The Rotary Club of

Berkeley Heights

July 2016
Jul 27, 2016
Frank Hubbard
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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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Every year for the past several decades the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights has awarded scholarships to exceptional Governor Livingston High School graduates, in collaboration with the Rotary Club-sponsored Interact student service club faculty advisors, Sharon Leahy and Doreen Ladinski.
Among the impressive group of 2016 scholarship candidates, four exceptional seniors stood out in the multiple dimensions of academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  This year, our four scholarship recipients are Cassandra Anzalone, Alexander Glen, Colin Hegarty, and Sama Manchanda. Each received $1,000.00 from Fred DaVeiga, Scholarship Chair, and Linda Sausville, President, of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights, at the club’s annual scholarship family dinner at the Chimney Rock Inn.
(PHOTO—from left: Linda Sausville, Sama Manchanda, Colin Hegarty, Cassandra Anzalone, Alexander Glen, Fred DaVeiga)

On a weather-perfect Saturday afternoon, thousands of "adopted" rubber duckies raced breathlessly down the Passaic River for prizes on June 11th, as the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club celebrated their 13th Annual Rubber Ducky Race & Festival at the Passaic River Park in Berkeley Heights.
Drawing a crowd of over a thousand spectators and participants, this event has become an annual mainstay for Berkeley Heights and neighboring townships. Admission, as always, was free. In addition to the famous race, guests enjoyed displays and booths from commercial exhibitors including the Chimney Rock Inn, eMedical Urgent Care, Master Kim's Talium Taekwondo,
Power Home Remodeling, and Tri-State Improvements/Gutter Protection Co.
Not-for-profit local groups represented were the Berkeley Heights Library, Volunteer Rescue Squad, and YMCA. Hot pizza and hand-made sandwiches this year came from Clemente’s Pizza. This event also offered a “dunk tank” and games for kids from two to ninety-two. The “bounce house” was donated once again by the Taylor Rental owner and past Rotary Club President, Paul Neuwirth. Music and announcements were provided by teen “DJ Infinite.” The Berkeley Heights Fire department brought one of their bigger firefighting trucks, which kids could climb on and “inspect” close-up. The BH Police Department provided personal on-site safety.
This event directly benefitted Berkeley Heights Boy Scout Troops 68 and 368, and Cub Scout Pack 368; Millington Troop 56, New Providence Senior Citizens, and the Suburban Chambers of Commerce. Net funds generated by this event are also used by the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club throughout the coming year for the benefit of in-town organizations such as the Volunteer Rescue Squad, Police Department, and the Memorial Park Renewal Committee. Funds from this event also underwrite the scholarships the Rotary Club gives to graduating Governor Livingston High School students, the Berkeley Heights Educational Foundation, and student dictionaries for every Berkeley Heights third-grader. The Rotary Club also contributes directly to community service projects undertaken by local Scouts in their quest for Eagle Scout—the nationally recognized highest rank in Boy Scouting.
In addition to these local contributions and initiatives, the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club also contributes annually to the Polio Plus initiative of Rotary International. This initiative, begun by Rotary Clubs world-wide in 1985, is relentlessly eradicating polio throughout the world—over the past 31 years Rotary Clubs and partners in this endeavor have reduced new cases of polio worldwide from over 350,000 men, women, and children every year prior to 1985 to a mere 20, in just two remaining countries, in 2016 to date.
Top prize for the fastest duck this year was a Weber Spirit gas grill. Other top prizes included gift cards to Delicious Heights Restaurant, Trap Rock Restaurant, and the Chimney Rock Inn.
This year's Platinum Sponsor was the soon-to-open Embassy Suites hotel, owned and managed by Hilton and the Connell Companies. Additional major sponsors included Cornerstone Analytics, Door Boy, Investors Bank, Taylor Rental, and (formerly The Alternative

As the final step before the annual Rubber Ducky Race  for thousands of rubber duckies, members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club are numbering each ducky to correspond with an "adoption ticket" purchased throughout the community over the past several weeks. The ducks will race down the river immediately behind the Passaic River Park soccer fields (161 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights) on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to the ducky race, families can enjoy a Moon Walk "bounce house," kids' games, a Scout-O-Rama, Car Show, and hot food from Clemente's of Berkeley Heights. Admission is free. A variety of commercial and non-profit exhibitors will be on the fields, and a local Taekwondo Dojo will put on an martial arts show. Music this year is provided by a local DJ.

The 13th Annual Berkeley Heights Rubber Ducky Festival is taking place on June 11 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 Ducky Race, when thousands of tiny ducks float down the Passaic River in their quest to be the first to the finish line for their respective owners. This year’s hot food will be cooked by the members of the Berkeley Heights VFW veterans organization. Carnival-type games will be on site for all to play. Local businesses and community organizations 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 a hot DJ, 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 Weber Spirit Grill valued at $649.00, provided by the Rotary Club. Tickets are being sold by Scouts in front of local businesses; a limited number will be available at the Festival.
Funds raised go to Governor Livingston High School Senior Scholarships and support providing Student Dictionaries to every Berkeley Heights 3rd-grader, Medic-Alert for over 200 area solo senior citizens, and helping over 500 local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Sponsors and supporters include Cornerstone Analytics, Door Boy, Investors Bank,, and Taylor Rental. For more information on sponsoring, call Julianne Simmons at (908) 377-6641.
The Rubber Ducky Festival is run by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights in cooperation with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department.
For more information call Julianne Simmons at (908) 377-6641 or Tiffany Escott at (908) 464-8373.

Bobbie Peer, owner and editor of three operations—Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, and New Providence—will be the featured speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club on Wednesday, February 24, at the Chimney Rock Inn. She will be joined by Kathy Cryan, new owner-editor of for Union.
The Chimney Rock Inn is located at 342 Valley Road in Gillette. The Rotary meeting begins at 12 Noon and ends promptly at 1:30. The pizza-and-beverage (non-alcoholic) luncheon menu of the day is prix fixe: $15 cash or check (sorry, no credit cards please) and the meeting is open to all. Seating is first come-first-served. (formerly is popularly read throughout approximately 60 New Jersey communities. It was begun just seven years ago by attorney, entrepreneur, and Rotarian Michael Shapiro, and is now the predominant electronic news medium throughout New Jersey and growing in breadth every month.
The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club is a group of local business and professional office owners, managers, and directors. The Club’s three-fold mission is networking, community service, and fellowship.
If your business is looking to grow in recognition, image, and interest, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

Berkeley Heights Rotary Club member Michael Shapiro has been elected to head up the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.  The full article as it appears in The Alternative Press can be read here -


The Township of Berkeley Heights Communications Committee has professionally filmed the Annual Tree Lighting and Winter Walk.   It includes the Tree Lighting, Santa Claus, Carolers, Springfield Avenue businesses whom provided a video holiday greeting, residents whom walked on Springfield Avenue and had an enjoyable time, petting zoo and many more items.
A special thanks to the many businesses who welcomed the film crew into their stores and provided a holiday video hello. Also, thanks to the many residents whom were walking on Springfield Avenue and appeared in the video to say that they were having a great time.
Please share this link with others in the Berkeley Heights Community.  
On another note, the Communications Committee welcomes residents and business owners whom would like to volunteer for the Committee and bring these types of video productions to life.  No prior video experience required.  You just need a feeling of community.


In the spirit of the season, members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club this year "adopted" a hard-working family of eight and a temporarily homeless gentleman, all to receive needed personally-purchased gifts. For each person, Rotary Club "teams" of two members each purchased correctly-sized apparel, all gift-wrapped and labeled by name.

PHOTO: Hal Daume, Julianne Simmons, Linda Sausville, and Tiffany Escott.


The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad has for years trained their own members, students, and the community on the most current life-saving CPR techniques. But in time, their training manikin became worn to the point of unusability. That's how the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club got involved, and helped solve this problem. Using the Rotary Club's own resources, plus grant funds from Rotary District 7510, the club purchased a brand-new state-of-the-art manikin for the Rescue Squad--"Resusci Anne 2"--which the squad will begin using right after the first of the coming year in their ongoing community outreach training schedule.  As an integral aspect of the grant, the Rescue Squad will be training all Rotary Club members, and then the program will continue on a community-wide basis.

PHOTO: "Resusci Anne 2" with Rescue Squad and Rotary Club members.


Shortly before Thanksgiving this year, members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club gave every third-grader in our township's three elementary schools a Student Dictionary.  This is the tenth consecutive year the Rotary Club has done this, which means that the very first recipients are now in college or pursuing post-high school careers.

The one question club members ask that gets the most hands in the air and accompanying smiles is, "How many of you students have an older brother or sister who's told you what's going to happen this morning?"  And the most popular item the students want to find right away is "the longest word in the English Language"--it's 1,909 letters long, so look it up (we can't print it here because it would make this article way too long!).

The books the Rotary Club gives each student are more than just "dictionaries." In addition to their 35,000 words and definitions, they also include weights and measures, a periodic table of the elements, ASL and Braille, the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, information about each of the 50 U.S. states, and much, much more.

For more information about the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club visit or call 908-447-6290. The club holds open lunch meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road in Gillette. Visitors and visiting Rotarians are always welcome.

Photo-Mountain Park School: Students and (left to right) Pam Steiner,Principal Jonathan Morisseau, Linda Sausville, Tiffany Escott, and Alan Feigenbaum.

Photo-Hughes School: Pam Steiner, Linda Sausville, and students looking up our U.S. Presidents


On Giving Tuesday, , one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., named its  in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation No. 5. Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards. The article highlighted Rotary’s tremendous work in eradicating polio.



