Rotary Club of Englewood NJ 

We meet each Tuesday at 12:15pm 

Crowne Plaza Englewood 

401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood NJ 07631 

Lunch Meeting October 20, 2015

 
 
 
 
Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper visited today along with staff member Caitlin Doran.
 
 
Rotary Club of Englewood - Spoke

October 20, 2015 General Meeting
 
Presiding: O’Driscoll
Recording: Katz
 
Visiting Rotarians and guests: Caitlin Doran, Capt. Bill Sheehan, Dr. Carl Wierham, Daniel Choi, Sarah Choi, Alga guest of Eddie Hadden, Ken Schwinn Cairo Rotary
 
Announcement:
November 10 Rotary Commitment to Service meeting at Seasons 
Foundation meeting is November 16, Monday evening 
RLI good turnout all in attendance appreciated
Oktoberfest at bike club was a great success thanks to Florence
Board meeting takes place immediately after general meeting
Signature project all invited Thursday 9 AM to school to see students in cafeteria
Charlotte congratulated Norman for Historical Society efforts 
Fundraising event will be held on December 10th for signature project
 
Program
Captain Bill spoke about our drinking water and the need for keeping the Hackensack River clean and sustainable. He got his start as an activist in 1990 with the New York New Jersey Bay Keeper organization. The River is improving thanks to efforts like The Hackensack River Keepers the first population has gone from roughly 5 species to over 65 different species thanks to clean up efforts over the years. The Captain is going through efforts now with the Environmental Protection Agency to get the bed of the River itself on the Superfund Site for cleanup. There will be a final decision on this sometime in March. They are based in Hackensack at 231 Main Street and the door is always open during normal business hours. If we go through a natural cleanup it could take 150 200
plus years to take care of itself, if the EPA is involved we could get this accomplished in 30 years. Captain Bill also operates a paddling center in Overpeck Park. There are now Bald Eagles in Kearny Point as verified by The River Keeper assocation. Bill took several  questions from the members after. Special thanks was also given to his assistant Caitlin Doran.
 
Charlotte won the drawing for 50 50 and pulled the 10 of hearts.