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Greater Long Branch

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Ave N
Long Branch, NJ  07740
United States
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Victor Rodrigues (right), Branch Manager of Investors Bank on Broadway in Long Branch presents an Investors Foundation Grant check for $2,000 to Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch president Walter Thistlewaite. 
 
 
Club president elect Gordon Heggie thanks guest speaker Robert Buob, Twin Lights District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council.  Robert gave our members a great overview of the Boy Scouts.
Both Twin Lights and Council earned 2017’s Journey to Excellence Gold Award.  They were recognized for membership growth, volunteer leadership, community service, and fund development.  Twin Lights served 2,408 youth in 2017.  The Council had a youth  retention rate of 83%, one of the highest Council retention rates in the U.S.  The Monmouth Council celebrated 100 years of service to the community.
Robert also spoke about the many programs provided: camping and outdoor education at the Scout reservations, summer camp, developing our youth, community service, training adult volunteers and youth, high adventure, annual national youth leadership training courses and many other innovative programs.

Members of the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch Board of Directors presented Dr. David Stout, President of Brookdale Community College with a check for $8,000 for 16 $500 scholarships.  8 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a career in the trades and 8 to students returning to school to further their education or pursue a new occupation. 

 

 

Pictured above is Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch guest speaker Joelle Aponte from 180 Turning Lives Around being thanked by club president Luciana Silva.  Since 1976, 180 Turning Lives Around has supported and empowered individuals and families in crisis.  A private non-profit organization, 180 is the only state designated Monmouth County agency that provides comprehensive and compassionate services to those affected by domestic abuse.

For more information on 180’s programs and services please call one of the 24/7 toll-free hotlines.

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-843-9262                 Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-888-264-RAPE (7273)

 

 Club president, Luciana Silva, presented our server, Patty, with flowers in appreciation of her excellent service throughout the year.

 
 
 
 

2018-2019 Board of Directors: (L-R) Pres. Elect Gordon Heggie,  Club Secretary Ken Gittell, President Walter Thistlewaite, District Assist. Governor Mika Hon, Past Pres. Luciana Silva, Club Membership Co-trainer & District Secretary Paul Peacock,  and Treasurer Judy Syms (not in photo)

 

 
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch held it’s annual  President and officer installation dinner Saturday, 6/23 at Rodeio Grill on Oceanport Ave.  The 2018-2019 board of directors are:  President Walter Thistlewaite, president-elect Gordon Heggie, secretary Ken Gittell, treasurer Judy Syms, past president Luciana Silva, new member co-trainer Paul Peacock, and service  projects chair Mika Hon.
2017-2018 President Luciana Silva had a great year.  Some of the highlights are:  food drives for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that fed over 300 families each, food collection for  local pantries, assisted Kick Cancer Overboard at the NJ Marathon to raise money to help cancer victims and their families, raised money to help Long Branch Citizen’s Police Academy, worked together with the BR  Help Center on a Garage Free that helped 80 families,  raised money and packed meals for Rise Against Hunger to feed people in disaster areas of the world, held a dinner for the LB Department of Public Works to honor employees contribution to Long Branch, awarded two $3,000 scholarships to Long Branch HS and Shore Regional HS students,  donated and helped plant 20 maple trees and 10 azalea bushes to Long Branch,  awarded $8,000 in scholarships to Brookdale Community College (8 $500 scholarships each for trade school and students returning to further their education).
 
The club is looking forward to another great year of service to our community.
 
The club invites you to attend our next meeting, which will be held Friday, June 29 at noon at Rooney’s in Long Branch.  The speaker will be Joelle Aponte from 180 Turning Lives Around,  dedicated  to ending domestic and sexual violence in our community.
 
Want to attend?  Simply give us a call at (641) 715-3900 Ext #716992 to make a reservation or pay $20 lunch fee at the door.  For more information visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org
 
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.

Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Luciana Silva with guest speakers Andrea Phox and Susan Marco.  They spoke about “Unity Tent”, a joint presentation by Shine: Women of Long Branch and West End Arts Center & NJ Rep.

