With the Rotary Club’s 30th Anniversary weekend just a week away, Charter Member and Past President Greg Blair gave Rotarians a glimpse of the early days of the club. At our weekly meeting this morning, Greg recounted the successes, the fun, the personalities, and the can-do spirit that have distinguished the club throughout the years. Greg talked about the genesis of the club and some of its major projects such as Megan’s Place and the Miracle League of Mercer County. For veteran members of the club, it was a walk down memory lane. For newer members, it was an inspiring look back at the legacy of a club whose projects big and small have typified Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” You can learn more and help celebrate with the club next weekend at events on Saturday near the entrance to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton and on Sunday near the Rotary Gazebo on Lake Drive in Robbinsville. Both begin at 10 a.m. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton planted trees today to commemorate its upcoming 30th Anniversary - one each at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and at the Rotary Gazebo on Lake Drive in Robbinsville, where the trees will be dedicated at ceremonies on Sept. 24 and 25, respectively. A third tree was planted at the Miracle League of Mercer County, NJ field at the YMCA Sawmill complex in Hamilton. The field is a signature project of the Rotary Club.
The Rotary planting team was led by Joe Cavone. The team included Club President Kalpana Patel (best dressed), Andy Potts, Sharon Lucidi, Nev Greenough, Linda Gearren, Bill Boyles, President-Elect George Ott, Ken Diener, Dan Sczweck and Tom Damm. ... See MoreSee Less
The tentacles of a notorious motorcycle gang are creeping into Central Jersey, our Rotary Club learned this morning from the head of the State Commission of Investigation (SCI). Chadd Lackey, SCI executive director, provided highlights of the agency’s investigation into the rising presence of the Pagans in New Jersey. He told us that the gang’s South Jersey concentration is spreading to Burlington and Mercer counties, part of a strategy to grow its 100 East Coast chapters by subsuming other motorcycle groups and loosening its membership criteria. The SCI’s report on the Pagans can be found here - www.state.nj.us/sci/pagans.shtm. Lackey says the SCI makes it more difficult for criminal elements to “operate in the shadows” by exposing operations through reports and public hearings and proposing reforms to combat illegal activities.
In club business, President Kalpana Patel provided highlights of the club’s 30th Anniversary celebrations in Hamilton and Robbinsville on the weekend of September 24 and 25. Details below in another post. ... See MoreSee Less
With chilling statistics and helpful information, Rotary Past District Governor Ray Freaney spoke to our Rotary Club this morning about mental health. Ray is a Rotary leader in working to raise awareness, provide access to assistance, and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. “They’re not warm and fuzzy topics,” he said. “But we have to keep them out in the open so people will be open about talking about their problems.” A couple of his startling facts from the CDC: - In 2020, suicide was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34. - There were nearly twice as many suicides (45,979) as homicides (24,576) in the U.S. in 2020. Ray’s team has developed a Stigma-Free toolkit with important facts and contact info. It’s available online at www.njrotary.org. The national suicide and crisis lifeline is 988. ... See MoreSee Less
A Message from our President Kalpana Patel – Club President 2022-2023 It is September already!! And, as we get ready to welcome the fall season, we have a few exciting plans of our own here at the R...
It was a morning of good news for the Rotary Club as we heard about an initiative to keep Robbinsville clean and welcomed Rotary officials to present a big award.
John Finnegan, founder of the Robbinsville Clean Team, told us about a monthly cleanup activity to remove trash from areas of the township. Volunteers meet at the Rotary Gazebo on Lake Drive in Town Center and span out in teams to various locations with their own trash bags and gloves. Since the "safe, simple and consistent" initiative began in 2018, volunteers have collected approximately 1,000 bags of trash.
The next cleanup is tomorrow, Saturday, August 27, at 11:45 a.m. For info on the Clean Team, email John at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, top Rotary District officials attended our meeting this morning to award the “Governor’s Citation” to club member and past Club President Bill Coleman for his efforts last year as a Rotary Assistant District Governor and for his leadership in combatting food insecurity. The award was presented by last year’s District Governor Shelby Rhodes, accompanied by her successor, John Shockley, who presented the club with the new District banner. (Bill's wife Heidi accepted the award in Bill's absence) ... See MoreSee Less
We are thrilled to learn that Robbinsville's Jessica Nicol has been selected as a Rotary Global Scholar and will study climate change and human development at universities in China and London over the next two years. Jessica is receiving scholarships totaling $60,000 after being selected by our RotaryDistrict7475 from among candidates in a nine-county area. Our Club was proud to sponsor her application. “We are excited for Jessica and we look forward to hearing about her success in this critical area of study,” said Rotary Club President Kalpana Patel. “Rotary does important work to support our local communities, but this is a fine example of our worldwide focus as well.” For more - www.robbinsville-twp.org/news_detail_T2_R585.php... See MoreSee Less
“Last week, we had a true opportunity to experience the Rotarian spirit of service above self. When our dedicated and dependable Rotarian Linda - chair of the backpack drive - fell ill on the eve of our backpack assembly, it was a joy to see our fellow Rotarians line up and step in.