Rotary Club of Watertown, Connecticut
USA

Chartered June 3, 1959

 
 
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Watertown

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Grand Oaks Villa
550 Sylvan Lake Road
Watertown,, CT  06779
United States
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At our  meeting  on July 26, 2017 Mark Danaher poke about Retiring on The Good Life.
Picture with Mark is the new president for 2017-2018 Amy Varza.
 
The club honored Students of the month for March Pictured from Left to right:

Emily Williams 9th grade,  Julia Spagnoletti 10th grade, Superintendent Bridgett Carnemolla, Julia Squillace 11th grade and Ethan Mehlin grade 12.

Our  Club honored the February Students of the month from The Watertown High School. 
 
 
 
Pictured are Club President Ilona Blouin, Sophomore Jared Lafreniere, Junior Samantha Cross and Student of the Month Chair Susan Santopietro
Education through Chromebooks
Donation of 20 Chromebooks & Charging Station for 5th Grade Class at Watertown Middle School
 
Through the use of Chromebooks and other emerging technologies, students will be better prepared as they progress through their educational experiences to meet the needs of their future workplaces. Chromebooks give the teacher and students an alternative way of learning. The use of Google Classroom provides teachers with the ability to create online assignments that can be completed at home or in school. Students submit the completed work and the teacher can view and grade it electronically. Free programs also allows teachers to monitor students' progress and change their program to suit the needs of each student.
 
On 6/18 The Watertown Rotary named three Watertown High School students Students Of The Month.   Students Of The Month are selected for their academic performance and service to the school and community.
 
Pictured left to right are Grant Larusso, Matt Stango, Anjeza Fero and Student Of The Month Chair Vin Giannetto.
The Watertown Rotary club awarded five, one thousand dollar scholarships, to graduating Watertown seniors at the awards night held at Watertown High School in early June.
 
The club also presented a Tool award to a student nominated by the Industrial Arts Department at the High School.
 
Checks were presented to these very accomplished young people at a regular Rotary Luncheon meeting on June 11th, 2014.
 
The students and the schools they will be attending are:
 
Left to Right: Savannah-Nicole Villalba, Simmons College; Jacob Holmes, Boston University; Kyle Brown, Penn State University with Schreyer Honors College, it should also be noted he was Valedictorian; James Everitt, Tool Award; ( Rotary Pres, Don Orsini) Enri Duka, University of Connecicut, Honors Program in Law; Jessica Lynn Ney, University of St Joseph.
On May 21st the Watertown Rotary was invited in to take a tour of the Siemon Company.
Pictured left to right are tour guide Brian Duval, tour guide Hanna Hoxha, tour guide Chris Soricelli, Rotary President Don Orsini, Rotary member and Siemon employee Lori Finke,  and Rotary member and Siemon employee Paul Knickerbocker.
On May 7th Watertown Fire Department Chief and Fire Marshal Larry Black was presented with Watertown Rotary Alexander Alves Award.
 
The award honors the late Alexander Alves for being someone who is dedicated to the Watertown/Oakville community as well as being respected in that community.   Pictured left to right are Kurt Kuegler (Master of Ceremonies), Steve Whitaker (Paul Harris Fellow Honorary Member), and Chief Black.  
 

On May 14th Senator Rob Kane visited the Watertown Rotary to update the club of the last legislative session.  In addition, Sean Chilson of the Watertown Interact Club talked about their current and upcoming projects.

 

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Pictured left to right are Don Orsini, President of the Watertown Rotary, Sean Chilson, and Rob Cane.

Freshman and Sophmores (and one junior)from the Watertown School Interact Club  assembled at the Rotary District Conference  and a highlight picture from  their presentation at Interact conference on April 25, 2014

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On April 16, 2014 The Watertown Rotary recognized three Watertown High School students as Students of the month  for their academic performance and service to their school and community.  

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Left to right are Student Of The Month Chair Vin Giannetto, Senior Cheyenne Jones, Junior Justin Coulter, and Senior Devin Carrafa.  

The Watertown Rotary had a dinner dance on 4/5/14 as their first fundraiser toward raising money for a new ADA compliant playscape to be built at Veterans Park.  Pictured below are people enjoying the festivities.

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 Service Project Chair Ron Pleasant (left) with Rotary President Don Orsini drawing a raffle prize.

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Jack Baker, Executive Vice President of Crystal Rock, was presented a plaque on Wednesday March 26 during their weekly meeting to honor Crystal Rock for many years of community involvement and support.  

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Left to right are Don Orsini, Rotary President, Jack Baker, and Cheryl Gustafson, Rotarian and V.P. Of Human Resources at Crystal Rock.

