A proclamation was presented to the Nutley Rotary Club during the Tuesday, Oct. 15 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was absent excused.

Nutley Rotary, chartered in 1922, received a proclamation on behalf of Rotary International to recognize Oct. 24 as World Polio Day. In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus. According to rotary.org, the “plus” means more than eradicating polio, providing a hand-operated tricycle, access to water, additional medical treatment, bed nets, or even soap. In 1988, Rotary helped establish the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize children globally. Today this imitative includes the World Health Organization. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

There is no cure however it is preventable with a vaccine. Polio usually effects children under the age of 5. Currently Rotary International has contributed more than $1.9 billion to protecting more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

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Nutley Rotary directors are Benjamin Costa, president; Dorothy Huey, president elect; Barbara Hirsch, secretary; Bob Peters, treasurer; Walter Smith, membership; Daniel Carnicella, vice president; and Bob Peters, foundation chair.

Over the years, Nutley Rotary has sponsored a water project in Mexico, where they brought running water to a rural village that was carrying it by hand. They also did the same in India. Nutley Rotary has also contributed to the Gift of Life program, providing open heart surgery to babies and children in developing countries. Nutley sponsored a child from Panama through the Gift of Life Foundation.

The Rotary Gazebo in Nutley’s Kingsland Park was built and donated by the club. Other donations around town include the Welcome to Nutley signs and planters around town, and video equipment for the Nutley Library.

Some of their ongoing projects include exchange students; scholarships and vocational awards to graduating seniors; Camp Merry Heart, a yearly sponsorship of summer camp for a special needs child; New teacher Welcome Reception dinner; dictionaries for Nutley’s third grade students; sponsorship of disadvantaged female student to basketball camp each summer; Senior Picnic and sponsor of Senior Day; Sponsor Nutley American Little League and Parks and Rec Basketball teams; and Christmas for Farm Children Drive.

Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli read the proclamation and thanked the organization. Each of the commissioners said a few words thanking the club for their contributions to the township and internationally. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said, “A wonderful organization […] please keep up the good work, especially while you do wonderful work for the world, please keep up your good work for Nutley.”

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci said, “I just want to congratulate you, not for only what you did […] for Polio […]  but for what you do each and every day here in Nutley, the dictionaries for our youngsters, the schools, all the great service work you do and all the organizations that you help. It’s just wonderful to have such an active Rotary organization here in town.”

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco said, “Rotary to me stands for three important words, kindness, loving and caring.”

Rotary International’s motto is Service Above Self. To learn more about Nutley Rotary, visit nutleyrotary.org.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.


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