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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
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.

Salisbury Rotary Club was treated to a tour of Norway at its 2/18/20 weekly luncheon at Noble Horizons. Club members Ann & Lance Beizer shared wonderful photos and talked about their time last August experiencing “the northern most....” of much of what they saw while north of the Arctic Circle!

Edward “Nick” Nickerson, 94, was the guest speaker at the Salisbury Rotary Club’s January 28 luncheon meeting at Noble Horizons. During the last winter of WW2, Nick was stationed in northern Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He shared a riveting story from that time and the 1993 reunion trip to that locale with several of the men with whom he served. Nick Is a former SRC member and was introduced by current SRC member, John Hedbavny.
The Salisbury Rotary Club ended 2019 with its annual Holiday Luncheon and celebrated two milestone events.  Neil Scott was honored and recognized for being a member of the club for 50 years!  A retired Hotchkiss School physics faculty, Neil was SRC President 1982-83, chaired the Club’s Scholarships Committee for many years, continues to serve as an active  member of the committee, and continues to attend the Club’s weekly luncheon meetings.  His wife, Jill, was with him at the Holiday Luncheon as he was recognized.  Among the invited guests was Alice Gustafson whose late husband, Herb, was a long-time SRC member.  Alice was recognized as she celebrated her 100th birthday!

Since Thanksgiving, the Salisbury Rotary Club sold chances to win a Lottery Tree with more than $100 worth of lottery tickets.  Former SRC President, Fran Chapell, drew the winning ticket at the December 10th Holiday Luncheon and the winner was Oliver James Spofford of Egremont.  The club raised $1000 for its Scholarships Fund and other “good works” of the club.
Salisbury Rotary Club members sang “Happy Birthday” to Marie Castagna & Club President Randy Chapell at its 11/26 luncheon meeting and then went on to raise money for Club activities with its annual Food Auction.  Items donated by members were sold by auctioneer, Bill Spalding.
At its 11/19 lunch meeting, Salisbury Rotary Club members collected bags full of food items to donate to Canaan’s Fishes & Loaves food pantry at Pilgrim House & Lakeville’s NW Corner Food Pantry.  Shown here is Louise Riley at Pilgrim House accepting a food bag from Club President Randy Chapell. 
At it’s 10/22 luncheon meeting, Salisbury Rotary Club was treated to a great presentation by newly inducted Club member, Ken Edholm:   “A short and incomplete history of men’s hats”.
Substance Abuse and Prevention was the topic covered at the 10/15 luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club, and was led by Emma Johnson and Andrew Lyon, both of the McCall Center for Behavioral Health located in Torrington. Emma, a Prevention Facilitator, and Andrew, Coalition Program Supervisor, spoke of the Center’s focus on approaching abuse and addiction in the context of the community in which the individual finds themself, including the family.  The Center exists to provide comprehensive, integrated substance abuse and mental health treatment to help people lead healthier and more productive lives.  FMI:
Salisbury Rotary Club again had a presence at Salisbury’s annual Fall Festival, taking the opportunity to promote the service club’s “good works” locally and globally.  From providing local scholarships & supporting local non-profits, to providing healthy water in Mexico & Guatemala and medical efforts in Haiti, it’s “Service Above Self.”
District Governor Mark Brady visited the Salisbury Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon meeting and shared his perception of Rotary’s function ranging from family, to community to global influence.  Former SRC member and Past President Mona Staaf-Gunther, now President of the Millbrook Rotary Club, attended as a Visiting Rotarian.
At the 10/01 Salisbury Rotary luncheon, newly inducted member, Ken Edholm of Sharon (CT), shared his story of a career in aviation maintenance, highlighting the variety of aircraft he has worked on, including those owned by some high-profile celebrities.  He told also of how being a history buff has led to his involvement with numerous historical reinactments dressed in full period costumes.
Those attending Salisbury Rotary Club’s September 17 luncheon at Noble Horizons heard Amy Martinez, Cornwall’s Child Care Center, discuss the challenges she encounters in this profession as they work to foster social skills in a friendly, family atmosphere, and encourages the involvement of parents, community, and the school. FMI:
The 9/10 luncheon meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club was a Club Assembly (aka Business Meeting) conducted by Club President Randy Chapell.  Plans to celebrate the Club’s 70th Anniversary, a murder-mystery fund-raiser dinner, and a fund-raiser road race (The Salisbury Beast!) were among the agenda items.  The weekly Rotary Moment focused on Rotary’s Four Areas of Focus: Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service.
The annual combined dinner meeting 9-3-19 of Salisbury Rotary Club & the Exchange Club of Canaan heard from Owen Quinn, United Way Executive Director, and John Seagrave (Barren Financial Group, Torrington), Campaign Director,  about plans for the United Way of NW Connecticut’s 2019 Campaign and the real needs in the NW Corner.  The meeting was co-hosted by SRC President Randy Chapell and Exchange Club President Terry Dougherty.  FMI:
Jack Bowman, director of Music & Organist at Salisbury’s  Congregational Church since 2015, spoke to the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 8/28 luncheon gathering about his creation of the Salisbury Sinfonietta.  As it’s Founder & Artistic Director, he has created a chamber orchestra based in Salisbury employing the finest professional orchestral musicians in the Tri-State Area.  This year’s first presentation will be Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, October 5 & 6.  Jack is a former dean of fine arts at several universities, a former Rotarian and a Club President in several states and came to Salisbury from Istanbul, Turkey.  FMI:
Salisbury Rotary Club held its annual Scholarships & Good Works Dinner on 8/20 at Noble Horizons.  Club President Randy Chapell hosted the evening that saw eleven local students each receive a $1000 scholarship, presented by the club’s Scholarship Committee Chair, Ann Beizer.  Charitable Gifts Committee Chair, John Hedbavny, introduced Lakeville Journal’s Executive Editor, Cynthia Hochswender, who presented Cordelia Schiller with the Bob Estabrook Intern Award, named for long-time SRC member & Past President of the Club who had a distinguished career in journalism, including the Washington Post and as Publisher of the Lakeville Journal.  He then announced checks being presented to nine local organizations in the towns served by the Club and to support three international projects.  The SRC is one of 60 clubs in District 7890, and among 1.2 million Rotary members in 130+ countries.
At the club’s 8/13 luncheon meeting, Salisbury Rotary Club member Athena Fliakos shared a possible fundraiser idea for the club, a road race, 
based on her experience as a runner and knowing how to organize one.
Speaking at Salisbury Rotary Club’s 7/30 luncheon meeting were Louise Lindenmeyr and Peter Halle, who described their work with Hispañola Health Partners, a not-for-profit organization meeting health needs in Haiti.  Louise is Co-founder and the Executive Director and Peter serves as the Treasurer.  FMI:
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:

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

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
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:
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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