Celebrate West Hartford Pictures 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speaker Jim MacPherson.  He was the host of “The Car Doctor” on WTIC-AM for 27 years. He also has written AAA auto reviews and Auto Guide books.
 
June 5th Meeting 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Chad Licht receives his first Paul Harris Fellowship from Club President Robert Kor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau
May 22nd Meeting 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
District 7890 Installation Dinner Online Registration is now OPEN! Register TODAY!!!  Click HERE to register.
District Installation Dinner - June 22nd 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Installation of 2017-18 officers and presentation of awards will be held on Tuesday, June 27th at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford.  The event starts at 5:30pm with cocktails with dinner following at 6:30pm.
Save the Date - Tuesday June 27th! 2017-05-22 04:00:00Z 0


President Robert Kor with new member Mark Walker and Rotarian Tony Rodriguez.
 


Guest speakers included Bonnie Meyers, Director of Programs and Services from the Brain Injury Alliance of CT.

May 15th Meeting Pictures 2017-05-21 04:00:00Z 0


Guest speaker Alan Hurst, a Rotary Peace Fellow.
May 8th Meeting 2017-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Some key upcoming events:
 
 
Celebrate West Hartford
Saturday June 10th - Sunday June 11th
Contact Bennett Forrest or Fern Vidal to sign up
 
Shifts:
Friday JUNE 9: 4-7:30
Saturday JUNE 10: 9a-12:30
Saturday JUNE 10: 12-3:30
Saturday JUNE 10: 3-6:30
Sunday: JUNE 11: 11:30-3
Sunday JUNE 11: 2:30-6
Upcoming Events! 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Dave Lemkuil receives his first Paul Harris Fellowship from Club President Robert Kor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau
April 24th Meeting 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
April 17th Meeting 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
It was a busy April 10th - some of the action is captured in pictures. The club presented 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
 
April 10th Meeting 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
                 To Purchase Tickets, CLICK HERE
End Polio Now Game - now August 26th 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Vines of March Pictures 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
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.
March 7th Meeting 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
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
Feb 13th Meeting 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
West Hartford Rotarian and District Governor-Elect Dave Mangs meets RI President-Elect Ian Riseley
DG-E Mangs meets Rotary Int'l President Elect 2017-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Club Book Drive 2017-02-04 05:00:00Z 0


President Robert Kor attaches a Rotary Club pin to new member Matt Cuddy
January 30th Meeting 2017-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
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!
 
Jan 23rd Meeting 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Jan 9th Meeting 2017-01-23 05:00:00Z 0


Guest speaker Courtney Bourns from Mediators Beyond Borders International discussed the role of his organization.
December 5th Meeting 2016-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Karen Connal, Head of School of the Trinity Academy, was guest speaker.  Trinity Academy is an independent tuition-free elementary school serving students and their families in the Hartford area.  Their purpose is to educate in a nurturing and inclusive community with a focus on academics, the arts, literacy and critical thinking.
November 28th Meeting 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of West Hartford proudly delivered a check in the amount of $3852.31 to The Town That Cares.  This represented the proceeds earned from our 2016 Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Kudos to event chair Fernando Vidal and to all who donated happy dollars and other gifts to make the holidays just a little brighter for people in our community who are in need.
 

From L to R - President Robert Kor, Suzanne Oslander from The Town That Cares, Food Drive Chair Fernando Vidal, Rotarian Christine Looby, and Past President Kyle Egress
Rotary Club donation to The Town That Cares 2016-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Highlights from the 14 November meeting:
 
1) Board meeting at 11am on Monday
 
2) Eileen Rau discussed Polio Plus campaign. For our target, it is requested that all Rotarians donate $26.50 to the Polio Plus fund.
 
3) Hap reported on the highly successful Jazz Brunch.
 
4) Vines of March - Saturday March 25th -we need to start planning now!
 
5) Guest speakers Clayton Jason and Brenda Watson from Operation Fuel discussed their program.  77,000 people received a total of $3.2M in energy support last year, including 86 in West Hartford.  A portion of the funds comes from the 'add a dollar' on your energy bill.
 
Operation Fuel guest speakers Clayton Jason and Brenda Watson
Nov 14th Meeting 2016-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Martha Church, Director of the West Hartford Library, was guest speaker at the club meeting on Monday, November 7th.
 
Nov 7th Meeting 2016-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Monday's club meeting was highlighted by colorful costumes.
 


Bepsie Perry of Hello! West Hartford was the guest speaker, and discussed the efforts of the group to be a town-wide initiative to build bridges between community members.  Over 80 languages are represented in West Hartford Schools, and nearly 20% of WHPS students live in a home where English is not the primary language.

October 31st Meeting 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
The 11th Jazz Brunch was held on Sunday November 6th at the Hartford Club.  The sold out event featured musical entertainment by LAND of the GIANTS, featuring Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, Javon Jackson on saxophone, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, and David Williams on bass.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to  “The Gifts of Music" program ( www.giftsofmusic.us and other Rotary Charities.
 
Jazz Brunch! 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Past District Governor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau discusses World Polio Day, October 24th.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
 
 
Zachary Gross, Senior Program Manager from Simply Smiles, discusses the efforts of his organization.  Simply Smiles is a non-profit organization which provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities.
Pictures from October 24th 2016-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty six Rotarians and guest speaker Andrea Barton Reeves from HARC met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday Sept 12th. 
 
 
Sept 12th Meeting Notes 2016-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Terri Eickel, Director of Development and Special Events from Connecticut Sports Foundation, was this week's guest speaker.  She discussed the foundation and their mission, to financially assist CT cancer patients and their families, and to fund cancer research.
 
Tickets for the Jazz Brunch are now for sale on the web site.
 
Don't forget - our quarterly social is this Thursday the 25th, location TBA.
 
Guest speaker Terri Eickel from CT Sports Foundation
August 15th Meeting Notes 2016-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
25 members out of 55 have given to the Annual fund this year - let's make it 100%!
Thermometer Chart                Thermometer Chart
As of June 5th, we have given $10,461 towards the goal of $10,000.  Also, we have given $2965 to the Polio Plus Campaign, exceeding the club goal of $2650.
2017 Rotary Foundation Status 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Past President Kyle Egress and President Robert Kor receive the Presidential Citation from Past District Governor Eileen Rau
 
Guest speakers Ed Pawlak and Ethan Frankel from Bike West Hartford discuss the upcoming 'Center Streets' Event.  On August 28th, from 9am to noon, a loop of Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, and LaSalle road will be closed to traffic and reserved for bikes and pedestrians.
August 8th Meeting Pictures 2016-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty one Rotarians met at the Pond House Cafe on Monday the 25th of July for a regular club meeting. Dr. Jason Ryan, a Cardiologist from UConn Medical Center, was the guest speaker.
 
July 25th Meeting 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty three Rotarians, including Past District Governor Mike Barnett, gathered on the 18th of July for a club meeting.  Guest speaker Nathan Grube, Tournament Director of the Travelers Championship, discussed the upcoming event and how it benefits over 140 charities.
 
Key upcoming events include:
District Golf Tournament - 1 August
NO MEETING - 1 August
Tavern Night (location TBD) - Thursday Aug 25th
Club Assembly - Sept 19th
Jazz Brunch - Sunday Nov 6th
Notes from July 18th 2016-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
The first meeting of the new Rotary year was busy.  The club was visited by the US-Cuba Goodwill Tour youth baseball team, who also played their first game on Monday.   The club also hosted new District Governor Frank Wargo, who was also able to help induct his daughter Nara Wargo as a new Rotarian in the club.
 
The US-Cuba Goodwill Tour Team
 
District Governor Frank Wargo speaks to the club

President Robert Kor and DG Wargo welcome the newest Rotarian, Nara Wargo
 

 
 
Meeting Notes - July 11th 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Club of West Hartford Leadership for the new Rotary Year





 
New District Governor Frank Wargo speaks

DG Wargo swearing new officers in
New Sergeant at Arms Susan Chandler and Outgoing President Kyle Egress
Installation Dinner 2016-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

 
Rotarian John Smeallie and President Kyle Egress present a check to the Rotaract club.


Guest speaker Mike Abramson, Asst. General Manager of the Hartford Yard Goats
Pictures from May 16th Meeting 2016-05-22 04:00:00Z 0


President Kyle Egress and Past District Governor / Foundation Coordinator Eileen Rau present Booker DeVaughn with a Paul Harris Award.



Rotarian Chad Licht presents a check to Mike Fishman of A Hand Up at their fundraiser on April 29th
(wasn't able to get the 'big' check...)
 


Speaker Barry Diamond of PRIDE at the April 4th meeting
Recent Activities 2016-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
Michael Werle from The New Children's Museum was guest speaker on April 11th
Picture from April 11th Meeting 2016-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty four Rotarians and two guests met on Monday the 28th of March.
 
Foundation moment - this campaign ends on June 30th.
Hap Leabman noted that he collected $75 in extra funds from the recent tavern night - it was added to our Foundation donation.
 
President Kyle Egress noted that a vocational training team from South Africa will be in West Hartford from 8-15 May, working with West Hartford Schools.  We need host homes for them for this week - contact Kyle if you are able to support.
 
Upcoming events:
  • Rotary night at the Chamber of Council after hours - April 14th at 5:30pm at Farmington Bank in the Center.
  • A Hand Up support / Storage room organization - 17 April
  • District Assembly - 11 May
  • Celebrate West Hartford - 4/5 June
  • Installation Dinner - 21 June
  • Lobsterfest - 25 June
Guest speakers Caroline Gaetano and Marilyn Douglas from Tails of Joy, Inc discussed animal assisted therapy and gave several moving examples of the benefits of this therapy.
Meeting Minutes - 28 March 2016 2016-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
To kickoff the 11th year of the West Hartford Rotary Club Dictionary project, 7 Rotarians, 2 spouses, 1 recent dictionary recipient, and 2 future recipients gathered on Sunday to prepare over 800 Webster dictionaries for delivery to West Hartford 3rd Graders later this spring.  
 
 
 
11th Annual Rotary Club Dictionary Project 2016-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty four Rotarians gathered for a Club Assembly meeting on Monday March 21st, led by President Kyle Egress.  Key items discussed include:
 
The club raised $3272 for Polio Plus this year, compared to $1872 last year.
Our donation to date to the Foundation is $8374
 
The club donated $250 each to Hall and Conard Safe Grad events
 
Key upcoming events:
- Business after hours - Rotary night with Chamber of Commerce - April 14th at Farmington Bank in the Center 
- Storage room cleanup / A Hand Up support - April 17th
- District Conference  29-30 April
- Celebrate West Hartford - June 4-5th
- Installation Dinner - June 21st at Pond House Cafe
- Lobster Fest - June 25th
Meeting Minutes - 21 March 2016-03-27 04:00:00Z 0



Guest speakers Lene Bruun and Dan Firestone from "Cycling without age" join Rotarian Mary Silverberg



Showcasing the bikes...visit http://cyclingwithoutage.org/ for more information


 
President Kyle Egress removes the 'new member' ribbon from Rotarian Ken Sklodosky's badge

 
February 29th Meeting Pictures 2016-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Roszena Haskins and Ruthann Kozlowski from West Hartford Public Schools Continuing Education were today's business spotlight speakers.
 
Todd Piro, news anchor for NBC Connecticut, was guest speaker
 
 
Guest speaker Todd Piro with Rotarian / Speaker Coordinator Dave Lemkuil
February 1st Meeting 2016-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, January 30th, West Hartford Rotarians supported A Hand Up, a Hartford-based non-for-profit which provides donated household goods for people transitioning to independent living.  In 2015, A Hand Up made 276 donation pickups and 161 client deliveries.
Rotarians support A Hand Up 2016-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
For the last meeting of 2015, we were joined by the Hall High School Madrigal Choir, who performed several songs to enhance the holiday spirit.
 
President Kyle Egress and the Hall High School Madrigal Choir 

 
December 21st Meeting 2016-01-03 05:00:00Z 0


Rotarian Sue Klock, District 7890 Chair of Major Donor Programs, presents Rotarian Shari Cantor  her Paul Harris +6 award.
December 14th Meeting 2015-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

President Kyle Egress introduces new member Dennis Carroll


Check presentation to American School for the Deaf



Past President Hap Leabman presents a check to Suzanne Oslander 
from Hanoc; another was presented to The Town that Cares


Guest speaker John Gallagher, coach of the Hartford Hawks men's basketball team, with Rotarian Dave Lemkuil
December 7th Meeting 2015-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

President Kyle Egress inducts new member Matt Dabrowski
 
 
Tim Brennan accepts a $500 check for Teen Culture Connect for the baseball team trip to Cuba
 
 
Kyle and Hap Leabman (far right) present a $1500 check to HARC with Executive Director Andrea Barton-Reeves and Development Director Fred Stula
 
Guest speaker James Gordon of Salvation Army and Rotarian Dave Lemkuil 
November 30th Meeting 2015-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
On November 24th, the club presented a check for $3086 to the West Hartford "Town that Cares" at Town Hall.  The money was raised in conjunction with Liberty Bank.
 
In the picture:  Cindy Lang, immediate past president; Kyle Egress, president; Bob Kor, president-elect; Suzanne Oslander, Town that Cares, Eileen Rau, past district governor, Fernando Vidal, Rotarian and Chair of the Liberty Bank/ Rotary Food Drive.
Liberty Bank / Rotary Food Drive Check Presentation 2015-12-02 05:00:00Z 0


President Kyle Egress inducts new member Stephen Mok



Dave Lemkuil accepts a check for $250 for the CT Brain Tumor Alliance from Hap Leabman



Rotarian Sue Klock, District 7890 Major Gifts / Shelterbox Chair, displays Shelter Box add-on lights



Rotarian Fernando Vidal, Club Chair for the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive, reports that over $3000 was raised for the West Hartford Food Pantry. The check was presented on 11/24 at Town Hall.



Guest Speaker Bob Cave from the Seniors Job Bank thanks the club for a recent donation
November 23rd Meeting 2015-11-28 05:00:00Z 0


Rotarian Fernando Vidal and President Kyle Egress.  Kyle presented a check for $810 to Fernando for the Liberty Bank Food Drive, which was from funds collected by Kyle in his office.


Rotarian Bennett Forrest and guest Alana Blum from the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, with some of the 1,981 books collected in the book drive this year.



Rotarian Bruce Stanger and President Kyle Egress.  Bruce spoke on his recent benefit bike ride in Israel to benefit the Arava Institute and the club donated $500.
November 16th Meeting 2015-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
On Nov 9th, the club had two special guests:  



Josh Cantor and Adam Bercowetz, President and Vice President of West Hartford's new Rotaract Club.
 


Dan Moran, Kelly Clark, Dan Clark, and Laura Moran from Johnny's Jog for Charity, with President Kyle Egress
 


Laura Moran from Johnny's Jog
Pictures from Nov 9th Meeting 2015-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Jonathan Harris with Tony Rodriguez


President Kyle Egress and Past District Governor Eileen Rau
Pictures from November 2nd 2015-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Installation ceremony for West Hartford's new Rotaract Club was held on Tuesday, November 17th, and seventeen were installed as new members.
 
Rotaract Installation - Nov 17th 2015-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Thirty two Rotarians and two guests met at Pond House Cafe on Monday the 26th of October for a club meeting.  Detective Frank Fallon and Officer Kevin McCarthy from the WHPD were guest speakers.  Meeting minutes follow:
Meeting Minutes - 26 October 2015-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of West Hartford applied for and received a grant from Rotary International to help the American School for the Deaf set up a video production studio and train staff to use the equipment.  The grant leveraged local club donations with Rotary International funds, demonstrating that though Rotary has a significant international presence with projects such as Polio Plus, it also benefits the local community.
 


Rotarian John Goodman visited the new video production facility recently
Rotary Grant at work at ASD! 2015-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty seven Rotarians and two guests gathered at Pond House Cafe on Monday the 19th for a club meeting.  Besides enjoying a glorious fall day, the club enjoyed a fine meal, fellowship, a bit of singing, and conducted normal business.
Meeting Minutes from 19 October 2015-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
On Friday evening (10/23), 7 West Hartford Rotarians attended the WH-CATV "Take-5 All-Access Party" fundraiser  at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford.  Jen Evans from WH-CATV was a recent guest speaker, and the club provided a donation to support our community TV station.

 
Pictured in the photo are:  Christine Looby, Mary Silverberg, David Mangs, Tony Rodriguez, Kyle Egress, Cindy Lang and David Lemkuil
Rotary Club supports West Hartford Community Television 2015-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

President Kyle and PDG Eileen Rau introduce 'new' member Ken Sklodosky, who transferred in from Simsbury



Guest Speaker Jen Evans from W.H. CATV



Rotarian Polly Hincks and guest  Astrid Lazar
Pictures from October 5th 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Dave Mangs and guest singing after the meeting on 5 October
A Musical October 5th 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
As of 4/15, the Foundation has raised $9474 vs a target of $10,000
 
Thermometer Chart
Rotary Foundation Status 2015-10-04 04:00:00Z 0


Rick Flagg of Flaggstead Smokehouse with co-sponsors:  Hap Leabman and Ken Coco (President, Farmington Rotary).  Each club contributed $750.



John Smeallie, sitting in as Sergeant At Arms for Roshan Patel, watches Bruce Stanger pull the winning jackpot card in the 50/50 raffle 
 


Fernando Vidal volunteers to ride our vehicle in the Kinetic Sculpture Race on September 20.  Tom Wood is cheering him on 
Pictures from August 24th Meeting 2015-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Dana Gordon and Jen Matos from the Noah Webster House


President Kyle Egress and Sarah Baksh (2015 Hall High Scholarship recipient)
 

President Kyle with Fred Stula from
HARC
Pictures from Aug 17th Meeting 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
The club held a small, short meeting on Monday August 3rd, led by President Elect Bob Kor.  Key points:
-Board Meeting on Monday at 11 prior to the regular meeting
-Kinetic Sculpture event is September 20th at Winding Trails in Farmington.  Help is needed near-term to create our entry, and all are invited to watch the race and attend the barbecue afterwards.
- Jazz Brunch - Sunday Oct 5th - tickets are now available on the website
Meeting Notes from August 3rd 2015-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
The guest speaker Rick Lawrence discussed the Guatemala water project this week, and he brought both visual aids and a water jug with him.  Local children would have to carry the ~ 25lb jug up to four times a day if the water project did not exist.  
Pictures from July 27th Meeting 2015-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty six Rotarians and three guests met for a lunch meeting on Monday July 13th at the Pond House Cafe.  Rotarian Dana Gordon - with a fresh tattoo on his leg - started the meeting with the invocation which focused on the start of the 'Egress Era'.  New President Kyle Egress then held his first meeting. 
Meeting Minutes - 13 July 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
President Cindy Lang led her last meeting as President of the West Hartford Rotary Club before transitioning to incoming president Kyle Egress.  Among her last duties were presenting Bob Kiely with his Paul Harris +4 award and Dave Mangs with his Paul Harris +8 award.  This week's guest speaker was Hartford Courant business writer Dan Haar.  Pictures below: 
Meeting minutes - 29 June 2015-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
The West Hartford Rotary Club has had a busy week, as evidenced by the following pictures:
 


Rotarians marched in the West Hartford Memorial Day Parade
 


Rotarian Dana Gordon, channeling his inner Noah Webster, handing out dictionaries at Braeburn Elementary
 


Rotarian Tony Rodriguez throwing out the first pitch at the Rock Cats game



Rotarians Hap Leabman and Tony Rodriguez at Friday night's End Polio NOW night at the Rock Cats
Pictures from a busy week! 2015-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
The club met on Monday May 11th at The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford.  Speaker John O'Neil of Kinetic Media discussed his recent documentary about the MDC produced for CPTV.   
Meeting minutes - 11 May 2015-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
The club will be getting together on Friday July 10th at Playhouse on Park for a production of 'Hair'.  Tickets are $36, $34 for seniors (62+).  Please contact Mary Silverberg for tickets.
Club Social Event - Friday July 10th 2015-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
The West Hartford Rotary Club presented a $500 check to A Hand Up, Inc, a West Hartford organization which assists people transitioning to independent living.  The organzation held a fundraiser at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield on Thursday May 7th and Rotarians Hap Leabman, Kyle Brewer, and Chad Licht were on hand to support.
 