On 3/19/14 the Watertown Rotary honored Watertown High School Students Of The Month.  

 

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 Students are acknowledged for their academic performance and service to the school and community.

 Left to right are Olivia Gugliotti and Brianna Mancini with student of the month chair Vin Giannetto.

On 2/19 The Watertown Rotary acknowledged Watertown High School Students of the month.  Students are selected for their academic performance as well as their service to the school and community.  

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Pictured are Bryan  (left),  Hailey(middle), and student of the month chair Vin Gianetto (right).   

Lisa Carew, director of Watertown Human, Social, and Leisure Services attended the Watertown Rotary January 29th meeting. She came to review recent and upcoming town parks projects.

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Pictured with Rotary President Don Orsini holding a poster advertising the Rotary April 5th dinner dance to help raise funds for a new ADA complaint playscape at Veterans Park.

The Watertown Rotary awarded Watertown High School junior Besnik Pocesta student of the month.

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Pictured left with student of the month is chair Vin Gianetto.

 Besnik was awarded for his academic performance as well as his service to the school and community.

Paul Harris Fellowships Recipients

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Pictured Left to Right Sure Atlkins, Peg Durkee, Donn Innaimo, Don Stepanek, John Pronovost,  and Jack McHugh.

John Pronovost is a first time recipient. The others are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.  Welcome John and congratulations to the the others.

At the October 23 meeting the Watertown Rotary honored two Watertown High School Students Of The Month for their academic performance and service to the school and community.    

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 Senior Robert Ernst (left) Rotary Club Representative Giannetto (middle) and junior Ryan Nolan (right). 

On 10/16/13 District Governor Michael Barnett (left) and his wife Linda (right) stand with Watertown Rotary president Don Orsini (middle).  Mr. Barnett came to visit and report on International Rotary recent developments and current objectives.

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At the Watertown Rotary meeting held October 9, 2013  the club listened to a program from Donna Sciacca, Program Manager for The American Liver Foundation's Connecticut Division.
 
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Pictured left to right Donna Sciacca,  stands with Rotary President Don Orsini
 On October 2, 2013 The Club inducted two new members at the regular meeting.

 

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L to R.  Membership chair Mary Ellen Vanderhoff inducting Briean Sodano and Patricia Gugliotti as sponsor Donn Innaimo looks on. 

 

 

 
                

Left to right is Dr. Matthew Cucolo with Watertown Rotary President Don Orsini.  Dr. Cucolo gave a presentation on his drug awareness program to the club on August 14, 2013

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New member Lori Finke is inducted on July 24, 2013

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From left to right membership chair Mary Ellen Vanderhoff inducts new member Lori Finke as Lori's sponsor Paul Knickerbocker looks on.

 A Rotary Exchange student from  Germany 30 years ago Prof. Dr. Ludger H. Opgenhoff  visited the Watertown Rotary Club on July 10.  The professor is a Rotary member in Germany. 

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Picture left to right Prof. Dr. Ludger H. Opgenhoff    swapping  club banners with president Don Orsini.

Watertown past president for 2012-2013 Kurt Kuegler , pictured on the right, passes the gavel to the incoming president for the 2013-2014 year, Don Orsini, pictured on the left. 

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The Watertown Rotary presented the Watertown Library with a donation on June 6th . Excepting the check pictured with the clubs President Kurt Kuegler is the Head Librarian Joan Rintelman

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Watertown Rotary Club presented a check to Greater Waterbury Area Easter Seals on June 5th. Pictured from left to right are Easter Seals supporter and Representative Tom Kenny and Carolee Kalita with Rotary’s Present Kurt Kuegler.   

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The Watertown Rotary club president Kurt Kuegler presented Watertown’s Recreation Director Lisa Carew donations to the towns important programs “Learn to Swim” and “Food Bank”

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The Watertown Rotary was recently entertained by the Sound Affect youth group. The singers are planning a trip to teach and share Music and rhythm with the children of Haiti.

The group shares how they Affect the World with the Arts by visiting them at www.sound-affect.com

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Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month – The Watertown Rotary recognized three high school students as Student of the Month at a luncheon held on May 15th at the Grand Oak Villa.

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Pictured from left are: Watertown High School Senior Amy Lamontagne, Rotarian Vin Giannetto,

Watertown High School juniors Sarah Picard and Andrew Picard alongside of Rotary’s President Kurt Kuegler

Watertown Rotary’s President Kurt Kuegler (Right) presented a check in the amount of $2,000.00 to assist in the Guatemala Water Project to Rick Lawrence when he attended a Rotary’s Luncheon to update the group on the great progress the Water Project has achieved.

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The Club Honored this year Alex Alves Recipient  Bill Donston on May 1, 2013

Mr. Donston was honored for his involvement in many aspects of the town, including the Watertown Recreation Commission, the Water-Oak Gold Circle of Sports, the Babe Ruth Little League, WAYS, the FIRST Robotics Team, among a large number of other activities

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Standing with 2013 Alves Award Winner Bill Donston (center) are Mr. Donston’s wife, Lori Donston (left) and Watertown Rotary Club President Kurt Kuegler.

Representatives from the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project spoke to the Watertown Rotary Club sharing their traditions, Art, Food & Fashion from their 5000 year-long History of Korea.

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Pictured from left to right  Younhee Shin and Kyung Pak with Rotary’s Club Administrator MaryEllen Hadelman

On March 20th the Watertown Rotary Club inducted its newest member Amy Griswold.

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Pictured from left to right Mary Ellen Vanderhoff Administration Director, Amy Griswold and Gary Margelot Rotarian sponsor

 

 

MaryEllen Lafferty 1st Grade teacher at John Trumbull School was recognized as Teacher of the Year at the Watertown Rotary meeting held February 27th pictured in center with Rotary’s President Kurt Kuegler and Rotarian and School Superintendent Gail Gilmore.

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Student of the Month: At a Watertown Rotary Meeting held February 27th Watertown High school student, Jim Finley was recognized, pictured with Rotarian Vin Giannetto

Andrew Gionta was invited to the Watertown Rotary Luncheon February 13th to share his experience of receiving the Prestigious Alex Alves Award last year. This Award has been presented by the Rotary Club to members of our local community whom embodies the qualities of outstanding charitable achievement, community volunteerism and service in memory of Alexander Alves.

 

 

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Pictured from left to right is Andrew Gionta last year’s recipient with Rotary’s president Kurt Kuegler

Mike Garassino accepted a check in the amount of $2,000.00 from the Watertown Rotary Club on behalf of The Joe Garassino Foundation. The foundation provides resource grants and support for items such as Cancer Research, patient and family Travel and Lodging assistance, medical expenses and service dogs.  

 More Foundation info can be soon found at   www.joegarassino.org

 

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Pictured on left Rotarian Mike Garassino with Rotary President Kurt Kuegler

On February 6th the Watertown Rotary club invited David Guerrera from AIEP (Apex International Education Partners) to speak at their meeting. He shared how his organization assists educational institutions with the recruiting and hosting of International students. David shared how rewarding this 10 month experience hosting 14 to 17 year old High School students from China can be.



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In January we inducted two new members into the Club

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Pictured from left to right: newest member Paul Knickerbocker with his sponsor Rotarian Rob Scott, other new member Ron Pleasant with his Rotary sponsor Vin Giannetto

Interact  a service club of the Watertown Rotary Club consisting of students at the Watertown High School  shared with the club their experiences and projects such as Reading at John Trumbull School, Volunteering at the Senior Center and collecting PJ’s and books for less fortunate children at the January 22, 2013 meeting.

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Pictured from left to right: Larissa Anderson, Chloe Barcial, Daniel Guerrera, Jillian Richmond, Andrew Terzigni, Corrina Sorensen, Courtney Martare, Douglas Demirali, Jordan Townshend, Ashley Bugnacki, Stephanie Elmassri and Ashleigh Morelli                        with Rotarian Interact Advisor Day Palmer









The Watertown Rotary Club recognized three high school students as Student of the Month at a luncheon held on December 19th.

 

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Pictured from left to right Rotary’s President Kurt Kuegler, Watertown High School Junior Danielle Lutkus, Watertown High School Senior Jennifer Sparso, Watertown High School Senior Emily Cusick and Rotarian Vin Giannetto

On 12/12/12 the Watertown Rotary Club invited John Chiero, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterbury to speak at the Rotary’s weekly luncheon at the Grand Oak Villa. John Chiero shared the ways in which his organization is opening doors of opportunity for academic success, healthy lifestyles and community spirit for local youth.

 

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Pictured from Left to Right Rotarian Fran Berthiaume, Rotarian Ilona Blouin & John Chiero Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club

 

On November 28th Watertown Rotary Club  invited, to their weekly luncheon, speaker Samuel Brown the Volunteer Project Ambassador form “Project Amigo” an organization enabling poor children of Colima, Mexico to achieve their highest potential by providing educational opportunities, material support, enrichments activities, medical and dental services.

