President Joel Pelzner opened the meeting with 83 members present..Total membership 441.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: George Perkins said all well. Flu shots will be in October. Andre Guilbert reviewed "Lifetime Learners" and left brochures. Registrations by September 6. The Safe Driving Course is September 18, 8:45AM to 1:00PM.
ACTIVITIES Tennis party on October 15 and bike as usual. Summer barbeque a big success. Investment Discussion Group will meet on Monday, September 17 at 10:30AM at the Community Center. Golf as previously announced.
COUTH: Clancy Fauntleroy is leading Yankee Game on 8/29. “Sidewalks of New York on September 19 to Morningside Heights, 8:49AM train departure. Rhinebeck Air Show on September 16, 2-4PM, $12pp.
JESTER: Russ Kinne read a poem on humor.
SPEAKER; Jim Cole reviewed New Canaan Emergency Services Volunteers.
Ambulance Corps is all volunteer with three ambulances and 50 long service volunteers. Normal is 1600 calls a year. Volunteers have80 hours of training. No charges, but a cost to the town of $ 565,000 annually. The Corps will take patients to either Norwalk or Stamford hospitals.
Fire Department has 25 paid and 35 Volunteers. Very low-cost operation. High turnover among volunteers so need more. Half of calls are false alarms, and each call uses 3-4 volunteers. The department relies on mutual aid from neighboring towns.
Emergency Response Team has 250 trained. Had 39 incidents in 2011. They can sometimes take the place of police officers who are expensive. Contributions come from the town, Kiwanis, Exchange Club, Rotary, NFL flag football, 4th of July. There was major help provided town people after hurricane Irene.
Harry Hitch, Secretary