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Central Ocean

Central Ocean Rotary

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
1171 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753
United States of America
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Thank you Joshua Welsh for coming and talking to us about the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team.
The Atlantic Strike Team is one of 3 Special Teams that make up the National Strike Force. It is a vital national asset comprised of a unique, highly trained cadre of Coast Guard professionals who rapidly deploy any time to any place or hazard.
Some of the deployable support includes:
- Oil spill / HAZMAT / WMD / CBRN response and technical expertise
- Natural Disaster
- Incident Command System & Response Management Support
- Crisis Communication Support
- Preparedness Exercise Support
Thank you, Joshua, and the entire Strike Team for your service and dedication to our Nation! 🇺🇸
Yesterday was our first Open House since Covid and what a great time we had with Members and Guests. It was fun to catch up with everyone and share some ideas for new and exciting things coming up 😊.
We recently had Richard Reenstra come to talk to us about the Ocean County Shade Tree Commission. This commission was created to protect and preserve shade, ornamental trees, and shrubbery along County roadways as well as advise and assist County agencies in the proper care, planting, and control of trees and shrubbery.
We first met Rich back in 2017 when he helped us pick trees to plant at Cattus Island. He is very knowledgeable and we are looking forward to continue working with him in the future planting more trees in Ocean County!
To learn more about the Commission or to submit a tree to the Big Tree Registry visit:
Meet Catherine (Kitt) Christie. She is a grandma that has been volunteering and raising awareness for the Children's Tumor Foundation ever since her own grandson got diagnose with Neurofibromatosis (NF).
NF occurs in 1 out of 3,000 births and it causes tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body. Half of the people who develop NF1 or NF2 inherit it from a parent. The others develop it by chance, as the result of a spontaneous change in a specific gene in an egg or sperm cell. Unfortunately for Kitt's family, her grandson developed NF by chance since nobody in the family has it. There is currently no cure for NF so spreading the word and creating awareness is the best way to help.
To learn more visit:
We recently had Kim Bessler Santora from Contact of Ocean & Monmouth Counties come and talk to us about this non-profit organization. This is a volunteer-based organization that provides free confidential crisis intervention, information on available resources, and referral to community services. All volunteers are trained telephone listeners who respond to human needs 24 hours every day.
To learn more about this great organization or to volunteer visit their website:
Another successful Blood Drive hosted by the three Toms River Rotary Clubs is in the books! We loved how quickly this drive got filled ❤️ Thank you to everyone who donated!
📸 from left to right (and height order 😂): Club Vice-President Renee Millemann, Member Jill Lynnworth-Rand and Club President John Anderson
We recently had Toms River High School North students Ishan Shah, Rutva Sha and teacher Jamie Tesoro give us a great presentation about the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) group.
FBLA helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs. It was also very interesting to see that in addition to the academic work, they also do so much helping our community by providing assistance to local non-profits.
Keep up the great work and we look forward to helping our community together in the near future! ❤
July marks the beginning of a new Rotary year and with it comes a new President. Join us congratulating incoming President John Anderson and his Board, who will be leading us under the Rotary theme “Serve to Change Lives”. We look forward to another year serving our community under the guidance of our President. Thank you to outgoing President George Hanna for keeping us together helping our community during a time we couldn’t be more apart.
Special thanks to District Governor Chuck Watson, family, and friends for joining us at the 2021-2022 Installation Dinner.
Members and friends of the Central Ocean Rotary Club donated and built 50 feet of boardwalk on the Yellow Trail in Cattus Island County Park. Friday was demolition day and Saturday was time to build.
💪 Special thanks to M&T Bank for providing volunteers to help with the demolition of the old boardwalks, Yadira Martinez (winner of this year's scholarship from Toms River High School North), and her brother Carlos for volunteering their time to help with the construction of the new boardwalks, and the Ocean County Parks & Recreation staff for working with us and allowing us the opportunity do this service project that benefits our community.
What an amazing feeling to have our annual scholarship/laptop luncheon presentation with some (not all) of the high school students and their families! As always, our scholarship committee had a very difficult decision to make but we are happy to announce the winners. Congratulations to you all and wish you the best in the years to come!
Scholarship Winners
• Donovan: Ava Cahill
• OCVTS: Hannah Poulos
• TRN: Amanda Brodsky
• TRN: Yadira Martinez
• TRE: Payton Moroney (not pictured)
• TRS: Bernice Amankwah (not pictured)
• TRE: Richard Daly and Julia Greco (not pictured)
• TRS: Berncie Amankwah, Sebastian Amaro and Brenda Vargas (not pictured)
• TRN: Danielle Marzella, Shirley Omari-Kwarteng and Vanessa Serrano (not pictured)
🎉 Join us in welcoming our new members Staci Melchiondo and Kelly Servodio! Staci is a branch manager at M&T Bank and Kelly is with CASA of Ocean County. Special thanks to Michael Bucca for recruiting Staci and Kelly and sponsoring them. 😁. We are very excited to have both of you on board and look forward to doing many service projects together!
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Club Staff
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Central Ocean Foundation
Club Membership Chair
District Conference Chair
Club Administration Chair
Service Projects Chair
Club Trainer
International Service Chair
Scholarship Chair
Guest Speaker Coordinator
District Grant Chair
Club RYLA Chair
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