August 9, 2019 / Volume 29, No. 6

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Rotary International District: 7980
District Governor: Jack Solomon
Club President: Karen Kleine

The Westport Inn
August 9, 2019

Opener: Bob Galan

Program: Robert Kunkel - "Sustainability on Connecticut's Coast - Introducing our Marine Highway and its impact on State Transportation and Climate Change"

Greeters: Fuchs, Nair, Violette


Jeff Schon - speaker
Joelle Schon
Patricia Carrera - guest of Eileen Flug


Terrence Gibbons was unanimously approved as a new member by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Board at the July 2, 2019 Board meeting.

William Lindsay was  unanimously approved as a new member by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Board at the August 6, 2019 Board meeting.

They will be inducted on August 16, 2019 or soon thereafter.
Robert Kunkel, will speak to Westport Sunrise Rotary this Friday August 9, 2019 at our 7:30am meeting.

The title of his talk is  
"Sustainability on Connecticut's Coast - Introducing our Marine Highway and its impact on State Transportation and Climate Change" -  Generational changes, Climate Change and Connecticut's transportation problems will force the State and its residents to look at new innovative ways to address freight logistics and travel. Harbor Harvest and Amtech have moved to make that generational change incorporating a maritime influence and EV technologies.


Robert Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies and First Harvest Navigation served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program under the Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation from 2003 until 2008. He is a past Vice President of the Connecticut Maritime Association, a contributing writer for Marine Money Magazine, Marine Log, Marine News and Maritime Professional Magazine along with other marine technical publications.

He continues as the Technical Advisor for several Private Equity firms, financial institutions and Harbor Harvest, a Marine Highway designated project-shipping cargo across Long Island Sound on Hybrid Catamarans. Mr. Kunkel continues developing the maritime component of short sea shipping and offshore wind energy along the coasts of United States.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Mr. Kunkel sailed with several U.S flag companies as a licensed engineer, was commissioned as a Navy Officer and continued his career in ship construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea, Chengxi Shipyard and Dalian New Shipyard in Mainland China.

He is a senior elected member of the Special Committee on Ship Operation and North American Council with the American Bureau of Shipping and an elected member of the National Cargo Bureau. 
Jeff Schon spoke to Westport Sunrise Rotary on August 2, 2019

He is creating the first free children's digital content TV network in Kenya.  It will consist of e ducational programming  for  20 million children under age of 14.  Since they are starting with a small budget, i nitially they will acquire programming.  With the advent of growth, they hope to produce the programming in-house in the not too distant future.  
It will be mostly in English - focusing on promoting school readiness, Math, English, gender issues.  
The goal is to achieve positive outcomes for children through informal learning.  And Broadcast TV is the cheapest method to distribute.
The company he founded, Akili Network is a for profit company with a "double bottom" line
  1. profits
  2. Social impact
Revenue will come from advertising - but a strict policy (e.g. no sugary snack advertising). They will look for underwriting for original programming. They can and will charge for BCC's (Behavioral Change Communications - similar in content to our PSA's - public service announcements).
They will eventually look to expand to other English speaking sub-Saharan countries.  
Fund raising goal is $1.7 million.  
Will hopefully close fundraising in 4-5 months.  
Maybe 40% of households have TVs b ut they think 80% of people watch TV on a daily basis.

katie opens

dave wins

it was marty's birthday

dinner at harbor lights

where else would you find two joes?

Nick's Notes:

I wouldn't advise going to south Florida, at least at this time of year. Nice and warm but every day there are intermittently violent torrential rains and amazing thunder claps, lightning and road flooding. Even in Palm Beach, despite their wealth they still haven't done anything about it. 

Of course, I jest, and have spent five days with my daughter Jennifer. Trapped in a couple of rooms with someone who never stops talking can be hard but that's the price of being a loving father. We watched Netflix movies like Raiders of the Lost Arc and Temple of Doom and the rain and thunder ripped and roared outside.
As we were on the boardwalks a lot of the time, the only way to stay dry is to pop into the splendid surf shops, and then you are at the mercy of fast talking beautiful young sales ladies. So I bought.

Jennifer took me to the largest cinema I have ever seen, about the size of Radio City. (But some the houses are too). In our movie ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Every seat was taken except row A and B. So I now have a stiff neck and am half blind.  Good movie though.
I must say that I found people watching most fun. I have come to the conclusion that the locals are the most American I have ever seen. Don't ask me to explain. I can't. 

I do love the area and Christmas is a good time to come.  Warm enough to swim too. I'm glad Jen moved here as it gives me the excuse to pop down. Westchester County airport to Palm Beach. $350.00 via Jet Blue.

