Posted by Gayle Demko on Apr 23, 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, 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.