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 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.
Club Secretary Anthony Persaud welcomed Awardees Debra Xu,
Samantha Montuore, and Nana Anokye at the start of the Fourth of July Parade in Florham Park 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). 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, 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 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, 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 Germaine. 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!!! 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 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, Karole Williams, and Peter Nicolas.