Directors
President Robert J. Zanlungo, Jr.
Vice President Brendan Ristaino
Secretary Richard Rapp
Treasurer Thomas Kane
Past President Jeff Bodeau
Sergeant-at-Arms John Vullo
Membership Chair Dennis Weir
Social Media Co-Chair for Facebook & Website Robert Bentley
Social Media Co-Chair for Twitter Jason Hoeppner
Publicity and Cheer Pamela McCue
Club Historian Robert Dugger
Scholarship Committee Chair Lainey Pellettier
Interact Club Chair Jonathan Larabee
38th Annual Lobster Fest Chairman Jonathan Larabee
Applefest Committee Chair Robert Bentley
Socials Chair John Lord
Project & RI Committee Chair Barry Callahan
Summer Schedule Committee Chair Brad Cofiell
Softball Team Coach John Dufford
Golf Outing Chair Kevin Feeney
Nominating Committee Chair Kevin Feeney
Taste of Glastonbury Fundraiser Chair Michael Ingenito
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Posted by Robert Bentley on Mar 07, 2014

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Posted by Robert Bentley on Dec 13, 2013

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Posted by Thomas Wieleba on Nov 27, 2013

Our club is involved once again in a town project, installing the Glastonbury Rotary Pavilion at the town's Riverfront Park next summer.   To help fund this project, we are selling engraved 4" by 8" bricks which will be part of the walkway at the pavilion. 

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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Aug 28, 2013

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From Left to Right: Rotary Club of Glastonbury President Robert J. Zanlungo, Jr., Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Glastonbury Rotary Club member, Nicholas Paindiris.

Every year, a Rotary president champions a cause close to his or her heart. Robert “Bob” Zanlungo, Jr., assumed the leadership role of president on July 1, 2013 and immediately went to work on a project designed to benefit children in the community. Long time club member, Nicholas “Nick” Paindiris spearheaded the project with support from the entire club.

Working with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and city officials, Rotarians got to work to bring this project to fruition.

The project was titled, “First Day-First Grade”. President Zanlungo commented, “If you can touch the life of a child early on, you can help steer them in the right direction. We want these children to be excited about education.”

The Rotary Club of Glastonbury donated back packs to the approximately 1800 first graders in the Hartford public school system this week. The Rotary Club purchased 1900 back packs with the intention of giving them to the first graders, with the remaining 100 bags to be given to homeless children irrespective of grade. Crayons, pencils, a ruler and note book were provided in each bag.

The Glastonbury Interact Club helped Glastonbury Rotarians stuff the bags with the school supplies last Saturday. Brittany Horton, the President of Interact club commented, “I am excited to have as our first project for the school year such a worthwhile project. We typically serve only our local community but it will be very satisfying to contribute to the needs of the Capitol City.”

On Monday, Rotarians delivered the bags to 24 of the 28 public schools for distribution to the first graders by the teachers on Tuesday. Rotarians delivered back packs to 4 of the larger schools (Rawson, Moylan, Fox and Clark/Sand) on Tuesday, passing them out to first graders at those 4 elementary schools.

The Rotary Clubs of Hartford, Farmington, and West Hartford each contributed to the cost of this project. Those funds were used to acquire the materials inside the backpacks.

For more photos, please click HERE to go to our Facebook page.

Posted by Robert Bentley on Jun 28, 2013

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Incoming President Robert "Bob" Zanlungo and President Jeffrey Bodeau

 

What an amazing night at Rotary!

President Jeff Bodeau received a standing ovation as he made his last speech as club president.

Thank you, Jeff, for your dedication and service. We know how much you sacrificed in order to be such an amazing leader. Thank you also, to your supportive family as you couldn't have done this without them.

Incoming President Robert "Bob" Zanlungo took the stage as our new leader and laid out some goals for the year. We wish him the best!

Woody Baird made his final appearance as Sergeant at Arms, collected his last fines and told one last, really bad joke.

Congratulations to incoming Sergeant at Arms, John Vullo. Get your wallets out!!

We'd like to thank Jason Hoeppner for stepping up to run our Twitter account as the new year changes over.

Let's also give a warm welcome to Bob Bentley who has agreed to run our Facebook page and website.

These two gents are replacing Maria Tralongo in her role as Social Media Chair.

Lots of perfect attendance pins awarded last night - from one year to an amazing forty-two years! Top three perfect attendance awards to: Peter Deitch, 35 years; David Canapari, 41 years; and the amazing Membership Director, Dennis Weir, 42 years!

Congrats to all!

Scott Doughman was inducted into the club and welcomed as a full member!

We gave 2013 Lobsterfest Chairman, Chuck House one more round of applause and a huge thank you!

Bill Fochi, Lobsterfest Ticket Master, gave us preliminary numbers on our fundraiser. This year was a record setting 2,245 total dinners served! Great team work by the entire club!

We'd like to welcome our new board and thank them for their commitment to service:

President Robert "Bob" Zanlungo

Vice President Brendan Ristaino

Secretary Richard Rapp

Treasurer Thomas Kane

Immediate Past President Jeffrey Bodeau

This was our final indoor meeting until the fall. For more photos, please click here to access the Facebook album or click on the 2013 Changing of the Guard album on this site.

Ladies and gents, we'll see you outside at the Elks next week! Scott Knights is leading the cooking crew and remember your softball gear. Coach Dufford wants a win against our guests, the Glastonbury Fire Department.

Joint story by Maria Tralongo and Bob Bentley.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 25, 2013

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Photo L to R: Dennis Weir, Scott Doughman, Jeff Bodeau

It's our pleasure to introduce the newest member of our club, Scott Doughman, owner of Go Permits, LLC. Over the past few months, Scott made many visits to our club as the guest of his sponsor, President Jeff Bodeau. As a prospective member, he took the initiative to volunteer at our events. We were especially grateful for his hard work and participation at Lobsterfest and Senior Night.

Scott was inducted on Monday, June 24, 2013.

Longtime membership direcctor, Dennis Weir performed the honors. Scott's wife, Olena and their children were on hand to support him.

Welcome, Scott!

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 19, 2013

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Rotary Club of Glastonbury's Treasurer Richard Rapp, President Jeff Bodeau and Vice President Robert Zanlungo presented a check for $2,000 in continued support of the BPD water projects.

  The Glastonbury Rotary has supported this program since its inception eight years ago, contributing approximately $16,000 toward its success. 

Rich and Bob are holding banners which the women of the village made for our club.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 18, 2013

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Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Glastonbury 2013 Scholarship recipient, Jugerta Istrefi.


Miss Istefi will receive a total of $20,000, distributed over 4 years.

She plans to attend the University of Connecticut.


She is on the left with Glastonbury Rotary President, Jeff Bodeau and her very proud mom, Drite Istrefi.


Cheers!

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 11, 2013

Lobsterfest is our largest fundraiser.

We use the proceeds to fund our work in the community, award scholarships and provide assistance to many groups.

This year, the entrances to the food service area were lined with signage to highlight some of our service projects, donations and names of scholarship recipients.

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 It was quite a week leading up to the event. Storm Andrea certainly decided to test our abilities. But, this was not our first time down this rainy, muddy, flooded path to the best party of the summer.

Chairman Chuck House hatched a plan and Rotarian John Vullo from New England Blacktop arrived with stone. Ed Quinn's bobcats were at the ready and his son helped spread the stone as necessary.

