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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch
Long Branch

"Service Above Self"

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m.
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Ave. N
Long Branch,
United States of America
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President Dave Brown thanks Nikki for her presentation with a Rotary mug.
Speaker - Nikki Gangemi founder of Mindful Matters, board certified Life Master Coach, author of children and adult books on Mindfulness.
Highlights - She discussed her guide to clients about expanding their awareness in order to become empowered and to help them reach their journey with success and abundance. Her four steps are to reach CALM are - be conscious of your feelings, aware of your thoughts, think of the possibilities and make new empowering decisions. The objective is to help individuals pursue their goals without fear and self-doubt.
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch awards two $3,000 scholarships to students from Long Branch High School and Shore Regional High School.
President Dave Brown and Terry Janeczek presented the Rotary Scholarship to Kaliya Bernard from Long Branch High School. She will be attending Kutztown University in Pennsylvania studying criminal justice and psychology.
President Dave Brown presented Riley Lawrence with the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch scholarship, congratulating her and her mom, Rachel Lawrence.
Riley will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology to study civil engineering.
Great time was had by all at Jack's.  Good friends, food and we raised money for local food pantries.  What a combo!
Thank you to Jack's for donating 15% of business for the day from customer's who mentioned Rotary.
Past president Paul Newell presents Darrell with Rotary mug in appreciation of his informative update of the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce
 Topic - The L.B. Chamber of Commerce
The mission is to develop, encourage and promote retail services, hospitality, industrial education and tourism based concerns under a set of common goals. The Chamber consists of a diverse membership and welcomes new businesspeople and residents. He discussed future events, bringing back restaurant week and the use of social media as a means of promotion.
Some suggestions for consideration offered by Club members were for the Chamber to create a map of L.B. businesses and a calendar of events.
Rotarian Sylvia Allen receives $500 contribution from past president Paul to Sylvia's Children to help in restoration of storm damaged dormitory of school in Uganda.
Rotarian Judy Syms receiving her +6 Paul Harris pin in recognition of her ongoing financial support of Rotary International.
Club President Dave Brown presents Rotary mug to Gary in appreciation of his entertaining and very informative presentation.
Highlights: The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The international organization was started by Swiss businessman Henry Dunant in 1828. The Red Cross symbol represents the Swiss flag and its motto “protection for all”. Some facts: The organization blood drives supply 40% of the blood reserves, there is financial and housing support for the military including veterans, research on sickle cell anemia, equipment and food for disaster victims, disaster training for volunteers and free smoke alarms with installation available by request.
He discussed how to be pro-active with preparedness in case of fire since there are only 2 minutes before being overcome by smoke.  Practice with a drill and have an escape plan with a meeting place outside. Test the smoke alarms monthly. Have a plan for pets. Check batteries and emergency kits. He distributed literature for pet safety and a home fire escape plan. He also gave out prizes to 3 club members.
Another successful Spring cleanup in Long Branch, NJ. It was a little chilly, but our volunteers managed to collect 260 pounds of trash!
This cleanup was made possible by Anthony Morrell, Monmouth County Clean Communities Coordinator. Also thanks to The City of Long Branch, NJ and the Long Branch Office of the Mayor for your support 🙏
🚨FUN FACT: The first Rotary Club was founded by Paul Harris, a lawyer, in 1905 in Chicago. 
(L-R) RCGLB President Dave Brown, Shore Regional HS Interact Club members Meghan Chewning, Lucia Mazza Softcheck, Max Oster, Kate McLoughlin, Eleni Arvantis - club president, Samantha Klein, Rotary Interact chair Mika Hon, and Mrs. Kristen Encarnacion, Teacher of English and Shore Regional HS Interact Counselor.
Mika Hon introduced guest speaker, Kristin Encarnacion who informed the membership that the Interact Club is the largest club at Shore Regional High School.  Their 210 members help to support Send a Smile, Operation Gratitude, Reformation Food Pantry, The Jordy Foundation, and many more.  They will also be sponsoring a Ted-X talk.   Each of the six students present spoke of their role in the program.
Rotarians have a great time at Gift of Life Gala fundraiser at The Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach on
Sunday 4/14 where Bill Donnelly, PDG, was honored with the MICHAEL'S HEART RECIPIENT award.
Pres. Dave Brown (R) thanks Bill Donnelly, Past District Governor, Red Bank Rotary past president and current RCGLB member for informative and entertaining presentation on the Gift of Life program.
Speaker - Bill Donnelly, Business Coach, 21-year Rotary member, Past President Red Bank Rotary, Past District Governor, 10 years board of Trustees

