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Helping Hands
Sept. 12 was a glorious day for the DKH cancer survivor picnic at Roseland Park and the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club and the Putnam Lions' Leos Club were on hand to help. They helped with parking, wheelchair assistance, check in and drawings. Interact Advisor Roberta Rocchetti thanked Leo volunteers Brooke Mayo, Sophia Scandalito, Julia Scandalito, Emma Martineau and Mia Cosentino and advisor Mary Ann Pezanko. Rocchetti, who was there helping, also thanked Interact volunteers Suzie and Quinn Lefevre, Sierra Girard, Lucas Cornell, and Mike Rocchetti. Shown are Interact members helping: Quinn Lefevre, Lucas Cornell and Sierra Girard. Courtesy photo LL
PUTNAM --- It was a full house, full coffers and full hearts at the 2021 Putnam Rotary Club Ronald P. Coderre Golf Tournament. One of the Putnam Rotary Club’s largest fund-raisers of the year, significantly more than $30,000 was raised, according to golf committee Chairman Shawn McNerney.
McNerney was awarded the Ace in the Hole award for all his work.
The tournament, founded around 1985, has been a stalwart fund-raiser for scholarships for the Putnam Rotary Club.
Winners included:
Closest to Pin #7 – Greg Shetler (1 foot 2 inches)
Closest to Pin #11 – Kyle Schmidt
Best Poker Hand – Mike Mooney – 5 Kings
Net Division
3rd – 41.5 – Brandon Carita, Eric Carita, Gary Rudman, Eric Livingston
2nd – 41 – Jim Zahansky, Raul Olivia, Reilly Decker, Dan Shaughnessy
1st – 39.75 – Ralph Fiegel, Dan Gregoire, Melanie Hopkins, Marie Beauchemin
Gross Division
3rd – 61 – Jeff Rawson, Earl Rosebrooks, Bruce MacLeod, Jimmy Logsden
2nd – 59 – Jay Long, Ed Morissette, AJ Siekierski, Bryan Hitchcock
1st – 59 (Matching Cards – Better Back 9) Michael Meehan, Jared Meehan, Brendan Meehan, Loni Wright.
captions: Golfers stand ready to go. Carts on the move. Tournament Chairman Shawn McNerney, center, being awarded the Ace in the Hole Award by Ronald P. Coderre, right, while Rotary Club President J. Scott Pempek looks on. Courtesy photos. 
Of Service Everywhere
You can find the Putnam Rotary Club’s Quinebaug Valley Regional Rotaract Club everywhere. They volunteer at the PAWS shelter for cats in need and they volunteer at the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Putnam.
The Daily Bread Food Pantry is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit through Interfaith Human Services of Putnam. The food pantry serves local residents and families with various groceries and household necessities. 
Members often take part in events of the Putnam Rotary Club and the club’s Interact events.
Shown is veteran Rotaract Club member Emily Barnes at her last day as a member of Rotaract, serving at Daily Bread.
It was a hot day Aug. 7 for Relay For Life of Northeastern CT at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds, but members of the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club were busy --- filling luminaria bags with sand and a candle and distributing them all around the track for the luminaria ceremony later in the evening.  This year the Interact members raised $3,500 for the American Cancer Society.  The Interact club was given an award at the opening ceremony for their team support for the last 25 years.
The Relay For Life thanked the Interact Club and members Sierra Girard, Talia, Kaelyn and Jonathan Tremblay, Marcy Dawley, Shannon Fagan from the Putnam Rotary Club’s Rotaract Club, and advisor Roberta Rocchetti for all their help for 25 years.
At Relay: Sierra Girard and Talia and Kaelyn Tremblay at the Relay For Life. Courtesy photo.
Elaine Sistare, Town Administrator for the Town of Putnam
Elaine said she was going to report on the status of the new Municipal Complex at 207 School Street. By the end of this week 100% of the brickwork will be complete. She explained that new ball fields were being constructed adjacent to the Middle and Elementary schools to replace the ones on the new Municipal Building Site. The parcel where the new building is located, consists of 7 acres, 2 of which has been persevered as open area or not to be developed per the DEEP. The main entrance and the only exit to the complex is on School Street opposite of Walnut Street and where the former Aspinok Historical Society Building stood. At present the site will have 160 parking spaces and additional spaces in the future. There is also an additional entrance on Providence Street. The Main Building consists of 2-stories with a 1-story addition to the rear, which will house the Library. The ground level will house the Library, 3 community rooms, a kitchen for Meals on wheels, the Town Clerk, WPCA, Assessor and Revenue Departments. Meals on Wheels will serve meals 5 days a week and is expected to make 40 to 50 meals per day. The new Library will be over 60% larger than the current Library and some of the furniture will be reused with some modifications. The second floor will be occupied by the Mayor’s Office, Town Administrators. Office, Recreation Department, Building Department, and Zoning. In addition, there will be a 4th Community room along with rooms for the Historical Society and the Town Hall Copy Room. They anticipate that the 4th Community room will be used for the monthly Board and Commission meetings as well as for other public meetings. The expected move in date is August 19, 2021. The overall cost of the project was estimated at $19.9 million. Costs, to date, are at $19.4 million and therefore under budget. Rotarian Karen Osbrey, who is also the Building Chairperson, added that there will be a Gallery and expects this new building to be used for many events.
PUTNAM --- As far as northeastern Connecticut goes, please mark us down for “plays/works well with others.”
The Putnam Rotary Club’s annual Good Friday Food Drive was a resounding success. Volunteers from the Putnam Rotary Club, the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club, the Putnam Rotary Club’s Rotaract Club, the Putnam Lions Club, the Putnam Lions Club Leos Club and the Putnam Lodge of Elks all stood fast in some chilly windswept weather to collect nonperishables and donations to benefit Daily Bread.
A steady stream of cars filled almost two vans with food and the money box with checks and cash totaling $6,093, according to Karen Osbrey, Rotarian and head of the Interfaith Human Services of Putnam.
In addition to the nonperishables, Rotary Club Interact advisor Roberta Rocchetti said a local bakery dropped off bread and a local farm dropped off eggs.
Osbrey said 1,320 pounds of food were donated. There was no drive in 2020. This year’s drive raised less money but saw more food donated.
Interact Club off to Great Start!
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club is off to a great start in its Relay For Life Team fund-raising campaign.
They kicked off with an American Cancer Society Daffodil Sale and sold more than $1,830 worth of flowers.
The daffodils and tulips were sold in bunches of 10 or pots of mini daffodils. The club members sold 81 bunches of daffodils, 38 bunches of tulips and 30 pots of mini daffodils. The daffodils will be delivered around March 22.
Interact Gets Ready
In this photo from last year’s Relay For Life, some of the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club members took part. From left: Roberta Rocchetti, advisor; Brayden Cutler, president (Tourtellotte); Emma Braithwaite, PHS; Layla and Amayah Chavez, PHS.
Interact Club members enjoying their pizza party, al fresco.
Brayden Cutler, right, and Putnam Rotary President Kristen Willis with the trophy.
The day was a bit on the "cool" side but that did nothing to dampen the excitement of the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club Annual Bell Ringing Pizza Party held in the Farmers’ Market pavilion in Putnam.
Interact President Brayden Cutler thanked all who took part.
Despite COVID, the club raised $9,774.86 for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, beating last year’s total of $8,727 by more than $1,000.
Some 115 volunteers and 11 Interact Club members made it happen. Schools represented include: The Woodstock Academy, Killingly High School, Putnam High School, Tourtellotte Memorial High School, Plainfield High School, Ashford School and UConn.
Boy Scout Troops 21 and 25 also took part.
Salvation Army Director, Kathleen Orfitelli, thanked everyone for the Kettle Campaign success and said, "Because of your efforts, the Salvation Army will be able to assist 20 families locally."
Putnam Rotary President Kristen Willis thanked the volunteers and announced the winners of the bell ringing competition.
School with most hours: Woodstock Academy won the “Most Hours” prize with 74 hours, followed by Killingly High School with 73 and Putnam High School with 69 hours.
Award-winning students: third-place, Sophia Griffin (KHS), 8 hours; second-place,  Kaylee Goding (PHS), 9 hours; and the trophy winner: Brayden Cutler and Katie Lamontagne, 9.5 hours.
The Putnam Interact Club has been organizing the bell-ringing effort since 1997. 
For more information about the Interact club and their next
meeting contact Roberta Rocchetti 860-933-8603 or robertarocchetti4@gmail.com
In Honor of Veterans
Nov. 10, in a Veterans Day program, Putnam Rotary Club members were mesmerized by the tales of Victor E. Lippiello, 100 --- from the bad timing in his Army time being extended because the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor to the lessons gin taught him when he was stationed on Fishers Island to the heart-stopping memory of parachuting behind enemy lines in the Philippines..  Lippiello is a treasure of northeastern Connecticut. Left to right Rotarian and veteran Pete Benoit; Putnam Rotary Club President Kristen Willis; Victor E. Lippiello, 100-year-old WWII veteran; Ronald P. Coderre, MC, Rotarian and American Legion District 4 commander; veteran Mike Rocchetti (husband of Rotarian Roberta Rocchetti); and Rotarian and veteran Jay Wade. 
Relay Support
The Putnam Rotary Interact Club worked hard at the recent Relay For Life at the Killingly Intermediate School. The students helped set up tents, handed out fliers and gave directions to incoming cars. They also lit the luminaries at the end of the evening. The Interact Team raised $1,285 for the American Cancer Society. Here members of the club welcome survivors and supporters to Relay For Life. The president of the Interact Club is Brayden Cutler. From left: Rotary Club advisor Roberta Rocchetti, Interact President Brayden Cutler, Tourtellotte Memorial High School; Emma Braithwaite, Putnam High School; Layla Chavez, Putnam High School; and Amayah Chavez, Putnam High School. (missing from photo, Marcy Dawley) Courtesy photo.
President Kristen and Past President Richard,
Congratulations on receiving ShelterBox HERO recognition for Rotary Year 2019-2020.
Your support is very much appreciated. Attached you will find a pdf of your certificate and several digital images to use on your club website and social media outlets.
Your club is listed on our HERO page www.shelterboxusa.org/hero
1.6 million people have been sheltered since 2000, we could not have reached them without clubs like yours.
COVID 19 has not stopped our efforts, your help has provided aid to over 87,000 people so far in 2020.
Thank you for being a ShelterBox HERO!
ShelterBox USA
Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager

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Putnam Rotary Club hosts school
cleaning supplies drive
6 to 9 a.m. Sept. 25 – WINY Radio
And 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at local schools
 Pictured are Dick Loomis on the left and Kristen Willis, the club president, at Pomfret Community School. 
To help local schools keep the learning environment safe, the membership of the Putnam Rotary Club put together, “sKOOL AID Supply Drive: A Community Drive for School Cleaning Supplies“ for local public schools.
Kristen Willis, club president, notes the importance of the project, particularly as it relates to the needs of our community in challenging times. “Putnam Rotary’s focus is on serving our local community each and every day in whatever way possible, be it through service, advocacy, or monetary support. Right now, it is our local school systems that need our help,” said Willis.
Rotarian Pam Brown raised the idea to club members after hearing first-hand about what was going to be needed in the classrooms to open schools and keep them running. “This drive is a show of support for our teachers in the classroom, providing them with supplies that will help them keep their classrooms sanitized during the course of the school day,” said Brown.
The collection drive will be spread over two days.
Hand sanitizer (ethanol alcohol only – no methanol alcohol accepted), Clorox or Lysol wipes, mild soap or antibacterial dish soap and paper towels will be collected from 6 to 9 a.m. Sept. 25 in front of WINY Radio and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 in front of several local schools.
Putnam Rotarians will be collecting for public school districts in front of: Putnam Middle School, Woodstock Elementary, the Pomfret Community School and the Thompson Middle School.
In addition to the items, cash donations and checks will be welcomed. Checks should be payable to the school system of choice: Putnam Public Schools, Woodstock Public Schools, Pomfret Community School and Thompson Public Schools. Memo notation on check: sKOOL AID. At the end of the drive, all supplies, cash and checks will be handed over immediately to school personnel.
Willis said, “Thanks to Pam and a committee of fellow Rotarians, I think we’ve come up with a great way to assist with just one of the many challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented and one that will have an immediate impact on our children and our teachers.”
For more information or questions contact Brown at: pbbrown208@charter.net
The Putnam Rotary Interact Club has three events coming up.
The Interact Club will be set up at the Relay for Life at the Killingly Intermediate School Sept 19 to wave to the survivors and to assist where needed.
At 4 p.m. Sept. 26 the club is planning a hike at the Air Line trail near East Thompson Road and New Road, about 3 miles north of its junction with Rt. 193. The hike will go to the Tri-State marker. Students ages 12 to 18 are welcome to join. Please wear sneakers or boots and bring water and a mask.
The club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Riverside Park Gazebo. Students ages 12 to 18 from the northeast region are welcome to attend. Members are from Tourtellotte Memorial High School, Putnam High School, The Woodstock Academy and QVMC.
For more information about the Putnam Rotary Interact Club call Roberta at 860-933-8603 or email robertarocchetti4@gmail.com
 Photo by Marcy Dawley.
Taking a Break
Two golfers take a break during the Putnam Rotary Club Ronald P. Coderre Golf Tournament Aug. 21. Photo courtesy of Richard Naumann.

PUTNAM — The Putnam Rotary Club’s annual Ronald P. Coderre Golf Tournament was a success, according to Golf Tournament Chairman Shawn McNerney.
Despite the changes COVID-19 brought about, McNerney said he believes the tournament, one of the club’s biggest fund-raisers, still did well.
Three teams tied for the best overall score at 57.After applying the USGA Tiebreaker rules, the order of the top three:
1st  Northeast Flooring & Kitchens team — John Darigan, Bob Darigan, Jason Gerum and Mark Jurski
2nd.  BenPe Consulting team — Mike Meehan, Brendon Meehan, Daryn Trudeau and John Trudeau.
3rd.  Bucknam, Masseur & Associates team — Steve Bucknam, Don Wilson, Walter Greer and Dave Curry.
The top three net scores (applying handicaps):
1st.   The team from Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Management— Steve Bibek, Bob Tetreault, Fran Bernier and Chet Kijek.
2nd.  The team from Charter Oak Federal Credit Union — Brian Orenstein, Guy Henry, John Dolan and Greg Shelter.
3rd.  The team from Rawson Materials — Earl Rosebrooks, Jimmy Logsdon,  Bruce MacLeod and Sean Bennett.
Closest to the pin on hole #7 — Chet Kijek.
Closest to the pin on hole #11 — Dave Coderre.
Finally Brendon Meehan won the poker game with an amazing hand of 5 Aces
Hello Everyone,
Thank you all for your help in making the Golf Tournament as success again this year.
COVID caused a few changes and made everything else more difficult, but it was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
It will probably be a couple weeks before we know exactly where we stand financially, but I’m certain it was successful from that standpoint as well.
Three teams tied for the best overall score at 57.After applying the USGA Tiebreaker rules, the order of the top three was:
1st  Northeast Flooring & Kitchens team comprised of John Darigan, Bob Darigan, Jason Gerum and Mark Jurski
2nd.  BenPe Consulting team with Mike Meehan, Brendon Meehan, Daryn Trudeau and John Trudeau.
3rd.  Bucknam, Masseur & Associates team with Steve Bucknam, Don Wilson, Walter Greer and Dave Curry.
The top three net scores ( applying handicaps) were:
1st.   The team from Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Management comprised of Steve Bibek, Bob Tetreault, Fran Bernier and Chet Kijek.
2nd.  The team from Charter Oak Federal Credit Union comprised of Brian Orenstein, Guy Henry, John Dolan and Greg Shelter.
3rd.  The team from Rawson Materials consisting of Earl Rosebrooks, Jimmy Logsdon,  Bruce MacLeod and Sean Bennett.
Closest to the pin on hole #7 was won by Chet Kijek.
Closest to the pin on hole #11 was won by Dave Coderre.
Finally Brendon Meehan won the poker game with an amazing hand of 5 Aces.
Because we were not able to have a gathering after the event the prizes have not been awarded.  If any of you solicited any of the winners and would like to personally deliver the prizes, please let me know.  Otherwise, I will reach out to the winners.
Thanks again to the Committee members and to everyone else who helped make the Tournament a success.
Back to School
The Putnam Rotary Interact Club had fun assisting TEEG in its back-to-school supply distribution Aug. 19 and 20. Volunteers helped with the set-up of grade appropriate stations, and helped children with the selection and filling of backpacks. Volunteers: Brayden Cutler, Katie Lamontagne, Makayla Tackson from Tourtellotte Memorial High School; Abby and Emily St. Martin from Putnam High School; Talia and Kaelyn Tremblay The Woodstock Academy, and Putnam Rotarians Roberta Rocchetti and Kathy Kirk. The Interact Club’s first meeting for the year will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Riverside Gazebo, N. Grosvenordale. Bring a lawn chair and wear a mask. For more info call: Roberta Rocchetti at 860-933-8603. Left to right are: Advisor Roberta Rocchetti, Emily St. Martin, Interact President, Brayden Cutler, Katie Lamontagne and Abby St. Martin. Courtesy photo.

Putnam Rotary awards 8 scholarships 
The Putnam Rotary Club recently awarded scholarships to eight local seniors. All the scholarships are $4,000 each.
The Putnam High School scholarship winners included:
--- Zoe Hetrick won the Ray & Vi Brousseau Scholarship. She plans to major in physical therapy at the University of Rhode Island.
--- Justin St. Martin also won a Ray & Vi Brousseau Scholarship. He will be attending Landmark College and will major in computer science.
The Tourtellotte Memorial High School winner is:
--- Robert Gatzke. He was awarded the John O’Brien Scholarship. He plans to attend the University of Massachusetts and will major in political science.
Five students from Woodstock Academy won scholarships including:
--- Grayson Walley who will attend UConn, majoring in mechanical engineering.
--- Emma Redfield won a Ray & Vi Brousseau Scholarship. She will major in the STEM field at UConn.
--- David May also was awarded a Ray & Vi Brousseau Scholarship. He plans to attend Northeastern University and will major in mechanical engineering.
--- Tessa Houlihan won the Ray Brousseau Scholarship. She’s heading for UConn where she will major in mechanical engineering.
--- Emma Durand was awarded the A. Leon Archambault Scholarship. She will major in nursing at Fairfield University.
The Putnam Rotary Club recently honored the valedictorians and salutatorians from schools within its service area.
Each of them received a plaque acknowledging their accomplishments.
Honored were:
Marianapolis: Valedictorian Brendan Phaneuf from Danielson. He will be attending Providence College in the fall. Salutatorian Elizabeth Schoemer is from Oxford, Mass. She will be attending Trinity College and plans on majoring in engineering.
Pomfret School: Valedictorian Bao “Tintin” Nguyen. He recently graduated as a two-year senior. He was a member of the Outdoor Adventure Group, the Recreational Tennis Team, and the Math Team and took part in the Pomfret STEM Exploration Certificate Program (investigating Modern Cosmology and Black Holes through independent studies, learning Data Science programming on analyzing astronomical datasets, and initiating an observatory automation project). He wants to pursue astrophysics as a vocation, not just a subject or a future job. He will attend the University of Arizona and plans a double major, physics and astronomy in the next four years --- his next steps towards unveiling the mysteries of the cosmos.
Pomfret School:
Salutatorian Eva Steinitz of Arlington, Mass., graduated after two years. She coxed for the varsity four for the men's crew team and managed the varsity volleyball and women's basketball teams. She was secretary of VOICE, the diversity organization; and was president of Hillel, the Jewish organization. She was also a QUEST leader in the Social Justice & Diversity pillar, creating and facilitating programming around those topics for juniors and seniors. She’s going to the University of Richmond to study studio art and psychology and continue coxing crew.
Putnam High:
Co-valedictorians: Molly McKeon is going to UConn and plans to major in accounting; Ellie Morissette is going to UConn and plans to major in mathematics.
Valedictorian Jesse Trottier said he enjoyed learning new things since a young age, and this school system facilitated my curiosity. He said somewhere along the way he found his passion was math and science. He will attend UConn and major in biomedical engineering.
Salutatorian is Nima Sherpa.
The Woodstock Academy:
Valedictorian is Nathan Craig. He was a captain of the varsity soccer team, ran track, participated in math team, robotics club, Earthsave, and was also a member of five different honor societies. He also volunteered at Daily Bread food bank in Putnam and at Day Kimball Hospital. He plans to attend Brown University to study physics.
Salutatorian is Caitlyn Sroczenski and she took part in the Science Bowl club, the Writing Centaur, tennis, and a number of honor societies. She said she is an avid reader, coffee enthusiast, and dog-lover. On the weekends (and some weekdays) you’ll find me at JC Penney, folding clothes and running the cash register. She is going to UConn as a nursing major, and hopes to get a masters and advanced practitioner license after that.
All Smiles
John Richard and Kayla Engh, EMTs with the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association in South Woodstock, are all smiles after receiving PPE funding from the Putnam Rotary Club. Courtesy photo.
Call it a “rapid-response” fund-raiser. “Rapid response” --- much like the beneficiaries of the Putnam Rotary Club’s latest fund-raiser.
First responder ambulance/EMT crews received $1,400 total from the Putnam Rotary Club to spend on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that they might need. In less than two weeks, an idea was conceived, carried out and the checks went out.
One Putnam Rotarian who works with local emergency personnel heard about different needs in different ambulance corps. Some needed masks; others needed face shields; still others needed gloves. Instead of giving crews the items, the club thought that giving the funds instead would allow the crews to get exactly what they needed.
The icing on the cake was word that “First responders are first in line ordering from Amazon.”
Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann, in a Zoom meeting with his club and follow-up email, asked Rotarians send checks to the Rotary Club’s treasurer. Another Rotarian compiled a list of crews in need in the club’s area of service.
Within days, club members had contributed $700. Naumann said the club added another $700 from the District and the checks were mailed to the crews.
The following first responders received funds: Pomfret Fire District, Putnam EMS, East Putnam Fire Dept., Muddy Brook Fire Dept. in Woodstock, Bungay Fire Brigade in Woodstock, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association, Eastford Independent Fire Company, No.1, and the Community Fire Company in N. Grosvenordale.
Done and done!
Week #5 – final week
$250 goes to #322, won by Ben Shead, sold by Barry Shead
$250 goes to #530, won by Roberta Rocchetti, sold by Roberta
$500 goes to #110, won by David Lee, sold by Jen Brytowski
$500 goes to #602, won by Elizabeth Zachow, sold by Elizabeth Williams
$500 goes to #2, won by Steve Adams, sold by Steve Adams
Deuces Wild
$20 goes to Rande Chmura, Bob Halloran and Kathy Naumann
Week 4
$50, #414, winner is Jack Adiletta, sold by Joe Adiletta
$50, #269, winner is Tim Campbell, sold by Rick Place 
$100, #331, winner is Jay Wade, sold by Jay Wade 
$100, #551, winner is Lynn Baxter Bourque, sold by Crystal Simonson 
$200, #461, winner is Maria Halloran, sold by Bob Halloran
 Just one Deuces Wild this week and that goes to Brad Favreau.

