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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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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 β€œServe 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.
πŸ’ͺ 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
β€’ Donovan: Ava Cahill
β€’ OCVTS: Hannah Poulos
β€’ TRN: Amanda Brodsky
β€’ TRN: Yadira Martinez
β€’ TRE: Payton Moroney (not pictured)
β€’ TRS: Bernice Amankwah (not pictured)
β€’ TRE: Richard Daly and Julia Greco (not pictured)
β€’ TRS: Berncie Amankwah, Sebastian Amaro and Brenda Vargas (not pictured)
β€’ TRN: Danielle Marzella, Shirley Omari-Kwarteng and Vanessa Serrano (not pictured)
πŸŽ‰ 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. πŸ˜. We are very excited to have both of you on board and look forward to doing many service projects together!
We all know someone directly or indirectly that has been affected by drug addiction. HOPE Sheds Light is a beautiful organization that helps not only addicts but also their families because this is a family disease.
Heather Price came to our meeting to talk to us about the great work Hope Sheds Light does and to reminded us that their 8th Annual Celebration of Hope Walk will be held on September 11 on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk.
To learn more visit:
Last week we had a great presentation by Nicole DeStefano and Nicholas Napolitano from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Nick is a survivor himself and it was very interesting to learn more about these diseases and everything they do to create awareness. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a global leader in the fight against cancer. They not only fund the research to advance lifesaving treatments but also provide patients, survivors, and their families the education and support they need during these difficult times.
For more information visit their website
Our guest this week was Michael Hammer from Microbe Solutions LLC - Common Sense, an antimicrobial solution company located in Bayville, NJ. During Michael's presentation we learned that we should always read the instructions for our sanitizing products and not assume we know how to use them as we may not be really disinfecting an area. Go ahead, read the instructions of your lysol disinfectant spray... are you really disinfecting the area?
Common Sense is an environmentally safe sanitizer solution for home and commercial spaces that provide lasting germ protection and odor removal. Typical hand sanitizers only kills germs in the first 15 seconds and stops working. Common Sense continues to inactivate germs for hours after application while moisturizing and protecting your hands as it follows the CDC's guidelines.
Sanitizers will be part of the norm for years, let's make sure we use the right products and we learn to use them correctly.
Thanks, Michael for a great presentation!
We have our winners for our "May the Fourth Be With You" 50/50 Raffle. πŸŽ‰ Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone that purchased a ticket. ❀
1st place: John Anderson #750 $4,606
2nd place: Lou Madris #381 $1,316
3rd place: Michael Bucca #038 $658
Big thanks to Insectropolis for lending us their space and to Tim from OZANE Termite and Pest Control for lending us a hand... literally πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ
πŸ“£ Big shout-out to member Christine Girtain, Director of Authentic Science Research for TRHSN and TRHSS, for having two of her students present their scientific research at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
Christine's students have come to our club to present their research countless times and we are left amazed every single time by their presentations! 🧫🦠
Good luck to these two students and Christine! πŸ’ͺπŸŽ‰
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 18th, 2021.
It's always a good time to help our community! President-Elect John Anderson and Toms River Mayor Maurice B. Hill helping to distribute food this morning to those in need.
Thank you Fulfill and Toms River Presbyterian Church ❀
Thank you to everyone that registered and helped save lives. This is another successful blood drive in the books! πŸ’ͺ
Special thanks to President Nancy Ellson, President President George Hanna, and our members E Montes Rastelli, 
Michele Pagano Williams who volunteered to help run it.
Blood supplies are critically low. If you missed our blood drive and still would like to donate visit
We held an easter drive for 
A Need We Feed and member Maryann Gingrich presented the 
donated Easter Basket collection. Easter baskets will be assembled and delivered with meals for families in need.
Rotary always happy to help!
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Club Staff
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Club Membership Co-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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