Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2021

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Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.  RYLA is a conference that focuses on cultivating leadership potential, team building, professional development, and community service ethics while having fun and making connections. Program experiences include involvement in group discussions on ethical and social issues of today, mental challenges, exposure to guest speakers, and access to career guidance.

RYLA 2021 will be an on-line Virtual Event from Friday, June 25th – Saturday, June 26th

The Fair Lawn Rotary Club will be sponsoring up to four (4) Fair Lawn High School Junior students (under the age of 18 at the time of the program) to be chosen through an interview process as delegates to attend.  

In order to be considered for this year's leadership program, kindly e-mail 

Mr. Stu Herrmann, Chairman, at SHERRMANN@SAXWA.COM by April 26th.  Use your personal email, not your sds email.
Be sure to copy your guidance counselor on the email to Mr. Herrmann.
 
Email must include the following:
 Full name
 Personal email (not your sds email)
 Phone number
 Parents’ names
 Parents’ cell number and/or email address
 

Deadline to Apply:     April 26, 2021

Interviews will be scheduled after the application deadline.

 

You can learn more about RYLA at the Rotary International  website: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/rotary-youth-leadership-awards

 

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Message from The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn

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Dear Friends of Rotary and Fellow Rotarians,
 
The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to affect our communities locally and globally.  Fair Lawn Rotarians continue to “Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe” during this crisis.  We have been and will continue to be there for our first responders, students, Seniors, Fair Lawn Food Pantry, Maurice M. Pine Public Library, and others in need during this time. 
 
Due to safety precautions, Fair Lawn Rotarians have decided to cancel the 2021 Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray, our largest fundraising event that normally takes place in early Spring, as well as our 50/50 drawings.
 
Fair Lawn Rotary is an integral part of the Fair Lawn community and is dedicated to continuing its mission of “Service Above Self.” Rotary has likely touched your life through our many community programs:
  • Assisting FLHS Seniors through scholarship awards for continuing education
  • Providing FLHS Juniors the opportunity to attend RYLA, a program where they can hone their leadership skills
  • Providing school supplies to Fair Lawn children in need – even while attending school through a hybrid model
  • Gifting thousands of dollars to Front Line workers at 4 local hospitals with food from local Fair Lawn establishments and gifting several hundred dollars’ worth of gift cards to the Fair Lawn Food Pantry to help the growing number of people in need
 
You can see our presence throughout Fair Lawn:
  • We established the Rotary Grove Seating area, with a Flagpole and chess tables at Memorial Park
  • Erected clock in front of the Maurice M. Pine Public Library and donated the large world Globe inside
  • Constructed the pergola at Fair Lawn High School and donated the football scoreboard
  • We are currently planning an outdoor seating area at the library
  • ….and many other gifts to the community!
 
Globally as part of Rotary International, Fair Lawn Rotarians are at the forefront of combating polio, assisting emerging communities with clean water and proper sanitation to help improve their health, collecting bicycles and sewing machines providing transportation, mechanical, business, and other skills.
 
To continue all our good work, we are asking you, our friends and supporters, for a donation to replenish our funds to secure a long and bright future for our nonprofit foundation.  With your assistance, Fair Lawn Rotarians will continue to improve the lives of our students, local emergency, and community organizations, and make Fair Lawn a better place to live.  Please consider a donation of any amount to The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn Inc.  Donations can be mailed to the Foundation at PO Box 831, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 or you can easily donate via paypal.me/fairlawnrotary.
 
On behalf of those we serve as Rotarians, thank you for your consideration and your current, past, and future support.
 
Yours in Rotary Service.
 
Glenn Stubaus                                                 Rob Kahn
Glenn Stubaus, Foundation President             Rob Kahn, Club President 2020/21
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New Date for Pedals for Progress

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Henry Peneno Pedals for Progress
Used Bicycle & Sewing Machine Collection Day
 
Sunday April 18, 2021
12 Noon to 3:00 PM
Fair Lawn High School
 
 
Time for Spring Cleaning! 
Stop!!
Don't Throw That Old Bike or Sewing Machine Out!!!
Give it New Life Instead of Taking up space in a Landfill!!!!
 
Donate Your Used, Unwanted, Serviceable Bicycles and Sewing machines to Fair Lawn Rotary’s collection effort in partnership with Pedals for Progress (P4P).
P4P collects used bicycles and sewing machines and delivers then to developing countries to help those needing transportation to work or school. 
This program also provides skills training in bicycle and sewing machine repair and setting up microbusinesses in the repair and sale of these items, allowing people around the world to grow and become more self-sustaining. 
 
Contact Fair Lawn Rotary in advance if you cannot make it to this event, we will arrange for an earlier delivery location or pick-up for you @
fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com or 201.362.4466 or 201.599.7091
 
Be a Force to Help Others in Need Across the Globe!
 
A $10 donation payable to the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. to off-set the delivery of the collected items would be appreciated!
 
Follow Fair Lawn Rotary on Social Media:
 
Facebook @therotarycluboffairlawn    
                            
Instagram @fairlawnrotary
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Help Us Help Others

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Due to the pandemic, The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. has been unable to hold its fundraising events which allow Fair Lawn Rotarians to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe. Fair Lawn Rotarians have been active in supporting those in need during the pandemic and will always continue to provide support and assistance to our local, national, and international communities.  
 
The Fair Lawn Rotary Foundation's fundraising activities are key to ensuring Fair Lawn Rotary's long term financial health; it is through these events that Fair Lawn Rotary is able to provide scholarships to those Fair Lawn High School students continuing their education, send FLHS Juniors to the RYLA leadership program, deliver needed school supplies to children in need, arrange for the FL Middle Schools National Geographic Geography Bee, support the Fair Lawn Food Pantry, and help the Maurice Pine Library in expanding their offerings for the benefit of the community, and so much more.  We have also organized several activities to provide support to our front line heroes during this pandemic.  
 
Fair Lawn Rotarians also provide assistance to growing economies through our collection efforts with Pedals for Progress, bring clean water and proper sanitation through partnerships with various organizations, help those impacted by disasters by supporting ShelterBox, and fight the worldwide battle against polio.
 
While the Fair Lawn Rotary Foundation fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled, there still is a need to be filled.  Donations to the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. can be now be made via Paypal.  You can find us @fairlawnrotary   If you do not have access to the Paypal platform, you can mail your donation payable to the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc, PO Box 831, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.
 
Your donation of any amount would be appreciated as Fair Lawn Rotarians continue to provide Service Above Self.
 
 
The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. is a registered non-profit charity.  Please speak with your tax or financial advisor regarding any donation/tax questions.
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Virtual Meetings are Live - Thursdays

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While our live meetings have been paused, we still do meet to plan out certain actions to benefit our local, national, and international communities.  Our Thursday meetings have moved to the Zoom Video Meeting Platform and have been getting better each week!
 
Join us via Zoom on Thursdays at 12 Noon for Fair Lawn Rotary - The Virtual Edition!  
 
While our meetings have been virtual, our actions have been on the ground during this pandemic.  And we will continue being a warm, comforting, physical presence in our community as we work with other organizations to help our neighbors, first responders, and essential workers  get through these tough times.  We will continue to seek ways to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe
 
Join us and tell us what you see a need in the community, and work with us as a Fair lawn Rotarian to address that and other needs!
 
To join our Zoom Virtual Meetings, please e-mail our Club President, Dr. Rob Kahn at kahndocrotary@gmail.com with your interest and the Zoom invite will be sent to from our main club e-mail - fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com
 
We hope to see you on screen soon!!!!
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Rotary New Year - 2020/2021

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Welcome to the Rotary Year 2020/2021 - Rotary Opens Opportunities!
 
The Rotary Year runs from July 1st to June 30th, each year members get the opportunity to lead the Club in various leadership positions.  These Club Leaders take the reigns each July to "Lend a Hand to Those In Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe" in new and exciting ways while building upon our past successes.  This upcoming Rotary Year will be different as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and how we meet as a group to plan and execute service projects, educational programs, and fundraisers.  Regardless of the new way of life, Rotarians are ready for the challenge.
 
This Year's Club Leaders are:
 
President:               Robert Kahn
President Elect:      Glenn Stubaus
Secretary:              Kristin Burke
Treasurer:              Patricia LaRocco
Sergeant-At-Arms: Marge Hochkeppel
 
Also joining as Club Directors are: Han Broekman, Anupama Kinatukara, Todd N. Malkin, Adele Puccio, Bruce Rosenberg, and Jeffrey Simon whom is also the Club's Immediate Past President.
 
All members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn are looking to continue the Club's long and proud history of service to the local and international communities. 
 
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Important Event News

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We are sorry to announce that due to the on-going pandemic the following events have been postponed or cancelled:
 
Henry Peneo Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle & Sewing Machine Collection Day has been postponed until April 2021.
 
Fair Lawn Rotary Family Fun Mud Run Fundraiser has been cancelled for Fall 2020. We hope to hold this event in the Fall of 2021.
 
Your support of Rotary here in Fair Lawn is greatly appreciated. Please continue to monitor our social media platforms and website for updates on these events and the many other programs and events Fair Lawn Rotarians hold for the benefit of those around the corner and across the globe.
Thank you!
 
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Food Assistance

Posted on May 13, 2020
It is during times like these that Rotary shows what it can do to provide assistance around the world.  Locally, the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been working with food pantries to provided much needed relief to those affected by the current pandemic.
 
Fair Lawn Rotary has delivered food and sundry items to the Fair Lawn Food Bank and made a cash donation of $1,000 to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
 
Both organizations have had a surge in requests for assistance as the economic impact of the pandemic becomes more acute.  Fair Lawn Rotarians will continue to work with these and other organizations to provide assistance to those in need.
 
 
 
 
 
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Where to Find Us on Social Media

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For the most up-to-date information on how Fair Lawn Rotarians Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe, follow us on our social media platforms:
 
Facebook: @therotarycluboffairlawn
Instagram: @fairlawnrotary
 
 
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Live Meetings Paused

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Fair Lawn Rotarians are not holding face-to-face meetings during the pandemic.
 
We will advise when regular meetings restart.
 
Every attempt will be made to keep this website current; however you can always follow us on Social Media to see how Fair Lawn Rotarians are working to Lend a Hand to Those In Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.
 
Facebook @therotarycluboffairlawn
 
Instagram @fairlawnrotary
 
 
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Let's Work to Help Those that Support Rotary

As we are all painfully aware, this pandemic is affecting people and businesses in many ways.  We are asking for everyone's help in giving back to those many businesses that have supported Rotary in Fair Lawn over the years.  
 
The below is a list of those businesses that supported Fair Lawn Rotary by donating to the February 2020 Beefsteak & Tricky Tray.  It is hoped that you will join us and show your support of these community spirited organizations now and in the future as we move to a new normal in our society.
 
Also, follow us on Social Media for updates on other community-minded local businesses that are joining with us to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.
 
Facebook @therotarycluboffairlawn
Instagram @fairlawnrotary
 
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Pedals for Progress Postponed

Posted on Apr 10, 2020
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The April 19th Henry Peneno Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle and Sewing Machine Collection date has been postponed until this Fall. 
 
Please remember that your unwanted used bike or sewing machine can give someone else a new start somewhere else.  These used items are collected and transported to other countries in need where the local populace can learn skills to raise their quality of life; skills such as bike or sewing machine repair, tailoring/clothing manufacturing, opening up a small business, and those purchasers of these repaired bikes then can then use them to attend school or work.  So please hold on to your used equipment until our formal collection date!  Also, a second life for bikes and sewing machines is better than these items taking up much needed space in a local landfill.
 
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Thank You!!

We would like to thank everyone that came out and supported Fair Lawn Rotary on February 29th.  We hope you enjoyed our 28th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray to benefit Fair Lawn High School Scholarships and other Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn philanthropic programs.
 
Please thank the many businesses and friends of Rotary for their thoughtful contributions to our Tricky Tray.
 
 
We hope to see everyone at our 29th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray - Date to be Determined!!!!!
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A Special Meeting

Our January 23rd meeting was one of honor, remembrance, and giving.  Irving Weinberg was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to our Club and The Opportunity Center.  For the past 35 years Irving provided wonderful holiday music during our Annual Opportunity Center Holiday parties.  The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn presented a $100 donation to The Opportunity Center in Irving's name.  Nadine Kaiser, Executive Director accepted this donation on behalf of the Center and further thanked Fair Lawn Rotarians for the prior donation used for renovations at The Opportunity Center.
 
The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn also made a $100 donation to the Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library in remembrance of passed Club member Dr. Alvin Seligson, a proponent of strengthening local libraries.  Library Director and Club Member Adele Puccio accepted this donation in Doc' honor.  Subsequently, the library purchased an A/V cart with the donation.
 
 
    
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Congratulations to Our Geography Bee Champions!

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On January 22, 2020 Fair Lawn Rotarians in conjunction with the teachers, staff and administration of the two Middle Schools held the Fair Lawn Rotary National Geography Bee Middle School Championships at the Fair Lawn High School.  Twenty middle school students, ten from Thomas Jefferson and ten from Memorial, competed to be a Nat Geo Bee Champion and move on the next round of this national competition.
 
Promoting education around the world is one of Rotary’s major initiatives and The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is proud to sponsor events such as the Fair Lawn Middle Schools National Geographic Geography Bee Championships in order to promote an atmosphere of the love of learning both locally and globally.  It was an exciting night of questions that we were all amazed that these students tackled with aplomb.
 
We wish to congratulate not only the two winners, but all of the students that participated in this event.
 
We would also like to thank the Columbia Bank Foundation for their continued support.  Columbia once again gracious underwrote the grand prize to each Middle School Champion, a Samsung Tablet.
 
     
 
   
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2019 Mud Run Sponsors Wanted

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The Fair Lawn Rotary Family Mud Run returns for its second year on Sunday September 29th once again at and in Memorial Pool.
 
The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. is seeking sponsors for the returning Family Friendly Fundraising Event.
 
Sponsorship prices have remained the same; Sponsorship Opportunities are as follows:
 
  • Mud     (Limit 4)           $325
    • Name on all promotion materials
      • Cinch (string) bag
      • Event Posters (large prominence)
      • Event Flyers (large prominence)
      • Social Media channels (Facebook & Instagram) with links to website
    • Table at event
    • “T” sign along course or registration area
  • Water   (Limit 6)           $225
    • Name on all promotion materials
      • Event Posters (medium prominence)
      • Event Flyers (medium prominence)
      • Social Media channels (Facebook & Instagram) with links to website
    • Table at event
    • “T” sign along course or registration area
  • Dirt      (unlimited)        $100
    • Table at event
    • Name included in Social Media channels (Facebook & Instagram) with links to website
    • “T” sign at registration area course
  • Obstacle (unlimited)      $45
    • “T” sign at Obstacle or on course
 
Deadline for sponsorship requests:
  • Mud – August 19, 2019 -> NEW DATE
  • Water – August 19, 2019 -> NEW DATE
  • Dirt – September 20, 2019
  • Obstacle – September 20, 2019
 
Please note that you are responsible for bringing your own table.  There is a high visibility designated area at the registration area for sponsor tables.
 
To request a sponsorship form, please e-mail your request to: fairlawnrotarymudrun@gmail.com with Subject: Sponsorship.
 
Last year there were 410 total runners.  With the inaugural family mud run event so well received, we anticipate even more participants this year - this is a great opportunity to get your name out in front of several hundred participants and their cheering sections!!!!!!!!!
 
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Fair Lawn Rotary Mud Run Returns!

Posted on Jul 25, 2019
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The Fair Lawn Rotary Family Mud Run is back for its 2nd Year!!  The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. is once again teaming up with Your First Mud Run for another year at, around, and IN Memorial Pool.  This year's community fundraising event is scheduled for Sunday September 29th.
 
This event is also a Fair Lawn Food Pantry Collection Event!!!!!  Let's help the pantry
KEEP THIER SHELVES STOCKED!!!!!
 
The 1st runner wave kicks off at 10:00 AM with subsequent waves setting off each 1/2 hour. 
The last wave currently scheduled sets off at 11:30 AM.
 
Please note that this year there are different pricing options this year and that Earlier Registration = Best Pricing!!!!!!!
 
This is an On-Line ONLY Registration event, go to:
or at:
 
to register today before the event sells out!!!
 
Join Us and #GetDirtyWithRotary and help Fair Lawn Rotarians Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe!
 
 
 
 
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The New Rotary Year 2019/2020

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
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Thanks for visiting our home on the web where you can learn about how Fair Lawn Rotarians Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.
 
As the 2019/2020 just started on July 1st we are currently planning how to improve our programs to benefit our local and international communities under the Rotary International banner.  Over 1.2 million individuals associated with more than 35,000 local Rotary Clubs work to take action on the world's and local most important issues.  Rotarians around the world work to:
 
  • Promote Peace
  • Fight Disease
  • Provide Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Save Mothers and Children
  • Support Education
  • Grow Local Economies
Rotary's Mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
 
Rotary is an international organization with very local roots; local Rotarians are the heart of this global humanitarian organization.  Many local projects have become driving global forces for the betterment of our world.
 
Join us at our Thursday meetings and see how you can and will make a difference as we work together to  Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.
 
Thursdays 12:15 PM at Davis Restaurant, 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
 
 
Facebook @therotarycluboffairlawn
Instagram @fairlawnrotary
 
You can also sign up for our eBulletin, the Rota-eView to get info delivered right to your mailbox.  Click the link below
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Rotary Structure

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Rotary is made up of three parts; the over 35,000 local Clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation.  Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.
 
Rotary Clubs:
While Rotarians are grounded in the same values, no two are the same, because each community has its own unique needs.  At Club meetings in communities across the globe, Rotarians come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives locally, regionally, and internationally.
 
Rotary International:
RI supports Rotary Clubs worldwide by coordinating global program and initiatives.  RI brings together the 1.2 million Rotarians, an amazing global network of highly passionate people that are united as neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where prople unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
The Rotary Foundation:
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  The Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since The Rotary Foundation was founded more than 100 years ago, it has spent more than $4 Billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
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We are Local & International

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
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As part of Rotary International, Fair Lawn Rotarians are always striving to make the world as better place and seek ways to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.
 
Some of our local Rotary Initiatives:
 
  • Fair Lawn Rotary Book Sharing Project Book Kiosks throughout the Borough
  • National Geographic Middle School Geography Bee Championships
  • Scholarships to FLHS Graduates continuing their education
  • Sponsorship of FLHS Juniors to attend RYLA leadership program
  • Sponsorship of FLHS Interact Club
  • Project R.E.A.L. (Rotary Encourages Academic Learning)
  • Sponsorship of Memorial Middle School Career Day
  • Fair Lawn Maurice M. Pine Library donation of Children's Area Computer, "diner style" seating area at Teentastic Reads Teen Space, and the lobby globe
  • Rotary Grove @ Memorial Pool & Park
  • Fair Lawn Avenue Clock @ Maurice M. Pine Library
  • Fair Lawn Arboretum signage
  • Adoption of Beaver Dam Park
  • Assistance to Fair Lawn Food Pantry and Fair Lawn Health Center
  • Holiday celebration for clients of the Fair Lawn Opportunity Center
  • Supporting improvements at the Fair Lawn Opportunity Center
As part of Rotary International, we are well aware of the needs of those less fortunate across the globe.  Fair Lawn Rotarians seek to improve their lives as well in undertaking several international projects:
 
  • Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle and Sewing Machine Collection
  • Alliance for Smiles
  • ShelterBox USA
  • Eradication of Polio - End Polio Now 
  • Gift of Life
  • Fighting to end child slavery
  • Supporting education
  • Supporting installation of water wells and water filtration devices
  • Supporting sanitation facility installations and upgrades
  • Purchasing livestock
 
Many of Rotary International's global programs were started at the local Rotary Club level.  By leveraging the connections of Rotary International these local programs have grown to be a force of global good.  By becoming a Fair Lawn Rotarian, you have the ability to make a difference throughout the world.  Since 1948 Fair Lawn Rotary has taken part in the many important moments in Fair Lawn's history and have helped shape the lives of people we know and don't know, locally, nationally, and internationally.  We have created strong bonds within Fair Lawn, throughout the region, and the across the globe.  Fair Lawn Rotarians are strong supporters of our local community we call home and are always seeking ways to improve not only our part of the world but the entire world.
 
You too can make a difference in someone's life by becoming a Fair Lawn Rotarian.  Join us at our Thursday meetings 12:15 PM @ Davia Restaurant, 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.
 
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Fuel Your Summer Adventures

Posted on May 02, 2019
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It's back!!!!!
 
50/50 COLOSSAL CASH RAFFLE
Still only $5.00 per TICKET
 
DRAWING JUNE 13, 2019 during our regular meeting time of 12:30 pm
At Davia Restaurant, 6-09 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn
 
This fundraising event is sponsored by the:
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION OF FAIR LAWN
 
Your participation in this fundraiser allows Fair Lawn Rotarians to continue to Lend A Hand To Those In Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe:
* Scholarships to FLHS Seniors continuing their education
* Sending FLHS Juniors to a week long Leadership Camp Program - RYLA
* Installation of Book Kiosks for the Fair Lawn Rotary Book Sharing Program
* Donation of a seating area to Teentastic Reads at the Maurice Pine Library
* Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle & Sewing Machine Collection program
* Ending Polio
 
And so many more local, national, and international causes!
 
See a Fair Lawn Rotarian for your ticket for a chance to win cash for your summer vacation plans or contact:
Stu Herrman @ 201.362.4466
Margie Hochkeppel @ 201.796.0959
Shana Cohen @ 305.915.6888
Todd Malkin @ 201.599.7091
 
WINNER NEED NOT BE PRESENT         
NO SUBSTITUTION OF THE PRIZES WILL BE OFFERED                                                                                     
WINNER RESPONSIBLE FOR TAXES                                                                                                              
ID #141-8-37278 – LIC. #RL-14-2019
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A Van for Brandon

Posted on Apr 16, 2019
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On Tuesday April 16th Club President Pat LaRocco and Member Todd N. Malkin presented to John Cosgrove, President and the members of the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn - Sunrise, a check in the amount of $250 for a community wide fundraiser for a local family in need.  #avanforbrandon has been the rallying cry as our fellow Sunrise Rotarians took the lead and brought together so many individuals, businesses, and other civic organizations in Fair Lawn together to assist the Higgins family in meeting the needs for their son Brandon. Brandon was a typical boy that went to school, rode his skateboard, and hung out with friends.  Life took a turn when Brandon was diagnosed with brain cancer.  The Fair Lawn community has been coming together to raise funds to help the Higgins family defray the costs of an accessible van that is so desperately needed to assist Brandon.

#RotariansinAction #Rotary #rotaryinternational #serviceaboveself#betheinspiration #community #communityspirit #cometogether

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Sad News from Fair Lawn Rotarians

Posted on Apr 16, 2019
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Fair Lawn Rotarians are sad to announce the passing of one of our own. Alvin Seligson, MD passed away this past Monday, April 15, 2019 at the age of 94.  Al, or Doc, as he was called at our meetings, joined The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn on May 19, 1960.  Al has been a fixture in the Club and still came to our weekly meetings, events and other activities.  He served as Club President in Rotary Year 1968-1969.

Al’s daughter Eileen granted permission to share the following:

Seligson – Alvin, M.D., age 94, of Fair Lawn, NJ, passed away Monday afternoon, April 15, 2019, with family by his side. Beloved husband of the late Iris Raff Seligson, devoted father of Eileen Janowsky (Dr. Steven Janowsky) of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, proud grandfather of Susan and David Janowsky, and dear brother of Aaron Seligson of New York, NY.

