Rotary Projects in Kenya

Mike DeLella (pictured right), president of the Bergen Highlands Rotary, accepts a Maasai “speaker’s stick” from Ridgewood Rotarian, Jerry Kallman. The carved “runga” was formerly used in hand-to-hand combat, but now signifies the designated speaker when Maasai tribal meetings are held. Jerry presented the gift in appreciation for the club’s sponsorship of Kenyan student, Benjamin Moriaso, a graduate of Kishermoruak School, a Ridgewood International Service Project.

Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club Seeks RYLA Representatives

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club is seeking local high school Juniors to participate in the Club’s RYLA program this summer.

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a program sponsored by your local Rotary Club for students entering their senior year of high school in September. RYLA participants will attend an all-expense paid, six-day workshop focusing on leadership and professional development topics. They will join other talented young people selected by other Rotary Clubs throughout northern New Jersey. This year’s program will be held at Indian Head Camp, Honesdale, PA from Sunday, May 31, 2015, through Friday, June 5, 2015.

The object of RYLA is to demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth, to publicly recognize and nurture the high qualities of the many young people who are rendering service to their communities, to stimulate and cultivate leadership potential in youth, and to provide a meaningful leadership training experience through such programs as sports, group discussion, guest speakers and career guidance. Please visit our website at to download an application (located in the RYLA Rep Handbook).

Applications must be completed in full and delivered to Mr. Royle before May 1, 2015. Forward completed applications to John F. Royle, 64 Old Lakeside Rd. South, Hewitt, NJ 07421.

Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club: Royle Scholarship Applications Available

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club Awards Chairman, John F. Royle, has announced that application forms for the annual John Royle Rotary Awards are now available at the Guidance Offices of Ramsey, Mahwah and Northern Highlands High Schools, or on the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club website:

The awards are named for Mr. Royle’s father who was a Rotarian for over 35 years. They are based on need, ability and contributions to school and community. These awards consist of $1,250 at the beginning of the recipients’ freshman year and another $1,250 at the beginning of the sophomore year.

The awards are offered annually to graduating seniors who are going on to higher education and who reside in the area served by the Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club (Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River). The awards are offered to all seniors regardless of other scholarships applied for or granted.

Applications must be completed in full and delivered to Mr. Royle before April 30, 2015.

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. 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 visit

Rotary Meet & Greet

Members of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club recently gathered with fellow Rotarians from the Allendale/Saddle River Sunrise Rotary Club to welcome area residents interested in learning more about Rotary.

Leading the evening’s activities were June Stahl (pictured left), President of the Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club, and Michael DiLella (pictured right), President of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club.

Both Rotary Clubs share an ongoing commitment to support many charitable works in their service area of Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River, as well as regionally and internationally.