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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.  

Kyle Egress receiving Paul Harris Fellowship from President Hap and Eileen RauImage
                     Joe LaRosa from Simply Swing