IN PERSON Meeting Notes - 10/21/2020

  • 1805 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during ba
  • 1854 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
  • 1918 Margaret Owen sets the world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 minute. 
  • 1940 – The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is published.
  • 1964 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)
Rotary Minute:

The bylaws of Rotary clearly outline the procedure for a prospective member to be proposed for Rotary club membership. The "proposer" is the key person in the growth and advancement of Rotary. Without a sponsor, an individual will never have the opportunity to become a Rotarian.
The task of the proposer should not end merely by submitting a name to the club secretary or membership committee. Rotary has not established formal responsibilities for proposers or sponsors, however, by custom and tradition these procedures are recommended in many clubs. The sponsor should:
1. Invite a prospective member to several meetings prior to proposing the individual for membership.
2. Accompany the prospective new member to one or more orientation/informational meetings.
3. Introduce the new member to other club members each week for the first month.
4. Invite the new member to accompany the sponsor to neighboring clubs for the first make-up meeting to learn the process and observe the spirit of fellowship.
5. Ask the new member and spouse to accompany the sponsor to the club's social activities, dinners or other special occasions.
6. Urge the new member and spouse to attend the district conference with the sponsor.
7. Serve as a special friend to assure that the new member becomes an active Rotarian.
When the proposer follows these guidelines, Rotary becomes stronger with each new member
This essay is part of a column called The Wisdom Project by David Allan, editorial director of CNN Features. The series is on applying to one's life the wisdom and philosophy found everywhere, from ancient texts to pop culture.
"This too shall pass," is an old Persian saying that may have originated with the poet Rumi. Abraham Lincoln, something of an aphorist himself, was a fan of this line because it is "true and appropriate in all times and situations," Lincoln said. "How much it expresses! How consoling in the depths of affliction!"
The impermanence and struggle were favorite themes of the Buddha's recorded sayings, including, "Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind."
That should give us hope, maybe even help us see "dawn comes after the darkness," as author Lisa Wingate put it.
That's the perspective articulated at the end of Robert Zemeckis' hope-fueled film "Cast Away." After four years stuck on an island and uncertain of what to do once he returns home, Tom Hanks' character, Chuck Noland, says, "I know what I have to do now, I've got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"
And in the end, I'm going to give the last word to that singer-sage John Lennon. If you only remember one of these aphorisms, this is the one that most succinctly captures endurance, perspective and hope: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
Rotary 10/21/2020
18 in person Rotarians!!
Welcome to Cindy’s first time standing in front of us as president. 
Diane birthday on October 24th
Ed Dewes birthday around Halloween
Rotary Anniversary: Deb Cox 3 years!
Josh G: Disc golf tournament this weekend. Full tournament! Very exciting.  Many thanks to Josh T and Rob S for their work. 
Jatoba Duo is playing Sunday noon-2 on the stage. Come join!
Everyone eats: November volunteer calendar has been sent out. 
Overflow shelter: Unsure if there is a need this year. Will let us know. 
Green Street School is doing a clothes drop this week. Drop off at green street school, see Mona’s email for details. 
Don’t forget to serve the community! That is the mission of rotary. It’s tough in Covid times, but please do what you can as you feel comfortable. 
Did everyone eats yesterday. It’s a lot of fun, not a ton of work, sign up and do it!!
On a zoom meeting for project feed the thousands. No need for us to collect food this year. Not sure if stores will allow the bins to be in the stores. Will be moving to online donations. 
Jimmy V: congratulations to Cindy. Pulling this meeting together is hard and amazing! Great job. 
KJ: Diane and KJ are celebrating their 2-7 anniversary. 
Tristam: special brag for a very special woman. In Honduras convinces the Marines to use their pool and then a hotel to do the same. Wendy is being awarded teacher of the year tonight! 
Deb R: brag for garden fairies who planted 50 bulbs (Mona and Katja both) on Saturday and Sunday, Dan funded the bulbs and mulch. Way to go team! 
Jon: how lucky we are to live here. So many people are frantically trying to move here. 
Short discussion ensued regarding the impact on schools. 
Josh G: happy birthday to Josh’s wife Amy. 
Kevin: fine on everyone not wearing their pin. Over the weekend Kevin’s daughter was married up in Charlotte VT. It was beautiful. Photos came out really well. Kudos to the Old Lantern Inn.  They did a Zoom from the wedding with the videographer following people around. It was a rhyming wedding. Eric (from California) joined via Zoom. 
Lisa F: for Kevin, keeping  his brag under 15 minutes! 
For Cindy, for keeping it all together and doing the work. 
For herself, transitioning in to retirement (god help me now)
KJ: for Lisa F being in the paper today!
Nick: piggyback on what Jon and Jim M said, VT was one of two states who had declining Covid cases. Good friend who recently traveled across the country; when he went in to places with his mask he was looked at like he had three heads. 
Turner: Kay and Turner celebrated 1-55. $56 brag (he prepaid for next year)! 
Grandson is living with them for the semester. Very meaningful to be here in person. 
Kevin: going to be grandparents for the second time. Eric and his wife are pregnant with their second baby. 
Will: student Rotarian who was related to a couple of rotarians, who looked at all of his options during Covid times and decided to move to Hawai’i and take CCV classes online. (He’s talking about Josh, Diane and KJ’s son) 
Katja: Cindy, having us all here today. Justin for a great breakfast! Josh T for kicking our butts to keep going on our 750 mile challenge. Has a German language group in the area, have had 3 in person meetings outside. Been keeping tabs on Covid in Germany and Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland is first EU country in second lockdown. 
Dan: Rotary spirit! So many people have been volunteering! It is heartwarming. 
Justin - putting together breakfast and generosity.
Club - for volunteering and getting together and supporting her. 
New car- Mini Cooper, against Dan’s advice she bought the money pit mini-cooper. She is really loving it!
Son Joseph - born 4 minutes before Cindy’s birthday. Found the old family boat. It was donated to Make-a-wish. Joseph saw it at the back of a salvage yard and is buying it. 
Toni - buy gift certificates to restaurants doing take away. 
Needs some help putting together the online raffle platform - Jimmy V will do this. 
Cindy: lighted holiday car for the holidays. Recruit non-rotarians for it. Get together a group to drive through neighborhoods to bring cheer to the families. 
Next in person meeting will be the third Wednesday of November. 
IN PERSON Meeting Notes - 10/21/2020 Kris Johnston 2020-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Meeting Notes - 10-14-2020

Sunrise Rotary Meeting Notes: 10/14/2020
Stephanie Bonin - Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and Everyone Eats
Sadie's birthday is October 16 (Friday!) 
Sandy Shriver - 20 years a Rotarian!
Bethany Martin - 5 years a Rotarian! 
Rotary Announcements:
Our first in person meeting is October 21, 7 people responded
Menu will be a bit different, people need to wear masks when up and about.
We are one of the first local clubs to try in person 
If you're coming EMAIL CINDY! Also, let Cindy know if you're not going to eat, but are going to show up. 
Please feel free to text Chef Justin if you have any questions regarding how things are going to go during the in person meeting
Mona: If it is raining on Saturday, they'll push to Sunday. Mona will let people know on Friday
Josh G: Things are looking good for the Disc Golf Tournament, as of this writing there are only three (3) spots left available for workers! 
Josh T: On Sunday of the Disc Golf Tournament 12 - 2 the Jatoba Duo will be playing on the "Shakespeare" stage. Sponsorships from our club is amazing, Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Nick Dubois: Paul Harris Fellow is available to be presented to a person who the board decides (Nick won the Rotary Golf Tournament this year)
Josh T: the 750 Mile Boston to Bar Harbour raised over $500 for Vermont Food Bank. The Team is in 7th place out of over 160 Teams! 
Debra R: Dan Dietz planted SO many tulips this past weekend (Dan says it is super easy (even he can do it)). 
Toni: Was on vacation last week and actually went somewhere! Went to Woodstock VT for a few nights, it was good to feel "semi normal". 
Josh T: We are super lucky to have Stephanie Bonin in our town working on Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, thank you for your service. 
Cindy: Jimmy V, thanks for the check-ins! For her sons a LT and Probie in the Terrytown Fire Department
Our Speaker: 
Stephanie Bonin - Downtown Brattleboro Alliance Executive Director
Here to talk about Everyone Eats (Video Link on Facebook)
Started the 48 hour Gift Card Challenge - get $'s into the hands of local businesses. $57,500 in to our local economy by people buying gift cards and donations. 
Started the Nourishing artists program - worked with New Chapter to help get meals to local artists once a week for 6 weeks.  Wanted this to be a bigger program so Stephanie contacted the State Agency to discuss options. 
The Nourishing Artists program was very successful, Stephanie started working with the State to come up with ideas for expanding the program to a broader spectrum. Pilot program happened to work with local restaurants (and farmers). Launched program on August 3rd on the same day the State announced $5 million to fund programs like this. 
Stephanie sees this as an opportunity to address multiple insecurities, Food, restaurant/farm/business closing, not having a place to go/see people. The Brattleboro hub of Everyone Eats was built to address all of these insecurities. 
When you come to the hub, the intention is to get rid of the stigma of asking for help. Giving 850 meals a day, 4 days a week, 16 different restaurants, 48 different farms. 
Sunrise Rotary Meeting Notes - 10-14-2020 Kris Johnston 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Notes 10/14/2020

Stephanie Bonin - Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and Everyone Eats
Sadie's birthday is October 16 (Friday!) 
Sandy Shriver - 20 years a Rotarian!
Bethany Martin - 5 years a Rotarian! 
Rotary Announcements:
Our first in person meeting is October 21, 7 people responded
Menu will be a bit different, people need to wear masks when up and about.
We are one of the first local clubs to try in person 
If you're coming EMAIL CINDY! Also, let Cindy know if you're not going to eat, but are going to show up. 
Please feel free to text Chef Justin if you have any questions regarding how things are going to go during the in person meeting
Mona: If it is raining on Saturday, they'll push to Sunday. Mona will let people know on Friday
Josh G: Things are looking good for the Disc Golf Tournament, as of this writing there are only three (3) spots left available for workers! 
Josh T: On Sunday of the Disc Golf Tournament 12 - 2 the Jatoba Duo will be playing on the "Shakespeare" stage. Sponsorships from our club is amazing, Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Nick Dubois: Paul Harris Fellow is available to be presented to a person who the board decides (Nick won the Rotary Golf Tournament this year)
Josh T: the 750 Mile Boston to Bar Harbour raised over $500 for Vermont Food Bank. The Team is in 7th place out of over 160 Teams! 
Debra R: Dan Dietz planted SO many tulips this past weekend (Dan says it is super easy (even he can do it)). 
Toni: Was on vacation last week and actually went somewhere! Went to Woodstock VT for a few nights, it was good to feel "semi normal". 
Josh T: We are super lucky to have Stephanie Bonin in our town working on Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, thank you for your service. 
Cindy: Jimmy V, thanks for the check-ins! For her sons a LT and Probie in the Terrytown Fire Department
Our Speaker: 
Stephanie Bonin - Downtown Brattleboro Alliance Executive Director
Here to talk about Everyone Eats (Video Link on Facebook)
Started the 48 hour Gift Card Challenge - get $'s into the hands of local businesses. $57,500 in to our local economy by people buying gift cards and donations. 
Started the Nourishing artists program - worked with New Chapter to help get meals to local artists once a week for 6 weeks.  Wanted this to be a bigger program so Stephanie contacted the State Agency to discuss options. 
The Nourishing Artists program was very successful, Stephanie started working with the State to come up with ideas for expanding the program to a broader spectrum. Pilot program happened to work with local restaurants (and farmers). Launched program on August 3rd on the same day the State announced $5 million to fund programs like this. 
Stephanie sees this as an opportunity to address multiple insecurities, Food, restaurant/farm/business closing, not having a place to go/see people. The Brattleboro hub of Everyone Eats was built to address all of these insecurities. 
When you come to the hub, the intention is to get rid of the stigma of asking for help. Giving 850 meals a day, 4 days a week, 16 different restaurants, 48 different farms. 
Sunrise Rotary Notes 10/14/2020 Kris Johnston 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary meeting notes Sept. 16, 2020 Sadie Fischesser 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Note - 7/22/2020

