Posted by Jim Maxwell on Dec 29, 2018
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting October 17, 2018
Greeting:         Ed and others
Quote:  “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.  That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  Ernest Hemingway (who never learned his lesson, by the way)
Today in history:
1998: Clinton impeached
1917: First National Hockey League games, all Canadian:  Montreal had two franchises, Ottawa, Quebec and Toronto
1843: “A Christmas Carol” is published
Our guests today:
Daryl Pillsbury, who will speak about the Windham County Heat Fund
Meghan, our Windham Regional Career Center student Rotarian
Student Rotarian report
Meghan:  FBLA earmuffs for the homeless and participation in Feed The Thousands ($1,000!)
The fabulous Jim Verzino
Rotary anniversaries
Josh Unruh with us happily for one year
Jon Secrest still happy after 15 years
  • Damon
    • For Turner & Kay’s hospitality
    • For Aiden’s race at Dartmouth, setting a record, and his brother running 3rd
  • Will
    • Ran from Fletcher’s Auto Repair to the Chelsea Royal Diner, reasons not noted by your scribe, but good outcome apparently
    • Big brag for the BMC Concert Choir’s upcoming “Mozart: Beginnings and Endings” – January 11 and 12
  • Josh T. – for KJ, who embraced the cold and joined Josh for lunch and disc golf on a bitter day
  • Cindy
    • by contrast, back from balmy Bermuda
    • for VT-NH Veterinary Clinic, for taking good care of her dog
  • Ali – daughter Nicole will be spending the next semester in Argentina, South Africa and Vietnam as part of her Skidmore anthropology/environmental studies
  • Turner – thanking all guests for reading the signs at gathering at his home
  • Kevin – to student Rotarian Meghan for keeping things together, calm in the storm, at the WRCC/FBLA Hannaford’s fundraiser HOWEVER, imposing a 25-cent fine for appearing in the paper – bowling – HOWEVER Kevin paid it HOWEVER there was a second photo he missed and Meghan declined to pay for that one so the controversy is now resolved
  • Tristam – the Nutrition Project, which we support every year, starts Monday Dec 24, for Moore Court and Ledgewood, organized by Lorelai Morrisette
  • Kevin –
    • this month’s Rotary Cares will tape with KJ
    • Project Feed ends pickups Friday the 21st, thanks to all who participated & supported
Check presentation:  To Windham County Heat Fund, Daryl Pillsbury
  • Effort begun by Daryl and Richard Evans 14 years ago
  • Bernie Sanders a supporter from the start
  • Thousands of families have benefitted
  • This is one of Sunrise’s regular support commitments
Club assembly:  Overview of the club’s mission, objectives, operations, from members of the board of directors (everyone welcome at any BOD meeting)
(NOTE: the information I’ve put in here may have omissions or errors, we covered a lot of ground; corrections and additions would be important so if you catch them please let us know)
  • Minutes of last BOD meet
  • Treasurer, Toni:
    • Our annual support commitments, the Heat Fund, Project Feed, International donation, the nutrition project (co-sponsored by noon club; 10 years; provides meals for children during school vacation days in the school year)
    • Scholarship
    • Our operations account is separate from the Brattleboro Sunrise Foundation account, which is a 501(c)(3), donations deductible. 
    • How we raise funds for
      • Dinner Raffle is our largest fundraiser.  If our 41 members each sold the max tickets, we’d raise $9,600.  This year was a nail-biter but last minute tickets brought us in at $8,000
      • Disc golf is now also a prime fundraiser for us
      • The 3-on-3 basketball tournament has historically been a major fundraiser for the Penfield scholarships & for our Honduras scholarships (along with the coffee sales)
  • Our involvement is primarily local
    • Community service, e.g. the pergola
    • New members projects on Elliot Street
    • Other kids and local projects
  • We support and participate also in international projects, e.g., the Lakota that Tristam is heavily involved with
  • Cindy & Marcy propose an in-meeting service project, suggesting we create warming kits; we’ll discuss after next meeting
  • Jim Verzino, incoming president
    • We will need a secretary to take over from outgoing KJ
    • Need also a chair for Club Service (social events that keep us connected)
    • Need a Foundations chair (Rotary International)
    • Committees, see the Minutes of the BOD
Bylaws revision: Bylaws are in final review by committee and will go to board, then to membership in January
Meeting adjourned 8:35
Jim Maxwell