Posted by Gayle Demko on May 07, 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, Karen Berasi, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Gordon Stagg.  (22/33…67%).
 
Guests:  None.
 
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.  Your ticket payment is requested.
- Doyon Memorial.  The Board voted to fund the $200 memorial paver to honor Dustin in a lasting manner at the new Veterans Memorial next to the State Armory and the Legislative Office Building. The pavers will be installed and then officially dedicated at a ceremony this Memorial Day   
- Professional Career Presentations @ Middle School.  Currently four members have volunteered to present during the next academic year.  Please advise Dick if you are interested in participating; we have nine opportunities to utilize.
- Rotary International Donations.  Jay will be collecting your donations next meeting.
 
PROGRAM:  Don Rawling presented historical and current facts relating to the Agricultural business in our region.  Don is employed at Farm Credit East (formerly the Federal Land Bank), a banking concern which assists farmers with cyclic monetary needs.  A new farm startup can apply for $75,000 in loans and support will be provided to ensure success.  Medical cannabis farming cannot be funded as a startup as it is illegal for a bank to lend money to this substance.  CT has 6000 active farms on over 400,000 acres; Suffield is considered “the town of farms” and proudly hosts the regional agricultural program in the local high school.  Information about local farming can be found at suffieldfarms.com.  Don encourages all to shop at the local farmers markets and support local farmers products.
 
Blue Ticket Winners:  Gayle Demko had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Don Miner and Heidi Huhn Partain.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $328+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Several anniversaries were noted and Frank DiGennaro was treated to a serenade of the special Rotary ‘Happy Birthday’.
 
Adjournment: President Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
 
 Next week’s meeting (May 8) will feature the May Rotary Student of the Month.
The Rotary meeting weekly venue changes back to Suffield Country Club effective Tuesday May 1st meeting through October.  Board Meeting begins at 5 pm.