June 19, 2024At this week’s “Gavel Pass,” 2024 AnSeOx Scholarship winner, Julia Pinto, provided an overview of her decision to attend Monmouth University this fall on her academic journey to becoming a Physician’s Assistant. She also outlined her significant experience providing service within her community.  Julia is the daughter of Jessica and Joe Pinto of Ansonia, pictured here with AnSeOx Rotary President, Nancy Valentine.

June 8, 2024

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May 18, 2024


May 1,  2024

Vincent Santilli, CEO of Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (ABRI) dba as Homes for the Brave, was also a speaker at this week’s meeting.  He described the Bridgeport-based organization’s growth since opening in 2002. Homes for the Brave has provided housing, vocational training, and life skills coaching to help individuals leave homelessness behind. To date, they have worked with more than 1,600 men and women, almost all of whom are Veterans.   
April 18, 2024

ABRI is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit operating four programs to support homeless Veterans:  Homes for the Brave, Waldorf House, Homes for the Brave – West Haven, and Madaras Home for Women Veterans, Connecticut’s first and only transitional housing program exclusively for female Veterans and their children who are experiencing homelessness. 

April 20th, 2024
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Dear chefs,

WOW! We did it! Thank you for an amazing night at Men Who Cook 2024. You each served VERY tasty food, and made our guests happy! Thank you for spending your time with us, going through all the planning and paperwork of this event, and making the event an incredible success! We could not do this without you – THANK YOU for participating!

We are hearing TONS of positive feedback, with so many people saying this was the BEST Men Who Cook ever. We hope you all enjoyed the night as much as our staff & attendees did!

And BIG CONGRATS to our Chef Team winners: Munch Eatery with the Best Dessert & Table Décor and Lincoln Tech with the Best Appetizer! Well deserved!

The news you’ve been waiting for! The amount of money we’ve raised for TEAM is…             $79,623!!!

December 22, 2023

A HUGE thank you to Nancy for hosting a wonderful gathering of Rotarians and guests Wednesday evening.  Another HUGE thank you to chef Fred Ortolli for his incredible homemade lasagna that was absolutely delicious.  Many thanks to all who brought guests, food and beverages to make this a very special “annual meeting.”  It was great fun… but we forgot to take photos! 
On an official note, the slate of 2023-24 officers was nominated and unanimously approved. Thank you all for agreeing to serve.
President:  Nancy Valentine
President Elect:  Joan Kayser
Treasurer:  Rich Knoll
Secretary:  Joyce Barcley
See you at the first 2024 meeting on January 3 at Rose’s Restaurant, 5:00 pm.
 Wishing everyone a very happy holiday and a healthy new year. 

December 20, 2023

My daughter Lisa and I sang Christmas Carols for two hours straight which did attract a lot of attention and led to a nice bucket of donations. It was so much fun and we both look forward to volunteering next year!! I’m so glad Cheryl spoke at one of our Rotary meetings because that’s where it all started!!! 
Merry Christmas everyone!!

Judy Nicolari




October 27, 2023

June 15, 2023

June 10, 2023

AnSeOX Rotary Day of Service
Ansonia Salvation Army Community Garden. 

May 3, 2023

Oxford First Selectman, George Temple gave a Presentation. He discussed progress the town has made in his 11 years in office and the overall resurgence of economic development throughout the Valley



April 22, 2023

PRESS RELEASE     Men Who Can Cook

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Let the cooking begin -
Justin, Rich, Robert

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Those were some really succulent jumbo shrimp coming off the grill!

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Who let Joan and Joyce be in charge of the
credit card/VENMO payments, let alone cash?!

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A great time was had by all

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Event Chairpersons are Kevin Spooner and 
AnSeOx Rotary member, Fred Ortoli.

December 7, 2022

Julia Day Children Receive an Early Holiday Gift

When Shannon Bullard, Director of the Julia Day Nursery and Childcare Center reached out to the local Rotary Club for help, she wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Her need was for winter hats and gloves for her children who often forgot to bring them from home. The Julia Day staff wanted to insure they had enough extra pieces on hand so that no child would be without this basic protection when the winter turns cold.

The AnSeOx Rotary Club (Ansonia, Seymour & Oxford) made the decision to provide warm hats and gloves for all fifty children. Since the shipment lots were larger than fifty, an extra ten pairs of hats and gloves also arrived.  Rotary Club President-Elect Joe Pinto and executive committee member Justin Vescovi brought the packages of ‘winter wear” to Sharon and her staff.  It was a chilly day and before you knew it, the kids had donned the caps and gloves and waved thanks to their new friends.

