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Welcome to the Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club!

Allendale / Saddle River

Service Above Self

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the Month (8-9am) and 3rd Wednesday of the Month (6pm) at LB Designs
Goldberg's Famous Bagels
51 W. Allendale Avenue
Allendale, NJ 07401
United States of America
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On behalf of the Allendale Saddle River Rotary, thank you to the sponsors, donors and guests of our 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner! All proceeds support charities and scholarships in our local community and worldwide. We are so appreciative of your support!
We were thrilled to welcome Eleni Theodorou - bullying prevention Educator, children’s author and speaker to our meeting last night! Eleni spoke to us about “Noko the Knight,” her self-developed culture of compassion campaign. She is working to spread an important message that’s important for all young children to hear and explore! We look forward to continued work with Eleni in order to spread the message of empowering kids to embrace their emotions effectively.

THANK YOU to our new Diamond Sponsor, HYTORC, and Platinum Sponsor, Autumn Years Living! Less than one month to go until our Mardi Gras Fundraising Dinner

Many thanks to Allendale Saddle River Rotary club member Linda Bernstein for opening up her design store to host us during the 2019 Allendale Chamber of Commerce "Holiday Walk!" We enjoyed spending time with our friends and neighbors. Kudos to the Allendale Chamber on another fantastic event!
The Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club participating in the "All Wrapped Up" program for the Bergen Volunteer Center. Our club was so happy to shop and wrap gifts for local families in need.
So thankful to have special guest Mitchell Paterson, Allendale Saddle River Rotary sponsored RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) recipient at our meeting this evening to speak about his life changing experience at this summer's camp! We also welcomed RYLA committee member Sonia Roman who provided us with more insight about the importance and mission of the annual camp. Thank you Mitchell and Sonia for joining us and we are so happy to have had the opportunity to support RYLA this year.

Congratulations to Jenna Squasoni of Allendale and Aaron Baker of Waldwick, recipients of the 2019 Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Foundation Scholarships! The award is given by the Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Foundation to high school senior attending a four-year university and involved in a variety of extracurricular activities or part-time work. The student exemplifies the Rotary motto "Service above self."

Wonderful presentation from Bob Klingen on the Gift of Life Foundation and the impact the GOL has not only on the children saved but their families. Thank you, Bergen Highlands Rotary for partnering with the Allendale Saddle River Rotary to sponsor a child to receive a life saving operation.
Please join us for a wine tasting! Proceeds with help with our charitable efforts, specifically our Gift of Life International sponsorships, in addition to relief from the recent fires in California.
We were thrilled to have our most recent Gift of Life International child Eira and her mother as guests at this morning's Allendale/Saddle River Rotary meeting. Through the generosity of many, in addition to our fundraising dinners each year, we continue to help children with life savings surgeries. Thank you to our generous communities for their continued support.
This morning, we were pleased to present a check to United Way for veteran housing in Allendale!
First, our thoughts and prayers are with the Kunisch family. Second, we heard from a wonderful presenter today, Kim Mount from Community Meals A.K.A. Meals on Wheels. We had no idea of all they do for the people of our community who need meals, but can't take care of it themselves.
Amazing morning hearing about little Jasmine's journey as a Gift of Life child. What a blessing! Grateful also for the Klingen family who hosted Jasmine and her mom during her pre- and post-operation. This is why we do what we do as Rotarians! Service above self!

Why are we excited for these pictures?!?! Because Sabina Sullivan was awarded the Walter D. Head Scholarship and our club was her sponsor! Pretty proud moment! Congrats Sabina!

We love to have fun! Congrats to our outgoing board. Thanks for your hard work this year. Let's keep the ball rolling! Also, many thanks especially to June Stahl, our immediate past president, for all of her work this year, highlighting her work on our wine! You rock!

Congrats to our 2016 Scholarship Winners! Great to see these young students excel, not only in their academics, but in serving their local community! Keep up the good work!


