Good meeting today. We had 20 Rotarians in attendance with a guest, Harry Amadasun, Jr., the VP of the newly emerging East Hartford Black Caucus. More on this effort later. We started with our usual pre-meeting social gathering and President Sue called us to order promptly at noon. She even had a bell to complete the transaction.
After grousing about the inconvenience (or pressure to avoid a wine and cheese penalty) of remembering to wear the presidential medallion, Sue got our meeting underway by leading us in the Pledge.
From that we moved to the Invocation offered this week by our First Husband, Peter Klock. Peter spoke eloquently about the new World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. which is across from the Willard Hotel. The Memorial is dedicated to the meaning of “freedom” and features a cast bronze eagle and a moving inscription, as follows:
“Free men must re-dedicate themselves to the cause of freedom. They must understand with a new certainty of conviction that the cause of freedom is the cause of the human individual. Human individuality is the basis of every value- spiritual, moral, intellectual, creative in human life.
Freedom is the right to one’s soul: the right of each person to approach God in his own way and by his own means. It is a man’s right to possess his mind and conscience for himself. To those who put their trust in freedom, the state can have no sovereignty over the mind or soul—must be the servant of man’s reason, not the master. “
Can I hear an “Amen”?
From this Sue moved into Caring Moments. Sue noted that the Al Turner family has requested that wife Charlotte receive only cards, no calls of sympathy. At this difficult time, she seeks the blessing of space more than anything – more than phone calls, or casseroles, or company.  You can send cards to Charlotte Turner, 121 Huckleberry Road, East Hartford, CT 06118). On behalf of the Club, President Sue offered our condolences to George and Peggy Schoen and all others in the South Congregational community for their loss of their beloved pastor.
What turned out to be our program today featured Connor Martin introducing Harry Amadasun Jr, the VP of the East Hartford Black Caucus. Harry grew up in EH, when off to college, and returned to town where he now serves on the Board of Education. His mission today was to explain the background of the caucus and provide us information about the Martin Luther King Jr Mural Project proposed for Main Street. The Mural Project will not only celebrate the rich diversity in East Hartford but will also represent what can be achieved through strong collaboration amongst community partners.
Harry described the project and asked Rotary for its support both in the form of contributions both as a Club and individually as well as personal involvement in the planning and execution of the mural. Connor and Sue have provided the following links and comments for your consideration:
Link to donate to creation of the mural (remember the hope is to have at least seventy-five individuals donating to this project)
If you do not want to do this online but would like to donate, please send check to
The Rise Up Group Inc.
942 Main St., Hartford CT 06103.
Questions? Contact Harrison Amadasun Jr.
Link for the survey Harry mentioned
If you missed yesterday’s meeting, I recommend taking time to watch the recording so you will understand more about this project
Passcode: TNS8.Gsc
East Hartford Rotary plans to promote diversity and inclusion through the literacy projects it has planned working with the Board of Education. This MLK Mural project fits nicely into work we are already planning. We need to find ways to participate beginning with contributions to help the Black Caucus match the $7,500 promised from a national organization. Please consider a gift to this worthy cause.
Thanks to the efforts of our new Club Secretary, Laura Floyd, minutes from our Board meetings can now be found on our website. Laura would like to add summaries from our committee meetings as well. Chairs are requested to send a summary to Laura after your committees meet.
Our District Foundation moment for this week:

The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri to more than $4.4 billion dollars in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500.00 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day, it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation and its work.
That’s it for this week,
Doug Willett