Category Archives: Rotary news

Interact Club Inductions

The Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club is very proud of its Mill River Union High School Interact Club. Last evening, dozens of new members were inducted into the MRUHS Interact Club at their annual induction potluck dinner and ceremony held at the Little Red Schoolhouse. The Interact Club was also presented with its Silver Citation Award! Congratulations to the newly elected Board and the new members! Welcome! We are very proud of all you do to serve our community!

Visitors!

The Little Red Schoolhouse was visited today by members of the Fitchburg Massachusetts Rotary Club. We are often asked to open our doors to our fellow Rotarians from all over the world to view the schoolhouse where Paul Harris attended school while he lived here in Wallingford. We have quite the little guestbook!

If you’d like to visit us sometime, please let us know. We’re always happy to have you join us for one of our sunrise breakfast meetings or we can plan a time for a Rotarian to open the doors and give you a tour. IMG_5560

 

Mentoring Luncheon

The Wallingford Rotary was very happy to host its Mill River Union High School Interact Club for a career day/mentoring luncheon on Monday, April 8th at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Wallingford.

About a dozen Interact students joined Wallingford Rotary members to hear about career paths the Rotarians have chosen. Over a delicious lunch, the two groups shared fellowship and career suggestions, advice and stories.

The Interact Club will use the luncheon toward its Interact Presidential Citation award, a requirement of the prestigious award. A good time was had by all.

Leadership

Here are some photos of our president-elect Randell Barclay receiving his leadership pin at the recent Rotary Leadership Institute. Congratulations to Randell and all the others who participated!

Teach Napal Project Fundraising Dinner

Many thanks to the many hands that helped to make our “Teach Napal Project fundraising dinner last Saturday at the Wallingford Rotary a big success!

As usual, our small but mighty club roared into action to serve more than 60 German Pork dinners and homemade apple desserts to our friends and neighbors on Saturday, January 26th at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Our MRUHS Interact Club members were at the ready – helping our diners with beverages, clearing and re-setting tables and probably most importantly and very much appreciated by our guests, helping guests get in and out safely — offering a steady hand to help navigate the somewhat slippery sidewalks outside!

With the help of the Rotarians, Interact members and Rotary friends, and thanks to our great community without whom these dinners would not be such a success, we will be able to donate $500 to the Teach Napal Project, to assist with Napalese teacher education programs, furthering the Rotary motto of “service above self”.

Here are some lovely pictures of the evening, with photo credit to our special visiting guest and helper, Guenevere Crum.

 

New-ness at Wallingford Rotary

Wallingford Rotary’s most recent meeting this morning, contained a lot of “newness”. It was the first meeting presided over by our new President, Nan Dubin. It was also the first meeting attended by our new District Governor Venu Rao. It was rounded out with the induction of our newest member, Taffy Hyyppa.

We are pleased to welcome Taffy and our other new member, Kevin Mullin to the Wallingford Rotary. We are excited by their enthusiasm and support of our little club and look forward to having them as a part of our “small but mighty” club.

If you are interested in attending one of our Rotary meetings to find out what the Wallingford Rotary is all about and how our mission of “service above self” may correspond with your own volunteer aspirations, please feel free to come along to one of our meetings, Monday mornings at 7 a.m. or as otherwise posted on this site or our Facebook page!

We’d love to have you!

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President Nan Dubin, DG Venu Rao and Taffy Hyyppa

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President Nan Dubin accepting banner from DG Venu Rao

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DG Venu Rao presenting certificate for Rotary Brick installed by Wallingford Rotary in honor of the dedication of outgoing president, Erika Berner

Wallingford Rotary Celebrates Bike Safety Day’s 20th Anniversary!

The Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club has been making the safety of its communities’ children a top priority for twenty years. Annually since 1998, the Wallingford Rotary sponsors the Wallingford Bike Safety Day. The annual event, held in early May, turns the lawn of the Wallingford Elementary School into a bicycle extravaganza. With financial assistance and continued volunteer support of General Electric, every child who attends the Rotary event, which is open to all area elementary children in Danby, Wallingford, Tinmouth, Shrewsbury and Clarendon, receives a brand-new bicycle helmet of their choice. The helmet is then personally fitted by our Rotary, GE and Interact volunteers to each child’s head and they are instructed in the proper way to wear the helmet for most effective protection while they ride.

 

After getting their new helmet, each child then circulates through the other stations, which include a volunteer staffed bicycle inspection/repair station, obstacle course where children learn how to properly cross railroad tracks, avoid road hazards, use hand signals and learn proper road etiquette and safety. Other stations provide fun education demonstrating how to avoid crashes and educate children in first aid/bicycle and road safety with volunteers from the Wallingford Fire Department, Wallingford Rescue Squad and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, which all participate to help educate and teach our young cyclists.

 

There is also volunteer-manned face painting and free refreshments, truly making the day a fun filled event for our littlest community members and their families.  The day culminates with the highly anticipated bicycle raffle where seven bicycles are raffled off to area children, along with other prizes and gift certificates generously donated by local merchants.

 

Bike Safety Day has grown into a loved and anticipated community event, eagerly awaited by all. This year to mark our 20th anniversary, we sponsored a 20th anniversary t-shirt logo contest in our local elementary school prior to the big day. The winning logo was created by Torrance Behrendt, a 5th grader at WES. To celebrate our 20th anniversary and Tori’s beautiful design, everyone was encouraged to bring a clean t shirt to the school and our elementary staff screened Tori’s winning logo onto shirts for everyone to enjoy and wear proudly on Bike Safety Day!

 

Long before we ever take over the elementary school lawn in early May, our bike safety chair, Rotarian Adrian Eisler and community volunteers attend an assembly at the elementary school to educate kids about bike safety and get them excited for our big day!

 

Bike Safety Day is truly a community event and would never be possible without the dedication and support of our Rotarians, Interact members and many community members – those that donated their time, their talent, new bicycles for our raffle, food for our free refreshments, and so much more! This year, we were especially grateful to welcome a newcomer to our event, Rutland Regional Medical Center which made a generous donation and contributed key chain first aid kits for all our attendees!

 

Wallingford Rotary is a small club, with fewer than 20 members, but we are a big-hearted club. As we like to say, we are “small but mighty!”