Weekly Update

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Fellow Rotarians and Friends,

Want to know more about how our local news is produced? Just TAPinto our club meeting this Friday at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom.

TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville Editor Elizabeth Meyers will give us insights into the process of providing online neighborhood news. Elizabeth has been a good friend to our club, publicizing our activities and initiatives and helping us to raise the club’s profile.

TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville is part of a network of independently owned and operated local news franchises. Join us Friday to learn more.

There’s just over one week left to submit nominations for the Vern Applegate Community Service Award. Let’s honor Vern by making the selection committee’s decision a hard one. Take a minute this week to consider someone who has been a community service champion and submit the easy nomination form by March 12 to Event Chair Kalpana Patel at kpatel@kpatelconsulting.com .

The form is available on our website at https://rhrotary.org/ApplegateNomination.pdf .

We’re also hitting the home stretch in our Dollars for Scholars raffle ticket sale. The funds we provide as scholarships to local high school seniors don’t begin to accumulate until after we’ve covered the $6,000 in prizes and expenses. Social media has proven to be the best way for members to sell tickets this year. You can turn in your sold ticket stubs and payments to George Ott in one of the envelopes he provided when distributing the tickets.

The first Zoom meeting of our club’s ad-hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee is Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. – International Women’s Day. We have nine members of the committee who will continue the dialogue from the recent Women in Rotary Forum and consider actions to recruit more women as members and leaders in Rotary. If you’d like to join us, I can send you the Zoom link.

We had a slight drop in our attendance last week, slipping to 26 from our usual 30-plus. I’d love to see as many members as possible join our meeting. Yeah, it’s still Zoom, but it’s the way we’re staying in touch and learning from interesting speakers as we plow through these winter months with the prospect of spring and an easing pandemic on the horizon.

Save the date of Friday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. for our virtual Art Auction fundraiser conducted by Marlin Art. This will be our big spring fundraiser and a committee led by Chris Reetz and Nev Greenough is busy planning for this online event. We’ll also have an accompanying silent auction coordinated by Sharon Lucidi.

And get your tool belts ready. Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties is starting its Hamilton home repairs program and will be looking for volunteers this spring. The work fixing up existing homes would be outdoors under COVID 19 safety protocols. Rotary has a formal partnership with Habitat for Humanity – https://njrotary.org/Stories/rotary-and-habitat-partnership . Stay tuned for more.

Club Notes:

Consider businesses that may want to become a Friend of Rotary at the $250, $500 or $1,000 level, supporting our good causes and gaining positive community publicity.

We’ll do the drawing at this week’s meeting for the $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate from among the guests and their sponsors who attended a meeting in February. Cindy Rosen donated the gift certificate to launch our club’s efforts to win a District $1,000 prize for the club gaining the most new members or the highest percentage of new members between February and June 30.

District 7475 is creating a free business directory for all Rotarians who desire to publicize and promote their business. To participate, click this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QHXV8G8 

We open up the Zoom link every Friday morning by 7:15 a.m. if you want to join us before the meeting for some club banter.

As always, feel free to call me (609-468-4233) or email me (omex15@aol.com) at any time with thoughts, questions, or ideas.

Here is the Zoom link for the meeting.


Tom Damm

For future meeting speakers, click here.