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Annual Installation Dinner
June 26, 2015

An enthusiastic group of Rotarians, family and friends were on hand Friday evening as we celebrated the re-Installation of President Bob Tombs for his second term as President of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth!

President Bob presented his Year in Review.

The highlights included $15,000 donated to local and International charities, $21,000 in Scholarships to Elizabeth High School students, 2,500 dictionaries given to Third Grade students in Elizabeth & Hillside, the formation of a Rotaract Club at Kean University, and the sponsorship of a new playground on the Elizabeth waterfront in partnership with the Where Angels Play Foundation. (Founder Bill Lavin was also named as the District’s Jean Harris Award recipient). Wow!! No wonder Bob’s serving a second term!

Bob presented our Club’s donation to YWCA of Union County Executive Director Jan Lilien, which will be used to help victims of domestic violence.

Bill Mealia & President Bob Tombs present a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to Past President Marie Krupinski. The award was given In appreciation of Marie’s many contributions to the Elizabeth Rotary Club. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors and serving as the Club’s Membership Chairperson, Marie was instrumental in the formation of our new Rotaract Club at Kean University. Well deserved Marie!

We also recognized one of our Club’s most impactful members. John D. Jacobson was presented with our first annual “John D. Jacobson Service above Self Award” The award reads:

We salute
John D. Jacobson
For all he has done for Rotary and our community including:
Serving as Founding Member and Past President of the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund
Establishing the Elizabeth Rotary Mentoring Program
Serving as Past President
And for always abiding by the principles of fairness, honesty and integrity,
The Rotary Club of Elizabeth proudly borrows his name and bestows on him the first
“John D. Jacobson Service Above Self Award”

Bob also congratulated Rotarian Dr. Owusu Kizito on the publication of his first book (as well as the arrival of his twin sons.. a busy year for Dr. Kizi!)

Fun and Fellowship!

Weekly Meeting
June 17, 2015

President Bob Tombs welcomes our guest speaker, Pastor Tammy Williams from the First Baptist Church of Elizabeth.

Pastor Williams spoke to us about the Church’s mission in helping those in need in our Community. Their ministries include The Garden Ministry, The Sunday Soup Kitchen, Operation Warm Heart, the Food Pantry, the Shelter our Sisters Hospitality House, and Family Promise.

Pastor Williams hopes that the Elizabeth Rotary Club will be to work with the Church in assisting those less fortunate.
Food Project
June 11, 2015

Fireman of the Year
June 10, 2015

A good crowd on hand today as the Club honored our City of Elizabeth Firefighter of the Year, Fire Official Chris Lysy.

Chris was introduced by Chief Thomas McNamara and Assistant Business Administrator, Marie Krupinski.

Chris was selected for his work with the Community as well as his involvement within the Department.

Chris was joined by his family. wife Lucille, mother Sarina and sons Brian & Matthew.

Also on hand to congratulate Chris were Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Fire Director Onofrio Vitullo, and members of the Elizabeth Fire Department.

Weekly Meeting
June 3, 2015

Past President Jim Duffy and Rotarian Kelly McCracken welcome our speaker, Taylor Levesque (center).

Taylor is a Specialist for Relay For Life, and updated us on upcoming events as well as the remarkable gains in Cancer Research brought about by the money raised by the Relay walks.

Kelly will have three groups of volunteers from Elizabeth High School participating at the events.

Jim presents a check to Rotarian Cara Pavia, Marketing/Fundraising Coordinator for Community Access Unlimited.

Our donation will be used to help in the production of Shrek the Musical, presented by the CAU Community Players.

Information about the performances can be obtained at www.caunj.org

Our Sunshine State Rotarian Ron Jacobson won the 50/50, but did not pull the lucky card. Sorry Ron, no first class return ticket for you!