The Rotary Club

 of

West Orange, NJ 

Founded 1928

 
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NEW HOME OF PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR

KARIEN ZIEGLER

2005 - 2006

2013-2014 West Orange Rotary President Christos K. Alevras

Meeting Place: Mayfair Farms

Friday, 12:15 PM Luncheon

 

2013 - 2014

President: Christos K. Alevras

President Elect: Gladys Harris

Vice-President: John F. Wise

Secretary: Megan Brill

Treasurer: Amelia Panico

Past President: Tekeste Ghebremicael

 

Board of Directors:

 

2012-2014

Jeffrey Dunst

Peter T. Ricci

Joseph A. Vena

 

2013-2015

Cynthia Hadley-Bailey

Richard Cimo

Kenneth Gibbons

 

Chaplain: Monsignor Reverend Michael Kelly

President's Advisor: Michael H. Karu

Editor of the Wheel: Dr. Bill Nadelberg

Web Site Editor: Dr. Dorie Cappiello

2014 Scholarship Recipients with the Rotary Scholarship Committee at Mayfair Farms on June 13, 2014

HALLOWEEN AT TURTLE BACK ZOO

On October 31, 2013, Halloween Night, the Rotary Club of West Orange participated at Turtle Back Zoo's Safe Howl-O-Ween Event.  Club members, dressed in costume, handed out thousands of pieces of candy to children as they walked the Zoo Trick-or-Treating.  A wonderful time was had by all.  Pictured left to right, Rotarians Karien Ziegler, Dorie Cappiello and Amelia Panico.

NEW ROTARY OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS INDUCTED AT MAYFAIR FARMS ON JUNE 27, 2013

Left to right:  Jeffrey Dunst (director), Joseph A. Vena (director), Michael H. Karu (president's advisor), Richard Cimo (director), Amelia Panico (treasurer), John F. Wise (vice-president), Megan Brill (secretary) and Gladys Harris (president-elect).  Not pictured:  Past President Tekeste Ghebremicael, Director Peter T. Ricci, Director Cynthia Hadley- Bailey and Director Kenneth Gibbons.

West Orange Rotary Club Holds Community Awards Luncheon at Mayfair Farms

by Cynthia Cumming

Alternative Press Article

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rotarians (left to right): Christos Alevras, Dorie Cappiello, VMD, Jerry Tarnoff, PDG Karien Zielger, Dr. Jim Huber and Donald O'Dea prepare to give out free pumpkins and hot chocolate to children at the Liberty Middle School on Friday, October 26 for the Halloween festivities.

West Orange Rotary Holds Very Successful Food Collection Drive at West Orange ShopRite

By Dorie Cappiello, VMD
Mayor Parisi Supports West Orange Rotary's Food Collection Drives

On Sunday, September 23, the Rotary Club of West Orange held one of it's many food collection drives at the West Orange ShopRite in the Essex Green Shopping Plaza.

The club collected over $700 in cash donations as well as an entire van load of non-perishable food stuffs that were immediately donated to the Trinity Church Food Pantry in West Orange and kosher items were donated to a kosher food pantry in South Orange.

6 West Orange Rotarians plus friends and family members volunteered their time to collect the donations throughout the day. Mayor Parisi was there to support our efforts as well. Our new Exchange Student, Karl, who is from France and living with one of our own Rotary families, the Karus, was present to help collect donations. Karl is attending West Orange High School.

The Rotary Club of West Orange has been holding 3-4 food drives annually at the West Orange ShopRite since 1998.

 

2012 Installation Dinner - Thursday, June 28 at Mayfair Farms - Pictured left to right: Tekeste Ghebremicael, incoming 2012-13 West Orange Rotary President, being pinned by outgoing President, Edward Enginger, right, while past President Peter Ricci supervises. Amelia Panico Photography

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS

 

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Rotary Club of West Orange contributed a total of $11,000.00 to many local community service organizations.

