The Rotary Club of

Berkeley Heights


 
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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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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....  http://bit.ly/1wP58cs
 

 
 
 
 
 
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: BHRotary.com.
 

 
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(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: BHRotary.com.
 
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, TheAlternativePress.com, 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.
 
 

 
 
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 orangebstrategic.com.
 

 
 
Save the date of Saturday, May 31!!  That will be the day of the 11th annual Rubber Duck Festival to be held at the Passaic River Park on Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights.  There will be food and drink, kids activities and games, rides and the feature event is the Rubber Duck Race on the Passaic River.  Boy Scouts will be selling tickets around town - please support them. There will be plenty of great prizes so watch for more details.  
 

 
 

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

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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.

 
 
 

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 link.to an article that recently appeared in the New York Times.

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