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District 7890




December 2017

Message from the Governor


Dave Mangs  2017-18

Rotarian Leadership Helps Programs Thrive


NEW ROTARACT CLUB ESTABLISHED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

It is with great pride that our District welcomes its newest Rotaract Club at the University of Connecticut in Storrs sponsored by the Willimantic Rotary Club. I am particularly impressed that the impetus for this new Rotaract Club came from students who had family in Rotary and who took the initiative to reach out to the local Rotary Club and ask for assistance in establishing a Rotaract Club. In particular, the District would like to recognize Max Turgeon whose father Michael Turgeon is President of theNewington Rotary Club. Also, Mark Zebrowski (mark.zebrowski@uconn.edu)  who will be the first President of the UCONN Rotaract Club. Mark is the nephew of PDG Sue Klock and Peter Klcck. We would like to thank the Rotaract Advisor Julie Sweeney (jsweeney@foundation.uconn.edu) for her guidance and support. Also, Willimantic President John Walker played key role in  getting this Rotaract Club off and running.


If you know students at UCONN, please be sure to ask them to contact Mark and Julie so that they can have the opportunity to be members of our newest Rotaract Club!


We are also seeing students from our Interact Programs taking the initiative to begin Rotaract Clubs when they become students at our colleges and universities. We are seeing young people who attend Rotary Means Business wanting to start community based Rotaract Clubs. As Rotarians, we have the responsibility to share the gift of Rotary with the next generation who will be the future leaders in Rotary. Everywhere I travel in the District I hear that our Interactors and Rotaractors are the “cream of the crop’- they are “special”. These young people want to “Make a Difference” in our Global Village. It is up to our Adult Rotarians to assist them in making this dream a reality by making sure each Rotary Club has an active Youth Services Committee with Rotarians Assigned as Interact and Rotaract Advisors who report back to the Rotary Club on a regular basis on their progress.


ROTARY DISTRICT 7890 ESTALISHES AN ADDICTION TASK FORCE

In my travels around the District, I have been repeatedly asked what Rotarians should do to confront the Opioid crisis in our communities. I have heard tragic stories of lives destroyed, careers ruined, families torn apart, and lives extinguished due to drug overdoses. Connecticut and Massachusetts continue to see a sharp increase in heroin and other opioid-related deaths. In 2015 there we 729 fatal overdoses in Connecticut, and in 2016 this number had increased to 917 or a 25.8% increase in only one year. In Massachusetts there were 1687 confirmed deaths in 2015, and 2094 deaths in 2016 or a 24.1% increase.


Connecticut and Massachusetts have been working on prescription monitoring programs to curb “doctor shopping” for multiple opioid prescriptions. State and local police are being provided with naloxone to reverse the effects of an overdose. State legislatures are looking at legislation to address this growing epidemic through further regulation, penalties and criminal sanctions. However this epidemic continues to get worse.


I want to thank two Rotarians for stepping up to Co-Chair a new Rotary Addiction Task Force. Marc Montminy is a Manchester Rotarian and serves as Police Chief in Manchester, Ct. His presentation at the Rotary Zone Institute in Hartford was an “eye opener” on this epidemic. He has also been implementing very creative law enforcement strategies that may be used by other Police Departments in our District. Conrad Sienkiewicz is a member of the Hartford Rotary Club and works as the Volunteer Manager for the CT Community for Addition Recovery. Although there are many forms of addiction, their first priority will be to identify steps our Rotary Clubs can take in education, prevention, treatment and/or intervention related to opioid addiction. We are not looking to duplicate programs and services that already exist. As Rotarians, we identify unmet needs, bring together people or organizations that should be communicating and working with one another, and then we identify realistic, sustainable and achievable service projects remembering that we are volunteers. Marc and Conrad will help our Clubs by exploring what other Rotary Clubs are doing in the world to address this epidemic, and identify effective “turn key” solutions that can be used by our Rotary Clubs. If you have expertise or ideas that we can use, or if you would be willing to serve on the Rotary Addiction Task Force, please forward your name, contact information and the name of your Rotary Club to Conrad Sienkiewicz (conrad@ccar.us).


Thank You for your service,


– Dave A. Mangs, PhD

2017-2018 DG District 7890



Global Grant Scholarship



Dear District 7890 Rotarian's: I thought I would share some information & news with you, regarding Global Grant Scholarships (GGS). These are Rotary Scholarships given to students for a Graduate Education, internationally in one of Rotary's six areas of focus. The minimum amount given to students is $30,000. This covers their tuition, books & board & lodge.



Under the umbrella of the GGS the Dunn Family from West Hartford have created a very generous endowment to fund these scholarships. In the picture you will find Mrs. Dunn in the middle to the left is Brieanna Casperson & to the right is Joshua Essick.


