Orange Rotary holds 20th Annual Auction

Incoming Orange Rotary Club President Rich Pittala ran the Auction Fundraiser this past Friday night at the Racebrook Country Club with just about 100 people in attendance. The 20th Annual event featured many silent auction items, several dozen live auction items, prizes, a nice buffet, good fellowship and more than a few laughs.



PDG Brian Amey’s Governor Project Raises $20,000 for St. Martin de Porres Academy

Immediate Past District Governor (iPDG) Brian Amey presented a check to the President of the  St. Martin de Porres Interact Club  today for $4,000 during a meeting with the Orange Rotary Club.

iPDG Brian and many people worked very hard to raise $20,000 in funds to help break the cycle of poverty by providing life changing opportunities for the young people helped by St. Martin de Porres Academy (SMPA). Financial support for Brian’s DG Project came in; the form of direct donations to the project, as proceeds from the raffle tickets and from the ‘Quilt Friends of the Governor’ auction.

The mission of SMPA is to break the cycle of poverty through education by addressing educational disparity by increasing quality education opportunities for at risk children from Connecticut’s lowest income families, thus making them competitive for admission to college and universities.

The Academy’s school model is based upon small class size, an 10-hour extended school day, an 11-month extended school year, 90 minutes of reading per day, 2 meals a day, compulsory instrumental music, and mandatory parental commitment. Students are in school approximately 850 more hours per year than their public school peers and their attendance is 97%.

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

1st Orange Rotary Turkey Trot is a blistering sellout

Runners turned out in big numbers for the 1st Annual Orange Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Orange Rotary President Carl Russell called the event a sellout with 340 registrants  just before the race kicked off.

Temperatures were hovering in the mid 20’s when registration opened up at 6:30 and eventually climbed to a balmy 28 degrees by race time at 8 AM when the runners took off.

It was a quick and colorful field of runners who were no doubt motivated by the climate.

Congratulations to President Carl, all of the Orange Rotarians, the volunteers and all of the participants for ‘running’ such a successful event.

Two Rotary Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving Morning

Two Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving

Two Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving

Both the Branford Rotary Club and the Orange Rotary Club will be putting on separate 5k runs on Thanksgiving morning this year.

Not up to running? Then please plan on attending one of these events as they both offer fun walks. It’s a perfect way to burn off calories before the big consumption event later that day.

I hope to see you there!