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East Hartford Rotary News

The Rotary Club of
East Hartford


High Gear

Volume 76 | Issue 46  / May 11, 2022
The meeting day started off warm and sunny and the Rotarians gathered on zoom were just as bright and cheerful. All 17 0f us were enjoying the company of fellow Rotarians. Sue rang that bit bitty bell and we started with the pledge. Alex reminded us of General Patton with the large flag behind him. Marc was supposed to have an invocation, but due to computer problems had to leave so Sue filled in for him.
Guest Speaker Rescheduled
Guest speaker Joy Viola World traveler and writers introduced. She is the oldest member of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. A published author. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and related her experiences in many parts of the world. She stressed the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and not letting age from stopping you from your dreams, keeping your sense of humor and take the road less traveled .  She began her show with slides frothier travels and humorous tales of her trips such as backpacking  through the mountain in Canada and safaris in Africa . Unfortunately due to technical problems with talk was lost and we will try to reschedule for another meeting.
Not having a speaker, Sue picked up the slack and we went on with some updates:
  • Sue is on the District Innovative Club Advocate Committee and has ideas about different types of clubs that would not involve weekly meetings but focus on projects.
  • Rotary In Motion has chosen an new route that would expose more of East Hartford to the riders and Mayor Mike will be involved.
  • CBIA club. Our High School club has been very active.  Here is a list of projects that they have been working on :
    • Rebuilding Together. Cleaned a yard. 80 bags of leaves plus sticks and branches.
    • Special project for Ukraine. Origami hearts displayed in rotunda of the school as well as a video in support of a IB school in Ukraine.
    • Strands of Hope.  Getting people tp donate 8 inches of hair for children with hair loss due to illness.
    • 16 Annual Abelon walk.on May 21
Important Dates
  • May 18. EHRC meeting in the Community Room.
  • June 1 EHRC meeting in room 311.
  • May 30 Memorial Day Parade EHRC will participate and will have a booth.
  • June 15 In person meeting at Goodwin
  • June 29. Installation dinner at  Wethersfield Country Club.
  • OCTOBER 3. Golf Tournament.  WCC. Our only fund raiser.  Need all members to actively help!!
Our next in person meeting will  be in the Community room at Goodwin on May 18.  PLEASE let Guy know if you will be attending so he can order the proper amount of food  glabella@goodwin.edu
That's all folks!!
See you in person next week
Service Above Self - 2021-2022 Club Projects
These three words describe the heart and soul of this great organization called Rotary. When 1.4 million Rotarians all over the world gather and enjoy fellowship in different countries, different settlings, different time zones, they are also planning projects to help others. Many of those who are being helped are within the community, but many are in far off places in distant corners of the world. Rotary is changing lives by fighting diseases, providing clean water, educating children, and providing temporary shelters.
The East Hartford Rotary Club (EHRC), like the other 33,000 clubs in the Rotary world, is doing its part in following the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self. This year, despite the impediments posed by COVID-19, we continued our efforts participating in hands-on service projects. Here is the list of projects from January-through December 2021:
Covid-19 gave birth to a new project this year. Early in the pandemic, the shortage of face masks hit first responders and frontline care providers. ROTARY stepped up to the plate to help. Working through our local club, thousands of masks were provided to our police and fire departments.
Socks are among the list of items most needed by the homeless. Thanks to the generosity of Bombas Socks Company, our club received 250 pairs of new socks which were distributed to several shelters in the surrounding communities.
Rotary in Motion (RIM), a collaboration of the Rotary clubs of Manchester, East Hartford, and Rockville, recently held its third annual free community wide program celebrating " mobility" of all forms.
In addition to a 17- and 26-mile bike ride, mostly on the East Coast Greenway, the Charter Oak Greenway and the Hop River Trail, the day included a 2-mile mountain bike ride, a walking tour of the Charter Oak Park in Manchester, and Golf cart and Rickshaw rides. East Hartford members participated in the planning of the event and by staffing a water station at Wickham Park. 
A new and unique community service opportunity came our way this year. Our club members rolled up their sleeves and took part in painting a portion of the mural in East Hartford celebrating the diversity of our community. Our club and its members also made monetary donations to the project.
The East Hartford Rotary Club has participated in the Greater Hartford Marathon since its inception many years ago. The day for volunteers from our club starts early morning, setting up tables, filling hundreds of cups of water, handing these to 10,000+ racers who sprint/run/walk by the water station and later making sure that every used cup and other trash is picked up and bagged. By the time we leave a few hours later, we make sure that the grounds look as pristine and clean as we found it. We are rewarded handsomely with free donuts, coffee, and jackets.
