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              JUNE 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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2018-2019 Projects, Goals, & Objectives
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Jul 25, 2018
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Aug 01, 2018
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Aug 22, 2018
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of the Rockaways!

Rockaway Rotary Club
We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Exchange
160 East Main Street
Rockaway, NJ  07866
United States
 
 
 
We have been notified by the RI Regional Grant Officer that the Global Grant Scholarship for Janine Furtado has been approved.  "Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding to provide a scholarship to Ms. Janine Furtado to pursue an Interdisciplinary Masters in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, submitted by the Host Sponsor Rotary Club of Genève International in Genève, Switzerland in District 1990 and the International Sponsor District 7475 in the United States, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$ 30,000.00."  Janine was sponsored by our Rockaway Rotary Club and District 7475 for this international scholarship.  PP Ken will be overseeing this scholarship on behalf of our club and coordinating with the host club, the Rotary Club of Genève International in Genève, Switzerland in District 1990. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS JANINE!
 
 


 

 

At our Installation Luncheon on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Rockaway Rotary recognized the efforts of 2017-18 President Ken Nickel and the past year’s Board of Directors. Assistant Governor Roland Basinski installed incoming President, Rodney Seifert and the Board of Directors for 2018-19.  Thank you to outgoing President Ken Nickel, his fellow officers and board members who have served our club so admirably during this past year.  Congratulations and best wishes to incoming President Rodney Seifert and the new officers and board members for the 2018-2019 year.

"BE THE INSPIRATION"

 

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

Club Secretary - Cheri Foster                         Treasurer - Donna Theese

                                   
                                  Past President - Ken Nickel                                 
 
       Directors - Jake Vogelezang, Bob Galenkamp,
George Berry, Sheila Seifert

 

 

PP Ken Nickel passes gavel to 2018-2019 President Rodney Seifert

                                                                  

  

Outgoing President Ken Nickel

 

 

"Rotarian of the Year" Sheila Seifert

 

 

2018-2019 Board of Directors

 

                  
                  

 

Outgoing President Ken Nickel & Incoming President Rod Seifert

address the attendees at the Installation Luncheon

 

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At our July 11th Installation Luncheon, AG Roland Basinski inducted six new members into the Rockaway Rotary Club!

(l to r) Marisa Johnson, PP Ken Nickel, Jason Abaza, Phyllis Alpaugh,

James McLaughlin, Alfonso Gonnella, William Stepka, President Rod Seifert

 

WELCOME TO ROCKAWAY ROTARY!

 

 

 

At the July 11th Installation Luncheon of the Rockaway Rotary Club, three members of the Rockaway Rotary Club were recognized for their ongoing financial support of The Rotary Foundation.  Donna Theese was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow Award and PP Denise & PP Ken Nickel were both individually presented with their PHF +1 pins.  Thank you Donna, Denise, and Ken for your commitment to the work of The Rotary Foundation.

            
Donna Theese PHF
           
Denise Nickel & Ken Nickel PHF +1

 

 

 

Meetings of the Rockaway Rotary Club are held on Wednesday at 12:15 PM at The Exchange in Rockaway Borough.

160 East Main Street

Rockaway, NJ 07866

Phone: (973)627-8488 Fax: (973)627-4203

 

 

 
 
TIME TO CELEBRATE!!
 
This Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 12:15 PM we will have an installation luncheon/ceremony for our club’s officers for 2018-2019 at The Exchange.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting to applaud President Ken Nickel and his board members on their fine year leading our club and to congratulate our incoming President Rod Seifert and next year's officers and board members.  Cost for the luncheon will be $25.  Please RSVP to PP Sheila Seifert by July 9, 2018.
 
WE WILL ALSO BE WELCOMING AND INDUCTING
NEW MEMBERS AT THIS MEETING!
 
 
There will be no club meeting
 this Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
 
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!
 
The first club meeting in the new Rotary year
 will be held on July 11, 2018.

                 
            CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL
             OF OUR RAFFLE WINNERS
                        THIS YEAR!
 
    $3,350 in Prizes Awarded!
 
 
                    
                                           
                                             THIS WEEK'S WINNERS!
                                      June 27 - Bob & Annette Hartman
 
DATENAMELocationAMOUNT
January 3Dominick & Jean MastrostefanoWharton, NJ$100
January 10Shelby RhodesChester, NJ$100
January 17Joseph Reardon IVRockaway, NJ$100
January 24Amanda FosterTennessee$100
January 31Jeanette RossiPompton Plains, NJ$100
February 7Steve BartschMontville, NJ$100
February 14Ken NickelRockaway, NJ$100
February 21Ray SarinelliRockaway, NJ$100
February 28Colleen ReardonRockaway, NJ$100
March 7Brett NickelRockaway, NJ$125
March 14Michael RahillWharton, NJ$125
March 21Mark HartmannChester, NJ$125
March 28Eric & Monica FochtWharton, NJ$125
April 4Ruth JamesonDenville, NJ$125
April 11Steve BartschMontville, NJ$125
April 18Howard BrechnerKinnelon, NJ$125
April 25Tom SparkesBoonton, NJ$125
May 2Kim BrownKenville, NJ$150
May 9Brandon ChristensenParsippany, NJ$150
May 16Mary CapellaMorristown, NJ$150
May 23Shannon NeumannRockaway, NJ$150
May 30Bob GalenkampRockaway, NJ$150
June 6Kathy HealthRandolph, NJ$150
June 13Judi LevineLakewood Ranch, FL$150
June 20Alyson IntveldWest Milford, NJ$150
June 27Bob & Annette HartmanOradell, NJ$250
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 5K Race this past Saturday - the runners, sponsors, Rotarians, race volunteers, Rockaway Boro Police Department, Rockaway Boro Fire Department & Department of Public Works. A special thank you to the Rockaway Assembly of God Church for sharing their property and providing volunteers to assist in making our race a success.

The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 16th.  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/Walk will benefit Rockaway Rotary Club’s charitable projects throughout the upcoming year including our commitment to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  Part of the monies raised will be distributed to the Rockaway Food Closet.

 
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: Terry Lusardi & Joyce Morgan
 
 
 
Thank You To Our Sponsors
 
 
 
 
At our June 6th 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 Ryan Spada (Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship), Christine Connelly (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship), Chloe Wohlgemuth (John H. Beeman "Service Above Self" Scholarship), and Thomas Cicchetti (Rockaway Rotary Vocational Scholarship).  Each student received a $1000 scholarship towards their college education.
 
 
Scholarship Committee Member Rod Seifert (left) and Rockaway Rotary President Ken Nickel (right)
presented scholarships to (middle, left to right) Thomas Cicchetti, Chloe Wohlgemuth,
Christine Connelly, and Ryan Spada
 
 
 
Christine Connelly
Morris Hills High School
Seton Hall University
 
Ryan Spada
Morris Hills High School
Columbia University
 
 
Chloe Wohlgemuth
Morris Knolls High School
Amherst College
 
Thomas Cicchetti
Morris Knolls High School
Morris County Vo-Tech

 

 

We remember those this Memorial Day who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Thank you to all of our country's veterans, past and present, and especially to our Rotarian veterans who definitely have lived the Rotary motto! 

"Service Above Self"

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Due to the saturated turf and possible dangerous weather
on Sunday,  "The Taste of Rockaway" has been cancelled.
 
 
 
 
At our May 16, 2018 club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Camilo Halaby from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our club's Student Honors Program.  President-Elect Rod Seifert outlined Rotary's focus in the area of education and introduced Thomas Jefferson Principal David Waxman who spoke about Camilo's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
             
       David Waxman,
Thomas Jefferson School Principal
 
                          Principal Waxman, Camilo Halaby,
                        President Ken Nickel
 
 
 
Join us for an enjoyable evening of food, wine, and entertainment!
 
Contact President Ken or PP Denise for tickets to sell for this event!
 
 
On Friday, April 27, 2018, President Ken Nickel and President-Elect Rod Seifert made a presentation to the Rockaway Area Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting. Rod & Ken spoke about Rotary and the many charitable efforts and service opportunities of the Rotary Club of the Rockaways. They promoted and shared the benefits of Rotary membership and how members of the Chamber of Commerce and our Rotary club can work together to better the lives of people in our communities.
 
 
Rockaway Rotary participated in the Rockaway Township Library Spring Festival on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  Club Members spoke to visitors to our booth about the great work we do in our communities and promoted upcoming club and district events and fundraisers.
 
 
The Easter Bunny would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our Easter Bunny Breakfast this past Saturday morning and all of the breakfast helpers. Monies raised will assist us in our ongoing efforts  to fight hunger through our support of the Rockaway Food Closet.  A big thank you to our substitute Easter Bunny Denise after the original Easter Bunny did not feel well.  A job well done! 
 
 
 
On Saturday evening, October 3rd, members of our club attended the annual Presidents' Ball at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover.  The Presidents Ball is a yearly event where all clubs are encouraged to participate to support, cheer, and applaud their club's current president for all their work, effort and enthusiasm they exhibit.  Along with Presidents from throughout the district, President Ken was recognized and thanked for his service as club president this year.
 
CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT KEN ! 
 
 
      
On Tuesday, February 27th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club promoted Rotary's area of focus on education and literacy by participating in the annual “Read Across America” day in Rockaway Borough. Rotarians Rod Seifert, Rick Rounsaville, and Jeff Tobias, read stories to students at Lincoln School as part of the event sponsored annually by the National Education Association.
         
 
        
Rockaway Rotarians Jeff Tobias,
Rick Rounsaville, & Rod Seifert
participated in "Read Across America"
         
Rockaway Rotarian Rod Seifert reads to third
graders during "Read Across America" at
Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough
 
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club, the Morris Hills High School Interact Club, and friends braved the weather and took time to assist in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ. Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.  This is a bi-monthly project of our Rockaway Rotary Club led by Past-President Janice Christensen.
 
 
(l to r) PP Janice Christensen, PP Denise Nickel, MHHS students Rebecca and Mackenzie
 
 
 
 
At our January 31, 2018 club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Zoraya Acosta from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough and Olivia Ciampi from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our club's Student Honors Program.  Youth Services Director Jake Vogelezang outlined Rotary's focus in the area of education and introduced Thomas Jefferson Principal David Waxman and Copeland Principal Alfonso Gonnella who spoke about each student's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
 
 
 
             
Zoraya Acosta, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
 
          
Olivia Ciampi, Copeland Middle School
 
 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
 

At the January 11th Rockaway Rotary Board of Directors meeting, it was decided to discontinue our Wednesday, 7:30 AM Breakfast meetings due to the lack of attendance/interest effective immediately.
 
Our weekly meeting will continue to be held on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM at The Exchange.
 
 
*** PLEASE JOIN US! ***
 
 

"ANOTHER COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE ROCKAWAY ROTARY CLUB"

 
New sign for the recently restored historic Rockaway Borough Public Library!  This project was funded by a district grant from the Rotary Foundation.
 
Message from the library:
 
"...THANK YOU Rotary Club of the Rockaways for the new Library sign!! It's bold, bright, and easy to read. And we LOVE the books and the owls. A matching sign for the children's room entrance door coming soon, also funded by a grant from the Rockaway Rotary Club."
 
               
 
 
 
 

 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR...
 from the Rotary Club
of the Rockaways!
 
 
May 2018 be a great year for all
Rotarians to live our motto!
 
 
"Service Above Self"!
 
 
2017 WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR THE ROCKAWAY ROTARY CLUB! 
 
WE ACCOMPLISHED MUCH TO BENEFIT OUR
COMMUNITIES AND THE WORLD!
 
"JOIN US IN 2018!"
 
 

FIGHTING HUNGER

IN OUR COMMUNITIES

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY PARTY

HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST

BACK TO SCHOOL PROJECT

WINE TASTING

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

 

FEEDING THE HOMELESS

READ ACROSS AMERICA
 
 
 
 

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

THANKSGIVING TURKEY DRIVE

 

CAMP MERRY HEART

CELEBRATE ROCKAWAY DAY

COLLECTING FOR  GIFT OF LIFE

AND HURRICANE RELIEF

"ALL THAT JAZZ"

TRICKY TRAY

DISTRICT GRANT (RTSD)

"READERS ARE LEADERS"

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP TROPHY
2016-2017

COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP PROJECTS

OFFICER/BOD INSTALLATION 

SCHOLARSHIPS

5K "RUN FOR ROCKAWAY"

 

EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST

"DECEMBERFEST" CRAFT BEER TASTING

ROCKAWAY FOOD CLOSET

FOOD DRIVES

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

DICTIONARY PROJECT
SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS TO BE HELD THIS WEEK!
 
Each year, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways offers four scholarships to qualified high school seniors from Rockaway Borough or Rockaway Township.  Click "Read more..." below for the requirements and qualifications for each scholarship and download the scholarship application forms.
  • Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship
  • Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship
  • John H. Beeman “Service Above Self” Scholarship
  • Rockaway Rotary Vocational Scholarship​
 
IMPORTANT!
 
ALL TICKETS MUST BE RETURNED
BY JANUARY 2, 2018.
  FIRST RAFFLE DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE
       AT OUR JANUARY 3RD MEETING!
 
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$20 Donation Per Ticket
$3,350 in Prizes
 
 
Support the many charitable endeavors of the Rockaway Rotary Club by participating in our 2018 CALENDAR RAFFLE.
 
