Rotary Club of Hartford


No. 21


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Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect St
Hartford, CT 06105
United States of America
12:15 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of Each Month, Exception is Major Holidays. Meeting at The Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St. Hartford, CT. Parking entrance is to the right of the building. Mention Rotary to gain entrance to the parking.
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The Hartford Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, participated in the holiday bell ringing outside the Hartford Stop & Shop, located at 150 New Park Ave., Hartford.  The rain could not stop the enthusiasm the team of Rotarians displayed working the collection area.  The people enjoyed see us supporting our local area.  Congratulations to all that participated, and for Brian Dibella for orchestrating the event.  Go Rotarians!!!
We hope you enjoy a picture of the next generation of Rotary out here in the cold, staying committed to doing good!
The Rotary Club of Hartford invites you to a Presentation Featuring Johnny Callas, Chief Executive Officer of Charter Oak Boxing Academy in Hartford
Attend the Rotary Club of Hartford’s first in-person event since Feb. 2020* to learn:
  • How a local CEO trains and helps children and young adults grow, develop and become responsible, productive citizens.
  • How amateur boxing keeps at-risk boys and girls out of trouble and in school.
  • How Rotarians can support this important educational and developmental program.
Monday, September 20, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
Mark Twain House, Carriage House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Conn.
RSVP by September 16th to Dave Santis
* The Rotary Club of Hartford is committed to the health and safety of all program attendees, and we continue to monitor the changing COVID-19 situation. We are partnering with the Mark Twain House to take all precautions necessary to ensure the event is safe and successful. Hartford Rotary will follow the latest policies, guidelines and protocols from the CDC, Connecticut Department of Public Health and local government authorities. We will inform attendees of any changes in advance of the event. Please visit the Hartford Rotary Club homepage for the latest news and information concerning the event.

Join the Rotary Club of Hartford as it launches its new networking model: Rotary Means Business! Our new focus offers individuals and businesses/non-profits the opportunity to meet new people, promote your business and engage in volunteer opportunities for the betterment of our capital city. Rotary membership allows you to advertise your business and services with more intentionality among fellow Rotarians and the public to connect, share, and learn.
Our inaugural meeting is Monday, May 3, 12:15 p.m. via Zoom. To register, contact Sue Joyse at and experience a brand new way to connect with others. We will send you a Zoom link to the meeting. We look forward to you joining us!
Rotary Cares!
The Rotary Club of Hartford has just concluded a project, funded in part by a District 7890 grant, to provide hygiene supplies to clients of Covenant to Care for Children, a Hartford-based nonprofit that serves children from birth to 18 statewide who are in danger of abuse or neglect and in need of critical goods (
More than a dozen Hartford Rotary members, family, friends; and our partners, the CT Foundation for Dental Outreach (with a grant from Cigna), and Interpreters and Translators, Inc. of Manchester; ordered, packed and delivered 346 hygiene "Placement Packs" to Covenant to Care. Leftover supplies that were given to clients’ families.
“For over 100 years, the Rotary Club of Hartford has been serving the Hartford community. We were pleased to partner with Covenant to Care and help provide comfort to those in need especially during the Covid pandemic,” said Sue Joyse, President of Hartford Rotary.
The hygiene packs included basic needs for babies, such as lotion and soap; and COVID safety and other hygiene items for youth and teens, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other oral care products; and soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, hair brushes and other basic goods that families can't buy with state assistance.
Club members also donated additional soap, a dozen Rotary-branded backpacks, two baby carriages (one single and one double) the CT Foundation for Dental Outreach donated tote bags. Club members also donated holiday gift cards.
This project was supported by a District 7890 Grant of $1,821 and a Rotary Club of Hartford contribution of $910 for a project total of $2,731. The Rotary Area of Focus this project addressed is hygiene, child health, and disease prevention.
Dr. Syed Ahmed Hussain
Trinity Health Of New England
We are excited to have Syed Ahmed Hussain, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Trinity Health Of New England, as our guest speaker on Monday, April 19, 12:15 p.m. Dr. Hussain is often featured on local news to provide updates to the public on the Covid pandemic and the vaccine rollout. He will personally update the Rotary Club of Hartford with this information. Please feel free to join us for this very informative and robust presentation.
Join us for a special presentation on the upcoming election!
Bringing Clarity to an Election During Turbulent Times: Insights From Two Political Experts
The Rotary Club of Hartford invites you to a Balanced Discussion of the November State and U.S. General Elections
Featuring John McNamara, Former Chairman, New Britain Democratic Town Committee, and
Chris Healy, Former Chairman, Connecticut Republicans
Moderated by Matthew Hallisey
  • The impact of the state budget on General Assembly elections.
  • How the coronavirus pandemic will affect voter turnout.
  • How you can stay educated and informed about public policy.
Monday, November 2, 2020, 12 noon
Summer is officially here!
The BEST way to celebrate the start of summer is to make plans to visit four unique Hartford locations as the Rotary Club of Hartford begins the SUMMER IN THE CITY TOUR!
Enjoy a private carousel ride at the Bushnell Park Carousel on July 15;  visit the Hartford Circus Fire Memorial August 5; hike atop Talcott Mountain and enjoy the view from Heublien Tower on August 17 and August 18; and cheer the Hartford Yard Goats on END POLIO NOW NIGHT on August 25! 
RSVP: Judith Green – or 860-810-5735
At the Rotary Club of Hartford's April 1, 2019, fellowship meeting, Hartford Rotarian Suzan Bibisi received a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for her generous contributions in excess of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund. Rotarians associate the naming of a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person who has demonstrated a shared purpose with the humanitarian objectives of The Rotary Foundation. The recognition is named after Rotary's founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905.
The Rotary Club of Hartford kicked off the new Rotary Year on July 16th with a tour of the UCONN Downtown Hartford campus.
Sue Chatfield, as our Assistant Governor and Club Secretary inducted 2 new members, Barbara Traverso and Matthew Hallisey in one of the classrooms! 
Thank you everyone who attended and especially Rick Hersom and John McNamara for bringing guests! 

