Posted by Bob Farwell on Oct 04, 2017
Presiding: President Kathleen
Invocation: Larry Fowler
Fellowship: To intermittent cheers and cries of huzzah! Bonnie reminded those assembled how much the things we do influence and inspire others. She used as salient examples the club’s distribution of winter coats and dictionaries and the young ladies from NFA who attended last week’s meeting and waxed enthusiastic over their attendance at RYLA last year. Expanding on these observations, Bonnie provided aphorisms and cool pearls of inspiration from, among others, William “Bill” James, Robert “Bob” Byrne and Sam “Sam” Ewing.
  • Mike Goldblatt
  • Evelyn Gillis
Rotarian Anniversaries:
Silence ensued
Rotarians with Guests:
Bonnie introduced Fran Stephanous
Visiting Rotarians:
A thorough search revealed none.
Announcements by President Kathleen.
  • Kathleen thanked those who assisted with the recent Amber Alert, as did Barry and apprised usof another such opportunity at Mohegan Sun with the Young Marines on October 21.
  • Rodney reported that the winter coats have been ordered.
  • The club will have two tables at the Trivial Pursuit tournament on November 04.
  • Jen Granger announced that the dictionaries have arrived and that Kyle is working on a date for their distribution.
Happy Dollars with: Andy Grant
Andy offered kudos to Mike Matera for his work on the Amber Alerts;
Larry Fowler did the same and effused over his return to second grade;
Rodney will leave for Bangkok soon, but promised to return; he recounted family members’ experiences during the Las Vegas shootings and we joined him in expressing gratitude for their safety.
Rodney also outlined the renovations taking place at the Chestnut Street Theater, and the receipt of a $100 check for the coat drive from an anonymous donor.
Barry described his grandson’s hospital odyssey while suffering from a burst appendix. He also lamented the demise of his classic Mustang in an accident from which he, mercifully, emerged unscathed.
Bonnie expressed relief for a positive ending to Barry’s and his grandson’s hospital travails and a safe ending for Barry to the Mustang story.
Jerry Lowney offered the singular opportunity to bid on a Connecticut Patriots hat, symbolizing the unrealized migration of the New England Patriots from Foxboro to Hartford. In a fit of spontaneous generosity and after several deep breaths Barry offered $20 and emerged the winning bidder.
Mike M. thanks those who assisted with the Amber Alert and offered a reminiscence of the soon to be, almost defunct Benny’s stores.
Gary Young was relieved that Barry was o.k. and recounted a memorable golf story.
Not today folks
Lottery with: Rich Pascal.
A generally positive mood was soon replaced with muttered imprecations and bitter but muted acapella renditions of show tunes as no one picked a winning card.
Executive Director Kathlene Gerrity of the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation described the foundation’s genesis and work. The Connecticut Burns Care Foundation was conceived by the visions of Dr. Andrew J. Panettieri, Chief of Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital and Bridgeport Firefighter Arthur C. Luf in 1978. Their services include the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp.  The camp is a safe, natural, outdoor environment for kids 8 to 18 from around the world who have survived life-altering burn injuries. The Children’s Burn Camp, now located on 176 beautiful acres in Union, CT, accepts severely burned children between the ages of 8-18. All children attend free of charge and are the recipients of a very special program that combines the opportunity to build each child’s self-esteem and self-confidence through self-discovery with an unsurpassed camping experience that includes activities like fishing, archery, boating, swimming, hiking and a challenging ropes course.
The Four Way Test: Led by President Kathleen.