26 Chances to Win!
  All Tickets Eligible To Win More Than Once!
 
Drawings to be held on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM
at The Exchange, 160 E. Main St., Rockaway, NJ
 
Maximum 500 Tickets Will Be Sold
 
 
Winner need not be present to win.
All Winners will be notified by telephone or e-mail
 
*****
 
ATTENTION ROCKAWAY ROTARIANS!
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM PRESIDENT KEN!
 
All sold ticket stubs/money and unsold tickets must be
returned to Cheri or Ken by January 2, 2018
 

 

On Wednesday, December 13th, the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Exchange in Rockaway Borough.  Children from the Pre-K classes at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough were among the guests of the club. Holiday musical entertainment was provided by the Pre-K students and students from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough.  A special appearance by the jolly old man in the red suit bearing gifts for the students was enjoyed by both young and old.

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At the December 6, 2017 meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club, Past President Sheila Seifert was recognized by The Rotary Foundation as a Major Donor.  This honor recognizes her dedication to Rotary International's mission of "doing good in the world" and her ongoing financial support of The Rotary Foundation's humanitarian and educational initiatives.

President Ken Nickel presents PP Sheila Seifert with her Major Donor Pin and Crystal

Thank you to all of the Rotarians and guests who came out to support
our efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico!  A fun time was had by all. 
Special thanks to Shoprite of Parsippany Sunrise Cellars.
THIS FRIDAY!!!
 
Join us for a fun evening and support
Rotary's Puerto Rico Disaster Relief efforts!
 
 
Due to the time and efforts of the Rockaway Rotary Club and the generosity of Rockaway area residents, many needy families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  This Saturday, in support of the Rockaway Food Closet, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club collected frozen turkeys, bags of groceries, and cash donations to help Rockaway families who are struggling to pay their bills and are unable to stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving items.  The ideal of ‘Service” is thriving in Rockaway Rotary and our Rockaway communities.  We thank all of the community members who contributed to our efforts to assist those less fortunate.
    
 
At our November 15, 2017 lunch meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Jake Montefusco from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as the club's Student of the Marking Period.  Youth Services Director Jake Vogelezang outlined Rotary's focus in the area of education and introduced Thomas Jefferson Principal David Waxman who spoke about the student's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
Congratulations Jake and keep up the good work!
 
 
(L to R) Jake Montefusco, Student of the MP, Ken Nickel, President, Rockaway Rotary Club,
and David Waxman, Principal, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
 
 
On November 13, 2017, President Ken Nickel and Past Presidents Sheila and Rod Seifert attended the Districts 7510 & 7470 "Eat, Drink, & Share" Rotary Foundation event. Rod & Sheila were recognized as members of the Paul Harris Society for their ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation.
 
 

 

At the November 15th club assembly of the Rockaway Rotary Club, President Ken Nickel presented a Paul Harris pin to PP Rod Seifert (3 rubies) for his ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

 

Members of the Rockaway Rotary Club continued our 2017 Dictionary Project by distributing dictionaries to the 3rd grade students at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough. Rockaway Rotary promotes literacy by annually providing dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the public and parochial schools in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township.
 
Rockaway Rotary continues in our ongoing endeavor to fight hunger in our communities.  At our November 1st lunch meeting, President Ken Nickel presented a donation from our club's various fundraising efforts to Christine Zelinsky for the Rockaway Food Closet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rockaway Rotary began our celebration of Halloween by giving McDonald's gift cards to the students with the best costume in each classroom at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough..... 

 

 

 

 

...... and continued our celebration with our Halloween Festival!

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Rockaway Rotary has begun our annual distribution of dictionaries to all third graders in the public and parochial schools in our communities.  This week, club members delivered dictionaries to the third graders at Divine Mercy Academy in Rockaway Borough.
 
 
 
At our AM meeting on October 11, 2017, Rockaway Rotary members labeled dictionaries in preparation for distribution to all of the 3rd graders in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township public and parochial schools.
 
 
 
On Saturday morning, September 30, 2017, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a fall clean-up in Rockaway Borough.  They collected garbage and debris from the area around Friendship Field.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who participated in this project.
 
Rockaway Rotary participated in the "Celebrate Rockaway Borough" Street Fair on Sunday, September 17th.  Rockaway Rotarians assisted the Rockaway Borough Business Owners Association with the many activities throughout the day, promoted our club's civic endeavors, and collected contributions for our Rotary District 7470 "Hurricane Relief" efforts and Gift of Life.
 
 
 
MESSAGE FROM OUR DG PEGGY MADER
 
 
I want to thank everyone who has sent contributions to our District Foundation for Hurricane Relief. To date we have raised over $10,000. District Foundation Chair Bob Button and RI Foundation Chair Frank Geraghty will be working with me to determine where the money can do the most goods. With your permission we will expand our donation to include areas hit by Irma along with the Harvey victims. As soon as we determine where we will be sending money I will let you all know. I do want you to be assured that all donations will go directly to Rotarians (either District or Club) to help in their recovery.
 
Thank you again for your donations, and keep them coming.
 
Rotarians are the Best!
 
Peggy Mader

 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM
OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR
 
 
I am sure we are all well aware of the disastrous flooding and hurricane damage in Texas and we all want to help. In that respect we are asking all clubs and members to send donations to our District Foundation where those contributions can be consolidated. We will work through Rotary to find the district or club(s) where our donations can be of the most use. In addition to the power of a larger contribution this method will guarantee any contribution will be tax deductible.
 
Send checks payable to Rotary District 7470 Foundation to our treasurer Larry Wefferling, 35 Snull Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006.
Make sure to write Texas Relief in the memo portion so the donation is correctly credited.
 
With "Rotarians Making a Difference", as RI President Ian's theme, we can show the world that we really mean it. 
 
Thank you for your donations and all the help you do.
 
Governor Peggy Mader
 
District Governor Peggy Mader, making her annual visit to our club, addressed our members at our August 30th meeting.  DG Mader spoke about her background and experiences as a Rotarian and the numerous opportunities that Rotary gives us to serve our communities and the world.  She encouraged our members to support the district's efforts in raising funds for the relief efforts in Texas and highlighted her district conference which will take place on a cruise to Bermuda next May.  She thanked our club for all of our efforts and urged everyone to remain active in district events and initiatives.
 
DG Peggy Mader Addresses Members
of the Rockaway Rotary Club
 
 
AG Roland Basinski, DG Peggy Mader, and
Rockaway Rotary Club
President Ken Nickel Exchange Banners
 
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, August 19, 2017, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club took time to assist in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ. Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.  This is a bi-monthly project of our Rockaway Rotary Club led by Past-President Janice Christensen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, August 19th, Rockaway Rotarians assisted at the distribution of school supplies during the Rockaway “Back-To-School”  Program at the  United Methodist Church.  Due to our contributions and help, many students in our communities will be able to start the school year with a new backpack and the essential  supplies to make their school year a success.
 
 
Rockaway Rotarians handled cooking duties
throughout the day at the "Back to School"
supplies distribution!
 
 
 

 

 

Rockaway Rotary donated the funds to buy the backpacks for the "Back to School" project

 
This past Wednesday, August 9th, Rockaway Rotary and clubs from District 7470 participated in Service Club Day at Camp Merry Heart. The clubs of District 7470 have been supporting Camp Merry Heart since 1952, providing the upkeep of buildings, donating camper scholarships, and providing much needed supplies.
 

Rockaway Rotary Members Working the Popcorn Machine and our Assistant Governor

 

 

Our District Governor, Peggy Mader and

Assistant Governor, Roland Basinski

 

Rockaway Rotary Gazebo

at Camp Merry Heart

 

 

 "Service Above Self"

 
 
 
This past Saturday, August 5, 2017, the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a food drive for the Rockaway Food Closet at the Rockaway ShopRite.  During the morning, Rockaway Rotarians 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 and family members who contributed their time and to all who donated food and/or money to make this “Help Fight Hunger” event a success.
 
ROTARY AT WORK!
 
 
 
 
 
On Tuesday, August 1st, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club participated in the annual “National Night Out” in Rockaway Borough.  This nationwide crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Rockaway Borough Police Department.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to the 2016-2017 Rockaway Rotary Club President Sheila Seifert, her fellow officers and board members who have served our club so admirably during this past year.
 
 
 
 
Congratulations and best wishes to incoming President Ken Nickel
and the new officers and board members for 2017-18.
 
 
President-Elect - Rodney Seifert* Vice President - Susan Simon-Spada*
Club Secretary - Cheri Foster* Board Secretary - Jim Stuart *
Treasurer - Donna Theese* Past President - Sheila Seifert*
Directors - Jake Vogelezang, Patrick McDonald, Colleen Reardon
 
 
 
 
            CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR
        CALENDAR RAFFLE WINNERS THIS YEAR!
 
 
 
                    
                                           
                    June 28- Joe & Angie Greaney
 
DATENAMELocationAMOUNT
January 4Glen SolbergHopatcong, NJ$100
January 11Lajos BartuczDenville, NJ$100
January 25Betty Jo GalenkampWharton, NJ$100
February 1Jan KristiansenRockaway, NJ$100
February 8Preston HillsRockaway, NJ$100
February 15Pat McDonaldRockaway, NJ$100
March 1Nancy SernottiMonroe, NY$125
March 8Geoffrey ZoellerRockaway, NJ$125
March 15Jeff OsterMine Hill, NJ$125
March 29Margit RahillWharton, NJ$125
April 5Margit RahillWharton, NJ$125
April 12Colleen ReardonRockaway, NJ$125
April 26Donna TheeseBoonton. NJ$125
May 3Gwen SteckelEaston, PA$150
May 10Eric ZalisBernardsville, NJ$150
May 24George BerryDenville, NJ$150
May 31Katie ReardonRockaway, NJ$150
June 7Richard BeilinMorristown, NJ$150
June 14David FlynnRockaway, NJ$150
June 28Joe & Angie GreaneyLansdale, PA$250
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$2,625 in Prizes
 
20 Chances to Win! 
 
Winner need not be present to win.
Winners will be notified
by telephone or e-mail.
 
 
 
At our June 14th 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 Farah Khan (Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship), Andreya Pencak (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship), Jake Philhower (John H. Beeman "Service Above Self" Scholarship), and Charles Mizelle (Rockaway Rotary Vocational Scholarship).  Each student received a $1000 scholarship towards their college education.
 
Rockaway Rotary President Sheila Seifert (left) and Scholarship Committee member Rod Seifert (right)
presented scholarships to (middle, left to right) Farah Khan, Andreya Pencak,
Jake Philhower, and Charles Mizelle
 
 
Farah Khan
Morris Hills High School
Farleigh Dickinson University
Andreya Pencak
Morris Knolls High School
Quinnipiac University
 
Charles "Chaz" Mizelle
Morris Knolls High School
Pennsylvania College of Technology 
Jake Philhower
Morris Knolls High School
Dartmouth College

The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 10th.  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/Walk will benefit Rockaway Rotary Club’s charitable projects throughout the upcoming year including our commitment to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  Part of the monies raised will be distributed to the Rockaway Food Closet.

 
Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors,
and volunteers for making the race a success.
 
"President Sheila extends her personal thanks to all Rotarians and friends of Rotarians who volunteered to "run" the race.  It was wonderful to see the outpouring of support from our community." 
 
 
 
...and they are off!
 
 
Overall Winners: Frank Pratko & Kelly Gallagher
 
 
Thank You To Our Sponsors
 
 
 
 
Skytop Lodge
 
Master of Ceremonies
Ken Nickel
 
 
Rockaway Rotarians
 
Foundation Basket
 
"We Remember Them"
 
PP Bill & Maryann Pojedinec
 
Cinco De Mayo
 
Best Overall Newsletter
 
Run For the Roses
 
Best Club Website
 
Keynote Speaker
Staff Sergeant Timothy Payne
US Army (Ret.)
 
District 7470 VTT
Vocational Training Team
 
 
RI Representative
PDG Bryan Cooke
Greeley, Colorado
 

 
At a morning plenary session of our District 7470 Conference, "Women in Rotary" were honored. Women were first admitted as Rotarians 30 years ago as a result of a Supreme Court decision on May 4, 1987. Rockaway Rotarian and PDG Joyce Cougle was honored among the women from our district with 25+ years of "Service Above Self"!
 
Congratulations PDG Joyce!
 
 
 
 
At our District 7470 Conference, Mary Berry from Rockaway was named an Honorary Member of District 7470 by DG Margit Rahill. Mary is also an Honorary Member of Rockaway Rotary and very active in all of our club humanitarian endeavors.
 
Congratulations Mary!
 
On May 3rd, President Sheila Seifert and Past President Rod Seifert presented a check to the Rockaway Township Board of Education to cover the cost of the "Readers Are Leaders" program which promotes literacy and leadership for grammar school students through the use of biographical e-books about influential people in history. The program was made possible through a District 7470 grant from the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
At this past Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Casey Heitmann from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as our “Student of the Month”.  Past President Rodney Seifert outlined Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced Vice Principal Stacey Wisniewski from Copeland Middle School who spoke about Casey's outstanding qualifications for this award.  
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS CASEY!
 
