Rotary Club of Suffield

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Suffield

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 PM
Season's Restaurant
Suffield by the River
Suffield, CT  06078
United States of America
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SUFFIELD ROTARY PRESIDENT

Dick Kisiel
Term 2018-19

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Club Meeting January 8, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 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, Bob Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (20/31….65%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements: 
Dick wished the group a Happy New Year and passed around the thank you notes received over the holidays.  The bell ringing project raised over $1600 for the Suffield Emergency Aid, the highest figure reached to date!  Thanks to all who helped with this project!
 
Our new slate of officers includes two new roles; our by-laws will need to be amended to include the added role of assistant secretary and assistant treasurer.  A motion to approve the inclusion of these two positions was made and carried.  The following will be added to the by-laws:
 
Article 2   Board
The governing body of this club shall be the board consisting of up to nine (9) members of this club. This shall include the president, the immediate past president, the president-elect (or president-nominee, if no successor has been elected), vice-president, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer, and the sergeant-at-arms.  At the discretion of the board, three (3) additional directors can be elected in accordance with article 3, section 1 of these bylaws..
Article 4   Duties of Officers
 
 
Section 7 – Assistant Secretary.  The assistant secretary will act and serve on the board in the absence of the club secretary and perform such responsibilities to support the role of club secretary particularly in the area of communication and public relations.
 
Section 8 – Assistant Treasurer.  The assistant treasurer will act and serve on the board in the absence of the club secretary, be a member of the club’s budget committee, and perform such responsibilities to support the role of the club treasurer.
 
 
PROGRAM:  Dick utilized the survey results to begin a discussion of goals for the upcoming year.  He noted:
  • Number one priority should focus upon increasing membership; a meeting with the membership committee to work on a plan of action for this goal is scheduled for Thur, Jan 24.
  • Jack Muska shared the financials with the group.
  • Currently following up on a group project to improve Suffield’s Sunrise Park – playground and walking trail
  • FOFAH – Farm project still underway
  • Public Image – Website and publications need more attention
  • Advertising – Need Rotary sign displayed at all functions and volunteer opportunities (Inventory of Rotary equipment stored in barn has been requested)
  • Wine & Beer Fundraiser – Date needs to be confirmed for this Spring – location tentatively at Suffield By The River.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Gail Handley with side winners Scott and Gordon.
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $37.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Jan 15
January Student of the Month – Hannah Stack.
Club Meeting January 15 2019
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (13/31….42%).
 
Guests: Hannah Stack, Student of the Month; Mr. & Mrs. Matt Stack; Maureen Harnet; SHS teacher; and Heather Lee
 
Announcements:  
Dick announced that information on the Yardgoats game schedule is now available.  He is seeking a club member who would be to coordinate a trip to a baseball game in Hartfor sometime in July or August on a meeting night.
 
Dick thanked members of the club who volunteered to work an an action plan focused on membership and membership engagement. The committee will meet at Dick’s house at 6:30 p.m. on January 24.
 
Scott Seabury will continue to coordinate the programs for our weekly meetings.  He seeks recommendations from club members for program and speaker suggestions.
 
Nancy Viggiano announced that the wine tasting fundraising event will be held on May 17 at Season’s Restaurant at 7:30 p.m.
 
Dick announced that our annual Paul Harris and end of the Rotary year will take place on Tuesday June 25.  Ken Pascoe asked members to submit to him suggested Paul Harris recipients.  
 
PROGRAM:
 
Maureen Harnet, a French teacher at Suffield High, School, introduced Hannah Stack the Student of the Month for January 2019.  She described Hannah as enthusiastic, diligent student, with an infectious smile matching her charming personality.
 
Hannah shared her enthusiasm and interest in working with high school special needs students through the “Buddies Club” and volunteering as a Special Olympics coach. Hannah is member of the Interact Club and student representative on the Suffield Board of Education.  She plans to enroll in Marist College, major in psychology and pursue a career in neuro-psychology.
 
Birthdays:  The following club members celebrate birthdays, but were not present to receive of infamous rendition of “Happy Borthday” Ralph Fletcher, Bob Lowell, and Natalie Donaid.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dick Kisiel with side winner Gordon Stagg.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Hannah drew the winning ticket for Ken Pascoe and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $49.
 
Next week’s meeting–Jan 22
 
 
Club Meeting December 18, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Greg DiSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Cat Thomas.  (17/33….55%).
 
Guests: Don Miner’s daughter-Kimberly Madore.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed the Kimberly to our meeting.
 
The internal survey was provided to all who had not yet completed it and surveys were collected.  Dick and Greg DeSantis will compile the results to share with members prior to the meeting in January.  During our next meeting we will discuss club finances and goals including the results of the surveys as well as elect officials for the next fiscal year.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick led a great evening of holiday trivia which was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ken Pascoe with a side winner Don.
Queen of Hearts:  Greg D. had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $17.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Jingle Bells”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Jan 8
Club Business Meeting – please review the attachments prior to the meeting.
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
November 13, 2018
Suffield by the River – 4:45 pm
 
 
Meeting Called to Order 4:35 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Gayle Demko, Charles Roumas, Nancy Viggiano, Natalie Donais and Ken Pascoe
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of October 16, 2018 were approved as distributed.
 
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of Oct 31, 2018:
Operations:     $4222
 
Old Business:
  • District Leadership Training Nov 10 – Roger Pratt, Natalie Donais and Dick attended Session I training - Gayle and Charles did not attend as Session III training was cancelled. 
  • Holiday Dinner – Nancy reported minimum attendance not yet met.  Pricing of dinner deemed high and Nancy will go back to Crestview to determine if a pricing of under $50 per person can be accomplished.  The club will pay for the DJ entertainment.
  • Board Positions – openings were reviewed and Dick and Gayle will work toward filling the openings with interested parties. 
 
New Business:
  • Bell Ringing – Dick will announce at meeting tonight the need for volunteers for the Dec 22 & 23 event and will contact Interact Club for their help.
  • Membership and Club Member Engagement – Dick will set up a meeting with the membership committee to review existing protocol.
  • 2018-2019 Officer and Board elections:  Dick will review the by-laws.
 
Club Member Forum:
No one from the club approached the Board.
 
Next Meeting Date: December 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm at Suffield by the River.
Motion by Ken to adjourn at 5:33 seconded by Charles, which passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
November 13, 2018
Suffield by the River
 
 
 
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:35 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes were approved as presented.
 
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of Oct 31, 2018:
Foundation:                                                $28,462
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $144,152
 
Old Business:
Town Wide Project – Sunrise Park trail and playground.  Jack met with Mark Cervione of the Conservation commission and $100,000 has been set aside by the town for a boundless playground on the site of the existing playground.  The trail around the park was estimated at $35,000 cost for a proper maintenance, an assessment Jack considered quite high for the work that really needed to be done as this was not going to be a handicap assessable trail.  A district grant could be sought for work on this project.
 
Hilltop Farm – Dick will check into the feasibility of a district grant to continue to support the projects at this location.
 
 
Club Member Forum
No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  Dec 11 at 4:45 pm
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:40, seconded by Gayle, which passed unanimously.
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
October 16, 2018
The Tavern – 4:30 pm
 
 
Meeting Called to Order 4:35 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Gayle Demko, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Joe Kozloski and Ken Pascoe
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of September 11, 2018 were not read, but were forwarded to board members following the meeting to be reviewed at next meeting.
 
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of Sept 31, 2018:
Operations:     $4358
 
Old Business:
  • Lobster/Steak Dinner – Oct 9; next year a new menu may be pursued due to pricing of lobster and quality of steak.  It is a wonderful event social event for our club!
  • Formation of Roteract Club – If we have sufficient interest, this could go forward.  Currently all interested prospects should join the established club.
  • Foundation Dinner – Jay Presser and Nancy Viggiano and their spouses will attend the Nov 1 dinner and accept the award on the behalf of our club.
  • District Leadership Training Nov 10 – Gayle and Charles will attend Session III training.
 
New Business:
  • Board Vacancies:  Dick will announce availability of openings on the 2019 board at the general meeting tonight. New slate of officers should be presented Dec 11 meeting.  Charles is moving and unavailable for a board position next year.
  • 2018-2019 Officer and Board elections:  Dick will review the by-laws.
  • Holiday Party: Fellowship Committee will schedule, any suggestions regarding location and entertainment should be expressed asap.
 
Club Member Forum:
No one from the club approached the Board.
 
Next Meeting Date: November 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm at Suffield by the River.
Motion by Ken to adjourn at 5:22, seconded by Charles, which passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
October 16, 2018
The Tavern
 
 
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:22 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of September 11 will be sent out this evening and will be reviewed at next meeting.
 
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of Sept 31, 2018:
Foundation:                                                $28,486
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $155,598
 
Old Business:
Town Wide Project – Consideration of working with FOFAH to accomplish a yearly project and with Parks and Rec focusing upon maintenance of the trails at Sunrise Park and Bruce Park.  The playground at Sunrise Park will also be considered as Peter Leclerc recommended.  Jack will follow up with Mark Servione to discuss the details of pursuing these opportunities.  The funds for the current FOFAH project will be again presented to the general membership for official vote.
 
Jackie Guzie- new job very time consuming and she will be considered as a leave of absence status for the next six months.
 
New Business:
Availability of District Grants –
  • To qualify two people from our club need to register and attend a webinar each year which is scheduled in the Spring
  • Typically $5000 is the grant amount sought.
 
Club Member Forum
No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  October 16 at 5:00 pm
Motion by Don to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Gayle, which passed unanimously.
Club Meeting December 11, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (21/32….66%).
 
Guests: Our guest speaker Alyssa Zawaiiai – Student of the Month – and parents Michelle and Joe with teacher sponsor Maureen Harnett..
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed the Student of the Month and parents  to our meeting.
 
Surveys:  Dick collected completed surveys and asks any missing surveys be emailed to him.  He will distribute another survey for those who may need one to complete.
 
Holiday Party:  The Holiday Party was a wonderful success.  Those who attended enjoyed the venue and the DJ.  It was suggested to book next year’s event on the second Tuesday of the month as has been traditionally scheduled.
Charles Roumas:  Charles officially resigned as Vice President/President Elect as he relocates to California.  We will miss him and all wished him well in his new home!  We thank Scott Seabury for stepping into this role to complete the 2018/2019 term.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Dec 22 & 23 at Dunkin Donuts and Highland Park.  Joe Blake will handle set up and take down of the donation kettle; a sign up was passed and Dick will contact Interact Club to request their assistance again this year.
 
Slate of Officers was introduced.  Dick announced the following:
Rotary Board for 2019/2020
President                       Gayle Demko    
Vice P/Pre Elect              Scott Seabury
Secretary                       Don Rawling      (social media/publicity)
                                     Natalie Donais   (recording – minutes / board)
Treasurer                       Jack Muska and Jon Kozloski
At Large                         Jay Presser
                                     Ken Pascoe
                                     Louis Lee
Sargent at Arms             Gail Handley
Past President                Dick Kisiel
 
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced Maureen Harnett, the teacher who nominated our Student of the Month. Ms. Harnett applauded Allie Zawaiiai for her work with the Best Buddies organization, Student Senate, Theatre productions, Spirit Night organization, and National Honor Society.  Allie expounded upon her Interact Club involvement, noting she had folded many boxes and also rung the bell with the Rotary last year.  She would like to follow an environmental science path in the future.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jed Dery with sides won by our Student of the Month, Allie, and her sponsor, Ms. Harnett.
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket and did pull the Queen of Hearts.  Congratulations to our big winner with winning pot at $1210.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Three birthdays: Jackie Hemond, Gordon Stagg and Don Miner.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting– Dec 18 - Dick will host a Fun-Filled Trivia Night
 
Club Meeting November 20, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano.  (17/32….53%).
 
Guests: Jean DeSantis-guest of Greg DeSantis and our guest speaker, Dr. Stacey Munro and daughter Clare.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed our guests to our meeting.
 
Holiday Party:  The Holiday Party is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Crestview Country Club in Agawam MA.  The festivities will begin with appetizers at 6 pm.  The cost is $45.00 a person and will include entertainment.  Signups were collected at registration and payment will be collected next Tuesday (by Roger Pratt).  Email Nancy Viggiano ( vigg595@gmail.com) with your dinner choices if unable to register at the meeting.  Dinner choices are Roast Sirlolin of Beef, Chicken Piccata or Boston Baked Scrod.  Deadline Tuesday, Nov 27 – don’t miss our celebration!!
 
Sand & Salt:  Ken announced the event has been advertised in the Observer and he anticipates the need for two trucks to deliver the buckets to Seniors requesting them.  The delivery date is Dec 1.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Dec 22 & 23 at Dunkin Donuts and Highland Park.  Joe Blake will handle set up and take down of the donation kettle; all spots have been filled and Dick will contact Interact Club to request their assistance again this year.
 
Dick has requested a Membership Committee meeting be held at his home on December 9.  Details will follow.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced our speaker, Dr. Stacey Munro, a Naturopathic Medical Specialist with a practice at 178 Mountain Road.  Dr. Munro described the history of this “ancient” treatment system which assesses the whole person to effect a natural treatment approach for many conditions (such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Diabetes Type I and II, Stress Management, Weight Gain/Loss, Arthritis, Allergies, Autoimmune Disease, Digestive Problems to name a few).  Naturopaths focus on a holistic approach and aim to prevent illness through stress reduction and changes to diet and lifestyle.  This approach has been effective for acute and chronic conditions utilizing natural treatments which strengthen the body and improve function.  More information about this topic can be found at Dr. Munro’s website http://www.natureshelpermedical.com/
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dale Baker with a side won by Dick Kisiel.
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $1020+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Anniversaries noted for this week include Ray Perleoni and Natalie Donais.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Nov 27 Celia Moffie and Liz Sansom - Suffield by the River facilities and available services.
Club Meeting November 27, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Cat Thomas and honorary Member Tom Modzelesky.  (20/32….62%).
 
Guests: Our guest speaker Celia Moffie and staff, Liz Samson, community outreach director, Karen-their assistant executive director and Carlos-their outstanding chef.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed Tom Modzelesky  to our meeting.
 
Surveys:  Dick emailed surveys to the club members and asks they be completed and returned by Dec 11; either email survey to Dick or bring to our meeting.  Survey has been attached to this document for your convenience.
 
Holiday Party:  The Holiday Party is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Crestview Country Club in Agawam MA.  The festivities will begin with appetizers at 6 pm.  The cost is $45.00 a person and will include entertainment.  Signups were collected and payment made to Roger at the event.
Sand & Salt:  Ken announced the event has been advertised in the Observer and he anticipates the need for two trucks to deliver the buckets to Seniors requesting them. Those volunteering to assist should meet at Flyer Place at 8:30 AM Saturday, Dec 1.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Dec 22 & 23 at Dunkin Donuts and Highland Park.  Joe Blake will handle set up and take down of the donation kettle; a sign up was passed and Dick will contact Interact Club to request their assistance again this year.
 
Cat Thomas relayed the success of the Rotary Distinguished Speaker program which began today.  She felt the questions were very good and that the audience was quite receptive as she described her role in municipal government.  Dick thanked the members who have signed up to participate in this program.
 
Dick has requested a Membership Committee meeting be held at his home on December 9.  Details will follow.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced our speaker, Celia Moffie, owner of Suffield by the River.  Celia recognized the Rotary for their six years of support in meeting at her facility and also relayed that today marks the 20th anniversary of Suffield by the River’s opening.  Suffield House opened in 1991.  Celia noted assisted living was a new concept for Connecticut and thanks her staff which has been with the facility for many years.  She welcomed Suffield Rotary to consider utilizing the facility whenever needed.     
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Tom Sullivan with sides won by Heidi and Jay Presser.
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $1114+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Holiday Party at Crestview Country Club in Agawam MA.
Holiday Tree Gala:  Suffield Rotary has sponsored a Christmas Tree at the Holiday Tree Gala Event which is open for viewing at the Suffield Senior Center.  Trees are available for purchase.  The event runs Dec 1-15 – weekdays 9-4 – weekends 1-4.  Suffield Garden Club has sponsored this program and encourages all to come and enjoy a bit of Holiday magic.
 
