Select photos from 6 Rotary Club Holiday Parties this week in D7980

North Haven Rotary – On Saturday 12/14/2013 five other Rotary Clubs cancelled their parties but North Haven Rotary held theirs during the nastiest of nights above the North Haven Funeral Home. The party was hosted by The Havens and Catered by Anthony’s in New Haven.

Westport Rotary – Tuesday 12/17 was another snowy Connecticut Day but that didn’t stop the Westport Rotary Club from hosting the Orphenians during their Holiday luncheon. Attendees were treated to fantastic music as well as a delicious lunch.

Norwalk Rotary – Norwalk Rotarians turned out in big numbers at the Norwalk Inn yesterday for lunch to enjoy the spirited performance by the Norwalk High School Chamber Singers.

Old Saybrook Rotary – The Club held their Holiday gathering at the Hideway in Old Lyme last night. Gerri Lewis organized a rather elaborate grab bag swap, delicious meals (too bad I couldn’t stay for that) and a nice cocktail fellowship before the meeting. It’s always a pleasure visiting OSR!!

East Hampton & East Haddam Rotary – the two Club’s came together for a joint Holiday party last night at the Gelston House in East Haddam for a very big turnout with excellent fellowship, music, food and recognitions.

Official Visit #58 – East Haddam Rotary

The 2nd visit is charm to the East Haddam Rotary Club.  I visited the Club back in September thinking that it would be an official visit but we became so engrossed in conversation that it never happened. Fast forward about 2 months and I returned to meet with the East Haddam Rotarians for the Official Visit. The Club was accommodating in that they agreed to change their meeting night from Thursday to Wednesday to make the visit work.

I brought Frances Viggiani, a prospective member along, , as special thank you to the Club for being so flexible. Frances and I teach together in the School of Business at Southern CT State University in New Haven (a shameless plug on my part for SCSU).

The Club has 10 hardworking members, hopefully 11 soon, that do an amazing amount of things for their size. Recently they:

  • Ran a Food Drive at Chestelm for their local food bank
  • They raised over $3,500 for the Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • They co-hosted a Halloween event in conjunction with Project Safe Halloween at Rotary Park
  • They ran a Rotary / Scouting Pasta Dinner at the Sportsman’s Club in East Haddam

The East Haddam Rotary Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the Gelston House, right next to Goodspeed Opera House, overlooking the Connecticut river.  It’s a beautiful historic restaurant with spectacular views of the Connecticut River filled with warm and friendly Rotarians.

East Haddam Rotary Club – Drop-in Visit on 09-13-2013

The East Haddam Rotary Club is a small club with a giant heart. With just 10 members they accomplish things that clubs with triple the membership struggle with, even still they wish to grow their membership. They are open, welcome and friendly and care deeply about supporting their community.

I was reading the club’s Facebook page a few weeks ago and noticed a post about The Governor dropping in on the club but I knew that I hadn’t been there. Upon reading on, it was my Boss Governor Malloy.

Some of the things that the East Haddam Club does:

  • Annual Car Raffle
  • Run an Ice Skating Park
  • Conduct a Rotary Essay Contest at NHRMS
  • Annual Dictionary Project
  • Liberty Bank Food Drive
  • Thanksgiving Meals at East Haddam Food Bank
The East Haddam Rotary Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month at the Gelston House. I’m looking forward to closely working with the club in helping them meet their goals. I’ll be back in a few weeks for the Official visit. In the meantime we are trying to work out a Club Visioning Session for them in October.