Weekly Luncheon 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 Luncheon 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 Luncheon 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!
Interact/Groundwork Plantings Memorial Day Weekend
May 31, 2010
Our Upper Academy Interact Club helped Groundwork Elizabeth with a "planter program" on Bayway Ave.
Annual Policeman of the Year
May 26, 2010
Tom Wacaster introduces our 2010 Policeman of the Year, Officer Anthony Gural.
Mayor Bollwage offers his congratulations and thanks to Officer Gural.
Chief of Police, Ronald Simon tells us of Officer Gural's accomplishments.
Deputy Chief Pat Shannon thanks the Rotary Club for it's continued support of Elizabeth's finest.
President Steve and Mayor Bollwage congratulate Officer Gural and his family.
Officer Gural is proudly joined by his wife, children and parents.
The Elizabeth Rotary Club is proud to honor Officer Gural and the Elizabeth Police Department.
Officer Gural is congratulated by Lieutenant Shaghnessy, Detective Colon, and Officer Morse.
Tour de Elizabeth
May 23, 2010
Hardy members of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth took part in the Tour de Elizabeth, held on May 23. The 15-mile route took over 500 riders through all of the City's neighborhoods. Pictured (left to right), Jim Duffy, Doug Harris, Kathy Harris, Maria Masciandaro and Rich Growney pose with one the Club's biker backpack, which was given out during the event. Not pictured, Ron Jacobson and Kelly McCracken-Villanueva.
Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Presentations
May 19, 2010
Kathy Smith, chairperson of the selection committee, introduces the 2010 Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund recepients. $17,000 was awarded to 8 exceptional students
Mayor Bollwage was on hand to offer his congratulations and advise to our recepients.
Jerome Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Family and Community Oureach, commends the students for their academic excellence.
Principal Richard Esperon of the Upper Academy, thanks the Elizabeth Rotary Club members for their interest in the students of Elizabeth.
Principal George Mikros of the Alexander Hamilton Prepatory Academy offers his thanks as well.
Congratulations to the class of 2010!
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
May 5, 2010
Our guest speaker was Jeff Schuld, Managing Partner of Gone Green Technologies LLC. Jeff told us about the benefits, both financial and environmental, of solar energy.
Jeff is welcomed by our own "green team", Rich Growney, President Steve and John Jacobson.
Interact Clubs in action
April 2010
We welcome our new Interact Club from the Elizabeth High School Upper Academy. Ken Richuso presents the Charter Certificate to Principal Richard Esperon, Advisor Lilia Chaika, and Club President Darlene Curtis.
Pictured are our graduating 2009-2010, and incoming 2010-2011 Officers.
The group took part in the Bayway Avenue Planter Project.
Faculty Advisor, Kelly McCracken-Villanueva and the Elizabeth High School Dwyer Hamilton Interact Club participated in Operation Beach Sweep at Sandy Hook State Park on April 24th.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
April 28, 2010
Our special guest speaker was James Cosgrove, Director of the Police Department of the City of Elizabeth.
Dr. Maria Masciandaro serves up some birthday cake to Director Cosgrove and the birthday boy himself, Bill Mealia. (how many candles???)
Bill thanks Director Cosgrove for the brave and selfless work of the Elizabeth Police Department.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
April 21, 2010
Charitable Contributions Charirman Joan Yankitis and President Steve present a donation to Jan Lilien, Executive Director of the YWCA of Eastern Union County
Members of the club say goodbye to Kutem-Ogun Demurem, a visiting Rotarian from Victoria, Nigeria
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
April 14, 2010
Our special guest speaker was Joanne Rajoppi, Union County Clerk. Joanne told us about the broad range of services performed by her office.
Katie Baird (r) accepts our Club's donation to Community Access Unlimited. CAU provides support services to people with disabilities.
Rotarians Rich Growney, Jonathan Burt, Joan Yankitis and Jan Lilien welcome back former Rotarian Joanne Rajoppi.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
April 7, 2010
Our speaker was William Reyes from the City of Elizabeth. Bill briefed us on his many duties as Director of Public Information.
