Posted by Bob Reed on Mar 13, 2018
Presiding:  Kathleen Stauffer
Invocation: Barry Shead filled in for Kathy Croteau
Fellowship: Barry Shead filled in for Bob Farwell. Barry offered some interesting information on the history of one of Norwich’s Native Son’s William A. Buckingham. Buckingham was born just outside of Norwich in the town of Lebanon and attended school at Bacon Academy in Colchester but never attended college. Buckingham entered the mercantile business and helped develop the Hayward Rubber Company into a very successful business in 1848. Buckingham served as Norwich Mayor twice between 1849 and 1857. He also served as City Treasurer and served on the City Council. In 1858 he was elected Governor of the State of Connecticut and served in that capacity for the next 7 years. During the Civil War Buckingham raised both money and troops for the war effort and was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. In 1869 Buckingham was elected to the US Senate and served until his death in 1875. William Buckingham’s house still stands today at 307 Main Street in Norwich and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Marty Shapiro- March 8th
  • Paul Blanchard – 6 Years
  • Erin Gizio – 2 years
  • Bonnie Hong introduced Aviana Lozano
  • Andrew Nollman with Samuel Smit
  • Jennifer Granger brought Stacy Taylor
Visiting Rotarians:
No visiting Rotarians
  • Next week’s speaker will be Kathleen Ringer from the Chelsea Groton Bank and her subject will be Long Term Health Care Insurance.
  • The Culture for Coats Bourbon and Wine Tasting event will be held on April 20th at the Holiday Inn in Norwich from 5:30 to 7:30.
  • 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.
  • The club is seeking nominations for the Native Son/Daughter Award.
  • 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 first planning meeting will be on March 12th at the Savings Institute in Norwich. Contact Barry Shead for details.
  • Still time to donate to the No Show Gala. March 15th will be the cut off. Thanks again to Paul Blanchard and Overhead Door for their $1,000.00 donation and for Manny Kadish for matching the gift. The tally is at about $8,500.00.
Happy Dollars: with Nancy Gentes filled in for Rodney Green
Nancy Gentes kicked things off by saying she is looking forward to March Madness college basketball fun. Sad that the UConn Men’s program will not be part of it however the Woman’s team will certainly be in the tournament and could go all the way again.
Jim Daly gave dollars and is looking forward to the PETS Conference (President Elect Training Conference) this weekend in Framingham, MA.
Larry Fowler announced that he has been absent over the last 6 weeks as his 96 year old father had a serious fall and is in need of his attention. Larry hopes to return on a more regular basis as his father is recuperating in a rehab facility in Mystic.
Barry Shead welcomed all our guests.
Kyle Muenzner is looking forward to a trip to Colorado coming up soon.
Guest Speaker Michael Gualtieri gave to say thanks to the club for their past support of the Norwich Little League. Mike reported that the Little League is now on better financial footing and it looks like at least 275 kids will take part this season.
Marie Osborne told the club she just finished up Jury Duty for a civil trial and it was a lot of work. It was especially tough when it came time to determine a monetary settlement for the plaintiff.
Erin Gizio welcomed Michael Gualtieri.
Kathleen Stauffer wished Jim Daly well at this weekend’s PETS Conference and thanked him for all his support during her year as President. Kathleen also conveyed that she hoped there would be some more support from the club for the Norwich Little League this year and also for Larry for being such a great son to his dad.
Bonnie Hong gave to welcome our guests.
Gary Young auctioned a Columbus Day Ribbon he found in an old Bible from the middle 1800’s. Kathleen Stauffer was the high Bidder at $200.00.
Lottery with Andrew Nollman:
  • Marie Osborne (2 winning tickets)
  • John Mancini
drew cards to no avail
Kathleen Stauffer introduced Michael Gualtieri, Treasurer for the City of Norwich. Michael gave an interesting talk on all the duties his office performs.
President Kathleen Stauffer closed the meeting reciting the 4 Way