Sunday, February 16, 2020

Concert and Cinema Together-They raised $500,000 for Polio in Rome at the Coliseum







Concert and Cinema together is a thing. You choose a great classic film and you have a symphony orchestra and maybe a chorus and do it together.  You may have heard about the movie Gladiator, the Rome Symphony Orchestra staged in the Coliseum, which raised $500,000 to eradicate polio. The company which staged that concert to eradicate polio was co-founded by Brady Beaubien. The name is familiar. His father and mother are the Presidents Representatives at the Mystic District Conference April 24 to 26.

Here is the website for CineConcerts which staged the concert in Rome
Here is the website for their foundation.

And this is from Ron Beaubien's biography.

Brady is the Co-Founder of CineConcerts, which provides a full orchestra musical experience combined with motion pictures. One of the concerts included the movie “Gladiator” with the Rome Symphony Orchestra, staged in the Coliseum, which raised $500,000 for Rotary International’s cause of eradicating polio world-wide. CineConcerts has engaged over two million people in 48 countries in their concert presentations.

This is the promotional site for the Gladiator concert at the Coliseum in Rome.

CHARITY NIGHT
at the COLISEUM
June 6, 2018
The Italian Cinema Orchestra , CineConcerts have an Parco Archeologico del Colosseo come together to support the eradication of Polio, a cause to benefit all the children of the world, in collaboration with Rotary International, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,World Health Organization, UNICEF and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We can do it right here in Southern Connecticut. Choose a film. Get an orchestra. Maybe we use the Milford Performance Center.(They only had 300 seats in Rome). Make as much as we made from the Arlo Concert. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

High School Robot Teams at the Mystic District Conference




High School Robots at the Mystic District Conference-April 25

On Saturday, April 25, at the Mystic District Conference there will be a
high school robotics team that you can meet and talk with.

Bring your kids and grand kids. Maybe they can operate the robot.

Come to the Mystic District Conference
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Rotary and Toastmasters Partnership-Your Club can work with a Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters is an organization of clubs around the world and in Connecticut. Rotary and Toastmasters have agreed to work together. Toastmasters has a club near you. The idea is for Toastmaster Clubs and Rotary clubs near each other to work together.

So go to their meeting, invite them to your meeting, Let them speak, that's what they want to do. Work together. Maybe they want to help with a service project

There's a list of Toastmaster clubs below: New Haven, Woodbridge, North Haven, Stratford, Shelton, Cheshire, Wallingford, Monroe, Trumbull, Bridgeport, Madison, Midlletown, Waterbury


ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 7, 2020 — Members of Toastmasters and Rotary will enhance their skills, broaden their networks and increase their positive impact in communities through a new collaboration.
The ongoing relationship between the two organizations will begin at the grassroots level with local club members learning and working together. Additionally, Toastmasters will create a set of eight structured communication and leadership development courses for Rotary with a phased rollout that will be available in English in 2020, and in more languages in 2021.


Greater New Haven Toastmasters club
Meeting Times: 2nd & 4th Wednesday 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Phone: +1 203-927-4990
Location: New Haven City Hall
165 Church Street, 2nd Floor, Meeting Room 1 New Haven, CT 06510  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

YNHH Health Information Management
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Phone: +1 203-688-6223
Location: Medical Center South
Pre-Service Conference Room (Suite 106)
100 Church St S New HavenCT 06519-1703  United States
Membership Restriction: This club may have professional and/or educational prerequisites for membership. Please contact the club for further information.

Yale Toastmasters Club
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
Phone: +1 203-641-0653
Location: Yale University
25 Science Park
150 Munson St. New HavenCT 06511  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Nutmeg Club
Woodbridge
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 pm
Location: JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd. Woodbridge (New Haven), CT 06525  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
Meeting Times: Everey other week 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Phone: +1 203-492-5000
Location: Medtronic, North Haven, CT
Office Building, Conference Room 3H
60 Middletown Ave North Haven, CT 06473-3908  United States
Membership Restriction: This club may have professional and/or educational prerequisites for membership. Please contact the club for further information.