Bill Mealia (center) welcomes Bill Reyes and his guest John Sliwicki ( a fellow St. Peter's alumnus).
President Steve and Christopher Ojugo welcome Kutem-Ogun Demurem, a visiting Rotarian from Victoria, Nigeria.
Interact Mattano Park Cleanup
April 5, 2010
Over 100 Elizabeth High School students ( and Interact Club members), assisted Groundwork Elizabeth and the City of Elizabeth with the clean up of Mattano Park.
Ken Richuso thanks faculty advisor Lilia Chaila and Interact Club President, Darlene Curtis for this amazing turnout.
Lilia and EHS Upper Academy Principal, Richard Esperon, admire the efforts of their students.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
March 31, 2010
Our guest speaker was Greg Mullroy, an attorney specializing in Estate Law. Greg spoke to us about the importance of of having a will and planning for your family's future.
President Steve and Dr. Maria thank Greg for a most interesting and informative program.
Annual Pancake Breakfast
March 27, 2010
We held our annual Pancake Breakfast on March 27th Mayor Bollwage inspects the kitchen and visits with President Steve, Chairman Rich, and Chefs Victor, Rihul, and Ruben.
Joan and Sebastian were ready to serve!
"Time to make the donuts!" Katie & Maria get ready to open Katie's Bakery.
Janice is set to deliver Victor's first batch of hotcakes!
Our Interact Club was on hand to help serve, clean, and face paint.
President Steve tries to decide which of the goodies will go best with his coffee.
Patty Garcia and Bill Mealia in a familiar pose.... counting the money!!
We had lots of customers for face painting.
Our large turnout kept the kitchen cookin' all morning.
Bill knew how to make Rich smile for the camera... "SAY TOM!!"
More hungry customers!
Sebastian tries to keep up with Janice and the Interactors.
Bill Mealia's granddaughter, Lauren, shows off her new Ladybug look.
Katie takes a break to visit with her folks.
Steve and Rich find a new practical use for duct tape!
No matter how hard Rich strained his eyes, he couldn't get the 50/50 ticket to read GROWNEY.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
March 24, 2010
Art Lobdell introduced our guest speaker, Keith Welge from the Patriot's Path Council, BSA.
Keith told us about the Scout's new Venturing program. Our Club is sponsoring the program in Hillside.
Keith is welcomed by Art and our President pro temp, Dr. Maria.
Bill Mealia won the 50/50 and hoped he had some luck left over from St. Patrick's Day.
Begorra!!! He finds the elusive 2 of diamonds and wins the Jackpot!!!
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
March 17, 2010
Our own Bill Mealia presented us with a special St. Patrick's Day program. Bill regaled us with trivia questions, history, along with old Irish sayings, toasts, and witicisms.
When Irish eyes are smiling.....
We continue to give back to the community as Joan Yankitis and President Steve present a donation to Linda Flores Tober, Executive Director of The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.
Kwame hit the 50/50 but not the pot of gold. The 2 of diamonds continues to elude us.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
March 10, 2010
It was Charitable Giving's Day as we "gave back" to the Community. Deacon Joseph Caporaso, Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy, accepts our Club's donation of science text books from Joan Yankitis and President Steve.
Ken Richuso accepts on behalf of the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund.
Bill Mealia (left) inducted Kwame Gyan as our newest member. Kwame is welcomed by his sponsor "Kizi" Kizito and President Steve.
Kizi makes it official, as he presents Kwame with his Rotary pin.
Vocational Service Chairperson Katie Baird conducted some new member interviews. Teddy Palivos told us why he chose his career in Banking.
Mary Ellen Colangelo told us about her transition from the business world to a career in the Social Service profession.
Art Lobdell got involved in scouting at the age of 8 and carried it over to adulthood.
Teddy Palivos hit the weekly 50/50 but missed the "jackpot". Better luck next week!
