Rotary Club
of East Hartford
  High Gear

Volume 74 | Issue 48, May 26, 2021

Editor's Note: Apologies to Sue and the Club. Sue submitted on Wednesday, I just found in my endless emails this morning. Sorry, just another sign. Doug
Hope all who were looking forward to warming weather are happy now!  Most of us in Connecticut experienced a summer-like 90-degree day.President Bob began our meeting right on time at noon, leading us in the pledge.  George Schoen’s invocation was thoughtful and infused with Rotary sentiments.  George asked us to recognize and celebrate our differences -- everything from our dreams to what may inspire each of us to mobilize for the good of our community – to common bonds.
Anwar, you are in our prayers and thoughts
Caring Moments:  Ruth Sheehan shared today would be the day for Dick McCarthy’s evaluation to determine if he’s ready for rehab.
Bob Wood is waiting for more definitive word on his health.
Anwar was unable to be with us as he was with his sister at St. Francis ICU.  Sadly, later today we learned that Anwar’s sister passed away this afternoon, blessedly peacefully.
Another Inspiring Speaker - Ride on!
Thanks to Anwar and Zoom, we had another excellent program featuring a true Rotary hero.  Chris Spear bikes, not just for his own enjoyment but to raise money for charities supporting cancer research.  Chris is a resident of Stowe, Massachusetts, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. He’s the author of System Verilog for Verification, a very technical book on testbench computer language for testing computer chips.
Chris was not with us to discuss profession or his books but his passion, long-distance biking.  Chris’s stories and photos of his cross-country bike ride several years ago (imagine 100 miles per day for a month!) were entertaining and informative.  Much of this ride followed old Route 66.  Lengthy Q&A was a sure sign of an interesting presentation.  Surprising how techy riding a bike has become from our childhood favorite Schwinn.  Luckily for anyone unable to attend the meeting, it was recorded.  Just contact President Bob or Secretary Wes for the link to the recording.
June 16th Installation Chance to Celebrate
After the presentation, President Bob resumed the meeting mentioning upcoming programs and events.  District Installation on June 24th at Aquaturf should be amazing, celebrating our PDG (Pandemic District Governor) Marc and beginning of Joanne Alfieri’s year as DG, but also our district’s 100th anniversary.  If you want to find out more or register, check out the district website,   
So far, only five of us are registered, based on Bob’s polling today.  If we can get a few more, we can have a table together. Would be fun!
Of course, most important is that you check our club’s website, click here sign up for our own club’s Recognition/Installation event. 
Imagine, face to face after all these months.   Masks may be required by Goodwin.  First forty to show up get a special Rotary mask.
It’s just $15/person.  Club is paying for a large tent set up in the courtyard so you will be protected come rain or shine. 
So far, only 20 registered.  We NEED 40 to 48 to justify this club expense. 
Join us on June 16th to recognize Bob and Sandie Buettner for two years as President and First Spouse of our club.  And celebrate a strong incoming team to lead our club into a year of expansion, invigoration, and service in our community.  To register, please send email to Ceil Collins,, indicating your choice of a “lunch box” and drink (no alcohol) during this meeting.  Finally, this event occurs at Goodwin University’s Courtyard; we will be celebrating our club in our own town!
Do I sound like I am begging you to register?  Great.  I am!!
To send a word of encouragement to those mentioned during “Caring Moments”, here are residence addresses.
Dick & Jeanne McCarthy
137 Hills Street
East Hartford, CT 06118
Anwar & Diana Hossain
35 Fiano Road
Bolton, CT 06043
Bob & Debby Wood
900 Hemlock Avenue  Apt. 335
South Windsor, CT 06074
Sue Klock notetaker for May 26th
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