In Memory of 3 Dedicated Rotarians lost this past week

Jim, Hugh and Jianny are enduring examples of Service Above Self

These Rotarians are enduring examples of Service Above Self

We are saddened by the news that three of our District 7980 Rotary Clubs (The Stoningtons, Derby-Shelton and Newtown) lost long-time dedicated Rotarians this past week.

Rotary was an integral part in the lives of each of these gentlemen as they truly embodied “Service above Self”, each of them was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from their Clubs for their outstanding contributions.  In reading about Les, Howie and Paul it is easy to feel that you have known them your entire life, even if you didn’t experience the pleasure of meeting them in person.

Please take a moment out to reflect on the robust, generous lives that each of these three Rotarians have led. 

Les Duncklee - President-elect  The Stoningtons Rotary

Les Duncklee – President-elect The Stoningtons Rotary

President-elect Lester “Les” H. Duncklee of the Stoningtons Rotary Club passed away suddenly on March 21, 2014. Les was born in New London, on April 23, 1941 and lived in Colchester.

Les just attended NE PETS at the beginning of the month and was looking forward to becoming Club President. He joined Rotary in 1990 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, 51 Williams Ave., Mystic. Donations may be made to the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Stonington, 32 Water St., Stonington, CT 06378.

Les’s full Obituary can be read by clicking here

Howard Russell - Derby-Shelton Rotarian since 1954

Howard Russell – Derby-Shelton Rotarian since 1954

We lost Howard ‘Howie’ Russell, age 86, of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club on March 15, 2014.

Howie joined Rotary in 1954 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

His family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Rotary Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 224, Shelton CT 06484.

Howie’s full full Obituary can be read by by clicking here 



Paul Lux - Past President Newtown Rotary

Paul Lux – Past President Newtown Rotary

Paul Stephen Lux, 64, of The Newtown Rotary Club, passed away Tuesday evening, March 18, 2014, He was born January 18, 1950.

Paul was past president of the Newtown Rotary Club in 2005-06, a member of the Newtown Rotary Foundation Board of Directors and he was a Paul Harris Recipient.

A memorial service will take place April 26.

Additional information on Paul can be read by clicking here


Stonington Rotary hosts Stonington Westerly Thanksgiving Football Dinner

The Rotary Club of The Stoningtons hosted their annual Stonington/Westerly Thanksgiving Football Dinner last night at Buon Appetito Ristorante & Pizzeria in North Stonington just  four days before the historic Westerly-Stonington rivalry will play out on the football field.

This year’s game marks the One Hundred and Second year of this formidable high school football rivalry, which began in 1911, and it is going to be on the new Stonington High School football field.

By continuing with yet another tradition, the Rotary clubs of the Stoningtons and Westerly, welcomed players, coaches (past and present), Rotarians as well as engaged supports to share in an evening of camaraderie, fun and stories.

It is a tradition and a great night designed to encourage the players and supporters.

Official Visit #30 – The Stoningtons Rotary Club

The Stoningtons Rotary Club is a morning club which sits on the Southeastern edge of our Rotary District and serves both Stonington and North Stonington Connecticut. This is a very active club for a small club with membership of just under 15.

In terms of Rotary years (as opposed to dog years) this club is a relative newcomer as they were chartered in the 1990’s. Since that time the club has had an important impact on their surrounding community, the district and the world. They contribute about $20,000 per year to agencies throughout their area and beyond – including Internationally. The Rotary Club of the Stoningtons has been recognized by the District and  Rotary International as one of the highest givers of all the clubs of their size.  

The Stoningtons Rotary Club runs a very successful Annual Fishers Island Golf Tournament which raises funds that make it possible for them to give back so generously. A partial list of the organizations that the club supports includes:

Stoningtons Organizations Supported

The club membership also generously supports The Rotary Foundation (TRF) including PolioPlus.

President Feng Xue Sure has ambitious membership growth plans for his club this year with a goal of adding 12 new members to the club’s roster.

Looking to play hooky from work on a Friday and head to the Cape, Watch Hill or a casino? Then you might as well drop into The Stoningtons Rotary Club for breakfast while you are in the area.