Noon luncheon meetings are held on the first two Tuesdays of each month, at Charlie Brown's Steakhouse in Chatham Township. Breakfast meetings are held at 8:00 AM on the last two or three Tuesdays of each month. Breakfast meetings are held at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in Chatham Township. Guests are always welcomed to attend our Tuesday meetings. COME JOIN US


January 22 Program: Jessica Hermansky, Registered Dietitian at Shop Rite of the Chathams, spoke on label reading for good health.

Jessica Hermansky (left in the photo), Registered Dietitian at Shop Rite of the Chathams spoke on label reading for good health. Joy (right in the photo), intern from College of Saint Elizabeth, was also present for the presentation.

Jessica said that the owners of the local ShopRite are very dedicated to bringing health and wellness to the community. They brought Jessica onto their staff to give customers nutritional recommendations and to make presentations to local schools and other organizations. At the Senior Services Center of the Chathams, she gives monthly lectures and cooking demonstrations focused on easy, healthy meals.
Jessica distributed guidelines for reading labels to all in attendance and then described how to read and get the most benefit from labels. She took questions during the presentation and held an active question and answer session at the close. We learned many tips on eating healthy by reading food product labels.
Members enthusiastically applauded this enjoyable and informative presentation. To learn more, visit Jessica at the Chatham ShopRite store or look at her website. Click here to learn more.

January 22 Kiwanis Announcements

John Eyre, President Elect announced that the NJ District Convention will be held Saturday January 26. Nancy Boucher announced that the club has brought in almost $400 for Union Beach hurricane Sandy relief. Members were updated regarding the upcoming Fish and Chips Dinner, March 20.

January 15 Program: Mary Meier, Director of Community Relations at Fellowship Senior Living spoke on Continuing Care Retirement Communities and other senior services

Mary Meier (left in photo), Director of Community Relations at Fellowship Senior Living spoke at the January 15 Kiwanis breakfast meeting. She was introduced by Ron Whalin (center) and Bert Whalin (right), who recently moved to Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge.

Mary gave an overview of retirement options offered by Fellowship Senior Living. These include moving to Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge, staying in their present home and receiving home care from highly qualified care-givers (Fellowship Village Senior Living at Home) or using Helping Hands on an as-needed basis.

She explained that Fellowship Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Residents have a life-care program which includes independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care if needed.
Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge was founded in 1996 by the Fellowship Deaconry. They are a Christian based facility but people of all faiths are welcomed at Fellowship Village. A variety of housing units are available ranging from studio apartments to free-standing houses. Many recreational activities are available for residents including swimming pool, exercise facility, greenhouse, workshop, art room, trips, etc. Extensive healthcare options and facilities are available on site. The food plan is flexible, providing both fine dining and cafeteria style. Landscaping, snow shoveling, housekeeping and other maintenance services are provided by Fellowship Village.

Seniors need to decide how they want to live the rest of their lives. To learn more, visit the Fellowship Village website at

Alan Nekoukar, manager of the Chatham Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse recognized by Kiwanis Club

Joan May, President of the Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club recognized Alan Nekoukar, manager of the Chatham Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse for hosting our club meetings for many, many years. His friendly and helpful leadership makes the restaurant a wonderful site for our Kiwanis meetings and a happy choice for diners in our area. Joan thanked him for the work of his staff in providing excellent food and service.

Announcements: Kiwanis January 15 Meeting

Joan May reminded members that there will be a Board of Directors meeting right after today’s breakfast meeting. Betty Anne Keat announced that the Chatham Middle School Builders Club has a project for collecting and clipping coupons. Members should give their Sunday newspaper inserts to Betty Anne and she will give them to the Builders Club. Bob Stannard announced the upcoming birthday of Past President Jerry Fedeler and passed around a card for everyone to sign. John Eyre recognized Joan Thubel who made a contribution to Hurricane Sandy Relief.


Kiwanis January 8 Meeting Program: Dr. Matthew Riordan and Dr. Paul Kochoa, Physical Therapists at the Madison Area and Summit YMCA

Dr. Mathew Riordan (center) and Dr. Paul Kochoa (left) were introduced by Dr. William Williams (right) at the January 8 Kiwanis luncheon meeting held at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse. Both Drs. Riordan and Kochoa are Physical Therapists on the staff of Professional Physical Therapy & Training, LLC. They have offices at both the Madison Area YMCA and the Summit YMCA.

Dr. Riordan spoke on “Managing Arthritis Pain”. He explained what arthritis is and described treatments for the disease.

Dr. Lochoa spoke on “Improving Golf with Physical Therapy. He described how to be fit for the fairway and for everyday life.

Members of the audience found the presentations to be interesting and helpful. Learn more by visiting the Professional Physical Therapy & Training website:

Kiwanis January 8 Meeting Announcements

The January Kiwanis Board Meeting will be held next week immediately following the regular breakfast meeting. All future Board meetings will be held after the third regular Tuesday meeting of the month.  A sign-up sheet was passed around to sign up for NJ District Mid-Winter, to be held January 26. MHS Key Club donated $1,000 to the ELIMINATE Project and on December 13, 2012 - photos were taken.

Madison High School Key Club helps ELIMINATE Maternal Neonatal Tetanus.

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 the Madison High School Key Club donated $1,000 to help save new-born children and their mothers from Maternal Neonatal Tetanus. The Key Club raised the money by holding a dodge-ball tournament, a car wash, and other fund raisers. Standing in front of the Madison High School volunteer bulletin board are (left to right: Karen Swartz, Kiwanis Key Club advisor; Joan May, Kiwanis Club President; Alec Waksman, Key Club Treasurer; Leah Harris, Key Club Activity Coordinator; Bryan Rowe, Key Club Co-President and Mary Beth Gabel, MHS Key Club Advisor.

The ELIMINATE Project is a joint venture between Kiwanis International and UNICEF with the goal of eliminating Maternal Neonatal Tetanus worldwide. This tragic disease kills 160 babies a day in third-world countries, where Tetanus is still prevalent. By inoculating a mother (cost is only $1.80), the mother and baby are protected from Tetanus which exists in unsanitary birthing conditions.