Club Information
Welcome to the Salisbury Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Noble Horizons - Community Room
17 Cobble Rd
Salisbury, CT 06068
United States of America
(860) 318-1888
Rotary Events
Churchill Building Company, LLC
Litchfield Bancorp a Division of Northwest Community Bank
Metz Family Enterprises
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Dave's Tire & Auto Repair
Drury and Patz
Wilson Construction
Peter Smith
Mona Staaf-Gunther
Stacie Weiner
Ed's Auto Parts, Inc.
Harriet Weiss
“Scavenger Hunts by Let’s Roam”
The Salisbury Rotary Club kicked off the new year with a Business Meeting, conducted by Club President Bill Spalding, discussing the upcoming year, to be highlighted by celebrating and recognizing the club’s 75th Anniversary!  A major goal this year is to see more involvement of current members in club activities and a growth in new members. In addition to regular annual events, a Gala Evening in the Fall '24 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary is being discussed.  The meeting closed with everyone reciting Rotary’s 4 Way Test.
Don Mayland was the Salisbury Rotary Club’s speaker at its 12/19 luncheon meeting, chaired by President Elect Paul Ramunni. Mayland spoke about Salisbury’s need for affordable housing and did so in the context of how the town and the times have changed since he moved here from Long Island and bought his first house here in the 1970s.  Noting the town’s culture as a major reason of why people love living here, he stressed the importance of doing affordable housing “right” in Salusbury so as to not lose what makes living here so special. FMI:
President-Elect Paul Ramunni welcomed members and guests to the Salisbury Rotary Club’s Holiday Dinner at Noble Horizons, on 12-12-23.  Guests were introduced and everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner.
The December 5th luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club was a Business Meeting that served as the Club’s Annual Meeting, chaired by Club President Bill Spalding. Elections were held for the coming year with unanimous results being Bill Pond, President Nominee, Fran Chapell, Secretary, Richard Tennyson & Rudiger Stoer as members of the Board of Directors. Their terms begin July 1, 2024.
     The Club earned more than $1100 selling tickets for its LOTTERY TREE and the winning ticket was drawn at the luncheon: Lindsay Burr from North Canaan! Congratulations to Lindsay and thank you to all who bought tickets to support the Club’s fundraiser. Also noted was that the SRC & Canaan Child Care Center’s jointly sponsored tree donated to Noble Horizon’s annual Festival of Trees raised more money than any other tree displayed!
     The Club will recognize and celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2024!  Stay tuned for a variety of related announcements and activities.
     Next Tuesday, Club members and their guests will gather for the annual Holiday Dinner, 6-8PM in the Learning Center at Noble Horizons.
Salisbury Rotary Club member and Salisbury School baseball coach Duane Estes was the club’s luncheon speaker at its 11/28 meeting at Noble Horizons.  Who knew that there are more pitchers represented among the Baseball Hall of Fame’s inductees than any other position and that left fielders are a distant second?!  Coach Estes knew that, and so much more!! His interesting and fun talk focused on pitchers and included the training drills used with them and the techniques involved in throwing a fast ball, a curve ball and a change-up pitch. VP Paul Ramunni chaired the meeting.
Members of the Salisbury Rotary Club enjoyed its annual Food Auction fundraiser for the club, raising $565 from food & wine donated. President Bill Spalding served as auctioneer, assisted by member Michele Kearns Wilson.  Members also brought bags of non-perishable food items to donate to local area food banks! FMI:
The 11/14 Salisbury Rotary Club luncheon was a Business Meeting conducted by Club President Bill Spalding. Following Secretary’s & Treasurer’s reports, those present were reminded next week’s meeting would be at 5:30PM in Noble’s Learning Center room and the Club’s annual Food Auction fundraiser for the club and also the meeting to bring non-perishable food items for the club to donate to area food banks.  The following week, 12/5, will be the Annual Meeting that will include election of Club officers for 2023-24.  Members present also were told that discussions were continuing on the decision whether or not to sponsor fireworks next July and that the Club will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2024!  FMI:
The Salisbury Rotary Club members attending the 11/07 luncheon meeting heard District Governor Christine Burns speak on Rotary International President Gordon McInally’s theme for the 2023-24 year, “Create Hope in the World.”  She encouraged each member to do this by asking simply and sincerely “How are you really doing?” of those we encounter, noting many will respond honestly if someone is really listening.  She also talked about Rotary Fellowships, international groups that share a common passion, as a way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or passion and enhance one’s Rotary experience.  SRC President Bill Spalding is shown below (L to R) with DG Burns, DG Elect Vin Marinaro, and Justin Golden, Assistant DG for Area 8.  FMI:
In lieu of a speaker, Past Club President Jerry Baldwin (L) led the members attending the 10/31 luncheon meeting in a fun game of trivia, covering a wide range of topics including human anatomy, American history and geography. Current President Bill Spalding (R) led the meeting and shared a number of announcements re: upcoming events.