Plaque Presentation
March 4, 2010
Ken Richuso and President Steve presented a Thank You Certificate to the Chestnut Chateau in Union for their participation in Taste of Elizabeth and Restaurant.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
March 3, 2010
Our guest speaker was Emil Grancagnolo, L.Ac from Mandara Health in Verona ,who taught us the "fine points" of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Joan Yankitis and President Steve presented a donation to David Owens, Executive Director of Contact We Care, a local Crisis Hotline.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
February 24, 2010
Dictionary Distribution
Lafayette School #6
We delivered dictionaries to the 3rd Grade class of Marquis de Lafayette School # 6. Our Club donated over 2000 dictionaries to students in Elizabeth and Hillside.
The students were eager to discover all the information contained within!
Dine Around
February 19, 2010
Our February Dine Around was held at Tapas of Spain in Elizabeth. Janice de Avila and President Steve presented owner Danny Palacio with a thank you certificate for his participation in Taste of Elizabeth and Restaurant Week.
Maria and Joe Masciandaro (front), Maria Hafer, and John & Jo Jacobson appear to be the newest members of the Plate Cleaners Club.
Once again...no one left our Dine Around hungry.
We were pleased to have Mayor Chris Bollwage (right) join the festivities.
Dine Around
January 29, 2010
We held our first "Dine Around" of 2010 at Torna a Sorrento's in Elizabeth. Mayor Bollwage (left) joined in the festivities as President Steve and Rotarian Janice de Avila presented owner John Savarese with a "Thank You" certificate for his participation in Taste of Elizabeth and Restaurant Week.
State of the City Address
January 27, 2010
We were honored to have Mayor Chris Bollwage deliver his annual State of the City address at our Rotary meeting.
The Mayor kept us apprised of all the exciting projects planned for the City of Elizabeth.
Bill Mealia presents John Jacobson with his third Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his work both with our Club, and the Rotary Foundation.
Dicitionary Distribution
January 26, 2010
Ken Richuso delivered dictionaries to the Third Grade class of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy as Principal, Deacon Joe Caporaso, looks on approvingly.
Ken hands out one of the 2000 dictionaries given to students in Elizabeth and Hillside.
Looks like we had two happy recipients!
Who will be the first to learn the "longest word in the English language"?
Recognition from the Elizabeth Board of Education
January 21, 2010
The Elizabeth Rotary Club was recognized by the Elizabeth Board of Education for our dedication to the youth of Elizabeth, though the Dictionary Project and Davis Scholarship Fund.
Bill Mealia accepts the honor on our behalf.
Our thanks to the Board of Education for this wonderful recognition.
Dicitionary Distribution
January 21, 2010
President Steve delivered dictionaries to School's 27 and 16.
Steve was joined by our own "wordsmith" John Jacobson.
John meets another happy student.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
January 20, 2010
Joan Yankitis and John Jacobson ready the books for distribution.
Ken Richuso looks like he's got his work cut out for him.
Larry Franchini even enlisted our guest speaker, Mary Alice Smith. Mary Alice's program was "an introduction to Reiki".
(l to r) Mary Ellen, Rich, Katie and Maria get ready to hit the books!
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
January 6, 2010
Ed Stone (Deputy Dist. Gov) talks with us about the upcoming Dist Conference this April at Skytop, Poconos
Our guest speaker was Jonathan Phillips, Executive Director of Groundwork Elizabeth.
Jonathan updated us on Groundwork's many projects, which will help beautify the City of Elizabeth.
We also learned about Groundwork's major project, the Elizabeth River Trail. Construction will hopefully begin this year.
Annual Christmas Luncheon Meeting
December 9, 2009
Mrs. Claus welcomes Santa's favorite elf, "Art", who entertained us with a reading of "the Night Before Christmas".
Our festive group merrily awaits the Christmas program.
We were treated to Christmas songs from the choir of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.
Santa took a break from his busy schedule to visit with Rotarians and of course " the Mrs.".
The choir was in excellent voice!
Santa was so impressed, he brought some early Christmas presents for our talented singers.