This day in History – it’s “criminal day”! (and no it’s not Turner’s Birthday)
Definition of Rotary: "Rotary is an organization of business and professional person united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks, "What is a Rotary club?"
Guests: Casey Haynes and Taylor Franklin from Southern Vermont Young Professionals
Birthday: Debra R – Birthday on July 25
Rotary announcements:
Sadie will be putting together some information regarding information for joint projects with the noon club.
Foodbank needs a forklift and an operator on Wednesdays.
We may have New England Youth Theatre asking us to do some yard work for them. Sadie will send an email.
Mona – won’t be here for the next couple of weeks as she has BIG work stuff that will consume her.
Turner – Lisa F is trying to send communication regarding a trip that was canceled, Lisa F was able to figure out that Lisa had been blacklisted on his email.
Deb C – talks to her grandson almost every day; babysitter asked them to bring in hammers. Babysitter froze toys in ice and had the kids break the ice to get to the toys
Josh T – during this strange time of Covid Josh has been trying to read more and is learning some new stuff, he is learning the trumpet. Ayla says it sounds like a dying animal when her Dad plays. Rob Szpilla (Nooner) has loaned Josh his trumpet from when he was a kid.
Cindy – tried to learn French at the beginning of Covid – she can say her name and count. 😊
Guest Speakers: Casey Haynes and Taylor Franklin – Southern Vermont Young Professionals
High level overview: Community Org of young professionals who do everything from social gatherings to career and development workshops. Casey is relatively new Taylor has been with the young professionals for a while.
Taylor joined two years ago, slew of local events, gatherings, hikes, canoeing. Many friends left and SVYP has allowed her to connect with young professionals has been great. She had kids young and many of her friends (who moved away) still haven’t had children.
Cindy asks if there is a way to partner with young professionals.
Taylor joined SVYP thinking it was like Rotary, but it isn’t. Taylor would like to see the “YP” be more like Rotary, but the steering committee does not currently want to go in that direction.
Casey - The overall goal of the YP is to help with workforce and retention; efforts are afoot to have events which are social and service oriented, there is a lot of interest in this.
Taylor – still working on bylaws and direction
Josh T asks the age range and group size
Taylor – steering committee is about 10 members; 30 – 40 people at events. Their big Gala attracts about 200 people or so. Age range: usually under 40, but it’s how you “feel”
Some great opportunities to partner with the young professionals. Ali gave a view from history where the Sunrise Club started by a bunch of young professionals (25 years ago!)
More discussion on Rotary things:
Get together at Saxton’s Distillery was great! Great drinks at a reasonable cost.
Cindy is going to send a Doodle poll out about a club get together.
If you have a speaker that is interested in talking to us, let us know we want to hear speakers:
Nick is speaker next week July 29
Katja is the week after August 5
Potentially Jim Maxwell on August 12 (Keith Marx)
Ended with the Four Way test
Rotary Meeting Note - 7/22/2020 KJ 2020-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly Meetings 

Weekly meetings are now held via ZOOM until further notice. If interested in attending, contact club President Cindy Delgatto for access information.
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Rotary Rag 6/17/20

Thanks to Greeter
Not sure who this was or who next week’s greeter will be. V
Scribe + Speaker
This week’s scribe – Valerie Stuart
Next no scribe  –  Changeover
This week’s Speaker – Lissa Weinmann hosted by Valerie Stuart
Next week no Speaker – Changeover
This Day In History
0362: Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.
1579: Sir Francis Drake claims San Francisco Bay for England.
1775: The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle.
1856: The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia.
1861: President Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon.
1872: George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas--a town which had previously been "dry."
1876: General George Crook's command is attacked and bested on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.
1940: The Soviet Union occupies Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
1950: Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.
1963: The U.S. Supreme Court bans the required reading of the Lord's prayer and Bible in public schools.
1972: Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters atthe Watergate complex in Washington, D.C
1994: Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson--facing murder charges--drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police.
Rotary Minute
For the first time ever the Rotary International Convention will be virtual. It also will be free of  charge for all Rotarians. It will take place on July 20-26. You can learn about the sessions and activities at

Valerie introduced Lissa Weinmann as her guest.

Rotary Anniversaries
Diane Hashagen and Kris “KJ” Johnson are celebrating their 5th year as Sunrise Rotary Club members.
Happy Birthday to Will Shakespeare whose birthday is on June 16th and to Chris Stoner whose birthday is on the June 21st.
Debra reported that the gardening group plans to plant a cherry tree in the middle of our garden plot.
Will said that a group of club members met last Sunday and biked along the West River trail for an hour. The group plans to meet every other Sunday at 9:00 am. Their next destination is the Green River Bridge on Sunday, June 28th. (The rides will take place on even numbered Sundays.) Everyone will meet in one place and head out together. Contact Will if you would like more information regarding the next ride.
Tristam reported that Maria Leonard followed up her talk last week by sending him photos of her school, the classrooms and the mountainous region where they live. He shared the photos were shared on the Zoom screen. Tristam also thanked club members who donated to the gas card for the Lakota Chief. He said the Chief drives the truck all over picking up food from farmers and delivering to it elders and families at reservations.
Sadie noted that the local school district is looking for volunteers over the summer to help with the meals program. If you are interested, please contact Sadie. Short and longer shifts are available.
Tom Franks shared that he will be migrating over to the noon club. He said he’s more civil at noon than at 7:15 AM. ☺
Erin bragged for our three local State Representatives Mollie Burke, Emilie Kornheiser and Tristan Toleno. She said they have been meeting with the public every Saturday morning on Zoom, and the meetings have been productive. Tristan gave an update on the racial justice discussion they had last week. Many people shared they stories. Contact Tristan if you would like the contact information for the Zoom meetings.
Debra bragged on behalf of Ava who graduated from Brattleboro Middle School this week. They had a socially distanced graduation. She said all the kids enjoyed being together for the first time in four months. She also noted that she has started a mindfulness practice. She contacted her patients to see if they wanted to start a mindfulness practice and many of them have participated. She’s doing them on Mondays at 8:00 AM. Message her if you’re interested, and she will send you the link.
Jim bragged for Toni who spent an enormous amount of time setting up a Pay Pal account for our club.
Erin noted that she and Kevin recently have taken time to regroup because their teaching practice dried up due to the pandemic. She said she is going to take a year long hiatus from Rotary to focus on community work. Everyone wished her luck, and Cindy said she is welcome back any time.

Guest Speaker
Valerie introduced Lissa Weinmann who talked about plans for the launch of the Words Trail. The launch of the Words Trail will kick off with an exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center that will open October 23, 2020. Lissa is the co-founder and director of the Brattleboro Words Project, a multi-year, national endowment for the humanities supported collaboration between Brooks Library, the Historical Society, the Brattleboro Literary Fest and others. Lissa and her husband John Loggia own 118 Elliot, a gallery and community space in downtown Brattleboro. She also has long served on the Windham World Affairs Council board and other organizations.
The Words Trail will bring to life the rich literary history of people and places in the Brattleboro area and make them accessible to local residents and visitors alike through an audio and mapping tour, she said. From the Abenakis using writing to defend their homeland to Nobel Prize winners and contemporary authors, Brattleboro and its environs have a venerable and varied history of writing. The project, which was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant in 2017, will help connect people to the stories behind the places we share in the Brattleboro area.
Lissa became involved with the project because she wanted to share the fascinating history of the Brattleboro area. Ranging from the days when Brattleboro was known for its water cures to its heyday in the 1850’s as a hub of printing, publishing and newspapers, she felt there were intriguing stories embedded throughout the area waiting to be told.
The Words Trail podcasts, she said, explore philosophical questions such as who is a native and who is a stranger? Who tells the stories and how does that affect them? What makes a place a place, and who defines what kind of place it is?
The Words Trail illuminates the stories of local figures including Daisy Turner, Ruyard Kipling, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone, and economist John Kenneth Galbraith. It also focuses on indigenous and African American individuals’ stories that took place in the Brattleboro area. Leading local women and activists, ranging from Tasha Tudor to Jodi Williams, also are featured in the podcasts. The trail also highlights the petroglyths located around the Retreat Farm site.
Lissa acknowledged the great work, Joe Rivers, a history teacher at Brattleboro Union High School, and his students have contributed to the trail. She said they have created numerous podcasts that are part of the Words Project and have been uploaded on the Sound Cloud.
She noted that Brattleboro also has a proud history as a book town that was frequented by H.P. Lovecraft and played home to Robert Frost while he taught at Marlboro College. It also has been home to a number of printing plants over the years, which have printed everything from Noah Webster’s American Spelling Book in the eighteenth century to the first American edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the twentieth. She said the soon-to-be-published “Brattleboro Print Town” will celebrate these aspects and others of the town’s history.
Some Words Trail sites are still under development, Lissa said, and that the trail’s creation will never end. She added that those who have collaborated on the project want it to be a community platform people can build on. She noted if anyone is interested in developing a site they can work with the Words Project to create one. She added that the Words Project welcomes people to help with other aspects of the project such as marketing and design.
Lissa said the artist Cynthia Houghton is working on a very large 3-D mural of the Windham County area with locations featured on the trail. It will be on view for the first time at the opening at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center that will launch the Trail on October 23, 2020. The mural, which is made of clay, will subsequently be on display at other locations including the Retreat Farm. She hopes the map ultimately will be on permanent display at the Amtrack Station that will be part of the BMAC redevelopment project. Ms. Houghton is also creating a map that will fold into a rack card that will be available at the local chamber and Welcome Centers.
Lissa concluded by noting that a mobile app company is currently working with the Words Project so it will be possible to use a smartphone to listen to the tour podcasts. She added that she believes we may be the first town to create an audio tour like this. For more information about The Words Trail, go to
President Jim concluded the meeting with the 4 Way Test:
Is it the truth
Is it fair to all concerned
Will it build goodwill and better friendships
Is it beneficial to all concerned
Rotary Rag 6/17/20 Valerie Stuart 2020-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Bulletin from 06/10/20

June 10, 2020 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter Josh T., Mona and Deb Cox
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Chris Stoner
Next weeks scribe  –  Valerie Stuart
This week Speaker – Tristam – Maria Leonard, El Merendon Honduras
Next week Speaker – Diane Hashagen
This Day In History


The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.


An SOS signal is transmitted for the first time in an emergency when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia is wrecked off the Azores.


The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women's suffrage.


Tennessee adopts a new biology text book denying the theory of evolution.


The Allies begin bombing Germany around the clock.


