Rotary Club of West Hartford
Celebrating 63 Years of Service Above Self

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PO Box 270252
West Hartford, CT  06127-0252

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Welcome to our Club!

West Hartford

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
United States
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Rotarian Fernando Vidal and President Kyle Egress.  Kyle presented a check for $810 to Fernando for the Liberty Bank Food Drive, which was from funds collected by Kyle in his office.

Rotarian Bennett Forrest and guest Alana Blum from the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, with some of the 1,981 books collected in the book drive this year.

Rotarian Bruce Stanger and President Kyle Egress.  Bruce spoke on his recent benefit bike ride in Israel to benefit the Arava Institute and the club donated $500.

The Installation ceremony for West Hartford's new Rotaract Club was held on Tuesday, November 17th, and seventeen were installed as new members.

As of 11/9, the Foundation has raised $4637 vs a target of $10,000
Thermometer Chart

On Nov 9th, the club had two special guests:  

Josh Cantor and Adam Bercowetz, President and Vice President of West Hartford's new Rotaract Club.

Dan Moran, Kelly Clark, Dan Clark, and Laura Moran from Johnny's Jog for Charity, with President Kyle Egress

Laura Moran from Johnny's Jog


Guest speaker Jonathan Harris with Tony Rodriguez

President Kyle Egress and Past District Governor Eileen Rau

Thirty two Rotarians and two guests met at Pond House Cafe on Monday the 26th of October for a club meeting.  Detective Frank Fallon and Officer Kevin McCarthy from the WHPD were guest speakers.  Meeting minutes follow:
Twenty seven Rotarians and two guests gathered at Pond House Cafe on Monday the 19th for a club meeting.  Besides enjoying a glorious fall day, the club enjoyed a fine meal, fellowship, a bit of singing, and conducted normal business.
The Rotary Club of West Hartford applied for and received a grant from Rotary International to help the American School for the Deaf set up a video production studio and train staff to use the equipment.  The grant leveraged local club donations with Rotary International funds, demonstrating that though Rotary has a significant international presence with projects such as Polio Plus, it also benefits the local community.

Rotarian John Goodman visited the new video production facility recently

On Friday evening (10/23), 7 West Hartford Rotarians attended the WH-CATV "Take-5 All-Access Party" fundraiser  at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford.  Jen Evans from WH-CATV was a recent guest speaker, and the club provided a donation to support our community TV station.

Pictured in the photo are:  Christine Looby, Mary Silverberg, David Mangs, Tony Rodriguez, Kyle Egress, Cindy Lang and David Lemkuil


President Kyle and PDG Eileen Rau introduce 'new' member Ken Sklodosky, who transferred in from Simsbury

Guest Speaker Jen Evans from W.H. CATV

Rotarian Polly Hincks and guest  Astrid Lazar


Rotarian Dave Mangs and guest singing after the meeting on 5 October

Twenty eight Rotarians and four guests met on 28 September for a regular club meeting featuring guest speaker Mike Werle, who spoke on the status of the New Children's Museum.  Frank Wargo, DG-elect, was also in attendance.
The club met at Pond House Cafe at 12:15 on Monday the 21st after two weeks off.  Thirty three Rotarians and guests met for a busy meeting which featured guest speaker Iran Nazario and his powerful talk about his Peacebuilders initiative.

Rick Flagg of Flaggstead Smokehouse with co-sponsors:  Hap Leabman and Ken Coco (President, Farmington Rotary).  Each club contributed $750.

John Smeallie, sitting in as Sergeant At Arms for Roshan Patel, watches Bruce Stanger pull the winning jackpot card in the 50/50 raffle 

Fernando Vidal volunteers to ride our vehicle in the Kinetic Sculpture Race on September 20.  Tom Wood is cheering him on 


Rotarian Dana Gordon and Jen Matos from the Noah Webster House

President Kyle Egress and Sarah Baksh (2015 Hall High Scholarship recipient)

President Kyle with Fred Stula from

Twenty nine Rotarians met at Pond House Cafe on Monday for a regularly scheduled meeting to listen to guest speaker District Governor Kyong Wilson.  
The club held a small, short meeting on Monday August 3rd, led by President Elect Bob Kor.  Key points:
-Board Meeting on Monday at 11 prior to the regular meeting
-Kinetic Sculpture event is September 20th at Winding Trails in Farmington.  Help is needed near-term to create our entry, and all are invited to watch the race and attend the barbecue afterwards.
- Jazz Brunch - Sunday Oct 5th - tickets are now available on the website

