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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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Mike Del Duca, manager of the Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate office in New Providence and a member of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights since 2006, has been honored for his dedication to the club's Medic-Alert program.

The Medic-Alert program for solo seniors in Berkeley Heights and New Providence provides a neck-worn pendant and matching telephone that will call the wearer's local police dispatch in the event of a fall or other significant accident while at home. Over 200 residents in the two towns are provided with Medic-Alert systems, which require both initial installation and wearer instructions, and annual check-ups and maintenance. Almost single-handedly, Mr. Del Duca has spearheaded and maintained this initiative for the past ten consecutive years.

The Paul Harris Fellowship chosen by the Rotary Club to honor him recognizes $1,000 contributed to The Rotary Foundation--a 501(c)(3) with 100% and Four-Star ratings by CharityNavigator) in Mr. Del Duca's name.

PHOTO (left to right): Jim Ramentol, Club President; Mike Del Duca.


The Interact student service club at Governor Livingston High School, which serves Berkeley Heights and Mountainside, is the largest and most popular club in the school. At a recent club gathering, club members  prepared, packed, and delivered needed food for the coming holiday season to the Hillside Food Bank (see photo).  This club, sponsored by the Berkeley Heights and the Mountainside Rotary Clubs, is guided by two outstanding teacher-advisors: Doreen Ladinski and Sharon Leahy.

On Tuesday, November 21, the club was visited by Berkeley Heights Rotary Club President Jim Ramentol, to present the Rotary Presidential Citation for 2016-17. This citation is awarded to Interact Clubs actively engaged in community outreach and service, and have carried out at least five specific projects in these important dimensions, including promoting international understanding, the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award weekend workshop, fund-raising to eradicate polio in the two remaining countries where it remains present, and community service such as the Food Bank project underway on this day.  This is the tenth consecutive year that this Interact Club has been awarded the Rotary Presidential Citation.

(from left: Jim Ramentol, BH Rotary Club President; Interact Club Officers Rebecca Henderson, Sarah Lalevee, and Colleen Granelli)

Berkeley Heights -- At a recent joint Rotary District 7510-7470 event, the Berkeley Heights was among the top Rotary Clubs honored. The Club received the prestigious Rotary International-Presidential Citation and the Interact Student Service Club of Governor Livingston high school--sponsored by the Berkeley Heights RC--also received a Presidential Citation. These two clubs were the only ones in a district of 39 clubs in five counties to receive both distinctions.

In addition, for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation, the Berkeley Heights Club received recognition for 3rd in District 7510 for per-capita donations, 100% Every Rotarian-Every Year, and 100% Sustaining Members.

(Photo - Front row from left: Louise Harris, Immediate Past President Linda Sausville. Back row from left: Past President Gerry Harris, District Governor Bob Zeglarski, Past President & Past District Governor Hal Daume)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just four days after their successful 37th annual community pancake breakfast, the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights gives $1,347 to the Food Pantry of The Church of the Little Flower. This amount represents 100% of at-the-door donations; the Rotary Club absorbs all the costs for food, drink, and supplies.

Staffed by Rotary Club members and supported by local Boy Scouts and Governor Livingston HS Interact Club members--both groups sponsored by the Rotary Club--this year's community breakfast was one of the most successful in the club's long history.

(PHOTO from left: Food Pantry representatives Elisa Probst and Catherine Solfaro, Rotary Club President Jim Ramentol)


The Rotary Foundation is the financial "engine" for Rotarians and Rotary Clubs worldwide. The Foundation, a top-rated charity, supports Rotary's international initiatives like Polio Plus, which has been eradicating polio from the planet since 1985, as well as international and local project grants for Rotary Clubs like Berkeley Heights.

The Foundation is significantly funded by Rotarians themselves, and the members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club have played important roles in this for many years.

At a recent club meeting, Governor of Rotary District 7510 Robert Zeglarski, and Club President Jim Ramentol honored club members who have made continuing contributions to the Foundation via Paul Harris Fellowships (Paul Harris was one of the four founders of Rotary, in 1905).

Recognized for their ongoing support were (see photo) Bob McManus (daughter Cheri Perez accepting), Pamela Steiner, Gerry Harris, Julianne Simmons (Doris Jow accepting), George Kraemer (son George, Jr. accepting), Dolores Scott Croneberger, Laura Fuhro, Tiffany Escott, Lynn Falanga, and Linda Sausville; they are flanked left and right by Mr. Zeglarski and Mr. Ramentol. Also recognized but not pictured were Michael Shapiro and Michael Del Duca. Other Paul Harris Fellows of the club are Mary Ann Cusack and Hal Daume.











