The agenda for the August 5th meeting was packed with people at the podium.
It was a busy day at the podium on August 5th prior to the weekly program, as several members received recognition from North Haven Rotary Club President Nick D’Ambrosia, whose wife, Gail, was also a guest. In addition, checks to two of the charities approved by the Board of Directors in the spring were presented. Recognized for their individual years of service and personal contributions to the club were Chun Hsu, a past president and member since 1985; William Espowood, a five year member and recent treasurer; and Anita Anderson, a member since 2005 and newly appointed to the board.
Accepting a donation from the club, Jennifer McGarry explained that  the mission of the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer  known as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. She was the guest of past president Rick DiNorscia.
Founded over a decade ago in memory of Donald Perrotti by his sister, Toni Lynn Fracasso, family members Rosemary and Tiffanie Perrotti accepted a donation from the Rotary club for Don’s Hat Rack, their personal charity at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital that aids youth stricken by cancer, including providing family support. Because of hair loss due to chemotherapy, numerous hats and scarves have been donated to patients.
Finally, having been providing healthcare information for the National Kidney Foundation for 16 years, Marcia Hilditch shared some of her knowledge and expertise through a PowerPoint presentation to the North Haven Rotary Club that morning. Although there were many medical details covered in her talk, perhaps her biggest emphasis was on the common misuse of over the counter medicines to relieve aches and pains. “Most people don’t realize that taking extra medicine such as ibuprofen adversely affects their kidneys,” said Hilditch. She said that in her extensive travels giving talks, she finds that there are few people who are aware of the topic of kidney health.  She is clearly dedicated to making a difference.
Collage:  (Top: L-R) Jen McGarry, and Roe and Tiffanie Perrotti accepted donations from the North Haven Rotary Club at the Breakfast Nook; Chun Hsu got the nod for exemplifying ‘service above self’ from President Nick D’Ambrosia; (Bottom: L-R) Marcia Hilditch  spoke of kidney disease; and Rotarians Bill Espowood and Anita Anderson received recognition pins.