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The Charitable Foundation of Rotary International District 7490
Providing Scholarships for area undergraduate and graduate students,
and funding for local Rotary projects.
The Rotary District 740 Walter D. Head Foundation is the districts charitable foundation.  It was founded in 1965 by a resolution at the District Conference on Grand Bahama Island.  The District Governor was Russell Armstrong and the founders were PDG Ira Mitchell and Paramus Rotarian Nick Laganella.  It was named for Walter D. Head, a former member of the Teaneck Rotary Club and the first District 7490 Rotarian to become the President of Rotary International in 1939-1940.
Dr. Head was a renowned educator who presided as Provost of the college which preceded  Fairleigh Dickinson University and who was also instrumental in the formation of The United Nations. 
The original purpose of the District Foundation was to award one scholarship every other year in opposition to The Rotary Foundation which, at that time, was granting an Ambassadorial Scholarship every other year.  The major differences between The Rotary Foundation scholarship awards and The District WDH Foundation awards are: The Rotary Foundation Scholarship is a fully funded award which is controlled  by Rotary International and is not available to Rotarians or their families.  The Walter D. Head awards are for a partial scholarship which is controlled by our own District and is available to relatives of Rotarians as well as to all others.
The purpose of the District Foundation has evolved.  In addition to providing academic scholarships, it also provides Supplemental Funding Grants for local community service projects undertaken by two or more Rotary Clubs, and serves as the conduit for charitable giving for the District. 
Recently, the District Foundation formed the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center to provide services to the families of active service men and women.
Funding for the Foundation, a 501c3 Tax Exempt organization, takes many forms.  In the beginning each Rotarian was assessed, in his dues, one dollar.  This funding was rescinded several years ago as was other funding from the District.  For the last several years fund raising events were held in conjunction with the sale of  Walter D. Head Plaques,  which is our major fund raiser. 
This year the Foundation is asking each Rotary Club to purchase and award one or more Walter D. Head Plaques to honor anyone, Rotarian or non-Rotarian, who has performed outstanding service and upheld the ideals of Rotary. We earnestly request that you join in and commit to this fund raising effort. 
Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to this meaningful
Community Service opportunity!!!

2023-24: Create Hope in the World

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RI President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realize these value

