Naugatuck Rotary hosts Paul Harris Recognition Dinner to honor Larry Erickson

The Naugatuck Rotary Club honored Larry Erickson as this year’s recipient of the Paul Harris Award during their annual Paul Harris Recognition  The Dinner on November 13th  was held at The Crystal Room, 98 School St in Naugatuck and was attended by over 80 people.

Larry Erickson was honored as a member of the Naugatuck community that has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards.

Larry has been the owner of Jesse Camille’s Restaurant in Naugatuck since 1996 and although not a Rotarian (yet), he exemplifies Service above Self. He hosts numerous charity events for local agencies and organizations, donates generously for community fund raising events such as  Naugatuck football, the Naugatuck Historical Society the Naugatuck YMCA and the Naugatuck police. Larry and his family started the Camille Perugini Trust Fund, which was named after his late sister-in-law which reportedly has raised approximately raised $177,000 in college scholarships for graduates of local high schools.

President Jeanine LeVasseur did a fabulous job as the Master of Ceremonies for this recognition event in which numerous dignitaries came to formerly honor Larry Erickson.

Official Visit #43 – Naugatuck Rotary Club

The Naugatuck Rotary Club pulled out all of the stops for the Official District Governor visit yesterday as nearly half the club dressed in yellow, they presented me with a decorative blanket from their town and they even sang my favorite song, Imagine.

The Club meets in the lower level of the Naugatuck Portuguese Club in a private room that is perfect for Rotary meetings which was recently done over just for them by the Club. At a time when many Clubs are shuffling around between meeting places the Naugatuck Rotary Club seems to have landed very nice long-term digs.

The Club has a long history of being very active in the community, the district and the world. Here are some of the things that the Club does:

  • Wine Tasting fund raiser for Rotary Charities
  • Group Study Exchange with team from India
  • Bicycle Race in Downtown Naugatuck
  • Golf Tournament
  • Literacy Program
  • Bookshelf Program
  • Project Graduation
  • Kids Christmas Party
  • Citizen of the year award
  • The Rotary Foundation
  • Naugatuck is the Home Club of PDF Rupi Rupwani and of District Youth Exchange Chair Jennifer Merrill

Like many of our Rotary Clubs the Naugatuck Rotary Club is in the process of adding younger members to their membership ranks. Looking around the room that is immediately obvious by the mix of ages. The Club has ambitious aspirations to add quality members to their membership in the coming year(s) as part of their ‘Go Forward’ plans.

President Jeanine is having a great time leading her Club and it shows, she is focusing on all of the things that will help her club thrive for many years to come. She has a strong succession plan in place with Cathie Mauritz as President-elect and Matt Fortney as President-Nominee.

The Naugatuck Rotary Club meets for lunch on Wednesdays at the Naugatuck Portuguese Club @ 110 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, CT. It’s a great group of Rotarians and certainly worth the visit to enjoy the strong Rotary fellowship. I am looking forward to returning.


Naugatuck Rotary Fellowship on 08-07-2013

President Jeanine LeVasseur

President Jeanine LeVasseur

The Naugatuck Rotary Club held a membership fellowship event on Wednesday evening 8/7/2013 instead of their regular lunchtime meeting.

This membership fellowship event was a fun casual picnic that was held at the home of President Jeanine LeVasseur. It was a relaxing way for club members to catch up with each other and to visit with Rule-of-85 members over good food and drink.

Besides club members;  family members, friends and at least one visiting Rotarian attended this wonderful event.

President Jeanine knows that Rotary can’t be all work and no play and that connecting Rotarians and families together with fun fellowships is a key for membership.