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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Aug 10, 2017
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Wednesday, August 2,  2017



The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    



Robert Hartmann, Jr.


Directors at Large


Guy Tomasi

        Michael Ganci (16-18)


Stephanie Jacobs

        Suzanne Locke (16-18)

Attendance Secretary

Evelyn Atreya

        Sandra Ruoff (16-18)

Exec. Secretary

Gary Drake

        Thomas Terribile (17-19)


Elmar Kessler

        J ohn H. Trowbridge (17-19)

Assistant Treasurer

Frank Walsh

        Harrison West (17-19)

IP President

Louis Federici

  Co-Sergeants at Arms

Foundation Chair

Scott Staschke

        John H. Trowbridge 

Grants Steward

Michael Ganci

        John Murphy


This Issue's Editor

Stephanie Jacobs


Call to Meeting 
President Bob Hartmann led the pledge and opened with a...joke?: "I told my mother-in-law she draws her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised." This was followed up withsome words for the day: "There is nothing as easy as denouncing...It don't take much to see that something is wrong but it does take some eyesight to see what will put it right again." - From Will Rogers' Weekly Articles (Something tells me not much would put someone right after saying that to their MIL...)


Visiting Rotarians:  none today


Guests: Stephanie Tashman with Bob Hartmann, and Meghan Forgione with Carrie Healy


Anniversaries:   none


Birthdays: Maryann Bracken - 4th     Stephanie Jacobs - 2nd (Many thanks for a birthday song that was both enthusiastic and mostly in-tune! Best of the year)


Outreach:  Jon gave an update: Gene has a detached retina, but is already home with a good prognosis.


President's Announcements   


Board meeting rescheduled from the 3rd to the 10th, 5:30 at the Community Center. 


Member Anouncements:

  • Andy Stephens announced that Frosty 5k planning is to start soon!
  • Barry updated us on the Uganda well project, saying East Haven is now on board, and they're about halfway there. 
  • Nancy let us know we're about a month out from the parade. The 1st is the deadline for signups, and the parade is the 16th. The theme this year is "Commit To Be Fit".
  • Bill brought up the prospect of a Habitat for Humanity date in September- we'd have to register online. Clipboard to come. 

We'd like to congratulate the first winner of JUNE'S nailbiter of a ROTM- Second winner, also a shocker, is Guy. 


King of Clubs:  Mr. Fatula was absent, no KoC this week


Happy Dollars:  

  • Stax is happy for Tom Petrick (and son) for their helpfulness.
  • Riefe is delighted that Joanie (his secretary) has returned, and along with her, order and meaning. 
  • Tom has two dollars for birthday wishes- one for himself, and one for my dad.
  • Chip Marsh is delighted to be back, has birthday wishes, and a couple of commercials for events: 1) Sunday Aug 20th at Van Wilgens is the car show, and 2) Tour de Branford will be happening again this year, with a 15 and a 40 mile route
  • Trish is almost as happy to be here as we are to have her, and she went to the lovely library here. She also has extended an invitation to Stax for their Aug 12th Lobsterfest in Orange, so he can just back and tell people what they're doing wrong (Just like home!) Credit to us for the inspiration for the event. 
  • President Bob is happy for Trish, for me, and for Sandy to Trish for the library compliment
  • Sandy: "Thanks, Bob."
  • Bill Stableford welcomes the guests
  • Wayne has seven happy dollars, but I'm pretty sure I was laughing too hard, because I didn't record what they were for. 
  • I had a happy dollar for my garden churning out enough squash to give some away. 
  • Barry promises that next week he'll have THREE cricket scores for us. Oh boy.
  • Andy gives apologies to the speaker, and wishes a happy 50th anniversary to Craig and Peggy
  • Riefe is further happy for his second daughter's birthday (better late than never), and wishes to congratulate Tom on his terrific (as opposed to...TERRIBILE) job replacing the fence at the park
  • Bill Pinchbeck wrapped us up with a tale of seeing a young kayaker on the river in a brand new fancy ocean-going kayak, with all the bells and whistles: gizmos and gadgets and sensors and a high-tech GPS. They chatted for a bit, mostly about how nice the kayak was, when the young man turned and asked, "So...where am I?"

Speaker:  Chip Marsh, Asst. Governor for Area 8. Chip is a member of the Branford club, serving as its 2004-05 President. A Paul Harris Fellow, he remains active on several club and district committees. He is active in the Rotary Foundation. He is an Executive VP for Association Reasources in West Hartford, and is the Executive Director at National Association of Corporate Directors CT Chapter. He and his wife Susanne live in Branford. 


Chip introduced Trish Pearson, our speaker.


Trish is a member of the Orange, CT club, having joined in 1994, and having held many offices including President in 2005-06. She has been involved in many areas of District 7980 including serving on five District Conferences, chairing it twice. She served on the District Visioning Team as a facilitator, a member of District Finance and Public Image committees. She is currently in her second year as Assistant District Governor, moving into her current role of the DGN Paul Mangels was "promoted". She knew he would be a great act to follow. 

Some of Trish's most memorable Rotary moments were attending two Rotary International Conventions, meeting Rotarians from around the world and sharing experiences- including a van trip with five others (2 Rotarians, plus a friend and a spouse) to New Orleans. What a testament to building better friendships. She is also proud to have participated with her club and partner clubs in a project that provides new winter coats to school schildren in area cities. Currently in its sixth year, they have distributed over 10,000 coats. 

Trish is an insurance agent, specifilizing in health, life, disability and senior insurance services. When not working or attending Rotary obligations, she escapes to her Vermont family home where she enjoys skiing and playin golf. She lives in Orange with her husband Glenn, also a Rotarian and her true Rotary partner in crime. They have a married son who lives in Stamford, CT and a granddaughter Hannah, her grandbaby Rotarian. ?




She expressed how impressed she was with our website (BIG thank you to our webmaster, Mike Sinclair!), is glad to see IRIS supported, loves our enthusiasm for holidays (any reason is a good reason to celebrate!). Sbe's also impressed with the reputation and involvement of our Interact club, and loves the idea of ROTM- Stax reassures her that it's a a worthwhile endeavor to bring back to her club. 


On her experiences rising through positions in Rotary District:

"If I'm the secretary, I'll just take notes and not talk too much..." This was her rationale at first, and it worked for about 2/3 of the year. 

(President Bob and Chip Marsh both looked at me with a smirk. Thanks, guys.) 
She continued the denial of her growing involvement, following up with "When Hell freezes over, I'll be DG." 

"You'll want to follow someone good...they're setting the table...[Then you] Better put some meat and potatoes on it."



She traveled to Canada, where she learned much about goals, and then to San Diego for further training on how to make things happen (everything is paid for, but you never go outside). There (and in the following months) she learned something very important: you will not be able to implement everything you want to in one year. Maybe not even in two. It happens as a team, with the aid of the whole continuum from one year to the next, using the momentum to follow through and enact change. 


Check the club website and click on "Upcoming Programs" on the right column to see planned speakers.