Rotary Club
Of East Hartford
  High Gear

Volume 72 | Issue 6   August 8, 2018


Floyd leads District Golf Champs

Another busy week in East Hartford Rotary’s active social calendar. First up was District 7890’s annual golf tournament at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, MA on Monday.  East Hartford sent three foursomes to this year’s event making up close to 20% of the participants. And one of those foursomes, lead by dead-eye putter extraordinaire, Laura Floyd, won the tournament’s top prize, Low Net, with a five under par score. Tagging along with Laura were Bill Saunders, Ned “Nate” Lynch and Doug Willett. The golf was followed by a hearty buffet and an interminable raffle conducted in his inimitable fashion by our own Marc Glass.

Bounty and Conversations Overflow at Sgt. at Arms Picnic

Wednesday found us gathered in President Kevin’s backyard once again for the annual Sergeant at Arms picnic. We had a great turnout and the weather favored us with just a tease of a rain shower once the meal was essentially over. The appetizer table was overflowing with a broad choice of cheese, fruit, veggie and other concoctions. Peter Klock circled the group dispensing Gazpacho fresh from Vermont. The main course featured steak and salmon expertly grilled by the Big Banana, himself, President Kevin, surrounded by potatoes, salad, fresh green beans, onions and rolls. And just to top it off, pistachio and chocolate/vanilla ice cream balls with fresh raspberries put a coda on the consumption. More than enough fuel to provide everyone a full tank.

New DG, Kate Sims, Among Guests

President Kevin interrupted his grilling duties just long enough to welcome all of us and to note that cooking up a storm and running a traditional meeting were just not compatible. He did take the time to thank Ceil Collins for organizing the gathering, to thank all those who contributed in a variety of ways, and most specially to thank his bride, Sue, for holding it all together once again. He also welcomed our guests, lots of familiar faces including the always charming Rita Brown, along with our new District Governor, Kate Sims, from Manchester and Assistant Governor, Randi Saboski, from Rockville.

DG Kate made some brief comments noting her goals for the year including building the District as well as joining with the Lions Club and other Rotary districts to address the opioid crisis. She also mentioned her recent visit to South Africa and the impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome and drug dependency on pregnant women. It’s obvious from the DG’s remarks that our District is in good hands this year.

So, with everyone fed, with the conversations dwindling, and with darkness rapidly setting in, we all dispersed to our vehicles and made our way to our homes, a happy and contented lot. Another busy week in East Hartford Rotary in the books.


Doug Willett


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