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
- Getabout Van
- Meals on Wheels
- NCHS Interact Club
- NCHS Post-Prom
- 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.
Orange Lobsterfest workers
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.