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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
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West Hartford Rotary Club

May 13, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Christine Looby gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. During our lunch a check for $1,000 was presented to the Center for Children’s Advocacy as one of our donations to local organizations. According to the Organization, this amount will pay for a year of defense to obtain his or her rights for abuses that occurred when he or she was a young child.

2. Our speakers were Rick and Elin Lawrence. They have an ongoing water and sanitation project in Guatemala. Rick gave a slide presentation of the project. Lack of potable water and poor sanitation are conditions found in many parts of the country. This project was primarily funded through Rotary Club donations and donations are still needed to maintain the project. Elin brought local handcrafts to sell on trip trip to sell in order to raise money for the project.

3. Eileen Rau is still reminding us to contribute to the Rotary Foundation. She is hoping for 100% participation.

4. Get ready to march in the Memorial Day Parade on May 27. Wear you Rotary Shirt.

5. Volunteers are still needed for Celebrate West Hartford. Go to the website to sign up. Bennett needs more helping hands especially for the following shifts:

  • Saturday, June 1 – 12:00 to 3:30
  • Sunday, June 2 – 11:30 to 2:30
  • 2:00 to 5:00
  • Clean-up 4:3 to 7:00

Respectfully submitted,

Oscar M. Santo Domingo


Rotarian Mary Silverberg with guest speakers Rick and Elin Lawrence

West Hartford Rotary Club

May 6, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Our speaker was Greg, H. Priest, the new West Hartford Fire Chief. He reported that we have 90 firemen in the Town with five personnel at each firehouse. Every fireman is a trained EMT so that there is someone available at all times to respond to an emergency. It is a State requirement that on any emergency call made by the fire truck, a person trained as an EMT is present. For some emergencies the EMT has to select an ambulance to transport a patient. If that particular ambulance company is not on the recommended service of his or her insurance, there is a problem with the billing. A commercial building or office has a designed fire code which can easily be checked for fire safety conformance. However, a residential building does not have one maybe just a self installed fire alarm However, any residential or public building can contact the fire department and get a fireman to give a group lecture on fire safety.

2. Our club is still below the $10,000 goal for Foundation donations. Only 30% of our members have donated to date.

3. Our Rotary club will participate in the Memorial Day parade on May 27. Sign up and be proud to represent our club.

4. We need volunteers for the Celebrate West Hartford event where we serve hot dogs and hamburgers. You can sign up thru the website email or you can make a call or text to Bennett. Make sure you specify what days you are available and what part of the effort you can be part of. E.g.: set up, cooking, money handling, clean up, serving food.

Respectfully submitted,

Oscar M. Santo Domingo


West Hartford Fire Chief Greg Priest with Rotarians Mary Silverberg and Oscar Santo Domingo

Announcing the Annual Burger and Hot Dog concession at the 2019 Celebrate West Hartford May 31-June 2! We once again have EXCLUSIVE rights to sell these popular all-American items and thus is always one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.
We need as many Rotarians as possible to volunteer for at least one shift at the concession stand. This is a fun event where we get to interact with and promote Rotary to hundreds of our neighbors. 
This is an ALL HANDS ON DECK OPERATION and we need all Rotarians to contribute in any way possible. Some jobs are more physically taxing than others, but help of all kinds is needed, including:
  • Grill cooks
  • Cashiers
  • Servers
  • Runners
  • Transportation
Please see the list of available shifts and CLICK HERE to sign up online. There will be a sign up sheet at Rotary Meetings as well:








The schedule for dictionary events is below.  Remember, please arrive to the school office at least 15 minutes before the assembly.  This will give you time to load the dictionaries into the school, sign in, and be shown to the location for the assembly by a school official. 
May 14  1:30 pm   Whiting Lane
May 16  2:00pm    Smith School
May 21 9:30 a.m.   Bugbee School
May 21  2:30 p.m.  Braeburn School
May 29  9:00 a.m.   Aiken School
May 30  1:30 p.m.   Charter Oak International Academy
June 3  9:30 a.m.     Duffy School

West Hartford Rotary Club

April 29, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Our last meeting, designated as “Club Assembly”, to make a time for us to label all dictionaries for the third graders. Several Rotarians were assigned a school for distribution of dictionaries. These Rotarians are responsible for coordinating with their assigned school as to when the kids will be available for distribution. Please report to Christine Looby as to when you are planning this distribution to avoid conflicts. The distribution will have the services of “Noah Webster” to inform the students of the history of the dictionary. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend at any scheduled dictionary event.