Brieanna is a returning GGS who has graduated from the University College Dublin with a Masters in Public Health (MPH), her education was funded by the Dunn family endowment. She also learnt about the existence of GGS from our DG. This is what she has written regarding her experience:


"I feel incredibly fortunate to have completed my graduate studies in public health at the University College Dublin in Ireland. The diverse setting and challenging course load enabled me to not only expand my knowledge, but also to grow in ways that I could have never imagined. My focus going into the MPH program was around maternal and child health. Throughout the course of the year I completed my thesis on the role of breastfeeding, milk feeding and introduction of solid food on asthma-linked symptoms and allergy disorders in Irish children during the first 5 years of life. The experience of studying abroad and pursuing this research would not have been possible if not for Rotary and the Dunn family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."


Joshua is a recent recipient of the GGS/Dunn Scholarship & is currently in London attending the prestigious London School of Economics & pursuing an MSc in Development Management. His goal is to lead humanitarian & international development organizations/NGO's.


Both Brieanna & Joshua also met Mr. Dunn who was incapacitated due to ill health, on July 14, 2017 the same day the picture was taken. Sadly Mr. Dunn passed away on July 18, 2017.


If you have any question regarding GGS & since I am the District Scholarship Committee Chair please feel free to get in touch with me at rotaryd7890scholarship@gmail.com.


Best Regards,

Mateen Haider

 


 Response Growing For Exchange Programs


District 7890 expects an excellent group of students applying for the Long and Short Term Exchange programs.


While it is possible to wait until mid March to apply to these programs, students have the greatest chance to get their first or second choice countries by submitting their Long Term applications by Jan 15th and their Short Term applications by Feb 15th.


The Short Term program kids travel over the summer months and are not required to speak the language of their selected countries. In addition, since this is a Family to Family exchange, local Rotary clubs do not have to provide host families, offer stipends for inbound students, or fill out lots of paperwork.


The program costs families around $300 plus the cost of the airplane ticket. Kids simply choose the country they want to spend 3-4 weeks in this summer and then return to the U.S. with their foreign sibling who just hosted them in their country for a 3-4 week stay in the U.S.


For an extended program that promises students fluency in a foreign language the year-long exchange program is for them. They will receive about $100 per month from their foreign Rotary Club monthly and live with up to 3 host families. Colleges love these students as they have demonstrated independence, world understanding, and the willingness to push their comfort zones. Our returning students are poised to take on the challenges of college with confidence and possess a greater appreciation of what it takes to be successful in a global economy.


Email Rich Friedman at richefriedman@yahoo.com for more information or visit our website at exchangestudent.org.


Around The District


Newington

Frank Sinatra Night Raises Funds for Newington Rotary



Newington Rotary Vice President Dave Tedeschi, at center, took to the stage to thank supporters who attended the club’s recent Come Fly With Me® fundraiser celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra performed by local entertainer Rob Zappulla, far left. Zappulla and his 17-piece orchestra entertained nearly 300 guests for a three-hour benefit supper club show held at the Casa Mia at the Hawthorne and presented Rotarians with a donation check in the amount of $2,500 which will be used to fund various club charities. Other Rotarians pictured are club president Mike Turgeon; sergeant-at-arms and a past president Cherilyn Spatola; and Dr. Michael Crouchley, treasurer.


Pittsfield


At a recent meeting PITTSFIELD Rotary Club President Jeff Hassett and Service Above Self Award Chair Joan DiMartino presented presented their “Student Service Above Self Awards” to 7 local students from Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School. This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others. Rotarians Joan DiMartino and Committee member, Rob Proskin had the privilege of reviewing a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the seven awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.



Representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School also were on hand to recognize the students. The awardees who are all seniors at their respective schools are Anthony Arace, Cooper Baity, Keiahna Cargill and Daniel Zielinski from Taconic High School along with Gabrielle DiMassino, Danielle LeBlanc and Marilyn Maison from Pittsfield High School.


Putnam Community Bulb Planting


The PUTNAM Rotary Club said “Let winter be as dreary as it likes.” When spring rolls around the combination of community spirit, a Rotary District 7890 grant and more than 1,500 flower bulbs will wipe out the winter drab at Rotary Park. Rotarians from the PUTNAM club, community members and students rolled up their sleeves and put their gardening gloves on to plan the spring bulbs. The bulbs chosen are all hardy to the region and will naturalize which means they will multiply and spread and come back year after year. Project coordinator, Rotarian Karen Osbrey said: “The hardest part is waiting for spring but it will be worth the wait.”


