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The Guilford Rotarian - Current May 22, 2019
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Wednesday, May 22,  2019



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 called the meeting to order and led us in the pledge


Visiting Rotarians: Bob Hartmann, Sr. Honorary Member of the Club.


Guests: Paul Cicarella, Advanced Private Investigations (Guest Speaker), Ian Smith, Joan Hickey and Mariam Murphy


Anniversaries:  None this week


Birthdays: Steve Dudley and Pat Todd


Installation of New Member: Pat Todd conducted the installment ceremony of Ian Smith.  Ian was sponsored by Stax.


Donation to the Women’s and Family Life Center:  Dawn and Megan, Women’s and Family Life Center, and members of the club, accepted a donation of $1,250.00 from the club to be used to assist in the organization’s projects.  


Fellowship:  Gary Drake mentioned that Mike Ganci is on the mend from heart by-pass surgery. Mike did not have a heart attack but the problem was discovered during a physician office visit.


Foundation Minute: Scott Staschke mentioned that the club has used up our points we earned by our activities involved with Polio-Plus. We use these points to pay for Paul Harris awards.  We need 1,000 points for each Paul Harris award.  We can’t announce our nominees for Paul Harris awards this year until we have enough points.  Some of our long standing members have points that can be donated back to the club.  Gary Drake announced that all those who wish to donate points to email him and he will send already filled in donation forms that merely need to be signed by the donner.   


President’s Announcements:

  • The Guilford Neighbors Magazine has a photo of the Hartmann family on the front page and a nice story about this family that has a history of 4 generations living in Guilford.   
  • The District Conference Assembly met this past weekend. Our club did not win the top award for humanity service. Trumbull won the award but Robert Friend described a long list of activities our club has been involved in and it was impressive. The other award was the Abe Gordon Award for international service and peace.  We are proud to say Bill Stapleford won this award!   


Member Announcements                                                                                                                

  • Al mentioned that the 11th Cry Baby Scramble golf tournament was a roaring success this past weekend.  Tom, Nancy and I were pleased with the event and the great weather.  Tommy won all the prizes!
  • Ralph asked for volunteers to help out at the wine tent for the SterFest.    
  • Gary Drake asked for help in donations for the silent auction.
  • Bob Hartmann, Jr.  - After the parade on Memorial Day, come to the Thomas Griswold House Keeping Society for refreshments.
  • Stax reviewed the progress for the LobsterFest.  Priority now is to sell tickets.  This is our biggest fund raiser and we need the help.
  • Nancy reminded us of the Installation Dinner.  $43 per ticket, June 26th.  Please bring your checks next week.
  • George Kral:  Next week’s speaker will talk about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • Dawn remined us of the Women and Family Life Center’s Tracy’s Run Saturday, May 25th, Knights of Columbus Hall. 7:30 am registration. This race is dedicated to Tracy, a PhD student who coped with her mental health struggles through running. Proceeds will benefit the people served at both the Women & Family Life Center and Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.

King of Clubs: 43 cards left in the deck.  Pot is $210.  Sorry, no winner today.  


Happy $


  • Paul: Congrats to Bill and Al
  • Riefe: Wecome home Bob Sr, Miriam and Ian    
  • Joel: 1st of 9 grandchildren graduated from college.
  • Steve: Thx for birthday song and here is a check for the Foundation.
  • Gary Drake: Thx to Al, Stef and Riefe and all who helped him get into his house.
  • Ralph: Happy to have his grandson visit and for his son who just received tenure and promotion to associate professor at N. C. State Univ.
  • Sandie: Looking forward to a trip to Puerto Rico next week.
  • Al: Sorry he will not be with us next week as he will be on Moose patrol in ME. 
  • Dawn: Happy to run into a few Rotary members at Amarone’s this week.
  • Megan: Happy birthday to Pat
  • Pat: Thanks for the birthday song and to Tristan for helping in the updating the membership list.
  • Bob Hartmann, Sr: Nice to see some old friends – really old friends!
  • Evelyn: Had a great time in S. Korea.
  • John T: Thanks to Bill and happy his wife is back for foot surgery.
  • Tom: Welcome to Ian and congrats to Bill, Al and Pat.
  • Lou: Glad to have Paul here; congrats to Bill.
  • Rick: Thanks for the contribution to the disc golf course. Tournament was a success.
  • Patrick: Now knows the cost of a LobsterFest ticket. 

Guest Speaker:  Paul Cicarella, Private Eye.

Paul spoke to us about the role of private investigators within our legal system. Paul is the founder of Advanced Investigations and they work very closely with attorneys to provide them with the evidence that they need to win their case in court. Whether it be a personal injury case, a domestic matter, a need for supervised visitation or any other evidence needed for litigation, they are there to support you.



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