Club Executives & Directors
Current Announcements from President Dawn Carignan-Thomas
There are many activities in April – mark your calendars and try to participate, if possible.
April 7, 2014
The meeting was called to order by President Dawn Thomas at 12:10 pm.
Kate Phelon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Grace and the Smile Song led by Carl Hartdegen.
Kate Phelon again took the floor to lead us in the 4-WayTest of the Things We Think, Say and Do.
Three guests, Sondra Jones from The Arbors, Christine Beeke from Aflac and Greg Dempsey from Renaissance Manor were present.
Judy Puffer announced no birthdays and everyone well.
Jennifer Gruszka told us that Greg Dempsey from Renaissance Manor will be our speaker next week.
Rock Palmer, Finemaster, levied a blanket fine to everyone in attendance of $1.00 for the UConn men’s championship win and another $1.00 in support of the UConn
women’s upcoming efforts.
Happy Fines from the floor included Judy Puffer for opening her pool; Eric Forish for continuing to ski; Sue West for breaking out her new bike; John Barclay for the pleasure of seeing Guys and Dolls at the Woman’s Club on Carson Center night; Jen Gruszka for receiving a lovely note from Patrick Berry, Kate Phelon for announcing the Chamber’s April After 5, Christine Beeke for inviting attendees to The Arbors April 16 get together and Tink Hartdegen just for.
In the interest of saving time, president Thomas referred members to last week’s Pal-UMet for the list of presidential announcements.
beautiful traditional Korean costume. They treated us to a spectacular DVD presentation that took us from Korea’s earliest days through the Golden Age of King Sejong to th present – the Age of Digital Revolution.
Don Clark, holder of the winning 50/50 ticket, picked the Jack of Hearts – no winner.
Following God Bless America the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm.
- Dawn reported receipt of an email from Bill Caplin alerting the Westfield club that Al Gay’s wife, Barbara, recently passed away.
- Andrea was asked to report on fund-raising events. She noted that an early fall event is being considered. Dawn briefly described fund-raising events that occurred in the past and emphasized the importance of fundraising so that the club can give back to the community. She also discussed the feasibility of re-activating a grant committee and a special projects group.
- Dawn reminded the group that the Run Westfield event is May 24, 2014, and Mark will be forwarding detailed information to the members. She also encouraged participation in the Noble 5K Walk/Run scheduled for April 26, 2014 with the proceeds going to their Oncology Unit. She noted that if a member is unable to walk or run that the hospital has volunteer opportunities.
- Jennifer invited all to participate in the upcoming Noble VNA wine & beer tasting event scheduled for May 16th, and Joyce invited all to join her on April 5th for trivia night at the Russell VFW.
- Dawn indicated that a fellowship night is being planned and may occur at Paddy’s. All members will invited to attend a get-together social on April 17th at the Arbors. Andrea invited everyone to join her at a YMCA impact Expo scheduled for April 17th at the Ranch.
- Lynn noted that he has received a membership application.
- West Springfield Rotary Club’s Band Outing: 9 Westfield club members attended.
- Chile Cook Off: Rotary Club won!
- Southwick Club’s Oldies Dance: Heidi Cote reported it was good, the band was Skid Marks.120 -150 attended. Club is only 18 members.
- Service Projects: Club will help with Retire the Fire
- Bylaws, no update.
- Fire Works: Discussed possibility of a booth selling drinks or hamburgers and hot dogs. Projectionsof hamburger sale profits raised concern that it wouldn’t be worth it. Don’t know where rotary grills are. They haven’t been used in years.
- Dawn read a letter from Sue Atkins, congratulating Westfield club on 75th anniversary. Sue is seeking people to serve as committee members of District Foundation Committee.
- Membership Committee: Dawn announced plans being made for a membership drive and an open house on some evening.
- She also announced Art Haselkorn’s resignation from the club.
- Rene handed out Holyoke’s club brochure as a starting place for ours. He welcomed ideas.
- Task Force or short term committee for summer fundraising so club can raise enough money to give as grants: Carol Martin, Andrea Allard, Carl Hartdegen.
- Sandy Tower celebrated a birthday on March 1, and opted for the Club Special sing-a-along.
- The Rotary Club of Southwick is hosting the upcoming Rock N Roll Oldies Show at the Southwick Rec Center. Tickets are $15. Please see Dawn for more information.
- 75th Anniversary pictures are now available on our website.
- Mark Boardman is still looking for volunteers for the fire alarm project, which involves installing fire alarms in the homes of Westfield residents.
- Finemaster Rock Palmer levied fines for all of those who will not do a CORI for the fire alarm installation, and for all those who will not be participating in the Chili, Chocolate and Chowder cook-off. He then levied fines on all who will be participating!
- Andrea Allard promoted the upcoming Chili, Chocolate and Chowder Cook-off, which will be held on March 8, and will feature “C-Dawg” chili, made by Chris Carey. The chili will be cooked at the Westfield Woman’s Club, then transported to the YMCA. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Proceeds will be divided between the YMCA and the Fire Department.
Rotary takes 3rd at Chili, Chowder, and Chocolate Cookoff at fund raiser for YMCA and Red Cross.
Hetty Van Oostgveen Catering Service 's Turkey Chili 1st, Fire Dept took 2nd. Not bad for first time out!
The Westfield Rotary Club is preparing to take the Chili Championship from the Westfield Fire Department with its "Cincinnatti Chili". The preparations started early Thursday morning with cooks Rock and Carol Palmer, Mark Boardman, Andrea Allard and Art Haselkorn. They even added a "secret ingredient" to the mix. (See the pictures in our photo album)