Rotary Club
of East Hartford
  High Gear

Volume 72| Issue 29  January 16, 2019

Goodbye, old friend!
Age 87, in Aruba, playing poker at the Casino
Well played, buddy.

Nick Cecere 1932 - 2019

32 Years in East Hartford Rotary




Nothing special about today’s weather - cloudy and cool, not cold, not windy, just an average so-so Winter’s day!  The first to arrive were members of the Scholarship Committee.  It was their kick off meeting to plan the process of awarding our six $2000 scholarships.  A redesign of our cover page was necessary because our Club was fortunate to have received a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Gioconda B. McGettigan.  This money was put into our scholarship trust of which Sheryl O’Connor is a Trustee.  We will be designating one of our winners as a McGettigan Scholar per the terms of the bequest.  Again, Larry Hangland will print the applications and prepare the final submissions for all members of the committee to read and evaluate.  The committee is grateful and appreciative of Larry’s expertise and willingness to tend to this most important job!!

Plastic, Spastic! Only Silverware For Us!
The usual hustle and bustle were present around the vestibule, but order was quickly restored when president Kevin rang the ceremonial Rotary Bell.  We sang and pledged, and Bill Saunders offered a thoughtful Invocation and ended with thoughts of Nick Cecere. We were promptly dispatched to the buffet as Jack Sayre was ready for us today.  Our Lunch consisted of two kinds of Lasagna, one a meat based, the other a vegetable combination.  A nice salad and fresh Italian bread rounded out the table. Reports were that both Lasagnas were quite good.  I would second those comments.  Cookies and beverages were available in the main hall.  Sue Klock commented that she and Peter would supply regular silverware to replace the environmentally unfriendly plastic ware provided.  Ceil Collins had similar thoughts.  One small step for a better future for our planet!
President Kevin called us to order and called for a moment of silence in memory of Nick Cecere, a friend to all. Services for Nick will be on Saturday, January 19, 10:00 AM at St Patrick Church, 110 Main Street, Farmington.  Calling hours will be Friday, January 18, at the New Britain Memorial - Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain from 4 – 7:00 PM. Flowers from our Club will be sent. Today’s guests, Bob Handel, and Barbara Piotrowski, our speaker, were introduced, and serenaded with the Welcome Song led by Dan Larson.
Eagles Bite the Dust to Applause of Many

David Walter Amberg and Neal Francis Cunningham were called to the podium and presented with their Paul Harris plus two pins.  Thanks for your great support! President Kevin read a thank you note from Norris School thanking us for our generous donation of Christmas gifts, and another thanking us for our support of the Holiday Fest and Town Foodbank.  An opportunity exits if anyone is interested in a Career Day Presentation at Mayberry School.  See Kevin if so interested. We still need someone to help with a Grant Webinar. Let Bob Buettner know ASAP. Kevin mentioned that both membership and Foundation giving is down within the District.  We still need a person to step up and Chair the Spring Raffle.


Sgt. at Arms Neal Cunningham was next to report on his duties.  By far the most money was received by those who were thankful that the “Mighty Eagle” no longer soared.  Those contributing were Bob Buettner, Bob Wood, Neal Cunningham, Jack Martin, Dick McCarthy, Ned Lynch, and Dan Larson.  Could you imagine putting up with Marc Glass if they had won??? Ruth Sheehan, Dan Larson and Bob Buettner paid for leaving early. Wes Willett paid for his mother’s successful surgery. Jairo Lemos, Ned, and Neal paid for no pins. Kevin paid for his father’s ending a 10 day stay in the hospital, and Steve Jacoby paid for a birthday - thus ended Neal’s weekly shakedown.  A word of explanation – these collections all go to the Scholarship Fund.  Thus far this year, about $1800 has found its way into the fund!  Again, thanks. The flowers were again won by Jim Fallon – 2 weeks in a row – good thing he’s leaving for Florida on Sunday!

Ruth Sheehan was the lucky Raffle winner.

Help For "Age in Place" Elderly

emember – The Annual Meeting is January 30th – be there!!!!!!

Our speaker for today was introduced by Jairo.  Her name was Barbara Piotrowski and she talked about her business, Panda Homecare.  She talked about the needs of many of today’s elderly needing a helping hand as they “age in place”. We are definitely an aging population (just look at our Club’s membership) In the early 1900’s average life expectancy was about age 35, in the 50’s it was 68, and in 1991 it was 76, and today it is in the 80’s.  Her agency supplies companions for $18 an hour, homemakers for $19 an hour, and personal care for $22 per hour, and 24-hour care for about $200-240 a day.  Her care givers are trained and subjected to a rigorous background check.  The need for recognition and better trained aides is an issue that needs attention.  This presentation gives us all a look at an issue that could hit any one of us.  Thanks, Jairo for another informative program.


Remember – The Annual Meeting is January 30th – be there!!!!!!
‘til next week, Bob Wood
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