Rotary Club of Wyckoff-Midland Park


PO Box 111, Wyckoff NJ 07481

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Wyckoff-Midland Park

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
The Brick House
179 Godwin Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ  07481
United States
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John Gaut informed the club about the art of Bee Keeping.
Wyckoff and Midland Park rotarians are having a special push on for this month to get food supplies to local Food Pantries.  We request that other Rotary Clubs in our district respond to the call to provide emergency supplies to local organizations.
Our annual breakfast for the successful College Scholarship candidates was held on June 11th 2014
Brian Murray spoke to the club about his Axenika Water Sanitizing System which can be used in areas that have limited access to clean water.
Advertising has evolved in recent years. Insights into the current landscape were provided by Jim Heggarty
Wyckoff Ambulance Corps welcomed our members over two nights to provide comprehensive CPR training.
Steven Wolfe, the founder of Solid Foundation, addressed our club today.  He spoke of his vision of empowering young people to make a solid contribution in their community.
Chris Hanly shared sound financial planning advice with our club members at our weekly meeting.
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President of Atlantic Stewardship Bank updated the club on their activities and charity outreach.
NY Giants kicker Jeff Feagles provided us an interesting insight into both his personal journey to the NFL and into his Superbowl experiences.
Today the coordinating members from the YMCA club provided an update on preparations for this years Triathlon taking place on June 14th in Franklin Lakes.   The Triathlon is a joint initiative between the Wyckoff YMCA and the Wyckoff Midland Park Rotary Club.
High School seniors can now apply for a scholarship from the Wyckoff Midland Park Rotary.  See attached application form.
Stephanie Colletti provided an update on the great work of Star of Hope in Paterson.
Shirley and Jorge paid a final visit to our club to say farewell before returning to Peru
Sr Gloria gave an animated talk on her life, Oasis and the using the energy she has been blessed with to run an organization
Martin Nolan, from the New York Metro Rotary Club, returned to our club to provide an update on the Haiti Hydroelectric project
isabella had a very worthwhile trip to Guatemala and attended our meeting today to give us an update.
Alfred Siss, who has recently published a new book stopped by our meeting on Thursday morning to speak about his new novel and to sign copies of his book.
Michael Duch is the manager of the new Cigar Shop that Aldo Cascio is opening up in Wckoff.  He shared his insight into cigars.
Grace Agwaru, the first ever recipient of a heart operation through the Gift of Life program visited our club.
At our weekly Thursday meeting, we were delighted to welcome our Gift of Life recipient, Jorge, along with his mom, Shirley. 
Our weekly speaker was Ellen Forstrom.  She brought us up to speed on the latest developments at the James R. Ganley School in Juarez Mexico.
Today we are happy to launch our new Twitter account for the club.
We were happy to welcome Midland Park Mayor Bud O'Hagan to our weekly meeting to speak to us.
Oscar Rivera from Honduras received a heart operation 18 months ago that saved his life.  He visited our club today with his family.
The Wyckoff Midland Park Rotary Club held a meet and greet event at the Brick House to welcome potential members to the club.  The evening included a demonstration of CPR from the Wyckoff Ambulance Corp

Our meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30am at the Brick House  (you are welcome to stop by for a visit). 



Current President, Tom Madigan and his wife Mary were welcoming hosts for this years Rotary Club Holiday Party at their home in Wyckoff. 

Club President has the following wish for all our members:  "Wishing you and  your families all the best in the New  Year!!"

Mayor Rudy Boonstra provided a comprehensive summary of town activities and answered questions from our members

Andy Topp provided an update on the water filter initiative to help victims of the Philippines natural disaster.

Jennifer, in her last year of her Physician Assistant program, will be travelling to Uganda to help staff several outreach clinics in the northwest of the country in Masindi-Kitara. 
Santa Claus and Mrs Claus make a stop at Wyckoff.  Club members helped spread cheer among the children coming to visit them by handing out balloons and candy canes.





Today we were very happy to welcome our District Governor and his assistant to our club.  He spoke about the 'Hands only CPR' initiative that he is promoting and other inspiring topics that helped provide direction for us for 2014


Members of our club - Pamela James, Tom Madigan, Ken and Carol Norman spent a day helping prepare the food, distribute it and clean up afterwards on the Relief Bus
Brian Prendergast was at work right next to the twin towers on 9/11.  He had a unique perspective on events that day which he shared with our club members.
Jay Vidockler provided valuable insights to our Rotary members on the good works and purpose of the Wyckoff Chamber of Commerce.
Rotary Interact held a day of inspiration and leadership training for students from our Rotary District 7490 of which Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary is a member.
Our annual Beefsteak Dinner held at the Brownstone on October 22nd was a resounding success and a fun time for all that attended.

