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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights
Berkeley Heights

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Chimney Rock Inn
342 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
United States of America
Phone:
(908) 803-5747
Fax:
(908) 464-1133
We meet the Second and Fourth Wednesdays each month at 12:15p at the Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ. Visiting Rotarians and Guests are always welcome. Lunch cost is $22.
Recent Stories
The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club presented four scholarships to graduating Governor Livingston Seniors at the Chimney Rock Inn on Wednesday, June 29. Four one thousand-dollar Rotary scholarships are awarded annually to students with a minimum 3.5 GPA and have participated in an extra-curricular service such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Interact Club, or other service organizations. The recipients of the 2022 scholarships are Ella Ferrigno, Isabella Straviou, Mei-Ching Huang and Thomas Burke.
 
Photo left to right – Fred DaVeiga, Rotary Scholarship Chair, Mike Del Duca, President, scholarship winners Thomas Burke, Mei-Ching Huang, Isabella Straviou and Ella Ferrigno
On Wednesday, May 25, Rotary District 7475 Governor Shelby Rhodes visited with the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club at their lunch meeting.  DG Rhodes presented the club with their District Grant which was used to assist in the restoration of the Lord-Littel House restoration.  DG Rhodes also enlightened the club members about the Rotary Foundation, fundraising and project ideas and so much more.  Pictured are Berkeley Heights Rotary President Mike Del Duca and District Governor Shelby Rhodes.
Rotary District 7475 is selling 50/50 raffle tickets in support of the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.  What impact can one donation have?  For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.  $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.  $500 can launch an anti-bullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
 
 
There are 3 1st prizes of 10% of the gross ticket sales, 30 2nd prizes of .3334% of the gross ticket sales and 60 3rd prizes of .1666% of the gross ticket sales.  Up to 8,000 tickets are being sold at $20/ticket.  The drawing will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2022 at 8pm.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at https://bhhsnp.co/raffle and your ticket(s) will be sent to you.  The ticket prices have been grossed up slightly to cover the credit card fees.

About the Beach Sweeps

In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 10,000 volunteers in 2018.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.

Fish, whales, birds, and other animals often mistake litter for food.   As a result, animals get entangled in or ingest items, such as plastic bags, cigarette filters, and fishing line, with deadly results.  Cigarette filters mimic fish and have been found in the stomachs of birds and larger fish, blocking and affecting their digestion.  Also, the filters are made of plastic fibers and trap carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals that are introduced into animals’ bloodstreams.  
Moreover, plastic litter takes a few years to several hundred years to break down, thereby threatening wildlife for decades.  Litter in waterways can also foul boat motors and propellers, resulting in costly repairs.  Finally, littered beaches can ruin a day at the beach.  Garbage slicks and wash-ups close beaches to swimming and are detrimental to tourism and the coastal economy.

Who should participate in Beach Sweeps?

Volunteers of all ages. Children age 12 and under must be supervised by an adult. Registration is required. Register here!

How to get involved in Beach Sweeps:

  • To participate in the Beach Sweeps first review the list of Beach Sweeps sites.
  • Once you've selected a site, click here to register to participate!Registration is required.
  • The event runs from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Volunteers can select a check-in time of either 9:00 am or 10:00 am. Event is rain or shine.
  • Bring a face covering, gloves and a trash bucket (this helps to reduce the number of plastic bags used).
  • Wear sunscreen and hard-soled shoes.
  • Dress for the weather. Stay off dunes and respect wildlife.
  • Volunteers can click here to learn more about becoming a Beach Captain.

If you have any questions about the Beach Sweeps please contact: 

Clean Ocean Action

732-872-0111

outreach@cleanoceanaction.org

At the Wednesday, February 9 meeting of the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club, Wayne Zuhl, Assistant District  Governor addressed the membership.  Zuhl's topic was the Rotary Foundation and how it works.  The mission of the Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment and alleviating poverty.  Projects that Rotary is leading are eradicating Polio from the face of the earth, providing clean water in order to combat waterborne illness and launching antibullying campaigns and create a safe environment for children.  The Rotary Foundation also provides grants to local clubs so they can continue their good deeds and  assistance in their respective communities.
 
If you would like to support the Rotary Foundation you can contribute any amount by clicking here - https://bhhsnp.co/pfd.  
 
The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 12:15p.  Prospective members are invited to attend.

Don't Forget About Giving Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 30 is Giving Tuesday.  Please support your local Rotary Club so we can in-turn continue to support you and our community.  The Rotary Club raises funds so we can give scholarships to graduating seniors at Governor Livingston High School, provide financial support and manpower to the renovation of the Littel-Lord Farmstead House, rid the world of Polio and provide clean water.  The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club also sponsors our local Boy Scout Troops and the Interact Club at Governor Livingston High School among a multitude of other projects. 
 
Donations may be made online by clicking here or mailing checks made payable to "The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights" to PO Box 2, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.  Please give what you can.  Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your consideration.
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Shelby Rhodes, Rotary District 7475 DG
May 25, 2022 12:15 PM
District Grant Reimbursement
Jim Skidmore
May 11, 2022 12:15 PM
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