Thanks to Kerin Briscese, owner of Haute Fitness Health, for joining us on Wednesday and challenging us to start with attainable and sustainable goals to getting fit!
Here are some other great presenters we've had over the past month.  Below is Rob Parker, Lead Pastor of The Plant Church in Mahwah, sharing about Life Planning and giving us a tool with going after the life we desire.  We also had James Cole share with us about his efforts, along with other Rotarians, to get the Malawi Orthopedic Program off the ground that now trains and deploys orthopedic clinical officers since 1985 in rural district hospitals.
We thank Loren Gelberg-Off, CEO and Founder of Well Within, for her words of wisdom on dealing with the everyday stresses we face!  Great presentation!
Great to have Dr. Jyoti Mathews, board certified family physician and owner of Eden Medical, again with us!  She did a great job clearing up misconceptions in health that we all share.  
Great, inspirational morning hearing from Bruce Moehler of Eversight New Jersey and all they're doing to make vision a reality to people. Wonderful stories of those finding hope through others donations.
It was a smaller morning with many of our members dealing with family circumstances--our thoughts and prayers are with you all! It was still an impactful morning hearing from former NY Jet, Bruce Harper of Heroes and Cool Kids! Thank you Bruce!
Great to have fellow Rotarian, Dan Shiver, with us this morning and hear about how his idea of giving at risk students, who are in the criminal justice system, exposure to career opportunities, has become a reality.  Thanks Dan!
Wonderful presentation today by Sarah Melone, co-founder of MarbleJam Kids!  Amazing to hear how they mold and bend to what the child needs instead of pushing for the child to change--great to have Sarah today!
Congrats to our club! (we can take pride in our work, right?) Received this award from the District for 100% participation from our members in giving to the Rotary Foundation where 100% is used for good all around the world!  Great job everyone!
We welcome a new member to our ASR Rotary Family!  Welcome, Carrie LaSpina!  Glad to have you on board!  Carrie is the branch manager of Connect One Bank in Saddle River, NJ.
Great morning to hear from Tom Grissom and the work that Bergen Highlands is doing to aid Table To Table in getting a new refrigerated truck so that T2T can continue their good in supporting families in need!
Great morning today hearing from Jane Albanese, President and CEO of Giants of Generosity!  Thank you for all you do!  Great story!
Great to have our District Governor, Peter Wells, join us this past Sunday and remind us why we as Rotarians do what we do--Service Above Self!
Rotarians, President Dave Brown (left) and Vice President Bob Traitz, bringing holiday cheer to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child!
Great morning today having Jim Henry, Founder & President of Life Givers Network.  It was great to have a paradigm challenge of living an abundant life NO MATTER how severe a prognosis.  Thanks Jim! 
Here's a pic from last month's service opportunity thru Operation Goody Bag at the Paramus Elks Club. Volunteers wrote encouraging post cards, then decorated them and stuffed decorated bags with notes, candy and poems which will be distributed to servicemen and servicewomen as a sign of support. 
We thank Mary Romance, Director of the Lee Memorial Library in Allendale, for sharing about what the library has to offer, how it all works, and how they are staying relevant in an ever-changing culture!
Here's some of the latest news with our club:
We have a NEW member!!  Welcome Heidi Gross!!
Thank you Jennifer for sharing with us regarding Oasis!
Sheryne & June have some fun learning more about Rotary at RLI Part 2!!
Powerful presentation delivered this morning by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher on addressing the issue of gun violence.  This was not your ordinary gun control presentation.  Such a fresh perspective on addressing the violence issue.
Thanks to Bonnie Sirower for giving us Qi Gong and Tai Chi tools for the day.  We're more alert and awake today!
Great presentations these past few weeks.  First, we had Steve Wolfe and David Traitz catching us up on what happened with Solid Foundation since the last time we had Steve with us.  We also had Dr. Scot Beckerman, new Northern Highlands Superintendent, share with our club about his goal for the year to come.  Great mornings!
Meet our winners!  Great job to all the winners of our scholarship.   You were so very deserving with your accomplishments in school and out in your communities.  Keep up the great work!!
Wow!  What an incredible night!  Thank you to everyone who came out to support our scholarship foundation and various other global and local service opportunities we are aiding.  Thank you to the Ramsey Golf & Country Club for their work to produce a wonderful dining experience for everyone!  And thank you to our sponsors and all who donated items to raffle away.  
For other pictures from our event, click on this link:
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