BH/R Rotary welcomes visitors from Ireland and Grand Caymen

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club recently welcomed two international guests at their weekly luncheon. As part of an exchange program between Rotary International’s 34,000-plus clubs, members visit clubs around the world to share the message of Rotary and its charitable efforts in many different countries.

Photo: Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotarians were delighted to welcome two international visitors at a recent luncheon. L to r, Rotarian Eileen Brophy from County Galway, Ireland; BH/R Rotary president Kevin O’Rourke (Ramsey); and Rotarian Bob Donohue of Grand Caymen Island (formerly of Upper Saddle River). Photo by Tom Grissom.

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 bob@baronpoolservice.com or visit www.BergenHighlandsRotary.org.

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.

BH/R Rotary Welcomes Christian Health Care Speaker

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary recently welcomed Caroline Angelica of the Christian Health Care Center as guest speaker at their weekly luncheon.

Ms. Angelica spoke of the soon-to-be construction of The Vista, a condo complex located in the Christen Health Care Center Community in Wyckoff, NJ. The Vista will be an entirely new independent-living community created specifically for active adults age 62 and better.

The Vista is a Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Community, located on the 78-acre CHCC campus and backed by the strength and resources of the organization that has been fostering health, healing and wellness in northern New Jersey for more than 100 years. The Vista will meet an identified community need, creating a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that offers a full range of senior services and allows seniors to “age in place,” with flexible accommodations that are designed to meet their changing health and residential needs. Residents can move seamlessly through the various levels of care at times most appropriate for their needs.

For the local community, The Vista will bring several benefits. In addition to addressing the identified community need, The Vista will create new jobs in a variety of permanent positions. In addition, both Wyckoff Township and the Borough of Hawthorne will see significant contributions to their tax bases without creating any significant impact on municipal services.

Photo: Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotarians were delighted to welcome Caroline Angelica of the Christian Health Care Center at a recent luncheon. L to r, BH/R Rotary president Kevin O’Rourke (Ramsey), Ms. Angelica, and Rotarian Vijay Dalal (Ramsey). Photo by Tom Grissom

Rotary Club of The Palisades Hosts Doctor from Sankara Eye Institute of South India at a December Meeting

The Rotary Club of The Palisades welcomed R. V. Ramani, M.D, one of the Directors of Sankara Eye Institute, Coimbatore, South India, at one of the club’s breakfast meetings in December. Dr. Ramani addressed the club and visitors about the work and mission of Sankara Eye Institute.

Founded in the early 1970s Sankara Eye Institute is a major force for eye health in India. The Institute completes 500 free eye operations daily and has provided over 1 million eye operations at no cost to the people of India. Its reputation is as strong in India as the Red Cross is in this country. The Palisades Rotary Club donated $1000 in support of the work of Sankara Eye Institute. For more information about the Institute, visit their website: SankaraEye.com.

One of the colorful traditions of many Rotary clubs is the exchange of small banners when Rotarians traveling to distant locations take banners to exchange at other Rotary club meetings as a token of friendship. The accompanying photo shows the Palisades Club Vice President Rick Pumo and visiting Rotarian Dr. Ramani participating in a banner exchange. Observing the ceremony is Stephen Jarahian, Rotary District 7490 Governor Elect for the 2016-2017 term of office.

Rotary Club of The Palisades serves the three towns of Edgewater, Leonia, and Palisades Park and meets every Friday morning at 7:30 at the Gotham City Diner, 550 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield. Meetings last one hour. All participants buy their own breakfast. To learn more about Rotary Club of The Palisades, please visit www.palisades-rotary.org or contact Philip Wilson, Club President, at WilsonPhilipE@Gmail.com.

BH/R Rotary Welcomes CFA Director

The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary recently welcomed Patricia Espy, director of the Center for Food Action (CFA), as guest speaker at their weekly luncheon.

Ms. Espy spoke of CFA’s deep appreciation for the many services and donations BH/R Rotary has provided the agency over the years. In addition to ongoing support, the Club provided significant assistance in building CFA’s Mahwah facility, and just last year spearheaded the donation of a new refrigerated truck.

Ms. Espy also lauded the service of Mahwah CFA site manager Jim James, who will be retiring from his position at the end of the year. Jim was the face of CFA in our area, a tireless campaigner in meeting the needs of CFA clients.

PHOTO: Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotarians were delighted to welcome Patricia Espy of the Center for Food Action as guest speaker at a recent luncheon. L to r, Executive Director Pat Espy of Englewood CFA; Rotarian Brent Edmonds of Saddle River; Site Manager Jim James of Mahwah CFA; BH/R Rotary President Kevin O’Rourke of Ramsey; and Rotarian Andrienne Terpak of Wayne. Photo by Tom Grissom

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 bob@baronpoolservice.com or visit

Rotary Provides Eye Exams In Kenya

Second-graders at Kishermoruak School in Kenya line up for eye exams arranged by Ridgewood Rotary Club, supporter of the school since 2008. In all, 416 students were evaluated. Six were recommended for further intervention, and will be seen at a nearby hospital.