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West Hartford, CT  06127-0252
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of West Hartford!

West Hartford

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
United States
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Two West Hartford Rotarians were honored at the Multi-District Conference on May 20th.
First, District Governor Dave Mangs was recognized for his service as District Governor
Second, past District Governor Eileen Rau was awarded the Service Above Self Award, the highest award given by Rotary International.  The Service Above Self Award is Rotary International's highest honor for individual Rotarians.  This award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually (out of over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide!) who have who demonstrated their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents with exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Rotarian Rick Lawrence discusses the Guatemala water and sanitation project.
Upcoming events! 
Dictionary Schedules:  please arrive to school office 15 minutes early
Bugbee (4th grade)  - Monday 5/21 @ 9:00 am
Aiken  -  Friday 5/25  @ 2:30 pm
Webster Hill ( 125 Webster Hill Blvd ) - Tuesday 5/29 at 10:30 am
Bugbee (3rd grade)  - Friday 6/1 @ 1:30pm
Wolcott - Tuesday 6/12 at 10:00am
Club President Donna Griffen and Membership Chair Bennett Forrest welcome new member Lisa Brown (center)
Jason Jakubowski, CEO of Foodshare, speaks at the April 30th meeting.   Founded in 1982, Foodshare is the regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 127,000 people struggle with hunger. Foodshare is a member of the national organization Feeding America, along with more than 200 other food banks nationally. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare works to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. And, because hunger is bigger than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger.
Later that evening, Rotarians enjoyed our annual night with the children from the Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Outreach Center (HANOC) at The New Children's Museum.   The group joined the children and HANOC team for a show featuring the night sky in the Planetarium and then enjoyed a healthy snack and a museum tour.
Guest speaker Sara Salomons from Journey Home CT, a non-profit organization that leads the effort to end chronic homelessness in the greater Hartford area.
Rotarian Tony Rodriguez opens the event
The Rotary Club of West Hartford held a luncheon to celebrate the Rotary Writing Project with the West Hartford Middle Schools on March 29th.  
A total of 32 students represented their schools to celebrate their accomplishment. Eight of the students read their piece as part of the program. The students writing focused on the Rotary theme "Making a Difference". 
Kevin Farmer, executive director of ITNCentralCT, speaks.  ITNCentralCT  provides a community-based, and community supported, economically viable and consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors .
Guest speakers from Reach out and Read
Guest speakers from the Fern Street Food Pantry.  The pantry is the newest program launched by The Fern Street Community Kitchen, which is operated by the Universalist Church of West Hartford with support from Foodshare, local merchants, and hundreds of local volunteers.  On the third Saturday each month,they distribute non-perishables, fresh produce, frozen meats, and eggs to qualified recipients and to date they have distributed over 3.5 tons of food.  
Jonathan Harris
Jun 04, 2018
Conrad Sienkiewicz, Volunteer Mgr.
Jun 18, 2018
CT Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Erin Spaulding, President Achilles International
Jun 25, 2018
See How We Run! Partners w/wo Disabilities
Club Assembly
Jul 16, 2018
Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for polio eradication work

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Final Exam

After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response

Creating a family

After fleeing conflict in their own countries, a group of young Rotaractors is healing wounds and bringing cultures together in a Ugandan refugee

Rotary website wins Webby Award wins Webby People's Voice