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Chief of Staff Mary Louise Wadsworth
Public Relations Director Mike Schloss
Service Projects Director Irene Engel
Foundation Director Patrick Moore
The Rotary Club of Farmington

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Farmington, CT 06032
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Posted by Bill Neagus on Jul 29, 2014

ImageThree new members were inducted July 29th. From left are Linda Iovanna, director of development at New Horizons; Club President Mecheal Hamilton; Erina Larkin of H&H Refrigeration; and Bogusia Badon, owner of Farmington Valley Physical Therapy.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jul 22, 2014

Members of the Farmington Rotary on Tuesday, July 22, visited Camp Courant, one of the primary beneficiaries of the club's 2014 wine tasting event. From left are Rose Ponte, Irene Engel, Bob Festa, Mary-Lou Wadsworth, Club President Mecheal Hamilton, Ned Whalen, Bill Neagus, Steve Wasley, Camp Counselor Milly Granderrro, and Brett Eisenlohr.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 18, 2014

Jon Landry and Robin Barrett became the Rotary Club of Farmington's newest Paul Harris Fellows at the club's annual dinner on June 12. The honor is given to members who have gone above and beyond through their active participation in Rotary activities and committees.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 17, 2014

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 03, 2014



The winners of the 2014 Literary Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Farmington for students at West Woods Upper Elementary School are, first row, from left – Kelly Ray, Olivia Peterson, Caroline Leary, Sarah Hennig, Ariadna George, Elisabeth Williams, Justin Wang, Akshitha Viswanathan and Claire Brouillard. Their teachers, standing behind them, are from left, Elena Zajac, Tara Vazquez, Assistant School Supt. Kimberly Wynne, Kristin Alvarez, Lauren Palermino, and Jeannie Mortin.

Posted by Ken Coco on May 27, 2014

ImageWhat a way to end his presidential year! President Matt Vendetti sponsored two new members to our club today! Eve Wilmot, VP/Business Development and CFO of Sarracco Mechanical Services in Naugatuck, and Melissa McCormick, a Business Consultant with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance in West Hartford. Welcome to our club!

Posted by Ken Coco on May 06, 2014

ImageRose Ponte, Farmington's new Economic Development Director, was inducted into our club today. Augusto Russell is her sponsor. Rose lives in Harwinton, has four grown children and looks forward to participating in our many club activities. Welcome, Rose!


Posted by Bill Neagus on May 05, 2014

Posted by Bill Neagus on Apr 29, 2014

With Irene Engel, our resident fundraising wizard and member of the UConn Health Center Auxiliary in front, the four speakers who introduced he Area Nine Rotary Clubs to the NicView Project on April 29 are, from left, Dr. Victor C. Herson, medical director of the UConn Health Center Neo-Natal Intensive Care United (NICU); Todd Bard, founder of the EvvGirl Foundation; Roy Balfour of the Shrewsbury, Mass., Rotary Club; and Mecheal Hamilton, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Farmington. The goal of the NicView project is to install web cameras in the UConn NICU to help parents of sick babies bond with their children.
Posted by Bill Neagus on Apr 22, 2014

From left, Farmington Rotarian Bill Neagus; Lynne Krupa, a Support and Action Group Leader for the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association; and Farmington Rotarian Bob Festa, after explaining their experiences with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, at the April 22, 2014 luncheon. CMT is a hereditary neurological disease that causes the extremities -- hands and feet -- to atrophy. Bill and Lynne both have CMT in their feet, but Bob has it in his hands and his feet.
Posted by Elizabeth Case on Jan 12, 2014


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Posted by Bill Neagus on Jan 07, 2014

Posted by Bill Neagus on Dec 17, 2013

Posted by Bill Neagus on Dec 03, 2013

From left, Past-President Steve Wasley, newly inducted member Brett Eisenlohr, District Gov. Michael Barnett, newly inducted member Patrick Moore, and President-Elect Mecheal Hamilton, following the induction of Brett and Patrick by Gov. Barnett. Steve and Mecheal sponsored Brett and Patrick, respectively.
Posted by Bill Neagus on Nov 12, 2013

Posted by Phil Chabot on Nov 06, 2013

Our Rotary Trailer was moved today to a more secure, hidden location behind Farmington Gardens on the corner of Round Hill Road.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Oct 01, 2013

Posted by Robin Barrett on Sep 29, 2013

Bill and Bette Case, still smiling at the end of another great Road Race!

Posted by Bill Neagus on Sep 24, 2013

Posted by Bill Neagus on Sep 05, 2013

Posted by Bill Neagus on Aug 20, 2013


The Rotary Club of Farmington will be changing the route of its annual 5K Road Race when the runners compete Sept. 29, but the challenge and competition will remain the same.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Aug 13, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Case


The 2013 Road Race Committee is pleased to announce that the Farmington Bank has awarded $5,000 to the club as an Elite Sponsor of this year's Road Race event.  This donation is part of the bank's community funding program in which organizations are eligible to receive funding for one sponsorship per calendar year.

As an Elite Sponsor, the Bank's logo will be prominently displayed on the race t-shirts and on all promotional material related to the event.  We thank them for their support, which has continued throughout the 6 years of the Rotary 5K Road Race.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 20, 2013

Four members of the Rotary Club of Farmington were honored at the club's 2013 Annual Dinner by being named Paul Harris Fellows, one of the most important awards in Rotary. They are, from left:

* Phil Chabot, Sergeant-at-Arms;

* Irene Engel, who is extremely active fundraiser for health and veterans charities;

* Bill Neagus, Public Relations Director and Editor of The Tunxis Tattler; and

* Ken Coco, Membership Director.

