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    November 2
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    November 22
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    November 23
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    November 24
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    November 28
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    November 29
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    November 6, 2018
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    November 6, 2018
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    November 21, 2017
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Welcome to the Putnam Rotary Club

Meeting every Tuesday at 12:15 PM 

The Inn at Woodstock Hill, 94 Plaine Hill Rd, Woodstock, CT 06281   860-928-0528

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The Putnam Rotary Club invites you to a very special Rotary meeting and speaker program on Tuesday, October 29th at 12 noon at the Inn At Woodstock Hill.

Polio survivor, Nick Marshall will be our guest speaker.
Our district of 60 Rotary Clubs is located in the northeastern part of the United States with about half of our clubs situated in the northern Connecticut and the remainder in western Massachusetts.
The two major market areas in the district are those surrounding Hartford, capital of Connecticut, and Springfield, the third largest city in Massachusetts. Both of these market areas are strong in manufacturing and finance. Hartford is home to Pratt and Whitney Jet Engines, Travelers and Aetna Insurance while the Springfield market area is known for its paper products and is the home office to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Much of the countryside outside of Hartford and Springfield is somewhat rural where dairy and other farms can be found, along with a large tourist industry.

The Connecticut River flows through the Springfield and Hartford market areas. The river and its tributaries have in the past been a source of power for industry (to a limited extent they still are) and currently are used to help grow corn and shade tobacco and provide a site for recreational activities. The western part of the district is mountainous (Mt. Greylock, the highest is 3487 feet) and contains many lakes, rivers and streams. Boating, fishing, skiing (downhill and cross country), golf, summer theater and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, help to make this area a place for all seasons to be enjoyed by tourists from all over the United States.

There are a large number of private and public educational colleges and universities in the district. Museums of all types too - Springfield, for example, is home of the Basketball Hall of Fame, New Britain has a very famous museum of Native American Indian Art and Williamstown, in the most northwestern part of the district, has, in its Clark Museum, one of the finest collections of Impressionist Art in the United States.

We enjoy living and working in this environment and welcome all those who would like to visit.
SATURDAY MORNING VOLUNTEERS AT ROTARY PARK. Thank you to the work crew from the Putnam Connecticut Rotary Club and the Putnam Arts Council organized by Karen Osbrey who had her crew spreading 20 yards of pea stone at the Bird in the Hand sculpture at 7:00 am on Saturday morning. We appreciate your efforts to make Rotary Park look beautiful. Thank you to local businesses, M. Provost Trucking & Landscape Products and Rawson Materials for donating rocks and pea stone.
With a simple passing of the basket at our meeting today, the Putnam Rotary Club raised $500 to send to the Bahamas Rotary Club to help in their relief efforts
Members of the Interact Club parked cars and helped where needed at the recent Day Kimball Hospital Cancer Survivor Picnic. Brayden Cutler enjoyed his job, driving the golf cart to and from the parking lot with people and equipment. Kristen Willis, director of Development for DKH, thanked the Interact Club. Left to right are: Roberta Rocchetti, advisor; Brayden Cutler, Rachel Lambert, Linda St. Laurent, Emma Redfield, Tessa Houlihan. Missing from photo Maeve Lusignan, Reegan Reynolds, Talia and Kaelyn Tremblay and Marcy Dawley, advisor. Courtesy photo.
Putnam Rotary Club Donation
The Putnam Rotary Club Sept. 24 visited the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association to receive thanks from firefighters for the donation of a Scott Pak Tracker.
Eric Young, the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association’s fire chief, said the crew has had the Scott Pak Tracker for about two months and has been trained on it; however, they haven’t had to use it yet. 
The tracker  is tied into sensors on the Scott Air Paks on each firefighter. When the tracker detects that the firefighter hasn’t moved for a certain amount of time, it alerts. Firefighters then know who might be in trouble and where that firefighter is in the building.
The tracker, and a donation of a self-contained breathing apparatus mask to the Bungay Fire Department in West Woodstock were both part of a $6,000 effort to help local emergency crews.
Rotary District 7890 funded $1,500 of the $6,000 price tag and the Putnam Rotary Club covered the rest, according to Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann.
More Trees
The Putnam Rotary Club is planning a second round of tree planting. Last year Rotarians taking part included: left to right: Paul Pikora, , Jeff Rawson, past president John Miller, Jay Sinha and Rick Place. Courtesy photo.
PUTNAM — The Putnam Rotary Club recently completed its first Tree Planting Project and is planning a second one for the 2019-2020 year.
The club purchased saplings and offered them to towns that the Putnam Rotary Club covers: Woodstock, Putnam, Pomfret and Thompson. Richard Naumann, the Putnam Rotary Club’s current president, spearheaded the effort. He said the club spent $420 for 2-foot tall saplings. The funds were taken out of the club’s surplus fund.
Recently the club membership approved spending up to $500 this year to get more trees for the surrounding area.
In Woodstock the plantings are at the Woodstock Common (in front of the Woodstock Academy), 2 Chinquapin Oaks, 1 American Elm; Palmer Arboretum, 2 Chinquapin Oaks, 1 American Elm, 2 American Chestnuts; Plaine Hill Road    5 Chinquapin Oaks, 4 American Elm, 4 American Chestnuts.
In Thompson the plantings are at Riverside Drive, just north of Thompson Housing Authority and include 7 Chinquapin Oaks, 6 American Elm, 5 American Chestnuts.
In Putnam the plantings will be planted along the Putnam River Walk and include 7 Chinquapin Oaks, 6 American Elm, 5 American Chestnuts.
In Pomfret Center the plantings are at the Pomfret Audubon Society on Day Road and include 7 Chinquapin Oaks, 6 American Elm, 5 American Chestnuts.
This year the town of Eastford will be added to the list, he said.
Naumann said that the original idea came from the Rotary Club’s world president.
He added that these particular trees were chosen because they are native to the area and the trees replace those affected by blights.
All trees have been named in honor of both past and present and as more trees are planted, more former Rotarians’ names will be added.. Name plates will be placed on the trees after they mature.
Some of the past and present Rotarians of the Putnam Club include:
Stephen Adams, Joseph Adiletta, Leon Archambault, Marc Archambault, Keith Aubin, Jayne Battye, Maurice Beaulac, Lawrence and Arlene Bellerose, Peter Benoit, Raymond Brousseau, Pamela Brown, Jennifer Brytowski, Elizabeth Buzalski, James Byrnes, Frederick Chmura, Rande Chmura, Ronald Coderre, Gerard      Cotnoir, Marcy Dawley, Paul Dery, Henry Doughty, Joyce Duff, Cynthia Dunne, Cheryl Fogg, Robert Fournier, Richard and Suzanne Franklin, Eric Gould, Robert Halloran, Deborah Hoft, Rachael Johnston, Amanda Kelly, Nelson G. King, Russell King Donald King, Betti Kuszaj, Brendan Larkin, Renee Lasko, Linda Lemmon, Richard Loomis, Shawn McNerney, Melissa Meyers, Anne Miller, John Miller, Albert B. Morgan, Andrew Morrison, Latham Morse, Kathy Naumann, Richard Naumann, John O’Brien, Gary W. Osbrey, Karen Osbrey, Leonard Partridge, Dana Peloso, Scott Pempek, Joseph Pempek, Paul Pikora, Richard Place, Douglas Porter, Charles Puffer, Jeffrey Rawson, Roberta Rocchetti, Christopher Sandford, Malcolm Schumann, Jay Sinha, Jonathan Sturdevant, Jonathan Tremblay, Christopher Vaillencourt, Gerry Vaillant, Douglas Valentine, Delpha Very, Joseph Wade, Elizabeth Williams, Kristen Willis, Audrey Witkowski.
Peace Through Understanding

