Rotary Club
of East Hartford
  High Gear

Volume 74, Issue 47, May 19, 2021

Today was an unseasonably warm day in CT with a high of close to 90 degrees. Our weather-master in Maine reported a comfortable 70 degrees. We did not have the courage to ask Doug what the weather was in Florida. Laura assured us that the mug she was drinking from had only tea and nothing else. Among other chit chats before the start of the formal meeting was the news Marc shared with us about a Rotary Club getting sued by a member for asking members in a meeting to raise their hands if they had been vaccinated, apparently in violation of a person’s HIPPA rights!!!!
Cacophony leads us off
President Bob rang the bell for us to stand and recite the Pledge. As I have reported before, Zoom is not a great platform for multiple people speaking at the same time. In the future, perhaps President Bob will remind us to mute our lips while he is the only one reciting the Pledge. Dan Firestone offered the invocation asking divine help for guidance and fellowship.
Several members are still not getting emails and/or are not on the list of members on Club Runner.
  1. Dick McCarthy might be going through hip surgery next week subject to the proper healing of his broken bone. He has lost weight. Cards are welcome.
  2. Bob Wood is not feeling well. He has an appointment with his oncologist. Other fellow Rotarians in the building are keeping tabs on him.
Welcome to E.H. Rotary, Jason Primus! 
  1. Jason Primus was recognized in absentia as a new member. Congratulations, Jason.
  1. Bill Saunders has submitted the “verification” document to the East Hartford Police providing pertinent details about the recently held raffle.
  1. The Club Installation will take place in person in the court yard at Goodwin University from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday June 16, 2021. Boxed meals from the local restaurant Rebel Dog will be provided. Cost is $15/person. Ceil has sent out emails for folks to RSVP and indicate their choice from the list of sandwiches.
  1. Anwar will get a new date for FoodShare volunteering in Bloomfield once a month for two hours.
  1. District Installation Dinner will be held on …….at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT. Cost is $75 per person with open bar all evening.
  1. Yard Goats game will be on July 31. Out of the $16/per person ticket, $5.00 will go to Polio Plus.
  1. Rotary In Motion (RIM) is scheduled on October 2, 2021. There will be food, entertainment, and a display of old bikes. It will be held at Charter Oak Park in Manchester.
  1. Connor reported that he attended a ceremony at EH High School where students receiving scholarships were recognized. It appears that some of the students who did not get an EHRC scholarship received other scholarships. Alex reported a success story about a former scholarship recipient who is now holding a responsible job.
  1. No definite word on the Hartford Marathon yet. Neil will keep us posted.
  1. Guy reported that Diedre was very impressed with our meeting last week and that he has already provided her a membership application.
  1. The Golf Committee has started the initial planning of our yearly Golf Tournament at Manchester CC.
  1.  Sue has scheduled three meeting with the Ad Hoc Committee to work on the club’s constitution. The revised version will be presented to the board and then to the general membership.
E.H. Rotary slides into the "Red Zone"
Sue, Marc, and Lori reported about their experience at the District Assembly. Nineteen clubs including ours are in the “Red Zone” (at risk zone due to falling membership). Words like grim, hopeful, and encouraging were heard about their experience. To provide a full picture, Marc has invited Herb Klotz, who is the District Membership Chair, to come and speak to our club. He will be our guest speaker on June 2, 2021.
Stay healthy and stay safe – your scribe for the week, Anwar Hossain. Sue will be the HG writer next week.
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