2. We had a visitor from the Plainville Rotary club, Craig Carroll. He informed us that a student exchange organization from Europe is sending high school students to the US to get experience in our education facilities, participate in job training and science and engineering. He is looking for Rotarians who would be willing to participate in this program to host these students.

3. Tom Wood was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow Award for his exemplary service in the name of Rotary. He has helped the club manage its finances including expenses, stock purchases and investments.

4. Proposed locations for the spring Jazz Brunch were put to a vote. A majority voted to have the event at the Delamar Hotel in Blueback Square. Tony Rodriguez will investigate this possibility.

Respectfully submitted,

Oscar M. Santo Domingo

Foundation Chair Eileen Rau, new Paul Harris Fellow Tom Wood, and Club President Oscar Santo Domingo.
West Hartford Rotary Club
April 22, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes
1. Today’s speakers, Katie Glass and Carolyn Dodd, were from the “Hartford Artisans”, a weaving center. They are located at 42 Woodland Street. The Center is run by volunteers who are the designers as well as the people who operate the looms. They depend on both the sale of their weaving and donations from local organizations. They brought colorful samples of wool, cotton and bamboo pieces which they have made. In addition to monetary donations, they also need volunteers. One of their pressing needs is for transportation since most of them can’t drive and depend on free public transportation. One of our club members suggested that they contact ITN (Independent Transportation Network) which we have sponsored.
2. After all our worries that the Vines of March would have to find a new venue for next year, our club was given the good news that the University of Saint Joseph will be ready for our event by next year. I gave them the date of March 7, 2020 for our event and promised that we would send them a letter confirming that date and requesting an application.
3. The dictionaries have arrived and are stored at the United Bank. Thanks to Liza for the storage space. April 29, our Monday meeting will be used for putting on the labels and giving them to the assigned Rotarians for distribution at each school. We need SUV’s to haul the books from the United Bank to the Pond House. ( I received word that all has been taken care of.)
Respectfully submitted,
Oscar M. Santo Domingo
Hartford Artisan Weavers Katie Glass and Carolyn Dodd (front) with Rotarians Mary Silverberg and Oscar Santo Domingo (back)

West Hartford Rotary Club

April 15, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Today’s speaker was Christopher Conway, the executive director of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is an organization composed of Town businessmen and managers of institutions. They meet at the Noah Webster Library in the morning and they have a site on Facebook. Joining the Chamber gives members a network of other businessmen and marketing opportunities. Members may use their memberships to promote their activities, fund raise. The club’s objectives are to enhance the development of our town’s businesses, civic organizations and cultural well-being. They are located at

948 Farmington Avenue

West Hartford, CT 06107

Tel. 860 521-2300 Web site –

2. We had three visitors today Mary and Joe brought Ralph Balbasare and Kyung Soon, who had just arrived from South Korea. A future member, Tanya Falcon, was also our guest.

3. Our Club is still behind in our contributions for the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. Time to send in your donations.

4. The books have arrived for the Dictionary Project. We need at least 3 SUV’s to haul them from the United Bank to the Pond House so that we can place the labels and assign volunteers to each elementary school. The labeling is scheduled for April 29, our Club Assembly Meeting.


Guest speaker Christopher Conway

West Hartford Rotary Club

April 8, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Spring is on its way. The chilly air will soon give way to the warmth of the sun, buds will pop open and colors of spring will surround us.

