Posted on Dec 12, 2018
A wonderful event last Friday with the Park and Rec dept and NB Rotary. Santa was a big hit!
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Holiday Tree Lighting Diane Beckwith Popolizio 2018-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Spooktacular Costume Event Diane Popolizio 2018-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Maureen Hughes, Past President Honored 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio on Aug 07, 2018
North Branford Rotary is at it again! 
A brand new community project is on its way.  Please contact Frank Popolizio at  for info and to help get this project started. Frank and chairpeople Maureen Huges and Melinda Fonda will be meeting with town department heads to finalize and plan for a Splash Pad at our Community Center. The North Branford Rotary is encouraging other organizations and residents to participate. We will be seeking donations of goods and services, supplies, assistance with promotion and fund raising and would  love to hear your ideas. Looking forward to having additional details to share soon. Contact Frank to have your info added to his list for updates.
Splish Splash, Diane Popolizio 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Shred It 2018 is here! Diane Popolizio 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to recognize this quarter’s Students of the Month. The recipients were celebrated  at a recent dinner at Nataz.  The students who were recognized  are Christopher Candelora for his talents in Math, Lydia Mattson for English and Jonathon Buckley for Music. Each student was the recipient of an award  certificate and monetary gift. We look forward to seeing them in a successful future and thank them for their hard work . Please visit for more information.
Photo:  Club President Maureen Hughes , Lydia Mattson with  parents Dana and Ronald, Jonathan Buckley with  parents Patricia and Thomas, and  Christopher Candelora with  parents Vinny and Caroline,  RY Chairperson, Diane Popolizio. 
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Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 1st at 6:30 PM 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
"Clothes for Kids" a success! 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Uganda Clean Water- Call to Care 2017-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio
Emmy Norton for excellence in Science, Julia DeWitt for excellence in Social Studies and Bayley Fair for excellence in Art were honored at the Rotary's Student of the Month Awards Dinner on Oct. 18, 2017
Student of the month (Oct event) Diane Popolizio 2017-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
FUN Raiser Fundraiser Spooktacular Event a Sucess! Popolizio 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Maureen Hughes 2017 NB Rotary President Popo 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2017
Easter Egg Hunt for children of North Branford.
Date:          Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:         10:15 AM
Location:    Connecticut Sportsplex, 216 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT 06471
Parents are requested to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the North Branford Food Pantry.
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Posted by Janet Ciszek on Oct 21, 2016
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.
"Spooktacular" Sponsors - Thank you from the NBRC Janet Ciszek 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Fundraising Night at Panera Bread in North Haven 2016-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Laima Nori on Nov 18, 2015
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! 
Clothes for Kids! Laima Nori 2015-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 19, 2015
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
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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.
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Movie Night with Mac & Cheese & a Cupcake! 2015-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Spooktacular Costume Ball 2015-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Senior Picnic 2015 was a success! Laima Nori 2015-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2015
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.
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Posted on Jun 28, 2015
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!
NB Rotary - Installation of Officers 2015-2016 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Membership Event at Gouveia's Vineyard - June 3, 2015 (Wed.) 2015-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2015
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!!
NB Rotary - Student of the Month - May (2) 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2015
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!!
NB Rotary - Student of the Month - May 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2015
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!
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Posted on Mar 17, 2015
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!!
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Posted by Laima Nori on Mar 01, 2015

Come for an Easter Egg Hunt March 28th!

Easter Egg Hunt 2015 Laima Nori 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2015
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!!
NB Rotary - Student of the Month - February Janet Ciszek 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2015
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!!
NB Rotary - Student of the Month - December 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2015
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!!
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Posted on Jan 14, 2015
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
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Posted by Laima Nori on Dec 09, 2014
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!

