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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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Central Ocean Rotary offers a $1,500 scholarship to local graduating high school seniors.
The student must be:
- An Ocean County resident
- A graduating high school senior
Presently attending one of the following schools:
- Donovan Catholic
- Toms River HS East
- Toms River HS North
- Toms River HS South
- Ocean County Vocational-Technical School
Plan on attending a:
- 2 or 4 Year College Program Next Year
- Technical School/Certification School for a Vocation
The application is due April 14th, 2020.
Thanks to our members for a well attended weekly meeting via Zoom! Special thanks to Jessica Connors for setting up the account and President Elizabeth Rastelli for running a great virtual meeting!
If you would like to be a speaker, please email:
Glynis Wray and Melissa Nadzan gave another presentation about all the services provided by the 
Ocean County Library
Topics covered included Universal Class, Reference USA, databases, library cards, Librarian by Appointment, museum passes, Census, Friends of the Library book sale, social media devices and downloads.
The library has plenty of programs for all ages, visit their website to learn more or to find a library branch near you:
For the second year in a row, some of our members volunteered at the Forest Resouce Education Center by sorting and packing over 8,000 seedlings for reforestation!
President Elizabeth Rastelli and Jerome Townsend attended the Grand Opening of the OCC Veteran and Military Resource Center and the POW-MIA Chair Tribute on February 27.
Ryan Luurtsema, US Army Veteran and the Coordinator of Military and Veteran Services presented our club with a plaque in appreciation of our contribution towards the purchase of the chair. The POW-MIA chair serves as a reminder that we will never forget those servicemen and women who served but never returned home. Ryan was also presented with an award from Major Mo Hill and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Andy Kim presented by Lynette Whitman.
The Center was established to assist veterans and their family members in transitioning from military to civilian life by providing educational, social, recreational, mentoring, tutoring, employment and counseling services. Central Ocean Rotary Club is proud to support the center important mission. Special thanks to Ben Giovine who couldn’t attend, but was instrumental in bringing this cause to the club.
President-Elect George Hanna attended the Rotary President-Elect Training 2020. Thank you to all the Organizers, presenters, and trainers of 2020 PETS. It was inspiring and everyone did an awesome job!
Left to right: PE Nancy Ellison Toms River Evening Rotary, PE George Hanna Central Ocean Rotary of Toms River, May Montag McMurray 7505 District Governor Elect, Stacy Cofka, President & PE, Sunshine Rotary of Toms River and 7505 Asst. Governor.
Thank your for making our 10th Annual Gift Auction a success! Because of your help, we will be providing scholarship to local students in need as well as continuing to help our community.
We would also like to thank everyone who helped load 220 plus gifts for our gift auction. A special thank you to Maryann and Judy, in front, for all their hard work making sure all these gifts were ready for today.
On Friday some of our members attended the event hosted by 
The Arc, Ocean County Chapter
. No pro bowlers in the group but they all had a great time supporting this great cause!
The Arc,Ocean County Chapter advocates for, provides supports and empowers children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, ensuring they are accepted and valued as citizens of our community.
To learn more visit their website
Join us welcoming new member
Michele Pagano Williams
! We’re thrilled to have her on board and look forward to everything we will accomplish together.
From left to right: Membership chair, Michael Bucca, New member Michele Williams, and President Elizabeth Rastelli
On Tuesday we had the privilege of having Dr. Pirchi Waxman from Israel speak at our meeting. Dr. Waxman is partnering with Rotarian Christine Girtain on the Global STEM Wolbachia Project visiting Toms River Regional Schools and the Central Ocean Rotary Club. Israeli students and Toms River Authentic Science Research students are exchanging data on the prevalence of a bacteria called Wolbachia in local mosquitoes. Wolbachia has been shown to block the spread of Dengue Fever and Zika Virus. She teaches Biology at Shimon Ben-Zvi High School in Givatayim, Israel.& is a professor in the Biology Education Center at Bar Ilan U. in Israel.
Tuesday some of our members got together for great food and friendship at the 
JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River
. This is a non-profit Community Restaurant, run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, that serves paying and in-need customers. There are no prices on their menu. If you are unable to pay the suggested donation, you may still enjoy a delicious meal.
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Club Membership Co-Chair*
Public Image Chair
Central Ocean Foundation
Club Membership Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
Service Projects Chair
Sergeant at Arms
International Service Chair
RYLA Coordinator
Speakers Coordinator
Scholarship Chair
Social Events Director