2020 NWRHS Rotary Scholarship Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 North Warren Regional High School scholarship awards.  The primary consideration for Rotary scholarships is service to others, demonstrating the Rotary ideal of Service above Self.  All applicants have been involved in community service throughout their high school careers, and expect to continue that service after graduation.  Their parents, teachers, and the community should be proud of these students and their accomplishments.  
Blairstown Rotary Jack Sweet Memorial Scholarship - $3,000 each
Awarded to a senior with excellence in character and scholarship who demonstrates the Rotary ideal of Service above Self.
Honorata Lubecka
Mary Reduzzi
Blairstown Rotary Interact Service Scholarship - $1,000 each
Awarded to a senior member of the NWR Interact Club with excellence in character and scholarship who demonstrates the Rotary ideal of Service above Self.
Caitlin Dooley
Jacob Riley
Paige Smdira
Blairstown Rotary James Gilmore Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 each
Awarded to a senior with excellence in character and scholarship who demonstrates the Rotary ideal of Service above Self.
Kelly Nelson
John Swistak
Congratulations to all applicants and recipients.
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NWRHS Scholarship Program 2020

Application forms for the 2020 Rotary Scholarship Program
are now available for NWRHS graduating Seniors.
This year we have expanded our scholarship program to include students attending a 4‑year college, Warren County Community College, Sussex County Community College, or an accredited vocational, technical or trade school.
Rotary's motto is "Service above Self"
The Blairstown Rotary Club will provide two $3,000 and two $1,500 scholarship awards to NWRHS graduating seniors who exemplify “Service above Self” through their volunteer activities and actions.
Examples include, but are not limited to, participation in a service club like Interact or Key Club, participating in organized mission trips, volunteering to help others, volunteering through community organizations like the YMCA, food bank, scouting, church group, peer mentor programs or tutoring.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Graduating seniors attending North Warren Regional High School are eligible to apply.  Financial need is not a consideration.
How to Apply?
Students apply by downloading and completing the application below.
Deadline for submission is Monday, March 9, 2020.
Applications are to be returned to the NWRHS Guidance Department.
Download your application form and instructions here or with the Quick Links Scholarship icon.
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Fall Blood Drive a Success

Donate Blood - People can't live without it!
Our 2019 Fall Community Blood Drive was a success.  More than 50 of our friends and neighbors showed up to donate blood and help patients in need.
Thanks to all who donated, and to the Blairstown Ambulance Squad for allowing us to use their facility as the collection point.
Watch for our spring drive, which will take place in April 2020.
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The 2019 Blairstown Rotary Fireworks will be held on Friday, July 5 at North Warren Regional High School.  The fireworks start around 9:15 PM.  This is a free event for the community.  Get there early!
Parking is available at various locations near the school.  Parking near the school entrance is available at the library on Lambert Road.  A $5 donation to help offset the cost of the event is requested at this location.
The rain date is Saturday, July 6.  Hopefully, the rain will stop by then!  Watch this site and local social media for updates if the weather is questionable.
Please thank our sponsors and supporting communities.  Their support helps make this event possible.
Blairstown, Hardwick, Hope, Frelinghuysen & Knowlton Townships
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EarlyAct Little Free Library Project

The EarlyAct Club at Knowlton Township Elementary School recently teamed up with the non-profit organization "Little Free Library" to bring free books to community members of all ages in Knowlton.
EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. Knowlton EarlyAct is sponsored by Blairstown Rotary.  The club advisor is Jenna Maxman, daughter of long-time Rotarian John Maxman.  EarlyAct engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.
The EarlyAct students raised over $1,400 and installed three Little Free Libraries around the community.  Each will be chock full of books, ready to keep students, as well as anyone else that happens to pass through the town, satisfied with a daily dose of literature.
Congratulations to Jenna and the EarlyAct students.  It's a great project for the students, who are Rotarians in training!
If you want to learn more about EarlyAct or Little Free Library, check out the following links:
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Emergency Booms Presented to Hose Company

On Saturday, May 25, Blairstown Rotary presented the Blairstown Hose Company with 200’ of floating containment booms for controlling chemical spills in our local waterways.  The booms are used to reduce the spread of polluting materials and to help make clean-up easier.
The booms will also be used for a more fun purpose – controlling the floating ducks in the Paulinskill during the annual July 4 Rotary Duck Race!
Let’s hope that’s the only reason the Hose Company ever needs to use the booms.   
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Duck Race Results

Thanks to your support, we sold out of Duck Race tickets and had a successful race at Footbridge Park on July 4 at the Blairstown Fourth event.
The winning numbers are:
1st Prize $3,000: # 0942
2nd Prize $1,500: # 0784
3rd Prize $750: # 0365
4th Prize $ 250: # 0119
Congratulations to the lucky winners.  We will notify you and send your prize.
If you have any questions, email tickets@blairstownrotary.org
2,000 ducks were released into the Paulinskill at 3:30 PM on July 4 by members of Blairstown Rotary and the Blairstown Hose Company.  About 10 minutes later, the winners made their way through the finish line.  We are happy to report that all ducks survived and only one escaped.  
See you next year!
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Easter Egg Hunt This Saturday

Meet the Easter Bunny!

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is today, Saturday, April 20 at North Warren Regional High School.  Assembly time is 10:45 AM near the school entrance.  The egg hunt will start promptly at 11 AM.
Bring your baskets and cameras!  
All participants must be accompanied by an adult. The Easter Bunny will make a guest appearance and prizes will be awarded for finding the eggs.
This is a free event sponsored by Blairstown Rotary and the event is run by students from the Rotary Interact Club at North Warren.
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Congratulations to the 2019 50/50 Raffle Winners

The drawing for our 2019 50/50 was Friday, April 12.
The winning numbers are as follows:
$10,000 Grand Prize: Ticket # 279
$5,000 2nd Prize: Ticket # 276
$2,500 3rd Prize: Ticket # 198
$2,000 4th Prize: Ticket # 193
$1,500 5th Prize: Ticket # 379
$750 6th Prize: Ticket # 118
$250 7th Prize: Ticket # 143
$100 8th Prize (30 Winners):
Ticket #'s: 013, 030, 037, 073, 093
102, 110, 131, 159, 176, 178
203, 230, 233, 237, 244, 274, 285, 293
301, 318, 371, 389
429, 437, 452, 454, 461, 468, 481
Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets in support of our High School Scholarship Program and other community services.  100% of net proceeds go back to our community.
We make every effort to contact all winners, but if your ticket stub is illegible or incomplete it may not be possible.  If your number is above and you have not been contacted, please send an email to tickets@blairstownrotary.net.

Here are some photos of Friday's drawing and dinner.  We hope those who attended had a great time.  We look forward to seeing you again next year.  Our 2020 50/50 tickets will go on sale in January.




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End Hunger 3.6

On a recent Saturday morning, members of the Blairstown Rotary and the Rotary Interact Club at North Warren Regional traveled to Drew University to participate in the End Hunger 3.6 service project.  
The End Hunger 3.6 project is a community event in which Rotarians and other volunteers package and distribute nutritious, ready-to-cook meals to feed the hungry in our local communities.
Someone dies of malnutrition or starvation in the world every 3.6 seconds, hence the project name. The northern NJ Rotary district is committed to tackling this issue by fighting hunger locally since, in New Jersey alone one in five children is hungry and relies on food stamps for meals, and the number of people who go hungry and are in need of assistance in finding a meal in our area continues to rise.
The team from Blairstown helped package the 200,000 meals that were completed that Saturday.  Meal packages will be brought back to Blairstown and, working with Blairstown-based LocalShare, these will be distributed to our local food pantries.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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