Spring 2021 was an active time for the Hammonton Rotary Club as members got into the spirit of the Great Reopening by sponsoring and supporting local events and programs.
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
On June 10 Hammonton Rotary announced the winner of its annual Hammonton Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship. Matthew DeFiccio of Hammonton will receive $2,000 ($500 a year over four years) to continue his nursing studies at Rowan University where the soon to be Hammonton High School graduate has already begun prerequisite classes.
Also on June 10, Olivia Catania was named the recipient of the inaugural Hammonton Rotary Club Foundation Service Above Self Scholarship. The award is presented to the child of an active Rotarian who exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” It is a $2,000 award: $500 each year for a maximum of four years.
WHEEL OF GIVING DEBUTS
On June 6, the Hammonton Rotary Club went live with its much anticipated Rotary Wheel of Giving fundraising project. Helping your community can have special rewards. Go to the Hammonton Rotary Club Facebook page and ask to join the Rotary Wheel of Giving private group to find out how.
MODIFIED MURPH RAISES $1,000 FOR OUR VETS
CrossFit enthusiasts across South Jersey took part in the club’s first ever Modified Murph Challenge on Memorial Day. Held at the Boyer Avenue recreation complex, the fitness event raised $1,000 for local veterans groups thanks to generous donations from participants and sponsors.
CENTRAL GETS A CLEANUP
Central Avenue in Hammonton got a little greener and cleaner April 12 through the efforts of the Hammonton Rotary Club, in partnership with the ACUA’s Adopt a Road Program. In recognition of Hammonton Rotary’s cleanup participation over the past year, ACUA made a $200 donation, which will go toward scholarships, food for the needy, and other causes.
LENDING A HAND TO THE BUNNY
The Hammonton Rotary took part in the April 2 Easter Bunny Drive Thru Event, sponsored by the Police Department and the Recreation Department at the Boyer Avenue athletic fields. In spite of COVID restrictions, Hammonton was determined to make Easter a fun time for the kids by providing goodie bags to participating families.
SUPPORTING FAMILY SUCCESS
Members of the Hammonton Rotary Club recently visited the Hammonton Family Success Center to present a $200 donation. The money will buy 3-D garden puzzles, used for the center’s family bonding programs and for improving motor skills and coordination in the children.
GODSPEED PETE RANERE
It is with great sadness that the Hammonton Rotary Club learned of the May 16 passing of longtime member and past President Peter Ranere. Pete, a Navy veteran and former Hammonton mayor, will be remembered as a good neighbor and an outstanding Rotarian who embodied the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”