Living half of the year in Falls Village and half in Tulum, Mexico, Aline Libassi has just concluded her term as President of the Tulum Rotary Club and was the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 10/24 speaker. ThevTulum Rotary currently has twenty members as the area is growing from its history as a tiny fishing village, though still a high poverty area with poor education, poor health care, no government support and with high needs in all areas related to living standards.  The challenges are great for the club to raise money to benefit the communities though growth due to the influx of a wealthy ex-patriot population and partnering with other Rotary clubs are helping.  The SRC is among the Rotary clubs with a personal connection to the Tulum club. Salisbury has helped with funding water fountains and computers for the schools.  Grants have funded additional computers, scholarships, environmental projects and a diabetes clinic. Aline used a power point presentation to share her club’s locale and some of the projects witj which they are involved. FMI:
Members & guests of the Salisbury Rotary Club gathered 10/17 for a social evening and dinner at NEO’s Restaurant in Salisbury CT.  Club President Bill Spalding welcomed the group and made a few comments about Rotary & the get-together. FMI:
The Salisbury Rotary Club held its monthly Business Meeting at its 10/10 luncheon meeting. Chaired by President Bill Spalding, the agenda included announcements & discussion on the following:  1. The Club will participate at Canaan’s October 14 Fall Festival 2. The Club will be the highlighted non-profit org at Great Falls Brewery’s Trivia Night on Sunday 10/15. 3. Growing the Club’s membership is a priority. 4. The Board is discussing if it could be possible to again sponsor July 4th Fireworks next year. 5. SRC will hold a social evening dinner meeting next Tuesday, 10/17, at NEO’s restaurant in Salisbury. FMI:
Those attending the Salisbury Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon heard Club member and Immediate Pasr DG Randy Chapell speak about Rotary International’s Rotary Foundation. Started 100+ years ago, this Foundation transforms donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world, spending more that $4billion on life-changing sustainable projects.  Club VP Paul Ramunni chaired the meeting.
A beautiful afternoon and evening were perfect for the Salisbury Rotary Club’s picnic get-together at Lakeville Lake‘s Grove.
Salisbury Rotary Club members and guests heard local life coach Rev. Dr. Eileen Epperson spea at its 9/12 luncheon meeting. Explaining that she approaches her role as helping people live their life in the best way possible, she spoke on dealing with every-day common annoyances as stumbling blocks for many. Noting that one’s point of view tends to shape their perception of a person or situation and that finding options that will allow changing that perception can help reduce or eliminate being annoyed.   The meeting was conducted by VP Paul Ramunni.

State Representative Maria Horn spoke to members of the Salisbury Rotary Club at its 8/29 luncheon meeting at Noble Horizons.  Serving Canaan, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon & Washington, she spoke about the need to be collegial, cooperative, and communicative in order to be productive in Hartford and the importance of listening to constituents. She noted the importance of public hearings, committee work, leading up to votes in the legislature.  FMI:

Legislative Office Building, Room 3603
Hartford, CT 06106-1591 
1-800-842-8267, 860-240-8585
The Salisbury Rotary Club was among dozens of local non-profit orgs present to help The Lakeville Journal celebrate its 126th birthday August 13, 2023, at the “Jam on Academy Street” in Salisbury.  Shown here (R to L) are Club President, Bill Spalding, Rudy Stoer, Duane Estes.
The Salisbury Rotary Club participated in the annual Canaan Railroad days Community and Family Night event on Thursday, July 20th.
We provided freshly popped corn and had a Jar full of Candy for the Kids to guess the amount.   We also promoted our "Raffle Ticket" tree drawing.  
Thank you to everyone who made the Mid Summer Night's Dream event on Saturday, July 8th, 2023 a great success!!  It was a wonderful evening with so many items to bid on.   All had an enjoyable evening!!  A special THANK YOU to Noble Horizons who donated the food, and hospitality!  And everyone who made donations in either an item or cash.  Without all of your support we could not have had such a nice event.
Salisbury Rotary Club members getting ready to march in Salisbury’s annual Memorial Day Parade.  “Service Above Self”  🇺🇸
Members of the Salisbury Rotary Club joined other clubs from CT,  four surrounding states, plus Bermuda in the 2nd annual Day of Service. SRC partnered with Chore Services doing yard work for local residents and conducting food collections to benefit local food banks. 
On 5/9, the Club combined its monthly Business Meeting with hosting four outstanding athletes from Salisbury School’s baseball team, three of whom will be attending the US Naval Academy and the other going to the US Military Academy at West Point. SRC
member and baseball coach Duane Estes introduced each player, all accompanied by Head Coach Huber.