 
(L to R) Stacey Wisniewski, Copeland Middle School VP, Sheila Seifert, President
Student of the Month Casey Heitmann, & Rodney Seifert, Past President 
 
THANK YOU to everyone who made our "All That Jazz" Tricky Tray fundraiser a success!  To everyone who came out to support our club, thank you for your monetary contributions and we hope you had an enjoyable evening.  The proceeds from this event will assist our club in our charitable endeavors and to continue to serve our communities.  Our most sincere appreciation to all of the Rotarians, volunteers from Apple, and musical performers from Copeland Middle School for their contribution to the fun and entertaining night.  Special thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who donated all of the magnificent prizes for our tricky tray.  Kudos to the members of the event committee for all their time and hard work!  Great job!
 
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
 

Our emcee for the evening, Ken Nickel!

Hard working Rotarians!

Copeland Middle School Jazz Band entertains during the evening festivities.

A happy tricky tray winner!

The Easter Bunny would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our Easter Bunny Breakfast and all of the breakfast helpers. The event was a great success.  We raised $360 to assist us in our ongoing efforts  to fight hunger through our support of the Rockaway Food Closet.
 
 
 
 
Join us on April 1, 2017 for our annual Easter Bunny Breakfast
and help support the Rockaway Food Closet.
 
 
On Wednesday, March 8th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club promoted Rotary's area of focus on education and literacy by participating in the annual “Read Across America” day in Rockaway Borough. Rotarians Rod Seifert, Rick Rounsaville, Jake Vogelezang, and Mark Schwarz read stories to students at Lincoln School as part of the event sponsored annually by the National Education Association.
 
Rockaway Rotarian Rod Seifert reads to third graders during
"Read Across America" at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough
 
At our weekly luncheon meeting on March 1, 2017, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways hosted an Awards Celebration. Honored were the Food Closet of Rockaway with a $600 donation, Saint Peter’s Orphanage of Denville with a $600 donation and Gift of Life NJ with a $900 donation. The funds were raised at the Valentines Wine Tasting Event held on January 28th at The Mission at Rockaway. More than 75 Rotarians and non-Rotarians attended the event which included wines from four different regions of the world and great food, both supplied and catered by Shop Rite of Parsippany. Several gift baskets and a 50/50 raffle rounded out an evening of fun, fellowship and great exposure for Rotary.
 
 
(L to R) Ken Nickel, President-Elect, Rockaway Rotary Club, Christine Zelinsky, Rockaway Food Closet,
Dennis Dondero, Co-Chair, District 7470 GOL, Kathryn Ottilio, St. Peter's Orphange,
and Sheila Seifert, President, Rockaway Rotary Club 
 
At our February 22, 2017 lunch meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Shreya Joshi from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as the club's Student of the Month.  Youth Services Director Jake Vogelezang outlined Rotary's focus in the area of education and introduced Thomas Jefferson Principal Stephanie Bonaparte who spoke about Shreya's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
Congratulations Shreya and keep up the good work!
 
 
Pictured (L to R) Sheila Seifert, President, Rockaway Rotary Club, Shreya Joshi, Student of the Month,
and Stephanie Bonaparte, Principal, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
 
 
At our February 22, 2017 lunch meeting, our Assistant District Governor Roland Basinski inducted Dr. Greg McGann as a new member of the Rotary Club of the Rockaways. Greg is the Superintendent of Schools in Rockaway Township.  He was sponsored by PP Rodney Seifert.
 
WELCOME TO ROCKAWAY ROTARY GREG!
 
 
AG Roland Basinski welcomes Dr. Greg McGann
as a member of the Rockaway Rotary Club
 
 
 
Pictured (L-R) are Sheila Seifert (Club President, Rockaway Rotary), Dr. Greg McGann
(Superintendent, Rockaway Township School District), PP Rodney Seifert,
 and Roland Basinski (Assistant Governor, District 7470)
 
Due to the Presidents' Day holiday, the Rockaway Rotary Club
will not hold our monthly evening meeting
this Monday, February 20, 2017.
 
 
  We will hold our normal morning (7:30 AM) and lunch meeting (12:15 PM)
this Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
 

 
Our next evening meeting will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Anthony's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria on West Main Street in Rockaway Borough.  Join us to meet our members and hear about all of the charitable endeavors undertaken by our club to benefit our communities and the world. Rotarians are each encouraged to invite a friend or colleague to join us for this meeting.
 
 
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, the Rockaway Rotary Club sponsored a Valentine's Wine Tasting event at The Mission in Rockaway.  Attendees had the opportunity to sample wines from five different regions of the world along with various foods and desserts.  Thank you to ShopRite of Parsippany and everyone who attended for your support. Proceeds of the event will benefit Gift of Life of NJ, the Rockaway Food Closet, and St. Peter's Orphanage.
 
 
At this past Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students Joseph Udina from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township and Jonathon Doty from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as our “Students of the Month”.  PP Rod Seifert outlined Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced Principals Alfonso Gonella from Copeland Middle School and Stephanie Bonaparte from Thomas Jefferson Middle School who outlined Joseph's and Jonathon's outstanding qualifications for this award.  President Sheila Seifert presented a certificate and monetary award to each student.
 
CONGRATULATIONS JOSEPH & JONATHON!
 

Joseph Udina

Copeland Middle School

 

Jonathon Doty

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Rockaway Rotarians:
Contact Cheri Foster or Denise Nickel
to obtain tickets for sale!
 
*****
THIS SATURDAY!
 
Buy your tickets early and save!
 
 
WINNER ANNOUNCED!
 
January 4, 2017
 
Glen Solberg
Hopatcong, NJ
 
$100
 
                                          President Sheila presents winnings to our first
                                          Calendar Raffle Winner!
 
 
 
Each year, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways offers four scholarships to qualified high school seniors from Rockaway Borough or Rockaway Township.  Click "Read more..." below for the requirements and qualifications for each scholarship and download the scholarship application forms.
  • Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship
  • Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship
  • John H. Beeman “Service Above Self” Scholarship
  • Rockaway Rotary Vocational Scholarship​

 

On Wednesday, December 14th, the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Exchange in Rockaway Borough.  Children from the Pre-K classes at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough were among the guests of the club. Holiday musical entertainment was provided by the Pre-K students and members of the Copeland Middle School String Ensemble in Rockaway Township.  A special appearance by the jolly old man in the red suit bearing gifts for the students was enjoyed by both young and old.

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Our annual dictionary project continued this week with our distribution to the 3rd graders at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough.
 
 
 
At our November 20th lunch meeting, District Governor Margit Rahill inducted Richard Matthews as a new member of the Rotary Club of the Rockaways. Richard is the School Business Administrator for the Rockaway Borough School District.  He was sponsored by Rockaway Rotarian and School Superintendent Mark Schwarz.
 
WELCOME TO ROCKAWAY ROTARY RICHARD!
 
 
Pictured (L-R) are Margit Rahill (DG, District 7470), Sheila Seifert (Club President, Rockaway Rotary), Richard Matthews (Business Administrator, Rockaway Borough School District) and Mark Schwarz (Superintendent, Rockaway Borough Schools)
 
The Rockaway Rotary Club has been informed by the District 7470 Grant Subcommittee that we have been awarded a $1000 Rotary Foundation district grant for this Rotary year. These monies will be used to purchase high-interest non-fiction books that focus on heroes, leaders, and influential people for primary school students in the Rockaway Township School District . These books will be utilized in promoting reading and literacy skills in the primary grades along with providing students with an understanding of the importance of positive character traits in the development of leadership skills.
Due to the time and efforts of the Rockaway Rotary Club and the generosity of club members, the staff and students from the Rockaway Borough Schools and Divine Mercy Academy, and Rockaway area residents, many needy families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  This past Saturday, in support of the Rockaway Food Closet, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club collected frozen turkeys, bags of groceries, and cash donations to help Rockaway families who are struggling to pay their bills and are unable to stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving items.  The ideal of ‘Service” is thriving in Rockaway Rotary and our Rockaway communities.  We thank all of the community members who contributed to our efforts to assist those less fortunate.
    
 
On Friday evening, November 18th, members of our club attended the annual President's/Foundation Ball at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  The President's/Foundation Ball is a yearly event where all clubs are encouraged to participate to support, cheer, and applaud their club's current president for all their work, effort and enthusiasm they exhibit.  Along with Presidents from throughout the district, President Sheila was recognized and thanked for her service as club president this year.  This year we also celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation honoring clubs and individuals for their contributions to the great work of the Foundation.
 
CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT SHEILA ! 
   
  
 
Rockaway Rotary has begun our annual distribution of dictionaries to all third graders in the public and parochial schools in our communities.  This past week, club members delivered dictionaries to the third graders at Divine Mercy Academy in Rockaway Borough.
 
In our continuing effort to "Fight Hunger" in our communities, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways has been an avid supporter of the Rockaway Food Closet.  The food closet has been a invaluable resource for those residents in need since 1984.  It serves the needs of over 130 families in the Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township communities.  At our November 2, 2016 lunch meeting, Sheila Seifert, Club President, presented Food Closet Director Linda Kirby and Christine Zelinski a check for $2,500 representing proceeds from various club fundraisers.
 
 
 

Rockaway Rotary began our celebration of Halloween by giving McDonald's gift cards to the students with the best costume in each classroom at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough..... 

 

...... and continued our Halloween celebration with our Halloween Festival!

 

At our October 26th lunch meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Christopher Coulter from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as the club's Student of the Month. Pictured are Alfonso Gonnella, Principal, Copeland Middle School; Ken Nickel, President-Elect, Rockaway Rotary Club; Christopher and his mother, Patti Coulter.
 
Congratulations Chris and keep up the good work!
 
 
Bring the kids and the whole family
this Monday evening to celebrate Halloween!
 
 
In recognition of World Polio Day, the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a yard sale this past Sunday to raise funds for RI's PolioPlus campaign.  Rockaway Rotary continues its commitment to support the efforts of RI to eradicate polio in the world.  "We Are This Close"!
 
At our October 17, 2016 evening meeting, Rockaway Rotarian Bob Galenkamp was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by President Sheila Seifert in recognition of his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Bob!
 
 
Come out this Sunday to support the Rockaway Rotary Club's efforts to eradicate polio in the world. All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit Rotary International's PolioPlus campaign.
 
On Saturday morning, October 15, 2016, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a fall clean-up in Rockaway Borough.  They collected garbage and debris from the areas of Friendship Field and Seminole Avenue underpass.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who participated in this project.
 
 
At our Wednesday, October 12, 2016 lunch meeting, Club President Sheila Seifert presented Ken Nickel, Club President-Elect, with a certificate and pin recognizing Ken as a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his support of the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations, Ken!
 
 
At our AM meeting on October 5, 2016, Rockaway Rotary members labeled dictionaries in preparation for distribution to all of the 3rd graders in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township public and parochial schools.
 
 
Rockaway Rotary participated in the "Celebrate Rockaway Borough" Street Fair on Sunday, September 25th. Rockaway Rotarians assisted the Rockaway Borough Business Owners Association with the many activities throughout the day, promoted our club's civic endeavors, and collected contributions for PolioPlus in our continuing efforts to support Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio in the world.
 
 
 
Night Meetings for Rotary Club of the Rockaways
 
Join Your Neighbors in Local, Charitable Events
and Make Friends
 
Join your neighbors in the Rockaway area for the monthly evening meeting of the Rotary Club of the Rockaways, and make friends while supporting community charities. Evening meetings will be held the third Monday of each month starting at 6:30 PM at the Rockaway River Barn Restaurant located at 11 Green Pond Road.  Anyone who lives or works in Rockaway or the surrounding area is invited to join us for these meetings.
 
“Times are changing and we recognize that to attract new members we need to make our meeting times more accessible,” says Denise Nickel, Past President. “We invite anyone in the community who would like to join our group to drop by, mingle with us and learn a little about the Rotary Club.” People are also welcome to attend the club’s regular meetings at the Exchange Restaurant in Rockaway at 12:15 PM every Wednesday or at the Assembly of God Church in Rockaway at 7:30 AM on Wednesdays.
 
The Rotary Club of the Rockaways is the local chapter of Rotary International, an organization dedicated to humanitarian service at the global and community levels. The club is involved in supporting the Rockaway Food Closet and maintaining Park Lake Gazebo, as well as running the Rockaway Halloween Festival, Easter Bunny Breakfast and annual donation of dictionaries for every third grader in Rockaway Township and Rockaway Borough. This dedication to education is further reinforced through monthly academic certificates and annual college scholarships the group awards to Rockaway students. To learn more about the club, contact Sheila Seifert at 973-627-5256 or email rockawayrotary@optimum.net.
 
At our September 14th lunch meeting, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways welcomed Colleen Reardon as our club's newest member.  Colleen works at Town Hall for the Borough of Rockaway.  She was sponsored for membership by Rockaway Borough Clerk and Rockaway Rotary President Sheila Seifert.
 

Colleen Reardon was inducted into our club by Assistant Governor Roland Basinski 

 

Colleen Reardon was sponsored for membership by President Sheila Seifert

In Memorium
 
William (Bill) Pojedinec
President 2010-2011
 
 
 
On September 11, 2016, Rockaway Rotarian William (Bill) Pojedinec passed away.  Bill was president of our club in 2010-2011 and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2011.  Bill's wife and former Rockaway Rotarian MaryAnn passed away a few weeks prior.  Our condolences to Bill and MaryAnn's families.
 
