Posted by Peter Kantzilieris
Paramus Rotary Club Meeting of Thursday, January 11, 2018
Our guest speaker this week was Donna Spoto, Deputy Director of Bergen County Division of Economic Development. Donna started out as a journalist with a local paper and this is where she discovered an interest in politics. She worked as a Public Information Assistant for the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. When a change of administration took place she worked for the well-respected Assemblyman D. Bennett Mazur as a legislative Aide. After working on a variety of campaigns she settled into North Bergen Town Hall for a brief stint doing public information. She was then asked to serve as Executive Director of the Bergen County Democratic Organization for Mayor Gerald Calabrese who was the Chairman where she stayed for 8 years.
Spoto has been a Councilwoman in Cliffside Park for 31 years serving on the finance, historical, and redevelopment committees.  A former middle school history teacher, she is currently the deputy director of the Bergen County Division of Economic Development.

Bergen County Quality of Life

Bergen County is well situated in the northeastern corner of the state of New Jersey, strategically nestled in the heart of the New York Metropolitan area. Located in one of the nation's wealthiest regions, the county is home to nearly one million residents, a vibrant and diverse business community and retail opportunities that are second to none. Bergen County offers many extraordinary attributes including highway access, quality of life, educated workforce, diverse housing stock and a supportive business environment for owners and employees to do business.

Road System

Our ample road system and transportation infrastructure allow businesses to access customers and suppliers with a well-developed road system that includes the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Bergen County commuters and visitors enjoy convenient access to public transportation assets whether it is bus, train or ferry. NJ Transit, the nation's largest statewide public transportation system serves the county. Teterboro Airport is another convenient transportation option for general aviation as well as charter flights located just 12 miles from Midtown Manhattan.

Labor Force

Our labor force is one of our greatest attributes. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bergen County's percentage of adults with a college degree or higher is 44.2% which is 10% higher than the national average. Our sought after colleges and universities continue to enhance and tailor curriculum to educate the workforce of our future for our growing companies.

Culture & Recreation

Bergen County ranks high in quality of life indicators. The Bergen County Park System features a nationally accredited zoo, five golf courses, 21 parks, two horseback riding areas, an environmental center and nine historic sites. The county is proud to be home to nearly 9,000 acres of assorted cultural and recreational opportunities.
One can visit their website for more information and exciting new things going on in Bergen County!
~ Len Manis reminded us that on June 15th is Relay for Life!
~ Diane Vasile-Falcone reminds is all that the Valentine's Day Brunch is schedule for February 11th and is completely sold out!!! Please if you have any donations or any baskets forward them to Diane, Dawn or Jay!
~ Diane Vasile-Falcone also reminds us that Greeters are needed for our weekly meetings so make sure you sign up!
~ Jay Leone announced to the club that Past President Nick Laganella has secured a storage area in his warehouse and if anyone is storing Rotary stuff st their location is urged to bring the items forward for storage at this new location.
~ Jay Leone also reminded us that there is a Night Meeting scheduled for March 22nd. There will be more details to follow!
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Posted by Fred Rohdieck and Nick Laganella
 The Paramus Rotary Club held two Food Drives to benefit the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center and the Paramus Veterans Food Bank.
The first drive occurred on September 10, 2016 and A second Food Drive was held on June 17, 2017 which yielded Tons and tons of food for both food banks. 
The Two  Food Drives held at the Paramus Shop-Rite during the Paramus Rotary Club 2016-2017 year collected food with a value of more than $39000. 
Paramus Rotary Club holds Food Drives to Benefit the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center and the Paramus Veterans Food Bank. Fred Rohdieck and Nick Laganella 2016-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rohdieck on Aug 29, 2016
Rotarians enjoyed the Summer Lobster Bake at Paramus Rotary Club President Nick Laganella home.
In addition to “Is it the TRUTH - Is it FAIR to all concerned? - Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER
FRIENDSHIPS? - Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”…. “Remember to have FUN”!
Rotarians enjoyed the Summer Lobster Bake Fred Rohdieck 2016-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rohdieck on Aug 08, 2016
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.
Scholarship Recipients Visit - Rotary at Nation Night Out Fred Rohdieck 2016-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rohdieck on Jul 04, 2016
Paramus Rotary Club Helped Paramus In Celebrating July 4th Independence Day
Paramus Rotary Club Members Participated
in Paramus July 4th Parade

