February 2024

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What's Happening at Simsbury-Granby?
On December 13, 2023 the Simsbury Granby Rotary Club and Avon Canton Rotary Club hosted the annual Christmas party for residents of FAVARH. 
The River Run will take place Saturday September 23, 2023 in picturesque Simsbury, Connecticut.  Featuring USATF certified 5k and 10k road races as well as 1 mile & 1/2 mile kid's races. This is a very flat course (PR flat) along smooth roads that border parks, Farmington River, bucolic farms, & lovely residential homes.
June 19, 2023  Let all remember the importance of this day. Juneteenth celebration in Los Angeles in 2020. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Jae C. Hong/AP
April 6, 2023 - Great meeting this morning at HMCC! We heard from Karin Stewart from Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance about the important work they do in our community and presented a $1,000 donation to Karin.
Thanks to all that made the Favarh holiday party possible this year on December 8, 2022.  This is a link to a video created from pictures from the Holiday party. Remember to turn the sound on for the video. Enjoy and have a Happy New Year!
December 16, 2022
The Simsbury/Granby Rotary Club teamed up with Healing Meals to raise $80,000 during the Thanksgiving fund drive. Healing Meals prepares and delivers organic meals for individuals and families dealing with a health crisis. All the meals are prepared by youth volunteers working alongside adult mentors and Executive Chef. Through the Simsbury / Granby Rotary Club, Healing Meals was able to take advantage of the Liberty Bank Foundation Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive and receive an additional 25% ( $20,000). Shown above is Sarah Leathers, CEO of the Healing Meals Community Project and Patrick Sullivan, Vice President of the Simsbury/Granby Rotary Club.
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December 2022
History of Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club Group Home Banquet
Sometime in 1975, Mrs. Margaret Casey from Mansfield, Connecticut (CT,) had a son with special needs who was transferred to the Sand Hill Group Home for children with special needs in Simsbury, CT. Margaret was the babysitter to Dr. Phil and Mary Ann Pilon’s children. Margaret urged Mary Ann and her good friend Carol Locandro to arrange for her son to attend Sunday mass in their St.Mary’s church in Simsbury on Sundays. In the church, once a month, they had a social gathering after the mass where the special needs boy also participated.
Carol’s husband Ron Locandro and Dr. Phil Pilon are both Rotarians. They thought it would be a good idea to get the Simsbury Rotary Club (now Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club) involved so that many more special needs children in Group Homes could participate in a social gathering which these children are otherwise not privileged to. Rotary Club embraced the idea and started an annual event prior to Xmas to entertain these children from all local Group Homes. Thus started our club’s Annual Group Home Banquet for the special needs members from the local Group Homes. At the banquet we will have one of our members dressed as Santa Claus, some dressed as Elves, and seasonal music performed by the local school band, and at least two presents for each participant.
The number of Group Homes and the participants grew over the years and the children became adults. Now, over 8 Group Homes and 70 plus members attend the banquet along with their 20 plus social service counselors every year. Each Rotary Club member buy two or three presents from a wish list submitted by each member to ensure that each participant would receive at least two presents from Santa at the banquet.
At present, many of the participants are older adults and they look forward to the event every year as do the club members. We, the club members, have become well acquainted with some of the older members. As many of these members have severe physical disabilities, main dish is always meatloaf, making it easy for them to chew. No caffeine beverages are served for obvious reasons. Santa hands out the presents to each participant. They also receive a photo with Santa Claus to take home.
Author: Prasad Menon, Simsbury-Granby Rotary
November 16, 2022 Simsbury Granby Rotary President Doug Morehouse and Rotarian Tracy James present a check for $5,000 to Scott Haney, of WFSB Channel 3, for the Jack Bannon Turkey Trot.
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