Category: Service by/for Armed Service Members/Veterans/Military
Nominator: Christo Kmosko
What was their service?
Volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to the elderly during the pandemic. Provides tents, sleeping bags and warm clothing for homeless veterans as Past President of the North Hunterdon Rotary. Cares for the vulnerable who have no voice of their own for Volunteer Guardianship One on One. Advocates for everyone in his community as a Councilman for Lebanon Borough. Partners with Law Enforcement as a Trustee of Crime Stoppers, working towards making Hunterdon a safer place to live and work. Cares for the disabled and infirm as a member of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick. Veteran of the US Army who received the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal
What motivated them to serve/volunteer?
Bob Junge is truly a Pillar of our Community. His breath and depth of their service spanning decades has touched the lives of so many people. He genuinely wants to do his part to make his community a better place and lives the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.
What did they achieve/how did they make a difference?
As a 2018 recipient of this award, I look up to Bob as a role-model, as my small contributions to our community pale in comparison to what Bob has achieved and continues to. Through Meals on Wheels, Bob continues to volunteer to deliver countless meals to people in our community that would otherwise go hungry because they cannot leave their homes during the pandemic. Through Rotary, Bob’s generosity and compassion for homeless veterans has helped to provide shelter and warm clothing to hundreds that are in fear of going to shelters during the pandemic and have no place to call home. Also, with Rotary, Bob has helped to build rescue squad buildings, raise funds to help send over 400 young people to college, and help restock our food pantries when they were hardest hit during the pandemic. Though Crime Stoppers, 1,508 tips generated by the program Bob helped to create helped law enforcement take 101 criminals off our streets. Through Volunteer Guardianship, Bob has helped to enroll incapacitated individuals in Medicaid and has provided guardianship for incapacitated adults. Through the Friendly Sons of St Patrick, Bob annually helps with many projects, including helping the United Way to expand their diaper distribution program both with cash donations and by swinging a hammer to expand their storage facilities, and helping to finish an attic so grandparents can adopt their grandchildren after the parents were killed in by a drunk driver in a car accident. Thank you for all you do for volunteers; you are appreciated!