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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. 
Shawn Lipani
President
 
Service Above Self  
 
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(Pictured Above, Rhoda Amini (left) poses with the seven Hillsborough High School Rotary Scholarship winners at their Awards Ceremony held on June 6 at HHS.)
 
In keeping with one of its oldest annual traditions, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough awarded seven post-secondary school scholarships to deserving Hillsborough High School students graduating this year.  This year, in addition to the seven students from Hillsborough High School, three Somerset County Vo-Tech students and one Immaculata High School student (not pictured here) received $2,000 each toward their first year, post-secondary school tuition.
 
Five of Rotary's scholarships are named in honor of notable past Rotarians, who served their community and country with distinction throughout their lives.  The five scholarships are named for: 
 
A. Dix Skillman (1916 – 2012) – a charter member and first president of the Rotary Club of (Belle Mead) Hillsborough, a Coast Guard veteranand lawyer. He served in many local municipal and volunteer capacities.
 
Peter J. Biondi (1942 -2011) – served in NJ Assembly, Hillsborough Planning Board and Township Committee, including as mayor, and was an Army veteran.
 
Fred D. Quick (1931 – 2019) – a life-long Hillsborough resident, served during the “Cold War” and Vietnam Conflict as an Air Force pilot achieving the rank of Colonel.  He started HESCO Lighting and served on numerous Township and County commissions over several decades.
 
Michael Merdinger (1949 – 2016) – a 40-year resident of Hillsborough, member and past president of the Flagtown Fire Department and beloved Township Administrator.
 
Vince Lipani (1940 – 2021) – an Army veteran who started Central Jersey Nurseries over 50 years ago, served on the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment and served as a Board member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. Mr. Lipani had a strong interest in biology so students who are planning to study biological sciences at college will be considered for this scholarship.
 
ROTARY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLLARSHIP
 
An additional Rotary scholarship is supported by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, but the selection for the winner is made by the Director of Special Services for the Hillsborough Township School District. 
Pictured above (Left to Right): President Shawn Lipani poses with newly inducted Rotarian John Ciccarelli and Rotarian Ken Genco 
 
On Wednesday May 15th John Ciccarelli was inducted into the Rotary by club Membership Director Ken Genco at The Landing. 
 
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The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is proud to announce the availability of registration for the third annual memorial golf outing/fundraiser in honor of former Rotarian and founder of Central Jersey Nursery, Vince Lipani.  Mr. Lipani passed away in July 2021, at the age of 81.

“Vince exemplified Rotary’s mission of community service, not only through his long tenure as a Rotarian, but through his service to our Township on the Board of Adjustment,” commented Troy Lipani, Vince’s son and Rotary Club of Hillsborough Board member in charge of the memorial golf outing. 

“My father had a wide variety of interests and hobbies,” noted Troy Lipani, He was a fan of the NJ Devils, NY Giants and Mets, and an avid skier and golfer. A golf outing in his honor is a very appropriate way to pay homage to him, and to continue his legacy of community service.”

The Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 17, at the Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Rd. Hillsborough, NJ, beginning with an 11:00 AM registration, 1:00 PM shot gun start, followed by a 6 PM dinner.  Fees begin at $110 for dinner only, $250 per individual golfer for both golf and diner and $920 for a foursome.  A range of sponsorships are available ranging from $125 to $2,500.

Proceeds from the golf outing will be used by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation to support the Club’s charitable work, including an annual scholarship, named in Mr. Lipani’s honor.  

Registration and additional information can be obtained at https://birdease.com/27484 .  For other questions, please contact Tod Mershon at 908-295-1368.

Six Rotary Clubs have joined hands to provide a helping hand to homeless veterans in the Community Hope program at the Lyons VA campus in Basking Ridge.  The Rotary Clubs provide essential goods to the veterans who are given nine months of free housing, medical care and counseling at the Lyons VA campus. Pictured above, members of the six Rotary Clubs gathered for a photo at the end of the distribution. 
Christmas spirit was in fine form this Wednesday as Rotarians  (pictured above) once again joined Hillsborough Social Services staff on Wednesday for the Township’s annual holiday gift packing event, which provides Hillsborough families in need with clothing, toys and groceries.  The Rotarians also added gift cards to supplement the donated items.  

 

A lucky Hillsborough Elementary School third-grader displays one of the few “Golden Tickets” \randomly hidden in a few of the thesauruses given out by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  The ticket can be redeemed for a “Ride All Night” free pass for next year’s Rotary Fair!New Words Inspire Local Third-Graders.

Rotary Club of Hillsborough Rotarians join Hillsborough Elementary School third-graders proudly showing off 
their new thesauruses. The Rotary Club provides all Hillsborough and Manville third-graders with dictionaries or 
thesauruses each year.

Continuing one of its longest running annual traditions, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough distributed free thesauruses to Hillsborough and Manville third-graders this month, helping to ensure that these young  will have easy access to a tool that will serve them well throughout their academic careers.  

“The third graders and their teachers were genuinely excited and grateful to receive the thesauruses,” commented Ben Rozenblat, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough member responsible for organizing the project.  “Rotarians across the country also participate in this important project, helping third-graders to access and appreciate the rich vocabulary of the English language.”

Over 100 volunteers packed 500 boxes of treats and toiletries for our troops serving abroad this past Saturday at the 11th annual Operation Shoebox packing event hosted by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough at the Hillsborough YMCA.  "Serving abroad, particularly during the holidays, can leave our troops feeling a bit homesick " commented Rich Salem, member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough who helped organize the event. "We hope that these packages, which contain familiar items from home, including letters and cards prepared by the Girl Scouts, help remind our troops that we are thinking of them and appreciate their sacrifice."
Rotarians Trish Marciano and Ken Genco were on hand at the recent Gift Of Life Gala to present the Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s donation in support of the organization’s international work treating congenital heart defects of children around the world. Over 13 million children are born each year with a congenital heart defect. 93 percent of these children are born in countries that cannot provide them with treatment. The Gift of Life organization provides lifesaving g surgery to a child every 99 minutes.
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