Rotary Club of Englewood NJ 

We meet each Tuesday at 12:15pm 

Crowne Plaza Englewood 

401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood NJ 07631 

Our visiting Rotarian, Rachel Fattal from the Rotary Club of Kfar Saba in Israel
Our Program Chairperson, JoEllen introduces today's speaker Reverend Richard Hong of the First Presbyterian Church here in Englewood.

Spoke August 1, 2017

Rotary Club of Englewood


Presiding: Katsaros

Recorder: Cole


Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rachel Fattal from the Rotary  Club of Kfar Saba in Israel, visiting her sister in Tenafly; Paul Platek, formerly of the Teaneck Rotary Club and a member of The Rotary Foundation Committee.


Announcements: Two committees that could use more members are the membership committee chaired by Eileen O’Driscoll, and the service committee chaired by Charlotte Bennett Schoen. This committee will have as one of its responsibilities planting trees in the city. The city has received a gift of 100 trees per year for three years and has planted the first 200. Help is needed to plant the remainder. Charlotte will get in touch with whomever and let the club know.


There is a district staff meeting 6 pm Monday, August 7th at the Saddle Brook Marriott, 138 Pehle Ave. Saddle Brook and it will be a barbecue. Price $25.


Those who have not paid their dues yet for the coming year should do so very soon. The lack of payment buggers up the record keeping necessary in the beginning of the year.


Program: Reverend Richard Hong discussed the fire damage to the First Presbyterian Church and started with the church’s beginnings as an outgrowth of of the early citizenry of Englewood being Presbyterian, a transplanted Calvinist sect from Scotland. First built in 1860 it has been moved once and added onto multiple times since then, a finding that was discovered as a result of the fire. In working with architects it became clear that the size of the building would have to be configured to hold less people than before. A fascinating tool used by the demolition people was a camera flown in and around the remains by a drone! Richard is satisfied with the work of the people who have been involved with the project so far and it seems they are close to selecting an architect.


Upcoming Programs:

August 8: Caryle Swain    Canine companions

August 15: Sonja Clark    Director of Community Outreach


August 22: Charlotte Bennett Schoen:  Peace Documen-


August 29: Eric Nelson, historian   Palisades Parkway

Sept. 5: Paul Platek  Rotary Foundation