 

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 It's a good thing Kevin Cofiell and Jay Cofiell of Cofiell Sport and Power got all the mowing done early.

Eventually, the fencing went up, lighting was installed, tables were carried in as were chairs and the food service peeps prepared with an eye to safety and efficiency.

Some guests arrived early to decorate their tables. We really need to have a contest next year!

Here's a charming example.

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It all worked. As the event unfolded, we looked around to see that our guests were enjoying themselves.

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We had more to celebrate!

 Long time Rotarian Bill Henry, member since 1970, and his wife, Elaine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by volunteering at Lobsterfest.

Now that's Service Above Self!
We're sure glad that Pam McCue keeps an eye on things.
She made sure there was cake, champagne and a toast from the DJ!

 

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It takes a lot of help to make this event rattle and hum.

 

Who are our volunteers?
They are Rotary spouses, friends, family and friends of friends.
Meet two of them, Pat Nelson and her son, Matt Nelson.
They worked on our food service lines last night.
Matt was a superb volunteer and everyone enjoyed meeting him. He already asked to come back next year! We love it! He's so very welcome and appreciated.
But, Matt is amazing all 'round. In his spare time, Matt loves to be involved in theater productions and is an accomplished tap dancer. We look forward to his next role with a West Hartford theater group in a production of Les Misérables.
THANKS, Matt!

 

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As the evening progressed and night fell, our guests continued to enjoy the music, dancing and company of good friends.

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 Eventually, we wound to a close.

The DJ stopped the music, the dance floor emptied and the guests made their way to their cars.

 

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The party was over for another year.

(We're reminding you to save the date: Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Chairman Jon Larabee is already starting to plan.)

And the next morning, dedicated Rotarians arrived bright and early to clean it all up.

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 Want to see more?

There are eight videos showing how the big tent goes up.

It's quite a process and the tent walkers who stroll across the big top to add the caps are amazing.

If you're interested, click VIDEO PAGE to head over to Facebook and take a peek.

There are also multiple albums detailing the mowing, tent, building and labor that go into making the event happen.

They are all on our Facebook album page. Click ALBUMS to take a look.

There are 11 Lobsterfest albums in total.

Photos by Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair (with the exception of the nighttime photo above which was submitted by a guest).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 06, 2013

 

As many of you know, the official Rotary Club of Glastonbury changing of the guard takes place on June 30.

On July 1st, the Board positions officially change hands at the start of the new Rotary year.
Vice President Robert "Bob" Zanlungo was sworn in at the District 7890 Induction Banquet held at Maneeley's in South Windsor, home of incoming District Governor, Mike Barnett.
Our entire club is grateful to Bob for his years of service and for the dedication we know he will show during his year.

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Posted by Maria Tralongo on May 21, 2013

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Rotarian and farmer, Bill Dufford with his friend, Sandi Rose of Roses's Berry Farm

Thanks to our wonderful guest speaker, Sandi Rose of Rose’s Berry Farm for a lovely visit.

 

We tried to take some photos of her presentation but truly, we don’t do the colors and warmth justice.

 

It’s probably best if you stop by the farm and see for yourself just how amazing a place it is.

To see all the photos taken, please click here to go to the album on Facebook.

 Special thanks to the members of our Board who work tirelessly to keep our meetings on track:

President Jeff Bodeau

Vice President Bob Zanlungo

Secretary Brendan Ristaino

Treasurer Rich Rapp.

 As always, we're appreciate of the amazing Pamela McCue and her staff at the Gallery. 


 Photos by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair

Posted by Maria Tralongo on May 02, 2013

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Congratulations to the 2013 Paul Harris Award winner, Glastonbury Rotarian Craig Wellman.

Craig is pictured here with Glastonbury Club President Jeff Bodeau.

Thank you to Pamela McCue for submitting the photo and John Lord for his fine work as Socials Chair. 
We all enjoyed a great night at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Apr 30, 2013

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 Glastonbury Rotary Club President Jeff Bodeau presents a check in the amount of $1,250 to Glastonbury Family YMCA Executive Director Kristen Pollard to help start a new program for cancer survivors called LIVESTRONG.

Please refer to the Glastonbury Family YMCA for more information by clicking here.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Apr 16, 2013

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Our club was chartered March 15, 1948.
Exactly one month later on April 15, 1948, 10 members held the club's first meeting in conjunction with the East Hartford Rotary Club and members of the media.

We are 65 years strong and took this photo to commemorate the occasion. It should be noted that original Charter member, John "Coach" Dufford who attended that very first meeting, is celebrating his 65th year of membership. You may find him in the row that is seated, wearing a burgundy jacket.

Thank you, Coach for your many years of devoted service.

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We'd also like to thank our guests - members of the Rotary GSE Team who are headed to Turkey. They shared a wonderful presentation with us and we wish them safe journeys. Anyone who wishes to follow their adventures, please use this link to access the Rotary District 7890 GSE Team Blog.

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Best wishes to Danny Lee, Liz McCoskrie, Marty Fins, Sally Umlauf and Lauren Alex.

(Also pictured in this photo is Rotary Club of Glastonbury President Jeff Bodeau.)

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Apr 11, 2013

It's that time of year again.

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Lobsterfest preparations are in full swing.

We'd like to express our thanks and appreciation for this year's Chairman, Chuck House of House Brothers Plumbing Contractor for all of his hard work so far.

We're looking forward to a spectacular event!

Our ticketmaster, William "Bill" Fochi distributed tickets on Monday, April 8th to club members.
They are officially available for sale with a plan to cap the event at 2200 dinners.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dinner service begins at 5 PM

Tickets are $55 each

Tables may be reserved in groups of 10

The event features live music during dinner

A DJ and dancing on a custom dance floor till 11 PM

All the steamers you can eat (till we run out)

Choice of lobster or steak

Side Salad

Roll

Corn on the Cob

BYOB

Never been?

There's a great blog review of the 2012 event from Caitlin Croswell of Cait Plus Ate.

She documented her Lobsterfest adventures.

Check out the blog HERE.

The best thing? You help us help others.

Our club made donations valued at over $90,000 over the past 12 months.

They're listed on the back of the ticket.

It's a grand time! Don't miss out.
For more details, click here to access the Facebook event!

See you there!

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Apr 08, 2013

Monday night's meeting brought the club together for fellowship shared over a wonderful meal. We had the opportunity to learn more about two of our newer members who prepared classification speeches.

We'd like to thank Corey Turner of Corey Turner Home Improvement Contractors, Inc. and Jonathan Larabee of Manchester Honda for taking the time to prepare their speeches and for sharing what Rotary means to them.

Both gentlemen stressed their desire to give back to the community and their appreciation for the variety of service projects performed by our club.

 

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Jonathan Larabee

Photos by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Apr 02, 2013

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 What a productive business meeting!


Socials Chair John Lord announced the date of the Paul Harris Award as Sunday, April 28.

Details and event set up on Facebook to come.

There'll be a celebration of our 65th Anniversary as a club as well.


Of course, the big news is the printing of the Lobsterfest tickets.

Our one and only fabulous ticketmaster, the inimitable Bill Fochi is already working on his distribution list.

The tickets are printed and will be available to the public within the next few weeks.

We're selling 2200 tickets to the best party of the summer.


Interested in what we do with all the funds raised from our events?


Last year, $25,000 went to a scholarship fund.

More than $90,000 got distributed within the community to various charities and groups in need.

We work on multiple community projects.


They'll all be listed on the ticket this year.

