Posted by Bill Neagus on May 04, 2018
CHRISTMAS IN MAY – The Rotary Club of Farmington presented the Salvation Army with a check for $4,042.02, the proceeds from the bell-ringing club members did at Highland Park Market in December 2017. Pictured from left are Immediate Past-President Phil Chabot; Kathy Orfitelli, the Salvation Army’s director of volunteer resources; and Jennifer Diederich, chair of the bell-ringing campaign and club president-elect.
ATTENDANCE – There were 18 Farmington Rotarians in attendance.
ANNOUNCEMENTS – Mike Cheshire reported that the Board of Directors has allocated $6,000 to the Special Olympics of Farmington Valley, part of the proceeds from our recent wine-tasting event. The remaining funds that were raised will be distributed among several other worthy causes. They will be announced next month.
Other announcements related to board actions include:
  • A decision to give two scholarships, each worth $2,000, to Farmington High School students primarily based on their involvement in community affairs. Stu Horen is evaluating 21 applications.
  • A commitment to continue our annual literary event for the students at West Woods Upper Elementary School, but with undisclosed modifications due to cost.
  • Barbara LaRochelle will be honored at the District 7890 Conference later this month in Plymouth, Mass., as a 30-year member of Rotary. Barbara was one of the first women to join Rotary.
RAFFLE – Mecheal Hamilton had the winning ticket, but in her place Bob Festa pulled the ace of diamonds from the deck of playing cards instead of the ace of spades and therefore Mecheal lost the pot.
HAPPY BUCKS – Donations were made in honor of our speaker; the Salvation Army; the recovery of Mary Lou Wadsworth from some ill health; the Red Sox being ahead of the Yankees in the MLB standings; and the graduation of Stu Horen’s daughter from Ohio State University.  
SPEAKER – Andres “Andy” Verzosa, the new executive director of the Stanley-Whitman House, explained that the museum will be focusing on the stories about the people who lived in the Stanley-Whitman House as well as those who lived in Farmington as a whole.
Indeed, Andy noted that the Stanley-Whitman House is nearing its “Tercentenary,” that is, its 300th birthday. It was built in 1720.
“We want to make the Stanley-Whitman House a vital local history center,” he said.
For instance, Andy said the museum will be featuring a study called “Captive People” about the slaves who lived in Farmington.
Andy is originally from Portland, Maine. Until recently he was the curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. He is an art reviewer who also has a deep interest in history and his family geneology.