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Suffield Country Club
341 N.Main Street
Suffield, CT  06078
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SUFFIELD ROTARY PRESIDENT

Gayle Demko
Term 2019-2020

 

 

 
 
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Club Meeting August 13, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome:  Gayle Demko opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Tom Sullivan provided the invocation and led the club in “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Cat Thomas and Nancy Viggiano. Attendance: 63%   20/33
 
Guests:  Don Miner’s daughter and grandson, Kim Miner and Joe Madur; Danel Eitel and daughter Sydney
 
Announcements/Program:  President Gayle Demko opened the meeting with a welcome to Don Miner’s guests and welcomed the Eitel’s back as a speaker to our meeting.   The Board has approved support of the District project with a $500 donation for their food packaging project scheduled Oct.5, 2019 which will be held at the Crec school on Kennedy Rd. In Windsor. These packets will be donated within the district for “backpack meal” use.   A sign up for Rotary polo shirts was circulated and we anticipate having the shirts for Suffield on the Green.
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 $17,000 projected.  Jay Presser thanked all who assisted, remarking all vacancies were filled and everyone said that they had a great time.
Chicken BBQ: Ken has presented each member with a pack of ten tickets to sell prior to the event and has additional tickets if anyone needs them;  it is the presale which makes this event profitable. He is soliciting volunteers to work that project.
 
350th Committee:  This committee is beginning to finalize plans for the celebration.  Rotary will participate with retail items and with committee assistance as needed.
Program:  The Eitel’s presented a three page color project recap of the work performed on the Hilltop Farm chicken coop.  The work continues almost daily and they are currently re-shingling the siding and removing the ceiling for replacement.  The funds donated by the Rotary were used toward replacing the roof which was a three layered monstrosity and very difficult to demo. The list of work accomplished so far on this structure: power wash inside coop, sand and smooth interior walls, repair and repaint interior walls, bring electricity and lighting inside, scrape paint on exterior walls, repair doors on inside and outside of building, remove and replace existing ceiling, frame and cover windows, repair and reside exterior, construct run, remove rotting wood around much of structure, repaint exterior. The list seems endless and the ladies are obviously committed to completing this coop rehab!  The goal is to complete the structure and house 24 chickens by the end of this academic year.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Will be celebrated at next meeting.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Frank had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Nancy and Ray.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dick had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $580+.
 
Adjournment:  Gayle adjourned the meeting and led a closing song.  Next week Sammy promises lobster rolls and Scott will provide a great program for us!!
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
August 13, 2019
Suffield Country Club – 4:45 pm
 
Meeting Called to Order 5:00 p.m.
Board Members Present: Gayle Demko, Natalie Donais,  Richard Kisiel,  Jon Kozloski, Jack Muska, Ken Pasco, Don Rawling, Jay Presser
Club Members Present:None
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of July 2, 2019 were approved, Jay so moved seconded by Dick.
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of June 30, 2019:
Operations:     $1710
           The Board approved unanimously a motion by Jack, seconded by Dick, to accept the treasurer’s report.
 
Old Business:
  1. Golf Tournament – Approx $33860 Revenue in – 109 players – Approx $16100 expenses; Approx $17,500 profit.  5 kids volunteered who need letters noting volunteer hours.
  2. Happy Dollars – 50% of money collected at the registration table for blue ticket ($1) should go to winners and 50% to operations.  If we have 20 people registered for dinners, $10 (50% of the $1 blue ticket) should go to the blue ticket winner.  Frank’s collection is split between the two side winners.  The budget was $300 short this year for guest meal payment and that 50% is needed to offset guest fees.
  3. Dues: Ken spoke with the Mason’s who wish to pay District Dues only.
  4. Opioid brochures should be available for Suffield on the Green; we owe Dan Kehoe an additional $100 for the last minute revisions requested.
  5. SOTG booth on middle green – pewter ornaments will be sold.  Initially they were sold for $10 ea; we’ll sell them for $5 in hopes of moving them along!
 
New Business:
  1. Chicken BBQ – Ken has structured a volunteer sign in for building the pits, moving the items from the barn, setting up the green, cooking both Sat & Sun in the booth and Sun on the pits.  He is asking we promote ticket sales!  Natalie will post on Suffield Neighbors and Suffield Forum.
  2. Food Packaging project.  Pam Lupoli is hosting a project for her clubs which is an assembly line food packaging effort of “backpack food” for needy kids.  She is asking for a $500 pledge from Suffield for the purchase of the food items.  Dick moved we donate the $500 and the motion was seconded by Jon.  Jack Muska will send the $500 to Pam at the Windsor Rotary.  Oct 5, CREC School/Windsor 9-Noon will be the assembly and we need about 5 volunteers to help with packaging.
  3. Budget—Membership Dues.  Due to the rising cost of food and tipping, a rise in dues is warranted.  The Budget committee would like to raise dues to $180, a vote is not required on this item.
  4. 350th celebration – Ken will research the details of a silver coin to sell as a fundraiser.  Gayle will look into the quilts.
  5. Interact – Kate will be asked to join us monthly so we might become more closely involved with the interact club.  We will also find a date to plan a social with the kids & their parents. Oct will be targeted.
  6. Lobster/Steak night – Dick will be chairing.
  7. The membership voted to obtain an Inflatable Rotary balloon but as the logo has changed this may be available later this year.
 
 
Next Meeting Date: Sep 10, 2019 at SCC @4:45 pm.  A motion by Jay to adjourn at 5:40, seconded by Jon, passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
August 13, 2019
Suffield Country Club
 
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:40 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2019 were approved previously.
 
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of June 30, 2019:
Foundation:                                                $  23,514
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $148,587
 
Old Business:
Sunrise Park Playscape – Jack Muska noted the Playscape will cost about $80,000 with additional funding needed for fencing and specialized mulch.  The concrete build is underway and anticipated for a late September arrival.  A late October grand opening is planned.
 
New Business
  1. None
 
Club Member Forum - No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  September 10, 2019 at SCC.
 
Motion by Don to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Dick, which passed unanimously.
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
July 2, 2019
Suffield Country Club – 4:45 pm
 
Meeting Called to Order 5:00 p.m.
Board Members Present: Gayle Demko, Gail Hanley, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Jack Muska, Ken Pasco, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury
Club Members Present:None
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2019 were approved, Jack so moved seconded by Dick.
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of June 30, 2019:
Operations:     $1710
           The Board approved unanimously a motion by Jack, seconded by Scott, to accept the treasurer’s report.
 
Old Business:
  1. Paul Harris Award Ceremony – Dick will bring in a payment he had received –great success this year!
  2. Happy Dollars – 50% of money collected at the registration table for blue ticket ($1) should go to winners and 50% to operations.  If we have 20 people registered for dinners, $10 (50% of the $1 blue ticket) should go to the blue ticket winner.  Frank’s collection is split between the two side winners.  The budget was $300 short this year for guest meal payment and that 50% is needed to offset guest fees.
  3. Informative Brochure handout for Substance Abuse Treatment Services – Dick has received promise of funding of $250 each from the four banks in Suffield.  The brochures are scheduled to be mailed out in June thru the Selectman’s office although Dick notes a change to the brochure may delay mailing.
 
New Business:
  1. Meeting Location Update – Suffield by the River will welcome the Rotary back early; the new owners and Liz Sansom will work with our needs.  Sammy not hopeful about staying at Suffield CC .
  2. Weekly Meeting Format of first mtg of month-Business; second-Student of the Month (Board Mtg); third-speaker; fourth-social activity has been approved and will start in September.
  3. Budget—Membership Dues.  Due to the rising cost of food and tipping, a rise in dues is warranted.  There hasn’t been an increase for many years.  The Budget committee will assess and activate.
  4. Fundraiser - SOTG – Ken is BBQ chair and has calculated we will reduce the number of chickens from 800 to 750 this year; noting 110 chicken dinners go the senior housing. The price of the dinners has been $12; after discussion it was determined to have the price remain at that level.
  5. SOTG – Gayle will chair a booth on the Green for the Rotary to raise awareness about our club.  At the booth we will make pill disposal bags; sell the pewter Christmas ornaments that are remaining and handout Rotary literature.  We could also take orders for our 350th fundraiser of silver coins is that info is available (short lead time on this).
  6. Golf Tourney Update – to date there are 8 teams registered and Jon is holding committee meetings.
 
 
Next Meeting Date: Aug 6, 2019 at SCC @4:45 pm.A motion by Jay to adjourn at 5:40, seconded by Dick, passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
July 2, 2019
Suffield Country Club
 
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:40 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2019 were approved previously.
 
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of April 30, 2019:
Foundation:                                                $  23,514
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $148,587
 
Old Business:
Sunrise Park Playscape – Jack Muska noted the Playscape will cost about $80,000 with additional funding needed for fencing and specialized mulch.  This cannot be a community build as the structure is made of mesh and concrete and there are major weight issues; the Rotary can assist with mulch spreading.  Dick suggested the Rotary furnish $20,000 and seek a District grant.
The walking trail should be a 2020 grant focus.  The Giving Committee will give consideration to a donation; the grant has been submitted to District.
 
