Get Ready for Extreme Fun at the District Conference starting Friday

Trish Pearson, Conference Chair

Trish Pearson, Conference Chair

Dear Conference Attendees,

I hope you are as excited as I am about the wonderful upcoming weekend we have planned for the 2014 District Conference.  We have a record number of Rotarians and partners registered for all or part of the Conference activities which is an automatic ingredient for a great time – the more Rotarians the better right?

The following are some tips on how you might want to prepare for the various festivities the Conference Committee has planned.  NOTE – should share this list with anyone who might be accompanying you as their participation is welcome in any or all of the events described below.

1. BYOB – Bring Your Own Banner!  If your club has a special banner, have someone bring it along and join in the fun as we compare designs, ideas and message.  While this is billed as a “contest” it is really about sharing club’s creative ideas.

2. Beach clean-up at Ocean Beach State Park – We will provide disposable gloves and trash bags.  There will also be a place to change for those going to the Paul Harris Lunch.  Note – there will be some painting involved, so dress accordingly.

0288 2 BritishmaniaPepperEdited3. Friday Night – First stop on the Magical Mystery Tour This is a Beatle’s themed evening, so dig out your bell bottom pants, go go boots, peace signs and nehru shirts. Also, wear your dancing shoes as we rock to the music of The British Invasion.  Do you remember the 60’s or is it a purple haze?

4. Saturday Night – Begins with a Kentucky Derby Party during the cocktail reception. This will include a Hat Contest and there will be an opportunity to “bet” on your favorite horse. Bring your own hat or borrow one from our props table.Yellow Tux

5. Saturday night gala is dressy so, find that little black dress or your tux or best suit and join in the BIG celebration of our Rotary year.

Singers6. CALLING ALL SINGERS!!!  There will be plenty of opportunity to sing throughout the weekend and we need enthusiastic voices to lead it.  Rehearsals are scheduled throughout the weekend and it’s amazing what this group will prepare in 48 hours.  Everyone is welcome – Rotarians and guests.  Information will be posted at the Registration Desk re; Rehearsal times and location.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to travelling with you this weekend on the Magical Mystery Tour as we celebrate the Rotarians of District 7980!

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Trish Pearson
Conference Chair


A record number of attendees are coming to District Conference / Assembly

Rotary Happens HereBeginning this Friday  D7980 Conference/Assembly attendees will enjoy the company and fellowship of over 425 Rotarians, family members, and young adults from Interact, Rotaract and Youth Exchange in a truly engaging and unique Rotary experience.

This extraordinary experience is made possible by the exceptional partnership between the current district leaders and next year’s leaders, especially DGE Mukund Nori. This is the very first time that Rotary District 7980 has combined the Conference and the Assembly into a single event and from all indications the approach is being very well received.

We kick off our event on Friday morning at Ocean Beach in New London with a Community Service beach project and then move to the main venue at the Mystic Marriott in Groton for a program hosted by the young adults of Youth Service (New Generations). All will enjoy a fun-filled evening on Friday featuring entertainment provided by BritishMania, the internationally acclaimed Beatles tribute band.

Conference program COVER FINALSaturday is all about our D7980 Rotary Clubs with high-energy programs and informative sessions that are designed to inspire all attendees. Lunch on Saturday will be attended by both Conference and Assembly participants who will be treated to the 4-Way Test Speech Contest before heading into the District Assembly. Saturday is also the day that we recognize the many outstanding Rotarians and Rotary Clubs for the good works that they do in their communities and around the world.

The event concludes on Sunday at noon after some very informative programs on The Rotary Foundation, the State of the District and we after conduct an election for the representative of the next Council On Legislation.

I am especially pleased that we were able to bring the District Conference back to Connecticut for the first time in almost 25 years and give so many of our Rotarians the opportunity to attend.

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Our schedule is set and is contained within the Conference Program Book that can be downloaded at:

What’s Next? 

Later today all registered attendees will receive a Registration Confirmation reminding them of what they registered for and which hotel that they will be staying in.

On Tuesday or Wednesday registered attendees will receive an email from either Trish Pearson or Mukund Nori giving them a run down of what to expect during the event.


Woodbridge Rotary Pours it on with Major League Wine Tasting

Just when you think the Woodbridge Rotary Club has hit a comfortable cruising groove, they kick it up a few notches. The Club ran a ‘major league’ Wine Tasting event this Thursday evening at the Woodbridge Club in Woodbridge Connecticut. The 200+ attendees enjoyed great homemake wines from area competing winemakers, fabulous food from area restaurants and deli’s, music and a large silent auction with a nice diversity of top notch items.

The event was attended and supported by Rotarians from Orange Rotary, Blackrock Rotary, North Haven Rotary, New Haven Rotary as well as from members of the Greater New Haven Rotaract Club.

The Woodbridge Club members did a tremendous job of planning and executing this first class event and have a lot to be proud of.

This is a Rotary Club that anyone could easily identify as vibrant. Just a few years ago this Club was virtually on life support with dwindling membership, poor attendance at meetings and finding it difficult to do meaningful service projects and fundraisers. All that has changed as the membership has been steadily growing with  younger, dedicated, caring, engaged and fun Rotarians; which has made all of the difference.


The Deep River Rotary Club drops the hammer in Antiques Auction

The Deep River Rotary Club held their annual Antiques Auction this past Saturday evening at the First Congregational Church in Deep River. The weather was perfect and the crowds were big; there were over 125 registered bidders including Rotarians from The Madison Rotary Club and The Chester Rotary Club.

The event featured amazing pieces at great prices – Wicker, Outdoor Furniture, Good Antique Furniture, Rugs, Lamps and (1) Nascar Racing Hood. Food and Drinks were provided by the Whistle Stop.


Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden speaks at Fairfield Rotary’s 11th Celebrity Luncheon

Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden spoke at the Fairfield Rotary Club Celebrity Luncheon today in front of a crowd of over several hundred people. It was an open engagaing Q&A talk with no punches held where ‘Doc’ discussed his baseball career and his battles with rehab.


Gooden is a four-time MLB All-Star, and three-time World Series champion. He won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award in 1984, as he led the league in strikeouts, and won then the NL Cy Young Award and a Triple Crown in 1985. While a member of the Yankees, Gooden threw a no-hitter in 1996 the day before his father passed away.

Gooden retired in 2001 after he was cut by the Yankees in spring training, ending his career with a record of 194–112.  After retiring, Gooden was repeatedly arrested for drug and alcohol-related offenses. He served seven months in prison in 2006 for violating his probation by using cocaine.

On August 1, 2010, ‘Doc’ was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame along with Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen, and Davey Johnson.  In  2011 he was part of the of the reality show, Celebrity Rehab. with Dr. Drew. Gooden told the crowd that he has been clean and sober since 2011.