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Greetings from Asbury Park Rotary

Welcome to our Club! Where Service and Fellowship Flourish!

Asbury Park Rotary

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Renaissance
1110 Valley Rd & Hwy 35 S
(Just North of Wegman's)
Ocean, NJ  07712-3977
United States
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Asbury Park! We consider ourselves the best Rotary club in the Universe because of our enthusiasm, infectious spirit, friendship and commitment to serve others. We work together on a variety of local and international projects each year to benefit our community, touching thousands of people since 1919.  Do you want to get involved in your community? 

Although membership is by invitation, we encourage you to learn more about Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian.  Rotarian and non Rotarian visitors are welcome at our meetings.


News from Asbury Park Rotary

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.



Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
Marta's family business will host us at their location for our August 9th meeting.  The Renaissance is not available because of preparations for the Italian Festival.  Here are the details.
Date:               Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Location:         PL Emergency Custom Vehicles
                        2201 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan, NJ  08736
Time:               12:00 Rotarians arrive
                        12-12:30 Chick-Fil-A lunch w/speaker, Deb Thomson
                        12:30-1:15 Tour of facility
Directions to PL Custom: From North: Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. After toll, keep to far left for Route 34 South. Proceed halfway around traffic circle and continue on Route 34 South to exit 1/2 mile to right turn at top of hill (marked Sea Girt – Manasquan). Continue right at bottom of exit (Atlantic Avenue) Stay right at fork in road PL Custom on right – approx. 1/4 mile. Take second entrance to office.

Rotary Speaker 7.19.17


Melissa Leardi, Breaking the Chain through Education


Melissa (left) has been working with Breaking the Chain through Education since its inception. Her high school social studies teacher shared the reality of young children enslaved in Ghana and forced to work on fishing boats.  Through his efforts, Evan Robins has not only been able to secure the freedom for children, but has established a rehabilitation school that assists with their transition back into society and then finding suitable places for them to live.  Constant follow up with each child ensures that they are safe and receiving appropriate education.  For additional information, their website is www.btcte.org.



Rotary, July 12, 2017


Speaker, Jessica Jarmer, HHC, AADP


Jessica Jarmer, Health Coach & Wellness Expert, shared with us the benefits of a plant-based diet giving concrete examples based upon her own family, of how this diet promotes physical well-being.  Additional information on how transitioning to healthier eating can benefit you, see her website jessicajarmer.com. She will schedule a complimentary consultation.

Candice Guardino, Author and Star of the sold-out comedy Italian Bred spoke at the meeting this week about her show and career.  She has a local performance at 3pm at the Paramount Theater on 7/30/17. For tickets call 800 745-3000 or go to Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, or the Stone Pony Box Office. Break a leg 
Our annual Beach and Bocce Party was held on July 1st. The day started out a little cold and windy but everyone had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Marta we even had live music this year!

It was youth week at the Rotary Club of Asbury Park last week.  Lunch last Wednesday was a sell out.  A full house watched and listened to our scholarship winners tell us about themselves and their aspirations.   Three of our four recipients attended and from their presentations we could tell that the committee made some excellent choices.  We look forward to following their academic careers.  


They are (l to r) Jorge Villavivencio from Academy Charter HS, attending Rutgers University; Lindsey Sanclementi from Neptune HS, attending Quinnepiac University; and Trevor Kraeutler from Ocean Twp HS, attending James Madison Univ. Not pictured - Cristal Ramirez from Asbury Park HS, attending College of St. Elizabeth. Good luck to all and come back to visit us!


On Tuesday evening some club members attended the moving closing ceremony of RYLA.  Included were two ROCAP parents whose children participated in this excellent program, Amy and Jason.  We hope that these Rotary  offspring can come to a meeting to talk about their experiences at RYLA and share their  feelings about this life-changing program.  Our club sponsored the following participants:


William Gage Hutzley Ocean Twp Ocean Twp HS.   Ayana (Yana) Kai Jean Williams Neptune Neptune HS.  Katie Lynn Peardon Neptune Ranney School.  Victoria Hope Den Bleyker, Loch Arbour, Rumson-Fair Haven HS.  Pearl Grace Morales, Bradley Beach, Biotech HS