Another group of Rotarians enjoy the festivities.
Merry Christmas, and many thanks, to our special guests from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
December 2, 2009
Dr. Masciandaro led us through a round of "Are you smarter than a 4th grade history student", with questions about how a Bill gets through the New Jersey Legislature. Rich & Kizi look like they're ready for some serious competition!
The "Student" with the correct answer received a candy bar as a reward. Was Chris Zehnder that smart, or did he just have the "munchies"?
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
November 11, 2009
Local Attorney, Raymond Londa, entertained us with his recitation of the poems of Robert W. Service, "the Bard of the Yukon".
(L to R) "Kizi" Kizito and Doug Harris welcome visiting Rotarian Todd Lamison, while Rihul Etienne and President Steve welcome prospective members Veniza Howard and Roosevelt Donat.
Taste of Elizabeth
October 26, 2009
We held our 3rd annual "Taste of Elizabeth at the Hilton Newark Airport on October 26th. The Elizabeth High School Culinary Arts School prepared delicious grilled shrimp and gumbo, along with a selection of mouth watering desserts.
Over 400 people sampled the culinary talents of the area's finest chefs.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center proved that healthy food can be delicious as well as nutritious.
Our guests dined on the creations of 21 restaurants, 3 bakeries, and 6 "spirits" distributors.
All of the money raised will go to local charities and scholarship funds.
Mayor Bollwage was on hand to help us kick off the start of Restaurant Week in Elizabeth.
Safe to say, no one left the event hungry!
We thank our hosts, The Hilton Newark Airport.
Our 50/50 sales team was hard at work. Over $1000 in prizes were awarded!
Our "greeters" and volunteers from the Elizabeth High School Interact Club did a stellar job as well.
The consensus.....Let's do it again next year!!
The evenings entertainment was provided by the Elizabeth High School Jazz Band. They brought the house down!!!
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
October 21, 2009
Our own Bob Tombs, Senior Account Executive for Comcast, gave a program on TV advertising (with help from the AFLAC duck).
Bob filled us in on what makes an ad effective and successful.
We got a surprise visit from our friend Yolande (center) who took such good care of us at the Renaissance. Yolande was visiting from Atlanta and just had to come by and see the old Rotary gang.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
October 07, 2009
Our guest speaker was PDG Bob Laux of Community Access Unlimited, Inc.
Bob spoke to us about CAU's Creative Property Management program, which helps disabled people become property owners.
Thanks to this program, Mark Straka was able to purchase his own condo and live independently.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
September 30, 2009
Ken Richuso & President Steve Hafer in a scene from "The making of the Comcast Taste of Elizabeth Commercial".
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
September 23, 2009
We were visited by Assistant District Governor, Bob Zeglarski, who read us a message from our District Governor, Alexander Cauwels.
Bob presented President Steve with the 2009-2010 theme banner, "The future of Rotary is in your hands"
Welcome ADG Bob!!
Rotary Fishing Trip
September 19, 2009
So, Steve, how big would that fish look if the camera didnít have a fish-eye lense?
Men against the sea Ė sea sickness, that is.
I think weíre gonna need a bigger boat.
It was THIS big!
Scoutís honor!
Doug tries unsuccessfully to smoke the fish out.
Art, didnít you catch that fish before?
Rihul and Steve with a fish they pried off a wooden plaque just moments before.
This has to be the start of the trip Ė these guys look too fresh!
We caught all those fish and all we got were these little bags?
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
September 09, 2009
Our guest speaker was Susan Harley, MPA , who is the Program Director for the Trinitas Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbolic Medicine.
Susan informed us of the great success the Wound care Center has experienced, and the various treatments used by the medical staff
Captain Sebastian Leonardi and Marie Krupinski welcomed back a former member, Chris Ojugo. We hope Chris will join us again soon.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
September 02, 2009
We presented donations to three worthy local Organizations. Joanne Oppelt accepted on behalf of Community Access Unlimited.
