President’s Message Ed Geller
Our 2014 – 2015 year has begun with an impressive array of speakers and programs. I encourage all
of you to make a concerted effort to attend our meetings, participate in our activities and enjoy good
I am also concerned about our declining membership. In order to continue our proud tradition, it is
imperative that “we spread the word” and attract new members. Our viability and future is at stake.
See you at our next meeting, and don’t forget to mark your calendar and send your reservation form
for the Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon and Dance on Friday, December 5th at The Farmington Club.
Hope to see you there!
Birthdays Happy Birthday to all who have celebrated during the months of September and
Happy Birthday to all the Regents who will be celebrating their birthday during the months
of November and December.
Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon Joe Caraceni
Are you ready for the Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon? For your information it’s closer than you think.
December 5. To those of you who have attended before, you know what a great job they do for us.
I would like to thank all of you for supporting our luncheons in the past, so start making up your tables
of 10 each and send in your reservations. We want to make this party a success too.
Remember everyone is invited to attend.
Regents 40th Birthday Wally Masur, Historian
On November 5, the Regents will be 40 years old. Here are some notes taken from the Archives to
commemorate the past.
- The first speaker wa Sy Conn, December 3, 1974.
- The Regents were incorporated in March, 1975.
- The Vial of Life Program started in 1979.
- The Regents emblem was introduced in 1981.
- The Regents official song was introduced in 1983.
- The Outstanding Regent Award was established in 1983.
- The Regents marched for the first time in the W.H. Memorial Day Parade in 1993.
- The Operation Manual was made up by Bob Werdelin in 1994.
- Ten Pin Bowling was started in 1975 at the Bloomfield bowling alley. At that time, bowling three
strings cost $1.00. Today the cost is $6.00. Do you think we have inflation?
- In 1977, (May 3) to become a Regent you could not belong to the Old Guard or The Squires.
- In 1989, (May 8) the requirement to be a West Hartford resident in order to join the Regents
- As of November 12, 1974, there were 42 charter members.
- February 7, 1989 the program started to contact widows of past members to see if they wished to
receive the monthly Newsletter.
- May 8, 1989 By-Laws changed to allow other than West Hartford residents to become members.
- Incidentally, the first election of permanent officers didn’t take place until January 28, 1975.
- In the Spring of 1984, a Founder’s Day picnic was held at Banner Lodge in Moodus (10th
Anniversary) Bus transportation was provided free.
- In 1983 volunteer hours hit a high of 12,000 hours. Actually we are not doing badly today
since the membership then was 400 and we did 7,000 hours with only 150 members.
- In January, 1985, the Board of directors proposed a change in the By-Laws as follows:
ARTICLE III – Section 1 – All past presidents should be made Honorary Members and pay
no dues. Since a change in the BY-Laws requires a 2/3 majority of members present at the
next regular meeting you know where it went. Suffice to say, past presidents still pay dues.