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Stafford

Service Above Self

First & Third Wednesdays of the Month at 6 p.m.
West Stafford Fire Department
144 West Stafford Rd.
Stafford Springs, CT  06076
United States of America

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(860) 508-9757
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On May 15th, the Stafford Rotary Club met to honor the students of the month from Stafford High School for the months of March, April, May and June 2019.
The following Students were honored for exhibiting some or all of the following criteria:
 
  1. Exemplifying the philosophy of “Service Above Self”
  2.  Demonstrating high ethical standards
  3. Advancing understanding, goodwill and peace in their interaction with others
  4. Performing community service in a matter that improves their community
  5. Acceptable academic performance (the student must be performing to the best of his or her ability)
The Student of the Month for March 2019 is Senior Ash Cartier who was nominated by educator Tannis Longmore.
The Student of the Month for April 2019 is Junior Montana Voisine who was nominated by educator Benjamin Scurto.
The Student of the Month for May 2019 is Senior Marissa Kallenbach who was nominated by educator Thomas Vaghini.
 
The Student of the Month for June of 2019 is Senior Luis Medeiros who was nominated by Principal Marco Pelliccia.
 
The Students were honored in front of the Stafford Rotary Club, their families and the nominating teachers along with Superintendent Steve Moccio.
 
Welcome new Stafford Rotary Club members! Pictured are Superintendent of Stafford Schools Steven Moccio, Kaci Stonier-Torres and Alison Johnson, both representing Hartford Federal Credit Union, and new Stafford Rotary Club President Sue Cook.
 
Also pictured are Assistant District Governor Bill Hall, President Elect Kim Harper, Past President and Secretary Ilene Whitmarsh, Treasurer Stephanie Irving and President Sue Cook at the July 18, 2018 meeting.
 
 
On November 15, 2017 the Rotary Club's special Program Meeting featured our new District Governor, Dave Mangs.  He spoke about why he was passionate about Rotary and how important it is to retain membership and what it means to be a Rotarian. He answered some tough questions about the marketing of Rotary and admitted that social media is a new phase of advertising, and the marketing of what we do needs to be promoted on all levels. He presented us with the motto and flag for this year - Rotary: Making a difference.
 
 
Fran Little (left) and Ann Perrone (right) were guest speakers at the Oct. 18, 2017 Stafford Rotary Club meeting, held at the Clubhouse at Sun Valley on Old Springfield Road. Little, who is the resident services coordinator for Woodland Springs, and Perrone, who is the executive director of Avery Park, provided updates on the disabled/senior housing developments. 
 
The Network's Community Educator, Annalisa, was guest speaker at the September 20 Stafford Rotary Club meeting. Annalisa spoke of the Network's Shine Purple event from October 15 - 21. In Stafford, the event consists of a week-long domestic violence campaign. Residents and businesses are encouraged to shine a purple light in their windows, front porches or business fronts to raise awareness.
 
As part of Shine Purple, the Network will be holding events at the Stafford Community Center, including programs on the topics of Elder Abuse, Teen Bullying and Violence. They will also present the film Audrie and Daisy, a documentary about teen sexual assault, followed by a panel discussion. Click here for the Calendar of Events.
Stafford has long been a rural farm town, and what better way to celebrate its rural roots than with Farm Day? Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the annual event, held at John Julian Heritage Park on Sept. 10, featured farm animals, produce, crafters, hayrides, games, demonstrations, and fun for the whole family.
 
 
On Friday, September 1, 2017 state and local police sponsored an event to to enhance the relationship between students and law enforcement and offered information and education dealing with narcotics prevention and drug awarenes. The Rotary Club of Stafford participated by sponsoring a virtual reality booth for the students.
 
The August 16, 2017 Program Meeting of the Stafford Rotary Club featured guest speaker, Jill Gregori, of Flo's Friendship Kitchen. Jill provided a brief history of the organization and updated members about the services this great project provides to families in need.
 
