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Long Branch

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:15 PM
Zachary's Restaurant
71 Oceanport Ave
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
United States of America
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Santa's helpers wrapping gifts
 
Santa and some of his elves checking out some of the gifts
 
Over the past 2 years during the Covid-19 Pandemic the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch with the help of some local businesses and residents has donated over $30,000 to local food pantries helping to feed families in need.
 
This holiday season the club started Jingle Bell Buddies, headed up by Terry Janeczyk, to bring the joy of Christmas to 5 local families.  The Long Branch School System supplied the names of the families who were then asked to fill out wish lists which the club did everything possible to make come true.  In addition, they were supplied with groceries to help get them through the holidays.
 
The look of surprise and the  smiles on the children’s faces when they saw Santa, club member Gordon Heggie, and the look of joy from the parents was well worth the effort put into the project.
 
There was a team of 4 elves assigned to shop for and help Santa deliver the packages to each of the five families.  Members involved could not stop talking about the joy they felt in helping these families have a wonderful Christmas.  A feeling of hope during these trying times seemed common among all involved. 
 
The project was such a success that the number of families will be increased to ten next Christmas. The support of club members and others in the community was instrumental in this success.
 
If you would like to help next year please contact Terry at taj4@aol.com and you will receive information next fall.
 
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 more information visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org   or call (732) 483-6973.
 
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch held their annual Holiday Party at Mar Belo Restaurant and it was a great success. The club was presented with a proclamation by the City of Long Branch for it's work in the community. Mayor Pallone, Councilpersons Dr. Anita Voogt and Bill Dangler did the presentation.
 
The Club was presented with a check for $1,000 by Frank Crupi from the Long Branch Wave of Hope for Rotary's holiday project, Jingle Bell Buddies. The club will be giving gifts and food to five local families in need to make their Christmas a special one.
 
Club Treasurer, Judy Syms, was presented with her third Paul Harris designation for her generosity to the Rotary International Foundation helping people around the globe.
 
In addition to all our wonderful guests the club would like to thank West Long Branch Mayor Janet Tucci for joining us in the festivities with her husband and club member Lex Tucci.
 
Club President Mike Schwartzstein gave an overview of the club's activities, past present, and future.
 
At the end of the evening several guests expressed interest in joining the club.
 
Once again the food was delicious and the service excellent at Mar Belo's.
 
 
  
  
   
 
 
 
Club President Michael Schwartzstein (R) presents Darrell Wordelmann with check for $1,000 for his foundation, Single Parents With MS.
With the help of Long Branch Middle and High School students the money was raised holding a car wash.
 
At a club dinner at Rooney's on 10/21 Darrell spoke about his personal story with MS and his foundation to help others.
10/8/21 Guest Speaker (L) Eric Nathanson, Long Branch Planning Board with Club President, Michael Schwartzstein.
Sylvia (third from right) of Sylvia's Children and Rotarians from Long Branch work together on 50/50 raffle at Wall Speedway to raise money for their organizations.
It was a very successful night with the winner receiving over $1,600.  We all had a great time and the staff  at the track couldn't have been friendlier.
10/1/21 - (L-R) Guest Speakers Michael Ciavolino, Executive Director of SCAN (Senior Citizens Activities Network) and Andrea Tar 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Mike Schwartzstein thanks them for a very informative presentation.
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch held a car wash on Saturday, 9/25 to benefit "Single Parents With MS" founded by Darrell Wordelman, co-owner of Rooney's  Oceanfront Restaurant.  The students, volunteers from Long Branch Middle School and High School, were conscientious, friendly and very polite. They made the event the success that it was.
Club President Mike Schwartzstein
 

 
 
 
 
 
                                                           Rotarians and friend
 
Great night at Mar Belo Restaurant. Our first monthly night meeting in a long time. Club President, Mike Schwartzstein (rt) thanked our guest speaker, Brian Thompson, NBC News 4 for a very informative and entertaining presentation followed by a lively question and answer session. The food and service was excellent as usual. It was a fun evening with friends a long time coming.
 
 
 
(L-R) Nick Greenwood, Vice Principal; Jessica Alonzo, Principal; Rotarians: Terry Janeczyk, Ken Gittell, Judy Syms, Club President Michael Schwartzstein,
Gordon Heggie, and Dave Brown
 
 
2nd from left, Lauren Sweet, Student Advisor with Long Branch Rotarians
 
 
Third from left, Twana Richardson, Student Advisor and 5th from left School Secretary Nijah Pizzaro receiving school bags with supplies from Long Branch Rotarians
 
 
On Friday July 30th local volunteers met at Rotarian Terry Janeczyk's home to fill backpacks with school supplies for local elementary school students.  The backpacks were distributed on Thursday, August 5th to Amerigo A. Anastasia Elementary School, George L. Catrambone Elementary School, and Gregory Elementary school.
 
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.
 
Want to attend?  The club meets Fridays at Zachary’s Restaurant at 12:00pm. Please give us a call before coming at (732) 483-6973 to make a reservation.  Pay $25 lunch fee at the meeting.  For more information visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org
 
Long Branch Rotary members turned out to clean up the area on Market Pl. by Stop and Shop (near RR tracks).  The clean-up was made possible by Anthony Morrell,  Monmouth County Clean Communities Coordinator. The club cleans this area a couple of times a year due to the accumulation of litter.  Rotary members have also cleaned the area around the train station and have participated in the beach clean-ups.
 
 
 
(L-R) 2021-2022 President Michael Schwartzstein, Past President Paul Peacock, and Past President Fatima Camacho.
 
