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Speakers
Norm Woolley
Mar 04, 2021
Rotary website - know it, use it
Howard Berg - World's Fastest Reader
Mar 11, 2021
How to read faster, remember, and recall information
Nish Verma
Apr 01, 2021
Safe Travels - Where and When?
Laura Bretzger
Apr 08, 2021
Foundation update
Barbara Mannino
Apr 22, 2021
Market yourself via your story
 
 
Club Information
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Email us at info@unionrotary.org and we will email you the ZOOM link

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Virtual only now - Suburban Golf Club
1730 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
United States of America
Home Page Stories
Michelle C. Bialick, 65, of Hopelawn, NJ, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Memorial Gathering on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Werson Funeral Home, 635 North Wood Avenue, Linden, from 2 PM to 4 PM, following state guidelines and social distancing. A Memorial Service will take place in the Funeral Home at 3 PM. 

Michelle was born to Robert and Janet (Rebholtz) Croteau in Elizabeth, NJ, and resided in Hopelawn, NJ, for 40 years.

She was employed as a Service Coordinator for Suburban Golf Club in Union, NJ.

Michelle loved spending time with her family and friends, crafting, baking, holiday decorating, fishing, going to the beach, country music, and animals, especially dogs.

Michelle was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Janet Croteau. Surviving is her beloved husband, Edward Bialick, her loving son, Kyle Bialick (Maskit Moalam), her brother, Brian Croteau (Noreen), her brother in law, Ray Bialick (Sally), her sisters in law, Lisa Bialick Wilson (Matt Prainito), Yvonne Bialick Ford (John Ortiz), and Lynn Bialick, her nieces, Christine Croteau Lukko (John), Colette and Carly Bialick, her nephews, Sean Ford, John Bialick (Cristin), and Mike Bialick, her great niece, Gianna Lukko, and her great nephew, Jake Lukko.

A GoFundMe has been set up in Michelles name to help lessen the burden of funeral and medical expenses.
For anyone that owns a business and has a website we all know it's expensive to host and maintain a website. You may notice we have sponsors on our website to help defray those costs and make sure our funds go to great causes in this community and the world. All of the banners you see are Rotarian-owned businesses that volunteer their time to positively impact people's lives in the Township of Union.
  
Rotary is Humanity in motion. Rotary is ordinary people working together to make our community and the world a better place. When you start with Rotary, good things happen. Join us today. Email us at info@unionrotary,org and join us virtually to make good things happen in Union as well as the global community.
Did you know our club's Facebook Page is turning 10 this year? We have 448 Likes,  and 79 of those likes are from people who live in Union Township. 48% of those likes are from females and 51% are from males. Our highest age bracket is over 65 and that represents over 25% of our fans. I encourage all of our members and fans to like our posts and share with your friends and family. I see no reason to pay Facebook for boosts or ads so why not click the like button on our club posts. Once you conquer that monumental task you can like our member's company's and posts as well. You can find our page at www.facebook.com/unionrotary. Let's see if we can hit the 500 like mark and share our good news with the community and friends. Once you like our page you can also invite others to join our page. We also have a group just for Union Rotarians to share club news and events from the comfort of our smartphone. You can join that group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/unionrotary/ and right now we have 25 members. Once you join please share your business page so we can easily follow that as well. I will update the above stats at the end of the month to see how our campaign did.
Giving Tuesday happens once a year, but your gift of Rotary will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a special gift to The Rotary Foundation and together our club can continue Doing Good in the World.  If you missed Laura's presentation about the Rotary Foundation or haven't had the time to donate to the foundation you can do so on Giving Tuesday or anytime you have some time. Here are the instructions that Laura shared with us:
 
1. To donate to the Rotary Foundation, just enter http://my.rotary.org/en/donate and log into your Rotary Account. Email info@unionrotary.org if you have any issues or need any of your club information
 
2. Then scroll down to where you see Donate.  At this point you can view the different areas of Rotary that you can specify where your donation will go, you can also choose if you would like to make a one-time donation or a recurring one and you can open an account, as well. It's very easy to enter your credit card information. Most of the data will be populated as soon as you sign in to your Rotary International Account.
 