Summer is officially here!
The BEST way to celebrate the start of summer is to make plans to visit four unique Hartford locations as the Rotary Club of Hartford begins the SUMMER IN THE CITY TOUR!
We will explore the new UConn Hartford campus on July 16; view Bushnell Park form atop the Soldiers and Sailors Arch on July 30; tour the newly renovated inpatient oncology pavilion at St. Francis Hospital on August 13; and cheer the Hartford Yard Goats on END POLIO NOW NIGHT on August 25! 
Our next Rotary meeting will be held on Monday April 16 at 12:15 at The Hartford Club in the Yacht Room on the second floor. At this meeting, our guest speaker will be David Benedict, the Director of UConn Athletics. He became the Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut in March of 2016 and has had a dynamic impact on Husky athletics. UConn enjoyed an outstanding year in 2016-17 under Benedict's leadership as both the women's basketball and field hockey teams advanced to NCAA Final Four competition, while the women's soccer team also played in the NCAA tournament. A native of Tempe, Ariz., Benedict is a 1995 graduate of Southern Utah, where he was a linebacker on the football team. He earned a master's degree from New Mexico Highlands in 1996, where he served as a graduate assistant football coach. Benedict and his wife, the former Lisa Zeis, have twin boys -- Jake and Sam.
For a longer biography of David Benedict, please visit
Consider bringing a friend or colleague!
Please RSVP to Conrad ( by Thursday at 2pm so I know how many to expect. As usual, the cost is $20 with free parking in the Travelers Lot (entrance on Prospect Street, next to The Hartford Club).
The Hartford Rotary Club was nominated and chosen to be the recipient of Hands On Hartford’s Civic Volunteer Award. Wanda Guzman of HOH wrote, “This is the result of your great leadership and your Rotary’s amazing support and volunteerism at Community Meals, food pantry and more.”
Their Volunteer Recognition Event will take place on Wednesday, April 18th  at 5:30pm
Hartford Rotary will NOT meet on February 19, as it is Presidents' Day! Our next meeting is March 5 - details to follow.
Hartford Rotary will meet on January 8 at 12:15 at The Hartford Club, second floor (free parking is in the Travelers Garage, entrance on Prospect Street next to The Hartford Club). Our guest speaker is our District Governor David Mangs.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Conrad at by Thursday 1/18 at 2pm . Lunch is $20.
We hope to see you there!
Did you make a resolution to attend more Rotary meetings this year? Excellent! We invite you to attend our next meeting on January 8 at 12:15 at The Hartford Club, second floor (free parking is in the Travelers Garage, entrance on Prospect Street next to The Hartford Club). Our guest speaker is Chris Meacham, from Now IT Works, an IT company in East Hampton. Here is their website:
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Conrad at by Thursday 1/4 at 2pm . Lunch is $20.
We hope to see you there!
Our next Rotary meeting is Monday October 16 at The Hartford Club –noon in the Yacht Room. Please RSVP to Conrad at by Thursday at 2pm so I know how many to expect. Our guest speaker is Devra Sisitsky of MakerSpace. According to, “Makerspace is a broad term that generally describes a communal space where a group of collaborators or "makers" work on projects in a variety of mediums, from woodworking and metalworking to computer coding and electronics. Connecticut has at least six makerspaces — including one already in Hartford — stretching from New London to Norwalk, and advocates say they could boost Connecticut's innovation economy and talent pool.” Here is a link to their website at
The Rotary Meeting scheduled for Monday September 25 has been cancelled - we regret any inconvenience. Our next meeting will be Monday October 2 - details to follow.
Hartford Rotary will meet August 7 at noon at the Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 155 Wyllys Street. Plenty of free parking. We will have boxed lunches, which need to be pre-ordered, so contact Conrad at if you plan on attending. We hope to see you there!
Hartford Rotary will meet on July 24 at the Goodwin Hotel - on the corner of Haynes and Asylum - at noon, followed by lunch at Harlan Brasserie. We hope you can join us! Questions? Contact
Hartford Rotary will once again host their SUMMER IN THE CITY tour during the summer of 2017! Join us for our Monday noon meetings/lunch at:
  • July 10: Travelers Tower (no lunch will be served - please bring your own brown bag or eat lunch on your own before or after the Observation Deck visit)
  • July 24: The Goodwin Hotel and Harlan Brasserie
  • August 7: Church of the Good Shepherd and Parish House
  • August 21: Trinity College and Cinestudio - our speaker is President Berger-Sweeney and lunch is at Peter B's
Meetings are noon to 1:30. Invite family, friends, co-workers and fellow Rotarians!
Email Conrad for details about cost and parking and to RSVP -
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

This last meeting we had the wonderful privilege of playing audience to a truly powerful and moving speaker author Ivan Backer. Born in Czechoslovakia, Ivan spent his life working to benefit the poor, the disenfranchised, people whose voices were not heard. He is a Hartford activist and holocaust escapee who wrote a memoir "My Train To Freedom: A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism" that is inspirational!
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We had an especially enjoyable meeting at Infinity Hall this past Monday. Our President Sandra Duffy presented Judith Green with a Paul Harris Plus Two pin – way to go, Judith! As we enjoyed an amazing kale salad and delicious entrée and killer cannoli cake, we were entertained by Connecticut singer and songwriter Gracie Day (, who was later joined by her fellow musician Robert Fullerton ( Meg Fanion of Infinity Hall also gave a quick tour of the stage itself. This was a fantastic time!
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We had great meeting at Hands On Hartford this past Monday, July 11. It was the first meeting with our new President Sandra Duffy and she did an AWESOME JOB! We reviewed some Rotary business, such as:
  • Strategic Plan and Club Goals
  • Club dues invoices (which will soon be sent to all members – keep an eye out for it)
  • the importance of paying for missed meals if you RSVP but then don’t show up
  • the Summer Picnic at Sandy Blumer’s house in Southington on August 13 (please RSVP to her if you can attend)
We also inducted Rick Hersom as our newest member – welcome, Rick! Barbara Shaw gave us a full tour of the building and programs of Hands On Hartford – what a kitchen! We started a new 50/50 raffle, and while Judith Green won the chance to pick a card from a full deck, she failed to pick the ace of spades, so the deck will shrink as the pot grows!
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
On this beautiful summer day we had the opportunity to hear from Yard Goats representative Tom Baxter. Tom provided some great information on what kind of events we can expect from the stadium and a peek at when games may begin. We look forward to rooting for the Yard Goats in there first home field game!
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
This meeting we had the opportunity to hear from Harold Sparrow president of the Hartford YMCA.
Harold Sparrow YMCA
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The Capital Community College Rotaract Club members served as volunteers for this wonderful event. This event located at Centinel Hill Hall on the campus of Capital Community College in Hartford celebrated alumni and student success stories.
March 30, 2015
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
It is with great pleasure that I reach out to you today to inform you about a Rotary Spring volunteer project. As coordinator for this project, I have contacted the Knox Parks Foundation to partner on a community garden beautification project. As some of you may recall, last year we prepared garden beds for planting at the Earle Street Community Garden in North Hartford. This year, the Knox Parks Foundation’s May project is to create a new flower bed landscape at the base of the Keney Clock Tower located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street in North Hartford on Saturday, May 16.
Hartford’s Keney Memorial Clock Tower and the small park surrounding it were donated by the Keney brothers in the late 19th century to honor their mother. The Tower is 130 feet tall and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A restoration by the City of Hartford in the 1990’s included replacing gold leaf on the clock face, site improvements and the installation of computerized chimes in the tower.
The Keney Memorial Clock Tower is the gateway to the North Hartford community. This project will create a beautiful and welcoming garden for residents and visitors to enjoy. It will be part of the positive redevelopment activities that are turning this neighborhood into a thriving and vibrant community.