Rotarian Hap Leabman presents the check to A Hand Up chairman Michael Fishman
West Hartford Rotary Club Supports "A Hand Up" 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Matthew Fitzsimons, Executive Director of Grace Academy in Hartford, was guest speaker at the club meeting on Monday April 27th.   Matthew, joined by two students and a faculty member, discussed the school and answered questions.   Meeting minutes:
Meeting minutes - 27 April 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7890,  endowed by the Dunn family, offers a $30,000 scholarship, available to permanent residents of East or West Hartford who will be first year graduate students in one of six focus areas.  If you are interested, click here for more information - but do so quickly as the application deadline is May 8th!
Rotary Global / Dunn $30,000 Scholarship 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Thirty three Rotarians and guests met at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford on Monday, April 20th for a regularly scheduled meeting.  Guest speaker and Rotarian Kate Sims was the guest speaker and discussed Rotaract.
Meeting minutes - April 20th 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Pictures captured at meetings on April 13th and 20th, including guest speaker Dr. William Petit,  guest speaker / Rotarian Kate Sims, and WH Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship +2 pin from PDG Eileen Rau
Pictures from April 13th and 20th meetings 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Twenty nine Rotarians and guest speaker Dr. William Petit of the Petit Family Foundation met at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford on Monday, April 13th.  
Meeting minutes - 13 April 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
31 Rotarians and 3 guests met at Pond House Cafe on Monday, April 6th.  Guest speaker Kitty Jo Reynolds discussed the Foodshare program and how Rotary can help.
Meeting minutes - 6 April 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
April Birthdays and Anniversaries!
April Birthdays and Anniversaries 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Minutes from the club meeting on March 23rd follow:
Meeting Minutes - 23 March 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Some pictures from several March 2nd events
Pictures from early March 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Some pictures from the February 23rd meeting...
Pictures from February 23rd meeting 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
March 2 is going to be a very busy day for our club!  It's going to be a day for us to "make up for lost time together"...
STEM Check Presentation - March 2nd 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
 
"There are those who will always continue to experience their keenest interest in their local organizations; others to whom the national work of Rotary makes the strongest appeal, while still others think that the possibilities of an international Rotary are the most attractive.  There is room for all and opportunity for each to serve Rotary in whatsoever manner or whatsoever field suits him best." - The National Rotarian, March 1912
Words and Wisdom of Paul Harris 2015-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Words and Wisdom of Paul Harris 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Since we have not met in almost a month due to weather, here are some announcements from President Cindy:
Various Announcements and Upcoming Events 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians:
 
I invite each of you to be with us on Monday, March 2, for our annual post-holiday celebration with the children from the Hillcrest Area Neighborhood Outreach Center (HANOC) at The Children's Museum on Trout Brook Drive.  
HANOC Event - March 2nd 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
February Birthdays and Anniversaries!
February Birthdays and Anniversaries 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
34 Rotarians plus two guests met on January 5th, 2015 for the first meeting of 2015, a Club Assembly.
Meeting minutes - 5 January 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Save the Date - Vines of March - Sat Mar 7th 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Birthdays
Tony Rodriguez           Jan 24th
​Roshan Patel              Jan 28th
Rotary Anniversary
James Ruel                 7 yrs      Jan 7th
Mary Silverberg          7 yrs      Jan 8th
​Christine Looby          3 yrs      Jan 30th
January Birthdays and Anniversaries 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Details for the holiday party on January 10th...
Holiday Party - January 10th 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0



Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo and guest speaker Barry Simons from Oak Hill
Picture from 15 Dec 2014 Meeting 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION BENEFACTOR?
Rotary Foundation Moment - 22 December 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0



Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo with Michael Shaw, Executive Director of New Horizons, Inc. with Farmington Rotarian Linda Iavonna
Photo from Dec 8th Meeting 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

OUR ROTARY SUCCESS WITH THE POLIO PLUS CAMPAIGN 

Rotary Foundation Moment - 8 December 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
WHAT DOES THE ROTARY FOUNDATION DO WITH ITS MONEY?
Rotary Foundation Moment - 1 December 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
On Monday November 24th, 30 Rotarians met at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford for a regularly scheduled meeting.  Medina Jett was guest speaker and talked about starting her own business.
Meeting minutes - 24 November 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Birthdays
Hap Leabman       Dec 8th
Mark Tamaccio      Dec 9th
​James Ruel           Dec 11th
Louis Vamvakas   Dec 12th
David Lemkuil       Dec 17th
​Donna Griffen       Dec 22nd
Shari Cantor         Dec 26th
Mary Chase          Dec 26th
 
Anniversaries
David Lemkuil         Susan      Dec 3rd
Henry Mondschein  Amy         Dec 12th
​DeVaughn Booker  Elena       Dec 18th
 
Club Anniversaries
Eileen Rau           Dec 1st     17 yrs
David Gerrol        Dec 13th   4 yrs
Shari Cantor        Dec 14th   5 yrs
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WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S ENDOWMENT FUND?

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Is it worth giving to The Rotary Foundation?

By Quentin Wodon, a member of the Rotary Club of Washington D.C

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 The Rotary Club of West Hartford recently presented a check for $5000 to the CCMC foundation to support the NICU webcam project. Club President Cindy Lang, Rotarian John Smeallie, Andria Hatfield, RN, and Rotarians Don Chandler, Mary Silverberg, David Gerrol and Eileen Rau are shown.

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 On Tuesday, 25 November, a check in the amount of $2915 was presented to the Town that Cares representative Suzanne Oslander at the West Hartford Town Hall. ​
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On Monday November 10th, 28 Rotarians and one guest met.  President Cindy recognized Veterans in the club, and guest speaker Gail Stafford discussed her experiences with Karen refugees living in Hartford.
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PDG Mike Barnett, Past President Hap Leabman, and DG Mike Roy at the
Foundation Dinner on 6 November.  The West Hartford club was recognized
for donations to Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation during the 2013-
2014 Rotary year.
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A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE Written by: Brian King RI Staff

Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.  
My mind raced,  now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.
It was the image of a child, paralyzed, Only this and nothing more.
More images now, my fear grew stronger; hesitating then no longer.
Poverty, illness, hunger and so many victims of conflict and war.
So many living a nightmare, with whom our good fortune we can share.
No water or food or one to care; no education, for millions no open door.
No opportunity; no bright future, neither nor.  Darkness there and nothing more.
Who will help those in need; this desperate call who will heed?
“Sir," said I, "or Madam”, truly your support I implore;
Every Rotarian, everywhere, help end this chilling tale if you dare,
help those in great despair, in our backyard and on another shore.
‘O the ways you can help are so many, please do explore.
And change the life of a child--forevermore!
And every Rotarian, with no hesitation, responded without consternation,
giving every year $100 and even more.  And the children’s eyes have all the seeming, filled of hope; and dreaming;
their smiles now beaming, as Rotarians’ generosity there was an outpour;
And the lives of millions with so little to live for, 
shall be lifted--forever and ever more! 

 

Apologies go to Edgar Allan Poe and his Raven

          If you would like to make a year end donation, this is the time to do it!

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Member Birthdays
 
Name                           Date
 
Looby, Christine            Nov 07
 
Licht, Chad                    Nov 15
 
Lang, Cynthia                Nov 30
 
Anniversaries
 
Name                        Spouse Name        Date                 Years
 
Kiely, Robert J.            Elizabeth             Nov 03 1951      63 years
 
Liftig D.M.D., Rick         Kathy                  Nov 25 1983      31 years
 
Date Joined Rotary
 
Name               Years               Date
 
Lang, Cynthia    8 years           Nov 01 2006
 
List, Karen         5 years           Nov 09 2009
 
Chase, Mary      1 Year             Nov 20 2013
 
Egress, Kyle      5 years           Nov 30 2009
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On Saturday October 25, 2014, prior president Hap Leabman presented a $2,500 check to Haig Shahverdian for “Gifts of Music”.   The funds were raised at the club's annual Jazz Brunch event.

Gifts of Music joins the resources of West Hartford Public Schools, the Community Division of the Hartt School of Music, private donors, and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; partners qualified students with professional musicians from the Community Division of Hartt School for weekly instrumental lessons; collects and recycles used instruments; supports supervised after-school practice sessions for an additional population of students. 

The check presentation was made at the annual Gifts if Music Benefit Concert, which was attended by over 200 Gift of Music friends and supporters.

 


Past President Hap Leabman presents the check to Gifts of Music

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Guest speaker / CT Attorney General George Jepsen



​Ferd promoting the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive

 
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Connecticut’s Own Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, visited the Rotary Club of West Hartford

Former Miss USA and Connecticut native Erin Brady addressed the Rotary Club of West Hartford on Monday, October 27.  As Miss USA, Erin Brady worked to educate others about the importance of empowering others through leadership.  She grew up in East Hampton and graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice.

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Pictures from the Light up West Hartford with Rotary event held on 6 October
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Posted by Henry Mondschein on Mar 28, 2007
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
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Posted by Henry Mondschein on Mar 28, 2007
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
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Posted by Henry Mondschein on Mar 28, 2007
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
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Posted by Henry Mondschein on Mar 28, 2007
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
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Posted by Henry Mondschein on Mar 28, 2007
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
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Rotarian John Smeallie created a new video entitled 'SERVICE THROUGH FELLOWSHIP'.  It was shown at the Light up West Hartford with Rotary event.

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

September 29th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 28 Rotarians and 1 guest.

Mary Silverberg gave the invocation ‘a birthday with a purpose’ and then led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation – this week was about Sustaining members.

2.noted a Steve Crane video and recommended that all view it:   end Polio now

3.Larry Goodman – introduced himself and gave a brief bio

4.President Cindy – discussed the University of St Joseph / Grace Academy STEM project – they have raised $700 already, and need $300 more

5.Fernando Vidal –noted that the Liberty Bank food drive has started and that the board voted to donate $500 as well as all Happy Dollar donations

6.Prior President Hap Leabman – discussed the event on 6 October.  All tickets will benefit the club, as Pond House is covering the meals.  Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door.

7.– gave a recap of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and noted that Cindy ran the Amber Alert booth and was able to sign up approximately 10 children despite significant technical difficulties.

Sergeant at Arms John Smeallie reports 28 Rotarians are present.  One guest was present:  Kara Sundlun, guest speaker. 

Happy dollars were collected.  The pot is up to $51 and nobody won this week.

Kara Sundlun from WFSB was the guest speaker and talked of about her career, her two most memorable days as a broadcaster, and her upcoming book.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45, with Dave Lemkuil leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is October 20th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

 

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Larry Goodman giving his bio

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Guest speaker Kara Sundlun from WFSB

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Kara Sundlun with Rotarian Dave Lemkuil, speaker coordinator and Packer fan!

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WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION SUSTAINING MEMBER?

 A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes $100 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, and club recognition. After donating $100.00 per year for 10 Rotary years, he/she becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. We have 23 Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members in our Club. Won't you become a Sustaining Member?

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Help us reach our goal.

Rotarians are generous people. They give to many good, charitable causes in their communities but in many instances do not support their own charity: The Rotary Foundation.

This Rotary year, I would like to see every Rotary club make a contribution to our Rotary Foundation.

Remember that the good we do in the world is limited only by the contributions we receive. And when we give to our Foundation, we are not sending cash to Evanston – we are helping a blind man to see, a polio victim to walk, a child to grow to adulthood healthily, a student to become better educated, and a family to have food to eat.

The slogan Every Rotarian, Every Year means exactly that. Every Rotarian should make a contribution to our Foundation every year. Make it a priority this year to impress on your club the importance of every club supporting our Foundation in some way.

As I said at the outset, Rotarians are generous people. I am sure you will translate that generosity into giving to our Rotary Foundation.

It is up to each and every one of us to do so.

John Kenny Trustee Chair 2014-15

 
Thank you!
 
Eileen Rau
District Governor 2012-2013 Peace Through Service District 7890
Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 32
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The Rotary Foundation Awards $33,000 Global Grant for the American School for the Deaf

 

Recently, the Club received word that our Global Grant application to provide a Visual Media Studio for the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, was approved. Our Club partnered with the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., and both our respective Districts, 7890 and 7020, to fund this Grant. The Rotary Foundation matched club and district contributions to bring the total grant amount to $33,000. The grant provides for the studio equipment and wiring, as well as curriculum materials and professional development of staff. Visual learning is a key component of teaching hearing impaired students, and this studio will open new avenues of education to them. It will also provide training that students can use when they later enter the work force. Work will begin soon, and Club members interested in working on the project should contact Cindy Lang or Don Chandler. All of the funds came from contributions of Rotarians, and this shows how our donations can ultimately enable projects right here at home.

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The 2014 Foundation dinner is fast approaching. DG Mike and Foundation Chair Sue invite to come to this annual tribute to The Rotary Foundation. Click this link to the flyer for more information and a link to register online:
 
 
You may also find this information on the District Website. 
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
DG Mike Roy
Foundation Chair Sue Atkins
 
 
 
 
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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

September 15th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 28 Great Rotarians and 1 guest.

David Gerrol gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation and focused on the two types of grants, District and Global.

2.- discussed the Rotary Leadership Institute coming up on November 8th in Chicopee, MA.

3.Don Chandler reported that we received the Global Grant for $33K for the Video Media studio at ASD.  He noted the power of grants, as we leveraged a WH Rotary donation of $4K up to the $33K value.

4.Past President Hap – We are co-sponsors with the Farmington Club of the Kinetic Sculpture event to be held at Winding Trails on 21 Sept. 

5.– discussed the upcoming Light Up West Hartford Rotary event on October 6th.  Money is needed by the 29th – either bring a check or pay on line.

6.Bennett Forrest - discussed the West Hartford Rotary book drive and gave a live demonstration of a donation.

Sergeant at Arms John Smeallie reports 28 Rotarians are present.  One guest was present: guest speaker Pauline Weissman.  He noted that we will be videotaping the meeting on the 22nd of September.

Happy dollars were collected.  The pot was up to $233, and David Mangs picked the winning card!  Congratulations Dave!

Guest speaker Pauline Weissman, a nutritionist, gave an interesting presentation on healthy eating and offered up several simple suggestions for improving your diet.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Oscar Santo Domingo leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is September 22nd, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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              Dave Lemkuil with guest speaker Ronnie Newton
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Past President Hap and President Cindy with new member Larry Goodman
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Past District Governor Eileen Rau presents Hartford Rotarian Judith Green with her Paul Harris +3 pin
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Hap giving the $750 co-sponsor check for the 9/21 Kinetic Sculpture Race at Winding Trails to Rick Flagg who is organizing this 1st Race. 
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Rick Flagg explains the 9/21 event to the club at the 9-8 meeting

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Guest speaker Joe Scata of the CT department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security​

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The Rotary golf tournament

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President Cindy and prior Presidents Hap and Dana at the Elizabeth Park service project

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THE ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
 
                   ( RLI )                           
 
IT’S  COMING!
 
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.
 
SIGN UP NOW!
 
This fall, District 7890 will host an RLI session:
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014
The Mass Mutual Training & Conference Center
350 Memorial Dr., Chicopee, MA
 
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 and to register, visit www.rlinea.org or contact Eileen Rau PDG at ebrau@comcast.net/860-521-0526
 
Many clubs will cover their members’ RLI fee.
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WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL FUND?

 The Rotary Foundation is funded in two different ways: the Annual Fund and the Endowment Fund. The primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of The Rotary Foundation, the Annual Fund supports programs in more than 200 geographical regions. From digging clean water wells for villages in Africa to reaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment in a day, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that all contributions given to the Annual Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects. In the 2012-13 Rotary year, US$115 million was donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund (Making History in Rotarian generosity). The Annual Fund is comprised of donations from Rotarians, friends of Rotary, corporations, workplace giving vehicles and can be matched by corporate matching gifts to leverage your donation. There is even a place on the rotary website that allows you to see if your company has a charitable matching program…check it out at: www.rotary.org  

 

WON’T YOU SUPPORT THE ANNUAL FUND WITH AT LEAST $10 A MONTH OR $120 THIS YEAR?

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Posted by Chad Licht

WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

August 11th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 24 Great Rotarians and 2 guests.

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation – this week was about the two types of grants.

2.Dana Gordon – presented Harry Davidson with the honorary ‘pink ball’ for a “notable” performance on the golf course during last week’s event.

3.Harry Davidson – gave a ‘brief’ recap of the golf event a week prior.

4.Kyle Brewer – discussed the most recent ‘A Hand Up’ event.  Due to the short notice, only Kyle and some friends were able to attend the successful event.

5.President Cindy also noted that the bench project will be starting soon, and that she will be submitting a survey to the club shortly.

6.Prior President Hap Leabman – discussed the event on 6 October.  All tickets will benefit the club, as Pond House is covering the meals. 

Treasurer Todd Bower reports 24 Rotarians are present.  Two guests were present:  Alana Blum, guest speaker; and Ria Van Hoof, spouse of Dana Gordon.

Happy dollars were collected.  The pot is up to $180 and nobody won this week.

Alana Blum gave a presentation on the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy’s efforts in the Greater Hartford area.   Eileen discussed her rewarding experience volunteering with the group.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:23, with Oscar leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is August 18th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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WHAT IS THE GOAL OF ROTARY FOUNDATION GRANTS?

“Doing good in the world.” This is achieved via two programs categories of The Rotary Foundation.

 District Grants– allow up to 25% of funding given three years ago through Annual Fund –SHARE to do projects that fall within the mission. Almost any type of project can be done and local clubs work with their districts to figure out what projects and activities are nearest and dearest to their hearts.

 Global Grants- fund sustainable and measurable scholarships, humanitarian grants and vocational training teams in the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.

Our club participated in a District Grant last year that helped fund the dictionary project. This year we are working on a Global Grant with the American School for the Deaf as the beneficiary.

Thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.

 

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Birthdays

Kove Schwartz             Sep 01

Edward Cape               Sep 11

Bruce Stanger             Sep 11

Michael Howard           Sep 12

Harry Davidson            Sep 18

Kelly Kennedy             Sep 25

Mary Silverberg            Sep 29

Dr. Robert Claflin          Sep 30

Wedding Anniversaries

Dana Gordon (Ria)   Sep 01 (23 yrs)

Bennett Forrest (Debra)  Sep 03 (9 yrs)

David Gerrol (Lisa)   Sep 08 (3 yrs)

Robert Kor (Emily)   Sep 09 (22 yrs)

Kelly Kennedy (Bobby)    Sep 18 (10 yrs)

Club Anniversaries

Kove Schwartz  Sep 13, 2010 - 4 years

Susan Chandler    Sep 28, 2013  - 1 year

 

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Posted by Chad Licht
HOW DID THE ROTARY FOUNDATION GET STARTED? The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri to more than 2.663 billion dollars in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500.00 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day, it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.

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Posted by Chad Licht

WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

August 4, 2014- 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 15 Great Rotarians; 1 visiting Rotarians and 1 guest.

