East Hampton Rotary – Hot BBQ on a Cold Winter Night

The East Hampton Rotary Club held their 4th Annual BBQ Dinner at  Belltown Tire (Owen Flannery’s Shop) in East Hampton. Proceeds of the event benefitted  the Anthony and Winifred Flannery Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The event was a glimmering light of suburb fellowship on an otherwise gloomy cold winter night that had Rotarians, family members and friends enjoying each other’s company while dining on steak, chicken, potatoes, beans, salads, rolls and dessert and washing it all down with beer, wine, water, soda and other assorted spirits.

Red McKinney did an excellent job presenting Paul Harris Fellows to Owen Flannery and Steve Greco. According to Red; Steve received the 60th Paul Harris Fellow in the East Hampton Rotary Club.

President Kevin Kuhr missed the festivities last night as he is on the ‘injured reserve’ list while at home recovering from a recent eye operation.

Western wear was encouraged as the Sergeant at Arms was off duty for the night and fines were off the table. There were also some generous raffle prizes that donated by Belltown Tire.

This group of Rotarians knows how to throw it down.

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.

Celebrating the life of East Hampton Rotarian Gail K. Hamm

Alan Hurst and Gail Hamm

Alan Hurst and Gail Hamm

Gail Hamm, East Hampton Rotarian and PDG Alan Hurst‘s wife of 38 years, passed away on Oct 24, 2013 after a long courageous battle with breast cancer.

I joined many fellow Rotarians to celebrate Gail Hamm’s life in a beautiful  service this past Monday morning in East Hampton Connecticut that included personal and touching remarks from her husband Alan Hurst, her friends, her co-workers and community leaders. It was difficult holding applause in check, as we were in a church, after hearing some of the amazing things that Gail had accomplished and the people that she has touched in her life.  It was as nice of a send off as anyone could aspire to.

Gail is famously know for being a democratic state representative for 14 years serving East Hampton, Middletown and Haddam but as the news of her passing spread in the media it was easy to see from the many articles written about her storied life that her role as  state representative was just the tip of the iceberg. Here are links to a just few of those articles:

We all lost a great friend and Rotarian in Gail Hamm on Oct 24th but many people will benefit in perpetuity from the results of Gail’s good works and that is exactly how she wanted it.

Please keep our very good friend PDG Alan Hurst and his family at the forefront of your thoughts and prayers.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Gail K. Hamm Leadership Development Scholarship c/o East Hampton Rotary Foundation P.O. Box 197, Cobalt, CT 06414 or to the Rotary Peace Fellow Program c/o Rotary Foundation P.O. Box 197 Cobalt, CT 06414.  

Official Visit #34 – East Hampton Rotary inducts 2 new members

The East Hampton Rotary Club grew their ranks to 62 members last night by inducting 2 new excellent members; Mark Cibula (Master Plumber) and and Kevin Reed (State Police Explosives Expert), both were sponsored by President Kevin Kuhr.

The East Hampton Rotary Club is involved in many activities including the Old Home Days in East Hampton an annual BMW raffle, selling “Glorious Burgers” and marching in the parade.  They also run an annual golf tournament each October and in December they throw a “Breakfast with Santa” event which is something not to be missed.  Additionally the Club serves pancakes to over 1,000 people and collects food donations for local food banks.

The Club also provides scholarships for graduating seniors, financially supports the local food and fuel banks in East Hampton and Marlborough and promotes and encourages reading programs for young children. They also actively seek ways to help other civic organization in their community.

The East Hampton Rotary Club is a good global citizen as they support eradication of  polio, help to provide clean drinking water and hospital facilities to those without,and various other projects to increase the quality of life for those that are struggling around the world.

Barbara Moore, Immediate Past President of the Club, has been the Champion Supporter in the Oklahoma Relief Effort for our District. Last Friday; Barbara, The East Hampton Rotary Club, The Colchester Rotary Club and another 1/2 dozen community based organizations held a dinner to support Oklahoma Relief and raised $4,000 towards the fund.

The East Hampton Rotary Club is also the home club to everyone’s favorite PDG and Rotary Coordinator at Rotary International; Alan Hurst.  Assistant Governor Jack Solomon also calls the East Hampton Rotary Club home.

With Jack and Alan as members and Red’s expert Club stewardship it should be not be a surprise that this is a Vibrant Rotary Club. Meetings are informative, fun and are held at  Angelico’s Lake House that boast some of the best water views available, some of the members even come to the meeting by boat. The East Hampton Rotary Club meets on Wednesday evenings and it is definitely worth doing a make-up there.

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