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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights
Berkeley Heights

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Chimney Rock Inn
342 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
United States of America
(908) 803-5747
(908) 464-1133
We meet the Second and Fourth Wednesdays each month at 12:15p at the Chimney Rock Inn and the Third Wednesday of each month at 8:00am at the Berkeley Heights VFW Hall. Until further notice all meetings are online due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Recent Stories

Trustee Chair K.R. Ravindran (bottom left) takes part in a virtual major donor event organized by Rotary District 2060 in Venice, Italy.

By Omar Bortoletti, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser for Zone 14

The Rotary Foundation reminds us constantly why we are here. It reminds us who it is we serve. It reminds us that these days, these hours, while we yet walk this earth – that this is our time and we must grasp it.” These were the words of K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, Trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation, during the recent major donor event organized by District 2060 in northeastern Italy.

Rotarians in Venice, Italy (under the leadership of District Governor Diego Vianello), had long planned to host Ravindran during Foundation Month last November, but when the pandemic persisted, we found ourselves organizing a virtual event in lieu of an in-person dinner to recognize new major donors.

Moving the event online offered certain advantages: due to the low-cost of a Zoom call, the invitation could be extended to more guests. In the end, 170 participants attended, including current and new major donors and bequest society members, current and incoming district leaders, and Foundation supporters from around northern Italy. In addition to Ravindran, other Rotary VIPs could connect from afar, like Trustee Sangkoo Yun from Korea and RI Director Roger Llhors of France.

One challenge with the virtual format we faced was how to make each of the 16 new major donors feel special and appropriately recognized, even though the traditional major donor pin and crystal could not be presented in person. Through the advance planning of my team of District Endowment and Major Gift Subcommittee Chairs, each donor submitted a photo of themselves carrying the crystal and wearing their pin. These were developed into an elegant, running slide show.

To add a personal touch, we accompanied the photos with a short quotation from the donor, describing what motivated them to make a gift to the Foundation this year. The result was a personal, heart-felt testimony of the very different reasons why Rotarians support our Foundation. Whether they gave to honor a loved one, or to meet a community need, or because of their trust in Rotary’s financial management and the impact of its areas of focus, each donor offered insight into their individual humanitarian values.

A bittersweet moment concluded the gathering when posthumous recognition was given to Ambrogio Locatelli, a long-time Rotarian who passed away just days after making a major gift to the Foundation. As recounted by his wife, Rotarian Mariangela Donà Locatelli, one of his dying wishes was for her to complete his commitment and create a named, endowed fund to support humanitarian projects. In honor of Ambrogio’s service and dedication to Rotary, the first annual Ambrogio Locatelli Award for Friendship and Solidarity was presented to Ravindran, along with a gift of 10,000 Euro to the World Fund from the The Rotary Club of Morimondo Abbazia in District 2050.

For the Locatelli family and all those present at the event, it was inspiring to witness that Rotarians, including those whom we have lost during this time, can continue to make a lasting impact in the world through their generosity to the Foundation.

For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response Team
Raffle tickets are now available for two separate upcoming raffles.  
The SUPER BOWL In Your Living Room is sponsored by the Gift of Life of New Jersey Inc.  The winner will receive a Samsung 65: Flat Screen Smart TV, a Samsung - Harmon Kardon Soundbar Sound System, a catering package for your Super Bowl Party plus official NFL Team Wear.  The estimated prize value is $4,000.  The drawing for the winning ticket will be held on January 29, 2021 at 9:30am.
The Rotary District Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle is sponsored by Rotary District 7475.  Prizes:  Three 1st Prizes of 10% of the gross proceeds/winning ticket.  Thirty 2nd prizes of 0.3334% of the gross proceeds/winning ticket.  Sixty 3rd prizes of 0.1666% of gross proceeds/winning ticket.  A maximum of 8,000 tickets will be sold.  The drawing will be held on May 27, 2021 at 12:30pm.  
Tickets can be purchased from your favorite Berkeley Heights Rotary Club member or online.  Tickets are $20/each.  Online tickets will include a credit card processing fee.
To purchase ticket online, please click here https://the-rotary-club-of-berkeley-heights.square.site/
The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is sponsoring a virtual/online food drive for the benefit of the Little Flower Church Food Pantry.  2020 is going to be a challenging holiday season for many in the area and it will be especially hard for families in need.  The Little Flower Food Pantry is open to all regardless of location or faith. 
Food items may be purchased online via the "You Give Goods" website and they will be delivered to the Food Pantry.  Receipts are provided for tax purposes.  The website can be accessed at YouGiveGoods.com/BerkeleyHeightsRotary
Thanks in advance for your support and participation.

Rotary and polio

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
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Winter 2021
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