Posted by Gayle Demko on Aug 31, 2017
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.