Weekly Update

Fellow Rotarians, Future Rotarians and Friends,

I hope everyone had a safe, healthful and wonderful Thanksgiving! As Rotarians, we live by the motto of “Service Above Self” and practice the Four-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do in our daily lives as a moral code for personal and business relationships. So whether you spent the day with family, friends, co-workers or spent time relaxing alone, I hope that everyone took time to give thanks and celebrate our each of our blessings with acts of kindness and goodwill to others.

WINTER SURVIVAL KITS – Please remember that THIS Friday, December 6th we will be packing the Winter Survival Kits for the Rescue Mission of Trenton at 7:00am, BEFORE our Regular Weekly Meeting. Please gather up all donations and bring them with you NO LATER THAN 7:00am on Friday. A copy of the flier is attached if you need ideas for donation. If you are unable to make it out and have items to donate please let us know. You can email me back or contact me at (609)-577-2536, Scott Biondi (609)-439-3933 or Danely Gonzalez (956)-786-0145 and we can arrange an earlier pickup/drop off from you. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

SANDRO’S COAT RACK – Our Annual Winter Coat Collection for Sandro’s Coat Rack HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY, DEC 13th. Please continue to collect and bring in Gently Used Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Winter Coats for donation. Again, if you are unable to make it out and have coats to donate please let us know. You can contact me or Scott B and we can arrange an earlier pickup/drop off from you. THANK YOU AGAIN EVERYONE!!!

ROTARY CLUB HOLIDAY GATHERING – Our Annual Rotary Club Holiday Gathering will take place on Thursday, December 19th, Cocktails 6:30pm and Dinner to follow at 7:30pm, at Villa Maria Restaurant, 3800 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton. Everyone should have already received an email invitation from Event Co-coordinator Janice Miller. A copy can be found below. The cost is $40 per person for members and guests. Please RSVP to Janice no later than Tuesday, December 17th. Tom Damm and Janice have a great meal and festive evening of events planned so please plan to attend for holiday fun and fellowship. I know we will be holding our annual collection of unwrapped toys for donation to Womanspace as well as hosting a fun “White Elephant Auction” and 50/50 to raise funds towards our Jim DeBold Student Scholarship Fund. **Note – There is NO Regular Weekly Golden Dawn Meeting the following morning, Friday, Dec 20th. Please check out the invitation for details and make plans to celebrate with us on Thursday eve, Dec 19th.

END HUNGER 3.6 TCNJ – Our District 7475 End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ program continues to take shape. The date is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Rec Center at The College of New Jersey. As I have reported previously, we have commitments from a number of neighboring Rotary Clubs (including the Rotary Clubs of Hamilton, Montgomery-Rocky Hill, Princeton Corridor, Plainsboro/North & South Brunswick, Robbinsville Hamilton and Trenton NJ). So it is time to shift our main focus on securing Non-Profit, Corporate, Business Community Partners and Sponsors. Our goal is to raise $40,000-$45,000 to help us package 150,000+ meals for combating hunger in and around Mercer County. We have partnerships lined up with The College of New Jersey, The Salvation Army Trenton and the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. Event Partnerships and Sponsorships are starting to form with Investors Bank, Trenton Thunder, RWJUH at Hamilton and others. As Co-Chair of the event, we need your help to solicit additional Community Sponsors and Partners. If your business, church or other non-profit community group that you are involved with would like to partner with us, please let me, Keith Platt or Joe Cavone know. Below is another copy of our the Sponsorship Request Package. We have multiple sponsor opportunities ranging from $100 to $5000 and more. Please share this information and help us fund our End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ efforts. We welcome the whole community to join with us now as we shift this program into high gear. Thank you for everyone’s support!

OUR WEEKLY MEETING IS THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7:30am at GOLDEN DAWN – This week our Guest Speaker will be Frank Caroselli, fellow Rotarian from the Clinton Sunrise Rotary Club. We will also have the re-scheduled induction of Cynthia “Cindy” Rosen. Cindy, a local Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate Broker Associate, will become our 50th current club member. Please join with me this Friday giving a warm Rotary welcome to both Frank & Cindy!

MEMBERSHIP & GUESTS – Now is always a great time to start inviting guests out to Rotary. Every new Rotarian, including our newest club member inductee Cindy Rosen, started their “Road to Rotary” as an invited guest. So, please continue to invite guests out to our weekly meetings, functions and community service events. Club member Joe Cavone did just that when he invited Cindy out just a few short weeks ago. Highlights and photos of our club’s Weekly Meeting Guests, Current & Upcoming Events, Rotary in Action past projects, Club Membership Information and much, much more can be found on our Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton webpage at http://www.rhrotary.org. Visit often for weekly updates! Our Social Media platforms are growing too. Please “Like” us and share our content on Facebook, search “Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton”. Continue to share this Rotary Weekly Update email with someone you know that is interested in helping make a positive, lasting impact in the community. After our Dec 13th meeting next week, our regular Friday morning Golden Dawn 7:30am Weekly Meetings for 2020 will resume on January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. With your action we can continue to help grow Rotary in our communities and help raise awareness to all of our many Rotary sponsored community services, events and programs.

NEXT WEEK (12/13) – STUDENTS OF THE MONTH, CAN DAY (CLUB ASSEMBLY) & GUEST SPEAKER – Next week, Friday December 13th will be our final Weekly Meeting for 2019. We will have a full meeting scheduled with our December Students of the Month Program and fellow Rotarians Major Elijah Kahn and Bill Cleave, both hailing from the Rotary Club of Trenton NJ, will be here to give us an update on the Salvation Army Trenton’s planned facilities relocation/expansion. I am excited for this presentation as the Salvation Army Trenton is one of our two main Distribution Partners for the upcoming End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ campaign. The December 13th meeting will also be designated for our special ‘Can Day Collection’ during Happy/Sad Dollars. Please bring an extra $2 for that monthly collection.

NO WEEKLY MEETINGS on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20th & 27th – Just a reminder again while looking ahead that there will be NO Weekly Golden Dawn Meetings on Friday, December 20th & 27th.

Attached below is our Weekly Meeting Agenda. I look forward to seeing everyone EARLY this Friday morning, 7:00am at Golden Dawn to pack our Winter Survival Kits. Meeting to follow at 7:30am.

Bill Coleman
President, 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton