We meet 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays at The Courtyard by Marriott at 12:15 PM; 2nd Th. Domani Restaurant, 387 Washington Av., Hillsdale at 6; 4th Th. The Cornerstone Restaurant, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale at 6
Courtyard by Marriott
100 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale , NJ 07645
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 08, 2014
Thursday evening, August 7 members of the Park Ridge Rotary Club distributed checks to two more of our 2014 scholarship winners. Lydon Kersting and Marisa Pittarelli, both Park Ridge residents were accompanied by their fathers, Chris Kersting and Bergen CC Rotarian Ed Pittarelli. Lydon, who graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels, will be attending Princeton University in September to study Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Marisa, a graduate of Bergen Tech in Teterboro, will study TV and Film Production at Ithaca College. Hard work and multiple talents allowed each girl to achieve great success in many areas throughout their high school years - success which is sure to follow them in the years ahead. To them we offer our sincere congratulations and good wishes.
(l.to r. C. Kersting, L. Kersting, M. Pittarelli, E. Pittarelli, Club Pres. P. Little)
The main speaker for the evening was Teaneck Rotary Club President Katharine Frost. In a very moving presentation she spoke of her club’s participation in an RI Global Grant Project seeking to provide solar power to the Freetown Secondary School for Girls in partnership with the Rotary Club of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone Solar Paneling Project is an amazing story of how a simple plan to provide lighting to a girls’ boarding school became a major humanitarian effort that can change the thinking of an entire nation. With the installation of solar paneling, more girls from remote villages where education for girls is non-existent will be able to attend school. Additionally, the school has come to serve as a safe-haven from the brutal practice of Female Genital Mutilation still practiced in many village secret societies. Through the efforts of world organizations and the government of Sierra Leone, efforts have begun to educate against FGM. It is the policy of the school to enlighten girls about their personal health options and part of the funds being raised will be used to teach against FGM with a curriculum being developed by the Freetown Rotary for incorporation into existing studies.
It will cost $33,000 (US) to fund the solar panel project. To learn more about the project or to help the fund-raising campaign along, visit www.teaneckrotaryrotary.com
Posted by George Sherman on Aug 02, 2014
August 1 was a very special day for Park Ridge Rotary Club members as they hosted 6 of their 10 scholarship winners for 2013-14. This year’s applicants were particularly strong, making the committee’s choices especially challenging. Committee Chairwoman Linda Hanlon spoke of the great satisfaction she feels in providing a bit of financial assistance to such worthy young people, and committee member Vlad Zherenovsky urged all recipients to use the training and skills in their college years to do good in the world; we are supremely confident that they will do well.
Before distributing the checks, AG Stuart Gold highlighted some of Rotary’s many attributes and avenues of service, encouraging all of the young people to take advantage of one or more of the programs that RI provides.
Recipients then were called to the podium to introduce themselves. From Immaculate Heart Academy was Dana Scheffler, a Montvale resident who will be going to St. Michael’s College in Vermont to major in Environmental Science and Film Production. From Pascack Hills High School was Amanda Tosi, a Montvale resident headed for The College of William and Mary where she plans on majoring in Kineseology with a minor in Spanish.
Graduates from Park Ridge High School receiving scholarships were Carson Badame, attending Marist College in NY and majoring in Computer Science and Music, Kimberly Conroy, on her way to the University of Tampa to major in Advertising and Public Relations, Jaclyn Mital, off to Johnson and Wales University to major in Fashion Merchandising, and Nicole Southard who will be majoring in Art Education with a specialization in Art Therapy at Marywood University in Pennsylvania.
We wish them well in all future endeavors and look forward to hearing of their many expected successes.
Pictured l. to r. Linda Hanlon, Carson Badame, Kimberly Conroy, Amanda Tosi, Jaclyn Mital, Nicole Southard, Dana Scheffler, Vlad Zherenovsky
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 25, 2014
On Thursday, July 24, fourteen members and guests gathered for the monthly Park Ridge Rotary Club cocktail hour at The Cornerstone Restaurant in Hillsdale.
There being no scheduled speaker, President Pat went over some of the things accomplished at the July Board meeting including new prospective members, new yellow vests for Rotarians to wear during community events, and fundraising ideas to support DGE Peter.
Additionally, all members, (but newer members in particular), were encouraged to attend the Vocational Assembly in Edison on October 7 and the Rotary Leadership Institute being held at our own Courtyard by Marriott in Park Ridge on October 11.
Stuart Gold is once again in charge of running the RLI program this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Institute serves as a training ground for upcoming leaders in the 28 districts of the northeastern part of the USA and Bermuda.
Both the Vocational Assembly and RLI provide members with an excellent chance to explore the dynamic WORLD of Rotary, to engage with Rotarians from numerous clubs around the state and region, and to learn first-hand of the many inspiring, rewarding and meaningful activities engaged in by fellow Rotarians as they work to make the world a better place.
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 18, 2014
In the aftermath of the sudden cancellation of our scheduled speaker, Past President Stuart Gold not only stepped up to run the day's meeting at The Courtyard on July 18, he took the opportunity to describe to club members the origins of Vocational Service as one of RI’s Five Avenues of Service.
Stuart first reminded us that September is RI’s Vocational Service Month which culminates in our District each year with the Vocational Assembly, this year being held on Tuesday, October 7.
Cliff Dochterman, RI President in 1992-3, wrote that “Vocational Service is the banner by which Rotarians ‘recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations’ and demonstrate a commitment to ‘high ethical standards in all businesses and professions.’ That's why the Second Avenue of Service is fundamental to every Rotary club.
Stuart summarized how the idea came to be an integral part of Rotary by referring to Dochterman’s words which first appeared in a speech delivered in 2003. It’s a fascinating and sometimes surprising story that can be more easily read about here:
Posted by George Sherman on Jul 11, 2014
On Thursday evening, July 10, Park Ridge Rotary Club members and their guests were happy to welcome to their meeting at Domani Ms. Ellen Elias, Director of The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in Hackensack.
In 2009, TCADR, first created in 1979, merged with the Children’s Aid and Family Services of Paramus after having collaborated for many years. Since then, the Center has continued to provide extensive resources, information, expertise and support in understanding and preventing alcohol and drug abuse through such initiatives as the Bergen County Prevention Coalition. In addition the group advocates for responsive prevention and treatment services while serving as a full-service resource and referral center. Programs, services and workshops are made available to people of all ages in order to strengthen families and promote healthy lifestyles.
Ms. Elias has served as Executive Director of the agency since 1999 and was instrumental in bringing TCADR under the umbrella of CAFS. The merger has helped strengthen the mission commitments of both groups.
This space cannot begin to do justice to all of the programs available through CAFS and TCADR. A full list of school programs, community programs or programs for individuals and families is available on their extensive and easily navigated website, http://www.tcadr.
Customized training tailored to the needs of local schools, businesses or community organizations can be arranged by calling 201-488-8680.
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 20, 2014
On Thursday, June 19, the Park Ridge Rotary Club installed Patrick Little as the club’s president for 2014-15. The ceremony was held at the River Vale Country Club. Club member Steve Fox served as Master of Ceremonies before a group of nearly 50 members, family and friends.
After Bob Balentine gave the invocation, outgoing President Bob Bustard proudly reviewed the events of the past year, thanking one and all for the support he had received. Much had been accomplished including our first 5K race, working with PHHS Interact on a “Feed the Hungry” project, A&P food drive, dedication of a park bench to the memory of 50 year member Bob Spearing, and providing meals to an Americorps work crew as they helped restore Sandy stricken facilities in Moonachie. All of that was on top of our traditional projects including the fruit sale, the sale of Lord & Taylor shopping tickets, the distribution of dictionaries to over 350 third graders, the annual holiday party at Lehmann Gardens, RYLA scholarships for 5 high school juniors, the distribution of $6,000 in scholarships to ten graduating seniors, and successfully raising another $7500 with our 50/50 Cash Raffle. All in all, it had been a very busy and rewarding year, and one that President Bob will always treasure.
