Claire Anderson received a 2018 Rotary Scholarship award and rode in the July 4 parade through town.
Club members enjoyed "Coffee with a Cop" at the local McDonalds, hosted by several officers on the local Florham Park police force.
Our Rich Tierney addressed the Senior Citizens Club on the subject of Emergency Alert Systems and reintroduced a new cell phone "companion" that connects to a hard line phone and directly to 911 in the event of an emergency.
George Gregor and Frank Sweetin welcomed a visiting Rotarian from Guatemala, Merly Sandoval, who joined us for breakfast in April.
Florham Park Rotarians (from left) Greg Bakay, Albert Salas, Parmelie Ulrich, Brooke Dorsey, Betty O'Brien and Peter Nicolas volunteered at the Interfaith Pantry in April. "We bagged 400 pounds of black beans!" boasted Sergeant-at-Arms Nicolas.
The Florham Park Club welcomes visiting Rotarians from as far away as Japan.
Like all Rotary Clubs, Florham Park conducts an active fund-raising program year-round. (From left, George Gregor, Greg Bakay, Peter Nicolas.
At Florham Park Rotary, we like to "show our colors" whenever we can.
The 2019 "Walk" in the Park tasting event was so successful, the Club is planning a bigger venue for next year's "tasting" - one of the events whose principal goal is to help fund the Florham Park Rotary Scholarship Fund.
Local businesses support Club programs. The Florham Park Rotary welcomed new owner of Firehouse Subs, Joe Ungaro.
Rotarians are encouraged to meet other Rotarians, in their meetings, as George Gregor did at Branchburg, at one of that Rotary Clubs weekly breakfast meeting.
At its 38th annual volunteer visit to Camp Merry Heart on May 18, 2019, Florham Park Rotary helped clean up the Nature & Science Center to make it ready for next season's campers.
Mark Taylor and son Chris are welcomed by new Camp Director Bob Zirkle. The Camp caters to children with disabilities and is an important part of EasterSeals, New Jersey.
At right, father and son Taylors do some outdoor cleanup after another winter in Hackettstown.
Club Treasurer Betty O'Brien and new Rotarian Brooke Dorsey pause to pose while tidying up the inside of the Science Building.
Among the tasks at hand was the replacement of the sink behind the Science Building - ably performed by the Club's Bob Feid (cheered on by Mark Taylor).
George Gregor and Club President Parmie Ulrich take a break from some outside groundskeeping.
Rex Lyon wouldn't think of leaving before the work was done.
A featured speaker at a May meeting of the Florham Park Rotary, businessman, author and philanthropist Todd Smith was introduced by Greg Bakay. Smith's presentation, "Goals are Great Goals with a Plan Even Greater" was an excerpt from his most recent book, First and Ten on the Twenty, Is it Football, Business or Life?
Peter Nicolas delivered the 2019 Scholarship Award to Samantha Montuore (left) and a Community Service Award to Nana Anokye at the Hanover Park High School Senior Awards Program.
On June 14, Santiago Salicrup, a 3rd year medical student, a 9-year NJ EMT, and 7-year member of the Florham Park First Aid Squad, spoke of workplace violence, discussed past tragic events, and presented ways of avoiding falling victim. Mr. Salicrup has two years as a member of an active shooter response team of the Rescue Task Force.
On the 2019 Fourth of July, members of the Florham Park Rotary helped celebrate by carrying the Rotary Banner in the Independence Day Parade and the three winners of this year's Scholarship and Community Service Awards in two convertible vehicles contributed by local sponsors.
Club Secretary Anthony Persaud welcomed Awardees Debra Xu,
Samantha Montuore, and Nana Anokye at the start of the parade.
The 50/50 Raffle was handled by Rex Lyon, Simone Germaine, Betty O'Brien (seated) and Parmelie Ulrich (not pictured)
Jean O'Day contributed and drove her Mustang convertible, which carried Scholarship winner Samantha Montuore (at left). At right, Florham Park Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms Peter Nicolas helped organize the line of march at the start of the Parade.
Below, President-Elect George Gregor piloted a 1964 Pontiac Tempest, contributed by local businessman Al Corderi, carrying Community Service Award winners Debra Xu and Nana Anokye.
The 50/50 Raffle Drawing was conducted by Mayor Mark Taylor, attended by Florham Park Rotary Treasurer Betty O'Brien.
Turning the corner along the parade route, with banner, (from left) Anthony Persaud, Parmelie Ulrich, and Rich Tierney, followed by the two convertibles carrying award recipients Samantha Montuore, Nana Anokye, and Debra Xu.
