Posted by Laura Hobart on Aug 30, 2017
Presiding:  President Kathleen
Invocation:  Gary
Fellowship: with  Jim O’Shea who talked to us about the 1963 flood damage and casualties in Norwich.
Rotary Anniversaries
  • John Bolduc
  • Mary Ellen Jukoski
Rotarians with Guests
Kevin hosted District Governor Trish Pearson from the Orange Club.
Visiting Rotarians
None unless you count the DG
Special Notice:
This week, September 6, instead of our regular meeting, we will be holding our annual golf tournament. There will be a sign-in sheet at Bella Fiore but this will be only for visiting Rotarians. Members who wish to get attendance credit for this meeting must check in at the Norwich Golf Club even if you are not playing or otherwise volunteering. This will give all members an opportunity to participate in our silent auction and bid the prices up on the valuable items. As Gary reminded us, you are saving as much as $17 so there's no reason not to spend it on our vitally important fund raiser.
  • The Celebrate Diversity event committee’s next meeting will be September 5th at the “Barry’s Bank” Savings Institute. The event will take place on September 19th.
  • Peace Poles will be installed on September 18th at Howard Brown Park.
  • Club members are encouraged to give speaker ideas to Mary Richardson or Kevin Wickless.
  • Golf Tournament will take place on September 6th.
  • Rotary Amber Alert will be at NFA for the Healthy Living Expo. See Mike Matera for details.
  • The Board will meet on September 13th.
  • The Club’s Location Search Committee continues to seek a more affordable meeting site.
  • Otis Library is hosting a Multicultural Art Project on September 23rd from 12-2 pm.
  • Kevin needs help with Cultural Diversity restaurants’ paperwork for the Health Department.
  • Rodney has contacted agencies and schools to get counts and sizes for coats.  Volunteers are needed for sorting and delivery.  Please contact him if you are able to help.
Happy Dollars:  with Nancy who gave for Trish and is dismayed that her son is an Orioles’ fan. 
Other contributors included:
Larry for Trish, for his son who is a Mets fan and for the Browns who are 3 and 0 in preseason. 
Barry for Keith Caplet’s return and for Rodney’s appearance in Norwich Magazine.
Erin gave for her 15th wedding anniversary.
Mike Gordon for the ‘70s flooding in Northeastern Pennsylvania where Joan’s parents lived.  Her mother made the bed before being willing to leave her house in order to be rescued.
Kevin asked the whereabouts of the Club’s projector.  He gave for Trish, for his kids’ returning to school and for Tigers’ tickets, which he has.
Gary gave for Trish, for Keith, and for everyone’s help with the upcoming golf tournament.
Kyle is taking Poppy and Rye breakfasts to local businesses once a week. 
Andrew gave for Trish and for his vacation.
Rodney for relatives in Texas who are fine, for the Chestnut Street Playhouse’s golf tournament and for “Songs for a New World” at the Playhouse.
Mike Cooney for Matt’s favorite song, “Yakity Yak,” for the new app, All Trails, for his wife’s blog, “Old Mom Diaries,” and for editing the 7th episode of his podcast.
Bonnie gave for Trish, Barry and her trip to Kentucky for the eclipse.  It was a long ride home.
Kathleen for Trish and for her new “smart” car.
Lottie gave for the sponsors, Walter Ruley Committee and Three Rivers’ Gallery, of “An Artist at Heart,” the student works’ exhibit.
Kyle auctioned off tickets for Michele to a Patriots vs. Giants game which went to Bonnie for $100.
Lottery:  with Bill
  • Gary
  • Mary and
  • Kevin
…sadly (ror them) did not find the ace.
After congratulating our Club for all that we do, DG Trish Pearson spoke to us about her plans for not only this year, but two or three years to come as she works with incoming DGs.  Trish spoke about how we could help with hurricane Harvey victims.  Our next DG Larry Gardner’s parents live in hard-hit Rockport. Trish will send out a press release requesting events or monetary assistance that will be sent directly to the Rockport Rotary Club.
Trish has four areas of focus this year:  Communication and Branding, Strategic Planning for our District, Leadership Development, and Diversifying Membership.  Her project this year is supporting clean water for a school in Kenya, our District’s share of which is $55,000.  Trish urged us to attend next year’s District Conference in Burlington, VT with southern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Trish led us in the Four-Way Test to close our meeting.