Princeton Corridor Rotary Club

Princeton Corridor Rotary Club Meet Fridays at 12:15 for lunch at the Hyatt in Princeton. All Rotarians and individuals wanting to know what Rotary is about are invited to attend.
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Rotary is organized at club, district and international levels to carry out its program of service around the globe. Rotarians are members of their clubs and the clubs are members of the global association known as Rotary International. Clubs are grouped into Rotary districts, each led by a district governor who is an officer of Rotary International and represents the RI board of directors in the field.

Operating as usual

Our own Chip Jerry talked about the laws and interesting legal cases related to Halloween.   This included some very unu...
10/23/2020

Our own Chip Jerry talked about the laws and interesting legal cases related to Halloween. This included some very unusual laws designed to reduce problems related to the holiday and court cases that have emerged based on accidents and fires related to Halloween in some way.

Many of these examples are funny but a few had tragic outcomes so please be careful this Halloween. It's sure to be the most unusual in recent memory.

Ryanne Fisher was our speaker on Friday.  She is among the first group of female Boy Scouts who are completing their Eag...
10/19/2020

Ryanne Fisher was our speaker on Friday. She is among the first group of female Boy Scouts who are completing their Eagle Scout requirements.

We were honored to help support her project and, as we have with other Eagle projects in the past, we asked Ryanne to present her project to the club. Ryanne built an outdoor classroom on the campus of the STEM Academy at Mercer County Technical Schools.

Ryanne gave us some insights into her journey to this achievement as well as the process of putting together and completing this project. Thanks for presenting to our club and best of luck in your future endeavors.

Our speaker on Friday was Garrett Grega who had spent over 20 years working for Fortune 500 companies in the product man...
10/10/2020

Our speaker on Friday was Garrett Grega who had spent over 20 years working for Fortune 500 companies in the product manager/marketing manager role.

Garrett has been in several industries but today he are focused on the lighting industry and his expertise in this field. Garret gave us an overview of the history of the lamp (light bulb as we think of it) from 1878 when Edison received a patent and is credited with making the lamp available for commercial use.

In the following decades we had Halogen lamps to CFL (1970s) to LED (2000s). The interesting presentation answered many questions members have including how to shop at Home Depot, differences in Lumens, terminology in the business and how to find the right light for the location needed , He recommended 3000-5000 Kelvins would be best for outdoor lighting. Who knew lighting could be so interesting!

We welcomed Theresa Cunningham, a real estate specialist in the Princeton NJ area, as our speaker in mid-September. Ther...
10/10/2020

We welcomed Theresa Cunningham, a real estate specialist in the Princeton NJ area, as our speaker in mid-September. Theresa is an award winning agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Fox & Roach Realtors.

Theresa spoke to the club regarding the current real estate market and what improvement recommendations one should make to a home in this environment. Currently inventory of homes for sale in this area is low with high demand. Home are going over asking price (if initial price is set well) and a seller should be selective in the improvements made to the home. One of the current home trends is a desire for more work from home private space in a residence.

We thank Theresa for sharing with us her expertise in this dynamic market.

Our speaker last Friday was our member Greg Caruso.  Greg has written a book titled "The Art of Business Valuation"  and...
10/08/2020

Our speaker last Friday was our member Greg Caruso. Greg has written a book titled "The Art of Business Valuation" and he gave us his wisdom on valuing small businesses and the most important factors that go into that valuation.

Some of those factors include the operational maturity and sustainability of an individual business.

As an expert in valuation, Greg also gave us his insights into the small business economy and the impact of the pandemic on those small business. Thanks for a great presentation.

Rotary International
10/02/2020

Rotary International

Proud he is a Rotarian.   Thank you for your service to Rotary.
09/16/2020

Proud he is a Rotarian. Thank you for your service to Rotary.

We are so honored to have Dr. Fauci as a Paul Harris Fellow...this just happened yesterday!!!

End Polio Now
09/15/2020

End Polio Now

No child should have to suffer from a vaccine-preventable disease. This #WorldPolioDay join with Rotary International to make an impact on the fight to #endpolio. Learn more: endpol.io/wpd

Our club held a special in-person meeting to commemorate the tragic events of 9-11-2001.   President-elect John Molinell...
09/13/2020

Our club held a special in-person meeting to commemorate the tragic events of 9-11-2001. President-elect John Molinelli hosted the club with member Eric Rosenblum leading the remembrance.

Members shared their memories, losses and experiences leading up to and resulting from the attacks of that day.

The club also recognized the contributions of two of our members, Chip Jerry and Bob Landman, with Paul Harris awards. These are given to members for significant contributions to Rotary and the RI Foundation. Congratulations to both.

Our club is helping to support Eagle scout candidate Ryanne Fisher.  She is part of troop number 87G.  Ryanne is buildin...
09/13/2020

Our club is helping to support Eagle scout candidate Ryanne Fisher. She is part of troop number 87G.

Ryanne is building a brick platform that will provide space for an outdoor classroom at the STEM Academy at Mercer County Technical Schools, which was established in 2015. The STEM program is a more rigorous program intended for college bound students with emphasis on engineering, spatial reasoning with a team/project oriented approach.

We look forward to Ryanne completing her project and joining the club to present her finished project.

We welcomed District Governor Ann Walko for her official club visit on Friday.  This was a combined meeting with the Wes...
08/31/2020

We welcomed District Governor Ann Walko for her official club visit on Friday. This was a combined meeting with the West Orange club.

This visit is an annual tradition where the DG would visit our club in person but in this case it was via Zoom. DG Walko shared the goals and values she has set for her term and then asked the members present for their ideas on how the District can help our club achieve its goals.

We thank DG Walko for her visit and she promised to visit in person once our live meetings resume. We also thank her for seeking input from the clubs as Rotary, at its best, is all about a great team working together.

Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio are ongoing and still yielding results.  Our club has been a long-time...
08/26/2020
Rotary congratulates African region on becoming wild poliovirus-free

Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio are ongoing and still yielding results. Our club has been a long-time and consistent contributor to this effort. One example of each local club having a global impact.

/PRNewswire/ -- Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are proud to announce an historic public health achievement as the...

One of our Honorary members, West Winsdor Police Chief Robert Garofalo, spoke at our meeting today.Chief Garofalo update...
08/21/2020

One of our Honorary members, West Winsdor Police Chief Robert Garofalo, spoke at our meeting today.

Chief Garofalo updated us on some the the challenges his department faced due to the COVID pandemic and protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

His department practices community police methods and therefore has strong ties with all the people and groups in West Windsor. So many of the problems faced by other towns did not happen in West Windsor. We thank Chief Garofalo for taking time to update our club and we further thank him and his department for all their good work.

We welcomed Helaine Isaacs with Jewish Family and Children Services of Greater Mercer County as our speaker this past Fr...
08/15/2020

We welcomed Helaine Isaacs with Jewish Family and Children Services of Greater Mercer County as our speaker this past Friday. Helaine spoke about the organization's mobile food pantry.

JFCS provides this service to those in need in Mercer County who may not be able to get to a regular food pantry. She also discussed the changes necessary to deal with the current pandemic which include preparing pre-pack food bags that can be picked up by those in need.

Thanks to Helaine for presenting this unique service and to JFCS for creatively addressing the issue of hunger in Mercer County.

We had our monthly Happy Hour last night with a small but enthusiastic August crowd, live at the Salt Creek Grill.  Good...
08/12/2020

We had our monthly Happy Hour last night with a small but enthusiastic August crowd, live at the Salt Creek Grill. Good to get out of the house, share a few laughs and good conversation.

Our speaker on Friday was Rashaad Bajwa, CEO of Domain Computer Services.  Domain provides technology support for large ...
08/08/2020

Our speaker on Friday was Rashaad Bajwa, CEO of Domain Computer Services. Domain provides technology support for large and medium sized companies in the Northeast. The topic of his presentation was to talk about the impact the pandemic and lock down has had on the IT side of businesses and individuals.

He shared his insights and lessons learned based on his clients experiences and observations of the market in general. Rashaad also talked about the possible impact on businesses going into the future. Some changes would be temporary but others may be more permanent.

Very interesting presentation and a lively Q&A session followed the presentation. Thanks to Rashaad for speaking to our club.

Our meeting this Friday featured Melissa Hager from Send Hunger Packing (SHuP) in West Windsor.  Melissa updated us on h...
08/01/2020

Our meeting this Friday featured Melissa Hager from Send Hunger Packing (SHuP) in West Windsor. Melissa updated us on how SHuP has changed their giving model. Instead of packing meals for children who need supplemental food support they have moved to distributing shopping cards to local supermarkets.

Our club has decided to do an on-line fundraising event to help support their efforts. Although we are still planning the event, it looks like it will be an on-line Bingo game. We will make specific details and timing available as soon as possible.

We thank Melissa for her time and we ask that you help support our fundraiser when details are confirmed.

We had our business two Fridays ago to report on the actions taken by our Board of Directors.  Among the items under dis...
08/01/2020

We had our business two Fridays ago to report on the actions taken by our Board of Directors. Among the items under discussion was the launch of a new fund raising project to support West Windsor Send Hunger Packing.

The project is in an early planning stage and we will ask Melissa Hager to attend our next meeting and update the club on their activities in light of the pandemic. Stay tuned for further details on this upcoming fundraiser to support a good cause.

We welcomed Tracey Gates as our speaker on Friday.  Tracey is a wellness and life coach and she shared her thoughts on t...
07/18/2020

We welcomed Tracey Gates as our speaker on Friday. Tracey is a wellness and life coach and she shared her thoughts on the power of "A Few Kind Words"

Tracey took it upon herself to send a handwritten letter of thanks or gratitude to one person, each day for an entire year.
She shared the lessons learned from this journey and the real power of kind words, expressed without expectation of receiving anything in return.

This was a very interesting and thought provoking presentation, particularly given during the most unkind time in most of our living memory. Thanks to Tracey for giving us the gift of her perspective.

After a 4 month pause, we resumed our in-person monthly Happy Hour yesterday.  This time outdoors and socially distant.G...
07/15/2020

After a 4 month pause, we resumed our in-person monthly Happy Hour yesterday. This time outdoors and socially distant.

Good to catch up with members and friends. We had a few laughs and also celebrated the start of our new President's term. Hopefully we can do more outdoor in-person events and meetings in the near future.

Our speaker this past Friday was Vinny DiMeglio, Senior Vice President with Jones, Lang, LaSalle Brokerage, Inc.  Vinny ...
07/12/2020

Our speaker this past Friday was Vinny DiMeglio, Senior Vice President with Jones, Lang, LaSalle Brokerage, Inc. Vinny shared his perspective on the commercial real estate maket in the local Mercer County area.

Vinny has spent over a decade in commercial real estate and he gave us his perspective on the impact of COVID-19 and the move to work-at-home on commercial real estate, both short and long-term.

After his presentation there was an interesting Q&A period as our members and visitors had many questions on a wide variety of related subjects. We thank Vinny for sharing his perspectives.

The United Way of Greater Mercer County had their last of three food drop-off events yesterday in the Mercer Mall.  This...
07/01/2020

The United Way of Greater Mercer County had their last of three food drop-off events yesterday in the Mercer Mall. This was part of the Strike Out Hunger 2020 program which was turned into a food collection and drop-off effort.

Several thousand pounds of food had already been collected to support local food pantries and help people during this difficult time. Our club had some volunteers to help with collection, sorting and making grocery bags out of old t-shirts.

The Princeton Corridor club was proud to again support this important effort and will look to continue this support in the future.

A few more pictures from our installation event.  Thanks to outgoing President Gerhard Franz and best of luck to incomin...
06/29/2020

A few more pictures from our installation event. Thanks to outgoing President Gerhard Franz and best of luck to incoming President Michael Pine.

With the end of the Rotary year fast approaching our club installed a new set of Officers and Board positions at the ins...
06/28/2020

With the end of the Rotary year fast approaching our club installed a new set of Officers and Board positions at the installation event on Saturday. This was a much less formal event than usual for an installation but given the circumstances, we were glad to be able to hold an event at all.

Outgoing President Gerhard Franz said a few words to thank his Board and Officers for their service. In turn, those in attendance thanked Gerhard for his service and leadership during a very difficult time. He recognized two members for their service during his term, Treasurer Jerry Ford and Membership Chair Sal Levatino.

We were still able to maintain support for important projects and our scholarship program during this time so that is a tribute to Gerhard's leadership.

Incoming President Michael Pine, and the incoming Officers and Board were then sworn in with their term beginning 7/1/2020. Mike has three areas of focus for his term, expanding our services to the community, growing membership in our club and enhanced fellowship opportunities. Best of luck to Mike during his term and looking forward to another great Rotary year.

Our last meeting of the Rotary year, which ends on June 30, was this past Friday.  Among other things this means the lea...
06/28/2020

Our last meeting of the Rotary year, which ends on June 30, was this past Friday. Among other things this means the leadership of the club will be changing so this was current President Gerhard Franz last meeting as President.

Thank you for your service and leadership to the club, under unique and difficult circumstances.

Our Zoom club meeting this week featured two speakers.  The first was a visiting Rotarian from England, Bill Stevenson. ...
06/14/2020

Our Zoom club meeting this week featured two speakers. The first was a visiting Rotarian from England, Bill Stevenson. Bill shared some of the activities of his club. Although we could not immediately exchange club banners, it was good to have a visiting Rotarian on our call.

The other speaker was our member Greg Caruso, who recently joined our club from another local club. Greg gave us his bio talk so members could get to know him better.

Greg shared some of his experiences about how he arrived in New Jersey, his current role as owner of a Business Brokerage as well as other careers he has had.

06/10/2020

Proud to be a Rotarian

Statement from Rotary International
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

We continue to have Zoom meetings every Friday in lieu of meeting in-person, although we hope to do live meetings in the...
06/10/2020

We continue to have Zoom meetings every Friday in lieu of meeting in-person, although we hope to do live meetings in the near future.

No speaker this week but updates on club business, making sure everyone is still safe and well and staying connected.

Our club was recognized by Rotary for being a Title Sponsor for the recent End Hunger 3.6 project.  We were proud to sup...
06/02/2020

Our club was recognized by Rotary for being a Title Sponsor for the recent End Hunger 3.6 project. We were proud to support this effort to help feed those in need, during this very difficult time.

The efforts of many people to get this done is a reflection of their commitment to the Rotary ideal of Service above Self.

Our speaker last Friday was Jodi O'Donnell-Ames.  Jodi is a fellow Rotarian and the founder of Hope Loves Company.Hope L...
05/27/2020

Our speaker last Friday was Jodi O'Donnell-Ames. Jodi is a fellow Rotarian and the founder of Hope Loves Company.

Hope Loves Company (HLC) is the only non-profit in the U.S. with the mission of providing educational and emotional support to children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Jodi shared her own personal experience with ALS and how that lead to her founding HLC with the objective to ease the burden and provide support to impacted individuals and families. Thanks for sharing your moving story with us.

05/16/2020

Our speaker this past Friday was the CEO of Mercer Street Friends, Bernie Flynn.

He shared some of his background and the path he followed to join Mercer Street Friends. Bernie also gave us some details on their programs and their respond to the additional needs caused by the pandemic.

Our club already supports some of the programs which Mercer Street relies on such as Send Hunger Packing and the United Way's Strike Out Hunger. We will continue to look to increase our support of these vital programs whenever possible.

Our Friday virtual meeting featured two speakers.  The first was Bill Coleman, President of the Rotary Club of Robbinsvi...
05/11/2020

Our Friday virtual meeting featured two speakers. The first was Bill Coleman, President of the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton. Bill is also the Co-Chair of End Hunger 3.6 which is the Rotary food packing event that is ongoing, to support local food pantries serving families in need. He gave us an update on progress made and safety precautions being followed to keep everyone safe.

Our other speaker was Denise Daniels with the United Way of Greater Mercer County. Denise gave us an update on their food packing event, Strike Out Hunger 2020, and the changes they have made to address safety concerns but still support local food needs.

Our club supports both these efforts and we thank those that have provided leadership during very difficult circumstances.

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