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Message from Governor Kate Sims

Dear District Members,
I am honored not only to be a Rotarian but to have the distinct privilege to be your District Governor for the year of 2018-2019.  I am looking forward to our partnership in making and sustaining our District’s relevance in our respective communities. I took the opportunity to list out our District’s goals this year and look forward again to working with each of you to exceed our collective expectations!
  • Create a succession plan for the DG Track in order to create a strategic plan for the district.
  • Create a “membership committee” to support the membership chair in designing a strategic initiative focused on membership and to include a plan for attracting women and young adults.
  • Close the gap between Rotary and Rotaract in our district making our clubs more cohesive and relevant in order to increase membership.
  • Educate District on the Foundation and how it relates to “PEACE.
  • Increase knowledge of the following:
    • Create a list of all District Projects – encouraging  multi-club participation
    • Create a list of all District Grants – encouraging multii-club participation
This year we would like to share what each of your clubs are doing in your communities and encourage all of you to share your stories so that they can be published in our monthly newsletter.  Please send in all of the great work you are doing so we can raise awareness and be supportive!!
Congratulations once again to all of the new incoming Presidents and to our out-going leadership.  I am excited to see what this year will bring and look forward to our growth in Rotary and Community!
District Golf Tournament - August 6
Hartford Rotary Summer City Tour
West Springfield Rocks Concert - August 17
Dig out your tie-dye for the West Springfield Club’s RotaryRocks! fundraising concert featuring Back to the Garden 1969, celebrating the music and spirit of the 1969 festival that shaped musical culture, Fri., 9/17, 4:30-9 p.m. at the Morgan Road Pavilion, W. Springfield.
End Polio Now with the Hartford Yard Goats - August 25
                                          Click HERE for tickets!
Westfield Food Fest - August 24 & 25
The Rotary Club of Westfield presents the 4th annual Food Fest! The event takes place Friday, August 24 & Saturday, August 25 and features two stages with continuous musical entertainment, an exciting car show, and many food vendors with many of your favorite foods. Visit to learn more. 
Avon Canton Golf Tournament - August 27

The Rotary Club of Avon-Canton invites all to the 35th Annual Golf Tournament on August 27, 2018 at the Golf Club of Avon.

Larry Sullivan, Event Chair 
For more information contact Larry at 860-693-2847 or bkls[at]
or Michelle Hagan at 908-989-9856 or michelle.t.hagan[at]