week #3
Week of March 31, 2020
$50  #497  Kevin Belanger sold by John Miller 
$50  #317  Marie Fournier sold by Bob Fournier 
$100  #307  Adam Mleko sold by Pam Brown 
$100  #187  Rande Chmura sold by Rande Chmura 
$200  #413 Colby Cummings sold by Joe Adiletta
No Deuces Wild this week.
Week #2   March 24th, 2020
Today’s winners are!
$50 goes to #243, Betti Kuszaj, sold by Betti
$50 goes to #260, Chris Benoit, sold by Peter
$100 goes to #334, Lorna Wade, sold by Jay
$100 goes to #635, Eric Gould, sold by Eric
$200 goes to #122, Bob Fournier, sold by Bob
Deuces Wild!!!!
$20 goes to John Miller, Jonathan Tremblay, and Marc  Archambault.
WEEK#1  March 17th, 2020
$50 for Elizabeth Zachow #602  Sold by Elizabeth Williams
$50 for Jack Byrnes #618  Sold by Jay Byrnes
$100 for Everett Shepard #422   Sold by RPC
$100 for Jonathan Tremblay #589  Sold by Jonathan Tremblay
$200 for Pam Brown #671  Sold by Pam Brown
Deuces Wild!!!
$20 to Jeff Rawson
$20 to Jonathan Tremblay

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

The Putnam Rotary Club Feb. 25 shot a short video of its membership wishing the New Orleans Rotary Club a Happy Mardi Gras. The New Orleans club will be sending Mardi Gras wishes back to the Putnam Rotary Club.
Feb. 25 the Putnam Rotary Club learned about the creative --- and sometimes dangerous process --- of creating wooden bowls from Dan Merlo of Eastford. He described the serendipity of finding amazing logs, trunks and burls, the drying process, turning on a lathe (and it had better be completely balanced!), his discovery of using resins to fill gaps beautifully and more. Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann is on the left.
Rescued Wood is a business inspired by my love of the natural beauty of wood.
Turning and creating bowls, cutting boards, tables, rolling pins, etc.
Double the Programs ...
... double the fun! The Putnam Rotary Club swung between Uganda and eagles at its Feb. 18 meeting. Kristin Barlow, left, international program director of ChildVoice, described ChildVoice's efforts to help young people in Uganda and elsewhere heal from the horrors of war. Bill Reid, center, chief ranger at The Last Green Valley, spoke about the success of this past January's annual survey of eagles in the northeastern corner of Connecticut and beyond. Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann is at right. 
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Eric Young thanked the Putnam Rotary Club for its donation of funding for a device that helps locate firefighters inside burning buildings by tracking their Scott Air Paks. Young also gave Rotarians a view into the challenges of a mostly volunteer fire company and described the teamwork among all the fire departments in town. Young, left, is pictured with Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann. 
TJ Billiard, right, of the Pomfret Eastford Little League and the Griffin Youth Hockey League, dropped by the Putnam Rotary Club Jan. 14 and presented Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann, left, with a plaque of appreciation for the donations from the club. He stressed how many young athletes benefited from the club's donation and let club members know they are appreciated!
The Australian wildfires continue to wreak havoc with more than two dozen people dead along with hundreds of thousands of animals. Parts of the country have been leveled with at least 12 million acres of land impacted by the fires.

The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia estimates approximately half a billion animals have been killed and the fires could change the country forever, according to NBC News.

Officials expect the fires to continue for months.

The Putnam Rotary Club took up a collection to support Rotary Internationals efforts to help the people of Australia and the affected animals.

The Putnam Rotary Club, Jan. 14, inducted its newest member, Kathy Kirk. She is pictured with Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann. Courtesy photo.
The Putnam Rotary Interact Club is ringing the bells at the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign which runs through Dec. 21 locally. Left to right: Interact member Layla Chavez of Putnam High and Putnam High freshman Jacob Tremblay. Photo by Roberta Rocchetti.
PUTNAM — Each year the Putnam Rotary Interact Club puts the pedal to the metal and raises thousands and thousands of dollars for the Salvation Army. All the money raised stays in the northeast corner of Connecticut.
The 2019 Salvation Army Kettle campaign started Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 21 on Fridays and Saturdays, Interact members, students and volunteers throughout the neighboring towns are ringing the bells at the Putnam Walmart, Stop & Shop, Price Chopper and Putnam Supermarket.
Helping on the first weekend were:  Alexia and Ryanne Bourbeau Woodstock Academy (WA), Jordan Rukstela of Killingly High (KHS), Abe Antonelli of KHS, Kaileigh Martineau of KHS, Jacob Tremblay of Putnam High (PHS), Becky Dibenedetto of KHS, Jenelle Charron of KHS, Abby Driscol of KHS, Sarah Roberts of KHS, Abby Card of KHS, Jordan Dreibholz of KHS, Emma Redfield of WA, Tessa Houlihan of WA, Bryn Kusnarowis of WA, Brayden Cutler of Tourtellotte Memorial High School (TMHS), Leah Cutler of Thompson, Emma Durand of WA, Rachel Lambert of WA, Gina, Anna and Henry Burnham of Ashford Community School (ACS), Lynn Fontaine of ACS, Jason and Journey Horn of ACS, Melissa and Sophia McDonough of ACS, Sierra Girard of Quinebaug Valley Middle College, Quinn Lefevre of WA, Suzie Lefevre, Layla Chavez of PHS, Stella Du of WA, Daisy Li of WA, Christine and Colin Denaker of Dayville, Jocelyn Mayotte of WA, Aleya Wesler of WA, Brooke Nagle of WA, and Lily Brin of WA.
Newest Members
The Putnam Rotary Club Nov. 19 inducted new members under its recently approved corporate memberships, the Arc of Eastern Connecticut and The Woodstock Academy. Left to right: Barry Shead from Arc; Brad Favreau from  the academy; Judy Daviau from Arc; Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann; Crystal Simonson from Arc; John Rigney from the academy; and Kathleen Stauffer from Arc. 
David Lavoie, owner of Honor Movers, spoke at the Nov. 5 meeting of the Putnam Rotary Club. After careers in the U.S. Army and the Connecticut State Police, he decided he wanted to continue serving the community with a local family-owned veteran moving company --- and Honor Movers was born. Honor stands for Helping Our Neighbors Overcome Relocation. 
 Lavoie described the challenges of opening a small business and the continuing challenges of a booming business. Lavoie is on the left and Putnam Rotary Club President Richard Naumann is on the right. 

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.
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.

     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 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.

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

Valedictorian & Salutatorian from Marianapolis and Putnam Science Academy 2018
Valedictorian Ms. Bridget O'Leary, Salutatorian Ms. Emma Sarantopoulos
click her to watch the presentation: https://youtu.be/-_cZ4oWPDz4
Salutatorian Ms. Marigona Bassileo, Valedictorian Mr. Dan Porcik
click her to watch the presentation: https://youtu.be/c0Kawfj_j5E



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.

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.   
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.

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

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.

The Founders

Richard (Dick) A. Auger, Winemaker/Owner (March 19, 1955 – March 3, 2017)

Dick was a co-founder and owner of Taylor Brooke Winery. 25 years ago Dick found himself working for a biotech start up filled with engineers, chemists, and biologists who tinkered in their home labs brewing beer. Never a fan of beer, Dick participated by making wine, drawing on the knowledge of his colleagues to work out the kinks in the wine making process. That tinkering was the inspiration that eventually led to the development of Taylor Brooke Winery 10 years later.

Due to his inability to sit still and and relax, Dick felt compelled to build this winery while working his very full time job as a Global Director of Facilities Management for top firms in the U.S. He traveled often for work, returning inspired from local cuisine and beverage. Dick’s passion in the kitchen translated quite easily to passion for developing new wines.

Dick’s recent passing was a devastating loss to all he touched over the last 12 years of being in business. We his family intend to honor his vision of inclusion and expansion, of education and community, by moving forward as he would have wanted.

Linda Auger, Tasting Room Manager/Owner

Linda is a co-founder and owner of Taylor Brooke Winery. You could say Linda started it all when she purchased a wine kit for Dick as a Christmas gift 22 years ago. Linda’s primary focus is as Tasting Room manager. She runs a highly curated retail shop of locally sourced goods. On the weekends, she spends most of her time in the tasting room managing staff and assisting guests. She is also in charge of all things HR, marketing, and social media, and is our business manager. Linda represents Taylor Brooke winery on countless boards and committees, focusing on promoting and preserving small businesses and local agriculture.

The Winemaker

Nikki Auger, Winemaker/Owner

Nikki is an owner and the Winemaker at Taylor Brooke Winery. She began making wine in the kitchen with Dick when she was 16, and joined him as his assistant making wine and directing operations of the vineyard and winery in August 2016. She has spent over 15 years in the food and beverage industry working at top restaurants in Boston, as well as wineries in Northern California. During the week she can be found in the cellar tasting, testing, strategizing with the vineyard team, and overseeing winery operations. On the weekends, her focus is on assisting Linda with the management of the tasting room. She is also in charge of events.

The Vineyard Manager

Paul Crowley, Vineyard Manager

Paul has been in his position at the winery for over 6 years now. He started his second career in wine by studying viticulture and enology at a local institution. He works with Nikki to oversee vineyard as well as cellar operations. Paul helps to assess and maintain the health of the grapes in the vineyard identifying and anticipating pests and problems. In the cellar, Paul keeps us on schedule guiding grapes from harvest to bottle.


Kiara Monahan
Shiho Nakanishi with family and a US Exchange Student to Japan
Shiho Nakanishi
Rotary Youth Exchange students, Kiara Monahan and Shiho Nakanishi join Rotary's Club meeting to say hello and bon voyage!  Miss Monahan will be departing for Italy next week for her year of exchange while Miss Nakanishi has just landed in America from Japan.  Both girls are enjoying a week together jam packed with lots of meetings and orientations for the Youth Exchange Program and have agreed to share their thoughts, impressions and hopes for the exciting year ahead with the Club!  

Woodstock Middle School PTO is building new Playground.
Ms. Crystal Adams and Erica O'Brien presented a conceptual drawing of the new playground with equipment installed. 
For more details and the entire project please click the link below. 


The Putnam Rotary Club greeted the Rotary District 7890 governor Dave Mangs at its meeting recently. Mangs made several awards to the club and the Interact Club and the Rotaract Club.
Left to right: Bill Hall, assistant governor; Richard Place, Putnam Rotary Club president; Mangs; and Andrew Morrison, Rotaract president

Rotary District 7890 Governor Dave Mangs, left, brought several awards when he visited the Putnam Rotary Club recently. Left to right: Mangs;  Andrew Morrison of the Rotaract Club; Paul Pikora, Putnam Rotary Club's advisor to the Rotaract Club; Kate LeBlanc, Interact president; Samantha Gisleson, Interact secretary; and Rotary Club Interact advisors Roberta Rocchetti and Monique Mailloux. 