2. Again, attendance at lunch was good. Our speakers were from the Village for Families and Children. This organization, located on Albany Avenue in Hartford, not only provides services for children but also assistance for adults with medical, psychiatric or trauma related problems. Their medication treatment program is helping to address the opioid epidemic in our community. Like other family service organizations, they need volunteers and donations to keep their programs working.

3. HANOC game day was a success. For those of you wondering what HANOC stands for – Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Outreach Center. Adults and kids enjoyed pizza and a variety of games. David Mangs’ “Contemporary Pinball Box” was a hit. It needs to be seen and played with to be appreciated. (Luncheon meeting appearance?)

4. Tony Rodriguez plans to have the jazz brunch with talented jazz players who have roots here in Connecticut. Hall Conard and Northwest Catholic have all contributed players of note to the music world.

5. Vines of March event is still looking for a place. No suggestion has yet proved possible.


President Oscar Santo Doming, Rotarian Mary Silverberg, Galo Rodriguez and speakers from Village of Children and Families.

West Hartford Rotary Club

April 1, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes


1. Spring has arrived! Many came out to greet her and the meeting was well attended. Christine Looby gave the invocation; Eileen Rau encouraged members to donate to the Rotary Foundation. She suggested using the Club Runner as an easy way to do this.

2. Those in attendance for this club assembly meeting were happy to discuss methods for improving our fund-raising efforts.

3. Kyle Egress mentioned that we did not do a good job on reaching out to organizations we support for their support in selling tickets for our Vines of March event.

4. Eileen and Bennett mentioned that we complete our list of organization we support on our Club Runner so we can connect to them electronically for our solicitations. Some members suggested that the most effective way to approach an organization is to talk to the manager.

5. According to Tom, our treasurer, our financial status to June of this year is in good shape We will be able to meet the yearly donations we have decided to make.

6. Our Club met with members of the Children’s Museum to ensure that our donations are being well spent. They will need to provide receipts, plans and a description of where the money has been spent to us. We need these in order to report to the District Grant Chairman before May 1

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As of 4/26/2018, 12 members have contributed to the annual fund, and 21 have donated to Polio Plus.

West Hartford Rotary Club

March 25, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Ms. Briann Greenfield from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center was our guest speaker. She gave a slide presentation of the accomplishments and works of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in the year 1811. She came from a very religious family and was active in the movement to abolish slavery. She is best known for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin which depicted the very harsh conditions under which most African slaves lived. To support her depiction of slave life she also published testimonies made by former enslaved African Americans. Her work reflected the belief that slavery demeaned society.

2. Our club is still hunting for a place for next year’s Vines of March. Some suggestions are under consideration, but no place has yet been selected.

3. Tony Rodriguez is exploring ideas and sites for this spring’s Jazz Brunch. He has set up meetings with other venues in Hartford or West Hartford but has not yet selected one.


Rotarians Mary Silverberg and Booker DeVaughn with guest speaker Briann Greenfield.

West Hartford Rotary Club

March 18, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. District Governor Kate Sims was our speaker. She talked about the opioid epidemic in this country. She said one misconception is that the problem is one which involves the youth of our country. However, the forty-year-old population is the one having the most difficulty with addiction. Our District Clubs are banding together to come up with ways to organize so that we together we can help in finding solutions to this problem.

2. Kyle Egress summarized the results from this year’s Vines of March fund raising event. We discussed some of the ways to make the event more successful. One problem is going to be finding a place to hold the event since the University of Saint Joseph dining hall is not going to be available because of renovations. Town Hall is already booked for March. Also mentioned are Temple Beth Israel, Rockledge, and the JCC.

3. Bruce Stanger and Fern Vidal volunteered to view the District Grant Webinar on March 30 at ten o’clock in the morning. This is necessary so that the club can qualify for the next year’s grant.

4. Volunteers are still needed for the HANOC event on April 10. This event involves playing games with young children.

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