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The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT  06117
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Rotary Club of West Hartford Board Meeting Minutes

Date: August 24, 2018

Attendance: Eileen Rau, Tom Wood, Matt Cuddy, Bennett Forest, Oscar Santo Domingo


1. Board approved budget for 2018-2019.

2. Board accepted the Marinduque North Rotary Club of the Philippines as a sister club for the purpose of join projects. Discussed was the possibility of a water project. This is still in the preliminary stage.

3. Approved a donation of $3,600 to the Children’s Museum of West Hartford. This is in addition to a District Grant the has been approved for $2,400.

Upcoming Events

1. Due to the efforts of Dave Mangs, Ashley Daley of UHart, Greg and Bennett, our Club was able to recruit 53 Rotaractors from the University of Hartford. A meeting will be organized to welcome these new members. A Board of Directors and committee chairs will be selected at that meeting. Please watch for that meeting and plan to attend and greet all of them.

2. Ann Leabman will be honored on September 17 meeting as an Honorary Member due to the time and effort she has spent in the service of Rotary.

Rotary Club of West Hartford Minutes
Date: August 20, 2018
Attendance:  about 30 Members
Bob Kiely
Eileen Rau suggested that the Club donate to the Rotary Fund in memory of Bob Kiely.He was formerly the chairman of the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Means Business
Farmington, Canton and Avon Rotary Clubs held a combined Rotary Means Business meeting last August 15.David Mangs emphasized the need for this meeting so that different business people from the Clubs and their friends are invited.The more exposure our club gets will hopefully mean more members and more business.
Tavern Night
Don’t forget TAVERN NIGHT, September 27.
Jazz Brunch
We signed a contract with The Hartford Club for the Jazz Brunch.Contracts with two performers were also signed.The next move is to sell tickets.We have to sell at least 250 tickets.You can go online to buy tickets on the Rotary Club of West Hartford web site to buy tickets.
Children’s Museum
Rick Liftig and I met with the Director of the West Hartford Children’s Museum.He gave us the history of their financial status and said that at present they are in the black.They do not depend on Town or State funds for their operations.We hope to invite the prospective buyers of the site to one of our meetings and to express our interest in having part of the site reserved for the new Children’s Museum so that West Hartford can continue to have this educational treasure in our Town.Our donations to the Rotary Lab will be transferable when the Museum moves to its new location.
Foundation Chair Eileen Rau presents Rotarian Ed Cape with his Paul Harris +2
Rotary Club of West Hartford Minutes
Date: August 13, 2018
Attendance:  about 30 Members
  1. Rotarian Bob Kiley was laid to rest last Saturday at the Fairview Cemetary after a service at Saint Peter Clavier in West Hartford.  Our club was well represented for the mass as well as the burial.
  2. Rick Liftig and I met with the director of the Children’s museum to discuss the situation with the relocation of the museum after the two year dead line to turn the existing property over to Kingswood Oxford.  The possibility of the UCONN site was mentioned.  it was suggested that we approach the prospective buyer about reserving part of the property for a new facility for the museum.  It was also suggested that letters to the editor of the Hartford Courant promoting this idea would be helpful.  One of our projects for this year at the local level is to setting up a Rotary Lab at the museum.  We have a District Grant for this.
  3. The mayor of West Hartford, Shari Cantor, informed the Club that the situation of the Children’s Museum getting a place to expand on the site of the old UCONN branch at the corner of Trout Brook and Asylum is not a sure thing. For one, the Town has no say on planning for the site after the zoning change has been approved.The only way forward is to approach the buyer and convince them to leave a part of the site free.  According to the Mayor this is a very long shot.
  4. The high point of the meeting was the presentation of the Paul Harris Award to Ed Cape. He was presented with his pin and also addressed the meeting with stories of his experience as a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. He also mentioned that he was instrumental in helping to promote the admission of women into the West Hartford Club.
  5. Don’t forget TAVERN NIGHT, September 27.  Kyle is already canvassing restaurants.  We are trying to use a restaurant that has donated to our Vines of March fund raiser.
  6. We are still looking for a chair person and his committee that will take charge of this year’s Vines of March to be held on March 9.Any brave souls out there?Please step up.
  7. Peter Kovalevich passed around a signup sheet for Rotarians who will sell tickets for Jazz Brunch fund raising on November 4, 2018.
Rotarians Mary Silverberg and Shari Cantor with guest speaker Rebecca Rose