We never thought it would be so much fun sorting, stuffing candies in small clear plastic bags and tying a colorful ribbon. Following an assembly line system, members of our club prepared 500+ bags in an hour while the Rotary meeting was being zoomed for others who could not attend.
The Covid-19 pandemic created a new Halloween tradition. Parents with their kids simply drive slowly past candy stations while volunteers toss the candy bags in the open trunks. EHRC participated in one such event at Rentschler Field. Our candy station, one of the twenty plus other stations, where club volunteers dressed in Halloween costumes got to practice their candy throw in the car trunks five hundred times. We have never seen so many smiling kids in one day.
This was the second year the EHRC, in partnership with the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (CIBA) and Living World Outreach Ministries Pentecostal Church, participated in leaf raking projects for the senior residents of East Hartford who are physically unable to tackle this yearly chore. Sixty students and sixteen adult volunteers, including several members of EHRC, broke into fourteen groups and drove off to their designated locations and completed the tasks in just a few hours. The volunteers were rewarded with a pizza lunch at the church. The bigger and better reward was the appreciation and thanks expressed by these seniors.
This is a new project that EHRC has added to the list of service projects. The day before Veterans Day 11/10, our club cooked and served 120 lunches in the new East Hartford Senior Center for East Hartford veterans in grateful recognition of their service to our country.
Once a month, members of EHRC report to the FoodShare distribution center in Bloomfield and help sort food. Unbeknown to many, food insecurity exists among our communities. The Pandemic has exasperated the situation. FoodShare provided fourteen million meals worth of food last year. Volunteers like us make it possible for FoodShare to make our neighbors a little more food secure.
In keeping with East Hartford Rotary’s theme of Empowering Women, we are conducting a drive to collect feminine hygiene products for the middle and high schools in the town. The focus of this drive is to collect various feminine hygiene products for the school nurses to be able to distribute to young women in need of them. We plan to incorporate local family shelter and food pantries along with any other location that comes to light in town to benefit from this as well.
For the past twelve years, the EHRC has donated dictionaries to all third graders in the East Hartford Public School system. Creative teachers explain how to properly
use the dictionary and incorporate word sourcing activities into their lesson plans. In addition to improving student vocabulary, the dictionaries have sections on the United States Constitution, a list of Presidents, information of each state, and maps of the world. For many children, this dictionary is the very first book they can call their own. The thoughtful thank you notes the Club receives from the individual recipients demonstrate the value of this project.
A popular project for East Hartford Rotarians is our annual bell ringing effort in support of the Salvation Army. Rotarian Roy
Spiller instigated our participation with the Army in 1992. At the time, their headquarters were on Forbes Street in East Hartford.
In 1992 we had more than ninety members and we rang bells at both doors at Stop and Shop in East Hartford on both Saturdays and Sundays on the four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We rang from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Today with a much smaller membership, the Club covers one door on three Saturdays while East Hartford High students cover the other door from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Usually there are two students covering the door and they sometimes bring along musical instruments to entertain themselves as well as the shoppers.
East Hartford Rotary has collected thousands of dollars for this charitable cause over the past thirty years.
Many, many times shoppers have told us how the Salvation Army had helped their families when they were kids. Shoppers always have a kind word and offers of hot coffee on the frigid days.
As is so many of our projects, we, as volunteers, benefit as much as our recipients.
A favorite East Hartford Rotary Club project is our annual food basket donation to the East Hartford Social Services Department. In 2021, E.H. Social Services provided us with the names and addresses of thirteen families who would benefit from our donations. In addition, Rotary member Laura Floyd, who is the Executive Director of the East Hartford YMCA, identified another ten families in need this holiday season.
Using the $3,300 budgeted for this project, we purchased twenty- three custom food baskets for our client families from Michelle’s Florist in Vernon. East Hartford Rotarian volunteers picked up the baskets on November 22 prior to the club meeting. After the meeting, the volunteers delivered the baskets to the thirteen families from Social Services and ten more baskets to the YMCA for distribution.
East Hartford Rotarians Alex Wisz, Sue Klock, Peter Klock, Jason Primus, Marc Glass, Anwar Hossain, and George Schoen worked with Project Leader Bob Buettner to complete this project.
The East Hartford Rotary Club is proud of its ninety-three-year history of serving East Hartford and its commitment to the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.” We believe that East Hartford is a better place to live and work because of organizations and people who give back to the community. We invite like-minded adults seeking a service outlet to consider joining us in our efforts. Learn more by visiting our website at: www. East Hartford Rotary.org.
May 2022
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