Lunch Meeting 10-25-22

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:
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We Have a Winner!

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.
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21st Century Fund

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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The Fight Against COVID-19

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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Annual Fireworks Event

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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.
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Great Falls Brewing Company

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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Million Mask Challenge

The Rossi Family Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts, education, health, social services and the environment, recently donated 100 million PPE masks to Rotary clubs in NewYork and New England as part of the Million Mask Challenge. The Salisbury club delivered 14,000 masks to schools, nursing homes, SVNA and other local organizations in the five NW Corner towns served by the club. 
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Evening Zoom meeting October 27th

The Salisbury Rotary Club will hold an evening meeting via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 27th. Guests are welcome and club members are also encouraged to bring a guest.
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Paul Harris +8 award to Lance and Ann Beizer

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.
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Fireworks at Lime Rock Park cancelled

Due to the uncertainty of the current pandemic, the Salisbury Rotary Club Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the fireworks event for 2020. We look forward to see all of you next year at our event on the Fourth-of-July.
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NEW DATE for fireworks!!

The annual fireworks have been rescheduled!! We reluctantly had to postpone this event from the original July 3rd date but are now pleased to announce this new date of October 10th at Lime Rock Park. What a great way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!
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Weekly Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Do to the threat from the COVID-19 virus weekly meetings have been suspended indefinitely. A date for the resumption of meetings will be set as the situation warrants.
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Lunch Meeting January 28, 2020

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.
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Lunch Meeting February 18, 2020

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!

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Salisbury Rotary in Yaxche Mexico

Posted by Randy R Chapell on Apr 08, 2019

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

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President Elect Attends NE PETS 3-7-19

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.
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Salisbury Fall Festival-October 7th, 2017

The SALISBURY ROTARY CLUB had a good presence at the annual Salisbury Fall Festival, Saturday, October 7th, along with dozens of other organizations and businesses.  Raffle tickets @ $5 supported the club's Scholarship program and gave the buyer a chance to win a tree (see photo) decorated with 40 lottery tickets!  The tree will be available at several future events and the drawing for a winner will be held at the club's December 3 Business Meeting.
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Annual Picnic at Camp Sloane

September 26 found members of Salisbury's Rotary Club & the Canaan Exchange Club at Camp Sloane YMCA for an evening picnic/BBQ and a combined effort to pool resources to support a local food drive.  SRC President is shown with Jean Chapin, Director of Canaan's Fishes & Loaves, unloading donated bags of food at Pilgrim House in CT.
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 “End Polio Now Night” w/ The New Britain Bees

Posted on Aug 26, 2017
Rotary's District 7890 hit one out of the park to End Polio Now at the New Britain Bees on Saturday August 26th. The crowd of 130 Rotarians, friends and family from our district attended the game, including Salisbury Rotary Club members (L to R), Rick DelPrete, Digby Brown, Randy Chapell, Duane Estes and Pat Galloway..  
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Meeting July 18, 2017

District Governor David Mangs and Governor Nominee, Mark Brady, visited and spoke to the Salisbury Rotary Club on July 18th.  DG Mangs shared RI's current theme for the year, "Rotary Making A Difference," and related it to membership, youth exchange, Interact, RYLA and the RI Foundation.  He and Mark Brady, along with SRC President Fran Chapell, presented GEER Village food service staff member, Donna Steed, with a Profiles in Courage certificate in recognition of the many life challenges with which she has been faced and her years of serving the SRC's weekly luncheons.
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Annual Fireworks - July 1, 2017 - Lime Rock Park - 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT  06039

Proceeds to benefit local scholarships, community gifts and international service projects. 
Gates open at 6pm for picnicking - refreshment stands will also be open.   Show starts 9pm/dark
$20 per vehicle (excluding buses)  $ 5.00 for walk-ins
Sorry no pets allowed and no personal fireworks. 
RAIN DATE:  July 2, 2017
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Annual Run for the Roses- JOIN US!

