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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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Four Way Test: Stuart Gold
Invocation: Pastor Marc Stutzel
Members Present:  Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Linda Hanlon, Marc Stutzel, Linda Wells, Peter Wells
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Aaron DeNicola, Karen Golden, Eda Tekeoglu
  • Our Super Bowl pool is nearly sold out; please continue to encourage people to join.
  • Instead of a regular meeting club next week (Thu, 2/10) we will move our meeting to Fri, 2/11 for a “virtual” social event.  Members are encouraged to join in the virtual wine tasting event sponsored by the Park Ridge High School OpGrad; Flyer below or email shannonrutowski@gmail.com or dwalter 0531@gmail.com to register.
  • The next Board meeting is Tuesday, February 15; all are invited.
  • Nominations are open for the Arthur Fenniman Award – background info: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049/stories/arthur-fenniman-award
  • The Park Ridge 125 Anniversary Gala is scheduled for April 29; several members have already signed up to attend the event, which is $95 per person who get tickets before March 1. The Board will consider buying an advertising page at their February meeting.
On February 3, 2022 on a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed Karen Golden and Aaron DeNicola of The Alzheimer’s Association.  Karen is the AIM New Jersey Advocacy Manager and Aaron is an AIM ambassador serving NJD-5 Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia. 
Karen and Aaron were introduced by Terry Ciulla. Terry is very active in the Association and her mother was an Alzheimer’s victim.  They began by thanking Terry for all her efforts as well as those of our Club, including Dan and Vicky who joined in the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a variety of services. Care and support includes a free 24/7 helpline, support groups and online caregiver communities. Research includes an international research grant program and efforts to bring global research leaders together. The Association’s awareness activities include educational programs and workshops. Its government advocacy efforts include the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) and steps to ensure legislative policy (State and National) reflects the urgency of the crisis.
As a leader in public policy the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) advances and develops policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease through increased investment in research, enhanced care and improved support. The past decade of milestones achieved by Alzheimer’s Association & A.I.M. victories in Alzheimer’s/Dementia Policy include:
  • Hosting hundreds of community events to provide input to the federal government for the plan.
  • Paving the way for NAPA, which has fundamentally changed the way the nation addresses Alzheimer’s and all dementia types by mandating the creation of a national plan a more cohesive strategy to address Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In 2014 AIM advanced the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act to facilitate Congress hearing directly from NIH scientists on the resources needed. Today, funding for Alzheimer’s research at NIH is $3.1 billion annually, representing more than a seven-fold increase in research since NAPA passed.
  • In 2017 the Association and AIM conceived and championed the Hope for Alzheimer’s Act, and in January 2017 CMS (Medicare/Medicaid) started to cover cognitive and functional assessments and care planning.
  • In 2018 the Association and AIM worked with bipartisan Congressional champions to develop and advance the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.
  • In 2020 the groups developed and grew support for new legislation, including the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act, Improving Hope for Alzheimer’s Act, and Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act.
  • Current policy priorities include equitable access to breakthrough treatments. Newly FDA approved drug for Alzheimer’s disease is currently being held in red tape, need Medicare/Medicaid Center approval to cover costs . There are 2 -3 potential medications in clinical trial
If interested anyone can sign up for Advocacy Alerts for opportunities to voice support for policy priorities.  Text ALZGN to 52886.
Flag Salute:  Dan Antokal
Four Way Test: Stuart Gold
Invocation: Peter Wells
Members Present:  Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Harriet Kallet, Tania Kuiters, Fay Logan, Lorna Newman, Linda Wells, Peter Wells, Phil Wells
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: PDG Bob Kleinberg, DG John Susani
  • Our next fellowship meeting is next Thursday, February 3 via Zoom; speakers will be representing the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement.
  • Our Super Bowl pool still has 30 open squares; please encourage people to join.
Happy Dollars:
  • Virtually everyone was happy to welcome DG Susani and PDG (and former Park Ridge Rotary member) Bob Kleinberg
  • Virtually everyone was happy to welcome new members, Tania Kuiters and Lorna Newman to our club
  • Tania and Lorna were happy to be joining the Park Ridge Rotary Club
  • DG Susani was happy to join our meeting and induct our two new members
  • Bob was happy he was able to attend a club meeting after about 25 years
  • Peter was happy about Linda’s trip to a spa/retreat for women
  • Ray was happy that his son was moving back to Bergen County and that his daughter was expecting a baby girl next week
  • Linda was happy for Ray and Debbie’s news
Program:New member Installation
On January 27, 202 on a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed our newest two members (Tania Kuiters and Lorna Newman) for their installation. DG John Susani officiated at the ceremony.
DG Susani began the installation by explaining that Rotary was about much more than fund raising. In addition to the opportunity for life long friendships, he pointed out that Rotary is an international organization that simply makes the world a better place.  He cited our work to eradicate polio, provide life-saving heart surgery and cleft palate surgery around the world.  On a personal note, DG Susani noted that his life changed when he became a Rotarian over 20 years ago. He added that once you join Rotary, it’s in your blood.
Tania Kuiters Lorna Newman
DG Susani administered the new member oath and announced that District 7490 would cover the cost of this year’s membership for our two new members.
President Dan Antokal asked our members to tell the group more about themselves.  Lorna grew up in Ireland and travelled to the U.S. about 25 years ago where she met her future husband and stayed. She feels blessed to call two countries ‘home’.  She works in Tania’s business. Tania is originally from Ecuador and has three children.  Living the American dream in opening up her own business in November 2013, owner of  Solimar Day Spa, Full service  offering  Manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage therapy, facials and more. Lorna added that the key to Solimar’s success is giving each client a customized & personal experience.  
Terry praised both new members, who noted that although they come from two different parts of the world they share strong values and a sense of giving that will strengthen our club.
Flag Salute:  Dan Antokal
Four Way Test: Stuart Gold
Invocation: Pastor Marc Stutzel
Members Present:  Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Terry Ciulla, Bernie Cohen, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Steve Hopper, David Kist, Brian Landy, Vicky Meo, Marc Stutzel, Linda Wells, Peter Wells, Phil Wells
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
  • Our next fellowship meeting is next Friday, August 13, probably via Zoom
On February 6, 2022 on a virtual meeting via Zoom, Park Ridge Rotary members welcomed Andrea Ibarra and Eda Tekeoghi of Table to Table.
Table to Table is a community-based food rescue  program that collects fresh, wholesome food that would otherwise the wasted and delivers it to community agencies that serve the hungry in Northern New Jersey.  Their focus is to provide fresh, healthy food, such as produce, whole grains, lean protein and prepared meals.
As of April 2021 Table to Table is supported by a mobil app  (I-Rescue) that mobilizes volunteers at the touch of a screen. Through I-Rescue, volunteers pick up surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, caterers, and immediately deliver it to food pantries, group homes, and assistance organizations that feed the hungry in Bergen County.
In 2020 they rescued enough food for 38 million meals! In 2021 they calculated 627 rescues (128,598 pounds of food) from 53 food donors and for 54 recipient agencies. They noted that one of our club members, Brian Landy, has already completed one rescue, garnering 1,296 pounds of food for 1,080 meals.
Our club has been invited to experience to join them as local food rescue heroes.  There was much enthusiasm for this connection, and it will be discussed at the next Board meeting.
Breakfast With Champions collection drive final delivery to Triboro Pantry on Saturday , September 18, 2021 from Rotary, PRC, CLC, Spring Hills all collaborated to deliver 60 Bags, cases that equate to approx. 560 lb. of healthy Breakfast & Lunch items for school kids. Plus a big Smile on Janelle Larghi's face, director of Food Pantry! Such a rewarding to know donations are in good hands & put plenty a smile on Kid's faces & full bellies!
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PARK RIDGE—Park Ridge Rotary is supporting the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey chapter as a select level sponsor of the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

