Central Ocean
Rotary Club
of Toms River
District 7500, New Jersey, USA
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Central Ocean

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
1171 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ  08753
United States
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Venus Majeski from the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID)stopped by on Tuesday to tell us about her organization. NJID offers specialized programs and support for infants, children and adults with disabilities throughout the state. With a dedicated staff of more than 500 employees and 41 program sites throughout the state, NJID is one of the largest not-for-profit agencies of its kind in the nation. Each year, more than 1500 infants, children, and adults with disabilities and their families are helped by NJID's unique continuum of services.
If you would like to learn more about this great organization visit: https://goo.gl/r3HrdF


Channel Wilkins, President CEO of O.C.E.A.N., Inc. stopped by to talk to us about the great things they do for our community. 

Some of the program they work on are:
- O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start Child Development Program
- Weatherization
- Home Energy Assistance
- Housing Rentals / Construction
- Housing Counseling
- First Time Homebuyer
- Homelessness Prevention

To learn more about what they do visit their website: https://goo.gl/WV9i2L

We were visited by American Legion Post 129 of Toms River, NJ members Ralph Wolff and Commander Michael Schaffer. They talked to us about the amazing things they do in our community for veterans and we hope to work together very soon.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

To learn more about the great work they do or to check out their latest events visit: https://goo.gl/z7E3Xt


We met Pastor Jason from Wellspring Church in Toms River. He is the former youth pastor of Bayside Chapel. During his time there he was asked to consider starting a church in Toms River and the rest is history.

Wellspring Church meets every Sunday at 10 AM at Toms River Intermediate-East. To learn more visit: https://goo.gl/yBNfb2

We were happy to welcome Linda Keenan from the Fulfill NJ food bank. She brought our club members up to date on the state of food distribution in our area and how we can help. For more information, please log onto http://fulfillnj.org/

Thank you Dr. Anthony Pellegrino of Absolute Chiropractic for your discussion with our club about approaches to wellness from a proactive versus a reactive way. Thank you also for your efforts to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas.

We were visited by Dave Greiner from Exelon. He gave us a very informative update/talk about energy and the Oyster Creek Generating Station. We learned about Geenhouse Gas Emissions, why Oyster Creek is shutting down and what would be some of the consequences.

If you would like to learn what it takes to run the Oyster Creek Generating Station visit: https://goo.gl/Reczdr

Thank you, fellow Rotarian John Byrne from Rotary Club of Toms River, for coming on Tuesday to talk to us about the Military Troop Banners Program in downtown Toms River.The Military Banner Tribute Program salutes our brave men and women honorably discharged who serve, or have served in the military by displaying military banners in the community between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 

To participate or to learn more about this great program visit: https://goo.gl/3vkeUw ️

Welcome to our newest member Melinda Allen from Kearny Bank. Melinda was sponsored by Jerome Townsend and inducted by membership chair Michael Bucca. We are so excited to have Melinda on board!

A great and inspirational visit from District Governor Diane Rotondelli! Thank you for visiting our club and bringing us up to date on the world of Rotary. Pictured with Diane is club president Mike DellaRocca.

Our guests this past Tuesday were recent District 7500 Rotary Youth Leaders Academy (RYLA) participants Mark and Matt Koerner. They completed the program this past June and came to tell us what they learned. We had a great time listening to their stories. Special thanks to the Koerner family for joining us for lunch and always being a part of our Rotary family. 

Our meeting was very educational. Our guest, Steve Baeli, talked to us about the history of Toms River.

Did you know that there were Ocean County residents on the Titanic? Did you know that Toms River used to be part of Shrewsbury back in the day? We learned a ton about our area yesterday, thank you Steve!

Club members enjoyed a night with friends and family at our annual excursion to the BlueClaws. Buster stopped by of course! Let's go BlueClaws!

We had the pleasure to have Jhanna Even from Harbor House as our guest. For those who don't know, Ocean’s Harbor House is dedicated to assisting homeless, runaway, abused, neglected and abandoned youth, ages 10-21 not only from Ocean County but all New Jersey. They provide a safe haven and caring environment for vulnerable youth to enable them to unlock their potential and learn skills that will empower them to build healthier lives, relationships, and futures.

