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22 APRIL 2021 - CLUB MEETING VIA ZOOM
Special guest speaker- Rob Perkin’s Long learned Business strategies
 
Flag Salute:     Linda Hanlon
 
Four Way Test:  Whitney deBordenave
 
Invoction:  Pastor Marc Stutzel
 
Members Present: Michelle Albergo, Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Terry Ciulla, Bernie Cohen, Whitney deBordenave, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Harriet Kallet, David Kist, Brian Landy, Fay Logan, Vicky Meo, Marc Stutzel, Amgaad Wasseff, Phil Wells
 
Guests:  Rob Perkins, AG Fred Rohdieck, Marc Stutzel
 
Announcements:
  • We are expecting a check for over $400 from The Grove because of bad fruit from the last sale
  • The Scholarship Committee has two excellent candidates to review and will award $2,000 to one and $3,000 to the other
 
Program
 
 
On April 22, 2021 at a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed guest speaker, Rob Perkins. Rob is a founding shareholder of a boutique business advisory firm targeting small and midsize companies. He is a CPA and has held senior management positions, including Chairman of the Board, CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Rob is a frequent lecturer and has been an active board member for both for profit and not for profit entities. His talk is a business-oriented subject of “How Lessons Learned Helped to Successfully Navigate through Difficult ‘Times.”
 
Over the course of his long career, Rob learned many lessons from mistakes as well as successes.  He added that: “I am so smart today because I used to be so dumb.” Over time he collected many lessons learned and grouped them into four categories for purposes of today’s presentation.  The four key areas for getting through difficult times are: people and leadership; customers; communications; and strategy.
 
 
 
On the subject of lessons learned about people and leadership, Rob emphasized the importance of building a great team (within and outside the company), including giving people a stake in the future of your company, keeping them informed and setting high standards of character. He added that you may have enough profits but you cannot have too much reputation.
 
On the subject of lessons learned about customers, Rob emphasized that customers are the reason we are here. He urged his audience to be riveted on what customers need and want. He urged this audience never to fall short in restoring a broken service promise, adding that it costs five times more to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one.
 
On the subject of lessons learned about communications, Rob emphasized the importance of listening and not playing the “blame game”. He urged his audience to take the heat and share the praise.
 
On the subject of lessons learned about strategy, Rob emphasized the importance of producing a fair return on invested capital, adding that we should not confuse motion with progress.
 
Based on lessons learned Rob reviewed his more recent experience with a struggling luxury apparel business that is now on track to profitability based on lessons learned.
 
 
8 APRIL 2021 - CLUB MEETING VIA ZOOM
New Member Induction – Pastor Marc Stutzel
 
Flag Salute:     Dan Antokal
 
Four Way Test:  DG Carl Hassett
 
Invoction:  Terry Ciulla
 
Members Present: Michelle Albergo, Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Fay Logan, Steve Hopper, Vicky Meo, Cindy Rose,  Linda Wells, Peter Wells, Phil Wells
 
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Guests: DG Carl Hassett AG Fred Rohdieck, Marc Stutzel
 
Announcements:
  • .DG Carl Hassett emphasized the need to grow membership
  • Vicky announced that teams are forming through her and Terry
  • The next Board meeting is next Thursday, April 15
 
Sunshine: 
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with
adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
  • Everyone was happy to welcome our District Governor, Carl Hassett
  • Everyone was happy to celebrate the installation of new member Marc Stutzel
  • Cindy was happy that her cousin/goddaughter got engaged over the last weekend
  • Peter’s brother-in-law, a pharmacist, is now working at the Park Ridge Pharmacy for another of our Club member Amgad
  • Jan was happy that his grandson received a COVID vaccine and has a paid internship at IBM this summer; also the Club Foundation is doing well in investments
  • Dan was happy to have gotten his first vaccine
  • Steve Hopper was happy that his son was accepted to three colleges; he plans to major in computer science/engineering
  • Linda Hanlon was happy to have received two quasi scholarship applications so far; the deadline is April 15
  • Fay was happy about an upcoming driving trip to Washington, Smoky Mountains, and Asheville
 
Program : Induction of  Park Ridge Rotary club new Member Induction –Pastor Marc
 
 
On April 8, 2021 at a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed District Governor Carl Hassett and celebrated the installation of new member, Pastor Marc Stutzel..  Steve Hopper introduced the District Governor who officiated at the installation along with his sponsor, Terry Ciulla.  Pastor Marc began his career, not as a pastor but as a web designer.  When he lost his job during the great recession he became more involved in the church and community service, which led to his becoming a pastor. In addition to being Pastor of the Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake for the past 6 years Marc is married, wife Kate & 3 young children.  He has been associated with the Triboro food pantry as supporter & as their Board treasurer Pastor Marc holds the Chair of the Upper Council Interfaith Clergy Counsel and is a Cluster counselor of the Bergen-Passaic Conference of the New Jersey Synod. 
Pastor Marc was thrilled to become a member of our club as we are such a wonderful group of people that are
truly an extended family. As a Pastor he also ias a man of Faith his Mantra same as  in the Rotary 4-Way-Test   Service above self.
 