Westport Sunrise Rotary Board of Directors
July 2, 2019 Minutes:

Members in Attendance: Karen Kleine, Jeff Cohen, Rob Hauck, Joe Renzulli, Yvonne Senturia, Jane Ross, Abby Safirstein, George Masumian, June Getraer, Justin Phillips, Eileen Flug and Bruce Paul.
Meeting called to order at 5:30 pm.
President's Report: Karen Kleine
  1. Reminder that Friday July 5th meeting will be at the Sherwood Diner at 8am.
  2. Goals: (a)Increase the club's Social Media Presence -
Hands On Committee will work on establishing a presence on Instagram
            (b)Increase Membership to 75 from 65
                        Encourage members to bring a guest to breakfast. After discussion, board agreed to let members know when there have been resignations, by publishing in The Crier.
            (c) Promote Engagement
Interact more with other clubs and add monthly member bios on the last Friday
  1. Westport Public Library
(a)   Congratulations to fellow Sunrise Rotarian Bill Harmer on the grand re-opening
(b)   Currently unable to schedule breakfast meetings at the library
(c)    Monthly board meetings will move to the McCall Room 210 beginning in September:
September 10, October 1, November 12, December 3, January 7, 2020 and February 4 have been reserved.
(d)   Circulated a photo of the stack in the children's library that we sponsored.
  1. Westport Inn Contract
Currently not providing hot and cold cereal and fruit every week, as required by the contract. Meat should also be provided once a month, and all food should be ready by 7:35. After discussion, agreed to monitor for three months, using a new form that can be easily completed by the greeters each week. The board agreed that it would not make sense to allow an increase in the charge until the terms of the current contract are being met.   Karen will use the data gathered when she meets to renegotiate the contract going forward.
  1. Monthly Board of Directors meeting dates:
July 2, August 6, September 10, October 1, November 12, December 3, January 7, 2020, February 4, March 3, April 14, May 5 and June 2.
Secretary's Report: Yvonne Senturia
            Minutes from June 2019 were approved unanimously (Karen moved; Rob seconded). Abstentions: Jeff, Yvonne, Joe, June and Abby due to absence from June board meeting.
Treasurer's Report: Jeff Cohen
Budget for 2018-19:   Income from dues lower than expected (by $7,000) due to fewer members. Expenses increased due to transfers to the foundation, and conference expenses exceeded budget by $800.
Budget for 2019-20 assumes 69 total member (57 regular and 12 R85) for dues revenue of $46,000. Budget does not include $1 increase in breakfast fee requested by Westport Inn. Allocation of $500 for Paul Harris breakfast, to account for subsidizing attendance by non-members. $1667 sent from FCCF to sponsor a book stack in the children's section of the library ($5,000 pledge over three years).
$10,400 in bank currently.   Bills for July - December will go out in mid-July.  
Motion to approve the treasurer's report (Eileen moved and Bruce seconded) was approved unanimously.   Joe abstained.
Motion to approve the 2019-20 budget (Eileen moved and Jeff seconded) was approved unanimously.   Joe abstained.
Hands On Committee: Rob Hauck
Upcoming dates include: July 6th barbeque at the Gillespie Center; July 20-23rd volunteers for the library book sale; September 14th food collection in support of Person-to-Person, Norwalk Food Pantry; October 17th Read Aloud Day at Marin School in Bridgeport; September 21st volunteer at LobsterFest; November 28th volunteer at Thanksgiving day Community Feast at Saugatuck Congregational Church.   Mercy Learning Center seeks mentoring volunteers for August 25, September 14 and September 28.
Eileen suggested coordination in the Fall with the new Interact group being formed at Staples High School.
Youth Services: Justin Phillips
(a)   Interact: Assuming Federica becomes president, would like to invite her to board meetings.
(b)   Next Generation:  Would like to send ten students (five from Staples and five from Bridge Academy).   Motion that the board recommends to the 21st Century Foundation (Eileen proposed; Jeff seconded) funding for these ten students from FCCF or the youth portion of 21st Century Foundation was passed unanimously. Justin will provide the 21st Century Foundation board with the total amount required to register ten students.
(c)    RYLA: Would like to send four students (two from Staples and two from Bridge Academy) in the fall and four more in the spring.   Motion that the board recommends to the 21st Century Foundation (Justin proposed; Eileen seconded) that the $1200 be withdrawn from FCCF or the youth portion of the 21st Century Foundation passed unanimously.
(d)   Student of the Month: Would like to include a report from Interact. After discussion, Joe Renzulli suggested scheduling member bios for the same week as Student of the Month. In lieu of an outside speaker.
Membership: June Getraer
            Terrence Gibbons' application for membership ( June proposed; George seconded) was accepted unanimously.
International: Abby Safirstein
  • Initial priority will be to reexamine what the committee did last year and determine if there are opportunities for reinvestment. Would like to create maximum impact with our money
  • Bob Galan is researching opportunities to contribute to global grants
  • Would like to consider creating a standing fund for emergencies, with due diligence about organizations to be funded.   This would be a pool of funds set aside that is protected, with a short list of organizations that typically respond to crises.   Any good NGO will have a designated fund for crisis response.   Donation would also be contingent upon promise of a written report explaining how the funds were used.  
Rotary Foundation: Joe Renzulli
            Approximately $10,000 received from club members, with 100% of members contributing at least $100. There is a total of 9,453 Foundation Recognition Points available in our Rotary International account.  These points are available for our Club to use to give Paul Harris awards to anyone in the community selected by our Club.   Bob Galan has agreed to assist Joe Renzulli in planning for Paul Harris breakfast, probably in February.   Bob and Joe will convene a committee.
Program: Jane Ross
July 12:   Jack Solomon, District Governor
July 19: Nadja Streiter, Technology Addiction
July 26: Dan Woog, 06880 blog
August 2: Jeff Schon, Akili Network, Kenya
August 9: Bob Kunkel, Hybrid boats
August 16: Marla Cowden, Cybersecurity for Elections
August 23: Jen Fava,   Parks and Rec beach update
August 30: New member bios    
Meeting adjourned at 6:45pm
Next meeting: August 6th
Respectfullly submitted, Yvonne Senturia, Secretary


