The FAIRFIELD ROTARY CLUB’S DRUMMER
Drummer Notes by: Jim Hughes
Date: April 26, 2010
Fairfield Rotary Foundation Officers Fairfield Rotary Officers
PRESIDENT Walter Leask PRESIDENT Norma Peterson
VICE PRESIDENT Marje Tracy PRESIDENT-ELECT Chris Johnson
TREASURER Richard Huber VICE PRESIDENT PROGRAMS Paul Greatsinger
SECRETARY Tim Russell VICE PRESIDENT INTERN'TL SERVICE Debbie Clancy
VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE Ben Williamson
TRUSTEES: Harry French, Renato Gasparian, Paul VICE PRESIDENT CLUB SERVICE Steve Elworthy
Barnes, Doug Williams, Peter Penczer, VICE PRESIDENT VOCATIONAL SERVICE Tony Derbyshire
VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS Gary Kealey
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS: Janet Barillari, Gene Richter, TREASURER Janet Barillari
Roy Cant, Ernie Karkut, Norma Peterson SECRETARY Art Grob
VICE PRESIDENT ROTARY FOUNDATION Mike Pida
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Troy Amuso &
DISTRICT GRANT COORDINATOR Peter Penczer
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT George Markley
MAKE UP MEETINGS IN THE LOCAL AREA
Town Day Place Time
Bridgeport Sunrise Thursday Krazy Joe's Cafe 7:45 AM
Bridgeport Tuesday Holiday Inn @ 1070 Main Street 12:15 PM
Black Rock-BPT Tuesday Dish @ 2889 Fairfield Ave, Black Rock 6:00 PM
Darien Friday Darien Public Library 12:15 PM
Devon Wednesday Stonebridge Restaurant 7:45 AM
Milford Thursday Aldario’s Restaurant 12:15 PM
Monroe Thursday Whitney Farms Golf Club 7:30 AM
Shelton/Derby Thursday Connie’s Restaurant 12:15 PM
Stamford Tuesday Holiday Inn Select 12:15 PM
Stratford Tuesday Oronoque Country Club 12:15 PM
Trumbull Friday Trumbull Public Library 7:30 AM
Westport Tuesday Inn at Longshore 12:15 PM
Westport Sunrise Friday Bobby Q's Barbeque 7:30 AM
Wilton Friday Portofino Restaurant 12:15 PM
Check the District web-site for additional Rotary meetings in Connecticut. Check the R.I. website
for meetings throughout the world.
Visit Your Club’s Website at: http://www.fairfieldrotary.org
Visit the Rotary District 7980 Website at: http://www.rotary7980.org
Visit the Rotary International Website at: http://www.rotary.org
Fairfield Rotary Club members Gary Kealey & President Norma Peterson presents a very
Phoebe Leask along with staff members @ valuable program on emergency preparedness as
Bridgeport Rescue Mission serve dinner from the part of the Town of Fairfield’s CERT Training:
Bridgport Rescue Mission mobile meal truck. See “Certified Emergency Response Team”
Schedule of Events
Event Date Time Location
Meeting: Graduate Study Exchange guests Mon May 3 12:15 PM Gaelic American Club
Meeting: Nick Willett re FFLD YMCA Mon May 10 12:15 PM GAC
Meeting: JD Benedictus of SHU Mon. May 17 12:15 PM GAC
Meeting: Student Recognition Luncheon Mon May 24 12:15 PM GAC
ROTARACT “Rib Fest PIG-out” Tues. Apr. 27 11:30 -3:30 Fairfield University campus
First Congregation Church-
FOLLIES Spaghetti Dinner-fundraiser Fri Apr 30 6:30 PM
Fairfield (behind GAC)