Dave Mangs joined the West Hartford CT Rotary Club in 1993.  In addition to serving his local club as a board member for 8 years and Club President from 2006-2007, he served as Youth Exchange officer, RYLA coordinator, and Ambassadorial Scholarship coordinator. Dave served his District as Rotaract Chair and also served as Interact Chair for over a decade overseeing a very successful annual District Interact Conference, while expanding the number of Interact Clubs. He is a multiple Paul Harris.

Dave earned a Master’s Degree in Education at Clark University in 1972, and completed a second master’s degree at the University Of Chicago-School of Social Service Administration. He earned his Ph.D. from the Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. During and after his graduate work, Dave worked for a decade with troubled youth and established demonstration projects to serve them in both Illinois and Massachusetts.

Since 1982, Dave has worked in the financial service industry. As a financial professional, he has his own firm: Mangs Financial LLC (Securities offered by LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC) which includes his son Adam who serves as Operations Manager. Dave has earned his CLU and ChFC designations from the American College, he is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, and he has served as a board member of the Hartford Chapter of FSP (Financial Service Professionals), as well as various community non-profit organizations. His wife Gail is an attorney working in the Bureau of Special Education at the State Dept. of Education. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Dave’s broad interests include: gardening, playing piano and singing, biking, swimming, travel, time spent at his home on Cape Cod, and quality time with family.

Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) takes the position that Federal laws against the use, cultivation, and transportation of marijuana should be maintained and enforced and should not be relaxed or softened. Cultivation, processing, transportation and use are illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Marijuana continues to be identified by Congress and the DEA as a schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment, and a lack of accepted safety for use. After decades of study the FDA continues to reaffirm that there is no medical benefit provided by the use of smoked marijuana and that, in fact, considerable harm can be caused by such use.

CALM is opposed to any State law that attempts to undermine the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Our position is that California Proposition 215 was misrepresented under the misguided claim that there is substantial “medical” benefit from ingesting marijuana and that the harm and negative impacts would be negligible. Subsequently, SB 420 was enacted in a failed attempt to clarify some aspects of Prop 215.

We affirm the 2006 FDA finding and vast scientific evidence that marijuana causes harm. The normalization, expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana in our communities are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to the safety of our society.

Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana calls upon the state legislature, county governments, and local municipalities to work within current federal law and to join with federal agencies to stop the spread of marijuana distribution and use. We encourage all citizens to join in this effort.

“Legalization of marijuana will come at the expense of our children and public safety”
— Drug Enforcement Administration 2006
Fellow Rotarian Jay Byrnes receives the prestigious "Ace in the Hole Award" for his support and dedication towards Rotary's 2017 Ron P. Coderre Golf Tournament.
Pictured are Golf Committee Chair Shawn McNerney and Jay Byrnes, owner of Byrnes insurance agency.  
District Governor  Frank Wargo delivering the District Foundation Grant used for Rotary Park improvements.
Pictured are President Marc Archambault and District Governor Mr. Frank Wargo. 

Congratulations to all our Valedictorians & Salutatorians !

Pictured left to right: Rotary President Marc Archambault;
Val: Margaret Azu, Sal: Mimi Vo , Marianapolis Preparatory School
Val: Eric Ayala, Putnam Science Academy
Sal: Emily Hughes, Val: Jake Owens, Woodstock Academy
Sal: Andrew Simmons, Val: Heather Terron, Putnam High School  
Our fellow Rotarians Headmaster Mr. Chris Sanford and Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Mr. Jonathan Sturdevant 
The Woodstock Academy Anticipates Closing on Hyde Campus Purchase
WOODSTOCK, CT ( May 19, 2017) –   
The Woodstock Academy excitedly anticipates the June 15 closing date on the purchase of Hyde School’s Woodstock campus. The Academy administration have been preparing for months for a smooth acquisition and transition of Hyde School’s facilities to become The Woodstock Academy’s South Campus.
On the evening of June 21, with the many end-of-school activities over, The Woodstock Academy will host an Open House on the newly purchased campus from 6 - 8 PM. Also on June 21 will be a Move-Up Night for incoming freshmen and transfer students and their parents from 5:30 - 6 PM, as well as the Fall Athletic Information Night for fall athletes and parents from 6 ­- 6:30 PM. “On the twenty-first we are welcoming anyone who is curious to come and check out South Campus” said Head of School Christopher Sandford.
“Purchasing Hyde School’s Woodstock campus is one of the most significant expansion opportunities in The Woodstock Academy’s history,” said Sandford “and we are excited to see our months of planning come to fruition as we open up the campus.”
The facilities on Hyde School’s campus fulfill many of The Academy’s needs, including additional classrooms, new learning and performance spaces for visual and performing arts, a larger auditorium, additional athletic facilities, student housing, a second cafeteria, a health center, and room for expansion. “To have so many facility needs fulfilled in one purchase is incredible,” said Associate Head of School Holly Singleton, adding, “it would have taken us years to build these facilities.”
“We are very excited about what these facilities mean for The Academy, but also for the community as it provides opportunities to build more partnerships” said Sandford.
During Homecoming Weekend, on Saturday, September 30, The Academy will officially celebrate the purchase with a South Campus Grand Opening Ceremony.
The Woodstock Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory high school for grades 9–12, located in Woodstock, CT. The mission of The Woodstock Academy is to prepare all students for a lifetime of learning by providing academic rigor, a safe environment, and a diversity of educational experiences which will foster a sense of respect for self and others, and will encourage active investment in family, school, community, and the world.

A Wellspring of Generosity !
The Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group is a small social service agency helping to meet the needs of
Northeastern Connecticut residents for over 29 years. Through a wide variety of programming we aim to
provide a "hand up" to all who walk through our doors.
President elect Rick Place thanks Anne Miller, Executive Director of TEEG for her presentation. 

TEEG’s mission is to strengthen the local community by Empowering individuals to live independently; Strengthening families to live respectfully; Engaging the community to work collaboratively; and Connecting resources to promote a better future for all.

The story of how the TEEG building was built is not unlike many from childhood… rich with lessons. Our young faith community members learned lessons in public service. Leaders who moved the project forward learned lessons in patience. Ellis Tech students learned vocational skills in electrical construction, commercial plumbing, patio design and concrete installation. Legislators and local officials learned lessons in community resourcefulness.

The greatest lesson learned is how important it is to give people an opportunity to be a part of something. In this ever more structured world of contracts, policies and risk management, it has become difficult for people to contribute to and participate in public projects. The TEEG building process bucked this trend and invited the community to be part of something meaningful. Everyone who answered the call to donate their time, talents and treasures were repaid not with money but rather a sense of ownership and community pride.

TEEG began in 1987 as a collaborative effort between local churches, government and caring community members and was founded as the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group.  As we have grown and incorporated additional communities and services, the agency has become known by community (and now statewide!) by its nickname, TEEG!


The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.


Pictured From left to right, Garrett Sword - Robotics Team Member, Rotary President Marc Archambault and Lead Mentor, First Robotics Competition Caleb Warner demonstrate their Robot Entry in the Competition, which earned them a "Best Rookie Team" Award.    

From Left to Right: 
Robin Deary-Fillmore (Coach)  Kasey Fillmore (Head Coach)  Emily Arters  Madelyn Grube  Elise Boisvert  Abigail Vaida  Lydia Taft  Grace Logan  Paige Stuyniski  Allison Crescimanno  Jenna Davidson  Marc Archambault
The Putnam Rotary Club March 28 honored the Woodstock Academy gymnastics team after it swept the Connecticut and New England championships. Team members, along with their coaches, were treated to lunch and praise from Rotary President Marc Archambault and Rotarians. The Putnam Rotary Club donated $250 to the team's favorite nonprofit, the Arc of Quinebaug Valley
Mr. Bob Andrews pictured with President Marc Archambault 
The membership was informed of the latest safety procedures and policies at DKH for the safety of all patients and the public at large. 
The Hill Singers from the Woodstock Academy directed by Mrs. Amy Ranta, visited our Rotary Club meeting and lead us into the Christmas spirit with their beautiful voices
Holiday Giving CampaignPutnam Rotary Club "Holiday Giving" Campaign
President Marc Archambault and Holiday Giving Committee Chair Rachel Johnston standing with representative from Putnam Family Resource Center Patty Bryant and TEEG representatives Nicole Hill and Jen Strong.
The gifting theme for 2016 was "Board Games" resulting in more than 75 mind challenging and entertaining games to be donated.  
Cleanup Day in Rotary Park
On Sunday, Putnam Rotarians gathered at Rotary Park for a fall cleanup effort.  Lead by Club President, Marc Archambault and Garden Committee Chair, Karen Osbrey, the Rotarians tended to the gardens in the Park.  The gardens were weeded, edges reset, and trees trimmed.  The Club takes great pride in our namesake Park.  
Thank you everyone for your help!
Left to Right - Club President, Delpha Very, Bell Ringing Volunteers, Paul Desautels and Barbara Schreier, Putnam Rotarian and Interact Advisor, Roberta Rocchetti, and Salvation Army Director of Volunteer Services, Kathy Orfitelli
Salvation Army - Bell Ringing
Kathy Orfitelli, Director of Volunteer Resources, for the Salvation Army for the Northeast CT Service District was today’s speaker.
The Salvation Army was started 150 years ago in London by a Wesleyan pastor who felt that society was a mess and that he had to help people. He quit his job and started collecting money. The Salvation Army has 26 core (brick and mortar) and 37 service units. The service units are run by volunteers who share concerns for their communities. There are two free adult rehab facilities in our area.
Ninety percent of the kettle donations stay in the service area and eighty two percent of the mail in donations. Kathy Peterson at Daily Bread is the point person in the area for the Salvation Army. Her office is at Daily Bread. Monies given out from Salvation Army are meant to help people in a temporary crisis. The primary needs in this area are for utilities. The phone number is now part of the state info line.
At Back to School time, they donated 144 backpacks and $30 gift cards to Payless Shoe store. Kathy thanked Jay S. for allowing them to store kettles at the Putnam Supermarket. Paul is retiring from 30 years of helping with the bell ringing. Karen and Pam thanked Paul and Barbara for all of their work with the teens.
Delpha presented Paul with a Special Appreciation plaque from Rotary for his years of service to bell ringing and community youth. 
Putnam Rotary Club Celebrates Rotary's 111th Birthday!
At the Club's Tuesday, February 23rd meeting, the Club shared a birthday cake to honor the 111 years that Rotary International has been spreading "service above self".  
Linda Colangelo - Northeast District Department of Health - Fall Prevention

Linda Colangelo, Education and Communications Coordinator for the Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) was the guest speaker for the January 26, 2016 meeting of the Putnam Rotary Club. Colangelo provided members with an engaging presentation on fall prevention, which stressed the importance of regular exercise to maintain core abdominal strength, medication reviews, orthostatic blood pressure checks, and annual vision checks. Colangelo also gave tips for maintaining one’s balance on snow and ice and provided members with fall prevention materials, including handouts to assess personal fall risk and fall prevention safety in the home.
NDDH prevents illness, promotes wellness and protects the health of over 85,000 residents in 12 northeastern Connecticut towns. The presentation was funded by the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention (CCFP). Colangelo, quoting CCFP Executive Director Dorothy Baker, reminded members of the need to “better interact with their physical environment in order to stay on our feet and that it is never too early and never too late to reduce the risk of falling.”  

Rotary helping local families during the Holidays!


During December,  the Putnam Rotary Club collected 84 children's games to donate to the Putnam Family Resource Center and TEEG. The games were distributed to local families.

