The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club (bergenhighlandsrotary.org) recently welcomed Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon Rounds for a wide-ranging presentation on the MRCC and its work in northern New Jersey and southern New York. MRCC represents members from over 90 local communities.
As one of Bergen County, NJ’s largest Chambers of Commerce, MRCC’s mission has always been to enhance business, civic and economic vitality in our community as well as surrounding communities by supporting a healthy economic climate. The MRCC works tirelessly to drive business to its 600 + members to provide multiple opportunities to connect, grow and promote their businesses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bergenhighlandsrotary.org.
Project Zero Cavities is a project of Rotary Clubs in New Jersey partnering with a Rotary Club in the Dominican Republic. It began as a project of Rotarian Dr. Eugenio de Jesus, a dentist in the Dominican Republic who saw an opportunity to serve the community. In the poor, rural areas around the city of Bonao, people have no access to dental care. Poor dental hygiene from a young age results in most adults having few or no teeth.
Project Zero Cavities takes dental services to the schools. Student’s teeth are cleaned and the students learn about dental hygiene. Dentists donate their time and skill. Rotary Clubs in New Jersey raised the money to purchase the portable dental equipment.
Members of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club once again stepped up to meet a need in our local community, helping to fund a new refrigerated truck for the food charity Table to Table.
The new 20-foot truck will allow Table to Table to deliver almost a million more meals per year to the needy in the region. The BH/R Rotary Club funded almost half of the $100,000-plus cost.
The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club has a long-standing commitment to supporting North Jersey food charities. Table to Table is a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations serving the hungry in the Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties of New Jersey.
The group rescues food from about 200 donors (supermarkets, distributors, restaurants) and delivers it the same day free of charge to over 80 community organizations including soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after-school programs and homes for the elderly.
1.2 million people in New Jersey are hungry, including 1 in 5 children. To help meet this extensive need, Table to Table has promised to deliver 15 million meals next year.
The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club sponsored four local high school students as participants in Rotary International’s RYLA program this summer. Evan Bonfield (Mahwah), Katie Hallak (Mahwah), Valerie Ervin (Mahwah) and Madison Royle (Ramsey) attended this year’s leadership course at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award, or RYLA, is a program sponsored by local Rotary clubs for students entering their senior year of high school in September. 2016 RYLA participants attended an all-expense paid, four-day workshop focusing on leadership and professional development topics. They joined other talented young people sponsored by Rotary Clubs throughout northern New Jersey.
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.
L to r: 2016 RYLA participants Valerie Ervin and Madison Royle reported on their leadership camp experience at a recent meeting of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club.