Rotary Club of New Canaan Announces 2021 Grant Opportunities
 Our Allocations Chair can be reached for information at
THANK YOU to our community for your amazing support! Our all-new format was a huge success due to your generosity .... we'll be back with details of our 2021 Lobsterfest to be held this fall!
June 2021
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Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Libby Butterworth
    June 2
  • Ann Brookshire
    June 20
  • John Engel
    Melissa Engel
    June 1
  • Thomas Butterworth
    Libby Butterworth
    June 6
  • Amy Wilkinson
    Bruce Wilkinson
    June 13
  • Jane Fox
    Jim Fox
    June 17
Join Date:
  • Carolyn Corcoran
    June 1, 2020
    1 year
  • Scott Cluett
    June 1, 1977
    44 years
  • Mike Hobbs
    June 13, 1969
    52 years
  • Rob Fryer
    June 21, 2018
    3 years
  • Ben Bilus
    June 27, 2004
    17 years
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P.O. BOX 62
Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily meeting weekly on Thursdays at 12:15pm via ZOOM …. please email to if you would like to join an upcoming virtual ZOOM meeting .... all guests are welcome!
We Meet at Waveny Castle (main house in Waveny Park)
677 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840
12:15pm Every Thursday
For directions, Please CLICK HERE
For Information, please email
Our 35th Annual Lobsterfest was
Re-invisioned for 2020 to ensure health & safety for all participants.
THANKS to you, it was a fantastic success!
New Location:  Town Pool Pavilion @ Waveny
We offered Curb-Side Pickup
At Home Delivery (for 8 or more meals)
With Exciting new Menu Choices!
LOOK FOR UPDATES ON PLANS FOR FALL 2021 ... coming soon!
Changing of the guard ..... after a very successful year, Club President Ann Cheney passes the gavel to our new President for the 2020/21 Rotary Year to Alex Grantcharov.  Congratulations and Thank You to both Ann and Alex for your dedication and leadership in Service Above Self!  We've got an AA+ team!
Be Safe.  Stay Healthy.  Wear a Mask when out in Public.
the Lobsters came ...... and they went!
We hope you enjoyed yours!
If you  missed out, stay tuned for details on Lobsterfest 2020!
And if you came, we THANK YOU for your support.
NCHS Service League of Boys were our hands-on HERO volunteers!
Special thanks to the NCHS Service League of Boys for your outstanding volunteer help!
Rotary Club of New Canaan celebrates our 60th Anniversary!
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Roger Sherman Inn
Featuring a special appearance of John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, as portrayed by our very own George Baker.

Lobsterfest 2019 set to be the best yet! 

On Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, 2019, club members, spouses and friends will serve around 1,500 dinners!  As our clubs' largest annual fundraiser, we greatly appreciate the communities support.  Proceeds from Lobsterfest go to support the broader community through our annual Grant Process.  If you have attended in the past, you know this is a special treat and we look forward to serving you again this year!  If you have never attended, this is your opportunity to support a great local organization AND enjoy a fabulous traditional New England Lobster dinner!  And if you are not a shellfish person, never fear - we have grilled chicken dinners for adults and hot dog meals for kids - all for a great cause.  GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Thank you for your support!

Welcome Yuri Nakashima, our 2018/2019 International Exchange student.....

Photo from L-R:  Alex Grantcharov, Chair of the Rotary Club of New Canaan's International Exchange Program, Yuri Nakashima, and Christina and Dick Fagerstal, Yuri's first host parents.
Yuri comes to us from Japan and is attending New Canaan High School and quickly making lots of new friends around New Canaan.  If you see her, be sure to say hello!
Yuri has been enjoying her time here in New Canaan and is looking forward to more new experiences in the coming months!

Attention New Canaan Families..... we are actively seeking host families for future International Exchange students...

Our club has enjoyed an incredible tradition of hosting a High School aged International Exchange Student for many years.  Each Host Family has reported a memorable experience that has impacted the Host Family as much or more than the Exchange Student themselves.  Could your family be interested?  To learn more, contact Alex Grantcharov, our Youth Exchange Officer, or any club member.

Rotary International Youth Exchange....

A signature program of the Rotary Club of New Canaan features the revival of our longstanding tradition of International Youth Exchange in our effort to promote World Peace and Understanding.