Lindsey Worster, left, of Tourtellotte Memorial High School, and Julia Schad of The Woodstock Academy, pose with Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann after they described their experience at the International Youth Peace Initiative of Rotary International, District 6270 June 22-28. The seminars covered aspects of social media --- the good and the bad and its potential for sparking good works. The Putnam Rotary Club sent three local students to the seminar held in Wisconsin. Robert Gatkze (pictured below) shared his experiences with our Rotary Club.

Mrs. Younhee Shin will be presenting Korean Spirit & Culture.
Dear Rotarian My name is Younhee Shin and I am a program coordinator in KSCPP. Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. In appreciation for the United States’ support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, since 2009, KSCPP has held 1,700 presentations about the history and culture of Korea including 350 different rotary clubs throughout the country and in Europe. At the meetings, we presented film about the history of Korea from ancient to modern times: KOREAN SPIRIT AND CULTURE PROMOTION PROJECT Cordially Invites the Members of the Club to: The Hidden Treasure of Korean Art and Modern Korea Once known as the Land of the Morning Calm, Korea now possesses the 10th to 12th largest economy in the world and is becoming more and more important in the world's economy, culture and politics. Two documentary films about Korea will be shown. The first film illustrates the cultural achievements of Korea's past, and the second film shows Korea's industrial achievements since the Korean War. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. We are always looking for new opportunities to give programs and talks. Kind Regards, Younhee Shin KSCPP - Program Coordinator Cell: (917) 838-4689 www.kscpp.net *KSCPP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating Korea's unique history and culture. 
Many of the programs Access provides are delivered directly to customers who walk through our doors looking for assistance. With offices in Willimantic and Danielson, our Family Advocates are on hand to help customers find what they need to make ends meet and take steps towards greater financial stability.

In addition, Access makes a difference in the community by providing programs for customers that are referred through DCF and the CT Judicial System. These include our programs to foster positive at-risk youth development and our supportive housing programs. Like all our services, referral programs help those in need achieve stability and success.

Success Stories


Results That Matter

Because of the help and hope we provided:

  • 365 nights of housing and 47,382 meals were provided to those living in our group homes and emergency shelter
  • 23,592 women, infants, & children are healthier because they redeemed $1,512,430 worth of healthy food vouchers
  • 68 income-eligible seniors lived in 59 safe, high quality, affordable one-bedroom apartments
  • 642 low-income children are healthier because of 244,481 nutritious meals and snacks provided through their licensed home childcare providers
  • 6,332 households were able to stay warm last year. Value of Energy Assistance provided was $4,520,686
  • 3,903 adults and 1,550 children didn’t go hungry because they received supplemental food equivalent to 65,436 meals; of these 2,593 customers received their meals from our mobile food pantry
  • 41 families and 12 individuals who were chronically homeless were able to find and maintain permanent housing
     Congrégation des Filles du Saint-Esprit                                           Maroua le 02/03/2019
     Vice-province du Cameroun
    B.P.753  Maroua
    Tel (+237) 699800172
    Mail : vpfsemaroua@yahoo.fr
Greetings, our dear Benefactors,
We are endlessly grateful for the assistance you continue to offer to our Jeannette HORBAITA Center.. It is such a comfort for us to have this money, because it is a huge support for our mission with these young girls who are getting ready to take their own future in hand.  The money you gave us ($2000.00) was welcomed and was used to buy some computers.   These young women like to work with computers, and it also open them up to the modern world.
Below we are attaching a few photos of some of the activities at our center:
We thank you again.  May God bless you!
Please click on this link to view the entire report:   
New Members
Muriel Pepper, manager of the Inn at Woodstock Hill (shown with club President John Miller) and Putnam Police Officer Dana Peloso were recently welcomed to the Putnam Rotary Club family. Peloso stands with his sponsor Jeff Rawson, left, and club President John Miller, right.  Courtesy photos.
The Putnam Rotary Club spent part of its recent meeting learning about Abraham Lincoln. Bill Juzwic, a funeral director at Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory, spoke to Rotarians. The funeral home presented a week-long display of a replica of Lincoln’s casket and other items from that time. Putnam Rotarian Robert Fournier Jr. owns Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory. Photo courtesy of Valentine Iamartino.
A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes.
Putnam Rotarian and banker Emily Petrik (standing with Putnam Rotary President John Miller) Jan. 29 presented her TED talk on a program she designed called "A Penny Saved". It's a financial literacy program that teaches people with intellectural and developmental disabilities how to manage their finances --- including how to write a check, go to the bank, use the ATM machine, etc.She said these are all skills that are needed to become independent adults and the program has shown great success so far. Courtesy photo

