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.
Newtown Rotary Honors October Students of the Month
Pictured in the front row seated from left are the award winning students: Nathan Paltauf, an 8th grade student from Newtown Middle School, Robert Gray, a sophomore from Newtown High School, and Mary Locke, an 8th grade student from St Rose School. In the back row standing from left are Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue, Newtown Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Rotary Club President Duane Giannini, Newtown High School Biology teacher Eric Ekman, Newtown Middle School Assistant Principal James Ross, and St Rose School teacher Katelyn Doane.
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