Welcome to The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M.
 
The Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club is a local community service organization of professional men and women in Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Glen Rock and surrounding communities. We come from a diverse range of professions and share the goal of making a difference in our communities and the world. 
 
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Club Stories
A reminder that May is Mental Health Month As the month concludes, pleaseemember that Mental Health awareness is a 12 month, 24/7 issue. Please be aware and reach out to all who seek help and assistance with mental health issues.
 
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 The recent District Governor's conference in Gettysburg, MD featured a presentation made by  Josef Schmidt, CEO of Freedom United, an organization positioned against the elimination of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. This session was of specific relevance to Rotary with whom Joe seeks to establish a partnership. The organization is global in scope, has outstanding private sector partnerships, international reach and influence, and achieved federal legislative changes in selected countries such Uzbekistan, Mauritania, India, the UN and even the US. More detail is contained herein. Learn more about Freedom United organization at freedomunited.org.
 
 

Mental Health Month

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

May is Mental Health Month 2019

This year marks MHA's 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month

At the recent District Governors Conference in Gettysburg, MD, a presentation was made describing the  initiative underway by several organizations including the Ridgewood YMCA. This initiative is an effort to build YMCA Community based facilities in Haiti utilizing shipping container boxes. Phil Wells and his father, Peter, a former District Governor,  who are each architects in Park Ridge and active in Park Ridge Rotary have been leading this effort for many years. They partnered with the YMCA in Haiti as well as the YMCA in Ridgewood to construct multi use buildings from shipping containers. Andy Topp, our former Rotary Member who passed away last year, was very instrumental in creating this unique repurposing of shipping containers in Haiti and other countries.
As many of you know, Ernie Lamour, CEO of the Ridgewood YMCA, who s a member of our Club is also responsible for coordinating resources in helping the population of Haiti.
Jay Fowler, John Plum and their spouses attended the District Governor's Conference in Gettysburg, MD; May 3-5. Jay was the event's Master of Ceremony!!
 
The schedule was over two and a half days, Thursday afternoon (registration) through Sunday morning,  split evenly between sessions for our District, 7490, and the other District for NJ, 7475, as well as one combined session discussing common problems, issues and opportunities for Rotary at large. There was also our representative from Rotary International, Valerie Wafer (Toronto), as well as our respective District Governors.  Total attendance was about 250, including spouses, speakers, and the occasional middle school child.
 
A presentation made by  Josef Schmidt, CEO of Freedom United, an organization positioned against the elimination of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. This session was of specific relevance to Rotary with whom Joe seeks to establish a partnership. The organization is global in scope, has outstanding private sector partnerships, international reach and influence, and achieved federal legislative changes in selected countries such Uzbekistan, Mauritania, India, the UN and even the US. More detail is contained herein. 
 
The meeting in Gettysburg was invaluable in better understanding the topics and issues being addressed by local and International Rotary organizations. Next year's meeting will take place at The Sagamore up in Bolton, New York, on Lake George. 
Jeanne Johnson a long time advocate and spokesperson for pedestrian safety in Ridgewood shared her background and experiences in organizing and advocating for pedestrian safety throughout Ridgewood and the community. Jeanne has been tireless in her support and advocacy.  Jeanne shared that the police department confirms that the accident rate has declined as a result of the awareness and training received by residents. Thanks to Jeanne Johnson for her support of such an important aspect of public safety!
 
Rotary Club of Ridgewood AM is a supporter of Pony Power Therapies.....
 

Pony Power Therapies was founded by Executive Director Dana Spett in 2000 to provide horse-assisted activities to children and adults with a variety of special needs. A lifelong equestrian, Dana discovered therapeutic horseback riding while researching alternative therapies for one of her daughters with mild special needs.

In 2005, Pony Power transitioned to a 501(c)3 as a first step in becoming the only equestrian center in Bergen County dedicated to serving populations with special needs. The fees we charge cover about 65 percent of the actual costs of our services, and we fundraise as an organization to cover the remaining 40 percent.

Pony Power has been a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International since its inception. PATH is the equine-assisted activity industry’s leading accrediting body. Pony Power instructors are either certified by PATH or working toward their certification.

Tom Grissom a long time member of Rotary and good friend of Ridgewood Rotary Club AM joined the club meeting on April 25, 2019 to share an update of the Walter Head Foundation. 
 
he Walter D. Head Foundation is our district’s charitable foundation. It was named for Walter D. Head, a former member of the Teaneck Rotary Club and who later became the President of Rotary International in 1939-1940. The purpose of the foundation is to award educational scholarships and to support special projects throughout Rotary District 7490. Recently, the District Foundation formed the Rotary Military Family Assistance Center to provide services to the families of active service men and women. 
 
Thanks Tom for your many years of friendship and contributions to Rotary and the community!!
TIME FLIES...........MORE THAN 43,800 HOURS HAVE PASSED ON THE RIDGEWOOD DOWNTOWN CLOCK SINCE IT WAS DEDICATED ON APRIL 15, 2005! THOUSANDS OF RIDGEWOOD VISITORS HAVE LOOKED UP AT THIS CLOCK FOR A TIME CHECK AND IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO MEET. WHAT A GREAT GIFT SPONSORED BY ROTARY!   
Matt Viola, Vice President of Charity Navigator gave Ridgewood Rotary Club AM an update on the many services this organization provides to various philanthropic donors. Charity Navigator uses various metrics derived from IRS Form 990. Through various analysis and filters, Charity Navigator is able to provide a rating system for thousands of non profit 503c organizations.
 
 
 
 
 
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Ridgewood A.M.

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Ridgewood, NJ  07450
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