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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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Guest speaker Aaron Levine being thanked by club president Walt Thistlewaite
 
Rotarians Get A Lesson in Cyber Safety
Aaron Levine from LG Insurance Agency in Long Branch was recently  a guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch lunch meeting where he spoke about cyber safety, a subject of importance especially during the holidays.
Below are some tips to keep cyber safe:
  • Beware of Phishing Attacks – Online promotions via email, text or social media may look like a steal, but they could be a trap for fraudsters to do just that – steal your data and cash.  Don’t click on links or attachments.
  • Go to Legitimate Websites – Be on high alert for clone websites.  Go to official website of the retailer and look for the HTTPS and lock.
  • Avoid Third Part Apps – Use legitimate shopping apps by going to the official app stores.  Look for bad reviews, spelling errors and don’t download apps from their parties that could be infected with malware.
  • Shop with Credit – When shopping online, use a credit card instead of a debit card.  With a credit card it’s their money and 0 liability, with a debit card it’s your money.  Opt for a virtual credit card for an added layer of protection, which uses a temporary credit card number.
  • Don’t Browse with Public WiFi – Avoid using public unsecured public WiFi, like at a café or airport kiosk, especially for sensitive transactions.  Use a VPN or Virtual Private Network that creates a safe and encrypted connection that guards against hackers.
  • Don’t overshare on Social Media – Spreading cheer with family and friends online is great, but don’t give hackers a digital key to hijack your life.
  • Secure Your Mobile Device – Make sure your mobile device is secured with the most up to date anti-virus software and that you are using a PIN to lock your phone.  Use long and strong passwords that don’t repeat across accounts and never save your user id and password.  Use two factor authentication and biometrics where available.
  • Don’t Fall for Imposter Scams – If you get an unsolicited call, email or text from a bank, credit card provider or government agency, hang up and don’t respond.  These organizations will NEVER ask for personal information.  Only authenticate yourself when you are in control of the conversation.
  • Fake Gift Cards – To avoid gift card fraud, buy cards from behind the store counter, don’t use cards where the strip has been tampered with and avoid buying cards from third party retailers.
  • Check your credit – Check your accounts on a daily basis to look for any suspicious activity.  Sign up for transaction monitoring alerts from your bank.
  • Manage the Damage – If you do become a victim of identity theft, manage the damage.  Contact your insurance agent, financial institution or the HR department of your job to see if they offer cyber liability or an identity theft damage control program.  You may be surprised to learn it’s a perk of your relationship with the company and you are already protected, or it may be free to enroll or you can enroll at a minimal cost.
Oceanport Mayor John "Jay" Coffey joined us for lunch and updated us on what's happening in Oceanport.

Long Branch Rotarians and LB Middle School teachers and students

 
The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch has been collecting food for Thanksgiving & Christmas for those in need in our community for more than 35 years.  Approximately 40 Million people live in food insecure households in the U.S. of which 6.5 million are children.  Rotarians with the help of the Long Branch Middle School students and teachers have provided more than 112,000 meals for the holidays during that time.  For many years West Long Branch Shoprite has supported our efforts with the opportunity for us to collect food in front of their store and with their generous donations.
 
The Club will be collecting again for the Christmas holidays on Saturday & Sunday,  December 15th & 16th from 10am – 4pm outside Shoprite WLB.  Please support the community and stop by to make a donation of food.  Your dollars are also welcome.
 

Elsa Villalobos, Long Branch Mayor and Rotarian John Pallone, and John Jr.

 

Kelly Ortiz, LB Middle School

 
Long Branch Rotarian Judy Syms, Shoprite manager Mr. Armstrong, and Ray Syms
 

Rotarian Junior DaSilva, Laura Leonel and teacher Patti Grayson from LB Middle School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch President Walt Thistlewaite thanks guest speakers Reggie and Yvette Anderson, founders of MTN Organization.  Meet the Need is a NJ based Non- Profit Organization whose primary goal is to meet the need of those less fortunate, who have fallen on hard times or temporarily need assistance.  They support children, elderly, families, special needs, Veterans and individuals who are economically disadvantaged

 

Each year they host six projects of promise geared toward enriching the lives of others by offering a little hope and joy.

 

This year they will be adding MTN’s Pop Up Pantry to bring fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, salads, and grocery items for those in need to provide a healthier way of eating.

 

Coming soon is MTN’s Military Care Mission which will be sending troops care packages.

 

Other projects include Friends Feed Families which gives care packages to homeless in several NJ counties.  Bears of Care consists of students visiting the elderly and veterans on Valentines Day to give homemade cards, stuffed animals and treats.  Packs of Success offers students in shelter and in need packs filled with school supplies to give them the tools needed to have a successful school year.

 

There website is andersonsmeettheneed.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.

 

 

For more information about the Rotary Club visit us at www.longbranchrotary.org  or call (732) 483-6973.

 

 

 

 

Past President Paul Peacock (right) thanks guest speaker, author, David Salkin for an entertaining and informative presentation.
 
 
David M. Salkin is the author of eleven novels spanning military-espionage, crime, horror and science fiction—all with one common theme; they’re all edge-of-your-seat thrillers! David is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a degree in English. David is an elected official in Freehold Township, NJ where he served his community for twenty-one years as Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Township Committeeman and Police Commissioner. He is a Master Graduate Gemologist by trade. When not writing or working, David prefers to be under water scuba diving. David is also active with helping veterans and is an associate member of the Marine Corps League, Philip A. Reynolds Detachment.
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch members helping Clean Ocean Action at Beach Sweeps
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Walt inducting and welcoming new member Patrick McDevitt at our monthly night meeting at Mar Belo Restaurant.  Patrick is a Long Branch resident and works for Morgan Stanley in Red Bank. 
 
President Walt Thistlewaite (center) thanks guest speakers Jake Whelan and Jennifer Baillie for their presentations at the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch lunch meeting on October 12.
 
Jake Whelan, Broker/ Speaker /Consultant for Senior Moments Medicare specializes in Medicare  solutions offering a wide range of options from many carriers to help you find the best fit.  It is important to understand the choices you have in plans and how those choices can affect your health and budget.
 
Jennifer Baillie, CSA, is President of Next Stage Senior Guidance, a group of Certified Senior Advisors whose goal is to make the stages of aging as simple as possible for you or your loved one.  They assist in all tasks of aging such as guidance in estate planning to navigating through different insurance plans, specializing in senior living placement.  With so many senior living communities to choose from it is difficult knowing where to start.
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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Austin Marcinello
Dec 14, 2018
Family First - Urgent Care
Sylvia Allen
Jan 11, 2019
Sylvia's Children
Jenna Rocca
Jan 25, 2019
Two River Theater
Greg Giombarrese
Feb 15, 2019
Lakewood Blue Claws
Deborah Bowler
Mar 29, 2019
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