 
Club Meeting November 13, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DiSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Cat Thomas and Nancy Viggiano.  (20/34….59%).
 
Guests: Rotarians: Vince Tully, Earle Tarbell, John Bajumpaa, Ron Eleveld, Pam Lupoli, Judith Green with guests Dave Marti and Karen Andrew.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed the visiting Rotarians and guests to our meeting.
 
Holiday Party:  The Holiday Party is scheduled for Dec, 4 at Crestview Country Club.  The committee will finalize details for the event and sign ups will be sought at the next meeting as well as via email request.  Please respond to the email or sign up when it is distributed.
 
Sand & Salt:  Ken announced the event has been advertised in the Observer and he anticipates the need for two trucks to deliver the buckets to Seniors requesting them.  The delivery date is Dec 1.
 
Award:  Jay Presser was awarded a Paul Harris medallion with four sapphires in recognition for his generosity in donations to the Rotary Foundation.  Suffield Rotary applauds Jay for his kindness and generous heart.  Thanks Jay!
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced our speaker, Judith Green, the District Membership Chair who is also a Revenue Development Coach and Strategist.  Judith provided a handout and led exercises designed to elicit membership retention and Rotarian education.  These exercises demonstrated thru enthusiasm and participation the experience of members, both new and long-standing, will be enhanced and therefore more valuable.  We look forward to implementing her suggestions and appreciate the District’s participation and guidance which will enhance our organization.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Scott Seabury with sides winners Heidi and Greg D.
Queen of Hearts:  Don had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $960+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Dale Baker celebrated a birthday.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Nov 20
Stacey Munro is a Naturopathic Physician who will present The Science of Naturopathy and its Personal Health Plan Impact; she has Nature's Helper Medical Clinic - 178 Mountain Road.
Club Meeting November 6, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DiSantis, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Jon Kozlowski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, and Nancy Viggiano.  (16/34….47%).
 
Guests:  Rotary Student of the Month:  David Danek, his parents Edward and Anne and brother Ed and  Coach Dan Gatto who nominated David for the award.
 
Announcements: Charles made several announcements:
Thanks to Ken Pascoe for scheduling the golf cart drivers for rides from the parking lot to the voting door.  With cold rain dominating  the voting day-rides were much appreciated!  We will look into signage for the cart for future use.  Thanks to those who volunteered to drive:  Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Natalie Donais, Gayle Demko and Nancy Viggiano.
 
Save the Date!  Our holiday party is scheduled for December 4 @ Crestview Country Club.  Details will follow.
 
Don Miner is attending an addiction taskforce opioid group with meetings scheduled at the Windsor Marriott.  Next meeting is Nov 19 @ 6 pm.  Don will keep the club posted on the results of the meetings.
 
PROGRAM:  Rotary Student of the Month.
Coach Gatto presented David for Rotary Student of the Month award indicating David encompasses all the qualities of a gentleman: he is polite, focused, humble, highest level of sportsmanship and yet determined and driven to succeed.  David is a captain and the backbone of his sport’s teams.  David noted that he works to make a difference; and states that his credo is “to help one person with one act (of kindness) at a time”.  He would like to pursue a career in Finance.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ken Pascoe with a side won our guests who donated it back to the club.
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $922+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Roger Pratt had a birthday!
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–    Nov 13 - Seasons Restaurant – Suffield By The River - 6:15 pm
District 7890 has invited officers and club members from other clubs in our area to our meeting on Tuesday to enjoy a Membership Rally presentation/discussion hosted by Judith Green.

Let’s welcome our guest district members and enjoy Judith’s enthusiasm in tackling this tough problem!

 
Club Meeting October 30, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  Honory President Jay Presser 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jon Kozlowski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (18/34….53%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements: Jay made several announcements:
This is the last week to meet at Suffield Country Club’s Tavern.  Jay thanked Sammy and the staff for their service and presented wait staff with our tip donations. 
 
Next Tuesday we meet at Suffield By The River with an early start of 5:45 pm to accommodate Tami’s election day gathering which begins at 7:30 pm.  Rotarians are welcome to stay and attend Tami’s event.
 
A candidate’s debate will be hosted by Suffield Observer at the middle school on Friday, Nov 2.
 
Rotary has been asked by our Selectman to again provide golf cart rides for the voters during the next Tuesday’s elections.  Ken Pascoe collected the names of the volunteers and will set up the schedule.  Bring a towel in case of rain to clean off the seats.
 
7:30 to 9:30      Ken Pascoe
9:30 to 11:30                 Gayle Demko
11:30 to 1:30    Natalie Donais
1:30 to 3:30      Jay Presser
3:30 to 5:30      Nancy Viggiano
 
PROGRAM:  Don Miner provided the ‘hands on’ training to the “STOP THE BLEED – Save A Life” training the Suffield Ambulance Assn. is sponsoring.  This training is designed to educate the public to the basics of bleeding control to elicit swift and effective treatment of injuries in the kitchen or with a power tool.  The practical training key points were proper application of two types of tourniquets and use of additional measures available to control bleeding while waiting for professional assistance.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Gayle with sides won by Jack and Tom.
Queen of Hearts:  Ray Perloni had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $883+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–    Nov 6 - Seasons Restaurant – Suffield By The River
    Early start at 5:45 pm with conclusion at 6:45 pm
 
Our Speaker is Celia Moffie, Executive Director and Owner of Suffield by the River which will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this December, joined by Liz Sansom, Suffield by the river’s community outreach coordinator - to highlight their history & community services.
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
September 11, 2018
The Tavern – 5:00 pm
 
 
  1. Call the Meeting to Order 5:05 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Gayle Demko, Don Rawling, Nancy Viggiano, Charles Roumas and Ken Pascoe
 
  1. Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of August 14, 2018 were read. Motion by Charles to approve the minutes upon amended changes to reflect separation of Foundation and General meeting notes, seconded by Ken; motion approved.
 
  1. Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report.  Balances as of August 31, 2018 on each account:
Operations:                                                 $3961
 
  1. Old Business:
Chicken BBQ Update:Ken reported about $4000 profit for this event.
Lobster/Steak Dinner:Correct date for event-October 9; Roger will collect registrations.
 
  1. New Business:
Annual Membership Dues –
  • Discussion regarding proposition of honorary membership for those who cannot commit to 50% attendance but are present for every fundraiser or project when needed.  Dick will review this with membership committee
  • Club Goals and Action Plan for 2018-19
    • Concept of hosting a formation of a Rotaract Club was vetoed as the incapability to interest this age bracket was recognized.
    • Suffield Rotary would be better served in working with Membership committee to enhance current membership.
  • Schedule of Club business meetings – should the group meet to discuss current projects on a monthly basis?  Discussion concluded it would be beneficial to try this.
  • District Leadership Training Session, Nov 10.  Dick will alert the membership to this availability.  Charles and Gayle will register.
 
  1. Club Member Forum
No one from the club approached the Board
 
  1. Next Meeting Date: October 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Motion by Ken to adjourn at 5:22, seconded by Jack, which passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
September 11, 2018
The Tavern
 
 
  1. Call the Meeting to Order at 5:22 pm
 
  1. Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of September 11 will be accepted as previously noted with changes to the order of the reported information.
 
  1. Treasurer’s Report accepted as previously presented which noted:
Foundation: $28,973
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds: $155,847
 
  1. Old Business
Cooperative Town-Wide Project:Dick will be meeting with First Selectman Melissa Mack this week to discuss the opportunities available.He will note the following projects which have been previously discussed with the membership.
 
Projected Projects:

I.Stoney Brook

A.Maintenance – trash removal and landscaping

II.FOFAH - Hilltop Farm Nonprofit

III.Babb’s Beach

A.Covered picnic area

IV.Economic Development Downtown Area

A.Depot Street beautification

B.Bike/Walk path between middle school and Bruce Park

V.Mapleton Hall

VI.Sunrise Park

A.Playground

B.Bathrooms/Composite Toilets

 
 
  1. New Business:
  • None
 
  1. Next Meeting Date:  October 16 at 5:00 pm
Motion by Don to adjourn at 5:35, seconded by Gayle, which passed unanimously.
Club Meeting October 23, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Thomas Sullivan.  (21/34….62%).
 
Guests: Kate Sims- District Governor, Marcel Schmidt- Lt. Governor and Pam Lupoli- Associate Governor.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed the District 7890 Governors to our meeting.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute - RLI is a great way for members to learn about Rotary and share ideas with other Rotarians from other Clubs and Districts.  Our District strongly encourages our members to attend. A well planned course offered in three sessions on subjects such as membership development and engagement, vocational service, the Rotary Foundation, creating hands on service projects and international service. November 10, 2018, a Saturday, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, and will be held at the Enfield Holiday Inn, Enfield, CT. For more information and to register go to:  http://www.rlinea.comOfficers should make every effort to attend.
Foundation Dinner:  Nov 1 – Jay & Johanne Presser and Nancy & Jim Viggiano will represent Suffield Rotary. 
 
Election Day Golf Cart Drivers:  Nov 6 – Rotary has been asked to provide drivers for the golf cart used to transport those who need rides from the parking lot to the school house door.  Greg Heineman, Jay Presser, Joe Blake and Natalie Donais will be available if drivers are needed. 
Sunrise Park Trail and Playground Project:  Suffield Rotary should consider applying for a District grant to fund these projects.  We will work with Parks and Recreation to define this effort.   
Elections:  Recommendations / volunteers for a role on the 2019/2020 board is now open.  Dick encourages all members to consider taking a position as an officer; elections will be held in mid-December.
 
PROGRAM:  Kate Sims outlined her program “Where we are going in this district and why”.  Kate noted that District 7890 was losing membership.  Survey response demonstrated membership felt meetings and conferences were too long and members wanted meetings that “got to the point”.  Therefore the District Conference which is typically a three day event will now become a one night and next day event; there will be a Friday business luncheon and a dinner dance with a Saturday brunch followed by a Red Sox tour.  Kate believes this will enhance attendance. 
 
A District Project has been defined:  A task force including Lions & Elks will join Rotary in Opioid Addiction awareness program which will include working with DCF and local police departments to treat those with addiction in lieu of locking them up.  Kate is committed to supporting this as a District wide program and wants the task force to work toward spreading the work about these recovery programs. By collectively attacking this initiative Rotary could make a difference in the lives of many residents.
 
Kate urged club members to participate in the District meetings and conferences and to invite all age groups to join our club.  She thanked Suffield Rotary for their continued support of Rotary and its initiatives.  We look forward to a dynamic year with Kate at the helm!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Heidi with sides won by Dick and Jay.
Red Ticket-Queen of Hearts:  Gayle had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $844+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.
 
Next week’s meeting–
Oct 30  Art Groux, Chief, Suffield Ambulance will provide the part 2 practical training for the “STOP THE BLEED – Save A Life” training program. 
 
Club Meeting October 16, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Nancy Viggiano.  (14/34….41%).
 
Guests: Art Groux, Chief, Suffield Ambulance.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed Art Groux to our meeting.
 
Lobster/Steak Social:  October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club – 47 members and guests attended our member social.  Dick thanked all who participated in making this such a successful event.  He also thanked Bilenko’s Farm for their donation of corn to the event and Highland Park for their preparation of the dinner. 
 
Hilltop Farm Chicken Coop Project: Last month the members voted to fund this project and the designation of the account funding this project needs affirmation.  Jack Muska moved the project be funded from the Rotary Foundation principle funds and this recommendation passed.  Jack will report this project as such in his treasury report.
 
District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Officers should make every effort to attend.
 
Holiday Party:  The social committee is seeking a new venue for this event in December.  There is a recommendation to include entertainment this year; Gail and Nancy ask any member with a lead on musicians or appropriate entertainment to please let them know.
 
Scott has just returned from West Virginia where he met Dean Cain who is playing the part of Pastor Scott Seabury in the movie “A Promise To Astrid”.  The movie is based upon the book of the same name written by Michael K. Tourville; the film is in post-production status and will be released next February.  We congratulate Scott on this honor and look forward to celebrating upon the release of the movie!
 
Elections:  Recommendations / volunteers for a role on the 2019/2020 board is now open.  Dick encourages all members to consider taking a position as an officer; nominations he receives will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for presentation during our December election.  Charles, our current president-elect, has announced he will be moving to San Diego next year and looks forward to assisting with Rotary needs until that time.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced our speaker, Art Groux, Chief of the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance.  Art presented the first part of a two part training session entitled “STOP THE BLEED – Save A Life”.  This training is designed to educate the public to the basics of bleeding control to elicit swift and effective treatment of injuries in the kitchen or with a power tool.  The keypoints in his presentation are noted as A  B  C:
A – Alert  - ensure someone is calling 911
B – Bleeding – apply direct pressure, elevate, add tourniquet if bleeding extensive
C – Compression – apply tourniquet “high and tight” above wound if direct compression to the wound is ineffective
 
Art will bring hands-on aides to the meeting in two weeks for practical training.  This information and training will bring a new level of awareness and capability to our talented membership.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket sides winners were Ken and Frank.
Queen of Hearts:  Frank had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $791+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Charles celebrated a birthday and Nancy Viggiano a wedding anniversary.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Sweet Caroline”.
 
Next week’s meeting– Oct 23 Our New Governor-Rotary District 7890, Kate Sims, will be joining us.
 
Club Meeting Oct. 2, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Cat Thomas and Nancy Viggiano.  (21/34….62%).
 
Guests: Students of the Month:
September - Camden Miller and parents Tara & Kevin Miller, sponsoring teacher, Dom Casolari.
October – Cathryne Tronsky and parents Michelle & Bob Tronsky, sponsoring teacher, Pat Juhl.
 
Announcements: Vice President Roumas made several announcements:
Charles welcomed our guests to the meeting. 
 
Lobster/Steak Social:  October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club to replace the weekly meeting.  Today is the final day for reservations – bring your payments ($25 per dinner) to Roger on Tuesday. The event begins at 5:30 pm with dinner planned for 6 pm.  Those eating lobster should bring a shell cracker as there are just a few at the club; and this is a BYOB event.  Greg Heineman will be making his delicious Bananas Foster for dessert.
 
Condolences were extended to Dale Baker at the passing of his Dad. 
 
District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Please consider attending – contact Dick with your interest - Officers should make every effort to attend.
 
PROGRAM:  Charles turned the floor over to Heidi Partain who introduced the teacher sponsors for Rotary Students of the Month (RSOM) for September and October.  Dom Casolari then introduced the group to Camden Miller who has impressed this teacher with his outstanding character.  Cam is a kingpin on the cross country team as well as a National Honor Society officer and member of the Interact Club.  He has volunteered at Johnson Memorial Hospital and the Lunch Bunch in Enfield (a group working with the underprivileged).  Cam tells us he is interested in a career in Medicine and looks forward to narrowing this concentration to a specialty.  When asked how SHS could better serve the students, Cam’s indicated assistance with future career plans would be the most helpful.
 