The Bergen–Passaic Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Oct. 17 at Overpeck Park, 199 Challenger Road in Ridgefield Park.

On walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

While plans are moving forward to host all walks in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities. Safety precautions will include contactless registration, hand sanitizer stations, and the availability of masks. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods as well.

Kayla Klinzing, New Jersey Alzheimer’s Association walk manger, says Rotary clubs all over the country have made a nationwide commitment to joining Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“We are so grateful that the Park Ridge Rotary has stepped up to walk alongside us on Oct. 17 and be a local sponsor for this event as well. Rotary clubs understand the importance of getting involved in various causes that give back to local communities. I am very much looking forward to expanding upon our partnership between the Alzheimer’s Association and Rotary Club of Park Ridge,” she said.

Vicky Meo, Rotarian and co-chair of the Bergen-Passaic Walk Planning Committee, added, “As Rotarians we have the opportunity to make a difference in our communities and around the world. Alzheimer’s and dementia affects the person, their families and the community. We need to raise awareness and funds to be able to continue medical research to learn more about the disease.”

She said, “Rotary International has made great strides when working together to raise funds for so many causes and we hope to be able to continue that with a focus on Alzheimer’s.”

And Terry Ciulla, fellow Rotarian and marketing chair of the Bergen–Passaic Walk Planning Committee, said the partnership between Rotary and the Alzheimer’s Association is key to building “a village of volunteers in the fight to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.”

Ciulla said, “We must work together to raise funds that supports research to find a cure, while providing crucial support to caregiver’s like I had been for my mom.”

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — a leading cause of death in the United States.

Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


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As the Covid-19 Virus has had a major impact on our daily lives and routines, many special events have been cancelled, postponed or significantly modified.  Since our 5K Run/Walk has become such a beloved community and regional event, we wanted to maintain the spirit of our 5K by providing you with the opportunity to participate in a virtual Run/Walk! 

Entry Fees: Non-refundable - Online:  Early registration is $10.00 before September 6. After September 6 - $13.00.

Please join us again to support local student scholarships and homeless dogs by participating in the 8th Annual PARK RIDGE ROTARY and HALFWAY HOUNDS VIRTUAL 5K RUN / WALK – Virtually & Together.  From Friday, September 19th to Saturday, September 26th at Midnight, participants can complete a 5K (3.1 miles) wherever you choose to safely complete your run/walk.  And in keeping with our tradition, you can still run or walk with your dog too!

You can Run/Walk in your yard, in your home, on a street, on a treadmill, wherever it is convenient and safe to participate while adhering to the health and safety guidelines in effect at the time of the event.  You can submit your time if you would like.  PLEASE do send us a picture of yourself and/or your dog during your run/walk while wearing your virtual bib.  We will post it on our website and show how we are coming "together, even when we’re apart" to support scholarships and homeless dogs, who so urgently need our help!

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