Coming up on Saturday, May 20, the SRC will participate locally in the 2nd annual Day of Service,this time along with more than 500 Rotary clubs and 15,000 Rotarians across 6 states and 3 countries, from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Bermuda and Brazil, will volunteer in their communities for an unprecedented Rotary Day of Service. Locally, SRC is partnering with Chore Services and will sponsor a food drive at LaBonne’s in Salisbury to support our local food banks. FMI: Contact Fran Chapell at 860 824-0597 or email her:
Salisbury Rotary Club heard Juliet Lyon of Falls Village, at its 5/2 luncheon meeting.  As a HVRHS student she was a member of the Club’s-sponsored Interact Club and then chosen to be a Rotary Exchange student who traveled to Ecuador.  She has since compiled an impressive resume of community organizing with the Peace Corps in Mozambique where and then lived there for ten years and created ParCo, a non-profit org designed to create solutions to environmental and local social challenges.  FMI:
The Salisbury Rotary Club had an enjoyable “mixer” Tuesday evening at NEO’s Restaurant in Salisbury. A couple of dozen members & guests enjoyed a wonderful array of appetizers. New member Nicole Chase was welcomed and presented her “new member packet” of info by Club President Bill Spalding and long-time member and 2x past President Peter Fitting was recognized by DG Randy Chapell, as a Paul Harris Fellow+1, the second time he’s been honored for “Service Above Self” in the name of Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris. CONGRATULATIONS to Peter and WELCOME Nicole! FMI—
The 3/28 luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club was a full one, one that included the induction of a new member and a speaker.  Nicole Chase, Salisbury Bank & Trust Co., was inducted by Club President Bill Spalding and her sponsor, Randy Chappel. Following the induction, Doug Brendel, a Rotarian with the Ipswich MA Club, was introduced by President Bill Spalding
       Doug and his wife lead a humanitarian charity, New Thing, in Belarus.  Explaining that it started with 80% of the radiation resulting from the Chernobyl explosion in northern Ukraine falling in Belarus, and resulting in sick people and children with underdeveloped immune systems, needs have evolved to the point where help & support is now needed to deal with abandoned & abused & orphaned children, homelessness, poverty, the disabled and inadequate hospital care.  Established in 2003 as a non-profit recognized by the Belarus government, New Thing exists to help these people in need.  FMI:
Club President Bill Spalding had former Club President and current District Governor Randy Chapell speak on Rotary International’s Foundation at the 3/21 luncheon meeting.  The RI Foundation converts contributions into service projects that change lives both at home and around the world.  Since it’s founding more that 100 years ago, it has distributed more than $4 billion on life-changing sustainable projects and is ranked among the top charitable orgs by Charity Navigator with 92% of donations received going to places & projects in need.  The distinction was made between The RI Foundation and the Salisbury Rotary Club’s own Foundation that solicits contributions to provide local scholarships and other “good works” in the NW Corner communities served by the club.
New Club member, Christian Allyn, shared his “bio” with members present at the 3/7 luncheon meeting, chaired by past Club President, Randy Chapell.  Noting his family’s long history in Canaan, and his ancestral roots from Lithuania, Christian summarized how his interests growing up led to getting involved with FFA @ HVRHS, attending UConn, his life of community service in Canaan & the NW Corner, his career and business dealing with invasive species (Invasive Plant Solutions) and a more recent involvement with Waterbury’s large Lithuanian community.  FMI:
Those attending the 2/21 weekly luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club heard Dr. Elizabeth Mauro, Executive Director of Project SAGE, speak.  Formerly known as Women’s Support Services, Project SAGE works to create social change to end interpersonal relationship violence by challenging attitudes & belefs about power, control and gender norms and by advocating for victims & survivors.  Serving the towns of the NW Corner and neighboring towns in CT, MA & NY, the 16-staff members of the Lakeville-based non-profit org served 821 individuals in 2022, 412 of whom were new clients.  SAGE=Support, Advocate, Guide, Educate.  A 24-hour Crisis Hotline is available @ 860-364-1900. All services are free & confidential. Funding comes from a variety of sources including private donations and its major annual Trade Secrets fundraiser.  FMI:
The Salisbury Rotary Club’s 2/14 luncheon was a Business Meeting conducted by Past Club President and current District Governor Randy Chapell.  The club also inducted and welcomed Alex Collins, employed by Salisbury Bank & Trust Co., as a new member.  DG Chapell conducted the induction ceremony, assisted by another Past Club President, John Hedbavny.  WELCOME to Alex!  Club President Bill Spalding provided red flowers to all attending; Happy Valentine’s Day to all! ♥️
Salisbury Rotary Club had three area Boy Scout leaders visit the club’s weekly luncheon to talk about the CT River District’s efforts to revitalize Scouting in the NW Corner.  A troop currently exists in Canaan and they are looking for an organization to sponsor development of new troops for Salisbury and other local towns.
   Interesting to learn that, since girls have been included nationally, the name has changed from BSA (Boy Scouts of America) to Scouting USA.  Girls & Boys have their own separate dens & troops and are not coed.