Congratulations to Gail Matarazzo!
Gail is married 28 years to Christian and is the proud mom of Harry age 22 and Hayden age 19.
Gail is NJ and PA licensed in life and health insurance, also Real Estate in the state of New Jersey.  Gail is part of the management team at Retirement Income Solutions, Oakhurst, serving as the Financial and Administration Director.
Gail is also the managing partner of Parkview River HH, LLC & CAM2030 LLC Real Estate Investment Companies that she and her husband own with properties in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Please welcome Gail as the 99th President of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park.
Members of the Asbury Park Rotary attended the Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club Meeting on Thursday June 15th at The Asbury hotel, it looks like they had a perfect night for fellowship.  For detail about the evening club contact Jaclyn Boruch 732-241-7927
Club members also participated in the June service project at Allaire Community Farm. 
Laurie Salka, Program Administrator Displaced Homemaker Services 
We welcomed Laurie Salka, Program Administrator for Displaced Homemaker Services, who shared with us their program that offers a compassionate, nonjudgemental support system for women in transition.  The support offered includes referral servers, training programs and support groups; helping women who have been dependent on a partner, find their way to independent living.Their website is www.brookdalecc.edu/displaced-homemakers
On Saturday June 10th The Asbury Park Rotary held its first collection for Pedals for Progress.  We collected 30 bikes and 6 sewing machines.  It was a beautiful day and a great turnout for our first event.  We expect to hold this event annually and expect it to grow.
P4P collects 3,000 to 5,000 bicycles annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 149,000 bicycles and 3,500 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market and accessing health care and other services. Sewing machine shipments help initiate educational programs and generate income opportunities that may otherwise remain out of reach for many people. Steady employment for adults is vital to the development and success of struggling communities.
Dawn Bunyon from Holiday Express spoke about how her organization strives to " Deliver the gift of human kindness ". Their mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support, and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year. We look forward to the opportunity to help.  For more information check out their website at www.holidayexpress.org .  Stay tuned for Service Project information.



Pedals for Progress & Sewing Peace, in its continuing effort to recycle unwanted

items properly, is having a used bike and sewing machine collection sponsored by

Asbury Park Rotary Club.

Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate

his or her bike to this worthy cause. We do not accept “bikes for parts” or

disassembled bikes. We also accept working portable sewing machines and sewing

notions (no fabric, please).

Bikes and sewing machines can be dropped off from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday

June 10, 2017 - rain or shine – at State Farm located at 3329 Sunset Ave.,

Ocean Township, NJ 07712.

For more information please call Sean (908) 884-0674

Thank you to Russell Hartz and Sister Debbie Dragon from Collier Youth Services for their presentation at today's meeting. The mission of Collier Youth Services is to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope. Please visit their website at www.collieryouthservices.org
Rotarians from the Asbury Park and Monmouth County Evening Rotary Clubs assisted Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship by building screens to keep pigeons out of the indoor paddock area.  Celtic Charms is a 501c3 that provides lessons in horsemanship to children and adults with disabilities.  A great turnout for a deserving project.
Kim Brittington of Tiny Tours Ocean Grove spoke last week and gave an interesting talk about the history of Ocean Grove including the significant number of women business owners in the late 1800's.  Tiny Tours provides walking tours of Ocean Grove, please visit her website at tinytoursog.com.
On April 22nd members of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park and the Monmouth County Evening Rotary Club participated in Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps.  We collected and logged trash and recyclables found on the Beach in Belmar.  The event was held from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

The Traveling Team!

On March 30, 2017, a dedicated group of Asbury Park Rotarians drove to West 32nd Street in Manhattan to serve dinner at Hope Lodge.  The American Cancer Society runs Hope Lodge as a free boarding facility for people receiving cancer treatment in New York City that offers relaxation from the busy city outside. Again, Rotary answers the call for service.




Rotary Helps Kids at Home, too.

Warren, Brenda, Danny and Exievier

Danny McKee, Asbury Park Little League president, and two of his young players showed up at the March 29, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park to accept a check for $2500.  The donation will be used to send 5 young ball players from Asbury Park to Little League Baseball Camp this summer in Williamsport, PA.

Warren Riddick, Asbury Park little leaguer, attended the camp last year and reported his experience to the Rotarians at their lunch meeting.  “They split us into teams and then we play games,” said Warren.  Exievier Chathuant, another camp attendee, told his story about Williamsport and expressed his gratitude. “We go swimming and have a lot of fun.  The money you give to us, we are thankful for,” said Exievier.

