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Central Ocean

Central Ocean Rotary

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
1171 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ  08753
United States
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Welcome to the Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River Jill Rand! This past Tuesday, Jill was inducted as our newest member thanks to her sponsor Elizabeth Rastelli. Jill owns and runs Toms River Fitness & Aquatic Center along with her family. Looking forward to a great future in Rotary living by our motto “Service Above Self”! <3

Pictured is her sponsor Elizabeth, Jill and Club Membership Chair Michael Bucca.

We are so grateful for all of the families and friends that came out to BugFest 2018 at Insectropolis! A good time had by all. Funds raised will benefit our club's scholarship fund. Special thanks to past president Chris Koerner and OZANE Termite and Pest Control for their support of Rotary!

Central Ocean Rotary was proud to be a sponsor of the 37th Annual Ocean County YMCA Golf Outing. Special thanks to members Jim Koerner, George Hanna, Peter Singagliese, and Mark Rushwald for representing the club! 

PS - We might need some selfie taking lessons for our golfers! 

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We would like to thank every single person that donated and/or came to our breakfast! The Rotary District 7500 Foundation Service Dog Project has hit the benchmark for 2 dogs and is currently working for a 3rd dog. From the bottom of our hearts - Thank you.

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Donna from Rock2Adopt stopped by to tell us about her wonderful event taking place this fall at the Popcorn Park Zoo. Our club has supported this event for many years and is proud to do so again!

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Special thanks to Pat Lathan from Contact of Ocean & Monmouth Counties for being our guest speaker last Tuesday. 

CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties, a non-profit, charitable organization, provides trained telephone listeners who respond to human needs 24 hours every day. This volunteer-based organization offers free confidential crisis intervention, information on available resources, and referral to community services.

To learn more or to volunteer visit their website:

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Meet Dennis Addesso from Ma Deuce Deuce. He is an ex-marine that after suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now raising awareness, along with friends and family, of the “22 daily Veteran suicides” epidemic as well as providing Veterans with PTSD a diversity of restorative and therapeutic programs/non-profit organizations at no cost to the veteran.

Check them out on Facebook and learn more about everything they do.

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Central Ocean Rotary members volunteered their time to work with Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity. Rotarians performed various tasks to help revitalize a home for a veteran in need in our community. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who helped on this project.

Dawn Doherty from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) came to talk to us about all the great work they do in schools and our community. 

SPTS's mission is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging overall public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs for teens, parents, and educators. To learn more about this organization visit their website:


Club President Mike DellaRocca presented club President-Elect Michael Bucca with a multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin. Michael is one of our club's proud donors to the Rotary Foundation, which provides help to people all over the world in the form of District and Global Grants. Find out more about the Rotary Foundation at

Central Ocean Rotary is proud to support the Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America. Rotarian and scouting District Executive Jerome Townsend accepted a $1,000 donation from club president Mike DellaRocca. The Boy Scouts and Central Ocean Rotary have collaborated on many projects over the last year and we look forward to what we can accomplish together!

We are happy to welcome the newest member of our club, Frank J Davis! He came to our gift auction back at the beginning of March where he met Ben Giovine (his now sponsor). Ben told him about us and he saw he would fit right in!

Welcome Frank, we are excited to have you!

From Left: Michael Bucca (Membership Chair), Frank Davis, Ben Giovine (Frank's Sponsor)

Artie Cronk from the Manchester Police Department stopped by on Tuesday to talk to us about the 2018 #PoliceUnityTour, which he is part of. Artie, along with officers around the country, rides his bike into Washington DC to support law enforcement families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.❤️🚲

The Police Unity Tour's primary purpose is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. Their secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.

