"OMG, someone didn't forget us with all this virus and stuff!"

The Rotary Club of Westfield, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Morristown and General Needs veterans service organization, has been visiting and supporting veterans housed at the Hope for Veterans® Transitional Housing housing program on the campus of Lyons VA hospital. These veterans are in the process of recovering from homelessness.  The Hope for Veterans program, operated by Community Hope, provides transitional housing as well as services such as mental health therapy, access to employment and educational resources and placement in permanent housing for these men and women.
 
But they also need to know that our community has not forgotten their service to our country. The Rotary effort helps to communicate this in a tangible way. Each week, Rotary volunteers are delivering a special luncheon for 80 veterans each week as a way to brighten their day and tell them that we remember. The meals are prepared by local restaurants.
 
To support this effort and other programs to feed the less fortunate in our community, please CLICK  HERE and donate to the Westfield Rotary Club Foundation. Donations are especially welcome now because every dollar donated fighting hunger, up to $10,000 will be matched by a special gift from one Rotary member.
 
As One veteran said "OMG, someone didn't forget us with all this virus and stuff!"
 
We must not and will not forget our veterans. 
 
 
Dressed for the Occasion!
 
Rotarian  collecting meals at 5 Star Catering and Deli.
 
 
 
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Westfield Educator Jeanine Gottko to Receive Philhower  Award

Ms. Jeanine Gottko, master technology teacher for grades K-8 in the Westfield Public Schools, will receive the Philhower Fellowship award at the online meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield on Tuesday, May 5. The Philhower Fellowship is awarded to honor a teacher in the Westfield Public Schools who has made an outstanding contribution to elementary education.  Each year, the honoree is selected by a committee which includes Rotarians and Westfield educators. The award is given in memory of Charles Philhower, a founder and past President of the Club and a lifelong Rotarian.
 
As master technology teacher, Ms. Gottko is responsible for training teachers in the use of instructional technology such as computer-aided learning systems.  When the Westfield schools had to switch rapidly to distance learning to deal with  the covid-19 epidemic, Ms. Gottko played a pivotal role in helping students and staff make this difficult transition and assuring that all students continued their education during these trying times.
 
Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan stated “Jeanine is so deserving of this important recognition.Her years as a classroom teacher combined with an impressive knowledge of digital learning tools and technology has been invaluable to our school community, especially during the educational upheaval caused by COVID-19" 
Westfield Educator Jeanine Gottko to Receive Philhower  Award Marc Millet 2020-05-02 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates Ventilators to NJ Hospitals

Rotary District 7475, which includes the Rotary Club of Westfield and 82 other Rotary clubs in central and northern New Jersey, is donating 10 ventilators to hospitals in New Jersey. Three are going to Trinitas Hospital, and seven are going to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital .  This effort was spearheaded by Dr. D. Michael Hart, a longtime Westfield Rotarian and a past District Governor of Rotary.  Dr. Hart currently serves as Foundation Chairman of District 7475.  As a part of the effort, Rotary volunteers located refurbished ventilators which could be purchased in this environment, and arranged a grant proposal for approximately $100,000. This proposal was submitted to the Rotary Foundation which is supported by Rotarians throughout the world. The Rotary Foundation approved and funded the grant proposal in days, rather than the normal months required for study and approval.
 
Please click here to read more about this effort.
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Help Keep People Fed During The Crisis!

Disadvantaged families are in crisis. With schools closed, the school lunches many students depend on are not available, and they aren’t receiving the “second lunch Tuesday” sandwiches Westfield schools have provided for many years. With this program on hold while our schools are closed, Westfield Rotarians are trying to fill this need.  Westfield Rotary is distributing food to families directly and through St Joseph’s Social Service Center/The Elizabeth Coalition. Some of the food collected  is shown in the photo below, but the need remains and grows daily.
 
WE NEED YOUR HELP! To support this effort and other programs to feed the less fortunate in our community, please CLICK  HERE and donate to the Westfield Rotary Club Foundation. Donations are especially welcome now because every dollar donated fighting hunger, up to $10,000 will be matched by a special gift from one Rotary member.
 
To find out how to support this effort with food donations, please click the "Read More" button below the picture
 
 
 
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Breakfast With The Bands

Don’t miss the Rotary Club of Westfield’s 54th Annual Breakfast with the Bands!
The breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 29th from 8am to noon at Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Road. This annual community event features performances by top bands from Westfield High School, Roosevelt Intermediate School and Edison Intermediate School. You can enjoy these performances, encourage our young musicians, and have a great breakfast with your neighbors and friends, all while supporting programs which help make Westfield a very special community. All proceeds benefit Rotary’s scholarship and community grants programs and Project Hunger.
The event is Sponsored by Jayson Astel of Edward Jones and Mary Ellen O'Boyle of Sothebys.
Tickets are $10 and available from Rotarians or at the door. You can also purchase tickets online--Click Here
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Hats, Gloves and Socks Needed Right Now!