       The three guests:  Lonny Mo, a long time scouter, and retired CT state police officer, was the scoutmaster of the troop in Sharon for about 12 years, then served as District Commissioner and then Council Commissioner and is now VP of the Council, responsible for programs. Luke Blinn District Scout Executive for the western district of Connecticut River‘s Council promoting and developing the Scouting programs.  Sandy Rhoades, Asst. District Exec for the Council the last 10+ years and active in Scouting for 65 years!
   FMI: and Lucas Blinn, District Executive @ 860/913-2742
    SRC VP Peter Fitting conducted the meeting.
The January 24 luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club was conducted by Peter Fitting as Club President Bill Spalding was in Mexico visiting the Tulum Rotary Club with which the SRC has partnered with on several past projects.  Members present discussed plans to resume one of the Club’s major fundraisers, the Kentucky Derby Social, not held in recent years due to COVID.  The Silent & Live Auction will be held at Noble Horizons on Saturday, May 6, to raise money for the Club to sponsor local scholarships, support local non-profits, and other “good works.”  Mark your calendar now for this fun event!
Salisbury Rotary Club has resumed its weekly meetings, following the year-end break for the holidays, with an evening social on January 10th at NEO’s in Salisbury and a fun Yankee Swap at its January 17 luncheon at Noble Horizons. Members had fun exchanging unwanted holiday gifts that ranged from napkins & coasters to boxes of chocolate, a Donald Trump corkscrew and stuffed animals!
Salisbury Rotary Club members, spouses & other guests, came together for a wonderful holiday buffet luncheon at Noble Horizons. In addition to a fun program of Christmas trivia organized by member Duane Estes,  Club President Bill Spalding inducted Christian Allyn (Canaan) as a new member, shown here with DG Randy Chapell as his sponsor.
Salisbury Rotary Club heard from its newest member, Leo Nadeau, and former Club member, Jim Britt, now a member of a Rotary Club in Guatemala where he lives.  Jim displayed two beautiful, hand-embroidered quilts made in Guatemala’s Lake Attilan region that will be sold via raffle tickets by Sandy Oliver at Noble Horizons to raise money for the Diane Franzen Education Fund that furthers the education of local Guatemalan youth.  Leo spoke about the Harriet Leila Wood Fund, administered by the North Canaan Elementary School’s principal. This fund exists to make “extras” like out-of-school field trips possible for students whose families are unable to pay for those additional experiences.  The Fund honors the former school counselor who initiated this kind of financial support to families needing it.
Members of the Salisbury Rotary Club arrived at Noble Horizons for its weekly luncheon meeting with bags of non-perishable food items for local food banks, along with baked goods, wine and other tasty goodies for its annual Food Auction to raise money for the Club’s “good works” locally and internationally.  The meeting also served to induct Leo Nadeau of Salisbury as a new member.  Leo’s diverse background includes being an artist, photographer, lecturer, podcast host and producer of documentary films, all under the umbrella of Steel Wood Media.
Salisbury Rotary Club welcomed former member, Michael Loftus, as its program speaker at its 11/15 luncheon meeting.  Also a Paul Harris Fellow of the SRC and co-owner of the Wake Robin Inn in Lakeville, Michael used a Power Point presentation to share photos and information of his Dunedin, Florida Rotary Club, his fifty years in the hospitality industry, and the activities and status of the busy schedule of the Wake Robin Inn. FMI:
The Salisbury Rotary Club had 40+ members and guests join a dinner evening meeting at the Canaan Country Club last Tuesday.  Club President Bill Spalding presented Housy High School Senior Mackenzie Casey a $200 check to help make her Senior Capstone Project possible, providing recovery health packets to clef pallet surgery patients. Accepting the check, Mackensie spoke about the project and her plans for college, as she thanked the Rotary Club for its support. And then, the BIG DRAWING—the Club’s $10,000 cash raffle drawing was held and the winner, a local woman from Lakeville who asked to remain anonymous, was selected the winner!  She indicated she will use the money to pay college tuition.  The raffle raised money for the club’s local scholarship program and other “good works” programs locally and internationally.
John Coston, Editor of the Lakeville Journal, was the Club’s program speaker at its 10/25 luncheon meeting.  He was pleased to announce Sadie Leite, of Simsbury & Salisbury, as being named the 2022 Bob Estabrook Intern.  Sadie, a Senior majoring in English at Tufts University, spent her second summer as an Intern at the Journal.  The Salisbury Rotary Club established the award in 2014 as part of its 65th Anniversary celebration, recognizing Bob Estabrook’s long-
time and dedicated membership, including serving as a Past-President of the Salisbury Club, and his distinguished career in journalism, including serving as Publisher of the Lakeville Journal. In addition, Coston spoke of changes and challenges facing the Journal, including its recent transition to non-profit status, and declining staff since the COVID pandemic.  The paper is focused on increasing staff and restoring the paper to a 16-20 page weekly publication.  FMI:
Members of the Salisbury Rotary Club selling tickets for its $10,000 raffle outside Lavonne’s Market. There is still time to get one @ $10 or 3@$25 before the November 1st drawing to be held at the Belted Cow, 5-7PM in Canaan.  All proceeds beyond the $10K go to support local scholarships and local community organizations. FMI:
Bethany Sheffer, a naturalist and volunteer coordinator at the Sharon Audubon for close to three years now was the Salisbury Rotary Club’s program speaker at its 10/18 luncheon meeting.  As a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she developed an interest in observing wildlife and spending time outdoors at an early age.  In addition to sharing information about the Sharon Audubon’s two local sites and its programs, she brought “Bob,” an American Kestral, from the Center and talked about the breed and its characteristics. FMI:
October 8th was a beautiful day in Salisbury CT and a great turnout for Fall Festival with a good presence by the Salisbury Rotary Club.
