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Welcome to the Paramus PM Rotary Club

Paramus

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Season's Catering
644 Pascack Road
Washington Twp, NJ  07676-4323
United States
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Paramus Rotary Club
68th Installation Ceremony
June 24, 2016
Seasons Catering & Special Events
 
 
Master of Ceremonies – Mike Kurzawski
 
Pledge of Allegiance – Ed Lang
 
Discharge of 2015-2016 Officers
Installation of 2016-2017 Officers
Emil Geering 
 
Farewell to 2015-2016 Club President Jay Leone
Receiving Past President’s Pin
 
Rotarian of the year award to MaryAnn Siniscalchi 
 
 
Presidents Award to the “Double D’s”
Diane Vasile-Falcone and Dawn Feoenzo
 
 
Installation of Incoming President for 2016-2017
Nicholas J. Langanella ll – Receiving Presidents Pin
 
Installation of Officers for 2016-2017
 
 
 
Nicholas J. Langanella ll & Family 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Paramus Rotary Club Cash Raffle Event – June 17, 2016
 
400 tickets sold – 3rd prize $2,000 – 2nd prize $3,000 – 1st prize $15,000
 
 
 
Great job Barry, Mike, Diane, Jennifer, and the entire event committee!!
 
 
Thank you to Seasons Catering!!
 
 
 
Great to have ‘Gift of Life” Heart Surgery patient visit us now that her life saving operation is complete!!
 
 
Great to see all our Rotary Club members, friends, and guest enjoying the event!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks to our “Rotary ladies” selling 50/50 tickets - $2,000 went to the winner!!
 
 
 
Of course the REAL winners tonight are the organizations and community causes that will be recipients of this event’s funds!!
 
 

 
 
The very special guest speaker at the Paramus Rotary Club Meeting Thursday, June 16, 2016 was Dana Spett the Executive Director for Pony Power Therapies at Three Sisters Farm in Mahwah, New Jersey. Pony Power is an organization that has been supported in the past by the Paramus Rotary Club…but this is Dana’s first in-person presentation at one of our meetings.
 
 

Pony Power Therapies is a non-profit organization giving special needs and at-risk children and adults a unique opportunity to ride, care for and interact with horses. Their riding and non-riding activities enhance individuals’ physical, social and emotional well-being in a safe, nurturing farm environment.

Pony Power Therapies was founded in 2000 (in Paramus) to provide horse-assisted activities to children and adults with a broad spectrum of developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. A lifelong equestrian, Founder and Executive Director Dana Spett discovered therapeutic horseback riding while researching alternative therapies for one of her daughters with mild special needs.

In 2005, Pony Power transitioned to a 501(c)3 organization to meet the increasing needs of the community, and now serves as Bergen County’s only facility providing horse-assisted activities for special needs populations.

Since 2000, they have provided horse-assisted activities to children and adults with a broad spectrum of developmental and physical disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, visual impairments and traumatic brain injury.

They also serve individuals, families and groups facing a range of life challenges, such as those dealing with trauma and loss, substance abuse and recovery, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, relationship and social issues, parenting challenges and more. 

They currently serve 190 children and adults per week with a staff of 12 and about 150 volunteers. Their clients range from the youngest 2 ½ year old to their oldest at age 88.

Pony Power is home to 18 seasoned therapy horses and ponies. All of their horses and ponies have been donated or rescued…and each exhibits an understanding of the significance of the new responsibility with which they have been entrusted.

 
  

On a physical level, the riding helps participants strengthen and develop muscles and hone balance and motor control. Emotionally, riders develop a sense of responsibility and respect for an animal, learn problem-solving skills and develop an increased ability to focus. The unique relationships riders develop with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem, as well as foster feelings of independence and pride.

During each 30-minute session, riders are paired with one Pony Power Instructor, and two trained volunteers. Each session focuses on one of six key life skills, including safety, communication, setting boundaries, critical thinking, social skills and responsibility. 

 

To find out more about Pony Power Therapies please visit www.ponypowernj.org

They are always looking for more volunteers and donations.

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It was also GREAT to have MaryAnn Siniscalchi back at our meetings and having her as this week’s greeter!

 
 
 
PLEASE JOIN US THIS JULY 4TH AND PARTICIPATE WITH YOUR FELLOW PARAMUS ROTARY CLUB MEMBERS IN THE PARAMUS INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
 
Please contact us and say “yes I’ll be there” as part of the Paramus Rotary Club’s July 4th Parade contingency. Email committee chair Fred Rohdieck at fredroh@aol.com OR sign up next few weeks at our Thursday afternoon meeting.
 
 

 
PARAMUS, N.J. — Jennifer Padolina rushed from the Intensive Care Unit to the waiting room of a Vietnamese hospital where dozens of patients were sprawled across the floor.
 
The Paramus rotarian was on a medical mission trip with nine doctors and ten nurses and would have liked to have helped anyone who needed it. But that day, Padolina was there for Doan Anhdang, a 3-year-old recovering from life-saving heart surgery. His parents had gone back to work and left him to recover in the hospital with his grandmother.
"I held him," said Padolina, whose primary role on the trip was to provide comfort to families. "He was the very first kid I fell in love with." He was also among the 26 that the team of volunteers were able to save on a January mission trip to Hanoi, the country's capital.
 
The trip was made possible with the $60,000 raised by the Paramus Rotary and lead by Gift of Life International, and opened Padolina's eyes to the vast difference in healthcare provided in third world countries, she said.
 
"To be in a hospital here compared to a hospital in Vietnam is like night and day," said Padolina, . "It is not even really a hospital because hospitals here would never allow the kinds of things that go on there." Patients clutching tattered blankets huddled on muddied hospital floors. Surgeons wore smocks in the operating rooms and some went without their gloves.
 
Since returning from Vietnam, Padolina has set out on a new mission, traveling to local rotary clubs spreading awareness. But she would "without a doubt" return overseas. 
 
 
 

 

The Florie Scialla Award sponsored by the Paramus Rotary Club for outstanding community service was presented to the Paterson Rotary Club for its project "Service Above Elves".

Accepting the award was president-elect John Susani. Congratulations!


L to R are PDG's Gloria Counsellor, Bonnie Sirower, Joe Dino
and to the right, AG Peter Garafano, all Paterson Rotarians.

 

 

 
 
PARAMUS ROTARY CLUB WEELKLY MEETING REPORT OF JUNE 2, 2016
 
 
Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
 
While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for Rotarians to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries.
 
Thanks in great part to Paramus Rotary Club member Klas Haglid the Water Project in the Majee Kone Village, Delta Region of Myanmar is nearly complete.
 
 

 
 
WEEKLY MEETING REPORT OF MAY 19 , 2016 
 
 
 
Nearly 400 were present for the 30th Annual Paramus High School Career Day held at Seasons in Washington Township. Paramus Police Chief Ken Ehrenburg gave an excellent inspirational Speech urging our nearly  300 students not to watch reality TV and to concentrate on society and becoming an active and productive member of it through their career choices. 
 

 
 
 
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