Left to right: Jake Pritchard, TEEG community development coordinator; Rotary President Delpha Very; TEEG Executive Director Donna Grant; Paul Pikora, Christmas Giving Committee member; Rachael Johnston, committee chair; Shannon Haney, parent educator at the resource center.

RYLA Scholarship Winner Reports to Club on Trip
From Left to Right, Delpha Very, Putnam Rotary President, Dakota Anderson, RYLA Student, Jacqueline Vetrovec, Principal Putnam High School and Ron Coderre, Putnam Rotarian
Dakota Anderson was selected by the Putnam Rotary Club to attend the District's RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program at Springfield College in June 2014.  During the Springfield College program, Dakota was selected by her peers to go the Rotary World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University, Wisconsin this summer. Dakota is a senior at Putnam High School.  Next year she plans to attend college and study photography.
Rotary Exchange Student Attends Red Sox Game
Our exchange student, Leo, went to his first major league baseball game last night.  Along with his host family, Marc Archambault and his son, Jack, Leo enjoyed watching the Red Sox play Tampa Bay.  Unfortunately, they lost.  
Annual Rotary Roses Sale
Every year the Putnam Rotary Club sells roses in the fall.  For $15, you get a beautiful dozen of roses and you help the Club raise money for their many charitable efforts.  This is one of our three major fundraisers.  The money from the roses helps us fund our scholarship program along with more than 30 local charities.  Orders for roses need to be in by October 13.  The roses will be delivered on Friday, October 23.  See a Putnam Rotarian to place an order.  
Thank you for your support.
Putnam Little League thanks the Putnam Rotary Club for its continued support. Pictured Benjamin Mayo and Delpha Very
VIP Visitor
Rotary District 7890 Governor Kyong Wilson, left, visited the Putnam Rotary Club during an August Luncheon. She praised the Putnam club members for all their enthusiasm and the work they accomplish. She noted  that the Putnam club is well known in the district for its hard-work. She also urged the club to make sure it inspires the local youth, the leaders of tomorrow. She is pictured with Delpha Very, Putnam Rotary Club president. Courtesy photo.
Putnam Rotary Distributes Money to Local Charities
Because the Putnam Rotary Club's golf tournament was so successful, the Club had extra money left in the 2014-2015 year. So 2014-2015 President Rande Chmura decided to make additional donations to several local groups.  At the Aug. 4 Putnam Rotary Club meeting, Chmura made the donations to,
left to right: Sue Desrosiers accepted $1,000 for the Arc Quinebaug Valley.
The Community Cafe was awarded $1,000 and Kathi Peterson also accepted $1,400 for Daily Bread. 
Putnam Police Deputy Chief Leonel Konicki collected $500 for DARE.
Romeo Blackmar accepted $500 for Putnam PRIDE
and Thomas Harney accepted $1,000 for the QVCC  Foundation. Courtesy photo.
Annual Summer Picnic
The Putnam Rotary Club held their annual summer picnic at Rotarians Gary and Karen Osbrey's house in Putnam.  Many of the Putnam Rotarians attended and had a great time.  Thank you Gary and Karen.  
PUTNAM —Several prizes were awarded following the recent Putnam Rotary Club Fishing Derby.
Winners included: Ages 5 & Under – Biggest Fish caught by Mike Prunier with a 1.5-pound Rainbow Trout; Ages 6 – 9 – Most and Biggest fish caught by Dacoda Schlough with 1-pound Catfish and a half-pound Largemouth Bass; Ages 10-12 – Biggest Fish goes to Jailyn Williams with a 1-pound Rainbow Trout. Winner of the most unusual fish goes to John Espinola who caught a clam.

Derby chairman Chris Vaillencourt said 55 kids registered for the June 7 derby. “It was great turnout and we could not have asked for better weather!”
Putnam Rotary Club Honors Four Local Residents for their "Service Above Self".
Last night, at the Putnam Rotary Club's Annual Induction Night, the Club awarded four Paul Harris Fellows Awards.  The Paul Harris Fellow Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Club.
The recipients were Susan Esons, Susan Desrosiers, Richard Naumann, and Donna Coderre.  
Susan Esons, Paul Pikora and Steve Adams
Paul Pikora, Susan Desrosiers, and Pam Brown
Paul Pikora, Richard Naumann & Richard Loomis
Paul Pikora, Donna Coderre & Ron Coderre
Putnam Rotary Club Holds Induction Night 2015
2015 - 2106 Putnam Rotary Board  (left to right)  Ron Coderre, Kayla Burgess, Kathy Leveilee, Elizabeth Buzalski (Treasurer), Delpha Very (President), John Miller (Secretary), Richard Place (Vice President) and Marc Archambault (President-Elect)
The Putnam Rotary Club held their annual Suzanne Franklin Induction Night on Tuesday, June 16th at the Inn on Woodstock Hill.  The event honors deceased Rotarian Suzanne Franklin who for many years organized the yearly event.  
During the program, the Club awarded four new Paul Harris Fellow to recognize outstanding "Service Above Self".  The recipients were Susan Desrosiers, Susan Esons, Richard Naumann and Donna Coderre.  The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Club
Rotarian and Golf Tournament Co-Chairman Marc Archambault presenting the Ace in the Hole award to Jim Dandeneau for his contributions to the Putnam Rotary Golf Tournament.
The fifth annual Ronald P. Coderre Golf Tournament was held on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Connecticut National Golf Course. The Tournament is the largest fundraiser for the Putnam Rotary Club.  

 Thank you to the teams that played and to our 2015 Sponsors

Please see Golf Tournament Link for the List of our Sponsors.

Officer Castle with Vice President Delpha Very and Ron Coderre
Rotary Club Honors Putnam Police Officer Brian Castle
The Putnam Rotary Club accorded special recognition to Putnam Police Officer Brian Castle at its regular weekly meeting April 14 at J.D. Cooper’s Restaurant.  Castle, who is one of the canine officers on the Putnam Police Department, was the guest of veteran Rotarian Ronald P. Coderre.  Castle was accompanied by his wife Danielle and his daughters Chelsey and Leah.  Deputy Chief Lee Konicki was also in attendance..
On Jan. 19 Putnam Police Officer Brian Castle working the midnight shift responded to a 911 call to a home on Grove Street that was fully engulfed in flames.  Upon his arrival, Officer Castle was informed by bystanders that there were people in the building.
The 12-year officer of the force instinctively swung into action.  He broke into the home and crawled beneath the smoke line with the fire crackling intensely, where he reached the injured man.  Recognizing that the individual was alive he dragged him to safety outside the home, saving the man’s life.
Two nights later, Officer Castle responded to the same area where an automobile had catapulted into a home demolishing that portion of the house.  After assuring the safety of the occupants, he was told that the family dog was trapped in the debris.  Once again, Officer Castle, risking his life, sprang into action rescuing the family canine.
When asked if he’d do these actions again, Officer Castle responded an emphatic “Absolutely.”  “I’ve been a firefighter and paramedic in my career so I simply act instinctively in these type situations.  This is what police work is about.  Some days you ask yourself ‘why?’  And then there are days that are very rewarding,” said Castle.
In addition to speaking about the incidents that occurred in January, Officer Castle had his police dog Ammo with him.  He showed a brief video of the rigorous training that he and Ammo went through to become certified.
Rotary Club President-elect Delpha Very presented Castle with a plaque recognizing his “Heroism in the Line of Duty.”


The Putnam Rotary Spellers and Cheerleaders at the annual QVCC Foundation Spelling Bee. The Rotarians made it to the 8th round outlasting more than 1/2 the teams participating in the Bee.  Over $15,000 was raised for the QVCC Foundation.



Club President, Rande Chmura, Guest Speaker, Dr. Mary Cheyne and Rotarian Joe Adiletta

Today’s speaker was Dr. Mary Cheyne, Forensic Psychologist. She was introduced to the Club by Joe Adiletta.  Dr. Cheyne is a member of the Threat Assessment and Management Professionals, testifies at CT Family Court, member of the Association of Threat Professionals and received her Doctorate from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology.

Forensic psychology concerns the way that psychology interfaces with the law. Threat Management differs from Risk Assessment in that it blends mental health, security and law enforcement.
Everyday we predict dangerousness. The decisions that we make to protect ourselves is based on the dangers we perceive – for example, how we act in a dark parking lot.
Threats alone are not a predictor of violence. Targeted violence can be predicted – it is not the result of snapping or a trigger event. Threat management is looking at behaviors versus verbal threats.
There are four pathways to violence: grievance, ideation, breach and attack. Targeted violence has additional pathways: grievance, violent ideation, research and planning the attack, pre attack preparation, probing and breaches, and then the attack. The warning signs can include: physical violence, threats, leakage, loss of temper, bullying, bizarre behavior and uninvited contact. Mental illness is not a predictor of violence except for a schizophrenic who is off their medications or a psychopath because they have no remorse.
The Threat Assessment Model, WAVR - 21, has 21 questions to assess the level of threat.
Crisis occurs when prevention fails. All organizations should have a workplace violence policy and a workplace domestic violence policy. It is important to review the policies and assure that all employees know what the policies are. Also, is important to have a Corporate Threat Assessment Team. It is important to establish protocols, meet regularly, use experts and have an ongoing evaluation process.

QVCC Spelling Bee - Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

This week the Putnam Rotary Club will participate in the annual QVCC Spelling Bee.  The contest helps raise money for the QVCC Foundation, an organization supported by the Putnam Rotary Club.  The Spelling Bee will take place at the Putnam Elks on Edmond Street.  Come out and cheer on our team.  

Putnam Rotary Club Welcomes a new Member


Today at our weekly Club meeting, President Rande Chmura presented Roberta Rocchetti with her Rotary badge and membership certificate.  Roberta has been a Rotarian with the Stafford Springs Connecticut Rotary Club.  Now that she has moved to Putnam, she has transferred to the Putnam Club.  Roberta represents Alfac Insurance.  She lives in Putnam with her husband, Mike.  Welcome Roberta!


Jean McClellan Brings the Club Up to Date on the Chamberlin Mill Restoration


Rotarian Joe Adiletta introduced Mrs. McClellan to the Club.  In 2008 the Nature Conservancy acquired the mill and the surrounding 98 acres from the Chamberlin Family Trust.  In 2012, the Nature Conservancy working with the Woodstock Historical Society, established a long term owner for the Mill, Chamberlin Mill, Inc.  This non-profit, tax exempt organization is moving forward to preserve and restore the 19th Century Sawmill.  Nicholas Bellantoni, a Connecticut State Archaeologist (now retired), called the Mill "one of the most important small-scale industrial sites that I have seen in New England".  For more information on the Mill visit www.chamberlinmill.org.


Rotary Club Wins Trivia Contest


Lead by our team captain, Rachael Johnston and Steve Adams, Lara Lupi, Kayla and Jason Burgess, Shawn Johnston and Fred and me, we pulled together at the last round in 5th place and betted all our money and ended up winning.  What a great team effort.

Thanks for all the cheer leaders we had.


Backpack Gift

Putnam Rotary Club President Rande Chmura, left, and Vice President Delpha Very manned the table with backpacks filled with school supplies for TEEG's students in needs.



Courtesy photo.

