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.

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We periodically ask members to update the club about what's going on in their lives.  These are called "bio" talks so ou...
07/18/2021

We periodically ask members to update the club about what's going on in their lives. These are called "bio" talks so our new member, Tim Sexton, gave his talk at lunch on Friday.

Although Tim was born in New Jersey, his travels took him to live in Australia and Tanzania as well as closer locations such as Houston, TX. He started in the IT world but gradually moved to one of his early passions which is photography.

Tim is also involved in many good caused including adult literacy as well as anti-human trafficking. The latter is through the global Rotary effort to eradicate human trafficking.

We are proud to have Tim as a member and we look forward to working on projects to support some of his good causes.

The Club happy hour, which happens on the second Tuesday of each month at the Metro North Restaurant, was held this week...
07/16/2021

The Club happy hour, which happens on the second Tuesday of each month at the Metro North Restaurant, was held this week.

This event to open to all those interested in learning more about Rotary. It's a great opportunity to get to know our members, in a relaxed, fun environment.

We hope you will visit us and get to know more about how we serve our community.

Our first club meeting of the new Rotary, with President John Molinelli was held on Friday.  This was also the first reg...
07/10/2021

Our first club meeting of the new Rotary, with President John Molinelli was held on Friday. This was also the first regular in-person meeting we have had since March of 2020.

Needless to say there was a lot of positive energy in the room as members were excited to reconnect, in-person. Our new President called the meeting to order, although it had been so long that many of us forget how to conduct an in-person meeting. But we quickly recovered and set it right.

We were visited by new Assistant District Governor Bill Coleman, who is our liaison with the district who spoke on behalf of new District Governor Shelby Rhodes.

Our speaker was member Jeff Gradone, who related his work and personal experiences during the pandemic. Great to be back in-person every other week at the Salt Creek Grill as we get back to more normal operations. We look forward to a better year and invite all of you to visit us, either in-person or virtually, in the near future.

One of the highlights of our club year is the annual installation event.  This year it was held at member John Molinelli...
07/03/2021

One of the highlights of our club year is the annual installation event. This year it was held at member John Molinelli's home. This was entirely appropriate since John is also our incoming President.

The outgoing President, Mike Pine, thanked everyone for their contributions during his tenure. Of special note was a Paul Harris award, given to Dan Sheridan. Then our incoming President, John Molinelli, was sworn in and said a few words about his goals for the club during the upcoming year.

Although the rain forced us to be indoors, it was still a great event with everyone in attendance enjoying another fun club event. Looking forward to another terrific year serving our community. Please join us for our first in-person meeting of the new Rotary year on Friday, July 9 at 12:00PM at the Salt Creek Grill.

Our last regular club meeting of the Rotary year was held at our member, Phil Cooper's house.  He and his wife Laura gen...
07/03/2021

Our last regular club meeting of the Rotary year was held at our member, Phil Cooper's house. He and his wife Laura generously opened their home to our members for an in-person meeting.

This is another important step as we begin to transition back to in-person club meetings. Some members hadn't seen each other in person in many months so this was a great opportunity to catch up.

Great food and drink were provided by our hosts and a lot of laughs and conversation was also on the menu. Wonderful to see some many of our members.

Our first regular Friday club meeting for the new Rotary year will be on Friday, July 9 at 12:00PM in the Salt Creek Grill. Please contact us if you would like to join us for that meeting.

Our speaker two weeks ago was Howard Howe.   Howard is an economist who retired from the Integrated Policy Analysis Grou...
06/22/2021

Our speaker two weeks ago was Howard Howe. Howard is an economist who retired from the Integrated Policy Analysis Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2016 and was previously on the staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Howard discussed the risk associated with the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan from an inflation and economic recovery point of view.
Howard walked us through some of the details of the plan as well as where he thought there may be pitfalls or obstacles.

He also gave us a historical view of the current economic situation and attempted to bring forward some of the historical lessons learned over the past 90 years and apply them to the current situation.

Interesting and technical presentation about the present situation with it generating a variety of questions and follow-up conversations. Thanks for the thought provoking presentation.

Our speaker this past week was our newest member Stephen Francis.  Each new member has a chance to give a biographical t...
06/22/2021

Our speaker this past week was our newest member Stephen Francis. Each new member has a chance to give a biographical talk so we can get to know them.

Stephen was born in England but moved here in the mid 1960's. Part of a military family, they moved many times and lived in a variety of different states. He was a pilot in the US Air Force and is currently a private pilot.

Steve is also involved in many charitable organizations in and around West Windsor, where he and his wife live. We are proud to have him as a member and look forward to continuing to provide service to our community through Rotary.

One of our members, Scott Needham, was on hand to recognize three new Eagle Scouts from Troop 40 at the Rotary BSA Eagle...
06/09/2021

One of our members, Scott Needham, was on hand to recognize three new Eagle Scouts from Troop 40 at the Rotary BSA Eagle Court of Honor Presentation. The club has support that troop's Eagle candidates for many years and we are proud to continue to support their efforts.

