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The Guilford Rotarian - Archive Aug 13, 2014
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This Issue's Editor
Frank Walsh


Call to Meeting & Thought for the Day

John Stax opened the meeting with two quotes - "A committee is a group of the unwilling, chosen from the unfit, to do the unnecessary." and "Strive to be the person your mom says you are.".

Visiting Rotarians



Bill Bailey, guest of Jonathan Christoff

Our speakers - Keely Knudsen, Kate Fletcher and Greg Nobile






Tim Geelan, Jack Phalan and Gary Drake



John Stax - attended the District meeting at SBC last Thursday. It looks like Raise the Roof will get support from the Clinton, Branford, Madison and Guilford Rotarys. Barry Farbrother is working on securing a grant from District for Raise the Roof. Branford Rotary announced that it will hold its first annual Antique and Classic Car Show at Van Wilgens on 9/14 from noon to 4pm. $150 is required to be a sponsor.

Evelyn Atreya said that Leslie Ann Powers is at Guilford House following a fall. She broke a wrist and ankle. Her email is lyp241@gmail.com.

Mike Sinclair read an eloquent note written by a Rotary scholarship recipient. Cleo wrote that she had the best experience of her life attending a writers' workshop at Syracuse University.


King of Clubs

$1162 in the pot and 10 cards left. No winner


Happy Dollars

  • Dave Hadley - 47th wedding anniversary
  • Evelyn Atreya - taking a graduate course in writing and poetry
  • Suzanne Locke - wonderful time with family in Canada and tried the zip line - she would do it again
  • Barry Farbrother - read off some cricket scores between England and India
  • Don Baechler - Apologies to the speaker
  • Craig Yerkes - $11 for 11 well behaved grand children who he camped with in the Poconos and on the Cape in an RV.
  • John Stax - 4 days on Block Is. by powerboat
  • Sandy Ruoff - is going to Block Is.
  • Tim Geeland - for the B-day song
  • Mike Sinclair - apologies to the speaker
  • Riefe - apologies as well
  • Andy - welcomed the speakers from The Legacy Theater
  • Gary Drake - b day song, last week on vacation and check to the Foundation


Keely Knudsen (Artistic Director), Kate Fletcher (Development and Administration Director) and Greg Nobile (Managing Director) spoke of their endeavor - The Legacy Theater. Its home is the soon-to be completed former Puppet House Theater in Stony Creek. Keely, currently with Quinnipiac University, has extensive experience in the Arts. Kate has broad managerial and organizational talent. Greg, a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, was the youngest to receive an Emmy Award.

In March 2013, they purchased the 130 seat Puppet House, built in 1903 to show silent movies.

It will be a repertory theater, attracting talent from Broadway.  Since 30% of revenue will be derived from ticket sales, emphasis will be on grants and fundraising. Additionally, the Branford Community Foundation is funding a Theater Camp for Branford residents. This will expand to other towns.

On 9/18/14, a cabaret and dinner event will be held at Bill Miller's to fund raise and celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare. Go to "Legacy Theater Branford" to purchase a $45 ticket.

The Theater also has a collection of 4-5 foot Sicilian puppets that are being restored and will be used in performances.

This will bring a wonderful new experience to the shoreline and beyond.




Upcoming meetings     

Check the club website and click on "Meeting Information" and then "Upcoming Programs" to see planned speakers.