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Hal Lesky
Oct 16, 2019 12:15 PM
Toastmasters International
Board of Directors 2019-2020
President Elect
Vice President
Board Secretary
Club Secretary
Past President
Rotary Foundation
Camp Merry Heart
Sergeant at Arms
Newsletter Editor






Welcome to the Rotary Club of the Rockaways!

First Wednesday 7:30 am - Third Wednesday 12:15 pm
Rockaway Assembly of God
113 East Main Street
Rockaway, NJ  07866
United States of America
Join us at our Lunch Meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, 12:15 p.m. at Rockaway Assembly of God, 113 E. Main St., Rockaway Borough.  Our special speaker at this meeting will be Hal Lesky with Toastmasters International, an educational organization promoting communications and public speaking skills.  Lunch will be catered again by the Green Pond Grill.  For more information, please contact Jim Stuart or President Denise.
On Saturday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. - noon, Rockaway Rotarians will be holding their annual Turkey Food Drive in support of the Rockaway Food Closet.  Frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items will be collected at Rockaway Assembly of God, 113 E. Main St., Rockaway Borough.  We will be needing volunteers to help with the collection and this is a great way for us as Rotarians to demonstrate our own thankfulness for our blessings by helping others.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jim Stuart.
Come out and join our community at the Dark Lake Spooktacular Halloween event on Saturday, October 26th, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Rockaway Boro Recreation and the Rockaway Boro Education Foundation are teaming up to bring a free, fun-filled trick or treat event to the Park Lake walking path.  Our club will participate by having a booth and giving out candy to the kids.  We need volunteers and if you are interested in helping, please contact Ken Nickel or President Denise.
At our Breakfast Meeting on October 2nd, Rockaway Rotarians prepared for our annual Dictionary Project by putting name plates in each of the over 300 dictionaries that will be distributed this month to very 3rd grader in Rockaway Borough and Township.  As part of Rotary International, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways (NJ), is committed to doing its part to support education, one of the six causes of Rotary.  If you are interested in helping distribute these dictionaries during the month of October, contact Bob Galenkamp.
At our September 18th Lunch Meeting, Bob Zirele from Camp Merry Heart-Easter Seals, shared about the mission and many activities of the camp. Rockaway Rotary has supported Camp Merry Heart for many years including the building and maintenance of a gazebo at the camp.
On Sunday, September 15th, Rockaway Rotarians joined with the Rockaway community in the annual Celebrate Rockaway Day.  The street festival held in the middle of Rockaway Borough is a time for folks to come together and enjoy various vendors, ride the train or horse-drawn carriage and meet some new neighbors.  Rockaway Rotarians popped lots of popcorn and distributed it by the Rockaway Borough Police Department. Well done Rockaway Borough Business Owners Association on a great event.

At our September 4th Breakfast Meeting, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways was honored to have our District Governor Ray Freaney, District 7475, visit us and share his goals and plans for this Rotary year. DG Ray was introduced by Deputy Governor Steve Goldberg. DG Ray presented Club President Denise with the 2019-2020 Rotary Theme Banner and a certificate from Rotary International acknowledging the club's 75th anniversary. Also, the club received two people into membership. Welcome, Janice Christensen and Peter Turnamian.

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 the members of the Rockaway Rotary Club joined with other organizations in our community and helped distribute backpacks and school supplies to children in need.  Rockaway Rotarians manned the grills, cooking hotdogs and veggie burgers for the families as they waited their turn to go through the "store" to get their free supplies.  Over 100 families were served through this wonderful community effort.  Thank you to the Rockaway United Methodist Church for coordinating and hosting this event.
Past Presidents George Berry and Ken Nickel receiving an award for Club service to the March of Dimes' Camp Merry Heart.  George at the Gazrbo built and maintained by our club.
On August 6th, Rockaway Rotarians joined the Rockaway Borough community for the annual National Night Out hosted by the Rockaway  Borough Police Department at Fireman's Field.  A fun event for the whole family with Rotarians giving out snow comes to help cool people off on this summer evening.


At our annual Installation BBQ on June 28, 2019, Rockaway Rotary recognized the efforts of 2018-19 President Rodney Seifert and the past year’s Board of Directors. President Rod installed incoming President Denise Nickel and the Board of Directors for 2019-20.  A big thank you to VP Susan-Simon Spada and her husband Andrew, who agreed to graciously host our annual installation BBQ at their home.  Thank you to outgoing President Rodney SeIfert, his fellow officers and board members, who have served our club so admirably during this past year. Congratulations and best wishes to incoming President Denise Nickel and the new officers and board members for the 2019-2020 year.

"Rotary Connects the World"


President-Elect - Cheri Foster

Vice President - Susan Simon-Spada                Board Secretary - Jim Stuart

                     Club Secretary - Cheri Foster                           Treasurer - Ken Nickel                                  

       Directors - Jake Vogelezang, Bob Galenkamp,
George Berry, Marissa Johnson



PP Rodney Seifert passes gavel to 2019-2020 President Denise Nickel



Outgoing President Rodney Seifert



"Rotarian of the Year" Bob Galenkamp



2019-2020 Board of Directors


Outgoing President Rod Seifert addresses

the attendees at the Installation BBQ




The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 15th.  Runners competed for awards presented to the overall male/female winners, along with winners of various age groups and Rockaway residents.  This year, proceeds from the Rockaway Rotary 5K "Run for Education" will benefit the Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township Middle Schools and other of our charitable projects throughout the upcoming year.

Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors,
and volunteers for making the race a success.
"Rockaway Rotary extends our heartfelt thanks to all Rotarians and friends of Rotarians who volunteered to "run" the race.
 It was wonderful to see the support from our community." 
...and they are off!
Overall Winners: Wassay Noor & Samantha Mark
Thank You To Our Sponsors
At our June 12th club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club presented four Rockaway seniors with checks and certificates in recognition of receiving this year’s Rockaway Rotary Scholarships. Our scholarship winners were Cassidy Kohler (Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship), Brittany Burke (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship), Lilliana DePaul (John H. Beeman "Service Above Self" Scholarship), and Kayla Schutts (Rockaway Rotary Vocational Scholarship).  Each student received a $1000 scholarship towards their college education.
Rockaway Rotary President Rodney Seifert (rightpresented scholarships to
(left to right) Kayla Schutts, Lilliana DePaul
Cassidy Kohler, and Brittany Burke
Lilliana DePaul
Morris Hills High School
Kayla Schutts
Morris Knolls High School
Cassidy Kohler
Morris Knolls High School
Brittany Burke
Morris Knolls High School
At our June 12, 2019 club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Andrew Piombio from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough and Addison Lavery from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our club's Student Honors Program.  Youth Service Chairperson Jake Vogelezang outlined Rotary's focus on education and each student received a certificate and cash award from Rockaway Rotary President Rodney Seifert.  
Andrew Piombio
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Addison Lavery
Copeland Middle School

       $3,200 in Prizes!                  
             PAST WEEK'S WINNER!
      June 19 - Bruce Lane - Wharton, NJ
January 2Brenna BakerMilton, Ontario$100
January 9Brett NickelRockaway, NJ$100
January 16Bob GalenkampRockaway, NJ$100
January 23Brian GalenkampCalgary, Alberta$100
January 30Betty-Jo GalenkampRockaway, NJ$100
February 6Stacey BurnsHamilton, NJ$100
February 13Pat McDonaldRockaway, NJ$100
February 20Phyllis AlpaughMine Hill, NJ$100
February 27George YapleStanhope, NJ$100
March 6Mark HartmannChester, NJ$125
March 13Nancy RobertsHillside, NJ$125
March 20Joe BellRockaway, NJ$125
March 27Kathy CahillHamburg, NJ$125
April 3Joseph TheeseMelbourne, FL$125
April 10
Mark Hartmann 
Chester, NJ$125
April 17Jenn PorterRockaway, NJ$125
April 24Jeanne GallagherDover, NJ$125
May 1
Joe Bell 
Rockaway, NJ$150
May 8Joe BellRockaway, NJ$150
May 15Pat BudisRockaway, NJ$150
May 22
Joe Bell 
Rockaway, NJ$150
May 29Lucy DeFalcoRockaway, NJ$150
June 5Mark HartmannChester, NJ$150
June 12Cheri FosterRockaway, NJ$150
June 19Bruce LaneWharton, NJ
The Rockaway Rotary Club participated in the 150th Annual Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway Borough on Monday, May 27, 2019 honoring those brave veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the Rockaway Rotary Club sponsored a Valentine's Wine Tasting event at the Lake Telemark Clubhouse in Rockaway Township.  Attendees had the opportunity to sample wines along with various foods and desserts.  Thank you to Sunrise Cellars from ShopRite of Parsippany and everyone who attended for your support. Proceeds of the event will benefit Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey and Welcome Home Vets of NJ.








DG John Wilson
District 7475
Rotary District Conference Gala
President Rod & PP Sheila
Wyndham Hotel
Gettysburg, PA
RI President's Representative
Valarie Wafer
MAY 3 - MAY 5, 2019
Josef Schmidt
"Human Trafficking and Slavery"
Battlefield Tour
Phil Wells
"Schools From Cargo Containers"
This past Saturday, May 4, 2019, the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a food drive for the Rockaway Food Closet at the Rockaway ShopRite.  During the morning, Rockaway Rotary collected carts of groceries and cash donations.  These food and monetary donations will help with a critical need and demand for assistance for many families in the Rockaway area.   A most sincere “Thank You” to all of the Rotarians who contributed their time and to all who donated food and/or money to make this “Help Fight Hunger” event a success.
At our April 17, 2019 club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Jason Emelieze from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our club's Student Honors Program.  Youth Service Chairperson Jake Vogelezang outlined Rotary's focus in the area of education and introduced Thomas Jefferson Teacher Daniele Ferrone who spoke about Jason's outstanding qualifications for this award.
Jason Emelieze
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
The Rockaway Rotary Club is sponsoring three high school juniors from Rockaway for this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Award.   Sarah & Stephanie Smith from Morris Catholic High School and Katie Rivera from Morris Knolls High School will attend the RYLA program that will take place at Drew University from June 21 -23, 2019. 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary District 7475 (Central and Northern New Jersey) where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. RYLA will be held June 21 - 23, 2019 at Drew University in Madison, NJ.  You must be between your Junior and Senior year in high school to attend.  Approximately 80 students attend annually.  The program  includes presentations by top business, community along with motivational speakers. career seminars, leadership challenge exercises, team building activities, recreational activities and the opportunity to meet other fantastic students from around the state.
2018 was a great year for the Rockaway Rotary Club. We accomplished much to benefit our communities and the world. Come join us in our efforts in 2019 to continue to live our motto, "Service Above Self"!  Be our guest for lunch on Wednesday's at The Exchange in Rockaway Borough and learn how you can become a Rotarian and join us in our charitable endeavors.