West Hartford Rotary Club

March 4, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

1. In spite of the snowy weather we met to discuss the upcoming Vines of March. Items of importance were finalized.

2. Fortunately, the weather on the 9th was great. So was the event. Thanks to all that contributed to its success. Kudos to Kyle and Tom. Here are the results of our fund raising.

  • Tickets Sold: 170 or $10,515
  • Live auction: $ 6,425
  • Silent auction: $ 5,375
  • Table pieces: $ 720
  • Sponsorships: $11,000

3. Next year’s event is looking for a new location. The University dining area is due for renovation and will not be finished in time for us to use it.

4. Our speaker for Monday the 18th will be Kate Sims, our District Governor. She will inform us about coming events and news about other clubs in District 7890.

5. We can never thank Saint Joseph University enough for the help extended to our club over the past two years.

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West Hartford Rotary Club

February 25, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

1. Mr. Jeff Shaw was inducted as our new member. The Rotary Pledge for new members was read by Bennett Forrest

2. Eileen Rau reminded us of the Rotary Foundation birthday. The best way to celebrate is to donate. Polio Plus can also use a little pick-me-up. These donations make our work worldwide more fruitful.

3. Volunteer to help with the Dictionary Project. Bennett offered his garage and Liza offered a room for storage in the bank.

4. The Vines of March is just around the corner. We still need to sell more tickets. So far, we estimate 140 have been sold. Our sponsorship funds have reached $9,000. Thanks to all! Auction items are still lacking. Eileen and Bob Rau have donated three I-pads to supplement our silent auction items. This will certainly make that auction exciting. Our regular auction is lacking the usual vacation properties this year. We need volunteers to pick up food donations from participating restaurants. Please contact Patricia Kiely to get your assigned food pick-up restaurants.

5. The Fresh Start Pallet group gave us a presentation of their work. Their mission is to help people by employing them in making furniture out of discarded pallets. Their goal is to help the unemployed by training, building confidence, and enhancing skills to enable people to become productive independent citizens.

 
Guest speaker from Fresh Start with Rotarian Mary Silverberg (middle)
Feb 25th Meeting Notes 2019-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
West Hartford Rotary Club
February 25, 2019 Luncheon Meeting
 
1. Let's welcome our new Member, Jeff Shaw. He has attended our meetings and holiday party and chose the West Hartford Rotary. Two more prospective members are attending this meeting to see how we conduct our meetings and get to know what our objectives and goals are. Make sure we make them feel welcome.
 
2. The Dictionary Project is creeping up on us. Christine Looby needs volunteers to mark up, store and deliver the dictionaries.
 
3. The Blood Donation project was a success. The question remains as to whether we should make this a yearly event. Let your voice be heard.
 
4. It is CRUNCH TIME for our Vines of March. We need volunteers to pick up food donations from participating restaurants. Please contact Patricia Kiely to get you assigned food pick-up restaurants.
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West Hartford Rotary Club

February 11, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

1. ANNOUNCEMENT: NO ROTARY MEETING FEBRUARY 18

2. Last meeting was used for club assembly in order to organize for the upcoming Vines of March event on March 9. There are still many items we need to accomplish – selling more tickets (only 70 tickets are currently sold), getting more sponsors ( Kyle stated that at present we have around $6,000 worth pledged ). We have received the needed health certificates and insurance and tax exemptions are on hand. Auction items are still slow in coming. The restaurants that have been mentioned have to be finalized for mention in our list in the booklet.

3. Prasad, chairman of the Rotary Foundation from District 7890 made a pitch for the Hartford :Youth Scholars Program. Prasad is looking for donations from our club and the surrounding area clubs to help with the purchase of computer tablets. In the past our club has been helpful in this effort. Prasad also talked about How important Rotary is in promoting education and health benefits to people who need help. This can only be accomplished with our support. This is the 114th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.

4. On March 14 the Children’s Museum is hosting a Gala, Live Auction and sit-down dinner at the Delamar Hotel. They are asking us to be an event sponsor. They are also looking for table sponsors; tables are $1,200. We will take up this question at our next board meeting. Anyone interested in attending, please contact Oscar.

 
Rotarian Kyle Egress leads the Feb 4th Meeting
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West Hartford Rotary Club
February 4, 2019 Luncheon Meeting
 
1. On this beautiful winter afternoon about twenty Rotarians and one guest were present today. For everyone’s information, there are only 25 more days until the Vines of March. This week we have to keep track of what needs to be done - sell tickets, collect auction items, make a final restaurant count for our posters and program list. To make this Vines of March successful, we need everyone on board.
2. Our club has a new candidate for membership. His name is Jeff Shaw. He has attended our meetings twice and Bennett has posted and emailed his background information for our consideration. If there is any objection, please bring it to the Board.
 
3. Our designated speaker did not make it to this meeting, but we were lucky to have our own Town Mayor and fellow Rotarian as our speaker of the day. Every body was entertained by her jokes before she mentioned how our Town is doing well and is the envy of the surrounding towns. West Hartford was just selected as one of the 50 best towns to live in. Our Town assessment has increased. More housing is being built. Items that need to be addressed are legalization of marijuana, tolls and ways to save money on the town operation. It seems like our Mayor is doing her best to improve our Town. More power to her. Go Rotarian.
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West Hartford Rotary Club

January 28, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

1. This meeting was a club assembly in order to plan for the Vines of March. Kyle wants to make sure that tickets are being sold, sponsors are in place and that planning with the University of Saint Joseph for the layout, insurance and health department has been done. At present, the first meeting was held at the University and we reviewed the layout and number of tables and chairs needed.

2. Bruce Stanger gave a report on his bike ride to raise funds for the ARAVA Institute. The goal of this organization is to promote friendship between Israelis, Palestinians and surrounding countries. It is a non-profit organization that promotes critical environmental work and peace building. It recruits students from all over the world, especially the Middle East. As they work together the students begin to appreciate the different customs and beliefs that form the mosaic of today’s world.

3. Bennett Forrest has completed the book collection that was stored at the Beth Israel Temple on Farmington Avenue. He was able to get volunteers to deliver books to the different schools in the area. Bennett should be commended for the time and effort spent to make this event successful. One school has already expressed its appreciation for these books commenting that the books are in good condition and of high interest to the students. The books will be used to restock the classroom libraries.

 
Rotarian / Guest Speaker Bruce Stanger discusses his recent bike ride for charity in Israel.
Jan 28th Notes 2019-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Have you wondered why The Spotlight lists an incorrect date for your club anniversary or other date?   It simply pulls from your profile (automatically).  If you need to update it:
 
Log into ClubRunner
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You should see a menu that includes 'edit my profile' - click that.
You can edit data on all of the tabs (Personal and Rotary tabs are the most common).   Note that you have to hit the 'EDIT' button, and then save
 
If you can't get into ClubRunner, please drop Chad Licht a line and I will update you.
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1. Last Friday our club met with USJ to start planning the space layout and equipment needed such as tables, chairs and warmers.
 
2. The Blood Drive was well attended by Rotarians and achieved the target for donations.  Thanks to Ann Leabman!
 
3.  The Book Drive needs help!   The thousands of books collected for this year's book drive will be ready for distribution this week! Due to last week's storm, we lost a week of time, so there is some urgency. All books must be picked up by Friday February 1 at noon.
 
There will be 10 schools in the area that will each be receiving 300-400 books. Of course we need as many volunteers as possible. The plan is to have the books clearly labeled, so it should be pretty easy to pick them up and drop off at the assigned location. Also, we have made sure that there is a contact person at each school who will be available to help coordinate drop off (we've had issues with the schools not being ready for delivery in the past).
 
Please check the attached list of schools for your preferred dropoff location as well as the pickup availability in West Hartford. Please email Bennett Forrest if you are able to help and he will be at Monday's meeting to answer questions and coordinate logistics.
 
Pickup location: All books are stored at Congregation Beth Israel. 701 Farmington Ave in West Hartford
 
Pickup times:
 
Sunday, Jan 27th: 
2pm - 3pm
 
Monday 28th through Friday Feb 1st
8am - 9am
 
Monday 28th 
12:30 - 3:30
 
Tuesday 29th through Thursday 31st
12:30 - 6:30
 
List of schools for dropoff:
Annie FisherHartford
Burns AcademyHartford
Gaffney SchoolNew Britain
Kennelly SchoolHartford
KinsellaHartford
Lincoln SchoolNew Britain
Norris SchoolEast Hartford
O'Brien STEM AcademyEast Hartford
Pitkin Elementary SchoolEast Hartford
S.A.N.D. SchoolHartford
Jan 21st Notes 2019-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

West Hartford Rotary Club

January 14, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

1. Last week’s meeting was a Club Assembly. We discussed the Vines of March which is to be held on March 9, 2019. It is only 50 days away and we need dedicated members to volunteer to help with putting together auction items, finding restaurants to donate food and sponsors. Time is of the essence since we need to put together a program brochure for the event which names the companies and/or people who have donated.

2. We have put together a for use in solicitation of sponsors, food donations and auction items. Patricia Kiely is setting up a meeting with the University of Saint Joseph to apprise them of our plans and needs for this event on March 9.

3. Ann Leabman and Tony Rodriguez again reminded our members of the January 22, 2019 Blood Drive to be held at the Town Hall from 1:30 to 5:00 pm.

4. We discussed involving the University of Hartford Rotaract in setting up a plan for the Outreach Program at the University. Hopefully it will both attract students to join in our efforts to help the needy by donating free meals.

5. We need to contribute to the Polio-Plus and Rotary Foundation in order to meet the District goals for this year (almost $10,000). Eileen is gratefully accepting donations large and small to help in this endeavor.

REMINDER - no meeting on Monday, January 21st!

 

Foundation lead Eileen Rau presents the Paul Harris Award to Rotarian Harry Davidson

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West Hartford Rotary Club

January 7, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

1. Attendance was great. The year ahead is looking good. Sheila Diamond and Dennis received a check for $1,500 for the Senior Job Bank. Ann Leabman reminded us of the Blood Donor Day on January 22, 2019. Don’t forget to make an appointment before you go at either on line at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767

2. Tony Rodriguez reminded us why donating to the Rotary Foundation is important to the community. Ten countries who need help in education, health and water supply have been the beneficiaries of grants. The Foundation is a very important part of our organization that has contributed to the welfare of the disadvantaged people who live in economically poor countries.

3. Our speaker was Matt Hart, the present Town Manager. His focus was that the Town is trying to more efficiently use our resources. One way is to share services and the other is for our taxpayers to step up and suggest ways to trim expenses. According to him there are many projects that are in the works that may help to lower our property taxes. For example, the parcel of land Saint Joseph Convent occupied on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Park Road has just received approval for a large addition that will increase our property tax base.

 

Rotarian / Mayor of West Hartford Shari Cantor, Rotarian Mary Silverberg, and guest speaker Town Manager Matt Hart

 

Rotarian Kyle Egress receives a Paul Harris Award from Club President Oscar Santo Domingo

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Rotary Club of West Hartford

Holiday News and Events

 

Last December 17,2018, we ended the year with a holiday celebration at the Pond House. Club members, their wives and friends and a contingent from Hartford enjoyed a holiday party at the Monday lunch. The Pond House served a delicious buffet, and the Hall High School Madrigal Singers entertained with a blend of traditional and contemporary songs. The pond house was decorated for the holidays, members and guests in festive regalia were in a giving spirit. Happy dollars flowed. Kudos to everyone who helped make this such a successful occasion.

Announcements

1. Start your donation to the Polio Eradication Campaign of 2019 with a contribution of $38.

2. Don’t forget the Rotary Foundation. This major source of funds provides aid for education, health, and water projects all over the world.

3. The Hartford Courant Community section of last week's edition carried a large article about the Rotary and the Children’s Museum of West Hartford. The article detailed plans for a new Learning Lab at the museum which will be sponsored by our Club. See attached links for more information.

Happy New Year to All!

 
Dec 17th Meeting 2018-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
West Hartford Rotary Club Meeting
Lunch
December 10, 2018    Proceedings
 
  1. The following donations were requested and approved by the board.
    • Johnny’s Jog - $1,200
    • ARAVA Institute - $500
    • Marinduque North (dialysis machine) - $2,000
  2. Blood donation project will be held at Town Hall in January in honor of Hap Leabman.The decision to hold it every year as suggested by Bruce Stanger, will be decided after this event
  3. The treasurer commented that the Club is in good financial status or the year 2018.
  4. We will donate to the Noah Webster House for our Dictionary Project. (we will still hand out dictionaries...)
  5. The sign-up sheet for our December 17th holiday meeting was passed out. At present 43 Rotarians and their guest are planning to attend. Another 10 guests from the Hartford Rotary Club will also be attending.
Rotarians Dave Gerrold, Bob Kor, and Tom Wood enjoying the meeting!
 
 
Guest speaker Doreen Tarascio, Dir. of Communications from The Bridge Family Center
 
 
From a couple of weeks ago - Rotarian Kove Schwartz receiving a Paul Harris award from Club President Oscar Santo Domingo
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This year’s Rotary Club of West Hartford Jazz Brunch honored the memory of Hap Leabman, former Rotary Assistant District Governor and Jazz Brunch Chairman.
 
Rotary Club of West Hartford Raises more than $7,000
During 16th Annual Jazz Brunch
 
 More than 200 jazz aficionados helped Rotary Club of West Hartford raise $7,088.00 during its 16th Annual Jazz Brunch on November 4 at The Hartford Club.
Event proceeds will support West Hartford’s Gifts of Music program and other local charities.
 
The brunch, which honored the memory of Rotarian, former Assistant District Governor and 2011-2017 Jazz Brunch Chairman Hap Leabman, featured The Chris Flory and Harry Allen Quartet, including guitarist Chris Flory, Saxophonist Harry Allen, Bassist Neal Miner and drummer Tom Melito.
 
Our profound thanks to the attendees, Rotarians and volunteers who generously supported this annual event! A special thanks to committee members Jim Kilian, Ann Leabman and Tony Rodriguez; and to volunteers Jill Leabman, Erica Leabman, Gifts of Music director Haig Shahverdian, Peter Kovalevich, Lisa Brown, Kyle Egress and Bennett Forrest, Booker DeVaughn, Oscar Santo Domingo, Eileen Rau, Jenny Smith. A big shout out to our sponsors: West Hartford Mayor Sheri Cantor (music students’ master class sponsor); The Ellen Jean Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust (student table sponsor), Delamar Hotel (lodging for the artists) and Flemings Steak House (dinner for the artists).
 
Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Hartford Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Hartford, is now in its 16th season. This highly popular event has been successful in raising funds for many local charitable organizations. Past artists have included Jimmy Cobb, Don Friedman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, Javon Jackson and Jimmy Heath. Each year, this day brings the best jazz artists New York and Boston have to offer to more than 200 jazz enthusiasts in the elegant setting of the Hartford Club. All expenses, including payments to the musicians, equipment rental, promotional costs and the cost of the brunch itself, are financed solely by ticket sales.
 
The Chris Flory and Harry Allen Quartet, including (left to right) Guitarist Chris Flory, Saxophonist Harry Allen, Bassist Neal Miner and drummer Tom Melito perform to a sold-out crowd at The Hartford Club November 4.
 
 
Guitarist Chris Flory performs in front of a photo honoring the memory of Hap Leabman, former Rotary Assistant District Governor and Jazz Brunch Chairman.
 
 
Left to right:  Saxophonist Harry Allen, Jazz Brunch Co-Chair Jim Kilian, Guitarist Chris Flory, Jazz Brunch Co-Chair Tony Rodriguez, Bassist Neal Miner, Drummer Tom Melito.
 
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                West Hartford Rotary Club Meeting

                     December 3, 2018 Proceedings

1. Eileen Rau again reminded us that our polio eradication program is still in progress in four countries where polio is still found. She also mentioned that donations are still needed. Make your donation to Polio –Plus for $38.00.

2. Ann Leabman came out with blood donation posters honoring Hap. This drive will be sponsored by the West Hartford Rotary as part of our Community Projects and will keep our name out there in the Town.

3. Robin attended the meeting to volunteer- help in organizing the auction materials for the Vines of March.

4. Breaking News: The District approved funding for dialysis machines for our sister club in Marinduque, Philippines. They are intended for the Provincial Hospital. This project is a combined effort by sister clubs and other US based rotary clubs.

5. The December 17 noon meeting will be used to celebrate the coming holidays. Bring your friends, significant others, and kids to enjoy lunch and listen to the Hall High School Madrigal singers. A sign-up sheet will be at our next meeting. We need a head count so we can inform the Pond House. Some members of the Hartford Rotary are also planning to attend.

 
Robin, Club President Oscar Santo Domingo, guest speaker Beth Bye, and Rotarian Mary Silverberg
 
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West Hartford Rotary Club Meeting

November 26 Proceedings

1. Susan Oslander requested a day of fun with the Hanoc children. We need volunteers and a time and date. Eileen will find out when this is to happen.

2. We discussed the outreach program (aka the Food Pantry). The board seems to feel that we have too much on our plates with the Vines of March looming. David Mangs has asked for a donation and volunteers to make it a one-day affair. Hopefully the Rotaract will extend their hands. According to Greg Friedland there might be only 5 students who are interested in joining Rotaract.

3. Jeff Brevin gave the Club some information about what is happening at the American School for the Deaf. Bruce Stanger gave an update about his yearly bike trip to Israel.

4. Ken Flourde talked about his involvement with the opioid Crisis and would like to talk more about the subject for a future meeting.

5. Steve Nimz of New Britain Rotary was at the meeting to sell holiday wreaths. This is their seasonal fund-raising project.

6. Vines of March has started planning for the big event. Kyle led the meeting after summarizing what are needed to make this event successful. The ticket price was raised to $75 per person. However, anyone buying his or her ticket before February 8 can get it for $70,

7. The Rotary Board propose to make the Dec.17 meeting our Holiday party since next coming year we will be occupied with the planning of the Vines of March.Watch for more update for this event. Sign up for the party It will be fun, good food and relaxing.

Club President Oscar Santo Domingo, Rotarian Mary Silverberg, and guest speaker Susan Oslander

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       West Hartford Rotary Club
        November 19  Meeting
 
  1.   Twenty Rotarians were present to hear speaker Duanne Martin, the Town Engineer. He distributed a street map which showed the progress in repairing our streets. He discussed the plans for prioritizing the repairs as well as the sequence, MDC’s role in the repair, and the difference between asphalt and granite curbing. Rotarians had questions about the streets near their houses.
  2. . Steve Leone, the former Wine Cellar owner was present to discuss the Wine Cellar’s role in the March 9, 2019 Vines of March set up and system for placing orders. 
  3. Paul Harris award pin was given Kove Schwartz for his time and effort spent in furthering the goals of Rotary.
  4. Tony Rodriguez announced that the Jazz Brunch had a net of $7,200. His efforts were given a resounding applause.
  5. Our efforts to eradicate polio remains a main objective for the Rotary Foundation. We still have a way to go in keeping the world healthy, safe and educated. Please donate.
  6. Rotary Means Business has a meeting in Avon coming up. Check your email for particulars.
 
