D7980 continues to add new members

Three of our D7980 Rotary Clubs, Wallingford, Ridgefield and Westport Sunrise, have added a total of 5 new members within the past week.

Through the end of April our district has added net 44 new members since July 1st plus these 5 new Rotarians bring us up to net 49.

Congratulations to the Wallingford, Ridgefield and Westport Sunrise Rotary Clubs for their commitment to membership through the pursuit of recruiting top quality new Rotarians.

This DG (and soon to be PDG) is always will willing to come induct members at any of our 61 Rotary Clubs.





Interact Council of Presidents held in Stratford on Sunday

Members from 20 (of our 53 Interact Clubs) and 12 (of our 61 Rotary Clubs) attended a lively program Sunday (2/2/2014) on Interact at the Homewood Suites in Stratford.

The Interact Council of Presidents (ICoP’s) is an Interact district wide meeting of Interact Presidents within Rotary District 7980 that is designed to collaboratively lead and plan the activities of the Interact Clubs within our District.

Interact are clubs for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

Interact has a membership of over 250,000 youth in more than 11,000 clubs worldwide. It’s one of Rotary’s fastest growing programs. Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either school or community based. Interact’s name is a combination of the words international and action. With clubs in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is truly an international phenomenon. Interact’s global youth network is dedicated to community and international service. Every Interact club project, great or small, has a lasting impact on society worldwide. Brazil, India, the Philippines, and the United States boast the highest number of Interact clubs.

Rotary Club Fun(d)raisers for the next 30 days

There are many great Rotary Club Fun(d)raisers coming up in the next 30 days.

Be sure to come out and support these Clubs as Fun(d)raisers provide the gas in the ‘Doing Good’ engine.

Your Club’s event missing? Let us know and we will add it to this blog posting.

(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.

Westport Rotary Club hosts 2nd Annual Lobsterfest today

The Westport Rotary Club successfully hosted their 2nd Annual Lobsterfest under threatening skies at Compo Beach today. The Club smartly pre-sold almost all of the tickets in advance allowing them the opportunity to focus on running an excellent event, which they did. Despite the looming threat of showers; crowds came in record numbers for this event and were treated to their choice of twin lobsters or a delicious steak with many side items.

All Lobsterfest volunteers donned a flashy yellow t-shirt (thank you Westport) and this honorary volunteer was also given one (thanks again Westport Rotary). The food and drink were top notch as but the service by all of the hardworking volunteers was exceptional and friendly!

If you look closely at the photos below you will see that the event was attended by many Westport Sunrise Rotarians who were also given the the opportunity to see their Wine Tasting tickets today. While Westport Rotary and Westport Sunrise Rotary are two separate and distinct clubs, both clubs are willing to work side by side to help their community.