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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 [anncheney23@gmail.com] or Alex [alex.e.grantcharov@gmail.com].  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!
 
Mike Bloomberg
Open Invitation to New Canaan Connecticut Residents to Host a Rotary Youth Exchange Student
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.
 
 
Thanks to the efforts of John Marlowe and Ann Cheney, the Rotary Club of New Canaan, has returned to the Youth Exchange Program. The club is sponsoring an outbound student, Caleigh Murray, a sophomore at New Canaan High School, who will leave for Madrid, Spain in August to begin her year abroad.
 
And we will be welcoming an inbound student, Rikke Sten Holst, a 15 year old girl from Denmark, to our community. We are looking for three warm and caring families to receive Rikke into their homes for about three and a half months each from mid-August 2015 to June 2016. It is an opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime. We have heard many times of the life long friendships that have developed between exchange students and their host families.
 
If you or any friend or family would like to be a host family, please contact Ann Cheney at ann@stewartsmarket.com. More information may be obtained at the Youth Exchange website: rotary.org/en/youth-exchange.
 
Your lives will be enriched as much as the student's.
 
Regards,
Ben
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New Canaan Rotary Club Seeks Hosts Families for 2015-16 Youth Exchange
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
Email: ann@stewartsmarket.com
 
For more information check the Website: www.rotary.org/en/youth-exchanges
 
2015.07.02 New Canaan Rotary Club Bulletin

New Canaan Rotary Club Bulletin                                           July 2, 2015

It was an occasion for hope and change.  Civilian Eric was relaxed and happy as he left the administrative burden of running the weekly meeting to new President John Bemis and enhanced his grace with an inspirational anecdote concerning a 106 year old British  Rotarian whose death made the front page of the New York Times because of his actions in 1938 Czechoslovakia which resulted in saving over 600 Jewish children from the rising Nazi threat.  During the blessing proper Eric asked that the gifts of strength and patience be granted to John as he embarks on his year of leadership.  In spite of the small crowd [a true Losers Lunch for those unfortunate few forced to spend the Fourth in the ghetto of New Canaan] John gave it his all and hit his marks without incident.

As the Pres pointed out, we had an unusually high guest-to-member ratio [affected by both the numerator and denominator] in the house and he asked for introductions.  Once again, no Visiting Rotarians.  Scott Cluett introduced local baristo and Caffeine and Carburetors founder Doug Zumbach; Valerie introduced her intern Lauren Hollis who is a rising senior at Wake Forest; Carolyn presented her lovely granddaughter Nandi Blanchard from, most recently, Kenya and Scotland; Duncan Chisholm who currently resides in Rotary purgatory [neither in nor out] was introduced by Eric who explained to  Duncan that he could be inducted if he could convince sponsor Rich Townsend to attend a meeting.  Following her intro Carolyn announced that Nandi is a talented and bright young lady and is looking for summer work here in NC.  Should you or an associate need help of almost any description from a smart, capable, confident, internationally experienced young lady kindly contact her at: nandiblanchard@gmail.com.

President John then announced a number of Paul Harris recognition awards.  First, he congratulated and thanked the membership for achieving an Every Rotarian Every Year [EREY] award with 100% of the membership in Sustaining Member status.  Modesty prevented John from pointing out that his efforts as last year’s Foundation Chair were largely responsible for these outcomes.  He then announced new Paul Harris fellows Eric and Long Tall “I got nuthin’” Steve; PH +1 Ken Campbell; PH +2 the seldom seen Mike Franco; and PH +7 Sergeant Scott!  He concluded by announcing that Ben has consented to take on the responsibility of Foundation Chair for the coming year.  Keep up the great work!

Under the leadership of John Marlow, Anne Cheney and Alex Grantcherov [newly certified] our rejuvenated Youth Exchange effort is off to an impressive start.  Sandra from Spain has been in NC for two weeks already staying with Caleigh Murray and her family before both shortly depart for Spain.  All reports are that the acquaintance [friendship] has been very successful.  In the meantime host families are materializing for incoming long-term Rikke in the fall.  It even appears possible that Eric and Renee will be pre-empted, although Eric says maybe not as Rikke and Renee have become fast Facebook friends.  The Committee will keep the Club up to date as events unfold.

Valerie mentioned that she is going to tour the Inspirica facility in Stamford to understand whether there could be some kind of relationship between our Club and their operation.  Amy explained that the organization provides comprehensive programs and services around the issue of homelessness in Stamford.  We await Valerie’s report.

President John the Archivist then announced that John Burns had recently celebrated his 84th birthday [apparently by tripping over his loaned walker] and Leo lll his 27th anniversary as a Rotarian, Fred Baker 26 th, and Big Ben 11th.

The newly anointed PH +7 Sergeant then gave us some insight into the priest’s side of the confessional before passing among us with plate in hand.  Ex-President Eric contributed a happy for President John’s ascension [and anecdotally announced that once again he wants your pants for a later-this-month Midnight Run]; Fred had a happy/sad for missing the coronation because he was in Chicago attending a most worthwhile conference; and Amy had an in-advance happy for her imminent departure with Bruce and the Passeros on a Danube River cruise.  Traveling with Rob Passero…!!!

Fred then introduced Steve [he punted on Yanocevich] a recent NCHS graduate who spent the spring semester as a NC Fire Co. #1 intern before embarking on his college career at the University of New Haven to prepare himself for a career in the field.  As a self-professed academic goof-off he quickly came to understand that anything less than his best effort was unacceptable at the firehouse.  He was made to understand that the performance of his job was a reflection of his character.  It became apparent early in his presentation that his lack of effort in school had to do with his interests, not his intelligence.  Steve is a bright young man who will go on to excel in his chosen field if his interest stays as high as it was today and he applies the lessons learned these past few months at the firehouse.  An enlightening exposure to the benefits of the internship program.  John thanked Steve, exposed his rookie status by failing to have the speaker’s pen handy, promised to send it by way of Fred, and rang the bell to successfully complete his first meeting.

The Donald