Rotarian Mary Silverberg, guest speaker Duane Martin, and club President Oscar Santo Domingo
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Vines of March - March 9 2019! 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Club President Oscar Santo Domingo (center) presents a check for $6000 to Mike Werle and Joe Defeo of the West Hartford Children's Museum for the set up of the Rotary Learning Lab for Young Children.
 

Club Assembly Meeting - November 12 Proceedings

1. Honoring our veterans: Ed Cape Harvey Davidson and Dave Gerol were honored. Both Ed and Harry recounted their experiences during their time as soldiers.

2. Eileen Rau passed around polio virus dolls that she had from another club meeting

3. We presented our donation to the Children’s Museum for $ 6,000 to start the development of a Learning Lab for children 3 years old and up. As Mike Werle said, the room will symbolize Rotary’s essential goal. Our Rotary Emblem will be part of the room. The Children’s Museum director is in talks with the Town Official regarding the possibility of relocating the building

4. Our visitors, Ellen and Jeff Shaw were introduced. Mile Werle and Joe Defeo were also recognized.

5. Tony Rodriguez was happy about the attendance for the Jazz brunch, but let the management know about its shortfall in the kitchen and table management.

6. The Vines of March as announced by the co-chairman Kyle Egress. Tom Wood will assist Kyle for this fund-raising event.

7. Joe Stafford met a group that builds wood furniture. He will invite them to address our meeting to give us some pointers as to saving or replacing the Rotary benches in Town.

8. A Rotary party is in the works, but after the festivities. Eileen will help organize it.

9. The Berlin Rotary Club will be at our meeting on November 19 to take orders for their Christmas wreath sale.

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              West Hartford Rotarians decked out for Halloween
President Oscar Santo Domingo presents the Paul Harris fellowship award to Betty Kiely
 

LUNCHEON MEETING, October 29, 2018

1. Our meeting was visited by three witches, Mr. Incredible, and a lobster woman. All enjoyed the candies placed at the tables. Thanks are owed to Dave, Eileen ,Elizabeth, Ana and Mary for their show of Halloween spirit.

2. The Turkey Drive is rolling. Fern has collected our contributions and the Club has donated $1,600 for the Drive. This donation will be given to The Town That Cares.

3. Rotarians applauded the efforts of Tony and Ann for the successful turnout expected at the Hartford Club Jazz Brunch. The results have been so good that we have had to close the ticket sales.

4. Eileen reminds us not to forget that many children are still affected by polio. Keep the donations coming.

5. Dave Mangs reported on efforts to stop the epidemic of drug addiction and the recruitment of young people to join Rotary.

6. Betty and her daughter Kate were honored at the presentation of a Paul Harris +5 pin which Bob earned for the time and effort he spent in promoting Rotary.

7. A Blood Drive is getting set up for January. Ann Leabman mentioned that it needs 1,000 feet of space. The Town Hall, the American School for the Deaf and Saint Joseph University were mentioned as possible sites.

Latest Update: Ann has booked the Town Hall Auditorium on Jan.22,2019 from 12:30 to 5:00 pm Our Club will be the sponsor for this Blood drive.

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              LUNCHEON MEETING, October 22, 2018

1. Peter Lamothe from Jackson Labs was our guest speaker. Jackson Labs is a non-profit organization located on the UCONN Dempsey campus that focuses on mammalian genetics research. Their research at present is on developing medications tailored for each patient’s genetic makeup. According to Peter, they have around 10,000 mice used for testing. They use mice because they have the closest DNA to human being. Jackson Lab’s main office is in Bar Harbor Maine. Their focus is on basic research which they share with other labs in the hope that it will help them in their own particular research.

2. The ticket sales for the Jazz Brunch are excellent. As of Oct. 24, we have sold and received payment for 230 tickets. A sudden influx of buyers is coming in and now we are afraid the we will go over the capacity of the Hartford Club’s dining room. Tony suggests that our web site should announce that the ticket sale is closed (it was closed).

3. The 30th anniversary of our World Polio Eradication Drive was held on October 24. We still have not achieved our goal of world-wide elimination. Don’t forget to donate to the Fund. In addition to polio that we have known, there is a new virus that resembles polio that is infecting children much is the same way that polio did.

 
Guest Speaker Peter Lamonthe with speaker coordinator Mary Silverberg
 
 
A friendly reminder to come to the meeting on the 29th in your best Halloween attire!
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Rotarian Tony Rodriguez and Ann Leabman present Haig Shahverdian a check for $4,400 to the Gifts of Music from proceeds from the Jazz Brunch at their Autumn Benefit Concert held Saturday, October 20, 2018  at the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Auditorium at the Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford.
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              Guest Speaker Mark McGovern
 
         
                         Luncheon Meeting, October 22, 2018
 

1. Our speaker was Mark McGovern, Town of West Hartford. He talked about the ongoing projects that are taking place around town such as:

a. the Trout Brook exit from I- 84. This will handle a larger volume of traffic.

b. IDEANOMICS has purchased the UCONN site. They are applying for zone changes to the area to accommodate their plans for the area.

c. The recent sewage problem on Linnard and other streets was mentioned, and the MDC is currently repairing the damage.

2. Eileen Rau gave us an update on the celebrations planned for the 30-year anniversary of the Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio. Please continue to donate to the Polio Plus fund. We are almost in reach of our goal to eradicating polio

3. Turkey Legs are coming. From today’s meeting until Thanksgiving, our Happy Dollars will go to the Liberty Bank as donations to this fund

October 15th Meeting 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

        REMINDERS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

1. WORLD POLIO DAY – On October 24, 2018 we will celebrate the 30th anniversary for the eradication of polio campaign. Different countries will have announcements, parades and various media events. Let our members celebrate by donating to our Eradicate Polio Fund.

2. On November 4, our president-elect and membership chair will meet at Chuck's Steak House, 2199 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill to discuss the recruitment of new members and retention of existing members with other clubs.

3. On November 1, there will be a Foundation Dinner honoring the unsung heroes who have devoted much of their time to helping others and who truly embody “service above self”. It will be held at CHEZ JOSEPH at 176 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam MA from 5:30 to 9: pm. Cost is $55 per person.

4. On November 10, John Smeallie and Andy Lerner will represent our club at the RLI leadership Training session at the Holiday Inn, Springfield South, Bright Meadow Boulevard in Enfield, CT, 06082.

5. Tavern night was held last October 4. 10 Rotarians enjoyed the ambience of the new Rockledge Grill. Thanks to Kyle for organizing this event.

6. It is again time for our Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Our club has opened an account at Liberty Bank to deposit our donations. We are awaiting the donations to pour in.

Guest speaker at Oct 1st meeting  Janice Hamilton Crawford
Oct 1st Minutes and Updates 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Minutes

Luncheon Meeting, August 24

1. Our speaker was the Town of West Hartford Police Chief. He reported that the Town Safety Committee gave the Town a good report. The biggest problem seems to be complaints of indiscriminate urination from over-indulgers. He emphasized that the department needs to recruit more qualified people interested in becoming West Hartford Police officers. Members threw a lot of interesting questions at the Chief. He was very informative.

2. A great round of applause greeted Ann Leabman when she received the Club Honorary Membership. She emphasized the importance of the Jazz Brunch to Hap.

3. The Tavern night was postponed to October 4 at the Rockledge Grill from 5 to 7 pm

 
 
 
Guest speaker:  West Hartford Police Chief Vernon Riddick, Jr
 
 
Club President Oscar Santo Domingo and Rotarian Eileen Rau flank guest of honor Ann Leabman
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Rotary Club of West Hartford Lunch Meeting Minutes
 
Date: September 17, 2018
 
Upcoming Events:
 
  1. Jazz brunch is fast approaching.Tony has been reminding us to get out there and sell tickets.A decision will have to be made at the end of September as to whether or not to hold this event.This will depend on the tickets sold and donations received or pledged from sponsors.
 
Requests:
 
  1. Our district governor has asked the club to participate in hurricane relief due to loss of life and property in the Carolinas.A web site has been created where you can choose your way to donate:  http.//www.rotary 7680.org/disasterrelief.PHP
 
  1. Supporting the Rotary Foundation is an important goal of any Rotary Club.The Foundation in return is the source of grants to make our projects, both domestic and international possible.Please contribute.
 
Information:
 
  1. Dave Mangs gave us a talk about how the opioid epidemic is affecting the young generation of this country.It is up to every organization to work together to stop the spread of this epidemic.
Meeting Minutes - September 17, 2018 2018-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2018

Rotary Club of West Hartford Board Meeting Minutes

Date: August 24, 2018

Attendance: Eileen Rau, Tom Wood, Matt Cuddy, Bennett Forest, Oscar Santo Domingo

Approvals

1. Board approved budget for 2018-2019.

2. Board accepted the Marinduque North Rotary Club of the Philippines as a sister club for the purpose of join projects. Discussed was the possibility of a water project. This is still in the preliminary stage.

3. Approved a donation of $3,600 to the Children’s Museum of West Hartford. This is in addition to a District Grant the has been approved for $2,400.

Upcoming Events

1. Due to the efforts of Dave Mangs, Ashley Daley of UHart, Greg and Bennett, our Club was able to recruit 53 Rotaractors from the University of Hartford. A meeting will be organized to welcome these new members. A Board of Directors and committee chairs will be selected at that meeting. Please watch for that meeting and plan to attend and greet all of them.

2. Ann Leabman will be honored on September 17 meeting as an Honorary Member due to the time and effort she has spent in the service of Rotary.

Board Minutes - August 24th 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of West Hartford Minutes
 
Date: August 20, 2018
Attendance:  about 30 Members
 
Bob Kiely
Eileen Rau suggested that the Club donate to the Rotary Fund in memory of Bob Kiely.He was formerly the chairman of the Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary Means Business
Farmington, Canton and Avon Rotary Clubs held a combined Rotary Means Business meeting last August 15.David Mangs emphasized the need for this meeting so that different business people from the Clubs and their friends are invited.The more exposure our club gets will hopefully mean more members and more business.
 
Tavern Night
Don’t forget TAVERN NIGHT, September 27.
 
 
Jazz Brunch
We signed a contract with The Hartford Club for the Jazz Brunch.Contracts with two performers were also signed.The next move is to sell tickets.We have to sell at least 250 tickets.You can go online to buy tickets on the Rotary Club of West Hartford web site to buy tickets.
 
Children’s Museum
Rick Liftig and I met with the Director of the West Hartford Children’s Museum.He gave us the history of their financial status and said that at present they are in the black.They do not depend on Town or State funds for their operations.We hope to invite the prospective buyers of the site to one of our meetings and to express our interest in having part of the site reserved for the new Children’s Museum so that West Hartford can continue to have this educational treasure in our Town.Our donations to the Rotary Lab will be transferable when the Museum moves to its new location.
 
 
Foundation Chair Eileen Rau presents Rotarian Ed Cape with his Paul Harris +2
 
Meeting Minutes - August 20th 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of West Hartford Minutes
 
Date: August 13, 2018
Attendance:  about 30 Members
 
  1. Rotarian Bob Kiley was laid to rest last Saturday at the Fairview Cemetary after a service at Saint Peter Clavier in West Hartford.  Our club was well represented for the mass as well as the burial.
  2. Rick Liftig and I met with the director of the Children’s museum to discuss the situation with the relocation of the museum after the two year dead line to turn the existing property over to Kingswood Oxford.  The possibility of the UCONN site was mentioned.  it was suggested that we approach the prospective buyer about reserving part of the property for a new facility for the museum.  It was also suggested that letters to the editor of the Hartford Courant promoting this idea would be helpful.  One of our projects for this year at the local level is to setting up a Rotary Lab at the museum.  We have a District Grant for this.
  3. The mayor of West Hartford, Shari Cantor, informed the Club that the situation of the Children’s Museum getting a place to expand on the site of the old UCONN branch at the corner of Trout Brook and Asylum is not a sure thing. For one, the Town has no say on planning for the site after the zoning change has been approved.The only way forward is to approach the buyer and convince them to leave a part of the site free.  According to the Mayor this is a very long shot.
  4. The high point of the meeting was the presentation of the Paul Harris Award to Ed Cape. He was presented with his pin and also addressed the meeting with stories of his experience as a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. He also mentioned that he was instrumental in helping to promote the admission of women into the West Hartford Club.
  5. Don’t forget TAVERN NIGHT, September 27.  Kyle is already canvassing restaurants.  We are trying to use a restaurant that has donated to our Vines of March fund raiser.
  6. We are still looking for a chair person and his committee that will take charge of this year’s Vines of March to be held on March 9.Any brave souls out there?Please step up.
  7. Peter Kovalevich passed around a signup sheet for Rotarians who will sell tickets for Jazz Brunch fund raising on November 4, 2018.
Rotarians Mary Silverberg and Shari Cantor with guest speaker Rebecca Rose
 
Meeting Minutes - August 13th 2018-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of West Hartford Minutes 

Date:August 5, 2018 

Attendance:  10 Members 

  1.   Rotary Means Business:  Bennett has this project well in hand.  There will be another meeting on August 15, 2018.at Fox Run Golf course in Avon from 6:00 -7:30 pm.  Bennett is trying to get each town Rotary club to continue this program through their own club.  
  2. Rotaract:  Greg Friedline has been trying to get this together at the University of Hartford.  Our club is trying to get the past Rotaract group to interact with the UH group.  Our club is going to find the past group names from Erica Leabman.
  3. We again discussed the importance of reaching the Town Council regarding the UCONN site for the Children’s Museum.  
  4. We discussed asking programs that we have given to in the past to help in publicizing the Jazz Brunch and the Wines of March and in selling tickets for these events.
  5. Dave Mangs described the opioid epidemic in this country.  The Rotary Club Districts are joining together to help on this project.  He mentioned how the town and/or city police departments play an important role in obtaining information of victims of opioids.
  6. The West Hartford Food pantry needs your donations.They are short on pasta,rice and sauce. You can drop your donation at the Town Hall.   
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Meeting Minutes - August 6th 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of West Hartford Announcements
 
  1. The jazz brunch has found two artists for this year’s program: guitarist Chris Flory and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. We are still looking for a drummer and base player.
  2. The ticket price for the event will continue at $85 per person. Starting August 13, the committee will be ready to offer tickets to fellow Rotarians.
  3. Vines of March will be held on March 9, 2019, at Saint Joseph's University. We are still looking for a chair and committee members for this event.
  4. The Town Council will hold a meeting with the proposed buyer for the UCONN campus at the corner of Asylum Avenue and Trout Brook. The proposed buyer will present a site plan at this meeting.We hold out the hope that a portion of this site will be reserved for the Children’s Museum of West Hartford. This museum has been an asset for the Town and our club has an approval for a project with the museum to sponsor a special room. Please plan to attend and make a plea for incorporating a space for the museum in the plan.
Announcements - August 6th 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speaker  Amy Watkins, Program Coordinator, Watch for Me CT, with Rotarian Mary Silverberg.  Watch for ME CT is a comprehensive program, run by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) in partnership with Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles.   Each year, about 1,500 pedestrians and 550 bicyclists are hit by cars on Connecticut roadways.
 
 
Rotarian Membership Coordinator Bennett Forrest with new member Gerard Honig
July 9th Meeting 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
The 2019 Rotary Club of West Hartford Board took their new roles in a ceremony at Pond House Cafe last week.
2019 Board Members 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
West Hartford Rotarians, with special guest Noah Webster, present dictionaries to 3rd grade students at Charter Oak school.  The Rotary club presented dictionaries to 3rd graders at every West Hartford school this spring, an annual tradition.
Dictionary Project 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians John Smeallie and Club President Donna Griffen (right) present Robin Kruger (center) with a Paul Harris award in honor of her significant support to the Rotary Club of West Hartford, most notably our annual Vines of March fundraiser.
Robin Kruger our newest Paul Harris Fellow 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
June 18th Meeting 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Memorial Day Parade 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
Robin Krueger (c) receives the Paul Harris award from Rotarian John Smeallie (l) and Club President Donna Griffen (r)
May 21st Meeting 2018-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Two West Hartford Rotarians were honored at the Multi-District Conference on May 20th.
 
First, District Governor Dave Mangs was recognized for his service as District Governor
 
 
Second, past District Governor Eileen Rau was awarded the Service Above Self Award, the highest award given by Rotary International.  The Service Above Self Award is Rotary International's highest honor for individual Rotarians.  This award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually (out of over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide!) who have who demonstrated their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents with exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
 
West Hartford Rotarians Honored 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Rick Lawrence discusses the Guatemala water and sanitation project.
 
May 14th Meeting 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
Club President Donna Griffen and Membership Chair Bennett Forrest welcome new member Lisa Brown (center)
May 7th Events 2018-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
Jason Jakubowski, CEO of Foodshare, speaks at the April 30th meeting.   Founded in 1982, Foodshare is the regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 127,000 people struggle with hunger. Foodshare is a member of the national organization Feeding America, along with more than 200 other food banks nationally. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare works to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. And, because hunger is bigger than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger.
 
 
Later that evening, Rotarians enjoyed our annual night with the children from the Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Outreach Center (HANOC) at The New Children's Museum.   The group joined the children and HANOC team for a show featuring the night sky in the Planetarium and then enjoyed a healthy snack and a museum tour.
April 30th Events 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speaker Sara Salomons from Journey Home CT, a non-profit organization that leads the effort to end chronic homelessness in the greater Hartford area.
 
 
April 23rd Meeting 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
April 9th Meeting 2018-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Kevin Farmer, executive director of ITNCentralCT, speaks.  ITNCentralCT  provides a community-based, and community supported, economically viable and consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors .
 
Guest speakers from Reach out and Read
 
April 2nd Meeting 2018-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2018
Rotarian Tony Rodriguez opens the event
 
The Rotary Club of West Hartford held a luncheon to celebrate the Rotary Writing Project with the West Hartford Middle Schools on March 29th.  
A total of 32 students represented their schools to celebrate their accomplishment. Eight of the students read their piece as part of the program. The students writing focused on the Rotary theme "Making a Difference". 
 
