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