Next, our soon to be District Governor Elect Peter Wells did the honors of dismissing the 2013-14 officers and directors from their duties and proceeded to install the incoming officers and directors, reminding them of the great responsibility they were assuming and encouraging them to make the most of the great opportunities for personal growth and community service that lay ahead.
Officers for 2014-15: Patrick Little - President; Vlad Zherenovsky – President-elect; Philip Wells – Vice President; Ryan Cangialosi – Secretary; Patricia DiRosa – Treasurer; Brittany Vozza – Sgt. at Arms; Robert Bustard - Immediate Past President.
Prior to the distribution of pins to the new officers, Peter alerted members to the special honors that had been afforded our club by District 7490. The first was recognition of having been one of 20 of the District’s 54 clubs to have achieved a Presidential Citation as a result of having completed a rigorous set of requirements. Even more impressive was the club being awarded the Presidential Citation WITH DISTINCTION – one of only two such awards being given by the District this year.
The second citation was presented to Phil Wells and Ryan Cangialosi for their work in becoming actively involved in using RI’s Club Central, an online mechanism by which clubs can set goals and monitor progress toward meeting them.
Once District AG Dr. Stuart Gold distributed the pins, Past-President Bob announced that Jan Doornbosch was being awarded this year’s Walter D. Head Award in recognition for all the support he had offered Bob during the course of the year. Ray Falcon was then called upon to present a special Paul Harris recognition to Pat DiRosa for her tireless efforts as Club Treasurer and keeper of the desk for the past several years.
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 28, 2014
Closed out Bob Bustard's year as president with a cook-out at Lehmann Gardens. Good weather, good food, good music, and a fine time had by all. Congratulations to Bob on his highly successful year!
Posted by George Sherman on Jun 24, 2014
On June 11th the Park Ridge Rotary Club honored the life of Robert Spearing with a bench at the newly renovated Veteran's Park.The pictures here show the memorial bench with Bob's name and Rotary symbol inscribed into the wood; the other features the Spearing family including Bob's two daughters, grand children, and great grand children.
Bob Spearing passed away five years ago, but his warmth, compassion, community spirit and ability to connect with others are fresh in our memories. Whether he was comforting a grieving family at the Spearing Funeral Home, donating his time and resources to community improvements, helping a friend or just catching up on the latest news, Bob embodied the Rotary spirit of 'service above self'. The bench in Veteran's Park that is inscribed with his name is a fitting place to meet, catch up with friends and remember the man who personified the greatest generation.
Posted by George Sherman on May 23, 2014
Park Ridge Rotarians were pleased to welcome Dorothy Ferreira to their meeting at Domani Thursday night to hear her speak about Alliance for Smiles. By profession, Dorothy is a dental hygienist in the Pascack Valley but one of her great passions became obvious as she talked about her volunteer work with AfS.
In October, Dorothy will be leaving on her 10th mission trip for AfS. In describing her experiences with AfS, she stated that the group was founded in 2004 by 5 members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco who had previously been involved with other cleft lip and palate organizations. Their mission: to repair children’s broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment of deformities in under-served areas of the world.
Missions tend to last about 2 weeks and involve about 20 volunteers. Corrective surgery is the main priority, but not the only one. Also high on the priority list is the creation of Treatment Centers where education about nutrition and general dental care can occur.
Observing the many pictures displayed by Dorothy in her presentation, one could not help but be moved by the dramatic changes in appearance that had been brought about. AfS has obviously changed lives. Before surgery, these children would have been social outcasts, unable to attend school or lead a normal life. As a result of the work of AfS volunteers, they now had been given hope.