Rotary 6th Grade Writing Project 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speakers from the Fern Street Food Pantry.  The pantry is the newest program launched by The Fern Street Community Kitchen, which is operated by the Universalist Church of West Hartford with support from Foodshare, local merchants, and hundreds of local volunteers.  On the third Saturday each month,they distribute non-perishables, fresh produce, frozen meats, and eggs to qualified recipients and to date they have distributed over 3.5 tons of food.  
Mar 19th Meeting 2018-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Vines of March Pictures 2018-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Status 2018-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Feb 26th Meeting 2018-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speakers from the Rotary Club of Springfield discussed their Cambodia clean water project.
Feb 5th Meeting 2018-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Tony Rodriguez discusses the 6th Grade writing project at King Phillips Middle School; he also visited Sedgewick and Bristow.
A total of 32 students will represent their schools at an upcoming luncheon to celebrate their accomplishment. Eight of the students will read their piece as part of the program. The students writing will focus on the Rotary theme "Making a Difference".  The luncheon to celebrate the Rotary Writing Project with the West Hartford Middle Schools is scheduled for March 29th at 11:45 (new date and time!) at the University of St. Josephs, McGovern Hall, West Hartford, CT.
 
Rotary 6th Grade Writing Project 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
 
Club President Donna Griffen presents the Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Kurt Roggendorf
Jan 22nd Meeting 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Jan 8th Meeting 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Dec 18th Meeting - Hall Madrigals 2017-12-26 05:00:00Z 0
 
Club President Donna Griffen with new Rotarians Greg Friedline and Andy Learner, along with Membership Chair Bennett Forrest
November 27th Meeting 2017-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker Peter Ross of Mark Twain with Rotarian Mary Silverberg
 
Representatives of the West Hartford Rotary Club and Liberty Bank presenting collected and matching funds to the West Hartford Town that Cares for our local food bank.
November 20th Meeting 2017-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our own David Mangs - currently District Governor of District 7890 - was recently on a TV Spot  produced by Channel 5 in West Hartford, Ct.  "ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE" with special guest Shirley-Pat Chamberlain. (click TV Spot or the picture to start the YouTube video).  He didn't sing...
 
 
 
DG Mangs on TV! 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speaker Paul Martel, founder and Director of FIBUSPAM. The foundation and its clinic are located high in the Andes in Riobamba, Ecuador. They were founded in 2007 by Paul R. Martel of Simsbury, Connecticut. The clinic serves the people of Chimborazo Province and wider Ecuador by providing free and low-cost care in general medicine, general surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, lab services, as well as providing medicines. The clinic has its own patient care floor with two operating rooms, a recovery room and six patient beds. FIBUSPAM organizes mobile caravans that bring care to remote, outlying communities to people who little or no access to doctors. FIBUSPAM also hosts foreign surgical teams who provide free surgical care for the needy in Ecuador. Lastly, FIBUSPAM organizes social service projects to support the poor including assisting with the travel logistics of children who must travel to the U.S. for more urgent and complex surgery.
November 6th Meeting 2017-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
October 30th Meeting 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Twenty six Rotarians and guests met at the Pond House Cafe on Monday the 23rd for a regular meeting.  Guests included 3 Rotarians from the Midland, TX club, guest speaker Rico Dence and his guest Wendy Pollak, and Maxine Fisher from Fern Street Community Kitchen. 
 
Key notes:
  • Bennett Forrest discussed the upcoming 'Rotary Means Business' event which will be held on Nov 9th in Glastonbury.
  • The club donated $8000 to Rotary clubs in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico for Hurricane relief and received another $9400 in donations from Rotarians and West Hartford residents which was added to the donation.
Maxine Fisher from Fern Street Community Kitchen discussed their effort.  They feed ~ 300 people per week, as well as running a backpack program in local schools so kids have food on weekends.  They are hosting a breakfast event on Saturday 11 Nov at 9am at the Universalist Church.
 
Guest speaker Rico Dence discussed the organization 'Up Cancer' he founded to support youth with cancer.  He emphasized the need for bone marrow donors - link here.  Note that they prefer donors between 18 and 44; those 45-60 need to pay a $100 fee to join the registry, and those 61 and older are not eligible.
 
October 23rd Meeting 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest Speaker Christopher Popilowski of Wheeler Foster Care with President Donna Griffin
October 2nd Meeting 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
Club President Donna Griffen, new member Kurt Roggendorf, and Club Membership Chair Bennett Forrest at the Sept 25th meeting
September 25th Meeting 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming events:
 
District Foundation Dinner - 2 Nov - Chez Josef in Agawam.  Click HERE to register.
 
West Hartford Rotary - 15th Annual Jazz Brunch - Nov 5th (see club site for tickets)
 
Rotary Leadership Institute - Nov 11th (see district web site for registration)
 
 
 
 
John Hoyt receives the Paul Harris Fellowship
 
 
September 18th Meeting 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker Dan Hinks from New Horizons.  Dan is also son of Polly Hinks, a long time member of WH Rotary Club.
 
Guest speaker Joe Maher, executive director of New Horizons
Sept 11th Meeting 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Guest speaker Andrea Giudice from NEAT Equipment Restoration Center demonstrates medical equipment to the club. The NEAT Equipment Restoration Center(ERC) accepts, repairs, sanitizes and resells gently used donated pieces of durable medical and adaptive equipment at less than half of new.
August 14th Meeting 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
July 24th Meeting 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
July 31st Meeting 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Club President Donna Griffen flanked by guest speakers Jennifer Matos & Amy Boulton from Noah Webster House 
July 10th Meeting 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Immediate Past President Robert Kor passed the gavel to new President Donna Griffen
 
 
Steve Leon from Wine Cellars 4 receives an honorary Paul Harris Award.  Steve has been a key supporter of our annual Vines of March event.
Recent pictures 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
The 2017-2018 Board Members for the Rotary Club of West Hartford, including new District Governor / West Hartford Club Member David Mangs, new Club President Donna Griffen, and Immediate Past President Robert Kor.
New Board Members for 2017-2018 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
June 19th Meeting 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Celebrate West Hartford Pictures 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speaker Jim MacPherson.  He was the host of “The Car Doctor” on WTIC-AM for 27 years. He also has written AAA auto reviews and Auto Guide books.
 
June 5th Meeting 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Chad Licht receives his first Paul Harris Fellowship from Club President Robert Kor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau
May 22nd Meeting 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0


President Robert Kor with new member Mark Walker and Rotarian Tony Rodriguez.
 


Guest speakers included Bonnie Meyers, Director of Programs and Services from the Brain Injury Alliance of CT.

May 15th Meeting Pictures 2017-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
May 8th Meeting 2017-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Dave Lemkuil receives his first Paul Harris Fellowship from Club President Robert Kor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau
April 24th Meeting 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
April 17th Meeting 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
It was a busy April 10th - some of the action is captured in pictures. The club presented a check for $7500 to the Johnathan's Dream Fund, which will support the construction of  Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined, a revolutionary new inclusive playground.
 
 
Our guest speaker from India presented Club President Robert Kor with gifts
 
 
District Governor Frank Wargo was also in attendance
 
April 10th Meeting 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Vines of March Pictures 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest Speaker Janet Bailey from Aurora Foundation, which was formed to serve as a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls in Greater Hartford, with the intended effect of unlocking the potential of their families and surrounding communities.
 
Vines of March is less than two weeks away.  Johnny's Jog, which is supported by the club, is coming up on the 19th.
March 7th Meeting 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
Guest speaker Joseph Dakers, Tax Assessor, Town of West Hartford
 
Rotarian / West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor receives her Paul Harris +8 from Foundation Chair Eileen Rau and Club President Robert Kor
Feb 13th Meeting 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
DG-E Mangs meets Rotary Int'l President Elect 2017-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Bob Rau, Bennett Forrest, Harry Davidson, Alana Blum, Eileen Rau, some young helpers, and 1000+ donated books
 
 
On Thursday, February 2 West Hartford Rotarians Eileen Rau, Bob Rau, Fernando Vidal, Bennett Forrest, and Harry Davidson, along with the staff of the Children's Reading Partners Alana Blum and Stacey Jennings, sorted over 1000 books donated for the 2016 Greater Hartford Book Drive. All the new books will be distributed to children who participate in the reading mentor program at the end of the year, while used books will be handed out directly to elementary schools around greater Hartford for use in their schools.
Rotary Club Book Drive 2017-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
January 30th Meeting 2017-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo receives the Paul Harris Award (4th) from Foundation Director Eileen Rau
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President Robert Kor, Eileen Rau and Paul Harris awardee Oscar Santo Domingo
 
Also a reminder that Bennett Forrest will be hosting a book sorting event at his home this Thursday, Feb 2nd, from 6:30 to 8pm.  There are over 1500 books to sort, so help would be appreciated!
 
Jan 23rd Meeting 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
The first meeting of 2017 was held on Jan 9th.  Elona Vaisnys of Citizens' Election Program was guest speaker.  The club also noted its 65th anniversary on January 14th.
 
Jan 9th Meeting 2017-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
December 5th Meeting 2016-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Karen Connal, Head of School of the Trinity Academy, was guest speaker.  Trinity Academy is an independent tuition-free elementary school serving students and their families in the Hartford area.  Their purpose is to educate in a nurturing and inclusive community with a focus on academics, the arts, literacy and critical thinking.
November 28th Meeting 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of West Hartford proudly delivered a check in the amount of $3852.31 to The Town That Cares.  This represented the proceeds earned from our 2016 Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Kudos to event chair Fernando Vidal and to all who donated happy dollars and other gifts to make the holidays just a little brighter for people in our community who are in need.
 

From L to R - President Robert Kor, Suzanne Oslander from The Town That Cares, Food Drive Chair Fernando Vidal, Rotarian Christine Looby, and Past President Kyle Egress
Rotary Club donation to The Town That Cares 2016-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Highlights from the 14 November meeting:
 
1) Board meeting at 11am on Monday
 
2) Eileen Rau discussed Polio Plus campaign. For our target, it is requested that all Rotarians donate $26.50 to the Polio Plus fund.
 
3) Hap reported on the highly successful Jazz Brunch.
 
4) Vines of March - Saturday March 25th -we need to start planning now!
 
5) Guest speakers Clayton Jason and Brenda Watson from Operation Fuel discussed their program.  77,000 people received a total of $3.2M in energy support last year, including 86 in West Hartford.  A portion of the funds comes from the 'add a dollar' on your energy bill.
 
Operation Fuel guest speakers Clayton Jason and Brenda Watson
Nov 14th Meeting 2016-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Martha Church, Director of the West Hartford Library, was guest speaker at the club meeting on Monday, November 7th.
 
Nov 7th Meeting 2016-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Monday's club meeting was highlighted by colorful costumes.
 


Bepsie Perry of Hello! West Hartford was the guest speaker, and discussed the efforts of the group to be a town-wide initiative to build bridges between community members.  Over 80 languages are represented in West Hartford Schools, and nearly 20% of WHPS students live in a home where English is not the primary language.

October 31st Meeting 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
The 11th Jazz Brunch was held on Sunday November 6th at the Hartford Club.  The sold out event featured musical entertainment by LAND of the GIANTS, featuring Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, Javon Jackson on saxophone, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, and David Williams on bass.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to  “The Gifts of Music" program ( www.giftsofmusic.us and other Rotary Charities.
 
Jazz Brunch! 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Past District Governor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau discusses World Polio Day, October 24th.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
 
 
Zachary Gross, Senior Program Manager from Simply Smiles, discusses the efforts of his organization.  Simply Smiles is a non-profit organization which provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities.
Pictures from October 24th 2016-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty six Rotarians and guest speaker Andrea Barton Reeves from HARC met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday Sept 12th. 
 
 
Sept 12th Meeting Notes 2016-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Terri Eickel, Director of Development and Special Events from Connecticut Sports Foundation, was this week's guest speaker.  She discussed the foundation and their mission, to financially assist CT cancer patients and their families, and to fund cancer research.
 
Tickets for the Jazz Brunch are now for sale on the web site.
 
Don't forget - our quarterly social is this Thursday the 25th, location TBA.
 
Guest speaker Terri Eickel from CT Sports Foundation
August 15th Meeting Notes 2016-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
 
Thermometer Chart    Thermometer Chart
As of July 8th, we have given $12,619 towards the goal of $10,000.  Also, we have given $3096 to the Polio Plus Campaign, exceeding the club goal of $2650.
2017 Rotary Foundation Status 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Past President Kyle Egress and President Robert Kor receive the Presidential Citation from Past District Governor Eileen Rau
 
Guest speakers Ed Pawlak and Ethan Frankel from Bike West Hartford discuss the upcoming 'Center Streets' Event.  On August 28th, from 9am to noon, a loop of Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, and LaSalle road will be closed to traffic and reserved for bikes and pedestrians.
August 8th Meeting Pictures 2016-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty one Rotarians met at the Pond House Cafe on Monday the 25th of July for a regular club meeting. Dr. Jason Ryan, a Cardiologist from UConn Medical Center, was the guest speaker.
 
July 25th Meeting 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty three Rotarians, including Past District Governor Mike Barnett, gathered on the 18th of July for a club meeting.  Guest speaker Nathan Grube, Tournament Director of the Travelers Championship, discussed the upcoming event and how it benefits over 140 charities.
 
Key upcoming events include:
District Golf Tournament - 1 August
NO MEETING - 1 August
Tavern Night (location TBD) - Thursday Aug 25th
Club Assembly - Sept 19th
Jazz Brunch - Sunday Nov 6th
Notes from July 18th 2016-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
The first meeting of the new Rotary year was busy.  The club was visited by the US-Cuba Goodwill Tour youth baseball team, who also played their first game on Monday.   The club also hosted new District Governor Frank Wargo, who was also able to help induct his daughter Nara Wargo as a new Rotarian in the club.
 
The US-Cuba Goodwill Tour Team
 
District Governor Frank Wargo speaks to the club

President Robert Kor and DG Wargo welcome the newest Rotarian, Nara Wargo
 

 
 
Meeting Notes - July 11th 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Club of West Hartford Leadership for the new Rotary Year





 
New District Governor Frank Wargo speaks

DG Wargo swearing new officers in
New Sergeant at Arms Susan Chandler and Outgoing President Kyle Egress
Installation Dinner 2016-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

 
Rotarian John Smeallie and President Kyle Egress present a check to the Rotaract club.


Guest speaker Mike Abramson, Asst. General Manager of the Hartford Yard Goats
Pictures from May 16th Meeting 2016-05-22 04:00:00Z 0


President Kyle Egress and Past District Governor / Foundation Coordinator Eileen Rau present Booker DeVaughn with a Paul Harris Award.



Rotarian Chad Licht presents a check to Mike Fishman of A Hand Up at their fundraiser on April 29th
(wasn't able to get the 'big' check...)
 


Speaker Barry Diamond of PRIDE at the April 4th meeting
Recent Activities 2016-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Picture from April 11th Meeting 2016-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty four Rotarians and two guests met on Monday the 28th of March.
 
Foundation moment - this campaign ends on June 30th.
Hap Leabman noted that he collected $75 in extra funds from the recent tavern night - it was added to our Foundation donation.
 
President Kyle Egress noted that a vocational training team from South Africa will be in West Hartford from 8-15 May, working with West Hartford Schools.  We need host homes for them for this week - contact Kyle if you are able to support.
 
Upcoming events:
  • Rotary night at the Chamber of Council after hours - April 14th at 5:30pm at Farmington Bank in the Center.
  • A Hand Up support / Storage room organization - 17 April
  • District Assembly - 11 May
  • Celebrate West Hartford - 4/5 June
  • Installation Dinner - 21 June
  • Lobsterfest - 25 June
Guest speakers Caroline Gaetano and Marilyn Douglas from Tails of Joy, Inc discussed animal assisted therapy and gave several moving examples of the benefits of this therapy.
Meeting Minutes - 28 March 2016 2016-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
To kickoff the 11th year of the West Hartford Rotary Club Dictionary project, 7 Rotarians, 2 spouses, 1 recent dictionary recipient, and 2 future recipients gathered on Sunday to prepare over 800 Webster dictionaries for delivery to West Hartford 3rd Graders later this spring.  
 
 
 
11th Annual Rotary Club Dictionary Project 2016-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Twenty four Rotarians gathered for a Club Assembly meeting on Monday March 21st, led by President Kyle Egress.  Key items discussed include:
 
The club raised $3272 for Polio Plus this year, compared to $1872 last year.
Our donation to date to the Foundation is $8374
 
The club donated $250 each to Hall and Conard Safe Grad events
 
Key upcoming events:
- Business after hours - Rotary night with Chamber of Commerce - April 14th at Farmington Bank in the Center 
- Storage room cleanup / A Hand Up support - April 17th
- District Conference  29-30 April
- Celebrate West Hartford - June 4-5th
- Installation Dinner - June 21st at Pond House Cafe
- Lobster Fest - June 25th
Meeting Minutes - 21 March 2016-03-27 04:00:00Z 0



Guest speakers Lene Bruun and Dan Firestone from "Cycling without age" join Rotarian Mary Silverberg



Showcasing the bikes...visit http://cyclingwithoutage.org/ for more information


 
President Kyle Egress removes the 'new member' ribbon from Rotarian Ken Sklodosky's badge

 
February 29th Meeting Pictures 2016-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Roszena Haskins and Ruthann Kozlowski from West Hartford Public Schools Continuing Education were today's business spotlight speakers.
 
Todd Piro, news anchor for NBC Connecticut, was guest speaker
 
 
Guest speaker Todd Piro with Rotarian / Speaker Coordinator Dave Lemkuil
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On Saturday, January 30th, West Hartford Rotarians supported A Hand Up, a Hartford-based non-for-profit which provides donated household goods for people transitioning to independent living.  In 2015, A Hand Up made 276 donation pickups and 161 client deliveries.
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For the last meeting of 2015, we were joined by the Hall High School Madrigal Choir, who performed several songs to enhance the holiday spirit.
 
President Kyle Egress and the Hall High School Madrigal Choir 

 
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Rotarian Sue Klock, District 7890 Chair of Major Donor Programs, presents Rotarian Shari Cantor  her Paul Harris +6 award.
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President Kyle Egress introduces new member Dennis Carroll


Check presentation to American School for the Deaf



Past President Hap Leabman presents a check to Suzanne Oslander 
from Hanoc; another was presented to The Town that Cares


Guest speaker John Gallagher, coach of the Hartford Hawks men's basketball team, with Rotarian Dave Lemkuil
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President Kyle Egress inducts new member Matt Dabrowski
 
 
Tim Brennan accepts a $500 check for Teen Culture Connect for the baseball team trip to Cuba
 
 
Kyle and Hap Leabman (far right) present a $1500 check to HARC with Executive Director Andrea Barton-Reeves and Development Director Fred Stula
 
Guest speaker James Gordon of Salvation Army and Rotarian Dave Lemkuil 
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On November 24th, the club presented a check for $3086 to the West Hartford "Town that Cares" at Town Hall.  The money was raised in conjunction with Liberty Bank.
 
