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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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Ted and Joanna Friedli graciously hosted a late summer night Rotary meeting at their home. It was a beautiful evening, great company, food and drink in a vacation like setting. Who would've thought.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Walt Thistlewaite inducting new member Anita Voogt into the club.  Anita is a Long Branch Councilwoman and Executive Director of Brookdale Community College.

 

 

Club  President Walt Thistlewaite (left) thanks guest speaker Ryan Martinez, owner of Grape Beginnings/Hands-on Winery in Eatontown, NJ, for his very informative presentation on winemaking.  Grape Begininnings provides a “hands-on” opportunity to learn the art and science of private label winemaking from start to finish (Grape-to-Bottle).  Topping off the presentation was a special wine tasting treat that all enjoyed.

Ken & Walt deliver food to The Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church food pantry.
 
 
President-elect Gordon Heggie thanks Tony Howley, State Grassroots Director of Americans for Prosperity for his presentation.  He spoke about the organization's views and work on pension reform, reducing cronyism, occupational licensing reform, corporate welfare reform, criminal justice reform, protecting free speech, and cutting taxes & wasteful spending.
 
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), founded in 2004, is a libertarian/conservative political advocacy group in the United States funded by David H. Koch and Charles Koch.  
Club President Walt Thistlewaite inducts Councilwoman Mary Jane Celli as a new club member.
 
Club President Walt inducts Retta Schwartzstein into the club.
District Governor Bill Donnelly and AG Mika Hon present past president Luciana Silva with a "Be the Inspiration" banner in recognition of her presidency.  Bill also spoke about the upcoming year in Rotary.
A great time was had at the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch's annual Clambake on August 2nd at the Beer Garden at Blu Grotto.
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
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David Salkin
Oct 26, 2018
Author of over a dozen novels, former Mayor, Police Commissioner of Freehold
Yvette Anderson
Nov 02, 2018
Meet the Need
Aaron Levine
Nov 30, 2018
LG Insurance / Cybersecurity
Austin Marcinello
Dec 14, 2018
Family First - Urgent Care
 
 
 
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