Weekly Update

Fellow Rotarians, Future Rotarians and Friends,

OUR NEXT TWO ROTARY MEETINGS 3/20 & 3/27 ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED – We will continue to monitor local NJ State and Local Health Department recommendations with regards to the COVID-19 and how this may or may not effect Rotary moving forward. As of right now, our next club meeting is on Friday, April 3rd. Please watch for updates.

CALENDAR RAFFLE TICKETS – The weekly drawings start Friday, April 3 thru Friday, June 19, 2020, 8:30am at our club meetings (or in the Golden Dawn Parking Lot if needed). Just 2 weeks left to sell ALL your tickets! Each ticket is only $20 for 12 drawings which breaks down to just $1.67 per drawing. Our 2020 Student Scholarships are derived directly from this licensed Raffle. PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO BUY or SELL ALL OF YOUR TICKETS. With closures and cancellations from COVID-19 abundant, opportunities to sell the remaining tickets are lessened. Let friends on Social Media know you have them. They can Venmo you or me and we can mail their ticket out to them if needed. Just let us know. Me, Ken, George and/or Scott will be reaching out to everyone individually to collect ALL sold tickets and monies starting later next week, but before Drawing #1 on Friday, April 3rd.

OTHER SCHEDULED EVENTS – We are currently keeping all other upcoming Rotary events on a tentative schedule and will address each one individually as the event time approaches. With so many uncertainties, that seems to be the best course of action at this moment. This includes our SPRING BIKE DRIVE (tentative on Saturday, May 9th) and END HUNGER 3.6 TCNJ (tentative reschedule date – TBA). See additional list below.

FRIENDS OF ROTARY 2020 & STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS – Our annual Friends of Rotary Campaign will close out on March 31st. If you know of a business who would like to participate, please contact Ed Drag. We did receive a renewed commitment today from the Trenton Thunder. Thank you to them for their continued support of our Rotary programs.

Also, the link for our online 2020 Student Scholarship Program applications is http://www.rhrotary.org/scholarships. Please share will parents of High School Seniors in our area. Deadline is Wednesday, April 15th. Contact Club Past Presidents Tom Lanigan or Chris Reetz for more info if needed.

ROTARY at TASK ANNUAL EGG HUNT (DISTRICT LITERACY GRANT BOOK PROGRAM) – Good Friday, April 10th – We will update if and when we know more.

SPRING FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Thursday, April 30th has been reserved at Mastoris’ Restaurant on Routes 206 & 130 in Bordentown for our Spring Fellowship Dinner. Cost is $25 per person. Chris Reetz has coordinated multiple meal options and Yes, Cheese & Cinnamon Bread too! So please mark your calendars and invite your spouse or partner to join with us as well. It is a great opportunity to relax, enjoy fellowship and get to know each other even better. Please keep this date in mind. Details to follow soon.

“HOPE IS IN HAMILTON – TIE A KNOT WITH ROTARY & PROJECT LINUS” – Our good friends and corporate Rotary club supporters, RWJUH/Barnabas Health and Shop Local Hamilton have teamed up to “paint Hamilton purple” for the entire month of May 1-31, for their new “Hope is in Hamilton” Cancer Awareness campaign. The Rotary Clubs of Hamilton Township and Robbinsville Hamilton have joined forces with the Homestead at Hamilton and Project Linus – Mercer County Chapter, for a hands-on family fun no-sew blanket making community service event. The date is Saturday, May 16th, 10:00am to 2:00pm at Homestead at Hamilton Assisted Living Facility, 2560 Kuser Road in Hamilton. We will keep you updated on this as the time draws nearer.

2020 ROTARUN 5K – AGAIN MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Plans are in motion for our next big Rotary community event – our 2020 ROTARUN 5K on Sunday, June 14th in Hamilton’s Veterans Park. Event Co-Chairs Andre Caldini & Danely Gonzalez needs interested and available members to help out on the Planning Committee. Summer will be here before we know it. Fingers crossed that this event can still take place.

LOOKING AHEAD – Sunday, July 12th, marks our first club fellowship and group outing for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. Under the leadership of incoming Club President, Tom Damm, our Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club members, families and friends will descend upon Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton to witness our beloved Trenton Thunder whip the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, AA Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Mark you calendars now for a fun afternoon of Minor League Baseball!

NEXT TENTATIVE CLUB MEETING – Friday, April 3rd, 7:30am at Golden Dawn.

Please stay well and help each other out. We’re all in this together!

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