Chief of Police, Town of Putnam 

Christopher Ferace, 51, began his career in law enforcement in 1991 as a patrol officer in Plainfield. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Roger Williams College and a graduate certificate in criminal justice education from University of Virginia.

Officials touted Ferace’s educational background, noting the newly appointed chief holds numerous professional certifications which include attending the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

“I still believe that policing is a noble profession, or I wouldn’t have taken this job or signed on to this commitment,” Ferace said during the ceremony. “There is no other period in modern history where policing is so scrutinized, and never so dangerous.”

Ferace said selfless service when another is in crisis continues to motivate him. He said his expectations for the department are simple.

“I expect nothing more than what the public expects,” he said to a standing ovation. “Do this job with integrity, accountability, compassion, courage, pride and professionalism. If we follow these values combined with the community policing philosophy, we as an agency will continue to be successful. I take great pride in wearing the Putnam Police patch on my sleeve.”

 Martin Podskoch Author, Historian and CT resident recognized for his extensive work documenting the history of the Catskills, the Adirondack fire towers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. His first travel guide, "The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country" has become the best-selling travel book in the Adirondacks. Podskoch will soon be releasing a second travel guide book called "The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring CT."

Dawn Curry, Wellness Coordinator & Elina Vandenberg, program graduate
We partner with the YMCA of the USA to promote the importance of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis.

What content informed this program?

Our ongoing dialogue with cancer survivors through our surveys and research led us to discover that a top concern among survivors was the difficulty of returning to physical activity after treatment. In response, LIVESTRONG partnered with the YMCA of the USA in 2007 to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week physical activity program designed to get survivors back on their feet.

Who benefits from LIVESTRONG at the YMCA?

Survivors participate in free or low cost customized exercise regimens catered to their individual needs from certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Survivors and often their families receive a membership at the YMCA for the duration of the program.

Future direction

We recently worked with researchers from Yale University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute to conduct a research study on the impact of the program on participants’ cancer-related outcomes. We found that participants experienced significant increases in physical activity, overall quality of life and fitness performance as well as decreases in cancer-related fatigue. By the end of 2018, we will offer the program in 19-25 new YMCA associations.

Our own Aileen Witkowski will present a support system that helps all patients in need of transportation to their treatments.
Robin Lynch presents information about  volunteer opportunities for Retirees and Seniors.
     Congrégation des Filles du Saint-Esprit                                           Maroua le 24/07/2018
     Vice-province du Cameroun
    B.P.753  Maroua
    Tel (+237) 699800172
    Mail : vpfsemaroua@yahoo.fr
Bonjour Mrs Karen,
Ce mot  pour vous dire un grand merci pour votre aide apportée au Centre Jeanette HORBAITA, nous avions bien reçu l’argent envoyé pour notre centre et cela a été un grand appui cette année pour la formation de ces jeunes filles.  De tout cœur, nous vous disons grand merci, que le Seigneur vous rende cela au centuple.
Un petit mot pour vous présenter le centre :
Nous sommes un Centre de formation  de jeunes filles qui prend en charge les   filles désœuvrées, orphelines et indigentes dans les domaines de la formation en alphabétisation, couture, broderie, cuisine, agriculture et produit dérivés, économie sociale et familiale, secrétariat bureautique, secrétariat comptable, graphisme de production. Cette structure de formation professionnelle privée a pour but de :
-développer chez la jeune fille, l’esprit d’entreprise,
-de lutter  contre le chômage et la déperdition scolaire de la jeune fille, d’autonomisation de cette dernière,
- de favoriser le dialogue, la tolérance, le partage.
-En un mot, aider la jeune fille à apporter sa contribution matérielle dans les familles et en économie familiale.
L’objectif de la formation dispensée au Centre Jeannette HORBAITA est d’aider la jeune fille en peine.
Au cours de cette année scolaire, notre entre a enregistré 85 jeunes filles inscrites dont 17 abandon en cours d’année.
A la fin de l’année, nous avons obtenu un taux de réussite générale de 85%.
Comme difficultés rencontrées, nous notons le manque de paiement des frais scolaires par certaines filles, le départ en mariage avant la fin de la formation, l’ignorance des filles de leur situation d’indigence, le manque de subvention par l’Etat.
Nous vous envoyons ci-dessous quelques photos  des activités dans notre centre :
Une fois de plus nous vous remercions.
                                                                       La sœur Pauline MAISENSO ,
  Sortie des Filles de la troisième année.
Activités pratiques : fabrication des paniers.
Rotary International
One Small Act
One Small Act takes us on a journey through small acts of kindness, showing the powerful impact they have on the life of one little girl.
Our Youth exchange student, Kiara Monahan will share her experiences and impressions from her year in Italy.

