Rotary Club of Suffield

Speakers
Brian Hendrickson, Asst Superintendent
Sep 26, 2017
Suffield Schools Curriculum & Activities
District 7890 Governor Dave Mangs, PhD
Oct 03, 2017
Plans for District and RI for coming year
Rotary Lobster Fest
Oct 10, 2017
At Fox Hollow Gun Club
 
Rotary Club of Suffield, PO Box 283, Suffield CT 06078 
 
 
 
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Suffield

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Suffield Country Club
341 N. Main Street
Suffield, CT  06078
United States
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SUFFIELD ROTARY PRESIDENT

Dick Kisiel
Term 2017-2018

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Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and led the club in “God Bless America”.  
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Ralph Fletcher, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jonathan Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner,  Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 59%   20/34
Guests:   Heather Lee; Marsha Pratt; Karen Berasi – perspective member.
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to our guests: Luis Lee’s wife, Heather; Marsha attending in anticipation of Roger’s induction and Karen Berasi, a perspective member.  Dick announced the SOTG BBQ has netted $5400 to date with additional funds yet to be collected.  He thanked Ken Pascoe for heading up this effort and all others who participated; a total of 84% of our membership and many spouses and children and Interact students joined together over the weekend.  Congratulations to the club for their excellent sense of comradeship, community and purpose. 
 
Meeting Location:  The Board approved the motion to meet at two locations during the Rotary year.  The dates below indicate the locations of the October meetings.
October 3            the last 2017 meeting at Suffield Country Club, 
October 10          Lobster Fest celebration at Fox Hollow Gun Club,  (details forthcoming)
October 17          the initial 2017 meeting at Season’s dining hall at Suffield By The River.
 
Hurricane Efforts:  Locally the Suffield Rotary will partner with the Interact Club to support any efforts they may have in progress for this need.  Internationally/Nationally the recommendation is to donate to the specific Rotary International funds noted in the information distributed by our district leaders.  To date there has been no specific effort to support; Dick will relay any information as it becomes available.
 
Giving Committee:  The Board approved the guidelines submitted by the committee, which sets their review of proposed projects at a $2,500 threshold.  Any request below the $2,500 threshold will be submitted to the Board for consideration.  Any request for financial support already identified in our club budget will be paid automatically since the amount has already been approved in the approved budget.
 
Program:  Luis Lee led the induction of our newest member, Roger Platt. Roger introduced his wife, Marsha and proceeded with a brief bio of his whereabouts since his birth in Dublin.  We welcome Roger to the club!
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Gail Handley’s birthday was celebrated with the traditional signing of Happy Birthday while Tom Sullivan received the special Rotary version!
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Jay Presser had the winning blue ticket, with a sides won by Jon Kozlowski and Roger Pratt.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gail Handley had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $549+.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
 
Program scheduled for our next meeting – Sep 19:  Athletic Director Mike Bosworth re: scoreboards.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Scott Seabury led the club in “God Bless America”.  
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jonathan Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen  Mason, Don Miner,  Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 59%   20/34  
 
Guests:   Larry Depo – perspective member, guest of Ken Pascoe and our speaker Mike Bosworth.
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to our guests: our speaker Mike Bosworth and Larry Depo a guest of Ken Pascoe and a perspective member.  Dick announced the October 10 meeting would be our Lobster Fest and an attendance signup for this event was passed.  Ken provided a wrap up of the SOTG BBQ, thanks all who assisted and is targeting next week for the take down of the remaining buildings on the Green.
 
Salt & Sand for Seniors project:  Ken noted the distribution date for these buckets of salt & sand would be Dec 2.  More information on this project will be shared closed to that date.
 
Rotary Student of the Month:  The September student will be presented sometime in October.
 
Luis Lee:  Dick noted that Luis has just had knee replacement surgery at Baystate Medical Center.  We all wish Luis a speedy recovery!
 
Mike Bosworth’s presentation:  As high school athletic director, Mike identifies the need for replacement equipment and seeks funding for the identified items.  He noted there are new tennis courts and basketball courts now available which receive quite a lot of use.  His presentation focused upon a funding request for two High School scoreboards, with the intent of replacing the broken the Middle School scoreboard with the existing High School unit.  In addition to the score, the new High School scoreboards would display the team name (Home of the Wildcats) and additional data, such as player number and statistics. The cost for the two scoreboards is $17,500; fundraisers and donations to date have raised $12,660, leaving a total of about $5000 needed.  Mike is asking the Rotary to provide that total.  (The cost of mounting the old High School scoreboard in the Middle School has yet to be determined). The order would take about four weeks to process and the target date for their installation would be end of November, just prior to basketball start.
 
The request is above the $2,500 threshold and will be submitted to the Giving Committee for consideration.  
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  No birthdays this week.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Guest Larry Dapo had the winning blue ticket, with a sides won by Jon Kozlowski and Bob Lowell.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Bob Lowell had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $570+.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and Scott led a closing song.
Program scheduled for our next meeting – Sep 26:  Brian Hendrickson, Asst. Superintendent  Re: Suffield Schools Curriculum & Activities
Opening and Welcome:  Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Luis Lee provided the invocation and led the club in “God Bless America”.
 
 
Members Present: Jed Dery, Gregory DeSantis, Heidi Partain Huhn, Jonathan Kozloski, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Jack Muska,  Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 47%   (16/34)
 
 
Guests:  Heather Lee (wife of Luis); George Gregson (Speaker); Paul Terrio(Speaker)
 
 
Announcements/Program:  Vice President Charles Roumas announced Roger Pratt was now a member and his formal induction will be at next week’s meeting
 
Charles also mentioned that Dick Kisiel had sent out an email inviting members to a picture taking of the Little League batting cages on this coming Thursday. Lets have a good showing.
 
 
Suffield On The Green (SOTG):  Ken Pascoe announced the final planning is in process and we need a good member showing for the event. Some of Ken’s needs are:
 
1. More volunteers. Ken will email the sign up sheet on Wednesday and possibly Thursday.
2. All members to sell more tickets.
3. All members needed to make/stock the chicken boxes at 7AM on Sunday September 10th.
4. Cooking the chickens will start at 4AM on Sunday. If you would like to help, it would be greatly appreciated.
5. The tents and pits will be set up with Jon Kozloski and others tonight.
 
A special thanks to Ken for coordinating this very important event!!!!!!
 
 
Program:  Charles Roumas introduced our speakers for the evening, George Gregson and Paul Terrio who came up from Stonington, CT. Their presentation was very informative about “Home Energy Audits”.
Some of the key points were:
 
1. Both presenters are “Green Enthusiasts” which translates into lowering energy costs.
2. Forty percent (40%) of energy costs are for heating and cooling homes and businesses.
3. There are 108 million under insulated homes in America.
4. Energy losses occur through conduction, convection, and radiation
5. Therefore, home energy inspections make sense.
6. They estimate the average home has 50-70% lost energy.
7. The remainder of the presentation went through the audit process explaining many areas of potential losses. They also pointed out that energy efficient windows is a big saver.
 
Finally they offered free home energy audits to all members. It would take about 90 minutes. If interested, contact Charles.
 
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Celebrated Jay Presser’s with an outstanding “Happy Birthday” rendition led by Heidi. Unfortunately, our other birthday baby, Tom Sullivan was unavailable. Jay and his wife Joanne also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Congrats!!!!
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Don Rawling had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jed Dery and Roger Pratt.
 
 
Queen of Hearts:  Heidi Partain Huhn had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $529+.
 
 
Adjournment: Charles Roumas adjourned the meeting.  NEXT WEEK: Formal Induction Ceremony of Roger Pratt as new member!
 
Respectively submitted,
Greg DeSantis
Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Scott Seabury provided the invocation and led the club in “God Bless America”.  Suffield Rotary paused for a moment of reflection in remembrance of Dustin and joined our hearts in profound sympathy for the Doyon family’s loss. 
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jonathan Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner,  Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Tom Sullivan. Attendance: 67%   22/33
 
Guests:  Patrick McMahon (former Suffield Economic Development Manager), Christina Fitch (sponsor Natalie Donais), and Roger Pratt (sponsor Luis Lee).
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to both Dr. Christina Fitch who is attending her second meeting and Roger Pratt who is officially our newest club member. Roger’s induction will be held September 12.
 
SOTG:  Ken Pascoe passed a sign-up for the Saturday (9/9) and Sunday (9/10) volunteering slots.  He detailed a list of pre-week activities and those present agreed to specific tasks; a follow up email will confirm details and note additional volunteer opportunities. 
 
All Members able are asked to assist with the following:
 
Sunday-Sep 10   
7 AM on the Green to fold the boxes and prefill with packaged items-coffee and Mrs. Murphy donuts will be available; 4 PM for cleanup (bring your truck if possible). 
 
Program:  Patrick McMahon detailed the upcoming Discover CT  Bicycle Tour Series, scheduled for Suffield October 22, 2017;  the Town of Suffield applied and was chosen as one of the three towns to host an event this year. Patrick, an avid cyclist, tells us that Suffield is absolutely beautiful when observed from a bicycle and the three planned routes for this tour will take riders past some of the splendid homes, farms and historic sites found in Suffield.
 
FOFAH will supply the venue, with three routes of varying lengths beginning and ending at Hilltop Farm.  The Suffield Cultural Council will organize and coordinate the event; anticipated activities such as a Bike Rodeo and Bike Safety course will be offered at Hilltop with opportunity for other town groups to participate at this location, i.e. operate a food booth or planned activities. The event is scheduled to run from 8 AM to 3 PM; anticipated is state-wide publicity with participation of 200-300 riders.
 
How can the Rotary help:
  • Publicize the Ride:  Promote the event to riders and walkers, post flyers and encourage participation.
  • Financial:  Suffield is required to raise $5000 for the sponsorship; a portion of these funds will be returned to the town to be applied to bike friendly projects.  Rotary might consider making a donation toward the event. (Donation flyer attached).
  • Volunteer:  Consider staffing the Hill Street rest area (handing out water, protein bars, providing information), operating a food or activity booth/tent at the Hilltop location or running the ‘Sag wagon’ along the 50 mile route to identify and assist riders with any difficulties.  (The planned rest areas along the route are Hatheway House, Babbs Beach and the historic Baptist Church on Hill St).
Dick Kisiel assured Patrick our Giving Committee and membership would consider the above and respond. 
Patrick also noted several other town events on the schedule:
Sep 6               Cultural Council meeting at the Senior Center;
Sep 22              "Play It Forward” March of Dimes golf tourney at SCC;
Sep 27               Suffield Economic Development Tour (reservation required);
Sep 30               PMC Bike Tourney Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Sacred Heart Church.
 
New Business:  Dick opened the discussion regarding the location of the Rotary meetings; should the Rotary meeting remain in one location or continue to split the year between SCC and Season’s.  Noted were the pros and cons of both locations, particularly acoustical difficulties, lack of accessibility during winter months and the initial intent of the club in choosing two location which was to ‘share the wealth’ by supporting more than one business.  Any further considerations/comments please forward to Dick; the Board will make the final determination at their September 12 meeting.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Greg Heineman has celebrated a birthday and Jay & Johanne Presser will celebrate an anniversary this week.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Natalie Donais had the winning blue ticket, with a side won by Jay Presser.
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $510+.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
 
Program scheduled for our next meeting – Sep 5:  Greg Gregson of Stonington CT providing useful tips on Home Energy Audits and final prep mode for the SOTG Chicken BBQ.
Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Scott Seabury provided the invocation and led the club in “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jonathan Kozloski, Louis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Catherine Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski. Attendance: 73%   24/33
 
Guests:  Sue Lydon-Past President of Suffield Boosters Club
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a reading of the thank you note sent by Giancarlo Isotti, a scholarship recipient, which exemplified the thought-provoking impact the Rotary hopes to have on those receiving a scholarship.
Dick asks for feedback on the location of our Rotary meetings.  At next week’s meeting a discussion and decision to either hold all our meetings at SCC or continue to meet half the year at SCC and the other half at Season’s will be determined.  Dick asks if you are unable to attend next week’s meeting, please send him your comments so that he can include them in the discussion. 
 
Natalie Donais has submitted the application and proposed Dr. Christina Fitch for membership.  Please notify a member of the Board if you have any concerns about this membership application.  Club members have seven days to consider and file any objections to Gayle Demko.
 
The Rotary Lobster fest Event is scheduled for October 10. After discussion the location is to continue at Fox Hollow Gun Club and the committee will be seeking volunteers to assist.  
 
SOTG:  Ken announced the grilling hut has been repainted and thanked Dale Baker, Clark Mason, Jed Dery and Joe Blake for their assistance.
 
Program:  Sue Lydon of the Suffield Boosters Club presented a history of the Rotary Hut’s use and status in the Suffield High sports community.   The following is an summary of this presentation.
 
Upon completion in 2011, there was no active program for the Hut’s use and it was underutilized.  Sue became proactive and pulled together members of the high school’s soccer, football and field hockey sports teams.  These groups have now established a working schedule for the Hut’s use and work collaboratively to ensure the Hut is available for each group’s needs.  The custodian is given a schedule of events and opens the hut for these dates; Mark Cervione opens the hut for soccer events.
 
Sue indicates the Hut has served the community, out of town attendees and the athletes well.  The out of town attendees count on having food available.  Having hot dogs, pretzels, a bag of chips, hot chocolate and water available at the event is vastly appreciated, as is the available bathroom facilities.  The athletes also use the Hut when injured or having difficulties.  The community and sports organizations share the prospect to fundraise and serve; Sue has ensured Suffield hosts a home game each year to realize the advantage of the fundraising opportunities. 
 
Concerning a kitchen facility addition:  Regulatory issues regarding food licensing would become more complicated if a kitchen were added to the facility.  Also the current size of the facility would need to be increased to accommodate an added kitchen.  Presently any hot food is microwaved prior to serving and this has been sufficient.
 
What improvements could be made to the Hut?  Sue indicates the preparation sink is very small and quite inefficient and the water quality in the Hut a concern.  Any water used during food preparation is brought in from the school building.  At Dick’s request, Sue will obtain and relay figures from Larry Plano regarding the price of installing an appropriate sink. 
 
Other concerns:  The soccer club is well staffed, but field hockey and football groups are having difficulty finding volunteers during events to operate the Hut.   
 
Sue concluded by noting those using the Hut have no problems or complaints; the Hut is well-respected with no break-ins to date and no difficulties to relay.  The custodian oversees the use of the Hut and there have been no issues with any relationships or usage.  She thanked the Rotary for their initiation and support of this facility.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  None celebrated.
Blue Ticket Winners:  Clark Mason had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Karen Mason and Gail Handley.
Queen of Hearts:  Luis Lee had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $487+.
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
Program scheduled for our next meeting - August 29:  Patrick McMahon will detail the upcoming Discover CT  Bicycle Tour Series, an October 2017 event hosted in three CT towns – Suffield, New Haven and Torrington.  
Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Scott Seabury provided the invocation and led the club in “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Louis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Catherine Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Tom Sullivan. Attendance: 58%   19/33
 
Guests:  Roger Pratt (sponsor Luis Lee)
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to Don Rawling who is joining the Board, replacing Ed Walsh who recently resigned from the club. 
 
Roger Pratt is now proposed for Rotary membership. Please notify a member of the Board if you have any concerns about his membership application.  Club members have seven days to consider and file any objections to Gayle Demko.
 
The donations at the National Night Out totaled $402; the Suffield Police Explorers and Suffield Volunteer Ambulance will each receive $201. 
 
Charles Roumas reports the Suffield Booster Club representative will present at our next meeting.  If any member has a presenter or topic of interest to the club, please let Charles know and he will schedule their presentation. 
 
The Golf Committee: 
The chairmen thanked all who assisted noting the Rotarian support was phenomenal and the event very successful.  Jack Muska announced an estimated profit of $19,000 projected. 
Volunteers:  Jay Presser thanked all who assisted, remarking all vacancies were filled and everyone said that they had a great time.
 
