Meeting Location

Meeting Location:
The George Inn (click for directions)
84 Route 94
McAfee, NJ
Tuesdays 7:00 PM

Bulletin - November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hopefully it was an enjoyable time and we did not eat too much.

It's been awhile since the blog has been updated, so here are a few things. DG George Mitola joined us on October 30 for an interesting evening. His wife, Shirley, was with him. He gave us an overview of RI President Wilf Wilkerson's goals for 2007-2008 and then talked about the issues facing the District. One of the biggest is membership, but this turns out to be a key issue for many service organizations these days.

DASI (Domestic Abuse Services Inc.) is in the process of opening their transitional housing. The Club has sponsored one of the rooms and we had the pick up on November 17. Shortly there will be the finishing touches with the official dedication in the Spring. Thanks to Teresa Vihti for her efforts on this project. Also, thanks to Chipper McLellan for Mountain Creek's generous furniture and accessory donations to this project.

The Club was approached by a family in Vernon whose son has cerebral palsy about helping them with a lift in their home to enable their son to go from the entrance floor of their home to the living floor. As their son has gotten older, they are finding it increasingly difficult to carry him up the short flight of stairs. Vinny Zinno has generously donated his time to help scope the project and also to help recommend a lift that would suit their needs. Next step is to figure out how to help them with the money required.

On that note, congratulations to Vinny on receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship.

Lisa Dalessio announced the annual toy drive that Weichert Realtors conducts every year. New, unopened toys can be dropped off at either the Vernon or Hamburg Weichert offices. On December 6, there will be pictures with Santa at the Hamburg office.

The Golf Committee informed us that the 1st Annual Amos Phillips Scholarship Golf Outing will be held on May 2, 2008 at Wild Turkey in Crystal Springs. Start planning those foursomes and Tee signs!

Bulletin - October 16, 2007

We enjoyed an interesting presentation by Ed Henry, Manager of the Wallkill Wildlife Refuge. We had participated in their recent Refuge Day by directing traffic in the parking area. Ed's presentation covered what the Refuge is and what its purpose is. It was informative to hear about the differences between a Refuge and a Preserve, the most significant being that hunting and fishing are permitted in a Refuge - with the proper permits, of course.

Last week, we handed out the dictionaries at Rolling Hills and Cedar Mountain Schools. This is always a fun event as the kids really look forward to it. Pictured below are our intrepid Rotarians and the kids from Vernon schools.

Thanks to Lisa Dalessio, Teresa Vihti, and Vinny Zinno for their assistance in the distribution of the dictionaries. Thanks also to David Gornstein for chairing the Dictionary Project, for several years now. Thanks, David.
In other news, we have rescheduled the visit by District Governor George Mitola to our club for October 30.

Bulletin - October 5, 2007

On September 25, we had an interesting meeting with Reenee Casapulla, who is the Recycling & Marketing Coordinator for the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority. Who would think that talking about recyclying could be so interesting, but she some interesting statistics and, more than that, she talked about the underlying issues facing Sussex County in its quest to increase the percentage of waste that is recycled. She also some interesting and informative tidbits for those that are regular users of the facility down in Lafayette.

Thanks to Vinny Zinno and Karl Meyer for helping to set this evening up.

Coming on Sunday is the Refuge Day at the Wallkill Wildlife Refuge. Thanks, in advance, to all our volunteers.

Thank you goes to Eddie Rolando for coordinating the duffle bags for the United Way. Kevin Colman also pitched in to help get the bags down to Newton to the United Way.

Bulletin - September 14, 2007

Our Paul Harris Night was a success. We honored current Paul Harris Fellows as well as our newest Paul Harris Fellows who were presented with their certificates, lapel pins, and awards. In addition, we had the distinct pleasure of being joined by two of Vernon Rotary's Charter Members, who, on behalf of all the charter members, accepted the Charter Member Plaque which commemorates the founding of the Vernon Rotary Club in December of 1968.

Shown in the picture to the left is our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Petite Comes, who performed a traditional Thai dance to kick things off for the evening.

Charter members Dan Borstad (D.M. Borstad Co.) and Dick Bilney (McAfee Ski Shop) joined President Robert McGuire in unveiling the Charter Member Plaque. The plaque will be displayed in the front foyer of The George Inn for all to see. Dan shared with us some amusing anecdotes about the early days of the Club and remarked that he remembers Vernon when there were "more cows than people."

Our prestigious group of Paul Harris Fellows includes current members Hans Gross, Ed Rolando, Jack Smith, Van Tamagnini, Steve McGee, and Reggie Phillips...

...and new members Kevin Colman, David Gornstein, and Vinny Zinno.

Thanks to a successful event go to: Teresa Vihti for arranging the logistics and menu, David Gornstein for compiling the Paul Harris information and preparing the recognition certificates for our current PHF, and Steve McGee for reaching out to those charter members in the community to invite them to the evening.

