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High Gear

Volume 79 | Issue 39 / May 8, 2024


Bob started our meeting at 11:47am in the Community Room, Goodwin College and led the pledge of allegiance. 19 excited and delightful members attended. Anwar gave an insightful invocation on Love & Inclusion, and we then reviewed the Four-Way Test.
Marc Glass Announcements
  • June 22:  District Golf Tournament
  • June 23:  District installation
  • July 27: District Yard Goats game, we can go on the field with our kids/grandkids
We enjoyed a delicious lunch including Anwar's delectable salad, eggplant and turkey grinders, pizza and cookies
Rebecca Silber from Rotary International was a speaker. She is our Annual Giving Officer for our district and Northeast. She reviewed our past projects including eye programs, tree planting and water projects, book mobile (here in East Hartford using global grants).
We, in East Hartford, have all types of donors: 
  • Paul Harris Fellows contributed $1,000 or honored at that level
  • Paul Harris Society - committed to $1,000 every year
  • Major Donors - $10,000+
  • Bequest Society - left $10,000+ in their will
  • Arch Klumph Society - highest tier of donor $250,000+
She shared info that there are currently 4 cases of Wild Polio Virus identified. She is happy and available to help us and thanks us for everything we do.
Anwar introduced and welcomed a speaker that joined us on Zoom today - Alan Anderson.  Alan is a Rotarian in Minnesota.  He is a life-long supporter of the climate.  He was an executive at Boy Scouts of America and is on the Rotary Climate Action Team. Alan has been giving presentations on climate change since 2012. He focuses on Rotary's 7th Focus Area - Protecting the Environment. There has been a significant increase in CO2.  This is making the planet hotter. Sea levels are rising and impacting many coastal cities with flooding and decrease in property values in low lying residential areas. There is some good news: Countries around the world have acknowledged the problem. Solar and wind energy sources are growing at 10x the pace of fossil fuel sources. As of 2015, more people are employed in solar than in coal.
Rotarians can do a lot to help out.  Consider…
  • Start a Climate Action Team.
  • Taking the Global Climate Pledge.
  • See the handout that was emailed to our group.
  • Log your own solar panels at https://esrag.org/million-solar-panel
  • See resources at www.rewiringamerica.org
  • Talk about it with friends and relatives
  • Meeting next week (none in the afternoon).  The meeting will be held on Wed, 5/15 at 6pm at Wethersfield Country Club for Paul Harris Awards  and installation for Charlie Schein membership.
Bell rang by Bob at 1:05pm to end meeting.
Submitted by Rob Rosa
East Hartford Rotary Club
High Gear

Volume 79 | Issue 38 / May 1, 2024


Marc Glass conducted the meeting - Bob Buettner was sick. Guests are Lenworth Williams, Charlie Schein and John Cook
Members under the weather:
  • Dan Larson is doing better
Rotarian Birthdays
  • May 7 - Jim Watts
Rotarian Anniversaries
  • May 1, 1991 - Neil Cunningham
  • May 24, 2021 - Jason Primus
  • May 15 - Paul Harris dinner, cost is $55 pp.  If we can pay beforehand, please do
  • May 27 - Memorial Day parade, sign up if you can
  • June 10 - Golf Tournament, looking for raffle prizes ($50 or more) and tee signs
  • June 15 - Juneteenth Day in East Hartford at Alumni Park
  • June 26 – Installation of new president and board
Rob Rosa discussed positive sponsorship of Miss Folklore USA Latina. He also reviewed Social Media and asked membership to follow and like.  Let’s let people know we exist and are helping the community. Please text (860-558-2122) or email (robrosa@bhhsne.com) any event pictures, along with a brief description, to Rob Rosa to be posted on our club Social Media sites
Marc – we do need to share Rotary info with our community. Worldwide Rotary is well-known.  Let's push it locally.
Speaker - John Cook (john.cook@quotewright.com); discussed veteran Flag Placements and Memorial Day parade. Invited to discuss flag placements, Memorial Day and Veterans Day at veteran graves. Hillside Cemetery is closed. About 700-800 veterans in St Mary's Cemetery. On May 18 at 8am will have a brief ceremony at Hillside Cemetery along with demonstration as to how to put up flags.  They will try to identify every veteran's grave.  Need volunteers help. Just show up to volunteer on May 18. Bring something you can poke into the ground to put in flags. Need to know by May 6th for East Hartford veteran's ceremony:  Korean and Vietnam war periods, The event is Monday, May 18th
Memorial Day Parade - kick off at 10am, starting at Willow St, ends at Goodwin College, The Marshal of parade will be 101 years old this year.
3 phases of parade
  • Parade 10am-10:45am
  • Speakers at podium:  John Larson & Mayor Connor Martin will be in attendance.  Students will recite an essay they wrote.
  • After the speakers there is a food festival and demonstrations by the Fire & Police department canines
Board meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at 6pm at Evergreen
Charlie Schein will be installed at our Wed, May 15th meeting
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 2024
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