Vines of March
7th Annual Vines of March!

         March 10, 2018

        7:00 to 10:30pm

      $60.00 per person.

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West Hartford, CT  06127-0252
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of West Hartford!

West Hartford

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
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Guest speakers from the Rotary Club of Springfield discussed their Cambodia clean water project.
Rotarian Tony Rodriguez discusses the 6th Grade writing project at King Phillips Middle School; he also visited Sedgewick and Bristow.
A total of 32 students will represent their schools at an upcoming luncheon to celebrate their accomplishment. Eight of the students will read their piece as part of the program. The students writing will focus on the Rotary theme "Making a Difference".  The luncheon to celebrate the Rotary Writing Project with the West Hartford Middle Schools is scheduled for March 15th at 12:15 at the University of St. Josephs, McGovern Hall, West Hartford, CT.
Club President Donna Griffen presents the Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Kurt Roggendorf
Club President Donna Griffen with new Rotarians Greg Friedline and Andy Learner, along with Membership Chair Bennett Forrest
Guest speaker Peter Ross of Mark Twain with Rotarian Mary Silverberg
Representatives of the West Hartford Rotary Club and Liberty Bank presenting collected and matching funds to the West Hartford Town that Cares for our local food bank.
Our own David Mangs - currently District Governor of District 7890 - was recently on a TV Spot  produced by Channel 5 in West Hartford, Ct.  "ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE" with special guest Shirley-Pat Chamberlain. (click TV Spot or the picture to start the YouTube video).  He didn't sing...
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As of January 7th, we have given $8965 to the 2017-2018 Rotary Foundation versus our goal of $10,000, as well as $1650 to the Polio Plus campaign vs. our goal of $2,000.
Guest speaker Paul Martel, founder and Director of FIBUSPAM. The foundation and its clinic are located high in the Andes in Riobamba, Ecuador. They were founded in 2007 by Paul R. Martel of Simsbury, Connecticut. The clinic serves the people of Chimborazo Province and wider Ecuador by providing free and low-cost care in general medicine, general surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, lab services, as well as providing medicines. The clinic has its own patient care floor with two operating rooms, a recovery room and six patient beds. FIBUSPAM organizes mobile caravans that bring care to remote, outlying communities to people who little or no access to doctors. FIBUSPAM also hosts foreign surgical teams who provide free surgical care for the needy in Ecuador. Lastly, FIBUSPAM organizes social service projects to support the poor including assisting with the travel logistics of children who must travel to the U.S. for more urgent and complex surgery.
Twenty six Rotarians and guests met at the Pond House Cafe on Monday the 23rd for a regular meeting.  Guests included 3 Rotarians from the Midland, TX club, guest speaker Rico Dence and his guest Wendy Pollak, and Maxine Fisher from Fern Street Community Kitchen. 
Key notes:
  • Bennett Forrest discussed the upcoming 'Rotary Means Business' event which will be held on Nov 9th in Glastonbury.
  • The club donated $8000 to Rotary clubs in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico for Hurricane relief and received another $9400 in donations from Rotarians and West Hartford residents which was added to the donation.
Maxine Fisher from Fern Street Community Kitchen discussed their effort.  They feed ~ 300 people per week, as well as running a backpack program in local schools so kids have food on weekends.  They are hosting a breakfast event on Saturday 11 Nov at 9am at the Universalist Church.
Guest speaker Rico Dence discussed the organization 'Up Cancer' he founded to support youth with cancer.  He emphasized the need for bone marrow donors - link here.  Note that they prefer donors between 18 and 44; those 45-60 need to pay a $100 fee to join the registry, and those 61 and older are not eligible.
Club Assembly
Mar 05, 2018
Last Vines Assembly...Ready, set, go ...March 10th!
Maxine Fischer, Exec Dir
Mar 19, 2018
Fern Street Community Kitchen & Food Pantry
Conrad Sienkiewicz, Volunteer Mgr.
Mar 26, 2018
CT Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Carol Benjamin
Apr 02, 2018
Reach Out and Read, Literacy program, Birth to Five
Leah Bailey Moon & Jackie Procyk, founders
Apr 09, 2018
Autism Families CONNECTicut
Sarah Leathers, Founder & Executive Director
Apr 16, 2018
Healing Meals Community Project Feeding Families in Crisis-Linking generations
Sara Salomons, Journey Home, Dir. Develop & Comm
Apr 23, 2018
Ending Homelessness in Greater Hartford
Rick & Elin Lawrence
May 14, 2018
Guatemala Water and Sanitation Projects Rick is the District 7890 Chair for these projects.
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