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.
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 Rotary 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.)
Local businesses support Club programs. The Florham Park Rotary welcomed new owner of Firehouse Subs, Joe Ungaro.
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 2019 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 (above) and a Community Service Award to Nana Anokye (right) at the Hanover Park High School Senior Awards Program.
Club Secretary Anthony Persaud welcomed Awardees Debra Xu,
Samantha Montuore, and Nana Anokye at the start of the 2019 Fourth of July Parade in Florham Park.
The 50/50 Raffle was handled by Rex Lyon, Simone Campbell, 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). Below, 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 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 to Florham Park officers Anthony Persaud (Secretary), Betty O'Brien (Treasurer), and Peter Nicolas (Sergeant-at-Arms).
On August 20, 2019 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
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 left (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 in 2019 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.
In August 2019, George Gregor assumed the
duties of President of Florham Park Rotary.
On January 16, 2020, Florham Park Rotary presented a "Taste of Florham Park" in the Twombley Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The annual event seeks to raise college scholarship funds for graduating high school students who reside in town.
"Master of Ceremonies" George Gregor with FDU Campus Executive Dr. Brian Mauro, at left with Peter Nicolas and above with Mayor Mark Taylor.
Treasurer Betty O'Brien assisted at the reception table by Rotarians Karol Williams and Simone Campbell. At right, Past President Parmelie Ulrich managed the Tricky Tray table.
Local Florham Park resident Randy Calistri-Yeh, principal cellist with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and the Synergismus Duo, as well as founder of Custom Chamber Music, performed during the evening.
Marisa Spagnoletti (second from left), proprietor of Lucy's Gift, and generous donor of all the door prizes as well as three high-value Tricky Tray items, with three of her staff: Carolyn Fabrizio, Lauren Bremmer, and Renee Centrone.
Throughout the evening a continuous slide show presented the various Florham Park Rotary activities of the past year.
Guests and local food merchants celebrated the evening and took advantage of a unique opportunity to get to know each other. At left, two relative newcomers to town: Dough & Yolk and Firehouse Subs.
Natale's Deli & Catering waited a while, but were ready with coffee and desserts when the guests were.
Pastosa Ravioli was overly generous, ensuring that no one left hungry.
CHOPT Creative Salad Company added some extra fun with a creative roulette wheel of choices.
Zizza Bakery Deli provided some diversity with splendid
prepared on the spot crepes.
Club Secretary and President-Elect Anthony Persaud stands by the chips and salsa offered by Moe's Southwest Grill.
Lucy's Gift owner Marisa Spagnoletti draws and announces the door prizes.
Among the local businesses receiving a Commendation Certificate thanking them for supporting the 2020 "Taste of Florham Park" were the Florham Park Diner and Imagine That!!!
Above left, Florham Park Rotary President George Gregor with George Grapsas and Vicki Grapsas of the Florham Park Diner, which also hosts the weekly Rotary meeting, and above right with Cheryl Taylor of Imagine That!!! and chef Thomas Pipia. At far right, President Gregor with Chuck Puleo of Puleo's Brick Oven.
Servers from CHOPT Creative Salad Company, from left, Olivia Carter, Tawana Johnson-Wilkins, and Qiana Hale
Moe's Southwest Grill was represented by Jhonathan Sarmiento
A delightful variety of Italian dishes was served up by Pastosa Ravioli. Florham Park Rotary President George Gregor presented a thank-you certificate to Charles Montedoro.
At left, Jim Beers of the Thirsty Turtle receives a Commendation Certificate of thanks for his restaurant's contribution to the event. At right, President Gregor thanks manager Justin Peterson and everyone at Dough & Yolk, new to town and participating in their first "Taste of Florham Park."
Marisa Spagnoletti, owner and operator of Lucy's Gift, supplied items for the event's Tricky Tray, as well as all of the Door Prizes. Below, Habit Burger General Manager Santos Colon (at center) and Assistant Manager Kenny Butler receive similar thanks for supporting the event.
