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Guests Speakers:  Erin Kennedy from the Plymouth Food bank, Rick Wood and John Stamos from the Bethlehem food bank, and Christina Neri from the Thomaston Community Pantry speak at the February 21st meeting of the Rotary Club of Litchfield-Morris to tell us about what they do and how our donations have benefited their respective operations.
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Litchfield-Morris Rotary Speaker announcement:  Oct. 4, Joan Lownds: New Kennedy Book "Dogs of Camelot" Reveals Never Before Published Photos and Stories will be speaking at our meeting.  The meeting starts at 12:00 in the Senior Lounge located in the Peirce Dining Hall at The Forman School!  Join us for lunch and this exciting speaker:
 
  Before that tragic day on November 22, 1963, the Kennedy years were filled with hope and promise. As the White House gardener put it, they were also filled with children and dogs. The Dogs of Camelot illuminates the inside story of the Kennedys’ lifelong love of dogs and the unparalleled canine corps they brought to the White House, with as many as nine dogs before JFK was killed. The American public only saw glimpses of the many Kennedy pets because of the zealous way Jackie Kennedy guarded her family’s privacy. Through cooperation with the Kennedy Library, we have obtained access to rare and previously unpublished photos and stories that present a fascinating new angle about the Kennedys that is deeply revealing about their character and compassion. 
 
Because the Kennedy pets were so intertwined with their lives, they were inextricably linked to the history of the Kennedy presidency. For example, JFK called for Charlie, his beloved Welsh terrier, before making a decision on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also, Jacqueline Kennedy so thoroughly charmed Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev at the height of the Cold War, that he sent the Kennedys a puppy named Pushinka, who was the daughter of Strelka, the Soviet space dog. (one of the first creatures sent into space) This was an act of true diplomacy at a time of extreme tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Pushinka and Charlie had a bit of a Cold War romance and produced a litter of puppies, who also lived at the White House. These are just two examples of the many fascinating stories in the book. Our foreword was written by Clint Hill, the Kennedys' Secret Service agent. 
 
I wrote this book with Dr. Margaret Reed, a nationally acclaimed animal training professional.  I have attached the book jacket, and will also send you an email with some of our stunning rare and previously unpublished photos. 
 
 We have been getting a lot of publicity for the book, including local Connecticut TV appearances on the ABC affiliate's "Good Morning Connecticut," and an appearance on the CBS affiliate's "Better Connecticut." Fortunately, we also received a favorable review from Publisher's Weekly. (link below) Parade.com also featured a story about the book. We are doing major upcoming events at the JFK Hyannis Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. 
 
Joan Keyes Lownds
 
 
 
 
 
Early Praise….
“You don't need to be a dog lover or a history aficionado to enjoy The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines. But be warned.  Reading this charming, well-researched, and fascinating book by Dr. Margaret Reed and Joan Lownds might transform you into both.” – Mary Sharnick, author of Orla’s Canvas

“An interesting treasury of anecdotal stories that will captivate the reader.” – Nancy Tuckerman, former Kennedy White House social secretary

“The Dogs of Camelot is a miraculous book, providing an unlikely yet endearing portrait of an almost mythic family whose humanity might be best shown through their profound connections with their beloved animals.” – Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine

“The authors' appreciation for the boundless enthusiasm and unselfish love that dogs ---no matter their personality or pedigree ---can provide to a family --- no matter its station in life ---is captured in this historic compilation of tender stories of the several animals that befriended John Kennedy and his family during his presidency and of the deep affection the pets were given in return” – Senator Paul G. Kirk, (MA – Ret.)

About the Authors:
Dr. Margaret Reed, a nationally acclaimed animal training professional, met President Kennedy and his dogs when she was a little girl on vacation in Hyannis Port. After her moving and unforgettable encounter with them, Dr. Reed found her calling. She also sits on the board of the Kennedy Library.

Joan Lownds is the author of Man Overboard: Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder. She has been an award-winning writer and reporter for several Connecticut newspapers and magazines, including The Waterbury Republican-AmericanThe New Haven Advocate, The Wilton Bulletin, Wilton Magazine and Fairfield Magazine.
 
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Top Investigators at Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods To Present on Louis the Coin Case at Rotary
 
STATEMENT
 
Louis "The Coin" Colavecchio, who agreed to speak to the Litchfield-Morris Rotary earlier this year, has cancelled his appearance scheduled March 15 at Forman School. Colavecchio requested a substantial fee for his appearance last week, however, the volunteer service organization does not pay for speaker appearances. Colavecchio, 76, also noted he is in poor health.
 
