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West Hartford, CT  06127-0252
 
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West Hartford

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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
United States
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Just a reminder - no meeting tomorrow, and also no meeting the following Monday due to the 4th of July holiday - next meeting is Monday, July 11th.
 

 

 
Rotarian John Smeallie and President Kyle Egress present a check to the Rotaract club.


Guest speaker Mike Abramson, Asst. General Manager of the Hartford Yard Goats
 

 


President Kyle Egress and Past District Governor / Foundation Coordinator Eileen Rau present Booker DeVaughn with a Paul Harris Award.



Rotarian Chad Licht presents a check to Mike Fishman of A Hand Up at their fundraiser on April 29th
(wasn't able to get the 'big' check...)
 


Speaker Barry Diamond of PRIDE at the April 4th meeting
 

 
 
Michael Werle from The New Children's Museum was guest speaker on April 11th
 

 
To kickoff the 11th year of the West Hartford Rotary Club Dictionary project, 7 Rotarians, 2 spouses, 1 recent dictionary recipient, and 2 future recipients gathered on Sunday to prepare over 800 Webster dictionaries for delivery to West Hartford 3rd Graders later this spring.  
 
 
 
 

 
Twenty four Rotarians and two guests met on Monday the 28th of March.
 
Foundation moment - this campaign ends on June 30th.
Hap Leabman noted that he collected $75 in extra funds from the recent tavern night - it was added to our Foundation donation.
 
President Kyle Egress noted that a vocational training team from South Africa will be in West Hartford from 8-15 May, working with West Hartford Schools.  We need host homes for them for this week - contact Kyle if you are able to support.
 
Upcoming events:
  • Rotary night at the Chamber of Council after hours - April 14th at 5:30pm at Farmington Bank in the Center.
  • A Hand Up support / Storage room organization - 17 April
  • District Assembly - 11 May
  • Celebrate West Hartford - 4/5 June
  • Installation Dinner - 21 June
  • Lobsterfest - 25 June
Guest speakers Caroline Gaetano and Marilyn Douglas from Tails of Joy, Inc discussed animal assisted therapy and gave several moving examples of the benefits of this therapy.
 

 
Twenty four Rotarians gathered for a Club Assembly meeting on Monday March 21st, led by President Kyle Egress.  Key items discussed include:
 
The club raised $3272 for Polio Plus this year, compared to $1872 last year.
Our donation to date to the Foundation is $8374
 
The club donated $250 each to Hall and Conard Safe Grad events
 
Key upcoming events:
- Business after hours - Rotary night with Chamber of Commerce - April 14th at Farmington Bank in the Center 
- Storage room cleanup / A Hand Up support - April 17th
- District Conference  29-30 April
- Celebrate West Hartford - June 4-5th
- Installation Dinner - June 21st at Pond House Cafe
- Lobster Fest - June 25th
 

 
 
"The lure of Rotary has ever been the friendships that have been found there" - The Founder of Rotary
 
 
As of 4/15, the Foundation has raised $9474 vs a target of $10,000
 
Thermometer Chart
 

 



Guest speakers Lene Bruun and Dan Firestone from "Cycling without age" join Rotarian Mary Silverberg



Showcasing the bikes...visit http://cyclingwithoutage.org/ for more information


 
President Kyle Egress removes the 'new member' ribbon from Rotarian Ken Sklodosky's badge

 
 

 
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
 

 
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.
 

 
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 

 
 

 


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.
 

 


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.
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Jul 04, 2016
No Meeting
4th of July
Aug 29, 2016
Matthew Parente, U HART, Program Director
Prosthetics & Orthotics-Advances in Rehabilitation
 
 
 
 
 
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