He served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and then practiced ophthalmology in Fair Lawn for close to 50 years. He was a long-time active member of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club.

Please keep Al and his family in your thoughts.

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Book Sharing Project Launches!!

Posted on Apr 13, 2019
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On Saturday April 13th Fair Lawn Rotarians launched its latest community project; the Fair Lawn Rotary Book Sharing Project (FLR-BSP). This Project is Rotary's way of sharing the love and necessity of reading.
 
FLR-BSP makes books freely available to the general public by erecting Book Kiosks in public parks and other areas throughout the Borough. The twist in this project is that the Book Kiosks are designed and built after historic and iconic buildings found in Fair Lawn.
 
The first FLR-BSP Kiosk installed at the Radburn Train Station is an homage to the historic Radburn Plaza Building.
 
Follow us here on our social media platforms for future announcements regarding the next Book Kiosk installation.
 
Remember, take a book, share a book, and enjoy reading a book!
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27th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray Photos

Posted on Mar 05, 2019
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Photos of the March 2, 2019 27th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray sponsored by The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn are now posted.  Check them out in the photo album section of our website!!
 
 
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Thank You!!

Thank you for your support of our 27th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray.  We enjoyed hosting this event as much as the participants enjoyed a wonderful evening of beefsteak & winning some fabulous tricky tray prizes!!!!
 
Because of your support, Fair Lawn Rotarians are able to continue its mission to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.  And without the support of the many local businesses and Friends of Rotary, this event would not be the success it is year after year.  So please shop at these merchants and other service providers and thank them for their generosity and commitment to community involvement. 
 
Those that supported the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn 27th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray Fundraising Event are:
 
ARC Beauty Supply, Aker Electric Supply, Bernrap’s Plaza Jewelers, Beyond Hair Salon, Bowlero Fair Lawn, Cakes by Jean, Carvel Ice Cream Store, Club Pilates – Oakland, Columbia Bank, CUPS Frozen Yogurt, Davia Restaurant, Dutch House Tavern, Dylan’s Candy Bar, European Wax Center – Fair Lawn, Falafull Restaurant, Fair Lawn Football Camp, Fisher’s Café, Gotham City Diner, The Habit Burger Grill, Jalapenos Mexican Bar & Grill, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jill E. Davis Spiritual Medium & Advisor, Joker’s Child Comics, Juicy Platters, Kahncepts in Wood, Michael Dibi - KW Park Views Realty, Longwood Gardens, Lucky’s Steak Plate, LuLaRoe – Jeanie Cha, Mad Science of Northeast NJ, Mary Kay – Janice Sloves, Massage Envy, Mathnasium of Glen Rock/Ridgewood, The Max Challenge of Fair Lawn, Maya’s Hair Studio, New York Red Bulls Soccer, New York Philharmonic, Oceanos Oyster Bar & Sea Grill, Paramus Medical, Plymouth Park Pharmacy, Radburn Car Care/Radburn Exxon, Retro Fitness, Rivara’s Restaurant, Rivelli & Associates, LLC, SB One Bank, Select Wellness, Tomahawk Lake Waterpark, T Malkin Photography, Turvino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, and Zadies Bake Shop.
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Tricky Tray Donors Wanted

Posted on Jan 12, 2019
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The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn's 27th Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray is scheduled fro Saturday March 2nd.  Fair Lawn Rotarians are seeking donations from local businesses to help populate the tricky tray portion of this fun filled community fundraising event.  
 
Fair Lawn Rotarians are asking for donations of goods or services to be made available for auction by those in attendance at this event.  This event is a great way to show your support of our local community, as the proceeds from this event go toward Fair Lawn Rotary charities.  Fair Lawn Rotarians give scholarships to FLHS graduating seniors continuing their academic endeavors, send FLHS juniors to the RYLA Leadership camp program, sponsor the FL Middle Schools National Geographic Geography Bee, provide school supplies to students in Fair Lawn that are in need, donate food and gifts cards to the Fair Lawn Food Pantry, donate computer equipment to children's area of the Maurice Pine Library, and many other philanthropic activities locally.  
 
Your donation to this event is also a great way to introduce your business to the close to two hundred attendees of this event each year.
 
If you wish to donate to this annual community fundraiser, please feel free to contact the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn at fairlawnrotaryfoundation@gmail.com or talk to one of our members.  You can also contact Todd Malkin @201.599.7091, Glenn Stubaus @201.794.7734, or Margie Hochkeppel @201.796.0959.
 
The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn is a non-profit charity.
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What is Rotary? (Part 2)

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Rotary is comprised of individuals that have come together to make the world we live in a better place for everyone.  
 
Rotary has developed the Rotarian Code of Conduct that all Rotarians strive to live their lives as Rotarians and as individuals.  As a Rotarian, each member will:
 
1) Act with integrity and high ethical standards in their personal and professional lives
 
2) Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
 
3) Use their professional skills through Rotary to: mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people's quality of life in their community and in the world
 
4) Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
 
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Come and Get Dirty with Fair Lawn Rotary!!!

Posted on Sep 06, 2018
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This exciting family fun filled fundraising event will be held at Fair Lawn Memorial Pool & Park on Sunday September 23, 2018Your First Mud Run is a family orientated mud run; the course is designed so both parents and kids can run together with obstacles designed for families and “mud run first timers”. 
 
Tickets are $45/person; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn.
Each participant will get a string (cinch) bag, t-shirt and participants medal; this promises to be great fun filled day for the entire family!
 
There will also be ice cream & food vendors at the event!!
 
Tickets are now available at:  www.yourfirstmudrun.com/mud-run-blog/events
 
Stay tuned to our website, Facebook page @therotarycluboffairlawn, and Instagram feed @fairlawnrotary as we bring you updated information on this exciting community fundraiser!
 
Mark your calendars, gather your family, friends & neighbors and
Come and Get Dirty with Fair Lawn Rotary!!!
 
Our Fair Lawn Rotary Mud Run Sponsors:
 
Mud Sponsor:
 
The Baer Law Group, Teaneck, NJ
Experience. Community. Service.
Teaneck, NJ
@201.804.0600
 
Radburn Car Care
Radburn Exxon
Dunkin Donuts – Hertz rental vehicles
22-20 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ
The Place for auto repairs and more
@201.796.1016
 
Modern Bagel Café
23-59 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ
Voted Best Bagels In Town
Bagels, Grill, Soups, Sandwiches & Catering
@201.794.0049
 
Water Sponsors:
 
Chadwick Wealth Management, LLC
Stu Herrmann, CFP, CPA
@201.791.3393
Great personal service right here in Fair Lawn
 
Columbia Bank
www.columbiabankonline.com
#CountOnColumbia
 
Dirt Sponsors:
           
The Max Challenge – Fair Lawn
17-12 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ
Fitness. Nutrition. Motivation. Results.
 
The Railyard Tavern
14-26 Plaza Road N., Fair Lawn, NJ
A Local Destination
 
Spencer Savings Bank
 
 
#GetDirtyWithRotary #mudrun #familyfun #fairlawnnj #fairlawnrotary #rotary #rotaryinternational #serviceaboveself #makingadifference # volunteers #lendingahand #givingbacklocally #givingtohelpothers #chamgingtheworld #RotaryServingHumanity #peopleofaction #community #charity #fundraising #nonprofit #socialgood #philanthrophy #localcharity #globalandlocal #globalcharity #disasterrelief
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fuel Your Fall Journeys!

Posted on Aug 23, 2018
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Our Colossal 50/50 Cash Raffle is back!!!!
 
$5/ticket gives you a chance to win some cash for your Fall Foliage Trips, or for back to school shopping.
 
The Drawing will be held on Thursday September 6, 2018 during our Club meeting at Davia Restaurant, 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ
 
Get you ticket now and take a chance on wining some cash and assisting Fair Lawn Rotary's mission to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe
 
This 50/50 Cash Raffle is sponsored by The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc.
 
Winner need not be present to win
Winner responsible for all taxes
Tax ID 141-8-37278
Lic. # RL-19-2018
 
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Pedals for Progress Collection Date Set

Posted on Aug 23, 2018
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Henry Peneno Pedals for Progress
Used Bicycle & Sewing Machine Collection Day
 
Sunday September 9, 2018
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Fair Lawn High School
 
Time for Fall Cleaning! 
 
Donate Your Used, Unwanted, Serviceable Bicycles and Sewing machines to Fair Lawn Rotary’s collection effort in partnership with Pedals for Progress (P4P).
Instead of Taking Up Space at Home or In a Landfill!!!!!
 
P4P collects used bicycles and sewing machines and delivers then to developing countries to help those needing transportation to work or school. 
This program also provides skills training in bicycle and sewing machine repair and setting up microbusinesses in the repair and sale of these items, allowing people around the world to grow and become more self-sustaining. 
 
Contact Fair Lawn Rotary in advance if you cannot make it to this event, we will arrange for an earlier delivery location or pick-up for you @
fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com or 201.362.4466 or 201.599.7091
 
Be a Force to Help Others in Need Across the Globe!
 
a $10 donation to off-set the delivery of the collected items would be appreciated!
 
The Fair Lawn Rotary Foundation, Inc.
A Charitable Organization
 
Facebook @therotarycluboffairlawn                                
Instagram @fairlawnrotary
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What is Rotary (Part 1)

Posted on Aug 09, 2018
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Rotary is a non-political, non-religious humanitarian organization that reflects Rotary's principle of tolerance and emphasizes shared Rotarian service ideals and projects”
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Sponsorships Available for “Fair Lawn Rotary - Your First Mud Run”

Posted on Aug 09, 2018
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Sponsorships Available for “Fair Lawn Rotary - Your First Mud Run”
 
This exciting family fun filled fundraising event will be held at Fair Lawn Memorial Pool & Park on Sunday September 23, 2018Your First Mud Run is a family orientated mud run; the course is designed so both parents and kids can run together with obstacles designed for families and “mud run first timers”. 
 
As a sponsor of this event, you will be part of our Fair Lawn’s first family friendly mud run and help raise funds to assist the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. raise funds to assist local Rotarians as they continue their mission to “Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe”
 
There are three (3) levels of sponsorship available:
 
MUD”; a MUD sponsor is our prime sponsorship opportunity.  The benefits of becoming a MUD Sponsor are; a) name on string (cinch) bags to be given to all participants, b) large prominence on all event posters, c) large prominence on event flyers, d) inclusion in all social media including link to corporate website, and e) table at event for use for corporate promotional items (sales are permitted) you  must provide your own table not to exceed 8ft.  The MUD sponsorship level is $350 and will be limited to four (4) corporate sponsors.
 
WATER”; a WATER sponsor is entitled to; a) medium prominence on all event posters, b) medium prominence on event flyers, c) inclusion in all social media including link to corporate website, and d) space for a table at event for use for corporate promotional items (sales are permitted) you must provide your own table not to exceed 8ft.  The WATER sponsorship level is $225 and will be limited to six (6) sponsors.
 
DIRT”; this level of  sponsorship entitles each sponsor to: a) inclusion in all social media including link to corporate website, and b) table at event for use for corporate promotional items (sales are permitted) you  must provide your own table not to exceed 8ft,.  The DIRT sponsorship level is $100.
 
If you are interested, please return the attached form indicating your level of support or contact us at fairlawnrotarymudrun@gmail.com with any questions!
 
Mud and Water sponsorship requests must be in no later than August 27th.
Dirt sponsorship requests must be in by September 7th.
 
#GetDirtyWithRotary #fairlawnrotary #MudRun #FamilyFun #community #charity #fundraiser #nonprofit #rotary #rotaryinternational #fairlawnnj #givingbacklocally #helpingothers #changingtheworld #volunteers #philanthropy
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Special Meeting Notice!

Posted on Apr 20, 2018
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Please note that our April 26th Regular meeting will not be held.
 
The Fair Lawn Rotary and Lions Clubs will be holding their annual brotherhood meeting on Wednesday April 25th at The Rail Yard Tavern, 14-26 Plaza Rd. N., Fair Lawn, NJ.
 
This is a wonderful opportunity where two active community based volunteer organizations come together to share their experiences and plan activities to help our local community.
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Business leaders - your support is appreciated!

Posted on Feb 02, 2018
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Are you a local business owner? Would you like to get your company's name out at an event attended by 200 or so people? Would you like to support a well established local charity organization?
 
Well please consider participating in the Fair Lawn Rotary Foundation, Inc.'s  Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray by donating a gift card or other item to help drive traffic to your business and to help Rotary Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.
 
Contact Stu Herrmann @ 201.362.4466 or e-mail the Foundation @ fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com
 
Thank you for your consideration!
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The 26th Annual Fair Lawn Rotary Beefsteak and Tricky Tray

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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Tickets are now available for the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn Inc's. Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray.  Come join your friends and neighbors on Saturday March 3, 2018 for a night of beefsteak with all the trimmings and chances to win fabulous prizes in the tricky tray portion of this event.
 
Tickets remain $50/person and can be purchased by contacting Stu Herrmann at 201.362.4466 or any Fair Lawn Rotarian.  You can also e-mail the Foundation  at fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com with any questions.  Kosher and chicken meals are also available with request made at the time of ticket purchase.
 
Tricky tray prize tickets will be sold at the door at various prize/price levels.  A 50/50 will also be held at this event as well as other surprises and fun events.
 
Please note that this is an ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY event to ensure a fun filled evening with beefsteak catering by Giresi Catering!
 
Your support of this fundraising event allows Fair Lawn Rotarians to continue their mission to Lend a Helping Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.  Funds raised form this event will fund Fair Lawn Rotary charitable projects, including our annual Fair Lawn High School Scholarships, bike helmet safety & used bike collection programs, National Geographic Middle School Geography Bee, school supplies for Fair Lawn students in need, and many other programs providing assistance and community improvements.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Saturday March 3rd - Doors Open 6:30 PM
St. Leon's Armenian Church
12-61 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn
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Holiday Joy

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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Members of Fair Lawn Rotary were delighted to assist the Fair Lawn High School Interact Club in bringing Christmas cheer to the students of Paterson School 13.  On December 19th Interact members, Rotarians and FLHS teachers brought the joy of the holidays and gifts for the elementary students of School 13 – Go Jaguars!  Santa was in the house with several elves and reindeer providing assistance.  Dancing reindeer were spotted during this event – proof reindeer can dance can be found on our Facebook page!
 
Fair Lawn Interact students have been bringing seasonal joy to the students of Paterson schools for several years.  This is one of most endearing projects undertaken by FLHS Interact Club Members; club members and Rotarians come away from this program seeing the pure joy of children getting gifts and the wonderful feeling of helping those in need right in our area.
 
Photos of this event can be found on the home page under “Fair Lawn Rotarians in Action” and on our Facebook page – Facebook.com/therotarycluboffairlawn.
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Save the Date!

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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Save The Date!!!!
 
A Family Fun Filled Event will be coming to Fair Lawn in September 2018!!!
 
This is a family friendly event for all ages!!
 
Be ready to Join us for "Your First Mud Run"!
 
Details on the event will be coming over the next few months. 
 
 
 
 
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Cash for the Holidays

Posted on Nov 14, 2017
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Just in Time for The Holidays!
 
Cash for the Holidays Big 50/50 Cash Raffle
 
Tickets are now available for our annual 50/50 Cash Raffle sponsored by The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc.
The Drawing will be held on December 14, 2017 @ 12:15 PM at Davia Restaurant
 
Tickets are $100/each and are available from a Fair Lawn Rotarian
 
Purchase and entry as a Holiday Gift!
Get a group of friends or co-workers together and pool your money to buy a ticket!
How ever you do it, take a  shot at the best prize of all CASH!
 
And remember, your participation allows The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn and The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn to further our charitable work locally and around the world.
 
Fair Lawn Rotarians, Lending a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe
 
For more information, contact us at fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com
 
The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization
ID #141-8-37278      License # RL 34-2017
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Painting Fundraiser Returns!

Posted on Oct 10, 2017
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Fair Lawn Rotarians are once against working with Pinot's Palette in Ridgewood, NJ on the return of this fun, exciting and creative fundraiser!
 
We invite you to join us for a Night of Fun, Painting & Wine on Tuesday November 21st. Door open at 6:30 PM, painting will be from 7:00 to 9:30 PM.
 
$45/person includes canvas, easel, brushes, paints & aprons as well as wine & cheese and some fun games and give-a-ways throughout the evening.
 
On-Line Registration only at: www.pinotspalette.com/ridgewood/event/197633
 
Your Participation in this Fundraising Event will Help Rotary
Help Others Around the Corner and Across the Globe
 
This year's photo is Northern Night Lights:
 
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2017 RYLA

Posted on Oct 01, 2017
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Fair Lawn Rotarians sponsored eight Fair Lawn High School Juniors to attend the 2017 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Program at New Jersey City University in Jersey City from June 25th through June 28th.  These eight students joined close to 100 high school juniors from throughout Rotary District 7490 to participate in a concentrated motivational and leadership program
 
Fair Lawn Rotary is proud to provide Fair Lawn High School students the opportunity to attend this annual event.  During the following school year, RYLA graduates are asked to come to a Club meeting to discuss their thoughts and feeling of their RYLA experience.
 
 
On September 28th, six out of the eight RYLA students were able to come to our meeting.  Those attending were Kristina M., Dean C., Melissa S., Chloe G., Elias R, and Jacob R.  Not able to attend were Aghatta C. and Grace K.
 
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20 Reasons to Join a Rotary Club.

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1. Friendship
A basic human need: One of the two reasons Paul Harris began Rotary in 1905.

2. Business Development
The second original reason for Rotary's beginning.  Everyone needs to network.

3. Personal Growth 
Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. Leadership Development
Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in Leadership.

5. Community 
Membership and involvement in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen.

6. Continuing Education
Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to inform and enlighten.

7. Fun
Rotary is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun.

8. Public Speaking Skills 
Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication, and the opportunity to use it.

9. Citizenship in the World 
There are few places on the globe which do not have a Rotary club - instant friends in both the local community and in the world community.

10. Travel Assistance 
Rotary clubs everywhere may assist in quickly obtaining services of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc., while traveling.

11. Entertainment 
Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide social fun and camaraderie.

12. Develop Social Skills 
Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social and people skills.

13. Next Generation Programs
Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, and youth leadership
programs.

14. Vocational Skills
Rotary fosters growth and development in each person's profession or vocation and encourages sharing this development with others.

15. Ethics Reinforcement
Rotarians practice a 4-way Test which governs ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

16. Cultural Awareness
Rotary is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians learn to love and work with people everywhere.

17. Prestige
Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world.

18. Nice People 
Rotarians are important people who adhere to the policy that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

19. No "official creed" 
Rotary is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

20. The Opportunity to Serve
Rotary is a service club.  This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else.


Special thanks to Past RI President Rick King who penned the original 20 Reasons to Join a Rotary Club. 
 
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Welcome to Rotary Year 2017-2018!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 08, 2017
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The new Rotary Year 2017-2018 has commenced!  We are in the process of updating all our Club information here on our home on the web.  Our new President, Bryan Hicks, and the entire membership are in the process of setting up an exciting Rotary Year for both members and the communities we serve.  Please keep checking back here and subscribe to our monthly Bulletin to stay abreast of actions and activity by Fair Lawn Rotarians!
 
As we update our site, please take the above links to our past stories and photo albums to learn how Fair Lawn Rotarians Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe as this diverse group of volunteers provides Service Above Self
 
Rotary is a great way to give back to the community where you live or work.  Our local efforts have helped students continue their education, improve our community aesthetics, and bring different groups together for the benefit of all.  What we do locally also has an impact in less developed countries; we help bring clean water and proper sanitation to remote areas, provide transportation and education opportunities, and eradicate polio.  Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.
 
As we work together as Rotarians, the bond of friendship grows; fellow Rotarians have been there to see our children grow, to welcome the birth of grandchildren, and to celebrate many milestones in each of our lives. Rotarians are a fun social group; we have many socials where our families come together.  Rotary is serious fun – we enjoy each other’s company as we identify and tackle needs as we work together to support our local and global communities.
 
Please come to one of our weekly meetings held at Davia Restaurant, 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ on Thursday starting at 12:15 PM.
 
To contact the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn:
            fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com
            PO Box 831, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
            Take a direct link on our website – www.fairlawnrotaryclub.com
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Fuel Your Summer Adventures!!

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THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED IN OUR
FUEL YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES!!!!!!!!!!
50/50 COLOLSSAL CASH RAFFLE
 
 

While there was only one winner, please take to heart that your participation helps Fair Lawn Rotarians, give school supplies to those in need on our community, help with college costs though our scholarship program, help support of Food Bank, send students to a leadership camp program, and many other local and international philanthropic endeavors such as providing clean water and proper sanitation and eradicating polio.

 

Please check us out at our website, www.fairlawnrotaryclub.com and on Facebook @therotarycluboffairlawn to see how we work to improve or local, national and international communities!

 

Best regards for a wonderful Summer!

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25th Beefsteak & Tricky Tray Donors

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 06, 2017
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On behalf of Fair Lawn Rotarians, we thank the following local, regional, and national business for their support of our 25th Beefsteak and Tricky Tray held on March 4, 2017.  We ask all in attendance to support these businesses as the success of this community fundraising event is due in large part to their backing.
 
Araya REBIRTH
ARC Beauty Salon
Bernrap’s Jewelers
BodiPure
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski – Janice Sloves
Lularoe
Mary Kay
Moxie Salon
 
Cakes by Jean (Stubaus)
Davia Restaurant
Dutch House Tavern
Empress Diner
John’s Pizza
Mezza Notte
The Railyard Tavern
River Road Hot Bagels
Saddle River Road Hot Bagels
Taverna Mykonos & Oceanos
Two Guys Pizza
 
NBT Associates
Regal Collections
Siegal’s Hardware
 
Columbia Bank
Community Bank of Bergen County
Rotary Club of Teaneck - Taste of Teaneck
 
Bed Bath and Beyond
Christmas Tree Shops
CRUNCH Fitness
Chocolate Works
Inserra Shoprite (River Road)
Sylvan Learning Center, Fair Lawn
 
Hyatt Place (Fair Lawn)
Wyndham Resorts & Hotels
 
Liberty Science Center
Longwood Gardens
New York Philharmonic
NY Water Taxi
PNC Arts Center
Tomahawk Lake Waterpark
Stress Factory Comedy Club
 
NJ Devils
NY Giants
NY Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers
NY/NJ Red Bulls
 
It is thanks to the support of these organizations, that Fair Lawn Rotary is able to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe. Our local efforts have helped students continue their education, improve our community aesthetics, and bring different groups together for the benefit of all.  What we do locally also has an impact in less developed countries; we help bring clean water and proper sanitation to remote areas, provide transportation and education opportunities, and eradicate polio.  Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.
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New Educational Program Announced

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 15, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is proud to introduce a new educational program in conjunction with the two Fair Lawn Middle Schools – Thomas Jefferson and Memorial.  Fair Lawn Rotary along with its school and community partners will be hosting the 7th Grade Geography Bee Championships.  Twenty-two Geography Bee winners will be competing for the title of 7th Grade Geography Bee Champion. 
 
