Pictured in the front row seated from left are the award winning students: Christopher Manfredi, a senior from Newtown High School, Colman Tokar, an 8th grade student from St Rose School, and Raymond Rinaldi, an 8th grade student from Newtown Middle School. In the back row standing from left are Newtown High School Assistant Principal Jaime Rivera, Newtown High School Social Studies teacher Candace Dietter, St Rose School Mandarin teacher MuMu San, Newtown Middle School Assistant Principal Jim Ross, Newtown Middle School special education teacher Maryann Bisson, and Rotary Club President Duane Giannini.
Newtown Rotary Sponsors Student For Leadership Development
Newtown Rotary recently sponsored Julia Dimartino, a sophomore at Newtown High School, to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). RYLA is a leadership development program run by Rotary that focuses on leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, and community and global citizenship. Julia recently attended a two day weekend program in East Haddam, CT with 80 other high school sophomores and juniors from throughout southern Connecticut. Each student was sponsored by a Rotary club in their local community. For these young women and men, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills.
Newtown RotarySupports REACH
The Newtown Rotary Club recently donated to REACH Newtown, an organization that exists to promote compassion, empathy, integrity, and social accountability among our children and prevent any child from feeling alone, forgotten, undervalued, bullied, or hopeless. REACH provides curriculum-based Mentoring Programs that emphasize positive character and social development, offers a range of hands-on learning opportunities from youth wellness to fine arts to academic enrichment and athletics, surrounds at-risk children with individual, research-based care and support services, and creates opportunities through outdoor expeditions that promote inquiry-based learning, social skills, self-confidence, teamwork, and the importance of setting and achieving personal goals. Pictured is Rotary Club President Duane Giannini presenting a check to REACH Academic Support and Technology Coordinator and Girls Mentoring Director Lindsey Carley.
Newtown Rotary Honors November Students of the Month
Pictured in the front row seated from left are the award winning students: Charlotte Branchflower, a 7th grade student from Newtown Middle School, Carla Guirguis, an 8th grade student from St Rose School, and Megan Kelleher, a junior from Newtown High School. In the back row standing from left are Newtown Middle School Principal Thomas Einhorn, Newtown Middle School math teacher Kerry McKeegan, St Rose School teacher Maria Salcedo, Newtown High School Chair for Business Education & Applied Arts Erik Holst-Grubbe, Newtown High School Assistant Principal Dana Manning, and Rotary Club President Duane Giannini.
Bridgeport Rotary Donates to
Gift of Life - Newtown Challenge
The Bridgeport Rotary Club has been one of the most ardent supporters of the Gift of Life's Newtown Challenge. To date, 37 children have received lifesaving heart surgeries as a result of the Newtown Challenge. Bridgeport's club president Virgilio Lopez, accompanied by Abe Gordon and Bob Vossler, presented a check for another $10,000 to the Newtown Challenge Chairman Pat Caruso. An additional $5,000 match is also in the works through the Gift Of Life organization.
Danbury Women's Center Safe Walk
The Rotary clubs of Danbury, Housatonic Valley, Newtown, Ridgefield and Ridgefield-Sunrise joined together to be a major sponsor of this significant fundraiser for the Women's Center. Over 1,000 people joined in the Safe Walk at the Danbury Fair Mall on Sunday, October 4, the largest turnout ever for this event. The Ridgefield-Sunrise Club received 3rd Place recognition for fundraising for this event. Rotarians from all 5 clubs along with family members all walked together.
Rotary Theme 2015-2016:
Be a Gift to the World
Ravi Ravindran- President, Rotary International Geraldine Tom- District Governor, District 7980 Duane Giannini- President, Newtown Rotary Club Mary Griffin- President-Elect, Newtown Rotary Club