New Business
  1. Fundraising and Service Project Suggestions – Gayle will send a list of ideas to the Board for their response
  2. MiniBus program has asked for Rotary support for the purchase of a ‘newer’ sedan to replace their badly worn one.  Board does not support this request to specifically fund this request.
 
Club Member Forum - No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  August 6, 2019 at SCC.
 
Motion by Jay to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Dick, which passed unanimously.
Club Meeting: July 30, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome: Gayle Demko 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 Heineman, Jackie Hemond,  Jon Kozloski, Bob Lowell, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano (13/34 = 40%)
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements:
The Giving Committee approves of the Suffield Rotary Foundation donation of $20,000 towards the development of the playground at Sunrise Park.  Nancy made the motion to donate the funds which was seconded by Bob.  The motion then passed.  The District has approved an $1800 grant toward the project.
 
Ken is completing the budget for presentation at our next meeting.  Please email Ken with all project ideas and concepts for consideration to their funding.  The goal is to heighten Rotary’s presence in town.
Some suggestions are:
  Suffield on the Green – Booth on the middle green to distribute opioid pill disposal bags, sell the pewter Christmas ornaments we have, take orders for coin sets & distribute Rotary information.  There is a concern that staffing will be a problem because we will need volunteers in both the food booths and then a booth on the middle green.
  Student of the Month – Bob Lowell will check into the status of the plaque in the high school so we might update with current awardees.
  Library – sponsor a program for the middle school kids and get the PR for such.
  Polo Shirts – arrange for shirts to be ordered with Rotary logo (members would pay for their shirts).
 
Golf Tournament: Jon Kozloski provided an update on the 28th Annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament which will be held on Friday, August 9. Event will need volunteers around 7:15AM, with registration starting at 7:30AM and tournament starting at 8:30/9:00AM.  $20 donations are being collected in lieu of a bottle of wine so Natalie might procure items for raffle baskets.  If you have raffle donations as well, please bring to next meeting.
 
Reminder: Annual dues are due. Please bring a check or credit card to the next meeting, or you can pay by credit card on the website (direct link: https://secure.anedot.com/rotary-club-of-suffield/slug).
 
Jay Presser advised of the fundraising ‘Go Fund Me’ page now available for Scott Flanagan.  There is a fundraiser tomorrow night at the VFW if members are available to attend to help support the medical needs of the Flanagan family.
 
Program:
The program was postponed so more members could partake in the fun! 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Nancy Viggiano with side winners Bob Lowell and Jackie Hemond.
 
Queen of Hearts: Gayle had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $650.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
 
Adjournment: Scott Seabury closed the meeting with a group signing of “My Country Tis of Thee.”
 
Next week’s meeting: August 6
 
Budget presentation with Ken Pascoe.  Jon asks we hold the Board meeting August 13 so the Golf meeting can firm up its plans for the tournament on August 9.

Rotary Club of Suffield Meeting: August 6, 2019

 

Opening and Welcome: Gayle Demko opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and the invocation; Tom Sullivan led the singing of “God Bless America.”

 

Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Dick Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Renae Ransdell,  Tom Sullivan, and Cat Thomas (16/32 = 50%)

 

Guests: None

 

Announcements:

Golf Tournament: Jon Kozloski provided an update on the 28th Annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament which will be held on Friday, August 9. Jon announced that everything is on track for another successful golf tournament. Each golfer will receive a cooler as a gift. Volunteers are still needed. He asked all volunteers to arrive by 7:15 a.m.

 

Stuff a Cruiser – Thanks to our members for supporting this worthwhile project and a special thank you to Ginny Bromage for donating a box full of schoolroom supplies.

 

Rotarians will be carrying the American flag at the Yard Goats game on 8/24.  If interested you can sign up or let Gayle know- we have Renae, Dick & Paige and Gayle attending so far.  Proceeds collected for tickets that night will go toward Rotary Polio eradication efforts.

 

Ken Pascoe distributed 10 tickets to each member to sell for the chicken barbeque on Suffield on the Green; more tickets are available if needed!  We are looking for volunteers for our Rotary booths and welcome your husbands and wives and neighbors participation!

 

The members agreed on Royal Blue as the color for our next polo shirt order.  Gayle will talk with Bob Bouley next week to make arrangements for this order and a sign up will be passed around for participation and shirt sizes. 

 

Program:

Ken Pascoe reviewed the proposed budget for 2019-20. He shared a proposal for distributing scholarship awards in the future that would allow a student to receive a thousand dollar scholarship for each of four years providing they maintain a specific grade point average; a revision the Scholarship committee can review and define. After a discussion on several budget matters, Heidi motioned to accept the budget as proposed, seconded by Dick. The motion carried with one abstention.

 

Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner- Jed with side wins by Jack and Jon.

 

Queen of Hearts: Ken Pascoe had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $681.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.  A get well card was passed for Gail Handley with wishes for a speedy recovery.

 

Adjournment: Tom Sullivan closed the meeting with a group signing of “My Country Tis of Thee.”

 

Next week’s meeting: Aug 13, 2019 Suffield Country Club – The Eitel’s will offer a report of the Hilltop project. 

A Board Meeting will begin at 4:45 PM prior to the club meeting.

Club Meeting: July 16, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome: Gayle Demko opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Gayle Demko also 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, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Dick Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Bob Lowell, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano (18/34 = 53%)
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements:
Gayle Demko noted that a resolution has been reached and meetings will continue to be held at Suffield Country Club. Special thanks to Suffield by the River for offering their facilities to use as a backup meeting location.
 
Gayle Demko remarked that the Board is looking at projects, working with Rotaract and having a positive impact in Town. More to follow.
 
Golf Tournament: Jon Kozloski provided an update on the 28th Annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament which will be held on Friday, August 9. We are on track to raise a similar amount of funds compared to last year and are still waiting on some teams to sign up. Windsor Federal Savings has provided an electronic billboard publicizing the tournament on I-91 in Hartford. A volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around. Please let Jon know your availability (all day, early morning, late morning). We are looking for raffle items, including gift certificates to your favorite restaurant. Event will need volunteers around 7:15AM, with registration starting at 7:30AM and tournament starting at 8:30AM.
 
Reminder: Annual dues are due. Please bring a check or credit card to the next meeting, or you can pay by credit card on the website (direct link: https://secure.anedot.com/rotary-club-of-suffield/slug).
 
Program:
Gayle introduced tonight’s program as a “trip down memory lane.” Suffield will be celebrating its 350th anniversary in October 2020. Beth Chafetz requested that Rotary provide an article to be included in a book about Suffield’s last 50 years.
 
Tom Sullivan provided a “look back” at Suffield Rotary’s past. Club members shared many observations and memories to be included in the submission to the 350th Committee.
 
Rules governed membership, only one professional from each industry would be admitted. If members missed two meetings, they would get a warning. Even if members were away from Suffield, they were still expected to attend a Rotary Club meeting. Smoking was once common at meetings.
 
Good memories outweighed challenges, including embezzlement by a former member in 1990. Nancy Viggiano was a teller at Suffield Savings Bank who helped to uncover the discrepancy. Luckily, the community turned out to support Rotary and funds were donated to help cover the losses.
 
Rotary International voted to admit women into Rotary Clubs worldwide in 1989. Dottie McCarthy was the first woman to be President of Suffield Rotary.
 
Historically, Rotary participated in everything, including parades and chicken barbeque. Suffield on the Green used to be called Octoberfest. This event included a variety show comprised of Rotary members and even a rodeo.
 
Gayle Demko volunteered to consolidate and edit the final submission to Beth Chafetz.
 
Tom Sullivan noted that funds and efforts from Rotary primarily supported the Town’s needs. Scholarships later became another focus. Rotary supported other groups, like Boy Scouts and Ambulance, and donated to improve Sunrise Park. Weekly meetings were previously held at Sunrise Park Pavilion.
 
Dale Baker remarked on the diversity of the club, with a special mention of honorary member Luis Lee, who would often provide the invocation in the Seneca language.
 
Heidi Huhn-Partain commented that Rotary should also focus on who we are today. Rotary has transitioned from only having a local focus to having a more universal/international focus – for example, supporting Guatemala Water Project.
 
Jay Presser remarked that Suffield Little League recently won the District 8 tournament, the second such title for Suffield and the first since 1982. Rotary funded the Little League batting cages in 2017.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jay Presser with side winners Jon Kozloski and Joe Blake.
 
Queen of Hearts: Bob Lowell had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $623.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Joe Blake celebrated a birthday!
 
Adjournment: Tom Sullivan closed the meeting with a group signing of “My Country Tis of Thee.”
 
