The Rotary Club of Middletown

Middletown Rotary Club Update - October 30, 2023

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For details on upcoming meeting schedules, speakers, activities, and events, please visit our club website at You can explore the new site on your PC, phone, or iPad.


Our Community Coat drive has begun. Last week, we made our first delivery of coats to the Middletown Food Pantry at the High School. We'll continue to collect new and gently used coats, jackets, hats, and gloves of all sizes over the next few weeks. Please begin to collect items from friends, family, or neighbors and bring them to our weekly meetings or you can arrange drop-offs at the Kowalczyk’s by calling 401-935-5419. Coats will be distributed to the Middletown Food Pantry, the Martin Luther King Center, and other organizations in need. We're also exploring additional collection sites, so stay tuned for more details as they emerge.


In October, we welcomed New Member Larry Kraman into the Club.  Larry will give a new member talk on November 1st.  If you have not already done so, please introduce yourself to Larry and welcome him to the club.

November 1 - Speaker - Larry Kraman - New Member Talk

November  8 - Speaker TBD by Cori K.

November 15 - Speaker TBD Cindy M.

November 22 - No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving

November 29 - Club Assembly, Annual Meeting & Elections



Our sponsored Interact Club for youth aged 12-18, the Middletown/Newport Rotary Interact Club, will hold meetings in November on the 6th and 20th. These meetings are hosted at the Newport YMCA in Middletown from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. We welcome new members, so if you know any young individuals who would like to experience Interact, please contact Tom at


Larry Kraman's journey began in Brooklyn, New York, initially pursuing law at Brooklyn College. However, his true passion for music led him to become a recording engineer for the college's music department. Over time, he established a recording studio and launched the Newport Classic CD music label, releasing numerous classical pieces. He later transitioned to filmmaking, producing three full-length films, and built important relationships in the entertainment industry. Larry is always enthusiastic about sharing his experiences and insights.


In October, we provided volunteer support for the Broadway Street Fair, hosted a Million Dollar Meal (MDM) at the newly renovated Newport YMCA, and took a tour of the facility with member Cori K. Members were expected to donate $22 each for the MDM, and these donations will be sent to support the "End Polio Now" campaign, which is close to eradicating wild polio worldwide.


The evening of October 25th, started with an early bird gathering at the hotel bar and then continued in the dining room with introductions and discussions about favorite service activities. During the meeting, excerpts from "50 Things Every Rotarian Should Know" were shared, and Hector presented a challenge to think about "why change is difficult." Additionally, the new club website was introduced during this event.


Summaries of our October speakers, can be found below or on our website. Our October speakers:

  • October 04, 2023 - Shawn Brown, Town of Middletown Administrator

  • October 11, 2023 - Erin Dollard, Newport Hospital Foundation


Starting on September 6th, the club began offering a Zoom meeting option. Members who wish to "zoom in" should send a meeting request to Tom at least a day before the meeting. The Zoom link for the 2023-24 Rotary year is available here: MRC Zoom Meeting Link.


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October 2023 Speakers
Erin Dollard - Newport Hospital Foundation

Erin O'Gara Dollard, Senior Philanthropy Officer at the Newport Hospital Foundation, recently addressed our club to shed light on an important partnership between Newport Hospital and Bradley Hospital. The aim of this partnership is to raise $5 million for the development of an eight-bed adolescent behavioral health unit at Newport Hospital. This unit will provide essential services for young individuals aged 12 to 18 suffering from acute mental health disorders.

Shawn Brown - Middletown Town Administrator

Shawn Brown, the Middletown Town Administrator, gave a talk to the Middletown Rotary Club on October 11, 2023 regarding the 2023 Middletown Middle-High School Bond Referendum. The presentation highlighted the importance of the upcoming bond referendum for constructing new, modern, and efficient educational facilities, benefiting all students and ensuring the future readiness of Middletown schools.  Read more for the key points from his presentation:

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