The Brick Morning Rotary celebrated another amazing year of support for the community with the installation of its 2015-2016 officers and directors on June 24th at The River Rock Restaurant in Brick.
The Rotary Club, serving the Brick Community since 1994, began the year with donations of dictionaries to two local Parochial schools, sponsored two area students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, and awarded five $1000 scholarships to students from the Brick High Schools, and MATES of Ocean County Vocational Technical School.
With the help of the Brick Afternoon Rotary, the club sponsored two blood drives. Two well-organized town-wide food drives, in November and April, helped to stock local food banks and support multiple families for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Tens of thousands of dollars of food was collected as well as monetary donations.
The annual Chocolate and Comedy night in February was the BEST yet. Profits from this event supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean, Catholic Charities, Jersey Shore Animal Center, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, Spring Reins of Life, and several other local charities.
Internationally, the club supported Rotary Programs with Paul Harris donations that will benefit the eradication of polio, contributed to the creation of potable water in third world countries, supported the Gift of Life Foundation benefitting children in need of life-saving medical services and participated in the distribution of disaster relief materials through ShelterBox in Nepal.
New club President, Howard Schwartz, looks forward to leading the club in its 22nd year. “We may be small in numbers, but we are a dedicated group, and all have one goal in mind, support the needs of our local community,” said Mr. Schwartz.
The club meets each Wednesday morning at the Brick Diner at 7:30AM, and welcomes guests and prospective members for breakfast.