Rotary Club of Bristol CT

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Bristol, CT

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Oasis Restaurant
782 Pine Street
Bristol, CT  06010
United States
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The Bristol Rotary Club will give eight new scholarships – with a value of $24,000 each – this spring to area high school seniors heading off to college.

The scholarships, a gift of the late Bristol Rotarian Karl Schwartz, are for $6,000 per school year. They are renewable for four years.

Each year, the club determines the number of new awards and their value.

The Schwartz awards are available to graduating high school seniors living and attending school in Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville, Southington and Burlington. The student must be heading to a four-year college.

Applications are handled professionally through Scholarship America. They are due March 1.

Students can download applications directly from the Bristol Rotary Club website. They are available on the homepage under “homepage downloads.”

Our club sponsored Mary Majerus-Collins, 17, to travel to Quito, Ecuador, where she stayed with 16-year-old Laura Espinoza Jara and her family. After a month, the girls flew to the U.S., where they are with Mary's family in Connecticut. Laura returned to Quito at the end of August. While in Ecuador, Mary visited the Rotary Club of Laura's mom and on August 11, then teamed up as guest speakers for our club. After speaking to the club, the girls visited one of our club Giants, Bob Williamson, a 58-year member of the Bristol Rotary Club who remains as involved as possible given that his knees are hampering his mobility. Bob's wife Janet was also in on the fun.

A BIG thank you to all of our golfers!  Everyone had a great day and all money raised goes back to the community.

As the club's primary fundraiser, this golf tournament supports grants to non-profit organizations that benefit local youth. Everything goes back to kids in the community.


Thanks to the generosity of our pizzerias, the Giamatti Little League center, and the many people who donated to the raffle and volunteered at the event, the Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge was a huge success!
The voting was spirited, the competition fierce and while all the pizza offered on Sunday was delectable, the voters have spoken:
Best Crust: Chunky Tomato; Finalists: San Gennaro, People's Choice
Best Sauce: Chunky Tomato; Finalists: L.J.'s, People's Choice
Best Meat Pizza: People's Choice; Finalists: San Gennaro, Hometown
Best Pepperoni: People's Choice; Finalists: Corner Pizza, San Gennaro
Best Veggie: People's Choice; Finalists: Hometown, L.J.'s
Best Cheese: Chunky Tomato; Finalists: San Gennaro, People's Choice
Best Specialty: People's Choice; Finalists: LJ.'s and Hometown

Special overall awards given by the club and its President are:
The Rotarian, which goes to Corner Pizza
The President's Prize, which goes to L.J.'s

In the gluten free categories:
Best crust: Hometown
Best sauce: Chunky Tomato
Best overall: People's Choice

Congratulations to all! Bristol has so many wonderful places to enjoy pizza! Thanks to everyone who made this event so fun and tasty. Watch for news about the scholarship that will come from it!


Rotary described in a minute:

As the club's primary fundraiser, this golf tournament supports grants to non-profit organizations that benefit local youth. Everything goes back to kids in the community.

Rotarian and club Giant Woody Anderson shows off the award our club won for giving the most to Polio Plus last year. We're happy to support the fight against polio.



Nine local pizza shops took part in the Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge, a new event that raised $2,000 for a college scholarship for a Bristol Interact student.

Held Sunday afternoon at the Giamatti Little League Center on Mix Street in Bristol, the fundraiser included sampling a wide variety of pizza and plenty of wonderful raffle prizes.

About 400 people attended. There were two dozen Bristol Rotarians there helping, and about 15 members of the Bristol Central High School Interact Club.

The club is deeply grateful to the Giamatti Center for the use of its beautiful facility, to the Interact club for all its hard work, to the pizzerias who signed on to something new and gave time and talent to a community event and to the many donors that made the raffle such fun.

Pizzerias signed on to donate 10 pies each to the contest but many of them brought in many more as the huge crowd devoured the delicious fare. Some shops reported serving 30 to 50 pies.

People attending paid $5 per person or $10 per family to sample the pizza and the club sold drinks separately. Many of those attending voted for their favorites in an array of categories: Best Sauce, Best Crust, Best Meat Pizza, Best Cheese Pizza, Best Pepperoni, Best Veggie, Best Specialty, Best Gluten Free, Best Gluten Free Crust, Best Gluten Free Sauce, The Rotarian and the President's Prize. Winners will receive custom made certificates for display and enough bragging rights to last a year.

A complete list of winners in all categories follows. Many more photos can be seen on the Bristol Rotary Club FacebookImage page. Please visit it and "like" the page so you'll find out what our dynamic and growing club is doing.

