PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield resident and Union County Freeholder Linda Carter will receive the 2018 Service Above Self Award at the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield’s 19th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner. The event will be held on April 18 at Giovanna’s Restaurant in Plainfield, and is a fundraiser for the club’s scholarship program.

President Roberta Smith cited Freeholder Carter’s exemplary service to the city of Plainfield as the determining factor in her selection for the award.

“Our Service Above Self Award is presented to deserving individuals who work tirelessly for the benefit of others with no thought of any personal gain,” said Ms. Smith. “Freeholder Carter is such a person, a quiet, determined, dedicated public servant who has served the people of Plainfield and Union County with distinction.”

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Smith cited Carter’s efforts to help empower women and youth during her service as chairwoman of the freeholder board as just one example of her service. Carter's initiatives include launching the Union County Women Mean Business networking program for women business owners, and the UC-STEP youth development and leadership training program.

During her terms of office as a Plainfield councilwoman, Carter served as Councilwoman at large for the First and Fourth wards, serving as Council President and Chair of the Committee of the Whole, liaison to the Housing Authority, Board of Education and Cable Advisory Board, and chair of the Public Safety Committee and Neighborhood and City Services Committee. She was and remains a tireless advocate for senior citizens.

Rotary President Smith also commented on the many awards and achievements enjoyed by Freeholder Carter as additional examples of her service.

“Freeholder Carter has received numerous awards for her leadership because of her professional accomplishments and community involvement including The New Jersey Minority Achievers Award and the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Greater Union County Chapter Community Leaders hall of fame award. She has served on the Plainfield Teen Parenting Board and is associated with volunteer work with the YMCA for over 16 years. In addition, she has been a mentor, a Big Sister volunteer, feeding the homeless volunteer and co-chair of the National Night out committee. Her focus has been on assisting the most vulnerable in our society: young people and senior citizens.”

In 2016, Carter was honored during the Union County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs’ 44th Annual Founders’ Day Luncheon with the presentation of the Community Service Award.

Past recipients of the Rotary Service Above Self Award include Janice Allen, former mayor and councilwoman of North Plainfield (2010 - inaugural recipient); William Parenti, North Plainfield Chief of Police (2011); Michael Townley, South Plainfield resident and Rotary member (2012); Donna Albanese, Plainfield business owner and leader (2013); Dr. Marilyn Birnbaum, Superintendent of Schools North Plainfield (2014); Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp (2015); North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano (2016); and Shirley Weaver Thompson of South Plainfield (2017).

Tickets for the Wine Tasting Dinner are $70.00 each. A tax deductible portion of the cost is available because credit card payments go to the Rotary Plainfield-North Plainfield Foundation (Rotary PNP, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Seating is limited and early reservations recommended. Tables will be reserved for parties of eight or more.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield, and to purchase tickets,, visit The club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 PM at Giovanna’s Restaurant, 1462 South Avenue in Plainfield. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and the club is invited to attend a meeting as a guest of the Club.