You're not just attending an awesome party and enjoying a good meal with friends, you're helping us help others.

And kudos to Mark Greer for his little prank on Lobsterfest Chairman Chuck House.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by Maria Tralongo on Mar 27, 2013

Our Monday, March 25 meeting was very special. We welcomed CT Patriot Guard Riders State Captain, Gregg Barratt who presented information on the mission of the PGR.

Just that morning, Mr. Barratt along with many other PGR members provided a flag escort for the body of US Army Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, KIA. Those PGR members not on escort detail assembled at the church to form a flag line to show honor and respect for Captain Pedersen-Keel.

With permission from Pattie Ptak, we are sharing a selection of her photos from the day.

The PGR performs many missions to honor those who serve. Regardless of weather conditions, PGR will stand a line or escort for those deploying, soldiers returning home, military or veteran funerals and special missions for which PGR participation is requested.

The group raises funds to help veterans and veteran causes. Every dollar raised is given away.

You do not have to be a motorcycle rider or a veteran to participate. There is no associated cost. The only requirement is respect.

For more information on this amazing group, please click the link above to go to their website or click here to go to their Facebook page.

Thank you again to Pattie Ptak for sharing her photos.

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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Mar 20, 2013

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This past Monday, we welcomed speaker, Sam Brown who gave a presentation on Project Amigo.

 
Project Amigo helps poor children of Colima, Mexico achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school, improving access to higher education,  promoting literacy, and helping with dental care.

For more information, please see their website “Project Amigo”.

For more photos from the evening, please click here to access the Facebook album.

Photo by Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Mar 15, 2013

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Happy 65th Anniversary, Rotary Club of Glastonbury! 
Our club was chartered on March 15, 1948.

It is with gratitude and appreciation that we post this photo of John "Coach" Dufford taken at the Mission Complete ceremony for Manny's Place on Addison Road.
Coach is an original charter member of the club, also celebrating his 65th anniversary in Rotary.

Thanks, Coach, for your years of service!
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Mar 12, 2013

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What a great night at Rotary! Cheers and thank you to Vice President Robert “Bob” Zanlungo for standing in for President Jeff Bodeau. Bob did a great job leading the meeting.

Last night we hosted visitors from the Rotary Youth Exchange. District 7890 sends approximately 275 kids out to other countries and takes in about the same number. The idea is to allow these young people to experience different cultures, food and language while promoting relationships between the two countries. Annually, between 8,000-9,000 teenagers participate in the exchange program around the world. We enjoyed the company of students from France, Bolivia, Germany, Finland, Brazil and Denmark. They’ve been here since July and spoke to us about their experiences. They’ve been able to travel to NYC and even to Great Barrington for skiing. A trip is planned to Washington, DC in April. Through their schools, they’ve participated in sports, often for the first time. Others have appeared in high school productions – singing, acting and dancing.

We also had the chance to talk to US students who are outbound to Ecuador, Spain, Belgium, Norway and Chile. They talked about their hopes, fears, the idea of taking on new languages and meeting a new family. Vice President Zanlungo presented all the students with Peace Through Service pins. To see more photos, please click here to access the album on Facebook.

All photos by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Feb 05, 2013

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President Jeffrey Bodeau makes final preparations to lead our business meeting.
We thank him for his time and dedicated service to the club and the community.

Photo by Social Media Chair, Maria R. Tralongo

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jan 15, 2013

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 What a great night at Rotary!


We'd like to offer sincere congratulations on many years of service by members celebrating club anniversaries:
Don LaBombard and Gil Wolf, 35 years
Bill Dufford and Bill Henry, 43 years!


Special thanks to our wonderful speaker, Glastonbury Police Chief David A. Caron who discussed the proactive efforts and initiatives by the Glastonbury Police Department to keep the town safe. He answered our questions about school safety, traffic, and a range of other topics with great thought, patience and deliberation. His perspective was refreshing and gave us all a lot to consider.
There was a smidge of smack talk related to our annual Glastonbury Rotary versus Glastonbury PD softball game so we're planning to get our team in order early this spring!
Thanks again, Chief. You're welcome to join us anytime!

As is our custom, a wheelchair was donated to Wheels of Hope in Chief Caron's name.
This group provides wheelchairs to victims of polio in Nigeria.

Photo credit: Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jan 08, 2013

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 Here's a great photo of long time member (and Lobsterfest Ticket Master) Bill Fochi.
He's holding up his engraved keychain!
Special thanks to our very thoughtful President, Jeff Bodeau who ordered a name-engraved keychain for each member.
It was a lovely way to kick off the first meeting of the 2013 year.

Photo by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair.



Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jan 08, 2013

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We enjoyed a brief presentation by three members of the crew team who are raising monies in order to fund the purchase of a new boat, oars and oarlocks. Their goal is a $56,000 grand total, with 25% of the monies raised to be split between two organizations - the VFW and Give2Troops - as a donation. The 75% balance will be used to fund the purchase of necessary equipment.
Donations may be made to Friends of Glastonbury Rowing, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) by contacting Matt Bristol at 860 657 4371 or mbskiking@gmail.com. Multiple sponsor levels and recognition honors available. To see more photos, please click here to access the Facebook album.
Photo by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury. 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 21, 2012

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Accelerated Fitness Solutions held their first Fitathlon in Glastonbury at the Smith Middle School on September 1st. The fitness-focused company of personal trainers generously pledged a portion of the proceeds from the event to the Glastonbury Rotary Club Scholarship Fund which awards money to Glastonbury students who achieve academic excellence and need financial help to attend college. Last year the winner of the scholarship was awarded $20,000.

Accelerated Fitness Solutions President Doug Dorsey and Cromwell Managing Partner, Kevin Carlson presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Glastonbury Rotary President Jeff Bodeau at their new Glastonbury AFS location at the rear of 122 Naubuc Avenue.

For more information on upcoming Fitathlon challenges, click here. For more information on Accelerated Fitness Solutions and their locations, please visit their website or their Facebook page.

Photo by Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury.

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 21, 2012

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Pictured:

Top row: Salvation Army drivers, Shawn Collier and Angel Vasquez

Middle row (L to R): Jim Gordon, Dir. of Public Relations & Marketing, So. NE Div, Salvation Army, Rich Rapp, Kevin Feeney, Rotary President Jeff Bodeau, Lisa Cretella, Dir. of Development, Salvation Army, Bob Zanlungo and John Heagle

Kneeling (L to R): Ed Quinn, Kevin Quinn, Brendan Ristaino and the Salvation Army’s Area Coordinator, Brian Glasco.

 

Rotarians gathered at the Homestead Suites in Glastonbury at 7:30 AM on a very rainy and windy morning to load boxes of baby food products into a truck for donation.
Thank you to our four participating grocery stores:
Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Gardiners Market and Highland Park Market who each donated $250 worth of baby food. We could not do it without you.
The Rotary Club of Glastonbury’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to triple match each store's donation to bring the grand total to $4,000 of goods.
Thank you also to Pamela McCue of the Gallery Restaurant who hosts the special picnic dinner meeting to help us raise extra funds.
Photo by Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury. To see the complete album on Facebook, please click here.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 19, 2012

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 Pictured: Past-President Kevin Flanagan, sorting toys

The Rotary Club of Glastonbury provides volunteers to staff the Salvation Army collection point at the Homestead Suites in Glastonbury for toys and non-perishable foods. We'd like to thank Don LaBombard and Mary Pallos for their organizational magic.


And, we'd like to recognize the following volunteers, some of whom worked more than one shift:
Dennis Weir, Garrett Ludwig, Jeff Bodeau, Kevin Feeney, John Vullo, Bill Mogensen, Maria Tralongo, Kevin Flanagan, Tom Kane, Jr., Woody Baird, Corey Turner, Bob Zanlungo, Brendan Ristaino, Craig Wellman, Bill Dufford, John Heagle, Mary Pallos, Dave Larson, Donna Finocchiaro, Chuck House, Gil Spencer, Ron Brousseau, Rich Rapp, Gene Langan, Scott Knights and John Lord.

Photo by Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury.     

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 18, 2012

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What a lovely evening. Boy Scout Pack 241 stopped in to sell Christmas ornaments which honor the late David Cox (if you’re interested in purchasing an ornament, please stop by their website for instructions http://www.pack241.org/f/docs/HolidayOrnaments.html). The GHS Madrigals joined us for dinner and then lifted all our spirits with their amazing music. We’d like to thank our guest Father George Courturier for his delightful company. We were also joined by Rotarian Marty Fins and Elizabeth McCoskrie who will be making a trek to Istanbul.

Thank you as always to Pam McCue and the staff of the Gallery for their good care. Cheers and thanks to our hardworking Board members for leading us so well. Please enjoy the photos from this, our last meeting of the 2012 year.

To see videos of the wonderful performance by the GHS Madrigals, click over to our Facebook page. To see all the photos from the evening, click HERE to access the Facebook album or click the album on the left side of this page. 

All photos by Maria R. Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury.

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 10, 2012

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On Sunday, December 9th, club members gathered together at 2 Hopewell in Glastonbury for our annual holiday celebration. Music, good food, great company and lots of cheer made for a fabulous evening.
Special thanks and acknowledgement to our Social Events Chair, John Lord who took great care in making the arrangements.
He's the smiling fella on the far left in the photo. 

Special thanks to Pam McCue who took all the photos and submitted them for posting. If you'd like to see more, take a peek at our album list (links at the top of the page and on the lower left portion of the dashboard) and click on 2012 Holiday Bash!

Enjoy!


 

 

 

 


Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 04, 2012

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Last night, our club presented the slate for the 2013/2014 year. We'd like to extend sincere thanks to all for service to the club and the community. Thanks to Mark Greer, Bill Henry, and Kevin Feeney for serving on the nominating committee.

The slate is as follows:
President Robert "Bob" Zanlungo
Vice President Brendan Ristaino
Secretary Richard Rapp
Treasurer Thomas Kane
Past President Jeff Bodeau
Senior Past President William "Bill" Dufford
At Large members: Kristen Pollard and Charles “Chuck” House 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Dec 03, 2012

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Santa made a special appearance at the Gallery in Glastonbury on Saturday, December 1st!
He flew all the way here on his sleigh just to attend the Rotary Club of Glastonbury's Annual Kids' Christmas Party!
Thanks to Pam McCue of the Gallery for submitting this wonderful photo of Santa as he prepares to get on with his duties.
Santa passed out presents and listened to the wishes of our young guests.

Special thanks to our wonderful Social Events chair, John Lord for arranging all the details.

Additional thanks to Pam and her amazing crew from the Gallery. They always provide great care when hosting our events.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Nov 29, 2012

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We'd like to give three cheers to Glastonbury Rotarian Christopher "Chris" Fraleigh who jumps in feet first every year to spearhead efforts to help out Foodshare with their Thanksgiving Drive. This photo shows Chris with Rotary member, Donna Finocchiaro as they solicited turkeys and donations for the Foodshare "A Turkey and Thirty" event.
We're so proud of Chris and grateful for all members who pitched in to help.
We'd also like to thank the members of our very generous community.
The results of all this hard work? A record-breaking 640 turkeys and $15,100 in cash for Foodshare to feed families in need.
Amazing.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Nov 27, 2012

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What a phenomenal presentation! Thank you, thank you Lynn A. Damon, photographic artist for taking the time to share your work on the Farm Project last night. The photos are amazing.

Lynn started the Farm Project in 2010 with an eye to documenting the farms in Glastonbury. Working with the Historical Society of Glastonbury, Lynn set out to visit all the farms and create images for the entire community to appreciate. The photos are artistic in presentation and focus on animals, landscapes, produce, flowers and a few of the farmers as well. The project is ongoing. If you're interested in seeing some of the images, stop by Lynn's website and click Landscapes in the Gallery section. The link is "http://www.lynndamon.com/gallery.html". The images are for sale. We encourage you to contact Lynn and bring home some of the images.

As is our club's custom, the Club donated a wheelchair in Lynn's name through Wheels of Hope to a victim of polio in Africa. 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Nov 26, 2012

 

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Check presentation (from left to right):
Chris Fraleigh, Rotary Club of Glastonbury; Beth Stafford, Executive Director of Manchester Area Conference of Churches (M.A.C.C.); Sue Philipchik, Glastonbury Branch Manager, Liberty Bank; Jonathan Larabee, Rotary Club of Glastonbury

Once again the Rotary Club of Glastonbury partnered with Liberty Bank and the Liberty Bank Foundation to raise funds in the hope that all of our neighbors would be able to share in a bountiful Thanksgiving celebration. Club members, under the leadership of project co-chairs Chris Fraleigh and Jonathan Larabee, worked to collect funds in the community.

Special thanks to Gardiners Market and Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, both of whom allowed club members to solicit donations from customers.

Thanks are also in order to the following businesses who allowed us to leave collection tins at their businesses: Constantine Hardware, Towne Barber Shoppe, TCBY, Sweet Frog, Cofiells Sport & Power, Daybreak Coffee Roasters, The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, 2Hopewell Restaurant, Birch Hill Tavern, and YMCA of Glastonbury.

Thank you to the club members who worked so hard to make this a successful project, the members of the Glastonbury Interact Club and the Glastonbury community without whose generosity we would be lost.

The Rotary Club of Glastonbury presented a total of $6,565.27 to Manchester Area Conference of Churches comprised of monies raised within the community, a club donation and a 25% match by the Liberty Bank Foundation. The M.A.C.C. was founded in 1973 with the specific intention of meeting emergency needs (food, shelter, clothing) with the community. It is currently comprised of 36 churches from the Manchester, Bolton, South Windsor, Glastonbury and Storrs communities. The group anticipated serving over 300 meals for the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday at its respective churches.

  

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Nov 21, 2012

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Our club donated $1,500 to Glastonbury Outreach for their Holiday Fund. The monies will be used to purchase food and holiday gifts for 150+ Glastonbury families in need during the upcoming holidays (including this Thanksgiving).


Pictured are Katie Wilt, Human Services Outreach Social Worker and Rotary Club of Glastonbury President, Jeff Bodeau.

 

 

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Here's Vice President Bob Zanlungo with guest speaker, Darren Sweeney of NBC30 Connecticut.
Darren was a superb speaker & discussed the challenges involved to get "good weather information" out to the public in the social media age. He was funny, interesting and we could just imagine a weather map behind him as he spoke.
The club members truly enjoyed his visit.

As is our custom, a wheelchair was donated in Darren's name to a group called Wheels of Hope, which provides wheelchairs to victims of polio in Nigeria, Africa.

 

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Nov 20, 2012

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This morning we'd like to extend special thanks to our friends at the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce. The Ambassador committee members got together and as they have done in past years, donated their luncheon funds to our turkey drive. This active, community-focused group donated $200 for which we are truly grateful.

The Ambassadors are:


Katy Beard - Glastonbury Funeral Home

Jeff Bodeau - William Raveis Real Estate

Brian Cahill - Edward Jones
Dave Clemens - David R. Clemens, Attorney-at-Law
Bobby DiBella - Glastonbury Civil Preparedness
Jeff Foley Minuteman Press
Carole Fromer - Products of Nature International, Inc.
Scott Garcia - IKON Office Solutions, Inc.
Carolyne Gatesy - Main Street Office Center
Linda Gurtel - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Kathie Hewitt - Berkshire Bank/Connecticut Region
Bonnie Johnson - The Johnson Agency, Inc.
Brenda Larkin - Lincoln Financial Group
Ron Locandro - Mr. Handyman
Wendy Melnick - Cox Media
Bill Meyer - Anderson-Meyer Insurance
Sue Philipchik - Liberty Bank
Heather Turner - Forfeng Designs
Matt Winkler - Life Publications - Glastonbury Life
Bob Zanlungo - Primary Residential Mortgage
Stanley Zwirn - F. D. Anderson Agency

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 23, 2012

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We’d like to introduce Glastonbury Rotary member, Joseph “Joe” Jaconetta. Inducted in 1996, Joe is a Past Rotary Club of Glastonbury President, a Paul Harris Award winner and has 15 years of perfect attendance to his credit. Whenever a project is in swing. Joe pitches in – we saw him quietly arrive at Manny’s Place on Addison in the evenings to clean up after workers, removing large receptacles of trash. In the midst of preparations for Lobsterfest, Joe carried in tables for placement under the tent and directed traffic for the parking committee. He is always willing to lend a hand.

As a partner in Jaconetta, Burnham & Wimer, LLC, Joe is an attorney with twenty years of experience in estate, business and tax planning. He’s active in the local community and is not only on the Executive Board of the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, but participates on committees, often taking leadership roles.

Over the years, Joe’s dedication to wellness and health has not been obstructed by his very busy schedule and commitment to service. He trains for triathlons, marathons, and other fitness competitions. Our club is proud of Joe for all of his accomplishments.

We’d like to share this photo of Joe running the 2012 ING Hartford Marathon. He completed the race with a time of 03:04:19 and came in 2nd in his age division. We’re truly proud of him and glad to have such an amazing member in our ranks.

 

 

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 22, 2012

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When you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast, do you ever think about what the holiday would be like if you couldn’t afford to feed your family? Unfortunately, too many families in our area struggle with that problem. That’s why Liberty Bank and the Liberty Bank Foundation teamed up with 27 local Rotary Clubs with an important mission on mind: to make sure all of our neighbors may share in a bountiful Thanksgiving Feast. Since this drive’s inception on 2004, it has provided almost $600,000 to put turkey and all the trimmings on tables for families in need. All 43 Liberty Bank offices collect donations for the drive. Funds are deposited in accounts for each of the respective, participating Rotary Clubs.

On November 19th, the Liberty Bank Foundation will add matching funds of twenty-five cents for every dollar, up to a total of $25,000. Each Rotary Club then withdraws the funds and uses them to either purchase/deliver foods or make a donation to a local non-profit that provides Thanksgiving food to needy residents. In 2011, the drive provided a record total of more than $132,000 in food.

Last year, the Rotary Club of Glastonbury participated in this fundraiser for the first time, raising $3,514. The Club made an additional contribution of $820. The Liberty Bank Foundation made a matching contribution of $978.This is a grand total of $5,312! The Rotary Club of Glastonbury is once again rising to the challenge with hopes of providing even more help to those in need.

Won’t you help us help others? Stop at any branch of Liberty Bank and make a donation to the drive specifying the Glastonbury Rotary Club account or watch for our members at local grocery stores on the weekends in coming weeks. We’ll be collecting funds out front.

Once the funds are totaled, our Club has agreed to make a matching donation dollar for dollar, up to $2,500. The Liberty Bank Foundation will then make its matching contribution of 25%. The funds will be distributed within the community by November 21st.

 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 17, 2012

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American Integrity Restoration - Running for a Reason - Results

American Integrity Restoration (AIR), a local disaster relief company, recently participated in the 2012 Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival 5K and Kids Fun Run. For every runner or walker that joined “Team Hot AIR”, American Integrity Restoration made a donation to The David Cox Memorial Fund. David was a Glastonbury resident, architect, and always active in the community, who passed away suddenly in July 2011, leaving behind a wife and three children.  

“David was an active member of the community and local Chamber of Commerce. We couldn’t think of a better reason to do something healthy in his name. Not only did most of our staff, friends, family, and business associates get out this day, but we raised money to help a family with some of their needs.” says Steve Weir, owner of AIR. “We had 59 people on our team, with more people finding out about our fundraiser the morning of the race, deciding to don our t-shirt and Run for a Reason”.

In the end, Team Hot AIR numbered close to 60, winning “Largest Team.”
Results and pictures can be found at : http://www.glastonburychamber.net/wcevents/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1148
American Integrity Restoration is a Disaster Restoration Contractor servicing all of Connecticut.
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 15, 2012

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We'd like to welcome new member, Walter "Chrick" Varni to the club. Walter, a retired landscaper, was once a very active and generous member. We're so pleased to have him back!
Pictured left to right:
His sponsor, David Canapari
Walter Varni
Membership Director, Dennis Weir
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 15, 2012

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Here's a bit of cheer!
Glastonbury Rotarian Mary Pallos sent in this wonderful photo of her daughter, Jackie who made the cheer-leading squad at the University of Hartford!
Go Hawks!
Congratulations, Jackie!!

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 14, 2012

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Day Two at the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival brought a mix of weather conditions, but fearless vendors manned their booths and the crowds happily wandered, ate and had a grand time. Thanks to Glastonbury Rotarian and GHS Interact Club Chair, Attorney Deborah Eisenberg who spent the day at the Rotary booth as the Interact members ran the Putt for Pies contest. Thanks also to Rotarian Bob Bentley of Bentley Electronic Systems for making sure the tent was set up, manning the tent during the day and handling the wind-related flying tent pole crisis. Thanks to Pam McCue of the The Gallery for making sure two photos of me ended up in the album. Midway, petting zoo, dunk tank, vendors, fair food, live entertainment and loads of apple pie – wow, what a fun time!! We salute the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and their army of volunteers who make this event run so smoothly.

Want to see more? Click over to the album on Facebook for photos using THIS LINK.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 13, 2012

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What a beautiful day in Glastonbury! The Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival got off to a fabulous start! Midway, petting zoo, entertainment, lots of food, vendors and of course, apple pie! Thanks to our hardworking friends at the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce for all of their efforts to make this wonderful event come to life! The GHS Interact Club ran the Putt for Pies contest again and members of the Rotary Club of Glastonbury worked shifts to make sure the booth was in good hands. We also kicked off our Thanksgiving Fundraiser with a nice display and a collection bucket thanks to Jon Larabee.

Our club is a proud, annual sponsor of the event. This year, our sponsorship helped bring in the addition of the Beer Garden.


For more photos, head over to our Facebook album by clicking this
link to the album.
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 02, 2012

Our Monday Rotary meeting brought with the usual suspects. Lots of fun, laughter and fellowship. Woody Baird continued his role as Sergeant at Arms, issuing fines to members while making us laugh.

Pam McCue and her hardworking staff at the Gallery served an amazing meal. This is a glimpse of one of the courses. (This is Pam's idea of a small piece of chicken.)

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Attorney Deborah Eisenberg and Realtor Margaret Wilcox showed off their leopard themed fashion sense. Way to go, ladies!!

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 Past President Kevin Flanagan (left) receives a check from Dick Gordon, Past District Governor (right) in the amount of $500 as a simplified grant to reimburse the club for expenses incurred related to Shelter Box.


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Thank you as always to President Jeff Bodeau for leading a great meeting!

 





Posted by Maria Tralongo on Sep 25, 2012

We gathered at the Gallery in Glastonbury for our usual Monday night meeting led by President Jeff Bodeau.  

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Sergeant at Arms, Woody Baird amused us all and assessed fines as necessary.

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We’d like to extend our thanks to guest speaker, Jon Picoult, Founder of Watermark Consulting in Simsbury who reminded us of the benefits of providing a positive customer experience. He was funny, articulate and on-point. He also stayed within his allotted 15 minutes!

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For all photos from the evening, please click one of the album links on this page or hop on over to our Facebook page by clicking this link, direct to the album.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Sep 18, 2012

Thanks to Pam McCue and her amazing staff at the Gallery Restaurant. They welcomed us back with a great meal and big smiles. We sure did miss Kathy, Chris and the gang.

President Jeff Bodeau led a great meeting and discussed some upcoming projects and changes.

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Woodrow "Woody" Baird stepped to the podium for his first appearance as Sergeant at Arms. He did a great job, eliciting laughter and happy bucks.

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Frank Wargo stopped by to discuss the Rotary Foundation, explaining how he experienced firsthand the difference Rotary could make in the lives of people around the world. We grateful he took the time to share all that good news with our club.

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Want to see more? Stop by our Facebook page and peruse the albums!
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Sep 11, 2012

The air was crisp as we gathered at the Elks Pavilion for our final outdoor meeting of the season. Our stellar cooking crew outdid themselves for this members only night. Our meal included clam chowder, chili, shrimp, lobster, steak, chicken, tomato & mozzarella salad, baked potato, succotash (or as Mary Pallos named it, Corn Medley), bread and two kinds of dessert.

Anyone who left hungry could only blame themselves.

It was a fun night of laughter and fellowship. Next week we're back to the Gallery with a full agenda to plan events, projects and community giving.


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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Aug 08, 2012

A FITATHLON is coming to Glastonbury!!

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Volunteer! Compete! Bring your best to the day!

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Glastonbury Rotary Scholarship Fund - a truly worthy cause!
Help others and channel your inner athlete at the same time.

All levels welcome to compete with a $69 entry fee and prizes awarded to top male and female competitors.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Smith Middle School. Click the link here, for more details and online registration! 
 

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jul 28, 2012

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Teams of ultra runners covered a distance of 63 km with each km dedicated to a fallen CT soldier. As the ultra runners passed each km, a flag was added to the plant on the track at GHS indicating which km was run. Individuals walked/ran laps on the GHS track to honor lost family & friends, honor those who serve and to raise money for military related charities.
The Rotary Club of Glastonbury stepped up for the third consecutive year to work the concessions stand - cooking hot dogs & burgers and serving with a smile. One Rotarian ran 11 miles to raise funds for Purple Heart Homes of NC with whom the Rotary worked to build a home for Marine Manny Jiminez in Glastonbury.
Manny attended the event, running the final lap with the arriving ultra runners and then participating in the Honor and Remember ceremony. Full sized Honor and Remember flags were presented to the families of fallen Glastonbury heroes Sgt. David Coullard and Sgt. Steven DeLuzio. Never forget.


To see all the photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page or click the album link at the top of this page.
Photos by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury.
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jul 09, 2012

During the summer months, our meetings are scheduled outdoors. We use the Elks pavilion, assign cooking duties and play visiting Rotarians/friends in a friendly game of softball.

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At this meeting, Gene Langan smoked some of the best ribs ever, The Glastonbury Fire Department schooled us in softball and President Jeff Bodeau conducted his first meeting.

The full dinner menu: ribs (with chicken if desired), potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, corn bread, and coleslaw. Lots of fun for everyone - did I mention that Nace Hayden made some amazing cookies to share?

For the full story, click the album link at the top of the page and see all the photos! You may also follow us on Facebook! Enjoy!

All photos by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury.
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 26, 2012

Rotary Club President Kevin Flanagan officially became Past President at this emotional meeting. Kevin gave a poignant year in review, recapping the highs and lows of his presidency. He took time to remember the service of his dear friend, the late Dave Cox who passed away in 2011. Kevin made sure to recognize and thank his committee chairs and the board. He spoke about the challenges of the club's largest project, the building of an accessible home for Marine CPL Manny Jimenez on Addison Road as part of a joint venture with Purple Heart Homes of North Carolina. He also remembered his father, the late Thomas Flanagan whose example started Kevin's journey with Rotary.

Incoming President Jeff Bodeau receives his pin from President Kevin Flanagan

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President Jeff Bodeau presents now Past President Kevin Flanagan with his new pin.

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As part of his final duties, President Kevin Flanagan presented special awards to Ed Quinn and Craig Wellman, the two Glastonbury Rotarians whose efforts and management skills made the Purple Heart Homes project a success.

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All photos by Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair, Rotary Club of Glastonbury.
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 25, 2012


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After meeting with Purple Heart Homes co-founder, John Gallina, Glastonbury Rotary President Kevin Flanagan presented the idea of building a home for wounded Marine Cpl Manny Jimenez as a Rotary project. The club membership enthusiastically embraced the idea of taking the lead. Rotarians Ed Quinn and Craig Wellman agreed to spearhead the venture. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 1, 2012.

Pictured here (from left to right): Ed Quinn, Manny Jimenez, John Gallina and Craig Wellman with a drawing of the home by architect, Hans Hansen.

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On March 22, the amazing folks from H.E.A.R.T. 9-11 arrived.
In only two days, walls and a roof appeared. Suddenly, a house stood where there had been only a foundation.

Here's Manny learning to nail gun with a H.E.A.R.T. 9-11 volunteer

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With help from countless volunteers, fundraising committees, food committees, local businesses, trades people, local citizens, Glastonbury Rotarians, Smith Middle School students, decorating committee, the Town of Glastonbury - this dream house became a reality. On June 23, 2012, a parade led by the Marine Honor Guard proceeded down Addison Road to the cheers of many.

Here's the home in the hours before the parade & ceremony.

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A few speeches, some laughter and some happy tears later, Manny was presented with the "key" to his new home by Purple Heart Homes co-founder, Dale Beatty.

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The Rotary Club of Glastonbury and the Gallery Restaurant hosted a barbeque for all the guests and volunteers after the ceremony.

Welcome to Glastonbury, Manny. We're so happy to have you as a friend and neighbor.

To follow this journey from start to finish, please check the Facebook page called Manny's Place. The photo albums are in chronological order from initial meeting to Mission Complete.
You may also see the Mission Complete photos in the album section of this web page. The link is at the top of the page.
Posted by Maria Tralongo

Glastonbury Rotarians, led by Chairman Richard Rapp, hosted the Annual Senior Night Dinner on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Gallery Restaurant on New London Turnpike. This event is a Rotary favorite. The dinner is free to seniors.
Tickets are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Rotarians set up the room, set tables, fill water glasses, and tend bar.
We prepare and serve dinner courses, tending to our guests' needs while Bruno the Entertainer and his partner, Alex provide great music.