 Hamburgers, Hot dogs and Strawberry Shortcake; at 95 degrees, boy was that fun.  

Our new Administration 2018-2019
left to right: Kristin Willis, Secretary; John Miller, President; Kathy Naumann, Vice President; Racheal Johnson, Board Member; Paul Pikora, Board Member; Jeffrey Rawson, Board Member; Roberta Rocchetti, Board Member; Richard Naumann, President Elect; Fred Chmura, Treasurer
To see our Paul Harris recipient please click:  Read more

2018 Scholarship Receipients presented by President Rick Place and Scholarship Chairman Scott Pempek.
From left to right: President Rick Place, Haley Armstrong, Maeve Stevenson, Anna Murphy, Doria Daviau, Eden Law, Tyler Fitts, Julia Bibeault, Natalie Ionkin, Brianna Long, Jenna Kochinskas, Cassandra Gallant, Maegan Roy, Shannon Gauthier, Morgan Graham, Scholarship Chairman Scott Pempek. Not in picture Kiara Monahan.

Rebecca Anderson & Allison Dumas are being presented with a donation to the Franklin Scholarship Fund. 
Rotary golf tourney
Eric Whittenburg of ERW, Inc. holds the Ace in the Hole Award. ERW has been a major sponsor of the Putnam Rotary Club’s Ronald P. Coderre Golf Tournament for the last 10 years. He is a generous and unassuming person who cares deeply for his community and supports a number of local organizations. Photo courtesy of Doug Porter.
PUTNAM -The Putnam Rotary Club's Ronald P. Coderre golf tourna-ment saw lots of winners AND a hole in one. 
Paul Sas had a Hole-in-One on #9. Gross Score: 
1st place -Archie Drobiak, Rob Rovito, Paul Sas and Jeff Bums of the Brynes Insurance Agency Team with a score of 55 
2nd place -George Amenabar, Jeff Childs, Steve Keller and Scott Gendreau of Northeast Flooring & Kitchens Team with a 57 
3rd place -Dan Gilbert, Doug Wood-ward and Chris Brook of the Inn at Woodstock Hill team also with a 57 
Net Score:
1st Brandon Carita, Eric Livingston, Gary Rudman and Daryl Stevens of the Pacon Team 
The Rawson golf team.
2nd Greg Kalafus, Steve Kinross, Nicole Fredericks and Bill Miller of the Securitas Security Services team 
3rd Brian Orenstein, Guy Henry, John Dolan and Greg Shelter of the Charter Oak FCU team 
Closest to the Pin: #7 - 7 feet, S inches, Chris Brock and #15 - 9-4 Paul Sas



Welcome to Rotary Service Connections, a Rotary blog to help our members and supporters plan effective and inspired service projects. We offer resources, best practices, success stories and lessons learned to keep you informed and introduce you to new ideas.

As members of the Rotary family, we are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting changes in our communities and around the world. Our diverse occupations, cultures, and backgrounds give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service drives us to take on the world’s most challenging problems.

Learn more about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.


In February 2004, our district hosted our first project fair in Quito. Since then, 12 fairs have been organized in beautiful cities across Ecuador: Guayaquil, Cuenca, and Manta. Every fair highlights District 4400’s club service projects for international visitors to build friendships, partnerships, and facilitate connections to bring projects to life.

Over the years, we’ve welcomed Rotarians from the United States, Canada and Europe to the fairs. We’ve built lifelong friendships and a huge number of projects have been successfully carried out with the support of our international visitors. As a result, our district has been able to implement larger scale projects with support from our international friends and global grants.

When a fair is organized, we not only plan the related events but also offer our guests attractive social activities and opportunities to tour our very diverse country, including the Galapagos Islands, the Sierra highlands, the Amazonian jungle, rainforests, and the coast.

Many fair attendees return year after year to revisit old friends, build new partnerships, and visit the projects they have sponsored and their impact on the local community. Sometimes, international visitors are not able to commit to supporting one project during the fair. But as visitors go back to their home clubs and districts, present about the initiatives they learned about and saw first-hand during their time in Ecuador, they inspire their fellow clubs to reach out and build partnerships with our exhibitors in need of support. Throughout the year, we are pleased to receive requests from districts and clubs asking for backgrounds on projects still seeking support. That is when many of these projects that were not sponsored have a second chance and are successfully carried out with wonderful international partners.

This was the case of a new born intensive care unit at a hospital in Quevedo. We had visited this project with the Rotary Club of Quevedo and it was presented at the fair, but the club did not find an international partner.  Some months later we received an email from the Rotary Club of Alpharetta in the United States asking for a projects still seeking support.  They eventually partnered on the hospital project, and it is already completed and benefiting the community. This is the magic of Rotary!


When you or a loved one needs in-home care services, it’s comforting to know that you can find everything you need right here, from Day Kimball Healthcare At Home. We offer a wide range of compassionate and personalized in-home care services. And we expertly integrate them with the care delivered by our primary care doctors and specialists, so the patient’s entire care team remains informed about his or her condition.

All of our in-home services are available throughout northeast Connecticut, including to patients in long-term care facilities, making us the only resource you need for the services that will help you live with medical conditions that are best served by in-home care. Contact any of our in-home care divisions for a care coordination assessment.


