20 October 2017 - CLUB MEETING AT BELLISSIMO
 
Flag Salute:  Ray Falcon
 
Invocation:  Ray Falcon
 
Members Present: Dan Antokol, June Bertini, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Don Ruschman
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Jo Sabe
 
Announcements:
 
  • October 25: Social event at Uptown Art, 329 Broadway, Westwood NJ; BYOB; $35
  • Fruit Sale has begun; orders must be received by November 16; need help put stamps on envelopes, post and put in mail
  • Dan Antokol receiving Park Ridge Community Service Award at Borough Hall on Park Avenue, 8:15 Tuesday, October 24
  • Share the Love this week is for Ann Kilmartin at the Woodcliff Lake Manor, 355Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, 076767
 
Badge Fine: Cindy, Pat, Steve Fox
 
Photo Fine: Steve Fox
 
Late Fine: Cindy, Helen, Bob Guller
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  
  • Don is celebrating an anniversary
 
Sunshine: 
  • Ann Kilmartin is recuperating at Woodcliff Lake Manor
  • Mariya Gonor is doing better; she will be  back November of December
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
Happiness:
  • Ray, Pat, Dan and Jan were happy about the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing
  • June and Ray were happy that Dan would be receiving a Park Ridge Community Service Award; they were also happy to welcome today’s guest speaker
  • Jan was happy to see Ray at today’s luncheon
  • Cindy was happy for the tribute to her Robert Balentine at the Park Ridge Library where he contributed and dedicated so many years of his life; she was also happy for God giving her the courage for casting her vote at the Rotary Board meeting without the fear of consequences of what someone would post in retaliation on Facebook
  • Steve Fox was happy to be heading to Rhode Island for Parent’s Weekend at his son’s college
  • Steve Hopper was happy for seeing leadership value using bad leaders as an example
  • Bernie was happy Steve Hopper did not explain his leadership comment further
  • Dan was happy that his two sons were visiting Iceland together
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20 October - CLUB MEETING AT BELLISSIMO'S June Bertini 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
6 October 2017 - CLUB MEETING AT BELLISSIMO
 
Flag Salute:  Ray Falcon
 
Invocation: Phil Wells
 
Members Present: Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Berie Cohen, Whitney deBordenave, Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Fay Logan, Carinne Murphy, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Peter Wells, Phil Wells
 
  • Visiting Rotarians and Guests: DG Jim Boyer, Ray Cywinsky
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • October 15: Car show at the Atrium
  • October 25: Social event at Uptown Art, 329 Broadway, Westwood NJ; BYOB; $35
  • Fruit Sale has begun; orders must be received by November 16; need help put stamps on envelopes, post and put in mail
  • Feel the love contact is Mariya Gonor – mgonor@beattielaw.com; let her know you care
  • Gift of Life Lobsterfest in 2 weeks; Dick passed out flyer; event will have music
 
Badge Fine: Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Peter Wells,
 
Photo Fine:  Steve Fox
 
Late Fine: None
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  
  • none
 
Sunshine: 
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
Happiness:
  • Everyone was happy that District Governor (DG) Jim Boyer came to our meeting
  • Whitney, Phil and Peter were happy that this was their third Rotary meeting this week
  • Cindy, Fay, and Steve Hopper were happy for the beautiful weather
  • Phil was happy to be attending a friend’s wedding this weekend
  • June was happy to be attending a new show in Baltimore, Love Never Dies, a sequel to Phantom of the Opera
  • Bernie was happy that June helped address envelopes for the fruit sale; he was also happy to be attending his 65th high school reunion
  • Dick was happy that his granddaughter would be playing in a four-day softball tournament in Disneyworld
  • George was happy that our dictionaries had arrived and that his granddaughter would be turning five
  • Steve Hopper was happy that is son turned 15
  • Ray Cywinsky was happy to be visiting our club
  • Carinne was happy about a new job ad that her family in Puerto Rico and Florida were doing well after the hurricanes
  • Steve Fox was happy to have seen Springstein on Broadway and that his son was coming home for a visit
  • DG Jim Boyer was happy that our club was making a difference in the community
  • Ray was happy that he became a grandpa
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29 September 2017 - CLUB MEETING AT BELLISSIMO
 
Flag Salute:  June Bertimi
 
Invocation:  Jan Doornbosch
 
Members Present: Dan Antokal, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Whitney deBordenave, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Hopper, Helen Paul, Cyndi Rose, Phil Wells
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Mary Connolly, Rosemary Bustard, Brian and Cathy Gilbert, Trevor (Atrium)
 
Announcements:
  • October 6: Installation of new members and visit from DG Jim Boyer
  • October 15: Car show at the Atrium
  • October 25: Social event at Uptown Art, 329 Broadway, Westwood NJ
  • Fruit Sale has begun; orders must be received by November 16
 
Badge Fine: None
 
Photo Fine:  June
 
Late Fine: None
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  
  • Stuart celebrated a birthday on September 21
  • Whitney celebrated a birthday on September 24
 
Sunshine: 
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
Happiness:
  • Cyndi was happy she arrived at the luncheon on time
  • Whitney was happy to have had a great birthday celebration; she is also happy about visiting other Rotary clubs
  • Trevor (member of Bergenfield Club and Atrium) was happy to be joining us today
  • Jan was happy to be visiting his gradson in Holland for his birthday
  • Mary Connolly was happy about the warm reception at our club
  • Steve Hopper and Dan were happy that the 5K run was completed and thanked the entire team
  • Steve Hopper, Dan and June were happy about the great weather
  • Whitney, June, Bob and Phil were happy about our guests and speaker
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29 September CLUB MEETING at BELLISSIMO'S June Bertini 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
 
15 September 2017 - CLUB MEETING AT BELLISSIMO
 
Flag Salute:  Steve Fox
 
Invocation:  Jan Doornbosch
 
Members Present: Dan Antokal, JuneBertini, Bob Bustard, Jessie Carballo, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Steve Hopper, Peter Jacobsen, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Phil Wells, Vlad Zherenovsky
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Howard Fredrics
 
Announcements:
  • Board meeting Tuesday, September 18 at 6 PM at the Atrium
 
Badge Fine: None
 
Photo Fine:  None
 
Late Fine: Bernie Cohen, Phil Wells, Cindy Rose
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  
  • Steve celebrated a wedding anniversary
  • Jessie’s husband had a birthday
  • Pat’s birthday is next week
 
Sunshine: 
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
Happiness:
  • June and Dan were happy to greet our guest, Howard Fredrics, Chairman of PKRG
  • Dan and Steve Hopper were happy about the upcoming 5K
  • Steve Hopper was happy about his wedding anniversary
  • Jan was happy about a trip to Holland
  • Pete Jacobsen was happy about a recent trip to the Canadian Rockies
  • Jessie was happy that her family in Miami were not hurt by Hurricane Irma
  • Phil was happy that Steve Fox was leading the meeting
  • Bernie was happy that his daughter and son-in-law were here from Boston
  • Dan was happy about his son coming home for the weekend
  • Steve Fox was happy that his son joined Rotaract and that his daughter came home during the hurricane threat
  • Bob Bustard was happy that he visited his grandson and would shortly be visiting Asheville NC
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Program
 
On September 15, 2017 at Bellissimo Ristorante in Montvale, members of the Park Ridge Rotary gathered to hear a presentation by our own club member and past club President, Vladislav  Zherenovsky.  His subject was " Rotary Means Business”.
 
Our District and Club would like to attract more young members. Vlad explained that many younger potential members have a limited amount of time to devote to Rotary. “Rotary Means Business” offers an alternative.  It is designed to let more experienced members help younger professionals and business people through a networking group.  It encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them. Vlad reminded us that in 1905 Rotary originated with a group of business professionals.  Networking events are currently being scheduled and current members are encouraged to join these events.
 
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Program
 
On August 4, 2017 at Bellissimo Ristorante in Montvale, members of the Park Ridge Rotary gathered to hear a presentation by members Dan Antokal and Steve Hopper regarding progress on the 5K run scheduled for September 17 in Park Ridge.  Our partner in this fifth anniversary run to benefit Rotary scholarship funds is Halfway Hounds. Dan commented that the partnership with Halfway Hounds makes our 5K unique. He praised the committee and noted that new club members have added considerable energy, ideas and new skills, including social networking. Posters are available and Phil Wells will design the 2017 T-shirt.
 
Last year we raised $22,000 ($11,000 to Rotary), and this year our goal is $25,000.  Forms for runner registration and sponsor forms are on our website and can be downloaded. Steve noted that last year 345 people signed up to walk or run (the most ever) and we had approximately 200 sponsors.  An early bird special for runners will be in effect for the next two weeks.  Steve added that we will have Boy Scout and possibly Girl Scout assistance, particularly at mile markers to help keep runners on track.
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At the July 15 meting at the Marriott Courtyard, members of the Park ridge Rotary Club were treated to a special presentation by Jim Thebery, Director of the Bergen County Division on Disability Services. His topic was the Bergen County Access for All Campaign and County Disability programs and services in general.
Jim noted that some 30 towns are part of the Access for All Campaign including Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake. Emerson will soon be added to the list and are now constructing 14 units for veterans with disabilities.  He added by way of example that Ridgewood has a three-day Access for All event, including a t-shirt contest, art competition, fashion show and street event. The town holds an autism day in April and a disability day in September. Members of the Interact Club assist at many of these events.
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Program
 
On June 3 at the Montvale Courtyard by Marriott, Vlad presented a year in review of his club presidency.  He began by expressing gratitude to club members for making his experience incredible. In particular he thanked George for beginning the process by proposing him as Vice President and providing guidance and knowledge.  He also thanked his immediate “cabinet” for all their help. 
 
Vlad commented that when he began with a plan for the year he wasn’t sure how it wuld all be accomplished.  Overall, it has been a successful year, including the following:
  • We had a wonderful year as the Governor’s Club; Vlad thanked DG Peter Wells for his guidance and is grateful for all the recognition our club has received.
  • Our Club installed 5 new members; good that they’re truly becoming Rotarians. Hercules getting involved; David speaking to HS assembly. Lost 3 but overall good
  • Our Club hosted 2 gift of life recipients.
  • Our Club and Foundation by-laws have been updated; the last time they were updated was in 1997. Ray Falcon recently just submitted the revised minutes to Jan and Vlad for review; our Club will vote on them before Vlad’s term ends later in June. Last time looked at 1997.
  • Irma did great job on publicity; there has been something about us in papers almost every week.
  • At the September 5K run there were three times the number of runners than when we started hosting this event.
  • Ryan wrote a letter to secure a grant for a nature walk. Vlad sent forwarded it to County and helped Woodcliff Lake get a grant for $30,000
  • Our Club deepened its relationship with Interact. In particular, Vlad thanked Steve Fox, Peter, Michelle and others.
  • Our Club forged a great relationship with Tails of Hope and Halfway Hounds. We helped with medical bills for David Kist’s dog, Patrick
  • Lunches are better than they used to be.
  • Programs this year have been outstanding and to George/Steve for programs chair (one took over for others)
  • We were the only club  out of 52 in our District to be recognized by Rotary International to receive a Gold Presidential Citation
Vlad concluded his presentation by commenting that we would be in very capable hands with Phil as the new President.  He is looking forward to helping Phil during his term and expects that next year will be even more successful than this year.
 
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At our regular meeting at the Cornerstone on January 21, Ray Falcon led an entertaining and informative program on The Walter Head (WDH) Foundation. Acting as a game show host, he led a Walter Head trivia game, complete with libations for the right answers.  Trivia questions and answers will be posted at a later date.  The ‘game’ questions included the following:
  • In what year was the WDH Foundation created?
  • What was the highest Rotary position held by WDH?
  • What is the purpose of the WDH Foundation?
  • Who is the present Chair of the WDH Foundation?
  • Can you identify a picture of WDH?
  • What was the name of WDH’s dog?
  • What color were WDH’s eyes?
  • In What State was WDH born?
  • What college did WDH attend?
  • What was WDH/s Pprofession?
  • In what city did WDH first join Rotary?
  • In what district did WDH become DG?
  • What language did WDH speak?
 
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At our regular meeting at Courtyard by Marriott on January 15, Phil Wells provided a short presentation on the upcoming District Conference scheduled for April 28 – May 1.  It is being held in the Baltimore inner harbor at the World Sonesta Hotel. All are encouraged to attend, particularly because our club is the District Sponsor. The event will include a variety of activities and opportunities to spend time with Rotarians from our District. There will also be special activities for spouses of Rotarians.
 
Phil noted the large number of historic sights, tourist attractions, sports events and great restaurants.  For those who would rather not drive, our club is working on chartering bus transportation to Baltimore.
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Governor’s Meeting at Domani
 
Attending: Michelle Albergo, Ravi Anna, Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Steven Craig, Whitney deBordenave, Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, David Kist, Fay Logan, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Philip Wells, Vladislav Zherenovsky
 
Guests: Jim Boyer, Rosemary Bustard, Carol Cohen, Joe DiRosa, Bob Machariale, Gene Paul, Linda Wells, Mariyana Zherenovsky
 
Pledge: Vladislav Zherenovsky
 
Benediction: Bob Balentine
 
Program:
 
The January 7 dinner of the Park Ridge Rotary Club at Domani in Hillsdale was a special meeting for several reasons. Also referred to as the ‘Governor’s Meeting’, members were treated to a talk by District Governor Peter Wells, who is also a member of our club.  In addition, DG Wells inducted three new members into Park Ridge Rotary (Ravi Anna, David Kist and Steve Meccia) and presented the prestigious Paul Harris award for special Rotary service to Fay Logan.
 
DG Wells’ remarks began with key points about the power of Rotary International, which grew by 100,000 members in the last four years to approximately 1.2 million Rotarians. Rotary is recognized around the world as a leader in community service  and 97 cents out of every dollar donated finds its way to a need.
 
Peter commented that as he travels around to the 52 clubs in our District he often talks about the strengths of the Park Ridge Club.  Our District also has tremendous strength.  Although it is one of the smallest districts geographically, it has approximately 1,250 members and a staff of 140; that is approximately 12 % of our District membership while other districts strive for a staff of 5%.
Peter concluded his remarks by challenging us to wear our Rotary pins with pride, share our mission with others and live by the four-way test.
The Park Ridge Rotary Club had the privilege of installing three new members: Ravi Anna, Steven Craig and David Kist. They were sworn in
Ravi Anna is an IT Manager at KPMG in Montvale. His father was a past cub President, his mother is still in Rotary and he was once a Rotary youth exchange student.
David Kist is a retired veteran, deeply involved in charity events for Tails of Hope and service dogs.
Steven Meccia is a membership advisor at The GYM in Montvale.  He is looking forward to participating in our community service programs.
The Paul Harris award is named for the individual who began Rotary.  The award that bears his name was created for a Rotarian who provides exemplary Rotarian service.  Tonight the award was presented by DG Peter Wells to Park Ridge Rotary member Fay Logan.
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On Friday, Nov.6, club members learned of the work of New Hope, Inc. from Marilyn Laquidara, a long-time volunteer with the group.
 
 
Founded in 1985, New Hope was created to serve as an outreach program to single, first-time mothers and their babies, both born and unborn. During the past 30 years, over 300 mothers in the Bergen County area have been helped. The all-volunteer staff commits to the new mothers for up to 3 years helping them tend to their everyday and emergency needs via a one-on-one Mentor Support System.
 
Money raised by the organization provides subsidies for education, housing and all aspects of infant and child care. Knowing that the support of New Hope is behind them, these new mothers receive the gifts of security and self-esteem and are enabled to press on when the odds may seem insurmountable. New Hope volunteers receive great satisfaction knowing that through their efforts, young first time single mothers and their babies will have much needed assistance as they face the difficult circumstances of raising a baby alone.
 
To learn more of this unique organization, which has recently moved its headquarters to 149 3rd Ave. in Westwood, visit http://www.newhope4lifeweb.org/index.html
 
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Posted by George Sherman on Nov 01, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club October 30 Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott
 
Flag Salute: President Vlad Zherenovsky
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: J. Bertini, R. Balentine, R. Bustard, I. Chazotte, B. Cohen, J. Doornbosch, S. Fox, S. Gold, R. Guller, P. Jacobsen, L. Kempner, H. Paul, G. Sherman, V. Zherenovsky
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speakers Shereen Bloom (PHHS Interact Advisor);Kaitlyn Mahaffey (Ass’t. Advisor); Interact Co-Presidents Leigh Siracusano and Olivia Manhart; Steven Meccia (guest of Pres. Vlad); Lois Kempner (guest of Lester).
 
Make-Ups:  Stuart Gold earned a make-up when he attended the Halloween for Hunger event.
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: November Birthdays: Susanne Hartmann-Silva (6th), David Acevedo (9th), Ray Falcon (17th), Linda Hanlon (19th), Ralph Padovano (19th), Tara Ciannella Scheuerman (20th);
 
Anniversaries: Susanne and Cesar Silva (22nd).  
 
May your special days be joyous ones.
 
Sunshine: Bob Balentine reported that Cindy Rose is recuperating from her knee replacement surgery.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Steve F. was happy to see Interact advisor Kaitlyn Mahaffey, one of his son’s teachers.
 
Jan D. was happy to have his boat out of the water.
 
June B. was happy about the election campaign in Park Ridge and to have her California grandson coming to visit at Thanksgiving.
 
Bob Balentine was happy that Cindy will be coming home next week, that the cast is off his wrist and that his grandson already has a job lined up with a solar engineering firm.
 
Bernie C. was happy to have visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and other museums near Cooperstown on his most recent trip upstate.
 
Helen P. was happy that her foster daughter Jackie will be graduating from Northwestern Univ. and that she has received several job offers already.
 
Stuart G. was happy to have taken part in the District’s Halloween Against Hunger event.
 
President Vlad was happy that his 3 ½ year old son Allen was able to take part in the Halloween Against Hunger event as well.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Helen Paul reported on her recent visit to see our Gift of Life child, a two and a half year old girl from Bolivia. Helen says that she is doing very well and may be ready to return home within the next 10 days. Dick Beattie has written that “the only immediate and ongoing need is translation as mother and daughter speak only Spanish. If any of you speak Spanish and would be willing to spend some time visiting with our guests that would be enormously helpful. Just dropping in for a few minutes during the day or joining us for dinner would be a big help. Having a Spanish speaker available to confirm that they do, in fact, understand certain things would be very helpful and greatly increase their comfort level. You will be working and interacting with some amazing people. The rewards are hard to put into words.” Contact Dick for further information.
 
Members are reminded that this year’s Lord & Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event being held at The Fashion Center in Ridgewood from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM on SATURDAY, November 14. THE CLUB KEEPS ALL MONEY FROM THE SALES OF THESE $5.00 PASSES. If the club sells 200 passes, we earn $1,000.00. Plus, the club will receive a percentage of the sales credited to our club on the day of the event. Each member is urged to be responsible for at least 10 passes. Sell them or gift them to family, neighbors or friends, or GIVE THEM AWAY to clients or acquaintances as promotional tools. We can't afford to pass this opportunity up!
 
Monday evening, 11/9 at 6:00, club members are invited to Jan’s warehouse to prepare and package dictionaries for 3rd graders in Park Ridge, Montvale and Woodcliff Lake. Contact George or Jan if you want to help.
 
2015 Fresh Fruit Sales are about to begin. Flyer can be downloaded from the club’s website. All orders must be in to Bernie by 11/27. Pick up date will be Saturday, 12/5 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot at 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Full cartons of oranges or grapefruit contain about 42 lbs. of freshly picked fruit. Full case: $48.00; Half case: $29.00. Enjoy this delectable treat throughout the holidays and help the club raise some cash.
 
All members are encouraged to attend a NJ Devil’s hockey game on December 19 when they play against the Anaheim Ducks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman 
 
Fri., 11/6 – Club Meeting – Courtyard by Marriott, Montvale – Guest speaker – Marilyn Laquidara – New Hope, Inc.
 
Mon., 11/9 – Dictionary Project gets underway – 6:00 – International Bulb Company (Jan’s warehouse)
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service including our own Dr. Robert Balentine, Dr. Stuart Gold and Ralph Padovano.
 
Sat., 11/14 - Lord & Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event being held at The Fashion Center in Ridgewood from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM. Contact Pat DiRosa to purchase $5.00 Savings Passes entitling you to some great discounts.
 
Fri., 11/27 – Orders for fresh fruit from Indian River, Florida are due in to Bernie Cohen.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
 
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Posted by George Sherman on Oct 11, 2015
On Friday, October 8 Park Ridge Rotarians welcomed John Fugazzie, President and Founder of Neighbors helping Neighbors to its Thursday night meeting at Domani Restaurant in Hillsdale. 
 
Founded in January, 2011, Neighbors helping Neighbors has become a highly successful volunteer support group for people who are actively looking for work or who are seeking to re-invigorate their job search. This includes those in career transition, recent grads, laid off workers, unemployed or underemployed professionals, persons re-entering the job market and retirees looking for volunteer work.
 
The mission of this 501c3 non-profit is to “facilitate self-help networks for adult job seekers within communities where members share advice, exchange information and provide motivational support to help each other find employment. This is done through regular, structured meetings and providing opportunities for the development of job seeking skills.”
 
 
Since its founding NhN has been responsible for helping over 500+ members find gainful employment. As a result of their great success, Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA has received laudatory coverage from local, national and international media.
 
To learn more, visit the organization’s extensive website at http://www.nhnusa.org
 
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Posted by George Sherman on Oct 11, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club October 8 Meeting at Domani
 
Flag Salute: President-elect Phil Wells
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: J. Bertini, R. Balentine, R. Cangialosi, I. Chazotte, P. DiRosa, R. Falcon, S. Gold, C. Rose, G. Sherman, B. Vozza, P. Wells
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker John Fugazzie; J. DiRosa, P. Sherman
 
Make-Ups:  
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: October Birthdays: Cindy Rose (10/8); Dick Beattie (10/14); Bob Lincoln (10/15); Brittany Vozza (10/28). October Anniversaries: Vlad and Marina Zherenovsky (10/3); Bob and Andrea Lincoln (10/12); Dick and Pat Beattie (10/28). May your special days be joyous ones.
 
Sunshine: Bob Balentine recently broke his arm and Cindy Rose will be undergoing knee replacement surgery soon. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
Many members were happy for Linda Hanlon who received this year’s District 7490 Vocational Service Award.
 
Many more happy dollars were given in welcoming our guest speaker John Fugazzie.
 
Hopeful dollars were offered for Cindy’s and Bob’s quick recovery
 
Joe and Pat D. were happy for their recent trip to Hawaii.
 
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Dick Beattie announced that our Gift of Life guests arrived October 6 and will be staying with Dick and Pat for the time being. The host family receives enormous support from the GOL staff throughout the hosting process. The average hosting timeframe is about 3 months. Occasionally, complications arise and the time commitment can grow significantly. The immediate and ongoing need is translation as mother and daughter speak only Spanish. If any of you speak Spanish and would be willing to spend some time visiting with our guests that would be enormously helpful. Just dropping in for a few minutes during the day or joining us for dinner would be a big help. Having a Spanish speaker available to confirm that they do, in fact, understand certain things would be very helpful and greatly increase their comfort level. You will be working and interacting with some amazing people. The rewards are hard to put into words. Contact Dick for further information.
 
Cindy Rose described this year’s Lord & Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event being held at The Fashion Center in Ridgewood from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM on SATURDAY, November 14. THE CLUB KEEPS ALL MONEY FROM THE SALES OF THESE $5.00 PASSES. If the club sells 200 passes, we earn $1,000.00. Plus, the club will receive a percentage of the sales credited to our club on the day of the event. Each member is urged to be responsible for at least 10 passes. Sell them or gift them to family, neighbors or friends, or GIVE THEM AWAY to clients or acquaintances as promotional tools. We can't afford to pass this opportunity up!
 
All members are encouraged to attend a NJ Devil’s hockey game on December 19 when they play against the Anaheim Ducks.
 
 
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman 
 
Fri., 10/16 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott.
 
Mon., 10/19 – District Staff Meeting – Biagio’s, 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ. Registration opens at 5:30 - $30.00. Register online or by email directly to Pat Gallagher, Chief of Staff, at garfieldymca@optonline.net
 
Tues., 10/20 – Board Meeting – Fay Logan's office - 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale - 6:00 Dinner; 6:30 Meeting.
 
Th., 10/22 – Club Meeting at The Cornerstone.
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Tues., 10/27 – Park Ridge Community Service Awards being presented at the Park Ridge Borough Hall at 8:15. Park Ridge Rotary Club’s award will be presented to Ray Falcon.
 
Sun., 11/1 – Gift of Life Lobsterfest, Paramus Elks Club, 200 Rte.17N., Paramus – 2:00-5:00 - $60p/p includes food, beer, wine and soda (cash bar for other drinks). All proceeds go to Gift of Life Foundation.
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – SOLD OUT
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service including our own Dr. Robert Balentine, Dr. Stuart Gold and Ralph Padovano.
 
Sat., 11/14 - Lord & Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event being held at The Fashion Center in Ridgewood from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM. Contact Pat DiRosa to purchase $5.00 Savings Passes entitling you to some great discounts.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
 
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Posted by George Sherman on Oct 02, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club October 2 Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott
 
Flag Salute: Pres. Vlad Zherenovsky
 
Invocation: Ray Falcon
 
Members Present: J. Bertini, R. Bustard, I. Chazotte, B. Cohen, W. deBordenave, R. Falcon, S. Gold, R. Guller, S. Hopper, P. Jacobsen, L. Kempner, F. Logan, H. Paul, G. Sherman, N. Swales, V. Zherenovsky
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speakers Linda Blick, Annie Brodie, Dr. Donna Manderino, Sgt. David Kist (Tails of Hope Foundation); Clayton Blick, Lynette Moran, Jackie Olivetti, Susan Olivetti (guests of Linda Blick); Susan Wyman (guest of Bob Bustard); Jeri and Linda Westberg (guests of Nancy Swales); Lois Kempner (guest of Lester Kempner)
 
Make-Ups:  Earning make-ups at the September District Staff Meeting were Stuart Gold and Whitney deBordenave; Stuart also had make-ups at meetings of the Paramus Club and the Northern Valley Club; Bob Bustard attended the Tenafly Club Meeting and Lester Kempner earned a make-up at a meeting of the Mid-Bergen Club;
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Birthdays: Whitney deBordenave (9/24); Nancy Swales (10/2)
 
Sunshine: Bob Balentine recently broke his arm and Cindy Rose will be undergoing knee surgery soon. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Linda Blick’s return visit to the club brought in several happy dollars.
 
Club members were also happy to have 12 guests present at today’s meeting.
 
Fay L. was happy to have attended a wedding in New Hampshire.
 
Jeri and Linda Westberg were happy to be here to celebrate Nancy’s 86th birthday.
 
Steve H. was happy to have received so many calls and cards during his recent illness. He was also happy to be celebrating his son’s birthday.
 
Bob G. was happy to get back to a club meeting and for June Bertini’s candidacy for mayor.
 
June B. was happy that the town’s emergency preparedness plan was in place for the expected bad weather.
 
Lois K. was happy to have been able to celebrate family birthdays and anniversaries during a recent trip to Mobile, Alabama.
 
Ray F. was happy for the first anniversary of his son and daughter-in-law.
 
June B. was proud to offer an additional happy dollar in recognition of Ray Falcon being awarded one of the Park Ridge Community Service Awards for 2015.
 
Whitney deB. was happy for her recent trip to Richmond, VA.
 
Stuart G. was happy for the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute.
 
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Dick Beattie announced that the District’s Gift of Life Program is looking to our Club and the Allendale Club for a family to host a young child coming to the U.S. on October 7 for surgery. The responsibilities of a host family, besides the obvious housing and meals, extend essentially to transportation. There are, typically, quite a few trips back and forth to the designated hospital.  The host family receives enormous support from the GOL staff throughout the hosting process. The average hosting timeframe is about 3 months. Occasionally, complications arise and the time commitment can grow significantly. Give some thought to hosting. You will be working and interacting with some amazing people The rewards are hard to put into words. Contact Dick for further information.
 
DG Peter Wells has announced that Linda Hanlon was picked to receive the Vocational Service Award for District 7490 at the New Jersey Vocational Assembly and encouraged all to attend the event. This year’s Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. See www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details.
 
Cindy Rose described this year’s Lord & Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event being held at The Fashion Center in Ridgewood from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM on SATURDAY, November 14. The club receives ALL proceeds from the sale of $5.00 Savings Passes. In addition, we will receive a percentage of all purchases. Details of the event can be found here: http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/content-view/shop-smart-do-good#!/home
 
All members are encouraged to attend a NJ Devil’s hockey game on December 19 when they play against the Anaheim Ducks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman 
 
Tues., 10/6 – Vocational Assembly - Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. See www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details.
 
Th., 10/8 – Club Meeting at Domani Restaurant, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale. Bell rings at 6:00. Guest speaker-John Fugazzie, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, http://www.nhnusa.org
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, and III. Register at www.rlinea.org and click on “Montvale NJ” under “Upcoming Events” in the left hand side-bar. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 arrangement.  If any 2 members from the same club take any Part of the Leadership course and show proof of attendance, the District will be reimburse them for one tuition for every two attending. Those attending Part One will be reimbursed for their full cost if they register before 9/30.
 
Mon., 10/19 – District Staff Meeting – Biagio’s, 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ. Registration opens at 5:30 - $30.00. Register online or by email directly to Pat Gallagher, Chief of Staff, at garfieldymca@optonline.net
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Tues., 10/27 – Park Ridge Community Service Awards being presented at the Park Ridge Borough Hall. Park Ridge Rotary Club’s award will be presented to Ray Falcon.
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – SOLD OUT
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service including our own Dr. Robert Balentine, Dr. Stuart Gold and Ralph Padovano.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
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Park Ridge Rotary Club September 24 Meeting at The Cornerstone
 
Flag Salute: Pres-elect Phil Wells
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: R. Balentine, R. Beattie, J. Doornbosch, R. Falcon, S. Gold, L. Hanlon, C. Rose, G. Sherman, B. Vozza, Phil Wells.
 
Make-Ups:  
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Celebrating birthdays during September were Pat DiRosa (9/20), Stuart Gold (9/21), Steve Hopper (9/22) and Whitney deBordenave (9/24). Pat and Joe DiRosa (9/22) and Steve and Ann Hopper (9/14) celebrated anniversaries as well.
 
Sunshine: Bob Balentine recently broke his arm and Cindy Rose will be undergoing knee surgery soon. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
 
Most happy dollars went toward the highly successful 5K Run and the hard work of all those responsible for making it work.
 
Linda H. was happy for the positive response she’s received from the survey of runners she conducted after the race.
 
Cindy R. was happy to have tickets available for this year’s Lord and Taylor sales event.
 
Jan D. was happy to have run the 5K with his daughter and grandson and to have come in 1st place in his age group.
 
Bob B. was happy that it was his LEFT arm that he broke.
 
Stuart G. was happy to have had a wonderful birthday dinner with his children and grand children.
 
Ray F. was happy to have gotten a medal in the 5K.
 
Phil W. was happy for the success of the 5K and for Linda Hanlon being named this year’s Vocational Service Award winner for District 7490.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Dick Beattie announced that the District’s Gift of Life Program is looking to our Club and Allendale for a family to host a young child coming to the U.S. on October 7 for surgery. The responsibilities of a host family, besides the obvious housing and meals, extend essentially to transportation. There are, typically, quite a few trips back and forth to the designated hospital.  The host family receives enormous support from the GOL staff throughout the hosting process. The average hosting timeframe is about 3 months. Occasionally, complications arise and the time commitment can grow significantly. Give some thought to hosting. You will be working and interacting with some amazing people The rewards are hard to put into words. Contact Dick, a previous host, for further information.
 
DG Peter Wells has announced that Linda Hanlon was picked to receive the Vocational Service Award for District 7490 at the New Jersey Vocational Assembly and encouraged all to attend the event. This year’s Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. See www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details.
 
Cindy Rose described this year’s Lord & Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event being held at The Fashion Center in Ridgewood from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM on SATURDAY, November 14. The club receives ALL proceeds from the sale of $5.00 Savings Passes. In addition, we will receive a percentage of all purchases. Details of the event can be found here: http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/content-view/shop-smart-do-good#!/home
 
All members are encouraged to attend a NJ Devil’s hockey game on December 19 when they play against the Anaheim Ducks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman 
 
Fri., 10/2 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15. Guest speaker-Linda Blick, Tails of Hope Foundation, www.tailsofhopefoundation.org. Linda and her group will be presenting their Camp Hope Unleased program for Veterans with PTSD and their Service K9s. To that end we will have a panel presentation with representatives from 4 states including a wounded Bergen County Veteran and his service dog.
 
Th., 10/8 – Club Meeting at Domani Restaurant, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale. Bell rings at 6:00. Guest speaker-John Fugazzie, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, http://www.nhnusa.org
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at www.rlinea.org and click on “Montvale NJ” under “Upcoming Events” in the left hand side-bar. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 arrangement.  If any 2 members from the same club take any Part of the Leadership course and show proof of attendance, the District will be reimburse them for one tuition for every two attending. Those attending Part One will be reimbursed for their full cost if they register before 9/30.
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – SOLD OUT
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service including our own Dr. Robert Balentine, Dr. Stuart Gold and Ralph Padovano.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
 
 
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Park Ridge Rotary Club September 18 Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott
 
Flag Salute: Pres. Vlad Zherenovsky
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: R. Balentine, J. Bertini, B. Cohen, P. DiRosa, S. Fox, S. Gold, M. Gonor, P. Jacobsen, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, Phil Wells, V. Zherenovsky.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker PDG Raj Bhatia (No. Valley Club); AG Aleta Frezzell (District TRF Bd. Member and PP of Englewood Club)
 
Make-Ups:  Attending the Board meeting on Sept., 15 were V. Zherenovsky, P. Wells, R. Falcon, J. Bertini, P. DiRosa, S. Gold, J. Doornbosch, G. Sherman, I. Chazotte, S. Fox, W. de Bordenave, D. Beattie, L. Hanlon and R. Bustard.
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Happy September Birthday to Pat D., Stuart G., Steve H. and Whitney deB. Happy Anniversary wishes to Steve and Ann Hopper and Pat and Joe DiRosa.
 
Sunshine: Steve Hopper is home from the hospital and recuperating; Cindy Rose will be undergoing knee surgery soon. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
The presence of PDG Raj and District TRF Bd. Member Aleta brought in lots of happy dollars.
 
Raj was happy to be back visiting with us once again.
 
Aleta was happy to be part of our meeting today.
 
Nancy S. was looking forward to seeing her great-grandsons this weekend.
 
Pat D. was eagerly anticipating her trip to Hawaii.
 
Bernie C. was happy to have been part of a high-school class get-together in upstate NY.
 
Pete J. was happy to be back at a club meeting and to have had a wonderful time on a river cruise in Holland.
 
Phil W. was happy to announce that we now have 100 people registered for Sunday’s 5K.
 
Numerous members offered happy bucks in anticipation of a successful event Sunday.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20 - All materials related to the event can be downloaded from the right-hand side bar of our website, www.parkridgerotaryclub.org
Phil reminded members that we need maximum club participation Sunday for the 5K run.
 
DG Peter Wells has announced that Linda Hanlon was picked to receive the Vocational Service Award for District 7490 at the New Jersey Vocational Assembly and encouraged all to attend the event. This year’s Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. See www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details.
 
Stuart encouraged all club members to sign up for RLI training at the Marriott Courtyard on October 12.
 
Bob Bustard invited members to help with the Halloween Food Drive on October 24 at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City.
 
RI President, K.R.Ravindran is visiting our District and will be at a special celebratory dinner at Seasons in Washington Township on November 10. Information can be found on the District website.
 
All members are encouraged to attend a NJ Devil’s hockey game on December 19 when they play against the Anaheim Ducks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman 
 
Sun., 9/20 – Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary/Halfway Hounds 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 120 Colony Ave., Park Ridge. Race starts at 10:00. You can pre-register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/ParkRidge/ParkRidgeRotaryHalfwayHounds5k
 
Th., 9/24 – Happy Hour at the Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale. Bell rings at 6:00.
 
Fri., 10/2 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15. Guest speaker Linda Blick, Tails of Hope Foundation.
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at www.rlinea.org and click on “Montvale NJ” under “Upcoming Events” in the left hand side-bar. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 arrangement.  If any 2 members from the same club take any Part of the Leadership course and show proof of attendance, the District will be reimburse them for one tuition for every two attending. Those attending Part One will be reimbursed for their full cost if they register before 9/30.
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – SOLD OUT
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
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Posted by George Sherman on Sep 17, 2015
Club members were fortunate to have PDG Raj Bhatia with us at The Courtyard on September 18 to explain the workings of The Rotary Foundation.
 
At RI's 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
 
TRF is the life-blood of Rotary International. It transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
 
Members are urged to give something to the fund every year. Should that contribution reach $100.00 during the Rotary year, you will be considered a Sustaining Member. Once an individual has cumulatively donated $1000.00, he or she will be considered a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Money that is given to the Annual Fund is used to support TRF’s Humanitarian, Educational and Cultural Programs. The funds are invested for a 3 year period before being released. Fifty percent of the released funds are earmarked as District Designated Funds while the other 50% is retained in the TRF World Fund. This year there is $16,000 available in DDF money for District Grants and another $40,000 available for Global Grants.
 
Further details about The Rotary Foundation can be found here: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-foundation
 
l. to r. Pres. Vlad Zherenovsky, Aleta Frezzell (7490 AG & Englewood PP), PDG Raj Bhatia
 
At Friday’s meeting, PDG Raj gave special emphasis to The Rotary Foundation Dinner being held at Season’s on November 10 in honor of District Rotarians with 40+ years of service. Keynote speaker that evening will be RI President Ravi Ravindran.
 
Hoping to raise funds for TRF, PDG Raj is looking to make this event a “Million Dollar Dinner” by securing pledges from Rotarians to become members of the Bequest Society of the RI Permanent Fund. If only 40 Rotarians of the 1300 in our District make the pledge to become Level 2 Bequest Society members for $25,000, we can make that mark and make a huge difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout the world. Today Raj reported that 4 Rotarians have already done so.
 
 In closing, Raj asked that if we have a will we consider adding a codicil to it that commits some amount to the Permanent Fund or that we ask our attorney to formulate such a provision.
 
BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD. Your gift to The Rotary Foundation will allow for the improvement of communities world-wide by promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, and providing clean water and sanitation.
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Posted by June Bertini on Sep 13, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club September 10 Meeting at Domani
 
Flag Salute: Pres-elect Phil Wells
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: R. Balentine, J. Bertini, R. Bustard, R. Cangialosi, I. Chazotte, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, S. Fox, S. Gold, S. Hopper, H. Paul, C. Rose, Brittany Vozza, DG Peter Wells, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Past Park Ridge Club Member George Gabriel, Joe DiRosa (Guest of Pat), Gene Paul (Guest of Helen), Franco Family
 
Make-Ups:  
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Photo Fines: J. Bertini, S. Gold, S. Hopper
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Celebrating birthdays this month are Pat DiRosa (9/20), Stuart Gold (9/21), Steve Hopper (9/22) and Whitney deBordenave (9/24). Pat and Joe DiRosa (9/22) and Steve and Ann Hopper (9/14) are celebrating anniversaries as well.
 
Sunshine:
 
Steve Hopper’s wife’s aunt and uncle are both ill and need our prayers.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by J. Bertini
 
Cindy was on time and therefore happy not to have to pay a late fine; she was also happy to see her former student, George Gabriel.
 
Guest George Gabriel was happy to be with us.
 
Stuart was happy about the RLI meeting he attended in Connecticut.
 
Peter was happy that this was the fifth Rotary meeting he was attending this week.
 
June, Ryan, Steve Fox, Steve Hopper, Jan, Phil and many others were happy to have the Franco Family as our special guests tonight.
 
Pat was happy about having a great summer and an upcoming trip to Hawaii to celebrate her 25th Anniversary.
 
Bob Bustard was happy about his recent trip to Ireland, attending the U.S. Open, playing golf, his grandson turning 5 weeks old and the new Rotary sign on Kinderkamack Road.
 
Bob Balentine was happy about having had a great summer, especially going on the boat and visiting with his children, grandchildren and friends.
 
Steve Fox was happy about Bob Bustard becoming a new grandpa and that his daughter was happily settled in Tampa and joining a sorority.
 
Steve was happy to see George Gabriel and the upcoming 9/11 ceremony in Park Ridge.
 
Phil was happy about his recent vacation in St. Thomas while attending a family wedding.
 
Announcements:
by J. Bertini
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20 - WE NEED MORE MILE MARKER SPONSORS! All materials related to the event can be downloaded from the right-hand side bar of our website, www.parkridgerotaryclub.org
 
Ryan mentioned the need for maximum club participation in preparing for the 5K run September 20. We will be assembling packets at the next 5K meeting on September 14.
 
DG Peter Wells announced that Linda Hanlon was picked to receive the Vocational Service Award for District 7490 at the New Jersey Vocational Assembly and encouraged all to attend the event. This year’s Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. See www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details.
 
Stuart encouraged all club members to sign up for RLI training at the Marriott Courtyard on October 12.
 
Bob Bustard invited members to help with the Halloween Food Drive on October 24 at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City.
 
RI President, K.R.Ravindran is visiting our District and will be at a Rotary International Dinner at Seasons in Washington Township on November 10. Information can be found on the District website.
 
All members are encouraged to attend a NJ Devil’s hockey game on December 19 when they play against the Anaheim Ducks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by J. Bertini 
 
Tues., 9/15 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.
 
Fri., 9/18 – Club Meeting – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15. Guest speaker – PDG Raj Bhatia speaking on The Rotary Foundation.
 
Sun., 9/20 – Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary/Halfway Hounds 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 120 Colony Ave., Park Ridge. Race starts at 10:00.
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at www.rlinea.org and click on “Montvale NJ” under “Upcoming Events” in the left hand side-bar. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 arrangement.  If any 2 members from the same club take any Part of the Leadership course and show proof of attendance, the District will be reimburse them for one tuition for every two attending.
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – SOLD OUT
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
 
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Posted on Aug 27, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club August 27 Meeting at The Cornerstone
 
Flag Salute: Pres-elect Phil Wells
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: R. Balentine, R. Beattie, J. Bertini, R. Bustard, I. Chazotte, S. Gold, L. Hanlon, S. Hopper, H. Kallet, F. Logan, C. Rose, G. Sherman, B. Vozza, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Helen Logan (Guest of Fay)
 
Make-Ups:  
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Happy Belated Birthday to Peter Wells, Ryan Cangialosi and Nancy Collentine. August anniversaries were celebrated by Bob and Rosemary Bustard, Bernie and Carol Cohen, Jan and Annelien Doornbosch, Tara and Bobby Scheuerman and Peter and Linda Wells.
 
Sunshine:
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Members were especially happy to see Harriet Kallet today.
 
Harriet was happy to have the chance to be able to see old Rotary friends and meet new ones today.
 
Irma C. was happy to see the article about the 5K that appeared in today’s Community Life.
 
