Woodbridge Rotary Pours it on with Major League Wine Tasting

Just when you think the Woodbridge Rotary Club has hit a comfortable cruising groove, they kick it up a few notches. The Club ran a ‘major league’ Wine Tasting event this Thursday evening at the Woodbridge Club in Woodbridge Connecticut. The 200+ attendees enjoyed great homemake wines from area competing winemakers, fabulous food from area restaurants and deli’s, music and a large silent auction with a nice diversity of top notch items.

The event was attended and supported by Rotarians from Orange Rotary, Blackrock Rotary, North Haven Rotary, New Haven Rotary as well as from members of the Greater New Haven Rotaract Club.

The Woodbridge Club members did a tremendous job of planning and executing this first class event and have a lot to be proud of.

This is a Rotary Club that anyone could easily identify as vibrant. Just a few years ago this Club was virtually on life support with dwindling membership, poor attendance at meetings and finding it difficult to do meaningful service projects and fundraisers. All that has changed as the membership has been steadily growing with  younger, dedicated, caring, engaged and fun Rotarians; which has made all of the difference.


The Crowds Flip for Cheshire Rotary’s Pancake Breakfast favourite

The Cheshire Rotary Club poured it on for a large scale pancake breakfast this past Sunday morning as they drew hundreds of people from their town and the surrounding communities. The Club enlisted the help of a number of numerous nonprofits in Town by offering them a revenue split  which allowed the Club to sell far more tickets than they usually do.

This was a top notch event and no crêpy affair as all members of the Cheshire Rotary battered down to serve their hungry patrons.

Besides a great breakfast and friendly Rotarians this event featured a silent auction, Girl Scout Cookies galore, Children’s entertainment as well as an appearance by everyone’s favourite Area 9 Assistant Governor Tari Marshall-Day with her son Lex.



Montville Rotary Trivia Night – A fun fundraiser

The Montville Rotary Club turned out a full room at the VFW of nearly 300 players for their 2nd Trivia night this Rotary year. The members of the Montville Club did a great job keeping this fun event moving at a fast pace while having multiple activities happening at the same time in addition to the main event  such as; table decorating contest, 50/50, basket raffle, a cash bar and pizza delivery was even available.

The Trivia questions were challenging and engaging, it’s a good thing that we had Evan Evans at our table.

AG Gretchen Marvin led the Colchester Rotary Crew to the event and kindly invited Jennifer and me to join them. I am seeing a pattern starting to emerge with the Colchester Cub in that they do tend to be a club that is willing to travel to other Rotary events for a good party. I’ve been at 3 such joint events with them this year and know they’ve gone to at least 1 more. Good for them for being so supportive.


The Deep River Rotary Club drops the hammer in Antiques Auction

The Deep River Rotary Club held their annual Antiques Auction this past Saturday evening at the First Congregational Church in Deep River. The weather was perfect and the crowds were big; there were over 125 registered bidders including Rotarians from The Madison Rotary Club and The Chester Rotary Club.

The event featured amazing pieces at great prices – Wicker, Outdoor Furniture, Good Antique Furniture, Rugs, Lamps and (1) Nascar Racing Hood. Food and Drinks were provided by the Whistle Stop.


Niantic Rotary holds their 29th annual Gala & Raffle

The Niantic Rotary Club held their 29th annual Gala & Raffle on Saturday evening at the Marriott Hotel in Groton Connecticut.

Over 200 attendees enjoyed this fast moving fun event that featured a robust silent auction, a lively live auction, a ‘heads & tails’ 50/50 event, lively music, dancing,  a delicious ‘surf & turf’ meal, a mega raffle with over $6,000 in prizes, great friends and fabulous fellowship.

The Niantic Rotary Club also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow and recognized Outstanding Community Service.

While loaded with many activities this night flew by quickly and 4 hours elapsed in snap as everything was so well organized that each activity seamlessly transitioned or overlapped with others. The Gala Committee did an excellent job of organizing and executing this very special event.