Rotary Club of East Windsor

How our Club began

 
In early 1969, two South Windsor Rotarians, Sherwood Waldron and Roy Browning suggested to their club that they sponsor the start up of a club in East Windsor. At the time, a few residents of East Windsor were members of both the Windsor Locks and South Windsor clubs. Sherwood and Roy got together with Ralph Winn and Jack Bassinger and formed a committee to start the club in East Windsor.
 
In early 1969, two South Windsor Rotarians, Sherwood Waldron and Roy Browning suggested to their club that they sponsor the start up of a club in East Windsor. At the time, a few residents of East Windsor were members of both the Windsor Locks and South Windsor clubs. Sherwood and Roy got together with Ralph Winn and Jack Bassinger and formed a committee to start the club in East Windsor. The original committee members were as follows:

Ralph Winn
Jack Bassinger
Francis Revay
Sam Breslau
Lenny Mulnite

The committees' first task, along with Sherwood Waldron and Roy Browning's guidance was to find probable members. This was done by matching prospective members with a classification, classification meaning doctor, lawyer, banker, etc. These men had to be in a management position or be a business owner. Meetings were held weekly at 7:30 A.M. at a local bank. In three months, thirty-two interested people expressed interest in becoming a Rotarian, feeling it would be both an honor and a great experience.

Sherwood and Roy had to correspond with Rotary International in Evanston in order to complete all of the necessary paperwork required to form a new club. Now that they had thirty-two members and were an official Club, they decided to meet Thursday nights 6:30 to 8:30 at Pasquales Restaurant. Rotary International rules required the club to be under probation for six months before receiving our Charter.  

The following charter members were elected as our first officers:

President - Ralph Winn
Vice President - Maurice Bourquin
Secretary - Lenny Mulnite
Treasurer - Frank Maffee

The Rotary Club of East Windsor became part of Rotary District 789, with approximately forty-five clubs from North Central Connecticut and Western Mass. After the six month probation, in April of 1970, the Rotary Club of East Windsor was chartered!