Posted by Charles J Roumas on Dec 16, 2017

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.