October’s sponsoring teacher, Pat Juhl, introduced Catie Tronsky as a busy student with a curious mind who is always prepared to help others.  Catie is a National Honor Society officer and an FFA student with awards in both alpaca and bunny categories.  Notably Catie ‘overhauled’ the FFA newsletter as well as fulfilling the other responsibilities in this very demanding program. Catie works with over 100 animals at her home in Stafford and assists her Dad in their fencing business. She also serves as the student representative on the Evergreen Healthcare Board.  Catie would like to pursue a career as a veterinarian and agrees that career assistance with future plans would be a most helpful assist to the SHS students.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ray Perleoni with a side won by Pat Juhl.
Queen of Hearts:  Ken Pascoe had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $773+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
 
Adjournment: Scott Seabury closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
 
Next week’s meeting – Oct 9 Annual Steak Dinner/Lobster Fest Social- Fox Hollow Gun Club.  (October 30 is our final meeting at Suffield Country Club’s Tavern on the Green).
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING
August 14, 2018
The Tavern
(Minutes Revised to separate Foundation Reporting from General Minutes)
 
 
  1. Call the Meeting to Order 5:05 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Gayle Demko, Jon Kozloski, Don Rawling, Nancy Viggiano, Charles Roumas and Ken Pascoe
 
  1. Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of July 5, 2018 were read. Motion by Gail to approve seconded by Don; motion approved unanimously.
 
  1. Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report.  Balances as of April 30, 2018 on each account:
Operations:   $2,738
 
  1. Old Business:
Golf Tournament:Reported under Foundation
Wine Tasting Fundraiser:Project will be postponed until Spring.
 
  1. New Business:
Local and Large Scale Service Project:Dick will discuss at general meeting tonight
Annual Lobster/Steak Social:Oct 16 (subsequently rescheduled to Oct 9)
 
  1. Club Member Forum
No one from the club approached the Board
 
  1. Next Meeting Date: September 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:22, seconded by Ken, which passed unanimously
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
August 14, 2018
The Tavern
 
 
  1. Call the Meeting to Order at 5:22 pm
  1. Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of May 8, 2018 accepted as previously presented with changes as noted.
  1. Treasurer’s Report accepted as previously presented which noted:
Foundation: $30,380
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds: $155,274
 
  1. Old Business
 
Golf Tournament:raised $34,090 in funds with approx. $19,000 anticipated profits.
Funds will be distributed as follows:the lesser amount of 40% of Net or 10K will be added to Packard account.This year $11400 of this will be designated Rotary General Funds with $7600 deposited into Rotary “Packard” Foundation account to be used for recreational and school affiliated projects as required by the Packard regulations.
 
Dick will review Club Goals at the next business meeting with membership
 
Projected Projects:
 

I. Stoney Brook

A.Maintenance – trash removal and landscaping

II. FOFAH - Hilltop Farm Nonprofit

III. Babb’s Beach

A.Covered picnic area

IV.Economic Development Downtown Area

A. Depot Street beautification
B.Bike/Walk path between middle school and Bruce Park

 

V.  Mapleton Hall

VI. Sunrise Park

A.Playground

B.Bathrooms/Composite Toilets

  1. New Business:
  • Dues:  16 members outstanding in their dues payment
  • Committee membership for 2018/19:  To be confirmed with members at next meeting
  • Chicken Barbecue SOTG Fundraiser:  Tickets have been distributed to members and available for sale
  • National Night Out:  As the project has been changed by the town to include food trucks, the Rotary will not furnish free hamburgers as in the past
  1. Next Meeting Date:  September 11 at 5:00 pm
Motion by Don to adjourn at 5:35, seconded by Gayle, which passed unanimously.
Club Meeting September 11, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Nancy Viggiano.  (22/34….65%).
 
Guests: David Hemond, Jackie’s husband.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
-Dick welcomed David Hemond to our meeting.
 
-Lobster/Steak Social:  October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club to replace the weekly meeting.  Roger is accepting registration and payment for the $25 dinner; October 3 is the cutoff date for registration and food ordering. 
 
-Sand and Salt:  Karen Mason will get an article into the Suffield Observer for this event.
 
-Giving Committee:  FOFAH support for the chicken coop project with the Eitel family on Hilltop Farm was discussed and the recommendation of a $2000 gift was recommended.  After discussion a proposal of budget increase to $3500 was approved.  This is the amount required to renovate the roof and shore up the sides of the 40’ renovation area of a 240’ building.  The prison volunteers will rehab the windows and FOFAH is reviewing a request for a $1000 grant.
 
-District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Officers should make every effort to attend.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick Kisiel and Luis Lee welcomed Jackie Hemond as an official member of the Suffield Rotary.  Jackie’s bio described noted details about her life growing up in Suffield with her parents, Roger and Elaine, and brother and sister, Roger and Kathy.  Jackie returned to Suffield 4.5 years ago as the Director of Kent Memorial Library.  She only spent 6 months in the Main Street location and the last 4 years in the temporary location in Flyer Place.  We find with Jackie’s leadership the Kent Memorial Library has become a resource, and is no longer a building just about books.  Jackie notes the library collaborates with all groups in town and has a program for all ages available monthly.  It is anticipated the library will relocate back to their Main Street home in early 2019 and Jackie will need help restocking shelves with the books which have been stored for the past few years.  We welcome Jackie and look forward to assisting with library needs!   
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dick Kisiel with sides won by Gail and Joe.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Frank had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $677+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Sept 25) – Peter Leclerc - Suffield Parks & Rec Director – Introduction to 2018-19 projects
Club Meeting September 25, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 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, Bob Lowell, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (23/34….68%).
 
Guests: Peter LeClerc, Director, Suffield Park and Rec.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed Peter LeClerc to our meeting.
 
Lobster/Steak Social:  October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club to replace the weekly meeting.  Roger is accepting registration and payment for the $25 dinner; this week - October 3 - is the cutoff date for registration and food ordering.  Bilenko’s Farm has again donated corn to the event. 
 
Hilltop Farm Chicken Coop Project: Ray reported last week 20 people participated in the demolition and construction of the area to be utilized for this project.  This upcoming weekend should see the siding and shingles completed.
 
District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Officers should make every effort to attend.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced our speaker, the new Director of Parks and Rec, Peter LeClerc, who began this position in June.  Peter would like to modernize the department and plans to survey the youth groups, both travel and high school programs, to learn and understand their opinions regarding sports.  He considers the youth sports program invaluable as it imparts socialization, enhances school placement opportunities and offers important life lessons.  Establishing a meeting to include a representative from each sports program or council would enhance communication and offer an opportunity to educate both parents and coaches.  Peter would like to offer enrichment programs for adults as well as understand the special needs of the community.  He has partnered with the Springfield College internship program and an intern will be starting in January.
 
Town Project:  Peter finds Suffield only has school playgrounds available and he would like to see Sunrise Park better equipped for this need as well as improvements to its walking trail for ease of accessibility.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jay Presser with sides won by Don and Jack.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $730+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Jon Kozloski, Don Rawling and Gayle Demko celebrated birthdays.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting – Oct 2 Natalie Donais/ Heidi Partain – September and October Rotary Students of the Month.
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING
June 5, 2018
The Tavern
 
 
  1. Call the Meeting to Order 5:05 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Gayle Demko, Jon Kozloski, Don Rawling, Nancy Viggiano, Charles Roumas and Ken Pascoe
 
  1. Secretary’s Report: Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of June 5, 2018. Motion by Gail to approve with corrections to new member section, seconded by Jack; motion approved unanimously.
 
  1. Treasurer’s Report
Jack provided the monthly financial report.  Balances as of April 30, 2018 on each account:
Operations:                                                    $4,030
Foundation:                                                    $19,138
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                      $151,810
 
The Suffield Safe Party of 2017 was cancelled although a donation was provided.  It was noted that there was a donation made for the 2018 Suffield Safe Party and a question was raised as to the necessity of making this donation.  Dick will check into the status of the two donations to determine if a refund is in order from the cancelled event.
 
  1. Old Business:
All in place for Paul Harris Award ceremonies on June 26; two winners will be celebrated andclub marketing brochure will be distributed along with program for the evening.
 
New member status: Gayle Demko will host Jackie Hemond who will attend June meetings.
 
  1. New Business:
Dick reviewed the “Goals and Action Plan” for 2018-19 noting Suffield Rotary had met these goals for 2017-18 but was anticipating a more robust year with the same goals in reach.
 
            Added to the goals:
  • Public Image:
  • Media coverage for club activities to include speaker recognition,
  • Student of the Month,
  • Donation to Library,
  • Suffield Academy possible cooperative projects.
 
Expanded Goals to include discussion regarding:
  • Establishing a Rotaract Group - Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.
  • Membership – explore associate and Corporate membership possibilities
 
 
  1. Club Member Forum
No one from the club approached the Board
 
  1. Next Meeting Date: July 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:15, seconded by Ken, which passed unanimously
 
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
June 5, 2018
The Tavern
 
 
  1. Call the Meeting to Order at 5:16 pm
 
  1. Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of May 8, 2018 accepted as previously presented with changes as noted.
 
  1. Treasurer’s Report accepted as previously presented.
 
  1. Old Business
    1. None
 
  1. New Business:

                a. Proposed Budget for 2018-19:  Budget to be delivered to membership by end of month

 
  1. Next Meeting Date:  July 17 at 5:00 pm
    1. Motion by Don to adjourn at 5:35, seconded by Gayle, which passed unanimously.
Club Meeting September 11, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Cat (Morrow)Thomas, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Tom Sullivan and Scott Seabury.  (21/34….62%).
 
Guests: James Blain – SHS Principal and Johanne Presser.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- SOTG Chicken BBQ Fundraiser:  Kudos to Ken and all of our members who came together to assist.  The Interact Club were invaluable with assistance during the day on Sunday.  Ken seconded with his thanks to all and noted he is constructing a supply list and work responsibilities list for use next year.  He also noted the signage should be increased to enhance sales, which were down.  Gayle will give feedback to Friends of Suffield that traffic was down with the South Green only hosting food booths and music.
 
-Lobster/Steak Social:  October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club.  Dick has organized the event and will send out a sign up for membership.  Roger will collect for the meals.
 
-Sand and Salt:  Karen Mason will get an article into the Suffield Observer for this event.
 
-Giving Committee:  Will discuss Hilltop Project with Ray and report to Board.
 
-District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Officers should make every effort to attend.
 
PROGRAM:  Jim Blain began the school year on August 29 as the Principal of Suffield High School (800 students).  His goal is to make a real difference in the climate of the high school.  Jim would like to bring stability to the organization and bring out the best in his staff and students by making all feel valued.  He wants to provide a healthy, safe and more relaxed environment within the school as well as enhancing community based service while meeting state regulations.  The Rotary wishes Jim success and support in his efforts this year!  Jim hails from Springfield and currently lives in Longmeadow. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ken Pascoe with sides won by Heidi and Jay.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dale Baker had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $647+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Gail Handley celebrated a birthday!
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Sept 18) – New Member Induction Ceremony- Jackie Hemond.
Club Meeting September 3, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas and Scott Seabury.  (18/34….53%).
 
Guests: None – Business Meeting tonight.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- SOTG Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Setup:  Pit setup starts tonight with Thursday Hut setup.  Ken asks for a cooler rinse volunteer (Scott Seabury complied) and confirmed Ray will pick up charcoal.  Sunday – be on hand at 7 AM for the box folding event, Dick will order coffee and Mrs. Murphy donuts, and at 9:30 AM the health inspector will arrive.  We were reminded to wear a hat (Rotary) per health inspection regulations.  All need to work two shifts to make this event run smoothly and Ken will confirm schedules with a final email of volunteer times.    
 
- Hilltop Farm Chicken Coop Project, Rotary assistance to Sydney Eitel with her sophomore Agriscience project as presented three weeks ago: Ray Perleoni has lead the effort to assist the Eitel family with the chicken coop build - described as creating a 50’ chicken coop within a 300’ space to house 25 chickens.  The giving committee will review the request for funding (as it exceeds $1000) for this project.
 
-Lobster/Steak Social:  Date change to October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club.  Dick has organized the event and Heidi will order the food from Highland once the sign up has been completed.  Roger will collect for the meals.
 
PROGRAM: Dick reviewed the Goals and Action Plan for our 2018/2019 year (9 mos. left in this timeframe).  The goals to be met are:
  • Membership – add three new members
  • Publicity – An article monthly in the Observer and other publications
  • District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Officers should make every effort to attend. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ken Pascoe with sides won by Dick and Scott.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dick Kiesel had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $612+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Anniversaries-Jay and Johanne Presser and Jackie and John Guzie; Birthdays-Tom Sullivan & Jay Presser.
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Sept 11) – James Blain - Principal SHS – New to Suffield, James will introduce members to his 2018-19 plans.
Club Meeting August 28, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Bob Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, and Tom Sullivan.  (20/34….59%).
 
Guests: Our guest speakers Susan Saridakis and Danel Eitel of the Girl Scouts of America.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-The golf tournament has tentatively netted about $20,000.  Dick again thanked all who helped to make this a marvelous success.
 
- SOTG Chicken BBQ Fundraiser:  Setup:  Ken asks for 4 “strong-backed volunteers” to set up the booth next Tuesday following the Rotary meeting and the fire pit next Thursday, and for a volunteer to take coolers and power wash them following the event. 
 
Also, Ken asks all members to sign up for two shifts so this might run smoothly over the weekend. A signup was passed and also emailed to all members. 
 
- Hilltop Farm Chicken Coop Project, in assistance to Sydney Eitel with her sophomore Agriscience project as presented two weeks ago: Ray Perleoni has lead the effort to assist with the Eitel family to make this effort a success for Sydney.  We look forward to learning more about the needs and progress of this effort and encourage photos for our Rotary site and District newsletter.
 
-Lobster/Steak Social:  Date change to October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club.  Details to follow.
 
PROGRAM: Dick introduced our speakers who lead a 7th grade troop: Susan Saridakis and Danel Eitel.  Suffield has over 100 girls enrolled in Girl Scouts where Multiple projects and activities are chaired by single and joint troop efforts.  Some of the activities are:  Halloween Fest @ Hilltop which hosted over 200 visitors, Santa Breakfast, Kite Day and a Camp-in at Sunrise Park.  The Scouts assembled over 120 Easter baskets for Emergency Aid distribution to those in need and they will be providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) based magic tricks at SOTG this year. In February their Leadership module hosts a “Thinking Day” during which speakers present a variety of options to consider in their future plans.
 
How can Rotary help?  The troops would appreciate help in woodworking events, such as their Pinewood Derby and other project based activities.  The leaders will contact Rotary when opportunities for assistance arise.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Susan Saridakis; with sides won by Ken Pascoe and Jon Kozloski.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $589+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Dick Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Sept 4) – Dick Kisiel will lead a business meeting.
Club Meeting August 27, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  A moment of silence and reflection was observed and the opening song was not performed.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, and Nancy Viggiano.  (15/34….44%).
 
Guests: Linda Stevenson, Bob Lowell’s wife.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
-Chicken BBQ SOTG; Ken passed out 10 tickets to each Rotary member reminding all that the presale money is the key to a successful fundraiser.  A volunteer sign up sheet will be emailed to members; all are asked to attend Sunday AM to help in the box assembly and tent prep.
 
-Lobster and steak member dinner scheduled for Oct 16 @ Fox Hollow Gun Club.  Details to follow.
 
-Dick then asks the membership with help in identifying a project that would significantly benefit the town, Rotary could chair this project acting as the project manager and work with other town groups to really make a difference.  Proposed were creating a map of Suffield and incorporating a walking/driving tour with kiosk; additional Mapleton Hall assistance; with a request to the members to bring additional ideas to the table.
 
PROGRAM: Bob Lowell presented Crazy Horse Memorial and its story/history.  With the first lap of Bob and Linda’s adventures touring the States, they found this memorial to be the most remarkable and emotional site so far and shared their experience and knowledge of this special place. 
Crazy Horse Memorial is located in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. The Mountain is 6,532 ft and ranks 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. It is made of pegmatite granite and was chosen by Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski & Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear for the Crazy Horse Memorial.  Crazy Horse had lead the defeat of General Custer at Battle of Little Big Horn where, in 1875, after the U.S. Army blatantly ignored treaty provisions and invaded the sacred Black Hills, many formerly cooperative Sioux and Cheyenne abandoned their reservations to join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana and fought to preserve their culture and lands.
 
The sculpture, Korczak Ziolkowski from New Hartford, was asked to carve this tribute and described his preliminary introduction to the project, “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”  He also noted “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwhile.”  Work began in 1948 and Korczak left full instructions on the carving procedure.  Today his wife, children and grandchildren continue his work; the arm and then horse’s head are the next to emerge from the rock. To date the memorial face has been completed.1991
 
The Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by following these objectives:
  • < >Continuing the progress on the world’s largest sculptural undertaking by carving a Memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse;
  • Providing educational and cultural programming to encourage harmony and reconciliation among all people and nations;
  • Acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®;Establishing and
  • operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.
The Crazy Horse Memorial website features webcams capturing real time progress of this memorial.  This effort is wholly funded by donations, no government funding is accepted; there
is no projected end date at present.  The work on both the monument and the museum continues; the University and Medical Center is also planned for this site and the community college opened this year for its initial session.  Thanks to Bob and Linda for bringing this history to life for us!  
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dale Baker; with sides won by Natalie Donais and Linda Stevenson.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Nancy Viggiano held the winning red ticket but did not pull the Queen. Total winning pot now stands at $565+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Greg Heineman was celebrated by a dessert topped with a candle and a 25₵ ”Happy Dollar” donation.
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting and the worst rendition of “God Bless America” to date was then sung.
 
Next week’s meeting (Aug 28) – Ms. Danel Eitel- To outline the Suffield Girl Scouts of America
outs Members and Activities
 
Club Meeting August 14, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, and Nancy Viggiano.  (20/34….59%).
 
Guests: Linda Stevenson and Heather Lee, member spouses and our guest speaker Sydney Eitel  and her mom and sister.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-The golf tournament has tentatively netted about $19,000.  Jon thanks all who helped to make this a marvelous success!  The earlier start time prevented a wash out that afternoon; registration went smoothly and Warren Packard sunk a 30’ putt.  All was good this year!!
 
- Welcome to Bob Lowell and Linda Stevenson who are back from their year-long travels.
 
- Winetasting fundraiser: the committee has determined to postpone until Spring as there are several Fall projects underway.
 
-Dick passed out committee assignments and asks if anyone would like to join another committee to contact him to make that change.
 
-Chicken BBQ SOTG; Ken passed out 10 tickets to each Rotary member reminding all that the presale money is the key to a successful fundraiser.  Ray and Frank placed the signs on the Green this week.  Ken asked for a volunteer to pick up 15 bags of charcoal from Costco and Bob noted he will handle this task.
 
-Lobster and steak member dinner scheduled for Oct 16 @ Fox Hollow Gun Club.  Details to follow.
 
-Dick then asks the membership with help in identifying a project that would significantly benefit the town, Rotary could chair this project acting as the project manager and work with other town groups to really make a difference.  Proposed were creating a map of Suffield and incorporating a walking/driving tour with kiosk; additional Mapleton Hall assistance; with a request to the members to bring additional ideas to the table.
 
PROGRAM: Sydney Eitel is a Suffield HS sophomore Agriscience student, a program which requires identifying, managing and reporting on a year-long project for a minimum of 150 hours.  Sydney has identified the Hilltop Farm chicken coop restoration as her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project and provided a handout which outlined the current state of the facility and her restoration plans for a portion of the section.  The restoration essentially repairs all four sides of the identified area and adds a run, door, windows, feeding and water system and nesting boxes for a total cost of just under $3000.  Sydney proposes the sale of eggs and manure will provide the income to sustain the chickens.  Sydney was asked to provide a more complete breakdown of materials needed and the Rotary members will check to see if these materials are available for donation to her project.  She will be looking to both FFA and FOFAH for support for her project.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Frank DiGennaro; with sides won by Jack Muska and Jon Kozloski.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket last week and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Frank DiGennaro held the winning red ticket but did not pull the Queen. Total winning pot now stands at $550+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Aug 21) – Bob Lowell- Suffield Rotarian, Crazy Horse Memorial and its story/history.
Club Meeting July 31, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:   President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation and a led the group in “God Bless America”, the opening song.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jackie Hemond, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski. (22/34….65%).
 
Guests: Millie Kochman-Sabbatino (co-president of Rotary Interact Club of Suffield High).
 
Announcements: President Kisiel glad to be back! 
 
- Golf Tournament. Wine collection has concluded with a nice selection donated by members.  Jon passed the volunteer sign in sheet for the Aug 10 event; Jay Presser will assign volunteers their responsibilities.  Jay has noted we are thin on the count and asks for members to tap any talent available for help that day.   Natalie will rally the Interact Club for their help.
 
-Wine Tasting.  Nancy indicates the King House on September 21 has been reserved.  The committee is finalizing details for the event.
 
PROGRAM:  Millie Kochman Sabbatino is a Suffield High School co-president of the Rotary Interact Club, and attended the RYLA weekend hosted at Springfield College.  She was also chosen as one of ten to attend the World Affair Seminar in Wisconsin whose theme was "Innovation: Shaping the World You Will Inherit".  Millie noted the breakout sessions demonstrated innovation as a multi-faceted concept and she was introduced to new ideas in farming, fair trade and experienced a virtual reality program representing life as a refugee.  In the capstone project breakout they were asked to design a non-project company and the attendees took a field trip to a GE smart building which was inspiring as the innovations were remarkable.  Following the RYLA conference, Millie then joined 20 students in a community service trip to Peru where she assisted in the school build for an orphanage for girls.
 
Dick asked Millie for ideas to capture the interest of 20 year olds to participate in an Roteract Club. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Dick Kisiel; with a sides won by Gayle and Don.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Cat had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $494+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Dick received a hearty Happy Birthday musical salute and congratulations to Gordon & Anne Stagg for their anniversary.
 
Adjournment: “My Country Tis of Thee” was sung as the closing song.
 
Next week’s meeting (Aug 7) – Karen Berasi, Superintendent Suffield Schools: Upcoming school year plans and Rotary's opportunities for involvement.
Club Meeting July 24, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Luis Lee provided invocation and a $5 donation was accepted in lieu of an opening song.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, and Gordon Stagg.  (18/34….53%).
 
Guests: Evan Mankouski of BSA Troop 260 and Rick Butera (friend of Heidi Huhn Partain).
 
Announcements: Vice President Roumas-
 
- Golf Fundraising. Jon thanked Gordon Stagg for his fundraising efforts and Jay Presser and Charles Roumas for their raffle donations.  Jon is encouraging members to collect at least one gift certificate for the raffle.  Wine collection has begun and player registration is on track for a good turnout.  Natalie will rally the Interact Club for their help.
 
PROGRAM:  Evan Mankouski is a Suffield High School co-president of the Rotary Interact Club, member of the Student Senate and an Eagle Scout candidate.  Evan’s Eagle Scout project is the construction of a Gaga Dodgeball pit at Sunrise Park.  This game is very popular as it is played with a ball constructed out of a more friendly material than the typical dodgeball.  The octagon pit has walls 3’ high and is 18’ in diameter; Evan has laid out the pit and is joined by his friends in clearing and leveling the playing area.  Evan is seeking financial assistance for the lumber required to complete the walls.
 
Evan reported the Interact Club thanks Rotary for the tee shirts which they wear with pride.  They appreciate the increase in communication over the past few years and look forward to working with the Rotary as needed.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Gordon; with a sides won by Charles and Heidi.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jackie Hemond had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $473+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Joe Blake received a hearty Happy Birthday musical salute.
 
Adjournment: In lieu of a closing song, a donation was made to the general fund.
 
Next week’s meeting (July 31) – Millie Kochman-Sabbatino will report on her experiences as our attendee to the 2018 National Interact RYLA Conference.
Club Meeting July 17, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Club members paused with a personal self-reflection.  Dick led the club in singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Frank Gail Handley, Heidi Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Catherine Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano (17/34….50%).
 
Guests: Lester Smith, Kim Miner, Johanne Presser and Christian von der Schulenburg from Kronberg, Germany
 
Announcements:
Jed Dery reported on behalf of the Golf Committee that the tournament needs the support of club members with soliciting raffle prizes and wine donations.  Wine donations can be made up to August 7.  Twenty-three teams signed up (last year 26).
 
PROGRAM:  Lester Smith, Suffield’s well-known local history aficionado, shared from actual letters and documents, resident opinions and views about the unfair taxes levied upon the colonies, the importance of Suffield to defend itself against such oppressiveness and declare itself independent of such domination.  Lester read sections of the Declaration of Independence throughout his presentation.
 
Happy Dollars:  Lots of happiness this week with $66 collected in Happy Dollars.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket side winner Jed Dery.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Cat Morrow had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $455+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Club member serenaded Heidi Partain with a mixed version of “Happy Birthday.”
 
Adjournment and closing song.  The meeting closed with the singing of “My Country Tis of Thee>”
 
 
Club Meeting July 10, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Greg Heineman provided invocation and Jon Kozloski led the club in singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg and Tami Zawistowski.  (18/34….53%).
 
Guests: Liz Mcgann and Mary Calkins of Crossroads Food Pantry, a ministry of West Suffield Congregational Church.
 
Announcements: Vice President Roumas made several announcements:
- Welcomed Jackie Hemond as a new member.   
 
- Golf Fundraising. Jon is encouraging members to commit to collecting at least one gift certificate for the raffle.  Wine collection will begin July 16.  Player registration is a bit slow and new teams to the tournament are welcomed.
 
PROGRAM:  West Suffield Congregational Church is a small congregation with a huge heart.  Liz saw a need and the congregation welcomed the challenge and for the past 6 years this monthly food distribution program has bloomed and flourished.  A five person committee oversees this 100% volunteer supported activity and the future fundraisers are in the planning stages. The food is provided at low cost by Foodshare with local farmers donating fresh items for the second Thursday of each month event.  Those in need must be a CT resident to receive these items; volunteers from their church are plentiful but Crossroads would not turn down any help offered!  We were all inspired by the kindness and caring our speakers demonstrated; they truly have made Suffield a better place and we better people by sharing their love.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Gordon; with sides won by Frank and Roger.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gordon had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $435+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment sans closing song.
 
Next week’s meeting (July 17) – Lester Smith of the Historical Committee will provide interesting morsels of Suffield History for our pleasure and amazement.
Club Meeting June 19, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Charles Roumas, and Scott Seabury.  (18/33….54%).
 
Guests: Welcome honorary member Peter Das and wife Natalie.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Yard Goat game – great social although the Yard Goats didn’t have a commanding handle on this game!   
 
- Golf Tournament:  Please bring in raffle prizes!
 
-Suffield Rotary recognized with a President’s Club award – for reaching all of the strategic goals set forth for 2017.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced the Strategic Plan for 2018/2019 term.  Goals much the same as last year with focus upon two additional goals within Membership and Service categories.  Ken Pascoe presented the budget for 2018/2019 which was deliberated.  Both documents were approved by the club members. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Ray Perleoni with a side won by Jed Dery.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jon Kozloski had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $405+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (June 26) – Paul Harris Award Dinner – Suffield by the River – 6 PM
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (23/33….70%).
 
Guests: Welcome visiting Rotarian-Greg Panjian.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Yard Goat game next Tuesday (June 11).  Tickets will be available at the “Will Call” window reserved under your name.  Thank you, Roger, for managing this social for the group!   
 
- RYLA:  Natalie reports that three high schoolers attended this leadership event at Springfield College; they will be invited to share their experiences with our group in the near future.
 
- Scholarships: Nancy reported the scholarships have been designated and she and Jack Muska will attend the dinner Wednesday, June 6.
 
- Doyon memorial:  Tami reports after meeting with the Doyon family to define an event or action to honor their son, a paver at the Hartford State Armory will be installed this summer.  She will attend the official dedication when scheduled later this year.  The Board approved the $200 to fund this paver last month.
 
PROGRAM:  Our own Cat Morrow, member of the House Republicans, introduced the group to the path that led her to this position.  Cat has worked with the Legislative for six years, beginning in 2012 as an legislative aide for the Somers/Stafford representative, Penny Bacchiochi.  The position required studious bill tracking and reference research which equates to a lot of legwork.  Cat explains that each representative works to brand themselves; spinning their participation in events to create the branding they seek to promote.  Cat’s personal long term goal includes working in Town Management.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Charles Roumas with a side won by Scott Seabury.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dale Baker had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $387+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (June 12) – Go Yard Goats!
- June 19 – Business Meeting and Committee Reports for upcoming events
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Luis Lee provided invocation and the club sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (18/33….55%).
 
Guests: Frank and Marion Freidhoff, guests of Gail Handley and Rev. Tom Carr, guest of Luis Lee.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Please pay for the Yard Goat tickets you have reserved ($13 ea).  The signup sheet for this project is absent; please advise Dick Kisiel if you have this document so we might furnish the tickets appropriately.
 
- Paul Harris Dinner:  Roger Pratt is collecting the payments for the scheduled June 26 dinner event.
 
- Scholarship Committee: Nancy Viggiano will call a meeting to identify this year’s recipients.
 
- Golf Committee: Jon Kozloski is asking for a member to collect the wine donations beginning in June.
 
- Wine Tasting:  The committee has met and is proposing a Sep 21 timeframe; the venue to be determined.  Nancy Viggiano will continue to update as this events firms.
 
- Ken Pascoe has recommended the Rotary consider selling a challenge coin collection of four silver coins depicting the history of Suffield for its 350th town celebration.  He will also investigate the Rotary throws which were popular about 15 years ago.
 
- Jay Presser thanks the membership for their generous Rotary Foundation donations.
 
PROGRAM:  Dick Kisiel led the May business meeting. 
 
  • 2018/2019 Officers:  The membership confirmed the roster of officers as presented by Jay Presser.
  • Constitution and By Laws:  Dick, Jay and Greg DeSantis revised the documents to reflect the current activities of the Suffield Rotary.  The documents have been provided to the membership twice for review, highlighting the changes/revisions. The revisions were reviewed and discussed and the membership voted to accept as presented. 
  • The 2018/2019 budget will be provided to the membership and will be reviewed and discussed at the June 22 business meeting.   
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Frank DiGennaro  with a side won by Ken Pascoe.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Cat Morrow had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $346+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (May 29) – Lynn Mervosh, Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden Site Administrator will talk about the history of the building and its tour opportunities. (This presentation as postponed due to inclement weather on May 15).
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation and the club sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present:  Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (19/33….58%).
 
Guests:  Speaker Lynn Mervosh, Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden Site Administrator and Jackie Hemond, guest of Gayle Demko.
 
Announcements: Vice President Roumas opened the meeting with a tribute of appreciation for all those who made Memorial Day possible.  Additional announcements:
 
- Replacement signup sheets for Paul Harris dinner and Yard Goats game were circulated; payment for tickets will be collected next meeting. 
 
- Golf Committee: Jon Kozloski asks for all members to bring in a raffle item and a tee sign donation during June; gift certificates and raffle items are the key to making this project a financial success.  (Wine will be collected during the month of July.)
 
- Wine Tasting:  The committee has met and is proposing a Sep 21 timeframe; the venue to be determined.  Nancy Viggiano will continue to update as this events firms.
 
PROGRAM:  Charles Roumas introduced Lynn Mervosh from the Phelps-Hatheway House; Lynn’s daughter was Rotarian of the month earlier in the year.  Lynn introduced the owner of the property as Connecticut Landmarks – a non-profit organization that has restored and operates eleven significant historic house museums in Connecticut. Headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, the organization was founded in 1936 as the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society. She brought three historical items from the house and played a guessing game until the item was correctly identified.  The house is filled with many beautiful antique treasures and welcomes visitors and events.  July 8 at Noon the Ct Landmarks Phelps-Hatheway will host a reading of the Declaration of Independence, which will be read by members of our community.  Charles and Gayle will represent the Suffield Rotary in this event and all are welcome to attend!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Jackie Hemond  with sides won by Luis Lee and Greg DeSantis.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gordon Stagg had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $364+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Scott Seabury was serenaded with our special Happy Birthday tune.
 
Adjournment:  Charles Roumas closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (June 5) Catherine (Cat) Morrow:  An insider's view of the workings of CT State Legislature.
Club Meeting May 8, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (20/33….61%).
 
Guests: Student of the Month James Casella, his mom Liz Casella and chemistry teacher Kay Volpintesta.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Please pay for the Yard Goat tickets you have reserved ($13 ea).   
 
- Paul Harris committee will meet after tonight’s regular meeting, as will the Golf committee.
 
- Career Speaker Program has only one or two spots open.  This monthly program helps students understand that what they are learning will be used in the world of work.  Please let Dick know if you are interested in contributing and the High School Guidance Department will schedule participation.
 
- Interact Club Community Garden at the Emergency Aid Center will need 2-3 Rotarians to assist and details are forthcoming on this project.
 
- Jay is collecting your Rotary Foundation donations this month.
 
PROGRAM:  Our Student of the Month is introduced by the High School Chemistry teacher Kay Volpintesta who has not had James as a student, but has been impressed by James’ participation and personal performance during his high school years.  James has been active in the Robotic Aces High competition and an active student tutor.  James is headed to WPI as an engineering student focusing on a career in robotics.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Tom Sullivan with a side won by Clark Mason.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jed Dery had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $328+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (May 15) – Lynn Mervosh, Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden Site Administrator will talk about the history of the building and its tour opportunities.
May 22 – Dick will lead a business meeting to earmark future activities and goals.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President 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: Dale Baker, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Gordon Stagg.  (22/33…67%).
 
Guests:  None.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
-Suffield Rotary will be attending the Hartford Yard Goats baseball game at Dunkin Park in Hartford on Tuesday June 12, 2018. Game starts at 7:15 pm; cost is $13 per person.  Your ticket payment is requested.
- Doyon Memorial.  The Board voted to fund the $200 memorial paver to honor Dustin in a lasting manner at the new Veterans Memorial next to the State Armory and the Legislative Office Building. The pavers will be installed and then officially dedicated at a ceremony this Memorial Day   
- Professional Career Presentations @ Middle School.  Currently four members have volunteered to present during the next academic year.  Please advise Dick if you are interested in participating; we have nine opportunities to utilize.
- Rotary International Donations.  Jay will be collecting your donations next meeting.
 
PROGRAM:  Don Rawling presented historical and current facts relating to the Agricultural business in our region.  Don is employed at Farm Credit East (formerly the Federal Land Bank), a banking concern which assists farmers with cyclic monetary needs.  A new farm startup can apply for $75,000 in loans and support will be provided to ensure success.  Medical cannabis farming cannot be funded as a startup as it is illegal for a bank to lend money to this substance.  CT has 6000 active farms on over 400,000 acres; Suffield is considered “the town of farms” and proudly hosts the regional agricultural program in the local high school.  Information about local farming can be found at suffieldfarms.com.  Don encourages all to shop at the local farmers markets and support local farmers products.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Gayle Demko had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Don Miner and Heidi Huhn Partain.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $328+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Several anniversaries were noted and Frank DiGennaro was treated to a serenade of the special Rotary ‘Happy Birthday’.
 
Adjournment: President Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
 
 Next week’s meeting (May 8) will feature the May Rotary Student of the Month.
The Rotary meeting weekly venue changes back to Suffield Country Club effective Tuesday May 1st meeting through October.  Board Meeting begins at 5 pm.
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery,  Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman,  Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (19/33….57.5%).
 
Guests: Linda Stevenson, guest of Robert Lowell.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Suffield by the River’s Liz Samson thanks the Suffield Rotary for funding the purchase of the podium.   
 
- Yard Goats social: the thirty tickets have been reserved and members may begin paying for the tickets next Tuesday.  The cost remains at $13 per ticket.
 
- The Rotary was asked to assist with a Loaves and Fishes sandwich meal production yesterday, Monday April 23.  Loaves and Fishes provide a meal for 80 – 100 nightly along with an additional breakfast on the weekends.  Thanks to Karen & Clark Mason, Dale Baker, Bob Lowell and Kate McClusker with her two Interact students for their assistance yesterday.  In actuality only two volunteers were needed and future requests will be vetted.
 
- Jay Presser announced the Rotary International collection will begin next month.  Rotary has been awarded a 100% rating for utilizing funds collected for charitable needs.  The suggested member donation is $100.
 
- Dick attended a President-elect meeting and a point was made to consider inviting spouses as members of the Rotary.  This would enhance the number of members who may wish to participate in service projects.
 
PROGRAM:  Bob Lowell and Linda Stevenson have elected to spend two years traveling about the US.  Bob talked about their trip thru the South traveling along the Gulf Coast this past winter.  While staying in various campgrounds they were impressed with the warmth and hospitality presented by the Campground Hosts.  And they have agreed to take on the job of Campground Host at Pike’s Peak this May!  We can continue to follow their adventures at www.Where are BobandLinda.com.  We wish them ‘happy trails’.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Bob Lowell with a side won by Linda Stevenson.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $306+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Jay Presser thanked the group for his anniversary flowers.
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “America”.
 
Next week’s meeting – The Tavern – May 1:  Don Rawling will give a presentation on agri-business in Suffield and Hartford County.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President 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: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel,  Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury and Gordon Stagg.  (18/33…55%).
 
Guests: Kerry Harrelle and Derrik Hatfield of Healthtrax and Rick Butera, guest of Heidi Huhn Partain.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
-Suffield Rotary will be attending the Hartford Yard Goats baseball game at Dunkin Park in Hartford on Tuesday June 12, 2018. Game starts at 7:15 pm; cost is $13 per person with 28 currently signed up. Friends and family of Rotarians are welcome to join us! Please plan to carpool; no transportation will be set up.  Roger Pratt has the tickets!
-The Paul Harris Award Dinner:  June 26 at the Seasons Restaurant; Ken circulated a sign-up list with menu choice.
- Professional Career Presentations @ Middle School.  The middle school has eight opportunities for a 20 minute presentation.  The goal is to share with this young audience the detail of your profession so they might understand the value of the education they are receiving and its goals.  Dick is asking if there is interest among the members to participate in this event.
 - May 12 Emergency Aid Community Garden setup.  Dick will meet with the student, Milly, who is chairing this initiative to understand how the Rotary can assist.
- Heidi and Jay invited the members to join the Career Survivorship fundraiser scheduled June 9 at the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Registration and donations can be made at SurvivorJourneys.org.  Survivor Journeys is a community-based support network of professionals from diverse clinical and community backgrounds who provide cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones unique survivorship services in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.
 
PROGRAM: How do you improve your golf game?  By gaining Flexibility.  Kerry Harrelle and Derrik Hatfield with Healthtrax in Enfield discussed the importance of maintaining a lifetime of health and wellness by setting and achieving appropriate goals.  Healthtrax features a Healthy Start Program utilizing their state-of-the-art InBody570 equipment.  Dick provided a testimonial praising their personal trainers who guide you towards the best activities that match your interests, goals and abilities.  Then Derrik led the group thru a demonstration of the shoulder, hip and torso flexibility needed to improve your golf game.
Kerry offered fitness passes to their facility (still available, contact Dick or Gayle for your pass).  As Healthtrax participates in the SilverSneakers fitness program, if you are eligible for Medicare you may be eligible for a no-cost gym membership, as well as other program benefits like customized fitness classes. Kerry will check your eligibility for this no cost membership benefit.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Jay Presser had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Ken and Greg.
Queen of Hearts:  Scott had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $288+.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
 
Adjournment: President Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.
Next week’s meeting (April 24) will feature Bob Lowell on his and Linda's recent adventures. 
 
The Rotary meeting weekly venue changes back to Suffield Country Club effective Tuesday May 1st meeting through October. Don Rawling will give a presentation that night on agri-business in Suffield and Hartford County that evening.
Club Meeting April 10, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel 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, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas and Nancy Viggiano.  (17/33…51.5%).
 
Guests: Heather Lee- wife of Rotarian Luis Lee; Joey LaValla- April Student of the Month Recipient, and his parents Joe and Amber LaValla.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-The Paul Harris Award Dinner date is set for June 26, 2018 here at the Seasons Restaurant. The committee has made its selection(s). A sign-up list will be available shortly. Please mark this important event in your member calendar.
 
-Suffield Rotary will be attending the Hartford Yard Goats baseball game at Dunkin Park in Hartford on Tuesday June 12, 2018. This is in place of our regular Tuesday meeting that week. Currently we have 18 signed up. Roger Pratt has the attendance commitment sheet. Please contact him ASAP to secure your tickets. Currently, they cost $13 per person. This is a group discount price requiring a minimum 25 attendees. Friends and family of Rotarians are welcome to join us! Thank you Roger for arranging this fun event.
 
-The Rotary meeting weekly venue changes back to Suffield Country Club effective Tuesday May 1st meeting through October. Don Rawling will give a presentation that night on agri-business in Suffield and Hartford County that evening.
 
-The Suffield Rotary Board met tonight prior to our regular meeting. Among the items discussed or acted upon were the following:
 
 (a) New members will soon be sponsored for application. Luis Lee is sponsoring Rev. Thomas G Carr; Gayle Demko is sponsoring Jackie Hemond; and Dick Kisiel is following up on Dr. Christina Fitch who visited us several times. This will help us achieve our membership goal.
 
 (b) The Board approved $634 towards the cost of sponsoring the SHS History Club Academic Quiz team, which has meritoriously qualified within New England for the Washington DC Regionals. Good luck to our students!
 
 (c) Suffield Rotary Club has a revised Constitution and By-Laws draft that will be distributed to members electronically for their review and comment; Changes made will be shown in red colored text. The last revision was ten years prior, thus this draft better reflects today’s community and service environment. Gail Handley commented to members that Jay Presser, accompanied by Dick Kisiel, did a yeoman’s job in revising this document! The Board fine-tuned the draft tonight, and is expecting members to do the same to these important documents.
 
PROGRAM: Former Rotary VP Joe Blake was pleased to introduce our April Rotary Student of the Month Joey LaValla. Congratulations Joey! Joe described our honoree student as a true “Renaissance Man” due to his diversity of interests and talents and his deep desire to be of service to others.
 
Remarks by RSOM Joseph LaValla: Joey (his preferred nickname) shared with our members some of his comprehensive accomplishments, but noted he was humbled and thankful by this recognition. His National Honor Society service projects, such as the Food Drive Volleyball Marathon, resulted in record contributions to worthy organizations. He is also especially proud of excelling in leadership as Captain of the SHS Track Team, and also his involvement in the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy. He is currently deciding on matriculation to either Worcester Polytechnic Institute or Clemson University with a focus on biotechnology. The members also lauded his parents for their guidance in his success.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Bob Lowell had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Don Miner and Roger Pratt.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dale Baker had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $270+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: The Club recognized Don Miner’s 25 years of service to Suffield Volunteer Ambulance.
 
Adjournment: President Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “ My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.
 Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, VP on April 10, 2018.
 
Next week’s meeting (April 17) will be an informative talk by HealthTrax management on fitness/ golfing readiness tips for players of all ages.
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Luis Lee  provided the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Charles Roumas, and Gordon Stagg.  (14/33….42.4%).
 
Guests: Jackie Hemond, Director of Kent Memorial Library and Victoria Noak, guest of Greg Heineman.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
- A Wine and Beer Tasting will be scheduled as a Fall fundraiser and Nancy Viggiano will chair.  Several members have volunteered to assist and details will be forthcoming. 
 
-The Interact Club has secured the project of assisting with the Community Garden which is located behind the Emergency Aid on Route 75.
 
PROGRAM  Jackie Hemond of the Kent Memorial Library brought the Rotary up to speed with what’s been happening at the library.  To accomplish her goal of “bringing Suffield a 21st Century Library”, Jackie’s bringing imagination and innovation to the community.
 
She is hopeful to be in the newly renovated center of town location by the end of the year with updates to the art gallery, auditorium, bathrooms, HVAC and lighting as well as the PCB abatement yet to be accomplished.  Jackie will dedicate one room for studying and tutoring purposes.  Currently programs are running at the temporary location at Flyer Place with the Senior Center hosting those programs requiring more seating space.
 
Jackie’s vision is to foster a community where history, research, storytelling, design and technology can keep them connected. Jackie envisions the library as a place where a grandmother can teach her grandson how to sew or knit and technology is available to all ages.
 
The library will now to ‘bring the library to you’ by holding programs outside the physical building, such as offering a program at the Farmer’s Market beginning the end of May, participating within the schools and at Hilltop Farm events.   The library has items to check out that would help the community outside the building as well.  You may check out their museum passes, 16 theme bags of activities for weekend checkout and a hot spot in addition to books!
 
Two new part time reference librarians have been hired to focus on youth and teen programs. She would like to fund more teen program activities, specifically the Saturday Science Project and their Robotic program which could use a 3D printer and various materials.  Jackie provided a “Wish List” to the Board for consideration. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Nancy Viggiano with side won by Frank DiGennaro and Gayle Demko.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Charles Roumas had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $255+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
 
 
Next week’s meeting (Apr 10) – April Rotary Student of the Month
Club Meeting March 27, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Bob Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (20/33….60.6%).
 
Guests: Student of the Month Marissa Guzzo, Parents Kim and Paul Guzzo, friend James (member of Interact Club) and teacher sponsor Carl Casinghino.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
- The vote was taken to schedule the Yardgoats’ game social for June 12, a minimum of 25 is needed.  Transportation will be arranged.
 
-Glad to have Bob Lowell with us this week taking a break from the scheduled travels!
 
-Dick is following up on the collaboration of the high school art dept with the brochure compilation.
 
PROGRAM: Carl Casinghino of the French/Media Dept of the high school introduced our Rotary Student of the Month, Marissa Guzzo, who he described as a dedicated and intellectually superlative student.  Marissa has recently been named a US Presidential Scholar, therefore a nationally recognized top student. Marissa has participated in internships with both Yale and Harvard.  Marissa worked to design an app to assist with anxiety and other disorders entitled “Feel Good”.  Marissa is looking forward to receiving college acceptance letters in the next couple of weeks.  The Rotary Club applauds Marissa for her excellent academic accomplishments and wishes her all the best in the upcoming future. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jack Muska with the only side won by Scott Seabury.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Roger Pratt had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $239+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.
 
 
Next week’s meeting (Apr 3) – Jackie Hemond, Director, Kent Memorial Library- Current & Future Offerings/Programs/Events.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery,  Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (22/33….66.7%).
 
Guests: Patrick McMahon, our presenter tonight and Rick Butera, guest of Heidi Huhn Partain.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Several requests for funding have been received.  Prior to discussion of the requests Charles will investigate the details of the groups requesting.   
 
- Fundraising. Dick attended the Windsor Locks Rotary March 9 Beer and Wine event and encourages our club to plan a similar event this year (which would need a chairperson).  Their fundraiser has raised over $4000.
 
PROGRAM:  Patrick McMahon was introduced (in lieu of Christos Nikolis) to provide an overview of the PMC bike fundraiser.  The PMC ride began in 1981 and benefits the Jimmy Fund for cancer research100% of the funds raised goes to the Jimmy Fund.  The PMC ride is the largest sports fundraiser in the nation.  This is the tenth year Suffield has participated; Suffield is the only CT town which includes a kid’s ride (2 ½ mile route on Hill Street).  In 2017 PMC Suffield hosted 200 riders and raised $51,000.  Suffield has raised $190,000 over the past ten years.   
 
The PMC needs help advertising.  The ride is held May 12 – a Saturday – starting at 9 AM.  Log into www.PMC.org to donate to a specific rider or to the event.  And spread the word!!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Patrick; with a sides won by Natalie and Gayle.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $219+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Mar 28) – Suffield Rotary Student of the Month.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and provide the invocation.  The group sang “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Greg Heineman,  Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel,Jonathan Kozloski, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (17/32….53%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Dick Kisiel delivered the sad news that Gail Handley’s brother passed away unexpectedly; services for Richard B. Tautic Sr. of Stafford Springs will be held Saturday, April 7.
 
- Dick attended the Enfield Rotary’s 90th anniversary celebration and thoroughly enjoyed the event.  He reminded the club that the Suffield Rotary’s 70th anniversary is fast approaching.
 
PROGRAM: This week’s program featured a report from each of the Rotary committees. 
 
Financial – Jon Kozloski reports we are solvent.  A copy of the month end financials was distributed and both Rotary Operations and Foundation accounts were reviewed.
 
2017/2018 Club Service Project Goals – Dick summarized that three of the four service projects have been completed.  Clark Mason relayed an idea regarding student shadowing or interning with a Rotary member.  Each member would list their professional attributes and then the high school guidance department could match a student to a profession for further mentoring assistance.   
 
Membership – Dick, Luis Lee, Don Miner and Gayle met to brainstorm methods to increase our membership.  The following concepts are under development:
  • Paul Harris Recipients – Automatic complementary one year membership
  • Parents of Rotary Student of the Month – Complementary membership in another category, perhaps as an honorary member, with guidelines developed to attract their interest to join as a full member.
  • Guest Speakers – Same honorary member category as above
  • Organizations – Investigate inviting a member from the following town groups to enhance the Rotary’s recognition of town stewardship needs: Emergency Aid, Boy Scout, Suffield Observer and Town Hall. 
 
Rotary Foundation – 80% of the club donates to the Rotary Foundation early fundraiser with this a May/June activity. 
 
Fellowship - Roger Pratt will organize the Yard Goat social for an upcoming Tuesday - with focus on May 29 or June 12 dates; the end of April is the deadline for sign up.  Tickets are $13 each, Interact Club may be invited to join us (this to be determined) and transportation will be arranged.
 
Paul Harris Award -  The club donates $1000 per recipient for this event which is scheduled for June 26 with ticket pricing of $25 to be held at Suffield by the River. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Natalie Donais; with sides won by Don Miner and Nancy Viggiano.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Heidi Huhn Partain had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $199+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting; the group opted out of a closing song.
 
Next  week’s meeting - Suffield Rotary Student of the Month. 
 
***Due to the forecast of a Nor’easter for March 13, both the Weekly meeting and the Board meeting will be postponed to March 20.
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Ken Pascoe, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, and Thomas Sullivan.  (14/32….44%).
 
Guests: Assistant Rotary Governor Pam Lapoli and her husband, Tony, and Rotarians Rick Cheney and David Reed of Somers Rotary Club.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Dick Kisiel welcomed our guest Rotarians.   
 
- Dick thanked the membership committee for meeting prior to the weekly meeting; he also announced the following neighboring Rotary events:
March 1 Enfield Rotary Club wine tasting celebration
March 9 Beer and Wine event for the Windsor Locks Rotary Clubs.
 
- Suffield by the River has purchased a new podium and the Rotary club may consider making a donation to defray its cost.  Also Suffield by the River has requested that any cell phone usage by Rotarians be restricted to their library as the facility has a strict rule about cell phone usage in their lobby. 
 
PROGRAM:  Suffield Rotary contributes to the highly successful Dominican Clean Water Project sponsored by the Somers Rotary Club.  Rick Cheney and David Reed presented a recap of their program and the value it has brought to the community of Puerto Plata.  There are now 200 systems in place and the “clean water equals healthy families” slogan has proven itself as families have better housing and school attendance now that illness affiliated with dirty water has been eliminated to a higher degree.  Rick and David noted the difference between current non-profit water programs in the area. The World Health Organization and UNICEF provide aqueduct water programs which captures the dirty water in a more accessible location where the Rotary program provides a supply of clean water for a family or school.  Suffield Rotarians are proud to be a part of this successful program.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner David Reed; with a side won by Rick Cheney, The second side was unclaimed.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Pam Lapoli  had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $183+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Mar 6) – Committee reports and trifold advertising booklet review.

Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury and Luis Lee both provided invocations and Scott led the club singing of “God Bless America”.

 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Gail Handley, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser,Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (17/32….53%).
 
Guests: Rick Butera guest of Heidi Huhn Partain.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Dick Kisiel welcomed our guest, Rick Butera.
 
- Dick acknowledged the receipt of thank you’s for donations from the following:
Foundation for Exceptional Children of Suffield, Ronald MacDonald house, Suffield Firefighters.
 
-March 6 meeting will feature a summary of committee reports.  Dick would like to meet with the membership committee prior to that club meeting: Luis Lee, Gayle Demko, Don Miner, Gordon Stagg and Greg DeSantis.
 
-Dick anticipates having a draft of the advertising trifold introduced last week in which Suffield Rotary will provide the verbiage and photos and Avon Rotary will assist in creating the advertising handout.
 
-Paul Harris Award:  Ken Pascoe and Nancy Viggiano announced June 26 has been secured for the date of the dinner with ticket pricing of $25 at Suffield by the River.
 
-Rotary Social:  Dick suggests holding a Rotary social event and proposes an outing to attend a game at Yard Goats.  The club agreed with this idea and Dick will pursue a game timeframe.
 
PROGRAM: Heidi Huhn Partain led a presentation concerning elder care needs.  As the population expands and pursues opportunities out of state, the typical distance between family members is now 85 miles.  This lack of close proximity leads to concerns for the safety of an elderly family member.  Population requiring elder care is rising from 7 million in 2020 to an anticipated 19 million in 2050.  Planning for the care of the elderly is key and Heidi offered a questionnaire, a handout and a compelling presentation which outlined options for consideration when planning needs for elderly care. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Jay Presser; with sides won by Don Miner and Joe Blake.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Heidi Huhn Partain  had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $169+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Feb 27) – Rick Cheney of Somers Rotary will present an update on their Dominican Republic Water Project.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Dick provided the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jonathon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Gordon Stagg, and Tom Sullivan.  (18/32….56%).
 
Guests: Student of the Month Katie Shea and parents Vinese and Bill and Katie’s sponsor, Laura LaFlame.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
- Dick Kisiel welcomed our student of the month Katie Shea and her family.
 
-Board meeting wrap-up:  The Board has recommended that Dick serve as president for a second term.  Dick has agreed if the current Board remains the same and if the Rotary members agree to this plan.  A formal discussion of this concept will be scheduled.  This modification led to the review of the constitution, an action which Dick and Jay Presser will accomplish.
 
-The Board approved a donation of $2500 to Suffield Players for application toward the renovation of their Mapleton Hall facility.  The Board also approved the request to support three Interact students in their attendance of the RYLA conference.
 
-Dick introduced an advertising trifold created by the Avon Rotary.  Suffield Rotary will provide the verbiage and photos and Avon will also assist in creating an advertising handout for Suffield Rotary.
 
-Paul Harris Award:  Ken Pascoe has targeted April for selection of one or two service-oriented individuals to consider for this award.  Suffield by the River has been reserved for the award event.
 
-Fundraising – Dick would like to identify a need/project and activity to support the cause;  please alert Dick to any cause which could use our support.
 
PROGRAM: Karen Berasi introduced Laura LaFlamme of the Ag Department of Suffield High School.  Laura’s presentation of Katie for student of the month noted her resourcefulness and tenacity.  As a Windsor Locks student, Katie found the transition to a new school difficult.  With her goal of “making changes that make a difference” Katie founded the Ag Ambassador program which will help 8th graders transition to high school.  Katie then listed her current affiliation with Special Olympics, the Lion’s Club Leo group from Windsor Locks and has served in many officer positions with the 4-H.  Katie plans to pursue a major in special education with a focus toward establishing a pet therapy farm.  She looks forward to attending Elms College or Westfield State.    
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Frank DiGennaro; with sides won by Katie Shea and Greg Heineman.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Karen Berasi  had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $152+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
 
Next week’s meeting (Feb 20) – Heidi Partain of BrightStar who will discuss Elder Care Options in 2018.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Luis Lee provided the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas and Gordon Stagg.  (16/33….48%).
 
Guests: Tari Marshall-Day, Assistant Gov 7890 (Cheshire CT Rotary).
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
- Dick Kisiel thanked Karen Berasi for volunteering to write a monthly article for the Suffield Observer covering the activities of the Suffield Rotary.
 
-Next Board Meeting – Feb 13 @ 5 pm and any Suffield Rotarian is welcome to attend.
 
-Dick introduced our Assistant Governor, Tari Marshall-Day.  Tari hailed from New Zealand and Majorca, Spain prior to moving to Cheshire CT and is enjoying her role as Assistant Governor.  Her favorite Rotary moment this term was experienced while visiting Ethiopia and Kenya when she witnessed a massive parade in honor of the World Polio Day. Tari’s pride in the Rotary role of conquering polio was fully experienced that day.
 
PROGRAM: Dick Kisiel presented Greg Heineman, a member of the CT Real Estate Board. Greg shared his of history growing up in Hartford and then his entry into the Real Estate profession.  Greg discussed the real estate market in our community and the challenges the internet has imposed on the profession.  He also outlined the regulations the State of CT now levies on the business.  Greg provided a useful packet of information regarding the trends and valuations of homes in this area.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Gail Handley; with sides won by Jack Muska and Greg Heineman.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Joe Blake had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $134+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (Feb 13) – February Student of the Month
Club Meeting January 30, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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 singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and honorary member, Dottie McCarty.  (23/32….72%).
 
Guests: David Ladiski, guest of Dale Baker.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
- Dick Kisiel read a very gracious the thank you note received from Anna Mervosh, our January student of the month.  And a thank you from Don Miner acknowledging the support he has received following the loss of Debbie.
 
-Scoreboard Photo – Dick would like this excellent photo and a write up submitted to the Suffield Observer.  He has asked for a member to offer to submit a monthly article to the paper.  Bob Lowell may submit articles, but is now in Alabama and continuing a two-year tour of the US.  His adventures are posted on the website: www.Where are Bob and Linda.com.
 
-Dick presented the Interact tee shirts the club will provide for these Interact club members in response to their request.  Dick will follow up with the students in regards to their project ideas and next steps.
 
PROGRAM: Luis Lee presented Karen Berasi for induction into the Suffield Rotary Club.  Dick presented Karen with a Rotary hat and Luis  presented a Rotary pin and nametag. 
Karen gave a brief historical outline of her life journey.  Karen is originally from Youngstown Ohio and attended Ohio University.  During her first teaching job in California, she identified the misplacement of Spanish speaking students and proceeded to pursue a path of correction for this error.  She studied in Mexico during this time to identify and work thru this inaccuracy of management.  She married, moved to Seattle, had two kids, and ultimately she and the two kids moved back to Connecticut where she worked at UCONN for five years before returning to public school arena.  Karen’s goal is to teach the concepts of equity and value to the students.  
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dick Kisiel; with sides won by Jack Muska and Greg Heineman.
 
Queen of Hearts:  A card for Tami Z was pulled which was not the Queen of Hearts.  Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $118+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
 
Next week’s meeting (Feb 6) – Greg Heineman, CT Board of Realtors – Will describe the current status of Real Estate in Hartford County
 

Club Meeting January 23, 2018

 Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas 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 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, Jon Kozloski, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Jay Presser, Heidi Partain, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (23/32….72%).

 Guests: None.

 Announcements: Vice President Roumas made several announcements:

 

-A thank you note was received from the Steve Sorrow family for their delivery of Salt & Sand.

-A thank you from Don Miner for the support during this difficult time.

-A thank you to Greg Heineman for repairing the Rotary wooden gear flag stand.

-And congratulations to Heidi Huhn Partain who announced that she was declared ‘cured’ of her cancer. 

-Feb 6 our own Greg Heineman will be the speaker and he will enlighten our membership with a view into the world of CT Realty. 

 

PROGRAM: Vice President Roumas introduced Tami Zawistowski, our State Representative who was elected in 2014.  Tami currently serves on three committees but notes the major focus of the House is the development of a budget, which operates on a two year cycle.  This $41.2 billion budget is comprised of 78% fixed costs leaving 22% for funding programs and projects.  Revenues for the budget are comprised of 50% income tax denoting 50% must be found thru other fund raising efforts.  And there is a prediction that many residents will be retiring and moving out of state, thereby losing those revenues.  The 2018 fund raising concepts cited were creating tolls, legalizing marijuana and pension reform as well as a new property tax law to increase this tax.  Tami handed out a booklet which briefly details some of the important issues the General Assembly may face in 2018.  We sincerely appreciate Tami’s efforts in working so hard for our district.

 

Blue Ticket Winners: Clark Mason held the winning blue ticket tonight; sides won by Jack Muska and Nancy Viggiano.

 

Queen of Hearts:  Tami Z had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts as we could not locate the current deck of game cards. Total winning pot now stands at $95+.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Natalie Donais enjoyed a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

 

Adjournment: Charles Roumas closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.

 

 

Next week’s meeting (January 30) – Induction of our newest member, Karen Berasi.

 
Opening and Welcome:  President 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 singing of “God Bless America” and then led the prayer honoring the memory of Deb Miner, wife of Don Miner.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (19/32….59.3%).
 
Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Anna Mervosh with her parents, Lynn & Todd. Also present was Anna’s math teacher, Pat Juhl.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-Dick provided a recap of the meeting last week with Melissa Mack regarding town projects which the Rotary, Interact Club and other service organizations could champion.  Dick, Charles Roumas and Gayle Demko discussed several projects which have potential as a work day town event.  Melissa has two recommendations which the Interact Club could focus upon: Painting a mural at Hilltop Farm and working with the Scouts to complete the hiking trail at Stoney Brook Park.  Dick will bring these suggestions to the Interact Club for their consideration.  
 
-Don Miner’s son-in-law donated $100 to Happy Dollars last week when he attended the meeting as a guest.  Dick recommends donating this $100 with a matching $100 to Ronald MacDonald House in memory of Debbie; the club was in total agreement. 
 
-Golf Chair – Jon Kozloski has volunteered to chair the Golf Tournament Fundraiser this year and will look to former chairmen for guidance and support.
 
-Paul Harris Annual Award.  Ken Pascoe announced the committee is now open for submission of award candidate recommendations. 
 
PROGRAM: President Kisiel introduced SHS math teacher, Pat Juhl, one of three teachers who nominated Anna Mervosh for Student of the Month.  Pat describes Anna as a quiet, polite and accomplished student with a “how can I help” attitude that pervades all her activities.  Anna joined the high school community after being home schooled and excelled in both the academic and social settings, and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award later this year.  Anna’s future interests include studying Political Science or History and she is looking forward to discovering her future career. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: No winning blue ticket tonight; sides won by Ken Pascoe and Gail Handley.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Charles Roumas had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $75+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
 
Next week’s meeting (January 23) – Tami Z. will outline the key issues currently affecting our county, district, town and State.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Luis Lee gave the invocation and Tom Sullivan led the club singing of “God Bless America”.  The club then observed a moment of silence in memory of Justin Donnelly in honor of his dedication to service for the town.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner,  Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas and Tom Sullivan.  (20/32….62.5%).
 
Guests: Assistant Rotary Governor Pam Lapoli and her husband, Tony, speaker Dr. Andrew Wakefield, visiting Rotarian Greg Madore (Burbank Ca), and Bob Lowell’s wife Linda Stevenson.  And welcome to Cat and Joe Blake who have returned from their hiatus. 
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-A recap of the Board meeting held prior to the weekly meeting noted a portion of the available Foundation funds will be invested in stocks in lieu of sitting in a checking account.  Our Morgan Stanley advisor will manage and monitor this additional investment.   
 
-Dick met with the Interact Club at Suffield High School; a club of 33 members who would like to participate in a service project.  Dick has scheduled a Friday morning meeting with our Town Selectman Melissa Mack and will inquire as to an activity she would like supported.  The Interact Club also would like tee shirts to wear when working on their projects.
 
-Additionally, Dick referred to a fundraising activity recommended by our visiting Rotarian Greg Madore from the Burbank Noon Club, Burbank CA club. This activity involves members will either ‘sing Karaoke or pay a penalty’ as the fundraising event.  More to come on this proposed activity.
 
Bob Lowell has agreed to write an article about the Suffield Rotary for the Suffield Observer each month.  He asks for support on this project; he will be submitting the article from the road as he and his wife begin their tour of the US.  Bob will email the draft to the membership and requests any input be returned by email promptly. He is also hoping for suggestions and ideas for this effort.
 
PROGRAM: President Kisiel introduced neurosurgeon Dr. Andrew Wakefield who discussed his nonprofit group “Dreaming and Working Together”. 15 years ago two doctors traveled to Lima, Peru at the urging of Hernandez, a medical records employee at Hartford Hospital.  Now 24 medically trained volunteers travel to Peru for five days to work with residents to train in both spinal and prosthetic surgical techniques and implementation.  The effort is also supported with members of the UCONN internship training program.  Dr. Wakefield’s goals for this effort have been: sustainability, improved skills thru training and facility improvement for the facility and its personnel.  Pam Lipoli noted the Cheshire Rotary has applied for a grant to assist with medical needs in Lima and there may be an opportunity to work with them to support these efforts.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Greg Heineman had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Natalie Donais and Tom Sullivan.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Gayle Demko had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $55+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisel closed the meeting leading the group in singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Next week’s meeting (January16) will honor the January Rotary Student of the Month.
 
Club Meeting January 2, 2018
 
Opening and Welcome:  President 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: Dale Baker, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (18/32….56.3%).
 
Guests: Speaker Dr. Christina E. Fitch, DO, MPH; Visiting Rotarian Greg Madore (Burbank CA), and Greg’s wife Kim Madore.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-A huge thank you to all the Rotarians and Interact members who braved frigid temperatures to raise funds via a kettle drive for the Emergency Aid Association and Salvation Army. Per coordinator Ken Pascoe, the drive successfully raised approx. $1350!
 
-The next Rotary Board Meeting is Tuesday January 9 at 500 pm. All those with issues for board review, please submit ASAP, or let Dick know if you wish to attend. Treasurer Jack Muska informed the members that Morgan Stanley will be attending the board meeting to discuss our funds management.
 
-Additionally, Dick asked our visiting Rotarian Greg Madore from the Burbank Noon Rotary Club, Burbank CA to say a few words to the group. As member Don Miner’s son-in-law, Greg was already familiar with Rotary and sought out this specific club in his new home area of California due to its pro-activity in the community and having its own foundation.  Among its service projects were the decoration and then auction of Christmas trees for charity proceeds. Also, their leader Brian Volpei developed a program with the Burbank Police to procure gift cards enabling under-served kids to “holiday shop with a cop” at stores such as Target. We thank Greg for sharing these ideas.
 
PROGRAM: President Kisiel introduced Dr. Christina E. Fitch, DO, MPH, to educate our members on the specific field of Palliative Medical Care and how we as Rotarians can help. Christina defined palliative care as specifically focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, stress, of a serious illness, and to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Patients can choose concurrent treatment paths of life prolonging/curative and palliative. She strongly recommended we all have two critical documents: assignment of health care proxy and our personal medical orders/wishes for life-sustaining treatment. Because the main purpose of palliative care is to ease a patient’s suffering, the efforts of all stakeholders (chaplains, social workers, neighbors, community volunteers, etc.) are both welcomed and encouraged. Although this is not something we all think about on a regular basis, it was important to be reminded. Dr. Fitch is happy to offer any member help in  involvement in palliative care in their community.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Nancy Viggiano had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dale Baker Jon Kozloski.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Ken Pascoe had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $35+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Ralph Fletcher’s birthday was acknowledged in absentia.
 
Adjournment: Scott Seabury closed the meeting with a very appropriate group singing of “Auld Lang Syne”.
 Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, VP on January 2, 2018.
 
Next week’s meeting (January 9) will be an informative talk by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a neurosurgeon discussing his volunteer medical care trips to South America. 

Club Meeting December 19, 2017

Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Luis Lee then gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.

Members Present: Dale Baker, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Dick Miner, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano.  (17/33….52%).

Guests: none.

Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:

-A big thank you to the club members who weathered the cold and rang the bell for the Salvation Army.  The pot was filled both days and we look forward to learning the total collected.  The Interact participation was amazing and we thank the kids for their involvement. Thanks again to all.

-Welcome to Karen Berasi, our newest member. 

- PROGRAM: In lieu of a formal program, cards were distributed and members encouraged to note an event that was embarrassing, or somewhat naughty or risky, and not sign the card.  Three cards were drawn at random, read aloud, and members of the group encouraged to guess who they believe was the author.  Those guessing correctly the name of the actual  writer received a chance at a $5 bill and Frank DiGennaro was the winner of that prize.

Blue Ticket Winners: Charles Roumas had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jack Muska and Gail Handley.

Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning ticket and did not select the Queen of Hearts.

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Birthdays-Gordon Stagg and Don Miner; Anniversary-Joe Blake.

Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.

REMINDER: As noted in last week's minutes - there will be no meeting on December 26th- Boxing Day.

Club Meeting December 12, 2017

Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  He then gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.

Members Present: Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (16/32….50.0%).

Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Michael “Mickey” Barron, his parents Sue and Cliff, and brother Andy. Also present was Michael’s science teacher, Kimberly Radziewicz, who nominated Michael.

Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:

-A big thank you to the club members who successfully created and distributed the Suffield Seniors Sand and Salt program. Nearly thirty homes received large Rotary Club containers filled with winter sand and/or salt to prevent falls on their steps, walks and driveways in winter conditions. The team, led by Karen and Clark Mason, included Ken Pascoe, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner and Jack Muska. Thanks again to all.

-Upcoming Emergency Aid Association and Salvation Army Kettle Drive: Dec 16 & 17: a sign-up sheet was passed around for a final look and fill in of volunteer openings for bell ringers at the Dunkin Donuts and Highland Park Market locations. Members have raised several hundred dollars for these organizations in past drives.

- Interact and our President will be meeting formally at SHS on Dec 19 at 920 am for collaboration ideas for the remainder of this school year.

-Key highlights from the Rotary board meeting held directly prior to tonight’s meeting:

 (a) Karen Berasi has been approved as a new Suffield Rotary Club member- Congratulations Karen! Formal induction date TBD.

 (b) Board approved funding $580 for suicide prevention training for the 23 members of SHS Interact Club.

 (c) Board approved a $500 contribution to the Foundation for Exceptional Children of Suffield founded by Jill Caron and Sue Davis.

 (d) Board approved the purchase of ten turkeys for $200 total for needy families of Suffield, as requested via member Frank DiGennaro. Our club’s Finance Committee will decide which specific club budgetary line items will be charged for all of the above funding requests.

(e) Members are encouraged individually to present additional fund-raising events/ideas directly to the Board on an ad hoc basis. Board did not approve a formal committee for this purpose.

-Member Frank DiGennaro wishes to thank the members and helpers responsible for ensuring our Rotary Club signs on Route 75 and other Town borders are straightened throughout the winter months.

PROGRAM: Natalie Donais, our RSOM and Interact Coordinator, was pleased to introduce SHS science teacher, Kimberly Radziewicz, the nominator for December’s Student of the Month. Kim was one of four teachers interested in nominating the same student: Michael Barron. Called “Mickey” by his friends, Kim described him as a selfless go-getter. She told the club Mickey would essentially teach her biology class in her absence, “aiding the substitute”. Additionally, she proudly stated that Mickey and his father took it upon themselves to build new sets at the SHS TV studio.

Congratulations to December Rotary Student of the Month Michael Barron! :   Mickey thanked his family and teacher for their support and then took us through his passions and future plans. An Eagle Scout candidate, Mickey attributed his leadership and perseverance skills to eleven years of scouting. Additional passions were computers and technology in any form, drama club and acting, specifically in the unified theater with students with special needs. Lastly, he fell in love with ASL (American Sign Language) and began a quest to be certified as a Medical Interpreter. He is hoping to matriculate in an 8 year program at UCONN which uniquely combines both undergrad studies (biology/pre-med) AND Medical School, with Siena College as an alternative. Our members were excited about his future contributions to our community and the country at large.

Blue Ticket Winners: Richard Kisiel had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Natalie Donais and Gail Handley.

Queen of Hearts:  CONGRATULATIONS to Natalie Donais who had the winning red ticket and selected the Queen of Hearts! Total winning pot was $857!  A well-deserved winner.

Birthdays and Anniversaries: Birthday announcements were delayed until next week to celebrate with our traditional club singing and wishes.

Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.

Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, VP on December 12, 2017.

Next week’s meeting (December 19) will include a surprise experiential game for members, conducted by President Richard Kisiel. There will be no meeting on December 26th- Boxing Day.

Suffield Rotary Club Meeting- November 28, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Vice President Charles Roumas opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Gregory DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Jonathon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Joseph “Clark” Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (24/30….80%).
 
Guests:  Suffield Players’ board members Jerry Zalewski and Mary Fernandez-Sierra.
 
Announcements:
 
Salt & Sand for Seniors – Delivery scheduled for about 30 seniors next Saturday, Dec 2; Ken Pascoe will meet the delivery volunteers at the Town Garage to fill buckets Saturday morning at 9 AM. 
 
Salvation Army Donations:  Signup sheet circulated for ‘bell ringers’ for Salvation Army - Sat & Sun- Dec 16 & 17 at Dunkin Donuts in the AM and Highland Park in the PM.  Details forthcoming at the Dec 12 meeting.
 
Holiday Party: Next Tuesday, Dec 5, at La Notte in East Windsor beginning at 6 pm. Cost is $25 per person and checks will be collected that night at the event.
 
Interact Club:  The club would like to schedule their spaghetti dinner for our group; Natalie is working with their adviser, Kate McClusky, to plan a Jan/Feb 2018 dinner.
 
Program:  Jerry Zalewski and Mary Fernandez-Sierra presented a brief history of Mapleton Hall and the Suffield Players’ use of the facility.  Mapleton Avenue was once a part of the trolley route between Hartford and Springfield and was called ‘Crooked Lane’ at that time.  Mapleton Hall was built in 1883 and was used as a community center, initially called Central Hall and afterward the North Suffield Grange Hall.  In 1999 Suffield Players acquired the property and have since spent over $300,000 in renovations to the building and have presented 157 productions since their inception in 1952.  Their mission is to have fun doing the best theater production possible and this enthusiasm is shared in all their production prep efforts as well as their Summer children’s theater educational program.  Proudly they continue to operate in the black while making repairs as possible, with funding from civic groups and fundraisers.  The building currently requires additional electrical work and chimney and foundation repairs; donations and support are welcome to assist in making these repairs possible.
 
The Suffield Players ask for assistance with three areas:
Attendance – please come see the show!
Advertising – please support the Players with an ad or a patron donation
Volunteer – please consider joining the crew and volunteering your services; there are many areas that require volunteers to make the Players productions possible.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Natalie Donais held the winning ticket; Ken Pascoe and Dale Baker held side ticket winners.
 
Queen of Hearts: Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $837+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:   Frank and Linda DiGennaro..37 years married.
 
Adjournment: Charles Roumas adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Program for December 5:  A wonderful night of Holiday Cheer at La Notte’s beginning at 6 PM.
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Scott Seabury led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Gayle Demko, Gregory DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jonathon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Joseph “Clark” Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg,  and Nancy Viggiano.  (21/30….70%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements:
 
Salt & Sand for Seniors – Delivery scheduled for about 35 seniors next Saturday, Dec 2; Ken Pascoe will meet the delivery volunteers at the Town Garage to fill buckets Saturday morning.  Karen Mason noted difficulty contacting several seniors receiving buckets last year.
 
Sign up for Salvation Army Donations:  Signup sheet circulated for ‘bell ringers’ for Salvation Army donations Sunday Dec 3 at Dunkin Donuts in the AM and Highland Park in the PM.  Any details will be outlined at the next meeting.
 
Holiday Party: Jackie Guzie spoke on behalf of the Events Committee regarding the upcoming Holiday Party scheduled for December 5, 2017 to be held at La Notte in East Windsor beginning at 6 pm. Cost is $25 per person and menu choices:
  • Black Angus NY Strip Steak
    • Topped with Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms in a Cognac Demi Glaze
  • Stuffed Chicken Florentine
    • Stuffed with Spinach and Mozzarella Cheese Topped with Chef made Supreme Sauce
  • Caribbean Salmon
    • Pan Seared in a Coconut Rum Butter sauce, Topped with a Mango Salsa
All come with a Mixed Greens Gorgonzola Salad, Chef's selection of Starch and Vegetables and Crème Brule for dessert. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. There will music entertainment and a cash bar.
 
Per member feedback, the club decided to extend the socializing/ libations period to at least 6:45 pm.  If you would like to attend, please call or email Jackie Guzie with your guest(s) name(s) and dinner choice by November 28th at 860-550-4769 or email jackaboo2003@yahoo.com. Roger Pratt will be collecting at $25 per person.
 
Budget Report:  Ken Pascoe presented the quarterly budget report.  A discussion initiated regarding fundraisers and the need to identify the most profitable avenue for our efforts.  Comparison of profitable concepts chaired by other organizations was lively and there will be continued review of this issue.  
 
Program:  Dick led the business meeting to summarizing the club’s committee goals and progress.  A handout listing the committees for the 2017-18 year was distributed.  Of note:
 
Membership Goal:  Add 3 new members to reach goal of 37 – we are close to that goal with the stated interest of two potential new members.  To incite awareness of the Suffield Rotary, Charles Roumas has volunteered to write an article for the Suffield Observer.
 
Foundation Goal:  Contributions to meet $2500 to Rotary Foundation and $100 from each member to the Paul Harris.  Goals may be revised as the year progresses.
 
Service Projects:  Suffield Rotary supports international water projects (Somers and Manchester club sponsored projects) as well as several local projects (Boy Scout Dog House Build, Sand & Salt for Seniors, Discover CT Bike Walk, Suffield Athletic projects). 
 
A recommendation to meet with the Town Selectman and identify service projects which might be accomplished by a collaboration of effort between the community social and service groups and completed in a defined timeframe was expressed.    
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Ken Pascoe held the winning ticket with Roger Pratt and Gordon Stagg each with a side ticket winner.
 
Queen of Hearts: Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $788+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Congratulations to Natalie Donais who celebrated an anniversary.
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
 
Program for Nov 28:  A presentation by the Suffield Players on their organization and the status of historic Mapleton Hall. 
 
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting- November 14, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Dick then gave an invocation that included our Club’s deepest sorrow and prayers for member Scott Seabury on the sudden passing of his mother today. Tom Sullivan then led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Joseph “Clark” Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg,  Tom Sullivan and Tami Zawistowski.  (15/30….50%).
 
Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Rylee Harfouche and her parents, Kathie and Marc; Rylee’s nominating SHS teacher Noreen Harnett; Karen Berasi- Prospective member sponsored by Richard Kisiel.
 