Presenting in place of Colavecchio are retired State Police Det. Sgt. Jerry Longo, now senior investigator at Mohegan Sun; and Jeff DeClerck, senior investigator at Foxwoods. Longo, who arrested Colavecchio for making counterfeit slot machine tokens, wrote an introduction for Louis The Coin's memoir, "You Thought It Was More." Longo and DeClerck were among many investigators and law enforcement agencies who worked on the case, including the U.S. Secret Service.
 
- Andy Thibault, Speaker Committee Chair, Litchfield-Morris Rotary.
 
ABOUT JERRY LONGO & JEFF DeCLERCK
 
Retired Detective Sergeant Jerry Longo oversees the Connecticut State Police Museum and Educational Center as chairman. He is the president of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association, a director of the Connecticut State Police Academy Educational Foundation, and is the intelligence officer for an international group. Sergeant Longo teaches history at the Connecticut State Police Academy. He is currently a senior investigator with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Commission at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
 
Jeff  DeClerck, senior investigator, Gaming Commission, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is a member of the New London County Detective’s Association, the Rhode Island Detective’s Association, Connecticut Gang Investigator’s Association -- having served on the Board of Directors for 3 years -- and is a board member for the International Organization of Asian Crime Investigators and Specialists, the host of the annual International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism.  Through these memberships, Jeff has established an extensive intelligence network that includes casino industry investigators, as well as law enforcement personnel at the local, state federal and international level to aid in the identification and investigation of activity occurring at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Jeff is the recipient of the 2002 United States Attorney’s Award for his role in the investigation of a multi-state counterfeit check cashing scheme which was a joint effort with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Hartford CT Police Department, Fairfield CT Police Department and the New Jersey State Police Division of Gaming Enforcement.
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2002 Connecticut Law Tribune Column on Louis The Coin
The Other Side Of The Coin
March 11, 2002
         
    Louis Colavecchio is not your average jeweler.
    
The North Providence, R.I. entrepreneur brought his talents to Connecticut several years ago. He had already hit Las Vegas. The casinos will never be the same.
 
   Colavecchio can duplicate or create almost anything made out of precious metals or stones. All he needs is a sample.
 
   Foxwoods had been booming for about five years when Colavecchio set his sights on Connecticut; Mohegan Sun had just opened.
 
   Colavecchio never talked about his friends -- at least to police. But one of the important numbers in his personal phone directory was for Louis “Baby Shanks” Manocchio, the reputed Mafia boss of Rhode Island. Manocchio lives in Providence’s Federal Hill Neighborhood, where he once operated the Café Verdi restaurant. He was convicted of a mob hit in 1968, but that was overturned by the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Manocchio's only other brush with the law came three years ago when he gave his mother a dishwasher and a refrigerator stolen from Connecticut.
 
   Before Colavecchio could move on the casinos, he needed to do some homework. He also needed some serious equipment. Colavecchio's expert analysis revealed he needed the following: precious metals including copper, zinc and nickel; a 150-ton press from Italy; and laser-cutting tools to cut, shape and create dies to stamp out the coins. The coins were tokens, to be used in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Connecticut.
 
   When state police brought a sample of Colevecchio’s product to Foxwoods, the experts did not believe it was counterfeit. Some called it a masterpiece. State police advised the casino to keep track of inventory; the token counts were bound to be off because of the surplus. Meanwhile, the inventories at Atlantic City casinos were multiplying like rabbits.
 
   “We know that he hit Vegas hard,” an investigator told me. “But since many of the directors of security there were former FBI agents, they denied it. The problem did not exist. It never happened.”
 
   Evidence mounted. A surveillance team comprised of detectives from Las Vegas, New Jersey and Connecticut waited for Colavecchio to hit New Jersey or Connecticut again. He chose New Jersey. This time he used only $100 tokens. It was easy. There were fewer machines to watch.
 
   Colavecchio was arrested in Atlantic City in late December 1996. The pinch did not make the papers for about a week. In his car, Colavecchio had 750 pounds of counterfeit tokens, a fake police ID, a handgun, maps of casinos and various casino documents.
 
   The FBI, Secret Service, three state police agencies and Providence police took inventory at Colavecchio’s Providence operation. The government had to rent two storage facilities to store all the loot that was seized.
 
   Everyone took their turn arresting Colavecchio. He hired a former Rhode Island attorney general as his lawyer.
 
   Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun acknowledged finding a total of at least $50,000 in fake tokens. Investigators borrowed microscopes from local high schools to inspect mounds of tokens. It took them weeks just to determine that Colavecchio hit one Mohegan Sun jackpot for $2,000.
 
