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Welcome to the Salisbury Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Noble Horizons - Community Room
17 Cobble Rd
Salisbury, CT 06068
United States of America
News and Lunch Meeting Speakers
 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: https://housatonicheritage.org/ 
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:  https://www.tulumrotary.org/events-1
 
 
 
 
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: https://www.churchhomes.org/. FMI Noble Horizons:https://noblehorizons.org
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: 
Salisbury Rotary Club members poised and ready to give our club a real presence at Monday’s Memorial Day Parade in Salisbury!
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:  https://www.habitatnwct.org/2016/07/25th/
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:
https://www.canaancountryclub.com/
 
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: https://www.greatfallsbrews.com/home.
 
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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 https://www.facebook.com/clubrotarytulum
 
 
Rotary International celebrates our first ever woman President, Jennifer Jones. Welcome Jennifer!
Our Community
The Salisbury Rotary Club serves the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Salisbury and Sharon