Founded on January 2nd, 1965, the Rotary Club of Northern Valley serves the towns of Haworth, Harrington Park, Closter, Norwood, Northvale, Old Tappan, and Rockleigh.  

Thanks to the incredible efforts of our club volunteers, we support many local, national, and international charities through extensive fundraising efforts. We also serve our local community through community events, service projects, and youth programs.  Members of our club include community leaders and business professionals all looking to give back to our area. 

 We meet on Wednesdays, at Madeleine's in Northvale N.J.  Generally, the meetings start at 12:15pm and end at 1:30pm.  The third Tuesday of the month however, is a night meeting, starting at 6:30pm and is at various locations.  This is to accommodate members who have trouble making lunch meetings. Meetings are a great opportunity to learn about how we give to those in need, build lasting friendships, and develop professional relationships. 



Club Activities:


We occasionally meet with another nearby club either hosting them or going to their meeting place. These joint meetings are with the Cresskill/Demarest & South Orangetown Clubs. We also have a Thanksgiving lunch at the Tenafly Club with several clubs; usually 120-150 people. We count these as regular meetings and they are in place of our weekly meeting.  Each year we have a holiday party/’meeting’ (nothing extravagant) and a Pass-the-Gavel dinner where we induct our new officers for the year. The Rotary year runs from July 1 through June 30.




Rotary 7490 District Activities:


As you see fit, there are various events you can attend that other clubs and the District (consisting of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County Clubs) offer.  Larger events are the Gift of Life Dinner in Feb., President’s celebration in April or May, District Conference usually in April. And you can certainly go to the International Conference held each year in various locations around the world; in 2011 it was in New Orleans.




Fundraising Events:


Fundraisers that we conduct include, but are not limited to: Super Bowl Raffle, Golf Raffle, Wine Tastings, Concerts, Beefsteak Dinners and others. All of these events are voluntary, but your support is greatly appreciated.  The funds raised from the events have supported charitable causes including, but not limited to: Spectrum for Living, The Gift of Life Foundation, The Rotary Military Family Assistance Center and many others. 


We established a donor advised fund in 2008 with contributions from club members along with outside fundraising. This is through Rotary International and is managed and administered by a financial firm. Going this route rather than establishing our own 501(c)3 saves us from filing all the paperwork with the IRS along with other administrative details. And, it has performed pretty well since we established it.




Community Service:


Our main community service project is our annual Dictionary Project, where we provide dictionaries to every third grade student in the towns we serve.  This is generally done in the fall and a few members go to the schools to present the books and give a short presentation on what Rotary does.  We invite the mayors of each town and sponsors to attend the presentations.  Additionally, we have donated and installed benches in the seven towns in memory of 9/11 victims, done clothing drives, food drives, blood drives, crop walks, and planted trees.