Weekly Update

Fellow Rotarians, Future Rotarians and Friends,

WILL YOU BE OUR VALENTINE? – Tomorrow Friday, February 14th, 7:30am at Golden Dawn we will have our Club Assembly Valentine’s Day Meeting. We will update you on club business from this week’s Executive Board Meeting and share in Team Color fellowship for breakfast. There is no scheduled Guest Speaker. However we hope to have Classification Talks from two of our club members, Joy Tozzi and Jodi Stephens, I look forward to learning more about these two community-service driven individuals. Also, Scott Biondi has prepared a little slide show for your viewing pleasure to take us back down memory lane. So make sure you come out and join with us on Friday morning. This week is also ‘Can Day’ so please bring an extra $2 per person for our monthly donation to Mount Carmel Guild.

VERN APPLEGATE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – Next Friday, February 21st, we will present our 2020 Vern Applegate Community Service Award to Eileen Eversheim, Director of Mobile Meals of Hamilton. Eileen is a fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Hamilton Township and she was chosen for her long-standing dedication to providing outstanding service to helping so many others in our community. Please join with us next Friday as we honor our good friend Eileen. We hope she will share with us an update on the Mobile Meals of Hamilton program and their need for additional volunteers (and funding) to support the growing number of community residents who are being referred to their program.

PROJECT LINUS – The next volunteer Blanket Making Event is coming up on Saturday, Feb 22nd, 10:00am-1:00pm at Rose Hill Assisted Living, 1150 Washington Blvd in Robbinsville. No experience needed. Each easy-to-make hand-knotted blanket takes about one hour. A donation of $10 per blanket made is asked to cover the cost of materials. The Mercer County Chapter of Project Linus is headed by fellow Rotarian Cindy Rosen and her team of volunteers. Project Linus provides love, security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets. We had a great group of Rotary ‘blanket-eers’ come out and enjoy this hands-on service project back on Feb 1st. Lets do it again Rotary! Please come out and enjoy some fun and community fellowship for a great cause. This is a family-friendly event so bring some helpers along. See attached Sign up Sheet or just RSVP to me or Cindy Rosen direct at cindyrealtor@optonline.net.

COLLEGE/JOB/CAREER FAIR – Each year the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County hosts an annual College, Job & Career Fair for area teens. This year Rotary has merged our former “College Possibilities Program” with the Boys and Girls Club event. This event will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 12th, 5:00-7:00pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, 1040 Spruce Street in Ewing. This is a valuable Career, Job and Resource Fair of Businesses, Colleges, Universities, Trade Schools, Military Academy’s, Financial Aid Programs and more geared towards High School Students (Grades 9-11) and their parents. The purpose of the fair is to provide Mercer County teens with an opportunity to learn about post-secondary career & education opportunities and get detailed information to help with their decision making process. This new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club allows us to expand our existing program to reach a broader range of students and families who would benefit from attending. Our Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton will once again have a display table at the event to distribute our 2020 Student Scholarship information as well as share info on the upcoming End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ event. If you have a company or business who is hiring and would be interested in attending the Fair, please see attached detail information and flier below. We also need a few club volunteers to attend and staff our display. Let me know if you are interested and available.

CALENDAR RAFFLE TICKETS – Twelve weekly drawings will take place Friday, April 3 thru Friday, June 19, 2020 at our club meetings. Each ticket is only $20 for 12 drawings which breaks down to just $1.67 per drawing. The majority of our 2020 Student Scholarships are derived directly from this FUN-raising NJ State licensed calendar-style raffle ticket. Your help is important to buy and sell these Dollars for Scholars 12-Week Calendar Raffle Tickets. If every member can sell just 20 tickets we will be sold out in no time flat! You’ll find that they sell pretty easy once you remember to ask people if they are interested. I see a number of members having much success in ticket sales by creating awareness with Rotary Raffle Ticket posts on Facebook. Keep up the great work! Remember, you can turn in all sold ticket stubs and monies collected weekly if you wish. George and Ken will keep a running log of all monies & stubs you submit. Final deadline is before Drawing #1 at 8:00am on Friday, April 3rd.

MULTI-CLUB MEETING & END HUNGER 3.6 TCNJ UPDATE- We had a great Multi-Club Luncheon Meeting last Friday, February 7th at the Hyatt in Princeton. Sixteen of the 60+ attendees were from our Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club. Thank you to everyone for attending. Pat Ryan, CEO of First Bank was our Keynote Speaker. I gave a briefing on the progress of our upcoming multi-club End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ initiative. I was happy to report that we have donations thus far of about $28,000 from neighboring Rotary Clubs and their Charitable Foundations. That is a great progress towards our $40,000+ goal but we still have a lot to do between now and Saturday, March 21st. If you know of a Company, Business, Community Organization, Local Civic Leader or Individual Donor that would like to be a Partner or Sponsor of End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ event, please share with them our Sponsorship Package or ask them to visit http://www.rhrotary.org/end-hunger-3-6 for more info. We still need to raise about $12,000+ in community/business/individual sponsorships over the next 5 weeks. That’s a lot to do in a little time, but with your help we can make it happen! Donations can be made via Cash, Check or Credit Card (PayPal to our Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton Foundation, Inc) for End Hunger 3.6 TCNJ. You can also create a personal online fundraising campaign for our End Hunger 3.6 program such as I did on Facebook. I created two separate posts and in just two weeks have donations above $900 just from Facebook friends. Please share our Rotary Club’s Facebook End Hunger 3.6 event page and help spread the word.