Paramus Rotary Club Sponsored the Paramus Community Orchestra.
Seen here at the Paramus Sports Complex on July 3
leading up to the evening’s fireworks display.
We celebrate the Declaration of Independence for two reasons. It represents an official severing of ties between the original 13 colonies and the rule of Great Britain.
But it also represents the core of our beliefs, the very makeup of our identity as citizens of the U.S. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence,
combined a rich a history of ideas and eloquently presented them to the then
King of Great Britain along with a list of grievances.
New Story July 04 2016 Fred Rohdieck 2016-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rohdieck on Jun 30, 2016
 Paramus Rotary Club Meeting of Thursday, June 30, 2016 ...and MORE
What a day for the Paramus Rotary Club!!
Thursday, June 30th, 2016 was the last weekly meeting under the leadership of President 2015-2016 Jay was anything but "usual" as you can see from the following photos. While the Powerpoint presentation was "reporting" on the July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 weekly meetings and events, President Jay unveiled several surprises. First came the quick end of the formal meeting with the opening of the stage curtain and the start of a DJ and dancing. Shortly after a few songs came the next unveiling. The sliding doors at the back of the room opened and there was a display fit for a "wedding reception".
 There were also some VERY SPECIAL guests attending today meeting.
One of the many Rotary crowning achievements is the Gift of Life program which has saved the lives of over 27000 worldwide. This program began in 1974 with the very first heart surgery on then 5 year old Grace Agwaru from Uganda. Today, in 2016, we were visited by Grace as well as the creator of the Gift of Life initiative Robby Donno, and the current Rotary International Gift of Life program director Rob  Raylman. 
Pictured here are our club's own Mr. Gift of Life Ray Hough with Grace Agwaru with a $10,000 check from the Paramus Rotary Club for the Gift of Life Program.
Also pictured is most current Gift of Life recipient, her family, Ray, Robby, Rob, as well as others from the Paramus Rotary Club associated with the Gift of Life program. 
Two Paramus Rotary Club members are honored for their extra ordinary contributions to the Paramus Rotary Club.
Pictured is President Jay presenting the Presidents Award 2016 to Mr. Marty Diamond. Also pictured is the Paramus Rotary Club's "Godfather" Mr.. Ray Wells as he was the recipient of the his pin for 52 Years of Perfect Attendance. 
This evening was also the summer of 2016 first performance of the Paramus Community Orchestra thanks to the sponsorship of the Paramus Rotary Club and the Paramus Public Library. Pictured at the performance are Paramus Rotarian Fred Rohdieck and Rotarian & Director of the Paramus Library Len LoPinto...along with a large audience of appreciative concert attendees.
This was also an amazing week for our RYLA students.
RYLA 2016 ran from this past Sunday to Wednesday and the Paramus Rotary Club had four PHS students participating. Quote received today from them..."On such a high from RYLA in many ways that cannot be described in words..." Not only did WE have our four 2016 students there but we also had one of our 2014 RYLA students David Edelstein participating as a Servant Leader.
Pictured are David (center) and our 2016 Paramus Rotary Club's RYLAteers taken at the closing ceremonies this past Wednesday evening. It will be great to hear about their experiences when they visit us after returning back to school in the fall.
Rotary Club Meeting of Thursday June 30, 2016...and MORE Fred Rohdieck 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rohdieck on Jun 26, 2016
What a great way to spend early Sunday morning at New Jersey City University welcoming high school juniors from all over northern New Jersey to this week's RYLA camp. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership training program for young people, run by local clubs - in this case the program is sponsored by the Rotary clubs in district 7490. Our Paramus Rotary Club sponsored 4 Paramus High School students. As co-chair of our RYLA committee it was a pleasure to be among those who interviewed so many great candidates. Only wish there was more room in camp so that we could have selected more. Attendees come back to us each year saying how their RYLA experience was "life changing". Let the fun begin!
There to welcome everyone and direct them to registration.
RYLA participants just completing registration
Rotary District 7490 Governor Peter Wells
welcoming all the participants as the
RYLA program begins. Program runs
from Sunday - Wednesday
RYLA - Rotary District 9470 - Camp Started Today Fred Rohdieck 2016-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rohdieck on Jun 16, 2016
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.
New Story June 17 2016 Fred Rohdieck 2016-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Laganella on Apr 14, 2016
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. 
30th Annual Career Day a big Success ! Nicholas Laganella 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0