Posted by Bob Reed on May 02, 2018
Presiding:  Kathleen Stauffer
Invocation: Kathy Croteau
Fellowship with Jim O’Shea who spoke about the interesting history of May Day. On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public's eye. This event is known as the Haymarket Affair.  
Barry Shead – May 4th
Rotarians with Guests:
Bonnie Hong introduced Jim Konrad
Visiting Rotarians:
Dave Cruthers visiting from the Mystic Club. Dave was once a Norwich Rotarian back in the 1990’s.
  • Next week’s speaker will be Beyrl Fishbone on Norwich Native Samuel Chester Reid and his role in the War of 1812.
  • 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. Kevin says we are still looking for ecdysiasts.
  • The Native Son Award will be presented on May 30th at the Holiday Inn.
  • 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 nest meeting will be on June 11th at the Savings Institute in Norwich. Contact Barry Shead for details.
  • The Rotary Carnival is still looking for Volunteers to help out with security and crossing guards.
  • Change of Command will be on June 20th.
  • The Rotary District Conference will be held in Burlington, VT June 1-3.
  • Spring work day will be at The Johnson Home on Saturday, May 12th from 8am to Noon.
Happy Dollars with Andy Grant:
Andy  in honor of President Kathleen and her grant award from Harvard.
Larry Fowler  for the recent pancake breakfast at Dodd Stadium for the opening of the Norwich Little League season and for the Culture for Coats event.
Jen Granger Welcomed Stacy as a new member.
Rodney Green said he saw Elaine of the former Elaine’s Gift Shop at Old Tymes and it was great to see her. Also, former Norwich Rotarian Chuck Seeman came in. Rodney also said customers still come into Old Tymes and sometime bring their own food or drink. Makes no sense as well as breaking the insurance rules. The Bully Busters are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the United Community Church. Rodney also gave thanks for all the help for the pancake breakfast and said it netted $545.00. Also gave kudos to Kyle Muenzer for his efforts with the Culture for Coats event.
Barry Shead gave for Kyle’s efforts with Culture for Coats and for Gary Young’s Cranberry Juice.
Jim Daly gave for Andy Grant and for the Pancake Breakfast.
Kyle Muenzner is happy to have his home refinanced.
Bob Farwell welcomed Dave Cruthers.
Bonnie Hong wished Barry Shead a happy birthday. She also gave for Andy Grant’s socks. She said Rodney Green and his wife Lucille were the best dressed at the Culture for Coats event. Bonnie also has posters for the Rotary Carnival for distribution.
Dave Cruthers said he was pleased to be visiting the Norwich Club and that he was a member between 1994 and 2001. He was also in attendance to support our guest speaker Jeff Anderson.
Jay Waitte welcomed Dave back to the club. Also gave Ace Hardware kudos for his grill set up at his house on Cape Cod.
Kathleen Stauffer thanked Jim O’Shea, Andy Grant, Andy Nollman & Rodney Green for their efforts with the pancake breakfast. She reminded us that Community Cleanup Day is Saturday May 5th 9am to 1pm and to meet at Foundry 66 in downtown Norwich to take part.
Bill Champagne welcomed Dave back to the Club and said how much he enjoyed the ARC Film Festival and made an additional donation.
Mike Goldblatt is happy to be back after a busy tax season. He has his eye on a 55 T-Bird that was one owned by the Great, Great Grandson of Abe Lincoln. He’s going to buy it.
No Auction today.
Lottery  with Jay Ginsberg:
  • Larry Fowler
  •  Bill Champagne
  • Gary Young
 drew cards. No Winner.
Program: Kathleen Stauffer introduced Jeff Anderson, Executive Director of Always Home.

Always Home, formerly known as Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality (MASH), was founded in 1998 by members of the community to address the needs of Southeastern Connecticut's homeless and imminently homeless families. From the start, their mission has always been to help parents and their children avoid the lasting trauma of homelessness. In the nearly 20 years since its founding, Always Home has helped over 1,400 families achieve housing stability. Founding member Rev. Dr. Carpenter continues to be an actively engaged member of the organization's Board of Directors. One of the main causes of family homelessness is a lack of reliable transportation. For a family living paycheck to paycheck, when their car breaks down, they face a challenging decision. If they don't have a car, they can't get to work. But if they pay for the repair, they risk falling behind on the rent. For a family living on the edge of homelessness, it's a no-win situation. Always Home's Wheels to Work program works to quickly resolve a family's transportation problem so that they are able to work, pay their rent and preserve their current housing. Wheels to Work helps with donated cars, costly repairs, insuring and registering vehicles, and bus/cab vouchers. When families have dependable transportation, their employment opportunities increase and family economic security can advance. 

 President Kathleen Stauffer closed the meeting reciting the 4 Way Test.