District Governor Margit Rahill, making her annual visit to our club, addressed our members at this past Wednesday’s meeting.  DG Rahill spoke about the numerous events to take place this Rotary year and the objectives that she will be pursuing during her year as District Governor.  DG Margit highlighted the availability of district grant monies for our club to help fund our local and global initiatives.  She encouraged everyone to be become involved in increasing our membership and to remain active in district events and initiatives.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rockaway Rotary Club President Sheila Seifert and President Elect James Castiglia
of the Jefferson Club (the home club of DG Rahill) exchanged banners.
 
 
During the last week of August, members of the Morris Hills Soccer Teams took over Park Lake, staining the Rotary Memorial Gazebo and weeding around the gazebo and Veterans Memorial.  The boys did an exceptional job beautifying the gazebo area and we look forward to continuing to work with the MHHS students on more projects in the future.
 

Rockaway Rotary Memorial Gazebo at Park Lake

 
...Since 1988

 

Veterans Memorial at Park Lake

Great job by the MHHS Soccer Teams!

THANK YOU!

 
 
On Saturday, August 27th, Rockaway Rotarians assisted at the distribution of school supplies during the Rockaway “Back-To-School”  Program at the  United Methodist Church.  Due to our contributions and help, many students in our communities will be able to start the school year with a new backpack and the essential  supplies to make their school year a success.
 
 
Rockaway Rotarians handled cooking duties at the "Back to School" supplies distribution
 

 

Rockaway Rotary donated the funds to buy the backpacks for the "Back to School" project

 

 

This past Wednesday, August 10th, Rockaway Rotary and clubs from District 7470 participated in Service Club Day at Camp Merry Heart. The clubs of District 7470 have been supporting Camp Merry Heart since 1952, providing the upkeep of buildings, donating camper scholarships, and providing much needed supplies.
 

Rockaway Rotary Members who participated at the Camp Merry Heart Club Service Day

Serving campers popcorn during the carnival

Working the popcorn machine on a very hot day

"Service Above Self"

President Sheila receives "Appreciation Certificate" for our club's support of Camp Merry Heart

 

 
 
On Tuesday, August 2nd, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club participated in the annual “National Night Out” in Rockaway Borough.  This nationwide crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Rockaway Borough Police Department.
 
 
Rockaway Rotarians and guests attended our first monthly evening meeting on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Rockaway River Barn Restaurant. Our goal is to generate interest in Rotary and our local club's many charitable efforts plus increase membership by offering various meeting time options to address the schedules of perspective members.  In addition to our weekly Wednesday meetings throughout the year, club meetings will be held on the third Monday of every month at the Rockaway River Barn.  Join us at a meeting and find out about Rotary.
 
 
 
This past Saturday, July 9, 2016 the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a food drive for the Rockaway Food Closet at the Rockaway ShopRite.  Rockaway Rotarians collected two full vans of groceries and $420 in 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 members who contributed their time and to all who donated food and/or money to make this “Help Fight Hunger” event a success.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to the 2015-2016 Rockaway Rotary Club President Denise Nickel, her fellow officers and board members who have served our club so admirably during this past year.  Congratulations and best wishes to incoming President Sheila Seifert and the new officers and board members for the coming Rotary year.
 
President - Sheila Seifert
President-Elect - Ken Nickel* Vice President - Susan Simon-Spada*
Club Secretary - Cheri Foster* Board Secretary - Jim Stuart *
Treasurer - Ken Nickel * Past President - Denise Nickel*
Directors - Jake Vogelezang, Cheri Foster, Jeff Tobias
 
 
 
 
 
Rockaway Rotary Club members at the District 7470 Banner Exchange Dinner.
Thank you DG Frank Geraghty and congratulations to incoming DG Margit Rahill.
 
 
Club President Denise Nickel and Assistant Governor Rod Seifert accept the district
trophy for the largest reported membership gain for this Rotary year.
 
On Saturday, June 18, 2016, members and family of the Rockaway Rotary Club took time to assist in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ. Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.
 
 

The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 18th.  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/Walk will benefit Rockaway Rotary Club’s charitable projects throughout the upcoming year including our commitment to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  Part of the monies raised will be distributed to the Rockaway Food Closet.

 
Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors, and volunteers for making the race a success.
 
 
...and they are off!
 
 
Overall Winners: Michael Morena & Kellie Simone
 
 
Rockaway Resident Winners: Andrew Goldsmith & Kiera Simone
 
 
 
At our June 8th club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club presented three Rockaway seniors with checks and certificates in recognition of receiving this year’s Rockaway Rotary Scholarships. Our scholarship winners were Shaun Montalto-Rook (Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship), Zachary Spada (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship), and Laura Javela (John H. Beeman "Service Above Self" Scholarship). Each student received a $1000 scholarship towards their college education.
 
Rotary scholarship committee members Janice Christensen (left) and Rod Seifert (right) presented
scholarships to (middle, left to right) Zachary Spada, Shaun Montalto-Rook, and Laura Javela
 
On Tuesday evening, May 17, 2016, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a spring clean-up in Rockaway Borough.  They collected garbage and debris from the areas around Friendship Field.  Clean Communities funds the club receives for our efforts will be used to help with the bioswale project at Park Lake.  Thank you to the Rotarians who participated in this project.
 

 

 

 

 

 

At this Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students Leslie Chan from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township and Brooke Cullen from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as our “Students of the Month”.  PP Rod Seifert outlined Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced Principals Alfonso Gonella from Copeland Middle School and Stephanie Bonaparte from Thomas Jefferson Middle School who outlined Leslie's and Brooke's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
CONGRATULATIONS LESLIE & BROOKE!
 

Leslie Chan

Copeland Middle School

 

Brooke Cullen

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

   
THANK YOU to everyone who made our "A Night on Broadway" Tricky Tray fundraiser a success!  To everyone who came out to support our club, thank you for your monetary contributions and we hope you had an enjoyable evening.  The proceeds from this event will assist our club in our charitable endeavors and to continue to serve our communities.  Our most sincere appreciation to all of the Rotarians, volunteers from Apple, and musical performers from Morris Hills High School and Copeland Middle School for their contribution to the fun and entertaining night.  Special thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who donated all of the magnificent prizes for our tricky tray.  Kudos to the members of the event committee for all their time and hard work!  Great job!
 

Our emcee for the evening, Ken Nickel!

Students from Morris Hills High School sing Broadway show tunes.

Copeland Middle School Jazz Band entertains during the evening festivities.

A lucky tricky tray winner celebrates!

JOIN US THIS FRIDAY FOR A NIGHT OF FUN, ENTERTAINMENT, AND PRIZES
 
Join us at the White Meadow Lake Country Club on Friday, April 29. 2016 at 7 PM for our "Night on Broadway" Tricky Tray fundraiser.  In addition to many great prizes donated by area merchants, Rotarians, and residents, the night will include light refreshments, entertainment provided by members of the Morris Hill High School Chorus singing Broadway Show tunes and the Copeland Middle School Jazz Band, plus an on-site 50/50 raffle.  The event committee has been working very diligently to prepare for this exciting night.  Tickets are $20 which include a sheet of "Tricky Tray" tickets and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  For more information go to https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000004081/en-ca/files/homepage/broadway-tricky-tray-flyer/Broadway-Show-Flyer-FINAL.pdf
 
 
   
 
Click "Read More" to view article from The Citizen.
At our April 20th Club Assembly, AG Rodney Seifert installed Tori Valspirit as a member of the Rockaway Rotary Club. Tori is a Design Specialist at Enchanted Aspects Interior Design and was sponsored by President Denise and Ken Nickel.
 
Welcome Tori to Rockaway Rotary!
 
   
This past Saturday, Rockaway Rotarians had the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills as well as increase their Rotary knowledge by attending the Rotary Leadership Institute at West Orange High School in West Orange.  In attendance were President Denise Nickel, President-Elect Sheila Seifert, Board Secretary Jim Stuart, Treasurer Ken Nickel, and Director Nancy Dreyfus.
 
 
 
President Denise received a certificate for graduating from RLI by successfully
completing the three parts of the Rotary Leadership Institute curriculum.
 
The District has created this TV commercial to assist in building club membership.  The commercial will run through the next several months on the Optimum Cablevision network and related channels.
 

"Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who transform their passions into relevant social causes to improve lives in communities."

What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self."

 

 
 

 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Easter Bunny Breakfast.  Proceeds from this event will assist us in our ongoing efforts  to fight hunger through our support of the Rockaway Food Closet.
 
 
 
On Monday, March 7th, Rotarians Rick Rounsaville and Rodney Seifert represented the Rockaway Rotary Club in promoting literacy by participating in the annual “Read Across America” day in Rockaway Borough. Rick and Rod read stories to 2nd graders at Lincoln School as part of the event sponsored annually by the National Education Association.
 
 
 
 
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Erika Scholtz, a student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Youth Services Chairperson Jake Vogelezang explained Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced Thomas Jefferson Principal, Stephanie Bonaparte, who outlined Erika's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
CONGRATULATIONS ERIKA!
 
 
The Rockaway Rotary Club continues its dedication to promote literacy by supporting the "Exciting Reluctant Readers" program at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough.  Our club was awarded a $1000 district grant from the The Rotary Foundation to assist in our efforts.  Over 70 students receiving literacy support at Lincoln School will benefit from this program.  Through the use of Kindles, students have access to interactive android applications that supplement their reading instruction and access to audible and e-book versions of classroom texts that are often above their reading level.
 
 
President Denise Nickel (l) and Past President Janice Christensen present
RB Superintendent of Schools MarK Schwarz with a check to support the "Exciting Reluctant Readers" program.
 
(Click "Read More" to learn more about this program)
At our January 13th club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored student Nick Torres from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as our “Student of the Month”.  Youth Services Chairperson Jake Vogelezang explained Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced the new principal from Copeland Middle School, Alfonso Gonnella, who outlined Nick's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 

Student of the Month, Nick Torres

Copland Middle School Principal, Alfonso Gonnella

2016-2017 OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
President - Sheila Seifert
President-Elect - Ken Nickel
Vice President - Susan Simon-Spada
​Board Secretary - Jim Stuart
Treasurer - Ken Nickel
Past President - Denise Nickel
Directors - Jake Vogelezang, Nancy Dreyfus, Cheri Foster, Jeff Tobias
 
Congratulations President-Elect Sheila, Officers, and Directors.  Best wishes for a successful 2016-17 Rotary year.
Each year, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways offers three scholarships to qualified high school seniors from Rockaway Borough or Rockaway Township.  Click "Read more..." below for the requirements and qualifications for each scholarship and download the scholarship application forms.
  • Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship
  • Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship
  • John H. Beeman “Service Above Self” Scholarship

 

On Wednesday, December 16th, the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Exchange in Rockaway Borough.  Children from Little Learner Academy were among the guests of the club. Holiday musical entertainment was provided by the students from Little Learner and members of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Chorus in Rockaway Borough.  A special  appearance by the jolly old man in the red suit bearing gifts for the students was enjoyed by both young and old.

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At this Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students David Jordano from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township and  Alexander Kehrley from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as our “Students of the Month”.  Youth Services Chairperson Jake Vogelezang explained Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced Principals A. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School and Stephanie Bonaparte from Thomas Jefferson Middle School who outlined David's and Alexander's outstanding qualifications for this award.
 

David Jordano, Copeland Middle School

Alexander Kehrley, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Due to the time and efforts of the Rockaway Rotary Club and the generosity of club members and Rockaway area residents, many needy families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  This past Saturday, in support of the Rockaway Food Closet, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club collected over 80 frozen turkeys, bags of groceries, and cash donations to help Rockaway families who are struggling to pay their bills and are unable to stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving items.  The ideal of ‘Service” is thriving in Rockaway Rotary.  We thank all of the community members who contributed to our efforts to assist those less fortunate.
 
  
    
 
 
 
Rockaway Rotary Club President, Denise Nickel, presents Linda Kirby, Director of the Rockaway Food Closet, with a check of the proceeds collected for the Food Closet at our Halloween Trunk or Treat event.
At the November 18th club meeting, AG Rodney Seifert installed Mark Schwarz as a member of the Rockaway Rotary Club.  Mark is the Superintendent of Schools in Rockaway Borough and was sponsored by PP Rodney Seifert.  
 
Welcome Mark to Rockaway Rotary!
 
     
At the club meeting on November 4th, Sam Saporite, 2nd Vice President of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee, presented to the Rotary Club of the Rockaways an United States Flag that had been previously displayed for many years in the PNC Bank located in the borough. The PNC branch had recently closed and Sam was able to secure the two flags that had been on display, giving them new homes with our club and the Rockaway Borough Museum.  Unfurling the flag and pictured with the flag are Rotarian Pat McDonald, Sam Saporite, Rotarian Donna Theese, Club President Denise Nickel.
 
 
 
 
 

Rockaway Rotary began our celebration of Halloween by giving McDonald's gift cards to the students with the best costume in each classroom at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough..... 

 

...... and continued our Halloween celebration with our Halloween Festival!

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On Friday evening, October 23rd, members of our club attended the annual Presidents Ball at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  The Presidents Ball is a yearly event where all clubs are encouraged to participate to support, cheer, and applaud their club's current president for all their work, effort and enthusiasm they exhibit.  Along with Presidents from throughout the district, President Denise was recognized and thanked for her service as club president this year.
 
CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT DENISE ! 
 
      
The Rockaway Rotary Club completed this year's distribution of dictionaries to the 3rd grades in the Rockaway communities this week. PP Rod Seifert presented dictionaries to all of the 3rd graders at Sacred Heart and St. Cecilia's Schools in Rockaway Borough. The teachers and students appreciated receiving their dictionaries and hearing about the humanitarian and charitable efforts of Rotary.
 

