New Canaan Rotary Welcomes the HALO Trust's U.S. Executive Director, Adam Jasinski

Club President, Valerie Connolly, welcomes Adam Jasinski, Executive Director of the HALO Trust, along with Club Allocations Chair, Amy Wilkinson
Photo:  Club President, Valerie Connolly, welcomes Adam Jasinski, Executive Director of the HALO Trust, along with Club Allocations Chair, Amy Wilkinson
For over a decade, the Rotary Club of New Canaan has supported the International Mine Clearing efforts of the HALO Trust.  On July 20, 2017, the club welcomed the HALO Trust's United States Executive Director, Adam Jasinski, to our meeting.
Welcome HALO Trust Leo Karl 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl on Apr 17, 2017
The Rotary Club of New Canaan's Annual Lobsterfest will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017.  Mark your calendar NOW!
If you are a business or individual who would like to become a sponsor of this great community event, please contact Rob Avery at or view our sponsorship opportunities by clicking here.
Lobsterfest 2017 .... September 22 & 23 Leo Karl 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl III
The New Canaan Library will host a talk by Marshall Mayer entitled "From Devastation to Conservation: Rebuilding in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan" on Sunday, April 9th from 2:00-3:00pm in the Lamb Room.  Marshall was one of the founders of Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR), an organization that the Rotary Club of New Canaan helped fund with a Rotary District Matching Grant in 2014.  Make plans to come learn how a few individuals can impact the world when they put their heart, soul and mind to work.  CLICK HERE to learn more and register to attend.
'Marine Domes' hand made by YPDR volunteers and local residents are ready to be deployed to help restore the coral reef off Bantan Island in the Philippines
From Devastation to Conservation: Rebuilding in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan Leo Karl III 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2017
The Rotary Club of New Canaan is accepting applications from New Canaan and area non-profit organizations for grants to fund special projects, capital improvements, new initiatives, as well as, in some cases, operating funds. Applicants are requested to provide the following information:
  • Name of the non-profit
  • Contact name with email address and phone number.
  • A brief history of the applying organization, its mission, and major accomplishments within the last year
  • The specific dollar amount requested and a description of the purpose for which funding is sought  
  • State if grant funds will cover the whole project or a portion of it
  • A demographic description of the population who will benefit
  • Please indicate how your program participants will benefit from this funding
  • A statement as to whether or not there are service project opportunities for Rotarians
  • Evidence of the organization’s 501c(3) status
The deadline for applications is April 7, 2017. Please send grant applications to:
            Ms. Amy Wilkinson, Allocations Chair
            Grant Applications 2017
            Rotary Club of New Canaan
            PO Box 62
            New Canaan, CT 06840
Please also submit your application electronically to the following email address: Applications are required to be submitted BOTH in hard copy and electronically. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Amy via this email address.
Organizations receiving grants will be notified in early May and funds will be distributed at a luncheon in mid-May, 2017.
Rotary Club of New Canaan Announces 2017 Grant Opportunities Leo Karl 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl



A chance to play the private Country Club of New Canaan Course while benefiting the great work of Rotary International and the fight to END POLIO NOW.


The Rotary Clubs of New Canaan, Wilton, Stamford and others will hold their 9th annual golf outing on Thursday afternoon, May 11th and we are hoping you can join us in support of a great cause.


The quest for the Golden Putter begins.....

Announcing the 9th Annual Rotary Golf Outing Leo Karl 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Robbins

There is always a risk involved when reporting on the contributions of various individuals to a successful event that one or more people who deserve credit are not recognized.  With apologies in advance to any such folks, here is your humble scrivener’s take on last weekend’s Lobsterfest.  Leadership matters!  Fred recruited his management team, assigned clear objectives, checked in frequently to ensure milestones were met, communicated with them clearly, and then was present virtually every minute both days on the ground dealing with whatever opportunities popped up.  Right out of the Harvard Business School playbook.  President 2.0 contributed in several ways.  He appointed Fred.  He conceived of the sponsorship model which resulted in 26 companies paying a total of $6,500 with a marginal increase in cost of only $650, and he recruited most of the sponsors.  Then he brought wife Melissa and son Max to share the labor burden with the little people while he supervised from on high.


While the events of the weekend are fresh in your mind, try to think of anything you personally experienced that could be improved upon, and let Fred know.  No detail is too small.  Our goal should be to improve every facet of the experience every year regardless of the success of this year’s event.  More better, more money, more opportunities for service.  The 2016 edition goes in the book as a wonderful success.


