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1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
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Twenty six Rotarians and guest speaker Andrea Barton Reeves from HARC met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday Sept 12th. 
Terri Eickel, Director of Development and Special Events from Connecticut Sports Foundation, was this week's guest speaker.  She discussed the foundation and their mission, to financially assist CT cancer patients and their families, and to fund cancer research.
Tickets for the Jazz Brunch are now for sale on the web site.
Don't forget - our quarterly social is this Thursday the 25th, location TBA.
Guest speaker Terri Eickel from CT Sports Foundation

The Rotary Leadership Institute will hold a day of training on Saturday November 12th, at the Mass Mutual Insurance Institute in Chicopee, MA.  Register at this link

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As of Sept 13th, we have given $765 towards the goal of $10000.

Past President Kyle Egress and President Robert Kor receive the Presidential Citation from Past District Governor Eileen Rau
Guest speakers Ed Pawlak and Ethan Frankel from Bike West Hartford discuss the upcoming 'Center Streets' Event.  On August 28th, from 9am to noon, a loop of Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, and LaSalle road will be closed to traffic and reserved for bikes and pedestrians.

Twenty one Rotarians met at the Pond House Cafe on Monday the 25th of July for a regular club meeting. Dr. Jason Ryan, a Cardiologist from UConn Medical Center, was the guest speaker.

Twenty three Rotarians, including Past District Governor Mike Barnett, gathered on the 18th of July for a club meeting.  Guest speaker Nathan Grube, Tournament Director of the Travelers Championship, discussed the upcoming event and how it benefits over 140 charities.
Key upcoming events include:
District Golf Tournament - 1 August
NO MEETING - 1 August
Tavern Night (location TBD) - Thursday Aug 25th
Club Assembly - Sept 19th
Jazz Brunch - Sunday Nov 6th

The West Hartford Rotary Club will be presenting Jazz Brunch at the Hartford Club, Sunday November 6th 12:00-4:00pm.    Proceeds will benefit Gifts of Music and other local charities.  Seating is limited and tickets will be sold in advance.  Tickets will be on sale shortly!

Musicians include:
Delfeayo Marsalis - Trombone   -  www.delfeayomarsalis.com
Javon Jackson - Saxophone      -www.javonjackson.com
Cyrus Chestnut - Piano             -www.cyruschestnut.net
Jimmy Cobb - Drums                -www.jimmycobb.com
David Williams - Bass               -www.davidhappywilliams.com

The first meeting of the new Rotary year was busy.  The club was visited by the US-Cuba Goodwill Tour youth baseball team, who also played their first game on Monday.   The club also hosted new District Governor Frank Wargo, who was also able to help induct his daughter Nara Wargo as a new Rotarian in the club.
The US-Cuba Goodwill Tour Team
District Governor Frank Wargo speaks to the club

President Robert Kor and DG Wargo welcome the newest Rotarian, Nara Wargo


Rotary Club of West Hartford Leadership for the new Rotary Year

New District Governor Frank Wargo speaks

DG Wargo swearing new officers in
New Sergeant at Arms Susan Chandler and Outgoing President Kyle Egress


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

"There are those who will always continue to experience their keenest interest in their local organizations; others to whom the national work of Rotary makes the strongest appeal, while still others think that the possibilities of an international Rotary are the most attractive.  There is room for all and opportunity for each to serve Rotary in whatsoever manner or whatsoever field suits him best." - The National Rotarian, March 1912
As of 4/15, the Foundation has raised $9474 vs a target of $10,000
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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

Upcoming Events
Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic
Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.