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:

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

The Alementary

The Rotary District 7490 Beer Committee hosted a tour and tasting event at the Alementary, a brewery that just opened in Hackensack. All eight beers were sampled, and most went home with full growlers.

For more information on the Alementary and their beers, please see their website

For more information on the Rotary District 7490 Beer Committee, please see

Rotary District 7490 at The Alementary

Rotary District 7490 at The Alementary

BH/R Rotary Club Gets Seriously Silly For A Good Cause

Members of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club are very serious about the good work they do in our local communities and throughout the world, but they certainly don’t take themselves too seriously.

The BH/R Rotary Club members recently donned red noses in support of Red Nose Day, a fundraising project sponsored by Walgreens and NBC, which raises money for children’s charities. These local doctors, lawyers, bankers, and business owners encourage others to support the project by donning a red nose of their own. The whole event culminates with a live television special on NBC (May 26 at 9 pm), featuring some of the biggest stars of comedy, film and music.

Red Nose Day was started over 30 years ago in the UK by Comic Relief, an organization that uses the power of entertainment and laughter to help fight children’s poverty. In 2015, over $23 million in total was raised, and this year the Red Nose event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Feeding America; the Children’s Health Fund; The Global Fund; the National Urban League; OxFam America; Save the Children; and several other charities that serve children in need.

Members of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club invite you to get seriously silly, too.

Rotary Red Nose Day
Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotarians tried their best to look serious, but that’s tough to do when you’re all wearing red noses. The Club joined millions of other people around the country to support Red Nose Day, which raises money to fight children’s poverty in a national program sponsored by Walgreens and NBC. Photo by Maja Britton.

Want to make a difference in people’s lives? The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club is an energetic and enthusiastic group of citizens working hands-on to improve our local communities and the world. Interested parties are invited to join the Club at one of its weekly luncheon meetings, held on Mondays at 12:15pm at Houlihan’s in Ramsey. For more about Club activities and membership, please call Bob Baron, Membership Chair, at 201-934-1222, email or visit

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, the DACCKS Group, the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, MEVO, and Habitat for Humanity.

The Club recently established a working partnership with Ramapo College, following the earthquake in Nepal, to fund assistance for Ramapo students impacted by disasters. As part of Rotary International, the Club also raises funds to support educational, medical and sanitary facilities in Nicaragua and Haiti, as well as cornea transplant and dialysis facilities in India.

Walter D. Head Foundation Golf Outing & Spa Day

Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort embodies the Celtic feel of Ireland. Golfers will enjoy the day on 250 beautiful sprawling acres surrounded by rolling farmland, craggy knolls, plunging quarries, tall wheat-yellow native grasses, and plush green golf course fairways.

Or treat yourself to a truly lavish and relaxing spa experience at Reflections Spa at Crystal Springs’ Grand Cascades Lodge. This luxurious and elegant day spa and massage oasis is designed to provide a delightful, pampering day of renewal sure to amaze even the most seasoned spa-goer.

The all-day event will include an afternoon on the links or at the spa, a morning coffee break, lunch, cocktails, dinner, raffles and awards. The cost for the day is $325 per person, with a discount for foursomes.

You can also show your support through a wide range of sponsorships, dinner journal ads, and promotional items needed to support the day’s activities. The Walter D. Head Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcomes contributions of all sizes. Your donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowable by law.

Please make all checks made payable to “Walter D. Head Foundation” and mail them to: PDG Lenny Agrusti, 24 Harmony Lane, Wayne, NJ 07470. The deadline for golf or spa reservations is May 6, 2016.

For more information, please contact co-chair William F. Rupp, Esq. at 201-562-1062 or To donate prizes or promotional items, please contact Sue Amoresano at or DGE Nikki Mederos at

The Walter D. Head Foundation will use the proceeds to benefit its scholarship fund and other Rotary projects in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties. Dr. Walter Dutton Head was a former member of the Teaneck Rotary Club and served as the President of Rotary International. A world renowned educator, he was also highly skilled in international relations, and, as a consultant, was instrumental in the formation of the United Nations.

Information is also available at the District’s website,

“Books for All” at Leonia’s ACS Elementary School

The Rotary Club of The Palisades presented a check for $500 to Jill Miller and Lisa Badalamenti-Compel. Two Anna C Scott Elementary School teachers, in support of ACS’s “Books For All” program at the Rotary Club meeting on April 1.

Jill Miller and Lisa Badalamenti-Compel have been actively engaged in working with the ACS Student Council in driving the “Books For All” program (also known as the “Snack Pack for the Mind”). Under their direction, the grades 3-5 student council representatives have launched this effort and a letter writing campaign to generate new book donations for distribution. The students have already received responses from well-known author J.K. Rowling and Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle and enthusiastic support from the community.

Sadly, not all Leonia elementary school children or their families can always afford new books. Numerous research studies have found a direct correlation between children who regularly read and academic/professional success later in life. The “Books For All” campaign is designed to help narrow the gap between the haves and have nots by putting new books in the hands of some students who might not otherwise receive them. Nearly 11% of Leonians are living on incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level. While a new book in the hands of an elementary student might not be the first thing which comes to mind when we think about how many families are struggling economically, it is without a doubt one of the most impactful gifts a child can get.

The books are being distributed along with the Weekend Snack Packs of healthy food that each Friday are discretely put in the backpacks of ACS children who receive free or reduced priced school meals during the week and are registered in the Rotary’s Snack Pack program by their parents. The recipients are totally anonymous. However, the teachers report that “one particular student hugged her snack pack and inquired about when she would receive her next book”.

The Rotary Club of The Palisades applauds the ACS students and Jill Miller and Lisa Compel, ACS Student Council Moderators and Literacy Library Educators, for their initiative in spearheading the “Books For All” program.