Weekly Update

Weekly Update:

Fellow Rotarians, Future Rotarians and Friends,

As the month of August continues in full swing, I hope this Rotary Weekly Update finds you at your favorite outdoor spot enjoying quality time with family and friends.

BACKPACKS, BACKPACKS, BACKPACKS – Linda Gearren and Teresa Caro report that we still need more donated student backpacks to fill this week. This Friday is the FINAL DAY to bring in your backpacks and school supplies for donation. We will be heading over to Selective Insurance Company, 200 Clocktower Drive (right off Kuser Road) in Hamilton immediately after our morning meeting to stuff the backpacks with all of the back-to-school supplies. Scott Biondi and Linda Gearren will then be delivering the backpacks right over to the Wilson Elementary School in Hamilton. Wilson was “adopted” by our Rotary Club a number of years ago and we are proud to continue to support them not only with much needed backpacks and school supplies, but we also support their Literacy Program and help re-stock their School Library annually with our Rotary District Foundation Grant. So as you’re out and about this week and see all those big “Back-to-School” sales, please pick up some student backpacks, fill them with school supplies (such as 24 ct crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, 5×8 plastic pencil case, marbled composition notebooks, pocket folders, one-subject spiral notebooks, pink erasers, glue sticks, etc.) and bring them all in. Thank you for all of your support of this annual Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton community service project.

SEND HUNGER PACKING – Mark your calendars because coming up this Saturday, August 24th, 11:00am-2:00pm, is the second of our four Rotary Send Hunger Packing collection events at ShopRite, Route 130 in Hamilton Marketplace. Rotary SHP Coordinators Scott Biondi & Joe Giambelluca report that last Saturday’s collection at ACME was a big success with over a dozen Rotary volunteers on hand throughout the early afternoon collecting multiple carts of donated food and cash donations from shoppers! This is the 9th year collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations from shoppers to help support the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank’s childhood hunger initiatives. Please stop by and support the event. Contact Scott Biondi to volunteer or if you need more detailed information. Additional upcoming collection dates include Saturday, Sept 14th (Foley’s Family Market) & Oct 5th (ShopRite Route 33).

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS SUPPORTED BY ROTARY – At the August Executive Board Meeting, our Board of Director’s voted to provide financial support from our Foundation to the following three upcoming community events:

  • Ability Tree NJ is hosting their 2nd Annual Ability Tree 5K at Robbinsville High School on Saturday, Sept 14th. ATNJ is a Robbinsville/Windsor NJ-based non-profit that provides Recreation, Education, Support and Training (REST) to individuals and families impacted by disabilities. They are great community-service partners and are looking for additional runners and walkers who would like to participate in their Sat, Sept 14th event, prior to coming out to our Send Hunger Packing collection later that morning. You can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Robbinsville/AbilityTreeNJ5k.
  • Also on Saturday, Sept 21st, our community-service partners at Recovery Advocates of America are hosting their 7th Annual New Jersey 5K Run/Walk for Recovery in Mercer County Park. Proceeds from the event will go directly to expand the C.A.R.E. Program, endorsed by Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri and the State of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, to support new education/prevention and awareness program throughout all New Jersey High Schools. You can sign up to participate in their Sept 21st Run/Walk at https://raceroster.com/events/2019/24328/7th-annual-jerseys-runwalk-for-recovery.
  • Finally on Thursday, Sept 26th, 6:00-9:00pm at the Mercer County Boat House in Mercer County Park, our Rotary Club will join with over 250 area businesses, community leaders and friends to support the YMCA’s “I’m Possible Gala”. This annual gala supports the YMCA’s mission programs and services that build strong confident kids; healthy, active adults and thriving communities. For tickets, please contact our YMCA’s Corporate-sponsored member Dan Sczweck at dsczweck@hamiltonymca.org, Denise Goldenbaum Wyers at dgold@hamiltonymca.org or call (609)-581-9622, ext 111.

