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Central Ocean

Central Ocean Rotary

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Olive Garden
1277 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ 08753
United States of America
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Thank you to everyone who attended our 13th Annual Gift Auction. We had lots of great gifts and most importantly we raised money for our scholarship program and to give back to our community.
To all our volunteers, members, sponsors, and attendees THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
Tickets are now available for our 13th Annual Gift Auction!!!!
Date: May 15, 2024
Location: Clarion Hotel, 815 Route 37W, Toms River
Time: Doors open at 5 PM
Admission: $35 per person non-refundable donation (must be 21+ to attend)
Light fare will be served to each table at 6:30 PM with dessert to follow, soft drinks, tea, and coffee included. Cash bar. (No outside food or beverages permitted)

To reserve a table of eight, all 8 tickets must be purchased in one transaction for $280.
50/50 tickets will be sold at the event (CASH ONLY) Winner announced in person at 9 PM


All proceeds from our gift auction and 50/50 go to local scholarships and local charities.

Gift Auction Raffle Permit #107-8-28272 - RL #9747
50/50 Raffle Permit #107-8-28272 - RL #9754 
Central Ocean Rotary offers a $2,000 scholarship to local graduating high school seniors.

Eligibility: Student must be:

  • An Ocean County resident
  • A graduating high school senior
  • Presently attending one of the following schools:
    1. Donovan Catholic
    2. Toms River HS East
    3. Toms River HS North
    4. Toms River HS South
    5. Central Regional High School (NEW THIS YEAR)
    6. Ocean County Vocational-Technical School (ALPS, Brick, Jackson, Toms River, Waretown)
      **MATES and PAA Students should apply to the Toms River Home School you would use for sports NOT vocational**
  • Plan on attending a:
    1. 2 or 4-Year College Program Next Year
    2. Technical School/Certification School for a Vocation
The application is due April 21st, 2024.
Student Services / Scholarships
Every year we award scholarships to support local students’ higher education goals. In the past decade, we’ve granted over $150,000 in scholarships to local high school graduates! This year we wouldn't be able to do it without the help of our sponsors:
Ozane Logo Garden State Trust Company Logo
If you would like to become a sponsor and help local students with their education, please email George at
Last week, we had the honor to celebrate some Moms at the Oaks Senior Living Facility in Toms River. We threw them a tea party, brought sandwiches, desserts, and what a treat it was... We played some bingo and The Silverton Community Dance Club demonstrated some dances for us all!
Hope your Mother's Day is just as wonderful.... Happy Mother's Day! ❤
PS: Thank you to all our members who planned this wonderful event, as well as all the members that helped during the luncheon. ❤
Last week Caroline Germond from Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters came to talk to us about the "Female Spies of the Revolution". Throughout the Revolutionary War, there are stories of heroism; those who sacrificed to save others, those who put their lives on the line to warn of impending danger. The vast majority of these stories involve men, but there are countless extraordinary women who risked and sacrificed just as much as men. While women were not allowed to serve in the military, they found clever ways to spy and help the war effort. From clothesline strategies to "button" codes these women were successful and better at hiding than their male counterparts.
To read some of these amazing stories visit:
Jeff Wilhelm came to talk to us about the nonprofit organization A Better Life Guatemala. More than 9 million people (more than half the country) live in poverty in Guatemala and lack basic services and this nonprofit supports families in need. Their goal is to provide better health, sleep, education, and opportunities for individuals and families to improve their circumstances. Happiness can be as simple as drinking a glass of clean water when we are thirsty, having a bed to sleep in after a long day, and having fresh food available. We were happy to donate to this cause after listening to Jeff. Keep doing great work! ❤
To learn more about this organization visit:
Last week Tara and Jolene came to talk to us about The Oaks Senior Apartments in Toms River. These apartments provide affordable housing for Seniors 62+. The Oaks staff also tries to provide events and activities for these Seniors to occupy some of their time. If you would like more information about The Oaks at Toms River call 732.244.0991
Stay tuned because in May we are working on something special for these Seniors! 🥰
Some of our members helping sort seedlings at the Forest Resource Center in Jackson. Helping the planet one seedling at a time 🌱
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It was a pleasure getting a K-9 demonstration from the Toms River Police Department. We learned a lot about the training these dogs through to keep our community safe and as you can see they are not only cute but very smart!
We were also very excited to present them with a check from our "Dine and Donate" event in December. Thank you to those who donated and supported us. ❤
Thank you Captain Michael Cocco from the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company and Chief Instructor for the Toms River Fire Training Center for talking to us about the importance of knowing how to administer CPR. For those interested, the Toms River Fire Department is hosting CPR Training for the public at the Fire Training Center located at 1780 Church Rd in Toms River.
They will have two training sessions per day, on Saturday, February 25th, and Saturday, March 4. The student cost is $40 per person. To register visit: or call 732.341.4441.
Join us for a fun night helping local organizations as well as the non-profit Science Research for All. Tickets are only $20 per person, attendees are welcome to bring their own food & refreshments however, no open alcohol is permitted. We will have a 50/50 raffle on the day of the event as well.
This year's auction will be held on:
Tuesday, April 4th, 2023
at 5:30 PM
at Toms River High School East (Cafetorium)
Our auction sells out fast. Don’t miss out and buy your $20 ticket today!
*No refunds. All proceeds of our Gift Auction go to local charities in addition to Science Research for All, LLC.*
Permit #107-5-42900 - RL#9426
Our Rotary Elves outdid themselves again! On a cold winter night this week, some of our members met to do our annual Christmas lighting of Ocean's Harbor House. 🎄
If you drive by take a look at the fantastic job they did! 🤩
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