Posted by Laura Hobart on Apr 18, 2018
Presiding:  President Kathleen
Invocation:  Gary
Fellowship:  Bonnie talked about next year’s motto – Be the Inspiration.  All Rotarians can accomplish this in many ways, especially by participating in service projects.  Bonnie is looking for volunteers to assist people in the crosswalk and to walk around the carnival to monitor things.  Bonnie also talked about the Peace Pole project that needs five pavers to be donated at $25 each for which Theresa wrote a check.  Benches are being donated by Bully Busters.
The club is seeking three or more host families for a young woman named Jennifer from Taiwan for the 2018-2019 school year.  Bonnie is working with NFA and Abby Dolliver on covering the tuition fee or waiving it altogether. 
Birthdays:  n/a
Rotary Anniversaries:  n/a
Rotarians with Guests
  • John Bolduc brought Susy Hurlbert
  • Barry brought Jim Konrad.
Visiting Rotarians:  n/a
  • Next week’s speaker will be Rich Lisk from Black Wolves Lacrosse at Mohegan Sun.
  • The Rose Garden meeting is scheduled for May 23.
  • The Change of Command will be on June 20th
  • The Club has two tickets for an evening with the author, John Bohrer which will be held at the Norwich  Inn  on April 27th.
  • The Little League Pancake breakfast is scheduled for April 28 please let Jim Daly or Rodney know if you would like to help.
  • The Rotary District Conference is from June 1st to June 3rd in Burlington, Vermont.
  • The next Celebrate Diversity meeting is May 7th at the Savings Institute.
  • Culture for Coats gathering is on April 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
  • September 5 is the golf tournament.
  • Please do not use cell phones or jackhammers near the doorway to our meeting area.
Happy Dollars:  With Rodney who is glad that tax day is over. 
Jim O’Shea had a near death experience on the Shetucket River where he was fishing when he fell into the water and was swept downstream 50 yards.  A friend dragged Jim to shore and helped him recover from symptoms of hypothermia. 
Rich Pascal gave in memory if his father who died from stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 following 60 years of marriage to his mother.  Attorney Paul Leonard Pascal had a great sense of humor and met every one of his life goals.
Bonnie gave for Rich’s Dad, for Jim O’Shea and for guests.
Marie gave for hosting the Norwich Chamber’s Business After Hours.
John Mancini is going to Myrtle Beach for one week.  He is sorry to miss our upcoming events and is happy to be a member of our Club.
Andy gave for Rich’s father, Jim O’Shea, for all the work Bonnie does on the Carnival.  Because of Jim’s near miss, Andy was reminded of an avalanche started by a minister ten years ago when Andy and Nancy were skiing. 
Mike Gordon gave a testimonial about the experience of hosting an exchange student.
Kathleen gave her $20 for the 30 or more attendees at today’s meeting, for Rich and others who have suffered a loss.
Erin welcomed Denise Tift and Ron Black from the ARC to our meeting.
Barry gave for Rich’s father and told us about a friend of his who had died.  The next day his best friend’s son died.  His daughter came out from California to be home with Barry.  He also gave for the Red Sox.
Bill Champagne thanked John and Susy for mentioning the Fair Housing Conference last week.
Andrew gave for guests, for Mr. Pascal and for tax season being over.
Auction:  n/a
Lottery:  with Bill Champagne
  • Mike Gordon
  • Kathy and
  • Bonnie
...did not find the ace.
Program:  Erin spoke to us about the ARC’s upcoming Film Festival on April 26th at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.  The Festival features a collection of short films about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Andy spoke highly of last year’s event.  The Club got to see last year’s number one rated film, as well as other people served by the ARC who talked about what they have learned and accomplished through the ARC’s supportive programs.  The ARC’s goal is inclusion and full independence for all people. 
Kathleen led us in the Four-Way Test to close our meeting.