Posted by Bob Reed on Jul 25, 2018
Presiding:  Jim Daly
Invocation: Rodney Green
Fellowship: with Nancy Gentes who spoke about vacation topics that included some entertaining  quotes: “I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage” was a crowd pleaser.
 Rodney Green- July 26th – 12 Years
Suki Lagrito and her daughter
Meghan O’Neill – Today’s Speaker
  • Andrew Nollman passed out invitations that Rotarians can use to invite prospective members to one of our luncheon meetings.
  • The Rotary Golf Tournament will be on September 5th, 2018.
  • Please contact Mary Richardson or Kevin Wickless if you have a guest speaker you would like to propose. We are looking for someone who can put together  a chorus of castrati.
  • 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’s next meeting will be on August 6th at the Savings Institute in Norwich. Contact Barry Shead for details.
  • Contact the Happy Dollars Committee if you know of a qualified recipient for some funds.
  • The Diversity Day Committee is looking for a sound system and a DJ. Contact Roz Etra
Happy Dollars: with Andy Grant
Andy welcomed Arianna and enjoyed playing tennis with his buddy from the 7th grade.
Mike Cooney took his son camping and he met a new friend.
Gary Young said there were a few young girls from his neighborhood catching frogs in his pond. He went down to talk to them to tell them to be careful and they told him he didn’t look a day over 40.
Bill Champagne had some bad news that Sidat Balgobin died recently. Bill did say he did enjoy playing an old game with his grandkids, “Southeastern Connecticut’opoly” which came out over 35 years ago and is based on “Monopoly” but with local businesses. Bill also has tickets to a fundraiser for Norwich Historical Society featuring Jason Moraz in the Mohegan Tribal Skybox and a buffet dinner for $50.00.
Barry Shead welcomed Avianna and Suki. He also welcomed Suki to the Diversity Committee.
Nadine McBride thanked Ace Hardware for the supplies for a garden.
Jay Waitte said his son has landed safely in the UAE and is flying missions over Syria. He is able to Facetime with him so he knows he’s safe. Jay remembers the days of maybe getting an email to keep in contact.
Jim Daly welcomed Arianna and Suki. Arianna will be leaving for Brazil to study for a year on a Rotary exchange and he suggested the Google Translate app to understand Portuguese.
Suzy Hurlbert  is staying put where she lives for now and not moving to Eastern Connecticut just yet. One benefit of staying where she is now is her great hot tub.
No Auction
Lottery  with Paul Blanchard
  • Keith Caplet
  • Mary Richardson and
  • Paul
...drew cards. No winner.
Program: Pres. Jim introduced Meghan O’Neill from Imagine Scholar. Meghan has worked with Imagine Scholar in South Africa for the past 3 years and their mission is to work with high achieving poor youth who have a lack of access to opportunities. The students are in the grades 8 through 12. A special focus is on communication skills. For more information log on to   
Jim Daly concluded the meeting with weekly words of wisdom.