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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Monday evening, June 24 was a time for celebration with the annual Maplewood Rotary Club end of year barbeque at the home of Steve Gussen and Stacy Hirschberg. Attended by almost all the members of the chapter and their spouses and/or friends, there was a true feeling of warmth and fellowship. Impossible to notmention that abundance of food and beverage for the celebration.
The first notable ceremony of the evening was the presentation by Rick Porter of the Paul Harris Fellow award to Mayor Vic DeLuca. The award, name in honor of Paul Harris who in 1905 founded the Rotary Club, is presented to a person who exemplifies all the qualities and goodness that The Rotary stands for. DeLuca has earned it with his support, and participation in major events over the years as Mayor of Maplewood.
During the course of the evening, not only was the year end celebrated, but two new members, Sharon Simmons and James Goodger, were administered the pledge of membership. The ceremonies continued with a presentation of a plaque and special Past President’s Pin to Rick Porter by President Elect Claudine Baptiste.
The final ceremony was the administration of the oath of office for the incoming officers by David Beni, with Claudine Baptiste stepping into the role of Chapter President for the coming year. Claudine told TAPinto SOMA that she hopes to focus more of the charitable support locally that has been done in the past.
UPDATE: Wow. Regarding our Annual Christmas Tree sale.We sold out late yesterday 12/09/2018.  Thank you to the local communities who support our yearly fundraising effort. We had an all time record in the number of trees sold. We will attempt to get additional trees next year. so we do not sell out so early. We wish you all the best of Holidays! If you need to contact us regarding the tree sale please call Eric, Maplewood Rotary, at 646-831-4746.
Thank you all !!!  Maplewood Rotary
Our 2018 Christmas tree fundraisers still going strong....at Maplewood Community Pool. Also join us this Saturday Afternoon Dec 8, 2018 when local Girl Scouts will be selling Hot Chocolate. Thank you to all supporters of Maplewood Rotary. We also thank Maplewood Boy Scouts - Troop 5 and Seton Hall Alpha Chi Roh for their assistance in moving trees, putting and tying them on cars safely for a nice trip to your home !  Also very helpful are members of the Local Landscaper community, who show their commitment to our local community, where many work and or live, by volunteering their time.  And a nice shout out to Union High School Interact Club for their assistance on the opening day of our sale (The Saturday after Thanksgiving).   
We hope to see you soon! All profits go to local charities. Help us do our good work!
Maplewood Community Pool  187 Boyden Ave  (North of Springfield Ave), Maplewood, NJ 07040
Beginning with nearly 550 trees, the Maplewood Rotary Club’s 2016 Christmas Tree Sale has been receiving a strong turnout by local residents since the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This past weekend we have sold close to 200 trees plus wreathes and other Christmas goodies.  All profits go to local charitable causes.  The Rotary Club would like to thank all the hard working Rotarian's, their family members who helped, Maplewood Boy Scout Troop 5 and Seton Halls fraternity Alpha Chi Rho. (The Scouts and Alpha Chi Rho also assisted Maplewood Rotary with their annual spaghetti dinner held last month at St. Joe's Church in Nov 12, 2016). Also very helpful were members of the Local Landscaper community who show their commitment to our local community, where many work and or live. Shown below in bottom picture.
Troop 5 Boy Scouts serving the community. Along with Parent leaders.
We have absolutely great trees from Pennsylvania.....Douglas Furs and Frazier Furs...priced from $25 to $90.  We anticipate to "sell out" early this year, so do not wait! Hours are M-F 6-8pm, and Sat and Sunday .9am - 5:45 pm.
Members of the Local Landscaper community who show their commitment to our local community, where many work and or live, along with Tom Venezi, chairperson of our Christmas tree event!

The Maplewood Rotary Club is now holding our weekly meeting Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 at Toro Loco, 23 Valley Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.    Note: During period from Thanksgiving till the New Year, we do not hold restaurant meetings. We all are at Our Christmas tree sale at the Maplewood Town Pool ((187 Boyden Ave, Maplewood, NJ) M-F 6-8pm, and Sat - Sunday at 9;00 to 5:45 pm. (Tree sales end when we run out of trees....call Eric Yergan at 646-831-4746 with any questions or to get in contact)

Visitors and prospective members are welcome.