Relay for Life-American Cancer Society
Fri April 30 All nighter FLHS & Ffld Univ
May 20, 21, except Sun. Bunnell HS, 1 Bulldog Blvd.,
FOLLIES Show weekend;Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
22 & 23 Matinee @ 2 Stratford, CT
Schedule of Events
Club Visionary Project Meeting TBD TBA
VAZZY’S @ Fairchild-
Pass the Gavel Dinner Weds June 30 6:00 PM
1. PLEASE BE SURE YOU SIGN IN AT EACH MEETING.
2. PLEASE BE SURE TO GIVE CLUB SECRETARY, Art Gob, ALL MAKE-UPS SO THEY CAN BE INCLUDED IN
THE ATTENDANCE REPORTS. THESE INCLUDE:
• VISITING OTHER CLUBS (near and far)
• ADDITIONAL ROTARY MEETINGS (e.g. any committee or BOD meetings)
• OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATING TO OUR CLUB (e.g. Read Aloud, cooking at Prospect House or at the
Operation Hope Tag Sale, giving rides for Follies, helping out at our Golf Tourney, to name just a few)
GET YOUR MAKE-UP INFORMATION TO ART GROB BY THE END OF EACH MONTH.
You are also encouraged to invite your spouse, partners, or family members to attend Rotary functions,
including regular luncheon meetings.
Door/ Drummer Duty
Date Drummer Duty Door Duty
05/03/10 Jim Hughes Russ Miller & Oscar Recalde
05/10/10 Jim Hughes John Marshall Lee & Dennis Oligino
05/17/10 Jim Hughes Bob Price & Bill Palmer
05/24/10 Jim Hughes Mike Ratner & Demetri Raptopolous
05/31/10 NO MEETING NO MEETING B/C MEMORIAL DAY
06/07/10 Jim Hughes Gary Raytar & TBA
06/14/10 Jim Hughes Tim Russell & Brian Silvestro
If you have door duty, please show up by 12 Noon or sooner to help set-up.
The meeting was called to order by our President Norma Peterson
George Markley led us in the pledge.
Bob Price led us in O’ Beautiful.
Bob Price provided an inspirational blessing reminding us to recognize and appreciate all the good
things and people around us.
Ed Michaels & Tony Vogl handled this week’s Door Duty.
NEW FEATURE: WEEKLY QUOTE TO CONSIDER: This one celbrates the 446th Birthday
Anniversary of William Shakespeare on April 23, 2010:
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Tempest, Act IV, scene I
NEW FEATURE: WEEKLY ROTARY FOUNDATION THOUGHT is about the
Rotary Peace & Conflict Studies Program:
This is about how our club and district can support the Rotary Peace & Conflict Studies Program-a
professional development program that is strengthing the leaders of today for peace. Beyond supporting
the program financially, clubs and districts can actively recruit qualified applicants for each bi-annual
program session. Each district can submit as many candidiates for each program session as they deem
qualified. As one alumnus recently put it, “The program has been nothing short of fantastic. I couldn’t
ask for more.” Give peace a fighting chance by opening the door for candidiates in your ddistrict.
When you choose to support our Rotary Foundation you are making a difference in two ways: you
are changing lives and you are literally saving lives. What an amazing thing to be able to say!
Only if Every Rotarian makes a gift to the Annual Programs Fund Every Year, (EREY) will we be
able to continue to do the great work of our Rotary Foundation.
Please contact member MIKE PIDA who is this year’s V.P. Rotary Foundation @
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and/or if you wish to make a donation to EREY.
NEW FEATURE: NAME THAT MOVIE QUOTE: This week’s quotes are from the same movie.
(Find the answer at end of the Drummer)
“ The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle. The chalice from the palace has the
brew that is true.””
NEW WEEKLY FEATURE: IMPORTANT FOOD ITEMS NEEDED BY OPERATION HOPE:
Please donate some of the following food items by bringing same to our meeting or dropping off same
@ the Operation Hope Food Pantry: (NB, if you are a volunteer at Operation Hope Food Pantry, be sure
to ask the staff what foods they are lacking and we will try to update our list each week.
5. diapers #3;
9. flavored rice;
Guests today included:
Christina Klecker-Fairfield Univ Rotaract Club
Paul Dillon-guest of Jim Hughes
Don D’Andrea- membership application pending
DR. Paul Krubiner guest of George Markley
Patricia Mattison- membership application pending
None this week
1. advised that we will walk the Memorial Day Parade route and collect non-perishable food
items to be donated to Homes for the Brave. We will need lots of volunteers on Memorial Day to
make this a success. Thanks to member Bill Palmer for donating use of his truck. More to
2. FOLLIES is selling raffle tickets for $5 each…Rotarians are being asked to commit to sell 10
tickets. FIRST PRIZE is $1,000 to Best Buy; SECOND PRIZE is $500 to Home Depot asnd
THIRD PRIZE is $200 to Stop & Shop. PLEASE HELP FOLLIES BY SELLING YOUR
TICKETS ASAP. The drawing will be Sunday May 23rd at the Matinee Show.
FOLLIES PASTAPOLOOZA will be held next Fri night April 30th @ 6:30 PM @ First Church
Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield. COST: $10 for adults and students; Cildren 5 & under are
FREE; Raffle & Silent auction items will be available. Contact Deb Clancy if you would like to make a
donation to this FUNdraiser for FOLLIES.
ERNIE KARKUT is seeking volunteers to sign-up for the FOLLIES SHOWS which will be held this
year @ BUNNELL HS IN STRATFORD Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sunday May 20-23rd.. Ernie will pass
around a sign up sheet at the meeting.
1. On Thursday May 27, 2010 we have a special meeting, along with a faciliatator from District
Rotary to discussthe “Club Visionary Project”. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss
our club’s “BIG PICTURE’ as to what we think our Club should be focusing on and doing in the
next 5-10 and 15 years; We are looking to do some soul searching and long-term planning;
2. We have set up @ same table near entrance a place for George Markley to solicit you to please
buy some gift certificates; Please support our Gift Certicate Program by making weekly
purchases for stores you would normally use and also a great idea for gift certidficates for
3. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out @ Amber Alert registration where wqe registered
about 100 children;
Past Pres. George Markley advised that, to date, we have raised over $1500 and further explained the
Rotary Gift Certificate Program, wherein you can buy script a/k/a pre-paid certificates (in various
denominations:$25, $50 OR $100) for your normal household purchases from many local stores
including, but not limited to: SHAW’S, STOP & SHOP, PEA POD, CVS, MARSHALLS, TJ MAX,
HOMEGOODS, RITEAIDE, WALGREENS, BORDER’S BOOK STORE, etc. plus many hotels &
restaurants. NB: It costs you nada, zippo, zero and our Fairfield Rotary Club will make $4 per every
$100 sold; It’s a great fundraiser so BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK TO EACH MEETING. You can
also email your orders to George @ GCMarkley@aol.com
George also asked for volunteers to drive for FOLLIES. Contact Gary Raytar @
email@example.com if are able to help out;
Christina Klecker of Fairfield University ROTARACT CLUB is seeking help from our membership
for the Rotaract Club RIBFEST to be held on campus on Tuesday April 27th from 11:30 am to 3:30 PM;
Please plan to drop by for lunch @ the Oakroom Patio. All Rotarians are invited to attend or assist with
the event. Contact Christina @ Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out in any way.
Please feel free to invite folks whom you believe would make great Rotarians….
Don D’Andrea’s (owner/operator of Bellus Contractors) application for membership was approved by
the Board at its April 14th meeting. His names will be posted for 2 weeks in the Drummer, after which,
assuming no objection, he will be inducted. The membership is asked to advise members of the Board if
they know of any reason why Don’s application should be denied.
NONE THIS WEEK!
P.P. (Past President) Terry Medlin thanked all who helped serve meals last
week @ BPT Rescue Mission;
I. P.P (Immediate Past Pres.) George Markley thanked all who helped out
last Saturday with Amber Alert Registration;
P.P John Marshall Lee had a great trip to Ireland and thanked his team who
helped serve meals @ BPT Rescue Mission; .
