At just over 100 members the Milford Rotary Club is the largest Club in District 7980 and on Thursday I had the honor of inducting 2 new members (Leigh and Dan) into the Club. The Club also awarded a Paul Harris recognition to Dr. David Esposito.
While the Milford Rotary Club is known for their 2 Mega Fundraisers, The Lobster Bake and The Oyster Festival, they are certainly about much more than that. Have a look at what I like to call “The Brag Board” on the right and you will quickly understand the depth of philanthropic endeavors by this Club. Every one of these ‘line items’ has a significant story behind it that the Milford Rotarians are extremely proud of; especially the annual award of $25,000 in scholarships to High School Seniors.
Besides being generous community and international Benefactors the Milford Rotary Club also helps out other Rotary Clubs. One example is how the Club helped the Westport Rotary Club get their LobsterFest off the ground last year. Now in it’s 2nd year the Westport LobsterFest is a profitable mature event thanks to the help of Milford Rotary. Westport President Tony Riggio came by yesterday to express the Westport Club’s thanks by contributing $500 in honor of Terry Munk.
It’s not all business for the Milford Rotary Club as they know how to have a good time as well. Happy Bucks during their weekly meetings sometimes feel like Open Mike Night in Comedy Central, their fellowships are big, fun and usually include massive amounts of good food and beverage as well as many family members. They have a newer annual event called Blues, Brews & BBQ (Music, Drink and Food in case you were wondering) which is technically a fundraiser but can easily be mistaken for a giant fellowship event.
Many Milford Rotarians wore yellow yesterday which brightened the day for the Official District Governor visit, I sincerely appreciate that thoughtful extra effort. Receiving Yellow Limincello Jello in the shape of Big Bird’s had was a first, thanks to First Lady Brenda Bergami for making that.
The Milford Rotary Club meets on Thursdays for lunch at Aldario’s Restaurant @ 240 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT. Stop in if you can or treat yourself to their Blues, Brews & BBQ event in the spring, you will enjoy it either way.
Special thanks to Assistant Governor Ann Brignola for many of these photos.