Christine Gevert, founder and Artistic Director of Crescendo, was the club’s 10/12 featured program speaker.  She spoke of how music in all its various forms connects with people on so many different levels.  She demonstrated the use of a Tibetan Music Bowl and shared information on Crescendo’s upcoming concert, “Music Across Boarders” that will include Eastern European, Baroque & Contemporary, Choral & Instrumental Works. Performances are October 29, 4PM at Trinity Church in Lakeville and October 30, 4PM at St. James Place in Great Barrington, MA. 
October 4 was a Business Meeting for the Salisbury Rotary Club, chaired by Club President Bill Spalding. Items discussed included the Club’s booth at this weekend’s Fall Festival in Salisbury, Trivia Night Sunday 10/16 at Great Falls Brewing Co. in Canaan to benefit the Club, and the Club’s $10,000 cash give-away raffle. Tickets are available from any member of Salisbury’s Rotary Club or here:
 Mary Close, of the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission, was the featured speaker at the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 9/13 weekly luncheon.  Sharing information that distinguishes the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission, Salisbury Housing Committee, and the Salisbury Housing Trust, she explained the need for affordable housing and the Town of Salisbury’s 2018 Affordable Housing Plan that proposes a specific goal of 75 housing units over the next ten years. Noting that “affordable” is defined as costing less than 30% of the income of a household earning 80% or less of the Area Median income, she added that individual circumstances need to be considered also. 
Salisbury Rotary Club President Bill Spalding inducted Rudiger “Rudy” Stoer as a new club member at the 9/6 luncheon meeting.
Speaker for Salisbury Rotary Club’s 8/30 luncheon meeting was Salisbury Association’s Lou Bucceri, long-time area educator and NW Corner local historian. Focusing on how the Salisbury Association has remained active and viable during the recent disruptive COVID years, he noted how ZOOM enabled discussion, planning and projects to continue and evolve. Among those he highlighted were the many local hiking trails that have been developed by the very active Salisbury Land Trust, involvement with the recent Troutbeck Symposium, and working closely with the Housatonic Valley Heritage Association.  FMI:
Dan Bolognani, executive Director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, was the Salisbury Rotary Club’s program speaker at the 8/23 weekly luncheon.  Under the umbrella of the National Park Service, the local non-profit org is a great local resource with information, history, efforts to conserve the area’s heritage and offering programs pertaining to our unique NE region.  A new effort, and one partnering with Rotary District 7890 clubs that include Salisbury Rotary, is Operation Pollination.  Noting that healthy ecosystems rely on pollinators, District Rotary clubs will work with Housatonic Heritage to support pollinators in the area to protect and their health and habitats. FMI: 
Salisbury Rotary Club enjoyed great visibility in Salisbury on Sunday as part of the kick-off event celebrating The Lakeville Journal’s 125th Anniversary.  And more than fifty tickets were sold for the club’s $10,000 cash prize raffle to raise money for the club to do its “good works” ie local scholarships, local grants supporting local orgs, and worthy international projects.  FMI:
Salisbury Rotary Club (SRC) members attending the 8/9 luncheon meeting heard two presentations. The first, Joseph Brennan of Canaan, was one of six recent Housatonic Valley Regional HS graduating Seniors who received a SRC scholarship. In expressing his appreciation to the Club, he indicated he will be using it to attend Seton Hall University (NJ), majoring in Diplomacy & Foreign Policy.  Next, Aline Libassi, serving her third term as President of the Talum Rotary Club in Talum, Mexico, spoke of the many programs and projects of their small club of only thirteen members.  Noting there are two Talums, one being the tourist destination with its beaches and expensive hotels & resorts, and the other being characterized by poverty and many needs, she shared their Rotary Club’s diversity of programs to help the “2nd Talum,”ranging from providing water fountains in the school for the children to have potable water, healthcare for diabetics, getting computers for students, restoring the sea turtle population, to programs addressing violence in relationships and healthcare information on maturation to developing teenage girls, and more! The Salisbury Rotary Club has financially supported getting water fountains and computers for the schools.  Aline, dividing her time between living in Talum and Falls Village, has been a SRC program speaker before and worked with the SRC in 2019 on the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser production at Noble Horizons, to raise money for the water fountains. FMI:
Salisbury Rotary Club’s 8/2 luncheon was a Business Meeting, conducted remotely by Club President Bill Spalding via ZOOM. Updates and reports were given on a variety of programs & projects, including the Club’s participation at the Lakeville Journal’s 125 8/14 celebration, upcoming Fall Festival on October, and more.
Saturday night, July 30th, 2022 was Rotary District 7890-Night at Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park and Salisbury Rotary Club member, Past Club President and current District Governor Randy Chapell threw out the first pitch and spoke to the sellout crowd of 7000 about Rotary International’s world-wide success in its continuing work to eradicate polio.
At the 7/19 weekly luncheon of the Salisbury Rotary Club, new President Bill Spalding shared his goals and thoughts for the coming year. They included seeking and recruiting new members, adding a new twist or two to weekly meetings, finding new ways of increasing the club’s visibility and fundraising opportunities to continue the club’s “good works” supporting local scholarships and local non-profit orgs.  Getting the club’s Kentucky Derby Day social with its silent & live auctions back on the calendar, halted during COVID times, producing another Murder Mystery Dinner, and the 3rd year of the $10,000 cash raffle currently underway, were among the ideas discussed.
Members of the Salisbury Rotary Club attended Noble Horizons’ BBQ picnic dinner for the community & its residents, in lieu of its weekly 7/12 luncheon, to show its support of Noble’s 50th Anniversary.  A nice and enthusiastic mix of Noble residents and local residents enjoyed a wonderful chicken BBQ dinner prepared by the Firehouse, complete with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, cake and beverages. Great entertainment was provided by the Salisbury Band, in its 94th year (established in 1928!) of spirited concert and parade music.
With the first Tuesday of every month a Club Business Meeting, the 7/5 Salisbury Rotary Club’s new President, Bill Spalding, called the meeting to order.  Following the Secretary’s & Treasurer’s reports, the President thanked Immediate Past President Ann Beizer for her leadership over the past year and presented her with a Rotary plaque of appreciation. Friday night’s Fireworks at Lime Rock Park was reviewed and discussed and a full report to the Board & the Club will be forthcoming.  A number of other items on the agenda were discussed and, like the fireworks, offer upcoming opportunities for club members to be involved in helping the club be more visible in the communities served and raising money for the club to do its “good works” locally and around the world.
With many Salisbury Rotarians collecting money at the Infield & at the Outfield, others selling raffle tickets in the crowd, and others trouble-shooting and coordinating on foot and by golf cart, it was quite a display in the air and a successful fundraiser for the club to raise money for local scholarships and support for local non-profits and international “good works.”
     MANY THANKS to all of our sponsors:
Lakeville Hose Company #1
Litchfield Bancorp - A Division of Northwest Community Bank
Stateline Car Wash
National Iron Bank
NAPA- North Canaan
Lime Rock Park
Salisbury Bank
Ca Lindell
Lone Oak Campsites - East Canaan CT
Herringtons Lumber

Photos by Peter Fitting.
At its 6/28 luncheon meeting, the Salisbury Rotary Club had its installation of new officers for the 2022-23 year which begins July 1st.  Newly elected District Governor and SRC member & Past Club President, Randy Chapell, conducted the ceremony that confirmed Bill Spalding as the new Club President and Marie Castagna as President Elect. Shown also here is current and continuing Club Treasurer, Sue Dickinson.  Unable to attend was the Club’s new Secretary, Fran Chapell.  Bill Spalding succeeds Ann Beizer as Club President.
Members of the Salisbury Rotary Club present last night at the Torrington Country Club for the annual District 7890 installation of the new District Governor and Club Presidents.  Salisbury’s Randy Chapell is District 7890’s DG for ‘22-‘23 and Bill Spalding will lead the Salisbury Club for the coming year.  Not shown, but present also, Inge Dunham.   CONGRATULATIONS!
Patrick Gilland, President & CEO of Church Homes, Inc., parent company of Noble Horizons, was the featured speaker at the 6/21 luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club and was introduced by Club member and Noble’s current Administrator, Bill Pond. After sharing the history of Church Homes, founded in 1957 with a mission of housing for the elderly in West Hartford, and noting that Noble is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, he talked about today’s challenges facing nursing homes including managed Medicare, staffing and being census-driven.  FMI re Church Homes: FMI Noble Horizons:
Salisbury Rotary Club member Duane Estes, long-time baseball coach at Salisbury School and with a wealth of knowledge of the history of baseball, spoke to club members present at the 6/14 luncheon meeting on David Halberstram’s 1977 best seller, October 1964.  The book looks at the 1964 World Series with the aging NY Yankees vs the up-and-coming St. Louis Cardinals, and does so in the context of the societal changes of the times, primarily with regard to race relations, integration of Major League Baseball and differences between the American & National Leagues regarding their levels of having Black players.  He cited many examples and stories involving greats like the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Curt Flood and Yankee Elston Howard.  The book chronicles the important interplay between sports, in this case baseball, and society.  The Cardinals won the ‘64 Series, 4-3, ending the Yankees’ dynasty since 1949.