Our 2017/2018 International Youth Exchange Student, Constantin Sper from Germany, enjoyed a fantastic year here in New Canaan.  As he recounted to our club in his farewell presentation on June 22, 2018, highlights included his arrival in the United States, playing football for the New Canaan Rams, several visits to New York City, various cultural events, meeting other Rotary International Exchange Students through organized Rotary gatherings, picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time and playing for the NCHS Rams, and above all, spending quality time with his host families.  A special shout-out to thank our very own Lisa Lynn Kirkpatrick and her husband Gil and their family and our own John Engel and his wife Melissa and their family for providing warm, welcoming host homes for Constantin this year.  Our hosts give a great deal, but they will tell you that they receive that much and more in return. 

Hosting an international exchange student is a wonderful way to expand your family's horizons and create a life-long relationship.  If you or anyone you know is interested in potentially hosting a student, please contact Alex Grantcharov at

During the 2016/2017 academic year, we hosted Alvaro Riquelme from Linares, Chile, who successfully completed his Junior Year at New Canaan High School.  Alvaro played soccer for the Rams and participated in many other activities.  During the school year, Alvaro stayed with three different local host families, beginning with our club's own Ben and Betsy Bilus. 

Here a just a few photos from Alvaro's successful year.....


During the 2015/2016 Rotary Year, our club sponsored outgoing International Exchange Students and hosted Incoming International Exchange Students.  Here are just a few photos highlighting this wonderful experience.  Special thanks to club members Anne Cheney, Alex Grantcharov and Cynthia Gorey for their work leading this effort!

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Rotary Club of New Canaan Announces 2021 Grant Opportunities

The Rotary Club of New Canaan has opened its annual grant application process. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2021 from registered 501 c (3) organizations in New Canaan and neighboring areas for grants in one of the following two categories only:

1.      Health and Wellness

2.      Education and Literacy

    In keeping with Rotary’s “Service Above Self” mission and consistent with Rotary International’s goal to “Connect the World,” the Rotary Club of New Canaan was honored to award grants to local nonprofit organizations meeting health care and education needs of people living in New Canaan and surrounding communities. At two well-attended Zoom award luncheons, representatives from 30 highly worthy organizations received grants totaling $37,500.

    May 14, 2020 ZOOM Meeting where the Rotary Club of New Canaan presented grant awards to local organizations

    In addition, members of the Rotary Club of New Canaan presented a Grant Check and a supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the leadership team at Waveny Lifecare Network in New Canaan.

    Rotary Club of New Canaan members present a check and supplies of Personl Protective Equipment to Waveny Lifecare Network in New Canaan

    Funding for the grants was raised at the club’s 2019 Annual Lobsterfest and at the fall Golf Outing.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 • Country Club of New Canaan

    The Rotary Club of New Canaan is teaming up with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce to host the 2019 Community Cup Golf Event as a Charity Challenge. In keeping with both the Rotary Club's mission of Service Above Self, and the Chamber’s mission of Connecting Community with Commerce, winnings from the Tournament will be directed to local nonprofit organizations.

    The Tournament will be held at Country Club of New Canaan on Wednesday, October 2nd; 12:30 pm shotgun start and played in a Shamble format.  The 2019 lead sponsor, Rand Insurance, will be donating prize money for the three teams with the lowest net score to the local nonprofit of each foursomes’ choosing – a real win-win!

    Robin Gestal and Alison Bedula, volunteers with the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps (also known as NCVAC), are joined by Rotary Club President-Elect Keith Simpson after making a very informative presentation to our members.
    NCVAC provides a vital service to local residents and the volunteer commitment of its members is second to none.  We are incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated individuals in our midst who spend countless hours ensuring us that quality medical attention is close at hand.  For a small town without a hospital, the speed and quality of response to medical needs is remarkable!
    Today we enjoyed a visit from New Canaan Nature Center Executive Director Bill Flynn, to bring us up to date on “The State of the Center.”  After describing a brief history of the Center and bringing us up to date on the latest news, Bill opened his mysterious green box and produced Socrates [Sox], a mature great horned owl who tolerated the audience while he explained how Sox had arrived at the Nature Center, the various types of owls, their lack of smell, their OK eyesight, their incredible hearing and their prowess as hunters.  It was a fun and informative presentation! 
    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.
    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
    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.