The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager, piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.
Rotary Minute
Rotarians in Lithuania and Chicago, Illinois, USA, are using their influence to promote the use of “bubble helmets” and potentially lessen the need for mechanical ventilators for COVID-19 patients who struggle to breathe on their own.
Bubble helmets are noninvasive and supply oxygen without the need for intubation, a procedure where a tube is inserted down a patient’s throat.
Critical care physicians are becoming concerned that intubation and mechanical ventilators are being used unnecessarily on COVID-19 patients and suggest that more patients could benefit by remaining longer on simpler, noninvasive respiratory support.
Linda Torunksi, Former Member
Rotary Anniversaries
Toni Ciampaglione – June 13
Valerie Stuart – June 13
Tristam: Tristam received what he though was junk-mail in the form of a debit card. It was from the Money Management Network and almost threw it out thinking it was a scam. Don’t throw it out! It was his stimulus check.  2nd announcement: Received an email from Philip from Canupa on the Lakota Reservation. Philip bought a truck that he uses to deliver food on the reservation. The problem is he never has enough gas money. If you would like to contribute to Philip’s gas cards, please send donations to Tristam’s address: 19 Sears Road, Newfane, VT 05345.
Mona: Reminder, tomorrow is the June overflow shelter meal. Not many people have signed up. Please sign up!
Toni: Rotary International donations, some people have done it, some people have not. Contact Toni to see where you stand if you would like to donate.
Will: Josh had an idea to do a socially-distant outdoor activity. Thinking about a bike ride this Sunday on the West River Trail. Keep it under 25 people. It was suggested that the West River Trail is really crowded these days and might not be the best option. There is a nice spot in Brookline maybe? Reach out to Will to coordinate.
Jim V: Still working on electronic payment system, stay tuned.
Student Rotarians: None
Jon Secrest: Celebrating his 1-20 wedding anniversary. Married 20 years ago at the Lithuanian Camp in Marlboro. Going back to renew vows. Happy Anniversary!
Katja: Missed last week due to a hospital visit. Thanks to everyone at BMH for their excellent care. Walking now and feeling much better!
Josh T: Brag for Jim for a great year, great leadership and for even powering through when sick. Thanks Jim!
Mona: Brag for Maggie St. John, valedictorian for Hinsdale! Front page of the paper! Congrats Maggie!
Sandy: Sandy apologized for error on date of Scholarship. Date is July 15th.
Kevin: Friday is grandson Wyatt’s 2nd birthday. Can’t travel for it and its painful. They will celebrate with Wyatt and family through Amazon Portal. Wyatt has so much of Eric in him. Example: running around the driveway with a box on his head!
Tristam: Brag for Vermont Bread Company. Tristam was in there translating for two Honduran women interviewing with the company. VBC is very good to employees with outstanding pay and benefits. Editors note: they have outstanding English muffins as well.
Jon Secrest: Alina Secrest is 17! Happy Birthday Alina!
Sandy: Son Alex made the National Honor Society. Has some nice new swag for the front yard in the form of a congratulatory sign. Ignore the long grass if you drive by.
Guest Speaker
Maria Leonard, El Merendon Honduras
First off thanks for what Sunrise has done for the school. COVID has been very strange, kids have had to leave the school. Many teachers have stayed at the school, taking care of the crops and checking in with students that have access. Some of the kids nearby are able to help out and they are providing online classes for those children that do have internet access. The issue is some students who live in the more rural, poorer areas do not have internet access. Children from the more populated areas like San Pedro generally have better access. Most kids don’t have computers but some are lucky enough to have phones which they use to connect to the school. School has been put on the backburner for most. The plan for re-opening is in August, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about how to do that safely. The number of COVID cases in Honduras is around 8000. There is a curfew in place but not everyone respects it. Airports are closed and essential items like hand-wipes and disinfectant are extremely hard to find. Not sure what fall will look like. Honduras does produce a lot of it’s own food through agriculture but a lot of other things need to be imported like medical supplies and building material. Rural areas are really hurting because they have to travel long distances to re-supply. People are simply making do and going back to the basics.
4 Way Test
  1. Is it the truth
  2. Is it fair to all concerned
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships
  4. Is it beneficial to all concerned
Sunrise Rotary Bulletin from 06/10/20 Chris Stoner 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 6/3/20

June 3, 2020 Rotary Minutes
Next week’s scribe  – Chris Stoner
This Day In History
1864   Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia.
1923 In Italy, dictator Benito Mussolini grants women the right to vote.
1928  Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin dies as a result of a bomb blast set off by the Japanese.
1938 The German Third Reich votes to confiscate so-called "degenerate art."
1965  Astronaut Edward White becomes the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule.
1989  The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested.
Rotary Minute
African American Membership…… In Rotary's legislative deliberations in June 1921, it was formally determined that racial restrictions would not be permitted. Non-racialism was included in the terms of the standard constitution in 1922 and required to be adopted by all member Clubs.
Women…….. in 1976, the Rotary Club of Duarte in Duarte, California, admitted three women as members. After the club refused to remove the women from membership, Rotary International revoked the club's charter in 1978. The Duarte club filed suit in the California courts, claiming that Rotary Clubs are business establishments subject to regulation under California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on race, gender, religion or ethnic origin. Rotary International then appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The United States Supreme Court, on 4 May 1987
LGBTQ  All I could find was Wikipedia reference to beginning to accept gay members in the 1990’s.
Guests  None
Rotary Anniversaries    None
Birthdays  None
Announcements:   Overflow dinner is June 11.  In addition to food, they need toiletries and various other items.  See the sign up sheet.  Leave items on the bench by the front door at 6 PM.  If you want to help pay for the food, make a payment to Toni.  You can drop it off in the Brattleboro Savings and Loan Drive Through in an envelope with Toni’s name on it.  This housing is being provided through the end of June.  Serving 130 households.  
Our next Secretary will be Bethany.  
Next year:  If you are a committee chair and you are not able to serve next year, let Cindy know.  
Scholarship applications will be due on June 15.  
Dues: Are due on July 1.  Bills are coming out soon.  
Cindy:  For Tristan Toleno.  For all the good work he is doing in the Legislature.  
KJ:  For Jon Secrest and Josh Traeger for getting him out exercising and for Brattleboro Police Chief Fitzgerald for the all-around good job he is doing.  
Jim Maxwell for the Brattleboro Music Center.  Celloists Jamie and Sharon performed as part of a nationally broadcast monthly Zoom concert series and did great.  The event was sponsored by BMC in connection with numerous other large music programs around the country.  
Kevin Yager:  For Mona’s lovely lilacs.  
Debra Cox:  She is moving to Springfield, VT.   
Debra R.  For Mona and her wonderful gardening skills.  For Justin for opening up the Legion at 7 AM  for the Red Cross Blood Drive.  
Josh T.  For his daughter Aila… on day 84 of the lockdown.  Playing lots of chess and she is starting to beat him consistently.  And for Chief Fitzgerald
Will Shakespeare and Tristem Johnson also bragged for the Chief.  
Debra Cox showed off her cool translating gadget.  
Nick Dubois expressed support for people in pain, and expressed hope because of Dr. Fauci says there may be good news on the horizon for a vaccine and he expressed a desire for more speakers saying last week’s program was great.  
Sadie:  For young people in Brattleboro and their organized protest.  
Tristem Johnson a word of thanks to Friends of the Sun and Dead River for good service.  
Jim V. for Damon who got him fixed up.  
And then Kevin finished us off with a fine for those not wearing pins. 
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Rotary Rag 5/20/20

hanks to Greeter
Volunteer for next weeks Greeter
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Jon Secrest
Next weeks scribe  – Will Shakespeare
This week Speaker – None
Next week Speaker – None
This Day In History
Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston.

North Carolina becomes the first colony to declare its independence.
North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union.
President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West.

Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets
Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York for Paris.
Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic.

Pan American Airways starts the first regular passenger service across the Atlantic.

A white mob attacks civil rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama.
Rotary Minute
Rotary Grants for University Teachers: Awarded to faculty members to teach in a developing nation for three to ten months. From 1985 to 2019, 377 university teachers shared their expertise with a college or university in a developing country. On 1 July 2009, the Foundation discontinued this program.

John Mabie
Ayla Treager

Rotary Anniversaries

Josh Treager – May 23 2012 – 8 years

Tristam Johnson is working with noon club on dairy project and also people working on cards for nursing home residents.  Drop Tristam a note if you’d like to participate.  Josh Traeger and Ayla have been volunteering to help people through Love Brigade who’ve been victims of hate crimes, so he encourages folks to help with Tristam.
Sadie:  scholarship committee will meet next Wed at noon via Zoom.  If you’re interested in helping, reach out to Sadie.
Tom Franks:  let him know if you need help updating your email and profile in Club Runner.
Mona:  Another great overflow shelter meal.  We’ve been asked to do one in June, shelter at hotel still happening for a month. Justin agreed to cook.  Looking for entertainment items like books, etc.  
Toni:  3 or 4 people dropped off money at the bank drive-through (if you do, put note on envelope saying “Please give to Toni.”)  Need cash donations for overflow shelter meal, and for brags, etc.  
Lisa:  can the club provide any funds to support the project she’s involved in in West Chesterfield feeding seniors each week?  She’ll follow up with Jim and Turner. Or email Lisa to get the address of Dot, who’s running it, if you wish to help.
Jim:  shout-out to Cindy, who insists on paying for PETS (President training) which is essentially a donation of several hundred dollars for the club, which usually pays.  
    Dues invoice emails going out soon.  We’re working on how to pay electronically for any club payments/contributions. Requesting a voluntary payment of $5 per zoom meeting if you can, and the $1 brag payments. Today is 9th week.  Leave a note to Toni saying what it’s for.     Dan joined the meeting at this point, his first Zoom attendance. Yay! But then he left.
    We don’t know what changeover party will look like.  Will volunteered his field; we’ll see then if that’s feasible or if we have to do it virtually.
Debra:  She and Mona did a garden session and bought hydrangea.  Setting up another work party for weeding; she’ll send out a sheet on Sign-Up Genius. Please help for an hour.
Toni and Jim will talk about a final goodbye for Student Rotarians.
Kevin: Hamilton Farm is giving away raw milk they’d otherwise have to dump.  Bring your own container.  
Student Rotarians
Jim:  $5 for illness update.  Has been sick for a month with Covid-like symptoms, awful.  He’s mostly recovered.  Lots of tests, nothing clear. Feels super supported by everyone.
Josh Treager:  for Rob Spzljla.  (Or something like that).  Rob’s been working hard on disc golf course. I think Josh said he’s been helping too.
Katya:  Hair salons in NH are reopened, so you can go there if you need it.  The Stage restaurant was opened, which was surprising.
Erin:  Finished the website for local coordinated efforts to help (BAMA).  It’s  Someone will do an explanation on sheet mulching, via Zoom.  Email Erin if interested.
Deb: She met with a woman from Edible Brattleboro who looked at our Rotary garden and maybe we could plant a cherry tree or something for pick-your-own.
Cindy:  Brag for BAMA (Erin’s group) as a good resource. Also bragged for ongoing battle:  Cindy vs. birdfeeder-attacking squirrel.  Squirrel mocking her.

