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High Gear December 28, 2005
The holidays are quickly drawing to the official close with New Years just a few days away. It is
understandable that to usher in the New Year in proper Rotary style, wine and cheese must
preempt its arrival.
Many visitors attended our meeting. Did the word spread about the libation being offered or is it
just a coincidence? June Cramer, Charlotte Bradbury, Scott Saunders, Mike (the Italian Midget),
John Mitchell, Diane Willett, Fred Campbell, Jay Stewart, and Debbie Wood. Also how nice it
was to have Don Cramer and Frank Kreson back with us. Word has it that Sam Leone will once
again return as a member of the club. Any exceptions should be shared with the Board of
The meeting was short with a small list of housekeeping items to take care of:
The Salem Cross trip monies are due next week. Dr. Tooth will not chase people for money.
The trip costs are $75.00 for single and $150.00 for a couple so please be sure that you get your
money in by next week.
Neal Cunningham announced that Vocational Services Committee is seeking nominations for the
Vocational Service Award. All Rotarians who would like to submit a name are welcome to do
so. The award will be presented at the Paul Harris banquet on March 15, 2006.
The Rotary Information Committee will have a meeting prior to next week‘s Rotary meeting at
the Ridge at 11:15 AM. If you are a member please try and attend.
Roy Spiller gave members a recap of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing for 2005. Roy recapped
in short form that 40 Rotarians and 13 spouses and children participated this years in raising $
2,629.00 in 69 hours. Rotary has participated in the ringing for the Salvation Army for 17 years
and has raised a total of $ 42,156.00 and rung for 1,041 hours. Special thanks to Roy Spiller and
his organizational skill and dedication to this worthy project.
President, Carol Krantz read a thank you note received from Helen & Sue for their annual
holiday gift for exceptional service.
The meeting ended with an appropriate verse of Auld-Lang-Syne.
Wishing you and yours a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
See you all in 2006.
Editor's Note: Don't be left speechless next time everyone crosses arms to sing in the new year.
These are the words to first verse and chorus of Auld Lang Syne. [Words adapted from a
traditional song by Robbie Burns (1759-96)]
AULD LANG SYNE
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
High Gear December 21, 2005
Today, despite the brisk weather outside the ridge was warm with holiday cheer, good food, vocal
eloquence, and grateful blessings. This is one of my favorite meetings. We have the opportunity to listen
to the talents and gifts of our East Hartford students and thank Sue & Helen for the attentive and friendly
service provided to us throughout the year.
Art Bradbury delivered the invocation despite having his thoughts disrupted by a Rotarians cell phone.
Some truly special guests, Joan Brow, Sam Leone, Fred Clark, and Emil Kopcha joined us for this
Our guests and fellow Rotarians were treated to the musical talents of Mary Martin & Glen Peterson as
they lead us in the welcome song.
Tom Galvin announced he has four seats left for the trip to the Salem Cross Inn on January 21, 2006.
Please contact Tom if you are interested. Tom (AKA Dr. Tooth) also served as Sgt-at-Arms. Dan Larson
paid to sing his version of a Happy Birthday song to President Carol Krantz.
Make-up: Steve Jacoby-California, Herb Tischofer-Naples, Florida.
Raffle winner Steve Jacoby donated his winnings to the Scholarship Fund. Roy Spiller raffled off tickets
to the UCONN girls basketball game on Thursday evening.
The meeting closed with the talented and delightful musical group, Next Edition. We can all agree this
group of talented teens brought home the magical spirit of the holidays to each of us.
May your holidays be filled with the wonder and merriment?
High Gear December 14, 2005
Jack Frost was very definitely nipping at the toes as East Hartford Rotarians and their guests
gathered for our annual Holiday party. The locale was the Gallery Restaurant in Glastonbury, the
hot hors d‘oeuvres were plentiful, the open bar was well patronized, and the dinner, itself, was
both tasty and sufficient. All in all, Bill Leone and his Social Committee did another exemplary
job of it.
The convivial atmosphere in the room was once again abetted by the keyboard offerings of our
own Don Hallquist, never one to allow an opportunity to set a mood pass by. Almost all the men
in the room were sporting Christmas ties, and many of them were quite subtle and tasteful. Some
of us, including this writer, were still wearing the broad, loud, Push a Button – Ho,Ho,Ho brand
of tie that first characterized the Christmas tie. It is interesting to note how these holiday ties
have evolved over the past few years. It is also interesting to note which of us Rotarians have
evolved with them and which have not.
Dan Russell led us in a thoughtful grace this evening and President Carol commanded Dancin‘
Dave Amberg and Dick McCarthy to join Don in leading our Welcome song. It was great to see
so many old friends in our midst. It was particularly good to see Lucille Bailey, Bob and Agnes
Popp, and Scotty Howat, who demonstrated he can still distinguish between a Johnny Walker
Black and a Dewars with just a sip. Herkimer‘s buddy hasn‘t lost a thing.
Sergeant At Arms Tom Galvin went easy on us tonight in honor of the occasion, but he did
announce that the Salem Crossing Trip (open hearth dinner and hayride) scheduled for January
21 was just about full. Only four seats remain. Contact him immediately if you want to join the
President Carol reminded us that the high school carolers will join us next week, December 21st,
and the wine and cheese social hour will be enjoyed on December 28th
The Prez also announced this year‘s Paul Harris recipients. Congratulations to Ceil Collins, Don
Hallquist, Jan Sayre, and the inimitable Ruthie Sheehan. Mark March 15th on your calendar for
recognition and celebration.
Herb and Julie Tischofer sent their holiday greetings and proof that Herb is faithfully making up
each week down in sunny and warm Southwest Florida. Sounds like a good idea. In fact,
stepping out in the cold air and avoiding the ice spots as we left the party, it sounds like a very
good idea. Come New Year‘s Day, I thing I‘ll do the same. See ya, WDOUGW
High Gear December 7, 2005
Acting President Dan Larson banged the bowl, which marked the official start of the meeting.
The welcome song was lead by Doug Willett and Hyacinth Douglas-Bailey and led the way for a
recap from our Sgt-at-Arms Dr. Galvin.
Dan Larson sent a special thank you out to John Mozzicato for hosting our luncheon with a
fantastic spread of nourishment. Bill Leone recapped the Holiday Party to be held next week on
Wednesday, December 14th at the Gallery Restaurant. Cocktails are to begin flowing at 6:30 PM
followed by dinner. If anyone has not submitted payment, $ 35.00 per person is now due.
Mary Martin requested on behalf of President Carol, transporters for the toys collected at the
Holiday Party. Dan Larson volunteered and a second person is needed. Please contact Carol or
Mary to assist.
Roy Spiller reported that the Annual Bell Ringing raised over $500.00 last week. Moreover, a
reminder: “If you signed up, please show up.”
Dr. Galvin reviewed the details of the Salem Cross Inn-Dinner & Sleigh Ride trip is slated for
Saturday, January 21, 2006. The bus will leave VMC at 3:30 PM. Cost is estimated to run
between $70 & $80.00 per person. To register you can reach Tom at the office, 633-1822 or
The winning raffle ticket was pulled and Mary Martin claims to have won with a misplaced
ticket. In the spirit of Rotary, she offered the winnings up to the scholarship account.
The annual meeting was officially started at 1:12 PM.
Sue & Peter Klock, Dalton, MA. Frank & Ceil Collins, Hartford Rotary.
In Rotary Friendship,
High Gear November 30, 2005
By November standards, the day was warm and drizzly, quite a contrast from a week ago. It
was a good day to appreciate the midday, midweek escape from the pressures of business, to
gather, as Rotarians and to remember what we are all about: Service above Self. Following our
normal opening ROTARY song and salute to our nation‘s flag, John Shemo offered a fitting
invocation, asking us to recount our many blessing, including the return from Iran of Valerie,
President Carol‘s daughter, and the hope for the safe return of our troops as we endeavor to bring
democracy to peoples who have suffered under tyranny.
Lunch consisted of chicken croquettes, mixed risotto, broccoli with cheese sauce,
followed by cherry Jell-O with real cherries and whipped cream. Guests with us today included
Bev Saunders, Jean McCarthy, Peg Spiller, all wives of East Hartford Rotarians; Lois Brooks,
daughter of Peg and Roy Spiller; Bonnie Mountz, friend of Carol‘s; Valeria Lughi, daughter of
Paul and Carol Krantz; Paul Krantz, Carol‘s husband; Mike Malinguaggio, former member, who
has been proposed for ―new‖ membership. Any objections (who could not like Mike?) to Mike‘s
coming back into the Club, contact the Club Secretary.
Roy Spiller had a number of good seat tickets for the up-coming UCONN football game,
complete with parking passes. The donor suggested the proceeds go to the Shelter Box project,
Rotary Foundation, or our Scholarship Fund. This reporter didn‘t make note of who, if anyone,
bought the tickets.
Basic announcements: Our Annual Holiday Dinner: December 14th, 6:30 gathering, eat
at 7:30, at the Gallery in Glastonbury, $35 per person, please have money and meal choices by
next week. Bill Leone has all the details. Our Club‘s Annual Meeting will take place next
week, usual time, different place, The East Hartford Golf Course clubhouse. Scholarship
Committee is asked to meet before that meeting, at 11:30. You should know who you are. East
Hartford‘s Holiday Fest begins this coming Friday, with numerous and almost continuous
events all weekend.
Leo Christmas won the weekly raffle.
President Carol forgot to call upon Sergeant-at-Arms Glen Peterson, but he handed this
reporter a neatly printed report of fines and celebrations: Leo Christmas, for a wedding
anniversary; John Mozzicato, for something related to a New York baseball team which the SAA
could not bring himself to put on paper; the usual early leavers and late comers; Dan Firestone,
for a new car (didn‘t know Hudson was still in production); and the SAA himself, because it‘s
the 5th Wednesday of the month, and all the birthdays and anniversaries have been appropriately
recognized by donations.
Our speaker was Valerie Lughi, daughter of Carol and Paul Krantz. Valerie spent a year
with the National Guard on active duty in Baghdad, Iraq. Her remarks were accompanied by a
power point presentation of still and action packed scenes of that far-away country where we
have expended so much time, money and lives. In introducing her daughter, Carol remarked that
Valerie has said, ―Never go to war without your nail polish.‖ Valerie was stationed at the U. S
Embassy, headquartered in a commandeered palace, of which there are countless in Iraq. The
pictorials began with what looked like something from a Bushnell Travel Series, then segued
into views of bombed and burned out building, an outdoor market which no longer exists except
in memory. There was a film clip of ―driving in Iraq‖ which made bumper cars and the Indy 500
look like a merry-go-round. Incredible wheelies and spins, lots of dust. Valerie felt that what we
see on the news is mostly the violence, whereas there is much humanitarian aid that is an
essential part of the war effort: schooling, reconstruction of infrastructure: water systems, sewer
systems, electricity generation and distribution, things we all take for granted for the most part.
She took part in an orphans‘ party, helping distribute holiday candy and toys. Valerie, in answer
to the question, did she feel safe there, said, yes and no. Some of her comrades were killed. But
she felt that if she had to go to war, the duty she had was the best. She had air conditioning,
lived in a palace. She commented that morale among service personnel varied because of mixed
feelings about the whole ―endeavor.‖ She lived and worked in the ―green zone‖ which is the
safest—the entire rest of the country is a ―red‖ zone. Just let us remember that she was away
from her children and family for a year, serving her country.
We ended our meeting with one verse of ―God Bless America.‖ And so I end my six-
week assignment of writing our High Gear. It‘s been, as always, something I enjoy. ---
High Gear November 23, 2005
As we gathered at the Ridge, outside the temperature was about thirty degrees, there was a stiff
wind blowing, the Pratt and Whitney runners were for the most part warmly bundled. Inside, there was
the warmth of fellowship assisted by glasses of wine and some tasty munchies. Don Hallquist's lovely,
lively music was seasonal, ranging from ―The Sound of Music‖ through ―White Christmas‖ to the East
Hartford Fight Song. President Carol sounded the bell a couple of minutes late, but then even the best of
presidents are allowed a glass or two during the holidays.
Ted Mosebach offered the invocation, asking that we remember to be grateful, especially in this
season, and that we, as a club, try to make a difference in the world. Lunch was Boeuf Bourguignonne
with noodles and peas followed by slices of chocolate cake for dessert. Based on President Carol‘s sotto
voce comment to this reporter, it sounds better in French than it tasted.
Guests today: former member Rich O‘Brien, former member Mike Malinguaggio, who has been
proposed for membership reinstatement, Steve Jacoby‘s friend Priscilla Marrah from San Antonio, Texas
and Peter Klock‘s sister Julie Lipton from Austin, Texas. Darlene Roberts and Jackie Danise led us in the
Welcome Song, with great assistance from Don at the keyboard.
Grinning Glen Peterson was Sergeant-at-Arms and reported the following: Bob Richmond, Jack
Sayre and Dick Lemieux all paid for Rotary anniversaries. Glen himself paid for his third wedding
anniversary, a dollar for each year of bliss. The Board paid for being so late in announcing the
preprandial wine and cheese celebration—notification went out via email late Monday—many thanks to
Dean Roland for organizing the refreshments. Steve Jacoby paid a ―happy dollar‖ for Carol‘s daughter‘s
safe return from Iraq. There was an anonymous contribution to thank the host families for last Saturday‘s
Progressive Dinner. And finally, George Stewart paid in celebration of his wife Jay‘s birthday.
As seems to be the rule, rather than the exception, there were a lot of announcements. President
Carol thanked the hosts for the Progressive Dinner. The Club was presented with a banner from the
Lucaya, Freeport, Bahamas Club, where Leo Christmas recently made up. Our meeting of December 7th
will be at the East Hartford Golf Course. That meeting will also be our Annual Meeting. Frank Collins
asked Priscilla Marrah how many members there are in the San Antonio Club—she replied she did not
know, because she‘s not a Rotarian. Answer: approximately 750 members--the world‘s largest club.
Frank sold all the medallions he had last week, each for a $250 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
Sue Klock is hoping to get $1 per person in support of the Shelter Box Project. She and Peter have
personally contributed very substantially to the project—they are caring individuals. Peter Klock can still
take citrus orders. Peter also spoke to an email warning—there is a lot of virus ridden spam going
around—especially if the return address ends in .zip. Watch carefully.
Bill Leone announced the following slate of officers for the 2006-2007 year: President, Daniel
Larson; President-elect, William Saunders; Secretary, Sue Klock; Treasurer, William Secord; Directors,
Celia Collins, Glen Peterson and George Schoen. There were no nominations from the floor.
Mary Martin is selling magnetized picture frames in support of the Interact Club at the High
School. She‘d like to sell four more, so that the proceeds equal that of the bake sale the kids had earlier in
the year. Mary passed out a few flyers announcing the Department of Social Services need for toys for
kids. Age group: 12 to 14. Needs: cosmetic kits (make up), toiletry sets (perfumes, lotions, nail polish),
radios or CD players, electronic gadgets, like hand-held games, and gift certificates to area stores such as
J.C. Penny, WalMart, Target, Best Buys and Comp USA. Toys are needed by December 16th, so we can
bring them to our annual Holiday Party.
The raffle was won by Jim Fallon. (He needs the money.)
Frank Collins, with a litany of colleges and degrees, introduced our own Ted Mosebach, Pastor at
First Church, East Hartford, who gave us our annual Thanksgiving message. Ted began in a light vein,
citing some church bulletin bloopers, where one letter can change the meaning of a word or a word well
intended, but misplaced, can alter the intent of an announcement. One example: remember in prayer the
many who are sick of our church. Then, getting serious, Ted asked, “What are you doing for the
holidays?” Cooking? Cleaning the house? (Have guests at least four times a year, it does get the
premises picked up.) Going on, he asked, ―What are you doing to give thanks?” He gave some
suggestions: go to church, share something, help someone, make someone‘s life a little better, a little
easier. He talked about the people of Israel who got out of Egypt, their exodus being a true gift from God.
We‘ve been given life as a gift, so let us celebrate our bounty after we‘ve done something in
thanksgiving. Ted then went on to suggest that we be mindful of our military personnel, and told the
story of the film, ―Saving Private Ryan.‖ It was a story of strife and sacrifice, and includes a couple of
very poignant scenes, the last of which depicts Ryan as an old man, visiting a Veteran‘s Cemetery—
probably in Flanders—with his wife. He touches a gravestone or two, remembers fallen comrades, and
asks his wife, ―Have I been a good man?‖ Ted touched our hearts and souls—many of us wiped tears
from our eyes. President Carol whispered to me, ―I didn‘t know it was going to be so hard.‖
Thanks be to God for all that we have this day. So be it. We sang one verse of American the
-- Dan Russell
High Gear November 16, 2005
As this reporter walked into Veteran‘s Memorial Clubhouse today, the thought occurred
that it is amazing how our members, when gathered, never run out of topics for discussion.
Don‘s piano music provided a delightful melodic undercurrent for all the conversations.
President Carol rang the bell at the appointed hour, we sang, we Pledged our Allegiance to our
flag, which was back in its corner, and then listened as Art Bradbury offered a meaningful
invocation, reminding our members to keep ever mindful those who are not as blessed as we who
have warm homes, stocked larders and loving family and friends.
Lunch was sort of Krause‘s version of a lean cuisine meal: a small scoop of mashed
potato, a small scoop of mashed butternut squash, a very small chicken breast with gravy, rolls
and butter, and soggy apple crisp with whipped cream. Small, but nourishing. Well, let‘s
remember, our weekly gatherings are not all about food, but about Service above Self.
Guests today were Rick Lawrence of the Manchester Club and Bob Dugger from the
Glastonbury Club. Don Pitkin and Arthur Apostol, our newest members, led us in the Welcome
Song, with accompaniment by Don Hallquist. Well done.
Glen Peterson, Sergeant-at-Arms, reported the following fines: Don Pitkin for a photo in
the paper and his reelection to the Town Council; Herb Barall for his name in the paper; Frank
and Ceil Collins for their photograph in the paper; Ted Mosebach for a rowdy offense of pouring
coffee over half his table, Dan Larson for the Reverend‘s irreverent offense, early leavers and
late comers. Birthdays: Hyacinth Douglas-Bailey made a generous contribution to the Rotary
Foundation, and asked for, rather than being sung to, that we keep the victims of the various
hurricanes in our thoughts. Art Bradbury, celebrating 80 years, also made a generous donation,
and asked that all the octogenarians and those older serenade him; there were six, and in good
voice, too. Don, at the piano, segued into ―The Old Gray Mare.‖
There were numerous announcements:
Kathy McCabe, speaking about the Progressive Dinner this coming Saturday, announced
that the cocktail hour (5 to 6 o‘clock) and dessert (8 o‘clock on) venue has been changed from
The Ridge to the home of Frank and Ceil Collins, 200 Timber Trail.
Our Holiday Party will be the evening of December 14th, at The Gallery in Glastonbury.
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. The menu (meat and fish) and the price have not been fully determined as
The Program Committee will meet at 10:30 before next week‘s meeting at The Ridge.
George Agnelli, Jr. has run a program for needy children for a number of years, providing
$50 at the Burlington Coat Factory for warm coats for 50 kids. He‘s apparently looking for an
organization to take over this responsibility. Perhaps one of our Board members will follow up
President Carol‘s daughter will be our speaker on November 30th, when she will share
experiences and insights into what it is like to be in Iraq.
Dee Blackwood has lost her sister. Send notes of condolence to 19 Armstrong Road,
Enfield. And Gil Wishart‘s wife Jean faces serious surgery later this week.
The Board will meet next Monday at Dan Larson‘s office.
Dan Dienst announced the famous Holiday Village Fair at First Congregational Church
this Saturday, running from 9 to 3 o‘clock. Lots of good food and stuff.
Peter Klock wound up the citrus sale today. The YMCA will be joining us with an order
for twenty-eight boxes which will go to needy families in the area.
Peter and Sue Klock are just back from Florida, where they visited a Lakewood Ranch
Club, home club of ShelterBox USA. A tremendous job has been done in sheltering people;
shelter supplies are running low. The need is still great, and the most sobering thing is that 350
boxes were sent out "prepaid" to Gulf Coast -- haven‘t been funded as yet. This is a club by club
sponsorship program, not a RI Foundation project.
Frank Collins announced that the 2007 Rotary International Convention will be in Salt
Lake city, not New Orleans as originally planned. Many Rotarians in the New Orleans area still
do not have housing, so planning participation in a convention is just not practical. (2006
Convention: Malmö, Sweden/Copenhagen, Denmark) Frank also spoke about the new
monument in Washington, DC, honoring those who went the extra mile, including Rotary
Founder Paul Harris. He has a commemorative copy of the sidewalk plaque, available from him
for a $250 donation to the Foundation.
The raffle was won by Glen Peterson.
Frank Collins introduced Past District Governor Everett Watson, from Willimantic, who
introduced today‘s speaker, former Ambassadorial Scholar Mark Oliver from Queensland,
Australia. Mark is a fascinating speaker—club members gave him rapt attention throughout his
time. Mark considers himself one of the luckiest persons in the world, for having received the
Rotary Scholarship, and for the great support he has gotten here in the United States. One of his
mottos is ―Let the world change you and you can change the world.‖ Actually, Mark‘s year
under Rotary has run out, but he is continuing on at UCONN, where he is working on his PhD. in
Cognitive Instruction, Psychology of Educational Technology, or something like that. Two of
the world‘s leaders in this field are on the faculty at UCONN. Mark told us a bit about Australia:
a population of 20 million, a continent 95% the size of mainland USA. The national symbol is
the kangaroo because that animal cannot take a step backwards. Important to Mark are
volunteerism, compassionate action, addressing the needs of the world and making a difference.
A half hour is not enough time to allot to a such a spell-binding speaker.
Makeups: George Stewart, Frank & Ceil Collins, Steve Jacoby; at last Saturday's
Foundation Dinner; Sue & Peter Klock, Sarasota Gateway Club, Sarasota, Florida; Pat Gately,
South Windsor; Frank & Ceil Collins, UN Day, New York; Frank Collins, RLI training,
Somerset, NJ, and UN Women Ambassador, New York. Sorry to be so wordy (1009 words
without this line) ---Dan Russell
High Gear November 9, 2005
It was a very Novemberish day, gray and cool, both outside and in, since the heat was not
working at the Ridge. Don‘s wonderful music from ―The Piano Man‖ and other Broadway
musicals was, as always, a delight. It was good to have President Carol back with us—she is
tired of so much business travel. She rang the bell at the appointed time, we sang, Steve Jacoby,
ever available to be the center of attention, advanced the length of the room unfurling the flag,
and held it as we saluted out nation‘s emblem. George Stewart offered the invocation, giving
thanks for all that we have, and especially for being back at the Ridge.
Luncheon was a buffet: a carvery featuring baked ham, with a lot of accompaniments:
tossed salad, rolls, codfish cakes, quiche, ziti in red sauce, mixed peas and carrots, all followed
by an apple crumb cake topped with whipped cream. It took us a while to quiet down as we
finish eating and Carol brought us to order again. Guests included Patrick Kennedy from South
Windsor, and Mike Malinguaggio, former member of the club, and Doug Smith, our speaker for
the day. Jim Fallon and Neil Cunningham led the Welcome Song.
Sergeant-at-Arms Glen Peterson reported fines and contributions as follows: Larry
Frazier for a birthday, one which he shared with Jim Sheehan, so he donated generously in
memory of Jim; Don Pitkin for his re-election to the Town Council; Glen Peterson for one of his
students being on TV and pictured in the paper; Art Bradbury and Bob Wood, for being on TV;
George Schoen for his fourth Rotary Anniversary, and Mary Martin for her Wedding
Anniversary, for which she paid $1 for each year of bliss. The number was not reported.
There were numerous announcements. The Foundation Dinner at the Windsor Marriott
will be Saturday, November 12th. Space is still available; call President Carol if you want to go.
Peter Klock‘s Citrus Sale order sheet made the rounds; next week is the last time to order, money
due at that time. It was reported that in Washington, DC, near the corner of Pennsylvania
Avenue and 15th Street, there are imbedded in the sidewalk large (four feet square) medallions
commemorating some twenty or thirty individuals who have ―gone the extra mile.‖ One of those
was Rotary‘s Founder, Paul Harris. Art Bradbury is performing in ―The Music Man,‖ a
production by the Little Theater of Manchester. (This reporter believes he has the lead role.)
Shows are this week and next, Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening, Sunday matinee; for tickets,
call the box office: 647-9824. The performances are in historic Cheney Hall on Hartford Road.
The raffle was won by Bob Wood.
Jim Reik introduced our speaker, Doug Smith, who enthusiastically told us about the
clean up of the Hockanum River and the construction of hiking trails along its banks. The river,
which is 25 mile long, flows from Shenipsit Lake in Ellington to the Connecticut River in East
Hartford. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, its banks held many mills, many of which
eventually contributed pollution to the stream. Towns allowed sewage to run into the stream as
well. Now, a lot of cleanup has occurred, so that the river is fishable and canoeable, not
swimable or drinkable. But it has come a long way since the various committees from the towns
along the banks got to work in the 1970‘s. Manchester has held canoe races for 27 years. It is a
picturesque resource, at its lower levels flowing through mature forest flood plains. A lot of
wildlife live along it—deer, turkeys, coyotes, hawks, and lots of little varmints There are over
half a dozen little brochures which outline various (fifteen miles of them) hiking trails, complete
with maps and information about interesting features. Good thing to do with the grandchildren
some nice day.
Progressive Dinner, the 19th: A-M, please bring an appetizer to the Ridge for 5 o‘clock
cocktail hour; N-Z, desserts, for afterwards. Sign-up space is still available.
Make-ups: Herb Tischofer, Naples Bay, Florida, twice. According to our Secretary,
October attendance was 84.1%, down from 86% in September. We closed with the singing of
God Bless America.
Thanks for reading—Dan Russell
High Gear November 2, 2005
Today we gathered in the Lecture Hall at the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy on
Forbes Street, adjacent to and attached to the East Hartford High School. The Lecture Hall offers stadium
style seating for approximately 140 persons, in chairs at long, continuous, curved writing surfaces which
seemed a bit high for this reporter. Perhaps the room was designed with the school‘s basketball players in
mind. At any rate, we assembled, row by row, a pattern which makes one appreciate our normal gathering
around tables. We picked up box lunches, provided by Krause, as we entered. At the usual time acting
president Dan Larson, subbing for President Carol who is apparently suffering from a strained back,
brought us to order, asking us to sing the ROTARY song in Chinese, in observance of the fact that the
Academy is international. (More about that later.) But we sang in English, saluted the flag, and then
heard our honorary member (emeritus) Bill Flynn, who must have flown against the wind like a bird
migrating the wrong way, up from Florida, as he offered a fitting invocation, giving thanks for the
gathering of friends and for those who teach throughout our land.
The box lunch consisted of a tossed salad, a choice of turkey, ham and cheese, tuna or roast beef
sandwiches, a couple of cookies, (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin) and a choice of various soft drinks
and bottled water. It was tasty and nourishing.
Remember that next week we return to Veterans Memorial Clubhouse, aka ―The Ridge‖ which
will have undergone an exorcism to remove last month‘s resident demons and ghouls. Guests today were
Bill Flynn, as you already have read, and who isn‘t really a guest, but goodness, it was nice to see and
hear him, and Spencer Clapp, J.D., Principal of the Academy. We managed the Welcome Song a capella.
Sergeant-at-Arms Glen Peterson collected from John Shemo, who appeared on TV, from Bill Flynn, who
was just happy to be with us, and from Herb Barall, Don Pitkin and Pat Gately, each of whom had had
pictures in the newspaper.
There were a number of announcements. Bob Brown, reporting on the Progressive Dinner,
November 19th, which will be here soon. Cocktails at the Ridge, five o‘clock, off to dinner at the various
homes at six, and then regathering at the Ridge for dessert about eight o‘clock. Sounds like it could be a
lot of fun. Jim Watts has called for a Paul Harris Nominating Committee meeting on Wednesday, the
16th, at 10:30 a.m. Nick Cecere had heard from Margaret LaCroix—flu shots today at the Lung
Association. That will be over by the time anyone reads this, but you can call the Lung Association Hot
Line to get other scheduled times and places. Steve Jacoby reminded us that the Foundation Dinner at the
Windsor Marriott will be Saturday, November 12th. A sign-up sheet was circulated. Also circulated was
Peter Klock‘s Citrus Sale order sheet. This reporter thinks it is a good deal, based on recent mail order
brochure prices. Sue Klock had newly printed Roster Sheets. Thanks, Sue, for keeping those up-to-date.
The Raffle was won by Bill Secord, ticket pulled by Spencer Clapp, we wonder if there was any collusion
The program consisted on a Power Point presentation covering the International Academy by its
principal. Spencer handed out business cards and photo copies of a newspaper article about the Academy
and himself. Because the Academy is considered a World School, it seemed appropriate to have us, as
members of an international group. sitting in the school and learning about it.
The International Academy is Connecticut‘s toughest , most vigorous high school. Its 175 students
come from ten school districts: Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, Ellington, Somers, Bolton,
Tolland, Mansfield and Regional School Districts #8 and #9. Most International Academies (there are
1053 of them, in 111 countries) are private, and entrance requires an examination. Because ours is public,
enrollment is open, but does require statistical indication that the student is capable and motivated, and
that his or her guidance counselor feels that success and survival are probable. Graduation brings almost
automatic admission to some very high end colleges and universities, at least some of which (e.g,
Harvard) credit the entering student with a year of college for the years spent at the CIBA. For most
parents, that would equate to a saving of perhaps $40,000. Ninety-one percent of the graduates go on to
college. May all parents be blessed with bright and motivated children. The diverse student population
(50% white, 25% black, 17% Hispanic, 7% Asian) get to enjoy (that means work hard at) exercise in a
personal fitness center, the use of laptop computers during 11th and 12th grades, foreign travel as part of
studies to China, Mexico, Costa Rica. Wouldn‘t you like to go back to school? The school gets its
funding from the State of Connecticut, and from the $2000 tuition fee which the local school districts
pay. You can learn more about CIBA on the Internet: www.cibanet.org.
Make-ups: Steve Jacoby: Manchester; Frank and Celia Collins: Rochester, New York, Tom
River, New Jersey, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Hartford, Connecticut, all for important Rotary
International meetings and celebrations.
This was a good way to spend time indoors, on a particularly beautiful fall day, if you had to be
indoors at all.
Good to be with you all; thanks for putting up with my verbiage—Dan
High Gear October 26, 2005
If readers will forgive me, I feel compelled to write,, at least part of today‘s report, in the first
person. The last time I wrote High Gear, which was last April, we had just come off a cold and wet
weekend, and the day for Rotary was, thankfully, bright and sunny. At breakfast this morning, I thought
the same; bright sunshine glinted through the tall pine trees in my backyard. The day glowered a bit,
midday, but then did brighten some. The best brightener, however, is the meeting of friends and
colleagues at Rotary. Midday, midweek, our Club is blessed to have the perfect workweek respite. Don
Hallquist was at the keyboard in Charrier Hall, South Congregational Church, conversation was lively and
interesting, and Dan Larson, acting President, President elect, Vice-president, was in charge. Dan called
upon Bill Saunders, not for a Golf Tournament Report, but for the invocation, ably delivered.
Lunch, for those of you who collect returning menus, was a hot open-faced turkey sandwich with
cranberry sauce, al dente green beans and roasted yam. D
Dan Firestone and Neil Cunningham are on the Nominating Committee. If you are interested in
really participating in the life of our club, let your will be known to one of those two. Jim Watts is calling
for Paul Harris nominations. Pat Gately, in an attempt to make up a meeting, discovered that Wild Bill
Cody‘s, where the Bloomfield Club used to meet, no longer exists. Best to check club locations and times
on the District Website Internet, link at bottom our our club's site, www.rotary.org. Sue Klock reported
that ShelterBox #2179, which we purchased for $900, has gone to help Katrina victims. Note that there
were many mentions of East Hartford in the recent District Newsletter. And lastly, Acting President Dan
asked Mark Sirois if he could borrow his ―costume‖ (read: Chief of Police Uniform) for a week,
promising to return it in good condition. Let us all remember that laughter is an important part of living
well! Jack Ghagan won the raffle.
Roy Spiller introduced our speaker, Gloria McAdam, President of Food Share which is
headquartered in Windsor. Gloria is an accomplished speaker, as are many of our guests, talking without
notes, explaining what Food Share does, and the needs that it helps to fill, citing statistics which were
both sobering and uplifting. One out of ten families makes use of food pantries. In our area, that
comprises 100,000 individuals. Food Share began with one person, and now has thirty employees, and
countless volunteers. Nutrition is important to good health, good health is important, especially for
children, to doing well in school. Food Share tries to break into that vicious circle of substandard living.
It is currently completing a new purpose built facility which will allow it to collect and distribute more
food efficiently. The Department of Agriculture says that we waste 28% of the food we produce, part in
processing, part in quality control, and part in mislabeling during the packing process. Food Share picks
up at least some of the good stuff that falls through the cracks. Food Share picks up, trucks, sorts,
distributes to local pantries, 9.3 million pounds of food per year. There were too many statistics to
commit to paper, but suffice it to say that wish our government might operate as well. An operation
worthy of support.
Make-ups: Jackie Danise and Roy Spiller, Rockville. Good to be with you—Dan Russell
High Gear October 19, 2005
To usher in this beautiful fall day at East Hartford’s South Congregational Church, Maestro
Don Hallquist, he of the nimble digits at the keyboard, played us some tantalizingly
“cocktail lounge” tunes, taking us back to high school proms, college hops, or just plain cold
winter evenings with the girl (boy) we loved, sitting in front of the fire. If we could have any
wish imaginable, what might it be? To have the talent to play the piano like Don! Our local
electrical engineer, Gil Wishart, had set up the microphone for President Carol Krantz
and earned a potential fine for placing it at belt buckle height. Never mind, it seemed to go
Our dinner tables were stocked with E. H. Rotary calendar of events for the 2005-06 year,
all by courtesy of “YIR” Sue Klock (also to be found on our website). The secret is out: Sue
carries red, white and blue Rotary blood in her veins, and we’re the lucky recipients! Dinner
this day was that old favorite, hot chicken pot-pie. Not a plate needed scraping! Guests
who were sung to by Kathy McCabe and Dean Roland included PDG Dick Seidman and a
sales friend of Skip Guillemette, Gene (sorry, the last name escaped this scribe!).
Sgt at Arms George Schoen told of a pretty good day with gift$ from anniversary
celebrants Larry Frazier (38 years) and Kathy McCabe (12 years). Oh yes, cheapo Gil
Wishart coughed in $1.00 in honor of wife Jean’s birthday (oh, oh, I wasn’t supposed to
In honor of what most every president does at least once, President Carol forgot to put on the
Presidential medallion at the start of the meeting, thus treating the club to a future cocktail party!
Lots of Announcements, thusly:
Foundation Dinner – Nov.12 - $45 per, see Carol for details
“Thank you’s” from Mayor Tim Larson and a recipient family, the Ross Thompsons,
for our help with “Rebuilding East Hartford” project.
Progressive Dinner – Nov.19 – at 6 host families and the Ridge. Sign up next week!
High Gear entrepreneur Peter Klock told us there’ll be “mini” fruit sales coming
available soon…watch for the details!
Our own professional chairman of superior amateur golf tournaments, Bill
Saunders, gave some wonderful results of the recent successful campaign: 84% of
club participated; 43 members brought in 96 hole sponsors; 34 contributed to the
raffle prizes; and the whole thing has grossed about $23,000, with 20 fewer players!
Bill and his committee received a hearty and well-earned “thank you” applause from
Bob Richmond was the lucky raffle winner today, eliciting his shy, but happy smile.
Program for this wonderful Rotary meeting day, introduced by Peter Klock, was Exec. Director
of the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, Carol Hauss. Ms. Hauss is a charming,
enthusiastic, literate, and articulate spokesperson for this organization, dealing as it does with the
literacy level of our areas‘ children. Literacy was defined for us as being able to read and
communicate well (in English) and the best indicator of a child‘s literacy level is the mother‘s
literacy level! Other interesting/significant points made were:
Kids really do want to please their parents (until they become teenagers!)
Poverty and literacy go hand-in-hand (kids in poverty mostly don’t succeed in
Kids in poverty have limited access to medical care
44% of East Hartford’s adults have low literacy levels; level 1 makes up 18% and
these individuals are probably at the 6th grade level of learning.
Ms. Hauss assured us that there is good news in the existence of vital tutoring programs
which are trying to reverse this trend by offering classes for adults at a number of area
schools and libraries. Both reading and writing skills are being taught to individuals who
currently read below the ninth grade level, or whose native language is other than English.
Though, on the face of it, a discouraging picture, we can take hope from the positive
presentation by such an informed and committed person as Carol Hauss. Thanks for
bringing us this program, Peter!
And, once again, it was nice that we could get together!
High Gear October 12, 2005
During perhaps the wettest week in memory club members enjoyed another inspiring meeting at
the South Congregational Church.
The invocation was given by Dan Russell.
The menu featured Swedish meatballs (no doubt in celebration of the next RI Convention) with
egg noodles, zucchini, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Marcia LeClerc and Dave Amberg led an a capella version of the welcome song.
Our one guest was frequent visitor Gil Spencer of the Glastonbury Club, who was also the lucky
raffle winner and happy to take his plunder across the border.
Sergeant-at-Arms George Schoen received handsome donations from:
Ceil Collins who is celebrating 9 years in Rotary,
Doug Willett who is celebrating 26 cumulative years,
and Hyacinth Douglas-Bailey who has joined the Hartford YMCA as a vice president,
as well as smaller sums from the typical late arrivals and early leavers.
President Carol‘s daughter has returned to the States after 14 months in Iraq.
Rotary UN Day is Nov. 5. Applications were on tables and can be found on the website. They
need to be returned early so security checks can be performed.
The Progressive Dinner will be held on Nov. 19.
We‘re collecting nominations for Paul Harris awards. The deadline is the 1st week in Nov.
Please get them to Jim Watts.
Neal Cunningham thanked the Rotarians who helped manage the marathon water station on
Pitkin Street had a wonderful, albeit wet, morning of community service and fellowship. In
addition to Neal, the following members and friends participated: Neil Cunningham, Rosemary
Hogan, Bill Saunders, Gil Wishart, Dan Larson, Jack Sayre, Dan Firestone, Carol Krantz, Ceil
Collins, Frank Collins, Dick McCarthy, Pat Gately, Dave Amberg, and Mary Martin.
Doug Willett and Mary Martin are acting as advisors to the East Hartford High Interact Club, the
Rotary service club for high school students. The first club meeting attracted 35 students. The
club held a bake sale and raised $120 for hurricane relief. Mary is helping to sell magnetic
picture frames to help the Interact Club‘s current fundraiser. They say ―East Hartford Yellow
Jackets‖ and are very reasonably priced. They‘d make a lovely gift for any East Hartford High
Former member Donna Kehoe was in the hospital over the weekend due to a burst appendix.
She‘s at home recovering.
This week‘s program was a panel presentation given by members who attended the centennial
Rotary International Convention in Chicago. The members were introduced by Sue Klock.
Frank Collins, who has attended many conventions, spoke about how Rotarians were welcomed
by the city and how clean and inviting Chicago seemed to a visitor. The district reserved a block
of rooms at the Weston Hotel which allowed district friends to spend time together.
Transportation was very convenient. Bus service was available from the hotel to the convention
site is designated bus only tunnels and lanes.
This was the second convention for Doug Willett. He felt that attending the convention helped
him appreciate the international scope of Rotary. Thousands of Rotarians, marching by country,
paraded through the streets, and the vast number of international humanitarian projects was
impressive. He encouraged other members to attend the international conventions to better
understand the vastness of Rotary.
Steve Jacoby spoke about fellowship. 41,000 Rotarians attended the convention. He read from
the ―Principles of Rotary.‖ He shared a story of a meal he had a McDonalds with Rotarians from
half a dozen countries. He also spoke about the ―House of Friendship,‖ an exhibit of hundreds of
Sue Klock found the experience humbling. She and Peter attended the plenary sessions, and
found them much more interesting that anticipated. Each session had a keynote speaker, videos
of important projects, and other pertinent information. She was very impressed by Ted Turner‘s
speech. He spoke about how he became involved with Polio Plus and other Rotary humanitarian
projects and thanked Rotarians for the important work we do. Sue was dismayed that some
Rotarians walked out rather than hear Mr. Turner. She hadn‘t held this celebrity mogul in high
esteem prior to the speech, but her opinion was raised by his heartfelt words.
Ceil Collins attended a presentation given by a Nepalese Rotaract Club. Rotaract is Rotary‘s
service club for young adults. Members of this club decided to climb Mt. Everest and erect the
Rotary flag in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Rotary. They even called RI President
from the summit by satellite phone. To make the occasion even more special, 2 members of the
club were married at the summit, an international first.
Peter Klock spoke about his visit to Club One, the original Rotary Club. They no longer meet in
the original location, but the club is filled with cases of early Rotary memorabilia, photos, and
Next year‘s convention will be co-hosted by Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden, two
beautiful cities I visited in the 80‘s that are connected by high-speed hydrofoils.
High Gear October 5, 2005
In-coming president Dan Larson presided over the first of several meetings that are being held at
the South Congregational Church.
Frank Collins gave the invocation remembering Jim Sheehan and Jack Sayer‘s father who
recently passed away. He also remembered Peg Spiller who is recovering from hip surgery and
President Carol‘s mother who is in ill health.
Lunch began with a clam chowder prepared in what I‘ve always considered ―Cape Cod‖ style, no
cream like New England Style and no tomato like New York. It was followed by a turkey
sandwich and coleslaw.
We had a large contingent of prominent guests including:
PDG Everett Watson
PDG Carolyn Pierce
PDG Dick Seidman and Susan Seidman
PDG Hogie Hanson from the RI Foundation
DG 07-08 Dick Borden
and special guests Bob and Gladys Dunn
Art Bradbury and Tom Westbrook led the welcome song to the accompaniment of Don
Sergeant at Arms George Schoen collected from:
Moe Belanger for his 74th birthday
Dean Roland for 61 years of marriage
Steve Jacoby and John Shemo for Rotary anniversary
and a member who won his golf club‘s summer-long match play tournament
Bill Saunders reported that Sept attendance was at 86.4%. Let‘s work at reaching 90%.
Neil Cunningham asked that people helping with the Marathon Watering Station on Pitkin St.
arrive no later than 7:30 on Saturday. Please bring a leaf rake and water pitcher if possible.
Steve Jacoby visited the Lyon, France club and presented acting president Dan with their club
Neil Cunningham won the raffle and donated it to the RI Foundation.
Frank Collins introduced our guest speaker Hogie Hanson from the RI Foundation. Mr. Hanson
has an impressive list of Rotary credentials and professional credentials in the area of college
development and fundraising.
Mr. Hanson thanked our club and our individual members for their generous gifts to the RI
Foundation last year and in the past. Our district led the 15 districts in our zone in giving to the
Foundation, and East Hartford was among the leading clubs.
Mr. Hanson said kind words about Jim Sheehan and led a moment of silence in his memory.
Mr. Hanson introduced Bob and Gladys Dunn who were honored for their generous gift to the
Foundation. Bob attended East Hartford High School and the East Hartford Rotary Club
sponsored him as an Ambassadorial Scholar. Bob became a teacher and school administrator
finishing his career as the principal of Hall High School in West Hartford. Bob was also a
member of the West Hartford Rotary club for 35 years. Bob spoke about the positive impact
Rotary has had on his life. Rotary had long been a part of the Dunn‘s estate planning, but they
fully expected that their gift to Rotary would made as part of their estate. They realized that
giving a substantial gift during their lifetimes would enable them to see the fruits of that gift.
Bob wanted the gift to relate to the East Hartford club where Bob was introduced to Rotary as
well as the West Hartford club were he was a member and benefit young people in the towns.
The Dunn‘s have endowed an annual Ambassadorial Scholarship to be nominated by either East
Hartford or West Hartford Club. Selection of the recipient would be made by a committee
comprised of a member from each club and someone from the district leadership. The first
scholarship will be awarded for the 2007-2008 year.
PDG Everett Watson, chairperson of the district RI Foundation, leads the committee that selects
district Ambassadorial Scholars and explained the selection process. Candidates must have
completed 2 years of college, but there is no age limit. Nominees complete a 20 page application
and face multiple interviews. As a district we have an Ambassadorial Scholar about ever other
year. Now, as a result of the Dunn‘s generosity a scholar will come for East Hartford or West
PDG Dick Seidman presented the Dunns with a crystal globe from the RI Foundation. PDG
Carolyn Pierce presented Bob with a major donor pin and Gladys with a major donor pendant.
Frank Collins thanked Mr. and Mrs. Dunn on behalf of the leadership of Rotary International.
The meeting ended with a chorus of ―God Bless America.‖
Glen J. Peterson
High Gear September 28, 2005
With her recently acquired finesse, President Carol opened the luncheon meeting with a sharp blow
to the Rotary bell that almost knocked her steaming cup of coffee off her table. (Meetings are safer at
the Ridge, but not as warm and fuzzy.) After a thoughtful opening prayer by Ted Mosebach, the
membership jumped to the occasion and quickly formed a ragged conga line to the buffet table. And
a marvelous buffet it was— turkey breast and roast beef personally sliced by John Mozzicato
himself, sausage and peppers, ziti, fried potatoes, garden salad, and rolls. John’s wonderfully
friendly staff served coffee, chocolate chip cookies, and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for
President Carol reminded us all that next week‘s meeting is at South Congregational Church at the
usual time. She also announced that Peg Spiller is in St. Francis Hospital recuperating from hip
replacement surgery. Don Hallquist, in a sharp break with tradition, led the ―Welcome Song‖ with
his own vocal cords starting us off—his Casio alone not being quite up to the task.
Sergeant-at-Arms Dick McCarthy proved as diligent as ever. He fined Jack Ghagan, Dean
Rolland, and Dan Russell each for 32 years in Rotary. (We should compare their horoscopes.) Also,
Peter Klock reached the age of Social Security entitlement. Dick imposed the most appropriate fine,
however, on Dan Larson for his risqué performance on the speaker system at the Golf Tournament.
Dick was relieved to see the Reverends Ted Mosebach and Al Turner on the golf course together in
a prayer group pleading for Dan’s salvation. Dick even fined the president herself for attempting to
fraudulently claim the winning raffle ticket at the tournament, even though Big Jim Fallon stood up
to challenge her. Finally, Sue Klock volunteered to pay a fine for turning down her raffle prize
(what‘s wrong with a pink flamingo?)
The Golf Tournament, impeccably run as usual by Bill Saunders, finished up with 117 registered
players, 36 raffle prizes, and 3 silent auctions. The general raffle netted $3, 825. The silent auctions
(a painting by Dan Russell, a table from Dan and Loretta Dienst, and teeth whitening from Drs.
Galvin and Round) netted $1,000. The 50/50 greens contest raised $265; and the putting contest,
$105. These monies (beyond sponsorships and entry fees) totaled $5,200. The next meeting of the
golf committee will be next week at 11:30 before the luncheon. Bill encourages anyone with ideas on
ways to improve the tournament for next year to call him.
Jim Watts reminded the club that the time for Paul Harris nominations is upon us. The Paul Harris
selection committee will be meeting to make their decision in late October or early November. Please
get nomination forms from Jim or download them off our Web site.
Neal Cunningham is looking for a few good people to weather the water station for the Hartford
Road Race. Volunteers will be protected from the rain this year because the water stand will be
operated from within a convenient jewelry store on Main Street, East Hartford.
Mary Martin acknowledged the efforts of a number of people in providing hospitality for the Third
Annual Rebuilding Together Day on Saturday, September 24: Ceil Collins, Frank Collins, Dan
Firestone, Pat Gately, Dan Larson, Mary Martin, Jim Reik, George Schoen, Gil Wishart, and
Bob and Debbie Wood. Mary also thanked the Klocks and Mo Moshovos for providing coolers
and John Mozzicato for donating 30 roll-up sandwiches! Remember that folks donating their
services at events like this receive attendance credit for missed meetings. Make-ups seem to be
The raffle ticket was pulled in secret; and as Spurge announced the number, Jack Ghagan
announced that Carmen Piscatello had won. (Carmen is very shy.)
The meeting closed with one verse of ―God Bless America.‖
Respectfully submitted (really),
High Gear -- September 21, 2005
President Carol presided over what was perhaps the shortest East Hartford Rotary Club meeting
ever (no pun intended). She even beat Don Hallquist to his key board with a timely twanging of the
magic bell—excruciatingly close to Doug Willett’s right ear. The breakfast meeting at John
Mozzicato’s emporium triggered only a minor shuffling of the usual seating arrangements: it‘s hard
to teach old dogs new tricks.
The breakfast fare consisted of a groaning board filled with sausages, bacon, ham, scrambled eggs,
French toast, bagels, and more. For a Rotary club with the average age of East Hartford‘s, it was a
dangerous meal indeed.
Dress was decidedly mongrel. Even George Stewart materialized in a polo shirt—in September!
Perhaps the cause was the beautiful appearance of the golf course in the early morning sun. And the
perfect weather—the warmest September on record. That statistic might bode either good or evil for
the upcoming winter. At least we normally don‘t experience hurricanes. Chuck Clarke introduced
our one guest, Warren Westbrook; and Doug Willett and Dean Roland managed a rather off-key
Our diligent sergeant-at-arms, Dick McCarthy, blood-hounded down a furtive group of late arrivals
(7:30 am is the middle of the night for retirees), early leavers (even without a program!),
anniversaries, birthdays, and publicity hounds. Dean Roland celebrated 32 years in Rotary; John
Mozzicato, 7 years. Bloodhound McCarthy, who diligently peruses 26 newspapers (even the police
reports) every week for any villain‘s appearance in the press, fined Dan Russell for a picture of him
and his lovely wife Betty in the Glastonbury Citizen (of all places). Bob Wood also smuggled his
angelic mug into the press (the Brigton Beacon?). But the piece de resistance was Don Hallquist’s
seventieth birthday: at his request everyone had to sing ―Happy Birthday‖ to an off-key rendition on
the Casio synthesizer.
The whole club gave a spontaneous tribute to John Mozzicato for his exceptional support during the
club‘s temporary displacement from the Ridge. His only complaint? All he got for breakfast was an
Neal Cunningham is searching for people to man (person?) the water station for the annual Hartford
Run on October 8. He promises the weather will be better than Galveston‘s.
President Carol announced that the club is sponsoring a local Connecticut College student, Joe
Ramos, for a month of volunteer work in a hospital burn unit in Bolivia. Sue Klock reminded the
club that she and Peter are leading the effort to have all the Rotary Clubs in District 7890 sponsor at
least one Shelter Box for the victims of Hurricane Kristina. The board of directors has committed
East Hartford Rotary to support one Shelter Box for a donation of $900.
Even though he pretended that the waitress had not been paid off to pull the winning ticket,
Spurgeon Stokes won the raffle. At least the pot was small this week.
The meeting ended with Maestro Hallquist on the electronic keyboard in a very creative ―God Bless
Respectively submitted (sort of),
High Gear - September 14, 2005
What a beautiful day (86 degrees—55% humidity)! Rain scheduled for tomorrow.
Our piano man Don played music from Music Man before the meeting. Art Bradbury will be starring in the
production in November at the Manchester Little Theater. Don also played music from My Fair Lady, which
opens this Sunday at the Bushnell. There is a different atmosphere when Don is playing.
President Carol is on a business trip, so incoming president Dan Larson rang the bell at 12:06:14 pm. Salute to
the flag; invocation by Jim Fallon.
Most of the Rotarians were appropriately dressed today. There must be a sales event on blue sports coats, as
everyone seems to be wearing them. A former president was attired in a blue sports coat, open shirt, slacks,
sneakers, and no socks. (You can‘t change jocks!)
―Welcome Song‖ led by the illustrious Carmen Piscatello.
The menu for today was grilled chicken, sweet potato casserole (in case you were wondering), green beans,
vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. Do you really want to know all this? They also had a veggie burger,
but the vegetarians didn‘t show up. We‘ll save it for next week.
Raffle won by PDG Dick Seidman.
Sergeant-at-Arms Dick McCarthy had little to report. George Schoen had a birthday and wants Rotarians to
sing to him when he turns 70. (Comment from the audience, ―next year.‖) Larry Hangland paid generously
because he had a Timex repaired by George Agnelli and Agnelli didn‘t charge him????
Golf tournament—Bill Saunders reported we have 96 golfers and over $6,600 in prizes. We need players! Play
yourself and/or encourage others to join us. We have only a week to go.
Dan introduced District Governor Karen Andrews. She cited her goals for the upcoming year. They are
increased membership, publicity, clean water projects, 100% Foundation membership in each club, local
projects involving two clubs working together, and literacy. She will be coordinating these activities with the
presidents for further action. She cited the many past district governors in the audience, a distinction East
Hartford Rotary can be proud of.
Make-ups: Frank and Ceil Collins, Boston Zone Institute; Peter and Susan Klock, Quincy, Massachusetts; Art
Bradbury, Salo Bay, Maine; and Dan Russell, Kapolei, Hawaii.
Mary Martin: She needs coolers or ice chests for the Rebuilding Together Day. Deliver them to Mary or
call her at 291-7206.
Stu Harris: The South Congregational Church is having a golf tournament on October 8 at Keeney Park.
Neil Cunningham: The Annual Marathon water station. If interested in participating, contact Neil.
Peter Klock: Peter and Susan are regional reps for the ShelterBox USA. If interested in donating towards
this cause, please contact them.
September 21 (Wednesday), East Hartford Golf Course, BREAKFAST MEETING at 7:30 am. Golf
Committee meeting following.
September 28 (Wednesday), East Hartford Golf Course, Lunch meeting at 12:15.
I will be leaving shortly after the meeting today to attend a wake for a good friend of mine in Massachusetts.
His wife informed me that it will be a closed casket with an open bar.
High Gear - September 7, 2005
On this wonderful crisp day in September, Maestro Hallquist hastened the departure of an ugly summer
with the lyrics, ―…when autumn leaves start to fall.‖ Sounds good to me. John Shemo led us in prayer
with a reminder of our commitment to both local and global service, especially now as the southeastern
states struggle with the catastrophe named Katrina.
Lunch arrived in waves of garden salad with tangy dressing, lasagna with deep tomato meat sauce, and
strawberry jello with whipped cream and sliced pears. And summer must still be here because the iced tea
is still flowing.
Guests consisted of the husband and wife team of Jerry and Denise Hearn, here to speak to us about
Rotary‘s Shelter Box program, an unanticipated appropriate subject. The welcome song was
enthusiastically delivered by George Schoen and Ceil Collins. Bill Saunders delivered the good news
that our attendance for the month of August had risen to 81.3 % from July‘s low of 78.5%. He then
delivered his effective low-key encouragement for further support of the golf tournament, especially in
the form of more sponsors (present tally: 91 golfers, 51 sponsors).
Dick McCarthy assumed the deadly armband of the sergeant-at-arms and collected fines for Glen
Peterson’s birthday (somehow it slipped by last month—one reason that Glen is only 29 years old) and
for Mary Martin’s similar 29th birthday. Bill Secord and Glen Peterson each paid for their Rotary
anniversaries. And who enjoys baseball more than those fans who witness a victory by the Red Sox and a
loss by the Yankees on the very same day—worth every penny of the fines paid by five giddy Rotarians.
There were many late arrivals and many early leavers; but Gerry Brady’s record of late arrival was
broken by Bill Leone, who thought today was a night meeting. Steve Jacoby, who was the only one not
in attendance at the Information Committee meeting that he himself had called for today, temporarily
escaped his fine. Bill Saunders, no longer treasurer, won the raffle. Spurge Stokes thought that the
present treasurer should have won, since she so desperately needs to replace her degenerating briefcase (a
lawyer without a brief?)
Make ups consisted of Bob Wood and Dave Amberg at Bridgton, Maine; George Stewart and George
Schoen at Saco Bay, Maine; and Bill Secord at two eClub meetings.
Reminder: Our September 21 meeting will be a breakfast meeting at 7:30 at the East Hartford Golf Club;
our September 28 meeting will be a luncheon at the East Hartford Golf Club; and the meetings from
October 5 to November 2 will probably be held at South Congregational Church.
Announcement: Mary Martin needs to borrow picnic coolers or ice chests for the annual Rebuilding
Together Day event. The size that fits at least 2 six-packs or more. Please bring to the meeting on
September 14 or call Mary at work 291-7206.
Program: Frank Collins introduced today‘s speakers, Jerry and Denise Hearn, a couple from Florida
who are very active in their own Rotary district and club. Denise, as president of her Rotary club, raised
its membership from 24 to 70 in four years (if you want a job done…). For one scary moment as Jerry
began to speak, he mistook Sue Klock, who had just switched her seat, for Frank Collins. Who says
blondes have more fun?
Jerry explained the ingenious nature of the Rotary Shelter Box—400 of which were shipped to the New
Orleans area within three days after Katrina struck. Over 900 boxes have now reached disaster victims
along the I10 corridor in the South. Each box is a brawny, self-contained unit containing such essential
survival equipment as two tents, sleeping bags, a cook stove, and enough supplies and water purification
tablets to serve 10 people for 6 months. Box content can vary slightly depending on the needs of the area
into which it is sent. The United Nations has asked Rotary to sent 100,000 of these shelters to Africa over
the next three years—enough to serve a million people, mostly women and children. When sponsoring
Shelter Boxes, a Rotary Club receives information on exactly where each box is being sent, usually to a
Rotary Club somewhere near the disaster area so that we know the supplies are being efficiently delivered
to the intended targets. Rotary again demonstrates effectiveness and commitment to service.
Submitted by Bill Secord
High Gear -- August 31, 2005
Don tempered today‘s balmy and intermittently rainy weather with several spirited tunes. Our piano
player evidenced signs of impatience with Pres Carol, waiting anxiously for a hard rap to the bell. The
Very Right Reverend Mary Martin offered prayers to the hurricane victims and all those serving in the
armed forces. One could visualize her dressed in a habit. To spoil that vision she informed her tablemates
that her horse has been diagnosed by the vet as a nymphomaniac. Many at the table inquired as to the
composition of the grain used to feed the horse.
Casual attire once again ruled the day – with two Bermuda short clad Rotarians and a mere 5 dressed
properly in sports jackets. The rigid winter dress code takes effect next week.
Today‘s culinary delight included shoe-leathery sweet and sour chicken, rice and squash. Brought back
fond memories of the best of college dorm food. Mini chocolate éclairs for dessert. Two guests – Bob
Necci? from the Glastonbury club and Art Apostol from NewAlliance Bank. Art is being proposed for
membership. Any comments regarding Art should be directed to the Secretary. Marcia LeClerc and Dan
Russell led the welcome song in what also doubled as a tryout for the March of the Wooden Soldiers.
Sgt-at-arms Ghagan had little to report on today other than a Bob Richmond birthday.
Attention: Change in meeting locations. Sept 21, breakfast at the EH Country Club, Sept 21, lunch at the
EHCC, all Oct lunches at South Congregational Church. Nov 2, Vocational Service Day lunch at a place
TBD. Next week‘s speaker will discuss Shelter Box USA. 100 boxes will be shipped to the Gulf, first
time boxes will be used in the US.
Don Cramer bid the club farewell after 27 years. He was greeted by a standing ovation. Don will be
sorely missed. Good luck in NH!
Steve Jacoby called for a Community Service meeting next Wednesday at 11:30.
Peter Klock offered the joke of the week.
Makeruppers: Spiller, F Collins, C Collins.
Golf Tourney Report: Bill Saunders reported that we have 35 sponsors (need 100), 37 raffle prizes (need
75) and 56 players (need 136). Tournament is 4 weeks away. We have a very long way to go.
Raffle won by Dan Russell.
West Point Grad Fails to Marshal Troops
Dan Dienst delivered a bittersweet post mortem on last week‘s pool party. He began to thank the many
hands that labored to make the party a ―success‖. He announced no less than three casualties (including
his) apparently in part due to an inadequate labor supply. Dan proceeded to lambaste members of the
social committee for their lack of participation. He chose to read the names of every member of the social
committee and commented on their participation or lack thereof, supporting evidence be damned. An
unfortunate violation of the 4-way test. Dan informed the club that this will be the last year that he will
host such an event. Too bad as the EH Park & Rec Department is offering an evening class this fall
entitled ―Party Planning for Novices.‖ To end this tirade, Dan informed the Club that his prized bifocal
sunglasses are missing. Subsequently the Internal Audit and Investigation Committee has called in
Scotland Yard to follow up. Sounds like this party was as much fun as celebrating the last dinner on the
Titanic. The social committee has been summoned to be on hand next year to rearrange the deck chairs.
Aside from all of this, the Club extends its sincere appreciation to Loretta and Dan for the many times that
they have opened up their home to these summer socials. In every case, a memorable event.
Start Me Up
High Gear -- August 24, 2005
What a day, what an evening, what a glorious world we are blessed to inhabit! This was party
day at the Dienst‘s lovely home up on Sunset Ridge Drive and the street name certainly lived up
to its promise, as we were treated to a gorgeous setting sun.
Loretta and Dan had really let the animals out this day, for their back garden was filled
with dozens of Rotarians, as well as the inflated kind. Looking like a true Lion King, our host
Dan welcomed one and all. “The committee” had done their work well in setting up, and
guests feasted on hot dogs, hamburgs, corn, and many delicious hors d’oeuvres, salads,
main dishes and desserts. We know that it’s bad form to mention some, and leave out
others; we’ll say only that Tom Galvin, Dean Roland, and Jack Ghagan appeared to
have everything under control in the cooking department and we thank you, guys and gals
for your unselfish labors. Even Bill Saunders got into the act by exacting a $5.00
Just as we thought the evening was going splendidly, happy-Dan Larson rang the bell and
walked the presidential plank to bring about the semblance of a meeting! He lamented the
absence of President Carol for: 1) Not telling him she’d be absent, 2) Not leaving the
presidential medallion for him, and 3) being short. (Seems as though there ought to be a
fine somewhere in there – for both him and her!) Acting Pres. Dan-himself led “This is
Rotary” and many were seen nodding off by the pace. Don Hallquist & Tom Westbrook
were busily stuffing their mouths with desserts; their song leadership was sorely missed.
Though after the meal, Rev. Ted Mosebach fittingly thanked the Lord for being good to us.
There were twenty-two happy golfers who’d enjoyed the day on the links. Chair Bill
Saunders told of the many proud winners. Some folk observed that it’s not only fishermen
who can embellish the “reel” story in telling of the length of a drive or the precision of a
putt. Claimants of new balls (this editor is really trying to restrain himself!) included:
First winning team: Cecere, Peterson, Tamiso, and Wood
Second winning team: Larry & Lois Churchill, Willett, and Doe
Closest to pin #2: Clarke
Closest to pin #11: Brown
Longest drive (Men): Larson
Longest drive (Women): Churchill, Danise, & Gately
Closest to line (Women): Gately
Closest to line (Men): Peterson
Lots of folks helped in the set-up and the clean-up, and the entire evening was a joy.
Thanks, Dan and Loretta, for opening your gracious hilltop home to us. Rotarians who
weren’t there…you missed a fine time, one of the occasions of East Hartford Rotary
fellowship and fun which make our club the winner it is!
Next week? Back to the Hill. And for the Rotary Information Committee, Moe Belanger
asks that you all meet at 11:00AM, okay?
Great we could be together……..
High Gear -- August 17, 2005
The East Hartford Chapter of the AARP met once again at noon at the VMC.
Unfortunately our maestro was unavailable to play loony tunes. I thought I
was a visitor at the Ft Myers club as no less than 8 male Rotarians were
dressed in summer safari attire. Socks have also fallen out of favor with
many other male Rotarians. This author stands corrected relative to the
horse blanket that Dan Russell wore last week. In fact it was a new madras
jacket purchased but one year ago. This week stylish Dan wore the real
McCoy, a vintage madras jacket from the 60's. I'd have to flip a coin to
decide on my favorite. Herb Barall wins first prize for best looking tie.
The competition was thin however. Bob Brown sported the best looking shirt
worn by any Rotarian in the last month. Marcia LeClerc was showing off a
faded but still good looking tan. Our President presided with a virgin white
pant suit, pretty hot!
Congratulations to Bob Wood for climbing to the top of Mt. Washington with
rickety knees. Bravo!
Frank Collins offered the invocation today. He relayed bad news about a
setback in RI's battle against polio.
Today's marginal menu offered salad with pasta and sausage topped with
Reminder to new members. Pick up the attendance cards.
Our President was anything but tentative in whacking the gong today.
Our guests today included scholarship recipient Barbara Suida, J R Senak,
intern of Herb Barall's, and Olivia Spiller, granddaughter of Roy.
Art Bradbury and John Shemo led the welcome song today. Art challenged John
to show some leg. John obliged. Advice to John, keep your pants rolled down!
Our able Sgt at Arms Jack Ghagan collected numerable fines today.
Gil Wishart - a birthday with a song led by the South Congo contingent.
Bill Saunders - a birthday with no fanfare
Herb Barall - a birthday honored by a Belanger/Cecere duet
Frank Collins and Mary Martin - Rotary anniversaries
John Shemo - a rare TV appearance
Skip Guillemette - an even rarer appearance in Time magazine
Our EH Rotary Scholarship recipient Barbara Suida addressed the club
thanking one and all for the scholarship. She was EHHS's salutatorian and
will be attending UCONN in the Fall majoring in elementary education. She
was a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Teachers
of America, and captain of the badminton team.
No noon meeting next week. A big pool party at the Dienst's in the evening.
Skinny dippin reserved until after 9:00pm. Could be a great photographic
venue for Rotarians posing for the 2006 nude EH Rotary calendar. Dan needs
volunteers at 1:00 at the Ridge to transport supplies. Loretta could use
help at 2:30. If your last name ends in A-K bring a salad or side dish. L-K
brings dessert. Anyone with a last name ending in Q or Z brings booze. Golf
will at the Gilead Highlands which is near Blackledge CC. Please arrive by
Program Committee will meet on Aug 31 after the meeting.
Frazier will assume Cramer's duties for the golf tourney. Many thanks!
Cramer is looking for a few good men for partners at the Sept Golf tourney.
Raffle won by Chuck Clarke
Makeruppers - F Collins, C Collins, R Wood, R Spiller, D Cramer. What about
the rest of you derelicts?
We had God bless America to close the meeting.
Sorry to miss you next week.
Born to run
High Gear -- August 10, 2005
Our eminent pianist started us off with a medley of children‘s songs starting with this year‘s
Presidential theme song. (You all know the tune, It‘s a ….)
Our dress code has reached new lows for the summer led by the South Congo table sporting
Bermuda shorts accompanied by knobby knees. Today‘s standout was none other than local
fashion consultant, Dan Lyman Russell modeling a moth-balled 1960‘s vintage madras sports
coat. I don‘t care what anyone says, I like the look. Apprehensive bell ringer Pres Krantz was
masquerading as a diminutive Georgia peach. Mary Martin looked particularly lovely today.
The graying/balding of America is no more evident than within the august halls of the VMC on
Wednesdays‘ noon. Notice this doesn‘t apply to our female members.
Roger Nicholson briefed on his exit strategy before offering a thoughtful grace. We‘ll miss you
to be sure.
Today‘s gastronomical delight included a buffet a la Krause. Sorry ―Aw C‘mon‖, but you missed
a real treat.
Attention new members, it‘s your duty to pick up the attendance cards. It‘s a way of
familiarizing yourself with club members. Just a heads up for now. Be prepared to be chastised
in future HG editions for non-compliance.
Mo Moshovos with a jaw full introduced our only guest, his friend Arthur Apostol (rhymes with
apostle). Martin and Bradbury led the Westbrook welcome song. Mary planted a sloppy kiss on
Rev Roger in hopes of redemption. Too bad Art‘s great vocals aren‘t matched by suitable Rotary
Sgt-at-arms Johnny ―that‘s all you need to know‖ Mo listed the following fines, George Stewart
for a 58th wedding anniversary. Our hearts go out to Jay. Ceil Collins for an unidentified
birthday, Dr. Jack Martin for an introduction by Hilton Kaderli, Tom Galvin for some OB/GYN
training, Don Hallquist for his music selection, Dan Larson for a new Larson, Joseph Eric (how
to go Dorothy!), Bill Saunders for a story about his grandson, David (a 2004 EH Rotary
scholarship recipient) (check out the UCONN alumni website via EH Rotary website).
Don Pitkin is looking for recruits to volunteer as EH historians for the School to Business
Mary ―the Empress of the World‖ Martin thanked Spurgeon Stokes, Frank Collins, Ceil Collins
for their efforts in last Sunday‘s BBQ.
Picnic/pool party at Dan & Loretta Dienst‘s home on Aug 24. 4:00 for early dippers, 5:00
otherwise, bathing suits not required, great opportunity to dunk the President. Call Dan Dienst @
569-2077 to sign up. Golf that same day at Blackledge CC. Tee times from 10:00 – 10:30. Call
Bill Saunders @ 648-2842.
A progressive dinner is proposed for Nov 12. If you are willing to host a few Rotarian couples
for an entrée, call Bill Leone @ 568-3512 right away. Step up to the plate Rotarians.
The Ridge will be closed from Sept 21 – Nov 2. Woopee! Will likely meet at South Congo.
Would be interested in other venues however.
Our new elder statesman Dan Hudson Firestone referenced a letter from the School to Business
Partnership thanking Rotary for their sponsorship of Career Day. Several letters from local 3rd
graders were circulated.
Golf Chair Bill Saunders noted that we have 25 sponsors, 26 raffle prizes, and 16 golfers lined
up. The Tourney is but 6 weeks away. You do the math. Get off your butts!
We need someone to step up and replace Don Cramer to help collect and organize door prizes.
Please call Bill ASAP.
July attendance was 78.5%. Not good by any definition. Believe it or not there is an attendance
rule. For those of you that haven‘t been paying attention, don‘t be surprised if you get a pink
Maker-uppers include Frank Collins, Ceil Collins, Pat Gately, and Jackie Danise.
Today‘s raffle winner, Johnny Mo.
If you missed the Saratoga trip, it was a blast. Great to have Sir Scotty Howat on board!
If your attire next week is even questionable, be prepared to get written up. If you didn‘t get a
mention in High Gear the past two weeks, you‘ve got two more weeks to sweat out.
Born to Run
High Gear -- August 1, 2005
Dateline: BPOE Field Glastonbury, CT
Event: Glastonbury Rotary Invitational Softball Tilt
Weather: a sunny, calm and pleasant 85 degrees
The boys of summer emerged once again for our annual attempt to both exhibit our resilience,
grit and determination and risk injury to our aging bodies. Fortune would have it that our team
was supplemented by three young and able bodied Larsons and a skilled younger Cunningham.
The E H Rotary line up:
1B: Dan Larson
2B: George Schoen
SS: Jeff Larson
3B: Glenn Larson
LF: Eric Larson
LC: Mike Cunningham
RC: Neal Cunningham
RF: Bob Richmond
C: Glenn Peterson
P: John Shemo
Range of age of EH team: 44-67
# of EH Rotarians participating: 6
Do these stats signal a need to invite younger members to join our club?
The EH cheerleading contingent was thin but enthusiastic.
The EH squad started off with a 3-0 lead with some strong hitting and fine defensive plays. The
middle innings were subject to a mild defensive letdown. Pitcher Shemo suffered a severe
contusion to his right thigh after being hit by an errant throw to first base. This brave soul
refused to be replaced with a base runner and played out the rest of the game. First baseman Dan
Larson successfully fielded a hard throw to the breadbasket. Fortunately there was plenty of
padding to soften the blow. The GL club battled back to take the lead. The EH club came back
to lead 7-6 going into the bottom of the 5th and final inning .A tremendous blast by a GL lefty
with a runner on ended the game at 7:00, dinnertime.
Thanks to Dan and Neal for bringing their capable entourage. Isn‘t it time our younger Rotarians
got off their butts to participate in extracurricular activities? Our days of participating in this long
standing tradition continue to wane. LET‘S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Dinnertime: Nice to see Bob ―Can‘t Keep Me Down ―Brown, Bob ―Dodge‖ Popp, and Frank
―Son of Mohegan‖ Kresson.
The Greeks had their way tonight. Food that is. Entrees choices included roast lamb and pork
supplemented by rice and eggplant. A Greek salad on the side. Baklava for dessert. This was a
Mo ―I Don‘t Share My Photos‖ Moshovos delight.
An old EH man Barry Callahan presided as president of the GL club. EH President Krantz
extended thanks to the GL club in spite of the sobering loss. GL Captain John Dufford chided
EH for loosing in spite of bringing in the ringers. EH captain Neal basically told him to shut the
hell up. The balance of the meeting was essentially uneventful. Nice to be able to renew our
friendship with the GL club.
Back by popular demand, and
Born to Run
High Gear -- July 27, 2005
A quiet, routine feeling to today‘s meeting, with many Rotarians wearing shorts to help cope
with the oppressive heat outside the building. President Carol presided serenely over the session,
ignoring the strains of ―It‘s a small world, after all‖ which once again emanated from our piano
player, and discounting the miniature bell that appeared in front of her place setting. Adding to
the serenity was the quietly eloquent blessing delivered by the Rev. Roger Nicholson, taking a
break from his interim mission of inspiring the faithful in neighboring Simsbury. The menu of
chef‘s salad and mint chocolate chip ice cream blended nicely with the mood in the room.
Our guests today were two of our scholarship recipients, Nick Fulco and Nathan Zebedeo, both
recent East Catholic grads and matriculates to Boston College and NYU, respectively. Also
sharing our meal was Anne Fulco, Nick‘s mom and the former Probate Judge in town. Larry
Hangland and Pat Gately lead the Welcome song and Pat was both surprised and chagrined to be
presented with her permanent membership badge: surprised because it arrived so soon after her
induction to the Club and chagrined because it lacked an ―e‖ in the spelling, rendering it
immediately useless. Corrective steps will be taken.
Dan Dienst stepped in at the last minute as Sergeant at Arms and announced a few fines for late
arrivals and no pins. John Shemo paid for a birthday, and Bob Wood (20), Art Bradbury (37) and
Dan, himself, (9) paid for club anniversaries.
On the Injured Reserve Report, we heard the following: John McNaughton is recuperating from
a broken leg from a domestic mishap; Gil Wishart is home after a disc operation; Carmen
Piscatello‘s sister passed away; Bob Brown is doing well after heart surgery and hopes to play
golf soon; and Jim Sheehan successfully reduced the size of his tumor and is now headed into six
weeks of chemo with a positive prognosis. Cards and phone calls would be in order.
Announcements this week:
Next Monday evening is our annual visit with Glastonbury Rotary at the Elks Club.
Softball game to be followed by meal and fellowship. No noon meeting at the Ridge next
Saratoga Trip on Sunday, August 7. Meet at the Clubhouse at 8:15. Snacks and
sandwiches will be provided. Welcome to bring own coolers on the bus.
The Golf Tournament has 19 sponsors and 14 players to date. Now is the time to come to
the aid of the party.
Mark August 24 on your calendars. In lieu of our regular meeting, we will enjoy an
evening picnic at the Diensts‘ home. There will also be a golf outing that day.
Peter Klock has UConn Tickets available for order until August 5th. See or call him for
Mary Martin is still looking for a couple of volunteers to man the ticket booth at the BBQ
Cook-off on August 7th.
Bill Saunders was our raffle winner today and he bought the beer après golf with his winnings.
What a guy!
That‘s it for now. My month as editor has flown by. My sincere apologies to any I‘ve offended
with my piquant sense of humor. I know there is at least one who took umbrage with my
For now I think I‘ll go sit next to Mariano Rivera in the bullpen and wait for a save opportunity.
Probably in late October. Right, Ruthie? WDOUGW
High Gear -- July 20, 2005
How hard was it to get to Rotary today? Well, for some of us who came in from I-84, we had to
endure a detour that took us down Oak Street, along Forest, and up Forbes before we could see
our way clear to the Ridge. Others skipped it entirely so they could get a head start on the Past
Presidents‘ Picnic tonight. And then there was one of us who ran out of gas on the way for the
second week in a row. Maybe, just maybe, he was heard to concede, his gas gauge might be
broken. Do you think? Duh!
Regardless, those who arrived for our weekly breaking of bread arrived safely and in a good
Rotary mood. Our erstwhile President returned behind the podium this week, struggling mightily
to be heard over the din. A more forceful ringing of the bell might help.
The Introduction of Guests was a little rocky, with our rookie President having a hard time
spotting the guests over the Rotarians seated in front of her (―must be a little short-sighted,‖
commented one wag willing to forfeit a buck). But ultimately, all were recognized and they
included Jack McCormick, a cousin of Peggy Schoen; John Murawski, one of our scholarship
recipients; Sharon Fitzgerald, unashamed to admit in public that she is the smarter and better
looking sibling of Dan Larson; and old pal, Roger Nicholson, who declared he had ―chased the
devil out of Pittsburgh‖ and was harassing Him in Simsbury for the next few weeks. It is always
good to see the itinerant Reverend. In the absence of our piano player, Tom Westbrook and Art
Bradbury lead a rousing Welcome Song.
Marcia LeClerc, missing in action as sergeant – at –arms last week, returned with a flourish
today, demanding reparations from those who ―mocked‖ her last week, namely Dan Larson who
was certainly guilty as charged, Tom Galvin, who had the good sense to skip today‘s meeting,
and President Carol, who had nothing whatsoever to do with it. Fines were collected from Bill
Leone and Skip Guillemette, for birthdays. Skip‘s qualified him for the 70 Club, and was
combined with a wedding anniversary. Lots of no pins, late arrivals and early leavers paid as
On the announcement front:
The Board approved a donation to the American Lung Association.
The meeting of Committee Chairs scheduled for next week has been postponed until date
to be announced.
Beginning August 10, meal prices will increase $1, one dollar, to meet increase
received from our caterer.
Mary Martin thanked those who volunteered for the Disaster Drill next Wednesday and
solicited volunteers for the Barbeque Contest at Martin Park on Sunday, August 7th. Five
or six Rotarians are needed to sell food tickets between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Also
opportunities available on Saturday for two people to direct vendors to assigned spots.
This is a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift. See Mary.
Golf Committee meeting next week at 11:30 a.m.
Dick McCarthy won the raffle yet again. No makeups reported this week. That does it for now.
Short and sweet. WDOUGW
p.s. No need to look back now, Ruthie, they are standing right beside you!
High Gear -- July 13, 2005
For a minute there, it appeared that we were about to experience the shortest presidency in East
Hartford Rotary history. After just one meeting behind the podium, President Carol was nowhere
to be seen. President Elect Dan Larson had donned the Rotary medallion and was wielding the
presidential baton with a haughty authority. But he soon assured us that all was well with our
leader. She was just tied up in a business commitment. So the prospect of a short presidency was
alleviated, in at least that sense of the word.
Instead, our lone guest, Steve Brodie, Dan Dienst‘s son-in-law, and a goodly crowd of local
Rotarians were treated to the boisterous Dan and Tom Show. In addition to Dan Can‘t Hold My
Gas Larson as acting president, we were subjected to Tom You Can Call Me Marcia If You
Want To Galvin as sergeant at arms. A volatile and riotous combination, if there ever was one.
An eloquent grace by the Reverend Dan Russell preceded our repast of open-faced bacon, lettuce
and turkey sandwiches and modest slices of chocolate cake. Not bad, but then, other than Moe
Belanger, who comes to Rotary for the meal?
No, we come to watch Don Pitkin leading the welcome song, earning both a goose and a new
badge from our acting president. We come to witness a mincing Tom Galvin levy fines on
himself, ―sixty-four and damned glad to be here‖ and Mo Moshovos, ―seventy-one and still a
cheap bastard‖ for birthdays and an entire table for their Enron like swiping of the president‘s
baton, ―squeeze one and the others will tumble like flies.‖
When some semblance of decorum was restored, we got to the few announcements today:
Empress Martin reminded one and all of the Mock Disaster Drill next Wednesday (see
her for directions) and the School Supplies Collection ending in two weeks.
She also put in a plug for the Rockville Rotary Golf Tournament to be held July 25th at
Ellington Ridge. They need golfers and can be reached at 860-731-5500 x170 (Paul
Past President Neal Cunningham reminded his fellows of the Past Presidents‘ Picnic next
Wednesday in East Hampton. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and Dinner at 6:00. Come early if
you want a boat ride or Rotary Fellowship. Contact Neal at 860-623-0144 if you know of
someone (non-member Past Presidents and/or deceased Past Presidents‘ wives) who
should be invited.
Larry Frazier won the raffle today and we had one makeup submitted – Lionel Lessard at
Rockville. There was no program, so after a rousing verse of God Bless America, we adjourned
to the golf course. Another memorable session in the books.
In closing, a paraphrase of the immortal Satchel Paige…‖ Don‘t look behind just yet, Ruthie, but
someone is definitely gainin on ya‘.‖ ‗Till next week. WDOUGW
High Gear -- July 6, 2005
―It‘s a Small World, After-All…‖ And so it began. Our diminutive diva, microphone firmly in
hand (not tall enough to speak into the podium microphone holder) called her first meeting as
President to order while being serenaded by one and all. Rumor had it that she was blushing as
the serenade continued but there were too many normal sized Rotarians seated at the tables in
front of the podium to see her clearly. Bill Flynn, making what might be his last official attempt
to intercede with the Almighty on behalf of this Club, mercifully refrained from any ―short‖
jokes in his blessing.
Nick Cecere and Doug Willett led a rousing edition of the Welcome Song in honor of Rick
Lawrence from Manchester, Conrad Thamm from Avon-Canton and Joe Senak, an intern with
Herb Barall. Sergeant At Arms Mark Sirois, filling in for Danny Got Some Kind of Bug Larson,
reported on a series of minor infractions, and scored big on Gil Wishart‘s 49th wedding
anniversary, Jim Fallon‘s new grandson, Henry Joseph Maytum, and President Carol‘s
daughter‘s birthday. Valerie is a real Yankee Doodle Dandy, born of the Fourth of July.
As usual, we had our share of announcements, to wit:
Annual Softball Game and Meeting with Glastonbury is set for Monday, August
1st. No Wednesday meeting that week.
Meeting of the Golf Committee next week, July 13, at 11:30 a.m.
High Gear Committee is short a couple of writers for this year. Volunteers are
encouraged to speak to Sue Klock or Doug Willett.
Mary Martin called attention to the opportunities for volunteerism listed on the
pink sheets on the tables and reminded the Club that the School Supplies effort is
wrapping up on July 28th.
Larry Hangland reported on the Scholarship Committee results. Twenty-one
applications were received, with four $2500 scholarships being awarded. Larry
expressed concern with the systemic issues that make it difficult to award
applicants from Synergy and Cheney Tech. The Committee will attempt to
mitigate these issues in the coming year.
The Past Presidents‘ Picnic will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at the Clubhouse
on the Stewart‘s lake. Official picnic begins at 5:00 p.m. with catered dinner set
for 6:00 p.m. but George is encouraging early arrivals (anytime after 2:00 p.m.)
for those who would like to go on a boat ride or just enjoy Past President
President Carol is calling a meeting of all committee chairs for July 27th at which
time she will be collecting committee goals and plans for the year.
Peter Klock presented the Club with a banner from the Rotary One Club in Chicago, Paul
Harris‘s home club and the first club in Rotary history. Others who had make-ups at the
International Convention were Frank and Ceil Collins, Steve Jacoby, Sue Klock and Doug
Willett. Jim Fallon won the raffle today. There was no program.
All in all, this first meeting, although a little short, was quite successful. But it is going to be
very hard to resist tormenting our new President with vertically challenged jokes all year, so I
have a modest proposal. Let‘s agree that every time someone makes a reference to our
President‘s height from this point forward, the transgressor be fined One U.S. Dollar and, at the
end of the year, all proceeds be given to the Rotary Foundation in President Carol‘s honor. For
example, say I‘m tempted to recall the words of the wise guy who said, ―Never trust short
people. Their brains are too close to their bottoms.‖ That is certainly worth a buck to a good
cause. I‘ll brief you again next week. WDOUGW