The guest speaker Rick Lawrence discussed the Guatemala water project this week, and he brought both visual aids and a water jug with him.  Local children would have to carry the ~ 25lb jug up to four times a day if the water project did not exist.  
Twenty six Rotarians and three guests met for a lunch meeting on Monday July 13th at the Pond House Cafe.  Rotarian Dana Gordon - with a fresh tattoo on his leg - started the meeting with the invocation which focused on the start of the 'Egress Era'.  New President Kyle Egress then held his first meeting. 
President Cindy Lang led her last meeting as President of the West Hartford Rotary Club before transitioning to incoming president Kyle Egress.  Among her last duties were presenting Bob Kiely with his Paul Harris +4 award and Dave Mangs with his Paul Harris +8 award.  This week's guest speaker was Hartford Courant business writer Dan Haar.  Pictures below: 
The West Hartford Rotary Club has had a busy week, as evidenced by the following pictures:

Rotarians marched in the West Hartford Memorial Day Parade

Rotarian Dana Gordon, channeling his inner Noah Webster, handing out dictionaries at Braeburn Elementary

Rotarian Tony Rodriguez throwing out the first pitch at the Rock Cats game

Rotarians Hap Leabman and Tony Rodriguez at Friday night's End Polio NOW night at the Rock Cats

The club met on Monday May 11th at The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford.  Speaker John O'Neil of Kinetic Media discussed his recent documentary about the MDC produced for CPTV.   
The West Hartford Rotary Club presented a $500 check to A Hand Up, Inc, a West Hartford organization which assists people transitioning to independent living.  The organzation held a fundraiser at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield on Thursday May 7th and Rotarians Hap Leabman, Kyle Brewer, and Chad Licht were on hand to support.

Rotarian Hap Leabman presents the check to A Hand Up chairman Michael Fishman

Rotary District 7890,  endowed by the Dunn family, offers a $30,000 scholarship, available to permanent residents of East or West Hartford who will be first year graduate students in one of six focus areas.  If you are interested, click here for more information - but do so quickly as the application deadline is May 8th!


Rotary Meeting 5/4:
-  Special Rotary induction for Jeff Bravin, the director of the American School for the Deaf.
Upcoming Events:
-  May 25th Memorial Day parade 10:00am
-  May 29th End Polio night at the Rock Cats
-  May 30th Uconn Health Fundraiser walk at Northwest Catholic
-  Celebrate West Hartford June 6th and 7th
-  Lobsterfest on June 20th at ASD
Sergeant at Arms:
-  33 Rotarians and 2 guests

-  Lydia Henning from Hall High School
-  Talked about Martin Luther King and how we can apply his message to justice and civil protest
Nov 30, 2015
Jim Gordon
Salvation Army "Tis the Season"
Dec 07, 2015
John Gallagher
Head Mens Basketball Coach University of Hartford
Dec 14, 2015
Assembly Meeting
Vines of March Kickoff
Dec 21, 2015
Lori Cetto, Choral Director, Hall HS
Performance by the Madrigal Singers, Renaissance /Holiday Music
Dec 28, 2015
Happy Holidays
Jan 11, 2016
Ellyn Laramie, Chrysalis Center
Bringing a "hand up" to Hartford
Jan 18, 2016
No Meeting
Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 25, 2016
Eileen Rau
Doing Good in the World: The Rotary Foundation
Feb 08, 2016
Assembly Meeting
Vines of March
Feb 15, 2016
No Meeting
President's Day
Feb 29, 2016
Lene Brunn and Dan Firestone
Cycling Without Age
Mar 07, 2016
No Meeting
Vines of March recovery
Mar 21, 2016
Assembly Meeting
Vines Recap/Lobster Fest kick off
Mar 28, 2016
Caroline Gaetano and Marilyn Douglas
Animal assisted therapy...Tails of Joy,Inc.
Apr 18, 2016
May 23, 2016
Assembly Meeting
Lobster Fest and Celebrate planning
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