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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
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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...
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.

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.

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.
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As of November 11th, we have given $5645 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 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
Guest speaker Andrea Giudice from NEAT Equipment Restoration Center demonstrates medical equipment to the club. The NEAT Equipment Restoration Center(ERC) accepts, repairs, sanitizes and resells gently used donated pieces of durable medical and adaptive equipment at less than half of new.
Donna Griffen
Nov 27, 2017
Club Assembly
DG David Mangs
Dec 04, 2017
Official Rotary Updates
Donna Griffen
Dec 11, 2017
Club Assembly
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!
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...