BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the 9th consecutive year, Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights members gave special Student Dictionaries to all 3rd graders at the Hughes, Mountain-Park, and Woodruff Schools in Berkeley Heights.  The students, many of whom have older brothers and sisters who have received these in prior years, happily looked forward to their own "Literary Birthday Presents" this week (see photo). "Doing the math" tells us that, to date the Club has given these dictionaries to some 3,000 students at no cost to them, the schools, or the township.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is a group of local businesspeople and professionals with three objectives: Fellowship, Networking, and Serving the Community. Now in its 49th year of service, the Rotary Club meets for lunch at the nearby Chimney Rock Inn on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are open, and anyone can visit. For more information the visit Club's website at or call 908-447-6290. During the interim time, club members enjoy a social event one week and a service project on the other.

In addition to these annual dictionaries, in 2014 the Club "adopted" an inner city family of six for the Holiday Season, complete with gifts for all; continued to support some 200 solo seniors with our 23 year-old Medic-Alert program; presented four $1,000 scholarships to Governor Livingston graduating seniors; continued supporting 7 Scouting units with over 250 boys and young men; made 12 significant donations to Little Flower's food bank; supported the annual 5k charity run-walk and the Y's Mothers Day 5k; supported the Berkeley Heights Street Fair for its second year; gave 16 personal DVD players and over 150 DVD movies to the residents of the Lyons VA Hospital; gave brand-new World Book Encyclopedia sets to every Berkeley Heights school; and, when the town's Recreation Department needed more chairs for meetings and events, we answered that call, too.