Rotary has launched a bold new initiative called VOLUNTEER SURGE.  Under this program, Rotarians and their friends have an opportunity to take an online 

class of eight hours and get qualified to assist in much-needed screening activities which will reduce suffering and save lives, all in the comfort and safety of your home.  

There’s also another longer course for those who are healthcare workers who would like to be in the field as community health care workers.  The potential impact is huge.   

Please take the opportunity to access this WEBSITE to learn about this incredible opportunity to serve.   

Let's jump on this opportunity for TAKING ACTION, right now!   https://volunteersurge.com/

        President's Welcome Message     
  
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. We are a volunteer service organization made up of men and women from our community who come together to make a positive and lasting impact in and around Hillsborough Township. Each week we present insightful program speakers, enjoy a terrific meal, and share a wonderful amount of fellowship.  If you’d like to learn more about our club, please visit us at any of our events or come to one of our weekly meetings. We meet every Wednesday at 6:15 PM at The Landing restaurant located at 311 Amwell Rd, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Please call me at 908.578.7125  to make arrangements.  To learn more about Rotary, please visit www.Rotary.org.  Thank you for visiting the website.  We hope to see you soon at one of our meetings.
 
Tricia Marciano, President 
 
 
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Our community needs your support. The Hillsborough YMCA, a branch of the Greater Somerset County YMCA, is a trusted distribution site for food security boxes. The Hillsborough YMCA will distribute food security boxes every Monday during the COVID-19 pandemic. This past week, in partnership with Community Food Bank of NJ, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Hillsborough School District, the YMCA distributed 206 boxes serving a total of 399 Hillsborough residents facing food insecurity challenges. Each box is intended to provide enough food for seven days.

The YMCA was recently alerted by the Community FoodBank of NJ that they are having challenges sourcing food—an increasingly common challenge across the country. Therefore, we are calling upon our community to help our neighbors in need. If you wish to help in these challenging times, you can do so by assembling a food security box/bag that can be handed to families in need. Please follow the link below for a list of the items needed in each box/bag and to register the boxes/bags you will be able to contribute.  Information regarding the drop off procedures is included as well. 

Those who can help  have the YMCA’s and your neighbor’s most sincere appreciation.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49A5A92CABFA7-hillsborough


As part of a joint project with  the Rotary Club of Watchung/Warren, Rotary Club of Hillsborough members Al Catalina (left) and Josh Riding (far right) delivered 80 lunches to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lyons, New Jersey. Al and Josh are joined by Kim (center), an employee of the hospital. Assisting in the project, but not pictured above, is Rotarian Ben Rozenblat. 

Pictured above helping to deliver meals for Hillsborough families in need are (L to R) Rotarian Bob Wagner, Ben Green of the Greater Somerset County YMCA, and Rotarians Rich Salem and Abed Medawar. (Taking the picture is Club President Tricia Marciano). Qualifying families were able to pick up a week's worth of groceries at Hillsborough High School on Monday, May 11. The project was the result of a collaboration between the Greater Somerset County YMCA, the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, the Hillsborough  School District and the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.
 
In its ongoing effort to address community needs during these challenging times, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough worked with other area Rotary Clubs to secure a district-wide grant to purchase meals for families in need.  For Hillsborough, that resulted in an allocation of 936 meals that were delivered on Saturday to the Hillsborough Food Pantry by Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Tricia Marciano (pictured attached)., and Club Board Member and head of the Township’s Parks and Recreation Department, Bob Wagner 
 
 “Our current economy has led to a substantial increase in the number of families qualifying for assistance,” commented Club President Marciano. “Not surprisingly, the Hillsborough community has generously responded to the need with both monetary contributions, as well as with bags of groceries. We are doing our part as well.”
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s response has included organizing a community grocery drive and purchasing meals for medical workers at RWJ University Hospital in Somerville and New Brunswick, as well as for the children and caregivers at the Hillsborough YMCA daycare center.  Additionally, to honor those working on the front lines of the Coronavirus crisis, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough displayed banners around town thanking all of our essential workers.

 

John Reddan Jr.

It is with great sadness that we mark the recent passing of Rotarian and Hillsborough resident John Reddan Jr.. John joined The Rotary Club of Hillsborough in 2015 and participated in many of the Club’s community service projects over the years. His jovial nature and friendly conversation will be deeply missed at Club meetings, and sincere condolences go out to the entire Reddan family at this time of loss and sorrow.  In honor of his years of service to the community he loved, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough has made an additional contribution to the Township Food Pantry. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Hillsborough President Tricia Marciano (left) and HIllsborough YMCA Director Ben Green (right) are seen here delivering a special lunch for very special people - the children of essential workers and the YMCA staff caring for them.  The Rotary Club purchased the lunch from Just Subs in Hillsborough as a way of thanking those residents who are performing the services that keep our community operational.  
Rotarians ( L To R) Bob Wagner, President Tricia Marciano and Rich Salem stand before groceries donated by generous Hillsborough residents who responded to the Club's Food Pantry Drive, which ran from Thursday, April 16, to Sunday, April 19.  The  Township's Food Pantry serves HIllsborough  families in need and is supported entirely by monetary and in-kind donations.  The Rotary Club wishes to thank all those who contributed to the successful drive.  
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