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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
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Pictured above, 2022 Hillsborough Rotary Club Fair volunteers pose with Club president Ashley Rose,(far left)
and Abed Medawar (center in sport coat) the Club member responsible for organizing the Fair operations.
 
 
At a special ceremony held Wednesday evening, September 21, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough recognized the contributions of dozens of community volunteers for their help running the 2022 Hillsborough Rotary Fair, the Club’s premier annual fundraiser. 
 
“Running our Fair requires a small army of people performing a wide variety of tasks that begin well before the Fair opens and continues until days after the Fair closes.” commented Abed Medawar, member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough charged with organizing the Fair operations.  “Our entire membership alone isn’t enough to handle all the tasks required to host over 15,000 visitors during the five-day carnival.  However, thanks to the many community volunteers who step up to help run game trailers, distribute water, clean the grounds and operate the dunk tank, for instance, our Fair was a great success.”
 
As always, the Fair featured classic thrill rides, food vendors, games of chance, an exposition of local businesses and a spectacular firework display by Interstate Fireworks and sponsored by Petrock’s Bar & Grille and Petrock’s Liquors.
 
“The strong spirit of volunteerism in the Hillsborough community is a true blessing,” added Rotary Club of Hillsborough President Ashley Rose.  “So many individuals and groups step forward each year to offer their support.  It transforms this fundraiser into an amazing community event.”
 
Community Groups That Volunteered This Year:
 
  • Pinnacle Health and Fitness
  • HHS Cheerleading
  • HHS Raider Strength and Conditioning Club
  • Operation Shoebox
  • HHS Girls Cross Country
  • HHS Robotics Club
  • Tia Higgins and friends 
  • Project Graduation
  • Michael’s Miracles

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and OAR join together to cut the ribbon for the Annual Family Fun Day
 
The 2022 annual Rotary Fair continued a very special Rotary tradition – a dedicated afternoon for special needs children and their families. The invitation-only event was held from 1 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, August 20th. The “Fun Day,” which included games, rides, and food, was free of charge to approximately 700 special needs children and their families.
A tradition since 2013, Family Fun Day is devoted to special needs families. The fair is closed to the general public in order to give the families all the space and time they need to enjoy the day at their own pace.
“As a Rotarian and Mayor of Hillsborough Township, it is our honor to be able to offer this event for our special needs community. Seeing all of their smiling faces and the enjoyment shared with their families is truly heartwarming,” commented Mayor Shawn Lipani.
“Ten years ago I approached the Rotary Club of Hillsborough about offering a day to local special needs families. As a long time Board Member of OAR (Organization for Autism Research)and special needs advocate, I thought, what beer way to offer an inclusive event for the community?” added Hillsborough Township Administrator and OAR NJ President, Anthony Ferrera.
“We receive some of the most touching thank-you leers from the families of special needs children who have aended the Fun Day,” commented Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Ashley Rose. “The parents tell us that being able to have a fun
 afternoon out with their special needs children and their siblings in an inclusive, non-judgmental environment is a rare and welcomed break from their routine.”
The Hillsborough Rotary Fair and Business Expo – the Club’s premier annual fundraiser - aracted over 15,000 community members from Hillsborough and surrounding towns, allowing the Club to raise the funds to support numerous local service organizations and projects throughout the year.
“Our continuing local support would not be possible without the generosity of our fellow community members. Not only do we rely on the funds that result from their aendance at the Fair, but their volunteerism enables us to run the Fair,” added President Rose. “As a result of that support, we had another record-breaking year!”
At this year’s Fair, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough introduced a brand-new feature – an interactive digital map. Developed and donated by Pinnacle Health and Fitness in Hillsborough specifically for use at the Fair, the interactive map enabled Fair aendees to load an app onto their smartphones by scanning a QR code posted around the fairgrounds. The digital map not only allowed guests to find the exact location of every ride, game, food vendor and Business Expo participant at the Fair, but also provided helpful information and promotional offers from Fair vendors and Business Expo participants.
As always, the Fair featured classic thrill rides, food vendors, games of chance, an exposition of local businesses and a spectacular firework display by Interstate Fireworks and sponsored by Petrock’s Bar & Grille and Petrock’s Liquors.
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.”
 
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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