Since its creation in 2004, AfS has conducted 51 missions including several in which Park Ridge Past President Linda Jones was a participant. Overall 4332 patients have been treated and 5343 surgeries performed. In October Dorothy will be travelling to Myanmar with another AfS team. May it too prove to be a great success. To learn more about the organization and the tremendous work that they do, visit www.allianceforsmiles.org
Posted by George Sherman on May 18, 2014
Meeting in the newly remodeled cafeteria at The Courtyard by Marriott, club members welcomed Larry Palant, District 7210 representative for ShelterBox.
A Rotary Project Partner since 2013, the idea for ShelterBox was introduced by a Rotarian in England in 2000, and the first 143 ShelterBoxes sent to Gujarat, India following a huge earthquake in January, 2001.
Delivering humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide became the mission of the organization. The contents of each box thus supply an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
The donation amount to sponsor each box, including delivery, is $1,000.00. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground working closely with local organizations and international aid agencies.
Since being established almost 15 years ago, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter for people who need it most in the aftermath of more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries.
There is much more to learn about the activities of this life-saving organization at www.shelterboxusa.org
Posted by George Sherman on May 03, 2014
On Friday, May 2, Park Ridge Rotary Club members welcomed Paramus Rotarian Lois Horowitz, Chairwoman of District 7490 Friendship Exchange. Over the past 9 years, Lois has co-ordinated exchanges with Rotarians in Japan, Australia, Poland, British Columbia and Taiwan. Traveling as couples or as singles, members from District 7490 have experienced other cultures and visited national landmarks at minimal expense to themselves as lodging and most meals were provided by Rotarians in the country being visited. The only cost was for round-trip air fare and any incidentals one may have wished to purchase.
To illustrate her most recent trip to Poland, Mrs. Horowitz shared 4 huge binders of photos which she had taken during the group’s 11 day stay. She encouraged all members to take advantage of one of these truly wonderful experiences. Further information can be obtained by contacting Lois at firstname.lastname@example.org
In her talk, information was also presented about another frequently overlooked opportunity available through Rotary International. Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotary members who share a common interest or who wish to enhance their Rotary experience by exploring new opportunities and making connections around the world. Over 60 diverse fellowships are currently operational. Take a look at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/form-rotary-fellowship. You may find a whole new reason to appreciate Rotary.
Posted by George Sherman on Apr 06, 2014
On Friday, April 4, club members were pleased to welcome Ms. Laura Hudson, founder and Director of Hearts & Crafts Grief Counseling. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary year, H&CGC has its counseling center in Ramsey but services clients throughout Bergen and Rockland Counties.
Among the many service provided by this 501c3 non-profit organization are children’s support groups and parent/adult support groups which meet simultaneously and sometimes in joint session, individual and family counseling, Camp Grief Busters and a Holiday Gathering.
Children’s groups are led by Laura, a Board Certified Art Therapist while teens and adults most often meet with a licensed social worker. Groups are scheduled to run 8 weeks, but often continue well beyond the first series of meetings.
Utilizing a cardboard and paper scroll home drawn “movie” made by one of Laura’s recent groups, members were able to gain a greater appreciation of the value of art therapy to the lives of these children. For them, artistic expression offers a safe way of coping with the grief, anger, and anxiety they may be experiencing as a result of some family crisis or loss. Without the services of H&CGC, the emotional scars left by such loss often make everyday life much more difficult, especially for the young.
To learn more about the organization, visit their website, http://www.heartsandcraftscounseling.org
Posted by George Sherman on Mar 22, 2014
Shop for the latest fashions at Lord & Taylor and support The Park Ridge Rotary Club
Each participating non-profit group keeps 100% of all ticket sales.
- The bonus coupon and savings pass are Lord & Taylor's best offers of the year with very limited exclusions.
- On Fundraising Day, there are many ways to save. Each ticket includes a 25% coupon to be used on your choice of one item from ladies' sportswear, dresses, suits and an additional 25% coupon to be used on almost anything for men, a 20% bonus coupon to be used on an additional special item and a 15% savings pass to be used all day long on regular and sale-priced merchandise storewide including cosmetics and fragrances. Save even more by opening a Lord & Taylor charge account on Fundraising Day and received an extra 15% off your purchases. Current Lord & Taylor cardholders receive an additional 10% on top of all the other great savings.
