Submitted by Lois Bhatt (lois.bhatt@gmail.com
On March 10th,  Diane Williams the Executive Director of JBWS (formerly known as Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter) will discuss the vital mission that JBWS serves in the community. JBWS offers a wide range of support services to those experiencing domestic violence. These services include a 24-hour hot line, temporary safehouse, transitional housing, coordination of support from related counseling and legal service organizations.
The Rotary Club of Madison meets each Thursday morning at the Madison YMCA at 111 Kings Road, Madison from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.. Meetings are also accessible by Zoom.  Please visit the Rotary website at madisonrotarynj.org for information on accessing the meetings via Zoom, and for any updates to the schedule and other meeting details. Please note that Rotary meetings, speakers, or speaker schedules are potentially subject to change.  All are welcome to attend.

Submitted by PDG Dr. Mike Hart (drmhart@yahoo.com

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at the regular weekly Rotary meeting, the Rotary Club of Westfield NJ inducted new member Betty Spiropoulos. She is the branch manager of Ocean First Bank on South Ave., Westfield. Rotary is a business networking and service club for successful business people who wish to “give back” to their communities

Betty has been in Banking for 30 years in different levels of the banking industry.  Banking is her passion, as she loves to help people with their financial needs in providing solutions. She considers herself very fortunate to work for Ocean First Bank, a Community Bank that allows her to go out into our communities and meet and volunteer in organizations. She became a member of the Livingston Sunrise Rotary in 2008 and then the Newark Rotary Club in 2015. Betty has 2 adult children.

Last year the Rotary Club of Westfield awarded $117,400 in college scholarships to Westfield students, and donated $31,400 in community grants to local charities. The main projects for the club are helping homeless veterans and feeding the food insecure in the area. The club does many other projects, such as buying medical supplies for a clinic in Nigeria, hosting a Global Scholar from Australia, sending aid to the Ukraine, and collecting used bicycles to send to the third world. The Westfield Club has 49 members, and there are 1.3 million Rotarians in 33,000 Rotary clubs in 166 countries worldwide.

The Rotary Club of Westfield meets three times per month. In addition, the club does approximately one to two service projects per month. Guests are always welcome. For more information visit the website at www.westfieldrotary.com, or Facebook “@westfieldnjrotary “, or email secretary Dr. Michael Hart drmhart@yahoo.com


Submitted by Liz Ensslin (Liz@theinkwellusa.com


Rotary Clubs of Morristown, Westfield, Watchung-Warren, Hillsborough and Somerset Hills have been collaborating on this worthy initiative assisting the homeless veterans at Community Hope Shelter and veterans housed at Valley Brook Village, both at Lyons VA. Recently, the 5 clubs  completed a full year of distributions to our Veterans at Lyons VA delivering a total of 128 duffel bags filled with essentials, 50 flight jackets, 45 cell phone charging stations, 60 pairs of sweatpants & sweatshirts, 47 pairs of thermals, over 500 pairs of socks, 67 pairs of thermals, 17 blankets, 45 winter coats, 56 pairs of sneakers, 480 hot meals, over 150 pairs of boots, close to a 1000 thank you cards, hats, scarfs, gloves and more.

Any club in the district looking for an incredibly worthwhile, ongoing service project should reach out to Burim Regjaj (Outtahandpizza@gmail.com) and ask about joining this effort in helping our veterans who are most in need. 
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