In the picture:  Cindy Lang, immediate past president; Kyle Egress, president; Bob Kor, president-elect; Suzanne Oslander, Town that Cares, Eileen Rau, past district governor, Fernando Vidal, Rotarian and Chair of the Liberty Bank/ Rotary Food Drive.
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President Kyle Egress inducts new member Stephen Mok



Dave Lemkuil accepts a check for $250 for the CT Brain Tumor Alliance from Hap Leabman



Rotarian Sue Klock, District 7890 Major Gifts / Shelterbox Chair, displays Shelter Box add-on lights



Rotarian Fernando Vidal, Club Chair for the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive, reports that over $3000 was raised for the West Hartford Food Pantry. The check was presented on 11/24 at Town Hall.



Guest Speaker Bob Cave from the Seniors Job Bank thanks the club for a recent donation
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Rotarian Fernando Vidal and President Kyle Egress.  Kyle presented a check for $810 to Fernando for the Liberty Bank Food Drive, which was from funds collected by Kyle in his office.


Rotarian Bennett Forrest and guest Alana Blum from the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, with some of the 1,981 books collected in the book drive this year.



Rotarian Bruce Stanger and President Kyle Egress.  Bruce spoke on his recent benefit bike ride in Israel to benefit the Arava Institute and the club donated $500.
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On Nov 9th, the club had two special guests:  



Josh Cantor and Adam Bercowetz, President and Vice President of West Hartford's new Rotaract Club.
 


Dan Moran, Kelly Clark, Dan Clark, and Laura Moran from Johnny's Jog for Charity, with President Kyle Egress
 


Laura Moran from Johnny's Jog
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Guest speaker Jonathan Harris with Tony Rodriguez


President Kyle Egress and Past District Governor Eileen Rau
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The Installation ceremony for West Hartford's new Rotaract Club was held on Tuesday, November 17th, and seventeen were installed as new members.
 
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Thirty two Rotarians and two guests met at Pond House Cafe on Monday the 26th of October for a club meeting.  Detective Frank Fallon and Officer Kevin McCarthy from the WHPD were guest speakers.  Meeting minutes follow:
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The Rotary Club of West Hartford applied for and received a grant from Rotary International to help the American School for the Deaf set up a video production studio and train staff to use the equipment.  The grant leveraged local club donations with Rotary International funds, demonstrating that though Rotary has a significant international presence with projects such as Polio Plus, it also benefits the local community.
 


Rotarian John Goodman visited the new video production facility recently
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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.
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On Friday evening (10/23), 7 West Hartford Rotarians attended the WH-CATV "Take-5 All-Access Party" fundraiser  at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford.  Jen Evans from WH-CATV was a recent guest speaker, and the club provided a donation to support our community TV station.

 
Pictured in the photo are:  Christine Looby, Mary Silverberg, David Mangs, Tony Rodriguez, Kyle Egress, Cindy Lang and David Lemkuil
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President Kyle and PDG Eileen Rau introduce 'new' member Ken Sklodosky, who transferred in from Simsbury



Guest Speaker Jen Evans from W.H. CATV



Rotarian Polly Hincks and guest  Astrid Lazar
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Rick Flagg of Flaggstead Smokehouse with co-sponsors:  Hap Leabman and Ken Coco (President, Farmington Rotary).  Each club contributed $750.



John Smeallie, sitting in as Sergeant At Arms for Roshan Patel, watches Bruce Stanger pull the winning jackpot card in the 50/50 raffle 
 


Fernando Vidal volunteers to ride our vehicle in the Kinetic Sculpture Race on September 20.  Tom Wood is cheering him on 
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Rotarian Dana Gordon and Jen Matos from the Noah Webster House


President Kyle Egress and Sarah Baksh (2015 Hall High Scholarship recipient)
 

President Kyle with Fred Stula from
HARC
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The club held a small, short meeting on Monday August 3rd, led by President Elect Bob Kor.  Key points:
-Board Meeting on Monday at 11 prior to the regular meeting
-Kinetic Sculpture event is September 20th at Winding Trails in Farmington.  Help is needed near-term to create our entry, and all are invited to watch the race and attend the barbecue afterwards.
- Jazz Brunch - Sunday Oct 5th - tickets are now available on the website
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The guest speaker Rick Lawrence discussed the Guatemala water project this week, and he brought both visual aids and a water jug with him.  Local children would have to carry the ~ 25lb jug up to four times a day if the water project did not exist.  
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Twenty six Rotarians and three guests met for a lunch meeting on Monday July 13th at the Pond House Cafe.  Rotarian Dana Gordon - with a fresh tattoo on his leg - started the meeting with the invocation which focused on the start of the 'Egress Era'.  New President Kyle Egress then held his first meeting. 
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President Cindy Lang led her last meeting as President of the West Hartford Rotary Club before transitioning to incoming president Kyle Egress.  Among her last duties were presenting Bob Kiely with his Paul Harris +4 award and Dave Mangs with his Paul Harris +8 award.  This week's guest speaker was Hartford Courant business writer Dan Haar.  Pictures below: 
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The West Hartford Rotary Club has had a busy week, as evidenced by the following pictures:
 


Rotarians marched in the West Hartford Memorial Day Parade
 


Rotarian Dana Gordon, channeling his inner Noah Webster, handing out dictionaries at Braeburn Elementary
 


Rotarian Tony Rodriguez throwing out the first pitch at the Rock Cats game



Rotarians Hap Leabman and Tony Rodriguez at Friday night's End Polio NOW night at the Rock Cats
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The club met on Monday May 11th at The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford.  Speaker John O'Neil of Kinetic Media discussed his recent documentary about the MDC produced for CPTV.   
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The club will be getting together on Friday July 10th at Playhouse on Park for a production of 'Hair'.  Tickets are $36, $34 for seniors (62+).  Please contact Mary Silverberg for tickets.
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The West Hartford Rotary Club presented a $500 check to A Hand Up, Inc, a West Hartford organization which assists people transitioning to independent living.  The organzation held a fundraiser at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield on Thursday May 7th and Rotarians Hap Leabman, Kyle Brewer, and Chad Licht were on hand to support.
 


Rotarian Hap Leabman presents the check to A Hand Up chairman Michael Fishman
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Matthew Fitzsimons, Executive Director of Grace Academy in Hartford, was guest speaker at the club meeting on Monday April 27th.   Matthew, joined by two students and a faculty member, discussed the school and answered questions.   Meeting minutes:
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Rotary District 7890,  endowed by the Dunn family, offers a $30,000 scholarship, available to permanent residents of East or West Hartford who will be first year graduate students in one of six focus areas.  If you are interested, click here for more information - but do so quickly as the application deadline is May 8th!
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Thirty three Rotarians and guests met at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford on Monday, April 20th for a regularly scheduled meeting.  Guest speaker and Rotarian Kate Sims was the guest speaker and discussed Rotaract.
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Pictures captured at meetings on April 13th and 20th, including guest speaker Dr. William Petit,  guest speaker / Rotarian Kate Sims, and WH Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship +2 pin from PDG Eileen Rau
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Twenty nine Rotarians and guest speaker Dr. William Petit of the Petit Family Foundation met at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford on Monday, April 13th.  
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31 Rotarians and 3 guests met at Pond House Cafe on Monday, April 6th.  Guest speaker Kitty Jo Reynolds discussed the Foodshare program and how Rotary can help.
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"There are those who will always continue to experience their keenest interest in their local organizations; others to whom the national work of Rotary makes the strongest appeal, while still others think that the possibilities of an international Rotary are the most attractive.  There is room for all and opportunity for each to serve Rotary in whatsoever manner or whatsoever field suits him best." - The National Rotarian, March 1912
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Rotarians:
 
I invite each of you to be with us on Monday, March 2, for our annual post-holiday celebration with the children from the Hillcrest Area Neighborhood Outreach Center (HANOC) at The Children's Museum on Trout Brook Drive.  
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Birthdays
Tony Rodriguez           Jan 24th
​Roshan Patel              Jan 28th
Rotary Anniversary
James Ruel                 7 yrs      Jan 7th
Mary Silverberg          7 yrs      Jan 8th
​Christine Looby          3 yrs      Jan 30th
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Rotarian Oscar Santo Domingo with Michael Shaw, Executive Director of New Horizons, Inc. with Farmington Rotarian Linda Iavonna
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On Monday November 24th, 30 Rotarians met at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford for a regularly scheduled meeting.  Medina Jett was guest speaker and talked about starting her own business.
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Birthdays
Hap Leabman       Dec 8th
Mark Tamaccio      Dec 9th
​James Ruel           Dec 11th
Louis Vamvakas   Dec 12th
David Lemkuil       Dec 17th
​Donna Griffen       Dec 22nd
Shari Cantor         Dec 26th
Mary Chase          Dec 26th
 
Anniversaries
David Lemkuil         Susan      Dec 3rd
Henry Mondschein  Amy         Dec 12th
​DeVaughn Booker  Elena       Dec 18th
 
Club Anniversaries
Eileen Rau           Dec 1st     17 yrs
David Gerrol        Dec 13th   4 yrs
Shari Cantor        Dec 14th   5 yrs
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 The Rotary Club of West Hartford recently presented a check for $5000 to the CCMC foundation to support the NICU webcam project. Club President Cindy Lang, Rotarian John Smeallie, Andria Hatfield, RN, and Rotarians Don Chandler, Mary Silverberg, David Gerrol and Eileen Rau are shown.

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West Hartford Rotary-Liberty Bank Food Drive 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
On Monday November 10th, 28 Rotarians and one guest met.  President Cindy recognized Veterans in the club, and guest speaker Gail Stafford discussed her experiences with Karen refugees living in Hartford.
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PDG Mike Barnett, Past President Hap Leabman, and DG Mike Roy at the
Foundation Dinner on 6 November.  The West Hartford club was recognized
for donations to Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation during the 2013-
2014 Rotary year.
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A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE Written by: Brian King RI Staff

Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.  
My mind raced,  now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.
It was the image of a child, paralyzed, Only this and nothing more.
More images now, my fear grew stronger; hesitating then no longer.
Poverty, illness, hunger and so many victims of conflict and war.
So many living a nightmare, with whom our good fortune we can share.
No water or food or one to care; no education, for millions no open door.
No opportunity; no bright future, neither nor.  Darkness there and nothing more.
Who will help those in need; this desperate call who will heed?
“Sir," said I, "or Madam”, truly your support I implore;
Every Rotarian, everywhere, help end this chilling tale if you dare,
help those in great despair, in our backyard and on another shore.
‘O the ways you can help are so many, please do explore.
And change the life of a child--forevermore!
And every Rotarian, with no hesitation, responded without consternation,
giving every year $100 and even more.  And the children’s eyes have all the seeming, filled of hope; and dreaming;
their smiles now beaming, as Rotarians’ generosity there was an outpour;
And the lives of millions with so little to live for, 
shall be lifted--forever and ever more! 

 

Apologies go to Edgar Allan Poe and his Raven

          If you would like to make a year end donation, this is the time to do it!

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Member Birthdays
 
Name                           Date
 
Looby, Christine            Nov 07
 
Licht, Chad                    Nov 15
 
Lang, Cynthia                Nov 30
 
Anniversaries
 
Name                        Spouse Name        Date                 Years
 
Kiely, Robert J.            Elizabeth             Nov 03 1951      63 years
 
Liftig D.M.D., Rick         Kathy                  Nov 25 1983      31 years
 
Date Joined Rotary
 
Name               Years               Date
 
Lang, Cynthia    8 years           Nov 01 2006
 
List, Karen         5 years           Nov 09 2009
 
Chase, Mary      1 Year             Nov 20 2013
 
Egress, Kyle      5 years           Nov 30 2009
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On Saturday October 25, 2014, prior president Hap Leabman presented a $2,500 check to Haig Shahverdian for “Gifts of Music”.   The funds were raised at the club's annual Jazz Brunch event.

Gifts of Music joins the resources of West Hartford Public Schools, the Community Division of the Hartt School of Music, private donors, and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; partners qualified students with professional musicians from the Community Division of Hartt School for weekly instrumental lessons; collects and recycles used instruments; supports supervised after-school practice sessions for an additional population of students. 

The check presentation was made at the annual Gifts if Music Benefit Concert, which was attended by over 200 Gift of Music friends and supporters.

 


Past President Hap Leabman presents the check to Gifts of Music

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Connecticut’s Own Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, visited the Rotary Club of West Hartford

Former Miss USA and Connecticut native Erin Brady addressed the Rotary Club of West Hartford on Monday, October 27.  As Miss USA, Erin Brady worked to educate others about the importance of empowering others through leadership.  She grew up in East Hampton and graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice.

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Posted by Henry Mondschein on Mar 28, 2007
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

September 29th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 28 Rotarians and 1 guest.

Mary Silverberg gave the invocation ‘a birthday with a purpose’ and then led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation – this week was about Sustaining members.

2.noted a Steve Crane video and recommended that all view it:   end Polio now

3.Larry Goodman – introduced himself and gave a brief bio

4.President Cindy – discussed the University of St Joseph / Grace Academy STEM project – they have raised $700 already, and need $300 more

5.Fernando Vidal –noted that the Liberty Bank food drive has started and that the board voted to donate $500 as well as all Happy Dollar donations

6.Prior President Hap Leabman – discussed the event on 6 October.  All tickets will benefit the club, as Pond House is covering the meals.  Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door.

7.– gave a recap of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and noted that Cindy ran the Amber Alert booth and was able to sign up approximately 10 children despite significant technical difficulties.

Sergeant at Arms John Smeallie reports 28 Rotarians are present.  One guest was present:  Kara Sundlun, guest speaker. 

Happy dollars were collected.  The pot is up to $51 and nobody won this week.

Kara Sundlun from WFSB was the guest speaker and talked of about her career, her two most memorable days as a broadcaster, and her upcoming book.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45, with Dave Lemkuil leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is October 20th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

 

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Larry Goodman giving his bio

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Guest speaker Kara Sundlun from WFSB

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Kara Sundlun with Rotarian Dave Lemkuil, speaker coordinator and Packer fan!

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WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION SUSTAINING MEMBER?

 A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes $100 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, and club recognition. After donating $100.00 per year for 10 Rotary years, he/she becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. We have 23 Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members in our Club. Won't you become a Sustaining Member?

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Help us reach our goal.

Rotarians are generous people. They give to many good, charitable causes in their communities but in many instances do not support their own charity: The Rotary Foundation.

This Rotary year, I would like to see every Rotary club make a contribution to our Rotary Foundation.

Remember that the good we do in the world is limited only by the contributions we receive. And when we give to our Foundation, we are not sending cash to Evanston – we are helping a blind man to see, a polio victim to walk, a child to grow to adulthood healthily, a student to become better educated, and a family to have food to eat.

The slogan Every Rotarian, Every Year means exactly that. Every Rotarian should make a contribution to our Foundation every year. Make it a priority this year to impress on your club the importance of every club supporting our Foundation in some way.

As I said at the outset, Rotarians are generous people. I am sure you will translate that generosity into giving to our Rotary Foundation.

It is up to each and every one of us to do so.

John Kenny Trustee Chair 2014-15

 
Thank you!
 
Eileen Rau
District Governor 2012-2013 Peace Through Service District 7890
Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 32
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The Rotary Foundation Awards $33,000 Global Grant for the American School for the Deaf

 

Recently, the Club received word that our Global Grant application to provide a Visual Media Studio for the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, was approved. Our Club partnered with the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., and both our respective Districts, 7890 and 7020, to fund this Grant. The Rotary Foundation matched club and district contributions to bring the total grant amount to $33,000. The grant provides for the studio equipment and wiring, as well as curriculum materials and professional development of staff. Visual learning is a key component of teaching hearing impaired students, and this studio will open new avenues of education to them. It will also provide training that students can use when they later enter the work force. Work will begin soon, and Club members interested in working on the project should contact Cindy Lang or Don Chandler. All of the funds came from contributions of Rotarians, and this shows how our donations can ultimately enable projects right here at home.

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The 2014 Foundation dinner is fast approaching. DG Mike and Foundation Chair Sue invite to come to this annual tribute to The Rotary Foundation. Click this link to the flyer for more information and a link to register online:
 
 
You may also find this information on the District Website. 
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
DG Mike Roy
Foundation Chair Sue Atkins
 
 
 
 
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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

September 15th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 28 Great Rotarians and 1 guest.

David Gerrol gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation and focused on the two types of grants, District and Global.

2.- discussed the Rotary Leadership Institute coming up on November 8th in Chicopee, MA.

3.Don Chandler reported that we received the Global Grant for $33K for the Video Media studio at ASD.  He noted the power of grants, as we leveraged a WH Rotary donation of $4K up to the $33K value.

4.Past President Hap – We are co-sponsors with the Farmington Club of the Kinetic Sculpture event to be held at Winding Trails on 21 Sept. 

5.– discussed the upcoming Light Up West Hartford Rotary event on October 6th.  Money is needed by the 29th – either bring a check or pay on line.

6.Bennett Forrest - discussed the West Hartford Rotary book drive and gave a live demonstration of a donation.

Sergeant at Arms John Smeallie reports 28 Rotarians are present.  One guest was present: guest speaker Pauline Weissman.  He noted that we will be videotaping the meeting on the 22nd of September.

Happy dollars were collected.  The pot was up to $233, and David Mangs picked the winning card!  Congratulations Dave!

Guest speaker Pauline Weissman, a nutritionist, gave an interesting presentation on healthy eating and offered up several simple suggestions for improving your diet.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Oscar Santo Domingo leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is September 22nd, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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              Dave Lemkuil with guest speaker Ronnie Newton
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Past President Hap and President Cindy with new member Larry Goodman
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Past District Governor Eileen Rau presents Hartford Rotarian Judith Green with her Paul Harris +3 pin
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Hap giving the $750 co-sponsor check for the 9/21 Kinetic Sculpture Race at Winding Trails to Rick Flagg who is organizing this 1st Race. 
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Rick Flagg explains the 9/21 event to the club at the 9-8 meeting

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Guest speaker Joe Scata of the CT department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security​

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The Rotary golf tournament

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President Cindy and prior Presidents Hap and Dana at the Elizabeth Park service project

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THE ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
 
                   ( RLI )                           
 
IT’S  COMING!
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute is a powerful tool to grow member leadership strengths and build member retention.
 
Attendees learn
          -how to lead in a service organization
          -how to create effective committees
          -how to work with volunteers
         
AND  come back to their clubs motivated, energized and inspired
AND  they share that enthusiasm with other members.
 
