Spur  February 15, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance- Julie Cotnoir
4 Way test-  Pres Kevin
Invocation-Rev Helechu
Presidents remarks- Rotary After Five @ Chicago Sam’s 2/23 at 5:30; Rotary B’fast @Angelina’s 2/24
Ryan Lawless – proposed new member. Classification: Insurance
Happy /sads/ bdays/anniversaries - Sergeant at Arms (for the day) :
Carolyn Tkacz birthday; Adrian’s daughter art show; Asnuntuck CC opening a food pantry; Mike Helechu heart ok; Nick vacationed at Myrtle Beach; Bill Squires in Florida; Mike H gave lots of $$; Kevin Mayo recognized UCONN Women 100th straight win.
Joes History Mystery Minute-On Feb 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor, precipitating the Spanish-American War.
  • What popular phrase supported the war?   “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain”
  • What NY City publishers fanned the flames of the war?  William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer
  • Joe Fallon condusts research in what location that was ceded to US by the Treaty of Pareis?  Puerto Rico
    Raffle Winners
    Card- Scott Kaupin   Queen of Hearts;   side note- Jim Kuhn MIA since his win  
    $10- Kevin Mayo
    $5- Bryan
    Speaker- Alex Nasty from the Bloomfield Rotary Club spoke to us about the Nizhny Novgorod Women Crisis Center in Russia. He pleaded for financial help to support the Center, one of only two such facilities in all of the Soviet Union.
    Founded in 2003, the Center served 40 families last year in a region that finds domestic abuse effects 25%+ of the families. Already the beneficiary of a Rotary District grant, more funding is needed to keep the Center afloat financially.
    Club Announcements-Ed Palomba gave a Foundation Minute.
    Rotary Ghost Editor