Rotary Club of Park Ridge, New Jersey


Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Editor:   George Sherman
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Future Speakers
Jul 24 2014
Club Business
"Cocktail Hour at The Cornerstone"
Aug 1 2014
Linda Hanlon
"2014 High School Scholarship Awards"
Aug 7 2014
Katharine Frost
"Solar Panel Project for Sierra Leone (at Domani)"
Aug 15 2014
Rhonda Benjamin
"Medicare 2014"
Aug 21 2014
Club Business
"Cocktail Hour at The Cornerstone"
Aug 29 2014
No Club Meeting
"Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!"
Sep 5 2014
Patricia Bungert
"Companion Animal Advocates"
Sep 11 2014
"TBA (At Domani)"
Sep 19 2014
Leonora Pranitis
"Post 21 Club"
Sep 25 2014
Club Business
"Cocktail Hour at The Cornerstone"
Oct 3 2014
Oct 9 2014
Scott Karrel
"The Unlock Foundation"
Oct 17 2014
Kerry McConway
"Spectrum for Living"


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by Sherman, George


Flag Salute: Past President Stuart Gold 

Invocation: Bob Balentine

Members Present: Bob Balentine, June Bertini, Bob Bustard, Irma Chazotte, Bernie Cohen, Jan Doornbosch, Ray Falcon, Steve Fox, Stuart Gold, Helen Paul, Cindy Rose, George Sherman, Nancy Swales, Peter Wells, Phil Wells.

Visiting Rotarians and GuestsProspective member Whitney deBordenave

Make Ups

(Please be sure to report your make-ups for our records and to improve our percentage of attendance!)


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are currently contending with adversity of one type or another.

by G. Sherman

Nancy S. was happy to have been visited by her newly wedded grandson and his wife last weekend.

Cindy R. was happy to have water again in her condo. She was also happy that Stuart agreed to step in to run the meeting in President Pat’s absence.

Jan D. was happy that Dutch soccer team was able to win 3rd place in the World Cup. He was also happy to have been honored with his second Walter D. Head Award.

Bob Balentine was happy to have received a favorable health report and to have had pleasant sailing at the Cape.

Ray F. was happy for his wife’s birthday.

Bob Bustard was happy for all the support given him during his year as club president.

Bernie C. was happy to be on his way upstate to see James Taylor in concert this weekend.

Irma C. was looking forward to her manicure and pedicure later today.

Steve F. was happy for his son who gave up only 1 goal in 4 games while helping his team to win a recent soccer tournament.

June B. was happy for the beautiful day today.

Stuart G. was happy to be back at The Courtyard after a 6 week hiatus.

by G. Sherman

Our 2nd 5K Run/Walk with the Halfway Hounds is fast approaching. September 21 is only 9 weeks away and there is MUCH TO DO.

This event, so successful last year, can only succeed this year if EVERYONE in the club assists in some way. Posted in the Download section of the website to help you along are the revised SPONSORSHIP FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and LETTER TO SPONSORS.

 In the days ahead, attend a meeting; reach out for SPONSORS; get runners; secure donations of water and/or food; volunteer on the day of the event; DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! Let’s make this an event of which we can all be proud.

Mark Your Calendar with these UPCOMING EVENTS:
by G. Sherman

Thurs., July 24 – Club meets at The Cornerstone, 84 Broadway, Hillsdale – 6:00.

Fri., Aug. 1 – Club meets at The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale – 12:15. Seven of our 2014 scholarship recipients and their parents will be our guests.

Mon., Aug. 4 – District Staff Meeting - Al Di La Bistro, 1 Hoboken Rd., E. Rutherford, NJ - 5:30-8:00. $30.

Sun., Sept. 21 – 5K Walk/Run – Park Ridge Municipal Pool, 123 Colony Ave., Park Ridge.

Tues., Oct. 7 – Vocational Assembly – Pines Manor, Route 27 S. in Edison. Registration begins at 3:30, program at 4:00. $50.00. Featured speakers: PRIVP Anne Matthews (first woman to serve on the RI Foundation Board); Ken Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager); Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers Univ. football player).More information – go to

Sat., Oct. 11 – District 7490 Rotary Leadership Institute – The Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. $95.00. Clubs sending 2 people to Level One will have the cost of the second person paid by the District. Register at

1/3;1/3;1/3 – Won by Helen Paul. The Joker still remains hidden.

by G. Sherman

In the aftermath of the sudden cancellation of our scheduled speaker, Past President Stuart Gold not only stepped up to run today’s meeting, he took the opportunity to share with club members the origins of Vocational Service as one of RI’s 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: