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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 R., 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 me by email at richsalem@comcast.net and we will respond by phone or email. Additionally, you can learn more about the worldwide reach of Rotary at www.Rotary.org.  Thank you for visiting our website.  We hope to meet you soon. 
 
Rich Salem, 
President 
 
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The Hillsborough Rotary Fair and Business Expo Are Back!
Scheduled for August 17 – 21
Spectacular Fireworks Show Friday, August 20
After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade (315 Route 206) into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.  
 
“We are proud to welcome A&B Landscaping of Hillsborough, NJ, as this year’s Event Sponsor. commented Rich Salem, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. “The Rotary Fair has become a tradition for generations of Hillsborough families, and its return this August could not come at a better time.”
 
The Rotary Fair will open for five days beginning Tuesday, August 17.   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 20, at approximately 10 PM (rain date of Saturday August 21, 10 PM). 
 
New Cashless Ride Payment System
 
For the first time, the Rotary Fair will feature a cashless payment system for all Fair rides.  Patrons will purchase a special wristband at kiosks available throughout the Fairgrounds.  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 $30, all-night-long ride access purchase option is available every night, or patrons may choose a different dollar amount appropriate for only select rides. The food and game vendors will continue to accept only cash. 
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, as well as the games, rides and food vendors at the Fair are committed to observing the State-mandated COVID safety guidelines in force during the Fair dates.  In addition to multiple washing stations adjacent to the restrooms, special hand sanitation stations will be available throughout the Fair.  All Fair patrons are kindly asked to cooperate with all State-mandated guidelines. 
 
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 provides local businesses with 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.  
 
Pictured above, Gary Diogene and Tricia Marciano help to distribute clothing items at the Community Hope facility for homeless veterans housed on the Lyons New Jersey Veterans Administration Campus.  Gary, Tricia, and Rich Salem joined fellow Rotarians from four other New Jersey-based clubs on Friday, May 21, as part of a joint, ongoing service project that provides basic necessities to veterans, many of whom are facing medical and emotional challenges.
 
 
Pictured above from left to right: Rotarian Bob Wagner, Ben Rozenblat, Rich Salem, New Legacy Books representative Mathew Laiacona,    Mayor Shawn Lipani, Committee Woman Janine Erickson, and Town Administrator, Anthony Ferrera
 
Used Book Donations Help Fund Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation
 
 Beginning in April, residents can now turn their used books into a charitable donation by depositing them in the New Legacy Books bin located in the Hillsborough Township Municipal Center parking lot adjacent to the soccer fields.  New Legacy Books will collect and resell the donated books and provide a percentage of sales to The Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation. 
 
“This partnership with New Legacy Books is one of those rare, win/win opportunities,” commented Rich Salem, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. “Families have an opportunity to clean out their bookshelves while helping to fund a variety of community service projects and charitable contributions led by Rotary.”
 
“Our Township government immediately endorsed this plan and provided a prime location for the bin,” noted Ben Rozenblat, incoming president of The Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  “The funds generated by the book donations will be used to support everything from post-secondary school scholarships to gift cards distributed to local food-insecure families by the Hillsborough Community Action Network”
 
“We are always happy to partner with the Rotary Club of Hillsborough,” noted Hillsborough Mayor and member of the Rotary Club, Shawn Lipani.  “By supporting this fundraising project, we are also supporting our town.”
 
New Legacy Books was founded as a for-profit business in New Jersey by two Monmouth University graduates who made it their mission to give back to their communities through the sale and redistribution of donated books.
 
Residents can drive up to the bin, day or night, and deposit their gently used books, including text books, novels, non-fiction, children’s books, cookbooks etc.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough recently continued a club tradition by contributing to Project Graduation, the organization dedicated to creating a safe, fun event for Hillsborough High Seniors on graduation night.  Pictured above acknowledging the donation are Project Graduation Co-Chair Karen Briegs (left) and Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Rich Salem. For more information about Project Graduation, contact Karen Briegs or Michelle Bauman at HHSRaiderPG@gmail.com.
 
Above:  Girl Scouts from Troop 60143 show off their "Letterbox" History Project
 
On a recent Wednesday evening, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough was treated to an enjoyable and highly educational Zoom presentation by three Troop 60143 Girl Scouts - Marisa, Kathleen and Elina - who created a “Letterbox” scavenger hunt in Hillsborough highlighting many of the Town's historical sites in recognition of Hillsborough’s 250 anniversary.  The project encourages residents to seek out selected historical landmarks where they can find special letterboxes with an interactive component. The project was funded, in part, by a contribution from the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. Link to project website: (https://gshnjsu72.blogspot.com/2020/12/girl-scout-silver-award-challenges.html?fbclid=IwAR2g2Kx8QOFuxAweDKp7Ax1Q8pogP4ReqmtoCYUKu8qhj4s7TZpBRnt8WjA )
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