Westport Sunrise Rotary Holds Paul Harris Recognition Breakfast

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club held their annual Paul Harris Recognition Breakfast this morning at the Westport Inn with a very large crowd attending. The Club dedicates a special meeting to honor Club members and Community Leaders with Paul Harris Recognitions as a special way of saying Thank You for their dedicated and tireless work in bettering the community and the world.

Clubs take very different approaches to giving recognition but this format (very similar the one that Wallingford Rotary does with member anniversaries) seems to be one that is worth emulating as it is very appreciated by Club members and guests.



Westport Sunrise Rotary celebrates their 25th Anniversary

About 100 Rotarians, former members, friends and family members turned out at the Red Barn in Westport last night to help the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club celebrate their 25th Anniversary in grand style.

Westport Sunrise - What we do

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The event was a walk down memory lane for the Westport Sunrise Club as President Bob Galan called on Charter members past and present to recount the Club’s journey and the many successes that the Club has enjoyed over the years. A good number of members from the Westport Club turned out to share in the celebration. Combined, the two Westport Clubs have over 160 members all of which are dedicated to making their community a better place.

Although my friend Gerri Lewis, President of the Old Saybrook Club, cringes every time that I  say it; The Westport Sunrise Club is a perfect example of what a Vibrant Rotary Club is all about.

Westport Sunrise does interesting fundraisers, has interesting weekly meetings, generously supports their community and the world, supports the Rotary Foundation, plays nice with the Westport Rotary Club, participates in international projects, has excellent Club leadership (past and present), is a big supporter of yellow, has many members of the Club that are active in the district, the zone and with Rotary International. Roy Fuchs heads up the 4-way test contest, Dennis Wong (President-elect) is involved with Peace and Polio programs, Eric Zelinksi is part of the District Finance Committee and John Hendrickson is a Assistant Governor of Area 2.

The Club event contributed two rubber ducks for my dining room.

The Westport Sunrise Club even contributed two rubber ducks for my dining room.

Westport Sunrise packs in over 400 attendees for their Wine Tasting event

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club held their 24th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting event tonight night to a Standing Room Only crowd of over 400 in the Great Hall of the Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport Connecticut.

There was wine & beer from about a dozen merchants, live music, fabulous food, great conversation and fellowship as well as  what appeared to be about 100 silent auction items (thanks for making the bid sheet yellow, well played).

Many Rotarians from the Fairfield, Westport and North Haven Clubs came out to support The Westport Sunrise Fundraiser. It is always fabulous to see Visiting Rotarians supporting other Clubs.

Hmmmmm…….Jennifer and I ‘won’ the unlimited use of a 2014 BMW for 3 days in the silent auction, where should we go?