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Welcome to the Rotary Club of the Rockaways!

Rockaway
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
 
Like dominoes?  Like Uno?  Like Board Games? Join us on Saturday, February 1st, 6 - 8 p.m., at Rockaway Assembly of God, 113 E. Main St., Rockaway, for a night of fun around the tables.  Bring your favorite game, an appetizer, your spouse and, if you like, a friend.  For more information, contact Bob Galenkamp or Jim Stuart.
At our Lunch Meeting on January 22nd, Chris McCormack, photographer and international traveler, spoke about visiting US National Parks and Forests.  President Denise also presented the Rockaway Rotary Eagle Award to Phyllis Alpaugh for her wonderful help with our annual Holiday Party.
 
Saturday, February 1st, 6 p.m. - Game Night
 
Wednesday, February 5th, 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast Meeting
 
Thursday, February 13th, 7:30 a.m. - Board of Directors Meeting
 
Wednesday, February 19th, 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Meeting with Honor Students from Thomas Jefferson and Copeland Middle Schools.
 
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of malnutrition or starvation.  In NJ and NY,  one in five children relies on food stamps to provide daily meals. 
 
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, District 7475, Madison Rotary Club Foundation, other Rotary Clubs and organizations will meet at Drew University in Madison and package 225,000 + meals for distribution to the New Jersey Salvation Army, The Table of Hope and the Market Street Mission in Morristown, Eva's Village in Paterson, St. John's Soup Kitchen and other organizations in our District including our own Rockaway Food Closet.  The cost per meal is 25 cents. The more money we raise, the more meals we can provide. 
 
For more details or to volunteer to help, please contact Ken Nickel.
 
 
At our breakfast meeting on Wednesday, January 8th, President Denise presented Past-President George Berry with his one ruby Paul Harris pin in recognition of his on-going financial support of the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations George and thank you for your generosity.
Our club's 2019-2020 District Grant project was the installation of a water bottle filling station at Parks Lake in Rockaway.  This station, located on the walking path at the lake (by Lakeside Drive), will enable walkers/runners to refill their water bottles and cut down on the need for plastic, throw away bottles.  The grant was for $1,000 and our club contributed over $500 for the project.
Stay up-to-date on the various events and projects that the Rotary Club of the Rockaways are doing by following us on Facebook, Rotary Club of the Rockaways, or on Instagram, rockawayrotary.
On Wednesday, December 18th, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Holiday Party at The Exchange.  Special music was provided by the Copeland Middle School and the Rockaway Borough Preschool.  We also had a very special visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick who had gifts for all the children.  Happy Holidays to all!!
 
At our Breakfast Meeting on December 4th, our club unanimously elected our officers and directors for the Rotary year 2020-2021.  Cheri Foster, our current President-Elect, will be President and elected were:
 
 
          President-Elect:  Marissa Abaza
          Vice President:  Susan Simon-Spada
          Board Secretary:  Jim Stuart
          Treasurer:  Ken Nickel
           Directors:  George Berry, Janice Christensen, Bob Galenkamp, Jake Vogelezang
Thank you to all who have agreed to serve our club in these responsibilities.
On Saturday, November 23rd, Rockaway Rotarians held their annual Turkey Food Drive to help support the Rockaway Food Closet and those in need in the Rockaway community.  We collected 51 turkeys, 1 ham and 5 carloads of food which will help many families during this holiday season.  Thank you to all those in the Rockaway area who donated and demonstrated the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
 
 
 
During the past week, Rockaway Rotarians visited a number of Rockaway schools and distributed dictionaries to 3rd graders.  This annual project is an important part of our club's support of local education.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who were able to take time out of their day to help our club accomplish this important mission.
 

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