Asbury Park Rotary received half the money for this Little League project from a Rotary District Grant, available for small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in a community.  Individual and club donations to The Rotary Foundation come back to Rotary districts three years later for grants to help fund programs like this. 


First Repaired Computers Ready for Delivery

Dennis stands by his refurbished computers awaiting a new owner
Dennis Huntley has Multiple Sclerosis and knows what it’s like to be confined at home where the only connection to the outside world is a computer.  He is also a skilled IT person who repairs and refurbishes old computers.  Because of this, he approached Asbury Park Rotary with a proposal.
If Rotary can supply Dennis with unwanted and defective machines and find the disabled and needy people who could use one, he will make the repairs and updates.  The first restored computers are ready for delivery, and Asbury Park Rotarians will take care of that too.  It’s a partnership made in heaven, and we’re sure the good Lord is pleased.  A great job has been done by Brenda, Dina, Kip and all others involved.
Rotary on Display at St. Pat's Parade

"Service Above Self" says it all as Anthony P, Sean and Tom P lead the way

The frost was on the shamrock at this year’s Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Parade, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Asbury Park Rotarians as they took their rightful place in the festive procession. Club members and friends bundled up for the 4th annual event on March 12, 2017 that marched from Ocean Ave, through downtown Cookman and ended by Johnnie Mac’s on Main Street. Only one disgruntled Rotarian was heard to complain about the subfreezing temperature when he said, “This isn’t fair. It’s like doing two Polar Plunges in one year!”

Kate did a great job as chair of our Parade committee and, with the help of Kip, put together a grand little Rotary float describing our accomplishments.  The Rotary kids rode the float and tossed goodies to spectators as we passed by.  Special thanks to Anthony Petrocelli, Point Pleasant Beach Rotary president and Asbury Park High School teacher, for anchoring one end of our lead banner.

The reviewing stand described us as the “best Rotary club in the universe for our enthusiasm, infectious spirit and commitment to service.”  Many comments were heard from the crowd like “go Rotary,” “you’re the best” and “thanks for all you do.”  The word is getting out.

The kids ride the float

Kate, Tama, Dina and the Buckleys with Denise P

Kevin and Amy work the crowd with goodies

Tony C in the cold while Kip and Kathy pull the float

Asbury Park Rotarians prepare to march


Who Remembers “The Circuit?”

An open car door beckons you in for a ride on "The Circuit" as the Palace glows behind
Some have heard of “The Circuit” in Asbury Park while fewer, still, actually experienced it. If you were young and restless and visited Asbury Park from the late 60’s to the early 80’s, you couldn’t miss it.  You wouldn’t want to miss it!
As the name implies, “The Circuit” was a circular route or loop along the beachfront of Asbury Park.  At the time, Ocean Avenue was a one-way street heading North, and Kingsley ran one-way South. And, on warm summer nights, it was the track to drive your special set of wheels around and around and around.
Guys and girls showed up to see and be seen, with hooking up as the ultimate achievement for some. Drag racing at each intersection, when the red light turned green (definitely illegal), was one on the bigger thrills. Others would stop along the way to visit a bar, listen to music, walk the boards or ride the amusements, but primarily, “The Circuit” was a cruising experience.
The Palace Amusements was at the Southern border of “The Circuit’s” turnaround, at the end of Kingsley Avenue.  It was the largest structure there, and you couldn’t miss the big neon lights, iconic ferris wheel and, of course, picture of Tillie. Its mystic glow set the scene for “magic in the night.”
One who remembers “The Circuit” very clearly in his music is Bruce Springsteen.  He actually mentions it by name in his early song  4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy). Subsequent songs contain lyrics that unmistakably describe the experiences of desire, disappointment and ecstasy “The Circuit” invoked at a special time in Asbury Park.  Below are verses from the Boss’s songs Sandy, the famous Born to Run and Something in the Night.  Enjoy the remanences of those special days, if you were one of the lucky ones to have been there.

