Chester Rotary Club hosts their Annual Recognition Dinner

The Chester Rotary Club held their annual recognition dinner at the Camp Hazen this past Tuesday night where they recognized dozens of community leaders and provided substantial financial support to over a dozen organizations in their community.

The Chester Rotary Club has 22 members who are all actively engaged. The Club does an amazing amount of ambitious events for a Rotary Club their size including; The 4th of July Annual Road Race, Longest Running Lobsterfest in the District and Womanless Beauty Contest. Earlier readers of Chester blog postings may recall that Chester Rotary is the home of PFC = Performance, Fun and Cohesion. Their Rotarians work hard, raise a considerable amount of money and then do an amazing amount of good in their community and the world, all while having fun. They do so as a cohesive group that enjoys each others’ company.

The dinner event was attended by about 100 people who had the pleasure of watching each of the Club members recognize the following groups:

  • Motley Scholarships
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchen
  • Chester Parks and Rec
  • Tri-Town Youth Services
  • Bikes for Kids
  • Chester Backpack Program
  • Early Chilhood Council
  • Camp Hazen
  • Chester Parks & Rec
  • Chester Hose Company
  • Barzilian American Youth Cultural Exchange
  • Boy Scout Troop 13
  • Chester Food Pantry
  • Community Fund

The Club also presented 2 Paul Harris awards; including one to Rotarian Susan Wright and Paul Indorf was recognized by the District for joining the Paul Harris Society and his generous support of The Rotary Foundation. President Ron Woodward gave a moving story which included typical amazing things that Susan Wright does on a daily basis and cleverly ended each anecdote with ‘the she always does the right thing, the Susan Wright thing’.

Official Visit #52 – Chester Rotary Club – All about Performance, Fun & Cohesion

Chester meets around the long table

Chester Rotary meets around the long table

The Chester Connecticut Rotary Club has 22 friendly, hardworking, fun-loving members with an interesting collective sense of humor.

Meetings are held around a long table where all Rotarians can easily see and interact with each other which keeps everyone interested and engaged. This effective meeting format is also used by the Deep River Rotary, Black Rock Rotary and The Stoningtons Rotary Clubs.

President Ron Woodward introduced PFC (Performance, Fun & Cohesion) as a concept for everything that the Club does this year. All of their meetings and events have these elements.

Ms Chest Hair contestant 2012

Ms Chest Hair contestant 2012

Fun is so important to the Club that they practically require it in their bylaws. Need more convincing? The Club has run a Womanless Beauty Pageant the past 3 years where they crown “Ms. Chest Hair” as a fundraiser; a great example of having fun while doing good.

The Club is one of 29 Connecticut Clubs that participate in the Liberty Bank Turkey Drive each year so that they can raise funds to give away meals at Thanksgiving time to Chester area families in need through their local food bank. They proudly exceeded the $1,000 mark in collections at last night’s meeting and are pushing forward.

Chester Lobsterfest 2013 IMG_8007The Club is famously known for their two big annual fundraisers; the 4 on the 4th road race (4 miles on July 4th) and the longest running Lobsterfest in D7980 but they are about much more than that.

Every year they host a recognition dinner where they give community recognitions to deserving citizens as provide financial support to the Tri-Town area. Below are some highlights of the support provided by The Chester Rotary Club at last year’s event:

  • Motley Scholarships
  • Tri-Town Youth Services
  • Bikes for Kids
  • Chester Backpack Program
  • Early Chilhood Council
  • Camp Hazen
  • Chester Parks & Rec
  • Chester Hose Company
  • Barzilian American Youth Cultural Exchange
  • Boy Scout Troop 13
  • Dictionary Project
  • Valley Regional High School Football Boosters
  • Interact
Chester Rotarians

Chester Rotarians

Chester Rotarians

Chester Rotarians

The Chester Rotary Club enjoys their evening meetings during the warm season outside on the banks of the Connecticut River at Crisholm Marina. They meet at the Ivory Restaurant & Pub in Deep River during inclement weather and the cold season.  Be sure to visit this group of fun loving Rotarians that do amazing things in their community. I am looking forward to seeing them again soon.

Chester Rotary Lobsterfest – A resounding success on 09-07-2013

The Chester Rotary Lobsterfest has a unique family feel to it that is unlike any of the other Rotary Lobster events that Jennifer and I have attended before. Attendees line up outside the gates an hour or so before they start serving so that they can claim their prime picnic spot. People bring in full picnic supplies including table cloths, coolers, appetizers, candles, drinks and a considerable amount of Lobster regalia. Many of the attendees are adorned in fashionable Lobsterwear.

The weather gods cooperated and the Rotarians of the Chester Rotary Club pulled off yet another successful Lobsterfest this evening with the help of many family and friends. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and well organized, the music was top notch and the beer was plenty cold.

Ticket sales were given a boost by the club adding the online pre-purchase option with PayPal.

If you missed Chester Lobsterfests 1 through 43 then there is no reason to miss next year’s event.

Chester Rotary Club – Ready for their Lobster Festival on Sept 7th?

Visit http://chesterrotary.org/ to buy tickets

Visit http://chesterrotary.org/ to buy tickets

Assistant Governor Jack Solomon and President Ron Woodward

Assistant Governor Jack Solomon and President Ron Woodward

It’s almost that time of year again….

On Sept 7th the Chester Connecticut Rotary Club will host their 43rd Annual Lobster Festival at the Chester Fairgrounds.

The weekly meeting last Wednesday at the Chrisholm Marina focused on squaring up as many of the event’s details as possible.  The meeting on the banks of the Connecticut River had a casual family feel to it, as does the club. Warm, inviting and friendly.

President Ron Woodward is focusing the club on PFC this year. If you want to know what PFC is then you will either; 1) need to go to one of their weekly meetings to find out or 2) wait until my Official visit write-up on Oct 23rd.

Without the benefit of fact checkers I am calling this the longest running Rotary Lobster event in District 7980. The annual event usually brings in large crowds of the loyal followers as well as a fair amount of new attendees each year.

Jennifer and I will not only attend the event this year but we will lend a hand before the event starts.

There are some interesting menu options like; surf & surf, surf & turf, turf & turf, turf….I’m not doing justice to this so it’s best if you go to http://chesterrotary.org/ to learn all about it and buy your tickets…yes they do accept PayPal.

If you can’t come then just buy a ticket to help the club out!! 🙂