Day Kimball Healthcare At Home's Services Include:

Day Kimball HomeCare

Our skilled providers visit individuals at home to deliver medical and specialized home care services. We monitor and manage health conditions, manage and supervise medications, and provide nutritional counseling, IV therapy, physical therapy and more. We are a Medicare-certified home care agency, accredited by The Joint Commission, and our team is on call 24/7.

Mrs. Pam Brown, Dr. Francois Gauthier, Sister Gertrude Lanouette, President Rick Place
Presented a check for $2000 in support of the Jeannette Horbaita Center in Cameroon, Africa.
The Jeannette Horbaita Center in Cameroon, Africa, sponsored by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Putnam.  Dr. Francois Gauthier,
Director of Development for the Daughters of the Holy Spirit presented the program about the project.

President Rick Place welcomes the newest Rotarian to the Club. 
Missy Bonsall, COO of Generations, has been inducted in and joins the Rotary Club of Putnam. 

International Youth Exchange 
Presented by our own Kathy Naumann

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

What are the costs?

Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours

How can I apply?

Candidates are 15-19 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves. 

Find a Rotary club near you

Can I host an exchange student?

Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained. 

If you’re interested in learning more about being a host family, contact a Rotary club near you.

Learning in Retirement (LiR)
Presented by Dr. Bill Brower

You are never too old to learn!

LiR at QVCC provides the means to meet the wide range of interests for mature adults who want to pursue new topics or to revisit interests from the past. Our classes and short courses are designed to stimulate the mind and provide a quality social environment in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

LiR  is an independent, self-governing membership organization under the auspices of Quinebaug Valley Community College. Formed in 1995 with 120 original charter members, membership has grown steadily and now stands at over 400 individuals. Courses and programs are held in the fall, winter, and spring.

Membership and Fees
Membership is open to all. Yearly membership fees cover the period from September 1 through August 31.

Membership is a prerequisite for enrolling in an LiR course or taking part in any other group activities. A nominal fee is charged for multi-session courses and field trips. Each semester there may also be free courses, seminars, and socials.

 Rotary welcomes
Putnam Mayor Norman “Barney” Seney 
The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Town. As such the Mayor is directly responsible for administration of all appointed Town departments, boards, agencies, and offices. The Mayor insures that all laws and ordinances governing the town are faithfully carried out. The Mayor prepares and submits to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance the annual budget and keeps the Selectmen fully aware of the financial condition of the Town. We welcome input, suggestions, and even complaints from the community.


Presented by President William & Terry Pearsall

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

What We Do

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. 

We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.



Peter is an investment advisor and Certified Portfolio Manager with UBS Financial in Portland, Maine and a member of Yarmouth Rotary, Currently Training Advisor for the New England Multi-District President-Elect Training Seminar (2017-19), he was District Governor (7780) 2001-02, and has also served as District Foundation Chair (7 years), District rep to Council on Legislation (2x), Rotary Leadership Institute Regional Vice-Chair, a three-time club president, recipient of The Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award, and a Foundation major donor. He resides in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife Carolyn, who is also a Past District Governor (2013-14). 

Presented by Steve LaPointe, Director

The Eastern Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

Supporting students and businesses from the Quiet Corner all the way to the shoreline, the new QVCC 10,00 sqft. AMTC provides hands-on learning opportunities for students and also a location for area manufacturers with customized training needs. The Center includes a machine lab, mechatronics and metrology labs, classroom, conference space and offices.

Steve LaPointe, right, spoke to the Putnam Rotary Club Jan 16, about the QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Center. He is the center's director. Putnam Rotary Club president Rick Place is on the left.


Presented by: Mr. Romeo Blackmar 

To unite the citizens of Putnam in a partnership to create and foster a safe, drug free environment for the entire community.

For the past several years, the Putnam PRIDE has worked to make our town a safe, friendly, drug-free community. The PRIDE draws its membership from all sectors of society, including healthcare professionals, employees of the school system, town officials, concerned parents, and prevention professionals. It is the intent of the PRIDE to minimize the effects of drugs and alcohol on all community members young and old, and to raise awareness within the community that substance abuse can affect anyone. In order to achieve these objectives, the PRIDE has targeted a number of substances and related issues, including underage drinking, proper prescription drug disposal, and paraphernalia sales at convenience stores. Past accomplishments include awareness campaigns, data collection, and assessment of community substance-abuse needs.  

Presented by: Mrs. Diane Manning                   
Creating Healthy Communities
United Services is one of Connecticut’s most comprehensive private, non-profit 
behavioral health centers, providing mental and behavioral health education, 
prevention, treatment and social services to the children, adults, families and 
communities of Northeastern Connecticut since 1964.
Through all of life's challenges... We're here to help

Rick Place, Putnam Rotary Club president, welcomes the club's newest member, Cheryl Fogg. She works at New England Placement Services (NEPS) in Woodstock.

Kathi Peterson, center, program coordinator of the Interfaith Human Services of Putnam, thanked the Putnam Rotary Club Dec. 19 for the club's donation of hats, gloves, blankets and more to the group. Peterson stands with Rotarians Lara Luppi and Paul Pikora and a couple of the many blankets that were donated. Each Christmas the Rotary Club collects the "warmth makers" and donates it to the IHSP. 
Spreading Holiday Cheer! Rotarians have been collecting games, blankets and hats, mittens and scarves over the past few weeks to donate to TEEG and The Family Resource Center for kids and families in need this Christmas. Pictured from left to right, President Rick Place, Gift Giving Committee member Paul Pikora, Family Resource Center Shannon Haney, Gift Giving Committee Chair Rachael Johnston and Elizabeth Zachow. sitting in front Jennifer Strong from TEEG 

December 5, 2017 at The Inn At Woodstock Hill starting at 5:30pm.  Remember this takes the place of our afternoon meeting.


