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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Apr 4, 2018
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Wednesday, April 4,  2018



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

Carrie Healy


Call to Meeting 
President Bob Hartmann led the pledge and gave the quote "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart." Martin Luther King as April 4th was the 50th anniversary of MLK's death


Visiting Rotarians:  none today


Guests:  Pat Pascale, Andy Stephens, Stacy Clifford, Charlie Fanghella


Anniversaries:   none


Birthdays:   none


Outreach:  Thank you email from Jan 


President's Announcements   


  • New Membership gathering April 12th at 5:30 the Guilford Mooring
  • Habitat for Humanity/Raise the Roof is Saturday May 12, 9-4 on the Branford Green
  • Lunch meeting with Area clubs at Mercy Center on May 2nd
  • Madison Rotary 90th Anniversary Dinner is May 10th
  • Board meeting April 5th at 5pm at the Community Center


Member Anouncements:

  • Lobsterfest tickets are here
    • For individual tickets see Guy
    • For reserved table tickets see Sam Appleton
  • Presidents Area 8 meeting - recognition from Robert Friend for food packing event
  • Saturday April 7 District Assembly Training in Meriden from 8:30-12:30
  • Monday April 9th New Member Area 8 get together at the Parthanon in Branford
  • Installation dinner will be June 27th at Woodwinds for $40 per person
  • April 11th, Nancy will do presentation Rotary history
  • Youth Advisory Pancake breakfast went well and raised $900
  • May 12th - the 10th Annual Cry Baby Scramble for Interact with tee offs at 9am and 10:45am
  • Lobsterfest - we have no key sponsor as of right now. If you know anyone interested contact Stax
  • Parade website was launched on April 1st, already have 15 groups signed by. Parade is September 22nd

King of Clubs:   $353 in the pot, 34 cards, and Bob Hartman drew the winning king of clubs!


Happy Dollars:  

  • Bob Hartman - thank you for the speaker, guests, and upcoming Guilford Keeping Society Wine Tasting
  • Riefe - Joined club in 82 when he started working in Guilford, opened his office in 86, had his daugter in 86, his daugter Jessica got engaged last Saturday
  • Lou Federici - Villanova win
  • Stax - son Jay got engaged and his dog ate his money
  • Bob Shephard - nice to see Matt Hoey, Andy Stephens, and Pat Pascale. Back from spending 3 months in the Dominican
  • Rick Maynard - WWI presentation at Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. 30 years ago his wifes brain tumor was removed
  • Pat Pascale - joined Rotary in 82 as well, everyone has grey hair now
  • Craig Yerkes - Villanova win
  • Andy Stephens - inducted same day as other Andy Stephens. Twin daughters have been gone on mission for 18 months, 1 is coming home on Friday from the Dominican and the other will be home in 5 weeks from California
  • Paul Herron - Congrats to Jess Tietjan, welcome guests
  • Al Jacobs - congrats to Jess Tietjan. Welcome to Andy
  • Stephanie - congrats to Bob for King of Clubs
  • Mike Rambus - apologize for Michigan loss

Speaker:  First Selectman Matt Hoey (says he will become a Rotarian). He is grateful for Sandy, Lou and Charlie who are on Board of Selectman and Rotarians.


Budgets were presented early in 2018 from the departments. At that time they need to be trimmed every year, this year about $1.5M was shaved from the initial proposals which took about 4-5 meetings. The BOS brought to the BOF a 3.6% increase. The town is on the growth side of debt service for the High School which is a 7.84% increase in the debt service ($600k) over last year and is one reason for budget increase. The Board of Education brought in an 1.8% increase. The Board of Finance then asked the Board of Selectman and Education to cut $250K each. 


A big piece of the adjustment of taxes owed is based on the Grand List which goes through revaluation every 5 years and was revalued in 2017. The Grand List was down 3.72% from 5 years ago. This means assessed values of homes is down based on real estate sales compared to 5 years ago.


Voting for budget is April 10th (sorry my notes are late, the budget passed). There was also a bonding question for an HVAC system in two schools which passed as well.


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