Donate to Polio Plus
Click the image to order donate!
Rotarian Magazine
The Rotarian Magazine - Current Edition
Club Mailing Address
Rotary Club of West Hartford
PO Box 270252
West Hartford, CT  06127-0252
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Director at Large
Director at Large
Director at Large
Membership Chair
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Club Meeting Info

Welcome to the Rotary Club of West Hartford!

West Hartford

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
Club President Donna Griffen with new Rotarians Greg Friedline and Andy Learner, along with Membership Chair Bennett Forrest
Guest speaker Peter Ross of Mark Twain with Rotarian Mary Silverberg
Representatives of the West Hartford Rotary Club and Liberty Bank presenting collected and matching funds to the West Hartford Town that Cares for our local food bank.

The Kindness Project - Collection Period:  November 20 - December 15

Inspired by the book WONDER by R. J. Palacio, and its message of compassion and kindness towards others, the West Hartford Libraries has launched "The Kindness Project."  With the help of the public, teen and children volunteers are creating "Kindness Cases" which will be filled with donated personal hygiene items for the West Hartford Food Pantry intended for children and adults in need.

All are encouraged to donate!

HERE for a list of suggested items and info on Project Events.

Our own David Mangs - currently District Governor of District 7890 - was recently on a TV Spot  produced by Channel 5 in West Hartford, Ct.  "ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE" with special guest Shirley-Pat Chamberlain. (click TV Spot or the picture to start the YouTube video).  He didn't sing...
Thermometer Chart         Thermometer Chart
As of December 10th, we have given $6590 to the 2017-2018 Rotary Foundation versus our goal of $10,000, as well as $925 to the Polio Plus campaign vs. our goal of $2,000.
Guest speaker Paul Martel, founder and Director of FIBUSPAM. The foundation and its clinic are located high in the Andes in Riobamba, Ecuador. They were founded in 2007 by Paul R. Martel of Simsbury, Connecticut. The clinic serves the people of Chimborazo Province and wider Ecuador by providing free and low-cost care in general medicine, general surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, lab services, as well as providing medicines. The clinic has its own patient care floor with two operating rooms, a recovery room and six patient beds. FIBUSPAM organizes mobile caravans that bring care to remote, outlying communities to people who little or no access to doctors. FIBUSPAM also hosts foreign surgical teams who provide free surgical care for the needy in Ecuador. Lastly, FIBUSPAM organizes social service projects to support the poor including assisting with the travel logistics of children who must travel to the U.S. for more urgent and complex surgery.
Twenty six Rotarians and guests met at the Pond House Cafe on Monday the 23rd for a regular meeting.  Guests included 3 Rotarians from the Midland, TX club, guest speaker Rico Dence and his guest Wendy Pollak, and Maxine Fisher from Fern Street Community Kitchen. 
Key notes:
  • Bennett Forrest discussed the upcoming 'Rotary Means Business' event which will be held on Nov 9th in Glastonbury.
  • The club donated $8000 to Rotary clubs in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico for Hurricane relief and received another $9400 in donations from Rotarians and West Hartford residents which was added to the donation.
Maxine Fisher from Fern Street Community Kitchen discussed their effort.  They feed ~ 300 people per week, as well as running a backpack program in local schools so kids have food on weekends.  They are hosting a breakfast event on Saturday 11 Nov at 9am at the Universalist Church.
Guest speaker Rico Dence discussed the organization 'Up Cancer' he founded to support youth with cancer.  He emphasized the need for bone marrow donors - link here.  Note that they prefer donors between 18 and 44; those 45-60 need to pay a $100 fee to join the registry, and those 61 and older are not eligible.
Guest Speaker Christopher Popilowski of Wheeler Foster Care with President Donna Griffin
Club President Donna Griffen, new member Kurt Roggendorf, and Club Membership Chair Bennett Forrest at the Sept 25th meeting
Upcoming events:
District Foundation Dinner - 2 Nov - Chez Josef in Agawam.  Click HERE to register.
West Hartford Rotary - 15th Annual Jazz Brunch - Nov 5th (see club site for tickets)
Rotary Leadership Institute - Nov 11th (see district web site for registration)
John Hoyt receives the Paul Harris Fellowship
Speaker Dan Hinks from New Horizons.  Dan is also son of Polly Hinks, a long time member of WH Rotary Club.
Guest speaker Joe Maher, executive director of New Horizons
Lorri Cetto, Hall HS Madrigal Singers
Dec 18, 2017
Holiday Vocal Performance
Vines Committee
Jan 08, 2018
Vines Assembly #1
Conrad Sienkiewicz, Volunteer Mgr.
Jan 29, 2018
CT Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Vines Committee
Feb 12, 2018
Vines Assembly #2
Vines Committee
Mar 05, 2018
Last Vines Assembly...Ready, set, go ...March 10th!
Rotary advisers put polio on world stage

Behind the scenes of polio eradicationRotary’s national advocacy advisers are putting polio on the world stage. Here’s

On the road

Rotary helps fuel a brigade of mobile clinics that deliver free health care to rural

Six reasons you should give to Rotary on Giving Tuesday

You can start the holiday season on a charitable note by donating on Giving Tuesday, 28 November.Why should Rotary be your charity of choice? Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our

Bringing up babies

After overcoming a tough childhood, pediatrician Ramon Resa is helping to raise a new generation of

‘Peace needs to be lived’

Rotary Day at the United Nations pushes peace from concept to