Santa came to visit kids at NBRC Laima Nori 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laima Nori on Dec 03, 2014
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. 
Clothes For Kids 2014 a success! Laima Nori 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Ciszek on Nov 29, 2014
The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for November to Nancy Bush, of the North Branford High School.  Congratulations, Nancy!!
Nancy has excelled academically in her Science courses at North Branford High School. She has taken General Science Honors, Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors and AP Environmental Science. She is currently enrolled in AP Biology and AP Physics and is a member of the Environmental Science Club. Her Science teachers have described Nancy as an intrinsically motivated student with a high-level of self-discipline and metacognitive skills. She enriches her classroom environment by actively contributing to discussions. Nancy also consistently demonstrates leadership skills during activities and laboratories through her drive to succeed as well as her kindness and willingness to help other students in her classes. Nancy is a role model to her peers, as her passion in learning is clearly evident and her positivity is infectious to those around her.
NB Rotary - Student of the Month - November Janet Ciszek 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 26, 2014
Student of the Month – October
The North Branford Rotary Club is pleased to present its Student of the Month Award for October to Alexis Allen, of the North Branford High School.  Congratulations, Alexis!!
Alexia Allen is an active member in almost every musical setting at North Branford High School. She is the Principal Alto Saxophone player in Concert Band, Pep Band, Honors Jazz Band and Honors Wind Ensemble, and is a strong vocalist in Concert Choir and Honors Chamber Choir. Alexia held Second Chair in the 2014 Shoreline Music Festival, and plans on auditioning for the Southern Region Music Festival next month. Alexia is also enrolled in A.P. Music Theory and hopes to earn college music credit thought this course.
In addition to her music classes, Alexia is a member of the singer/songwriter club, Crescendo, and has been published in the school literary magazine, Kaleidoscope. She has participated in a variety of GSA events, including the True Colors Convention at the University of Connecticut. Last spring, Alexia participated in the Anti-Defamation League's “Names Can Really Hurt Us” presentation, promoting a more tolerant and diverse culture at NBHS.
The NBHS Music Department is proud to nominate Alexia Allen to receive the Rotary Club's Youth of the Month Award for Music.
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Poochie Play Doggie Halloween Fundraiser Laima Nori 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Doggie Costume Extravaganza & Community Fundraiser Janet Ciszek 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
North Branford Rotary Membership Event Janet Ciszek 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Ciszek on Aug 25, 2014
Dr. William H. "Bill" James, age 104, of North Branford, CT died peacefully on August 19, 2014.  Bill was blessed with a long life, good health, and had a strong work ethic.  He was a source of inspiration, encouragement, and knowledge. He lived life serving to make this world a better place and to help others around him.  He was a North Branford Rotary Club Member and a special friend, who will be missed by all.
In Memory of Dr. William H. "Bill" James Janet Ciszek 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
SPOOKTACULAR 2014 Laima Nori 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
SPOOKTACULAR 2014 Laima Nori 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laima Nori
Thank you to all who bought tickets, stopped by our tent to wish us well and supported our efforts to raise fund for better communities at home and around the world.
NBRC organized 50/50 raffle at POCO 2014 Laima Nori 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laima Nori
At DG Mukund's Kick off Meeting of Area 8 NBRC inducted its newest member Janet Ciszek.  Please visit our photo journal library for event photos.
Welcome to Rotary family, Janet! Laima Nori 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laima Nori on Jul 09, 2014
North Branford Rotary members had a blast tonight serving hot dogs, burgers, water melon and cake to over one hundred North Branford seniors. Beautiful evening, great music, great food and a lot of smiling faces. Join us at our next service day! Visit our Photo Journals Section of this website for more photographs of the day.
Senior Picnic 2014 Laima Nori 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio on May 16, 2014
Fund Raiser Shred It Event
North Branford Town Hall on May 17, 2014
On Saturday May 17th from 9-12  the North Branford Rotary will be holding a "Shred-It" event at the North Branford Town Hall at Rte 80 & Rte 22 . You may bring bags or boxes of paper to shred. The cost will be $10 per bag or box, not to exceed 30lbs each. For details call Frank Popolizio 203-915-7089.
Funds have been used to help support projects in Our Community and Internationally. “Clothes for Kids”, Polio Eradication, Clean Water Projects, disaster relief with Shelter Box, Scholarships, Exchange Students, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership program, Xmas Tree Lighting, Easter Egg Hunt, our Library,
 Amber Alert, Senior Dinner and more.
Shred It Fund Raiser - Saturday May 17th Diane Popolizio 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
NBRC contributes to North Branford HS Band Uniform Fundraiser Laima Nori 2014-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Hockey Fundraiser Laima Nori 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
2013 shredding event Richard Aitro 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Pasta Dinner Richard Aitro 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Smith on Sep 02, 2012
     “The Monetarists and the Evolving Crisis: Wake Up, Americans; We Are Losing Our Great Nation” by William H. James, Ph.D      

BUILD, STRENGTHEN, AND IMPROVE BOTH THE NATION AND MANY LIVES. The nation should be strong, independent and free; it’s relative strategic power should be increasing; the lives of people should be improving; and the nation should have a strong, vigorous and well coordinated political, economic, and geopolitical program for achieving these purposes and serving both the nation and the people. It appears that neither of the nation’s two major political parties now has this type of program. The following book review suggests that I have some worthy recommendations. Also, see my website and read my book.