    Colavecchio ended up in a conference room and getting VIP treatment at Mohegan Sun. His lawyer had worked out a deal. Colavecchio showed law enforcement how he did the job, and promised to help the casino tribes and the state ward off any future raids. They say he was a hero in Providence as well. Colavecchio served a short sentence and did not “rat out” any of his friends.
 
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CONTACT:                 CHUCK CONN, COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR
                                    LITCHFIELD-MORRIS ROTARY CLUB
                                    “cbcthree@aol.com
                                    860.806.1550
EVENT DATE:            March 15, 2018
 
 
Start 2018 with a bang by sharing lunch with Litchfield-Morris Rotarians and hearing a most unique and exciting guest speaker – Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio, without question the world’s greatest counterfeiter.
 
The event is being held at the Forman School dining facility, 12 Norfolk Rd., Litchfield on Thursday, March 15 from 12N – 1:30 pm.  There is no charge, but reservations are requested since space is limited.
 
To make a reservation, for directions and additional information, please contact Andy Thibault (860.690.0211 / tntcomm82@cs.com or Chuck Conn (860.806.1550 / cbcthree@aol.com).
 
“I’m always happy to visit Connecticut to see old friends and make new ones,” Colavecchio said.  “I also appreciate the work of Rotary Club members who serve others all year round.  I’m just an average, hard-working guy with tenacity.  Unlike many people, if I have a goal I never quit.  Of course it helps if your goal is legal.”
 
Colavecchio will be introduced by retired Connecticut State Police Detective Sergeant Jerry Longo, who arrested him.  “Louis came up with a brilliant plan.  We (the cops) did, too.  I do not condone his criminal behavior, but I understand it.  He was very creative, an artist.  I assisted in some small way with him going to jail, and he served his time.  After spending time together after the case closed, we have developed a friendship.  That’s okay with me.  I am no longer a trooper, having retired in 2003.  He’s retired, too, right?”
 
Longo is now a senior investigator for a major casino.  Longo wrote the introduction for Colavecchio’s book, “You Thought It Was More”, a profane and raucously funny memoir.
 
Louis The Coin’s enterprise has been described by the U.S. Secret Service as the largest coin counterfeiting case in the department’s history.  Colavecchio, who created mass quantities of undetectable slot machine tokens, writes with commanding vigor about his wild adventures throughout the U.S. and Europe.  His talents as a jeweler, manufacturer and man of romance are part of the historical record.  It might be an understatement to say Colavecchio changed the face of casino gambling forever.  Casinos, for example, no longer use slot machine tokens.
 
Ride with Louis The Coin at 160 mph in his Lamborghini making score after score.  From Providence to Atlantic City and Vegas to Rome, Milan, Florence and Geneva, he’s the genuine article.
 
“What?  You thought it was more?”  This saying was code for being affiliated with the Providence Office, a moniker for the operations of mob boss Raymond Patriarca.  Fear not, Colavecchio was a lover, not a fighter  --  and not a made man.  Rather, he was known as talent in crime circles and as a hero in Providence because The Coin did not rat out any of his friends.
 
Louis The Coin began a life of entrepreneurial adventure as a youngster.  Along the way he got to know many characters on all sides of the law, throughout the United States and Europe.  His father had arrived in Providence from Italy in 1903, and as an established businessman Benedict Colavecchio and his wife, Theorora, encouraged young Louis to gain an education.  While working fulltime, he earned a degree in business administration from Providence College.
 
Colavecchio was such a great counterfeiter that after he spent more than two years in federal prison for his handiwork, he was paid $18,000 by the Treasury Department to explain why his manufacturing dies outlast those at the U.S. Mint.
 
Colavecchio’s counterfeiting prowess has been featured on The History Channel and the BBC (British Broadcasting Company).  Who knew metallurgy could be riveting?  Novelist Pam Lewis asked that question in a book jacket quote.  Join the Rotary Club for lunch on January 4 and find out.
 
 
 
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WORDS TO PONDER

 

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,

for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault~

 

Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain~  

 

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

~Henry James~  

 

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you,

not because they are nice but because you are.

 

Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

  
                                       A good character is the best tombstone.

Those who loved you will remember.

Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

 

 

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.

It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

 

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy,

even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

 

                              Love your enemies - it will confuse them greatly. 

Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how.

~Henry James~

 

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

~Winston Churchill

 

 

 

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Update:  A big THANK YOU to Bob Kluge and Chuck Conn who spearheaded our Patriotism Project!!  Due to everyone's hard work, we were able to present the Litchfield Ambulance Association and the Morris Volunteer Fire Department with checks for $1,000 each to use towards much needed equipment!!!!
 
Great job everyone!
 
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