President’s Message – “Be an Inspiration”
“I’ve remained a Rotarian because being a part of a group of people who come together with the collective goal of serving the community is uplifting and fulfilling to me.”
“I enjoy our meetings and the relationships with other Rotarians. The positive energy in the room gives a lift to my day. Rotary connects me to the community in a way that nothing else does.”
Member Survey Responses, May 2018
Rotary International’s theme for 2018-2019 is Be An Inspiration. The Rotary Club of Middletown strives to inspire others in everything that we do. We strive to stay relevant for people of all ages in our community by celebrating our 93 year club history while focusing on new ideas and projects that continue Rotary’s mission to impact the lives of those in need, locally and globally. As all Rotary Clubs do, we make sure that what we do resonates with everyone involved and meets our Four-Way Test:
Founded in 1925, the Rotary Club of Middletown serves five towns in the Connecticut River Valley; Middletown, Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield and Portland. Our numerous service projects inspire members from diverse backgrounds, professions and talents by providing fulfilling opportunities to participate and give back to their home and/or business community. During the 2017-2018 Rotary Club year alone, our dedicated and inspired members committed more than two thousand (2000) hours of volunteer service planning and participating in more than a dozen community and international related projects that impacted thousands of lives. In addition, our Club also puts its monies raised to good use through District grants, and supporting underprivileged persons and civic projects through donations.
Our member volunteer projects in the coming year will include, but not be limited to: the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project; Amber Alert; Warm the Children; The Wilfredo Nieves Dictionary for Students, Family Literacy Program; Tools of the Trade; Polio Eradication; and hosting – in partnership with the East Hampton Rotary Club – an International exchange high school student from Bolivia. In fact, this year, the President’s designated international agency for Club donations is CharityVision, whereby every $25 donation we designate will go toward paying for a vision saving surgical procedure for Bolivians in need. We strive to make sure all that we do resonates, inspires and connects!
Our emphasis and efforts in supporting local youth will also continue this year through our high school Student of the Month Awards; local Community Service Awards; “Service Above Self” scholarships to civically active high school seniors; engaging our Rotary Interact clubs at Mercy High School and Independent Day School; and providing “Tools of the Trade” to high school seniors from Vinal Tech. [Yes, our Club does a lot!]
And finally, we strive also to connect inspired people with diverse perspectives – both locally and across the globe – to exchange ideas, forge lifelong friendships, and, above all, take action to change the world for the better. Through our Club – and possibly a Rotary International grant, if so inspired – you can also contribute to Rotary’s six areas of global focus: 1) Promoting world peace; 2) Fighting disease; 3) Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; 4) Saving mothers and children; 5) Supporting education; and 6) Growing local economies. Indeed, the Rotary Club of Middletown has something for everyone.
If you feel inspired after reading this, please consider visiting us or contacting me if you have any questions about the Rotary Club of Middletown, or ways you can get involved. We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 12:15pm at the First & Last Tavern on Main Street in Middletown, but we do host “after hours” gatherings every so often. And a Club field trip works its way into our busy schedules once in a while. Our Club keeps very busy in striving to Be an Inspiration – but we also like to have fun!
Of course you can check us out and follow us on social media…
Yours in Rotary,
Eric S. Rodko, President 2018-2019
Rotary Club of Middletown, CT - Club #6735
PO Box 1107
Middletown, CT 06457