This event will be taking place on Monday January 23rd at the Fair Lawn High School.
There will be one 7th Grade Geography Bee Champion from each Middle School; each winner will be receiving a Samsung Tablet sponsored by Columbia Bank as a reward for their hard work in becoming Bee Champions.
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Providing Educational and Therapeutic Services
 

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 05, 2017
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Ken Berger, Executive Director of the CTC Academy joined Fair Lawn Rotarians at its January 5th meeting to discuss this wonderful organization with campuses right here in our community as well as in Oakland.  CTC’s Fair Lawn campus provides an Early Enrichment Program, Pre-school, and Kindergarten at 29-01 Berkshire Road.  At their Oakland campus located at 125 Bauer Drive, CTC serves children in Primary, Middle, High School, and Transition Grades.
 
CTC Academy is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services for students with a diverse array of developmental disabilities through collaborative educational programs and support services for students and families. CTC first opened its doors as the Cerebral Palsy Center of Bergen County, NJ, on March 29, 1950. It began as a Center for children with Cerebral Palsy but over the past 60 years the organization evolved into an innovative education institution that provides creative education and advanced therapies to students with many different types of disabilities – students who face physical, medical and developmental challenges.
 
A multi-sensory approach is utilized in a nurturing and caring environment to enrich the lives of the students and maximize their potential while lending support to their families.
 
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Business Owners – Want to Get Your Name in Front of Potential New Customers?

Posted on Jan 05, 2017
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Business Owners – Want to Get Your Name in Front of Potential New Customers?
 
The Fair Lawn Rotary Club will be hosting its 25th Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray Fundraiser on Saturday March 4, 2017.  Part of this event is a tricky tray portion of the evening; as a business owner this is an opportunity for you to a) donate an item to help Rotary Lend a Hand to Those in Need, and b) get your name out to potential new customers. 
 
This is Fair Lawn Rotary’s largest fundraising event, we average close to 200 people in attendance at this event.  By donating an item; may it be a gift card, gift basket, single or multiple items, etc., your company’s name will be in front of those in attendance and also listed on our website.  The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, a charitable organization, is seeking assistance from local, regional and national companies in donating to this event so the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn can continue its long tradition of Lending  a Hand to Those in Need Locally, Nationally and Internationally since 1948. 
 
If you are interested in donating to this event, please contact either Stu Herrmann at 201.362.4466 or Glenn Stubaus at 201.794.7734.  It is asked that donations be a $25 minimum value; The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc. will gladly supply you with a receipt for your donation upon request.
We hope to have your support of this fun filled, exciting community fundraising event!
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Join Us on March 4th - 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 05, 2017
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Please join us at our 25th Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray Fundraiser on Saturday March 4th!!
 
This will be a special celebration of this important and fun fundraising event.  For the past 25 years you have helped others locally, nationally and internationally through your support of Fair Lawn Rotary.
 
Doors open at 6:30 PM at St. Leon's Armenian Church located at 12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.
 
Tickets for the Beefsteak are $50/person and include the dinner, dessert, soft drinks, and wine and beer.  Kosher, vegetarian and chicken dinners are available with advanced request at time of ticket sale.  This is an Advance Ticket Sale Event Only.
 
Tickets can be ordered by contacting Stu Herrmann @ 201.362.4466 or see a Fair Lawn Rotarian.  Requests can also be sent to fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com.
 
Tricky Tray and 50/50 Raffle tickets are available at the door at various prices and prize levels.
 
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Rotary Donation to FSTA

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 25, 2016
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On August 24, 2016 The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn made a $1,500 donation to the Food Service Training Academy (FSTA).  The FSTA is a free 16-week culinary job-training program offered by The Community Food Bank of New Jersey that teaches students everything from knife skills to life skills.  This important program provides graduates with marketable skills and changes lives.
 
Fair Lawn Rotarians took interest in assisting The Community Food Bank Food Service Training Academy as it offers this vital training program to individuals in need of fresh start.  Since 2000, the program has graduated more than 900 students.  Close to 90% are employed within six months of graduation.  Fair Lawn Rotarians applauds the Community Food Bank for offering this program and congratulates those that have and continue to participate in this life changing program.
 
 
 
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Interact Advisor Named Honorary Rotarian
 

Posted by Todd Malkin
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Kristin Burke, Social Studies Teacher at Fair Lawn High School is also the FLHS Interact Club Club Advisor.  Interact is a Club sponsored by a Rotary Club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.  Through Interact, students can i) carry out hands-on service projects;  ii) make international connections, iii) develop leadership skills, and iv) Have Fun!  Every Interact Club carries out at least two service projects a year; one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding. 

In order to make sure that FLHS Interact Club members have a direct connection with our Rotary Club, the Board chose to make its Advisor, Kristin Burke, an Honorary Member.  Kristin brings enthusiasm and a strong desire to help mentor her students as they work together to bring positive change to our community and communities beyond.  Fair Lawn Rotary, as the Rotary Sponsor of the FLHS Interact Club, had always had a strong connection with the students; this action will further cement that connection to make both Clubs a philanthropic force in the community.

FLHS Students seeking an avenue to perform community service are encouraged to seek out Ms. Burke, or any member of the FLHS Interact Club to learn more about their projects.

 

Interact Advisor Named Honorary Rotarian  Todd Malkin 2016-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Dining with Characters Event Cancelled

We regret to inform everyone that the Dining with Characters Fundraising Event scheduled for October 26, 2016 has been cancelled.
 
All on-line registrants will receive a full refund.  No action is necessary on your part to receive your full refund.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
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New Member Induction

Posted on Oct 13, 2016
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The Fair Lawn Rotary Club inducted its newest member on October 13, 2016; Robert Buckley of Hawthorne, NJ.  Robert is with Risk Strategies Company based in Teaneck where he is the Director of Business Development.  Robert joined Rotary to Give Service to the community, business networking opportunities and for friendship.  He has been married to his wife Olyia for 19 years and has four children and ten grandchildren.
 
Outside of Rotary, Robert enjoys family, football and fly-fishing.  While enjoying these activities, he can be found listening to the Beatles, Eagles and Chicago.  Fair Lawn Rotarians are looking forward to “Service Above Self” and participating in various community service activities and fundraising events with Robert.  Please welcome Robert to Fair Lawn Rotary. 
 
 
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Pinot's Palette Fundraiser

Posted on Oct 12, 2016
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On Wednesday October 12th, the Rotary Clubs of Fair Lawn and Garfield teamed up for their second joint Wine and Paint Fundraiser at Pinot’s Palette.  This year 34 Rotarians and Friends of Rotary came together for the evening to paint Aurora Night.  It was a wonderful night of camaraderie, wine and cheese, painting, and a few special door prizes and other surprises thrown in for even more fun. 
 
All of the funds raised from this special fundraising event will be used by each Club for their philanthropic endeavors locally and nationally.  The Fair Lawn Club has a long and storied history of Service Above Self right here in Fair Lawn as we Lend A Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.  Since 1948 Fair Lawn Rotarians have helped enhance our community, provide students with opportunities to grow in their educational and leadership skills, and assist our volunteer service providers, food pantry and other important local organizations and individuals.  As part of Rotary International, fellow Rotarians are on the forefront of eradicating Polio, helping victims of natural disasters and working to improve to the lives of others in impoverished areas of the world.
 
We would like to thank all those that came out for a great night in support of Rotary.
 
 
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Bergen County Economic Development Presentation

Posted on Sep 28, 2016
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On Wednesday September 28th, Fair Lawn Rotary hosted a special Business Networking Event at The Rail Yard Tavern.  Joanne Cimiluca, Director of the Bergen County Division of Economic Development spoke about several programs available to Bergen County Businesses of all sizes from Bergen County and the State of New Jersey.  Ms. Cimiluca also spoke about several actions taken by the County to ensure that several large corporations continue to call Bergen County home.
 
 
 
This was the third of our Fair Lawn Rotary Evening Events which is a developing series of evening programs to bring interesting speakers on a variety of topics and other networking opportunities to our community.  We ask that you watch for the next Fair Lawn Rotary Evening Events and make plans to attend; announcements of future programs can be found here on our web page, and on our Facebook page.
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Special Off-Broadway Event with Rotary!

Posted by Rob Kahn on Aug 11, 2016
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JOIN THE FAIR LAWN ROTARY CLUB on SATURDAY SEPT 17th 2016, 7:30 PM  at the CICCONE THEATER in PARAMUS, NJ for a Special Presentation of “THE GONG SHOW” with the Original Off Broadway Cast.
 
“Ecstatic Fun!”-WSJ “Hilarious”-WOR “Magnificent”-NBC “A Must See”-Broadway.com
 
Unpredictable, deranged and magnificent! Show business insiders always knew the real fun was happening in the studio. It’s victory or die for this charming flock of talented eccentrics. Fresh off it’s 3 year smash run in NYC, The Gong Show Off Broadway comes to New Jersey as part of it’s pre-broadway tour. Starring Ray Ellin, Chuck Nice, Brian Scott McFadden and Leslie Gold. Featuring mind-blowing professional talent that has been curated from around the globe. It’s a one of a kind theatrical experience. And it’s hilarious.
 
A portion of every ticket sold with the code PMFAIR  goes to the FAIR LAWN ROTARY CLUB to help fund our continuing mission to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.  So join us on SATURDAY SEPT 17th, 2016 Tickets are  only $39; take the following link to order your tickets TODAY: http://gongshowoffbwy.brownpapertickets.com
 
 
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Hooray for Helmets

Posted on Aug 07, 2016
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Fair Lawn Rotary’s Hooray for Helmets Bike Safety Awareness Campaign continued on Sunday August 7th with a Free Helmet Give-Away Day at Gaelic Football and Cricket Multi-Purpose Field (Fair Lawn section of Saddle River County Park).  Fair Lawn Rotarians were in the park providing free helmets to young and old needing helmets while enjoying this beautiful Bergen County Park Bike Path.  
 
Bicycle safety is a priority of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club and we were proud to enhance our program; this helmet give-away is in conjunction with our partnership with the Fair Lawn and Glen Rock police departments in the free ice cream coupon program where coupons for free ice cream are given to youth bike riders properly wearing this important safety gear.
 
 
 
More photos can be found on our web page - www.fairlawnrotaryclub.com
 
 
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2016-2017 Events Announced

Posted on Jul 28, 2016
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Fair Lawn Rotary has announced the dates of several upcoming events for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.  The below list of events will be updated on our website periodically as more events are added and information is updated:
 
Hooray for Helmet – Helmet Give-A-Way Day: Aug. 7th 12 PM Gaelic Football & Cricket Filed (Fair Lawn Section Saddle River Park), Brookside Ave. and Saddle River Rd.  *NEW PHILANTHROPIC EVENT*
 
Business Networking Event: Sept. 28th 6:30 PM The Rail Yard Tavern, 14-26 Plaza Rd. North.  Presentation by Joanna Cimiluca, Director of Bergen County Division of Economic Development.  This is a great opportunity for local businesses to hear about the many programs available from Bergen County to help local businesses grow and thrive and introduce themselves to each other as well as the Fair Lawn community. *IMPORTANT INFORMATIONAL MEETING*
 
Dining with Characters Pasta Dinner: Oct. 26th Fair Lawn High School.  Three seatings at 5 PM, 6PM and 7PM.  A night of community and wonder for kids of all ages to benefit the Fair Lawn Elementary School PTOs.  On-line registration is open now! http://goo.gl/jb7Esk         *NEW FAMILY FUNDRAISER*
 
7th Grade Geography Bee: Jan. 25th Fair Lawn Recreation Center.  An exciting new educational event to encourage our Middle School students to excel in their education.  Details to be announced closer to the event. *NEW EDUCATIONAL EVENT*
 
25th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray: Mar. 4th St. Leon’s Armenian Church, Saddle River Rd.  Details on our favorite community fundraiser will follow. *RETURNING FUNDRAISING FAVORITE!!*
 
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Officers and Directors for 2016/2017 Announced

Posted on Jul 12, 2016
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The Fair Lawn Rotary Club has announced its Officers and Directors for the 2016/2017 Rotary Year which has commenced on July 1, 2016.  For the upcoming Rotary year, the following persons have been appointed as Fair Lawn Rotary Club Officers:
 
President:                  Michael D. Baer, Attorney
President Elect:         Bryan Hicks, Fair Lawn School District
Secretary:                  Joanne Kwasniewski, Fair Lawn Municipal Clerk
Treasurer:                  Elizabeth Miazga, Spencer Savings Bank
Sergeant-at-Arms:     Margie Hochkeppel, Columbia Bank
 
Joining these officers as Directors of Fair Lawn Rotary Club are; Stuart Herrmann, Robert Kahn, Patricia LaRocco, Todd N. Malkin, Jeffrey Simon, and Glenn Stubaus.
 
 
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Slavery in Modern Times Presentation

Posted on May 18, 2016
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On May 17, 2016 Fair Lawn Rotary held a powerful special presentation on Slavery in Modern Times. Carol Metzker, author of “FACING THE MONSTER: HOW ONE PERSON CAN FIGHT CHILD SLAVERY” and Evan Robbin, Founder and President of BREAKING THE CHAIN THROUGH EDUCATION spoke on the topic of Slavery here in America as well as around the world.  
 
It was surprising and sad to hear the stories of how horrible people are still treated in this era.  It was good to hear how people such as Carol and Evan are working to rescue those in slavery and make every attempt possible to help these people and give them a life they can call their own.
 
Photos of this event can be found at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3475/PhotoAlbums/slavery-in-modern-times-presentation#sthash.f6lJwuAa.dpuf
 
 
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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Todd N. Malkin

Posted on Apr 24, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the bulletin board in front of the School District Offices; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park and the Arboretum sign on Fair Lawn Avenue as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.
 
So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?
 
Our thirteenth installment of this continuing series brings us to Todd N. Malkin, our current Club President.  Todd resides in Fair Lawn with his family and has worked at Columbia Bank for the past 10 years, currently serving a manager of the Special Assets Department.  He joined Rotary as a way to give back to the community in a non-political way and also wanted to show his daughters the importance of helping others in need.  He joined the Club in 2006, looking forward to joining this active, dynamic and friendly group of people.  Todd enjoys the club socials, Dictionary Distribution project, the annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray fundraiser and the newly created Wine & Paint fundraiser.  This is his second time a Club President, having served in this role in the 2010/2011 Rotary Year; he has also served as Master-At-Arms and continues to be the Club’s voice on the web and in social media as the Publicity Chairperson.
 
Todd’s interests outside of Rotary include local economic and planning issues, volunteering for the American Diabetes Association and combining his love of photography with hiking, biking and kayaking.  Todd has two photographs published and currently displayed at the Rail yard Tavern right here in Fair Lawn.
 
 
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More About Rotary

Posted by Todd Malkin on Apr 18, 2016
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Rotary is found around the world, it is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian service organizations in existence.  It has a voice in the United Nations, it is leading the drive to eradicate polio from our world and Rotarians are found everywhere providing "Service Above Self" in every corner of the globe.
 
The Fair Lawn Rotary Club is one of many active Rotary Clubs.  Information about our Club can be found not only on this website, but on Facebook where we share items of interest and importance from the perspective of our local Club.  As an international organization, there is so much going on in the Rotary world.  Information about Rotary can be found in a variety of places; Rotary International is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and in traditional print.
 
The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has donated an annual subscription to Rotary's monthly magazine, the rotarian, to the Maurice Pine library right here in town.  You can always peruse current and past issues of this informative magazine.  This month's issue (May 2016) highlights Rotarian Garvin Evans, whom happens to be the father of U2's The Edge.  Both men discussed how music and service runs in the family.  the rotarian is always full of interesting articles that show Rotary's reach in helping others around the world and what it means to each and every Rotarian on a personal level.  The May issue also highlights the The Rotary Club of Jersey City and a recent philanthropic action day they held. 
 
You can Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe.  The local Club is where an idea to serve blossoms into a national or international project with wide reaching results helping thousands, if not millions of people.  To find out how you can make an impact right here in town and anywhere else in the world, come down to one of our meetings or contact a local Rotarian.
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Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club

Posted by Todd Malkin on Apr 16, 2016
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Have you ever noticed antenna sprouting from the roof of the Fair Lawn Community Center and wonder what it’s all about?  Well members of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club had a visit from Ed Efchak and Karl Frank of the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club.  Originally founded in 1956 as the Fair Lawn Radio Club, it was later reorganized in the spring of 1960 and became the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club. Thus, this group is one of the oldest radio organizations in Northern New Jersey.
 
The organization is a general interest radio organization; but the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC), during its more than a half century history, has always been dedicated to helping the community and our country when needed in times of crisis. In the early days it was Civil Defense and RACES - today it is OEM and AREC as well as RACES.
The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club organization can be considered part of the Borough's available emergency resources. Many of our members are also RACES (Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Service) members and CERT members (Community Emergency Response Team).
 
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Henry Peneno Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle Collection

Posted by Todd Malkin on Apr 04, 2016
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Fair Lawn Rotarians would like to thank members of the Fair Lawn Police Department for their assistance at the April 3rd Henry Peneno Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle Collection.  This year Fair Lawn Rotarians partnered with the Fair Lawn Police Department in this event which for the first time included a free bicycle check-up to ensure that everyone’s ride is ready for the season.  Officers ran a thorough check of all of the components of each bicycle to ensure that brakes are up to par, chains are properly lubricated, and that handle bars and seats are properly adjusted for the rider.
 
Also new this year was the kick-off of Club’s newly expanded Hooray for Helmets Bicycle Safety Program.  For 2016 we are continuing our partnership with the FLPD and the Glen Rock Police Department in the distribution of coupons for ice cream at local ice cream and frozen yogurt parlors.  This year’s expansion of this important safety program includes the distribution of helmets to children and adults found riding without this important safety device.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn will be supplying helmets to both Departments to encourage children and parents to take an important safety step and ride with a helmet on at all times. 
 
FLPD lending a big hand
 
 
Bryan Hicks and some of the helmets ready for distribution
 
 
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Accept a Challenge – Become a Rotarian

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 31, 2016
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Accept a Challenge – Become a Rotarian
 
     Want to learn how to help others Around the Corner and Across the Globe?
Accept a Challenge – Become a Rotarian
 
     Want to make an impact on the lives of the youth in our community?
Accept a Challenge – Become a Rotarian
 
     Want to learn more about our community?
Accept a Challenge – Become a Rotarian
 
Accept a Challenge and join Fair Lawn Rotarians Thursdays at 12:15 PM at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club on Parmelee Ave.
 
Accept a Challenge to do good in our community!
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Service Above Self

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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn
Service Above Self
In Fair Lawn & Around the Globe Since 1948
 
Promoting Literacy,
Education and Leadership
4th Grade Spelling Bee
3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution
Project R.E.A.L.
Scholarships to FLHS Seniors
Sponsorships of FLHS Juniors to Attend RYLA Leadership Program
Support of FLHS Interact Club
Sponsorship of Middle School Career Day Programs
 
Safety Programs
Hooray for Helmets
Bike Safety Campaign & Helmet Distribution Project
Bike Safety Checks in Conjunction with FLPD
DNA ID Kits
 
International Connections
Attend Rotary Meetings Around the Globe
Rotary United Nations Day
Rotary Peace Fellowships
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Rotary Friendship Exchange Program
 
Fair Lawn Pride and Gifts to the Community
Clock at the Library
Rotary Grove and Canger Seating Area @ Memorial Park
Adopted Beaver Dam Park
Rotating Globe in Library Lobby
Provide Assistance fo FL Food Pantry and Health & Human Services Dept.
Donations to Fair Lawn’s Volunteer Emergency Departments
Participation in Memorial Day Parade and Chamber Street Fairs
Construction of Pergola at FLHS
Flag Pole @ Senior Center
 
International Programs
End Polio Campaign
Pedals for Progress
Gift of Life
Water and Sanitation Projects
Building Schools
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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Dr. Robert “Rob” Kahn

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 17, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the bulletin board in front of the School District Offices; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park and the Arboretum sign on Fair Lawn Avenue as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our twelfth ninth installment of this continuing series brings us to Dr. Robert Kahn, an optometric Physician whom resides and works right here in Fair Lawn with his family.  Rob’s office is located on Fair Lawn Avenue in the Radburn area of town.  Rob has been treating patients for over thirty years and has also been a Fair Lawn Rotarian for just as long.  Rob joined Rotary as a way to volunteer his time for the betterment of our community; he also found it as a good vehicle to meet people and for business networking.

Throughout his tenure in the Club, Rob has served in every position in the Club, at least once; he served as Club President in 1990 and once again in 2008.  Rob enjoys his time as a Fair Lawn Rotarian, his favorite activities are talking with fellow Rotarians, taking part in hands-on projects and he is especially proud to have had his kids grow up with Rotary.  Rob has also been the driving force for our Club’s 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships; he is our point person in organizing this annual literacy event.  Rob also serves on the Fair Lawn Library Board and has used that position to strengthen the ties between the Library and our Club. 

Outside of Rotary, Rob’s interests include wood working, biking and the theatre/symphony.  Rob is also known for traveling to wonderful places to explore and enjoy with his family.  Despite him being known for carrying around a “dinosaur” phone, Rob does have an iPod which appears to be loaded with a variety of musical tastes from Springsteen, to Sade, to Broadway show tunes.

Pat and Rob at the 2015/16 Installation Dinner

Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Dr. Robert “Rob” Kahn Todd Malkin 2016-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Children’s Aid and Family Services

Posted on Mar 12, 2016
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Fair Lawn Rotarians were glad to welcome Mr. Jerrold (“Jerry”) Binney, the recently appointed President and CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services to our March 10th meeting.  Since 1899 Children's Aid and Family Services has been recognized as a leader in adoption and specialty therapeutic services for children who have been severely traumatized and abused. This organization is dedicated developing and enhancing its capacity to provide special needs adoption, early childhood education, foster care, counseling, and other social services to those who are disadvantaged, at-risk or in crisis.
 
Children’s Aid and Family Services offers additional services to a variety of populations in need.     Since 2010, the organization has been an approved provider of services for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program includes comprehensive in-home assessment and support by staff specially trained in Applied Behavior Analysis.  For children and young adults unable to remain in their homes due to the extent of their disabilities or family circumstances, Children’s Aid and Family Services has established community residences that provide round-the-clock care.  Six group homes for persons with developmental disabilities are located in Bergen Essex and Passaic counties. 
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24th Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 27, 2016
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On February 27th the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn hosted its 24th Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray fundraiser.  For the past 24 years, Fair Lawn Rotarians have hosted this event to the joy of our community.  This is one event that brings together many, many supporters of all that Fair Lawn Rotary does right here in Fair Lawn as well as participating in international Rotary projects.
 
This year we hosted over 170 people whom enjoyed the delicious beefsteak prepared by Giresi’s Caterers of Lodi.  As always, this event would not be hugely anticipated if it wasn’t for the Tricky Tray prizes; this year we would like to thank the following businesses for their continued support of this important fundraising event:
  • Bernrap’s Jewelers, Fair Lawn Ave. and Plaza Rd.
  • Cakes by Jean (Stubaus), Parsippany
  • Columbia Bank
  • Community Bank of Bergen County
  • John’s Pizza, River Road
  • Mainly Meetings Travel, Tenafly
  • Mangia Trattoria, Glen Rock
  • NBT Associates
  • Oceanos Restaurant, Saddle River Rd.
  • Rail yard Tavern, Plaza Rd.
  • Sereno, Parmelee Ave.
  • Siegel’s Hardware
  • Taverna Mykonos, Elmwood Park
  • Teaneck Rotary
  • Zadies Bakery, Fair Lawn Ave.
 
