Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Twp.

   Service Above Self Since 1926


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Welcome to our Club! (Mailing address: PO Box 1187, Ocean City, NJ 08226)

Ocean City-Upper Township

Service Above Self Since 1926

Thursdays 6:30pm Sept-June (Jul & Aug: 7am @ Uncle Bill's Pancake House, 2112 Asbury, OC)
Greate Bay Country Club
901 Mays Landing Road
Somers Point, NJ  08244
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A fun, casual blue attire event... helping kids in need. For more info on GO BLUE click here.
CASA was founded in 1995 by a woman grieving the death of a foster child who once resided in her home. Having seen first hand the shortcomings of the system, she was compelled to do something to save other children from similar fates. CASA became an independent 501(c)3 organization and expanded the program to include Cape May County in 2001.
Currently, over 1,000 children in Atlantic and Cape May County Child Welfare Systems are eligible for our services. The children range in age from birth to 21 and come from many ethnic backgrounds including 46% Caucasian, 27% African American, 14% Hispanic/Latino, and, 13% multi-racial.
Who are CASA Volunteers? CASA volunteers are everyday people who are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children living within the foster care system. A CASA volunteer advocates for one or two children's cases until they are placed into a safe, permanent home.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Get your Full Moon Fling tickets NOW - This event will be a SELL OUT.
Event tickets are just $35pp until 13 Jan ($50pp afterwards)
1-in-25 chances to win $10,000 or 9 other cash prizes only $125/chance.
(Need not be present to win)

Many thanks go out to all of the Rotary members, Interact members, family and friends who are working today at our Alex's Lemonade Stand at the Ocean City, NJ Block Party.
In support of the Josh the Otter Water Safety Program for Children, we are participating in "Otter Spotter Day" on May 4th to promote May as National Water Safety Month.  We were able to spot a few Otters today at the Ocean City, NJ Block Party!


A Wonderful Weekend hosting our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students for 2014-15. What an amazing group of young adults... From Colombia, Poland, Spain, Germany, France, Japan, & Brazil. Thank You to all the RYE Committee Members & Host families that continue to help make this program possible. Rotary helps to promote World Peace and Understanding.... one student at a time.Image



Today we shared the first of many "Josh the Baby Otter" books with Pre-K students in Upper Township.

Please stay tuned for more details on this very important Literacy and Water Safety Program - and how you can help. Drowning is preventable. Josh helps to teach children to float like an otter and “stay away from water unless with an adult and to always swim with a buddy!”

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities... in this case, one child at a time.




ImageFor the summer months of July & August we'll meet:

Thursday MORNINGS 7am to 8am @

Uncle Bill's Pancake House

2112 Asbury Ave, Ocean City, NJ  08226 

(609) 398-7393




On Tuesday, 19 August, we hit the Boardwalk to see the 8pm showing of Ocean City: The Musical!! at the Moorlyn Family Theatre.


A show for the entire family! This brand new original production is a comedic and musical celebration of what makes Ocean City, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”. Come experience the history of Ocean City in a fully hybrid production of song, dance, video and more, hear the tales of pirates, shipwrecks, carnivals and movie stars. A perfect event to celebrate everything that is Ocean City!



This year through the Ocean City-Upper Township Rotary Academic Achievement Program, 31 students were recognized for their excellence in middle and high school. These awards included 5 - $1,000 scholarship awards for high school seniors raised through fundraising by the Ocean City-Upper Township Club. The students were selected based on GPA from Upper Township Middle School, Ocean City Intermediate School, Cape May County Technical High School and Ocean City High School and honored at an awards dinner on June 12th at Greate Bay Country Club with their families, teachers and members of the Rotary club. Congratulations are in order for all these talented students!


On Thursday, November 14th, 2013, and Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, members of the Rotary Clubs of Ocean City / Upper Township will provide dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the Ocean City and Upper Township Primary Schools.  The dictionaries are purchased from the The Dictionary Project and are age appropriate.  As third grade is typically when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn, this is an ideal time for each student to receive a personal dictionary.  While distributing the books, we tell the students about Rotary, its motto and its projects locally and internationally. Our reward is the glowing faces of the students and the endearing letters of thanks in the weeks that follow from both the students and the teachers.






