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2019 Tenafly Rotary New Tenafly Teachers’ Luncheon

The Tenafly Rotary was pleased to host the New Tenafly Teachers and Staff at the annual luncheon in their honor at the Clinton Inn.


Frank Primiani
Frank Primiani

High School

Middle School

Mackay Elementary School

Maugham Elementary School

Smith Elementary

Stillman School

Northern Valley Greenway

The Tenafly Rotary Club is proud to be the founder of the Northern Valley Greenway Project, a plan to convert the unused CSX railroad line from Tenafly north to Northvale by rail banking the track and building over 7 miles of park providing pedestrian, bike and possibly jogging paths.
Conceptual NV GreenwayQuickly joined by the Rotary Clubs of Northern Valley and Cresskill/Demarest, the clubs worked for 2 years to determine the line couldn’t be used for light rail for at least 20 years (environmental impact requirements) and that CSX was willing to railbank (sell with restrictions) the portion that would not be used by the planned light rail to Englewood.
The Rotary Clubs formed a citizen’s group and rallied the towns along the line – Cresskill, Closter, Demarest, Northvale, Norwood, and Tenafly to appoint members to a committee to investigate the feasibility of the Greenway.
As part of the service project, the Rotary Club of Tenafly implemented a long-planned formation of a 501 c(3) – the Tenafly Rotary Club Charitable Organization (unofficially TRCCO) to assist with raising funds to implement the dream of the Greenway.
We are currently working on raising $50,000 to:

  • hire a consultant to advise us on hearing CSX’s initial request for the terms of rail banking,
  • write grant proposals for environmental studies, site survey, land purchase and park construction
  • outreach activities to solicit support and design input.
  • miscellaneous preliminary analyses to determine the scope of required work.

Please consider donating to get this project moving faster. We greatly appreciate it. Your donation will be anonymous unless you chose to fill out the second screen.

For more information please visit NorthernValleyGreenway.orgNorthern Valley Greenway Logo

2016 Tenafly BOE Candidate’s Night Debate

THANK YOU the debate was a great success – you can see it on Ch 77 for yourself. It will be shown 1/day until the election, Nov 8.
The Tenafly Rotary Club is proud to sponsor this year’s BOE Candidate’s Debate at the Tenafly High School Media Center Monday October 24, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. If you can’t make it, you can watch on Channel 77 and phone your questions in.

All candidates are planning to participate. The following are running for three (3) 3-year terms:







The following are running for one (1) 2-year term:




Help Jerry’s #1 Grandson & Fight LGL Leukemia Golf Tournament

Tenafly Rotary Club’s President Gerry Kotch received the news four years ago that his oldest grandson (now 35) was stricken with LG Leukemia, a rare bone-marrow cancer. To help he called upon his Rotary Club to raise funds for the research program at the University of Virginia.  This year’s golf tournament & Dinner will be at Valley Brook Golf Course on Wednesday Sept 21. Join us for golf or just dinner. (Half of the net proceeds will be donated to the Office of Concern food pantry in Englewood.)

If you can’t make it please send donations (marked for LGL Leukemia Research) to :

Rotary Club of Tenafly
PO Box 50
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Click here for application & sponsorship opportunities. We really appreciate your help!
Thank you to the following sponsors for their support!

Hole 1 Sponsored by Jim Moscone Plumbing 50 W Railroad Ave, Tenafly 201.569.3823
Hole 2 Sponsored by Highwood Roofing Co 56 S Front St, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 201. 244.0125
Hole 3 Sponsored by Griffin Restaurant Cresskill, NJ
Hole 5 Burton & Lisa Wistotsky – Englewood Rotary Club
Hole 8 The Hungry Peddler (201) 894-0718 · 470 Knickerbocker Rd Cresskill, NJ 07626
Hole 10 Law Firm of Dipisa & Lago, LLC Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Hole 13 Sponsored by Ed Dolinger – acclaimed author of Stolen.
Hole 16 Martin Huguley – Coldwell Banker – Tenafly
Hole 18 In Memory of Bob Watt – Tenafly Rotary Club
Hole-In-One Sponsor – Honda of Tenafly

Rotary on Hercules’ Radio Show

It was a pleasure being on Hercules’ show talking about our Charity Golf Tournament to support research for LGL Leukemia Sept 21. You can sign up for the golf tournament & dinner or just dinner at

I was also  on with Steve from the Rotary Club of Parkridge who was telling us about their 5K Run & Walk. You can sign up at

It was fun.

2016 Tenafly Rotary New Teachers Luncheon

Tenafly Rotary New Teacher Luncheon Participants
Tenafly Rotary New Teacher Luncheon Participants

The Tenafly Rotary Club was happy to host our annual Luncheon at the Clinton Inn for the new teachers and staff at Tenafly this year (and a few that were hired after the luncheon last year.) Introductory remarks from Rotary President Gerry Kotch and Invocation from Rotarian and Mayor Peter Rustin. (Individual pictures below) Continue reading 2016 Tenafly Rotary New Teachers Luncheon

Rails to Trails

The Tenafly Rotary is investigating the possibility of partnering with Rotary Clubs north of Tenafly to help replace the unused track from Tenafly to the State line.  Plans and permits for light rail end in Englewood. This means for the next couple of decades the rail line going through Tenafly will be unused. Until CSX has a permited use for the line the possibility exists to turn the tracks into a walkway/bike path. Rails to Trails has helped with this in numerous communities. The Tenafly Rotary Club met with Shepard Grinker of the Tenafly Bicycle Workshop to explore the benefits of the program.

Rotary Club Of Tenafly discussing Rails To Trails
Rotary Club Of Tenafly discussing Rails To Trails

Meeting with the Cresskill/Demarest Roatary on Rails To Trails

Meeting with the Cresskill/Demarest Roatary on Rails To Trails

Elections – Tenafly Rotary Invocation


Oh, dear lord, the election is behind us. I believe that most Rotarians voted, a higher percentage than the population at large, because Rotarians care about what happens in the world. All of us felt good about some of the results, and all of us felt bad about some of the results. That’s the way life is.

But Lord, we thank you that we live in a land that has elections, where if we work hard we can change things, or we can leave them the same, depending on how we vote.

It doesn’t matter whether you are conservative, liberal, radical, or whatever. It will be up to the public to vote for you or some other person. Some of the worst candidates get elected, and some of the best candidates lose. But it isn’t always that way.

All of us know that Rotary does not take sides in political matters. As individuals, we have wonderful Rotarians who are Republicans, and wonderful Rotarians who are Democrats. To those of you ion politics, “God bless you.” You are the people our fellow citizens, who keep democracy working.

Lord, we thank you for all those wonderful people who care enough to take sides . . . who are actively participating in our democracy.

Don Zeiller