Welcome to the Wyndham Land Trust.

Our own Steve Adams and Andy Rzeznikiewicz will give us all you ever wanted to know about :

The Wyndham Land Trust

is working hard to protect land in the Quiet Corner of Northeast Connecticut. The land trust was incorporated in April 1975, and the first parcel was protected in 1977. Today we have acquired over 50 parcels in ten towns totaling 2271 acres. In addition almost 700 acres are protected through conservation easements or restrictions held by the land trust.

Birds sing and breed in the grassland meadows, swamps, and woods that we protect. Amphibians breed in our vernal pools, and wildflowers and native plants flourish on protected trust land. Land has been acquired through generous donations from people that wanted to leave a legacy of open space for future generations. Land has also been acquired through hours and hours of hard work from volunteers that believe in the mission of the land trust and believe in protecting this corner of the planet we call home. We invite you to join the land trust and share our goal of protecting land in Wyndham County. Our work is urgent.

This web site provides information about joining the land trust and about donating land and money. The web site also gives an inventory of the land trust preserves. If a preserve has good access, we provide information about trails and a detailed map of the property. We invite you and your family to visit our preserves and discover the joy of exploring the variety of habitat in all four seasons.

We welcome any questions or comments you have about the work of the land trust. You can reach us at info@wyndhamlandtrust.org

DATE:  November 15, 2017
CONTACT:  Karen Osbrey, Putnam Rotary Club, 860-928-1350, kareno@winyradio.com
On Saturday, October 28th, as part of an ongoing project to upgrade and beautify Rotary Park, the Putnam Rotary Club, with assistance from a Rotary District 7890 Grant, rolled up their sleeves and put on their gardening gloves to plant 1500 spring bulbs.  The bulbs chosen are all hardy to this region, will naturalize (meaning they will multiply and spread) and come back year after year.  Project coordinator, Rotarian Karen Osbrey, said “the hardest part is waiting for spring.  But it will be worth the wait.”  People can expect to see the colorful display in early spring.  There will be white and yellow Narcissus (daffodils) and blue and white Puschkinias. 
Putnam Rotary Club President, Rick Place led by example and dug right in, along with his wife Mary.   He would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out to help.   Rotarians and family members included Roberta Rocchetti, Jonathan Tremblay and daughters Talia and Kaelyn, Pam Brown and husband George, daughter Emily Brown Mleko and grand-daughter Ava Mleko, Marcy Dawley, Kristin Willis, Anne Miller, Deborah Hoft, Scott Pempek, Gary and Karen Osbrey.   Rotarians were also joined by students from Woodstock Academy and Putnam High School, and the community at large.  From Woodstock Academy, International students included Lucy Chen, Aaron Hu, Jefferson Wu, Khe Nguyen, Tina Dang, Nguyen Cai and Daisy Li.  PHS students Lucas Perry, Jonathan Aier, Selena Cordero, Michayla Rugh and Nathan Barylski joined in the fun.   Dr. Steve Raheb, Earl Rosebrooks, Sue Morrison, Mike Morrill and Betsey Craaco also lent a helping hand.   
Putnam Rotary Club Secretary Kathy Naumann received a coveted Paul Harris Award in recognition of her contributions to the Rotary International Foundation. Club president Rick Place presented the award. 

This weekend Putnam Rotarians Paul Pikora, Elizabeth Zachow, and Kathy Naumann represented the Putnam Club well when they attended the Rotary Leadership Institute this past Saturday.  Special Congratulation to Kathy who reached graduate level after completing her third class.  Another special shout out to Paul who attended his third graduate class.  Are you interested in learning more about the Rotary Leadership Institute?  Ask one of these three about their experience.  Keep an eye out for future classes to take advantage of.

Everything you ever wanted to know about our Putnam Rotary Foundation.
Our own Gary "O" presents 
"The Rotary International Foundation"

The Rotary Club Team almost won ! 
We went BIG and we went Home and had a great time supporting our Rotaract Club.
Congratulations to the repeat Winner "The Archambault Team"
Pictured are left to right: Shawn and Rachael Johnston, Fred Chmura, Kathy Naumann, Jonathan Tremblay, Brendan Larkin, Lara Luppi, Steve Adams

The 2017 Paul Harris and Community Service Award has been awarded to 
Jim Booth of Brooklyn, CT. 
Hometown Heating LLC, dba Hometown T&S Energy, is owned by Jim and Jacqueline Booth. Their ties to the area run both deep and wide.
Pictured are left to right Mrs. Jacqueline Booth, Mr. Jim Booth, President Rick Place 

Weekend Meal Program for children in need !
Mrs. Sara Dziedzic & Mr. Dave McGee outlined the parameters of the "Children in need Food Program" available now in all Woodstock Schools. 
This service helps many local families by providing food items to supplement their grocery needs on weekends.  

Central Baptist Church of Westerly
16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI   02891
Phone: (401) -596-4929     

Dr. Clayton (Cal) Lord grew up in Colchester, Connecticut and graduated from UCONN with a Bachelor of 
Liberal Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Human Development and Family Relations.  He went on to 
receive his Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 1984 and went back to 
Andover Newton and received his Doctor of Ministry in 1996.

Pastor Cal was called to serve the Cross Mills Baptist Church in Charlestown, Rhode Island in September 
1983 and served there for two years. In 1985 he was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, 
Connecticut and shortly afterwards he was called to serve as the Pastor of the 
First Baptist Church of 
Norwich, Connecticut. He planned to stay for about five years but he fell in love with the people and the 
community and he stayed. In October of 2008 he became the longest standing pastor of that church. In his 
time in Norwich he served in various capacities within the American Baptist family and in the wider 
community. His resume includes service as the President of the 
American Baptist Churches of Connecticut
Senator to the National Minister's Council and President of the Norwich Rotary Club.  