Cindy R. was happy to have obtained 5 additional sponsors.
 
June B. was happy to have been able to celebrate her grandson’s 1st birthday in California.
 
Stuart was happy to hear that his oldest grandson had received his first paycheck.
 
Bob Balentine was happy to have had a wonderful family gathering this summer at the Cape.
 
Fay L. was eagerly looking forward to an upcoming trip to Turkey with Helen.
 
Bob Bustard was happy to have been able to travel to Ireland and Sweden.
 
Steve H. was happy about his family’s upcoming trip to Hershey.
 
Brittany V. was happy for today’s Happy Hour.
 
Pres.-elect Phil was eagerly anticipating the cooler weather of fall.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4. ENJOY THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND. NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY EVENING, 9/10 AT DOMANI.
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20 - WE NEED MORE MILE MARKER SPONSORS! All materials related to the event can be downloaded from the right-hand side bar of our website, www.parkridgerotaryclub.org
 
Friendship Exchange Coordinator Lois Horowitz is looking for host families for a few couples from Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw, Poland who will be arriving here Sept. 1 and staying until Sept. 12. Also needed are individuals willing to drive our guests to various sites throughout our District and vicinity. If you can help, call Lois at 201-796-5618 (h), 201-693-7258 (c) or e-mail loismodeling@gmail.com
 
This year’s New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. See www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details.
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4. ENJOY THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND. NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY EVENING, 9/10 AT DOMANI.
 
Th., 9/10 – Club Meeting at Domani, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale – Guest Speaker Topic: The Nikki Franco Foundation.
 
Sun., 9/20 – Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary/Halfway Hounds 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 120 Colony Ave., Park Ridge. Race starts at 10:00.
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at www.rlinea.org and click on “Montvale NJ” under “Upcoming Events” in the left hand side-bar. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 arrangement.  If any 2 members from the same club take any part of the leadership course and show proof of attendance, the District will be reimburse them for one tuition for every two attending.
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – Wonderful opportunity to learn about the relationship between RI and the UN. Visit www.riunday.org to learn more. Click on “2015 Rotary UN Day” for the drop-down menu; then click on “Event Regisration” to sign up. Registration is limited to 1300 people and will be filled quickly. If you want to go – don’t wait long to register. AS OF AUG. 28 THERE WERE ONLY 68 TICKET LEFT!
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Program:
by G. Sherman
 
President-elect Phil’s theme for today’s Happy Hour was “favorite fund raisers”. Members enjoyed reminiscing about the many activities carried out over the years in the never-ending quest to raise money for scholarships and the many causes we support.
 
Among the favorites recalled was the Goods and Services Auction held each November until 2008. At its height, the auction brought in over $25,000.00 dollars. For the last 28 years the Fresh Florida Fruit Sale has brought in significant sums of money each year and has created many good memories.
 
More senior members of the club recalled having conducted a circus, an Irish Wake, a Mardi Gras Party and a carnival. In more recent times our Cash Raffle has successfully added to the club’s coffers as has our participation in Lord&Taylor’s Charity Shopping Day and our various Beefsteak Dinners and Tricky Trays.
 
Of course the BEST fund-raiser of them all will be our Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary & Halfway Hounds 5K Walk/Run being held on Sunday, September 20. Like with all things Rotary, the more YOU become involved, the more successful the event will be and the more FUN you will have. Join in. Get a sponsor. Register as a participant. Encourage family and friends to take part. The more you can do, the more rewarding it will be. See you on the 20th.
 
 
August 27 Tri-Gear Report 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 21, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club August 21 Meeting at The Courtyard
 
Flag Salute: Pres-elect Phil Wells
 
Invocation: George Sherman
 
Members Present: D. Antokal, I. Chazotte, B. Cohen, W. deBordenave, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, R. Falcon, S. Fox, S. Gold, M. Gonor, L. Hanlon, L. Kempner, M. Offer, H. Paul, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Scholarship winners Alyssa Laxer and her mother Stacy, Kelly Hansen and her mother Sherry and Zachary Lucanie and his sister Alex; Sarah Fox (Guest of Steve), Lois Kempner (Guest of Lester).
 
Make-Ups:  Attending the August Board meeting were Vlad, Stuart, George, Irma, Ray, Phil, Cindy, Pat, June, Dick, Michelle, Linda Hanlon and Steve Hopper.  Attending the By-Laws Review meeting were Stuart, Jan and Ray. At the District Staff Meeting were Stuart, Steve Fox and Phil. Ray also earned a make-up by attending a Walter D. Head Foundation Meeting.
 
BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Sunshine:
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Happy dollars were plentiful once again this week in recognition of our scholarship winners.
 
Nancy S. was happy for the cooler weather today.
 
Irma C. was happy for her wonderful vacation in Myrtle Beach.
 
Ray F. was happy for another successful meeting of the By-Laws Committee.
 
Pat D. was happy to have seen Momma Mia in NYC.
 
Bernie C. was happy for his grandson’s graduation in Boston.
 
Dan A. was happy for the great work done by Steve Hopper at the Park Ridge Pool.
 
Fay L. was happy to recognize Linda Hanlon for all the work she did once again this year with the Scholarship Committee.
 
Jan D. was happy to have had his grandchildren visit from Holland.
 
Pres. Elect Phil was happy to be able to recognize the great accomplishments of our scholarship winners.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and start reaching out to potential participants and sponsors. All materials related to the event can be downloaded from the right-hand side bar of our website, www.parkridgerotaryclub.org
 
Senior Assistant Governor Stuart Gold commended Pres.Vlad for continuing PP Bob Bustard’s practice of forwarding the District’s bi-weekly bulletin to all members. He and the entire District leadership team are thrilled to have Bob, along with Jan D. to be serving as Assistant Governors this year. Be sure to review these e-mails to stay abreast of District activities and events.
 
Friendship Exchange Coordinator Lois Horowitz is looking for host families for a few couples from Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw, Poland who will be arriving here Sept. 1 and staying until Sept. 12. Also needed are individuals willing to drive our guests to various sites throughout our District and vicinity. If you can help, call Lois at 201-796-5618 (h), 201-693-7258 (c) or e-mail loismodeling@gmail.com
 
This year’s New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman 
 
Th., 8/27 – Club meeting at The Cornerstone - 5pm for drinks, appetizers and great company.
 
Sun., 9/20 – Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary/Halfway Hounds 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 120 Colony Ave., Park Ridge. Race starts at 10:00.
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at www.rlinea.org and click on “Montvale NJ” under “Upcoming Events” in the left hand side-bar.
 
Sat., 10/24 - Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County. Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
Sat., 11/7 - Rotary Day at the United Nations – Wonderful opportunity to learn about the relationship between RI and the UN. Visit www.riunday.org to learn more. Click on “2015 Rotary UN Day” for the drop-down menu; then click on “Event Regisration” to sign up. Registration is limited to 1300 people and will be filled quickly. If you want to go – don’t wait long to register.
 
Tues., 11/10 - RI President, K.R.Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
 
 
August 21 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 21, 2015
Park Ridge High School grads Stacy Laxer, Kelly Hansen and Zachary Lucanie were welcomed to The Courtyard by Marriott on Friday where they were presented with our final 3 scholarships of 2014-15. We wish them continued success as they embark upon their college careers.
Recognizing More Scholarship Winners George Sherman 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by June Bertini on Aug 13, 2015
On Friday, August 7, Dr. Stuart Gold presented the first in a series of informational meetings planned for club. The topic of the day was the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).  Stu was recently promoted to serve as Regional Vice Chair with responsibility for RLI in Northern New Jersey. In his new role, Stu will monitor and help district chairs and members.
 
RLI is an outgrowth of the District 7510 Leadership Institute founded in 1992.  Although RLI is not an official program of Rotary International, more than 360 Rotary districts now offer it to their members in 193 countries and a resolution is before the board of directors. 
 
The RLI program consists of three parts, each part being a full day divided into 50-minute segments.
 
Part I covers the purpose and structure of Rotary, engaging members, goals and programs of The Rotary Foundation (TRF), ethics, service project implementation.
 
Part II covers Rotary opportunities for personal and professional growth, global networking and RI structured programs as well as attracting members, targeted service, effective communications and insightful planning at the club level.
 
Part III is about making a difference, as well as vocational service/expectations, international service, public image and public relations. Stu noted that these RLI sessions are not lectures where participants sit and take notes. They are interactive and involve problem solving and role-play.
 
Once you finish the three-part program, you are considered a graduate and eligible to take graduate courses.  Graduate course content varies each year.  Typically graduate sessions have a full morning and full afternoon session on specific subjects.  In addition to in-depth information about being a Rotarian, graduate classes provide a wealth of Rotary history. This year RLI sessions in Montvale will include a graduate course.
 
Stu recalled the history of women being admitted to Rotary.  When a Rotary Club in Duarte California brought in their first two women RI refused to accept them.  It went to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of admitting women.  Ann Kilmartin and Linda Hanlon joined our chapter in 1987.  By 1995 Rotary had eight women district governors.
 
Stuart concluded his presentation by encouraging all members to participate in RLI programs.  Said Stu, “the more you learn about Rotary the more you love it.”
 
For more information, visit the RLI website at http://www.rlinea.org.  The Montvale tab on this site can be used to register for the next RLI program in October.
Rotary Leadership Institute Is Coming To Montvale June Bertini 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Minutes for August 7 Meeting at Marriott Courtyard
 
Flag Salute:  Phil Wells
 
Invocation: Bernie Cohen
 
Members Present: June Bertini, Bernie Cohen, Pat Dirosa, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Ravi Anna
 
Late Fines: Cindy Rose, Helen Paul, Steve Hopper
 
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
 
Bernie was happy to be celebrating his 54th wedding anniversary and was also happy that the NY Mets are in first place. 
 
Nancy was happy to have plans to be with family, including great grandchildren. 
 
June was happy to be home from her antique show in New Hampshire.
 
Pat was happy about her plans to go to Hawaii. Several members were happy to welcome Ravi Anna as our guest.
 
Announcements:
by J. Bertini
 
Fifteen Rotarians and 21 guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship on Thursday, Aug. 13 at the popular Demarest Farms Bar-B-Q held in Hillsdale. Weather was perfect, music sublime and food outstanding. 
 
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and start reaching out to potential participants and sponsors. All materials related to the event can be downloaded from the right-hand side bar of our website,www.parkridgerotaryclub.org
 
Senior Assistant Governor Stuart Gold commended Pres.Vlad for continuing PP Bob Bustard’s practice of forwarding the District’s bi-weekly bulletin to all members. He and the entire District leadership team are thrilled to have Bob, along with Jan D. to be serving as Assistant Governors this year. Be sure to review these e-mails to stay abreast of District activities and events.
 
Friendship Exchange Coordinator Lois Horowitz is looking for host families for a few couples from Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw, Poland who will be arriving here Sept. 1 and staying until Sept. 12. Also needed are individuals willing to drive our guests to various sites throughout our District and vicinity. If you can help, call Lois at 201-796-5618 (h), 201-693-7258 (c) or e-mail loismodeling@gmail.com
 
This year’s New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. The submission deadline for nominations is Aug. 15, 2015. Many of our Rotarians are deserving of this award, including past nominees who have not yet been recognized, so past nominations may definitely be resubmitted! E-mail your club’s nomination(s) to:  svjarahian@aol.com or send to Stephen V. Jarahian, District Governor-Elect
Rotary International – District 7490, 7855 Boulevard East, Unit 19C, North Bergen, NJ 07047
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by J. Bertini
 
Tues., 8/18 - Board Meeting – Fay Logan's Conference Room, 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale – 6:00 dinner; 6:30 meeting. Pres. Vlad encourages ALL MEMBERS, not just the board, to attend and learn the inner workings of our club.
 
Fri., 8/21 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15. Remaining 3 scholarships will be awarded to this year’s recipients.
 
Th., 8/27 - Cornerstone- 5pm for drinks, appetizers and great company
 
Sun., 9/20 – Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary/Halfway Hounds 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 120 Colony Ave., Park Ridge. Race starts at 10:00.
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at http://www.rlinea.org/Event/9501a51d-37de-4ce2-8755-a7e8c3f60bab
 
October 24: Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County.
Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
November 10: Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015.
Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
August 7 Tri-Gear Report June Bertini 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 31, 2015

July 31 was a very special day for Park Ridge Rotary Club members as they hosted 2 of their 5 scholarship winners for 2014-15 at The Courtyard by Marriott in Montvale.

This year’s applicants were particularly strong, making the committee’s choices especially challenging. Committee Chairwoman Linda Hanlon spoke of the great satisfaction she feels in providing a bit of financial assistance to such worthy young people, and President Vlad Zherenovsky urged both recipients to apply Rotary’s mission of doing good in the world to whatever training and skills they may acquire during their college years. We are supremely confident that they will do well.

Before checks were distributed, members Linda Wells and Ryan Cangialosi shared the fact that they had both been past recipients of Rotary scholarships and encouraged both girls to further investigate the world of Rotary International.

Recipients then were called to the podium to introduce themselves. Megan Wetzelberger, a Park Ridge resident and a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy will be going to Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University to major in Criminal Justice.

Sophie Hassell, a graduate of Park Ridge High School will be attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to major in Business Administration

Club members wish them well in all future endeavors and look forward to hearing of their many expected successes.

2015 Park Ridge Rotary Scholarship Winners George Sherman 2015-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 31, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club July 31 Meeting at The Courtyard
 
Flag Salute: Pres. Vlad Zherenovsky
 
Invocation: Ray Falcon
 
Members Present: D. Antokal, J. Bertini, R. Cangialosi, I. Chazotte, B. Cohen,
 W. deBordenave, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, R. Falcon, S. Fox, S. Gold, M. Gonor, L. Hanlon, S. Hopper, L. Kempner, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, L. Wells, DG Peter Wells, Phil Wells, Pres. V. Zherenovsky.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rotarian Mike Brienza (Hackensack Club); Ravi Anna (Guest of Pres. Vlad); George Arizzo and Jim Gardner (Guests of DG Peter Wells); Scholarship winners Sophie Hassell and her mother Suzanne and Megan Wetzelberger and her father Bob); Lois Kempner (Guest of Lester).
 
Make-Ups:  Attending the July Board meeting were Vlad, Stuart, George, Jan, Ray, Phil, Cindy, Pat, June, Fay, Dick, Michelle, Bob Bustard,  Linda Hanlon, Whitney, Steve Fox and Steve Hopper.  Attending the By-Laws Review meeting were Vlad, Stuart, Jan, Ray, and Phil. Attending the July District Staff meeting were DG Peter, Stuart and Phil. Stuart also met with the Northern Valley Club and Bernie met with Charitable Foundation’s Advisory Board. Phil earned 2 additional make-ups in his meetings with the District’s Speaker Directory group and yet another by attending the Teaneck networking event.
 
 BE CERTAIN TO ALERT SECRETARY JUNE BERTINI OF ANY MAKE-UPS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CLUB’S ATTENDANCE RECORDS ACCURATE.
 
Sunshine:
 
Best wishes to Steve Hopper and Linda Hanlon, that they may quickly recover from painful injuries.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Well over $100 in happiness was collected in recognition of our scholarship winners, the unusually large number of guests present and the highly successful 4 hour By-Laws meeting held earlier this week.
 
Linda W. was happy to be off to see her grandson soon and to have been a Rotary scholarship winner several years ago in Paramus.
 
Lester K. was happy for the donation made to Caps for Kids by our Charity Foundation.
 
June B. was happy to have been on time today and to be on her way to a big antique show.
 
Ray F. was happy to be going to two baseball games, one with his son and the other with his daughter.
 
Linda H. was happy to be here today to award two of our scholarships.
 
Nancy S. was looking forward to seeing her great-grandson next week.
 
Stuart G. was happy to have gone to the Park Ridge High School Awards Night to announce our scholarship winners.
 
Jan D. was looking forward to a visit from two of his grand-children from Holland.
 
Steve H. was happy for the highly successful Day Camp Staff Party.
 
Whitney d. was happy to have attended Pres. Vlad’s installation at the Meadowlands.
 
Pat D. was happy for her 2 week vacation at the shore with her grandchildren.
 
Irma C. was happy for her trip to California to visit her daughter and to have had the exterior of her house re-done.
 
Ryan C. was happy to have finally gotten to a regular club meeting, for our upcoming 5K and for having been a Park Ridge Rotary Scholarship winner a few years ago.
 
Cindy R. was happy to have had a visit from her cousin and for the tour of Revolutionary War sites that they took.
 
DG Peter W. was happy for the large number of club members doing work at the District level this year.
 
Guest Ravi Teja Anna was happy to have been invited to our meeting today.
 
Bernie C. was happy to be headed upstate.
 
Phil W. was happy for the work that was done on the By-Laws.
 
Pres. Vlad was happy to be president of such a dynamic club.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and start reaching out to potential participants and sponsors. All materials related to the event can be downloaded from the right-hand side bar of our website, www.parkridgerotaryclub.org
 
Senior Assistant Governor Stuart Gold commended Pres.Vlad for continuing PP Bob Bustard’s practice of forwarding the District’s bi-weekly bulletin to all members. He and the entire District leadership team are thrilled to have Bob, along with Jan D. to be serving as Assistant Governors this year. Be sure to review these e-mails to stay abreast of District activities and events.
 
Friendship Exchange Coordinator Lois Horowitz is looking for host families for a few couples from Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw, Poland who will be arriving here Sept. 1 and staying until Sept. 12. Also needed are individuals willing to drive our guests to various sites throughout our District and vicinity. If you can help, call Lois at 201-796-5618 (h), 201-693-7258 (c) or e-mail loismodeling@gmail.com
 
This year’s New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly will take place on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 6th, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey 08817. The submission deadline for nominations is Aug. 15, 2015. Many of our Rotarians are deserving of this award, including past nominees who have not yet been recognized, so past nominations may definitely be resubmitted! E-mail your club’s nomination(s) to:  svjarahian@aol.com or send to Stephen V. Jarahian, District Governor-Elect
Rotary International – District 7490, 7855 Boulevard East, Unit 19C, North Bergen, NJ 07047
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Mon., 8/3 – 5K Meeting in the First Friends Room at Park Ridge Boro Hall, 53 Park Ave., Park Ridge – 7:00
 
Fri., 8/7 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15.
 
Th., 8/13 - BBQ at Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale - 6:00-8:00.  Cost is $19.95 p/p; under 10 years old is $10.00; under 5 is $5.00. Sales tax of 7% is extra. More details at http://demarestfarms.com (THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT DOMANI THIS MONTH)
 
Tues., 8/18 - Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 dinner; 6:30 meeting. Pres. Vlad encourages ALL MEMBERS, not just the board, to attend and learn the inner workings of our club.
 
Fri., 8/21 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15. Remaining 3 scholarships will be awarded to this year’s recipients.
 
Th., 8/27 - Cornerstone- 5pm for drinks, appetizers and great company
 
Sun., 9/20 – Third Annual Park Ridge Rotary/Halfway Hounds 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 120 Colony Ave., Park Ridge. Race starts at 10:00.
 
Sat., 10/10 – Rotary Leadership Institute – 7:30-3:30 – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Offering Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at http://www.rlinea.org/Event/9501a51d-37de-4ce2-8755-a7e8c3f60bab
 
October 24: Halloween Against Hunger 2015 - at St. Peter's University in Hudson County.
Register and/or donate by going to our District homepage at 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50049
 
November 10: Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran will visit our District on Tuesday November 10, 2015.
Greet him at a "Celebration of Rotary Service" Party to be held at Season’s, Washington Township, from 6.30 to 10.30. The "Celebration of Rotary Service" will recognize District 7490 Rotarians with over 40 years of Rotary Service.
 
SAVE THE DATES – 2016 District Conference – April 28-May 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor
July 31 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2015-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by June Bertini on Jul 28, 2015
This has been a season of celebration and pride for the Rotary Club of Park Ridge. The evening of July 10, 2015 at the Meadowlands Racetrack was no exception, not because of winning bets, but because of the installation of new officers and board members as well as the presentation of Paul Harris and Walter Head Awards.
                                                        
 
Bob Bustard delivered a memorable recap of his two years as President and later received the Paul Harris Award for his dedication and commitment to Rotary. 
 
 
Vlad Zherenovsky set an upbeat tone looking ahead to his term as  President in 2015-2016.
 
 
Other 2015-2016 officers were sworn in, including President-Elect Phil Wells, Vice President Ray Falcon, Secretary June Bertini, Treasurer Pat DiRosa, Sergeant at Arms Steve Fox and Immediate Past President Bob Bustard.  Whitney DeBoardenave is a newly elected Board member. 
 
 
Walter Head Awards were presented to Steve Fox and Phil Wells for their outstanding service and for upholding the ideals of Rotary.
 
 
 The evening was capped off by inspiring remarks from Calisto Bertin, Past Governor of District 7490, with a reminder to all to “be a gift to the world.”
 
Park Ridge Rotary Celebrates New Officers and Service Awards June Bertini 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 17, 2015
On Friday, July 17 our own Ray Falcon, a past president of our club and chairman of the Special Needs Committee for District 7490 presented an informative talk entitled “Planning for Tomorrow: The Child with Special Needs”. Ray is a founding principal of Falcon Singer, P.C., the only law firm certified as a B Corp in New Jersey and one of only two in New York to achieve this distinction. In his talk he reviewed many of the key areas that the parents of special needs children must consider in planning for the future well-being of their special children.
 
Who will care for the child when they cannot? Where and with whom will the child live? What government benefits are available to help the child and how will the child qualify? What happens when the child turns 18 and becomes a legally emancipated adult for whom the parents can no longer make medical, financial, or educational decisions?
 
Ray answered all these questions and more in a comprehensive talk that concluded with the following suggestions to be considered and acted upon by those responsible for children with special needs: 1) Create a Memorandum of Intent to help guide family members, caregivers and others in understanding the needs, preferences and wishes of the child; 2) Calculate the future financial need of the child; 3) Establish a Special Needs Trust through your will or living trust to supplement the cost of living expenses not covered by other income sources; 4) Name the SNT as beneficiary of your will, accounts and plans; 5) Consider guardianship and other options; 6) Prepare your own Estate Plan including a will, power of attorney and advanced directive.
 
It is not possible to convey all of the information provided by Ray in this limited space. Should you desire additional information contact Ray’s offices at 201-307-0074 or visit http://www.falconsinger.com
Planning for Tomorrow: The Child With Special Needs George Sherman 2015-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 29, 2015
 
On Thursday evening, June 25,  Rotary District 7490 celebrated the Governor’s Installation and Banner Exchange at Season's in Washington Township. Our own Peter Wells was installed as the 59th District Governor by PDG Emil Geering with Peter's wife Linda at his side. Well over 150 members and friends of Rotary enjoyed great music, food & fellowship.
 
 
2015 Banner Exchange George Sherman 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 20, 2015
Start a business, grow a business or volunteer your expertise, skills and passion to help others reach their goal. These are the areas of focus of the Service Corps of Retired Executives otherwise known as SCORE.
 
 
On Friday, June 19, Bob Janesak, Certified Small Business Mentor for Rockland SCORE visited The Courtyard by Marriott to describe to Rotarians present the work of  his organization.
 
For 50 years this national non-profit and its network of 11,000 volunteers have been mentoring new and existing businesses. No cost on-line educational workshops provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business or non-profit.
 
Rockland SCORE, headquartered in Suffern, is staffed with volunteers from a variety of business backgrounds. Free confidential pre-scheduled one hour mentoring sessions can be arranged at a time and location convenient for you.
 
To learn more about all the services available through SCORE or to become a volunteer, visit their comprehensive website at https://rockland.score.org
Small Business Help Through SCORE George Sherman 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by June Bertini on Jun 18, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club June 11 Meeting at Domani
 
Flag Salute: Bob Bustard
 
Invocation: Peter Wells
 
Members Present: J. Bertini, B. Bustard, P. DiRosa, S. Fox, S. Gold, L. Kempner, F.Logan, G. Sherman, N. Swales, L. Wells, P. Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Guest Speaker Dr. Jim Cole (Englewood Club); Rosemary Bustard, Lois Kempner and Pam Sherman.
 
Make-Ups: J. Bertini (Lehmann Gardens and Montvale Street Fair); B. Bustard, S. Fox, S. Gold (Montvale Street Fair).
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: G. Sherman
 
Sunshine: Ralph Padovano is home and would welcome calls.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by J. Bertini
 
Lester Kempner was happy that he and Lois became great-grandparents and that Caps for Kids just got a $10,000 donation.
 
Nancy was happy that her son is doing well and that her granddaughter is moving north.
 
Linda  was happy that her grandson was coming for a visit from Florida
 
Peter was happy that Jim Cole was going to speak and because he had such a great time with son Phil in Brazil
 
Bob Bustard was happy that the Montvale Street Fair was so much fun and so successful.
 
Fay was happy that he would be leaving for vacation next week
 
Steve Fox was happy that the Montvale Street Fair, the Park Ridge Rotary raffle were so successful; he was also happy that his daughter would be graduating from high school next week and that the family would be vacationing in the Bahamas.
 
Pat was happy to have gotten tickets to see Mama Mia with her daughter and because her grandson’s baseball team made the playoffs (he got three hits).
 
Announcements:
by J. Bertini
 
The club’s Youth Exchange Student will be arriving in the U.S. from Spain in August. She will be a student at Pascack Hills High School for the school year 2015-16. It will be up to our club to see that her stay is a meaningful one. Let Pres. Bob know if you can provide housing for the young lady for 3 months.
 
The Rotary Club of Park Ridge requests the pleasure of your company for the installation of Peter Wells as the 59th Governor of Rotary International District 7490 Thursday June 25, 2015. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 will be served at Season's Catering & Special Events, 644 Pascack Road Washington Township, NJ 07676. $950 per table of ten |$100 per person. Black Tie Attire Optional. Please RSVP to JBertini@aol.com by June 15th. Table purchases must be made by June 1st. Checks should be made payable to “Park Ridge Rotary Club”. Mail payment to P.O. Box 265, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
 
Come celebrate the installation of Vlad Zherenovsky as club president on Friday July 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m.   Event will be held in a private Sky Box at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment complex.  Buffet Dinner with Wine and Beer: $50 per Member | $85 per guest. Derby Attire Requested: (Bow ties, Floppy Hats, Bright Dresses & Pants). Checks payable to ‘Park Ridge Rotary Club’.
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and begin to think about friends and family to invite out and businesses who can be great sponsors for our growing event. At the installation dinner in July for President-Elect Vlad and his slate of officers, every member will be provided with a folder containing all the information needed in regards to the 5K and signing up runners and sponsors.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by J. Bertini
Th., 6/25 – Governor Peter Wells’ Installation – Seasons. (There will be no meeting at The Cornerstone this month)
 
Fri., 7/3 – NO CLUB MEETING – HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
 
Fri., 7/10 – Club President Vlad Zherenovsky’s Installation – Meadowlands (There will be no meeting at Domani this month)
 
Fri., 7/17 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – Guest Speaker- Ray Falcon
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Posted by George Sherman on May 29, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club May 29 Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott
 
Flag Salute: Bob Bustard
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: D. Antokal, B. Balentine, R. Beattie; J. Bertini, B. Bustard, B. Cohen, J. Doornbosch; R. Falcon; S. Fox, S. Gold, L. Kempner, H. Paul, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, B. Vozza.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Guest Speaker Mary Wittleder-Dotto; Lois Kempner and Westwood Rotarian Christian Treitler (guests of Lester).
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Dan A., Bob Balentine, Steve F. and Bernie C. all celebrated birthdays last week.
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Lester K. was happy to have his guests with him today.
 
Guest Christian T. was happy to be visiting.
 
Nancy S. was happy to have seen her new great-grandson and that her son-in-law had been honored for his military service at a Mets game.
 
George S. was happy that the Park Ridge 4th graders had a successful visit to the Pascack Historical Society museum last week.
 
June B. was happy that a video tracing the history of the Park Ridge Golden Age Club had been created by Ned Barber and was soon to be shown on PKRG.
 
Jan D. was happy to be home from his most recent trip to Holland and for his sailing trip in the islands of the Aegean with buddies from high school.
 
Ray F. was happy for his son’s 30th birthday, for his growing law firm and for the opportunity to participate in a Mental Health First Aid Training program.
 
Cindy R. was happy for her niece’s graduation.
 
Steve F. was happy for his father’s 70th birthday.
 
Dan A. was happy to have been treated to a concert by The Who for his birthday.
 
Pres. Bob was happy to welcome our guests today.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Our 50/50 Cash Raffle will be held NEXT FRIDAY, JUNE 5. Each member has been asked to take responsibility for selling 5 tickets. WE STILL HAVE NEARLY 60 TICKETS TO SELL! IF WE ARE TO HAVE THE MONEY WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE CAUSES WE CARE ABOUT, WE MUST GET ALL 300 TICKETS SOLD! Order forms can be downloaded from the club’s website.
 
The club’s Youth Exchange Student will be arriving in the U.S. from Spain in August. She will be a student at Pascack Hills High School for the school year 2015-16. It will be up to our club to see that her stay is a meaningful one. Let Pres. Bob know if you can provide housing for the young lady for 3 months.
 
Ryan Cangialosi reminds us that the Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak is set for Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the evening at the Park Ridge Elks. This is the same date as the Park Ridge Town Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks. The $70 cost includes unlimited beefsteak from Nightingales, French fries, salad, beer/wine/soda, and dessert from the Cakeboss. Checks should be made payable to 'Park Ridge Rotary Charitable Foundation'.
 
The Rotary Club of Park Ridge requests the pleasure of your company for the installation of Peter Wells as the 59th Governor of Rotary International District 7490 Thursday June 25, 2015. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 will be served at Season's Catering & Special Events, 644 Pascack Road Washington Township, NJ 07676. $950 per table of ten |$100 per person. Black Tie Attire Optional. Please RSVP to Jbertini@aol.com by June 15th. Table purchases must be made by June 1st. Checks should be made payable to “Park Ridge Rotary Club”. Mail payment to P.O. Box 265, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and begin to think about friends and family to invite out and businesses who can be great sponsors for our growing event. At the installation dinner in June for President-Elect Vlad and his slate of officers, every member will be provided with a folder containing all the information needed in regards to the 5K and signing up runners and sponsors.
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Fri., 6/5 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15. (Try to come early to help set up for the Cash Raffle Drawing.)
 
Sun., 6/7 – Montvale Street Fair – Paragon Drive, Montvale – 10:00-5:00 (Set up begins at 7:00)
 
Th., 6/11 – Club Meeting at Domani, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale – 6:30. Guest Speaker – Dr. Jim Cole (Malawi Orthopedic Project)
 
Sat., 6/13 – Park Ridge Town Picnic
 
Sat., 6/13 – Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak – Park Ridge Elks Club - $70 p/p
 
Tues., 6/16 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge. Dinner at 6:00;meeting at 6:30.
 
Th., 6/25 – Governor Peter Wells’ Installation - Seasons
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Posted by George Sherman on May 29, 2015
On Friday, May 29, club members heard an informative talk about in-home senior assistance services from Mary Wittleder-Dotto, Director of Community Relations for Senior Helpers- Paramus and a certified dementia practitioner.
 
In her talk, Mary highlighted some of the advantages of hiring an agency with care options ranging from full-time to occasional check-ins rather than relying on individual care-givers. Employees of Senior Helpers are licensed, bonded and insured. 
 
 
Winner of the 2015 Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award, Senior Helpers of Northern Bergen County prides itself on finding highly qualified caregivers. Whether you need Senior Helpers' assistance 24/7 or just a few hours a day, the Bergen County office is there to help. Customized care plans are developed according to the client's specific situation and after a free in-home assessment.
 
An in-home care plan can be a combination of any of the following service offerings: Senior Care; Companion Care; Alzheimer's and Dementia Care; Housekeeping; Personal Care.
 
To learn more about Senior Helpers of Bergen County, visit their website: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/bergencounty-nj
 
 
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Posted by June Bertini on May 15, 2015
Energy Star Whole House Energy Solutions
 
 
On Friday afternoon, May 15, Park Ridge Rotarians welcomed guest speaker Michael Mulholland. Michael’s background is in construction and he is a licensed Home Inspector and Energy Auditor.   His company, Ciel Power, specializes in home energy assessments and upgrades. For example, in most homes, air changes two to three times faster than it should, increasing the loss of heat in winter and cool air in summer.
 
Michael explained that most states have an Energy Star program that provides rebates for audits and energy improvements. His company determines how client homes are wasting energy and then finds cost saving solutions and incentives to achieve energy efficiency.  His company also provides the paperwork to qualify for rebates and financing. The rebate program is a step program based on how much residents are saving on their utility bills. 
 
Michael responded to several questions about how his company remediates such issues as old wooden windows and home foundations. He also offered discounts on his $99 inspection fee to Park Ridge Rotary members.
 
To learn more, visit cielpower.com.
 
Assessing Your Home's Energy Efficiency June Bertini 2015-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Park Ridge Rotary Club May 7 Meeting at Domani
 
Flag Salute: Bob Bustard
 
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: R. Balentine, R. Beattie, J. Bertini, R. Bustard, P. DiRosa, S. Fox, R. Guller, L. Kempner, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, B. Vozza, P. Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Guest Speaker Amanda Missey; Guest Rotarians John Adams (Wyckoff/Midland Park) and Larry Bogert (Northern Valley), Lois Kempner, Elena and Ariana Guller, Pam Sherman, Joe DiRosa.
 
Make-Ups: Earning 3 make-ups each at the District Conference in Mexico were Pat DiRosa, Cindy Rose, Bob Balentine, Phil, Peter, and Linda Wells. Bob Balentine received an additional make-up by attending a meeting of the District Foundation.
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Ralph Padovano thinks of us often but is unable to attend meetings. We miss you, Ralph!
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Joe and Pat D., Cindy R., Bob Balentine and Phil W. were happy to have had such a great time at the District Conference in Mexico.
 
Nancy S. was happy to announce the birth of her grand-daughter’s twin boys.
 
Lester K. was happy for the on-going success of Caps for Kids.
 
Steve F. was happy for his daughter’s birthday but sad that she’s already 18.
 
June B. was happy for the beautiful day.
 
Guests John Adams and Larry Bogert were happy to be with us to talk about Youth Exchange and our incoming student.
 
Guest speaker Amanda Missey was happy to have the chance to describe the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Guest Rotarians John Adams (Wyckoff/Midland Park) and Larry Bogert (Northern Valley) explained the club’s responsibilities toward our Youth Exchange Student who will be arriving in the U.S. from Spain in August.
 
She will be a student at Pascack Hills High School for the school year 2015-16. It will be up to our club to see that her stay is a meaningful one.  
 
Our 50/50 Cash Raffle will be here before you know it. Drawing is set for Friday, June 5. Each member is asked to take responsibility for selling 5 tickets. FEWER THAN HALF OF OUR TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD SO FAR. ONLY 4 WEEKS REMAIN. IF WE ARE TO HAVE THE MONEY WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE CAUSES WE CARE ABOUT, WE MUST GET ALL 300 TICKETS SOLD!
 
Ryan Cangialosi reminds us that the Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak is set for Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the evening at the Park Ridge Elks. This is the same date as the Park Ridge Town Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks. The $70 cost includes unlimited beefsteak from Nightingales, French fries, salad, beer/wine/soda, and dessert from the Cakeboss. Checks should be made payable to 'Park Ridge Rotary Charitable Foundation'.
 
The Rotary Club of Park Ridge requests the pleasure of your company for the INSTALLATION OF PETER WELLS AS THE 59TH GOVERNOR OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 7490 on Thursday evening, June 25, 2015. Cocktails available at 6:00 with dinner served at 7 at Season’s Catering and Special Events, 644 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676. $100 per person or $950 for a table of ten. Black Tie Attire Optional. RSVP to jbertini@aol.com by June 15. Table purchases must be made by June 1st. Make checks payable to ‘Park Ridge Rotary Club’. Mail payment to P.O. Box 265, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and begin to think about friends and family to invite out and businesses who can be great sponsors for our growing event. At the installation dinner in June for President-Elect Vlad and his slate of officers, every member will be provided with a folder containing all the information needed in regards to the 5K and signing up runners and sponsors.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Fri., 5/15 – Club Meeting – Courtyard (12:15) – 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – Guest speaker: Michael Mulholland (Ciel Power: Energy Star Whole House Solutions)
 
Tues., 5/19 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society – 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge, NJ – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.
 
Wed., 5/20 – Presidents’ Ball – The Venetian – 6:30-11:00 – 546 River Drive, Garfield - $115 p/p.
 
Mon., 5/25 – Memorial Day Parade – 10:30 in Woodcliff Lake.
 
Sun., 6/7 – Montvale Street Fair – Paragon Drive, Montvale – 10:00-5:00 (Set up begins at 7:00)
 
Sat., 6/13 – Park Ridge Town Picnic
 
Sat., 6/13 – Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak – Park Ridge Elks Club - $70 p/p
 
Th., 6/25 – Governor’s Installation - Seasons
 
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Posted by George Sherman on May 07, 2015
On Thursday evening, May 7, Park Ridge Rotarians welcomed guest speaker Amanda Missey to Domani. Her subject was the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative located in Hackensack since its founding in 2009.
 
 
The mission of BVMI, Inc. is to provide free primary medical care and, where possible, referrals to specialty care for working, low-income Bergen County residents who have no health insurance. Through their work they hope to improve the health and well-being of those being served, reduce the use of hospital emergency services, and serve as a model of improving access to healthcare through volunteerism.
 
BVMI is a licensed, ambulatory healthcare site. Patients are seen by appointment five days a week. BVMI provides 6,000 medical visits for 1,000 patients annually.
 
A team of 65 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals provide medical care for BVMI’s patients. More than 300 specialists in private practice in the county have agreed to see patients at no charge.
 
  
 
BVMI does not receive any government funding, is not reimbursed by insurance companies and does not charge patients for services provided. BVMI relies entirely on contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.
To learn more, visit their website at: http://www.bvmi.org 
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Posted by June Bertini on May 05, 2015
5-1-15 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
 
Flag Salute: Bob Bustard
 
Invocation: Ray Falcon
 
Members Present:
June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Whitney deBordenave, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Steve Hopper, Lester Kempner, George Sherman, Nancy Swales
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Lois Kempner
 
Photo Fines:
Lester Kempner
 
Late Fines:
June Bertini
 
Photo Fines:
In a reversal of tradition, everyone who did not have a photo in the news was fined $1.  Bob Bustard, whose photo was in the news, also contributed.
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
Bernie Cohen and Steve Fox reported that their wives were still recovering from recent surgery.
 
George Sherman met Ann Kilmartin’s daughter, Nancy, who indicated she might be able to bring Ann to the next meeting at the Marriott Courtyard.
 
Happiness:
by J. Bertini
Nancy Swales was happy about a great family reunion in Texas on the occasion of her granddaughter’s wedding.
 
Steve Fox was happy that his daughter made a commitment to attend the University of Tampa and that Park Ridge Rotary would be granting 5 scholarships to local students in amounts ranging from $600 to $1,500.
 
Bernie Cohen was happy that his grandson got a scholarship to Suffolk University in Boston and that the stock market was rebounding.
 
Ray Falcon was happy and proud to have the first Stigma Free law firm.
 
George Sherman was happy about all the great events recently held at the Pascack Historical Society.
 
Steve Hopper was happy to have helped with the Park Ridge Car Show and Town Picnic.
 
Announcements:
by J. Bertini
 
Ryan Cangialosi reported that the Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak is set for Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the evening at the Park Ridge Elks. This is the same date as the Park Ridge Town Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks. The $70 cost includes unlimited beefsteak from Nightingales, French fries, salad, beer/wine/soda, and dessert from the Cakeboss. Checks should be made payable to 'Park Ridge Rotary Charitable Foundation'.
 
Our 50/50 Cash Raffle will be here before you know it. Drawing is set for Friday, June 5. Each member is asked to take responsibility for selling 5 tickets.
 
The Governor's Installation Dinner for District Governor Elect Peter Wells will be June 25 at Season's - make sure to mark your calendar as our club is the host.
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and begin to think about friends and family to invite out and businesses who can be great sponsors for our growing event. At the installation dinner in June for President-Elect Vlad and his slate of officers, every member will be provided with a folder containing all the information needed in regards to the 5K and signing up runners and sponsors.
 
Mark Your Calendar with These UPCOMING EVENTS:
by J. Bertini
Th., 5/7 – Club Meeting – Domani (6:30) – 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale – Guest speaker: Amanda Missey (Bergen County Medical Initiative)
 
Fri., 5/15 – Club Meeting – Courtyard (12:15) – 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – Guest speaker: Michael Mulholland (Ciel Power: Energy Star Whole House Solutions)
 
Tues., 5/19 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society – 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge, NJ – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.
 
Wed., 5/20 – Presidents’ Ball – The Venetian – 6:30-11:00 – 546 River Drive, Garfield - $110 p/p.
 
Mon., 5/25 – Memorial Day Parade – 10:30 in Woodcliff Lake.
 
Sun., 6/7 – Montvale Street Fair – Paragon Drive, Montvale – 10:00-5:00 (Set up begins at 7:00)
 
Sat., 6/13 – Park Ridge Town Picnic
 
Sat., 6/13 – Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak – Park Ridge Elks Club - $70 p/p
 
Th., 6/25 – Governor’s Installation - Seasons
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Posted by June Bertini on Apr 21, 2015
4-17-15 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
Flag Salute:  President Bob Bustard  
        
Invocation:  Bob Balentine
Members Present: Dan Antokal, Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Mary Ellen Offer, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Guest Speaker, Rotarian Dr. Jim Cole (Englewood)
 
Make Ups: Earning make-ups at the A&P food drive were Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Fay Logan, George Sherman, Linda Wells, Peter Wells, Phil Wells and Vlad Zherenovsky.
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Sunshine:  Bernie Cohen and Steve Fox reported that their wives were recovering from recent surgery.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by J. Bertini
Bob Balentine, Steve Fox and George Sherman were happy about the success of last week’s food drive. George was also happy about the success of the dictionary distribution project.
 
Cindy Rose and Bob Balentine were happy that Cindy’s taxes were finished on time.
 
Stuart Gold was happy that his grandson got a shot-put award.
 
Pat DiRosa was happy she was able to get files from an old format into a new report format.
 
Jan Doornbosch was happy that narcissus flowers were in bloom.
 
Phil Wells was happy that his nephew is now two months old.
 
Bernie Cohen was happy to be back with the Rotary group.
 
Dan Antokal was happy to be back with the Rotary group, happy for the arrival of spring and happy for his first year with Ameriprise.
 
Announcements:
by J. Bertini
Ryan Cangialosi reported that the Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak is set for Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the evening at the Park Ridge Elks. This is the same date as the Park Ridge Town Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks. The $70 cost includes unlimited beefsteak from Nightingales, French fries, salad, beer/wine/soda, and dessert from the Cakeboss. Checks should be made payable to 'Park Ridge Rotary Charitable Foundation'.
 
Our 50/50 Cash Raffle will be here before you know it. Drawing is set for Friday, June 5. Each member is asked to take responsibility for selling 5 tickets.
 