Scott was part of the ceremony, held outdoors this year, and spoke on behalf of the club and district to recognize their achievement. Well done and best of luck in the future.

We were proud to send a club team to the Strike Out Hunger event on Tuesday.  We had 11 members and club friends generou...
06/09/2021

We were proud to send a club team to the Strike Out Hunger event on Tuesday. We had 11 members and club friends generously volunteer their time to help with packing meals for those most in need in Mercer county.

All the volunteers successfully packed over 31,000 meals in under 3 hours so very well done. Was a bit warm but the teams stayed on the job to get it done. We were all tired by the end of the event but it was a good kind of tired, knowing we made a difference.

Thanks to all that helped with this project.

Always happy to support this great event and good cause.
06/09/2021

Always happy to support this great event and good cause.

We recognized our scholarship recipients at our meet on Friday.  The club awards annual scholarships to outstanding stud...
06/09/2021

We recognized our scholarship recipients at our meet on Friday. The club awards annual scholarships to outstanding students in West Windsor-Plainsboro High Schools North and South. Our President, Mike Pine, welcomed all our attendees.

Four of the six winners and their families and school staff were in attendance. Each of the winners present had a chance to talk about their immediate future plans as well as a significant area of service during their high school years.

Our keynote speaker was Shelby Rhodes, who is the District 7475 Governor elect. Her term begins July 1 so were we honored to have her speak. Shelby spoke about some of the challenges and opportunities to these students and also talked about the Rotary 4-way test and it's applicability to their future endeavors.

Congratulation to all our scholarship recipients and best of luck in your future.

Commercial real estate professional Vinny DiMeglio was our speaker on Friday.  He had given us  his perspective on the c...
05/16/2021

Commercial real estate professional Vinny DiMeglio was our speaker on Friday. He had given us his perspective on the commercial real estate market last July, so he gave us an update this time.

Vinny is a Senior Vice President at JLL Brokerage Inc. and has been involved in the local markets for over 10 years. Recently activity has been increasing after a slow 2020.

Some landlords have been willing to work with tenants, in terms of concessions and changes in terms and conditions. While other landlords have not been willing to work with tenants. Vinny's outlook is still bullish over the longer term but many changes and adjustments will need to be made as companies begin to bring employees back to the office.

Mike Pucciarelli with HBK, a public accounting firm, was our speaker on Friday.  He gave us his perspective on the pande...
05/13/2021

Mike Pucciarelli with HBK, a public accounting firm, was our speaker on Friday. He gave us his perspective on the pandemic and the impacts he has seen on his clients and business in general.

Mike also spoke about some of the adaptions made so businesses could survive and even prosper during this difficult time. The business response to the pandemic was very uneven and heavily dependent on the industry sector but also influenced by the creativity of the organization.

A very challenging time for all so it was good to hear Mike put it in prospective. Thanks for that.

Our speaker on Friday was Shelby Rhodes.  Shelby is a member of the Rotary Club of The Skylands and is the District Gove...
04/27/2021

Our speaker on Friday was Shelby Rhodes. Shelby is a member of the Rotary Club of The Skylands and is the District Governor elect for District 7475, taking office in July, 2021.

Shelby was there to talk about the recent Women in Rotary Leadership forum and the initiatives coming out of that forum.
Historically women has been under-represented in Rotary which is part of the reason that women are also under-represented in leadership positions.

Among the actions that can be taken to address this issue, and indeed all diversity and inclusion efforts, begins with each club taking a serious look at their own practices and the environment they create.

That environment can either be welcoming and inclusive or the opposite. So it is up to each club to take a serious, realistic look at that and take necessary actions to change it. Difficult but critically important. Thanks, Shelby for your perspective and ideas on this important issue.

Our speaker last Friday was Carol Feldman.  Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Special...
04/22/2021

Our speaker last Friday was Carol Feldman. Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Specialist She has a private practice in both Pennington and Hamilton and conducts sessions with individuals, families and couples.

Carol is also the Executive Director of Shine and Inspire a local nonprofit that specializes in helping people who need help while inspiring them to pay it forward.

She was there to talk about the emotional impact the pandemic has had on individuals and families, both in their personal and work lives. Carol also gave us some insights into trends around su***de and addiction during the pandemic as well as resources to use in the event some one needs help coping with stress or loss in their lives.

04/19/2021
Our speaker at our Friday virtual meeting was Larry Kidder.  Larry spoke about Jacob Francis, who was a free black man d...
04/10/2021

Our speaker at our Friday virtual meeting was Larry Kidder. Larry spoke about Jacob Francis, who was a free black man during the revolutionary war period in America. Although slavery was still in force in New Jersey at the time, Jacob broke many barriers during his life.

Jacob served in the Continental army in New Jersey and served under George Washington and participated in the battles in Trenton and Princeton. After the war he was able to buy land and was a farmer. He married a slave who he purchased and then freed her from bo***ge.

They had many children who went on to help the abolitionist movement in the U.S. A very interesting topic and Larry will be writing a book about the fascinating and little known life of Jacob Francis.

