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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Pictured above: Courtney with husband Mike Newman
 
Rotary International District 7475 will honor Courtney Newman, founder of Steps Together, with its prestigious Jean Harris award. Newman was nominated by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough for the extraordinary community service that she offers through her Hillsborough-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring the community to pay their blessings forward and support Somerset County families facing a medical crisis. The award will be presented in a virtual ceremony on June 24th.
 
“The Jean Harris Award is the highest honor that Rotary can bestow on a non-Rotarian, explained Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Tricia Marciano. “Though not a Rotarian, we believe that Courtney truly embodies the ideals of Rotary, as well as our motto, “Service Above Self.”  

Formed in 2013, Steps Together, with the support of the community, provides families facing a medical crisis with needed financial relief, while also bringing awareness to the conditions that impact them. Their stories and needs are shared within the local community by creating pages for each family on the Steps Together website. The site is then used to centralize fundraising efforts to create a “one-stop shop” for anyone wishing to help.  Steps Together has raised over $800,000 since its inception, which has covered a wide spectrum of costs for families facing their most difficult challenges.

Courtney and Mike Newman became inspired to help families after experiencing medical scares with both their young children. During that brief time, the couple learned about the complete disruption to life that occurs, the true cost of medical care and the overwhelming feeling of isolation that can be helped tremendously by the smallest act of kindness.  Courtney decided to find a way to pay her blessings forward and encourage the local community to join her in this endeavor. 


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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