Four Stafford High School students were honored during a presentation by Superindentent of Schools Pat Collin at the April 5, 2017 Stafford Rotary Club meeting. Parents, grandparents and guidance counselors attended to show their support for the students' outstanding accomplishments.
 
Keith Marin (left) from Safe Net Ministries was the guest speaker at the February 15, 2017 meeting of the Stafford Rotary Club, held at Sun Valley in Stafford. Marin spoke of the organization’s recent move from downtown Main Street to 58 West Stafford Road, where the problem of parking, congestion and food deliveries have improved greatly.
 
Stafford Rotary Club members were joined by volunteers from the Service Club and Boy Scouts this past Saturday, Dec. 10 to assemble holiday fruit baskets. Folks gathered at West Stafford Fire Department at 8:30 sharp to begin the assembly line. Basket recipients included the elderly and shut-ins throughout Stafford. Thank you, Rotarians, and all those who came to help!
 
Dec. 6 was the Stafford Rotary Club/Stafford Lions Club Holiday Party at Sun Valley. The event was well attended, with 28 Rotarians and guests and 16 Lions Club members and their guests. Stafford High School’s Mrs. Laurie Dillon had the Madrigals perform. Thank you to all who participated and helped make this a fun-filled event.
 
The Stafford Rotary Club's Nov. 16, 2016 Program Meeting featured a presentation by Sgt. James Kodzis and his narcotics detection K9, Loki, who were accompanied by Lt. Thomas Duncan. Kodzis and Loki wowed attendees with a highly-skilled demonstration of the type of police work they perform in the field. Visit and "like" Stafford Rotary's Facebook page to see more photos
 
This past summer, Loki was named Top Dog by the town of Stafford. Story here.
 

The 2016 Rotary District 7890 Foundation Dinner was held on Nov. 3, 2016 at Chez Josef in Agawam, Mass. A number of Stafford Rotarians attended to honor Stafford's own Anna Murphy with a Community Service Award for her charity, Warming Families Makes Cents. The Stafford Rotary Club was also honored for their 75th year of humanitarian service. Click here for more photos! 

 

Bruce Beaupre was a cross country runner in Stafford in the 1970's and was a member of the State Championship teams of 1976 and 1979.  Bruce was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on September 1st, 2007.  His memory lives on in a variety of fundraising efforts to support the community which he loved and where his family continues to reside. The Stafford Rotary Club is committed to serving the community of Stafford Springs and presenting a race in Bruce's memory is its privilege and reflects the essence of our founding priciples.
 
Visit our Facebook page for a slideshow and video of the event! 
Animal exhibits, crafters, farming and agricultural vendors, food, raffles, hay rides, and more were all part of the Stafford Rotary Club's annual Farm Day celebration on Sept. 18, 2016. The five-hour event saw plenty of visitors, as people of all ages arrived to take in the welcoming country atmosphere of the event. Locally-made maple products, fresh popcorn, roasted nuts, baked goods, plants, handmade soap, and a variety of other items related to agriculture were available. A number of activities kept young ones entertained, including many petable furry friends. See Courant Community story here. See more in our photo gallery!
 
 

At our meeting on July 15th, we were honored to host our 2015 RYLA recipients. Every year Rotary chooses 2 sophomores to attend The Rotary Youth Leadership Event in Mass. Shown with RYLA chairman, Bruce Posocco are Catherine Hoss and Danielle Garnelis.  Catherine and Danielle are active in their classes and were chosen because they exhibit leadership skills.  Congratulations Catherine and Danielle!

 
On December 1st, 2015 The Stafford Lions Club and the The Stafford Rotary Club met together to celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season.
The Stafford High School Madrigal Singers performed under the direction of Mrs Laurie Dillon.   There was an excellent buffet provided by 
Stephanie D'Amico at Sun Valley.  Dessert was home-cooked by Kim Harper and Kelly Brenghi.   Raffle prizes were donated by Rotarians.
A great time was had by all!