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|We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM||Map to our location|
|Giovanna's Restaurant||District 7510 website|
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|Plainfield, NJ 07062||Contact us|
Why You Should Join Rotary
The Club celebrated another successful year with the annual dinner at Giovanna’s Restaurant.
President-elect Mike Castoral welcomed the thirty-two members and guests to the special dinner meeting. Standing in place of Club President Ravenell Williams, Mike re-capped the year’s activities, presented an award to the Interact Club and an honorary membership to Harry Allen, photo right.
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The Rotary Club of Plainfield- North Plainfield recently presented scholarship awards to twenty-three graduating seniors at North Plainfield High School and at Plainfield High School.
The club awarded $11,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors at North Plainfield High School, $16,860 to seniors at Plainfield High School, and another $11,000 through the Adele deLeeuw Scholarship Fund.
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President - Ravenell Williams IV
President-Elect - Michael Castoral
Vice President - Roberta Smith
Secretary/Treasurer - Michael Townley
Sergeant at Arms - Thomas Reedy
Officers begin their terms on July 1, 2016 and serve through June 30, 2017.
Congratulations and thanks to all!
Mayor Mike receives award
North Plainfield's mayor Michael Giordano, picture with his family, received the Club's Service Above Self Award at the 17th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner in March.
Over 100 people joined together to enjoy the fine food and drink and the accolades heaped upon the mayor by his colleagues and Rotarians alike.
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Despite some of the highest winds experienced all winter, we held our Second Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 4, at the Covenant United Methodist Church. The winds may have kept some of our customers away, but those who came and our workers had a great time!
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GIVING GARDEN READY TO GROW
With a little hard work and a lot of help from our Interact Club, our two plots at the Giving Garden at Wagner Farm Arboretum are ready to grow. After prep work, including clearing out leftover weeds, adding soil and compost, raking and leveling, and stringing guidelines, we managed to plant three rows of beet seeds and three rows on carrots on our first day at the Farm. On our second trip, we did the same work for the Watchung-Warren Rotary Club's two plots.
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Interact Club Cleans UP!
Our Interact Club friends have been busy, busy, busy!! First, they spent a Saturday at Sandy Hook State Park, working with other Interact Clubs and other volunteers to clean the beaches.
Later they pitched in to help clean up North Plainfield as part of the "Clean the Town" day. Click on "read more" for additional information and photos.
The North Plainfield High School held their spring blood drive on April 29, 2016 in their gymnasium. Each year, the American Red Cross works in partnership with the NPHS Interact Club to collect blood from students, staff and community members. To recognize the successful turnout for their winter and spring blood drives, the Red Cross awarded the Interact Club $1000.00, which will be given to two seniors as scholarship money.
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The Interact Club at North Plainfield High School produced this video - https://youtu.be/w__jnlPQZiU
Stony Brook School students and faculty welcomed representatives of the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield and Mayor Michael Giordano to a special assembly on January 7 to usher in a new EarlyAct Club.
EarlyAct Clubs are youth service clubs for elementary school children and operate under the auspices of a local Rotary club. The concept of EarlyAct Clubs was developed through leaders of the Rotary Club of Robbinsville-Hamilton in District 7510. These clubs are now located in many states and Rotary districts.
Click on "Read more" for a thorough report on the event, written by Victoria Caruso of TAP Into North Plainfield.
Our Dictionary Project is well underway, with every third grade student (or scholar, as they say at Evergreen School in Plainfield) getting the gift of learning with a brand new dictionary.
No matter how you say it, the children's gratitude is sincerely appreciated. Click on "Read more" for a sampling of the "thank you" notes that we've received this year.
Genesis Ramirez; Alexandra Pereira, Interact Club adviser; Marisol Hernandez, and Helen Pazmino-Nunez pose after the students received their Student of the Month certificates at a Rotary Club luncheon.
Club members gave a warm, Rotary welcome to Bob Goellner of North Plainfield as he joined the Club on November 11 at the regular meeting at Giovanna's Restaurant in Plainfield. Bob is a financial consultant with a business in Metuchen. He was co-sponsored by (l-r) Mary Forbes and Janice Allen and was inducted by Club President Ravenell Williams IV of the Plainfield Y. Bob joined the club to participate in the many service projects offered by the Club to the benefit of Plainfield and North Plainfield residents.
Club members Mariella Pace, Bev Howard, Mary Forbes, and Fred Saide (along with Shannon Jeffreys (taking photo), Shep Brown, and Mike Castoral) brought a delicious meal to the Plainfield Y on Monday, November 16, to feed the guests at the Y's homeless shelter. Also benefiting from the fine meal were some of the residents of the upper floors at the Y, which will soon be converted into efficiency apartments for young men aging out of the foster care system. Our friendly Rotarians made everyone feel at home and thankful for the delicious food, soft drinks, and dessert.
Club VP Robert Smith inducts new member Shep Brown at our meeting on October 28.
Shep is the Director of Community Relations and Social Services for the City of Plainfield. He jumped into action by volunteering to help with the Club's dinner project at the Plainfield Y.
Doug Reyes presented the Certificate of Appreciation and token gifts to Erika Barrero (l) and Kathleen Saunders who presented information to the Club about StreetSmart Outreach, a program for young homeless and runaways.
From Interact to Rotaract
Three recent graduates of North Plainfield High School have also graduated from their Interact Club to the Rotaract Club at Rutgers University. Our congratulations and best wishes to Anne Tang, Ja'wana Wilson, and Kristina Forrester, freshmen at RU who sought out the relatively new Rotaract Club at RU New Brunswick. We look forward to seeing them join a Rotary Club in a few short years!!
District Governor's Visit
Club members enjoyed a visit on September 30 from District Governor Hal Daume (center, rear) of the Berkeley Heights club.
The club supported a school supplies drive by our friends at the Netherwood Heights Neighbors Association. This group represents homeowners in the historic Netherwood Heights in Plainfield. Their school supplies drive will benefit children in need at Cook Elementary School and at Woodland Elementary School in Plainfield.
Backbacks, binders, paper, notebooks, file folders, pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, and safety scissors round out the supplies that we donated.
Last year we supported a similar project in Somerset County.
Rotarians, family members and friends enjoyed an exciting baseball game as the Somerset Patriots took on York in a valiant but losing effort on Thursday, August 27.
The club was awarded use of the Somerset County Freeholders' Community Suite through a drawing for participating non-profits who serve Somerset County.
A small reward for a hard-working group of Rotarians and the family and friends who support us.
The Club extends its best wishes to one of our newest members, Patricia Castaldi, who is moving out of state. Pat is the Dean at Union County College Plainfield Campus and did a great job helping on our last Dictionary Project. She was also a generous donor of items for our Silent Auction at the last Wine Tasting Dinner. Our very best wishes for your future in your new home, Pat.
Joining a Rotary club is an opportunity to make new friends and to work with people having a common interest in helping others. Most of our projects involve everyone; some need only a few members. But whether small or large, each project meets a community need.
What's next on our agenda? Summer doldrums. We are kind of casual through the summer, taking care of our garden plots at the Wagner Farm Arboretum. Weeding and harvesting are the order of the day. Snap peas and beets are ready, zucchini are growing.
We are also gearing up for our next real agenda item, our Dictionary Project. We give every third grade student in Plainfield and in North Plainfield a free dictionary. Think books don't matter anymore? Try telling that to these third graders. WOW, are they excited to receive their dictionaries!!
In late Fall, we will again work the concession stand at Rutgers basketball games. This is one of our two fundraisers for the year. We work with our Interact Club at North Plainfield High School, cooking and serving food and pouring drinks and selling snacks, all of which raises $$ for our scholarship program.
So you can see that we have a busy schedule coming up, and you can be a part of it. What are the requirements for joining, you say? Be a good person, want to help others, and be able to participate by attending club meetings and participating in club projects.
Read more on this website. View the "Membership in Rotary" page in the Home Page Download Files section of the left margin for more information.
Three graduating senior members of the Interact Club were recognized in a special way at the club's end-of-year pizza party.
The club presented each with the book "Wherever You Go" and a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.
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