In addition to his role of officiating at Pastor Marc’s installation, DG Carl Hassett also commented on the great job our Club is doing and staying together and continuing service during the pandemic.
 
25 MARCH 2021 - CLUB MEETING VIA ZOOM
Program- Center of Hope & safety – Covid-19 Impact
 
 
 
Flag Salute:     Linda Hanlon
 
Four Way Test:  Stuart Gold
 
Invocation:  Marc Stutzel
 
Members Present: Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Bernie Cohen Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Harriet Kallet, David Kist, Linda Wells, Peter Wells
Guests: Linsey Short, Marc Stutzel
 
Announcements:
  • The.March Madness pool has filled only 14 of the 100 boxes and may have to be cancelled. All are urged to push for sales
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
  • June’s birthday was March 21
Sunshine:                                                               
  • A friend of Steve Fox has passed away
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with
adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
  • Everyone was happy to welcome our speaker, Linsey  Short
  • Terry, June and Jan were happy to have had such a beautiful day; Jan was especially happy to see daffodils in bloom
  • Bernie and Dan were happy to report that we may have a new grove for next year’s fruit sale
  • David was happy to officially be in the Libertarian party
  • Linda Wells was happy that her granddaughter turned four
  • Linda H. was happy to have celebrated her mother’s 94th birthday with her
  • Harriet was happy to have gotten into the meeting
 
Program- Center of Hope & Safety
 
 
On March 25, 2021 at a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed Linsey Short, Director of Development for the Center for Hope and Safety. Originally named Shelter Our Sisters, this non-profit agency was founded in 1976 under the principle that every person has the right to be safe, empowered, and free from violence and the fear of violence. Their mission is to help clients to heal and grow through a wide range of services that provide the tools needed to leave the violence, and empower new beginnings.
 
The Center for Hope and Safety provides emergency services 24.7. Their hotline is staffed by professionals. They provide safe and transitional housing, food and help in finding permanent housing and jobs. They also have attorneys and paralegals on staff to help with divorces and other legal situations.
 
The Center for Hope and Safety also focuses on children in an effort to break the cycle of violence. They provide educational and therapeutic support, including art therapy.
 
In the last year The Center for Hope and Safety has been severely challenged because of COVID-19 and a significant increase in domestic violence.  They have remained flexible and provided services for a client population at least 50% higher than earlier years.
 
The Center for Hope and Safety is fully funded by donations from the federal government, grants, and donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, including our Rotary Club of Park Ridge.
11 MARCH 2021 - CLUB MEETING VIA ZOOM
 
Flag Salute:     Dan Antokal
 
Four Way Test: PDG Bonnie Sirower
 
Members Present: Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, David Kist, Vicky Meo, Amgad Wassef
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  John Cosgrove, Fred Rohdieck, PDG Bonnie Sirower,
 
Announcements:
  • The March Madness pool is up and running. Only a few boxes have been sold so far.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
  • David Kist’s birthday was March 4
 
Sunshine:                                                               
  • While Jan’s wife was recovering from a hip replacement she fell and now has a broken rib
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with
adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
  • Everyone was happy to welcome our speaker Bonnie Sirower and John Cosgrove
  • Terry was happy that past member Larissa Romero gave birth to a healthy baby girl
  • Dan was happy at Georgetown’s basketball success
  • Jan and Vicky were happy for a beautiful, sunshiny day
 
Program
On March 11, 2021 at a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed PDG Bonnie Sirower and John Cosgrove of the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Club, Their club is partnering with other clubs to provide desperately-needed clean water to an impoverished community in Juticalpa, Honduras.
 