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Pictured from left to right Samuel Brown from “Project Amigo” with Watertown Rotary President Kurt Kuegler

 


On November 14th the Watertown Rotary Club invited Chief Larry Black from the Watertown Fire department to speak at their weekly meeting held at the Grand Oak Villa. The Fire Chief spoke about the history of the Towns Fire Department and the latest technological applications of the available to the department.

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Pictured from left to right: Rotarian Dick DeMaria, Club president Kurt Kuegler and Watertown Fire Chief Larry Black

Bob Chechoski representative from Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Vietnam Vets spoke about the organization and the transitional homes to benefit Vets during the Watertown Rotary Clubs meeting held at the Grand Oak Villa on 11/7/12

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Pictured from left to right: Watertown Rotary President Kurt Kuegler, Bob Chechoski representative from Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Vietnam Vets and Rotary Club Administrator MaryEllen Hadelman

 

On 10/31/2012 the Watertown Rotary invited Watertown Police Chief and the Deputy Chief to speak at their meeting held at the Grand Oak Villa. The Police Chief spoke about the history of the Towns Police Department and the applications of the latest technology available to them.

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Pictured in photo form left to right: Club President Kurt Kuegler, Watertown Chief of Police John Gavallas and Watertown Police Deputy Robert Desena

 

Watertown Rotary had a guest speaker at their weekly meeting held at the Grand Oak Villa October 24th:
Alexis Sturdy from “Wesleyan Center for Prison Education

She explained  how education program implemented and administered by Wesleyan is redirecting the paths of CT inmates

PrisonLeft to right: Rotarian’s Membership Chairperson Mary Ellen Hadelman, Guest speaker Alexis Sturdy from Wesleyan Center for Prison Education,

 Rotarian Cheryl Gustafson & Rotarian’s Service Project chairperson Matt Frigon

 

 

Honey Bee

Watertown Rotary Meeting held 10/17/12 at the Grand Oak Villa.

Guest speaker local business owner Cathy Wolko from the Humble Bee Honey Co located in Watertown and member of the Bee Keeper Association of Watertown talked at the meeting to educate us on our local bee keepers and emphasized the environmental importance of bees. Pictured from left to right: Cathy Wolko and Watertown Rotary’s president Kurt Kuegler

Watertown Rotary Meeting held 10/17/12 at the Grand Oak Villa presenting the 2 students of the month both from Watertown High school –

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President Kurt Kuegler, Watertown High school Junior Drake Allegrini, Watertown High School Senior Madison Musco and Rotarian Vin Giannetto

Oct 2012 Students month

The Watertown Rotary Club presented Paul Harris Awards to 4 of their members at their October 3rd 2012 meeting held at the Grand Oak Villa. 

Pictured from left to right - Sue Santopietro, Bill Dunbar, Gary O’Brien and Bill Lang

Paul Haris Awards


Rotary Club meeting held September 12, 2012 at Grand Oak Villa.

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Pictured from left to right is: Watertown’s President Kurt Kuegler, Dick Dill & John Ciccio both Representatives from Kids Against Hunger. Dick Dill shared his experiences with the organization fighting world hunger.

Watertown Rotary Club meeting August 29th 2012 at Grand Oak Villa:Pictured from left is Rotary’s District Assistant Governor, Roberta Lee August presenting Watertown Rotary Club’s past President Brian Godin with the prestigious Woodruff Key Award for his outstanding work and efforts with Rotary.

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Members from the Watertown Oakville community lended their support to aid one of our youth from town who is required to be on a respirator 24/7. T.J. MacLean from Oakville needs to be on a respirator but was in constant fear of power outages to keep his machine running. So through the combined efforts of Fire Chief Larry Black and fellow firemen, and with the help of the Watertown Rotary and the Watertown Lions Club, a generator was presented to T.J. and his family,Image which would keep their home equipped with power during outages. The generator has an automatic start if power should ever be disrupted. Among representatives of the donors were Rotary president Kurt Kueglar (left), Fire Chief Larry Black, Lion Ray Ceniccola and Lion President Rev. Dr. Andy Zeman. Not shown in photo were the two past presidents who under their term and guidance for this project came to light; they are Past Lion President Cheryl Woodruff and Past Rotary President Dr. John McHugh.

Watertown High School student Steven Donston and advisor Gary Santoro from the Watertown Robotics Team gave a presentation on their experiences of competition with the team to the Watertown Rotary members at their July 25th meeting.  The Rotary Club is one of the Team’s sponsors.

Pictured from left Gary Santoro, Steven Donston and Rotary President Kurt Kuegler

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Incoming President Kurt Kuegler (left) and outgoing President Brian Godin. (right)


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Gary O'Brien receiving the annual Susan Atkins Special Recognition Award from outgoing president Brian Godin.

