Coordinating Ukrainian Int'l Relief Joseph J. Marino 2024-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Mike Penders visits Ukraine Joseph Marino 2023-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

Education Grant by Newark Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Club of Newark has sponsored the newly formed The Newark Rotary Foundation Inc. as a NJ 501c3 non-profit organization with the purpose of raising funds to be distributed to organizations that aid in betterment training programs for educating children and young adults and enjoining with other organizations in these efforts.
Our first scholarship grant was presented to Simone Givans at out May Club meeting, to advance her education in nursing. The grant was presented to Simone by the attending trustees of the Foundation, Michael Penders, John Wilson and Joe Marino, all of which are Newark Rotarians. We wish Simone well in the upcoming year and support in her educational endeavor. 
Education Grant by Newark Rotary Foundation Joseph J. Marino 2023-05-25 04:00:00Z 0


In September of 1910 the Rotary Club of Newark was officially filed as a New Jersey corporation and has continued its community and international service work continuously for 122years. Our members share comradery, fun and self-service in helping others throughout the Essex County area and beyond. Our organization is a member of Rotary International, a global organization known around the world for its efforts to eradicate Polio and other worldwide programs. Our diverse members come from all walks of life and professions which provide a great network to get things accomplished. Consider being part of this picture. 
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District 7475 END HUNGER 3.6 2023 event was held on April 22, 2023 where volunteers packaged 40,000 non-perishable meals to feed the hungry. Again members of the Newark Rotary Club volunteered along with Rotarian volunteers of other clubs and community volunteers to help with this effort in meal packaging in West Caldwell. 
Thank you Newark Rotarians - Rich Russo, John Wilson, Jenifer Hwang-Ceterko, Nakeitha Severe & Joe Marino (pictures MIA)
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Our meeting location....

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Our meeting location is at the Spanish Pavilion, 31 Harrison Ave., Harrison, NJ 07029.  Join us at for fun and fellowship at our general luncheon meetings. Please check our calendar on our Home Page for additional meetings and events, just click on the shaded date which will open the event. Newark Rotary is 105+ years young and counting....

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A Successful Flag Fundraising Project

Our Club's effort to raise funds to donate to Veterans and other Rotarian supported charities was a success. As earmarked, 60% the proceeds were donated for supplying companion dogs to veterans, the balance went to Ukrainian Winter Relief  Aid and the Masaai Girls Foundation. This is part of our efforts to support domestic and international aid. We thank all those who donated for their support.
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Military Commemorative Flags

Banners with the insignia of the branch of service will be monogramed with the veteran’s name on the first line with their rank with years of duty or rank with Theater of Action on the second.
The flag is 12in X 18in and the stand stands 39in above the ground with an iron American flag above the banner.
Cost per flag, including monogram and stand is $100.00.
Get you order form and more information here -
  This a fundraiser sponsored by the
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John B Wilson Honored

Our Foundation Chair, Trustee and long-time Member John B. Wilson was honored for his work with the District Foundation and Polio Plus efforts. 
John B Wilson Honored Joseph J. Marino 2022-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Patch article - Rise to Shine Foundation

Newark Rotary Supports Education in Kenya

The Rotary Club of Newark has announced its intention to provide private school funding for a student in Kenya for a four year period. The Club will work with the Rise to Shine Education Foundation, located in that country. Private school education is vital in Kenya; public school attendees are often denied the opportunity to complete their studies and to graduate. East Orange Rotary is sponsoring a second student.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors, with daily operations conducted by Executive Director Emily Bakhitah Akoth Otieno and volunteers. Donors are provided with semi-annual reports on fund utilization and the information on the positive impact the program has on the participating children. In announcing the Rotary Club’s intention, President Joseph Marino stated, “Not only are we doing good things in and around the City of Newark, but we are also helping people around the world in keeping with our premise of Service Above Self.” For more information on Newark Rotary visit their website at

Newark Rotary Supports Education in Kenya...
Patch article - Rise to Shine Foundation Joseph J. Marino 2022-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Newark Rotarians reach out internationally

The Newark Rotary Club not only supports domestic programs, but aid internationally, we had a request from a Rotarian member from Kenya and headed her call for assistance. Better she explain her need herself:
My name is Emily Bakhitah Akoth Otieno, and along with being a proud member of the Rotary club of Kisumu Winam, Kenya, I am the founder and executive director of Rise to Shine Education Foundation. Rise to Shine is a Kenyan based non profit organization, whose mission is to raise financial support to offer high school scholarships to very needy and very bright students to have the possibility of creating a sustainable future for themselves and their families in Western Kenya.
While we have been honored to work with a number of Rotary clubs in the US, we are currently  looking to partnering with district 4745 clubs, to support this effort, without which, this possibility could never be realized. 
Recently, I was honored to discuss the serious need to create sustainable futures for our children with two members of the newly created Essex County Presidents Round Table, Presidents, Carol Jenkins of the East Orange club, and Joe Marino of the Newark club. I am delighted to report, both were moved by the impact R2SEF has had on children, especially daughters, having the opportunity to complete high school and all that this makes possible for their families and future generation. 
I am reaching out to you, my fellow Rotarian members of the President Round Table, to see how together, we might collaborate to create a structure to enroll other 7475 clubs in “Being the Cause”, in impacting the lives of these future African leaders.
Thank you so much for taking a moment to read this email and I have copied the members of the roundtable with a request to follow up with the two of you directly.
Warmly yours in service to children,
Emily Bakhitah,
We listened and acted, please read on.
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Local Ukraine Relief Efforts