It's a fun night for visiting seniors and Rotarians alike. We're grateful to have an opportunity to give back and look forward to next year's dinner! Photos from the event may be accessed by clicking the ALBUM link at the top of the page and selecting 2012 Senior Night.
Enjoy!!

Here's soon to be President, Jeff Bodeau preparing to assume the role of bartender!
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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Jun 15, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012: Arrival of the Big Tent

Chairman Douglas Brown at the Elks Grounds

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  Friday, June 8, 2012: Work Begins in Earnest

The day before Lobster Fest is an intense work day. Fuel lines are set up. Pots are cleaned and set in place. Peter Deich, Tom Wieleba and Tom Kane, Jr. began work on the dance floor. Craig Wellman plotted fence lines, Jay Cofiell groomed the grounds and Rotarians carried tables into the tent.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012: All Hands On Deck

Rotarians got busy with final preparations for 2200 guests. First order of business? Shuck a few thousand ears of corn, prepare the salads and sides for distribution and stare at Chief Concierge Langan and Deputy Chief Concierge Zanlungo until they finish preparing the best breffie sandwiches ever made – egg, cheese, choice of bacon or sausage on a roll – hot off the griddle. Tables are covered and labeled, a task that was well-managed by Table Master John Lord. Chairs are brought in and placed. Poles are driven into the ground, fencing is rolled out and secured.

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Chief Concierge Gene Langan

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Deputy Concierge Bob Zanlungo

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John Lord, Table Master

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President Kevin Flanagan Brings in the Chairs

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 Saturday, June 9, 2012: Party with 2200 Close Friends

The late Dave Cox traditionally wore full yellow slicker gear during Lobster Fest. His wife, Emma presented the club with Dave’s hat complete with a photo of our old friend. It was hung on the front of the pavilion so Dave could watch over us.

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Saturday afternoon brings a frenzy of last minute preparations and final staging is completed.

The parking committee is in full work mode as 2200 guests begin to arrive.

Music, food and good friends – what more could anyone want?

We even received a visit from blogger Cait Croswell whose blog Cait Plus Ate gave us a fine review. Thanks again, Cait!

 

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Kevin Cofiell prepares for steamer duty

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Corey Turner Steps into Protective Gear

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Scott Knights Prepares the Grill for Steaks

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Welcome Visiting Rotarians from The New Britain-Berlin Rotary

 

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Cooking Platform (photo courtesy of Cait Crosswell)

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Steamer Table (photo courtesy of Cait Crosswell)

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Dennis Weir (photo courtesy of Cait Crosswell)

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The Cracking Table in Action (photo courtesy of Cait Crosswell)

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Food Lines (photo courtesy of Cait Crosswell)

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Fun Under the Tent (photo courtesy of Cait Crosswell)

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While guests danced, chatted and laughed under the tent, Rotarians began the process of breaking it all down.

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On Sunday, hardworking Rotarians returned to the grounds to clear trash, stack chairs and tables and rake the grass clean. 

Lobster Fest was done.

We’re already planning the 37th Annual Lobster Fest. Chairman Chuck House is expecting you.
Mark your calendars, we look forward to welcoming you on Saturday, June 8, 2013. 

For more photos, click on the album section at the top of the home page. Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook to keep up with events, news of interest and community service work.

Posted by Maria Tralongo

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President Kevin Flanagan posthumously presented the prestigious Paul Harris Award to Glastonbury Rotarian David Cox. Dave passed away unexpectedly in 2011. His talents, humor and generosity are all greatly missed. His wife, Emma Cox accepted the award on his behalf.

The Glastonbury Rotary Club presents this award annually to a member who best exemplifies the ideals of Rotary by following the motto of “Service above Self ". David Cox consistently demonstrated this ideal through his service as a Rotary club member since 1994.


The award is the highest given in Rotary and is in memory of its founder, Paul Harris.

Thank you to our Social Events Chair, Nace Hayden for all of her hard work arranging this lovely evening at Saint Clements Castle.

For more photos, please click on the photo album link at the top of the page.
Posted by Maria Tralongo on Apr 12, 2012

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Saturday, June 9, 2012
Elks Club Grounds
Woodland Street

(Need directions? Try Mapquest.)

Tickets are $50 each

All the steamers you can eat (until we run out)!

Choice of lobster or steak
Served with a roll, salad & corn on the cob

Dinner served 5-8 PM
Music until 11 PM

Live blue grass music during dinner followed by a DJ for fun and dancing under the tent on a custom built dance floor.


BYOB!


Tables reserved in 10 ticket groupings under one name.


Cheers and best wishes to Event Chairperson, Doug Brown!


To obtain tickets:


Ask any Glastonbury Rotarian you know!
 
Call: Ticketmaster William "Bill" Fochi 860-633-3541 extension 204
Jim Bougie of Edward Jones at 860-659-8145
Event chair, Doug Brown at 860-368-8557
or
Send a private message to the Rotary Club's Facebook page. Maria Tralongo, Social Media Chair will respond with information on tickets.

We'll have a bigger tent and an even better time! Don't miss out on all the fun!


Advance Ticket Sales Only!
They are not available at the gates. No admission without ticket in hand!

Here are some scenes from last year!


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Posted by Maria Tralongo

The Rotary Club of Glastonbury's Annual Wine Tasting & Auction is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club. We'd like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for their support. Without them, our club would not have the same impact on the community. We are so grateful for their generosity.

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Farmington Bank
Thank you for reprising your role as our Platinum Sponsor











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Thank you, Industrial Air Flow Dynamics, Inc - Gold Sponsor



Thank you to the following companies who are our Silver Sponsors:





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Steve Weir, American Integrity Restoration








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CT Investors Group, LLC









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Wooden-it-be-Nice, Inc., Furniture & Accessory Consignment





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The Law Offices of Deborah R. Eisenberg, Divorce and Custody Law




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The Connecticut Bank and Trust




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Pamela McCue, The Gallery




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John Dufford, Dufford Drilling Company



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Eastern Connecticut Cardiology, LLC



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Margaret Wilcox, Margaret Wilcox & Associates of ColdwellBanker

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Flanagan Industries

Tickets sales begin Monday, February 27th. See your favorite Rotarian or stop by our Facebook page, send a private message or leave a general message on our wall. Social media chair, Maria Tralongo will message you privately about ticket sales. There is also a Facebook event page where details about the night may be found. It is updated as information comes in - it may be found by clicking here.

This event is one of our main fundraisers, second only in scope to our Lobsterfest. These types of events allow us to donate more than $35,000 annually to local causes, award $20,000 in scholarships and donate thousands to national and international humanitarian causes. This March, we are breaking ground on a project in conjunction with Purple Heart Homes to build accessible housing for a wounded Marine in the town of Glastonbury.
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This much anticipated annual event is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012, 6-10 PM at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Tickets are priced at $50 each. To obtain a ticket, please contact any Glastonbury Rotarian, call Event Chairperson Donna Finocchiaro at (860) 836-6244 or leave a message on the wall of the Facebook event page. The page admin, Maria Tralongo will send you a private message with information.

We'd like to extend thanks and a warm welcome to our new wine sponsors, 2Fly Wines, Chris and Carolyn Didden.