Bob Kiely gave the invocation with thoughts of servicemen and women, particularly in light of the upcoming August 6 anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Cindy began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

  1. Rotarian Keith Harris of Merrimac, MA, will pass through Massachusetts during the week of August 10 in the midst of his 4400-mile cross country trek from Seattle.  During stops in Pittsfield, Westfield, Northampton, West Springfield, and Springfield, he will address the topics of bicycle safety, his journey, and the works of Rotary International.  Cindy e-mailed Club members with the related information prior to the meeting; please note that some of the stops do require pre-registration/reservations.

2.Our club will participate in an Elizabeth Park Clean-up Volunteer Endeavor on August 23 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Please sign up.

3.We are still working on the bench project and Cindy will report back with progress.

4.Reminder:  we are collaborative partners with the Farmington Club on the Kinetic Sculpture event to be held at Winding Trails September 21. There are volunteer opportunities – see Hap if you are interested!

5.Hap is also the contact for the October 6 Rotary Showcase at Pond House Café in West Hartford; it’s shaping up beautifully!

Sergeant-at-Arms John Smeallie reports 15 Rotarians, one visiting Rotarian and one guest are present.  Guests and visitors are: speaker and Rotarian Dave Johnston as well as guest Gary Valenti.

Anniversaries this week include wedding anniversaries for Kyle and Brittney Egress and Dave and Gail Mangs; Elizabeth Horyn marks her seventh anniversary as a Rotarian.

Happy dollars were collected from Susan Chandler, Hap Leabman, Cindy Lang, Dave Mangs, Dave Johnston, Oscar Santo Domingo and Todd Bower.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $170, with no winner today.  We are looking for the Jack of Clubs.

David Johnston, director of the Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE), shared his organization’s mission to improve policies and practices that lead to higher college retention, graduation and employment for underrepresented, first-generation, and otherwise challenged students.  CHERE is a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, providing a forum for educators to discuss critical issues, conduct applied research and publish results, and advocate on behalf of at-risk students.  David discussed the importance for students of connecting with a significant adult, visualizing a purpose for their educations, and “seamless counseling” on everything from finances to paperwork to roommate conflicts as factors in retention.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 p.m., with Oscar leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is August 11, 2014 at the Pond House Café.   

Respectfully submitted,

Christine M. Looby

Scribe 

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

July 21st, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 29 Great Rotarians and 3 guests.

Polly Hincks gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation and noted that we will be hearing more about it in the weeks to come.

2.Past President Hap Leabman – presented a pin to President Cindy for her efforts in recruiting a new member.  Said new member, John Smealie, pinned Cindy.

3.President Cindy  – passed around the new ‘Light up Rotary’ lapel pins

4.– discussed an upcoming service project at Elizabeth Park – in August TBD

5.– formally removed Kyle Brewer’s new member ribbon in recognition of his efforts to the club, including leading the ‘A Hand Up’ service project.

6.Harry Davidson – discussed the district golf outing, to be held on August 4th.

7.Kyle Egress – gave a summary of Lobsterfest, noting that we received $8200 in sponsorships and made a profit of ~$10,000.  He reminded all that attendance is key to profitability, as there are significant fixed cost to cover.  Cindy noted that we will do more promotion for LF 2015.

8.Don Chandler discussed an upcoming fellowship survey.  If you have ideas for events, let Don know!

Sergeant at Arms John Smealie reports 29 Rotarians are present.  Three guests were present:  John Foxx, a candidate for Connecticut State Senate District 7 and guest of David Gerrol; Dave Walker, a candidate for Lt. Governor, and Capt. Lawrence Goodman of the Salvation Army.

There was no guest speaker this week and a club assembly was held instead.  Hap presented three main topics:

  1. He is refreshing the New Member Committee and passed around a signup list
  2. There will be an event at Pond House on Monday, October 6th (in lieu of normal meeting).  This will be an event for people who want to learn about Rotary.  We will give 6-8 presentations on the things we do.
  3. We are co-sponsors with the Farmington Club of the Kinetic Sculpture event to be held at Winding Trails on 21 Sept.  There are volunteer opportunities – see Hap if you are interested!

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Cindy leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is July 28th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe



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John pinning President Cindy with the new recruiting pin

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Here's the Rotary Foundation Minute for this week:

 WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION? The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary. It is a non-profit that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world.   Its sole mission is to support the efforts of Rotarians through Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national and international humanitarian and educational programs in your back yard and around the globe.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.

Thanks, Eileen

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OVER THE NEXT YEAR, I WILL COME TO YOU WITH A SHORT WEEKLY MESSAGE ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, ITS PROGRAMS AND THE NEED FOR YOUR SUPPORT. TODAY I HAVE A QUOTE FROM PAULO COSTA, PAST PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, 1990-1991. “Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation. It transforms our dreams into splendid realities . . . it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity - a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

June 16th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 29 Great Rotarians and 1 guests.

Mary Silverberg gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Hap noted that billings are behind and that we are working to catch up.  After the next billing, we will switch to a system based on Club Runner, so the appearance of the bills will change.

2.– noted that we are instituting a New Member Orientation program as well as a mentoring program.  It is intended primarily – but not exclusively - for members with less than two years in the club.

3.– stated that we will be conducting a survey of club members in the near future

4.– discussed an initiative to increase our communications, especially external, to ‘get the Rotary message out.’  He intends to lead this effort personally. 

5.– talked about our October event at Pond House.  They are sponsoring the event and providing food and a cash bar – tickets will be ~ $20 and Pond House will help sell them.

6.– reviewed several thank you letters; from West Hartford Community TV, Conard HS for a Safe Grad donation, and both Conard and Hall scholarship recipients.

7.-  displayed a large cardboard check which he presented to Park Road Playhouse.

8.Donna Griffin – thanked all for the support for Celebrate West Hartford, and announced that we netted $4918 this year, helped by ASD buying back unused meat.

9.Eileen Rau – reminded all that time is running out for the 2014 Foundation giving period – it expires at the end of June. 

10. Discussed ‘Zones’.  Our club is in district 7890 and is one of 20 districts in Zone 32, and includes New England, Bermuda, and Quebec.  Zones have several coordinators with several assistants in a variety of functional areas (Foundation, End Polio Now, Public Image, Rotary Coordinator, and Endowment / Major Gift Advisor).  Zones have several training events and Eileen, and Don and Susan Chandler will be participating in the fall.

11.Cindy Lang – announced that the NICU golf tournament raised $12K, and that there will be a fall fundraiser.

12.Kyle Egress – noted that Lobster fest is less than a week away and pushed us to sell tickets and / or sponsorships. 

13.– The order for steak and lobster will be placed on June 16th, so he will need a good handle on ticket sales by then.

14.– Help is needed with the event – Friday setup, Saturday at the event, and Sunday cleanup. Contact Kyle if you can help!

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 29 Rotarians are present.  One guests was present:  Eric Powers, a guest of Don.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $128 but no one drew the winning card.   

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is July 7th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.      

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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The Farmington 40th Anniversary photos was taken on 6/12 at Farmington Gardens.  The photo shows six West Hartford Rotarians and spouses Betty Kiely and Bob Rau who came to support the Farmington Club.

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Pictured in the Celebrate W.H. photo are Dave Mangs, President Hap and Rich Marone working hard on Saturday

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Our annual Installation Dinner will take place at the Pond House on Monday, June 30 from 6:15-9 pm.  You are invited along with your spouse, significant other or friend.  This will be a fun evening of Rotary fellowship and celebration! 

The cost is $38 for guests and Rotarians under the "rule of 85".  If you get billed for lunch, you will pay $25 as this serves as a lunch credit.  Please bring a check for your dinner and your guest(s).

 

To make your reservation, please click on this link http://bit.ly/1nvYjG7 or go to our club website. 

Cynthia Lang
Rotary Club of West Hartford

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l-r:  Mecheal Hamilton, President-Elect, Farmington Rotary; Todd Bard, EVV Girl Foundation; Matthew Vendetti, President, Farmington Rotary; Greg Latz, CCMC Foundation.  This is an example of a club donation for one camera.  Our club will be following suit soon!

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Bob Rau and his golf team from the NICU tournament on 6/9

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Eileen Rau and Event organizer, Elaine Pavasaris modeling "End Polio Now" tee-shirts.



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Hap, Don Chandler, Judith Green (Hartford Rotarian), Bob Rau, Sue Chandler and Cindy Lang... Just a few of the W.H. group.


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Cindy with Rocky

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

June 2nd, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 29 Great Rotarians and 5 guests.

Bob Stafford gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club President's opening remarks:

1.DG Mike Barnett presented our club with TWO awards; the Rotary Club Central Award, and the Presidential Citation with Distinction.

2.Eileen Rau - reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $7057 – short of the $10,000 target.  All donations for this year are due by 30 June!

3.– thanked those who marched in the Memorial Day parade.

4.– two golfers are needed to complete a foursome for the NICU golf tournament on 9 June

5.Kyle Egress – noted that Lobster fest is only1 days away and pushed us to sell tickets and / or sponsorships.  He noted that we have $7000 in fixed expenses, so the more tickets we sell, the more we benefit.

6.– The order for steak and lobster will be placed on June 16th, so he will need a good handle on tickets by then

7.– Help is needed with the event – Friday setup, Saturday at the event, and Sunday cleanup.

8.Donna Griffen – discussed Celebrate West Hartford and noted we need help, especially Sat lunch and Sunday pm.

9.President Hap – we are in need of storage space for club materials – we are losing our space at ASD.  We need approximately one garage bay of space.

10.Mecheal Hamilton from the Farmington Club discussed the upcoming Dinner (Thursday June 12th) at the Farmington Gardens for the 40th anniversary of the Farmington Club.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 29 Rotarians are present.  Five guests were present:  Speaker Jolly Lux; Mecheal Hamilton and Steve Wasely from the Farmington club; Todd Moore, incoming WHPS Superintendant and guest of Dr. List; and DG Mike Barnett.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $118 but no one drew the winning card.   

Jolly Lux was guest speaker and she discussed her Guiding Light Orphanage in Uganda and played a video highlighting the work of the organization.  The Guiding Light Orphanage, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to HIV/AIDS orphans and critically vulnerable children in rural Uganda in the District of Masindi.  These children will receive free, basic health care, quality education, and the knowledge and skills to promote self-sustainability with the goal of breaking the vicious cycle of chronic hunger and poverty. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is June 16th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht

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President Hap receiving the RI Presidential Citation from DG Mike Barnett

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Jolly Lux of Avon/Canton Rotary presenting information about her project, Guiding Light Orphanage in Uganda

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

May 19th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 31 Great Rotarians and 3 guests.

Cindy Lang gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau:  Presented Kyle Egress with the Paul Harris Fellowship.

2.- reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $6887 – short of the $10,000 target.  All donations for this year are due by 30 June!

3.- Memorial Day parade - gathering point information to follow via e-mail.  No sign up – just show up!  Wear Rotary shirt with khaki-ish pants / shorts / skirt  etc.

4.Kyle Egress – the newest Paul Harris Fellow noted that Lobster fest is only 33 days away and pushed us to sell tickets and / or sponsorships.  We only have two more meetings before the event.

5.Donna – discussed Celebrate West Hartford and noted we need help, especially Sat lunch and Sunday pm.

6.President Hap – we are in need of storage space for club materials – we are losing our space at ASD.  We need approximately one garage bay of space.

7.Cindy Lang – reviewed recent Rotary press articles

8.– Noted that the NICU web golf tournament is the 9th of June

9.-  Discussed the recent District Meeting.  John Smeallie discussed a session that he attended on social media, and how clubs are using more videos – suggested that we create a YouTube channel.

10.Oscar Santo-Domingo discussed the Cruise on 20 July – sign up now!

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 31 Rotarians are present.  Three guests were present:  Speaker Mayor Joe LaRosa; Mark Pappalardo, a guest of Cindy, and Sarah Bourdeau, a guest of Kyle.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $103 but no one drew the winning card.  Ed Peltier won the drawing for a CD from ‘Simply Swing’.

Joe LaRosa was guest speaker and he discussed ‘Simply Swing’, a 10-piece Swing orchestra.  They are paired up with Farmington Savings Bank and will play a series of free concerts around Hartford throughout the summer and early fall.   http://www.simplyswingmusic.com/

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40, with Oscar leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is June 2nd, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.  

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Noah Webster and a team of Rotarians was on hand at Braeburn Elementary on Tuesday the 20th to hand out dictionaries to 3rd graders.

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Dana Gordon, Dictionary Project Director, and Noah Webster with the children

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And another group presented dictionaries with Noah and Dana on Thursday the 22nd at Smith School

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Please check out this youtube link: 

Webcams in NICU: http://youtu.be/zj9MtdY4eD4

This originally aired on NBC Channel 30 on May 9.



Cynthia Lang
Rotary Club of West Hartford

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rotary Club of Farmington

Annual Dinner

and 

40th Anniversary Celebration  

Farmington Gardens 

999 Farmington Ave Farmington CT



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District 7890 End Polio Now Night at the
Rock Cats!
Friday June 13, 2014
Gates Open 5:05 PM
Picnic Starts 5:30- 7:15 PM
Game Starts 6:35 PM
Deadline: June 1st, Register on line!
 
Last year we had record crowd of 270 Rotarians, family, friends and Polio survivors attend District 7890’s End Polio Now Night at the Rock Cats.  Let's see if we can top our own record this year to support End Polio Now Night! With every ticket sold, District 7890 will donate $4.00 towards the End Polio Now campaign!
 
This year registration is on line at the District Web site: www.rotarydistrict7890.org   Click on events, click on End Polio Now Night.  We also have End Polio Now Tee shirts for only $10, that can also be purchased on line. It will be great to march in the parade wearing our Rotary End Polio Now shirts! Don't forget to bring your club banners.  W e will have a Rotary table in front of the stadium to pick up tickets on the night of the game. The deadline for purchasing tickets and tee shirts is May 25.  You will have the option to purchase a reserved game ticket and a picnic ticket for $22 or just a game ticket for $12.  The $22 ticket is an all you can eat meal and by far the best value. Kids 7 and under are free and will receive a Rock Cats baseball.  Each club will designate someone to throw out the first pitch.  And of course, following the game there will be a fantastic pyrotechnic show for all to enjoy! 
 
 
 
You can also use the form below to order by mail:
 
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President Hap exchanging banners with Dan Bahadur Chand Thakuri, a visiting Rotarian club president from Katmandu, Nepal.

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President Hap, Dan Bahadur Chand Thakuri, CL&P speakers, and Oscar Santo Domingo

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

May 5th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 27 Great Rotarians; 2 visiting Rotarians, and 1 guest.

Bob Kiley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks during the unusual ‘chicken’ meal:

1.Hap presented Eileen Rau with a new pin for recruiting a new member.  If you have recruited new members in the recent past, contact Donna.

2.Kyle Egress reminded everyone that only 47 days remain until Lobster Fest, and encouraged all to sell tickets!    Please contact Kyle if you need tickets, and sponsorships are also needed! 

3.Donna noted that Celebrate West Hartford is coming up quickly (only 32 days from today) and passed a volunteer list around.  There are several additional challenges this year that the team is working.

4.Cindy Lang discussed the ‘NICView’ project that is being worked with four other clubs.  Don, Eileen, and Cindy attended the launch is on 4/29 at Farmington Gardens.  There is a fund raising golf tournament planned for June 9th and golfers are needed.  Sponsorships for tee signs and GPS links are also available.

5.Eileen Rau reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $6507 – achieving the club target, though with a gap to the $10,000 target.

6.Don Chandler discussed the planned river cruise.  Oscar Santo Domingo coordinated the event and it will happen on Jul 20th – noon at the Charter Oak Landing.  A minimum of 20 are needed.

7.The Farmington Rotary Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 6/12/14 at Farmington Gardens with a dinner event.  All are invited to attend this celebration, and there will likely be no meeting that week due to proximity to Celebrate West Hartford.

8.Hap noted that the Pond House is celebrating its 15 year anniversary and is offering us their services for a fund raising event.   They will provide the food and staff for a fixed charge and all proceeds will go to the club.  The date is TBD, but the initial thought is October.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 27 Rotarians are present, with two visiting Rotarians, Hank and Ernestina Shay from Livermore, CA.  One guest was present:  Speaker Bob Greismer.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $77 but no one drew the winning card.  

Bob Greismer was guest speaker and discussed the challenges faced by the Science Center of CT and its future.  Through hard work, they have paid off debts and actually turned a profit, and have managed to extend their lease with KO through June 2017.  They are busy searching for a new facility and plan to remain in West Hartford.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is May 12th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe


 

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          Eileen Rau receiving the recruiting pin from President Hap

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      Speaker Bob Greismer from the Children's Museum of West Hartford
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By:  Bill Neagus, Farmington Rotary Club
 
from "The Tunxis Tattler"
 
Farmington President-elect Mecheal Hamilton, who is steering the web camera project, said she originally got the idea after hearing Roy Balfour of the Shrewsbury, Mass., Rotary Club talk at the Rotary President-Elect Training Session (PETS) recently. Roy gave a presentation at PETS about how the Rotary Clubs of Central Massachusetts were able to fundraise and purchase cameras for the NICU at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Memorial Health Center in Worcester, Mass.
Energized by the idea, she talked with her fellow president-elects from Central Connecticut (Area Nine) about replicating the Massachusetts success at the UConn Health Center. The other president-elects shared Mecheal’s enthusiasm, launching the first area-wide project in recent years. The other president-elects in addition to Mecheal are:
  • Salin Low of Avon-Canton;
  • Steve Vaughn of Hartford;
  • Ed Silverstein of Newington;
  • Cynthia Lang of West Hartford; and
  • Gina Herboldt of Wethersfield.
Roy Balfour gave us a similar presentation at the April 29 luncheon as he did at PETS. He explained the project, called NicView, fits perfectly with Rotary’s purpose of public service.  While web cameras can be purchased much less expensively, Roy said that the cameras cost $2,000 each because of the special needs of the hospital related to mounting and connecting the equipment.
With the help of 13 Rotary clubs in Massachusetts, plus an organization called the EvvGirl Foundation, all 49 incubators at the UMass Memorial NICU are equipped with the special web cameras, allowing family and friends of sick babies to watch the infants as they sleep, eat, and be awake. Roy noted that there is an average of 3,000 logins per month, some from as far away as servicemen serving in Afghanistan.
“New families have a link with their infants even when the family is at home or at work,” said Roy.
During the first four months of the NicView project UMass Memorial, six cameras were installed and 60 families were able to keep close watch over their infants.
The EvvGirl Foundation was founded in memory of Evan Bard, a student at Curry College who was killed in a car crash a year ago. Her father, Todd Bard, said the foundation is dedicated to the NicView project because of his daughter’s passion for and love of children. He explained the foundation works to get corporate sponsorship for the web cameras, to move the completion of the project forward.
“We want to put web cameras in every NICU in New England,” said Todd, who added that eventually the foundation wants to expand the project so that families of cancer patients can use web cameras too.
Dr. Victor C. Herson, chief of service and medical director of the UConn NICU, said it’s true that the NICU has a large budget, but if he were to ask the hospital administration for $100,000 - $200,000 to purchase web cameras for the 40 incubators at the UConn NICU and the 32 incubators at the Connecticut Children’s NICU, he would likely be turned down. He explained the priority is for life-saving equipment, which is also extremely expensive.
Nevertheless, Dr. Herson said, bringing comfort to the families of sick babies by connecting them to their children via the Internet is still extremely valuable and worthwhile.
In fact, Roy talked about a Massachusetts mother who just last week brought her baby to a Rotary meeting to thank the Rotarians for donating the camera that allowed her to bond with her infant.
Roy elaborated that the video display on each web camera will list the individual Rotary Club and corporate sponsor that purchased the camera. As a result, he said, the membership of the Worcester Rotary Club alone jumped from 42 members before it began the project to 110 members today.  He added that on every display there is also a “donate” button that allows contributions to continue for maintenance and eventual replacement of the cameras.
“Thank you for identifying this as a goal,” said Dr. Herson. 
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A group of Rotarians met in the cosy basement of Sedgwick Cleaners on Sunday morning to put book plates in dictionaries.  The team was led by former President Dana Gordon and was he was joined by Rotarians Don Chandler, President Hap, Chad Licht, Booker DeVaughn Jr, and his wife Elena.  The team made short work of the stack of dictionaries and Dana will soon be announcing the dates for deliveries to West Hartford 3rd graders.

