Englewood NJ Rotary's 1st meeting of the Rotary Year.


Glenda Frazier our Interact Advisor, and RYLA students from Dwight Morrow HS, Paul Carter, Kiana Martinez and Sidney Dawkins.


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Jim Federko, Director of Englewood Health Department gave his classification talk.


Englewood Rotary Club – July 1, 2014

Meeting Location: Assembly Steak House

Presiding:  Aleta Frezzell

Recorder:  Mitch Schonfeld


Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Glenda Frazier our Interact Advisor, and RYLA students from Dwight Morrow HS, Paul Carter, Kiana Martinez and Sidney Dawkins.


Aleta thanked George Milne for hosting and Florence Marchi for arranging the Installation  Dinner on June 24th.  She presented flowers to Florence.  Photos were  recently distributed to the membership.  The Club has about $100,000 of assets, some of which is designated for Rotary projects.  The 14/15 approved charitable budget is $14,000.  Carol Rauscher announced Englewood Night on July 15th sponsored by North Jersey Media group which will close off Palisade Ave. for restaurant tasting and family activities. 

Program: Glenda Frazier introduced three of the students who attended Rotary Youth Leadership Academy--a week long group leadership training program for in coming high school seniors.  Students return to work with their Interact clubs using the skills gained.  Our club pays appx. $500 for each of the students to attend.  Our students spoke of being initially shy and then opening up and becoming comfortable with leadership.  Mama RYLA, one of the adult leaders, introduced herself to each student at the program and said "I am a Rotarian, and who are you".  She was hoping that students would tell who they are and then ask for help from a "Rotarian".  By the end of the week, students did catch on that a Rotarian is a person who helps, and that strength is shown by asking for help.

Jim Federko, Director of Englewood Health Department also gave a classification talk.  He was sponsored for club membership by Dick Pierson.  Born in Pittsburgh, he studied biology and married his wife from Rutherford, and remainied living there near his in-laws (who assist with child care for the five Federko children ages 7 months to 12 years).  Jim loves bio and keeps bees, gardens and studies insects.  He did research in the Philippines on viruses.  At the Health Department his big vision is to attract Michelle Obama to Englewood's effort to reduce obesity.  He is launching "Walk with A Leader" which will be a six week walking program in the fall, for residents to walk with a different community leader each time.  It is a follow up to Englewood Walks to Paris another walking group project from the spring designed to make residents healthier.  The City also sponsors a community garden on Third St.

State mandated health department tasks include Vital Statistics; Health Education; Restaurant Inspection (preventing food borne illnesses); Prevention and Investigation of communicable diseases.

He would like to try a Swim A Thon this summer and maybe a Triathalon.  There was a recent HIV screening with Bergen Family Center and a breast cancer screening is in planning with Englewood Hospital.

50-50: With $510 in the pot and 35 cards remaining, Dave Chazen picked the Jack of Spades