Fly the Colors Program Accepting Renewals and New Subscribers

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flythecolorsThe Rotary Club of Ridgefield has re-launched its innovative program that encourages the patriotic display of the American flag on six American Holidays Proceeds from the project, called “Fly the Colors,” will be used to benefit veterans and their immediate families from this area.

Rotarians place an American flag in front of participants’ houses for six holidays and remove it after the celebrations are over. The events are Memorial Day, Flag Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day.

The flag program is an annual, subscription-based service. The first year cost is $40; thereafter it is $25 a year.

If you would like to participate for the first time, you prefer to renew online or you would like to learn more, just click here.

The Ridgefield detachment of the Marine Corps League and Ridgefield Supply Company W-Rotary-Flagsare partners in the project, providing guidance on operations, logistical help, and materials for the installation and removal of flags.

Here’s how the program works: A plastic pipe will be buried permanently in front yards, near the street and flush with the ground, to hold the flag staff in place. A plastic cap will cover the pipe when not in use. A marker will be put in the street to indicate the location of the buried pipe.

A 3×5 foot flag on a 10-foot staff will be placed in the holder. Installation will be in coordination with “Call Before You Dig” and Ridgefield Public Works. Homeowners will be asked to notify the installers of underground installations such as sprinkler systems or invisible dog fences near the curb.

If you subscribed last year, you will receive a renewal notice and can accept the invitation to re subscribe and have a flag placed in front of your home in time for the upcoming Memorial Day.


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Citizen of the Year

ChrisNolanSummer2012The Rotary Club of Ridgefield Announces the 2015 Citizen of the Year Chris Nolan In recognition of her many years of service to the Ridgefield Community.  She Exemplifies the Rotary Motto Service Above Self Join us Wednesday, June 3, 6:00PM at Silver Spring CC to honor this wonderful Ridgefield individual and to say “Thank You!” Tickets $75, Cash Bar .

Buy tickets here

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Taste of Ridgefield to Benefit Scholarship, Fuel Assistance

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The RoTaste Graphictary Club of Ridgefield has begun planning for the 16th annual Taste of Ridgefield to be held January 25 — funds raised from the 2015 event will be used primarily for Rotary’s annual scholarship and to provide fuel subsidies for local families in need.  The event features, for the single price of admission, complimentary samples from 30 to 35 of the top local restaurants, caterers and food vendors. The event, normally takes place at the Community Center but because of renovations, for the first (and probably only time), will be held at Founder’s Hall.

The following have already signed up to participate: The Little Pub, Some Things Fishy Catering, Bistro Seven.  Additional participants are expected to sign up rapidly.

This is the Rotary Club’s premier fund raiser.  The restaurants and vendors generously donate the food and their time to prepare and serve it.  Volunteer Rotarians and friends provide the rest of the work. The donated food and volunteerism keeps costs remarkably low.  All the net proceeds are used for charitable purposes, mostly local.

You can Purchase Tickets on our website here


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Tomorrow’s Leaders Share Their Experience at RYLA

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By Bill Maxwell

RYLA-121214Aspen Shafer, Skylar Shafer, and Allie Savino, all 11th graders, on November 12 shared their experiences at the from this year’s Conference of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).  At the annual RYLA Camp, oung men and women spend a week in a challenging program of discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship.  RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing high school students for their past and present leadership and service activities.

Aspen, Skylar and Allie, In their collective voices, RYLA-111214-3exemplified and exuded confidence, leadership, and care for our community. Each one talked about their experiences and about their desires to make a difference not only in their lives but also for those in need. They thanked us as a club for our support and encouraged us to seek out other opportunities to develop our youth as leaders.

We need to applaud Ridgefield Rotarian Pat Cooney who has championed this worthy initiative for our youth. Pat began championing this initiative about five years ago and as Rotarians, we have reinforced our support for RYLA thanks to Pat’s encouragement and perseverance.

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Leaders By Mindset not by Title

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By Bill Maxwell

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Jennifer Jones, from her Linkedin Page

At the Rotary Foundation District luncheon on November 2, 2014, the keynote speaker was Jennifer Jones, Rotary Iinternational Director Elect, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Jennifer treated us to an insightful and enthusiastic dialogue about Rotary, its brand, and its future.

She opened by thanking all of us for the good that we do for the men, women, and children that we will probably never know. Jennifer talked about the impact of storytellers throughout history and that we too should become storytellers in creating our own Rotary moments.

She discussed the recent research around our Rotary brand. Three key findings have emerged from that research: Rotary members are leaders by mindset not by title – leading in our communities and in our world; Rotary members share commonality in The Four-Way Test, The Object of Rotary, and Service Above Self and we all connect through 1.2 million members; and that our service to the community can be scaled globally through over 200 geographic areas.

Jennifer said that we, as Rotary members, need to amplify one voice and that we need to be more succinct in our elevator speech about what it is to be a Rotarian. She concluded by saying that her elevator speech is “Rotary is joined leaders who exchange ideas and who are driven to take action to take on the world’s most pressing challenges.”

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