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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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Military Caps for Sale at the Annual Rotary Fair to 
Fund Essential Goods for Homeless Veterans 
 
Our military veterans not only face the many challenges inherent in their active service around the world, but often must cope with lifelong medical and personal challenges as they try to reintegrate into society upon their return. That struggle too often leads to medical and psychological challenges, substance abuse and homelessness. The Veterans Administration can provide for much, but not all of the services and basic needs of these veterans.  
 
In 2020, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough joined a consortium of other New Jersey Rotary Clubs to provide needed essentials to homeless veterans receiving temporary housing, medical and psychological care at Community Hope, a non-profit organization housed on the Veterans Administration campus in Lyons, New Jersey.
 
To help raise funds for this program, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough will sell high quality caps featuring logos of all branches of the military, as well as caps that display patriotic slogans supporting the service men and women who help protect our freedom. 
 
“The consortium is able to purchase goods, such as winter coats, hats and boots, underwear, toiletries, etc., at a very low cost and distribute them to the Community Hope residents each month,” commented Rich Salem, member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  For each cap purchased at $25 the consortium can purchase a pair of top-quality insulated winter boots. 
 
Fair attendees can add their support to this important effort by stopping at the Rotary tent at the Fair Grounds and purchase one of these caps.  The supply is limited, so supporters are encouraged to stop by as soon as they arrive at the Fair. The Fair opens for five days beginning August 17.
In Memoriam
 
On July 19, we lost a model Rotarian, an admired local business owner and our friend, Vince Lipani. A long-standing member and leader in the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, Vince’s generosity and can-do spirit over his many years as a Rotarian leaves an indelible mark on our club.  His no-nonsense leadership style as a Board member and service project lead helped ensure our Club’s success. Whether it was organizing the annual Easter Egg Hunt for area children, planting a grove of cherry trees in honor of Michael Merdinger, another former Rotary Club of Hillsborough member and Township Administrator, who passed away in 2016, or convincing other local business owners to contribute to the Club’s annual Rotary Fair fundraiser, Vince never hesitated to jump in wherever his help was needed.  The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, and our community are much the better for Vince’s service, and we will miss our dear friend.  At the request of Vince’s family, you may join us in honoring Vince’s memory and years of service, by contributing to the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation using the link below.
 
See below the link to the Hillsborough Funeral Home page dedicated to Vince.
  
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is proud to congratulate the graduates of Hillsborough.
 
This year we were able to award 5 students with the Rotary Club Scholarship ($2000 per student)
and one student was awarded the Rotary/Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Scholarship.
 
The five students who received the Rotary Club Scholarship award are:
·        Ryan Pierson
·        Klaudine Bessasparis
·        Gabriella Gioli
·        Sophia Naumovski
·        Sierra Skala
And Michael Campbell received the OAR Scholarship.
 
Keep up the great work and lots of success in your journey!
 
It was great reuniting with old friends, seeing familiar faces and meeting and greeting with new community members at Hillsborough's Family Fireworks event.
We can't wait to spend time with you again in person at the fair!
Aug 17-21st - field adjacent to Lowes in Hillsborough.
 
NEW MEMBERS WANTED
 
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!
 
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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.  
 
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