September 2023
Club Information
Welcome to the Paramus Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
644 Pascack Rd
Washington Township, NJ 07676
United States of America
Home Page Stories
On Tuesday August 1, 2023 members of the Paramus Rotary Club participated at the National Night Out event held on the grounds behind the Paramus Public Library and the Rotary Club of Paramus Band Shell, Gazebo, and Peace Park. 
It was a great opportunity to meet 100s of community members, participating areas businesses, community leaders, and members from many other community organizations. It was definitely another great way to share information about Rotary to inquiring attendees stopping at the Rotary Club of Paramus tent/table and hand out Rotary Brochures, Rotary themed coloring books & crayons, as well as candy, water, chips and glow sticks.  
It was a great information sharing opportunity and also……IT WAS FUN.
The Paramus Rotary Club welcomed Leena Memon at this past Thursday’s meetings. Leena is the recipient of this year’s Ruth Gray Laganella Scholarship.  
Leena visited our club thanking our members for the scholarship and sharing her future educational and career plans. Leena is heading off to Princeton University pursuing a degree in Engineering. 
Leena is one of the scholarship recipients for 2021, many of whom were featured in previous posts.  
In just the last 25 years the Paramus Rotary Club’s Foundation has distributed $827,500 in scholarship awards. 
Meeting Leena once again validated a good decision made by the club’s Scholarship Committee. 
Pictured is Leena and Paramus Rotary Club President Dawn Feorenzo.
Paramus Rotarians remember Tommy Kourgelis. 
At this past Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Paramus the membership turned out to host the members of the Tommy Kourgelis family. 
The meeting’s agenda was expanded to celebrate the life of Thomas “Tommy” Kourgelis who passed away peacefully this past April at age 83.
Tommy was the patriarch of the Kourgelis family and founder/owner of venues well known to District 7490 Rotarian - Seasons Catering, The Venetian, and Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury.  
The relationship between the Paramus Rotary Club and the Kourgelis family started some 30 years ago and Seasons Catering has been our Rotary Club’s “home base” every since. 
Born in Greece, Tommy immigrated to the USA in 1958. Through his tough work ethic and dedication to his career in the restaurant industry, he created the longstanding legacy that exists today.
In his memory members of the Paramus Rotary Club donated and dedicated 3 benches that are now in place on the grounds of Seasons Catering so staff and visitors can sit, relax, and enjoy the beautiful surrounding at Seasons. 
It also reminds so many of the Paramus Rotary Club members of the many times Tommy sat in front of the entrance to greet and talk to so many of us upon our arrival.
Pictured are Paramus Rotary Club members and Kourgelis family members and friends on the front steps of Seasons Catering as well as one of the three benches, 
This past Thursday’s meeting of the Paramus Rotary Club was packed with special guests.
Two of the special guests at this past Thursday’s lunch meeting were 2 of this year’s very grateful scholarship recipients. 
One of them Andrea  just graduated from Paramus High School and is the recipient of the Barry Fowler Scholarship.  Andrea will be attending the University of Delaware College of Education.
The other recipient is Frank having just graduated from St. Joseph’s Regional HS. Frank will be attending Rutgers University School of Nursing. He is a recipient of the Emil Geering Scholarship. 
The students spoke about their academic achievements as well as their career plans. 
It once again validated the selecting of them both as scholarship recipients.
Pictured here with with current Paramus Rotary Club President Dawn Feorenzo and Recent Past President Dr. Peter Kantzilieris.
The special guests at today’s Paramus Rotary Club lunch meeting at Seasons Catering in Washington Township were 2 very grateful previous scholarship recipients. 
One of them just graduated from college and the other will be starting her senior year. 
The students spoke about their academic achievements as well as their career plans. 
Impressive as that was, the highlight of their presentation was their extensive service and leadership activities. It was so very gratifying to hear them  exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”  Both are certain to themselves become future Rotarians. 
It once again validated the selecting of them both as scholarship recipients.
Pictured here with with current Paramus Rotary Club President Dawn Feorenzo.
The member of the Paramus Rotary Club have been doing great community service work during this pandemic by delivering dinners, masks and other PPE supplies 5 days a week to Health Care Workers and others caring for COVID-19 patients.
Here are some examples of the great work our Paramus Rotary Club members have been doing in the community during this pandemic.  
Thanks to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Chicken, Rotary Club members are delivering 100 dinners every
M-W-F. Additionally our members are also delivering supplies of masks and other PPE supplies to the staff at New Bridge Medical Center.
Additionally, thanks to fellow Rotarian and owner of the Fire and Oak Restaurant, out members are also supplying 100 lunches every Tues and Thurs. Along with these lunches our Rotary Club members are also delivering supplies of masks and PPE supplies. 
Deliveries are being made 5 days a week. 
The Paramus Rotary Club has also supplied masks and PPE supplies to Valley Hospital staff as well as staff of several area nursing homes.

It is important that the Paramus Rotary Club has the tools and tactics needed to fulfill Rotary Internationals goal of eradicating polio worldwide. We are  pleased to share with you two new videos that have been developed to help ensure that the  club is in-the-know about the global fight to eradicate polio and Rotary’s decades-long role in that effort.

These special programs on polio give background on the status of our efforts, provide historic insight into Rotary’s contribution, and outline the actions we can take to join together to end polio. We have come a long way since we started PolioPlus in 1985, but we still have work to do, and we need your help in empowering Rotarians in our  club to join the fight.


Great start to Paramus Rotary Club's first meeting of the 2019-2020 year. Our guests included 6 of our very grateful  recent Scholarship students who shared their future educational and career plans. It became very obvious that our scholarship committee made excellent choices. 

Pictured with the students is Immediate Past President Diane Vasile-Falcone, as well as Emil Geering and Nick Laganella, both who helped fund several of the Scholarships awarded this Year.
Home Page News
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Assistant to the President
Assistant Sergeant of Arms
Director - Club Service
Director - International
Director - Guidance
Director - Youth Service
Director - Vocational
Director - Fellowship
Director - Community Service