Posted by Gayle Demko on Oct 29, 2018
Club Meeting October 23, 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, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Jackie Hemond, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury and Thomas Sullivan.  (21/34….62%).
 
Guests: Kate Sims- District Governor, Marcel Schmidt- Lt. Governor and Pam Lupoli- Associate Governor.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
Dick welcomed the District 7890 Governors to our meeting.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute - RLI is a great way for members to learn about Rotary and share ideas with other Rotarians from other Clubs and Districts.  Our District strongly encourages our members to attend. A well planned course offered in three sessions on subjects such as membership development and engagement, vocational service, the Rotary Foundation, creating hands on service projects and international service. November 10, 2018, a Saturday, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, and will be held at the Enfield Holiday Inn, Enfield, CT. For more information and to register go to:  http://www.rlinea.comOfficers should make every effort to attend.
Foundation Dinner:  Nov 1 – Jay & Johanne Presser and Nancy & Jim Viggiano will represent Suffield Rotary. 
 
Election Day Golf Cart Drivers:  Nov 6 – Rotary has been asked to provide drivers for the golf cart used to transport those who need rides from the parking lot to the school house door.  Greg Heineman, Jay Presser, Joe Blake and Natalie Donais will be available if drivers are needed. 
Sunrise Park Trail and Playground Project:  Suffield Rotary should consider applying for a District grant to fund these projects.  We will work with Parks and Recreation to define this effort.   
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; elections will be held in mid-December.
 
PROGRAM:  Kate Sims outlined her program “Where we are going in this district and why”.  Kate noted that District 7890 was losing membership.  Survey response demonstrated membership felt meetings and conferences were too long and members wanted meetings that “got to the point”.  Therefore the District Conference which is typically a three day event will now become a one night and next day event; there will be a Friday business luncheon and a dinner dance with a Saturday brunch followed by a Red Sox tour.  Kate believes this will enhance attendance. 
 
A District Project has been defined:  A task force including Lions & Elks will join Rotary in Opioid Addiction awareness program which will include working with DCF and local police departments to treat those with addiction in lieu of locking them up.  Kate is committed to supporting this as a District wide program and wants the task force to work toward spreading the work about these recovery programs. By collectively attacking this initiative Rotary could make a difference in the lives of many residents.
 
Kate urged club members to participate in the District meetings and conferences and to invite all age groups to join our club.  She thanked Suffield Rotary for their continued support of Rotary and its initiatives.  We look forward to a dynamic year with Kate at the helm!
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Heidi with sides won by Dick and Jay.
Red Ticket-Queen of Hearts:  Gayle had the winning ticket and did not pull the Queen of Hearts.  Total winning pot now stands at $844+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None.
Adjournment: Scott closed the meeting with a group singing of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.
 
Next week’s meeting–
Oct 30  Art Groux, Chief, Suffield Ambulance will provide the part 2 practical training for the “STOP THE BLEED – Save A Life” training program.