 

 

                

 

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Past President Janice Christensen and friends of the Rockaway Rotary Club assisted in feeding the homeless at Homeless  Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotary purchases, prepares, and serves dinner to the residents at the shelter.  “Feeding the Homeless” is an ongoing bi-monthly project of the Rockaway Rotary Club. 
 
During the weeks of October 5th and 12th, Rockaway Rotarians Jake, Pat, Jeff and Janice were out delivering dictionaries to all the 3rd graders in Rockaway Township and  Rockaway Borough Schools.  Over 350 dictionaries were distributed. Thanks to all the principals and teachers for the warm welcome and support.
 
"SERVICE ABOVE SELF"
On Thursday evening, September 24, 2015, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a fall clean-up in Rockaway Borough.  They collected garbage and debris from the areas of Memorial Park and Friendship Field.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who participated in this project.
 
 
 
At our AM meeting on September 23rd, Rockaway Rotary members labeled dictionaries in preparation for distribution to all of the 3rd graders in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township public and parochial schools.
Rockaway Rotary participated in the "Celebrate Rockaway Borough" Street Fair on Sunday, September 20th. Rockaway Rotarians assisted with the many activities throughout the day, promoted our club's civic endeavors, and collected contributions for the Rockaway Food Closet in our continuing efforts to "Fight Hunger" in our communities.
 
 
 
Rockaway Rotary at "Celebrate Rockaway Day"
 
 
 
 

 

Rockaway Rotarian Jeff Tobias and his helpers assisting at the Jump House during "Celebrate Rockaway Day".

Rockaway Rotary continued its efforts to 'Fight Hunger" in our communities!

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Mayor Russell Greuter visit Borough Clerk and Past President Sheila Seifert at the Rockaway Rotary Booth.

 
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO OUR EFFORTS!
District Governor Frank Geraghty, making his annual visit to our club, addressed our members at this past Wednesday’s meeting.  DG Geraghty spoke about his introduction to Rotary, starting as an Rotary exchange student to Brazil, and his years of service through the Phillipsburg Rotary Club.  He emphasized the numerous charitable and humanitarian efforts undertaken by clubs in our district and stressed the importance of supporting of the Rotary Foundation.  DG Frank highlighted the numerous grant projects we can become involved in as individuals and as a club and explained the district grants that will be available this year to help fund our local and global initiatives.  
 

Assistant Governor Rodney Seifert introduced DG Frank Geraghty

Distict Governor Frank Geraghty addresses our members

At our September 9th club meeting, DG Frank Geraghty installed the newest member of the Rockaway Rotary Club.  Bob Galenkamp, a resident of Rockaway Township and former member of the Morris Plains Rotary Club, is the owner of Canusa Construction, LLC.  Bob was sponsored for membership by PP James Stuart.
 
WELCOME BOB!! 
 
 
 
On Saturday September 5th, 2015, the Morris Hills Soccer Teams (Freshman, JV and Varsity teams) took over our Parks Lake and stained the gazebo, planted mums, weeded, cleaned lamp posts, picked up garbage trimmed bushes and cleaned the benches.  We look forward to working with the students on more projects in the future.
 

 

 

 

At the September 2nd club meeting, AG Rodney Seifert installed Dr. Geoffrey Zoeller as a member of the Rockaway Rotary Club.  Dr. Zoeller, a resident of Rockaway Township and the Superintendent of Schools in Rochelle Park, was sponsored by PP Janice Christensen.  
 
Welcome Geoff to Rockaway Rotary!
 
  
On Saturday, August 22nd, Rockaway Rotarians assisted with the distribution of school supplies during the Rockaway “Back-To-School”  Program at the  United Methodist Church.  Due to our contributions and help, many students in our communities will be able to start the school year with a new backpack and the essential  supplies to make their school year a success.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Saturday, August 15, 2015, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club, their family members and friends assisted in feeding the homeless at Homeless  Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotary purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.  “Feeding the Homeless” is an ongoing bi-monthly project of the Rockaway Rotary Club. Thank you to PP Janice for chairing this project.
 
                
 
On Wednesday, August 5th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club and others from District 7470 participated in Service Club Day at Camp Merry Heart.  The clubs of District 7470 have been supporting Camp Merry Heart since 1952, providing the upkeep of buildings, donating camper scholarships and much needed supplies.  Rotary is an important component of the camp’s success. 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
On Tuesday, August 4th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club participated in the annual “National Night Out” in Rockaway Borough.  This nationwide crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Rockaway Borough Police Department.
 
At our Wednesday, July 22, 2015 club meeting, Past President Janice Christensen presented Linda Kirby, Director of the Rockaway Food Closet, with a check for $2000 as part of Rockaway Rotary's continuing efforts to “Fight Hunger” in our communities. These monies were the partial proceeds from the 2015 Rockaway Rotary 5K “Run to Fight Hunger”
 
Rockaway Rotarian, Pat McDonald, presents a $250 donation from our club for the Park Security Camera Project to Rockaway Borough Recreation Director, Adrianna Smith.
 
Rockaway Rotarian, Pat McDonald, delivers 50 bags of groceries to the Rockaway Food Closet.  The food was collected during the past week at various events in Rockaway Borough and was a collaborative effort of the Rockaway Rotary Club, Rockaway Borough Little League, and Rockaway Borough Recreation.
 
 
 
Rockaway Rotarian, Pat McDonald, presents a $100 check towards the purchase of an AED (automated external defibrillator) to Adrianna Smith, Recreation Director for the Borough of Rockaway.
 

The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 20th.  132 registered 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/Walk will benefit Rockaway Rotary Club’s charitable projects throughout the upcoming year including our commitment to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  Part of the monies raised will be distributed to the Rockaway Food Closet.

 
Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors, and volunteers for making the race a success.
 
 
....AND THEY'RE OFF!!
 
 
OVERALL WINNERS!
 
Gary Rosenberg & Lauren Jackson
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to DG Larry Ripley for his leadership this past year and congratulations and best wishes to incoming District Governor Frank Geraghty.  The Rockaway Rotary Club looks forward to working with DG Frank this coming year.
 
 
Rockaway Rotary at Banner Exchange Dinner
 
 
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored John Greuter, a student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  TJ Principal, Mark Schwarz, introduced John and outlined his outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR “STUDENTS OF THE MONTH” THIS YEAR!!
 
 
 
 
Thank you to the 2014-2015 Rockaway Rotary Club President Janice Christensen, her 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 coming Rotary year.
 
President-Elect - Preston Hills * Vice President - Susan Simon-Spada
Board Secretary - Jim Stuart * Treasurer - Ken Nickel * Past President - Janice Christensen
Directors - Nancy Dreyfus, Jake Vogelezang, Bill Pojedinec
 
 
On Thursday, June 4th evening, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a clean-up in the areas of Friendship Field and Maple Avenue Park in Rockaway Borough. For our efforts, we will receive monies towards our service and charitable endeavors from the Clean Communities Grant Program.
 
 
At today's club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club presented five Rockaway seniors with checks and certificates in recognition of their receiving this year’s Rockaway Rotary Scholarships. Our scholarship winners were John Dennehy (Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, Kevin Schweizer (Vocational Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, Arthur Pacheco (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, and Jagdeep Sidhu from Morris Hillls High School & Molly Nadeau from Morris Knolls High School (John H. Beeman "Service Above Self" Scholarships). Each student received a $1000 scholarship towards their college education.
 
 
 
2015 District 7470 Conference in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Informative presentations, inspiring speeches, celebrating our accomplishments, raising funds for the Rotary Foundation, remembering our departed members, sightseeing, and great camaraderie with our fellow district Rotarians!
 
 
 
PDG Bob Button presents Howard Brecher with a check for $16,000 as the winner of this year’s District Raffle.  The winning ticket was sold by Rockaway Rotarian Susan Simon-Spada.  Proceeds from the tickets sold by our club will benefit the Rockaway Food Pantry.
 
 
This past Saturday, May 16th, Rockaway Rotarians participated in the "Change the World" event at the United Methodist Church in Rockaway Borough.  Rotarians invited attendees to join us in “Fighting Hunger” in our communities by donating non-perishable food and funds to the Rockaway Food Closet.  Our efforts will assist the food closet in helping area families. 
 
 
At last Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Hannah Adamson, a student from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as our “Student of the Month” for May.  Youth Services Chairperson Jake Vogelezang explained  Rotary’s focus in the area of education and introduced Principal A. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School who outlined Hannah’s outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
CONGRATULATIONS HANNAH!
 
 
 
Thank you to President Janice Christensen, Rockaway Rotarian Lillian Beeman, along with Brandon and Erika Christensen who participated in the Camp Merry Heart Clean-up Day this past Saturday.  They spruced up the Rockaway Rotary Gazebo area, trimmed the wisteria on the pergola, washed the benches, and cleared the leaves.  A great job by all in our ongoing commitment to Camp Merry Heart!
 
 
 

At our Wednesday, April 15th Club Assembly, AG Rodney Seifert inducted the newest member of the Rockaway Rotary Club, Cheri Foster.  Cheri is the owner of Mane Attraction  Salon on Route 46 in Rockaway.  She was sponsored by Susan Simon-Spada.

 
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club assisted in feeding the homeless at Homeless  Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotary purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.  Thank you to Zach Steinberg for his continued support and help in this project. “Feeding the Homeless” is an ongoing bi-monthly project of the Rockaway Rotary Club.
 

 

At The opening day of spring sports in Rockaway Borough, 50 bags of  groceries were collected for donation to the Rockaway Food Closet.  Thank you to all the sport teams and residents who donated food and money to help support the people of our community.

Rockaway Rotarians Pat McDonald (l) and Ken Nickel
delivered donated food to the Rockaway Food Closet.
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who supported our Easter Bunny Breakfast.
 
Proceeds from this event will assist us in our ongoing efforts
 
to fight hunger through our support of the Rockaway Food Closet.
 
 
 
At this past Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club presented the music departments of Thomas Jefferson School (RB) and Copeland Middle School (RT) donations of $300 in memory of former club president (79-80) and Broadway star, Earl Sauvain, who died this past year. Earl starred in many Broadway productions including being cast in the original “Annie Get Your Gun” by Richard Rodgers. Earl was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and also was chairman of the district Scholarship Committee during his membership in our club.
 
 
 
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township and Thomas Jefferson School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principals F. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School and Mark Schwarz from Thomas Jefferson School introduced students James Morris (RT) and Thomas Ortega (RB) and spoke about each of our recipients, outlining their outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
 
 
 
The Rockaway Rotary Club has purchased two bike racks to be installed this spring at Park Lake.  They will be placed on the borough side and on the township side of the lake.  These racks were purchased with funds provided by a 2014-2015 district grant from District 7470.  This project will have a long-term positive impact on our communities, benefiting the multitude of residents that frequent the lake throughout the year.  The bike racks will be installed by the DPW from each of our communities when weather permits.  Kudos to our president, Janice Christensen, for spearheading this project and attaining the needed funds to make it a reality.
 
 
On Monday, March 2nd, Past President Rodney Seifert represented the Rockaway Rotary Club in promoting literacy by participating in the annual “Read Across America” day in Rockaway Borough.  Rod read stories to 3rd graders at Lincoln School as part of the event sponsored annually by the Rockaway Borough and National Education Association.
 
 
February 23, 2015 marks the 110th anniversary of Rotary.
This year also marks 30 years since Rotary launched its  campaign to rid the world of polio.
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, February 21, 2015, members, family, and friends of the Rockaway Rotary Club braved the winter weather to  assist in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotary purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.  Feeding the Homeless at the shelter is an ongoing bimonthly project of the Rockaway Rotary Club.
 
 
 
 
 
At last Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Nicholas Baranello, a student from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as our “Student of the Month” for January.  Youth Services Chairperson, Jake Vogelezang introduced Principal A. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School who outlined Nicholas’ outstanding qualifications for this award.
 
CONGRATULATIONS NICHOLAS!
 
 
IN MEMORIUM
 
​John (Jack) Borris
May 22, 1930 - December 21, 2014
 
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"On December 21, 2014, Rockaway Rotarian John (Jack) Borris passed away at the age of 84.  John was a long-time member of the Rockaway Rotary Club and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2011 for his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Jack will  be greatly missed by his friends and fellow Rockaway Rotarians."

 

Biography
 
Dr. John J. "Jack" Borris, sailor, soldier, scientist, scholar, of Rockaway, NJ passed away at Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover, NJ on December 21, 2014, at the age of 84. 

Jack attended several universities, achieving a Doctorate degree. He worked on Cerebral Palsy Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, at U.S. Army Medical Graduate School, worked on effects of radiation on cancer. A past member of the Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standardization for the U.S. Government, where he developed diagnostic tests. He spent many years in developing chemical products at Pfizer and Warner-Lambert. John taught at many leading universities, including Hunter College, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, NJ Public Health Service and County College of Morris. He published many papers on cancer and steroid metabolism. The last five years he wrote key reports on the status of cancer-causing agents in Staten Island, NY. 

Jack was a former long-term Councilman and member of the Board of Education in Rockaway Borough. He was appointed to a special committee of the FCC by President Nixon, a member of St. Cecilia's Church and active in their choir, contributed to many civic activities, including Rotary of the Rockaways. 