The first Tuesday of each month is a Business Meeting for the Salisbury Rotary Club.  Among other items discussed at the 6/7 luncheon meeting, Club President Ann Beizer reminded the members present that the fireworks fundraiser at Lime Rock Park will be held this year on Friday, July 1 (Rain Date July 2), and announced that the Club will again sponsor its $10,000 raffle, both events with the purpose to raise money for local scholarships and other local “good works.”  Also announced was that the Club will be awarding six area graduating high school seniors with $1000 each to help with their college expenses.
Karen Grodell, Scoville Memorial Library’s new director since December 2021, was the 5/31 featured program speaker at Salisbury Rotary’s weekly luncheon at Noble Horizons. Coming to Salisbury after fourteen years directing the Beardsley Library in Winsted, she shared that she was ready for a change and applied when she learned of the opening and is happy to be here. Noting that SML was established in 1895, making it the oldest publicly funded library in the US, the Library as we know it today grew from two historic libraries, one of which received town tax dollars in 1810.  She reviewed the more recent history of how, during the COVID years, services became more remote, digital and hybrid offerings, much of which continues today, though there is still a major interest in and demand for readers to have and hold real books! FMI: 
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Bill Spalding, current President of Habitat for Humanity of NW CT and President Elect of the Salisbury Rotary Club, spoke to SRC members attending the 5/25 weekly luncheon at Noble Horizons.  Sharing first the history of the National parent organization, he then noted that, since 1991, the local affiliate has been helping families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in our NW Corner communities of Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon. Now, they are reaching into Torrington and will begin building a home there, its first. The not-for-profit org works with volunteers to promote home ownership by building houses in partnership with families who are priced out of the local housing market.  FMI:
Joe Quattrocci, owner of the Canaan Country Club spoke at the Club’s weekly luncheon meeting and shared upgrades and improvements to the golf course and restaurant (open to the public) since becoming the owner a year ago.  A weekender with a home in Lakeville for many years, Joe is now a full-time resident of Canaan.  FMI:
Richard Tennyson, the club’s newest member, shared a bit of his autobiography with those attending the 5/10 luncheon meeting at Noble Horizons. Born and raised north of London in Ware, he has worked and traveled extensively throughout the world.  Married and with two grown children, his current work in telecommunications allows him to live pretty much anywhere and, having lived already in so many places, he chose Salisbury CT and is very happy with the decision.  He describes his interests as “anything that creates adrenaline to flow” (he’s tried sky diving!) and he is a classic car enthusiast.  He is a former member of the UK Roundtable, a civic service club, similar to Rotary.
Salisbury Rotary Club heard Dan Stanyon as it’s 3/29 program speaker and he was introduced by SRC member Nancy Tidd.  The title of his talk was Is Your Financial Advisor Treating You Fairly? Dan is a Financial Advisor for Salisbury Bank & Trust. He spoke about the Best Interest Standard vs. the Suitability Standard, as well as the Department of Labor's new rules governing Advisor/Client relationships. His talk was designed to inform and benefit anyone who has someone managing their 401K, IRA or any other type of investments.  Dan is a VP and Trust officer at SBT. FMI:
The Club’s President Elect, Bill Spalding, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award at the 2/22 meeting by Club President Ann Beizer.  Named for the founder of Rotary, the PHF Award is one of the highest awards Rotary can bestow on a person and this recognition acknowledges individuals for their outstanding contributions exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary of Service Above Self and the honor accompanies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to Rotary International’s Annual Program Fund, which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs. Congratulations to Bill!
    Returning to in-person luncheon meetings at Noble Horizons, Club mambers heard Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s executive director, Peter Taylor, speak to the members present and attending remotely via ZOOM.  Noting that BTCF was established in 1987 and manages over 550 funds valued at 225M$, with the goal of strengthening the communities served through philanthropy and leadership. Located in Sheffield MA, the Foundation distributes grants in Litchfield, Berkshire, Columbia and northern Duchess counties. He highlighted several NW Corner programs supported by BCTF, including the Jane Lloyd Fund and the Margaret Derwin Scholarship at HVRHS.  FMI:
The Salisbury Rotary Club held the drawing for the $10,000 Cash Raffle on December 21st, 2021 and one winner, who chose to remain anonymous, was picked. The Club made a tidy profit on the sales and this money will be used for scholarships and funding projects that benefit those in need at the local, national and international level. The Club thanks all who participated in the raffle.
At the District Foundation Brunch, on behalf of the Salisbury Club, Bill Spalding accepted the Rotary Citation for the year 2019-2020. This award is given to clubs that successfully accomplish a specified number of goals that were set at the beginning of the Rotary year. Presenting the award is Area 8 Assistant Governor, Heather Pantano.