Mary Robinson, MA, CT, and Founder of "IMAGINE" ( visited the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club at a regular meeting on November 18th. She explained that Imagine's mission is "to support children and families coping with loss and foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all those who grieve." Imagine provides free peer grief support groups for New Jersey children and their families year-round, and is currently serving over 200 children and adults every two weeks in peer support groups. Imagine has trained 75 actively involved adult and teen Volunteer Facilitators, and has also trained and educated over 3,000 teachers, parents, coaches, and youth in the past 3-1/2 years. (For more information on grief counseling, email "" or call 908-334-5723.)

The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club is a group of local citizens and community leaders dedicated to bettering humanity in our community and the world. All meetings are open. Lunch meetings are held at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road, Gillette, usually on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Noon of each month. For more information call 908-447-6290 or visit us at

Photo (left to right): 
Linda Sausville, Club President
Mary Robinson, Imagine Founder
Fred DaVeiga, Club Member


The Rotary Foundation is the contributing arm of Rotary International, responsible for providing world-wide grants for multiple club humanitarian projects and the backbone of the "Polio Plus" global eradication initiative now in its 30th successful year. Each year, the Foundation recognizes local clubs that have made extraordinary contributions. The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club, a recipient in past years, has this year received four specific recognitions. Berkeley Heights is fourth-highest among 39 clubs in the five New Jersey counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union, in average per-member Foundation contributions. The Club also received recognitions for contributing more than $1,500 to the "End Polio Now" initiative, contributing at least $100 per member to the "EREY--Every Rotarian-Every Year" program, and the "!00% Sustaining Member" award for each member contributing at least $100 to the Foundation's Annual Fund.  These recognitions place the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club among the top 5% of all 34,200 Rotary Clubs worldwide.

Photo: Seven of the Club's 22 members, and (fourth from left) Steve Goldberg, Assistant Governor-Rotary District 7510.


In response to an urgent request by the Berkeley Heights Food Pantry, managed by volunteers at the Church of the Little Flower, the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club dedicated this year's 35th Annual Pancake Breakfast to that need.  On Saturday, November 7th, members of the club plus Interact Club students from Governor Livingston High School (sponsored by the Rotary Club) and the Boy Scouts of Troops 68 and 368 (also sponsored by the Rotary Club) held one of its most successful breakfasts ever.  This year, there was no set "price" for the breakfasts.  Instead, the breakfasts were actually free to all who came, with voluntary donations of any amount welcomed with warm smiles and thanks.  As a result, with the Rotary Club absorbing all expenses, the Club donated 100% of the more than $3,000 in gross proceeds received.

Photo-front left: Jim Ramentol, Event Chair
Photo-front holding check: Catherine Sofaro, Food Pantry; Rev. Nnaemeka ("Andrew") Onyemaobi, Church of the Little Flower
Photo-Back Row: Rotary Club members (Center: Linda Sausville, Club President)


The 35th edition of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast took place at the Little Flower Church School Cafeteria.  The event was well attended and the Rotary Club had a great time putting the event on.  The new facilities were outstanding and the pancakes came out great!

At the Wednesday, October 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights our own Tracy Krelis treated the club to a demonstration of flower arranging.  Rotary Club members provided their own containers and Tracy filled them all including the French loaf of bread!  A great time was had by all!  Pictured l to r: Lynn Falanga, Gerry Harris, Tracy Krelis, Mary Ann Cusack, Dolores Croneberger and Jim Ramentol.

On Wednesday evening, October 7 our own Pam Steiner was honored at the 10th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner which was held at the Primavera Regency in Stirling.  Congratulations Pam!
From the event program:
Having never lived further than she could walk to her mother's home, Pam Steiner has been involved with youth and our regional community since her days at Jonathan Dayton Regional High School.  As a staff member of the local Chamber of Commerce she had the opportunity to meet many of the Berkeley Heights residents when she helped initiate and run the one-ring tent Circus in town, wait in the snow and cold at the horse and carriage rides during the holiday season, serve hot chocolate and cookies at Santa's arrival, and help organize the annual Clean Communities Clean Up Day.
A Rotarian since 1991, Pam represented the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce on the initial Rubber Ducky committee with the Boy Scouts many years ago.  She chairs the placemat committee for the Rotary Club's annual Pancake Breakfast and has served as club president three times.  She has also been involved with the Rotary District 7510 as an Assistant Governor two times and serving on the Eat, Drink and Share committee for many years as well as chairing that committee the past two years.  Eat, Drink and Share is a fundraiser for the Rotary International Foundation, which for the past few years has raised $35,000 annually for international projects.  
Pam is a member of the Church & Cannon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and serves as the Ways and Means Chair and corresponding Secretary. 

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)

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