Guest Speaker
4 Way Test
Is it the truth
Is it fair to all concerned
Will it build goodwill and better friendships
Is it beneficial to all concerned
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ADDITIONS to Minutes 04/08/20 Jim M. 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0


Overflow Shelter date for us is TUESDAY APRIL 13.  Also, "GG" in Tristam's announcement about disaster relief aid stands for Global Grant.  Be well. J
ADDITION TO 04/08/20 MINUTES Jim Maxwell 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Minutes 04.08.2020

Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting April 8, 2020
Convene via Zoom at +/- 7:15 a.m.
24 bright faces on the screens, some with better hair than others
This week's scribe:    Jim Maxwell
Next week's scribe:    Jen Moyse – Jen will be working, needs a sub – please email her at or president Jim V at

This Day In History



The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first meeting.


The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is approved by Congress.



President Truman orders the seizure of U.S. steel mills to prevent a strike.


Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.


Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians becomes first black manager of a major league baseball team.
Rotary Minute
At the first Rotary Convention in 1910, keynote speaker Daniel Cady of the Rotary Club of New York told the audience that Rotary, then with 16 clubs, would have 1,000 clubs around the world within 80 years. When would Rotary add it’s 1,000th club? The 1,000th Rotary Club was added in 1921, only 11 years after Cady’s speech.
Our former member Shawna Parker, appearing from her Vermont home, working in Boston and member of Rotary in Cambridge.
Sadie: correction to emails on Overflow service:  Food should be delivered to the bench outside the door at Quality Inn by 6 pm on
Tristam:           Rotary International's funding approach to the covid-19 pandemic allows use of  GG's as well as Disaster Response Funds. The GG funding base threshold is $30K, so can increase beyond that. The Disaster Response fund is set at $25K per district application and they allow only one app per district per rotary year.  Tme and effort spent on scholarships right now is short sighted and useless relative to the larger far more critical needs related to covid-19. I think we as a club should look at urging everyone who can to make a $25.00 contribution to the Foundation, Disaster Response fund. These funds will be turned around as fast as apps come in to meet this global crisis. edical professionals need support, support they are not getting form the Feds. I urge the tabling of all efforts related to scholarships and turn all that to the funding needs for this global crisis.
Deb R.:            Asking for volunteers for socially distant gardening at the Rotary this Saturday (11th)  Agway for mulch but $50 delivery charge, so other options for picking that up?  We manage 3 islands now, Main Street, in front of the church, and the one at Chapin Street in front of the Trust Company of Vermont.  That one, however, is going to be excavated by the town for water pipe.
Josh T.:            Can we leave the call open for 5 to 10 minutes after meeting to give us a chance to chat, stay connected.  Josh G. says that can be done, he can make someone else the host if he has to leave the meeting
Cindy:             Camp for a Common Cause has had to cancel, but we can still participate and support the cause.  Cindy will be camping in her back yard to raise funds.  We can participate on a bigger scale.  Josh T urges a Rotary team this year just as in the past. 
Student Rotarians
Audrey                        Email homework due Friday.  Adjustments to online school but some innovations such as E-sports.  A "spirit week" photo (? – sorry, I didn't take a complete note on this.) Important to get out into nature
Maggie            Two AP courses on line, tests very different but teachers are great. 
Jim M.             Charlotte's online nursing oral exam and invite from faculty for her to be a                                     teaching assistant next year
Kevin              Daughter an RN in Burlington working toward bachelor's, is a candidate for a                               BSN-RN nursing degree
Josh T              President Jim's great job coaching/helping small businesses through the crisis
                        Daughter Ayla dug fire pit and accomplished a one-match fire for cooking dinner
Stacy               brag for Jenn Moyse and asks how it's going at BMH
Jenn M                        Reports on the status, "all right" – folks can go to BMH website for covid-19                                 update:  # of tests, # of positives. Currently 3 positives at BMH, 1 discharged to                            home  
                        We've been lucky to have time to prepare; administration has done good job
                        Extra training on ventilators.  Reports on number of beds for covid-19, negative                            pressure treatment rooms/beds
                        Jenn accepted to UMASS and Simmons nurse practitioner programs, has chosen                            Simmons
Deb R              Daughter Ava has been ill and self-quarantined for 8 days. Though tested negative                        it may be a false negative.  Situation very distressing but Ava continuing Hilltop                               classes.  Ava's sister is fine.
                        All send prayers and good wishes for Ava's recovery.
Nick                Deb R as parent, Ava as sick child:  "brings it all home" –
                        At work, a new staff member and things more streamlined, with special effort to                           reach out to elderly clients.  Partnering with office in Bellows Falls to put
                        together gift boxes, food and other essential items, to drop at homes of elderly.                             Nick is proud of the teamwork.
Justin               Friend's daughter tested positive, Mona Holsinger. She is writing "Notes From the                         Covid Household" on her Facebook site, check it out
Jim V               Brags for Kevin who has put the call out for interviews on WKVT, how                                         businesses are doing, getting the word out for business owners – how
                        various businesses are impacted, how they are dealing with the situation
                        Erin O'Keefe's walking group every day 4 pm
Tristam            Our district applied for 25K disaster relief grant for food banks for VT & NH
Kevn               KVT interviews --  you can find them on KVT web page & Facebook, different                            perspectives – restaurants, retail, legal – all sorts of businesses & services – how                             they are doing, what they are offering, how they are coping
Encourage use of and, profiles of businesses, hours and so forth.  If you want to get a message out, these are free resources
Kevin pleased and proud that his radio group is supporting and facilitating communication from to and about business/services, to keep things going
People spending time with radio these days, and radio is in the business of communication.
Will                 Two offspring in Brooklyn, sheltering at home, hanging in there.  Justine's wedding, which was on for May 30 is now off perhaps until the Fall.  The B&B at his place is shut down.  Tina was teaching part time in classroom but now finds herself teaching virtually.  A topic for her to speak to us about.
Adjurn circa 8:05; some folks stay online for post-meeting chat.
Submitted by Jim M.
Sunrise Rotary Minutes 04.08.2020 Jim Maxwell 2020-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Meeting 4-1-2020

April 1, 2020 Rotary Meeting
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Katja Mathews
Next weeks scribe  – Jim Maxwell
This week Speaker – None
Next week Speaker – None
we decided not to have speakers for the time being and concentrating on seeing each other
This Day In History
Oliver Pollock, creates the dollar sign.
The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the United States.
Berlin and Paris are linked by telephone.
The yo-yo is introduced in the United States by Louie Marx.
A miner's strike in the U.S. idles 400,000 workers.


The United States transfers control of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.
Rotary Minute
Guests: None
Rotary Anniversaries:  None
Birthdays: None

How to change your background in Zoom:

Groundworks support beyond the shelter right now. Economic services and groundwork housing about 100 pp right now in Brattleboro, mostly at the Quality Inn but also other hotels. More Food is helpful now! Our next meal sign up is Tuesday, April 14. Chef Tristan is cooking the main course and Tristam will deliver. Where do we want to meet for the rest of food and beverages? In parking lot at Legion or Quality Inn. There are groundwork employees at Quality Inn that will take food from parking lot inside the hotel and then distribute from there. The more food you can bring right now, the better! As they are now serving multiple meals a day. Chef Justin is aiming for portions on the 14. All food needs to be dropped off by 6pm. Look at sign up sheet to remember what you signed up for. Sadie will make sure that Justin gets paid.

3 on 3 fundraiser and how to fund it now?? Will discuss tomorrow at board meeting, which will be 7:15 am. Josh will send invitation over Zoom.


Admits being a nerd 😊 With a friend he has been doing weekly Dungeon & Dragons meetings online. His friend spent 8-10 hours last week to install RPG meeting so they could play online now, if I understood correctly, more advanced games that include dices etc. It’s not as much fun as in person but works fine for the time being.

For people who are working in child protection and safety!! There is a lot of demand right now. Also snap benefits were in mid-February 185 new application. Last week alone 197 new applications, 10 x as much.
First few days of each month people get their money transferred to the EBT cards and that is the time they go out shopping. Please be mindful that if you don’t have to do a grocery run in those days, to not go. That would give snap beneficiaries a chance to go out and buy food and items they need and that might actually be in the stores. I know the Co-op has toilet paper in their flyers for sales April 1-14???

Josh T.:
For all the people stepping up right now in Brattleboro like Erin and her group. But also, a local lady called Nicole Riceman who is cooking for elderly folks and up to 60 meals at a time, not sure per week or per day and then delivering it as well. You can support her with money, also local restaurants are supporting her. Look her up on FB page for Brattleboro.

1. Department of Labor in Vermont! She is working now in her new position and feeling good about helping fellow Vermonters during this difficult time. Initially they had 24,000 application but expecting another 40,000 to 60,000 application claims coming in with new laws allowing 1099 applications to get assistance as well. The department is working over time right now and on weekends to answer questions on the phone and help with applications.
2. For her kids. Her son was supposed to graduate in May but is postponed.
Her daughter in Omaha on pause as well. Her oldest son works for ABC in NYC and lives in Westchester. Every day he is going into the city with face mask and gloves to bring news to across the country!
3. Jim asked a question: Unemployment vs. Cares Act?? Cindy said they don’t have an answer. It’s a complicated question to answer.
Great interview about SBA from Fish and Attorney who does SBA loan work:
4. Townhall meeting:
The Vermont Department of Labor has announced that it will hold the first in a series of Virtual Town Hall events on Thursday, April 2 at 2:00pm. This first event will focus on services for employers, focusing on issues around Unemployment Insurance, among other labor-related topics. Full event details are listed below:
Department of Labor Virtual Town Hall Series
  • DATE: Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • TIME: 2:00pm – 3:00 pm
    • Michael Harrington, Interim Commissioner, VT Department of Labor
    • Cameron Wood, Director of Unemployment Insurance Division, VT Department of Labor
    • Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, VT Department of Labor
  • Link to join Virtual Town Hall event:
The event is available for any employer in the State of Vermont looking for more information about labor related topics. A portion of the event will be held for Q&A with the presenters. If you are unable to view the event, a recording will be created and made available for viewing after the event.
Future dates and times for the Virtual Town Hall series have not yet been finalized, but further updates will be posted on the Department’s website at

Jon S.:
1. His friend is lobbyist in DC, talking about “Paycheck Protection Act” through SBA through local banks, which covers 10 weeks of paychecks and loan will be forgiven afterwards. Also Toni made a point that if you are not banking with those banks as a business you will come last. First the businesses that are banking there will get assistance. Money might run out…
2. His law firm had 24 hrs last week to shut down and close up so everyone can work from home. He must have bought the last laptop available in Brattleboro.
3. His family. Everyone is now at home and they try to make it as pleasant as possible for everyone, cooked a meal campsite last night and every night one member is responsible for an activity they will do together.

1. Went to Hannaford at senior hours, 6-7am each day. But was appalled by what he saw: people that were not supposed to be there and shopping insane amounts of groceries and goods. Also the stores have no signs that indicate these hours are for seniors only!! Price shopper has the same hours.
2. Enjoyed a virtual meeting with friends from Air Force Vietnam pilot teams. Looking fwd to more of those.

1. Grandson is now 4 years old and has a hard time understanding social distancing. She already recommended this book last week but wanted to let us know again how wonderful it is to explain Germs to young people. She has sent copies of it to family members and they all loved the efficiency of it.
2. 30 years with Primerica -work has changed with going all virtual now where before they were famous for visiting their clients in their homes, knee cap to knee cap. The older generation is catching up now and learning how to use technology.
She is busier than ever, helping people with saving money, life insurances.. Many families are two weeks away from financial catastrophies!!

