Generous community members heeded the call and donated a precious gift to help others – their blood. The Clinton Sunrise Rotary’s annual blood drive, held at the Clinton Firehouse on Saturday, 7/28, was a great success. New Jersey Blood Services was on hand and collected 39 units of blood. “We are pleased with the number of community members who donated blood,” stated Deb Shenberger, Clinton Sunrise Rotary President. “We live in a caring community and can always count on the local residents to give of themselves to help others.”
In addition to helping others, donors had the opportunity to win something for themselves as several door prizes were available. Chelsea Loftus of Clinton won a camera from Sandrian Camera in Clinton; Orlando Caponpon of Clinton received a 6 month family membership to the Hunterdon County YMCA along with a gym bag of goodies. All donors received 2 Mets tickets from NJ Blood Services and were treated to free Rita’s Ice by Tom Kowal, owner of the Clinton & Flemington Rita’s stores.
Every 3 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Close to 2,000 donations are needed each day in the New York/New Jersey community for patients who require a life-saving blood and/or platelet transfusion. Those in need include cancer patients, accident, burn or trauma victims, patients undergoing surgery or a transplant, & newborn babies. “Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life,” related Barbara Pearson, Account Manager for the Clinton Office of NJ Blood Services. “Our organization sincerely thanks Clinton Sunrise Rotary for coordinating a great blood drive.”
The Clinton Sunrise Rotary meets every Thursday morning, 7:30am, at the Clinton Firehouse. For more information about the club visit www.clintonsunriserotary.org.
The annual Clinton Sunrise Rotary Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, 4/29, rain or shine. DeMott Pond will be stocked with trout for this free family event, and bait, bobbers and hooks will be supplied; just bring your own pole. The derby is open to ages 4 – 16 and each participant will receive a raffle ticket for door prize drawings.
Registration will be 8-9 a.m. and fishing 9 a.m.-noon. The pond is on Route 173 in Clinton, across the street and one block west of the Holiday Inn.
The Derby has been a long standing tradition in Clinton and has always been a positive experience for the youth of our community. It truly is an example of small town America at its best. The event is sponsored by the Clinton Sunrise Rotary Club and local businesses.
The Rotary club is a charitable organization whose members are active in philanthropic projects in our community and around the world. Meetings are held every Thursday morning at 7:30 at the Clinton firehouse. For more information, call 908-279-0112.
The Clinton Sunrise Rotary Club and Dr. Ronald M. Frank are offering a Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic to benefit the Open Cupboard Food Pantry. The clinic will be held on Saturday, October 6th from 9 am to Noon at the Clinton Fire Department, Main Street, in the Town of Clinton. The clinic is open to adults and children from 6 months of age and older. Reservations are not required and a physician will be available to address any flu vaccine related questions.
Seniors with Traditional Medicare Part B are covered with your Traditional Medicare Card. Other selected insurance plans such as Medicare Advantage, Aetna PPO; AmeriHealth PPO; Cigna (without PCP on card); HealthNet; Blue Cross/Blue Shield-Horizon products; United Healthcare/Oxford may be accepted. Please present all insurance cards at the clinic to determine eligibility. Otherwise the cost is $20.00 for the injectable flu vaccine and $30 for the nasal spray vaccine (reserve your nasal spray at www.GreenBrookFamilyMedicine.com). For more information on the clinic, please call the office of Ronald M. Frank, MD at 732-356-0266.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Open Cupboard Food Pantry, Clinton, NJ. Nonperishable food donations will also be accepted at the Clinic.
In addition to the food pantry collection, the Rotary Club will be collecting dog and cat food to benefit the non-profit organization New Jersey AniMeals, which assists those in financial need with pet supplies, in order to allow them to keep their pets. There will also be a collection for the “First Response Backpack” program, which supplies backpacks of new items for injured servicemen overseas. This collection is spearheaded by Debbie Lavoie of Flemington, whose son, Normand, is currently an Army Combat Engineer serving in Afghanistan. For more information on specific items needed for the food collections or the “First Response Backpack” collection, please visit www.clintonsunriserotary.org or call 908-279-0112.
The following groups will also be present at the clinic for community education:
The Town of Clinton Police Department will perform Child ID fingerprinting as well as DNA LifePrint kits. The DNA LifePrint program is a nationally recognized program meant to provide parents with a tool to collect and securely retain a sample of their child’s DNA. Once collected and properly stored, the samples have an indefinite shelf life. The kits are being provided free of charge by the Town of Clinton and the Town of Clinton Police Department’s Education Division which encompasses the Community Policing and D.A.R.E. Units; the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Dept will also provide community education materials; and the County Divisions of Health and Public Health Nursing will conduct a medication disposal collection, blood pressure screenings, and have information on health education and emergency preparedness.
The Clinton Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30am at the Clinton Fire House, 1 New Street, across from the Clinton Post Office. For more information about the club or membership visit www.clintonsunriserotary.org.