BH/R Rotary Club welcomes lemur expert Dr. Patricia Wright

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club (bergenhighlandsrotary.org) recently welcomed Dr. Patricia Wright for an intriguing presentation on the lemurs of Madagascar.

Native only to the island of Madagascar and the neighboring Comoros Islands, lemurs resemble the oldest ancestors of primates which existed tens of millions of years ago. With a human population topping 14 million, the island’s natural ecosystems are becoming strained and Madagascar is faced with a diminishing rainforest habitat, home to so many unique forms of life. Efforts are underway to expand protected areas and bring much-needed money and awareness to the problem.

Dr. Patricia Wright is the Founder of Centre ValBio, a modern research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar. She is a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, and has devoted most of her professional life to working on Madagascar. For more than two decades, she has combined her research with efforts to preserve the country’s endangered forests and the many species of plants and animals they harbor.

In 1989, she became a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and in 1995 she was awarded the Chevalier d’ Ordre National (National Medal of Honor of Madagascar). In 2004 she was awarded the Officier d’ Ordre National from the President of Madagascar in recognition of her conservation work. Dr. Wright was the driving force behind the creation of Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site in southeastern Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction. For more information about Dr. Wright, including her blog and new book, please visit patriciawright.org.

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L to r: Aaron lsaacson (Suffern), co-founder of the Madagascar Water Project; guest speaker Dr. Patricia Wright of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments in Madagascar; and BH/R Rotary Club President Paul Scarduffa (Park Ridge) at a recent meeting of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club.

BH/R Rotary Club sponsors Back-to-school Backpacks for needy local children

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club (bergenhighlandsrotary.org) has begun its annual Backpack Campaign to provide back-to-school supplies for needy children in our area. This year the Club hopes to provide at least 100 filled backpacks to the Center for Food Action for distribution.

Needed are backpacks, 2″ 3-ring binders, pencils, markers, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, 3-hole paper, notebooks, 12″ rulers, and other suitable supplies. The BH/R Rotary Club will contribute a Dictionary for each backpack.

All Rotarians and friends are encouraged to help collect backpacks and supplies for the needy children in our area. Financial contributions will be used to purchase additional backpacks and supplies.

For more information and to contribute please contact Tom Grissom at 201-788-3383 or njinkman@optonline.net.

PHOTO: Rotarians posed with back-to-school backpacks from last year’s successful campaign.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. More than 34,000 local clubs like the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club also actively work with a wide range of local charities.

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club has been supporting educational and charitable needs in Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River since 1952. The Club provides college scholarships for local students and funding for local causes such as The Center for Food Action, Table to Table, Ramsey Responds and Habitat for Humanity among others. Members run the children’s rides at Ramsey Day and Mahwah Day, with proceeds going toward the Club’s charitable activities. As part of Rotary International, the Club also raises funds to support educational, medical and sanitary facilities in Nicaragua, India and Haiti.

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club holds its weekly meetings on Mondays at 12:15pm at Houlihan’s in Ramsey. The Club is looking for potential members who “want to make a difference in people’s lives. For more information about Club activities or becoming a member, please call Bob Baron, Membership Chair, at 201-934-1222, email bob@baronpoolservice.com or visit www.bergenhighlandsrotary.org.

BH/R Rotary Club welcomes Habitat for Humanity speakers

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club (bergenhighlandsrotary.org) recently welcomed guest speaker Pamela Nell from Habitat for Humanity in River Edge to their weekly luncheon.

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, it is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. The BH/R Rotary Club has supported the charity for many years with funding and volunteer labor.

Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 200,000th house in 2005 in Knoxville, Tennessee; in 2008, the 300,000th Habitat house was built in Naples, Florida. The houses are built at no profit and no interest is charged on the loans. Building costs are financed by a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.” The fund’s money comes from the new homeowners’ house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity are used to build more houses.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitatbergen.org.

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L to r: Rotarian Tom Grissom (Mahwah) and BH/R Rotary Club President Paul Scarduffa (Park Ridge) welcomed Pamela Nell and intern Meghan Ingressi of Habitat for Humanity (River Edge) at a recent meeting of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. More than 34,000 local clubs like the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club also actively work with a wide range of local charities.

