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

Stratford Rotary Club serves up Rib Night

The Stratford Rotary Club served up Rib Night this evening at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford. Stratford Rotary has been running their Rib Night for about 7 years and by all accounts this one was the biggest and the best yet as the Club changed the venue, the food and the format of the event.

There were about 120 attendees that enjoyed the food provided by Johnny’s Restaurant with Angelo’s famous ribs as well as entertainment by “the smooth voice” of Richard Cookie Thomas. The fellowship was lively and was complimented by a fair amount of friendly bidding on the silent auction items.

The event featured a silent auction, raffle prizes and a special Sports Memorabilia auction. All proceeds will benefit the club’s Dictionary/Thesaurus Project, whereby every third grader gets a dictionary and every fifth grader gets a thesaurus in all Stratford schools, public and parochial.

Official Visit #41 – Stratford Rotary Club

Visit the Stratford Connecticut Rotary Club and you will immediately feel the vibrancy in the air. This is a group of Rotarians that clearly enjoys the company of each other and knows how to have fun. They party on the beach; take road trips with each to Mohegan Sun, playfully rib each other during happy bucks and will rib each other at Rib Night (shameless plug) on Nov 16th.

President Bill O’Brien always has a contagious smile on his face, unless scoundrels are placing signs illegally around Stratford. Bill is an organized leader with the gift of inspiration. One could argue that it is easy to look this good when being surrounded by this great group of Stratford Rotarians and certainly there is some truth in that. Bill took over from Immediate Past President Chris Pia who did a bang-up job last year, which included inducting and retaining 5 new members.

The Stratford Rotary Club is a very active mid-sized club of 42 with aspirations to grow to 50 members. Some of their fundraisers and activities include:

  • Annual Carnival
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Annual Paper Shredding Event
  • Dictionary Project (3rd Graders)
  • Thesaurus Project (5th Graders)….quick what’s another name for Thesaurus?
  • Provided a hot dog lunch for the kids at the South End Community Center’s annual Bike Rodeo
  • Rotary Par 3 Shotgun Golf Tournament

They maintain an active Facebook page that is worth LIKING <click here>

They meet for lunch on Tuesdays at the Oronoque Country Club @ 385 Oronoque Lane, Stratford, CT in a room that overlooks a well manicured Golf Course.

All of this and they gave me a bottle of wine as a Speakers Gift today!! What’s not to like? I will be back!!!

Stratford Rotary Short Beach Fellowship

The members of the Stratford Rotary Club know that it can’t be all work and no play, so play they do. Last night the Stratford Rotary Club held a waterside fellowship picnic at Short Beach in Stratford Connecticut.  Short Beach is another one of those hidden gems in Connecticut that is within 20 miles of my house which I had no idea was there. Near-home discoveries like this are one of the biggest benefits of the DG job.

There was plenty of good times, good food and great family fun last night as over 50 adults and children attended. Besides having a very nice clean beach and a comfortable pavilion, the venue has a very large playscape for kids to explore. Immediate Past President Chris Pia was leading the way on the beach with a new game of skill involving throwing a frisbee into a can.

Jennifer Bassett was giving President-elect Pat Gallagher and her husband lessons learned about her Rotary training experience including proper waving techniques. AG Ann Brignola and Joe were in attendance and enjoying themselves. Ann was happily bragging about and showing photos of the new Star in their family.

President Bill O’Brien is having a great time leading his club this year and we both commented on how fast that the time is flying by. Many of members of Bill’s family were in attendance last night including his sister Joan who recently gave a program on Feng shui to the Stratford Rotary Club. Joan’s talk calibrated the balance of this already high functioning club that knows…happy Rotarians are Engaged Rotarians.