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Are you interested in making positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share in your drive to give back. 
 
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Flag Salute:  June Bertini
 
Four Way Test: June Bertini
 
Invocation:  Peter Wells
 
Members Present: Dan Antokal, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Cathy Ferrero, Steve Fox, Steve Hopper, David Kist, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, Linda Wells, Peter Wells, Vlad Zherenovsky
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Brian Landy of M&T Bank (Vlad), PDG Bonnie Sirower
 
Announcements:
  • This Monday, September 24, Elderact is going to pack weekend snacks for hungry Bergen County children.  It’s at the Atrium in the multi-purpose room in the assisted Living building.  Set up is at 11:30AM, followed by light lunch at Noon and packing immediately after.  All Rotary members are invited to help.
  • Sunday September 30 - Rotary District 7490 Family Picnic 11AM to 5PM at Woodland Park, 2 Cleveland Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
  • Friday, October 5, our next meeting date, is very important; District Governor, Nikki Mederos will be visiting with us at the Atrium; Board members should arrive at 11:30AM
  • October 27 – Halloween Against Hunger – many ways to help from buying meals to helping pack meals.
  • November 10 is Lord and Taylor sale coupons day to benefit our Club.  Cindy will have coupons available beginning Friday, October 5.
  • May 2-5 2019, Multi-District Conference in Gettysburg PA at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel
 
Badge Fine:  None
 
Photo Fine:  None
 
Late Fine: None
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  
  • Stuart Gold
  • Steve Hopper
  • Guest and PDG Bonnie Sirower – 48th wedding anniversary
 
 Sunshine: 
  • Cindy informed the group that Linda McGuire passed away earlier this month.  Linda was an Elementary School teacher here in Park Ridge, New Jersey, for 40 years, and a 15 year resident of Pearl River, New York.
     
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
 
Happiness:
 
  • Cindy was happy to be on time and avoid a late fine, that the 5K went well, and that a friend who she had run in our 5K, Susan Tasnady, not only take 3rd place in her division but also out run her 26-year old daughter!
  • David Kist was happy to be back with his Rotary friends!  Life keeps happening and although he’s still adjusting to civilian life, he is looking forward to helping with Club activities in any way he can.  He’s also happy that everyone looks happy, healthy and vibrant.  It’s great to come here and see & feel that!
  • PDG Bonnie Sirower was happy to be celebrating 48 years of marriage, the help that PR Rotary is providing to Paterson Rotary and 53 years of friendship with June Bertini!  They met as freshmen in college
  • Dick was happy to have his son up from Florida for an informal reunion of his #1 state ranked PHHS Baseball Team of 1987.  It was a “Back to the Future” moment too since the Cowboys won the NJSIAA Group 2 title this past June.
  • Guest and prospective member Brian Landy was happy for the welcoming atmosphere, and positive energy of the Club.  It’s a great part of my week!
  • Peter and Linda Wells – “Ditto!”
  • Fay was happy for our new member and to see David Kist again
  • June was happy that the 5K went well and that both of her sons could participate!  She was also happy to be feeling great after losing 25 pounds this year!
  • Steve Hopper and Linda Hanlon were very happy with the 5K (to the tune of $50 Happy Dollars each!) and how well it went with everyone pitching in to help make it a success
  • Vlad was happy for his guest Brian Landy and the 5K
  • Dan was happy that our 6th annual 5K is now in the books.  He thanked everyone for their efforts to make it a success and he is grateful that true to the spirit of Rotary, an idea can be brought to fruition when Rotarians contribute their skills and time to benefit our Communities.  See copy of our Thank You Ad to our sponsors below (click the "Read more..." button) that appeared in the Monday, September 24, 2018 edition of the Pascack Press
 
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Dick Beattie updated the group on his progress for a Club hands-on service project to work with the Paterson Rotary Club and helping Talena Lachelle Queen to build additional “little libraries” in Paterson municipal parks.  His next meeting to collect more information and details on how we can get involved is expected next Thursday.  An article of how Ms. Queen’s efforts are having a profound impact on Paterson parks, citizens and communities is at the URL below.  http://patersontimes.com/2018/08/14/talena-lachelle-queen-wins-state-award-for-putting-little-libraries-in-parks/
 
PDG Bonnie Sirower share some high-level details of upcoming events/initiatives regarding the Paterson Rotary Club:
 
September - monthly service project – the Paterson Task force creation of 200 grooming bags (personal toiletries) for homeless people
October – 1. Coat drive (fund raiser) for children in impoverished areas of Paterson; 2. Halloween against hunger in conjunction with the Center for Food Action on 10/27/18 (canned goods drop off points will be in specific gas stations of Paterson).
 
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On September 7, 2018 at the Dean Mansion at the Atrium for Senior Living in Park Ridge, NJ, Rotary Club members were honored to install The Atrium for Senior Living as our first Corporate Park Ridge Club member.  The Atrium is represented by Christina Candido as the primary representative and Cathy Ferrero as the alternate representative.
 