Topic - The “Gift of Life International” sponsored by Rotary Clubs
Highlights: The mission is to provide lifesaving surgery to children ages 1 to 13 that are born with congenital heart defects and live in countries that cannot provide treatment.
The funding supports the volunteer doctors and nurses plus tools, supplies and training for local doctors. He related his experiences observing the surgeries in these foreign countries. The volunteering doctors are from prestigious U.S. universities. Bill also cited statistics of the major increase in surgeries and ICUs.
President Dave (L) introduced guests, Area Governor Mark Morro (R) and Spring Lake Club
President elect Paul Cox. (center)
Thank you to Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank, NJ. With their help, our Rotary club donated 60 Easter hams to local food pantries.
If you're interested in learning more about this and other monthly donations, please send a message �� or visit us during weekly Friday meetings at Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant.
Special thank you to the surrounding food pantries for accepting these donations and providing a wonderful Easter dinner to so many families.
⛪︎ Holy Trinity Church
⛪︎ Second Baptist Church
⛪︎ Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church
⛪︎ St. James' Episcopal Church
⛪︎ St. Luke's United Methodist Church
⛪︎ St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church
 Speaker: Brian Mullen of East Coast Movement & Performance Institute of Athlete
 Performance, Past President of Asbury Park Rotary
Highlights:  As a physical therapist he recognized the need for performance training to prevent injuries and improve performance. At MPI state of the art technology is used to perform in depth biomechanics assessments. The mission is to provide athletes with a comprehensive evaluation and develop a program tailored to the athlete’s strength deficits for rehabilitation. Some of the technology used is Movement Capture, Electromyography, Isometric Dynamometer, Force Plates, Video tapes are used to teach children how to land to prevent knee injuries and to help with golf swing injuries. Exercises and walking are beneficial to prevent injuries.
President Dave (L) presented Sylvia Allen, founder of Sylvia's Children and Daryl Wordelmann, co-owner of Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant and founder of Single Parents with MS honorary membership plaques for their commitment to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".
 Speaker - Daniel Rivera (R), Director of Operations Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County being thanked for his presentation to the club.
Highlights: The speaker related his childhood history and how his life was enriched after he joined the organization. The Club, a non-profit organization, was established 1938 in Asbury Park. There are 5,000 clubs in America. Currently there are also Clubs located in Long Branch, Red Bank, Neptune and throughout Monmouth County. The mission of the Club is to empower children to reach their potential and to support children’s mental health and social and emotional development within a safe and supportive environment. Some programs are career workshops, community service, entrepreneurship, 101 business, tutoring for literacy and monitoring children as they progress.

Andrea Steinberg collected Happy Dollars
Respectfully submitted,  Retta Schwartzstein
Rotary Club president Dave Brown inducted Andrea Steinberg into the club as an honorary member at the club's February dinner at Mar Belo Portuguese Restaurant.  Andrea, who is the club's personal server for our weekly lunch meetings at Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant, was presented with a plaque for Honorary Membership because club members believe her commitment to Rotary's philosophy of "Service Above Self" warrants this recognition.
Guest speaker - Karl Vilacoba (L), Communications Director and Project Manager for Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute is being thanked by club president David Brown for his informative presentation.
Highlights - The Institute was established in 2005. The mission is to serve the university and public as a forum for research, education and collaboration in the development of science based policies and to propose programs for a healthy and resilient coastal eco-system for the mid-Atlantic coastal area. The speaker displayed and discussed the research portal on his computer. Some topics of research discussed were: commercial fishing, fishing data, off shore wind development, sea cables, habitat of the ocean floor, water quality for swimming and fishing, sand mounds, marine life, ports, shipping patterns and conservation. The Coast Guard uses the portal for infrastructure changes , shipping, etc. The speaker distributed brochures.
Ted Panis collected Happy Dollars
Respectfully submitted, Retta Schwartzstein
Pres. Dave Brown thanks Lisa Kelly for very informative presentation.
Speaker - Lisa Kelly, Adult Programming Outreach Manager, Long Branch Public Library
Highlights: The L.B. Library was awarded the 2023 National Medal for Museum & Library Service given by the federally supported Institute of Museum and Library Service. Senator Cory Booker nominated the library for the award. The mission of the library is to meet the needs of users from toddlers to seniors by creating relevant services and programs. The Broadway location is under renovation and will reopen in September. The library is temporarily relocated at 131 Bath Ave., Long Branch. Membership is free to L.B. residents. For non-residents the fee is $20. A full time social worker is on staff. Some of the numerous services available are: special programs for children & adults, citizenship classes, community space for bookings, a local history room, copy and faxing machines & services, wi-fi & hot spot rentals, free notary services, standard test practices (GRE, SAT, etc.), job research, resume writing, free trouble shooting for computers and help with taxes. There will be a program for Black History Month. The speaker distributed brochures to everyone.

Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President, Dave Brown (left) and Club Secretary, Ken Gittell (right) present Senator Vin Gopal with a donation of over 350 items of socks, underwear, and undershirts for men, women, girls, and boys.  This donation to the senator’s Annual Sock Drive benefits people without permanent housing in our area.  Thanks to our club members for supporting this project by purchasing the needed items.
Club President Dave Brown thanks Guest Speaker- Eric Carney, President & CEO of Monmouth Medical Center, Long
                      Branch & Monmouth Medical Center South, Lakewood

Highlights: The center is rated the highest in N.J. by the national survey. The labor & delivery unit and the behavior health outpatient center are the largest in N.J. He discussed the many facets of the excellent nursing care. Presently the Long Branch
buildings are undergoing renovations. The hospital also purchased land at Fort Monmouth to  erect a center for additional services. Plans are to commence in 2026 and be finalized by 2030. Allocation of beds is determined strictly by N.J. State Law.
President Dave Brown presented Wesley Pfaff with a $1,000 check as a donation for the Affordable Housing Alliance for client transportation. $500.00 came from the club and Dr. David Pfaff matched that with another $500.
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch, Jingle Bell Buddies Program, supported the Long Branch Christmas Toy Drive this year by donating over 185 new toys to be given to local children.
This wonderful event took place on December 16th - To everyone's amazement, Santa himself welcomed the families and even had time to take photos while listening to the children's Christmas wish lists!
Thanks to the efforts of Stan Szuba, Danna Kawut, Kristopher Parker, the fire department and all the staff and volunteers the event was a huge success.  Approximately 260 gifts were given and many smiles were received.  
Wondering what Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch is about?  Rotary’s 1.2 million members worldwide believe that helping to change the world starts with a personal commitment to “Service Above Self”.   In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
For further information  go to www.longbranchrotary.org or email longbranchrotary@gmail.com.  And don't forget to follow our Facebook page to see our club in action!
Speaker - George Lazarou, principal security strategist at the Alpha Group. The company’s focus is on cybersecurity and services.
Highlights: The company works with the military, hospitals, health care, and small and midsize companies to manage risk, credit and data liability. The company follows the rules set by the defense department. Other information discussed was: Social engineering attacks, Ransomware attacks , Loss of technology equipment, Hackers, Property scams and Scams in general. The speaker offered this advice, “ Not everything you see is what it really may be”. Discussion followed.
* Andrea the club’s server at Rooney's collected Happy Dollars. President Dave presented Andrea with a holiday gift from the club.
 Speaker - Sylvia Allen, President of Allen Consulting & founder of Sylvia’s Children
Highlights: Sylvia’s Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned children in Uganda, Africa through education and medical benefits.
She has established a 6,000 square foot medical clinic for visiting doctors.  Sylvia brought a pediatrician and two nurses to help during her November visit.  1,000 children received goodie bags at the Christmas party. She related the many programs supported by the organization. 
Twelve hardy volunteers braved the cold at Wall Speedway's Turkey Trot races on November 25th to sell 50/50 raffle tickets to raise money for Sylvia's Children and the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch.
Pres. Dave presents Melanie a Rotary mug in appreciation of her informative presentation
Speaker - Melanie Siano - director at Holmdel & Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Homes
                  Topic - Benefits of prepaid funeral and cemetery expenses                         
The speaker related the benefits of preplanning for funeral arrangements, planning or prepaying the expenses and discussed the many legal requirements.
Suggested also were for individuals to review their vital statistics for a death certificate, to specify instructions for the celebration of one’s end of life and a “right of control” directive. N.J. allows for funerals to be prepaid into a third-party funeral trust account. Benefits for honorably discharged military veterans include burials at the National Cemetery.
Discussion ensued about various types of funerals such as natural or green burials, water cremation and human composting.
Pres. Dave Brown (L) thanks Wesley Pfaff with a club mug in appreciation for his informative presentation on the Affordable Housing Alliance homeless program. 
Dr. David Pfaff introduced the speaker, his son Wesley Pfaff representing -
          The Affordable Housing Alliance
This non-profit organization is funded by donations and federal, state and local sources The mission is to provide a safe haven for those in need and to provide access to essential resources . The staff has 80 employees. Sixteen beds, food and employment opportunities are provided for the homeless for 30 days. Social service agencies, friends and family refer clients to the shelter located at Fort Monmouth. The agency assists with job applications and connects individuals with community services. The AHA provides individuals with opportunities to live independent fulfilled lives within a supportive community setting. For more information contact - housingall.org/donate-2
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