The FAIRFIELD ROTARY CLUB’S DRUMMER Drummer Notes by: Ben Williamson Date: April 13, 2009 2008 2009 Fairfield Rotary Officers 2008-2009 PRESIDENT PRESIDENT-ELECT VICE PRESIDENT PROGRAMS VICE PRESIDENT INTERN'TL SERVICE VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE VICE PRESIDENT CLUB SERVICE VICE PRESIDENT VOCATIONAL SERVICE VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS TREASURER SECRETARY ASST. SECRETARY VICE PRESIDENT ROTARY FOUNDATION HONORARY SECRETARY SERGEANT-AT-ARMS IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT George Markley Norma Peterson Jim Hughes Christopher Johnson Gary Kealey Steve Elworthy Mike Pida Ben Williamson Janet Barillari Mary-Margaret Weber Art Grob Renato Gasparian Bran Shaw Paul Greatsinger & Tony Derbyshire Bill Llewellyn Slate of Rotary Foundation Officers 2008-2009 President Walter Leask Vice President Norma Peterson Treasurer Richard Huber Secretary Tim Russell Trustees: Harry French, Renato Gasparian, Paul Barnes, Doug Williams, Peter Penczer, Marje Tracy, Terry Medlin, Kevin Lesko, Bill Llewellyn Ex-Officio members: Janet Barillari, Gene Richter, George Markley, Roy Cant, Ernie Karkut, MAKE UP MEETINGS IN THE LOCAL AREA Town: Bridgeport Sunrise Bridgeport Darien Devon Milford Monroe Shelton/Derby Stamford Stratford Trumbull Westport Westport Sunrise Wilton Day: Thursday Tuesday Friday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Thursday Tuesday Tuesday Friday Tuesday Friday Friday Place: Krazy Joe's Cafe Holiday Inn @ 1070 Main Street Cookhouse Restaurant Stonebridge Restaurant Aldario’s Restaurant Whitney Farms Golf Club Connie’s Restaurant Holiday Inn Select Oronoque Country Club Trumbull Public Library Inn at Longshore Bobby Q's Barbeque Silvermine Tavern Time: 7:45AM 12:15 PM 12:15PM 7:45AM 12:15PM 7:30AM 12:15PM 12:15PM 12:15PM 7:30AM 12:15PM 7:30AM 12:15PM 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: WWW.FAIRFIELDROTARY.ORG The Beacon www.rotary7980.org Schedule of Events Event Weekly Meeting: Carol Birks, Principal of Harding HS Date Apr 20th Time 12:15 PM Location Gaelic-American Club Amber Alert Weekly Meeting: Ariela Sarai on how to stay positive in this environment Apr 25th 10:00 AM St. Pius Church Apr 27th 12:15 PM Gaelic-American Club Weekly Meeting: Special Polio Plus Program Weekly Meeting: Jane Norgern w/ Sharon MackwellInternational institute Weekly Meeting: Student Recognition Luncheon No Meeting – Memorial Day – Please help with the Parade May 4th 12:15 PM Gaelic-American Club May 11th 12:15 PM Gaelic-American Club May 18th 12:15 PM Gaelic-American Club May 25th Attendance Reminder: 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 WEBER BY THE END OF EACH MONTH. (firstname.lastname@example.org) You are also encouraged to invite your spouse, partners, or family members to attend Rotary functions, including regular luncheon meetings. Door/ Drummer Duty Date 4/20/09 4/27/09 Drummer Duty Door Duty Chad Stewart and Karen Ronald Andy Vossler and Doug Williams If you have door duty, please show up by 12 Noon or sooner to help set-up. Opening The meeting was called to order by President Elect Norma Peterson. Bob Price led us in a rousing rendition of “Take Me out to the Ballgame”. Jim Hisey led us in an inspirational prayer Guests Guests today included: Teachers from Ludlowe: David Nulf and Chris Parisi Student Speakers: Gavin Tisdale Dieja Olerson Kelly Ganley Incoming member Acho Dikko Mark Smith – prospective member, approved by Board Gary Kealey’s daughter Dennis Olignal Ted Ervin – an old friend Art Randolph Rotarian from New Haven Club Announcements 1. Dave Peck – provided a Police Department Update: a. They have a Community Project at South Benson Marina, bathrooms refurbished through donations from the community. Will be a $200,000 building costing the town only $10,000. There will be a Mariners Memorial Walk with brick pavers for sale. Contact Dave at FPDCOP100@aol.com if you are interested. b. Police Explorers – Fundraiser this weekend, Shred Day at the Police Department at 100 Reef Road, 9 AM to 12 PM. $10 a box, up to 35 lbs of paper. 2. Gary Kealey – Sign up for Amber Alert – 2 shifts, 9:30 to 12:30 and 12:30 to 4 PM a. Operation Hope available bags b. Still looking for Amber Alert Sponsors - $50 c. Relay for Life Team on June 6th – stay at Ludlowe over night – 7-15 people, looking for a captain. Meeting for Captains on April 21st. Let Gary know if you are interested. 3. Jim Hughes – Follies rehearsals are going on, we always need drivers, to and from Central High School. Contact Phoebe email@example.com if you can help 4. Sheryl Shaughnessey – GSE from Central America, Welcome Brunch at New Haven Country Club on this Sunday, if you would like to join Sheryl 5. Marje Tracy – Reserve the dates Fundraisers on May 3rd, Pasta Lunch 1:30 to 3:30 and Dodgeball Tournament on May 15th from 6 to 9 at hillcrest tournament - $200 for 6 players, $250 for 9. 