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Walter D. Head Foundation SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are now available and open to residents of Bergen, Hudson or Passaic counties.  

 Act fast—applications close on March 15, 2024.

Graduate level scholarships will be awarded in any discipline offered by a degree conferring school. Undergraduate scholarships for junior and senior

For inquiries, reach out to our Selection Committee Chairperson Emeritus, Sharon Chambers Smith, via email at

Visit the Rotary District 7490 website's DOWNLOAD tab for the Walter D. Head application form. or use the attached Link:



Who Was Walter D. Head?

Walter D. Head was born in Revere, MA.  A graduate of Harvard and Columbia Universities, he started teaching in 1902. In 1925 he became Headmaster of the Montclair Academy for Boys, he worked with the Church Peace Union and World alliance for International Friendship through Religion.  In 1950 Mr. Head was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of Bergen Junior College, and in 1951 became President of that institution. In 1954 Bergen Junior College merged with Fairleigh Dickinson college where he became Provost of the Teaneck Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson.

            Walter Head first became a Rotarian in 1919. He was a former member and Past President of the Rotary Clubs of Buffalo, NY, and Montclair, and Teaneck, NJ. He was also very active in Rotary International, serving as Chairman of several committees, District Governor, RI Director, RI Vice-President and ultimately RI President in 1939-40. After the war Mr. Head was one of RI’s consultants to the American delegation at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in 1945 and later served as an observer for RI at meetings of the UN Economic and Social Council in New York. Walter Head died in 1967 at the age of 86.

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The Charitable Foundation of Rotary International District 7490

10/10/23 Wonderful meeting with Mid-Bergen county Rotary club under the leadership of Aida Castro with our special visitors Forrest Elliott from Fairlawn Sunrise Rotary, Sandy Bosque Paterson Rotary and Sophia Stone from paramus AM Rotary Club cam all to hear George kuzma show us their video from their Ukrainian medical mission also our in country #giftoflife7490 Child, Matthias from Costa Rica, Sponsored through the GOLI 7490 District, Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Rutherford Rotarians together with his mother Neida whonis celebrating her birthday we all met for Dinner at Aldilá in Rutherford.
Matthias recently had his successful open heart surgery at Westchester Medical Center and is heading back home on Friday to be together with his siblings with a mended heart ❤️
Meet Aida Castro The President for Mid-Bergen Rotary Club for the year 2023-2024
Mid-Bergen Rotary Club President and Wood-Ridge resident Aida Castro is the Vice President / Retail Relationship Manager for Kearny Bank’s Wood-Ridge location.  Aida has decades of banking industry experience and was recognized in 2019 by a certificate from the New Jersey Bankers Association she is graduate of the American Institute of Banking she is also bilingual.
Originally from Paterson, she is a member of the Wood-Ridge Fire Department's Women's Auxiliary, where her fiancé, Gilbert Ruiz, is a volunteer fireman and Aida is also involved in the Rotary District #7490 leadeship team 2023-2024 as the District Treasurer. 
THANK YOU President Jill Abbott, for you excellent leadership during the Rotary Year 2022-2023
We appreciate  you for all you have done to make the 22-23 year such a success !!!!
Best of luck on your move and you are always welcome to join us and we were lucky to have had such an extraordinary leader you will be missed!
Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations.
McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 9 January. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.
Watch the theme address

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. 
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!!
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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Al Di La Restaurant
1 Hoboken Road
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