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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

Thermometer Chart
As of August 17th, we have given $500 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
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 

Aug 29, 2016
Matthew Parente, U HART, Program Director
Prosthetics & Orthotics-Advances in Rehabilitation
Sep 26, 2016
Dr. Rhona Free, President
University of Saint Joseph
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
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World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
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Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
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Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
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