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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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9th Annual Gift Auction


WOOHOO!!! Tickets for our 9th Annual Gift Auction are officially on sale!

Tickets cost $30 per person. It includes dinner, dessert, entry for door prizes, and a sheet of prize tickets. 👍

⚠️ NEW THIS YEAR ⚠️ Tickets may now be purchased by mail or online.

📫 If purchasing by mail:
Please call 908-229-9052 and leave the following information:
• Name
• Address
• Phone #
• Email address
• # of tickets purchasing
• Mail check with full payment to:
P.O. Box 63
Toms River, NJ 08754

💻 If purchasing online:
• Visit this link:
• You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite - KEEP THIS EMAIL
• The day of the event, bring the Eventbrite email confirmation to the WILL CALL table and you will receive your ticket along with the door prize ticket and the free sheet of tickets (no exceptions)
• If you can’t find your confirmation email, you must provide the full name and email address used to purchase the online ticket

ALL TICKETS (purchased online or by mail) will be held at WILL CALL and will be distributed the night of the event. Patrons will receive door prize ticket at check-in.

Remember: All proceeds go to local charities in addition to awarding scholarships to our local high school senior students.

Bill Lillis talked to us about the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) was created in 1992 as a substance abuse prevention alliance to localize, strengthen and deepen initiatives, drug-free assistance and parent education conferences throughout the state.

PDFNJ is committed to educating the public about substance use prevention and the disease of addiction so that New Jersey residents can live healthy lives, free of the dangers of drugs. Your support of this mission is deeply appreciated. All PDFNJ programs are available free of charge to the residents of New Jersey.

To learn more visit

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Speaker Nick Zorojew from Downtown Toms River talked to us about all the great events, business updates around downtown Toms River. 
Downtown Toms River is a not-for-profit organization specially designated to promote and implement the economic revitalization of the Downtown Toms River business district.
To learn more visit:

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As we start planning our gift auction on March 4th, 2019 (SAVE THE DATE ), we would like to request sponsorships for our program booklet. If you are interested, a full-page ad (size 8.5 x 11) is $100 and a half-page ad (size 8.5x5.5) is $60. Simply message us and we'll send you the ad form that needs to be filled out.

 NOTE: This is a tax-exempt donation and the program will be given out to 300 people that attend our gift auction.



We are happy to announce the winners of the 33rd Annual Central Ocean Rotary Raffle!

1st Place - Ticket #131 went to Laverne White
2nd Place - Ticket #133 went to Henry Hengchua
3rd Place - Ticket #045 went to Suzanne Heinzman

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket! ❤️ Special thanks to Veronica at Artisan's Restaurant & Breweryfor helping us pick this year's winners!

Yesterday Leslie Knox, Andrew Knox, David Paulus talked to us about the 200 Club of Ocean County. This organization was formed by private citizens to provide assistance to the families of Policemen, Firemen, First Aid Squad Members in Ocean County who lose their lives or who are seriously injured in the line of duty.

To learn more about this great organization visit their website:

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Central Ocean Rotary was proud to attend the Ocean's Harbor HouseChanging Lives Gala on Friday night. The origins of Harbor House can be traced to an inspiring guest speaker who spoke to our club over 30 years ago about the problem of youth homelessness and inspired members into action. Our club still supports this great charity today!​

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Last week Diane came to talk to us about Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter and their walk happening on Saturday, October 20th in Bradley Beach.

Did you know every 65 SECONDS someone in the US develops Alzheimer? We all know someone that has or has had this awful disease. As a matter of fact, Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

So, save the date and walk to support this great cause. To learn more

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This past Tuesday it was a great honor to have Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher visit our club and talk to us about the great plans Toms River Township, New Jersey has for the redevelopment of Water Street area. They are in the beginning stages still... permits and funding are still being worked on. This project will surely take some time but the wait will be worth it!

Thanks, Mayor Kelaher for your visit and information!


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On Tuesday, Pat Bohse spoke to our club about Social Community Activities Network - SCAN. SCAN has been serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ age 50+ population for 30 years by enhancing the quality of life for active adults through socialization, education, technology, and resources. 
For more information on this great organization
S - Social
C - Community
A - Activities
N - Network
Visit their website at


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Sandra from Ocean County Solid Waste Management stopped by to talk to us about the right way to recycle, what is and isn't recyclable and other very important information. 
We learned so much with Sandra that we would like to share a few great resources/tips:
 DO NOT recycle plastic bags - they break the machinery
 Shredded paper is NOT recyclable
 Here is a full list of all acceptable and non-acceptable recycling materials:…/6460896f-6c23-4855-a411-67a3c74…

 For more recycling information visit their website or download their app:


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Yesterday we received a visit from Rachel Schnack, a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) leader. Rachel talked to us about her experience in the program as well how RYLA help her become a better leader. While at RYLA, Rachel got to meet other young leaders around the world, build communication and problem-solving skills, made long lasting friendships, and much more.

RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. To learn more visit:…/our…/rotary-youth-leadership-awards

Pictured below are (left to right): Member Henry Hengchua our Ryla Coordinator, Laurie Schnack (Rachel's mom), Rachel Schnack, Member Mark Rushwald (Rachel's grandfather) 

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Join us welcoming new member William Groff. William is an engineer at O'Donnell Stanton & Associates and was sponsored by member Jim Koerner.

We are very excited to have William on board and look forward to doing many service projects together! 🎉

 left to right: President Mike DellaRocca, new member William Groff, Club Membership Chair Ben Giovine


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