Embracing this unique opportunity to come together. The virus put a pause on a lot of things in life. He now has to be PT teacher for all kinds of subjects, FT father and husband. Take the time, slow down and appreciate the little things in life. His kids are young and for them life has not changed that much, besides that they get to hang out with their parents much more now. Getting back to the basics as a family. Nice!

1. His Radio Group is making sure to staying in touch with clients on what is going on right now but also being the source of information for the community. They try to advertise that restaurants are still open for curb side pick up (it works great, I had a meal from the New England House on Friday!! Katja) and Dan’s business is still doing care tires and repairs, with different procedures in place. Listen to the radio and get all your local news but also great music and entertainment. They try to be proactive and positive with clients and there are quite a few businesses that want to get the message out that they are open. He is picking up new clients right now as well. He misses being social but is enjoying the camaraderie with us and his team at the radio station. They Microsoft Teams instead of Zoom..
2. To all of us here in the club for being healthy.
3. His family, they are 3 pp at home now and everyone found a corner in the house to work from. They also enjoy going outside for walks and exercise.
4. His kids: talking to kids in CA every Sat am while they are making breakfast. Sarah is still working even though there are not many patients. Anxious about her wedding in October??? Hope to still have it.

Landlords!! There is a push in Brattleboro for landlords who can afford it, to lower rents for folks who are struggling and might not be able to afford their rent right now. His friend Oskar was sending an email around to local landlords asking to knock some $$ off people’s rent. Great thought!!

Husband Richard is still going to work each day. Chroma Technology is right now mostly working on orders for filters used for testing for COVID19. I am still trying to sell wine and most wine stores are open for call in and curbside pick ups as well. We are working on doing virtual wine tastings with wine makers in Europe to "zoom" them into your living room. I was able to talk to most of my Italian winemakers and they are well and not personally affected by the corona virus.

Josh G.:
Has the whole family back at home which he was never dreaming off before. But enjoying it as well to have the kids around. For business people are using technology now that everyone was always so afraid of and all of the sudden it does work, because we are forced to learn it and use new technologies to keep working and educating our children. It might become the end of an era for snow days (oh no!!).
Also suggesting a social round up over Zoom maybe on Mondays where we can have a beverage (other than your morning brew) and just chat on how each of us is coping right now. Great idea!

Josh T.
Band app as an internal FB private chat: Band app for Rotary conversations -

How neighborhoods are becoming naturally organic in times of crisis. She is organizing her neighborhood right now. Went out yesterday to a street she never walked through before and just knocked on people’s homes (with gloves and then jumping away from the door) and was amazed on how many new people she met and what wonderful conversations she had with each of them. Giving out flyers, how to help each other. A brag for human Nature!!

Jim V:
Support your local restaurants! I can only echo that, if we want any restaurants to be left in our community once this is over. Thank you!!

I am sure you all know the numbers, but in just one day the US added 30,000 new cases of people infected with the corona virus. We had last night 188,547 in the US and 857,957 worldwide. It’s scary.
Stay safe all and keep in touch. XX, Katja
4 Way Test
  1. Is it the truth
  2. Is it fair to all concerned
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships
    4. Is it beneficial to all concerned
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Rotary Minutes - March 25, 2020

Rotary Minutes - March 25, 2020
First meeting on Zoom (online video-conferencing platform) due to COVID-19 restrictions.
President Jim welcomed everyone onto the platform and began meeting roughly between 8:00am and 8:10am, due to learning the platform and awaiting more participants to log into the meeting.
Greeters of the Day:
Both Josh Goldberg and Debbie Cox! Thank you both for your lovely “good mornings”!
Next Week’s Greeter:
Not entirely sure – perhaps the first member to log into the meeting?
Today’s Scribe:
Bethany Martin! Next week’s meeting, Wednesday, April 1st on Zoom will be Katja Matthews!
Today’s Guest Speaker:
In Weeks to Come Guest Speaker:
Perhaps our Student Rotarians? Hazel Wagner was asked if she would present some of her artwork, and she appeared to be willing to do so! Looking forward to it Hazel!
This Day in History:
  • 1663 - Charles II of England awards land known as Carolina in North America to eight members of the nobility who assisted in his restoration.
  • 1664 - In London, Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.
  • 1765 - Britain passes the Quartering Act, requiring the colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.
  • 1900 - Mayor Van Wyck of New York breaks ground for the New York subway tunnel that will link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • 1947 - Congress proposes limiting the United States presidency to two terms.
  • 1965 - The Freedom Marchers, citizens for civil rights, reach Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1989 - The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
Rotary Minute:
  • Rotary 2020 Convention June 6-8 in Honolulu HI has been cancelled.
  • For the first time in history, Rotary International recommends that Rotary and Rotaract clubs meet virtually, cancel, or postpone meetings and events. 
No guests, but our Student Rotarians Hazel Wagner and Alina Secrest made it onto the call – yay them! And yay us for their dedication to continue participating in our club during these crazy life changes!
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • Tristan Toleno – 14 years!
  • Valerie Stewart – charter member, but still congratulations!
None for this week.
Sadie – Overflow Shelter
  • Shelter has closed at its physical location on the Winston Prouty campus. Groundworks has moved them to hotels in the area, such as the Quality Inn, as well as set up their own office there.
  • The next dinner that Rotary has signed up to cook for will be in Mid-April. Volunteers have been bringing meals to the hotels and Groundworks packs them up individually to send to their rooms.
  • Groundwork’s goal in moving them to the hotels was to enforce social distancing and keep everyone housed.
  • Sadie will update sign-ups online and figure out ONE driver to be picking up food from the Legion and transporting it to the Quality Inn.
Mona – Overflow Shelter cont.
  • Our next meal contribution will be Tuesday, April 14th. There is no need for servers or clean-up people due to Groundworks wrapping up the meals individually. There is, however, a need for ONE person to pick up from the Legion and bring to the Quality Inn – Tristam has volunteered to transport meals! Thank you Tristam!
  • Rotary also owes Justin for cooking the last meal Currently, our club has $115 collected, and Josh Traeger offered to help with the costs. Many thanks, Josh!
  • Groundworks is also looking for other supplies, such as craft, puzzles, books, DVDs, coloring books, etc. for their client to do during the day while they are living at the hotels. Please reach out to Mona via email if you have any items to donate – Debra Rosenzweig said she can put together a bag of puzzles, games, and books! Many thanks, Debra!
Jim – Overflow Shelter cont.
  • When Justin knows the exact amount for last meal and for meal coming up in April, he can send an email to Ali and she can then send money his way.
Justin – Overflow Shelter cont.
  • Currently, he is working off the food he has, and needs to do a walk-through of the Legion to see what he can prepare for April’s meal. No set meal in place at this moment in time.
Josh – Clean-Up Project
  • He was in contact with Carol Lolatte from the Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Center about cleaning up the pavilion. Carol will reach out when a good time would be for us to go and clean the pavilion.
Tristam – Educational Fund
  • He received a letter from Carla and the organization that collects money for the educational fund thanking Rotary for what we have given her. Carla was very grateful to receive financial support to send her to school and her objective is to complete this school year for both herself and for her family.
Jim – Hurricane Dorian
  • Our Rotary club had sent funds to support disaster relief to victims caught in the devastations of Hurricane Dorian back in January/February, and we received a thank-you note back.
Hazel, Student Rotarian – School Update
  • Haven’t had much schooling yet since cancelling in-class studies due to COVID-19, but online classes just began on Monday. Since Monday, Hazel’s teachers have been using Zoom and Google Classroom to teach and administer assignments. Some teachers have set schedules aligned, some currently do not.
Mona – Lucy Update
  • There was an earthquake in Croatia recently – Lucy and her family are okay! Very scary, but minimal damaged occurred. Lucy says to us Rotarians to stay inside and be well due to COVID-19.
Tristam – Project Proposals
  • Has reviewed seven project proposals since November. Two of the most promising ones appear to be a project occurring in the Philippines providing wheelchairs to those that need them, and another project on the border of USA and Mexico in Tijuana.
Josh – Kevin Yager
  • Reached out to Kevin, says that Kevin and his family are doing well!
Josh T. – Band Application
  • Introduced the “Band” application a few years ago and was wondering if it makes sense to start using it again for communication purposes directly in our Rotary group. Perhaps we try it again?
No cards for today!
Ali – Nicole Update
  • Not a brag per se, but Ali’s daughter, Nicole, is in transit from Pacific Samoa. She will be returning home, hopefully soon, but it has been a challenging time trying to figure out traveling arrangements. Positive thoughts are being sent their way!
Lisa – Travel Agent Lifestyle
  • Lisa has been working nonstop to get her clients home. It’s been challenging due to airline policies constantly changing due to COVID-19 responses.
  • Bragging for the people in her travel agent industry – their trajectory is going to be completely different from now on.
  • Another brag for Michael, Lisa’s husband, for devoting his time to work under this life-altering pandemic. She hasn’t been able to see him in three weeks due to his work responsibilities rapidly changing from COVID-19.
  • Lisa says to keep healthy and stay safe everyone!
Debbie – Florida and Grandchildren
  • Debbie and Tony had a fast round-trip to Florida and back – less than 2.5 days there due to pandemic.
  • Currently, Debbie is practicing social distancing from seeing Amber (her daughter) and her children (Debbie’s grandchildren) due to the pandemic. It’s challenging right now to try to explain to her grandchildren and for them to understand why she isn’t coming to see them in person. Various books are aiding in explaining germs and how they work to her grandchildren.
Tristam – Horse Rides
  • Brag for his horse that has been taking him into the woods where both of them an forget about the controls of life.
Jim V. – Nephew is a Dad!
  • Jim’s nephew and his girlfriend just had a baby! Unfortunately for his nephew, he works in the healthcare field and won’t be able to see his son until this pandemic I over.
  • Also, a brag for Erin O’Keefe for hew work with Brattleboro Area Mutual Aid (BAMA).
Erin – BAMA
  • She’s been working on setting up mutual aid for people around the community. She’s been making maps of the communities in Brattleboro and appointing a point person to each neighborhood in order to create mutual aid and support during these rough times. There are still a few neighborhoods that need a point person, which include: Belmont, Green Hill, Lower and Upper Putney, Main Street, South Main Street, and South Street.
Justin – Wonder Wife
  • Bragging for his wife, who works for Families First. She has been managing both staff and clients’ personal development, working on helping them balance family and work life. She’s gone from working 8 hours a day to 10+ hours a day! AND been busting her but putting up with Justin!
Marcy – Thank to Teachers
  • Thankful to have a person more tech-savvy than herself running the Rotary meeting – thank you Jim!
  • Thankful to all the teachers for putting together online learning programs for students everywhere.
Josh T. – Our Rotarians
  • Shout-out to Hazel, one of our Student Rotarian’s – Josh had the opportunity to see her photography over at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.
  • Another shout-out to Erin – incredible work she is doing to gather people together throughout the community during these challenging times and create a support system.
Comments? Questions?
Josh G. – Payment Question
  • Since we can’t meet physically, Josh was wondering if there was any electronic payment ability in Rotary?
    • ANSWER: Jim V. –
      • Do NOT currently have an electronic payment method set up.
Jim V. – Leaving House Policy Question
  • Governor has put up a “don’t leave your house” order – Jim was wondering if this means you can’t exercise (walk/run/bike/etc.) outside or walk pets?
    • ANSWER: Hazel –
      • You CAN leave your house to exercise/walk pets, but it should be independently.
Lisa –
  • Mental wellness is very important for all of us! Put on real clothes and shoes! Wearing yoga pants for work now is fun, but your work clothes aren’t going to fit when you finally go back into the office!
Many thanks to Josh Goldberg for setting up the Zoom meeting! Perhaps next week we will be beginning the meeting earlier than 8:00am.

