The Progressive Dinner starts at one house, this year it was President Joe’s, for fellowship, cocktails and appetizers then the group splits up and heads off to various host houses for unique dinners, Jennifer and I went to Cliff & Karen Heidinger’s house for a fabulous dinner and wine tasting, then the group comes back together again for desserts, coffee and after dinner drinks at Andy & Nina Bodner’s home.
The Progressive Dinner was started as a way for the Ridgefield Rotary Club to become more involved with the Rotary Foundation and it has served to do just that as it has raised well over $50,000 since its’ inception and created a hightened level of awareness about the good that the Foundation does around the world.
Ridgefield Rotarian Simon Cooper is a Foundation Area Rep that has been working with the district and the 5 Rotary Clubs in his area on the Foundation for a number of years. Cliff Heidinger has run the Progressive Dinner for the past 19 years, was recognized at the Foundation Dinner in November and remains one of the top Foundation Champions. The Ridgefield Rotary Club was awarded two district managed grants this year from the Foundation to do good in the world and all of the Ridgefield Rotarians generously support The Rotary Foundation.
We can finally take the wraps off of the plans for the Magical Mystery Tour at our District Conference at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT. D7930 John Hall has been dying to know.
Our Friday night dinner at the conference will conclude with BritishMania, an internationally acclaimed group that does a fabulous Beatles review show.
Conference attendees who have registered for Friday May 2nd or the entire conference weekend will get to enjoy this show as part of their package. Others who are interested in attending can come in at 8:30pm for $30 per person (or $25 per person two or more). Tickets must be purchased in advance.
For tickets contact Nick Casella at NCasella@medicarect.com
The Trumbull Rotary Club held their 1st St. Paddy’s Day Dinner Dance last night at Port 5 in Bridgeport and there was an excellent turnout who enjoyed music by DJ Bill Lopez, dancing, a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and fun surprises as well as an award for the best dressed Lad and Lass.
There was no Blarney Stone to kiss so the Club came up with the next best thing; a really cute leprechaun (Dr. Phil) to kiss for Good Luck…just pucker up and you’ll find him as the first photo in this blog posting.
The East Hampton Rotary Club held their 4th Annual BBQ Dinner at Belltown Tire (Owen Flannery’s Shop) in East Hampton. Proceeds of the event benefitted the Anthony and Winifred Flannery Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Urban Cowboy – Alan Hurst
Barbara Moore and Me
Hearty Winter Meal
Paul Harris Recipients Owen & Steve
Catering by Barbara Moore
The event was a glimmering light of suburb fellowship on an otherwise gloomy cold winter night that had Rotarians, family members and friends enjoying each other’s company while dining on steak, chicken, potatoes, beans, salads, rolls and dessert and washing it all down with beer, wine, water, soda and other assorted spirits.
Red McKinney did an excellent job presenting Paul Harris Fellows to Owen Flannery and Steve Greco. According to Red; Steve received the 60th Paul Harris Fellow in the East Hampton Rotary Club.
President Kevin Kuhr missed the festivities last night as he is on the ‘injured reserve’ list while at home recovering from a recent eye operation.
Western wear was encouraged as the Sergeant at Arms was off duty for the night and fines were off the table. There were also some generous raffle prizes that donated by Belltown Tire.
This group of Rotarians knows how to throw it down.