Michael Colasurdo SR.

RI Director 2008-2010
RI Treasurer 2009-2010

Michael was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and graduated from New Jersey City University with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation in 1967, Michael began his teaching career at Colonia Senior High School in Woodbridge, NJ where he taught American History, Economics and International Studies.

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 2007.

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 Service Award.

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 Fellows.