Tribury Rotary Club to Hold Tenth Annual Art Show

The 10th Annual Art Show, Sale & Silent Auction will be held at the Southbury Public Library at 100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT beginning on Saturday, June 14, 2014 and ending Saturday, June 28, 2014. All funds raised from the event will be collected by the Not – For – Profit Tribury Rotary Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation and used to support philanthropic efforts including scholarships, literacy, youth leadership and support for the food and fuel banks in the towns of Woodbury, Southbury & Middlebury.

All participating artists, members of the Rotary and the public are invited to attend the Artist’s Reception on Monday, June 16th at the Southbury Public Library from 6pm to 8pm. The reception is free and will provide all attendees an opportunity to see the art, meet the artists and participate in the silent auction.

The Tribury Rotary Club has been active since 1972 and some of the Club’s accomplishments include donating over$130,000 in student scholarships, hosting the Annual Art Show, sale of over 51,000 dozen roses, sponsoring the Interact Club at Pomperaug High School (Region 15) and Cottage 28 at the Southbury Training School, planted 280 Elm Trees in the Tribury Area, and provided funding for the local food and fuel banks as well as hurricane relief.

Rotary International has over 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. Members volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions as well as the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Tribury Rotary Club meets at 12:15 PM Thursday at Juniper’s Restaurant, 1383 Whittemore Road in Middlebury. More information about the club is available online at www.triburyrotary,com or by calling John Monteleone at 203-565-6100.


West Haven Rotary’s Annual Auction to benefit Nook Project

The West Haven Rotary Club held their 26th annual auction last Saturday night at Westwood’s Italian American Club. Just over 175 people attended the festive event and enjoyed great fellowship, fabulous food and drink and a very large selection of live and silent auction items.

President-elect Kathleen Wielk announced that the West Haven Rotary Club is working with the West Haven Board of Education to bring Nook 3 – 4 tablets to every fourth grade classroom in the City.


Discover Wine Country in Bridgeport Connecticut

The Bridgeport Rotary Club held their annual Wine Tasting event at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport Connecticut last Wednesday. It was a perfect evening for the 200 +/- attendees that featured great wines, a nice assortment of food and deserts as well as a silent auction with some interesting items.


Ridgefield Rotary Serves up their 19th Annual Progressive Dinner

Each year for the past 19 years the Ridgefield Rotary Club has been running a Club Fellowship/Fundraiser knowns as the Progressive Dinner to benefit The Rotary Foundation. This year the event raised $3,500 which was presented in the form of a BIG CHECK for The Rotary Foundation.

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.


Milford Rotary slow cooks their 5th and Final Blues Brews and BBQ

The Milford Rotary Club had about 200 attendees turn out on March 22nd for the Club’s  5th annal Blues Brews and BBQ event. This event featured a tasty Down-Home Slow Cooked BBQ meal prepared by Shoreline Chef Larry Landsberg and Milford Rotarians, music by Jay Rowe and Friends, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing.

This is the 5th, and rumored to be the final time, that the Club will run this event. Over the past 5 years this event has netted the Club tens of thousands of dollars and added considerably to everyone’s waistlines and enjoyment.

This event is a big undertaking for a Club that already does 2 monster fundraisers each year; The Lobster Bake and The Milford Oyster Festival. Perhaps lobbying incoming President Eric Tashlein, along with promising 300 attendees can help keep Blues Brews & BBQ alive another year.