Park City Toastmasters of Stratford
Meeting Times: Tuesday 7:30 pm
Phone: +1 203-854-5498
Location: Lord Chamberlain Nursing Facility
7003 Main St StratfordCT 06614-1393  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Shelton Toastmasters
Meeting Times: 2nd & 4th Wednesday 12:00 pm
Location: Scinto's Corporate Tower One
Iroquois Conference room (near Aqua Spa)
1 Corporate Dr Shelton, CT 06484-6208  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Cheshire Club
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Wed 7:15 p.m.
Phone: +1 203-272-4582
Location: Cheshire Historical Society
43 Church Dr CheshireCT 06410-3104  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Eagle Club
Wallingford
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Monday 7:15 pm
Phone: +1 203-435-8042
Location: Wallingford Parks & Recreation Center
6 Fairfield Blvd WallingfordCT 06492  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Monroe-Trumbull Toastmasters
Meeting Times: Tuesday, bi-weekly 12:00 pm
Phone: +1 203-255-9111
Location: St. Stephen Church
6948 Main Street TrumbullCT 06611  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Greater Bridgeport Toastmasters
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Wednesday 12:00 pm
Phone: +1 203-727-2487
Location: Bridgeport Public Library
3rd Floor Comunity Room
925 Broad St BridgeportCT 06604-6014  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Valley Shore Club
Madison
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Monday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Phone: +1 203-843-7833
Location: Madison Senior Center (in the Cafe)
29 Bradley Rd Madison, CT 06443-2605  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Middlesex County Toastmasters
Middletown
Meeting Times: 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:00 pm
Phone: +1 860-301-9402
Location: Exley Science Center, Woodhead Lounge
Wesleyan University

265 Church Street MiddletownCT 06457  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.

Brass City Toastmasters
Waterbury
Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month  6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Phone: +1 203-768-6904
Location: Silas Bronson Library
Lower Level Auditorium
267 Grand Street WaterburyCT 06702-1917  United States
Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.


Air Line Trail Club

Temporary Location:Colchester Town Hall , Meeting Room #2
127 Norwich Ave
Colchester, CT 06415
Meets on: 2nd & 4th Thursday at 7:00 pm
Club #6976 / Chartered: June 28, 2002

Pfizer Fearless Toastmasters Club

PGRD - Groton CT Campus, Building 260 - Conference Room 2404 (12-1 meetings)/Conference Room 2404 (4
Eastern Point Rd

Groton, CT 06340
Meets on: Wednesday at Alternate Weeks: 12:00 pm
Club #4430 / Chartered: December 18, 2001
This club has professional prerequisites for membership

Pfizer Flying Toasters Toastmasters Club

Pfizer - B220/238A
Eastern Point Rd
Groton, CT 06340
Meets on: Thursday at 12:00 pm
Club #4474 / Chartered: December 18, 2001
This club has professional prerequisites for membership

West Side Storytellers

Pfizer West Campus Building 185
Eastern Point Road
Groton, CT 06340
Meets on: Monday at 12:05 PM
Club #5557284 / Chartered: June 30, 2016
This club has professional prerequisites for membership

Colonel Ledyard Toastmasters

Bill Library, Bill Library
718 Colonel Ledyard Hwy
Ledyard, CT 06339
Meets on: 1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Club #3007 / Chartered: February 1, 1960

Mystic Aquarium Toastmasters

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT 06355
Meets on: 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Club #3756118 / Chartered: April 2, 2014

No SUBstitute Toastmasters

New London Complex \ Groton Shipyard
50 Pequot Ave
New London, CT 06320
Meets on: Wednesday at 4:00 pm
Club #2157010 / Chartered: November 22, 2011
This club has professional prerequisites for membership

Niantic Toastmasters Club

Niantic Community Church
170 Pennsylvania Ave
Niantic, CT 06357
Meets on: 1st & 3rd Monday at 7:00 pm
Club #9213 / Chartered: March 1, 1993

Shoreline Advanced Toastmasters

Nicholas Parahus Senior Center
37 Society Road
Niantic, CT 06357
Meets on: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Club #4469715 / Chartered: June 5, 2015
This club has educational prerequisites for membership

Norwich Dime Bank Toastmasters

Dime Bank Community Room, Take elevator to lower level and turn right.
290 Salem Tpke
Norwich, CT 06360
Meets on: 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 6:30-8:00 PM
Club #4779255 / Chartered: June 24, 2016






Saturday, January 18, 2020

Mental Health First Aid-You can sponsor a Course in Your Town


Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Mental Health is very important in all our towns. One problem with bad mental health is suicide.




Some organizations can provide mental health first aid.
Your Rotary Club can organize a Mental Health First Aid course in your area. Do it and you will be recognized in your community and bring lots of value.

So here's how to get help in Connecticut

Mental Health First Aid in Connecticut

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
course details
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?”
Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Serving the Served: A RYLA Challenge Project




RYLA project
Serving the Served: A RYLA Challenge Project
As part of the RYLA Conference in October, high-school students formed groups and were challenged to create a service project that would make a difference in the community. One group, who named their project Serving the Served, wanted to give back to the veterans in their community. The group consists of Nicole McKinney-West Haven, Nicholas Ribeiro - Notre Dame, Miranda D'Angelo - West Haven, Ryan Caine - Hopkins, Lourdes Bumgardner, and Ethan Evans.  Their idea was to help homeless veterans by providing them with basic necessities (food, clothing, hygiene, etc.) through a bi-annual collection. This project would be no small feat, and with the holidays approaching, they wanted to make a more immediate impact. Funded by local Rotary clubs, the Serving the Served group assembled 130 holiday gift bags full of playing cards, puzzle books, novels, sweets, and homemade holiday cards. On December 15th, the group delivered the gift bags to the very appreciative patients at the VA Hospital in West Haven. They hope to continue this as a yearly tradition, and we look forward to seeing all that this group will do in the future. You can learn more about this group on their website, at www.serving-the-served.webnode.com, or follow them on Instagram @serving_the_served 




Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Puerto Rico Earthquake- One Way to Donate




Puerto Rico has a crisis because of a series of earthquakes. 