Our annual project to deliver Dictionaries to all third grade students in any school in Wyckoff and Midland Park has just been completed.


Today Past District Governor Joe Laureni, and Chairperson of the District Gift of Life Foundation was able to give an in depth, personal presentation of the Gift of Life program since its adoption in mid-80’s by our Northern New Jersey District 7490. 
On Thursday October 3rd, during a club wine tasting event, we were happy to induct our two newest members to our Rotary Club.

This week at our meeting, local dentist Andrew Phillips, DMD spoke to us about the link between dental hygiene and the overall health of our bodies.


Juan Galloway gave an inspiring talk that opened all of our minds to aspects of being homeless what was a surprise to all of us.  One of the key messages was that whatever profile we may have had in the past of what a homeless person is, that profile no longer applies.




Although it was an early start for Billy, he was in high spirits and inspired us all as he joined us for our weekly meeting at 7:30am in the Brick House.

He was very happy to receive his gift and said his 'thanks' to all present.

We are looking forward very much to the Billy's Buddies walk on Saturday October 5th at 10am.  Complete information here.

If you are not able to make the walk, you can still donate to this very worthwhile cause by donating here.


Our Wyckoff-Midland Park club was happy to welcome Sami Eliya from Syria who provided a very insightful background to Syria, its history and peoples and the richness of its cultures.  His balanced summary of events over the last 40 years both economically, geographically and culturally provided a valuable context to understand the current conflict.


Leaders of the Wyckoff YMCA joined the club on Thursday to celebrate the joint success of the annual Triathlon.

The club was very happy to welcome 8 of the 17 students that we sponsored to attend RYLA 2013 in Pennsylvania.  RYLA is a week long camp where young people learn leadership skills and team building.  As one student reminded us "Teams make leaders and leaders make a team".

RYLA 2013 Students


Isabela Cipriani will be an exchange student from Brazil attending Ramapo HS for the upcoming school year. She will be hosted by three other families in the local school district area. Isabela comes from a town 100 miles south of San Pablo, and she is very interested in studying graphic design at Ramapo, as well as, prepare for university in Brazil when she returns.



 Photo:  John Adams, our Youth Exchange Coordinator welcomes Isabela upon her arrival in the U.S. 





Camille Charles has begun her year abroad as a Rotary Exchange student.  Here is her first update and a link to Camille's Blog




On August 29th,  Lynn Novak gave an enlightening and informative talk on the recent trip of Ramsey High School students to Peru where they learned about teamwork and leadership while also having a service component working on a project with local people.




The Club has selected the following students to attend RYLA this year:

From Midland Park High School:

  • Calvin Bushman
  • Nicole Cartaino
  • Nicole Hallak
  • Daniel Lynam
  • Erin McKenna
  • Elizabeth Pattman - Alternate
  • Alyssia Pacheco - Alternate 
  • Julianne Belesto - Alternate 

From Ramapo High School:

  • John Fasitta
  • Gabrielle Spezia 
  • Sahara Gipson 
  • Anna Pokosovsky
  • Amelia Breckenridge - Alternate
  • Camille Charles - Alternate
  • Rachel Azarian - Alternate 

From Waldwick High School:

  • David DeIanni (member of the Venturing Crew we sponsor) 

From Bergen Catholic High School:

  • Ethan Adams 

Congratulations to the youth, and thanks to the Committee.



Rotary President Andy Garlick graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday, April 20.

Here PDG Joe Dino congratulates Andy on his achievement.Image



The inhabitants in and around Mandeville, Jamaica are among the poorest of the poor. May live in card board huts. For a minor investment, the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary was able to build a real house for a family selected by the Diocese of Mandeville. Here the family takes possession of their new home.Image


Here is the "house" the Wyckoff-Midland Park Club replaced.Image



A plaque honors the donation of the house in Mandeville, Jamaica by the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary.Image


Every year Billy's Buddies, a support and advocacy group for parents of children with Downs Syndrome, sponsors a "Buddy Walk" in Wyckoff to raise funds and awareness for Downs Syndrome. This year the Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday, October 13, at 10:00 at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. Last year over 1,400 participated in the walk.

The Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary Club is proud to have been a sponsor of this event from the start, and to contribute as an Official Sponsor of the Walk.

Here Rotary President Andy Garlick presents Billy's Buddies President Christine Hourihan with a check for $1,000 to sponsor this year's event.


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