SIGN UP NOW!
 
This fall, District 7890 will host an RLI session:
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014
The Mass Mutual Training & Conference Center
350 Memorial Dr., Chicopee, MA
 
You accepted the invitation to become a Rotarian for a reason.  You stay a Rotarian also for a reason.  Spending a day at an RLI session will add many more reasons for you to be a Rotarian.  Remember, “Those who serve the best profit the most.”
 
For more information and to register, visit www.rlinea.org or contact Eileen Rau PDG at ebrau@comcast.net/860-521-0526
 
Many clubs will cover their members’ RLI fee.
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WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL FUND?

 The Rotary Foundation is funded in two different ways: the Annual Fund and the Endowment Fund. The primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of The Rotary Foundation, the Annual Fund supports programs in more than 200 geographical regions. From digging clean water wells for villages in Africa to reaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment in a day, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that all contributions given to the Annual Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects. In the 2012-13 Rotary year, US$115 million was donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund (Making History in Rotarian generosity). The Annual Fund is comprised of donations from Rotarians, friends of Rotary, corporations, workplace giving vehicles and can be matched by corporate matching gifts to leverage your donation. There is even a place on the rotary website that allows you to see if your company has a charitable matching program…check it out at: www.rotary.org  

 

WON’T YOU SUPPORT THE ANNUAL FUND WITH AT LEAST $10 A MONTH OR $120 THIS YEAR?

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

August 11th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 24 Great Rotarians and 2 guests.

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation – this week was about the two types of grants.

2.Dana Gordon – presented Harry Davidson with the honorary ‘pink ball’ for a “notable” performance on the golf course during last week’s event.

3.Harry Davidson – gave a ‘brief’ recap of the golf event a week prior.

4.Kyle Brewer – discussed the most recent ‘A Hand Up’ event.  Due to the short notice, only Kyle and some friends were able to attend the successful event.

5.President Cindy also noted that the bench project will be starting soon, and that she will be submitting a survey to the club shortly.

6.Prior President Hap Leabman – discussed the event on 6 October.  All tickets will benefit the club, as Pond House is covering the meals. 

Treasurer Todd Bower reports 24 Rotarians are present.  Two guests were present:  Alana Blum, guest speaker; and Ria Van Hoof, spouse of Dana Gordon.

Happy dollars were collected.  The pot is up to $180 and nobody won this week.

Alana Blum gave a presentation on the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy’s efforts in the Greater Hartford area.   Eileen discussed her rewarding experience volunteering with the group.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:23, with Oscar leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is August 18th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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WHAT IS THE GOAL OF ROTARY FOUNDATION GRANTS?

“Doing good in the world.” This is achieved via two programs categories of The Rotary Foundation.

 District Grants– allow up to 25% of funding given three years ago through Annual Fund –SHARE to do projects that fall within the mission. Almost any type of project can be done and local clubs work with their districts to figure out what projects and activities are nearest and dearest to their hearts.

 Global Grants- fund sustainable and measurable scholarships, humanitarian grants and vocational training teams in the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.

Our club participated in a District Grant last year that helped fund the dictionary project. This year we are working on a Global Grant with the American School for the Deaf as the beneficiary.

Thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.

 

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Birthdays

Kove Schwartz             Sep 01

Edward Cape               Sep 11

Bruce Stanger             Sep 11

Michael Howard           Sep 12

Harry Davidson            Sep 18

Kelly Kennedy             Sep 25

Mary Silverberg            Sep 29

Dr. Robert Claflin          Sep 30

Wedding Anniversaries

Dana Gordon (Ria)   Sep 01 (23 yrs)

Bennett Forrest (Debra)  Sep 03 (9 yrs)

David Gerrol (Lisa)   Sep 08 (3 yrs)

Robert Kor (Emily)   Sep 09 (22 yrs)

Kelly Kennedy (Bobby)    Sep 18 (10 yrs)

Club Anniversaries

Kove Schwartz  Sep 13, 2010 - 4 years

Susan Chandler    Sep 28, 2013  - 1 year

 

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HOW DID THE ROTARY FOUNDATION GET STARTED? The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri to more than 2.663 billion dollars in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500.00 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day, it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

August 4, 2014- 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 15 Great Rotarians; 1 visiting Rotarians and 1 guest.

Bob Kiely gave the invocation with thoughts of servicemen and women, particularly in light of the upcoming August 6 anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Cindy began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

  1. Rotarian Keith Harris of Merrimac, MA, will pass through Massachusetts during the week of August 10 in the midst of his 4400-mile cross country trek from Seattle.  During stops in Pittsfield, Westfield, Northampton, West Springfield, and Springfield, he will address the topics of bicycle safety, his journey, and the works of Rotary International.  Cindy e-mailed Club members with the related information prior to the meeting; please note that some of the stops do require pre-registration/reservations.

2.Our club will participate in an Elizabeth Park Clean-up Volunteer Endeavor on August 23 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Please sign up.

3.We are still working on the bench project and Cindy will report back with progress.

4.Reminder:  we are collaborative partners with the Farmington Club on the Kinetic Sculpture event to be held at Winding Trails September 21. There are volunteer opportunities – see Hap if you are interested!

5.Hap is also the contact for the October 6 Rotary Showcase at Pond House Café in West Hartford; it’s shaping up beautifully!

Sergeant-at-Arms John Smeallie reports 15 Rotarians, one visiting Rotarian and one guest are present.  Guests and visitors are: speaker and Rotarian Dave Johnston as well as guest Gary Valenti.

Anniversaries this week include wedding anniversaries for Kyle and Brittney Egress and Dave and Gail Mangs; Elizabeth Horyn marks her seventh anniversary as a Rotarian.

Happy dollars were collected from Susan Chandler, Hap Leabman, Cindy Lang, Dave Mangs, Dave Johnston, Oscar Santo Domingo and Todd Bower.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $170, with no winner today.  We are looking for the Jack of Clubs.

David Johnston, director of the Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE), shared his organization’s mission to improve policies and practices that lead to higher college retention, graduation and employment for underrepresented, first-generation, and otherwise challenged students.  CHERE is a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, providing a forum for educators to discuss critical issues, conduct applied research and publish results, and advocate on behalf of at-risk students.  David discussed the importance for students of connecting with a significant adult, visualizing a purpose for their educations, and “seamless counseling” on everything from finances to paperwork to roommate conflicts as factors in retention.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 p.m., with Oscar leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is August 11, 2014 at the Pond House Café.   

Respectfully submitted,

Christine M. Looby

Scribe 

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

July 21st, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 29 Great Rotarians and 3 guests.

Polly Hincks gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Eileen Rau discussed the Rotary Foundation and noted that we will be hearing more about it in the weeks to come.

2.Past President Hap Leabman – presented a pin to President Cindy for her efforts in recruiting a new member.  Said new member, John Smealie, pinned Cindy.

3.President Cindy  – passed around the new ‘Light up Rotary’ lapel pins

4.– discussed an upcoming service project at Elizabeth Park – in August TBD

5.– formally removed Kyle Brewer’s new member ribbon in recognition of his efforts to the club, including leading the ‘A Hand Up’ service project.

6.Harry Davidson – discussed the district golf outing, to be held on August 4th.

7.Kyle Egress – gave a summary of Lobsterfest, noting that we received $8200 in sponsorships and made a profit of ~$10,000.  He reminded all that attendance is key to profitability, as there are significant fixed cost to cover.  Cindy noted that we will do more promotion for LF 2015.

8.Don Chandler discussed an upcoming fellowship survey.  If you have ideas for events, let Don know!

Sergeant at Arms John Smealie reports 29 Rotarians are present.  Three guests were present:  John Foxx, a candidate for Connecticut State Senate District 7 and guest of David Gerrol; Dave Walker, a candidate for Lt. Governor, and Capt. Lawrence Goodman of the Salvation Army.

There was no guest speaker this week and a club assembly was held instead.  Hap presented three main topics:

  1. He is refreshing the New Member Committee and passed around a signup list
  2. There will be an event at Pond House on Monday, October 6th (in lieu of normal meeting).  This will be an event for people who want to learn about Rotary.  We will give 6-8 presentations on the things we do.
  3. We are co-sponsors with the Farmington Club of the Kinetic Sculpture event to be held at Winding Trails on 21 Sept.  There are volunteer opportunities – see Hap if you are interested!

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Cindy leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is July 28th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe



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John pinning President Cindy with the new recruiting pin

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Here's the Rotary Foundation Minute for this week:

 WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION? The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary. It is a non-profit that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world.   Its sole mission is to support the efforts of Rotarians through Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national and international humanitarian and educational programs in your back yard and around the globe.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.

Thanks, Eileen

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OVER THE NEXT YEAR, I WILL COME TO YOU WITH A SHORT WEEKLY MESSAGE ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, ITS PROGRAMS AND THE NEED FOR YOUR SUPPORT. TODAY I HAVE A QUOTE FROM PAULO COSTA, PAST PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, 1990-1991. “Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation. It transforms our dreams into splendid realities . . . it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity - a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

June 16th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 29 Great Rotarians and 1 guests.

Mary Silverberg gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club President’s opening remarks:

1.Hap noted that billings are behind and that we are working to catch up.  After the next billing, we will switch to a system based on Club Runner, so the appearance of the bills will change.

2.– noted that we are instituting a New Member Orientation program as well as a mentoring program.  It is intended primarily – but not exclusively - for members with less than two years in the club.

3.– stated that we will be conducting a survey of club members in the near future

4.– discussed an initiative to increase our communications, especially external, to ‘get the Rotary message out.’  He intends to lead this effort personally. 

5.– talked about our October event at Pond House.  They are sponsoring the event and providing food and a cash bar – tickets will be ~ $20 and Pond House will help sell them.

6.– reviewed several thank you letters; from West Hartford Community TV, Conard HS for a Safe Grad donation, and both Conard and Hall scholarship recipients.

7.-  displayed a large cardboard check which he presented to Park Road Playhouse.

8.Donna Griffin – thanked all for the support for Celebrate West Hartford, and announced that we netted $4918 this year, helped by ASD buying back unused meat.

9.Eileen Rau – reminded all that time is running out for the 2014 Foundation giving period – it expires at the end of June. 

10. Discussed ‘Zones’.  Our club is in district 7890 and is one of 20 districts in Zone 32, and includes New England, Bermuda, and Quebec.  Zones have several coordinators with several assistants in a variety of functional areas (Foundation, End Polio Now, Public Image, Rotary Coordinator, and Endowment / Major Gift Advisor).  Zones have several training events and Eileen, and Don and Susan Chandler will be participating in the fall.

11.Cindy Lang – announced that the NICU golf tournament raised $12K, and that there will be a fall fundraiser.

12.Kyle Egress – noted that Lobster fest is less than a week away and pushed us to sell tickets and / or sponsorships. 

13.– The order for steak and lobster will be placed on June 16th, so he will need a good handle on ticket sales by then.

14.– Help is needed with the event – Friday setup, Saturday at the event, and Sunday cleanup. Contact Kyle if you can help!

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 29 Rotarians are present.  One guests was present:  Eric Powers, a guest of Don.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $128 but no one drew the winning card.   

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is July 7th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.      

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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The Farmington 40th Anniversary photos was taken on 6/12 at Farmington Gardens.  The photo shows six West Hartford Rotarians and spouses Betty Kiely and Bob Rau who came to support the Farmington Club.

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Pictured in the Celebrate W.H. photo are Dave Mangs, President Hap and Rich Marone working hard on Saturday

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Our annual Installation Dinner will take place at the Pond House on Monday, June 30 from 6:15-9 pm.  You are invited along with your spouse, significant other or friend.  This will be a fun evening of Rotary fellowship and celebration! 

The cost is $38 for guests and Rotarians under the "rule of 85".  If you get billed for lunch, you will pay $25 as this serves as a lunch credit.  Please bring a check for your dinner and your guest(s).

 

To make your reservation, please click on this link http://bit.ly/1nvYjG7 or go to our club website. 

Cynthia Lang
Rotary Club of West Hartford

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l-r:  Mecheal Hamilton, President-Elect, Farmington Rotary; Todd Bard, EVV Girl Foundation; Matthew Vendetti, President, Farmington Rotary; Greg Latz, CCMC Foundation.  This is an example of a club donation for one camera.  Our club will be following suit soon!

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Bob Rau and his golf team from the NICU tournament on 6/9

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Eileen Rau and Event organizer, Elaine Pavasaris modeling "End Polio Now" tee-shirts.



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Hap, Don Chandler, Judith Green (Hartford Rotarian), Bob Rau, Sue Chandler and Cindy Lang... Just a few of the W.H. group.


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Cindy with Rocky

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

June 2nd, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 29 Great Rotarians and 5 guests.

Bob Stafford gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club President's opening remarks:

1.DG Mike Barnett presented our club with TWO awards; the Rotary Club Central Award, and the Presidential Citation with Distinction.

2.Eileen Rau - reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $7057 – short of the $10,000 target.  All donations for this year are due by 30 June!

3.– thanked those who marched in the Memorial Day parade.

4.– two golfers are needed to complete a foursome for the NICU golf tournament on 9 June

5.Kyle Egress – noted that Lobster fest is only1 days away and pushed us to sell tickets and / or sponsorships.  He noted that we have $7000 in fixed expenses, so the more tickets we sell, the more we benefit.

6.– The order for steak and lobster will be placed on June 16th, so he will need a good handle on tickets by then

7.– Help is needed with the event – Friday setup, Saturday at the event, and Sunday cleanup.

8.Donna Griffen – discussed Celebrate West Hartford and noted we need help, especially Sat lunch and Sunday pm.

9.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.

10.Mecheal Hamilton from the Farmington Club discussed the upcoming Dinner (Thursday June 12th) at the Farmington Gardens for the 40th anniversary of the Farmington Club.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 29 Rotarians are present.  Five guests were present:  Speaker Jolly Lux; Mecheal Hamilton and Steve Wasely from the Farmington club; Todd Moore, incoming WHPS Superintendant and guest of Dr. List; and DG Mike Barnett.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $118 but no one drew the winning card.   

Jolly Lux was guest speaker and she discussed her Guiding Light Orphanage in Uganda and played a video highlighting the work of the organization.  The Guiding Light Orphanage, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to HIV/AIDS orphans and critically vulnerable children in rural Uganda in the District of Masindi.  These children will receive free, basic health care, quality education, and the knowledge and skills to promote self-sustainability with the goal of breaking the vicious cycle of chronic hunger and poverty. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is June 16th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht

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President Hap receiving the RI Presidential Citation from DG Mike Barnett

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Jolly Lux of Avon/Canton Rotary presenting information about her project, Guiding Light Orphanage in Uganda

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

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.  

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Noah Webster and a team of Rotarians was on hand at Braeburn Elementary on Tuesday the 20th to hand out dictionaries to 3rd graders.

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Dana Gordon, Dictionary Project Director, and Noah Webster with the children

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And another group presented dictionaries with Noah and Dana on Thursday the 22nd at Smith School

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District 7890 End Polio Now Night at the
Rock Cats!
Friday June 13, 2014
Gates Open 5:05 PM
Picnic Starts 5:30- 7:15 PM
Game Starts 6:35 PM
Deadline: June 1st, Register on line!
 
Last year we had record crowd of 270 Rotarians, family, friends and Polio survivors attend District 7890’s End Polio Now Night at the Rock Cats.  Let's see if we can top our own record this year to support End Polio Now Night! With every ticket sold, District 7890 will donate $4.00 towards the End Polio Now campaign!
 
This year registration is on line at the District Web site: www.rotarydistrict7890.org   Click on events, click on End Polio Now Night.  We also have End Polio Now Tee shirts for only $10, that can also be purchased on line. It will be great to march in the parade wearing our Rotary End Polio Now shirts! Don't forget to bring your club banners.  W e will have a Rotary table in front of the stadium to pick up tickets on the night of the game. The deadline for purchasing tickets and tee shirts is May 25.  You will have the option to purchase a reserved game ticket and a picnic ticket for $22 or just a game ticket for $12.  The $22 ticket is an all you can eat meal and by far the best value. Kids 7 and under are free and will receive a Rock Cats baseball.  Each club will designate someone to throw out the first pitch.  And of course, following the game there will be a fantastic pyrotechnic show for all to enjoy! 
 
 
 
You can also use the form below to order by mail:
 
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President Hap exchanging banners with Dan Bahadur Chand Thakuri, a visiting Rotarian club president from Katmandu, Nepal.

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President Hap, Dan Bahadur Chand Thakuri, CL&P speakers, and Oscar Santo Domingo

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

May 5th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 27 Great Rotarians; 2 visiting Rotarians, and 1 guest.

Bob Kiley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks during the unusual ‘chicken’ meal:

1.Hap presented Eileen Rau with a new pin for recruiting a new member.  If you have recruited new members in the recent past, contact Donna.

2.Kyle Egress reminded everyone that only 47 days remain until Lobster Fest, and encouraged all to sell tickets!    Please contact Kyle if you need tickets, and sponsorships are also needed! 

3.Donna noted that Celebrate West Hartford is coming up quickly (only 32 days from today) and passed a volunteer list around.  There are several additional challenges this year that the team is working.

4.Cindy Lang discussed the ‘NICView’ project that is being worked with four other clubs.  Don, Eileen, and Cindy attended the launch is on 4/29 at Farmington Gardens.  There is a fund raising golf tournament planned for June 9th and golfers are needed.  Sponsorships for tee signs and GPS links are also available.

5.Eileen Rau reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $6507 – achieving the club target, though with a gap to the $10,000 target.

6.Don Chandler discussed the planned river cruise.  Oscar Santo Domingo coordinated the event and it will happen on Jul 20th – noon at the Charter Oak Landing.  A minimum of 20 are needed.

7.The Farmington Rotary Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 6/12/14 at Farmington Gardens with a dinner event.  All are invited to attend this celebration, and there will likely be no meeting that week due to proximity to Celebrate West Hartford.

8.Hap noted that the Pond House is celebrating its 15 year anniversary and is offering us their services for a fund raising event.   They will provide the food and staff for a fixed charge and all proceeds will go to the club.  The date is TBD, but the initial thought is October.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 27 Rotarians are present, with two visiting Rotarians, Hank and Ernestina Shay from Livermore, CA.  One guest was present:  Speaker Bob Greismer.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $77 but no one drew the winning card.  

