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Weekly Meeting
Jun 28, 2017



On our last meeting of our Rotary year we presented donations to:

Leo Gonzalez of the YMCA Elizabeth Branch for their summer camp program.


Cara Pavia of Community Access Unlimited for the Community Access Players production of Aladdin Jr.



Sister Judy Mertz of Josephine’s Place for their Historical Visit to Ellis Island.



Jan Lilien of the YWCA of Union County for their work in eliminating domestic violence.

Weekly Meeting
Jun 21, 2017



Great entertainment today provided by Joe Krupinski, who among his many talents, is a classically trained violinist who has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.



Joe’s selections today were examples of Irish dance music… reels & jigs and such.



Joe is greeted by President Art Lobdell, Program Chairman Bob Tombs, and of course his biggest fan, Marie Krupinski.

Elizabeth Policeman of the Year
June 14

Detective Gramiak Named Policeman of the Year by Elizabeth Rotary

Elizabeth Police Detective Joseph Gramiak is the Rotary Club of Elizabeth’s Policeman of the Year for 2017. The 24-year Elizabeth police veteran was lauded for his loyalty to his community and co-workers, and for going above and beyond in everything he does. The presentation was made during a meeting of the Rotary Club at The Garden Restaurant, Union.

Elizabeth Police Chief John Brennan described the Elizabeth resident as someone who has the welfare of his community at heart. “He’s involved in many charitable endeavors, including work at St. Genevieve’s Church, the food kitchen at Liberty Baptist Church, the Knights of Columbus and as a long-serving coach for youth baseball,” Brennan stated. Gramiak is a native and current resident of Elizabeth.

As part of the Elizabeth Police Department, Gramiak has earned over 70 departmental commendations and many letters and notes of thanks from area residents and businesses, according to Brennan, who added, “He truly enjoys serving the public.”

The Rotary Club of Elizabeth is a service organization established in Elizabeth 100 years ago on April 1, 1917. It is part of Rotary International, an organization with 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Members of the Elizabeth Club serve the community through both hands-on and financial assistance to charitable institutions. The Club’s scholarship arm, the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund, has helped over 300 Elizabeth High School students with educational grants totaling $538,000 since 1986. Rotarians both in Elizabeth and world-wide serve according to the motto: ‘Service Above Self’.



Elizabeth Police Detective Joseph Gramiak (4th from left) accepts congratulations from (left to right) Police Director James Cosgrove, Elizabeth Rotary Club President Art Lobdell, wife Cheryl Gramiak, and Police Chief John Brennan.


More Rotary Stars on TV!
June 7

Kelly McCracken-Villanueva and incoming Interact Officers taped the Mayor’s show last week. Will be aired the last week of June.



Mayor Bollwage - Officers Left to right - Faith Victor President, Christina Farraj - Secreatary, Diane Amaya - Treasurer
Back Row - Advisor- Kelly Mc Cracken-Villanueva


Weekly Meeting
June 7



We were joined today by Major Tony DeStefano of Operation Chillout.

Operation Chillout is an all volunteer outreach dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness for veterans, men and women and parts of NE Pennsylvania.


Major DeStafano was welcomed by President Art Lobdell and June program chairman, Bob Tombs.