Terryville Rotary to divide leadership duties until next president elected in January

Published on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 10:52


PLYMOUTH – With Rotary Club of Terryville President Martin Semmel due to depart for Trumbull shortly, three club members are sharing leadership duties until they nominate their new president in January.

Semmel will be accepting his new job as Superintendent of Schools in Trumbull on Sept. 14. In his absence, Gretchen DelCegno, marketing coordinator for the Rotary Club of Terryville, announced that Nancy O’Donnell, Richard Dill and David Bordeau will be taking on his responsibilities for the club.

“Each of them are current officers,” she said. “Dave is serving as secretary, Nancy is our club treasurer, and Dick is a past president. A new President-elect will be nominated in January 2021.”

Semmel wished the local club well going forward. He praised members for going “above and beyond” to help others.

“For a small club, we’ve accomplished a lot of big things,” he said.

The Rotary Club of Terryville has also taken on a new member, Carrie Tedd, the Human Resources Agency Case Manager in the Plymouth Human Services Office at town hall.

“As a member of Rotary, Carrie joins a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves,” said DelCegno.

The Rotary Club of Terryville is currently working with Plymouth Human Services to raise money for the Rotary Club Fuel Fund. The fund assists residents experiencing financial hardship have heat and water.

Other Rotary Club of Terryville initiatives include recognizing student excellence through the Student of the Month program and a number of scholarships awarded to high school seniors each spring.

“In the past, we have helped with other projects, such as Flags along Main Street project, Kangaroos for Kangaroos and this year's Community Reads project,” said DelCegno.

The local Rotary Club, whose motto is “Service Above Self” was sponsored by the Thomaston club and was organized under the direction of the late Charles “Chuck” Buell, former mayor of Plymouth and charter member of the club. The club received its charter in November 1989 and they celebrated their 30th anniversary last year.

The Club is currently looking for people who want to give back to the community where they live and work.

“If you're interested in learning more about Rotary, join us for breakfast during our weekly meeting,” said DelCegno. The Rotary Club of Terryville meets every Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Eagles Nest Restaurant in Terryville.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 10:52. Updated: Tuesday, 8 September 2020 10:54.