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The Rotary Club of Haddam-Killingworth Service Above Self
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There's a new club in town. The Rotary Club of Haddam-Killingworth was chartered by Rotary International just two days after the First Annual Indian Fiesta Fundraiser held at Parmelee Farm on June 28th.

The journey began on January 20th when four Clinton Rotarians, two from Killingworth and two from Madison, held an informal meet and greet at the Killingworth Public Library. Rotary District Leaders Mukund Nori, Rick Bassett and Rupi Rupwani shared their experiences about Rotary International projects such as Polio Plus, Shelterbox and Rotary Peace Fellows. Presidents and members from other local clubs spoke with potential members about AMBER Alert, Warm the Children and food drives. Despite the cold, there was a large turnout and by the end of the evening the four had become eleven.

Now eleven members strong, the Provisional Haddam-Killingworth Rotary Club with members from Haddam, Killingworth and Madison continued to spread the good word of Rotary. Over the next three months, new members came to meetings at the Killingworth Library, La Foresta Restaurant and Chatfield Hollow Bed and Breakfast and sought information at the Higganum Farmer's Market. Fittingly, it was at the first Parmelee Farm Market as club members registered children for the AMBER Alert Child ID program that the 20th member joined, making the Club eligible to be chartered.

The Club plans to donate all of the proceeds from the Indian Fiesta Dinner to international and local literacy projects. A portion will be donated to the Killingworth Library, Brainerd Library, The Dictionary Project to provide dictionaries to all third grade students in both towns and the remainder will be used to fight illiteracy in India. The club will partner with the Bangalore Rotary Club for this international project.

The Rotary Club of Haddam-Killingworth joins 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders in 35,072 clubs in over 200 countries who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

For more information please visit www.haddamkillingworthrotary.org, email us at hkrotary15@gmail.com, or visit www.rotary.org