Posted by Bill Neagus on Feb 22, 2018
GETTING PINNED: A NEW MEMBER INDUCTION – Michael Serafin-Wozniak, center, was inducted at our Feb. 20 meeting. Michael (he prefers this over “Mike”) got “pinned” with his new identification badge by Membership Chair Carole King. On the left is Farmington Rotary President Ron Llewellyn.
ATTENDANCE – There were 22 Farmington Rotarians in attendance, including Jason Jastrzebsk who has returned now that we’re back to meeting at lunch.
ANNOUNCEMENTS – Bob Festa reported that Joe Voves recently had back surgery and is currently at Duncaster, a rehab facility in Bloomfield. Bob said Joe is recovering well.
Bette Case has tickets for the “March Madness” wine tasting March 15. The tickets are $55 each.
Related to that issue, Kerry Tharpe, wife of Wink Tharpe, announced that she is busy selling tickets to members of Farmington Valley Special Olympics, the primary beneficiary of this year’s wine tasting.
Dave Barrett reported that instead of a luncheon, next week’s meeting (Feb. 27) will be a social, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the new restaurant, 4 Eat & Drink, located in the same Route 4 plaza as Naples Pizza, Starbucks, and M&R Liquors.
Diane Kennedy, Foundation chair, reminded everyone that it’s Foundation Month and urged everyone to donate $100.
BIRTHDAYS – Matt Vendetti’s birthday is Thursday, Feb. 22.
RAFFLE – Gabey Giblin had the winning ticket, but pulled the nine of diamonds from the deck of playing cards instead of the ace of spades and therefore lost the pot.
HAPPY BUCKS – Happy bucks were donated in honor of: our newest member, Michael Serafin-Wozniak, the first women to join Rotary (for the Farmington Rotary that was Barbara LaRochelle, who is still a member 31 years later); Rose Ponte’s 10th grandchild expected to be born in September; Joe Voves’ continued recovery; the UConn Women’s Basketball team; Irene Engel returning on March 15; Mike Cheshire and Bob Festa fishing off Marco Island, Fla. a week ago; and for Edna Lou Ballard, late wife of Norm Ballard as well as a former Farmington Rotary president.
SPEAKER – Mike Cheshire provided us with some facts about Rotary, which will be celebrating its 113th anniversary on Friday:
  • It got its name – “Rotary” – because the original meetings used to rotate to different venues in Chicago.
  • Originally, it was the “Rotary Clubs” in Chicago. It didn’t become “Rotary National” (later “Rotary International”) until 13 or 14 clubs were created.
  • The first attempt to admit women as members was in 1976 in Duarte, Calif. The District for Duarte opposed having women members and took it to court. Because Rotary is considered to be a “business club,” the California Supreme Court sided with the women.
  • Many older men subsequently resigned from Rotary in Duarte.
  • Rotary International appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court – and ultimately lost in 1987, opening the way for women to join any club in the United States.
  • China only has two Rotary clubs, one in Beijing and the other in Shanghai. However, membership is open only to ex-pats. This is because China, a communist country, doesn’t believe there is any need for charity.
  • The Farmington Rotary began its Interact Club for students at Farmington High School (FHS) in 2003. It now has 180 members, one of the largest extracurricular activities at FHS.