September 2021
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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
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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.
This past Thursday, July 16, the Rotary Club of Paramus had its first in-person meeting of the new Rotary Year! 
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.
 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. 
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This past Thursday, July 16, the Rotary Club of Paramus had its first in-person meeting of the new Rotary Year! 
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Assistant Sergeant of Arms
Director - Fellowship
Director - Club Service
Director - Youth Service
Director - Guidance
Director - Vocational
Director - International
Director - Community Service