.Rotarian Dr. William James sends a Review of His Book Cheryl Smith 2012-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Dec 15, 2011
ImageHow does one describe a man who sacrifices everything he owns to help those in dire need? The only term that comes to mind is "Angel". That is indeed what Pastor Shedrick is. An ordained minister by vocation, he answered the call to service through action. He sold all he owned and moved with his wife and mother-in-law into the Dellville shanty town in Germiston, a suburb of Johannesburg, where he used the money he garnered from his sale to renovate a corner and some structures across the "street" [if you can call a mud road with an open sewer running through the middle that] without any training in masonry, carpentry, or other skills. Thus, he established the Rose of Hope Care Centre where he currently houses and takes care of over 130 orphans, many of whom have HIV/AIDS or other illnesses. He ensures that they all get their medicines through government programs. Further, he hires himself out to earn money which he then uses to finance the center. Although not a Rotarian himself, he is the epitome of what Rotary is all about.

ImageThe Rotary Club of Johannesburg East, a club of only 11 members, has taken this incredible centre as their project. The club helps Pastor Shedrick obtain food, clothing, sanitation and other needs. Children who were emaciated are now thriving, happy, laughing, going to school, and because of the efforts of the pastor and the RC, they have hope for a better future. Recently, Rtn. Silvio Di Stefano [seen here on the right, with Pastor Shedrick on the left and President Amanda Botha in the middle] obtained a food supplement that he is helping to provide that has made a tremendous difference in the health of the children. For more information on this project please visit:

You can view additional pictures from this visit via a link in the Photo Journals section below right.


Rose of Hope - A Haven of Love & Care in the Midst of Squalor Mukund Nori 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Dec 15, 2011


The second project of the Sandton Rotary Club that Rtn. Graham Katzellenbogen took me to was the Itsoseng Clinic. Itsoseng is a shanty town in Johannesburg and like most other such informal settlements, the living conditions are squalid, with no running water and minimal sanitation facilities. The incidence of HIV/AIDS is high. In partnership with and donations from other RCs in Texas and UK, the Sandton RC established a foothold in this place using modified containers as clinics and treatment centers. The healthcare professionals volunteer their time and expertise to those living in Itsoseng and any others who show up - nobody is turned away. The Sandton RC also provides a makeshift library in one of the converted containers with books donated in honor of each invited speaker to the club.

Image In addition, the club converted one of the containers into a Kids Club for children ages 3-17 years. Several orphans are sponsored fully by the club's Education Fund and individual members so that they may get an education and better their lives. This is truly investing in the future of the country. For more information on this project, please visit:

You can view more pictures from this visit via a link in the Photo Journals section below right.
Itsoseng Clinic - An Oasis of Healthcare Mukund Nori 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Dec 15, 2011
ImageRtn. Graham Katzellenbogen, a member of the Sandton Rotary Club, Joannesburg, South Africa took me to visit 2 of their projects. They support several schools in various shanty towns. He took me to the Refilwe Hall and Community Centre where families living in Blair Atholl Farm all of whom were losing their homes due to change in ownership were relocated to land leased from the Anglican Church. The Sandton Rotary Club partnered with Refilwe, a Christian organization that practices self-reliance and helps all those in need without proseltyzing. Members of Refilwe also relocated to this land, renovated the grounds and the buildings, and started several market farming projects to generate funds and become independent of help from others. The Sandton Rotary Club helped establish and equip an orphanage, a pre-primary school, a primary school, and a high school. Most of the staff and students live onsite and help with the food gardens, maintenance, and upkeep of the place. The club filled in an olympic-size pool and converted it into a gymnasium that doubles as an assembly hall and a location for high school students to receive vocational guidance from club members and community leaders. Furthermore, with the help of an RI grant, they upgraded services including roads, sewers, water, electricity, etc. For more information on this project, please visit:
Refilwe - A Self-Sustaining School Project Mukund Nori 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Oct 26, 2011

ImageTwo years ago, Elizabeth Pikaard (left), younger daughter of club member Ed Pikaart, went to Chile as an outbound Youth Exchange Scholar from our Club and District. Many of us will remember that there was a devastating earthquake in Chile during her tenure there. Despite the difficulties, Elizabeth stuck it out and discovered more about herself.

She has kindly provided us with a brief view on her thoughts on Youth Exchange. Please click to read what she wrote in her own words.