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The assembly line - Dana, Don, Booker, Elena, and President Hap

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                Dana and the results of the morning's labor

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At the A Hand Up fund raiser at the Hooker Brewery, President Hap presented a donation from the 2013-2014 Service Chest of $500 to Michael Fishman, President of A Hand Up. Last week Rotarians Kyle Brewer and Chad Licht volunteered their time and energy to A Hand Up to deliver furniture to a single mother and her daughter in their new apartment in Bristol.

 


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    President Hap presents a check to A Hand Up president Michael Fishman

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Rotarians, please RSVP to Micheal Hamilton by clicking the link in this invitation/announcement.  The lunch meal is "beef" and there is a vegetarian option.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please let me know.  Cindy Lang, 860-794-4490 or cynthialang@sbcglobal.net.   Many thanks for your support. 

Area 9 President-elects

and club members

You are invited to attend

RSVP Here  

 

NicView Webcam Project

Launch Meeting

 

Tuesday

April 29, 2014

Noon-2pm

 

Hosted by: 

Rotary Club of Farmington

Farmington Gardens,

999 Farmington Ave, Farmington CT

  

The launch will be conducted as regular

Rotary club meeting with lunch ($15/person)

and eligible as a make-up. 

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated.

 

RSVP Here 

  

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Birthdays

Rick Liftig   Jul 04

Peter Kovalevich  Jul 15

Elizabeth Basil   Jul 19

Joseph Bednarz   Jul 22

Todd Bower   Jul 23

Wedding Anniversaries

Michael Howard (Cindy)  Jul 14

James Ruel (Abiah)  Jul 22

Club Anniversaries

Hap Leabman     Jul 1, 2007 - 7 years

Don Chandler     Jul 2, 2012  - 2 years

Forrest Bennett  Jul 2, 2012 - 2 years

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

April 21st, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 27 Great Rotarians; 1 visiting Rotarian, and 3 guests.

Booker Washington gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.     Hap discussed the District Assembly on May 12th which is an evening event. Guest speaker will be Ed Futa.   Hap encouraged attendance, noting that there are several key sessions.

2.     Cindy Lang discussed the ‘NICView’ project that is being worked with four other clubs.  This project places webcams in NICU bassinets, allowing parents and other family and friends to view babies in the NICU via a password-protected website.  A launch is planned on 4/29 at Farmington Gardens from noon to 2pm.

3.     Eileen Rau reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $6407 – 98% of the club target, though with a gap to the $10,000 target.

4.     The Farmington Rotary Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 6/12/14 at Farmington Gardens.  All are invited to attend this celebration. West Hartford Rotary Club sponsored the Farmington Club.

5.     Don Chandler discussed the status of his grant application for the AV facility at ASD.  He received comments back, but only one page.  He is working to answer them.

6.     Kyle Egress reminded everyone that only 61 days remain until Lobster Fest, and encouraged all to sell tickets!    Help is also needed with brochures. 

7.     DG Eileen presented Joe Stafford with his Paul Harris Fellowship (+1).

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 27 Rotarians are present, with one visiting Rotarian, Eric Powers from the Enfield Club.  Three guests were present:  Speaker Mayor Scott Slifka; Dawn Hardin, a guest of Cindy, and Theresia Oberst, a guest of Shari Cantor.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $57 but no one drew the winning card.  

Mayor Scott Slifka was guest speaker and his talk focused on the historic levels of development going on in town at this time.   A new boutique hotel across from the police station and a 200+ luxury apartment complex on Steele Road are two of the current developments under consideration.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 28th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

April 14th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 22 Great Rotarians; 1 visiting Rotarian, and no guests.

Bob Kiley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.     President Hap reviewed today’s agenda. Presenters for this Club Assembly were Eileen Rau and Don Chandler.

2.     Hap announced the District Assembly date: May 12th which is an evening event. Guest speaker will be Ed Futa.

3.     The Farmington Rotary Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 6/12/14. All are invited to attend this celebration. West Hartford Rotary Club sponsored the Farmington Club.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 22 Rotarians are present, with one visiting Rotarian, Jolly Lux from the Avon Club. 

Happy dollars were collected. Cindy Lang and Kyle Brewer got a chance at the winning $45 but unfortunately did not draw the lucky card.  

Eileen Rau discussed Rotary’s Strategic Plan and plans for future growth and success. Our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership came from a Focus Group when the Strategic Plan was developed. She also discussed our need to keep membership alive and members engaged. Worldwide membership remains stagnant at 1.2m despite the fact that we install new members every day.

Eileen also discussed the Rotary Foundation. A video was shown of the impact The Foundation had on the school system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and vocational training for women in India that highlighted their path to financial independence and a hope of ending poverty. These were only two of hundreds of projects supported by the Foundation.

Dave Mangs was presented with his 6th Paul Harris by PDD Eileen. Dave also presented a $250 check for Polio Plus.

Don Chandler did a presentation on how to log onto and navigate through Rotary.org. He also distributed a “cheat sheet” of step by step instructions on how to get onto the website. 

Kyle Brewer asked for 4 volunteers for the May 4th “A Hand Up” project. He is estimating that this will be a 2-hour project for either picking up furniture or a move-in.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 21st, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Susan Chandler, scribe

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

 

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

April 7th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 22 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 1 guest.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.     The District Conference coming up at the end of April – attendance is encouraged!

2.     Discussed the successful Jazz Brunch on April 6th.

3.     The Farmington Rotary Club 40th Birthday will be on June 12th at Farmington Gardens

4.     The meeting on the 14th will be a club assembly.  Don Chandler will be demonstrating web sites.

5.     Eileen Rau discussed the Annual campaign – you can give online or bring a check.  Note we are tracking the progress in the weekly bulletin.

6.     Kyle Egress talked up Lobster Fest 2014 – it will be June 21st on the ASD campus.  A band has been located, and he encouraged us to push attendance, so start reaching out to friends, family, and coworkers to sell tickets!

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 22 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and one guest, John Smeallie.  Dr. Robert Claflin is celebrating 30 years as a Rotarian.

The scheduled speaker had to cancel. 

John Smeallie was inducted as a new member of the club – welcome John!

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 14th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 Kyle Brewer, scribe

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What is A Hand Up?

A Hand Up is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization working with a number of social agencies in the Greater Hartford area to identify clients in need of our services.  They assist people transitioning to independent living.  A Hand Up receives donated furniture and household goods to help our neighbors establish their new homes, and raises funds to help offset expenses and is staffed entirely by volunteers.  Kyle Brewer is leading this effort.

The first support event was held on Sunday May 4th.  Kyle and Chad Licht helped load furniture and household goods at the A Hand Up warehouse in West Hartford and then helped move the items into an apartment in a nearby town.

Going forward, A Hand Up will generally conduct moves mid-day on the weekends and Kyle will forward opportunities as they arise. A Hand Up is also accepting donations of furniture and various household goods such as lamps, linen, and kitchen supplies.

 

 

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

March 31st, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 27 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 3 guests.

On a slippery, snowy March 31st, Cindy gave the invocation with thoughts of “the meaning of the Four Way Test”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Due to the needs of the guest speakers, the meeting was held in reverse (and finished at 1:20…), but the notes will be presented in ‘normal’ order:

Club President's opening remarks:

1.     Kyle Brewer discussed his contact with the organization ‘A Hand Up’, which provides furnishings for recently homeless who are placed into empty apartments.   He discussed the possibility of making this a service project, with quarterly events requiring 4-5 people envisioned – the volunteers would be moving furnishings into one or two apartments.  There may also be drives for furnishings.

2.     The District Conference coming up at the end of April – attendance is encouraged!

3.     Passed around a thank you card from HANOC

4.     Noted that West Hartford Press is celebrating volunteers in April and Dana Gordon was one of the volunteers featured.  He also noted that Dana will be leading the Dictionary Project again this year.

5.     Discussed the upcoming Jazz Brunch on April 6th – see him if you are interested in attending.  There are still a few seats left.

6.     The meeting on the 14th will be a club assembly.

7.     Eileen Rau discussed the Annual campaign – you can give online or bring a check.  Note we are tracking the progress in the weekly bulletin.

8.     Don Chandler discussed the upcoming District Conference (25-27 April in Portsmouth, NH) – registration is required by 1 April.  He also noted that we are sharing a hospitality suite with clubs from Manchester and East Hartford.

9.     Don also announced that he was one signature away from finalizing a new project to set up a new audio/visual studio at ASD.  Our club will donate $4K and he secured a $33K grant.  Don thanks Ed Pelletier and the staff at ASD for helping significantly with the application.

10.  Kyle Egress talked up Lobster Fest 2014 – it will be June 21st on the ASD campus.  A band has been located, and he encouraged us to push attendance, noting that Glastonbury’s event is a significant draw.  He also noted that our profit is driven by attendance.

11.  Kyle also passed out order sheets from Vines of March should anyone be interested.  He encouraged all to support Steve Leon and Wines Cellars 4, since his support makes the Vines event possible.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 27 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and three guests: the two guest speakers Brendan Fox and Liam Sweeney from MDC and one guest of Cindy, John Smeallie.  There were two anniversaries – the Chandlers, and Eileen Rau.  Coincidentally (???), both Don and Eileen had the winning tickets for the weekly drawing, though neither won.   The 50/50 raffle is up to $32 with no winner today. 

Brendan Fox and Liam Sweeney from MDC were the guest speakers and gave a presentation on the MDC, the Clean Wateron teh y from MDC were the guest speakers and  Project, and your water bill.  Briefly, the MDC has three reservoirs with 42 BILLION gallons of water, plus various other facilities, and they supply nearly 50 million gallons of drinking water and process over 100 million gallons of waste each day (more during wet weather).  Due to various issues, they are spending over $2.1B over the next two decades to increase waste water processing capacity and split the storm sewers from the sanitary sewers in Hartford.

Members of the MDC pay three items on their bill – a water usage charge (currently $2.53 per 100 cubic feet of water), a customer charge of ~$40, and a special sewer charge to cover the $2.1B upgrade – currently $2.90 per CCF of water used but projected to increase to $4.50 to service the bonds for the project (this charge will end in 20 years or so when the project is completed).  Non-members pay an additional fee to cover costs associated with supplying them, but a recent proposed increase has led them to have the state consider a bill (332) which would make the surcharge illegal.  (thus, allowing them to get service without paying for infrastructure or any risk…)

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 7th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Chad Licht, scribe

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Birthdays

Jonathan Harris Apr 12

Mark Roming Apr 19

David Gerrol Apr 23

Joe Stafford Apr 25

Kyle Egress Apr 26

 

Anniversaries

Greg Mogel Apr 19, 2010

Chad Licht Apr 22, 2013

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

March 24th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 32 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians, and 3 guests.

Bruce Stanger gave the invocation with thoughts of “Leaning In”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1.     Finally removed the red ‘new member’ ribbon from Chad Licht’s name badge

2.     Noted that West Hartford Press will be celebrating volunteers in April and that we should look for someone we know in an upcoming article.  (hint – a former club President…)

3.     Discussed the upcoming Jazz Brunch on April 6th – see him if you are interested in attending.  We still need 10-15 people to attend.

4.     Pointed out highlights in the April The Rotarian magazine including: polio survivor and Paralympian Dennis Ogbe; an article on ‘smart’ bandages, and an article on Howard Buffett and his quest to end world hunger by 2046.

5.     Eileen Rau discussed the Annual campaign – you can give online or bring a check.  Note we will be tracking the progress in the weekly bulletin.

6.     Don Chandler discussed the upcoming District Conference (25-27 April in Portsmouth, NH) – registration is required by 1 April.  He also noted that we are sharing a hospitality suite with clubs from Manchester and East Hartford.

7.     Kyle Egress talked up Lobster Fest 2014 – it will be June 21st on the ASD campus.  He noted that it is appreciated that this year our big three events are in close proximity, but June was a better fit for Lobster Fest and that next year we will spread them out.  ALSO, we are looking for a band that is willing to play for meals instead of cash.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 32 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and three guests: guest speaker Gustave "Gus" Keach-Longo of CRT and two guests of Cindy; Susan Lederman and John Smeallie of Pizzaz.  There was one birthday (Oscar Santo-Domingo) and several anniversaries.

Happy dollars were collected.  Don announced that Eileen is the newest member of RLI!

 The 50/50 raffle is up to $20 with no winner today.  We are looking for Jack of clubs.

Gus Keach-Longo from Community Renewal Team (CRT) was the guest speaker and gave a presentation on Veterans Landing – a planned innovative assisting living community for veterans.  It is the first in the nation – a partnership between the state (subsidizes the housing) and the VA (subsidizes the care and services).  It will be constructed on the VA campus in Newington, open in spring of 2016, and will feature 103 private apartments. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40, with Oscar Santo-Domingo leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is March 31, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.        

Respectfully submitted,

 Chad Licht, scribe

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What is Rotary?  What is it all about?  Rotarians of many countries arise to make answer, but no two answers are alike.  Is there no common accord? Yes, there is one; it is like the rumble of a great organ, the roar of a distant sea breaking on the beach.  Beneath Rotary's many and varied activities, there is the unchanging undertone of goodwill, goodwill, goodwill.  On this anniversary, my hope is for the continued advancement of goodwill between men and nations.  I have no higher hope, nor do I know of one.

Message on Rotary's 39th Birthday

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The final status of the Annual Program Fund Campaign.   

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Some pictures from last weekend's Vines of March.

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The crowd enjoying the evening

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Vines Chairman Bob Kor at the mic

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Honorary Chairpersons and Celebrity Auctioneers Kara Sundlun and Dennis House

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Wine Supplier Steve Leon of Wine Cellars 4

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Enjoying Donna Griffen's chocolate fountain!

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President Hap speaks

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The Jazz Brunch at the Hartford Club was held on Sunday April 6th.  

 

Click on the image below to get the full size pdf of the flyer.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

March 3rd, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 32 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 2 guests.

Bruce Stanger gave the invocation with thoughts of “Leaning In”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1.     Due to the Vines of March, there will be no meeting next Monday (10th)

2.     Discussed the upcoming 6th Grade writing project.  The Monday 17 March meeting is also cancelled and we will meet on Tuesday for the writing project at St. Joseph’s College instead.

3.     Mary Silberberg discussed the play ‘Higgins in Harlem’ on Thursday the 20th.  Checks are due by the 13th, and if you wish to attend and have not paid, please make arrangements with Mary as we will not be meeting before then.

4.     Robert Kor discussed Vines of March – it is on Saturday March 8th

5.     Hap noted that Birch Burghardt sent a card and enclosed was a donation to the Polio Plus campaign for $100 in the name of Polly.

6.     Hap discussed the upcoming Jazz Brunch on April 6th – see him if you are interested in attending.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 32 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and two guests: guest speaker Fred Stula and Michael Fryer.  There were several birthdays.

Happy dollars were collected.  Ed Cape noted that he arrived in the United States 61 years ago.

 The 50/50 raffle is up to $9 with no winner today.  We are looking for Jack of clubs.

Fred Stula from HARC was the guest speaker.  He discussed some of the programs offered by HARC, and pointed out that in 2013 over 2200 people (including family members) received services from HARC.  It was noted that Rotary Club of West Hartford has a 15 year relationship with HARC.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Oscar Santo Domingo leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is March 24th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Chad Licht, scribe

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Our guest speaker this week was Mr. Todd Dumais, West Hartford Town Planner.

 

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On Feb. 23, 1905, Rotary was founded in Chicago by Paul Harris. Today there are more than 1.2 million men and women in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries throughout the world united by the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
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Our speaker was Gino Caro, owner of Fast Lane Sports Performance. Gino is a coach helping young athletes improve their performance. Over the last few years, he’s additionally focused on sports leadership and sports parenting. In the performance area he specializes in customized speed, agility and conditioning programs for individual, group and team training for all sports. For more information, visit his website at http://fastlanesports.wix.com/1

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

Feb. 3, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Present:  28  Great Rotarians;  1 visiting Rotarians and  1  guests.

Booker DeVaughn gave the followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

During lunch, [Hap] began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1.     PDG Eileen reminded us that Feb. is Rotary’s birthday month – 109 years old. She also reminded us that we need to continue to contribute to PolioPlus and the Annual Fund. Giving online is fine – you and our Club get credit.

2.     Eileen presented Shari Cantor with a new Paul Harris pin, representing Paul Harris Fellowship + 4. Congrats Shari.

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3.     Bob reported on Vines – coming up quickly. We need to sell tickets. You can now purchase online

4.     Oscar announced PolioPlus is at $1789.

5.     Christine asked for volunteers for the Hanoc party at Children’s Museum, next Monday, Feb. 10

6.     Hap reminded us about the Jazz Brunch, April 6

7.     Oscar updated us on the water project in the Philippines. Ironically, our project was so successful, the local government is now interested in providing water to the schools.

Len Albert from the Plainville Club was a Rotarian visitor.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $62 and we did not have a winner today.

Our speaker was Gino Caro, owner of Fast Lane Sports Performance. Gino is a coach helping young athletes improve their performance. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with the 4-way test.  The next meeting is Feb. 10  at Pondhouse Cafe.         

Respectfully submitted,

Don Chandler, scribe

 

Scribe Notes - Feb 3 Chad Licht 0
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For years, Rotarian Tony has organized a writing project in the West Hartford 6th grade classes.  A note from Tony follows:

Dear Fellow Members,

This year our Club is celebrating our 20th year of our Writing Project with the Middle Schools in West Hartford. The project since its inception is our Club interest in providing the 6th graders in our middle schools with an opportunity to express themselves through the medium of writing. This year the kids are writing on last year Rotary Theme…”Peace Through Service".  Past year’s results have been incredible and we’re looking forward to this year. This year’s celebration will take place March 18th at 12 noon at the University of St. Josephs cafeteria in West Hartford. As in previous years, I need to provide the caterer with a count by March 4th. So, if you are planning on attending and have not signed up yet please call me at 860-573-0440 or email me at tonyr@danielpenn.com.  Your attendance and support at this event is much appreciated it. 

Rotarily, Tony Rodriguez

 

Below, Tony and Pres. Hap visit the 6th graders at the Kings Philips Middle School, where Tony describes Rotary to them.

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Kate Holzman was the guest speaker.  She was an Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the West Hartford Rotary Club, and spoke to us regarding the "Read to a Child" program

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This year, the party for the children from HANOC was held on Feb. 10 at the Children's Museum.  Christine Looby was the chair for this successful event.

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Bruce gave a very inspiring invocation at last weeks meeting. He's kindly provided it to "Spotlight".
 
—1994 book by Collins and Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
"A true Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is clear and compelling, serves as a unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. "

You Know a very famous BHAG that my mom heard at the Lincoln Memorial on 28th of August 1963 and which I know called many people to action, including my mom:

     I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created      equal."

I pray 

that each of us find the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; 
that each of us have the courage to change the things we can;
and that each of us have the wisdom to know the difference.  

that when defining what we can change that we not be afraid to fail, that we embrace at least one big harry audacious  goal and that we tell all around us who can help us achieve it what our BHAG is.

Martin Luther Kings dream that all men be considered equal
Rotary's fight to eliminate Polio from our planet
or 
the Arava Institute's goal of promoting peace in one small piece of the Middle East

I pray that each of us find many BHAG's to fight for in our life time.  