Bob Greismer was guest speaker and discussed the challenges faced by the Science Center of CT and its future.  Through hard work, they have paid off debts and actually turned a profit, and have managed to extend their lease with KO through June 2017.  They are busy searching for a new facility and plan to remain in West Hartford.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is May 12th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe


 

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          Eileen Rau receiving the recruiting pin from President Hap

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By:  Bill Neagus, Farmington Rotary Club
 
from "The Tunxis Tattler"
 
Farmington President-elect Mecheal Hamilton, who is steering the web camera project, said she originally got the idea after hearing Roy Balfour of the Shrewsbury, Mass., Rotary Club talk at the Rotary President-Elect Training Session (PETS) recently. Roy gave a presentation at PETS about how the Rotary Clubs of Central Massachusetts were able to fundraise and purchase cameras for the NICU at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Memorial Health Center in Worcester, Mass.
Energized by the idea, she talked with her fellow president-elects from Central Connecticut (Area Nine) about replicating the Massachusetts success at the UConn Health Center. The other president-elects shared Mecheal’s enthusiasm, launching the first area-wide project in recent years. The other president-elects in addition to Mecheal are:
  • Salin Low of Avon-Canton;
  • Steve Vaughn of Hartford;
  • Ed Silverstein of Newington;
  • Cynthia Lang of West Hartford; and
  • Gina Herboldt of Wethersfield.
Roy Balfour gave us a similar presentation at the April 29 luncheon as he did at PETS. He explained the project, called NicView, fits perfectly with Rotary’s purpose of public service.  While web cameras can be purchased much less expensively, Roy said that the cameras cost $2,000 each because of the special needs of the hospital related to mounting and connecting the equipment.
With the help of 13 Rotary clubs in Massachusetts, plus an organization called the EvvGirl Foundation, all 49 incubators at the UMass Memorial NICU are equipped with the special web cameras, allowing family and friends of sick babies to watch the infants as they sleep, eat, and be awake. Roy noted that there is an average of 3,000 logins per month, some from as far away as servicemen serving in Afghanistan.
“New families have a link with their infants even when the family is at home or at work,” said Roy.
During the first four months of the NicView project UMass Memorial, six cameras were installed and 60 families were able to keep close watch over their infants.
The EvvGirl Foundation was founded in memory of Evan Bard, a student at Curry College who was killed in a car crash a year ago. Her father, Todd Bard, said the foundation is dedicated to the NicView project because of his daughter’s passion for and love of children. He explained the foundation works to get corporate sponsorship for the web cameras, to move the completion of the project forward.
“We want to put web cameras in every NICU in New England,” said Todd, who added that eventually the foundation wants to expand the project so that families of cancer patients can use web cameras too.
Dr. Victor C. Herson, chief of service and medical director of the UConn NICU, said it’s true that the NICU has a large budget, but if he were to ask the hospital administration for $100,000 - $200,000 to purchase web cameras for the 40 incubators at the UConn NICU and the 32 incubators at the Connecticut Children’s NICU, he would likely be turned down. He explained the priority is for life-saving equipment, which is also extremely expensive.
Nevertheless, Dr. Herson said, bringing comfort to the families of sick babies by connecting them to their children via the Internet is still extremely valuable and worthwhile.
In fact, Roy talked about a Massachusetts mother who just last week brought her baby to a Rotary meeting to thank the Rotarians for donating the camera that allowed her to bond with her infant.
Roy elaborated that the video display on each web camera will list the individual Rotary Club and corporate sponsor that purchased the camera. As a result, he said, the membership of the Worcester Rotary Club alone jumped from 42 members before it began the project to 110 members today.  He added that on every display there is also a “donate” button that allows contributions to continue for maintenance and eventual replacement of the cameras.
“Thank you for identifying this as a goal,” said Dr. Herson. 
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A group of Rotarians met in the cosy basement of Sedgwick Cleaners on Sunday morning to put book plates in dictionaries.  The team was led by former President Dana Gordon and was he was joined by Rotarians Don Chandler, President Hap, Chad Licht, Booker DeVaughn Jr, and his wife Elena.  The team made short work of the stack of dictionaries and Dana will soon be announcing the dates for deliveries to West Hartford 3rd graders.

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The assembly line - Dana, Don, Booker, Elena, and President Hap

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                Dana and the results of the morning's labor

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At the A Hand Up fund raiser at the Hooker Brewery, President Hap presented a donation from the 2013-2014 Service Chest of $500 to Michael Fishman, President of A Hand Up. Last week Rotarians Kyle Brewer and Chad Licht volunteered their time and energy to A Hand Up to deliver furniture to a single mother and her daughter in their new apartment in Bristol.

 


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    President Hap presents a check to A Hand Up president Michael Fishman

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Rotarians, please RSVP to Micheal Hamilton by clicking the link in this invitation/announcement.  The lunch meal is "beef" and there is a vegetarian option.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please let me know.  Cindy Lang, 860-794-4490 or cynthialang@sbcglobal.net.   Many thanks for your support. 

Area 9 President-elects

and club members

You are invited to attend

RSVP Here  

 

NicView Webcam Project

Launch Meeting

 

Tuesday

April 29, 2014

Noon-2pm

 

Hosted by: 

Rotary Club of Farmington

Farmington Gardens,

999 Farmington Ave, Farmington CT

  

The launch will be conducted as regular

Rotary club meeting with lunch ($15/person)

and eligible as a make-up. 

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated.

 

RSVP Here 

  

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Birthdays

Rick Liftig   Jul 04

Peter Kovalevich  Jul 15

Elizabeth Basil   Jul 19

Joseph Bednarz   Jul 22

Todd Bower   Jul 23

Wedding Anniversaries

Michael Howard (Cindy)  Jul 14

James Ruel (Abiah)  Jul 22

Club Anniversaries

Hap Leabman     Jul 1, 2007 - 7 years

Don Chandler     Jul 2, 2012  - 2 years

Forrest Bennett  Jul 2, 2012 - 2 years

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

April 21st, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 27 Great Rotarians; 1 visiting Rotarian, and 3 guests.

Booker Washington gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.     Hap discussed the District Assembly on May 12th which is an evening event. Guest speaker will be Ed Futa.   Hap encouraged attendance, noting that there are several key sessions.

2.     Cindy Lang discussed the ‘NICView’ project that is being worked with four other clubs.  This project places webcams in NICU bassinets, allowing parents and other family and friends to view babies in the NICU via a password-protected website.  A launch is planned on 4/29 at Farmington Gardens from noon to 2pm.

3.     Eileen Rau reported that the Annual Fund drive is up to $6407 – 98% of the club target, though with a gap to the $10,000 target.

4.     The Farmington Rotary Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 6/12/14 at Farmington Gardens.  All are invited to attend this celebration. West Hartford Rotary Club sponsored the Farmington Club.

5.     Don Chandler discussed the status of his grant application for the AV facility at ASD.  He received comments back, but only one page.  He is working to answer them.

6.     Kyle Egress reminded everyone that only 61 days remain until Lobster Fest, and encouraged all to sell tickets!    Help is also needed with brochures. 

7.     DG Eileen presented Joe Stafford with his Paul Harris Fellowship (+1).

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 27 Rotarians are present, with one visiting Rotarian, Eric Powers from the Enfield Club.  Three guests were present:  Speaker Mayor Scott Slifka; Dawn Hardin, a guest of Cindy, and Theresia Oberst, a guest of Shari Cantor.

Happy dollars were collected. The pot is up to $57 but no one drew the winning card.  

Mayor Scott Slifka was guest speaker and his talk focused on the historic levels of development going on in town at this time.   A new boutique hotel across from the police station and a 200+ luxury apartment complex on Steele Road are two of the current developments under consideration.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 28th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chad Licht, scribe

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

April 14th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 22 Great Rotarians; 1 visiting Rotarian, and no guests.

Bob Kiley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.     President Hap reviewed today’s agenda. Presenters for this Club Assembly were Eileen Rau and Don Chandler.

2.     Hap announced the District Assembly date: May 12th which is an evening event. Guest speaker will be Ed Futa.

3.     The Farmington Rotary Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 6/12/14. All are invited to attend this celebration. West Hartford Rotary Club sponsored the Farmington Club.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 22 Rotarians are present, with one visiting Rotarian, Jolly Lux from the Avon Club. 

Happy dollars were collected. Cindy Lang and Kyle Brewer got a chance at the winning $45 but unfortunately did not draw the lucky card.  

Eileen Rau discussed Rotary’s Strategic Plan and plans for future growth and success. Our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership came from a Focus Group when the Strategic Plan was developed. She also discussed our need to keep membership alive and members engaged. Worldwide membership remains stagnant at 1.2m despite the fact that we install new members every day.

Eileen also discussed the Rotary Foundation. A video was shown of the impact The Foundation had on the school system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and vocational training for women in India that highlighted their path to financial independence and a hope of ending poverty. These were only two of hundreds of projects supported by the Foundation.

Dave Mangs was presented with his 6th Paul Harris by PDD Eileen. Dave also presented a $250 check for Polio Plus.

Don Chandler did a presentation on how to log onto and navigate through Rotary.org. He also distributed a “cheat sheet” of step by step instructions on how to get onto the website. 

Kyle Brewer asked for 4 volunteers for the May 4th “A Hand Up” project. He is estimating that this will be a 2-hour project for either picking up furniture or a move-in.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 21st, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Susan Chandler, scribe

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WEST HARTFORD ROTARY SPOTLIGHT

(See more news on www.westhartfordrotary.org)

 

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

April 7th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 22 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 1 guest.

Club Presidents opening remarks:

1.     The District Conference coming up at the end of April – attendance is encouraged!

2.     Discussed the successful Jazz Brunch on April 6th.

3.     The Farmington Rotary Club 40th Birthday will be on June 12th at Farmington Gardens

4.     The meeting on the 14th will be a club assembly.  Don Chandler will be demonstrating web sites.

5.     Eileen Rau discussed the Annual campaign – you can give online or bring a check.  Note we are tracking the progress in the weekly bulletin.

6.     Kyle Egress talked up Lobster Fest 2014 – it will be June 21st on the ASD campus.  A band has been located, and he encouraged us to push attendance, so start reaching out to friends, family, and coworkers to sell tickets!

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 22 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and one guest, John Smeallie.  Dr. Robert Claflin is celebrating 30 years as a Rotarian.

The scheduled speaker had to cancel. 

John Smeallie was inducted as a new member of the club – welcome John!

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 14th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 Kyle Brewer, scribe

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What is A Hand Up?

A Hand Up is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization working with a number of social agencies in the Greater Hartford area to identify clients in need of our services.  They assist people transitioning to independent living.  A Hand Up receives donated furniture and household goods to help our neighbors establish their new homes, and raises funds to help offset expenses and is staffed entirely by volunteers.  Kyle Brewer is leading this effort.

The first support event was held on Sunday May 4th.  Kyle and Chad Licht helped load furniture and household goods at the A Hand Up warehouse in West Hartford and then helped move the items into an apartment in a nearby town.

Going forward, A Hand Up will generally conduct moves mid-day on the weekends and Kyle will forward opportunities as they arise. A Hand Up is also accepting donations of furniture and various household goods such as lamps, linen, and kitchen supplies.

 

 

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

March 31st, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 27 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 3 guests.

On a slippery, snowy March 31st, Cindy gave the invocation with thoughts of “the meaning of the Four Way Test”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Due to the needs of the guest speakers, the meeting was held in reverse (and finished at 1:20…), but the notes will be presented in ‘normal’ order:

Club President's opening remarks:

1.     Kyle Brewer discussed his contact with the organization ‘A Hand Up’, which provides furnishings for recently homeless who are placed into empty apartments.   He discussed the possibility of making this a service project, with quarterly events requiring 4-5 people envisioned – the volunteers would be moving furnishings into one or two apartments.  There may also be drives for furnishings.

2.     The District Conference coming up at the end of April – attendance is encouraged!

3.     Passed around a thank you card from HANOC

4.     Noted that West Hartford Press is celebrating volunteers in April and Dana Gordon was one of the volunteers featured.  He also noted that Dana will be leading the Dictionary Project again this year.

5.     Discussed the upcoming Jazz Brunch on April 6th – see him if you are interested in attending.  There are still a few seats left.

6.     The meeting on the 14th will be a club assembly.

7.     Eileen Rau discussed the Annual campaign – you can give online or bring a check.  Note we are tracking the progress in the weekly bulletin.

8.     Don Chandler discussed the upcoming District Conference (25-27 April in Portsmouth, NH) – registration is required by 1 April.  He also noted that we are sharing a hospitality suite with clubs from Manchester and East Hartford.

9.     Don also announced that he was one signature away from finalizing a new project to set up a new audio/visual studio at ASD.  Our club will donate $4K and he secured a $33K grant.  Don thanks Ed Pelletier and the staff at ASD for helping significantly with the application.

10.  Kyle Egress talked up Lobster Fest 2014 – it will be June 21st on the ASD campus.  A band has been located, and he encouraged us to push attendance, noting that Glastonbury’s event is a significant draw.  He also noted that our profit is driven by attendance.

11.  Kyle also passed out order sheets from Vines of March should anyone be interested.  He encouraged all to support Steve Leon and Wines Cellars 4, since his support makes the Vines event possible.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 27 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and three guests: the two guest speakers Brendan Fox and Liam Sweeney from MDC and one guest of Cindy, John Smeallie.  There were two anniversaries – the Chandlers, and Eileen Rau.  Coincidentally (???), both Don and Eileen had the winning tickets for the weekly drawing, though neither won.   The 50/50 raffle is up to $32 with no winner today. 

Brendan Fox and Liam Sweeney from MDC were the guest speakers and gave a presentation on the MDC, the Clean Wateron teh y from MDC were the guest speakers and  Project, and your water bill.  Briefly, the MDC has three reservoirs with 42 BILLION gallons of water, plus various other facilities, and they supply nearly 50 million gallons of drinking water and process over 100 million gallons of waste each day (more during wet weather).  Due to various issues, they are spending over $2.1B over the next two decades to increase waste water processing capacity and split the storm sewers from the sanitary sewers in Hartford.

Members of the MDC pay three items on their bill – a water usage charge (currently $2.53 per 100 cubic feet of water), a customer charge of ~$40, and a special sewer charge to cover the $2.1B upgrade – currently $2.90 per CCF of water used but projected to increase to $4.50 to service the bonds for the project (this charge will end in 20 years or so when the project is completed).  Non-members pay an additional fee to cover costs associated with supplying them, but a recent proposed increase has led them to have the state consider a bill (332) which would make the surcharge illegal.  (thus, allowing them to get service without paying for infrastructure or any risk…)

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20, with Hap leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is April 7th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Chad Licht, scribe

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Birthdays

Jonathan Harris Apr 12

Mark Roming Apr 19

David Gerrol Apr 23

Joe Stafford Apr 25

Kyle Egress Apr 26

 

Anniversaries

Greg Mogel Apr 19, 2010

Chad Licht Apr 22, 2013

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

March 24th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 32 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians, and 3 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.     Finally removed the red ‘new member’ ribbon from Chad Licht’s name badge

2.     Noted that West Hartford Press will be celebrating volunteers in April and that we should look for someone we know in an upcoming article.  (hint – a former club President…)

3.     Discussed the upcoming Jazz Brunch on April 6th – see him if you are interested in attending.  We still need 10-15 people to attend.

4.     Pointed out highlights in the April The Rotarian magazine including: polio survivor and Paralympian Dennis Ogbe; an article on ‘smart’ bandages, and an article on Howard Buffett and his quest to end world hunger by 2046.

5.     Eileen Rau discussed the Annual campaign – you can give online or bring a check.  Note we will be tracking the progress in the weekly bulletin.

6.     Don Chandler discussed the upcoming District Conference (25-27 April in Portsmouth, NH) – registration is required by 1 April.  He also noted that we are sharing a hospitality suite with clubs from Manchester and East Hartford.

7.     Kyle Egress talked up Lobster Fest 2014 – it will be June 21st on the ASD campus.  He noted that it is appreciated that this year our big three events are in close proximity, but June was a better fit for Lobster Fest and that next year we will spread them out.  ALSO, we are looking for a band that is willing to play for meals instead of cash.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 32 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and three guests: guest speaker Gustave "Gus" Keach-Longo of CRT and two guests of Cindy; Susan Lederman and John Smeallie of Pizzaz.  There was one birthday (Oscar Santo-Domingo) and several anniversaries.

Happy dollars were collected.  Don announced that Eileen is the newest member of RLI!

 The 50/50 raffle is up to $20 with no winner today.  We are looking for Jack of clubs.

Gus Keach-Longo from Community Renewal Team (CRT) was the guest speaker and gave a presentation on Veterans Landing – a planned innovative assisting living community for veterans.  It is the first in the nation – a partnership between the state (subsidizes the housing) and the VA (subsidizes the care and services).  It will be constructed on the VA campus in Newington, open in spring of 2016, and will feature 103 private apartments. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40, with Oscar Santo-Domingo leading the 4-way test.  The next meeting is March 31, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.        

Respectfully submitted,

 Chad Licht, scribe

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What is Rotary?  What is it all about?  Rotarians of many countries arise to make answer, but no two answers are alike.  Is there no common accord? Yes, there is one; it is like the rumble of a great organ, the roar of a distant sea breaking on the beach.  Beneath Rotary's many and varied activities, there is the unchanging undertone of goodwill, goodwill, goodwill.  On this anniversary, my hope is for the continued advancement of goodwill between men and nations.  I have no higher hope, nor do I know of one.

Message on Rotary's 39th Birthday

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Some pictures from last weekend's Vines of March.

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The crowd enjoying the evening

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Vines Chairman Bob Kor at the mic

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Honorary Chairpersons and Celebrity Auctioneers Kara Sundlun and Dennis House

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Wine Supplier Steve Leon of Wine Cellars 4

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Enjoying Donna Griffen's chocolate fountain!

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President Hap speaks

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The Jazz Brunch at the Hartford Club was held on Sunday April 6th.  

 

Click on the image below to get the full size pdf of the flyer.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

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

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On Feb. 23, 1905, Rotary was founded in Chicago by Paul Harris. Today there are more than 1.2 million men and women in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries throughout the world united by the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
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Our speaker was Gino Caro, owner of Fast Lane Sports Performance. Gino is a coach helping young athletes improve their performance. Over the last few years, he’s additionally focused on sports leadership and sports parenting. In the performance area he specializes in customized speed, agility and conditioning programs for individual, group and team training for all sports. For more information, visit his website at http://fastlanesports.wix.com/1

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

Feb. 3, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Present:  28  Great Rotarians;  1 visiting Rotarians and  1  guests.

Booker DeVaughn gave the followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

1.     PDG Eileen reminded us that Feb. is Rotary’s birthday month – 109 years old. She also reminded us that we need to continue to contribute to PolioPlus and the Annual Fund. Giving online is fine – you and our Club get credit.

2.     Eileen presented Shari Cantor with a new Paul Harris pin, representing Paul Harris Fellowship + 4. Congrats Shari.