Lobsterfest 2016 Recap Tony Robbins 2016-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2016
New Canaan Rotary Club Bulletin                                             August 18, 2016
The Year of the Bow Tie gets curiouser and curiousier.  Apparently a sudden inspiration to leave New Canaan for Williamsburg overcame President 2.0 and, before he was able to arrange for a stand-in, he found himself well on his way to his destination.  What to do?  How about a broadcast email to the membership stating that he has abandoned his post and entreating someone, anyone, to act in loco presidentus?  Sounds like a plan.  Fortunately President-Elect Valerie filled the void admirably and handled the meeting management like a grizzled veteran.  The 2.0 management style is certainly unique.
The very first time Valerie appeared before the Club in her leadership role she correctly requested the introduction of Visiting Rotarians and guests.  Virtually unprecedented.  The unfortunate absence of either diminished her performance not a whit.  Next year could be BIG.
Joe Rucci announced that Ed Nordgaard’s memorial service will take place at the First Congregational Church of New Canaan on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM.
On the Lobsterfest front Fireman Fred requested a meeting of his formidable staff following the meeting, said to look out for Amy’s email sign-up sheet which should be distributed shortly [he stated the minimum commitment he is expecting will be 6 hours], and entreated the membership to sell, sell, sell.  Then Ducatmeister Richard rose and informed the audience that he has received a disappointing 20% of the receipts he is ultimately expecting based on each member’s ticket allocation.  If you have not as yet given Richard the check for your tickets, GET IT UP!  This would be a good year to abandon our tradition of torturing anyone foolish enough to take on a position of responsibility.  The Lobsterfest is our major opportunity to fund our local, District and international service initiatives for the year.  Just because 2.0 isn’t here is no reason not to support him.
The Exchange Committee, Ann and Alex, then reminded the audience that they have successfully completed [and passed] committee level training and that Betsy and [surprisingly] Ben had aced the host family training just in time to welcome Alvaro next week.  As noted in the recent EXTRA edition of the Bullet, Alvaro will be our speaker next week.  If you are in town, be there.  The Committee needs an ambassador from 9:00 until 6:00 next Friday to be responsible for Alvaro – take him on a tour of the town, take him swimming, play golf, etc.  If you can be that person contact Ann [] or Alex [].  It is time to step up and make Alvaro feel welcome in New Canaan.
Steve was enlisted to perform the sergeant duties and to no one’s surprise commenced his performance by uttering what has become his mantra, “I got nuthin’.”  Contradicting that initial statement, he then launched into a golf joke that offended every distaff member of the audience, although, truth be told, it was pretty funny.  Fines followed from Dr. John who was transported by the sophisticated cabaret act of George Baker at the pop-up park last evening; Fred a happy for a week in New Orleans [although August may not have been the optimum month to visit]; Rob was happy to have his son back from an academic/adventure experience in the Caribbean; Ann had a meager happy one for a week in New Hampshire; and Chris Snyder by way of B.T. had a sad because he would miss Ed Nordgaard’s infectious smile.  Before retreating to his seat, Steve once again flogged the NC Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at Wee Burn on September 26th.  He promised to continue hectoring the membership from now until then unless he gets some results, so discretion being the better part of valor, someone please step up.  For a mere $5,000 you could be the Spieth Title Sponsor [unless Steve beats you to it].
Once again following his President’s lead, Program Chair Ken was absent, so President-Elect Valerie donned her Acting Program Chair hat and introduced the day’s speaker, our very own B.T. Bowler, NCHS Class of 1986, married with three children, Ridgefield resident, and NC based Ameriprise financial advisor for the past 22 years.  His subject was the Fiduciary Rule promulgated by the federal Department of Labor, and thus known as the DOL Rule.  It’s stated purpose is to make transparent to the account owner what fees or friction are associated with her account.  Noble goal.  In its normal efficient fashion, the federal government has managed to condense this objective into an easy to understand, crystal clear document numbering in excess of 1,000 pages.  The SEC is supposed to regulate the financial services business, but in this case the Department of Labor wrote the Rule and, having no enforcement arm of its own, farmed that out to the IRS.  What could possibly go wrong?  B.T. stated that aggregate 401k’s and IRA’s in the U.S. total some $20 trillion dollars.  Various layers of government want a piece of that money and so have been exempted from any compliance constraints placed on the private sector.  There are literally thousands of broker/dealers in the country, most of which will not be able to bear the cost of compliance with the Rule and will be forced to either consolidate with the few remaining large firms or go out of business.  As B.T. moved from one side of the room to the other, playing the different roles of the affected parties, the whole subject became somewhat opaque.  His conclusion, if I understood it, is that the Rule is another example of enormously disruptive regulation fundamentally changing the face of financial services in the country over the next few years.  When the dust settles, he opined, Registered Investor Advisor Valerie will still be standing.  Heavy stuff!
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Lunch Mike Hobbs 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl on Mar 09, 2016

