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Newsletter - Current May 23, 2017
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Middletown Rotary Club




May 23, 2017




President Joe brought meeting to order at 12:15pm with song and pledge.  Reflections by Lisa Santangelo.   Moment of silence was offered by Lois Muraro for victims of Manchester, UK, bombing.


  • Maria Simao, Literacy Volunteers
  • Visiting Rotarian, Ravindra Mane from Karnataka, India, attended with his wife, Ume; his daughter  Teena; and his cousin  D.P.  Family visiting U.S. to attend D.P.’s graduation from CCSU. Mane has been a Rotarian since 1992 and is a Civil Engineering in India.


  • President Joe presented a $500 check to Maria of Literacy Volunteers.
  • Ken Vaughan received his sapphire Paul Harris pin
  • Trish Lambert announced gross raffle sales of $10,540
  • Cheryl Duey shared committee list for 2017/2018 Rotary year. Please select your top 3 preferred committees.  Any questions call or email Cheryl.
  • Steve Lovelace posted a link to UTube video of Paul Harris Awards Celebration .

Guaranteed Card Winners:

  • Maria Simao with a low
  • Candice Aust with a high

King of Clubs - $135

  • Mario Mazzotta and Candice Aust drew with no luck 

Happy Dollars:

  • Joe Marino for guests, his daughter’s graduation, for the Paul Harris Dinner and everyone who helped organize the evening
  • Ken Vaughan for guests and the St. Sebastian Feast, Paul Harris Celebration and for Biff Shaw
  • Cheryl Duey for guests,  Maria Simao, and for anyone volunteering to take on July Merry-go-round and Program Speaker
  • Lois Muraro for Paul Harris Award recipients, guests, and lucky to have sold the winning raffle ticket
  • Candice Aust for a sunny day
  • Patti Vassia for wonderful week in Cozumel, Middletown goes to the Symphony and all the talented students, and for everyone raising money to support our club and our programs.  Remember to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets from you!
  • Keith Weimert for guests
  • Steve Lovelace for Biff Shaw and the fascinating dinner conversation
  • Bruce Driska for guests, for Joe Marino and all who helped with the Paul Harris event
  • Mario Mazzotta for his daughter’s and son’s successful academics
  • Rich Tomc for Paul Harris Celebration, for Trish’s new adventures and upcoming wedding, and for his daughter in the Coast Guard
  • Lisa Santangelo for Paul Harris event, guests, D.P.’s graduation, and Middletown goes to the Symphony
  • Jennifer Armenia for guests and sunny weather
  • Stephanie Martinez for sister’s graduation and finding new meeting place for her Daisy Trooper
  • Helene Vartelas for guests
  • Sal Misenti for guests
  • Gary Gomola for his last tax season ever and for Paul Harris evening and award recipients
  • Tammy Marzic for guests and granddaughter first birthday
  • Pat Gomola for her daughter in law
  • Melissa Zorn for guests and Paul Harris Dinner
  • Eric Rodko for Joe Marino and Paul Harris Dinner, for students, and for Mario Mazzotta
  • Ravindra Mane for his Rotary Club and cousin D.P. graduation, and to the Rotary Foundation  

Guest Speaker Program:

Eric Rodko, Executive Director of St Luke’s Community Services, on “Identity Theft: A Personal Journey “

No one can fully prevent ID theft, although banks and credit institutions improved on catching unusual activity by keeping track of our usual spending patterns.

Eric shared information of his own  personal experiences of ID Theft, including being the victim of pervasive and damaging identity theft by his own father.  The damage to Eric was so severe, it took over 5 years to clear his record, and only after him taking on a new identity of his own.


Learn more of his personal ordeal by attending his program on July 19, 2017, at the Crystal Ballroom, Middletown Elks Club.  This program is sponsored by Seasons Federal Credit Union and Middlesex Community Gatekeepers Program.


President Joe ended the meeting with the 4-Way test at 1:30pm


Respectfully submitted,

Trish Lambert