During the pandemic our Club was able to set up a Rotary Satellite E-Club and they have been active ever since with commitment to community service and more. Therefore they are the recipients of our COMMINUTY SERVICE AWARD 2022 !!
Thank you PDG Carl Hassett and our own Executive Director Sharon Smith for the hard work in making it all happen!!
I would like to start by thanking every Rotarian in Mid-Bergen and in our district 7490 for being there for those in need.
There are many wonderful people in this club with great energy helping to create a better life for those in need around the world.
Over the years I have been involved with many community groups, but nowhere have I met better people than the members of this club.
I want to thank my husband Cesar and my son JM both of whom helped out a lot during this Journey and also....
  • Our board for their commitment to the club, for all their hard work
  • Our committees and committee chairs for doing the actual work of the club and for bringing in new members.
  • Our club members for rising to the occasion when called upon. Your ongoing support is an inspiration to others.
  • Our District Governor John Susani and PDG Carl Hassett for their guidance, positive attitude and encouragement during the last 2 years
  • Sharon Smith who put in a lot of time and effort in every aspect of making our Club the number # 1 Rotary Club  and who has been my mentor and dear friend getting through with all the hands on hard work during this time.
I am not going to try to highlight all our accomplishments for the past 2 years, but there are a few that must be mentioned.
Our E-Club's  commitment to service
Gift of Life initiatives in the country and abroad
Maternity Packages through my own initiative with the Baby Bundle and acquiring DDF fund’s from District in Support of the program so much was done with our PDG Carl Hassett and  the Disaster Aid relief in our country and abroad Our Rotarians stepped up during the pandemic to deliver food to healthcare professionals we were there for the domestic abuse victims we took a part in Environmental projects held Toy drives during the holidays we were there with Military assistance and helped disadvantaged people in our community.
Our own Joe Laureni, PDG was so busy writing up Grants with applications in progress for a Gift of Life grant for the Ukraine for sponsoring operations in Ukraine and developing a Pediatric Program in Bolivia - Mid-Bergen & La Paz Sur – hundreds of thousands of dollars are being distributed to help children around the world in saving lives as well as Ruth Nebiar who took her time to travel during the pandemic to make sure the children were able to get the help the needed, so many lives were saved. KUDOS to GIFT OF LIFE and all they do let our Club continue to support this mission as so many lives are saved.
We also did the online auction fund raiser successfully twice to support those in need as we were unable to do our main Beefsteak fundraiser  due to the pandemic. Thank  you to all who participated and to our incoming President Jill Abbott as she was essential in this fundraiser as well as I must mention that we secured so many SPONSORS who gave us the goods for the auction and we are great full for their continued support.
This last 2 year’s success I can not take all the credit for as our past President Luisa Corallo gave us so much of her time and lead us through the difficult pandemic times. 
My main personal goal was for us all to have fun together while supporting the things that matter to us and this has been a rewarding and an inspiring experience.
I thank you for the support you gave me.
Mia  Forsberg-Villon
“Service Above Self”
Proud member of the Mid-Bergen Rotary 
This is our major fundraiser before the year is over.
LET'S MAKE THIS A SUCCESS!!! PLEASE STEP UP and take action to help out so we can continue giving to those in need, spread the word of the auction to your friends and family.  
AUCTION will go live on Monday at 12 noon and ends on Black Friday with a live Zoom event from 6:to 9:pm!!
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Feel free to take a Sneak Peek at our donated items so far on our auction website:
If you need any help with your bidding registration text me Mia 201-233 4519
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If this action activity is not your Cup of Tea...
Kindly consider making a donation to support our community service activities.  Thank you 
 The Rotary Club of Mid-Bergen county will host a Virtual Charity Auction online from November 22, 2021 to November 26, 2021.
download (2).png To that end, we are requesting your support for our collection of donations from now through November 19th!!
 We are seeking donations which include, but are not limited to:
 household appliances, electronics, gift baskets, lottery tickets, artwork, gift certificates/cards, hotel/ dinner packages and sporting event tickets.
 Cash and/or gift donations of $75.00 or more in value is requested. We will proudly list the names of all supporting contributors at our event!
 Inquiries for gift drop off location, information and/or to arrange a pick-up of your donation may be emailed to
images (2).png Let's make this event successful so we can continue to serve our communities and those in need, spread the word. 
 Programs supported by the Rotary Club of Mid-Bergen County: ● Gift of Life- medical services to children with congenital heart defects in developing countries ● Disaster Aid USA (DAUSA) provides humanitarian aid when domestic disasters strike. ● Baby Bundle, Inc. - Maternity packages delivered to local families in need. ● Stimulus payments to distressed families ● Christmas gifts donated to children of United States Veterans ● “Four-Way Test” Essay Contest for local students, ● Collection/Recycling of plastic to save our oceans and environment. ● RYLA- A program designed to develop leadership skills of high school juniors. 
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WELCOME Jennifer DeLarosa, as she was inducted to Mid-Bergen Rotary as a new member at the In-Person meeting on April 27 at Choripan Restaurant in Hackensack, Jennifer is helpful and resourceful as she works for the County of Bergen and she is known in our community as she has been volunteering and helping those in need.
Our Mid-Bergen Rotary Club held its first meeting on February 8, 1962 and was originally chartered as the Teterboro Rotary Club, Bergen County, New Jersey. We are now 59 years old!
As the 1960's progressed the club grew with members from surrounding towns of Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge and South Hackensack thereby prompting to change its name to Mid-Bergen.
Today we are a vibrant club that continue to serve with projects and activities to improve life in our community and world-wide.
Thank you to all members for being there over the years !!
I would like to get some comments from our members of their experiences with the club and or their Rotary Moments.
Thank you to businesses, partners, family and friends who have supported us over the years in our events and fundraising we couldn’t do it without your help!!
“Service above Self”
Happy birthday to Mid-Bergen Rotary!!
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Welcome to our Club!
Mid-Bergen Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Al Di La Restaurant
1 Hoboken Road
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
United States of America
(201) 894-1009  ext. 0
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Al Di La Restaurant 1 Hoboken Rd, East Rutherford, NJ 07073 In person meetings
Club Executives & Directors
Club Administration
Gift of Life
Sergeant At Arms
Gift of Life
Interact Bergen Tech
Interact Lodi
Interact Wood-Ridge
Executive Secretary
Disaster Aid USA
Rotary Foundation Chair
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