To learn more about them or how you could help visit: https://goo.gl/vY5wHR

On June 27th District Governor Elect Bill Donnelly introduced Michael DellaRocca as our new president. Special thanks to outgoing President Michael Bucca for your great leadership this past year!

Also, many awards were presented that night... 
- Service Above Self Award to Jill Houston
- Paul Harris Fellow to Christine Girtain
- Multiple Paul Harris Fellow to Mark Rushwald.

As president, you lead and motivate your club, ensuring that club members feel valuable, inspired, and connected to each other. Best Wishes for an equally successful 2017-18 year to incoming President Mike Della Rocca!

Our club's focus has always been our youth and helping them achieve their dreams of becoming successful and productive individuals. We had the honor to present 6 outstanding Toms River high school students checks to pursue their education dreams. Join us in congratulating: Julia Mazza, Holly Phillips, Iyanah Thomas, Kristen Parks, Joseph Signorelli and Samantha Goodyear (not pictured) wishing them a bright future ahead. Be bold, be courageous, be your best! 

Cherie from Hands on CPR Training was our guest. What a cool meeting we had! She demonstrated CPR and choking techniques and showed us how to use the AED machine during an emergency.

BugFest 2017 hosted by Insectropolis was a huge success this past weekend. The event raised money towards the Central Ocean Rotary scholarship fund. Special thanks to Chris Koerner, Jerome Townsend, Glynis Wray, Jessica Connors, Linda Cronk, Dick Read, Mark Rushwald, Judy Gross, and the entire staff of Insectropolis for hosting and volunteering for the event! 

Check out tons of videos and photos of the event on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/centraloceanrotary

Our club sponsored the 36th Annual Ocean County YMCA's Golf Outing. We had a great time and most importantly we were able to help fund life-changing programs that help Ocean County children, adults, and families to learn, grown and thrive. :D

Thank you Pete, Jim, Mark and George for representing us!

Our guest was Mary Jane Bavais from Ocean County Parks & Recreation. She talked about all the different programs they offer such as: kayaking tours, canoeing, photography classes and much more. We also learned that Ocean County Parks & Recreation has a Cranberry Farm as well as 2 golf courses in addition to the 20 parks they operate! Thank you Mary Jane for all the great information provided :). If you would like to learn more about what Ocean County Parks & Recreation has to offer visit: https://goo.gl/qxmRVj

Christian Kane from Toms River Field of Dreams came to visit our club. Nearly five years ago, Christian's youngest son, Gavin, suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The (then) 19-month old spent two months hospitalized and suffered severe brain trauma. After realizing that most parents of special needs kids don't have the means or access to facilities to be able to give their child a "normal" life, the Kane's envisioned and planned a complex within the community for children and adults with special needs. Here they will be able to enjoy the basic fundamentals of play: an inning or two of ⚾baseball paired with a “buddy” on a rubberized baseball field, nine holes of ⛳ miniature golf on a wheelchair accessible course, adaptive playground equipment on an all inclusive playground, a game of 🏀basketball on a rubberized court with collapsible rims, or a stroll on an art encompassed walking path surrounded by a multi-sensory landscape.

➡️ We invite you to learn more about this beautiful project on their website: https://goo.gl/7cniqN

Our guest Mark Frey from FocalPoint Business Coaching & Training Mark Frey taught us that to be successful in the workplace we need knowledge, skill and most important attitude! Mark helps business owners become more profitable, develop more engaged, better-trained employee teams so they can maximize the value of their company.

Our guest speakers came from Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey - CVCJ - Multicultural Outreach Coordinator Carol Gibbons and Volunteer Ambassador Linda Phander. 