Youth Exchange - A Life Affirming Experience Mukund Nori 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Four Way Speech Contest Cheryl Smith 2011-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Sep 08, 2011

ImageNearly 2 million Ugandans fled from their homes during the brutal civil war that began in the northern region of the country in 1986 and went on for 2 decades.  Human rights violations and war crimes were committed by both sides of the conflict, but especially those crimes perpetrated by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).  As the violence escalated in the northern part of Uganda in 1988, 40 camps for Internally Displaced Persons, “IDP Camps”, were created. Farmers had to move their entire families out of wide-open fertile land into the crowded IDP camps; each family had a mud hut with a few feet between each hut. Children, like George Odora, were abducted and converted into soldiers.

In 2006, the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement was signed between the government and the LRA. Kony fled and his present location is unknown. He is not in Uganda. Before he disappeared, the LRA massacred hundreds of people in unprotected villages and IDP camps throughout northern Uganda. Kony abducted over 80, 000 people, more than half of whom were children whom he converted to child soldiers through brainwashing, and warped traditional and Christian practices to generate extreme terror in the individual and the population. George was one of these child soldiers. The International Criminal Court has indicted Kony for war crimes. 

In 2007, the government declared the IDP camps “closed,” removing the armed protection of them, and declared the region safe for internal refugees to return to their homes.  During my June 2008 visit to Gulu, essentially the capital of Northern Uganda, I visited some of these IDP camps and saw that some were still “open” but were falling apart and in desperate need of reconstruction.  The traditional huts must be replaced every few years, yet these have been in place for over two decades.

Image   George Odora, a 26-year-old Ugandan who made it through the horrors of the civil war, managed to obtain a degree in civil engineering despite huge odds, and decided upon a career of building houses for IDP refugees to build homes on what was their land before the war. George was recently awarded a small grant by a German foundation, enough to construct about 30 houses to begin to   replace the dilapidated IDP camps in the war-torn region where he grew up.  George’s grant from the Dekeyser & Friends Fellowship Program was based on his proposal to establish a sustainable project to build housing for those who are being evicted from destroyed IDP camps 


For more photos, please check out the photo journal on our home page or:

You can see the presentation give by George at:

George Odora: From Child Soldier to Civil Engineer for Peace Mukund Nori 2011-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Jul 19, 2011

C4P-logo-website-bannerWe are a group of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in our area; the Israelis as soldiers in the IDF and the Palestinians as combatants fighting to free their country, Palestine, from the Israeli occupation.

Combatants for Peace Mukund Nori 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mukund Nori on Jul 12, 2011

Christohper Ochaloi grew up in rural northeastern Uganda in the district of Kaberamaido. He was orphaned as a teen and faced many serious challenges as a boy. He realized the importance of a solid education, and although he thought it was unattainable, he earned a scholarship at the Uganda Christian University in Mukono. He graduated with a degree in divinity in 2006 and became a chaplain and teacher at a school in Kaberamaido.

From Orphan to Rotarian in Spirit and Action - Chris Ochaloi, Rotary Club of Central Soroti, Uganda Mukund Nori 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Shred It to be held in April Diane Popolizio 2011-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio on Nov 15, 2010
tn_DSC05909From Mike Bergantino about the Clothes for Kids Project:
Peggie and I would like to thank the people that helped us with shopping for 94 kids warm clothes.
Heather, Dawn, Diane, Tracey Merola & our daughters Nancy & Karen.
Our budget was $4,700 and we spent $4,750.21.
We have received a $500 donation from WalMart. We were told by Rich Brannigan that we should receive $500 from his No. Haven dance group. We will also receive about $350 donations from individuals. We delivered the 94 bags to the North Branford Superintendents office. They will distribute them to the individual families.
Yours in Rotary Service, Mike Bergantino
Clothes for Kids 2010 Success Diane Popolizio 2010-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Wading for Water gets help from Interact Diane Popolizio 2010-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio on Nov 11, 2010




North Branford Rotary

19th Annual Fundraiser


Wine Tasting and Auction


Friday November 12th, 2010

At 6:00PM




Wine Tasting provided by 

 Mt. Carmel Wine and Spirits, Hamden, CT


Wine Tasting and Auction Diane Popolizio 2010-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
RI District 7980 GSE Team to Central America Mukund Nori 2009-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
RI District 7980 GSE Team to Mexico in 2008 Mukund Nori 2008-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Aitro

Interact Club and volunteers


Easter Bunny


Get Ready




Easter Egg Hunt 2013 Richard Aitro 0
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Todd Stoeffler, Meghan McCarthy, Zachary Augur and Mary Lou Gargiulo 


Meghan is a empathetic ,diligent and self driven student. Zachary is indeed a role model for his classmates as he models good sportsmanship and citizenship. 