Meeting adjourned by 9:15am.
Rotary Minutes - March 25, 2020 Bethany Martin 2020-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 3/4

 A. Deb introduces -Aaron Smith- Prospective Member- Burton Car Wash
      a. 2nd time he has visited and Membership Committee is in talks with him about interest
 B. Diane - Introduces the one and only, fantastic person all around - Kate "Dance Fever" Traeger
 C. Josh T. Introduces the one and only, up and coming Rotarian to be Ayla "loves our buffet and kindness" Traeger
1. Ed Dews - 18 Years a Rotarian brought in from Damon
2. Announcements
   A. Board meeting tomorrow 7:15am
   B. Tristam- Nutrition Project
       a. Moore Court - No one could serve due to sickness until Friday
           1. Maybe next time Rotary can step in to help with Emergency issues
       b. What we are doing is offering breakfast and lunch during a time that they don't have any meals coming in
       c. Episode 25 - Rotary Cares - all about nutrition project - check it out
    C. 3 on 3 Basketball- 2.5 weeks away
       a. Need more volunteers for
           1. Need more Concessions food sign ups
            2. Court Monitors
            3. Clean up
            4. Registration
            5. 3 point throw contest volunteer - Debra
                 A. Need a couple volunteers for this time to clean up balls - 11:30am
            6. Cash Prize for winners
            7. 0 teams
            8. Justin FB Event Coordinator 
                A. Share FB event – Here is the link:
                B. He has done a great job promoting the event but needs all of our help to push it further on FB
                C. Invite friends
                D. Put link for into minutes FB
                E. Reformer ads
                F. Radio ads 
         b. Set up is 4:30 on Friday
         c. Concessions we need more food
    D. Basement
          a. Need to organize - maybe 1 hour of work
3. Student Rotarians - Hazel and Alena 
     A. Brattleboro Boys Nordic Team won state championship - last time was in 1970s
            a. Fire Truck ride to celebrate win
            b. Girls team got 5th in the state
        B. Student Election
             a. New President Elected - Sara Butterfield a Student Rotarian!!!
         C. Hockey Teams did well in playoffs
              a. Boys continueing on
              b. Girls played well but will not be moving on
          D. Art and Writing Contest
              a. Hazel - won art piece of it
4. Rotary International
         A. COVID-19 Virus and common Flu precautions
                a. Try to find new ways to say hello - less shaking hands and hugging
                b. Suggestions from Scribe
                       1. Wash hands before meeting and after meeting
                       2. If your sick with a cold or flu- rest at home and do not come to meeting-
6. Brags
                A. Erin
                                a.  - go check out the art museum - great exhibits
                                b. Brag for Justin for an incredible 80's party
                                                1. 260 people - great job Justin
                                                2. Such fun dancing
                                                3. Mona, Kate, Erin, KJ, Diane, got there groove on
                                c. Received Waterways Grant
                                                1. Indigenous knowledge
                                                2. Community art making
                                                3. River studies
                                                4. Land use and ecology
                B. Justin
                                a. 80's Dance was amazing
                                                1. Huge fundraising- $1,800 raised
                C. Jen
                                a. Bragged for her son's leap year birthday he turned 3 or 12 depending on how you look at it.
                                b. He is an awesome young man
                D. Marcy
                                a. Rowan is swimming in swim-athon
                                b. Democracy - great to see so many people voting
                E. Tom
                                a. Elected as a lister
                F. Damon
                                a. Family trip to British Columbia
                                b. Good to catch up with family
                                c. Rhode Island Track team
7. Speaker- Tristam Johnson
I was asked to conduct an interim assessment of the GG with a focus on reducing malnutrition and increasing household income.
Let me first ask what your reaction is to malnutrition
                What do you picture
                What meals are served
                What foods are available
                What is an annual diet?
Now let me ask what your reaction is to increasing household income
                If the economy is based on the $1US, what might the increase be
                How much does the family make now
In terms of the household,
what is that, what does it look like, what do you picture
                What services are available
I went to Chiquimula, Guatemala a 5.5 hour drive from G.City. The highway was 2-lane to 4-lane, slow mountainous terrain, lots of curves, and evidence of mud slides during the rainy season. The region was a sea bed so is made up primarily calcium, a soil that does not support much.
Chiquimula is the capital of the state by the same name and fairly large. I did not see evidence of colonial periods other than the architecture and grandeur of the Catholic churches. This is a Mayan region, lots of indigenous who spoke chorti'. The women in Oquen are Mayan but their dress is less obvious, while the women of Tunuco Abajo are 100% Mayan and their dress beautiful, colorful, traditional.
I visited Oquen and Tunuco Abajo where this project was being implemented for a second time, building on the success of the first project and using veterans of the first to help instruct those getting involved in the second. This is one of the poorest regions of the country where families strive to survive on what little they can grow and what little income the men can earn. The men depend on the seasonal harvests of coffee and sugar cane, generally November thru April, from which they may earn about the equivalent of $900, their annual income.
The area is dry suffering from multiple years of extended drought. Surface streams offer barely a trickle, water is scarce.
The people have depended on corn and beans for generations and often plant in the most precarious erosion prone hillsides. During heavy rainstorms they can lose up to 80% of their crop, leaving barely enough for one meal a day for the family. Families on average include 6 to 7 people, though the trend now is to smaller families.
This project depends on Project Harvest, a 12-year old Canadian not-for-profit that has experience in numerous countries. Simply, they teach how to plant care for and harvest vegetables, food stuffs not at all a part of the annual diet. The first and second project each focused on providing services and assistance to 66 familes. By the end of the 2nd project, 132 families will have benefited, about 860 people.
Soils are poor so the project teaches the techniques of composting, but leaf litter and other organic matter is scarce in Oquen so creating compost is more time consuming. Tunuco Abajo has not been so severely deforested so leaf litter is more plentiful and composting more immediately successful. However, as those of you who may practice this, a compost needs to be kept moist, water, and this commodity is scarce.
The project requires a garden space of 100m2 per family, and most have this space, but not all. These folks live on steep hillsides so they are taught how to terrace their gardens using rocks to build each level. Soil is moved in to place and compost added when possible.
The project offers vegetable seeds for onions, cilantro, radishes, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, etc. Seed spacing and care is very different than required for corn and beans, so families must be taught this new technique.
The new technique means they must change generations of habits & routines. They must also add new flavors and cooking habits. In the case of this project, the change was less hard to accomplish as the results of a successful garden mean a reliable source of food year-round to compliment corn and beans. The gardens can offer two harvests per year.
I asked about flavors and whether kids and adults liked the new foods. They were emphatically happy. A note here is that men and children contribute to the care of the garden, but the women are primarily in charge.
The project includes the director of the local office of the Secretary for Security of Food & Nutrition. Ablelardo Villafuerte told me he annually collects data on severe cases of malnutrition and has seen the incidence decline.
These communities include pigs, dogs, cats chickens and turkeys, so the gardens are fenced, provided for by the project.
Available water is an issue so this project offers water catchment systems, tanks, fencing, tubing, roofs, and rain gutters, so that during the rainy season families can collect and store enough water to allow them to irrigate their gardens for 9 months, if the families don't begin to use the water for household purposes. Every family will have a tank but they prepare the ground, carry the material to their sites, construct the wire form, shape the black plastic "tank", set the poles for the roof, and install the roof and gutter. Finally, the set the protective fence surrounding the tank.
Improving household income is another component of this project. As the gardens can produce at least 2 harvests per year, the women have a chance to take excess to local markets. I was skeptical about this, wondering if it is one of the poorest regions of the country, how could anyone have the funds to buy anything other than the extreme most essential basics, and how "local" are the local markets. I needed to see the communities.
The local markets serve not only these communities but a large region where there are people with the ability to buy. The journey to the local markets may be as much as a 2-hour walk, but certainly manageable in this context.
Women can sell excess harvests and may earn up to $300, which means that annual household income my reach $1200. The women are taught to save some of their earnings to buy seeds for those vegetables that do not produce their own. This training is essential for sustainability.
All-in-all this is a great project and the work being done by Project Harvest is excellent. One final note is that 5 international development organizations are so impressed with the simplicity and success of these two projects and of Project Harvest that they want to replicate this effort.
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Rotary Review - 2/26/2020

February 26 Rotary Meeting
Greeter – Turner and Deb Cox
Volunteer for next week Greeter – Mona
Scribe & Speaker
This week scribe – Diane (sitting in for KJ)
Next week scribe –Tristam
This week Speaker – Jim V. – Inner Fire - Beatrice
Next week Speaker – Kevin Yager
Quote of the Day
Rotary Minute
Rotary Clubs in Vermont and New Hampshire Help Australian Bushfire Relief Effort; 60 Clubs of district 7870 donated 25,000
Aaron Smith – Burton Car wash
Beatrice Birch – speaker: Inner Fire
Rotary Anniversaries - none
Birthdays Dan Dietz
Tristam – trip to Guatemala (visited local Rotary – returned with banner)
Cindy – 3 on 3 March 21st; sign-ups going around; target 100% participation
Toni – 3 on 3 on Facebook – please share; get the word out
Jon – 3 on 3 need to follow up on donation list
Mona – Overflow shelter this Thursday 3/27 (30 people); still need donations toward meal
Diane – Trivia Night March 16th for Kids in Coats
Justin – 80’s dance on Saturday 3/29 here at the Legion; event is on Facebook
Student Rotarians
Hinsdale – Varsity girls’ basketball made playoffs; basketball season ending; college applications in/acceptance letters coming
$18 – 4 of spades – in the deck – you lose, losers!
Marcy – Rowan is now a teenager
Jim M – visiting CA to see his actor friends; Joshua Tree National Park
Jon – State championships; Alina came in 35th; BUHS girls came in 5th; saw holocaust survivor speaker Elly Gotz; amazing stories; message “don’t hate”.
Justin – 80’s dance; $10 to get in; Facebook post viewed by many
Dan – Survived being sick in Azores (and beyond…)
Guest Speaker
Beatrice Birch of Inner Fire – Healing community for recovery from trauma that led to addition and mental health issues; treatment without psychotropic medication.  Focus on working in nature, gardening, and farming as well as artistic, cooking, and cleaning as healing therapeutic activities. The program has helped over 30 people reclaim their lives over the past 6 years:
4 Way Test
  1. Is it the truth
  2. Is it fair to all concerned
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships
  4. Is it beneficial to all concerned
Rotary Review - 2/26/2020 Kris Johnston 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 2/19

Quote of the Day: President-Elect Cindy Delgato chose the following words of wisdom for today’s meeting:
“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter. ”
 ~ John Gotti
Today in history:
None so Cindy spoke of her current experience at PETS & what she’s been doing to prepare for her presidency in July.
    Rotary Minute: 1st service project was an installation of public toilets in Chicago
Guest Introductions:
- John Mabie - Noon Club
Mini-Rotarians: none in the house today

Greeter / Scribe:
Next week: KJ is scribe
KJ did a bang up job greeting today - next week will be Debbie & Turner
Student Rotarian report:
Committee Reports:

