkeley Heights YMCA and Berkeley Cleaners.  For further information please call 908-656-1132.






On Saturday, September 28, the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights once again participated in the Berkeley Heights Cleanup Day event along with the Governor Livingston High School Football team, Interact Club, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops and many other local organizations.  The Rotary Club handed out gloves and tee shirts, assisted in registration and served hundreds of hot dogs to the hungry participants.


On a beautiful Sunday, September 22, the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club assisted with the Berkeley Heights 5K Road Race.  An article appearing in the Alternative Press can be found by clicking here.


At 29, Katie Ehlis knows first-hand the challenges of trying to fit the lifestyle of a young professional into a traditional club structure. After moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for work, this former Rotaractor visited several Rotary clubs to find the right connection.


ImageDolores Croneberger has been a member of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights for 20 years!!  Dolores is pictured her with Tiffany Lynn Escott, President of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club.

Dolores is also being honored at the '8th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner'.  This dinner is being held on Wednesday, October 2 at Primavera Regency in Stirling at 6:30pm.  In the event you would like to attend a copy of the brochure for the event can be downloaded from this page.


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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