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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Oct 3, 2018
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018


The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    



Guy Tommasi, Jr.


Directors at Large


Gary Drake

        Anthony Leonardi (18-20)


Stephanie Jacobs

        Suzanne Locke  (18-20)

Attendance Secretary

Evelyn Atreya

        Patricia Todd (18-20)

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

Robert Hartmann, Jr.

  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

Guy Tommasi led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silent contemplation.


Visiting Rotarians: None


Guests: Adam Greenburg – Republican candidate for the 12th Senatorial District, Ct. – guest speaker.


Birthdays:  Larry Appleton, Nancy Bishop, Bill Fatula, and Linda Volpe


Anniversaries: Sam Appleton, 2013


Foundation Minute: No report this week


Fellowship: John Murphy reported that John Leffingwell is not doing well.  Ralph Schoemann gave a status report on the health of Bob White.  Bob Hartmann, Jr, announced that a good friend of our club, Glenn Pierson, of the Orange Rotary Club passed away yesterday following surgery. A notice of Glenn’s passing was sent to all Rotarians today by Larry Gardner, District Governor.  


President’s Announcements:  

  • October 24th is World Polio Day and Guy asked us to think about how we can celebrate this event.  He welcomes out suggestions.   
  • The Board meeting tomorrow will be held at Elmar’s new business location at 2 Sycamore Way in Branford.
  • Raise The Roof – Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause -will be held on November 9th at the Woodwinds.  We have 4 tickets available. Please let Guy know if you would like to go.  Names and meal choices have to be submitted by October 24th.
  • Branford Rotary Club is having a golf tournament on Monday, October 15th at the Wallingford CC, 9:00 am start.  


Member Announcements:

  • Barry announced that on October 18th Songs for Uganda welcomes back the singing group Destiny Africa Children’s, accompanied by the musical guests Encore & Lichter Brothers singing group, at the Daniel Hand High School starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at RJ Julia’s; Cilantro’s and the Daniel Hand HS Office, 286 Green Hill Rd, Madison.  Proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit children to finish building a school in Uganda.
  • Bob Hartmann, Jr. stated that the Guilford Keeping Society is sponsoring a special tour of seven (7) special places and building in Guilford – called the Mystery Building Tour – this coming Saturday, Oct 6th, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and children under 15 years old are free. Please purchase tickets and receive maps at the Guilford Keeping Society, 171 Boston St on Saturday
  • Riefe sent around the sign-up sheet for the Rose sale.  We need people to help at Bishop’s on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Reife put posters on each table with hopes that the members at the table will distribute them among the community.
  • Bill Stableford: We are going to be collecting furniture and other items for IRIS  Saturday, Oct 20th.  Start to think about what you can give. Bill will give us a sign-up sheet next week for those who have something to donate.
  • Harrison announced that there will be a blessing of the animals on the Guilford Green at 11:00 am in honor of St. Francis sponsored by Christ Church, First Church and St. George Church. 
  • Tony #1 announced that we have to form a nominating committee to scare up 3 members to replace those leaving the board and review those who want to stay in their current position of duties.  We will hold an election on the Wed before Thanksgiving so we can get names to the District by December 1st.  People leaving the Board this year including Tom Terribile, John Trowbridge and Harrison. Executive Sec position is open as Gary is leaving to be president-elect.  Evelyn may stay on as attendance secretary; John Murphy and John Trowbridge may stay on as Sargent at Arms.  Anyway, start thinking about being a candidate for an open position. 

 King of Clubs:  46 cards in the deck, $120 in the pot.  Sorry no winners this week.


Happy $


  • Bob Hartmann, Jr:  Apologies to the speaker.
  •  Bill Fatula: Thanks for the birthday song and Foundation contribution will come next week.
  •  Bob Shepard: Thanks for the birthday song and happy birthday to fellow “older people”.
  • Elmar: Happy $ for German Unification Holiday – 28 years of Soviet control of Eastern Germany ended in 1990!
  • Tony Leonard: Happy $ for the success of the library book sale: $55,000 raised. A record!
  • Patrick: Happy to have purchased 5 doz roses.
  • Dave Hadley: Want to buy some of his shorts? 
  • Nancy: Happy $ for her twin sister’s birthday and thanks for the birthday song.
  • Meagan: Happy to be celebrating her first wedding anniversary!
  • Larry: Happy to not find is name in the obit’s today.
  • Pat: There will be screening of Robert’s films all over the world this weekend.




Guest Speaker: Adam Greenburg. Republican Candidate for the 12th Senatorial District.

(Adam after a few years in the minor leagues, was called up to the majors by the Chicago Cubs and on the first pitch in the majors, Adam was struck in the head by a 92 mph fast ball that ended his career in the majors). 


“I’m not going to accept that CT is a pass thru state.” Adam came home to CT because he loves this state. Adam said he was not going to accept that we were losing 55 people a day when he first ran for this office and we are now losing 80 people a day. The number one issue is high taxes and cost of living and potential for more new taxes and tolls.  We have over 500,000 households in CT and 40% of those households are at or below poverty. This is a state that was one of the top 5 states in the country and we are losing ppulation.  And now we are talking about 77 new tolls.  We have a state budget of $27 billion a year.  We have 3.2 million people in CT.  We promise things but do not fund them.  We have over 20 administrators UCONN making over $6 million a year.  There is a lot of money going out but there is little accountability.  We spent $25 million for a new system at DMV and they are still using the old system because the new one was not adequate.  We have of 900 business regulations and over 300 different taxes in CT.  We are not competitive, and we must fix that.


Adam was asked a question about how state services could be produced more efficiently given we have a no-lay-off union contract of state employees for the next 4 years.  Adam said he believed we could bring the unions back to the table and work out our differences. 


Second question was about crowded highways especially in the summer.  Other states around us have tolls.  How can we obtain revenue from those passing thru CT but not over tax CT residents?  Can we have different tiers of tolls depending on where drivers live?  Adam stated that Hartford is thinking about congesting tolls so will people will pay more to get to work on time.  He said he was not saying “no” forever to tolls but it must be carefully crafted and that the collected funds actually are employed repairing or building roads.  


Question: How do we attract businesses to CT?  Ans: We have to eliminate taxes on pensions.  We have to eliminate the “death tax” as it is driving people out of the state.  We have to reduce the 300 taxes and 900 regulations on business.  We had 20 families leave Fairfield County last year and lost $400 million in state tax revenues.  “We took away the tax credit for the film industry” resulting in a loss of significant revenue. 


It was mentioned that the State of CT will have to repay the federal government highway matching funds in the millions of dollars if we reinstate tolls. 


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