Celebrating our 20th Charter Anniversary  (2002 -2022)
Rotary Club of Plainsboro-North and South Brunswick

Service Above Self

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PRESS RELEASE
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Rotary club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick
celebrates Changing of the Guard, Installation of officers for the Rotary Year 2022-2023
 
North Brunswick, NJ 07/27/2022 — Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick, held its Annual Changing of the Guard ceremony and inducted new office bearers for the rotary year 2022-2023.
 
Outgoing President of the club Blisse Vakkalagadda presented various projects that the club completed during her presidency. Blisse along with Sudharani Kankanala, had also played a pivotal role as mentors of the Interact club of North Brunswick and helped organize various meaningful service projects. During Blisse’s presidency, club also did some impactful international service projects.
 
District Governor John Shockley, Past DG Dr. Tulsi Maharjan and Kalpana Patel, President, Rotary Club of Robbinsville-Hamilton, NJ, were in attendance for the changing of the guard ceremony.
 
DG John Shockley conducted the oath ceremony for the incoming President Vijay Garg and his team for the year 2022-2023. During his acceptance remarks, Vijay Garg said that he is looking forward in working with the team and continue doing various community projects aligned with the Rotary International causes. “I am excited and honored to accept the role,” said Vijay.
 
Vijay is a successful Entrepreneur, Past North-East President of IT Serve, Board Member of TiE, GOPIO and other social organizations. Vijay with his community reach and leadership skills will help the club in taking up bigger projects and extending its reach.
 
Team 2022-23 consists of Sanjeev Dixit as Secretary, Sanjay Pagidimarri as Treasurer, Venkat Jagarlamudi as President-Elect, Ganesh Madda as the Foundation Chair, Jaydip Sen as PR Chair, Suresh Pannala as Membership Chair, Sudharani Kankanala as Service Project Chair, Srinivas Gattu as Fundraising Chair and Sunil Nambiar as International Projects Chair.
 
The changing of the guard ceremony was well attended by the Rotary Club members, Rotary Interact Club members, families, and prospective members. Representatives from organizations like ITServe, IBA, SMEC joined and discussed collaboration on future Community Service Projects.
 
The club which is also celebrating its 20th charter Anniversary this year, recognized six senior members, Suresh Pannala, Sunil Nambiar, Rajeev Mehta, Nishit Mehta, Mahalingam Narayanan and Darshan Doshi, who completed over twelve years of service as dedicated and passionate Rotarians. 
 
About Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick, NJ
 
In 2002 a few prominent people from the Community, living in Plainsboro, South Brunswick, North Brunswick, and surrounding areas decided to charter a new Rotary Club in Central New Jersey with the intention of serving the local and international community. The club started out with three active members and rapidly grew to about more than 25 members living in various parts of the state. Although the club is open to people of all race, color, and religion, most of the current members are people of Indian Origin.
 
Since its inception, the Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick has proudly sponsored a number of local and international charitable projects.. For more information, visit PlainsboroRotary.org.
 
     
RCOP held the 5k Kolor Run on June 19th 2022. It was a 5K Run/Walk with a colorful twist. Runners/walkers will start the event wearing white, and will finish the race colorfully! During the race/walk, participants will pass through color stations, where the colored powder will be thrown in the air as they pass by. A very successful Annual Fund Raising Event for the club in Aid of Local and International Community Projects and Rotary Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine.
 
 
 
RCOP president Blisse Vakkalagadda at the inauguration of a computer lab in India. The computer lab project (2022) in Vedic Kanya Degree College, UP in India was executed by the Interact Club of North Brunswick under RCOP guidance and in coordination with RC Baraut.
RCOP volunteers at the 2021 Thanksgiving meals packing event hosted by Mercy for my Neighbor in Jersey City, NJ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RCOP members dropping of toys for the North Brunswick PBA annual toy drive during Christmas 2021, to be distributed to local families in need.
 
Hygiene Kits procured and packed by members of the Interact Club of North Brunswick under guidance from RCOP Rotarians.
 
Sandwiches packed and delivered by the members of RCOP and
Interact Club of North Brunswick to Elijah's Promise Community Soup Kitchen
on Thanksgiving Day, 2021.
 
 Rotarians from RCOP prepared and dropped of home-cooked meals to Ozanam homeless shelter on Thanksgiving   Day 2021.
 
 
 
 
Play-with-me-autism foundation -
In April 2021, RCOP procured raw materials
for Play-with-me-autism foundation to help
with their candle making project. 
Burning Candle - In April 2021, RCOP  sponsored a stitching workshop including procurement of sewing machines, the stitching kits and fabric for the Burning Candle NGO in India which works for the women and children belonging to marginalized sections of society supporting them in the areas of education, health hygiene, sanitization menstrual healthcare, self help & self reliance.
 
 
 
Q&A about COVID19 Vaccines
RCOP hosted a COVID19 Vaccine public information virtual webinar on February 13, 2021 - Prof. and Rtn. Rajeev Mehta, MD of RCOP hosted this Q&A session with 2 leading Infectious Disease specialists Dr. Tanaya Bhowmick, MD. and Prof. Sunanda Gaur, MD. that explored multitude of questions ranging from the merits and safety of the different vaccines to the life after getting vaccinated. The webinar received over 1800 views and several accolades. Recording of the session is now available in the club’s facebook page.
Blanket Drive - In February 2021, Rotary Club of Plainsboro – North & South Brunswick (RCOP) distributed over 125 new blankets to help out the local community during these freezing winter months. RCOP partnered with Project Linus to distribute these blankets to the Salvation Army Trenton and Restoring Hearts Ministries in Ewing. 
  
RCOP Virtual Run
Virtual Run - To encourage fitness and health among the people of Central New Jersey. More than 100 participants signed in and raised over Two Thousand dollars in voluntary donations.
Clothing & Shoe Drive
Clothing & Shoe Drive - organized in September 2020  to help with the local community fall cleanup. Over 100 bags of clothes and shoes were collected.
Support to Hyderabad Orphanage -A service project in September to help a orphanage in Hyderabad, India.
Toy Drive
December Toy Drive -Donated toys to the North Brunswick Police Department’s Toy Drive
 
 
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