12/12/12 will be a date remembered by Kathleen Malavar, Tiffany Orbin, Bertha & Edmund Pendleton and Fernando Sosa. This was the date that they were inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Teaneck. Officiating at this joyous occasion was immediate Past District Governor Emil Geering. On hand to say a few words on behalf of District Governor Bonnie Sirower was Assistant Governor Matt Libien.

These new members will be carrying on a legacy that has existed since the Teaneck Club was chartered in 1929. PDG Geering presented the inductees with an overview of Rotary from the club level, the district level as well as the international level. He briefly discussed the history as well as the accomplishments for which Rotary is known. Rotary, PDG Geering explained the 4 way test: "Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?" and also shared with the new inductees the Five Avenues of Service: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and New Generations.

A special treat not only for one of the newest members, but also for the current Teaneck membership was to see the Rotary spirit pass from one generation to the next. Emotional was Alicia Ruiz Orbin, past president (2006-2007) of the Allentown West Rotary Club (located in western Lehigh Valley) who came to Teaneck not only to participate in her daughter’s induction into the Rotary family but also to have the honor of pinning her daughter with the Rotary pin. Alicia Ruiz Orbin has been a Rotarian since 1988 and now her daughter will get to feel first-hand what it is like to be a Rotarian.

The Rotary Club of Teaneck meets every Wednesday at 12 noon at Vitale’s, 293 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck. All are welcome. Only cost is for lunch. Kosher meals can be provided with advance notice. If you would like additional information on the Rotary Club of Teaneck including membership, programs and events, please contact TeaneckRotary@gmail.com.