   


PUTNAM Club President, Rick Place led by example and dug right in along with his wife Mary. He thanked all the volunteers from the club and the community who came out to help. Rotarians were also joined by students from Woodstock Academy and Putnam High School.


Washington



 

The Washington Rotary Club, in conjunction with Region 12 Schools and Rumsey Hall School, participated in varied events to raise funds for Rotary International's End Polio Now. Over $1200.00 was raised for this important international and humanitarian cause. The Washington Rotary also collected funds to send to the San Juan Rotary in Puerto Rico.



Pictured to the left during the PJ Day fundraiser are:

Jay Combs, Rotary President and owner of Washington Supply,

Pat Cosentino, Superintendent of Region 12 Schools and

Austin Farmer, realtor with The Matthews Group.






Watertown Rotary Hole-In-One



Scott Alexander (second from left) was the Hole-in-One winner at the Rotary Club of Watertown Golf Tournament held on September 19th at the Watertown Golf Club. The Chevrolet Cruz was sponsored by Blasius Chevrolet Cadillac. Also  pictured are Gary O’Brien and Shirley Bouffard golf committee members and Bill Palomba, Marketing Manager at Blasius. Alexander is the first hole-in-one winner in the history of the golf tournament for The Watertown Rotary.


West Hartford


The WEST HARTFORD Rotary Club in partnership with the Liberty Bank Foundation presented a check to the West Hartford Food Pantry for $2,333.99 on November 21, 2017. This annual contribution has helped the Town provide needy families in West Hartford with approximately 6,000 bags of food during the year.



Pictured r to l – Donna Griffen-President of West Hartford Rotary Club, Rotarian Fernando Vidal-Chair of the Liberty Bank Food Drive, Rotarian Patricia Kiely, District Governor Dave Mangs, Marlon Shields-Assistant VP and Branch Manager of Liberty Bank, Suzann Oslander-Community Partnership Manager of West Hartford, and Eileen Rau-Past District Governor and Rotary District 7890 Foundation Chair.

 


District Member News


In Memoriam

Our condolences and sympathy

To the family and friends of


Past District Governor Herb Toback

New Britain-Berlin


Norm Smith

Wilbraham-Hampden


Aubrey Loomis

Windsor-Windsor Locks


Happy Anniversary To


96 Years

North Adams

Chartered December 1, 1921


79 Years

Westfield

Chartered December 15, 1938


64 Years

West Springfield

Chartered December 23, 1953


42 Years

Agawam

Chartered December 20, 1975



Welcome New Members!


NEW MEMBERS – NOVEMBER

Amherst -- Bruce Montague

Bristol -- George Klimek

Glastonbury -- Tom Delaney

Holyoke -- Lesley Birk

Putnam -- Cheryl Fogg

Salisbury -- Randy Chapell

Stafford -- Jeffrey Coyle

Terryville -- Cathy Paskus

Thomaston -- James O’Neil

West Springfield -- Natalie Connelly

Wethersfield-Rocky Hill -- Kimberly Beale

Willimantic -- David Stearns


Reporting Attendance

 

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NOV

%

Agawam

32

*

Amherst

63

68.76

Avon-Canton

70

*

Bloomfield

25

*

Bristol, CT

37

60.19

Chicopee

30

*

Dalton

10

100

East Hartford

51

58.95

East Longmeadow

24

69.79

East Windsor

14

69.65

Easthampton

28

*

Enfield

52

64.43

Farmington

40

*

Franklin County

16

*

Glastonbury

77

84

Great Barrington

53

70.28

Hartford

32

*

Holyoke

71

*

Kensington-Berlin

15

43.33

Killingly-Brooklyn

*

*

Litchfield-Morris

21

54

Ludlow

25

56

Manchester

34

57.56

Monson

13

*

New Britain-Berlin

45

*

New Milford

41

69

Newington

21

65.48

North Adams

14

*

Northampton

29

38.33

Palmer

29

*

Pittsfield

61

62.9

Plainfield

19

73

Plainville

36

81

Putnam

60

77

Rockville Rotary

28

*

Salisbury

38

50.64

Simsbury-Granby

72

*

Somers

32

48

South Windsor

*

*

Southington

46

*

Southwick

17

29.06

Springfield

56

37.72

Stafford

26

*

Suffield

37

*

Terryville

11

90.1

Thomaston

37

62.13

Torrington-Winsted

*

*

Tri-Town

12

*

Ware

*

*

Washington

14

90

Watertown

39

61.94

West Hartford

50

49.38

West Springfield

63

71.22

Westfield - MA

32

62.08

Wethersfield/Rocky Hill

*

*

Wilbraham-Hampden

24

73

Williamstown

34

35.29

Willimantic

26

40.8

Windsor/Windsor Locks

20

64