Current Activities
Members of the Hackensack Rotary have been visiting weekly with patients of CBH Care.  Patients have been completing art projects and have found painting very therapeutic.  The artwork will be on display at the Johnson Public Library during the month of July!
The Hackensack Rotary had a great time participating in "Slam Dunk the Junk" the citywide cleanup today! 
We love to celebrate our members' achievements and milestones.... today, we got to celebrate Celeste's birthday..... but, we'll keep the birthday number a secret!
Each year the Hackensack Rotary, in conjunction with the Teaneck Rotary, hosts a luncheon for the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band for the Annual Rivalry Thanksgiving Day Football Game.  While we unfortunately were not able to host the luncheon the past two years due to COVID, we were thrilled to carry on the tradition with a presentation of the game trophy to Hackensack High School.
Today, our club participated in Hackensack's "Slam Dunk the Junk."  Our members cleaned up Staib Park in Hackensack!
This evening, we hosted Eagle Scout Colin Clark of Hackensack Troop 5.  Colin talked about becoming an Eagle Scout and his project building a handicapped accessible garden bed in the community garden.  We were happy to have been able to sponsor Colin's project and contribute to help financially in making the project a reality. 
The Hackensack Rotary awarded three community grants of $1,300 each for the 2021 year!  The recipients are all fabulous local programs making a difference in our community and we are proud to support their causes.
CBH Care (Comprehensive Behavioral Health) is a community-based mental and behavioral health service in Hackensack.  We have awarded the $1,300 to create a pleasant outdoor space at their group home.  The space will include seating, a community table, and plants to create an areas that is aesthetically pleasing to be used by residents on a daily basis.
BVMI- Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative provides primary healthcare services through volunteer doctors for low income, working, uninsured adults.  The funds will be used to purchase and provide blood pressure and glucose monitors for patients dealing with blood pressure and diabetes.
YCS Foundation (Youth Consultation Services) is a NJ based residential care facility for abused and neglected children.  Their Holley Center is located in Hackensack and houses 64 children.  The funds will be used to replace current worn furniture and couches in the common areas of the facility so that the children have a comfortable and welcoming area for socialization and activities.
Today, the Club recognized Kelly and Cori Carroll who in the height of the COVID 19 pandemic organized a food distribution providing weekly grocery deliveries to as many as 400 families in need!  We were proud to support their efforts during the pandemic and honored to recognize them with the Rotary Ambassadors of Peace award.
We were so happy to have been able to present scholarships to 10 very deserving high school seniors today via zoom! Congratulations to all our recipients--we can not wait to see how wonderful you do in your future studies and endeavors!
The Hackensack Rotary has donated 700 N95 masks to members of the community in need.  The masks were distributed through the Center for Food Action and local church food pantries.  We are thrilled to be able to continue to give back to our community during these difficult times.  Our efforts here are aimed towards ensuring the health and safety of a vulnerable segment of our community--those who are in need as evidenced by their food insecurity.  
Today our member, and current Paul Harris Fellow, Steve Koestner was recognized as he added a third ruby to his standing among the ranks of Paul Harris Fellows. 
Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.
In connection with several local organizations, the Hackensack Rotary donated, wrapped, and delivered many toys, coats, and hats, to families in need this holiday season! 
We were proud to partner with the Maywood, Englewood, and Teaneck clubs to feed emergency personnel and staff of the New Bridge COVID19 testing center during this pandemic.  We are proud to give back and support those who are keeping our communities safe!
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the Carroll family of Hackensack has turned their garage into a food pantry.  They are providing weekly grocery deliveries to more than 500 families in need in the Hackensack community.  We are proud to support their efforts!
Today our member Rich Gelber was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He joins many of our past and present members in receiving this prestigious recognition.
Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.
Did you know that we sponsor an Interact (High School) and REACT (Middle School) Club? Interact and REACT are designed to teach young adults the ideals of service above self. Our REACT club recently made and donated over 300 PB&J sandwiches to those in need in Newark. Each sandwich came complete with an inspirational message. Good job Hackensack Middle School REACT Club!
Today, our club came together to donate water for residents of Newark who are currently without clean drinking water. 

Hackensack Rotary had as our guests today four outstanding students who we gave scholarships to in 2018. They returned to share their experiences in their first year of college.  We also awarded community grants to a number of local organizations to support their efforts in with youth and adults with disabilities, children suffering from cancer, rehabilitation for adults reentering the community after incarceration, and keeping our Hackensack River clean!




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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
774 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
United States of America
Thursday at 12:15 pm except 1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 6:00 pm
Regular Meetings
Hackensack Rotary Meets at
Crow's Nest
309 Vincent Street, Hackensack
First 3 Thursdays of the Month at 6:00 pm
All other Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.