NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield last month announced that North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr. is the 2016 recipient of its annual ‘Service Above Self’ award.’ Giordano will be honored and presented with the award at the Rotary’s 17th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner next month.

 “It’s wonderful surprise and an honor to be selected as the recipient of the ‘Service Above Self’ award,’” said Giordano. “The Rotary Club is a great organization that does so much for the community and it is my pleasure to work alongside them for the betterment of North Plainfield.”

In a Jan. 29 letter formally notifying Giordano of the honor, Plainfield-North Plainfield Rotary Club President Ravenell Williams IV said, “We present this award in recognition of your service and accomplishments as mayor of the Borough of North Plainfield. We are impressed with the enthusiastic approach you take to your office, the genuine concern that you show for your community and all of our constituents, and the support you have shown to our own club.”

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To be considered for the award, one must be informally nominated by a club member and be a community leader from Plainfield, North Plainfield or South Plainfield actively involved in projects or activities that benefit the respective community. The club's board of directors discusses and evaluates nominees and selects the person they feel best exemplifies the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self.’

Giordano is the seventh person selected by the Plainfield-North Plainfield Rotary to receive the ‘Service Above Self’ Award since its inception in 2010. Janice Allen, former mayor and councilwoman of the Borough of North Plainfield, was the inaugural recipient followed by William Parenti (2011), chief of the North Plainfield Police Department; Michael Townley (2012), South Plainfield resident and Rotary member; Donna Albanese (2013), Plainfield business owner and leader; Dr. Marilyn Birnbaum (2014), former superintendent of North Plainfield Schools; and Adrian Mapp (2015), mayor of Plainfield.

Giordano has lived in the Borough of North Plainfield for 25 years and has served the community for almost a decade.

In 2005, he was appointed to fill a seat on the North Plainfield Borough Council and in 2006 was elected to his own term. In 2008, he was elected to his first term as mayor and, this November, will seek election to his third, four-year term.

The mayor, said Williams, was selected for his enthusiastic approach to governing the borough, including but not limited to his presence at virtually every borough or community-sponsored event; his open and warm relationship with his constituents; his fair and even-handed approach to issues confronting the borough; his initiatives in addressing economic development, public safety, and public programming; his attention to capital improvement projects; his active support for the borough’s Special Events Committee; and his personal service to others through his membership in the North Plainfield Lions Club.

Additional examples of Giordano’s service over the years, said Williams, include the recent establishment of regularly scheduled ‘Meet the Mayor’ opportunities at borough hall; being a co-founder of the FORUM - a group of community leaders that meets to find solutions to community issues and keep residents informed; and his involvement at and support of St. Luke's in North Plainfield, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. According to Williams, Giordano also makes himself freely available, offering residents his contact information and offering an open door policy.

“These are just some examples of how he best exemplifies the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self,’” said Williams.

In addition to the above, said Williams, the Rotary appreciates the support Mayor Giordano has given the club over the years through his support of the service group’s annual Dictionary Project. “He always makes time in his busy schedule to go with Rotarians to the borough's third grade classrooms and distribute dictionaries to every student,” Williams said, adding, “Also, most recently, he presented a proclamation to the newly-formed EarlyAct Club in North Plainfield, recognizing the students at Stony Brook School for their commitment to service to the community.”

According to Williams, Mayor Giordano is “an enthusiastic cheerleader for North Plainfield and for all of its residents through his support of and participation in the many community activities sponsored in the borough.’ “He is not a mayor in title only; he lives his responsibilities every single day. And even though he is not a member of our club, he serves our club and the community with equal enthusiasm,” Williams said.

The Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield will honor Mayor Michael Giordano Jr. with the ‘Service Above Self’ Award at 17th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner on Wednesday, March 16. The event will take place at Giovanna’s Restaurant, 1462 South Avenue, Plainfield from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $70 per person (of which $35 is tax-deductible) and can be purchased by sending a check, payable to Rotary PNP, Inc., to 165 Palmer Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080. To obtain a printable registration form, visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/altpress-uploads/wine.pdf. To RSVP or for more information, email RotaryPNP@verizon.net or call 908-822-1441.

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