The installation was led by Peter Wells, PDG.  Mr. Wells shared some history and his perspective on Rotary International and how the strength of a Rotarian stems from bottom up leverage.  Whether it’s a program such as the Gift of Life or a local 5K which have impacts across the world or across the community, these initiatives start as ideas from Rotary Club Members.  When combined with the Ideals of Rotary, which were read aloud to the assembled group, we have the privilege of “making a difference” in the world.
 
Welcome to Christina and Cathy.  We’re thrilled to have you join our Club!
 
Christina and Cathy receive their Membership materials from Peter Wells, PDG.
 
Pictured from L to R: Christina Candido, June Bertini, President, Cathy Ferrero, and Peter Wells, PDG.
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On August 3, 2018 at the Dean Mansion at the Atrium for Senior Living in Park Ridge, NJ, Steve Hopper led a program to introduce this year’s college scholarship winners: Laura Fusco, Sophie Hoffman and Claire Perez.  Each winner introduced herself to the Club and told us about their future plans.
 
Laura Fusco will be attending Lesley University in Cambridge, MA this fall.  There she will study photography and graphic design.  Her love of photography started with an English project back in 8th grade about Romeo and Juliet where her report included pictures of friends in Shakespeare roles, video and more.   Her dream career is to work with National Geographic, travel the world and share the beauty of life with everyone.
 
Sophie Hoffman will attend University of Delaware this fall.  She loves working with kids and there she plans to study education.  As a RYLA graduate, Sophie attributes her experience during her RYLA weekend with changing not only her view of herself but also the leadership foundation for her future.
 
Claire Perez will attend Boston College this autumn.  At BC, Claire intends to combine her study the liberal arts in combination with either mathematics or engineering.  Similar to her experience and achievements in Scouting, Claire plans to pursue a career that makes a difference in people’s lives.
 
From Left: Laura Fusco, Claire Perez, Steve Hopper, VP, June Bertini, President and Sophie Hoffman.
 
On March 2, 2018 at Bellissimo Ristorante in Montvale, members of the Park Ridge Rotary gathered to hear Captain Joseph Rampolla of the Park Ridge Police Department. The subject of his talk was School Safety in Park Ridge, particularly in light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14.
 
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Captain Rampolla has more than 20 years of service in Park Ridge. He grew up in Washington Township and later moved to Park Ridge.  He has a Bachelors degree in criminal justice and, in addition to police service, has worked in a correctional facility.   As an Officer he as been involved with DARE, a Computer Task Force and school safety. 
 
Captain Rampolla noted that the tragedies at Columbine and Newtown changed law enforcement.  Especially after the Newtown shootings, police realized that they have to get into buildings as quickly as possible.  Although he did not know all the specifics of the Parkland shootings, Captain Rampolla noted that in these situations there is a lot of confusion.  He further provided cautionary advice, such as when one enters a building it is important to look for where the exits are and be continuously aware of the surroundings.  In a shooting situation, it is vital to run, hide or fight, in that order.
 
Regarding safety in our schools, Captain Rampolla explained that New Jersey has an Office of Homeland Security, a state version of the Federal Homeland Security organization.  Their charter includes counter-terrorism (including domestic terrorism).  He is the contact point with this organization for Park Ridge. The relationship enables the police to get constant information on events around the state. Also in place are a Bergen County SWAT team and a school safety task force. Within the Park Ridge schools, police have frequent lock down drills and police training on various scenarios.  They often learn ways to improve their response from these events.  In addition to the drills, there are frequent school walk-throughs and the assignment of retired police officers to be on site.  Outstanding concerns include more training for substitute teachers, and additional protocols for school bus and playground situations. 
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On January 19, 2018 at Bellissimo Ristorante in Montvale, members of the Park Ridge Rotary gathered to hear a presentation from Howard Hellman, Founder and Chairman of All Bright Electric Company, Nyack, NY and member of the Nyack, NY Rotary Club. After being introduced by Jan, Howard went on to tell us about his background, work and Rotary experiences.
 
Howard was born and raised in Spring Valley NY.  Although he acknowledged that he was a “horrible student” he managed to graduate from Rockland Community College and Oneonta State College where he majored in Psychology.  During his time at Oneonta he had a mini-business driving students back and forth for weekends.  He couldn’t do anything with his psychology degree, so he returned to an activity started as a teenager and started an electrical business. He became very successful at this business.  Later on, he also became a developer and is now planning a 100-lot subdivision near Stewart Airport. In his business he tries to hire the best and smartest people he can.
 
Howard collected fire trucks and once owned a real one. His efforts to find a building in Nyack to house the fire truck was doubly successful for the building later became his business headquarters as well. Several years ago, a local architect asked Howard if wanted to join the Nyack Rotary Club. He has not only been a member ever since, but at one point served as club president.
 
The Nyack Rotary Club has about 25-30 members. They meet weekly, 3 times a month for lunch at La Fontana Restaurant in Nyack and, beginning Feb. 1, one evening a month at Prohibition River in Nyack. The club's biggest mission is education. Projects include a reading program for younger children, work with Junior Achievement for Junior High School students and a scholarship program for high school students. You can learn more about their club by visiting their Nyack Rotary Facebook page.
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P.O. Box 265, Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656

Park Ridge

Service Above Self

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