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 (7-2) Gaels hosted Derby’s Red Raiders (2-7) at Finn Stadium. However, two days before the game, the Rotary Club brought the senior members of […]

Rotary Celebrates Thanksgiving Day Rivalry


Rotarians packing meals at Wesleyan
Twice during 2016 the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club partnered with other area clubs to package thousands of nutritious meals that were distributed I to are food banks. In February, the Club partnered with other clubs in District 7980 to distribute 23,000 meals and over 10,000 of those went to food banks […]

Rotary Clubs Package Thousands of Meals


The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club once again made a major investment in education in Derby and Shelton be distributing dictionaries to every third grader in schools in Derby and Shelton during September and October. Even in an electronic era, Rotarians believe that giving each student their own paperback edition gets them […]

Rotary Distributes Dictionaries to Third Graders



Derby-Shelton Bridge Rendering
One of the more unusual and most productive Derby-Shelton Rotary Club grants was one made to the Shelton Economic Development Commission that eventually helped the cities of Derby and Shelton earn a $265,000 grant to study improvements to the historic Derby-Shelton bridge which links the two communities together. The SEDC was […]

Rotary Grant Led to Derby-Shelton Bridge Rehab


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