Philippa Paquette addressed the Club at their lunch meeting on September 2, 2014.  Mrs. Paquette discussed with the Club her recent trip to Tanzania, East Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro



Mayor Falzarano Brings the Club Up to Date;


The Major talked about many issues that are pertinent to the town. Recently, he was told about the results of a survey that determined that food is a major drive for urbanites as is evident in the restaurant area of Putnam. Food brings people together and creates a place for people to meet. He announced that the bridge is going out to bid on September 2nd and that hopefully, the shovel will go in the ground for the new YMCA in October. The town is working hard to collaborate with neighboring towns concerning the Industrial Park. The town hall has new office hours to meet the needs of the community. Mayor Falzarano discussed with Congressman Courtney the need for a VA Regional Center in the area and proposed that the John Dempsey Regional Center would be a great location. On September 16th, the Facilities Committee will be looking at all town buildings – separate committees have been combined into the one Facilities Committee. He urged everyone to visit the new business on Main St., NOMA. It is a great gift shop. There will be a ribbon cutting at the new Dog Park on September 7th. He spoke at a Welcome Back meeting for Putnam teachers. Mayor Falzarano is very busy and happy in his job.


District Governor Attends Putnam Rotary's Summer Picnic

On Tuesday, July 8th, the Putnam Rotary Club held their annual summer Picnic. Karen and Gary Osbrey hosted the picnic at their lovely pool.  District Governor, Mike Roy attended the party.  Every year Rotary International has a theme.  This year's theme is "Light the Way".  Also every year the District Governor visits each club in the District.  Following the theme, District Governor Roy decided to lighten up his visit by joining the club at our picnic.  Welcome Governor Roy.  Also attending the picnic were members of the Putnam Rotaract Club.  

Pictured above: Club President, Rande Chmura, Gary and Karen Osbrey and District Governor Mike Roy


Rotarians at Work in Rotary Park

Rotarians, Dick Loomis, Jeff Rawson, Elizabeth Buzalski, Karen Osbrey and Linda Lemmon (photographer) recently spent one morning sprucing up Rotary Park in Putnam.  The Park is used for many civic events during the summer.  The gardens needed a little attention.  As always Rotarians volunteered to get the work done.  The Plaque in the center of the garden honors Dr. Robert Dinolt who was instrumental in establishing the Park.  Rotary Park was dedicated in June 1966.

Volunteer work on the part of the Rotarian today and in 1966 has made a difference in our Town. 



Putnam Rotary Club Donates Cash Register to Haiti Group

PUTNAM --- A random conversation between two people, followed by another light conversation between two people resulted in a spark to a women's group for development in Haiti.

Pam Brown, a member of the Putnam Rotary Club, recently traveled to Haiti with the nonprofit group, Roots of Development as part of a 10-person team. The 10 visited  the village of Gran Sous. Group members met with several groups working to raise the standard of living in the village.

One of the groups was the Women's Group for the Development and Advancement of Gran Sous (GFDAG). The group has a community business that buys products in bulk in Port-au-Prince and then resells the items at a lower price. The items are then more accessible to the poor and the business creates employment for local women and the revenue from the business will reduce the dependence the women's group has on outside funding for its development projects, Brown said.

After one year in  business, Brown said, the group remains open six days a week and bring in an average of $7,500 (U.S.) per month.  "Most of the profits are reinvested into business development or used to keep vulnerable and orphaned children in school. GFDAG is looking to expand to a larger facility with better security and solar-powered electricity to keep up with growing demand," she said.

Brown got into a discussion with the women and saw that the women kept the money at the store in a drawer. Money was not sorted and it was not accounted for until the end of the day.

When Brown returned, she was telling the story about the way cash was handled to Fred and Rande Chmura at a Rotary function. She wondered aloud if there was such a thing as a battery-operated cash register.  Fred Chmura looked it up and saw that there was. He obtained one for Brown's Haiti project and the Putnam Rotary Club, feeling it was a good cause, purchased a second one.

The two battery-operated cash registers will be personally delivered by a member of the Roots organization.

Donations for battery charger, rechargeable batteries, traditional batteries and register tapes are being sought. Donations may be sent to the Putnam Rotary Foundation, PO Box 263, Putnam, CT 06260. Please put "Haiti" in the subject line. Those wishing to help may also go to Roots of Development's website at www.rootsoddevelopment.org.

Brown said, "Until you haver personally experienced Haiti, nothing can prepare you for the sheer poverty and lack of infrastructure in the country. But the people there are beautiful, caring and very resilient. They want to be able to help themselves and Roots is giving them the opportunity to do so. I am so grateful to join my fellow Rotarians in Putnam to support them and the work they do."


Induction Night - June 17, 2014


The Putnam Rotary Club held their Induction Night for 2014 on Tuesday, June 17th.  The event was hosted by Rotarian, Richard Naumann at the Inn at Woodstock Hill. 

This year and going forward, the annual Induction ceremony will be called The Suzanne Franklin Induction Night in honor of Rotarian Suzanne Franklin.  Suzanne passed away last year and will be missed by all of her Rotarian friends.

The officers for this year are Rande Chmura, President, Delpha Very, President-Elect, Marc Archambault, Vice President/Secretary 2014, Richard Place, Secretary 2015 and Elizabeth Buzalski, Treasurer. 

The Board of Directors will include Jayne Battye, Shawn McNerney, Richard Naumann, Aileen Witkowski and Brad Favreau (immediate past president).

The Club is looking forward to a great year under Rande's leadership.  

Putnam Rotary Club Awards Scholarships to Local High School Seniors


The Putnam Rotary Club awarded 12 scholarships. Front row, left to right: Dana Petre, Tourtellotte, Maurice Beaulac Scholarship ($1,000 2014 and 2015); Karina Falco, Tourtellotte, $1,000; Taylor Lynn Copeland, home schooled, $1,000; Arin Lotter, Woodstock Academy, Leon Archambault Scholarship, $1,000; Farrah Belliveau, Putnam High, $1,000; Cynthia Briere, Putnam High, Ray and Vie Brousseau Scholarship, $1,000; Gillian Jackson, Putnam High, $1,000.

Back: Andrew J. Coderre, Tourtellotte, $1,000; Michael LaRochelle, Putnam High, Raymond Brousseau Scholarship, $1,000; Rotary President Brad Favreau; Tylor Genest, Putnam High, $1,000; Kyle Varrette, Putnam High, $1,000.

Not pictured, Gabrielle Cournoyer, Putnam High, John O'Brien Scholarship ($1,000 each year for four years).

Linda Lemmon photo.


Putnam Rotary Club Honors Area Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The Putnam Rotary Club last week honored the local valedictorian and salutatorians. Front row, left to right: Kathryn Archambault, salutatorian, Woodstock Academy; Olivia Arsenault, salutatorian, Tourtellotte; Emily Langlois, valedictorian, Tourtellotte; Madeline LeDuc, salutatorian, Putnam High. Back row: Alexander Tedeschi, valedictorian, Woodstock Academy; Putnam Rotary President Brad Favreau; Patrick Bieger, valedictorian, Putnam High.  Not pictured: Pomfret School's valedictorian Madeleine Hutchins and salutatorian Alexa Luborsky. Linda Lemmon photo.

Noe Poulin - Putnam Rotary Club Annual Fishing Derby was held Saturday May 11.


PUTNAM — At the annual Putnam Rotary Club Noe Poulin Fishing Derby May 11, several prizes were awarded. Thirty-six kids registered this year.

Winners include:

Largest fish — Dacoda Canhi of Ballouville — a 4.45 lb. catfish

Second largest fish — Nathan Lafleur — a 11.2 oz. bass

Smallest fish — Hannah Kata — 1.7 oz. perch

Second smallest fish — Mark D. Lefevre III — a 2.4 oz. Pumpkin Seed

Youngest fisherman — Noah Kipp, 2, hooked two trout

Largest kiver — Daniel Champagne

Most unusual catch — Mark D. Lefevre III — a cell phone




Congressman Courtney Visits the Putnam Rotary Club


On Tuesday, March 18, Congressman Courtney joined the Putnam Rotary Club for lunch.  Representative Courtney brought the Club up to date on the activities in Washington and in his congressional district. 


Putnam Rotary Club Comes in Second at Spelling Bee

With help from the Rotaract Club, the Putnam Rotary Club finished second in the local Spelling Bee.  Past President Paul Pikora led the team along with three Rotaract members. A good time was had by all!  Maybe next year we go for the Crown.



District Governor Visits Putnam Club


Putnam Rotary Club President, Brad Favreau, District Governor, Michael Barnett and Assistant District Governor, Pam Brown.


On Tuesday, August 6th, the Putnam Rotary Club had the honor of welcoming the Rotary District Governor, Michael Barnett to Putnam.  The District Governor gave the club an update on the changes to the Rotary Foundation.   

President Pikora Announces Donations



The Putnam Rotary Club recently made donations to local groups including:  Putnam Mayor Pete Place (2nd from left) for Putnam Dog Park, $1,500; Putnam Fireworks, $500; Louise Pempek (4th from left) for the Windham County 4-H, $500; David Dunham (2nd from right) and Shawn Johnston (right) for IHSP/Daily Bread, $500; Donna Grant (3rd from left) for TEEG, $500; Betty Hale (left) for Regional Community YMCA, $3, 000; Other donations included: Putnam Rotary Foundation – 4-Year Scholarship, $6,000; Putnam Rotary Foundation – 2-Year Scholarship, $3,000; Oklahoma Rotary Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund, $2,000; Boy Scouts of America Troop 21, $250. Also pictured, center, is outgoing Putnam Rotary President Paul Pikora. Courtesy photo.


Putnam Rotary Club Introduces the Club's Leaders for 2013-2014


The Putnam Rotary Club last week inducted its new officers and Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Left to right: Brad Favreau, incoming president; Paul Pikora, outgoing president; Kathleen Murphy, Rachael Johnston, sergeant at arms;  Sue Desrosier, Peter Benoit, treasurer; Marc Archambault; Keith Aubin, sgt. at arms helper; Bill Witkowski, second vice president; Rande Chmura, first vice president and Scott Pempek. Courtesy photo.


Rotary Honors Valedictorians and Salutatorians at Luncheon



The Putnam Rotary Club recently honored the valedictorians and salutatorians at local schools. Front row, left to right: Ashley Stanley, salutatorian, TMHS; Emily Audet, valedictorian, Marianapolis; Elijah Martin, valedictorian, Woodstock Academy; Lauren Biernacki, valedictorian, TMHS. Back row: Cathleen Casillo, salutatorian, Marianapolis; Sydne Andersen, salutatorian, Putnam High; Rotary Club President Paul Pikora; Leslie Prunier, valedictorian, Putnam High; Bridget Matsas, Salutatorian, Woodstock. Courtesy photo.

Rotary Awards Scholarships


The highlight of each Rotary President's year is the awarding of Scholarships to local high school students.  This year the club will give out over $16,000 in scholarship including our first four year scholarship.  Winners standing with Paul Pikora, Putnam Rotary Club president, include:  Briana Wrublaski (TMHS); Natalia Gil (TMHS), Kimberly Fafard (TMHS), Calyn Petre (TMHS), Jaylin Marie Greene (PHS); Carissa Lueth (TMHS), Sherry Deslauriers (PHS); Krystina Lewis (PHS); Ilea Peckham (PHS), John O'Brien Scholarship; Sarah Owen (WA); Cedar Hayes (PHS), Raymond Brousseau Scholarship; Ashley Stanley (TMHS) Leon Archambault Scholarship. Not pictured: Rachel Maryyanek (TMHS), Maurice Beaulac Scholarship. Courtesy photo.


