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

 
Several SIGNIFICANT events coming up.
 
June 4 - 5th - Celebrate West Hartford
 
June 21st - West Hartford Rotary Annual Installation Dinner
 
June 25th - 9th Annual Lobsterfest
 

 
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 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 May
- Celebrate West Hartford - June 4-5th
- Installation Dinner - June 21st at Pond House Cafe
- Lobsterfest - 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
 
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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
 

 

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.
 
 
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
 

 
 
 
Speakers
May 16, 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 13, 2016
Dan Klau
Ethics in Government
Jun 20, 2016
No Rotary
Installation on 21st
Jun 27, 2016
No meeting
Lobster Fest recovery
Aug 29, 2016
Matthew Parente, U HART, Program Director
Prosthetics & Orthotics-Advances in Rehabilitation
 
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