Weekly Update

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Fellow Rotarians and Friends,

This Friday, we’ll say hello to our next group of Students of the Month and say goodbye to our Flags for Heroes display.

At our meeting Friday at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom, students selected by the four high schools in Hamilton and Robbinsville will let us know what they’re involved in at school and in the community, and what their plans are for the future. Thanks to Greg Blair for organizing and Wally Sawka for preparing the student certificates. (We’ll have five students this week since one couldn’t make it last month).

Lt.AlanPorchettiWe’ll also hear from our guest speakers, Lieutenant Isabella Porchetti and Lieutenant Alan Porchetti, corps officers for the Salvation Army’s Trenton Citadel Corps.




At 11 a.m. on Friday, we’ll take down our Flags for Heroes display that emerged largely unscathed after the vicious winds on Sunday night. If you are available, we could use your help in putting away the flags and poles. Should be a nice weather day. It will be odd not to see the flags flying as we travel past that busy hospital intersection. Please check out the Flags for Heroes photo album https://photos.app.goo.gl/gwdAx4uqWmmfVHVW8

Scott Biondi added a number of photos since it was first posted.

Schedule Change – Our Rotary Club’s Virtual Holiday Party has been moved to Wednesday, December 16 from 7-8 p.m. to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Rotary Club of Trenton’s Comedy Night fundraiser on 12/17.

Our Party Committee has some fun in store, including three holiday singing performances, a live auction (good stuff and the Immunity Necklace), an Ugly Sweater Contest, and more.

We’ll have details Friday on how to participate in the sweater contest. Photos will be due to Chris Reetz by December 1.

Last Friday and Saturday featured several events involving club members and other volunteers. 

First stop, The Salvation Army Trenton Citadel Corps, where we helped stock their traveling canteen with 350 pairs of socks from our Socktober collection, 135 blankets from Cindy Rosen’s Project Linus, Mercer County, NJ Chapter, and 200 masks from Cindy’s Mercer Mask Project.

On Saturday, it was on to Team85 Fitness & Wellness in Bordentown, where several Rotarians along with partners from Be Kind and other volunteers packed 245 grocery bags with Thanksgiving meal supplies. Our club’s charitable foundation contributed $500 for the items. There is a follow-up opportunity on Tuesday, November 24, starting at 9 a.m. to help with loading and delivery of the meals. If you are interested and available, please contact Event Chair Kalpana Patel at kpatel@kpatelconsulting.com

The last stop was our Flags for Heroes site to present a $500 donation to the National Guard State Family Readiness Council to provide financial relief to military families in need.

On Friday, you’ll get updates on the three collection drives we have underway.

Coats for Sandro’s Coat Rack – Our club, in conjunction with Be Kind, is collecting new and gently used winter coats of all sizes, children to adult, through December 10. Young Sandro and his family provide the coats to those in need. You can drop off coats to:

  • Cindy Rosen, 4 Eisenhower Drive, Robbinsville, or
  • Umang Naik, 19 Opal Drive, Robbinsville.

Winter Survival Kits – Also underway through December 10 is the collection of items for Winter Survival Kits to be donated to the Trenton Rescue Mission. Our wish list of items includes toothpaste, toothbrushes and lip balms, scarves, gloves, winter hats and hand warmers, healthy snacks, meat sticks and protein bars, and body wipes, men’s and women’s deodorants, feminine pads and hygiene products. You can drop off or deliver to:

  • Cindy Rosen, 4 Eisenhower Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
  • Scott Biondi, 603 Paxson Ave., Mercerville, NJ 08619
  • Kalpana Patel, 12 Sparrow Drive, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Toy Drive – And through December 21, we are collecting unwrapped toys for Womanspace and the RISE organization. You can drop off or deliver to:

  • Cindy Rosen, 4 Eisenhower Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
  • Kim Swartz, 133 Elton Ave., Yardville, NJ 08620
  • Niveda Horaginamani, 3 Downer Way, Chesterfield, NJ 08515

We’ll wrap up this week’s meeting with Happy Dollars and a round of “Is it the Truth?”

See you on the screen Friday. Feel free to call me (609-468-4233) or email me at any time with thoughts or questions.

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Tom Damm

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