AG Larry Gardner, Ron and Carol Giustino, President John Metzger and Rick Bassett
The Ridgefield Sunrise Club inducted Ron and Carol Giustino into Rotary this morning making them the 4th and 5th new members into the Club since July 1st. Geri Blair, Tim O’Malley and Al Vargas were all recently inducted.
For a small Club, the Ridgefield Sunrise Club has been very active this year. So far:
They added 5 new members
They changed their meeting venue to Tom Tom’s Restaurant, 417 Main Street, Ridgefield
They collected well over 300 bags of food valued at over $6,000 at their food drive
They held a benefit dinner for the Disabled American Veterans, at 50 Coins Restaurant, on November 14th.
They just donated $1,200 to the Rotary Foundation and have committed to becoming an EREY (every Rotarian every year) Club in 2014
This is a new Club that was chartered in 2011 and is really beginning to get traction. We are looking forward to seeing big things from them.
The entire marching crew minutes before the parade began
The crew at the Newtown Parade
Ridgefield and Ridgefield Sunrise marching in unison at the Newtown Parade
PDG’s Jim Lang and Alan Hurst with Trumbull and East Hampton Rotarians
Jennifer Bassett with her yellow float
The crew at the Newtown Parade
Jennifer Bassett and Monroe President Bill Florin
Danbury Rotary in the Newtown Parade
iPDG Brian put up the ‘Wheel Signal’ about a month ago for area Rotary Clubs to participate in Newtown’s Labor Day Parade and he received marching support from eight Rotary clubs including; Newtown Rotary Monroe Rotary, Danbury Rotary, Ridgefield Rotary, Ridgefield Sunrise Rotary, Trumbull Rotary, East Hampton Rotary and North Haven Rotary (hopefully I didn’t miss any).
Over 100 community groups marched in the parade (or rode in a cool yellow car) today through on and off rain and the occasional threat of a thunder boomer. The weather didn’t seem to thin the crowds a bit as parade viewers were out in big numbers in full support of Newtown Connecticut.
The Newtown Rotary Club was kind enough to select yellow as the color for their 75th Anniversary shirts as they know what this DG knows; Yellow is the Happiest Color!!! It even helped to offset the fact that we were marching behind the Lions, perhaps we will be in front of them next year. Our own iPDG Brian Amey, Newtown Rotary Club, was one of the key committee organizers of the Newtown Labor Day Parade today. Brian was keeping duty at the end of the parade and wasn’t fortunate enough to get one the yellow shirts. For some reason he was wearing a lime color shirt.
From the community outpouring today it is clear that Newtown is a town on the mend. Jennifer and I were happy and honored to be part of this event today.
President John Metzger, Hal Marcus, Jennifer Slover and Tom Watson at their morning meeting on 08-27-2013
Today was the District Governor Official Visit to the Ridgefield Sunrise Club. I was joined by Assistant Governor Larry Gardner who has now had to endure my talk twice within 12 hours; poor guy.
The Ridgefield Sunrise club was chartered in 2011 and is the newest club in District 7980. John Metzger is the third President of the club since it’s inception. The club was initially chartered with 25 members but membership has slipped into the upper teens, which is common for new clubs trying to get a footing.
The club plans on focusing on two main charities during this Rotary Year; the Ridgefield Food Pantry and The Disabled Veterans Organization.
President Metzger and the board have identified the following club priorities for the coming year:
Making each meeting a valuable use of attendees time.
Retaining and attracting new members.
Keeping focused on the main goals for the year.
The club recognizes the importance of fellowship as a foundation to membership and as such Keith Miller, Immediate Past President, has a fellowship picnic scheduled at his house on Labor Day for members, prospective members and their families.
The Ridgefield Sunrise, a breakfast club, is one of two Rotary clubs in Ridgefield Connecticut. The other Ridgefield club is a dinner club that was established in 1941.
Join the Ridgefield Sunrise club for a nice breakfast on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 at Eats on Main.
Ridgefield Sunrise meets at 7:15am on Tuesdays @ Eats On Main
I had the pleasure of dropping in as a visiting Rotarian on the Ridgefield Sunrise Rotary Club this morning. The club meets at a very nice spot called Eats on Main (449 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877); which served a nice breakfast, large bottomless cups of coffee and provides a private meeting area that overlooks Main Street.
President Metzger led his club in a club assembly where the members discussed their most recent fundraising efforts for the food pantry, new member recruitment and the need to get the word out to the community about the great things that the club does. They also had a few rounds rounds of trivia, next time I need to study up ahead of time.
The club seems well focused on doing more in the community, growing and gaining better visibility. I am looking forward to visiting them again on August 27th and experiencing a double dose of fellowship by this great group of Rotarians.