Groton Rotary Photos
Groton Rotarians picking up trash on Thomas Road in Groton on April 21. We have adopted this road for cleanup and police it twice a year.
HELPING THE CAUSE – The Groton Rotary Club presented the Groton Little Leaguewith a check for $10,000 for new lights at Clinton Burrows Field. Pictured from left toright are Jon Grossman, league president; Carol Venditti, treasurer; Ashlee Jackson,secretary; Russ Ballou, vice president; and Gary Weale, Groton Rotary Club presidnet.(Photo by Michael Whitehouse)
Groton Rotary raised over $4,000.00 for this year's Liberty Bank challenge to help feed the hungry this Thanksgiving season. Liberty Bank will match each dollar raised from all Rotary Clubs in CT by twenty-five cents. This year over $350,000.00 was raised by all CT Rotary Clubs for this program. Pictured are representatives from Liberty Bank, Groton Human Services (where Groton Rotary's donation was earmarked), and members of the Groton Rotary Club.
Groton Rotary continues to support the Groton Sailing Program which is designed to provide the Town or City of Groton youth with sailing opportunities through collaboration with a sailing organization that provides maritime and sailing experiences on the water for children ages 9 to 18 years old. Pictured accepting the $500.00 donation is Stephen Pulaski, LCSW, Youth Counselor with the Town of Groton. Also pictured representing the Groton Rotary is David Brown and Lea Doran.
2017 District Assembly. District Governor Paul Mangells has just presented Kristen Foster with the RI Certification for the newly formed Rotaract Club at Avery Point UCONN Campus. Also in picture is John Silsby, Gary Weale, Paul McGuirk and Angela Lawrence from our club.
Avery Point Rotaract Club members volunteering at End Hunger Program
Chris Obery and Ginny and Rich Kent were honored as recipients of Paul Harris Fellowships. Lian Obery and RB Kent were their sponsors.
President John enjoys meeting club guests Tal and Guy from Israel
Dawn Diana, Director of Donor Relations with Easterseals of Eastern Connecticut, gave a very interesting presentation at our August 9 luncheon. Consider joining us for lunch any Tuesday at noon at the Mystic Marriott.
Ron Reeves (L) and Al McLaughlin (R) from the Mystic Swing Band talked about the 18 member band, how they were formed and where they perform. Club President John Silsby is also in the picture.
Groton Rotary incoming officers and board members for the 2016-2017 year. Newly installed President is John Silsby at the far right in the photo.
At our June 21 meeting we feted the 2016 scholarship winners from area high schools. Pictured are: (L-R) Club Vice-President, John Silsby, Joseph Romanelli (Fitch HS) who will be attending Three Rivers Community College, Mohammad Mansour (Fitch HS) who will be attending UCONN Avery Point, Emily Kresse (Marine Science Magnet Charter HS) who will be attending American University and Gary Weale, Scholarship Chair. Missing from the picture and unable to attend the luncheon are Catherine Schneider (Fitch HS) and Reanna Sahoo (Fitch) both of whom will be attending Salve Regina College.
Pictured is Martha Hoffman, President of the "Call to Care Uganda" non-profit along with Club President, Tricia Cunningham. Martha was a guest speaker on June 7 and explained the mission of her non-profit which is helping vulnerable children and those who care for them in Uganda through health and education initiatives.
The Groton Rotary Club raised just over $2,000 at the Comedy Night! Thank you to Franko and his comedians, thank you to the many volunteers and thank you to all who came out to support this wonderful fundraiser for the Groton Rotary's Club's Scholarship Fund.
Kim Hodges(L), Director of Admissions & Marketing and Cathy Brown, Director of Middle School & International Admissions at Saint Bernard's High School, spoke at our luncheon on March 22. They gave us an overview of the activities and structure of the school. It is also the 60th anniversary of the school's existence.
Jim Satterwhite, Chair of the Boots on the Ground 2015 Rotary Foundation fundraising campaign, spoke at our Rotary luncheon on November 10. He presented Club President, Tricia Cunningham, with a certificate signifying the Groton Rotary Club's high percentage of Club member participation (76%) in the 2014-15 Rotary Foundation fundraising campaign. Our Club hopes to reach the 100% mark in 2015-16.
Groton Rotary made its annual visit to all Groton Elementary Schools on Oct. 6 to deliver dictionaries to all 3rd. grade students. The Groton Rotary Club purchases and donates these dictionaries every year. Pictured with the dictionaries at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School are: (L-R) 3rd. grade teacher Jennifer Nowak, Club member Lea Doran, School Principal Kathleen Miner, and Club member David Brown.
Club member Lee Vincent wins the Club raffle of $230 by selecting the Queen of Hearts in weekly raffle.
Pam Smith receiving a donation from Lee Vincent, Chair of the Groton Rotary Foundation. The donation is in support of the Guided Journeys Memory Care Program at Fairview as they create an activity area focused on the Armed Forces.
Peter Gioia, Economist with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, was the speaker at the July 28 Club meeting. He spoke about the economy in general, and in particular, Connecticut's economy.
Scholar award recipients Frayah Cunningham (L) along with Mariel Dunn (far right) receive congratulations from Gary Weale, Scholarship Committee Chairman, and Tricia Cunningham, Club President, at the July 14 Club meeting. Each student received a $2,000.00 stipend to help further their education. Ms. Cunningham will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University and Ms. Dunn will be attending UCONN.
The Groton Rotary Club held its first annual golf tournament on May 29 at the Shennecossett Golf Club in Groton. Fifty-six golfers enjoyed a wonderful day in perfect weather. The tournament netted $7,902.10. All proceeds will be distributed to Groton area non-profits along with scholarships. We want to thank all who participated and all of our generous sponsors. Pictured at the 19th hole are (L-R) Lian Obrey, Rich Kent, Jr., Lea Doran, Peter Grader, John Silsby, event coordinator, and Jim Streeter.
The semi-annual Groton Rotary Club Thomas Road cleanup took place on November 15. Pictured are Club participants (L-R) R.B. Kent, Peter Grader, John Silsby, Nolan Nixon, and Lea Doran. Not pictured is David Brown.
WWII veteran Dave Mann spoke at our Rotary lunch on Nov. 17. He talked about his experiences while in the Army and after as a veteran. He makes presentations all across the Country urging audiences to ask veterans about their experiences while serving our Country. He has written a book called "What I Fought For." Dave is pictured signing copies of the book purchased my many Club members after the meeting.