Rotary Club
of East Hartford
   High Gear

Volume 74 | Issue 40, March 31,202`

Please go easy on me as this is my first attempt at writing High Gear.
So here it goes….
On March 31st it appeared to look a little gloomy from my office in Hartford
Small gathering today
12:15 President Bob opened today’s meeting by leading us in the pledge.
There were 14 of us in attendance and our Guest Speaker Don Bell
George Schoen gave us the invocation.
April Birthdays
Bob Buettner 4-2
Roger Nicholson 4-14
Loren Andreo 4-14
Jim Fallon 4-15
Lionel Lessard 4-14
Jack Martin 4-29
Rotary Anniversaries
Guy Labella 2007
Marcia Leclerc 2011
Raffle in full swing - do your bit!
Project Updates
Yard Clean up
  • Working with EH Senior Services and youth group to do several yards on a Saturday(s). Need Rotarian volunteers to supervise.
Clean up Trails
  • Working with EH parks and rec. to clean up trails. Youth group interested Rotary volunteers may be needed.
One Month to Go!!  $8,590 raised
  • Wes has a bunch of checks to buy tickets to apply when he returns from vacation.
  • Letters were written to individual members that have not attended meetings and/or sold tickets.
  • April 29th -May 1st District Conference 
  • Cost: $25
  • Virtual Experience
  • April 6th Board Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • Guy asked club are we participating in matching program to benefit our local food pantries.  Guy will send information to President Bob.
  • Caring Updates: Ruthie is going to have surgery.  Ceil is home and doing fine. 
  • We are still talking and thinking about in-person installation dinner.
  • We will qualify for a district grant.  In-coming President Sue attended meeting this week.
Don Bell makes service to town a priority
Welcome Don Bell to our club meeting.   Don is the Vice Chair of the Town Council and was born and raised in East Hartford.  He moved away and came back to CT for undergraduate school and went to UCONN for law school.  Don has worked on Capitol Hill where he started a push about diversity.  Don moved back to EH a few years ago and ran for office in 2019 to become member of the town council.  “Public Service is Essential” to our community said Don.  The East Hartford Black Caucus was formed after the killing of George Floyd to help dismantle systemic racism in our town.  The caucus is comprised of elected officials and is there to enhance the lives of our residents. 
Until Next Week…
One and Done… (like the vaccine)
-Laura Floyd
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