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Middletown Rotary Club
April 15, 2014
President Garry Mullaney brought the meeting to order at 12:15 with the pledge and song.
Reflections by Patti Vassia followed
Guests: Young Tucker Haines and guest speaker Rosa Carrero of Middleses Coalition on Housing & Homelessness.
Howard Schacter reported that ad sales for our Awards Program Book are way behind last year’s sales. The campaign ends this month and we need to step it up to be able to fund all of our wonderful projects.
Fred Mackowitz provided a last year’s list of advertisement sales broken down by Rotary Members. Please contact those companies and get your ads confirmed by the end of April.
Ken Vaughan announced an Amber Alert event at the Child & Safety fair in Cromwell on June 6, from 4pm-8pm. He is needs more volunteers to help as it is a very well attended fair. Please contact him to help with Amber Alert registrations.
Trish Lambert announced our Membership Open House next Tuesday, April 22. Please email her if you are planning on bringing a guest, so that we can prepare for extra seating and food with 1st & Last Tavern.
Dan Litwin announced that we have so far collected over $3000 for our upcoming “Unraffle Raffle”. There is still time to donate as it will be held until June.
Art Meyers announced a brief meeting of the Community Grants Committee immediately following lunch meeting.
Sue Murphy announced a very successful event at “Middletown Credit for Life Fair” at the Middletown High School. It was a real eye opener for the students and thanked Rotary Club’s support.
Also, she asked for volunteers to assist with the Early Reading Initiative project. Rotarians are needed to help stuff 100 bags and need volunteers for Literacy Tutors. Please email Sue Murphy if you would like to be involved in our Clubs literacy project.
Guaranteed Card Game:
High and the Low: Both go to Jeff Haines and his adorable son Tucker!!!
King of Clubs:
Both Joe Bibisi and Trish Lambert drew with no winners.
Joe Bibisi for the efforts of the Middletown community raising $26,000+ to feed the hungry during the long winter months;
Pat Tulley for Librarians Day;
Jeff Haines for his son Tucker and his wearing grandpa’s Rotary pin;
Chris Soulias in recognition for Eamonn Wisneski and end of tax season;
Ken Vaughan for Tucker’s taking after his mother’s good looks;
Bruce Driska for missed meetings and recognize Eamonn’s work;
Art Meyers for sharing flyers on “Artists for World Peace”;
Mario Mazzotta for his new “drive through window” at the Wine Cellar and no one being hurt in the incident. Also a special thank you to Bruce and Sandra Driska for their help and support, to the city of Middletown for their assistance, and for the well wishes received from members of our Rotary Club;
Kevin Wilhelm for guest speaker and for his 20 year wedding anniversary;
Patti Vassia for guest speaker, for knowing Kevin W. for 20 years, for Passover & Easter, and for her new carpet, and to Dan Litwin for helping moving back in;
Sue Murphy for guest speaker, missed meetings, Tucker, and for the rain NOT snow!;
Garry Mullaney for “bum” Yankees’ umpires!!!!!
Kevin Wilhelm introduced Rosa Carrero of Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, a coalition of community leaders representing non-profits, government, faith groups and businesses. Rosa stated their mission is to prevent and end homelessness in Middlesex County by 2018. They are guided by a Leadership Council of community leaders who oversee working committees which focus on prevention, housing, leaders, employment/income, and communications & advocacy. Rosa stated that they have so far helped 280 household, including more than 310 children through their flexible homelessness prevention fund; created over 100 “housing first” supportive housing units to house formerly chronically homeless individuals. And they created LEADers, a group of people who are homeless or formerly homeless, who raise awareness and decrease stigma surrounding homelessness through public speaking and hold leadership positions in the community.
We can all help their cause by becoming an advocate, donating, and/or joining their various committees. You can contact them at (860) 346-8695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Garry concluded the meeting with the Four-Way Test at 1:20pm.