Rotary Club
Of East Hartford 
  High Gear

Volume 74 Issue32, February 3, 2021

Our zoom attendance on this day was higher than normal. We had many guests who were eager to listen to our distinguished speaker today. Guests and club members were happy to see some familiar faces from the past and exchanged fond memories of comraderies and fellowship.
Rotary and UN have long relationship
After the Pledge of Allegiance, President Bob called upon DG Marc Glass to give the invocation. President Bob welcomed all guests. To provide our guest speaker adequate time, President Bob held off the announcements until after the presentation. He called upon your scribe to introduce our guest speaker, Edwin Futa, the RI representative to the United Nations.
Mr. Futa outlined a brief history of Rotary’s association with the UN. In 1945, the RI was given the honor to join the UN because the two organizations shared ideals of promoting peace. In 1947, RI got the consultative status at the UN. Since then, the two organizations have been working hand in hand in major initiatives around the globe, most notably the eradication of polio.
Mr. Futa wanted to convey a strong message that the 35,000 clubs worldwide are the backbone and the foundation upon which RI stands. These clubs, through their various initiatives, are making the difference in the lives of many in their own communities. Each of these clubs is a peace ambassador in its own community.
The program was recorded. Please contact Wes Willett to get an electronic copy.
The Club raffle is underway
Golf tournament is on September 20.
Marathon water station is on October 9.
RIM tri town Rotary event is on October 2. 
Raffle was launched February 1. Wes has offered help to anyone struggling with email contacts. 
We will have more than $20,000 in scholarship money to distribute.  At the Feb 17 meeting, we will be discussing how we distribute this money. 
Goodwin University gave Rotary Scholarship to a student in the BS Public Health program. 
Electronic platforms, CashApp and Venmo have been set up to accept payments to the club.
Thanks to George Schoen, Anwar Hossain, Jeanne and Dick McCarthy for helping Sue with requirements from District to get reimbursement for K4K.
Until next week, your scribe for the month of February, Anwar Hossain
Stay safe and stay well; peace to all of you.
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