Posted by Natalie Donais on May 28, 2019
Club Meeting May 21, 2019                                                 
Opening and Welcome:  Gayle Demko 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:  Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Luis Lee, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Paul Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Don Rawling, Scott Seabury,  Gordon Stagg, Tom Sullivan, Cat Thomas, Nancy Viggiano
Guests:  None    Attendance: 17/33-52%
ScholarSip- Nancy gave a quick wrap up and thanked everyone for their support and help in making our event a success.  We received lots of positive feedback as well as some suggestions for the future.  At this time it looks like we raised about $4600.
Scott Seabury shared that the New England Premiere of:   A Promise to Astrid is June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam.  Admission is free and the movie version of the book will be available for purchase.
Gayle shared that our planned speaker was in Florida and was unavailable via Skype or Facetime.
Yard Goats is June 4th ticket sign up was passed around.
Gayle Demko briefly shared info from her District Presidents meeting and that the focus will be Service Above Self.
2 projects
  1. Food Packaging- to provide food for students on weekends who otherwise would not have it across the state.  Our contribution would be $500.
  2. Opioid Deterra bags- we can make our own using coffee grounds and Ziploc baggies- put pills and expired medications in and dispose of in trash.  Gayle suggested we make them, add labels and hand out at Suffield on the Green.
Conversation regarding club purchasing Rotary inflatable like the one we borrowed from East Windsor for the ScholarSip.  Costs about $250.  All present were in agreement that it would be a worthwhile purchase to increase visibility at events.
Frank raised a concern about the visibility of runners/walkers on the roads around town and how they blend in the road.  Need to make people aware that they should be wearing HIGH Visibility clothing.
Rotary Foundation-looking for 100% participation.  Jay Presser is our Foundation chair and will look to him for input.
Luis shared that he is moving to Kennett Square, PA and that this would be his last meeting with us.  His house went on the market today.  He will be greatly missed and we wish him all the best!  Please visit whenever you are back in Suffield.
Scholarship Committee-will meet next Tuesday at 5:00 to review applications.  Nancy is chair of this committee, please let her know if you would like to join.
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Don Miner with side winners Paul Muska and Cat Thomas
Queen of Hearts:   Frank DiGennaro had the winning red ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $460.
Birthdays- Frank D. 5/4 and Anniversaries: Tami Z., Jon K., Bob Lowell, Ken Pascoe, Don Rawling
 Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
Next meeting–May 28th- President Goal updates, Budget 2019-20 recommendations
Committee Lists for 2019-20- it was recommended that we have co-chairs for joint responsibility and to “Build a Bench”
Respectfully submitted,
Natalie Donais