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The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
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1) Johnny's Jog was rescheduled from Sunday the 19th to Sunday the 26th.
 
2) Only one week until Vines of March!
 
3) Our Annual Celebration with the students from West Hartford's Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Outreach Center will take place Monday, April 17.  I would ask Rotarians to arrive to The New Children's Museum on Trout Brook Drive between 5:05 and 5:15 p.m., as the children will be with us by 5:30 p.m.  The event will end promptly at 7:00 p.m.  As we have done in the past, we will see a show in the Planetarium, enjoy a healthy snack together, then escort the children through the Museum in small groups. 
 
Guest Speaker Janet Bailey from Aurora Foundation, which was formed to serve as a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls in Greater Hartford, with the intended effect of unlocking the potential of their families and surrounding communities.
 
Vines of March is less than two weeks away.  Johnny's Jog, which is supported by the club, is coming up on the 19th.
 
Steve Leon from WineCellars4, a long-time sponsor of the Vines of March event, speaks at the club meeting on 2/27.  Vines of March will be held on March 25th - less than a month away!
 
 
Basketball signed by Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun
 
Just two of the exciting auction items at Vines of March - coming up on March 25th.  Get your tickets today!
 
Food provided by the following:
 
Barcelona
Beachland Tavern,
Black Bamboo
Blue Elephant
Corner Pug
Crown Market
East West Grill
Effie's
Fleming's Steak House
Harry's Pizza Bishops Corner
Hartford Baking Company
Ichiro
J Restaurant
Joey’s Pizza
Kasia's Bakery
Koma
Lena's
Little Something Bakery
Park and Oak
Pond House Cafe
Rizzuto's
Treva
Yosi’s
 
Guest speaker Joseph Dakers, Tax Assessor, Town of West Hartford
 
Rotarian / West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor receives her Paul Harris +8 from Foundation Chair Eileen Rau and Club President Robert Kor
 
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As of March 18th, we have given $7006 towards the goal of $10000.  Also, we have given $2965 to the Polio Plus Campaign, exceeding the club goal of $2650.
West Hartford Rotarian and District Governor-Elect Dave Mangs meets RI President-Elect Ian Riseley
Bob Rau, Bennett Forrest, Harry Davidson, Alana Blum, Eileen Rau, some young helpers, and 1000+ donated books
 
 
On Thursday, February 2 West Hartford Rotarians Eileen Rau, Bob Rau, Fernando Vidal, Bennett Forrest, and Harry Davidson, along with the staff of the Children's Reading Partners Alana Blum and Stacey Jennings, sorted over 1000 books donated for the 2016 Greater Hartford Book Drive. All the new books will be distributed to children who participate in the reading mentor program at the end of the year, while used books will be handed out directly to elementary schools around greater Hartford for use in their schools.


President Robert Kor attaches a Rotary Club pin to new member Matt Cuddy
 
 
Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo receives the Paul Harris Award (4th) from Foundation Director Eileen Rau
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President Robert Kor, Eileen Rau and Paul Harris awardee Oscar Santo Domingo
 
Also a reminder that Bennett Forrest will be hosting a book sorting event at his home this Thursday, Feb 2nd, from 6:30 to 8pm.  There are over 1500 books to sort, so help would be appreciated!
 
The first meeting of 2017 was held on Jan 9th.  Elona Vaisnys of Citizens' Election Program was guest speaker.  The club also noted its 65th anniversary on January 14th.
 
 
Video of Hall Madrigal Choir at Dec 19th meeting.
 
 
 
Speakers
Dr. Faustimus Onyirimba
Apr 17, 2017
Christian Medical Mission International
Bob Cave
May 01, 2017
Auto Manufacturing Industry started in Hartford!
Alan Hurst, Rotary Peace Fellow
May 08, 2017
International Peace Centers
Bonnie Meyers, Dir. Programs & Services
May 15, 2017
Brain Injury Alliance of CT.
Jim Mac Pherson
Jun 05, 2017
Autonomous Vehicles
 
 
 
 
 
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