China Chalet donated an exciting diversity of cuisine, and was represented by Proprietor Wei Lu and Hostess Weijing Huang (pictured at left).
Coffee with a Cop
Members of the Florham Park Police Department welcomed local citizens to another traditional "Coffee with a Cop" on February 10, 2020 at Florham Park McDonald's on Columbia Turnpike. Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms Peter Nicolas is at extreme right.
At right, George Gregor presents a gun cleaner to Officer Faith Niemynski, as Officer Charles Greenstein looks on.
At left, Rotarian Frank Sweetin and Officer Chris Heredia are greeted by McDonalds Store Manager Julie Incorvaia
Below, Joe Ungaro, Propietor of Firehouse Subs
On February 21, 2020 members of Florham Park Rotary helped address a mass mailing for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County. From left, Rich Tierney, George Gregor, Karol Williams, and Peter Nicolas.
At left, Mr John Jiang, owner of Kyoto Steak & Sushi, which provided a unique assortment of delicacies at the Taste of Florham Park at the Twombly Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University
At right, Nicole Takla and Alexis Seubert of the Florham Park Education Foundation introduced their newly-formed non-profit organization, its mission, purpose and goals.
On June 26, 2020, Dale Bridge, a graduating senior residing in Florham Park, was awarded the "Service Above Self" award by Florham Park Rotary President George Gregor and Mayor Mark Taylor (below left handing the award certificate to Mr Bridge). Dale was an EMT volunteer in town and earlier this year contracted, and survived, the COVID-19 virus. Below right, Dale and his mother Kathy Bridge were met at the Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad in a presentation that included Peter Nicolas, Sergeant-at-Arms (at extreme left) and Frank Sweetin (second from left), also a member of Florham Park Rotary.
In July, President George Gregor presented a Community Service Award from Florham Park Rotary to Thomas Martynowicz, here with his parents, Ed and Diane. "TJ" is a graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School and has worked with the Special Olympics and Camp Sunshine. He also founded an organization that raised 6400 pairs of socks for the homeless, among other achievements.
Ania Tureczek of Florham Park received a Community Service Award from President Gregor, as Mayor Mark Taylor looks on. Ania is a graduate of East Hanover High School. She volunteered in Nicaragua, where she taught hygiene in two villages, volunteered at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and at Madison YMCA.
As a result of the pandemic, this year's Fourth of July "parade" was reversed, with townspeople driving through a path provided on Borough Hall property and organizations such as the Rotary staitioned along the parade route. Above, Florham Park Rotarians, Simone Campbell, Mayor Mark Taylor and President George Gregor prepare for the parade start.
Simone Campbell assists Mayor Mark Taylor, who draws three winning tickets in the 50/50 Raffle, as Sergeant-at-Arms Peter Nicolas looks on and Club Secretary Rex Lyon keeps score.
Hunter Caplan received the 2020 Scholarship Award from Florham Park Rotary, presented by President George Gregor. Above with mother Allison Caplan, Hunter is a graduate of the Morris County School of Technology and has been a high impact member of the Florham Park Garden Club and Frelinghuysen Arboretum, in addition to recognition by the National Honors Society, Key Club, and Peer Leadership Club.
Honoring Our Front Line Heroes
From left, George Gregor, Sheriff Jim Gannon, Patrol Officer Kyle Kepler, and Rex Lyon Rotary Club Secretary
Dale Bridge was recognized by having his name added to the "Service Above Self" plaque that is maintained by Florham Park Rotary at Florham Park Borough Hall.
Kathy Bridge, also an active EMS volunteer in town, stands by as Rotary President George Gregor presents the plaque to her son Dale.
At the event, held in the parking lot at ImagineThat!!! Childrens Museum, Tom Zins of the U.S. Census Bureau urged attendees to comply with the current program being conducted across the country to tabulate the nation's residents.