We all know how dramatically communications technology has changed in recent years… What about here, in Berkeley Heights? How are we taking advantage of these changes?
At our meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd, we’ll be joined by our town’s “communications backbone,” Nick Schiavo. Nick is Chair of the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee. He’ll take us through the committee’s initiatives with the government, our high school’s TV studio, local businesses and community organizations, and how this committee of all volunteers is moving forward to highlight our town’s increasingly numerous activities and events. In brief, this committee has been adapting to these changes to bring clear, crisp, and timely messages to our town’s residents and key stakeholders.
The Communications Committee is now at a pivot point and is developing a strategy for the future, which Nick will takes us through, and seek our input.
Professionally, Nick is a CPA; he’s employed by a private foundation, so he knows the in’s and out’s of initiatives like this and has been tenacious in sticking with it to achieve success! (Nick’s also a tenacious racquetball player, and always brings his “A” game to the court. In the same way, he’s always brought his “A” game to township communications for nearly a decade!)
The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club is a great group of local business-people and professionals. We're here to make positive improvements in our community. We get together every two weeks for a friendly lunch and to decide what we'll tackle next. Meetings are open to anyone who'd like to roll up their sleeves for our township and its people. We support youth groups, seniors, students, and community-servers like our rescue squad, firefighters, and peace officers, plus educators, librarians, food banks, the homeless, and citizens at large. We're non-political, non-sectarian, and open to all.
Grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948, the Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, range of movement, limb deficiency, and even vision impairment. One of the most exciting Paralympic sport is Wheelchair Fencing.
At our next lunch-time meeting, on Wednesday, January 25th, we’re going to learn the ins and outs of this sport, from an expert! Dr. Don DeFabio, a former competitive fencer (saber) himself, is a Paralympics technical official, specifically for Wheelchair Fencing.
He’s also served as a chiropractic doctor for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona for nine years and also for USA Fencing. Dr. Don is also the Chiropractic Physician for Drew University Athletics.
At the community level he supports Our House, which provides housing and jobs for educationally and developmentally disabled adults, the Summit Area YMCA and Scouting in Berkeley Heights.
PHOTO: Stephanie Bakos, PforP Champion; Adriana Camunas; Linda Sausville, Rotary Club President.
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)
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)
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 visithttp://www.bhrotary.com 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