West Hartford Rotary Club

June 17, 2019 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

1. Our speaker was Tracy Wilson, a historian. She gave us a presentation of the history of slavery in West Hartford. Wealthy farmers in the area bought the first slaves from Dutch traders. Slaves were sold for about 50 pounds. According to the records, there were 72 recorded slaves in West Hartford. A cemetery for Black slaves is located in the North Cemetery.

2. The Rotary Foundation still is looking for contributions to the annual fund. Our goal of $10,000 has not yet been met. In order to reach our goal, the Board voted to contribute $2,000 to the Foundation to make up the difference.

3. According to Tony Rodriguez, our club will make a down payment of $2,000 to Delamar for the Jazz Brunch. Another payment of ½ of the total fee will be due on October 31 with the balance due at the conclusion of the event.

4. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 9, the date for our Installation Dinner to welcome our new President, Bennett Forrest. Dinner will be at the Pond House at 6:00 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Oscar M. Santo Domingo