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.

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

We were in-person at the Salt Creek Grill on Friday and our speaker was David Ingram, Regional Vice President, Advisor C...
10/02/2021

We were in-person at the Salt Creek Grill on Friday and our speaker was David Ingram, Regional Vice President, Advisor Consultant, Hartford Funds.

David spoke about streamlining and simplifying things within your business, including how to control the chaos of your day and dedicate your evenings to the people and things that matter most.

He gave us some tips on how to organize your time by using a method to classify all of the tasks you need to do. Eliminate or delegate the least valuable and focus on those tasks with the most long-term value, is the idea. Consistent implementation usually happens, in part, by having some one else hold you accountable for achieving your goals. Most people find it too difficult to accomplish by themselves. Great advice for everyone.

Our speaker on Friday was David Weiner Gohil with Fisherman’s Mark in Lambertville.Their mission is to strengthen their ...
09/25/2021

Our speaker on Friday was David Weiner Gohil with Fisherman’s Mark in Lambertville.

Their mission is to strengthen their community with responsive programs and services that promote stability, health, and education. Fisherman’s Mark is an advocate for positive change in the lives of their neighbors and their families.

David talked about the impact of hurricane Ida which created critical needs for shelter, food and basic necessities in the Lambertville area. He also talked about how to help his organization meet those needs through financial and other donations as well as direct hands-on volunteer efforts.

Thanks to David for updating us on the on-going needs of the Lambertville community.

We welcomed Emily Bakhitah to our meeting on Friday.  Emily is a Rotarian from Kenya but she was there to talk about the...
09/18/2021

We welcomed Emily Bakhitah to our meeting on Friday. Emily is a Rotarian from Kenya but she was there to talk about the Rise to Shine Education Foundation (RTSEF).

This foundation operates in Kenya to help vulnerable children, who have been left behind, to receive a high school education. This is an important step to breaking the cycle of poverty that these children have experienced in their lives.

A high school education will permit access to higher education, better jobs and generally empower these children to achieve and help themselves and their families. The foundation provides direct financial support as well as guidance, counseling and support to help them succeed.

Emily, who was a beneficiary of this program, is in the U.S to raise awareness and funds to help support this foundation, specifically focused on presenting to local Rotary clubs.

One of our members, Caryn Berla, recently moved to a lovely home is Hightstown.  Her and husband Aron held a housewarmin...
09/15/2021

One of our members, Caryn Berla, recently moved to a lovely home is Hightstown. Her and husband Aron held a housewarming event on Saturday for friends, neighbors and Rotarians.

They gave tours of their 100+ year old home and created a great event with good conversation, wonderful food and drink, many laughs and three dogs.

Thanks for generously opening your home to all of us.

Our speaker on Friday was Hugh Keenan.   Hugh is an Eagle Scout candidate and also the son of our member Ed Keenan.Hugh ...
09/15/2021

Our speaker on Friday was Hugh Keenan. Hugh is an Eagle Scout candidate and also the son of our member Ed Keenan.

Hugh was there to present his Eagle project which was build a shed for the Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center. Our club helps support this project and we always ask our scouts to come back and give us a presentation of the entire finished project.

Hugh took us through the initial planning stages all the way through to completion of this ambitious project. Congratulations to Hugh on completing his project and best of luck in your future endeavors.

We had a very special event happen at our meeting last Friday, we inducted a new club member.  Joseph Molinelli was offi...
09/06/2021

We had a very special event happen at our meeting last Friday, we inducted a new club member. Joseph Molinelli was officially inducted as our newest member. He was inducted by his brother and our current club President, John Molinelli.

Our members present welcomed him and he also gave his bio talk, at the same meeting. This talk is designed to help the club get better acquainted with Joe.

We wish Joe a great Rotary journey and look forward to helping him get the most out of his membership.

Our speaker at our in-person lunch last Friday was Lisa Gessert.  Lisa is a professional organizer and productivity cons...
08/27/2021

Our speaker at our in-person lunch last Friday was Lisa Gessert. Lisa is a professional organizer and productivity consultant.

Lisa provided the group with some great tips about how to manage time to get things done. She also gave some great advice about how to effectively deal with all the stuff we accumulate and inherit over the years.

Taking the time to go room by room and create "keep", "donate" and "toss" piles will help better organize this process. This is critical for those thinking about selling their home or downsizing.

Thanks for some great tips that almost everyone can use.

Full meeting for our speakers this week who were from the organization "In The Company Of Horses".  Their work includes ...
08/07/2021

Full meeting for our speakers this week who were from the organization "In The Company Of Horses". Their work includes using horses for teambuilding type business events as well as for therapeutic purposes.

Horses have a natural ability to interact with people as they are herd animals so they are comfortable with us. The group uses horses to help people to begin to gain insights into themselves based on how the horses react and interact during a session. These sessions are always facilitated by professionals who can guide a group or individual through this process.

Very interesting and unique approach to helping people overcome obstacles, build teams and gain insights into their own behaviors.

The last Friday of each month is usually our business meeting where discussions at the Board meetings are shared with ou...
07/30/2021

The last Friday of each month is usually our business meeting where discussions at the Board meetings are shared with our members. However, today we were visited by Sayuri Bhatia, a senior at Princeton High School.

Sayuri was there to talk about an informational booklet she has put together to inform school age children about COVID and the science involved with the virus and immunization technology. She was concerned about the amount of misinformation and doubt surrounding the pandemic and vaccine so she took it upon herself to author this booklet.

She asked for our help with getting this distributed and the club and many of the members present will be supporting her with this. We thank Sayuri for her good work and concern for her peer's wellbeing.

Friday's in-person speaker was Jason Kliwinski who is an architect and owner of Designs For Life.  Jason talked about su...
07/27/2021

Friday's in-person speaker was Jason Kliwinski who is an architect and owner of Designs For Life. Jason talked about sustainability and how his professional practice integrates those concepts into his designs.

Jason also spoke broadly about sustainability as it pertains to broad issues such as health, climate change and water and food supplies.

Complex issues which were the driving force for his choice to focus on that in his professional practice. He assists both residential and commercial spaces to be more sustainable, lower their carbon footprint and in general, contribute to the health of the environment and not make it worse. Thanks for a thought provoking presentation.

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.

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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.