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3.     Bob reported on Vines – coming up quickly. We need to sell tickets. You can now purchase online

4.     Oscar announced PolioPlus is at $1789.

5.     Christine asked for volunteers for the Hanoc party at Children’s Museum, next Monday, Feb. 10

6.     Hap reminded us about the Jazz Brunch, April 6

7.     Oscar updated us on the water project in the Philippines. Ironically, our project was so successful, the local government is now interested in providing water to the schools.

Len Albert from the Plainville Club was a Rotarian visitor.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $62 and we did not have a winner today.

Our speaker was Gino Caro, owner of Fast Lane Sports Performance. Gino is a coach helping young athletes improve their performance. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with the 4-way test.  The next meeting is Feb. 10  at Pondhouse Cafe.         

Respectfully submitted,

Don Chandler, scribe

 

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For years, Rotarian Tony has organized a writing project in the West Hartford 6th grade classes.  A note from Tony follows:

Dear Fellow Members,

This year our Club is celebrating our 20th year of our Writing Project with the Middle Schools in West Hartford. The project since its inception is our Club interest in providing the 6th graders in our middle schools with an opportunity to express themselves through the medium of writing. This year the kids are writing on last year Rotary Theme…”Peace Through Service".  Past year’s results have been incredible and we’re looking forward to this year. This year’s celebration will take place March 18th at 12 noon at the University of St. Josephs cafeteria in West Hartford. As in previous years, I need to provide the caterer with a count by March 4th. So, if you are planning on attending and have not signed up yet please call me at 860-573-0440 or email me at tonyr@danielpenn.com.  Your attendance and support at this event is much appreciated it. 

Rotarily, Tony Rodriguez

 

Below, Tony and Pres. Hap visit the 6th graders at the Kings Philips Middle School, where Tony describes Rotary to them.

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This year, the party for the children from HANOC was held on Feb. 10 at the Children's Museum.  Christine Looby was the chair for this successful event.

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Bruce gave a very inspiring invocation at last weeks meeting. He's kindly provided it to "Spotlight".
 
—1994 book by Collins and Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
"A true Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is clear and compelling, serves as a unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. "

You Know a very famous BHAG that my mom heard at the Lincoln Memorial on 28th of August 1963 and which I know called many people to action, including my mom:

     I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created      equal."

I pray 

that each of us find the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; 
that each of us have the courage to change the things we can;
and that each of us have the wisdom to know the difference.  

that when defining what we can change that we not be afraid to fail, that we embrace at least one big harry audacious  goal and that we tell all around us who can help us achieve it what our BHAG is.

Martin Luther Kings dream that all men be considered equal
Rotary's fight to eliminate Polio from our planet
or 
the Arava Institute's goal of promoting peace in one small piece of the Middle East

I pray that each of us find many BHAG's to fight for in our life time.  

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
January 13, 2014 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Bruce Stanger gave the invocation talking about setting big goals followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

• No meeting January 20, 2014 due to observance of MLK holiday
• Gave an update on the January 19 end polio now event
• Eileen spoke on the Rotary Foundation and passed around a sign up sheet for donations
• January 14 2014 is the 62nd anniversary of the WH Rotary’s inception
• Hap recapped some people who have thanked our group for some of our donations, including a $100 donation on behalf of Polly Hincks, American School for Deaf, Wheeler clinic, Shelter Box, Town That Cares, etc
• Bob Korr and Kyle Egress with an update on the Vines of March, TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports 24 Rotarians, ____ visiting Rotarians and 4 guests are present. Guests and visitors are: Ron Mancuso (guest of Hap), Kelvin Young, Todd Desmond (Hartford Rotary)

Anniversaries and birthdays: Tony Rodriguez

Happy dollars were collected by Mark Tamacio: Sue Chandler officially a member of the club, White Elephant event,

The 50/50 raffle is up to $40, with no winner today. We are looking for 3 of spades.

Dave Lemkuil introduced Darren Drum of Advocacy Unlimited. Darren spoke about:

Ways that their group advocates for their patients including protesting for a local family whose daughter has been held. Darren then told his personal story about his issues of obsessive compulsive disorder and how he overcame his illness through treatment. He battled gambling and alcohol addiction before going to rehab in FLA. His group established a wellness center that opened two months ago in Hartford

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Dave Lemkuil leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is January 27, 2014 (NO MEETING 1/20) at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Bennett Forrest

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Quite a few Rotarians from our District attended the End Polio Now fund raiser last Sunday at the Springfield Armor basketball game. Members of our Club started the day with a wintry tailgate part in the ASD parking lot, with awesome BBQ from Flaggstead Smokehouse. We had a great bus trip to and from the game, although lightly attended. Here's DG Mike, PDG Eileen, PDG Prasad and members of the Agawam Club (who had the record for most members attending) center court at half time:

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ROTARY - Zone 24-32 Photo Contest

2014 is starting across Zones 24-32 with a little fun - the first ever Zone 24-32 photo contest. RI Director Bryn Styles has endorsed an Avenues of Service - Zone Photo Contest.

This is an opportunity for the Rotarians across Zone 24-32 to share photos about the Rotary service projects and fellowship events they have held or will hold this Rotary year.

The prizes are simple, boasting rights as the best Rotary photographer in the zone, a certificate and the winning photos in each of the Avenues of Service posted on this website and hopefully district websites. Winners will be announced in mid- April.  So get out your SLR, point and shoot or phone camera and click away.

The most important rule of the contest is “have fun”.

  • The photographer must be a member of a Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in Zone 24 or Zone 32.
  • Photos submitted must be in JPEG file format with a maximum size of 3 MB and be submitted on or before March 31 2014.
  • Each photographer may submit up to 3 photos that were taken between July 1 2013 and March 31 2014.
  • Each photo will be submit in one of the 5 Avenues of Service that the photo best illustrates.

What can you do? Share this email with your club members and clubs across your district. Send this message to Rotaract or Interact Clubs in your district.

The Zone 24-32 RPICs (Rotary Public Image Coordinators) will be the contest judges. 

1.       The enter the contest and upload a photo click HERE 

2.       For contest rule and small print click HERE and for the judging criteria click HERE  

Good luck and looking forward to seeing your photos,


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Rotary Polio Immunization Trip to India Announced - February 14-25, 2014

 

Dear Rotarian,

 

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce our trip to India to participate in the February, 2014 polio National Immunization Days (NID).  Attached is a document that provides specific information about the trip, including a means of registering for the program. 

 

Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians and clubs in your District as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled within the next week or two.

 

Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time. 

 

The following summarizes the key trip information:

 

Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend the Polio Conclave.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.

 

Date of Departure:                         Friday, February 14, 2014

Date of Return:                               Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy:  $2,299.  This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees.  However, it does include hotels, transfers, the Polio Conclave and other Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.

 

Air Reservations:  Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase.  Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.

 

Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa.  We will give our members specific information about how to secure the visa when we send the confirmation documents.  It is important that our tour do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving our information.

 

Travel Vaccines:  We recommend that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.htm  to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip.  We suggest that members visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.

 

This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document.  Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program.  Over the last two years, , this program sold out in less than two weeks..  We expect the same response this year.  If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action. 

 

We look forward to having you or Rotarians from your District join us. Best regards for a happy new year,

 

Brad

 

Bradford R. Howard

Rotary International Director,

Zones 25-26, 2015-2017

Governor, District 5170, 2002-2003

Bhoward@HowardTours.net


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Our speaker was Francesco Barone, a classical guitarist. He performs as a soloist and with the group Metro Duo. He is also a teacher at the Hartt School in West Hartford. If you missed the meeting, or want to hear him again, here's a YouTube clip of his performance at our meeting:

Listen to Francesco

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
December 16, 2013 - 12:15 PM

Kyle Egress gave the invocation with thoughts of Peace, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During
lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Discussed the planned basketball game trip on 19 Jan and different options for transportation(busses).
2. Reviewed the ‘happy hour’ board meeting – 10 total attended and had a grand time. He pointed out that ANYONE can call for an evening meeting – does not have to be the President.
3. Jim Goodrich’s memorial service was the preceding Sunday – 12 members attended.
4. Don Chandler brought up the “10 million miles for charity” voting and passed the web site information. Rotary finished second in the voting which ended on 31 December.
5. Robert Kor discussed Vines of March – it is on Saturday March 8th
6. Kyle Egress announced that Lobsterfest will be held on June 21st (5 – 8:30) – note the change from September to June!
7. Oscar Santo Domingo reminded all about the Polio Plus campaign – he is still collecting donations. The club thermometer was displayed – we are still short of our goal.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 31 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and two guests: guest speaker Francesco Barone and former District Governor Prasad Menon. There were several birthdays.

Happy dollars were collected. Bruce Stanger reported that he has a new grandson. Mary Silverberg reported that ITN received a $2500 donation from a foundation at Wesleyan. Prasad Menon talked about the new cook tops installed at ‘Internal House’ which resulted from Rotary Club donations.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $23 with no winner today. We are looking for King of clubs.

Francesco Barone, a classical guitarist from West Hartford, was the guest speaker. He briefly spoke about his career and his community outreach activities via the Hartt School, and then played a selection

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Bennett Forrest leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
January 6th, 2014 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Chad Licht, scribe


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Posted by Don Chandler

Birthdays:

Mar 2 Eileen Rau

Mar 5 Neil Atlas

Mar 6 Annie Keith

Mar 10 Oscar Santo Domingo

Mar 24 Hermann Cortes-Barrios

Rotary Anniversary:

David Lemkuil 18 years Mar 1, 1996

 

 

 


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Congrats to our Club! We raised $2,636 for the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. That's almost 50% more than last year! 

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In a joint project, Rotary Clubs of Avon-Canton, Farmington, Simsbury-Granby and West Hartford donated $2,700 to Interval House in Hartford, to replace their broken cook-tops. A check presentation was made on Dec. 5 by Simsbury-Granby Rotarian Prasad Menon to the the Executive Director, Cecile Enrico.

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We sadly note the passing of Club Member Jim Goodrich on Nov. 22. Below is the obituary that appeared in the Dec. 2 Courant. The memorial service will be held this Sat., Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

James ("Jim") Coates Goodridge, a beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle and father-in-law, died on Nov. 22, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away at his home in West Hartford with his three children by his side. He was predeceased by his adored wife of 45 years, Louise ("Lucy") Lloyd Goodridge. Born on Sept. 7, 1941, in Detroit, Mr. Goodridge was raised with his four siblings in Pittsburgh, Penn., and attended Brentwood High School. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1963 with a degree in history and enlisted in the United States Navy. He saw combat in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He became a certified financial analyst with an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and worked throughout his long career at Connecticut General, Synfuels Corporation and United Technologies Corporation. From the late 1990s to September of this year, he ran his own financial advisory firm, the Goodridge Investment Consulting Company. Mr. Goodridge had deep roots in Hartford, notably as an active member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church and the Rotary Club. He also served on the boards of Cedar Hill Cemetery and Foundation, the Trinity Club of Hartford and the 1892 Club. He was also a director for the Hartford Tennis Club and for The Piseco Company in Speculator, N.Y. He loved to travel, see and learn new things, and be outdoors with his wife and his family. In addition to working and relaxing at the family beach house in Westport Point, Mass., he enjoyed camping, hiking and kayaking at state and national parks. He hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and then back up, twice. In 2011, he hiked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. He is survived by his three children, Christopher, Timothy and Elisabeth; daughters-in-law Tracy and Jena; son-in-law Ben; grandchildren Jonathan, Emily, Zachary, Marshall and Samuel; three brothers, William, George and Ed; one sister, Elizabeth Westgard; three sisters-in-law Sheryl, Jane and Betsy Rushong, two brother-in-law James Westgard and Ben Rushong; and many nephews and nieces. His strength, kindness and generosity will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec.14, 2013, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Westport River Watershed Alliance, www.westportwatershed.org

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Dec. 2 Club Meeting - Ashley Washburn Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler
MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
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
Scribe Notes - Dec. 2, 2013 Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

The annual Club Holiday Fellowship was held at Cindy's studio Saturday night. This year, an added twist was a White Elephant sale, with proceeds going 50-50 to Polio Plus and the Annual Programs Fund. We raised over $300, and had a great time in the process. Food was pot luck with some amazing dishes (thank you Marianne for the lumpia!!! One of my favorite dishes I haven't had in decades.) Our very capable and entertaining emcee / auctioneer was none other than Pat "Kyle" Sajak, assisted by two lovely Vanna's: Vanna Mary and Vanna Joyce. Don't miss this event next year!! Thanks to Cindy for providing the venue (and the photos, as usual!) and to Cindy and Susan for all the hard prep work.

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Our speaker on Nov. 25 was Linda Kelly, President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She described the work of the Foundation and its focus on education in the Greater Hartford area. The Foundation is in the top twenty community foundations in the country. More information about HFPG can be found at their website:  http://www.hfpg.org

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
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
Scribe Notes - Nov. 25 Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler
MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
November 18, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: 35 Great Rotarians; 0 visiting Rotarians and 0 guests.

Mary Silverberg gave the invocation with thoughts of Thanksgiving and being appreciate for what we have, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. Welcomed Mary Chase back to West Harford Rotary. Mary is returning after a ~3 year absence from the club.
2. The Board voted to donate $2000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief, split between ShelterBox and AmeriCares.
3. Kyle Egress made the following announcements:
4. Reminded all of the Open House at ASD on Wed evening, 20 November, 5-7.
5. This is the last week for collections for the WH Food Bank.
6. Oscar Santo Domingo reminded all about the Polio Plus campaign – he is still collecting donations. The club thermometer was displayed – we are still short of our goal.

Sergeant at Arms Todd Bower reports 35 Rotarians are present, with no visiting Rotarians and no guests. There were no Anniversaries or birthdays to report.

Happy dollars were collected. Mary Silverberg discussed her recent appearance before the West Hartford Town Council, where she discussed ITN and received a $25K grant. Ed Peltier noted two grandchildren baptized over the weekend. Donna Griffen passed around a signup sheet for holiday wreaths being sold by the New Britain / New Berlin Rotary Club - $20 ea. Hap reported that he had a great time at the Keith Urban concert.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $91 with no winner today. We are looking for King of clubs.

The remainder of the meeting was a Club Assembly. Don Chandler led a live demonstration of the club website.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Harry Davidson leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
November 25, 2013 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Chad Licht, scribe
Scribe Notes - Nov. 18 Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler
Quite a few of our Club members attended the reception and tour of the new Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center at America School for the Deaf. Ed Peltier, Club Member and Executive Director of ASD, was our host and tour guide. It is an amazing facility, with a lot of technology in place to help deaf students learn. Some of the statistics that Ed provided are: 135 students, 90 who live on the campus; age range of 3 to 21; the old building, twice the square footage, took 10,000 gallons of oil every week during the winter to heat it! Thanks Ed for the very nice evening and information about ASD.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
November 11, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Bob Keily opened the meeting with an invocation and a moment of silence to observe veteran’s day

Hap started the meeting recognizing the club’s veterans in Honor of Veteran’s day. All of our members who are veterans spoke briefly about their time in service. It was very inspiring.

Other announcements:

• Considering options for donating relief funds to Philippines.
• Foundation dinner recap
• 1/19 End Polio Event – check email from Eileen for details
• Kyle with an update on Liberty Bank food bank project $1300+ has been collected so far
• Mary talked about plans for a get together for a play in March (3/20, 3/21 or 3/22)
• Donation thank yous

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports _31__ Rotarians, 2___ visiting Rotarians and 1 guest (Jason from Farmington club) are present.

Anniversaries and birthdays: No anniversaries or birthdays
Happy dollars were collected.
The 50/50 raffle is up to $77 and we are looking for King of clubs. There was NO winner today.

Booker introduced today’s speaker Matt Washower (sp?)
Matt spoke of his book “History of CT and the Civil War”
• CT sent 55,000 to the war
• CT fields 29 field regiments
• Gov William Buckingham served throughout the war
• 1863 Election was pivotal to CT’s support of the union

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with Hap leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is
November 18, 2013 at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Bennett Forrest, scribe
Scribe Notes - Nov. 11 Meeting Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

The Club's goal for Polio Plus for this year was $1,500. As you can see, we've already exceeded that as well as $2,000, as we did last year.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF NOVEMBER 4, 2013- 12:15 p.m.
The Pond House Café

Present: 30 Rotarians, 6 guests

Kove Schwartz delivered the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:
• Condolences to Bob Kiely on the death of his brother, Howard.
• Presentation of $1000 check to Bob Cave for the Senior Job Bank; the service committee will work with Bob and his team . In expressing his thanks, Bob conveyed special thanks to Shari Cantor, “who was in on this from the ground floor.” Hap told Bob that the Rotary Club of West Hartford is “lucky to have great organizations to give our support to,” including the West Hartford Senior Job Bank.
• Announcement of the Club’s gift of $700 to Interval House, which, since 1978, has helped more than 180,000 victims of domestic violence by providing them with access to therapy, legal advice, and counseling services.
• Reminder about November 7 Foundation Dinner; the Club is sending a “good contingent”
• Oscar Santo Domingo announced that while we are making progress with our campaign for Polio Plus, we need to reach $1200 and are presently at $800. Each member is asked to contribute a minimum $35.00 gift; Bob Kiely will accept donations. Several members attested to the importance of giving to this campaign, especially as polio is reemerging in global locations including Syria.
• November is Rotary Foundation Month. Hap encouraged us to support the Foundation’s commitment to global grants, peace scholarships and nursing scholarships through donations.
• Rotary Leadership Institute at Middlesex Community College was a success. Mary Silverberg said: “So much planning and preparation goes into this event, and those who organize it do such a great job.” She complimented Don Chandler, who served on the Institute faculty. Dave Gerrol said that the day was “like a Whitman’s Sampler of Rotary. It was not only educational, but inspiring.”
• Information about the Rotary District Scholarships was disseminated; families of Rotarians may not apply.
• The January 19 CBA game will support End Polio Now
• Springfield’s Rotary Club will hold a Holiday Showcase 5K December 7 beginning at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The event supports Friends of the Homeless: Western Massachusetts’ largest shelter for adults. Sponsors, volunteers, and runners are needed.

Sargeant-at-Arms Todd Bowers reported 30 Rotarians and 6 guests. Anniversaries included Rob Morrow, Bob & Elizabeth Kiely (62 years!) Christine Looby’s birthday is November 7. Happy dollars were collected from: Shari Cantor, Don Chandler, Elizabeth Horyn, Harry Davidson, Dave Gerrol, Dave Mangs, Dana Gordon, Oscar Santo Domingo, Mary Chase, Rick Liftig, Joe Stafford, Eileen Rau, Christine Looby, Todd Bowers, Hap Leabman, Bob Kor and Elizabeth’s guest, Sabina. Proceeds from Happy Dollars continue to benefit the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Drive. The 50/50 had no winner today; we are still looking for the King of Clubs.

