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Welcome to the Salisbury Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet every Tuesday at noon
Noble Horizons - Community Room
17 Cobble Rd
Salisbury, CT  06068
United States of America
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News and Lunch Meeting Speakers
Salisbury Rotary Club President Randy Chapell introduced new club member, Bill Pond (CEO Noble Horizons), who shared his positive impressions of Rotary, the NW Corner community and Noble Horizons.  A professional health care provider since the mid-1980s, Bill noted his enjoyment in coming to work each day knowing he can help make a difference and enhance someone’s life.  Likewise, he looks forward to an involved role with Rotary, making a difference locally and internationally.
At the 7/9 Business Meeting, Salisbury Rotary Club President, Randy Chapell, updated members on the recent Club Board meeting, noted plans to celebrate the Club’s 70th Anniversary, and reported on last week’s tremendously successful Fireworks display at Lime Rock Park, with all net proceeds going to local scholarships and support to local non-profit orgs.  In closing, he presented a plaque to immediate Past President, Pat Galloway.
It was a special program at the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 7/2 weekly luncheon meeting: Newly elected President Randy Chapell and 2019-20 Club Officers were inducted by District Governor Mark Brady.  President Randy Chapell then shared his vision & goals for the coming year and inducted two new SRC members with their Sponsors at their sides: Candice Watts (Althena Fliakos) and Marie Castagna (Susan Dickinson).
Salisbury Rotary Club learned about the Lakeville Community Conservatory at a recent luncheon meeting at Noble Horizons.  Susan Galluzzo & Megan Conklin explained that the local non-profit have created and care for several year-round public spaces in Lakeville with gardens & benches, including the Children’s Garden at Factory Pond, entrance to the Lakeville Post Office, 12 planters in town and the traffic island near Studio Lakeville.  To donate or FMI:  lakevilleconservancy@gmail.com


Members at Tuesday’s 6/25 Salisbury Rotary Club meeting held elections for the coming year and heard from Randy Chapell & Skip Barber re plans for the club’s annual Fireworks at Lime Rock Park.  Election results:
President - Randy Chapell
President Elect - Peter Fitting
President Elect Nominee - Ann Beizer
Treasurer, Sue Dickinson
Michele Kearns, Secretary
Director, Digby Brown 1yr
Director, Fran Chapell 1yr
Director, Bill Spaulding 2yrs
Director, John Hedbavny 2yrs 
 
Salisbury Rotary Club enjoyed slides and a talk from past Club President Lance Beizer, and his wife Ann, describing their recent trip to the Celtic islands—Scotland, Wales & Ireland—and then to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Salisbury Rotary Club members, at its 6/11 luncheon meeting, learned about the Grow Against Poverty project in Kenya from now retired teachers, Jean and John Roccanova.  When they read a 2004 New York Times article about the school tuition being eliminated for Kenyan students, they were appalled at class sizes of over 100 students and decided to sponsor a teacher to make classes smaller at the Igero, Kenya school.  Since then, they have continued and increased their support of education and community development projects in this area of Kenya.  Grow Against Poverty is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that supports education and community development projects in Kenya. For 8 years GAP has been raising money for school projects such as classroom construction, purchasing computers, serving meals, starting a bicycle transportation program, and hiring extra teachers. Projects in the communities include funding workshops in the areas of women's health, making fireless cookers, building a community building for Grow Against Poverty-Kenya, installing water tanks, and assisting families in starting small poultry and goat farms. 
Salisbury Rotary Club had a presence in Salisbury CT’s Memorial Day parade.
Salisbury Rotary Club President Pat Gallaway presided over Tuesday’s luncheon meeting, 5-21-19 when nominations for new club Officers & Directors were made and discussion on Fall plans to celebrate the club’s 70th Anniversary was held.
President-Elect Randy Chapell conducted “ClubRunner 101” at Tuesday’s luncheon meeting, held at Noble Horizons.  ClubRunner is the website for all Rotary Clubs where members and visitors can access a variety of info and photos about the club, its activities and its members.
 

