Ledyard Rotary Green & White Dinner Dance

The Ledyard Rotary Club held their Annual Green & White Dinner Dance to raise money in support of the Wes Johnson Memorial Scholarship; a scholarship given to a Ledyard high School student who exemplifies the endearing characteristics of Wes Johnson. The dinner event featured a nice dinner provided by Pasta Vita of Old Saybrook, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, a DJ and dancing. Many members of the Ledyard Rotary Club as well as friends, family and community members turned out for the event.

1st Orange Rotary Turkey Trot is a blistering sellout

Runners turned out in big numbers for the 1st Annual Orange Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Orange Rotary President Carl Russell called the event a sellout with 340 registrants  just before the race kicked off.

Temperatures were hovering in the mid 20’s when registration opened up at 6:30 and eventually climbed to a balmy 28 degrees by race time at 8 AM when the runners took off.

It was a quick and colorful field of runners who were no doubt motivated by the climate.

Congratulations to President Carl, all of the Orange Rotarians, the volunteers and all of the participants for ‘running’ such a successful event.

The Ansonia Rotary Club serves up a good time

The Ansonia Rotary Club ran their 2nd Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event at Villa Bianca in Seymour this afternoon. Being inside drinking wine and beer, eating good food and having nice conversations with great friends is always preferable to being outside on a cold rainy day.

The Club put together a very nice event which featured a Silent Auction with an abundance of desirable prizes and a wide variety of wines to sample which were provided by Valley Discount Liquor in Ansonia.

The event was put on as a partnership between The Housatonic Council BSA and the Ansonia Rotary Club.

Stratford Rotary Club serves up Rib Night

The Stratford Rotary Club served up Rib Night this evening at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford. Stratford Rotary has been running their Rib Night for about 7 years and by all accounts this one was the biggest and the best yet as the Club changed the venue, the food and the format of the event.

There were about 120 attendees that enjoyed the food provided by Johnny’s Restaurant with Angelo’s famous ribs as well as entertainment by “the smooth voice” of Richard Cookie Thomas. The fellowship was lively and was complimented by a fair amount of friendly bidding on the silent auction items.

The event featured a silent auction, raffle prizes and a special Sports Memorabilia auction. All proceeds will benefit the club’s Dictionary/Thesaurus Project, whereby every third grader gets a dictionary and every fifth grader gets a thesaurus in all Stratford schools, public and parochial.

North Haven Rotary Honors Veterans at Pancake Breakfast

The Fifth Annual Pancake Breakfast was held yesterday, the day before Veterans Day, as the North Haven Rotary Club once again honored the brave men and women who are serving or have served in our military by giving each of them a FREE ticket to the all-you-can-eat breakfast that was held at the North Haven Middle School.

It was all hands on deck for all of the North Haven Rotarians as they made and served thousands of pancakes for this large scale event. This year’s chairman of the event was Vice President Mark Lesage.

Rick DiNorscia, a past president of the Club, ran the annual raffle which was held during the breakfast event that included the popular sports baskets which he has provided each year. Live entertainment was be provided by the Music Center of North Haven owned by Rotarians Mary and Mark Minotti. President Debbie Volain coordinated the book fair again this year and there was a sale of luminaries by the North Haven Education Foundation.
Rotarians from Devon, New Haven, Woodbridge, North Branford all came out in support of this event.

Care to guess the favorite color of the North Haven Rotary Club this year?