Mona - next Thursday is overflow shelter meal; Justin is going to cook the 2 main dishes but a sign up sheet will be sent around for it & as well as Sign Up Genius; $$ can be donated so reach out to Mona if you want to donate
Bowl of Life:  
This Rotarian clue: Only half of their face sweats.....
Katja guessed John who guessed Diane who (glows) guessed Jason who guessed Jen (correctly)!!
Jen has Harlequin Syndrome after pinching a nerve in her neck about 8 years ago! She notices it most when running! It also affects her hand.
Turner also reported that he is afflicted with it too - it was because of a surgery removing a benign tumor!
Jack of Spades drawn - “you Lose Losers!!”
- Dan Deitz (not here) & Tom Franks! 🎂🎉
None today
KJ - $5 for a trip to Missouri (Cannon ball run inspired) - with Drew to take an Ambulance down to be repaired & pick up one that. Drew took down about 8 months ago; only slept about 5 hours in a hotel; saw the factory where they build the ambulances which was amazing
Michelle - has left Town of Vernon & is now Town Administrator of Stoddard, NH
Kevin bragged for his vacation in Mexico; uneventful trip; weather was good; very relaxing 🌴☀️🍻; met many people from cold climates 🇨🇦; some buildings were completely empty - possibly due to the Thomas Cook travel agency going bankrupt; All Inclusive is highly recommended!
Josh U was at Madri Gras - he “worked” hard; headed to Orlando Sunday for 4 days
Ali - bragged for her daughter who’s going to Fiji today from Samoa where she’s studying
Justin - bragged for an upcoming 80’s dance 2/29/20 here from 8PM to midnight (Leaping back to the 80’s!)
Guest Speaker:   Mona was responsible for our Guest Speaker today (club assembly next week)
Toni & Kevin spoke to us today about the 3 vs. 3 tournament which is in a month (Saturday 3/21/20).
As of today we have posters & registration forms made that need to get out - please get them out if you have someplace to put them up or know someone that can
Rec Center; Boys & Girls Club; Schools; Vernon Rec Department; BF; Greenfield; AAU coaches if you know any;
Labels need to be done if someone knows how to do a Mail Merge (please volunteer if you know how to do this task)
    Jen volunteered to get them printed & she’ll get them to Turner
Once labels are done the forms will be mailed out (Jason will provide the stamps)
We’ve lost a lot of our larger donors from past years so we need help trying to find replacements.
Follow up with local businesses for donations to get the commitment for a donation at the very least.
We’re at about $4000 right now & our goal is $12000
Team fees don’t account for much of our income.
Next week Kevin will get a sign up sheet for other jobs such as set up, clean up, etc.
Concessions should be planning now
Pepsi has committed for donations of product & it’s in place.
Mona & Cindy will coordinate once they have the names of their volunteers
Court Monitors: Kevin has some already committed but he’ll let us know how many more are needed & what time slots.
Shirt color hasn’t been chosen yet for this year - we’ve done pretty much every color! Yellow was suggested for this year.
Looking for someone to create an event on our FaceBook page to help get it out & allow it to be shared & to thank our sponsors on FaceBook.
Justin has been made an Admin for our page & will take this on
Josh U will reach out to NorthStar & ask them about sponsoring as well as Leader
John will reach out to GSP
KJ has arranged for Rescue coverage.
Toni will do brackets & can be there until about 8:30 AM
Free Throw & 3 Point Contests
need hands on deck to help with ball retrieval
Jason will get Sam’s gift certificates for winners
Clean up - middle school could be as early as noon & main gym may be as late as 4ish
Goal is 100% participation is some way, shape or form!
Kevin will be our speaker in 2 weeks & will be giving us another update on the progress of the event.

Adjourn with a recitation of the 4 Way Test!
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
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Rotary Minutes - February 12, 2020

Thanks to Greeter – Josh Traeger
Volunteer to be next week’s Greeter – Wil Shakespeare
This week scribe – Diane Hashagen
Next week’s scribe – Tristam Johnson
This week Speaker – Josh Unruh
Next week Speaker – Mona Williams
Rotary Minute
Rotary Peace Fellows
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from
around the world to study at one of our peace centers.
Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300
fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments,
NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United
Nations and the World Bank.
Corey Daniels and David Pearson (speakers – more to come…)
Rotary Anniversaries - none
Staci Leffel – February 7
Tristam –Honduras $1,000 donation was approved; His dad wrote book on Liberty Enlightening
the World (copies available); Guatemala trip next week – Project Harvest (provide seeds other than corn and beans).
Jim V - No board meeting tomorrow
Josh U - Pints for Polio to happen sometime in March/April/May; need venue; NorthStar sponsoring
Student Rotarians - none
Queen of clubs – Josh Traeger; $48
Damon – Torin end of indoor track season; won “all state” recognition as sophomore
Wil – Tina has the iPhone “find a friend” app and tracks her kids now; found Nick at Ben Stiller’s house doing a project
Jim V – Trivia had the best turnout ever with 83 people attending and $720 check for the Charity: Academy PTA
Turner – Justin fed 83 people at the Trivia Night this week (having planned for maybe 50). Also, fried eggs this morning was a nice change
Justin – Tristan came in to rescue him for the unexpectedly large Trivia dinner
Tristam – Sandy doing food drive this week
Dan - Natalie has her driver’s license
Josh U – headed to New Orleans tomorrow (his “find a friend” will be off)
Bowl of Life – Rafted the Colorado through the Grand Canyon with their best friends. It was Turner! He hired an archeologist to go with them to show them the sites; 11 day trip.
Guest Speakers:
Corey Daniels and David Pearson from NorthStar Vermont Yankee Decommissioning. Safety is the #1 priority over the last 5 years (ongoing project). 600 jobs lost when VY shut down. 60-90 FT employees now (about 30 from VY). The fuel has been loaded into dry storage (5 acres on site). Now taking apart reactor; some large components stored and some shipped to TX (7M+ lbs. by rail to a federally licensed facility). Going forward NorthStar will be managing decommissioning and decontaminating the site (done by 2030).

99%+ of radiological hazard is contained and safe; now more of a demo project. All radiological protection goals have been met or exceeded; no environmental safety issues; no employee incidents or violations to date.
NorthStar is largest industrial decommissioning company for last 15 years (also asbestos; environmental cleanup, etc).
Decommissioning schedule is going better than planned; no significant unanticipated hazards.
Keeping communications current and transparent with local and state stakeholders. Supports local community events. Studies ongoing for potential redevelopment options for the site.
4 Way Test
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Is it beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary Minutes - February 12, 2020 Diane Hashagen 2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting January 22, 2020

January 22 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter Mona
Volunteer for next weeks Greeter: Kevin??
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Katja
Next weeks scribe  – Lisa Fitzgerald
This week Speaker – Justin Thompson
Next week Speaker – Tristan Toleno
This Day In History
Thought for the day:
Surrender to what is. Say “yes" to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
Rose-Marie Sorokin, The Miracle of Yes
Rotary Minute
Anna Griffith, Employment coordinator Families First
Guest speaker by Justin

Stan Nowaski from Noon Club

Conrad and Elijah from Windham Career Center

Anniversaries & Birthdays
Rotary Anniversaries
Tristam Johnson    January 22
Jim Maxwell                January 25

Less than two months to go for 3 on 3!! Letters have gone out to sponsors. Deadline is coming up for all the big sponsors ($500 plus $1000) to get them printed on T-Shirts and advertising. Check with KJ and Diane to see if we missed anybody to send a letter to.
Do you know of any teams in the area that we should send letters to? We need players!!!

Mona: International Student Exchange. We still looking for host families and people who will assist with different tasks (host counselors, see email…)If anybody is thinking to do hosting, we would ideally like to have 4-6 families. Rather than 2 half years…

Sadie: Thursday, tomorrow we have overflow shelter dinner. Who can do a main course?? We got volunteers for main course. Thank you!!
For the next overflow dinners you can actually sign up for the remaining 3 overflow shelter meals. Just remember which one you signed up for. Go to calendar on our website or upcoming events, there is a link, you can sign up there.

Tristam: received a note from Maria in Honduras. Academic year starts in February: Carla Johanna is starting her 11th grade in Feb 2020 at the agricultural school. She is very excited to start the new year and appreciates all the support we are giving her. She is thanking us for the past year’s supports. She wrote a letter to us where she explains all the new tasks she had gained this past year. Spanish is her favorite subject.

Thank you notes from Brattleboro Winter Carnival and Clean Water for the World.

Next Trivia Monday, Feb 10

Brags: Stan $5 don’t overthink the SOS, try to think outside the box, noon club has done pulled pork sandwiches, spaghetti meatballs, xmas dinner. He is passing around a sign up sheet for bowling on Jan 31. The noon club is inviting us!! Very kind of them. He also mentioned again the Food Bank every other Sat.

Student Rotarians: Conrad has been a while since the last time they were here. They accomplished: complete feed the 1000, Santa Letter Project (FBL put out forms to letter to send to Santa, they sent out over 120 letters) Sales of each letter will help students to go to spring conference for leadership students.
Personal finance class was cut couple years ago but it’s back!! Yeah

Cards: queen of Diamond – in the deck ☹

Rich Hoppe who joined last year and reminded us of the story of his grandson Copper. Cooper turned 5 and tomorrow is the 2-year anniversary of his heart transplant. He has an amazing medical story!! A miracle boy.

Damon: Last eve Aiden sent text that he was named 2nd team for all indoor state decade all state in 1000 meter. I hope I got this correctly.

John: public service announcement: Learn from the moon. Moon changing, moon cycles: if your right-hand matches moon it is waxing, left arm matching it is waning. This will change your life!!!

Tristam: yesterday was chaos for VT farm bureau, somebody tried to scam them by somebody who looked like “intuit”. If you have QuickBooks and you get a notice, it’s a scam!!

Erin: more public service announcement… usually gets to warmer places in winter. Last week she went to Jay Peak where there was grass on mountain, they actually had a water park and you could do indoor surfing!! There is plenty of snow now. Pres Jim was just there.

Guest Speaker

Justin to introduce Anna Griffith, workplace coordinator of employment for Families First.
A non-profit organization committed to helping special needs children and their families in Windham County in south eastern Vermont.
We serve children & adults who are medically fragile, developmentally delayed and those who have mental health issues. Eighteen years ago, Families First began with just three families who wanted to create an agency that would be creative, nurturing and responsive to the day to day needs of families with special needs children. Today we serve over ninety families, with several referrals coming in each month. 
The mission of Families First is to provide family-friendly service for children, youth, and adults living with disabilities. Our services promote independent living, enhance self-esteem, and cultivate community membership through caring and respectful relationships.
We are a Specialized Service Agency that provides Case Management, Personal Care, Shared Living, Respite, Employment Support, and many community activities. We based the services on each individual’s needs and build on identified goals created by each individuals’ team. As children approach adulthood, we help families plan for a smooth transition from graduation to work by networking with local businesses adult service agencies. Through our intake process, we assist you in determining eligibly for developmental services in Vermont.

The Brattleboro office was established April 2019
Programs offered: Job development, interview support, job coaching and training of staff,
68% of clients are enrolled in work programs, a few are enrolled in 40 hour weeks. They serve 25 individuals who are already employed and have 10-11 in the program looking for work and several are waiting list.

