Groton Rotary Photos


The Groton Rotary donated $1,200 to the non-profit organization "In a Heartbeat" to purchase an AED for the Groton Congregational Church.  AED's have proven to save lives in emergency situations when someone's heart has stopped beating.  Mike Papale from "In a Heartbeat" facilitated the gift to the Church from the Club.  Pictured is Mike (far left) and Gary Weale, Club President (third from left) along with members of the Church leadership. 


The newest member of the Groton Rotary Club, Anas Traboulsi, receives his Rotary pin on May 22, 2018 from Club President, Gary Weale. Welcome AT!

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.

The Groton Rotary Club along with the Groton Lions Club collected $5,322.85 for Groton Social Services to help provide food for needy families in our area.  The Bailey Agencies employees also made a substantial contribution to the cause.  Liberty Bank matched twenty-five cents for each dollar raised.  Pictured (L-R) are: John Scott, Club member and owner of Bailey Agencies, Jewel Jones from Liberty Bank, Marge Fondulas from Groton Social Services, Dave Fassut from the Groton Lions Club, and John Silsby, Groton Rotary Club President.


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.


Left: Club President, Tricia Cunningham, presents Club member Lian Obrey with her second Paul Harris award.  This award is given to Club members who donate at least $1,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary.
Right: Club President, Tricia Cunningham, poses with Toral Maher from the Liberty Bank.  Toral was the guest speaker at the September 15 meeting.  She described the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive co-sponsored by Liberty Bank and  CT Rotary Clubs.  The Clubs raise funds to help feed less fortunate neighbors at Thanksgiving.  This year 34 CT Rotary Clubs are participating.  The Liberty Bank Foundation will donate 25 cents for every dollar donated up to $45,000.  You can donate by going to or at any Liberty Bank branch office.



The final two scholars selected by the Scholar Committee were recognized by the Club at its August 4 meeting.  Pictured with Scholar Committee Chair Gary Weale are (L-R) Katrina Codilla who will be attending Boston University and Chao Sun who currently attends Three Rivers Community College.


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 Groton Rotary Club hosted the Eastern Chamber of Commerce Service Person of the Month award luncheon on April 28. Pictured with the winner, CTM2 Adrian Williams-McCray, is (L-R) LCDR Steve Sollon, Amy Neamon, Navy Federal Credit Union representing the Eastern Chamber of Commerce, and Linda Lee, Groton Rotary Club President. The luncheon was held at the Fairview Odd Fellows Home of CT in Groton.


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.