Chicken BBQ - Ken presented each member with a pack of ten tickets to sell prior to the event;  it is the presale which makes this event profitable. He will need five volunteers to assist with painting a hut and will work that project.
 
Program:  Ken Pascoe presented the 2017/2018 budget for approval.   It was noted that the monies utilized for scholarship funding are in a foreseeable spend down cycle and the club would require a plan for fundraising to maintain the same level of scholarship support.  The budget was passed as presented.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  None celebrated; but a belated happy birthday wish went out to Dick Kisiel.
Blue Ticket Winners:  Gail Handley had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Cat Morrow and Jay Presser.
Queen of Hearts:  Jed Dery had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $461+.
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test; Scott Seabury provided the invocation and led the club in “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel,  Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Catherine Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 58%   19/33
 
Guests: Joan Pace (wife of Paul Pace), Mary Ann Muska (wife of Jack Muska), Heather Lee (wife of Heather Lee), Roger Pratt (sponsor Luis Lee) and our Paul Harris winner, Ernie Petkovich, his wife Ann and 10 additional family members.
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to all visitors and expressed our pleasure in the anticipation of the second Paul Harris award presentation which would begin following the dinner.
The Golf Committee – the event scheduled for this Friday-Aug 11
- 26 teams registered to date.  Thanks to all who donated wine and have participated in the planning.
- Volunteers:  Jay Presser thanked all who responded to his email and noted he would email confirmations of the times and locations for the volunteers.
 
Chicken BBQ - Tickets will be available for presale for the Chicken BBQ scheduled for the Suffield on the Green Sunday, September 10.  Ken will need five volunteers to assist with painting a hut prior to that weekend; an email to enlist assistance will be forthcoming.
 
Paul Harris Award
Scott Seabury introduced our second 2017 Paul Harris award recipient, Ernie Petkovich.  Ernie and his family members participated in a lively discussion of Ernie’s community service and dating practices. 
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  A ‘Thank you’ from Gordon Stagg for anniversary flowers.
Blue Ticket Winners:  Clark Mason had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Gail Handley and Louis Lee.
Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $454+.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice president Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Luis Lee offered the invocation; the club sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Jonathon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 55%   18/33
Guests: Roger Pratt (Luis Lee’s guest).
 
Announcements/Program:  Charles reported the budget vote anticipated for this meeting will be postponed until the August 15 meeting to permit completion of all paperwork required for the vote.  Dick will continue to gather information about the batting cages which will be dedicated sometime in the Fall.
 
Next Tuesday, August 1, the ‘National Night Out’ event is scheduled at Spaulding School, beginning at 3 pm.  Ken Pascoe has 250 hamburgers and hot dogs and welcomes Rotary members to assist he and Paula with the food preparation during this event. 
 
27 members have joined a committee to date; Dick will be contacting those who have yet to sign up.  Charles will lead the Program Committee and encourages members to contact him with their program ideas.
 
Jack Muska provided an accounting of the investment report which demonstrates the total of current funds available, noting 25% investment in bonds and 75% in stocks.  This report will be made available on a quarterly basis. 
 
The Golf Committee noted the following: 
23 teams registered to date.
Tee Sponsors – 28 paid to date with inquiries out for follow up.  Your help in promoting this is appreciated! 
Auction & Raffle Items – The committee has secured a variety of prizes; Nancy Viggiano is collecting raffle prizes and all are encouraged to bring in a gift certificate or raffle item for the event. 
Wine collection – Natalie Donais is collecting at our meetings.  We have 15 bottles donated to date. 
Tournament Booklet printing deadline is August 1 – all teams and raffle items must be secured prior to that date.
We appreciate your support the day of the event!  A volunteer sheet will be emailed to the membership; our thanks to Natalie Donais who will chair this committee.
Next committee meeting – July 31 @ 5 pm at SCC.  The booklet information will be finalized at this meeting.
Planning for the Chicken BBQ scheduled for Suffield on the Green is underway.  Discussion regarding the pricing of the dinner followed with a resultant vote to raise the price from $11 to $12 per dinner.  Two points were highlighted:
  • consideration to an increase of the amount of food provided for $12, to ensure customers continue to perceive the dinner as a good value;
  • timeframe of the donation of the available dinners be changed to a later timeframe as ticket holders have arrived to claim food after it had all been donated.   
 
August 1 – no formal meeting, please support the National Night Out event - Spaulding School.
 
August 8 – special Paul Harris recognition of a second recipient; please plan to attend and make this a special night for the recipient.
Reminder:  Rotary Club Dues are payable by August 1; yearly dues are $150 - invoices were emailed.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Heidi Partain and Paul Pace celebrated an birthday this week.
Blue Ticket Winners:  Frank DiGennaro had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jed Dery and Joe Blake.
Queen of Hearts:  Jay Presser had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $434+.
Adjournment: Charles Roumas adjourned the meeting and led the closing song.
 
Club Meeting July 18, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and the invocation; the club sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel,  Jonathon Kozlowski, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 56%   19/34
Guests: Debby Miner (wife of Don Miner).
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with thanks to all who have reviewed and joined a committee as discussed last week.  The sign up was passed to permit those present the opportunity to join a committee.
 
Rotary Club Dues are payable by August 1; yearly dues are $150 and invoices will be emailed.
 
The Golf Committee noted the following: 
25 teams registered to date.
Tee Sponsors – 8 paid to date with inquiries out for follow up.  Your help in promoting this is appreciated!  The sponsor sheet is attached for your marketing efforts.
Auction & Raffle Items – The committee has secured a variety of prizes; Nancy Viggiano is collecting raffle prizes and all are encouraged to bring in a gift certificate or raffle item for the event. 
Wine collection – Natalie Donais is collecting at our meetings.  We have 10 bottles donated to date. 
Tournament Booklet printing deadline is August 1 – all teams and raffle items must be secured prior to that date.
Committee challenge to our membership: collect at least one raffle prize or tee sponsorship to ensure the event is a monetary success -  And we appreciate your support the day of the event!
 
Ken Pascoe will chair the ‘National Night Out’ event scheduled August 1 at Spaulding School. National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, and Rotary will again supply hamburgers and hot dogs for the occasion.  More information will be forthcoming – volunteers to cook and serve will be sought for the evening.
 
Planning for the Chicken BBQ scheduled for Suffield on the Green is underway.  Ken will need five volunteers to assist with painting a hut prior to that weekend.
 
Ken also provided two bottles of cabernet sauvignon for auction; one with a New York Yankees label and one with a Red Sox label.  After a raucous flurry of bidding, Paul Pace purchased both bottles for $85 and then donated them to the golf tournament.  These will be displayed in the silent auction where the bidding can continue!
 
Charles Roumas passed around a Charter Night Rotary booklet from the 1940s which Christine Ahrens had presented.  A motion was made and seconded that Charles now become the club archivist and Charles agreed to scan the booklet to the club website.
 
Dick then introduced the 2017-2018 proposed operating budget for discussion.  Ken Pascoe distributed the Suffield Rotary Foundation and Suffield Rotary Operating Budgets and thoroughly reviewed categories and line items therein.  Further discussion regarding the budgets will continue at next week’s meeting and a vote will be sought to approve the budgets at that time.  Dick will provide an accounting of the investment report which demonstrates the total of current funds available.  This report will be made available on a quarterly basis.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Last week Joe Blake celebrated a birthday and Joan & Paul Pace celebrated an anniversary.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Ken Pascoe had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dick Kisiel and Paul Pace.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Karen Mason had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $416+.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
2017 Suffield Rotary Golf Tourney Info
 
26th Annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament has been scheduled for  Friday August 11, 2017 at Oak Ridge Golf Course.  For over a quarter of a century, this has tournament has benefited Suffield’s student athletes and community.  Raising over $400,000 in the past 25 years, these proceeds have provided construction of the “Rotary Hut” at SHS, new Little League batting cages, Athletic Field Emergency Defibrillators; Baseball and Softball Dugouts at SHS; Babb’s Beach improvements; the PTO Playscape, a scoreboard for the SHS swim team, the Lacrosse Scoreboard, a track timing system at SHS and much more. 
 
Registration will start at 10:30am with a barbecue lunch at 11:00am. The Shotgun tournament begins promptly at noon. At the end of the “golf day” there will be an hour of open bar and a buffet dinner, followed by a brief ceremony and selection of raffle prizes.
The tournament honors Glenn T. Packard, the son of Warren and Flo Packard. Glenn grew up in Suffield where he was an outstanding three-sport (soccer, basketball, and baseball) athlete at Suffield High. He was an All-State player on the state championship soccer team in 1978. Moreover, by all accounts he was as great a person in high school as he was an athlete, displaying maturity and compassion for others well beyond that typically demonstrated at that age. After attending the University of Notre Dame, Glenn returned to his hometown and, with his wife Sandy, began to raise his new family, with daughters Marissa and Rachel and son Colin. True to his values, he was a volunteer coach for soccer and basketball and volunteered assisting inner-city children.
 
In 1992, at the age of 31, Glenn was tragically killed in a fluke motor vehicle accident on I-91. Within weeks, his long-time friends Mark and Karlene Sullivan decided that his life needed to be memorialized. They created a foundation in Glenn’s name and started a golf tournament to raise funds for it. The objective was, is, and has always been, “to enhance the quality of educational sports and recreational programs in the community” and “… to achieve these goals by employing the integrity, determination, enthusiasm and charitable spirit that Glenn demonstrated throughout his life.”
 
Please call or email Gayle Demko (860-668-5103 or gayledemko@gmail.com), Jed Dery (860-952-4057) or Jay Presser (860-668-5521 or jaypresser@cox.net) to request a registration form or become a sponsor.
 
 
Send completed registration form and checks to:       
        The Rotary Club of Suffield
          P.O. Box 283
         Suffield, CT 06078
 
 
 

TEAM REGISTRATION 

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Team Captain’s E-Mail Address: ___________________________________

 
 
 
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER REGISTRATION
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E Mail Address: ____________________________
 
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Club Meeting July 11, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and the club sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski,  Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Thomas Sullivan. Attendance: 68%   23/34
 
Guests: Christina Fritch (guest of Natalie Donais), and Jina Miner (sister of Don Miner).
 
Announcements/Program:  In lieu of a formal program, President Dick Kisiel discussed the Board’s new strategies for committee structure; this effort to revitalize members and renew the goal of “making a difference” and inspiring “service above self” which is key to a continued successful organization.  All members will be asked to join a committee; Dick will provide an email to the membership requesting each member review the responsibilities of each committee, select a first and second choice, and notify him of their interest.  He will contact those who do not respond to ensure all choose a committee of interest.
Discussion of the cost of the weekly meal fee and the club subsidies for the meals resulted in a vote to increase the dinner fee from $18 to $20 for members beginning next week.  The Budget presentation for the upcoming year will be provided at next week’s meeting.  Invoices for your annual membership fee of $150 will be sent out in the near future.
 
Dick also offered congratulations to club members for their generosity in supporting the Foundation as the club raised $2500 and met our club’s goal.
Dick will contact the Suffield Little League to learn of dedication plans for the Rotary funded batting cages which have completed construction.
Jack Muska thanked the club for Mary Anne’s Paul Harris Award presented at the dinner on June 27. Ken Pascoe noted a second recipient of this award will also be recognized at a future date; the recipient should remain a secret until the award is announced.
 
Gayle Demko and Jed Dery provided an update on the upcoming 26th annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday Aug 11 at the Oak Ridge Golf Club. The advance registration notes 20 teams in process of registration with at least 17 paying corporate sponsors so far, and more are welcome.  Natalie Donais will collect your wine donations or spirits as silent auction items; please bring your donations to the weekly meeting - the sooner the better.  Cat Morrow has provided tourney information to newspapers and social media advertising the event.  Raffle prizes are sought and a solicitation effort is underway.  Also note the golf tourney dinner is open for all to attend at a cost of $30 per person.
 
Greg Heineman announced that Saturday August 5 from 10a-2p at the West Suffield Congregational Church, the Rotary Club and BSA Troop 66 will be building medium sized doghouses for families unable to properly shelter their dogs. The project is 100% funded by Home Depot and Lowe’s for materials, and asked Rotary members to sign up to help with the build.
 
Ken Pascoe graciously agreed to chair the Suffield on the Green BBQ event. SOTG is scheduled for September 9 & 10.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  none.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with one side won by Don Miner.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $390+.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.
Club Meeting June 20, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”. Jackie had to leave for her brother’s high school graduation and Jay Presser conducted the rest of the meeting.
 
Members Present:  Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason,  Cat Morrow, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano. (24/35  69%)  
 
Guests: We had many guests this meeting. They were: Cecilia Huhn Partain, Linda Stevenson, Peter Osowiecki (Suffield Police Dept), Chris McKee (Suffield Police Dept) and Student of the Month past winners Caelie Flanagan, Madison D’Ostuni, Giancarlo Isotti and Caitlin Kirschbaum.
 
Announcements:  Jay asked the Students of the Month to briefly present what schools they will be attending and any new experiences. They all provided a short update.
 
Thank you cards were passed around from: Scholarship winners Azemina Kuljancic, Kelly Carucci, and Madison Fahle; Rotary Club of Somers for supporting the Dominican Clean Water Project; the Suffield High School Safe Party organization; Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools; and Chris and Denise Nikolis for supporting the 2017 Suffield PMC Kids Ride and also from Billy Starr, the Founder and executive Director of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. A fantastic response to our club’s generosity.
 
Next, Jed Dery and Gail Demko provided a Packard Golf Tournament update. They requested members start bringing bottles of wine and/or spirits for the raffle and also requested members to try to get 1 tee sponsor or more. Gayle passed out a handout on accessing the Suffield Rotary Facebook page and asked members to pass along to their colleagues. (Handout is attached).
 
Jay provided a dissertation on an article he read about how people obtained spirits during Prohibition with the churches and synagogues being heavily involved.
 
Program: Don Miner invited Officers Chris McKee and Peter Osowiecki to present the present state of crime in Suffield. They discussed the rash of car thefts and increased use of drugs in the community. In the past 3 months, 6 cars have been stolen (all recovered) and in the past year 860 overdose deaths have occurred in the State of CT. They provided a “Home Security” handout and “Personal Property Inventory” sheet to all attendees. Their presentation was enlightening and appreciated by the membership. Some helpful advice in addition to the handouts were:
 
1. Make sure your house deadbolts protrude into the casing more than 1/2 inch.
2. When out, make your house look like someone is home.
3. If you discover a break in, do not go in and call the police immediately.
4. Write down the serial numbers of electronic equipment (Form provided), take pictures of jewelry, etc, and keep receipts.
5. Video surveillance is a good thing to have and Heidi discussed some of her positive experiences with hers.
6. There are 3 characteristics of a thief: desire, ability and opportunity. Chris McKee discussed we cannot control the first 2 but we can take away the opportunities by following their suggestions.
7. Chris also recommended accessing the Suffield Police Facebook.
 
Thanks to Don, Chris and Peter for bringing our awareness up. Great job!!!
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  None 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Gail Handley had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Nancy Viggiano and Greg DeSantis.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Luis Lee had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $365+
 
Adjournment: Jay Presser adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led a reprise of “My Country Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
 
Minutes recorded by Greg DeSantis, Acting Secretary on June 20, 2017.
Club Meeting June 13, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocationand led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas and Thomas Sullivan (20/35….57.1%).
 
Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Amelia Picard, supported by her mother Dawn and sister Claire.  Also present were our three Suffield students chosen for the Rotary Youth Leadership event (RYLA): Millie Kochman-Sabbatino, Evan Mankowski, and Olivia Murphy.
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie reminded members of the upcoming Paul Harris Award Dinner on June 27 at the Suffield by the River locale. Tickets are $25 each, and a menu selection was passed around to members present. Please RSVP re members and their guests to Jackie in advance for proper kitchen prep and guest count.  This is a fun evening dedicated to honoring our service award winners within the club and the community. It is also the night the new slate of board members and officers is officially announced and presented for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, which commences July 1.
 