A fun annual event sponsored by Salisbury Rotary & Canaan Exchange Clubs, to benefit local scholarships and other community needs in CT's NW corner.  Silent & Live auction items, mint juleps, great food & friends, and the Kentucky Derby on a huge screen.  Sat, May 6, 4-7:30PM.  FMI, to be a sponsor, & to buy tickets:
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Duane Estes talks about "Road Trips & Baseball

Our own Duane Estes kept us interested and laughing during his presentation on “Road Trips & Baseball~1948-1958.”  Duane was our program speaker Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  Thanks, Duane!
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New Club Officers 2014-2015

Welcome New President, John Hedbavny ( holding the gavel) sworn in on June 24th, 2014. 
New Officers for 2014-2015 . From left to right, Kevin O'Connell-1st Vice President, Susan Dickinson-Treasurer, John Hedbavny-President-Kim Downey-Secretary, Lance Beizer-Past President and Michele Gorat-2nd Vice President. 
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Speakers from Korea

Pak Kyung-Director (left) and Shin Houn-Yee spoke about the history of Korea. The work for the non profit organization to promote Korean spirit and culture.
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Paul Harris Awards

Posted by Susan Dickinson on May 13, 2013

Congratulations to Susan Dickinson and Michael Loftus for receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, May 14th, 2013.

The Paul Harris Fellowship was created in memory of Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with 3 business associates in Chicago in 1905. It is awarded to Rotarian's who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” through their commitment to projects which benefit their community as well as internationally. Susan’s and Michaels can do attitude and willingness to volunteer whenever needed was recognized with receipt of this award. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a medal, pin and certificate upon becoming a fellow. These identify them as supporters of Rotary’s goals of world peace and international understanding.

Susan is pictured below, with Mona Staaf-Gunther, a past Paul Harris Fellow recipient. 


Michael is pictured below with John Neufeld, a past Paul Harris Fellow recipient.






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Run For The Roses-May 4th,2013

Posted by Susan Dickinson on May 03, 2013
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Our 2nd year for "Run For The Roses" event, held on Saturday May 4th, 2013, from 4pm-7pm was a huge success.  Great food, friends and conversations.

All had a wonderful time.  A special Thank You to "Geer" for hosting the event, and making this such a wonderful day.  Also to Sam Yasmer for such wonderful food.  Below is a list of this years sponsors- Thank You!!


Founders Insurance Company
Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center


Century Aggregates
Salisbury Bank and Trust Company
Fred and Martha Spoor


Ascendant Compliance
Terence Dougherty
Drury & Patz Law Firm
Mona  Staaf -Gunther
Elyse  Harney Real Estate
John Harney Associates Real Estate
Litchfield Bancorp
Salisbury Breads
Salisbury School
Salisbury Visiting Nurses Association
Smith & Watson, CPA’s
William Perotti & Sons


Best & Cavallaro Real Estate
Dr.  Robert Bird
Canaan Vision Center
Decker & Beebe
Illinois Tool Works
John Lannen
National Iron Bank
Thornhill Nursery
Woodland Restaurant

 Click on More below... to view some pictures of the event!

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New Rotary President 2012-2013

Posted by Susan Dickinson on Jun 25, 2012
Fred Spoor & Rick DelPreteFrederick Spoor (left) of West Cornwall- was sworn in by Rick DelPrete (past President 2010-2011) as Salisbury Rotary Club's NEW President for 2012-2013.  Welcome Fred!
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ALL Rotarians should have them available for sale and should have bought at least one ticket in support of this fundraiser.
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"Gettysburg; where history met Hollywood"

Posted by Susan Dickinson


David Ward (right) from Hotchkiss School spoke to our rotary club about "Gettysburg; where history met Hollywood". Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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New Rotary President 2013-2014

Posted by Susan Dickinson

Rev. Lance Beizer (right) who resides in Canaan, was sworn in as our new President for 2013-2014 by Fred Spoor-past President 2012-2013.


