The Rotary Club


West Orange, NJ 

Founded 1928



The Four Way Test

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build good will and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all?



2005 - 2006

2015-2016 OFFICERS

President:  John F. Wise
President Elect:  Jeffrey Dunst
Vice President:  Robbi Hershon
Secretary:  Cynthia Hadley-Bailey
Treasurer:  David A. Pitt
Past President:  Gladys Harris

Board of Directors



Richard Cimo, PHF

Dr. James Huber, PP, PHF

Dr. Karien Ziegler, PDG, PHF


2015 -2017

Christos K. Alevras, PP, PHF

Jaqueline Limehouse

Amelia Panico



Msgr. Rev. Michael Kelly, PHF


President’s Advisor

Jerry Tarnoff, PP, PHF





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The first four Rotarians.  From left:  Gustavus Loehr, Sylvester Scheile, Hiram E. Shorey and Paul P. Harris, Rotary Founder.  Between 1905 and 1912.  Courtesy of Rotary International.
For more on the history of Rotary visit:
October 11, 1925 - July 26, 2014
by Dr. Bill Nadelberg

The Rotary Club of West Orange suffered a great loss this past week as we find ourselves mourning the passing of our beloved member, Leander "Emil" Hansen.  Emil lived a wonderful 88 years and devoted 22 of those last years to Rotary.

Emil, with always a smile on his face and never a bad word to say about anyone, was a devoted Rotarian who didn't know how to say "no".

He was, literally, a driving force in the Gift of Life Program, frequently transporting sick children and their parents, coming from other lands overseas, from local airports to their surgeries in New York.  He would visit them following their procedures and then drive them back to New Jersey to their host clubs and then on the airports again to return home.  He recounted on many occasions the thrill he got from witnessing first hand the transformation from a sick (near death on certain occasions) child to a running, bouncing, healthy, normal child following the heart surgery.  He comforted their parents during the procedures, reassuring them that their child was in safe hands and promising them that everything would work out for the best.

Emil was also instrumental in our Club's upkeep of the Gibby Craft Shop at Camp Merry Heart, for disabled children.  He and Joe Tylus (another deceased former Club member) spent so much time repairing, painting, and refurbishing the craft shop that it was rededicated as
"Joe and Emil's Place".  Emil was so proud of that and would often smile when the craft shop was referred to as such.

Emil, a master carpenter in his time, was the single most important individual in seeing that our Rotary trailer (used for the July 4th activities) is what it is today.  When my father's business donated the trailer to our Club it was a dilapidated mess.  Emil took a look at it and said to me, "No problem. I can fix it up and make it work perfectly for our needs."  I was a little skeptical, but Emil, with some help from former member, and carpenter/builder Mike D'Aries, donated time and sweat equity over a period of many weeks to make the project a reality.  Emil took a lot of pride in his work and made sure that no shortcuts were taken and the job was done right.

Emil also always took part in any club event that needed his presence.  He was also involved in the  (now defunct) West Orange Rotary Golf Tour.  There were a couple of foursomes that had a friendly competition at different member's clubs.  Emil loved it....though he may be remembered as "the world's slowest player'.

Emil was always there when you needed him and was a great humanitarian in his 88 year run. We'll miss you dearly, Emil.  You were truly the epitome of the Four Way Test.
RIP, buddy!

During WWII, Emil served in the Navy in the Pacific.  He is one of the rapidly disappearing members of our "Greatest Generation" and we thank him for his service.
Dr. Dorie Cappiello

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the:
Camp Merry Heart-Easter Seals
Easter Seals
Attn: Giving Coordinator
233 South Wacker Dr, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illiois  60606

                    INDUCTED AT MAYFAIR FARMS ON JUNE 26, 2014
Left to right, Board of Directors:  Dr. James Huber, Peter Horn, Cynthia Hadley-Bailey,
 Pastor Hodari WIlliams, Richard Cimo
2014 Scholarship Recipients with the Rotary Scholarship Committee at Mayfair Farms on June 13, 2014


On October 31, 2013, Halloween Night, the Rotary Club of West Orange participated at Turtle Back Zoo's Safe Howl-O-Ween Event.  Club members, dressed in costume, handed out thousands of pieces of candy to children as they walked the Zoo Trick-or-Treating.  A wonderful time was had by all.  Pictured left to right, Rotarians Karien Ziegler, Dorie Cappiello and Amelia Panico.
Rotarians (left to right): Christos Alevras, Dorie Cappiello, VMD, Jerry Tarnoff, PDG Karien Zielger, Dr. Jim Huber and Donald O'Dea prepare to give out free pumpkins and hot chocolate to children at the Liberty Middle School on Friday, October 26 for the Halloween festivities.