Please support these local businesses and tell them, Fair Lawn Rotary sent you!!!
 
Also, photos of this event have been posted to our home page, take a look for the link on the right side of the page under “Photos of Fair Lawn Rotarians in Action”.
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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Joseph DaLoisio

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 01, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the bulletin board in front of the School District Offices; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park and the Arboretum sign on Fair Lawn Avenue as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our latest installment of this continuing series brings us to Joseph DaLoisio.  Joe currently resides in Allendale; he is a retired owner of a large specialized construction company.  Joe joined Fair Lawn Rotary in 1986 as a way to give back to the community and for business networking. Joe enjoys time spent with his fellow Rotarians, you will find him at our events and social gatherings! Outside of Rotary, Joe D, as we call him, is active with the Fair Lawn Cosmos Club and his parish.  He enjoys spending time with his family, church activities and feeding the poor. 

While this Member Spotlight is on our webpage, we are going to have to print it out and give it to him at one of our upcoming meetings!!!!

Selfie with Joe D. at the August 2014 Fair Lawn Rotary BBQ at Memorial Park

 

 

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2016 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 27, 2016
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On January 27, 2016 each of Fair Lawn’s 4th Grade classes were represented by 34 students vying for the mantel of 4th Grade Spelling Bee Champion.  Fair Lawn Rotarians proudly sponsored the 5th Annual 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships; celebrating education and promoting literacy is a big part of the philanthropic activities of Rotary.  This Rotary project is held in partnership with the elementary school principals and 4th grade teachers.  Throughout the beginning of the year, each elementary school holds spelling bees with the top spellers moving on to the Rotary Spelling Championship.  This program was conceived as a perfect follow-up to Fair Lawn Rotary’s Third Grade Dictionary Distribution Project.
 
The night started off with 34 students, after several rounds of words the number of students was whittled down as the words became tougher.  Each student showed an amazing aptitude as they moved through each round.  The evening finally came down to two students, both representing Radburn Elementary School.  After receiving the instructions as to how the final rounds were to be conducted, Victoria Itkin and Prema Maringanti spelled several words before the final word of the evening was successfully spelled – VERTEX ended up the final word of the event.
 
Our competitors
 
 
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What is Rotary?

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 26, 2016
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                                       Rotary is more than meeting fellow Rotarians once a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
 
                              Rotary is a way to find out more about the town you live or work in and the world we are all a part of.
 
                    Rotary is having the opportunity to change the lives of those you know and those you don’t.
 
          Rotary is a great way to meet your neighbors and cultivate friendships near and far.
 
Rotary is a great networking opportunity to expand your business while cultivating friendships.
 
                                        Rotary is making a difference right down the street from where you live and work and making a difference around the world.
 
                              Rotary is an adventure in learning more about the world we live in and how we can all work together to make it a better place for everyone.
 
                    Rotary is a way to learn more about yourself as you work with fellow Rotarians to help others around the corner and across the world.
 
          Rotary is something special that affects the lives of so many people in so many places.
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2016 - Off and Running!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 26, 2016
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Wow, 2015 has left the building and 2016 has Fair Lawn Rotarians moving full steam ahead!
 
This January find Fair Lawn Rotarians getting ready to host the 5th Annual 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships.  30 students from each Fair Lawn Elementary school will be participating in this event showcasing their spelling skills.  The winner will bring pride to their school and will have the ability to move up to the next level of Bee competition.
 
Our Club members are also working hard on our Big 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser.  The Raffle drawing will be held on February 11th, just in time to win some cash for Valentine's Day!!!  So, take a chance to win some money and help Fair Lawn Rotarians continue their efforts to Lend a Hand to Those in Need Around the Corner and Across the Globe!  See a member of our Club for a ticket or e-mail us at fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com and we will get a ticket out to you.
 
And that's not it for January; Fair Lawn Rotarians are also prepping some great tricky tray prizes for our Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday February 27th.  Once again, we invite everyone down to St. Leon Armenian Church located at 12-61 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn for a fun night of beefsteak and chances to win some great exciting prizes!  Tickets remain at $45/person for beefsteak, dessert, soft drinks, beer and wine.  Tricky Tray Prize tickets are sold at the door at various prices for various prize levels.
 
Please note that this is an advance ticket sales event.  We will also offer vegetarian, kosher and chicken meals - these options must be ordered when purchasing your tickets.
 
Our Club is also working on some new and exciting philanthropic activities that will be announced in the future.  All in all, 2016 finds Rotary in Fair Lawn off to a very active and vibrant start to the New Year.  Come down to one of our Club Meetings and get to know members of Fair Lawn Rotary and find out how you can become part of this exciting organization!
 
Here's to a Great 2016!
Todd N. Malkin
President (2015/16)
 
 
2016 - Off and Running! Todd Malkin 2016-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Breaking the Chain Through Education

Posted on Nov 22, 2015
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Fair Lawn Rotarian Michael Baer is an attorney based out of Teaneck and a resident of Fair Lawn.  Michael is very involved in several philanthropic endeavors; not only is he an active Rotarian, he also volunteers his time with Pony Power Therapies and an organization called Breaking The Chain Through Education (BTCTE).  Michael and his family when to Ghana this past summer and he shared his experiences with BTCTE and the children rescued from child slavery.
 
Due to the fact that there is no birth control the people of the various villages have numerous children which they are unable to take care of.  Poverty is unbelievable.   Fisherman approach the family and say I will take your child (generally boys) and feed them, educate them and teach them a trade while they live with him.  The families think this is wonderful but in reality they are given one meal a day, they do not go to school, they are tortured if they do not bring in enough fish.  There is only one place where they fish Lake Volta which is like a big basin with dead trees growing out of it so it is dangerous to fish.  They use the children to go down into the water to untangle the fishing nets.      
 
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Fair Lawn Rotary Fundraisers

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 14, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has undertaken several philanthropic projects throughout its 60+ years of existence “to lend a hand to those in need around the corner and across the globe”.  Some projects are hands on, with little or no financial outlay on part of local Rotarians.  Some of our projects do require expenditure of funds so we may assist others as necessary.  These projects can and have included scholarships for FLHS graduating students continuing their education, providing dictionaries to 3rd graders throughout our community, sending FLHS Juniors to a week-long leadership program, assisting the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad with storage/equipment needs, creating a youth helmet awareness safety campaign and providing much needed school supplies to children in need in our local school system.  Fair Lawn Rotarians have also assisted families in Kenya with water filtration devices, worked with Pedals for Progress in providing basic transportation to those without, provided emergency shelters in response to natural disasters through Shelter Box, assist in the on-going funding of a veterans’ food pantry and other national and international projects.
 
Funding for these endeavors comes from our fundraising events.  100% of funds raised by our 501 (c) (3) fundraising arm, the Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn, Inc., goes towards our philanthropic projects.  The Fair Lawn Rotary Club has a dues structure to cover the costs of running the Club.  It was decision to ensure that all donations received from our fundraising events are directed to assist others when and where needed.  We have a long and successful history of creating events that are enjoyed by the general public that generate the funds needed to help others.  It is hoped that we will have the public’s continued support at our events so we can continue Rotary’s “Service Above Self” right here in Fair Lawn and provide much needed assistance to those in need.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated!!!  Thank You!!!
Fair Lawn Rotary Fundraisers Todd Malkin 2015-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

What is Rotary?

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 14, 2015
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Rotary is a global community service organization; there are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs doing good all over the world. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International (RI).  Rotary is a grass-roots organization on the local level, each Club searches ways to improve its local community and in turn seeks to improve the world in which we live by participating in regional, national and international Rotary sponsored programs.  Each Rotary program, was conceived by a local Rotarian whom convinced his/her Club that their project idea was a worthy one – and as many of these projects grew, they have expanded across the globe to assist as many persons as possible.  Rotary is a great example as to how one person’s idea can grow into a movement to help millions around the world.
 
Each Rotary Club directs its own actions.  Club members elect their own leaders each year, and the Club president works with the president-elect, officers, board members, and committee chairs to manage the Club. Rotary Clubs pay dues to Rotary International, and in return RI provides resources, training, and programs to help Clubs run effectively.
 
As a global service organization, Rotary has created Rotary Districts in geographic areas; each Rotary District is led by a District Governor.  Fair Lawn Rotary is part of Rotary District 7490 serving Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties.  Districts help clubs connect to each other and access Rotary resources. There are around 530 districts, and these are organized into 34 zones. Each zone has about the same number of Rotarians.
 
Rotary Clubs sponsor other service clubs and groups that broaden Rotary’s reach:
The President of Rotary International is elected by Rotarians and leads an elected Board of Directors. The president serves for one year, and directors serve for two years.
The General Secretary manages staff at Rotary’s headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and additional offices around the world.
 
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Family Promise of Bergen County

Posted on Sep 14, 2015
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                                                 On September 10th, Margo Heller, Director of Volunteers of Family Promise of Bergen County spoke to our Club about the services offered by this organization.  Family Promise of Bergen County is a non-governmental organization that works through an interfaith network of houses of worship to provide important temporary housing and meals for homeless families in Bergen County.
 
The Family Promise Network is a sheltering program for homeless working families with dependent children.  Local congregations host families (up to 14 people) overnight on a weekly rotating basis.  Host congregation volunteers, along with others from neighboring congregations, provide meals, private sleeping areas, encouragement and fellowship to assist these families in their time of need.  Families have access to the Nancy S. Woods Family Center from 7AM until 6PM; this center provides a safe location allowing clients to pursue better employment, search for affordable housing and use showers and laundry facilities.  Case managers are available to mentor and assist families for re-entry into the community.
 
Family Promise of Bergen County manages and monitors several apartments in its New Leaf program.  Client families who have consistently followed guidelines while participating in the Family Promise Network are given the opportunity to live in one of their subsidized apartments.  A Family Case Manager assists each family explore options related to job training, employment, and securing child care and safe, affordable housing.  Families must also participate in a mandatory savings plan to assist them in the transition to independent living; this transition typically takes 12 to 18 months.
 
After a family leaves the New Leaf program, they are eligible to participate in additional support services provided by Family Promise. Services include continued case management, volunteer support, child care services and monthly rent subsidies as needed.
 
This is an important service program in Bergen County.  Family Promise serves working families that make too much to qualify for government support services, but still do not earn enough to obtain suitable housing.
  • Families remain the fastest growing segment of the homeless population; they comprise about 40% of the total homeless population.
  • 2.5 million children in the US will experience homelessness this year
  • 42% of children in homeless families are under the age of six
  • 10% of Bergen County children live in poverty
  • Homeless families are often hidden from view, doubled up in overcrowded housing or living in cars and shelters
  • For families, the three most common causes of homelessness are; 1) lack of affordable housing, 2) poverty; and 3) unemployment/underemployment
  • In America, 17 million children live in a household where they have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet; that is one out of every six families
  • Children experiencing homelessness are sick four times more than other children
  • By the age of 3 years, children growing up in poverty will have heard 30 million fewer words than more affluent children
 
 
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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Dr. Patricia “Pat” LaRocco

Posted on Sep 12, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the bulletin board in front of the School District Offices; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park and the Arboretum sign on Fair Lawn Avenue as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our ninth installment of this continuing series brings us to Patricia LaRocco, a retired physician whom resides in Fair Lawn with her family.  Dr. Pat, as we call her, retired after 25+ years in the medical field.  She joined Rotary in 1996, eventually joining the Fair Lawn Rotary Club in 2000.  Pat joined Rotary after being invited by a good friend of hers to discover the good that Rotary does locally and internationally.     

Throughout her membership, Pat has been very active in Rotary at the Club and District levels.  She has served as Fair Lawn’s President for the 2010/2011 Rotary year and has been on the Board; she has recently accepted an open position on the Club’s Board for the 2015/2016 Rotary year.  Pat is also the coordinator for the Hooray for Helmets Safety Awareness Campaign and program/speaker coordinator, among other tasks.  Fair Lawn Rotary is part of Rotary District 7490 serving Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties.  Pat has served the larger Rotary area as the District Secretary and Assistant District Governor.  Internationally, Pat has taken part in medical missionary trips to 3rd world countries; assisting in providing polio vaccines under Rotary’s End Polio Now global program as well as other global Rotary endeavors.

Besides traveling as a medical missionary as a Rotarian, Pat also enjoys working with students and children and meeting other people and learning more about Rotary at District functions.  Outside of Rotary she enjoys sewing/costuming for community theater groups, working with her Church community and being a doting grandmother to her lovely granddaughter.

Pat likes listening to classical music on WQXR and only on WQXR because she doesn’t have an iPod.

Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Dr. Patricia “Pat” LaRocco 2015-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn Rotary Leadership Changes

Posted on Sep 11, 2015
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The Fair Lawn Rotary Club has announced that Todd N. Malkin will be taking the position as President of the Club for the 2015/2016 Rotary Year that commenced July 1, 2015.  Todd joined Fair Lawn Rotary in 2006 and has served in various positions; he was Club President for the 2010/2011 Rotary Year.  Todd works at Columbia Bank as the Special Assets Department Manager and is also active with the River Road Improvement Corporation and is a past member of the Fair Lawn Planning Board.  He resides in Fair Lawn with his family.
 
Pat LaRocco will be joining the Fair Lawn Rotary Club Board of Directors.  She has been a Rotarian since 1996.  After joining the Fair Lawn Club in 2000 Pat served as President in 2002/2003 and has served in a variety of positions within the local Club including Treasurer; she has also served the Rotary District as an Assistant Rotary Governor and District Secretary.  She is a retired physician and resides in Fair Lawn with her family.
 
The Officers and Directors of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn for the 2015/2016 Rotary Year remain:
 
Michael Baer, President Elect             Law Offices of Michael D. Baer
Joanne Kwasniewski, Secretary          Fair Lawn Borough
Elizabeth Miazga, Treasurer               Spencer Savings Bank
Bryan Hicks, Sergeant-at-Arms           Fair Lawn High School
Stu Herrmann                                   Chadwick Wealth Management Group
Robert Kahn                                     Dr. Robert Kahn, OD - Optometrist
Irv Kleinberg                                    Retired
Glenn Stubaus                                  Molinari Stubaus Architects
 
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Back at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 13, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has announced that the weekly meetings have returned to the Fair Lawn Athletic Club located at 14-19 Parmelee Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ.  Meetings are held in Sereno Restaurant starting at 12:15 PM for lunch and an interesting speaker/program.  Guests are welcomed to attend our meetings to learn about Rotary and to participate in our program; lunch is $13/person.
 
A list of upcoming speakers can be found on the right side of our home page.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Club at fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com or speak to any Fair Lawn Rotarian.
 
Back at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club Todd Malkin 2015-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You for Your Continued Support

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Members of the Fair Lawn Rotary Foundation would like to thank all participants in our Fuel Your Summer Adventures 50/50 Cash Raffle this past summer.  Thanks to your support of Rotary in Fair Lawn, the Fair Lawn Rotary Foundation is able to assist Fair Lawn Rotarians in continuing the good deeds of Rotary in our community. 
 
Funds raised from this summer raffle will go towards our annual projects such as Project R.E.A.L. where Rotarians provide needed school supplies to those children in need right here in Fair Lawn; your support also allows Rotary to distribute dictionaries to 3rd Graders in Fair Lawn, work with local partners in the Hooray for Helmets child safety campaign, fund our FLHS senior scholarship awards and send FLHS Juniors to a leadership camp known as RYLA. 
 
These are but a few of the many programs supported by your involvement in our fundraising events, and we sincerely thank you as Rotary works to make our local, national and global communities better places.
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Out of the Darkness

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 20, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn prides itself on holding interesting and topical speakers at our meetings.  Recently, Fair Lawn Rotarians welcomed Lorraine K. Mackin, CFRE, New Jersey Area Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP).  AFSP’s mission, as a not-for profit   organization, is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.  In New Jersey, AFSP’s volunteers build relationships with public officials and advocate on behalf of sound prevention policy.

 

Some Suicide Prevention Programs and Initiatives in New Jersey include:

                In 2004 the New Jersey legislature established the Youth Suicide Advisory Council to advise and make recommendations to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for youth suicide reporting, prevention and intervention.

                The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program at Rutgers-University Behavioral HealthCare is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school-aged youth.  The program is funded/overseen by the DCF Division of Children’s System of Care and operates as a county-based collaborative.

                New Jersey law (§18A:6-112) requires that public school teaching staff members complete at least 2 hours of instruction in suicide prevention in each professional development period.  The instruction must be provided by a licensed health care professional with training and experience in mental health issues, and must include information on the relationship between suicide risk and incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying and information on reducing suicide risk in students who are members of high risk communities.

                The New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention State Plan for 2011-2014 was completed in 2010 and is accessible at http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/documents/behavioral/prevention/preventionplan.pdf.

 

Lorraine also shared with the Club some statistics and warning pertaining to this important subject matter.

Out of the Darkness Todd Malkin 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn Rotary Assists St. Anne School

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 12, 2014
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            The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to St. Anne School, Fair Lawn for the purchase of a Smart Board.  Fair Lawn Rotarians Michael Agosta and Vicki Padovano presented the donation to Principal Loretta Stachiotti, MA.  Rotary believes strongly in providing educators and students the tools necessary to obtain a quality education in order to create better citizens.  Fair Lawn Rotarians also provides dictionaries to 3rd graders in Fair Lawn Schools and sponsors the 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships.

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            To find out how you can be part of Rotary and help children here in Fair Lawn as well as across the globe, join us at one of our Thursday meetings which are at 12:15 for lunch and a speaker/program at Caputo's Catering, Fair Lawn Athletic Club, across from the municipal building on Parmelee Avenue. More information contact Todd N. Malkin, Public Relations fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com and visit us on the web at www.clubrunner.ca/fairlawn. Rotary International can be found on the web at www.rotary.org.

Fair Lawn Rotary Assists St. Anne School Todd Malkin 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn Rotary Helps Military Families

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 29, 2014
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            On October 30th, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn presented to Rotary-MFAC (Military Family Assistance Center) $600.00 from money raised at the October 5, 2014 Pancake Breakfast.  Accepting the donation on behalf of Rotary-MFAC is Rotary District 7490 Governor Calisto J. Bertin.

            The Rotary Military Family Assistance Center (Rotary MFAC) is run by Thomas Shea and Carl Hassett. The primary goal of the center is to provide food and supplies to military families that have found themselves in financially difficult situations. Finding jobs for those veterans who are currently out of work is also very high on the list.

            The center opened in February 2012 and provided assistance to six families. With each passing month the number of military families in need has grown. Tom and Carl can be found packing orders on the second and fourth Friday of each month at the warehouse in Rutherford. The food and supplies are then distributed the next day at the Rutherford American Legion Post at 58 Meadow Road.  Contact Rotary-MFAC at info@rotary-mfac.org or Tom at topoftheday@att.net and Carl at info@chairsnmore.com

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Fair Lawn Rotary Welcomes New Member

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 29, 2014
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Fair Lawn Rotary gained a new member on October 30, 2014.  Bryan Hicks, a business teacher at Fair Lawn High School and the Senior Options Coordinator joined Fair Lawn Rotarians in giving back to the community.  Bryan lives in Haledon with his wife and children and is also a member of the Haledon Board of Education.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn welcome’s Bryan’s enthusiasm and commitment to the ideals of Rotary as we work together to “Lend a hand to those in need around the corner and across the globe.”

Bryan was installed as Fair Lawn Rotary's newest member by Rotary District 7490 Governor Calisto J. Bertin. 

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To find out how you can join Bryan and other members of Fair Rotary and be part of the world’s oldest service organization comprised of over 1.2 million other like-minded individuals that believe in the commitment of “Service Above Self” speak with a Fair Lawn Rotarian or join us at one of our weekly meetings. The local Club level is where it all starts.

            Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:15 for lunch and a speaker/program at Caputo's Catering, Fair Lawn Athletic Club, across from the municipal building on Parmelee Avenue. More information contact Todd N. Malkin, Public Relations fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com and visit us on the web at www.clubrunner.ca/fairlawn. Rotary International can be found on the web at www.rotary.org.

Fair Lawn Rotary Welcomes New Member Todd Malkin 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hosts Community Breakfast

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 05, 2014

On October 5th, over 100 persons attended the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn Annual Pancake Breakfast and Food Drive held at the American Legion Hall located at 17-08 River Road, Fair Lawn.  Community members were treated to a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages, coffee and tea while helping the Fair Lawn Food Pantry and the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center (Rotary-MFAC).  Breakfast was served by members of the Fair Lawn High School Interact Club and children of local Rotarians.

With the community’s support, Fair Lawn Rotarians collected 14 bags of food for the Fair Lawn Food Pantry, located at the Fair Lawn Municipal Building, and raised funds for Rotary-MFAC as it continues its mission to assist the families of locally deployed and returning military men and women.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn would like to thank everyone for their support as Rotarians provide assistance to those in need around the corner and across the globe.

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Rotary Thanks Local Businesses

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 05, 2014
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The Fair Lawn Rotary Club would like to thank the many local businesses that supported its recent Pancake Breakfast and Food Drive by taking a “placemat ad”.  Several local businesses took an ad to support Rotary’s efforts to assist those in need; these placemats were seen by the over 100 persons that came in throughout the morning to enjoy this wonderful community event held on Sunday October 5th.

With the help of these businesses, Fair Lawn Rotary was able to collect 14 bags of food for the Fair Lawn Food Pantry and raise funds for the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center (Rotary-MFAC).

The please visit the following civic minded businesses and support them as they support Rotary in our community:

Chadwick Wealth Management, 32-16 Broadway, Fair Lawn

Columbia Bank - www.columbiabankonline.com

Dr. Robert D. Kahn, Optometric Physician, 23-55 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn

Fair Lawn Athletic Club, Banquet Hall & Catering, 14-19 Parmelee Ave., Fair Lawn

The Gift of Life Foundation, a project of Rotary District 7490

IHOP, 37-13 Broadway, Fair Lawn

Michael D. Baer, Attorney at Law, 412 Cedar Lawn, Teaneck

Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Center

PNC Mortgage, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, Woodland Park

Spencer Savings Bank - www.spencersavings.com

TD Bank - www.td.com

The UPS Store, 12-45 River Rd., Fair Lawn

Winne, Banta, Hetherington, Basralian & Kahn, Counsellors at Law, 21 Main St., Hackensack

 

Rotary Thanks Local Businesses Todd Malkin 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

Gearing Up for a Great Rotary Year!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 01, 2014
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He we are, month two of the 2014/2015 Rotary Year under the guidance of our newly elected Club President Jerry Slavik.  Fair Lawn Rotarians are looking forward to another exciting year helping those in need around the corner and across the globe!

 

Club members are in the midst of finalizing some of our annual programs and fundraisers and others ae set!  This month, Club Members will be enjoying each other’s company with their families at our annual BBQ at Memorial park.  As a proud sponsor of the Summer Concert Series, members will be enjoying a BBQ and listening to some great music afterwards.  We will also be working with the Fair Lawn Interact Club in developing a plan for both service organizations to start a food drive to help the Fair Lawn Food Pantry,

 

September brings us to our Annual 3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution, a part of Project R.E.A.L.  Fair Lawn Rotarians will be delivering dictionaries to all Fair Lawn 3rd graders to promote literacy and a greater appreciation of the written word and education.   In October, Rotarians will be found flipping flapjacks at our Annual Pancake Breakfast & Food Drive on October 5th – please visit our website for details when finalized!  Also in October, Fair Lawn Rotarians will be at the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce River Road Street Fair on October 19th handing out DNA testing kits and answering any and all questions about what Rotary does locally, nationally and globally – come on down and stop by!!