Next week’s meeting: July 23
 
Budget presentation with Ken Pascoe.
Club Meeting: July 9, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome: Jay Presser opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Frank DiGennaro provided the invocation. Jackie Guzie led the club singing of “God Bless America.”
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Dick Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling and Gordon Stagg. (17/34 = 50%)
 
Guests: Our speakers, Rick and Elin Lawrence, from Guatemala Water Project.
 
Announcements:
Jay Presser welcomed our speakers to the meeting, Rick and Elin Lawrence, who would provide an update on the Guatemala Water Project.
 
Meeting Location: Jay Presser provided an update on meeting location. An agreement has been reached, and we anticipate meeting at Suffield Country Club on Tuesday, July 16. If anything changes between now and next week, we will send out an email regarding meeting location.
 
Golf Tournament: Jon Kozloski provided an update on the 28th Annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament which will be held on Friday, August 9. We are ahead of last week, some new teams are signing up. Raffle gifts are needed, preferably other than wine. This year, we are looking for different items, such as a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant or other items that tournament participants might enjoy. Please send in your registration forms or raffle gift ideas to Jon Kozloski.
 
350th Anniversary: Suffield will be celebrating its 350th anniversary in October 2020. Dale Baker remarked that Beth Chafetz has requested that Suffield Rotary provide an article to be included in their materials. Last date to submit is July 26. Discussion included finding the document from Suffield Rotary’s 60th anniversary and perhaps highlighting notable presidents, first woman president and recent successes, such as large fundraisers or other events.
 
Commemorative Glass: Ken Pascoe is looking for a commemorative glass that was produced in celebration of a past significant anniversary for Suffield Rotary. If you have one or know where to locate one, please contact Ken Pascoe.
 
Reminder: Annual dues are due. Please bring a check or credit card to the next meeting, or you can pay by credit card on the website (direct link: https://secure.anedot.com/rotary-club-of-suffield/slug).
 
Program:
Jay Presser introduced Rick and Elin Lawrence from the Guatemala Water Project.
 
Rick Lawrence was a Manchester Rotary member and several years ago partnered with neighboring towns to contribute to the Guatemala Water Project. They live in Florida and Rhode Island now. Returning to Rotary clubs is important to show where and how money has been spent. Last year, Dick Kisiel presented a check on behalf of Suffield Rotary to fund three projects.
 
Why participate? Approximately 30,000 people die every day from water-related illnesses. About 90% are children under 5 years of age. In 2003/2004, Rotary International President Majiyagbe of Nigeria established a goal for every Rotary Club to participate in a clean water and sanitation project annually. As polio gets closer to being eradicated, it may become a new primary focus for Rotary.
 
In 2006/2007, 12 clubs funded $24,000 to help the village of Cojomachaj comprised of 52 families or 352 individuals. In 2017/2018, 40 clubs (including Suffield) funded $167,423 to help the villages of Pamezul, Vista Hermosa and San Vicente, comprised of 220 families or 1,620 individuals. Over this time frame, a total of $792,718 has been raised to help 1,556 families or 9,284 individuals in Guatemala.
 
Guatemala Water Project partners with ALDEA, formerly Behrhorst Partners for Development. In 1967, Dr. Carol Behrhorst, a physician from Tulane University, founded the NGO. Rotary Foundation also matches 50 cents per dollars raised. These funds are used to acquire pipes and other equipment. Local residents provide the labor for the project, which helps to build local know-how for the water systems. In case they break and need to be repaired, the local knowledge helps to ensure the sustainability of the water systems.
 
The communities are primarily agricultural. In general, men work in the fields, while women and children walk 20 minutes or more for water supplies (which are balanced on the head). The projects are intended to provide clean water to improve public health and free up more time for the women and children. Drilling wells are prohibitively expensive, so communities must first locate and acquire a freshwater spring for the community to use. Water systems include pipes, holding tanks, electric pumps, diesel generators (for power outages), solar panels (for newer projects), chlorination and sinks. Other projects have included gray water filters, vented improved pit latrines and safe stoves which improve health and sanitation in the communities.
 
Following installation, they have identified the following improvements within a year of project completion. Intestinal diseases decline by 60%. Eye infections, respiratory ailments and burns decline by 60%. Child malnutrition declines by 10% per year. Children have more free time to attend school and for playing.
 
Rick Lawrence closed with the quote “Sin aqua, no hay vida.” This translates to “Without water, there is no life.”
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Greg Heineman with side winners Dick Kisiel and Jay Presser.
 
Queen of Hearts: Gail Handley had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $595.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
 
Adjournment: Jackie Guzie closed the meeting with a group signing of “My Country Tis of Thee.”
 
Next week’s meeting: July 16
 
Club discussion to gather information for submission to the 350th Anniversary Committee.
Club Meeting: July 2, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome: President Gayle Demko 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, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Dick Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Renae Ransdell, Scott Seabury and Cat Thomas. (18/34 = 53%)
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements:
Gayle Demko congratulated Jackie Hemond on the successful reopening of Kent Memorial Library. A grand opening ceremony was held on Saturday, June 29.
 
The club received three “thank you” notes from scholarship recipients Dario DeCosmo, Meghan Voisine and Cassidy Begley.
 
Paul Harris: Gayle Demko remarked on the great evening at the Paul Harris Award Dinner held on Tuesday, June 25 and congratulated Paul Harris Award Recipient Dick Kisiel.
 
Dues: Gayle Demko will be sending out an invoice for annual dues. Club members can pay by check, pay by credit card at the next meeting via Square (see Jon Kozloski) or pay by credit card on the website (direct link: https://secure.anedot.com/rotary-club-of-suffield/slug). Square is a portable and convenient credit card processing device that will be used at future fundraising events.
 
Golf Tournament: Jon Kozloski provided an update on the 28th Annual Glenn T. Packard Golf Tournament which will be held on Friday, August 9. Many teams have already signed up or committed to play, and we are about half way to our goal. Please send in your registration forms to Jon Kozloski. Raffle items are needed. This year, we are looking for different items, such as a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant or other items that tournament participants might enjoy. A meeting of the golf committee will be held at 5:15PM at Suffield Country Club before next week’s meeting on Tuesday, July 9.
 
Meeting Location: Gayle Demko noted that recent developments may require a change in meeting location. Our next meeting will be held at Suffield Country Club on Tuesday, July 9. However, please stay tuned for an update regarding any change to meeting location.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ken Pascoe with no side winners (extra tickets).
 
Queen of Hearts: Cat Thomas had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $559.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
 
Adjournment: Scott Seabury closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee.”
 
Next week’s meeting: July 9
 
Elin and Rick Lawrence will present details about the Guatemala Water Project.
 
 
Club Meeting June 11, 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, Joe Blake, Ginny Bromage, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Bob Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Renae Ransdell, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, and Nancy Viggiano..  (23/32….72%).
 
Guests: None.
 
Announcements:
Scholarships were awarded to 10 recipients @ $1000 ea.  Dick held a meeting at his home last week to generate the list for the awards.
 
We received thank you’s for the Rotary donations to the Bixler event and Doyon event.  We also received a thank you from Olivia Murphy who was a scholarship recipient.
 
Greg Heineman reported the Yardgoats social was a great success with the home team beating the number one seed!  Thanks Greg for arranging the tickets for this social!
 
Scott’s movie debut in Agawam drew 1100 attendees who viewed an inspirational film with a storyline of gratitude and hopefulness.  Congratulations for the encouragement and joyful motivation you bring with this film; you make us proud!
 
Dick encourages all members to attend the Paul Harris dinner next week and is compiling the list of attendees and their dinner selections.  The cost is $35 per person for this June 25th event.
 
Foundation donation:  Jay will be collecting donations next Tuesday at the meeting.  This donation funds projects for Rotary International and ultimately the 'pot' which provides grant money for international projects and individual club projects.
 
Program:
Dick inducted Ginny Bromage and Renae Ransdell into the organization and the ladies introduced themselves to the attendance.  We are very happy to have you both onboard and look forward to working with you!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Greg Heineman with sides won by Gayle and Renae.
Queen of Hearts:  Gayle had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $522.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–June 18
Greg Heineman will present details about his recent trip to China.
Club Meeting May 28, 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, Greg DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Tom Sullivan.  (20/63%).
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements: 
Dick congratulated the Wine Tasting Committee on the successful event which raised $4825 net.
 
The Scholarship Committee will meet at Dick’s home to review submissions and make awards this week.
 
Yardgoats social is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 4, tickets are $13 ea and Greg Heineman has reserved 30 tickets for Suffield Rotary.  Greg passed a sign up and will collect your payment either tonight or at the game.  Game starts at 7 pm.
 
Foundation Donations Due:  The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Jay Presser asks members to either donate on line or thru him.  These donations will fund the grant opportunities three years from now and donations of $25 to $100 are appreciated.  The contribution form is attached.
 
Golf:  Jack announced three teams are paid for our August 9 tourney.  Raffle donations will be sought for this event!
 
Paul Harris:  June 25 at 6:30 pm at Suffield By The River.  We will take a group photo at this event!  And please bring any prospective members as this is a great Rotary showcase opportunity.
 
"Promise to Astrid”:  Scott invites all to attend the premier showing on Sunday, June 2 at 6pm at the Bethany Assembly of God on 580 Main St., Agawam, MA.  Scott, actors, the director and production personnel will be in attendance.
 
Program:
Dick provided a copy of the Suffield Rotary 2018-2019 goals for review; we have met the goals as outlined.  Congratulations Suffield Rotary on a great year!!
Ken noted our Guatemala water project support will end this year as will our Dominican water project support. 
Natalie Donais has been awarded a membership to the District Assembly for Youth committee.  We look forward to her leadership working with the Interact advisor and club.  We have two youth attending RYLA next weekend.
The club welcomed our newest member: Renae Ransdell. Renae has been attending meetings since March 17 and was a formidable raffle ticket purveyor at the wine tasting!  Formal induction will take place June 11.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Renae with side winners Gail H and Jack.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Dick K had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $500.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Scott was serenaded this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–June 4 – Yardgoats baseball!
Club Meeting May 21, 2019                                                 
 
Opening and Welcome:  Gayle Demko 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, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury,  Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Cat Thomas, Nancy Viggiano
Guests:  None    Attendance: 17/33-52%
 
Announcements: 
 
ScholarSip- Nancy gave a quick wrap up and thanked everyone for their support and help in making our event a success.  We received lots of positive feedback as well as some suggestions for the future.  At this time it looks like we raised about $4600.
 
Scott Seabury shared that the New England Premiere of:   A Promise to Astrid is June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam.  Admission is free and the movie version of the book will be available for purchase.
 
Gayle shared that our planned speaker was in Florida and was unavailable via Skype or Facetime.
 
Yard Goats is June 4th ticket sign up was passed around.
 
Gayle Demko briefly shared info from her District Presidents meeting and that the focus will be Service Above Self.
2 projects
  1. Food Packaging- to provide food for students on weekends who otherwise would not have it across the state.  Our contribution would be $500.
  2. Opioid Deterra bags- we can make our own using coffee grounds and Ziploc baggies- put pills and expired medications in and dispose of in trash.  Gayle suggested we make them, add labels and hand out at Suffield on the Green.
Conversation regarding club purchasing Rotary inflatable like the one we borrowed from East Windsor for the ScholarSip.  Costs about $250.  All present were in agreement that it would be a worthwhile purchase to increase visibility at events.
 
Frank raised a concern about the visibility of runners/walkers on the roads around town and how they blend in the road.  Need to make people aware that they should be wearing HIGH Visibility clothing.
 
Rotary Foundation-looking for 100% participation.  Jay Presser is our Foundation chair and will look to him for input.
 
Luis shared that he is moving to Kennett Square, PA and that this would be his last meeting with us.  His house went on the market today.  He will be greatly missed and we wish him all the best!  Please visit whenever you are back in Suffield.
 
Scholarship Committee-will meet next Tuesday at 5:00 to review applications.  Nancy is chair of this committee, please let her know if you would like to join.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Don Miner with side winners Paul Muska and Cat Thomas
Queen of Hearts:   Frank DiGennaro had the winning red ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $460.
 
Birthdays- Frank D. 5/4 and Anniversaries: Tami Z., Jon K., Bob Lowell, Ken Pascoe, Don Rawling
 Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
 
Next meeting–May 28th- President Goal updates, Budget 2019-20 recommendations
Committee Lists for 2019-20- it was recommended that we have co-chairs for joint responsibility and to “Build a Bench”
Respectfully submitted,
Natalie Donais
Club Meeting May 7, 2019                                                 
 
Opening and Welcome:  Gayle Demko 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 Bake, Gayle Demko, Greg DeSantis , Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Jackie Hemond, Jon Kozloski,  Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Roger Pratt, Scott Seabury,  Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano
Guests: Renae Ransdell, prospective new member    Attendance: 16/33-48%
 
Announcements: 
Gayle welcomed our guest back, Renae
 
ScholarSip- May 17th  Reminder we are still looking for members to donate toward the raffle prizes available for the event, please bring your donations to the next meeting and give to Natalie. Members are encouraged to sell their tickets! If people can please let Nancy, Natalie or Gayle know about how many tickets they have sold that will help in our planning.  We hope to fill the dining hall on May 17!  At this time tickets will be available at the door.
 
Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by the Interact Club is set for Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Suffield High from 9-2.  Flyers for the event were on the tables and and hopefully we will have several teams participate from Rotary.  Registration info is on the flyers and is done online before May 11th.
 
Scott Seabury shared that the New England Premiere of:   A Promise to Astrid is June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam.  Admission is free and the movie version of the book will be available for purchase.
 
Kent Memorial Library is going home.  They are looking for help stocking the shelves.  Jackie Hemond will give us the specifics when they become available.
 
Yard Goats is June 4th ticket info will be coming soon.
 
 
Program: Gayle Demko briefly discussed membership and some area of focus for as our President Elect.
  • 2 primary areas of focus:  1. Club Image 2.  Achievement of purposeful and impactful projects
  • Format of monthly meetings:  4 per month- 1.  Business 2.  Speaker 3.  Student of Month 4.  Social
  • Projects: 
Sunrise Park Playground- working with Peter LeClerc from Park and Rec.-they will be using community volunteers instead of hiring a company.  Shared with him that grant window will be closing shortly for year.
Community Haunted House in collaboration with Interact and Suffield Players
  • Publicity and social media incre
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Natalie Donais with side winners Greg DeSantis and Nancy Viggiano
Queen of Hearts:  Gordon Stagg had the winning red ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $428.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebthe coming year rated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
 
Next meeting–May 14th – Suffield Country Club- Student of the Month
Respectfully submitted,
Natalie Donais
 
Club Meeting April 23, 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, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, , Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Ken Pasco, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano Guests: Our speaker, Chris Nikolis and Renae Ransdell (prospective member). 14/34-41%
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed our speaker and Renae to the meeting.
 
Nancy requests Rotary members to donate toward the raffle prizes available for the event, please bring your donations to the next three meetings and give to Natalie. The Suffield Cordial Shoppe on Mapleton carries craft beers and has agreed to serve a variety for tasting. She also shared a picture of the stemless wine glasses that each participant will receive compliments of the Bacher Corp. Dick has found a guitarist who is available that night to provide music and will get the info. Nancy encouraged members to sell their tickets! If people can please let Nancy, Natalie or Gayle know about how many tickets they have sold that will help in our planning.  We hope to fill the dining hall on May 17!
 
Scholarships are open to any Suffield resident whether they attend Suffield Public Schools or not.
 
Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by the Interact Club is set for Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Suffield High.  Flyers for the event were on the tables and Dick asked that we have several teams participate from Rotary.  Registration info is on the flyers and is done online before May 11th.
 
Collecting gratuity for wait staff at Suffield by the River to present April 30th.
 
REMINDER:  May 7th we return to Suffield Country Club
 
Program:
Chris Nikolis from PMC Kids Ride for the Jimmy Fund opened by thanking the Rotary for their past support of this and the Suffield Little League.  He shared his involvement with the Jimmy Fund and that the PMC Kids Ride began in Suffield in 2012.  Each year since its inception they have increased participation and amount raised.  In 2018, Suffield was #2 in the country. This year’s event is May 11th at McAlister Intermediate School.  He closed by saying, “It’s about kids and Suffield!”
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Renae Ransdell with side winners Chris Nikolis and Dick.
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $400.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–April 30 -last meeting of season at Suffield by the River
Speaker-Ann Kannen from the Suffield Observer
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
March 12, 2019
Suffield by the River – 4:45 pm
 
Meeting Called to Order 4:45 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gayle Demko, Jon Kozloski
Club Members Present: Natalie Donais
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2018 and February 19, 2019 were passed.
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of February 28, 2019:
Operations:     $3,109
           The Board approved unanimously a motion by Scott, seconded by Gail, to accept the treasurer’s report.
 
Old Business:
  1. Suffield Rotary’s 70th Anniversary – Dick will approach past presidents to chair this event
  2. ScholarSip Wine Tasting – this committee is holding a meeting tonight and will report on its progress.
New Business:
  1. Membership Categories – Service Membership is a new category and Dick proposes we present this opportunity for recognizing members at our weekly meeting for discussion.
  2. Prospective New Member Initiative – Under discussions with the club during first weekly meeting of the month
  3. Rotary Youth Leadership Participants – Natalie will work on this
  4. Joint Rotary and Interact Club Meeting – Natalie reports this is in the works but a dinner has been “tabled”
  5. Rotary Assistance in Opening the Library – Dick will approach Jackie; stocking shelves the week prior to opening may be required.
  6. Status of Chicken Coop Renovation – Dick will contact Ray Perleoni for an update and the Itel family to present their progress at an upcoming meeting
 
Club Member Forum: Natalie reported on the status of the Interact Club.The Club is most interested in putting together a Haunted House project this Fall and look forward to planning a two part theme – one side of the haunted house would be scary and one side tame to attract all age groups.Natalie asks the club purchase 30 stoles for graduation for the seniors (28 are graduating) which she will collect for re-use.Natalie has asked the kids to recruit from the eighth grade incoming students to boost the numbers as so many of the active participants are graduating.
 
Next Meeting Date: April 9, 2019.A motion by Jon to adjourn at 5:40, seconded by Jack, passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
March 12, 2019
Suffield by the River
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:40 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2018 and February 19, 2019 were passed.
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of February 28, 2019:
Foundation:                                                $  28,046
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $150,168
 
Old Business:
District Grant Seminar attendees confirmed: Dick Kisiel, Gayle Demko and Don Rawling volunteered complete the District’s webinar on grant writing to make the club eligible to apply for a district grant.
Annual Report to State of Connecticut – Dick will update on this status at next meeting.
 
Club Member Forum - No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  April 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm
 
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Don, which passed unanimously.
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
April 9, 2019
Suffield by the River – 4:45 pm
 
Meeting Called to Order 4:45 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gayle Demko, Jon Kozloski, Ken Pascoe
Club Members Present:Nancy Viggiano
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of March 12, 2019 were passed, noting the change of attendance to exclude Scott Seabury.
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of March 31, 2019:
Operations:     $3,218
           The Board approved unanimously a motion by Jack, seconded by Gail, to accept the treasurer’s report.
 
Old Business:
  1. ScholarSip Wine Tasting – Nancy notes the fundraiser plans are moving along with a focus needed upon ticket sales.
  2. Rotary Youth Leadership Participants – Natalie (not present) is working with Kate, one person has shown an interest in attending at this time
  3. Joint Rotary and Interact Club Meeting – Natalie and Kate will set this up
  4. Status of Chicken Coop Renovation – Dick has invoices and expenditure notes from Ray Perleoni, a wall and vent are still to be completed.  Itel’s are seeking further funding from other service organizations.
  5. Informative Brochure handout for Substance Abuse Treatment Services – Dick working with Dan Kehoe to complete; costs estimated at $1100.
 
New Business:
  1. Alternate Club Membership Types – Dick would like the club to accept and promote the new membership types recognized by Rotary International.  A suggestion was made that one meeting a month be geared to a younger crowd with just drinks and apps served and at this meeting prospective members would then learn more about Rotary.
  2. Request for donation by a family for assistance in the purchase of hand controls for operating a vehicle; this request was deferred to other organizations which are specifically geared toward this need.
  3. Purchase of Deterra Pouches.  The Board suggested alternate routes of pill disposal be examined prior to funding the pouches.  Dick will attend another Opioid committee meeting and return with more information regarding this.
  4. Paul Harris Fellow Recognition – June 26, 2019 – Ken Pascoe reported his committee is working on this project; more to come.
 
Next Meeting Date: May 14, 2019 at SCC.A motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:40, seconded by Don, passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
April 9, 2019
Suffield by the River
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:40 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of March 12, 2019 were passed, noting the change of attendance to exclude Scott Seabury.
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of March 31, 2019:
Foundation:                                                $  25,996
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $152,206
 
Old Business:
District Grant Seminar attendees confirmed: Dick Kisiel and Gayle Demko.
 
New Business
Sunrise Park Project – Jack Muska will attend meeting with Park and Rec and relay information.
Dustin Doyon Memorial Race furnished their fundraising goals.  It was voted to fund $500.
 
Club Member Forum - No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  May 14, 2019 at SCC.
 
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Scott, which passed unanimouly
Club Meeting May 14, 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, Gregory DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn-Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pasco, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (21/31….67%).
 
Guests: Student of the Month Kyle Englander, sister Hanna Englander and friend Caitlin Ann; Adviser Noreen Harnett and proposed member Ginny Bromage and guest of Heidi, Rick Buttera.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed our SOTM, his sister and friend to the meeting and sponsor Noreen Harnett and welcomed Ginny to the meeting.
 
Nancy reported the Wine Tasting plans were moving ahead with anticipated attendance of 100+ with about 20 raffle prizes and silent auction items.  Hope for good weather and plan to attend!
 
Ken Pascoe noted the Paul Harris committee will meet after dinner to confirm award receipents for this June 26 event.
 
The Interact Club is hosting a Cornhole toss contest Saturday from 10 to Noon at the high school.  Come on down and watch the fun!
 
Yardgoats game is scheduled June 4; Greg Heineman will probably have a sign up next meeting for this event.
 
Dick notes the Opioid Brochure cost of printing and mailing to each household in Suffield will be funded by the four banks in town.  Windsor Federal initially agreed to fund the project and the other banks have agreed to come in as well.
 
Jackie announced the Library will reopen June 29; work is now underway to identify sections and set up the books in their new home!  Congratulations Jackie!
 
Program:
Dick introduced Noreen Harnett, the sponsor for this month’s Student of the Month.  Noreen described Kyle an exceptional student and humanitarian.  His volunteer work included Special Olympic participation as well as working to set up a non-profit water bottle program, Kyle was a member of the Suffield cross country team which came in 1st at New England’s.  Kyle excels at math and economics and will attend Harvard next year.    
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jackie Hemond with side winners Dale and Jack Muska.
Queen of Hearts:  Jed Dery had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $373.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–May 21 – Suffield Country Club 6 PM.
Greg Heineman – China Trip Details & Events.
 
Club Meeting April 16, 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 “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Gail Handley, Jackie Hemond, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pasco, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Cat Thomas and Nancy Viggiano.  (20/31….65%).
 
Guests: Our speaker, Jim Turek and Ginny Bromage (prospective member of Don Miner).
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed our speaker and Ginny to the meeting.
 
Nancy requests Rotary members to donate toward the raffle prizes available for the event, please bring your donations to the next three meetings.  Also noted, we are still identifying the craft beer company which will join as a tasting.  We haven’t had a company accept our invitation as yet.  And Nancy encouraged members to sell their tickets!  We hope to fill the dining hall on May 17!
 
Dick reports the Opioid kickoff is scheduled for April 27; alternative methods of pill disposal are being researched in lieu of purchasing and disbursing the pouches discussed earlier.  CVS has a similar product available for purchase. 
 
Robert Lowell announced the Suffield High Robotics team scored first in Western New England finals and reached the semi-finals in New England before being eliminated.  Great job!!
 
May 7 is the 300th Anniversary Committee’s fundraiser – a golf and dinner event at Suffield Country Club.  We hope to have a Rotary team for this event.
 
Program:
Jim Turek of the Polish Heritage Committee talked a bit about the early Polish settlers to Suffield.  East Street was initially known as Feather Street and Mountain Road was called West Road in the early days.  The grey cement building found on the South Side of Mountain Road just before the left turn Sheldon St (to the high school) was used to house workers on the second floor and farm equipment on the first floor.  The bridge across CT River from Suffield to Enfield was the first bridge to cross the river and from 1832-1893 this became a toll bridge.  Jim has hours of history he could relate; it was great learning a bit about early Suffield!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Luis Lee with side winners Gail and Joe.
Queen of Hearts:  Jackie Hemond had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $385.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–April 23
Chris Nikolis - PMC Kids Ride.
Club Meeting April 9, 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 “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pasco, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (21/31….67%).
 
Guests: Student of the Month Matthew Sckozylas and Mom, Yolanda Sckozylas and Interact Adviser, Kate McClusky.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed our SOTM and his Mom to the meeting and welcomed Kate.
 
Both Jack Muska and Don Miner were recognized with awards at their annual Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Assn Banquet last week.  We congratulate both of these fine gentlemen for their continued support to the community of Suffield!
 
Nancy reported the Wine Tasting plans were moving ahead with the addition of a craft beer tasting anticipated as well as cordials and aperitifs.  And Nancy encouraged members to sell their tickets!  We hope to fill the dining hall on May 17!
 
Enfield Rotary will host a wine tasting on Thursday, April 18.  Dick reports this event is typically well attended and he plans to support their fundraiser. 
 
Ken Pascoe reports the Paul Harris committee has received nominations and all is moving forward on this event.
 
Jon Kozloski asks the Golf Committee to get together after the meeting this evening for a quick meeting.
 
Board Meeting: 
  • The Board approved $500 donation toward the Dustin Doyon Road Race. 
  • Discussion regarding funding for Deterra pouches was also discussed and tabled for further clarification.
  • The By Laws will be revised to include Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer positions.
 
Induction:  Luis Lee welcomed Paul Muska as the newest Rotary member and presented the new member folder and lapel pin.  We look forward to Paul’s introduction bio in the near future!  Welcome Paul!!!!!
 
Program:
Natalie introduced Kate McClusky, the Interact Advisor at Suffield High School.  Kate had recommended Matt for this month’s award and described him as genuine, compassionate, academically progressive, and a wonderful role model.  Matt described his participation in Suffield High School as academically focused and not “resume” focused.  His true interest is found within the Polish community in New Britain with his parents and he thoroughly enjoys the support and involvement this group provides.  Matt’s goal is to attend University of Hartford, major in psychology, attend medical school and ultimately become a child psychologist.  Matt was an honest, forthright gentleman who won the respect and heart of the listeners.  Good Luck Matt!  
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Ken Pascoe with side winners Dale and Jack Muska.
Queen of Hearts:  Jay Presser had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $365.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–April 16
Jim Turek – Polish Historical Society: Snippets of interesting historical Suffield events featuring the Polish inhabitants of the town.
Club Meeting April April 2, 2019
 
Opening and Welcome:  President-Elect Gayle Demko 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, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Nancy Viggiano.  (13/31….39%).
 
Guests: Paul Muska-new member inductee and honorary member Tom Modzelesky.
 
Announcements: 
Gayle welcomed Tom Modzelesky to the meeting.
 
Events:
The Wine Tasting Fundraiser planning is in full swing.  Nancy handed out posters to our members to be displayed in various areas of town.  An ad will be forthcoming in the Suffield Observer and our Facebook page has our information.  Please invite your friends and neighbors to participate!   
 
Scott Seabury will present a discussion of the making of the movie “A Promise to Astrid” on June 2 at 6 pm at Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam.  We are all looking forward to seeing his production on the silver screen!!!
 
Opioid Project Update:  Our District President, Kate Sims, has encouraged all 59 clubs in the district to support a method of disposal of unused drugs.  There is a pouch that contains an environmentally-friendly product that will dissolve the unused drugs which she has endorsed for district distribution.  Dick will ask CVS if they will distribute the pouches; and if not we will look for another method of providing these pouches to homes in Suffield, perhaps by sponsoring a distribution day or partnering up with other groups in town to handle distribution with us.  Funding for the project is also under review.
 
Program:
Our business meeting this evening featured a discussion regarding the four membership categories that Rotary International has introduced: Service, Family, Young Professionals and Corporate/Business.  Various members added their thoughts toward expanding our membership categories.  It is agreed that new members who share in the commitment and enthusiasm of our current members are excellent additions and that we need to attract membership to keep our club vital and effective.  As we invite interested associates to consider joining, we will continue to assess officially expanding membership roles and categories.
Defined goal:
  • Invite as many professionals and interested associates as possible, perhaps denoting one night per quarter as a meeting for prospective members.
  • Examine the family membership as spouses of current members as well as prospective members may be interested in community service.  
Upcoming professionals, spouses and community members who are committed to community and service will make our organization more successful.  Much in Rotary has changed over the past 25 years, our commitment to service and community hasn’t.  Rotary gives us the opportunity demonstrate our commitment and share this experience.  It is our responsibility to support our present club projects and to set the stage for a successful club future.  We have a club with talent, diversification and devotion to the four-way test; sharing this commitment and community involvement will only make us stronger. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Don Miner with side winners, Greg H and Gordon.
Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $344.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–  April 9 - Student of the Month
Club Meeting March 26, 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, Gail Handley, Jackie Hemond, Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (14/31….45%).
 
Guests: Margaret Hale (our speaker) and Renae Ransdell (prospective member) and Paul Muska – who will be inducted next month as our newest member.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed Margaret and Renae to the meeting and announced the date of Paul’s induction.
 
Our District Governor, Kate Sims, has appointed a committee to organize a district Opioid Crisis action plan.  As a portion of this plan, an initiative is asked of each Rotary Club to plan a program to purchase and distribute Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouches.  Dick is leading the investigation into the purchase and distribution phase of this project and we look forward to assisting with this worthwhile effort.  (Thanks to Jon K for Windsor Federal’s immediate pledge of support to this project).
 
In answer to questions about the product; Kate provided the following:
 
What it is:  The Deterra Drug Deactivation System is an independently tested, safe, and environmentally sound solution to permanently deactivating, destroying and disposing of unneeded pills, patches, liquids, creams and films at-home and in clinical and public settings.
Why Deterra Pouches? Deterra can be used to positively impact communities by mitigating the misuse and abuse of prescription medications while helping to preserve the environment.  More information can be found at https://youtu.be/P9pL1mRW11U.
Jackie Hemond announced the 350th anniversary committee golf fundraiser has been rescheduled to May 12 at SCC and hopes our Rotary team(s) will plan to attend.  Let’s put our banner on the golf cart!
Wine Tasting:  May 17 @ Suffield by the River.  Tickets available from Nancy and Gayle; attendees were provided 5 tickets apiece to sell.  Our maximum attendance permitted is 150 and the goal is to fill the dining hall to its max!  We will have wine, beer, liquors as well as the bar in the dining hall available; Suffield by the River is providing wonderful appetizers.
 
Program:
Margaret Hale was introduced and relayed her 10 year history of the development of the Nutmeg Senior Rides program.  The mission of Nutmeg Senior Rides is to improve the quality of life for people 50 and older and adults with visual impairments by providing members affordable, door-through-door, personal transportation.  Margaret, the Executive Director, works with the local towns who currently provide transportation to fill the specific needs for those who cannot be serviced otherwise.  The program has volunteers and paid drivers (40 cents a mile pay rate) who use their private cars to pick up seniors and provide transportation to area destinations with a 14 mile fee cap with rides costing $4 pickup fee and $1.50/mile charge.  Scheduling is done online; drivers login to learn what rides are requested and can pick the rides they would like to provide.  Interested in volunteering?  https://www.nutmegseniorrides.org/ has all the information! 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Tom Sullivan with side winners Nancy and Frank.
Queen of Hearts:  Jack Muska had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $234.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Apr 2
Business Meeting – Membership Initiatives.  We will discuss the various membership types Rotary International has sanctioned: 
Family memberships, junior memberships to young professionals, corporate memberships and service membership
Each type of membership can have its own policies on dues, attendance, and service expectations which each club determines.  Rotary will count these people in your club membership and will consider them active members if they pay RI dues.  A trial basis of one year is suggested prior to changing by-laws to include a new category of membership and its definition. 
Club Meeting March 19, 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, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg and Paul Muska will be added to our member list.  (12/31….39%).
 
Guests: Renae Ransdell (prospective member) and Esther Corcoren, our speaker.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed both Renee and Ester to the meeting.
 
Events:
The Board and the Wine Tasting Fundraiser will provide tickets for members to sell at next week’s meeting. 
 
Dale Baker described his visit to the Rotary Club in Montserrat last month as a very stiff and serious event.  It is interesting to compare the experiences and tenor of other clubs; we are so fortunate to have a congenial and seriously dedicated group that knows how to get the work done!
 
Scott Seabury will present a discussion of the making of the movie “A Promise to Astrid” on March 27 at the Suffield Senior Center and June 2 at 6 pm at Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam.  We are all looking forward to seeing his production on the silver screen!!!
 
Opioid Project Update:  Our District President, Kate Sims, has encouraged all 59 clubs in the district to support a method of disposal of unused drugs.  There is a pouch that contains an environmentally-friendly product that will dissolve the unused drugs which she has endorsed for district distribution.  Dick will ask CVS if they will distribute the pouches; and if not we will look for another method of providing these pouches to homes in Suffield, perhaps by sponsoring a distribution day or partnering up with other groups in town to handle distribution with us.  Funding for the project is also under review.
 
Program:
Esther Corcoran of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association presented a talk entitled “Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia”.  The talk described how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain.  The ten signs of Alzheimer’s are:
  1.  Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood and personality.
 
While we all may experience some of these symptoms, Alzheimer’s suffers have severe and acute difficulties with coping.  Esther encourages us to take note and get our loved ones checked if these symptoms begin to interrupt everyday life.  Early detection matters!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Gordon with side winners, Paul Muska and Gail Handley.
Queen of Hearts:  Gayle had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $313.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Mar 26
Margaret Hale of CT Senior Rides - ITN Northern Central Ct rides for senior and disabled citizens
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
February 19, 2018
Suffield by the River – 4:45 pm
 
Meeting Called to Order 4:45 p.m.
Board Members Present: Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Gail Hanley, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury.
Club Members Present: Nancy Viggiano, Luis Lee
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2018 were tabled until March 12.
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of January 31, 2019:
Operations:     $2,498
           The Board approved unanimously a motion by Scott, seconded by Gail, to accept the treasurer’s report.
 