END HUNGER 3.6 TCNJ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! – While we continue our efforts to fundraise, we also need to shift our focus on Volunteer Registration for this community event. The TCNJ College Students are mostly off-campus on Spring Break that week so we need to rely heavily on getting our 1200+ volunteers from the Mercer County area and surrounding communities. Our Eventbrite direct link to register volunteers is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-hunger-36-tcnj-food-packing-event-tickets-89618646785?aff=ebdssbeac. You can also have your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers go to http://www.rhrotary.org/end-hunger-3-6 and follow the links there. We are having a special “Team Challenge” during Session #1, 9:00-10:00am for Businesses, Groups and Teams (up to 10 persons per team) to see who can package the most meals in that one-hour shift. Each Team contributes $250 (1000 meals) to participate and awards are given to the Top 3 Teams (see attached). Please continue to share our EH 3.6 TCNJ event on all of your Social Media accounts. The more community awareness we raise, the more meals we will be able to package to help those food insecure in and around the Mercer County area. The Salvation Army Trenton and the Mercer Street Friends Food Pantry will be distributing the meals to those in need. We need everybody’s help!!!

**NOTE – EH 3.6 Event Setup will take place on Friday, Mar 20th, 3:00-7:00pm at the TCNJ Rec Center. We will need 30+ volunteers on hand unload the supplies truck, set up tables, uncrate/stage the raw materials, arrange the food packing tables, setup the Registration & Donations area, Coordinate the Refreshment tables and setup the Community Display Table area, handle labels, boxes, hairnets and glove setups, etc, etc, etc.. The more volunteers we have, the easier and quicker the task will be for everyone. I may arrange to have pizza delivered as we are finishing up that evening as a “thank you”. We will also need lots of volunteers from all of the area Rotary Clubs to staff duties as well as package food at the event ALL DAY on Saturday, March 21st, starting early at 7:30am through cleanup. So please add those dates and times to your calendars now so you can plan your availability. I will share Rotary Staff Sign up Sheets with everyone as the event draws nearer.

FRIENDS OF ROTARY 2020 – Last week we received notice of (2) Silver Level sponsors to our Foundation’s 2020 Annual Campaign. A special shout-out to Nottingham Insurance for your continued commitment and to first-time sponsor, Mercer Neighbors Publications. Their support, along with all of our Friends of Rotary, allows our foundation to continue helping so many organizations, programs and services throughout the community each year. Thank you Greg Blair, Joe Cavone and their companies. Our Foundation Trustee, Ed Drag reports that we have until end of March to complete this year’s campaign. So please continue to share the information with those you know. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2020 – The corrected link for our online 2020 Student Scholarship Program applications is http://www.rhrotary.org/scholarhips. Please share will parents of High School Seniors in our area. Deadline is Wednesday, April 15th.

ROTARUN 2020 – Remember to add Sunday, June 14th (Flag Day) to your calendars for ROTARUN 2020! Veteran’s Park in Hamilton has already been reserved for our next big Rotary Club community event! So mark your calendars now! Also, the ROTARUN 2020 Planning Committee is in need of active volunteers to help plan and coordinate this big community event. Please let Committee Co-Chair Andre Caldini know if you are interested and available to help organize. Thank you all!

WEEKLY MEETING FEES INCREASE – Due to the recent increase in NJ State mandated minimum wage, our breakfast costs per meal at Golden Dawn has recently increased as well. So our Board of Directors voted that effective Friday, March 6th, the Weekly Meeting Dues will increase to $15.00 per person. If you wish to participate in the Weekly Attendance Drawing, the little blue tickets are a separate $2.00 each donation. For those members who pay their breakfast dues in advance, no worries, the new rate will reflect in your next invoice. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

GUEST SPEAKERS – If you know of someone who would be a great upcoming Guest Speaker, please contact Club Secretary and Meeting Schedule Coordinator, Scott Biondi with their information. Highlights and photos of our club’s Weekly Meeting Guest Speakers, 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”. Please 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. 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.

I look forward to seeing everyone again this Friday morning February 14th, 7:30am at Golden Dawn.
Bill Coleman
President, 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton