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It was a busy April 10th - some of the action is captured in pictures:
The club presents a check for $7500 to the Johnathan's Dream Fund, which will support the construction of  Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined, a revolutionary new inclusive playground.
Our guest speaker from India presented Club President Robert Kor with gifts
District Governor Frank Wargo was also in attendance
19 members out of 55 have given to the Annual fund this year - let's make it 100%!
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As of April 17th, we have given $9406 towards the goal of $10000.  Also, we have given $2965 to the Polio Plus Campaign, exceeding the club goal of $2650.
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
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...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...