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
January 13, 2014 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Bruce Stanger gave the invocation talking about setting big goals followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

• No meeting January 20, 2014 due to observance of MLK holiday
• Gave an update on the January 19 end polio now event
• Eileen spoke on the Rotary Foundation and passed around a sign up sheet for donations
• January 14 2014 is the 62nd anniversary of the WH Rotary’s inception
• Hap recapped some people who have thanked our group for some of our donations, including a $100 donation on behalf of Polly Hincks, American School for Deaf, Wheeler clinic, Shelter Box, Town That Cares, etc
• Bob Korr and Kyle Egress with an update on the Vines of March, TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports 24 Rotarians, ____ visiting Rotarians and 4 guests are present. Guests and visitors are: Ron Mancuso (guest of Hap), Kelvin Young, Todd Desmond (Hartford Rotary)

Anniversaries and birthdays: Tony Rodriguez

Happy dollars were collected by Mark Tamacio: Sue Chandler officially a member of the club, White Elephant event,

The 50/50 raffle is up to $40, with no winner today. We are looking for 3 of spades.

Dave Lemkuil introduced Darren Drum of Advocacy Unlimited. Darren spoke about:

Ways that their group advocates for their patients including protesting for a local family whose daughter has been held. Darren then told his personal story about his issues of obsessive compulsive disorder and how he overcame his illness through treatment. He battled gambling and alcohol addiction before going to rehab in FLA. His group established a wellness center that opened two months ago in Hartford

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Dave Lemkuil leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is January 27, 2014 (NO MEETING 1/20) at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Bennett Forrest

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Quite a few Rotarians from our District attended the End Polio Now fund raiser last Sunday at the Springfield Armor basketball game. Members of our Club started the day with a wintry tailgate part in the ASD parking lot, with awesome BBQ from Flaggstead Smokehouse. We had a great bus trip to and from the game, although lightly attended. Here's DG Mike, PDG Eileen, PDG Prasad and members of the Agawam Club (who had the record for most members attending) center court at half time:

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ROTARY - Zone 24-32 Photo Contest

2014 is starting across Zones 24-32 with a little fun - the first ever Zone 24-32 photo contest. RI Director Bryn Styles has endorsed an Avenues of Service - Zone Photo Contest.

This is an opportunity for the Rotarians across Zone 24-32 to share photos about the Rotary service projects and fellowship events they have held or will hold this Rotary year.

The prizes are simple, boasting rights as the best Rotary photographer in the zone, a certificate and the winning photos in each of the Avenues of Service posted on this website and hopefully district websites. Winners will be announced in mid- April.  So get out your SLR, point and shoot or phone camera and click away.

The most important rule of the contest is “have fun”.

  • The photographer must be a member of a Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in Zone 24 or Zone 32.
  • Photos submitted must be in JPEG file format with a maximum size of 3 MB and be submitted on or before March 31 2014.
  • Each photographer may submit up to 3 photos that were taken between July 1 2013 and March 31 2014.
  • Each photo will be submit in one of the 5 Avenues of Service that the photo best illustrates.

What can you do? Share this email with your club members and clubs across your district. Send this message to Rotaract or Interact Clubs in your district.

The Zone 24-32 RPICs (Rotary Public Image Coordinators) will be the contest judges. 

1.       The enter the contest and upload a photo click HERE 

2.       For contest rule and small print click HERE and for the judging criteria click HERE  

Good luck and looking forward to seeing your photos,


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Rotary Polio Immunization Trip to India Announced - February 14-25, 2014

 

Dear Rotarian,

 

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce our trip to India to participate in the February, 2014 polio National Immunization Days (NID).  Attached is a document that provides specific information about the trip, including a means of registering for the program. 

 

Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians and clubs in your District as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled within the next week or two.

 

Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time. 

 

The following summarizes the key trip information:

 

Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend the Polio Conclave.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.

 

Date of Departure:                         Friday, February 14, 2014

Date of Return:                               Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy:  $2,299.  This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees.  However, it does include hotels, transfers, the Polio Conclave and other Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.

 

Air Reservations:  Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase.  Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.

 

Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa.  We will give our members specific information about how to secure the visa when we send the confirmation documents.  It is important that our tour do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving our information.

 

Travel Vaccines:  We recommend that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.htm  to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip.  We suggest that members visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.

 

This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document.  Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program.  Over the last two years, , this program sold out in less than two weeks..  We expect the same response this year.  If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action. 

 

We look forward to having you or Rotarians from your District join us. Best regards for a happy new year,

 

Brad

 

Bradford R. Howard

Rotary International Director,

Zones 25-26, 2015-2017

Governor, District 5170, 2002-2003

Bhoward@HowardTours.net


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Our speaker was Francesco Barone, a classical guitarist. He performs as a soloist and with the group Metro Duo. He is also a teacher at the Hartt School in West Hartford. If you missed the meeting, or want to hear him again, here's a YouTube clip of his performance at our meeting:

Listen to Francesco

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
December 16, 2013 - 12:15 PM

Kyle Egress gave the invocation with thoughts of Peace, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During
lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Discussed the planned basketball game trip on 19 Jan and different options for transportation(busses).
2. Reviewed the ‘happy hour’ board meeting – 10 total attended and had a grand time. He pointed out that ANYONE can call for an evening meeting – does not have to be the President.
3. Jim Goodrich’s memorial service was the preceding Sunday – 12 members attended.
4. Don Chandler brought up the “10 million miles for charity” voting and passed the web site information. Rotary finished second in the voting which ended on 31 December.
5. Robert Kor discussed Vines of March – it is on Saturday March 8th
6. Kyle Egress announced that Lobsterfest will be held on June 21st (5 – 8:30) – note the change from September to June!
7. Oscar Santo Domingo reminded all about the Polio Plus campaign – he is still collecting donations. The club thermometer was displayed – we are still short of our goal.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 31 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and two guests: guest speaker Francesco Barone and former District Governor Prasad Menon. There were several birthdays.

Happy dollars were collected. Bruce Stanger reported that he has a new grandson. Mary Silverberg reported that ITN received a $2500 donation from a foundation at Wesleyan. Prasad Menon talked about the new cook tops installed at ‘Internal House’ which resulted from Rotary Club donations.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $23 with no winner today. We are looking for King of clubs.

Francesco Barone, a classical guitarist from West Hartford, was the guest speaker. He briefly spoke about his career and his community outreach activities via the Hartt School, and then played a selection

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Bennett Forrest leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
January 6th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Chad Licht, scribe


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Birthdays:

Mar 2 Eileen Rau

Mar 5 Neil Atlas

Mar 6 Annie Keith

Mar 10 Oscar Santo Domingo

Mar 24 Hermann Cortes-Barrios

Rotary Anniversary:

David Lemkuil 18 years Mar 1, 1996

 

 

 


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Congrats to our Club! We raised $2,636 for the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. That's almost 50% more than last year! 

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In a joint project, Rotary Clubs of Avon-Canton, Farmington, Simsbury-Granby and West Hartford donated $2,700 to Interval House in Hartford, to replace their broken cook-tops. A check presentation was made on Dec. 5 by Simsbury-Granby Rotarian Prasad Menon to the the Executive Director, Cecile Enrico.

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Thanks to all who voted! Rotary came in a close second to Shriners Hospital. Wounded Warrior project was a distant third. See all results here.

www.10millioncharitymiles.com


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We sadly note the passing of Club Member Jim Goodrich on Nov. 22. Below is the obituary that appeared in the Dec. 2 Courant. The memorial service will be held this Sat., Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

James ("Jim") Coates Goodridge, a beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle and father-in-law, died on Nov. 22, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away at his home in West Hartford with his three children by his side. He was predeceased by his adored wife of 45 years, Louise ("Lucy") Lloyd Goodridge. Born on Sept. 7, 1941, in Detroit, Mr. Goodridge was raised with his four siblings in Pittsburgh, Penn., and attended Brentwood High School. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1963 with a degree in history and enlisted in the United States Navy. He saw combat in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He became a certified financial analyst with an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and worked throughout his long career at Connecticut General, Synfuels Corporation and United Technologies Corporation. From the late 1990s to September of this year, he ran his own financial advisory firm, the Goodridge Investment Consulting Company. Mr. Goodridge had deep roots in Hartford, notably as an active member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church and the Rotary Club. He also served on the boards of Cedar Hill Cemetery and Foundation, the Trinity Club of Hartford and the 1892 Club. He was also a director for the Hartford Tennis Club and for The Piseco Company in Speculator, N.Y. He loved to travel, see and learn new things, and be outdoors with his wife and his family. In addition to working and relaxing at the family beach house in Westport Point, Mass., he enjoyed camping, hiking and kayaking at state and national parks. He hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and then back up, twice. In 2011, he hiked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. He is survived by his three children, Christopher, Timothy and Elisabeth; daughters-in-law Tracy and Jena; son-in-law Ben; grandchildren Jonathan, Emily, Zachary, Marshall and Samuel; three brothers, William, George and Ed; one sister, Elizabeth Westgard; three sisters-in-law Sheryl, Jane and Betsy Rushong, two brother-in-law James Westgard and Ben Rushong; and many nephews and nieces. His strength, kindness and generosity will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec.14, 2013, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Westport River Watershed Alliance, www.westportwatershed.org

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Our speaker was Ashley Washburn, founder and director of Asante Sana, an organization building schools in Tanzania. For more details of her presentation, please see Joyce's Scribe Notes below. Asante Sana's website is: www.asantesanaforeducation.com

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
December 2, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Shari Cantor gave the invocation [with thoughts of Thanksgiving and how thankful we are to have what we get to enjoy today and during the holidays followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, [Hap] began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Eileen, the Foundation Chair, has stickers for people that donate to the foundation
2. Oscar talked about the Polio Plus Campaign on how we collected $1,300.00 and still need $200.00 more to reach our goal of $1,500.00.
3. Donna spoke about the End Polio Now Day at the Springfield Armor on January 19th and how we are planning to take a bus to go together and possibly meet at the Uconn parking lot in West Hartford.
4. Hap spoke about how we raised $3,000.00 for the Philippines and Rob Kor wrote the check to Shelter Box.
5. The next Board Meeting will be on December 12th 5:30pm at Bartaco
6. Steve Nims from the New Britain Rotary Club and Donna are selling the holiday wreaths to raise money at $20 each.
7. Hap shared information on Jim Goodridge’s memorial services which will be held on Saturday, December 14th 4pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports 29 Rotarians, 1 visiting Rotarians and 1 guest are present.

Happy dollars were collected.
Dave Lemkuil was happy for his and his wife Susan’s 19th wedding anniversary.
Many happy dollars were collected for Thanksgiving
Polly was happy that she has the best Thanksgiving this year
Kyle was happy for UConn football winning streak
Shari was happy she and her family ran in the Manchester Marathon again this year

The 50/50 raffle is up to $115, looking for the King of Clubs and Don Chandler won today!!!

The speaker was Ashley Washburn, who is a member of the Board of Trustees at Kingswood Oxford and the Board of Trustees for the Covenant Prep school in Hartford. She has lived and traveled to Bagamoyo, Tanzania which is in Africa. Bagamoyo was the original capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. Ashley spoke about how it is living in Bagamoyo and shared many pictures on her personal experiences while living there. One of the pictures showed how there are many roadside markets that go on for miles and miles as the people of Bagamoyo learn to copy what one does. Hence, a market is started by a person and then others continue it on and on for miles. One of the responsibilities for women is to transport a full bucket of water and different items on top of their heads and we got to see this impressive job in her pictures. Ashley also spoke about the Maasai tribe and how she saw the myth was true that lions are really afraid of the Massai men. She spoke about how the school system is built for failure and if a child ends up making it to college level, the government chooses what one will study in college as students do not have a choice. This is why Ashley is not only helping on health issues and poverty, but also education system through Asante Sana for Education, in which she is the Chair. “Asante Sana” is the Swahili translation of “Thank you very much.” She has already built a school and working on another school together with her team. Her first school opened July 15th this year and will serve 300-400 children. She is already working on her next school in Bagamoyo. Her website is www.asantesanaforeducation.com and her contact info is asantesana4education@gmail.com

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Dave Lemkuil leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is Monday, December 9th at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Joyce Aparicio, Scribe
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The annual Club Holiday Fellowship was held at Cindy's studio Saturday night. This year, an added twist was a White Elephant sale, with proceeds going 50-50 to Polio Plus and the Annual Programs Fund. We raised over $300, and had a great time in the process. Food was pot luck with some amazing dishes (thank you Marianne for the lumpia!!! One of my favorite dishes I haven't had in decades.) Our very capable and entertaining emcee / auctioneer was none other than Pat "Kyle" Sajak, assisted by two lovely Vanna's: Vanna Mary and Vanna Joyce. Don't miss this event next year!! Thanks to Cindy for providing the venue (and the photos, as usual!) and to Cindy and Susan for all the hard prep work.

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Our speaker on Nov. 25 was Linda Kelly, President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She described the work of the Foundation and its focus on education in the Greater Hartford area. The Foundation is in the top twenty community foundations in the country. More information about HFPG can be found at their website:  http://www.hfpg.org

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
November 25, 2013- 12:15 PM
The Pond House Café

Christine Looby gave the invocation with thoughts of Jim Goodridge and condolences to his family
followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap Leabman began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Eileen Rau, who reminded Rotarians of the impending end of the calendar year. To have a gift to the Rotary Foundation count toward this Fiscal Year, Rotarians should make their gifts as soon as possible. Eileen provided many good examples of how the Foundation helps people in need, and offered her assistance to anyone who has questions about making a gift.
2. Kyle Egress, who thanked Rotarians for their generous donations to “Happy Dollars” and other initiatives benefitting the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Drive. In 2012, the Club raised $1800 for this program; in 2013, that figure jumped to $2100. Kyle thanked everyone who extended this drive to their own offices. He also thanked Ed Peltier and the American School for the Deaf for last Wednesday’s wine & cheese reception and tour of the new Gallaudet Center.
3. Oscar Santo Domingo requested more donations for End Polio Now. The Club’s fundraising goal is $1500; $1300 has been collected to date.
4. Hap gave a reminder about the January 19 basketball game for End Polio Now; Don Chandler is working on securing bus transportation for the Club.
5. Donna Griffen asked those new Rotarians who have not yet received their round name badges to contact her at their earliest convenience.
6. Hap announced that money from the Club has been sent to Philippines Relief Efforts through AmeriCares and Shelter Box.
7. Bennett Forrest contacted Salvation Army Greater Hartford and has asked all Rotarians who would like to assist with delivering meals to needy families in the region on Christmas morning to contact him. The commitment begins early and is slated to end by 11:00 a.m.
8. Cindy Lang announced that the Club Holiday Fellowship event will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on January 25 at CR Lang Studio in West Hartford. Appetizers and desserts will be served pot-luck style, and donations are welcome for a white elephant drawing. More details and a sign-up sheet to come!

Sargeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 31 Rotarians and four guests are present. Guests and visitors are: Speaker Linda Kelly, president of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and her colleague, Michelle Mays; Elaine DeVaughn, guest of Booker DeVaughn; and Gail Stafford, guest of Joe Stafford.

Cindy Lang is having a birthday in the coming week. Rick and Kathy Liftig will celebrate their wedding anniversary. Kyle Egress is marking four years as a Rotarian 11/25.

Happy dollars were collected; many in memory of Jim Goodridge and in thanks for the great event at ASD hosted by Ed Peltier.
The 50/50 raffle is up to $103.00, with no winner today. We continue to look for the King of Clubs.

Linda Kelly illustrated the dovetailing missions of Rotary and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. “Like you, we lift up the community and improve quality of life,” she said, “especially through early childhood education and K-12.” She described the Foundation’s strategic plan, titled Accelerate Success, and itemized many of its partnerships with other organizations striving to meet basic human needs. The foundation has more than 1000 funds and in 2012 distributed $28 million. One of the nation’s 20 largest community foundations, HFPG’s motto is “Here to Help. Here to Stay.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is

December 2 at 12:15 p.m. at the Pond House Café.

Respectfully submitted,
Christine M. Looby, Scribe
Scribe Notes - Nov. 25 Don Chandler 0
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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
November 18, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 35 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 0 guests.

Mary Silverberg gave the invocation with thoughts of Thanksgiving and being appreciate for what we have, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Welcomed Mary Chase back to West Harford Rotary. Mary is returning after a ~3 year absence from the club.
2. The Board voted to donate $2000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief, split between ShelterBox and AmeriCares.
3. Kyle Egress made the following announcements:
4. Reminded all of the Open House at ASD on Wed evening, 20 November, 5-7.
5. This is the last week for collections for the WH Food Bank.
6. Oscar Santo Domingo reminded all about the Polio Plus campaign – he is still collecting donations. The club thermometer was displayed – we are still short of our goal.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 35 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and no guests. There were no Anniversaries or birthdays to report.

Happy dollars were collected. Mary Silverberg discussed her recent appearance before the West Hartford Town Council, where she discussed ITN and received a $25K grant. Ed Peltier noted two grandchildren baptized over the weekend. Donna Griffen passed around a signup sheet for holiday wreaths being sold by the New Britain / New Berlin Rotary Club - $20 ea. Hap reported that he had a great time at the Keith Urban concert.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $91 with no winner today. We are looking for King of clubs.

The remainder of the meeting was a Club Assembly. Don Chandler led a live demonstration of the club website.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Harry Davidson leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
November 25, 2013 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Chad Licht, scribe
Scribe Notes - Nov. 18 Don Chandler 0
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Quite a few of our Club members attended the reception and tour of the new Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center at America School for the Deaf. Ed Peltier, Club Member and Executive Director of ASD, was our host and tour guide. It is an amazing facility, with a lot of technology in place to help deaf students learn. Some of the statistics that Ed provided are: 135 students, 90 who live on the campus; age range of 3 to 21; the old building, twice the square footage, took 10,000 gallons of oil every week during the winter to heat it! Thanks Ed for the very nice evening and information about ASD.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
November 11, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Bob Keily opened the meeting with an invocation and a moment of silence to observe veteran’s day

Hap started the meeting recognizing the club’s veterans in Honor of Veteran’s day. All of our members who are veterans spoke briefly about their time in service. It was very inspiring.

Other announcements:

• Considering options for donating relief funds to Philippines.
• Foundation dinner recap
• 1/19 End Polio Event – check email from Eileen for details
• Kyle with an update on Liberty Bank food bank project $1300+ has been collected so far
• Mary talked about plans for a get together for a play in March (3/20, 3/21 or 3/22)
• Donation thank yous

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports _31__ Rotarians, 2___ visiting Rotarians and 1 guest (Jason from Farmington club) are present.

Anniversaries and birthdays: No anniversaries or birthdays
Happy dollars were collected.
The 50/50 raffle is up to $77 and we are looking for King of clubs. There was NO winner today.