West Orange Rotary Holds Very Successful Food Collection Drive at West Orange ShopRite

By Dorie Cappiello, VMD
Mayor Parisi Supports West Orange Rotary's Food Collection Drives

On Sunday, September 23, the Rotary Club of West Orange held one of it's many food collection drives at the West Orange ShopRite in the Essex Green Shopping Plaza.

The club collected over $700 in cash donations as well as an entire van load of non-perishable food stuffs that were immediately donated to the Trinity Church Food Pantry in West Orange and kosher items were donated to a kosher food pantry in South Orange.

6 West Orange Rotarians plus friends and family members volunteered their time to collect the donations throughout the day. Mayor Parisi was there to support our efforts as well. Our new Exchange Student, Karl, who is from France and living with one of our own Rotary families, the Karus, was present to help collect donations. Karl is attending West Orange High School.

The Rotary Club of West Orange has been holding 3-4 food drives annually at the West Orange ShopRite since 1998.




On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Rotary Club of West Orange contributed a total of $11,000.00 to many local community service organizations.

These include the following:


Hazel Avenue School Rainbow Program

Camp Merry Heart for Disabled Children

Nikhil Badlani Foundation

Friends of Edison National Historic Site

West Orange Animal Welfare League

Metro YMCAs of the Oranges

Main Street Counseling Center

West Orange Police Athletic League (P.A.L)

Turtle Back Zoo South American Exhibit Benefactor

West Orange Scholarship Fund

Mayor's Program for Individuals with Disablilies

West Orange Arts Council

West Orange First Aid Squad

West Orange Community House


The Rotary Club of West Orange holds two or three major fundraisers during the year in order to raise money for all of the Community Service Awards, the Student Scholarship Awards as well as many other projects both local and international in scope.


The most important fundraiser is our Spring Annual Taste of the World event.  We also run a Super 50:50 Raffle and Super Golf Raffle as well as running the concession stand at the Town's July 4th Festivities and the Halloween Events.


When you buy a raffle ticket, purchase a Taste ticket or buy a hot dog and a soda on July 4 or at the Halloween Events, you are supporting YOUR local Rotary Club and we in turn, support YOU.  ALL Rotarians are volunteers and all profits go directly back to the community, the student in financial need and many international service projects throughout the world.


Please check out our VOLUNTEER and DONATE pages to see how you can help us continue our good work.  If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please go to our MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION page or contact us at:






On Saturday, May 12, the Rotary Club of West Orange and the Rotary Club of Chester/Long Valley held it's first ever joint bicycle collection at the Long Valley Middle School in Long Valley, NJ.

Members from both clubs volunteered to collect used bicycles and break them down to be shipped to Guatemala for

 Pedals for Progress,

 a 501c3 charity that ships used bicycles and sewing machines to third world countries.

32 used bicycles were collected as well as $330 that will be used to help defray the cost of shipping. Pedals for Progress founder, Dave Schweidenback, helped the clubs break down the bikes, which makes it cheaper and more efficient to ship them in containers.

Donating used bicycles to people in third world countries makes sense in more ways than one:

First, they need bicycles to get to school, work or create a business and therefore, a living for their families. These countries do not have the luxury of automobiles for the majority of their populations.

Secondly, we are keeping these bicycles out of our landfills and putting them to good use for an extended period of time.

Thirdly, by donating bicycles to these countries, they can build their economies around a simple and inexpensive mode of transportationand therefore, not use costly fossil fuels.  This reduces the overall pollution problem as well as the strain on the limited fossil fuel supply.


For more information on Pedals for Progress, go to:










2012 TASTE OF THE WORLD - EGAN AND SONS photo by Amelia Panico Photographers

Do you have an interest in joining Rotary?  The Rotary Club of West Orange is always looking for active new members of all professions and careers. 

Please review the


membership information page 



and if you would like to apply for membership

please fill out and send in the registration form.


Please check out our current members list by clicking on the link provided to the left titled "Members"


For more information about Rotary in general and how you can participate, please go to: