Welcome to the Guilford Rotary website. We are a dynamic club that not only raises over $50,000 a year but a club you will enjoy being involved with. Helping others less fortunate has never felt better. We serve our community locally, regionally and worldwide.
Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
Our motto is “Service above Self”
We have four major community events to raise funds during the year: Lobsterfest in June that includes a Silent Auction; Frosty 5K on New Year’s Day; and our Rose Sale, which is being moved to February this year. One hundred percent of the funds we raise go to local, regional, and international charities including The Guilford Food Bank, The Guilford Fair Parade, Raise the Roof (Habitat for Humanity), New Reach (the largest provider of shelter in CT for women and children), Christmas Senior Luncheon, Guilford Interfaith Ministries, Read to Grow program, Haitian Health Foundation, Warm the Children (buying winter clothes for needy children) and cooking and serving at the Community Dining Room (a Branford-based soup kitchen that serves the shoreline). You can find a complete listing on our projects page.
The theme for this Rotary year is “Bringing the world together.” It is our hope that you will be inspired to be part of the Guilford Rotary Club and help to continue to improve the lives of others through service – while having fun at the same time.
Thank you for visiting our website. Please consider this my personal invitation to attend one of our weekly meetings as my guest. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about getting involved or have any questions.
The Guilford Graffle was created to support local restaurants and those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Guilford Rotary is investing in the restaurant community through its purchase of gift cards which will be given out as prizes for our Graffle. In return, 50% of the proceeds from our Graffle will help feed our community. With the help of Women and Family Life Center and Guilford Social Services we will purchase additional gift cards from local restaurants to be distributed to those in need. The remainder of the proceeds will go to the Guilford Rotary Memorial Educational Fund, which distributes scholarships to those seeking further education after high school.
David Summerlin, President of the Guilford Rotary Club Memorial Educational Fund, presents scholarships to Guilford HS graduating seniors at a virtual awards night.
$23,000 in Rotary Club Scholarships
Awarded to 16 Guilford Students
Presentations are made on June 4
at a virtual Guilford HS Scholarship Night
The Guilford Rotary Club Memorial Educational Fund, Inc., awarded a total of $23,000 in scholarships to 16 deserving Guilford students. Eleven of the awardees are graduating Guilford High School seniors and five awardees are already attending college or university. Here is a list of the winners and the schools they plan to attend:
Grace Banning* - University of New England
Nicholas Chiu* - Lehigh Universty
Alexa Garbiel* - Wheaton College
Leo Gilbert* - Lafayette College
Sequoia Kessler* - DePaul University
Andre Kish - Harvard University
Joe Landry-McWilliams* - Syracuse or UVM
Tatum Meder - Florida Atlantic University
Isabelle Paris* - University of South Carolina
Connor Rose - Merrimack College
Ella Stanley* - Harvard University
Mary Talalas* - University of New England
Sabrina Trombetta - Amherst College
Katherine Spinnato - University of Connecticut
Sha Jameson* - University of Connecticut
Cade Yerkes* - Brigham Young University-Idaho
*Guilford HS graduating seniors
We donate $1,250 to Women & Family Life Center
Guilford Rotary Club President Guy Tommasi presents a check to Lisa Ott and Simona Neery to help fund W&FLC's Girls Coach Girls Run -- a peer-mentoring program open to all Shoreline families. The Girls Coach Girls Run promotes self respect, community, leadership and healthy living while training for a 5K run. No running experience is required!
Hurricane devastates Haiti, we pack 28,000 meals
and get them on the ground in Jeremie
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Haiti's Tiberon Peninsula as a category 4 storm. It devastated the area around the Haitian Health Foundation in Jeremie, stalling international aid for nearly a year. On March 24, 2018, six shoreline Rotary clubs gathered at First Congregational Church in Madison to pack 28,000 meals for shipment to the Foundation. The Rotary Clubs raised $3,500 (plus a matching District grant grant of $3,500) and partnered with The Outreach Program, a non-profit that organizes food packing events around the country. Bill Stableford (above) helped organize this remarkable event.
Nicholas Hunsaker, an alumn of the Guilford High School Interact Club (and now at Providence College), put together a partnership between a Haitian orphanage and several U.S. green companies, including Connecticut honey producers. His new nonprofit organization - Honey For Haiti - raises money through the sale of products here in the U.S. The orphanage is using this seed capital to grow its own food, drill a well for clean water, and make use of renewable energy resources.
Let us know if you have any questions about about Rotary: How to become a member; How to participate in our fund-raisers; More about our scholarships and outreach to high school students; How we help others in our local community and worldwide. We welcome your comments and suggestions.