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Weekly Meeting
June 30, 2010

Joan Yankitis and President Steve present a donation to Ruben Coellar and Sandra Arboleda of the YMCA of Eastern Union County, Elizabeth Branch.

Thanks to our donation, there will be lots of "happy campers" at the "Y" this summer.

We also presented a check to Susan Brooks, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts Heart of N.J. (more happy campers!)

Our guest speaker was our own Kathy Smith of Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Kathy spoke to us about Bridgeway's work in providing assistance to those with psychiatric disabilities.

President Steve welcomes Kathy and Ken Kelton who also spoke on behalf of Bridgeway.

No, it's not the cast of Miami Vice 2. It's Rich & Art doing some summer stylin'.

Summer Fashion Week continues as the Hawaiian Shirt King, President Steve, shares a moment with Rotarian Marie Krupinski.

Weekly Meeting
June 16, 2010

We held our first " Salute to Hillside" meeting on June 16th. Chief Dominic Naples introduces the Fireman of the Year, Captain Thomas Mateer Jr.

Past President Rich Growney and Chief Naples congratulate Captain Mateer.

Rich congratulates Policeman of the Year, Detective Donald Wilkenfeld as Chief Robert Quinlan looks on.

Congratulations Detective Wilkenfeld!

Rich presents Detective Wilkenfeld with a gift from the folks at the Growney Funeral Home who remembered his "sweet tooth".

Rich Growney and Hillside Superintendant of Public Schools, Thomas Kane, present awards to the Teachers of the Year. We honored Isabel Silva from the A.P. Morris Early Childhood Center.

Karen Martone from the George Washington School.

Saudia Ransom from the Hurden Looker School.

Michelle Lopes from the Calvin Coolidge School. Not pictured, Hank Eisenberg from the Walter O. Krumbiegel School.

Rich reunites with former members of the Hillside Rotary Club, Norm Crystal, Karl Ubelhoer, Carol Pocheski, Lynn Jackson, and Barbara Kulish.

Ken Richuso (right) presents our "Good Corporate Citizen" award to Teddy Palivos from Investors Savings Bank. Investors was recognized for their many contributions to the Greater Elizabeth Community.

Weekly Meeting
June 9, 2010

Joan Yankitis and President Steve present our Club's donation to Shannon Bolivar from the Arc of Union County. The funds will be used for their summer camp program.

A donation was also made to Sister Judy Mertz, the Executive Director of Josephine's Place.The funds will assist families in need.

Bill Mealia inducts our new member, Jim Duffy.

President Steve makes it official as Jim receives his Rotary pin.

Congratulations Jim , and welcome to the Rotary Club of Elizabeth.

Jim is the Controller for B.B. Miller & Company.

Our program was presented by Chef Greg Martin. Greg is the Executive Chef for the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel.

Chef Greg taught us the art of making Risotto, which in Italy is used as a main course with many variations.

President Steve thanks Greg for program worthy of the Food Network.

Our Interact Club at Tour de Elizabeth

Pictures of Kelly McCracken-Villanueva's group from the Elizabeth High School Dwyer Hamilton Interact Club.

They did a great job at the Tour de Elizabeth displaying "Elizabeth's Firsts".

Weekly Meeting
June 2, 2010

We were paid a surprise visit by our District Governor, Alexander Cauwels.

The surprise.... A sixth Paul Harris Fellowship for our own Bill Mealia for his tireless work as the District 7510 Polio Plus Chairman.

Dr. Maria conducted a meeting of "What you don't know about your fellow Rotarians".

For example... we learned that President Steve is taking a self-defense class (learning Portuguese).

Rihiul Etienne is a former Marine and accomplished keyboard player.

We learned that Ron Jacobson (left) has lived and worked his entire life in Elizabeth, while "cousin" John Jacobson will soon have his third book published.

Mary Ellen Colangelo collects cats.

While District Governor Alexander collects Jaguars (and other vintage cars)

Ceil Mantia once battled a former Mayor in a teachers dispute. Luckily she didn't need her "get out of jail free" card.

And one of Joan Yankitis' trips took her too close to the "heavens" for her liking. What she thought was fog was actually CLOUDS!