East Haven Rotarian Jeri Ripkin (photo by Jack Karmer / The Courier)
The East Haven Rotary Club has just launched their annual ‘Clothe Our Children’ program in cooperation with Kohl’s in Branford under Chairwoman Jeri Ripkin’s expert leadership. The Club works with school nurses and teachers in the town to select the families with the greatest need and then has the selected families bring their children to Kohl’s to select new winter clothes. This year the Club expects to provide clothes for 99 Children at a cost of up to $100 each.
The East Haven Rotary Club covers the cost of this program from the proceeds of their fundraisers. President Bob Parente has indicated that all of the proceeds will be coming from funds raised at the district’s schools this year (Kids helping Kids).
The Club has provided over $77K worth of clothing to over 700 children over past 13 years.
Here is a link to an article in the New Haven Register about the program <click here> and another good article that features Chair Jeri on Zip06 by Jack Kramer <click here>
It was all hands on deck this Thanksgiving morning for the East Haven Rotary Club as East Haven Rotarians, friends and community volunteers prepared well over 120 meals to be served, delivered and picked.
For the seventh consecutive year, the East Haven Rotary Club served over 60 full-course Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to East Haven residents at the East Haven Senior Center. They also delivered over 50 meals to residents who were unable to come to the Senior Center and had dozens of ‘take-out’ meals available for pickup.
The Rotary Club is able to provide the meals from the proceeds of their fundraisers and generous contributions by companies like ShopRite and Boston Market.
East Haven Connecticut has received a considerable amount of unwanted press in the past several years, some deserved and some not. Absent from the steady stream of bad press is any reporting on the mountain of good work that the East Haven Rotary Club does in their community and there is plenty.
The East Haven Rotary Club has been an important active community partner since 1939 and in March they will celebrate their 75th Anniversary. The Club has 22 active members that are pretty evenly mixed between men and women. Bob Parente is the Club President and Stacy Piccirillo is the President-elect.
A sampling of the good works and deeds done by the East Haven Rotary Club includes:
Recognizing a Student of the Month with $100 prize
Honoring outstanding students with $1,000 scholarships
East Haven Rotarians serving Thanksgiving Dinner to East Haven residents at the East Haven Senior Center on Thanksgiving Day. Club members will also be providing dinners for East Haven families that would prefer to dine at home rather than at the Senior Center.
Annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday December 14th
Annual “Breakfast with Easter Bunny”
Recognize outstanding Police and Firefighters
Annual Clothe the Children program
Actively participate in Amber Alert
Big things happen in this small club. In 2007 the Club donated the Gateway Fountain in the center of Town, which was a major project for them. The fountain on Main Street is located at the beginning of the downtown business district. This fountain continues to be an enduring symbol of the Club’s good works, stop by an ready the plaque on it.
The East Haven Rotary Club meets for dinner each Thursday evening at the Twin Pines Diner, attendees can choose from the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu. Apparently the Twin Pines Diner has been rated the best Diner in Connecticut. So the combination of friendly Rotarians and some good breakfast hash should be more than enough to encourage anyone to want to attend, I will be back!!