D7980 continues to add new members

Three of our D7980 Rotary Clubs, Wallingford, Ridgefield and Westport Sunrise, have added a total of 5 new members within the past week.

Through the end of April our district has added net 44 new members since July 1st plus these 5 new Rotarians bring us up to net 49.

Congratulations to the Wallingford, Ridgefield and Westport Sunrise Rotary Clubs for their commitment to membership through the pursuit of recruiting top quality new Rotarians.

This DG (and soon to be PDG) is always will willing to come induct members at any of our 61 Rotary Clubs.





Ridgefield Rotary Serves up their 19th Annual Progressive Dinner

Each year for the past 19 years the Ridgefield Rotary Club has been running a Club Fellowship/Fundraiser knowns as the Progressive Dinner to benefit The Rotary Foundation. This year the event raised $3,500 which was presented in the form of a BIG CHECK for The Rotary Foundation.

The Progressive Dinner starts at one house, this year it was President Joe’s, for fellowship, cocktails and appetizers then the group  splits up and heads off to various host houses for unique dinners, Jennifer and I went to Cliff & Karen Heidinger’s house for a fabulous dinner and wine tasting, then the group comes back together again for desserts, coffee and after dinner drinks at Andy & Nina Bodner’s home.


The Progressive Dinner was started as a way for the Ridgefield Rotary Club to become more involved with the Rotary Foundation and it has served to do just that as it has raised well over $50,000 since its’ inception and created a hightened level of awareness about the good that the Foundation does around the world.

Ridgefield Rotarian Simon Cooper is a Foundation Area Rep that has been working with the district and the 5 Rotary Clubs in his area on the Foundation for a number of years. Cliff Heidinger has run the Progressive Dinner for the past 19 years, was recognized at the Foundation Dinner in November and remains one of the top Foundation Champions. The Ridgefield Rotary Club was awarded two district managed grants this year from the Foundation to do good in the world and all of the Ridgefield Rotarians generously support The Rotary Foundation.


Ridgefield Rotary serves up 15th Annual ‘Taste of Ridgefield’ today

The hundreds of people that attended the Ridgefield Rotary Club‘s 15 Annual ‘Taste of Ridgefield’ event today were treated to delicious food, fabulous wine and beer as well as top notch entertainment.

Today’s event  (January 26, 2014) was sponsored by the Fairfield County Bank and Vazzana Management Consulting and was held at the Ridgefield Community Center. There were 2 sessions: from 12:30 – 2:30 pm, and 4:00 – 6:00 pm to accommodate the many attendees.

The restaurant lineup included: Bernard’s, Piccolo Pizza, Ross’ Bread, The Cutting Board, Bareburger, Gallo, 121 , Ancona’s Market, Dimitri’s Diner, Deborah Ann’s, The Cake Box, Carvel, Cellar XV, Ridgefield Liquors, Liberta’s Spirits, and The Little Pub.

Entertainment was provided by local RMAC musicians Georgie Brennan, Susan Bozso and Apollo’s Legacy. Gift bags, including coupons to local establishments, were also be distributed attendees.

Proceeds from A Taste of Ridgefield will be donated back to the community in the form of grants and scholarships. Every year, the Ridgefield Rotary donates thousands of dollars to various local organizations and students through several programs and initiatives. (Source: The Ridgefield Press)

Ridgefield Rotarian Andy Bodner receives Hermann Award

Andy Bodner accepting the Hermann Award

Andy Bodner accepting the Hermann Award

Andy Bodner and his wife Nina were both recognized by the Ridgefield Rotary Club this morning for their support in throwing the Ridgefield  fall family picnic at their home in September.

Hermann’s are presented to Ridgefield Rotarians who make an outstanding effort on behalf of the Club.

The coveted award is named after Hermann Cortez-Barrios, Past President 2000-2001.

Andy was nearly speechless upon learning of this news.

The Ridgefield and Woodbridge Rotary Clubs induct new members

Tamra Events and Tony Anastasio get inducted

Tamra Evans and Tony Anastasio get inducted

On Tuesday Oct 2, 2013 The Ridgefield Rotary Club inducted Tamra Evans as their newest member. Tarma  is an attorney who practices in Fairfield and lives in Weston. She comes to the Ridgefield Rotary Club with a strong recommendation from iPDG Brian Amey as she was a member of the Newtown and the Norwalk Clubs previously. Tamra was sponsored by Bill Iannuccelli.

On Friday Oct 4, 2013 The Woodbridge Rotary Club inducted Anthony “Tony” Anastasio as the newest member of the Club. Tony has attended several breakfast and lunch meetings and volunteered with his family to work on the Amber Alert project at the BIG E. Tony lives in Woodbridge with his wife and 2 sons.  He is on the Board of Selectmen in Woodbridge and is self-employed as a retailer of sporting memorabilia.  His classification is Sporting Goods – Retailing. Tony was sponsored by Immediate Past President Anna Dickerson.