In 2003 his "Weekly Pastoral Epistles" became a regular feature in the 
Norwich Bulletin as part of the "Spirit 
Page" on Fridays. Today he is published in as many as 18 different newspapers each week.  In 2007 he 
published his second book, a collection of sermons entitled, 
God is Rock Solid, through CSS Publishing.

On Monday, March 7, 2011 Pastor Cal began his service with us and we hope he will enjoy a long and 
fruitful tenure as the pastor of the Central Baptist Church of Westerly, Rhode Island.

Since his arrival in Westerly, Pastor Cal has already gotten involved and is becoming an active leader in the 
community. He is an member, and Past President of the 
Westerly Rotary Club, a member of the 
Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Clergy Association. He is the chair of the 
National Day of Prayer celebration co-chair of the Community Easter Sunrise Service in town.

We have enjoyed outdoor worship services, mini dramas in worship, and a renewed sense of community on 
Sunday mornings. We are delighted to have him serving with us. Come visit us any Sunday and meet him 
and you will see why.

At the present time Pastor Cal lives in Norwich.  He and his wife, Lori, have been married thirty plus years 
and have three lovely daughters, Rebecca, Sarah and Rachel. They currently share their home with Anna,

The Community Foundation is here to bring people together to work towards a healthy, thriving, sustainable Eastern Connecticut. We do this by putting philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of our region, while fulfilling the passions of our donors.

The late Connie Pike sits with children at Old Lyme Children's Center.


We are a family of hundreds of funds created by those generous people to serve their charitable goals. We also help people create charitable legacies. We provide guidance, investment vehicles, and other expertise to make giving an easy and joyful experience. Together, the funds entrusted to us provide between $4 million and $5 million each year in grants and scholarships in Eastern Connecticut and beyond.   

Lillian Rhodes

Director of Development

Lillian Rhodes is Director of Development for the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. Prior to joining CFECT, Lilli spent 15 years as the Director of Community Relations at Natchaug Hospital. Previously, Lilli served as the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s first Communications Officer.


A Foundation of Caring

We are one of 800-plus community foundations across the nation: tax-exempt, nonprofit, public charities devoted to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve.  Individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits create permanent funds that promote the well-being of their region. Community foundations invest and administer these funds, which annually make distributions in the form of grants and scholarships. Community Foundation FAQs  

Founded in 1983, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut serves as the hub for meaningful philanthropy for 42 communities in the eastern third of our state. We make Eastern Connecticut better by:

  • Helping people who want to help meet the region's needs establish powerful, sustainable charitable funds
  • Using these funds to issue annual charitable grants to nonprofits — and scholarships to students
  • Strengthening local nonprofits and helping them fulfill their important missions
  • Serving as a neutral meeting ground where community leaders and stakeholders  can convene to listen, learn and work together on effective solutions to community challenges

Read more about Our Work and Our Communities

Experience & Expertise

We are uniquely positioned to serve as a trusted philanthropic leader due to our in-depth knowledge of the region's needs; our more than 30 years of hands-on experience and our longstanding relationships with the nonprofit agencies, civic officials and other experts working on the front lines of our communities every day. Our strategic priorities, which reflect the interests of our donors, currently include empowering youth, promoting basic needs and rights, preserving the environment and advancing animal welfare. 

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Financial Integrity

Our foundation operates in full compliance with the rigorous financial standards set by the nationally recognized Council on Foundations, assuring that we meet the highest philanthropic standards for financial integrity and accountability.

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After a seven-month national search, the Board of Directors of Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) have announced that Anne Diamond, J.D., C.N.M.T., has been selected as the next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the integrated hospital and healthcare system, which is the major provider of healthcare and largest employer in Northeast Connecticut. Diamond, who is currently the CEO of UConn Health’s John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, CT, will assume her new role at DKH at the end of August. Her selection was made by a subcommittee of the DKH Board of Directors that included physicians, administrators and other members, with input from senior management, department directors, medical staff leadership and medical staff.

Diamond brings to DKH more than 30 years of healthcare experience across a multitude of roles. In her most recent role as CEO of John Dempsey Hospital for the past four years, Diamond has focused on improving the hospital’s quality of care, operations and financial performance, with positive results.

The hospital realized a positive net margin for the past two years and is on track for another positive year. During Diamond’s tenure as CEO the hospital has also been recognized by the American Hospital Association as an organization improving quality at a faster rate than other hospitals nationally and by the CT Hospital Association’s John D. Thompson Award for Excellence in hospital administration for the use of data in improving quality and clinical processes. Anne has also led UConn’s John Dempsey Hospital to three “A” scores for patient safety from Leapfrog and raised Consumer Reports scores to among the top in the state and nation.

“My time at John Dempsey Hospital has been immensely rewarding. I’m proud of all that has been accomplished by the team here over the last four years as CEO and I’m confident that that great work will continue,” Diamond said. “I’m ready now for a new challenge and to help foster that same kind of momentum and innovation at another hospital and healthcare system.”

Diamond continued, “I’m so impressed with the achievements in quality of care at Day Kimball Healthcare and the organization’s ability to weather an extremely difficult time for healthcare in our state and nation over the last several years. Day Kimball’s Board of Directors, administration and staff have consistently risen to those challenges in service to their patients and community; that’s the kind of organization I want to be a part of strengthening, and I look forward to helping to lead efforts toward further growth and success in the future.”