The Governor's Installation Dinner for District Governor Elect Peter Wells will be June 25 - make sure to mark your calendar as our club is the host.
 
Our Third Annual 5K is scheduled for Sunday, September 20! Mark your calendar and begin to think about friends and family to invite out and businesses who can be great sponsors for our growing event. At the installation dinner in June for President-Elect Vlad and his slate of officers, every member will be provided with a folder containing all the information needed in regards to the 5K and signing up runners and sponsors.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by J. Bertini
Th., 4/23 – Happy Hour Meeting at The Cornerstone – 84 Broadway Hillsdale. Bell rings at 5:30 - $15.00
 
Th., 4/30-Sun., 5/3 – District 7490 2015 Conference - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 
Fri., 5/1 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale.
 
Wed., 5/20  – Presidents’ Ball – The Venetian – 6:30-11:00 – 546 River Drive, Garfield - $110 p/p.
 
Mon., 5/25 – Memorial Day Parade
 
Sun., 6/7 – Montvale Street Fair – Paragon Drive, Montvale – 10:00-5:00 (Set up begins at 7:00)
 
Sat., 6/13 – Park Ridge Town Picnic
 
Sat., 6/13 – Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak – Park Ridge Elks Club - $70 p/p
 
Th., 6/25 – Governor’s Installation - Seasons
 
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Posted by June Bertini on Apr 21, 2015
Eradicating Polio
On Friday, April 17, members welcomed Dr. Jim Cole to their luncheon. For many years Dr. Cole has been deeply involved in Rotary’s efforts to eliminate this dread disease.  Dr. Cole discussed the nature of polio, the history of and differences between the Salk and Sabin vaccines and the 30 years of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world.
 
 
2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the first testing of the polio vaccine.  Since 1985, Rotary International has contributed more than $1.3 billion to the protection of more than two billion children. Along with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative  (including the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Rotary has been a leader in the efforts to eradicate polio.  Polio incidence has dropped more than 99% since the 1980s, when the world was seeing about 1,000 polio cases per day. According to global polio surveillance data from December 17, 2014, only 333 polio cases had been reported world-wide that year.
 
Dr. Cole discussed the current state of polio in the world and how it moves between countries.  Polio is still considered endemic in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He also pointed to a major success in India which was declared polio free in 2014. Today 80% of the world’s people live in polio-free areas.
 
 
Dr. Cole emphasized Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio and confidence in our ultimate success with a quote from Calvin Coolidge:  “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”
 
To learn more go to http://www.endpolio.org
End Polio Now: Finishing the Fight June Bertini 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 10, 2015
4-9-15 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI
Flag Salute:  President-elect Vlad Zherenovsky 
                   
Invocation:  Bob Balentine
Members Present: Bob Balentine; Bob Bustard, Pat DiRosa; Ray Falcon; Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Lester Kempner; Mary Ellen Offer; Cindy Rose; George Sherman; Brittany Vozza, Linda Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Guest Speaker Sabrina Osso; Joe DiRosa, Lois Kempner, Pam Sherman, Marina, Sophia and Alan Zherenovsky
Make Ups:
 
 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
Lester and Lois K. were happy to have enjoyed a wonderful Seder with their family.
 
Cindy R. was happy to have enjoyed a wonderful Easter dinner.
 
Bob Balentine was happy to have spent last week at the Cape and to find all the snow gone on his return home.
 
Mary Ellen O. was happy to have been with her 11 grand-children for Easter.
 
Pat D. was happily looking forward to having her grand-children coming for a sleep-over.
 
Ray F. was happy to have his grand-dog coming for a visit.
 
Steve F. was happy to have found some time to get to a club meeting.
 
Brittany V. was happy to be in her new home in Park Ridge.
 
Stuart G. was happy for the wonderful planning meeting held at the Wells home for DGE Peter.
 
Pres.-elect Vlad was happy to be here with Sophia, Alan and Marina.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
The Park Ridge school’s “Teacher for a Day” event will take place in April. Dan and June spoke enthusiastically about their experiences and encouraged members to take part. Talk to President Bob if interested.
 
Ryan Cangialosi reported that the Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak is set for Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the evening at the Park Ridge Elks. The cost is not yet set but will be between $65-$75 and will include unlimited beefsteak from Nightingales, French fries, salad, beer/wine/soda, and dessert from the Cakeboss. This is the same date as the Park Ridge Town Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Mon. 4/13 – District Staff Meeting – Al Di La Italian Bistro - 5:30-8:00 – 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford - $30. Register here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Events/EVPEventDetails.aspx?accountid=50049&eid=c65deda3-2344-4174-a66e-57b59f6bd314&tid=2
 
Th., 4/16 – District 7490 Interact World Challenge Conference – 8:00-2:00 – Cornerstone Church, 495 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff, NJ. Contact Jim Boyer at jamboy7490@gmail.com
 
Tues., 4/21 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Av., Park Ridge. Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.
 
Wed., 5/20  – Presidents’ Ball – The Venetian – 6:30-11:00 – 546 River Drive, Garfield - $110 p/p. Register here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Events/EVPEventDetails.aspx?accountid=50049&eid=3f39c550-0796-4318-a9c8-7bcfd0279109&tid=2
 
Mon., 5/25 – Memorial Day Parade
 
Th., 6/25 – Governor’s Installation Banquet - The Rotary Club of Park Ridge requests the pleasure of your company for the installation of Peter Wells as the 59th Governor of Rotary International District 7490- Seasons Catering & Special Events, 644 Pascack Road, Twp. of Washington, NJ - Cocktails @ 6:00; Dinner @ 7:00; $100.00 p/p; Please RSVP to JBertini@aol.com by June 15th. Table purchases must be made by June 1st. Checks payable to ‘Park Ridge Rotary Club’. Mail Payment to P.O. Box 265, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
 
April 9 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2015-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 09, 2015
 
On Thursday evening, April 9, Park Ridge Rotary Club members heard a sobering presentation about domestic violence and its social costs that extend well beyond the actual victim.  An article entitled “Domestic Violence and the Workplace” that was written by our guest appears here: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/meadowlands/201308/index.php?startid=42
 
Sabrina Osso, founder and president of Floor It, LLC, has both personal and professional experience with home violence. Since 2012 she has committed herself to making it a thing of the past by raising this difficult topic with community groups, business groups, educational institutions and others.
 
Only through education and political action can the scourge of domestic violence be eradicated. To this end Ms. Osso has developed a series seminars and workshops with the aim of informing, educating and empowering employees, clients and students.
 
Believing that home violence must be removed from the charity realm and brought into the mainstream as a demand for a better quality of life, Floor It, LLC has been created as a for profit entity. The erasure of home violence must NOT be in the hands of the victims but instead the responsibility of the institutions of society.
 
To learn more about Floor It, LLC visit http://www.flooritllc.com/home-1.html
 
 
Attacking Domestic Violence George Sherman 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Mar 20, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary V-P Phil Wells and Guest Speaker Andrew Sloane
 
Friday’s meeting at The Courtyard provided members with the opportunity to learn about Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance plans from guest speaker Andrew Sloane, an insurance agent for Bankers Life in Rochelle Park.
 
Key points:
  • Medicare Part A generally covers hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, hospice care and home health care. Patient is usually required to pay a portion in the form of deductibles, co-pays, or co-insurance.
  • Medicare Part B covers necessary services needed to diagnose or treat a medical condition. Also covers preventive and early detection services. Still you may have deductibles to meet or co-pays to make.
  • Neither Medicare Part A nor Part B covers long term care, custodial care or many other services.
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance helps pay for costs not covered by Medicare A or B.
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance can help meet out-of–pocket expenses, is valid throughout the U.S., allows you to visit any medical specialist who accepts Medicare patients, and allows you to choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
Medicare, Supplement Insurance, and More George Sherman 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by June Bertini on Mar 15, 2015
At the March 13 Park Ridge Rotary Club meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, members welcomed Reena Chawra of Reebel Wellness in Waldwick, NJ. Reebel Wellness was formed in 2005 to create customized programs that promote physical and brain fitness for a variety of ages and issues, including stress, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury.
 
Through their science-based Reebel Wellness Circuit training, the organization seeks to offer the gift of better health and well-being for the brain, body and soul.
 
 
Reena, whose professional background is in engineering, worked for several corporations before starting Reeba Wellness.  Her treatment programs grew from her own personal experience, having had a traumatic brain incident that affected her memory at the age of 17. She gave herself as an example of living proof that the brain can be exercised and reenergized.
 
Reena concluded her presentation by stressing the importance of positive attitude. To learn more about Reeba Wellness, visit their website at http://www.reebel.com
Rethinking Wellness for Brain and Body June Bertini 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 20, 2015
2-20-15 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD
Flag Salute:  Pres. Bob Bustard 
          
Invocation: Bob Balentine
Members Present: Dan Antokal; Bob Balentine; June Bertini; Bob Bustard; Ryan Cangialosi; Irma Chazotte; Bernie Cohen; Jan Doornbosch; Ray Falcon; Steve Fox; Stuart Gold; Bob Guller; Steve Hopper; Lester Kempner; Fay Logan; Mary Ellen Offer; Cindy Rose; George Sherman; DGE Peter Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Dan Kramer, Kevin Coughlin and Rosemary Bustard (guests of President Bob); Mark Balian (guest of DGE Peter Wells; Lois Kempner (guest of Lester K.)
 
Make Ups: Steve Fox and George Sherman earned make-ups presenting dictionaries to 3rd graders in Montvale’s Memorial School.
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Photo Fines – Steve Fox; Bob Guller
Sunshine: Annelien Doornbosch is recovering from hip surgery; Steve Hopper’s father and mother-in-law are both recovering from knee replacement surgery; Ralph Padovano was released from the hospital to a rehab center in Maywood; Ann Kilmartin is recovering from the flu.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
DGE Peter Wells was happy to report that Linda arrived in Florida last night to be with their daughter as she awaits the arrival of her first baby.
 
Steve Fox was happy to have been a part of the Dictionary Project again this year.
 
Ryan C. was happy to have made a meeting at The Courtyard.
 
Jan D. was happy that Annelien’s surgery was a success. Also happy for Paul Harris’s birthday which happens to coincide with his own.
 
Irma C. was happy to be headed for Florida.
 
George S. was happy to have his youngest grand-daughter home after a 4 day hospital stay.
 
June B. was happy to welcome today’s guests and for Irma’s upcoming trip.
 
Bob G. was happy for the terrific Gift of Life dinner.
 
Cindy R. was happy to have met up with Ryan and Phil at Mt. Fuji.
 
Lester K. was happy for the highly successful Caps for Kids Day at PVHS.
 
Bernie C. was happy that his grandson had been accepted to college.
 
Pres. Bob was happy to have Rosemary and 2 other guests with him today.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
The club is sponsoring a presentation, Youth Mental Health 101, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Community Center behind Borough Hall at 53 Park Avenue in Park Ridge.  Park Ridge residency is not required..  The presentation is open to parents, teachers and adults who work with youth in the community.  The goal is to learn more about: risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems; facts and figures behind mental health disorders in the US; what stigma is, the harm it causes and what can be done to reduce it; how and where to find resources to get help. 
 
The Park Ridge school’s “Teacher for a Day” event will take place in April. Dan and June spoke enthusiastically about their experiences and encouraged members to take part. Talk to President Bob if interested.
 
Ryan Cangialosi reported that the Nikki Franco Scholarship Fund Beefsteak is set for Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the evening at the Park Ridge Elks. The cost is not yet set but will be between $65-$75 and will include unlimited beefsteak from Nightingales, French fries, salad, beer/wine/soda, and dessert from the Cakeboss. This is the same date as the Park Ridge Town Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks.Picnic. It will take place between the picnic and the fireworks, but will also be in a prime location to view the fireworks.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Wed., Feb. 25 – Youth Mental Health 101- Community Center behind Borough Hall, 53 Park Ave., Park Ridge – 6:30-8:30.
 
Th., Feb. 26 – Club Meeting at The Cornerstone – 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 5:30-6:30.
 
Th., Mar. 5 – CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI – SPECIAL GUESTS: RYLA GRADS AND RYLA PROGRAM COORDINATORS – Bell rings at 6:30.
 
February 20 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by June Bertini on Feb 15, 2015
 
Tuesday February 12 was a family affair as Linda Wells became the newest member of the Park Ridge Rotary Club. Linda is the wife of DGE Peter Wells and was introduced by her son Vice President Phil Wells.  Phil’s welcoming remarks included words from his Rotarian grandfather, who wrote that the entire Wells family was proud of Linda, a well-respected chiropractor, who was sure to be an outstanding member of our Club.
 
 
Rotary members also welcomed PDG Raj Bhatia, who continued the family theme by noting that members of the Wells family were mentors to him in his early days as a Rotarian.  In his opening remarks, Raj emphasized Rotary ideals, ethics and dedication to service and noted that Linda already applies the four-way test in her own life.  Raj presented Linda with her Rotary packet and pin and described the 24 points and six spokes that represent the six areas of focus: leadership, diversity, education, fellowship, international perspective and service.  With that, members enthusiastically welcomed Linda into the club. 
Welcoming Linda Wells - Rotary's Newest Member June Bertini 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jan 09, 2015
The club's January 8 meeting at Domani provided members the opportunity to learn more about two of our colleagues as incoming Secretary June Bertini and President-elect Vlad Zherenovsky shared their bios.
 
 
 
Vlad joined the club 4 years ago. A native of Riga, Latvia, he came to the United States at the age of 14 and, until 2010, lived in New Milford. Upon moving to Woodcliff Lake with his wife Marina, Vlad discovered Rotary.
 
Founder, President and CEO of Kraner, LLC, Vlad earned his B.S degree in Business Administration and MBA from the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University. Research and theses for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees were done at the Sino School of International Management in Shanghai, China. In all he has over ten years experience working in the financial industry and is especially proud of having been inducted into the prestigious Century Club of the Voya Financial Advisors for his outstanding dedication to clients.
 
Once a talented soccer player, Vlad is man of many interests, an avid reader, traveler and hunter. He was especially attracted to Rotary for the opportunity it offers the individual to leverage one’s interest in improving the lot of those in need.
 
Together with Marina, his wife of 5 years and their children Alan and Sophia, Vlad is committed to the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.
 
June Bertini will take over as Secretary of the club on July 1. Currently a Councilwoman in Park Ridge, she moved here from Wayne several years ago, purchasing the historic Ackerson House on Pascack Road. She has four children and four grand-children. One son, Dr. Jonathan Riess, received the Park Ridge Rotary Club’s Stewart Alexander Memorial Scholarship in 2006, and is now an oncologist in California.
 
A native of Brooklyn, June graduated with a BA from Barnard College and enjoyed a successful career in Human Resource Management with an emphasis on compensation.
 
Now retired, June can spend more time focusing on the well-being of her  family and her other great passion, her antiques business, Ackerson Homestead Antiques, featuring 18th and early 19th century Americana.
 
The club is truly fortunate to have two such community minded individuals to carry on the proud traditions of the Park Ridge Rotary.
Meet Our President and Secretary for the 2015-16 Rotary Year George Sherman 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by June Bertini on Jan 05, 2015
Park Ridge Rotary Club members recently welcomed featured speakers, Shelby Klein and Jamisin Saracino of CarePlus NJ, a Paramus-based organization that provides mental health services as well as a continuum of related support.
 
Shelby Klein, Vice President of Development, and Jamisin Saracino, a mental health professional who provides client advocacy and community education, explained that the number one reason for suicide is inadequate help based on a sense of shame and stigma. 
 
The Stigma Free initiative is designed to remove these attitudes by increasing mental health awareness. 
 
For several months Shelby, CarePlus, a group of Park Ridge residents and a representative of the Pascack Valley Mental Health Center have been working to promote the Stigma Free conversation in Park Ridge.
 
Results to date include a Park Ridge Council Stigma Free resolution, posting several Stigma Free signs at various community parks, a Facebook page promoting educational information and messages of encouragement, participation in November Mental Health Awareness Week, and a planned training program in February for which the Park Ridge Rotary has donated funds to cover a youth mental health speaker.
 
Club President Bob Bustard presenting Care One's Shelby Klein with a check to support the upcoming Stigma Free training program.
 
CarePlus NJ support services include assistance in coping with anxiety over other health conditions, child welfare services and help transitioning to self-sufficiency that include job training and temporary employment.
Rotary Supports a Stigma Free Park Ridge June Bertini 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 21, 2014
11-21-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
 
Flag Salute:  Pres. Bob Bustard 
          
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: Dan Antokal, Bob Balentine, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Lester Kempner, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests PDG Emil Geering (Paramus Noon); Lois Kempner; Mariya Gonor (guest of Mary Ellen).
 
Make Ups: Ray Falcon earned make-ups by visiting Paterson Great Falls, Hackensack and Paterson A.M. club meetings; Bernie Cohen attended the club’s Foundation meeting and the Board meeting; Bob Balentine attended the District Foundation meeting; Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, George Sherman, Bob Bustard, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, and Phil Wells attended the Nov. 18 Board meeting.
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries – Ray Falcon celebrated a birthday last week.
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Great turn-out and many Happy Bucks welcomed our newest members – Dan Antokal and Lester Kempner.
 
PDG Emil Geering’s presence for the installation brought in many more dollars.
 
Steve F. was happy that his daughter had been accepted to Arizona State Univ.
 
Helen P. was happy to have had new doors installed on her house.
 
Nancy S. was happy that her daughters were going to be helping her decorate the house for Christmas.
 
June B. was happy for her upcoming visit to California to see her new grandson.
 
Jan D. was happy for his upcoming visit to Holland to see relatives and to meet with our sister club.
 
Bob G. was happy to have his mother-in-law visiting from Russia.
 
Bob Balentine was happy to have his boat and house on Cape Cod winterized.
 
Mary Ellen O. was happy to have her guest, Mariya, with her today.
 
Phil W. was happy for his upcoming visit to Florida to visit his sister and her husband.
 
Lester K. was happy for the opportunity to become a Rotarian.
 
Lois K. offered a hopeful happy dollar for the well-being of her grandson who is working for the Israeli Justice Department in Jerusalem.
 
Dan A. expressed his pride in becoming a member of our club and offered additional happy dollars for his upcoming participation in a 5K race in Congers, NY.
 
Pres. Bob offered happy dollars for our new members, PDG Emil, the fine turn-out today and for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Time to order FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT! Our 27th annual FRUIT SALE is underway. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Half-cases - $28.00; full cases - $46.00. ORDERS MUST BE IN TO BERNIE COHEN BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28. Fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot of 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. ONLY 200 CASES HAVE BEEN SOLD THUS FAR!!
 
Dictionaries are in! Let George Sherman know if you want to help prepare and/or deliver them to 3rd graders in Dorchester, Memorial, East Brook, West Ridge or Our Lady of Mercy.
 
Pres. Bob announced that the annual holiday party at Lehmann Gardens will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11. There will be no Thursday evening meeting at Domani in December. Also, the club will be holding its annual holiday get-together at the ’76 House in Tappan, NY on Sunday, December 14. Further details will be forthcoming as they are finalized.
 
Final two club meetings for 2014 will be held at The Courtyard by Marriott on Friday, December 5 and Friday, December 19. THE FIRST CLUB MEETING OF 2015 WILL BE THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 AT DOMANI IN WESTWOOD.
 
DGE Peter Wells described some of the responsibilities the club has as Host Club for the 2015-16 Rotary Year. Installation Dinner and Banner Exchange will be held at Seasons on June 25. The 2015-16 District Staff will consist of about 75 positions. If you are interested in serving in some capacity at the District level next year, talk to Peter.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Thurs., Nov. 27 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!
 
Fri., Nov. 28 – Orders for fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit due to Bernie Cohen
 
Fri., Dec. 5 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott. Bell rings at 12:15. Guest speaker will be Kathy Bowen – Tri Boro Family Cares
 
Mon., Dec. 8 – District Staff Meeting – Al Di La Italian Bistro – 1 Hoboken Rd., East Rutherford – 5:30-8:00 - $30.00
 
Thurs., Dec. 11 – Annual Holiday Party at Lehmann Gardens. (There will be no Thursday night dinner meeting at Domani in December.)
 
Sun., Dec. 14 – Family and Friends Holiday Party at the ’76 House in Tappan, NY
 
Fri., Dec. 19 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott. Bell rings at 12:15. Guest speaker will be Shelby Klein – Care Plus and Stigma Free Park Ridge.
 
November 21 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 21, 2014
Friday, November 21 was a very special day for the Park Ridge Rotary Club as members welcomed PDG Emil Geering to The Courtyard for the induction Dan Antokal of Park Ridge and Lester Kempner of River Vale. Dan, an avid runner who first connected with the club at our 5K race, is a Financial Advisor for Ameriprize Financial Services in Saddle Brook. Lester currently devotes most of his free time to his Caps for Kids 501c3 non-profit which provides autographed baseball caps to youngsters undergoing treatment for cancer.
 
In his talk prior to their official induction, PDG Emil noted that Dan and Lester were being invited into the club by virtue of their being leaders, both in their professions and in their communities, and urged them to carry the spirit of Rotary into their vocations and beyond. Rotary will offer them countless opportunities to not only serve, but to enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people committed to making the world a better place.
 
The breadth and greatness of Rotary can best be appreciated by becoming involved in activities beyond the local level, he added. Attend District events, visit other clubs, participate in District and International Conferences if possible. If you do, you will reap the rewards of being an integral part of the family of Rotary.

With that, membership packets and new-member pins were presented as other club members enthusiastically welcomed Lester and Dan into the club.
 

L. to R. DGE Peter Wells (Dan's Sponsor), Dan Antokal, PDG Emil Geering, Lester Kempner,
Dr. Robert Guller (Lester's Sponsor)
Welcoming Two New Members George Sherman 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 15, 2014
BRINGING EXCITEMENT AND SMILES TO KIDS FIGHTING CANCER
 
Our featured speaker this week was member-in-waiting, Lester Kempner who enthusiastically described the work of Caps for Kids, a 501c3 non-profit started by a New Orleans doctor in 1993 as a way to lift the spirits of young cancer patients. Over the years, the group has expanded to 122 chapters nation-wide. Four months ago, Lester became the charity’s Regional Coordinator for New York and New Jersey.
 
 
Each year 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. For a child, the loss of their hair as a result of chemotherapy can be as devastating as the medical diagnosis. To provide these children with a cap autographed by a hero of their choice has become the mission of the organization. Affected children are encouraged to make a wish list of 3 personal heroes. Volunteers then work to contact agents of public figures to get the donated caps autographed. National board president Ellen Kempner, Lester’s daughter, reports that not one celebrity has ever turned down a request. “The cap symbolizes strength and allows the child to feel that their cap hero is with them during their treatment.”
 
As a fund-raising effort, schools and businesses are being encouraged to schedule a Cap Day in which students or employees donate between $1 and $5 to the non-profit for the privilege of wearing their favorite hat for the day. Money raised will help Caps for Kids achieve their goal of distributing between 3500 and 4000 caps to young cancer patients each year.
 
To learn more about this inspiring organization that has brought encouragement, hope and happiness to thousands of cancer-stricken children over the past 20 years, visit their website at www.capsforkids.org
 
 
 
Bringing Excitement and Smiles to Kids Fighting Cancer George Sherman 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 15, 2014
11-13-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute:  Pres. Bob Bustard
 
Invocation: Bob Bustard
 
Members Present: June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Bernie Cohen, Whitney DeBordenave, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Vlad Zherenovsky.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Prospective Member and Guest Speaker Lester Kempner; Scott Karrel; Rosemary Bustard, Elena and Ariana Guller, Lois Kempner, Pam Sherman, Marina, Alan and Sophia Zherenovsky.
 
Sunshine: Ann Kilmartin continues on the road to recovery after a fall.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Whitney D. was happy for last week’s pot luck event.

Nancy S. was happy to have been chauffeured to tonight’s meeting by Pres. Bob.

Bob G. was happy to be here for Lester’s presentation.

Lester K. was happy to have the opportunity to speak about Caps for Kids.

Scott K. was happy for the check the Unlock Foundation was receiving from the club.

Vlad Z. was happy to be here with his family.

Steve F. was happy that his daughter’s college decision making process is nearing completion.

Pat D. was happy to get to the meeting tonight.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Time to order FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT! Our 27th annual FRUIT SALE is underway. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Half-cases - $28.00; full cases - $46.00. Orders must be in to Bernie Cohen by Friday, November 28. Fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot of 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale.

Dictionaries are in! Let George Sherman know if you want to help prepare and/or deliver them to 3rd graders in Dorchester, Memorial, East Brook, West Ridge or Our Lady of Mercy.

Dick Beattie reminded members of the arrival of a Gift of Life child from the Philippines this month. Posted on our website are copies of GOL materials sent out by current District Chairman David Whitlock for the benefit of anyone who may wish to become involved in this most rewarding endeavor.

Pres. Bob announced that the annual holiday party at Lehmann Gardens will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11. There will be no Thursday evening meeting at Domani in December. Also, the club will be holding its annual holiday get-together at the ’76 House in Tappan, NY on Sunday, December 14. Further details will be forthcoming as they are finalized.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Tues., Nov. 18 - Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Av., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Fri., Nov. 21 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard – Bell rings at 12:15. Installation of Dan Antokal and Lester Kempner. Orientation for new members will precede the regular meeting and will begin at 11:30.

Sun., Nov. 23 – Gift of Life Lobster and Clam Bake being hosted by PDG Joe Laureni at the Elks Lodge on Rte. 17 in Paramus. 2:00-6:00

Fri., Nov. 28 – Orders for fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit due to Bernie Cohen

Thurs., Dec. 11 – Annual Holiday Party at Lehmann Gardens. (There will be no Thursday night dinner meeting at Domani in December.)
 
Sun., Dec. 14 - Club's Holiday Party at '76 House in Tappan, NY.
 
November 13 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 08, 2014
11-7-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE
 
Flag Salute:  Pres. Bob Bustard  
         
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Pete Jacobsen, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, DGE Peter Wells, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Prospective Member Lester Kempner.
 
Make Ups: Stuart Gold earned make-ups at the Allendale Club, Bergen Highlands Club and at the District Staff Meeting. Earning make-ups at the DGE Peter’s Dinner were Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Pat DiRosa, Stuart Gold, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells and Phil Wells.
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Sunshine:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
Those who attended our Pot Luck “Fun” Raiser on Thursday night were especially happy for having experienced a great evening thanks to the efforts of Phil Wells, Tara Scheuerman, Ryan Cangialosi, Brittany Vozza, Whitney Debordenave and all those who contributed sponsorships, tricky tray items, food and appetites.
 
Cindy R. was happy that Gypsy Rose was awarded 1st place for best costume in a Halloween Contest sponsored by Petco.
 
Pat D. was happy to be going to NYC for dinner and to see Wicked.
 
Ray F. was happy to have an audience to hear his talk today and for his recent week and a half vacation in Ocean City, Md.
 
June B. was happy for her friend’s health.
 
Phil W. was happy that things turned out as well as they did at the “Fun” Raiser.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Time to order FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT! Our 27th annual FRUIT SALE is underway. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Half-cases - $28.00; full cases - $46.00. Orders must be in to Bernie Cohen by Friday, November 28. Fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot of 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale.
 
Dictionaries are in! Let George Sherman know if you want to help prepare and/or deliver them to 3rd graders in Dorchester, Memorial, East Brook, West Ridge or Our Lady of Mercy.
 
Dick Beattie reminded members of the arrival of a Gift of Life child from the Philippines this month. Posted on our website are copies of GOL materials sent out by current District Chairman David Whitlock for the benefit of anyone who may wish to become involved in this most rewarding endeavor.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Th., Nov. 13 – Club Meeting at Domani – Guest speaker Lester Kempner – Caps for Kids. Bell rings at 6:30. Orientation for Lester and Dan Antokal will precede the regular meeting and will begin at 5:30.
 
Tues., Nov. 18  - Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Av., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.
 
Sun., Nov. 23 – Gift of Life Lobster and Clam Bake being hosted by PDG Joe Laureni at the Elks Lodge on Rte. 17 in Paramus. 2:00-6:00
 
Fri., Nov. 28 – Orders for fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit due to Bernie Cohen
November 7 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 08, 2014
Park Ridge Rotary Club member Ray Falcon, who is serving as Chairman of the District 7490 Special Needs Committee this year, was guest speaker at The Courtyard on Friday, November 7. In his talk he described the job sampling initiative for students with disabilities that he first conceived in 2010.
 

Entitled Best Foot Forward, the project is designed to help private not-for-profit special needs schools in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties identify businesses that are willing to take a student with disabilities as an intern. The concept allows the school to evaluate whether the student has potential to enter the workforce, affords the business the chance to work with and understand better persons with disabilities, and provides the student with a real life work experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom.
 
Students are accompanied by a job coach from the school to supervise and assist them. Thus the student gains real world work experience before aging out of the school environment. This is a wonderful opportunity for special needs students to discover their talents, gain confidence in their abilities and ultimately become productive members of society.
 
Ray encouraged members who may be interested in participating in the initiative to describe the needs your business may have. Best Foot Forward will work with you and a local private school to find the right student to satisfy your needs and coordinate all aspects of the internship. Further information may be found by contacting alevine@falconsinger.com.
 
Job Sampling for Special Needs Youth George Sherman 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 01, 2014
Park Ridge Rotarians were delighted to welcome District Governor Calisto Bertin along with PDG Len Agrusti to The Courtyard on Friday, October 31. 
PDG Len Agrusti, Governor Calisto Bertin and DGE Peter Wells
 
In his introductory remarks, PDG Len highlighted a few of the many achievements of our governor as a Rotarian, including his service as Chairman of the District 7490 Foundation, his creation of the Military Family Assistance Center, and his role as a facilitator and trainer at the Multi-District PETS since 2007. He and his wife Lisa have four grown children and, on numerous occasions beginning in 1998, have hosted 6 Gift of Life children. For nearly 30 years Calisto has served as President of Bertin Engineering and in 2008 was awarded the District’s Vocational Service Award.
 
The question “What is Rotary?” is one that Rotarians confront regularly. As he began his talk, Governor Calisto reminded all present that Rotary is a label that can be attached to any number of worthy projects Rotarians carry out each and every day throughout the world. The brand of Rotary allows individual Rotarians to accomplish great things that they could not possibly achieve alone. It is through Rotary that countless initiatives have helped others in need in a multitude of ways. The brand allows each of us to do things bigger than ourselves.
 
There are many Avenues of Service through which Rotarians can make a difference: Club Service; Community Service; International Service; Vocational Service and Youth Service. Mentorships provide a means by which several of these pathways can be trod simultaneously. It is through the idea of mentorships that a new initiative in the District is evolving – a Rotary Village Elders Program, a concept that will be talked more about in the near future.
 
Of course the work of Rotary could not occur without The Rotary Foundation. Valued at over a billion dollars, The Rotary Foundation opens doors. It is the impetus that “Lights Up Rotary”. It allows local clubs and districts to leverage local fund-raising efforts so that they might more effectively continue the Rotary mission of making the world a better place.
 
Governor Calisto ended his presentation by encouraging members to celebrate this Rotary year by attending the annual District Conference, April 30-May 3, 2015 at Hacienda Tres Rios All Inclusive Resort, Nature Park and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, a brochure for which can be found on our webpage.

 
District Governor Calisto Bertin Visits The Courtyard George Sherman 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 01, 2014
10-31-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE
 
Flag Salute:  Pres. Bob Bustard
           
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Whitney Debordenave, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Cindy Rose, Tara Scheuerman, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, DGE Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests District Governor Calisto Bertin (Mid-Bergen Club), PDG Len Agrusti (Wayne PM Club), Prospective Members Dan Antokal and Lester Kempner.
 
Make Ups: Earning Make-Ups at the Governor’s pre-meeting conference were Dick B., Pres. Bob B., Ryan C., Bernie C., Jan D., Steve F., Stuart G., George S. and Phil W.
 
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries – Nancy S. celebrated birthday number 85.
 
Sunshine: Peter Wells reported that Ann K. is home and feeling better.
 
Phil Wells reported that a good friend of Brittany’s had been killed in a car accident last week.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
The presence of District Governor Calisto Bertin and PDG Len Agrusti brought in an abundance of Happy Dollars.
 
Bernie was happy to provide the club with notices for the upcoming Fruit Sale.
 
Whitney D. was happy to be home from her recent trip to Virginia.
 
Lester K. was happy about his pending membership.
 
Peter W. was happy to be anticipating the birth of his first grandchild. He was also happy to provide additional dollars in recognition of Phil’s Community Service Award last week.
 
Joeen C. was happy to have daughter Tara and soon to be born grand-daughter here today.
 
Tara was eagerly looking forward to the birth of her first child.
 
June B. was happy for a friend’s cancer being in remission.
 
Nancy S. was happy for her son’s lymphoma being in remission as well.
 
Phil W. was happy to promote again the upcoming “Fun-Raiser” for Governor Elect Peter.
 
Steve F. was happy to be headed up to West Point with his son for Saturday’s football game.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Phil Wells reviewed details and passed out flyers for the upcoming “Fun Raiser” for DGE Peter Wells. The event will feature chef Tara, free wine and beer, and a pot luck dinner with prizes. Download the flyer from our website for additional details and SAVE THE DATE – THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 from 6:00-10:00 for a fun evening as we start building momentum for Peter’s 2015-16 year as Governor of District 7490.
 
Time to order FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT! Our 27th annual FRUIT SALE is underway. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Half-cases - $28.00; full cases - $46.00. Orders must be in to Bernie Cohen by Friday, November 28. Fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot of 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale.
 
Dick Beattie reminded members of the arrival of a Gift of Life child from the Philippines this month. Posted on our website are copies of GOL materials sent out by current District Chairman David Whitlock for the benefit of anyone who may wish to become involved in this most rewarding endeavor.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Mon., Nov. 3 – District Staff Meeting – Al Di La Italian Bistro – 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford – 5:30-8:00 - $30.00. Register at http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Events/EvpEventDetails.aspx?accountid=50049&eid=32c84db2-e437-485a-bc5a-d956618ed48b&tid=2
 
Thurs., Nov. 6 – Cooking Night with Wine Pairing and Pot Luck – Bolger Community Center, 455 Godwin Ave., Midland Park – 6:00-10:00 - $55.00 p/p.
 
Fri., Nov. 7 – Club Meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15. Speaker will be our own Ray Falcon who will describe his Special Need Job Sampling Initiative.
 
Fri., Nov. 28 – Orders for fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit due to Bernie Cohen
 
October 31 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 23, 2014
10-23-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE
 
Flag Salute:  Pres. Bob Bustard  
         
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Rotarian Bob Markarian (Bergenfield/Dumont Club), guest of Irma.
 
Make Ups:
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries – Dick and Pat Beattie will be celebrating their 47th anniversary on October 28.
 
Sunshine: Bob Balentine reported on a special fund-raiser being held for Park Ridge resident Richard Burton on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Elks Lodge in Park Ridge.
 
It was reported that Ralph P. has pneumonia.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Many happy dollars were directed toward Phil W. and his successful first attempt at presiding over a challenging Board meeting.
 
Phil W. was happy to see Pres. Bob back.
 
Bob Markarian was happy to join us at our cocktail hour meeting.
 
Ray F. was happy for his daughter’s marriage.
 
Bernie C. was happy to have spent a week touring historic sites along the east coast.
 
Steve F. was happy for his daughter, recently inducted into the National Honor Society at PHHS.
 
Stuart G. was happy for his youngest grandson’s football victory.
 
Pres. Bob was happy(?) to be back from a ten day trip to France and Monaco which included a week long river cruise.
 
Announcements: 
by G. Sherman
 
Phil Wells reviewed details and passed out flyers for the upcoming “Fun Raiser” for DGE Peter Wells. The event will feature chef Tara, free wine and beer, and a pot luck dinner with prizes. Download the flyer from our website for additional details and SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, November 6 from 6:00-10:00 for a fun evening as we start building momentum for Peter’s 2015-16 year as Governor of District 7490.
 
Time to order FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT! Our 27th annual FRUIT SALE is underway. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Half-cases - $28.00; full cases - $46.00. Orders must be in to Bernie Cohen by Friday, November 28. Fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot of 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale.
 
Dick Beattie reminded members of the arrival of a Gift of Life child from the Philippines within the next couple of weeks. Posted on our website are copies of GOL materials sent out by current District Chairman David Whitlock for the benefit of anyone who may wish to become involved in this most rewarding endeavor.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Sat., Oct. 25 – Halloween Against Hunger – 10:00-4:00 – Bergen Community College Gym, 400 Paramus Rd (near Parking Lot B), Paramus, NJ. For more information and to register go to: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/story/StoryDetail.aspx?accountid=50049&sid=23996&stid=District
 
Fri., Oct 31 – Governor Calisto Bertin will be visiting The Courtyard for his annual visit. Board members should plan on attending a pre-meeting meeting with the Governor at 11:30.
 
Thurs., Nov. 6 – Cooking Night with Wine Pairing and Pot Luck – Bolger Community Center, 455 Godwin Ave., Midland Park – 6:00-10:00 - $55.00 p/p.
 
Fri., Nov. 7 – Club Meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. Bell rings at 12:15.
 
Fri., Nov. 28 – Orders for fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit due to Bernie Cohen
 
October 23 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 17, 2014
10-17-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
 
Flag Salute:  Stuart Gold   
         
Invocation: Bob Balentine
 
Members Present: Michelle Albergo, Bob Balentine, June Bertini, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Whitney deBordenave, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Tara Scheuerman, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Speaker – Michael Lubetkin, Pres. and CEO of Spectrum for Living ; Potential members Lester Kempner and Dan Antokal; New City Rotarian Mark Magee.
 
Make Ups: Brittany and Whitney – Ramapo club; Jan – sister club in Holland; Irma – Pompton Lakes club; Michelle, June and Stuart - RLI
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries – None Reported
 
Sunshine: Bob Balentine reported on a special fund-raiser being held for Park Ridge resident Richard Burton on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Elks Lodge in Park Ridge.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
 
Many Happy Dollars were raised in appreciation for the successful RLI conference held at The Courtyard on Saturday, 10/11.
 
Joeen C. was happy to be here with Tara today.
 
The presence of Tara and child-to-be brought in many more Happy Dollars.
 
Pat D. was happy to be with us today after a nasty fall last weekend. Her presence with us brought in a good number of Happy Dollars as well.
 
June B. was happy to be celebrating the first official day of her retirement.
 
Mary Ellen O. was happy for June's retirement.
 
Cindy R. was happy for the conclusion of the Lord and Taylor event.
 
Phil W. was happy to talk about the upcoming “fun-raiser” for DGE Peter.
 
Jan D. was happy to be back from celebrating his grandson’s 6th birthday in Holland. Also, he was happy to report that our sister club in Holland was donating $610.00 to our club as a result of their own successful 5K.
 
New City Rotarian Mark was happy to be visiting with us today.
 
Dan A was happy for his son who completed the Chicago Marathon in less than 3 hours.
 
Steve F. was happy for his daughter’s successful interview at Towson.
 
Stuart was happy for the success of last week’s RLI and for the 6 club members who attended.
 
Announcements:
by G. Sherman
 
Tara Scheuerman and Phil Wells reviewed details and passed out flyers for the upcoming “Fun Raiser” for DGE Peter Wells. The event will feature chef Tara, free wine and beer, and a pot luck dinner with prizes. Download the flyer from our website for additional details and SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, November 6 from 6:00-10:00 for a fun evening as we start building momentum for Peter’s 2015-16 year as Governor of District 7490.
 
Time to order FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT! Our 27th annual FRUIT SALE is underway. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Half-cases - $28.00; full cases - $46.00. Orders must be in to Bernie Cohen by Friday, November 28. Fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 and noon in the parking lot of 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
 
Tues., Oct 21 – Board Meeting will be held this month in Fay Logan’s office, 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale. Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.
 
Sat., Oct. 25 – Halloween Against Hunger – 10:00-4:00 – Bergen Community College Gym, 400 Paramus Rd (near Parking Lot B), Paramus, NJ. For more information and to register go to: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/story/StoryDetail.aspx?accountid=50049&sid=23996&stid=District
 
Fri., Oct 31 – Governor Calisto Bertin will be visiting The Courtyard for his annual visit. Board members should plan on attending a pre-meeting meeting with the Governor at 11:30.
 
Thurs., Nov. 6 – Cooking Night with Wine Pairing and Pot Luck – Bolger Community Center, 455 Godwin Ave., Midland Park – 6:00-10:00 - $55.00 p/p
 
Fri., Nov. 28 – Orders for fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit due to Bernie Cohen.
October 17 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 17, 2014
On Friday, October 17, Park Ridge Rotary club members welcomed to The Courtyard guest speaker Michael Lubetkin, President and CEO of Spectrum for Living.
 
 
Since being founded by parents of 5 disabled children in 1978, Spectrum has been helping adults with developmental disabilities attain their maximum potential by providing quality housing and clinical services in state-of-the-art facilities.
 
In 1983, the first Spectrum site opened its doors in Closter, NJ housing 48 persons in an Intermediate Care Facility. Today, Spectrum for Living serves nearly 800 people at 29 sites in three New Jersey counties. In addition to the Intermediate Care Facility, group homes, supervised apartments, and a network of adult training centers offer educational and recreational opportunities in safe, secure and fully accessible environments.
 
Services provided to clients of Spectrum are supported by a staff of 650 individuals and an operating budget of about $34 million. The cost to support one individual in a Spectrum residence averages between $70,000 and $100,000 per year.
 
The mission of Spectrum for Living is highly ambitious: to enable individuals who have developmental and physical disabilities to have the opportunity to attain their highest level of skills, purpose, and independence with dignity through Spectrum’s ongoing commitment to comprehensive quality services, advocacy, and family partnership. Nonetheless, the 501c3 non-profit has been highly successful over the years and today has a waiting list of 8000.
 
In order to grow and continue to provide the unique services Spectrum offers, Spectrum continually relies on funding from individuals, community organizations, corporations and foundations as well as government funding. To learn more about this much needed and widely respected organization, visit http://www.spectrumforliving.org
 

Spectrum for Living: Making a World of Difference George Sherman 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 09, 2014
President Bob Bustard was proud to introduce River Vale resident Scott Karrel to club members present at Domani Thursday night, October 9. Years ago, Scott played on Bob’s Little League baseball team with Bob’s son. Since then he has done much to improve the lives of hundreds of school children in Namibia and Ghana.

 
While volunteering in Namibia 3 years ago, Scott witnessed first-hand how primary schools in the rural areas were leaving children behind. With a desire to improve conditions at the school in which he taught, he was able to raise enough money from family and friends to help create the school’s first library. Over the next several months he raised $7,000 to purchase 2 computers, books, new chairs, paint and a chalkboard for the library.
 
Statistics sometimes make problems seem insurmountable.
 
Recognizing that small acts can make a big difference, Scott created the Unlock Foundation, a 501(3) non-profit, in April, 2011 to work on several small projects, one school at a time. Partnering with teachers, students and local communities, the foundation’s goal is to meet the fundamental needs deemed necessary to create a thriving school.
 