 

On Friday 6/8 president Luciana Silva (center) of  the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch presented  $3,000 scholarships to Long Branch HS senior Jordana Friedli (left) and Shore Regional HS senior Amanda Halper (right). The club has been awarding scholarships to Long Branch and Shore Regional HS students for over 20 years.

The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch and the BR Help Center held a Garage Free on Saturday, May 26th at 489 Broadway, Long Branch.  Items were collected from the community and Rotary Club members to be given free to anyone in need.  Items included men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, household items, furniture, toys, children’s books, etc.   More than 80 local families were helped.
 
(L-R) Stephanie Gittell, Club President Luciana Silva, Ken Gittell, and Judy Syms
 
 
 
 
Club President Luciana Silva thanking guest speaker Timothy Zeiss, Executive Director  Foundation & Alumni Affairs, Brookdale Community College.  Tim spoke about the role of Brookdale in the community and it’s many programs in addition to  academic  including welding, nursing, cyber security, automotive, radiology, construction.  Brookdale also has programs with local high schools where students can work on a two year degree.
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch welcomes Andrea Lane as a new member.
New member Andrea Lane being inducted into the club by Ted Friedli.
 
President Elect Walter Thistlewaite  congratulates Andrea on her membership after reading our club's "Litany of Expectations" written by the late Reverend Al Acer.
 Club President Luciana Silva thanking guest speaker Timothy Zeiss, Executive Director  Foundation & Alumni Affairs, Brookdale Community College.  Tim spoke about the role of Brookdale in the community and it’s many programs in addition to  academic  including welding, nursing, cyber security, automotive, radiology, construction.  Brookdale also has programs with local high schools where students can work on a two year degree.
(foreground) Mike Armstrong and Lou DeLauro, Assistant Director of Public Works and (background) Bill Wood plant the azaleas the club donated in Martin Luther King Park.  Thank you guys for coming out in the rain to get the plants in.
Rotarian Gordon Heggie (2nd from right) and Lou DeLauro, Assistant Director of Public Works (far right) and DPW crew.
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch donated 20 maple trees and 10 azalea bushes to Long Branch to be planted in Branchport Park, Atlantic Ave Park, and Martin Luther King Park.  Rotarians Gordon Heggie, Ken Gittell, Joe LaBracio, Michael Hayes, and Jack Kearns
helped the DPW plant the trees on Saturday, May 12th.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Travis Rogers from the NJ Reentry Corporation of Monmouth County
 

The NJRC strives to develop a culture where people with histories of incarceration face no barriers to employment and are no more likely to be arrested than people who have not been incarcerated.

The NJRC is a professional job and training procurement agency with a sensitivity to the unique needs that returning citizens have in finding and retaining quality employment. The NJRC is evidence based, efficient, collaborative, apolitical, client focused, data driven, and its employees at all times comport themselves accordingly.

Club President Luciana Silva presenting Travis with a token of our appreciation for his informative presentation.
 
Great meeting!
 
Long Branch Rotarians, Ken Gittell, Gordon Heggie, and club president Luciana Silva, delivering food to the Holy Trinity Church food pantry on May 2nd.
New club member, Susan Lepis (center) is inducted into the club by Mika Hon, District 7500 Assistant Governor and Club President Luciana Silva.
 
Guest speaker Long Branch Councilman and mayoral candidate John Pallone is thanked by club president Luciana Silva.
 

District 7500 Secretary and Long Branch club member, Paul Peacock, exchanging club banners with guests Gordon Shurtleff of the Torrey Pines Rotary Club and his wife Penny of the La Jolla Rotary Club, California.

Club president Luciana Silva thanks mayoral candidate Avery Grant for his presentation as guest speaker at the club's April 20th lunch meeting. Councilman and mayoral candidate John Pallone will be the guest speaker on April 27th.
Mayor Adam Schneider was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch on Friday, April 13th. Here President Luciana Silva thanks the mayor. The club will be hearing from other mayoral candidates, Avery Grant and John Pallone this week and next at our Friday meetings at Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant.
 
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