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Sean Growney 
President 2018 - 2019 

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Greetings from Asbury Park Rotary

Welcome to our Club! Where Service and Fellowship Flourish!

Asbury Park

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 of America

(732) 292-1955
(732) 292-1992
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Here’s another surprising story of a solid Rotarian. Linda Bloechl was born in Asbury Park but raised in Oakhurst as a toddler. She was graduated from Ocean Township High School in 1985 and later from Washington College in Chestertown, MD where she received her degree in Political Science and International Law. She was employed by IBM in Dayton, N.J. in the Internal Order Department, then as a Police Dispatcher for Shrewsbury Police Department for another 10 years. In 2005, Linda took a stab at the restaurant business and was the owner of Dano’s and then The Grill in Luigi’s at the corner of Asbury Avenue & Wyckoff Road in Tinton Falls which lasted 7 years. The failing health of both parents required total attention so Linda gave up the business. Both died with 4.5 months of each other in 2009.
In 1990 she joined the Oakhurst Independent Hose Co and was a volunteer firefighter of that fire department. In addition to being a firefighter, Linda was also the Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Historian. She is now an Exempt member having served a total of 29 years.
Linda continues her love for food service and for the last 23 years has worked for Waterview Pavilian in Belmar and Falco’s Catering who provides our meeting lunches. She is a lifelong active member of the Ballard Methodist Church in Asbury Park. Currently Linda is employed as a Medical Assistant for a Pulmonologist in Holmdel.
Linda met Brenda first through Dan Skinner as a member of the Oakhurst Fire Co., became friends and was invited to attend a meeting of our club over 6 years ago, and was of course her sponsor. She has been an active participant in the Polar Plunge and enjoys every aspect of Rotary.
Linda’s brother Lou lives with his family in Newtown, Pa. Her sister Leslie and husband Wayne live in Oakhurst with daughters living out of state. Linda reminds us that she is the baby of the family. Now living in Neptune, Linda enjoys her Beagle rescue dog “Mosley” who she adopted from The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance over 6 years ago. The “Outer Banks” is a favorite destination for fun with friends.
Linda’s thoughts on Rotary. “Rotary gives me the opportunity to spend time with people that have a unique focus of bettering the community and the world. In today’s crazy world, the weekly meetings are a reminder that there are still good people in this world who are willing to put service above self. It is a joy to be around like minded and big hearted people like Rotarians.”
Stories of Asbury Park Rotary in Action
It is a sad commentary on our society that the men and women who serve our country in combat, return home with injuries that are not always as visible as a physical wound and therefore not adequately treated. Greg Kucharewski shared with our club how a fishing program is making a difference in the lives of these veterans (young and old) by utilizing healthy outdoor activities. In addition, they can then connect veterans to VA Services offices, outreach centers, NJ Coastal Parks, local fishing clubs and other veteran organizations. By having an activity that encourages them to leave the house, connections can be made and new friendships are formed (and sometimes an old friend is found) that can truly give the vet a spark of hope. As a survivor of PTSD himself, Greg understands the roller coaster that many find themselves on following combat duty; the high-highs, and the lower-than-low lows, the flashbacks and the sleepless nights. By partnering with other community/local organizations and seeking out vets, the activities that he and his team of volunteers can offer truly offer a hand-up to those in desperate need. If you would like to be part of this program, or need additional information, contact Greg at: 732.785.9278 or gkucharews@jcaa.org.
It is always a pleasure to hear about programs that offer young people an alternative for their future; opportunities different from what they may face when growing up in Asbury Park. The Beat Bus does just that. Ryan Garmond, Program Manager at Lakehouse Mobile Recording Studios, shared with us that through music children of all ages are given a way to express their creativity. This year the Asbury Park Music Foundation launched a state-of-the-art Mobile Recording Studio with the mission to bring music education to under-served youth across New Jersey. The newly renovated school bus is outfitted with industry standard recording gear including 10 modular workstations and a sound booth equipped to record vocals, pianos, guitars and drums. This versatile program offers During School Program, After School Program, or an Explorer Program. They can also do a During and/or After School Program. When exceptionally talented students are discovered, they are able to work one-on-one with them to help them develop their full musical potential. But no matter the ability, exposure to this program gives students a way to create and collaborate. To learn more see their website: asburyparkmusiclives.org
Each year, our Club, provides dictionaries to area 3rd graders. This year, we delivered 809 dictionaries to schools including Ocean Twp (3 Elementary schools and Hillel Yeshiva), Deal (Elementary school), Neptune Twp (4 Elementary schools, Holy Innocents Elementary, and Summerfield Academy) Asbury Park (4 Elementary schools and Mt Carmel Elementary) and Bradley Beach (Elementary school). The dictionaries are made possible by a donation from Investors Savings, which also generously provides a space to process and box the dictionaries for delivery to the schools. Look in your 3rd grader’s back pack. You will see a new dictionary.
Thanks to Amy and the rest of the committee for providing a valuable resource to our schools.
Our members gathered on Wednesday Oct 24th to bring awareness to and celebrate Rotary World Polio Day 2018 at Anchor's Bend on the Asbury Park boardwalk. We had a great turnout, good fellowship and as always lots of fun.
District Governor Bill Donnelly and PDG Diane Rontondelli also attended to mark the occasion.
Thank you to the board for their efforts in putting this together for our club and especially, Dina, Jacquie, Roy and Kip. They "painted the towns" with our message posted on the digital signs in Asbury Park, Neptune and Ocean.
Dottie Lopapa
Dec 12, 2018
CPC -Supported employment Services
Jeffrey Bassett
Dec 19, 2018
Giving and Connecting through Rotary
No meeting
Dec 26, 2018
Happy Holidays!
Stephanie Douranakis
Jan 23, 2019