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The Guilford Rotarian - Current Oct 30, 2019
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019



The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    



Gary Drake


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

        Larry Appleton  (19-21)


Elmar Kessler

        Paul Heeren (19-21)

Assistant Treasurer

Frank Walsh

        Heidi Saamuelson (19-21)

IP President

Guy Tommasi, Jr.

  Co-Sergeants at Arms

Foundation Chair

Scott Staschke

         Allen B. Jacobs

Grants Steward

Michael Ganci

        Thomas Terribile


This Issue’s Editor: Jack Phelan


Call to Meeting: Gary Drake called the meeting to order. John Stax led us in the pledge


Visiting Rotarians: None this week


Guests: Martha Hoffman, Call to Care Uganda (guest speaker)


Anniversaries: George Kral (2008), John Stax (2002), Harrison West (2013) and David Summerlin (2001)


Birthdays: Kevin McDonough and John Trowbridge 


Fellowship:  No report this week.


Foundation Minute: Bill Stableford continued his review of priorities of funding for the Foundation. This week Bill covered the Foundation’s focus on clean water projects.  Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.


Rotary makes this happen through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs.  Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.


President’s Announcements:

  • Gary asked Board members who are present to stay after the meeting for a short discussion.



Member Announcements


  • Mike Sinclair provided a briefing on the progress we are making in the Frosty5K event.  The website is up and the first E-blast has been sent out and we are already having folk sign. Five have donated to the Warm the Children program and the Memorial Education Fund.  Shannon Gale is working on using social media to advertise the Frosty5K event.

Lou mentioned that if you sign up early you will be able to get a shirt. If you have sponsors make sure you get the checks in by the first week in November as we face a hard deadline for production of the shirts.


Laura Harmon thanked members for contacting people about sponsorships.  She will help members who would like to solicit sponsors so please contact Laura and she will give you the sponsor application forms needed for this purpose. 


Tom Terribile has created a spreadsheet with names of those who have been contacted; the Rotarian who is responsible and the name of the contact person from the sponsoring  organization and the amount of money that has been promised.  Please get your checks to Tom so he can keep track of where we are with respect to sponsors.  


  • Al mentioned he has tickets for Pasta Night for $12.  If you can’t go, you can purchase a ticket and it will be given to a senior town person who will enjoy the dinner.      


King of Clubs: 19 cards left in the deck.  Pot is $576.  Sorry, no winner today.  


Happy $


  • Stax: is shocked but happy Christine said “Yes”.
  • Ralph: Welcome again to Martha and added he had a great week visiting is daughter and going to a wedding in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Helen: Thanks to Jonathan and Nancy for giving a baby shower for Sean and Meghan Scanlon this past weekend. The Scanlon’s have a new baby boy named Jack!
  • Mike Sinclair: Welcome Martha; and happy his son was able to go to Mexico City for 2 months to attend a writers retreat.
  • Al: Congratulations Stax; Welcome Martha and thank you for all your accomplishments.
  • Riefe: Congratulations to Stax and Martha.  Will be going out to Colo to attend daughter, Jessica’s baby shower. Jessica’s due date is December 28th.  
  • Paul: Congrat’s to Stax; and he was glad to celebrate his Dad’s 90th birthday this past week.
  • Gary: Congrat’s to Stax and Martha + he’s heading to FL for a week
  • Bob Shepard: Happy to celebrate their 39th anniversary.
  • Patrick: Happy that John Murphy reminded him that his birthday is in January.
  • Tony Leonard: Had successful surgery this past week to remove basal cells.
  • Nancy: Congratulations to Stax and Christine and congratulations to Jessica as well.
  • Tom Terribile: Thanks to all the members who served and cooked at the Community Dining room yesterday.


Guest Speaker: Martha Hoffman, Call to Care for Uganda (CCU)

Martha is the founder of CCU in 2007, in Madison, CT.  Martha just returned from Uganda after seeing the construction of 9 water wells funded by local Rotary clubs including our club. CCU has had 62 wells constructed in Uganda since 2007 with substantial financial support from local Rotary clubs.  These wells now supply safe water to over 42,500 people in small villages and 2 schools. It costs approximately $7,000 to plan and build each well but they last for over 50 years. The wells have reduce incidents of disease from contaminated water; provided economic freedom to women and children so they can attend school and produce more economic goods and services for their villages.  There are thousands of small villages that still do not have access to clean water. We can help Martha out by attending the following event that will take place in Madison soon:

                                                             "Queen of Katwe"

                                                   November 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Madison Art Cinemas, 761 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443, USA

About the Event

Help bring health, safety and education to the people of Uganda through clean, accessible water. Join us for music, arts, a BIG announcement from CTCU, and a private screening of "Queen of Katwe" while your $15 ticket donation helps save lives.

View movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4l3-_yub5A

Movie Night Ticket Donation $15.



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