As is often the case, space limitations prevent a more thorough description of the Unlock Foundation. Learn more about Scott Karrel, his inspirational work, and Project 2020 by visiting http://www.unlockfoundation.org
Unlocking Education; Unlocking Hope George Sherman 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 03, 2014
10-3-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COMMUNITY ROOM OF PARK RIDGE ADMIN. BLDG.
 
Flag Salute:  President Bob Bustard  
                   
Invocation: Phil Wells
 
Members Present: Michelle Albergo, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Kelley O’Donnell, Mary Ellen Offer, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Phil Wells.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests Guest Speaker Sarah Melone (Marblejam Kids); Prospective Member Dan Antocol; Prospective Member Lester Kempner (Guest of Bob Guller).
 
Make Ups: (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)
Earning make-ups at the 5K were Bernie Cohen and Steve Fox.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries – Steve Hopper happily paid his way out of being sung to. Unsuspecting guest Lester Kempner, admitting to having had a birthday last week, courageously endured a less than stellar rendition of Happy Birthday. 
 
Sunshine: - Steve Hopper spoke to Nancy Kilmartin who reported that Ann is doing well but has been unable to get to meetings lately due to various appointments.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.
 
Happiness:
by G. Sherman
June B. was happy to have spent time with her new grandson.
 
Phil W. was happy for the success of his recent trip to Haiti. He was also happy to be anticipating the birth of his sister’s first child.
 
Ryan C. was happy for the success of the 5K.
 
Stuart G. was happy for the promise of the Rotary Leadership Institute being held on October 11 and for our two prospective members.
 
Steve F. was happy that his daughter’s college applications are in the mail.
 
Irma C. was happy for the wonderful visit she had with her daughter in California.
 
Steve H. was happy for his son’s birthday and for his family’s recent trip to Maine.
 
Dan A. was happy for the 5K, for his recent involvement with the club and for last week’s camping trip with friends from college.
 
Bob G. was happy for our 2 prospective members and for Pres. Bob’s improvised lunch today.
 
Pat D. was happy to have attended the recent Survive and Thrive Dinner.
 
Bernie C. was happy to soon be traveling the “Civil War Trail”.
 
Pres. Bob was happy for his recent trip to Alexandria, VA.
 
Announcements: 
by G. Sherman
Cindy Rose is again coordinating the sales of Savings Passes to Lord and Taylor’s shopping event which will take place Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. at their Ridgewood store in the Fashion Center. Cost is $5 per ticket. The club keeps all proceeds from the sales of tickets plus gets a percentage of the sales of merchandise. Items may be bought as early as October 6 and picked up on 10/9. The club will earn at least $1,000 for our Charitable Foundation if we sell all 200 tickets that Cindy has available. THIS IS A HUGELY POPULAR EVENT! Sell them or gift them to family, neighbors or friends, or GIVE THEM AWAY to clients or acquaintances as promotional tools. We can't afford to pass this opportunity up. See more here:http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/content-view/SSDG-Ridgewood
 
All members, but newer members in particular, are encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on Tuesday, October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on Saturday, October 11. Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.
 
Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to interact with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.
 
Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman
  
Mon., Oct. 6 – District Staff Meeting – Al Di La Italian Bistro, 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford – 5:30-8:00 - $30.00. You can register here:http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Events/EvpEventDetails.aspx?accountid=50049&eid=440cdeb8-eab5-4427-9b70-9e6ac314575b&tid=2
 
Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to www.rotarynjva.org
 
Thur., Oct. 9 – Lord and Taylor Shop Smart Do Good Fundraising Event – The Fashion Center – Route 17 N. Ridgewood – 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
 
Thur., Oct. 9 – Club Meeting at Domani Restaurant – 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale. Bell rings and dinner is served at 6:30. Guest speaker will be Scott Karrel, founder of the Unlock Foundation (http://www.unlockfoundation.org )
 
Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com
 
Sat., Oct 25Halloween Against Hunger – The event will take place from 10 am to 4 pm in the Gymnasium of Bergen Community College (near Parking Lot B), 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.
 
Once again, the event will be implemented by  End Hunger NE, the Northeast division of Outreach, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3). The District is asking that each Rotary Club, regardless of which county it represents, donate at least $150 and supply a minimum of three volunteers. Alternatively, you can ask members of your club or potential donors to just chip in $5 or $10 dollars. Checks should be made payable directly to Outreach, Inc. and sent to Outreach, Inc. 1574 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA 02050, Att: Matthew Martin, but be sure to indicate Rotary District 7490 on the memo line. 
 
The District needs all of the checks and volunteers in place by no later than October 19, so PLEASE sign up quickly.  If you would like to give online instead, please go to www.EndHungerNE.org/donate and put Rotary7490 in the special instructions. The more money we raise, the more meals we can package (each $25 donation “buys” 100 meals.)
 
 Volunteers will commit to a two hour session. Each volunteer will be assigned a shift on a first-come, first assigned basis.  End Hunger NE has worked with volunteers from ages 5-96. All children under 18 (even if they are members of Scout troops, Interact Clubs or other groups) must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found online at www.RotaryDistrict7490.org
October 3 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 21, 2014
Thanks to everyone at Halfway Hounds, our sponsors, our vendors our participants, and the weatherman for helping make our second annual 5K race a great success. Runners can access all results from BestRace here:http://www.bestrace.com/results/14/140921PH5.HTM

5K RACE RESULTS George Sherman 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 20, 2014
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On Friday, September 19, Park Ridge Rotarians welcomed Lee Pranitis and Larry Lam from the Post 21 Club of Tenafly to The Courtyard. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is an organization of parents, advocates and families for adult individuals who live with autism. In general, the group seeks to create program choices for the exploding autism population that lacks needed services.
 
Often overlooked by the public is the fact that in New Jersey, educational services provided to autistic youth through their school years come to an abrupt end once the child turns 21. Without continued training, all that was learned by these students over the years begins to be lost and the money invested in their education lost with it.
 
Founded in 2004, the Post 21 Club meets regularly with families affected by autism to discuss issues and needs of the population. They also work with service providers in the community to create customized programs that help adult children become independent contributing members of the community in which they live.
 
In recent years, the group co-founded the most sought after adult program for the ASD population in the area, Friendship House Adult Autism Day Program now located in Paramus and Hackensack.
To learn more about this vitally important organization and to see their 12 minute video, "21 with Autism: A New Set of Challenges", visit their website: http://post21club.org
Autism After 21 George Sherman 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 11, 2014

On Thursday evening, September 11, at Domani Restaurant in Hillsdale, our own District Governor Elect Peter Wells had the honor of inducting Whitney deBordenave into the Park Ridge Club. Whitney, a resident of Tuxedo Park, NY, is now an employee of Jack Daniels VW in Fair Lawn after having spent some years as an elementary school teacher in Virginia.

After briefly describing the obligations of membership and the Five Avenues of Service that Rotary provides, Peter assured Whitney that she would find countless opportunities to make the world a better place. He urged her to make the Four Way Test a guiding principle to follow in all professional and personal activities and encouraged members to help her find her niche in the club and in the Rotary world beyond.

Reminiscing about his own early years as a young Rotarian, Peter called to mind the admonition of one of his mentors to “never say ‘no’ when the club president or other elected Rotary leader asks you to do something. The greater your involvement, the greater your reward”, he said.

Peter then concluded his remarks by reminding all present of the fellowship and mutual support that Rotary provides. Within our own District 7490, one can network with over 1300 members, all committed to the ideal of putting “Service above Self”.

With that a membership packet and new member pin was presented to Whitney as other club members enthusiastically welcomed her into the club.

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Meet Our Newest Member George Sherman 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 11, 2014

9-11-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute:  Past President Bob Bustard                       

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members Present: Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Whitney deBordenave, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and Guests Aubrey deBordenave (guest of Whitney), Rosemary Bustard (guest of Bob), Joe DiRosa (guest of Pat), Pam Sherman (guest of George), Linda Wells (guest of Peter).

Make Ups: New member orientation was attended by Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells and Phil Wells.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine: Members mourn the passing of long-time member Mauro Cappitella on Wednesday, September 3. Our prayers are with the entire Cappitella family. Should you wish to send condolences to Mauro’s companion of the past few years, her address is: Evelyn Senaldi, 22 Arundel Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470; Tel # 1-973-696-7012; email: cookie975@msn.com. Mauro's obituary appeared in The Record on September 4. You can find it here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey .

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Induction of Whitney deBordenave brought many happy dollars into the club’s coffers as members offered their congratulations and good wishes.

Nancy S. was happy to have had her family visit with her last week.

Ryan C. was happy for the turn-out at the 9/11 commemoration in Park Ridge today.

Peter W. was happy to announce that he will soon become a first time grand-parent.

Whitney d. was happy to become a member and to have her sister with her tonight.

Pat D. was happy to have been able attend an Eagles concert with Joe.

Bob Balentine was happy to have enjoyed another summer of sailing at the Cape.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only A WEEK away and there is MUCH TO DO. This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS. In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud. Members should be sure to respond to Dick Beattie’s e-mailed spreadsheet to schedule themselves for a specific activity that day.

All members, but newer members in particular, are encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on October 11. Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to interact with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

The annual Rotary UN Day will be held this year on Saturday, November 1. Each year at Rotary UN Day, more than 1300 Rotarians including many Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests come together at UN Headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the United Nations. In the past, the day has been very successful and has sold out. DON’T BE DISAPPOINTED – REGISTER EARLY!

The day will begin at 9:30am and conclude by 4:00pm. Lunch will be in the UN Cafeteria, over- looking the East River at 1:00pm. For more info and to register go to http://riunday.org

 

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Tues., Sept. 16 – Board Meeting – Fay Logan’s Office, 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale - Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Fri., Sept. 19 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – Guest Speaker: Leonora Prantis – Post 21 Club (http://post21club.org)

Sat., Sept. 20 – District 7490 fifth annual Rotary Foundation Seminar, Flight 7490 to Light Up Rotary, will be held on Saturday, September 20 at the Passport Cafe at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, N.J. You can register here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Events/EVPEventDetails.aspx?accountid=50049&eid=b528480d-0c24-4b15-8bdd-3c59eea1bfd9&tid=2

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to www.rotarynjva.org

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com 

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Posted by George Sherman on Sep 06, 2014

Guest speaker at the meeting of the Park Ridge Rotary Club on September 5 was Patricia Bungert, one of seven volunteers who set up Companion Animal Advocates in 2008 to serve the needs of pets and their owners. We often forget how important pets are to the lives of so many people and what difficult choices people must often make when hard times strike.

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It is the goal of CAA, a 501c3 non-profit, to see to it that “every pet has a family and every family can keep their pet”. Over the past 6 years, the group has delivered nearly 250,000 pounds of pet food to food pantries, thus providing food for nearly 400 pets every month.

Keeping pets fed, however, is not the only project in which CAA is involved. Since starting their “Stop Littering” program began in 2010, the group has paid for over 250 spay/neuter procedures for food pantry clients and others based on income eligibility.

Another initiative started in 2010 has resulted in the donation of 122 pet oxygen masks throughout Bergen and Passaic counties. Now fire departments throughout the region have these life saving kits readily available in emergency situations.

If you would like to learn more about this unique group of volunteers who are providing such a wonderful service, visit their website at http://www.companionanimaladvocates.org 

Serving the Needs of Pets and Their Owners George Sherman 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 06, 2014

9-5-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

Flag Salute:  Stuart Gold            

Invocation: Stuart Gold

Members Present: Dick Beattie, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Fay Logan, Helen Paul, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Patricia Bungert (Companion Animal Advocates); Prospective Member Whitney deBordenave; Marty and Dan Cuny (Guests of Nancy Swales)

Make Ups: Attending the 5K meeting of 9/3 were Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bernie Cohen, Steve Hopper and Pat DiRosa. Stuart, Bernie and Steve Hopper were at a second 5K meeting as well. Stuart spent two days at RLI meetings, Bernie attended the club’s Foundation meeting on 8/19 and Jan visited our sister club in Holland on Sept. 1.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine: Members were particularly saddened to hear of the passing of Mauro Cappitella on Wednesday, September 3. Our condolences go out to Mauro’s family. Mauro's obituary appeared in The Record on September 4. You can find it here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey

Members also learned of the passing of former member Everett Conklin this past spring.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Nancy was happy to have her daughter, Marty, and son-in-law, Dan with her today.

Jan was happy to report that his youngest grand-daughter, now 2, is walking well. Jan was also happy to report that on his latest visit to a meeting of our sister club in Holland, members raised enough money to buy a sponsorship in our 5K. We are so thankful for their support.

Steve H. shared his wife’s happiness that school is back in session.

Many dollars were offered in memory of Mauro and his life of service.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman
Borough of Park Ridge and American Legion Post 153 will be holding a Memorial Observance on Thursday, September 11 at Veterans’ Park beginning at 10:00.

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 2 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO. This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS. In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud. Members should be sure to respond to Dick Beattie’s e-mailed spreadsheet to schedule themselves for a specific activity that day.

All members, but newer members in particular, are encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on October 11. Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

The annual Rotary UN Day will be held this year on Saturday, November 1. Each year at Rotary UN Day, more than 1300 Rotarians including many Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests come together at UN Headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the United Nations. In the past, the day has been very successful and has sold out. DON’T BE DISAPPOINTED – REGISTER EARLY!

The day will begin at 9:30am and conclude by 4:00pm. Lunch will be in the UN Cafeteria, over- looking the East River at 1:00pm. For more info and to register go to http://riunday.org

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Th., Sept.11 – Club Meeting at Domani where we will be inducting our newest member, Ms. Whitney deBordenave. Bell rings at 6:30. New member interview at 5:30.

Tues., Sept. 16 – Board Meeting – LOCATION YET TO BE DETERMINED - Dinner at 6:30; meeting at 7:00. Watch your e-mail to find out where meeting is being held.

Sat., Sept. 20 – District 7490's fifth annual Foundation Seminar, will be held at the Passport Cafe at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, N.J. 

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to www.rotarynjva.org

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com

September 5 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 15, 2014

8-15-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

Flag Salute:  George Sherman    

Invocation: Phil Wells

Members Present: June Bertini, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Fay Logan, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Rhonda Benjamin; Dr. Marilyn Miller (guest of June)

Make Ups: Bernie and Helen earned make-ups by attending the 5K Meeting on August 8.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Steve Fox celebrated his 19th anniversary last week.

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by P. Wells

Joeen Ciannella’s attendance today brought in LOTS of happy dollars.

Joeen was happy to be back with us and to announce that Tara and Bobby are expecting a baby in January.

Nancy Swales was happy for the birthdays of her daughter and her son.

Jan was happy to be visiting Holland soon.

Mary Ellen offered lots of happy dollars for the wonderful family reunion at the Outer Banks.

Helen was happy to have her basement cleaned out.

Fay was happy for the dinner cruise along the Hudson that he and Helen had enjoyed.

June was happy to have Marilyn with her today and to be a proud grandparent.

Pat D was happy for the chance to spend time down the shore.

Steve H. was happy for the fun time he and his family had at Hershey Park.

Announcements:
by P. Wells

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 5 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO. This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS. In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud. Members should be sure to respond to Dick Beattie’s e-mailed spreadsheet to schedule themselves for a specific activity that day.

All members, but newer members in particular, are encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on October 11. Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

President Pat has announced that Committee Lists are now available on ClubRunner. After logging in to the website, look for “My Commitments” in the My ClubRunner section of the Admin page. There you will find the committee(s) you’ve been assigned to and the committee(s) you’ve been asked to chair. If you have any questions or concerns about your assignment, contact President Pat.

Next Thursday, Aug. 21 the club will conduct a business meeting at The Cornerstone in Hillsdale. Bell rings at 6:00.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by P. Wells

Tues., Aug. 19 – Board Meeting – LOCATION YET TO BE DETERMINED - Dinner at 6:30; meeting at 7:00. Watch your e-mail to find out where meeting is being held.

Th., Aug. 21 – Club Meeting/Happy Hour at The Cornerstone. Bell rings at 6:00.

Fri., Aug. 29 – NO CLUB MEETING – LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to www.rotarynjva.org

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com

August 15 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 07, 2014

8-7-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute: President Patrick Little      

Invocation: Vice-President Philip Wells

Members Present: Michelle Albergo, Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Katharine Frost, Pres. Teaneck Rotary Club; Scholarship recipients Lydon Kersting and her father Chris Kersting and Melissa Pittarelli and her father, Bergen Community College Rotarian Ed Pittarelli; Rosemary Bustard, Joan Jacobsen, Pam Sherman.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Congratulations to Bob and Rosemary Bustard who celebrated their 32nd anniversary with us tonight.

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Many happy dollars were spent celebrating our scholarship winners.

Bob Bustard gifted the club with lots of happy dollars for his 32 years of marriage.

June was happy for her son’s most recent visit.

Cindy was happy to have been able to recruit some sponsors for the 5K.

Ryan was happy that tomorrow is Friday.

Pete was happy to be here with Joan.

Brittany was happy to now be an aunt.

President Pat was happy to get to the meeting on time tonight.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 6 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO. This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS. In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud.

All members, but newer members in particular, are encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on October 11. Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

President Pat has announced that Committee Lists are now available on ClubRunner. After logging in to the website, look for “My Commitments” in the My ClubRunner section of the Admin page. There you will find the committee(s) you’ve been assigned to and the committee(s) you’ve been asked to chair. If you have any questions or concerns about your assignment, contact President Pat.

Next Friday, Aug. 15 the club will be meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott. Bell rings at 12:15. The topic of guest speaker Ronda Benjamin will be Medicare 2014.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Fri., Aug. 15 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Ave., Montvale – 12:15. Guest speaker Rhonda Benjamin on the topic of Medicare:2014.

Tues., Aug. 19 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:30; meeting at 7:00.

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to www.rotarynjva.org

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com

August 8 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 07, 2014

Thursday evening, August 7 members of the Park Ridge Rotary Club distributed checks to two more of our 2014 scholarship winners. Lydon Kersting and Marisa Pittarelli, both Park Ridge residents were accompanied by their fathers, Chris Kersting and Bergen CC Rotarian Ed Pittarelli. Lydon, who graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels, will be attending Princeton University in September to study Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Marisa, a graduate of Bergen Tech in Teterboro, will study TV and Film Production at Ithaca College. Hard work and multiple talents allowed each girl to achieve great success in many areas throughout their high school years - success which is sure to follow them in the years ahead. To them we offer our sincere congratulations and good wishes.

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(l.to r. C. Kersting, L. Kersting, M. Pittarelli, E. Pittarelli, Club Pres. P. Little)

The main speaker for the evening was Teaneck Rotary Club President Katharine Frost. In a very moving presentation she spoke of her club’s participation in an RI Global Grant Project seeking to provide solar power to the Freetown Secondary School for Girls in partnership with the Rotary Club of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The Sierra Leone Solar Paneling Project is an amazing story of how a simple plan to provide lighting to a girls’ boarding school became a major humanitarian effort that can change the thinking of an entire nation. With the installation of solar paneling, more girls from remote villages where education for girls is non-existent will be able to attend school. Additionally, the school has come to serve as a safe-haven from the brutal practice of Female Genital Mutilation still practiced in many village secret societies. Through the efforts of world organizations and the government of Sierra Leone, efforts have begun to educate against FGM. It is the policy of the school to enlighten girls about their personal health options and part of the funds being raised will be used to teach against FGM with a curriculum being developed by the Freetown Rotary for incorporation into existing studies.

It will cost $33,000 (US) to fund the solar panel project. To learn more about the project or to help the fund-raising campaign along, visit www.teaneckrotaryrotary.com 

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Presenting Scholarships and Learning of Teaneck's Global Grant George Sherman 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 01, 2014

August 1 was a very special day for Park Ridge Rotary Club members as they hosted 6 of their 10 scholarship winners for 2013-14. This year’s applicants were particularly strong, making the committee’s choices especially challenging. Committee Chairwoman Linda Hanlon spoke of the great satisfaction she feels in providing a bit of financial assistance to such worthy young people, and committee member Vlad Zherenovsky urged all recipients to use the training and skills in their college years to do good in the world; we are supremely confident that they will do well.

Before distributing the checks, AG Stuart Gold highlighted some of Rotary’s many attributes and avenues of service, encouraging all of the young people to take advantage of one or more of the programs that RI provides.

Recipients then were called to the podium to introduce themselves. From Immaculate Heart Academy was Dana Scheffler, a Montvale resident who will be going to St. Michael’s College in Vermont to major in Environmental Science and Film Production. From Pascack Hills High School was Amanda Tosi, a Montvale resident headed for The College of William and Mary where she plans on majoring in Kineseology with a minor in Spanish.

Graduates from Park Ridge High School receiving scholarships were Carson Badame, attending Marist College in NY and majoring in Computer Science and Music, Kimberly Conroy, on her way to the University of Tampa to major in Advertising and Public Relations, Jaclyn Mital, off to Johnson and Wales University to major in Fashion Merchandising, and Nicole Southard who will be majoring in Art Education with a specialization in Art Therapy at Marywood University in Pennsylvania.

We wish them well in all future endeavors and look forward to hearing of their many expected successes.

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Pictured l. to r. Linda Hanlon, Carson Badame, Kimberly Conroy, Amanda Tosi, Jaclyn Mital, Nicole Southard, Dana Scheffler, Vlad Zherenovsky

Park Ridge Rotary Club Scholarships Awarded George Sherman 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 01, 2014

8-1-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Flag Salute: AG Stuart Gold        

Invocation: Phil Wells

Members Present: Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Steve Hopper, Fay Logan, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells, Vlad Zherenovsky.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsDana Scheffler and her mother Maureen (IHA – St. Michael’s); Carson Badame and his mother Christine (PRHS – Marist); Kimberly Conroy and her mother Heidi(PRHS – U of Tampa); Nicole Southard and her father Phil (PRHS – Marywood); Jaclyn Mital and her father Ray (PRHS – Johnson and Wales); Amanda Tosi and her father Alex(PHHS – Wm. and Mary). Prospective member Whitney deBordenave.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Vlad and Marina Zherenovsky celebrated their 5th anniversary.

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Linda H. gifted the club with many happy dollars in celebration of this year’s scholarship winners.

Cindy R. was happy to be going to a 60th b’day party of a friend she met on last year’s District cruise.

Nancy S. was happy to have been visited by her family last week. Increasing her happiness was the fact that her son is doing well.

Mary Ellen was happy to be on her way to the Outer Banks for a family reunion.

Irma was happy that her street was so well represented at the meeting today.

June was happy about the approaching birth of her grandchild.

Dick B. was happy to have attended a great concert last week.

Ryan C. was happy to have been a recipient of a Park Ridge Rotary Club scholarship several years ago.

Multiple club members offered happy dollars for our scholarship winners.

Stuart was happy to have received Whitney’s membership application.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 7 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO. This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS. In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud.

All members, but newer members in particular, are encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on October 11. Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

President Pat has announced that Committee Lists are now available on ClubRunner. After logging in to the website, look for “My Commitments” in the My ClubRunner section of the Admin page. There you will find the committee(s) you’ve been assigned to and the committee(s) you’ve been asked to chair. If you have any questions or concerns about your assignment, contact President Pat.

Next Thursday, August 7, the club will be meeting at Domani. Bell rings at 6:30.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Mon., Aug. 4 – Meeting of the 5K Race Committee – Park Ridge Boro Hall.

Mon., Aug. 4 – District Staff Meeting – Al Di La Italian Bistro, 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford, NJ 07073 - $30.00 – 5:30-8:00

Th., Aug. 7 – Club meets at Domani, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale in the Kings Shopping Center. Bell rings at 6:30. Guest speaker will be Katharine Frost, President of the Teaneck Rotary Club. She will describe her club’s partnership project installing solar panels in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to http://www.rotarynjva.org

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com 

August 1 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
2014 PARK RIDGE ROTARY/HALFWAY HOUNDS 5K RUN/WALK George Sherman 2014-07-25 15:41:35Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 24, 2014

On Thursday, July 24, fourteen members and guests gathered for the monthly Park Ridge Rotary Club cocktail hour at The Cornerstone Restaurant in Hillsdale.

There being no scheduled speaker, President Pat went over some of the things accomplished at the July Board meeting including new prospective members, new yellow vests for Rotarians to wear during community events, and fundraising ideas to support DGE Peter.

Additionally, all members, (but newer members in particular), were encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott in Park Ridge on October 11.

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Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

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Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

Getting Together at The Cornerstone George Sherman 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Jul 24, 2014

7-24-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE

Flag Salute: President Pat Little   

Invocation:  DGE Peter Wells

Members Present: June Bertini, Irma Chazotte, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsHelen Logan

Make Ups: Stuart Gold and Peter Wells attended AG training on 7/23.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – None

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by B. Vozza

Steve H. was happy for a great family trip to Philadelphia and happy his kids enjoyed the history of the city.

June was happy that tomorrow is Friday!

Fay is happy.

Phil was happy to be feeling better.

Cindy was happy to see how well her friend was doing after having a stroke recently.

Irma was happy the Ray spotted her $1.

Ray was happy to be able to come to a night meeting and he is happy to spend his Friday on the golf course.

Pat was happy to be running his first meeting.

Brittany is happy to be celebrating Christmas in July this weekend.

George is happy that Brittany did the notes.

Announcements:
by B. Vozza

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 8 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO. This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the revised SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS. In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud.

President Pat announced that Committee Lists are now available on ClubRunner. After logging in to the website, look for “My Commitments” in the My ClubRunner section of the Admin page. There you will find the committee(s) you’ve been assigned to and the committee(s) you’ve been asked to chair. If you have any questions or concerns about your assignment, contact President Pat.

Next Friday, August 1, the club will be meeting at The Courtyard and hosting 14 GUESTS - (seven of our Scholarship winners and one of their parents). Please consider sponsoring one of our guests to help cover the costs for the day.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by B. Vozza

Fri., Aug. 1 – Club meets at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15. Seven of our 2014 scholarship recipients and their parents will be our guests.

Mon., Aug. 4 – District Staff Meeting – Al Di La Italian Bistro, 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford, NJ 07073 - $30.00 – 5:30-8:00

Th., Aug. 7 – Club meets at Domani, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale in the Kings Shopping Center. Bell rings at 6:30. Guest speaker will be Katharine Frost, President of the Teaneck Rotary Club. She will describe her club’s partnership project installing solar panels in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to http://www.rotarynjva.org

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Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com

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Program
by B.Vozza

There being no scheduled speaker today, President Pat went over some of the things accomplished at the July Board meeting including new prospective members, new yellow vests for Rotarians to wear during community events, and fundraising ideas to support DGE Peter.

Additionally, all members, but newer members in particular, were encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott on October 11.

Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.

Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.

July 24 TRI-GEAR REPORT Brittany Vozza 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 17, 2014

In the aftermath of the sudden cancellation of our scheduled speaker, Past President Stuart Gold not only stepped up to run the day's meeting at The Courtyard on July 18, he took the opportunity to describe to club members the origins of Vocational Service as one of RI’s Five Avenues of Service.

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Stuart first reminded us that September is RI’s Vocational Service Month which culminates in our District each year with the Vocational Assembly, this year being held on Tuesday, October 7.

Cliff Dochterman, RI President in 1992-3, wrote that “Vocational Service is the banner by which Rotarians ‘recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations’ and demonstrate a commitment to ‘high ethical standards in all businesses and professions.’ That's why the Second Avenue of Service is fundamental to every Rotary club.

Stuart summarized how the idea came to be an integral part of Rotary by referring to Dochterman’s words which first appeared in a speech delivered in 2003. It’s a fascinating and sometimes surprising story that can be more easily read about here:

http://www.rotaryroom711.org/portfolio/origins-of-vocational-service

Vocational Service: Sharing the Ideals of Rotary through Business and Profession George Sherman 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 17, 2014

7-18-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Flag Salute: Past President Stuart Gold 

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members Present: Bob Balentine, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsProspective member Whitney deBordenave

Make Ups

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Nancy S. was happy to have been visited by her newly wedded grandson and his wife last weekend.

Cindy R. was happy to have water again in her condo. She was also happy that Stuart agreed to step in to run the meeting in President Pat’s absence.

Jan D. was happy that Dutch soccer team was able to win 3rd place in the World Cup. He was also happy to have been honored with his second Walter D. Head Award.

Bob Balentine was happy to have received a favorable health report and to have had pleasant sailing at the Cape.

Ray F. was happy for his wife’s birthday.

Bob Bustard was happy for all the support given him during his year as club president.

Bernie C. was happy to be on his way upstate to see James Taylor in concert this weekend.

Irma C. was looking forward to her manicure and pedicure later today.

Steve F. was happy for his son who gave up only 1 goal in 4 games while helping his team to win a recent soccer tournament.

June B. was happy for the beautiful day today.

Stuart G. was happy to be back at The Courtyard after a 6 week hiatus.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 9 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO.

This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the revised SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS.

 In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Thurs., July 24 – Club meets at The Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 6:00.

Fri., Aug. 1 – Club meets at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15. Seven of our 2014 scholarship recipients and their parents will be our guests.

Mon., Aug. 4 – District Staff Meeting - Al Di La Bistro, 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford, NJ - 5:30-8:00. $30.

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to www.rotarynjva.org

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at www.rlinea.com

1/3;1/3;1/3 – Won by Helen Paul. The Joker still remains hidden.

July 18 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 10, 2014

On Thursday evening, July 10, Park Ridge Rotary Club members and their guests were happy to welcome to their meeting at Domani Ms. Ellen Elias, Director of The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in Hackensack.

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In 2009, TCADR, first created in 1979, merged with the Children’s Aid and Family Services of Paramus after having collaborated for many years. Since then, the Center has continued to provide extensive resources, information, expertise and support in understanding and preventing alcohol and drug abuse through such initiatives as the Bergen County Prevention Coalition. In addition the group advocates for responsive prevention and treatment services while serving as a full-service resource and referral center. Programs, services and workshops are made available to people of all ages in order to strengthen families and promote healthy lifestyles.

Ms. Elias has served as Executive Director of the agency since 1999 and was instrumental in bringing TCADR under the umbrella of CAFS. The merger has helped strengthen the mission commitments of both groups.

This space cannot begin to do justice to all of the programs available through CAFS and TCADR. A full list of school programs, community programs or programs for individuals and families is available on their extensive and easily navigated website, http://www.tcadr.

Customized training tailored to the needs of local schools, businesses or community organizations can be arranged by calling 201-488-8680.

Understanding and Preventing Alcohol and Drug Abuse Via TCADR George Sherman 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 10, 2014

7-10-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute: Phil Wells

Invocation: George Sherman

Members Present: Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Helen Paul, George Sherman, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Ellen Elias; Joe DiRosa, Joan Jacobsen, Gene Paul, Linda Wells.

Make Ups: At the October 8 Planning Committee meeting were Pres. Pat Little, Pat DiRosa, Vlad Zherenovsky, Stuart Gold, Ray Falcon, George Sherman, Cindy Rose, and Bob Bustard.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Phil Wells reluctantly admitted that he has a birthday next week; Pete Jacobsen proudly announced that he and Joan had just celebrated their 50th anniversary!

Sunshine: June Bertini asked that everyone keep one of her dear friends in their thoughts.

Phil Wells remembered the tragic death of young Nicole Franco of Park Ridge.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Pete and Joan J. are happy to have enjoyed 50 years of married life together.

Dick B. is happy that he has tickets to the last Yankees’ home game this season.

Steve H. is happy to have his son taking part in a Lego competition this weekend.

Joe and Pat D. are happy to be headed toward the shore.

Steve F. was happy to have had a great vacation in Florida and for his son’s latest soccer tournament.

Peter and Linda W. were happy for Phil’s birthday.

Speaker Ellen E. was happy to have been invited to speak to the club tonight.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 10 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO.

This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS.

 In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud. 

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Mon., 7/14 – Meeting of 5K Run/Walk Committee – Park Ridge Dairy Queen, 144 Kinderkamack – 7:00

Tues., 7/15 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave. Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:30;meeting at 7:00.

Sun., 9/21 – 5K Run/Walk

July 10 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 30, 2014

Club's next meeting will be Thursday evening, July 10 at Domani Restaurant, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale (in the Kings Shopping Center). Cocktails at 6:00; dinner at 6:30. Guest speaker for the evening will be Ellen Elias from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children's Aid and Family Services. Check out their webpage to learn more about the organization - http://www.tcadr.org

HAPPY 238TH BIRTHDAY USA!!

ENJOY THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND! George Sherman 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 27, 2014

 

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Closed out Bob Bustard's year as president with a cook-out at Lehmann Gardens. Good weather, good food, good music, and a fine time had by all. Congratulations to Bob on his highly successful year! 

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Lehmann Gardens Cook-Out Ends the Rotary Year George Sherman 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 23, 2014
On June 11th the Park Ridge Rotary Club honored the life of Robert Spearing with a bench at the newly renovated Veteran's Park.The pictures here show the memorial bench with Bob's name and Rotary symbol inscribed into the wood; the other features the Spearing family including Bob's two daughters, grand children, and great grand children.
 
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Bob Spearing passed away five years ago, but his warmth, compassion, community spirit and ability to connect with others are fresh in our memories. Whether he was comforting a grieving family at the Spearing Funeral Home, donating his time and resources to community improvements, helping a friend or just catching up on the latest news, Bob embodied the Rotary spirit of 'service above self'.  The bench in Veteran's Park that is inscribed with his name is a fitting place to meet, catch up with friends and remember the man who personified the greatest generation.
 
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Remembering a Park Ridge Icon George Sherman 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 19, 2014

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On Thursday, June 19, the Park Ridge Rotary Club installed Patrick Little as the club’s president for 2014-15. The ceremony was held at the River Vale Country Club. Club member Steve Fox served as Master of Ceremonies before a group of nearly 50 members, family and friends.

After Bob Balentine gave the invocation, outgoing President Bob Bustard proudly reviewed the events of the past year, thanking one and all for the support he had received. Much had been accomplished including our first 5K race, working with PHHS Interact on a “Feed the Hungry” project, A&P food drive, dedication of a park bench to the memory of 50 year member Bob Spearing, and providing meals to an Americorps work crew as they helped restore Sandy stricken facilities in Moonachie. All of that was on top of our traditional projects including the fruit sale, the sale of Lord & Taylor shopping tickets, the distribution of dictionaries to over 350 third graders, the annual holiday party at Lehmann Gardens, RYLA scholarships for 5 high school juniors, the distribution of $6,000 in scholarships to ten graduating seniors, and successfully raising another $7500 with our 50/50 Cash Raffle. All in all, it had been a very busy and rewarding year, and one that President Bob will always treasure.

Next, our soon to be District Governor Elect Peter Wells did the honors of dismissing the 2013-14 officers and directors from their duties and proceeded to install the incoming officers and directors, reminding them of the great responsibility they were assuming and encouraging them to make the most of the great opportunities for personal growth and community service that lay ahead.

Officers for 2014-15: Patrick Little - President; Vlad Zherenovsky – President-elect; Philip Wells – Vice President; Ryan Cangialosi – Secretary; Patricia DiRosa – Treasurer; Brittany Vozza – Sgt. at Arms; Robert Bustard  - Immediate Past President.

Prior to the distribution of pins to the new officers, Peter alerted members to the special honors that had been afforded our club by District 7490. The first was recognition of having been one of 20 of the District’s 54 clubs to have achieved a Presidential Citation as a result of having completed a rigorous set of requirements. Even more impressive was the club being awarded the Presidential Citation WITH DISTINCTION – one of only two such awards being given by the District this year.

The second citation was presented to Phil Wells and Ryan Cangialosi for their work in becoming actively involved in using RI’s Club Central, an online mechanism by which clubs can set goals and monitor progress toward meeting them.

Once District AG Dr. Stuart Gold distributed the pins, Past-President Bob announced that Jan Doornbosch was being awarded this year’s Walter D. Head Award in recognition for all the support he had offered Bob during the course of the year. Ray Falcon was then called upon to present a special Paul Harris recognition to Pat DiRosa for her tireless efforts as Club Treasurer and keeper of the desk for the past several years.

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Changing of the Guard George Sherman 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 19, 2014

6-12-14 CLUB MEETING AT RIVER VALE COUNTRY CLUB

Flag Salute: Master of Ceremonies Steve Fox

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members Present: Michelle Albergo, Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Linda Hanlon, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Ann Kilmartin, Pat Little, Kelley O’Donnell, Mary Ellen Offer, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells, and Vlad Zherenovsky.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsHoward, guest of Michelle, Pat Beattie, Fran,guest of June, Rosemary Bustard, Joe DiRosa, Annelien Doornbosch, Debbie Falcon, Elena and Ariana Guller, Joan Jacobsen, Nancy Kilmartin, Pam Sherman, Linda Wells, and Marina, Alan and Sophia Zherenovsky. Musicians Jessica Fleming and Jeff Little and were also in attendance.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:

Th., 6/26 – BBQ at Lehmann Gardens – 5:00-7:00. SET UP BEGINS AT 4:00 (THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE THURSDAY AFTERNOON.)

Fri., 7/4 – NO MEETING

Th., 7/11 – Club Meeting at Domani – Ellen Elias from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources will be our guest speaker.

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 Program:         
by G. Sherman

On Thursday, June 19, the Park Ridge Rotary Club installed Patrick Little as the club’s president for 2014-15. The ceremony was held at the River Vale Country Club. Club member Steve Fox served as Master of Ceremonies before a group of nearly 50 members, family and friends.

After Bob Balentine gave the invocation, outgoing President Bob Bustard proudly reviewed the events of the past year, thanking one and all for the support he had received. Much had been accomplished including our first 5K race, working with PHHS Interact on a “Feed the Hungry” project, A&P food drive, dedication of a park bench to the memory of 50 year member Bob Spearing, and providing meals to an Americorps work crew as they helped restore Sandy stricken facilities in Moonachie. All of that was on top of our traditional projects including the fruit sale, the sale of Lord & Taylor shopping tickets, the distribution of dictionaries to over 350 third graders, the annual holiday party at Lehmann Gardens, RYLA scholarships for 5 high school juniors, the distribution of $6,000 in scholarships to ten graduating seniors, and successfully raising another $7500 with our 50/50 Cash Raffle. All in all, it had been a very busy and rewarding year, and one that President Bob will always treasure.

Next, our soon to be District Governor Elect Peter Wells did the honors of dismissing the 2013-14 officers and directors from their duties and proceeded to install the incoming officers and directors, reminding them of the great responsibility they were assuming and encouraging them to make the most of the great opportunities for personal growth and community service that lay ahead.

Officers for 2014-15: Patrick Little - President; Vlad Zherenovsky – President-elect; Philip Wells – Vice President; Ryan Cangialosi – Secretary; Patricia DiRosa – Treasurer; Brittany Vozza – Sgt. at Arms; Robert Bustard  - Immediate Past President.

Prior to the distribution of pins to the new officers, Peter alerted members to the special honors that had been afforded our club by District 7490. The first was recognition of having been one of 20 of the District’s 54 clubs to have achieved a Presidential Citation as a result of having completed a rigorous set of requirements. Even more impressive was the club being awarded the Presidential Citation WITH DISTINCTION – one of only two such awards being given by the District this year.

The second citation was presented to Phil Wells and Ryan Cangialosi for their work in becoming actively involved in using RI’s Club Central, an online mechanism by which clubs can set goals and monitor progress toward meeting them.

Once District AG Dr. Stuart Gold distributed the pins, Past-President Bob announced that Jan Doornbosch was being awarded this year’s Walter D. Head Award in recognition for all the support he had offered Bob during the course of the year. Ray Falcon was then called upon to present a special Paul Harris recognition to Pat DiRosa for her tireless efforts as Club Treasurer and keeper of the desk for the past several years.

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Once the awards had been presented, President Pat Little spoke enthusiastically about his hopes and goals for the coming year. Thanking the club for the honor of allowing him to serve as our president, he reminded us that he is counting on everyone to help increase the number of members we have in the club. More members will allow us to do more good and to raise more money for the benefit of more people. Proposing the motto “Think New; Think Big; Think YES”, Pat described several initiatives he hopes to bring to fruition. Among them are a Senior, Senior Prom, a club Vocational Service Award to be given to a community member for outstanding service through his or her vocation, and a greater emphasis on club participation in local “hands on” projects. Thinking big will bring new emphasis to connecting and collaborating with other service organizations for mutual benefit. Adopting a mind-set of thinking YES will allow us to accomplish more than we ever thought possible.

President Pat is well prepared for taking on his new position, having moved through the chairs with the club over the past three years, having attended numerous District training events and having experienced being a club president with the Nutley club during the 1990’s. During his years in Nutley, Pat sponsored 9 new members, travelled to Chihuahua, Mexico to implement a matching grant water project (for which he was named a Paul Harris Fellow), and having chaired local District’s committee for The Rotary Foundation.

President Pat closed out his talk and the program by promising that he would do all in his power to make the coming Rotary year productive and fun for all.
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June 19 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 12, 2014

6-12-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members Present: Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Ann Kilmartin, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales and Vlad Zherenovsky.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Alyssa Petrillo, Michael and Peggy Vesta (guests of President Bob), Rosemary Bustard, Carol Cohen, Nancy Kilmartin, Pam Sherman, Marina, Alan and Sophia Zherenovsky.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Bernie Cohen celebrated a very special birthday on May 27, a milestone which he matched in happy dollars. He also announced that any financial gifts given to him at his upcoming party will be donated to the Park Ridge Rotary Charity account to be earmarked for the Dr. Stewart Alexander Scholarship Fund. We all are deeply grateful to Bernie for his generosity and wish him many more years of good health and great happiness.

Also celebrating recent birthdays were Vlad Zherenovsky and your editor.

Sunshine:  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Many happy dollars were offered in gratitude for Bernie’s generous donation.

Irma was happy to have had a wonderful trip to Lake Wallenpaupak in Pennsylvania.

Nancy Kilmartin was happy for her mother’s receipt of the District’s prestigious Art Fenniman Award. Ann was happy that we had been able to keep the secret.

Peggy Vesta was happy to announce the engagement of her son.

Stuart was happy for the two awards from RI that were presented to the club at the last District Staff Meeting. He was also happy for his grand-daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.

Pat DiRosa was happy for her daughter’s upcoming wedding.

Jan was happy to have won a sailing race. He was also happy that the club finally had been able to install the beautifully engraved bench in Park Ridge Memorial Park in memory of WWII Vet, past club president, and long-time member Bob Spearing.

Cindy was happy to be celebrating Gypsy’s 6th anniversary.

Bob Balentine was happy for the wonderful event Wednesday celebrating the life and service of Bob Spearing.

President Bob was happy for the dedication ceremony and for all the support he had received during his year as club president.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

The Installation Dinner for PE Pat Little will be held at the River Vale Country Club on Thursday, June 19 beginning at 6:30. Cost of the event will be $25.00 for club members and $60.00 for guests. (Club dues subsidize $35.00 of each member’s cost.) IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU RSVP PE PAT BY FRIDAY, JUNE 13!

