Submitted by Mike “Dutch” Minor (
Coming off the success of the Newark Rotary "Read 4 Life" summer campaign to partner with 3 community groups to distribute 40,000 New books to the various stakeholders, schools and community organizations serving Newark, Club President Joe Marino and Executive Director Mike "Dutch" Minor are now developing an new platform to enroll the community stakeholders to partner directly with the club to co-produce, source corporate and foundation funding and execute projects that have direct impact on their communities. The oldest club in NJ is the perfect Club to partner with smaller but involved organizations that may not have the experience and fiduciary capacity to get funded.  To move the project, Thursday evening we participated and gave out free books at the Newark Halsey Street Festival while introducing the club and enrolling local organizations in this new club vision.  
For more information about the Read4Life Program, contact Mike “Dutch” Minor at
Submitted by Ellie Benz (
Members of Branchville Rotary, furthering our mission to partner with other local non-profits to offer up our “Service Above Self”, stepped up to the plate again on Sunday, September 26, 2021, to assist Camp Nejeda, a summer camp and with programs for children, teens, and adults with type 1 diabetes and their families. Camp Nejeda’s premier fundraiser, a walk-a-thon, was once again a huge success for this worthy non-profit.  One of Branchville Rotary’s newest members, Mandy Dudziak, brought us information on how we could help.  And help we did.  The photo attached shows three of our members, Mike Dolan, Eric Snyder, and Lynn Snyder, serving up lunch to the hungry walkers.
We plan to participate in several more partnerships before year-end.  The members of our club who have worked at these partner events all agree that it is a most impactful way to serve the community.
Submitted by Ken Richuso (
The Elizabeth Club hosted a joint meeting of the Elizabeth, Linden, Kenilworth, Union and Roselle-Roselle Park Clubs.
The special guest speaker was Dr. Lamont Repollet President of Kean University. Rotary District 7475 Governor Shelby Rhodes was on hand to present theme banners and pins.
The Presidential consensus was… we should do group meetings more often!
Submitted by PDG Tulsi Maharjan (
On September 26th the NJ Rotary Peace Celebration committee celebrated Peace Day at NJ Buddhist Vihara with a mission of bringing people of different faiths, cultures, and philosophies together for the purpose of understanding the principles of peace and respect for one another.  Various Organizations came together and collaborated with a vision to leave a more peaceful world for future generations.
Peace day celebration event today enabled collaboration among local organizations and within communities, thus developing the powerful ingredient of open interfaith dialogue in the peace-building process, through dialogue, music, food, walks, cultural dances & meditation!
Thanks to partnering organizations like Friends of Nepal-NJ, SCC Diversity Coalition, Rotary International District 7475, Branchburg Rotary, Lions International, NJ Buddhist Vihara and Kiwanis. Special thanks to Lion and PDG Mahesh Chitnis for coordinating the event. Thank you everyone for your participation in our Annual International Peace Day Event!
Submitted by Kathleen “Kit” Underwood (
Here’s what this Mercer County Rotary Club has been up to already this Rotary Year:
$400 in gift cards to local family who were victims of a fatal and devastating fire.
27 Backpacks with supplies to Kuser School.
63 cases of Girl Scout cookies shared with Kuser School, Bromley Recreation Center, Boys & Girls Club, Anchor House, and Mobil Meals of Hamilton
Dictionaries will be distributed to 350 Third graders in Hamilton Title One Schools
Peanut Butter & Jelly project:  Cases distributed to local food pantries.
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