Meeting Location: Assembly Steak House

Presiding:  Aleta Frezzell

Recorder:  Steve Wiessner



Englewood Rotary Club – July 15, 2014

Meeting Location: Assembly Steak House

Presiding:  Aleta Frezzell

Recorder:  Steve Wiessner

Birthdays/Anniversaries: None Noted

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Susan Gold


Aleta announced:

  • Enilsa Lora is recovering nicely from knee surgery as reported by David Chazen
  • There is an article in The Suburbanite featuring our new District Governor Calisto Bertin
  • For all Spoke compilers, if you cannot do the Spoke on your assigned day, please reach out to others on the Spoke list as they may be able to fill in
  • We have a new Assistant Governor, Nikki Maderos, who was past president of the Northern Hudson Club
  • She circulated the District Conference brochure for 2015 which will be held outside Cancun, Mexico

John Devol announced that he has replaced the batteries in the microphones, with the depleted batteries causing some of the recent difficulty with their quality, which was well received by the club membership.

Carol Rauscher mentioned that the Sidewalk Sale will be held July 24-26 in downtown Englewood.

Program: Carol Rauscher gave her classification talk.  She was born at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and went to school in Tenafly.  She moved out of the area attending school at Hammond in Kentwood, Louisiana.  She recalled that she was at Hammond when JFK was assassinated, and she was dismayed at the reaction of some at the school who were less then mournful at this historical moment which was consistent with to the attitude of much of the south during that time period.She then moved back to the area, and became a Children’s Librarian at the Englewood Public Library and obtained a Master’s in Library Science from Syracuse University.  She then moved to Philadelphia and got involved in the city’s politics, landing a number of civic posts while living in the City of Brotherly Love. Her husband received employment in the federal government in Saudi Arabia, and she joined him there and was a librarian until her return to the states.She then entered the nonprofit arena, working as Director at the United Way of Passaic County for 24 years.  She then worked/consulted at a number of United Ways across the country including in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Fresno, California.  She then worked for a time at the United Negro College Fund, and then 5 years at the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan.  Then she obtained employment at bergenPAC, and now is the Executive Director of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce in which she is happily employed. 

Carol answered questions, and noted that her favorite hobby is tennis, and she is captain of her team that plays at the Englewood Field Club.  The club thoroughly enjoyed her presentation, and thanked her for sharing her interesting story.

50-50: With $553 in the pot and 33 cards remaining, Joyce Dudley Hamilton picked the 7 of Diamonds

Attendance:  24 of 68 members 35%

Upcoming Programs:

July 22             Frederick Beals—Maximizing Your Soc. Sec. Benefit

July 29             Kathy Frost—Solar Project in Sierra Leone