Norwich Rotary launches the first Rotary Community Corps (RCC) in New England

The Norwich Rotary Community Corps (RCC) received their Charter last night making them the very first RCC in D7980 and in New England.

About 50 attendees gathered at the Holiday Inn in Norwich last night to recognize the official launch of the Norwich Rotary Community Corps by the Norwich Rotary Club.

Rotary Community Corps is a group of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to service. RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects.  RCCs empower community members to initiate and implement their own service projects and facilitate collaboration between Rotarians and non-Rotarians in their community development endeavors.

There are more than 7,500 corps in over 80 countries. RCC was adopted by Rotary International in 1988

The Rotary Community Corps is for people who want to do something in their community, but are unable for some reason to make the commitment to Rotary membership.

Congratulations to the Norwich Connecticut Rotary Club for sponsoring the very first RCC in our District and in New England.

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Has anyone seen the Ali Rose?

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The ” Ali Rose” by Norwich Rotary with Past President Bonnie Hong and Current President Barry Shead

The “Ali Rose” is a 12-passenger high-tech electric powered old-fashioned looking trolley shuttle bus that is the product of a three-year project to convert a former ambulance chassis donated by American Ambulance into a retro-look, high-tech, electric-powered and computerized shuttle bus by the Norwich Rotary Club.

At $80,000 the “Ali Rose” is the the largest community service project ever done by The Norwich Rotary Club as it involved scores of local companies and schools that helped with the grassroots project, from Norwich Regional Technical High School and Three Rivers Community College to Netkin’s Upholstered Furniture on Talman Street.

Donating the trolley was only a small part of the Rotary’s plan. The Club has also launched the formation of Green Energy Technologies, Inc., an employee-owned company that will produce electric-powered trolleys for tourism districts across the country. The “Ali Rose” is a prototype of future trolleys to come from this sustainable initiative. Bonnie Hong, Past Norwich Rotary president has been the project leader of this initiative since it’s inception.

The trolley, which was donated to the City of Norwich in May,  should be in service soon, as soon as the logistics with the charging stations resolved.

Official Visit #51 – Norwich Rotary Club – Dictionary Project and 2 New Members

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Club picture day at Norwich Rotary

Barry & Bonnie distributing Dictionaries

Barry & Bonnie in class

Norwich crew getting ready for Dictionary project

Dictionary Crew

Today was a very busy and enjoyable day visiting the Norwich Rotary Club. The day started early as the Club delivered over 350 Dictionaries to 3rd graders in classrooms all over Norwich. I had the pleasure of accompanying President Barry Shead and Past President Bonnie Hong to one of the schools. Nice touch Norwich handing out Yellow Dictionaries.

New Member Induction

New Member Induction

Sara and Mike being pinned by their Sponsors

Sara and Mike being pinned

Today was an extra special day at the Norwich Rotary Club as we inducted 2 new members: Sara Glynn and Mike Cooney.

This 50+ Club (# members, not age) is very busy supporting and working on many community  projects. A partial list of those endeavors includes:

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  • Rose Garden
  • Refurbish Greenville Playground
  • Build Electric Trolley for City of Norwich (more on this in future post)

Ongoing Projects & Support:Norwich IMG_0406

  • Amber Alert
  • Dictionary Project
  • Norwich Little League
  • Book Donations for Otis Library
  • CAPPS Awards Luncheon
  • RYLA
  • Grocery gift cards for needy families
  • Coat Drive
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  • Native Son/Daughter Recognition Banquet
  • Celebrate Diversity

The Norwich Rotary Club meets at the Bella Fiore Restaurant @ 543 West Thames Street in Norwich on Wed afternoons for lunch. It’s a great group of Rotarians and certainly an enjoyable time making up there.