Best Sauce:

First Place – Chunky Tomato

Finalists – Hometown Pizza and People’s Choice

Best Cheese:

First Place – Chunky Tomato

Finalists – Hometown Pizza and People’s Choice

Best Meat Pizza:

First Place – Hometown Pizza

Finalists – L.J.’s Pizza and People’s Choice

Best Crust:

First Place – Chunky Tomato

Finalists – San Gennaro and Hometown Pizza

Best Pepperoni:

First Place – Hometown Pizza

Finalists – Corner Pizza and People’s Choice

Best Veggie:

First Place – Hometown Pizza

Finalists – Corner Pizza, San Gennaro and the Oasis

Best Specialty Pizza:

First Place – L.J.’s Pizza

Finalists – Hometown Pizza, Corner Pizza and People’s Choice

Best Gluten Free Pizza:

First Place – People’s Choice

Finalist – Hometown Pizza

Best Gluten Free Crust:

Luiza’s Diner

Best Gluten Free Sauce:

Chunky Tomato

The Rotarian goes to San Gennaro

President’s Prize goes to the Oasis




Three Fine Giants: Dr. Bob Williamson, Gerry Murphy and Al "Pinky" Pinkowish on Pinky's 90th birthday. They are three of the Giants of the Bristol Rotary Club. — at Oasis Restaurant.



Some of the Giants of the Bristol Rotary Club: Elmer Madsen, Les Kish, Bob Williamson, Gerry Murphy, Al "Pinky" Pinkowish, Paul Kelley and President Elect Olcott Snow. — with Olcott Snow at Oasis Restaurant.


 The Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge!
Our new fundraiser will provide a college scholarship to a Bristol student member of the Interact Club, a high school service club sponsored by the Bristol Rotary. It's in the dining hall of the Giamatti Little League complex on Sunday, March 2, from 2-4 pm. It's going to be great fun and for an excellent cause! Everyone welcome! Please share our poster or this status to help spread the word.



ImageThe Bristol Rotary Club welcomed three terrific new members this morning: Jim Albert, president of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, Michael Suchopar, chief professional officer of the Bristol Boys and Girls Club and Laura Watson, coordinator of the Bristol Early Childhood Alliance. Our club is vibrant and growing!

ImageWe have big, wonderful news! Today, the club voted for Olcott Snow as our new President-Elect. He will take over from President Jackie Majerus-Collins in July. We know the club will remain in good hands. Olcott is the son of the late O.V. Snow, a longtime Bristol Rotarian who championed the club's accessible playscape project at Page Park several years ago. Thank you, Olcott, for agreeing to serve. We know your dad would really be proud. — with Olcott Snow and Jackie Majerus-Collins atBristol Central High School.


The club had another great meeting with our young partners, the Interact Club of Bristol Central High School. A small number of Interact members joined Rotarians for breakfast and conversation. We are so proud of our Interact Club and grateful to its wonderful advisors. — with Kelly Monahan-DinoiaValerie GuarinoJulius AboagyeSuzanne AtwoodWilson KyongJackie Majerus-Collins and Olcott Snow at Bristol Central High School.



ImageRI President 14/15 Gary Huang message from Rotary International District Governors Assembly in San Diego.

This is my challenge to you. How you "Light Up Rotary", how you light your own candle, is up to you "Light up Rotary."

Confucius once said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness." Although the Chinese philosopher died nearly 2,400 years before Rotary was founded, RI President 2014/15 Gary C.K. Huang calls him "the world's first Rotarian." Inspired by his teachings, Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15.

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people that need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.

"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."

Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.

"We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members," he said. Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.

"When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we'll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We'll have given the world a gift that will endure forever," he said.

By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.

"Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."

Source: Rotary International

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Image2014-2015 Rotary International Theme is "Light up Rotary".




Bob Williamson and beautiful young contributor


ImageOur 10-11 am team -Les Kish and Tom Kopchick



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Bristol Rotary Club signed on for the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive through the Liberty Bank Foundation. That means we tried to raise money to ensure that everyone in the community would have a bountiful Thanksgiving. The bank foundation matched our collection by 25 percent. The club teamed up with Meals for the Needy, a food pantry and soup kitchen serving Bristol for more than 30 years. Working together paid off, as the club was able to turn over a check for $13,223 to Meals for the Needy on Tuesday. In all, 29 Rotary clubs took part in the bank's Thanksgiving fundraiser and the Bristol club placed fifth in total raised. We're pleased and so is the food pantry, because the need is definitely there.


The club held its Nov. 26 meeting at Firefly Hollow Brewing, a new brewery in Bristol. It was a bring-a friend event that drew about 40 people, who all seemed to have a great time. Brewmaster Dana gave us the story of the brewery and we got a chance to sample some of the locally made beers, relax a bit before Thanksgiving, and feel happy to have a great club and each other. We were also celebrating our club's first year of collecting for the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. We raised $13,200 for Meals for the Needy, a Bristol soup kitchen and food pantry. 

Picture from left - Assistant Gov. Tom Gilmore with Bristol Rotarians Lee Sinkwich and Paul Kelley 


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Membership Chair
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