Woodbridge Rotary installs officers, presents checks

WOODBRIDGE >> The Rotary Club of Woodbridge held its 46th installation of officers dinner at Birchwoods at Oaklane on June 15.

Past District Gov. Rick Bassett installed the following board of directors: President Tony Anastasio; President-Elect Spencer Rubin; Secretary Annitta Ingraham; Treasurer Tom Shernow; Sergeant at Arms Diane Milan; Past President Chris Lovejoy; and Director Buddy DeGennaro.

Anastasio is a financial analyst who has served four years on the Board of Selectmen. He has been liaison to several town commissions. In 2011, he was named Outstanding Volunteer by Woodbridge Youth Services. He lives in Woodbridge with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, Raymond and Robert.

A check for $5,000 was presented to Emerge Connecticut, which received the annual Bud Priest Memorial Award in honor of former Rotarian Bud Priest who died Nov. 13, 2013.

Priest was the impetus behind the formation of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge in 1971 and was its first president. He established several of the Rotary’s major projects.

EMERGE provides former offenders entering or re-entering the workforce with applied skills training, paid work opportunities, and wrap-around services that include educational, health and life skill support.

A check for $2,500 each was presented to Solar Youth, which provides education and experiences to underserved youths in New Haven, helping them make good life choices; and to Alliance for Prevention and Wellness, which will provide drug education at Amity High School.

The Rotary Club serves Bethany, Woodbridge and the Westville section of New Haven.

Rotary members have a breakfast meeting the first and third Fridays of the month at 7:30 a.m. at Country Corner Diner, 756 Amity Road, Bethany; and a luncheon meeting the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 12:15 p.m. at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden St.

For more information, contact Anastasio at 203-980-9373 at tonya33@optonline.net.