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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Nov 28, 2018
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Wednesday, November 28, 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

Carrie Healy


Call to Meeting 
President Guy Tommasi led the pledge and offered reflection: Remain mindful of those less fortunate in this holiday season and our motto "Service Above Self"


Visiting Rotarians:  none today


Guests:  Susie Burnett - being inducted at this meeting


Anniversaries:   none


Birthdays:   David Vail (Nov 25), Tony Fappiano (Nov 26), Riefe Tietjen (Nov 28)


Outreach:  all is well


President's Announcements   


  • Fire Relief for California - Robert Friend reached out to Larry Gardner and the following information was given
    • District has nothing specific, after the hurricane last year is was decided to keep the district out of these things. Wherever there is a crisis, the local Rotary club directly involved can put together any efforts and we can support them. The local club for the California fires is Paradise http://www.paradiserotary.org/?
  • Elections for the 2019-2020 Rotary year - Still Need a President Elect, Attendance Secretary, & Executive Secretary
    • President - Gary Drake
    • Treasurer - Elmar Kessler
    • Assistant Treasurer - Frank Walsh
    • Secretary - Stephanie Jacobs
    • Foundation - Scott Staschke
    • Steward - Mike Ganci
    • Sergant of Arms - Tom Terrible & Al Jacobs
    • Directors for 2019-2021 - Paul Herron, Larry Appleton, and Heidi Samuleson
    • Directors for 2018-2020 - Anthony Leonard, Suzanne Locke, & Patt Todd
  • Can Past Presidents be President again? Will be discussed at the Board Meeting December 6th


Member Anouncements:

  • Discussion next week will be on affordable housing being developed on the Woodruff property by Sandy Ruoff & George Kral
  • Warm the Children is wrapping up, Larry has the last two families. Please get any vouchers in
  • Collected $222 for Columbus House last week. Laura Hartmann used that to purchase sweathshirts and sweatpants as requested by Columbus House
  • Carling at Apple Rehab will be December 12th at 6pm, meet at KCs before hand
  • Frosty 5K is up $2K in sponsorships this year
    • Committee meeting Monday December 3rd at 8am at Community Center. Email Andy if you would like to be included on the committee
    • Sign ups for day of help will go around next week
  • Senior Luncheon December 12th
    • Sign ups will be next week for packers on December 11th at 8am
    • Set up & clean signs ups will be next week as well
    • $23 which helps to cover meals and the stockings. Make checks out to Guilford Rotary
  • Youth Advisory group selling luminaries to line the green during the tree lighting

Induction for Susie Burnett


King of Clubs:   $289 in the pot, 34 cards no winner!


Happy Dollars:  

  • Bill Fatula - Thank you Bob Hartmann for the Looney Toons Tie
  • Bob Hartman - Welcome Susie. Got the Loony Toons Tie at a party in Paris many years ago when he traded with someone else
  • Susie Burnett - Glad to be joining
  • Riefe - Birthday Foundation Check. Rose Sale money keeps coming, have $700 more then expected
  • Ralph - Welcome Susie. Wonderful Thanksgiving in North Carolina and met newest Grandson
  • Joel - Welcome Susie. Al with no mustache looks like Riefe
  • Gary - Welcome Susie
  • Guy - Welcome Susie
  • Stephanie - Welcome Susie. Happy Birthday to Riefe. Thank you for the unanimous reelection
  • Al - Shaved his mustache
  • Wayne - Great weekend with the kids
  • Bill Stableford - New President Elect Susie
  • Lou - Loony Doons plunge for Special Olympics on December 1 at Jacobs
  • David Vail - Check for the foundation
  • Tony - Welcome Susie
  • Rick - daughter up for Thanksgiving with his 13 month Granddaughter who started walking during their visit
  • Pat - Welcome Susie
  • Evelyn - Donald is around like a ghost, she keeps getting butt dialed
  • Gene - wonderful Holiday

Speaker:  Helen Paris from East Shore Region Adult & Continuing Education Program (ERACE)


ERACE is the continuing education program for Guilford, Branford, North Branford and Clinton. Through ERACE individuals can get their High School Diploma through the Diploma Program, Credit Diploma Program or GED preparation. They also partner with Gateway to get a free course is the ERACE teacher recommends the student. 


ERACE is also offering a Pharmacy Techinician Certification Program.


ESL classes offered


In addition there are over 200 classes on Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellness, Computers, Cooking and more. There is something for everyone. The biggest problem they face is adults knowing these programs exist, help to get the word out if you know anyone who wants to earn their diploma, or other adult classes. ERACE is looking to build collaborations with other groups to help reach those in need. 


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