The Middletown Rotary Club held their annual Wine Tasting event at the Crown Plaza in Cromwell last night. This event was chaired by Middletown Rotarian Howard Schachter and was attended by hundred’s of people who enjoyed sampling fine wines, beers and a variety of good food.
The event featured both a silent and live auction with over $20,000 in prizes.
Mayor Daniel Drew announced the 2014 One Book One Middletown title last evening at the Middletown Rotary Holiday Wine/Beer Tasting. The goal of the project, spearheaded by the Rotary, the City of Middletown and Russell Library, is to encourage reading . Every year, the Rotary, city and Russell Library choose a title that appeals to readers of all ages and offers discussions, talks and other events surrounding the book’s theme.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Middletown Rotary programs helping the club serve our community by providing financial support for yearly scholarships to local students, Middletown One Book Literacy Program, our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Baskets feeding 100 families, Amber Alert, local food pantries, and international humanitarian projects.Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Middletown Connecticut Rotary Club is an extremely active lunch Club with over 65 members that is being led by President Garry Mullaney (upper left) this year. President Garry must be having the time of his life as President with the group of dedicated and friendly Rotarians in the Club.
The weekly meetings are lively and spirited with plenty of positive energy in the room. It is pretty obvious that members of this Club like being around each other. They do seem to have a disproportionate number of members with the name Pat for some reason.
Middletown Rotary – What we do
This Club is engaged within their community and the world on many levels including:
- Ongoing participation in the City of Middletown One Book Program
- Recent participation in the following International Projects: Mexico Water, Children of the Andes, Ecuador Water and India Cataract
- Polio Eradication support
- Host an annual awards ceremony to recognize deserving community members that have demonstrated outstanding community service
- Thanksgiving Food drive with Liberty Bank
- Dictionary Project for 3rd Graders
- Sponsoring (2) active Interact Clubs
- Awarding Scholarships
Middletown Rotary – Who we are
Club members are long standing generous supporters of The Rotary Foundation and actively utilize the grants funding available in the Foundation for International Projects.
The Club has a solid ‘Go-forward’ leadership plan with Trish Witzky-Lambert actively serving as President-elect. Trish has developed and implemented a Mentoring Program for new members that is designed to increase retention.
Middletown Rotary also has a very good public facing messaging strategy with their up to date website and Facebook page, they publish an informative weekly newsletter and maintain a very easy to understand ‘What We Do’ card (above right) with the reverse side focused on membership ‘Who We Are” (left). The Club is also in the process of putting together a short promotional video.
The Club also gets the importance of fellowship. In Late August Gary & Pat Gomola hosted a Lobster fellowship at their home which was attended by over 70 people.
The Middletown Rotary Club meets at the First & Last Tavern @ 220 Main Street in Middletown on Tuesdays for lunch. A visiting Rotarian really couldn’t go wrong doing a make-up at this Club.