Volume 3| Issue 1

Editor-In-Chief: PDG Gloria Counsellor
Reported by: Erika Baldino
Published by: Erika Baldino
Meeting Date : Jan 25th, 2024
Welcome to another issue of our biweekly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last weekly meeting, and our up coming events and fundraisers!
  1. Invocation: President -   Flag Salute - Vince Iannacone, Innovation - Sandy Bosque, Song- God Bless America - lead by Vince Iannacone  
  2. Bonnie reminded us to keep Stigma Free initiative at top of mind after the loss of Sheriff Richard Berdnik
  3. We keep Art Scialla Jr's family in our thoughts after the loss of his wife
  4. Gift of Life - we will be having three tables- please send checks to Joe Dino if you wish to be part of a table,  $90
  5. Poker Night is coming back - see Joe Dino for more information
  6. Membership is down club and district wide and President Bonnie is calling for new members. District is giving 2 free memberships out this year. 
  7. 2 Champions of Peace have been nominated - Jada Fullmore from NJ ReEntry  and  Jennifer Ranu who works at the Great Falls as a visitor information person.  
  8. Our next Rotary lunch meeting will be Feb 8th.  Robert Farber - task force update.  Please be there at 12:15.  $25 a person unless you've paid your dues,  Then you get the first ten free. 
This Meeting's Speaker: District Gov. John Cosgrove
Jack DeStefano gave John's bio, which included Cosgrove's volunteerism with the Fairlawn Fire Department, Board of Directors for Bergen New Bridge and Mayor of Fairlawn.  He has received a Life Time Achivement award and a CarePlus Courage award.  Gov Murphy nominated Cosgrove for a seat of the Passaic Sewage Commission.  His has his wife Mariann, three adult children and three grand child. 
John thanked the room and pointed out Rotarians  in the room that have helped him during his year as Gov - 67th District Gov for 7490.  Some programs he wants to highlight is Stigma Free.  The District partnered with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center for a monthly program on things ranging from anxiety , depression, adolescent behavioral health, etc.  The District is going to Fort Lee this Sat for another seminar.  All are welcome to join.  
Cosgrove also reminded us that our percentage of giving in the district is very low. He left cards for each of us to donate.  The District sees that money in three years from now.  There is also a way on the card to donate to Polio Plus.  Rotarian Phil Wilson has helped us get the word out about Polio Plus. 
Gift of Life trip in Ukraine - Cosgrove touched on that trip and how much it meant that our district was represented.   Art founded the program - he spoke of Art helped Oswen from Holdurous who needed 9 hours of surgery.  1700 life saving surgeries have been performed by our district.  
Friends and Family program has been reinstated.  "Grow District 7490."  Two free members will be asked to join from each club.
Cosgrove is coming up with a checklist alongside with his accountant to assist the Clubs with their foundation and non profit status. 
Military assistance food pantry is a big project that the district assists with.  He asks we do a food drive for the pantry to assist the Veterans in Passaic County with their food insecurity.     Then John ended with questions from the room. 
President Bonnie Miele with District Gov. John Cosgrove!
Call for Gift Of Life Donation
We are seeking donations  for Gift of Life - our goal is to raise $1300 to go along with the $1700 donation that the Susani family has made on behalf of their niece.    Then we can sponsor a child as soon as we have $3000 total.  Please click here to donate online
The Great Falls Pantry - requesting donations of Non-Perishable foods. 
With almost 27,000 military veterans living in Paterson alone, many of them living under tight financial constraints, this pantry was just what they needed.
Located at 160 Ward Street in Paterson, NJ, the pantry will be open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9-11 am. Veterans will need to bring proof of service and a tax return in order to shop. Currently, the pantry holds a variety of dry goods and the organizers plan to hold fundraisers in the future to continue to keep the pantry stocked for our vets!
Pending Applications/ Guests for Publication
Pending Applications
  • Edwin Mendez - Columbia Bank
Visiting Rotarians
  • Julia Phelps
  • Forrest Elliot
  • Jack DeStefano
  • Jaime Dykes
  • Jennifer Ranu
  • Joe's wife Elena
  • Art's friend
  • District Gov John Cosgrove
Total people in attendance - 14 people, 4 Rotarians and 3 guests
The Paterson Rotary Foundation
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The Rotary is the world's first service club. The Paterson Rotary is Paterson's oldest service organization and we are the 70th club to be chartered worldwide. We are an organization of business and professional leaders. We provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and build goodwill and peace in the world. We are a recognized as a tax-exempt non-profit organization the EIN# is 22-3551397. 
 Quote of the Day  / Happy Dollars
Quote of the Day: “Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.”
— Heather French Henry
Happy Dollars Collected: $  (per Joe Dino) - For the Paterson Rotary Foundation
50/50 - Bonnie won and donated the $10 back to GOL
Rotarians in our Thoughts: 
We are thinking for all of our members, family and friends who are suffering an illness or other adversities especially  Tony Pecci  (now back home and receiving physical therapy) and Gloria Counsellor. We are reminded to think about our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. 
      As a Rotarian, I will:
1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life

2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect

3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to:  mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world
4. Avoid behaviour that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.
5. Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities, report any suspected harassment, and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment
(Updated from Rotary International January 2019 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 119).
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  1. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  1. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Harris Holloway
January 26
Spouse Birthdays
Colleen Rodriguez
January 1
Candy (Candida) Sang
January 11
Join Date
Jabeen Ahmed
January 1, 2022
2 years
Andre Wheatley
January 5, 2023
1 year
Marlene O'Connell
January 20, 2022
2 years
Jan 25, 2024
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Executives & Directors
President and Board of Director for Paterson Rotary Foundation
President Elect Board of Director for Paterson Rotary Foundation
Vice President
Treasurer Board of Director for Paterson Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President Board of Director for Paterson Rotary Foundation
Current to June 2024 Board Member (replacement for Bonnie)
Current - June 2024 Board Member - (2nd)
Current -2024 - Board Member (2nd term)
Current - June 2025 - Board Member (2nd term)
Current- June 2025 - Board Member (1st term)
Current - June 2025 (First term)
Current - June 2026 (Term 1)
Current- June 2026 Board Member (Term 2)
Current - June 2026- Board Member (Term 2)
Trustee 1 - The Paterson Rotary Foundation
Trustee 2 - The Paterson Rotary Foundation
Trustee 3 - The Paterson Rotary Foundation
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