The New Canaan Rotary Club ran their annual Lobsterfest this weekend on Friday and Saturday. At $30 for a Lobster dinner it was clearly the best meal value to be had in New Canaan this weekend. Many Rotarians, friends and family members pulled together and worked extremely hard to help make this event a success.
This event is the largest fundraiser held by the New Canaan Rotary Club, with all proceeds going to many worthy causes, such as Staying Put in New Canaan; New Canaan Food Pantry; a project with the Rotary Club of Westport to reduce the scourge of Dengue Fever in Indonesian villages; and the worldwide project that has been the focus of Rotary Clubs all over the work, the eradication of polio which has been reduced to three small pockets in third-world countries. (source)
New Canaan Rotary Lobsterfest
Measure twice, cut once
President Fred carrying a tub of Lobsters
Now that’s a knife
Crowds lining up for meals
Every club member has to provide 30 deserts
Andy laughing when I presented my check for payment
The Westport Rotary Club successfully hosted their 2nd Annual Lobsterfest under threatening skies at Compo Beach today. The Club smartly pre-sold almost all of the tickets in advance allowing them the opportunity to focus on running an excellent event, which they did. Despite the looming threat of showers; crowds came in record numbers for this event and were treated to their choice of twin lobsters or a delicious steak with many side items.
All Lobsterfest volunteers donned a flashy yellow t-shirt (thank you Westport) and this honorary volunteer was also given one (thanks again Westport Rotary). The food and drink were top notch as but the service by all of the hardworking volunteers was exceptional and friendly!
If you look closely at the photos below you will see that the event was attended by many Westport Sunrise Rotarians who were also given the the opportunity to see their Wine Tasting tickets today. While Westport Rotary and Westport Sunrise Rotary are two separate and distinct clubs, both clubs are willing to work side by side to help their community.
The crew serving lobsters
PDG Win and friends
A very welcome greeting
PDG Rick Benson & Jennifer Bassett
Totney Benson & Rick Bassett
Steak Guys – ‘It’s nice to meat you’
Westport Sunrise in attendance and supporting the event
The Chester Rotary Lobsterfest has a unique family feel to it that is unlike any of the other Rotary Lobster events that Jennifer and I have attended before. Attendees line up outside the gates an hour or so before they start serving so that they can claim their prime picnic spot. People bring in full picnic supplies including table cloths, coolers, appetizers, candles, drinks and a considerable amount of Lobster regalia. Many of the attendees are adorned in fashionable Lobsterwear.
The weather gods cooperated and the Rotarians of the Chester Rotary Club pulled off yet another successful Lobsterfest this evening with the help of many family and friends. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and well organized, the music was top notch and the beer was plenty cold.
Ticket sales were given a boost by the club adding the online pre-purchase option with PayPal.
If you missed Chester Lobsterfests 1 through 43 then there is no reason to miss next year’s event.
Lisa Oldham and Valerie Connelly (The two newest members in Rotary)
Robery Avery receives a Paul Harris Recognition
President Fred Baker pinning a Paul Harris Pin on Mike Hobbs
The New Canaan Rotary Club is an active, vibrant mid-sized club with 52 members including it’s two newest members, Lisa Oldham and Valerie Connelly, which were inducted on Thursday Sept 5th.
The meeting yesterday was twice as special as Rotarian Robert Avery was awarded his first Paul Harris recognition and Mike Hobbs was awarded a Paul Harris recognition with a rubie, which means that this is Mike’s 7th Paul Harris recognition (his first, plus 5 sapphires and now his first rubie) with each recognition representing at least $1,000 being contributed to The Rotary Foundation.
It’s all hands on deck for the New Canaan Rotary Club as they complete preparations for their 28th annual Lobsterfest which will be held Sept 20 & 21st at the New Canaan Historical Society on 13 Oenoke Ridge Road (Route 124). They are planning for record crowds at this years event with all proceeds to benefit New Canaan and International Communities.
The New Canaan Rotary Club actively supports the community including the following local organizations:
ABC – A Better Chance
American Homefront Project
Day Care Center of New Canaan
Meals on Wheels
NCHS Interact Club
NCHS Scholarship Foundation
New Canaan Baseball
New Canaan Cares
New Canaan Historical Society
New Canaan Library – Salant Room
New Canaan Nature Center
New Canaan Red Cross
New Canaan Senior Center
New Canaan YMCA
New Canaan Youth Options
Pacific House, Stamford, CT
Pegasus Riding Programs
Summer Theatre of New Canaan
In June, the Club co-sponsored the New Canaan Pop Up Park with the theme for the weekend being “Water,” and finding a solution to deliver clean drinking water all over the world. Bringing potable water to the far reaches of the Earth is a global effort of Rotarians and an issue that the Club is very concerned with.
The New Canaan Rotary Cub generously supports The Rotary Foundation and participates in the District Managed Grants program.
The New Canaan Rotary Club meets in a private room for lunch on Thursdays at the Roger Sherman Inn at 195 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT. It is a fun group of Rotarians and always a nice meeting to attend.
Woodbridge Rotarian Robyn Reilly with Glenn Pearson
President Carl Russell cooking up a storm
Woodbridge Co-President Carol Yingling
Past President Diane Eger on Chowder Detail
Ed Maloney and Anita Silvestro celebrate Anita’s upcoming birthday with many friends
Today was a perfect day for the 17th Annual Lobsterfest in Orange Connecticut as the Orange Rotary Club did a great job feeding the large crowds that turned out for their event. Attendees were treated to either twin lobsters or a delicious steak plus all of the fixings. The lines moved steadily without backup, the volunteers were friendly, smiling and helpful…pretty much a well buttered machine.
The event was well attended by the public as well as Rotarians from New Haven, Woodbridge, West Haven, East Hampton, Housatonic Valley, North Haven, Bridgeport, Devon and Milford. (Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone).
All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Rotary’s initiatives both in the local community and abroad, including supporting the Orange Food Bank and the Annual Scholarship Program.
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