Posted by Gayle Demko on Nov 28, 2017
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 led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
Members Present: Gayle Demko, Gregory DeSantis, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jonathon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Joseph “Clark” Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Donald Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg,  and Nancy Viggiano.  (21/30….70%).
Guests: None.
Salt & Sand for Seniors – Delivery scheduled for about 35 seniors next Saturday, Dec 2; Ken Pascoe will meet the delivery volunteers at the Town Garage to fill buckets Saturday morning.  Karen Mason noted difficulty contacting several seniors receiving buckets last year.
Sign up for Salvation Army Donations:  Signup sheet circulated for ‘bell ringers’ for Salvation Army donations Sunday Dec 3 at Dunkin Donuts in the AM and Highland Park in the PM.  Any details will be outlined at the next meeting.
Holiday Party: Jackie Guzie spoke on behalf of the Events Committee regarding the upcoming Holiday Party scheduled for December 5, 2017 to be held at La Notte in East Windsor beginning at 6 pm. Cost is $25 per person and menu choices:
  • Black Angus NY Strip Steak
    • Topped with Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms in a Cognac Demi Glaze
  • Stuffed Chicken Florentine
    • Stuffed with Spinach and Mozzarella Cheese Topped with Chef made Supreme Sauce
  • Caribbean Salmon
    • Pan Seared in a Coconut Rum Butter sauce, Topped with a Mango Salsa
All come with a Mixed Greens Gorgonzola Salad, Chef's selection of Starch and Vegetables and Crème Brule for dessert. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. There will music entertainment and a cash bar.
Per member feedback, the club decided to extend the socializing/ libations period to at least 6:45 pm.  If you would like to attend, please call or email Jackie Guzie with your guest(s) name(s) and dinner choice by November 28th at 860-550-4769 or email Roger Pratt will be collecting at $25 per person.
Budget Report:  Ken Pascoe presented the quarterly budget report.  A discussion initiated regarding fundraisers and the need to identify the most profitable avenue for our efforts.  Comparison of profitable concepts chaired by other organizations was lively and there will be continued review of this issue.  
Program:  Dick led the business meeting to summarizing the club’s committee goals and progress.  A handout listing the committees for the 2017-18 year was distributed.  Of note:
Membership Goal:  Add 3 new members to reach goal of 37 – we are close to that goal with the stated interest of two potential new members.  To incite awareness of the Suffield Rotary, Charles Roumas has volunteered to write an article for the Suffield Observer.
Foundation Goal:  Contributions to meet $2500 to Rotary Foundation and $100 from each member to the Paul Harris.  Goals may be revised as the year progresses.
Service Projects:  Suffield Rotary supports international water projects (Somers and Manchester club sponsored projects) as well as several local projects (Boy Scout Dog House Build, Sand & Salt for Seniors, Discover CT Bike Walk, Suffield Athletic projects). 
A recommendation to meet with the Town Selectman and identify service projects which might be accomplished by a collaboration of effort between the community social and service groups and completed in a defined timeframe was expressed.    
Blue Ticket Winners: Ken Pascoe held the winning ticket with Roger Pratt and Gordon Stagg each with a side ticket winner.
Queen of Hearts: Greg Heineman had the winning red ticket, but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Next week’s pot is $788+.
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Congratulations to Natalie Donais who celebrated an anniversary.
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel adjourned the meeting with Scott Seabury leading “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the closing song.
Program for Nov 28:  A presentation by the Suffield Players on their organization and the status of historic Mapleton Hall.