Enfield Rotary Club Celebrates 90th Anniversary

April 17, 2018

Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) hosts the Enfield Rotary Club on Senator Kissel and Friends to commemorate their 90th Anniversary. (From Left to Right) Senator John A. Kissel, Enfield Rotary Club President – Carol Bohnet, Lindsey Weber, Kiran Majmudar and Joyce Keating.

By: Senator John A. Kissel

This week on Senator Kissel and Friends I was pleased to have members from the Enfield Rotary Club on the show. This year the Enfield Rotary is celebrating their 90th Anniversary as a club and I learned more about the civic projects they do within our communities.

Organized in April 1928 as the Thompsonville Rotary Club members of the neighboring Springfield, Mass. Rotary Club served as sponsors and assisted in getting the Enfield club up and running. Originally, there were 17 charter members and Walter P. Schwabe served as the club’s first President.

Today the club is very active in our community hosting fundraisers to help raise money to benefit civic projects locally and abroad. On the show I was pleased to have as my guests Carol Bohnet – the current club President, and Paul Harris Fellows Lindsey Weber, Kiran Majmudar and Joyce Keating. All of my guests reiterated to me that the Enfield Rotary is about ‘service above self’ and how passionate they are about the organization.

What was also interesting was to hear about how the Enfield Rotary has changed over the years. In fact Joyce Keating was the first woman to be inducted as a member in 1987, she still never misses a meeting and explained the importance of the community of Rotarians internationally.

The Enfield Rotary Club is very active hosting high school career shadow programs, literacy projects, an annual High School Girls Enfield Rotary Basketball Tournament, an annual Pancake Breakfast, along with providing scholarships for local students in college.

Mark your calendars – one of their biggest fundraisers is the annual Cinco K Mayo 5K Road Race. The annual run/walk will be held on Saturday, May 5thon Moody Road next to the former Fermi High School. Runners and walkers are invited to pre-register online at www.enfieldcincokmayo.com. Proceeds will benefit Enfield Rotary Club Community Projects and Enfield High School scholarships.

I want to thank Carol and her members for taking the time to give us an update about the Enfield Rotary Club and the good deeds they do within our town. Visit www.enfieldctrotary.org for more information or stop by one of their lunch-time meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Enfield Holiday Inn.

This episode is set to air on Channel 15, with upcoming air times throughout April and May, including Monday’s at 9:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.