HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Volunteers from community organizations as diverse as Operation Shoebox New Jersey and the Hillsborough High School Cheerleaders assembled at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough to receive the Club’s heartfelt thanks, as well as a well-deserved financial contribution, for their service at the tenth annual Hillsborough Rotary Fair held this past August.

The Fair brought in record-setting funds for the Hillsborough Rotary Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, that provides financial support to a wide array of community service organizations.

“It takes dozens of volunteers to run a successful Fair,” said Anthony Franchini, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. “Our Club is extremely grateful to the members of numerous community organizations and other Rotary Clubs that gave up their time this summer to help set up tables and chairs, man the game trailers and dunk tank, clean the Fair grounds, serve food, pass out water, and attend to the many chores that go along with hosting 15,000 visitors over the week-long Fair.”

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Volunteers were honored for their service at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, where they were treated tol dinner and presented with the Club’s contribution to their organization.  Fair volunteers included the HHS Cheerleaders, Girls Cross Country Team, Interact, and Robotics Club, as well as the Hillsborough Dukes, RVCC Rotoract, and Operation Shoebox New Jersey.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s annual Fair was held Aug.15–20 at Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206, and featured thrill rides, games, fireworks, food, music and a showcase for local businesses.  All funds raised at the Fair are returned to the community through charitable contributions that fund local college scholarships, the Hillsborough food pantry, autism research, veteran’s organizations, and many others. 

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough currently has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities. Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  All funds raised by The Rotary Club of Hillsborough are used to support a wide variety of community service organizations and projects. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough meets every Wednesday, at 6:15 pm, at The Landing Restaurant in Hillsborough.