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Terri Miller, a Stratford resident and owner of The Skin Care Studio at 2103 Main Street, Stratford CT, Second Floor was sworn in as Stratford Rotary's latest member, Congratulation Terri.
In other news, Rotary Community Grants were awarded to Sterling House Community Center for their Food Pantry and to the Stratford Library for Children's Educational Lego Kits.
The Stratford Rotary Club spent several hours at the Stratford Historical Society on Academy Hill sprucing up the extensive garden area. The Historical Society project was chosen for this years  Rotary's Day of Service. The garden is filled with plants and herbs native to the area during the Colonial period. New mulch was distributed around the property along with the planting of native flowers. Some of the members spent time repotting seedlings for future plantings. Thanks to all of the Rotarians who volunteered their time.
Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas was the guest speaker. She provided information about early voting, which was very successful, although very few participated in the primary. More is expected in August and November. She also encouraged members to be poll workers.
Congratulations to Michael Suntag, this year's Norm Parsell awardee. Michael has been a member of the Rotary Club for 6 years. During that time, he has been Secretary of the club for four years and has been active in many of the service projects and programs his club has developed. He has chaired the vocational-technical scholarship committee, which gives annual scholarships to two high school seniors who are interested in Trade careers. He has used the District Managed Grants to fund many community service projects, from supporting veterans to feeding homeless families.
Stratford Rotary held its first in-person Bingo Night at the Baldwin Center tonight. The event was well attended, especially the winners, and everyone had a great time. All attendees were given their bingo cards for the ten games. Prizes ranged from gift cards to $25 to $100 prizes. There was a 50/50 Raffle, and the raffle winner took home $160. Congratulations to all the winners.
Refreshments and Snacks were available for purchase throughout the event.
Special thanks to the Bingo Committee, Paul and Stacie Tavares, Harold Watson, Dominic Mantuano, Pat Patusky, and Osi Rosenberg. Thanks to the students from the Rotary Interact program at the local high schools.
Thanks to Max Rosenberg, who was the number caller all evening and entertained us with his humorous quips during the number calling.
Kayla Johnson Represented Stratford Rotary in the Semi-Finals of the Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest. Kayla Johnson Represented Stratford Rotary in the Semi-Final of the Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest hosted by Trumbull Rotary on March 16, 2024.  Kayla, from Bunnell HS, competed against 7 other high school students from southwest Connecticut.
Thank you to Rotarian Jim Simon, Stratford's Democratic Registrar of Voters, who explained the Early Voting System and the many issues that the Registrars must overcome. 
This is the first year Connecticut will have early voting.  The dates for the Primary in April will be set around the Easter Holidays. 
Early Voting will be at the Baldwin Center Studio Wing with direct access from 10-6 pm.

Thank you, Jeffrey Fletcher, for your information presentation on the recently opened Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum in Stratford.

The exhibit is a collection of family artifacts that reflect decades of turbulent times for African Americans in the United States during slavery and the Civil Rights movement. It brings visitors up close and personal, an experience that many have only read about in history books or seen in movies.

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