November 2017
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Service Above Self

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On Saturday September 10, 2017 the Paramus Rotary Club held a Food Drive to benefit the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center and the Paramus Veterans Food Bank. 
The Food Drive was held at the Paramus Shop-Rite Route 4.
Thank you to the Paramus Rotary Club Food Drive Chairperson Lois Horowitz as well as her team of Joe Lupo, Lydia Krevit, Glenda Campeniolo, Peter Kantzilieriks, Serge Dumay, Kris Rangachari, Klas Haglid, Doris Spano, and Sam Stone who gave up of their day to volunteer work shifts from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Though their efforts and the generosity of so many Shop-Rite patrons it took 4 trucks to carry all of the donated items.
As shopper were entering the Shop-Rite they were handed a list of needed food products and other needed supplies that would benefit individuals and families who are in immediate need of these items. Cash contribution were welcomed and were used to buy additional foods needed to restock the food bank's shelves. 
An important part of Rotary is the motto "Service Above Self". What that means is that we put others needs before ours. 
The Paramus Rotary Club is the largest in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson Counties and we welcome businessmen and women as well as retirees and (through our Interact and React Clubs in Middle and High School) young people that want to contribute to our community, our state, and our world.
We welcome interested parties to join us and become active as a Rotarian and see Rotary Boots On the Ground in action helping the community.
That is want was in evidence at this Food Drive.
Several tons of food were collected -  well over 20 full food carts!
The Paramus Rotary Club is always looking forward to provide scholarships for graduating high school students living in Paramus. This year the Paramus Rotary Club was able to provide $30,000 in scholarships to several deserving students. 
Visiting us recently was one of those deserving students – Katie Baumgart who thanked the Paramus Rotary club for her scholarship and shared her plans for college and the future. Next week Katie will be attending Rutgers University School of Nursing.
Katie is the recipient of the Nick Laganella scholarship.
The Paramus Rotary Club is always looking forward to provide scholarships for graduating high school students living in Paramus. Visiting our club were two of those deserving students – Amanda Lee and Steven Link. Both thanked the Paramus Rotary club for their scholarship, provided some background on their HS experiences, and shared their plans for college and the future. Amanda will be attending Rutgers University 6 year Pharmacy program specializing in Pediatric Pharmacy. Steven will be attending Binghamton University—SUNY pursuing his Business Degree.
Amanda was the recipient of the Ruth Gray Memorial scholarship
Steven was the recipient of the Emil J. Geering scholarship
Paramus Rotary Club Scholarship recipients shared how their scholarships supported their college experiences and activities. 
Erica DePasquale is the recipient of the Nicholas Laganella Memorial Scholarship
Alyssa Nungra is the recipient of the Assunta Laganella Memorial Scholarship
Annika Nunfra is is the recipient of the Ruth Gray Memorial Scholarship.
Lindsay Carpenter is the recipient of the Nicholas Laganella Memorial Scholarship 
Paramus National Night Out is an event that enhances the relationship between neighbors, community organizations, community minded businesses, and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
This event, held on Tuesday, August 2nd provided a great opportunity to bring police and the community together under a positive circumstance.
Of course the Paramus Rotary Club was well represented by Rotarians Lydia Kievit, LenLoPinto, Fred Rohdieck, and Honorary Rotarian Donna Perkosky.
Visitors to the Rotary table received information brochures, Rotary Coloring Book, and their choice from many taste treats.
The Paramus Rotary Club provides scholarships for graduating high school students
The Paramus Rotary Club is always looking forward to provide scholarships for graduating high school students living in Paramus. About 40 students who had a record of successful high school work and community service and who are applying to any accredited technical College or four-year University applied. This year the Paramus Rotary Club was able to provide $30,000 in scholarships to several deserving students.
Visiting today was one of those deserving students - Nancy Huffman. Nancy thanked the Paramus Rotary club for her scholarship, provided some background on the HS experiences, and shared her plans for college and the future. Nancy is a high honors graduate of Paramus High School and will be attending the University of Maryland perusing studies in Animal Behavior, hoping to eventually go into Veterinarian Medicine. Nancy is the [name sake] granddaughter of our club member Nancy Huffman who has been in Rotary since November 1989.
Thank You Paramus Rotary Night at Paramus Band Shell
On the evening of July 12th The Paramus Cultural Arts Council Summer 2016 “Terrific Tuesday’s Concert Series” was held as a ‘Thank You’ to the Paramus Rotary Club for their service to the Paramus community specifically, and to their global efforts to make the world a better place for all. This evening’s concert was held at the Paramus Band Shell which was presented to the Paramus community in 1969 through a donation from the Paramus Rotary Club.
On the same site rests the Paramus Peace Park and Gazebo which in 2011 was likewise presented to the Paramus community through a donation from the Paramus Rotary Club. The Peace Park is dedicated to global peace, multicultural understanding, and conflict resolution. In the Gazebo is the Paramus Peace Pole on which the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” are written in the most prevalent languages of the community. Pictured by the Gazebo is 2016-2017 Paramus Rotary Club President Nicolas A. Laganella II.
Also in attendance representing the Paramus community and to offer his personal gratitude to the Paramus Rotary Club is (seen above – left) Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera.
Paramus Rotary Club 2016-2017 President Nicholas A. Laganell II seen here addressing the audience, sharing several examples of the Paramus Rotary Club’s community projects, and sharing the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self  by providing service to others, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Nick also recited the Guiding Principles of Rotary
Is it the TRUTH?    Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The evening continued with a performance by TUSK, Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
Paramus Rotary Club
68th Installation Ceremony
June 24, 2016
Seasons Catering & Special Events
Master of Ceremonies – Mike Kurzawski
Pledge of Allegiance – Ed Lang
Discharge of 2015-2016 Officers
Installation of 2016-2017 Officers
Emil Geering 
Farewell to 2015-2016 Club President Jay Leone
Receiving Past President’s Pin
Rotarian of the year award to MaryAnn Siniscalchi 
Presidents Award to the “Double D’s”
Diane Vasile-Falcone and Dawn Feoenzo
Installation of Incoming President for 2016-2017
Nicholas A. Langanella ll – Receiving Presidents Pin
Installation of Officers for 2016-2017
Nicholas A. Langanella ll & Family 
Paramus Rotary Club Cash Raffle Event – June 17, 2016
400 tickets sold – 3rd prize $2,000 – 2nd prize $3,000 – 1st prize $15,000
Great job Barry, Mike, Diane, Jennifer, and the entire event committee!!
Thank you to Seasons Catering!!
Great to have ‘Gift of Life” Heart Surgery patient visit us now that her life saving operation is complete!!
Great to see all our Rotary Club members, friends, and guest enjoying the event!!
Thanks to our “Rotary ladies” selling 50/50 tickets - $2,000 went to the winner!!
Of course the REAL winners tonight are the organizations and community causes that will be recipients of this event’s funds!!
The very special guest speaker at the Paramus Rotary Club Meeting Thursday, June 16, 2016 was Dana Spett the Executive Director for Pony Power Therapies at Three Sisters Farm in Mahwah, New Jersey. Pony Power is an organization that has been supported in the past by the Paramus Rotary Club…but this is Dana’s first in-person presentation at one of our meetings.

