Clubs & Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

Allendale Recreation Commission
The Allendale Recreation Commission is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization that was established to sponsor youth recreation programs for children who reside in Allendale.  The organization’s goals are to encourage the interest, knowledge, and participation in sports, with an emphasis on fun. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and offers baseball, softball, kickball, soccer and basketball programs. General meetings are held quarterly; parents are encouraged to attend.  Additionally, the A.R.C. is an affiliate chapter of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

Further information on programs and donating can be found on the website.

Allendale Woman’s Club
The Allendale Woman’s Club, formerly the Junior Woman’s Club, was founded in 1933 and is now the fastest growing woman’s club in New Jersey. The Allendale Woman’s Club supports many regional and local community organizations such as Center for Food Action, Gilda’s Club, Smile Forever Foundation, The Center for Women’s Heart Health at Valley Hospital, the Allendale Ambulance, Police and Fire Departments, the library, and the schools. The organization has also donated playground and sporting equipment to Crestwood. Along with hosting various events, the association awards annual scholarships. Membership is open to Allendale residents; meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Borough Hall from September through June.

For additional information, please visit the club’s website.

XYZ Senior Citizens Club
The XYZ Club offers senior citizens of Allendale a place to mingle. Members are provided with lunch at each meeting, along with a variety of entertainment options, such as cards, guest speakers, movies, bus trips, etc. The XYZ Club meets the first and third Friday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Allendale Borough Hall.

For more information contact Mary McRay at (201) 962-2132.

Valley Hospital Auxiliary
The Allendale branch is one of fourteen branches of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary—an organization dedicated to providing volunteer service, community liaisons, and financial support to Valley hospital. In addition to providing volunteer support to the hospital, the Allendale branch provides financial support through several fundraising events. The branch meetings, which often feature a guest speaker, provide a wonderful opportunity to socialize with other members while planning upcoming events. Monthly meetings are held member’s homes from September through June. This organization invites you to be a part of the Auxiliary and share part of yourself with others.

For information please contact the branch co-chairs:
Kathy Hayes at (201) 934-7624
Theresa Checki at (201) 236-1152.

VFW Post 10181
Membership of the VFW Post 10181 is open to honorably discharged veterans of foreign wars. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Calvary Lutheran Church.

For information call Commander Ernest Cassidy at (201) 825-0718.

Volunteer Center of Bergen County
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is a private, non-profit organization that recruits, interviews and refers volunteers from the community and workplace to serve over 300 social service and cultural agencies in Bergen County. Volunteer services are provided by Bureau programs that help abused and neglected children and their families, senior and disabled homeowners, and nursing home residents.

For more information please call the Executive Director at (201) 489-9445 or fax at (201) 489-1995.

The Junior League of Bergen County, Inc.
The Junior League of Bergen County, Inc. is an organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Membership is open to women who are 18 and older, that share this commitment.

For information, please call (201) 447-2292.

Allendale Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of America is an organization that sets out to instill values, such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship, to young women. These values are taught through various hands-on activities that include camping, community service, and first aid instruction. While developing these practical skills, the Girl Scouts earn badges, which recognize various achievements and rank advancements. Membership for this group is organized according to grade.

Please contact Service Unit Manager Barbara Konvit (201) 825-2972, frogseightmom@aol.com for further information.

Holiday Observers
Established in 1919, the Holiday Observers were formed by a few neighbors who pooled their fireworks together to celebrate the Fourth of July. Since then, the organized group organized celebrates most holidays with the residents of Allendale to provide and encourage patriotic observance of holidays and instill respect among young people of Allendale’s traditions. Members must be residents of Allendale; meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Allendale Borough Hall.

Further information, including a schedule of events, can be found on their official website.

Friends of the Library
Starting in 1971, the Friends of the Library have helped fundraise for the purchasing of books and equipment for the Lee Memorial Library. Fundraisers created by this organization have taken on many forms, such as ongoing book sales and book donation drop-off locations. Any help is appreciated.

If you wish to be a member, please join by calling the Library at (201) 327-4338.

Allendale Newcomers and Neighbors Club
Are you new to town? Or maybe not-so-new to Allendale, but looking to meet new people and get involved in new activities? Join the Allendale Newcomers & Neighbors Club. We’ve got a wide variety of events/activities that might interest you: from Ladies’ Night Out to Men’s Night Out to Kids’ Day Out events, men’s basketball, our movie club or book club, reaching out to families in need via Helping Hands, playgroups for the under 5 set, and other social events like our annual Holiday Party, Progressive Dinner, and Family Barbecue; there’s something for everyone!

For more information about the Allendale Newcomers and Neighbors Club, please visit our website or contact MembershipANC@gmail.com.

 

Allendale Historic Preservation
The Allendale Historic Preservation was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Allendale, as well as gathering and distributing this history to Borough residents. Anyone is welcome to join.

Please email Joanne Hart at joannehart@allendalebdofadj.org if you are interested.

Allendale Garden Club
The Allendale Garden Club is a social and community service group that focuses on gardening and nature. Club activities include monthly speakers, evening tours of local gardens and community service. In addition, many members volunteer their time to plant and maintain flower gardens on town property. Even if you’re not an active gardener, you are encouraged to join; as long as you appreciate nature and beauty, you’ll find something of interest in the club.

The organization meets September through June on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility on Boroline Road. For more information please contact Eleanore at (201) 934-0916 or email eljohn@optonline.net or visit our Facebook page here.

Allendale Blood Donors Association
The Allendale Blood Donors Association is an organization comprised of resident volunteers that conduct a town wide blood donation drive each year on Election Day. Working closely with the Bergen Community Blood Center, the Association also arranges for replacement of blood for all residents who need it at no charge.

Aleooop
Aleooop is a non-profit, quasi-municipal entity serving Allendale for over 14 years. The program is open to any child eligible for enrollment in the Allendale School District in kindergarten through 8th grades. Nominal fees are charged, although no child is denied program access due to financial need.

The Aleooop After School Program consists of three eight week sessions during the school year. Sample courses such as guitar and piano lessons, babysitting certification, sports training, and arts and crafts. An Aleooop on-site director manages the program, while experts teach the courses. The After School Program is an easy, safe way to introduce children to enriching opportunities right in the Hillside Elementary School or Brookside Middle School.

The Aleooop Summer Program is coordinated and directed by certified, experienced school teachers who love what they do. The program runs for six weeks from 8:45am to 2:00pm. Age-appropriate activities create an enjoyable, fun, enriching and safe summer experience. Each age group is supervised by a team consisting of a trained head counselor and assistant counselors. The counselor to child ratio is based on the age group. Certified teachers run specialty programs including sports, cooking and art. Children also enjoy Crestwood Lake where they can take swim lessons from certified swim instructors or the can just enjoy free swim. “Fun Fridays” culminate the week with special activities and visitors who include the Liberty Science Center, Outraehisssss Pets, and clowns. The last week of the summer hosts a fun-filled “Olympics” week.

If you are looking for any additional information about these programs, please email info@ALEOOOP.org or visit the website.

 

Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club
The Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club is part of the Rotary International. The Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health, provide job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service above Self.” The Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club meets at 8:00 a.m. every Wednesday at Grade Power, A&P Shopping Plaza in Allendale.

For more information please contact Omar Niebles at omarn@theplantchurch.org or visit their website at www.allendalesaddleriverrotary.com

Fyke Nature Association

Dear Friends of the Allendale Red-shouldered Hawks,

We at the Fyke Nature Association regret to inform you that the Laura and her mate have decided to nest in a new tree this season, which makes our recent effort to install a streaming video cam in vain.
The good news is that Laura appears to be incubating at least one egg — the 15th year in a row that these hawks have nested in Allendale or nearby Ramsey. The unfortunate news is that the nest is elsewhere  — still in Allendale, but elsewhere. Nature has a mind of its own. We are now trying to sell the equipment, and should have a better idea of where we stand in a few weeks.  We will be offering appropriate refunds as soon as we can. And we still plan to do a free updated eBook on the hawks and will mention all donors by name.
Although our effort failed, we believe it was worthwhile. The opportunities to install a video cam and to observe nesting endangered Red-shouldered Hawks are few and far between anywhere, and this was likely going to our best chance. We had no way of knowing that the Red-shoulders had already chosen a new nesting site.
The previous nest site had been used successfully for four years, and we were fortunate to have a homeowner — David Reik — who embraced the idea of installing a video cam in the nesting tree in his yard.We also were fortunate that Chris Fix Tree Service of Midland Park so graciously donated their time, bucket truck and expertise to install the camera and equipment.We  cannot thank Conserve Wildlife Foundation enough — they donated their time to install the camera.These are all terrific people.

As for everyone who donated to this effort, thank you so much. We tried our best.

Jim Wright

Founded in 1952, Fyke Nature Association is a group of volunteers dedicated to saving undeveloped tracts of land as nature preserves. Currently Fyke, with the Borough of Allendale, co-manages The Celery Farm Natural Area. Together, the groups have been instrumental in keeping this 107-acre freshwater wetland in its natural state. As a result, the wetlands and deciduous woods provide habitat for many mammals, fish, reptiles and insects.

Visit the website for information on meetings, free walks, and membership. Further news about the Celery Farm can be read on Jim Wright’s fine blog.

Allendale Volunteer Goose Patrol
The Allendale Volunteer Goose Patrol (AVGP) is a nonprofit group of volunteers committed to herding geese away from designated public areas.

In the interest of maintaining clean safe public areas in our community, the AVGP members volunteer their time actively patrolling designated areas. To protect the condition of Crestwood Lake, the AVGP provides daily patrol coverage while the lake is filled with water.  To find out further information click here.