These include the following:

 

Hazel Avenue School Rainbow Program

Camp Merry Heart for Disabled Children

Nikhil Badlani Foundation

Friends of Edison National Historic Site

West Orange Animal Welfare League

Metro YMCAs of the Oranges

Main Street Counseling Center

West Orange Police Athletic League (P.A.L)

Turtle Back Zoo South American Exhibit Benefactor

West Orange Scholarship Fund

Mayor's Program for Individuals with Disablilies

West Orange Arts Council

West Orange First Aid Squad

West Orange Community House

 

The Rotary Club of West Orange holds two or three major fundraisers during the year in order to raise money for all of the Community Service Awards, the Student Scholarship Awards as well as many other projects both local and international in scope.

 

The most important fundraiser is our Spring Annual Taste of the World event.  We also run a Super 50:50 Raffle and Super Golf Raffle as well as running the concession stand at the Town's July 4th Festivities and the Halloween Events.

 

When you buy a raffle ticket, purchase a Taste ticket or buy a hot dog and a soda on July 4 or at the Halloween Events, you are supporting YOUR local Rotary Club and we in turn, support YOU.  ALL Rotarians are volunteers and all profits go directly back to the community, the student in financial need and many international service projects throughout the world.

 

Please check out our VOLUNTEER and DONATE pages to see how you can help us continue our good work.  If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please go to our MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION page or contact us at:

 

info@westorangerotary.org

 

 

 

On Friday, June 15, the Rotary Club of West Orange held it's annual

 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

ceremony at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. 

The club awarded a record $15,250 in scholarships to 15 students, all pictured above.  Qualifications require that eligible students must reside in West Orange but can attend any public or private high school and must be attending college in the Fall.  All of the students have graduated from West Orange High School except for Joseph DiLorenzo who graduated from Seton Hall Prep and Rachel Mendelowitz who graduated from Golda Och Academy. 

 

There were a few special scholarships named for Rotarians and family of Rotarians who have passed away.  The Walter Smith Memorial Scholarship was awarded to WOHS graduate, Meaghan McCormick.  Walter was a 50+ year member of the Rotary club.  The Rochelle Ricci Memorial Scholarship was awarded to WOHS graduate, Joyce Arowosaye.  Rochelle, who died in a motorcycle accident, was the daughter of Rotarian Peter Ricci.  And the Jeffrey  P. Korba Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Seton Hall Graduate, Joseph DiLorenzo.  Jeffrey was the grandson of 50 year + Rotarian W. Donald Horn before dying in an automobile accident 5 years ago.

 

WOHS graduates Matthew Lawlor and Leticia Campiglia received scholarships for Business Student and Foreign Language Student respectively.

 

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships for your high school senior, ask the guidance office for an application for next year's awards.

PEDALS FOR PROGRESS BIKE COLLECTION HELD SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012 IN LONG VALLEY, NJ

 

On Saturday, May 12, the Rotary Club of West Orange and the Rotary Club of Chester/Long Valley held it's first ever joint bicycle collection at the Long Valley Middle School in Long Valley, NJ.

Members from both clubs volunteered to collect used bicycles and break them down to be shipped to Guatemala for

 Pedals for Progress,

 a 501c3 charity that ships used bicycles and sewing machines to third world countries.

32 used bicycles were collected as well as $330 that will be used to help defray the cost of shipping. Pedals for Progress founder, Dave Schweidenback, helped the clubs break down the bikes, which makes it cheaper and more efficient to ship them in containers.

Donating used bicycles to people in third world countries makes sense in more ways than one:

First, they need bicycles to get to school, work or create a business and therefore, a living for their families. These countries do not have the luxury of automobiles for the majority of their populations.

Secondly, we are keeping these bicycles out of our landfills and putting them to good use for an extended period of time.

Thirdly, by donating bicycles to these countries, they can build their economies around a simple and inexpensive mode of transportationand therefore, not use costly fossil fuels.  This reduces the overall pollution problem as well as the strain on the limited fossil fuel supply.

 

For more information on Pedals for Progress, go to:

 

www.p4p.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 TASTE OF THE WORLD - EGAN AND SONS photo by Amelia Panico Photographers

Do you have an interest in joining Rotary?  The Rotary Club of West Orange is always looking for active new members of all professions and careers. 

Please review the

 

membership information page 

 

 

and if you would like to apply for membership

please fill out and send in the registration form.

 

Please check out our current members list by clicking on the link provided to the left titled "Members"

 

For more information about Rotary in general and how you can participate, please go to:

 

www.rotary.org