Wallingford Rotary donates $1,069 to PolioPlus

AG Tari Marshall-Day attended Area 9’s Wallingford Rotary Club and in an animated fellowship meeting a check for the Rotary Foundation for $1,069 from their Purple Pinkie collections in the Community was presented.  This will be headed off to the Foundation and adds to the exciting POLIO PLUS match for District 7980.  Tari congratulates the Club on their efforts!

The meeting also included an information packed session from Lt. Paul Vance of the CT State Police.  Lt. Vance talked about safety of the home as we head into the spring and supper seasons and also the new focus the Police have on tailgating as a key cause of accidents.

Text and photos submitted by: AG Tari Marshall-Day 

Wallingford Rotary runs successful Wine Event at Gouveia Vineyards

The Wallingford Rotary Club hosted their annual Autumn Wine event last night at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford Connecticut to a full room. Attendees were treated to a glass of wine and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a raffle and a great time.

Hamden Rotarians Cathy Forsberg and Mike Lipman came out to support the Wallingford Rotary Club. It was nice spending time with them.

Proceeds of this event directly benefit the Rotary/Liberty Bank Foundation Thanksgiving Drive.

Last year, the Wallingford Rotary/Liberty Bank Foundation Thanksgiving Drive raised $11,500 which was distributed to nine agencies in Wallingford for Thanksgiving food. The Liberty Bank Foundation has committed 25 cents for every dollar raised up to a maximum of $30,000 which will be divided among all the Rotary Clubs in their footprint participating in this project.

Wallingford Rotary….dong good and while having fun!!!

Wallingford Rotary Craft Brewer’s Festival

The Wallingford Connecticut Rotary Club held their 1st Annual Craft Brewer’s Festival yesterday in the center of Wallingford. Several hundred attendees enjoyed sampling dozens of beers from 14 Brewers on a perfect fall day.

(4) Great Rotary Club Wine & Beer events – Mark Your Calendars!!

Four for the Pour in the next 2 weeks!!! – Mark your calendar as the Trumbull Rotary Club, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club and the Wallingford Rotary Club will be hosting their Wine and Beer Tasting events within the next 2 weeks.

There is no good reason not to attend every single one of these events (be sure to bring a designated driver please).

Here’s the scoop:

  • Trumbull (10/17/2013) – Wine Tasting and casual finger foods
  • Westport Sunrise (10/25/2013) – Wine & Beer Tasting and carving stations and other goodies
  • Derby-Shelton (10/26/2013) – Hoptpberfest Craft Beers and Wings
  • Wallingford (10/26/2013) – Craft Brewer’s Festival

I hope to see many visiting Rotarians at all of these great events!!! Please support these clubs.

Official Visit #19 – Wallingford Rotary Club

President Mark Davis

President Mark Davis

There is no doubt as to what is happening here today!!

There is no doubt as to what is happening here today!!

The Wallingford Rotary Club (of Connecticut) is a mid-sized club with just over 60 members and a long and storied history that dates back to 1923.

The Wallingford Club has always known how to have fun at their meetings as happy bucks suddenly turn into 15 minutes of roaring Improv Comedy. Today there was considerable mention of Wine, Beer and Gun events during the meeting that quickly became fodder for many derivative jokes.

The club is very actively engaged in many fund raisers that support their community projects and charities.

Projects that the club is engaged in include:

  • Amber Alert
  • United Way Day of Caring
  • Purple Pinky
  • 8th Grade Essay & Speaking Contest
  • High School Citizen of the year

Some of the fundraisers include:

  • 5k Road Race
  • Wine Tasting @ Gouvia’s
  • Celebrate Wallingford Soda/Water Sale
  • Golf Tournament
  • Fashion Show
  • …and there are rumors that they may bring the Chicken BBQ back some day (please do)

Even though the club has 61 members they aren’t resting on their laurels as they have a full membership committee that is looking to 1) Retain members through engagement and 2) Attract new members which compliment the club. Recently the Wallingford Club did a special recognition luncheon that recognized members with over 25 years of service, which was a resounding success.

Evidence of Red Sox Nation (John Mattingly)

Evidence of Red Sox Nation (John Mattingly)

Wallingford / Meriden dividing line

Wallingford / Meriden dividing line

The club actually meets on the Wallingford/Meriden town line that is the fabled location of the imaginary purple line that divides Yankee fans from Red Sox’s Nation in our district.

1/2 of the Restaurant, il Monticello, is in Wallingford and the other 1/2 is in Meriden. Today we were in the Meriden side as witnessed by the Red Sox attire being donned by member John Mattingly.

President Mark Davis is highly organized and he maintains a detailed calendar for the club so that everyone knows what is going on. He is also paying attention to the public relations needs of the club by giving more attention to the newsletter, social media and club related press in the community.

The Wallingford Rotary Club meets at il Monticello 577 South Broad St, Meriden, CT   06450 on Wednesday’s for lunch, it is a fun group to drop in on for a make-up.