- There will be special events and appearances at each store.
- Help us earn even more: the top three organizations with the highest ticket sales will receive an additional bonus from
Lord & Taylor.
- Drop off your ticket stub(s) at Lord & Taylor on Fundraising Day to automatically enter our non-profit group for a chance to win the Attendance Sweepstakes.
- Each non profit group that sells 50 tickets or more prior to Fundraising Day will be eligible to receive a share of ticket sales on the day of the event.
The organization that sells the most tickets online will receive an additional $500 donation from Lord & Taylor! To buy tickets online go to http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/content-view/SSDG-Tickets
Under “Spring 2014 Tickets”, click on “Ridgewood – April 3 – Buy Now”
On the page you are taken to, scroll to Park Ridge Rotary in drop-down list, select the quantity you wish to purchase and click “Add to Bag”.
On the next page you are taken to, follow the directions to Check Out.
Thank you for your support!
Posted by George Sherman on Mar 21, 2014
The March 21st meeting of the Park Ridge Rotary Club featured guest speaker Dale Robyn Siegel who spoke on the topic, “Your FICO Score and You”. Dale is a licensed attorney and President of the Circle Mortgage Group. She is author ofThe New Rules for Mortgages and an adjunct professor at both NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Baruch College.
Dale opened her talk by reminding members that many common occurrences in life – getting a job, opening a checking account, finding affordable insurance, borrowing money – can all be affected by your FICO score.
One’s FICO, or credit score is a measure of your payment history, amounts owed, length of credit history, new credit and type of credit. The lower your score, the smaller the loan you are eligible for and the higher the interest you will pay.
To improve your score follow these tips: 1) Pay bills on time; 2) Keep the amount owed on a credit card below 50 % of the amount allowed; 3) Establish a good credit history; 4) Recognize that a new credit card can act against you since you have yet to establish a history with that vendor; 5) Don’t let anyone run a credit inquiry until you are sure you want to do business with that vendor; 6) Check your credit report from Experian, Equifax, and/or TransUnion annually for any potential errors. You are entitled by law to obtain one report from each every year, though you will probably have to pay a modest fee for your actual credit score.
Posted by Robert Balentine on Mar 14, 2014
At Thursday night's gathering of the Park Ridge Rotary Club at Domani in Hillsdale, Mr. Emery Duell, a Counselor at Law at Beattie & Padavano, provided a very informative report on Lions Club International in general, and particularly the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, where he is a member. Lions International has 1.25 million members (slightly more than Rotary) in more than 46,000 local clubs, in 208 countries. Founded in 1917, the club is most known for fighting blindness. They routinely collect discarded glasses, which are examined by specialists and reconditioned for use if usable, and if not melted down for their metal. Eyeglass box locations are located in many places including many libraries, banks and stores. Members volunteer to provide service in many ways, including those related to eyesight.
SADDLE RIVER VALLEY LIONS CLUB
P.O. Box 333, Saddle River, NJ 07458, or
Gene Leporiere at 201-934-3965, or
email: email@example.comServing the communities of: Mahwah, Ramsey, Allendale, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River.
Saddle River Valley Lions Club has about forty members, 22 are active. They meet twice each month for supper. Primary annual fund raisers are a carnival and new car (currently for a 2015 Mustang with tickets costing $10. They expect to sell about 5,000. Last year the club raised $76,000, which is a typical amount for that club, but more than most clubs raise.
Posted by George Sherman on Mar 01, 2014
On Friday, March 7, Park Ridge Rotarians welcomed PDG Bonnie Sirower back to The Courtyard for the induction of Park Ridge resident June Bertini and Woodcliff Lake resident Mary Ellen Offer.
June is an antiques dealer working out of her home in Park Ridge and was recently elected to the town council. Worthy of note is the fact that June was once the college lab partner of PDG Bonnie. Mary Ellen is an attorney with Beattie Padovano LLC on Chestnut Ridge Road in Montvale and is a neighbor to current club members Irma Chazotte and Vlad Zherenovsky.