District 7490 Banner Exchange will take place Friday, June 20 at Biaggio’s in Paramus. Cocktails at 6:30; dinner at 7:30. Cost - $95.00pp. Join us at Biago's Ristorante as we install Calisto and Lisa Bertin as our 2014-15 District Governor and First Lady. Come wish Calisto and Lisa all the best for a great year and be there to celebrate Len Agrusti's very successful year as Governor.

Come for fellowship, fine food, music and dancing with special guest Hunter Hayes.

 Registration may be done online on the District’s website, http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=50049

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Tues., 6/17 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30

Th., 6/19 – President Pat Little’s Installation Dinner – River Vale Country Club, 660 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675. THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING ON JUNE 20.

Fri., 6/20 – Banner Exchange – Gov. Calisto Bertin’s Installation dinner – Biaggio’s Ristorante 299 Paramus Road, Paramus – 6:30.

Th., 6/26 – BBQ at Lehmann Gardens – 5:00-7:00. (NO MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE THAT AFTERNOON)

 Program
by G. Sherman

Thursday evening, members and guests welcomed Park Ridge resident and former Park Ridge Rotary Club scholarship winner Alyssa Petrillo to their meeting at Domani. Since graduating from Park Ridge H.S. in 2011, Alyssa has become increasingly engaged in providing health care to those in need both close to home and far afield.

Currently a student at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Alyssa returned home last week from a two week mission trip to San Ignacio, Belize where she served as a community health nurse. In her presentation she spoke of the lack of medical care available to many of the people there, and described the difficult conditions in which the few available health care workers function in that nation.

For Alyssa the two weeks proved to be a life altering experience as she is now more committed than ever to becoming a nurse. Given her passion, enthusiasm, determination and experience as a Tri-Boro Ambulance EMT since age 16, we have no doubt that she will succeed. 

June 12 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 06, 2014

6-6-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

Flag Salute: President-Elect Pat Little

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members Present: Michelle, Albergo, June Bertini, Bob Balentine, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, and Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsNone

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Cash Raffle Chairman Peter Wells thanked everyone for all their efforts in seeing to it that the club sold all 300 tickets this year, thus raising $7,500 for the club. Special thanks went to Brittany Vozza for all of her efforts and especially for her willingness to take on the job next year. Special thanks too to President Bob Bustard for selling 17 tickets over the past few days.

President-elect Pat Little has asked that members return Interest Surveys to him asap as he is in the process of drawing up committee lists for his upcoming year as club president.

The Installation Dinner for PE Pat will be held at the River Vale Country Club on Thursday, June 19 beginning at 6:30. Cost of the event will be $25.00 for club members and $60.00 for guests. (Club dues subsidize $35.00 of each member’s cost.) IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU RSVP PE PAT BY FRIDAY, JUNE 13!

This past week VP Vlad Zherenovsky presented congratulatory letters to the club’s scholarship winners for the school year 2013-14. They are:

Carson Badame, Kimberly Conroy, Jaclyn Mital and Nicole Southard from Park Ridge High School;

Alexa Hirschberg, Amanda Tosi and Devon Willock from Pascack Hills High School;

Park Ridge residents Lydon Kersting (Academy of Holy Angels), and Marisa Pittarelli (Bergen Tech)

Montvale resident Dana Scheffler (Immaculate Heart Academy)

Congratulations and best wishes to all.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Mon., 6/9 – Gov. Lenny’s last official District Staff Meeting – Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn – 5:30 Registration; 6:00 Meeting - $30.00

Wed., 6/11 – Dedication of bench in Park Ridge Memorial Park honoring Past President and long time member Robert Spearing. Bob was also a WWII vet, having served in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. Members wishing to offer reflections on Bob’s life and service should notify Pres. Bob asap and no later than Monday night. Tributes begin at noon. Several family members will be in attendance. A light luncheon in the Mancinelli Room at Park Ridge Boro Hall will follow. Memorial Park is located across from the Park Ridge railroad station.

Th., 6/19 – President Pat Little’s Installation Dinner – River Vale Country Club, 660 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675. THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING ON JUNE 20.

Fri., 6/20 – Banner Exchange – Gov. Calisto Bertin’s Installation dinner – Biaggio’s Ristorante 299 Paramus Road, Paramus.

Th., 6/26 – BBQ at Lehmann Gardens – 5:00-7:00. (NO MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE THAT AFTERNOON)

 Program
by G. Sherman

Cash Raffle Drawing was the program today. Holder of ticket #79 won the third place prize of $525; ticket #23 won the second place prize of $975; ticket #161 won the first prize of $6,000. The big winners however were those who will be recipients of grants and scholarships from our Park Ridge Rotary Foundation. Thanks to everyone who made the raffle such a success this year and for your continued support.

June 6 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 22, 2014

Park Ridge Rotarians were pleased to welcome Dorothy Ferreira to their meeting at Domani Thursday night to hear her speak about Alliance for Smiles. By profession, Dorothy is a dental hygienist in the Pascack Valley but one of her great passions became obvious as she talked about her volunteer work with AfS.

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In October, Dorothy will be leaving on her 10th mission trip for AfS. In describing her experiences with AfS, she stated that the group was founded in 2004 by 5 members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco who had previously been involved with other cleft lip and palate organizations. Their mission: to repair children’s broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment of deformities in under-served areas of the world.

Missions tend to last about 2 weeks and involve about 20 volunteers. Corrective surgery is the main priority, but not the only one. Also high on the priority list is the creation of Treatment Centers where education about nutrition and general dental care can occur.

Observing the many pictures displayed by Dorothy in her presentation, one could not help but be moved by the dramatic changes in appearance that had been brought about. AfS has obviously changed lives. Before surgery, these children would have been social outcasts, unable to attend school or lead a normal life. As a result of the work of AfS volunteers, they now had been given hope.

Since its creation in 2004, AfS has conducted 51 missions including several in which Park Ridge Past President Linda Jones was a participant. Overall 4332 patients have been treated and 5343 surgeries performed. In October Dorothy will be travelling to Myanmar with another AfS team. May it too prove to be a great success. To learn more about the organization and the tremendous work that they do, visit www.allianceforsmiles.org

Bringing Smiles to the World George Sherman 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 22, 2014

5-22-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Phil Wells

Members Present: Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Pat Little, George Sherman, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Dorothy Ferreira– Alliance for Smiles; Rosemary Bustard, Carol Cohen, Joe DiRosa, Sara Fox, Elena Guller and daughter Ariana, Pam Sherman.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Steve Fox is celebrating his 32nd birthday on May 23 for the __nth time.

Sunshine:  

Ann Hopper is recovering from surgery for a torn meniscus. Nancy’s son is doing well. Mauro’s treatments are going well too.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Pat Little was happy to have visited the Nutley club. He was also happy to announce that he will soon be a first-time grandpa.

Steve Fox was happy to be accompanied by his daughter Sara tonight.

Stuart Gold was happy for his grand-daughter’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah.

Irma Chazotte was happy to have guest speaker Donna Ferreira here tonight.

Bernie Cohen was happy to have Carol with him tonight and for all of the coffee cups that people had brought in to donate to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon.

Phil Wells was happy for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Ray Falcon was happy to have had breakfast with a United Nations dignitary and to have heard so many good things about RI from him.

Joe DiRosa was happy to be able to be at the meeting with Pat tonight.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy for the upcoming weekend.

Bob Guller was happy to be accompanied by wife Elena and daughter Ariana.

George Sherman was happy to attend his first meeting at Domani with his wife, Pam.

President Bob was happy for the fine turn-out tonight and to have Rosemary here with him.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Over 280 Cash Raffle Tickets have been sold thus far with the drawing 2 weeks away. EVERY MEMBER NEEDS TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT. OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND SMALL GRANTS TO A VARIETY OF WORTHY CAUSES DEPENDS ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR FUND-RAISERS – THIS ONE ESPECIALLY. Ticket order forms can be downloaded directly from the club’s website or by contacting Peter or Brittany Vozza.

Steve Fox has arranged for the club to have a booth at the Montvale Street Fair once again this year. Members are needed to man the booth for one or more 2 hour shifts between 8:30 and 5:30 on Sunday, June 1. The fair will be held rain or shine on Paragon Drive in Montvale.

President-elect Pat Little has asked that members return Interest Surveys to him asap as he is in the process of drawing up committee lists for his upcoming year as club president.

President Pat’s Installation Dinner will be held at the River Vale Country Club on Thursday, June 19. Further details are being finalized.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Fri., 5/30 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale – 12:15.

Sun., 6/1 – Montvale Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Fair – Paragon Drive, Montvale – 10:00-5:00 (set up begins at 8:30).

Mon., 6/9 – Gov. Lenny’s last official District Staff Meeting – Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn – 5:30 Registration; 6:00 Meeting - $25.00

Th., 6/19 – President Pat Little’s Installation Dinner – River Vale Country Club. THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING ON JUNE 20.

Fri., 6/20 – Banner Exchange – Gov. Calisto Bertin’s Installation dinner – Biaggio’s Ristorante 299 Paramus Road, Paramus.

Th., 6/26 – BBQ at Lehmann Gardens – 5:00-7:00. (NO MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE TONIGHT)

May 22 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 17, 2014

5-16-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Ray Falcon

Members PresentMichelle Albergo, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Kelley O’Donnell, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Larry Palant (Suffern Club) – Shelter Box; Whitney DeBordenave (guest of Pres. Bob)

Make Ups: At the District Staff Meeting was Stuart Gold; Helen Paul earned make-ups at the District Conference and by attending the President’s Ball; Fay Logan attended the President’s Ball; Cindy Rose earned a make-up at the Paramus Club Meeting.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Helen and Gene Paul celebrated their 36th anniversary, 3 days after Helen’s birthday.

Sunshine:  

Ann Hopper is recovering from surgery for a torn meniscus. Nancy’s son is doing well. Mauro’s treatments are going well too.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Peter Wells was happy to offer many happy dollars for the wonderful luncheon at Season’s celebrating his father’s 50 YEARS OF PERFECT ATTENDANCE. Over 200 Rotarians and friends attended including several from our club.

Michelle Albergo was especially happy to announce her engagement to Howard which subsequently brought in many more congratulatory dollars.

Nancy Swales was happy for her family’s visit on Mother’s Day.

Stuart Gold was happy for the great event at Season’s.

Kelley O’Donnell was happy that the town has hired a new deputy clerk.

Mary Ellen Offer and June Bertini were happy to be at the meeting today.

Pat Little was happy to have established a new committee for his upcoming year as club president.

Helen Paul was happy to have received a beautiful card and bouquet of flowers from her “adopted” daughter Jackie for Mother’s Day.

Fay Logan was happy for his recent vacation.

Jan Doornbosch was happy to be sailing to Holland.

Pat DiRosa was happy to be attending her grand-daughter’s dance recital.

George Sherman was happy for the $6,000.00 worth of scholarships the club was able to provide this year and for our four outstanding RYLA candidates who will be begin their week at Indian Head Camp in Honesdale, PA on Sunday.

President Bob was happy for the highly successful food drive held at the Ridgemont A&P last Saturday and for the presence of guest Whitney deBordenave.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Only 255 Cash Raffle Tickets have been sold thus far with the drawing less than 3 weeks away. EVERY MEMBER NEEDS TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT. OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND SMALL GRANTS TO A VARIETY OF WORTHY CAUSES DEPENDS ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR FUND-RAISERS – THIS ONE ESPECIALLY. Ticket order forms can be downloaded directly from the club’s website or by contacting Peter or Brittany Vozza.

Steve Fox has arranged for the club to have a booth at the Montvale Street Fair once again this year. Members are needed to man the booth for one or more 2 hour shifts between 8:30 and 5:30 on Sunday, June 1. The fair will be held rain or shine on Paragon Drive in Montvale.

President-elect Pat Little has asked that members return Interest Surveys to him asap as he is in the process of drawing up committee lists for his upcoming year as club president.

President Pat’s Installation Dinner will be held at the River Vale Country Club on Thursday, June 19. Further details are being finalized.

 

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Tues, 5/20 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 dinner;6:30 meeting.

Thurs., 5/22 – Club Meeting at Domani’s – 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale – 6:00 – Guest Speaker-Dorothy Ferreira – Alliance for Smiles

Sun., 6/1 – Montvale Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Fair – Paragon Drive, Montvale – 10:00-5:00 (set up begins at 8:30).

Mon., 6/9 – Gov. Lenny’s last official District Staff Meeting – Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn – 5:30 Registration; 6:00 Meeting - $25.00

Th., 6/19 – President Pat Little’s Installation Dinner – River Vale Country Club.

Fri., 6/20 – Banner Exchange – Gov. Calisto Bertin’s Installation dinner – Biaggio’s Ristorante 299 Paramus Road, Paramus

 

1/3;1/3;1/3 – Won by Ray Falcon who still couldn’t find the Joker amongst the 10 cards left.

 

May 16 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 17, 2014

Meeting in the newly remodeled cafeteria at The Courtyard by Marriott, club members welcomed Larry Palant, District 7210 representative for ShelterBox.

 

A Rotary Project Partner since 2013, the idea for ShelterBox was introduced by a Rotarian in England in 2000, and the first 143 ShelterBoxes sent to Gujarat, India following a huge earthquake in January, 2001.

Delivering humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide became the mission of the organization. The contents of each box thus supply an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

The donation amount to sponsor each box, including delivery, is $1,000.00. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground working closely with local organizations and international aid agencies.

Since being established almost 15 years ago, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter for people who need it most in the aftermath of more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries.

There is much more to learn about the activities of this life-saving organization at www.shelterboxusa.org

ShelterBox:Responding to Disasters Everywhere George Sherman 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on May 09, 2014

5-9-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Phil Wells

Members PresentBob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Pete Jacobsen, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Kelley O’Donnell, Cindy Rose, Brittany Vozza and Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsJoan Jacobsen and Autumn, guest of Kelley.

Make Ups: Earning make-ups at the Scholarship Committee Meeting were Linda Hanlon, Bob Balentine, Pat DiRosa, George Sherman, Bob Bustard and Vlad Zherenovsky. Receiving make-ups for participating in the RYLA Selection Committee process were Dick Beattie, Pat DiRosa, Ryan Cangialosi, Phil Wells and George Sherman.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:  

Ann Hopper has a torn meniscus and will be undergoing surgery May 9.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by B. Vozza

Many members were happy to have had such a great group of scholarship applicants this year including local residents attending schools outside Park Ridge and Pascack Hills.

Happy dollars were also given for completion of the Spearing Bench and for our four RYLA candidates.

Kelley was happy to have her guest Autumn with her today but sad that Autumn will be leaving Park Ridge, for a new job in Sussex County.

Pete J. was happy for all of the work Kelley did to see the Spearing Bench Project through.

Steve H. was happy for this one of a kind meeting that you just don’t see at the Marriott.

Brittany was happy to be going to see the play Aladdin this weekend.

Phil was happy to have attended a fund raiser for Haiti where they raised over $9.000.

Cindy was happy for the success of her scholarship plant sale.

Announcements:
by B. Vozza

Only 215 Cash Raffle Tickets have been sold thus far with the drawing only 4 weeks away. EVERY MEMBER NEEDS TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT. OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND SMALL GRANTS TO A VARIETY OF WORTHY CAUSES DEPENDS ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR FUND-RAISERS – THIS ONE ESPECIALLY. Ticket order forms can be downloaded directly from the club’s website or by contacting Peter or Brittany Vozza.

Cindy Rose provided members with order forms for the annual plant sale she holds for the benefit of her Civil War Institute Scholarship Fund at Gettysburg College.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by B. Vozza

Th., 5/15 – Paramus Club is holding a special luncheon honoring PRID/PDG Ray Wells’ 50 years of service and 50 years of perfect attendance – Season’s, 644 Washington Ave., Twp. of Washington – 12:15 - $25.00. Call Doris Spano at 201967-0860 or e-mail her at stonespan@aol.com

Fri., 5/16 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15 – Guest speaker – Larry Palant – Shelter Box

Sat., 5/17 – District Training Assembly – TEC Bldg. at Bergen CC – 8:00-noon – 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus – FREE Continental Breakfast – Register at www.rotarydistrict7490.org

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

Tues, 5/20 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 dinner;6:30 meeting

 Program
by B. Vozza

In place of a speaker, Rotarians brought in and proudly wore pins received over the years.

Bob Balentine had many pins. He was especially proud of those received in the army and in other countries as well as his Walter Head and Paul Harris pins.

Cindy Rose was most proud of her Walter Head pin.

President Bob was most proud of his Sunday school pin.

Phil looks forward to wearing a President pin he received from his father.

Jan had on two pins – his Rotary pin and his diaper pin .

Pete was proudly wearing his Elks pin.

Stuart had the most pins of all with a vest of Rotary pins.

 

 

May 9 TRI-GEAR REPORT Brittany Vozza 2014-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 02, 2014


On Friday, May 2, Park Ridge Rotary Club members welcomed Paramus Rotarian Lois Horowitz, Chairwoman of District 7490 Friendship Exchange. Over the past 9 years, Lois has co-ordinated exchanges with Rotarians in Japan, Australia, Poland, British Columbia and Taiwan. Traveling as couples or as singles, members from District 7490 have experienced other cultures and visited national landmarks at minimal expense to themselves as lodging and most meals were provided by Rotarians in the country being visited. The only cost was for round-trip air fare and any incidentals one may have wished to purchase.

To illustrate her most recent trip to Poland, Mrs. Horowitz shared 4 huge binders of photos which she had taken during the group’s 11 day stay. She encouraged all members to take advantage of one of these truly wonderful experiences. Further information can be obtained by contacting Lois at loisibcnj@hotmail.com

In her talk, information was also presented about another frequently overlooked opportunity available through Rotary International. Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotary members who share a common interest or who wish to enhance their Rotary experience by exploring new opportunities and making connections around the world. Over 60 diverse fellowships are currently operational. Take a look at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/form-rotary-fellowship. You may find a whole new reason to appreciate Rotary.

 

 

Rotary Friendships George Sherman 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 02, 2014

5-2-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members PresentBob Balentine, Dick Beattie, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Kelley O’Donnell, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, and Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest speaker Lois Horowitz (Paramus Club).

Make Ups: Attending the President’s Ball were Bob Balentine, Irma C., Bernie C., and Cindy R. Jan D. picked up 2 make-ups in Holland visiting Rotary Clubs there.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Cindy was happy for the wonderful month of April.

Nancy was happy to have celebrated Easter with family.

Steve F. was happy for his daughter’s 17th birthday but not so happy that she’s now driving.

Bernie was happy that the Union College Dutchmen had won the collegiate national hockey championship by defeating #1 seeded U. of Minnesota.

June was happy that her son and daughter-in-law will soon be welcoming a baby boy to the family. She was also happy to announce the Park Ridge Mayor’s Wellness Weight-Loss Challenge.

Bob Balentine was happy for the work Lois Horowitz has done in growing the District’s Friendship Exchange Program over the past 9 years. He was also happy to have attended the annual Lincoln Dinner in New York.

Steve H. was happy to have been a part of his son’s first camping trip with the Boy Scouts. He was also pleased to report that the bi-state clean-up of local waterways has grown to include over 500 volunteers from 11 towns.

Stuart was happy for his grandsons’ birthdays and to be on his way to seeing The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Ryan Cangialosi shared the prototype of our new Club Tri-fold Brochure that he and Phil Wells have put together. The goal is to have them published by the end of the month.

Peter Wells announced that only200 Cash Raffle Tickets have been sold thus far with the drawing only 5 weeks away. EVERY MEMBER NEEDS TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT. OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND SMALL GRANTS TO A VARIETY OF WORTHY CAUSES DEPENDS ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR FUND-RAISERS – THIS ONE ESPECIALLY. Ticket order forms can be downloaded directly from the club’s website or by contacting Peter or Brittany Vozza.

Cindy Rose provided members with order forms for the annual plant sale she holds for the benefit of her Civil War Institute Scholarship Fund at Gettysburg College.

Jan Doornbosch gave club members a short report on his recent visit to Holland where he met with members of our sister club there (Rotary Club Bloemendaal Caprero - http://www.rcbc.nl). The club, founded in 2005, has met with great success in many respects, raising as much as $70,000 in a single year.

Pres. Bob was pleased to present recognition awards to Steve Hopper and Jan Doornbosch – Steve with the new New Member Recruitment Pin and Jan with a Paul Harris +1 Pin.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Th., 5/8 – Club Happy Hour Meeting at The Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 5:30-6:30 - $15.00

Sat., 5/10 – Park Ridge Rotary Club Food Drive will take place between 10:00 and 2:00 at the A&P on Kinderkamack Rd. in Montvale.

Th., 5/15 – Paramus Club is holding a special luncheon honoring PRID/PDG Ray Wells’ 50 years of service and 50 years of perfect attendance – Season’s, 644 Washington Ave., Twp. of Washington – 12:15 - $25.00. Call Doris Spano at 201967-0860 or e-mail her at stonespan@aol.com

Fri., 5/16 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15 – Guest speaker – Larry Palant – Shelter Box

Sat., 5/17 – District Training Assembly – TEC Bldg. at Bergen CC – 8:00-noon – 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus – FREE Continental Breakfast – Register at www.rotarydistrict7490.org

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

Tues, 5/20 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 dinner;6:30 meeting

1/3;1/3;1/3 - Won by Pat DiRosa. The Joker, however, remains elusive. 

May 2 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 24, 2014

4-24-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  President Bob

Members Present Michelle Albergo, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper,  Pat Little, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsHoward - Guest of Michelle.

Make Ups: Attending the President’s Ball were Michelle A., Bob Bustard, Ryan C., Pat D., Stuart G., Pat L. George S., and Phil W.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and AnniversariesMichelle is celebrating her Birthday May 1st.

Sunshine:  

Pres Bob spoke to Mauro. He is feeling better and hopes to be at a meeting soon.

Ann Hopper has a torn meniscus and will have to get surgery.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by B. Vozza

Steve F. was happy to have had a nice trip to Europe.

 

Phil W. was very happy for Apple’s 7 to 1 stock split.

Steve H. is happy to be going on a Boy Scout camping trip with his son. He is also happy to be participating in this weekend’s bi-state water cleanup and for the growth this project has had from year to year.

Pat D. is happy that the plans for her daughter’s bridal shower are all set.

Pres Bob is happy for his son who bought a home in Alexandria VA.

George S. is happy to be headed down to Sea Girt for the weekend.

Pat L. is happy to have received what he hopes will be a good tip on a new job.

Announcements:

by B. Vozza

Dick Bozzone, Co-Chair of the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade, has invited the club to take part in this year’s parade on May 26. Please let President Bob know if you will be able to participate.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by B. Vozza

Fri., 5/2 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – Guest speaker: Lois Horowitz (Friendship Exchange).

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

 Program
by B. Vozza

In place of a speaker Rotarians discussed what super power they would like to have:

Michelle – wants to be invisible.

Phil - would like to change into any animal, starting with a bird and a shark.

Stu – would like to be the Beyonder and change reality.

Steve H - would like to have x-ray vision.

Brittany, Pat, and Howard - would all like to fly.

Steve F - would like to be able to time travel.

Pres Bob – would like to be able to teleport via a fax machine.

George and Pat L would like to be able to eat anything they want with no consequences to health or weight. 

 

April 24 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 11, 2014

4-11-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members Present Bob Balentine, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Bernie Cohen, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Kelley O’Donnell, Mary Ellen Offer, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsPresident Bob’s niece, Morgan Harvey.

Make Ups: Earning make-ups by attending the District Conference Cruise to Bermuda were Bob Balentine, Pat DiRosa, Stuart Gold, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Phil and Peter Wells.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – A belated Happy Birthday was sung to Kelley O’Donnell.

Sunshine:  

Ann Hopper is currently recovering from an injury to ligaments in her knee.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

More happy dollars poured in for the engagement of Bob and Cindy.

The happy participants in the District Conference Cruise offered many additional dollars.

Nancy S. was happy to report that her son is doing better.

Kelley O. was happy that her youngest son is now working and that oldest is likely to get a new job soon.

Steve F. was happy to be on his way to Europe with his family.

Cindy R. was happy to have the Lord & Taylor ticket sales over and done with.

June B. was happy to have spent a wonderful time with her son in California.

President Bob was happy to have his niece visiting and to have had a good time in Florida.

Mary Ellen O. was happy to have had the chance to enjoy lunch with Bob’s niece.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 18. OUR NEXT MEETING DATE WILL BE OUR MONTHLY COCKTAIL HOUR AT THE CORNERSTONE IN HILLSDALE BEGINNING AT 5:30

Our annual 50/50 Cash Raffle Drawing will be held at The Courtyard by Marriott on Friday, June 6. ONLY 300 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT $50.00 APIECE. DON'T MISS OUT. THEY ARE GOING FAST. Contact Peter Wells or Brittany Vozza for your chance to win. 

Dick Bozzone, Co-Chair of the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade, has invited the club to take part in this year’s parade on May 26. Please let President Bob know if you will be able to participate.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Tues., 4/15 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 Dinner; 6:15 Meeting.

Th., 4/17 – Presidents Ball – Season’s Restaurant, 644 Pascack Road, Washington Twp. – 6:00 - $95.00 p/p; black-tie optional.

Sat., 5/10 - DGE Calisto Bertin’s District Training Assembly will be held at Bergen Community College. All incoming Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and Assistant Governors should plan to attend.

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

 Program
by G. Sherman

As there was no speaker scheduled for today, President Bob asked those who attended the District Conference Cruise to report on their experiences.

All agreed that it was a very enjoyable experience, though a bit bumpy on Wednesday. Stuart reported on the business aspects of the conference. Present on the cruise were 82 Rotarians and 62 guests from 31 clubs. Among the highlights of the conference was the talk given by Past RI President Charles C. Keller who is now over 90 years of age and a member of the Rotary Club of California, PA since 1950. It was during his year as president in 1987-88 that women were first admitted to Rotary. You can read more about this remarkable gentleman here: http://www.peacockkeller.com/attorneys/kellerc.html

Also it was reported at the conference that so far in 2014 only 1 case of polio has been reported in Nigeria, 4 in Afghanistan and 43 in Pakistan. Confidence is building that this dread disease can finally be eradicated world-wide by 2018.

Finally, it was further reported that District 7490 has been responsible for saving the lives of 960 Gift of Life children since 1986. It is expected that the 1000 lives saved threshold will be reached this year or next.

All agreed that everyone should try to attend the annual District Conference at least once. Next year’s will be at a Caribbean resort in Mexico. Not only will you have a good time, you will have the chance to become acquainted with Rotarians from clubs throughout the District.

April 11 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 05, 2014

On Friday, April 4, club members were pleased to welcome Ms. Laura Hudson, founder and Director of Hearts & Crafts Grief Counseling. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary year, H&CGC has its counseling center in Ramsey but services clients throughout Bergen and Rockland Counties.

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Among the many service provided by this 501c3 non-profit organization are children’s support groups and parent/adult support groups which meet simultaneously and sometimes in joint session, individual and family counseling, Camp Grief Busters and a Holiday Gathering.

Children’s groups are led by Laura, a Board Certified Art Therapist while teens and adults most often meet with a licensed social worker. Groups are scheduled to run 8 weeks, but often continue well beyond the first series of meetings.

Utilizing a cardboard and paper scroll home drawn “movie” made by one of Laura’s recent groups, members were able to gain a greater appreciation of the value of art therapy to the lives of these children. For them, artistic expression offers a safe way of coping with the grief, anger, and anxiety they may be experiencing as a result of some family crisis or loss. Without the services of H&CGC, the emotional scars left by such loss often make everyday life much more difficult, especially for the young.

To learn more about the organization, visit their website, http://www.heartsandcraftscounseling.org

Helping Kids (and Adults) Cope with Grief George Sherman 2014-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 05, 2014

4-4-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Flag Salute: President-Elect Pat Little

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members Present Bob B., Irma C., Bernie C., Pat D., Jan D., Stuart G., Ann K., Patrick L., Fay L., Mary Ellen O., Cindy R., George S., Nancy S., Peter W.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Laura Hudson; Honorary Member Nancy Kilmartin

Make Ups: Stuart reported make-ups at PETS and at the District Membership Seminar. P-E Pat earned a make-up with his attendance at PETS.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and AnniversariesHappy Birthday was sung to Irma with great enthusiasm and almost on key.

Sunshine:  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

A flood of happy dollars were offered when Cindy proudly displayed the engagement ring she had received from Bob B.

Many more dollars were given by those leaving on the District Conference Cruise on Saturday.

Nancy S. was happy to report that her son is doing better.

Stu G. was happy for experiences at PETS and at the District Membership meeting.

Jan D. was happy to be headed off to Holland again.

Pat L. was happy for having participated in PETS last weekend.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

President-elect Pat, determined to get his term off to a good start, distributed a brief survey to club members asking them to list areas of service in which they would like to participate, areas of personal interest that might enhance club fellowship, skills or talents that they would be willing to share with the club, suggestions of things that the club should do that we don’t, and ideas as to how those activities might be accomplished. Contact Pat for a copy of the survey if you were not at Friday’s meeting. It will be a great help to him and to the club as a whole if EVERYONE completes and submits a survey.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT DOMANI ON THURSDAY NIGHT, 4/10. THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT ON FRIDAY 4/11.

Dick Bozzone, Co-Chair of the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade, has invited the club to take part in this year’s parade on May 26. Please let President Bob know if you will be able to participate.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Fri., 4/11 – Club Meeting – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale – 12:15; Guest Speaker yet to be determined.

Tues., 4/15 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 Dinner; 6:15 Meeting.

Th., 4/17 – Presidents Ball – Season’s Restaurant, 644 Pascack Road, Washington Twp. – 6:00 - $95.00 p/p; black-tie optional.

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

 

1/3;1/3;1/3 – Won by Ann Kilmartin. The Joker still remains hidden among the 11 remaining cards.

 

April 4 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Mar 27, 2014

3-27-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE CORNERSTONE

Flag Salute: President Bob

Invocation:  Phil Wells

Members Present Bob Balentine, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Pete Jacobsen, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman,  Brittany Vozza , Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsHelen Logan (guest of Fay).

Make Ups: June Bertini earned make-ups by attending the Mid-Bergen Rotary Dinner/Auction and by participating in PRHS “Teacher for a Day”. Also participating at Park Ridge H.S. was Ryan Cangialosi.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and AnniversariesNone reported

Sunshine:  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by B. Vozza

George was happy to attend his first happy hour meeting.

June was happy to have been teacher for a day and she is happy to be visiting her children in California.

Ryan – was happy to be teacher for a day and to be at the happy hour meeting which is his favorite meeting.

Cindy- Was happy not to have to go back to Hackensack for the Lord and Taylor tickets.

Pres Bob – Happy to be taking his aunt to Florida next week.

Bob B- Happy for a trip to Maine with his son and that he did not buy a boat.

Pete- Happy to share a book from his father that contained pictures of Rotarians from years ago.

Pat D- Happy that there is only one week left until the cruise.

Brittany was glad to be at the happy hour meeting and also that the Cash Raffle has almost at 100 tickets sold.

Announcements:
by B. Vozza

President’s Ball: Bob Bustard encouraged members to attend the President’s Ball at Seasons on April 17.  Cost: $95 each, including the usual great Seasons food, open bar, dancing and the opportunity to recognize our President.  Pat DiRosa will send reservations for the club, and tables are assigned when requests are made so let Pat know of your intent as soon as possible. District must receive Pat’s check from the club by April 3.

Lord and Taylor( at Fashion Center on Route 17 north) Fundraising and Shopping Event: Cindy Rose announced that April 3 was the date of the shopping event and urged members to buy and sell or give away tickets. Cost is $5 per ticket which the club gets, plus a percent of any purchases on April 3 using the discount ticket. Items may be bought in advance and picked up on 4/3. The club will earn at least $1,000 for our Charitable Foundation if we sell all 200 tickets that Cindy has available. 

Phil Wells announced that his uncle is putting together another mission trip to Haiti. This time, they will be filling a shipping container with new clothing and shoes, construction materials and gently used young adult and simple adult books. Once in Haiti, the container will be converted into a new YMCA English library in Cap Hatien, Haiti. Contact Phil if you have items to donate. Learn more about the work being done there by visiting http://www.wellsmountainfoundation.org/haitiproject

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by B. Vozza

Fri., 4/4 – Club meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15 – Guest Speaker will be Laura Hudson from Hearts & Crafts Grief Counseling

Sat., 4/5-Thurs., 4/10 – 57th District Conference – Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Th., 4/17 – Presidents Ball – Season’s Restaurant - $95.00 p/p

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

 Program
by B. Vozza

In the place of a speaker Rotarians enjoyed catching up, good food and many laughs. A great time was had by all.

 

March 27 TRI-GEAR REPORT Brittany Vozza 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Mar 20, 2014

The March 21st meeting of the Park Ridge Rotary Club featured guest speaker Dale Robyn Siegel who spoke on the topic, “Your FICO Score and You”. Dale is a licensed attorney and President of the Circle Mortgage Group. She is author ofThe New Rules for Mortgages and an adjunct professor at both NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Baruch College.

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Dale opened her talk by reminding members that many common occurrences in life – getting a job, opening a checking account, finding affordable insurance, borrowing money – can all be affected by your FICO score.

One’s FICO, or credit score is a measure of your payment history, amounts owed, length of credit history, new credit and type of credit. The lower your score, the smaller the loan you are eligible for and the higher the interest you will pay.

To improve your score follow these tips: 1) Pay bills on time; 2) Keep the amount owed on a credit card below 50 % of the amount allowed; 3) Establish a good credit history; 4) Recognize that a new credit card can act against you since you have yet to establish a history with that vendor; 5) Don’t let anyone run a credit inquiry until you are sure you want to do business with that vendor; 6) Check your credit report from Experian, Equifax, and/or TransUnion annually for any potential errors. You are entitled by law to obtain one report from each every year, though you will probably have to pay a modest fee for your actual credit score.

Your Credit Scores and You George Sherman 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Mar 20, 2014

3-21-14 CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members Present M. Albergo, R. Balentine, J. Bertini, R. Bustard, J. Ciannella, J. Doornbosch, S. Fox, S. Hopper, P. Jacobsen, A. Kilmartin, F. Logan, M. Offer, H. Paul, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Dale Siegel; Honorary Club Member Nancy Kilmartin; Northern Valley Rotarian Ray Cywinski; Felicia Ang (guest of President Bob).

Make Ups: Earning make-ups at the March 18 Board meeting were President Bob, D. Beattie, R. Cangialosi, B. Cohen, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, R. Falcon, S. Fox, S. Gold, S. Hopper, F. Logan, C. Rose, G. Sherman, Phil Wells, and V. Zherenovsky. President Bob and G. Sherman earned 2 additional make-ups each by delivering dictionaries to 3rd graders in at West Ridge School and by taking part in the Stop Hunger Now event at Pascack Hills. Also at the Stop Hunger Now event were M. Albergo, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, S. Gold, and B. Vozza.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and AnniversariesCelebrating birthdays were J. Ciannella on 3/20 and J. Bertini on 3/21.

Sunshine:  Mary Ellen reported that Ralph was routinely going to his office and maintains a positive outlook. 

S. Hopper’s wife is recuperating from a fall she took last week.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Many Happy Dollars were directed toward the highly successful STOP HUNGER NOW event held in partnership with the Pascack Hills High School Interact Club on Thursday, 3/20. Many thanks to President Bob, Michelle Albergo, and Interact Advisor Peggy White for coordinating what we hope will become an annual event.

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George S. and President Bob were also happy to have distributed the last of this year’s dictionaries to 3rd graders at West Ridge School in Park Ridge on Thursday. Jan D. was equally happy to have the last of the boxes of dictionaries out of his warehouse.

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Steve H. was happy for his son’s success in his indoor soccer tournament and for his involvement with the Boy Scouts.

Steve F. was happy for the existence of defibrillators at Pascack Hills and for the quick actions of the coach, trainer and recent alumni of the school who were able to save the life of a member of the high school track team Thursday.

Joeen C. was happy to be back with her friends after a long absence.

June B. was happy for the beautiful family DVD put together by her children.

Helen P. was happy to be seeing her foster daughter this weekend.

Fay L. was happy to be spending time with his son and grandson this weekend.

Mary Ellen O. was happy about the birth of her 9th grandchild.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Northern Valley Rotarian Ray Cywinski spoke of their club’s efforts in partnership with the American Legion to buy a handicap van for the disabled veterans of the area.

President’s Ball: Bob Bustard encouraged members to attend the President’s Ball at Seasons on April 17.  Cost: $95 each, including the usual great Seasons food, open bar, dancing and the opportunity to recognize our President.  Pat DiRosa will send reservations for the club, and tables are assigned when requests are made so let Pat know of your intent as soon as possible before April 1.

Lord and Taylor( at Fashion Center on Route 17 north) Fundraising and Shopping Event: Cindy Rose announced that April 3 was the date of the shopping event and urged members to buy and sell or give away tickets. Cost is $5 per ticket which the club gets, plus a percent of any purchases on April 3 using the discount ticket. Items may be bought in advance and picked up on 4/3. The club will earn at least $1,000 for our Charitable Foundation if we sell all 200 tickets that Cindy has available. 

Phil Wells announced that his uncle is putting together another mission trip to Haiti. This time, they will be filling a shipping container with new clothing and shoes, construction materials and gently used young adult and simple adult books. Once in Haiti, the container will be converted into a new YMCA English library in Cap Hatien, Haiti. Contact Phil if you have items to donate. Learn more about the work being done there by visiting http://www.wellsmountainfoundation.org/haitiproject

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Fri., 3/21-Sat., 3/22 – PETS – Hanover Marriott

Th., 3/27 – Cocktail Hour at The Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 5:30-6:30.

Fri., 4/4 - Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott -12:15- Guest Speaker will be Laura Hudson from Hearts&Crafts Grief Counseling.

Sat., 4/5-Thurs., 4/10 – 57th District Conference – Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Th., 4/17 – Presidents Ball – Season’s Restaurant - $95.00 p/p

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

1/3; 1/3; 1/3 – Won by Bob Balentine. The Joker still remains hidden among the 11 remaining cards.

 

March 21 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Balentine on Mar 13, 2014

At Thursday night's gathering of the Park Ridge Rotary Club at Domani in Hillsdale, Mr. Emery Duell, a Counselor at Law at Beattie & Padavano, provided a very informative report on Lions Club International in general, and particularly the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, where he is a member. Lions International has 1.25 million members (slightly more than Rotary) in more than 46,000 local clubs, in 208 countries. Founded in 1917, the club is most known for fighting blindness. They routinely collect discarded glasses, which are examined by specialists and reconditioned for use if usable, and if not melted down for their metal. Eyeglass box locations are located in many places including many libraries, banks and stores. Members volunteer to provide service in many ways, including those related to eyesight.

 

SADDLE RIVER VALLEY LIONS CLUB

 P.O. Box 333, Saddle River, NJ 07458, or

Gene Leporiere at 201-934-3965, or

emailsrvlions@yahoo.com

Serving the communities of: Mahwah, Ramsey, Allendale, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River. 

 

Saddle River Valley Lions Club has about forty members, 22 are active.  They meet twice each month for supper.  Primary annual fund raisers are a carnival and new car (currently for a 2015 Mustang with tickets costing $10. They expect to sell about 5,000. Last year the club raised $76,000, which is a typical amount for that club, but more than most clubs raise.

Learning of Lions Club International Robert Balentine 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Balentine on Mar 13, 2014

3-13-14 CLUB MEETING AT DOMANI

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation:  Bob Balentine

Members Present Michelle Albergo, Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Bernie Cohen,  Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Ann Kilmartin, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, Brittany Vozza.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Emery Duell (Lions Club International); Honorary Member Nancy Kilmartin; Rosemary Bustard, Michael DePasquale, Joe DiRosa, Annelien Doornbosch, Gene Paul.

Make Ups: None reported.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and AnniversariesNo Rotarians admitted to birthdays or anniversaries; however Bob Bustard happily reported that wife Rosemary’s birthday was the next day, and presented flowers to her. All present joined in a reasonably well sung Happy Birthday to her!

Sunshine:  Cindy reported that she had been informed by Ralph Padovano’s nephew that Ralph was routinely going to his office and maintains a positive outlook.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by B. Balentine
There were lots of dollars for happiness including, but not limited to: Bob Bustard initiated the happiness with for his wife’s presence and birthday, and for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. Cindy Rose countered with happiness for St. Joseph’s Day, and its accompanying good food. Joe DiRosa was happy for the coming cruise to Bermuda (a sentiment shared by several).Speaker Emery Duell was happy to be present to talk about the Lions Service Club. Bernie was happy to have Emery as our speaker. Ryan Cangialosi was happy for a recent vacation. Ann Kilmartin was happy to be able to attend, with her daughter, and Steve Fox was happy for the success of his son’s soccer team.

Announcements:
by B. Balentine

President’s Ball: Bob Bustard encouraged members to attend the President’s Ball at Seasons on April 17.  Cost: $95 each, including the usual great Seasons food, open bar, dancing and the opportunity to recognize our President.  Pat DiRosa will send reservations for the club, and tables are assigned when requests are made so let Pat know of your intent as soon as possible.

Feed the Hungry Project: Michelle reported that Interact and other Pascack Hills student groups will be participating in the “Feed the Hungry” program which Rotary members did earlier this winter.  Volunteers are needed so contact Steve or Michelle if interested in helping.

Lord and Taylor( at Fashion Center on Route 17 north) Fundraising and Shopping Event: Cindy Rose announced that April 3 was the date of the shopping event., and urged members to buy and sell or give away tickets:  cost is $5 per ticket which the club gets, plus a percent of any purchases on April 3 using the discount ticket. All members are urged to do their share on this, and the money will go to charities.  See Cindy for tickets.

Americorps: Bob Bustard commented on the opportunities for public service through Americorps (a form of domestic Peace Corps).  Contact him if your  are aware of anyone with interest.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by B. Balentine

Tues., 3/18 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Th., 3/20 – Feed the Hungry Project – Pascack Hills High School - 12:00

Fri., 3/21 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard – 12:15 – Guest Speaker –Dara Siegel – “Credit Scores and You”

Fri., 3/21-Sat., 3/22 – PETS – Hanover Marriott

Sat., 4/5-Thurs., 4/10 – 57th District Conference – Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Th., 4/17 – Presidents Ball – Season’s Restaurant - $95.00 p/p

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

March 13 Tri-Gear Report Robert Balentine 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 28, 2014

On Friday, March 7, Park Ridge Rotarians welcomed PDG Bonnie Sirower back to The Courtyard for the induction of Park Ridge resident June Bertini and Woodcliff Lake resident Mary Ellen Offer.

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June is an antiques dealer working out of her home in Park Ridge and was recently elected to the town council. Worthy of note is the fact that June was once the college lab partner of PDG Bonnie. Mary Ellen is an attorney with Beattie Padovano LLC on Chestnut Ridge Road in Montvale and is a neighbor to current club members Irma Chazotte and Vlad Zherenovsky.

Bonnie began the ceremony by asking each of the women 4 questions: their job classification; their passion in life; their reason for joining Rotary; how they hope to fulfill their passion through Rotary.

