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.  
We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Roots Steakhouse
17 Chestnut Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(parking and entrance in back)
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Club Stories
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."

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. 

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. 

Rotarians from Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club Pack Meals for Feed My Starving Children

On March 13, 2016 Rotarians from the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club spent the morning at Hawthorne Christian Academy, packing meals for Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding hungry children from around the world. The hand-packed meals are specifically formulated for malnourished children. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world. Rotarian Tammy Butler spearheaded the community service project.

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>

Dick Brahs, Managing Director of the Hermitage, Speaks to Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club

Dick Brahs, Managing Director of the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus gave a great speech this morning.   The Hermitage,which is a National Historic Landmark and house museum, incorporates a stone house that was visited during the Revolutionary War by General George Washington. It was also the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Its picturesque Gothic Revival design dates to the 1847–48 renovation by the architect William H. Ranlett.  To find out more information please visit them at 

Inspiring Project by Ridgewood High School Project Interact

Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Member, Dan Fishbein, has shared this wonderful video produced by Ridgewood High School's Project Interact Club to help former student and multiple-cancer survivor Julia Leonard get a new wheelchair.
To view the video, please click here.

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.
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.

Director of Paterson Habitat for Humanity to Speak to Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club

On Thursday, January 21, Barbara Dunn, Executive Director of Paterson Habitat for Humanity, and Wayne Angelbeck, board member, will discuss how Habitat for Humanity is making the dream of home ownership possible for families with limited income right here in Bergen County. 
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. 
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. 
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!
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.
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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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.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
August 2017


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Roots Steakhouse
17 Chestnut Street
Ridgewood, NJ  07450
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