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