Branford Rotary awards (2) Paul Harris+1 and inducts a new member

It was a busy morning at the Branford Rotary Club today as they awarded Rich Shanahan & Tricia Bohan Paul Harris +1 recognitions for their generous support of The Rotary Foundation and inducted Joe Criscuola as the newest member of their Club.

The Branford Rotary Club generously supports the Rotary Foundation as the strive to be an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) Club. They proudly display their honored Paul Harris Recipients on (2) banners during their meeting. The Club recently was a District Managed Grant for their support of the Playground in Stony Creek.

Congratulations to Rich, Tricia and Joe on being honored and welcomed.

The Branford Rotary Club Serves Annual Senior Dinner

For the 23rd consecutive year the Branford Rotary Club served turkey with gravy, ham, fresh mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit cups, crudites, bakery cupcakes, and beverages at its annual holiday dinner prepared for about 200 senior citizens at First Congregational Church.

Attendees were treated to music by The Music Makers, a visit by Santa and a great night. The Branford Rotarians enjoy putting this event on as much as the Seniors look forward to it each year.

Thanksgiving Branford Rotary & Y Family Run & Walk

The annual Branford Rotary Club & Y Family Run & Walk was held on Thanksgiving morning at Walsh Intermediate School in Branford and run through Branford’s beautiful Pine Orchard section. The race featured a 5K run & walk and Kid’s Fun Run. Unofficial estimates had the number of registered runners between 1,000 – 1,200.

The Branford Rotary and Soundview YMCA have teamed up to raise money for The Community Dining Room. The Community Dining Room is a local, not-for-profit organization that provides 50,000 meals each year to families on the south central Connecticut shoreline.

This event is a THANKSGIVING DAY FAMILY TRADITION with large numbers of participants turning out despite the bitter cold.

Two Rotary Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving Morning

Two Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving

Two Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving

Both the Branford Rotary Club and the Orange Rotary Club will be putting on separate 5k runs on Thanksgiving morning this year.

Not up to running? Then please plan on attending one of these events as they both offer fun walks. It’s a perfect way to burn off calories before the big consumption event later that day.

I hope to see you there!

Branford Rotary Club hosts 7th Annual Veterans’ Day Luncheon

For the seventh year in a row the members of the Branford Rotary Club celebrated Veterans’ Day by hosting a luncheon at the Italian-American Social Club in Branford for the following honored guests:

  • Members of the Branford VFW Memorial Post No. 10186
  • Members of the Branford American Legion Sundquist-Corcoran Post
  • Members of the Blind Rehabilitation Unit – WH Veterans Hospital
  • Members of the Branford Rotary Club who served in the military

The luncheon recognized dozens of men and women veterans who served in all branches of the US military and were deployed in a variety of campaigns including Operation Desert Storm, the Korean conflict, European theater of WW II, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Normandy invasion.

Monetary gifts on behalf of the Branford Rotary Club were distributed by Nelson Bernabucci, Y2c-WWII, Rotary Luncheon Chairman, to:

  • Commander Elliott Hastings, Branford Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Commander Rich Hansen, Branford American Legion Post #83
  • Coordinator Michael Rose, Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center

Nelson Bernabucci at 88 years young, is the unsung hero of this annual event, he was instrumental in launching it and has been the catalyst behind running it for the past 7 years.

Musical entertainment was provided by Rotarian Jack Srebnik and his band as well as by Branford High School “Music Makers” under the direction of Cathy Ann Roding. It was a nice touch closing with “Imagine”, I appreciate that.

Branford Rotarians served a sit down lunch to the veterans, did all of the setup and cleanup and baked the deserts. It was all hands-on-deck for this large scale event that was perfectly executed in just under 1.5 hours. A perfect example of Service above Self.