West Haven Rotary’s Annual Auction to benefit Nook Project

The West Haven Rotary Club held their 26th annual auction last Saturday night at Westwood’s Italian American Club. Just over 175 people attended the festive event and enjoyed great fellowship, fabulous food and drink and a very large selection of live and silent auction items.

President-elect Kathleen Wielk announced that the West Haven Rotary Club is working with the West Haven Board of Education to bring Nook 3 – 4 tablets to every fourth grade classroom in the City.


The West Haven Rotary Amigos receive DG Pardon

The Three Amigos are a group of West Haven Rotarians (Rick, Roger and Gary) that have over 120 years of service combined in the club. They are known for being fun loving and big time practical jokers. After being absent for several meetings in a row President Jason Crockett created this video to give it back to them a bit.

After receiving some rather hefty fines during Happy/Sad bucks this past week the 3 Amigos provided a ‘Peace Offering’ to President Jason Crockett in the form of the missing Club Bell.

The 3 Amigos have been searching for the Bell since the Official DG Visit to their Club back in October when the clandestine operation “Find Baby Jesus” was launched. The secret operation had the Amigos using unconventional search techniques to find the missing Club Bell. The operation was code named to parallel  related pranks that occur during the holidays each year when hundreds of ‘Baby Jesus’ figurines go missing from nativity scenes. President Jason was initially reluctant to wave the fines until it was pointed out that he missed the 1 hour session at NE PETS last year entitled ‘Defending Your Club Bell’.

DG Pardons were granted to the 3 Amigos and President Jason who all agreed to play nice for the next week or so until the next bid practical joke is conceived.

The Club Bell is now back safe and sound under the care and custody of President Jason, President Jason is now being considered for membership in the Amigos group,  a single meeting record of over $400 in happy/sad fines was collected and over $500 was pledged to the Rotary Foundation by the Amigos and other club members.

Non-stop laughing at this meeting, you never know what will happen during a West Haven Rotary meeting.


West Haven Rotary Serves Up their 13th Annual Taste of West Haven last night

The West Haven Rotary Club held their 13th annual ‘Taste of West Haven’ event at the Westwood’s Italian American Club last night.  The event was well attended and very well organized.

Event attendees were treated to an abundance of good food and deserts from the best restaurants in West Haven as well as beer and wine tasting that was arranged for by Ye Old Liquor Shoppe.

Fun and fellowship spontaneously breaks out when you put a bunch of West Haven Rotarians in a room with food and drink. Jennifer and I look forward to attending this ‘Taste’ event each year.

Official Visit #48 – West Haven Rotary (Check out their promotional video)

The West Haven Rotary Club is strong in many areas but they are especially known for being the leading Club in Vocational Service in District D7980 for the past 10+ years. Not resting on their laurels in Vocational service, their efforts are always evolving. Their video (below) is an example of these continuing efforts as it is carefully designed to educate the community on Who West Haven Rotary is and What they do. President Jason Crockett has even offered to educate and assist other D7980 Clubs on how to go about producing their own promotional videos as part of West Haven’s commitment to Vocational Service.

Check out the promotional Club video that the West Haven Rotary Club has produced.

I grew up in West Haven Connecticut, which is contrary to my joke yesterday that no one from West Haven ever grows up. All of those years sitting in my private chair in the Principal’s office apparently turned out to be good District Governor training.

Visiting the West Haven Rotary Club is always like coming home in a sense as the members are down to earth and funny as heck. They are seasoned practical jokers that rib and abuse each other, as well as any guests in the room, in good natured fun.

This Club has membership in the mid 50’s (size not age) and has a very active community presence, some would argue a force, since 1930. They are always looking to add quality members to their Club that will compliment and enhance their efforts in the West Haven Community.

The West Haven Rotary Club meets at App’s on Captain Thomas Boulevard on Wednesday afternoons for lunch. Always a good lunch and a good time. Bring happy dollars and a sense of adventure.