Among June’s greatest passions is her desire to serve her community. As a newly elected councilwoman, she has a great opportunity to do that locally, but she hopes that Rotary will offer additional avenues to serve beyond as well.

Mary Ellen’s great passions are her children, grand-children and church. Club member and business associate Ralph Padovano was instrumental in introducing Mary Ellen to Rotary and she hopes to become as good a Rotarian as he, as she becomes more familiar with the club and with Rotary International.

Bonnie briefly described the 5 Avenues of Service that RI provides and assured the inductees that they would find countless opportunities to make the world a better place.

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As the ceremony concluded Bonnie spoke of the great responsibility they were taking on as new Rotarians and urged them to adopt the Four Way Test as a guiding principle to follow in all of their professional and personal activities.

With that, membership packets and new-member pins were presented as other club members enthusiastically welcomed Mary Ellen and June into the club. Pictured below are Club President Bob Bustard, Mary Ellen, June and PDG Bonnie.

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Park Ridge Club Inducts Two New Members George Sherman 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 28, 2014

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Peter Wells

Members Present Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Mauro Cappitella, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen,  Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsPDG Bonnie Sirower (Paterson Club); Inductees June Bertini and Mary Ellen Offer; Potential Member David York

Make Ups: Attending the 3/6 Paul Harris Gala were Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Bernie Cohen, Stuart Gold and Cindy Rose. Attending the 2/25 Board Meeting were Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Steve Hopper, Fay Logan, George Sherman, Phil Wells and Peter Wells.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries – Pete Jacobsen’s special day was made complete as club members serenaded him with a surprisingly good rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

Sunshine: Ralph Padovano had to miss today’s induction of co-worker Mary Ellen Offer due to a medical appointment.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman
Park Ridge Rotarians were especially eager to give happy dollars today as the club inducted its  2 newest members: June Bertini  and Mary Ellen Offer.

PDG Bonnie was happy to be inducting her lab partner from college days (June).

Irma C. was happy to be sponsoring her friend Mary Ellen for membership. She was also looking forward to “family and friends” time in Florida.

June B. was happy to be joining the club and was thrilled to announce that her son and daughter-in-law will soon be having a baby.

Cindy R. was happy to have attended the Paul Harris Gala and to have spent some time in Cape Cod.

Bob G. was happy to find time to come to a meeting today.

Bob Balentine was happy to have had our club so well represented at the Paul Harris Gala.

Pat L. was happy to have David York visiting with us today. He reminded us, too, that he is opening as the lead in a play about C.S. Lewis in Montclair next week. Contact Pat for further information.

Nancy S. was happy to have been able to convince a credit agency that she is indeed still very much alive.

Mauro C. was happy to remind us that St. Joseph’s day is less than 2 weeks away.

Phil W. was happy to have had an enjoyable vacation in Florida.

Bernie C. was happy to have heard such a fine speaker at the Paul Harris Gala.

Mary Ellen O. was happy to be joining the club.

Pete J. was (un)happy to be back from vacation in Florida.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

President Bob encouraged members to join in with our Interact students as they conduct a “Feed the Hungry” project at Pascack Hills High School on Thursday, March 20 beginning at noon.

Tickets for this year’s 50/50 Cash Raffle Drawing are now available. Only 300 will be sold at $50.00 apiece. The drawing will take place at The Courtyard by Marriott on Friday, June 6. Remember that “YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT”! Act fast. These tickets go quickly.

PE Pat Little invited members to attend his next performance in the biographical drama about C.S. Lewis entitled Through the Shadowlands. Our PE has the lead in the play! Performances will be the 2nd and 3rd weekends in March. Contact Pat for further information.

It has been announced that Sunday, September 21 has been designated as the date for our 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk with Half-Way Hounds.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., 3/10 - District Staff Meeting - Fellowship begins at 5:30; Meeting at 6:00 - Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn - $25.00. Register online atwww.rotarydistrict7490.org or contact Chief of Staff Jim Boyer atjamboy7490@gmail.com to let him know you are coming.

Th., 3/13 – Club Meeting at Domani – Fellowship at 6:00; Meeting at 6:30 – Guest Speaker – Emery Duell, Esq. – Lions Club International

Tues., 3/18 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Th., 3/20 – Feed the Hungry Project – Pascack Hills High School - 12:00

Fri., 3/21 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard – 12:15 – Guest Speaker – Rhonda Benjamin – Medicare Changes for 2014

Fri., 3/21-Sat., 3/22 – PETS – Hanover Marriott

Sat., 4/5-Thurs., 4/10 – 57th District Conference – Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Th., 4/17 – Presidents Ball

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

1/3;1/3;1/3 – Won by Bernie Cohen. The Joker still remains hidden among the 12 remaining cards.

March 7 Tri-Gear Report George Sherman 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 21, 2014

Friday, February 21 Park Ridge Rotarians learned more about an exciting product that promises to improve the health and the lives of countless numbers of people.

Roland Weimer, President of the Rotary Club of the Palisades, has been a believer in Bio-Sand Water Filters since first learning about them three years ago. Earlier this month he travelled to the Dominican Republic to install 3 new filters and to see first-hand the impact previously installed filters were having on the lives of the people there.

Clean water is one of Rotary International’s areas of focus. It is estimated that more than 2.5 BILLION people do not have access to clean water and/or proper sanitation. Bio-sand filters provide a low cost, low-tech means of addressing this problem in a way that is easy for local communities to maintain.

Invented in the 1980’s, the bio-sand filters have NO mechanical parts. They are designed to service up to 15 people for 20 YEARS! The local populations making use of them are highly accepting of them because they significantly reduce preventable disease, and they only cost $67.00 apiece!

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A bio-sand water filter uses no electricity or fuel, and naturally filters 99.9% of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, contaminants).

There are several clubs in New York and New Jersey that have partnered with the Rotary Club in Bonao, DR to provide clean water. To learn more about the filters and the work being done by the project, or to give a filter to the project, visit http://nynjrotary.org/waterfilters.

$67.00 Provides Clean Water for 15 People for 20 Years George Sherman 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 21, 2014

Flag Salute: President-Elect Pat Little

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members Present Bob Balentine, Mauro Cappitella, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen,  Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Rotary Club of the Palisades President Roland Weimer.

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Make Ups: Stuart Gold earned 2 make-ups by attending the District Staff Meeting and a meeting of the Westwood Club. Bob Balentine earned a make-up by attending a meeting of the District Rotary Foundation.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman
Your editor was very happy to have Roland Weimer as our guest speaker today and to have Phil Wells show up with his laptop so our speaker could give his Power Point presentation.

Guest speaker Roland was happy to have made the trip to the Dominican Republic to see first-hand the value of bio-sand filters and to be able to share his experience with us today.

Nancy S. was happy that her grand-daughter was unhurt in a car accident last week.

Bob B. was happy that his snow-blower works.

Fay L. was happy to have gone down-hill skiing with his grandsons.

Pat D. was happy to have PSE&G fixing her furnace.

Irma C. was happy to have been skiing with her family over the weekend.

Bernie C. was happy to be headed upstate after today’s meeting.

Steve H. was happy for the surprise birthday party he is planning for Ann this weekend.

PE Pat L. was happy to have the chance to run today’s meeting.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

It has been announced that Sunday, September 21 has been designated as the date for our 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk with Half-Way Hounds.

Bob Balentine invited members to attend The Paul Harris Gala being held at Seasons Restaurant, Washington Township beginning at 6:30 on Thursday, March 6. Guest speaker will be RI Director Nominee Jennifer Jones from District 6400 in Michigan and Canada. All are invited. $75.00 per person. RSVP stonespan@aol.com by Feb. 28.

PE Pat Little invited members to attend his next performance in the biographical drama about C.S. Lewis entitled Through the Shadowlands. Our PE has the lead in the play! Performances will be the 2nd and 3rd weekends in March. Contact Pat for further information.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

 Tues., 2/25 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society Museum (weather permitting), 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge. Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Th., 2/27 – Club Meeting – Cocktail Hour at the Cornerstone in Hillsdale – 5:30-6:30.

Th., 3/6 – Paul Harris Gala – Seasons – 6:30

Fri., 3/7 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Ave., Montvale. Guest speaker will be Laura Hudson of Hearts & Crafts Grief Counseling. 12:15.

Mon., 3/10 - District Staff Meeting - Fellowship begins at 5:30; Meeting at 6:00 - Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn - $25.00. Register online at www.rotarydistrict7490.org or contact Chief of Staff Jim Boyer at jamboy7490@gmail.com to let him know you are coming.

Fri., 3/21-Sat., 3/22 – PETS – Hanover Marriott

Sat., 4/5-Thurs., 4/10 – 57th District Conference – Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Sun., 5/18-Fri., 5/23 – RYLA 2014 – Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, PA

1/3;1/3;1/3 - Won by Cindy Rose but the Joker remains hidden.

February 21 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 07, 2014

On Friday, February 7, Eric Fuchs-Stengel, founder and Executive Director of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization visited the Park Ridge Club. As a high-school junior, Eric and a few of his friends started this dynamic non-profit in 2008 as a way for young people and their supporters to actively involve themselves in creating a cleaner and healthier environment.

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In his passionate and inspirational presentation, Eric spoke eloquently about MEVO’s two main programs. Since its start 6 years ago, MEVO’s Earth Crew has pursued its mission to “Carry out service events that heal the natural environment and engage people in stopping environmental degradation.”  Events have included trash clean-ups, trail construction and rehabilitation, electronic recycling drives, handing out compact fluorescent light bulbs, school assemblies, public event booths and more.

MEVO’s second initiative, known as Farm to Live, was started in 2011. Farm to Live plans to utilize volunteer labor to establish and maintain local, organic, sustainable farms throughout the suburbs of New Jersey and New York and to use the food grown on these farms for the benefit of nearby food pantries. Transforming unused space throughout the suburbs into educational organic community gardens, farms have been established on vacant plots of land at Bergen Community College, Mahwah High School, Swan Farm in Ramsey and on property owned by Pony Power Therapies, Inc.

MEVO’s efforts have not gone un-noticed as the group was presented with the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce’s Organization of the Year Award in 2012 and the Russell Berrie Award for Making a Difference.

To learn more about this highly motivated and profoundly dedicated group of young people, visit their website at  http://mevoearth.org or go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mevoearth .

MEVO: Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Bergen County George Sherman 2014-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 07, 2014

Members Present Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Mauro Cappitella, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Fay Logan, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speaker Eric Fuchs-Stengel, former member Paul Janssen (guest of B. Balentine), Mary Ellen Offer (guest of I. Chazotte).

Make Ups: Earning Make-ups at the Jan. 28 Board meeting were M. Albergo, B. Bustard, B. Cohen, J. Doornbosch, S. Gold, F. Logan, C. Rose, G. Sherman, Phil Wells, V. Zherenovsky.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Mary Ellen Offer reported that Ralph Padovano has been back at work on several days lately and is in good spirits.

Nancy Swales was happy to report that her son went back to work last week.

President Bob reported that he spoke to Linda Hanlon who is feeling better after a bout with  the flu.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Bob Balentine offered a moving tribute to past member Paul Janssen who will be leaving Park Ridge after having served the community for the past 22 years at the Pascack Reformed Church.

Many members offered happy dollars in appreciation for Paul’s service and wished him well in his new position.

Paul J. was happy for the many wonderful memories he will be taking with him and expressed his appreciation for his involvement in Rotary.

Nancy S. was happy to have had a back stage tour after seeing Jersey Boys with her daughter.

Stuart G. was happy to have Allendale/Saddle River Club’s newest member Eric Fuchs-Stengel here today as our guest speaker.

Mary Ellen O. was happy to be able to come to our meeting again this week.

Irma C. was happy to have her friend and neighbor Mary Ellen with her today.

Mauro C. was happy to report good medical news.

Steve F. was happy for his daughter’s participation in cheerleading competition.

Ryan C. was happy to be celebrating his first anniversary as a Park Ridge Rotarian next week.

Steve H. was happy for the work of the Park Ridge DPW in dealing with last week’s snowfalls.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

Ryan C. announced that Sunday, September 21 has been designated as the date for our 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk with Half-Way Hounds.

President Bob reminded members that our next meeting will be Thursday evening, February 13 beginning at 6:00 at Domani in Hillsdale.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., 2/10 – District Staff Meeting – Trattoria Il Cafone, 7 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst – 5:30-8:00 - $15.00. Register online at http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=50049

Thurs., 2/13 – Club Meeting at Domani, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale (Kings Shopping Center) – 6:00. Guest speaker will be Emery Duell, Esq., representing Lions Club International

 Tues., 2/18 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society Museum, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge. Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Fri., 2/21 – Club Meeting – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale – 12:15. Guest speaker will be Roland Weimer who will describe to us Bio-Sand Water Filters and the difference they are making in people’s lives.

1/3;1/3;1/3 - Won by Cindy Rose. The Joker has yet to be found however.


February 7 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jan 31, 2014

On Friday, January 31, the club was pleased to welcome Lynn Gregorski-Bosi, President of the recently established non-profit Shelter Our Pets, and her fellow volunteers Miri Upton and Ned Barber to our meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott in Montvale.

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Started in the fall of 2012, the organization was created to provide a safe haven for the pets of victims of domestic violence who are fleeing their abusive situations. Shelter Our Pets assists people seeking safety from violence by providing alternatives to giving up a beloved pet, leaving a pet behind in a potentially dangerous situation or continuing to subject themselves and their pets to abuse.

The group offers free care and shelter to pets of abuse victims for up to 90 days, either with a volunteer foster family or at an area kennel until they can be reunited with their owners. Eventually, they hope to create housing where abuse survivors can reside with their pets while they rebuild their lives.

To learn more about this unique organization that is providing a much needed service to more people than you might guess, visit http://www.shelterourpets.org .

 

Protecting Animals of Abuse Victims George Sherman 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jan 31, 2014

Members Present Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Fay Logan, Kelley O’Donnell, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsGuest Speakers Lynn Bosi and Miri Upton (Shelter Our Pets), Rotarian Larry Bogert (Guest of B. Bustard) Ned Barber (Guest of G. Sherman), Mary Ellen Offer (Guest of I. Chazotte).

Make Ups: Earning Make-ups at the Jan. 28 Board meeting were M. Albergo, B. Bustard, B. Cohen, J. Doornbosch, S. Gold, F. Logan, C. Rose, G. Sherman, Phil Wells, V. Zherenovsky.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Kelley O’Donnell asked that we keep a co-worker in her office in our thoughts.

Nancy Swales was happy to report that her son went back to work this week.

President Bob reported that he spoke to Linda Hanlon who is feeling better.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by G. Sherman

Stuart G. was happy to report that The Rotary Foundation has FINALLY closed out our grant for the Namibian water pumps. All requirements of the grant have now been met.

Many members offered happy dollars in thanks for Stu’s dogged persistence in seeing the whole Namibian grant process through with TRF.

Ryan C. was happy to have our guests from Shelter Our Pets with us today.

Nancy S. was happy to be getting a back stage tour after going to see Jersey Boys.

Irma C. was happy to have her friend Mary Ellen with her today.

Cindy R. was happy to be attending a new Learning in Retirement class at Bergen CC after today’s meeting. She was also happy to note the beginning of the Chinese New Year today.

Steve F. was happy to have had a great time with his son at Thunder Mountain.

Bob Balentine was happy for the service being provided by Shelter Our Pets.

Stuart G. was happy to report that Explorer of the Seas is currently in port being sterilized.

Multiple members were happy for Bernie C. as he accepted his new Paul Harris pin with 2 sapphires from President Bob.

Guests Mary Ellen Offer, Lynn Bosi, Larry Bogert, and Ned Barber expressed their happiness at being at today’s meeting.

Announcements:
by G. Sherman

President Bob announced that Michelle and he had arranged to work with Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley High Schools in putting together another FEED THE HUNGRY project currently scheduled for Thursday afternoon, March 20.

Club guest Ned Barber, Borough Historian for Park Ridge, announced several new projects he will be working on including researching the oldest buildings and the oldest businesses in the community and interviewing past mayors of the town.

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Fri., 2/7 – Club Meeting – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15. Guest speaker – Eric Fuchs-Stengel, Executive Director, Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc.

Mon., 2/10 – District Staff Meeting – Trattoria Il Cafone, 7 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst – 5:30-8:00 - $15.00. Register online at http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=50049

Thurs., 2/13 – Club Meeting at Domani, 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale (Kings Shopping Center) – 6:00.  

 Tues., 2/18 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society Museum, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge. Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

January 31 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Jan 24, 2014

Cocktail hour meeting at the Cornerstone 1/23/14

Pledge of Allegiance: Bob Bustard

Invocation: Bob Bustard

Members Present: B. Balentine, B. Bustard, R Cangialosi  I. Chazotte, B. Cohen, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, S. Gold, S. Hopper, C. Rose, B. Vozza,  Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Annelien Doornbosch; Kim White (Guest of B. Vozza).

Member Make-Ups:

Birthdays and Anniversaries: None

Sunshine: Cindy Rose ran into Ralph’s son who said he is doing well and still undergoing dialysis. His grandson is home visiting from the Marine Corps which has raised his spirits.

Happiness:

S. Hopper was happy for being busy at work and for the great job the PR plows did during the storm.

P. Wells was happy to be at a happy hour meeting

B.Vozza was happy to bring Kim as her guest

Many members gave happy dollars for the great result of the fruit sale and Bernie’s efforts

J Doornbosch – was happy that the extra fruit was donated to the food pantry and was happy to have Annelien at the meeting. 

C. Rose was happy for the clear roads and being able to come to the meeting 

I. Chazotte – was happy to have booked a trip to Florida in March.

Pres. Bob was happy for his trip to Wyoming.

Steve Hopper will be donating $20 worth of Girl Scout cookies to the troops as a thank you for the club buying cookies from his daughter’s troop. Please contact Steve if you would like to purchase cookies.

 

Announcements:

The Gift of Life Celebration Dinner, one of the highlights of the Rotary year, is only a month away.   This year the dinner will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Venetian on River Road in Garfield.   The cocktail hour (and we all know how great the cocktail hour is) starts at 6:30 and dinner begins at 7:30 pm.  The cost is $95.00 per person and includes the cocktail hour, dinner, an open bar all evening and don't forget the desserts.   In order to make things a bit easier, we encourage people to register by club and have your club treasurer send a check along with a list of names no later than January 24, 2014 to: 

 The Gift of Life Foundationc/o Graceffo, Hough and Weintraub                                              
55 Harristown Rd., Suite 306                                               
Glen Rock, NJ 07452 

Walter D Head Foundations seeks applicants for scholarships.  The Rotary District 7490’s Walter D Head Foundation is providing a scholarship up to $10,000 for a person pursuing a graduate degree or to any junior or senior in college studying  journalism, assistance to people with disabilities or environmental studies. Only residents from within Rotary District 7490, encompassing Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties in New Jersey, including Rotarians and their family members, are eligible to apply. Completed scholarship applications are due Feb. 28, 2014.  Applicants must also be available for interviews in April.   Students wishing to apply for a scholarship can call their local Rotary club president or contact Walter D Head Foundation Trustee Judy Messineo at 60 Passaic St. Garfield, NJ 07026 or e-mail  bergentravel@optonline.net.Applicants can also download an application from  www.rotarydistrict7490.org , but must first have the endorsement of their local Rotary Club before they apply.

Cabins for the District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, from April 5 through 12 are just about sold out.  .  Costs depend on what type of room you book.  Contact Judy Messineo RIGHT AWAY at Bergentravel@optonline.net or download the brochure from the District Website at www.rotarydistrict7490.org if you still want to go on the cruise.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tues., 1/28 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 Dinner; 6:30 Meeting

Fri., 1/31 – Club Meeting – The Courtyard, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale – 12:15. Guest speaker will be Lynn Gregorski-Bosi talking about Shelter Our Pets (http://www.shelterourpets.org )

Fri., 2/7 – District 7490 Gift of Life Dinner – Venetian Restaurant – 546 River Drive, Garfield - $95 p/p – Cocktail Hour begins at 6:30; Dinner at 7:30.

Program:

In the absence of our scheduled speaker, all members shared a fun or memorable story about themselves.

Some highlights – Bernie played in a basketball tournament with Wilt Chamberlain, Cindy lived in Germany for the early years of her life, Bob Balentine attended 4 different High schools in 3 different states, Bob Bustard went to the 72 Olympics in Germany, Stuart was a track star in High school and quickly became a “go-to” guy for other events. 

January 23 TRI-GEAR REPORT Brittany Vozza 2014-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jan 17, 2014
Pledge of Allegiance: Bob Bustard

Invocation: Bob Balentine 

Members Present: M. Albergo, B. Balentine, D.Beattie, B. Bustard, M. Cappitella, I. Chazotte, B. Cohen, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, S. Fox, S. Gold, S. Hopper, P. Little, F. Logan, K. O’Donnell, H. Paul, C. Rose, G. Sherman, N. Swales, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: June Bertini (Guest of S. Hopper); Michael DePasquale (Guest of M. Albergo).

Member Make-Ups: S. Fox (Paramus Rotary Meet & Greet); B. Balentine (District Foundation Meeting); G. Sherman (Distribution of Dictionaries to OLM); J. Doornbosch (Painting Project – Pascack Mental Health)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: P. Little (Jan. 1)

Sunshine: N. Swales’ son is back home and doing well.

Happiness:

B. Balentine was happy for our former member, Pastor Paul Janssen, who has accepted a new assignment in Somerset County.

M. Cappitella was happy that his treatment is going well.

M. Albergo was happy to have Michael visiting with us today and for the upcoming District 7490 Food Packaging event  Monday.

M. DePasquale was happy for all of Michelle’s help in caring for his mother.

S. Hopper was happy for his father’s upcoming birthday and to have June Bertini here as a guest today.

P. Wells was happy for the marriage this weekend of Ryan’s brother.

J. Bertini was happy to be at the meeting today and looks forward to becoming a member.

S. Gold was happy for the wonderful club dinner meeting at Domani last Thursday and for his grandson’s 3rd place medal in Bergen County’s high school shot-put competition.

D. Beattie was happy to have his family in town to see The Lion King. He was also thrilled to have the painting completed at the Mental Health Center with the help of several Rotarians.

P. DiRosa was happy to be welcoming several friends to her shore house this weekend.

C. Rose was happy for the good dinner at Domani and to have been able to get here on time today.

P. Little was happy to pay for not having a pin today and for his boss’s successful heart surgery.

K. O’Donnell was happy to have been able to get to the meeting today.

S. Fox was happy for his daughter’s participation in a national cheerleading competition.

F. Logan was happy for his wife’s new car.

Pres. Bob was happy for the wonderful time at Domani last Thursday.

Announcements:

The Gift of Life Celebration Dinner, one of the highlights of the Rotary year, is only a month away.   This year the dinner will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Venetian on River Road in Garfield.   The cocktail hour (and we all know how great the cocktail hour is) starts at 6:30 and dinner begins at 7:30 pm.  The cost is $95.00 per person and includes the cocktail hour, dinner, an open bar all evening and don't forget the desserts.   In order to make things a bit easier, we encourage people to register by club and have your club treasurer send a check along with a list of names no later than January 24, 2014 to: 
 The Gift of Life Foundation
c/o Graceffo, Houg
h and Weintraub                                             
55 Harristown Rd., Suite 306                                          
     
Glen Rock, NJ 07452 

Walter D Head Foundations seeks applicants for scholarships.  The Rotary District 7490’s Walter D Head Foundation is providing a scholarship up to $10,000 for a person pursuing a graduate degree or to any junior or senior in college studying  journalism, assistance to people with disabilities or environmental studies. Only residents from within Rotary District 7490, encompassing Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties in New Jersey, including Rotarians and their family members, are eligible to apply. Completed scholarship applications are due Feb. 28, 2014.  Applicants must also be available for interviews in April.   Students wishing to apply for a scholarship can call their local Rotary club president or contact Walter D Head Foundation Trustee Judy Messineo at 60 Passaic St. Garfield, NJ 07026 or e-mail  bergentravel@optonline.net.Applicants can also download an application from  www.rotarydistrict7490.org , but must first have the endorsement of their local Rotary Club before they apply.

This year’s Mid-Winter Retreat will be held at the Ridgewood Country Club (next door to Bergen Community College) on Saturday, January 25, beginning with registration at 8:30 am and running through about 2 pm. This date will also serve as Pre-PETS, so all incoming Club Presidents MUST plan to attend.  In addition to learning all about Rotary, you will enjoy a deluxe breakfast and buffet lunch. Although the conference is specifically designed for all incoming and returning presidents to prepare them for their year as Leader of their Rotary Club (as it is the first part in their training, with PETS to follow in March), ALL Rotarians on the district staff and those interested in learning more about Rotary are welcome to attend..  The topics covered here will NOT be covered at PETS. Assistant Governors and all District Staff and club members who want to be re-energized in Rotary are encouraged to attend. Please contact Sharon Smith to register at: scs1950@aol.com . Cost is $25, payable at the door to Rotary District 7490.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mon., 1/20 – Hunger Hurts – Registration is closed for the food packaging event, but you can still donate by going to http://www.endhungerne.org/donate

Tues., 1/21 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 Dinner; 6:30 Meeting

Th., 1/23 – Cocktail Hour at The Cornerstone, Broadway, Hillsdale – 5:30-6:30

Sat., 1/25- District 7490 Mid-Winter Workshop – Ridgewood Country Club – 96 W. Midland Ave., Paramus, NJ – 8:30-2:00 - $25.00.

Fri., 2/7 – District 7490 Gift of Life Dinner – Venetian Restaurant – 546 River Drive, Garfield - $95 p/p – Cocktail Hour begins at 6:30; Dinner at 7:30.

Program:

In the absence of our scheduled speaker, Bernie and Steve gave members an inside look into their thoughts about the U.S. economy in 2014.

Bernie started by saying that financial advice is largely dependent on whom you ask. His own sense is that the economy will continue to do well in the coming year with the auto and aircraft industries leading the way. He sees housing as continuing to improve, but feels that the health field will be marked by great uncertainty as the ACA is implemented. He is also of the opinion that interest rates will remain quite low throughout the year.

Steve was generally in agreement with Bernie’s assessment, though he thinks that well established technology stocks will do well too. He cautioned against trying to time the market and recommended that any investments should be widely diversified.

Both agreed that Janet Yellin, new Chairperson of the Federal Reserve will probably continue with the policies of Ben Bernanke.

On the question of how best to protect one’s financial well-being, the practice of laddering CD’s or corporate bonds of various lengths was suggested as was the notion of possibly purchasing an annuity so as to create a personal pension from one’s accumulated assets.

1/3;1/3;1/3 – Won by B. Balentine. The Joker still remains with fewer than a dozen cards left to be drawn.

January 17 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Philip Wells on Dec 16, 2013

Members Present Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen,  Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Rich Jacobs, Pat Little, Cindy Rose, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Irma brought two friends.

Bob Balentine and Steve Hopper brought a prospective member.

Make Ups:

-Participants in the Fruit Sale delivery and distribution on Saturday Dec. 7th have been recorded.

-Attendees of the Holiday Party have also been recorded.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by Phil Wells

Peter Wells was happy that he was nominated to be Rotary District 7490 Governor nominee for the 2015-2016 term.

Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Stuart Gold, Rich Jacobs, Pat Little, & Phil Wells were all happy for Peter’s nomination.

Irma Chazotte was happy for her friend to attend the happy hour and for Peter’s nomination.

Bernie Cohen was happy for a successful fruit sale and for Peter’s nomination.

Dick Beattie was happy to give Dictionaries out with George and for Peter’s nomination.

Steve Hoppe was happy to be visiting Lehmann Gardens on December 18th and for Peter’s nomination.

Announcements:
by Phil Wells

On Wednesday, December 18 club members will be visiting Lehmann Gardens from 6:00 until 8:30to spread some holiday cheer. This event has become something members and residents have come to eagerly anticipate each year.

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by Phil Wells

Tues., 12/17 – Board Meeting – Has been Cancelled

Wed., 12/18 – Club’s annual holiday gathering at Lehmann Gardens – 12-14 Sulak Lane, Park Ridge – 6:00-8:30.

Fri., 12/20 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale –12:15.

Program
by Phil Wells

Rich Jacobs, a Park Ridge Rotarian who works for TD Bank, presented the Affinity Membership Program. As of a few months ago our club is a part of this program. The Affinity Membership Program is TD Bank’s way to support Rotary by donating money for linking your bank account. Below are the highlights of the program:

Linking accounts to the “Park Ridge Rotary Affinity Membership Program.”

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-Park Ridge Rotary will receive:

            $10.00 for linking an existing TD Bank account

            $50.00 for linking a new account

-Accounts must be through TD Bank.

-Linking an account doesn’t cost anything or alter the account in anyway and only can be done once.

-Linked accounts are all anonymous.

-Accounts can be linked from any location, by anyone (including non-Rotarians).

-Multiple accounts can be linked by the same person.

-It's easy to sign up. Additional information and the sign up form can be found in the Download section of the website. Can be done anytime

Don’t hesitate to contact Rich Jacobs at the Park Ridge/Montvale TD Bank with any questions.

33 S Kinderkamack Rd. Montvale
(201) 391-0505

December 12 TRI-GEAR REPORT Philip Wells 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Philip Wells on Dec 16, 2013

 At Thursday's cocktail hour meeting at The Cornerstone in Hillsdale, club members were introduced to TD Bank's Affinity Membership Program.

Rich Jacobs, a Park Ridge Rotarian who works for TD Bank, explained the way the program operates. For a few months now the club has been a part of this program. The Affinity Membership Program is TD Bank’s way to support Rotary by donating money for linking your bank account. Below are the highlights of the program:

Linking accounts to the “Park Ridge Rotary Affinity Membership Program.”

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-Park Ridge Rotary will receive:

            $10.00 for linking an existing TD Bank account

            $50.00 for linking a new account

-Accounts must be through TD Bank.

-Linking an account doesn’t cost anything or alter the account in anyway and only can be done once.

-Linked accounts are all anonymous.

-Accounts can be linked from any location, by anyone (including non-Rotarians).

-Multiple accounts can be linked by the same person.

-It's easy to sign up. Additional information and the sign up form can be found in the Download section of the website. Can be done anytime

Don’t hesitate to contact Rich Jacobs at the Park Ridge/Montvale TD Bank with any questions.

33 S Kinderkamack Rd. Montvale
(201) 391-0505

Park Ridge Rotary Club Joins TD Bank Affinity Program Philip Wells 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Dec 08, 2013

At the December 9 Park Ridge Rotary meeting at The Courtyard  by Marriott, Englewood’s Club President, Ikuyo Yanagistawa, PDG Raj Bhatia, and Northern Valley Past President Jim Boyer visited our club to describe their August visit to Japan. Traveling with a team of members from the 9.11 community, the Japanese Medical Society of America and Mount Sinai Global Health, they sought to bring hope to those affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant.

During their week-long stay, participants in the mission visited temporary shelters in 3 states, celebrated “Christmas in July”, and spoke with numerous individuals whose lives had been forever changed by the multiple disasters. Included also on their busy itinerary was a luncheon with the oldest Rotary Club of Sendai, chartered in 1937.

Theirs was the second mission to the region near Tohoku. A highly regarded mission in 2012 brought requests for a second visit. The emotional support provided on these occasions has proven to be especially helpful in enhancing the resilience and coping mechanisms of affected children.

Park Ridge Club members were given an opportunity to view many of the events that took place during the mission thanks to the effective Power Point presentation put together by Ikuyo, Raj and Jim.  One of the most moving moments described the group’s visit to see the “Soaring Crane” in Koriyama. The origami crane, fabricated out of steel recovered from 9/11, had been delivered during the first mission in 2012. Presented at the time by The September 11th Families’ Association, this monument in the shape of a crane had been inspired by Sadako Sasaki who died at age 12 from radiation exposure after the bombing of Hiroshima. A children’s book entitled Message on a Wing has been published by the Koriyama West Rotary Club and was shared with club members. It tells the story of Sadako’s strength and courage as she battled radiation induced leukemia. Hundreds of copies have been donated by the Koriyama club to schools and libraries in Fukushima.

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Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members PresentMichelle Albergo, Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen,  Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Kelley O’Donnell, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: PDG Raj Bhatia and Past President Jim Boyer (Northern Valley Club); Guest Speaker Ikuyo Yanagistawa, President of the Englewood Club, and John McKeon, friend of President Bob.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Nancy Swales was happy to report that her son is doing better.

Joeen Ciannella was happy for Ryan’s election to the Park Ridge Council.

Bob Balentine was happy that his leg has healed and that Cindy is doing better.

Ray Falcon was happy for today’s guests.

PDG Raj Bhatia was happy to be visiting with us today.

Irma Chazotte was happy for her niece’s successful bone marrow transplant.

Helen Paul was happy to hear from a contact in the area near Tacloban, Philippines of the good work being done by Rotary International.

Jim Boyer, Past President of the Northern Valley Club, was happy to be visiting with us today.

Bob Bustard was happy for the great turn-out and to have his brother-in-law John with him today.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

Be sure to register to attend the club’s annual holiday party from Noon until 2:30 on Sunday, December 15 at the ’76 House in Tappan, NY. Cost is $28.00 per adult and $14.00 for those 12 and under. The club will be purchasing gifts for the children so it’s important that Joeen Ciannella know of the ages of the children attending. We will also be continuing the tradition of collecting UNWRAPPED gifts and/or gift cards which Michelle will transport to Shelter Our Sisters along with the gifts that have been collected by our Interact Clubs at PRHS and PHHS.

On Wednesday, December 18 club members will be visiting Lehmann Gardens from 6:00 until 8:30 to spread some holiday cheer. This event has become something members and residents have come to eagerly anticipate each year.

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Thurs, 12/13 – Club Cocktail Hour Meeting at The Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale, 5:30.

Sun., 12/15 – Club’s Annual Holiday Party at the ’76 House – 110 Main St. Tappan, NY Noon-2:30 - $28.00 Adult/$14.00 age 12 and under.

Tues., 12/17 – Board Meeting – Pascack Historical Society – 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner at 6:00; Meeting at 6:30.

Wed., 12/18 – Club’s annual holiday gathering at Lehmann Gardens – 12-14 Sulak Lane, Park Ridge – 6:00-8:30.

Fri., 12/20 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale – 12:15.

1/3;1/3;1/3:  Ryan Cangialosi won the day’s drawing but the Joker remains hidden.

December 6 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Nov 22, 2013

On Thursday, November 21, Past District Governor Bonnie Sirower attended the Park Ridge Rotary Club's monthly cocktail hour meeting at The Cornerstone in Hillsdale to talk briefly about the upcoming District Conference and then more significantly about the District's disaster relief efforts.

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Bonnie handed out the updated rates for the District Conference cruise to Bermuda and urged that members attend. If you are interested in going but you do not have anyone to go with contact Bonnie. There are a few people looking for roommates on the cruise.

Next, Bonnie spoke about last year’s regional weather disaster and commended Peter Wells on his hard work after SuperStorm Sandy. She was very proud and overwhelmed by the district’s response and the great amount of donations received.

Her current focus is on recent disasters in Indiana, Illinois, and in the Philippines. Tornadoes in the Midwest left hundreds without homes. In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan has affected nearly 10 million people. More than 5,000 have lost their lives and more than 600,000 have been displaced from their homes. Bonnie attended the Disaster Relief USA meeting earlier this week and she said that all donations for the Philippines should be monetary to help rebuild the infrastructure. The current devastation has left them without places to accept goods. 

With reference to the most recent tragedy in the Philippines, two affiliates of Rotary International, Shelter Box (http://www.shelterboxusa.org ) and Disaster Aid USA (http://www.disasteraidusa.com ) are currently on the ground providing assistance. 

Desperately needed right now are Sawyer point water filters, SWAGS (Back pack bed), cooking utensils and shelter.  Bonnie urged members to do whatever they can to support them.

PDG Bonnie Sirower on Disaster Aid Brittany Vozza 2013-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Nov 22, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Peter Wells

Members PresentBob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Bernie Cohen,  Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Pat Little, Cindy Rose, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells,  Phil Wells,  Vlad Zherenovsky

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: PDG Bonnie Sirower (Paterson Club), President Bob’s wife Rosemary Bustard.

Make Ups: At the November Board Meeting were Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Pat DiRosa, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, George Sherman, Phil Wells, and Vlad Zherenovsky.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Bob and Rosemary Bustard celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Sunshine:

President Bob and Fay Logan both spoke to Mauro Cappitella last week. Mauro is in good spirits and hopes to be back with us soon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by Brittany Vozza
Cindy Rose and Bob Balentine were happy to have visited Gettysburg.

Stuart Gold was happy to be at the cocktail hour meeting to see Bonnie and he is excited for the District conference cruise turnout.

Phil Wells was excited at the turnout of the meeting.

Steve Fox was happy that his son who is a freshman played in a varsity soccer game and also congratulated Ryan Cangialosi for becoming councilman elect in Park Ridge.

Brittany Vozza is happy that she is spending Saturday at the Food Bank with Ryan packing Thanksgiving baskets.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy that the cocktail hour meetings are getting better and better.

Ray Falcon was happy that he completed a half marathon on a milestone birthday in 2hrs 14 minutes and 40 seconds.

Peter Wells was happy to settle a bet of happy dollars for Ray Falcon’s wonderful time on his half marathon.

Pat DiRosa was happy to see Bonnie and to be at her first happy hour meeting.

PDG Bonnie Sirower was happy to be back in Park Rdige.

Pat Little was happy to be at a happy hour meeting and sad he had to leave early.

Bernie Cohen was happy that the Dow closed over $16,000 and also congratulated Ryan on his win.

Announcements:
by Brittany Vozza

Time to order you oranges and grapefruit fresh from Indian River, Florida. If you've not experienced these, you'll want to this year. Exceptionally flavorful; exceptionally fresh. Orders will be taken through Friday, November 29 – LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!!The order will be placed that weekend and you'll have your fruit the next Saturday, December 7. Click on "2013 Fruit Sale" in the Download section of the club's web page if you need an order form. Give or send your order to Bernie Cohen at the address on the flyer. Print out some extras for your friends, neighbors, business associates and anyone else who would appreciate the opportunity to partake of this delicious fruit and help the Park Ridge Rotary Club finance Gift of Life, local charities and scholarships at the same time. 

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29.

The next club meeting will be held Friday, December 6 at The Courtyard by Marriott in Montvale.

 

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by Brittany Vozza

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Northern NJ Thanksgiving Luncheon – Clinton Inn, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly 07670 – noon.

Friday, Nov. 29 - DEADLINE FOR TURNING IN FLORIDA FRUIT ORDERS TO BERNIE. Get the orders in sooner so that Bernie and Carol can actually enjoy Thanksgiving weekend. REMEMBER THERE IS NO CLUB MEETING ON THE 29TH!

Saturday, Dec. 7 - Pick-up date for fresh fruit from Florida. Parking lot - 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale

November 21 TRI-GEAR REPORT Brittany Vozza 2013-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 16, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Ray Falcon

Members PresentMichelle Albergo, Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Ann Kilmartin, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells, Vlad Zherenovsky and Honorary Member Nancy Kilmartin.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: District Governor Len Agrusti (Wayne Club); District Secretary Carl Hassett 

Make Ups:

Attending the meeting with DG Len were Michelle Albergo, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Phil Wells and Vlad Zherenovsky. Earning make-ups at the Projects Committee Meeting were Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Bob Bustard, Pat DiRosa, Linda Hanlon and Vlad Zherenovsky. Bernie Cohen earned a make-up for his work on the Fruit Sale. Ray Falcon attended a meeting of the Emerson/Oradell Club. Stuart Gold attended meetings in Allendale and Westwood.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Celebrating birthdays in the week ahead will be Ray Falcon, Linda Hanlon, Ralph Padovano and Tara Ciannella Scheuerman. Susanne and Cesar Silva will be celebrating their anniversary next week.

Sunshine:

President Bob and Fay Logan both spoke to Mauro Cappitella last week. Mauro is in good spirits and hopes to be back with us soon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman
The presence of District Governor Len Agrusti and District Secretary Carl Hassett brought in many happy dollars. In addition:

Helen Paul was happy to have finally been early to a club meeting.

Steve Hopper was happy for the election of Ryan Cangialosi to the Park Ridge Council.

Nancy Swales was happy to see Helen, Ann and Nancy back.

Stuart Gold was happy to have attended the Westwood Club’s Charter Celebration.

Bob Balentine was happy to be a part of The Rotary Foundation Committee for the District.

Steve Fox enthusiastically threw in several happy dollars celebrating the continued success of his weight loss campaign.

Jan Doornbosch was happy to have been the club’s 2013 nominee for the District’s Vocational Service Award.

Ray Falcon was happy to be competing in a ½ marathon soon.

Pat DiRosa was happy to have had a wonderful time during her stay in Florida.

Michelle Albergo was happy to be back with her Rotary family.

Governor Len was happy to be with such a dynamic group of Rotarians.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

Time to order you oranges and grapefruit fresh from Indian River, Florida. If you've not experienced these, you'll want to this year. Exceptionally flavorful; exceptionally fresh. Orders will be taken through Friday, November 29 – LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY!!The order will be placed that weekend and you'll have your fruit the next Saturday, December 7. Click on "2013 Fruit Sale" in the Download section of the club's web page if you need an order form. Give or send your order to Bernie Cohen at the address on the flyer. Print out some extras for your friends, neighbors, business associates and anyone else who would appreciate the opportunity to partake of this delicious fruit and help the Park Ridge Rotary Club finance Gift of Life, local charities and scholarships at the same time. 

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22.

The next club event will be held Thursday, November 21 at The Cornerstone Restaurant  in Hillsdale (http://thecornerstonenj.com )beginning at 5:30. Our guest speaker will be PDG Bonnie Sirower.  President Bob will be sending an e-mail with all the particulars within the next day or two.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Board Meeting – Fay Logan's Office - 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale.  Dinner at 6:00; meeting at 6:30.

Thursday, Nov. 21 – Club Meeting at The Cornerstone Restaurant, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale beginning at 5:30 - $15.00

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Northern NJ Thanksgiving Luncheon – Clinton Inn, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly 07670 – noon.

Friday, Nov. 29 - DEADLINE FOR TURNING IN FLORIDA FRUIT ORDERS TO BERNIE. Get the orders in sooner so that Bernie and Carol can actually enjoy Thanksgiving weekend.

Saturday, Dec. 7 - Pick-up date for fresh fruit from Florida. Parking lot - 50 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale

November 15 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 15, 2013

On Friday, November 15, members welcomed District Governor Len Agrusti to our meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott in Montvale.

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After a pre-meeting gathering with the club’s directors, Governor Len shared with the club a bit about his introduction to Rotary, his assessment of the Park Ridge club and objectives for his year as Governor of District 7490.

A graduate of Marquette University with a Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson, Governor Len became a successful businessman who had the good fortune to be able to retire at a relatively young age. Upon retirement he committed himself to Rotary – the greatest international service organization in the world.

