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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Hillsborough website! 
 
On these pages you’ll learn about how our club fulfills our mission of service above self while enjoying the fellowship of a diverse group of men and women who come together to make a positive and lasting impact in our community and the world.   Our Club meets at 6:15 PM at The Landing restaurant (311 Amwell Rd, Hillsborough) on the first and third Wednesdays of the month to share a meal and friendship, plan service projects and hear interesting speakers. For those who cannot attend in-person, we also Zoom our meetings. 
 
We welcome new members who share our commitment to our community and wish to participate in local service projects, as well as fun social events.  If you are interested in joining us, or simply learning more about our club, please contact us by email at Rotaryclubhboro@gmail.com, and we will respond by phone or email. Additionally, you can learn more about the worldwide reach of Rotary at www.Rotary.org.  Please call ahead of the meeting to confirm your visit with us.
 
Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you at the Rotary. 
 
Ashley Rose
President
 
Service Above Self  
 
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The Hillsborough Rotary Fair, a Hillsborough family-friendly tradition since 2007, is introducing a brand-new feature this year – an interactive digital map . https://qrco.de/bd7dh1  Developed and donated by Pinnacle Health and Fitness in Hillsborough specifically for use at the Fair, the interactive map will enable Fair attendees to load the app onto their smart phones by scanning a QR code (attached) that will be posted around the fairgrounds.
 
“The digital map not only allows guests to find the exact location of every ride, game, food vendor and Business Expoo participant at the Fair, bur also provides helpful information and promotional offers from Fair vendors and Business Expo participants,” commented Ashley Rose, president, Rotary Club of Hillsborough. “Pinnacle will be adding new information to the app right up to the start of the Fair.”
 
The Hillsborough Rotary Fair will open for five days beginning Tuesday, August 16.   Fair hours are 6 – 10 PM on Tuesday through Thursday, and 6 – 11 PM on Friday and Saturday.
 
In addition to the Fair’s classic thrill rides, food vendors, games of chance and an exposition of local businesses, a spectacular firework display by Interstate Fireworks and sponsored by Petrock’s Bar & Grille and Petrock’s Liquors, will light up Hillsborough skies on Friday evening, August 19, at approximately 10 PM (rain date of Saturday August 21, 10 PM).  
 
Cashless Ride Payment System
 
The Hillsborough Rotary Fair will once again feature a cashless payment system for all Fair rides.  Patrons can purchase a special wristband at the centrally located kiosk station.  The wrist bands are then used in place of tickets to gain entry to the rides.  The cost of each ride will be automatically deducted from the amount of money on the wristband. A $35, all-night-long ride access purchase option is available every night, or patrons may choose a different dollar amount appropriate for only select rides. Additionally, a nearby “Help Tent” will offer a cash payment option for rides. The food and game vendors will continue to accept only cash. 
 
As in years past, there will be a Giant 50/50 Raffle that has resulted in a multi-thousand-dollar payout to a single winner.  The winning ticket will be selected Saturday evening, August 20, at the Fair.  The winner need not be present at the time of the drawing.  Tickets will be available for purchase throughout the Fair dates for $5 each.  As always, all proceeds raised at the Fair are used to fund a wide variety of contributions and service projects benefitting the local community.
 
Local Business Exposition  
 
The Fair also offers local businesses and organizations multiple opportunities to showcase their services and connect directly with customers through the purchase of a $300 sign displayed at the Fair throughout the week, or the purchase of a $600 tented space that provides an opportunity to meet and talk with attendees.
 
“Meeting prospective customers at a highly regarded community event can do a great deal to boost a company’s image and customer base,” noted Ken Genco, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough member in charge of the business showcase. “Community members deeply appreciate those businesses that demonstrate their community support through events like this.”
 
For more information on the upcoming Hillsborough Rotary Fair or how to participate as a vendor, please contact Ken Genco at 908-229-5045, kgenco@att.net, or Abed Medawar, (908) 256-5349, mobileabed@gmail.com.  
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough Honors
Township Clerk Pam Borek
 
 In a rare departure from tradition, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough recognized Township Clerk, Pam Borek, with its highest honor – The Paul Harris Fellowship Award – for her exemplary service to Hillsborough Township and to Rotary.  
 
Established in 1957, and primarily used to honor Rotarians for exceptional service in pursuit of the Rotary ideal of ‘Service Above Self,’ it has, on rare occasions, been given to non-Rotarians who routinely go above and beyond in the exercise of their public responsibilities and in their support of Rotary.
 
“Our success as a community service organization not only depends upon the support of our community, but those in local government who partner with us on a wide array of initiatives,” commented Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Ashley Rose.  “No one could ask for a better partner than Pam Borek.”
 
Ms. Borek played a substantial role in such projects as “Flags for Heroes,” the initiative that honored our service men and women last Veteran’s Day by publicly displaying an American Flag with the veteran’s name affixed to the flagpole.  The display, which was a joint imitative between the Township and the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, created a highly visible and touching field of 100 flags at the Municipal Complex.  In addition, she helped the Rotary Club launch its Legacy Book Bin, where residents can donate used books to help raise funds for Rotary. Today, the project has expanded to two locations at the Municipal Complex and at the Iron Peak Sports Complex.
 
Paul Harris Fellowship Award
 
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named in honor of the organization’s founder, who created Rotary in 1905 in Chicago to bring together professionals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world. The Paul Harris Fellowship Award was established by Rotary International in 1957, and has been awarded to Rotarians and non-Rotarians who have exemplified the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.”
 
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Thunderstorms and torrential rain took a welcomed break just long enough for the Township Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to come off without a hitch on Saturday.  Pictured above in front of the wheelchair accessible van donated by The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, President Ben Rozenblat is joined my members of the Club who marched in the parade.   Also pictured above, President Ben presents a check for $2,000 to Mayor Shawn Lipani, also a proud Rotarian, for the Township’s Veterans Fund. 
Pictured YMCA staffers: Ben Green, Sarah Graham, Gaby Lazarte, Colin Hook, Avery Whittney and Rotarians: Fred Gladstone, Shangar Nandra, Ben Rozenblat, Katie Hardgrove, Kalyan  Kalidindi, James Machut, Tricia Marciano
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough participated in a service project the YMCA of Hillsborough. Club Members joined YMCA as we prepared the camp grounds, including spreading mountains of mulch. The club also presented a $2000 check in support of the Rise Up Program by the YMCA which will  provide tutoring in reading and math for 60 children this summer. The club hopes to make this an annual event.
Pictured Rotary Club President Benjamin Rozenblat and Orest Levytskyy, Owner of Cafe Brio
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough was please to welcome Orest Levytskyy, Owner of Cafe Brio to our club meeting on May 18th. Mr. Levytskyy spoke about his humanitarian aid to Ukraine, how the community has stepped up and the need for ongoing donations including:
  • Non-perishable food (canned meat, dairy products with long shelf life, protein bars, baby food, dried fruits, and nuts)

  • Hygiene products (shampoo, body wash, soap, feminine products, detergent, children's hygiene products, diapers, bug spray/cream, sunscreen)

  • Medical products (antibiotics, blood pressure medicine, herbal sedatives, cold/flu medicine, first-aid kits, burn kits, butterfly strips, gauze pads, elastic bandages; Syringes with needles, IV catheters, CPR masks, CAT tourniquets, chest seal)

  • Pet food

  • Metal detectors

  • Firefighting protection gear

  • Power generators, battery power banks

For more information please go to https://www.cafebrionj.com/ukraine
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