Ribbon Cutting: Rotary Peace Garden
Riverfront Children’s Center
Comments: Carol Kent, Rotary Club of Mystic
May 19, 2017
The development of the Riverfront Children’s Center (RCC) Peace Garden is a project of the Rotary clubs of Mystic, Groton, and The Stoningtons with an added donation from the Groton Parks Foundation and matching fund from Rotary District 7980.
Rotary is an international organization with 1.2 million members participating in 35,250 Rotary Clubs world-wide. All clubs have the opportunity to apply for national and international grants. In the case of the Peace Garden, local club funds applied for matching district funds and with a budget of $12,000 plus have developed this wonderful contemplative spot for listening to stories, bird watching and practicing the skills learned in their RCC “mindfulness” curriculum that is part of the social/emotional development teaching of the center.
The project began with a wish of Joan Butler, a Mystic Rotarian and supporter of RCC, to identify a RCC project. Sue Corrice, a recently retired 20+ year leader of RCC, worked with a Rotary steering committee of participating clubs to develop this project as an adjunct to the social/emotional development RCC curriculum. Mary Richardson, owner of Burnett’s Landscaping and a Rotarian, worked with the committee to design the resulting garden. Over the winter Lea Doran, Groton Rotary, worked with the children of RCC and volunteers to produce alphabet and number pavers that have become part of the garden.
On May 19, 2017 an official ribbon cutting was held to open the garden. Participating in the ribbon cutting were: Betty Smith, incoming president of Mystic Rotary, Lea Doran, Groton Rotary and Marti Bradshaw, The Stoningtons Rotary.
A BIG check for the Rotary Club of Mystic,
presented to John Bradshaw, Rhona Heyl and George Sylvestre
by Beth Schluger, of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
-- Our share of the proceeds from the 2016 Mystic Half Marathon, which will be used for good works within our community and throughout the world --
Thanks to everyone who made this event such a tremendous success!!
Tricia Cunningham (Director of Development) for the Fairview Odd Fellows home of Connecticut thanks the Mystic Rotary Club for its donation to their cause.
2016 Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest
(L to R) Olivia Potenziano (3rd Place), Mackenzie Tourville, Andrew Frosti (1st Place),
Jonah Mc Cue, Zachary Capizzano and Harrison Graham (2nd Place)
Stonington High School Interact Club
Car Wash - October 2015
Rotary Theme 2015-2016: Be a Gift to the World
K.R. Ravindran - President, Rotary International
Geraldine Tom - District Governor, District 7980
John Bradshaw - Interim President, Mystic Rotary Club
Rhona Heyl - President-Elect, Mystic Rotary Club