Whether it’s eradicating polio world -wide or providing assistance to a needy local family, Rotary is there. Governor Len commended the Park Ridge Club on all of the projects it has undertaken through the years to try to “make the world a better place”. As he reflected on his own club’s Christmas in July project which has been going on for many years, he proposed that a similar idea might be applied to a local Veterans’ Hospital.

Governor Len has several goals set for the District this Rotary year, many of which are well on their way to being accomplished. We must support the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. This money is the life blood for all of the good that Rotary does. Growing membership is essential. Not only must we recruit more people, we must also retain them. To do so we must adapt to change, engage more young people and listen to the ideas of new members. Being a member of his home town First Aid Squad for decades, Governor Len is also determined to spread awareness of the American Heart Association approved Hands on CPR to members throughout the District. Those trained in the technique are able to keep the blood flowing in a victim of sudden cardiac arrest  until medical help arrives.

With reference to the most recent tragedy in the Philippines, Governor Len noted that two affiliates of Rotary International, Shelter Box (http://www.shelterboxusa.org ) and Disaster Aid USA (http://www.disasteraidusa.com ) are currently on the ground providing assistance and urged members to do whatever they can to support them.

In summary, Governor Len referred to RI’s theme for 2013-14 – “Engage Rotary; Change Lives” – and suggested that by engaging change, Rotary will continue to live and thrive.

Annual District Governor's Visit George Sherman 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 02, 2013
On Friday, November 1, members welcomed the long time Chairman of Rotary District 7490 Polio Plus Foundation Dr. Jim Cole to The Courtyard to get the latest update on RI’s continuing effort to eradicate polio throughout the world. Last month Jim took part in an immunization mission in the African nation of Togo where he helped provide precious drops of preventive medicine to dozens of young children.

In his presentation Dr. Cole talked of the nature of polio, the history behind the development of the Salk and Sabin vaccines and the quarter century effort on the part of Rotary International in alliance with the World Health Organization to eliminate the disease once and for all.

Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly US$1.2 billion to the protection of more than two billion children. From the time when 2500 new cases of polio were occurring each day, the world has reached the point at which fewer than 300 new cases are reported each year! For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Determined to deliver a polio-free world in the next 5 years, world leaders have put into play The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018. In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave The Rotary Foundation a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, and in 2009, increased it to $355 million. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012, but Rotarians in fact raised $228.7 million toward the challenge. At this year's Rotary International Convention in Lisbon the Gates Foundation has presented Rotary with another 2 for 1 matching grant challenge to finish the job.

Learn more about the fight against polio by visiting http://www.endpolio.org

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Update on Efforts to Eradicate Polio George Sherman 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Nov 02, 2013
Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: President Bob

Members PresentBob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Dr. Jim Cole (Englewood Rotarian); Kevin Hanly (guest of President Bob).

Make Ups:

Stuart Gold earned a make-up by attending the District’s Foundation Seminar.

Pat Little met with prospective member Bob Puglis.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Mauro Cappitella is currently undergoing experimental chemo treatment. According to Bernie’s most recent report, Mauro is in good spirits. We wish him well and hope to have him back with us soon.

Nancy Swales reported that her son is not back to work yet but is doing quite well.

Helen Paul is undergoing physical therapy.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman
Joeen Ciannella was happy to have been able to spend time with her two grandchildren.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy to have Joeen back with us.

Bernie Cohen was happy to have Ryan running for a seat on the Park Ridge Council.

Jim Cole was happy to be visiting our club today to tell us about his polio immunization trip to Togo. He was also proud to announce the birth of his first grand-daughter last week.

Bob Balentine was happy to offer his appreciation to Dr. Cole for all the work he has done in the District for so many years on behalf of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio. He was also happy to commend Ryan for his refreshing campaign for office.

Cindy Rose was happy for a storm free Halloween.

Stuart Gold was happy for Jim Cole’s presence and for the informative Foundation Seminar held last weekend.

Bob Guller, and Fay Logan were both happy to be back at a meeting.

President Bob was happy to have Dr. Cole and guest Kevin Hanley, Senior Pastor of  the River Vale Community Church, visiting with us today.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

Time to order you oranges and grapefruit fresh from Indian River, Florida. If you've not experienced these, you'll want to this year. Exceptionally flavorful; exceptionally fresh. Orders will be taken through Friday, November 29. The order will be placed that weekend and you'll have your fruit the next Saturday, December 7. Click on "2013 Fruit Sale" in the Download section of the club's web page if you need an order form. Give or send your order to Bernie Cohen at the address on the flyer. Print out some extras for your friends, neighbors, business associates and anyone else who would appreciate the opportunity to partake of this delicious fruit and help the Park Ridge Rotary Club finance Gift of Life, local charities and scholarships at the same time.

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8.

The next club event will be held Thursday, November 7 at Thunder Mountain in Ringwood (http://thundermt.com). President Bob will be sending an e-mail with all the particulars within the next day or two. Know, however that dinner is NOT included. The cost to shoot is $20 + tip for 25 shots. There are several different ranges from which to choose.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Monday, Nov. 4 – District Staff Meeting – Holiday Inn – Hasbrouck Heights – 5:30 check in; dinner at 6:00 - $25.00.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Westwood Rotary Charter Party – Estate of Florentine Gardens, 97 Rivervale Road, Westwood, NJ – 6:30 - $40.00 – Checks payable to “Rotary Club of Westwood” or pay on line at www.westwoodrotarynj.com.

Thursday, Nov. 7 – Club Meeting at Thunder Mountain

Friday, Nov. 15 – Annual Governor’s Visit – The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15. Board members should arrive at 11:30 to meet with Governor Len Agrusti.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Northern NJ Thanksgiving Luncheon – Clinton Inn, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly 07670 – noon.

1/3;1/3;1/3:  Nancy Swales won the small pot but was unable to locate the Joker.

November 1 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Oct 24, 2013

Happy Hour at the Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 5:30 October 24, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Phil Wells

Members Present:  Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Pat Little, Kelley O’Donnell, Brittany Vozza, and Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Jim Harvey, John Mckeon, (Both guests of Bob Bustard) Barbara Vozza, (Guest and Mother of Brittany Vozza) Guest Speaker Bob Stickel of LifeSavers, Inc.

http://www.lifesaversinc.com/

Make Ups:

Irma Chazotte: Gift of Life, Oct. 23rd

Stuart Gold: Maywood Club, Oct. 24th

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Picture Fines: Peter and Phil Wells with Joe Connolly of WCBS 880 at the Vocational Assembly.

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Birthdays and Anniversaries: Brittany and Her Mother Barbara Vozza both celebrate their birthday over the weekend.

Happiness:
by Brittany Vozza

Brittany Vozza was excited to celebrate her birthday this weekend with family and friends and carve pumpkins.

Phil Wells was happy for our first official Happy hour meeting

Many Happy dollars for the guest speaker were given and in celebration of the birthday girls

Announcements:
by George Sherman

Time to order you oranges and grapefruit fresh from Indian River, Florida. If you've not experienced these, you'll want to this year. Exceptionally flavorful; exceptionally fresh. Orders will be taken through Friday, November 29. The order will be placed that weekend and you'll have your fruit the next Saturday, December 7. Click on "2013 Fruit Sale" in the Download section of the club's web page if you need an order form. Give or send your order to Bernie Cohen at the address on the flyer. Print out some extras for your friends, neighbors, business associates and anyone else who would appreciate the opportunity to partake of this delicious fruit and help the Park Ridge Rotary Club finance Gift of Life, local charities and scholarships at the same time.

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by Phil Wells

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Rotary Foundation Seminar – Passport Café at Greenwood Lake Airport, 126 Airport Road, West Milford, NJ – 9:00-2:00 - $20.00. You can register for this event on the District’s website, a link to which may be found at the top of our webpage.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Westwood Rotary Charter Party – Estate of Florentine Gardens, 97 Rivervale Road, Westwood, NJ – 6:30 - $40.00 – Checks payable to “Rotary Club of Westwood” or pay on line at http://www.westwoodrotarynj.com

Program:
by Brittany Vozza

Members welcomed guest speaker Bob Stickel of LifeSavers, Inc a company that provides emergency medical response products and training to businesses, the public sector, and other organizations nationwide. Established in 1992, LifeSavers works closely with its customers to design implement and continually assess safety and emergency response programs.

Bob is the President of LifeSavers, Inc. and has more than 18 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and 20 years of experience as an American Heart Association instructor and trainer.

LifeSavers Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiac arrest and the amount of lives that can be saved if AED’s are available in schools, parks, businesses and eventually in people’s homes along with more people going through training for CPR.  Bob explained that the response time from when a person goes into cardiac arrest to when they receive CPR and AED shock determines the overall outcome of the patient and the level of damage that is done. He said every minute that goes by before CPR is started, the person's chances go down 10% for a full recovery.

Onsite training is available for groups of 8 or more for businesses. To learn more watch http://youtu.be/cV2ONBK9cHg or visit http://www.lifesaversinc.com

 

October 24 TRI-GEAR REPORT Brittany Vozza 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brittany Vozza on Oct 24, 2013

At the Park Ridge Rotary Club's first official "Happy Hour" held at 5:30 Thursday, October 24 at the Cornerstone in Hillsdale, members welcomed guest speaker Bob Stickel of LifeSavers, Inc., a company that provides emergency medical response products and training to businesses, the public sector, and other organizations nationwide. Established in 1992, LifeSavers works closely with its customers to design, implement and continually assess safety and emergency response programs.

Bob is the President of LifeSavers, Inc. (http://www.lifesaversinc.com) and has more than 18 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and 20 years of experience as an American Heart Association instructor and trainer.

LifeSavers Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiac arrest and the amount of lives that can be saved if AED’s are available in schools, parks, businesses and eventually in people’s homes along with more people going through training for CPR.  Bob explained that the response time from when a person goes into cardiac arrest to when they receive CPR and AED shock determines the overall outcome of the patient and the level of damage that is done. He said every minute that goes by before CPR is started, the person's chances go down 10% for a full recovery.

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Onsite training is available for groups of 8 or more for businesses. To learn more about the Difibtech Lifeline AED please visit http://youtu.be/cV2ONBK9cHg

We All Need Lifelines Brittany Vozza 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 18, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members PresentBob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Ann Kilmartin, Kelley O’Donnell, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells and Honorary Member Nancy Kilmartin.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Susan Noyes, Bergenfield Rotarian Bob Harkarian (guest of Irma), Michael Vesta (guest of President Bob), soon-to-be member Mike Zielinski

Make Ups:

At the Board meeting of October 15 were Bob Bustard, Dick Beattie, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, George Sherman, Cindy Rose, Phil Wells, and Vlad Zherenovsky. Stuart also earned make-ups at RLI and by attending the District Octoberfest and meetings of the Allendale and Westwood Clubs. Also at RLI were Bob Bustard, Phil Wells and George Sherman.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Picture Fines: Kelley O’Donnell paid for her picture at the dedication of the Mill Pond Bridge in Park Ridge. Former Park Ridge Mayor Don Ruschman, a Past President of our club, was being recognized for his many years of service to the community (http://www.northjersey.com/news/228129801_Bridge_named_for_former_mayor_Donald_Ruschman.html).

Birthdays and Anniversaries: None reported

Sunshine:

Mauro Cappitella is currently undergoing experimental chemo treatment. According to Bernie’s report today, Mauro is in good spirits. We wish him well and hope to have him back with us soon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman
Many Happy Dollars were collected as a result of having Helen Paul, Joeen Ciannella, and Ann and Nancy Kilmartin back with us today.

Guest Bob Harkarian was happy for his grand-daughter’s 3rd birthday.

Steve Fox was happy for his successes to date at Weight Watchers and pledged to give a buck every week that he loses weight.

Stuart Gold was happy for the success of the Rotary Leadership Institute at The Courtyard last weekend.

Nancy Kilmartin was happy for her nephew’s appearance in a tv commercial.

Bernie Cohen was happy for his time spent in Vermont, Montreal and at Lake Placid.

Jan Doornbosch was happy for the upcoming Fruit Sale and for the wonderful turnout at the October Board meeting.

Your editor was happy to read a thank you letter from Alan Krutchkoff of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon for the club’s sponsorship of an ad in their Salute to American Heroes program. Their event, held October 10 in Belleville, raised nearly $100,000.00 for wounded war vets. (http://adoptasoldierplatoon.org/salutetoamericanheroes.html )

Announcements:
by George Sherman

Time to order you oranges and grapefruit fresh from Indian River, Florida. If you've not experienced these, you'll want to this year. Exceptionally flavorful; exceptionally fresh. Orders will be taken through Friday, November 29. The order will be placed that weekend and you'll have your fruit the next Saturday, December 7. Click on "2013 Fruit Sale" in the Download section of the club's web page if you need an order form. Give or send your order to Bernie Cohen at the address on the flyer. Print out some extras for your friends, neighbors, business associates and anyone else who would appreciate the opportunity to partake of this delicious fruit and help the Park Ridge Rotary Club finance Gift of Life, local charities and scholarships at the same time.

Start making plans to attend the 2014 District Conference aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The Conference Package features 6 days and 5 nights aboard the ship, including 2 days and 1 night at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For complete details, download the brochure from the Download section of our website.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Park Ridge Community Service Award Presentation – 8:30 – Council Chambers – 53 Park Ave., Park Ridge. Linda Hanlon will be the club’s honoree for all the work she did in putting together our first 5K Walk/Run.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Happy Hour at the Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 5:30; Guest speaker – Bob Stickel of Lifesavers, Inc.

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Rotary Foundation Seminar – Passport Café at Greenwood Lake Airport, 126 Airport Road, West Milford, NJ – 9:00-2:00 - $20.00. You can register for this event on the District’s website, a link to which may be found at the top of our webpage.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Westwood Rotary Charter Party – Estate of Florentine Gardens, 97 Rivervale Road, Westwood, NJ – 6:30 - $40.00 – Checks payable to “Rotary Club of Westwood” or pay on line at http://www.westwoodrotarynj.com

 

Program:
by George Sherman

Members welcomed Susan Noyes, a board certified Holistic Health Coach, who spoke on the topic “Be the Best Version of You at Any Age”.

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Confronted with major family health problems several years ago, Ms. Noyes committed herself to teaching others how to follow a healthy life-style. In addition to her work with private clients, Susan is a Certified Independent Health Coach for “Take Shape for Life”, a comprehensive weight loss and lifestyle program.

In her words, “Wellness is a journey, not a destination”. Everything works better for you when you are at a healthy weight. To lose weight, Susan is an advocate of eating 5 or 6 small meals a day rather than 3 large ones and moving whenever you can move. Exercise is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle.

Oxidation, inflammation and toxins are the great enemies of good health. To minimize the negative effects of these, add in positive behaviors. Susan suggested that members rely more on plant based nutrition, use natural products, and take measures to counteract stress in order to live a longer, healthier life.

To learn more of Susan’s work, visit her website: http://www.stillwater-nutrition.com

Lord &Taylor Gift Baskets were won by Bob Balentine and Pat Little.

1/3;1/3;1/3:  Cindy Rose won the small pot but was unable to locate the Joker.


October 18 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 17, 2013
On Friday, October 18, members welcomed Susan Noyes, a board certified Holistic Health Coach, who spoke on the topic “Be the Best Version of You at Any Age”.

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Confronted with major family health problems several years ago, Ms. Noyes committed herself to teaching others how to follow a healthy life-style. In addition to her work with private clients, Susan is a Certified Independent Health Coach for “Take Shape for Life”, a comprehensive weight loss and lifestyle program.

In her words, “Wellness is a journey, not a destination”. Everything works better for you when you are at a healthy weight. To lose weight, Susan is an advocate of eating 5 or 6 small meals a day rather than 3 large ones and moving whenever you can move. Exercise is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle.

Oxidation, inflammation and toxins are the great enemies of good health. To minimize the negative effects of these, add in positive behaviors. Susan suggested that members rely more on plant based nutrition, use natural products, and take measures to counteract stress in order to live a longer, healthier life.

To learn more of Susan’s work, visit her website: http://www.stillwater-nutrition.com

Living Well, Living Better George Sherman 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 05, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members PresentBob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Pat Little, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Bergen County Clerk John Hogan, his assistants, and Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Nancy Swales celebrated her birthday last week.

Sunshine:

We are saddened to report the passing of John Zaczek, the father of Nancy Collentine, on Wednesday, September 18.

Mauro Cappitella is currently undergoing chemo treatment. We wish him well and hope to have him back with us soon.

Helen Paul is currently at home recovering from back surgery. Hopefully, she too will be up and about soon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Many Happy Dollars were collected as a result of the highly successful 5K event held on Sunday, 9/22. Over 100 people took part in what we hope will become our annual signature event for the fall. Community Life helped our cause with front page coverage and 2 full pages of photos in their 9/26 edition.

Stuart Gold was happy for the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held at The Courtyard next Saturday, Oct. 12, but sad that Parts 2 and 3 had to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations.

Bob Balentine was happy finally to be home and to get to a club meeting.

Phil Wells was happy to have Bob back with us and to have had a great vacation in Florida.

Cindy Rose was happy that she and Irma had been able to raise nearly $750 for the club by selling almost 150 Lord & Taylor Savings Passes at $5.00 each. Thanks to everyone for their support

Nancy Swales was happy to have been able to celebrate her birthday with her son and daughter last week.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy to report that the club had cleared in excess of $4000.00 at last month’s 5K event. Thanks to all who helped make the day such a success.

Jan Doornbosch was happy for the success of the 5K and for all of the work done by the committee in carrying it out.

Future member Mike Zalienski was happy to be adjusting to his new home in Park Ridge and to have found our club.

Ray Falcon was happy to have had a wonderful vacation and to be back with the club.

Pat DiRosa was happy to have Bob Balentine back with us and to be headed “down the shore” for the first time in a couple of weeks.

President Bob was happy for our upcoming evening of trap and skeet shooting at Thunder Mountain in Ringwood on Thursday, October 10.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11.

The next club event will be held Thursday night, October 10, when members are invited to join President Bob at Thunder Mountain in Ringwood (http://thundermt.com). Bob will be sending an e-mail with all the particulars this weekend. Know, however, that dinner is NOT included. The cost to shoot is $20 + tip for 25 shots. There are several different ranges from which to choose.


In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. RLI is growing so fast because it is the most powerful organized learning experience in all of Rotary. RI is urging all new members to complete Part I. Don’t deny yourself & your club this opportunity to become stronger Rotarians & better leaders. Registration begins at 7:30 A.M. $105.00 per person. District 7490 will pay for one if two from same club take Part I.
Register now at www.rlinea.com/Registration or call Stuart Gold (201-370-2163) with any questions.

Last week, guest speaker, PDG Joe Laureni alerted members to the upcoming Rotary UN Day to be held on Saturday, November 2. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the United Nations. The day will begin at 9:30am and conclude by 4:00pm.  Lunch will be in the UN Cafeteria, over-looking the East River at 1:00pm. Rotary Day at the United Nations also includes a special program for youth interested in humanitarian service.  Youth will have the opportunity to hear about a model UN program, the Shelter Box project, some projects that Interact Clubs are working on, and an overview of the UN and much more.  The program begins at 9:30am and concludes at 12:30 followed by lunch.  Participants are welcome to join the adult program after lunch. To learn more go to http://riunday.org

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 Edison, New Jersey - 3:30-8:30;  $55.00.  Meet the incoming Rotary International President. Visit www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details. Register by October 2 to avoid a $5 late fee.
Register on line, or notify DGN Andrew Garlick via email: amgarlick@garlickgroup.com

Thurs., Oct. 10 – Club will meet at Thunder Mountain, 1 Mansion Road, Ringwood, NJ, 07456, for an evening of trap and skeet shooting. This special event will begin at 6:00.

Fri., Oct. 11 - NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott – 7:30-3:30.

Fri., Oct. 18 - Club returns to The Courtyard - 12:15 - Guest Speaker-Susan Noyes, "Best Version of You at Any Age"

Sat., Nov. 2 – Rotary International UN Day

1/3;1/3;1/3: Stuart Gold won the small pot  but was unable to locate the Joker.
October 4 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Oct 05, 2013

On Friday, October 4, Park Ridge Rotary Club members welcomed Bergen County Clerk, John Hogan to their meeting at the Courtyard. After explaining a bit about his background, Mr. Hogan described for the club the workings of his office.

The County Clerk is one of three constitutional officers elected by the voters of Bergen County.

The County Clerk's responsibilities include the recording, filing and maintenance of many public records including those effecting property and business ownership.

In addition, the County Clerk's office keeps Naturalization Records, processes Passport applications, Notary Public Oaths, Veteran’s ID Cards and is responsible for one third of the Election process along with the Superintendent of Elections and the Board of Elections.

The County Clerk is historically known as the "keeper of records" and is one of the oldest offices in the State of NJ. Many records in the Bergen County Clerk's office are over 300 years old.

  • Will you be requesting a "Mail-In" Ballot for an election?
  • Do you need a copy of the deed to your home?
  • Are you searching for a title for your home?
  • Do you want to become a notary?
  • Will you be traveling outside the United States any time soon and need a passport?
  • Are you starting your own business?

If your answer to any of the questions posed above is yes, then the Bergen County Clerk’s Office can help. Their comprehensive website serves as a portal to any resource you may need related to the filing and searching of Bergen County records.

Residents of Bergen County are fortunate to have an incredible number and variety of services available to them through the Clerk’s Office in Hackensack. Learn more about them by visiting http://www.bergencountyclerk.org.

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What's A County Clerk? George Sherman 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 27, 2013
Members welcomed PDG Joe Laureni to their luncheon meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott on Friday, September 27. Gift of Life was the topic of the day as Joe filled us in on the origins of the program and the impact it has had on so many.

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Though not an official program of RI, Gift of Life represents the spirit of Rotary by providing life saving heart surgery to children with congenital heart defects. First started in 1974 on Long Island, the idea was introduced to District 7490 by DGN Art Scialla in 1985. Our Park Ridge club under the leadership of Club President Don Terrace was the first in the District to sponsor a Gift of Life child brought here from the Dominican Republic. Since then, the District has sponsored nearly 900 children from all over the world and in 2011 we were pleased to be able to sponsor 5 year old Noreen from the Philippines.

Today there are about 50 Rotary Districts with Gift of Life programs. Together they have been responsible for over 15,000 life saving surgeries.

In more recent years it has been found that medical missions to developing countries can result in more surgeries being done less expensively over relatively short periods of time. Sponsoring a child for surgery in the U.S. costs $6,000.00 while surgeries can be completed in a child’s native country for half that amount. This Rotary year, missions have already been to Uganda, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua with the District’s tenth mission slated to go to the Philippines in November.

Children who come to the United States with heart defects are usually referred by physicians or participating groups in their home country to Rotarians of Rotary District 7490 Gift of Life Foundation who forward their medical information to participating hospitals. Doctors and hospitals receive the nominal fee of $6,000 for the valuable services they render. After cases are approved for surgery by attending physicians, they are assigned to local Rotary Clubs, Interact Clubs or auxiliary organizations. They in turn provide any additional funds for medical care (prescriptions, etc.) and host the child with a parent while they are in this country. The monies needed to finance the program are raised by the Foundation, individual Rotary Clubs, or other individuals and organizations.

One does not have to be a member of a Rotary club to participate in Gift of Life. The District’s Gift of Life Committee is always looking for hosts and translators for the children and funds are always needed for medical services, equipment, educational services and transportation.

The Gift of Life Foundation George Sherman 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 27, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Nancy Collentine

Members Present Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Nancy Collentine, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Kelley O’Donnell, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker PDG Joe Laureni and potential member, Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski.

Make Ups:

Earning make-ups at last Sunday’s 5K were President Bob, Bernie, Pat DiRosa, Steve Fox, Stuart, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay, Kelley, George, and Brittany.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Bob Balentine is resting at the Cape recovering from a fall and is currently under the part-time care of a visiting nurse. Now that he is driving again, we all hope to have Bob back with us very soon.

We are saddened to report the passing of John Zaczek, the father of Nancy Collentine, on Wednesday, September 18.

Ann Kilmartin is in Valley Hospital being treated for kidney stones. We all join in wishing her a speedy recovery.

Mauro Cappitella is currently undergoing chemo treatment. We wish him well and hope to hear good news.

Helen Paul is currently at home recovering from back surgery. Hopefully, she too will be up and about soon.

Nancy Swales was happy to report that son Larry is doing better.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Many Happy Dollars were collected as a result of the highly successful 5K event held last Sunday, 9/22. Over 100 people took part in what we hope will become our annual signature event for the fall. Community Life helped our cause with front page coverage and 2 full pages of photos in their 9/26 edition.

Stuart Gold was happy to have Nancy Collentine visiting with us today, for the tremendous work of our 5K committee headed by Linda Hanlon, for the fine performance of his grandson in his first high school football game, and for the Emmy won by his niece, Executive Producer of The Voice.

Cindy Rose was happy to be attending her high school reunion next week.

Steve Fox was happy for all of the support the club received from sponsors of the 5K and for the great weather.

Irma Chazotte was happy for the wonderful 10 days she spent with her daughter in Italy.

Nancy Swales was happy for her grand-daughter’s upcoming trip to Italy.

Bernie Cohen was happy to be on his way to Vermont and Montreal in the days ahead.

Pat DiRosa was looking forward to going apple picking with the grandkids this weekend.

Kelley O’Donnell was happy and grateful for all those who provided rides for her as she recuperates from foot surgery.

Nancy Collentine was happy to be back with us today and for her freshman daughter’s enthusiasm for George Washington University.

Fay Logan offered happy dollars in recognition of the hard work done by the 5K Committee, especially our youngest and newest members.

President Bob was happy to have Nancy Collentine and Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski with us today.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. RLI is growing so fast because it is the most powerful organized learning experience in all of Rotary. RI is urging all new members to complete Part I & incoming Presidents to be a graduate of RLI (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Don’t deny yourself & your club this opportunity to become stronger Rotarians & better leaders. Registration begins at 7:30 A.M. $95.00 per person through Monday. District 7490 will pay for one if two from same club take Part I.
Register now at www.rlinea.com/Registration or call Stuart Gold (201-370-2163) with any questions.

Irma Chazotte and Cindy Rose are again selling sales passes to Lord and Taylor’s sale which will take place Thursday, October 10 at the Ridgewood store in the Fashion Center. The club keeps all proceeds from the sales of tickets plus gets a percentage of the sales of merchandise. Members who sell at least $50.00 worth of savings passes will be entered into a drawing for a nice gift basket from L&T. WE URGE ALL MEMBERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SELLING AT LEAST 5 SALES PASSES. This would allow the club to raise at least $1000.00 with a minimum of effort.

Guest speaker, PDG Joe Laureni alerted members to the upcoming Rotary UN Day to be held on Saturday, November 2. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the United Nations. The day will begin at 9:30am and conclude by 4:00pm.  Lunch will be in the UN Cafeteria, over-looking the East River at 1:00pm. Rotary Day at the United Nations also includes a special program for youth interested in humanitarian service.  Youth will have the opportunity to hear about a model UN program, the Shelter Box project, some projects that Interact Clubs are working on, and an overview of the UN and much more.  The program begins at 9:30am and concludes at 12:30 followed by lunch.  Participants are welcome to join the adult program after lunch. To learn more go to http://riunday.org

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Fri., Oct. 4 – Club meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15. Guest speaker will be Bergen County Clerk John Hogan.

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 Edison, New Jersey - 3:30-8:30;  $55.00.  Meet the incoming Rotary International President. Visit www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details. Register by October 2 to avoid a $5 late fee.
Register on line, or notify DGN Andrew Garlick via email: amgarlick@garlickgroup.com

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott – 7:30-3:30.

Sat., Nov. 2 – Rotary International UN Day.

September 27 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 21, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: President Bob

Members Present Bob Bustard, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Susan Thielemann, President of the Westwood Club and Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski.

Make Ups: Present at the Board meeting were your editor, Pat DiRosa, Stuart Gold, Bob Bustard, Fay Logan, Jan Doornbosch and Cindy Rose. 5K meetings: Steve Fox (5), Stu (5), Bob B. (2), Pat D. (1 more), Jan (1) and Bernie (1).  Stu and Bob were at the District Staff meeting and Stu also went to Allendale and Westwood meetings.

 

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Birthdays were celebrated by Pat DiRosa (9/20), Stuart Gold (9/21) and Steve Hopper (9/22). Anniversaries were celebrated by Steve Hopper (9/14) and Pat Dirosa (9/22).

Sunshine:

Bob Balentine is resting at the Cape recovering from a fall and is currently under the part-time care of a visiting nurse. Now that he is driving again, we all hope to have Bob back with us very soon.

We are saddened to report the passing of John Zaczek, the father of Nancy Collentine, on Wednesday, September 18. Details will be sent when available.

Ann Kilmartin is in Valley Hospital being treated for kidney stones. We all join in wishing her a speedy recovery.

Mauro Cappitella is currently undergoing chemo treatment. We wish him well and hope to hear good news.

Helen Paul is currently at home recovering from back surgery. Hopefully, she too will be up and about soon.

Nancy Swales was happy to report that son Larry is doing better.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Many Happy Dollars were collected in anticipation of a highly successful 5K event on Sunday, 9/22. So far we have 100+ registrants and are well on our way to raising a significant sum of money for scholarships and local charities.

Cindy Rose was happy to announce that we are embarked upon our semi-annual Lord and Taylor fund raiser. Sales passes are available from Cindy and Irma for $5.00 apiece.

Pete Jacobsen was happy for the beautiful memorial service for his father and especially for Joeen Ciannella’s role in remembering Herb.

Jan Doornbosch was happy to have won a sailing race on the Hudson recently.

Fay Logan offered happy dollars in recognition of the hard work done by the 5K Committee .

President Bob was happy to have Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski and Westwood Rotary Club President with us at the meeting today.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. Register on line at http://www.rlinea.com/Calendar.htm

Irma Chazotte and Cindy Rose are again selling sales passes to Lord and Taylor’s sale which will take place Thursday, October 10 at the Ridgewood store in the Fashion Center. The club keeps all proceeds from the sales of tickets plus gets a percentage of the sales of merchandise. Members who sell at least $50.00 worth of savings passes will be entered into a drawing for a nice gift basket from L&T. WE URGE ALL MEMBERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SELLING AT LEAST 5 SALES PASSES. This would allow the club to raise at least $1000.00 with a minimum of effort.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk. All registration information is available on our website and on our Facebook page. THIS PROMISES TO BE A GREAT EVENT! BE PART OF THE FUN! WE NEED EVERYONE’S INVOLVEMENT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!

Fri., Sept. 27 – Club meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15. Guest speaker will be PDG Joe Laureni talking about Gift of Life.

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 Edison, New Jersey - 3:30-8:30;  $55.00.  Meet the incoming Rotary International President. Visit www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details. Register by October 2 to avoid a $5 late fee.
Register on line, or notify DGN Andrew Garlick via email: amgarlick@garlickgroup.com

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

1/3;1/3;1/3: Pat DiRosa won the small pot  but was unable to locate the Joker.
September 19 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 20, 2013
Westwood Rotary Club President Susan Thielemann visited the Park Ridge Club on Friday, September 20 to share with members a topic which has become a passion for her and a signature program of the Westwood Club. Since accepting the position of chairperson of the District’s CPR Anytime program in July, she has been been providing training to groups throughout the area on the need to learn CPR so that more lives may be saved.

District Governor Len Agrusti has made CPR training a major goal of his administration during 2013-14, and, to that end, has provided all 55 clubs in the District with American Heart Association materials that will teach the process. 

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Susan explained that a person’s chances of survival after sudden cardiac arrest can be more than doubled if Hands-on CPR is initiated within seconds of the attack occurring. Quick action will keep the blood flowing until trained medical help arrives.

The American Heart Association recommends taking two simple steps to save a life: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, become unresponsive and stop breathing call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." The sooner this can be started the better since a person’s brain can survive for up to 6 minutes after the heart stops beating.

Groups interested in receiving CPR training are encouraged to contact the Westwood Club at http://www.westwoodrotarynj.com/family-and-friends-cpr-anytime.html.

To Save a Life George Sherman 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 20, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: President Bob

Members Present Bob Bustard, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Susan Thielemann, President of the Westwood Club and Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski.

Make Ups:

Stuart Gold earned make-ups at RLI and 5K Race meetings; Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, and Jan Doornbosch attended to meetings of the 5K Race Committee; Pat and Jan also attended the August Board Meeting.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Birthdays were celebrated by Pat DiRosa (9/20), Stuart Gold (9/21) and Steve Hopper (9/22). Anniversaries were celebrated by Steve Hopper (9/14) and Pat Dirosa (9/22).

Sunshine:

Bob Balentine is resting at the Cape recovering from a fall and is currently under the part-time care of a visiting nurse. Now that he is driving again, we all hope to have Bob back with us very soon.

We are saddened to report the passing of John Zaczek, the father of Nancy Collentine, on Wednesday, September 18. Details will be sent when available.

Ann Kilmartin is in Valley Hospital being treated for kidney stones. We all join in wishing her a speedy recovery.

Mauro Cappitella is currently undergoing chemo treatment. We wish him well and hope to hear good news.

Helen Paul is currently at home recovering from back surgery. Hopefully, she too will be up and about soon.

Nancy Swales was happy to report that son Larry is doing better.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Many Happy Dollars were collected in anticipation of a highly successful 5K event on Sunday, 9/22. So far we have 100+ registrants and are well on our way to raising a significant sum of money for scholarships and local charities.

Cindy Rose was happy to announce that we are embarked upon our semi-annual Lord and Taylor fund raiser. Sales passes are available from Cindy and Irma for $5.00 apiece.

Pete Jacobsen was happy for the beautiful memorial service for his father and especially for Joeen Ciannella’s role in remembering Herb.

Jan Doornbosch was happy to have won a sailing race on the Hudson recently.

Fay Logan offered happy dollars in recognition of the hard work done by the 5K Committee .

President Bob was happy to have Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski and Westwood Rotary Club President with us at the meeting today.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. Register on line at http://www.rlinea.com/Calendar.htm

Irma Chazotte and Cindy Rose are again selling sales passes to Lord and Taylor’s sale which will take place Thursday, October 10 at the Ridgewood store in the Fashion Center. The club keeps all proceeds from the sales of tickets plus gets a percentage of the sales of merchandise. Members who sell at least $50.00 worth of savings passes will be entered into a drawing for a nice gift basket from L&T. WE URGE ALL MEMBERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SELLING AT LEAST 5 SALES PASSES. This would allow the club to raise at least $1000.00 with a minimum of effort.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk. All registration information is available on our website and on our Facebook page. THIS PROMISES TO BE A GREAT EVENT! BE PART OF THE FUN! WE NEED EVERYONE’S INVOLVEMENT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!

Fri., Sept. 27 – Club meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15. Guest speaker will be PDG Joe Laureni talking about Gift of Life.

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 Edison, New Jersey - 3:30-8:30;  $55.00.  Meet the incoming Rotary International President. Visit www.RotaryNJVA.org for more details. Register by October 2 to avoid a $5 late fee.
Register on line, or notify DGN Andrew Garlick via email: amgarlick@garlickgroup.com

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

1/3;1/3;1/3: Pat DiRosa won the small pot  but was unable to locate the Joker.
September 19 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Philip Wells on Sep 13, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: President Bob

Members PresentDick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Stu Gold, & Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rosemary Bustard

Make Ups:

Stuart Gold earned a make-up by visiting the Westwood Club.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Ralph Padovano is currently at the shore and, according to his son, Scott, doing well.

Helen Paul underwent back surgery on Monday. All wish her well and hope that she will enjoy a speedy recovery.

Bob Balentine is resting at home recovering from a fall and is currently under the care of a visiting nurse. All hope to have Bob back with us very soon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Announcements:
by Phil Wells

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. Register on line at http://www.rlinea.com/Calendar.htm

The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Park Ridge Marriott are hosting a Multi-Chamber Event on Tuesday evening, September 17 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. The cost is $25.00 per person pre-paid ($30.00 at the door) which include hors d’oeuvres and one drink. Contact mmatula@vozza.com to register before September 10.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by Phil Wells

Tues., Sept. 17 – Rotary Board Meeting – Fay Logan’s Office – 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale, NJ – Dinner at 6:00; Meeting at 6:30.

Fri., Sept. 20 - Club meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott. Guest speaker will be Susan Thielemann, President of the Westwood Club who will be teaching us how to do CPR.

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk. All registration information is available on our website and on our Facebook page. THIS PROMISES TO BE A GREAT EVENT! BE PART OF THE FUN! WE NEED EVERYONE’S INVOLVEMENT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

Program:
by Phil Wells

Rained out at Thunder Mountain, club members enjoyed their Thursday evening get together at The Cornerstone in Hillsdale. Among the items discussed were the upcoming 5K, recent activities being conducted by the Westwood Club, our own fall schedule and October's Rotary Leadership Institute being held at The Courtyard by Marriott.

September 12 TRI-GEAR REPORT Philip Wells 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 07, 2013

Program:
by George Sherman

On Friday, September 6, the Park Ridge Rotary Club was happy to welcome back Mr. Alan Krutchkoff, founder and CEO of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. Since first visiting with us three years ago, the organization has grown significantly, sending care packages to deployed military units wherever and whenever the need may arise.

Started in 2003, this special group of volunteers has worked tirelessly to improve the morale of soldiers in service to our country by regularly supplying them with DVDs, books, food, snacks, personal care items, sports equipment and much more. All this is done with great efficiency as over 95 cents of every dollar raised is used to support our military men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe and secure.

On October 10, AaSP will be holding its biggest fund-raiser to date – A Salute to American Heroes – a gala being held in Belleville with all proceeds going to Operation Compact Care for the benefit of wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

This space is far too limited to describe all the good work being done by AaSP. The reader is encouraged to read the speech given by Congressman Steven Rothman in this Sept. 19, 2007 issue of the Congressional Record: http://www.adoptasoldierplatoon.org/images/Adopt-A-Soldier.pdf.

Additional information can be found at the comprehensive AaSP website - http://adoptasoldierplatoon.org/home.html or by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adopt-a-Soldier-Platoon/101333404629

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AaSP: Providing Remarkable Service To Those Serving Us George Sherman 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Sep 06, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: President Bob

Members Present Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Stuart Gold, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Alan Krutchkoff; Bob Puglis (guest of Irma); Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski (referred to club by Gov. Len Agrusti).

Make Ups:

Stuart Gold earned make-ups at RLI and 5K Race meetings; Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, and Jan Doornbosch attended two meetings of the 5K Race Committee; Pat and Jan also attended the August Board Meeting.

 (Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Jan and Annelien Doornbosch celebrated their anniversary on August 27.

Sunshine:

Memorial Visitation for Richard Kilmartin will be held 11 AM-2 PM with Funeral Service at 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 7 at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home, 155 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Richard may be made to Tri-Boro Family Care, Inc., 55 Park Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.

Cindy Rose reported that Ralph Padovano is currently at the shore and, according to his son, Scott, doing well.

Cindy also reported that Helen Paul will be undergoing back surgery on Monday. All wish her well and hope that she will enjoy a speedy recovery.

Bob Balentine is resting at home recovering from a fall and is currently under the care of a visiting nurse. All hope to have Bob back with us very soon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Many happy dollars were given in response to Cindy Rose’s return.

Many members offered dollars in memory of Herb Jacobsen and Richard Kilmartin.

Irma Chazotte was happy to be going to Italy later this month.

Cindy Rose was VERY happy to be back with us after several weeks.

Jan Doornbosch was happy to have been to Holland for his anniversary.

Stuart Gold was happy for the work of the 5K Run Committee and all it has accomplished thus far.

Speaker Alan Krutchkoff was happy to be with us once again and to meet up with Bob Puglis, father of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon’s second adoptee.

Irma’s guest Bob Puglis was happy to be at today’s meeting and for the work of the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon.

President Bob was happy to welcome Park Ridge resident Mike Zielinski to the meeting today and for the club’s upcoming Thursday night event at Thunder Mountain in Ringwood.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COURTYARD NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13.

The next club event will be held Thursday night, September12, when members are invited to join President Bob at Thunder Mountain in Ringwood (http://thundermt.com). Bob will be sending an e-mail with all the particulars this weekend.

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. Register on line at http://www.rlinea.com/Calendar.htm

The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Park Ridge Marriott are hosting a Multi-Chamber Event on Tuesday evening, September 17 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. The cost is $25.00 per person pre-paid ($30.00 at the door) which include hors d’oeuvres and one drink. Contact mmatula@vozza.com to register before September 10.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., Sept. 9 – District Staff Meeting – Holiday Inn – Hasbrouck Heights – 5:30 - $25.00.

Thurs., Sept. 12 - Club Meeting -6:30 - Thunder Mountain, 1 Mansion Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456 (http://thundermt.com).

Sat., Sept. 14 – Memorial Service for Herb Jacobsen – First Congregational Church , 131 Pascack Road,  Park Ridge – 1:00. You can read The Record's obituary here:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-w-jacobsen&pid=166382654&fhid=17136#sthash.IEu3bZ8Z.dpbs

Tues., Sept. 17 – Rotary Board Meeting – Fay Logan’s Office – 1 Paragon Drive, Montvale, NJ – Dinner at 6:00; Meeting at 6:30.

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk. All registration information is available on our website and on our Facebook page. THIS PROMISES TO BE A GREAT EVENT! BE PART OF THE FUN! WE NEED EVERYONE’S INVOLVEMENT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

1/3;1/3;1/3: Guest speaker Alan Krutchkoff won $12.00 for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, but was unable to locate the Joker.

September 6 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 16, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: President Bob

Members Present Bob Bustard, Mauro Cappitella, Irma Chazotte, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, and Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Dick Bozzone and his wife Dorothy; Bob Puglis (guest of Irma); Jules Campbell (guest of Jan).

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Peter Wells and Steve Fox celebrated anniversaries. It was also Peter’s birthday on the 18th.

Sunshine:

Nancy Swales reported that her son Larry will have to have additional tests this week.

Ann’s son, Richard, successfully underwent the amputation of both legs above the knee. He is will be at Care One in Ridgewood for therapy for the next several weeks. We wish Richard and all of the family well as they face the challenges ahead.

Cindy is recuperating at home from her surgery and is hoping to get back to a meeting soon. All join in wishing her a complete and speedy recovery.

Helen Paul may find it necessary to undergo surgery for her back pain. All join in wishing her the best as well.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Pete Jacobsen offered a financial tribute in memory of his father for all the joy that Rotary brought him throughout his many decades with the club.

Lots of happy dollars followed in memory of Herb and all of his many kindnesses.

Jan Doornbosch was happy to have his grandson Jules with him today.

Nancy Swales was looking forward to a visit from her children and grandchildren as they celebrate Larry’s birthday this week.

Peter Wells was happy that son Phil had bought lunch for him this week.

Irma Chazotte was happy to introduce her guest Bob Puglis to the club.

Brittany Vozza was happy to have had such a great time at her sister’s wedding. She’s also looking forward to the Giants first pre-season game this weekend.

