January 2021
Genie Weisz
Jan 21, 2021
Kiva update - Evening meeting
Elizabeth Coalition to Help the Homeless
Jan 28, 2021
Helping the Homeless
Michael Boll
Feb 04, 2021
NJ Veterans Network
Josephine's Place in Elizabeth
Feb 11, 2021
A space dedicated to helping women
Acts of Kindness
Feb 18, 2021
Share an act of kindness you performed or of which you were the recipient
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Giving Tuesday happens once a year, but your gift of Rotary will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a special gift to The Rotary Foundation and together our club can continue Doing Good in the World.  If you missed Laura's presentation about the Rotary Foundation or haven't had the time to donate to the foundation you can do so on Giving Tuesday or anytime you have some time. Here are the instructions that Laura shared with us:
1. To donate to the Rotary Foundation, just enter http://my.rotary.org/en/donate and log into your Rotary Account. Email info@unionrotary.org if you have any issues or need any of your club information
2. Then scroll down to where you see Donate.  At this point you can view the different areas of Rotary that you can specify where your donation will go, you can also choose if you would like to make a one-time donation or a recurring one and you can open an account, as well. It's very easy to enter your credit card information. Most of the data will be populated as soon as you sign in to your Rotary International Account.
3. While you are on the site, you might want to look at what we as Rotarians contribute to all around the world, I find it amazing to learn of all that we are a part of.
4. It's that easy
Happy Monday! Rotary Club of Union, NJ recently partnered with to host a food drive for the Union Township Food Pantry. Today, Rotarians Geralanne Maglione, Sharon Brangman, Kylie Nemeth & friend of Rotary, Rebecca Nehlsen, dropped off a HUGE food donation just in time for the holiday. We are thankful for our amazing club and everyone who supports our community. From our family to yours, we wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!❤️🦃🍂
Rotarian Sharon Brangman got to visit our friends at Turning Point Community Services and drop off all the diapers we collected through our Diaper Drive! We were so excited to be able to help the women and children in our community for two years in a row with this drive. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and made this possible!❤️
Shout out to our President Rob O'Connell and members Geralanne Maglione & Sharon Brangman for their amazing efforts in donating to the Union Township Food Pantry. On behalf of our entire club, Rob, Geralanne, and Sharon have already made three separate trips to drop off food for those in need. Check out these pictures from the last two drop-offs!
What a perfect day to celebrate two amazing people! We had the pleasure of honoring and sending off Rob O'Connell, our President for the past two years who accomplished so many great things during his term. We also had the pleasure of welcoming our new President, Claudia Schiavone! Claudia is going to be an incredible leader for our club and we can't wait to see what this year has in store for her!
On June 18, we had a wonderful speaker during our Zoom meeting at 12:00 noon. Thomas Arminio, son of Kathy & David Arminio, spoke to us about a project he has been involved with since college after joining the Peace Corps called One Acre Fund
One Acre Fund is an NGO (non-governmental organization) whose mission it is to supply smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a gain in farm income. 
Thomas works with the farmers in Tanzania and Rwanda and helps them with 4 primary functions: Distribution, Training, Market Facilitation and Repayment. He manages the field staff and ultimately trains them to become managers of their own local villages. Through Thomas' efforts and the work of One Acre Fund, the farmers are learning to become better farmers and business people. Thomas' talk was enlightening and so interesting as was Kathy and David's experience visiting with Thomas in Africa, specifically Zanzibar. 
To thank Thomas for sharing his world with us, we thought we would make a donation to African farmers through the Kiva Loan Program which we are involved in at Union Rotary. Also, Thomas was familiar with this program and I believe he said some of his farmers benefit form these loans as well.
For those who are not familiar, Kiva Loan Program, like One Acre Fund, is similar to Go Fund Me except Kiva loans (and One Acre Fund loans) are expected to be paid back. 
We have decided to make 7 loans to farmers in Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya (Tanzania was not an option) in Thomas' honor. We chose 3 women, 2 men and 2 agriculture groups to support. Genie will follow these loans and report back to us on the status of our farmers and their repayments. To learn a little more about the specifics of the loans...check out our Kiva Loan Page https://www.kiva.org/lender/unionrotary
The Union High School Interact Club was busy before life got crazy with COVID-19! Club members actively participated in community service events both in and out of town as well as fundraising activities throughout the academic year. With their fundraising proceeds, the club made a $500 donation to the PTA for UHS Senior Scholarships and a $2,000 donation to Gift of Life NJ! Our Union Rotary Club is very proud to sponsor such a great group of young individuals and we appreciate all of their efforts. Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing accomplishments! 
President Rob O'Connell dropped off 100 N95 masks, 30 face shields, and 60 disposable gowns to Overlook Medical Center earlier today! Fellow Rotarian, Michael Atanasio who is the Director of Food & Nutrition, Parking and Patient Transportation at Overlook Medical Center, was there to accept the packages. A huge thank you to all of our healthcare workers for everything you are doing to get us through these difficult times. Another special thank you to Rob for delivering the supplies. We hope everyone and their families are staying safe and healthy!! ❤️
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