Rotary members contribute their time, energy, and passion to carry out meaningful and sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, help mothers and children, support education, grow local economies and protect the environment.

More information about the AnSeOx Rotary Club can be found at www.anseoxrotary.org . Interested residents are encouraged to visit Club meetings on the first and third Wednesdays at 5 PM at Rose’s Family Restaurant in Oxford.

Contact:  Rich Knoll   203-887-3310

December 7th, 2022


November 28, 2022 

Rotary, Liberty Bank Help Stock Food Pantries

Last week, three local food banks divided up $3,113 in donations that was raised by the AnSeOx Rotary Club (the Rotary Club of Ansonia, Seymour & Oxford CT) and Liberty Bank. The partnership between the Bank and Rotary Club has existed for many years.  This year, sixty-five CT organizations received donations, which totaled to $1.4 million in 2021

AnSeOx Club member Nancy Valentine visited the fortunate recipients four days before the Thanksgiving holiday, presenting each with a check for $1,037. The local food organizations selected by the Club were the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank, Blessings Pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Master’s Table of Ansonia.

Director Toni Cassidy and Assistant Director Teri Archer of the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank explained that the gift would be used to purchase fresh vegetables, meats and dairy products to supplement nonperishable supplies in their holiday giving. Jim Fedak of Master’s Table characterized the check he received as a “blessing”.

Rotary clubs in Connecticut and around the world take actions that make their communities better, promoting health, education and collaboration.  For more information, go to:  www.anseoxrotary.org .

The AnSeOx Rotary Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays each month at 5 PM at Rose’s Family Restaurant in Oxford.

Contact:  Richard Knoll   203-887-3310


November 18, 2022 


The Rotary Club of Ansonia and the Rotary Club of Seymour-Oxford recently completed their merger which began during the summer of 2022. The new Club – the Rotary Club of Ansonia, Seymour & Oxford CT — does business as the AnSeOx Rotary Club and can be found on the web at www.Anseoxrotary.org . The new Club meets on the first and third Wednesday each month at Rose’s Family Restaurant in Oxford.  The public is welcome, and speakers may contact the club through its website.

The Club continues to practice philanthropy through its support of local and international projects. Recently, an annual gift was provided to the Haitian Health Foundation and to TEAM Inc’s Toys for Kids program.  Currently the Club is contributing to the annual Liberty Bank Thanksgiving food bank drive.  Membership recruitment is ongoing — business owners and local residents who are interested in joining are encourage to visit a meeting or may indicate their interest via the website or call 203-888-1101.

AnSeOx Rotary members take actions to make communities better. They contribute their time, energy, and passion to carry out meaningful and sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, help mothers and children, support education, grow local economies and protect the environment.  Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985 and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The AnSeOx Club is twenty-two members strong.  Officers are Maryann Vlahac, President; Joe Pinto, President Elect; Joyce Barcley, Secretary; and Rich Knoll. Treasurer.

Contact:  Richard Knoll   203-887-3310

At a meeting of the AnSeOx Rotary on October 5, 2022, members agreed the three food pantries to receive the funds (evenly divided and checks sent directly to them:

  1. Master’s Table, Ansonia (Christ Church just received a very large cash donation and are all set for now)
  2. Seymour-Oxford Food Bank, Seymour
  3. Blessings Food Pantry at Trinity Church, Seymour

Click on the link below to see the fundraiser’s landing page.  This is a terrific opportunity to collect more funds by making the information known.


The Liberty Bank Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive has officially launched!  We’re now accepting donations online (Liberty Bank / Rotary Clubs Thanksgiving Project – Community Foundation Of Middlesex County (middlesexcountycf.org) and by mail.

Donations can be mailed to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, 49 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 with the name of the benefitting Rotary Club in the memo line.  Donations must be received by 3 p.m. on November 14 to receive matching funds. 

Our next meeting is October 19.  Come and join in pizza night!  (Freshly made bread with garlic oil and salad will also be served.)




Effective July 1, 2022 the new club, the Rotary Club of Ansonia, Seymour & Oxford, will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 5:00 PM at Rose’s Family Restaurant, 35 Old State Rd 67, Oxford, CT.  A new website is under development.


Rose’s Family Restaurant

Meetings first and third Wednesdays of each month  at 5:00 PM