-Foundation Chair Jay Presser was offering a last call to members for donation to the annual Foundation Giving Campaign. He was very pleased to convey that Rotary International has been integral to the reduction of globally diagnosed new cases of polio in the late 1980’s of over 200,000 to just 35 cases this past year! Our goal of global eradication of this terrible disease is almost complete.
 
-Cat Morrow wanted to remind members that the Packard Golf Tourney on August 11is detailed on social media on Facebook. Those members on Facebook are implored to “Like” our club page and reply there via a click regarding one’s attendance or participation at the tournament.
 
 
Program: We had two important programs this evening:  
  1. President Jackie Guzie and RSOM Coordinator Natalie Donais were pleased to introduce and congratulate Amelia Picard as June 2017 Rotary Student of the Month!
Amelia began by thanking her very supportive family and our membership. While grateful, she referred to the award as bittersweet because it marked the end of a wonderful experience at SHS. Her passions included the art of debating, and also school government, where she learned the “art of compromise” as President. Amelia thrives on areas that take her out of her comfort zone; she managed the Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team and became a business owner related to her love of photography. Among her achievements was succeeding as President of National Honor Society, and ascending from that to become Vice President at the State level at a recent leadership conference.
 
The aspirations of this driven professional are lofty but very achievable. Amelia will be enrolled in a Biomedical Engineering program at UCONN where she can graduate with a Master’s Degree in just a five year period. She is also considering law school subsequently, specifically to study patent law. This will no doubt solidify her knowledge on how to patent any discoveries by her or colleagues during her biomedical training.
 
Questions from the audience revealed that her favorite SHS teacher was Mr. Kevin Courchesne, and her only constructive feedback for the school was to incorporate more school spirit into its curriculum and activities. Congratulations again Amelia!
 
  1. Three SHS Interact members were selected as our Rotary Club annual Youth Leadership representatives at the District Conference. RYLA awardees are Millie Kochman-Sabbatino, Evan Mankowski, and Olivia Murphy. These three talented sophomores took turns describing their Leadership Training day recently at Springfield College. They were asked to complete an adventure course containing exercises to test and develop situational leadership and adaptation skills. Each was part of a team of other students; often they were asked to work together with their respective teams to accomplish tasks without verbal communication. Establishing trust, challenging rules/assumptions, and thinking way outside the box were all part of the problem-solving skills learned.
 Lastly, Natalie Donais was very pleased to announce that Millie Kochman-Sabbatino had been selected at day’s end to represent our RYLA region at the National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next June!  Evan Mankowski has been selected as an alternate for this event. Our club members are delighted for the students’ successful experience and also look forward to their volunteering with us at our Packard Tourney this August.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Jackie Guzie had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Paul Paceand Cat Morrow.
 
Queen of Hearts: Dick Kisiel had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $341+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Jed Dery was serenaded with a rousing rendition of the “Happy Birthday Song” by all club members and guests.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting, deciding Jed’s birthday serenade was a fitting end to the meeting.
 
The next meeting is June 20, 2017.  It will be preceded by a Board Meeting, but no formal agenda for the regular meeting has yet been announced.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on June 13, 2017.
Club Meeting June 6, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome: President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Ralph Fletcher, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Paul Pace,  Jay Presser, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano. (20/35…57.1%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, there were several announcements:
 
- Jackie Guzie reconfirmed the board meeting is postponed until June 13 for those wishing a participation slot. She then conveyed important info on three members: 1) Gil Ahrens has fallen and injured his knee and is receiving therapy at the Suffield House for the next two weeks. Charles visited him today; his spirits are good and looks forward to his return. 2) Tami Zawistowski has been absorbed in CT state legislature budget deliberations, but wanted to express her appreciation to our membership for the wedding anniversary flowers she received. 3) Ed Walsh and his wife have experienced the sudden tragic loss of a family member; the club sends its condolences and looks forward to welcoming him back.
 
- Past President and Rotary Foundation Chair Jay Presser reminded members we are in the final week of our annual member solicitation for the Rotary International Foundation. He stated that he can be mailed checks by members unable to attend these meetings, as he recently received such donations from Gil Ahrens and Tami Zawistowski referenced above. He is pleased so far with this year's club response. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Ralph Fletcher had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dale Baker and Jackie Guzie.
 
Queen of Hearts: Natalie Donais had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $313+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None this week.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading the members in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Next Week: June 13th will be the Rotary Student of the Month recognition! The Paul Harris Award dinner is tentatively scheduled for June 27, 2017. Location TBD.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on June 6, 2017.
Club Meeting May 30, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome: President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Jack Muska, Paul Pace,  Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. (19/35…54.2%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, there were several announcements:
 
- Jackie Guzie announced the board meeting is postponed until June 13 for those wishing a participation slot.
 
- Past President and Rotary Foundation Chair Jay Presser reminded members we are in the second of three weeks of our annual member solicitation for the Rotary International Foundation.
 
-Membership Chairman Luis Lee stated he was pleased to see our new member induction on the website, and also strongly suggested that each new inductee get to speak and tell the group about themselves. It is also all our responsibility to find new potential members that meet the principles of Rotary’s Four Way Test.
 
-Co-Chairs Gayle Demko and Jed Dery of our annual Packard Golf Tourney Committee will hold their next meeting June 6th at 5 pm.  The tournament is August 11, 2017.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Jackie Guzie had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dale Baker and Frank DiGennaro.
 
Queen of Hearts: Jay Presser had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $293+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: There were a plethora of celebrations this week. Birthday wishes for members Scott Seabury and Jack Muska were presented in a syncopated sing around for double the fun. Wedding anniversaries were recognized for Tom and Jane Sullivan, and in absentia- Tami & Ed Zawistowski, Karen & Clark Mason, and Don Rawling & Carla Jacobs. Finally, Jackie Guzie recognized Ken Pascoe’s 24th year in Rotary. Great to have so many happy occasions.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading the members in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
Next Week: There is no formal program/speaker set as of yet for the regular Tuesday meeting on the 6th. June 13th will be the Rotary Student of the Month recognition.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on May 30, 2017.
Club Meeting May 23, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  On behalf of Jackie Guzie and Dick KisielSecretary Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Natalie Donais, Ralph Fletcher, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. (22/35…63%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, there were several announcements:
 
- Charles was pleased to welcome back Rotarian Ralph Fletcher, and, on a more somber note, ask everyone to keep the victims of last night’s Manchester bombings in their thoughts and prayers. He then had a few trivia questions for members on Rotary history (Paul Harris bio), and US Presidential history. The Presidential history was supplemental to school curriculum; it involved the most notable poker players, and most talented golfers.
 
-Dale Baker reminded members this upcoming Memorial Day weekend is not just a long weekend/day off. We honor all the men and women who died in service to our country. That reminder is, and should always be, of great importance to all of us.
 
- Past President and Rotary Foundation Chair Jay Presser spoke passionately about our annual member solicitation for the Rotary International Foundation. It is always listed in respected business publications and by watchdog groups as one of the Top Five charities with the most beneficial global impact. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI, often work jointly on global causes. (Secretary’s note: Bill Gates is actually keynote speaker at this year’s RI Convention).
 
Jay is accepting contributions over the next three weeks for deposit in our club account; he then sends a single cumulative check from the club to the Foundation with an itemized list of donors and amounts. Members can also go on the Foundation website and pledge donations via credit card, but please inform our Chair if using this method. Lastly, once RI receives our contributions, they are retained for three years of interest compounding to optimize value. Subsequently, 50% goes back to the District for project grant matching and 50% to international projects.
 
-Co-Chairs Gayle Demko and Jed Dery of our annual Packard Golf Tourney Committee kicked off their first meeting tonight with 11 participants. The tournament is August 11, 2017. Gayle is very pleased with initial progress. She reminded all club members to mark this critical date on their calendars; wine, alcohol, and other donated items that will generate proceeds to the event will be accepted commencing two weeks from the tourney.
 
-Ken Pascoe announced as follow up to his email that the annual Paul Harris Award Selection Committee will meet directly following this meeting. Committee members should preferably be past winners to facilitate discussion. Ideally the club looks to recognize one member of the club, and also a non-member resident or community business person worthy of the honor. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Greg DeSantis had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Charles Roumas and the club (last ticket on roll).
 
Queen of Hearts: Ray Perleoni had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $274+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Ken Pascoe thanked the club for the wedding anniversary flowers sent to him and Paula. Charles announced next Tuesday is Scott Seabury’s birthday, so he must be present for his special club song.
 
Adjournment: Charles Roumas adjourned the meeting at 655 pm with Scott Seabury leading the members in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Next Week: There is a Suffield Rotary Board Meeting Tuesday May 30 at 430 pm; members wishing a time slot should notify President Jackie Guzie. Also, there is no formal program/speaker set as of yet for the regular Tuesday meeting on the 30th. 
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on May 23, 2017.
Club Meeting May 16, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Karen Mason, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Jay Presser, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, and Gordon Stagg. (21/35….60%).
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie conveyed to members the start of the annual Rotary Foundation fund-raising, coordinated by Jay Presser. All checks must be made payable to the Rotary Foundation. Goals for amounts would be discussed in Dick Kisiel’s program.
 
-Jon Kozloski reported on his District 7890 conference attendance on May 10. He was quite satisfied with his new member orientation, and encouraged all members to visit other club’s weekly or monthly meetings to meet new Rotarians and get a cross-pollination of ideas.
 
- NEW MEMBER INDUCTION CEREMONY:
 
Jackie introduced Membership Chair Luis Lee to induct our newest member, Donald Rawling of Suffield. Don is a senior credit analyst at Farm Credit East in Enfield, and a native of Durham, CT with a strong educational and financial background.  Luis Lee spoke eloquently from his heart about Don’s character and also the importance the service of individuals such as Don can bring to our club and our community. Congratulations Don!
 
Program: 2017-2018 STRATEGIC PLANNING: Goal setting and member input:
 
President-Elect Richard Kisiel conducted this overarching presentation and discussion. He handed out to all members present an overview of our preliminary Membership Goal, Foundation Goal, and 13 other possible club goals for 2017-2018 fiscal year and beyond. This document had been sent by him electronically a week or so earlier to our entire membership, with the expectation members would be given a fair opportunity to provide their feedback.
 
Before describing the specifics, it should be noted that both Gordon Stagg and Paul Pace wanted to publicly acknowledge and applaud Dick Kisiel’s efforts to date in formalizing a club strategic plan and look forward to his leadership and implementation of it.
 
Membership goal: Achieve a net gain of 3 or more members in 12 months. Currently, the club has 35 active members. This goal was approved by the Board in advance of this meeting, and appeared reasonable to the members. Dick suggested that all new members inducted should be written about in the local newspapers.  He also suggested all members should be thinking about potential talent that can add to our ongoing service accomplishments. Robert Lowell mentioned that historically meeting attendance has averaged 50-60% on a weekly basis, and that continues to be true. Frank DiGennaro asked we identify members who do not attend regularly. (Secretary’s note:  Fortunately, all but two of our active members attend at least 1-2 meetings monthly; the alternating of that attendance leads to the 50-60% figure. The President or President-elect will speak with the non-attendees about their future commitment to Rotary.)
 
Foundation Goal: $2,000 annually, approved already by the Board.  Currently, we are only at $600 in 2016-2017, but Jay Presser as Past President and Foundation liaison is starting the serious solicitation now. In July, Jackie Guzie will be Past President and assume this key role. The number is very reasonable, and members will be educated on the value of this donation separate from our membership dues. Any amount given is and will always be appreciated; historically this has averaged $100 per person.
 
Other Possible Club Goals: 13 were presented as part of Dick’s plan. Instead of listing these below, it is best to summarize the consensus of member feedback, and also specific requests of Dick to our members:
 
-Gil Ahrens and others suggested the goal list be culled down to 6-7 major goals and bring others underneath as related subsets, thus narrowing the focus to an achievable result, or the ability to view club progress easily.
 
-Everyone agreed three formal club find-raisers should be identified in advance and planned for in the next fiscal year. To date, the club is planning the annual Packard Golf Tourney and the Suffield on the Green Chicken BBQ. This past year, the third fund raiser was the Zero Turn Lawn Mower Raffle, and in a prior year it was a Wine Tasting event honoring Elaine O’Brien’s memory. Identification of this year’s third event will be a top priority of the Board and members in July.
 
-Scott Seabury commented that a common theme across all goals is ensuring proper communication amongst all members is vital. This led to a discussion on what those channels should be. As incoming Secretary, Gayle Demko has asked Cat Morrow to upgrade the club website, Facebook Page and all social media. Cat has graciously accepted that role, and Don Rawling has agreed to assist Cat in any way. For some members, e-mail is still the primary communication tool, and our club officers must recognize that and ensure expeditious release of info.
 
-Dale Baker encouraged us to focus on solid advance planning of substantive programs at our weekly meetings. This involves clarity on whose responsibility it is to schedule the programs. The suggestion of a formal Program Chair was well received.
 
-Commencing in July, Dick will expand and clarify the formation of specific committee structures within the club. Currently, there is a Giving Committee, a Scholarship Selection Committee, and a Golf Tourney Committee. Other events have had ad hoc leaders, such as Karen Mason on the seniors’ Sand and Salt program, which have always been appreciated. As part of this structural clarity, Dick has asked Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe and Jon Kozloski to work together as a financial arm to prepare and present our new year’s budget, and educate members quarterly on our funds status and designation.
 
-Lastly, the club’s focus on service projects must be defined into local and international efforts. Suffield Rotary will support The Guatemalan Clean Water project and the Somers-led BioSand water filter projects internationally. Paul Pace suggested we look at socioeconomically needy persons and projects within Hartford County as well. Dick also mentioned Gayle Demko’s focus on grants and suggestions for Suffield projects that would bring the whole community together. Greg DeSantis felt our SHS group, Interact could also be incorporated better with our efforts.
 
The Board thanks the membership for such a valuable and engaging discussion.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Jay Presser had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Don Miner and Frank DiGennaro.
 
Queen of Hearts: Jed Dery had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $252+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: The club was pleased to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Robert Lowell and Linda Stevenson, and in absentia, Ken and Paula Pascoe’s on an anniversary getaway.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with the assistance of Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
The next meeting is May 23, 2017 with no formal program announced yet. June’s meetings will include a Rotary Student of the Month, the Paul Harris Award Dinner and induction of new officers on June 27, and tentatively a club financial presentation/ prelim budget –date TBD.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on May 16, 2017.
Club Meeting May 9, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Karen Mason,  Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (22/35….62.9%).
 
Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Rachel Roncaioli, and her parents Tony and Linh.  
 
Announcements:
 
-Jon Kozloski thanked the club on behalf of himself and wife Ashlyn for the wedding anniversary flowers delivered to his home.
 
- Nancy Viggiano thanked her fellow members of the Rotary scholarship selection committee for their participation. This included Cat Morrow, Natalie Donais, Jack Muska, and Joe Blake. There were ten total Rotarian Scholarship Recipients:
 
SCHOLARSHIP                               RECIPIENT
Thea Dutcher Coburn                      Kaylee Velasquez
Dr. Alfred Stafford                          Giancarlo Isotti
J. Henry Zavisza                             Azemina Kuljancic
Gerald Holder                                 Caelie Flanagan
Ralph “Nick” Mickelsen                    Caitlin Little
Cpl. Stephen R. Bixler                     John Butler
Lev Ahrens                                     Leah Aronson
Rotary Club                                    Madison Fahle
Rotary Club                                    Kelly Carucci
Elaine O’Brien                                 Marybeth Heys
 
Program: President Jackie Guzie and RSOM Coordinator Natalie Donais were pleased to introduce and congratulate Rachel Roncaioli as May 2017 Rotary Student of the Month. Rachel is also the SHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian!
 
