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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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.

At our upcoming meeting we’ll enjoy the company of Marc Faecher, President, and Jeanne Kingsley, Vice President, of the Berkeley Heights Township Council.
Their topic—“What’s Happening Around Town”—will give us insights into the redevelopment of the municipal building, transformation of the former Kings shopping center, COAH (“Council On Affordable Housing”) plans, and a brand-new initiative called “Safe Routes to School” for our township’s students.
Rotary Club meetings are open to all. The $20 flat-rate lunch fee (cash or check, please—no credit cards) includes an entrée from a special menu, any soft beverage, tax and gratuity.

The Berkeley Heights VFW Post has recently reinvented itself, including the formation of a new “Friends of Post 6259” support group. Next Wednesday, Post Commander Tom Lombardi and Adjutant Steve Falk will join us and give us an update on the “Friends” program and upcoming events we can support as individuals and—potentially—as a club! 
Along with this, since both the Post and our Rotary Club support the VA Hospital in Lyons, we’re collecting gently used movie and TV series DVDs, and also music CDs and cassettes (we did this a couple of years ago, and they were a great hit with residents!).
Please go through your collections and bring your DVDs, CDs, and cassettes to our meeting.  We’ll label them from our Rotary Club and give them to Tom and Steve to deliver to the VA Hospital along with those they’ve collected from Post members.
Also, Linda and Jim will report on the success of this year’s “Beach Sweep” on Saturday, and we’ll have some more updates on the upcoming Rubber Ducky Festival, including new sponsors and a brand-new food provider—the Embassy Suites “Gastro Truck”!
The 14th Annual Berkeley Heights Rubber Ducky Festival will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. at the Passaic River Park soccer fields, 151 Springfield Avenue, in Berkeley Heights.
Admission is FREE. Enjoy seeing friends and neighbors and coming together as a community.
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. The race has an outstanding array of top prizes this year:
·      Grand Prize: 2 “HAMILTON” Sunday Matinee Tickets on October 1st—$1,100 Value.
·      2nd Prize: 4-Month Family Membership (new member only) at LifeTime Fitness-Berkeley Heights—$1,000 Value.
·      3rd Prize: 12 Monthly Flower Arrangements by Hall’s Garden Center— $500 Value.
·      4th Prize: A Kid’s Birthday Party at the Berkeley Heights Y—$300 Value.
·      5th Prize: Dine Around the Towns Coupon Basket—$250 Value.
·      6th Prize: Dine Around the Towns Coupon Basket—$150 Value.
Rubber Ducky “adoption” tickets are just $5 each, and will be available in Berkeley Heights on weekends throughout May at Hall’s Garden Center and other locations to be announced. A limited number of ducks will be available for adoption on Festival Day.
This year’s hot food will be for sale by the new Embassy Suites “Gastro Truck,” and bottled water will be sold by the Rotary Club.
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 teen bands and live DJ, Scout-O-Rama, Bouncy House, and other kids games. New this year, our two Boy Scout troops in town are working on water balloon catapults.
Funds raised by the Festival go first to Governor Livingston High School Senior Scholarships.
This event also supports other Rotary Club’s projects, including our Medic-Alert program for over 200 area solo senior citizens, helping over 400 local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and supporting in-town organizations such as the Police Department, Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Public Library, all school libraries, and Memorial Park Committee, to name a few.
The Rubber Ducky Festival is a Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights event, in cooperation with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department.
For more information call Hal Daume at (908) 447-6290 or Linda Sausville at (908) 447-8266.


Okay, so you've considered donating a unit of blood.  Pretty painless these days, and you get a snack to boot!  But what happens next?  Where does your blood go? Does it save lives?  How many from a single unit?  What about platelets--what are they used for?

At our next meeting, you'll meet Loretta Ferrara, of Atlantic Health Services and an expert in all things blood- and platelet-related!  We'll find out the answers to those questions, and more!

So c'mon out for a fun and educational lunch and great fellowship!  Our meetings are open to all--just come visit and meet some fabulous folks making a difference in our community (as blood donors and more!) and enjoying friendships along the way.

New Jersey's "Beach Sweep", an initiative of Clean Ocean Action, began in 1985 with just 75 volunteers at one site.  Since then it's grown immensely.  Last April over five thousand volunteers swept our beaches to rid them of unsighly and harmful debris.
For 2017, our Beach Sweep day as Sandy Hook (Beach D) is Saturday, April 22 form 9am until 12:30pm.  Gerry Harris, of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club has been involved in Beach Sweep for over a dozen years, along with our club-sponsored Interact service club of over 100 student members from Governor Livingston High School.
For additional information or if you would like to take part in this worthwhile event please contact Linda Sausville at

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