Wednesday, March 11, 2020



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 and Bob Friend led us in the pledge.  


Visiting Rotarians: None


Guests: Jennifer Kovacs and Nancy Ruther, guest speaker


Anniversaries: Michelle Call (4 years) and Heidi Samuelson (2 years)


Birthdays: None this week


Fellowship: No report this week


Foundation Minute: Bill Stableford spoke briefly about what is going on with respect to our Feed Our Neighbors project.  The food packing date has been re-scheduled from March 21st to Sept 19th or thereabouts.  It’s “thereabout” because Sept 19th is the day of the Guilford Fair and parade weekend. Bill will get back to us on the new date for this event.  Bill also mentioned that the District leadership has postponed the District Assembly and Conference to Sept 26th.  


President’s Announcements:

  • Gary said the bowling event this past weekend.  We had 10 people show up (2 teams) including 5 Rotarians (Mike Sinclair, Elmar, Ralph, Laura and Stacy. A good time was had by all.
  • Gary attended a PETS event last week. The had great speakers and the theme is Rotary opens opportunities and the new pin now has 3 doors that are opened up with tri-color.  They are looking at opening up Rotary to the world by expanding membership and keeping people engaged.  Leadership is urging us to wear a Rotary pin on our clothing if possible and mentioning Rotary when we are engaged events that are supported by Rotary.
  • Membership night on Thursday at The Mooring 5 to 7 pm.  Bring a friend who might be interested in joining the Rotary. Thanks Pat for organizing this event.
  • We have 4 tickets for the following event:  Clifford Beers Annual Builders of Hope Breakfast in New Haven. The guest speaker is Nic Sheff. Subject of the movie "Beautiful Boy". Recovering addict and recognized as a "life-changing speaker". Please contact Gary if you would like to attend.   Date and Time Thursday Apr 2, 2020 (Please Note: this event has been postponed and will be reschedule at a future date)  Location: Cascade 480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden, CT Fees/Admission - $60 per ticket Website: Contact Information : Jennifer Cretella 203-777-8648.  




King of Clubs: 28 cards left in the deck.  Pot is $353.  Sorry, no winner today.  


Happy $

  • Gary: Happy birthday to Stacey – he took her bowling.
  • Bob Hartmann, Jr:  He told his wife that when the time came he wanted to be cremated. She booked him for next week!
  • Al: Looking at Bob: “It will probably take 4 days to put the fire out.” Also: Welcome to Jennifer Kovacs and thanks to Pat for a great concert at the James Madison House restaurant.
  • Steve: Had a nice four weeks in FL.
  • Bill Stableford: Happy to see photos Mike Ganci and wife in the local newspapers in Madison.
  • Pat: Thanks to Al for attending the Tuxedo Junction Band concert at the James Madison House.
  • Mike Ganci: Thanks to Bill.  His wife just opened her financial advice company in Madison Commons.
  • Tom Petrick: Announced that CNN will have a podcast this week devoted to the Covid-19 virus. His brother, a physician, said the government has to decide to have us quarantined in order to stop the spread of this disease.  80 years and above or those with compromised health have to be very concerned about contracting this disease.
  • Tony #1: He had a long visit to the men’s room at an event he went to last week.  He did not want to touch the door knob and had to wait 5 minutes before someone entered and he could skoot out the door.


Guest Speaker: Nancy Ruther, Gazelle International: Collaborative Learning for International Capabilities and Knowledge.


Nancy L. Ruther, Ed.D., founded Gazelle International in 2016 to help innovative university leaders make their internationalization strategies work. They connect faculty and students across countries.  They harness technology to bend the cost curve of expanding access to world-class global learning. With laser-focus on high standards, Gazelle works with leadership to translate strategy into measurable results and sustain them with solid business models.


While at Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Nancy organized a conference on “Higher Education and African Development” with Yale faculty, senior faculty and university leaders from various African countries along with key funding agencies like the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and the World Bank. Nancy also made sure to invite a few Latin American specialists, given her own background there and the importance of a relevant counterpoint to the African scene. At one point, late in the first day, the African colleagues picked up a refrain that ran something like, “Change in Africa is hard.  You don’t know what dinosaurs our universities are.” Tiring of it, one of the Latins stood up and said, “Africa isn’t the only continent where higher education dinosaurs still roam.  The key is to find the gazelle, the innovative unit or leader ready to break out and move the university forward!”  That is Gazelle International’s goal! To help the innovators, the ones ready to break out and lead, help you make your international strategies soar. 


Nancy spoke to us about projects she is working on to involve students at Ct community colleges to help students have a greater cross-cultural maturity and awareness of the wider world; increased confidence in finding future success in the global workforce; and increased ability to deploy 21st Century skills, technology and teamwork. 


Ruth reviewed a number of projects students at our community colleges are working with academic organizations in Europe. For example, students Middlesex and Asnuntuck Community College worked with students at the University of Normandie, Caen, France in identifying and testing the feasibility of market entry into the US for three different types of businesses. 

Ruth stated that Ct community colleges have completed 15 projects with foreign colleges and universities over the past few years.  ?


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