Official Visit #60 – Mystic Rotary – leads the district in new members

The Mystic Rotary Club, with about 60 members will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary this spring just before their annual Lobsterfest (a sentence stuffed with information).

The Mystic Rotary Club has added 6 new members since July 1st without losing any thus making them the leading Club in our District in terms of membership growth year-to-date.

Some of the things that the Club does:

  • Supports Polio Eradication
  • Award  Scholarships to high-school students  who best fulfill Rotary’s central theme of “Service Above Self,” and who reside in the communities from which Mystic Rotary Club members are drawn.
  • Support the Tech Tot Library
  • Support Arc of New London County
  • Participates in the Liberty Bank Food Drive
  • Support Westerly Area Rest Meals, Inc.
  • Support the District’s Oklahoma Relief efforts
  • Support Visiting the Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut
  • Partner with the Stongingtons Club on the Dictionary Project
  • Does ‘hands on’ projects such as Spring cleaning at the Mystic Historical Society
  • Generously supports The Rotary Foundation
  • Bell ringing for the Salvation Army

Many of the funds for these community and international causes are raised at the Club’s weekly meetings in the form of happy bucks, other funds are raised by selling lobster meals at Lobster Days at Mystic Seaport over Memorial Day weekend, and by selling Del’s Frozen Lemonade at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and Taste of Mystic.

Their Lobster Days Event, held at the Mystic Seaport each Memorial Day Weekend, is the Club’s signature fundraising event. Their website describes it like this “Crack your first lobster claw of the season  at the butter-dribbling, shell-sucking, quintessentially-New-England Lobster Days during Memorial Day Weekend.

The Mystic Rotary Clubs meets on Mondays for lunch at the Mystic Hilton. Their weekly meetings are well organized, informative and fun, they start at 12:15 and end by 1:15 and cover a considerable amount of ground during that short period. It’s a great place to do a make-up!!

The Mystic Connecticut Rotary Club inducts 4 new members today

It was a very good day to be a Mystic Rotarian today as their membership ranks grew 4 quality Rotarians in front of a full house during their regular weekly meeting. The spirited interactive induction and warm welcoming was a fabulous launching pad for the new Rotarians.

John Merkel, President Elect and Membership Chair of the Mystic Rotary Club arranged for the induction of: Mimi Boxwell (Financial Services), Dane Vartabedian (Insurance), Tina Lessing (Office Management) and Linda Robbins (Healthcare – Nursing).

President Laureen Morley has 2 additional members in the pipeline, which we may possibly induct during the Official Visit in late September.

AG Gerry Tom was in attendance as was PAG Ron Webb.

Mystic Rotary Club off to a mighty start

Laureen Morley hit the ground running on July 1st as the new president of the Mystic Connecticut Rotary Club. She follows in the footsteps of  immediate Past President John Vincent, who had a great year.  President Laureen is focusing on engaging and growing membership as well as seeking additional fundraising opportunities.

The Rotary Club of Mystic has three (3) major fundraisers each year to support and fund their charitable efforts.

  • selling Del’s Lemonade at the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
  • selling Del’s Lemonade at the  Taste of Mystic
  •  annual Lobster Days event held each Memorial Day weekend at the Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.

The Mystic Rotary Clubs meets on Mondays for lunch at the Mystic Hilton and they have just upgraded their lunch menu from Rotary Chicken to Rotary Turkey.  A great place to make-up!!