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"Food for Thought"

Posted by Susan Dickinson

The Salisbury Rotary Club Foundation presented a check for $3,500 to Pat Chamberlain -superintendent for the "Food for Thought" fund, which go towards children s lunches for those in need.  Presenting the check is President Fred Spoor (right) and member John Neufeld (left).


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Welcome New Member- Michele Gorat

Posted by Susan Dickinson

Please welcome new member - Michele Gorat, Executor Director for the Salisbury Visiting Nurses Association.  Michele is very active with activities related to her children and anxious to expand her community involvement.  Michele was sworn in on June 4th, 2013, with member John Neufeld.

Michele Gorat

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Rotary Community Gifts

Posted by Susan Dickinson

This year The Salisbury Rotary Club's Community Gifts committee has made donations to the following:

  • Canaan Social Worker - B.J. Christinat (pictured below)- $1,500
  •  Northwest Ct. Fuel Bank - Ella Clark (pictured below)-1,000
  •  The Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry - $1,000
  • Owl's Kitchen - $1,000


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Please welcome new member- Kevin O'Connell

Posted by Susan Dickinson


Kevin is the new administrator of Geer Corporation. He is also a board director of a local YMCA camp. He is interested in community development and local charities.


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Special Holiday Luncheon

Posted by Susan Dickinson

Please join us for our annual special Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012.

Members please RSVP to President, Fred Spoor  if you plan on attending no later than Friday, December 13th.

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Speaker-June 19th-2012

Posted by Susan Dickinson
Cast of the show "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" performing at Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT performed musicals from the performance showing June 28 - July 15-2012. Duane Estes (left) our very own Rotary Member!
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Speaker-May 8th, 2012

Posted by Susan Dickinson
Members of Prime Time House were speakers at our May 8th lunch meeting. Since 1988 Prime Time House has evolved from a small non profit to a thriving community based organization.    
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Lisa Lynch-Ex. Director

Prime time house
Ian Roig- Rehabilitation Counselor (right) and a Clubhouse volunteer
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New Member-Kim Downey

Posted by Susan Dickinson
Please welcome new member Kim Downey who was sworn in on July 11, 2012. Kim works at the Salisbury Bank & Trust as an AVP and Trust Officer and lives in Lakeville.  Welcome Kim!

New member President Fred Spoor, Kim Downey and Mona Staaf-Gunther, member
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Rotary Annual Fire Works-2012

Posted by Susan Dickinson

Salisbury Rotary Annual Fire Works were held at Lime Rock Park, Saturday, June 30th, 2012  this year.  Opened at 6PM fireworks started around 9pm.  $15.00 per car, $5.00 for walkins.

Thank you to the Rotary Members and non-members  who volunteered their time. And a special THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to see the fireworks and supported the Rotary Club of Salisbury.

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Chili Booth at Chamber Event

Posted by Joy Martorell
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Volunteers from the Salisbury Rotary club served up chili and served at the Amber Alert booth during the Tri-State Chamber's buy local event held at the Regional High School on Sunday 3/27/11. 

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The Presidents were all there

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District President Parsad Manon, District President Elect Sue Klock and Assistant District President Marcel Schmidt along with the East Hartford Club soon to be President Mr. Klock were all on hand at today's Rotary Club luncheon meeting at the Boathouse in Lakeville.  Each brought news and updates from their international travels as well as their local clubs. 

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Everybody Wins

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A national reading program at Sharon Center School that does so much more than tell stories.
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John Leich - Honorary Rotarian

Posted by Joy Martorell
John Leich of Canaan, CT becomes the newest HONORARY member of the Salisbury Rotary Club. With a round of welcoming applause, even in his absence, John's fellow club members were overwhelmingly pleased with his new status and willingness to continue his membership in the Salisbury Club. Congratulations John!
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