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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Jun 21, 2017
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Wednesday, June 21,  2017



The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    



Louis Federici


Directors at Large


Robert Hartmann, Jr.

   Dustin Galvin (15-17)


Helen Rizzo

   Michael Ganci (16-18)

Exec. Secretary

Gary Drake

   Suzanne Locke (16-18)


Elmar Kessler

   Don McGregor (16-17)

IP President

William Stableford

   Sandra Ruoff (16-18)

Foundation Chair

Scott Staschke

   John H. Trowbridge (15-17)

Grants Steward

Michael Ganci

 Co-Sergeants at Arms
       John Trowbridge
       Jonathan Christoff




This Issue’s Editor

Jack Phelan


Call to Meeting

Acting President Bob Hartmann called the meeting to order and Bill Pinchbeck led us in the pledge.  


Visiting Rotarians: None


Guests: Fran Kimbell with Gary Higgins, Miriam Murphy with John and Connie Dickerson.  Connie is the guest speaker from ABC House.


Anniversaries:  Wayne Staschke - 1985


Birthdays: Janie Patrick and Wayne Staschke


Outreach:  Fr. John reported all is well with our members and friends    


Foundation Minute: Scott Staschke reminded us of the upcoming installation dinner next wednesday at the Owenego Club in BranfordSixty-nine folk have already signed up but time is running out.  Please contact Nancy Bishop at JBBishop@comcast.net if you would like to attend.  Cost is $46. Paul Harris awards will be announced.  Scott also mentioned that they have the Read-To-Grow grant about set to go forward in July. 


President’s Announcements:


  • Bob was concerned about the announcement that there was an outbreak of 17 cases of polio in Syria and the World Health Association is worried about this because it is a result of the vaccine itself and is caused by poor hygiene.  Bob reminded us that when we donate funds to the Foundation online you can designate the cause or project where we want our donation to go toward.  
  • Bob stated we received a thank you letter from Columbus House for our donation of $2,000.





Member Announcements:


  • Bill Stableford mention that a number of other Rotary clubs - Madison, N. Branford, Clinton and Old Saybrook will be at the LobsterFest and asked that we make them feel at home – stop by and say hello when you can.  They all buy reserve tables so that’s a great help


  • John Stax - LobsterFest update: Weather looks good with only a 10% chance of rain and temperatures around 80 degrees and slight breeze – thanks to intervention by Harrison.


Schedule for LobsterFest Setup:  


Thursday: Parking crew at 6 pm at the fairgrounds.  Larry Appleton needs a couple more folk to help out.  Bring a hammer.


Friday:  Meet at Sunny Side Up:  8:00 am for breakfast if you like.  Meet at the fairgrounds at 9:00 am. Setting up the tables, cooking equipment, etc. 


Saturday:  9:00 am at the fairgrounds or at Bishops for corn shucking, lobster bagging; cole slaw packing and pie cutting.  Ralph Schoemann asks that you bring a pie server if you’re going to be working that area.

For those going to the fairgrounds first, please stop by Bishops to help out there before going home.      


  • If you do not have a job at the Fest please let Stax know and he will find a spot     where you are needed. 
  • Gary Higgins:  Noted that have 61 bid items and 72 bottles of wine committed and he could use about dozen bottles of wine.  Fran Kimbell has helped out a lot.  Fran got 15 bid items all by herself!  
  • Sam Appleton announced that we have sold 52 tables. 
  • Bill Stapleford mentioned that our club has made a commitment to ALS and we will have an ALS patient, Kyle, coming to the LobsterFest on Saturday.   Please say hello and welcome him to the event. 
  • Mike Ganci: Mentioned he went to the Guilford Keeping Society anniversary last week and had a great time.  Bob said they made over $10,000.



King of Clubs:  25 cards in the deck.  Pot is $527.  Helen Rizzo, Sam Appleton, Dealer Bill Fatula and PE

Bob Hartmann searched for the King of Clubs.  But Bill Fatula had it, so sorry, no winners this week.


Happy $’s 


  • Wayne Staschke: Happy birthday and check to the Foundation
  • Bill Pinchbeck: Had a good time at his 63rd Cornell University reunion.
  • Barry Farbrother: Gave us a cricket score: England women vs. New Zealand women: NZ won the toss and decided to back. That was a bad decision because they were all out for 130 runs and so the women came in and they were 132 for 3. So you all know the result: England won by a cricket. Get it?
  • Stephanie Jacobs: Thanks to Helen she has a new flash drive to help her in being 1/3rd of the secretary team. 
  • Gene Bishop: Happy 63rd anniversary.  Took his wife down to the Bishop red barn for pizza.
  • Jonathan Christoff:  Happy to be back.  So are we!
  • Joel Galvin: Happy to see the Million Dollar Quartet at the Ivoryton Playhouse.
  • John Murphy: Happy to have his wife here - but he didn’t have a $ to give.   


GUEST SPEAKER: Connie Dickenson from ABC House.


Connie spoke to us about the experiences she has had volunteering at the Guilford ABC House.

Guilford A Better Chance invites academically talented young women of color from under-represented communities to attend Guilford High School and to enjoy the many benefits of living in the Guilford community. The program's goal is to lessen the educational divide, one scholar at a time, and to prepare these scholars for a lifetime of achievement.

A Better Chance began in 1963 as an innovative experiment designed to expand educational opportunities for talented minority students. This national program initially worked solely with independent boarding schools. In the early 1970s, the program expanded to include fine public schools. In 1974, Guilford became one of the first ABC Community School Programs in the country.

Since that time, more than 65 Guilford ABC scholars have graduated from Guilford High School,  gone on to competitive colleges and to fulfilling careers and community involvement. Many of our scholars now serve as definitive role models for other young, aspiring students.

Each of our scholars arrives in Guilford as a 14-year-old freshman with a distinguished junior high school record. First accepted by the national A Better Chance program, she is then selected from a large pool of applicants to become a Guilford ABC scholar.

Our scholars spend four school years living together in Guilford in a residence owned by the program and staffed with a caring and professional support team. They take rigorous academic courses, participate in team sports and a wide variety of extra-curricular school activities, and become part of the fabric of the community.  Each month they spend one weekend living with a local host family, two weekends living together at the Guilford ABC house, and one weekend at home with their respective families.

We welcome volunteers in many, varied capacities from driving to doctors’ appointments to leading a cultural excursion or taking the girls to a sporting event. Please let us know if you can help in any of these areas. 

All of us at Guilford ABC, thank you for your part in making our scholars a vital part of Guilford’s wonderful history for more than four decades. 

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