Posted by Bob Reed on Nov 14, 2018
Presiding:  Pres. Mr. Jim Daly
Invocation: Jim Konrad
Fellowship:  with Jim O’Shea.  Jim gave a very cerebral fellowship talk on the doings of Albert Einstein on this date back in 1905 which was referred to “The Miracle Year.” Everyone felt smarter by the time Jim finished his fellowship.
Visiting Rotarians:
  • District Governor Larry Gardner-Newtown,
  • ADG Kevin Reich–East Hampton
  • Shelia Hays- Rotary Community Corps
  • Jim Daly delivered the sad news that Barry Shead’s dad passed away on November 12th. Calling hours will be at the Smith & Walker Funeral Home in Putnam, CT Saturday, November 17th 9am to 11am with a funeral at 11am, followed by military honors.
  • Bonnie Hong is currently in the hospital at the Cleveland Clinic and will have surgery on Thursday. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  
  • President  Mr.Jim spoke to Harvey at Bella Fiore and broke the news that the club will be meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott from now on. He took the news well and he’s still trying to reopen but is still going through issues from the fire.
  • Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation approved a $2,500 grant for the Rotary Coat Project.
  • Next week’s meeting will be at the Courtyard by Marriott. The meeting on the 28th will be at the Holiday Inn.
  • The food packing event went well at Mohegan Sun this past Saturday and thank you to all the Rotarians that helped.
  • The Club received a couple of very creative “Thank You” notes from the school children that received dictionaries.
Happy Dollars: with Jennifer Granger
Jen  thanked everyone who helped with the food packing event on Saturday.
Bob Reed with $20.00 for the Liberty Bank Challenge and more happy dollars to welcome our guests. Bob also conveyed a story about how he and Barry Shead while talking a few years ago about their fathers suddenly realized that they served aboard the same Navy destroyer during World War II; small world .
Mike Matera thanked all who helped with the Amber Alert event on Saturday at Mohegan Sun.
Andy Grant recently visited his 3 children out in California.
Kevin Wickless welcomed District Governor Larry and Assistant District Governor Kevin to the club. He thanked them for their help during his year as president.
Kyle Muenzner spent a nice weekend in New York meeting his girlfriend’s friends and told a story of some fun drinks with fun “ice cubes” with all of them.
Shelia Hays said how sorry she was to hear of Barry’s dad’s death. She said that the Rotary Community Corps helped out at the food packing event this past Saturday. The RCC will also be entering a float in the Winterfest Parade in Norwich and will be helping out the Salvation Army ringing the bells at the Kettle’s Collections for the holiday season.
Gary Young welcomed DG Larry and ADG Kevin.
Jim Konrad said he’ll be driving to Alabama for the Thanksgiving holidays. Plans on 21 straight hours of driving with family. Also the Norwich Bulletin is looking for veteran’s to profile for the weekly feature in the paper.
Bill Champagne said the Norwich City Council heard a presentation by an expert on how the city can expand on its rich historical heritage. Also while his son’s house is being worked on he has hosted his grandchildren and they have had many spirited games of poker before the kids leave for school.
Lottie Scott said she just returned from her visit to her childhood home in South Carolina and had a great visit with family and friends. She could not get Clifford to attend church however as the services tend to be a bit lengthy in that part of the world. She will be returning in February to do a book signing of her recent book.
ADG Kevin Reich was happy to visiting Norwich Rotary and thanked all members for their service in Rotary.
Auction: Joel Etra auctioned off Roz’s “BASS ALE” mirror. Kevin Wickless was the high bidder.
Lottery: with Mary Richardson.
  • Lottie Scott and
  • Mary Richardson (twice)
drew cards to no avail . Better luck next week .
Guest Speaker: ADG Kevin Reich introduced District Governor Larry Gardner. Larry addressed the club with how happy he was to visit us and gave President Mr.  Jim Daly a pin and the District banner that had his message “Be the Inspiration” motto. He also plugged the annual District Conference that will take place in May in Southbury and hoped all would consider attending. The District Assembly and Conference will be combined this year. DG Larry gave updates on figures of membership numbers worldwide as well as here in the US. Membership is growing in many parts of the globe however total membership numbers have remained the same for the past 20 years. Rotary will be putting more emphasis on retention as many new Rotarians leave within the first two years of being inducted into clubs. It must be made clear what is expected of being a Rotarian such as the costs, time commitment and energy. Also the benefits must be pointed out as service to your community, meeting new people and making connections with other like-minded people. The membership numbers in the US, Canada and UK are on the decline. A new District “Membership Retention and Engagement Committee” has now been established to address the problem. Larry reminded us that Rotary gives us the ability to touch people across the world that we may never meet. Rotary has to be both a “Mind & Heart” decision to be a committed member. We as Rotarians need to help new Rotarians find their “Rotary Moment” when one comes to realize what a difference we can make in the lives of others less fortunate in our communities and around the world.  
Pres. Mr.. Jim Daly ended the meeting at 1:34pm.