Gearing Up for a Great Rotary Year! Todd Malkin 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn Human Services Dept.

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 01, 2014
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Liz Twiggs, Director of the Fair Lawn Human Services Department, visited the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn to give an update on the needs of the community food bank that is housed in the Fair Lawn Municipal Building.  Liz has been working with the Fair Lawn Food Pantry for the past 5 years; during the ensuing years, she estimates that the pantry has filled 3,000 bags of food to those needing help right here in Fair Lawn - in 2013 70 families were receiving assistance from the FL Food Pantry.

Fair Lawn is one of the few local municipalities that offers this much needed service; the pantry also assists those affected by fire and has provided assistance to those impacted by Super Storm Sandy.  Recently, the food pantry received donations to renovate the area when food and sundry items are stored in the basement of the municipality building; new shelving was installed to better organize the facility and there were repairs to the walls, ceiling, floor and windows.

This important service in our community is sustained by private donations and volunteers that help in the preparation of the bags of food for the clients of the pantry.  When possible, the food pantry will also assist in emergency payment of utility bills.  The Human Services Department also provides assistance by providing backpacks filled with school supplies, and runs a special Holiday Gift Drive.

The pantry is always in need of donations of food and sundry items, please visit the Fair Lawn municipal website at www.fairlawn.org or call the Fair Lawn Human Services Department at 201.794.5333 for more information on donations and volunteering.  The Fair Lawn Department of Human Services is located in Room 112 of the Fair Lawn Municipal Building, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

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Fair Lawn Rotarians will be lending a hand to those in need of the services of the Fair Lawn Food Bank, by holding a food drive during the Annual Pancake Breakfast & Food Drive scheduled for Sunday October 5th.  Please visit our website and Facebook page as the details of this important fundraiser will be released shortly.

 

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Fair Lawn Human Services Dept. Todd Malkin 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0

FACTS OF THE MATTER – Coffee

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jul 31, 2014
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According to one Legend, coffee was discovered in Ethiopia by a goat herder, who noticed that his goats became hyperactive insomniacs after consuming the plant.  By the 15th century, coffee was being cultivated in Yemen, where people gave it the Arabic name qahwa.  To maintain control over coffee production, Arab rulers banned the export of fertile beans.  The Dutch smuggled out some plants, however, and by the 1600s had begun growing coffee.  Soon, much of Europe’s supply came from the Dutch colony of Java – an enduring nickname for coffee.

Coffee Beans are seeds, located in the center of the coffee cherry – the fruit that grows on coffee plants.  There are dozens of coffee plant species, but commercial coffees use mainly two: arabica, which represents 70 percent of all coffee sold, and robusta.  Robusta has about 50 percent more caffeine that arabica and is often used for instant coffee and coffee blends.  The most expensive coffee, kopi luwak, is harvested from the dung of a civet, a nocturnal cat-like animal in Indonesia.  The civet eats the coffee cherries, which ferment in its stomach acids.  The excreted beans, after cleaning and roasting, can cost up to US$600 per pound.

FACTS OF THE MATTER – Coffee Todd Malkin 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Michael Baer

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jul 31, 2014
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Michael Baer, a twenty year practicing attorney from Fair Lawn with his office in Lyndhurst joined The Fair Lawn Rotary Club in 2009 at the behest of Fair Lawn Rotarian Stu Herrmann.  Michael saw joining Rotary as a way to give back to the community and network with other like-minded individuals.  Since becoming a Rotarian, Michael has been very involved with our Third Grade Dictionary Distribution project and is our FLHS Interact Club Liaison.  In speaking with Michael, you can hear his excitement in working with children of all ages and guiding them to become the best they can be.  Michael also enjoys our annual pancake breakfast fundraiser and the tricky tray and beefsteak event.  When asked what position he has within the Club, his answer was usually left side of table near the flag; this is typical of his sense of humor.

Outside of Rotary, Michael enjoys scuba diving, travel, golfing and biking.  He is also a big fan of Jimmy Buffett - take a look at some of his shirts – and the music of the 70’s and 80’s.  He does his work on a PC, but for some reason is still checking e-mails and texts on a Blackberry.

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RYLA

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 25, 2014
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Julia Baer was sponsored by The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn to attend the 2014 RYLA leadership program.  Julia was kind enough to share her experience with members of our Club at a special meeting held in June.  This is her experience - Julia, thank you for sharing!!

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“R.Y.L.A. It's a noun, a verb, a state of mind. I'm going to RYLA. I'm going to RYLA this challenge. When I think I can't, I think of RYLA and then know I can” (Mama RYLA). As I packed my bags for RYLA, I could not imagine how it would live up to the “life-changing” expectations that past RYLAtiers had set up for me. Those six days, 8,640 minutes, 518,400 seconds, have completely changed my outlook on being a leader in my life, school, and community.

            “Hi! Welcome to RYLA!!” yelled a short and overly excited counselor wearing a cheesy grin on her face, a rainbow feather boa around her neck, and a bedazzled visor on her head. At this point in time, her excitement was almost annoying, but little did I know, I would leave RYLA with that same excitement. Walking on to a school bus where you know absolutely no one is terrifying. This was how the week started. Little did I know that six days later, these people would become my new family, leaving me feeling empty as I arrived to my home on Friday night. About an hour and a half into the bus ride, the counselors, including the overly peppy one, began ice breakers for the entire bus to break the ice and help the anxious high schoolers get to know each other. As the bus pulled into Indian Head Camp three hours after departing from New Jersey, our hearts all sank as our phones read No Service and our connections to our outside lives were dramatically severed. What did I get myself into? I thought as I began to realize that this week would not be like a normal week at FLHS, and boy was I right.

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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Joanne M. Kwasniewski

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 01, 2014
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the bulletin board in front of the board of education offices; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers at Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

This installment of the series brings us to Joanne M. Kwasniewski a member of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club since 2002.  Joanne is our Club Secretary and also served the Club as President in the 2009/10 Rotary Year and is on the scholarship committee.  Joanne also serves the community as the Chair of our 3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution Project.  She is not only known for handing out dictionaries at each of our elementary schools, Joanne can be found at Fair lawn Borough Hall, where she is the Municipal Clerk and Assistant Borough Manager.

Joanne joined Rotary to represent the Borough of Fair Lawn and the give back to the community.  She also enjoys the camaraderie of belong to Rotary.  Joanne’s favorite Rotary activities, besides enjoying the dictionary distributions days, are the pancake breakfast and the beefsteak and tricky tray.  Outside of Rotary, Joanne enjoys readings, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

When it comes to music, Joanne enjoys “Don’t You Want to Stay”, “Rock-n-Roll” and “Jersey Boys” on her IPOD.

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Joanne and fellow Rotarian Alan Dubin at the 2014 Beefsteak & Tricky Tray

 

Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Joanne M. Kwasniewski Todd Malkin 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

Peneno Pedals for Progress Bike Collection

Posted by Todd Malkin on Apr 30, 2014
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On Sunday April 27, 2013 The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s Peneno Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle Collection was held at the Edison school in conjunction with the Pedals for Progress organization (P4P).  Fair Lawn Rotarians collected 27 used and servicable bicycles to assist those in third world countries needing basic transportation to get to and from work and school. We were also lucky enough to have collected two sewing machines; in 1999, P4P sent its first sewing machine and discovered that these machines are in demand in the same places where the donated bicycles have changed so many lives for the better. Plenty of unwanted portable sewing machines exist in people’s homes. And like the bicycles, they’re often headed for a landfill. By collecting these sewing machines, Fair Lawn Rotary and Pedals for Progress can piggyback them onto the bike shipments destined for recipient projects. Once there, seamstresses and tailors alike can acquire their most valuable tool and begin a business. Students can learn to sew—many of these machines will outfit programs in schools, teaching people a valuable skill they can use anywhere.


These bikes and sewing machines are shipped overseas and are given to P4P partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. The bikes provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, or accessing health care and other services.  Steady employment for these adults is vital to the development and success for these growing economies. More information about pedals for progress can be found at the Pedals for Progress website: www.p4p.org.
 

Peneno Pedals for Progress Used Bicycle Collection is one of the many international humanitarians programs undertaken by The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn that have a direct impact in improving the lives of people across the globe.

Learn more about The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and how you can help others around the corner and across the globe at www.clubrunner.ca/fairlawn or visit us at our weekly Thursday lunch meetings, which start at 12:15 pm at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club, next to the library on Parmelee Avenue.


To contact the Club: E-mail: fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com or US Postal Service: PO Box 831, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

 

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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Charlie Wrubel

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 29, 2014
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the bulletin board in front of the board of education offices; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers at Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our sixth installment of this continuing series brings us to Charlie Wrubel a member of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club since 1967 and is currently our Rotary International Foundation Chairman.  Charlie also served the Club as President in the 2003/04 Rotary Year and is on the nominating committee (new members and Club officers).  Charlie has been in the newspaper business for 25 years, currently he is the principal of Wrubel Communications, a newspaper consultant and broker located at 12-32 River Road, Fair Lawn. Charlie joined Rotary for the important community service role it plays in our local and international communities; he also enjoys the camaraderie that comes from being a Rotarian and learning more about the world and other items of interest from other Club members.  His favorite Rotary activities are our weekly lunch meetings, the annual pancake breakfast and our growing 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships.  Outside of Rotary, he enjoys singing in a cabaret, swimming, traveling, reading and gardening.

When it comes to electronics, Charlie is all Apple, preferring Mac and IPhone over PC and Android platforms.  His IPod favorites are The Beatles (I Want to Hold Your Hand), The Beach Boys (California Girl) and The Platters (The Great Pretender).  Charlie can be contacted via e-mail at chasnews@aol.com.

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(l-r - Charlie Wrubel and Dr. Rob Kahn at the Inaugural Fair Lawn Rotary 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships in 2012)

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3rd Annual 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championships

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 28, 2014
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On January 29th 30 of Fair Lawn’s finest spellers took to the bleachers at the Fair Lawn Community Center to vie for title of 4th Grade Spelling Bee Champion.  These 30 4th graders represented each of the six elementary schools in Fair Lawn; Henry B. Milnes, John A. Forrest, Lyncrest, Radburn, Warren Point and Westmoreland.  Due to their hard work and dedication as well as the support of their parents and teachers, each child was well prepared to tackle an extensive list of words to spell in front of an audience filled with their family, friends, teachers and principals.

 

The format for this year’s Championship was changed for the winner has the opportunity to move on the Bergen Passaic Spelling Bee and "up the ladder" to possibly qualify for the Scripps National Championships.  Fair Lawn Rotarians worked with the elementary school teachers and principals as well as the Language Arts Supervisor in bringing the entire program together.  This program of a 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championship is an outgrowth of the Fair Lawn Rotary Third Grade Distribution Project.

 

After 7 rounds, the field was reduced to two excellent spellers working hard and not missing a beat as they moved towards the Championship.  The two finalists were Jaelyn Greer from Radburn Elementary and Sarah Rachel Abraham from Warren Point Elementary. They continued amazing the audience with their spelling ability; belting out the letters for words such as cavalier and juxtapose.  The final wining words were matriculation and smithereens.  In the end, after a tough emotional battle, Sarah Rachel Abraham was crowned Fair Lawn Rotary 4th Grade Spelling Bee Champion for 2014.

 

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(Vicki Padavano prepping the contestants prior to the start of the Spelling Bee - more photos of this event can be found by clicking Photo Albums on our home page)

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Rotary International - A Powerful Force for Global Good

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 16, 2014
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Rotary at a Glance



Rotary

Membership:       1,220,115
Clubs:                      34,558

Rotaract

Membership:       140,990
Clubs:                      6,130

Interact

Membership:       370,208
Clubs:                      16,096

Consider joining these like-minded individuals in giving back to the local and global communities.  Rotarians have banded together to make our world a better place for all through education, health initiatives and compassion.

When one person’s idea is implemented by over 1.2 million individuals, you will see a change for the better!

Learn how your idea to help others can be implemented on an unimaginable scale; join Fair Lawn Rotarians in making a difference around the corner and across the globe. 

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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? - Liz Miazga

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 16, 2014
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the old bulletin board in front of the high school; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our fifth installment of this continuing series brings us to Elizabeth Miazga, better known as Liz to her fellow Rotarians.  Liz has been with the Fair Lawn Rotary Club since 2009 and is currently our Treasurer; she credits her position as the River Drive (Elmwood Park) Branch Manager of Spenser Savings Bank as the reason for joining Rotary – this is also the reason why she is our Treasurer, whom better than a banker?  Liz’s interests in our Club activities revolve around the many projects geared towards the youth in our community – specifically the scholarships the Club provides to graduates of Fair Lawn High School and the opportunity for high school juniors to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards leadership camp held each spring.  This interest ties into her out-of-Club interests; a lot of her off-Rotary time is spent with her children.

Liz claims that she doesn’t have an iPod, but if she did it would be filled with Polish songs, a nod to her Polish heritage.  And since she doesn’t have an iPod, she is not a Mac user. 

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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Bruce Rosenberg

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 07, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the old bulletin board in front of the high school; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our fourth installment of this continuing series brings us to Bruce Rosenberg, a practicing attorney for the past 25 years, currently with Winne Banta Hetherington Basralian & Kahn, PC of Hackensack.  Bruce resides in Fair Lawn with his wife Martha and two sons.  As a father, Bruce’s top Rotary activities are the Annual Spelling Bee and Pedals for Progress.  He also enjoys our weekly lunch meeting where he can catch-up with fellow Club members; which is important as one of the main reasons for his joining Rotary is for the camaraderie experienced by all Rotarians.  Bruce also joined for the opportunity to participate in the many philanthropic activities undertaken by the Club locally, nationally and internationally.  Another reason he enjoys our weekly lunch meetings is the educational information shared by our weekly speakers.  Each week, Fair Lawn Rotarians are treated to speakers of a variety of topics and we all come away with an appreciation of what happens right in our town as well as internationally.

Outside of Rotary, Bruce enjoys travelling and hiking which is a great lead in to his map collecting hobby.  As an attorney, Bruce appears to prefer e-mail over snail mail and is a disciple of Apple - preferring MACs and Iphones.

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(Bruce serving as the Time Keeper at the April 24, 2013 4th Grade Spelling Bee w/Irv Kleinberg)

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Fair Lawn Association for Special Education (FLASE)

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 11, 2013
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Ellen Glassett and Kerri Albonico, co-president s of Fair Lawn Association for Special Education (FLASE) joined members of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club and gave a presentation as to what FLASE is and how it assists those families with children with special needs.  The objective of FLASE is to provide information to parents of our exceptional “children and youth”, ages 3 through 21, who require special education services. Our mission is to serve as a source of support to those families, to advocate when necessary, and to promote public awareness of Special Education issues.

 

There are approximately 1,000 children in Fair Lawn that are classified as needing special education services of various types.  FLASE is a district-wide (Fair Lawn) non-profit Parent-Teacher Organization that provides assistance and support to the Special Education students, parents and programs within each school in the Fair Lawn Public Schools.  FLASE is active in each of the six elementary, the two middle schools and Fair Lawn High School. 

 

Whereas PTOs are typically single school based, FLASE works to assist all special education students throughout the school district.  As one of the many PTO volunteer organization in the Fair Lawn School District, FLASE fundraises to support the various activities they sponsor.    FLASE provides workshops through their speaker series for parents and many programs for students, including a story-teller, yoga, music, and therapy dogs.  FLASE also sponsors activities during the Extended School year program.

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(Ellen Glassett, Irv Klienberg & Kerri Albonico)

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Horary for Helmets Helmet Safety Awareness Campaign

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 04, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and the Fair lawn Police Department recently completed another successful Horary for Helmets helmet safety awareness campaign.   Fair Lawn Rotary and the FLPD teamed up with Yogurt Plus, Rita’s Ice Cream, Carvel, Haagen-Dazs, and Baskin Robbins to promote the safe and effective use of helmets by kids when they were while out and about, riding, skating and boarding.

 

Detective Boone, of the FLPD spoke with members of Fair Lawn Rotary to discuss this on-going project and the success of it over the past several years.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has also presented Certificates of Appreciation to each of the participating ice cream and yogurt shops in Fair Lawn and Glen Rock.

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(Detective Boone and President-Elect Jerry Slavik)

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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? – Glenn Stubaus

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 30, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the old bulletin board in front of the high school; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?

Our third installment of this continuing series brings us to Glenn Stubaus, a local architect based out of Molinari-Stubaus, Architects whose office is at 26-02 Broadway, Fair Lawn.  Glenn has been a practicing architect for the past 40 years; for the past 21 years he has been a Fair Lawn Rotarian.  Glenn says that his partners are the ones responsible for having him join Rotary; actually his quote is, “My partners made me join!”

Glenn has served the Club in many capacities over the years; he is a past President serving as the Club’s leader in 1996/97 and in 2011/12. Glenn is also a long serving member of the Board of Directors and is our current Finemaster and weekly gossip as editor of the weekly Rotaview. Glenn is also our unofficial Club Jester, his favorite 3 Rotary activities are: 1) making people laugh, 2) making people moan; and 3) making people cry – and if you come to our meetings you will see his act in person where he is successful in all three.  All joking aside, Glenn is a treasure to the Club, filing in when and where necessary and more than willing to share his passion of giving back to the community as a Rotarian.

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(Glenn as Master of Ceremonies at the 2013/14 Induction Dinner)

Outside of Rotary, Glenn likes to jog, enjoys railroads and hand splitting firewood.  When asked about his musical interests; he stands by his old LPs, no portable Walkman or iPod for this Rotarian and he is just fine with his “dumb” phone – all he needs to do is send and receive phone calls – no text or data package necessary.

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Rotarians Help Fund Inclusionary Playground

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 30, 2013
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On August 22nd, Fair Lawn Rotarians presented a check in the amount of $577.50 to Marianne Pettineo on behalf of Fair Lawn’s ADA Advisory Committee.  These funds were a portion of the proceeds from Fair Lawn Rotary’s Fuel Your Summer Adventures Mini 50/50 Cash Raffle.  Marianne made a presentation to the Rotary Club outlining where the Committee stands with the construction of the 1st Phase of the Inclusionary Playground to be constructed at Berdan Grove.  Construction of Phase 1 is expected to commence in the spring of 2014.

 

The funds presented are earmarked for the 2nd Phase of playground construction, which is geared towards younger children aged 2 to 5 years old to complement the play-structure for older children envisioned for Phase 1. 

 

The play equipment is designed to allow children with different abilities to play with each other, side-by-side.  This area will also include a smooth surface to allow wheelchairs and carriages/strollers to easily roll to the play structures. 

 

Fair Lawn Rotarians are glad to be part of this endeavor to open up play facilities to all children regardless of their abilities”, stated Irv Kleinberg, current Club President, “Rotary is always seeking ways to improve the lives of those living in our local community”.

 

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   (l-r: Stuart Herrmann Past, President (2012/13), Marianne Pettineo & Irv Kleinberg, Club President)

 

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn will also be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on October 13th at the American Legion Hall from 8:00 AM to 12 noon; a portion of the proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Fair Lawn ADA Advisory Committee.  Tickets are $7/person and now on sale from Fair Lawn Rotarians and ADA Advisory Committee members.

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The Sheriff Comes to Town

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 08, 2013
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Michael Saudino, Bergen County Sheriff visited The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn on August 8th.  Sheriff Saudino gave an overview of the responsibilities of this law enforcement agency; an agency which is established under the New Jersey State Constitution.  The core job functions of the Sheriff’s Department are security of the courts and jail, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the service of process within the County.

 

Sheriff Saudino also discussed how the Sheriff’s Office, the largest law enforcement agency in Bergen County, works with local and county police departments.  Rotarians were given an overview of the work and responsibilities of members of the Office and the Sheriff’s thoughts and vision of the future of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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(Sheriff Michael Saudino and Rotarians Michael Agosta)

 

The Sheriff’s attendance as a guest speaker at our meeting is an example as to how Rotarians seek out to have relevant speakers come to our weekly meetings to inform us of trends, issues and other important information.  These speakers allow Fair Lawn Rotarians to gain a wide perspective on the issues surrounding our local and world communities that may spur a Rotarian into action to find a way to assist those in need around the corner or across the globe.

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Memorial Pool Receives Mobile Aquatic Chair (Fair Lawn)

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 05, 2013
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The Mayor and Council and the Fair Lawn Recreation Department are pleased to announce that through generous donations from the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and the Sunrise Rotary of Fair Lawn, a Mobile Aquatic Chair has been placed into service at Memorial Pool.

 

The Mobile Aquatic Chair or M.A.C. is a wheelchair that can be operated on the handicapped accessible pool ramp and onto the platform and take a person into the water.  The pool ramps go from zero depth entry to 26" of water at the maximum depth at the landing platform.  This Mobile Aquatic Chair allows a person to enter the water and continue down the ramp onto the landing platform and into the pool.

 

A sign has been posted at the Pool’s Administration Office and all pool staff members have been educated to advise the public of the chair’s availability.

 

For additional information, please contact Memorial Pool at 201-794-5370 or the Recreation Department at 201-796-6746.

 

Once again, thank you to the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and the Sunrise Rotary of Fair Lawn for your donation.

Memorial Pool Receives Mobile Aquatic Chair (Fair Lawn) Todd Malkin 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Awards Presented

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 26, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has a motivated and active membership.  As with any organization, some members have gone above and beyond the call, doing what is right, acting live a Rotarians never saying no and helping wherever they can.  Each year Fair Lawn Rotarians recognize one of their own through the awarding of The Walter D. Head Foundation Award and a Paul Harris Fellowship.

 

The Walter D. Head Foundation Award is named after a District Rotarian whom exemplifies the qualities of Rotarians, lending a helping hand whenever and wherever asked to do so.  In recognition of her hard work during the 2012/2013 Rotary Year; The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn awarded the Walter D. Head award to Victoria Padovano.  Vicki joined The Fair Lawn Rotary in early 2012 and immediately jumped into the role of program/speaker coordinator during this past Rotary Year.  She has coordinated each member’s suggestion for a program/speaker and has completed the job in a wonderful manner.  Vicki is an Assistant Branch Manager with a local bank.

 

The Paul Harris Fellowship is an award recognition program named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.  Rotarians and non-Rotarians can be nominated for this award.  For the 2012/2013 Rotary Year, Fair Lawn Rotarians has bestowed this honor to Stuart Herrmann.  As President during this past year, his second time in the chair, he has reinvigorated our Project R.E.A.L. and made all of our programs assisting our youth a strong priority.  His leadership in our dictionary distribution project and the Spelling Bee has been contagious as well as his overall enthusiasm for all things Rotary.  Stu is a financial planner right here in Fair Lawn for the past 34 years.  He became a Rotarian in 1989.

 

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Ending Rotary Year 2012/2013

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 26, 2013
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The last meeting of the 2012/2013 Rotary Year was a busy one for The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn.  President Stu Herrmann presided over a special Rotary Meet & Greet Event open to those that are interested in giving back to the local, national and global community.  Club members Jeff Simon and Michael Agosta coordinated this special event.  A large part of what made this event special was the attendance of our Rotary Scholarship recipients and RYLA attendees.

