Rotary District 7510 Presents Jean Harris Award to Operation Shoebox New Jersey Founder

fc584d2bcdc9e725d012_d259f930e1bc57640537_hillsrodhirschrotaryaward3__1_.jpg
Rod and Maryann Hirsch are flanked by Rotary member Dr. Dan Marulli (left) and Hillsborough Rotary President and District Lieutenant Gov. John Shockley. Credits: courtesy photo
55d584921a1389c7d7ef_d6bfda29d952f7abf942_hillsrodhirschrotaryaward.JPG
Credits: courtesy photo
19331dad35f24275475c_0d619724870fe30cd165_hillsrodhirschrotaryaward2__3_.jpg
Jean Harris Award recipient Rod Hirsch thanks Rotary District 7510 members as (from left) Dr. Dan Marulli, Maryann Hirsch and John Shockley stand by. Credits: courtesy photo
fc584d2bcdc9e725d012_d259f930e1bc57640537_hillsrodhirschrotaryaward3__1_.jpg

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Rotary International District 7510 presented the Jean Harris Award to Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey at its Annual Assembly held at the Bridgewater Marriot Hotel.

In 1997-98, the Rotary International Board approved the creation of the Jean Harris Award which bears the name of the wife of Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International. This distinguished award honored the efforts of non-Rotarian women who have made a significant contribution to the development and progress of others in their communities.

The award has since become gender-neutral. District 7510 recognizes a non-Rotarian whose volunteer efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of others.

Sign Up for E-News

District 7510 includes 39 Rotary Clubs in several counties in central New Jersey. Each club has the opportunity to nominate someone from their community for the award. A committee selects one recipient each year; this marked the first time the Hillsborough Rotary had nominated someone for the honor. 

Hirsch was introduced by John Shockley, president of the Hillsborough Rotary Club and Lieutenant Governor. of District 7510. The award was presented by Hillsborough Rotary member Dr. Dan Marulli.

Hirsch acknowledged the support of the Hillsborough Rotary and the efforts of thousands of volunteers who contribute their time to help collect donations and assemble care packages that are shipped to US troops deployed around the world.

“None of this happens without the efforts of our volunteers,” Hirsch said.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey, founded in 2005, has its state headquarters in Hillsborough. Since then the volunteer organization has shipped 103,950 care packages overseas containing food and toiletry items. All of the contents are donated.

The Hillsborough Rotary sponsors a Christmas packing annually in December at the Hillsborough YMCA with Operation Shoebox New Jersey; last year, the event attracted nearly 1,000 volunteers and by day’s end, 1,650 boxes had been assembled for shipment overseas.

Hirsch was honored at the December event by the Hillsborough Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow, which recognizes a non-Rotarian for their volunteer service.

Editor’s Note: Rod Hirsch is the managing editor of Tap into Hillsborough and Tap into Somerville.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Wiffle Ball Tournament in Westfield Friday to Benefit Camp for Kids with Cancer

May 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 8th Annual Sister Pat’s Kids Camp Wiffle Ball Tournament will take place place this Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Tamaques Park.

Money from the tournament, which run by Westfield High School students, will go to Sister Pat’s week-long summer camp in Esopus, NY, where kids suffering from cancer and other blood disorders from New York Presbyterian Hospital go ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

Union County Celebrates National Trails Day with Free Guided Hikes and Activities, June 2

May 22, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors of all ages to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Trails Day at the Watchung Reservation on Saturday, June 2, where the County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center will host four different guided hikes and an Adopt-a-Trail volunteer activity along with special programs throughout the day for all ages. The ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

May 22, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 05/17/2018 @ 2012 hrs.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Charles McKoy, 19, North Plainfield

Arrested by: Ptl. James ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 23, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (sponsored by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_1da61d9690df0a4b2374_264c0972082c640e3c33_20180411_093814

Fri, June 1, 5:00 PM

Cranford Elks, Cranford

Spaghetti Dinner and Tricky Tray to Benefit Relay ...

Food & Drink

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

I totally Support Garwood Mayor Lombardo and His Team

May 22, 2018

A lot of people call me the “Voice of Garwood” because I usually have a lot to say. Those who know me know I only say things that I mean and that are truthful. I totally support our current mayor, Charles Lombardo, and his running mates, Jennyfer and Vincent, because I believe in them, and they are truthful. I would appreciate the people of Garwood coming together to re-elect Mayor ...