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Club History


The Club was founded on April 13, 1987, sponsored by the Groton-Ledyard Rotary Club. The initial membership of the Ledyard Rotary Club was 27, under the Presidency of Bob Craft. Our current President is leading the Ledyard Rotary Club into it's 17th year. Our club currently has 33 members. See the "Meeting Information" page for current location and times. The cost is $10.00 for visiting Rotarians or guests. Our address is: Ledyard Rotary Club, P.O. Box 605, Ledyard, CT 06339 and our website is: www.ledyardrotary.org


The LEDYARD ROTARY CLUB currently has several major fundraisers annually, in addition to the ongoing funds raised at weekly meetings through contributions, "Good News/Bad News," and a raffle. In 2002-2003, a raffle of a 100th anniversary edition Harley-Davidson motorcycle raised thousands of dollars for our club. A Bowl-A-Thon, held annually in the summer or fall, has raised over $10,000.00 since it's inception in the mid 1990's. Prior to the major prize raffle, the Ledyard Rotary Club presented annual spring dinner theaters, complete with gourmet dinners and very professionally performed comedy plays. All chefs, wait staff, actors & actresses, set designers, sound & lighting crew & support personnel were Ledyard Rotary Club members and their families and friends. Plays have included "The Good Doctor" (1992), "Squabbles" (1993), "Bedside Manners" (1994), "No Time Like The Present" (1995), "Wally's Café" (1996), "Greater Tuna" (1997), and "Moon Over Buffalo" (1998). Prior to the dinner theaters, Christmas trees were sold as an annual club fundraiser.


Funds are distributed primarily to local organizations, concentrating on the Ledyard Schools. Other organizations supported by The Ledyard Rotary Club include, but are not limited to: Adopt A Highway, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Family Service, Focus on Hunger (sponsored by Norwich Rotary), Habitat For Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut, Haitian Health Foundation (Dr. Jeremy Lowney), Ledyard Food Locker (Holiday Food Baskets), Ledyard High School Athletic Booster Club, Ledyard High School Drug and Alcohol Free Graduation Party, Ledyard High School Music Department, Ledyard Interchurch Emergency Fund, Ledyard Public Libraries, Ledyard Transport, Men Against Destruction, People To People, Regional Multi-Cultural Magnet School, Rotary Foundation (Paul Harris Fellow Awards), Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (Ledyard High School students), SIDS Network, Special Olympics (regional, state and international games including one year the games were held at Connecticut College in New London), Student Recognition Awards (Ledyard Middle School and Ledyard High School), Submarine Memorial Parade, and Three Rivers Family Program.


The Student Recognition Awards, mentioned above, is one of our club's primary and ongoing projects. These awards are presented annually to students from both Ledyard Middle School and Ledyard High School. The students are nominated by their teachers for outstanding performance in any area. Recipients are selected on any or all of the following attributes: citizenship, scholarship, athletics, music and attendance. The award consists of a certificate and a check for $50.00 (Middle School) or a certificate and a check for $300.00 (High School). The selected students, their parents and their nominating teachers are invited to our club for breakfast to be recognized for their achievements. The Johnson Scholarship was established by Ledyard Rotary in 2009 to memorialize Mr. Johnson’s legacy of service, to promote the values and ideals of Rotary, and to inspire and support a new generation of community leaders. Although applicants must be of good academic standing, the scholarship is primarily a leadership and community service award.


The LEDYARD ROTARY CLUB also volunteers time as well as donating funds. Some of the activities our club members have donated their time to include: Adopt A Highway quarterly cleanup (Route 12, Gales Ferry), Erikson Property cleanup (Gales Ferry), Habitat For Humanity, Ledyard Fair, Ledyard Fair Grounds Gazebo Project, Ledyard High School Drug and Alcohol Free Graduation Party (chaperones), and the Ledyard Memorial Day Parade. We have also changed the batteries in the smoke detectors in Ledyard's Senior Housing complex. At each weekly meeting, The LEDYARD ROTARY CLUB hosts a speaker program. Speakers have included club members and other Rotarians, politicians, students, educators, charitable groups both local and worldwide, Rotarians from foreign lands (Group Study Exchange), health organizations, storytellers, and sports figures (ie: Norwich Navigators) among others. A club business meeting is held once a month as well.


In 1999, the LEDYARD ROTARY FOUNDATION, INC. was formed. Since that time, thousands of dollars have been raised by our Foundation and given directly back to our community. The Ledyard Rotary Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501 c(3) organization and an affiliate of the Ledyard Rotary Club. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible, as allowed by IRS regulations. Dedicated to supporting programs that serve the local community and advancing the needs of Rotary International, the Foundation supports causes that enhance educational opportunities, improve quality of life, improve access to health care, address social problems, advance charitable giving, or provide emergency relief. The Foundation exists primarily for the benefit of Ledyard and Gales Ferry residents, but also supports regional, national and international programs. The creation of this Foundation represented a major step forward in living up to the motto of Rotary which is "Service Above Self" Though a small club, we accomplish much and have a wonderful time doing it.

Updated 06/2013
Doug Chung, Club Historian
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LEDYARD ROTARY CLUB - (Incorporated: April 13, 1987)

Club Presidents:
1987-1988 Bob Craft
1988-1989 Henry Ashmore
1989-1990 Bill Stowe
1990-1991 Fred Allyn
1991-1992 Bill King
1992-1993 Art Hammer
1993-1994 Pat Neilsen
1994-1995 Wesley Johnson
1995-1996 Jennifer Gilletti
1996-1997 Doug Chung
1997-1998 Bruce McIntyre
1998-1999 Dick Alexander
1999-2000 Fran Newton
2000-2001 Dave Toth
2001-2002 Fred Allyn
2002-2003 Peter Green
2003-2004 Chris Albanese
2004-2005 Wesley Johnson
2005-2006 William Stone
2006-2007 Steve Goetchius
2007          Sam Roudebush
2007-2009 Bob Reimer
2009-2010 Bill Merrill
2010-2011 Doug Meyer
2011-2012 David Thompson
2012-2013 Fred Allyn
2013-2014 Carol Christiansen
2014-2015 Sam Kilpatrick
2015-2016 Rob Hanna
2016-2017 Bill Stone
2017-2018 Mike Chin
2018-2019 Jay Hartling
2019-2020 Rob Hanna
2020-2021 Sam Roudebush
2021-2022 Sam Kilpatrick
2022-Present: Sam Roudebush

Paul Harris Fellows:
1989 William Dodson
1991 Peter Spanos & Gail R. Williamson
1992 Neal Ganz & Jennifer Gilletti
1993 Jann A. Neilsen & Norman L. Owsley
1994 Jane Walsh
1996 Robert O. Brown, Sr. (deceased) & Francis Terrell Jones
1997 Amber Grysells (deceased)
1998 Ellie Green
1999 Fred Allyn, Jr.
2000 Doug Chung
2001 Natali Tremblay
2002 Larry Olsen & Liz Smith
2003 Mary McGrattan & Tom Reynolds
2005 Wesley Johnson (deceased)
2006 Michael Stotts, Bill Stone, Sue McConnell & Sean McGuckin
2007 Ron Miller & Steve Goetchius
2011 Peter Green
2012 Bob Reimer & Sharon Hightower
2013 Marie Holman
2014 Sharon Wadecki, Karen Goetchius, & Bill Merrill
2015 Anthony G. Saccone, Sr. & Larry Erhart
2016 Edward "Bill" Day
2017 Rachel Albers & Fred Allyn, Jr.
2018 Terry Jones (2nd), Doug Chung (2nd), Stacie Chung
2021 Rich Burton, Larry Erhart, Ed Lynch, Ellen Swercewski
2022 Sam Kilpatrick, Terry Jones (3rd)