CVCJ provides vital assistance to the elderly, disabled, veterans, and those who care for them. Their goal is to enable individuals to remain independent and to allow them to live with dignity and joy. <3 Some of the programs they offer are: Medical Transportation, Grocery Shopping, Friendly Visits, Visiting therapy dogs and more. If you would like more information visit: https://goo.gl/X1RqTr

Our guest speaker at our last meeting was Ken Matthews, a past president of Central Ocean Rotary. He presented a history of our club and brought us lots of memories from what our club was many years ago. He made all of the current members proud to be Central Ocean Rotarians. Ken is pictured holding our club's charter, dating back to September 16th, 1980.

On Saturday, April 29 some of our members helped out at the Ocean County YMCA's Healthy Kids Day! It was a day filled with activities for a good cause <3.

Healthy Kids Day is the Y's largest national initiative, bringing children and families together and providing the education, activities, and experiences that teach good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and healthy habits.

Want to learn more about the YMCA? Visit: https://goo.gl/LGa5Ss

We partnered with Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity to help make someone's dream come true. A Brush with Kindness is Habitat for Humanity’s home preservation repair program that focuses on exterior repairs. It is part of the broader Neighborhood Revitalization that enables Northern Ocean Habitat to offer a variety of construction services using the Habitat model.



We had the privilege to listen to Oceanaires Chorus - www.oceanaires.com. They are a men's acappella chorus singing in the four-part Barbershop Harmony style that has been entertaining audiences in Ocean County since 1957.



Central Ocean Rotary club members pitched in at Beaver Day for the Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America at the Citta Scout Reservation in Barnegat. Our members volunteered their time to assist with various tasks at the event. Our club is proud to support scouting with both service and funding.



Yesterday, guest speaker Art Cronk joined us from the Manchester Police Department and talk to us about the Police Unity Tour. The tour's primary purpose is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. Their secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. We also presented him with a check to support him on the tour!

To learn more about the Policy Unity Tour visit: http://policeunitytour.com/


Join us welcoming our newest members Mary Ann Gingrich (sponsored by member Mark Rushwald) and Debbie Maceira (sponsored by member Marion Callazzo). We look forward to working with both of you making our community a better place!


Our club payed it forward with moving our lunch meeting to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen in Toms River. They are now open for lunch every Thursday! Our normal lunch proceeds and "Happy Bucks" all went to the Soul Kitchen. Our club enjoyed fellowship and great food together all while pitching in to help the Toms River community!


At today's meeting, club president Michael Bucca presented a check to Jerome Townsend representing the Boy Scouts of America - Jersey Shore Council. Our club is proud to support the Boy Scouts with both financial support and volunteers. For more information, please log onto https://www.jerseyshorescouts.org.


We are proud to support the new provisional Greater Berkeley Rotary Club which recently had their first meeting. Central Ocean Rotary will be sponsoring the new club! Pictured are club president Michael Bucca, Rotary District 7500 Ocean County Membership Chair Bill Ridgway, the first club president Jennifer Dreher, Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato and Berkeley Township Councilwoman Judith Noonan. (Photo courtesy of Berkeley Township)


We were joined by Noelle Carino from the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce at today's meeting. Noelle spoke to us about activities they are involved with in our community and how they promote business activity in Toms River. For more information, please log onto https://tomsriverchamber.com/


Central Ocean Rotary hosted it's 7th Annual Gift Auction at the Clarion in Toms River. Hundreds of gifts were raffled off to benefit local charity and the club's scholarship program. More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.


Our club was proud to sponsor and attend The Arc of Ocean County's Bowl-a-Thon in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about The Arc of Ocean County, please visit www.arcocean.org.


We are happy to welcome Pamela Dixon-Kuhn as a new member! Pam has been involved with our club in the past when she taught at High School North by bringing students to present their Authentic Science Research presentations. She is going to be a great addition to our club!
Members of our club attended the 20th Annual Gift of Life gala, which our club was proud to sponsor. Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life funds mission trips where doctors perform life saving heart surgeries for children across the world. More photos of the event are located in the photo albums in the right column.


Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Public Image Chair
Public Image Co-Chair
Central Ocean Foundation
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Membership Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
District Conference Chair
Club Administration Chair
Service Projects Chair
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Sergeant at Arms
RYLA Coordinator
International Service Chair
Scholarship Chair
Speakers Coordinator
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