With Diamond’s arrival at DKH in late August, current Interim President and CEO Joseph Adiletta will step down and resume his prior role as Chairman of the Board. 

“It was my privilege and pleasure to serve as Interim CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare while the search for a permanent new CEO was underway. I’m proud to have been involved with Day Kimball through participation on the Board of Directors for many years, but being so closely involved on a day-to-day basis has provided me an even deeper understanding and appreciation of the hard work, dedication and commitment that is shown by the people that make up this organization,” Adiletta said. 

“I look forward to continuing to support their efforts as Chairman of the Board,” Adiletta continued. “I’m also looking forward to working with Anne, who I think brings the perfect combination of skills, values and perspective about what healthcare should be to Day Kimball and the communities we serve. I have no doubt that she will be successful in working with our team to build upon the accomplishments Day Kimball has attained in recent years and to fuel future success.”

Prior to her role as CEO at John Dempsey Hospital, Diamond served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer and Associate Vice President of Operations. Before that, she spent five years at Salem Health in Oregon, serving as Senior Director, Cardiovascular, Cancer and Imaging Services and then Vice President, Service Lines and Operations. Diamond began her career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, working her way up through the ranks of management and hospital administration over the last three decades.

Diamond is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. She sits on the Connecticut Hospital Association’s (CHA’s) Board of Trustees and serves as chair of CHA’s Statewide Asthma Initiative. She is a board member of the Leo and Anne Albert Institute of Bladder Cancer and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon and its Heart Ball. Diamond is also an industry executive advisor for various organizations in healthcare security and patient experience. 

Diamond holds an executive juris doctor degree with a concentration in Health Law from Concord School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Cedar Crest College. She retains her certification as a nuclear medicine technologist and is certified as a LEAN process master. She is also an accomplished presenter at healthcare forums and conferences across the country and a contributor to a number of healthcare journals and publications. She is married with a 17 year old son and resides in West Hartford, CT.


More About Anne Diamond

Prior to assuming her role as President and CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare, Anne Diamond served as CEO of UConn Health's John Dempsey Hospital since April, 2010, where she focused her work on improving hospital operations through quality and financial improvements, shared governance, staff engagement and process improvement. The hospital realized a positive net margin for the past two years and is on track for another positive year. During her time as Chief Executive, the hospital was recognized nationally by the American Hospital Association as an organization improving quality at a faster rate than other hospitals nationally and by the CT Hospital Association recognizing hospital administration for the effective use of data in improving quality and clinical processes.

Before UConn, Anne spent five years at Salem Health, a 500 bed health system including a critical care hospital, where she served as Vice President for Service Lines and Operations. At Salem Health, she was deeply involved with quality improvement initiatives, driving core measure outcomes to the top 5% nationally while improving patient satisfaction scores. Anne partnered with Nursing to prepare the organization for Magnet, which they received in 2005. Anne also strategically established ambulatory outreach centers, numerous physician, hospital and service line joint ventures including provider based and taxable subsidiary transactions. In addition, she successfully planned, led and executed the move into a 400K sq. ft. new patient care tower.

Prior to joining Salem Health, Anne worked for 10 years at the Electric Power Research Institute, an international not-­-for-­-profit organization based in Palo Alto, Calif. Here, she served in multiple roles including Executive Director for the Healthcare Research Division, and Corporate Director of Planning, Strategy, Public Relations and Marketing. Anne successfully developed funding proposals to maintain and grow a $400 million research portfolio through, grant funding, public private partnerships and academic collaborations.

Earlier in her career, Anne worked at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., a 705-­-bed teaching hospital, as Director of Safety, Radiation Safety Officer and Assistant Administrative Director, Radiology and at University Hospitals of Cleveland as a nuclear medicine technologist and research technologist in Position Emission Tomography and monoclonal antibody research.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., graduate studies toward an MS/PhD in Safety Engineering and is a graduate of Concord School of Law, with a Health Law concentration, where she was awarded the Executive Juris Doctor Award for Academic Excellence given to the graduate with the highest grade point average during their course of studies.

Anne is married with a 17 year old son and resides in West Hartford, CT and is active in community work including Past Chair of CT Go Red for Women Luncheon, part of the American Heart Association, a Board Member of the Leo and Anne Albert Institute of Bladder Cancer, Committee Member for American Red Cross Gala, member of Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Directors Subcommittees on Population Health, and Chair of the statewide Asthma Initiative, Board of Trustee for CT Hospital Association. Diamond is also an industry executive advisor for various organizations in healthcare security and patient experience.

The distinguished Dr. Bill Brower will be presenting 
Bill Brower earned his BA in Philosophy
at Fairfield University, his MA in Education at WCSU and finally attained a PhD in Reading & Statistics at UCONN. He taught Reading class in elementary school and World Studies in middle school for 35 years in the nearby town of Ridgefield, CT. 
The Palmer Arboretum,
located in the Town of Woodstock, CT on Route 169, was founded in 1914 by Minnie Palmer Dean.  Mrs. Dean gave the property to the Town of Woodstock in her will in 1925.  Several of the trees date back to 1914 or 1916, among them the huge purple beach and the grove of cypresses which can be seen from the parking lot.  Over the years, the area over overlooked and became a jungle of poison ivy, multiflora rose and honeysuckle.  In the 1970's, Arthur Manthorne cataloged the remaining trees.  A separate Arboretum Committee was formed by the Selectmen in 1985, and the slow process of restoration began.  Most of the plantings were made in 1993-1994.  The Arboretum is a place for education, enjoyment and enlightenment.