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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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Guest Speaker Christopher Popilowski of Wheeler Foster Care with President Donna Griffin
                      ( RLI )                          
The Rotary Leadership Institute is a powerful tool to grow member leadership strengths and build member retention.
Attendees learn
          -how to lead in a service organization
          -how to create effective committees
          -how to work with volunteers
AND  come back to their clubs motivated, energized and inspired
AND  they share that enthusiasm with other members.
This fall, District 7890 will host an RLI session:
7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
A light breakfast and lunch are included in the $80 registration fee.
Holiday Inn Springfield South
1 Bright Meadow Blvd
Enfield, CT  06082
You accepted the invitation to become a Rotarian for a reason.  You stay a Rotarian also for a reason.  Spending a day at an RLI session will add many more reasons for you to be a Rotarian.  Remember, “Those who serve the best profit the most.”
For more information, visit
To register,  CLICK HERE
Registration $80 -  Parts I, II, III  and a Graduate Session
   Feel free to call or e-mail RLI District Chair Frank Wargo at 
1-203-788-0698 or if you have any questions.
Many clubs will cover their members’ RLI fee.
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As of October 13th, we have given $3645 to the 2017-2018 Rotary Foundation versus our goal of $10,000, as well as $665 to the Polio Plus campaign vs. our goal of $2,000.
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

Jazz Piano Virtuoso JoAnne Brackeen to Headline 15th Annual West Hartford Rotary Jazz Brunch November 5

West Hartford, Conn., September 19, 2017 – Described as "a visionary of extraordinary depth" by Tony Bennett, and "a pianist-composer of phenomenal capacity" by the late Bill Evans, jazz pianist, composer and educator Joanne Brackeen is consistently ranked by critics and jazz magazines as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, along with Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea. 

On Sunday November 5, Brackeen, flanked by fellow artists Javon Jackson (saxophone), Ugonna Okegwo (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) will be the featured artist at the Rotary Club of West Hartford’s 15th Annual Jazz Brunch.

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.
Immediate Past President Robert Kor passed the gavel to new President Donna Griffen
Steve Leon from Wine Cellars 4 receives an honorary Paul Harris Award.  Steve has been a key supporter of our annual Vines of March event.
Club President Donna Griffen flanked by guest speakers Jennifer Matos & Amy Boulton from Noah Webster House 
Rico Dence Founder...Up Cancer
Oct 23, 2017
Needs of Young Adults with Cancer
Bob Newbold
Oct 30, 2017
A "Stroke" of Luck
Paul Martel, Director, FIBUSPAM,
Nov 06, 2017
Medical /Surgical clinic in Ecuador, providing care to children & families
Kurt Roggendorf PhD
Nov 13, 2017
What is Mindfulness?
Pieter Roos, Executive Director, Mark Twain House
Nov 20, 2017
What's New ? Meet the New Director!
Donna Griffen
Nov 27, 2017
Club Assembly
DG David Mangs
Dec 04, 2017
Official Rotary Updates
Donna Griffen
Dec 18, 2017
Club Assembly
Vines Committee
Jan 08, 2018
Vines Assembly #1
Vines Committee
Feb 12, 2018
Vines Assembly #2
Vines Committee
Mar 05, 2018
Last Vines Assembly...Ready, set, go ...March 10th!
Upcoming Events
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...