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 Colchester Rotary Club inducts Major Evan Evans as their newest member

The Colchester Rotary Club inducted Major Evan A. Evans (US Army) into their Club and Rotary International last night.

Evan was sponsored by Past President Linda Hodge. Evan has resided in Colchester since 2004 with his family, he is a Uconn graduate and an engineer in the US Army with the rank of Major.

The induction was attended by his wife Liz (also a Major) and their two children.

Congratulations to Colchester Rotary and to Evan!!

Gerry Tom wins Car in Colchester Rotary Raffle tonight

The Colchester Rotary Club concluded their raffle tonight by drawing the lucky winners.

The Grand Prize winner was Geraldine “Gerry” Tom (AG/DGN/Cat Woman/New London Rotarian) who’s ticket was pulled for the 2013 Dodge Avenger SXT. This win is no doubt a result of Gerry’s Good Karma; she is kind to animals, campers (small children), all that she comes in contact with and she is very generous with her time and resources.

The Colchester Rotarians have been working very hard on this major fundraiser for many months and sold just about 1,750 raffle tickets making this event a resounding success.

President Holly Potvin was extremely pleased with the results of the fundraiser and equally pleased that her husband Wayne Potvin can now get back his regular life after living the raffle for the past several months.

Tonight was extra special as Part President Cathy Pompei was awarded a Paul Harris Recognition for her outstanding work in the Club.

Congratulations to the Colchester Rotary for working so hard on this, to Wayne Potvin for never giving up on it and to my good friend Gerry Tom on her new car. All in all, a very good night for some amazing people!!!

Official Visit #49 – Colchester Rotary Club

The Colchester Rotary Club is a Club that knows how to have fun and enjoy life while doing good in the world. They do impromptu meetings at places like Gung Ho, drive the wheels off cars on test tracks, have entertainers such as Judy Live and Tommy C visit for sing alongs, have loud fellowships, turn the work of selling Pierogis at the Hebron Fair into fun and occasionally partake in some Wine Tasting.

This Club typically gets some interesting speakers at their regular meetings. Steve Glick, Bob Steel Jr. and DGE Mukund Nori are just some of the people that have spoke at their club recently.

The Official Visit last night was held at President Holly Potvin’s home. Club business was done in the form of a board meeting before the balance of the Club Members arrived for the weekly meeting. The regular meeting featured a bountiful feast that would exceed the most generous of Thanksgiving spreads. The meal was prepared entirely by the Colchester Rotarians.

The Colchester Club is in the middle of their largest fundraiser of the year, A Car Raffle, which will conclude on Oct 30th with the grand prize drawing. First spouse, Wayne Potvin, has been working tirelessly on this fundraiser by going above and beyond to inspire his fellow Rotarians to sell tickets, sell tickets, sell tickets.

This is a smaller but active Rotary Club of twenty-something that does important things in the community and the world. A few examples:

  • The Club turned out in big numbers for the Oklahoma Benefit Dinner in East Hampton on Sept 20th where $4,000 was raised for the District’s Oklahoma Relief Fund.
  • They honor an outstanding citizen in their community each year.
  • Club members generously support The Rotary Foundation including PolioPlus.
  • They support the Colchester Rotary Foundation’s food programs.
  • They recently established a scholarship program

Besides producing many dynamic Club leaders the Colchester Rotary Club has added to the collective brain trust of the District with Assistant Governor Gretchen Marvin and VTT Chair Nancy Riella.

The Colchester Connecticut Rotary Club just celebrated their 50th Anniversary in August.

The Club doesn’t always meet at Holly & Waynes house but when they do it is an extra special night. The Club’s regular digs are at Nu Nu’s Bistro in Colchester for their Wednesday night meetings. It is a very nice place with a staff that takes care of the Colchester Rotary Club nicely, so stop on by.

Oklahoma Tornado Benefit Dinner in East Hampton on 09-20-2013

Many people came out tonight to support the victims of the Oklahoma Tornados.

As most of us know, a series of deadly tornados hit Moore OK and Oklahoma City in May of this year. The combined death toll between the two tornado events was over 40 with hundreds more serious hurt and many more displaced from their homes. Communities were decimated by the magnitude of damage and things are far from normal in the affected areas of Oklahoma for many people.

Barbara Moore, Past President of the East Hampton Rotary Club, organized a benefit dinner this Friday night in East Hampton Connecticut for the District 7980 Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. Tickets were just $12 per person for a delicious meal; that  supported the Oklahoma Relief Fund.

This dinner was made possible by the generous support and efforts of the following groups: The East Hampton Rotary Club, The Colchester Rotary Club, The East Hampton Lions Club, The East Hampton Village Lions Club, The East Hampton Anchor Lodge, The East Hampton American Legion and The East Hampton VFW, Friends of the Lake and the Yellow Ribbon committee and the East Hampton Senior Center.

Barbara Moore has been tirelessly working on Oklahoma Relief since May and has enlisted the financial support of many of the D7980 Rotary Clubs.

Unable to attend