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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch
Long Branch

"Service Above Self"

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:15 p.m.
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Ave. N
Long Branch, NJ 07740
United States of America
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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.
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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.
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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
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch members volunteered at the Long Branch Jack-O-Lantern Woods at Jackson Woods on Saturday, October 28th.  The City of Long Branch led by Mayor Pallone; Dana Kawut, Program Special Events Coordinator; Stan Dziuba, Director of DPW, his team and many volunteers put together a fantastic Halloween adventure for the parents and children of Long Branch and the surrounding area.  Over 1,000 people probably attended the event.  It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the 70's.  Free food and refreshments including ice cream were made available.  Special thanks to Kathy and Nan for their efforts in helping make the event the success it was.
 
(L-R) Long Branch President Dave Brown, District 7505 Governor Tom Kozempel, and AG Mark Morro
 
 
President Dave Brown (L) presenting check for $1,000 to Shelter Box USA in honor of District Governor Tom Kozempel and thanking him for an inspiring presentation.
Club had a great night out at Chupacabra Taqueria & Cantina in West End. Delicious food and incredible performance by Stu Hooten.
 
Club president Dave Brown thanks guest speaker, Larry Sternbach, Executive Director, Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development, for a very informative presentation about their services to both businesses and individuals looking for employment in Monmouth County.
 
David "Doc" Pfaff is presented with Rotary Paul Harris pin +8 by club president Dave Brown at ice cream outing at the Lighthouse in Long Branch. Paul Harris award is given to members who financially support Rotary International.
 
   
 
  
 
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch and Sylvias Children teamed up to raise money for their causes at Wall Speedway. The event was fun for all, and the fundraiser was very successful due to the support of the Speedway and their friendly and generous patrons.
 
Sylvia's Children supports a school of 1,000 students in Uganda, Africa of which 250 are orphans. The school consists of dormitories, a farm, medical facilities, etc. Many students go on to college after they finish their primary education to become teachers, nurses, lawyers, beauticians, small business owners.
 
The Rotary Club of Long Branch supports local food pantries, Christmas for families in need, local scholarships, international projects such as heart surgeries for children in third world countries, water projects, disaster relief, elimination of polio, education, etc.

Club President (L) Dave Brown and Past President Paul Newell present Cristen Glende, Assistant Director, Valerie Fund with a donation of toiletries for nurses in the Monmouth Medical Center Emergency Room to give to homeless patients.  Cristen is the daughter of Paul Newell.

The donation consisted of toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, bath soap, lip balm, deodorant, file boards, Q-Tips, etc.

The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide individualized care to children at medical centers close to home, because they believe the most effective way to heal the children in their care is to treat them emotionally, socially and developmentally, as well as medically.

When Valerie Goldstein lost her battle to cancer at the age of 9, her parents, Ed and Sue, were determined to help other families in similar situations gain access to more comprehensive care in child centered atmospheres close to where they lived. They had spent most of Valerie's short life traveling from their home in New Jersey to get her the most advanced pediatric cancer treatment in their area, which was in New York City at the time. That meant a 90-minute drive one way on a daily basis. For six years the Goldsteins made that journey, bringing Valerie to doctor's appointments, chemotherapy, radiation, emergency visits, surgery and hospital stays. All the while leaving their other young daughter Stacy, just two years older than Valerie, home with babysitters. Valerie often felt nausea after chemotherapy and still had to endure the long trip home. The travel disrupted family life and forced them to rearrange work schedules. The whole endeavor took an emotional and physical toll on the entire family, sapping their energy at a time when they needed it most.

Ed and Sue were convinced that there was a better way to approach children with serious illnesses and their families. They envisioned a place that could provide families with regional outpatient treatment centers at top pediatric hospitals within an hour's drive of most of the state's population, providing state-of-the-art medical and emotional care in a happy, upbeat child focused environment.

In 1977, just one year after Valerie passed away, Ed and Sue saw their vision realized when they opened the first Valerie Fund Center at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, just 20 minutes from their home.

Today, when you walk through the doors of a Valerie Fund Center you are greeted by a team of social workers, psychologists and child life specialists that support you throughout your journey to ease the burden so your family can concentrate on healing.

Club President Dave Brown thanks Det. Debra Bassinder for an engaging, informative, and eye-opening presentation.
 
 
It was a great night at Mar Belo Portuguese Restaurant for our monthly RCGLB dinner meeting.  The food was excellent as usual, and the turnout was very good.
 
Det. Debra Bassinder from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit, gave a very informative presentation on how to avoid being scammed by mail, internet, phone, and social media.  These are crimes that have increased exponentially in the past few years and have been supercharged with the advent of AI.
 
Four signs that it's a scam are 1) Scammers pretend to be from an organization you know.  2)Scammers say there's a problem or a prize.  3) Scammers pressure you to act immediately.  4) Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way.
 
On behalf of the RCGLB I would like to thank Det. Bassinder for her presentation and Det. TJ Manzo for putting me in touch with such a knowledgeable and engaging speaker.  Both of these individuals stepped up on short notice to serve their community with information to protect them from these crimes.
 
These kinds of interactions build positive relationships between the Prosecutor's Office and the public. 
 
REPORT SCAMS TO THE FTC - If you were scammed or think you saw a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission ReportFraud.ftc.gov
 
Gift of Life
 
Melanie Hon narrated a fact filled video of what Gift of Life means to so many needy children around the word suffering from heart issues.
 
THE GIFT OF LIFE PROGRAM, which began in 1975, is today a worldwide Rotary International Service Program. Its primary purpose is to help those needy children who require corrective heart surgery secure another lease on life through the miracle of open-heart surgery in a Gift of Life Participating Hospital.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch members clean up along Market Place between Stop & Shop and railroad tracks.  Club members pick up trash here a couple of times a year due to people throwing garbage out their car window along this stretch of road.  
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