 

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Rotary Supports Our Youth

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 18, 2013
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During the June 19, 2013 Fair Lawn Rotary Installation Dinner, local Rotarians and guests had the opportunity to meet the incoming officers of the Fair Lawn High School Interact Club and spend time with the Club’s exchange student prior to his departure to his home country.

 

The FLHS Interact Club will continue their support and participation in the Alzheimer’s Walk fundraising event this Fall and is looking forward to once again bringing holiday cheer to the students in Paterson’s School Six.  The Interact Club is very active in the school as well as our local community.  Michael Baer is the liaison between the two Clubs.

 

Mateus L., our exchange student from Birigui, Brazil will soon be leaving his host family and friends from Fair Lawn.  Mateus was originally an exchange student from Amityville, NY, however Super Storm Sandy forced him to leave Long Island.  Fair Lawn Rotarians were happy to welcome him to Fair Lawn as the LaRocco family opened up their home to Mateus.  Mateus has become a large part of the LaRocco family and will be sorely missed; not only by his host family, but by all the friends he has made during his year abroad in Fair Lawn.

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Michael Baer, Mateus L., Nicole D - Interact Pres. 2013/14, Pat LaRocco & Kateryna K. - Interact Secretary 2013/14

 

 

 

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Who Are Fair Lawn Rotarians? - Stephanie Codey

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 22, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948. You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the old bulletin board in front of the high school; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community? Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need? Well, our new feature will introduce Fair Lawn Rotarians each month.

Well, our second installment of this series is Club Secretary Stephanie Codey who hails from New Providence, NJ.  Her State Farm Agency located at 12-45 River Road is what brings her into our fair town each and every day.  Since joining the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn in 2008, after being asked by our man around town Charles Wrubel, she does more than sell insurance and related products in Fair Lawn.  Stephanie found that Rotary was a great way to give back to the local and global community and also found it a great way to meet other business leaders and residents of Fair Lawn.

You will find Stephanie (and her husband) behind the grill during our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. Some of her other favorite FL Rotary activities include our annual Holiday Party for the Opportunity Center and our weekly Thursday meetings at Caputo’s Catering at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club.

Outside of Rotary, Stephanie enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is an Apple convert, using her Mac and iPhone as well as her iPod; which by the way is filled with audio books. Also, don’t send it snail mail; e-mail all of your insurance questions to her for a prompt response!!

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(l-r Pat LaRocco, Glenn Stubaus & Stephanie Codey at the 2012 4th Grade Spelling Bee)

 

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FACTS OF THE MATTER – RECORDED MUSIC

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 22, 2013
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Edouard-Leon Scott De Martinville made the first known musical recording, called a phonautogram, on April 9, 1860.  While trying to capture a visual representation of sound waves, he recorded himself singing the French song “Au Clair de la Lune”.

 

In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.  It used recordings created on tinfoil, which was wrapped around a cylinder.  These recordings lasted only a few plays.  Ten years later, Emile Berliner patented a recording device that used discs instead of cylinders.  These first records were made of glass, then zinc, then rubber, and eventually shellac.  Berliner called the device a gramophone.  The discs he created were the first sound recordings that could be mass produced.

 

Around The Turn of the 20th century, Berliner persuaded several musical artists, including Enrico Caruso and Dame Nellie Melba, to record on his machine.  He also worked with Eldridge Johnson, who in 1901 founded Victor Talking Machine Company (later acquired by RCA).  Johnson chose a trademark depicting a Jack Russell terrier named Nipper listening to a phonograph.  It became one of the most recognized logos in the world, and is still in use today.

 

 

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Who are the Fair Lawn Rotarians?

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 14, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been active in our Fair Lawn community since 1948.  You’ve seen our signs announcing the time, date and location of our weekly meetings; you’ve seen the Rotary logo all over town – the new clock in front of the library, the old bulletin board in front of the high school; on the “adopt a park” sign at Beaver Dam Park; and inlaid in pavers are Memorial Park as well as other places locally, regionally and internationally.

 

So who are these men and women that volunteer their time to serve those in our community?  Who are these people that travel around the world to fight polio and drive across town to help their neighbors in need?  Well, our new feature will introduce Fair Lawn Rotarians each month.

 

Our first member to be “Spotlighted” is Stu Herrmann, our current Club President.  This is Stu’s second time in the command chair; he served as Club President in the 2000/2001 Rotary Year.  During his first stint as Club President, Stu initiated Project R.E.A.L. (Rotary Encourages Academic Learning), a project to provide those Fair Lawn elementary students in need with the tools to maintain their education.

 

Stu lives and works here in Fair Lawn as a Financial Planner; his office is located at 32-16 Broadway.  Stu has been in his field of work for 34 years and has been a Rotarian since 1989.  Stu’s 3 Reasons for joining Rotary: 1) To give back to the town I grew up in; 2) Was asked; 3) To help others and teach my daughter about giving back.  Stu’s Favorite Rotary Activities: 1) Annual Beefsteak & Tricky Tray; 2) Project REAL; 3) Memorial Day Parade; 4) Pancake Breakfast; and 5) Pedals for Progress.

 

Rotary is a big part of each member’s life, but we do have lives outside of Rotary; Stu’s Interests Outside of Rotary are: Family Genealogy; Poker; and Relaxing Down the Shore. Stu’s IPOD apparently has music from the 50s, 60s and 70s and he prefers a PC to Mac as well as e-mail to snail mail.  What we in the Club found interesting is that he hasn’t caved into the Apple IPhone crowd or even the Android party, his smart phone is still a trusty Palm based phone.

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Stu marching in the 2011 Memorial Day Parade in front of the Rotary Clock on Fair Lawn Ave.

Who are the Fair Lawn Rotarians? Todd Malkin 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0

FACTS OF THE MATTER – NATURAL GAS

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 14, 2013

Natural Gas is a Blend of hydrocarbon gases, primarily methane.  Like oil and coal, it is a fossil fuel that can be refined to produce energy.  Scientists believe fossil fuels are formed when the remains of plants, animals, and microorganisms are compressed under high pressure beneath the earth’s surface for a long period.  Unlike oil and coal, natural gas is considered clean burning; it produces lower levels of potentially harmful emissions.

 

Oil is Created at lower temperatures than natural gas.  Natural gas tends to be more abundant than oil as you go deeper into the earth.  In the 1820s, scientists knew that large deposits of natural gas were embedded in shale, and commercial drilling was first attempted, with limited success.

 

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Rotary is more than a Weekly Meeting

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 12, 2013
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Fair Lawn Rotarians recently got together at Rob Kahn’s house for the 1st social of the New Year.  Members had a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company with their spouses.  The theme was an ethnic covered dish, so there was a delicious range of food from German brats to frank and beans and various seafood and other salads as well as wonderful potato latkes.

 

Being a Rotarian isn’t all work, there are many times when we get together and enjoy strengthening the friendships forged as we work together for the betterment of our local and global community.

 

To find out how you can be part of the world’s oldest service organization, have some serious fun and join with the 24 Fair Lawn Rotarians as well as over 1.2 million other like-minded individuals that believe in the commitment of “Service Above Self” speak with a Fair Lawn Rotarian or join us at one of our weekly meetings. The local Club level is where it all starts.

Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:15 for lunch and a speaker/program at Caputo's Catering, Fair Lawn Athletic Club, across from the municipal building on Parmelee Avenue.

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Prost!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 13, 2012
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Just in time for Oktoberfest, members of the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn had a presentation of the history of beer and a home brewing.  David Colin, a local Rotarian and avid home brewer came to the Club to give Fair Lawn Rotarians a taste of beer’s history.  David traced beer to even before medieval times, however modern brewing is mostly associated with Bavarian brewers of 1841. 

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(Brew Master Daivd Colin and Glenn Stubaus)

The genesis of Munich’s Oktoberfest from an informal horse racing affair to its current international brew fest was also discussed.  Oktoberfest started out as a decidedly informal affair, probably sometime in the fifteenth century.  The brew was the Bavarian’s summer beer and the fest was the Bavarians’ excuse to polish off any leftover summer beer in the fall. Over the course of time, this event has grown; its greatest transformation can be traced back to October 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hilburghausen.  To allow commoners to partake in the ceremonies, the noble couple decided to organize a grand wedding party for its subjects on some grazing land outside of Munich city gates.  Some 40,000 happy Bavarians showed up for fun and the rest of history with 1.75 million gallons of beer freely flowing and oompah-bands playing in the background as 400,000 sausages are devoured.

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Think Pink!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 13, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn recently heard a presentation by Mr. Michael Weaver, Principal of Forrest School, of the 5th Annual Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge which is scheduled for Saturday January 5, 2013 at Fair Lawn High School.  This is the Challenge’s 2nd year at FLHS.  The Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge was developed in 2006 to raise breast cancer awareness among female high school athletes (and their fans) throughout North Jersey.  This event was recognized in April 2011 for its “exceptional contribution to the community” with the NJ Governor’s Jefferson Award for Health & Wellness.

 

This event will feature girls’ varsity teams from ten North Jersey high schools playing five games throughout the day.  The day isn’t only about basketball; the 300 participating student-athletes will learn more about this disease.  The key speaker at this event will be Kim Tanis, a breast cancer survivor and Head Coach of the Indian Hills Regional High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team. Coach Tanis will be in attendance for a fourth consecutive year to speak with each team during the post-game receptions about her diagnosis and battle against the disease to date.  By sharing her story of survival with participants, it becomes more than five games for a cause, it becomes an educational event.

 

Coach Tanis’ words will be augmented by a gift bag at the end of the event that includes a “Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge” t-shirt and a variety of breast cancer awareness/educational items courtesy of Leigh Hurst, a breast cancer survivor and the founder of “The Feel Your Boobies Foundation”.

 

More information about this special educational event can be found by contacting the event coordinator Michael Weaver at mweaver@fairlawnschools.org or at prhsbreastcancerchallenge@live.com.

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(Vicky Padovano & Michael Weaver)

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Fair Lawn Rotarians Share the Holiday Spirit

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 13, 2012
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Each year for the past 30 years, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has shared the holiday spirit with the clients of The Opportunity Center located in Fair Lawn.  Close to 30 of the Center’s clients joined Fair Lawn Rotarians for lunch and live holiday accordion music by Irv Weinberg at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club on December 13th.  The highlight of the luncheon was a visit by Santa Claus.

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The Opportunity Center, located on Fair Lawn Avenue, is a day program for physically and developmentally challenged adults.  This private, non-profit center is open all year with the goal of providing a life-enriching day program for 25 to 35 clients with a broad range of disabilities including autism, mental disabilities, Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy.  The Executive Director of the Opportunity Center is Nadine Kaiser.  Information about The Opportunity canter can be found at www.theopportunitycenter.org.

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(Clients of The Opportunity Center with Club President Stu Herrmann and The Opportunity Center Executive Director Nadine Kaiser)

 

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Rotary District 7490 Coordinating Relief Efforts throughout the Tri-State Area

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 22, 2012
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Rotary District 7490 has been appointed the lead coordinator of relief efforts to assist those impacted by Hurricane Sandy throughout the tri-state area.  The District has been working with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters) to coordinate efforts among many organizations in Bergen County and working with local Rotary Clubs in the disaster areas. This area includes Long Island, Ney York City Boroughs, Westchester County and all of New Jersey.  Updates on Rotary’s Relief Efforts can be found at: http://nynjrotary.org/

This website will provide you with the latest updates and provide information as to how you can help our immediate neighbors recover from this widespread disaster.  Recovery will take months, but there still is an immediate need for:

  • Baby Food, formula and diapers
  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries
  • Generators for some areas
  • New clothes
  • New beds, cots, linens and pillows
  • Cleaning supplies*
  • Batteries, flashlights
  • Non-fabric furniture (no sofas or upholstered chairs
  • Gift cards to Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target universal gift cards
  • NO USED CLOTHING OF ANY TYPE

You can also make a secure cash donation to the relief efforts at this website.

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Fair Lawn Rotarians Welcome Exchange Student

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 22, 2012
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Fair Lawn Rotarians once again open their arms to promote peace and understanding throughout the world by once again hosting a foreign exchange student.  Rotarians recently welcomed Mateus L., an exchange student from Birigui Brazil.  Mateus will be joining the senior class at Fair Lawn High School to learn about American culture and customs.

 

Mateus originally commenced his Student Exchange in Amityville, Long Island, NY; however due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy Mateus’ year abroad would have come to a halt and he would have had to return to Brazil.  Through Rotary District-wide efforts, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was able to coordinate bringing Mateus here to Fair Lawn to complete his studies.   

 

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Stu Herrmann, President 2012-2013, receives Rotary Club of Birigui Cidade Perola's banner from Mateus

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Fair Lawn Rotary Welcomes New Member

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 14, 2012
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On November 15, 2012 The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn inducted its newest member, Michael Agosta.  Michael and his wife of 17 years, resides on Elliott Terrace here in Fair Lawn.  Michael is retired from the US Army; he has also served as a US Air Marshall.  Michael has a Masters is Applied Science in Emergency Management.  Mike is also active in the American Legion, Catholic Was Veterans, Fair Lawn Athletic Club and the Cosmos Club.

 

The induction ceremony was conducted by The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s Assistant District 7490 Governor, Andrew Garlick.  Michael’s Rotary pin was presented by Fair Lawn Rotarian and fellow Cosmo member Joseph Daloisio.  Members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn are looking forward to working with Michael as Rotarians around the world work together to make our communities, nations and the world as a whole a better place to live.

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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was organized on August 2, 1948. This Rotary Club, like all of the 36,000+ Clubs organized in 200 Countries around the world, was established to provide services, initiate projects, donate goods, offer material and generally to lend a hand to people in need. Since the inauguration of our Rotary in Fair Lawn in 1948, literally hundreds of projects have been completed to benefit the Fair Lawn Community.

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District 7490 Governor Bonnie Recognizes Members

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 17, 2012
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On September 13th Rotary District 7490 Governor for 2012/13 Bonnie Sirower visited The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn to acknowledge the long service of Rotarians in this Club as well as others throughout District 7490.  The Governor created The Jubilee Club to honor Rotarians for their years of service to Rotary.  Certificates are presented to members that have reached 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60+ years in Rotary. 

 

Several members of the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn have received their Jubilee Club Certificates. 

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L->R: J. Simon, T. McGinnis, Gov. Bonnie, R. Kahn & J. Daloisio

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Dr. Alvin Seligson & Gov. Bonnie

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District 7490 Governor Bonnie Visits Club

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 17, 2012
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On September 13th Rotary District 7490 Governor for 2012/13 Bonnie Sirower visited our Club to detail her plans for her term as District Governor.  As we went through her ideas and Fair Lawn Rotary Club’s action plan, she shared the story about a young man who was picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.   When asked what he was doing, the young man replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”  To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out.

 If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”  Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”Governor Bonnie related how that story is Rotary in action, how all that we do as Rotarians do make a difference to those we serve locally and globally.

Governor Bonnie’s visit to our Club was a great way to fire up the membership for the on-going Rotary year.  Fair Lawn Rotarians are looking forward to working with each other and Rotarians around the world to do good deeds and lend a hand to those in need.Image

 Photo: l-r: Assistant Governor Andrew Garlick, Governor Bonnie, Fair Lawn Club President Stu Herrmann

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FACTS OF THE MATTER – LANGUAGES

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 23, 2012
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In 7 out of 19 countries researched by the Center of Applied Linguistics, children begin learning a foreign language by age eight.  Some European nations are considering a requirement to study four languages in school.

The United States does not require elementary or secondary school students to learn a foreign language.  Foreign-language study is required for high school graduation in about 10 states.  In 2008, 57 people earned a bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature from U.S. colleges.

Bilingual People are better than monolingual people at ignoring distractions, and a new study has fond that the more proficient someone is in a second language, the later the average onset of dementia.  A University of Chicago study found that those who make decisions while processing information in a second language are less likely to be affected by emotion-based cognitive basis.

A Yale University economics professor theorizes that speakers of languages with no explicit future tense, including German and Mandarin, are healthier and save more money than other people.

French and English have had equal status in Canada since 1867.  Papua New Guinea is the world’s most linguistically diverse country, with over 800 native languages.  North Korea is the least, with one.  Residents of Cook County, Ill., USA, home of Rotary International headquarters, speak 109 languages.  Illinois ranks first in the United States in the percentage of Lithuanian, Polish and Serbian speakers.

When Columbus arrived in the New World, people in the Americas spoke as many as 1,000 languages, with nine major language groups in North America alone.  A common system of sign language was widely used among Native Americans of the Great Plains, who spoke hundreds of distinct languages.

Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, USA, maintains online “talking dictionaries: for several endangered language, including Chamacoco (Paraguay), Ho (India), Siletz (Oregon, USA), and Tuvan (Siberia, Russia).One of the world’s 7,000 languages does out every two weeks, on average.

Microsoft is translating its operating system and software into endangered languages including Basque, Inuktitut, and Welsh.  Ninety percent of people in Paraguay can speak the country’s indigenous language, Guarani.

The United Nations has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russiand, and Spanish.  Rotary International has one official language, English, and provides materials in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean.

 

Jenny LLakmani

the Rotarian, Rotary’s Magazine

September 2012

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You do Have the Time!!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 21, 2012
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You are interested in Joining The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn, now what??

 

Taking the step to become a Rotarian is a commitment to lend a hand to those in need around the corner and across the globe.  Current Rotarians are looking forward to sharing Rotary ideals with you and to listen to your ideas on how we, as Rotarians, can help those in our community and further Rotary’s goals locally, nationally and globally.

 

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn meets weekly, each Thursday for lunch, a program and camaraderie.  We hope to have you present at each meeting, but as business professionals it is understood that you may not be able to make each and every meeting due to work and/or family commitments.  Don’t let the inability to make each and every meeting deter you from joining Rotary as a way to give back to the community.  We are seeking members that will bring energy, vitality and leadership to our Club.  Just because you can’t be at a meeting doesn’t mean that you are not participating as a Rotarian.  You can “make-up” Club meetings anywhere in the world.  We had a member that had perfect attendance for 60 years by making up meetings wherever he was travelling in the world – a different city, another country, even on a cruise ship!  Members have made up meetings in Montreal, Canada, St. Louis, MO and Wurzburg, Germany to name a few locales. 

 

Meetings are only a part of being a Rotarian, we look for people that will be active as the Club holds many events throughout the year and we feel that it is important that you attend these events and lend your ideas and enthusiasm to them – whether they are fundraisers, community projects, club board meetings, social gatherings or other events the Club participates.  Attending these events count as “meeting make-ups”.

 

Being a part of Rotary is a commitment, but one that is well worth it as we work together to improve the global community, starting right here at home!

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Dedicationn of Rotary Grove at Memorial Park, Fair Lawn - September 2007

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What is Rotary?

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 21, 2012
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What is Rotary?  Who are the members?  How does it work?  When and Where does your Club meet?  These are some of the questions that I and other Rotarians in the Fair Lawn Club, as well as in local clubs around the world, are asked on a regular basis. 

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization.  Currently there are 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotarians form a global network of business, professional and community leaders that volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.  Rotary was founded in 1905 by a Chicago attorney named Paul Harris.  Mr. Harris organized the first Rotary meeting in February of that year, leading to the formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago.  The idea of service to the local community spread and Rotary Clubs started being formed throughout the United States; in 1910-11 the Rotary Clubs grew together and elected Paul Harris president of the National Association of Rotary Clubs.  The National Association of Rotary Clubs grew; clubs were formed in Canada, Great Britain and Ireland between 1911 and 1913.  The organization changed its name to the International Association of Rotary Clubs.  In 1915-16, the first non-English speaking Rotary Club was formed in Cuba.

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The Founders of Rotary - (l-r) Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey & Paul P. Harris
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn answers the needs of the Fair Lawn Food Pantry

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 15, 2012
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On August 15th , members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn donated food and sundry items to the Fair Lawn Food Pantry located at Fair Lawn’s Borough Hall. Fair Lawn Rotarians reached out to the staff of the Fair Lawn Human Services Department to determine what food and other items were necessary to assist local families in need.  Items such as canned fruits, meats and vegetables as well a personal hygiene products, cereals, soups and pasta meals were dropped off to “Lend a Helping Hand to Those in Need” in our local community.

The Fair Lawn Human Services Department assists borough residents who need help getting through hard times. Funded entirely by private donations, Fair Lawn’s food pantry and Human Services Trust Account is utilized on a regular basis by many Fair Lawn families who receive food, grocery store gift cards, and assistance paying for past due utilities when necessary.

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Fair Lawn Rotary President Stu Herrmann and Liz Twiggs of the Fair Lawn Food Pantry

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Healing the Children

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 05, 2012
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Pamela DePompo, Executive Director of Healing the Children New Jersey recently visited The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn to speak about the important and necessary services Healing the Children provides to children in need Healing the Children® New Jersey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides donated medical care to children in need throughout New Jersey and internationally. HTCNJ envisions a world where every child has access to medical care.  Healing the Children® New Jersey was founded in 1981 and is based in Hawthorne, NJ.  Healing the Children® is a national organization founded in Spokane, Washington in 1979 to provide donated medical care to needy children. Today, there are 13 chapters across the country.

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The End of Polio

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 01, 2012
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Members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn were recently updated on the global campaign to eradicate polio.  Judith Rowland, a current Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, made a presentation to the Club reviewing the history of polio and the fight against it, what Rotary has accomplished during this decades long initiative along with its partners, and showed what Rotarians and others can do to maintain the progress made and create that final push to eliminate the remaining 1% of the world’s polio infections.
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Fact of the Matter - ROTARY in JAPAN

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jul 13, 2012
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The History of Rotary in Japan begins with Umekichi Yoneyama and Kisaji Fukushima.  Yoneyama was president of the Mitsui Trust Company and visited the United States as a member of a Japanese financial delegation in 1918.  During the trip, he was introduced to Fukushima, director of the Dallas branch of the Mitsui Trading Company and a member of the Rotary Club of Dallas.  In 1920, Fukushima returned to Japan, and the two men established the Rotary Club of Tokyo, which was charted the next year.

In 1922, Fukushima moved to Osaka.  That year, business leaders in the city formed Japan’s second club.  Yoneyama was appointed Rotary International special commissioner in 1924 and organized the third and fourth clubs, in Kobe and Nagoya.

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Inaugural The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championship

Posted by Todd Malkin on Apr 22, 2012
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4th Graders throughout Fair Lawn Elementary Schools recently participated in a series of spelling bees in their schools in order to compete in the inaugural The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championship.  The program was held on April 18th at the Fair Lawn Community Center.  Each fourth grade class sent two representatives to participate in this first ever event; 34 children were vying for the title of Fair Lawn Rotary 4th Grade Spelling Champion. 

 Each of the 34 students worked hard to get to this event and they worked even harder at the Championship round as they competed for a chance to be named The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s 4th Grade Spelling Bee Champion and take home a color Nook e-reader donated by Columbia Bank.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn created this event as a natural offshoot of its 3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution program.

Inaugural The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s 4th Grade Spelling Bee Championship Todd Malkin 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

How to Celebrate an Anniversary!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 26, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn celebrated the 107th Anniversary of Rotary International in one of the best ways possible.  Fair Lawn Rotary Members inducted two new Rotarians and accepted the transfer of a Rotarian from another Rotary Club.  On February 23, 2012, Victoria Padovano and Jerry Slavik became Rotarians, sharing their compassion and drive to make the world community a better place through service to those around the corner and across the globe.

