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Dear Exchange Club,
I am so incredibly honored to be a recipient of The Exchange Club of
Farmington Scholarship. The $1,500 award totally alleviates much of the
financial burden upon my family as I pursue a college education. I
cannot even begin to express my gratitude and appreciation in words –
I’ll start with a thank you.
I will be thinking of your generosity this fall when I am studying at UC Berkeley. It was a
pleasure meeting all of you at the dinner – all of you make a difference
in so many lives. Thank you again for supporting my passions and now
I’m more excited than ever to begin my college journey on the west
Gino and his committee put on yet another awesome evening of comedy at The Farmington Club. Over 220 people attended this year, a new record! Phil Chabot put out some great appetizers. Many thanks, Phil. We had 4 comedians this year (5 if you count Gino): Rick Roberts, the time-tested MC (and part-time attorney), Ellen Karis, Angel Rentas and Headliner R.C. Smith. The event was enjoyed by all and made a good profit for the benefit of our charities. Great job, Gino!!
The Exchange Club of Farmington is pleased to present $1,000 to the Town of Farmington and Avon Live Fire Training Facility.
Despite the recent cold weather, spring is around the corner, and we want you to have a clean car! There are a few ways to purchase tickets:
- Call Laurie Caserta at 860-331-6103 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ask any Exchange Club Member and they will get you tickets.
- Click here to purchase online. Tickets will be mailed to you.
Thank you! Your support is truly appreciated.
THIS JUST IN! The meeting was held at the Jeff Yates (past XC President ) room in the Police Station on New Britain Avenue, and was excellently catered by Farmington Gardens. Sgt. Ken Miller spoke about CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team comprised of volunteers and founded in 2012. We were treated to a tour of the Police Station, including dispatch, and the holding cells. Everyone apparently made it home that night without incident. We managed to get a mugshot of Sue Ruigh, and she almost had to spend a night in a cell, ‘til the key was finally located!
This year, Chairman Pat Scully presided over a heated competition, with the likes of winners Jon Landry, Phil Chabot, Mark Blore and Chris Forster squaring off against runners- up Gino Moncada, Bill Beckert, Pat Scully, and Larry Golfin for the coveted trophy.
The final match came down to the final frame and they were counting pins, biting nails and biting each other. Phil Chabot has the Bowling Pin trophy displayed in the bar area of his venue. Winners got gift cards to Waxy O’Connors along with Green Jackets.
A good turnout—most importantly as it included a lot of new names to the match. The Devoe and Ziebka kings stepped aside and the new era/chapter has begun (We hope they haven’t given up the game???).
This year’s festivities were held at Cugino’s Restaurant on Route 4. Meeting chair Janice England Cirikovic provided a great meal, and The Farmington High School Jazz Band made for a really cool time! We got a bunch of toys donated for needy families, which were given to The Salvation Army.
Lou Rossitto and his team of Santa’s helpers pulled out all the stops to make this an enjoyable day for the kids. Exchange members were seen decorating the night before and were out early that morning making snow to cover the area. It was a total team effort. Skip Mason and Jerry Pagano came prepared with their own beards to fill in for Santa during his breaks.
Mike Gurski was instrumental in developing the proper recipe for hot chocolate: hot water and as many cans of mix that could fit in the jug. Dave Gallo and Dave Ruigh were able to pass out the donut holes while keeping the volunteers from eating them all before the crowds arrived. Thanks to Brian Gibbons at Highland Park Market for donating the hot chocolate and spare goods for the event. And thank you to Gino Moncada for getting donuts donated from The Whole Donut and Dunkin’ Donuts (we had 1,000 in total). Crowd was estimated by Scott Brown at about 900. We collected about $240 in donations from grateful parents. Also thanks to the scouts from Troop 68 who skillfully handed out hot chocolate.
Your club sold Christmas wreaths on Saturday NOV 29, Sunday, NOV 30 and Saturday DEC 6. As result of selling out of wreaths, Skip was left to touch up the wreaths on his house with a little green spray paint to get through another year. Gino Moncada not only let Exchange use the Galley parking lot for wreaths sales but also offered free manicures to the first 300 wreath buyers.
Everybody had fun, as you can see from the pictures. The big question is—- who is that Santa? He looks like a natural, doesn’t he?
Meeting chair Mark Blore put on a great meeting at Apricot’s Restaurant.
The following clergy attended: Father Thomas J. Barry, Pastor of St Patrick’s Catholic Church on Main St; Reverend Dr. Karen L. Roy, Pastor of Grace Congregational Church on South Rd; Bishop James Steele - Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints in Simsbury. The speaker was Pastor Bill LaMorey of Calvary Fellowship Church in West Hartford.
Scouts from Troop 68, accompanied by Scoutmaster Doug Pelham opened the meeting. We also inducted three new members—Chris Forster, Jessica Forster (Chris’s wife) and David Mendelson. We also welcomed returning member Bill Beckert.