We were reminded of the November 20 wine & cheese reception and tour of the new Gallaudet –Clerc Education Center at The American School for the Deaf. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; R.S.V.P. to Lois Procopion at lois.procopion@asd-1817.org or 860.570.2304.

Sue Murphy, Executive Director of the Liberty Bank Foundation, was guest speaker. She shared that Liberty Bank, with the greater Hartford community’s assistance, has raised more than $750,000 since 2004 for the Thanksgiving Drive. All money must be deposited from Rotary accounts to Liberty Bank by 11/25/13. Twenty-nine clubs are participating this year. The goal for 2013 is $150,000, with $120,000 supplied by Rotary Clubs, and $30,000 in matching funds from Liberty.

Kyle Egress thanked Sue for her presentation and led us in the Four-Way Test. The meeting concluded at 1:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Christine M. Looby


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The Board of our Club has decided to support the West Hartford Senior Job Bank with a donation of $1,000. On Nov. 6, President Hap presented the check to Bob Cave, a Board member of the Job Bank.

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The annual District Foundation Dinner was held Nov. 7, and was a great success. Over 200 Rotarians and guests from around the District attended. Our guest speaker was Nilofer Haider, Education Coordinator for Catholic Charities Refugee Services. Our Club was recognized for contributing over $2,000 to Polio Plus in Rotary year 2012-13.

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PP Dana receives certificate from PDG Prasad

We also were Number Two in the District for contributions to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.

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Clubs had an opportunity to display information about Foundation projects they have undertaken. Thanks to Pres. Elect Cindy for putting the posters and information books together to highlight our Philippines Water Project and our St. Thomas Career Center Computer Project. (Photos for this spotlight are also courtesy Cindy Lang.)

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West Hartford Rotary Club Foundation Projects

Our Club was well represented at the dinner with 14 members and spouses attending.

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Our Club is participating in the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive again this year, under the direction of Kyle Egress. As before, the Bank will match 25% of the amount of money contributed by our Club and our members. The Board decided to "seed" this effort with $500, as well as all Happy Dollars from Oct. 1 through Nov. 23. In addition to donating through Happy Dollars, members can contribute at any Liberty branch, and indicate you want the money to go to the West Hartford Rotary account. Last year we donated $2,170.98 to the West Hartford Food Pantry. Key dates are:

* Nov. 23 - last date to make donation at a Branch
* Nov. 25 - matching funds deposited in the Rotary account
* Nov. 27 - deadline to present check to the Food Pantry

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Presentation of check to Food Pantry for Thanksgiving 2012

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
28 October, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Present: _31__ Great Rotarians; _0__ visiting Rotarians and _0__ guests.

Bennett Forrest gave the invocation “The Big Why - People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements:

1. Hap discussed his attendance at ‘The Gifts of Music’ event, and that he presented a check for $2360 on behalf of the West Hartford Rotary. Hap also won tickets to see Keith Urban at Mohegan Sun.

2. Reminders about:
a. Foundation Dinner on 7 November
b. Rotary Leadership Institute this coming weekend 2 November. Don Chandler will be facilitating one of the sessions.
c. Rotary Scholars – two $5000 scholarships. Relatives of Rotarians are not eligible, however.

3. Ed Pelletier discussed an upcoming open house at the new ASD facility 20 November 5 – 7pm.
4. Kyle Egress (older Kyle) reminder that the Club will participate in the Liberty Bank Food Drive again this year. The bank will match up to 25 % of contributions from our Club and members. The Board decided to seed this with $500 plus all Happy Dollars from Oct. 1. through Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a contribution of $2,170.90 to the food bank.
5. Eileen discussed “End Polio Now Day” at the Springfield Armor (NBA minor league team) on January 19th at 3pm – tickets are $10 each and half of the proceeds will go to the Polio Plus campaign.

Sargeant at Arms Todd reports 31 Rotarians in attendance, with no visiting Rotarians and no guests.

No Anniversaries and birthdays this week

Happy dollars were collected. Many Happy dollars for the Red Sox and Thanksgiving Dinner food drive. Tony recognized Bob Lunden, a Rotarian of 42 years. Dave Mangs noted his donation to the End Polio Now campaign and how it was matched by his employer and then the Gates Foundation Match resulting in significant leverage of his donation.

The 50/50 raffle is up to $49 with no winner today – Bob Lunden and Eileen drew. We are (still) looking for the King of Clubs.

The remainder of the meeting was for Club Assembly.

• Don and Eileen discussed changes to the Rotary Foundation.
• Each committee member spoke briefly about their group and then signup sheets were passed around. The teams then met briefly after the meeting.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chad Licht, scribe

Oct. 28 Scribe Notes Chad Licht 0
Posted by Joyce Aparicio

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF
October 21st, 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Pondhouse Cafe

Kove gave the invocation with thoughts of striving for a better world followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. During lunch, Hap began the meeting with announcements, starting with:

1. The board voted to give $1,000.00 toward the Senior Bank.
2. Hap will be presenting the $2,200.00 check to Gifts of Music.
3. Reminder: Foundation Dinner is November 7th. We need a couple of more people to register so that we do not leave anyone sitting alone at a table.
4. The Rotary Leadership Institute is coming up on November 2nd in Middletown. Sign up online and the money will be reimbursed.
5. Oscar Santo Domingo reminded us that that October 24th is End Polio Day. 3 countries have reported Polio cases and more cases keep arising. It is important we continue to strive to end Polio.
6. Kyle Egress talked about the Liberty Bank Food Drive. Sedgwick Cleaners will also be selling the Turkey Leg tickets of which donations will go to the Liberty Bank Food Drive. Our goal is to raise $3,000.00.
7. There are two $5,000.00 scholarships available. Rotarians and family members of Rotarians are not eligible to receive these scholarships.
8. We will be participating in the fundraiser for HARC.
9. Kove will be going away January – March and needs more volunteers to sign up to deliver the invocation.

Sargeant at Arms, Todd Bower reports 36 Rotarians, 4 Visiting Rotarians.

Anniversaries and birthdays October 21st (today) is Booker DeVaughns birthday. October 24th is Steve Tessler’s birthday.

Happy Dollars were collected.
• Bruce convinced Annie to go to Israel for Bike Riding
• Karen List went over how wonderful West Hartford Public School System is. Bugbee won the blue ribbon award.

District Governor Mike Barnett was our guest speaker. DG Mike Barnett is originally from South Africa. He came to the United States 22 years ago and joined Rotary. He went over the history of Rotary and how Paul Harris started Rotary Club. DG Mike Barnett also went into great depth on the new changes that Rotary is making. He also spoke about Polio and how Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria still have Polio. DG Mike Barnett explained that Polio Plus is also a concern because it is other childhood diseases such as Measles and1 ½ million children die every year of this. He also discussed how we need to grow Rotary because there are 1.2 million Rotarians for several years. 40,000 Rotarians join each year, however 50,000 leave Rotary. DG Mike Barnett also talked about the 2013-2014 Rotary theme which is Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Lastly, he passed out bookmarks to save the date for the District 7890 Conference which will be 4/25-4/27.

The Raffle Starts Back at $38.00 with no winners Today. We are looking for King of Clubs.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30, with new member Kyle Brewer leading the 4-way test. The next meeting is October 28th at Pondhouse Cafe.

Respectfully submitted,
Joyce Aparicio, Scribe

Oct. 21 Scribe Notes Joyce Aparicio 0
Posted by Hap Leabman

On Saturday October 26th President Hap attended a Gifts of Music fundraiser and presented them with a check for $2,360; half the proceeds of last April’s West Hartford Rotary Jazz Brunch. Superintendent of Schools and Fellow Rotarian Karen List was also honored at the event. There was a packed house with over 200 people present at the performance where students and West Hartford Schools Alumnae performed totally wowed the audience.

Our club has been supporting “The Gifts of Music” www.giftsofmusic.us, whose mission is to provide musical instruments and lessons for gifted and talented public school students who cannot afford to pay for them, for the past four years. During that time we have contributed over $9,000 to the organization.

Enclosed is a picture of the check presentation ceremony which was done at the beginning of the program. Our Club was also honored with a pull page in their event program which included information about our up-and-coming Jazz Brunch to be held on April 6, 2014, also shown below.

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Gifts of Music Concert - Oct. 26 Hap Leabman 0
Posted by Don Chandler

One of the most pleasant duties of a Club President is to induct a new member. Prez Hap welcomed Kyle Brewer to our Club at the Oct. 21st meeting. The day was made even more special by having the actual induction performed by DG Mike. Kyle is a financial planner. Welcome to the Rotary Club of West Hartford!

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Welcome New Member - Kyle Brewer Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Last week was the Official Visit of our District Governor, Mike Barnett. DG Mike is a member of the South Windsor Rotary Club. Both Mike and his wife Linda are originally from South Africa, and came to the U.S. over 35 years ago. Mike talked some about how he got his start in Rotary. Much of his address to the Club focused on The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus specifically. As we know, "We're This Close", and the DG encouraged us all to continue giving to PolioPlus. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation again challenged Rotarians: they will match every dollar donated by a Rotarian with two dollars, up to $35 million per year for the next 5 years. Mike also promoted the upcoming District Conference, to be held April 25 - 27, 2014, in Portsmouth, NH. In the photo below (courtesy Cindy Lang), the Governor presents the Club with the theme banner for 2013-2014: "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".

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Oct. 21 Meeting - DG Mike's Official Visit Don Chandler 0
World Polio Day - Livestream presentation Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Our speaker for Oct. 7 was PDG Alan Hurst, our Zone 32 Rotary Coordinator. spoke about the Peace Fellowships. While many things changed with the new programs of The Rotary Foundation, the one area that stayed the same is the Peace Fellowship program. This offers either Masters degrees in peace and conflict resolution, or a development certificate for professionals in that area. The program is held at 6 universities world wide. Alan told us about his visits to the graduating classes of peace professionals over the last few years. He was impressed with work the graduates did as interns in the field, and with what they've gone on to accomplish after graduation. He encouraged us to submit names to the program, which only accepts up  to 110 Fellows every year.

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Oct. 7 Meeting - Regional Coordinator Alan Hurst Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

PDG Prasad was our District Governor in 2010-11. He is currently the chair of the District Polio Plus Committee, part of the District Foundation Team. He spoke about the fight to end polio and the renewed challenge from the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Remember, "We're This Close".

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Sep. 30 Speaker - PDG Prasad Menon Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Our annual District Foundation Dinner will be held at Chez Josef, in Agawam, MA, on Nov. 7. This is always a great event, with good food, awesome fellowship and an interesting speaker. Awards will be given to Clubs who've had outstanding performance in the area of The Rotary Foundation.

We're up to 13 people from our Club registered. There's still room for more, but you must sign up online, before Oct. 31. Here's a link to the registration page on our District website:

District Foundation Dinner

Foundation Dinner Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is coming up Nov. 2, in Middletown, CT. RLI is a great opportunity for all Rotarians, whether you've been a member a week or several decades, to learn more about Rotary beyond our weekly club meeting. Besides the interactive sessions - no lectures!! - the fellowship with other Rotarians is awesome. You'll meet members of other Clubs and find out what works for them for projects, attracting members, fellowships, and much much more. The cost is $75, and the Club will reimburse you. And for those who've already completed Part I or Part II, sign up to continue your RLI journey. Go here for more information and to sign up:

Rotary Leadership Institute

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Posted by Don Chandler

Our speaker last week was Jackie Mandyck, Managing Director of iQuilt Hartford. Downtown Hartford is an unusually compact historic district packed with more than 45 cultural assets and destinations within a 15-minute walk: museums, performance spaces, historic landmarks, modern architecture, and public art.The iQuilt Plan links those assets with a vibrant and innovative pedestrian network. Its centerpiece is the GreenWalk, a one-mile chain of parks and plazas connecting the gold-domed Capitol in Bushnell Park to the waterfront of the Connecticut River. You can find more information at:

http://theiquiltplan.org/


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Sep. 16 meeting - Jackie Mandyck, iQuilt Hartford Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Chair Cindy reported at the Board meeting that we netted over $8,000 from the Lobster Fest! Good job by all! Here's a few more pictures (note the chair, hard at work!):

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Lobster Fest - more pics and preliminary results Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF MONDAY, SEP. 16, 2013
12:15 p.m.
The Pond House Café

Present:  32 Great Rotarians; 1 Guest

PE Cindy gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

President Hap and others made several announcements:

- The Club will participate in the Liberty Bank Food Drive again this year. The bank will match up to 25 % of contributions from our Club and members. The Board decided to seed this with $500 plus all Happy Dollars from Oct. 1. through Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a contribution of $2,170.90 to the food bank.
- PDG Eileen promoted the Foundation Dinner coming up on Nov. 7.
- Don Chandler announced the Foundation Seminar on Sep. 30.
- Don Chandler talked about the Zone Success Seminar.
- The fund rasier at Sweet Frog netted the club about $250
- Cindy thanked all the volunteers for their help at our successful Lobster Fest. The Club made over $8,000.
- Sgt. At Arms Todd noted that RC West Hartford will be working the Amber Alert booth at the Big E on Sunday, Sep. 29

Sgt. At Arms Todd collected happy dollars, notable that he proposed to his girl friend Valerie, and she said yes! 

The 50-50 raffle pot is at $354. Bennett drew both tickets, but did not win the pot. We're down to TWO cards!!!

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Don Chandler

Scribe Notes - Sep. 16 Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Our Aug. 26 speaker was Rich Crowe, PGA, the Pro at Rockledge Golf Club. He described how changing cultural and economic conditions have had an impact on the game. Not as many rounds of golf are being played as a few years ago. Rich thinks the game needs to be made fun again. He's also going into schools to promote junior gold. 

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Aug. 26 Speaker - Rich Crowe, Rockledge Golf Club Don Chandler 0
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Thanks to PP Dana, here's a few pictures from the Lobster Fest held on September 7. It was a great event and everyone enjoyed good food, good music and good fellowship. If anyone else has pictures, please send to me and I"ll publish next week, along with preliminary results.

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Lobster Fest PIctures Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Prior to the Lobster Fest, Chairperson Cindy put us all to work at the Aug. 28 meeting, stuffing utensils and condiments into plastic backs:

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Rotarians At Work Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

The Club held a fund raiser at Sweet Frog on Aug. 28, organized by Roshan Patel. The Club received a donation of 10% of the proceeds from 5 to 9 pm. We don't have the amount yet, but hopefully we can publish it next week. It was a fun evening and lots of Club members showed up to participate. Frequent Club visitor Susan Chandler found Ms. Lobster in front of the store:

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Sweet Frog Fund Raiser Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

At our August 26 meeting, Dana and Eileen displayed a "Number 1" tee shirt from the West Hartford Youth Basketball League. The team gave us the shirt in recognition of our many years supporting the team. You can see more about the team at:
http://www.eteamz.com/whybl/

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West Hartford Youth Basketball League Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

 Club member Polly read a poem as our inspirational moment a few weeks ago. Many of you wanted to see it, so it's repeated below. Thank's Polly!

"Water"

A drop of water fell on my hand,
drawn from the Ganges and the Nile,

from hoarfrost ascended to heaven from a seal’s whiskers, 
from jugs broken in the cities of Ys and Tyre.

On my index finger
the Caspian Sea isn’t landlocked,

and the Pacific is the Rudawa’s meek tributary, 
the same stream that floated in a little cloud over Paris

in the year seven hundred and sixty-four
on the seventh of May at 3:00 a.m.

There are not enough mouths to utter
all your names, O water.

I would have to name you in every tongue,
pronouncing all the vowels at once

while also keeping silent - for the sake of the lake
that still goes unnamed.

Someone was drowning, someone dying was
calling out for you. Long ago, yesterday.

You saved houses from fire, you have carried off
houses and trees, forests and towns alike.

You’ve been in christening fonts and courtesans’ baths
in coffins and kisses.

Gnawing at stone, feeding rainbows.
In the sweat and the dew of pyramids and lilacs.

How light the raindrop’s contents are.
How gently the world touches me.

Whenever, wherever, whatever has happened


 
"Water" by Polish Nobel winning poet, Wislawa Szymborska Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

Our speaker was Frank Wargo, from the New Milford Club, our District Governor in 2000-2001. Frank has been a leader in many facets of Foundation and RLI since his year as DG. However, his biggest passion is participating in matching grant projects around the world. He told us several emotional stories of how our efforts as Rotarians can affect individual lives. He encouraged us to think in terms of the number "1" - that one person we help eat, see or walk.

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Aug. 19 Speaker - PDG Frank Wargo Don Chandler 0
Posted by Don Chandler

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF MONDAY, AUGUST 19
12:15 p.m.
The Pond House Café

Present:  26 Great Rotarians; four visiting Rotarians

Christine Looby gave the invocation, “For a Leader,” from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space between Us, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  During lunch, Hap Leabman began the meeting with announcements:

The Leadership Institute will take place November 2 at Middlesex Community College from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m..  For more information or to register, visit http://www.rlinea.com

All are invited to a beer tasting/fund raiser at The Noah Webster House Thursday, August 22.

The Club provided $500 to the Hartford Backpack Project.  Our dollars funded crayons, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies for Hartford children.  The Glastonbury Club will fill the backpacks Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 a.m.  They will be distributed on Tuesday, August 27; those interested in joining Hap and Polly Hincks for this should call Hap.

We also contributed to a backpack-filling project for West Hartford schoolchildren; those knapsacks will be doled out on the evening of Tuesday, August 27.

Cindy Lang reminded Club members that Lobsterfest will take place September 7 on the grounds of the American School for the Deaf.  Please let Cindy know what you’ve sold and return ticket stubs to her.  We still need people to sign up for assignments – especially for clean-up on Sunday. 

Kyle Egress reported that we have brought in $4600 in sponsorships and encouraged each member to give what they could to the cause.  In a special way, he appealed to those Club members who are unable to be present on September 7 to demonstrate support by making a donation to “Claws for a Cause.” 

Sargeant at Arms Todd Bower reported that 26 Rotarians and four visiting Rotarians were present.  Annie and Steve Keith are celebrating an anniversary this week, as are Rob and Joanne Claflin.  Todd Bower is celebrating his second year anniversary as a Rotarian.  Happy dollars were contributed by several members, including Rob Claflin, Dave Lemkuil, Dana Gordon, Tony Rodriguez, Elizabeth Horyn, Oscar Santo Domingo, Hap Leabman and Don Chandler. 

Frank Wargo, a member of the New Milford Rotary Club, Paul Harris Society Chair and