Susan Stearn, who has previously lived in Italia, had a super trip to Florence
a/k/a Firenze where she attended 2 Rotary Club meetings and brought home a
flag from each club.
Paul Barnes: survived (& truly enjoyed) a family trip to the Bronx Zoo with
5 of 6 of his grandkids;
Pat Mattison recalled her study abroad in Germany in 1963 when President J
F Kennedy was assinated and the entire city was lit with candles placed in
each window to honor Pres. Kennedy, who they loved so much.
Chad Stewart son’s baseball team did well last weekend;
Deb Clancy’s daughter’s HS softball team was doing well, but now her
daughter is on the sidelines with a fractured wrist;
Marje Tracy is asking every Rotarian to please sell 10 rafffle tickets @ $5
each to help raise some much needed funds for the FOLLIES Program. FYI
all the prizes were purchased through our own club’s Gift Certificate
Program; See Marje or Deb Clancy or Jim Hughes for Raffle ticket packets;
This week’s speaker was our own Rotary Club President Norma Peterson . Norma, who is a retired
personal injury lawyer has been uber involved in all things community oriented, especially emergency
preparedness. She is also a member of the Town of Fairfield Police Commission and is actively involved
in Emergency training and preparedness courses. Here are some pertinent points for consideration:
1. The Town has a “reverse 911” calling ability to notify residents of any serious emergency or
disaster events. Thus, in addition to radio, TV and local sirens blasting, the Town can call
residents at their home and/or cell phone #s and advise them of the potential emergency threat;
2. Norma is a member of CERT “Commission on Emergency Response Team. CERT has recently
expanded from 22 to 40 members by virtue of a new class of graduates who took an intense round
of classes to be prepared for emergcy response events; Norma is one of the instructors;
3. Disaster events are varied and include the stong storms and/or hurricanes which can hit our coastal
areas; Flooding from severe storms; chemical spills on Rte 95 or elsewhere; Fires in large
residential complexes, i.e condo complex; Potential natural disaster or large scale man-made
disaster (think-terrorist event) occurring in tri state metropolitan area, etc.
4. Police Chief Felner is in charge of the Town’s Department of Emergency Management and he is
assited by his Deputy Chief Art Reed;
5. Please be sure to evacuate your home if ordered to do so, although the Town can’t foricably
remove you. Just know that at some point the rescue teams will no longer be able to assist you due
to their own safety concerns;
6. Be sure to have and share an agreed upon a predetermined “phone chain” central calling point so
separated relatives can make contact as to each person’s wherabouts and condition;
7. If you are evacuated, secure your home, closing all windows, doors, fireplace dampers or any
device that draws outside air & shut off all unnecessary appliances;
8. Always have a “DISASTER SUPPLY KIT” ready. this would include:
1 gallon water p/p per day; need 3-day supply;
Manual can opener (cork screw wine opener is optional)
Battery operated radio w/ extra batteries
Flashlight w/ extra batteries
First aid kit
Prerscription medicines and written list of same;
Map of local area and list of alternative personel shelters
CASH and credit cards;
Practical clothing and shoes, gloves, extra blankets
DUCT TAPE and plastic sheeting
NORMA WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME & YOUR INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION;
WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU IN OUR COMMUNITY AND AS OUR CLUB
PRESIDENT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US.
This week’s raffle prize was a DUNKIN DONUTS gift certificate which was won by
FYI: This week’s quote was made by Hubert Hawkins (played by comedic actor of Hollywood &
Broadway fame Danny Kaye) in the 1956 movie : THE COURT JESTER .
PLEASE TRY TO SOLICIT & DELIVER SOME GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES TO OUR
CLUB FOR FUTURE DRAWINGS…IF YOU HAVE EVER WON THE RAFFLE BEFORE,
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION FOR NEXT WEEK’S RAFFLE AS WE ARE
DIRE NEED OF FINE ITEMS.