President Patty Strazzulla is on the right.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 20, 2013

Ted Lindquist, who is retiring after almost four decades as a Farmington Public School's teacher, was named a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) at the Rotary Club of Farmington's 2013 Annual Dinner. In addition to being a well-known and respected educator, Ted is also very well known for his extensive community involvement, particularly in Unionville. He is president of the Unionville Village Improvement Association (UVIA) and one of the primary organizers of the annual Unionville Festival in September. Here, he poses with Rotary President Patty Strazzulla after accepting the honor of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 07, 2013

Nick Severino and his future wife, Kristi, on June 7 proposed the future expansion of the Rotary Club of Farmington"s membership by bringing twins into the world. At last report, all members of the instant Severino family are doing well. The twin girls were Friday morning at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. Josie Pavilina Severino weighed 5.11 lbs and was 17.5 inches long at birth; Samantha Grace Severino weighed 6.2 lbs and was 18.5 inches long.

Everyone in Farmington Rotary Club congratulates the happy family and wishes them well.

Posted by Elizabeth Case on Jun 05, 2013

President-Elect Matt Vendetti was formerly installed tonight as our club President for the coming 2013-14 Rotary year at Maneeley's Banquet Hall in South Windsor. Other club Presidents as well as our new District Governor, Mike Barnett, from the South Windsor Rotary Club, were also involved in the ceremony. Supporting Matt at the dinner were: left to right- Bette Case, Mary Lou Wadsworth, Phil Chabot, Patty Strazzulla, Irene Engel, Matt, Elizabeth Sheridan, Mecheal Hamilton and Mike Cheshire.
Posted by Patricia Strazzulla on Jun 04, 2013

President Patty Strazzulla presented our $2,000 check to Behrhorst Partners for Development (our club's participation in their 2013-14 Water and Sanitation project in Saguiya, Guatemala) at the weekly meeting of the Manchester Rotary Club at the Manchester Country Club on Tuesday night, June 4. Pictured with Patty are representatives from BPD, various other District club presidents who presented checks and Project Chair, Rick Lawrence, on the far right side of the photo.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Jun 04, 2013

Fifth and sixth grade winners of the West Woods Upper Elementary School of the Rotary Club of Farmington's Annual Literacy Contest were presented with their awards Tuesday noon, June 4, at Farmington Gardens. Front row, from left, are Kyla Gallagher, Kathleen Griffin, Ryan Weinberg, Molly McGuigan, and Kelly Ray. Back row, from left, are Lillian Yim, Sidharth Shukla, Mia Grzywinski, Amanda Rodrigues, and Ryan Flanders.

Posted by Phil Chabot on May 30, 2013

The Club's Annual Wine in the Gardens event was held at Farmington Gardens on Thursday evening, May 30. The event was sponsored by Farmington Bank, Bette Case Graphic Design, ComCast Business, CT Micronet, LPL Financial, Simsbury Bank, May, Bonee & Walsh, and Farmington Gardens. Wines were supplied by various venders through Wine Cellars 4 and ample delicious food was provided by an assortment of area restaurants. The Bristol Reunion Jazz band played throughout the night. About 300 participants attended the event. Left to right: Phil Chabot, Event Co-Chair; Mike Schloss, and Mecheal Hamilton.
Posted by Patricia Strazzulla on May 28, 2013

Jeff Apuzzo, sponsored by Mike Cheshire, joined our club today. Jeff is a Staff Counsel for the Selective Insurance Company of America. He lives at 19 Crosswood Road in Farmington with is wife, Thalia, and their family. Pictured in the photo: Ken Coco, Membership Chair; Jeff, President Patty Strazzulla and Mike Cheshire, Jeff's sponsor.

Posted by Bill Neagus on May 03, 2013

Our final FAHS (Farmington Alternative High School) luncheon was held on Friday, May 3, hosted by Steve Wasley, at the Chili's Restaurant in Bristol. Donna Hamzy, Event Chair, did a wonderful job co-ordinating four luncheons with students, their teachers, and member of our club speaking to them about their occupations. The luncheons were held at various area restaurants and The Hampton Inn in January, March, April and May. Ron Llewellyn, Area Manager for several Midas stores, spoke about Auto Repair. Also attending today's luncheon was Mike Cheshire. His daughter, Megan Myers, is a social worker at the school.
Posted by Patricia Strazzulla on Apr 16, 2013

Tom Mango, sponsored by Kevin Ray, joined our club today. He is the Commercial Relationship Manager for Simsbury Bank located at 27 Dale Road in Avon. He lives in Farmington.
Posted by Bill Neagus on Apr 02, 2013


President Patty Strazzulla presented a check for $3,818.67 to the Salvation Army via the Town of Farmington Department of Community Services. The money was raised in December when the membership collected at the Highland Park Market. From left are, President Patty; Elise Cosker, a town social workers; Nancy Parent, director of community services; and Robert Marsh, town youth coordinator.

Posted by Bill Neagus on Nov 13, 2012

U.S. Army Lt. Freeman Reynolds, who earned two bronze stars in the Pacific during World War II, joined us for or Veterans' Day Celebration.

Mary Lou Wadsworth organized our inspiring Veterans’ Day Celebration during our regular, weekly luncheon on Nov. 13. To memorialize the event she asked all the members of the Rotary Club of Farmington to give her the names of friends or relatives, living or deceased, who had fought for our great nation. She used this list of names to create an official

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