ART AUCTION & GIFT BASKET SILENT AUCTION – Our Gala Art Auction and Gift Basket Silent Auction will take place on Friday, October 18th, 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Nottingham Ballroom, 200 Mercer Street in Hamilton. This is our club’s largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from this event support a majority of our Foundation’s charitable annual giving. Tickets to attend are just $10.00 each. Every member has a minimum of (10) tickets to sell. Rick Brandewein and Marlin Art from Deer Park, NY will once be providing a wide variety of art pieces in all media and price ranges available for bid. Our friends at Killarney’s Publick House will be our main food sponsor with Light Fare and Hors d’oeuvres. Beer, Wine and Soda will be served.

A large Gift Basket Silent Auction will also take place. Event Program Sponsorships and Gift Basket-Silent Auction Item Donations are now being accepted. It is a very entertaining night and everyone’s support in getting Program Ad Sponsorships and Gift Baskets & Silent Auction Items donated, advertising the event on Social Media as well as selling tickets and having guests attend is so very important. Please contact fellow Rotarians and Event Coordinators Sim Rochonchou & Chris Reetz (Art Auction Tickets), Wally Sawka (Program Ad Sponsorships) and Sharon Lucidi (Gift Baskets & Silent Auction) if you should have any questions or Email chris@chrisreetz.com.

END HUNGER 3.6 MERCER – – COMMITTEE HELP WANTED! – Our District 7475 End Hunger 3.6 Mercer expansion program is ramping up and we need committee members to help us coordinate. The date is set for Saturday, March 21, 2020. This is a collective effort of the six Mercer area Rotary Clubs of Hamilton, Montgomery-Rocky Hill, Princeton, Princeton Corridor, Robbinsville Hamilton and Trenton as well as the Rotaract Club of TCNJ and Rotary District 7475. We already have partnerships lined up with The College of New Jersey, The Salvation Army Trenton, the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and our friends at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health. Additional details will be forthcoming. As Co-Chair of the event with Diane Grillo from Hamilton Rotary, we are looking for a 2-3 volunteers from each club to be active parts of the End Hunger 3.6 Mercer Planning Committee. Please let me know if you are interested and available to work directly with this multi-club committee. Thank you!

MEMBERSHIP & GUESTS – It continues to be a truly great time to be a Rotarian! This past week we celebrated the induction of our newest member of the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton, Joe Cavone, Publisher of the Mercer Neighbors Publications. We had the privilege of meeting Visiting Rotarian G.V. Lakshman, Past Assistant Governor 2006-2008, Rotary District 3160 and a member of the Rotary Club of Guntakal, India and hearing about some of the activities and Rotary programs he is involved with back in India. We also welcomed new guest Amman Seehra, Asst. Director, NJ State Department of Human Services & Founder, ONE Project NJ as well as welcomed back to our weekly meetings, reinstated club member and Past President (2005-2006), Janice Miller, Policy Department, Allstates Title Service, Inc. in Hamilton. Welcome back Janice! With Janice’s reinstatement and Joe’s induction, our club has now grown by (4) active members since only July 1st. What a fantastic start to the new 2019-2020 Rotary Year. We have one or two additional New Member Applications currently being processed and are hoping for a few more real soon.

Please share this Rotary Weekly Update email with someone you know that is interested in helping make a positive, lasting impact in the community. Invite all of your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to join with us in an upcoming community-service project or Foundation fundraising event and show them the real impact Rotary can make, both locally and internationally. We are a very vibrant and active Rotary Club but we need even more new members to continue our forward momentum. Remember, every new member begins their ‘Road to Rotary’ as an invited guest. So please continue to make those invitations happen. Highlights and photos of our club’s Current 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 updates! You can also “Like Us” too for weekly updates on Facebook, search “Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton”.

WEEKLY MEETING GUEST SPEAKER – This week we welcome young Melissa Usdin, Rotary Japan Youth Exchange Student. Please join with us this Friday, August 23rd, 7:30am at Golden Dawn, 2090 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton, as we give a warm Rotary welcome to Melissa and learn all about her recent group mission to Japan as part of the Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. Please see the attached Meeting Agenda. Also, if you know of a person, business, group or organization who has an interesting, creative, unique or beneficial topic to discuss as an upcoming Weekly Meeting Guest Speaker, please pass their contact information along to our Club Secretary & Meeting Speaker Coordinator, Scott Biondi at secretary@rhrotary.org.

I hope everyone is enjoying and sharing this new Rotary Weekly Update newsletter format. I look forward to seeing everyone at Golden Dawn on Friday morning!

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