The Rotary Club of Ridgefield has added eight new members since the beginning of the new Rotary year on July 1. And, there are more to come.
The spurt of growth is unprecedented (or at least unusual) for the Club. Although there are still others in the pipeline waiting to join, the Club took a metaphorical deep breath to focus on the newest Rotarians. At its weekly dinner meeting on August 20 at Bartolo’sthe Club put the spot light on its newest members by inviting each one to deliver a short summary of his or her backgrounds and interest.
Their background, experience and diversity of interests was truly impressive. Although it is not possible to do each justice in a short article, the following is a brief introduction.
On July 9, the Club Club formally welcomed Anita Quasha into membership. Anita is a Ridgefield resident and retired. Formerly she was Director of Admissions and Assistant to the Chair of the Art Department at Rockland Community College and an administrator for a local physician. Her interests include the arts, symphony and antiques.
On July 23, the Club formally welcomed Charles Schuller to the Club. Charles is
also a Ridgefield residen and a retired corporate executive. Even before becoming a Rotarian, Charles was a much-appreciated volunteer on the team that installed flags as part of the Club’s Fly The Colors program, raising funds to benefit area veterans and their families.
Robert Herber, Larry Kopp and Bill Maxwell were formally welcomed on August 13.
Robert Herber joins the Club on transfer from the Northeast Westchester Rotary Club. Most of his work career was in international banking. He was a three-time past president of his prior Rotary Club. But of particular interest to his new Club is his expertise as a program coordinator and fund raiser for his former Club.
Lawrence (Larry) Kopp is a Ridgefield resident having recently moved here to accept his position as Executive Director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Larry credits his leadership experience in elite units of the United States Army as providing transferable skill he has applied to his field of orchestra administration. He is active in his church and enjoys running and exercise.
William (Bill) Maxwell is a Ridgefield resident and Human Resources professional. He has many interests but to highlight one, his professional interests include leadership development and has been published a number of times, including in the People and Strategy Journal entitled “Leaders Developing Leaders.”
On August 20, the Club formally welcomed Marylee Dilling and Lisa Sanders.
Marylee Dilling, is a physician, with dual specialties in internal medicine and pediatrics in the Ridgefield offices of the Western Connecticut Medical Group. She has been a volunteer physician at the well child clinics of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association.. She is from North Carolina and looks forwarded to diversifying the Club’s intense and venturesome interests in barbecue with some specialties from the Carolinas.
Lisa Sanders has extensive experience in banking and commercial real estate. Her volunteer interests have included affordable housing through Board membership in the Housing Development Fund and in taking a leadership role to improve the quality of life in Stamford through the Stamford Partnership.
But, that’s not all. On August 27, the Club expects to welcome still another new member, Joe Cleary. Joe is a physician with Norwalk Hospital. His interests include golf, travel and reading.
Welcoming new members is getting to be a habit — there are still others in the pipeline. It’s a good habit to have.