Posted by Gayle Demko on Jan 21, 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 provided the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America” and then led the prayer honoring the memory of Deb Miner, wife of Don Miner.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Richard Kisiel, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, Nancy Viggiano and Tami Zawistowski.  (19/32….59.3%).
 
Guests: Rotary Student of the Month Anna Mervosh with her parents, Lynn & Todd. Also present was Anna’s math teacher, Pat Juhl.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
 
-Dick provided a recap of the meeting last week with Melissa Mack regarding town projects which the Rotary, Interact Club and other service organizations could champion.  Dick, Charles Roumas and Gayle Demko discussed several projects which have potential as a work day town event.  Melissa has two recommendations which the Interact Club could focus upon: Painting a mural at Hilltop Farm and working with the Scouts to complete the hiking trail at Stoney Brook Park.  Dick will bring these suggestions to the Interact Club for their consideration.  
 
-Don Miner’s son-in-law donated $100 to Happy Dollars last week when he attended the meeting as a guest.  Dick recommends donating this $100 with a matching $100 to Ronald MacDonald House in memory of Debbie; the club was in total agreement. 
 
-Golf Chair – Jon Kozloski has volunteered to chair the Golf Tournament Fundraiser this year and will look to former chairmen for guidance and support.
 
-Paul Harris Annual Award.  Ken Pascoe announced the committee is now open for submission of award candidate recommendations. 
 
PROGRAM: President Kisiel introduced SHS math teacher, Pat Juhl, one of three teachers who nominated Anna Mervosh for Student of the Month.  Pat describes Anna as a quiet, polite and accomplished student with a “how can I help” attitude that pervades all her activities.  Anna joined the high school community after being home schooled and excelled in both the academic and social settings, and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award later this year.  Anna’s future interests include studying Political Science or History and she is looking forward to discovering her future career. 
 
Blue Ticket Winners: No winning blue ticket tonight; sides won by Ken Pascoe and Gail Handley.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Charles Roumas had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $75+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with a group singing of “God Bless America”.
 
 
Next week’s meeting (January 23) – Tami Z. will outline the key issues currently affecting our county, district, town and State.