Rotary Club
of East Hartford
  High Gear

Volume 73 | Issue 9, September 4, 2019


Though President Bob rang the bell promptly at 12:15 pm, the rest of us got off to a low and slow start singing “r…r…r…r…. R…R…R…R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.” 

We were more organized for the pledge, and Art Bradbury was ready to deliver a short but heartfelt invocation. 


Then, it was on to this week’s lunch offering, roasted chicken pieces, steamed corn and a chopped salad with choice of dressing.  Faithful server Ned passed around a platter of large cookies.  We were reminded that we recycle the bottles and cans used during lunch and asked to place them on the front table when empty.

Mark your calendars

President Bob got the meeting going reporting on some requests for relief for Dorian victims.  There was general agreement that we would like to contribute to West Baptist Hospital in Miami which has a direct connection to a hospital in the Bahamas and will be collecting items most needed and will transport them there as soon as possible.  Bob said the Board had agreed via email prior to our meeting to get behind this.  So, whatever was collected at the meeting will be supplemented by a $200 club contribution.


George Schoen, co-chair of our golf tournament committee, made a plea for more raffle prizes.  He mentioned that gift cards valued at $25 or more are needed.  So, with just two weeks to go, please get out and try to help.


The Habitat for Humanity project is scheduled this Saturday, September 7th. 7:45 AM to 3 PM.  Location is 67 Woodbridge St., right here in East Hartford.  The Women’s Club will be providing lunch for volunteers.  If you have signed up to help, you will receive instructions when to show up.



Looking forward to a busy fall:


Jim Watts, chair of our Paul Harris Recognition Committee, mentioned that he will be collecting nominations anytime and will schedule a meeting of the committee in October.  He asked us to begin thinking of possible recipients.  To make a nomination, download the form from our club website, or simply write up your nomination without using the form and get it to Jim before the meeting day.


Coats for Kids should occur morning of Sunday, October 6th unless there has been a change of date since we submitted our grant application.  Application was approved; so the club will be receiving $2000 from The Rotary Foundation to help pay for this. Information for the community will be publicized in the Gazette based on information from Social Services.


The Hartford Marathon will be October 12th, and as in past years, we are helping at a water station.  Stay tuned for further announcements from Neal Cunningham who helps organize this effort.  And, if you just love this sort of hands-on project, we also are helping at a water station at Wickham Park for the Rotary in Motion marathon.  That will be the very next day, October 13th.  President Bob should have more information on volunteering for this event in the coming weeks.


On to this week’s entertainment:  debatable whether Marc Glass’s Sergeant-at-Arms report or Jack Sayre’s open discussion of what to do about our lunches was more entertaining.  Marc reported that Jack Martin honored Mary’s birthday by coming to lunch with us.  Several members contributed “just because” or to build a reserve.  Marc mentioned his son Brandon is in Chicago to cover an NFL game this weekend.  Also, the Philadelphia Eagles season opener is this Sunday, on their way to the Super Bowl.  Many dollars were contributed in memory of the Red Sox.


No way to report adequately on the lunch discussion.  Let’s just say those who attend the meetings and were there to enter the fray agreed in the end to just keep on as we have been.


Next week’s meeting will include a speaker from Liberty Bank.


Ned Lynch won the raffle. The flowers went to winner unknown.


Sue Klock

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