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.
The Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 John Royle Rotary Scholarships for local students.
The scholarships are awarded 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). They are based on need, ability and contributions to school and community. The scholarships consist of $1,250 at the beginning of each recipient’s freshman year and another $1,250 at the beginning of the sophomore year.
L to r: Rotarian Pete Simpson; BH/R Rotary Club scholarship winners Robert Sartori of Ramsey (Ramapo College), Ceara Woelfel of Mahwah (Elizabethtown), and Michael Carrecia of Ramsey (Endicott College); and BH/R Rotary scholarship chair John Royle.
Scholarship winners not pictured: Nicholas Venturini of Ramsey (University of Virginia), Fallon Kelley of Mahwah (University of South Carolina), Kevin Himber of Mahwah (Northeastern), William Strauch of Mahwah (Ramapo College), and James Ciliento of Mahwah (Bryant).
The Rotary Club of the Palisades is happy to invite all to Oktoberfest at Leonia’s American Legion Hall on October 1, rain or shine, 4-11 pm. This is a celebration for both adults and children, with music, games, food and drink. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children. Rotary is proud to announce that Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc., housed in Leonia, is the grand sponsor of this event.
On that day, Leonia’s American Legion Hall will be magically transformed into Leonia’s “Biergarten.” The Oktoberfest celebration features delicious brats, burgers, chicken schnitzel, and other goodies. Beer on tap includes Hofbräu Original, Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Cricket Hill Fall Festivus Ale, Yuengling Oktoberfest, plus a light beer. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.
There will be games and other entertainment—including the ever-so-popular “beer stemmen” contests for both adults and children (the latter with root beer). Music provided by the Breitenbach Band, a three-piece band comprised of accordion, drums and trumpet (and all band members are singers) playing a fun take on traditional German tunes and modern songs. And there will be games of chance—a 50/50 raffle and a Tricky Tray with opportunities to win a variety of prizes.
All proceeds go to support the club’s Weekend Snack Pack for children in Edgewater and Leonia public schools. These Snack Packs provide nutritious food over the weekend for children who qualify for free or subsidized lunch at school during the week and whose parents confirm that they wish to receive this extra food assistance.
Rotary needs additional volunteers to help on October 1 as well as supporters to become official sponsors of the event or to donate raffle prizes and Tricky Tray items. Rotary has also set up a “gofundme” initiative to kickstart the event. For more information or to help out, go to www.leoniaoktoberfest.com.