The Rotary Club of Old Bridge-Sayreville hosts many projects for the local community and beyond. Below are some articles highlighting the club's efforts.
On Sunday, Aug. 28, a health screening and disease awareness and prevention fair was held at Durga Temple on Route 27. The health fair was organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with Durga Temple. This year it was organization’s 18th consecutive year of providing health screening services and to-date more than 10,000 people benefitted from this free health screening and disease prevention fair. The health fair was attended by more than 125 people above the age of 40 who were uninsured or underinsured. The health screening services included blood test, EKG, vision screening for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, physical examination, cardiology, neurology and physical therapy counseling, various types of cancer screening and prevention education, chronic disease self-management for diabetes and stroke education, dietary counseling, pharmacy counseling, flu shots and many other ancillary services to pre-registered qualified participants. The highlight of the health fair was large number of student volunteers helping from the set up to taking vital signs, doing EKGs and many other services. IHCNJ dedicated committee members and volunteers and community activist Mahesh Advani and Mahesh Chitnis of Lions Club and his young volunteer team worked very hard to make this event a great success for the fifth consecutive year at Durga Temple. South Brunswick Township Councilman Joseph J. Camarota, Jr., Joe Horner, Rotary Club of Hillsborough, District Vice-President, Tulsi Maharjan, Rotary District President attended the event to extend their support for this noble cause and appreciated IHCNJ team and volunteers to bring this event for the needy people in South Brunswick and surrounding areas and extended their support for the future events.
Past District Governor Adrienne J. Bzura, of the Rotary Club of Old Bridge-Sayreville, has been appointed by Rotary International President-Elect John Germ to serve as a member of the RI Constitution & Bylaws Committee. This three-year commitment will begin on July 1st and continue through June 30, 2019. The decision by RIPE Germ was made following a thorough review of more than 1,000 applications received from clubs and districts worldwide. There was only one opening available on the Committee. The other 3 members are from India, Korea, and Columbia. Adrienne is not only the first Rotarian from District 7510 to serve on this committee but she is also the first woman in Rotary history to do so. Further, Adrienne has also been informed that in 2019 she will serve as the Chair of the C & B Committee at the Rotary International Council on Legislation. This also constitutes two remarkable “firsts” in RI and District history. Such exceptional service to Rotary isn’t new to Adrienne. In 2000-01, she served as the first woman District Governor of District 7510. She is the only Rotarian from District 7510 to have served on Zone Foundation Committees, first as a Permanent Fund National Advisor followed by a term as a Major Gift Advisor. Now she is the first Rotarian from our district to be honored with a Presidential Appointment.
A record number of students, 30, received the largest amount of money – almost $66,000 – from the Old Bridge/Sayreville Rotary Scholarship at MCC this academic year. The organization was one of dozens recognized at the annual Scholarship Reception at MCC this fall. The event allows scholarship donors to mingle with the students they have assisted. “It really is a wonderful night,” said Veronica Clinton, director of development and alumni relations and executive director of the College Foundation. “It gives our donors the chance to get to know the students they are helping.” The Old Bridge/Sayreville Rotary has a long history of helping MCC students. Since 1991, 195 students have received 267 scholarships (many have received renewed scholarships), for a total of $358,134. “We are grateful for their support,” Ms. Clinton said. “They have helped hundreds of MCC students reach their educational goals and become successful.”