Posted by Laura Hobart on Dec 12, 2018
Presiding:  President Mr. Jim
Invocation:  Barry
Fellowship: with Laura who shared the debunking of some common beliefs
Erin Gizio
Rotary Anniversaries
Rotarians with Guests
Visiting Rotarians
  • Courtyard Marriott is officially our new home.  Thanks to Rodney for hosting us at Olde Tymes when we needed it. 
  • Mike Cooney asked for volunteers to serve on the Norwich Rotary Centennial Committee.  Mike would like to meet monthly beginning in February or March.  Please let Mike or Jim Daly know your interest in joining the committee.  Our club was organized on March 10, 1920.
  • Please remember to silence cell phones and squeaky shoes.
  • Please contact Mary Richardson or Kevin Wickless if you have a guest speaker especially if you have him tied up on the floor of your hall closet.
  • The Happy Dollars Fund is available for needy recipients.  Please contact any member of the committee if you know of someone in need in the community.
  • The Board of Directors is working on the slate of officers for 2019-2020.
Happy Dollars:
Barry welcomed Jack Cervara from Norwich Tech and announced that Savings Institute is merging with Berkshire Bank.
Jim O’Shea told us about Rotarians in the Norwich Magazine:  Jim Konrad, Kathleen Stauffer and Jim himself.  Jim told members that Einstein didn’t memorize things that he could look up
Andy Grant regularly updates his own word document, which he has been doing for 30 years.  He  had Happy Dollars  for Jim Daly, the Courtyard Marriott, Mike Cooney, Gary, and for Stan who, with his partner, crushed Andy and his partner in tennis.
Mike Matera for the Tommy Toy Fund and for the toys and books he purchased and stored in his warehouse for 8,000 kids.  Mike separates them into three drop off areas: Killingly, New London and Norwich.  Mike has been volunteering for this effort since 2003.
Susy gave for Gary who came to ECAR’s benefit raffle, for her upcoming trip to Vancouver to see her sister and stepmother, and for someone’s nephew who played for Army in the game against Navy and has met President Trump.  Susy is looking for a communication and body language speaker.
Chris Heller returned to the club saying that he has a new seven-month old grandchild.
Mike Cooney gave for pictures of kids in coats and for a young man who has created a new winter wonderland in Killingly where Matt finally sat on Santa’s lap.
Andy Nolman is aspiring to receive a best husband award for the dance party he gave for Lona’s 50th birthday wish, as well as a dinner at the Spa at Norwich Inn on the actual day. Lona can now be an AARP member. 
Lottie is looking forward to Kwanzaa celebrations at both Otis Library on December 26th and the Norwich Arts Center on December 31st, the second of which is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich. 
Rodney gave for being able to fulfill a Thames River wish for two more coats that he saw in the “Make a Difference” section of The Day.  His 14-year-old great granddauhter has her first country music video out in which she is one of three back-ups for a group.  Rodney is still looking for a good kitchen manager.
Auction:  Stan offered up one of his original rocking horses that went to Andy Grant for $50.
Lottery:  with Barry.  No luck for Mary, Bill or Tom.
Program:  Jack Cervera, Dean of Students at Norwich Tech talked to the club about the students and programming at the school, as well as the extensive volunteer activities the students take on in many ways in order to give back to the community.  The Interact Club is strong at the school and faculty members volunteer as well. 
Jack invited us individually or as a group to come to the school for a tour for those of us who haven’t seen all that the school has to offer. 
Pres. Mr. Jim ended our meeting with an inspirational quote.