Hard to believe there are only two concerts left for the season. What beautiful evenings we have had for the bands’ performances and wonderful turnouts. Our club so enjoys seeing all your smiling faces on Thursday evenings in the park. Thank you for your support.

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How do your sunflowers and zucchinis grow? This is the 26th year of the infamous hunt for Sunzilla. Our club has distributed about 520,000 sunflower seeds over those years. Just think, if each sunflower averaged 10 feet high, which isn’t a real monster, the total would be about 985 miles of sunflowers!

We have had a Sunzilla that has exceeded 16 feet in height. Will your sunflower beat that record? The Sunzilla competition is held in conjunction with the Waterbury Farmers Market on the second Thursday in September.

On that same eve, children may participate in the sporting contest of sunflower seed-spitting for distance and accuracy, and there’s also the largest zucchini contest. Keep watering those plants.

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Some creative designs were entered in the contest for a logo on reusable bags. Thank you to those who submitted a design. More information soon on how to vote in the first round.

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Interested to learn what Rotary is all about? Thinking “old man’s club”? No way. It is fun and an altruistic way to give back, both locally and internationally.

The Rotary Club of Waterbury, chartered in 1936, serves the communities of Waterbury, Duxbury and Moretown. The club is part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change-across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.

Our club of 32 Rotarians welcomes you to a meeting. We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m., except the second and third Tuesday of the month, at the senior center on Stowe Street. We also meet the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Blackback Pub. Meetings start promptly and are one hour. Members and guests are encouraged to arrive early to allow time to socialize and eat. The first half-hour is in regard to events, news for the club, other community information, happy bucks and fines. The second half-hour commences with a guest speaker.

Curious? Join us. Our meetings are just the tip of the iceberg for what our Club and Rotary International is all about.

— Tami Bass

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