Download sponsorship brochure

Putnam Rotary Scholarships
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club awarded $18,000 in scholarships June 12.  The scholarship amount was boosted by help from the Putnam Rotary Foundation.
Scholarship winners included: Shannon Gauthier, Tourtellotte, the Mo Beaulac Scholarship; Jenna Kochinskas, Tourtellotte; Morgan Graham, Tourtellotte, the Leon Archambault Scholarship; Maegan Roy, Tourtellotte. Doria Daviau, Putnam High, The Ray Brousseau Scholarship (four-year); Brianna Long, Putnam High; Natalie Ionkin, Putnam High;  Tyler Fitts, Putnam High; Haley Armstrong, Woodstock Academy; Julia Bibeault, Woodstock Academy; Cassandra Gallant, Woodstock Academy, Ray and Vi Brousseau Scholarship; Eden Law, Woodstock Academy, John O'Brien Scholarship (two-year); Kiara Monahan, Woodstock Academy; Anna Murphy, Woodstock Academy; Maeve Stevenson, Woodstock Academy.
Thirty-three students applied for scholarships.
The Putnam Rotary Club awarded $18,000 in scholarships to local students June 5. The honorees are pictured with Scott Pempek, far right, (who is co-chair of the Scholarship Committee with Gerry Cotnoir) and club President Rick Place, far left. Courtesy photo.
Guatemala Water Project
23 District 7890 Rotary Clubs have joined together to fund
the 20th, 21st, and 22nd sustainable water and sanitation projects in Guatemala
Twenty-three Rotary Clubs in northern CT and Western MA (Rotary District 7890) have joined together to fund a project that will bring fresh drinking water and sanitation facilities to three needy communities in Guatemala.  Including matching funds from The Rotary Foundation a total of $160,273 was raised.  Adding this amount to the funds raised during the previous ten years brings the twelve-year total to $785,568.
Contributing clubs from Connecticut were Avon-Canton, Bloomfield, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Hartford, Kensington-Berlin, Manchester, Newington, Plainfield, Rockville, Salisbury, Suffield, Torrington-Winsted, Watertown, West Hartford, Wethersfield-Rocky Hill, and Willimantic along with Massachusetts’ clubs in Holyoke, Pittsfield, Westfield, West Springfield and Wilbraham/Hampden
Three Rotary clubs from neighboring Massachusetts/Rhode Island District 7950 – Chariho, Wakefield and Westerly, RI; three in southeast Florida’s District 6990 - Ft. Lauderdale North Beach, Hollywood, and Pompano Beach; two from District 5030 in Washington – Lake Forest Park and Seattle #4; one from District 7040 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada; two from District 7850 In Northern VT,NH & Quebec – Drummondville & Saint-Hyacinthe; one from District 6560 in Indiana – Fishers Rotary Club; the Rotary Club of La Antigua, Guatemala in District 4250 and the private Fondation Coup de Coeur contributed funds to achieve the goal. 
Two Districts, 7890 in Northern Connecticut and Western Massachusetts and District 7850 in Northern VT, NH & Quebec contributed $10,000 each and District 6560 in Indiana contributed $2,000 in District Designated Funds.  Such contributions are matched dollar for dollar by The Rotary Foundation in Global Grants thus resulting in a total of $44,000.
These funds will pay for the materials needed to complete gravity fed water system with gray water filters, vented pit latrines and improved vented stoves for the 270 families (1,620 people) who live in the rural communities of Pamezul, Vista Hermosa and San Vicente, Guatemala.  All labor is provided by the men and women in each village. These projects continue the goal of Rotary International to have every Rotary Club support an international water and sanitation project every year.  By working together, pooling their resources and obtaining Global Grants with matching funds from The Rotary Foundation, the Rotarians have been successful in adding size and strength to their chosen projects. 
District Water Committee Chair and Manchester Rotarian Rick Lawrence again spearheaded the drive to raise the necessary funds by making presentations about the project to the Rotary clubs throughout northern CT, western MA, and central RI as well as several clubs in south eastern FL and one in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  In March he and his wife traveled to Guatemala to visit the three villages that were funded the previous year.  While there, he documented photographically the improvements and expressions of gratitude displayed by the members of the village, utilizing these during his presentations and showing the Rotarians how important their past contributions were to these indigenous Mayans.
The project’s implementation will be coordinated through the host partner, the Rotary Club of La Antigua, Guatemala and its cooperating partner, ALDEA (formerly Behrhorst Partners for Development), a non-profit organization with ties to over 75 communities in Guatemala.  ALDEA helps train community-chosen people as a health promoter, a village dispensary manager and someone to oversee use of medical emergency transportation funds.  ALDEA also provides extensive training in sanitation, personal hygiene, maintenance of the water system components, micro loans, nutrition, including help in school and home vegetable gardens, as well as educational talks about family planning and birth spacing.  In Guatemala over 50% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
This Rotary project will help address some of the basic causes of poor health in this area and will help the villagers address basic sanitation – water systems, gray-water filters and latrines – in order to help prevent the constant illnesses that afflict the population, particularly children. 
At a recent meeting of the Manchester Rotary Club representatives from clubs contributing to Pamezul, Vista Hermosa, and San Vicente, Guatemala water projects are as follows (L-R):
Front Row:
Ken Golden - Manchester; District Governor Elect Kate Sims - Manchester; Richard Kisiel – Suffield; Past District Governor Mike Barnett - Manchester; Elaine Pavasaris – Kensington/Berlin; Past District Governor Eileen Rau – West Hartford; District Governor Dave Mangs – West Hartford; Bob Horrocks – Wakefield, RI; Milton Rosenberg – Enfield.
Back Row:
Rick Lawrence – Manchester Rotarian & Project Chair; Francesco Pagano – Hartford; Ed McCarron – Holyoke, MA; Tom Accomando – Holyoke, MA; Bill Hall – Plainfield; John Walker - Willimantic; Bob Newbold – Newington; Gary Ruchin – Rockville; Chris van Hemelrijck – Wakefield, RI; Past District Governor Larry Ottoson – Wilbraham/Hampden, MA; Dave Amberg – East Hartford; Alex Messes – Bloomfield.
For the past 11 years, ALDEA, an NGO that focuses on improving the health and well-being of the indigenous Mayans in Guatemala, has been the entity that implements the clean water & sanitation projects supported by nearly half of the clubs in District 7890. As a result of this more than decade of support, it has arranged a special tour for Rotarians.  Participants will meet those who work on a daily basis to ensure our funds are used properly, visit some of the completed villages we have supported and meet fellow Rotarians who act as the Host for our Global Grants.  Open the attached Tour Handout to read more details. 
Contact District Water & Sanitation Chair Rick Lawrence if you have questions:
860-558-2793 Cell
June 2018 Attendance

June 2018 Attendance

It is important that you record your attendance! Be sure to update weekly attendance to the District Clubrunner as required by Rotary International.
CLUBMember s %
East Hartford4862.22
East Longmeadow2471.88
East Windsor12*
Franklin County26*
Great Barrington4854.62
Litchfield Morris2444.15
New Britain-Berlin44*
New Milford45*
North Adams12*
South Windsor56*
West Hartford5145.56
West Springfield6369.96
Wethersfield/Rocky Hill16 
Windsor/Windsor Locks2059

Happy Anniversary To:

Chartered June 2, 1928
Franklin County
Chartered June 11, 1930
Chartered June 27, 1989
New Members June 2018

New Members - June 2018


Kathleen Kellogg – Avon-Canton
Carolyn McCaffrey – Enfield
Nikki Ouellette - Enfield
Brian Connolly - Farmington
Sean Peoples – Glastonbury
Kyong Wilson - Newington
Christine Carpenter-Gleason – Northampton
Sarah-Margaret Blake – Plainville
Kevin San Juan – Plainville
Tony Healy – Simsbury-Granby
Christine Williams – Simsbury-Granby
Kaci Stonier-Torres – Stafford
Jackie Hemond – Suffield
Peter Salerno – Wilbraham-Hampden
In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Our condolences and sympathy

To the family and friends of

Hap Leabman

West Hartford

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