Rachel began her remarks to the Club by thanking everyone for this award, and especially her parents for instilling in her an incredible work ethic. She led us through her many interests and aspirations, including her focus on the allied health field. She attributed this especially to her knowledge attained from her biology teacher, Mr. Mark Beigel, and her internship at UCONN’s Health Center, working alongside Dr. Mark Hansen and his team studying Osteosarcoma’s cells and gene expression.  
 
Among her many other achievements are fluency in Spanish, Interact participation (SHS Rotary org), Project Keep Me Safe, Wildcat Advisory Group, and leadership roles in the National Honor Society, Class Council, and Student Senate. When asked by our President-elect Dick Kisiel about suggestions on how to improve our local education, Rachel responded that she was a big supporter of SHS AP curriculum, and felt it needed more study time and attention to optimize it for the students; the program is a bit “rushed”. Her overall experience was wonderful and she and our club looked forward to a bright future for her and its impact on the community.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Tom Sullivan had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Natalie Donais and Clark Mason.
 
Queen of Hearts: Gail Handley had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $231+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Frank DiGennaro was serenaded with a rousing rendition of the “Happy Birthday Song” by all club members and guests.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with the assistance of Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
The next meeting is May 16, 2017 with a discussion led by our President-elect Richard Kisiel of our 2017/2018 goals with input solicited from all members.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on May 9, 2017.
Club Meeting May 2, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (17/35….48.6%).
 
Guests: Visiting Rotarians Greg Panjian and Rick Lawrence (speaker); Rick’s wife Elin Lawrence, and member Paul Pace’s son- PJ Pace. 
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie welcomed all members to the first meeting at our seasonal locale change, the Suffield Country Club.  She also welcomed all guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
- The next Rotary Board meeting will be held Tuesday May 9, 2017 at 430 pm.
 
Program: The Guatemalan Clean Water and Sanitation Project- RI Global Grant involving 35 Clubs in 6 Districts.
 
Speaker: Rick Lawrence, assisted by his wife Elin, provided an overview of this clean water project that has operated, through his coordination at the Manchester CT Rotary Club, since 2006.  The last three years specifically have involved RI Global Grants that greatly enhanced the scale and scope of the project to include many more villages, and the additional benefit of purchasing clean cooking stoves for individual homes. The villagers provide all the in-kind labor and services, once RI has provided all the materials.
 
 Our club has proudly supported this in the past, and Rick is seeking $55k total this year from about 35 Rotary Clubs. A Guatemalan local Rotary club, La Antigua, coordinates this effort with an NGO (non-government organization) named ALDEA, to ensure oversight of construction, implementation and financial efficiency.
 
 For reference, our club gave support recently to the Dominican Republic Water project whereby we purchased BioSand water filters for individual homes. In that case, the families transport polluted water to their homes and sanitize it through their filters. In the Guatemalan Project, clean water streams are located and the water is pumped up mountainsides to village storage tanks where residents can transport clean water to their homes. Both accomplish a major improvement in residents’ quality of life and life expectancy.
 
Jackie thanked Rick and Elin Lawrence for their continued commitment to this service project, and made members aware of a table of clothing articles (purses, scarves, etc.) in the room made by the villagers that members may purchase to support the project individually.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Gordon Stagg had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jackie Guzie and Ken Pascoe.
 
Queen of Hearts: Frank DiGennaro had the winning ticket, but his proxy Richard Kisiel did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $209+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: The club was pleased to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Jon and Ashlyn Kozloski; Jackie Guzie also announced Frank DiGennaro’s birthday after his early departure for another commitment, so members are holding a rain-check for singing our celebratory wishes.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with the assistance of Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
The next meeting is May 9, 2017 with Natalie Donais introducing the May Rotary Student of the Month. The following week’s meeting May 16 is a discussion led by our President-elect Richard Kisiel of our 2017/2018 goals with input solicited from all members.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on May 2, 2017.
Club Meeting April 25, 2017
 
 Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of  Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four‐Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation  and led the singing of “God Bless America”. 
 
 Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie   Donais, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman,  Jonathan Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Catherine Morrow, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe,   Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott  Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. (22/35….62.9%). 
 
Guests: Ernie Petkovich 
 
Honorary Member: Dottie McCarty 
 
  Announcements:  
 
Jackie Guzie reaffirmed next week’s meeting location will be at Suffield Country Club. Our  club collected $300  for tipping the service staff at Suffield by the River for this past season.
 
 Jackie announced that Don Rawling is an official member.  
 
  Program: 
 
 Speaker: Jackie Guzie was pleased to introduce Ernie Petkovich, President of  Suffield Prevention Council. The Suffield Prevention Council is a
 diverse group of Suffield residents who help increase awareness of the drug and alcohol abuse in our community. The group currently has 36 members
 and continues to increase.  They have held 3 public forums, been at school functions and Suffield on the Green. Beginning in June, they'll have 7-12th graders participate in a student survey.    They are also sponsoring a video contest to get students engaged with the council. Studies  have shown that if students have not been involved with 
drugs or alcohol before 18, chances  are 90% of never having an issue. That increases to 95% if students reach age 21.   Mr. Petkovich noted that it is everyone’s responsibility to get involved and call 211 if you want  to report an issue.   Meetings are held second Wednesday of each month at the
 Senior Center.  
 
 Weekly Blue Ticket Winners: Joe Blake had the winning blue ticket, with    sides won by Frank  DiGennaro and Gail Handley.
 
  Weekly red ticket drawing:  Natalie Donais had  the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts.  Next week’s pot is $192+. 

Birthdays and Anniversaries: We celebrated the wedding anniversary of Jed & Michelle Dery  and Chet & Gail Demko. Ray Perleoni is celebrating a birthday on April 28th. 
 
  Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country  ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
  Minutes recorded by Nancy Viggiano on April 25, 2017.  The next meeting is  May 2, 2017 at the Suffield Country Club.  
Club Meeting April 18, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano. (20/35….57.1%).
 
Guests: Karen Berasi, Suffield Superintendent of Schools.
 
Announcements:
-Jackie Guzie reaffirmed the weekly meeting location will continue at Suffield by the River through April 25, 2017. On April 25, the club will take up a collection for tipping the service staff at Suffield by the River for this past seasonBeginning with the May 2, 2017 meeting, the locale will be the Suffield Country Club.  
 
- The members welcomed back a healthy Frank DiGennaro.
 
- Jackie reiterated the full schedule for the next month of meetings, including the Club Strategic Goals and Financial Planning session led by Dick Kisiel on May 16th.
 
- Gayle Demko, as co-chair with Jed Dery of the 2017 Packard Golf Tourney passed around a sign-up list for those members interested in joining the Tourney Committee, or otherwise contribute to its formation of strategic plans.
 
-Jack Muska estimated gross fund-raising proceeds from The Zero Turn Mower Raffle were $4100!   The drawing will occur after our main speaker tonight. The Club is very grateful for the main prize donated by Jim Viggiano and Bacher Corp, for the hard work of all folks who sold tickets, and of course for start to finish efforts by Greg Heineman as leader of this event.
 
Program:
  1. Speaker: Jackie Guzie was pleased to introduce Karen Berasi, Suffield Superintendent of Schools.
 Karen began her program by handing out the most recent statistics and proposed budget for our Town’s Education Budget for fiscal 2017-2018. She reviewed with members the Suffield Schools mission and its ongoing objectives. The Mission of the Suffield Schools is to prepare all students with knowledge skills and attributes required for success in a changing world. To do this, she will ensure they attract highly qualified teachers, develop competitive student programs and invest directly in the Suffield Community.
 
 Before taking many questions from the members, Karen wanted to review the schools’ financial status: next year’s CT State funding cuts for Suffield total $1.8 Million; its Bd of Ed approved budget has a 1.7% increase; the Bd of Finance has subsequently requested a $300k reduction. Since over 80% of the budget is labor related, the school system will be managing employee reduction strategically through attrition. This will also align with declining enrollment without jeopardizing student or teacher morale or the performance metrics set forth by our BOE and the District Improvement Plan.
  
Members had a variety of questions about the prioritization of funds and funding requests.
 
-The tennis courts are in true disrepair so they have a higher priority unfortunately than some of the investment in the arts programs.
-SFES programs must be applied for by teachers and require specific leadership or board approval per project.
-The schools just received $80k ($53k Zak Grant and Town approved Capital funds of $27k) to proceed with landscaping at the pavilion at McAllister School but were requesting more funds from civic organizations.
-Federal and/or CT State mandated spending per pupils with IEP’s or special needs is 4-5 times higher than the general student population and must be incorporated into the schools financial plans.
- Yes there have been five Superintendents in Suffield in the past ten years, and the members agreed with Karen that stability in leadership is critical.
 
Overall, our club was very appreciative of Karen’s time and effort in talking with us as a critical part of the fabric of the Suffield Community.
 
  1. SUFFIELD ROTARY CLUB RAFFLE WINNERS:  CONGRATULATIONS TO:
3rd prize: $250 Gift Certificate for fuel oil or gas: Jim or Suzanne Irwin – Suffield, CT
 
2nd prize: 55” Color TV Deb Krut – Suffield, CT
 
1st /Grand Prize- the Zero Turn Mower:  Rich Levesque- Bristol, CT 
 
Jackie Guzie will notify the winners immediately after the meeting.
 
 
Weekly Blue Ticket Winners: Charles Roumas had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dick Kisiel and Natalie Donais.
  Weekly red ticket drawing: Queen of Hearts: Luis Lee had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $170+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays, but we celebrated the wedding anniversary of Scott and Linda Seabury.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on April 18, 2017.
 
The next meeting is April 25, 2017 with Ernie Petkovich speaking about the Suffield Local Prevention Council
Club Meeting April 11, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee,  Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg,  Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (17/35….48.6%).
 
Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Madison Fahle and her parents, Patti and Brant; Project Keep Me Safe speakers Sue Davis and Jill Caron; Pam Lupoli- Rotary Assistant Governor- District 7890; and an appearance by Honorary Suffield Rotarian Dottie McCarty.
 
Announcements:
  • President Jackie Guzie announced the last weekly meeting this season at this location is April 26. Commencing May 2, the meetings will return to Suffield Country Club.
  • Sergeant At Arms Gail Handley informed all members Frank DiGennaro sends his regards and looks forward to coming back soon from operation recovery.
  • Assistant Governor Pam Lupoli mentioned two upcoming Rotary events: April 28-30 in Providence RI is the Multi-District (7890, 7919, 7950, and 7980) Rotary Conference at the RI Convention Center attached to the Omni Hotel. Also, May 5 is a Wine and Beer tasting fund-raiser in Windsor Locks in conjunction with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary Clubs.
Program: Tonight, Jackie introduced two programs:
  1. Congratulations to April Rotary Student of the Month Madison Fahle! :  Madison thanked her parents, Patti and Brant, and the Rotary members for this honor. She described herself as someone who has a “love for being busy”, and has harnessed and has directed that energy toward her academics, athletics, and most importantly to her, working with special needs students and those with intellectual development challenges. She described her first day at SHS as one where she entered as a well-dressed, timid freshman, nervous to join or interact with others. She was welcomed and graciously received, and transformed herself into the captain of the Lacrosse team (and a midfielder), and an outspoken activist for Best Buddies, a student group focused on the inclusion and interaction with special students. Her eyes were especially opened to the world by her “buddy” James and her work at the Writing Center at school. Also critical to her journey were her life experiences for 8 months as an intern at CT Children’s Medical Center, especially in physical therapy and sports medicine. As a result, Madison will be attending Merrimac University to study Health Sciences and Athletic Training, and hopes to integrate her knowledge of developmental disabilities into her curriculum. The Rotary members are looking forward to her positive impact on our world post-graduation and congratulated her on her spirit and selflessness.
 
  1. Project Keep Me Safe – Presentation by Sue Davis and Jill Caron: This non-profit group (The Foundation for Exceptional Children- FECS) was founded in 2017 by these Suffield women. Its overarching mission has three purposes - all related to special needs individuals with a particular emphasis on the autistic community: a) Create community wide awareness, b) Provide information to all First Responders (EMS, Police, Fire Dept) on how to interact with special needs children and adults, and c) Better serve their individual needs. The State of CT has several unfunded impending mandates on the Town regarding the care and servicing of these individual citizens, and FECS is working on filling that servicing gap through a fund-raising program called Project Keep Me Safe.  FECS will be submitting a letter to the Rotary Giving Committee on their individual events and the sponsorship monies requested (a portion of their critical $4000 efforts).  The members were grateful for their work and the information conveyed.
 
 Blue Ticket Winners: Luis Lee had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jon Kozloski and Jack Muska.
 
Queen of Hearts: Richard Kisiel had the winning red ticket for the second week in a row, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $150+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting leading “God Bless America” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on April 11, 2017.
 
Next week's meeting will include the Mower raffle drawing and a presentation by Suffield Schools Superintendent Karen Berasi. 
Club Meeting April 4, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Ed Walsh. . (20/35….57.1%).
 
Guests: Heather Lee- wife of Rotarian Luis Lee; Chris Nikolis, Speaker and his wife Denise.
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie reaffirmed the weekly meeting location will continue at Suffield by the River through April25, 2017. Beginning with the May 2, 2017 meeting, the locale will be the Suffield Country Club.  
 
- Gail Handley wanted members to be aware Frank DiGennaro had successful back surgery yesterday and is recovering very nicely. All members wish him a speedy recovery.
 
-Jay Presser was proud to inform everyone that member Don Miner has been awarded the prestigious Amiel P. Zak Fund Service Award for outstanding service to the Town in its entirety and to many of its key departments and organizations. Our club unanimously expressed its congratulations.
 
-Greg Heineman spoke regarding the Zero Turn Mower Raffle status. Since the drawing is April 18th, it is still important that all stubs on SOLD tickets be returned the week before the drawing to ensure their inclusion in the potential winner’s draw. Rotary has in-house over $3000 in proceeds so far, and Greg estimates another $1000 in tickets have been sold to date.
 
Program: President-elect Richard Kisiel introduced tonight’s speaker, Mr. Chris Nikolis re: The Suffield Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride.
 
Speaker: Chris Nikolis spoke with passion about an event he has overseen in Suffield for at least six years. The Suffield PMC Kids Ride is part of an overarching cancer research fund-raising effort for The Jimmy Fund, a foundation whose proceeds go to The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the Boston area.  The goal is to treat and eventually cure/eradicate cancer in children and adults. This local Kids Ride has heavy support from all Town service departments, civic groups, schools and local businesses such as the First National Bank of Suffield, Highland Park Market, Suffield Pizza, etc., and Chris has been very appreciative of all of their past efforts. He is seeking the Rotary Club’s support in attracting riders, volunteers, funds, and items or services to be included in the event’s silent auction - anything that will generate proceeds for the cause. Saturday May 13, 2017 will be their sixth in-town Kids Ride. Last year, it raised $46,000 and included 230 riders aged 3-16. This year the goal is 300 riders. This major community event is part of the greater $547 Million fund-raising across New England and the USA. Anyone who wants to contact Chris directly should call 860-796-3644, e-mail him at cnikolis@cox.net or go the website www.kids.pmc.org.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Richard Kisiel had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Robert Lowell and Edward Walsh. 
 
Queen of Hearts: Richard Kisiel had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $131+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays, but we celebrated the wedding anniversary of Scott and Linda Seabury.
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel, as President-elect, adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on April 4, 2017.
 
The next meeting is April 11, 2017 with Natalie Donais introducing the April Rotary Student of the Month.
Club Meeting March 28, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott  Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano.  (25/37…67.6%).
 
Guests: Madison D’Ostuni- Rotary Student of the Month; her parents Lori and Peter; and Donald Rawling- prospective member sponsored by Jackie Guzie. 
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie summarized for the members items discussed or decided upon at the Board Meeting that occurred just prior to tonight’s member meeting.  Gayle Demko and Jed Dery have agreed to be co-chairs for the 2017 Packard Golf Tourney, our biggest annual fund-raiser. Thank you Jed and Gayle! Additionally, the Board has decided to award $500 to SHS Academic Quiz Team for transportation to its annual competition. Finally, Jackie reiterated our financial support for the Women’s Shelter, as requested from the Bloomfield Rotary Club.
 
-Nancy Viggiano announced the formation of this year’s Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee and asked for volunteers. This year’s committee consists of Nancy, Cat Morrow, Natalie Donais, Joe Blake and Jack Muska. Thanks to all committee volunteers. Nancy also conveyed to the membership the large traffic generated at the past weekend’s North Central CT Chamber of Commerce Expo in East Windsor. This led to at least $250 in additional raffle ticket sales for the Mower drawing on April 18.
 
-Jack Muska wrote and placed a press release on page 5 of the April edition of The Suffield Observer on the Mower fund-raising effort. This will also assist last minute purchases.
 
Program:
  1. Election of Rotary Board and Officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year:    President Jackie Guzie presented the slate of candidates announced at the last member meeting. They are: Richard Kisiel- President; Charles Roumas VP/President-elect; Gayle Demko-Secretary; Jack Muska- Treasurer; Gail Handley- Sergeant at Arms; Jackie Guzie- Past President, and At Large Board members Jonathan Kozloski, Kenneth Pascoe and Edward Walsh. She then asked for any further nominations from the floor. None were requested. Karen Mason made a motion to accept the slate as presented. Natalie Donais seconded the motion. The Club approved the slate and Jackie asked it be formally entered into the record.
         2.Rotary Student Of the Month:  Newly appointed SHS  Rotary coordinator Natalie Donais expressed brief but highly complimentary remarks to introduce March Rotary Student of the Month Madison D’Ostuni. Amongst those remarks were the acknowledgement of Madison as President of Rotary’s youth service club- Interact with 40 members strong, and her role model as a female wrestler on the SHS Wrestling Team.
 
           Speaker: Madison D’Ostuni: Madison began her remarks by quoting a 103 year old lady by the name of Ruby exemplifying the merits within the Rotary Four Way Test. “We have two Firsts, the day we were born and the day we realize why we were born”. Madison used this as an inspiration to weave us through her journey. She worked within the Student Senate to ensure it was no longer gender-centric. She has worked with At Risk Children to improve their quality of life, utilizing a second hand thrift shop as a fund-raiser and servicing unit. She surprised folks by becoming a skilled varsity wrestler and a certified rescue diver who can also harvest and nourish sea scallop populations.
 
Career-wise, Madison will be attending High Point University to specifically work with legendary tech guru Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, Inc.) on the development of a self-driving golf cart. This project will be important towards her degree as a software engineer in Computer Science. There were many questions from our members, and compliments for her service to Rotary and Suffield overall. Congratulations Madison!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Guests Lori D’Ostuni had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Peter D’Ostuni and Madison D’Ostuni. A lucky sweep by our guests!
 
Queen of Hearts: Natalie Donais had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $111+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on March 28, 2017.
Club Meeting March 21, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott  Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.(21/37...56.8%).
 
Guests:  Maureen Ross Gemme, owner of Emerge Leadership Academy- Windsor Locks CT
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie also informed members that the Board candidate slate for the upcoming fiscal year will be voted on next week, March 28, 2017. To date, nominations for the board are Richard Kisiel- President, Charles Roumas-Vice President/President-elect, Gayle Demko-Secretary, Jack Muska-Treasurer, Jackie Guzie-Past President, Gail Handley-Sergeant at Arms, and At Large candidates Kenneth Pascoe, Jonathan Kozloski and Edward Walsh. Those still interested in board candidacy can contact Jackie before next week’s meeting or raise their interest on the voting floor.
 
-Jackie also importantly reminded members that next week’s agenda focuses on formally setting our Club’s goals for next fiscal year, its spending priorities, and strategic direction. It is imperative all members wishing input on these plans convey them on the 28th. If absence in advance is known, members should provide their desired input in writing to Jackie or Dick in advance. President-elect Dick Kisiel will lead the discussion.
 
-Greg Heineman reminded all again regarding the April drawing for the Zero Turn Mower Raffle. He passed around a sign-up sheet for members to volunteer a portion of time this weekend March 25 and 26 to accompany the Mower and generate final ticket sale momentum at Jim Viggiano’s Bacher Corp booth at the Enfield NCCC Business Showcase in East Windsor (old Wal-Mart site). Greg will email folks a reminder of their volunteer time slots.
 
- Jack Muska raised the issue with members to please consider if our club wishes continuance of our voter assist transport (via golf carts) at the central polling place for this year’s elections. He will raise again with us in detail as we get closer to the date(s).
 
Program:
 
Speaker: Bio: Maureen Ross Gemme has a BA, Psychology from University of Saint Joseph and an MS, Education from Capella University. She has 27 years’ work experience with The Hartford in marketing, training and HR positions, gaining insight into corporate hiring and work dynamics, with particular emphasis on generational gaps in leadership and work habits.
 
Maureen shared with our club her personal adolescent and young adult struggle with transience and alcoholism (proudly now 32 years sober). Her purpose was to remind us of the resilience of the human will and spirit, and how young adults/”Millennials” are entering the workforce without real mentoring on leadership and work ethic confidence. Some interesting stats she shared were that a Baby Boomer now retires every 8 seconds, the ensuing Gen X population is too small to fulfill succession planning, leaving Millennials to fill those roles. By 2020, 50% of our workforce will be Millennials, and by 2025 it will be 75%.
 
According to Maureen, companies badly need leadership development of their youthful employees, not judgment from their predecessors. They need to be shown guidance and opportunities, a shift from command and control to more teaching within teams. It is important the teams have cross generational composition to allow all to understand each other’s frame of reference.
 
The members were pleased with her remarks, and felt that her proven shift in attitude and belief in service before self makes her an asset to any Rotary Club she chooses to join. She is also of course available to employers who need this guidance.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Natalie Donais and Luis Lee.
 
Queen of Hearts: Ken Pascoe had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $86+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “America the Beautiful” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on March 21, 2017.
Club Meeting March 7, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Joe Blake, Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Nancy Viggiano and Ed Walsh (16/37…43.2%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, there were several announcements:
 
- Jackie Guzie informed the members the next Rotary Board meeting is to be held on Tuesday March 14, 2017. She also reiterated to membership that all those interested in a Rotary Officer position or an At-Large board seat for the coming year should express their interest ASAP to Dick Kisiel.
 
-Dick Kisiel notified members that, importantly, the club strategy and goal setting session for next fiscal year, referenced last week during the Water Project spending discussion, has been formally scheduled as our regular meeting program on March 28, 2017. Members are highly encouraged to attend and participate.
 
- Ken Pascoe wished to convey to members he was able to contact Karen and Clark Mason and they will be returning as active members in the near future following the loss of her dad.
 
-Ken also reminded the membership it is time to form the annual Paul Harris Award Selection Committee. Committee members should preferably be past winners to facilitate discussion. He defined this high service award and noted it is named after a founder of Rotary. Ideally the club looks to recognize one member of the club, and also a non-member Suffield resident or community business person worthy of the honor.  
 
 -Nancy Viggiano reminded members again that the Zero Turn Lawn Mower grand prize to be raffled off in April will be on display the weekend of March 25-26 at two business Showcases. Saturday the 25th, it will be displayed at Jim Viggiano’s booth at the Suffield Chamber of Commerce Business showcase at 1060 Sheldon Street from 9am-1pm. Sunday March 26th, it will be displayed at his booth at the Enfield NCCC Business Showcase in East Windsor.  
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Gayle Demko had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Charles Roumas and Dale Baker.
 
Queen of Hearts: Don Miner had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $65+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Despite his protests that his birthday was the prior Wednesday-March 1st, Ken Pascoe was honored to be the recipient of the unique Rotary rendition of “the Happy Birthday Song”.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading the members in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on March 7, 2017.
Club Meeting February 28, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Secretary Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Greg Heineman, Jon Kozloski,  Luis Lee, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and Ed Walsh.  (16/37….43.2%).
 
Guests:  None
 
Announcements:
 
 -Greg Heineman reminded all again regarding the mid-April drawing for the Zero Turn Mower Raffle. To date, $3180 in tickets have been sold! There are an additional $600 of tickets outstanding in the hands of members awaiting sale or return, and a few hundred tickets left for distribution.  Importantly, the mower will be on display at the Business Showcase in Suffield on March 25 from 9a-1p, and tentatively at the Enfield Home Show on March 26 at similar hours.  To further promote this, Charles Roumas will calculate statistics of winning for publication along with short write-up for Facebook posting by Jay Presser.
 
-Ray Perleoni informed the club of a special evening fund-raiser to be held by the Rotary Club of Northampton, Mass on Thursday evening March 30th, 2017. It is a Gala Art Exhibition and Auction at the Hotel Northampton on 36 King St. There is an art preview (all media and price ranges) at 600 pm and auction at 700 pm. Admission is $15 pp or $25 per couple. Hors D’oeuvres and Beverages served. For tickets or information, please call Daniel at 413-200-8789. 
 
-Members inquired about the club’s formal recognition of member Karen Mason’s father’s passing. While recognized at the time in prayers led by Scott Seabury, its impact on Karen and Clark left members concerned. Ken Pascoe wished to reach out to them personally on behalf of all members to see what they might need. 
 
Program:  In lieu of a formal speaker, Charles Roumas followed up on two interrelated timely items, one requiring a member vote. At the Feb 21st meeting, Dick Kisiel informed the members that our Board had recommended supporting the Somers Club-led efforts of the Dominican Republic Clean Water Project. The board wished our club to purchase 35 water filters @$90 each, for a total of $3150. The discussion and vote on this was tabled by members until tonight. After much discussion, Gayle Demko made a motion to purchase six filters annually ($540) for a three year commitment ($1620) total. The motion was seconded by Ken Pascoe and passed unanimously. Charles was to ask Jackie Guzie and/or Dick Kisiel to inform the Somers Club ASAP as their deadline was March 2.
 
The second important follow up-item was regarding setting strategic plans and goals for the next fiscal year. President- Elect Dick Kisiel had referenced at the prior meeting that they will be discussed in the near future with everyone to get the next fiscal year off to a fast start. Gordon Stagg made the suggestion that this strategy session be a formal agenda scheduled in advance publicly to all our members. Those that wish to convey input should have the proper opportunity to be present. The consensus of the members was to have Dick and Jackie schedule this.
 
Much of the discussion during the Water Project vote referenced above revolved around defining our formal strategies and club goals.  Examples were:
-How much do we really have to spend each year on uncommitted vs committed or designated items?
 
-What portion of funds raised should be spent on local community projects vs those in other parts of the USA or abroad?
 
-What projects does Suffield Rotary wish to initiate vs join/collaborate with other local clubs, District 7890 or Rotary International?
 
Charles thanked the members for their initial engagement of diverse opinions, and looked forward to our Leadership’s formal planning process with them in the very near future.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Luis Lee had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Gordon Stagg and Tom Sullivan.
 
Queen of Hearts: Ed Walsh had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot (only week 3 of new one) is $49+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Ken Pascoe’s birthday was the next day March 1st. Due to error by Secretary, this was not discovered nor announced and Ken did not get his official Birthday song rendition. The Secretary apologizes and the club will ensure to rectify this. Karen Mason, not present, was also missed with a March 3 birthday, so both will be celebrated.  The club did recognize Jed Dery’s third anniversary of joining our Rotary Club.
 
Adjournment: Charles Roumas adjourned the meeting with the club singing a reprise of “God Bless America”.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on February 28, 2017.
Club Meeting February 21, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President-elect Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott  Seabury, Gordon Stagg,  Nancy Viggiano and Ed Walsh.  (23/37….62.2%).
 
Guests: Zachary Del Vaglio- Rotary Student of the Month; his father David Del Vaglio and his brother Nicholas; and Zachary’s supportive friend Ryan Gaffney and his parents Tom and Maryellen Gaffney.  
 
Announcements:
 
-Dick Kisiel informed the members that as a follow-up to the Somers Rotary presentation on the Dominican Republic Water Project, our Board was recommending supporting the project for the purchase of 35 water filters @$90 each, for a total of $3150. On a motion by Ken Pascoe, the club decided to table an approval discussion and vote until the February 28th meeting.
 
-Dick also informed members that the board has discussed the membership and Foundation goals for next year. An additional seven or eight club goals, including a spend-down plan for undesignated funds, will be discussed in the near future with everyone to get the next fiscal year off to a fast start.
 
-Greg Heineman reminded all again regarding the April 18 drawing for the Zero Turn Mower Raffle. He asked that members request packets of unsold tickets from him to accelerate our efforts. Finally, he was checking on our ability to sell tickets at the upcoming Suffield Showcase.
 
 
Program:
 
 Intro: President-elect Richard Kisiel made brief but highly complimentary remarks to introduce February Rotary Student of the Month Zachary Del Vaglio!
 
Speaker: Zachary Del Vaglio: In true SOM fashion, his speech expressed appreciation for all the role models at SHS and throughout the community he has learned from. Specifically he mentioned teachers Paul Dumais, Elizabeth Deedy, Steven Dudeck and Principal Steve Moccio for exposing him to better studying techniques, personal financial independence, sportsmanship, leadership, business marketplace knowledge, and the incredibly gratifying experience of involvement with special needs students in the Unified Basketball Program. As Student Council Vice President, a Student Senator, an NHS member, a Varsity golfer, and as a Mathlete, he has been exposed to a spectrum of career paths.
 
Zachary is leaning towards a career in Business/Finance, but has not yet decided which of the multiple schools he has applied to (Bentley, Villanova, BC, UConn, etc.) will be his choice for matriculation. When asked about his suggestions for SHS curriculum improvements, he believes students need more team problem solving/ group work learning experience.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Luis Lee had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Gordon Stagg and the club (first ticket on roll).
 
Queen of Hearts: Charles Roumas had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot (only week 2 of new one) is $23+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on February 21, 2017.
Club Meeting February 7, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President-Elect Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation including words from Ralph Waldo Emerson and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano. (19/37….51.4%).
 
Guests: Visiting Rotarians and tonight’s speakers from the Somers CT Rotary Club- David Reed and Rick Cheney.
 
Announcements:
-Richard Kisiel reaffirmed NO meeting on Feb 14th. Next meeting is the 21st.  There is a board meeting prior to it at 430 pm. Notify Jackie if you want open forum time.
 
-Greg Heineman spoke regarding the Zero Turn Mower Raffle status. Since the drawing is April 18th, it is very important that all stubs on SOLD tickets be returned the week before the drawing to ensure their inclusion in the potential winner’s draw. Also, on a suggestion by Gordon Stagg, Greg will coordinate a Kettle Drive at the Dunkin Donuts and Highland Park Market either late March or early April displaying the mower and promoting its ticket sales. Greg will distribute a sign-up sheet with time slots for member volunteers to ring bells and generate ticket sales at these locations. Paul Pace suggested to optimize this effort the club should review the Town’s calendar, and those of other key organizations to ensure no date conflicts exist, or perhaps opportunities to gain more visibility.
 
Program: Dominican Republic- Puerto Plata Province- La Colorada Clean Water Project
 
Speakers: Rick Cheney, former President of Somers Rotary, and David Reed, current Somers Honorary member, spoke passionately about an annual project they have been involved with, now in its fourth year. They were asking Suffield Rotary to collaborate with the Enfield and Somers clubs financially and otherwise in the purchase and installation of BioSand Water Filters for 100+ houses in the rural villages in the Puerto Plata province. Rick and Dave will be attempting to secure a District and Foundation Grant, with the assistance of Pam Lupoli, and a commitment of some kind from Suffield prior to March 2nd would help substantially.
 
Background: Four years ago, they personally visited villages such as La Colorada where the mortality rate amongst families, especially children was very high from water borne illnesses. The only water available was polluted, and the average life span was very short. Huts were made from palettes and other repurposed materials with poor protection from the elements.
 