Fellow Rotarian, Founder and Creative Director of CIVICSTORY.ORG, Dr. Susan Haig's aim is to broaden and deepen awareness of the transformative work of symphonic orchestras and other cultural civic organizations.
CIVICSTORY is an online news platform, founded in 2009, that has produced over 80 brief and highly watch-able videos on humanities and urban growth, environmental stewardship, engaged citizenship, and music and arts. More than 30 of these videos have aired on NJTV News and WHYY’s, in radio format on WBGO (Newark), and on local cable stations. Since 2010 CIVICSTORY has presented public forums and open dialogue exploring the civic role and purpose of news, and the impact of news media on democracy and our environment.
Enthusiastic, energetic, and engaging, Susan Haig is a passionate advocate of public access to the arts. Dr. Haig serves as a trustee of the National Music Museum, and Vice President-Programming for the New Jersey Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She was voted 2006 Music Educator of the Year and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the University of Windsor. Multi-talented, in addition to conducting she has performed as a pianist, violist, and vocalist as well.
Photo (from left): Linda Sausville, Past President; Susan Haig; Jim Kwan, BH Rotary Member.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights has been requested by District 7510 to participate in a Hurricane Harvey Relief Project.  We are raising money for ShelterBox.  ShelterBox has long been supported by Rotary Clubs around the world.  ShelterBoxes have provided shelter and emergency supplies for people dealing with catastrophes.  
The sturdy green ShelterBoxes are designed to help people who have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.  Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.   The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.
Please consider making a monetary donation toward this cause so we can have as many ShelterBoxes as possible sent to the areas affected by Harvey.  For additional details please contact Jim Ramentol at 908-216-7151 or Hal Daume at 908-447-6290.



As reported by Bobbie Peer, Editor and Publisher, we are among the season-long sponsors of these free concerts, presented by the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission's Special Events Committee, partnering with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce. Other season sponsors include Berkeley Aquatic Club, Smith Chiropractic Foundation, and Embassy Suites' Grain & Cane Gastrotruck. The "Beginnings" concert--a Chicago tribute band--was also sponsored by Taylor Rental and

(Photos by Bobbie Peer)



Each year, the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club sponsors two GLHS Interact student service club officers to attend RYLA. This year, the RYLA scholarships went to Rebecca Henderson and Grace Pitingolo.

Becca and Grace visited with the Berkeley Heights Rotarians at the club's regular meeting and reported on their weekend-long experience on the campus of Drew University, in Madison. The weekend, they said, was filled with icebreakers, team-building challenges, fellowship, and meeting and making new Interact and Rotary friends. "It was a more special weekend for us and for the more than forty other Interact leaders from north-central New Jersey that we could ever have imagined!" they both confirmed. RYLA--for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards--is a youth leadership development and team-building weekend held each year for 10th- and 11th-grade high school students

The Interact Club at Governor Livingston HS is jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Heights and the Mountainside Rotary Clubs. . The Interact Club at GLHS has over 250 members, making it one of the largest, and also most active, in the state, and arguably the most popular club at the high school. In addition to Rotary Club sponsorship, the Interact Club is guided by two exceptional faculty advisors: Doreen Ladinski and Sharon Leahy, both honorary members of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club.

(Photo from left: Tiffany Escott, BH Rotary Club Past President; Rebecca Henderson; Grace Pitingolo; Jim Ramentol, BH Rotary Club President)


Welcome Vibha Mehta

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights this week inducted its 22nd member: Vibha Mehta.
Ms. Mehta and her family have lived in Berkeley Heights for over 20 years. She is a pharmacist by education and profession, but recently traded her white lab coat for a real estate license, now working from the Warren office of Coldwell Banker.
(Photo: Vibha Mehta and Club President Jim Ramentol of GRA Architects.)

The end of the Rotary year came and the New Year began with today's lunch meeting.  Linda Sausville was thanked for her two years as President of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club and Jim Ramentol was installed as the 2017-2018 President.  Also installed in the ceremony were Stephanie Bakos, Secretary and Hal Daume, Treasurer.  
For those interested in becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights please feel free to attend a meeting which are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 12:15pm at the Chimney Rock Inn, Gillette.
Pictured l to r: Linda Sausville, Jim Ramentol, Stephanie Bakos and Hal Daume.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS: Boy Scout Troop 68, sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club, honored their three newest Eagle Scouts at a ceremony at Governor Livingston High School. In addition to their Eagle medals, presented by Scoutmaster Cliff Boldt, these Scouts also received the Rotary Certificate of Achievement from Dr. Hal Daume, Past President of the Rotary Club and himself an Eagle Scout.

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