Bulletin - August 14, 2007

In preparation for our Club's 40th anniversary next year, we are preparing a plaque to recognize the original charter members of the club. The plaque will be presented to the Club at the upcoming Paul Harris Night in September.

In July, we recognized this year's John Leeds Award winners and their parents. Pictured below are Maryjean Bissell, Danielle Hering, and Lucas Sparta with their parents and our own President, Robert McGuire.

Bulletin - August 7, 2007

Ah, summer is a beautiful time. Sunny days, hot & humid nights. A wonderful time to come out once a week for a Rotary meeting. Remember, when you travel on vacation, it's a great time to make up a meeting at a local Rotary club in the town or locale where you are visiting. If you are really going a long ways away, be sure to take a Rotary banner from our club to give to the club where you are visiting.

Tonight we welcomed Charles back from his travels abroad. Specifically, he has been working with an international firm on setting up a ski resort in Kazahkstan. For those that are interested, here is the link to some pictures of the town and resort where the project is located: Charles promised a more in-depth presentation in a few weeks.

We have a number of potential speaker programs that we are looking to schedule for the next few weeks and months. If anyone has an idea for a program - and there can be many - just drop an e-mail to

This blog will become an excellent way to promote our Club. You might consider putting the link to this blog as part of your e-mail "signature" to reach out to friends and business contacts who might be interested in learning more about Rotary.

Bulletin - July 31, 2007

Last week, the Club voted to make a donation to Erin Calahin, a 9 year-old girl in Vernon Township who is battling leukemia. Her family has started a blog of their own on a site called Caring Bridge - link provided here - This is terrific way to see how she is doing and, it should be added, she is doing well so far. Let's keep Erin in our thoughts and prayers.

In other news, DASI (Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.) has let us know that transitional housing building will be open towards the end of August. The Club is sponsoring Apartment #3. This is an important facility for DASI as it will allow them to provide safe, clean, secure housing for mothers and children seeking shelter from abusive situations at home. Several Club members have offered to donate furniture and appliances to help furnish this apartment; those members will be contacted towards the end of the month to coordinate the pickup of their items. Thanks to Theresa Vihti for heading this effort up with regard to our contribution to this program.

A reminder here - District Governor George Mitola will be visiting with us on September 18.

Bulletin - July 24, 2007

David Gorenstein was appointed President-Elect for the 2007-2008 year, filling an important vacancy in the Club leadership. David, who is a Past-President of the Club, has also been serving as chair of the Administration Committee. Thanks to David for agreeing to serve the Club again in this capacity.

The Club will prepare a plaque to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Club's charter in Vernon. Featured on the plaque will be the names of the original charter members. We will be inviting the surviving charter members to the Paul Harris night meeting in September.

A reminder that the Vernon Rotary baseball night is on Thursday, August 23rd. We will be taking down names of those attending so that we can order the tickets ahead of time.

July 17, 2007 - Upcoming Events

The Vernon Rotary is planning several exciting events in the coming weeks. Members are asked to note the following in their calendars as more information will be forthcoming.

Vernon Rotary Baseball Night - August 23rd at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ. Picnic at 5:30; game at 6:45 pm.

Paul Harris Night - We will be recognizing current and past Paul Harris Fellows in the Vernon Rotary Club. Looking to hold this at The George Inn on September 14th which is a Friday night. Please check back for updates on this time and place.

Bulletin - July 10, 2007

The Vernon Rotary Club recognized three students from Vernon High School for their contributions to Community Service with our annual John Leeds Awards. Each student received an award of $1,000 for their contributions to society. The students recognized are Mary Jean Bissell, Danielle Herring, and Lucas Sparta. They and their parents attended the meeting Tuesday night.

As a background, John Leeds was the founder of the Vernon Ambulance Squad. Though not a Rotarian, John was dedicated to the type of community service that is exemplified by most Rotarians.

Bulletin - July 3, 2007

This entry launches the Vernon Rotary Club's new web log ("blog"). Hopefully, this will be a more efficient means to keep everyone up-to-date on the goings on in the Club. This site has a lot of information about the Vernon Club as well as links to Rotary District 7470 and to Rotary International.

The launch of our blog brings with it the news of the passing of Amos Phillips, a charter member of the Vernon Rotary Club. Amos has been an active member of the Club literally since its founding. In addition to his incredible stories, he always had an ear for any member. He was always genuinely interested in your own story and he had a particular fondness for the entrepreneur.

In honor of Amos' memory, the Vernon Rotary Club voted to rename our annual golf outing the Amos Phillips Memorial Golf Outing. In addition, a scholarship in Amos' name will be created using some of the proceeds from the golf outing. For more information about the outing, you may contact the Club.

Coming events in the next couple of months include the annual baseball night at Sussex Skylands stadium and Paul Harris night where we honor our annual Paul Harris Fellowship recipients.