Here's some news from around the Rotary 7475 District for Monday, August 16, 2021:
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The Rotary Club of Branchburg was recently featured in The “Spotlight for Service Gallery, 75 Years of Action” for the work they did during the pandemic to feed the hungry in Somerset County. “Spotlight on Service”, sponsored by Rotary District 7230 which is the host District for the United Nations, recognized clubs across the globe that conducted humanitarian service projects that demonstrate many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 
Branchburg Rotary conducted 5 large food drives that yielded over 54,000 lbs of food, opened a soup kitchen that served 500 meals a week, packed groceries at the local food bank and sorted food for distribution during the holidays. Like other clubs throughout the world that started gardens to supply pantries with fresh vegetables or donated eggs to orphanages and senior living homes to improve nutrition, Branchburg identified a local problem and spent a year and a half creating networks and fundraising to make a difference in the lives of those who were food insecure. 
For more information about the service projects that were featured in the Spotlight Gallery visit: #75Yearsofaction Spotlight on Service Gallery.   
Morristown RC Celebrates Centennial with Pavilion Donation at Town Hall
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On Wednesday, August 4th at 2:00 pm in the Morristown Town Hall lobby, the Morristown Rotary Club will make a donation of $90,000 to the Town of Morristown in celebration of Rotary’s 100th Anniversary. This donation will be put towards the installation of a new pavilion at Lidgerwood Park, a town park that includes baseball fields, tennis courts, a basketball court, and playground.
“We are very happy to partner with the Town of Morristown,” said Morristown Rotary President Steve Ellerman. “This pavilion is one of the ways we are celebrating 100 years of service to the community as well as 100 years of continuing service into the future.”
According to Paul Nelson, Centennial Committee co-chair, “I want to thank the Mayor, the Town Council, the Administrators and Rotary’s Centennial Committee for their hard work which is coming to fruition with a beautiful pavilion for the use of town residents.”
The pavilion will highlight six ‘Areas of Service’ that the Morristown Rotary Club contributes to and develop projects for: Culture, Education, Health, Hunger, Veterans, and Youth. The six sides of the pavilion will display these service areas prominently. The Pavilion will commemorate how the Rotary Club has helped make a difference in the lives of those in need, and Rotary’s commitment to serve for the next 100 years.
Commemorative Bricks will be sold for the Lidgerwood Pavilion, and can be placed in front of the portal of the Pavilion designated to the service area the donor is most passionate about.
The Morristown Rotary Club sponsors several regular service projects, such as a Veterans in Transition program and volunteering at Table of Hope, supporting battered women NJBWS), children’s book exchange as well as a robust grants and scholarship program. The Club started ‘Operation Hunger,’ which partnered with the NJ Economic Development. Authority’s new Sustain and Serve program resulting in delivering in excess of 24,000 meals that was recently featured on NBC New York News.
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This year brings Nutley Rotary to our 3rd Annual Car Show.  After the one-year hiatus that we all endured last year, we are looking forward to resuming this fun community event. A family night out for Nutley and surrounding communities and enabling our club to show them the spirit of our Rotary Club.
Brought to the Nutley club by a new member and now the clubs vice president John Monaco. He began the 1st event in 2018 which has grown quickly as one of the largest events in our town.
This year’s show is planned for Wednesday, September 1st with a rain date of Sept. 2nd.  With a show time starting at 5 PM, many of our Rotarians will be working all afternoon setting up for the show.
Different levels of sponsorships were acquired through hard work, mostly by John.  We are guaranteed successful event.  Over 200 cars as well as many motorcycles will be displayed. Our show sponsors will also be show cased. Numerous food vendors, the avenues local restaurants will satisfy everyone’s appetite. We had to expand to have 2 DJ’s to entertain to spectators and participants.
The show runs along Franklin Ave from Chestnut Street to Centre Street from 5 PM to 9 PM with over 75 trophies in many categories.  Profits each year are split between a local organization and Nutley Rotary’s Scholarship fund. We hope to be able to continue this wonderful event.
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Each Friday evening, Trenton Rotary organizes a group of volunteers from the community to serve more than 200 hot meals at various stops in our capital city of Trenton. Rotating home bakers also provide cookies or brownie desserts. Other Rotary Clubs like the Robbinsville Hamilton Sunrise participate and provide blankets, masks and other comfort items. So far in 2021, Trenton Rotary has served 5,273 meals, and given out 854 Family Meal Bags, 1,038 Masks, 841 pairs of socks, 295 Blankets.
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