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Central Ocean

Central Ocean Rotary

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
The Mathis House
600 Main St
Toms River, NJ 08753
United States of America
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Our members have been enjoying having our meeting at different restaurants in Toms River, as it allows everyone to try a new place. If you are interested in joining us for a lunch meeting email centraloceanrotary@gmail.com and we will tell you our next meeting location. 
 
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🎉New Member Alert 🎉
Join us in welcoming new member Keri Kristen to our Club! She came to talk to our Club back in June and she never left!!! Keri works for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention & Recovery and also serves as manager for the Toms River Communities That Care Coalition. We are excited to have her in our club and for the exciting new things, we will do together in our community!
Keri was sponsored by Club Secretary Laurie Erlenmeyer Singer.
📸: Club Secretary Laurie, New Member Keri Britske, Club President John Anderson
 
Our Back to School Supply Drive was a success! Thank you to everyone who donated. This is the most donations we have collected for this drive and we couldn't have done it without YOU. One anonymous donor gave us around 50 backpacks and another one gave us about 4 boxes of assorted supplies!!!
We do want to give a big shout-out to Toms River Fitness & Aquatic Center for being our drop-off location, to member Jen Cowen Lorentzen, member E Montes Rastelli and Freedom Village office manager, Joyce Coco, for making all of this possible.
We are making many families at Freedom Village very happy ❤️
 
On Tuesday, we had Kathy Luszik and Lisa Mulhearn from Bright Harbor Healthcare, formerly known as Ocean Mental Health Services. They talked to us about the services they offer to adults, children, and families in our community. They provide counseling, foster care, group homes, partial day services, a private school for children with emotional and behavioral challenges, and much more.
We were happy to present them with a donation for the OceanCares Foundation which supports Bright House Healthcare. If you would like to help or learn more about this great organization, please visit: https://brightharbor.org/
📸: Kathy Luszik, Club Secretary Laurie Singer, and Lisa Mulhearn
 
We were happy to present a donation to the Toms River First Aid Squad for all the help they provided for our Rocking with Rotary Concert! THANK YOU for everything you do in our community ❤️
📸: President John Anderson and TR First Aid Squad volunteer Lisa Caputo
 
This Tuesday District Governor Michael Johnson presented our Club with this year's theme banner "Imagine Rotary", Imagine the possibilities in the change we can make to transform the world. This is the theme for this year's first female President, Jennifer Jones! 🦸‍♀️
It was fun to have District Governor, Michael Johnson and Assistant District Governor, Stacey Cofka join us for lunch and talk to us about the great events that are being planned for this Rotary year.
To learn more about Rotary or are interested in the events coming up, visit: https://district7505.org/
 
Last week we were pleased to make a donation to the Wrangle Brook Community Garden. The Wrangle Brook Community Garden is a project sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation, in cooperation with Berkeley Township. Located on the edge of Wrangle Brook and bordered by River Terrace in Toms River and Southhampton Drive in Berkeley Township, this community garden was developed on 4+ acres of vacant land that were left unattended for many years. Their goal is to provide fresh vegetables to local organizations to give or feed those in need in our community. 🍓🫐🍆🥒🥬🍅🫑🥕
💪COMING SOON: Our club will be helping them build a much-needed pergola to provide some shade for sunny days. Stay tuned!
If you are interested in volunteering at the Wrangle Brook Community Garden or would like to learn more please contact Garden Coordinator Bonney Parker at 732.639.1674 or email info@uuocc.org.
 
Last night we held our Annual Installation Dinner for Officers of our Club. Club President John Anderson was sworn in for his second term as Club President, by District Governor Michael Thompson. As the District Governor said during his speech, John is serving an encore year but this time under the Rotary theme “Imagine Rotary”. President John Anderson also recognized members Jen Lorentzen, Laurie Singer and George Hanna for all the help they provided during his first year as President of our club. We wish John and his Board a successful year of service.
Special thanks to District Governor Michael Thompson and District Assistant Governor Stacey Cofka for joining us at our 2022-2023 Installation Dinner.
 
 
🎉 Shoutout to new member Evan Weissglass 🎉
Evan is a realtor associate for Crossroads Realty, sponsored by member Mike DellaRocca. We are excited he chose to be part of our club and look forward to helping our community together. ❤
📸 left to right: Member Mike DellaRocca, Evan Weissglass, President John Anderson
 
Our favorite time of the year is here… our annual scholarship/laptop luncheon presentation! Today, we were honored to present $15,000 between scholarships and laptops to deserving students for their college education. 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!
 
Laptop Winners:
• TRHSN: Taniyah Watson
• TRHSN: Arianah Davis
• TRHSS: Chloe Seluchins
• TRHSS: Sequoia Bivins
• TRHSE: Cruz Chacon
• TRHSE: Neveah Rondon
 
Scholarship Winners:
• TRHSN: Rutva Shah
• TRHSS: Chloe Seluchins
• TRHSE: Michael Picaroni
• Donovan: Olivia Lechner
• VOC: Nicholas Tasker
 
Special shout out to everyone who supports us throughout the year. We certainly wouldn’t be able to help these students or our community without you! ❤️
 
 
 
Keri Britske came to talk to us about CTC. Communities that Care (CTC) is a data-driven, coalition-based process that brings together all sectors of the community in order to help decrease youth problem behaviors, which include substance and alcohol use, nicotine use, violence, delinquency, and mental health conditions.
Thank you to everyone who in one way or another supported our first Rocking with Rotary Concert! The weather was perfect and it was nice to see our community coming together to have a good time while supporting a great cause. There are many thanks to go around… We first would like to thank all our sponsors, vendors, food trucks, guests, club members, volunteers, and a huge shout out to A & S Sound for taking care of all the behind-the-scenes for our bands without them we wouldn’t have been able to have a concert at all!
BIG thanks to EVERYONE! We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year!
 
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