The Wilton Rotary Club Drummer
· No guests
· Induction of new member Doug Macallum (director of IT at Nursing and Home Care). Ron was a little rusty but managed to pin him without causing any bleeding.
· Saturday 4/22 – Ray DiGorgio will leading what we hope will be a group canvassing local businesses to participate in the silent auction at this year’s Craft Fair May 27.
· Tuesday 4/25 – Wilton Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Patriot Bank (Kevin Gilmartin is Branch Manager) 5:30.
· Tuesday 4/25 – Interact club will complete the ‘Fill the bags’ project and all Rotarians are invited to come to the second floor of Wilton High School at 6:30-7:45 to help fill the bags, get to know the Interactors and have some pizza. Please come!
· Ad deadline for Craft fair is 5/12.
· John is arranging a work part to help repair our house project on Mountain Road. Details to follow.
· Friday 5/26 – NO meeting (the day before the Craft fair).
· Rose sale on for Friday June 16.
Due to our speaker being a little late two bios were offered.
Kathy Leeds (who was actually trying to step out a little early) was collared and implored to give her bio. She has hailed from Lakewood, NJ, Yonkers among other places and has lived in Wilton for 35 years (apparently moving here when she was 5). A Duke grad, Kathy has worked at Time Mage, Life Mag, Money Mag and then began working in Wilton School Libraries (Cider Mill I think) leading her to her current avocation. She and her very nice husband Gary have two children.
Doug Macallum – our truly newest member offered that he was born in Freeport, NY (Long Island), grew up in New Canaan, went to college in Maine and spent a fair amount of time in some remote towns of Maine that I have never heard of but several other fellow Rotarian had. Among other things he ran drug abuse and juvenile delinquency care programs. Back to New Canaan to take care of his parents and then got into IT over the recent past leading to his current position. He was a Cos Cob Rotarian. Welcome Doug!
Nancy Wyman – Connecticut State Controller
Started by offering 5 happy dollars – 2 for being late, 3 for her grandchildren
Ms. Wyman noted the recent $ 627 million state surplus announcement primarily due to tax collections on stock gains
She also noted that sales tax receipts are heading downward due to an overall slow down in consumer spending
This year’s CT state budget is $ 16,000,000,000. Many zeros. There are about 10 days to work out the legislative budget vs. the Governor’s budget. Yikes.
Other notes of interest from her talk – Healthcare is a major concern despite the state’s comparatively modest 6% average increase in healthcare costs over the past 3 years.
The state has $ 13,000,000,000 in long term debt which equates to roughly $ 1 for every $ 10 payment on bonds.
Have a good week. See you next Friday at the Silvermine.
Mark Kolier - President
(203) 563-9233 x12