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Rotary Club News for 25 July 2024
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  • Rotary Int. Voices Podcast – Playmaker article in July Rotary Magazine about new RI President Stephanie Urchick and her Pittsburgh area roots.
  • Reminder about the District 7505 Behind the Wheel video series, featuring our own Club Past President Randi Sheck and her Cool to be Kind project. The most recent BTW video is about the Aug. 14th Rotary Phillies “Strike out Hunger” baseball game with the Marlins
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  • Posting of this week’s July 25th program speaker Dave Bailey and Ranch Hope
  • Photo of the Club’s July 11, 2024, speaker - Rae Griffiths, Operations Manager at the Cape May Point Science Center, for the first breakfast meeting of our 2024 summer season at Uncle Bill’s and our 7 am breakfast meetings.
  • Reminder that the Club website  - ocutRotary.org – is updated several times each week, as well as our Club Facebook page.
Upcoming OCUT Rotary Club Programs
  • Aug. 8th Visit for Dartmouth Univ. Professor Ron Shaiko … our annual August program for over 30-plus years.
  • Aug 25th – “TBD calls” are awaiting replies.  Watch for details.
  • Our goal is to schedule Club programs a month in advance.
Sharing news about nearby Rotary Club Events:
Somers Point
Sept. 17th“Back Bay Cruise” at Gardeners Basin in Atlantic City
Oct. 9th - “Murder Mystery Dinner” Fundraiser at the Somers Point Brewery. $65 tickets for dinner, one beer, and the show.
 
Community Events for Member Awareness
  • July 27th“Touch the Truck” fundraiser at Amanda’s Field to support a Township family’s child with medical expenses.
  • August 3rd, Saturday - Annual Tuckahoe River Paddle Race & Poker Run fundraiser at the Upper Township Municipal Beach on Mosquito Landing Road in Tuckahoe. All proceeds will benefit the volunteers of the Upper Township Rescue Squad. 
Friendly Reminder - Rotary Upper Twp. Citizen of the Year
Think about worthy nominations for our Club to make the annual recognition to a Township resident as part of the Upper Twp. Tree Lighting event in December.  Contact any Club officer or Board member with suggestions.   
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- Posted 25 July 2024
Rotary Club OC-UT July 25th Program
- Dave Bailey, Jr., CEO of Ranch Hope
The Rotary Club of Ocean City - Upper Township in-person breakfast meeting for Thursday, July 25, 2024, at 7 am, will be the a program on Ranch Hope by Dave Bailey, Jr.
Location: Uncle Bill’s Pancakes, 21st St. and Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ
 
Rotarians and other attendees are encouraged to “save the date” for July 25th
 
Please Note: This is a "breakfast menu" meeting, so walk-ins are welcome. 
 
As the Chief Executive Officer of Ranch Hope, Dave Bailey, Jr. leads a dynamic team of 200 staff which includes licensed clinicians, educators, health care and management professionals, volunteers and support staff. He has served for over 30 years at Ranch Hope, the last 18 years as CEO.    
 
Ranch Hope, Inc., is celebrating its 60th anniversary of serving children, youth and families in 2024, providing behavioral health and educational campus and community-based services to thousands of individuals each year. Ranch Hope, Inc., also manages Camp Edge where it provided summer camps, year-round team building opportunities, hosts the Salem County Reactors Mountain bike team and races. 
Ranch Hope: www.ranchhope.org
In November of 2023, Dave was elected to serve in the NJ General Assembly where he represents Legislative District 3. He was named to both the Transportation and Telecommunications & Utilities Committees.  
 
Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State (University Park) and MS in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University, St. David’s, PA.  
 
Dave and his wife, Julie (PSU ’90) met at University Park and are the proud parents of 3 young adults (Temple Grad, PSU Grad and Temple Student). 
 