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June 20, 2012.  Town Manager Charles A. Frigon is grateful to the Watertown Rotary Club for what he hopes is the first of many donations of a display case for the new Town Hall in the old Heminway Park School. The case, which features wooden cabinets on the bottom and glass doors with shelves on top, will display information, awards, photographs and memĀ­orabilia from the Rotary Club.

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From left, Terry Bushka, of Bushka Lumber and Millwork, incoming Rotary President Kurt Kuegler, outgoing Rotary President Brian Godin, and Town Manager Charles A. Frigon pose in front of a display case the Rotary Club donated in the new town office building in Watertown at the former Heminway Park School.

The Watertown Rotary Club presented scholarship and vocational awards at their June 6th meeting at Grand Oak Villa. Attached are photos of the scholarship winners, who will be pursuing their college careers in the fall, and the technology award winners, who will be pursuing careers in technical schools.

Pictured  are the vocational award recipients, Paul Bettencourt, Jr., Rotary President Brian Godin, and Justin Josephson.

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Pictured are scholarship award recipients Sage Davino, Cassidy Heverling, Emily Lawson, Kelly Lewis, Alyssa Mucciaro, and Michael Palmeri. A seventh award recipient, Jamey Magas, was unable to attend the luncheon. His father, Mike, accepted his award.

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Katherine Dinsmore, Coordinator at the Falls Ave Senior Center, gave a presentation to the Watertown Rotary Club at their March 30th meeting at The Grand Oak Villa. The club is planning a spruce-up on the lower level of the facility on June 28th. Rotarians are expected to arrive with paint brushes in hand!

 

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New Britain Rock Cats President and General Manager, John Willi with Watertown Rotary Club President, Brian Godin. Mr Willi gave a presentation to the club at their May 23rd meeting at The Grand Oak Villa. The Rotary Club is planning an outing at the stadium this summer.

 

 

 

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At the May 16th meeting, the club presented over 200 dictionaries to be given to all 3rd grade students.

 

 

 

L-R Polk School Principal, Jean Andrews, and Superintendant of Schools, Dr Gail Gilmore were on hand to accept the dictionaries purchased by the Rotary Club.

 

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The Watertown Rotary honored STUDENTS of the MONTH at the Grand Oak Villa.

 

The Watertown Rotary Club recognized WHS Students of the Month for April and May at their May 16th meeting at the Grand Oak Villa. Attached is a photo of the students receiving their award from VP Kurt Kuegler. L –R April Senior, Samantha Picard; May Junior, Joseph Amadeo; April Junior, Brittany Parkhouse; May Senior, Sara Barnick; and Rotary Vice President, Kurt Kuegler.

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The Watertown Rotary Club presented community gift checks at their meeting on May 9th at the Grand Oak Villa.

Pictured L – R are Lisa Carew (Learn to Swim and Dare), Brian Godin, Rotary President, Joan Rintelman (Watertown Library), Linda Merriman (Friends of the Watertown Library), and Carolee Kalita (Easter Seals). Each was presented with a check by President Brian to help fund their programs.

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Watertown Rotary Club provided the town owned golf course with new green flag markers. We are proud to display the the rotary wheel on all 18 holes.

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The Watertown Rotary honored Andy Gionta with the 18th presentation of the Alexander L. Alves Award on May 2nd at the Grand Oak Villa.

The award is named after Alexander Alves, who was a major figure in Watertown government, an active officer and director of the Watertown-Oakville Chamber of commerce, a successful business owner, and a long-time member of the Watertown Rotary Club. In 1988 he was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding service

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Richard and Elin Lawrence presented a program to the Watertown Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 25th at the Grand Oak Villa.

Attached is a photo of Richard Lawrence, from the Manchester, CT rotary Club giving an update on the El Pericon Guatemala Project, a clean water project started by the Manchester Club. El Pericon is located in the northern highlands of Guatemala. The village has a population of 450 inhabitants (75 families). Currently the community suffers from a lack of water in their homes. The women and children must walk 45 minutes each way to gather water from small springs; in the dry season they must go further to distant springs. The Watertown Club is helping with the funding that will provide running water and a 3-compartment sink, construction of gray water filters, improved vented pit latrines and raised vented stoves for each family.
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Three new members were inducted into the Watertown Rotary Club at their April 4th meeting at Grand Oak Villa.

 

Pictured L to R are Rotary District 7890 Governor, Sue Klock; new members Donna Della Camera, Charles Ryan, and Gary Margelot, and new member sponsor, Ray Kalita.

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