The community of Juticalpa is located in the municipality of Santos Guardiola, Roatan Island, Honduras, 30 miles off the northern coast of Honduras in the western Caribbean Sea. Juticalpa has a population of 750 people. Only 60% of the community has access to a limited water supply. In the summer, water is available on one day every two weeks. In the winter, water is available only one day every week. The existing well does not recharge very quickly so it takes one to two weeks to fill the community water tank.  The remaining 40% of the community has no access to water at all. None of the water is drinkable. Children currently take water from the existing well, drag it up the hill to their homes and pour it into large drums.
 
Fair Lawn Sunrise is one of the Rotary Clubs working with the Rotary Club of Roatan, Honduras (where Juticalpa is located)  to construct a new solar-powered water well, which will provide potable water to all, and cover the remaining 40% of the homes and increase the number of liters available per house throughout the community. They will provide water, sanitation and hygiene training to adults and children and every household will have suitable water containers to prevent disease. Each of the 150 homes will also receive a home filtration system and a safe place to store the water.
The Rotary Fair-lawn am club to complete this project need to raise at least $70,000 and have already raised about $48,000. 
The Park Ridge Rotary Club Charitable Foundation plans to consider a donation to help in this effort.  More information is available at www.FLSunriseRotary.org. web site along with a video depicting the situation in Honduras on this Island where families cannot depend on any assistance from their government.
25 February  2021 - CLUB MEETING VIA ZOOM
 
Flag Salute:     Dan Antokal
 
Four Way Test: June Bertini
 
Members Present: Michelle Albergo, Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Bernie Cohen, Whitney deBordenave, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Vicky Meo, Peter Wells, Linda Wells
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Fred Rohdieck, Marc Stutzel
 
Announcements: ( Terry)
  • noted that nominations for Champions of Peace Campaign were still welcome
  • th Triboro Food pantry will be seeking food/monetary donations for  Palm Sunday/Easter Food drive. Still serving 140-150 families a week.
  • Community service – Volunteer opportunities: Lehman Residents East meal and/or Children Easter Gift Bag- added to holiday drive.
Sunshine:                                                         
  • Jan’s wife had a hip replace; Jan is doing the cooking and cleaning as she recovers
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with
adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
  • Everyone was happy to welcome our speaker Nadia Hassain, and our guests.
  • Dan was happy to see everyone present
  • Vicky was happy to have celebrated her mom’s birthday and being together for the first time since Thanksgiving
  • June was happy her son  was awarded a large research grant from NIH
 
Program- Maternal & Infant Mortality soaring rates- Why NJ ranks 45th in USA
 
On February 25, 2021 at a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed Nadia Hassain, whose presentation was about infant and maternal mortality in the State of New Jersey.  She is a member of Nurture New Jersey and a State Task Force led by First Lady Tammy Murphy. 
 
 
Nadia’s presentation began with some startling statistics about maternal mortality in New Jersey. New Jersey ranks 45th in the nation in its maternal mortality rate, with more than 37 fatalities per 100,000 live births. Although 13% of our state population. Although 13% of our state population is Black, nearly half *46%) of maternal deaths are Black women. 
 
 
The how and why of racially disparate health outcomes are related to poverty, lack of healthcare access and systemic racism within and outside of healthcare systems and practices. It is estimated that nearly 60% of maternal deaths in the U.S could be prevented with better access to quality healthcare.
 
One of the major issues in maternal healthcare is unnecessary c-sections. New Jersey has the fourth highest c-section rate in the country.  Local hospitals differ widely in this respect. For example, Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck has a c-section rate of 16.2%, while Hackensack’s rate is 41.0%.
 
Currently there is a 14-bill packet going to the New Jersey Assembly floor on March 25.  It could make a big impact on maternal care because it includes Medicare expansion, implicit bias training, expanding access to doula care, improving hospital and healthcare protocols, services and data.  Other positive developments include the establishment of a statewide awareness campaign, launched by New Jersey First Lady, Tammy Murphy. The state budget has more money allocated to doula care and there are efforts to share information and best practices among hospitals, providers, community organizations and birth workers.
 
Nadia’s signature organization, Moms Rising is engaged in public advocacy for federal and state legislation, including support for the Maternal Care Actions and Reducing Emergency (CARE)  Act and the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act.  For more information and advocacy opportunities we were invited to visit www.momsrising.org.

P.O. Box 265, Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656

Park Ridge

Service Above Self

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Thursdays at 7:00 PM
P.O.Box 265
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
United States of America
Club # 5591 fellowship virtual meetings every Thursday evening - via ZOOM invite. (response to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines at this time ) We offer engaging programs in community service - Learn more parkridgerotary@gmail.com

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