Rotary Inter-Clubs, quests, prospective members, and the general public are always welcome to attend Rotary meetings.
Please see the OCUT Rotary Club website for future meeting times and locations. > http://ocutRotary.org
Rotary Club of Ocean City - Upper Township: To learn more about the OC-UT Rotary Club contact Rotary Club
Aslam Sheikh (m) 609 3776418 | oceancitywireless@yahoo.com
Mailing address: PO Box 1187, Ocean City, NJ  08226
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Cowboy Hat Gala
“Remembering Rev”

Thursday , October 17, 2024
The Grove at Centerton
1022 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318 
- Updated 22 July 2024

Rotary Club OC-UT July 11th Program
- Rae Griffiths, Cape May Point Science Center
The Rotary Club of Ocean City - Upper Township in-person breakfast meeting for Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 7 am, will feature a program by Rae Griffiths, Operations Manager at the Cape May Point Science Center
Location: Uncle Bill’s Pancakes, 21st St. and Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ
 
Program: The Cape May Point Science Center is a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit.
 
Mission: “Located in one of the world’s most biodiverse and vital regions, The Center’s mission is to provide unique opportunities and funding to advance ecological research, education, and advocacy and encourage the protection of our piece of nature’s heaven.”
 
Rae Griffiths started as the Operations Manager at the Cape May Point Science Center in April 2024.
  
 
A graduate of Hampshire College with a concentration in Zoology, Rae has worked as a researcher, educator and wildlife caretaker for many organizations throughout New England and beyond.
 
After completing a graduate program in Museum Studies at Harvard Extension School, she spent five years at The Springfield Museums developing family programs in art, history and science.
 
From 2004-2019, she ran her own educational outreach program, Teaching Creatures, bringing live animals to schools, libraries and community events.
 
Rae moved to south Jersey in 2019 and is a resident of Upper Township.,
 
She worked in development at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor from Oct. 2020 until moving to the Science Center earlier this year.
 
Rae also serves as one of the Cape May County Coordinators for the NJ Bluebird Society.
 
Please Note: July 11th is a 7 am "breakfast menu" meeting, so walk-ins are welcome. Rotary morning meetings last about one hour.
 
Rotary Inter-Clubs, quests, prospective members, and the general public are always welcome to attend Rotary meetings.
 
Rotary Meeting Dates for July - August 2024
OCUT Rotary breakfast meeting will be held Thursday at 7 am, at Uncle Bill's
Program topics:
July 25: Program: Ranch Hope; Speaker: Dave Bailey, Jr. >  https://www.ranchhope.org
Aug. 8: Program: Professor Ron Shaiko
Aug. 22: Program: tbd
 
Rotary Club of Ocean City - Upper Township:
Mailing address: PO Box 1187, Ocean City, NJ  08226
 
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Aslam Sheikh, left, was installed as the 2024-2025 President of the Ocean City – Upper Township Rotary Club during a special ceremony on June 27, 2024.  The annual Changeover event was conducted by Ted Lands, right, the Club’s 2023-2024 President.
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- Posted 10 July 2024

New Rotary Member:  Peter Belasco, center, was “pinned” as a new member of the Ocean City – Upper Twp. Rotary Club on June 27, 2024, at the Somers Point Diner. The membership ceremony was conducted by Ted Lands, Club President; Nancy Hannum, Club Secretary; Ralph Cooper, Peter’s sponsor; and Aslam Sheikh, Club Vice President. Peter Belasco, is a resident of North Wildwood, NJ and is an employee of the County of Cape May - Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services. Pictured, from left are Cooper, Belasco and Sheikh. ##