6. Norma Peterson – District Assembly on Thursday, April 23rd at the Sheraton Four Points in Meriden. She needs to know by Wednesday or Thursday if anyone is interested in going, email Norma at firstname.lastname@example.org. a. George let Norma know there is a Speaker sponsored by the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Group on April 28th from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. 7. John Lee all attorneys should be here next week! You heard about a how a dream can create experiences like the Lewis & Clark trip. New Membership Iheanacho Dikko (“Acho”) – Owner and Broker at GS Funds. Lives in Fairfield, is a Notary Public and Recreation includes airplane pilot. Looking to make a difference. Mark Smith – Investment Manager at Sophis Investments who is moving their office to Fairfield from NYC. Lives in Trumbull and serves as an elected official on the Board of Finance. Married with no children. Bill Palmer - Landscape Contractor, sponsored by Dave Peck. Served as a soccer coach and has traveled within the US and to Nicaragua to work on charitable projects RI - EREY 2008-09 The following members have made their donation or committed to a donation for EREY this year, thank you! Paul Barnes John Beckmann Pete Ambrose Walt Dunn Renato Gasparian Robert Harvey Chris Johnson Ernie Karkut Walt Leask John Lee Bill Llewellyn George Markley Terry Medlin Peter Penczer Norma Peterson Gene Richter Tim Russell David Schmidt Penny Stevens Marje Tracy Doug Williams Ben Williamson Student Guests Just Because 1) Ted Ervin said it was great to be back, a lot of new faces. Looks like the club is doing well. Misses everyone. Can’t join the Guilford club as he is busy as a stay-at-home dad. 2) Ed Micheals presented Mark Graham money for the NCAA Tourney Pool. 3) Mark Graham – for Missou taking out UConn’s Mojo in the Tourney and donated $200 to the Foundation from his winnings 4) Sheryl Shaughnessey had a thank you for Mark Graham, a welcome for Ted Ervin, and a thank you for Chief Peck helping with GSE 5) Debbie Clancy - for Phoebe thanking the drivers last week, no drivers needed this week. Ad books for Follies. Donations needed for Follies, anything is appreciated 6) Paul Barnes for not being here and for doing Intertax at the Senior Center (doing taxes for the elderly). A lot of people make it on small amounts of money - $7,000 a year, and live in this town; it is amazing they can get by. Going in for some surgery in early May. 7) Jim Hughes for pride for the Fairfield Education System - great teachers! 8) Jim Hamilton for freeing the hostage held by the Somali Pirates. 9) Dave Peck thanked Norma and others for showing up to the Red Cross Breakfast and Jim Perez as his guest. Program Dave Nulf & Chris Parisi & students on Lewis & Clark Experience Jim Hughes introduced our speakers, his kids went through Fairfield schools and he got to meet these teachers who were wonderful influences. This program is on traveling out west through the Lewis & Clark Experience. Chris thanked Rotary as one of the first groups to welcome them when this was started and thanked Jim Hughes in his help. Is a history teacher. Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday; he forbade all celebrations of his birthday during his presidency. Provided background on Jefferson. As a state’s right man he believed in Virginia before the country. But what he was over all things was a Westerner, with an expansionist vision. Expanding America renewed its soul. It led him to follow that vision west. Dave provided insight into the program. Students are most impacted in the things they experience actively. Get students out to be active in their learning. Started in the late 90s to plan. Lewis and Clark’s expedition started in Virginia to the mouth of the Columbia River, a highlight is the River Expedition on the Missouri River, 100 miles. Very remote. Spent 2 weeks in late June, 2008. Drove through Montana. Learned from a mountain man on survival skills and spent time on the Black Feet Indian Reservation. Many did preliminary reading and kept journals. Wanted the students to understand the scale of the country. Did some fundraising to defray some of the cost and then paid the rest themselves and got some school credit. 10 students from both Warde and Ludlowe. The students showed some photographs. They had little to no access to cell phone and computers, though they wrote journals. Encountered a lot of snakes but most other wildlife was tame – deer, mountain goats, etc. Did sleep in a teepee that they built a couple nights but mainly stayed in lodge the rest of the time. Couldn’t shower for 5 days. Did a lot of canoeing, up to 22 miles in a day, 100 miles total. Some of the best parts of the trip are when they were told to be quiet! This is the only school on the East Coast that ran a for credit course onsite for the Lewis & Clark experience. Raffle The Raffle, which was concert tickets, was won by Jim Hamilton Mark Graham led the 4 Way Test.
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