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The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
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The Rotary Club of West Hartford proudly delivered a check in the amount of $3852.31 to The Town That Cares.  This represented the proceeds earned from our 2016 Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Kudos to event chair Fernando Vidal and to all who donated happy dollars and other gifts to make the holidays just a little brighter for people in our community who are in need.

From L to R - President Robert Kor, Suzanne Oslander from The Town That Cares, Food Drive Chair Fernando Vidal, Rotarian Christine Looby, and Past President Kyle Egress
Join the global online movement to celebrate the season with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Giving Tuesday,November 29th, uses the power of social media and the spirit of generosity to promote giving and philanthropy around the world.
You can support the cause by going online on  November 29th to make a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Then use social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach our supporters and build on the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month.
Last year, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, the club with the highest number of donors contributing to the Foundation online on November 29th will receive a copy of the Centennial book.
CLICK HERE TO Make a gift to the Foundation   
The Vines of March event will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.  More information to follow shortly!
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As of Nov 23rd, we have given $2631 towards the goal of $10000.
Highlights from the 14 November meeting:
1) Board meeting at 11am on Monday
2) Eileen Rau discussed Polio Plus campaign. For our target, it is requested that all Rotarians donate $26.50 to the Polio Plus fund.
3) Hap reported on the highly successful Jazz Brunch.
4) Vines of March - Saturday March 25th -we need to start planning now!
5) Guest speakers Clayton Jason and Brenda Watson from Operation Fuel discussed their program.  77,000 people received a total of $3.2M in energy support last year, including 86 in West Hartford.  A portion of the funds comes from the 'add a dollar' on your energy bill.
Operation Fuel guest speakers Clayton Jason and Brenda Watson
Martha Church, Director of the West Hartford Library, was guest speaker at the club meeting on Monday, November 7th.
Monday's club meeting was highlighted by colorful costumes.

Bepsie Perry of Hello! West Hartford was the guest speaker, and discussed the efforts of the group to be a town-wide initiative to build bridges between community members.  Over 80 languages are represented in West Hartford Schools, and nearly 20% of WHPS students live in a home where English is not the primary language.

The 11th Jazz Brunch was held on Sunday November 6th at the Hartford Club.  The sold out event featured musical entertainment by LAND of the GIANTS, featuring Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, Javon Jackson on saxophone, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, and David Williams on bass.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to  “The Gifts of Music" program ( and other Rotary Charities.

Past District Governor and Foundation Chair Eileen Rau discusses World Polio Day, October 24th.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
Zachary Gross, Senior Program Manager from Simply Smiles, discusses the efforts of his organization.  Simply Smiles is a non-profit organization which provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities.
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
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.
Courtney Bournes, Board Member
Dec 05, 2016
Mediators Beyond Borders International
Tom Wood
Dec 12, 2016
General Treasurer's Report / Club Assembly
Elona Vaisnys
Jan 09, 2017
Citizens' Election Program
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The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
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Parts of will be unavailable 3-5 December, beginning at 05:00 Chicago time (UTC-6), while we upgrade our membership database. During this time, areas that require sign-in (convention registration, club and district administration, grant application, giving, Rotary Club Central, etc.) and Club Finder will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.
Arch Klumph’s hometown raises over $2 million through centennial celebration
Rotary members in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation on 23 October with a banquet and a concert by The Cleveland Orchestra that have so far raised more than $2.1 million for the Foundation's next century of good work. Arch Klumph, a Cleveland Rotarian, planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917, with his idea of having an endowment fund dedicated to "doing good in the world." Today's District 6630 leaders thought that a concert was a fitting way to honor Klumph and mark the centennial because of Klumph's love of music. Klumph performed in several...