Students of Month April 10,2013 Richard Aitro 0
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Alpha Coiro from the Branford Rotary club talked about  5 clubs in our district getting involved with the Rotary  Foundation to build 5 wells in Uganda.  Total cost was $41,000.  Participating clubs North Branford, Madison , Guilford, Clinton and Branford.  Two districts 7980 and 9200. 


Speaker March 27,2013 Richard Aitro 0
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John Santa talked about the increase in the number of prisoners both in the State of Connecticut and in the United States. He talked about the reasons why the number of people in prison has increased and what the Malta Prison Volunteers organization is doing to try to help people coming  out of prison and stay out of prison.


Speaker April 3,2013 Richard Aitro 0
Cassie DeFelice applies for 4 way test scholarship Paul Burns 0
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The North Branford Rotary Club send a check for $1,500 to Rotary District 7500 which represents Monmouth, Ocean, and Burlington Counties, NJ. Their district governor said that so many people have NOTHING. The money will go directly to the people that need it.
Hurricane Sandy Richard Aitro 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio
Please welcome our newest member Lou Guerreara (photo with Paul Burns & Hope Looney at Induction)
Lou Guerreara Joins Rotary Diane Popolizio 0
Dr. Bill James, Rotarian - 100th Birthday Mukund Nori 0
Pancake Breakfast - August 8th! Diane Popolizio 0
Hope Looney New Club President Diane Popolizio 0
Helping the Homeless all Year Diane Popolizio 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio
Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny visit to be held on Saturday March 27th at Noon - the Sportplex on Route 80. Amber Alert Registration will be available. Come and Visit the fun.
Easter Egg Hunt at Sportplex Diane Popolizio 0
Christmas Tree Lighting a Success! Diane Popolizio 0
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Helping the Homeless 2009 wants to Thank You for your donations!

Thank you to all who donated, if you would still like to donate  an item this Holiday Season to the Columbus House  "Homeless for the Holiday" Project, please v isit  .  There you will find their phone number and web site as well as information about where to bring furniture or other  used items.

Call Diane Popolizio 203-672-2417 for details.

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Cheryl Smith, Paul Burns and Ed Pikaart traveled with our district sponsored Youth Exchange Students to Philladelphia this Oct. 09 to learn about culture and exchange ideas. If you are interested in hosting a youth in our program contact Cheryl.
Rotary International Youth Exchange Diane Popolizio 0
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Pam Gery, North Branford Recreation Director and CJ Cuticello  join the North Branford Rotary Club. Fran Merola, President of North Branford Rotary is pleased to have two additional members to assist in the Clubs many Community Projects which include local, International and Vocational projects here and in our greater community.
New Members Join Club Diane Popolizio 0
18th Annual Fundraiser- Auction Diane Popolizio 0
Posted by Diane Popolizio

 Thank you for making this 1st Annual event a success!



Pancake Breakfast Diane Popolizio 0
DG Rick Benson Vistis Club Mukund Nori 0
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Heather Hackley was installed as the North Branford Rotary Club President for 2008-2009 on June 25, 2008.
Heather Induction Mukund Nori 0
2008 Relay For Life Mukund Nori 0
Make A Difference Day Mukund Nori 0
Thank you for a Successful Clothing Drive Diane Popolizio 0
Posted by Mukund Nori

The North Branford Rotary Club sponsored the annual senior picnic in town on July 10, 2008. This year, a record number of seniors attended the event.


"It was a great success" Pam Gery, Director of Recreations.

Rotary Sponsors Senior Picnic Mukund Nori 0
Janet Rinaldi Speaks on Signs of Stroke Mukund Nori 0
Ed Pikaart Receives 6th Paul Harris Award Mukund Nori 0
Hope Looney & Brian Wilson Join Club Mukund Nori 0
Amber Alert Kicks Off in North Branford Mukund Nori 0
Posted by Mukund Nori
The North Branford Rotary Club held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 15, 2008 at the Connecticut Sportsplex.
Happy Easter Mukund Nori 0
Pat DeLise joins Rotary Club Mukund Nori 0
Beacon Spring 2008 Mukund Nori 0
Bob Hull Joins the Rotary Club Mukund Nori 0
Students Receive Community Service Awards Mukund Nori 0
Ernie's Filters - A Photo Essay Mukund Nori 0
Posted by Mukund Nori

National Immunization Day - Mumbai, India - January 6, 2008

Millions of children were immunized against polio across the country. Our club President, Mukund, was fortunate to participate at one location in Mumbai.

NID January 6, 2008, Mumbai, India Mukund Nori 0
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The North Branford Rotary Club sponsored the annual senior picnic in town on August 4, 2007. This year, a record number of seniors attended the event. A fun time was had by all, according to Pam Gery, the Director of Recreations for the town.
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