November 25, 2013- 12:15 PM
The Pond House Café

Christine Looby gave the invocation with thoughts of Jim Goodridge and condolences to his family
followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap Leabman began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Eileen Rau, who reminded Rotarians of the impending end of the calendar year. To have a gift to the Rotary Foundation count toward this Fiscal Year, Rotarians should make their gifts as soon as possible. Eileen provided many good examples of how the Foundation helps people in need, and offered her assistance to anyone who has questions about making a gift.
2. Kyle Egress, who thanked Rotarians for their generous donations to “Happy Dollars” and other initiatives benefitting the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Drive. In 2012, the Club raised $1800 for this program; in 2013, that figure jumped to $2100. Kyle thanked everyone who extended this drive to their own offices. He also thanked Ed Peltier and the American School for the Deaf for last Wednesday’s wine & cheese reception and tour of the new Gallaudet Center.
3. Oscar Santo Domingo requested more donations for End Polio Now. The Club’s fundraising goal is $1500; $1300 has been collected to date.
4. Hap gave a reminder about the January 19 basketball game for End Polio Now; Don Chandler is working on securing bus transportation for the Club.
5. Donna Griffen asked those new Rotarians who have not yet received their round name badges to contact her at their earliest convenience.
6. Hap announced that money from the Club has been sent to Philippines Relief Efforts through AmeriCares and Shelter Box.
7. Bennett Forrest contacted Salvation Army Greater Hartford and has asked all Rotarians who would like to assist with delivering meals to needy families in the region on Christmas morning to contact him. The commitment begins early and is slated to end by 11:00 a.m.
8. Cindy Lang announced that the Club Holiday Fellowship event will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on January 25 at CR Lang Studio in West Hartford. Appetizers and desserts will be served pot-luck style, and donations are welcome for a white elephant drawing. More details and a sign-up sheet to come!

Sargeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 31 Rotarians and four guests are present. Guests and visitors are: Speaker Linda Kelly, president of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and her colleague, Michelle Mays; Elaine DeVaughn, guest of Booker DeVaughn; and Gail Stafford, guest of Joe Stafford.

Cindy Lang is having a birthday in the coming week. Rick and Kathy Liftig will celebrate their wedding anniversary. Kyle Egress is marking four years as a Rotarian 11/25.

Happy dollars were collected; many in memory of Jim Goodridge and in thanks for the great event at ASD hosted by Ed Peltier.
The 50/50 raffle is up to $103.00, with no winner today. We continue to look for the King of Clubs.

Linda Kelly illustrated the dovetailing missions of Rotary and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. “Like you, we lift up the community and improve quality of life,” she said, “especially through early childhood education and K-12.” She described the Foundation’s strategic plan, titled Accelerate Success, and itemized many of its partnerships with other organizations striving to meet basic human needs. The foundation has more than 1000 funds and in 2012 distributed $28 million. One of the nation’s 20 largest community foundations, HFPG’s motto is “Here to Help. Here to Stay.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is

December 2 at 12:15 p.m. at the Pond House Café.

Respectfully submitted,
Christine M. Looby, Scribe