March 3rd, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 32 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 2 guests.

Bruce Stanger gave the invocation with thoughts of “Leaning In”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1.     Due to the Vines of March, there will be no meeting next Monday (10th)

2.     Discussed the upcoming 6th Grade writing project.  The Monday 17 March meeting is also cancelled and we will meet on Tuesday for the writing project at St. Joseph’s College instead.

3.     Mary Silberberg discussed the play ‘Higgins in Harlem’ on Thursday the 20th.  Checks are due by the 13th, and if you wish to attend and have not paid, please make arrangements with Mary as we will not be meeting before then.

4.     Robert Kor discussed Vines of March – it is on Saturday March 8th

5.     Hap noted that Birch Burghardt sent a card and enclosed was a donation to the Polio Plus campaign for $100 in the name of Polly.

6.     Hap discussed the upcoming Jazz Brunch on April 6th – see him if you are interested in attending.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 32 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and two guests: guest speaker Fred Stula and Michael Fryer.  There were several birthdays.

Happy dollars were collected.  Ed Cape noted that he arrived in the United States 61 years ago.

 The 50/50 raffle is up to $9 with no winner today.  We are looking for Jack of clubs.

Fred Stula from HARC was the guest speaker.  He discussed some of the programs offered by HARC, and pointed out that in 2013 over 2200 people (including family members) received services from HARC.  It was noted that Rotary Club of West Hartford has a 15 year relationship with HARC.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Oscar Santo Domingo leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is March 24th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Chad Licht, scribe