On Monday, June 21st, the Hillsborough Republican Club held its first “in-person” meeting in over 15 months, at United Rentall, on Route 206, here in Hillsborough. Every table was filled and the agenda was complete with 2 very special guests: Guest Speaker Cathy Callahan, current Vice President of Somerset County Federation of Republican Women, and Mark Colavita, the 2021 recipient of the Hillsborough Republican Club’s Peter J Bondi Scholarship for high school seniors heading to college in the Fall.
(Pictured at right are Republican Township Committee candidate Steve Cohen, Mayor Shawn Lipani, United Rentall owners Mike and Marie Avolio, and Luke Ferrante, Field Director for Jack Ciattarelli's campaign.)
Republican Club guest speaker Cathy Callahan is a 2021 New Jersey Federation of Republican Women (NJFRW) Women of the Year and a former Millicent Fenwick awardee. A few of her other credits include NJ Licensed Realtor, Dance Instructor & Life member Dance Educators of America, Rotary Member, NJ Notary Public, NRA Member, AED and CPR Certified and Virtus Certified. Cathy spoke to club members on NJFRW uses of its resources to support Republican objectives and policies and work for election of Republican nominees. The NJFRW concentrates its efforts in areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative actions.
One of the annual highlights of the Republican Club’s efforts for many years has been to offer graduating seniors the opportunity to write an essay on various topics. This year’s essay topic was “The role of the Constitution in the United States Today”. The Club’s reading committee of members unanimously chose Mark Colavita’s essay, and Hillsborough Mayor Shawn Lipani presented the award to Mark via video at the awards ceremony. (When made available, the video will be posted here.)
Although he had his graduation ceremonies earlier that day and was looking forward to Project Graduation fun at Iron Peak directly following the meeting, Mark showed his strong character by making time to accept the Club’s invitation to this meeting and attend with his parents. Mark also addressed all those in attendance, sharing some of his thoughts about the role of the Constitution today. He then closed by saying “I would like to thank you for choosing me as the Republican Club Scholarship recipient. Your scholarship of $500 will help me begin my studies of Mechanical Engineering at Miami University in Ohio. I plan to use this award toward tuition and books.”
Good luck Mark! We know you have much success ahead of you!