Pat DiRosa was happy to be headed down the shore with her grandkids.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

President Bob announced that our next meeting at The Courtyard will not occur until Friday, September 6. Our Thursday evening meeting for July will take place on August 22 when we return to the ever popular Demarest Farms Summer BarBQ Buffet for an evening of good food, good fun and good music. (http://demarestfarms.com/bbqs.html). The following Friday, August 30 will mark the beginning of the Labor Day weekend and there will be no club meeting.

The next meeting of the 5K committee will be Monday, August 19 at 6pm at the Kearny Federal Savings Bank, 207 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan.

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. Register on line at http://www.rlinea.com/Registration.html.

Steve Hopper announced that the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Park Ridge Marriott are hosting a Multi-Chamber Event on Tuesday evening, September 17 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. The cost is $25.00 per person pre-paid ($30.00 at the door) which include hors d’oeuvres and one drink. Contact mmatula@vozza.com to register before September 10.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., Aug. 19 – Meeting of 5K Planning Committee – 6:00 – Kearny Bank – Old Tappan.

Wed., Aug. 21 – Board of Directors Meeting – Pascack Historical Society Museum, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – 6:00 Dinner;6:30 Meeting.

Thur., Aug. 22 – Club Meeting – Demarest Farms – 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale – 6:00-8:30 - $18.95 per person payable at check-out counter.

Fri., Aug. 30  – NO CLUB MEETING. ENJOY THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Mon., Sept. 9 – District Staff Meeting – Holiday Inn – Hasbrouck Heights – 5:30 - $25.00.

Sat., Sept. 14 – Memorial Service for Herb Jacobsen – First Congregational Church , 131 Pascack Road,  Park Ridge – 1:00. You can read The Record's obituary here:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-w-jacobsen&pid=166382654&fhid=17136#sthash.IEu3bZ8Z.dpbs

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Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

Program:
by George Sherman
Guest speaker at the club’s August 16 meeting was Mr. Dick Bozzone, Past Commander of the Jedh C. Barker American Legion Memorial Post 153 in Park Ridge. An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, Dick currently serves as the Post Historian and has long served as chairman of the annual Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade.

The American Legion was created shortly after the end of World War I to advocate for the interests of veterans and to protect those of the widows and children of deceased and handicapped veterans. The Pascack Valley Post 153 became among the first posts to be created, beginning operations in March, 1919.

In 1970, Post 153 changed its name to Lance Cpl. Jedh C. Barker Memorial Post 153 in honor of the 22 year old Park Ridge resident who gave his life in Vietnam in 1967 to protect his fellow soldiers. For his selfless act of heroism he was posthumously awarded the Marine Corps Medal of Honor. (http://www.marinemedals.com/barkerjedh.htm)

Over its 94 year history, thousands of veterans, both men and women, have been members of the post. For several decades an energetic and vibrant Auxiliary Unit has been an ardent supporter of the post’s projects, and, since 1986, an increasingly active Sons of the American Legion Squadron has enriched the post as well. In the last 6 years alone the post and its auxiliary units has raised and donated over $100,000 to various veterans, civic, educational and charitable groups.

Golfers interested in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Legion by participating in the Sons of the Legion Squadron’s annual golf outing on Monday, Sept. 9 can find information here: http://www.northjersey.com/community/clubs/events/218789871_Park_Ridge_American_Legion_sponsors_golf_outing.html .

 

1/3;1/3;1/3: Stuart Gold took home a few bucks but was unable to locate the Joker.

August 16 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 08, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard

Invocation: Ray Falcon

Members Present Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Ann Kilmartin, Kelley O’Donnell, George Sherman, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Nancy Kilmartin

Make Ups: Stuart Gold earned make-ups at the 5K Meeting, Allendale Club and Westwood Club; Ryan Cangialosi attended 2 meetings of the 5K group and the July Board Meeting; Steve Hopper and Bernie Cohen also earned make-ups at the 5K meeting.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Bob and Rosemary Bustard and Peter and Linda Wells celebrated their 31st wedding anniversaries.

Sunshine: Ann’s son, Richard, successfully underwent the amputation of both legs above the knee. He will be leaving Valley Hospital for Care One in Ridgewood next week to begin therapy. We wish Richard and all of the family well as they face the challenges ahead.

Cindy is recuperating at home from her surgery and is hoping to get back to a meeting soon. All join in wishing her a complete and speedy recovery.

Helen Paul may find it necessary to undergo surgery for her back pain. All join in wishing her the best as well.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman
Most of the happy dollars were the result of  Ann and Nancy being present with us today.

President Bob was happy that Rosemary has put up with him for so many years and for his daughter’s new job as an elementary school teacher in Wayne.

Additionally, Jan was happy to have had successful eye surgery last week.

Finally, Bernie and others were happy for the life of Herb Jacobsen and all the happiness he spread in his 101 years of life.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

Congratulations to Ray Falcon on receiving his PH+2 pin at today’s meeting.

Joeen Ciannella told of receiving word from Pete Jacobsen of the passing of his father, Herb last Tuesday. Pete commented on how happy Herb had been to have attended our June 21st meeting when we dedicated the sundial to him in Wood Dale Park. There will be a memorial service in September for which details will be sent when determined. Joeen remarked how very special it was for us to have had Herb with us that day. He was so much the life blood of our club for so very long. We will miss him so very much. All joined Joeen in offering our sincere condolences to the Jacobsen family on the loss of this wonderful man.

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You can read The Record's obituary here:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-w-jacobsen&pid=166382654&fhid=17136#sthash.IEu3bZ8Z.dpbs

In his AG Report, Stuart Gold urged all members to take advantage of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute being held on Saturday, October 12 at our home, THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT in Montvale. Register on line at http://www.rlinea.com/Calendar.htm

Steve Hopper announced that the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Park Ridge Marriott are hosting a Multi-Chamber Event on Tuesday evening, September 17 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. The cost is $25.00 per person pre-paid ($30.00 at the door) which include hors d’oeuvres and one drink. Contact mmatula@vozza.com to register before September 10.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Fri., August 16 – Club Meeting at 12:15 – Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale – Guest Speaker: Dick Bozzone, Past Commander of the Jedh C. Barker American Legion Memorial Post 153 in Park Ridge.

Mon., Sept. 9 – District Staff Meeting – Holiday Inn – Hasbrouck Heights – 5:30 - $25.00.

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

Program:
by George Sherman
There not being a scheduled speaker today, President Bob called upon Ryan Cangialosi to give the club an update on our 5K Walk/Run with Half-Way Hounds being held on Sunday, September 22.

Ryan reported that our efforts to obtain sponsors have succeeded to the extent that we have covered our expected expenses. This does not mean that we should cut back on our efforts to recruit more, however. The next big challenge is to spread the word so as to engage a large number of participants.

Registration can be easily accomplished by going to

https://register.bestrace.com/Register/?event=22402

Early registration is $25.00. If you wait until the day of the event, the fee will be $35.00. The race, a USATF sanctioned run, will be held in Park Ridge, beginning and ending at the Park Ridge Municipal Pool. Registration on the 22nd will begin at 9:00 with the race beginning at 10:00. Information explaining all details of the event can be found in the “Download” section in the left sidebar of our website, www.parkridgerotaryclub.org

Ryan reiterated the need to have ALL CLUB MEMBERS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS EVENT A SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISER. We have it within our power to raise lots of money to help lots of people. All that’s needed is the determination to get it done.

1/3;1/3;1/3: Bernie Cohen took home a few bucks but was unable to locate the Joker.

August 9 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 01, 2013

The Park Ridge Rotary Club's August 2nd meeting featured the presentation of our final scholarship for school year 2012-13 to Park Ridge High School graduate, Jonathan Hodgins.  Jonathan’s outstanding academic achievements, excellent recommendations, and countless hours of community service made his selection as one of our honorees inevitable.

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Recipient of the school’s Random Act of Kindness Award, Tri-Varsity Athlete Award, and Bergen County Soccer Coaches’ Unsung Hero Award, Jon has been an umpire in the Park Ridge Baseball Program for several years and for the last 2 years has served as a Site Director for the Bergen County Charity Baseball Classic (http://memorialbenefit.org) Jon is a graduate of the American Legion’s Boys’ State program, volunteered with the Bassmaster Fishing Outing for the Disabled, and with the Operation Grad 5K. In addition, he works part-time in his parents’ store and serves as a busboy at Woodcliff Manor. With all of this, he managed to be named to the National Honor Society, maintaining a 93.72 GPA while taking 3 AP courses and Physics Honors during his senior year.

Next month, Jonathan will begin pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the University of Delaware where he hopes to become involved in some type of service oriented international exchange program. The club is enormously pleased to be able to present him with one of this year’s scholarships.

Our Final Scholarship Recipient For 2012-13 George Sherman 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 01, 2013

Flag Salute: President-Elect Pat Little

Invocation: Pat Little

Members Present Michelle Albergo, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Stuart Gold, Pat Little, Fay Logan, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Scholarship recipient Jonathan Hodgins and his mother Sue.

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Bernie and Carol Cohen will celebrate their 52nd anniversary on August 6.

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman
Most of the Happy Dollars were given in honor of our scholarship winner. In addition:

Nancy Swales was happy to report that Larry is doing well.

Joeen Ciannella was happy to say that Tara and Bobby are settling in to their new home.

Michelle Albergo was happy to be back and for a good medical report.

Pat DiRosa was happy to be going “down the shore” again this weekend.

Pat Little was happy for his “interesting” vacation.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

A job transfer has required Lisa Peck to resign from our club. She will be transferring her membership to the Hackensack Club. The club greatly appreciates all Lisa has done for us in the years she has been with us and wish her the very best in her new surroundings.

President Bob has announced the appointment of 2 new members to the Club’s Board of Directors: Ryan Cangialosi agreed to fill Lisa Peck’s seat and Bernie Cohen will assume the seat of Sargeant at Arms Steve Hopper since Steve is not allowed by By-Laws to fill both positions.

Linda Hanlon and Ryan Cangialosi are hard at work with representatives from Halfway Hounds in preparing for our September 22 5K Run/Walk. Registration form, Sponsorship form and Participation Waiver have been put onto the Download section of our website. We need 100% involvement of our membership to make this whole thing work. Sponsorships are available for as little as $100.00. Ryan will be updating the membership each week as to our progress. Everyone is asked to commit to obtaining at least 1 sponsor. Let Ryan know which business(es) or individual(s) you are contacting to avoid duplication.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., Aug. 5 - 5K meeting, 7pm at Kearny Federal Savings Bank in Old Tappan (207 Old Tappan Road). 

Mon., Aug 9 – Club Meeting – Courtyard by Marriott.

Mon., Sept. 9 – District Staff Meeting – Holiday Inn – Hasbrouck Heights – 5:30 - $25.00.

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

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Join The Fun At Our Run - Sept. 22 with the Half -Way Hounds George Sherman 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 27, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard 

Invocation: Bernie Cohen

Members Present Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rotarian and Guest Speaker Y.S. Yoo; Bob Forsch and Rosemary Bustard guests of Pres. Bob.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Phil Wells’ birthday was last week. Also celebrating birthdays in July were Fay Logan, Bob Kleinberg, Ann Kilmartin, Mauro Cappitella and Paul Janssen.

Sunshine: Cindy Rose reported that Helen Paul is back at home and is scheduled for a procedure next week that will hopefully alleviate her back pain. We’re all hoping for the best.

Steve Hopper reported that a fire had seriously damaged two apartments in Bob Guller’s building. All are asked to keep him in your thoughts.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman
Nancy Swales was happy that Larry’s treatment seems to be progressing well and that the Royal baby had FINALLY been born.

Phil Wells was happy for the wonderful time his family enjoyed on their Mediterranean cruise.

Pat DiRosa was happy to be headed for the shore with her grandchildren (and Joe).

Bernie Cohen was happy to be attending a 90th birthday party for a friend.

Stuart Gold was happy for the break in the weather and for the progress that’s been made in preparing for the 5K Run September 22.

Steve Fox was happy to be getting ready to go on vacation.

Steve Hopper was happy to have his daughter taking ice-skating lessons.

President Bob was happy to have our speaker, Y.S.Yoo here to talk about Gift of Life. He was also happy to have Rosemary and  his guest Bob Forsch with him today.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

President Bob shared Bonnie Sirower’s e-mail: "The Long Term Recovery Group for Hurricane Sandy in Bergen County has asked if Rotary could provide meals for volunteers who are visiting our District to help repair the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.  We need approximately 23 meals beginning July 22, or gift cards from places like ShopRite or Pathmark to feed approximately 30 volunteers of all ages who will be staying in the hostel that our District helped to build.  If you or your club would like to help, please contact Marisa Santiago at  msantiago@bergenvolunteers.org  at the Bergen Volunteer Center or Mary Ellen Lyons at the South Bergen Rotary at mlyons@moonachie.us.” Bob suggested that volunteers from the club join him in preparing and delivering lunches one day a week for a month. Contact Bob if you can help.

 
Job transfer has required Lisa Peck to resign from our club. She will be transferring her membership to the Hackensack Club. The club greatly appreciates all Lisa has done for us in the years she has been with us and wish her the very best in her new surroundings.

President Bob announced the appointment of 2 new members to the Club’s Board of Directors: Ryan Cangialosi agreed to fill Lisa Peck’s seat and Bernie Cohen will assume the seat of Sargeant at Arms Steve Hopper since Steve is not allowed by By-Laws to fill both positions.

 Linda Hanlon and Ryan Cangialosi are hard at work with representatives from Halfway Hounds in preparing for our September 22 5K Run/Walk. Registration form, Sponsorship form and Participation Waiver have been put onto the Download section of our website. We need 100% involvement of our membership to make this whole thing work. Sponsorships are available for as little as $100.00. Ryan will be updating the membership each week as to our progress. Everyone is asked to commit to obtaining at least 1 sponsor. Let Ryan know which business(es) or individual(s) you are contacting to avoid duplication.

At our July 17 Board Meeting the Charitable Foundation accepted the recommendations of the Projects Committee to award up to $275.00 to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. The money will be used to pay for a ½ page ad in their Salute to American Heroes journal. Also awarded were $200.00 to Charlotte Bennett Schoen for her INTERACT film distribution project of “The Lady” - the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, as part of her Global Justice / Peace Initiative for Rotary; $250.00 for the District7490 support fund for victims of the Oklahoma Hurricanes.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:

by George Sherman

Mon., Sept. 9 – District Staff Meeting – Holiday Inn – Hasbrouck Heights – 5:30 - $25.00

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

1/3;1/3;1/3: Bernie Cohen won the small pot but was unable to locate the Joker.

July 26 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 26, 2013

On Friday, July 26, the Park Ridge Rotary Club was honored to welcome Mr. Y. S. Yoo as their guest speaker.

After a successful business career, Mr. Yoo served for many years at the highest levels of the U. S. government, most recently as special advisor to the President of Cote D’Ivoire between 2003-11. In 1991-2 he was Special Envoy of President George H.W. Bush to North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

Mr. Yoo is also a long-time Rotarian who, in 1999, was awarded RI’s Service Above Self Award for his work on behalf of the Gift of Life Foundation. After hearing his talk, it was not hard to understand the reasons for which he was given this prestigious award.

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A successful businessman, Mr. Yoo became a Rotarian in 1973. Named to the NJ Economic Master Plan Committee in 1994, he chaired the International Trade Sub-Committee of that group and brought multiple businesses and thousands of jobs to New Jersey.  Throughout his career he has put that business acumen to work in building up thriving Gift of Life programs in Korea and in several nations in Africa. Overall his determination to make the world a better place by engaging leaders at the highest levels of government and business has served as a great inspiration to all.

Service Above Self For Forty Years George Sherman 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 21, 2013

The guest speaker at the July 19 Rotary Club meeting was a familiar figure to everyone who regularly attends our gatherings at The Courtyard. Joe Franzetti, when not working here, is a volunteer fire-fighter for the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department. Today he came equipped with many of the implements he and his fellow volunteers are trained to use in their work. In his talk, Joe described in detail the challenges involved in training and serving with the fire department.

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Since 1933 The Woodcliff Lake Volunteer Fire Department has been responsible for providing fire protection, rescue service and other emergency assistance for the borough. The training required is arduous and thorough. For the past several years now, service in the fire department has been open to women as well as to men. The service these individuals provide to their communities is far beyond that offered by most, as they willingly risk their own safety every day to protect others in need.

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Club members and all who benefit from the service of these devoted volunteers greatly appreciate all that they do.

A Firefighter's Emergency Training George Sherman 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 21, 2013

Flag Salute: President Bob Bustard               

Invocation: Ray Falcon

Members Present Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Mauro Cappitella, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Guest Speaker Joe Franzetti.

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!
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Birthdays and Anniversaries: Mauro Cappitella’s birthday was last week. Also celebrating birthdays in July were Fay Logan, Bob Kleinberg, Ann Kilmartin, Phil Wells, and Paul Janssen.

Sunshine: Joeen Ciannella reported that Linda Hanlon’s husband Bill has recovered to the point of being able to play 9 holes of golf.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Joeen Ciannella was happy for Bob’s installation as president, for Tara and Bobby being in their new home, and for Tara’s new job.

Cindy Rose was happy that her air conditioning is working.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy that he won’t have to wear a tie for awhile.

Ray Falcon was happy to be able to come to club meetings once again now that he is no longer Chief of Staff for the District. He was also proud to announce that Falcon Singer had been named one of 740 B Corporations world wide, a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Brittany Vozza was happy to have had a great time while in Florida.

Steve Fox was happy to be attending another of his son’s soccer tournaments.

Fay Logan was happy to be back at a club meeting.

Bernie Cohen was happy to be on his way upstate.

President Bob was VERY happy for his son’s wedding in Arlington, Va. last week and for the wonderful time at his Installation as Club President.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

President Bob announced that next week's planned meeting at HUMC-PV has been cancelled. Rather we will meet as usual at The Courtyard by Marriott at 12:15.

President Bob shared Bonnie Sirower’s e-mail: "The Long Term Recovery Group for Hurricane Sandy in Bergen County has asked if Rotary could provide meals for volunteers who are visiting our District to help repair the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.  We need approximately 23 meals beginning July 22, or gift cards from places like ShopRite or Pathmark to feed approximately 30 volunteers of all ages who will be staying in the hostel that our District helped to build.  If you or your club would like to help, please contact Marisa Santiago at  msantiago@bergenvolunteers.org  at the Bergen Volunteer Center or Mary Ellen Lyons at the South Bergen Rotary at mlyons@moonachie.us.” Bob suggested that volunteers from the club join him in preparing and delivering lunches one day a week for a month. Contact Bob if you can help.

Job transfer has required Lisa Peck to resign from our club. She will be transferring her membership to the Hackensack Club. The club greatly appreciates all Lisa has done for us in the years she has been with us and wish her the very best in her new surroundings.

President Bob announced two new appointments to the Club’s Board of Directors: Ryan Cangialosi agreed to fill Lisa Peck’s seat and Bernie Cohen will assume the seat of Sargeant at Arms Steve Hopper since Steve is not allowed by By-Laws to fill both positions.

Linda Hanlon and Ryan Cangialosi are hard at work with representatives from Halfway Hounds in preparing for our September 22 5K Run/Walk. Registration form, Sponsorship form and Participation Waiver have been put onto the Download section of our website. We need 100% involvement of our membership to make this whole thing work. Sponsorships are available for as little as $100.00.

At our July 17 Board Meeting the Charitable Foundation accepted the recommendations of the Projects Committee to award up to $275.00 to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. The money will be used to pay for a ½ page ad in their Salute to American Heroes journal. Also awarded were $200.00 to Charlotte Bennett Schoen for her INTERACT film distribution project of “The Lady” - the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, as part of her Global Justice / Peace Initiative for Rotary; $250.00 for the District7490 support fund for victims of the Oklahoma Hurricanes.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., July 22 – Meeting of the 5K Committee at Linda Hanlon’s office 5:30 pm at the Kearny Federal Bank located at 207 Old Tappan Road in Old Tappan.

Fri., July 26 - Regular Club Meeting will be held at The Courtyard by Marriott

Sun., Sept. 22 – 5K Run/Walk

Mon., Oct 7 – NJ Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Edison

Sat., Oct. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute – Courtyard by Marriott

July 19 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 13, 2013

Flag Salute: Vice-President Vlad Zherenovsky   

Invocation: Bernie Cohen

Members Present Ryan Cangialosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Linda Hanlon, Pete Jacobsen, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Vlad Zherenovsky

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rotarians Sophie Stone (Paramus Sunrise), John Wickes (Suffern), and Mark Magee (guest of John Wickes); Scholarship Winners Marie Confreda, Craig Lombardo, Alexandra Lucanie, Kaitlyn Mital, Daniel Morgan, Marisa Origoni, Chloe Verducci, and Christine Villano; Parents Joe Confreda, Jill Lucanie, Colleen Morgan, Joanne Origoni, Lisa Verducci

Make Ups: Stuart Gold, George Sherman (District Staff Meeting); Stuart Gold (Allendale Club Meeting)

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine: Cindy Rose reported that Helen Paul is in the hospital. All joined in wishing her a speedy recovery.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

The vast majority of Happy Dollars were given as a result of having 8 of our 9 scholarship winners with us today. In addition:

Jan Doornbosch was happy to have had the privilege of installing Bob Bustard as our president for 2013-14 last week.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy to have once been a Rotary Scholarship recipient.Image

Steve Fox was happy to be headed off to the Poconos with his son who is competing in a soccer tournament.

Stuart Gold was happy to welcome Sophie Stone from the Paramus Sunrise Club and John Wickes and Mark Magee from the Suffern Club.

Bernie Cohen was happy to be headed to upstate New York.

Your editor was happy that amongst our scholarship winners were several former RYLA participants.

V.P. Vlad Zherenovsky was happy to have the opportunity to run the meeting. Image

Announcements:
by George Sherman
President Bob has let it be known that this month’s Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 7/17 instead of Tuesday.

Bernie read a lengthy and heartfelt thank-you letter from Robert Thorwarth, recipient of this year’s Stewart Alexander Memorial Scholarship. Image


Linda Hanlon urged members to start promoting our 5K Walk/Run which will occur on Sunday, September 22 in cooperation with Half-Way Hounds. NOW POSTED IN THE "DOWNLOAD" SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE ARE PDF FILES RELATED TO THE 5K. SPREAD THE WORD!

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Wed., 7/17 – Board of Directors Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner – 6:00; Meeting – 6:30.


1/3;1/3;1/3: Won by Pete Jacobsen

July 12 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 12, 2013

At the July 12 meeting of the Park Ridge Rotary Club, Vice President Vlad Zherenovsky called to the podium Linda Hanlon, Chairwoman of our Scholarship Committee, to present scholarships to this year’s recipients. Before issuing the checks, Linda spoke of the remarkable achievements of this group of high school graduates. Though we are grateful to be able to provide them with some money, their stellar academic records and devotion to community service are worthy of far greater sums. The club is exceedingly proud of these young people, confident that they will go on to become highly successful in whatever field of endeavor they may choose to follow. Listed below are the students, the colleges they will be attending and their projected majors:

Marie Confreda         Bucknell                     Engineering

Craig Lombardo        Lafayette                    Computer Engineering

Marisa Origoni           Sacred Heart (CN)     Nursing

Chloe Verducci          Mt. Holyoke                Cognitive Neuroscience

Alexandra Lucanie    Seton Hall                   Physician Assistant

Christine Villano        Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.     Elementary Education

Kaitlyn Mital               Sacred Heart              Exercise Science

Dan Morgan               James Madison          Math Education

Encouraging the students to follow their dreams and to commit themselves to service to others, Linda and Vlad spoke for all in wishing the students wellImage.

Park Ridge Rotary Scholarships for 2013 Awarded George Sherman 2013-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 01, 2013

On Thursday, June 27, the Park Ridge Rotary installed Bob Bustard as the club’s president for 2013-14. The ceremony was a casual Garden Party held at the home of Bob and Rosemary Bustard in River Vale. Club member Ray Falcon, 2012-13 District Chief of Staff, served as Master of Ceremonies before a group of about 40 members, family and friends.

After  Sargeant at Arms, Peter Wells pronounced the invocation, outgoing President Joeen Ciannella proudly reviewed the events of the past year, thanking one and all for the support she had received. Much had been accomplished. The club has expanded by 5 members; over $2000.00 in goods and gift cards had been raised for the Park Ridge Food Pantry; our annual fruit sale brought in over $3,500.00; the sale of Lord and Taylor tickets raised an additional $1,200.00; over 350 dictionaries had been distributed to 3rd graders in Montvale, Park Ridge, and Woodcliff Lake; the annual holiday party brought food, entertainment and small gifts to the residents of Lehmann Gardens; club members played an active role in supporting the District’s efforts on behalf of the victims of Superstorm Sandy; seven high school juniors were provided with a week-long RYLA experience; Robert Thorwarth was honored with the Dr. Stewart Alexander Memorial Scholarship; 9 high school seniors were provided with scholarships totaling $7,000.00. All in all, it had been a very busy and rewarding year, and one that President Joeen will always treasure.

Next, Jan Doornbosch did the honors of dismissing the 2012-13officers and directors from their duties and proceeded to install the incoming officers and directors, reminding them of the great responsibility they were assuming and encouraging them to make the most of the great opportunities that lay ahead. Officers for 2013-14 are: Bob Bustard – President; Patrick Little – President-elect; Vlad Zherenovsky – Vice President; Philip Wells – Secretary; Patricia DiRosa – Treasurer; Steven Hopper – Sgt. At Arms; Joeen Ciannella  - Immediate Past President.

After pins were presented to the incoming officers by District AG, Dr. Stuart Gold, Past-President Joeen announced that George Sherman was being awarded this year’s Walter D. Head Award. Stu Gold was then called upon to present a special Paul Harris recognition to Peter Wells for the incredible work he had done in coordinating the District’s Disaster Relief efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Once the awards had been presented, President Bob Bustard spoke briefly about his hopes and goals for the coming year. Thanking the club for the honor of allowing him to serve as our president, he reminded us that he is counting on everyone to help increase the number of members we have in the club. More members will allow us to do more good and to raise more money for the benefit of more people. He called to mind the example set by the late Bill Swales who introduced Rotary to the guests he brought to club meetings seemingly every week. Bob closed out his talk and the program by promising that he would do all in his power to make the coming Rotary year productive and fun for all.

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Installation of President Bob Bustard George Sherman 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 01, 2013
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Flag Salute: MC Ray Falcon           

Invocation: Peter Wells

Members Present Michelle Albergo, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Mauro Cappitella, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Fay Logan, Helen Paul, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells, Vlad Zherenovsky.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rosemary Bustard, Carol Cohen, Annelien Doornbosch, Debbie Falcon, Elena and Ariana Guller, Ann, Amanda and Thomas Hopper, Joan Jacobsen, Helen Logan, Gene Paul, Pam Sherman, Linda Wells, Marina and Alan Zherenovsky, Evelyn Sinaldi(guest of Mauro Cappitella); Bergenfield Rotarian Joe Markarian; Jeff and Susan Ruesch;Alan and Joanne Holmberg

Announcements:
by George Sherman

There will be no club meeting July 5. Our next meeting date will be on Friday, July 12 at The Courtyard when we will be presenting scholarships to our 9 high school grads.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

FRI., 7/5 THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD. WE WILL RETURN TO THE COURTYARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 12.

Mon., 7/8 -  District Staff Meeting - Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn - 6:00 - $25.00

June 27 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 22, 2013

For several months the club has eagerly anticipated the opportunity to dedicate a sundial and plaque in the Rotary Garden of Wood Dale Park to long-time member and creator of the garden, Herb Jacobsen. On Friday, June 21, the opportunity finally presented itself.

On this beautiful first day of summer, President Joeen concluded her year as club President in a most meaningful way. After a picnic lunch, club members walked along the path surrounding the lake to the garden so beautifully planted and lovingly maintained by Herb and son Pete for decades. Herb, who is now 101 years of age, sat quietly as several members called to mind several of the countless contributions Herb had made to the Park Ridge Club and to the surrounding communities in his many years of service.

“Service Above Self” is Rotary’s motto and, as became obvious from the remarks made by fellow Rotarians, no one has personified that motto more than Herb. His consistently upbeat demeanor, zest for life and concern for others are traits that all would do well to emulate.

The sundial which has been placed in Herb’s Garden is accompanied by an engraved bronze plaque. It reads, “Park Ridge Rotary Club Honors Herb Jacobsen 100 Years Living & Service”.  It is a well deserved tribute to a fine gentleman who set a wonderful example for us all.

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Honoring Herb Jacobsen's Service Above Self George Sherman 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 22, 2013

Flag Salute: President Joeen Ciannella    

Invocation: Ray Falcon

Members Present Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangialosi, Mauro Cappitella, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Herb Jacobsen, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Helen Paul, George Sherman.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Evelyn Sinaldi(guest of Mauro Cappitella); Maryann McGuire (guest of Pat Little);Rebecca Kusi (guest of Herb and Pete Jacobsen).

Make Ups:
(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Birthdays and Anniversaries: George Sherman's 41st anniversary Tuesday.

Sunshine: President Joeen reported that Bill Hanlon’s surgery was successful. He returned home several days ago and is now back at work.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

The first day of summer was made especially happy for all in attendance as club members welcomed Herb Jacobsen to the meeting.

Additionally, your editor was happy to be headed off to the shore for a few days.

Pat Little was happy to be on his way to New Hampshire soon.

Ryan Cangialosi was happy to see Herb’s nurse, Rebecca, here today. Rebecca cared for his grandmother during her last years.

Mauro Cappitella was happy to have received a good medical report.

Bernie Cohen was happy for Ryan’s primary win.

Helen Paul was happy to have been able to visit with Jackie, the young lady she has mentored for so many years.

Bob Bustard was happy for his upcoming Garden Party installation at his house next week.

Pete Jacobsen was happy that his father was able to attend today’s special event.

Ray Falcon was happy to be about to embark on a camping trip with his son.

Jan Doornbosch was happy that today’s dedication ceremony was at last taking place.

Announcements:
by George Sherman
Pat Little announced that the club had received a check from Lord and Taylor for $741.00.

President-elect Bob announced that he will be conducting Board meetings ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE PASCACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Th., 6/27 – Installation of Bob Bustard as Club President for 2013-14. Garden Party being held at the Bustard home in River Vale beginning at 6:00. A portion of your annual dues will be enough to cover the costs of the party.

FRI., 6/28 and FRI., 7/5 THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD. WE WILL RETURN TO THE COURTYARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 12.

June 21 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 17, 2013

All three hundred tickets had been sold to our annual 50/50 Cash Raffle and Friday, June 14 was the day to find out who won. The reverse draw went off without a hitch.

Community support of this, our major fundraiser makes such a big difference in the lives of so many.  Every dollar really counts towards helping those in need.

The proceeds from the Cash Raffle help to provide college scholarships for local students, leadership training for our high school students through RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), and encouragement for our youth from middle school through high school to engage in community service through Interact. 

Every dollar raised goes directly back to helping others!

During the past Rotary year, which began last July 1, funds provided by our generous donors helped many local charities and organizations which in turn help others in need.  During our Annual Food Drive for the Pascack Food Center, we raised over $2,000 in cash and donations within a 4 hour window at the local A&P.  In the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, the Park Ridge Rotary led and participated in helping many families and local communities get back on their feet. The money that has been raised also goes to such worthwhile International Projects as providing life-saving heart operations to children who otherwise could not afford them, and contributing to the continuing effort to finally eradicate polio from the world.

The club would like to thank everyone involved for their contributions throughout this year and especially to those who took part in our 50/50 Cash Raffle. Congratulations and best wishes to this year’s winners, P. LaCorte, C. Roeser, and G. Hunt.

For more information about the Park Ridge Rotary Club, please visit our website at:  www.ParkRidgeRotaryClub.org.

2013 50-50 CASH RAFFLE A GREAT SUCCESS George Sherman 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 16, 2013
Flag Salute: President Joeen Ciannella    

Invocation: Peter Wells

Members Present Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Jeri Wessberg and Jessica Wessberg (guests of Nancy Swales).

Make Ups:

June Board Meeting – B. Bustard,  J. Ciannella, P. DiRosa, J. Doornbosch, S. Fox, S. Gold, P. Little, F. Logan, G. Sherman.

May Board Meeting – S. Hopper, B. Vozza.

District Assembly – P. DiRosa, S. Gold, Phil Wells.

Montvale Street Fair – B. Balentine, Steve Fox.

Sunset Rotary Club Auto Show – B. Cohen.

District Staff Meeting – S. Gold.

Westwood Club Meeting – S. Gold and S. Hopper.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

There will be NO CLUB MEETING AT THE COURTYARD ON FRIDAY, JUNE 21. Rather, we will be meeting at Wood Dale Park on Prospect Ave. in Woodcliff Lake where we will be dedicating our newly installed sundial to Herb Jacobsen in honor of his 100 years of life and many decades of service.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Tues., 6/18 – Banner Exchange and Installation of Governor Len Agrusti – Macaluso’s Restaurant, 161 Rea Ave., Hawthorne – 6:00-10:00 -  $95.00. Sumptuous appetizers, multi-course dinner, music, dancing and an open bar. Black tie is optional. For information, or to send a check, contact Maryalice Foster, 973-696-0804 , mfoster561@hotmail.com  or Barbara Schroeder, 973-709-1301 , K52m54@aol.com  .

Fri., 6/24 – Picnic at Wood Dale Park, Prospect Ave., Woodcliff Lake – 12:15

Th., 6/27 – Installation of Bob Bustard as Club President for 2013-14. Garden Party being held at the Bustard home in River Vale beginning at 6:00.

Program:
by George Sherman

All three hundred tickets had been sold to our annual 50/50 Cash Raffle and Friday, June 14 was the day to find out who won. The reverse draw went off without a hitch.

Community support of this, our major fundraiser makes such a big difference in the lives of so many.  Every dollar really counts towards helping those in need.

The proceeds from the Cash Raffle help to provide college scholarships for local students, leadership training for our high school students through RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), and encouragement for our youth from middle school through high school to engage in community service through Interact. 

Every dollar raised goes directly back to helping others!

During the past Rotary year, which began last July 1, funds provided by our generous donors helped many local charities and organizations which in turn help others in need.  During our Annual Food Drive for the Pascack Food Center, we raised over $2,000 in cash and donations within a 4 hour window at the local A&P.  In the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, the Park Ridge Rotary led and participated in helping many families and local communities get back on their feet. The money that has been raised also goes to such worthwhile International Projects as providing life-saving heart operations to children who otherwise could not afford them, and contributing to the continuing effort to finally eradicate polio from the world.

The club would like to thank everyone involved for their contributions throughout this year and especially to those who took part in our 50/50 Cash Raffle. Congratulations and best wishes to this year’s winners, P. LaCorte, C. Roeser, and G. Hunt.

For more information about the Park Ridge Rotary Club, please visit our website at:  www.ParkRidgeRotaryClub.org.

June 14 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 08, 2013

At the June 6 meeting of the Park Ridge Rotary Club, President Joeen Ciannella called upon Bernie Cohen to introduce the evening's program. In his introduction, Bernie recalled the circumstances surrounding the creation of the Stewart Alexander Scholarship over 20 years ago. Dr. Alexander was a talented, courageous and brilliant physician who had been a long time member of the Park Ridge Club. During his years at the former Pascack Valley Hospital, he and the club's guest speaker Dr. Nevins, had begun a 6 week medical internship program which was designed to provide college students with an inside look at the workings of a medical facility and the life of a doctor, before they applied to medical school.

This year, the club was pleased to present the Dr. Stewart Alexander Memorial Scholarship Award to Montvale resident and Pascack Hills High School graduate, Robert Thorwarth, M.D. 

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Before presenting the scholarship, Bernie first shared a letter from Linda Hanlon who wrote movingly about the role Dr. Alexander had played in her professional as well as her Rotary life. For those who may not know, Linda was the first female member in the Park Ridge Rotary Club, having been sponsored by her friend and mentor, Dr. Alexander.

Bernie then explained that he and fellow Rotarian Don Ruschman had been determined in 1992 to establish a scholarship in memory of  Dr. Alexander who had died the year before. Reviewing the lifetime achievements of this outstanding gentleman, Bernie described Dr. Alexander's exploits during World War Two at Bari, Italy for which he was ultimately awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. His top-secret wartime research and reporting eventually led to groundbreaking work in the field of chemo-therapy.

Next to speak was Dr. Michael Nevins, retired Medical Director of Long Term Care at Bergen Regional Medical Center, who talked about the origin of Pascack Valley Hospital's medical internship program in which Dr. Thorwarth participated. Through the program, potential doctors were afforded the opportunity to shadow staff physicians and complete a mini-curriculum. Of those who went through the program, 90 % eventually became doctors.

Dr. Thorwarth was then called to the podium to receive his well deserved award. A long time resident of Montvale, Robert graduated from Pascack Hills High School. While there, he began what became a 7 year relationship with the Tri-Boro Ambulance Corps as an EMT. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, Robert went on to a highly successful four years at Georgetown University Medical School graduating cum laude and being elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. Having now completed his internship in internal medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. , Robert is about to begin his Residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Johns Hopkins University. We wish him the best of luck in the years ahead, confident of his success, and hopeful that he will maintain his connections with the Park Ridge Rotary Club. 

Dr. Stewart Alexander Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced George Sherman 2013-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 08, 2013

Flag Salute: President Joeen Ciannella    

Invocation: Peter Wells

Members Present Bob Balentine, Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangiolosi, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Pat DiRosa, Ray Falcon, Stuart Gold, Steve Hopper, Pete Jacobsen, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Peter Wells, Phil Wells

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Pat Beattie, Rosemary and Colleen Bustard and their guests Morgen Harvey and Linda Menze, Carol Cohen, Joe DiRosa, Joan Jacobsen, Pam Sherman, Linda Wells, Cheryl and Bob Thorwarth, their sons Robert and Steven along with Cheryl’s mother, Jeanette, Paramus Sunset Rotarians President Tom Shea and Steve Wolferman with his wife Jackie (guests of Bernie Cohen) and Guest Speaker Dr. Michael Nevins.

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Bernie Cohen’s birthday and Ray Falcon’s anniversary last week.

Sunshine: President Joeen reported that Bill Hanlon is recovering from surgery.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Happiness:
by George Sherman

Cindy Rose was happy to have attended a wonderful District Conference and to remember the Allied invasion of Normandy, France 69 years ago on D-Day 6/6/44.

Cheryl Thorwarth was happy to be here with her family and for the award the club was bestowing on her son Robert.

Joe DiRosa was happy to be here with Pat tonight.

Ray Falcon was happy to report that his daughter had recently become engaged.

Stuart Gold was happy for the club’s success in raising over $500.00 at last week’s Montvale Day.

Pete Jacobsen was happy to have won 4 tickets to an upcoming Yankee game.

Bernie Cohen was happy to have two friends from the Paramus/Ridgewood Sunset Rotary Club as guests tonight along with his wife, Carol.

President Tom Shea of the Sunset Club was happy to have the chance to promote their club’s car show at Bergen Community College this weekend.

Bob Balentine was happy to be headed up to Massachusetts next week.

Irma Chazotte was happy to be home from a nice trip to Philadelphia.

Dick Beattie was happy to be here with his wife Pat and to be awarding the Dr. Stewart Alexander Memorial Scholarship to Robert Thorwarth.

Cheryl Thorwarth’s mother, Jeanette, was happy to be here to see her grandson receive the scholarship.

Bob Bustard was happy to be here with his family tonight.

Pat DiRosa was happy to have husband Joe here tonight.

President Joeen was happy that Peter Wells had been honored at the District Conference as this year’s recipient of the Arthur Feniman Award for the work he had done as the District’s Disaster Relief Coordinator during Superstorm Sandy.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Mon., 6/10 – Final District Staff Meeting of Rotary Year 2012-13 – Holiday Inn, 283 Route 17 South – Hasbrouck Heights.

Tues., 6/11– Board of Directors Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner @6:00; Meeting @ 6:30.

Fri., 6/14 – CASH RAFFLE DRAWING – The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15

Tues., 6/18 – Governor's Installation and Banner Exchange – Macaluso’s - 161 Rea Ave., Hawthorne - 6:00 - $95.00

Th., 6/27 – Installation of Bob Bustard as Club President for 2013-14. Details to follow.

June 6 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Sherman on May 31, 2013
SPECIAL FIFTH FRIDAY EVENT WAS HELD FRIDAY, MAY31 AT DEFIANT BREWING COMPANY IN PEARL RIVER, NY. A FINE TIME WAS HAD BY ALL IN WHAT IS BECOMING AN ANNUAL EVENT.

Members Present Bob Balentine, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangiolosi, Irma Chazotte, Joeen Ciannella, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Pete Jacobsen, Pat Little, Fay Logan, Kelley O’Donnell, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Brittany Vozza

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Carol Cohen, Helen Logan, Gene Paul, Garrett O’Donnell, (son of Kelley), and Rotarian Bob Markarian of the Bergenfield Club, (guest of Irma Chazotte).

Make Ups:

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Sunshine:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

Announcements:
by George Sherman

The Montvale Street Fair will be held on Paragon Drive in Montvale on Sunday, June 2 between 10 and 5. Steve Fox has arranged to have the Park Ridge Rotary Club table placed in a prime location near that of the Montvale Chamber. Set up will begin Sunday at 8:30. 

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by George Sherman

Sun., 6/2 – Montvale Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Fair – 10:00-5:00 (Set up begins at 8:30) – Paragon Drive, Montvale.

Th., 6/6 – Presentation of the Dr. Stewart Alexander Scholarship will take place at the River Vale Country Club, 660 River Vale Road, River Vale, NJ – 6:00 – Italian Buffet - $30.00 per person. Guest speaker will be Dr. Michael Nevin describing the work of Dr. Alexander, and Bernie Cohen making the club’s  scholarship presentation to this year’s recipient, Robert Thorwarth.

Tues., 6/11 (Date change because of 6/18 Banner Exchange)– Board of Directors Meeting – Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge – Dinner @6:00; Meeting @ 6:30.

Fri., 6/14 – CASH RAFFLE DRAWING – The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15

Tues., 6/18 – Banner Exchange – Macaluso’s

Fri., 6/21 – Club Meeting at The Courtyard by Marriott – 12:15. Guest speaker, Mr. Alan Krutchkoff, founder and president of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon.

Th., 6/27 – Installation of Bob Bustard as Club President for 2013-14. Details to follow.

Program:
There was no formal program today - JUST GOOD FOOD, DRINK AND FELLOWSHIP!

June 1 TRI-GEAR REPORT George Sherman 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ryan Cangialosi on May 17, 2013

Flag Salute: President-elect Bob Bustard

Invocation: PE Bob

Members Present Dick Beattie, Bob Bustard, Ryan Cangiolosi, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Steve Fox, Bob Guller, Steve Hopper, Pat Little, Kelley O’Donnell, Lisa Peck, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Brittany Vozza

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: None

Make Ups: Steve Hopper visited the Westwood club twice.

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)

Late Fines:  Brittany, Rob, Jan, Irma

Pin Fines:  None

Picture Fines: Kelley, Lisa

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Steve Fox’s birthday coming up Thursday.

Sunshine: Nancy Swales’s son will be starting treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering; Jan’s best f