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Our District's Jean Harris Award Presentation to Bill Lavin
May 27, 2015

Our Club nominated retired Elizabeth Firefighter Bill Lavin, founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation for the District's Jean Harris Award.

Bill was selected as the 2015 recipient of this prestigious award which recognizes a non- Rotarian volunteer who's efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of others.

Bill was introduced by President Bob Tombs and was joined by Elizabeth Rotary Club members, his wife Katie and daughter Mary Kate.

If you haven't see pictures of the Where Angels Play playground in Elizabeth, check them out at elizabethrotary.org or www.facebbok.com/elizabethrotary

Congratulations Bill on the receiving this well deserved recognition!








Weekly Meeting
May 27, 2015



Today we welcomed guests from Hillside and Union!



President Bob Tombs presented our Club’s donation to David Kluman of the Hillside Recreation department.



An outstanding program was presented by John Prescott of the County of Union Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

The subject was History in our Backyard, which highlighted the people and places of Union County which were so important in the founding of our Country,



Our visitor from Union was District Governor Nominee, Charlie Minton. Charlie was welcomed by our Club members, but realized the importance of making a special stop to visit with the Club Treasurer, Bill Mealia.

Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund Luncheon
May 20, 2015

Pictures from today’s Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund Luncheon.

$21,000 was awarded to 14 incredible Elizabeth High School students.

Congratulations to everyone!

Special thanks to the Selection Committee of Bill Mealia, Ceil Mantia and of
course Kathy Smith who did her usual outstanding job with the presentations.

Another great day for our Club!






Tour of Elizabeth
May 17, 2015



Doug and Kathy Harris, and Jim Duffy, rode in the 12th annual Tour de Elizabeth. (Has anyone seen Rich Growney?)



Great support by Kelly McCracken-Villanueva and the Elizabeth High School Interact Club.



Our Club was one of the Tour sponsors.



No weekends off for the Elizabeth Rotary Club!



The first Tour covered by Drone!





Where Angles Play Park Dedication
May 16, 2015

May 16th, 2015… a great day to be an Elizabeth Rotarian!

We were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the “Where Angels Play” playground at Veterans Park on the Elizabeth waterfront.

The Where Angels Play Foundation rebuilds parks destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and dedicates them to the youngsters who lost their lives in the Newtown Connecticut tragedy.

Our Club was recognized for our generous donation of $10,0000 to help finance this beautiful new facility, built entirely by volunteers from the Elizabeth Fire Department, as well as Firefighters from the Northeast.

Special thanks to Bob Tombs, Bill Mealia and Jim Duffy, who were instrumental in getting our Club involved with this amazing Organization.





























Weekly Meeting
May 13, 2015



A fun meeting yesterday as we welcomed Deacon Joe Caporaso and guests from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.



Rotarian Rich Esperon welcomed Deacon Joe and Advisory Board members Oneida Duran, Carol Cascio and Frank Malta.



Bill Mealia admires the handiwork of Jim Duffy who created a display of our Club activities for last weeks District Conference in Atlantic City. Nicely done Jim!



Jim Duffy and Jonathan Burt presented a check to Cheramy Brown of Family & Children’s Services. Our donation will be put towards programs which help at risk youth in the Community.



Our program was a Thank You to Deacon Joe Caporaso who is retiring as the Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.

Deacon Joe has been a great friend and partner with the Elizabeth Rotary Club, helping to establish a very successful EarlyClub at the school.



Ken Richuso presented a slide show which highlighted the many projects which were shared by the school and our Club, including Walks for Breast Cancer Research, Wheelchairs for Disabled Veterans, Thanksgiving and Christmas food and toy collections, hot chocolate sales for Sandy Relief, and of course annual appearances by the School Choir for our Holiday Party.



Deacon Joe will be missed by everyone in the Elizabeth Community, but especially the children and parents of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.

Thank You Deacon Joe!!

District Conference
May 10, 2015



Kean Rotaract Club President , Ashley Fuentes, addressing the District Conference

Police Officer of the Year
May 6, 2015



A very special meeting today as we honored our Police Officer of the Year, Howard Decker.





Chief Pat Shannon introduced Officer Decker who has received 20 Commendations, including a Valor Award.

Most recently, while off duty, Officer Decker recognized a missing autistic 12 year old, four miles away from home and returned him safely to his family.



Rotarian Rich Growney made the presentation on behalf of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth.



Officer Decker was joined by Chief Shannon and members of the Elizabeth Police Department.

Dictionary Delivery pictures at School #2 from Rich Esperon
May 5, 2015