Booker introduced today’s speaker Matt Washower (sp?)
Matt spoke of his book “History of CT and the Civil War”
• CT sent 55,000 to the war
• CT fields 29 field regiments
• Gov William Buckingham served throughout the war
• 1863 Election was pivotal to CT’s support of the union

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
November 18, 2013 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Bennett Forrest, scribe
Scribe Notes - Nov. 11 Meeting Don Chandler 0
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The Club's goal for Polio Plus for this year was $1,500. As you can see, we've already exceeded that as well as $2,000, as we did last year.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF NOVEMBER 4, 2013- 12:15 p.m.
The Pond House Café

Present: 30 Rotarians, 6 guests

Kove Schwartz delivered the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:
• Condolences to Bob Kiely on the death of his brother, Howard.
• Presentation of $1000 check to Bob Cave for the Senior Job Bank; the service committee will work with Bob and his team . In expressing his thanks, Bob conveyed special thanks to Shari Cantor, “who was in on this from the ground floor.” Hap told Bob that the Rotary Club of West Hartford is “lucky to have great organizations to give our support to,” including the West Hartford Senior Job Bank.
• Announcement of the Club’s gift of $700 to Interval House, which, since 1978, has helped more than 180,000 victims of domestic violence by providing them with access to therapy, legal advice, and counseling services.
• Reminder about November 7 Foundation Dinner; the Club is sending a “good contingent”
• Oscar Santo Domingo announced that while we are making progress with our campaign for Polio Plus, we need to reach $1200 and are presently at $800. Each member is asked to contribute a minimum $35.00 gift; Bob Kiely will accept donations. Several members attested to the importance of giving to this campaign, especially as polio is reemerging in global locations including Syria.
• November is Rotary Foundation Month. Hap encouraged us to support the Foundation’s commitment to global grants, peace scholarships and nursing scholarships through donations.
• Rotary Leadership Institute at Middlesex Community College was a success. Mary Silverberg said: “So much planning and preparation goes into this event, and those who organize it do such a great job.” She complimented Don Chandler, who served on the Institute faculty. Dave Gerrol said that the day was “like a Whitman’s Sampler of Rotary. It was not only educational, but inspiring.”
• Information about the Rotary District Scholarships was disseminated; families of Rotarians may not apply.
• The January 19 CBA game will support End Polio Now
• Springfield’s Rotary Club will hold a Holiday Showcase 5K December 7 beginning at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The event supports Friends of the Homeless: Western Massachusetts’ largest shelter for adults. Sponsors, volunteers, and runners are needed.

Sargeant-at-Arms Todd Bowers reported 30 Rotarians and 6 guests. Anniversaries included Rob Morrow, Bob & Elizabeth Kiely (62 years!) Christine Looby’s birthday is November 7. Happy dollars were collected from: Shari Cantor, Don Chandler, Elizabeth Horyn, Harry Davidson, Dave Gerrol, Dave Mangs, Dana Gordon, Oscar Santo Domingo, Mary Chase, Rick Liftig, Joe Stafford, Eileen Rau, Christine Looby, Todd Bowers, Hap Leabman, Bob Kor and Elizabeth’s guest, Sabina. Proceeds from Happy Dollars continue to benefit the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Drive. The 50/50 had no winner today; we are still looking for the King of Clubs.

We were reminded of the November 20 wine & cheese reception and tour of the new Gallaudet –Clerc Education Center at The American School for the Deaf. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; R.S.V.P. to Lois Procopion at lois.procopion@asd-1817.org or 860.570.2304.

Sue Murphy, Executive Director of the Liberty Bank Foundation, was guest speaker. She shared that Liberty Bank, with the greater Hartford community’s assistance, has raised more than $750,000 since 2004 for the Thanksgiving Drive. All money must be deposited from Rotary accounts to Liberty Bank by 11/25/13. Twenty-nine clubs are participating this year. The goal for 2013 is $150,000, with $120,000 supplied by Rotary Clubs, and $30,000 in matching funds from Liberty.

Kyle Egress thanked Sue for her presentation and led us in the Four-Way Test. The meeting concluded at 1:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Christine M. Looby


November 4 Meeting - Scribe notes Don Chandler 0
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The Board of our Club has decided to support the West Hartford Senior Job Bank with a donation of $1,000. On Nov. 6, President Hap presented the check to Bob Cave, a Board member of the Job Bank.

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The annual District Foundation Dinner was held Nov. 7, and was a great success. Over 200 Rotarians and guests from around the District attended. Our guest speaker was Nilofer Haider, Education Coordinator for Catholic Charities Refugee Services. Our Club was recognized for contributing over $2,000 to Polio Plus in Rotary year 2012-13.

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PP Dana receives certificate from PDG Prasad

We also were Number Two in the District for contributions to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.

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Clubs had an opportunity to display information about Foundation projects they have undertaken. Thanks to Pres. Elect Cindy for putting the posters and information books together to highlight our Philippines Water Project and our St. Thomas Career Center Computer Project. (Photos for this spotlight are also courtesy Cindy Lang.)

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West Hartford Rotary Club Foundation Projects

Our Club was well represented at the dinner with 14 members and spouses attending.

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Bob, IPDG Eileen, DG Mike, PDG Sue

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Our Club is participating in the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive again this year, under the direction of Kyle Egress. As before, the Bank will match 25% of the amount of money contributed by our Club and our members. The Board decided to "seed" this effort with $500, as well as all Happy Dollars from Oct. 1 through Nov. 23. In addition to donating through Happy Dollars, members can contribute at any Liberty branch, and indicate you want the money to go to the West Hartford Rotary account. Last year we donated $2,170.98 to the West Hartford Food Pantry. Key dates are:

* Nov. 23 - last date to make donation at a Branch
* Nov. 25 - matching funds deposited in the Rotary account
* Nov. 27 - deadline to present check to the Food Pantry

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Presentation of check to Food Pantry for Thanksgiving 2012

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
28 October, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: _31__ Great Rotarians; _0__ visiting Rotarians and _0__ guests.

Bennett Forrest gave the invocation “The Big Why - People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements:

1. Hap discussed his attendance at ‘The Gifts of Music’ event, and that he presented a check for $2360 on behalf of the West Hartford Rotary. Hap also won tickets to see Keith Urban at Mohegan Sun.

2. Reminders about:
a. Foundation Dinner on 7 November
b. Rotary Leadership Institute this coming weekend 2 November. Don Chandler will be facilitating one of the sessions.
c. Rotary Scholars – two $5000 scholarships. Relatives of Rotarians are not eligible, however.

3. Ed Pelletier discussed an upcoming open house at the new ASD facility 20 November 5 – 7pm.
4. Kyle Egress (older Kyle) reminder that the Club will participate in the Liberty Bank Food Drive again this year. The bank will match up to 25 % of contributions from our Club and members. The Board decided to seed this with $500 plus all Happy Dollars from Oct. 1. through Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a contribution of $2,170.90 to the food bank.
5. Eileen discussed “End Polio Now Day” at the Springfield Armor (NBA minor league team) on January 19th at 3pm – tickets are $10 each and half of the proceeds will go to the Polio Plus campaign.

Sargeant at Arms Todd reports 31 Rotarians in attendance, with no visiting Rotarians and no guests.

No Anniversaries and birthdays this week

Happy dollars were collected. Many Happy dollars for the Red Sox and Thanksgiving Dinner food drive. Tony recognized Bob Lunden, a Rotarian of 42 years. Dave Mangs noted his donation to the End Polio Now campaign and how it was matched by his employer and then the Gates Foundation Match resulting in significant leverage of his donation.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $49 with no winner today – Bob Lunden and Eileen drew. We are (still) looking for the King of Clubs.

The remainder of the meeting was for Club Assembly.

• Don and Eileen discussed changes to the Rotary Foundation.
• Each committee member spoke briefly about their group and then signup sheets were passed around. The teams then met briefly after the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
4 November at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Chad Licht, scribe

Oct. 28 Scribe Notes Chad Licht 0
Posted by Joyce Aparicio

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
October 21st, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Kove gave the invocation with thoughts of striving for a better world followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. The board voted to give $1,000.00 toward the Senior Bank.
2. Hap will be presenting the $2,200.00 check to Gifts of Music.
3. Reminder: Foundation Dinner is November 7th. We need a couple of more people to register so that we do not leave anyone sitting alone at a table.
4. The Rotary Leadership Institute is coming up on November 2nd in Middletown. Sign up online and the money will be reimbursed.
5. Oscar Santo Domingo reminded us that that October 24th is End Polio Day. 3 countries have reported Polio cases and more cases keep arising. It is important we continue to strive to end Polio.
6. Kyle Egress talked about the Liberty Bank Food Drive. Sedgwick Cleaners will also be selling the Turkey Leg tickets of which donations will go to the Liberty Bank Food Drive. Our goal is to raise $3,000.00.
7. There are two $5,000.00 scholarships available. Rotarians and family members of Rotarians are not eligible to receive these scholarships.
8. We will be participating in the fundraiser for HARC.
9. Kove will be going away January – March and needs more volunteers to sign up to deliver the invocation.

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports 36 Rotarians, 4 Visiting Rotarians.

Anniversaries and birthdays October 21st (today) is Booker DeVaughns birthday. October 24th is Steve Tessler’s birthday.

Happy Dollars were collected.
• Bruce convinced Annie to go to Israel for Bike Riding
• Karen List went over how wonderful West Hartford Public School System is. Bugbee won the blue ribbon award.

District Governor Mike Barnett was our guest speaker. DG Mike Barnett is originally from South Africa. He came to the United States 22 years ago and joined Rotary. He went over the history of Rotary and how Paul Harris started Rotary Club. DG Mike Barnett also went into great depth on the new changes that Rotary is making. He also spoke about Polio and how Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria still have Polio. DG Mike Barnett explained that Polio Plus is also a concern because it is other childhood diseases such as Measles and1 ½ million children die every year of this. He also discussed how we need to grow Rotary because there are 1.2 million Rotarians for several years. 40,000 Rotarians join each year, however 50,000 leave Rotary. DG Mike Barnett also talked about the 2013-2014 Rotary theme which is Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Lastly, he passed out bookmarks to save the date for the District 7890 Conference which will be 4/25-4/27.

The Raffle Starts Back at $38.00 with no winners Today. We are looking for King of Clubs.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with new member Kyle Brewer leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is October 28th at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Joyce Aparicio, Scribe

Oct. 21 Scribe Notes Joyce Aparicio 0
Posted by Hap Leabman

On Saturday October 26th President Hap attended a Gifts of Music fundraiser and presented them with a check for $2,360; half the proceeds of last April’s West Hartford Rotary Jazz Brunch. Superintendent of Schools and Fellow Rotarian Karen List was also honored at the event. There was a packed house with over 200 people present at the performance where students and West Hartford Schools Alumnae performed totally wowed the audience.

Our club has been supporting “The Gifts of Music” www.giftsofmusic.us, whose mission is to provide musical instruments and lessons for gifted and talented public school students who cannot afford to pay for them, for the past four years. During that time we have contributed over $9,000 to the organization.

Enclosed is a picture of the check presentation ceremony which was done at the beginning of the program. Our Club was also honored with a pull page in their event program which included information about our up-and-coming Jazz Brunch to be held on April 6, 2014, also shown below.

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One of the most pleasant duties of a Club President is to induct a new member. Prez Hap welcomed Kyle Brewer to our Club at the Oct. 21st meeting. The day was made even more special by having the actual induction performed by DG Mike. Kyle is a financial planner. Welcome to the Rotary Club of West Hartford!

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Welcome New Member - Kyle Brewer Don Chandler 0
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Last week was the Official Visit of our District Governor, Mike Barnett. DG Mike is a member of the South Windsor Rotary Club. Both Mike and his wife Linda are originally from South Africa, and came to the U.S. over 35 years ago. Mike talked some about how he got his start in Rotary. Much of his address to the Club focused on The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus specifically. As we know, "We're This Close", and the DG encouraged us all to continue giving to PolioPlus. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation again challenged Rotarians: they will match every dollar donated by a Rotarian with two dollars, up to $35 million per year for the next 5 years. Mike also promoted the upcoming District Conference, to be held April 25 - 27, 2014, in Portsmouth, NH. In the photo below (courtesy Cindy Lang), the Governor presents the Club with the theme banner for 2013-2014: "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".

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Oct. 21 Meeting - DG Mike's Official Visit Don Chandler 0
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Oct. 24 was World Polio Day. If you missed the historic Livestream presentation, view it here:

World Polio Day

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World Polio Day - Livestream presentation Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker for Oct. 7 was PDG Alan Hurst, our Zone 32 Rotary Coordinator. spoke about the Peace Fellowships. While many things changed with the new programs of The Rotary Foundation, the one area that stayed the same is the Peace Fellowship program. This offers either Masters degrees in peace and conflict resolution, or a development certificate for professionals in that area. The program is held at 6 universities world wide. Alan told us about his visits to the graduating classes of peace professionals over the last few years. He was impressed with work the graduates did as interns in the field, and with what they've gone on to accomplish after graduation. He encouraged us to submit names to the program, which only accepts up  to 110 Fellows every year.

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Oct. 7 Meeting - Regional Coordinator Alan Hurst Don Chandler 0
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PDG Prasad was our District Governor in 2010-11. He is currently the chair of the District Polio Plus Committee, part of the District Foundation Team. He spoke about the fight to end polio and the renewed challenge from the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Remember, "We're This Close".

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Sep. 30 Speaker - PDG Prasad Menon Don Chandler 0
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Our annual District Foundation Dinner will be held at Chez Josef, in Agawam, MA, on Nov. 7. This is always a great event, with good food, awesome fellowship and an interesting speaker. Awards will be given to Clubs who've had outstanding performance in the area of The Rotary Foundation.

We're up to 13 people from our Club registered. There's still room for more, but you must sign up online, before Oct. 31. Here's a link to the registration page on our District website:

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Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is coming up Nov. 2, in Middletown, CT. RLI is a great opportunity for all Rotarians, whether you've been a member a week or several decades, to learn more about Rotary beyond our weekly club meeting. Besides the interactive sessions - no lectures!! - the fellowship with other Rotarians is awesome. You'll meet members of other Clubs and find out what works for them for projects, attracting members, fellowships, and much much more. The cost is $75, and the Club will reimburse you. And for those who've already completed Part I or Part II, sign up to continue your RLI journey. Go here for more information and to sign up:

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Our speaker last week was Jackie Mandyck, Managing Director of iQuilt Hartford. Downtown Hartford is an unusually compact historic district packed with more than 45 cultural assets and destinations within a 15-minute walk: museums, performance spaces, historic landmarks, modern architecture, and public art.The iQuilt Plan links those assets with a vibrant and innovative pedestrian network. Its centerpiece is the GreenWalk, a one-mile chain of parks and plazas connecting the gold-domed Capitol in Bushnell Park to the waterfront of the Connecticut River. You can find more information at:

http://theiquiltplan.org/


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Sep. 16 meeting - Jackie Mandyck, iQuilt Hartford Don Chandler 0
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Chair Cindy reported at the Board meeting that we netted over $8,000 from the Lobster Fest! Good job by all! Here's a few more pictures (note the chair, hard at work!):

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Lobster Fest - more pics and preliminary results Don Chandler 0
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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF MONDAY, SEP. 16, 2013
12:15 p.m.
The Pond House Café

Present:  32 Great Rotarians; 1 Guest

PE Cindy gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

President Hap and others made several announcements:

- The Club will participate in the Liberty Bank Food Drive again this year. The bank will match up to 25 % of contributions from our Club and members. The Board decided to seed this with $500 plus all Happy Dollars from Oct. 1. through Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a contribution of $2,170.90 to the food bank.
- PDG Eileen promoted the Foundation Dinner coming up on Nov. 7.
- Don Chandler announced the Foundation Seminar on Sep. 30.
- Don Chandler talked about the Zone Success Seminar.
- The fund rasier at Sweet Frog netted the club about $250
- Cindy thanked all the volunteers for their help at our successful Lobster Fest. The Club made over $8,000.
- Sgt. At Arms Todd noted that RC West Hartford will be working the Amber Alert booth at the Big E on Sunday, Sep. 29

Sgt. At Arms Todd collected happy dollars, notable that he proposed to his girl friend Valerie, and she said yes! 

The 50-50 raffle pot is at $354. Bennett drew both tickets, but did not win the pot. We're down to TWO cards!!!

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Don Chandler

Scribe Notes - Sep. 16 Don Chandler 0
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Our Aug. 26 speaker was Rich Crowe, PGA, the Pro at Rockledge Golf Club. He described how changing cultural and economic conditions have had an impact on the game. Not as many rounds of golf are being played as a few years ago. Rich thinks the game needs to be made fun again. He's also going into schools to promote junior gold. 

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Aug. 26 Speaker - Rich Crowe, Rockledge Golf Club Don Chandler 0
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Thanks to PP Dana, here's a few pictures from the Lobster Fest held on September 7. It was a great event and everyone enjoyed good food, good music and good fellowship. If anyone else has pictures, please send to me and I"ll publish next week, along with preliminary results.

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Lobster Fest PIctures Don Chandler 0
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Prior to the Lobster Fest, Chairperson Cindy put us all to work at the Aug. 28 meeting, stuffing utensils and condiments into plastic backs:

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The Club held a fund raiser at Sweet Frog on Aug. 28, organized by Roshan Patel. The Club received a donation of 10% of the proceeds from 5 to 9 pm. We don't have the amount yet, but hopefully we can publish it next week. It was a fun evening and lots of Club members showed up to participate. Frequent Club visitor Susan Chandler found Ms. Lobster in front of the store:

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Sweet Frog Fund Raiser Don Chandler 0
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At our August 26 meeting, Dana and Eileen displayed a "Number 1" tee shirt from the West Hartford Youth Basketball League. The team gave us the shirt in recognition of our many years supporting the team. You can see more about the team at:
http://www.eteamz.com/whybl/

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West Hartford Youth Basketball League Don Chandler 0
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 Club member Polly read a poem as our inspirational moment a few weeks ago. Many of you wanted to see it, so it's repeated below. Thank's Polly!

"Water"

A drop of water fell on my hand,
drawn from the Ganges and the Nile,

from hoarfrost ascended to heaven from a seal’s whiskers, 
from jugs broken in the cities of Ys and Tyre.

On my index finger
the Caspian Sea isn’t landlocked,

and the Pacific is the Rudawa’s meek tributary, 
the same stream that floated in a little cloud over Paris

in the year seven hundred and sixty-four
on the seventh of May at 3:00 a.m.

There are not enough mouths to utter
all your names, O water.

I would have to name you in every tongue,
pronouncing all the vowels at once

while also keeping silent - for the sake of the lake
that still goes unnamed.

Someone was drowning, someone dying was
calling out for you. Long ago, yesterday.

You saved houses from fire, you have carried off
houses and trees, forests and towns alike.

You’ve been in christening fonts and courtesans’ baths
in coffins and kisses.

Gnawing at stone, feeding rainbows.
In the sweat and the dew of pyramids and lilacs.

How light the raindrop’s contents are.
How gently the world touches me.

Whenever, wherever, whatever has happened


 
"Water" by Polish Nobel winning poet, Wislawa Szymborska Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker was Frank Wargo, from the New Milford Club, our District Governor in 2000-2001. Frank has been a leader in many facets of Foundation and RLI since his year as DG. However, his biggest passion is participating in matching grant projects around the world. He told us several emotional stories of how our efforts as Rotarians can affect individual lives. He encouraged us to think in terms of the number "1" - that one person we help eat, see or walk.

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Aug. 19 Speaker - PDG Frank Wargo Don Chandler 0
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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF MONDAY, AUGUST 19
12:15 p.m.
The Pond House Café

Present:  26 Great Rotarians; four visiting Rotarians

Christine Looby gave the invocation, “For a Leader,” from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space between Us, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  During lunch, Hap Leabman began the meeting with announcements:

The Leadership Institute will take place November 2 at Middlesex Community College from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m..  For more information or to register, visit http://www.rlinea.com

All are invited to a beer tasting/fund raiser at The Noah Webster House Thursday, August 22.

The Club provided $500 to the Hartford Backpack Project.  Our dollars funded crayons, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies for Hartford children.  The Glastonbury Club will fill the backpacks Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 a.m.  They will be distributed on Tuesday, August 27; those interested in joining Hap and Polly Hincks for this should call Hap.

We also contributed to a backpack-filling project for West Hartford schoolchildren; those knapsacks will be doled out on the evening of Tuesday, August 27.