 The Rotarians have viewed huge changes in this population over the last three years by specifically providing houses with these water filters.  These filters directly improved the health of the residents. As a result, the adults in the villages were able to have the strength and determination to build better housing and schools. The schools provide lunch, which for many is the only meal they have each day. Filters are also installed at the schools, but many more are needed. Once La Colorada has been properly saturated with clean water filters, these Rotarians hope to expand this program throughout the Puerto Plata Province and other parts of The Dominican Republic.
 
The plastic filters cost $90 each and last 25 years for use by 5-7 persons. Within 90 minutes, the filters provide five gallons of clean water. There are also concrete versions of these filters that can be made locally there for half the cost, but their weight makes them impossible to transport into the towns and homes. Our club members felt that portability and accessibility of the plastic filters made them a much more effective option despite the cost differential.
 
There is only upside potential for this population based upon Rotary’s efforts. The Somers folks created a 501 (c) (3) registered as Rotary Club of Somers Charitable Fund Inc. Richard Kisiel thanked the speakers for their appeal and their past efforts, and told them Suffield will provide a response shortly.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Don Miner and our Rotary Club (ticket drawn was at beginning of roll).
 
Queen of Hearts: Gayle Demko was the winning red ticket holder and picked the QUEEN OF HEARTS. CONGRATULATIONS GAYLE. Winning pot was $258!
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on February 7, 2017.
Club Meeting January 31, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation in memory of Karen Mason’s father and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano (15/37….40.5%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements: President Jackie Guzie had several announcements:
 
- At the last Rotary Board meeting, Warren Packard was officially approved as an Honorary Member of Suffield Rotary. He joins Blair Childs, Peter Das, Dottie McCarty, Tom Modzelesky and Jim Wood with this status.
 
- Next Rotary Board meeting to be held on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 430 pm.
 
- Next week’s member meeting, Feb 7, 2017, will include a presentation on a Dominican Republic Water Project, led by Rick Cheney and David Reed of the Somers Rotary Club.
 
- There will be NO meeting on Tuesday February 14, Valentine’s Day. Our venue will be utilized for a facility residents and staff Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance. Rotary members are invited at the cost of $30 each. Please see Jackie if interested.
 
- The Rotary member meeting on February 21, 2017 will include a speech by our February Rotary Student of the Month.
 
Program: Discussion and Approval of Suffield Rotary Club 2016-2017 Operating Budget and Foundation Budget:
 
 President Jackie Guzie had provided all members advance copies of these budgets, and was ready to field applicable Q&A with Treasurer Jack Muska. To open the discussion, Jackie acknowledged this financial review and vote usually occurs at the start of an operating year, and it will do so again with the 2017-2018 fiscal year. An unintended benefit to the current timing is that six months of expenses are actual, which added to the Board’s confidence in approval of these numbers.
 
The Q&A originated primarily from CPA and former President Ken Pascoe.
 
- His first question was regarding the Foundation Budget line item of $1000- “End of Year Transfer from Club” into Undesignated Income. Ken wanted to know where the corresponding transfer out from the Club Budget was listed. Jack Muska will follow up with answer.
 
-Secondly, he queried as to the plans/content of the Foundation’s $3500 Miscellaneous Donations. Jackie and Jack verbally itemized the recipients as groups who had presented to members, and the Board used its discretion in approval and release (e.g. popcorn machine for Troop 260).
 
- Thirdly, Ken noted Foundation expense line items listed for programs the club has knowledge of inactivity or non-participation (e.g. Amber Alert; Council for the Arts; SHS Safe Grad). Jackie responded that these will not be itemized in future years, and those current year’s unspent funds will remain undesignated pending new requests.
 
- Lastly, Ken requested that he and Jack schedule a specific evening focused on educating all of us on the amount and purpose of each of our designated or restricted fund accounts. This would also include suggestions on how to plan their spend-down in the coming years on scholarships, etc.
 
 
Our 2016-2017 Rotary Club Operating Budget contained line item detail of income and expenses equaling $24,700. The Rotary Foundation Budget contained line item detail of income and expenses equaling $60,500. On a motion by Nancy Viggiano, seconded by Gail Handley, the membership in attendance approved these budgets by voice vote.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Dick Kisiel had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Joe Blake and Gordon Stagg.
 
Queen of Hearts: For the second week in a row, Tom Sullivan had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $239+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading the members in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on January 31, 2017.
Club Meeting January 24, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President-elect Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano (20/37….54%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, President-elect Dick Kisiel made a few announcements:
 
- The next Rotary Board meeting to be held on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 430 pm.
 
-At the next regular weekly meeting, January 31, the members will review and vote on the 2016-2017 Operating budget and Foundation budget. They will be distributed electronically to all members in advance. It is important members are prepared with Q&A, so a vote can occur.
 
-The Zero Turn Lawn Mower raffle has ticket sales to date exceeding $2100, thanks to Greg Heineman’s coordinating efforts.  It is the club’s desire to accelerate fund-raising proceeds this generous product donation can generate prior to the April 18th drawing. Dick asked the membership for public contacts Suffielders may use as Rotary conduits to answer questions on the prizes, the cost of the tickets or any other general info. Don Miner, Ray Perleoni and Ken Pascoe graciously volunteered. Additionally, members wish to create news buzz detailing this raffle (including photos of prizes). Greg Heineman is to provide as much info to Charles Roumas as possible to create this press brief. The goal is for the article to be picked up in many local papers as quickly as possible.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Luis Lee had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jed Dery and Dale Baker.
 
Queen of Hearts: Tom Sullivan had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $224+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: The club celebrated two members’ birthdays, Luis Lee and Robert Lowell, honoring them with the unique Rotary rendition of “the Happy Birthday Song”.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading the members in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on January 24, 2017.
Club Meeting January 17, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas and Scott Seabury (16/37….43%).
 
Guests: Ben Frost and Don Rawling- prospective members sponsored by Jackie Guzie.
 
Announcements:  Our Next Rotary Board meeting to be held on Tuesday January 24, 2017. Any member wishing to address the board privately should notify Jackie.
 
Program: The members enjoyed an hour of fellowship and food this week without a formal program. There was fun banter regarding Happy Dollars donations and the upcoming Patriots game, etc.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Jed Dery had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jackie Guzie and Charles Roumas.
 
Queen of Hearts: Luis Lee had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; next week’s pot is $204+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None present.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with “God Bless America” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on January 17, 2017.
Club Meeting January 10, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Tom Sullivan gave the invocation and led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Jon Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Tami Zawistowski. (18/37….49%).
 
Guests: Ben Frost and Don Rawling- prospective members sponsored by Jackie Guzie; Rotary Student of the Month Caitlin Kirschbaum and her parents Eileen and Ron Kirschbaum.
 
Announcements: None.
 
Program:
 
 Intro: Guy Fortunato had the honor of introducing the January Rotary Student of the Month Caitlin Kirschbaum. He described Caitlin as humble, and very appreciative of her SHS experience, especially interactions with teachers and fellow students. When Guy read one of her college application essays, it “stopped him in his tracks” because of her refreshing recognition that the true meaning of high school learning is not memorizing textbooks for test-taking, but instead asking pointed questions on all subjects to all types of people. Guy is certain Caitlin, being very well-rounded, will have many career options in her future.
 
Speaker: Caitlin had a different approach to her remarks. Instead of elaborating to members on her extensive accomplishments and credentials, she wanted to discuss her opportunities for improvement- those school experiences which she called “failures”, because each of those were awkward and required bravery. SHS has been a great place to fail, yet succeed by doing so, because classmates supported her so she never felt alone in her journey. Already accepted to Boston College, Northeastern and Fordham, she is still in her college selection process, and wishes to use her skills and passions in either Law or Government. Caitlin is a proud member of Rotary’s Interact Club, and has affinities for computer programming and track/cross country. Her creative thinking and passion for problem solving make her well suited for her future professional pursuits.
 
 Our members were very engaged by her words, and offered hearty congratulations to her award selection! Kudos were also given to her parents Ron and Eileen for their encouragement and support.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Guest Donald Rawling had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jackie Guzie and Student of the Month Caitlin Kirschbaum.
 
Queen of Hearts: Tami Zawistowski had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts; she came very close with the Jack of Hearts selection. Next week’s pot is $188+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with “God Bless America” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on January 10, 2017.
Club Meeting January 3, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation. Jackie then led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Ed Walsh. (18/37….49%).
 
Guests: Dr. Augusto Asinas-Visiting Rotarian from West Springfield Club; Ben Gee- guest of Don Miner; Ben Frost- prospective member sponsored by Jackie Guzie; and two senior executives/speakers from Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Inc.–Stuart E Rosenberg (Chairman and President) and Phil Tartsinis (Vice Chairman and Director).
 
Announcements:
 
Jackie Guzie had the membership formally thank Karen and Clark Mason in person for their origination and execution of a very successful Sand and Salt bucket program for Suffield senior citizens. The club looks forward to making this community service event an annual tradition.
 
Ken Pascoe and Greg Heineman wanted to remind all members that raffle ticket sales for the Zero Turn Lawn Mower are still active until the drawing in mid-April. They asked members to please get more tickets out to the public for sale. The club wishes to continue to build on its receipts to date, and there are 90+ sales opportunity days left.
 
Program: The club welcomed Stu Rosenberg, President of Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC), as its main speaker, with Phil Tartsinis, Vice Chair, joining in for Q&A. Their goal was to convey who Trinity Health New England is (the regional health ministry JMMC is now a part of), and also on a local level the many positive improvements made at JMMC available to our community. All members were provided a leave behind of the presentation.
 
Trinity Health is a $16 billion national Catholic health system based in Livonia, Michigan, operating regional health ministries in 22 states. It employs 97,000 staff including 5300 doctors. Trinity Health New England is a regional ministry under this umbrella which now includes five local names familiar to us:  JMMC (Stafford Springs), Mercy Medical Center (Springfield MA), Saint Mary’s Hospital (Waterbury), Mt. Sinai Rehab Hospital (Hartford) and Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center (Hartford).
 
Specifically at JMMC, Trinity has invested millions recently to better serve our local area, and will continue this year. JMMC has had multiple new certifications, and solid readmission/ returning patient rates. Our member Don Miner mentioned on behalf of Suffield EMT and Police, that JMMC is Suffield’s primary care delivery facility, and he has found their Emergency Department to be caring and expeditious. Members with specific questions regarding JMMC or Trinity Health New England will be directed to Stu or Phil for answers/information. The club was pleased to have this update on local medical services.  
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Greg Heineman had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Clark Mason and Charles Roumas.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jackie Guzie had the winning ticket, but her proxy (she had to depart early) did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $170+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Ken Pascoe adjourned the meeting at 710 pm.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on January 3, 2017.
Club Meeting December 27, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  Ken Pascoe opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Jay presser gave the invocation in Yiddish. The club sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Gil Ahrens, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Gail Handley, Jon Kozloski, Bob Lowell, Clark and Karen Mason, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Nancy Viggiano, (13/37   35%) 
 
Guests: Alex Messes from the Bloomfield Rotary
 
Announcements:
 
Ken thanked Karen and Clark Mason for introducing the sand and salt program to the Suffield Rotary.  The group delivered buckets to 33 recipients.  The program was a success and next year we plan to get the information out earlier to the public.  The ringing of the bell for the Salvation Army raised $1,279 which was good considering the weather on Saturday.  Emergency Aid was very pleased with the results.
 
Program:
 
Alex Messes from the Bloomfield Rotary spoke about a shelter for battered woman and children located in northern Russia near Norway.The Bloomfield Rotary has been involved with donating to the shelter and they are looking to expand. The cost is $30,000 and they have operating costs covered. Rotary International will match donations. They already have a pledge of $16,000 and they need and additional $7,000 which would be matched Rotary International to bring them to the $30,000 they need. Bloomfield is donating $2,000 so they only need an additional $5,000 which they hope they can get from the other seven clubs in our district.
 
The shelter has many volunteers to care for these women and children until they can get them to a safe place.They usually only stay in the shelter for several days and two weeks at the most. The shelter needs a car to enable them to pick up these women and children. Basic medical supplies to help with injuries when they arrive at the shelter. Computers and phones for better communication to contact these families when help is needed. Ken informed Alex that the request will be presented at our next Board meeting and we will get back to him.
 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Our guest Alex Messes had the winning blue ticket with a side won by Gail Handley.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Clark Mason had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $152+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries/ Adjournment: Gil and Christine Ahrens celebrated their 55th anniversary and Clark Mason had a birthday on December 14th. Ken Pascoe made an extra donation to the Rotary so the birthday song would not be sung and Clark seemed fine with it!  The club finished the evening by singing God Bless America.   The meeting adjourned at 7PM.
 
 Minutes recorded by Nancy Viggiano on December 27, 2016.
Club Meeting December 20, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation. Jackie then led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake,  Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano (17/37….46%). Additionally, all members not present at meeting who participated in the Sand & Salt and/or Kettle Drive programs were recorded as make-ups in Rotary attendance (revises total to 57%).
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, there were several announcements:
 
Jackie Guzie announced:
-The annual Rotary Christmas Party at Oak Ridge CC on December 13th was well attended and a fun, successful evening. She thanked Jack Muska for his part in planning the event.
 
- The annual Rotary involvement in the Christmas Kettle Giving Drive raised a terrific $1271 despite the inclement weather. Member turnout was excellent; they wore Santa hats and rang donation bells on Dec 17 & 18 at two locations:  Highland Park Market entrance and Mountain Rd’s Dunkin Donuts entrance. Jackie also thanked Luis Lee personally for selflessly giving her his own hand warmers during their bell ringing shift.
 
-Volunteers from the club delivered 33 Rotary Salt and Sand Buckets to seniors last week. This was a great first year effort. Karen and Clark Mason were again thanked for their initiative and solid execution, along with coordination by Ken Pascoe. These types of programs humbly but publicly reinforce the value of Rotary’s commitment to community service.
 
-Lastly, for clarification, the board had reviewed on November 15 the current list of Honorary Rotary Club members. Jackie will inform or has informed all they are welcome to come to any future Rotary functions without the necessity of paying annual Rotary dues. Those who currently earn that distinction are Blair Childs, Peter Das, Dottie McCarty, Tom Modzelesky and Jim Wood.
 
 
Greg Heineman announced:
  • He recently attended Key West Florida’s Rotary Club Meeting, which included 45 participants. The President of their club offered to visit Suffield and speak at our club as well.
  • Raffle ticket sales for the Zero Turn Lawn Mower raised to date are $1484. Members have until the drawing in mid-April 2017 to add to this total. He has more tickets to distribute for sale at any time.
Gordon Stagg wanted to give the club the good news on the continued recovery of Jim Wood. He saw him today and was pleased with his progress. Jackie added that Jim had formally asked her to convey to all members his appreciation for their wishes and support.
 
Unrelated to club business, two members shared some info of personal pride. Jay Presser announced the recent publication of his daughter’s book (see him for purchase details). Charles Roumas announced he was just sworn in as a Suffield Justice of the Peace.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jay Presser and Greg Heineman.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $139+. Secretary Charles Roumas had incorrectly identified the pot as $119.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Jackie Guzie announced the 4th wedding anniversary of Joe and Valentina Blake.
 
 Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with the members with Greg Heineman leading the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on December 20, 2016.
Club Meeting December 6, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation in honor of recently deceased Rotarian and friend Bob Warren. He then led the singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas,  Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Ed Walsh. (20/37….54%)
 
Guests: Claire Collins (Rotary Student of the month) and her mother Betty Collins.
 
Announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie announced tonight was the final chance for menu selection, and payment for the Rotary Christmas party on Dec 13th at Oak Ridge CC. Cost is $25 per person.
 
