Thank you to today's speaker,  one of Stratford Rotary's FOR, Tish Morrissey. She started off with a humorous story about the time she and another student were “Candy Stripers”.  Part of their job was to bring supplies to patients such a soap, toothpaste and mouthwash. After a few days they were told that they would be given another assignment. Asked why they were being reassigned they were told that the area previously assigned was the Alcoholics’ Ward. Apparently and unbeknownst to them they were giving out the mouthwash Cepecol, which contains ALCOHOL. Apparently not a good thing to be dispensing in that type of an environment.
As time went on Tish grew away from volunteering and was concentrating more on her law practice. It wasn’t until several personal tragedies made he stop and think about how short life is and how she could get back into what she enjoyed, helping others, especially children.
She went back to school and got her degree. She is now working as a Guidance Counselor in the Stratford School System.  She has seen many youths entering their high school experience that, without the programs in place, could have not archived their full potential. As an example, the Mentoring Program, a program where several freshmen are assigned to a senior, who has had specialized training aimed at the guidance of the new students. She spoke on the importance of volunteerism in the community with special emphasis on today's youth.
Lou Perno, Stratford’s new President, has as one of his goals to get Stratford youth involved with Rotary through the creation of an Interact club, which is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.