The evening features passed hors d'oeuvres and a buffet which will include scallops in bacon, bruschetta, spinach & cheese phyllo, crab rangoon, deviled eggs, beef satay, hot sausage with provolone, beef tenderloin, penne alla vodka, a beef carving station, tossed salad and rolls.  There is also a stationary table of cheeses and crackers, hummus and baked brie.
 
2Fly's five piece house band In Deep is performing from 5:45 to 8:45 PM.
 
The tasting, stationary food and passed apps will begin at 6 PM.  The buffet is scheduled from 7:15 to 8:00 PM.  The Silent Auction will end at 8:15.  

All ticket holders are issued an auction packet and have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items. When tickets are purchased, we request the name, address and phone for all ticket holders so that we may contact people as needed if their bids win an item. This data base is not shared or used for any other purpose.

If you would like to be a sponsor or donate an item for auction, please contact the Event Chairperson, Donna Finocchiaro at (860) 836-6244 to discuss the details.

We're looking forward to having you as our guests for this incredibly fun evening!

Posted by Maria Tralongo

MarineManny Jimenez, a corporal in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines lost hisleft arm, the hearing in his left ear and partial sight in his left eyeafter a homemade bomb detonated near him while he served in Afghanistan.Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit operated by wounded veterans JohnGallina and Dale Beatty has stepped up to work with the Town ofGlastonbury and the Rotary Club of Glastonbury inorder to build an accessible home that meets Manny's special needs.This will enable Manny to continue the pursuit of his dream to go tocollege to become a physical education instructor. In the meantime,Manny continues his passion of competitive running and is in trainingfor the Marine Corps Marathon.

For more information about Purple Heart Homes, please click the link above to visit their website or find them on Facebook.

The Rotary Club of Glastonbury is administering a page on Facebook for the project. You may follow along, acquire information, and see photos by "liking" Manny's Place on Facebook.

Purple Heart Homes is gratefully accepting donations for this project - if you'd like to make a monetary contribution, please stop at any American Eagle Federal Credit Union office and deposit it to the Purple Heart Homes/Manny Jimenez account.

THANK YOU for your support! 

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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Feb 28, 2012

On Monday, February 27, 2012, the Rotary Club of Glastonbury welcomed its newest member, Jonathan Larabee of Manchester Honda. Jonathan's family watched as membership director Dennis Weir made Jonathan's acceptance official. For more photos of Jon's induction, please click the link here to go to an album on our Facebook page.

 

Pictured are :

Dennis Weir, Jon Larabee, Jon's dad & President Kevin Flanagan 

 

 

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Posted by Maria Tralongo

 
On January 23, 2012, our club President, Kevin Flanagan challenged each of our dinner tables to collect $75 so that each table could buy a wheelchair for people in Nigeria stricken with polio. Our members more than met his challenge. We raised $1,434. In addition, the Board voted to generously add to that amount. The Club is mailing a check to “Wheels of Hope” for $4,302 for the purchase of 57 new wheelchairs for those in need.
To see more of that they do, take a peek at their web site, Wheels of Hope and like them on Facebook.  They also have an additional site here.
 
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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 24, 2011

Richard Borden presenting a Simplified Grant Check to Rotary President Kevin Flanagan in the amount of $500 for our House of Bread project.Cheers to past President Chris Fraleigh for his efforts to make this happen.

Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 06, 2011

The Glastonbury Rotary Club has partnered with Liberty Bank for their annual Thanksgiving Day drive to raise money for needy families in the community. Liberty Bank has been doing this fundraiser for 8 years with other Rotary clubs. Liberty Bank will provide matching funds of 25 cents for every dollar raised for a maximum of $25,000.  The Glastonbury Rotary Club has elected to also make a matching 25% contribution  against funds it raises for a maximum of $1,250. The money will be distributed to Foodshare on Monday, November 21st in order to see that asmany turkey dinners as possible areprovided to needy families in our community.


Pictured below is our turkey mascot, Rotarian Maria Tralongo along with our Rotary President, Kevin Flanagan.

Have a chance to greet the turkey mascot & pose for photos. The turkey LOVES to take pics with kids, too!

You can meet the turkey at the Sunday night singles dance at the Gallery Restaurant, 7 pm - midnight on October 8th (details at the Gallery website "http://www.thegallery141.com/singlesdances.html") .

You may also meet the turkey all day Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 at the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival. Just head over to the Rotary booth!

We'd love to say hello! Details on Apple Harvest Festival may be found on the Glastonbury Chamber's website.

                   "http://www.glastonburychamber.net/wcevents/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=509". 

Like our Facebook page to keep up with all the appearances and fundraiser information. The link is at the top of our main web page.       

Our clubmembers will be all over town in the next few weeks along with having donationcans in local businesses.  Thank you foryou continued support.

 

 

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Posted by Maria Tralongo on Oct 03, 2011

The Glastonbury Rotary is partnering with Liberty Bank Foundation and Liberty Bank to raise monies to help those in need this Thanksgiving. Thanks to Sue Murphy for a wonderful presentation to the club on September 26. The Liberty Bank Foundation will add 25 cents for every dollar we raise! Details to come...and your social media chair in a turkey costume at locations to be decided! Stay tuned for details. The fundraiser kicks off October 11th!Image
Posted by Maria Tralongo

 We're looking forward to a great night of softball, fellowship and Greek food on Monday, the 29th. Our guests are from the Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin. Take a look at their brand new Facebook page: "http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Rotary-Club-of-New-Britain-Berlin/239870579392386" and give them a like. They're a great group and we can't wait for what should be an exciting game! See you there!
Posted by Maria Tralongo

Please join us for a  celebration of the life of Dave Cox on Thursday, August 18th at 4:00 P.M. at the town fountain (at the corner of Main Street and Hebron Avenue). There will be Caribbean type music in a casual setting. A tent will be set up to house a photo collection of Dave and other memorabilia.

Dave was an active member of the Glastonbury Rotary since 1994 and acted as the Club Historian. He used his skills as an architect to contribute to major projects of the Rotary Club as well as other organizations in the local community. Always generous with his time, attention, humor and patience, we will miss this kind man.
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The photo pictured at the top of our home page is a fountain designed by the late David Cox who passed suddenly on July 10, 2011. The fountain is located on the corner of Main Street and Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury, CT. David was an architect, Rotarian (member since 1994), husband, father, and friend. Dave worked tirelessly for many organizations including the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, Glastonbury Rotary Club, Town Center Initiative, Glastonbury Historical Society and several town commissions. Dave was honored as the Chamber's Business Person of the Year in 2002. Dave left behind his beloved wife, Emma; his three sons Asa, Sasha and Tyas who reside in Glastonbury and a daughter Alexandra.


Rest in Peace, David. We miss you.

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The Glastonbury Rotary Club has been in existence since 1948.  Most of the town's residents have had their lives touched by a Rotary service, project or donation.  

In 1979, the club formed and funded the Glastonbury Rotary Club Scholarship Fund Corporation.  Two scholarships of $2400 a piece were awarded in that year.  For the last 33 years, the fund has award over $488,000 in scholarships and grants to 53 students.  Our 2012 scholarship award was $20,000, payable at $5000 per year for four years.   The most popular schools have been UConn (11 students), followed by Penn State, New York University, Yale, and Boston University at two students each. 

Glastonbury Rotary has greatly impacted the lives of these young individuals and their families and is very proud of this extraordinary accomplishment.

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