Posted by Gayle Demko on May 14, 2018
Club Meeting May 8, 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 invocation led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
 
Members Present: Dale Baker, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Greg DeSantis, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Clark Mason, Karen Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Jay Presser, Don Rawling, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Thomas Sullivan and Nancy Viggiano.  (20/33….61%).
 
Guests: Student of the Month James Casella, his mom Liz Casella and chemistry teacher Kay Volpintesta.
 
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
- Please pay for the Yard Goat tickets you have reserved ($13 ea).   
 
- Paul Harris committee will meet after tonight’s regular meeting, as will the Golf committee.
 
- Career Speaker Program has only one or two spots open.  This monthly program helps students understand that what they are learning will be used in the world of work.  Please let Dick know if you are interested in contributing and the High School Guidance Department will schedule participation.
 
- Interact Club Community Garden at the Emergency Aid Center will need 2-3 Rotarians to assist and details are forthcoming on this project.
 
- Jay is collecting your Rotary Foundation donations this month.
 
PROGRAM:  Our Student of the Month is introduced by the High School Chemistry teacher Kay Volpintesta who has not had James as a student, but has been impressed by James’ participation and personal performance during his high school years.  James has been active in the Robotic Aces High competition and an active student tutor.  James is headed to WPI as an engineering student focusing on a career in robotics.
 
Blue Ticket Winners: Congratulations to the Blue ticket winner Tom Sullivan with a side won by Clark Mason.
 
Queen of Hearts:  Jed Dery had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $328+.
 
Birthdays and Anniversaries: None
 
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting with the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.
 
Next week’s meeting (May 15) – Lynn Mervosh, Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden Site Administrator will talk about the history of the building and its tour opportunities.
May 22 – Dick will lead a business meeting to earmark future activities and goals.