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In the News
Article Published February 5, 2019
80 Years of East Haven Rotary Action Marked with Library Clock
The East Haven Rotary Club’s 80th anniversary is approaching, so the club looked for a fitting project to mark the occasion. After reviewing the possibilities, Rotary, which held its first meeting on March 13, 1939, is planning to install a distinctive clock outside the Hagaman Memorial Library.
“We want to get word out to recognize 80 years of service to the town of East Haven,” East Haven Rotary President Bill Richardson said.
In 2005, the club embarked on a similar project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary International by installing the fountain on Main Street. The fountain was paid for in part by selling engraved paving stones for $75 to $135 apiece.
The clock, which the Rotary expects will cost $21,000 to install, will be funded in a similar way.
“Electricity is right there, it’s a nice clean spot,” Richardson said. “We originally wanted the clock to be part of the green but...a lot of people walk by here and they drive by here.”
The Rotary will sell off 100 spots for donor names that will appear on the side of the clock. Though the price per name has not yet been set, donations can be made through paypal by visiting www.easthavenrotary.org. A few paving stones for the fountain project are also available.
“This will be a great way to honor past Rotarians, civic leaders, and loved ones from East Haven,” Richardson said.
Since its founding in 1905, Rotary International has adapted with the times to accommodate for membership declines and rising costs, but through it all the organization has maintained a dedication to “service above self.”
“[At first] they almost treated it like a network club where...because they were very strict for years that you could only have one lawyer, one plumber, one school teacher or whatever,” said Frank Gentilesco, the club’s publicity chairperson.
Members were required to attend Rotary meetings on a weekly basis, even attending meetings in other towns when away from home. The commitment involved with this policy, Gentilesco said, affected the club’s ability to recruit new members.
“Since then, things have evolved tremendously in the Rotary,” Parente said.
While originally founded as a men’s organization, in 1989 Rotary International allowed women to join, a change that slowly took root in East Haven’s club.
“Probably the biggest positive change that this club has made in the last few years is women,” Gentilesco said. “The women that we have gotten as members are dynamic. They are the worker bees of the club. They aggressively went out and got new members.”
Today, the East Haven Rotary boasts 33 members, 18 of whom are women, the most the club has ever had.
Together, the club has embarked on numerous yearly fundraisers in service of the town, most recently with its Clothe the Children drive, which partners with Kohl’s and local schools to purchase new clothes for children in need.
The Rotary serves East Haven’s children with its annual breakfasts with Santa and the Easter Bunny. It also has a Student of the Month and a Student of the Year award for East Haven students.
“We’re geared toward doing things for children,” Richardson said. “Everything we do is for the less fortunate kids in our community.”
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Student of the Month
The East Haven Rotary Club recently recognized three East Haven High School students as their most recent recipients of the club's Student of the Month program.
Each month the Rotary recognizes a student from East Haven High School's junior class. The student is invited to attend a Thursday night dinner meeting at the Twin Pines Diner Restaurant and is presented with a
certificate and a check for $ 100. Winners then become eligible for the $1000 Jack Leary Memorial scholarship to be awarded at the end of their senior year.
Our club is hosting its 8th annual “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny”.
Saturday, April 20
8:30 am to 10:30 am
East Haven Senior Center
91 Taylor Ave. East Haven
Breakfast includes pancakes and sausage, juice and coffee.
Amber Alert ID cards will be offered and other activities will be available to explore.
The Easter Bunny will be greeting every child and giving each a special Easter treat.
Children 8 years of age and younger will be admitted free. Admission for adults and children over 8 will be $ 5 per person, with all proceeds going to the East Haven Rotary Club.