Below is a note describing a way to help. 

Hello
I am reaching out to you with the hope that you will forward the information below (and attached) to your District Governor and that the District Governor will in turn share with the District Presidents.

Puerto Rico is in crisis.  We received this from Rotary District 7000 Governor Marilyn Lopez; 

 "...Some people have died, mostly from heart attacks. As residents of the affected area we can attest to the deep sense of fear and desperation when experiencing such catastrophic events....Affected people in towns near to the earthquake’s epicenters have abandoned homes and multiple tent camps have been established, albeit, some without tents!  cots, food, water is scarce., etc... " 

Through the Rotary network that has been established for other disaster relief efforts there is a path to directly help the people of Puerto Rico. At this time, monetary donations are the most direct and effective way to provide the assistance they need. Please read the information below and forward to anyone you think will help. Rotary is amazing..we can do this! Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,

Judy Siegel, District Service Chair
District 7210
Liberty, NY Rotary Club
845-798-0783

*************************************************
Puerto Rico Disaster Relief
On January 7 there was an earthquake, magnitude 6.4 followed by another 6.0 tremor, which impacted the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. As a result, a number of houses collapsed and buildings and other structures have been structurally compromised. Many people are afraid to sleep inside out of fear of another quake or aftershock.

After Hurricane Maria, the Liberty, NY Rotary Club developed a network of Rotarians from Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and New York to provide assistance to the Moca, Puerto Rico, area which was devastated by the hurricane, and together we are working with the leaders of Rotary Clubs in Puerto Rico’s district 7000 to respond to this latest crisis.

We received this message from Puerto Rico’s Rotary District Governor;

“…a number of houses collapsed, buildings and other structures have been structurally compromised, etc.  The extent of the damage is to be determined.  Some people have died, mostly from heart attacks. As residents of the affected area we can attest to the deep sense of fear and desperation when experiencing such catastrophic events. Sleeping at night is a challenge.

Affected people in towns near to the earthquake’s epicenters have abandoned homes and multiple tent camps have been established, albeit, some without tents!  cots, food, water is scarce., etc.

I will not attempt here to provide here more details that can best be reported by the news.

Response has been slow.... It is starting to flow from the local government. Private citizens have supported others in need as best as possible.

Response from the Federal Government, FEMA is slow. Waiting for President Trump to declare Puerto Rico a disaster area. Don't know the details but you all know the whole Puerto Rico disaster relief aid since Hurricane Maria leaves a lot to be desired…”
.   
The Puerto Rico Rotary leadership has stated that, while they know that their US and International friends will probably reach out and provide immediate supplies, monetary donations would be most effective.  Receiving funds will allow them to be more proactive and purchase needed supplies at home, which will save time and expense in purchasing and shipping supplies from the U.S. and will help them stimulate their economy.
Through Rotary, money can be securely collected and the money raised will be distributed directly to assist the people of Puerto Rico during this frightening time.  Please consider donating to our fellow citizens, brothers and sisters – no donation is too large or too small - through one of the options below.  

CLICK HERE to donate by credit or debit card.  On the donation page please note Puerto Rico Disaster Relief fund. 

To donate by check or money order make payable to:
CFOS Liberty, New York, Rotary Club Foundation Fund
Send checks to:
CFOS Liberty, New York, Rotary Club Foundation Fund
Please write “Puerto Rico Disaster Relief” in the memo
30 Scotts Corners Drive, Suite 203
Montgomery, NY 12549
For more information contact:
Liberty NY Rotary Club

Judy Siegel, District Service Chair
845-798-0783

The Liberty, New York, Rotary Club Foundation Fund is dedicated to providing assistance to those areas effected by catastrophic natural disasters. Often times partnering with other civil service organizations, the members of this Rotary Club put service above self and lend a helping hand to those in need.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Aloha-Our 2020 Rotary International Convention in Hawaii





Rotary International Conventions are wonderful events. We have been to Atlanta, to Toronto and to Hamburg in recent years. Each one was special and I've met lots of people, learned a lot and participated in history.

So where is the next one?  Hawaii
Hawaii is a special place with great beaches, interesting wildlife and surprising history. A great place for a vacation. So come to Hawaii for the Rotary International Convention and make it into a vacation. Stay a week or more enjoy the various islands. Be sure to see Maui, the big Island and Kauai as well as O'hau.





So Aloha. Come to Hawaii and enjoy the 2020 Rotary Convention