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973)        
Down in town, the Circuit's full of switchblade lovers
So fast, so shiny, so sharp
As the wizards play down on Pinball Way

Born to Run (1975)
Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight
In an everlasting kiss
Something in the Night  (1978)
I'm riding down Kingsley
Figuring I'll get a drink
Turn the radio up loud
So I don't have to think
I take her to the floor
Looking for a moment when the world
Seems right
And I tear into the guts
Mmh, of something in the night
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Rotary Fills the Prescription

Recent health studies have shown that laughter can actually boost the immune system to fight illnesses such as cancer and viral diseases. Hilarity not only reduces stress but increases natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells.  Lord knows, we sure do laugh a lot in Rotary. 

Sandy, Joan and Jeff react to a misspoken word at the District Foundation Dinner

One major new study found that roaring with laughter can boost the immune system by up to 40%, and health professionals should look more seriously at humor as a complementary therapy.  Research at Indiana State University showed that a group of women watching laugh-out-loud comedy videos together had healthier immune systems than those who watched a dull tourism video.  Blood tests confirmed a significant increase in natural killer cells over the control group, and stress levels decreased.  It was concluded that laughter may benefit cancer patient treatment.

Tony B and Anthony enjoy a Rotary meeting exercise program

So, here’s another reason to belong to Rotary – Laughter is good for your health.  And, Asbury Park Rotary is certainly known for its good times.  Our meetings are always upbeat and produce many moments of amusement. We are lucky to have a collection of members who keep us entertained.  Even our service projects can be fun, whether we’re jumping in the frigid Atlantic Ocean or packing frozen chickens at the Food Bank.

Denise P and Jeff verify a fun holiday party


Be active in Rotary.  You have nothing to lose and, maybe, a whole lot to gain.

What in the world could Gail and Penny be smiling about at the District Installation Dinner?


Rotary Bell Ringers Honored

Gail, Tama, Brenda, Hunt, Tom P, HJ, Traudy, Kip, Kate, Brian Y and Sean proudly display their certificates of appreciation

The Asbury Park Corps of the Salvation Army honored the Asbury Park Rotarians who volunteered to be a “Bell Ringer” and support their kettle drive during this past holiday season.  A special awards luncheon was held and certificates of appreciation were handed out by Major Carl, corps commander and Rotarian.  Asbury Park Rotary is always there when the community calls.

A Gala to Save Children's Lives

Dale Vetter (c) and past Michael's Heart winners

Fun with a purpose is the trademark of Rotary, and it all came together at the 20th Annual Gift of Life Foundation Winter Gala of Rotary District 7500.  Rotarians from around the district met at the Crystal Point in Pt Pleasant on February 11, 2017 with one primary goal – to repair the hearts of little children around the world.

The Gala is a fund raiser to support medical missions for poor children in underserved countries who would die from congenital heart defects if we didn’t help.  Rob Raylman, CEO of Gift of Life International, addressed the attendees with encouragement and praise for all the good Rotarians from D7500 are doing to save children’s lives.  He reported that the many Gift of Life organizations, working through Rotary, now are the #1 charitable organization in the world that helps children with heart disease.  We not only help the children but the families that love those children so much.

The Michael’s Heart Award was presented to a person who demonstrates dedication to Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Foundation and who follows Rotary’s principles of service above self, compassion and integrity. This year’s winner was Dale Vetter of Willingboro Rotary Club who gave a very moving acceptance speech.

Asbury Park Rotary supported the event with a $500 ad in the program book and an auction item donation.  Attending from our club was Gary S, a member of the GOLF board of trustees.

Chuck Watson of Red Bank with Gary S and Rob Raylman



… And Those Who Helped!

Adrienne and Robin are always there to sell the merchandise

You don’t have to plunge to be a big asset to a Rotary event like the Polar Plunge.  Those who work behind the scenes are vital in making these fund raisers a success.  So we thank and recognize those who helped at the 9th Annual 2017 Rotary Polar Plunge:

Jim, Hunt and Ted -- True Rotary yeomen.

Mike, Tom P, Brian Y, Roy -- Make things happen

HJ and Frank -- Eager to Serve


Gail's special guest
Jul 26, 2017
Off site at PL Custom
Aug 09, 2017
Firetruck and Ambulance
Celtic Charms
Aug 16, 2017
Therapeutic Horsemanship
David Legg
Aug 23, 2017
Rotary International Foundation
Annamarie Casaceli
Aug 30, 2017
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
Joe Leone
Sep 06, 2017
Covenant House
Jeff Bond
Sep 13, 2017
Judy Daniels
Sep 20, 2017
Fulfill formally The Foodbank