Thanksgiving Football Luncheon 2005
The tradition is alive and well as the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club set the tone for another big Thanksgiving Day Football game between the rival high schools. Shelton’s undefeated (9-0) Gaels headed to Ryan Field in Derby to face the 6-3 Red Raiders. However, two days before the game, the Rotary […]

Thanksgiving Football Luncheon 2015


Football Luncheon 2014
One of the oldest traditions of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club and the two communities it serves is the annual Thanksgiving Day High School Football Luncheon. The event dates back to at least the late 1930’s and has been a holiday fixture for decades. At one time the local Kiwanis Club […]

Shelton Continues Thanksgivng Domination


The Valley Independent’s Ethan Fry reported this story from the 2013 Derby-Shelton Rotary Club Thanksgiving Football Luncheon: Pride. Respect. History. Those were the words that came up time and again Tuesday during the annual Derby-Shelton Rotary Club Thanksgiving Football Luncheon in advance of the turkey day rivalry matchup between the […]

Thanksgiving Football Luncheon 2013



Football Trophy Presentation 2012
The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club continued one of its great traditions on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 when they hosted the senior members of the Derby and Shelton High School football and cheerleading squads. The rivalry dates back more than 100 years, and the Rotary Club honors the friendly rivalry by bringing […]

Football Luncheon 2012


Pavilion completed
The biggest project ever undertaken by the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club was the building of an incredible pavilion on Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Shelton Riverwalk. The site along the Housatonic River was once the heart of Shelton’s industrial base. However most of that industry was in decline by the […]

Rotary Pavilion Dedicated


Football Luncheon 2011 - trophy
The 2011 luncheon was held at the Russian Lodge in Shelton on Tuesday, November 22. Both Shelton Coach Jeff Roy and Derby Coach George French spoke and introduced their players. However, the real highlight for the day was the speaking of the former members of each team who were the […]

Football Luncheon 2011



Football 2010 - tent
The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club celebrated one of its best traditions – the annual Football Luncheon – for senior members of the Derby and Shelton football teams and cheerleading squads on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Russian Lodge in Shelton. And this year was special – Shelton was marking the year’s game […]

Football Luncheon 2010 – a Special Year


Rotary Trophy Presentation 2009
The annual Rotary Thanksgiving Football Luncheon was held on November 24, 2009 with the senior members of both schools football teams. The festivities included remarks from both Shelton Coach Jeff Roy and Derby Coach Carmen DiCenso who would be coaching his final game at Derby on Thanksgiving. Here is a story […]

Thanksgiving Football Luncheon 2009


Jeff Roy
The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club celebrated one of its oldest traditions on November 25 when it played host to the senior members of the Derby and Shelton football teams and cheerleading squads at its annual Thanksgiving day Football Luncheon. The event was held at the Russian Lodge in Shelton. The event […]

Thanksgiving Football Luncheon 2008