Posted by Bob Reed on Aug 29, 2018
Presiding:  Mike Cooney
Invocation: Kathy Crotrau
Fellowship: with Nancy Gentes who brought some amazing facts from the website Mental Floss Including:
  • In 1953 Swanson had 260 tons of frozen turkey leftover after Thanksgiving, so they packaged them into trays with peas and potatoes, and the TV dinner was born.
  • Despite producing 95 percent of the world’s bourdon supply, the official drink of Kentucky is milk.
  • “Jay” was slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was a “jaywalker.”
  • Wyoming is home to only 2 escalators.
  • “Q” is the only letter that does not appear in any U.S. Territory or State name.
  • The wood frog can hold its pee for up to eight months.
John Bulduc – 16 Years
  • Barry Shead brought Paul Shell.
  • Erin Gizio brought Katrina Olender and Jill Fritzsche.
  • Bonnie Hong introduced Jennifer and Lilianna from NFA Interact.
  • The Rotary Golf Tournament will be played on September 5th, 2018.
  • Please contact Mary Richardson or Kevin Wickless if you have a guest speaker you would like to propose. If anyone knows of a banana farmer, please call immediately. The one we had can’t make it.
  • The food packaging event will be held on November 10th this year and will be a joint event with the Norwich Sunrise Rotary Club. Contact Gen Granger for details.
  • Diversity Week planning committee’s next meeting will be on September 4th at the Savings Institute in Norwich. Contact Barry Shead for details.
  • Contact the Happy Dollars Committee if you know of a needy recipient for some funds.
  • The Rotary Community Corps meeting is September 13th.
Happy Dollars: with Nancy Gentes
Nancy was happy her grandson is starting school.
Mike Gordon reminded us that we are THE Norwich Rotary Club and not the Norwich Rotary “Noontime” Club. He also had a photo of the temp on his car dashboard that was 110 degrees.
Andy Nollman just returned from a very nice family vacation. Also it’s time for the fantasy football draft.
Kathy Crotrau traveled to Times Square.
Andy Grant urged people to bid on his offer to sail on his Hobie Cat at the Gold Tournament auction.
Erin Gizio welcomed her guests.
Bonnie Hong informed us that we are now an official “City of Peace” by Rotary International.
Rodney Green gave an interesting commentary on golf and the attire one should wear.
Mike Matera took is son to the Brooklyn Fair and was happy to see him off to the 1st grade.
Gary Young welcomed our guests and thanked everyone involved for helping with the upcoming golf tournament.
Mike Cooney thanked the staff of Bella Fiore for the help with the video screen. Also Mike was happy for his son Matt attending his first day of kindergarten.
Barry Shead welcomed our guests and reminded everyone to come to the Rotary Diversity Event on September 17th.
Manny Kadish told a sad story of his cat named Ruby Lou that died earlier in the week.
Paul Blanchard auctioned off an 5X7 American flag and pole. Bob Reed was the winning bidder for $100.00.
Lottery– with Jay Ginsburg
  • Barry Shead
  • Rodney Green and
  • Mike Cooney drew cards.
No winner.
Bonnie Hong introduced Jennifer who is our Exchange Student from Taiwan. Jennifer spoke about her culture, family and her life in Taiwan.
Mike Cooney called on Stan Lucas to recite the 4 Way Test and concluded the meeting.