Newington Rotary has come up with a unique way for Newington businesses to publicize their companies and for residents to immortalize their family name on “Friend of Rotary” plaques that will be affixed to the inner roof line of the recently built picnic pavilion at Churchill Park.
According to Dave Tedeschi, Newington Rotary vice president and chairman of its pavilion project, the purchase of plaques will assist Rotarians in funding the construction costs and continued enhancements to the pavilion.
Rotary pledged $12,000 to build the pavilion and members have authorized more funds to be spent to hold a town-wide celebration at the site on Saturday, Aug. 4, co-sponsored with the Newington Parks and Recreation Department.
Tedeschi explained that the 10 inch by 12 inch plaques will be made of durable polycarve material and will be is engraved and routed with whatever data the purchasers want. The plaque background is blue and all the lettering is white. In order to make the plaques easy to read, Tedeschi recommends that text content be limited but he acknowledged that the use of logos, emblems or symbols is acceptable.
Rotarian Randy Hamilton, owner of Image 360 in Newington, will oversee the design and production of the plaques.
4 dozen orders
Bill DeMaio, director of Parks and Recreation for Newington, has purchased one of the four dozen plaques already ordered, acknowledged Hamilton, stating that only a limited number of plaques can fit in the space available.
Other plaques already purchased include Turgeon Jewelers, GEICO Newington, Plaza Wine & Liquors, Elaine’s Restaurant, Lifeway Church, the Haines Family, the Prigodich Family and Don and Linda Woods.
“We are super-excited to not only give folks this opportunity to be a special Friend of Rotary but provide a means for them to emblazon in their own way just how proud they are to be connected to the town,” said Rotary President Turgeon. “The permanence of the plaque has been a selling point but more importantly to us is the fact that pavilion users will be able to identify the names of some of our Rotary friends for many years to come.”
The cost of a plaque is $150; with a slightly higher cost of $175 if a logo, emblem or symbol is used. Each plaque will have a tagline identifying the purchaser as a Friend of Rotary.
To obtain an order form, anyone interested may contact Hamilton, or his associate Brian Hannon, at 860-667-8339 or via e-mail, .