Posted by Jim Konrad on Aug 01, 2018
Presiding: Pres. Jim Daly.
Invocation:  by Barry Shead.
Jim O’Shea, who told us about the deer mating season and rituals.
Jim O’Shea on Aug. 9 (he won’t be here next week).
Rotarian Anniversaries:
Rotarians with guests:
Erin Gizio’s guest was Jane Barry from People’s Bank.
Visiting Rotarians:
Announcements: By Pres. Jim Daly.
  • Bonnie Hong had more than 30 trolley batteries, and needs a truck to help move them.
  • The Celebrate Cultural Diversity Committee meetings is at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Savings Institute on Salem Tpke. Barry Shead gave an update on Cultural Diversity Week, and the main event which starts Sept. 17 and will feature food trucks, booths, and entertainers.
  • The Rotary Golf Tournament is Sept. 5. Gary Young passed the hat to raise money to buy lottery tickets for the tourney’s auction. As a reward, he also passed out Klondike bars for the club.
  • Know of someone who could be a great guest speaker? Talk to Mary Richardson or Kevin Wickless. We are still looking to hear from the dictator of a small impoverished country but no more oligarchs please.
  • Know of a family that would benefit from Happy Dollars? Let Jim Daly know.
  • Native Son Ed Cubanski sent a heartfelt thank-you note.
Happy Dollars: with Barry Shead.
Kathleen Stauffer wanted to acknowledge her Rotary “husbands,” Lottie Scott’s new book, and the class she took at Harvard.
Andrew Nollman is all in for the golf outing, and said he had a great Sunday.
Jim O’Shea congratulated the scholarship winners (more on that below).
Mike Cooney is taking the family to Storyland, and he had a great story about the smarts of Harvard student sportswriters.
Lottie Scott celebrated a book launch on Sunday, and was happy to be there (she almost had to miss it).
RCC Member Dino Tudisca was happy to see old friends, and proud of his daughters.
Gary Young
None today.
Lottery: With Jim Daly.
  • Interacter Alexandra Tudisca
  • Kathy Croteau and
  • Jim O’Shea
…all came up empty. Only 5 cards are left, and one of them has to be the ace of spades. Right?
Program: Andrew Nollman introduced the 2018 recipients of the John S. Blackmar Fund scholarships. The three students then told a little bit about themselves. Some highlights:
Charles Anderson, St. Bernard: he became an Eagle Scout at 13, and at St. Bernard participated in the Drama Club, tennis and fencing and band. His interests include blacksmithing, welding and photography. He will major in mechanical engineering at UConn.
Haley Warzecha, NFA: She was a National Merit Scholar, participated in varsity soccer and track, and earned the statewide CIAC Scholar-Athlete Award. She is a member of the National, Spanish and Science honor societies. She interned at the Norwich Historical Society, the Preston Planning and Zoning Committee and at Backus Hospital. She will major in biological sciences and in economics at Dartmouth.
Alexandra Tudisca, NFA: She was a longtime clarinet player, before moving to creative writing and photography while in high school. She is a member of Project Outreach and helped to found the Norwich Interact Club – the high school Rotary affiliate. She will be in the journalism honors program at Central Connecticut State University.
Pres. Jim ended the meeting with a meaningful, inspirational thought for the week.