Posted by Gayle Demko on Feb 05, 2018
Club Meeting January 30, 2018
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury provided the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
Members Present: Dale Baker, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Nancy Viggiano and honorary member, Dottie McCarty.  (23/32….72%).
Guests: David Ladiski, guest of Dale Baker.
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Dick Kisiel read a very gracious the thank you note received from Anna Mervosh, our January student of the month.  And a thank you from Don Miner acknowledging the support he has received following the loss of Debbie.
-Scoreboard Photo – Dick would like this excellent photo and a write up submitted to the Suffield Observer.  He has asked for a member to offer to submit a monthly article to the paper.  Bob Lowell may submit articles, but is now in Alabama and continuing a two-year tour of the US.  His adventures are posted on the website: www.Where are Bob and
-Dick presented the Interact tee shirts the club will provide for these Interact club members in response to their request.  Dick will follow up with the students in regards to their project ideas and next steps.
PROGRAM: Luis Lee presented Karen Berasi for induction into the Suffield Rotary Club.  Dick presented Karen with a Rotary hat and Luis  presented a Rotary pin and nametag. 
Karen gave a brief historical outline of her life journey.  Karen is originally from Youngstown Ohio and attended Ohio University.  During her first teaching job in California, she identified the misplacement of Spanish speaking students and proceeded to pursue a path of correction for this error.  She studied in Mexico during this time to identify and work thru this inaccuracy of management.  She married, moved to Seattle, had two kids, and ultimately she and the two kids moved back to Connecticut where she worked at UCONN for five years before returning to public school arena.  Karen’s goal is to teach the concepts of equity and value to the students.  
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dick Kisiel; with sides won by Jack Muska and Greg Heineman.
Queen of Hearts:  A card for Tami Z was pulled which was not the Queen of Hearts.  Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $118+.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
Next week’s meeting (Feb 6) – Greg Heineman, CT Board of Realtors – Will describe the current status of Real Estate in Hartford County