Randy and Fran Chapell from the Salisbury Rotary Club, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Tulum Mexico, donated an iPad to a young Mayan man named Gervasio. Gervasio will be the first person from this small Mayan village in Yaxche to attend college. This is a very big deal as children are encouraged to work in the fields to support the families who have a very meager subsistence. The Tulum Club will be working to raise money for the young man’s tuition as the family has no money and there is almost no government assistance available. Visit them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/clubrotarytulum

Randy our VP and Fran our past President visited Tulum Mexico to investigate assisting the local Rotary Club with acquiring water fountains for schools. These schools do not have clean water for the students so those that can afford it, are forced to bring bottled water. The others go without or are forced to drink water that is only classified as “potable”. 

The Salisbury Club also donated a laptop to the School Principal to supplement the very outdated, or non-functioning computers, they now have.  Visit them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/clubrotarytulum
 
 
Dr. Mary O'Neill, the Career Experience Coordinator at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) was the Guest Speaker at the 3/26 Salisbury Rotary Club, held at Geer Village.  The topic was Rotary Interact Clubs and the possibilities to reinstate our club at the high school.We have been trying to establish an Interact Club for some time now.  She was accompanied by the Assistant Principle at HVRHS as well as two students.  There were 600+ students when the SRC’s Interact Club was active, vs 300+ now.  Students’ time is spread pretty thin now given all they are doing but there is interest in doing community service.  Further discussions to be had.
Pat Wright was the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 3/12 luncheon speaker at Noble Horizons, informing the group about Chore Services, the NW Corner’s leading resource for non-medical services for seniors and disabled residents for stay-at-home services.  Chore Service is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and 100% of its funding and donations support its mission to help senior and disabled residents within the community remain safely and independently at home.  FMI: https://www.choreservice.org/
 
President Elect Randy Chapell attended the North East President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Framingham, MA last week. This seminar prepares incoming Presidents for the new year. Incoming RI President Mark Maloney was present for the event and was a keynote speaker.
 
Salisbury Rotary Club, one of 59 clubs in District 7890, was visited by District Governor Kate Simms at today’s weekly club luncheon held at Noble Horizons.  Introduced by club  VP, Randy Chappell, she spoke about her goals, programs and hopes for clubs in our District.
The Salisbury Rotary Club had a presence at The Calico Fair, held at the Pilgrim House and North Canaan Congregational Church, sponsoring a Cupcake Challenge to raise additional funds for the church.  Nicole Dewitt won first prize with her Mocha Fudge cupcakes with Expresso Buttercream frosting.  Stephanie Grant won second prize with her Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream cupcakes and Jacolyn Brown won third prize with her Chocolate Mayonnaise cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Vanilla Bean Flecks.  King Author Flour provided ribbons and prizes to the top three winners.
Salisbury Rotary Club had a visible presence at the annual Fall Festival.  Great to see folks and share info about the “good works” done in our local communities—scholarships, back-to-school backpacks, food to our local food pantries, more and international projects too!
A combined dinner meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club & Canaan Exchange Club, held at Geer Village on September 18, was the occasion to hear about the United Way of Northwest CT’s current annual campaign to raise $775K to benefit 26 not-for-profit orgs serving the communities of CT’s NW Corner.  SRC President Pat Gallaway (L) and Exchange President Terry Dougherty (R) hosted the gathering that heard from UW staff, including executive director, Owen Quinn.
Salisbury Rotary Club hosted its scholarship recipients and their families and announced this year’s SRC-sponsored Bob Estabrook Internship at the Lakeville Journal.  The August 14 dinner was held at Noble Horizons in Salisbury.  The club has awarded local scholarships since 1951.

 
 
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The Salisbury Rotary Club serves the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon
 
 
 
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