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch recently installed Michael Schwartzstein as their 2021-2022 club president at their weekly lunch meeting at Zachary's Restaurant.  It was a tough covid year but the club did well and continued to serve the community by raising over $26,000 to help support local food pantries.  It is great to be meeting in person once again.  We're looking forward to a much more active year.
 
 
 

The club also presented a check for $1,000 to The Arc, Work Opportunity Center in Long Branch.  (Left to right)  Linda Porter, Director; receiving check is Marshall Queen, President of Self Advocacy;  Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Fatima Camacho;  RCGLB Past President Gordon Heggie; Michael Mirasola, Assist. Director; and Theresa Valentine, Director of Development.

 
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. For more information www.thearc.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.
 
Want to attend one of our lunch meetings?  Simply give us a call at (732) 483-6973 to make a reservation.  For more information visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org.

 
 Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Fatima Camacho presents check for $950 to Reverend Leslie Devereaux of the Trinity AME Church for their food pantry.
 
 
According to an October article by NJ Spotlight News "Pandemic in NJ forces 1.2 Million to become "food insecure", report says the number surges by 56% this year, higher than national rate due to hard-hit hospitality and leisure industries.  For children, the projected increase is even bigger, at 75%, bringing the total to 365,000, the report said.  The new projected rate of food insecurity exceeds the 12.3% seen at the depth of the Great Recession of 2007-2009. 
 
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch (RCGLB) raised $5,700 in the month of November.  They received $1,000 from Investors Bank, $2,500 from a Rotary District Grant, $1,000 donation from Sylvia Allen, and $1,200 from club members.  As a result, $950 each was donated in December to pantries at Christ the King Parish, St. Michaels Church, The Lutheran Church, Reformation, Trinity AME Church and St. Lukes Church. Since March RCGLB has raised and donated approximately $20,000 to local food pantries.
 
Please donate as much as you are able.   No one should go hungry in this country, especially children. The need to continue helping our community is urgent.   The money raised will be distributed to local food pantries in a check so they can purchase supplies needed the most.  There is light at the end of this long tunnel.
 
Credit cards are preferred, checks accepted.   Send checks to Long Branch Rotary Club, P.O. Box 3094, Long Branch, NJ 07740.  If you are making a donation of over $100 by credit card or have a problem using the website please call Ken Gittell at (732) 539-3077.
 
To make donation click on link below:
 
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.
Want to attend one of our Zoom meetings?  Simply give us a call at (732) 483-6973 to make a reservation.  For more information visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org
 
 
 
Saturday, 10/10/20 - Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch (RCGLB) in coordination with Will Johnson of Monmouth County Clean Communities   helps keep Long Branch clean by clearing Market Pl. (by Stop & Shop) of garbage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch (RCGLB) Past Presidents’ Gordon Heggie (center) and Luciana Silva presented Tarcisio Ferreira, owner of the Brazilian Market in West End, with a RCGLB Certificate of Appreciation.  The certificate was for supporting the RCGLB’s international fundraiser with a donation to help the Breast Cancer Clinic in Sao Gotardo, Brasil. 
 
In addition, with the help of Investors Bank’s generous donations, RCGLB has donated over $12,000 to local food pantries in the last 7 months during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
 
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.
 
Want to attend one of our Zoom meetings?  Simply give us a call at (732) 483-6973 to make a reservation.  For more information visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Fatima Camacho presenting check for $400 to Donna Cetrulo for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Christ the King Parish. 
 
 
 
Club President Fatima Camacho presented check for $400 to Mary Jensen, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Michael's Church.  (L-R: Pastor John Butler, Rene and Jack Vrignola, Mary Jensen, Rotary Club President Fatima Camacho)
 
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch has been donating money to local food pantries monthly for the last 6 months with the help of Investors Bank, the Long Branch Rotary Foundation, and Rotary District 7505 to help them keep up with the demand for food created by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The total donations made to local food pantries come to over $10,000.  The Club will be continuing it's fundraiser for at least the balance of 2020.
 
If you would like to help us please donate by credit card click on link: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=81df0a31-3dd3-45fb-9c15-980e2c4f42d8  or by check to Long Branch Rotary Club, P.O. Box 3094, Long Branch, NJ 07740.
 
RCGLB (Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch) President, Gordon Heggie presents $890. check to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry staff and volunteers at Christ the King Parish.
 

For our second food drive fundraiser the club donated $890. each to three local pantries in May: St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Christ the King Parish, Lutheran Church – Reformation, and St. Brigid’s Food Pantry at St. James Episcopal Church.

Help is provided to over 750 local families per week through just these three pantries. The pantries are helped by Fulfill (Monmouth County Food Bank), Jersey Cares, Common Market, monetary and food donations by individuals and corporations.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic the need has grown dramatically and will continue for the foreseeable future.  Please do what you can to support your local food pantry.  No parent wants to worry about their children going to bed hungry.
 
Mr. Dominique Perez, Program Supervisor at St. Bridgid's Pantry & Kitchen receives donation from RCGLB President G. Heggie.
 
 
RCGLB President Gordon Heggie presents donation to Debbie Keszler, Food Pantry Director at Lutheran Church - Reformation
 
Food pick-up at Lutheran Church - Reformation food pantry
 
 
Medical Staff in the Pulmonary Unit at Monmouth Medical Center thank Rotary for lunch from Scala's Pizzeria.  We can't thank them enough for the the work they do helping our families, friends and neighbors survive this crisis.  They put their own health on the line.  The Ultimate in Service Above Self.
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