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
United States
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Dr. Ron Shaiko returned to our Rotary Club once again this year to share his insightful annual perspectives on American Politics and Foreign Relations. We always enjoy learning more about trends in our domestic political landscape and living vicariously through his many International Travels (most recently to Kosovo where yes, they still love Americans). Might we see a 3rd party? What regulatory/policy changes will we see?  This year's watch area: North Korea.
 
Ron graduated from OCHS and the son of Joan Shaiko and the late Tom Shaiko - a longtime Rotarian. Ron is a Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth. The 2016-2017 academic year marks his 30th year of university teaching and his 16th year at Dartmouth College.
 
Time flew by as Ron presented to a crowded house @ Uncle Bill's. The photo below includes just a few of us with Ron (light blue polo shirt) and his Mom, Joan Shaiko with the white necklace, after the meeting adjourned. 
Our Rotary Club is working with American Legion Post 329 to help homeless veterans get back to work. Used bikes help provide Vets with a means to move forward in their lives from transitional housing... giving Vets a better sense of independence and freedom.
 
We are seeking helmets, safety vests, locks and reflectors - or donations. Community members are invited to provide gently used or new bicycles to the Operation. Basic repairs can be made. The bikes can be dropped off during business hours or delivered to the Wayside Village Barbershop in Marmora, located at 36 Tuckahoe Road behind the ShopRite on Route 9. The barbershop is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays.
 
For more information on OPERATION USED BICYCLES, please contact Randi Scheck at (609)412-3459
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On July 6, 2017, Rotary President, Cindy Harris-Chadwick, and other Club members, welcomed our newest member, Ron Showers, President of Resort Country Club Seasonal Park in Oceanview, NJ, at our first breakfast meeting of the summer season. 
 
Guests are welcome to join us Thursday mornings at Uncle Bill's Pancake House, 21st & Asbury in Ocean City at 7:00 am.  Come visit us and learn more about our international and community service through Rotary!
 
On May 25, 2017 we were pleased to recognize exceptional students from Ocean City School District, Upper Township School District and Cape May County Technical High School!  Congratulations to all of the 2017 recipients of our Academic Achievement Awards!
Based on the book “Samurai Chess,” Rotary and Mr. Ron Pennington teamed up to teach chess (and life lessons) through the Seven Principles of Samurai. 
 
The Ocean City Rotary Club, part of an international organization, dedicates itself to make positive, lasting changes in the communities in which they serve. “The principles of samurai means to give of one’s service. And Rotary is SERVICE ABOVE SELF,” Scheck said. The pair formed the classes to teach children respect, kindness and the principles of samurai through an ancient game that requires a lot of thought, strategy and patience.

Part of the focus of the classes, Pennington said, is to teach the children the principles he was taught growing up in Ocean City in the 1960s. “We’re using chess as this vehicle to teach what is right and what is wrong, and the consequences for what is right and what is wrong,” he said. “It’s all about choices. If you teach choices on this board and you make them aware that you can develop your own criteria as a child of choices for what is right or wrong based on this ancient game, let’s have them make the mistakes here.”
 
 
The Rotary/Exchange clubs golf outing was a great success!!!
We had golfers from both clubs and were joined for dinner by many non golfers.
 
A BIG THANK YOU TO RICH GARDNER FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER.
We will be having a interclub Golf Outing with the Exchange Club of Ocean City on
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at McCullough's Emerald Links, Ocean Heights Avenue, Egg
Harbor Township, NJ.
 
Tee off is 12:30
Dinner at 6:30
 
Golf and dinner $ 70.00
Dinner only $ 25.00
 
 
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.
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!
 

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.

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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.
 

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.

 

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.


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

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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!

 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
2nd VP & Programs Coordinator
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Sergeant at Arms
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Director, Community Service
Director, Community Service
Director, International Service
Director, Youth Services
Director, Club Service
Director, Club Service
Director, Vocational Service
TRF Chair
RYLA Chair