Posted by Gayle Demko on Oct 06, 2017
Suffield Rotary Club Meeting Minutes-October 3, 2017
Opening and Welcome:  Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Scott Seabury led the club in “God Bless America”.  
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Frank DiGennaro, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Robert Lowell, Don Miner,  Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, and Scott Seabury. Attendance: 61%   18/31  
Guests:   District Governor Dave Mangs and Assistant Governor Pam Lupoli
Announcements/Program:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with a welcome to our Dave Mangs and Pam Lupoli – Dave passed out pins to Rotarians in attendance.    
Both the lobster meal selection and tip for wait staff envelopes were passed; with a reminder that the next meeting would be at Fox Hollow Gun Club for the traditional lobster fest.  Greg Heineman and Tom Sullivan will grill and Greg will be furnishing his infamous bananas foster dessert.
Jay Presser noted an opportunity for fundraising provided by Amazon.  Instructions for this login will be provided once we are set up.  Jay also invited Rotarians to participate in the Survivor Journey’s Third Annual Event scheduled October 28, (details have been emailed to members).
Events:  October 22 (Sunday) “Discover Suffield” bike event.  250 riders are anticipated and the Rotary has been asked to man the Sunrise Park water station.  Two volunteers per shift will be needed from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Dick will supply more information on this project for sign up.
The Sand & Salt for Seniors project has been advertised and the response is larger than last year with an anticipated 70 buckets needed.  An early December delivery date is projected; Ken Pascoe will update with details for this event.
Voter Assistance – Dick advised Rotary has been asked to man the golf cart during the next election, Nov 7.  One volunteer per shift will drive those needing assistance to and from the parking lot to the  voting door entrance; voting hours are 6 AM to 8 PM.  Dick will set up Rotary shifts for signups and work this request.
The Interact Club is looking forward to hosting a pasta dinner for the Rotarians; Natalie Donais will advise more on this event once details are firmed.
SPEAKER:  The District Governor visits each of the 59 clubs which make up District 7890 and Dave Mangs applauds Suffield for their Interact Club relationship and for having a succession plan in place for next year. 
Dave’s theme message is “ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE”.  He finds Rotarians are special as they understand it is time to “give back”. Rotarians have time, talent and treasure helping their community.  Rotary benefits local business through networking and referrals, social events and service projects.  He encourages each Rotarian to inspire 10 people to consider becoming a Rotarian, and invite 3 to a meeting with the expectation that 1 of the three will become a member.  Dave would like to see each club target growth this year along with expansion of their youth programs.
The summary of Dave’s speech is attached and is filled with confidence and enthusiasm for our District’s membership.  It was a privilege to hear Dave’s inspiration and motivation expressed.  
Dave presented Dale Baker with a citation of recognition for his many years of service to the community as a Rotarian.  We all applaud Dale’s support and participation with this club!
Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Charles Roumas had a birthday and all were treated to the Rotary celebration song.
Blue Ticket Winners:  Dale Baker had the winning blue ticket, with a side won by Jay Presser.
Queen of Hearts:  Bob Lowell had the winning ticket, but did not select the queen. Next week’s drawing $612+.
Adjournment: Dick adjourned the meeting and Dave led a closing song.
Program scheduled for our next meeting - Oct 10:  LOBSTER FEST at Fox Hollow