Union Rotary's Eloquence Soiree Succeeds Beyond Words
Posted by Norman Woolley
on Jun 17, 2015
On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, The Rotary Club of Union hosted its Annual Eloquence Soiree to honor Union High Schools student winners of the Marvin Orella Speech Contest. In addition, Ron Rago Supervisor of the Visual & Performing Arts of the Union Twp. Board of Education and Captain Scott A. Davis, Administrative Commander of the Union Police DARE Program were presented with the Rotary Excellence in Education Award. Chaired by Incoming Rotary Club President, Julie D'Aloia, the evening was a huge success attracting Rotary members and their families as well as Union educators, professionals and residents. After the cocktail hour, guests were privileged to hear the speeches of the top 3 finalists who were not aware of the winning outcome. After the outstanding orations of the young students, scholarships were handed out to Marlisa Shaw ($2500), Ivana Tiani Tchaye ($1500) andIvana Tiani Tchaye ($1000). Next, the honorees had a chance to address the crowd and be thanked for their continuing connection and support of the community. The evening was capped off with a Basket Auction and Super 50/50 which helped to fund the scholarships for our esteemed students. The Union Rotary Club was very excited to have students from Kean’s University’s Rotaract and Union High School’s Interact club to help with the evenings festivities. The Union Rotary is grateful for the opportunity to challenge and reward the fine students of Union High School and thanks the community for lending its support of this cause. The club welcomes any member of the community who might like to join our group in putting "Service above Self". Meetings are held every Thursday at the Suburban Country Club at 12:15. For more information about Rotary, please contact Membership Chair, Sharon Patel at 908-964-6422 or join us on Facebook at facebook.com/unionrotary.
Featured in picture, left to right: Jim DiGiovanni, Union Rotarian and Emcee, Marlisa Shaw, First place winner for the contest. Ivana Tiani Tchaye (2nd), Charmayne Ilustrisimo (3rd) and Genie Weisz, President of Union Rotary Club.