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Annual Davis Scholarship Luncheon Presentations
May 23, 2018



The 2018 Rotary Davis Fund Scholars are flanked by Elizabeth Mayor
Chris Bollwage (left) and Davis Fund President Ken Richuso (right).


A Record $35,000 Awarded To Elizabeth High School Seniors
By Rotary Club of Elizabeth

American Dream Scholarships Benefit 20 Worthy Students

Twenty deserving graduates from Elizabeth High School received a record total of $35,000 from The Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth at a special meeting of the Rotary Club held today at the Garden Restaurant, Union. These “American Dream” scholarships will allow 20 students to attend such schools as Rutgers, University of Pennsylvania, Stevens Institute, Gettysburg College, George Washington University, NJIT, Saint Peter’s University and other institutions of higher learning.

Over 75 applications were received and reviewed by the scholarship selection committee. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of grade point average, extracurricular activities, civic involvement and financial need. “We always get outstanding applications, but this year our students truly raised the bar,” explained Kenneth Richuso, member of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth and President of the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund. “They are pursuing careers in such diverse fields as dentistry, pediatric, film, neurology, nursing, physics, chemical engineering and psychology. We are all very honored to help them pursue their goals.”

This year’s scholarship winners included: Kiara Abreu, Victoria Antunes, Maressa Bento, Alinet Done, Carolina Fernandes, Omar Husni, Asia Lewis, Briana Matos Esteves, Carolyn Moreira, Tyler Nichols, Ross Perez Collado, Cassiel Ramierz, Daniel Reguinho, Alyne Restrepo, Alexys Smith, Aniyah Smith, Joseph Torsiello, Zandra Trivino, Mary Ann Vargas and Yvonne Wiafe.

Established in 1986, the Davis Fund has given a total of $573,000 to 373 students.

Tour de Elizabeth
May 19, 2018



The Elizabeth Rotary Club was a proud sponsor of the Tour de Elizabeth.

Our Club was represented by Rich Esperon, Phyllis Reich, Ken Richuso, Kelly McCracken with Interact, Ricardo Diaz, and Jim Duffy & family.






Weekly Meeting
May 16, 2018



A great morning meeting at Warinanco Sports Center as we celebrated the Chartering of the new Linden Rotary Satellite Club and the Induction of the new Kean University Rotaract Club Officers.


Special thanks to Past District Governor Charlie Minton for officiating all the ceremonies.




Weekly Meeting
May 9, 2018



President Art Lobdell and President Elect Syed Naqvi welcome our new Kean University Rotaract faculty advisor, Bok G. Jeong, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeong is an Assistant Professor at the Kean University School of Criminal Justice & Public Administration. Thank you Dr. Jeong!
Weekly Meeting
May 2, 2018



Krystyna Vaccarelli, Director of Substance Abuse Services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, spoke to our members about the opioid crisis and the latest treatment protocols. Nationally over 42,000 people die each year of overdose from either pain killers or heroin. Here in New Jersey, over 2,000 people have died. About 40 percent of those deaths involved a prescription opioid. Until recently, pain killers were prescribed freely to anyone who needed or requested them. Now there are restrictions in place to keep people from “doctor shopping.” The black market continues to do a brisk business in both pain killers and heroin. Treatment options include both group and individual therapy, and new generations of medications that either partially or completely block the “high” one experiences.



Krystyna is thanked for her presentation by Elizabeth Rotarians Ken Richuso (left) and Doug Harris.