It was a beautiful day outside as we gathered for our weekly Zoom meeting. Pre-meeting discussion revolved around the upcoming Trunk or Treat activity. There was some Yankee Fan bashing going on as well. Past District Governor Marc Glass was preparing to ring the bell for President Sue Klock when his internet cut out, so we forged ahead bell-less. We did the pledge and recited the 4-Way test, and then President Sue ad libed an invocation. She finished just in time for Marc to rejoin, so we got two of them, both very well done. There being no caring moments to be shared, we moved on to announcements.
  • The BOD approved the membership proposal for Rob Roya.
  • George Schoen gave a quick report on the success of the Golf Tournament. We should clear approximately $15,000 after expenses, so an extremely successful effort this year. Thanks to George and Bob Buettner, as well as the rest of the committee for all their hard work! There will be discussion over the next couple of weeks about potentially changing venues for the future.
  • RIM - Another successful year. Because of the rescheduling due to the flooding of Charter Oak Park there were less participants than had been expected. Both Manchester and East Hartford police were helpful closing off intersections for the runners/bikers as they traversed the course. Five members of East Hartford Rotary participated. Ceil Collins, Lori Goeckler, Dan Firestone, Jack Sayre, and Bob Buettner.
  • The Water Station for the Hartford Marathon is taking place this Sat. Volunteers should meet at the new American Eagle Federal Credit Union building on East River Drive at am. Our club will be joined by 15 Coast Guard Academy cadets.
Trunk or Treat Packaging October 20 - In place of our normal meeting we need ten volunteers to package candy for the TRUNK & TREAT Halloween event on Oct. 31. We will meet at the Y on Main Street at noon. Sue will be doing a zoom meeting from the Y for those not able to volunteer. Please email me at. if you will volunteer for this project.
Senior Citizen Leaf Raking: The club will be sponsoring a leaf raking project for senior citizens on November 6th. We will be partnering with the same church youth group that participated last year, as well as brining in some Interact students from the Baccalaureate Academy. Still looking for adult volunteers to help supervise (NO raking involved.). Our goal this year is to do at least ten yards. If you can help, email Bob at
Veterans BBQ – East Hartford Rotary will be sponsoring a Veteran's BBQ taking place at the new Senior Center on Nov 10. Our club will be cooking on our grill to help feed everyone. This will be our meeting for the week. We need our members to serve the food to the Vets. Cooking outside, serving inside.
Email Bob at
  • The Holiday Party will take place on Dec 15.
  • New member Dierdre Stoltz has initiated a project to collect feminine hygiene products for the girls attending the middle and high schools. Please see her email for more information
  • Anwar Hossain reported on our participation in assisting with Afghan refugee resettlement. He will be attending a meeting on Oct 8 to get more information on what is needed.
  • Jim Watts announced that the Paul Harris committee is accepting nominations. Please send them to All nominations should be in by the middle of Nov.
  • Mayor Leclerc’s “Last Blast” Invitation to Rotary: “This event is a bi-annual tradition for Mayor Leclerc which raises significant funds for East Hartford’s charities and organizations. With the pandemic last year, we had to reschedule the event originally planned for March 2020 as the “Mayor’s Ball”, and have reconfigured the celebration to a more appropriate, very last minute, event for these times. With Mayor Leclerc’s term ending in November, it would be an honor to have the Rotary Club members as her guests! The event is casual with food trucks outdoors and roaming catering stations indoors as well as beverages and entertainment. Guests can stop by anytime between 4pm-8pm or stay for the entire time. The attached Invitation has a hyperlink to RSVP via Evite, or you can click here .  We really hope you can share widely throughout the organization – there will be no cost to attend.”
  • District Foundation Recognition Brunch, Sunday, November 7th -- any new club members, joining our club since June 1, 2021, can attend as guests of President Sue (let her know via email by October 20th) -- Artisan Restaurant in Delmar Hotel in Blue Back Square. Registration desk opens at noon; event begins at 12:30.
District Governor’s message re. The Rotary Foundation
A Rotary Foundation Benefactor is a person who has notified The Rotary Foundation that they have made provisions in their final estate plans to Rotary for US$1,000 or more, or who has made an outright gift of US$1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin. They are listed in the Benefactor Report and identified in the Club Recognition Summary.
Clubs with 100%-member support of Rotary’s Endowment are eligible to request a Rotary’s Promise Club electronic certificate. Qualifying support may be a commitment for a future gift to The Rotary Foundation in an estate plan or an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment.
A US $1,000 gift to The Rotary Foundation creates a legacy of helping people live better lives around the world. Today there are over 100,000 Benefactors worldwide.
Until next week - Wes