He was predeceased by his daughter Kathy Decker and his brothers Bernard and Albert Borris. 

Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eleanor Borris of Rockaway, and his children Mark (& Valerie) Borris of Colorado, Karen (& Milt) Reed of New Hampshire, Bonnie (& Ken Leonard) Borris and Mary (& Tim) Andreyka. He is also survived by his son in law Ira Decker of Parsippany and his grandchildren Rachel McKindles, Lane Neiman, Justine Reed and Ellie Andreyka as well as his great grandson Parker Michaud and many friends. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

 

 

On Wednesday, December 10th, the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Exchange in Rockaway Borough.  Children from Little Learner Academy were among the guests of the club. Holiday musical entertainment was provided by the students from Little Learner and the Copeland Middle School Chorale in Rockaway Township.  A special  appearance by the jolly old man in the red suit bearing gifts for the students was enjoyed by both young and old.

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Due to the time and efforts of the Rockaway Rotary Club and the generosity of club members and Rockaway area residents, many needy families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  This past Saturday, in support of the Rockaway Food Closet, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club collected frozen turkeys, bags of groceries, and cash donations to help Rockaway families who are struggling to pay their bills and are unable to stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving items.  The ideal of ‘Service” is thriving in Rockaway Rotary.  We thank all of the community members who contributed to our efforts to assist those less fortunate.

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On November 22, 2014, members of our club, PE Denise and Ken Nickel along with PP Rodney and PP Sheila Seifert, attended the District Foundation Ball at the Villa in Mountain Lakes.  The district gathers each year to encourage its members to support the Foundation and recognize   Rotarians for their ongoing contributions.  Rod & Sheila were recognized as current members of the Paul Harris Society for their continued support of the Foundation.

ROCKAWAY ROTARY SUPPORTS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

 

 

At our Wednesday, November 12, 2014 club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Hannah Ferguson, a student from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township, as our “Student of the Month” for November. Youth Services Chairperson., Jake Vogelezang introduced Principal A. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School who outlined Hannah’s outstanding qualifications for this award.
 

CONGRATULATIONS HANNAH!

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Rockaway Rotary began our celebration of Halloween yesterday by giving McDonald's gift cards to the students with the best costume in each classroom at Lincoln School in Rockaway Borough..... 

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...... and continued our Halloween celebration with our Halloween Festival!

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FUN TIMES FOR YOUNG AND OLD

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On Monday, October 27th, President Janice Christensen, and Rod & Sheila Seifert joined fellow District 7470 Rotarians in attendance at the Gift of Life Annual Meeting in East Hanover. Attendees were updated on the various activities from the past year and the plans for the coming year. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Rodrigo Soto, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon with the International Children’s Heart Foundation. Dr. Soto shared his experiences of saving children’s lives while serving on medical missions run by the International Children’s Heart Foundation around the world. The Rockaway Rotary Club has generously supported GOL over the past 17 years, contributing over $80,000 to saving lives of children through life saving heart surgeries.

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At this Wednesday’s club meeting, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Kiara Isaza, a student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as the first recipient of this school year's “Student of the Month” Award. Principal Mark Schwarz from Thomas Jefferson Middle School introduced Kiara and outlined her outstanding qualifications for this award.

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IN MEMORIUM

JOHN H. BEEMAN

May 8, 1917 – October 28, 2014

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Past President 1974-1975

Arch C. Klumph Society Member 2011

"On October 28, 2014, Rockaway Rotarian John H. Beeman passed away at the age of 97.  At the time of his death, John was the longest serving active member of the Rockaway  Rotary Club, joining the club in 1970.  John was a Past President (74-75) and was inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society in 2011 in recognition of his ongoing generous support of the Rotary Foundation.  John epitomized the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self” and he will be greatly missed by his friends and fellow Rockaway Rotarians."

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ROCKAWAY BOROUGH – John H. Beeman died at home on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. He was 97.  Born in Lower Berkshire Valley, he resided in Rockaway Borough for over 40 years.

Mr. Beeman graduated from Columbia University in 1939 and went on to serve in the Navy during WWII. He attended St. Johns University School of Law, graduating in three years and was admitted to the New York bar on Christmas Eve in 1950. In 1953, he earned an MBA degree from New York University.

Mr. Beeman worked for Picatinny Arsenal as a Contracting Officer for over 40 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Rotary of the Rockaways, and was a founder and honorary member of the Wharton/Mine Hill Rotary. He served on the Rockaway Borough Planning Board, the Rockaway Borough Library Board, The Morris Hills Regional District School Board and the Citizens Advisory Council of Morris County.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy in 1990; his infant daughter, Suzanne, and two brothers, Donald and Nelson Beeman.  He is survived by his wife, Lillian; his daughters, Carol, Jan, Ann, Susan and Linda; five grandchildren: Jimmy, Leah, Jenna, James and Chase; and an expected great-granddaughter. 

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1st at 2PM at the Whitham-Kanapaux Funeral Home, 20 Keller Ave, Rockaway. Memorial visitation will be held immediately prior to the service from 12:00 - 2:00PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Beeman’s name to: Rotary Club of the Rockaways, PO Box 234, Rockaway NJ 07866 or Wharton/Mine Hill Rotary, PO Box 747, Wharton NJ 07885.

 

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, members and friends of the Rockaway Rotary Club  assisted in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway  Rotary purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter. “Feeding the Homeless” is an ongoing bi-monthly project of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

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Rockaway Rotary supports local food pantry

 
 
Rockaway Rotary Club President Janice Christensen, left, presents a check for $2,055 to Rockaway Food Closet Director Linda Kirby.
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Rockaway Rotary Club President Janice Christensen, left, presents a check for $2,055 to Rockaway Food Closet Director Linda Kirby.

During the week of Sept. 29, the Rockaway Rotary Club donated more than $2,000 to the Rockaway Food Closet, an organization of local volunteers who help feed the hungry in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township.

"The Rotary Club has made an ongoing commitment to helping fund the Rockaway Food Closet because we do not want any of our neighbors to go hungry," said Janice Christensen, president of the club.

"This donation will help feed the 130 families who depend on us every month," adds Linda Kirby, volunteer director of the food pantry. "Many people we see never thought they would end up needing our support. But due to job loss, underemployment, a death in the family or divorce, they find themselves coming up short in living expenses. As we all know, housing costs in Morris County are some of the highest in the nation."

Many people pick up food until they have recovered from a financial crisis. Others, such as single parents, the elderly on fixed incomes or disabled individuals, remain as long-term beneficiaries.

Twelve volunteers accept donations, stock shelves, bag donations and serve as drivers.

"Ours is a completely volunteer organization. No one is paid and 100 percent of all donations go to buying food for our neighbors," Kirby explained. "The Rockaway Food Closet was formed in 1984. The Rockaway Rotary Club has supported for us for many years, and we truly appreciate their help."

When the Food Closet first opened, many families required assistance. That number steadily increased to 90 families a month by 2007, and in 2008, when the economy took a swift downturn, the number increased to the 130 families a month that are helped today.

The Rockaway Rotary Club is the local chapter of Rotary International, a club dedicated to humanitarian service at the community level. The club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at The Exchange, or for those unable to make a mid-day meeting, at the Assembly of God Church in Rockaway on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.

To learn more about the club, call Janice Christensen 973-586-0630 or email rockawayrotary@ optimum.net

While not affiliated with any religious organization, the Rockaway Food Closet is located in the First Presbyterian Church at 35 Church St. in Rockaway Borough. Anyone interested in making a donation or becoming a volunteer should call Linda Kirby at 973-627-1059.

 

 

During the past few weeks, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club completed our annual distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the public and parochial schools in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township.  A total of 389 dictionaries were distributed to the children of our communities.

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On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the Rockaway Rotary Club held a 5K Race Sponsor Luncheon to honor and thank the various sponsors of this year's race. Because of their support, we were able to continue our efforts to "Fight Hunger" in our communities through continued donations to the Rockaway Food Closet and to fund many other of our charitable causes.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!!

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From idea to community asset: Rockaway Rotary spruces up Park Lake

by Nancy Dreyfus

The Neighbor News – September 24 & October 1, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 13, more than 20 members of the Rockaway Rotary Club donned gloves and filled garbage bags with the trash surrounding the lake and grounds of Park Lake, a public park straddling the borders of Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township.

"So many people in the Rockaways enjoy Park Lake today that they may be unaware that this wonderful community asset has only been around for about 20 years," said Janice Christensen, club president. "Back in the 1990s, the Rockaway Rotary Club helped raise funds from various sources to build the Park Lake gazebo and to pave a walkway around the lake with benches and lamp lights."

The project required cooperation between the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), municipal governments in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township, and the Rockaway Rotary Club.

"The gazebo, valued at $42,000 in 1990, was built with a combination of money raised by the Rotary, donated material and labor done at cost," Christensen said. Construction took three years.

After the gazebo was completed, the Rockaway Rotary Club spearheaded the continued development of the park with a paved walkway around the lake. Once more, the Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township municipal governments came together with the state DEP to approve the project. The Rotary raised $6,000 and the municipal engineer donated design work.

Once approved, the municipal governments contributed a total of $50,000 and applied for a matching $50,000 grant from the state. An initial $6,000 investment by Rotary resulted in a $100,000 paved walkway.

"The next step in the project was installing benches around the lake," said Christensen. The towns agreed to install the benches if they were provided.

"Our club decided we would try to offer the benches as memorial benches," Christensen noted. "By word of mouth, alone, all 13 benches were underwritten by donors, and the towns installed $9,200 worth of benches."

The walkway became popular so quickly that residents expressed the wish that it be lit for use at night.

"The success of the memorial benches motivated the club to offer memorial lampposts," Christensen said. "They sold quickly, and 49 lampposts were installed around the circumference of the lake, making this beautiful community resource available day or night."

The lampposts represented another $40,000 in park improvements.

"The Rotary Club also provided $6,000 worth of playground equipment for the beach area," Christensen added. "So, this simple idea and seed money from the Rotary grew with the support of both municipal governments and private citizens to what you see today. In total, Park Lake improvements exceeded $200,000."

Today, the Park Lake gazebo is used for summer concerts, weddings, community picnics and family reunions. On any given day, year round, residents can be seen taking strolls around the lake, walking their dogs, skating, bicycling and exercising. Many admire the wildlife, watching swans, ducks and geese raise their young.

The Rockaway Rotary Club is the local chapter of Rotary International, a club dedicated to humanitarian service at the community level. The club is involved in supporting the Rockaway Food Pantry and maintaining Park Lake Gazebo, as well as running the Rockaway Halloween parade, Easter Bunny breakfast and annual donation of dictionaries for every third grader in Rockaway Township and Rockaway Borough.

To learn more about the club, contact Janice Christensen at 973-586-0630 or via email at rockawayrotary@optimum.net.

 

Rockaway Rotary participated in the "Celebrate Rockaway Borough" Street Fair on Sunday, September 21st. Rockaway Rotarians assisted with the many activities throughout the day, promoted our club's civic endeavors, and collected contributions for the Rockaway Food Closet in our continuing efforts to "Fight Hunger" in our communities.

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On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a clean-up in Rockaway Borough along Lakeside Drive.  Members also stained and completed landscape work at the Rockaway Rotary Memorial Gazebo at Park Lake.  Thank you to all the Rotarians and their family members who participated in this project.

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Club Secretary, George Berry, presents a check to our 9/10/14 speaker from Gift of Life New Jersey, Rick Porter. The Rockaway Rotary Club has contributed $80,000 over the past 17 years in support of the life saving efforts of Gift of Life. Saving Children...One Little Heart at a Time!

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This past Saturday, Rockaway Rotarians assisted with the distribution of school supplies during the Rockaway “Back-To-School” Program at the United Methodist Church.  Due to our contributions and help, many students in our communities will be able to start the school year with a new backpack and the essential supplies to make their school year a success.

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At the August 6th meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club, DG Larry Ripley presented Paul Harris pins to Sheila Seifert (1 ruby) & Rod Seifert (4 sapphires) for their ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

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This past Wednesday, August 6th, Rockaway Rotary and clubs from District 7470 participated in Service Club Day at Camp Merry Heart. The clubs of District 7470 have been supporting Camp Merry Heart since 1952, providing the upkeep of buildings, donating camper scholarships, and providing much needed supplies.

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At our August 6th club meeting, DG Larry Ripley inducted four new members into the Rockaway Rotary Club!

Patrick McDonald, Ken Nickel, Nancy Dreyfus, & Jake Vogelezang

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On Tuesday, August 5th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club participated in the annual “National Night Out” in Rockaway Borough.  This nationwide crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Rockaway Borough Police Department.

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At the Wednesday, July 16, 2014 club meeting, President Janice Christensen presented Diane Knipper from the  Rockaway Food Closet, with a check for $2055 as part of Rockaway Rotary's continuing efforts to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  These monies were the partial proceeds from the 2014 Rockaway Rotary 5K “Run to Fight Hunger”.

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District Governor Larry Ripley, making his annual visit to our club, addressed our members at this past Wednesday’s meeting.  DG Ripley delineated the significant historical accomplishments achieved by Rotary throughout our 100 + years and emphasized the numerous charitable and humanitarian efforts undertaken both locally through our club’s work and globally through our support of the Rotary Foundation.  District Governor Ripley returns this week to induct our new members and to discuss our club’s plans for the year and the district’s support of our efforts and challenges.