To learn more about the Policy Unity Tour visit:

Join us congratulating member Melanie Bucca as she was recognized by an anonymous donor as a Paul Harris Fellow for her outstanding work on the board of Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life. She was presented the award by Gift of Life chairperson Kathy Hiltner and District Governor Diane Rotondelli 

Diane Colangelo came to talk to us about The Face of America Bike Ride that will be taking place on April 28th and 29th. It will start in front of the Pentagon and riders (alongside many of our brave, wounded vets) will go all the way to the Gettysburg Battlefield. It's sponsored by World Team and pairs disabled vets with able-bodied riders on a very challenging and hilly ride.  🚲

The Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride honors the sacrifices veterans make in service to their country and the exceptional dedication and determination of adaptive athletes. Funds raised through donations from participants, family, friends, and colleagues will cover the costs of our participating adaptive riders and will support all World T.E.A.M. events nationally.❤️

To learn more visit:

Nancy & Dylan from AMP Zone stopped by to talk to us about their great organization. This non-profit organization offers after-school programs, summer camp sessions, homework help and tutoring sessions, and an adolescent re-entry program for at-risk youth. They are committed to providing at-risk youth with the skills and knowledge needed to become self-sufficient, compassionate citizens, caring parents and ethical leaders of their community.

To donate or learn more about AMP Zone visit

Thank you to all of the wonderful attendees of our 8th Annual Gift Auction. Buster from the Lakewood BlueClaws came by to get the party started! Attendees got to take a chance at hundreds of gifts and prizes! We sincerely thank everyone for their support of our club and community. Click here for a short slideshow of the event.


A few of our members attended The Arc, Ocean County Chapter Bowl-A-Thon at Finnigans Lanes. We are proud to sponsor this event as well as the all the great work The Arc does for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about their work visit their website:


Meet Kaitlyn Molnar. A high school student who wrote a master's paper on E-coli and how essential oils can help fight it. After listening to her presentation and her experiment with essential oils it made us think back to the times when a building a volcano was enough to pass... These kids have a great future ahead of them!


Rory Hogan stopped by and talked to us about how pollution affects our ecosystem. DID YOU KNOW that fertilizers that we apply to our lawns are washed from runoff into rivers, streams and even the ocean? This excess nitrogen causes pollution in our area.

In high school, Rory worked on a project where he planted indigenous plants right here in Ocean County and discovered that there were certain plants that lowered the nitrogen levels from the earth. These plants are the Joe Pye Weed, Bee Balm and Switchgrass. They required minimal care and we can all do our part by planting these around our community to help the environment.


Our club proudly attended the Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life Gala supporting life saving heart surgeries for children around the world. A very special thank you to club member and Gift of Life board member Melanie Bucca for her hard work at the event.

Central Ocean Rotary member Melanie Bucca, who is also on the board of Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life, talked to us yesterday about the great work Gift of Life is doing helping children in developing countries.  Rotary District 7500 Gift of Life supports programs that enable medical teams of doctors, nurses and technicians provide advanced training in pediatric cardiopulmonary surgery to establish a permanent presence in countries throughout the world to provide life-saving services to an ever-increasing number of children with cardiac problems.

To learn more or to help on their projects visit:


Many thanks to Amanda Oglesby from the The Asbury Park Press for being a great speaker to our group. Amanda taught our Rotary members about the process of writing quality journalism!

We are thrilled to welcome our brand new members Gary Fuller and Johanna Burton-Fuller. They are not new to Rotary, they lived in Arizona and Mexico and they were part of their local Rotary Clubs. They have now moved to Toms River and are excited to continue their Rotary work. Gary and Johanna WELCOME! We will do great things together 

May your holidays sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill. And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. 
From all of us at Central Ocean Rotary of Toms River have a Happy Holiday Season 

Members of our club lit up Harbor House by hanging holiday decorations and lights. A Central Ocean Rotary tradition, the lights and decorations bring joy to the residents and staff of Harbor House, a safe haven for homeless youth in our community. Thank you so much to Ken and the entire staff, plus all of the Rotary volunteers who came out to get the lights and decorations up this year.

