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

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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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Roszena Haskins and Ruthann Kozlowski from West Hartford Public Schools Continuing Education were today's business spotlight speakers.
Todd Piro, news anchor for NBC Connecticut, was guest speaker
Guest speaker Todd Piro with Rotarian / Speaker Coordinator Dave Lemkuil

Just one of the many exciting auction items available at the Vines of March - on March 5th!  This item includes game tickets, a jersey, and a signed hockey stick!

Thirty two Rotarians, two Rotaract club members, and four guests met at the Pond House Cafe for a club meeting on Monday January 25th.  

Rotarian Donna Griffen, guest speaker Steve Leon, and President Kyle Egress
On Saturday, January 30th, West Hartford Rotarians supported A Hand Up, a Hartford-based non-for-profit which provides donated household goods for people transitioning to independent living.  In 2015, A Hand Up made 276 donation pickups and 161 client deliveries.

The District 7890 Conference will be held April 29 - May 1st at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis, MA.  Click here if interested in registering, or refer to the article on the District web site for more information.

For the last meeting of 2015, we were joined by the Hall High School Madrigal Choir, who performed several songs to enhance the holiday spirit.
President Kyle Egress and the Hall High School Madrigal Choir 


A friendly reminder that Monday's meeting will be held at the Prospect Cafe, not the Pond House


Rotarian Sue Klock, District 7890 Chair of Major Donor Programs, presents Rotarian Shari Cantor  her Paul Harris +6 award.


President Kyle Egress introduces new member Dennis Carroll

Check presentation to American School for the Deaf

Past President Hap Leabman presents a check to Suzanne Oslander 
from Hanoc; another was presented to The Town that Cares

Guest speaker John Gallagher, coach of the Hartford Hawks men's basketball team, with Rotarian Dave Lemkuil


President Kyle Egress inducts new member Matt Dabrowski
Tim Brennan accepts a $500 check for Teen Culture Connect for the baseball team trip to Cuba
Kyle and Hap Leabman (far right) present a $1500 check to HARC with Executive Director Andrea Barton-Reeves and Development Director Fred Stula
Guest speaker James Gordon of Salvation Army and Rotarian Dave Lemkuil 

On November 24th, the club presented a check for $3086 to the West Hartford "Town that Cares" at Town Hall.  The money was raised in conjunction with Liberty Bank.
In the picture:  Cindy Lang, immediate past president; Kyle Egress, president; Bob Kor, president-elect; Suzanne Oslander, Town that Cares, Eileen Rau, past district governor, Fernando Vidal, Rotarian and Chair of the Liberty Bank/ Rotary Food Drive.

As of 12/22, the Foundation has raised $7249 vs a target of $10,000
Thermometer Chart


President Kyle Egress inducts new member Stephen Mok

Dave Lemkuil accepts a check for $250 for the CT Brain Tumor Alliance from Hap Leabman

Rotarian Sue Klock, District 7890 Major Gifts / Shelterbox Chair, displays Shelter Box add-on lights

Rotarian Fernando Vidal, Club Chair for the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive, reports that over $3000 was raised for the West Hartford Food Pantry. The check was presented on 11/24 at Town Hall.

Guest Speaker Bob Cave from the Seniors Job Bank thanks the club for a recent donation


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.

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.
Feb 15, 2016
No Meeting
President's Day
Feb 22, 2016
Assembly Meeting
Vines of March prep
Feb 29, 2016
Lene Brunn and Dan Firestone
Cycling Without Age
Mar 07, 2016
No Meeting
Vines of March recovery
Mar 14, 2016
No Meeting
6th grade writing project Friday 18th
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 04, 2016
Barry Diamond
PRIDE Program
Apr 18, 2016
May 23, 2016
Assembly Meeting
Lobster Fest and Celebrate planning
May 30, 2016
No Meeting
Memorial Day
Jun 06, 2016
No meeting
Celebrate recovery
Jun 27, 2016
No meeting
Lobster Fest recovery
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