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The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 28, 2014.  174 registered 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/Walk will benefit Rockaway Rotary Club’s charitable projects throughout the upcoming year including our commitment to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  Part of the monies raised will be distributed to the Rockaway Food Closet.

Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors, and volunteers for making the race a success. 

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President Janice Christensen installs Susan Simon-Spada as a member of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

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On Saturday evening, June 21, 2014, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club took time to assist in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ. Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.

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Foundation Chair Sheila Seifert presented Adrien Bellenger with a Paul Harris Fellow at our officer installation BBQ.

Congratulations Adrien!

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At our Installation BBQ on Friday evening, June 20th, Rockaway Rotary recognized the efforts of 2013-14 President Jim Stuart and the past year’s Board of Directors. Assistant Governor Rodney Seifert installed incoming President Janice Christensen and the Board of Directors for 2014-15.  Thank you to outgoing President Jim Stuart, his fellow officers and board members who have served our club so admirably during this past year.  Congratulations and best wishes to incoming President Janice Christensen and the new officers and board members for the 2014-2015 year.

 

President Elect - Denise Nickel                Vice President - Preston Hills

Secretary - George Berry                         Treasurer - Donna Theese

                                   Past President - Jim Stuart                                  
 
       Directors - Rodney Seifert, Sheila Seifert, Jeff Tobias

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PP Jim Stuart passes gavel to 2014-2015 President Janice Christensen

                                                                  

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Outgoing President Jim Stuart

 

 

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"Rotarian of the Year" Denise Nickel

 

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2014-2015 Board of Directors

 

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At our June 11th club meeting, Rodney Seifert, Scholarship Committee Member, presented four Rockaway seniors with checks and Rotary mementos in recognition of their receiving this year’s Rockaway Rotary Scholarships. Our scholarship winners were Jillian Gonzalez (Frederick and Ruth James Memorial Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, Carlos Rodriguez  (Vocational Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, Kenny Bjellquist (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship) from Morris Knolls High School, and Navdeep Sidhu (John H. Beeman "Service Above Self" Scholarship) from Morris Hillls High School.  Each student received a $1000 scholarship towards their college education.

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This past Tuesday evening, June 17th, DG Barry Kroll passed the banner of district leadership to incoming District Governor Larry Ripley.  The annual Banner Exchange dinner was held at Bretton Woods in Morris Plains.  In addition to the installation of DG Larry, Assistant Governors (AG) for next year were announced including Rockaway Rotary PP Rodney Seifert.

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Congratulations to PE Janice Christensen on being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow

by PP John Beeman and Lillian Jordan.

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PE Janice presents PDG Karien Ziegler a check for $1000 for RI’s PolioPlus efforts.

  “We are this close to eradicating polio in our world.”

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On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Jessica Nass, a student from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our “Student of the Month” program. Copeland MS teacher, Ardith Collins, introduced Jessica and outlined her outstanding qualifications for this award.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR

“STUDENTS OF THE MONTH” THIS YEAR!!

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President Jim Stuart presents PP Bart Moriarty with a gift from the club for all of his many years of service to Rotary and our communities. Bart will be relocating to South Jersey but will remain a member of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

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On Saturday, May 3rd, Rockaway Rotarians participated in the "Change the World" event at the United Methodist Church in Rockaway Borough.  Rotarians invited attendees to join us in “Fighting Hunger” in our communities by donating non-perishable food and funds to the Rockaway Food Closet.  Our efforts will assist the food closet in helping area families. 

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On Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Zeri’s Inn in Mountain Lakes, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored two exemplary community members, Joe List, Chairman of the Rockaway Borough Municipal Alliance Committee and Leslie Wexler, founder of the Rockaway Township Substance Abuse Alliance Committee, as Paul Harris Fellows. The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition is the highest honor that a Rotary Club can bestow upon an individual. Mr. List & Mr. Wexler embody Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."

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On Saturday evening, April 19, 2014, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club took time from their Easter preparations to again assist in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.

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On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Dhwani Patel, a student from Thomas Jefferson School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principal Mark Schwarz from Thomas Jefferson School introduced Dhwani and outlined her outstanding qualifications for this award.

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Congratulations to John "Jack" Borris

Winner of the 2014 Rockaway Rotary 50/50 Raffle!!

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2014 ROCKAWAY ROTARY RAFFLE WINNERS

1st Place - John “Jack” Borris

2nd Place - Bart Moriarty

3rd Place - Jeff Tobias



Thank you to all who helped make our breakfast a success, the Rotarians and friends who assisted with the greeting, serving, etc., Erika and Sarah for taking the Easter Bunny pictures, and all community members who came to enjoy the breakfast and support our charitable efforts.  A special recognition to Applebee’s of Rockaway for hosting the event and to Janice Christensen for chairing the breakfast…. and of course, thank you to our very own “Easter Bunny” who returned from the hills to join the fun!  The proceeds from the breakfast will benefit our efforts to “Fight Hunger in our Communities” through donations to the Rockaway Food Closet. 

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This past Friday evening, March 28th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club attended the annual Gift of Life Gala at the Villa in Mountain Lakes. The gala is a yearly event where Rotarians from throughout the district gather to celebrate the lives of the extraordinary children of our Gift of Life Program, raise funds to continue the life-saving work of GOL, and to applaud the work and dedication of our Rotary members for their years of loving support of Gift of Life and the children of the world.

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At this past Monday’s club assembly, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Braydon Huston, a student from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principal F. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School introduced Braydon and outlined his outstanding qualifications for this award.

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On Monday, March 3rd, Past President Rodney Seifert represented the Rockaway Rotary Club in promoting literacy by participating in the annual “Read Across America” day in Rockaway Borough. Rod read stories to 3rd graders at Lincoln School as part of the event sponsored annually by the National Education Association.

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At this Monday’s club assembly, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Omar Lisojo, a student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program. Principal Mark Schwarz from Thomas Jefferson School introduced Omar and outlined his outstanding qualifications for this award.

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Braving the snowy weather on Saturday, February 15, 2014, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club assisted in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.  Rockaway Rotarians will be serving at the shelter one Saturday evening every other month throughout the year.

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On Sunday, January 26, 2014, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club attended the District 7470 Foundation Brunch at the Hanover Manor. Brunch attendees heard inspiring testimonials on the myriad of good works, both locally and around the world, made possible through the Rotary Foundation including our ongoing efforts to eradicate Polio. Along with other district Rotarians, PP Rod & PP Sheila Seifert were recognized as “current” members of the 2013-2014 Paul Harris Society for their contributions to the Foundation during this Rotary year.

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At this past Monday’s club assembly, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Jessica Heitmann, a student from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principal F. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School introduced Jessica and outlined her outstanding qualifications for this award.

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On Monday, January 13th, AG Rodney Seifert inducted the newest member of the Rockaway Rotary Club, Adrien Bellenger.  Adrien is an au pair and was sponsored by PP Sheila Seifert.

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AG Rod Seifert presents his wife PP Sheila with her PH+5 pin at Monday’s Club Assembly


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2014 Rotary International Rose Bowl Float

“Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

 

HONOR ROLL OF DONORS

“The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee thanks the following US Districts, Rotary Clubs, and individuals who have contributed to the cost of the 2014 Rotary Rose Bowl Float.”

ROCKAWAY ROTARY CLUB (NJ) 7470


"SERVICE ABOVE SELF"

On Saturday, December 21, 2013, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club assisted in feeding the homeless at Homeless Solutions in Morristown, NJ.  Rockaway Rotarians purchased, prepared, and served dinner to the residents at the shelter.

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On Monday, December 16, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Brandon Connington, a student from Thomas Jefferson School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principal Mark Schwarz from Thomas Jefferson School introduced Brandon and outlined his outstanding qualifications for this award.

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On Monday, December 9th, the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Exchange in Rockaway. Students from St. Peter’s Village in Denville and Little Learner Academy were among the guests of the club. Holiday musical entertainment was provided by the students from Little Learner and the Copeland Middle School Chorale from Rockaway Township. A special appearance by the jolly old man in the red suit bearing gifts for the students was enjoyed by both young and old.



This past Saturday, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club braved the cool weather to collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Rockaway Food Closet during Rockaway Borough Schools’ “Winter Wonderland” at Thomas Jefferson School. 

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Due to the time and efforts of the Rockaway Rotary Club and the generosity of club members and Rockaway area residents, many needy families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  This past Saturday, in support of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club collected frozen turkeys, bags of groceries, and cash donations to help New Jersey families who are struggling to pay their bills and are unable to stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving items.  The ideal of ‘Service” is thriving in Rockaway Rotary.  Thank you to all of the community members who contributed to our efforts to assist those less fortunate.

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On Monday, November 18, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township and Thomas Jefferson School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principals F. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School and Mark Schwarz from Thomas Jefferson School introduced students Ryan Spada (RT) and Kunj Patel (RB) and spoke about each of our recipients, outlining their outstanding qualifications for this award.

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After a snowstorm and hurricane the past two years, a little moisture was not going to dampen the spirits at the annual Rockaway Rotary Halloween Parade. Thank you to all who assisted in the candy packing and during the parade for making this event a success.  The parade was co-sponsored by the Municipal Alliance, Rockaway Borough Business Owners Association, and Rockaway Assembly of God. 

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At Rockaway Rotarian Jeff Tobias' daughter's final soccer game of the season between the two 1st grade Rockaway Rowdies soccer teams at Donatoni Field, food was collected for the Rockaway Food Closet. Thank you to all the players and their families for your help in Rockaway Rotary's ongoing efforts to fight hunger in our communities.

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At our October 21st club meeting, AG Rodney Seifert inducted another new member of the Rockaway Rotary Club,  Jeffrey Tobias.  Jeff is a CPA and an Accounting Manager employed by Kings Supermarket.  He was sponsored by Preston Hills.

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 President Jim Stuart, Preston Hills, Jeffrey Tobias, & AG Rod Seifert


At the October 14th club assembly, President Jim Stuart announced the creation of a new Rockaway Rotary Club scholarship for qualified high school seniors, the “John H. Beeman Service Above Self Scholarship”.  PP John is being honored by the club for exemplifying the highest ideals of the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self” through his many years of service and philanthropy to Rotary, both locally and globally.

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On Monday, October 14th, AG Rodney Seifert inducted the newest member of the Rockaway Rotary Club,  Melanie Smith.  Melanie is a financial advisor and Vice President of Light Capital Group. She was sponsored by PP Jan Kristiansen.

WELCOME TO

ROCKAWAY ROTARY

Melanie Smith!

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On Saturday evening, September 28th, members of our club attended the annual Presidents Ball at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  The Presidents Ball is a yearly event where all clubs are encouraged to participate to support, cheer, and applaud their club's current president for all their work, effort and enthusiasm they exhibit.  Along with Presidents from throughout the district, President Jim was recognized and thanked for his service as club president this year.

 CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT JIM!!

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Rockaway Rotary participated in the "Celebrate Rockaway Borough" Street Fair on Sunday,  September 22nd in the center of Rockaway Borough.  Rockaway Rotarians promoted our club's civic endeavors and collected contributions for the Rockaway Food Closet in our continuing efforts to "Fight Hunger" in our communities.

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On Monday, September 16, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club presented Mary Ann Fortner, Administrative Assistant at the Rockaway Assembly of God, with an Honorary Membership in our club.  Maryann has assisted the club leadership and worked diligently on behalf of our club in preparing for club meetings, events, fundraisers, and our charitable endeavors.

  Thank you Mary Ann for all that you do!

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 PE Janice Christensen presents Mary Ann Fortner with an Honorary Membership in the Rockaway Rotary Club


At the Monday, September 9th club meeting, President Jim Stuart presented Linda Kirby, Director of the Rockaway Food Closet, with a check for $2000 as part of Rockaway Rotary's continuing efforts to fight hunger in our communities.   These monies were the partial proceeds from the 2013 Rockaway Rotary 5K “Run to Fight Hunger”.

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On August 22-24, 2013, Rockaway Rotarians assisted with the distribution of school supplies during the Rockaway “Back-To-School” Program at the United Methodist Church.  Due to our contributions and help, many students in our communities will be able to start the school year with a new backpack and the essential supplies to make their school year a success.

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Rockaway Rotarians Denise Nickel & PP Rod Seifert

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On Thursday, August 22nd, Mayor Russell Greuter of Rockaway Borough presented Rockaway Rotary with a check for $300 from the New Jersey Clean Communities Grant Program for our efforts in maintaining our community through our semi-annual clean-up days in the borough.

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PP George Berry accepts Clean Communities Grant check

 from Rockaway Borough Mayor & Council

 



On Wednesday, August 7th, clubs from District 7470 participated in Service Club Day at Camp Merry Heart.  The clubs of District 7470 have been supporting Camp Merry Heart since 1952, providing the upkeep of buildings, donating camper scholarships, and providing much needed supplies.

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On Tuesday, August 6th, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club participated in the annual “National Night Out” in Rockaway Borough.  This nationwide crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Rockaway Borough Police Department.

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District Governor Barry Kroll addressed the members of the Rockaway Rotary Club at this past Monday’s meeting. DG Kroll outlined his goals for the coming year including increasing membership by recruiting and inspiring new members to join our clubs, encouraging individual member contributions to the Rotary Foundation to further the foundation’s humanitarian efforts at home and throughout the world, and to promote the vitality of our district clubs' charitable efforts.