 
The Rotary Club of Westfield is collecting hats, gloves and socks for homeless people in our community.  Please bring your items, which should be new or used but clean and in good condition, to the drop boxes located at Columbia Bank, 251 North Ave. West, and at Northfield Bank, 828 South Ave. West. Both locations are accessible only during banking hours.
The donated items will be distributed through St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth, St. Ann's Soup Kitchen in Newark, and at the Transitional Shelter for homeless veterans at the VA Hospital campus in Lyons.
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Rotary Bike Collection Changes 100 Lives In  A Day

On Saturday, October 19, Westfield Rotarians collected 100 bicycles and 10 sewing machines for re-use. Thanks to the generosity of the Westfield community, the lives of 110 people in underdeveloped nations, and their communities, will be better. The collection total this year was far in excess of prior years, and adds to the total of over 2100 bicycles and 110 sewing machines collected since the first annual collection.
 
The Rotarian volunteers set up each donated bicycle in a compact configuration for shipment by removing the pedals, turning the handlebars , and removing bulky accessories. Many hands made light work.  The fellowship which comes from working alongside old friends and new acquaintances in a worthwhile cause made the time fly by. The event culminated with loading the bicycles into the truck for shipment, and a hearty cheer when the day's collection was tallied.

 
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Bike and Sewing Machine Collection Drive Saturday  October 19

From 9am to noon on Saturday, October 19 at the Board of Education Building, 302 Elm St., Westfield Rotary will collect bicycles and sewing machines for re-use by people in underdeveloped countries. This event, held annually by Rotary in cooperation with Pedals for Progress, has collected over 2000 bicycles and over 100 sewing machines in past years.
 
That unused bike or sewing machine taking up space in your home can make a real difference in the life of someone less fortunate. For example, a farmer who tends a field 10 miles from his village will spend 5 hours or more just walking to and from the field each day. A bicycle will free up 3 or more hours every working day for the farmer to earn more and improve his life and his community. Pedals for Progress ships the bicycles to the receiving country and repairs them in a shop within the receiving country to provide added benefits in employment and skills. The bicycles are then sold for a nominal price, typically a dollar or two, within the reach of those willing to help themselves. Sewing machines allow empower women to earn income for their families. That machine which you have not touched for years can help a child's family afford school fees and break the cycle of poverty.
 
No advance registration is required--Just bring in your sewing machines and bicycles! Bicycles and sewing machines do NOT have to be in working order. It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per bike). In addition to your donations, Peoples Capital Group has provided a donation to help offset this expense.
 
 
 
 
 
Bike and Sewing Machine Collection Drive Saturday October 19 Marc Millet 2019-09-29 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Sponsors Community Event to Fight Hunger

At the Westfield Rotary's sandwich drive event on September 16,2019, our community joined together to attack hunger in our community. Seventy five people came together to make sandwiches for distribution to those in need.  The participants came to the assembly hall of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield armed with bread, meat, cheese and a desire to help their fellow man. Many hands joined together to produce over 1100 healthy and sandwiches. Rotarian volunteers organized the production process, supplied the necessary sanitary gloves and table coverings, joined with the community volunteers in making the sandwiches, and also collected and stored the sandwiches. The next day, Rotarians delivered the sandwiches to the community feeding programs of St.Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth and the Salvation Army in Plainfield.
 

 
Rotary Sponsors Community Event to Fight Hunger Marc Millet 2019-09-18 03:00:00Z 0

Westfield Rotary Selects New Officers

On June 25, the Rotary Club of Westfield installed new officers and directors who will serve from  July 2019 to June 2020. The members thanked outgoing President, Clark Lagemann and his board for their great service over the past year. Clark shared how proud he is of all the accomplishments the club made this year including Project Hunger in which Rotarians were able to serve lunches and provide weekend backpacks of food to nutritionally challenged youth in our community. The club also gave out over $24,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations and close to $100,000 in scholarships to Westfield students. .
Elizabeth ("Liz")  Ensslin was welcomed as the new President for the upcoming year. Liz is the owner of The InkWell Printers and has been a longtime Rotarian.  She is also an active in her church and in the community, an accomplished musician and a mother.  She is off and running with a great agenda to build the club up even more over the next year.
 
Westfield Rotary Selects New Officers Marc Millet 2019-07-20 03:00:00Z 0


Rotary Awards Scholarships to Local Students

On June 11, 2019, the Rotary Club of Westfield honored 18 local students with a total of $99,000 in scholarships, in individual awards ranging from $2,000 to $15,000. The scholars were chosen based on criteria of academic excellence, financial need and commitment to community service in keeping with Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self."  Rotary scholarship committee chair Carl Peer stated that "As we reviewed the records of this year's scholarship applicants and met with them in person, we were awed by the achievements of the fine young men and women of our community." 
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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