A chance to play the private Country Club of New Canaan Course while benefiting the great work of Rotary International and several local clubs.


The Rotary Clubs of New Canaan, Wilton and Stamford will hold their 8th annual golf outing on Thursday afternoon, May 12th and we are hoping you can join us in support of a great cause.

Announcing the 8th Annual Rotary Golf Outing Leo Karl 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl on Feb 29, 2016
The Rotary Club of New Canaan is accepting applications from New Canaan and area non-profit organizations for grants to fund special projects, capital improvements, new initiatives, as well as, in some cases, operating funds.
The Rotary Club of New Canaan was founded in 1959 and has funded hundreds of local civic efforts and provided support for organizations in neighboring communities. The proceeds from the Club’s annual LobsterFest event, held in September, fund the grants. The Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. for lunch at the Roger Sherman Inn.
Rotary Club of New Canaan Announces 2016 Grant Opportunities Leo Karl 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of New Canaan Inducts David Hurwitt as newest member Leo Karl 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Bilus on Jul 01, 2015
Dear New Canaan Rotarians and Residents of New Canaan,
Rotary's Youth Exchange Program is one of the oldest and most successful Rotary programs. Every year, about 8,000 young people from around the world participate in the program.  It provides an opportunity for the students and their host families to understand other countries and cultures, bringing the world a little closer.
Open Invitation to New Canaan Connecticut Residents to Host a Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ben Bilus 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Cheney on Jul 01, 2015
Help an Exchange Student have  the experience of a lifetime.
The Rotary Club of New Canaan is sponsoring a 16 year old female student from Denmark . She will be a Sophomore at New Canaan High School during the 2015-16 school-year.
We are looking for three warm and caring families to welcome the student into their home for about 3 1/2 months each from mid-August  2015 to June 2016.
It's an opportunity to give an experience of a lifetime for the student and your family.
If you or any friend or family would like to be a host family please contact Ann Cheney
For more information check the Website:
New Canaan Rotary Club Seeks Hosts Families for 2015-16 Youth Exchange Ann Cheney 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl on May 31, 2015
Earlier this year the New Canaan Rotary Club received a Rotary District Matching Grant for an International Service Project to help restore Marine life off the Coast of Bantayan Island in the Philippines through the work of the Young Pioneer Disaster Relief organization.  Check out this video showing the effects of the first underwater 'Marine Domes' set in place to accelerate the growth of new reefs and to provide a protected home for vulnerable marine wildlife.
New Canaan Rotary Club supports YPDR Marine Restoration Project in the Philippines Leo Karl 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Karl on May 05, 2015
On Thursday, May 7, 2015, local Rotarians from the New Canaan, Stamford, Wilton and Darien Clubs will tee off at the Country Club of New Canaan to see who will take home the vaunted Golden Putter and lay claim to the Golfing world's equivalent of the Rotary Four Way Test...... Is it the Truth?  Is it Fair to all concerned?  Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?  Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Stay tuned for the results!
Quest for the Golden Putter Leo Karl 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Avery on Sep 11, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011, from 5 PM till 8 PM. and Saturday, September 24, 2011, from Noon till 8 PM.

$30.00 for each Lobster Dinner. Chicken Dinners and Hot dog dinners for $10.00. 

Lobster Fest Robert Avery 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Robert W Avery 2011-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Robert W Avery 2011-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Select Member on Jun 09, 2011

Lobster Fest date September 23-24, 2011

Golf outing at New Canaan Country Club October 6, 2011

Mark Your Calendars! Select Member 2011-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Meeting Christopher Snyder 0
MEETING AUGUST 11TH Christopher Snyder 0
Welcome to our new website! Robert W Avery 0