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Founded 1928

The Rotary Club of West Orange is one of over 31,600 member clubs of Rotary International (RI) worldwide that work to promote peace through understanding and friendship. Rotarians work to make the world a better place through the Four Avenues of Service: Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and Club Service.

Our members work year round to fulfill the Four Avenues of Service. To that end, the West Orange Rotary Club actively participates in providing college scholarships, providing every 3rd grader in West Orange with a dictionary every year, funding a local summer camp for Disabled Children, Camp Merryheart, supporting the WO First Aid Squad and local food banks as well as many other local community organizations. Internationally, we support many RI service projects including but not limited to Gift of Life, Polio Plus, Rotaplast, Pedals for Progress, Help the Children Hear, Pure Water for the World, ShelterBox USA as well as student and adult exchange programs.
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West Orange Rotarians Chris Cohrs, Dorie Cappiello and Jerry Lichtenstein hand out candy to children at Turtle Back Zoo on Halloween. This free event was organized by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo (at center above) and Turtle Back Zoo. The West Orange Rotary Club has been an avid supporter of the world-class Turtle Back Zoo and is the annual benefactor for the South American Exhibit


Dorie Cappiello, VMD

This year, and every year, the members of the Rotary Club of West Orange are always busy raising money so that they can spend it on all of the very worthy charities and local projects that they support.

In late February or early March, we hold our hugely popular “Taste of the World” event at Mayfair Farms showcasing over 40 spectacular restaurants and vendors and attracting over 500 people in attendance every year. In addition, we sell Super 50:50 tickets and Super Golf Raffle tickets to help meet our financial goals for the year. The West Orange Rotary Club has many annual charitable obligations that it has to meet every year and we always try to pick up a couple of new projects to support as well.

On July 4, the West Orange Rotary Club provides all of the food and beverages at the Fourth of July festivities held at the high school and during the fireworks. When you buy a hot dog and soda from the Rotary Club, you are supporting all of the worthy projects that our club provides for annually.

Some charitable organizations that we support every year include but are not limited to the following.
The Club holds 3 to 4 food collection drives every year at ShopRite in West Orange to help keep the shelves at the Trinity Church Food Kitchen stocked. Cash donations are used to buy additional food or to purchase food vouchers for future purchases.

At the new world class Turtle Back Zoo, we have been the annual benefactor for the South American Exhibit since 2005. Over the years we have donated books to their library and participated in many of their community service projects like Halloween night.

We maintain the arts and crafts building at Camp Merry Heart for Disabled Children in Hackettstown, as well as pay for at least one child per year to attend the camp in the summer. This year we put a new roof on the building as well. In 2013, we received an $11,000.00 Rotary International Matching Grant and were able to purchase 2 new commercial washing machines as well as multiple shelving units for the Camp’s laundry room. Members of our club helped clean, paint and provide updated electrical connections for the laundry. This past summer, our club members also spent an entire day at the Camp sanding and staining all of the wooden picnic tables and benches used by the Camp for their events.

Every year since its inception, our club has participated in the Dictionary Project, donating a dictionary to every third grade student in West Orange, in both the public and private schools.

At our Community Service Awards in June every year, we award around $14,000 in donations to the following organizations: West Orange First Aid Squad, the Community House, the WO Animal Welfare League, Main Street Counseling, PAL, Hazel Avenue School Rainbow Program, Friends of Edison National Historic Site, American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Metro YMCA of the Oranges, WO Scholarship Fund and the Mayor’s Program for Individuals with Disabilities.

Every year, about 15 well deserving students, that will be attending college in the Fall, receive scholarships totaling anywhere from $14 -16,000 at our annual Scholarship Awards luncheon in June.

Internationally, our club has been an active donor to many ongoing projects. Since 1998, our club has been a “Sustaining Partner” of Rotaplast which is a Rotary sanctioned international service project that provides reconstructive surgery for children with cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Other international projects that we support every year include Polio Plus, Gift of Life, Help the Children Hear, Pedals for Progress and The Rotary Foundation.
Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan earlier this year, we sent a ShelterBox to Japan. ShelterBox is the largest Rotary International sanctioned club project in the world. They are a relief organization that sends large boxes filled with a tent and survival supplies to countries and people in need during all kinds of disasters worldwide. Each box has enough shelter and supplies for 10 people to survive for 30 days. Whenever and wherever there is a need for shelter, clean water and survival supplies anywhere around the world, ShelterBox is watching and responding, sometimes quicker than the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations. Please check out

As of February 2011, our club has adopted a new international project called “Change a Life Uganda”. At this time, we have donated over $8500.00 to help bring clean water to a school for 500 children in Migyera, Uganda. These children and their families live in a severely drought ridden part of Uganda where they have to travel miles to collect muddy water from a filthy pond and carry it back in heavy jerry cans. Most of the children have had multiple gastrointestinal illnesses and it is not unusual for them to die from diseases that can be easily prevented by providing a pure source of water. Our goal is to help this school finish their water project and we could use some help. If you would like to help us please check out or and you can contact me at

In September 2013, our club has sponsored the Newark Rotaract Club. Rotaract is a way that college students can participate as pre-Rotarians while they are in college. In Rotaract they learn Rotary principles of “Service Above Self” and how to get involved in Rotary Projects. Hopefully, many of the students will become full-fledged Rotarians in their professional lives.

The Rotary Club of West Orange is one of over 31,600 member clubs of Rotary International (RI) worldwide that work to promote peace through understanding and friendship. Rotarians work to make the world a better place for all through the Four Avenues of Service: Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and Club Service
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