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The Guilford Rotarian - Archive Nov 23, 2016
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Wednesday, November 23 ,  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
Jack Phelan


Call to Meeting
Acting President Bob Hartmann open the meeting.  Guy Tommasi led the club with the pledge.  Bob gave the words of the day from John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”


Visiting Rotarians: None


Guests: Students from Guilford High School InterAct Club including Andre Kish and Hannah Plaziak   


Anniversaries:  None


Birthdays: Tony Fappiano, Riefe Tietjen, Dave Vail and Bob White.    


President’s Announcements:

  • Please remember that Dec 21st we have a joint meeting with the Madison, Clinton and New Haven clubs at Mercy Center in Madison; 12 noon. $20 per person.

Member Announcements:

  • Larry Appleton. Thanked all who showed up last Friday to distribute food.  Secondly, Warm the Children.  We have a couple of more families to help.  If you haven’t been able to reach a family give him the paperwork and he will get in touch with them somehow. 
  • Tony Fappiano: Reminded us that we have election for officers next week.  Please see the sample ballot below: 

Guilford Rotary Club Ballot – Election of Officers – December 2016

Circle your selections







(Vote for 1)



     Robert J. Hartmann, Jr.






(Vote for 1)



        Guy Tommasi, Jr.






(Vote for 1)








Executive Secretary

(Vote for 1)



            C. Gary Drake





Assistant Secretary

(Vote for 1)



            Evelyn E. Atreya






(Vote for 1)



             Elmar Kessler





Assistant Treasurer

(Vote for 1)



             Frank Walsh





Club Rotary Foundation Chair

(Vote for 1)



        Scott Staschke





Co-Sergeants at Arms

(Vote for two)



            John Trowbridge



             John Murphy






Board of



(Vote for up to 3 candidates)



          John Sengstacken



     Thomas A. Terribile



                Patricia Todd




           John Trowbridge 



             Harrison West
























Officers will take over on July 1, 2016.  Helen will still take make ups until then.  Helen explained some of the duties of the Secretary and urged someone to volunteer to run for this office. Janie will take absentee ballots.  Please email her before Monday to get your vote in.  Email Janie at:  mnjpatrick@comcast.net


Senior Lunch: Bob reminded us that the December 14th meeting will be Senior Lunch at the at the Community Center.  All hands on deck that day.  Dues is $23 to help defray the expenses of the lunch.


New Members: Bob urged us to look for new members during the holidays as we need to bring in new blood to continue to grow the club.


Bill Stableford, Gene Bishop, Bob Hartmann, Jr. and Evelyn Atreya


Haitian Hurricane Relief Contribution:  Bill Stableford announced the Guilford Rotary Club contributed $2,000 and many club members contributed another $2,228.50 to the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF), headquartered in Norwich, Connecticut.  The Haitian Health Foundation has operated a health clinic in Jeremie, Haiti, one of the towns hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew, for over thirty years. The Guilford Rotary Club has been a long-time supporter of HHF.


On January 18, 2017, Marilyn Lowney, Executive Director, Haitian Health Foundation, will be our guest speaker and describe what has happened in Haiti since the hurricane.


Al Jacobs mentioned that Guilford HS InterAct Club also donated $1,250 to the Haitian Health Foundation to build a Happy House and dedicated this to the Guilford Club. 


Go to http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org/about-us/  for more information about this fine organization.


Flamingos Around Guilford.  Guilford HS class of 2017 has been putting a flock of flamingoes in a Guilford yard to raise money for graduation. The flamingos have flown south for the winter but will be back next spring.  You can still make a donation to Project Graduation 2017 without the flocking at http://www.ghsprojectgraduation2017.com/store/p43/Flocking_Flamingos.html 


FrostyK Update: Andy Stevens updated us on progress toward the Jan 1st FrostyK run saying sponsorships are all in and soon we will organize the day-of-the event duties and helpers.  Andy announced that John Saville has volunteered his time as MC at the event.


Community Kitchen: Janie announced we have the usual characters ready to cook and serve this Tuesday.


King of Clubs:  40 cards left in the deck; pot was $189.  Gene Bishop played and almost won the pot but not this week.  Pat Todd won - and we know the money will go to a good cause.


Pat Todd is going to hang out at KC’s Pub this coming Thursday to help raise funds to fight kidney cancer.  Please stop by for lunch or dinner – or to have a pint or two and give to the cause.



Thank You Leslie!


Leslie Consolo, server at our weekly meetings,

has worked at theMaritime Grill for about a year.  

She lives in Stony Creek with her husband

Stephen, children Sara and Stephen, and

Melody, their 2-year old black lab rescue dog.  


Leslie enjoys fishing, daily walks with Melody,

and in the summer working on the Sea Mist 

tour boat in Stony Creek.   Stephen is

a commercial lobsterman…and if you

ask, he might even sell you some.  

   Leslie Consolo




Happy $

  • Bob Hartmann:  $10 because his daughter got engaged to be married this past week.
  • Joel Galvin: Thankful knowing all the members of the Club.
  • Andy Stephens: Apologies to the guest.
  • Don McGregor: Thanks to the many friends that saw him perform in See How They Ran.
  • Gene Bishop: Thanks for being here.
  • Kevin McDonough: Happy to see Don’s Emmy performance.
  • Bill Stableford: Thanks to Bishop’s for his pumpkin pie.
  • Tony Fappiano: Birthday check to the Foundation
  • Pat Todd: Happy $ but sad that she needs a new car radiator
  • Tom Petrick: Got his truck working again.
  • Larry Appleton: Thanks for all the tough guys who helped deliver goods.
  • Donald Baechler: His anniversary and birthday – check to the Foundation.
  • Bob White: “For God’s sake – three times Yes!  And check for the Foundation.
  • John Murphy:  Thanks for the opera tickets
  • Joel Galvin: Wonders why we did not hear much about President Kennedy’s assignation. 



Rotarian of the Month:

Riefe Tietjen for all his work on the Rose Sale. 


Guest Speakers:

  • Alexis reminded us that they have holding a series of classes on Crash Course Life Skills including personal finance put on by the Guilford Savings Bank and the next one on December 6th from 7 to 8:30 at the Guilford Library on employment and will be taught by Bob Hartmann.
  • Marian Kish informed us about a project called Luminary Project that involves dedicating   and putting candles in bags to light up the night starting on the night we light up the Christmas Tree on the Green.  Donations for the bags are $2 and 2 bags for $3.  The funds raised will be donated to organizations that benefit the youth of Guilford. 
  • World Affairs Seminar: Hannah Plaziak and Andre Kish reviewed their experiences and what they learned from attending the conference in Wisconsin last summer.


2016 Program Highlights

Global Water Resources is a complex and challenging theme. Issues range from preservation of water resources, sanitation, industrial use to personal responsibility and historical rights, customs and laws.


What part does individual personal behavior play? The 2016 World Affairs Seminar will include experts sharing insights and views ranging from cutting edge science to centuries old traditions.  Student’s role was to distill information, identify priorities and develop skills to both lead and collaborate with others from different cultures to reach conclusions. The World Affairs Seminar is a life-changing experience. Since 1976 WAS has touched and changed lives, providing skills in group problem-solving, negotiation and interaction in the belief that WAS will prepares students to make a difference when you inherit the world.




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