Westfield Rotary Announces May Programs

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Rotary has announced its May program schedule.

Upcoming programs include:


The Rotary Club of Westfield is pleased to announce the 18th annual Charles Philhower Teaching Fellowship to an outstanding elementary school teacher.  The Fellowship recognizes the importance of teaching in the elementary grades and honors former Rotarian and noted educator Charles Philhower. This is a fitting memorial to an educator who gave so much to the children of Westfield and to education in general.  The Philhower Fellowship recipient will be honored at this luncheon and will receive a grant to further professional growth or to enhance classroom activities for students.


The Westfield Rotary Club, in accordance with one of its goals of community service, will be awarding grants to local non-profit agencies for programs and projects that directly serve people in the community. Grant recipients will be recognized at this Rotary luncheon and will receive grant funding to continue and enhance the work of their non-profit organizations. More information is available on the club’s website.


Irayna Court is a housing program with support services for young women, ages 18-21 years old, who have aged out of the State’s foster care system, young men being released from juvenile detention, homeless Veterans and homeless single women and children. It was founded by speaker Reverend Seth Kaper-Dale, pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, along with his wife and co-pastor Stephanie Kaper-Dale.Together they created a nonprofit organization, Making it Possible to End Homelessness (MIPH), which built facilities on their church rooftop and now provides staff and support services. These services focus on bringing the residents to a point where they can live independently and includes life skills building, mental health and substance abuse support, financial literacy, good tenancy, education and career planning, mentoring, and various support groups.

Learn about how to maximize physical and emotional health through your food choices. The presentation by Karen Ensle Ed.D., RD, FADA, CFCS, Dept Head/Associate Professor/FCHS Educator at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union Co, includes a set of guidelines intended to improve one’s eating habits and includes a discussion of the brain and nervous system functions and how they are affected by food intake which in turn affects one’s mood and emotional health.  If you are depressed or stressed and you want a nutritional approach to improving your mood, this presentation will be helpful.

One of 33,000 clubs in 160 countries worldwide that make up Rotary International, the Westfield Rotary is the largest provider of scholarships to Westfield students, a major contributor to community grants as well as several international projects. They meet 50 weeks per year between 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. for lunch and a program at the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street in the second floor Kellogg room. They welcome guests to join them at any of their weekly meetings.

Anyone interested in attending a program or learning more about Rotary in Westfield may visit http://westfieldrotary.com or contact President Mark Swingle at 1-908-379-2705 or email westfieldrotary@gmail.com.

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