Announcements:
 
-Vice President Charles Roumas reported that he and Secretary Gayle Demko completed Rotary Leadership Institute Second Level training on Saturday Nov 11. Experienced Rotarians from throughout New England traveled to the Enfield location to share their wisdom. Specifically, classes were held on how to create a strategic plan for one’s local club, how to generate new types and number of members (e.g. Corporate and family memberships), improving Club Communications vehicles and messaging, and an additional refresher in global and district grant acquisition and execution.
 
-Sergeant at Arms Gail Handley and Treasurer Jack Muska spoke on behalf of the Events Committee regarding the upcoming Holiday/Christmas Party on December 5, 2017 to be held at La Notte in East Windsor. Cost is $25 per person and menu choices and final details were to be released immediately by Past President Jackie Guzie. Per member feedback, the club decided to extend the socializing/ libations period to at least 645 pm. All those attending should provide their payment to Rotarian Roger Pratt as soon as possible.
 
- President Richard Kisiel thanked those members who transported senior Suffield voters from the parking lot to the voting polls on Election Day Nov 7. The intent of this service met our Four Way Test, but the light voter usage of our services will question our continuance of it in future elections. The Board will follow up on this.
 
Program: RSOM- Rotary Student of the Month- November:
Natalie Donais, our Suffield Interact liaison and RSOM coordinator, proudly introduced SHS Language Teacher Noreen Harnett, the nominator of our November Rotary Student of the Month. After many kind words on her student nomination, Noreen brought forward the recipient Kylee Harfouche. Congratulations Kylee!  Natalie presented Kylee with some recognition items, and Kyle was able to say a few words.
 
 Kylee thanked her parents, Kathie and Marc, her teacher Noreen Harnett, and the Rotary members for this honor. Incredibly industrious, she has enrichened her life and those around her with many diverse yet important life skills. Her interests in languages (French), athletics (Volleyball team captain), and Academic Leadership (Pres-National Honor Society; Writing Center Mentor; and Chick Fil A Leadership Lab) all fulfill her need to serve the community, However, her real passion, inspired by her aunt, is to combine a major in Nursing/APRN with a minor in Law so she may focus on Neonatology--doing more research specifically into causes, prevention and restitution for medical malpractice. Her school choices at this early stage are University of Virginia, Villanova, Miami University and UCONN. The membership is excited to be an early recognizer of a bright future.
 
 Blue Ticket Winners: There was a “family sweep” for the first time. Kylee Harfouche had the winning ticket, and her parents Kathie and Marc each had a side ticket winner!
 
Queen of Hearts: Ken Pascoe had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $739+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Rotarian Tami Zawistowski celebrated her birthday today and was brave enough to show up for our melodious birthday sing-around.
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting with Tom Sullivan leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, VP on November, 2017.
 
Next week’s weekly meeting (Nov 21) will be a Business meeting to inform all members of the clubs progress. The following week (Nov 28) will be a presentation by the Suffield Players on their organization and the status of historic Mapleton Hall.
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-November 7, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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,  Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley,  Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee,  Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser,  Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg,  and Nancy Viggiano.   Attendance: 15/30   50% 
 
Guests:   Christina Fitch- prospective member sponsored by Natalie Donais.
 
Announcements/Program:  
The clubs holiday party will be held on December 5 with sign up beginning next meeting.  The next student of the month program will be held on November 14.  The club will hold a business meeting on November 21 and the club will hear a presentation from a representative of Suffield Players on November 28.  There was no program.
 
Events:  HOLIDAY PARTY – DECEMBER 5 – SAVE THE DATE.  The location of the Holiday Party is - LaNotte in East Windsor.  More details next week.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Dale Baker’s was honored with our club’s finest rendition of “Happy Birthday.” 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Ken Pascoe has the winning ticket with sides won by Jed Dery and Scot Seabury.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Greg DeSantis had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing over $700.
 
Adjournment: Dick adjourned the meeting and Scott led a closing song.
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-October 31, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick 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, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Tom Sullivan. Attendance: 67%   20/30  
 
Guests:   Linda Stevenson, Suffield Volunteer Ambulance (Bob Lowell’s wife).
 
Announcements/Program:  Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to our guest speaker, Linda Stevenson. Dick circulated a sign up for election night golf cart drivers; it was determined to meet next Tuesday evening as there were minimal conflicts due to election day obligations.
 
Events:  HOLIDAY PARTY – DECEMBER 5 – SAVE THE DATE.  Gail Handley announced the location of the Holiday Party - LaNotte in East Windsor and will provide further details as they are firmed.
 
SPEAKER:  Linda Stevenson introduced the Suicide Prevention Program adopted by the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance’s Suicide Prevention Committee: “Question, Persuade, Refer” (QPR).  The initial training is one hour in length and costs $29 for each trainee.
 
Linda reviewed the history of suicide in the town, state and nation which highlights the need for effective action and education to bring an awareness of available solutions for those contemplating this act.  Three of our Rotarians have been introduced to the initial hour of QPR training (Natalie Donais, Don Miner and Scott Seabury).  The SVAA would like to train the Interact group as their initial High School youth focus group.  SVAA is requesting a total of $2065 for Interact training ($580 for 20 students) and funding for instructor training for 3 SVAA associates ($1485).  The Rotary Board will consider the appeal.
 
Special Note:  If you have need for suicide or any other emergency help line assistance; dialing 211 will connect you with a resource which will forward the call to the appropriate service.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  None this week.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Jay Presser had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dick Kisiel and Frank DiGennaro.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jed Dery had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $686+.
 
Adjournment: Dick adjourned the meeting and Scott led a closing song.
 
Program scheduled for our next meeting – Nov 7:  No formal presentation; a social hour will be featured.
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-October 24, 2017
 
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 Tom Sullivan led the club in “God Bless America”.  
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Gordon Stagg and Tom Sullivan. Attendance: 53%   16/30  
 
Guests:   Roz Luongo, our speaker.
 
Announcements/Program:  Charles Roumas opened the meeting with a welcome to our guest speaker. He thanked those who volunteered at the Discover CT Bike & Ride event held the previous Sunday:  Dick Kisiel and Natalie Donais, Bob Lowell and Roger Pratt, Gayle Demko and Charles Roumas and Greg DeSantis and Frank DiGennaro each worked a shift at the event.
 
SPECIAL NOTE:  The American Flag and Rotary gear stand have been located and will be available for our next meeting.
 
Events:  Senior Sand & Salt program.  Ken Pascoe notes there is a sign up for bucket deliveries at the Senior Center and the event has been advertised in the Suffield Observer.  Anticipated are 40 buckets for delivery the first week of December.
 
HOLIDAY PARTY – DECEMBER 5 – SAVE THE DATE.  Jackie Guzie will provide further details as the event is firmed up.
 
SPEAKER:  Roz Luongo introduced the group to a Massachusetts based 501(c)3 program entitled Neighbor Brigade.  Roz  co-created the first Connecticut chapter in Suffield earlier this year and is advertising its attributes in an effort to expand both its volunteers and participants.  Examples of the free service include: meals delivered to your doorstep, rides to medical appointments, errands, light household chores and dog walking or light pet care (non-boarding).  This service is designed to fill the gap between the immediate need of a resident as other available services are ramped up.  Do you have time to volunteer or know of a candidate who would benefit from this service?  Contact Roz thru their website www.neighborbrigade.org or directly thru email at SuffieldCt@neighborbrigade.org
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Roger Pratt celebrated a birthday on the 17th, and the club welcomed him tonight with  a birthday serenade.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Greg Heineman had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Ken Pascoe and Gayle Demko.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $651+.
 
Adjournment: Charles adjourned the meeting and Tom led a closing song.
 
Program scheduled for our next meeting - Oct 31:  Linda Stevenson - Suffield EMS, Suicide Prevention Awareness
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-October 17, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Dick 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: , Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Greg DeSantis, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, and Scott Seabury. Attendance: 53%   16/30  
 
Guests:   Karen Berasi (sponsor Dick Kisiel); Dr Christina Fitch (sponsor Natalie Donais); Student of the Month guests: Emily Bernabe & her dad, Jeff Bernabe; Shannon Frechette and parents Amber & Gary Frechette with nominating school staffers – Patrick Brintle and Eric Senger.
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to our guests and families.    
 
Dick thanked the committee for the great celebration at Fox Hollow Gun Club for the traditional lobster fest.  This is an enjoyable and well deserved event for the group.
 
SPECIAL NOTE:  The American Flag and Rotary gear stand are no longer found in the Suffield by the River closet.  These items have been removed from the building and we are hoping to locate them – please advise if you have any knowledge of their whereabouts so we might recover the flag and stand for use at our weekly meetings.
 
Events:  October 22 (Sunday) “Discover Suffield” bike event.  250 riders are anticipated and the Rotary has been asked to man the Sunrise Park water station.  Two volunteers per shift will be needed and Dick passed around a signup sheet.
 
SPEAKER:  Natalie detailed the ‘service above self’ focus for a Student of the Month nominee and then introduced the Suffield High School staff member who outlined the reasons for the nominations of our September and October recipients.   Emily Bernabe and Shannon Frechette both then treated the audience to a summary of their previous and current high school experience and their aspirations.  Natalie presented each student with a copy of Teens Can Make it Happen with our thanks for their fine leadership and experiences working with peer groups.    
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Greg DeSantis celebrated an anniversary this week.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Frank DiGennaro had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Jon Kozloski and Bob Lowell.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jay Presser had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $627+.
 
Adjournment: Dick adjourned the meeting and Scott led a closing song.
 
Program scheduled for our next meeting - Oct 24:  Roz Luongo will present Suffield CT Neighbor Brigade.
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-October 3, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Dick 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, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Robert Lowell, Don Miner,  Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, and Scott Seabury. Attendance: 61%   18/31  
 
Guests:   District Governor Dave Mangs and Assistant Governor Pam Lupoli
 
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to our Dave Mangs and Pam Lupoli – Dave passed out pins to Rotarians in attendance.    
 
Both the lobster meal selection and tip for wait staff envelopes were passed; with a reminder that the next meeting would be at Fox Hollow Gun Club for the traditional lobster fest.  Greg Heineman and Tom Sullivan will grill and Greg will be furnishing his infamous bananas foster dessert.
 
Jay Presser noted an opportunity for fundraising provided by Amazon.  Instructions for this login will be provided once we are set up.  Jay also invited Rotarians to participate in the Survivor Journey’s Third Annual Event scheduled October 28, (details have been emailed to members).
 
Events:  October 22 (Sunday) “Discover Suffield” bike event.  250 riders are anticipated and the Rotary has been asked to man the Sunrise Park water station.  Two volunteers per shift will be needed from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Dick will supply more information on this project for sign up.
 
The Sand & Salt for Seniors project has been advertised and the response is larger than last year with an anticipated 70 buckets needed.  An early December delivery date is projected; Ken Pascoe will update with details for this event.
 
Voter Assistance – Dick advised Rotary has been asked to man the golf cart during the next election, Nov 7.  One volunteer per shift will drive those needing assistance to and from the parking lot to the  voting door entrance; voting hours are 6 AM to 8 PM.  Dick will set up Rotary shifts for signups and work this request.
 
The Interact Club is looking forward to hosting a pasta dinner for the Rotarians; Natalie Donais will advise more on this event once details are firmed.
 
SPEAKER:  The District Governor visits each of the 59 clubs which make up District 7890 and Dave Mangs applauds Suffield for their Interact Club relationship and for having a succession plan in place for next year. 
 
Dave’s theme message is “ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE”.  He finds Rotarians are special as they understand it is time to “give back”. Rotarians have time, talent and treasure helping their community.  Rotary benefits local business through networking and referrals, social events and service projects.  He encourages each Rotarian to inspire 10 people to consider becoming a Rotarian, and invite 3 to a meeting with the expectation that 1 of the three will become a member.  Dave would like to see each club target growth this year along with expansion of their youth programs.
 
The summary of Dave’s speech is attached and is filled with confidence and enthusiasm for our District’s membership.  It was a privilege to hear Dave’s inspiration and motivation expressed.  
Dave presented Dale Baker with a citation of recognition for his many years of service to the community as a Rotarian.  We all applaud Dale’s support and participation with this club!
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Charles Roumas had a birthday and all were treated to the Rotary celebration song.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with a side won by Jay Presser.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Bob Lowell had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $612+.
 
Adjournment: Dick adjourned the meeting and Dave led a closing song.
Program scheduled for our next meeting - Oct 10:  LOBSTER FEST at Fox Hollow
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-September 26, 2017
 
Opening and Welcome:  Charles Roumas 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, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Ralph Fletcher, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Jonathan Kozloski, Don Miner,  Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 65%   20/31  
 
Guests:   Greg Panjian – visiting member and our speaker Brian Hendrickson.
 
Announcements/Program:  Vice President Charles Roumas opened the meeting with a welcome to our speaker Brian Hendrickson. 
  • Two reminders:
    • Deadline for meal selection and payment for the Oct 10 Lobster Fest is next Tuesday; email Nancy Viggiano with your meal selection and bring payment next meeting; the attendance signup for this event was passed.
    • Next meeting will be the final meeting at Suffield Country Club for this year; please donate to the tips for wait staff fund at either this meeting or next week; the basket for this fund was passed.  
 
SOTG BBQ:  Jack Muska notes the net profit to now total $5540.
 
Brian Hendrickson, Assistant Superintendent-Suffield Schools presentation:  As the Suffield Public School Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Brian outlined his vision for both the district and the school improvement plans.  With an emphasis on recognition of the impact of the internet and information available outside the classroom, the workforce/teachers will be prepped to approach learning using a partnership model. To effectively prepare first year teachers, the Teaching and Learning subcommittee has established peer based support and coaching.  Brian’s goals are to prepare kids thru engagement of peer based models and to partner with the community, parents and students by bringing them into the learning process. The improvement plans are transparent; and can be found on the Suffield School website.   
 
Discussion from the members and Brian centered upon the content of the curriculum currently in place, with special note that Civics, History, Economics and the workings of Free Enterprise are no longer included.  Brian noted that the K-12 curriculum is current under review for identification of the material being missed; he feels 50% of the core curriculum will be revamped.  Thru a series of focus group activities, students have identified their concepts of limitations or deficiencies which is also included in the curriculum review. Results will be posted on the website for public viewing. Email any additional questions for Brian at bhendrickson@suffield.org.
 
As Brian is involved in the State level of assessment; a question about accountability was raised. “How do you pass a kid who can’t read or put a sentence together?”  The challenge of preparing both the teaching staff and the students to excel in the international realm of today’s workforce will take a focus upon both teaching leadership to embrace diverse and unique teaching methods and student engagement and accountability.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Jon Kozloski, Don Rawlings and Gayle Demko had birthdays; a unique version of the traditional and Rotary celebration song was somehow accomplished.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Guest Brian Hendrickson had the winning blue ticket, with a side won by Roger Pratt.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $595+.
 
Adjournment: Charles adjourned the meeting and Scott led a closing song.
 
Program scheduled for our next meeting - Oct 3:  District Governor Dave Mangs to outline the plans for District & RI
 
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:  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:  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 

Player Name                                                                            
 
                       Payment  
                                                                                                 
 
 
 
1. _______________________________________________  
 
 
 
        __________
2. _______________________________________________
 
 
 
        __________
3. _______________________________________________
 
 
 
        __________
4. _______________________________________________
 
 
 
        __________
5. _______________________________________________
 
 
        __________
 
 

Team Captain’s E-Mail Address: ___________________________________

 
 
 
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER REGISTRATION
 Name                                                                                                          Payment  
1.________________________________________________                                             ____________
 
E Mail Address: ____________________________
 
2. ________________________________________                                       ___________
 
E Mail Address: __________________________
 
3. ________________________________________                                       ___________
 
E Mail Address: __________________________
 
4. ________________________________________                                       ___________
 
 
E Mail Address: __________________________
 
 
 
 
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.