- Posted 10 July 2024

Rotary OC-UT Annual Changeover Dinner Meeting June 27th
The Rotary Club of Ocean City - Upper Township (OCUT) in-person dinner meeting for Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 5:30 pm, will be held at the Somers Point Diner, 8 MacArthur Blvd, Somers Point.
June 27th will be the annual OCUT Rotary Changeover Dinner and sets the stage for the coming Rotary Year on July 1.   Members and officers of the Board of Directors for the new year are named.
The Changeover Dinner will celebrate the new Club officers and the past year accomplishments, led by President Ted Lands.
Incoming President Aslam Sheikh will be inducted along with Board members.
June 27th Location: Somers Point Diner, 8 MacArthur Blvd, Somers Point, NJ 08244.
New Rotary Member
Peter Belasco will be inducted and pinned, at our June 27th meeting, as the third new member for the OCUT Rotary Club this year.  Peter was a recent program speaker for our Club, about his experiences in the Peace Corps, has been a frequent attendee at recent Club meetings, and was approved by the OCUT Rotary Board for membership earlier this month.  
Rotary Meeting Dates for the month of July 2024
OCUT Rotary breakfast meeting will be held Thursday, July 11th and Thursday July 25th
Program topics:
      July 11: Program: Cape May Point Science Center; Speaker: Rae Griffiths, Operations Manager
        > https://www.capemaypointsciencecenter.org
July 25: Program: Ranch Hope; Speaker: Dave Bailey, Jr.
  >  https://www.ranchhope.org
Summertime - 7 am Meetings (Please note the “early-bird” program start time of 7 am for July and the Club’s summer location at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, 2112 Asbury Ave, Ocean City, NJ.
Our Rotary Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month
See the Ocean City – Upper Twp. Rotary Club website for program details.  > https://ocutrotary.org
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- Updated 26 Jun 2024
Felicia Watson, Prevention Specialist with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, was the June 13, 2024 program speaker for the Ocean City – Upper Township Rotary Club. Also pictured is Ted Lands, right, OCUT Rotary Club President and Ralph Cooper, Club Program Chair. Felicia’s contact information is 856 - 430.7586 | felicia.Watson@800gambler.org and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ website is > https://800gambler.org |  https://800gambler.org/information-and-resources   ##
 
- Posted 14 Jun 2024
Rotary Club OCUT June 13th Program Features Felicia Watson, Prevention Specialist with Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ
The Rotary Club of Ocean City - Upper Township in-person dinner meeting for Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 5:30 pm, will be held at the Somers Point Diner, 8 MacArthur Blvd, Somers Point.
The June 13th program will be a presentation by Felicia Watson, Prevention Specialist with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.
Felicia’s program for the OCUT Rotary Club will cover the array of services provided by Council on Compulsive Gambling
Being only 15-miles from Atlantic City, our local Rotary Club has long understood the issues of compulsive gambling in our area. In addition, now with online gambling ... and the addictive nature of Internet gaming ... across the age spectrum, this June 13th program carries even more urgency for community awareness.
The OCUT Rotary Club’s previous program on gambling and internet gaming, in Oct. 2019, was given by Ken Litwak, Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist with the Council. 
The Council is a non-profit organization, funded by casino licenses, and overseen by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 
For information about the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, click here > https://800gambler.org
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey is a long-time member of the Cape May County Healthy Communities Coalition.
Rotary Inter-Clubs, quests, prospective members, and the general public are always welcome to attend Rotary meetings.
Please see this OCUT Rotary Club website for future meeting times and locations. 
- Location for Rotary meeting: Somers Point Diner, 8 MacArthur Blvd, Somers Point, NJ 08244.
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- Posted 05 June 2024
 
New Rotary Member: Brian McPeak, third from left, was “pinned” as a new member of the Ocean City – Upper Twp. Rotary Club on May 23rd, 2024 at the Somers Point Diner. The membership ceremony was conducted by, from left, Ted Lands, Club President; Nancy Hannum, Club Secretary; McPeak; Ralph Cooper, Brian’s sponsor; and Aslam Sheikh, Club Vice President. Brian McPeak is a resident of Ocean City and is the Executive Director of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. ##
 
- Posted 28 May 2024
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Welcome to our Club!
Ocean City-Upper Township

Service Above Self Since 1926

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Somers Point Diner
8 MacArthur Blvd.
Somers Point , NJ 08244
United States of America
Phone:
(609) 602-6844
OCUT Rotary Club in-person dinner meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month. Please see our club website calendar and Facebook Page for details. - Last updated 30 Jan 2024 (Previous version 31 July 2022)
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