Creative Polio Fundraising Tip

Polio Fundraising Tip by: Amy Luckiewicz

Polio Fundraising Tip by: Amy Luckiewicz – District 7930

Polio fundraising tip: Make fun props to explain how far a donation goes! By recycling 12 cans, you can save 3 lives from polio ($0.05 redemption x 12=$0.60. One vaccine costs $0.60, plus $1.20 in Gates Match = 3 vaccines!)

Creativity by: Amy Luckiewicz of the Wakefield MA Rotary Club.

D7980 Rotary Foundation Brunch – Recognition Recipients and many photos

TRF Brunch 11-02-2014About 160 attendees turned out at The Woodwinds Banquet facility in Branford on Sunday Nov 2nd for a very nice Rotary Foundation recognition event. Clubs and Individuals were recognized for their outstanding support of the Rotary Foundation over the past year (2013-14) as they enjoyed an entertaining program, a great meal as well as fabulous fellowship.

Sheryl Shaughnessey (Fairfield), Rick Benson (Westport) and Doug Lisk (New Haven) made up the organizing committee and everyone’s favorite PDG Brain Amey (Newtown) was the Master of Ceremonies.

Keynote Speech by Jennifer Jones 

 Club and Individual Service Recognitions

Photo Gallery – Compliments of Steve Cooper – S.M. Cooper Photography (Milford Rotary)


THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the success of this event including: Doug Lisk (New Haven), Trish Pearson (Orange), Lynda Hammond (Orange), Brian Amey (Newtown), Rick Benson (Westport), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Jennifer Jones (Speaker), Dale Moore (Madison), Steve Cooper (Milford),  Mark Mathias (Westport Sunrise), Paul Indorf (Chester), Mark Horton (Trumbull) and Sheryl Shaughnessey (Fairfield). Hopefully no one was left out.

The D7980 Foundation Brunch is today

What better way for 150 Rotarians and friends to spend a rainy/windy Sunday afternoon than by gathering at a fabulous banquet facility and recognizing the many people and clubs who generously support The Rotary Foundation?

At long last the District 7980 Foundation Brunch is finally upon us. The festivities start in just a few short hours!!!

The event’s primary focus is to recognize clubs and individuals who have helped to advance the service work of Rotary International by contributing to the Rotary Foundation during the past year.

Keynote Speaker(s): Jennifer Jones, RI Director Nominee – Zones 28/28

Location: Woodwinds – Branford CT 12 p.m. – 3 P.m.

Dinner Foundation Brunch Chair Sheryl A. Shaughnessey has been working diligently on this event with PDG Rick Benson and District Secretary Doug K. Lisk for months. PDG Brian Amey will be the MC today.

We will post many event photos tomorrow.


Dr. Atul Gawande discusses his terminally Ill Father’s affinity with the Rotary Foundation

Dr.  Atul Gawande on the Daily Show last night discussing his newest book ‘Being Mortal‘ where he discusses the quality of life options for terminally ill patients that focus on having honest conversations at end of life with family and friends rather than exhausting all medical treatment possibilities and how stopping treatment early can sometimes extend life longer than medical treatments and often lead to great fulfillment.

About 2 minutes into this segment  Dr. Gawande discusses the conversations that he had with his terminally ill father who’s commitment continuing to do  good work for the Rotary Foundation was critically important to him in the last few months of life.


Westport Sunrise Rotary Holds Paul Harris Recognition Breakfast

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club held their annual Paul Harris Recognition Breakfast this morning at the Westport Inn with a very large crowd attending. The Club dedicates a special meeting to honor Club members and Community Leaders with Paul Harris Recognitions as a special way of saying Thank You for their dedicated and tireless work in bettering the community and the world.

Clubs take very different approaches to giving recognition but this format (very similar the one that Wallingford Rotary does with member anniversaries) seems to be one that is worth emulating as it is very appreciated by Club members and guests.