Vicki is the Assistant Branch Manager of the Saddle River Road (Fair Lawn) Branch of Columbia Bank. She has been with Columbia for 13 years starting as a part-time teller and eventually moving into her current position.  Vicki resides in Elmwood Park with her family. Vicki was also a member of the Saddle Brook High School Interact Club.

Jerry is an Assistant Vice President Store Manager of the River Road (Fair Lawn) location of TD Bank. Jerry makes the daily ride down to Fair Lawn from Pompton Plains where he resides.  Prior to joining TD Bank he was a branch manager with Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank and has a professional background in mortgage lending.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn also accepted the transfer of membership of Geoffrey Garlick. Geoff was a Rotarian in the Allendale (NJ) Club. Geoff transferred to the Fair Lawn Club due to scheduling conflicts; this transfer with allow him to be able to make more meetings and become even more active on the Club level. Geoff is an IT Specialist as well as a student at Bergen Community College.

The 107th Anniversary of the founding of what is now Rotary International is an even more special day to the members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn.  Please welcome our new members and consider discovering Rotary as your vehicle to give back to those around the corner and across the globe.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was Chartered in 1948 as part of Rotary International, a global humanitarian organization comprised of 1.2 million people in over 34 thousand Clubs around the world.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn meets Thursdays, 12:15 PM at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club, Parmelee Ave., Fair Lawn.  For more information contact Todd N. Malkin, Public Relations at fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com or visit the Club on the web at www.clubrunner.ca/fairlawnRotary International can be found on the web at www.rotary.org

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Facts of the Matter – Fair Trade

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 25, 2012
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THE FAIR TRADE MOVEMNET traces its origins to 1946, when Edna Ruth Byler, a woman from Pennsylvania, USA, took action after witnessing poverty in Puerto Rico.  She brought back handicrafts made by Puerto Rican artisans and began selling them from the trunk of her car.  By 2000, Byler’s efforts had evolved into a nonprofit called Ten Thousand Villages.  It has since grown into one of the world’s largest fair trade organization, supporting artisans in 38 countries with a network of nearly 400 U.S. retail outlets.

 

IN THE 1950s, the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (Oxfam) began to sell crafts produced by Chinese refugees, marking the start of fair trade in Europe.   In the 1960s, the organization Fair Trade Original was founded in the Netherlands; it later imported the first “fairly traded” coffee from farm cooperatives in Guatemala.  A formal worldwide movement began in 1989 with the establishment of the International Fair Trade Association, which eventually became the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

Facts of the Matter – Fair Trade Todd Malkin 2012-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Rotary’s 107th Anniversary

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 22, 2012
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Members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn  took February 23, 2012 as a day to set aside regular club business and introduce Rotary to specially invited guests.  Several guests were invited to join Fair Lawn Rotarians for lunch in order to meet the members and learn more about how Rotarians provide “Service Above Self” locally, nationally and globally. 

Club members spoke about how Rotary offers them an avenue to provide service to our neighbors around the corner and improve the lives of those across the globe.  Guests were introduced to the “Object of Rotary” and the “4 Way Test”; the guiding principles that bring all Rotarians together as we work to improve the world community.  These VIPs were also given a flavor of the many local projects that have been undertaken by Fair Lawn Rotarians since the club’s founding and how Rotarians continue to volunteer their time to help those that live in our community.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was Chartered in August of 1948 to provide “Service Above Self” locally and globally.  The Fair Lawn Club is part of Rotary International a global humanitarian service organization founded in 1905 consisting of over 1.2 million individuals in 34,164 Clubs throughout the world.  We ask that you consider discovering Rotary as your vehicle to give back to those around the corner and across the globe.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn meets Thursdays, 12:15 PM at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club, Parmelee Ave., Fair Lawn.  For more information contact Todd N. Malkin, Public Relations at fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com or visit the Club on the web at www.clubrunner.ca/fairlawn. Rotary International can be found on the web at www.rotary.org

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Facts of the Matter – Rotary Peace Centers

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 08, 2012
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IN 1996, A COMMITTEE of Rotary Foundation Trustees considered opening an educational center, institute, or university dedicated to Paul Harris on the 50th anniversary of his death.  The committee ultimately recommended the creation of Paul Harris Centers for International Studies at universities worldwide, where fellows would obtain graduate degrees in international relations, conflict resolutions, and peace studies.

 

THE TRUSTEES APPROVED the plan for the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution in 1999, and the first Rotary Peace Fellows began pursuing master’s degrees in 2002. As of 30 June 2011, over US$35 million in fellowships had been awarded to more than 590 fellows from over 90 countries.


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Update in the Fight Against Polio

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 11, 2012
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Analysis: India's polio victory fuels endgame vaccine talks 

LONDON | Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:06am EST 

(Reuters) - When the clocks strike midnight in New Delhi on January 12, India will mark the first year in history it has recorded no new cases of polio.

It's a huge milestone for a country many experts thought would be the last place on earth to get rid of the crippling virus. And it's an exciting step forward for global health workers battling to make polio only the second human infectious disease after smallpox to be eradicated.

"If all the data comes in clear over the next few weeks, then India, for the first time, will show up as an unshaded area on WHO polio maps," said Sona Bari of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

"This is a great start to the year for India."

But while India celebrates, global health authorities are debating how to reduce the risk that vaccines containing live viruses may reintroduce the disease to places only just becoming polio-free.

It's a tricky judgment of timing, risk and cost, but the fact it's being discussed is a sign of how far the polio fight has come.

Update in the Fight Against Polio Todd Malkin 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Facts of the Matter - Mobile technology

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 11, 2012

THE NUMBER OF Internet users in developing countries ballooned between 2005 and 2010, from 408 million people to 1.2 billion, outpacing the growth in developed nations, which went from 606 million users to 850 million.  Nonetheless, there is a widespread perception that Internet use in developing regions still lags far behind that of developed countries.

 

ACCESS TO MOBILE PHONES and mobile broadband also has increased significantly in developing countries.  In 2005, about 1 in 4 people in these nations had a mobile cellular subscription; as of 2010, the number was 7 out of 10.  In 2007, there were 0.8 mobile broadband subscribers per 100 people; by 2010, the figure had soared to 5.3 per 100.

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Facts of the Matter – Fellowship

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 18, 2011
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The First Rotary Fellowship started informally in 1928, when a group of Rotarians got together to champion Esperanto, the language created by Ludwig Zamenhof.

 

In 1947, Rotarians interested in boating began flying the Rotary flag from their vessels, and took to calling themselves the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians.  That group is now the longest continuously operating Rotary Fellowship.

 

Although FELLOWSHIPS conduct their activities independently from Rotary International, they must follow certain procedures to be officially recognized by the RI Board of Directors.  Each fellowship has its own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.  But membership in all of them is limited to Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors and members must come from at least three countries.

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FLHS Interact Club Activities

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 18, 2011
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As proud sponsor of Interact in Fair Lawn, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is happy to share the following message from Mark Schaefer, President (2011-2012) of The Fair Lawn High School Interact Club:

 

Current philanthropic activities are as follows:

 

        I.            Teddy Bear Drive:            For $5, you can purchase a teddy bear to dress up and bring back to Interact.  The Teddy Bears will then be donated to a hospital during the holidays to sick children. 

 

      II.            Alzheimer's Walk-a-Thon:          We are raising money to donate to the Alzheimer's foundation.  Each member is raising their own money along with bake sales that we are holding as a club and canning at ShopRite Oct 14-16.  We will participate in the walk-a-thon at Van Suan Park, Paramus, on Sunday, Oct. 23. Use this link to help support our Interact Club as they raise funds for this worthy cause: http://2011walktoendalz.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=456670&lis=1&kntae456670=C2464111BC864019B56F4579B522872C&supId=0&team=4852763&cj=Y

 

    III.            Holiday Toy Drive:          This program delivers toys to children at Paterson’s School 6.  We will be starting our toy-raising in November.

 

FLHS Interact Club Activities Todd Malkin 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership Benefits – Camaraderie

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 13, 2011
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The local club is the hallmark of Rotary INTERNATIONAL; this is where the many international projects Rotarians around the world participate in sprang. The local club is a close group of like-minded individuals working together to make our local and global community a better place.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is one of over 34 thousand local clubs worldwide and is one of two clubs here in Fair Lawn.  For over 60 years many Fair Lawn business, professional and community leaders have come together to help in our backyard. 

Rotary Membership Benefits – Camaraderie Todd Malkin 2011-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn High School Interact Club Gears up for 2011-2012

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 06, 2011
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The FLHS Interact Club is up and running and looking forward to another successful year of service to the local and global communities.  Rotarians Dr. Pat LaRocco and Todd N. Malkin visited with the Club at their October 7th meeting.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn, as FLHS Interact Club’s Rotary sponsor, once again affirmed its commitment to work with these future leaders as they strive to serve the greater good.

 

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:

 

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Fair Lawn High School Interact Club Gears up for 2011-2012 Todd Malkin 2011-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Club Meetings are Learning Experiences

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 13, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn recently had two interesting speakers at our meetings.  Ellen Elias, Director of The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources enlightened Club Members about services available needing treatment for addictions in the youth in our community.  The Center is located in Hackensack and is a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services.  Director Elias had a unique interactive presentation for members to take part of while learning more about this important subject and ways to keep kids healthy and safe.  For more information on The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, contact them at either 201-488-8680 or on the web at www.tcadr.org.

 

Our other recent speaker was Michael R. Dressler, Esq., Bergen County Surrogate, Mr. Dressler is Judge of the Surrogate’s Court of Bergen County.  Judge Dressler explained the many duties of the Surrogate’s Court, including the probating of Wills, appointing of estate administrators, supervising the appointment of guardians and administering adoptions.  The duties of this important office are more involved than one would think and Mr. Dressler provided excellent information about his office to members of the club.  He also gave information on the importance of the proper preparation of a Will and case-studies of incidents of what happens when a Will is not prepared.  The Surrogate’s Court is located at the Bergen County Justice Center, Room 211, 10 Main St., Hackensack, NJ 07601 and can be reached at 201-646-2252 or at www.co.bergen.nj.us/surrogate/Index.htm.  

 

Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:15 for lunch and a speaker/program at Caputo's Catering, Fair Lawn Athletic Club, across from the municipal building on Parmelee Avenue. More information contact Todd N. Malkin, Public Relations fairlawnrotarians@gmail.com and visit us on the web at www.clubrunner.ca/fairlawn. Rotary International can be found on the web at www.rotary.org 

Club Meetings are Learning Experiences Todd Malkin 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership Benefits – Service Above Self, Embracing Humanity

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 13, 2011
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Becoming a member of Rotary International is becoming a part of something larger than an individual.  When you become a Rotarian, you join with over 1.2 million like-minded individuals around the world seeking to improve the lives of their neighbors around the corner and strangers across the globe.  Rotary allows you to do more locally and globally to benefit the greater good; Rotarians are ambassadors of world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Rotary Membership Benefits – Service Above Self, Embracing Humanity Todd Malkin 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Student Welcomed!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 13, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn welcomes Jessica F., a Rotary Youth Exchange Program Student from Switzerland.  Jessica’s exchange visit is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Zurich-Dietikon, Switzerland and Fair Lawn, USA through Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program.  Jessica will be staying in America for the entire school year, attending Fair Lawn High School as a member of the Class of 2012.  Jessica will be living with three Fair Lawn families during her time here in order to fully experience life in America as an “AmericanTeenager”. 

 

Youth Exchange Student Welcomed! Todd Malkin 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Membership in the The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 12, 2011
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After choosing a volunteer organization to join as a way to give back to one’s community, one of the things to be considered is the cost of membership.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn structures its dues so that all club operations are borne by the individual Rotarians; this ensures that all of our fundraising dollars are utilized to “Lend a Helping Hand” to those individuals in our community and across the globe that require assistance in some way.  
Membership in the The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn Todd Malkin 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

Facts of the Matter – Whooping Cough

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 04, 2011
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Pertussis, A Highly Contagious respiratory tract infection, gets its common name from the high-pitched intake of breath, or “whooping” sound, that follows a severe, hacking cough.  The Chinese call it the 100-day cough because it can last up to three months.  Whooping cough is caused by a bacterium found in droplets that are released into the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

 

Whooping Cough was a leading cause of childhood illness and death in the United Stated during the first half of the 20th century.  BY the 1940s, widespread use of a vaccine developed by Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering resulted in a sharp decline in U.S. whooping cough cases, which reached an all-time low during the mid-1970s.

 

The World Health Organization estimate that in 2008, vaccinations against whooping cough saved roughly 700,00 children worldwide, but is also estimated that about 195,000 died from the disease.

Facts of the Matter – Whooping Cough Todd Malkin 2011-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

2011-2012 Club Executives and Board Members Named

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jul 13, 2011
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For the 2011-2012 Rotary year which commenced on July 1, 2011 the following Rotarians were named to leadership roles within The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn:

 

President:                     Glenn Stubaus

President-Elect:            Stu Herrmann

Secretary:                     Stephanie Codey

Treasurer:                     Liz Miazga

Sgt. At Arms:               Jeffrey Simon

Past President:              Todd N. Malkin

Director:                       Robert Kahn

Director:                       Pat C. LaRocco

Director:                       Marty Etler

Director:                       Joanne Kwasniewski

 

Charlie Wrubel will remain as Rotary Foundation Chair for the Club and Public Relations, Membership and Webmaster duties will continued to be undertaken by Todd N. Malkin.  Other members will be appointed to various Club Committee Chairs to continue The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn’s over 60 year tradition of “Service Above Self” to those living in Fair Lawn and around the world.

 

2011-2012 Club Executives and Board Members Named Todd Malkin 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

An End is a Beginning

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jul 11, 2011
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It is the end of the 2010/2011 Rotary Year, the end of my stint as President of The Rotary Club of fair lawn.  It was a great experience, something that is hard to describe, but it is something that is felt in your gut.  Being a Rotarian is a wonderful experience, you get to see the world in a different way, not as a banker, not as a member of the local planning board, not as a trustee of a corporation, but as an individual that is part of something larger than himself.  What is done on the local level is something that is multiplied thousands of times over and is given the opportunity to make a greater impact than if it was done on its own by one person.  As a Rotarian, I found that one person can and does make a big difference in the community around the corner and across the globe.

An End is a Beginning Todd Malkin 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Students

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jul 11, 2011
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On June 30th, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn hosted some of the Fair Lawn High School Seniors that received scholarships to continue their educational goals after graduation.  Also in attendance was one of the junior year students that participated in the 2011 RYLA program.  Each student gave a brief introduction of them self and described their aspirations for life after Fair Lawn High School.  Each scholarship winner had an interesting story as to how and why they choose their school and field of study.  These students will be continuing their education in a variety of locations around the country and will be undertaking thought-provoking and exciting course work this Fall in a very diverse range of subjects.

 

Our RYLA attendee described how this program enhanced her leadership skills through the many challenges presented to the entire RYLA group.  There was discussion as to how these challenges have prepared her to take leadership roles in the activities she participates in and how it has prepared her for her senior year of high school and beyond.

 

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn awarded $6,000 in scholarships to 4 FLHS students continuing their education.  Fair Lawn Rotarians are proud to be one of the largest scholarship providers to our students.  Each of the four FLHS Juniors selected to attend the Annual RYLA Program were fully sponsored by The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn as well.  Both of these programs, scholarships and RYLA, are an important aspect of how Rotary serves the youth of our community.  Each of these programs assists our youth as they grow to take leadership roles in our community. 

Rotary Welcomes Students Todd Malkin 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Happy New Rotary Year

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 30, 2011
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Rotarians around the world are celebrating the start of the new Rotary Year; throughout the world President-elects are starting their presidency that will run from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.  Globally, the President of Rotary International is Kalyan Banerjee whose Rotary Theme is “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”.  President Banerjee has asked all of us to search within ourselves to understand that all of us, everywhere, have the same dreams, the same hopes, the same aspirations, and similar dilemmas.  It is President Banerjee’s belief that when we understand, and truly feel, that others’ needs are the same as our own, we begin to understand how important our work is as Rotarians. 

 

In the year ahead Fair Lawn Rotarians will work under President Banerjee’s vision to see how we, as individuals, can work with Rotarians around the world to bring peace, harmony and friendship to bring positive change to all around us.  This year’s Club President, Glenn Stubaus will be taking the helm of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn for the second time.  His last Presidency was the 1996/97 Rotary Year and all members of the Club are looking forward to working with Glenn during his second Presidency as we work together to provide a helping hand to those in need locally and globally. 

Happy New Rotary Year Todd Malkin 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Facts of the Matter – India

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 30, 2011
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WITH A LAND MASS ABOUT 1/3rd the size of the United States, India is the seventh-largest country in the world.  Its population of 1.2 billion, second only to China’s, accounts for more than 15% of the world’s population, on 2.4% of the world’s land.  The country’s median age is 26.  Three in 10 Indians are 14 years old or younger.

 

ABOUT 81 PERCENT of Indians are Hindus, 13.4% Muslims, 2.3% Christians and 1.9% Sikhs.  The Indian government recognizes more than a dozen official languages.  About 41% of the population speaks Hindi.  English is widely spoken throughout the country.

 

INDIA’S ANNUAL per capita income of US$3,400 ranks 163rd among the world’s countries.  Twenty-five percent of the population lives below the poverty line, but India has the second-largest labor force, 478 million people.  About 52% of Indians work in agriculture, which accounts for 16% of the country’s gross domestic product.  About one-third of the people work in service industries, which accounts for 55% of GDP.  Fourteen percent work in industry, which represents 29% of GDP.

 

Facts of the Matter – India Todd Malkin 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Literacy

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jun 29, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Maurice M. Pine Library Children’s Summer Reading Program.  A donation in the amount of $500 from Club was presented to Kate Nafz, Children’s Librarian by 2010/2011 Club President Todd N. Malkin and 2011/2012 Club President Glenn Stubaus.

 

Support of the Children’s Summer Reading Program is one of the many ways The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn supports the youth of our community.  Local Rotarians work with the school district in providing school supplies to needy children in the elementary schools.  The Club also distributes dictionaries to all of Fair Lawn’s Third Graders.  The Fair Lawn High School Interact Club is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn; Rotarians also provide scholarships to FLHS seniors continuing their education after graduation and sponsors FLHS juniors to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award six-day workshop. 

Rotary Supports Literacy Todd Malkin 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Thank you to our Veterans

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 29, 2011
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Memorial Day is a day where we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for all that we enjoy as Americans.  Without their belief in serving the greater good, we would not be able to enjoy the rights we have as Americans; freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to congregate and freedom to practice your religious beliefs.  Members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn, give thanks to our veterans.

 

As a way of showing our thanks to the men and women of the armed forces, both of the Rotary Clubs serving Fair Lawn participated in Fair Lawn’s Memorial Day Parade held on Monday, May 30th.  The event started with a Rotary sponsored breakfast at the Cadmus House, the kick-off location of the parade.  From the Cadmus House the parade route followed Fair Lawn Avenue down to River Road; taking River Road, all participants turned down Berdan Avenue towards Memorial Park.  The route was lined with many cheering on the different groups participating in the parade and giving thanks to the Veterans that were either marching or riding in this annual event.

 

Rotarians were proud to be a part of this important show of support to our troops. 

Thank you to our Veterans Todd Malkin 2011-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

Philanthropic Fellowship

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 24, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and the Fair Lawn Lions Club are bonded by their commitment to the Fair Lawn community as well as giving back to the world community.  Each local Club is part of a larger global organization made up of volunteers that seeks to help people in need wherever and whenever needed. 

 

Members of both Clubs get together each year to enjoy the bond of volunteering in our community.  Each of these Clubs is over 60 years old; The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was organized in August of 1948 and the Fair Lawn Lions Club was founded in 1950.   

Philanthropic Fellowship Todd Malkin 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn Students Sponsored to Attend RYLA

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 23, 2011
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RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, is a Rotary District 7490 program open to high school juniors.  RYLA participants attend an all expense paid, six-day workshop focusing on leadership, team building, and professional development topics. They join other talented young people selected by other Rotary Clubs of District 7490, in Northern New Jersey.

 

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn received several applications from FLHS Juniors interested in learning more about Rotary and leadership.  After much deliberation, four students were sponsored to attend this year’s RYLA Program.  This year’s RYLA program was held at Indian Head Camp in Honesdale, PA. from May 22nd to May 27th.

 

RYLA is…

     an opportunity…

               a challenge…

                    an award. 

Fair Lawn Students Sponsored to Attend RYLA Todd Malkin 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

Pancake Breakfast Benefited the Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue Squad

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 23, 2011
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On May 22nd Rotarians and the Fair Lawn Community came together to support the Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue Squad at the Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast.  The Rescue Squad was chosen as this year’s beneficiary of this annual community event.  The funds from the pancake breakfast will assist the Squad in outfitting their new storage garage currently under construction across the street from their headquarters on Romaine Street.

 

Pictures from this event, including some apparatus and the garage are now on our home page.

Pancake Breakfast Benefited the Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue Squad Todd Malkin 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

Used Bicycle Collection

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 06, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn recently held its annual used bike collection for Pedals for Progress.  P4P is an international organization that takes old repairable bicycles and sends them to emerging countries.  These bikes are used to teach a trade and create microbusiness opportunities to stimulate the economy of areas around the world.  These repaired bikes are then but to good use, providing mobility allowing people to ride further to find work or attend school so they can improve their lives and the lives of their families.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn collected 19 used bicycles this year.  If you have used bicycles, think about donating them instead of having them fill up precious space in our landfills.  Contact a member of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn to find out how you can donate your used bicycles.

Used bikes can be put to use to help others improve their lives. 

Used Bicycle Collection Todd Malkin 2011-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Fair Lawn High School Environmental Club

Posted by Todd Malkin on May 06, 2011
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Leaders of the Fair Lawn High School Environmental Club visited the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn updating local Rotarians on the initiatives this student organization has undertaken to improve environmental awareness at the high school.  The FLHS Environmental Club received a Clean Communities Grant to distribute aluminum water bottles to the school population.  Each student was given a reusable water bottle with their class year and school logo on it; each class’ bottle is in a different color.  This program was put in place to eliminate plastic water bottles in the school.

 

Fair Lawn High School Environmental Club Todd Malkin 2011-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Lunchtime Ballroom Dancing

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 28, 2011

Recently, members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn were treated to a ballroom dancing exhibition by two-time National Latin Dance Champions Adriana Bezmenova and Georgi Kanev, owners of Dance A Lot Ballroom Studio right here in Fair Lawn.

Adriana and Georgi began dancing together in Bulgaria in 2002, and their partnership blossomed into a marriage and family. In 2005, after winning the National Bulgarian Cup for the second time and becoming Amateur Champions, Adriana and Georgi turned professional and have been successfully dancing, performing and competing worldwide, from Bulgaria, to Russia, Georgia, the UK and the United States.

Lunchtime Ballroom Dancing Todd Malkin 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

Facts of the Matter - Haiti

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 28, 2011
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THE 12 JANUARY 2010 EARTHQUAKE in Haiti killed 222,570 people and injured 300,572, the Haitian government estimates.  It left more than one million people homeless.  The quake registered 7.0 in magnitude; a tremor of that size had not hit Haiti in more than 200 years.  The shocks were felt in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

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ShelterBox Disaster Relief

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 14, 2011
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ShelterBox was founded by Tom Henderson, a Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescue diver.

He saw that the aid response to most disasters was in the form of food and medicine to help people survive the immediate aftermath.

Little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. ShelterBox was launched to fill that void.