I hope you will consider volunteering to help create a spectacular flower garden at one of the most historic places in Hartford that everyone can enjoy. I have outlined below specific information about the project:
  • Date: Saturday, May 16
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Keney Clock Tower, North Hartford. Parking is available on Ely Street which is next to the Clock Tower.
  • Work to be performed: creating a new flower garden landscape…cutting beds, preparing soil for planting, planting flowers and mulching.
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • Tools will be provided, but you can bring your own (make sure your tools are clearly marked with your name). Knox Park Foundation will not be responsible for lost tools.
  • Attire: wear work clothes, pants (no shorts) and old shoes/sneakers (no flip flops)…you will get dirty.
  • Bring bug spray and sunscreen
  • RSVP: looking for at least 20 volunteers; youth can volunteer, but must be supervised by an adult. Contact Sue Joyse at by May 1.
  • Weather: Event will continue in light rain. If event is cancelled due to heavy rain, I will contact you via email.
Thank you so much for your consideration, and I look forward to seeing you on May 16!
Established in 2013 with the effort led by Rotarian Brennden Colbert, the Hartford Rotoract Club shined with stunning presentations at this years District 7890 conference. The conference was held at the Marriott in Downtown Hartford and our young leaders really shocked the district with their professionalism and commitment to making a successful impact in the communities they live and serve.
Rotarian Cate Evans recently joined the Rotary Club of Hartford from South Windsor Rotary Club and shared her story with us about how she became a Rotarian about 20 years ago which goes back to a Group Exchange in Turkey. Rotarians from Turkey showed the group a great time and brought them on tours of local businesses and shared the work that was being done at the time to eradicate polio from that region of the world!
For more on our fellowship meeting, click "Read More" below to the right....
Incoming President Cody Guarnieri announces 15-16' year slate of officers! 
Click below for more pics and info on our last club meeting...
Governor Dannel Malloy To Address Business & Community Leaders in a Town Hall Style Forum
Hosted by: Rotary Club of Hartford on Monday, March 16th at noon
Governor Malloy will speak on the current state budget and the XL Center and respond to questions at the Hartford Rotary Club meeting on Monday, March 16th at noon.  The meeting will be held at the Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St., Hartford CT.  The $20.00 admission fee includes lunch and reservations are required.   Attendees are asked to rsvp by Thursday, March 13th by email david.bobowski@coldwellbankermoves.comThere is complimentary parking under the club at Traveler’s for the event.
Pictured from left to right: Hartford Rotary President Elect Cody Guarnieri, Hartford Rotaract Club Past President Brennden Colbert, Hartford Interact Club Vice President Breanna Bertoli, Hartford Interact Club Activities Chair Daniel Webb, Hartford Rotary Club President Stephen Vaughan, Hartford Interact Club President Kenneth Ramos, Hartford Interact Club Member Carlos Vargas, Hartford Interact Club Member Corey Sturgis, Hartford Interact Club Public Relations Chair Telaysia Alen
David Bobowski collects Happy Bucks from President Stephen Vaughan at our January 12th fellowship meeting!
The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
22 Piece Jazz Choir
Honored as the nation’s top arts school by the Arts Schools Network
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
12noon – 1:30pm
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103; 860-522-1271
All proceeds will benefit GHAA trip to Berkeley School of Music Nat’l Competition
Invite family, friends, co-workers, and fellow Rotarians
RSVP by Dec. 10 to Dave Bobowski, 860-233-0139
Pay at the door!