Old Business:
  1. Amendments to Club Constitution and By-Laws reviewed.  Amendments will be brought to membership at the next regular club meeting.
New Business:
  1. Dick shared a potential fundraising activity for next year that other clubs in District  7890 have found to be successful.  A month’s raffle of items for each day of the week.  $10 raffle tickets for potentially 30 different prizes.
  2. Board members encouraged the club to pursue to the completion achievement of a “Rotary Citation” that recognizes our support and work on strategic priorities established for clubs in District 7890.
  3. The Board unanimously approved a motion by Gail, seconded by Scott, to increase the $250 dollar donation in the budget for Suffield Little League to $300 that will result in a 3’-6’ sign, customized with our Rotary logo and posted on the field.  Suffield Rotary will be recognized on the SLL website with linked club logo.
  4. The Board unanimously endorsed to motion by Don, seconded by Gail, to request club member approval of a $1,000 donation to support the creation of an Amputee Care Clinic in Peru headed by Dr. Andy Wakefield.
  5. Nancy Viggiano reported that committee work on the Scholar-Sip Wine Tasting is proceeding as planned.
  6. Dick will announce the formation of a 70th Club Anniversary Celebration committee.  Dick suggested that the event coincide with the club’s holiday celebration in December.
  7. Scott raised the question of whether the club should continue to invite all the student of month recipients to a meeting in June since that month is busy for senior students and only a few students return.  Suggestion made that the June student of the month be a student who will be entering the senior year in September.  Dick will seek club member advice on this matter.
  8. The club will submit its budgeted allocation to SFES of $250 and will donate $500, originally allocated in the budget to Loaves and Fishes, to Crossroads in West Suffield to support the needs of Suffield residents.
 
Club Member Forum: No one from the club approached the Board.
 
Next Meeting Date: March 12, 2019.A motion by Don to adjourn at 5:40, seconded by Jack, passed unanimously.
 
 
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
February 19, 2019
Suffield by the River
Call the Meeting to Order at 5:40 pm
 
Secretary’s Report: Foundation Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2018 tabled until March 12.
 
Treasurer’s Report accepted with the following balance as of Oct 31, 2018:
Foundation:                                                $28.310
Morgan Stanley-Managed Funds:                 $146,702
 
Old Business:
District Grants: Dick Kisiel and Don Rawling volunteered complete the District’s webinar on grant writing to make the club eligible to apply for a district grant.
 
Club Member Forum - No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  March 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm
 
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Gail, which passed unanimously.
 
Club Meeting March 5, 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: Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman,  Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Don Rawling and Scott Seabury.  (12/31….39%).
 
Guests: Paul Muska and George Hermann.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed both Paul and George to the meeting.
 
Announcements:
The Board and the Wine Tasting Fundraiser Committees will meet next Tuesday prior to the business meeting. 
 
Natalie Donais will meet with the Interact Club next week.  Rotary will provide 29 shawls to the graduating seniors to wear at their graduation.  There is consideration to hold a dinner for the Interact students and their parents in the Spring; more to come as this idea is explored.
 
Dick observed that several members and Rotary events were spotlighted in the Suffield Observer last month.  Great work!!!!!
Also the following members were recognized for their continued membership and contributions:
 
Tom Sullivan              35 years
Dale Baker                 34 years
Frank DiGennaro       30 years
Ralph Fletcher           30 years
Don Miner                 29 years
 
A true testament of merit with their commitment to make Suffield a better place!
 
Program:
Business Meeting – Membership Initiatives.  Dick asked each table to list individuals which would enhance our club.  Dick will compare lists and plan follow thru actions.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Don Miner with a side winner, Scott Seabury.
Queen of Hearts:  Dick had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $252.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Mar 12
Our Student of the Month.
 
Club Meeting March 12, 2019
 
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.
 
Members Present: Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Don Rawling, Gordon Stagg,Tom Sullivan, Cat Thomas, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (16/31….52%).
 
Guests: Mary Rusnock, Student of the Month, and her parents David and Margaret; Noran Harnett SOTM sponsor and Zied Hazzan to present info on 5K/10K road rack in memory of Dustin Doyon.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed the Student of the Month and respective representatives to the meeting.  Congratulations to Joe Blake as he is a “CT Principal of the Year” nominee!
 
Consideration to add several additional membership profiles was discussed at the board meeting.  These profiles will be presented to the membership for discussion and consideration at the April 2 meeting.  
 
Dick would like to schedule the 70th Anniversary celebration to coincide with a scheduled event later this year.  He will ask the former presidents to form a committee to organize the event.
 
Wine Tasting – May 17 – 7:30-10:30 PM at Suffield by the River featuring wine, beer, cordials and heavy appetizers - $35 per ticket or $60 for a couple.  Tickets will soon be available and are currently being printed.  Members are asked to supply raffle basket items which Natalie and Gayle will gladly collect. Max attendance of 150 is predicted!
 
Program:
Ziad, a senior at Suffield High, presented the details of the 5K walk/run and 10K run scheduled for May 25, held in honor of Dustin Doyon.  This road race raises funds for Suffield High scholarships.  Ziad notes 6 prizes are needed (two each for $100, $75 and $50) and sponsorships of $150 for a sign and $500 for the banner are available.  Contact Brian Doyon (860-559-3251) for details.
 
Noreen Harnett introduced our Student of the Month, Mary Rusnock, as a student who exemplifies the values of the Rotary 4-way test and participated in Interact, Track, Soccer Senate and Class Council and is a ‘lovely’ person.   Mary thanked Rotary for the privilege of being named Student of the Month and she plans to follow a path to become an elementary teacher.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Izad with a side winner, Noreen..
Queen of Hearts:   Luis had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $300.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Dick closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Mar 19       Esther Corcoran will present a program entitled “Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia”.
 
Club Meeting February 26, 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: Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Jackie Hemond,  Richard Kisiel, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury and Tom Sullivan.  (13/31….42%).
 
Guests: Paul Muska and our speaker Mark Danaher.
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed both Paul and Mark to the meeting.
 
The Giving Committee recommends $1000 be donated to Dr. Andy Wakefield for support of establishing a prosthetic clinic in Peru.  This international project is supported by several area Rotary organizations and Suffield will join them in support of this worthwhile project.  A quorum in required to vote upon this recommendation.
 
Opioid Discussion/Meeting with Suffield Police Department.  Dick notes Enfield and Somers have designed a pamphlet which outlines methods and available resource for assistance with this epidemic. Suffield Police would like Suffield Rotary to assist with funding of a similar pamphlet – cost is $800 for 10,000 copies.  Dick proposed we ask the banks for assistance in funding this project. 
 
Program:
Dick introduced Mark Danaher, a Career Transition and Retirement Coach. Mark discussed retirement concerns and the impact upon life’s arena and assessment.  He tells us that Retire to the Good Life was unofficially started many years ago when working with retiring teachers at his high school. “Each year I would get a handful of teachers coming to me trying to figure out the next stage in their life. I would help them figure out their purpose and connection for what they needed in life from getting a part-time job, volunteering, getting ready for a new career path or simply to find a way to explore their passion and dreams.”
 
Mark provided the following link to his presentation video for your referral.  He also recommends reading the articles on his website which provide positive outlooks for retirement. 
 
Presentation Video  talk based upon this video
https://vimeo.com/258262521
Password:  retire2018
Mark’s goals are to assist retiring professionals in building and implementing a new life plan so they can continue to experience a sense of meaning and purpose. Please consult Mark’s website at: https://retiretothegoodlife.com/ for tips and helpful information.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jay Presser with side winners Gail H and Mark, our speaker.
Queen of Hearts:  Scott had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $249.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Mar 5
Business Meeting – Membership Initiatives.
Club Meeting February 19, 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, Joe Blake, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Dick Kisiel, Jon Kozlowski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, and Nancy Viggiano.  (13/32….41%).
 
Guests:  Dick welcomed several guests including Paul Muska (prospective member), Jared Lobo (student of the month), Jason and Gundi Lobo, and Noreen Harnett (SHS teacher).
 
Announcements:
Dick made several announcements including amendments to our constitution and by-laws as discussed on January 8 will be voted on at our next meeting; the Scholar-Sip Wine tasting planning underway; and members will receive minutes of the Board meeting within the next week and will be asked to vote on several issues described in the minutes of the meeting.
 
PROGRAM:  Rotary Student of the Month.
Noreen Harnett presented Jared Lobo for the  Rotary’s Student of the Month award. She described him as a focused, polite, scholar-athlete.  He is the captain of the basketball team, active in many service activities in the school and community, and member of the National Honor Society.  Jared said that he particularly enjoys his role as a teacher assistant and sharing his experience and knowledge with others whether in academic work or helping younger students enjoy and learn the game of basketball. He is passionate in helping his mother with work on her Relay for Life team, raising funds for cancer research.
He plans to enroll in college to major in engineering or a business related program.
 
Dick present Jared with a certificate honoring his recognition as the Student of the Month and a small gift from the club.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Scott Seabury, with sides won by Jay Presser and Joe Blake.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Scott Seabury had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts to win the $249.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next meeting:  Feb 26:  Mark Danaher “Pre-Retirement Planning, Beyond the Finances”
SUFFIELD ROTARY
BOARD MEETING – General Minutes
December 11, 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, Don Rawling, Nancy Viggiano, Natalie Donais and Ken Pascoe
 
Secretary’s Report:
Rotary Club Meeting Minutes of November 13, 2018 were approved as distributed.
 
