HOW OLD ARE WE NOW?
Ralph Riccio lights the ceremonial candle for the Rotary Club of Southington's 50th anniversary cake, as fellow past presidents, from left, Audrey Brown, Nanci Jaros, Thomas McKnerney, and Francis Massucci watch. The evening was memorable, despite the wrong beginning year on the cake. (The Observer 11/19/98; photo by Robin Michel)
Rotary Success (The Observer editorial 11/19/98)
Last weekend marked an important milestone in the history of one one the town's unsung organizations. The Rotary Club of Southington marked its half-century of providing selfless service to citizens. Over the years, thanks to the club, thousands of dollas have been donated to worthy causes. Students have received scholarships, the Red Cross was the proud recipient of a new ambulance, and internationally their support enabled the PolioPlus Campaign to reach its goal five years early to inoculate children in Third World countries against serious disease.
Members, who come from all sectors of the business world, continue with good fellowship upon which the first club was founded in Chicago in 1905. But more importantly is their dedication to providing 'Service Above Self' to people worldwide.
Undoubtedly, the first 50 years of the local chapter will prove to be the model as they carry their goodwill into the new millennium.
Article in The Observer 11/19/98