Rotary Club of North Branford

Meeting site: Nataz Restaurant,  280 Branford Rd North Branford CT 


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February 2017
Club Member (TBD)
Mar 08, 2017
Why am I a Rotarian and how does it affect my professional career?
PDG John Annick (TBC)
Mar 15, 2017
Rotary Literacy Month - Literacy Projects
Marti & John Bradshaw (TBC)
Apr 19, 2017
Rotary Magazine Month - Rotary Fellowship Groups
Club Member (TBC)
May 10, 2017
Why am I a Rotarian and how does it affect my professional career?
Bruce Driska (TBC)
May 17, 2017
Club Members (TBC)
Jun 21, 2017
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta

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Thank you to our Sponsors for their generous support... the North Branford Rotary Club is extremely grateful for their help in making this year's 2016 community fundraiser so "Spooktacular!"
Guilford Savings Bank, Aquatic Pool & Spa Service Inc., John's Refuse Recycling LLC, Oak Street Bookkeeping LLC, Country House Restaurant, Esposito Brokerage LLC, Gargiulo Brothers Oil Co. Inc., Webster Bank, State Canteen-CT Coffee & Commissary, Bobby Moniello Insulators, Village Wine & Spirits, MJ McCabe Garden Design, Sanitrol Septic Services LLC, Walt's Auto Repair Inc., Total Interiors LLC. All Waste, Inc., Cherry Hill Construction Inc., Absolute Liquors, Totoket Times, Tom King Masonry, East Haven Stoners, Marcus Law Firm, Leoni's Italian Deli LLC, Keenan Funeral Home, and Envision Pharma, Inc.

Come join the fun....!!

After annual Spooktacular fundraiser, NBRC went shopping.
About 120 local kids in need will get warm coats, hats, sweaters, socks, gloves and shirts...
Thank you to all who support our club! YOU make a real difference in kids' lives! 

Thank you to our Sponsors for their generous support... the North Branford Rotary Club is extremely grateful for their help in making this year's community fundraiser so "Spooktacular!"
Guilford Savings Bank, Esposito Brokerage, Aquatic Pool & Spa, Sanitrol, The Pennsylvania Globe, Poochie Play, OakStreet Bookkeeping, Country House, Keenan Funeral Home, Creative Hair Studio, Village Wine & Spirits, State Canteen, Envision Pharma Inc., East Haven Stoners, Inc., Margaret Cohen, Agway, John's Refuse, Anonymous, Nicholas & Ernie Luise, Global Environmental Services of CT, LLC


The North Branford Rotary Club will not be meeting at Nataz Restaurant on Wednesday, October 21st. Instead, the North Branford Rotary Club will be holding their meeting at the Parthenon Diner/Restaurant, 374 East Main Street, in Branford, beginning at 6 p.m.  The meeting location, for this meeting only, was rescheduled in order to accommodate all Club members and others wishing to attend.

Come Join the fun....!!  Tickets will be sold in advance or at the door.  Remember to bring blankets and pillows for the kids!



Great time was had by all! 
Music, food and great company.

NOTE:  Due to the rainy weather forecast, the North Branford Annual Senior Picnic will be held INSIDE at the Stanley T. Williams (STW) Community Center, 1332 Middletown Avenue, Northford, CT   06472.  Buffet serving will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The North Branford Rotary Club's Installation of Officers was held on Saturday, June 27th.  The Club thanked Immediate Past President Paul Burns for all the past year's accomplishments and welcomed our new President Susan Visken-Diaz!!  Carol Small and Janet Ciszek received Paul Harris Fellow awards.  The Club celebrated in "Hawaiian" fashion and a good time was enjoyed by all!

Come join the North Branford Rotary Club on Saturday, June 13, 2015, for its annual Shred-It event, at the North Branford Town Hall (Route 80 & 22), 909 Foxon Road, in North Branford.  Bring your shreddable items and see them go down the giant shredder right in front of your eyes!  $10/bankers box.  The truck will be on site from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  It is not necessary to be a North Branford resident... the public is welcomed to participate!

The North Branford Rotary Club will not be meeting at Nataz Restaurant on Wednesday, June 3rd.  Instead, the North Branford Rotary Club will be hosting a membership event on Wed., June 3rd, at the Gouveia Vineyards, 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, in Wallingford, from 6-8 p.m. Potential members or inactive members are invited, encouraged, and welcomed to attend. Members are asked to bring an appetizer, snack or any treat to share with the group.

The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award to Marcello Avallone of the North Branford High School (NBHS).  Marcello is an empathetic, diligent, and self-driven student, who takes pride in doing well at school and does not hesitate to seek out the support services that he deserves while at the same time challenging himself academically.  Marcello has the additional advantage of a very loving and supportive family as well. Marcello takes his family responsibilities very seriously, often caring for his younger sibling. At the same time he holds down a part time job at the local supermarket while maintaining his academic work load at school. At school, he continues to be a role model for other students through his work ethic and daily interactions with both adults and peers. He has taken a very active role in NBHS’s greenhouse program. The supervisor has come to rely on him when completing projects for his hands-on work as well as his knowledge of the greenhouse program. As a result, he has discovered the importance of teamwork.  When involved in group work in the classroom, Marcello takes on the role as a team leader. Others look up to him for his knowledge and direction. Marcello has a way of making everyone feel important; accepting everyone for their differences. Marcello is particularly sensitive to the needs of some of our more impaired students. He goes out of his way to make them feel a part of our everyday activities and school community. Marcello has always been his “own person,” quietly leaving his mark on the world, especially with those that are closest to him and are lucky enough to call him friend. Spending any time with Marcello is a pleasure. Marcello exemplifies the North Branford School District’s mission of a “caring community.”  For these reasons, the NBHS is proud to recommend Marcello Avallone, as Student of the Month for recognition by the North Branford Rotary Club.  Congratulations, Marcello!!

