Posted by Gayle Demko on Feb 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.  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.