Rotary Club of West Hartford Minutes 

Date:August 5, 2018 

Attendance:  10 Members 

  1.   Rotary Means Business:  Bennett has this project well in hand.  There will be another meeting on August 15, 2018.at Fox Run Golf course in Avon from 6:00 -7:30 pm.  Bennett is trying to get each town Rotary club to continue this program through their own club.  
  2. Rotaract:  Greg Friedline has been trying to get this together at the University of Hartford.  Our club is trying to get the past Rotaract group to interact with the UH group.  Our club is going to find the past group names from Erica Leabman.
  3. We again discussed the importance of reaching the Town Council regarding the UCONN site for the Children’s Museum.  
  4. We discussed asking programs that we have given to in the past to help in publicizing the Jazz Brunch and the Wines of March and in selling tickets for these events.
  5. Dave Mangs described the opioid epidemic in this country.  The Rotary Club Districts are joining together to help on this project.  He mentioned how the town and/or city police departments play an important role in obtaining information of victims of opioids.
  6. The West Hartford Food pantry needs your donations.They are short on pasta,rice and sauce. You can drop your donation at the Town Hall.   
Rotary Club of West Hartford Announcements
  1. The jazz brunch has found two artists for this year’s program: guitarist Chris Flory and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. We are still looking for a drummer and base player.
  2. The ticket price for the event will continue at $85 per person. Starting August 13, the committee will be ready to offer tickets to fellow Rotarians.
  3. Vines of March will be held on March 9, 2019, at Saint Joseph's University. We are still looking for a chair and committee members for this event.
  4. The Town Council will hold a meeting with the proposed buyer for the UCONN campus at the corner of Asylum Avenue and Trout Brook. The proposed buyer will present a site plan at this meeting.We hold out the hope that a portion of this site will be reserved for the Children’s Museum of West Hartford. This museum has been an asset for the Town and our club has an approval for a project with the museum to sponsor a special room. Please plan to attend and make a plea for incorporating a space for the museum in the plan.
The 2019 Rotary Club of West Hartford Board took their new roles in a ceremony at Pond House Cafe last week.
Guest speaker  Amy Watkins, Program Coordinator, Watch for Me CT, with Rotarian Mary Silverberg.  Watch for ME CT is a comprehensive program, run by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) in partnership with Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles.   Each year, about 1,500 pedestrians and 550 bicyclists are hit by cars on Connecticut roadways.
Rotarian Membership Coordinator Bennett Forrest with new member Gerard Honig
West Hartford Rotarians, with special guest Noah Webster, present dictionaries to 3rd grade students at Charter Oak school.  The Rotary club presented dictionaries to 3rd graders at every West Hartford school this spring, an annual tradition.
Rotarians John Smeallie and Club President Donna Griffen (right) present Robin Kruger (center) with a Paul Harris award in honor of her significant support to the Rotary Club of West Hartford, most notably our annual Vines of March fundraiser.
Two West Hartford Rotarians were honored at the Multi-District Conference on May 20th.
First, District Governor Dave Mangs was recognized for his service as District Governor
Second, past District Governor Eileen Rau was awarded the Service Above Self Award, the highest award given by Rotary International.  The Service Above Self Award is Rotary International's highest honor for individual Rotarians.  This award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually (out of over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide!) who have who demonstrated their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents with exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Vernon Riddick Jr.
Sep 24, 2018
Meet our new Chief of Police
Janice Hamilton Crawford, Pres-Trinity Health
Oct 01, 2018
Senior Communities, How does it work?
No Speaker
Oct 08, 2018
Club Assembly
Mark Mc Govern, Dir. Economic Development
Oct 15, 2018
What's Happening around West Hartford?
Peter Lamothe, Sr Dir of Development, Jackson Labs
Oct 22, 2018
Precision Medicine
No Speaker
Nov 12, 2018
Club Assembly
Duane Martin, Engineer-Town of West Hartford
Nov 19, 2018
Projects around town...how, when & where?
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