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

Inbound Youth Exchange Picnic in Monroe 09-08-2013

The Monroe Rotary Club hosted a nice picnic for the D7980 Inbound Exchange Students today at the YMCA facility in Monroe. The picnic was attended by the Inbound Youth Exchange Students, District Youth Services Leadership and many of the Host Families. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.

Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing our culture and helping students to embracing a new one, we help foster global understanding.

It was a very nice day for a picnic as the food, weather and company were perfect.

Attention Clubs: Sue Horton wants to remind you that the deadline for Outbound Youth Exchange is quickly coming approaching. Contact Sue for more details.

8 Rotary Clubs come out to support Newtown Connecticut in the Labor Day Parade

iPDG Brian put up the ‘Wheel Signal’ about a month ago for area Rotary Clubs to participate in Newtown’s Labor Day Parade and he received marching support from eight Rotary clubs including; Newtown Rotary Monroe Rotary, Danbury Rotary, Ridgefield Rotary, Ridgefield Sunrise Rotary, Trumbull Rotary, East Hampton Rotary and North Haven Rotary (hopefully I didn’t miss any).

Over 100 community groups marched in the parade (or rode in a cool yellow car) today through on and off rain and the occasional threat of a thunder boomer. The weather didn’t seem to thin the crowds a bit as parade viewers were out in big numbers in full support of Newtown Connecticut.

The Newtown Rotary Club was kind enough to select yellow as the color for their 75th Anniversary shirts as they know what this DG knows; Yellow is the Happiest Color!!! It even helped to offset the fact that we were marching behind the Lions, perhaps we will be in front of them next year. Our own iPDG Brian Amey, Newtown Rotary Club, was one of the key committee organizers of the Newtown Labor Day Parade today. Brian was keeping duty at the end of the parade and wasn’t fortunate enough to get one the yellow shirts. For some reason he was wearing a lime color shirt.

From the community outpouring today it is clear that Newtown is a town on the mend. Jennifer and I were happy and honored to be part of this event today.

Official Visit #3 – Monroe Rotary Club


President Bill Florin

For a small club the Monroe Rotary Club accomplishes an amazing amount of things. They support the Monroe Food Pantry, Project Warmth, the Masuk Interact Club, Award Annual Service above Self Recognitions to outstanding community members, participate in District Managed Grants, Global Grants and recently donated $500 to the D7980 Oklahoma Relief Fund.

President Bill Florin and his board have public image and membership as top priorities this year. They recently ran a fellowship event aimed at attracting prospective members and have 3 good candidates in pipeline. On the public image front they are updating their web presence by converting to a new website platform, already have a very active Facebook page and they are generally successful in getting many stories about their club published in the local papers and on The Patch.

The Monroe Club is actively working on their 18th annual golf tournament which will be held on Sept 19th at The Whitney Farms Golf Club. They are looking for golfers and sponsors.

In November they will be running their annual Pancake Breakfast with the Masuk Interact Club to benefit Project Warmth.

To their credit they also have their leadership chain shored up and have already named Dan Keene as Prsident-elect.

The Monroe Rotary Club meets on Thursday mornings for breakfast at the Stone Barn on Shelton Ave, stop in and see them, they are a fun group.