Cindy Lang reminded Club members that Lobsterfest will take place September 7 on the grounds of the American School for the Deaf.  Please let Cindy know what you’ve sold and return ticket stubs to her.  We still need people to sign up for assignments – especially for clean-up on Sunday. 

Kyle Egress reported that we have brought in $4600 in sponsorships and encouraged each member to give what they could to the cause.  In a special way, he appealed to those Club members who are unable to be present on September 7 to demonstrate support by making a donation to “Claws for a Cause.” 

Sargeant at Arms Todd Bower reported that 26 Rotarians and four visiting Rotarians were present.  Annie and Steve Keith are celebrating an anniversary this week, as are Rob and Joanne Claflin.  Todd Bower is celebrating his second year anniversary as a Rotarian.  Happy dollars were contributed by several members, including Rob Claflin, Dave Lemkuil, Dana Gordon, Tony Rodriguez, Elizabeth Horyn, Oscar Santo Domingo, Hap Leabman and Don Chandler. 

Frank Wargo, a member of the New Milford Rotary Club, Paul Harris Society Chair and District Governor from 2000-2001, discussed the importance of making sure that the good we do as Rotarians is sustainable.  He urged us not to speak in statistics, but to follow his example of telling stories about the children, adults and families we serve and support. 

The meeting adjourned at 1:28 p.m. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Christine M. Looby

Scribe Notes - Aug. 22 Don Chandler 0
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Hopefully, many of you have visited the new RI site. It takes a bit of getting used to, but is packed with new features. If you already have a Member Access login, you can use it to activate your new account. If not, get sign up and explore all the new features. If you are having trouble logging in, the quickest way to get help is to send an email to contact.center@rotary.org.

RI's web site Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker last week was the Commissioner of the CT Department of Revenue Services, Kevin Sullivan. He related how at one of his first meetings with Gov. Malloy, there was a Mark Twain saying projected on stage, "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten". Kevin took that to heart and has made many changes in the Dept. since his appointment in 2011. The department has shrunk to about 2/3 it's size when he took the position. He's asked emplyees for suggestions on making the Dept. more customer and user friendly. Among other things, tax refunds are now being sent by debit card and direct deposit.

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Aug. 12 Speaker - Kevin Sullivan Don Chandler 0
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At our Aug. 12 meeting, Prez Hap was pleased to remove the red "New Member" ribbon from Joyce's badge. Congrats Joyce!

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Joyce loses her red badge! Don Chandler 0
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Our annual Lobster Fest is fast approaching. Chair Cindy Lang encourages all Club members to Sell! Sell! Sell! Remember this is one of our major fund raisers, and to be successful, we need to sell lots of tickets.

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Lobster Fest - Sept. 7 Don Chandler 0
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Thanks to Roshan Patel, we're having a very tasty fundraiser this Wed.,  Aug. 28, at Sweet Frog. 10% of all sales from 5 pm to 9 pm will be donated to our club.

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Fund Raiser at Sweet Frog - Aug. 28 Don Chandler 0
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Rotary Leadership Institute is a great way to learn about Rotary and share ideas with other Rotarians from other Clubs. Despite the word "Leadership", it is really beneficial to any Rotarian who wants to learn more about our great organization and the work we do. Our Club strongly encourages our members to attend - that encouragement includes subsidizing the cost!! All our Board members and committee chairs should really consider attending. The next session is Nov. 2, and will be held at Middlesex Community College, in Middletown, CT. For more information and to register, go to:

http://www.rlinea.com

 

Rotary Leadership Institute - Nov. 2 Don Chandler 0
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 August 5, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

During lunch, Cindy began the meeting with an update on Lobster Fest encouraging everyone to sell tickets. Also a reminder about what the money goes toward and how to speak with family and friends about what Rotary does.

Hap made some announcements:
• Our club is donating $500 toward backpacks for students in need in West Hartford
• $500 to the Glastonbury club for their backpack drive for Hartford students
• Rotary Leadership institute meets November 2nd, Middlesex Comm College
• Encouragement to schedule and coordinate a Polio awareness day sometime around MLK day 2014
• Jim Goodrich is taking a leave of absence from the Rotary for health reasons.

There was a general discussion about getting more exposure for our club in the community

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports 21 Rotarians, 3 visiting Rotarians and 0 guests are present.
**The attendance was light today due to several Rotarians attending the golf outing**
• Susan Chandler, wife of Don Chandler visiting from the Wethersfield
• Eric Martin
• Fernando Vidal 

No anniversaries or birthdays this week.

Happy dollars were collected.

• Shari Cantor sharing her experience hosting an Israeli ambassador
• Bennett happy to be back at Rotary after missing a few weeks.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $277 and we are looking for 7 of clubs. There was NO winner today.

THERE WAS NO SPEAKER TODAY

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20, with Hap leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
August 12, 2013 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Bennett Forrest, scribe 

Scribe Notes - Aug. 5 Don Chandler 0
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President Hap Leabman called the meeting to order. There were 30 members present, one visiting Rotarian from the Wethersfield/Rocky Hill club and  two guests.

David Mangs sang the invocation.

Cindy Lang reported that Lobsterfest tickets are now available, Save the date: Saturday, September 7. People are needed to set up Friday evening, work the event on Saturday and clean up on Sunday.

Kyle Egress reported further progress on Lobsterfest sponsorships. The total is now $3,100. the goal is $10,000.

Seven club members are signed up to play in the district golf outing on August 5 in Longmeadow.

Hap reported that the board has agreed to support two backpacks projects, one here in West Hartford and the other a regional effort led by the Glastonbury club that will purchase supplies for Hartfrd first graders. He reminded all present of his desire for all members to join at least one club committee.

Don Chandler asked everyone to respond to the fellowship activities survey sent out via mail.

Roshan Patel said the Sweet Frog frozen yogurt shop in West Hartford Center has agreed to do a fundraiser with us. Ten percent of all proceeds on August 28 will go to our club.

There were no birthdays this week.
Happy wedding anniversary to Kyle Egress, Davind Mangs and their wives.
Happy 6th Rotary anniversary to Elizabeth Horyn.

The card raffle is up to $267. Still no winners.

Our guest speaker today was Tom Condon, columnist for the Hartford Courant. He spoke about the New Britain/Hartford Busway.

Respectfully submitted,
Mark Jahne
Scribe Notes - July 29 Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker was Tom Condon of the Courant, talking about the ongoing Busway project. It was born out of the need to reduce the congestion on I-84. He described how years ago, there were four choices: do nothing, widen I-84, improve rail service or build the Busway. While stile embroiled in controversy, Tom feels the Busway is the best of the options, and, when completed, will significantly reduce rush hour traffic jams. It is due to be completed in late 2014. More than two thirds of the funding for the $ 573 million project comes from Federal grants.

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July 29 Speaker - Tom Condon, Hartford Courant Don Chandler 0
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President Hap Leabman called the meeting to order. Donna Griffen gave the invocation. There were 24 club members in attendance and two visiting Rotarians.

Hap informed membership that our club was contacted by the Glastonbury club asking us to contribute toward a program that will fill 2,000 backpacks for Hartford first graders with school supplies. Club officers may make a decision on this at their next meeting.

The West Hartford Public Schools also have a backpack program. Hap proposed that we contribute to both. There were no objections.

Cindy Lang reported that Lobsterfest tickets should be available next week. A PDF will be created for members who want to solicit people via email. She thanked those members who helped distribute posters around town.

Kyle Egress reported that Farmington Bank has signed on as a $1,000 Lobsterfest sponsor. We have now received pledges for more than $2,000 toward a sponsorship goal of $10,000.

Eileen Rau reminded everyone that the district golf outing is scheduled for August 5 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass. She also noted that the West Hartford Food Pantry is in short supply of many items.

The Rotary Leadership Institute will be held on November 2 at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. They club will pay the way for any member interested in attending.

The guest speakers were three members of the district Group Study Exchange team that visited Turkey: Danny Lee, Lauren Alix and Manchester Rotarian Marty Fins. They had a wonderful time and were greeted with great hospitality and generosity, making many new friends and learning a great deal about the food and culture. They remained safe during anti-government rioting that occurred during their visit.

Happy birthday to Joe Bednarz and Jim Ruel.

Cindy Lang filled in as sergeant at arms. Nobody won the card drawing. The pot is well over $200 and continues to grow.

Respectfully submitted,
Mark Jahne
Scribe Notes - July 22 Don Chandler 0
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Club member Henry, along with coworkers Melissa and Chris, held Amber Alert registration in Simsbury, on Sunday, July 28. They were able to register 25 kids. This is a an easy and inexpensive way to serve our communities. Thanks Henry! All photos this issue courtesy Cindy Lang.

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Amber Alert Don Chandler 0
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Thanks to all Club members who responded to the survey on fellowships and social events. The Committee (Donna, Mary, Oscar and myself) will now start planning to setup the top 3 or 4. Here's the results:

Event  Yes No 
 Club picnic  73 %  27 %
 Dinner cruise on the CT river  65 %  35 %
 See a play as a group  63 %  37 %
 Post holiday pot luck and white elephant sale  60 %  40 %
 Rock Cats game combined with food drive  53 %  47 %
 Happy hour at a local restaurant  53 %  47 %
 Red Sox game  45 %  55 %
 Essex steam train and river boat  45 %  55 %
 CCSU Football game  10 %  90 %
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Our speakers last week were two of the GSE team members, Danny Lee and Lauren Alex. They were joined by AG Marty Fins from the Manchester Club, who was their team leader. The team spent 4 weeks in Turkey. Danny, sponsored by our club, and Lauren spoke of the life-changing experiences Group Study Exchange offered them.

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July 22 Speaker - AG Marty Fins and GSE team members Don Chandler 0
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President Hap Leabman called the meeting to order. Robert Kor offered the invocation.
 
There were 26 members present and one visiting Rotarian from the Enfield club. Nobody won the card drawing and the pot now exceeds $200.

 

Happy birthday to Peter Kovalevich and Betty Basil.
 
There was no speaker today. Hap convened a club assembly and spoke about the international meeting in Lisbon. He reported that a top priority is strengthening the Rotary Foundation. This year’s Rotary International theme is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” He encouraged all members to sign up for at least one of the various club committees.

 

Hap also reported that Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have made a further large financial commitment to the Polio Plus campaign. There was some discussion of talking points club members could use when addressing this topic with friends and relatives.
 
Cindy Lang distributed Lobsterfest posters and asked for volunteers to help hang them at various locations throughout town. An electronic copy and a letter will be provided suitable for emailing to potential diners. Tickets are being printed and will be available soon. We continue to look for sponsors. Kyle Egress is coordinating that effort and reports that we have already received $1,750 in sponsorship money toward a goal of $10,000.

 

Upcoming events:
 
• Vines of March will be either March 1 or March 8, 2014
• Jazz Brunch will be on April 6, 2014

 

Respectfully submitted,
Mark Jahne
Scribe Notes - July 15 Don Chandler 0
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Last week, Rotarian Booker gave the invocation and led the Pledge. Bob Kiely read a letter from PDG Karen Andrew thanking the Club for its contribution to the Foundation, and Bob for his long service to the Club as Foundation Chair. Cindy talked about Lobster Fest, Sep. 21. PDG Eileen talked about the District Golf Outing, Aug. 5 (see article below for flyer and registration). 

26 Rotarians, one visiting Rotarian and 5 guests attended the meeting. Guests included our two speakers, David Williams from the Newington Club, Eric Martin (fomrerly of Enfield Rotary), Fernando Vidal (Eileen's guest) and Jesse Tijl (Dave Mangs guest).

There's $227 in the pot, and no winners today.

July 8 Scribe Notes Don Chandler 0
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Last week, we had two speakers. First was Jacqui Britz, our Ambassadorial Scholar. Jacqui spen a year at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she majored in public health. While there, she and other students raised money for Shelter Boxes, through the 3 Peak Challenge. Jacqui will go on to medical school at VCU. The Club will contribute $100 to Jacqui's charity, using happy dollars and a match from the Club.

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Paul Pendergast is Chief Development Officer at Back 9 network. Paul was a long time exec at UConn, including positions as Development Director and Interim Athletic Director. Back 9 is a new cable show devoted 24/7 to the game of golf. Unlike the Golf Channel, Back 9 will not just cover games but the entire lifestyle surrounding golf. You can find them at http://www.back9network.com  One of their staff members is pro golfer, Cheyanne Woods, Tiger Woods niece!

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July 8 Meeting Don Chandler 0
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President Hap reminds us that all of us should serve on one or more Club committees. Pick your favorite!!           

 

Committee

Chair/Co-chair  Members Activities
 Club Admin Hap Cindy Quarterly Mtg.
    Kyle By-laws
    Dana  
Membership Dana    
Public Relations Cindy/Christine Mark   
Service Projects Todd/Bennett  Christine  Habitat Build 
      A Hand Up
      Hanoc Party
International Oscar Don
Dave G.
 
Rotary Foundation Eileen Don  
Youth Kyle/Annie Dave  
    Kelly  
Lobster Fest Cindy   June-Sept
Vines of March Bob   Dec-Mar
Jazz Brunch Hap   Dec-Apr
Celebrate W. Hartford Donna   June-Sept
Sponsorships Kyle    
Vocational Services Bob    
Polio Plus Event   Polly  
    Booker  
Social Events/Fellowship Don Oscar
Mary
Donna
 
Rotary Club of West Hartford Committees - 2013-14 Don Chandler 0
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Other happenings at the July 1 meeting:
   * It was Prez Hap's first meeting of the new year
   * Welcome back to Lou and Dave back
   * Bob Kiely gave the invocation and led the Pledge
   * The Sargeant at Arms was Todd, who announced we had 27 Rotarians and 2 guests
   * The 50/50 raffle is at $212, no winner today
  
  
July 1 Scribe Notes Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker last week was Kate Nicholas. She is the founder and president of Manchester Ring of Champions Society (ROCS). The mission of Manchester ROCS is to educate youth and young adults in the community in the sport of amateur boxing. Kate told a heartwarming story of how the group was started to fill a void left when the Police Athletic League boxing program closed. Many young people were left without a place to gain focus on their lives and learn a sport as well. The best example of their success is her son, who withdrew after being attacked. After going through the ROCS program, he is now a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

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July 1 Meeting Don Chandler 0
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As promised, I've started including the Scribe notes in our weekly Spotlight. Thanks to the volunteer scribes so far: Christine, Mark and Bennett. Once again, I'm asking for Club members to volunteer to take notes at our weekly meeting. A handy form was developed that makes it quite easy to do. If every member committed to just one meeting, we'd be covered! I need scribes starting with our first meeting in Sept. Thank you in advance!!

 

Club Scribe - Volunteers Needed!! Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker for last week's meeting was Carol O'Shea. She is the Executive Director of the Governor's Residence. The home was built in 1909 and Connecticut Governor's have actually used it as their residence since 1945. She arranges all the functions that take place at the Residence. She noted that non-profits can have a event for raising money or awareness at the Residence for $100. Carol announced the opening of the Sculpture Garden, featuring 24 works from Connecticut artists. Tours of the house and the sculpture garden can be arranged in advance for groups of 15 or more. Call 860-524-7355Image.
June 24 meeting Don Chandler 0
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Dana says thanks to all members who helped distribute the dictionaries. And thanks to Cindy Lang for the photos.

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Dictionary Project - more pictures Don Chandler 0
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Our President Elect, Hap, is in Portugal, attending the RI Convention. Hap will bring back lots of new ideas after meeting with other Rotarians and attending various sessions. Click the link below to view a video of RI President Tanaka launches the Convention.

Lisbon RI Convention

Lisbon - RI Convention 2013 Don Chandler 0
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ImagePresident Dana reported that once again, over 800 dictionaries have been distributed to third graders in West Hartford. Thanks to all the members who helped with the distribution. On behalf of the Club, Dana presented a check for $1000 to Chris Dobbs, Executive Director of the Noah Webster House to acknowledge their long time support of the Project.

 

Noah Webster House and the Dictionary Project Don Chandler 0
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The 2013 District 7890 Golf Outing will be held at the Twin Hills Country Club, Longmeadow, MA on August 5. Click the link below to see the flyer and get more information

District 7890 Golf Outing

District 7890 Golf Outing Don Chandler 0
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A number of West Hartford RC members attended the installation dinner for DGE Mike Barnett. AG's and President Elect's were also installed. All the PE's got a rose, and our own PE Hap was no exception!

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Installation dinner for DGE Mike Barnett Don Chandler 0
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President Dana is asking members to come out and help distribute dictionaries to 3rd grade students. Remaining dates are:

Monday June 17, Morley School, 77 Bretton Rd,  2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 18 St. Thomas the Apostle School, 100 Dover Rd, 1:00 PM
Friday June 21, Duffy School, 98 Westminster Dr 9:45 AM

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Our annual installation dinner was held last Wed. evening at the Pond House Café. President Dana recognized the outgoing Board and presented other awards and Paul Harris Fellows. Christine Looby received the Rotarian of the Year Award, and Bennett Forrest received the Rising Star, Rookie of the Year Award. The Club gave Paul Harris Fellows to IPP Elizabeth, Oscar, Bob Kiely and Jim Killian. DG Eileen swore in Hap as our 2013-2014 President, and then Hap gave the oath of office to the Incoming Board. Finally, PE Hap made some remarks about his vision for the upcoming year.

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Installation Dinner - June 2013 Don Chandler 0
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DG Eileen and President Dana presented Paul Harris Fellows to three members at our May 20 meeting. Congratulations to Rick, PP Elizabeth and PE Hap!

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Paul Harris Fellows Don Chandler 0
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At the May 20 meeting, President Dana installed our latest new member, Joyce Aparicio. Joyce was sponsored by PP Elizabeth. Welcome to West Hartford Rotary!

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New Member - Joyce Aparicio Don Chandler 0
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From our President Elect Hap:

Hello All,
We will be installing our Board and officers on Wednesday June 12th at 6:00 PM at the Pond House. The cost will be $35 per person (West Hartford Rotarians will receive a lunch credit if they attend). The menu is attached. There will be a cash bar.

Sorry for the late official notice, I hope you all can come. (We have been announcing it at the Monday meetings)

Please call me at (860) 409-6883 or email me at hleabman@rpmhealth.com.  I need to give the Pond House a final count by June 7th. I will also pass around a sign-up sheet at Monday's meeting.

Menu for Rotary Installation Dinner

Hors D’Oeuvres
• Chicken, Caramelized Onion and Apple Quesadilla
• Shrimp, Crab and Pork Spring Roll
• Tempura Asparagus
Salad
• Mexican Salad – romaine, assorted peppers, grilled corn, tomatoes, jicama, black beans, avocado with a honey lime vinaigrette
Pasta
• Penne Mushroom Bolognese – penne pasta with mushroom ragu, topped with fresh grated parmesan cheese
Dinner Entrees
• Chicken Jambalaya – chicken , vegetables, crayfish and sausage
• Eggplant Parmesan
Dessert
• Summer Fruit Salad with vanilla bean biscotti

Installation Dinner - June 12 Don Chandler 0
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Bennett reported that the Habitat for Humanity Project has been put on hold, as they do not currently have any projects to work on.
Habitat for Humanity Don Chandler 0
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Our club was well represented in the West Hartford Memorial Day Parade on May 27. We even had a couple "floats": Dave Mang's granddaughter and new member Joyce's daughter were pulled along in wagons. It was a beautiful day and we all had good fellowship.

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West Hartford Memorial Day Parade Don Chandler 0
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Celebrate West Hartford is coming up June 8 and 9, with setup on Friday evening, June 7. Chair of the event is Bob Kor, 860-521-2806, rjkoratty@yahoocom. Volunteers are needed on all three days during these times:
   Friday:      5 pm to 7 pm
   Saturday:  9 am to 6 pm
   Sunday:    11 am to 7 pm

 Shortly after you receive today's Spotlight, you'll get an email that let's you sign up on line to volunteer.

