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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Feb 7, 2018
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Wednesday, February 7,  2017



The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    



Robert Hartmann, Jr.


Directors at Large


Guy Tommasi

        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

Jack Phelan


Call to Meeting

President Robert Hartmann, Jr. lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


 Visiting Rotarians: None


Guests: Paul Lavigne, Debra Heeren and Winnie Seibert (Paul Harris Fellow)


Anniversaries: Wayne Staschke (1989) and Scott Staschke (2013)


Birthdays: Mike Rambus, 87 years young!


Foundation Minute: Scott Staschke reported good news about Read to Grow.  About 8,000 books have been ordered for the event which is scheduled for Saturday of February 24th (snow date of March 3rd).  There will two shifts:  9 to 11 shift and a 11 to 12 noon shift.  Volunteer sign-up sheet will be passed around next week.  Six Rotary clubs will be helping out.  Location:  53 Schoolground Rd, Branford near the Chowder Pot Restaurant.    


Fellowship: No report this week     


President’s Announcements:                                                                               

  • We donated $1,000 to the Greenway Trail organization last year but the funds were not used and have been returned to us.  It is our understanding that if the project starts up again that we will give the $1,000 back to the organization at that time. 
  • Bob also mentioned that we received a check for $9,460 from our sub-contractor for the Frosty5K event. Final accounting to come.
  • Guilford Community Fund Valentine’s Day at the K of C Hall, 10th of February; $20 per ticket; 7 pm. BYO food and drinks. 


Member Announcements: 


  • George Kral reported the results of a membership survey of topics we would like to have speakers address at our meetings.  Of the five major topic areas it appears we prefer presentations by non-member experts followed by presentations involving Rotary activities. Topics most interest was expressed included town issues such as the budget; economic development, schools, etc. followed by State of CT issues. 
  • George also reminded us that the Guilford Free Library will sponsor a film called “A Plastic Ocean” dealing with plastic waste in our oceans; Monday, Feb 12th at 6:30 pm.
  • Nancy Bishop reminded us that the Crybaby Scramble is coming up soon and she is selling golf balls for $5 and a chance to win a free tv. 
  • Pat Todd announced a membership drive event at the Moorings Restaurant; Feb 20th at 5:30; and a Wed in March and Thursday in April.  A sign-up sheet is being passed around. Bring a prospective member & their spouse for entry! Or yourself and pay for a drink. RSVP by a week before the event, please.
  • Michele Call announced that the Guilford High School Interact Club is getting more involved in an effort to raise money for heart surgeries.  The Interact Club heard about an effort to increase the number of surgeries funded in memory of the shootings at the Newtown and they will hold a dance in Guilford with students from all around CT supporting the effort to provide pediatric surgeries. The dance will take place at the Guilford Yacht Club on February 17th . $40 for a student to attend.  Michele will be chaperoning and anyone who would like to help out should contact her.   


 Paul Lavigne’s Induction as a New Member:  Michele Call introduced Paul Lavigne and nominated him to be a new member of the Rotary Club.  Pat Todd (not shown) conducted the induction ceremony and the Club members voted unanimously to welcome Paul as a new member.  Paul and his wife come to us from Stanton, VA where they lived for 30 years.



King of Clubs: 49 cards in the deck and $91 in the pot.  Sorry, no winners this week. 


Happy $

  • Bob Hartmann: 30th wedding anniversary.
  • George Kral: Happy that Elmar (Club’s chief check writer) is back from Germany
  • Maryann Bracken: Welcome Paul and Winnie and for a nice trip to visit her son and his family in Argentina.
  • Paul Heeren: Happy to have his wife Deb joining us and welcome to Paul
  • Pat Todd: Welcome to Paul and Winnie and happy to have her daughter back in the States after a number of years abroad.  Pat now has 4 children in the Boston
  • Nancy Bishop: Welcome Paul and Winnie. 
  • Tony Leonard: Welcome Paul and Winnie
  • Stephanie Jacobs: Welcome Paul and Winnie   
  • Bob White: Welcome Paul and Winnie
  • Al Jacobs: Welcome Paul and Winnie
  • Mike Ganci: Happy his father is doing well after surgery and welcome Paul and Winnie
  • Donald Baechler: Welcome to Paul and he and his wife hope Winnie joins the club.
  • Jonathan Bishop: Welcome Paul and Winnie.  Happy to see the Eagles win.
  • Bill Fatula: Happy for Philadelphia’s win even though it was not his team.


Speaker: (We did not have a speaker today but George Kral gave a briefing on the interests that club members would like to see as programs for the future.  See announcements above)


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