Rotary Means Business – It’s Ok to do business with fellow Rotarians

RMB-fellowship-logo-detailed-200Assistant Governor Arisleyda Riehl (Area #1 & #2)  reports the success of the inaugural Rotary Means Business event held on the evening of Thursday January 15th at the Stamford Library.

23 Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Darien, Greenwich, New Caanan, Stamford and Westport were in attendance representing different professions including medicine, banking, real estate, wealth management, accounting, insurance and law.

This event marks another first in our areas and the entire district. Special thanks to President Elect Dan Morris (Stamford Rotary) for developing this initiative as well as the Area Presidents for their exceptional support and making sure their Clubs were well represented.

The purpose of Rotary Means Business is to encourage Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.

Please take a look at the Rotary Means Business website – This is a good resource for those of us that see Rotary as a place where like- minded people can do business or refer business to one another.

Next meeting will be hosted by The Greenwich Club.

Yours in Rotary,
Arisleyda Riehl
Area Governor 2014 – 2017

Great turnout for Haddam-Killingworth Rotary kick off event

Haddam-Killingworth Rotary

The new Haddam-Killingworth Rotary Club is off to a great start. Many future Rotarians attended our first ‘meet & greet’ event this evening at the Killingworth Public Library 301 Connecticut 81, Killingworth, CT 06419.


The Old Saybrook Rotary Club (OSR) has agreed to be the official sponsor of the newly forming H-K Rotary Club.

Here is a link to a brochure for the event <click here> which includes information on the new Club.

For more information on the new H-K Rotary Club contact:

Annie K Stirna

President, Haddam-Killingworth Rotary


Haddam-Killingworth Provisional Rotary Club launched

Haddam-Killingworth IMG_8166The journey for D7980’s newest Club, the Haddam-Killingworth (H-K) Rotary Club, began last night with a strategy planning meeting at La Foresta Restaurant in Killingworth CT.

10 people gathered last night to begin the planning process for getting the Provisional Haddam-Killingworth Rotary Club chartered as a fill fledged Club.

Community leaders from Haddam and Killingworth expressed interest in having a Rotary Club in their town(s) to help address need which are currently going unmet.

Co-Presidents Annie Gill Stirna and Nelson Vincenty will navigate the Provisional Club  through the Charter process which will begin with a membership drive as the Club must have at least 20 members before they can be Chartered as a Rotary Club.

The Club will be part of Area 10 (Jack Solomon, Assistant Governor) once Chartered. Jack and I will guide and mentor the Provisional Club through the process.

The Provisional Club will a hold super-sized ‘Meet & Greet’ on Jan 21, 2015 for prospective members (more information to follow).

The members of  the Clinton Rotary Club (Area 8) have voted to sponsor the H-K Rotary Club.

Clinton Rotary Club

Clinton Rotary Club

RI Recognizes 10 District 7980 Clubs for their Membership Results

For the very first time Rotary International has identified all of the clubs in our district that have achieved the award thresholds for the Membership Development and Extension Award and the Smaller Club Growth Award. 

This year we have have 10 Clubs which are being honored:


Please offer a word of congratulations to your friends in these D7980 Rotary Clubs.

D7980 continues to add new members

Three of our D7980 Rotary Clubs, Wallingford, Ridgefield and Westport Sunrise, have added a total of 5 new members within the past week.

Through the end of April our district has added net 44 new members since July 1st plus these 5 new Rotarians bring us up to net 49.

Congratulations to the Wallingford, Ridgefield and Westport Sunrise Rotary Clubs for their commitment to membership through the pursuit of recruiting top quality new Rotarians.

This DG (and soon to be PDG) is always will willing to come induct members at any of our 61 Rotary Clubs.