Paul Mangels to become District Governor in 2017-18

MANGELSThe District 7980 Nominating Committee has nominated Paul Mangels of the Milford Rotary Club to be District Governor in 2017-18.

The nomination challenge period has expired and not a single objection was made; thus confirming Paul’s nomination.

Paul has been a member of the Rotary Club of Milford since 1998, serving as President in 2006-2007. He served as Assistant Governor from 2007-2010, Club Vision organizer and chair, Beacon editor, and has just begun a term as Permanent Fund chair for the District. He has been received several awards at the club level, the Norm Parsells award and the Don Adams award. He is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Paul Harris Society member.

Paul was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1959. Five years after receiving a degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut, he opened his first business, Connecticut Engravers, in Bridgeport in 1986. In 2002 he opened H Mangels Confectioner and has been managing both businesses since that time. A member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Milford, he has served in various leadership positions and has just completed a three-year term as Senior Warden. Paul resides in Milford with his wife, Marcy, and they have a son, Jeffrey, who resides in Arlington, Virginia.

DG PinPaul has joined the Governor Track Team with the title of District Governor Nominee Designee (DGND) as he begins his DG training. The Governor Track Team consists of Mukund Nori (DG), Gerry Tom (DGE), Chris Johnson (DGN) and now Paul Mangels (DGND).

Feel free to congratulate Paul by sending him a message via email @

Milford Rotary slow cooks their 5th and Final Blues Brews and BBQ

The Milford Rotary Club had about 200 attendees turn out on March 22nd for the Club’s  5th annal Blues Brews and BBQ event. This event featured a tasty Down-Home Slow Cooked BBQ meal prepared by Shoreline Chef Larry Landsberg and Milford Rotarians, music by Jay Rowe and Friends, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing.

This is the 5th, and rumored to be the final time, that the Club will run this event. Over the past 5 years this event has netted the Club tens of thousands of dollars and added considerably to everyone’s waistlines and enjoyment.

This event is a big undertaking for a Club that already does 2 monster fundraisers each year; The Lobster Bake and The Milford Oyster Festival. Perhaps lobbying incoming President Eric Tashlein, along with promising 300 attendees can help keep Blues Brews & BBQ alive another year.

Milford Rotary rolls up their sleeves for the Beth-El Soup Kitchen

Twice a month, every month, volunteers from the Milford Rotary Club serve up a fantastic meal to the guests at the Beth-El Center Soup Kitchen. This Saturday the Club served a special Holiday Luncheon that featured holiday music by Jay Rowe, holiday decorations and an extra special meal.

Milford Rotarian Larry Landsberg, aka The Shoreline Chef, was quoted as saying “We served over 50 people a luncheon of roasted petit fillet, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted vegetables, red velvet cake, and ice cream. Jay Rowe, international known smooth jazz pianist and Milford resident, friend of Milford Rotary played some holiday music. I am unsure who had a better time, our guests or the Rotarians.”

Chef Larry is the primary ‘cheerleader & chief” for this event for his Club as it a cause that he cares dearly about. His family is also stepping in to run 5 of the events during 2014.

The Milford Rotary Club is a big Club with a giant heart. With about 100 members they conduct large scale of fundraisers, such as the Lobster Bake, they give back to their community in dozens of ways including giving scholarships, they generously support The Rotary Foundation and they know how to have fun while doing so despite overcoming some daunting adversity.

Milford Connecticut is also home to The Devon Rotary Club which is a very active Club of 55 members that also actively participates every other Saturday in serving meals on a regular basis at the Beth-El Center. They have also donated a Van to the Beth-El Center.

The Milford and Devon Rotary Clubs regular ‘hands-on’ participation in the Beth-El Soup Kitchen demonstrates that these are groups of Rotarians who knows that it takes far more than simply writing checks to help their community.

The 26th Annual Norman K. Parsells Award Luncheon

The Fairfield Rotary Club hosted the 26th Annual Norman K. Parsells Award Luncheon today at the Gaelic-American Club.

The Norman K. Parsells Award,  is presented annually to honor the memory and spirit of Norm Parsells.  He was a dedicated Rotarian who served his community and Rotary, demonstrating Rotary’s ideal of “Service Above Self”. The recipients of the Award are being recognized as Rotarians who personifies the same spirit and dedication to their community and Rotary that Norm represented during his lifetime.

Because of their outstanding service to their Rotary Clubs, their communities and to Rotary International, the 2013 recipients of the Norman King Parsells Award are:

Norm was an attorney, a majority leader in the House of Representative and a very active member of his community.

Areas four and five of District 7980 honor the memory and spirit of Norm Parsells, a dedicated Rotarian who served his community well. Norm’s dedicated service to the community demonstrated Rotary’s ideal of “service above self”.

There 10 Rotary Clubs in Areas four and five are: Milford, Devon, Stratford, Bridgeport, Black Rock, Fairfield, Orange, Derby-Shelton, Monroe and Trumbull.

Although Fairfield was his “home” club, he visited and worked with other clubs where many lasting friendships have been made. It is, then, quite fitting that each club in these areas join to honor him by issuing the Norman King Parsells Award.

Read more about Norm Parsells and the previous recipients:  Norm Parsells Luncheon Program

Congratulations to these outstanding Rotarians!!

Here are many photos from today’s luncheon

Official Visit #50 – Milford Rotary Club – A Very Yellow Greeting!!

Milford Rotary Brag Board

Milford Rotary – What We Do

At just over 100 members the Milford Rotary Club is the largest Club in District 7980 and on Thursday I had the honor of inducting 2 new members (Leigh and Dan) into the Club. The Club also awarded a Paul Harris recognition to Dr. David Esposito.

While the Milford Rotary Club is known for their 2 Mega Fundraisers, The Lobster Bake and The Oyster Festival, they are certainly about much more than that. Have a look at what I like to call “The Brag Board” on the right and you will quickly understand the depth of philanthropic endeavors by this Club. Every one of these ‘line items’ has a significant story behind it that the Milford Rotarians are extremely proud of; especially the annual award of $25,000 in scholarships to High School Seniors.

Westport President Tony Riggio

Westport President Tony Riggio contributes  $500 in the name of Terry Munk

Besides being generous community and international Benefactors the Milford Rotary Club also helps out other Rotary Clubs. One example is how the Club helped the Westport Rotary Club get their LobsterFest off the ground last year. Now in it’s 2nd year the Westport LobsterFest is a profitable mature event thanks to the help of Milford Rotary. Westport President Tony Riggio came by yesterday to express the Westport Club’s thanks by contributing $500 in honor of  Terry Munk.

It’s not all business for the Milford Rotary Club as they know how to have a good time as well. Happy Bucks during their weekly meetings sometimes feel like Open Mike Night in Comedy Central, their fellowships are big, fun and usually include massive amounts of good food and beverage as well as many family members. They have a newer annual event called Blues, Brews & BBQ (Music, Drink and Food in case you were wondering) which is technically a fundraiser but can easily be mistaken for a giant fellowship event.

Many Milford Rotarians wore yellow yesterday which brightened the day for the Official District Governor visit,  I sincerely appreciate that thoughtful extra effort. Receiving Yellow Limincello Jello in the shape of Big Bird’s had was a first, thanks to First Lady Brenda Bergami for making that.

The Milford Rotary Club meets on Thursdays for lunch at Aldario’s Restaurant @ 240 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT. Stop in if you can or treat yourself to their Blues, Brews & BBQ event in the spring, you will enjoy it either way.

Special thanks to Assistant Governor Ann Brignola for many of these photos.