- She was also very pleased that the sign-up sheet was filled for the annual Rotary involvement in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Giving Drive. Members will wear Santa hats and ring donation bells on Dec 17 & 18 at two locations:  Highland Park Market entrance and Mountain Rd’s Dunkin Donuts entrance. Bob Lowell volunteered for the last open slot. Dale Baker requested Jackie distribute the final commitments to members by tomorrow to ensure members remember their time slots.
 
- Ken Pascoe informed the club that the Rotary Salt and Sand Buckets for Seniors will be filled this Saturday December 10 from 10-12 at the Town Garage. They have enough volunteers but anyone is welcome to stop by. He also stated that this program sends a great message regarding Rotary’s service to our citizens, and was also excited by many of the other ideas generated from our Giving Committee.
 
Program:  December Rotary Student of the Month- Claire Collins
 
Guy Fortunato took pride in introducing Claire as a student in his class who he has truly learned from, and has energized him to be a better teacher.
 
Claire’s comments:
 
An Enfield native, Claire believes the world is full of amazing opportunities. An avid learner, she was saddened when not assigned homework, which she considered part of personal growth. She has spent much passion pursuing Agricultural Science, equestrian experience and equine rescue. Her involvement in the Suffield Regional FFA (Future Farmers of America) led her to actively participating in the annual National FFA Convention. She wishes to attend The Ohio State University to achieve a degree in Nursing, and a doctorate in Nursing-Oncology. Post-graduation, she will continue her journey of improving the lives of people and animals, particularly equine. She thanked our membership for her selection, and was well received with praise and encouragement from our club.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Ed Walsh had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jay Presser and Jon Kozloski.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dale Baker had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $122+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Jackie Guzie announced the 36th wedding anniversary of Frank and Linda DiGennaro. Dale Baker also reminded all that tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the Day of Infamy, the attack on Pearl Harbor, which should never be forgotten.
 
 Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on December 6, 2016.
Club Meeting November 29, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation. Tom Sullivan led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano, and Ed Walsh. (22/37   60%)  
 
Guests: Heather Lee (spouse of Luis Lee); and BSA Troop 260 reps Ed Boyd, Cliff Baron, Andy Baron and Mickey Baron.
 
Announcements:
 
 Jackie Guzie announced there were two sign-up sheets circulating. The first was for menu selection and confirmation of attendance (and payment by Dec 6) at the Rotary Christmas party on Dec 13th at Oak Ridge CC. Cost is $25 per person. The second was volunteering for specific time slots during the annual Rotary involvement in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Giving Drive. We are asking members wearing Santa hats to ring donation bells on Dec 17 & 18 at two locations:  Highland Park Market entrance and Mountain Rd’s Dunkin Donuts entrance.
 
Jay Presser also reminded members of the annual ongoing fund-raising for the Rotary International Foundation. Those who are looking to ensure they have year-end tax deduction eligibility should submit their donations in December.
 
Program: There were two separate and important programs tonight:
 
1)    Formal recognition and/or induction of new members to the Suffield Rotary Club: Luis Lee, our Rotary Membership Chairman, was pleased to officially welcome Natalie Donais, a former Rotarian from Windsor’s club; and new Rotarians Catherine “Cat” Morrow, Jonathan “Jon” Kozloski, and Edward “Ed” Walsh. Each received Rotary pins, new member certificates and badges, as applicable. Our membership is delighted to welcome this talented group to our club, and looks forward in the near future for each of them to educate the members further on their background and interests.
 
2)    Presentation by Ed Boyd and Cliff Baron of Suffield Boy Scouts Troop 260:  Their purpose was to inform members of the terrific experiences of Suffield scouts such as preparedness courses, summer camps, exploration of Maine’s Allagash Waterways, etc. They also conveyed their reliance on fund-raising to subsidize the kids and the troop as a whole. Cliff Baron, Assistant Scoutmaster, described a kettle corn popping machine as an ongoing fund-raising vehicle to ensure the troop’s financial self-sufficiency. Prior kettle corn sales at events such as Suffield on the Green have been very helpful in covering their expenses, but the ability to manufacture their own year round would guarantee their security. With the help of an in-town machinist donating labor and some parts, they hope to manufacture a machine for $2000 vs the $5000 standard cost. They are requesting whatever financial contribution Rotary wishes to assist with. At program’s conclusion, Ken Pascoe became an auctioneer for some available product, and Dale Baker and Tom Sullivan were generous buyers/contributors.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Richard Kisiel had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dale Baker and Ed Walsh.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Natalie Donais had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $102+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries/ Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting with the members singing our traditional version of Happy Birthday, by request, to Heather Lee.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on November 29, 2016.
Club Meeting November 22, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation. Tom Sullivan led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason,  Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski. (24/37  65%)  
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements:  Jackie Guzie was pleased to announce:
 
-        Don Miner’s son, Geoffrey, was promoted this past month by the Suffield Police Department to the position of Sergeant.  We all wish him success in his new position.
 
-        Reconfirmation the Rotary Christmas party will occur Dec 13th at Oak Ridge CC. Menu choices and payments should be received by Dec 6th. Cost is $25 per person.
 
-        Several new member inductions will occur on Tuesday, Nov 29th, along with some words from Ed Boyd of Boy Scouts Troop 260.
 
-        Along with Ken Pascoe, Jackie reminded members regarding the Christmas/New Year’s holiday turkey donations and deliveries to those in need, coordinated with Janet Frechette and Emergency Aid. They have the turkeys they need, but will need assistance in delivering them as directed.
 
Jay Presser mentioned the annual Rotary involvement in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Giving Drive. They will be distributing sign-up sheets with time slots; they are asking members wearing Santa hats to ring donation bells on Dec 17 & 18 at two locations:  Highland Park Market entrance and Mountain Rd’s Dunkin Donuts entrance. There is also a call for anyone to pick up some Santa hats for the volunteers. Last year’s efforts raised $1445!
 
Natalie Donais briefly mentioned the educational program she is coordinating. It involves educating older teens and young adults with special needs. They are asking members to look for sites for these students to volunteer via internships, to gain necessary life and work experience. To date, Suffield By the River and the EMS have been involved with her and SHS.
 
Program: Karen Mason led the group in a demonstration and discussion of a Rotary Club service project provided by several other clubs in CT and MA which she and Clark Mason want our club to initiate, providing five gallon buckets of winter sand that is mixed with salt to seniors or those in need. The mixture is available to town residents at the Highway Garage-42 Fflyer Place. The Rotary Club would secure the five gallon buckets, then Karen has volunteered to ensure they have Rotary Club labels prominently shown on the buckets to ensure the recipients know we provided the services. Once labeled, the buckets would be filled by members and delivered to each recipient’s residence. Suggestions for the recipient list should be directed to Ken Pascoe, Jack Muska and Karen Mason to streamline the logistics (bucket procurement, bucket filling and delivery). It is hoped that at least fifty of these deliveries will occur, as this is especially important to those homebound or having difficulty with mobility in winter conditions. The club is appreciative of the Masons for suggesting this initiative.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  The club honored Tami Zawistowski with belated Birthday wishes by singing our version of “Happy Birthday”.  Ray and Kathryn Perleoni celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Karen Mason and Tom Sullivan.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Charles Roumas had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $80+
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Tom Sullivan led a reprise of “God Bless America” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on November 22, 2016.
Club Meeting November 15, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation, in honor of recently deceased Rotarian and friend Sam Fuller. He then led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Jerry Crane, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, and Nancy Viggiano. (18/34   53%)  
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements:
  • Jackie Guzie announced our Rotary Board meeting occurred today from 3-515 pm.
  • She also indicated that Clark and Karen Mason will speak to members on Nov 22nd regarding potential club projects they are passionate about.
  • She confirmed that the Rotary Christmas party will occur Dec 13th at Oak Ridge CC. Menu choices and payments should be received by Dec 6. Cost is $25 per person.
  • Lastly, she proudly informed everyone that several new member inductions will occur on Tuesday, Nov 29th.
Program: Members Gayle Demko and Charles Roumas shared their key takeaways from their Rotary Leadership Institute training on Sat Nov 12 in Chicopee. Their training curriculum included sessions in Insights Into Leadership, Ethics in Vocational Service, Details on the “Rotary World” org structure and the Rotary Foundation, How to Engage Members, and Creating Service Projects. Rotary International actually has its own seat at the United Nations because of its global projects, and present Saturday were many first generation Americans now becoming new local Rotary leaders from Ukraine, Poland, Holland, Azerbaijan, and India. Gayle was especially excited about the tremendous potential Suffield Rotary has to partner with other local clubs in the District or elsewhere on service projects we would not normally have the resources to tackle on our own. We are only limited by our own initiative and enthusiasm. Both were grateful and energized by the training opportunity.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  None.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Jed Dery had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Scott Seabury and Ken Pascoe.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Ken Pascoe had the winning ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $56+
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on November 15, 2016.
Club Meeting November 8, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. (18/34   53%) 
 
Guests: Windsor Visiting Rotarian George Hermann; Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian & prospect sponsored by Bob Lowell; Jon Kozloski- prospect sponsored by Jackie Guzie.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, a couple members discussed status of events and announcements:
 
-Jackie Guzie announced the Rotary Board meeting was postponed until 300 pm on Nov 15, 2016. It will be a lengthy session including detailed budget discussions. She also announced the delay of new member inductions due to Election Day absences and Membership Chair Luis Lee’s temporary illness. The hope is these will occur in two weeks.
 
-On a request by Tom Sullivan, it was confirmed that the Rotary Christmas party will occur Tuesday Dec 13th  at Oak Ridge Country Club.
 
- Ken Pascoe asked what are the criteria and process to declare someone an honorary member. Jackie said she will discuss in detail at next week’s Board meeting and relay answers to members.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Dale Baker was the recipient of a very rousing rendition of the Happy Birthday song in honor of his special day.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Tom Sullivan had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jed Dery and Gayle Demko.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gordon Stagg had the winning ticket again this week. He received two chances to draw, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s drawing $40+
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
 
Minutes recorded by Jackie Guzie, President on November 8, 2016.
Club Meeting November 1, 2016-Interact Spaghetti Dinner at SHS
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”. Jackie then turned the meeting leadership over to Madison D’Ostuni- President of SHS Interact.
 
Members Present: Jerry Crane, Gayle Demko, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Jack Muska, Ray Perleoni, Charles Roumas, and Scott Seabury, (13/35  37%). 
 
Guests: Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian & prospect sponsored by Bob Lowell; Jon Kozloski- prospect sponsored by Jackie Guzie; Kelly Carucci-Rotary November Student of the Month and her parents Ralph and Kathleen; Interact President Madison D’Ostuni and Kate McCluskey, SHS Faculty sponsor. Also a dozen+ other SHS Interact members were present.
 
Announcements: As Interact served food to Rotary members, Guy Fortunato had each of the Interact members introduce themselves. Madison D’Ostuni reminded Rotary members of many of Interact’s accomplishments in the past year. Below is a partial list of the many current year service events Interact participated in:
 -Set up and take down activities at the Packard Golf Tourney
-Hosted successful breakfast for Best Buddies Program
-Assisted Suffield Parks & Rec with the annual Road Race
-Heavy involvement in “Source to Sea” program
-Participated in annual Salvation Army Drive as bell ringers at donation stands
-Substituted for SHS Draft Club on many of their programs/ activities
-Hosting the November dinner for Rotarians, and sold sneakers to benefit the National Diabetes Foundation.  
 
She also ensured we recognized Faculty Sponsor and Event Coordinator Kate McCluskey for her continued fine work and thanked all the participants in this dinner for their efforts.
 
Program: Speaker: Kelly Carucci- Rotary Student of the month for November.
Kelly is an Interact member, and on the Student Council and Unity Team at SHS. She is also a captain of Varsity Basketball and also played Varsity Soccer. Her plans are to enter college in the fall to study Pharmacy. During her speech, she highlighted five lessons/ pieces of advice for her successors:
-You are responsible for all your own words and actions, no one else.
 
-Get Involved! Whether it is sports, leadership programs, etc. Anything that helps your development.
 
-Do not be afraid to speak your mind. Share your opinions and thoughts.
 
-Give back to your community whenever you have an opportunity to help.
 
-Study! Study! Study!
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None  
 
Blue Ticket Winners: No drawing
 
Queen of Hearts: No drawing
 
Adjournment: Madison and Jackie jointly adjourned meeting
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas on November 1, 2016.
Club Meeting October 25, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  Designated Leader Greg Heineman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Guy Fortunato, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano (19/35  54%).  
 
Guests: Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian & prospect sponsored by Bob Lowell; Jon Kozloski- prospect sponsored by Jackie Guzie; Ed Walsh- prospect sponsored by Jay Presser; and Rotarian spouses Debby Miner and Heather Lee.
 
Announcements: Greg Heineman described a very successful Steak and Lobster Dinner at the Fox Hollow Gun Club, and wished to especially thank Ray Perleoni for all his efforts in organizing it. Next, he announced this was our last meeting of the season at Suffield Country Club, and wanted to take up an immediate collection for their wait staff.  He also entertained the club with several prepared jokes, which was appreciated by all.
 
Additionally, Greg wanted to ensure all members know that November 1 is the Interact Spaghetti Dinner at the Suffield High School honoring all Rotary Club members, commencing at 545 pm. Cost is $15 per member (Please bring exact change; the monies go to support Interact). Lastly, Greg stated he had raffle tickets available for sale by members for the Zero Turn Lawn Mower. Tickets are $25 each (or 5 for $100), and the drawing will occur April 18. To date, nearly $1200 in tickets have been sold. There will be second and third prizes drawn that day also; both are new televisions.
 
Ken Pascoe wanted members to know that the Rotary was a sponsor of the Suffield Senior Center annual Scarecrow Contest. Rotary had a nice presence, and seven total prizes were donated. The Center was pleased with our participation.
 
Don Miner informed all members of the Suffield Police Pumpkin Fest Oct 29 130-430 pm at Spaulding School for those interested in attending or participating in pumpkin carving.
 
Program: Speaker: Scott Seabury:  Per a suggestion by Dale Baker back in August, Scott was pleased to teach the members a brief primer on George Whitefield (also spelled Whitfield), a prominently significant man in both British and American history in the 1700’s for his evangelical education of persons of all walks of life. Specifically, with the support of Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Whitefield had a lifelong journey helping colonists understand the central role of faith to the future foundation of the United States. He was also a critical leader of the Great Awakening in England as a founder of Methodism. His emphasis was on unifying people and conveying that all colonists were equal regardless of social status or wealth, and needed to embrace common goals and a sense of community which has opportunity for all.  
 
In addition to being a history lesson, it was a nice reminder to Rotary members of Service Before Self and ongoing awareness of human equality.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None  
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  John Kozlowski had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Debby Miner and Nancy Viggiano.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gordon Stagg was the Red Ticket Winner. Since the Queen of Hearts was chosen at the last meeting (Ken Pascoe won $743), the club erred in not purchasing a new deck of playing cards.  Gordon will select his card at the start of the next regular meeting. Pot stands now at $20.
 
Adjournment: Greg Heineman adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas on October 25, 2016.
Club Meeting October 11, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ray Perleoni, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano (19/35  54%).  
 
Guests: Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian & prospect sponsored by Bob Lowell; Jon Kozloski- prospect sponsored by Jackie Guzie; Ed Walsh- prospect sponsored by Jay Presser; speaker Giancarlo Isotti and his mother Tina De Palma; speaker Caelie Flanagan and her parents Scott and Gina Flanagan.
 
Announcements: Jackie Guzie made a final reminder to members that the regular meeting on October 18  is being replaced by the Steak and Lobster Dinner at the Fox Hollow Gun Club. Also importantly, all planned attendees and their orders specifically for Lobsters should already be received and paid for.
 
Program: Guy Fortunato proudly introduced the Suffield Rotary Club’s selections of Student of the Month for September – Caelie Flanagan and October- Giancarlo Isotti. Guy stated, as a teacher at SHS, that these two young adults are inspirations. “They drive what we do…get us out of the bed in the morning and energize our batteries to be better teachers”. 
 
