Devon Rotary Updates and News

Devon Rotary Honored By Milford Historical Society For “Raising The Roof” Support

By Albert May

(July 31, 2020) – The Devon Rotary was recently honored by the Milford Historical Society for the $10,000 gift the Club made to the Society, through its charitable trust, to finance roofing repairs to two of the Society’s historic houses.

The two houses involved were the Clark-Stockade House, built around 1780 and the Bryan-Downs House, built around 1785. As part of the project, old cedar singles were replaced by new ones that were authentic to the period when the houses were built.

In gratitude for its generosity, the Historical Society presented Devon Rotary officials with a plaque, which will hang in the visitors’ entrance to the Clark-Stockade House.

Pictured in the attached photo are (back row, left to right) Chris Bishop, first vice president and treasurer of the Historical Society and Lloyd Jacobs, Society president. Representing Devon Rotary were (front row, left to right, James Secondi, chair and Attorney Paul Otzel, secretary and treasurer of the Club’s Foundation Trust and Al May, 2020-21 club president.

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Devon Rotary Awards Scholarships to Local High School Graduates

Devon Rotary Club, through its charitable foundation, recently awarded scholarships with a total value of $23,500 to 18 exceptional Milford high school students, in recognition of their academic achievement, and their service to their school and the community at large.

The winners are selected by a committee of foundation members. Scholarships were made possible thanks to donations from individual club members or other individuals, plus matches from the foundation

The 18 honorees were:

(From Jonathan Law): Tasbita Ahmed, $500, Harborview Electric Tools of the Trade Award; Caroline Chesson, $1,000, Steven G. Memorial Scholarship, Kate Linn, $1000, Paul Austin Scholarship; Rohin Manohar, $1,000, CT Shoreline Rotaract Club Scholarship; Simon Luke McDonald, $1,000, Bridge House Foundation Scholarship; Amelia G. Mower, $1,000, Daniel and Roma Moger Memorial Scholarship and Jay Rajini, $1,000, Milford Arts Council Endowment Art Student Scholarship

(From Foran): Kayla Jurzyk, $1000 (renewable annually for four years), Joyce G Memorial Scholarship; Isabella McPadden, $1,000, Barbara Burwell Gaynor Memorial Scholarship; Isabel Messore, $1,000, John D. Gaynor Memorial Scholarship; Dana Parrott, $1,000, The Stanford Family Scholarship and Lily Smith, $1,500, Robert Boughton Memorial Scholarship.

(From Platt Tech): Aysia Amoah, $500, Excello Tool Engineering and Manufacturing Tools of the Trade Award; Ryan Debski, $500, William T. Dale Tools of the Trade Award; Ethan R. Feldman, $1,000, Bridge House / Dodie Ireland Memorial Scholarship and Cody Works, $500, TriCity Heating and Cooling Tools of the Trade Award.

Also among the honorees was Jack Finnegan, Fairfield Prep, $2,000, James J. Maroney, Sr. and John D. Malarkey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, and Carly Weber, Lauralton Hall, $1,000, Milford Arts Council Endowment Art Student Scholarship.





About Devon Rotary

Devon Rotary is a group of area business professionals who volunteer their time to perform community service and raise money for community projects and scholarships, both locally and internationally Its motto is "Service Above Self." Devon Rotary is one of more than 35,000 clubs worldwide, with more than 1.2 million members. To learn more about the club or Rotary International, visit or .


Devon Rotary Announces 2020-21 Officers & Board

(June 2020)  -- Devon Rotary has announced its officers and directors for 2020-21.

Serving as president of the Club will be Albert May, with Tracy Edwards serving as president-elect.  Serving as vice president will be Heather Carolan, with Paula Demirjian serving as club secretary, Sue Shields serving as finance director, Vincent Lambiase serving as treasurer and Mark Davis serving as sergeant-at-arms.

Serving as assistant secretary will be Paul Otzel, with Angela Gallagher serving as assistant sergeant-at-arms.

Serving as directors on the Club’s Board will be Jason Jenkins, Frank Panzer, Brian Parke and Joseph Rosseau, along with Erika Shea, the Club’s immediate past president.

All terms will be for one year.

Serving as officers of the Club’s Foundation Trust will be James Secondi. chair; Raymond Macaluso, chair emeritus and Paul Otzel, secretary / treasurer.                                                

Serving as directors on the Foundation Trust’s Board will be former Club Presidents Lee Cooke, Paula Demirjian, Tami Jackson, Henry Jadach, Jason Jenkins, John Kuehnle, James Maroney, Scott Moulton, Erika Shea, Jeffrey Solomon, Michael Zanarini, Daryl Zebrowski and Rick Zwiebel.

At its recent installation ceremony, the Club honored Thomas E. Bach, president of OEM Sources, LLC and  board member of the Milford Boys and Girls Club,  with its Evio Giovanelly Award, which annually goes to a non-Rotarian in recognition of his or her community service to the City of Milford.

It also recognized club member Mark Krom with its Oliver Andrus Founders / Rotarian of the Year Award,  in recognition of his service and that of Troop 1 Milford of the Boy Scouts of America, of which he is scoutmaster.

The Troop partnered with the Club in its program to distribute meals from two local restaurants - Lasse’s and Bridge House -  to quarantined seniors and families during the current pandemic.  Using its own funds and a grant for its District (District 7980), the Club was able to provide more than 700 meals to these two groups.

Also honored was Scott Rohrig, the owner of Lasse’s Restaurant, for his ongoing support of the Club’s once-a-month meal service program at Beth El Center and  his recent participation in the Club’s Covid-19-related meal distribution program. Rohrig was presented with one of Rotary International’s highest honors – its Paul Harris Fellow award, named after the founder of Rotary International.

Devon Rotary ( is a group of area business professionals who volunteer their time to raise funds and perform community service. The Club is one of the more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, with a total global membership of 1.2 million. Rotary International’s mission is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian organization open to all regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or political preference.

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