Come one, come all and join our Governor and the Rotary Club of Hartford in a small group setting to hear an update from our Governor. There will be time for a Q&A and we look forward to seeing you there!


Elected in November 2010, Governor Malloy’s top agenda items have included reinventing our economy by growing jobs, improving public education and stabilizing the state’s finances. 

Governor Malloy has pursued a comprehensive economic development strategy, one that invests in growth industries and creates jobs while at the same time defends the core sectors of our economy and protects the jobs we already have.   His three tiered approach makes sure that Connecticut can compete at any level – from large corporations, to small businesses and start-ups.  The First Five program has leveraged $1.7 billion in private sector investments across our state’s economy; that program and others have brought numerous corporate headquarters to Connecticut from out of state, including NBC Sports, Charter Communications, and Jackson Laboratories.  The Small Business Express Programs has invested in more than 700 small businesses across Connecticut, creating and maintaining thousands of jobs.  And the four new “Innovation Ecosystems” located throughout the state are connecting entrepreneurs with capitol investors, cultivating the grassroots of our state’s ideas economy.

The Governor is also making investments in education at every level. In 2012, he signed into law a school reform bill that has been called a national model.  The legislation has provided hundreds of millions of addition money to school districts, in exchange for holistic changes that will prepare students to compete in the 21st century economy.  In 2013, Governor Malloy was proud to push for what some have called a transformational investment in the University of Connecticut.  Next Generation Connecticut will make sure that Connecticut residents are in position to compete for jobs in emerging fields like bioscience and digital media.  Finally, the Governor has also called for and funded the creation of a new Office of Early Childhood to ensure that all our kids have access to a quality early childhood learning experience.

As we grow jobs and improve our schools, the Governor believes we also need to make state government leaner and more efficient. The newly enacted budget builds on the tremendous gains made during the Governor’s first two years in office, improvements that continue to fix the state’s financial foundation without imposing new taxes.  With fewer employees and state agencies than the day he was sworn in and new investments in technology, state government is making the changes necessary to improve the delivery of services without additional costs. 


Governor Malloy was proud to sign what some have called the most comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation in the country. 

Dannel Patrick Malloy, the youngest of eight children, was born in Stamford, Connecticut on July 21, 1955.  Growing up, he struggled to overcome learning and physical disabilities, eventually gaining the skills he needed to go on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and continue on to Boston College Law School. In 1982, Governor Malloy married his wife, Cathy, whom he met while at Boston College. They have three sons: Dannel, Ben, and Sam.

Governor Malloy became a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an Assistant District Attorney, where he won 22 convictions in 23 felony cases.  Prior to being elected Governor, he was Stamford's longest serving Mayor, serving for 14 years from 1995 to 2009.


From left to right: Chris Healy, Judith Green, Ted Carroll, Steve Vaughan

Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford spoke at the Hartford Rotary Club.  He shared with the group the commonality they share in the “Service Above Self” mission statement that bonds all Rotarians, as a similar creed that he shares at LGH.  He explained what it means to be a true leader, and serving the community with projects that help foster civility, that in turn create a positive influence for change in the Hartford area. Developing and implementing leadership through collaborative relationships is what Mr. Carrol explained to the group he likes to see, that brings positive outcomes. As he looked around the room at the members, he saw many familiar faces that have had the opportunity to work/collaborate with Mr. Carrol over the past 30 years.    

The Rotary Club of Hartford is affiliated with Rotary International, a worldwide service organization that unites business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build and promote goodwill and peace throughout the world.

Next meeting will be September 8th, at the Hartford Club, 46 Prospect Street, Hartford.

The luncheon meeting starts at 12:00, and there is a 20.00 fee. Public is welcome.



From left to right: Chris Healy, Dr. William Petit, Steve Vaughan

Dr. William Petit visited the Rotary Club of Hartford for fellowship and to talk about all the great things The Petit Family Foundation is working on lately. They have fundraisers that include an Annual Golf Tournament, a 5K Road Race, a motorcycle ride called "Ride For Justice" and an incredible garden project called "Michaela's Garden Project". The money that is raised goes to support three main areas - education, chronic illness, and helping those affected by violence. Grants are awarded to organizations that make the biggest impact in any of these three areas. For more information, please check out there website and support the cause at We would also like to add that the Petit family has a long history being part of the magic of Rotary International.

Great people doing great things makes the world go round! 

Open to Public, Season Starts with Dr. William Petit on Monday July 7th

Hartford, CT, July 1, 2014:  A host of dynamic speakers will address members and guests of the Hartford Rotary Club during its July and August meetings. The club members extend an invitation to all interested parties to fellowship and enjoy lunch at Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Markiewicz Community Room in Hartford, CT.  There is a $20 fee, which includes lunch.


Rotary Club of Hartford members, Francesco Pagano, Chris Healy, Stephen Vaughan and Rich Roberts participated in a golf tournament to raise funds for an Area 9 project to purchase, install and maintain video cameras for local hospitals here in Connecticut. Rotary is raising money to purchase 75 cameras for multiple hospitals in the area starting with CCMC at the UCONN Medical Center campus!


The Rotary Club of Hartford inducted five new members earlier this year. 7890 District Governor Eileen Rau did the honor of pinning our newest members. L-r, President Susan Joyse; new members Cody Guarnieri, Francesco Pagano, Suzan Bibisi, Stephen Vaughan and Brian Glasco; 7890 District Governor Eileen Rau.
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