On October 24, 2013 members of The Rotary Club of Ocean City / Upper Township and The Interact Club of Ocean City High School joined together to participate in Ocean City New Jersey's 66th Annual Halloween Parade.  We had a great night of fellowship and fun as we joined the Ocean City community for this wonderful event! 





We were honoured to have an amazing speaker... the epitome of Service Above Self: Rocky Gannon

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, while he was a junior at Ocean City High School in New Jersey, Rocky enlisted in the Army Air Force at the age of seventeen. He immediately entered pilot training. Soon after his high school class graduated, Rocky graduated from Pilot Training and became a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot. At age twenty he was flying the B-29 Super Fortress.

For the next 37 years, he flew six thousand hours in thirty-four different aircraft, from bombers to transports, from gliders to fighters. He has fifty military awards and decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, ten Air Medals, four Meritorious Service medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was a combat pilot in World War II, Korea, the Belgian Congo and 387 combat missions in Vietnam. After World War II, he served three years in the occupation of Iwo Jima and Japan. Fifteen of his thirty-seven years of duty were served overseas. In 1975 he became the U.S. Air Force’s first Master Air Traffic Controller.

After his retirement from the Air Force in 1980, he became an International Aviation Consultant. Later he became the Executive Director of the Florence Regional Airport in Florence, SC, retiring in 1993.

He is active in the community, serving on nine boards and commissions. He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. In 2009, he received Scouting’s highest honor, the "Distinguished Eagle Award”. In 2001 he was named the South Carolina “Aviator of the Year” and inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.

He has been married to the former Roberta Gause for 60 years. They have three grown children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.



Nearly 50 Rotarians family and friends gathered to welcome our newest Rotary Exchange Students on Friday, September 6th. The Tuckahoe Inn provided an amazing BBQ and Chef Tyson's Baby Crab Cakes... the weather was picture perfect all weekend.

Uncle Larry continued his amazing service to Rotary Youth Exchange Program by organized this entire weekend - the first time these students met one another since arriving in the USA. Activities included Gillian's Water Park & Wonderland Pier, OC Boardwalk & Beach.

A big THANK YOU to the local hosts: Uncle Larry & Aunt Shirley, Cindy & Bob, Astrid & Joe, Peggy & Tim, Eva & Ted.




This year's Phillies game was a great one.... Phillies win in the bottom of the ninth inning!!!!

Rotarians, family and friends rode a charter bus directly to the curb at the First Base Gate....

Non-perishable food was collected at the gate and subsequently delivered to Brigantine Food Bank for those affected by Hurricane Sandy (aka Superstorm Sandy).

Phillies generously donated $8 from each ticket sold earning us nearly $500 for the Rotary Foundation to help END POLIO NOW.

Thanks to all who attended.... especially Sue Burns & friends, and Joe and the folks @ Griswold Special Care.


Moorlyn Family Theatre
hosted over 30 Rotarians family and friends to a special evening.... Seth Bazacas provided an informative behind the scenes tour of the recent facility upgrades. It is the current vision of the Moorlyn Family Theatre to bring the excitement of live entertainment, quality cinema, and exciting music back to the Ocean City boardwalk - in a brand new way. Featuring fully digitized movie theatres, and a state of the art sound and lighting systems for live events, the Ocean City Tabernacle is ushering in a new era in the rich history of the Moorlyn Family Theatre. We were treated to a preview of Lee Daniels' The Butler ... and some of the youngest participants choose to see Planes.

The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Inspired by a True Story.



ImageMany thanks to all of the Rotary members and family who manned Alex's Lemonade stand.  

OCEAN CITY ROTARY participates in Bowl for Kid’s Sake

with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Sunday, April 1

3pm – 5pm


3 J’s in Wildwood
We raised over $920.00 dollars


Rotary will be returning to Guatemala to help provide clean water to Maya school children and their families.

Della and Scott Brown (Noon Club)along with Bob Blutinger (Boyars Market) presenting $1,000 donation to Richard Grimes of the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.


Dear Fellow Rotary Club Members:
    I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all those members who took time from their beautiful Saturday morning to help clean up the road from 55th Street in Ocean City to the toll bridge into Strathmere.  The highway now sparkles!  Bob Mohr did an excellent job distributing the coffee and donuts.  Kudos to the OCHS Interact Club whose members were also there to help.  Thank you Nancy Hannum.
 Yours in Rotary Service,
    Della Ostien, President
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
TRF Chair