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The Guilford Rotarian - Archive Jul 8, 2015
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Wednesday, July 8,  2015



The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    


William Stableford


Directors at Large


Louis Federici

   Dustin Galvin (15-17)


Helen Rizzo

   Robert J. Hartmann, Jr. (15-17)

Exec. Secretary

Gary Drake

   John H. Trowbridge (15-17)


Elmar Kessler

   Ralph Schoemann (14-16)

IP President

John Sengstacken

   Robert White (14-16)

Foundation Chair

Scott Staschke

   J. Riefe Tietjen (14-16)

Grants Steward

Michael Ganci




This Issue's Editor
Jack Phelan


Call to Meeting
President Stableford opened his first meeting with the pledge


Visiting Rotarians: None   


Guests: Dr. Marie Louise Cohen from Germany – introduced by Ralph Schoemann; Leon Seligson, former President of Guilford Rotary.


Anniversaries: Cindy Cartier (2013); Charlie Havrda (2002)


Birthdays: Joel Galvin; Dave (Hot Pants) Hadley and George Kral


President’s Minutes:

  • Fellowship Committee: John Murphy volunteered to chair this committee with new members joining in: Evelyn Atreya; Janie Patrick and Pat Todd.  (Continuing members: Maryann Bracken; Terri Bryant and Helen Rizzo).
  • Paul Harris Fellow: Bill announced that Ralph Schoemann was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for all his contributions to our town and club over the years.
  • Janie Patrick: Thanked the usual suspects (Nancy Bishop; Steve Dudley; Barry Farbrother; Suzanne Locke; Ralph Schoemann; Tom Terribile; and Riefe Tietjen) for all their help with serving and cooking for the Community Dining in Branford last week.

King of Clubs: 40 cards in the deck. $263 in the pot.  Sorry, no winner.


Happy $’s

  • Stax: Appreciation for all the support he had from members last year.
  • Ralph Schoemann: Thanks for the Paul Harris award.
  • George Kral: Back from a vacation in Britain
  • Riefe Tietjen: Hadley’s “colorful” shorts and hello to Leon.
  • Leon Seligson: Nice to see old friends and very old ones too.
  • Gary Higgins: Support for silent auction. More to auction off soon.
  • Joel Galvin: Thx for the Happy Birthday
  • Sam Appleton: Thanks for the recognition as Rotarian of the Month.
  • Barry Farbrother: Submitted final report on Raise the Roof project.
  • Dave Hadley: Thx for the birthday recognition + $100 to the Foundation
  • Bill Pinchbeck: Nice visit with family up north.
  • Pat Todd: Nice to be back from concert tour. More on that next week.
  • Gary Drake: Thx to Stax  and Bill Stableford.
  • Bill Stableford: Thx for all the support.   

President Bill Stableford


President Bill's Vision for the Guilford Rotary Club for 2015-2016 Year

Bill discussed what he sees as our club’s strengths and why we have a great club such as our large membership (70+) who work hard so that we can have the economic resources to give back to society.  Many clubs are constrained by low membership leading to low revenue and insufficient funds to carry out community projects.  We have dedicated members who provide financial support such as the Staschke family helping out with LobsterFest and all the members who purchase tables at the Fest and, of course, all the aid and help the Bishop family has contributed over the years.  We also have the great kids from GHS’s Interact club (with the help of Al Jacobs and others) who supplement our members in running the Fest. 

We are also fortunate to have new members who have stepped up to leadership on a number of projects:  Michelle Call taking over on guest speaker duties; Sam Appleton with organizing Fest tables; Suzanne Locke (Fest; Guilford Fair Day parade and Community Dining Room); Don McGregor (Fest) and Elmer Kessler (club photographer and treasurer) and Cindy Cartier (Guilford Spring Cleanup chair).

We have two young members recently added to the Board of Directors (Dustin Galvin and Scott Staschke) and Mike Ganci will be on the Board this year as Club Steward whose duties are to monitor the disbursement of grant funds. 

Bill described the goals he has for the next year including: Perpetuate and sustain all current fund raisers; continue our current service projects including the new one – Guilford Fair Day parade; continue to provide financial support for charitable works.  One project Bill would like to see increased support is the Uganda Call to Care well water project and to help build one more home for Habitat for Humanity. Bill believes we can leverage fund our contribution with District and Foundation support.  

Bill would like to increase our contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  We currently have 54 sustaining members and he would like us to have 100% contribution to TRF at whatever level we can; increase club membership by + 3 to 5 if possible; increase support for Michelle Call in terms of program speakers and increase our publicity for projects we support in the community.


See President Bill's notes

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