Rotarians again show their compassion. On March 25th the Rotary Mid-Northeast Multi-District training participants assembled in East Hanover for their Club's President-Elect training seminar (PETs). That evening a dinner was held for the attendees at which time various programs sponsored by Rotary International were presented, one of which was the efforts to help the Ukrainian crisis. Afterward a raffle was held to raise additional funds for this effort in which the dinner participants donated over $33,000.00 to go towards the Ukraine relief effort.
Local Ukraine Relief Efforts Joseph J. Marino 2022-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

End Hunger packaging a success

Newark Rotarians pitched in with other Rotarians, families and friends who attended the End Hunger Packaging event held at Caldwell University on March 12th. At the end of the day from bulk boxes and bags of food items, volunteers repackaged these items into premeasure single serving containers. Our volunteers then took these meal packages and boxed them in manageable boxes for distribution to people in need, some of which are destined for the Ukraine effort. At the end of the day collectively there were over 400 repackaged boxes to be delivered and picked up. Our thanks to all that volunteered.   
End Hunger packaging a success Joseph Marino 2022-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Newark Rotary & Friends Read4Life

In October 2021 the Rotary Club of Newark honors our community partners who helped make this book distribution project a success!
Rotary members of Newark and their sorority partners extend literacy with the sorting and distribution of 40,000 free donated books to the community.
Where do we go from here we said to ourselves? These boxes of books had to be relocated to another space, unloaded, sorted and inventoried. What a job!
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Rotary and You Perfect Together! 2020-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Season Greetings

We wish all our members, fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
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A Perfect Pairing

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The Rotary Club Newark partnered with the Newark Public Library on this amazing project.
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2013 Presidents' Dinner

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This Thursday we celebrate the changing of the guard, as I leave the post as Club president and Ed Lee assumes the post. I know we all wish Ed good luck as president.

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Posted by Joseph Marino on Nov 25, 2012

As you know Sandy packed a one-two punch, but not a knockdown blow. As Rotarians we have been on the forefront supplying first response supplies and responding to the needs of our nieghbors. District 7470 has set up a 501c3 fund to help those who have suffered from Sandy and for the possible crisis in the future.


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Evening Meeting

Posted by Joseph Marino on Sep 07, 2012
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Can't make our Tuesday lunch meetings at the Spanish Pavilion, 31 Harrison Avenue in Harrison at 12:30pm?  Join us via our evening virtual evening meeting scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm. It will provide you with a working knowledge of how Rotarians interact with themselves and the Community and we are always open to answer questions.
   Contact Aurilis Sanchez for meeting arrangement to join in,


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Any news worthy items to share

Posted by Sophia Smith on Jul 01, 2011
Let Sophia know it will be included in the next COG, with your permission of course!
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Newark Rotary bids farewell

Posted by Sophia Smith

It is with deep sadness that the members of the Newark Rotary Club bid a fond farewell to Dominic A. Lisanti. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad or the Newark Museum.

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Superbowl Raffle

Posted by Sophia Smith

ImageThis year we will join efforts to support the District 7470 and sell raffle tickets. Proceeds will support the Gift of Life, The grand prize is still Superbowl tickets...... interested? Contact a club member Sophia Modu using the email mamazeke at gmail tickets are still reasonable and support a great cause.

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Evening Meetings

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While the meeting room at Martini 494 is under construction our evening meetings are on a temporary hold.....  until further notice.


Stay tuned!

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Sustaining District

Posted by Sophia Smith
This year our Governor, Jim Allison has challenged us to make our District a sustaining district.  What does that mean you ask?  As you know all Rotarians are expected to support the Foundation with at least a $100 donation per year.  He is asking us to increase it by $10.  What is the benefit?  Special recognition from Rotary International.

Remember as well that if you give annually $100 you will achieve your goal of becoming a sustaining member and a Paul Harris Fellow, a prestigious honor on our circle which is also know outside as well.  Need more specific details ask John Wilson he would be happy to enlighten you.
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Our Super Bowl Winner

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 Our Super Bowl winner is an active duty army medic; he and his mother share their excitement in winning the prize:§ion (story links to CBS story)®ion_name=NJ®ionId=2

Our publicity keeps going on!  Congratulations Rotarians!

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Happy New Year

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 Looking forward to the New Year with my fellow Rotarians and a continuation of the great work we do!  Thank you!
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Club Holiday Party

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We celebrated the 2011 Holiday season with fellow Rotarians on Tuesday, December 20,

The Russo Brothers and the Cioppiettini's hosted the event with approximately 15 children from WISOMMM Charter School, Bruce Byrne leading the singing and even Santa!

The Newark Patch covered the event for us and we were featured in a story!

Thank you to those who gave of their talent and treasure to make the event a success.  We could not have done it without you and your continued support. 


The link to the Story in the Patch:

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Happy Hanukkah

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Happy Hanukkah!

As you celebrate the "Festival of Lights" blessings to you and your families.  Also wishing you a healty, happy and prosperous New Year!

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Posted by Sophia Smith
HurricaneNature is a wondrous concept something to both admire and fear.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the storm!  Be well and be safe in the coming weeks ahead.
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NJ Vocational Assembly

Posted by Sophia Smith
Theme: Vocational Service - Our Moral Compass
Evening Keynote Speaker: Kalyan Banergee, 2011-2012 RI President.
Afternoon speakers:
John Farmer Jr., Former NJ State Attorney General and current Dean of Rutgers Law School
Dr. Tina Kahill, Educator, Speaker, Humorist, and Author.
This is a joint event of all 5 Rotary Districts in New Jersey.  The Awards are given to promote the Vocational Avenue of Service and to recognize Rotarians within the Districts of New Jersey who are doing outstanding Vocational Service.
Date: Monday, Oct 03, 2011 at 3:00 PM  to 8:00 PM
Location: Pines Manor,    2085 Route 27, Edison, NJ 08817
Telephone: (732) 287-2222 Fax: (732) 287-2603
District Chair:   DGE Avi Tilak
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Posted by Sophia Smith
Another Newark Rotary Centennial Year was celebrated on Tuesday, June 21 at Rio Rodizio, graciously hosted by Past President Joe Casale. Thank you to the dinner committee:  Joe, Marilyn Torre, and Bob Schwarz, and to our treasurer, Dom Lisanti. 

Highlights of the evening were:

Rotary Chorus led by Bruce Byrne

Installation of new member Rob Schwarz

Presentation of John Wilson's 4th Level Paul Harris Award

An overview of the year's accomplishments by Joe Casale

Past President's Pin presented to President Maureen by Rich Russo

Passing of the gavel from President Maureen to 2011-2012 President Sophia 

Attendees included our oldest and newest members, and special guests. Club members welcomed Frank & June Cioppettini, Ian Edelson, Todd Edelson, Stan Holland, Phyllis Lisanti, Chi Modu, Elizabeth Russo, Madeline (Russo), Dottie Schwarz, Kathy Tilley, Paul Torre, and Pat Wickens. Thank you to Rio Rodizio management and staff, who were wonderful partners in creating a special event. The evening was just what a Rotary family gathering should be.  


Group Study Exchange (Columbia) Visit

Posted by Sophia Smith

Our club hosted five mid-career professionals (and their leader) from Bogota, Columbia on April 19, anchored by the exchange visit at our luncheon. Showing off the best of the City, the group had a personalized tour of the Newark Museum by Ms. Sue Smith of the museum staff, and a Liz Del Tufo - led City Subway/walking tour of Pennsylvania Station, Branch Brook Park (during Cherry Blossom season) and the historic Forest Hill neighborhood. We stepped out the following evening to show off Ironbound dining at Mompou, after which our GSE member (2009, Finland) Nelson Rodriguez took the group out on the town for the rest of the night. New member Jeff Tilley provided a vocational visit at Hoffman LaRoche for the group's leader. Assistant Governor John Deermount (and his wife, Cindy), were valuable partners for the entire day. All in all, our club was an excellent ambassador for the City of Newark, and for Newark Rotary.

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Help Restore the Newark Rotary Shelter at Mohican

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Blairstown, NJ: Whether you know the location as · the Robert Treat Council of the Boy Scouts of America Camp Mohican · The Appalachian Mountain Club's Mohican Outdoor Center · The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area along the Appalachian Trail · The Kittatinny Mountains – Blairstown, New Jersey · Or are a supportive Rotarian, the aged camping shelter bearing the words 'Newark Rotary Club' needs to be restored. Newark Rotary has been a bridge between town and country for 100 years. We hope we can count on your generosity as we raise money and materials for our project, the project is still ongoing. For in-kind donations of construction materials, and to volunteer, contact construction manager Rotarian Joe Marino of Applied Construction Services at For financial donations, make your check payable to 'Newark Rotary Club' with 'Shelter' in the memo area, and send to: Mr. Dominic Lisanti, Treasurer 53 Maddaket, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076. For more information, contact fundraising manager Rotarian Dan Merlino at
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