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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 of America
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Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River is accepting donations that will be used at local restaurants to help them stay in business while providing meals to our heroes that are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. 100% of the money raised will go to local restaurants to prepare meals that will then be delivered to local agencies to show our support and gratitude.
Two easy ways to donate:
OR By Check
Please make payable and mail to:
     Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River
     P.O. Box 63
     Toms River NJ 08754
Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way in supporting our community.  We are all in this together! ❤️

#NationalNursesDay - We sent a special 'thank you' to all nurses on the front lines. We truly applaud your hard work 👏

Today we dropped off face masks and food from Mia's Pizza 37 to the Radiology, Emergency Room, and Social Work Departments at Community Medical Center. We would also like to thank our members Caterina Tramontana-matteace, Cynthia Nwana, John Anderson and George Hanna for representing our club and delivering these goodies. Thank you to President Elizabeth Rastelli for ordering the food and member Andrew Girtain at Girtain Sign for getting the medical masks and for donating an additional 100 masks.

Together, we can make things happen. ❤️

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Another great meeting this week! It's nice to see and hear what all these faces are up to these days ❤️

Let us know if you would like to be a guest or speaker for one of our virtual meetings, we will be happy to have you 🙂

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Last Tuesday our guest (& member) Renee Millemann from Coastline Pilates gave our members a virtual introduction to pilates. When there's a will, there's a way 😉. Thank you Renee!

Our virtual speaker last week was Laura from Ocean's Harbor House. As you know, this great organization provides assistance to homeless, runaway, abused, neglected, and abandoned youth, ages 10-21.

Due to our current circumstances, they need the help of our community more than ever. They have a full list of needed items on their website, make sure you take a look:

They also need food for the residents as well as the live-in staff (about a dozen people). Food orders and gift cards for take-out are always welcome. ❤️

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We were honored to be joined by Congressman Andy Kim via Zoom to our weekly meeting. Congressman Kim took questions from our Rotary members and discussed important topics affecting all of us. Special thank you to Rotarian Jerome Townsend for organizing the meeting.

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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:
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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:
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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.
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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.
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Thank you 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
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Club Staff
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Central Ocean Foundation
Club Membership Chair
Club Administration Chair
Service Projects Chair
Sergeant at Arms
RYLA Coordinator
Speakers Coordinator
Scholarship Chair
Raffle/Fund Raising
District Grant
Social Events Director