ShelterBox Disaster Relief Todd Malkin 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Assistance to Japan

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 14, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is a member of Rotary International, a global service organization that is now 106 years old.  Rotarians are found around the globe and work to better the world we are all a part of.  Rotary has instituted several programs to help people in every corner of the world.  A global humanitarian program that at this moment is one of urgency is the ShelterBox Disaster Relief.  ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.

Assistance to Japan Todd Malkin 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

ROTARY AT A GLANCE

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 14, 2011
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ROTARY - Members: 1,214,063*  Clubs: 34,026*

 

ROTARACT - Members: 194,120  clubs: 8,440

 

INTERACT - members: 299,207 clubs: 13,099

 

RCC’s - members: 161,131 clubs: 7,006

 

 

*as of November 30, 2010

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Facts of the Matter – Asthma

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 14, 2011

asthma comes from the Greek aazein, meaning “to pant” or “breathe hard”.  Hippocrates used the word asthma around 450 BC.  Clinical definitions appeared in writings from the first century AD.

 

a chronic disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, asthma results in symptoms of breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and sleeplessness.  Asthmatics’ suffering varies.  Some require daily medication and frequent hospitalization to treat life-threatening attacks.

 

asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled, making it less debilitating and expensive.  Preventative measures include recognizing and avoiding triggers, following an action plan to manage the condition and using proper medications.

Facts of the Matter – Asthma Todd Malkin 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Volunteering in Fair Lawn Information Night

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 08, 2011
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On March 3rd, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn hosted the Volunteering in Fair Lawn Information Night as a membership drive for the many emergency service, civic service and cultural organizations based in Fair Lawn.  This event also allowed each group to demonstrate how they help improve the lives of those that live in town; the evening also provided each group the opportunity to network and discuss ways that they could work with each other to benefit the community. 

 

Several members of the general public came to this event to learn about the volunteering opportunities available in Fair Lawn.  For those that were not able to attend, a list of the participating organizations is available in the download section of our website’s main page (left column) or by sending a request to volunteeringinfairlawn@gmail.org.

   

Special thanks goes out to Gary Haar of Dunkin Donuts for donating the coffee and munchkins attendees were able to enjoy during the evening.  Of course, this event would not have been possible without the assistance of John Cosgrove of the 501C3 organization of the Fair Lawn Community Center and James Graff, Superintendent and the staff of the FL Parks and Recreation Department for setting up the facility.

 

Volunteers are an important part of our community, visit the websites of each organization, call their members to discuss volunteering opportunities and get involved!

Volunteering in Fair Lawn Information Night Todd Malkin 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

DIAL 2-1-1 or Click nj211.org

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 08, 2011
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If you or someone you know needs help, the above contact information will connect to Bergen County’s United Way Help Line.  After 50 years as one of the largest charitable organizations in the community, BCUW moved away from the management of federated giving campaigns to creating preventative and long term solutions to the community’s most critical problems.

DIAL 2-1-1 or Click nj211.org Todd Malkin 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA

Posted by Todd Malkin on Mar 01, 2011
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What is RYLA?

 

RYLA in Rotary District 7490 is a program oriented for High School Juniors.  This year’s program runs from Sunday May 22nd to Friday May 27th at Indian Head Camp, Honesdale, PA (www.indianhead.com).

 

RYLA is...an opportunity...a challenge...an award.

 

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a program sponsored by your local Rotary Club for students entering their senior year of high school in the September following the conference. Rotary sponsors the RYLA program each year to give back to the communities that have given it so much.

 

RYLA participants attend an all expense paid, six-day workshop focusing on leadership, team building, and professional development topics. They join other talented young people selected by other Rotary Clubs of District 7490, in Northern New Jersey.

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Welcome to our Newest Member!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 11, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is happy to announce that Matthew Cahn, Vice Principal of the Fair Lawn High School has joined Fair Lawn Rotarians in service to our community.  Matt brings enthusium and drive to be an active member of our Club.  We all look forward to the continuing partnership and good communication between The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and the Fair Lawn High School.

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has a long a proud history of working with the school administration in providing services to the students of the high school.  Through the efforts of Rotarians, school adminstration and members of the FLHS Environmental CLub, recycling bins were donated to the high school; Rotarians have also provided support to the high school marching band and continue to sponsor the FLHS Interact Club and students participating in the RYLA Program.  The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is also the largest provider of scholarships to Fair Lawn Cutters continuing their education after they leave FLHS.

 

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LEARN HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 02, 2011
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On March 3, 2011, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn will be hosting a “Volunteering in Fair Lawn information night at the Fair Lawn Community Center starting at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge to attend this community event.  Rotarians are volunteers, as are members of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Fair Lawn Garden Committee, Fair Lawn League of Women Voters and all of Fair Lawn’s Emergency Service organizations as well as the many other groups that work to improve the lives of those that reside, work and visit Fair Lawn.

 

“Volunteering in Fair Lawn information night at the Fair Lawn Community Center is about learning about the many venues offered to those that are seeking to give back to our community.  Each organization will have information about their mission statement, membership requirements, time commitments and how they help our community. 

 

Members of the public are urges to attend this free community event to see how they can give back to our community and become part of one of the many organizations that make Fair Lawn the great place it is to live, work and visit.

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Facts of the Matter – Wind Power

Posted by Todd Malkin on Feb 02, 2011
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IN 2009, the U.S. wind power industry added nearly 40 percent to its total power-generating capacity.  The United States is nearing the point where 2 percent of its electricity will come from wind.  The Department of Energy has estimated that wind power could supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030.  The current leading states in wind power production are Texas, Iowa and California.

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January is Radon Action Month

Posted by Todd Malkin on Jan 11, 2011
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Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, which has always been a part of our environment.  It's a natural decay product of uranium and is found in soil everywhere in varying concentrations.  Radon has been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.  The risk of developing lung cancer from elevated levels of radon is ten times more than exposure to second-hand smoke; resulting in approximately 21,000 deaths in the United States per year.

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Santa Visits Fair Lawn

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 15, 2010
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On December 16th members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn hosted clients and staff of Fair Lawn’s Opportunity center to a holiday luncheon during its weekly meeting at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club, spreading holiday cheer to one and all.  Santa Claus made a surprise visit bring everyone gifts and merriment to ring in the season.

Photos of this seasonal event can be found on our photo journals listed on the home page of our website.

Happy Holidays to one and all!!

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New Generations Avenue of Service

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 15, 2010
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In April of this year, a new Avenue of Service was added to the Standard Rotary Constitution – this Fifth Avenue of Service is called New Generations.  New Generations joins Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service as the foundation of club activity.  Before starting a project, Rotarians are asked to think broadly about how their club and its members could contribute within each Avenue of Service.

The Avenue of New Generations recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. “It’s a significant change – a historic day in Rotary,” said Council Chair Mark Daniel Maloney. “Rotarians have always strongly supported youth activities even though they were never part of the four Avenues of Service. I think this strengthens our commitment.”

 

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Don’t Let Water Damage Dampen Your Day

Posted by Stephanie Codey on Dec 15, 2010
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Water damage can dampen your day. 250,000 families have their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter by water pipes that freeze and burst. When the outside temperature drops below freezing, water pipes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

Recovering from frozen pipes is not as simple as calling a plumber. An eighth-inch (3 millimeter) crack in a pipe can discharge more than 250 gallons (946 liters) of water a day. And, the result can include damaged floors, furniture, appliances and treasured family heirlooms.

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The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Recognizes Fair Lawn Rotarians

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 12, 2010
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Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. The Rotary Foundation recently awarded Paul Harris Fellowship pins to three members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn in recognition of their continued support of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

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Facts of the Matter – CHILD LABOR

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 12, 2010
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according to unicef, there are an estimated 158 million child laborers – more than one out of every seven children worldwide.

 

studies have found that the majority of child labor occurs in agriculture.  Sixty percent of child laborers between ages 5 and 17 work in this sector, compared with 26 percent in service jobs and another 7 percent in industrial jobs.  Picking bananas in Ecuador, cotton in Egypt, or tea in Bangladesh, these children confront long hours, extreme temperatures, health hazards from pesticides, and inadequate food, water, and sanitation – all for little or no pay.

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Thanks For Your Support!

Posted by Todd Malkin on Dec 08, 2010
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Your involvement in this year’s Strike It Rich Cash for the Holidays Big 50/50 Raffle allows us to further the charitable work of Rotary locally and around the world.

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THE OBJECT OF ROTARY

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 30, 2010
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The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

 

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Facts of the Matter – HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 16, 2010
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 1.02 billion people in the world are suffering from undernourishment.  That number represents a considerable increase from 2006, when about 873 million were undernourished.

The number of people enduring hunger today represents about one-sixth of the global population.  More than half (642 million) live in Asia and the Pacific, and more than a quarter (265 million) are in sub-Saharan Africa. FAO estimates that 15 million undernourished people are living in developed countries.

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Fair Lawn High School Interact Club Update

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 15, 2010
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The student members of the FLHS Interact Club continue to show that they are the Next Generation of Leaders in Service to Humanity.  Twenty-five club members participated in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk in Paramus on October 26th.  A total of $2,700 was raised for the Alzheimer's Association; through the students’ efforts in conducting two bake sales held at the high school ($200), “canning” for donations at the River Road (Fair Lawn) Shop-Rite ($600) and pledges for participating in the walk itself.

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Polio Update

Posted by Todd Malkin on Nov 15, 2010
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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn has been highlighting Rotary International’s efforts, through the Rotary Foundation, to eradicate polio throughout the world.  Our past articles can be found in our story archives.  This month, we are proud to present a recent update on the progress made in this battle by Rotarians around the world.

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SWAB YOUR CHEEK FOR EZRA

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 14, 2010
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At the October 15th Fair Lawn High School Interact Club meeting and there was an announcement about an upcoming bone marrow registry event to assist a local child.  This bone marrow registry event, sponsored by the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is scheduled to be held on Sunday November 7, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Ahavat Achim, 18-25 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn, NJ

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Hooray for Helmets Celebrates 5 Years

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 14, 2010
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Hooray for Helmets, a collaboration of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn, the Fair Lawn Police Department and several local ice cream stores is celebrating Five Years of educational service to the youth in Fair Lawn.  Hooray for Helmets rewards young people for being aware of the need to wear helmets when biking, skateboarding, skating or riding scooters. When an officer of the FLPD spots a child properly wearing their helmet, they are given a certificate for a free ice cream at a local ice cream shop.

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The Next Generation of Leaders in Service to Humanity

Posted by Todd Malkin on Oct 14, 2010
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Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting organizations that are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance.

Club membership varies greatly throughout the world. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

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FACTS OF THE MATTER

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 20, 2010
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HIV/AIDS

 

Deaths linked to HIV/AIDS have declined by about 10 percent since 2004, when they peaked at 2.2 million worldwide.  The number of new HIV infections has dropped by about 30 percent since reaching 3.5 million in 1996.  These decreases are due to a dramatic rise in the availability of a drug regimen known as antiretroviral therapy.  It keeps the HIV infection in check and prevents it from developing into full-blown AIDS.

 

By December 2008, about four million people in developing countries were receiving antiretroviral medications, a tenfold increase since 2003.  The treatment has become more accessible over the past decade as the cost of the drugs has dropped from US$12,000 a year to less than $100.

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Table to Table Food Rescue Program

Posted by Todd Malkin on Sep 20, 2010
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Fair Lawn Rotarians recently learned about a successful program that is providing assistance to the hungry in our area.  Julie Sciaino, Director of Food Donor Relations for Table to Table presented a presentation of what this organization does to help those in need.  Table to Table is northeast New Jersey’s first and only food rescue program.

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Making Up Is Easy To Do

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 29, 2010
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So, you travel a lot, you get bogged down at work and can’t escape from your desk, that important telephone call you’ve been waiting for comes just as you’re leaving to attend your Rotary Club meeting.  With all that’s going on around you, you don’t think you have the time to make that weekly Club meeting.  Well, there is a way to keep up with making Rotary meetings and Fair Lawn Rotarian Stu Herrmann has this to say about it….

 

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Join Us for Lunch and a Speaker

Posted by Todd Malkin on Aug 19, 2010

Some of our programs are serious, as we learn more about those in need locally and globally and find ways to provide assistance as Rotarians. Other programs are fun; regardless of the “type” of program all of our programs are stimulating and informative.  So consider this as an invitation to check out our "Upcoming Speakers" list on the right side of the Home Page.  Browse the list to see our upcoming speakers and plan to join us for a Thursday lunch to discover a little more about something you already know about or to listen to a topic you are interested in and want to learn more about. 

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Walter D. Head Foundation Award Presented

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On June 16, 2010, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn presented the Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Foundation Award to the Interact Club of Fair Lawn High School.  This District award recognizes those that further goals and ideals of Rotary in all that they do.  The members of Interact Club of Fair Lawn High School was not only chosen for their past volunteerism but also for their potential to continue their hard work and dedication Rotary as they continue their high school years, move on to post-high school settings and beyond. 

The members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawnare proud and happy to bestow this award to this group of fine civic-minded young people.

The award was presented at The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn's Annual Installation Dinner held on June 16th.  Accepting this award on behalf of the Interact Club was Donna Elazar & VP Kristina Vishnevetskaya.

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August is Rotary International’s Membership Month

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August is Rotary International's Membership Month and The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn invites you to one of our weekly meetings during the month of August, or at anytime during the year.  Club meetings are held every Thursday starting at 12:15 PM at Caputo's Catering at The Fair Lawn Athletic Club, 14-19 Parmelee Ave. (next to the library) for lunch and a speaker or other Club business.  You are invited to meet our members and to learn about Rotary and its undertakings locally as well as internationally. 

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2010-2011 The Rotary Year Ahead of Us

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I would like to thank the members of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn for allowing me to serve as President for the 2010-2011 Rotary Year which started on July 1st.  I am looking forward to working with each and every Club member to keep the spirit of Rotary and all it stands for relevant and exciting.  I am also challenging each one of us to spread the word about Rotary so we can grow as friends, colleagues and Rotarians as we provide assistance to those in need, wherever they need it. 

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Rotary Supporting Children, Encouraging Reading

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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn presented a $500 gift to the Maurice M. Pine Library on June 24th in support of the Children's Summer Reading Program.  Club President Joanne Kwasniewski stated that Rotary has been a long time supporter of the library and in these tough economic times Rotary's support of institutions such as our library is more important than ever.  This gift will be utilized to purchase 500 books for our Children's Summer Reading Program according to Kate Nafz, head of the library's Children's Department.  This program encourages children in our community to read during their summer vacation.  The program also includes prizes and an end of summer party for all participants.

 

This year the theme of the children's summer reading program, which runs from July 6th to August 13th, is "Make a Splash… Read".  More information about this summer's Children's Reading Program can be found at http://fairlawn.bccls.org/kidspage.html or by calling the Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library at 201-796-3400 ext. 6.

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The Year in Review

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The 2010-2011 Rotary Year starts on July 1st and runs through June 30th.  As Rotary moves forward into it's new year, it is time to thank Joanne Kwasniewski for her leadership during the 2009/2010 Rotary Year; thanks also go to her executive board members and without a doubt the entire Club membership.

 

As Joanne reviewed her year as President for 2009-2010 at the Annual Installation Dinner held on June 16, 2010, she was pleasantly surprised at all that The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn accomplished during her year.
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THE START OF THE NEW ROTARY YEAR

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On June 16, 2010 at The Brownstone House in Paterson, NJ, both Rotary Clubs serving Fair Lawn, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn-Sunrise, shared a wonderful evening of Rotary fellowship. 

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Marching in Honor of our Veterans

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On Memorial Day, Monday May 31st, members of both Rotary Clubs serving Fair Lawn - Rotary Club of Fair Lawn and Rotary Club of Fair Lawn-Sunrise - participated in the Borough's Annual Memorial Day Parade.  Rotarians showed their support of our veterans and their families.
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Rotary's Gift to the World: Polio Eradication

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Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge - 2008-12

Part two of a four part story about Rotary's Commitment to the eradication of Polio through the efforts of Rotarians worldwide.

Our Progress

A Lasting and extraordinary gift

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Welcome Steven Vovra

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On April 29, 2010, The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was pleased to induct its newest member, Steven Vovra.  Steve resides in Maywood and is a Customer Service Representative at the River Road, Fair Lawn branch of Community Bank of BergenCounty.  He has been with the bank for close to five years and is looking forward to sharing his passion of giving back to the community through his involvement with Rotary International.  Steve is looking forward to working with all Club members to further the ideals, goals and objectives of Rotary; locally, nationally and internationally.

 

Steve was inducted into The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn by Dr. Robert Kahn, immediate past president of the Club.  Steve was introduced to The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn by Judy Keyes, also of Community Bank of BergenCounty and a member of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn-Sunrise. 

 

The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was established in 1948.  Membership is open to persons that live and/or work in Fair Lawn and the surrounding communities of Glen Rock, Elmwood Park and Saddle Brook that have a desire to give back to their community on a local as well as a national and international level.

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Rotary Club of Fair Lawn Receives Donation

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The Student Government Association of Fair Lawn High School presented a donation to The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn from their Money Madness class competition fundraiser.  Francesca Romeo, the Student Government President made the presentation and provided the following explanation of what FLHS' Money Madness is all about and why The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn was chosen as this year's recipient of their fundraising efforts.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

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Once again, the Fair Lawn Community came out in full support of The Rotary Club and The Rotary Foundation of Fair Lawn.  The March 6th Annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray was a wonderful, successful, well attended, fun fundraiser.  The over 150 people that attended this event were treated to great beefsteak, a wide selection of auction prizes and music by A Touch of Grey. 

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DISTRICT 7490 HAITI DISASTER RELIEF FUND UPDATE

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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is pleased to pass along the following update on Rotary District's 7490 Haiti Disaster Relief Fund that was established to help the Haitians affected by the devastating earthquake of a few weeks ago.  This update was shared by the District's Governor, Raj Bhatia.

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CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE

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As part of The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn's Speaker Series, Caryl Swain spoke at the March 4, 2010 meeting about Canine Companions for Independence.  Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI graduates, volunteers and puppy raisers are found in many communities around NJ, including Basking Ridge, New Providence, Englewood, Emerson, Chatham & Westfield.

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FEBRUARY 23, 2010

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On February 23, 2010 Rotary International will celebrate its 105th Anniversary.  What does that mean?  It shows that after over 100 years of service to the world community, Rotary International is still a significant force throughout the world to help others wherever and whenever help is needed on a variety of fronts.
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ROTARY is more than....

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Rotary is more than meeting fellow Rotarians once a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 

Rotary is a way to find out more about the town you live or work in and the world we are all a part of.

 

Rotary is having the opportunity to change the lives of those you know and those you don't. 

 

Rotary is a great way to meet your neighbors and cultivate friendships near and far.

 

Rotary is making a difference right down the street from where you live and work and making a difference around the world. 

 

Rotary is an adventure in learning more about the world we live in and how we can all work together to make it a better place for everyone. 

 

Rotary is a way to learn more about yourself as you work with fellow Rotarians to help others around the corner and across the world.

 

Rotary is something special that affects the lives of so many people in so many places.

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HAITI DISASTER RELIEF FUND ESTABLISHED

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Rotary District 7490 has a unique opportunity to assist the relief efforts in Haiti. The District has a long-standing involvement in Haiti, with strong relationships with various organizations and sponsorship of ongoing projects in Haiti.

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Spring 2010 Adventure in Santa Fe, Argentina

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Rotary District 7490 is sponsoring an exchange program to Argentina for responsible professional and business persons between the ages of 25 and 40 through the Group Study Exchange program from April 17, 2010 to May 15, 2010.  Persons chosen to be a part of this exciting opportunity will be part of a group of four to six Team Members plus a Rotarian Team Leader to see their vocation practiced in this beautiful country.  In addition, the group will visit locations of vocational interest to all.  Team Members will stay in the homes of Rotary members and will have the additional opportunity to see interesting cultural and historical sights of the region.

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Make a Difference in the World, Become a Rotarian

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News from around the world as well as around the country comes to us faster and faster; through 24 hour cable news networks, special investigative reports and the internet.  As we see how people live in different parts of our country as well as around the world more and more people want to find ways to help those that need the help the most.  One person can make a difference in the world we live in; however one person that is part of a group of like minded individuals will create a larger impact in the world, helping a greater number of people in a smaller amount of time.

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Where Else to Learn More About Rotary

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITES OF THE TWO LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS SERVING THE FAIR LAWN COMMUNITY and THE WEBSITES FOR ROTARY INTERNATIONAL and ROTARY DISTRICT 7490

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Child Mortality Rates Decline

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The Rotarian , Rotary's Magazine, reported in the January 2010 issue that today, 10,000 fewer children will die than on a typical day in 1990, and public health experts credit the decline to inexpensive interventions such as immunizations, vitamin A supplements, and insecticide-treated bed nets.  The mortality rate for children under five has dropped by more than 25%, from 90 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 65 per 1,000 in 2008, according to UNICEF in September. 

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Santa Comes to Town

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On December 17th, the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn held its weekly meeting in a festive atmosphere.  The Club sponsored its Annual Holiday Party at the Opportunity Center located on Fair Lawn Avenue.  Santa brought gifts to the clients of the Opportunity Center and classical accordion holiday music was in the air during this festive luncheon.

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Thank You!

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Without the community's support, the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn would not be able to execute the many charitable activities it completes on a regular basis. We want to say thank you to the many supporters of Rotary that came out to our spaghetti dinner co-hosted with the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn-Sunrise.  We also want to say thank you to the Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook High School Interact Club Members for manning the table and assisting us in making this a successful fundraiser.  Thanks to your support, close to 200 dinners were served.  These dinners represent continued funding for our continued mission of "Service Above Self".

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Welcome Gissell Castillo

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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is pleased to welcome Gissell Julimar Nunez Castillo to New Jersey.  Gissell, a six year old girl from Honduras, will be receiving life saving heart surgery at Montefiore Hospital through Rotary District 7490's Gift of Life Program.

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Visit us at the River Road Street Fair - Oct. 25th

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Want a great venue to learn more about Rotary in Fair Lawn, as well as internationally?  Come down to the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce River Road Street Fair on Sunday October 25, 2009 and visit our booth from 11:00 on.  Members of the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn will be at the Street Fair.
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Welcome Nikki!

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The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is proud to announce the October 1st induction of its newest member, Nicole "Nikki" Nugent.  Nikki is a resident of Morristown; she works in Fair Lawn as the Assistant Manager of the River Road branch location of the Community Bank of Bergen County.  Nikki has been with the her bank for the past seven years; she has been the Assistant Manager of the River Road location since July of 2009.
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Rotary

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What is Rotary?  Who are the members?  How does it work?  When and Where does your Club meet?  These are some of the questions that I and other Rotarians in the Fair Lawn Club, as well as in local clubs around the world, are asked on a regular basis.

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The Gift of Life and Rotary International

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Congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect in ALL countries around the world.  In the United States alone, 25,000 babies area born each year with a congenital heart defect.  Figures for third world countries are substantially higher and in most cases are not fully known due to the lack of medical care and knowledge in these countries.  Expectant women in third world countries lack basic nutrition, prenatal care and sanitary living conditions, which places their unborn children at a greater risk for congenital heart defects.

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School is in session

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The students of the Fair Lawn School District are returning to school on September 2nd and the Rotary Club of Fair Lawn is ready to welcome them to classes and wish them a wonderful school year full of learning and fun.
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