5K KOLOR FUN IS BACK ON FRIDAY JUNE 19
Submitted by Blisse Vakkalagadda (blissej@gmail.com)
 
 
The Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick brings back the 5K Kolor Run on Father’s day, June 19th at the North Brunswick Community Park. Join us from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM and enjoy a fun filled  morning with family activities, like Run, Color fun, workout and energy boosting Zumba. Please see the flyer and link for registration. Free T-shirts, water bottles and healthy snacks will be provided to the registrants. To sign-up, click here. https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/NorthBrunswick/KOLORRUN5K2022RCOP
 
 
JEAN HARRIS AWARD PRESENTED TO MARILYN RYAN
Submitted by Liz Ensslin (liz@theinkwellusa.com) 
 
 
Dave Breidinger, Rotary International District 7475 Awards Chairperson, presented Marilyn Ryan, Pastoral Associate for the Parish Community of Saint Helen's in Westfield with the Jean Harris Award. Marilyn was recognized for her tireless efforts in helping others and exemplifying Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self." According to her friends, "Marilyn is truly one of the most selfless people we know." The poor, the hungry and those in need always come first. She is truly selfless and a wonderful role model for all who are blessed to know her. Congratulations Marilyn!! 
 
(Pictured with Marilyn and Dave is Liz Ensslin, past president and chair for Westfield Rotary Club Foundation.)
 
 
WESTFIELD ROTARY BESTOWS $113,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
Submitted by PDG Mike Hart (drmhart@yahoo.com
 

On Wednesday night, June 8, 2022, the Rotary Club of Westfield presented $113,000 in college scholarships to 14 Westfield students. Carl Peer, Esq is the chair of the Rotary Club Scholarship committee and was the Master of Ceremonies.

Mr. Peer complimented the excellence of the Westfield public school system. All four of his kids went through the Westfield schools and two are quite successful in the arts.  He also reviewed the three requirements to receive a Rotary scholarship: a strong Academic background to demonstrate future success in college; Financial need; and Service to the community. Every single student who applies for a scholarship is taken seriously, and is interviewed.

The Rotary club has awarded $3.4 Million in scholarships to 1,800 students since 1967. It is the largest scholarship program in Westfield.

The Rotary Club Scholarship Committee includes: Chair Carl Peer; Mary Ellen O’Boyle who has served on this committee for 26 years; incoming club President Tony LaPorta; Deirdre Gelinne; and Chung Kun Shih.

Club President Blake Width Esq opened and closed the program. He also made a few remarks to explain what Rotary is and the projects we do. Rotary is a group of successful business men and women who want to give back to the community. Its primarily focus is to be a Service club, but also includes some business networking. The Rotary Club of Westfield is 101 years old. The main projects this year were to help homeless veterans, to feed the “food insecure” in town, to help the St. Joe’s Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth. International projects include collecting bicycles for the third world; building and supplying a medical clinic in Nigeria; and collecting books for the same Nigerian town which is building schools. During the Covid Pandemic many Rotarians volunteered to help, either administering the vaccine, or delivering food to help the front-line health care workers. We also obtained grants to purchase 10 ventilators for area hospitals.

Speakers included Dr. Raymond Gonzales, Rotarian and Superintendent of Schools; Mark Parmelee, Acting Mayor; Larry Darrow, Board President of the Westfield Foundation; Liz Ensslin, the Chair of the Westfield Rotary Club Foundation; Past President Bill Bonsall; and Past President and Past District Governor Dr. D. Michael Hart. Rotarian Chung Kun Shih was the photographer. Ciara Collins, the granddaughter of deceased Rotarian Nancy Jackson, was one of the presenters.

Dr. Michael Hart reviewed the history of the Rotary Club supporting students. From 1923 through 1944 the club made 400 loans to students. When the US entered WWII, everyone went to war, and no one applied for loans, so the program stopped. After the War, the GI bill educated 8 million returning veterans for free. After the GI Bill program ceased in 1956, the Rotary Club started helping students again, but switched the programs from loans to scholarships. In 1967 the club started its iconic fundraiser “Pancake Day, which is now called “Breakfast with the Bands” every March at the High School. In addition to the fundraisers, the club Foundation has received donations from 15 major donors. The Rotary Account has approximately 1.5 million dollars and is invested judicially through the professional stewardship of the Westfield Foundation. In addition to these two sources of income, the Rotary Club administers several scholarships for the Westfield Foundation.

The following scholarships were presented by the indicated presenters.

A. Nancy Jackson Scholars: Presenters: Liz Ensslin and Ciara Collins

Nancy Jackson Scholar $2,000.00 awardee: James McDermott

Nancy Jackson Scholar $5,000.00 (4 year) awardee: Rachel Kaminski

Nancy Jackson Scholar $5,000.00 (4 year) awardee: Riley Gasson

B. Rotary Scholar: Presenter: Liz Ensslin

Rotary Scholar $1,000.00 awardee: Melinda Joseph

Rotary Scholar $1,000.00 awardee: Payton Silverman

Rotary Scholar $1,000.00 awardee: Sydney Scholder

C. Georgianna Pollack Scholar: Presenter: Tony LaPorta

Isabella Lagetta - $10,000

Noelle Shih - $2,000.00

D. Chester A Gerdes Scholar

presented on behalf of the Westfield Foundation by Larry Darrow

Lucas Schreiner - $5,000.00

E. Harry Sturcke Scholars: Presenter: Mary Ellen O’Boyle

Payton Silverman - $7,000.00

Sydney Scholder - $7,000.00

Owen Carolan - $2,000.00

Emma Coyle - $2,000.00

Aiden Supranowitz - $3,000.00

F. Charles & Florence Wallace Scholars: Presenter: Tony LaPorta

Isabella Conway - $5,000.00

G. Robert & Winifred Read Law Scholarship presented on behalf of the Westfield

Foundation by Larry Darrow

Julia DiBella - $15,000.00

Since she was not present, the award was accepted by her father.

She will be attending Fordham Law School

H. Robert & Winifred Read Health Science Scholarships presented on behalf of the

Westfield Foundation by Larry Darrow

Melinda Joseph - $7,000.00

Kavya Panjwani - $3,000.00

I. Charles & Florence Wallace Scholars (a four-year scholarship)

Presenter: Deirdre Gelinne

Rachel Kaminski - $15,000.00 over 4 years

Riley Gasson - $15,000.00 over 4 yeas

The Rotary Club of Westfield meets the first three Tuesdays of the month at noon in Limani restaurant on North Ave. Guests are always welcome. For information check our website at www.westfieldrotary.com ; or contact secretary Dr. D. Michael Hart drmhart@yahoo.com

 
Pictured in the photo are:
Front row left to right:  Isabella Lagetta; Aiden Supranowitz; Riley Gasson; Sydney Scholder; Rachel Kaminsky; Payton Silverman; Emma Coyle Second row left to right: Isabella Conway; Rotarian Deirdre Gelinne; Owen Carolan; Rotarian Liz Ensslin; James McDermott; Lucas Schreiner; Kavya Panjwani; Noelle Shih
Third row left to right: Rotarian Warren Rorden; Scholarship Committee Chair Carl Peer; Rotary Club President Blake Width; President Elect Tony LaPorta; Westfield Foundation Board President Larry Darrow; Rotarian Mary Ellen O’Boyle; Rotarian and Superintendent of Schools Ray Gonzalez; Acting Mayor Mark Parmelee, Past District Governor Michael Hart.
Not pictured: Melinda Joseph and Julia DiBella.
 
 
 
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