Annual Rotary Fishing Derby - 2013

PUTNAM — The fish might not have been biting but nearly 150 youngsters had a wonderful time in Rotary Park the Putnam Rotary Club’s annual Noe Poulin Fishing Derby April 21.

Some fish were pulled in, though. Llizabeth Beauregard, 4, won largest fish caught in the under 5 years old catagory with a 4.9 oz brown trout; Charles Beauregard, 6, won for the most fish caught and the largest for 6-9 year olds with a 6.7 oz and an 8.4 oz brook trouts; Taylor Knupp, 12, won largest fish for 10-12 year olds with a 7 oz.
brook trout; Andre Bessette, 10, won for most unique fish with a crayfish.

Some 144 kids took part. Last year’s rainy fishing derby had only 70 participants. This year’s breakdown of attendees: 5 and younger = 42 children; 6-9 year olds = 47; 10-12 year olds = 37; 13-15 year olds = 18.





Putnam Rotary Club Collects Food for Daily Bread


The Putnam Rotary Club, during its  monthly campaign in January, collected a dozen jars of peanut butter, three to four dozen cans of tuna and cash, which it donated to Daily Bread. David Dunham, left, IHSP treasurer, receives the donations from Paul Pikora, Putnam Rotary Club president. Daily Bread was running low on tuna and peanut butter and asked for those items. Courtesy photo.


Christmas Giving - Rotary Style



The Putnam Rotary Club filled gift request for local agencies serving northeastern Connecticut at its annual gift exchange. Left to right: Putnam Rotary Club President Paul Pikora; Jenn Plaza, Junior Review Board coordinator for the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG); Rotarian Richard Naumann, aka “Santa”; Donna Grant, executive director of TEEG; Putnam Rotarian Jeff Rawson, gift organizer; and Patty Bryant, director of the Putnam Family Resource Center. Courtesy photo

PUTNAM, CT --- Again this year, the Putnam Rotary Club’s annual gift exchange was focused on the true meaning of the holiday instead of gag gifts. Putnam Rotarians never miss an opportunity to serve the community.

Years ago, recognizing the overwhelming need in the northeastern Connecticut community it serves, Putnam Rotarians decided to fill gift requests for the agencies serving those less fortunate.

Putnam Rotary President Paul Pikora said this is the third year the Rotarians have stepped up with gifts for others at holiday time. “The hard work and support of Putnam Rotarians all year long is immense,” Pikora said.

This year, each Rotarian received a gift bag. On the tag was the name of an agency and a suggested gift. Putnam Rotarians filled those gift bags and then some, culminating with “Santa” dropping by the gift exchange meeting and thanking the Putnam Rotarian “elves” for their generosity.

Some 80 to 90 gifts were distributed to the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) and the Putnam Family Resource Center, according to Rotarian organizer Jeff Rawson.

Donna Grant, executive director of TEEG, thanked the Putnam Rotarians for their holiday gifts and their year-long support of TEEG. She said many last-minute requests were made to TEEG. “I think some families thought they could do it, but saw at the last minute that, no, they could not.”

Patty Bryant, director of the Putnam Family Resource Center, also thanked the Putnam Rotary “elves.” She called the support from the Putnam Rotary and the community at large “mind-boggling.”

TEEG and the resource center are just a few of the many northeastern Connecticut organizations supported by the Putnam Rotary all year long.

Pikora, when taking the reins of president last summer, decided that the Putnam Rotary Club could do more. Each month Putnam Rotarians bring in items and monetary donations for a group that is in need. It might be boxes of pasta for the Daily Bread community kitchen one month or school items to fill backpacks for students in need at the Putnam Family Resource Center.

Whatever the need, the Putnam Rotary Club is there. Throughout the year, the club raises more than $60,000 and turns most of it back out to the community it serves. From American Legion baseball to the Bradley Playhouse to Habitat for Humanity to Scouts to Scholarships, the list is very long, indeed.

Putnam Rotary’s “elves” work all year long, serving northeastern Connecticut

Pasta Donation to Daily Bread


Ann Kathi Peterson of Daily Bread and Putnam Rotary President Paul Pikora and some of the donations from the Putnam Rotary Club. Courtesy photo.
In the spirit of giving that runs the whole year through, the Putnam Rotary Club recently brought three dozen jars of spaghetti sauce, pasta and $200 in cash to the Daily Bread Pantry.
Ann Kathi Peterson, Interfaith Human Services of Putnam's secretary and Community Resource/Volunteer coordinator, received the donations from the Putnam Rotary Club's President Paul Pikora.

Pikora, who became president of the club last summer, decided that each month, with so many local groups in need, to ask Rotarians to donate was needed and deliver those donations to those in need each month.  Pikora said that local organizations in need are welcome to call him at 928-0811. "We are open to other organizations that need help," he said.

Putnam Rotary Club Welcomes New Member


At Tuesday's meeting, Chris Vaillencourt became the newest member of the Putnam Rotary Club.  Chris was proposed for membership by Rotarian Richard Naumann.  Chris works for Gerardi Insurance Services.  Welcome Chris!

Putnam Rotary Club Makes Donation to Project Northeast.


Sister Eleanor Baldoni, left, and Putnam Rotary Club President Paul Pikora. Courtesy photo.
In its year long commitment to help organizations throughout northeast Connecticut, the Putnam Rotary Club recently donated more than 25 gallon and half-gallon jugs of apple and other juices, plus $10, to Project Northeast.

Project Northeast's Associate Director Sister Eleanor Baldoni, had asked for juice as the project's shelves were nearly empty of juice. The director is Father Richard Archambault and Project Northeast has been serving the less fortunate in northeast Connecticut since 1978.
Sister Eleanor said the agency helps about 100 people a month. The agency, based in the hall at St. Mary of the Visitation Church in Putnam, accepts donations. Call 928-4078.

Pikora began his Rotary presidency at the end of June, pledging to help organizations each month. The club members bring in whatever the organizations ask for and Pikora delivers the donations, including monetary donations, each month


President Pikora awards Paul Harris Pin to Putnam Rotarian Gary Osbrey.

At the October 9th weekly meeting of the Putnam Rotary Club, Gary Osbrey received his second Paul Harris Award for his contributions to Rotary International.  Gary has been very active with Rotary both at the local level with the Putnam Rotary Club and at the District Level.  Gary served the District as the Assistant District Governor.  Gary and his wife, Karen Osbrey, also a Putnam Rotarian, own and operate WINY 1350 AM.  Gary and Karen epitomize the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".  Congratulations Gary on your second Paul Harris Award. 

Paul Harris was the founder of the Rotary Club organization. 
PRIDE Recognizes the Putnam Rotary Club


From left to right, Rotarian Jeff Rawson, PRIDE Chairman, Romeo Blackmar and Club President, Paul Pikora

At Tuesday's lunch meeting, the Putnam Rotary Club received a certificate of recognition from the Putnam PRIDE Organization for our contribution to PRIDE.  PRIDE Chairman, Romeo Blackmar made the presentation.  Two Rotarians, Jeff Rawson and Stephen Adams, received individual certificates of recognition for their individual support of PRIDE.

PRIDE is the Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone.  Their goal is "to unite the citizens of Putnam in a partnership to create and foster a safe, drug free environment for the entire community".  The group has run awareness campaigns, helped organize proper prescription drug disposal programs and targeted the sales of drug paraphernalia at local convenience stores. Visit their website PutnamPride.org for more information.


Donation to the Putnam Family Resource Center


Photo by Linda Lemmon

Putnam Rotary Club President Paul Pikora and Patty Bryant check out some of the donations from the Rotary Club to the Putnam Family Resource Center.  President Pikora, who was installed in late June, had thought about what was important to the local community when he was considering what his year at the helm of Rotary would look like.  While donations by club members and the club to Rotary International help very worthy causes, like the eradication of polio, Pikora wanted to do something that affected the community the Putnam Rotary serves.

 He decided on a campaign to help local organizations each month of his year. The first month, Putnam Rotarians made contributions to Daily Bread. The next month, Rotarians helped the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group. The Putnam Family Resource Center needed school supplies for the families served by the center.
Patty Bryant, director of the center, said 200 backpacks are filled and given to kids in need. In addition to the backpacks, Rotarians donated everything that goes into a backpack including notebooks, pencils, markers and more. Pikora also gave Bryant $77 in cash that was donated.  Bryant said those served by the center are families that might not be able to afford school supplies. "The choice might be between food for the table or school supplies," she said. In all the center helps 500 in all capacities throughout the year.
"We certainly appreciate the donation," she told Pikora.
Roots of Development - Chad Bissonnette


As part of their international avenue of service, the Putnam Rotary Club provided funds for the Roots of Development projects in Haiti.  At today's meeting, Chad Bissonnette, the Executive Director of the Roots of Development, gave the Club an update on the success of the water project in Haiti.  For more information on Roots of Development visit their website at RootsofDevelopment.org.
Rose Sale Underway!

Rick "the Rose King" announced it is that time of year for Rotary's annual rose sale.  The roses are $15 per dozen and will be delivered on Thursday, October 18.  Checks can be made out to the Putnam Rotary Club.  We sold over 1,000 dozen roses last year.   We need to beat that!  Please check with any Putnam Rotarian if you would like to buy roses.  This is one of the Club's three main fundraisers of the year.  The money raised for this event and our other activities helps the Putnam Rotary Club award more than $11,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors and contribute over $30,000 to local groups.  Your help is always appreciated.
Putnam Rotary's Newest Members


At Tuesday's lunch meeting, the Putnam Rotary Club welcomed their two newest members, Susan Andersen and Jim West.  Both were proposed for membership by Ron Coderre.  Ms. Anderson is the Director of Development for Marianapolis and Jim West is the Golf Pro at Connecticut National Golf Course.  Welcome to the Club.
Rotary Trailer - Ready for Another Event


Rotarians staff the trailer for 6 events during the year to help raise money for our charitable activities.  Through the trailer, the Club raises over $6,000.  The trailer also helps keep the Club visible in the community.  This year, Rande Chmura serves as the Trailer Chief with help from her husband, Fred and the trailer committee.


The Putnam Rotary Club recently donated peanut butter and other monetary gifts to the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group. Rotary President Paul Pikora, left, brought the donations to Carl Asikainen, TEEG board chair. Courtesy photo.

PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club recently took stock of all the donations made to local community organizations.
Donations went to:
American Legion Baseball, Arc, Bradley Playhouse, Camp Quinebaug, Clipper Classic Girls Basketball, Community Kitchen, DARE, Day Kimball HomeCare.
Also, Day Kimball Homemakers, Day Kimball Hospice, Day Kimball Hospital.
Also, Dazzle Light Parade, Deary Road Race, Ellis Tech Scholarship, Habitat for Humanity, Interact, International Projects, Little League/Sports, Memorial Rotarian Scholarships, N.E. Performing Arts.
Also, NECASA - N.E. Comm. Ag., Paul Harris/ Rotary Foundation, Putnam Fireworks, Putnam Pride, QVCC Annual Donation, Red Ribbon Campaign, Rotaract, RYLA, Scholarships, School/Education/Literacy, Scouting, ShelterBox USA.
Also, TEEG, The Rotary Foundation, United Services, WPTP, Bandstand Project - Handicapped Bathroom, Bandstand Project- Fitting Room, Care in a Heartbeat Campaign, The Arc of Quinebaug Valley, Inc. - Elevator.
Also, Regional YMCA Capital Campaign, Northeast Placement Services, Inc., Connecticut Audubon Society - Center at Pomfret, Windham  County 4-H Foundation, Inc., Putnam Science Academy - Robotics Team, Four-year Scholarship, Woodstock Elementary School, Eastford Elementary School, Boy Scouts of America Troop 21.