On July 19, Bob Zirkle, Director of Business Operations for Camping and Recreational Services for Easterseals New Jersey, visited the Florham Park Club and discussed his new responsibilities and the operation of the Merry Heart Camp. Flanked by Greg Bakay (head of the Club's Speakers Program) and Club President Dr. Robert Katz, Director Zirkle revealed a surprisingly broad business mandate that is not limited to children with disabilities, but also offers programs to adults. In addition, the Camp operation is not merely a summer time activity, with various year-round programs provided to guests. During the breakfast meeting, Mr. Zirkle shared his plans for future expansion and development.
On July 26, 2019, District Governor Ray Freaney, Jr. visited the weekly breakfast meeting, accompanied by Assistant District Governor Michael Karu. DG Freaney shared his vision for the District and RI in general, participated in a dialogue with members in attendance, and awarded pins (below) to Florham Park officers (from left) Anthony Persaud (Secretary), Betty O'Brien (Treasurer), and Peter Nicolas (Sergeant-at-Arms).
DG Freaney spoke with members of the Florham Park Rotary and then he and AG Karu congratulated President Katz and President-Elect Gregor.
Visit of District Governor
On August 9, two visiting students from Japan joined us for breakfast. At right, Saho Inooka and Hatsune Sumida presented Peter Nicolas with their Rotary banner from their homes on the Island of Shikoku. The young ladies were being hosted in the U.S. by the Dwyer Family in Florham Park. On the day of their visit they spent a busy day in Manhattan touring the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and the 9-1-1 Memorial. They also found time for a walk through Liberty State Park and a concert at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.
Our Japanese guests were introduced to the Club by their local Florham Park hosts, Sheila Dwyer and her son James. The young ladies were to visit the U.S. from July 25 until August 14. Both are from the same island of Shikoku, Ms. Inooka from Awa City, Ms. Sumida from Kagawa. The flag presented to Mr. Nicolas by Ms. Sumida is from the Rotary of Kagawa.
At its regular weekly meeting on August 16, attended by Assistant District Governor Michael Karu, George Gregor assumed the position of President of Florham Park Rotary. He had been President-Elect.
On August 20, at the campus of the New York Jets, Florham Park Rotary President George Gregor presented a 50-Year Super Bowl Anniversary certificate to Jets President Neil Glat, flanked by Jets executive Tim McDonough (at left) and Florham Park Mayor and Rotarian Mark Taylor. Following the presentation and a VIP breakfast at the Jets headquarters, Florham Park Rotary members stayed for the team's practice (from left, Mark Taylor, Peter Nicolas, Parmelie Ulrich, Betty O'Brien, Bob Feid, Albert Salas).
NY Jets 50th Superbowl Anniversary Commemorated
On August 29, in the Holy Family Church parking lot, George Gregor stopped by to visit with Charlie Greenstein and Faith Niemynski, Officers of the Florham Park Police. Below, Regina Lombardi with sons Michael and Joseph (in green).
At its September 13 weekly meeting Florham Park Rotary welcomed Cheryl Ricci-Francione, Executive Director of the Greater NJ Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, based in Florham Park. The presentation was as informative as it was sobering, and addressed a serious problem and the efforts to solve it - on both an international and local basis. Ms. Ricci-Francione was welcomed by (from left) George Gregor, Rich Tierney, and Peter Nicolas, who introduced the guest speaker.
On October 1, at the Brooklake Elemen-tary School, Florham Park Rotary gifted twelve Xterra Spin Bikes. At right (from left) Peter Nicolas, Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms; Brooklake Elementary School Principal, Thomas Connolly; Brooklake Physical Ed Teacher, Jennifer Gilligan; Florham Park Rotary President, George Gregor; and Florham Park Superin-tendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Caponegro. These bikes will be available to all students in Grades 3 through 5, and especially to special-needs students at the School.
National Coffee with a Cop Day
In Florham Park, it was observed on October 2 at
Dough & Yolk. Among the many local citizens and members of the Florham Park Police Department, at left, Superintendent of Schools,Dr. Steven Caponegro, Frank Sweetin of Florham Park Rotary, and Lt. Scott Bartell.
On October 11, Florham Park Rotary presented dictionaries to third grade students at Brooklake Elementary School. At left, Florham Park Rotary President George Gregor helps explain the importance of building a working vocabulary, while Peter Nicolas, Sergeant-at-Arms (below), guides the students in Ms. Conroy's class through dictionary search techniques.
On November 22, Rotarians Bob Feid, Anthony Persaud, Rex Lyon, Betty O'Brien, Peter Nicolas and George Gregor "decorated" the Angel Tree at the Florham Park Post Office, as Postmaster Desiree Hernandez (at left of tree) looks on.