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District 7470 Governor Barry Kroll and Rockaway Rotary President Jim Stuart



The Rotary Club of the Rockaways held its annual Rockaway Rotary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, June 29, 2013.  194 registered 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/Walk will benefit Rockaway Rotary Club’s charitable projects throughout the upcoming year including our commitment to “Fight Hunger” in our communities.  Part of the monies raised will be distributed to the Rockaway Food Closet.

Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors, and volunteers for making the race a success.

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On Monday evening, June 24th, Rockaway Rotary recognized the efforts of 2012-13 President Rodney Seifert and the past year’s Board of Directors.  Past President Jean McMullan installed incoming President James Stuart and the Board of Directors for 2013-14.  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 James Stuart and the new officers and board members for the 2013-2014 year.


President Elect - Janice Christensen
Vice President - Michele Reutty
Board Secretary - Joe Hurley
Treasurer - Donna Theese
Past President - Rodney Seifert
Directors - Bart Moriarty, Denise Nickel, Preston Hills

In addition, thank you to our tireless Club Secretary, George Berry, our diligent Sergeant at Arms, Joe Hurley, and our always cheerful Greeter, John Beeman for their ongoing service to the club. 


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PP Jean McMullan installed 2013-2014 President James Stuart

                                                                  

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Outgoing President Rodney Seifert

 


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"Rotarian of the Year" Janice Christensen


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2013-2014 Board of Directors



On Saturday, June 22nd, the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a food drive for the Rockaway Food Closet at the Rockaway ShopRite.  Rockaway Rotarians collected two vans full of groceries and $458.28 in 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 members who contributed their time and to all who donated food and/or money to make this “Help Fight Hunger” event a success.

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At our Monday, June 10, 2013 meeting, President Rodney Seifert and Janice Christensen, Scholarship Committee Chair presented three Rockaway seniors with checks and Rotary mementos in recognition of their receiving this year’s Rockaway Rotary Scholarships. Our scholarship winners were Daniel Khazen (Vocational Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, Brittany Maschel (Frederick and Ruth James  Memorial Scholarship) from Morris Hills High School, and James Onorevole (Alfred G. Scott Memorial Scholarship) from Morris Knolls High School.  Each student received a  monetary scholarship towards their college education.

 Congratulations to these outstanding graduates!

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Rockaway Rotarians, Rodney Seifert, Sheila Seifert, & Janice Christensen

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President Rod Seifert accepts four District 7470 club awards from DG Avi Tilak including the Governor's Citation for Overall Excellence in Rotary Service at the District 7470 Conference in Lancaster, PA.

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Rockaway resident and former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Leo Redmond, addressing the Rotarians at the District 7470 Conference in Lancaster, PA.

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Rockaway Rotary Club wins the District 7470 "Best Overall Bulletin" Award at the District Conference.

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Rockaway Rotary's Public Image display at District 7470 Conference in Lancaster, PA.

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On Monday, May 13, 2013, members of the GSE (Group Study Exchange) Team from District 3120 in India paid a visit to the Rockaway Rotary Club at our weekly meeting.  Hosted by our DGN Larry Ripley and led by team leader Dr. Vipul Shankar Pandya, team members gave a presentation sharing personal information regarding their families and occupations along with pertinent facts about their home country.

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On Monday, May 13, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township and Thomas Jefferson Middle School from Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principal F. Scott Allshouse from Copeland Middle School introduced Mikalya Harris.  Bria Pearce from Thomas Jefferson Middle School was introduced by Assistant Principal Mark Schwarz.  The administrators spoke about each of our recipients, outlining their outstanding qualifications for this award.

 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR “STUDENT OF THE MONTH” WINNERS THIS YEAR!

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 COPELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL



SERVICE ABOVE SELF

A big "Thank You" to Janice and Brandon Christensen for their work on the Rockaway Rotary gazebo area at Camp Merry Heart on Saturday, May 4, 2013.   They cleaned the patio, furniture, and stained the roof of the gazebo.

 

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On Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club conducted a spring clean-up around Friendship Field and Lakeside Drive in Rockaway Borough.  Special thanks to Borough resident Ray Kelly for his participation.  For our efforts, we will receive monies towards our service and charitable endeavors from the Clean Communities Grant Program.

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This past Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Zeri’s Inn in Mountain Lakes, the Rockaway Rotary Club  honored two exemplary community members, Linda Kirby, Director of the Rockaway Food Closet, and Douglas Scheer, Rockaway Borough Police Chief, as Paul Harris Fellows.  The Paul Harris  Fellow Recognition is the highest honor that a Rotary Club can bestow upon an individual.  Mrs. Kirby and Chief Scheer exemplify Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."

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President Rodney Seifert and Club Foundation Chair Bart Moriarty present Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Linda Kirby & Douglas Sheer 

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Rockaway Rotary Club President Rodney Seifert presents a $3840.40 check 

to Linda Kirby, Director of the Rockaway Food Closet.

 

In its continued commitment to combat hunger in its communities, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways presented Linda Kirby, Director of the Rockaway Food Closet, a check for $3840.40 at its recent Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Dinner on April 18, 2013.  These funds were raised from various Rockaway Rotary Club fundraisers in addition to proceeds from the annual Easter Bunny Breakfast, the Paul Harris Dinner, Rockaway Rotary Raffle, a weekly 50/50 winner, and monies donated by our club to the District 7470 Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

The Rockaway Food Closet provides food weekly to residents of Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township who need assistance feeding their families. The closet also distributes additional food baskets at Thanksgiving and during the December holiday season. 

The Rockaway Rotary Club recently made a $1200 contribution to Rotary International’s promise to eradicate polio in the world. District 7470 PolioPlus chair, Dr. Karien Ziegler, recognized our club’s continued commitment to this cause and expressed her appreciation stating that, “thousands of children will receive those precious polio drops and can look forward to running, playing, and working toward fulfilling their individual potentials - standing upright. Parents also benefit from your generosity and commitment– for now they can look forward to a strong limbed child who can more surely take his/her own place in society.”

ROCKAWAY ROTARY RAFFLE WINNERS

1st Place - Catherine Slockbower

2nd Place - Bart Moriarty

3rd Place - Diane Willer

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The Rockaway Rotary Easter Bunny (aka PP Joe) along with PP Sheila

 congratulates our 2013 Raffle 1st Place Winner, Catherine Slockbower

Thank you to all who helped make our breakfast a success, the Rotarians and friends who assisted with the greeting, serving, etc., the Interact students for  taking the Easter Bunny pictures, and all community members who came to enjoy the breakfast and support our charitable efforts.  A special recognition to Applebee’s of Rockaway for hosting the event and to Janice Christensen for chairing the breakfast…. and of course, thank you to our very own “Easter Bunny.”  The proceeds from the breakfast will benefit our efforts to “Fight Hunger in our Communities” through donations to the Rockaway Food Closet. 

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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On Monday, March 18, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored students from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our “Student of the Month” program.  Principal F. Scott   Allshouse from Copeland Middle School introduced students Rebecca Fair and Katherina Estrada and spoke about each of our recipients, outlining their outstanding qualifications for this award.

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On Monday, March 4th, President Rodney Seifert represented the Rockaway Rotary Club in promoting literacy by participating in the annual “Read Across America” day in Rockaway Borough. Rod read stories to 2nd graders at Lincoln School as part of the event sponsored annually by the National Education Association.

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On Monday, February 25, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club recognized two of our club members ongoing commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Bart Moriarty, Rotary Foundation Chair, presented PP George Berry and PP Sheila Seifert with their Paul Harris +4 pins. Congratulations to George and Sheila and thank you for your continued support of the Foundation.

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At Rockaway Rotary's Club Assembly on Monday, February 25th, Rockaway Rotary honored Tyler Smith from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program. Superintendent/Principal Dr. Brian Purzak introduced Tyler and spoke to his outstanding qualifications for this award.

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On Monday, February 4, 2013, Rockaway Rotarian Bill Baron was honored as a new member of District 7470 Paul Harris Society. Membership was bestowed in recognition for Bill’s contribution of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation during this Rotary year. Congratulations Bill and thank you for your contribution.

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On Monday, January 28th, President Rod, PP Sheila, and GOL Chair Bill Baron attended the annual Gift of Life Annual Meeting in East Hanover.  Also in attendance were the advisors to our MHHS Interact Club, Gloria McCarthy & Kara Danbrowney, along with the Interact Club President, Brittany Mashel. The MHHS Interact Club presented GOL with a check for $5000 to help finance lifesaving heart surgeries.  MHHS was the “first” District 7470 Interact Club to sponsor a GOL child in 2009, a “seed” that was planted by PDG Joyce Cougle in 2007 when the MHHS Interact Club began to work to raise the necessary funds to sponsor a child.  This initiative culminated with the sponsorship of a 2-year old child from Uganda during the 2008-2009 school year.  Their incredible work over the past few years to again sponsor lifesaving surgeries was praised and recognized by GOL and Rotarians present at the annual dinner.

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On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Michael Luo from Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township as part of our “Student of the Month” program. Copeland MS teacher, Ms. Ardith Collins, introduced Michael and outlined his outstanding qualifications for this award.

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 President Rod Seifert, Michael Luo , & Ms. Ardith Collins

 

President - James Stuart 

President Elect – Janice Christensen

Vice President – Michele Reutty

Board Secretary – Joseph Hurley

Treasurer – Donna Theese

Directors –  Preston Hills, Sanjiv Chopra, Bart Moriarty


CONGRATULATIONS!

On Monday, December 17th, PDG Maurie Madar inducted the newest member of the Rockaway Rotary Club,  Dr. Brian Purzak.  Brian is the Superintendent of Schools in Rockaway Borough and was sponsored by PP Joseph Hurley.

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At our Club Assembly on December 17th, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Thomas Haynes from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program. Superintendent/Principal Dr. Brian Purzak introduced Thomas and spoke to his outstanding qualifications for this award.

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On Monday, December 10th, the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual Children’s Holiday Party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rockaway. Students from St. Peter’s Village in Denville and Little Learner Academy were among the guests of the club. Holiday musical entertainment was provided by the students from Little Learner and the 8th grade chorus members from Thomas Jefferson School in Rockaway Borough.  A special appearance by the jolly old man in the red suit bearing gifts for the students was enjoyed by both young and old.

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On Saturday, December 1, 2012, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club braved the cool weather to continue their "Fight Against Hunger" by collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Rockaway Food Closet during Rockaway Borough Schools’ “Winter Wonderland” at Thomas Jefferson School.  In addition,  Rotarians delivered to the Food Closet over 1250 cans of food from the   Thomas Jefferson School’s successful “Can the Principals” event.

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District 7470 has established a 501c3 account to accept donations for long term restoration and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Write checks to: “The Rotary Foundation - Donor Advised Fund”  or “TRF - DAF”.  Memo field should say: “Rotary District 7470 Charitable Fund, Acct. #445”.  Mail checks to: DGE Barry Kroll, 27 Laurel Way, Madison, NJ 07940.

Due to the time and efforts of the Rockaway Rotary Club and the generosity of club members and Rockaway area residents, many needy families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  This past Saturday, in support of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, members of the Rockaway Rotary Club collected frozen turkeys, bags of groceries, and cash donations to help New Jersey families who are struggling to pay their bills and are unable to stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving items.  The ideal of ‘Service” is thriving in Rockaway Rotary.  We thank all of the community members who contributed to our efforts to assist those less fortunate.

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Although the Rockaway Rotary Club had to cancel its annual Halloween Parade due to Hurricane Sandy, the club was still able to provide community children and residents with bags of Halloween candy.  The candy was distributed to those  affected by the storm at the warming and charging centers at the Rockaway Township and Rockaway Borough Libraries.

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Because of the power outages, downed trees, and general difficult conditions, the annual  Rotary Halloween Parade scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st has been cancelled.  



**ROCKAWAY ROTARY AT WORK**

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Halloween Parade Candy Packing

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GFWC Women's Club "Make a Difference Day" Book Project

On Monday, October 15, 2012, the Rockaway Rotary Club honored Tyler Salerno from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockaway Borough as part of our “Student of the Month” program.   Superintendent/Principal Dr. Brian Purzak introduced Tyler as our first honoree for this school year.

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At the Monday, September 24th Club Assembly held at the Park Lake Rotary Gazebo, ADG Ron Kelly inducted the newest members of the Rockaway Rotary Club, Denise Nickel, Lyssette Perez, Sanjiv “Mickey” Chopra, and Preston Hills.

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Rockaway Rotary participated in the "Celebrate Rockaway Borough" Street Fair this past Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in the center of Rockaway Borough.  Rockaway Rotarians promoted our club's civic endeavors and collected contributions for the Rockaway Food Closet in our continuing efforts to "Fight Hunger" in our communities.

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Members of the Rockaway Rotary, led by Community Service chairperson Bart Moriarty, have recently completed our annual distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the public and parochial schools in Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township.  Along with the dictionaries, students received custom bookmarks outlining Rockaway Rotary’s civic contributions.  Rockaway Rotary has also donated additional boxes of dictionaries to the Blairstown Rotary Club for their initiative for Africa.

 

On September 11, 2012, Rockaway Rotary Club President Rod Seifert presented to the Rockaway Borough Board of Education President Christa Smith a donation of $3859 to assist in the purchase of new playground equipment at Lincoln School. The funds were partial proceeds from the Rockaway Rotary 5K Race and various fundraisers. 

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