Posted by Joel Etra on Jun 06, 2018
Presiding: President Kathleen
Invocation: Joel
Fellowship: Bonnie with gratitude for Rotarians who volunteered to help with the carnival.
Kyle's celebrating with us today
Rotarian Anniversaries:
Mike Matera has been with us for 16 years
Rotarians with guests:
John brought Susie Hurlbert
Visiting Rotarians:
New member induction
Jim Konrad
Nadine McBride
Dave Graciano (in absentia)
Announcements:  by President Kathleen:
  • At next week's meeting we will have our annual celebration of local valedictorians and salutatorians.
  • The annual change of command ceremony will take place on June 20, 6:00 at Bella Fiore. RSVP to
  • Next Diversity Day Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for June 11.
  • 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.  No more emu farmers but we are still looking for a pirate.
  • The Happy Dollars Fund is available for needy recipients. Please contact any member of the committee.
  • 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 Jen Granger for details.
  • Please do not use cell phones or Bessemer furnaces near the door of the meeting room
  • We have tickets available for the Madonna place fundraiser on June 21 please contact President Kathleen for details.
Happy Dollars: with Rodney who is really happy with the deal he got on some convection ovens
Jim K. thanked Barry for the free lunches and also thanked the carnival volunteers. Also remarked on Gary’s prodigious ability to put away fried dough.
Larry welcome to Jim and Nadine to the club. Larry enjoyed his annual candy apple at the carnival. Larry just got back from a bowling tournament in Syracuse where he also enjoyed our night at the races. His grandson broke his ankle playing hockey is doing OK with his crutches.
Jim D welcomed our newest Rotarians and congratulated Bonnie on her hard work on the carnival. He, Gary, and Stan played at the Groton Rotary clubs golf tournament last Friday. Jim finished off with a dollar for Andy's socks.
Jim O' recounted his gratitude which included for: Bonnie's work for rotary; President Kathleen‘s leadership this year; birthday boy Kyle for bringing youthful enthusiasm to the club; The induction of our newest Rotarians; and finally the graduation of his son Evan.
Andy G's friend Dave is having heart surgery. He complemented Mary’s work on installing his sprinkler system. He invited Jim to his house for fishing and a barbecue.
Bill C. For the 50th anniversary of his high school graduation.
Kyle for Bonnie, for his birthday, and coincidently his cat's first birthday. Kyle was relieved to find out that his knee pain was due to Lyme disease.
Barry welcomed Jim and Nadine. He thanked Bonnie and Jose for their work on the carnival. Barry mentioned the 74th anniversary of D-Day.
Pres. Kathleen welcome and our new Rotarians and had good things to say about Mary’s lawn work. Our president is a fan of crazy socks. She thanked Mike Cooney for his online publicity work for the carnival.
Andrew N. Welcomed our new members and related an experience he had at the carnival. Yesterday was his 13th wedding anniversary. They are celebrating by going camping. He was proud to say that he Took first place for financial services in the Best of Norwich competition.
Manny rescued a copy of the Object of Rotary from the shredder and read it to us.
Gary welcomed new members, thanked Bonnie, and announced the beginning of serious preparation for our annual golf tournament.
Mike M. Welcomed our new members, thanked Bonnie, and said we will be doing some Amber Alerts this season. He is now the assistant coach of his son‘s T-ball team. The job comes with some challenges.
Bonnie spoke about her military connections as well as the importance of remembering both military and civilian war casualties.
John Mancini is really happy to be here and welcome to the new Rotarians. He told a story about the rebranding of the Eastern ("Don’t call me Easrer) Connecticut Savings Bank.   
Barry had a cool, homemade, Norwich sign and Bonnie bought it.
Lottery: With Barry
  • John M.
  • Mike
  • Bonnie
All tried with no winners
Henry Lowendorf of the United States Peace Council spoke about reducing military spending.
The Four Way Test: was led by Pres. Kathleen