UNION, NJ – The Rotary Club of Union celebrated their 75th anniversary Friday night at the Galloping Hill Inn.  The Union Rotary Club is an organization of businesses and professionals “united worldwide to provide service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the community and throughout the world.”

“Our club has worked very hard to improve our community, to support humanitarian efforts both locally and globally just make the world a better place to be,” said Laura Bretzger, President of the Union Rotary.  “We’re here tonight to take a look back at all we’ve accomplished in 75 years.” 

“I am so proud to call my home club the Union Rotary Club,” said District Governor and Past President Charles Minton.  “It’s an honor to be part of ‘All of Us’.  We are a family, very tightknit and very special and we accomplish everything we do because of ‘All of Us’.” 

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The Union Rotary Club had a special beginning:  their first meeting was held December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day.   The Club’s initial membership of twenty-five charter members was soon reduced by the need to furnish members to the war effort.

The Union Rotary’s first president was Franklin Hardcastle, who served from December 1941 to June 1943.  Each member pledged to buy a war bond every week, which continued for the entity of the war.

Dinner, dancing and entertainment followed the program.