HAMMONTON – Clarence J. Mattioli Jr. was sworn in as the president of the Hammonton Rotary Club at its 53rd annual installation dinner Thursday, July 8 at Rocco’s Townhouse.
In his acceptance remarks, Mattioli pledged to build on the club’s successful fund-raising efforts, bring more exposure to its many community projects, and increase membership.
He also paid tribute to Frank Bartolone, outgoing president and Rotarian for more than 50 years.
“I am completely honored to hold this position as president for the up and coming year,” Mattioli said. “I will do everything in my power to continue the integrity and dedication that Frank Bartolone has exhibited in his role as Rotary Club president.”
Mattioli’s induction was performed by Dan Benevento, chairman in South Jersey of Rotary’s global campaign against polio known as Polio Plus, and a member and past president of the Berlin Rotary Club, where Bartolone was a member for 46 years before joining Hammonton.
Benevento praised Bartolone for taking on the job as president shortly after joining the Hammonton club, his efforts in obtaining a $3,000 matching grant for the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank in Hammonton, where club members volunteers each month, and his manner of conducting meetings, downstairs at Rocco’s Townhouse, in a way that gets big things done even with a small group.
Benevento, whose role as an officer for Rotary District 7640 takes him to Rotary clubs across South Jersey, said one of the Hammonton club’s strengths is that it’s a small club where everyone there to accomplish something, not just socialize.
For the Hammonton Rotary Club those accomplishments include organizing a successful scholarship golf outing at Frog Rock for 26 years in a row, an annual Champagne Breakfast at the Townhouse in November and the increasingly popular Wine Tasting Event in April at Hammonton Fire Co. No. 2.
Thanks to the generosity of countless Hammonton area residents who have supported these and other fund-raising events, money has been raised to pay for college scholarships, sponsor Little League, Bull Dogs Basketball and Hammonton Youth Soccer teams, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program, support of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and a 2010 donation to buy a K-9 dog for the Hammonton Police Department.
Before Mattioli was sworn, outgoing President Bartolone reflected on his year in office and offered appreciation to his supporting cast of fellow Rotarians by presenting them with certificates of appreciation.
Jim Ammann, who supplied music and sound for the evening as TNT Sound Productions, was sworn in as the newest member of the Hammonton Rotary Club.
The 10th Annual Rotary Club of Hammonton Foundation Scholarship was presented to Joshua Carty, Hammonton High School Class of 2010 valedictorian. Carty, who will attend the College of New Jersey as an accounting major in the fall, is the son of Lynda and Louis Carty.
Officers for 2010-2011 were also sworn by Benevento as follows: Mike Hitman, vice president; Bill Donahue, secretary; Jerry Daunoras, treasurer; and Don DeFiccio, sergeant at arms.
Directors installed were Frank Bartolone (immediate past president), Sharon Bertino, Joe Brown, James FitzPatrick, Geri Hefferon, Robert Landolfi Sr. and Dave Ruberton.
FitzPatrick was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship, represented by a club donation of $1,000 in his name toward Rotary International’s world-wide humanitarian efforts.
The meeting opened with Donahue, club secretary and master of ceremonies, reminding the audience that shortly after the Hammonton Rotary Club was formed, it raised $500,000 in 1958, which acted as the seed money for the foundation of Kessler Hospital.
“That’s where this club started we’re very proud of that,” he said.
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