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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The Rotary Foundation District 7980 Luncheion

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By Bill Maxwell

cooper-2014-d7980-foundation-brunch-098What an historic day for our Club at The Rotary Foundation District 7980 Luncheon this past Sunday, November 2 in Branford, CT! Not only did we have an historic attendance, we received 7 awards including our Simon Cooper receiving a TRF Distinguished Service Award! Rich Vazzana, Jim Finklea, Cliff Heidinger, Simon Cooper, Bev Rogers, and Bill Maxwell attended this year’s event. Both Jim and Cliff, who are past Club Presidents, confirmed that having 6 attendees was remarkable and certainly showcased our Club at this year’s event.

Our awards included Highest Total Annual Fundridgefield-recoognition-luncheon-110214 Dollars Contributed – Top 10; 100% EREY and $100 Per Capita minimum Clubs; White Knight Clubs ($175 per capita & 70% Sustaining Members); Clubs with Per Capita giving of $175 or more; Clubs with 70% or more Sustaining Members; Polio Certificate of Appreciation; and Simon Cooper receiving a TRF Distinguished Service Award.

Rich commented, “these awards reflect the valued leadership of last year’s President Joe Kreitz.” “Joe encouraged all of us to step up our game and as a small club out of nearly 60 in our District, we certainly did,” said Rich. It is our first year in the White Knight Club. Simon Cooper did us proud in accepting his award for distinguished service – congratulations Simon and thank you!

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Fairfield County Bank to be Event Sponsor at Taste of Ridgefield

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Fairfield County Bank (FCB) will be returning as an Event Sponsor at the 16th annual Taste of Ridgefield on January 25, 2014.  FCB has been a partner in prior events of the Rotary Club of Ridgefield, most recently in funding life-saving surgeries for children through the Gift of Life program.

We welcome the opportunity to work with FCB once again.

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