Welcome to the Rotary Club of Irvington #81458

District 7470

A Dream fulfilled!


Service Above Self

As of September 2009, we have changed our meeting day to every Tuesday (still at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.). Where?

Be our guest for a weekly meeting at the Irvington Public Library!

Be our guest for a weekly meeting at the Irvington Public Library!

Irvington Public Library

Community Meeting Room or the History Room

Civic Square

Irvington, NJ,07111

Our motto Service Above Self conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.

Rotary 4- Way Test

Of the things we think, say, or Do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?

3.Will it build GOODWILL, and


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Have you been wondering, “What is Rotary?”  Check out this video to find out!

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women, as well as community leaders.  The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. 

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges.   It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world.  Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.   Rotarians develop service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, disabled persons, health care, international understanding and goodwill, literacy and numeracy, population issues, poverty and hunger, the environment, clean water, and Polio eradication.   They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.   The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST:  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND:  High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD:  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and

FOURTH:  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Avenues of Service

Club Service

Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of Rotary clubs. Learn about effective club service in Membership and Training.

Vocational Service

Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process. Learn more.

Community Service

Community Service is the opportunity  Rotary clubs have to implement club projects and activities that improve life in the local community.
Learn more about community service and assessing your community.

International Service

International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to PolioPlus to helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.  Learn more about participating in World Community Service.

A New Avenue of Service!

New Generations Service

Formal action was taken in Chicago during the April 2010 meeting of the Council on Legislation (the legislative arm of Rotary International which meets every three years) to add a fifth Avenue of Service: New Generations Service.  This Avenue recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.  New Generations also includes the many projects that individual clubs undertake to serve young people in our communities, such as the Dictionary Project, scholarship programs, other reading and literacy projects.

World Polio Day is held every year in October.  Please find out more about our polio eradication efforts by clicking on the following link and  watching a video on the subject:

Congratulations to our 2010 “Service Above Self” Award recipients!

The Club’s 2nd Annual Service Above Self Awards Brunch was held on December 11, 2010 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ acknowledging the work of some of the youth and adults in the Township of Irvington who are going beyond themselves to be of service to others.

This year’s theme was “Social Responsibility & Youth Empowerment.”

The award categories and recipients were:

Protective Services

  • Sgt. Andre Robinson, NJ State Police
  • Ronald O’Dowd, Irvington Fire Dept


  • Gerhard Sanchez


  • Ed O’Gorman


  • Rev. H. William Rutherford Jr.


  • Rudolph C. Willis, MD


  • Catherine Sauls, Career Vision Ambassadors


  • Age (12-15): Anglin Thevarajah
  • Age (16-20): Dahanah Josias-Sejour
  • Age (16-20): Shamm Petros

Rotary Club of Irvington High School & Community Youth Assistant Awards

  • Certificate of Leadership: Emmanuel Jean-Noel
  • Certificate of Commitment to Service: Allriche Vital & Cala Fils
  • Certificate of Appreciation: Jenny Michel & Jaquille Branch

The program also included opening remarks by Mr. Michael Roesch,  CEO, Stuyvesant Press Inc. & former President of the Irvington Chamber of Commerce; a Youth Keynote Speaker who is a Sophomore at Irvington High School and graduate of the Irvington Swim Program; and closing remarks by Ms. Tracey S. Cosby, Esq.  Photography and videography services were provided by Herbert Glenn and Reggie Ward.

Donations and proceeds will fund Rotary supported projects, particularly The Dictionary Project– a program where the club purchases and provides dictionaries to each third grade student of the Irvington Public School district at no cost to the students, district, or parents – and civic needs.


A collection of 33,000 local service clubs

of 1.2 million people

in over 200 countries worldwide

– the oldest service club in the world – they invented the concept!

Are you a community-oriented business and/or

community leader who enjoys service and fellowship?

Make contact with us for more information!


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