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Busy day today. Attendance on the low side with about 15 Rotarians in attendance. But that did not inhibit a lively meeting full of good discussion during the Club Assembly portion of the meeting.
President Sue rang the bell and led the pledge of allegiance. Ceil Collins was our Invocation speaker with an interesting homily. Sue followed with a brief emphasis on the Four Way Test. With that we moved into the meeting proper.
Foremost on everyone’s mind was the recent passing of Bob Wood. Bob joined the East Hartford Rotary Club in 1985, sponsored by the late Jack Davis. Over the years, Bob was active in many Rotary activities, serving as Club President, awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, writing High Gear, working on the Scholarship Committee, serving on the Board, you name it, and Bob was right there to offer service above self.
At Sue’s urging, various Club Members shared memories of Bob during the meeting. Bob’s funeral service will be on Saturday (July 31st) at 10 am at South Congregational Church of East Hartford. Bob's family will receive relatives and friends on Friday (July 30th) from 4-6 pm at the D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. Full details and his obituary can be found on our club website. Cards can be sent to Debbie at 900 Hemlock Avenue, Apt 335, South Windsor, CT 06074
1935 - 2021
Robert Bradley Wood of South Windsor died peacefully on July 25 with family at his side, after a brief illness. An East Hartford native, Bob attended East Hartford High School, where he was a star player on the football and baseball teams. After attending Amherst College and completing military service, as well as earning Masters Degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston University, he began his long career as an educator.
In his many years at George J. Penney High School, he taught history, chaired the Social Studies department, coached baseball and football, and served as Athletic Director at both Penney High School and East Hartford High School. He was active in his church, South Congregational Church of East Hartford, serving on many committees and as Deacon and Trustee, as well as soup chef for countless church suppers.
A long-time Rotarian, he served a term as president of the East Hartford Rotary Club, was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow, and was active in their fundraising for college scholarships for deserving East Hartford students. After retirement, he lived in Glastonbury for several years before recently moving to South Windsor.
He enjoyed socializing with a wide circle of friends and traveling far and wide. Known for his sense of humor, he enjoyed reading mysteries and history, playing golf, and taking long walks with his wife of 61 years, Debby. They spent many summers at Moose Pond in Bridgton, ME, boating, mountain climbing and welcoming friends.
Born March 5, 1935, the son of the late George E. and Hazel (Bunn) Wood, he is survived by his wife Deborah (Dodge) Wood; his two sons and daughters in law, Timothy Wood and Kate Stover of Philadelphia, PA, Stephen and Ping Wood of Glastonbury, CT; grandchildren, Lydia Wood of Chicago, IL, Henry Wood of Philadelphia, PA, Jocelyn Wood and Annabel Wood both of Glastonbury, CT; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was predeceased by a brother, George E. Wood Jr. of Manchester, CT.
Funeral service celebrating Bob's life will be Saturday (July 31st) at 10 am at South Congregational Church of East Hartford, 1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford with Rev. Fredd Ward officiating. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family. Bob's family will receive relatives and friends on Friday (July 30th) from 4-6 pm at the D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to the East Hartford Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 380035, East Hartford, CT 06138-0035. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopoeh.com.
Rotary International's Board of Directors adopted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement at its recent June 2021 meeting.

Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion adopted in June 2021:

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

August 2021
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