Salisbury Rotary Club welcomed the first recipient of its six Community Gifts organizations at its 9/14 luncheon meeting.  Kelly Parker, Executive Director of Housatonic Youth Services Bureau (HYSB) was presented a $500 check by Club President Ann Beizer and was introduced by the Club’s Immediate Past President, Peter Fitting. She expressed her appreciation and spoke about current needs of serving area youth and how Rotary’s gift will support HYSB’s work.  FYI:
Salisbury Rotary Club’s 8/31 program speaker was Amanda Freund, third generation of Freund Family owners of East Canaan’s Freund Family Market & Bakery.  She shared the history of the family-owned business, started by her grandparents in 1949 with six cows, telling how it has evolved from a roadside stand with a basket of sweet corn for $.50/ear to today’s farm market, bakery, garden center and catering business sitting in the middle of the family’s dairy farm. The operation was incorporated in the late 1980s as it transferred to the next generation. Looking for ways to be more than a seasonal business led to the creative use of the 100lbs of cow manure generated daily by their 350 cows and the creation twenty years ago of Cow Pots, and becoming the longest continuous methane digest operation in US today. They now ship nationally and internationally and feature 14 different Cow Pot sizes.  Cow Pots now fill a market demand for environmental products that are made from recycling waste material into a useful item that itself can be recycled and current research and development efforts are underway to create additional new recycled products.  FMI: 
August 17–a busy Tuesday for the Salisbury Rotary Club:  Meeting early to stuff some 50-60 backpacks with school supplies for deserving Region One students, funded in part by an approved District 7890 grant, followed by the weekly luncheon meeting; this meeting recognized its annual Bob Estabrook Intern selected by the Lakeville Journal.  The award was initiated by the club in 2014 in conjunction with celebrating its 65th anniversary and honoring Bob Estabrook, a long-time and dedicated Salisbury Rotary Club member and Past President, and owner and Publisher of the Lakeville Journal which he bought in1971.  The LJ Intern selected this year is Sadie Leite of Simsbury & Salisbury, a Junior at Tufts University majoring in English. She was accompanied at the luncheon by her parents and her sister, as the honor and cash award were presented to her by LJ Executive Editor Cynthia Hochswender and SRC President Ann Beizer.
Dave Bayersdorfer, retired social studies & history teacher at Region One’s Housatonic Valley Regional High School, was the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 7/27 luncheon speaker. Speaking as Chair of the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS’s Board of Directors, he shared the mission and history of the Fund, noting that it was the vision of former HVRHS principal, Jack Mahoney, who started the Fund in 1994 to provide financial support for educational enrichment programs & learning opportunities beyond the classroom and not provided for by the school’s budget. Examples of recently funded programs include the school’s Robotics program, the electric car, numerous approved grants submitted by students and teachers, all funded by individual donations and by special, generous benefactors. FMI:
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Chris Tripler, owner of Great Falls Brewing Company in North Canaan, was the program speaker at the Club’s July 20th luncheon meeting. Located in the historic and refurbished Canaan Union train station depot in North Canaan, the brewery opened its doors in December 2018. A variety of beers are brewed & served with IPA and lager the two best sellers. Named after the waterfall formed along the Housatonic River at Falls Village, just six miles south of the Depot, the brewery offers bar snacks and regularly scheduled food trucks and is committed to holding community-based events to support local businesses, non-profit orgs, and the town’s major annual July event, Railroad Days. FMI:
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The Salisbury club, in partnership with Lime Rock Park, held the annual Independence Day celebration fireworks event on July 5th after weather forced a postponement of the original July 3rd date. This event is a major fund raiser for the club and proceeds benefit local scholarships and community programs. The event, featuring approximately 500 aerial fireworks were launched by Legion Fireworks Company Inc. based in Wappingers Falls, NY.
In celebration of our District’s 100th anniversary, and in keeping with Rotary International’s newest area of focus: protecting The Environment, the District Governor has asked each of our 56 clubs to plant to trees with a goal of 100 trees. The Salisbury club planted sugar maples in the towns of Salisbury, Canaan, Cornwall and Falls Village.
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In an effort to assist those most in need during the current pandemic, the Salisbury club donated $5,000 to Sharon Hospital for PPE equipment and medical supplies. The club also donated cash and food totaling over $10,000 to: The Corner Food Pantry in Lakeville, Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Canaan and The Cornwall Food and Fuel Fund in Cornwall. Members of the club purchased food locally and on-line and delivered the items to the local food pantries.
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The winner of the $10,000 Cash Raffle was drawn on November 17th. Congratulations to Jerry Baldwin and his family from Lakeville, CT whose ticket number 1007 was the lucky winner!
Lance and Ann Beizer were each recently awarded a Rotary International Paul Harris +8 pin. Paul Harris award is a prestigious award given to those who have donated $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Each successive $1,000 results in a Paul Harris plus (+) pin. Lance and Ann's award means they have donated $9,000 to TRF. Rotary International, through TRF, has donated over $4 billion dollars on life changing, sustainable projects throughout the world.
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
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