3. While you are on the site, you might want to look at what we as Rotarians contribute to all around the world, I find it amazing to learn of all that we are a part of.
 
4. It's that easy
 
 
Happy Monday! Rotary Club of Union, NJ recently partnered with to host a food drive for the Union Township Food Pantry. Today, Rotarians Geralanne Maglione, Sharon Brangman, Kylie Nemeth & friend of Rotary, Rebecca Nehlsen, dropped off a HUGE food donation just in time for the holiday. We are thankful for our amazing club and everyone who supports our community. From our family to yours, we wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!❤️🦃🍂
Rotarian Sharon Brangman got to visit our friends at Turning Point Community Services and drop off all the diapers we collected through our Diaper Drive! We were so excited to be able to help the women and children in our community for two years in a row with this drive. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and made this possible!❤️
Shout out to our President Rob O'Connell and members Geralanne Maglione & Sharon Brangman for their amazing efforts in donating to the Union Township Food Pantry. On behalf of our entire club, Rob, Geralanne, and Sharon have already made three separate trips to drop off food for those in need. Check out these pictures from the last two drop-offs!
 
What a perfect day to celebrate two amazing people! We had the pleasure of honoring and sending off Rob O'Connell, our President for the past two years who accomplished so many great things during his term. We also had the pleasure of welcoming our new President, Claudia Schiavone! Claudia is going to be an incredible leader for our club and we can't wait to see what this year has in store for her!
 
On June 18, we had a wonderful speaker during our Zoom meeting at 12:00 noon. Thomas Arminio, son of Kathy & David Arminio, spoke to us about a project he has been involved with since college after joining the Peace Corps called One Acre Fund
 
One Acre Fund is an NGO (non-governmental organization) whose mission it is to supply smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a gain in farm income. 
 
Thomas works with the farmers in Tanzania and Rwanda and helps them with 4 primary functions: Distribution, Training, Market Facilitation and Repayment. He manages the field staff and ultimately trains them to become managers of their own local villages. Through Thomas' efforts and the work of One Acre Fund, the farmers are learning to become better farmers and business people. Thomas' talk was enlightening and so interesting as was Kathy and David's experience visiting with Thomas in Africa, specifically Zanzibar. 
 
To thank Thomas for sharing his world with us, we thought we would make a donation to African farmers through the Kiva Loan Program which we are involved in at Union Rotary. Also, Thomas was familiar with this program and I believe he said some of his farmers benefit form these loans as well.
 
For those who are not familiar, Kiva Loan Program, like One Acre Fund, is similar to Go Fund Me except Kiva loans (and One Acre Fund loans) are expected to be paid back. 
 
We have decided to make 7 loans to farmers in Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya (Tanzania was not an option) in Thomas' honor. We chose 3 women, 2 men and 2 agriculture groups to support. Genie will follow these loans and report back to us on the status of our farmers and their repayments. To learn a little more about the specifics of the loans...check out our Kiva Loan Page https://www.kiva.org/lender/unionrotary
 
 
 
The Union High School Interact Club was busy before life got crazy with COVID-19! Club members actively participated in community service events both in and out of town as well as fundraising activities throughout the academic year. With their fundraising proceeds, the club made a $500 donation to the PTA for UHS Senior Scholarships and a $2,000 donation to Gift of Life NJ! Our Union Rotary Club is very proud to sponsor such a great group of young individuals and we appreciate all of their efforts. Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing accomplishments! 
President Rob O'Connell dropped off 100 N95 masks, 30 face shields, and 60 disposable gowns to Overlook Medical Center earlier today! Fellow Rotarian, Michael Atanasio who is the Director of Food & Nutrition, Parking and Patient Transportation at Overlook Medical Center, was there to accept the packages. A huge thank you to all of our healthcare workers for everything you are doing to get us through these difficult times. Another special thank you to Rob for delivering the supplies. We hope everyone and their families are staying safe and healthy!! ❤️
 
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