Posted by Laura Hobart on Jul 05, 2017
Abe Lincoln or Bob Farwell.
Can you really tell the difference?
Presiding:  President Kathleen
Invocation:  Gary
To watch (most of, I wasn't ready) Gary's Fourth of July special invocation,
Fellowship:  Bob Farwell in for Jim O’Shea.  Bob said that he was doing penance for not verifying a quote that was incorrectly credited to Abraham Lincoln.  Bob provided other quotes that were not from Lincoln as well.
Rotary Anniversaries
Rotarians with Guests
Visiting Rotarians:
Dennis Wong from Westport Sunrise
Next week's meeting
This summer, Chelsea Players, Norwich's longest-running theater group, is presenting Live from the Stage Door Canteen: Songs of the World War II Homefront.  Dr. Faye Ringel is musical director, and she and Roz Etra will accompany some members of the nine-woman cast in songs of the World War II era, which was also the Golden Age of the Big Bands. Uniting the songs is a narrative of the important roles women played during World War II, from the home to the factory to the armed forces. 
A full performance of this cabaret will take place at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 400 New London Tpke., on Thursday August 3 at 6:30 pm, for the benefit of the synagogue. Faye has also been taking cast members "on the road" to nursing homes and senior residences all over Eastern Connecticut.
At our meeting of July 12, we will be enjoying a preview of the show.
  • Next week’s meeting will feature the Chelsea Players at the Yantic River Inn.
  • Pres. Kathleen announced that 138 pancake breakfasts were served at the Rose Arts Festival.
  • Pres. Kathleen’s project this year is to supply funds to the Norwich Public Schools for bus fare for parents and grandparents to be able to attend events or conferences at schools.
  • The next Board meeting will be held on July 12th at 11 am at the Yantic River Inn where our meeting will be.
  • Mike Cooney said that they are about to wrap up the No Show Gala event at which no one had a good time.
  • The Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 6th.
  • Please email Mary or Kevin with proposed guest speakers.
Happy Dollars:  with Jen Granger who enjoyed a good four-day weekend and watched a white dove on the lake. 
Contributors included
Bill Champagne for a weekend wedding, for his week in Chautauqua, New York, and for the upcoming Jeff Dunham show on July 21st in the Mohegan Sun skybox.
Kathleen thanked members for last week’s Change of Command, for Board members and for Committee members as well.
Gary Young gave for his barn sale and for friends visiting next week.
Mike Gordon for Kathleen and her project and reminded us to look closely at our tax bills.
Bonnie for Kathleen’s project, for her dog that is happy now that the 4th is over and for a Peruvian wedding she attended.
Andy Grant gave for Kathleen’s project and for Rich’s daughter
Andrew enjoyed the pancake breakfast, and is looking forward to getting his picture taken with five Super Bowl trophies and for his parents’ 53rd wedding anniversary.
Bob Farwell is excited about the Rose Arts Festival and the scrapbooks he had of former festivals.
Rodney hopes we enjoyed his extra potato and pasta salads, for the Rose Arts Festival, for his dining room manager who had her old festival beer mug on the front page of the Bulletin and for making the pancakes at his restaurant.  The pancake net of $500 will be split with the Festival.
Mike Cooney is loving his power washer, for poor Matt who had a stomach bug and for Jen’s next class being online.
Rich Pascal gave for his daughter who has become a CEO at the age of 31 for a New York City company so she is moving to California.
Dennis Wong gave for Kathleen and for being with happy Rotarians.
Bonnie won beautiful ornamental grass from Burnett Landscaping for $30.
Lottery:  with Bill Champagne
  • Laura
  • Mike Matera
  • Michele
…came up empty.
Program:  Bonnie introduced Dennis Wong who spoke to us about 146 cities worldwide that have the designation of City of Peace.  He encourages us to be peace builders, be problem solvers, and to be a City of Peace.  Dennis said that peace building is not passive.  It takes character.
Dennis led us in the Four-Way Test to close our meeting.