Information on The Ridgewood AM Rotary
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club is a local community service organization of professional men and women in the Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Glen Rock and surrounding communities. We come from a diverse range of professions and share the goal of making a difference in our communities and the world.
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Posted on Jul 31, 2016
Members of the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club held a food drive for the Social Service Association of Ridgewood. Food pantries are at their lowest levels in summer, making the timing of the food drive particularly important.
Long-time Rotarian Jay Fowler recently began training for his first New York City Marathon. He writes, "At 66 I know that this race will be both a physical and mental challenge for me, but one I am more than willing to undertake to support the charitable work of the Ridgewood Rotary Foundation."
Posted on May 08, 2016
Betty Wiest Receives Prestigious Arthur Fenniman Award
Former Ridgewood Deputy Mayor, active sportswoman, local personality and devoted Rotarian Betty Wiest received the Arthur Fenniman Award from Rotary District 7490 Governor Peter Wells and District Governor Nominee/District Secretary James Boyer. This is one of the most prestigious awards given to a District 7490 Rotarian and was named after Arthur Fenniman of the Maywood Club who exemplified and embodied both “Service Above Self” and Rotary’s 4-Way test throughout his personal, vocational and Rotary life. It is in his name that the District annually honors someone who has demonstrated these same qualities of commitment to service and high ethical standards. Betty is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M. which meets at 7:30am every Thursday morning at Roots Steakhouse in Ridgewood.
Pictured with Betty Wiest are James Boyer and Peter Wells, Rotary District Governor .
Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club Announces New Location at Roots Steakhouse
As of Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club will now hold weekly meetings at Roots Steakhouse at 17 Chestnut Street in Ridgewood. The move reflects the growth of the Club's membership and the need for a larger space to accommodate weekly meetings. The Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship. Featured speakers from the community and beyond address varied topics relating to community service, current affairs, history, politics and more. The Rotary Club is comprised of local professionals committed to making a difference in their community and the world.
Posted on Apr 21, 2016
Neal Frank ~ Newest Member of the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club inducted our newest member to the club, Neal Frank, owner of Creative Solutions, a promotional and printing products company. Pictured from left is Greg Taris, co-chair of the Membership Committee, Club President Ken Espanek, Neal Frank, and John Plum, co-chair of the Membership Committee.
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club welcomes all community-service minded professionals to join us at one of our weekly meetings at 7:30 a.m. at Roots Steakhouse, 17 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood.
Posted on Mar 13, 2016
Rotarians from Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club Pack Meals for Feed My Starving Children
Amanda Missey Addresses the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club
Amanda Missey, CEO of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, addressing the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club.
Posted on Mar 17, 2016
Emmy-Nominated Documentary Film Maker Minnie Roh on the Comfort Women of WWII
Veteran Producer Minnie Roh gave a riveting talk at the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club this morning. The Emmy-nominated journalist helped publicize Japanese war crimes against women in World War II by bringing to light efforts by the surviving "comfort women" to demand recognition and reparations by the Japanese government for the atrocities committed against them.
Dr. Caleb Kim, DDS, Joins Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Kim, DDS recently joined the club. Dr. Caleb Kim, a board-
certified Prosthodontist, established AP&P Dental, with his brother, Dr. Tyler Kim, a Periodontist. Their unique practice located in Ho-Ho-us is the only practice in Bergen County with a board-certified prosthodontist and board-certified periodontist working together as a team in one practice.
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club welcomes all members of the community to learn more about Rotary's commitment to Service Above Self by joining us for breakfast on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at Roots Steakhouse, 17 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ.
Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Welcomes New Member, Peter Krautle
Peter Krautle, Managing Partner of Louisa Voice, a growing company that delivers voice services to small and medium business, recently joined the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club. Pictured from left to right are Club President Ken Espanek, new member Peter Krautle, and membership committee co-chairs, Greg Taris and John Plum. The club invites all members of the community who are interested in Rotary's commitment to Service Above Self to learn more about the club by joining us for breakfast on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at Roots Steakhouse, 17 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ>
Posted on Feb 25, 2016
Dick Brahs, Managing Director of the Hermitage, Speaks to Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club
Posted on Feb 19, 2016
Inspiring Project by Ridgewood High School Project Interact
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Ridgewood A.M. Rotary's Annual Texas Hold 'Em Social
This is an annual Ridgewood A. M. Rotary social event. Rotarians and friends enjoyed a night of fabulous food prepared by our hostess Missy Elfers. Our host Rob Elfers set up tables and equipment. Players put in a nominal amount for the "pot". Knowledgeable players assisted those not familiar with the game so we all had a fun-filled evening.
Posted on Jan 21, 2016
Barbara Dunn, Executive Director of Paterson Habitat for Humanity gave a compelling talk about the many ways that Habitat for Humanity makes the dream of homeownership possible for low-income residents and helps to rebuild some of our poorest communities right here in Bergen County.
Pictured with Ms. Dunn is Paterson Habitat for Humanity board member, Wayne Angelbeck.
Posted on Jan 28, 2016
Mary Jane Surrago, a longtime volunteer with the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps, spoke with the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club about the Corp's long history and their vital role in the community.
Director of Paterson Habitat for Humanity to Speak to Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club
All members of the community are welcome to join us. The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at It's Greek to Me, 21 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.
Posted on Dec 31, 2015
Laurent Junod, Technical Director and Master Watchmaker for Patek Philippe, gave a fascinating presentation to the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club on New Year's Eve on the history of watchmaking and the future of the watch industry. Mr. Junod also discussed Patek Philippe's new elite watchmaking school in New York City, which is training a new generation of watchmakers.
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary is hosting a Happy Hour social for members and guests on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at The Office Beer Bar & Grill, 32 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood. All are welcome to join us for a casual evening and learn more about what Rotary is and how we serve the community.
Posted on Aug 25, 2015
For the first time, no new cases of polio have been reported in Africa for one full year.
Posted on Jun 03, 2015
Ken Espenak will be our club's new president starting on July 1st. Ken is a financial advisor with an Edward Jones office located in Ridgewood and he is a dedicated member of our club and we are looking forward to a productive year under his watch. Congrats Ken!
Posted on Jun 01, 2015
On May 7, 2015, our club hosted our biannual Humanitarian of the Year Award Dinner in honor of Ramapo College President, Peter Mercer at the Ridgewood Country Club. NJ CASA co-sponsored the event. The event was well attended and helped our club in its fundraising goals which goes to support many local and international charitable efforts.
Posted on Jun 01, 2015
Our Club collected over 13,000 pairs of shoes last Fall for Soles for Souls, which is a charitable organization that distributes shoes to the poor in the United States and all over the world. Thanks to Member Betty Wiest for organizing the event.
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Mar 14, 2015
At our meeting on Thursday, March 12th, we had a speaker, Raoul Mallalieu, from a local historical society. Raoul discussed the local area's contribution to the revolutionary war.
We have speakers almost every week and the public is always welcome to attend.
The Four-Way Test