Board of Directors
District 7980, Club 6738
March 4, 2020
Food Bank Collection $148.00
Pledge: All Rotarians
God Bless America: All Rotarians
Invocation: James Heffner
Four Way Test: Matt Fortney
50/50 Winner: Thecla Kirby
Sergeant at Arms: Matt Fortney
Announcements & Information
Naugatuck Youth Services Keep Being Awesome event is scheduled for this Sunday, March 8th at The Gem Room from 1:00 – 4:00. Catering will be provided by Jesse4 Camille’s and The Station, and music by the Naugatuck High School Jazz Band. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, please contact Dr. Geoff Drawbridge, who serves on their board.
Rotary Board Meeting – James Heffner is hosting a board meeting on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30, everyone meeting at the main entrance of Post University in Waterbury. James is inviting any member who would like to have a more active role in Rotary. We are going to gather at Diorios following the meeting.
Naugatuck Exchange Club Citizen of the Year – March 24th at the Crystal Room - Kathy McPadden is receiving this prestigious award from the Exchange Club in recognition of all she does for the citizens of Naugatuck. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the next Rotary Meeting.
Rotary Networking – March 25th – An invitation to network with fellow Rotarians from our surrounding Rotary clubs. The cost will be $ 5 per Rotarian, and $10 per non-Rotarian guest, and it will be held at 5:30 on March 25th at Jesse Camilles unless we outgrow the venue.
Celebrity Waiter Event – April 30th at the Crystal Room -$35 a person, $300 for a table. A Night at the Oscars. Some real celebrities this year…Senator George Logan, Naugatuck’s best Real Estate Agent Rebecca Zandvliet, YMCA CEO Mark Lafortune, Naugatuck’s best State Farm Agent John McCormack, our very own Marcelo Martins (future mayor), Citizen of the Year Kathy McPadden, and Chris or Mike Stokes (To Be Determined). Matt Fortney and Jeanine Levassuer are the hosts, and they are coming up with some incredible challenges. NOT TO BE MISSED!! Contact Rebecca Zandvliet to reserve your seat (or table).
Shaun Slight - prospective member
Kim Ostuno - 3/6
Ginger Fennell - 3/9
Joe DaSilva - 3/22
Kevin Nixon Jr.
Upcoming Speaker Host
3/11 Thecla Kirby
3/18 Jenny Lennon
3/25 Marcelo Martins
4/1 John McCormack
4/8 Kathleen McPadden
4/15 Stephanie Misiewicz
4/22 Dave Mulhall
4/29 Club Assembly
5/6 Kevin Nixon
5/13 Kim Ostuno
5/20 Brian Reynolds
5/27 Rupi Rupwani
6/3 Tom Saunders
6/10 Jane Walsh
6/17 Laurie Yelding
6/24 Annual Meeting
Our Speaker today
Today we got to listen to our very own James “Heff” Heffner tell us about one of his other passions, which is serving as the Grand Praetor of the Hudson Valley Region for the Sigma Chi Fraternity. It is apparent that James is part of a very active Province, where there are currently 252 Active Brothers, and out of them225 are involved in Campus organizations. 127 are involved in athletics, and while the cumulative GPA of the brothers is 3.2`, the athletes are holding their own with a cumulative GPA of 2.91. This is a very well-rounded group of young men.
Heff in is his role is very involved with legislative issues related to fraternities. One of the key legislative initiatives is the end hazing in fraternities. The END ALL Hazing Act and the Report and Education about Campus Hazing Act both have very strong bi-partisan support. Sigma Chi takes it very seriously, and will shut down a chapter found guilty of hazing.
Another issue is where both fraternities and sororities are being pushed to not discriminate based on gender. Basically, girls in sororities, boys in fraternities, girls scouts who are boys and boy scouts who are girls. A group of students at Yale alleged that fraternities discriminate by only accepting males at fraternities. That case was dismissed. Currently Harvard has a policy where members of “unrecognized, same-sex” organizations could not hold positions in student organizations, captain athletic teams, and could not receive fellowships or scholarships. Fraternities and sororities have filed lawsuits at both the state and federal level to reverse this decision.
Sigma Chi is a Top 5 fraternity, very philanthropic, and if it is putting out young men like Heff, we hope it has continued success.
Upcoming District Events
Please click on the link above "Upcoming District Events" and then go to the calendar tab on the left hand side of the page.
AREA CLUBS FOR MAKEUP AND INFORMATION LINKS
Norwalk Inn - Norwalk - Monday 12:15 pm
Newtown Country Club - Newtown - Monday 6:15pm
2 Country Club Road
New Harvest Restaurant - Beacon Falls - Monday 6:30pm
Antonio Restaurant - Ansonia - Tuesday 12:15 pm
Vasis' Restaurant - Waterbury - Tuesdays 12:15 pm
except the last Tuesday of the month - dinner meeting 5:15
Route 67 Diner (formerly Sandwich Man) - Oxford/Seymour - 1st and 3rd Thursdays 7:15 am
Brownson Country Club - Derby - Thursday 12:15 pm
The Tavern at Heritage Hotel - Southbury - Thursdays 12:15 pm
Elleni's Restaurant Woodbury - Every Third Thursday of the Month 5:00 pm
www.rotaryeclubone.org online makeup
Rotary District 7980
P.O. Box 484
Naugatuck, CT 06770