The Rotary Club of

Berkeley Heights

October 2016

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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 Thursday, October 13 Tiffany Escott of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club was presented the Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award at a dinner held at Primavera Restaurant in Stirling.  Details of the event can be read in the TAPInto online article by clicking here.


Two marvelous speakers addressed our summer club meetings: Frank Hubbard on July 27 and Jim Skidmore on August 10.

Mr. Hubbard, a semi-retired Episcopalian priest and his wife reside in Berkeley Heights, but Frank serves the inner city community in Elizabeth (a part of District 7510) as a volunteer with "Reach Out And Read" (ROAR, for short). At least once a week, Frank visits the pediatric clinic at Trinitas and reads to the small children waiting to be seen. He finds often that he's the first person ever to offer a child the opportunity to hear and see a book read aloud by any adult! This has proven throughout ROAR's service area to make a significant difference in young children's affinity to books and in early reading skills. (PHOTO: Frank Hubbard; Linda Sausville; Lisa Liss, Director of Volunteer Services- Trinitas)

Mr. Skidmore, a resident of Berkeley Heights for over 50 years, is Vice President of Blue Bay Technologies, a privately held cybersecurity consultancy providing services to businesses, corporations, government agencies, and the U.S. Military. His talk, promoted in advance, drew New Providence resident and DHS Director, Dr. Mitchell Erickson, and a lively exchange of ideas, insights, and speculations for what the future of "cyberspace" might look like unfolded. (PHOTO: Jim Skidmore, Dr. Mitchell Erickson, Dolores Croneberger, Linda Sausville, Judy Croneberger)


The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights inducted their 2016-17 officers: Linda Sausville, President; Jim Ramentol, President-Elect; Stephanie Bakos, Secretary; and Hal Daume, Treasurer. (PHOTO FROM LEFT: Jim Ramentol, Linda Sausville, Stephanie Bakos, Hal Daume)

Club President Linda Sausville congratulated and thanked Julianne Simmons for her years of service as Club Treasurer. (PHOTO: Linda Sausville, Julianne Simmons)

Club President Linda Sausville congratulated and thanked Stephanie Bakos for continuing on as Club Secretary. (PHOTO: Linda Sausville, Stephanie Bakos)

Club President Linda Sausville congratulated and thanked Mike Del Duca for his ongoing years of club and community service as Chair of the club's Medic-Alert initiative, serving some two hundred solo seniors in Berkeley Heights and New Providence. (PHOTO: Linda Sausville, Mike Del Duca)

Club President Linda Sausville thanked Rubber Ducky Festival Champions Tiffany Escott and Julianne Simmons for their past four years of wonderfully successful annual events. (PHOTO: Tiffany Escott, Linda Sausville, Julianne Simmons)


Berkeley Heights: On Wednesday, August 10, Mr. Jim Skidmore, Berkeley Heights resident and Vice President for Global Sales & Business Development at Blue Bay Technologies will be the featured speaker at the lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights.
The meeting will be held from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road, in Gillette.
Blue Bay Technologies is a top cyber-security advisory organization with more than a decade of experience in the security application arena for businesses and corporations, with special capabilities in detection technologies and intrusion prevention.

Jim Skidmore is a multi-major graduate of Susquehanna University, with three decades of experience in management consulting and technical solutions leader in cyber risk management and business intelligence.



Frank Hubbard, Berkeley Heights resident and ROR volunteer, along with Lisa Liss, Director of Volunteer Services for Trinitas, visited the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club to describe what ROR is and has accomplished in the 27 years since its founding. 

ROR is an American not-for-profit organization that advocates for and promotes childhood literacy through a network of active, hands-on volunteers like Frank Hubbard across nearly five thousand pediatric clinics across the U.S. Trinitas is a major sponsor of this work in its New Jersey service area; Frank is one of the volunteers who regularly visit Trinitas's Elizabeth clinic, where they will offer donated children's books to families and--most important--offer to read to the children right here in the waiting room!

Frank, a semi-retired Episcopalian priest, loves his new "job," and it showed in his smile and the twinkle in his eyes as he related personal stories, often involving introducing a toddler or small child to their very first adult-read book! He has also helped bi-lingual parents use children's books to help improve their newly acquired English.The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights meets regularly at The Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road in Gillette. Meetings are from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm sharp, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month (major holidays excepted). Meetings, which include lunch ($20 cash or check, please), are open to all. For more information visit or call 908-447-6290.

Rotary is a civic organization--a global network of 1.2 million community leaders and volunteers with one aim: Helping our neighbors across the street and around the world. We have no other agenda.

PHOTO (left to right): Frank Hubbard, ROR Volunteer; Linda Sausville, Rotary Club President; Lisa Liss, Trinitas-Director of Volunteer Services



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.

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