August Birthdays

***** Martin Burger - August 2 *****
Bill Harmer - August 29



(sourced by Dennis Wong)


Think of your contacts, acquaintances, friends and family members who might qualify for membership in the Club.  It's not necessary to know whether they are ready to join Rotary.  

Professional Contacts:
Consider your supervisor, current and former colleagues, acquaintances from professional associations and people you have done business with recently.  

Service Contacts:
Consider neighbors, community leaders and acquaintances who have volunteered with you on Rotary or non-Rotary events or service projects.

Community Contacts:
For example:
Medical Professionals, Real Estate Agents, Financial Managers/Planners, Religious Leaders, Lawyers, Business Consultants, Accountants, Veterinarians, Non-Profit Professionals, School Administrators, Social Workers

Have a name?

Send it in with some contact info.

On the first Saturday of each month, two Rotarian's are assigned to deliver and serve meals to the homeless at the Gillespie Center. Please contact 
Bruce Paul 

July 6 - Fuchs and Hauck
August 3 - Masumian and Ayers
September 7 - Mathias and Watson
October 5 - Augustyn and Renzulli
November 2 - Burger and ....

The Crier includes the
"Club Calendar", where the upcoming Club events are listed. Please submit event information to:
Sunrise Rotary Club members serve as greeters and deliver the openers at the Club meetings on a rotating basis. If a member is unavailable on the assigned date, it is essential that he or she find a replacement and submit the name to:

July                   Hauck; Wolgast; Lavielle
Aug                   Fuchs; Nair; Violette
Sept                  Cohen; Block; Garten
Oct                    Zielinski; Jaffe; Flug

Meeting Openers

July      12       Looney
             19       Hibbard
             26       Getraer
Aug.       2       Augustyn
               9       Galan
              16      McCarthy
              23      Renzulli
              30      Masumian


July 12: Jack Solomon - District 7980 Governor

July 19: Nadja Streiter - Addictive Behavior - online games, screen time and social media

July 26: Dan Woog - 06880

August 2: Jeff Schon - C.E.O. & Founder of Akili Network

August 9: Robert Kunkel -  "Sustainability on Connecticut's Coast - Introducing our Marine Highway and its impact on State Transportation and Climate Change"

August 16: Marla Cowden, Cybersecurity for Elections

August 23: Jen Fava, Parks and Rec beach update

August 30: New member bios

Westport Sunrise Rotary Club Board Meetings
Usually the first Tuesday of the month 5:30-7PM in Town Hall Room 201.  All are welcome.  
Rotary's commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service,  which form the foundation of club activity. Club Service (Fun,  Fellowship and Fundraising)  Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of Rotary clubs.

Vocational Service (Four-WayTest)
Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process.

Community  Service  (Charitable Giving and Hands-On)  Community Service is the opportunity Rotary clubs have to implement club projects and activities that improve life in the local community.

International Service (International Projects and PolioEradication)
International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to Polio Plus to helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.

New Generations Service ( Rising Young Voices)
New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities such as RYLA Rotaract and Interact club service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange. 

President: Karen Kleine
Past President: Eileen Flug
President Elect: George Masumian
Secretary: Yvonne Senturia 
Treasurer and Sunrise Rotary Foundation President: Jeff Cohen
Membership Chair: June Getraer
Program Chair Co-Chairs:  Jane Ross and Katie Augustyn
Hands On Co-Chairs: Bruce Paul and Rob Hauck
Charitable Giving Chair:  Helen Garten
Youth Services Co-Chairs: Justin Phillips and Holly McCarthy
International Chair : Abby Safirstein
Rotary International Foundation Chair: Joe Renzulli
Member at Large: Mark Soboslai

Editor/ Photographer Jeff Cohen
Reporter/Photographer Roy Fuchs
Columnist Nick Clarke


The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club meets 7:30 AM every Friday Morning at 
The Westport Inn
1595 Post Road East.

 Meetings are open to all Rotarians and their guests.
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