Brennden Colbert was recognized for his outstanding year as the first President of Rotaract at Capital Communnity College (CCC), bringing in ten new members. Brennden's amazing leadership resulted in his club supporting many Rotary efforts this past year - Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Hartford Community Meals, various fundraisers, and club happenings. The Rotary Club of Hartford is proud to support the efforts of CCC students with scholarships and other opportunities to help those in need. We congratulate Brennden on his great success and look forward to supporting him as he begins his second year as President.

In the offices of Richard Northrop, at the Travelers Insurance Company, the first organizational meeting of the Hartford Rotary Club was held on December 6, 1910. The Club was notified on July 24, 1911 that their application for membership in the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America had been approved.

The Club was formed and operated as a men's business club. In 1986 all that changed when the by-laws of the Hartford Rotary Club were amended to admit women as full members. This was revolutionary since the action of the Hartford Rotary members preceded the Supreme Court mandate requiring the admission of women by one year.

Hartford Rotary has been involved in numerous projects over the years that have included a call to arms to assist families struck by the famous Winsted flood of 1954; volunteers to assist the Hartford Marathon; ringing the Salvation Army Bell; Junior Rotarians to provide high school students the opportunity to network with business leaders; the Polio Plus campaign in which we raised over $150,000; financial support to numerous local charities; and, most recently the formation of a new Rotaract Club and scholarship program at Capital Community College.

Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out as part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change.

Find out more about Hartford Rotary at http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=6669.