District Governor Rau Visits Putnam Rotary Club

By Ron P. Coderre

The Putnam Rotary Club received District Governor Eileen Rau at its weekly meeting on Tuesday, August 7 at J.D. Cooper’s Restaurant in Putnam.

Rau assumed her position as District Governor of Rotary District 7890 on July 1 and has begun annual visits to each club in the District.  A member of the Rotary Club of West Hartford since 1997, Rau has been active on numerous committees in her club and in the District prior to beginning her stint as District Governor.

“I want to carry out the mission of Rotary International and our President Sakuji Tanaka during my year as District Governor.  Our motto this year is ‘Peace Through Service’ and I’m encouraging all clubs and members to be more active in volunteering in their communities,” said Rau


Putnam Rotary Club Holds Induction Night - June 20, 2012

The Club held its Induction Night at Tyrone Farms in Pomfret. (Tyrone Farms is operated by Club Member Ian MacLaren and his family.) Richard Loomis served as the emcee of the night as the reins of the Club were turned over from current President Cindy Dunne to incoming President Paul Pikora. Cindy presided over a very successful year for the Club with more than $55,000 in donations to local groups. The highlight of night was the announcement of the three newest Paul Harris Fellows. The Paul Harris Fellow award is the highest honor bestowed by the Club. This year's recipients included: Kathleen Murphy, for her service to the Club as editor of the Cargill Falls Courier; Scott Young, for his service to the Club with the Dazzle Light Parade, the Rotary Trailer and the golf tournament; and Betty Hale, for her service to the Community with the Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut, tourism and art groups,  and the Regional Community YMCA program. The Club also made Barbara Schreier an honorary member of the Club for her work with the youth of northeastern Connecticut. For more photos of the evening please click on the Photo link above on the left. 

The Putnam Rotary Club, June 5, awarded several scholarships to local students. Front row, left to right: Rachel Solomon (Woodstock Academy), $1,000; Megan Heaney (PHS), the John O'Brien Putnam Rotary Scholarship ($1,000 in 2012 and $1,000 in 2013); Amanda Wedegis (WA), Maurice Beaulac Putnam Rotary Scholarship, $1,000; Milton Edward Jacob Ives, Quinebaug Middle College High School, $500; Putnam Rotary President Cynthia Dunne. Second row: Sarah Elizabeth Froehlich (WA) Leon Archambault Putnam Rotary Scholarship, $1,000; Caroline Kenny (WA), $1,000; Edward Partlow (PHS), $1,000; Mary Beaulac, wife of the late Maurice Beaulac; Denise Archambault, wife of the late Leon Archambault. Back row: Taylor Zakrzewski (WA), $1,000; Galina Rachchenko (WA) Raymond Brousseau Putnam Rotary Scholarship, $1,000; Marina Zanczyk (PHS), $500; Valentina Zaytsev (PHS), $1,000. Linda Lemmon photo.



For one week in May, the Putnam Rotary Club hosted five professional from Rotary District 4100 in the northwest section of Mexico, as part of the Rotary Group Study Exchange. On May 22 the Group presented a program about Mexico to the Putnam Rotary Club. The visiting Rotarians posed with Rotary District Governor Susan Hallock Klock, far left, and Putnam Rotary Club President Cynthia Dunne, far right. Visiting GSE Rotarians included: Antonio Munoz, Greicy Chavez, Issac Chavez, Carmen Cota and Esteban Velazquez. Linda Lemmon photo.

At our recent Rotary meeting, Paul Pikora, President Elect, had the pleasure of presenting our annual donation to the Woodstock scouting effort. Accepting the donation for the Scouts was Tony Listro. The Putnam Rotary Club tries to support all the troops (boys and girls) in our service area. Contact Paul for additional information on our fundraising efforts.


Helen Ferland, left, Diaper Bank coordinator, stands with Putnam Rotary Club Cynthia Dunne and the more than $200 worth of diapers and baby wipes donated by Rotary Club members to the Diaper Bank. Linda Lemmon photo.
At our recent meetings, Club President, Cindy Dunne presented checks to several organizations, including Roots for Development, Deary Memorial Road Race - Cancer Fund and Literacy Volunteers of Eastern Connecticut.   The fundraising efforts of our Club allow the Club to support these worthwhile organizations.  Check our photo album to see more pictures.

Donation to Roots of Development
ImageOn Wednesday, March 21, the Putnam Rotary Club sponsored the annual Ray Brousseau, Senior All Star Basketball games at Putnam High School.  Ray Brousseau was a long time and active member of the Putnam Rotary Club and the business community of Putnam.  The Club is honored to host the annual All Star Games in his name.

The two girls, All Star teams were sponsored by Matulaitis Nursing Home and Archambault Insurance Associates.  The Boys teams were hosted by BenPe Consulting and WINY Radio.  Byrnes Insurance Agency provided the awards and Citizens National Bank funded the half time shootout with one winner from Putnam Science Academy. 

Over 30 athletes from the surrounding towns participated in the event.  The student athletes represented Putnam Science Academy, Woodstock Academy, Putnam High, Tourtellotte High, Pomfret School, Plainfield High, Windham Tech, and Killingly High, A great time was had by the players and the fans.

(Photo courtesy of Linda Lemmon)

Image Tuesday, Jan 31st  luncheon meeting was hosted by Putnam Science Academy.  80% of our membership attended the luncheon and with all the conversations going on everyone seemed to be having a great time.  Our luncheon was a very tasty Turkish cuisine   Eric Gould especially liked the concept of mixing meatballs with home fry potatoes and the members at my table had quite a discussion about puree eggplant.  Highlight change of the day was the mix up of tables, didn't see too many regulars sitting together.  We all know it is good to change our luncheon seating arrangements and mingle with other members.  Paul Duhammel, Dean of Students, Omer Seven, student head honcho of the Robotics Team, along with other students made us all feel welcomed.  They were great host.  After lunch it was business as usual, short business meeting, entertainment by Sergent at arms Bob Fournier and money man Keith with fine and happy dollar collection.  Then our spelling word of the day which the chosen lucky person and table misspelled.  After our entertainment, Omer Seven gave an updated talk on the robotics program and a little demonstration of the progress they have made on their robot.  After the demo we split into groups and were given a tour of the school by students.  A lot of work has been done to the school, especially the new auditorium.  Their next challenge is putting the library together.


As Omer Seven announced at the meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11th they are hosting "Battle in the Quiet Corner", at 1 pm at the school.  Teams from all around New England will be there holding live competitions.  Included in the program are engineering and programming workshops, live competitions and fun activities.  You and your families are invited and the students encourage you to bring your children and grandchildren to experience the activities.


I thank all the members for attending the luncheon and connecting with Putnam Science Academy.  Cindy




The red kettles and cheerful teenagers have become a familiar sight in Putnam.  For the past 19 years,  members of the Putnam Regional Interact Club, their siblings, friends and schoolmates brave the cold and spend hours ringing, singing and dancing (sometimes just to keep warm) to raise money for the Salvation Army.  Despite the economy, this was a record breaking year with 253 students from 13 area schools volunteering 1063 hours to raise $18,062.03.  From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, volunteers spend every Saturday (and some school vacation days) ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Sears Essentials, Stop and Shop, Wal Mart, Price Chopper and Putnam Supermarket. 

Marianapolis Prep won the “Ring-a-Ding Challenge” with 60 volunteers providing 317 hours, thus stealing the coveted trophy from last year’s winners.   Putnam Science Academy, the 2010 Ring-a Ding champs, came in second with 258 hours and Woodstock Academy was third with 239 hours.  Top bell ringers were Caroline Kenney, Jamie Barrette, Anna Werge and Seth Aubin for the high school division and Alexandra Lamontagne, Abby Poirier and Rebecca Pempek for the middle school division.  Volunteers celebrated with pizza and high fives. 

Friday night, the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony.  Putnam Rotarian Dick Loomis served as master of ceremonies for the event at the Thompson Speedway Restaurant. 

Jay Sinha, another Putnam Rotarian, received the Past President's Award in recognition of his service as the Chamber's President for 2011. 

Karen and Gary Osbrey were awarded the Business Person of the Year Award for their community service.  Karen and Gary own and operate WINY radio, the AM radio station serving Northeastern Connecticut.  Both Karen and Gary are very active in the Putnam Rotary Club and the Rotary District. 

Betti Kuszaj was recognized for her 30 years of service as the Executive Director of the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.  

All five Rotarians demonstrated the Rotary motto in action, "Service Above Self".  Well done Putnam Rotarians! 

Rachael Johnston, Paul Pikora, Steve Adams and Club President Cindy Dunne did a great job at the QVCC annual Spelling Bee.  The team made it to the fifth round and finished 7th out of 16 teams.  The Spelling Bee raised over $13,000 for the Quinebaug Valley Community College.  A fun night was had by all. 


The "Save  the Date"  postcards have been sent. 

Remember Friday, June 1, 2012 is the second annual Ronald P. Coderre Rotary Golf Tournament.  The tournament was named in Ron's honor last year to recognize all the work he has done for the Putnam Rotary Club.  He helped the Club bring the annual golf fundraiser to the prominence that it now enjoys, the Club's latest fundraiser.  Last year raising over $25,000 to support Rotary's scholarship program and other charitable activities.  

The Golf committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, January 31 at 8 am at the offices of Archambault Insurance Associates (Stone Building).     

At Tuesday, December 7th's Putnam Rotary Club meeting, we had the honor to hear from two local veterans discuss their efforts to build a facility for homeless veterans of Eastern Connecticut (photo from the Norwich Bulletin). The LaFlamme-Kusek American Legion Post #15 is proposing to restore and reuse its existing building in Jewett City into 18 permanent supportive housing units. These apartments are the first of their kind in a rural setting.
The Rotary Club of Putnam was well represented in the Holiday Dazzle Parade. Our float tried to show the local residents where the Rotary Club directs their fund raising money. Last year, the Club raised almost $50,000 for local groups, including Daily Bread, Hospice,and many other great groups. We also awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to local high school students. The students of the Interact Club helped man the float. Thank you everyone who helped on the Float.
The Holiday Dazzle Parade Committee was hard at work on Saturday getting the Rotary Float ready for Sunday's parade. Thanks to Jeff Rawson for letting the Club use one of his trucks. This year's theme is how the Putnam Rotary Club gives back to the community. The Parade starts at 5 pm on Sunday.
At Tuesday's meeting the Putnam Rotary Club welcomed their two newest members; Kip Parker and Paul Dery. Kip works for the Eastern Connecticut Foundation and Paul is a retired teacher and member of the Thompson Board of Finance. Welcome Kip and Paul!
On October 24, World Polio Day, from 1-5 pm join Mary McManus polio and post polio syndrome survivor, 2009 Boston Marathon finisher, inspirational poet and Magic 106.7's Exceptional Woman, and the Rotary Clubs of North Providence and Putnam, Connecticut for a Celebration of Healing and World Polio Day at Wonderland Book Store, 125 Main Street, Putnam, CT.
Every year the Putnam Rotary Club sponsors the Noe Poulin Memorial Fishing Derby in early May. With the help of Willie Bousquet and the Town of Putnam Recreation Department and the Northeast Bass Club, young fishermen and women (up to the age of 15) get to fish the Quinebaug River along Kennedy Drive and Church Street. Prizes are awarded for five different age brackets
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