Posted by Gayle Demko on Feb 10, 2019
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.
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 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.