ROTARUN 5K Race
Our club is pleased to announce its first 5K race and fundraiser - "ROTARUN" - will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Veterans' Park in Hamilton Township, NJ. Registration (a $25 fee) for runners will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the race will start at 9:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 runners in several categories. There will also be a One Mile Fun Walk.
Proceeds from the race will benefit veterans groups and local charities.
Registration forms are available at First Choice Bank (Rte. 130 at Shoppes at Hamilton), Pacers Princeton Running Store (7 Palmer Sq. West, Princeton), HVCB/Northfield Bank (corner of Youngs and Quakerbridge Rds) and Affiance, LLC (941 Whitehorse Ave., Ste. 18-19, Hamilton). Or, register online at active.com (type "rotarun" for event and location as "Hamilton, NJ" in Search box). Click here for a flyer: rotarun_5k_updated_bw.pdf . Direct questions to:
Sponsors are needed and welcome, click here for more information and a sponsor form: ROTARUN_Sponsor_Form.pdf
Community Police Award - Robbinsville Township Police Department
At its May 27 meeting the club honored Detective Scott Kivet of the Robbinsville Police Department with a Community Service Award for his long-time service to citizens of the township. Det. Kivet works closely with groups, including City of Angels and Recovery Advocates of America, helping individuals recover and rehabilitate from drug addiction. He also runs "Operation Smashed", an effort to teach students at Robbinsville High School about the dangers of driving while impaired with alcohol or drugs. Further, he has served as Plainsboro Township's Deputy Fire Chief and a volunteer Fire Coordinator in Middlesex County, and worked as a coordinator with the Office of Emergency Management.
Community Service Award - Hamilton Police Division
The club honored Lt. Joseph D. Mastropolo of the Hamilton Township Police Division with a 2016 Community Service Award for his efforts to foster close police-community relations. Lt. Mastropolo, a 30-year police officer, has been the executive director of the Hamilton Township Police Athletic League since 2000. The Hamilton PAL serves upwards to 2,000 children in various programs and they award college scholarships. Lt. Mastropolo was also given a $250 donation for PAL from our foundation.
Club Donates of Recovery Advocates of America
At our May 6 meeting, representatives from Recovery Advocates of America were presented a $1,000 donation from our foundation and spoke about the work of the group to combat drug addiction in our area. Pictured below are club president Tom Lanigan, RAA Recovery Coaches John Mincarelli and Mike Zicciardi, and Sim Rochonchou, club member and RAA board member.
New Club Members
Our May 6 meeting also included induction of two new club members; pictured, from left, are sponsor Bill Coleman, new members Jessica Bassett and Teresa Caro, and sponsor Ed Drag.
We will collect used bikes for the Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange on Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. Our club will be part of a combined "Green Fair" and "Community Festival" event at the Robbinsville Community Park, West Manor Way & Gordon Rd, Robbinsville. The rain date is Sunday June 12.
Pasta Fest 2016
The club held its annual Pasta Fest fundraiser on April 1 and about 350 patrons enjoyed a dinner consisting of two kinds of pasta, 5 sauces, Franca Bakery dinner rolls, salad, dessert and refreshments. Bob Orlowski from Top Shelf Entertainment provided music and sang for the diners. At the end of the event, door prizes and a Super 50/50 prize were awarded. The dinner provides funds for our foundation's annual scholarship program and for local charities.
Guest Speaker: The Mayor of Hamilton Twp.
Our guest speaker at the February 26 meeting was The Honorable Kelly A. Yaede, Mayor of Hamilton Township. Mayor Yaede gave the club an update about new developments in township government, including police department initiatives, new businesses moving into the area, communications with residents through social media, the HAMSTAT Call Center system, and more.
Students of the Month
Our May 13 meeting included Student of the Month recognitions. Students chosen by the guidance departments at the Hamilton Township high schools and from Robbinsville High School are given certificates after speaking at a club meeting about what they do in school, their volunteer efforts in the community and future plans after graduation. Pictured with club member Wally Sawka, from left, are Hannah Lee, Steinert High School; Jonathan Ordones, Nottingham High School; Christopher Massi, Robbinsville High School; and Samantha Courtney, Hamilton West High School. Emma Meczinger of Steinert High was honored but unable to attend the meeting.
A directory of club members is now available to members; click on the link here: club_directory.pdf It is password protected.
For photos of Club events click here: Photo Albums
Upcoming Club Meeting Programs and Speakers
- June 3 - Frank Collucio, "Self Defense - Parking Lot Awareness and Safety"
- June 10 - Club Assembly
- June 17 - Awards Day - George Prutky Vocatioal Service Award; Vern Applegate Community Service Award
- June 24 - Installation of Club Officers and Annual Club Member Awards