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Central Ocean

Central Ocean Rotary

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
1171 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753
United States of America
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The HELPING HUMANITY TOGETHER program comes thru again! Because of your contributions, a delicious lunch from Artisan's Restaurant & Brewery and Pondrelli's Italian Pastry Shop was delivered to our front line heroes from the Ocean County Health Department who are working at the local COVID test site located at Ocean County College.

Things have gotten busy again at this COVID test site now that prescriptions are no longer needed. Last week, over 200 tests were administered on one day. Hard-working staff and volunteers continue to keep the line moving and keep appointments on time. To schedule an appointment visit www.OCHD.ORG

Thanks to everyone who has donated. Our ‘HELPING HUMANITY TOGETHER’ program is not only helping feed our front line heroes but also it is helping our local restaurants. This is a community effort and hope that we can continue to count on your support.

➡️ To donate please visit: any amount is highly appreciated.


Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will.

HOPE Sheds Light raises awareness and educates individuals, families, and the community about the impact of addiction by having the courage to share personal experiences and offer strength, wisdom, hope, and resources that lead to positive community change and long-term recovery.

Thank you Heather Price for coming to our meeting and talking to us about this great organization. If you or someone you know need help please visit:


The daughter of member Renee Millemann was the recipient of this year's Volunteer Service Award for assisting distributing laptops to local students.
Thank you Nicole for your help!
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Congratulations to our public image chair Jessica Connors for being named a Paul Harris Fellow at our recent installation dinner. Jessica's service to our club has been outstanding, and she brings her knowledge, passion, and dedication to everything that she does for Rotary. We are so grateful for her, and this honor was well deserved. #ServiceAboveSelf
Join us congratulating Maryann Gingrich for receiving the Service Above Self Award. Maryann always goes above and beyond to help others with a smile and most recently she has spearheaded our Helping Humanity Together Program.
❤️ Thank Maryann for everything you do!

We were happy to be able to have our 2020-2021 installation dinner this past Tuesday and see many faces we haven't seen in person in many months.

Congratulations to our new President George Hanna, who will be leading us under the Rotary theme "People of Action". Special thanks to our outgoing President Elizabeth Rastelli (and the rest of the board) for all your hard work this past year. We completed many service projects as well as helped many organizations/individuals/students in our community. Looking forward to another year of service under the guidance of our new President George Hanna.

Special thanks to District Governor May Montag-McMurray and the rest of our guests for joining us.

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Have you heard of Shelterbox?
Linda Mayger of the Rotary Club of Saucon, Center Valley joined us virtually to talk to us about Shelterbox. "A world where no family is without shelter after disaster" When people are plunged into crisis, normality is suspended. But good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. This is why Shelterbox provides tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives.

To learn more visit:

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Have you heard of Toms River Communities That Care (CTC)? CTC is a data-driven, coalition-based process that brings together all sectors of the community in order to help decrease youth problem behaviors, which include substance and alcohol use, nicotine use, violence, delinquency, and mental health conditions. This process is internationally done and comes out of the University of Washington.

The RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery was the first to bring the CTC process to New Jersey. Our guest Clair Janal is the Toms River CTC Coordinator.

For more information visit:

Our annual scholarship/laptop luncheon presentation was a little different this year but we are still very proud of all the high school recipients. As always, our scholarship committee had a very difficult decision to make but we are happy to announce the winners. Congratulations to you all and wish you the best in the years to come!

TR HS South
• Mariana Tecalero
• Freda OseI
• Christiana Ntim

TR HS North
• Yuenig Huang
• Rose Serrano
• Erika Likey

TR HS East
• Ryan Gass
• Devontay Hryc
• Mackenzie Rouse

Scholarship Winners
• Donovan: Anthony Steed
• TRE: Kira Soricelli
• TRN: Michael Ardise
• TRS: Christiana Ntim
• VOC: Jeniffer Herrera 

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Patty Morgan and Jeff Heilbrun from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey were our guest speakers last Tuesday. The agency provides a variety of community-based services for children ages 6 to 18 including Job Shadowing, Work Place Mentoring, College Mentoring, School Mentoring, Back on Track, and Bigs in Blue.

If you are interested in being a mentor or if you are in need of a mentor, please call 732-544-2224 or email

We are happy to announce that our new "Helping Humanity Together" Program made the first breakfast donation this week to the hard-working staff from the Security Department at Community Medical Center.

For this week's delivery, we were happy to purchase from these local restaurants: Silver Bay BagelsOB-CO's Donuts (OFFICIAL) and Bubbys Beanery. If you haven't yet, make sure you check them out.

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐘𝐎𝐔, our Toms River community. All donations, small or large, will allow us to continue to help our local restaurants while providing food to our front-line heroes. To donate to our Helping Humanity Together program visit
𝟏𝟎𝟎% 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲.

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Last week we met Megan O'Keefe, Executive Director at Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey - CVCJ. This organization provides FREE supportive services to the frail elderly and the home-bound, enabling them to live independently and with dignity in their own homes.

If you or someone you know meets the following criteria, contact them:
- 60 years of age or older, or a family caregiver
- No longer driving
- Living in their own home
- Living in Northern Ocean and Southern Monmouth Counties

Interested in volunteering? Visit their website:


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Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River is accepting donations that will be used at local restaurants to help them stay in business while providing meals to our heroes that are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. 100% of the money raised will go to local restaurants to prepare meals that will then be delivered to local agencies to show our support and gratitude.
Two easy ways to donate:
OR By Check
Please make payable and mail to:
     Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River
     P.O. Box 63
     Toms River NJ 08754
Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way in supporting our community.  We are all in this together! ❤️

#NationalNursesDay - We sent a special 'thank you' to all nurses on the front lines. We truly applaud your hard work 👏

Today we dropped off face masks and food from Mia's Pizza 37 to the Radiology, Emergency Room, and Social Work Departments at Community Medical Center. We would also like to thank our members Caterina Tramontana-matteace, Cynthia Nwana, John Anderson and George Hanna for representing our club and delivering these goodies. Thank you to President Elizabeth Rastelli for ordering the food and member Andrew Girtain at Girtain Sign for getting the medical masks and for donating an additional 100 masks.

Together, we can make things happen. ❤️

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Club Staff
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Central Ocean Foundation
Club Membership Chair
Club Administration Chair
Service Projects Chair
Sergeant at Arms
RYLA Coordinator
Speakers Coordinator
Scholarship Chair
Raffle/Fund Raising
District Grant
Social Events Director