By Tamra Evans
Image from Mr. Steele’s website shows the author and his wife, Betsy, with the Connecticut River in the background.
Robert H. Steele, a businessman and former Congressman (2nd District CT) will speak at at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Ridgefield on September 17. Mr. Steele is the author of a novel, The Curse. In it he tells a story that connects an Indian massacre in 1637 with a political and cultural battle in the 1990′s over the building of a casino in Southeastern Connecticut.
Mr. Steele’s website introduces us the book and Mr. Steele’s background as follows:
With meticulous research concerning both Connecticut history and the impact of gambling, Mr. Steele wields historical details with firsthand knowledge of the 1990s gambling expansion to weave a tale of greed, politics and town and tribal conflict set in the fictional town of Sheffield, Connecticut.
Mr. Steele ‘s years as a public official and civic leader, as well as his deep roots in Connecticut—including two decades living on the edge of the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation—made him uniquely qualified to write this epic story. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress (2nd District, CT) and was a nominee for governor of Connecticut.
The Rotary Club of Ridgefield meets every Wednesday at 6:30 PM at Bartolo Restaurant. Rotary meetings are open to Rotarians from anywhere in the world and their guests.
Update: For the Ridgefield Press’ coverage of this story click here.
By Kathleen Graham
On Wednesday, July 9th, Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank, presented a check for $3,000 to Rich Vazzana, President of the Rotary Club of Ridgefield, for their Gift of Life challenge.
Gift of Life International, a Rotarian sponsored organization, provides children all over the world, who are suffering from congenital heart disease, a chance to receive a lifesaving procedure that is performed at a discounted rate of approximately $6,000. This implausible price is because of the generosity of many hospitals and pediatric surgeons. More than 16,000 children’s lives have been saved by this program.
Chef Michaelsen is seen here in a photo from the restaurant’s Facebook Page without his ear-mounted flashlight.
Undeterred by a brief but intense storm that on August 7 knocked out power along Route 35, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Ridgefield lived up to the old adage while meeting at Bartolo’s Restaurant. “Enjoy life, eat dessert first.” The dish was gelato with fruit and would have melted. So, at the recommendation of management – and without dissent — the sweet end of the dinner was leapfrogged to first.
Chef Arthur Michaelsen strapped a flashlight over his right ear and dinner was served by candlelight to 31members and guests of the Club. The food was great. The service was attentive. And, since the power was ultimately restored, the Club was able to conduct its business meeting consisting largely of a review of recent enhancements to its website.
Growing the Club
We’ve made some quick, limited enhancements to our website to improve maintainability, accessibility and readability. The changes involve Notifications, Facebook Connection, Facebook (Social Media) “Likes;” E-mail icon, Member Menu, Branding and Best Practices.
For more information about the changes, click on Page 2 below.