The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award to Brian McKee of the North Branford High School (NBHS).  Brian is a sophomore, who is currently taking PE 10 and Health 10 courses.  Brian is a polite, humble and cooperative student, who has an amazing work ethic and always goes above and beyond in all that he does in both classes. Brian motivates his classmates and gets them involved in cooperative games and sports.  He is a competitive player but is respectful of his classmates at the same time; he plays for the good of his team and not his own gain.  Brian is a quiet leader and is subtle.  His classmates respect him and so do his teachers.  For these reasons, the NBHS is proud to recommend Brian McKee, as Student of the Month for recognition by the North Branford Rotary Club.  Congratulations, Brian!!


Come for an Easter Egg Hunt March 28th!


The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for March to Gabby Annunziato.   Throughout her years in Social Studies classes while at North Branford High School (NBHS), Gabby has shown many qualities setting her apart as an active learner, an inquisitive thinker and an admirable leader. Gabby’s work in the classroom constantly raises the bar; from creative multi-media projects to analytical current event presentations, Gabby has shown a continued affinity for the Social Studies. Coupled with her involvement in the National Honor Society, a forum through which she continually flourishes as a leader, Gabby has proven she deserves every accolade afforded her.
Congratulations, Gabby!!

The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for March to Carly Mastriano of the North Branford High School (NBHS).  Carly, who was chosen by the Mathematics Department, is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Calculus where she consistently excels in her studies. Her mathematical aptitude, work ethic, and leadership qualities in class are outstanding.  Carly is a contributing member of the NBHS community. She competes on the Cheerleading and Ultimate Frisbee teams and is an active participant in Drama Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Model UN, and Kaleidoscope Literary Magazine. Carly looks forward to attending college next year where she intends to major in chemistry.
Congratulations, Carly!!

The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for February to Crystal Zurolo of the North Branford High School.  Crystal, who was nominated by the World Language Department, is currently a student in the Latin I and Italian III Honors classes.  She has also studied French in the North Branford School system beginning in 8th grade until last year as a junior in French IV Honors.  During her high school career, Crystal has studied three out of the four languages offered at NBHS.  She is also enrolled in the Independent Performance Project where she is offering her assistance and time at the Library at Jerome Harrison Elementary School.  Crystal is fair minded, tolerant, unique, mature and her ‘own person’.  She is a leader and is often the student to whom her friends turn to in order to calm a situation.  Crystal is able to balance many extracurricular activities and is a leader in GSA and also has a part-time job.
Congratulations, Crystal!!

The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for January to Katie Stevens of the North Branford High School.  The English Department selected Katie as Student of the Month in English because she has shown tremendous growth over the past four years in English.  In ninth grade, Katie was in a college-prep class; in tenth grade, she moved up to Honors; and, by the eleventh and twelfth grades, she was in Advanced Placement (AP).  In all courses, Katie achieved an overall “A” average.  Katie’s incredible work ethic and desire to improve and grow exemplifies our core values.  In addition to excelling in the classroom, she captained the Girls' Soccer team and participates in sports year round.  Katie is a model student inside and outside of the classroom.  Congratulations, Katie!!

The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for December to Sean Halligan of the North Branford High School (NBHS).  As the Student of the Month in Business, Sean is a student who has completed three business classes with great success. Sean takes his academics very seriously and comes to class prepared to learn. An example of this is how he listens carefully and asks clarifying questions, so he can be successful in everything he does. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Sean also participates in sports and had an opportunity to attend the CT State Police Academy for one week, in pursuit of a career in criminal justice. For these reasons, the NBHS is proud to recommend Sean as the Student of the Month in Business for recognition by the North Branford Rotary Club.  Congratulations, Sean!!

On Wednesday January 7th District Governor Mukund's father, Shri Nori Panduranga Vithal, passed away after bravely battling a prolonged illness.
Shri Nori Panduranga Vithal, Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (retired) was a consummate champion of education, especially of orphans, a cause he espoused with passion during his retirement at the Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba's Ashram in Puttaparthi. He enjoyed and experienced life to the fullest with a penchant for all things sweet. He is survived by his loving wife, Kusuma Nori née Gunturi, his children, Mukund, Annapurna, and Srinivas, his daughters-in-law, Urszula and Laima, and his grandchildren, Rahul Vithal Thyagarajan, Nikhil Vivek Thyagarajan, Anna Maya Nori, Natasha Helena Nori, and Varun Thyagarajan. He is mourned by his family and friends.
Please keep DG Mukund and Laima Nori as well as their entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
Mukund's Rotary journey began with his father and his family requests donations to the Rotary Foundation in lieu of flowers.
Rick Bassett
D7980 Vice Governor

It was a warm coco, cookies and Santa kind of evening. Santa arrived on a red fire truck, Christmas tree was lit and everyone enjoyed a little bit of holiday cheer. More photos can be found HERE!


A morning of shopping and over $4000 spent helping over 120 town's kids. Warm coats, hats, gloves, and other clothes were purchased. THANK YOU to supporters of our club for all the contributions. 


ENDPOLIONOW_4p Since 1985, Rotary International with its partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control, has  fought to eradicate polio.



 110131_thiscloseTo date, we have eliminated 99% of polio in the world. We are this close. All it takes is $1 to immunize a child - $1 for a lifetime of immunity against one of the worst diseases afflicting children.

To donate, please contact the club. 

You can watch a video of our progress at  


SB Logo Small RGB HiRes ShelterBox USA is a non-profit organization that provides tents and associated equipment to people affected by natural or man-made disasters. For more information, contact Mukund Nori or visit the website at

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