Beginning with nearly 450 trees, the Maplewood Rotary Club’s 2012 Christmas Tree Sale ended on Sunday afternoon.  The Rotary Club would like to thank all the hard working Rotarians, their family members who helped, Maplewood Boy Scout Troop 5, Livingston Boy Scout Troop 12 and the volunteer community members who unloaded, set up and sold the Christmas Trees. See the story on Patch here:  http://maplewood.patch.com/blog_posts/maplewood-rotary-clubs-christmas-trees-sold-out Image
A 30-year tradition is renewed beginning Saturday, after Thanksgiving, as the Maplewood Rotarians arrive at the Maplewood Community Pool, bright and early, to unload fresh Christmas Trees delivered from rural Pennsylvania.  Fraser Firs and Douglas Firs will be available in various sizes and one is sure to be the perfect fit for your home.  Prices range from $25 to $125.  And, you can also choose from a wonderful selection of beautiful wreaths,   expertly decorated by long-time Rotarian Carol Gilligan and her helpers.  See the Patch story here:  http://maplewood.patch.com/blog_posts/maplewood-rotary-clubs-annual-christmas-tree-sale-begins-on-saturday-until-we-sell-out Image
The Maplewood Rotary Club again sends its sincerest Thanks to everyone who supported our annual Affair of the Heart fundraiser last April; especially all the hard working people at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, our principal event sponsor.  See the story on Patch here:  http://maplewood.patch.com/blog_posts/mission-accomplished-childrens-lives-saved Image
In October, Maplewood and South Orange Rotarians completed their annual 3rd Grade Dictionary Project by giving a dictionary to every 3rd grader, nearly 600 students combined, in Maplewood and South Orange.  Third-graders are selected to receive the books because their reading and writing skills typically improve and they begin learning how use reference materials at this level.  See the Patch Story here:  http://maplewood.patch.com/blog_posts/1-in-7-us-adults-are-illiterate-what-are-rotarians-doing-to-help
The Maplewood Rotary Club’s weekly meeting turned magical when special guest Maggie Doyne shared her story.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room and all in attendance were inspired by her accomplishments.  Members of the Madison and South Orange Rotary Clubs also attended.  The Maplewood and Madison clubs joined forces to help with a new Well for Maggie's High School being built in 2013.  Full Story here:  http://maplewood.patch.com/blog_posts/not-a-dry-eye-at-the-maplewood-rotarty-club-with-special-guest-maggie-doyne Image
Mark your calendars! The Maplewood Rotary Club’s 15th Annual Affair of the Heart Gala benefiting the Gift of Life NJ will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Maplewood Country Club. Your Rotary hosts will be providing a wonderful cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, delicious food, and live entertainment. Come and support this wonderful program and help us honor our Citizen of the Year, Maplewood fire fighter Joe Callaghan who truly embodies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self! 


The Maplewood Rotary Club made its second annual donation this year to Camp Maple - a six-week program offered to children with special needs who reside in Maplewood and South Orange. 
In December, the Maplewood and South Orange Rotary Clubs ran their Annual Dictionary Project provided every third grader in the SOMA school district with a Webster's dictionary of his or her own.
Almost two decades ago, Cyril Noirtin, then a high school student from Nancy, France, received a special gift from Rotary: a chance to participate in an exchange to Wisconsin, USA, hosted by the Rotary Club of Lake Country-Hartland.
Ask Japanese Rotarians what the acronym UNHCR stands for, and most will correctly answer that it's the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, headed by Sadako Ogata from 1991 to 2000.


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Maplewood Rotary made it's 2nd annual donation to Camp Maple in 2010. The money will be used to fund the camp's activities and transportation for field trips. George Rague and Noelle Stewart-Sullivan head the camp.
On April 12th, Rotary District 7470 was honored by Easter Seals New Jersey's Camp Merry Heart for the District's long-term support of Camp Merry Heart.

The Maplewood Rotary Club is currently meeting weekly on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 at Toro Loco Restaurant, bottom level.

Toro Loco is located at 23 Valley St, South Orange.  NJ 07079.