Charlotte Brown thanked us for our support of the United Youth of New Jersey.
Captain Sebastian Leonardi received our check supporting the Salvation Army's Summer Camp.
Our guest speaker was Elisabeth Marripodi, Director, Library Services, Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Elisabeth spoke to us about the business value of the new "social media".
President Steve presented Elisabeth with an "old fashioned" Rotary speakers gift pen.
We celebrated the end of summer with an overflow group of Rotarians and guests.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
August 05, 2009
We welcomed two new members into the Club. Bill Mealia inducted (l to r) Jan Lilien, with Joan Yankitis subbing for sponsor Ceil Mantia, and Janice de Avila with sponsor Larry Franchini. Jan is the Executive Director of the YWCA of Eastern Union County and Janice is the Executive Director of Historic Midtown Development SID.
We also welcomed three special guests. Assistant Governor Bob Zeglarski from the Roselle/ Roselle Park Club paid us a welcomed and unexpected visit.
President Steve welcomed visiting Rotarian June Reece, who is the new Community Mission Manager for the American Cancer Society, Elizabeth Branch. June updated us on their upcoming screenings and fund raisers.
We also got a surprise visit from Past President Brian Buonanni. Brian now resides in the Philippines and is still an active Rotarian there. He asked for our help with his Club's local projects.
Our program was a presentation on Pilates by the staff of the YMCA of Eastern Union County. Gerry Gesse, Associate Executive Director of the Elizabeth Branch, gave us some background information on Joseph Pilate who created the Pilate Method of Physical Fitness.
Wendy Oakley from the Five Points Y, gave us the theory and basics of the Pilate exercises.
Wendy then enlisted President Steve and a few other Rotarians to give it a try. Steve's looking fitter already!
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
July 22, 2009
Our program was a cooking demonstration by the Renaissance Hotel's Master Chef, Greg Martin.
Chef Greg shared his recipe for Seafood Fra Diablo
Greg is a graduate of the Culinary Institute and has been with the Marriot Hotel Organization for eight years
We loved the demonstration, but "let's eat!!"
Our Vocational Service Chair, Katie Baird, interviewed member Chris Zehnder. Chris told us about his career in Architecture.
Like most Architects, Chris started out playing with LEGO' s as a child. He has since moved on to bigger & better projects.
No, we haven't adopted a new dress code. Ken Richuso and Bill Mealia just happened to wear matching Rotary ties.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
July 08, 2009
Our program was a most informative presentation on Identity Theft Prevention.
(left to right) Ceil Mantia, Marie Krupinski, Joan Yankitis and President Steve. (a thorn among roses).
Bill Berg displays our new Club bulletin, "The Wheel", as created by Chris Zehnder (center). Former Editor, Doug Harris, looks on approvingly.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
July, 01 2009
Joan Yankitis presents a donation to V.I.S.I.O.N Inc., a local Community Service Organization. Accepting is Executive Director, Imam Haneef Rashada
(left to right) President Steve, Joan and Imam Haneef
Past District Governor, Janice Teetsell, from District 7470, talks with us about CALS (Computer Assisted Literacy Solutions) and how it works for the Morristown Club's Literacy Project. We are hoping to employ this system with our own Adult Literacy Project later this year.
President Steve visits with PDG Janice, Larry Franchinni, Marie Krupinski and Imam Haneef
Dr. Barbara Gaba (left) and her guest, Dorothy Key, Director of the Elizabeth Public Library. Dr. Maria Masciandaro and Doug Harris, visit with our newest members, Mary Ellen Colangelo and Janice Lilien.
Ceil Mantia, Bill Mealia, Rich Growney, Rihul Etienne, Tom Wacaster, Joan Yankitis, and Kizi Kizito enjoy another delicious Renaissance lunch. Art Lobdell gives us a wave from the buffet.
Installation Meeting
June, 24, 2009
Past President Rich welcomes our new president, Steve (Big Kahuna) Hafer. In honor of Steve's casual style, we all showed up in Hawaiian shirts.
