Speaker Date Topic
Paul Aronsohn Sep 19, 2019 7:30 AM
The Ombudsman Office
The Ombudsman Office

His title may be the longest in state government, but his staff is the smallest. Paul Aronsohn, the New Jersey Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, has an office with one employee — himself.  

Aronsohn occupies a year-old position in state government that has a bipartisan pedigree. Established through a law passed by a Democratic-controlled legislature, it was signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Gov. Phil Murphy appointed Aronsohn as the first ombudsman in April 2018.   

“The governor appointed me because he wanted someone who spoke the same language [as families do], with urgency,” said Aronsohn, a 53-year-old former mayor of Ridgewood. He says he learned that language at home as the younger brother of a woman with disabilities.  

There, he saw his mother care for his sister, whose degenerative and ultimately terminal disability was never completely diagnosed. And through that, he said, he came to understand the struggles parents and siblings face to meet the constant and complex needs of their loved ones.  

Joe Laureni Sep 26, 2019
Rotary International
Rotary International

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.[1] It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 35,000+[2] member clubs worldwide, and 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians, have joined.[1]

Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. "It is the duty of all Rotarians," states their Manual of Procedure,[3] "outside their clubs, to be active as individuals in as many legally constituted groups and organizations as possible to promote, not only in words but through exemplary dedication, awareness of the dignity of all people and the respect of the consequent human rights of the individual." The Rotarian's primary motto is "Service Above Self"; its secondary motto is "They profit most who serve best" (until 2004 it was "One profits most who serves best".[4])