Congratulations to Ed’s son, Hugh.
04/06/2021
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Congratulations to Ed’s son, Hugh.

New Jersey is where Thomas Edison developed the incandescent light bulb and Albert Einstein delivered lectures on the theory of relativity. Thirteen of the world's 20 largest pharmaceutical companies are headquartered here. New Jersey boasts the biggest concentration of scientists and engineers per....

Our speaker at our lunchtime meeting on Friday was Tricia Baker with Attitudes In Reverse (AIR)Tricia shared some of her...
04/03/2021

Our speaker at our lunchtime meeting on Friday was Tricia Baker with Attitudes In Reverse (AIR)

Tricia shared some of her personal and family journey which lead to establishing AIR. They offer a comprehensive mental health plan to educate youth, from elementary level through college-age. AIR's programs are wrapped in messages of understanding, empathy and kindness towards all. They believe that good mental health programming makes the best anti-bullying and su***de prevention plans.

Her passion and commitment to this work is apparent and we thank Tricia for sharing her story with our club.

We welcomed Mollie Sperduto as our speaker on Friday.  Mollie is the owner of Ginger Ninja Productions, a company that p...
03/20/2021

We welcomed Mollie Sperduto as our speaker on Friday. Mollie is the owner of Ginger Ninja Productions, a company that produces stand-up comedy shows, both live and virtual. She is also a stand-up comedian herself and she puts together shows for any type of audience.

She talked about her path to her present career as well as some of her experiences as she progressed in her profession. Mollie has mainly provided live shows in the past but she was forced to make the switch to include virtual events. This change presented some unique challenges but includes the same entertainment options and a little bit of much-needed "normalcy" during these unusual times. Thank you for speaking to our club.

Our speaker at lunch last Friday was Denise Daniels.  She is a long-time friend of our club and she spoke about her expe...
03/17/2021

Our speaker at lunch last Friday was Denise Daniels. She is a long-time friend of our club and she spoke about her experiences during the pandemic as a Councilwomen in East Windsor. It certainly has been a challenging year for everyone and each town faced unique problems to solve for their residents.

Denise also spoke about here role with the United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC). Their Strike Out Hunger initiative to feed needy families, which this club supports annually, and their newest program, the 365 Business Circle Initiative. This brings together local small businesses to increase connections, as well as help support the good work of UWGMC.

We were again also visited by Andrew Hersh with the 5000 Families Initiative and Hugh Keenan, son of member Ed Keenan, who spoke about his Eagle Scout project.

03/17/2021
Reminder: Daylight saving time officially starts tomorrow, Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. so, for most people, that means mo...
03/13/2021

Reminder:
Daylight saving time officially starts tomorrow, Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. so, for most people, that means moving clocks ahead 1 hour before going to bed tonight on Saturday, March 13.

Reminder:
Daylight saving time officially starts tomorrow, Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. so, for most people, that means moving clocks ahead 1 hour before going to bed tonight on Saturday, March 13.

Our club is proud to support the 5000 Families Initiative which helps needy families deal with and overcome food insecur...
03/12/2021

Our club is proud to support the 5000 Families Initiative which helps needy families deal with and overcome food insecurity in the local area through local restaurants.

We are focused on food insecurity and hunger as a club area of service, particularly during this pandemic which has made this problem much worse.

Our club is proud to support the 5000 Families Initiative which helps needy families deal with and overcome food insecurity in the local area through local restaurants.

We are focused on food insecurity and hunger as a club area of service, particularly during this pandemic which has made this problem much worse.

Timeline Photos
03/11/2021

Timeline Photos

Rotary has awarded our first Programs of Scale grant in the amount of $2 million to Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia. Matched by the Gates Foundation and World Vision USA this evidence-based program will provide $6 million to fight malaria in Zambia. http://on.rotary.org/MalariaFreeZambia

03/08/2021
Our speaker today was our own member Chris Reef.  We periodically have our members do "bio" talks to update the club on ...
03/05/2021

Our speaker today was our own member Chris Reef. We periodically have our members do "bio" talks to update the club on their, careers, lives and anything else but Chris gave us an interesting verbal travelogue.

Chris talked about the history of his family from when they came to the US and where they moved to in the states. He also gave us some insights into his travels, both with his family but also with his wife, mainly driving around the US. Chris partly attributes his love of cars to those early family car trips.

We also have 2 guests, Nancy Gartenberg and Stephen Francis, from West Windsor Good Works 5000 families initiative. They are collecting money that will go to buy food in local WW restaurants and distributed to food insecure families in the area, creating a benefit for everyone.

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One of our members, Scott Needham, was on hand to recognize three new Eagle Scouts from Troop 40 at the Rotary BSA Eagle Court of Honor Presentation. The club has support that troop's Eagle candidates for many years and we are proud to continue to support their efforts. Scott was part of the ceremony, held outdoors this year, and spoke on behalf of the club and district to recognize their achievement. Well done and best of luck in the future.