Doug Harris & Tom Wacaster present President Steve, our new top dog, with his own presidential collar. The crowd roars its approval (especially Steve's wife Maria)
President Steve presented Rich with his Past President pin and Past President Plaque. (straight form the home of Marie Barone?)
Rich reflects on a most successful year, and thanks the members for their support and hard work.
Now it's official, as Steve receives the President's Pin
Good luck Steve, and THANK YOU Rich!!!
Even though he's missing his gavel, President Steve promises to stir things up!
Our Special Guest was the daughter of Carnac the Magnificent.. The answer... President Steve The question... who gave me this migraine?
Bill Mealia congratulates Ceil Mantia, our 2009 Paul Harris Fellow. Ceil was chosen for her dedication and service to our Club.
No, it's not the Rotary Club of Honolulu... just Doug, Tom, Rihul, Rosemary, and Maria saying ALOHA
Katie, Kathy, Joan, Angel, Larry and Teddy ask "when will Don Ho get here?"
OK.... who forgot to send the Hawaiian Shirt email to Bill & Bill?
We had a large and colorful turnout for this years Installation Luncheon.
President Steve visits with Maria, Chris, Kizi and Jonathan.
Our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Ceil Mantia (4th left) receives congratulations from friends and co-workers.
Jonathan Burt makes sure that Steve keeps his strength up for what promises to be a busy, productive, and fun year.
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
June, 17 2009
Service Above Self!! Dr Maria displays an "outpouring" of Rotary spirit to President Elect Steve and Past President Doug Harris.
It was "giving's" day, as Joan Yankitis and Steve Hafer presented a donation to David Owens of Contact We Care , a local Crisis Hotline.
We also presented a check to the YWCA of Eastern Union County. Accepting for the "Y" was Executive Director Janice Lilien
Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous Rotarian,and matching funds from the Club, we donated $2000 in Stop & Shop gift cards to local Churches and Agencies who will distribute them to those in need. Pictured (l to r ) Rev. Dr. Larry Dixon of the Mt. Teman AME Church, Ronnie Charme, M.Ed., MA of Family and Children's Services, Rev. Joseph Parrish of St John's Episcopal Church, and Ken Richuso accepting for the Salvation Army.
President-elect Steve welcomes back Rihul Etienne
Weekly Luncheon Meeting
June, 10 2009
Art Lobdell (left) introduces our guest speakers Frank Cinelli and A.J. Sagers from S.P.E.C.T.R.E who presented a very interesting program on Paranormal Investigations. Who ya gonna call??
Rotary International Honors Bill Mealia
June 3, 2009
Congratulations to Bill Mealia who was presented with Rotary International's prestigious "Service Award for a Polio Free World" The honor was presented by Past District Governor Dr. Michael Hart. Only 10 of these awards are being given in the Western Hemisphere.
Bill spoke to us about being stricken with polio as a seven year old child, and the hardships the disease has caused him throughout his life. Despite his handicap, Bill has dedicated his life to the worldwide eradication of polio.
District Governor Joe Scandariato congratulates Bill who's efforts have helped raise $650,000 in District 7510, for Rotary's Polio Eradication Programs.
Governor Joe thanks Bill for a job well done.
In 1988, polio infected nearly 350,000 children annually. In 2008 fewer than 2000 cases were reported for the entire year. Rotary has contributed more than $800 million to the polio eradication effort and has raised more than $3 billion. Rotarians have volunteered their time and resources to immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.
Mayor Chris Bollwage was on hand to congratulate Bill and to thank him for his "medical advice".
Also joining us was Bill's daughter Nancy and future American Idol star, granddaughter Lauren.
Bill's wife JoAnne and daughter Nancy listen as Lauren tells us that her granddad "keeps kids from getting sick"
Union County Immunization Center Coordinator, Kay Young, thanked Bill for his help with our local Immunization Week project.
Congratulations to Bill for this prestigious award, and we thank you for your tireless efforts in the fight to eradicate polio

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