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club has been supporting educational and charitable needs in Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River since 1952. The Club provides college scholarships for local students and funding for local causes such as The Center for Food Action, Table to Table, Ramsey Responds and Habitat for Humanity among others. Members run the children’s rides at Ramsey Day and Mahwah Day, with proceeds going toward the Club’s charitable activities. As part of Rotary International, the Club also raises funds to support educational, medical and sanitary facilities in Nicaragua , India and Haiti.

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club holds its weekly meetings on Mondays at 12:15pm at Houlihan’s in Ramsey. The Club is looking for potential members who “want to make a difference in people’s lives. For more information about Club activities or becoming a member, please call Bob Baron, Membership Chair, at 201-934-1222, email bob@baronpoolservice.com or visit www.bergenhighlandsrotary.org.

BH/R Rotary Club Installs New Officers

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club (bergenhighlandsrotary.org) recently held its Annual Dinner, where new officers for the coming year were officially installed by Rotary District 7490 Governor Peter Wells.

New officers for the 2016–2017 year are:
President – Paul Scarduffa (Park Ridge), Vice President – Steve Skyer (Ramsey), Secretary – Tim Shaffer (Mahwah), Treasurer – T.J. Spizzo (Upper Saddle River), Sergeant at Arms – Bill Emmer (Ramsey), and Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Brian Durkin (Ramsey).

The evening also saw the announcement of the Club’s annual awards, including the Outgoing President’s Award presented to Kevin O’Rourke (Ramsey), the Walter D. Head Award presented to Tom Grissom (Mahwah); and Paul Harris Awards presented to several members of the Club.

Above phoeo l to r: District Governor Peter Wells (Park Ridge), Adrienne Terpak (Wayne), Paul Scarduffa (Park Ridge), T.J. Spizzo (Mahwah), John Roth (Mahwah), Kevin O’Rourke (Ramsey), Tim Shaffer (Mahwah), Bill Emerit (Ramsey), Roy Polizi (Saddle River), Brian Durkin (Tenafly), Thomas Napolitano (Ramsey), Tom Grissom (Mahwah), Steve Skyer (Ramsey), and Howard Schreiber (Saddle River).

BH/R Rotary Club installs new officers
Past District Governor Emil Geering (l) presented the Walter D. Head Award to Tom Grissom (r).

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club has been supporting educational and charitable needs in Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River since 1952. The Club provides college scholarships for local students and funding for local causes such as The Center for Food Action, Table to Table, Ramsey Responds and Habittate for Humanity amond others . Members run the children’s rides at Ramsey Day and Mahwah Day, with proceeds going toward the Club’s charitable activities. As part of Rotary International, the Club also raises funds to support educational, medical and sanitary facilities in Nicaragua , India and Haiti.

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club holds its weekly meetings on Mondays at 12:15pm at Houlihan’s in Ramsey. The Club is looking for potential members who “want to make a difference in people’s lives. For more information about Club activities or becoming a member, please call Bob Baron, Membership Chair, at 201-934-1222, email bob@baronpoolservice.com or visit www.bergenhighlandsrotary.org.

Joining Forces to Feed Those in Need

On Saturday July 9th, the Hackensack Rotary Club, Rotary District 7490 Governor Stephen Jarahian, the Christ Church and the On Our Own Self Help Center joined together to feed those in need at the Christ Church on State Street in Hackensack. Over 130 guests were provided a hot meal with a warm, friendly smile.

Hackensack Rotary’s club President Steve Koestner, Christ Church Warden Lou Knaub and On Our Own Self Help Center Program Coordinator Judy Banes saw a great need in the community and joined forces to build on what was historically a once annual project of the Hackensack Rotary. The Rotary Club has partnered with Judy Banes of the On Our Own Self Help Center (179 Main Street) to spread the word to those in need and help make this a successful project.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact Richard Gelber @ phone: 201-343-5600 or email: rich@gelber.net.

Hackensack Rotary.  The Rotary Club partners with On Our Own Self Help Center

Hackensack Rotary.  The Rotary Club partners with On Our Own Self Help Center