Lauren Wougk, a Rotaract Alumni member being recognized as a new Paul Harris Fellow. 
The Rotary club of Branchburg recognized new Paul Harris Fellow Wednesday morning during their weekly meeting to Lauren Wougk, a Rotaract Alumni member, who has been actively embracing the spirit of Rotary in the things we say and do. 
 Lauren, who participated in Branchburg Rotary’s humanitarian mission to Nepal twice and have continued to volunteered with the “Grow a Row” project in Hunterdon county for the past 6 years.
She recently graduated top in her class with Engineering Degree from the Rutgers University and currently pursuing her Masters Degree in water management.  She hopes to go back to Nepal after she completes her program to help with the water project in Nepal. 
A Paul Harris Fellow is a person who has been recognized as having done something significant for others. The Foundation recognizes them for the contribution of $ 1000, which will be spent on Humanitarian efforts around the world. A club recognizes them for service to the club and or the community. Individual Paul Harris Fellows recognize others for many reasons; admiration, service, love or whatever. In ALL cases the recognition is significant and something to be proud of.

“The Rotary Club of Branchburg realizes that there are many individuals who embrace the Rotary’s “Service above Self” motto and helps our community and communities around the world. We give Paul Harris Fellowship to show our appreciation for their support for our club and it’s ideals of service” said Past Rotary District Governor and charter member of the Branchburg Rotary Dr. Tulsi Maharjan.  

Funds contributed to the foundation are also used for foundation grants for projects such as the Branchburg Rotary’s $100,000 micro credit project in Nepal.  Maharjan mentioned many projects in India, Nepal and Ecuador have been funded in part by foundation grants, including school renovations, a women's empowerment center, school building, water and computer project. The club has done over 15 global grant projects since 1993 for more than $700,000.

Maharjan commended the Branchburg Rotary Club, which was started in 1988, for everything it does for the community, including: sponsoring students of the month, sponsoring RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) leadership conference, providing scholarships for local students, providing food and funding to local Food Bank, contributing to the Boy Scouts, Readington road clean up days and most recently raising funds for the local Veterans organizations.
Rotary is 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in Branchburg and around the world. If you like to learn more about the club, please contact Dr. Julie Ann Juliano, membership chair at 908-685-8080 or visit our website