Weekly Update

 Weekly Update

Greetings Fellow Rotarians, Future Rotarians and Friends,

I have BIG NEWS to share with you all.  In a newly formed community-service partnership with the Hightstown Elks Lodge #1955, our Rotary-sponsored End Hunger 3.6 meal packing event is BACK ON!!  It will be a new small-scale COVID-19 response format developed by our partners at The Outreach Program,  Due to the current pandemic, nutrient-dense, shelf stable, easy-to-prepare meals are in high demand across our region by Food Banks and senior-service agencies.  As the requests for help began pouring in to The Outreach Program, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (www.outreachprogram.org), immediately began working on a new smaller-scale meal packaging model that would work within the nationally mandated 6’ social distancing guidelines, yet still provide much needed support to the local communities.  Working directly with Ted Swartwood, Regional Manager NY/NJ for The Outreach Program and Lou Gamba, Jr. Exalter Ruler/President of the Hightstown Elks Lodge #1955 this new Rotary District 7475 community-service partnership has been formed.

Starting Monday, May 4th thru Wednesday, May 20th (or until all the meals have been packaged), 15 community volunteers per shift are needed to help package these non-perishable high-protein meals.  There will be two 3-hour volunteer shifts each day at 10:00am-1:00pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm.  The address is the Hightstown Elks Lodge #1955, 110 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520.  ALL Volunteers must wear a face covering or medical mask to enter the building and all social distancing practices will be strictly followed.  With food products being handled, other ServSafe required PPE such as gloves, aprons, hair and beard nets will be provided and must be worn.  Since only a limited number of volunteers can be used in the building each shift, volunteers must pre-register to attend End Hunger 3.6 on Eventbrite.  Links to the free Eventbrite registration can be found STARTING TUESDAY 4/28 on the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton website at www.rhrotary.org or by visiting the Hightstown Elks Lodge #1955 at www.elks1955.org.  PLEASE ONLY VOLUNTEER AND ATTEND IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE DOING SO.  We do respect everyone’s choice whether to participate or not in these challenging times.  Only you can make that decision.

So before the EH3.6 meal packing event can take place, we need to load all of the (12) pallets of bulk food products and supplies into the Hightstown Elks Lodge THIS FRIDAY MORNING, 5/1.  The Bohren’s Moving & Storage Van will be arriving at the Elks at 9:00am.  Unfortunately the doorways at the Elks won’t accommodate the pallet intact, so each pallet will need to be opened out under the front carport and carried or hand-trucked into the building.  WE NEED ROTARY & FAMILY VOLUNTEERS!!  The more volunteers we have the easier a project it will be.  We expect to be there until at least 12:00pm or later.  Also, we can use several hand trucks and/or dollies to get the job done.  So if your available to help, please let me know ASAP.  If you can bring a hand truck or dolly, let me know that too.  We will also have a few non-lifting lighter pre-packaging duties available as well such as unfolding & taping boxes, labelling empty meal bags, etc.  PLEASE BRING YOUR MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS.  We do have a few if you need one.  We will also have disposable gloves for everyone’s use.  We will do everything as coordinated as possible to maintain social distancing during the setup process.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AS WE TRY TO HELP THE COMMUNITY!

Also this Friday and the next several Friday mornings our “Bagels for Heroes” deliveries will continue.  Below is a tentative schedule as provided by Coordinators Keith Platt and Dan Sczweck.  If you are available to help out on any of the following Fridays, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd or May 29th, please email Keith direct at kmplatt2010@gmail.com and let him know.

Finally, for those who did not see the earlier email from Tom Damm with the Social Media Video, below is the link again.  Thank You to everyone who participated and to Tom’s daughter, Kelly, for an AWESOME JOB representing Rotary in our communities!    


Remember our next online Zoom joint club meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday April 28th at 7:30pm.  All Members, Future Members and Guests of the Hamilton Township & Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Clubs are invited to participate.  Our Guest Speaker will be Jodi Marra, Executive Director, Robbinsville Meals on Wheels.  Here’s a copy of the Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83586556714?pwd=Y25qSDZiUFl1RXFLZm40YTlXY2Nxdz09 We hope you can join with us then!      

Bill Coleman
President, 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton
Social Media Video Link – https://youtu.be/xZFGiP0UI90