Our September selection, Caelie Flanagan, began her remarks bypassing her impressive resume to modestly thank our membership and share a few special experiences which helped her redefine what community is all about and her place in it. Her love of musical theater (her college pursuit) originated from the Man of La Mancha, which she considered a beautiful expression allowing her to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. Secondly, her Bertie Green Award, a ten day trip to Ecuador allowed her to make impactful connections at an orphanage showing her there is beauty even in a place of sadness. Caelie closed her remarks with a song reminding us of the power of the human spirit.
 
Our October selection, Giancarlo Isotti, reminded us of the value of youthful leadership and input that can have broad reaching impact. As the student representative to the Suffield Board of Education, and also an advisor to the CT Commissioner of Education, and our Governor, Giancarlo provides a monthly frame of reference for all officials making decisions on the quality of our education and its policies. His words, humility, and behavior of positive influence have resulted in respect from all stakeholders in the process (his fellow students, their parents, teachers, administrators, and state officials). A member of SHS Interact, our Rotary club’s youth group, he plans to pursue political science and/or business.
The Suffield Rotary Club was highly impressed and thankful that Caelie and Giancarlo represent the hopeful energy and service orientation of this next generation.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Charles Roumas was treated to the unique version of the Happy Birthday song by the membership.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Natalie Donais had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Karen Mason and Tom Sullivan.
 
Queen of Hearts:  As proxies for Ken Pascoe (Ken on Rotary make-up business), Paul Pace purchased Ken’s red winning ticket and Ray Perleoni pulled the Queen of Hearts from the deck for him!  Congratulations to Ken Pascoe for winning the pot of $743.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas on October 11, 2016.
Club Meeting October 4, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Anthony Migliozzi, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, and Scott Seabury (19/35  54%).  
 
Guests: Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian & prospect sponsored by Bob Lowell; Susan Paneccasico- guest of Greg Heineman; Cheryl Demko-Morello- guest of Gayle Demko.
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal speaker, the club had several announcements:
 
-Ray Perleoni and Greg Heineman reiterated the need for member volunteers for the October 18th Steak and Lobster Dinner at the Fox Hollow Gun Club. Also importantly, all planned attendees and their orders specifically for Lobsters need to be received by Friday October 7th.
 
-Ken Pascoe mentioned that the oven mitts from the Chicken BBQ are no longer usable. He asked members to purchase some quickly if they come across any, and the club will reimburse their cost.
 
-Jackie Guzie announced that next Tuesday Oct 11th’s program will include the formal induction of Cat Morrow, and honors to the first two Rotary Students of the Month of this school year.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Joe Blake had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Gayle Demko and Guy Fortunato.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Paul Pace had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $692+.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by several officers in Charles’ absence on October 4, 2016.
Club Meeting September 27, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President-elect Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Tom Sullivan gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Jerry Crane, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski. (24/35  69%).  
 
Guests: Suffield First Selectwoman Melissa Mack, SHS student Giancarlo Isotti, and two prospective members- Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian, and Ed Walsh- guest of Jay Presser.
 
Announcements:
Ken Pascoe was pleased to announce that he and Ray Perleoni responded to a request via our Emergency Services to construct an ADA certified entrance ramp at a Suffield resident’s home. They completed the job quickly and accurately. This was another example of our members living the motto “Service Before Self”.
 
Greg Heineman had two announcements. He was distributing raffle tickets to be sold by members for the Zero Turn Mower; drawing to occur April 18, 2017. Secondly, he was assisting Ray Perleoni with the Oct 18 Steak and Lobster event and was distributing a sign-up sheet for shift duty volunteers.
 
Program:  There were two speakers this evening:
  1. Giancarlo Isotti- SHS student: Giancarlo was seeking funds to purchase three large TV Screens/Message Monitors @ $1000 each for Suffield HS. The original purpose is to have screens to display key messages and info on Suffield Unites- a student group dedicated to diversity & inclusion, and education to prevent and treat alcohol and substance abuse. In addition to these “safe messages”, the screens usage could even be expanded to broadcast March Madness Basketball games and other areas of interest throughout the population. The Rotary will consider his request and get back to him. Melissa Mack also suggested he talk to the Town’s Technology Committee to ensure securing the best possible prices upon purchase.
 
  1. Melissa Mack- Suffield First Selectwoman: Melissa welcomed the opportunity to talk about the status of major projects in the Town. She began by confirming that her two key priorities were cost efficiencies and economic development. The Town just saved over $400k on insurance by purchasing direct with CRMA, and signed a deal with LodeStar to optimize usage of energy credits. Suffield also has $2.5 MM in grants (1.4 approved and 1.1 pending) for the creation of a multi-use path along Mountain Rd, and has partnered with Windsor Locks on feasibility study grants for projects on the Suffield/Windsor Locks Canal.
 
          From an economic development perspective, Melissa outlined the status of a list of key projects including:
 
-Route 75 sewer extensions
-16 miles of roadway pavement improvements
-Revitalizing the Town website and intranet, extending fiber optics, and allowing online ability of many Town functions (e.g. applying for a Commercial Building Permit).
-Farmland Abatement Package with the Feds and State, allowing the opening of the largest hydroponic tomato farm in the state.
-Relocation to Suffield of the Broad Brook Brewery and Retail outlet.
- The ongoing improvement of Town Hall. Originally an ADA and HVAC improvement project, it is now being reassessed to become a Land Use Suite Customer Service Center; so construction work and bonding are on hold to accommodate potential 20-30 year needs of the community.
 
The only questions for Melissa revolved around important funding issues better directed to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education. As a follow up, Dick Kisiel told the Club he would invite Karen Berasi to a future meeting.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Jack Muska had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Joe Blake and Melissa Mack.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Ken Pascoe had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $666+.
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting and Tom Sullivan led “America the Beautiful” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on September 27, 2016.
Club Meeting September 20, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Jerry Crane, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell,  Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Tami Zawistowski. (19/34  56%)   Additionally, the Secretary has recorded additional “meeting make-ups” for members not in attendance on Sept 20, who worked multiple shifts for the Suffield on the Green event including Joe Blake, Blair Childs, Ralph Fletcher, Guy Fortunato, Greg Heineman, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Anthony Migliozzi, and Nancy Viggiano. (85%)
 
Guests: former Suffield Rotarian Greg Panjian, Catherine Morrow (awaiting new membership approval and induction), speaker Steve Sorrow, and three guests of member Bob Lowell (wife Linda Stevenson, Estelle Coffman from Louisiana, and prospective member Natalie Donais-former Windsor Rotarian).
 
Announcements:
Ray Perleoni reminded members of the upcoming annual Steak and Lobster event on October 18th at the Fox Hollow Gun Club. He expressed the need for volunteers to help with set-up, food donations, supplies, etc. Ray will be distributing a sign-up email to members for volunteer slots and a list of items needed.
 
Program: Suffield Rotary was pleased to have two speakers with separate topics:
  1. Steve Sorrow, President Windsor Locks Canal Trail and Park Friends: Steve is a Suffield resident actively involved since 2004 in the upkeep and enhancement of this historic and natural locale. 300 people use it daily. The board of five consists of residents of Suffield, Windsor Locks, Warehouse Point and Enfield, and works closely with the Park Ranger. Amongst the wonders at the park extolled are milkweed thatches and winterberry bushes for the Monarch Butterfly and Golden Warbler migrations, respectively. Although the State must handle the major infrastructural issues, the local Friends group has a priority wish list of needs (gas for equipment, solar battery charger, rain barrel, etc.). Steve was asked by the club to forward the wish list. Also importantly, the members were unanimous in their use of the trail/park, and instructed Steve to create opportunities for Rotarians to volunteer time/services to this unique facility. The club also thanked Steve for his continued dedication.
 
  1. Bob Lowell, Suffield Rotary member: Bob returned from house reconstruction and other important aid relief he and others provided the victims of the recent flooding disaster in Louisiana (sudden 20 inches of rain). This was designated a 1000 year flood by FEMA and destroyed thousands of homes. Bob was part of a large group of service volunteers from many organizations focused on cleaning up the mold and other elements of inhabitability from flooded homes. His genesis for this was meeting our guest Estelle Coffman years ago on a Cycle America Bike Tour.  After becoming friends for years, Estelle’s house was amongst those destroyed, and Bob responded to her call for help, and that of her neighbors, in true Rotarian spirit. Our club is proud of his actions.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Gayle Demko was the recipient of our special rendition of the Happy Birthday song. Don and Debby Miner also celebrated a wedding anniversary.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Luis Lee had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dick Kisiel and Gail Handley.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gordon Stagg had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $632+.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on September 20, 2016.
Club Meeting September 13, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Blair Childs, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. (18/34  53%)   Additionally, the Secretary has recorded as “meeting make-ups” members not in attendance on either Sept 6 or 13, who worked at the weekend Suffield on the Green event including Joe Blake, Blair Childs, Jerry Crane, Ralph Fletcher, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Bob Lowell, Anthony Migliozzi, Don Miner, Jay Presser, and Tami Zawistowski. At least 83% participation!
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements/Program: In lieu of a formal program, several members discussed status of events and announcements:
 
Nancy Viggiano wanted all to know that Rotarian Jim Wood has recovered from his surgery in Maine and is now locally recuperating at Suffield House.
 
Greg Heineman wanted to update members on the status of the Zero Turn Mower Raffle. Raffle ticket sales to date are an encouraging $1125. Bacher Corp (Jim and Nancy Viggiano) generously provided the prize which will continue to be raffled off until April 18, 2017. George Fields and the team at Suffield Hardware will sell raffle tickets on an ongoing basis at their store.
 
Ray Perleoni alerted members to the upcoming annual Steak and Lobster event on October 18th at the Fox Hollow Gun Club.
 
Jackie Guzie thanked Ken Pascoe for his stellar planning, leadership and operation of the annual Chicken BBQ at Suffield on the Green this past weekend. Ken wished to comment on the event in more detail. He announced it was a financial success, with net proceeds of approximately $6000, and thanked 90 Meat Outlet and Geissler’s markets for their contributions. Importantly, as Rotary is about Service Above Self, he gave heartfelt thanks to the unified efforts of the entire member base, which to him was the main reason for its success. He called out several members specifically for helping with many less than glamorous errands, set-ups, hauling and event clean-up and tear down. Lastly, he reminded the group there were still two jobs to be completed: removal Tuesday night Sept 20 of the pits left cooling on Suffield Green, and volunteers with shovels and bins to clear ash piles left behind.
 
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Gail Handley was the recipient of a very rousing rendition of the Happy Birthday song in honor of her special day.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Jack Muska had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Guy Fortunato and Clark Mason.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Ken Pascoe had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $602+.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “God Bless America” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on September 13, 2016.
Club Meeting September 6, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Jackie Guzie opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Luis Lee gave the invocation and Greg Heineman led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Blair Childs, Jerry Crane, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Guy Fortunato, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, and Nancy Viggiano. 23/35   65.7%
 
Guests: Cat Morrow (prospective new member sponsored by Tami Zawistowski), and speakers, Jen Bombard, Dan Sheridan, and Jim Dion.
 
Announcements:
 
Dick Kisiel reminded members he was collecting checks now for the September 11 Chicken BBQ ticket sales receipts.
 
Frank DiGennaro reminded all members that volunteers were still sorely needed for the entire chicken BBQ set-up, booth hours and take down. Ken Pascoe again distributed volunteer sign-up sheets for volunteer labor for the entire Chicken Barbeque prep, process and clean-up.  Prep work (BBQ pits) commenced right after this Tuesday Sept 6 meeting onward until clean-up on Sunday the 11th. All areas need volunteers, including pit set-up, booth construction, picking up products, moving things around/chore runners, chicken dinner assembly, booth ticket/cash receipts, and final booth disassembly and clean-up. Importantly, all hands are called for the 700 am Sunday folding of 800 dinner boxes, and that delivery of dinners need to be completed that morning for the Suffield Seniors and also designated “home-bound” residents. 
 
Program:  President Jackie Guzie introduced tonight’s speaker, Jen Bombard, representing the Suffield Middle School Girls’ Softball Team. She was joined by softball coaches Dan Sheridan and Jim Dion. Jen mentioned that there has been a one year gap in softball programs offered by Suffield schools, which is not the case in most if not all of the towns surrounding Suffield. . Our eighth grade girls have gone without, and proudly announced the Board of Ed has agreed to fund a program starting in the 2017-2018 school year. Jen needs to raise $6,000 to field a team this year, with 15 girls likely, expanding to 30 next season. She was formally requesting a third ($2000), or whatever Rotary would like to contribute from our Packard Sports Funds. She will be speaking to other groups and the Zak Foundation also for support. The Rotary Board and membership will discuss and respond back. Jackie thanked all three for their time and commitment.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Blair Childs, Jay Presser and Tom Sullivan all celebrated birthdays, and the club ensured an extra special rendition of the birthday song. Couples Jay and Johanne Presser, and John and Jackie Guzie celebrated wedding anniversaries. Lastly, Bob Lowell and Scott Seabury celebrated 11th and 12th anniversaries of joining Rotary.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Gayle Demko had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Greg Heineman and the Rotary Club (next ticket on roll).
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jerry Crane had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $584+.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Greg Heineman led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on September 6, 2016.
Club Meeting August 30, 2016
 
Opening and Welcome:  President-Elect Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gil Ahrens, Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Richard Kisiel, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Pace, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Thomas Sullivan. 17/35   48.5%
 
Guests: Debby Miner, Madison D’Ostuni- President Interact
 
Announcements:
Dick Kisiel reminded members next Tuesday‘s meeting is the last collection for the Chicken BBQ ticket sales receipts.
 
Ken Pascoe distributed volunteer sign-up sheets for volunteer labor for the Chicken BBQ. Jay Presser followed this up with an e-mail distribution to all members to ensure everyone understands the lengthy list of tasks to be completed. There is much prep work beginning Tuesday Sept 6 onward until clean-up on Sunday the 11th. All areas need volunteers, including, setting up the BBQ pits, booth construction, picking up products, moving things around/chore runners, chicken dinner assembly, booth ticket/cash receipts, and final booth disassembly and clean-up. Please contact Ken to help in every way possible.
 
Program:  President Jackie Guzie introduced tonight’s speaker, Madison D’Ostuni, the President of Interact, the SHS youth Rotary Service Club.
 
Madison had two purposes to convey, the first to provide an extensive and impressive array of service events Interact’s 43 members accomplished this year. The second was to thank the club for its continued support in communication and leadership skill development, with the hopes of an additional request for an upcoming speaker at SHS from the club and perhaps some Tee shirts.
 
Below is a partial list of the many current year service events Interact participated in:
 
-Set up and take down activities at the Packard Golf Tourney
-Hosted successful breakfast for Best Buddies Program
-Assisted Suffield Parks&Rec with the annual Road Race
-Heavy involvement in “Source to Sea” program
-Participated in annual Salvation Army Drive as bell ringers at donation stands
-Substituted for SHS Draft Club on many of their programs/ activities
-Hosted November dinner for Rotarians and sold sneakers to benefit the National Diabetes Foundation.  
 
Our Rotary Club members were very impressed with Interact, Madison and their work. Our members inquired about Interact’s succession planning, recruitment activities, and how we can better support them. Lastly, our audience expressed their deep appreciation for Madison’s leadership and Interact’s success.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Karen Mason had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Clark Mason and Jackie Guzie.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $561+.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie adjourned the meeting and Scott Seabury led “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, Secretary on August 30, 2016.
 
 
 
Speakers
Brian Hendrickson, Asst Superintendent
Sep 26, 2017
Suffield Schools Curriculum & Activities
District 7890 Governor Dave Mangs, PhD
Oct 03, 2017
Plans for District and RI for coming year
Rotary Lobster Fest
Oct 10, 2017
At Fox Hollow Gun Club