Weekly Update

Fellow Rotarians, Future Rotarians and Friends,

This week the Board of Directors for our Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton and our Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton Foundation, Inc. met to discuss our monthly business needs.  Financially we are on track with our 2019-2020 Rotary Year projections for this time of year.  As with any non-profit organization, Membership, Fundraising and Community Support/Engagement are always being discussed.  In order for us to continue our 27-year tradition of supporting so many worthwhile community programs and services, we must first continue to grow our membership and expand our fundraising opportunities.  As I reported last week, since July 1st we have welcomed (4) new club members, reinstated a former club member and have had a diverse group of Guest Speakers, Presenters, Visiting Rotarians and community active individuals join us at our Friday Morning Golden Dawn Weekly Breakfast Meetings.  We need to continue that forward momentum and invite more guests to join with us . Invite all of your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers out to an upcoming community-service project or Foundation fundraising event such as our Friday, October 18th Art Auction & Gift Basket Silent Auction Fundraiser.  We currently have one new member prospect but are still looking for more.  We are a very vibrant and active Rotary Club but we need even more active 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.  Last Saturday we finished up with our fourth Send Hunger Packing collection event.  A BIG thank you again to ACME Route 33, ShopRite Hamilton Marketplace, Foley’s Family Market and ShopRite Route 33 for hosting our collections this year.  This is the 9th year of collecting donations to help support the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and their childhood antihunger initiatives.  Thank you to Club Coordinators Scott Biondi and Joe Giambelluca, Brian Peterson and his staff from the Mercer Street Friends and especially to everyone who volunteered time and donated to this great cause.  JOB WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!      

ARE YOU READY??  WE ARE JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!!  Our Annual Gala Art Auction and Gift Basket Silent Auction is taking place on Friday, Oct 18th, 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Nottingham Ballroom, 200 Mercer Street in Hamilton.  This is our Foundation’s LARGEST fundraiser event of the year.  As you have heard me say, this is an “ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK” EVENT AND WE NEED EVERYONE’S PARTICIPATION.  The proceeds support a majority of our annual charitable giving and we need your help to make it a success!  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 once again be our main food sponsor with Light Fare and Hors d’oeuvres.  Beer, Wine and Soda will be served.  Event Program Sponsorships and Gift Basket-Silent Auction Item Donations are still being accepted.  Our Silent Auction Solicitation Request Letter as well as Business Card Ad ($35) & Projection Screen/Ticket Package ($100) Sponsorship Letters were sent previously.  Let me know if you need an additional copy.  Sharon will has a list of suggested “themed” Gift Basket ideas to be donated.  PLEASE SIGN UP TO DONATE or ARRANGE A DONATION OF A GIFT BASKET OR SILENT AUCTION ITEM!  Please contact Sharon Lucidi (kenn56dy@yahoo.com) with Silent Auction questions and Wally Sawka (wsawka@comcast.net) with Advertising/Sponsorship questions.  It is a very entertaining night and everyone’s support in getting Event 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, so, so very important.  PLEASE BRINGING IN YOUR $100 TICKET SALES PAYMENTS TO SIM NOW IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY!  Please contact our Coordinators Sim Rochonchou (sjrtaxes@gmail.com) & Chris Reetz (chris@chrisreetz.com) for all other Art Auction questions or ticket information.    

MIRACLE LEAGUE FALL PROGRAM – The Miracle League of Mercer County’s Fall Baseball Program is in full swing with games scheduled on Wednesday, Oct 9th (6:15 & 7:15pm), Friday, Oct 11th (6:15 & 7:15pm), Saturday, Oct 12th (10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm) and the last regular scheduled games on Saturday, Oct 19th (10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm).  Fellow Club member and MLMC Executive Director Dan Sczweck and his staff would LOVE to have lots of Rotarians and family supporters out to cheer on the kids for these final few weeks of games.  You can sign up to volunteer for individual games by emailing Dan at dsczweck@hamiltonymca.org for more info.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED MLMC SUPPORT!!

END HUNGER 3.6 MERCER – – VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE HELP STILL NEEDED! – Our District 7475 End Hunger 3.6 Mercer expansion program is ramping up and we STILL 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.  As Co-Chair of the event with Diane Grillo from Hamilton Rotary, we are looking for 1-2 volunteers from each club to be active parts of the End Hunger 3.6 Mercer Planning Committee.  We need to really get this program rolling to make it a reality for March 2020.  Please contact me direct if you are interested and available to work with our multi-club committee.

MEMBERSHIP & GUESTS –  Last Friday we welcomed several Visiting Rotarians and Guest Speakers including Brian J. Flynn, Bordentown Rotary Club/”Rotary4Recovery” Program as well as Naveen Dasari and V. “Chandu” Hemachandu from the Rotary Club of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.  It was great to share time with these fellow Rotarians and learn more about their programs and offerings.  We also welcomed Marc Isabelle and his wife Deborah from Hope Unlimited for Children.  Marc cordially invited our club members to attend an upcoming “Hope for Kids” Benefit Dinner on November 9th in Princeton.  Marc will be returning as a Guest Speaker at an upcoming club meeting to give us an update on a community project in Brazil that our Rotary Club was previously involved with spearheading.  We look forward to that update.  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!  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.

WEEKLY MEETING GUEST SPEAKERS – This week is our Club Assembly and Membership Challenge Update.  We will also have our first “Student of the Month” presentations for the 2019-2020 School Year and we may have a Classification Talk too from newer club member Joe Cavone.  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 Rotary Weekly Update newsletter format.  I look forward to seeing everyone bright and early at Golden Dawn on Friday morning!  
Bill Coleman
President, 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton