After departing the teaching profession, Michael
became a self-employed businessman and along with his wife Ann,
of forty-eight years, are the former owners of Mulberry Street
Italian Food Centers in Ocean County, NJ.
Michael has been a member of the Rotary
Club of Brick Township for the past thirty years, during which
time he has proudly served in all positions of leadership culminating
in the Presidency in Rotary year 1993-1994.
At the district level, he has held numerous positions, including
District Club Service Director, District Governor,(1997-1998),
District Trainer, and District Foundation Chair. Also, Michael
was active as Vice Chair of the Rotary Leadership Institute
and served as the Executive Trainer for the Presidents-elect
Training Seminar in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At the Zone level, Michael served as Faculty
member of several Rotary Institutes and ultimately was selected
as Chair of the Centennial Institute in Cambridge Maryland.
He was also a Representative to the Nominations Committee for
selection of RI Director as well as serving as his District’s
Representative to the Council on Legislation in 2001, 2004 and
At the International level, Michael served
as RI Membership Coordinator, RI Poverty Alleviation Task Force
Coordinator, RI Family of Rotary Coordinator and served as RI
Foundation Strategic Advisor of Annual Giving. Since 2004, Michael
has been assigned annually as the Representative for the RI
President to District Conferences throughout the Rotary world.
He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a
Level II Major Donor, Benefactor of the Permanent Fund, Charter
Member of the Bequest Society and a recipient of the Meritorious
In 2006, he was selected as RI Director
for the 2008-2010 Rotary Year. In his first year on the board,
Michael was appointed by President DK Lee to serve as liaison
director to the RI Finance Committee, the RI Rotary Action Groups
Committee and the Administration Committee. During his second
year on the board, President John Kenny appointed Michael to
serve as RI Treasurer. Presently, Michael is serving a three
year term on the RI Finance Committee and presently serves as
the Vice-Chair. Also, he is serving a two year term on the Rotary
International Convention committee for Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Michael and Ann have three sons, Michael
Jr., Ralph and Mark. Michael and Ralph share in ownership and
operation of the family business while Mark is employed as a
Captain with Jet Blue Airlines. Michael’s commitment to
the Rotary Foundation is “from the heart” as evidenced
by his entire family, wife, parents, children, daughters-in-law,
and grandchildren all having been recognized as Paul Harris