Pony Power Therapies is a non-profit organization giving special needs and at-risk children and adults a unique opportunity to ride, care for and interact with horses. Their riding and non-riding activities enhance individuals’ physical, social and emotional well-being in a safe, nurturing farm environment.

Pony Power Therapies was founded in 2000 (in Paramus) to provide horse-assisted activities to children and adults with a broad spectrum of developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. A lifelong equestrian, Founder and Executive Director Dana Spett discovered therapeutic horseback riding while researching alternative therapies for one of her daughters with mild special needs.

In 2005, Pony Power transitioned to a 501(c)3 organization to meet the increasing needs of the community, and now serves as Bergen County’s only facility providing horse-assisted activities for special needs populations.

Since 2000, they have provided horse-assisted activities to children and adults with a broad spectrum of developmental and physical disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, visual impairments and traumatic brain injury.

They also serve individuals, families and groups facing a range of life challenges, such as those dealing with trauma and loss, substance abuse and recovery, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, relationship and social issues, parenting challenges and more. 

They currently serve 190 children and adults per week with a staff of 12 and about 150 volunteers. Their clients range from the youngest 2 ½ year old to their oldest at age 88.

Pony Power is home to 18 seasoned therapy horses and ponies. All of their horses and ponies have been donated or rescued…and each exhibits an understanding of the significance of the new responsibility with which they have been entrusted.


On a physical level, the riding helps participants strengthen and develop muscles and hone balance and motor control. Emotionally, riders develop a sense of responsibility and respect for an animal, learn problem-solving skills and develop an increased ability to focus. The unique relationships riders develop with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem, as well as foster feelings of independence and pride.

During each 30-minute session, riders are paired with one Pony Power Instructor, and two trained volunteers. Each session focuses on one of six key life skills, including safety, communication, setting boundaries, critical thinking, social skills and responsibility. 


To find out more about Pony Power Therapies please visit

They are always looking for more volunteers and donations.


It was also GREAT to have MaryAnn Siniscalchi back at our meetings and having her as this week’s greeter!

Please contact us and say “yes I’ll be there” as part of the Paramus Rotary Club’s July 4th Parade contingency. Email committee chair Fred Rohdieck at OR sign up next few weeks at our Thursday afternoon meeting.
PARAMUS, N.J. — Jennifer Padolina rushed from the Intensive Care Unit to the waiting room of a Vietnamese hospital where dozens of patients were sprawled across the floor.
The Paramus rotarian was on a medical mission trip with nine doctors and ten nurses and would have liked to have helped anyone who needed it. But that day, Padolina was there for Doan Anhdang, a 3-year-old recovering from life-saving heart surgery. His parents had gone back to work and left him to recover in the hospital with his grandmother.
"I held him," said Padolina, whose primary role on the trip was to provide comfort to families. "He was the very first kid I fell in love with." He was also among the 26 that the team of volunteers were able to save on a January mission trip to Hanoi, the country's capital.
The trip was made possible with the $60,000 raised by the Paramus Rotary and lead by Gift of Life International, and opened Padolina's eyes to the vast difference in healthcare provided in third world countries, she said.
"To be in a hospital here compared to a hospital in Vietnam is like night and day," said Padolina, . "It is not even really a hospital because hospitals here would never allow the kinds of things that go on there." Patients clutching tattered blankets huddled on muddied hospital floors. Surgeons wore smocks in the operating rooms and some went without their gloves.
Since returning from Vietnam, Padolina has set out on a new mission, traveling to local rotary clubs spreading awareness. But she would "without a doubt" return overseas. 

The Florie Scialla Award sponsored by the Paramus Rotary Club for outstanding community service was presented to the Paterson Rotary Club for its project "Service Above Elves".

Accepting the award was president-elect John Susani. Congratulations!

L to R are PDG's Gloria Counsellor, Bonnie Sirower, Joe Dino
and to the right, AG Peter Garafano, all Paterson Rotarians.


Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for Rotarians to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries.
Thanks in great part to Paramus Rotary Club member Klas Haglid the Water Project in the Majee Kone Village, Delta Region of Myanmar is nearly complete.
Nearly 400 were present for the 30th Annual Paramus High School Career Day held at Seasons in Washington Township. Paramus Police Chief Ken Ehrenburg gave an excellent inspirational Speech urging our nearly  300 students not to watch reality TV and to concentrate on society and becoming an active and productive member of it through their career choices. 
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