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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. 
 
Ben Rozenblat
President
908.896.5950
Service Above Self  
 
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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
Pictured above (Left to Right): Rotarian Tricia Marciano poses with newly inducted Rotarian Susan Woods and President Benjamin Rozenblat 
 
On Wednesday May 18th Susan Woods was inducted into the Rotary by club President Benjamin Rosenblat at The Landing. 
 
Does the motto "service above self" resonate with you?
Do you value giving back to the community in which you work or live?
Are you interested in international goodwill?
Looking to make some friends while making a meaningful and positive impact in the lives of others?
We'd love to connect with you about potentially joining the club
Submit your inquiry here and we will be in touch!
Pictured above (Left to Right): Rotarian Tricia Marciano poses with newly inducted Rotarians Katie Hardgrove and Shangar Nandra along with President Benjamin Rozenblat 
 
On Wednesday May 4th, 2022 while at a club meeting hosted at Flounder Brewing in Hillsborough two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Hillsborough by President Benjamin Rozenblat. Welcome Rotarians Katie Hardgrove and Shangar Nandra! 
 
Does the motto "service above self" resonate with you?
Do you value giving back to the community in which you work or live?
Are you interested in international goodwill?
Looking to make some friends while making a meaningful and positive impact in the lives of others?
We'd love to connect with you about potentially joining the club
Submit your inquiry here and we will be in touch!
Above: Rotarian Tricia Marciano (left) poses with nine-year-old Sofia Murtazin (right) and her original artwork, which she sells to raise funds for Ukraine.
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough members listened in awe as Hillsborough resident, nine-year-old Sofia Murtazin, shared her inspiring story of raising funds for the victims of the invasion of Ukraine. With her mother Marta by her side, Sofia spoke at a Rotary Club event held at Flounder’s Brewery Wednesday evening.
 
Sofia, who attends third grade at Hillsborough Elementary School, sprang into action the day after the invasion and began painting signs to raise money to purchase needed supplies for the people of Ukraine. Both of Sophia’s parents were born in Ukraine and have many family members and friends who continue to live under constant threat from Russia’s invasion. With her mother’s help with a social media campaign, Sofia’s efforts have gone viral and have touched the hearts of supporters across the nation. 
 
“Sofia’s compassion and dedication are just so inspiring,” commented Rotary Club of Hillsborough member, Tricia Marciano, who invited her to speak at the Club’s Wednesday meeting.  “It was an easy decision for our Club to donate money and invite her to speak to us.  I can’t imagine a better example of the Rotary motto in action – Service Above Self.”  To date, Sofia has raised over $11,000, which enabled her to purchase medical supplies and toiletries, and send them to Ukraine.
 
Jeremy Lees, Flounder’s owner, who also has family ties to Ukraine, not only hosted the Rotary event, but joined in the presentation sharing information about his own on-going efforts in support of Ukraine, including a $3,000 donation to Sofia.
 
Those interested in supporting Sofi’s efforts with monetary or in-kind donations can contact her at martuneya@yahoo.com or by calling (908) 294-0755

 

Gregg Wilke (left), Rotarian and managing partner of Iron Peak Sports and Events, and Ben Rozenblat (right), president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, show off the Club’s second Legacy Book Bin location in the parking lot of Iron Peak Sports and Events.  The other bin location is in the parking lot adjacent to the Hillsborough Municipal Building.

Gregg Wilke (left), Rotarian and managing partner of Iron Peak Sports and Events, and Ben Rozenblat (right), president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, show off the Club’s second Legacy Book Bin location in the parking lot of Iron Peak Sports and Events.  The other bin location is in the parking lot adjacent to the Hillsborough Municipal Building. 

 

One year after launching the New Legacy Book Donation Program in Hillsborough, over 20 tons of books have been collected at two Township locations raising nearly $2,000 for the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation.  

 

Donated books are either resold through on-line shopping sites like Amazon, or if deemed unsalable, recycled.  New Legacy Books, the non-profit organization that manages the operation, returns a percentage of the proceeds to The Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation each month.  

 

“In addition to our various hands-on volunteer efforts, our Club raises thousands of dollars each year that allow us to provide needed philanthropic support,” commented Ben Rozenblat, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  “With the generous support of Hillsborough community members, we have been able to fund a wide variety of organizations and charitable causes including post-secondary school scholarships for Hillsborough residents, essential goods for homeless veterans and veterans serving abroad, relief to victims of natural disasters, and, most recently, support for the families fleeing the invasion of Ukraine.”

 

The New Legacy Book Bins are located at the Township Municipal Building parking lot adjacent to soccer fields and at Iron Peak Sports and Events at 137 Mountain View Road in Hillsborough.

 

“New Legacy Books would like to thank the Rotary Club of Hillsborough for hosting and promoting our book bin fundraiser, which has been a great success in our first year in Hillsborough,” noted Matt Laiacona, from the New Legacy Books operation. “We also thank our fellow book readers in Hillsborough who support the fundraiser with ongoing book donations.  We look forward to many years of fundraising for the Rotary Club and working with the Hillsborough community.”

 
On Saturday April 9th members of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough met at the YMCA of Hillsborough to volunteer to put together packages for US Military both overseas and stateside with Operation Shoebox. The packages containing personal care items, toiletries, snacks and food items, as well as hand-drawn cards and letters of thanks and encouragement from students at several central New Jersey schools.
 
Operation Shoebox New Jersey, based in Hillsborough, was founded in February 2005. It is an all-volunteer grass roots organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies and shipping care packages to U.S. troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries.  Operation Shoebox seeks donations of food and personal care items that are placed in personal care packages shipped to members of the US military deployed overseas.
The Hillsborough YMCA, with support from Magnate CARES and The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, is organizing a Ukraine Goods Drive to collect and deliver essential goods to help families and communities directly impacted by the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine.
 
“The devastation taking place in the Ukraine has left millions of its citizens, young and old, without the very basic necessities of life,” commented Ben Green, executive
director of the Hillsborough YMCA. “We have an opportunity and the ability to help those suffering the most through our collective efforts.”

“In addition to Rotary’s own efforts to deliver needed support to the Ukraine people,” noted Abed Medawar, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough board member leading the club’s
partnership with the Y, “we responded immediately to their request to join this community-focused effort.”
 
Hillsborough residents can support the drive by donating the following (new items only):
blankets, feminine products, pillows, diapers, baby formulae, flashlights, and lithium batteries. Items may be dropped off at the Hillsborough YMCA, 19 East Mountain Road,
Hillsborough, NJ, April 1- 30, from 5AM to 8PM, Monday through Friday, and 7AM to 1PM Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please contact Ben Green at 908-369-0490 ext. 714, or by email at bgreen@gscymca.org.
On Monday June 20th, 2022 the Rotary Club of Hillsborough is hosting the Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing at Royce Brook County Club with all funds raised supporting the Vince Lipani Rotary Scholarship.

Online registration, and sponsorship opportunities are available at https://birdease.com/LipaniMemorialGolf with Single Golfer, Group, and Dinner Only options available. 

Golfer registration includes:           

  • Lunch              
  • Cocktail Hour­
  • Dinner      
  • Driving Range
  • Cart
  • Greens Fee
  • Awards
 A printable flyer is available here.
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