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The Guilford Rotarian - Archive Nov 9, 2016
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Wednesday, November 9,  2016



The Rotary Club of Guilford, CT  


                          The Guilford Rotarian                    



Louis Federici


Directors at Large


Robert Hartmann, Jr.

   Dustin Galvin (15-17)


Helen Rizzo

   Michael Ganci (16-18)

Exec. Secretary

Gary Drake

   Suzanne Locke (16-18)


Elmar Kessler

   Don McGregor (16-17)

IP President

William Stableford

   Sandra Ruoff (16-18)

Foundation Chair

Scott Staschke

   John H. Trowbridge (15-17)

Grants Steward

Michael Ganci

 Co-Sergeants at Arms
       John Trowbridge
       Jonathan Christoff



This Issue's Editor
Carrie Healy


Call to Meeting 
President Lou Federici led the pledge


Words for the day: Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently (Henry Ford)


Visiting Rotarians: Mike Rambus (Farmington Hills, Michigan), Carl Thornton (Rio Rancho, New Mexico), Robert Friend (Assistant Governor), Ben Haag (Madison Rotary President)   

Carl Thornton Rio Rancho Rotary


Anniversaries:   Bill Stableford - 1983


Birthdays:    Janie Patrick


Foundation: Feed the Children this past weekend, packed 20K meals in 2 hours. About 70 people there total to volunteer from several clubs.  Foundation brunch on Sunday at Woodwinds and a very nice time had by all.  


Special Message from Ben Haag, Madison Rotary President:

- On Wednesday, December 21 fellowship luncheon meeting with Madison, New Haven, Clinton and Guilford clubs.  Meeting will be at 12 pm at the Mercy Center in Madison.  Approximate cost will be $20

- Madison Rotary Half Marathon is this Sunday, November 13th.  Due to construction at Hammonasett the route this year will be partly in Guilford.  Madison Rotary is looking for 14 volunteers to man the zone in Guilford.  Bill Stableford has stepped up to be the Zone Manager.  Meet at Guilford Post Office at 8am, should be done around 10:30.



President's Announcements  

  • Election: Will be held November 30th (or Dec 7th if attendance is low).  Positions to be filled include President Elect (Guy Tomassi is running), Secretary, 3 board members who are coming off (2 yr terms), Co-sargent in arms.  If you would like to run please let Janie or Ed know.  In addition board has decided to add an Assistant Treasurer position.
  • Thank you notes from Haitian Health Foundation, Guilford Youth Mentoring, Shoreline Arts Alliance
  • Warm the Children - have an additional 2 families to cloth, please consider donations
  • Food Baskets will be November 18th.  Meet at 1pm at Bishops.  Then will take pick up trucks to schools to pick up food and bring to the VFW


Member Anouncements:

  • Interact put on their Pasta Night on November 8th.  They made over $4K and after expenses will be able to donate approximatley $2K to the Guilford Food Bank
  • Rose Sale - please get any outstanding money to Riefe ASAP
  • Community Dining Room - November 29th is a 5th Tuesday.  Need 6 cooks, 6 servers, and 2 for clean up.  Let Janie know


King of Clubs: 49 Cards in the deck, Sam, Bill, and Bruce - No winner

Kind of Clubs


Happy Dollars:    

  • Robert Friend - Great club, glad to be at the meeting.  Thanks to those who volunteered at Feed the Children
  • Ben Haag - Thank you for the hospitality.  Thanks to Bill for stepping up as Zone Manager for the half marathon
  • Joel Galvin - apologies to the speaker...I'm staying
  • Bruce - apologies to the speaker
  • Jon - apologies to the speaker
  • Rick - Disc Golf Tournament held this past weekend.  1st time one has been held on a golf course in CT. Department had set a goal of 50 people, 78 people played including several pros
  • Janie - Thank you for the birthday song and foundation check
  • Tom Petrick - the voting system is fascinating
  • Tony - woke up at 1 o'clock and didn't go back to sleep.  Whole process for voting is fascinating


Speaker:  Foundation Presentation by Robert Friend and Bill Stableford. Started off the presentation with this song and music video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2ACmJPhz3Q?


This year is the 100th anniversary of Rotary. President of Rotary International will be at celebration at the Omni New Haven in May.  Rotary International convention in Atlanta.


Last year $327,390 was raised by the foundation.  This year the goal is $400k.  Core intiatives are; Build Peace, Fight Disease, Provide Clean Water, Promote Education, Support Mothers & Children, and Grow Local Economes. 


For the 2015-2016 year the Guilford Club contributed 9,845, with a per capita of $129.54,  54 members donated (76%), 49 sustaining members ($100 or more, 69% of members). Two Paul Harris Society members give $1,000 or more.  


Rotary Foundation is one of only 3 organizations in the entire world that received 100 score from Charity Navigator


Recently held the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) for Interact Sophomores & Juniors.  They were given assignment to come up with a project to do something good.  12 teams with $800 total to give away.  Here are the top ideas.

- Honorable Mention - The Truth - assimilating Syrians into community so they aren't afraid

- 3rd Place ($100) - Breath of Fresh Air - children and community members bring another prespeccive.

- 2nd Place ($200) - Mental Illness Search Engine - This is an app that would be available at every guidance center.  Every student would take test and be provided with information on necessary support

- 1st Place - Heroin Awareness with Teens (HAT) - focus education and programs for help and support for teens. 


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