Posted by Gayle Demko on Oct 22, 2018
Club Meeting October 16, 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:  Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Ray Perleoni, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Nancy Viggiano.  (14/34….41%).
Guests: Art Groux, Chief, Suffield Ambulance.
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed Art Groux to our meeting.
Lobster/Steak Social:  October 9 at Fox Hollow Gun Club – 47 members and guests attended our member social.  Dick thanked all who participated in making this such a successful event.  He also thanked Bilenko’s Farm for their donation of corn to the event and Highland Park for their preparation of the dinner. 
Hilltop Farm Chicken Coop Project: Last month the members voted to fund this project and the designation of the account funding this project needs affirmation.  Jack Muska moved the project be funded from the Rotary Foundation principle funds and this recommendation passed.  Jack will report this project as such in his treasury report.
District Conference – Nov 1-Enfield; attendance from each committee would be ideal!  Officers should make every effort to attend.
Holiday Party:  The social committee is seeking a new venue for this event in December.  There is a recommendation to include entertainment this year; Gail and Nancy ask any member with a lead on musicians or appropriate entertainment to please let them know.
Scott has just returned from West Virginia where he met Dean Cain who is playing the part of Pastor Scott Seabury in the movie “A Promise To Astrid”.  The movie is based upon the book of the same name written by Michael K. Tourville; the film is in post-production status and will be released next February.  We congratulate Scott on this honor and look forward to celebrating upon the release of the movie!
Elections:  Recommendations / volunteers for a role on the 2019/2020 board is now open.  Dick encourages all members to consider taking a position as an officer; nominations he receives will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for presentation during our December election.  Charles, our current president-elect, has announced he will be moving to San Diego next year and looks forward to assisting with Rotary needs until that time.
PROGRAM:  Dick introduced our speaker, Art Groux, Chief of the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance.  Art presented the first part of a two part training session entitled “STOP THE BLEED – Save A Life”.  This training is designed to educate the public to the basics of bleeding control to elicit swift and effective treatment of injuries in the kitchen or with a power tool.  The keypoints in his presentation are noted as A  B  C:
A – Alert  - ensure someone is calling 911
B – Bleeding – apply direct pressure, elevate, add tourniquet if bleeding extensive
C – Compression – apply tourniquet “high and tight” above wound if direct compression to the wound is ineffective
Art will bring hands-on aides to the meeting in two weeks for practical training.  This information and training will bring a new level of awareness and capability to our talented membership.
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket sides winners were Ken and Frank.
Queen of Hearts:  Frank had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $791+.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Charles celebrated a birthday and Nancy Viggiano a wedding anniversary.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Sweet Caroline”.
Next week’s meeting– Oct 23 Our New Governor-Rotary District 7890, Kate Sims, will be joining us.