BELLEVILLE, NJ - A changing of the guard took place at The Rotary Club of Nutley’s annual Installation Dinner Monday, June 11, at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, as Rosemary Costa took the helm as president for 2018-2019.Costa succeeds Tom McCrohan as president, as the organization also welcomed several new directors and members into the fold during the elegant gathering.

“I’m very excited as I look forward to everything that will come before us and I look forward to everything that we will accomplish, together!” said Costa.

 John Dinan had the honor of introducing the new officers and directors, as well as installing the new president. “The traits we look for in new board members are those that set goals, communicate, have a positive attitude, and are enthusiastic - creating a sense of teamwork and a positive atmosphere within the club,” said Dinan.  “Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.  As new president, you have one year, so it’s a chance to make the most of it.”

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Past-president Walt Smith is optimistic about a resurgence in Nutley Rotary membership and community activities. “We’ve been trying to get some new blood and some new leadership,” Smith said.  “We’ve added 15 new members in the past two years.”

Dorothy Huey was honored as 'Rotarian of the Year' and Dr. Chris Masullo was inducted as a new member of the club.

Rotarians are professional people who have joined together, sharing their skills and expertise for the benefit of the community.   Rotary connects individuals with leaders from all continents, cultures and occupations, people who want to give back. 

“Every year, we have a charity that we donate our ‘happy dollars’ to that are collected at the conclusion of meetings,” Costa added.  “After hosting a presentation previously by The Phoenix Center, I was impressed by their organization and I’ve decided that our ‘happy dollars’ at the end of my term will be donated to The Phoenix Center.”

Outgoing 2017-2018 president Tom McCrohan donated the ‘happy dollars’ from his term to Nutley Family Service Bureau, which totaled $1,827.00. 

Rotary Club of Nutley's next big function is the first annual Classic Car Show to benefit the Nutley PBA and FMBA on Wednesday, September 12, from 5 p.m. to -8 p.m.  The outdoor show will include classic cars, muscle cars, custom cars and other vehicles.  Food and music are part of the evening event.

Nutley Rotary was organized in 1922, and world-wide has 1.2 million individuals in over 35,000 clubs worldwide.  For more information, visit