Treasurer’s Report:
Jack provided the monthly financial report, with the following balance as of Nov 30, 2018:
Operations:     $5231
 
Old Business:
  1. Need secretary for next year – Natalie D agrees to be recording secretary with Don R assisting with publicity/social operations.
  2. Proposed officers – Dick will send our email with proposed slate:
  • President                Gayle Demko    
  • Vice P/Pres 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
  • Past President         Dick Kisiel
  1. Holiday Party – Food was great, price was high, DJ was a lot of fun.  Request was to keep date as second Tuesday in Dec.
  2. Bell Ringing – Dec 22 & 23 Dick will revise sign up and contact Kate regarding Interact assistance
  3. Survey (Rotary Health Check) – 60% return to date – Dick and Greg D will compile results for next business meeting.  Jan 8 business meeting will include this report, club goals discussion and proposed officer slate.
 
New Business:
  1. Charles Roumas resigned from Board.  He will be moving to San Francisco this month.  Scott has volunteered to fill as interim VP; Charles then nominated Scott for the position and he was unanimously approved. 
  2. Natalie presented a fundraising project; a student with Muscular Dystrophy needs a wheel chair van.  Details and further information will be necessary for this request to be considered; this may be a good Interact project to pursue with our assistance.  Also suggested was the Shriner’s support as this is typical to their organizational goal.   Natalie also noted that she would contact Will Herman for suggestions regarding funding and support.
 
Club Member Forum:  No one from the club approached the Board. 
Next Meeting Date: January 15, 2019.This meeting was subsequently cancelled and therefore February 12 at 4:45 pm at Suffield by the River will be the next meeting.  Motion by Ken to adjourn at 5:33 seconded by Jack, which passed unanimously.
 
 
SUFFIELD ROTARY FOUNDATION MEETING
December 11, 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:                 $146,400
 
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.
 
Dick has requested Park and Rec to provide an estimate of the funds required for trail repair and playground equipment.  He is still pursuing this information with the goal of applying for both Zak and District grants.  Deadline on the Zak Grant is early February 2019.
 
District Grants - Two members are required to register and attend one of the three available webinars in Feb/Mar timeframe.  Attendees can register for one of three webinars: Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 PM or Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00 PM or Saturday, March 30th at 10:AM.  To register for the webinars, go to rotarydistrict7890.org and click on the date on the right hand side of the home page.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  Gayle will attend; perhaps Don R will also.  
 
New Business:
  • Loaves & Fishes has requested a donation; Suffield Rotary will continue to support Crossroads and keep this as a local contribution.
  • RYLA-no youth applications have been received.
  • Girl Scouts have scheduled a “Thinking Day” in February and have sent an inquiry email regarding funding for its location.  Dick has not received a formal request but the consensus of the board following discussion regarded the actual need to support the renting of a location when free locations are available frivolous.
 
Club Member Forum - No one from the club approached the Board
 
Next Meeting Date:  Jan 15 at 4:45 pm  (the Jan meeting subsequently cancelled)
Motion by Jack to adjourn at 5:45, seconded by Gayle, which passed unanimously.
Club Meeting February 5, 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:  Gayle Demko, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Heidi Huhn Partain,  Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan, Cat Thomas and Nancy Viggiano.  (18/31….58%).
 
Guests: Paul Muska
 
Announcements:  Dick welcomed Paul to the meeting; Jack is presenting Paul as a perspective member.
 
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Date:  May 17            Location:  Suffield By The River 
Time:  7:30 pm           Ticket Prices:  $35 ea or two for $60
Donations requested for raffle baskets – bring to meeting for collection; Natalie and Gayle will assemble baskets.  Nancy will be distributing tickets to members for assistance with sales.  This event will be fun and rewarding – good music, good food and a variety of beverages to enjoy!
 
Paul Harris:    Please email Ken Pascoe with your nominee for a Paul Harris award.  Decisions will be finalized by the end of this month.
 
Program:
Membership workshop.  Dick asked each of the three tables to brainstorm the following question:  “How would you explain the benefits of Rotary membership to a prospective member”.  After a ten minute discussion, each table relayed their thoughts.  Dick compiled the results of the discussion as listed below:
  1. Develop friendships and new acquaintances/friendships
  2. Enjoys each other’s company, good feelings of comradery
  3. Recognize the value and importance of service to others
  4. Personal, professional, and business networking
  5. Exposure to and support of international humanitarian projects such as polio eradication, water and sanitation systems, and medical needs
  6. Impact the community by supporting student scholarships, community projects, youth leadership training, and specific needs of individuals or identified groups of people
  7. Support Rotary’s Interact Service club at Suffield High School
  8. Recognize a deserving high school student each month at the Rotary meeting
  9. Supports personal and family values, ethics
  10. Participation in service projects besides fundraising
  11. Build community connections and support systems
  12. Model for the importance of community spirit and service
  13. Build and strengthen political connections
  14. Opportunity to reinvest personal time back into the community
  15. Learning opportunities through club meeting programs
This was the first of three monthly workshops to support the definition of membership and community efforts within our organization.  Thanks to all who participate; we appreciate your ideas and enthusiasm!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Luis with side winners Paul and Don.
Queen of Hearts:  Cat Thomas had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $236.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: No birthdays were celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Feb 12
Monthly Presentation – Student of the Month.
Club Meeting January 29, 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, Jackie Hemond,  Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Scott Seabury, Tom Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (19/31….61%).
 
Guests: Linda Seabury
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed Linda to the meeting.
 
Greg Heineman reports Suffield Rotary is scheduled to attend the Yardgoats vs the Yankees on June 4; game begins at 7 pm.  We look forward to this social!
 
Dick described the Membership meeting as a lively one which produced a good discussion. Several priorities were identified and will be further explored the first meeting of each month for the next few months.  This positive focus upon initiatives can transport the group into an even more dedicated and productive community force. 
 
Nancy has asked the members of the Wine Tasting Committee to attend a meeting to begin at 5 pm, prior to the weekly meeting next week.  The date of this event has been noted as May 17 at Suffield By The River.
 
Dick attended the Opioid Crisis meeting noting that Suffield averages two suicide attempts per month. He will continue to monitor what Rotary might do to assist with Suffield’s needs.
 
July 1 begins the 60th anniversary of the formation of Suffield Rotary.  Plans for a celebration will be forthcoming.
 
Jon K will chair the Golf tournament this year; scheduled for August 9, 2019.  He looks forward to the club’s assistance with this effort!
 
Program:
Our own Scott Seabury related his history and personal experiences in the making of both the book and movie “A Promise to Astrid”.  His remarkable story documents how this unassuming neighbor in the 1980s in Chicopee effected and changed a small community through a series of anonymous, life changing acts of kindness.  Scott’s portrayal of a kind and modest sole was both humbling and uplifting; each member of the audience recognized the spirit of Rotary (service above self) in this kind lady and were re-ignited with the resolve to do the same.  We are honored to have Scott’s inspiration within our club and highly anticipate the opportunity for a group viewing of the video demonstrating Astrid’s selfless and motivating acts of kindness.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Luis with side winners Scott and Tom S.
Queen of Hearts:  Don Miner had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $219.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Luis Lee’s birthday was celebrated this evening.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting–Feb 5
Business Meeting – Membership Initiatives.
Club Meeting January 22, 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, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jack Muska, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Cat Thomas and Tami Zawistowski.  (16/31….52%).
 
Guests: Rick Butera (friend of Heidi Huhn Partain).
 
Announcements: 
Dick welcomed Rick to the meeting.
 
The Second Annual Yardgoats social is on the horizon for July.  Greg Heineman agreed to chair this project; Roger volunteered to assist.  More details to come.
 
Dick will host a meeting of volunteers to discuss Membership initiatives this Thursday at 6:30 and he will share the results of this discussion. 
 
Nancy has asked the members of the Wine Tasting Committee to attend a meeting to begin at 5 pm, prior to the weekly meeting next week.  The date of this event has been noted as May 17 at Suffield By The River.
 
Dick and Joe Blake will attend the Opioid Crisis meeting next Monday, and will continue to monitor what Rotary might do to assist with Suffield’s needs.
 
Zak Grant – Dick believes we may be eligible for an grant entry to assist with costs to upgrade the trail at Sunrise Park.  We would need details from Park and Rec to complete an entry for a grant; the Zak grant entry deadline is Feb 8.   
 
Scott is asking for Program suggestions; what speakers would you like to invite and what topics would be of interest to pursue?
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Jackie Hemond with side winners Don and Roger.
Queen of Hearts:  Jackie Hemond also had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $197.
 
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 28
Our own Hollywood star – Scott Seabury – will discuss “The Making of a Movie”.
 
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.
 
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