WELCOME TO BRANFORD ROTARY
The Rotary Club of Branford, Connecticut is a group of civic-minded business leaders and professionals who join together for fellowship and the opportunity to serve. As part of the 1.2-million-member Rotary International, our members volunteer their time and expertise to improve lives in Branford, across the shoreline, and around the world.
2018 YEAR-END UPDATE: PEOPLE OF ACTION
BRANFORD, CT (Jan. 26, 2019) - The Branford Rotary Club is proud to be an active partner in our community. How active? Here’s what the Club has been up to the past few months:
• In September, Branford Rotary hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven and the Rotary Scholarship Program. More than 200 guests helped Rotary raise thousands of dollars for those two great causes.
• Rotary also participated in (a very wet) Take-A-Vet Fishing event last Fall, cooking food for veterans who spent the day fishing at Killam’s Point, part of a program run by the Branford Congregational Church.
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SALUTING OUR VETERANS
The Branford Rotary Club once again honored those who served in our Armed Forces at the annual Nelson Bernabucci Veteran’s Luncheon in November. More than 60 veterans, spanning 75 years of United States military service, attended the event, where they told stories, shared laughs, and were serenaded by the Branford High School Music Makers chorus.
Held at the Italian American Club, the luncheon hosted special guests from the VA’s Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, as well as members of the American Legion and VFW. Veterans who served from World War II through Afghanistan and Iraq were honored.
“Veterans ensure that we have the rights and freedoms we all benefit from,” said Rotarian Josh Balter, who chaired the event and was a 20-year Navy Chief. “When we take the oath to serve, every man and woman in uniform writes a blank check that says we are willing to give our lives for our country. The luncheon is one small way we can honor their sacrifice.”
The veterans shared stories of their time in the service, ranging from memories of fallen comrades to mess tent meals gone awry. But one common theme held throughout the afternoon, Balter noted.
“The veterans at the luncheon are always grateful that they’re not forgotten, and grateful for the opportunity to be with people who have shared the same things as them, no matter where or when they served,” he said.
The luncheon is named for Rotarian and World War II veteran Nelson Bernabucci, who served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines. It was made possible by the generous contributions of the Branford Rotary Club’s “Rotary Partners”: Empire Paving, KMK Insulation, Cherry Hill Glass, Anderson Krause Insurance, Lorensen Enterprises, Mobeck-Guandalini Insurance, Brown & Knapp and BK Benefits, Burban’s Landscaping, Stop & Shop, The Parthenon Diner, All-American Waste, and American Polyfilm.
THE MANY, THE PROUD, THE COLD
THANK YOU and congratulations to the hundreds of hardy souls who braved the cold for a cause at the 2018 Branford Rotary / YMCA Thanksgiving 5k and Fun Run!
And thanks to all the great volunteers who endured the wind and the sub-freezing temps.
Proceeds from the event support Branford's Soundview YMCA and the Branford Rotary, which annually provides more than $40,000 to local charities, students and veterans groups.
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Photos from the Party at the Pond are now available for perusal and download, and for free. It's our way of saying thank you to those who supported the Branford Rotary Foundation and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven on a glorious night at Van Wilgen's.
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