Posted by Bob Reed on Jun 27, 2018
Presiding:  Jim Daly
Invocation: Kathy Croteau
New Member Induction: by Andrew Nollman. John Bulduc introduced Susy Hurlbert and inducted her in the club. Susy originally came from Canada and was a figure skater from the age of 18 to 30. After her career in skating she attended college, received a number of degrees and eventually found her way to head the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors. Susy has 2 grown children and currently resides in Granby with her male companion of 8 years. She hopes to move permanently to Eastern Connecticut soon. Welcome Susy to Norwich Rotary.
Fellowship: with Barry Shead who brought some information about the history of  Independence Day. It appears that most state’s representatives signed and approved the Declaration on July 2nd and 3 signed on the 4th. By August 2nd the document was fully signed and John Hancock signed the largest so the King of England was sure to see his signature.
Jerry Lowney – June 27th
 Rodney Green- 6/26/06 11years. Marty Shapiro- 7/1/99 18 Years
 Wayne Silver-Guest Speaker
  • 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. We are looking for a circus gaffer but no more lumberjacks.
  • No meeting on Wednesday July 4th.
  • 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 Day next meeting will be on July 9th at the Savings Institute in Norwich. Contact Barry Shead for details.
  • The Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be at the Rose Art Festival on June 30th. Volunteers needed. Show up at 7:10am. Serving will begin at 7:30am.
  • Be sure to give any make-up you may have to Cathy Croteau by the end of the week. New dues bills will be going out in July and you will not be credited if Cathy does not have your make-ups.
Happy Dollars: with Andy Grant
Andy welcomed Susy Hurlbert to the club. Also, he’ll be a father-in-law for a 2nd time.
Rodney Green is looking for the Pancake Breakfast Banner for Saturday. He announced all the cooking will be done at Old Tymes due to non-functioning old club grills.
Andy Nollman Welcomed Susy Hurlbert to Norwich Rotary and welcomed Jim Daly as new President.
Mike Matera congratulated Jim Daly on becoming new President and that he saw Bob Farwell on Channel 30 after saving someone’s life at the Otis Library.
Gary Young welcomed Marty Shapiro and Susy Hurlbert. Gary reminded everyone that  there are only 70 days till the annual golf tournament and auction items are needed as well as volunteers and players. Gary also has some old friends visiting his home for the next 7 days.
Bob Farwell welcomed Susy Hurlbert to the club and congratulated Jim Daly as our new President. Bob also invited everyone to the Otis Library booth at the Rose Arts Festival as they have scrapbooks from all the past festivals to look at. He also invited everyone to the library later in the day as there will be indoor Mini Golf.
Larry Fowler welcomed Susy Hurlbert and congratulated Jim Daly on his induction as President. His granddaughter also just graduated from Griswold High School.
Marie Osborne had good news that she is celebrating 30 years of marriage. Sadly she also learned she has been diagnosed with MS. She thanked her doctors for the fine care she has been receiving.
Cathy Croteau was happy she passed the exam to be granted life insurance.
Marty Shapiro gave $18.00 for his 18 years in Rotary.
Barry Shead welcomed Susy Hurlbert to the club and welcomed back Marty Shapiro too. He thanked Gary Young for the excellent Norwich Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s party he hosted at his home. Also, his granddaughter won 5 awards at her graduation from the Thompson Middle School.
AuctionBob Reed auctioned a summer package of tickets that included BI Express passes, Lighthouse Tour passes, Water Wizz passes and CT Tiger tickets worth $470.00. Theresa Madonna was the high bidder at $100.00.
  • Theresa Madonna
  •  Andy Nollman
  • Jim Daly
all  drew cards to no avail.
Program: Jim Daly introduced former Norwich Rotarian Wayne Silver who spoke on the American Friends of Kenya project. American Friends of Kenya (AFK) began as an informal effort to support a Kenyan couple living in Connecticut who wanted to help build school and community libraries in Kenya. Many of their friends and neighbors came together to make their dream a reality.
During the summer of 2004, 18 of the people involved in the book collection drive visited Kenya. They returned home energized and inspired to do more. The result was the incorporation of American Friends of Kenya during October 2004 and its approval as a non-profit 501 c 3 public charity during March 2005.
Today, they send regular shipments of books, library materials, school supplies, and medical supplies to schools, libraries, hospitals, and clinics.
They started an “Orphan Sponsorship Program” that helps children in several provinces of Kenya.
We help to expand opportunities for girls and women and people with disabilities.
They have sustained working partnerships with reputable organizations and individuals in Kenya, USA and worldwide to work towards their common goals. They are fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers from all over the world. Yearly teams going to Kenya have had participants from many different states in the U.S., from Canada, and Australia.
AFK is a 100% volunteer organization. None of its officers, directors or supporters is paid a dime, nor do they use professional fundraising services.
AFK is truly a grassroots effort and a labor of love and compassion.
Jim Daly concluded the meeting by leading the club reciting the 4 Way Test.