Bonnie began the ceremony by asking each of the women 4 questions: their job classification; their passion in life; their reason for joining Rotary; how they hope to fulfill their passion through Rotary.
Among June’s greatest passions is her desire to serve her community. As a newly elected councilwoman, she has a great opportunity to do that locally, but she hopes that Rotary will offer additional avenues to serve beyond as well.
Mary Ellen’s great passions are her children, grand-children and church. Club member and business associate Ralph Padovano was instrumental in introducing Mary Ellen to Rotary and she hopes to become as good a Rotarian as he, as she becomes more familiar with the club and with Rotary International.
Bonnie briefly described the 5 Avenues of Service that RI provides and assured the inductees that they would find countless opportunities to make the world a better place.
As the ceremony concluded Bonnie spoke of the great responsibility they were taking on as new Rotarians and urged them to adopt the Four Way Test as a guiding principle to follow in all of their professional and personal activities.
With that, membership packets and new-member pins were presented as other club members enthusiastically welcomed Mary Ellen and June into the club. Pictured below are Club President Bob Bustard, Mary Ellen, June and PDG Bonnie.
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 22, 2014
Friday, February 21 Park Ridge Rotarians learned more about an exciting product that promises to improve the health and the lives of countless numbers of people.
Roland Weimer, President of the Rotary Club of the Palisades, has been a believer in Bio-Sand Water Filters since first learning about them three years ago. Earlier this month he travelled to the Dominican Republic to install 3 new filters and to see first-hand the impact previously installed filters were having on the lives of the people there.
Clean water is one of Rotary International’s areas of focus. It is estimated that more than 2.5 BILLION people do not have access to clean water and/or proper sanitation. Bio-sand filters provide a low cost, low-tech means of addressing this problem in a way that is easy for local communities to maintain.
Invented in the 1980’s, the bio-sand filters have NO mechanical parts. They are designed to service up to 15 people for 20 YEARS! The local populations making use of them are highly accepting of them because they significantly reduce preventable disease, and they only cost $67.00 apiece!
A bio-sand water filter uses no electricity or fuel, and naturally filters 99.9% of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, contaminants).
There are several clubs in New York and New Jersey that have partnered with the Rotary Club in Bonao, DR to provide clean water. To learn more about the filters and the work being done by the project, or to give a filter to the project, visit http://nynjrotary.org/waterfilters.
Posted by George Sherman on Feb 08, 2014
On Friday, February 7, Eric Fuchs-Stengel, founder and Executive Director of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization visited the Park Ridge Club. As a high-school junior, Eric and a few of his friends started this dynamic non-profit in 2008 as a way for young people and their supporters to actively involve themselves in creating a cleaner and healthier environment.
In his passionate and inspirational presentation, Eric spoke eloquently about MEVO’s two main programs. Since its start 6 years ago, MEVO’s Earth Crew has pursued its mission to “Carry out service events that heal the natural environment and engage people in stopping environmental degradation.” Events have included trash clean-ups, trail construction and rehabilitation, electronic recycling drives, handing out compact fluorescent light bulbs, school assemblies, public event booths and more.
MEVO’s second initiative, known as Farm to Live, was started in 2011. Farm to Live plans to utilize volunteer labor to establish and maintain local, organic, sustainable farms throughout the suburbs of New Jersey and New York and to use the food grown on these farms for the benefit of nearby food pantries. Transforming unused space throughout the suburbs into educational organic community gardens, farms have been established on vacant plots of land at Bergen Community College, Mahwah High School, Swan Farm in Ramsey and on property owned by Pony Power Therapies, Inc.
MEVO’s efforts have not gone un-noticed as the group was presented with the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce’s Organization of the Year Award in 2012 and the Russell Berrie Award for Making a Difference.
To learn more about this highly motivated and profoundly dedicated group of young people, visit their website at http://mevoearth.org or go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mevoearth .