Fellow Rotarians Dara Heidt and Micki Ginsberg from The Rotary Club of Moorestown visited us yesterday to talk to us about their Solar lights for Uganda project. One solar light at a time, they will replace kerosene lamps with solar lights in Uganda. This project will provide at least 400 school children, living in villages without electricity, with solar lamps making it easier for them to work and study. Kerosene lamps have caused burns, eye irritation, breathing difficulties and sometimes fires.

We were visited at our last meeting by Sandra Levine of Sandra Levine Productions to discuss her Toms River baseball documentary premiering in 2018. The film will feature baseball coach Ken Frank, baseball player Todd Frazier, and Toms River High School South. Rotary club members were treated to 5 minute reel of the film.

We had the pleasure of inducting our newest member of our club Ben Giovine. Ben currently serves as the president of the Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education and works for New York Life. We are so happy to welcome him as a Rotarian. Pictured with Ben is sponsor Christine Girtain and club membership chair Michael Bucca.

Members of our club and others helped collect bags of donated items for Scouting For Food. This initiative by the Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America collects non-perishable food left in bags on the doorsteps of generous donors, which are then distributed to food pantries and hunger relief agencies. Special thanks to Jerome Townsend for setting up the project and involving our club!

Members of our club attended the Rotary District 7500 Thanks for Giving Dinner. Club president Michael DellaRocca received our Rotary Foundation District Grant, which will be used to purchase laptops for deserving students on their way to college. Also, past Rotary International Director Karen Wentz spoke to everyone about the Rotary Foundation.

RN Susan Gato came and talked to us about Polio. She is a polio survivor herself and we learned so much about the struggles people with polio go through and what they have to live with.

Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever:

Join us welcoming our newest member Linda Alpay from Home Title Insurance Agency! We look forward to working together making our community a better place! 

Club members and community members all worked together to Rise Against Hunger. Volunteers put together packages of ready to eat meals that are to be shipped to areas in need. Over 75,000 meals were packaged across three sites. Central Ocean secretary Marion Callazzo is pictured sealing the bags. More photos are on our Facebook page. 

Our guest Justin picked the winners of the 32nd Annual 50/50 Raffle today! The winners are:

1st prize - Ticket #83 - Melanie Bucca, Shannon Rabea, Brittany Richstein, Carrie Andrews, Ashley Worden

2nd prize - Ticket #28 - Elizabeth Rastelli, Michael DellaRocca, Mark Rushwald, Dick Read, George Hanna

3rd prize - Ticket #144 - Henry Hengchua

Our club sold out all 150 available tickets. Thank you so much for all who purchased a ticket to support Central Ocean Rotary!

Venus Majeski from the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID)stopped by on Tuesday to tell us about her organization. NJID offers specialized programs and support for infants, children and adults with disabilities throughout the state. With a dedicated staff of more than 500 employees and 41 program sites throughout the state, NJID is one of the largest not-for-profit agencies of its kind in the nation. Each year, more than 1500 infants, children, and adults with disabilities and their families are helped by NJID's unique continuum of services.
If you would like to learn more about this great organization visit:


Channel Wilkins, President CEO of O.C.E.A.N., Inc. stopped by to talk to us about the great things they do for our community. 

Some of the program they work on are:
- O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start Child Development Program
- Weatherization
- Home Energy Assistance
- Housing Rentals / Construction
- Housing Counseling
- First Time Homebuyer
- Homelessness Prevention

To learn more about what they do visit their website:

We were visited by American Legion Post 129 of Toms River, NJ members Ralph Wolff and Commander Michael Schaffer. They talked to us about the amazing things they do in our community for veterans and we hope to work together very soon.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

To learn more about the great work they do or to check out their latest events visit:


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Club Executives & Directors
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Vice President
Public Image Chair
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Rotary Foundation Chair
Central Ocean Foundation
Service Projects Co-Chair
Club Membership Chair
District Conference Chair
Club Administration Chair
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RYLA Coordinator
International Service Chair
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