Celebrate West Hartford Don Chandler 0
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District 7890's GSE team is currently in Turkey. Our Club sponsored one of the team members, Danny Lee. Keep up with their activities by visiting their blog at:

http://gse-2013.tumblr.com/

The team from Turkey is in our District. Photo below is from a visit to East Hartford last week.

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GSE News Don Chandler 0
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Club Member Polly was featured in a Courant article that ran last Wed. Here's a link to the article:

http://www.courant.com/polio

 

Polly in the Courant! Don Chandler 0
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Our guest speaker last week was Ron Van Winkle, Town Manager of West Hartford. Ron started his presentation with a brief history of taxation in CT, noting that it used to be everything was taxed, including dogs and cats. He also talked about the challenge of balancing the state's requirements and the town's needs. His outlook for West Hartford was bright, noting that it has been named one of the top places in the country for raising families. He also noted the high accolades the school system receives.

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May 13 meeting - Ron Van Winkle, West Hartford Town Manager Don Chandler 0
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We had a great turnout for the District 7890 night at the Rock Cats double header on Friday night. Over 200 Rotarians attended for fellowship, a picnic and the games. Part of the ticket sales went to Polio Plus. We had a very impressive parade of Rotarians on the field just prior to the second game. As we marched around the field, End Polio videos were shown on the Jumbotron. Our own Polly Hincks, a polio survivor, got to throw out the first pitch. She was interviewed by the media earlier. Polly also went on the march with us. Great time was had by all.

 

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End Polio Night at the Rock Cats Don Chandler 0
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On Sat., May 11, Pres. Dana and his merry band of labelers - DG Eileen and First Dude Bob, Harry, Rick, Kove, Chad, Don, Mark J. - met at the official West Hartford Rotary Board Room to prepare dictionaries for distribution. We had about 850 dictionaries to put labels in prior to delivering to third grade students. The able production line got through them all in less than an hour, and had 7 left with no labels. Our leader, leaving no stone unturned, searched through the used label sheets in search of a few more. Great fun and friendship.

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Our President goes to extremes to get the job done.... Don Chandler 0
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At our April 29 meeting, President Dana was pleased to induct our newest member, Chad Licht. Welcome to West Hartford Rotary Chad!

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New Member Chad Licht Don Chandler 0
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Our featured speaker for two weeks ago was Denis Horgan, former columnist for the Hartford Courant. Early in his career, he ran and English speaking newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand. His new book, "The Bangkok World", describes his adventures in Thailand during the Vietnam War era.

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April 29 meeting Don Chandler 0
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At the District Conference in Warwick, two awards were given that I didn't mention before. First, Oscar got the "Zone 32 Service to Club" award for all his work. And the Club received the RI Presidential Citation. Congratulations to Oscar and to the Club.
More District Conference News Don Chandler 0
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The District Conference held in Warwick, RI this last weekend was a great success! Great presentations, lots of fun and fellowship, good music and dancing. Those of you who missed it, missed a great event. Those of us that were there, well, need I say more? Here, PDG Bob MacDonald presents Bob and Eileen with a gift and stay at an inn in Newport for all their hard work and great leadership this Rotary year. The Rotary Club of West Hartford should indeed be proud of the job Eileen has done, leading the Peace Train to this celebration. Congrats Eileen!

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As we all know, District Governors have immense power and abilities. Our own DG Eileen was actually able to create a Time Machine, where we visited a meeting of the Rotary Club of West Hartford held sometime in the 60's.

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District Conference Fun - Part Two Don Chandler 0
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A District Conference is a great place to network with other Rotarians to discover new ideas for service projects. RC West Hartford had the opportunity to create one instantly while in Warwick. Here, you can see the classroom we set up for shape challenged Rotarians.

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Hopefully, Pres. Elect Hap will be able to untangle the Clubs business next year after this training exercise. Seriously, we had a Hospitality Suite at the Conference, and it was well attended. Decorations by PE Hap, Susan and Oscar, while Pres Dana and Don watched!

District Conference Fun - Part one Don Chandler 0
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DG Eileen encouraged clubs to make a train car to join the "Peace Train" at the 2013 District Conference. President Dana's daughter Lani designed and made our entry, which Dana proudly showed us at our meeting. Great job!!

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Here's the full "Peace Train" at the Conference:

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Our Club's entry to the "Peace Train" Don Chandler 0
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Three important dates are coming up soon:

The District Assembly will be held May 21 at the Enfield Holiday Inn, Enfield, CT. Register on line at www.rotarydistrict7890.com

DG Elect Mike Barnett will be installed as the new District 7890 Governor on June 5, at Maneelley's Banquet House, South Windsor, CT.

President Elect Hap will be installed as our new Prez on June 12, 6:00 pm at the Pond House Café.

Save the Dates!! Don Chandler 0
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At our April * meeting, DG Eileen presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Bruce Stanger. Bruce is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, which means he has made significant contributions to The Rotary Foundation over the years. Congratulations Bruce!

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Paul Harris Fellow Bruce Stanger Don Chandler 0
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Our eighth annual Jazz Brunch was an immense success by all measures. A sellout crowd of around 200 listened to the relaxing music of the Renee Rosnes Quartet. The brunch was a feast of many delectable dishes. And, of course, being a Rotary event, great fellowship filled the room. At the intermission, DG Eileen and President Dana presented a Paul Harris Fellow, his eighth, to Mark Roming. Photos courtesy of Cindy Lang - more to come later.

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Our meeting last Monday was at the Noah Webster house. It was a great venue, and most agreed we should do this once a year. The meal was excellent, and finished off with tavern cookies and hearth-roasted coffee. We were entertained by Chris, the Exec. Director, and Rick. DG Eileen told us about a great reading program called "Buck in a Book" (more in next storey). Dave Mangs gave a report on a great Interact Conference. Great fun and fellowship. Thanks, Dana, for setting this up.

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March 25 meeting - Noah Webster House Don Chandler 0
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We just received word from The Rotary Foundation that our grant application for computers for the Career Center at Charlotte Amalie High School was approved. Our Club's contribution is $2,900, and the total grant value is over $20,000. Our partner Club, Rotary Club of St. Thomas and it's District, 7020, were contributors as well as our District. The St. Thomas Club is very interested in doing another grant with us, where the beneficiary will be in West Hartford.
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The Club received a Certificate of Recognition from the Republic of the Philippines, for the water project we participated in through a matching grant. The project was led by Oscar from our Club. Great job Oscar.
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Certificate of Recognition from the Philippines Don Chandler 0
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The speaker for March 4 was Bob Steele, author of the book "The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town".

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Photo courtesy Cindy Lang.

March 4 speaker - Bob Steele Don Chandler 0
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Rotary originally started in 1905 with Paul Harris and 3 colleagues, with a goal of helping each other's businesses. Yes, the ORIGINAL social networking was Rotary! Over the years, Rotary has downplayed the business networking potential of our organzation, as Service Above Self took center stage. Recently, though, the pendulum has swung back to where it's OK to, tastefully, talk about your vocation, profession and business. Indeed, as we try to attract younger members, those just beginning their careers, it is important to let prospects know it is OK to talk about what you do. More and more, Clubs are having once a month networking cocktail hours, classification talks at weekly meetings .... and ads on Club Runner!

Ads? Yes! take a look at the website of our neighbors across the River, http://www.easthartfordrotary.org . Notice at the top left there is a small box under "Website Sponsorship", cycling through various logos of Member's businesses. If you click on one, it will go to that businesses website.

The Board of our Club is pleased to announce that we can now offer website sponsorships on our Club website. The goal is twofold: (1) help defer the cost of ClubRunner and (2) let members tastefully make known their business. The cost of the sponsorship is $100 per year. Contact the Spotlight Editor if interested (click the link to my email in the top left corner). You'll need to provide a link to your website and a copy of your logo.

Soon, the District will be implementing a similar program on the District website.

 

Rotary and Networking - Advertise your business on our website Don Chandler 0
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Oscar recently visited the Philippines to celebrate the completion of our Water Project. It was done with sister club, Rotary Club of Marinduque. Funding was through a Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation. The Club in the Philippines presented our club with a Certificate of Appreciation, show below. The project was started during Elizabeth's year as President, and completed in Dana's year. More on the project in the next story.
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Oscar Visited the Philippines Don Chandler 0
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Our project started four years ago working with our sister club Marinduque North Rotary Club.  Its location is in a suburb of Boac, the capital of Marinduque, Philippines.  About 400 families are found in an association called  Barangay Isok (a part of Boac similar to Elmwood).  For over thirty years, the Barangay had been asking the Town of Boac to improve the water supply to that area since these 400 family units had been served with only four pumps.  Water had to be collected in buckets and brought to their homes by hand.  Plans for an improved system had existed for many years but never were implemented.

Our Club was looking for a water project so when our sister club suggested the Isok Water Improvement Project, we agreed to work with them to make it a reality.  The local club sent us an estimate of the costs to drill, install all the pipelines, a pump and storage tank: a total cost of $28,000.  The Rotary Foundation approved their contribution and both clubs added their own funds.  Soon a 30,000-liter concrete storage tank was constructed above the Barangay.  A submersible pump, and pipe were also installed and homes were connected to the lines.  As of my visit, 100 homes have been connected complete with meters.  I found the water clear and of sufficient pressure to supply faucets 20’-0” above the lowest point.  The objective at this point is to reach all 200 homes with a meter at each house.  However, due to lack of funds this has not yet been accomplished.  The enthusiastic reception of the residents of the Barangay to the improved water supply has inspired the local government to decide to chip in and purchase the necessary meters.  The Barangay itself will be responsible for maintenance of the system.  They are well supplied with knowledgeable enthusiastic residents.

The residents of the Barangay are very appreciative of what the two clubs have achieved.  They stated that their lives have been made so much easier.  Especially thankful were the elderly residents for whom carrying water up to their homes main living levels was a burden.  They have water supplied all day, every day.  Even in the main part of Boac, water is available only from four in the morning to four in the afternoon.  This project is a wonderful example of what people working together can do to uplift the whole community.  The two clubs should be proud of this international project.  With everybody’s effort and a small amount of money, we were able to help a neighborhood of 2000 plus people.
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Our Water Project in the Philippines Don Chandler 0
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At the International Assembly in San Diego, RI President Elect Ron Burton announced the RI theme for 2013-2014, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives". See him announce the theme here:  Engage Rotary, Change Lives

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2013-2014 Rotary International Theme Don Chandler 0
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The Club will be hosting the kids from Hillcrest Area Neighborhood Outreach Center (HANOC) at the Children's Museum on Feb. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30. Contact Christine Looby to volunteer, and maybe we can get Dana to walk like an Egyptian for the kids!
HANOC at the Children's Museum Don Chandler 0
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ImagePresident Elect Hap pulled the right card and won the pot, $366. Hap generously donated the money to The Rotary Foundation. Congrats Hap!
Hap's a winner!! Don Chandler 0
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Our own Club member and current District Governor Eileen spoke about the upcoming District Conference. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Warwick, RI April 26-28. We need to have as many Club members as possible attend and support our DG. We will be hosting a hospitality suite at the Conference, and will need members to help keep it going. Plan now to attend and learn more about Rotary and celebrate DG Eileen's year. Here's a link to the registration information:

District Conference Information and Registration Form

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District Conference - April 26 to April 28 Don Chandler 0
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The speaker at our last meeting was Garrison Leykam. He's a local radio host and motivational speaker. Garrison says, "I believe in always performing outside of one's comfort zone and stretching the boundaries of performance to achieve unparalleled outcomes. It's the only path to discovering who we truly are and what we're capable of." He encouraged us to think of the one thing we always wanted to do and then take steps to do it, even if uncomfortable doing so. His radio show, "Those Diner And Motorcycle Guys", can be heard on the Internet.
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Jan. 14 Meeting - Garrison Leykam Don Chandler 0
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Today is our Club's 61st anniversary, the charter date being January 14, 1952. A gala event celebrating the creation of the Club was held at the Hedges in New Britain on Jan. 30. The charter members numbered 31, and our first President was Andy Webster.

In 1950 DG Jim Price asked the Hartford Rotary Club to release the West Hartford territory so a new club could be formed. At the time, West Hartford was one of the nation's largest communities without it's own Rotary Club. Unfortunately, that first attempt died in committee, but the enthusiasm didn't.  Then PDG, Jim and PRID Leo Golden made a second request of the Hartford Club. Hartford RC President Sid Andrews approved the request on Nov. 5, 1951. With amazing speed, the application was submitted and charter issued on Jan. 14, 1952. The first meeting was held at Les Shaw's Restaurant on Jan. 17, 1952.

Thanks to DG Eileen, I have a copy of the program from the 50th Anniversary Gala in 2002, with lots of good information about club activities over the years. The list of Rotarians at that event includes several of our current members - would love to hear you recolllections! I will be using bits an pieces of the history in the Spotlight in the upcoming weeks. Eileen also gave me copies of some program covers from events through the years.

Dave Mangs - this truly calls for a rendition of "Happy Anniversary" !!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Don Chandler 0
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Our speaker last week was from Mosaic. Mosaic provides a life of possibilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. They help people define their own happiness, support them and empower the pursuit of their goals and celebrate their successes. He told some heartwarming stories of how the residents of their group homes have become productive members of society, and gain self esteem in the process.

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Jan. 7 meeting - Mosaic Don Chandler 0
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Thanks to Cindy Lang for hosting a great fellowship event to kick of 2013. Great fun, awesome music (thanks Hap and Conard's Jazz Combo), and plentiful food (delicious!) and drink. Here's a few candid shots from the event. Cindy took the serious portraits!!

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2013 Post Holiday Party Don Chandler 0
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Harry and Shari are the Club's latest Paul Harris Fellows...

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Pres Dana recognizes Ed for his many years of service to the club...

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And finally, though he wore all the gear - including a tie! - Dave couldn't help the Packers!

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Jan. 7 Meeting - lots of good member stuff.... Don Chandler 0
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ROTARY NIGHT
AT
INFINITY HALL

Buy tickets direct from box office with a 10% discount
WHO:  Any Rotarian or “Friend of Rotary”
WHAT:  Rotary night at Infinity Hall to see
“The Manhattan Transfer”
WHERE:  Route 44, Norfolk CT
WHEN:  January 25, 2013
Showtime is 8:00 PM
HOW:  Call Marguerite at Infinity Box office
860-675-3212 EXT 601
Mention Rotary discount code ROTARY10 (10% off)
Tickets are $85 each (before discount)

 

Call or email Bob Newbold (RC Newington) with any questions:
860-874-1479—cell
bobnewbold@fahyinsurance.com

 

For event and venue info go to:
http://www.infinityhall.com/events/manhattan-transfer/

Rotary Night at Infinity Hall - Manhattan Transfer Don Chandler 0
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Kyle has announced the date and venue for the next Vines of March - March 9 at the Mandell Jewish Community Center. It's not too early to let your friends and colleagues know so they can "Save the Date". Kyle has asked that any Club member who wants to help come to a committee meeting right after our regular meeting. We also need auction prizes, and food contributions from West Hartford restaurants. Let's all make this a successful fund raiser!

The .pdf version of this flyer can be found on the website, www.westhartfordrotary.org, under documents in the left hand column.
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Vines of March Don Chandler 0
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Birthdays:

Jan. 24     Tony Rodriguez

Anniversaries:

Jan. 6     Kevin and Carolyn Sullivan
Rotary Anniversary:

Christine Looby    1 year
Donald O'Connor  1 year
Jim Ruel              5 years
Mary Silverberg    5 years

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"Rotary is not an organization for retrospection. It is rather one whose worth and purpose lie in future activity rather than past performance."

The Rotarian, Feb. 1923

The Words and Wisdom of Paul Harris Don Chandler 0
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The District Annual TRF Dinner took place on Nov. 1. The speaker was CEO of the Rotary Action Group, Rotarians For Fighting AIDS. She described how the loss of her son to AIDS prompted her to start RFFA. It was a very motivating and interesting story, and RFFA is a major force in fighing AIDS.

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District TRF Dinner Don Chandler 0
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PE Hap presents a check for $2,178.33 to the Gifts of Music, accepted by Haig Shahverdian at their annual fund raiser held on October 20, 2012. This donation represents half the net proceeds of our Jazz Brunch held last April The next Jazz Brunch is scheduled for April 7, 2013. For more information email Hap at  hleabman@rpmhealth.com.
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2012 Foundation Dinner - Nov. 1 Don Chandler 0
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ImageCongratulations to Dave for getting his fifth Paul Harris Fellowship, known as "PHF + 4". Photo courtesy of Cindy Lang.

 

Oct. 22 Meeting - PHF +4 for Dave Mangs! Don Chandler 0
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ImageGuest Steve Mitchell discussed his initiatives in making Simsbury a bike-friendly town as well as his role with the East Coast Greenway.  He acknowledged Pattie Jacobus’ work with Bicycle Friendly Simsbury, Mary Ellen Thibodeau’s leadership of Bike Walk CT and Scott Franklin’s stewardship as Chairman of the West Hartford Bike Advisory Committee.  Scott said that West Hartford is currently seeking “bike friendly” designation.  All encouraged continued bicycle safety and connectability education on the local level.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Lang.

 

Oct. 15 Meeting - Bicycling in West Hartford Don Chandler 0
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 The 2012 Lobster fest took place on Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012 at the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford. By all accounts, it was a great event: picture perfect weather, beautiful venue, good fellowship, lots of volunteers, and an awesome lobster dinner! Thanks to President Elect Hap, the event chair, and to all the volunteers. Huge thanks to ASD staff for their help and use of the facilities. And of course humongous thanks to our own Rotarian Ed Peltier, Exec. Director of the school for making it available to us. There is a photo album of pictures from the event on the ClubRunner web site under "Photo Albums" in the upper left corner. Thanks to Cindy Lang for the great photos.
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The West Hartford Rotary Club held their annual Paul Harris Awards and Board Installation Dinner was held on June 7.  Outgoing President Elizabeth D. Horyn was honored by incoming President Dana C. Gordon. Jim Reul, Ed Peltier and Lou Vamvakas were honored as Paul Harris Fellows. Todd Bower and Shari Cantor were honored as Rotarians of the year by the club. A special thank you to Assistant District Governor Sue Chatfield for filling in for Eileen Rau who was unable to attend due to a last minute injury. We are happy to report the District Governor Elect Eileen is doing well and was able to attend our meeting on June 11. The new board of directors which will take office on July 1 is Dana C. Gordon, President; Hap Leabman, President-Elect; Cindy Lang, Vice-President; Kyle Egress, Secretary; Robert Kor, Treasurer; Donna Griffen, Sergeant at Arms; David Gerrol, Director; Todd Bower, Director; and Elizabeth D. Horyn, Past President

2012-13 Board of Directors Don Chandler 0
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Fellow Club Members, Pres Dana has asked me to take on the task of updating of our ClubRunner Web Page and Club Bulletin. I have added an article about the upcoming Comedy Night, as well as a link to the .pdf flyer. I have removed all the old stories, but nothing is lost - if there was a favorite story on either the Web Page or Bulleting that you feel needs to be there, let me know and I'll restore. Cindy is going to send photos so that I can put an article in about each meeting with a pic or two. We will also be posting photo albums of our events. If you have things you would like added, let me know. By way of introduction, I was the ClubRunner guru for my former club and one of two guru's for the District.

Also, ClubRunner has  a fantastic Event Manager, which we can use to organize event committees, send invitations, take reservations, etc. If any of you in charge of an upcoming event would like to try to use this feature, I'd be happy to work with you to set it up.

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