Rotary Means Business – It’s Ok to do business with fellow Rotarians

RMB-fellowship-logo-detailed-200Assistant Governor Arisleyda Riehl (Area #1 & #2)  reports the success of the inaugural Rotary Means Business event held on the evening of Thursday January 15th at the Stamford Library.

23 Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Darien, Greenwich, New Caanan, Stamford and Westport were in attendance representing different professions including medicine, banking, real estate, wealth management, accounting, insurance and law.

This event marks another first in our areas and the entire district. Special thanks to President Elect Dan Morris (Stamford Rotary) for developing this initiative as well as the Area Presidents for their exceptional support and making sure their Clubs were well represented.

The purpose of Rotary Means Business is to encourage Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.

Please take a look at the Rotary Means Business website – www.rotarymeansbusiness.com. This is a good resource for those of us that see Rotary as a place where like- minded people can do business or refer business to one another.

Next meeting will be hosted by The Greenwich Club.

Yours in Rotary,
Arisleyda Riehl
Area Governor 2014 – 2017

Stamford Rotary Club Celebrates their 90th Anniversary in Grand Style

The Stamford CT Rotary Club celebrated their  90th Anniversary last night in grand style with a highly personalized, five course wine dinner at the Royal Green restaurant at Sterling Farms, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. It was a spectacular fellowship event that was attended by Rotarians, family members and friends which truly showed the enduring spirit and heart that this club has.

The Stamford Rotary Club has been undergoing a slow but steady revolutionary change in adapting the way that the club operates to be in sync with current times. Not the easiest of tasks if you consider that the Stamford CT Rotary Club was chartered back in 1923 as part of  Rotary International District #1.

The Anniversary event was fun, friendly, welcoming and very well organized by Event Chair Arisleyda Riehl and her committee. A casual observer can always gauge the energy in the room by the amount of conversational noise and the positive energy in that room was considerable. The event ended around 11 PM and many people milled around for awhile afterwards enjoying each others’ company, nobody was running for the exits here.

It was fabulous to see my good friend and mentor Ernie DiMattia  and his wife Susan last night. Ernie was District Governor in 1990-91, the last year that we were district 798 and my second year in Rotary. I learned many important lessons from Ernie while he was DG including; the clubs are the most important component in Rotary, always be kind and that Rotary shouldn’t be political. This year as DG has been especially nice for me in that I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with Ernie in his home club of Stamford.

If your Rotary Club is planning an Anniversary Celebration then consider borrowing a page from the Stamford Rotary Club’s playbook with an event like this. These can be great fellowship events that bring Rotarians, family and friends together.