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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Aug 1, 2018
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Wednesday, August 1,  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 Tomassi led the pledge


Visiting Rotarians:  none today


Guests:  Kyle Clark, Tristan Vroom, Rose Pirro


Anniversaries:   none


Birthdays:   Stephanie Jacobs - August 2nd


Outreach:  John Leffingwell is home from the hospital but not doing well


President's Announcements   


  • Reminder still looking for an additional 1-2 Newsletter Editors. Contact Carrie Healy if interested
  • Board Meeting August 2nd 5:30pm at Community Center
  • August 9th - check presentation to A.W. Cox Shed project at 12:30 for those interested in attending
  • Looking for replacement for Maryann Bracker as Public Relations - connection to print media
  • Social media/community awareness meeting TBD - looking into new thoughts, ideas etc 


Member Anouncements:

  • None

King of Clubs:   $609 in the pot, 20 cards, and no winner


Happy Dollars:  

  • Jon Bishop - Back from 2 weeks in France and Spain. 
  • Barry - Martha Hoffman went to Uganda with a film crew about the well project, Guilford will be mentioned in the film
  • Kyle Clark - had fun at Lobsterfest and his clothes still smell
  • Wayne - got to golf which hasn't done in a few years
  • Bill - Everyone still coming off a Lobsterfest lull - realize without the Bishops each year Lobsterfest wouldn't be possible
  • Heidi - welcome to Rose (new GSB employee). Just had a 2 week staycation
  • Bruce - apologies to speaker
  • Mike Rambus - glad to see Rob and the great work done at the library. Would love to sponsor Kyle and have him in the club

Speaker:  Rob McCool - Director of Guilford Free Library


Rob was here 4 years ago discussing things they were working to implement at that time: 3d printer, RB Digital (digital magazines), digital archive of photographs. All of these items were completed and available to those with a library card. He has been with the library for 12.5 yrs. 


In the big expansion of the library several years ago, Guilford Rotary donated $25K gift for a meeting room. That room has about 21 programs that occur in that space recently including coding clud, tots & tunes, lego, capstone presentation, tutoring, scholars presentations, TedEd amongst many other.


The library has many resources available to those with a card, many which can be found on their website. First, one valuable resource is book a librarian for a 30 minute session. During this time you have undivided attention from a library resource specialist on a topic of your choosing. It is best to have a question/topic to provide ahead of time so they can prepare some information before hand. 


Some digital access items that are available include (https://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org/?): 

  • RB Digital - magazine and ebooks
  • Hoopla - video streaming, ebooks and audio books
  • Overdrive - audio & ebooks treated like actual books that need to be checked out, this will have newer releases
  • Kanapy - films, mainly documentary/educational
  • Consumer Reports
  • Learning Express (mock tests for certifactions etc)
  • Reference USA
  • Pronounciator Aide - language
  • Ancestry.com (only available in the library)

Currently ebooks are about 10% of circulation, approximately 2,500/month. Challenge for funding going forward since still need to buy books to have at the library but need digital as well. A lot of the library funds come from the Friends of the Guilford Library fundraisers and donations.


Other items available for circulation/services offered include:

  • Wireless hotspot
  • Google Chromebook
  • Museum passes - more museums added recently geared toward adult including those in NY
  • Electricity monitors
  • Digitize a VHS to DVDs
  • Burn vinyls to MP3s
  • Digital sewing machine
  • Virtual reality goggles - call ahead  


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