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.
President Kyle Egress kicked off the meeting
Mary Silverberg led off with the invocation which focused on wisdom from children's books, in keeping with the book drive spirit.
Elizabeth Horyn spoke about her 34 year career in banking during this week's classification talk.  
Chad Licht presented this week's Rotary Foundation moment.  Note that the Foundation Dinner is coming up on November 5th in Agawam.
Rick Liftig - noted an upcoming fundraiser for the Connecticut Children's Museum - November 18th at Tumblebrook CC.  See him if interested in attending.
Josh Cantor (son of Rotarian Shari Cantor) discussed West Hartford's new Rotaract club.  The club will meet for the first time on November 5th, and he envisions 2 meetings per month - and they will typically be 'happy hour' type meetings.  Rotaract is intended for 18-30 year olds.
Tony Rodriguez discussed the writing project.  It will kick off shortly, with the final event held on 18 or 19 March.  More to follow.
Fernando Vidal reviewed the status of the Liberty Bank Food Drive.
John Smeallie noted that there are 137 days to Vines of March, and encouraged all to start collecting donations.  
NOTE - this is the last week of the book drive - bring any books to today's meeting!
Hap Leabman gave an after-action report on the Jazz Brunch.  Approximately 160 people attended, and it was superb event.  
Sergeant at Arms Roshan Patel reported there were 27 Rotarians and 2 guests present.  
The remainder of the meeting was a club assembly.