Practicing interview skills and have guest speakers as well to give further help with employment.
Community involvement is becoming more important this year. To let our community know that they have clients who can work. Over 20 companies locally have hired clients over the years.
Clients worked at Winston Prouty, Dotties, Co-op, Against the Grain.
Clients have graduated from career center and now actually working in auto industry
State of VT has now over 700 apprenticeship programs and some clients are interested in participating in those programs.

Clients have Autims, down syndrome, any intellectual disabilities before age of 18 that they work with
It’s not about what the clients cannot do, it’s what they CAN do. There is an untapped market of individuals that can work and with dire market of finding good employment, might be good to consider.
Justin has an employee that works for him and he works closely with support staff of Families First. He would be notified right away if there would be a problem that he might not see. Justin was highlighting his growth over the time of being there. He has been a tremendous help for Justin and the legion and he really enjoys working for him.
Wants you to think about giving a young individuals a chance.
The clients have a 75% unemployment rate… no real identity. If people ask you “who you are” 90% say what they do for a living. But with 75% unemployment rate, you don’t have a job, you don’t have an identity!!
Against the grain is a mayor supporter in our area and supporting “disabled” employees that make the best use and actually make use of their abilities and use them to the best of their abilities.

Easiest way to get an employee is to contact Anna or Alex
Anna Griffith
1-802-275-4949 x204

Thank you for reading!!
4 Way Test
  1. Is it the truth
  2. Is it fair to all concerned
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships
  4. Is it beneficial to all concerned
Meeting January 22, 2020 Katja Matthews 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary meeting 01.15.20 2020-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

January 08, 2020

 Battleboro Sunrise Rotary Meeting Notes for January 8, 2020 
Greeter:  KJ 
Meeting Opened: by President Jim Verzino at the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro                                               Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in our Minds Eye under the Disco Ball! 
Guests:  Bethany LaClair, guest speaker of the Boys & Girls Club 
Anniversary:  John Secrest 15 years (he remembers bringing Alina in a car seat) and Dan Dietz 14 years. 
Kevin proposed a fine on President Verzino for not recognizing all guest and he introduced former Student Rotarian, Megan Farrett.  He also noted that you will see her name as her Dad will be transferring ownership of Haviland’s Service Station at 193 Green Street, Brattleboro to her sometime in the future. Tristam Johnson noted that Haviland’s are well know in the community for trustworthy service and very reputable.  
Birthdays:   KJ, Jason Posternak, Lisa Fitzgerald (who by the way sported the hat correctly   
Announcements: KJ- trivia Night January 13th 6:30 pm @ American Legion, benefactor will be the Windham County Humane Society.  Jim Maxwell will MC as KJ will be in Orlando Florida.  Cindy mentioned she will be in Fort Lauderdale about the same time. 
Mona- Next Overflow Shelter Meal is Thursday January 23rd.  Menu is Beef Stew, Veggie Stew, drinks, salad ……..SIGN UP PLEASE! 
Jim V.- Board meeting @ WKBT tomorrow.  Kevin will have coffee, if not bring your own! 
Student Rotarians:  Alina Secrest & Hazel Wagner.  A few games are going on, headed to MAU today.  Top two teams in the State.  Looking for a win today as they beat them on their home course the last time.  Basketball & Girls hockey games today.  Finals in 2.5 weeks.  Project Feed the Thousands done for now.  John S. wants to know if they will study hard the next 2 weeks!  Q: asked if teachers talking about Iran.  A= NO but good topic 
Cards:  Josh Traeger filled in for our beloved Ed.  Bethany from B&G Club pulled the 10 Clubs and Megan Farrett won a huge pot of $85.00 
Braggs:  Katja Matthews- first big thank you to the Rotary Club celebrating NY’s Eve event.  Thanks to Justin & team catering and Mona, Stacy, Dianne a big THANK YOU.  Still working on final numbers but will advise.  Second- she went into her car this morning and music playing on CD she did not recognize.  Surprise gift of music from Germany from husband. 
Josh Traeger- big brag for Katja.  NY’s eve was a ton of fun, fantastic dancers & she had an idea, pulled together a team and pulled it off.  Awarded her with a Super Hero pin for her efforts. 
KJ- Dianne asked to brag for Katja pulling the NY’s eve event together, Mona for great decorations. 
Michelle Pond- NY’s Eve team and announced an upcoming Ducks Unlimited Banquet on January 25, 2020.  Eight guns will be raffled off and art work.  DU will be held at the VFW event starts at 4:30, auction 6pm. 
Mona- NY’s Eve Amazing Katja!  Had fun hope next year more Rotarians will attend.  Dianne & Stacy thank you, we all pulled together as a team- great time.  Also, her granddaughter is in Brownies and is selling Girl Scout Cookies.  Pay now or in March, order sheet going around. 
Turner- Brag that he & his home survived 35 family members for the holidays.  Only two plugged toilets & the freezer died!  Happy to see everyone come, happy to see them go! 
Kevin- Brag on the BEST Christmas gift ever!  Lovely daughter gave him an annoying (my word) cat crying neck tie!  Josh T- something in your shirt is dying.  Ooops it’s your manhood!  Kevin said until it is gone, I still have it   
  .  AMAZON PORTAL plugs into HDMI port allows you to Skype, Face Time right there on your big screen TV.  Life Size.  Got Eric & daughter one too.  Spent 2.5 hours watching grandson open gifts and he can see us life size.  It also has a story time app built in so when you read the 3 little pigs it is animated.  Highly recommended.  Tie is cats singing Jingle Bells on the tie by the way! 
Tristen- Son is teaching classes at Hatch Base. 
Deborah Rosenzweig- Thank you Katja & team for a great NY’s Galla.  Her “Bubby” (grandmother) died who was the matriarch of the family that lived in Toronto and a Holocaust survivor.  She had four sons Harvey, Harry, Marbie & Phillip.  For the last 20 years the brothers did not talk together.  Heard wonderful speeches.  Saturday we had Shivia (formal mourning for the dead) where you cover & focus on what is meaningful, by the end of the night all together now!  Really wonderful!  She was in a panic because no outfit for the NY’s Eve  party, Dan picked Deborah  up an outfit and as noted she was beautiful for the event and great-full to be there. 
Tristam Johnson-Needs to learn Italian.  Won a trip to Tuscany for $750 (1 week 8 people) at an auction run by Save Our Nations and Get Out to Vote. 
Tony- Brag for Megan Forrett she came back and was the winner of the Penfield Scholarship.  Megan stated she is at Vermont Tech in Randolph, absolutely loves it.  First quarter scored 90 and above.  Really happy and thank you for believing in me.  Studying Business Management and technology as she wants to someday take over her Dad’s business. 
Guest Speaker:  Bethany LaClair of the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.  She presently is the intern director but her intention is to become the formal director.  Board is doing their due diligence.  Club has been in business 20 years and serves 1000 kids in the community.  They average 40-60 on any given day.  The children have a structured hour for homework, they have e-gaming (with underlying skill learning they are unaware of).  Presently they have 6 JR staff.  The Kids Club is fairly new which is more structured with a whole schedule for ages 6-10.  Children receive snacks and free dinner every day.  Sometimes an adult family member will be there for dinner also.  They support summer camp and have partnered with Hatch Space where kids learn how to build skate boards.  The B&G Club want to get more members in the door.  There is a lot of talk about bullying, how to deal with it, stand up against it and report it.  They try to address the big issues the town faces.  Q:  what ages?  A:  6-18 years old  Q: Cost?  A: $25.00 a year.  Walk in’s free first time to check it out, thereafter $2.00 fee.  They also have some scholarships available if needed to help as many children as possible.  Q: what kind of volunteer system do you need?  A:  Background checks are done, definitely need little projects, 2-3 hours if great.  Spread the word most people don’t know what we do here.  Have program with supporting college.  Need awareness.  Minimum volunteer age is 13, no maximum age.  Q: Is there transportation issues?  A:  they have two vans that pick up children at the area schools, some volunteers walk with the students.  Children do not need to be Brattleboro residents.  Cindy- commented she works with the Department of Labor and can help her with connections for kids in transition.  Q:  How many people volunteer?  Right now, 3 staff & a wonderful gentleman that runs the bike shop.  Bikes are donated, need repair, he then teaches the child how to repair what becomes their own bike thereafter.  Erin- so impressed do you have any events to showcase what you do here?  A:  February 26 they have Youth of the Year Ceremony.  This is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.  This title recognizes outstanding high achievement in areas of academic excellence, healthy lifestyles, leadership character and service as well as obstacles overcome.  Members write and are judged with day long interviews.  First step is earning $500 scholarship, then can proceed to next level all the way up to $20,000.  The social starts at 6pm with a limo ride to the 99 Restaurant.  The Younger Kids Program is local.  We also have “Going the Distance Ride” in the Spring.  Fund raiser bike ride that is FLAT!  Q- is there professional development for the staff here regularly?  A:  YES, that is a huge priority especially with the kid ‘s club.  We just received our first star from the State of Vermont.  Receiving stars qualifies us for subsidy, currently we have 3 stars and our goal is to have the 4th star by the end of 2020.  This system gives us more members from DCF and other places.  We always want more education on children with behavioral issues, how can we deflate instead of escalate a situation.  We do have a quiet space to help them calm down. 
Jim V- point of interest, some of your members may want to participate in our 3 on 3 basketball tournament we hold. 
Cindy D.- kids with lots of barriers, what can the club do?   Wish list?  A: snacks/dinner is huge.  We ask about household income it is safe and non-judgmental.  If we hear that a kid needs something, we go buy it or find a resource to fill the need. 
Noted on our tour it was mentioned the need for Barbie Dolls, any kind of dolls, books and good board games that are age appropriate. 
Respectfully submitted (& a labor of love   
  ) Debbie Cox
January 08, 2020 Debbie Cox 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

January Meetings

The first regular January weekly meeting will be held Wednesday, January 8th at the Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club. 7:15am.
The January Board meeting will be held Thursday, January 9th st WKVT. 7:15am.
January Meetings Kevin Yager 2020-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 12/18/19

December 18 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter – Deb
Volunteer for next weeks Greeter
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Cindy Delgatto
Next weeks scribe  – Christine Takaks – Need Volunteer
This week Speaker – Valerie
Next week Speaker –  Jim V. – First week in January
This Day In History
Slavery is abolished in the United States. The 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.".

Japan invades Hong Kong.
Defended by 610 fighting men, the American-held island of Guam falls to more than 5,000 Japanese invaders in a three-hour battle.
An atomic leak in Nevada forces hundreds of citizens to flee the test site.
Rotary Minute
Our local rotary scholarships do not go to just high school graduates heading to a four year college. The Penfield Scholarship reserves $1,000 to someone going specifically to trade school. In addition to that, we have provided scholarships to students for fire science, nursing, automotive, dental hygienists and adults returning to school.  The only requirement is that it is used for postsecondary education

Jack Green - Senior Solutions
Jackie Gimmleman - Senior Solutions
Josh - KJ and Diane
Anniversary -
Turner Lewis – 51 years December 17, 1968
Josh Unruh, 2 years December 27, 2017
Josh Goldberg
Jim Verzino
Raffle Tickets - $8000 Yahoo!!! Special thanks to Tom Franks, Kevin, and
Tristam - World Vision huge project in Honduras looking to increase potable water and traveling to visit new proposed project.  More details to come...
Jim Verzino - Donate $5 each for special cause in place of secrete santa all donations go to Senior Solutions
Next Board Meeting will be January 8th 2020.
Student Rotarian –
 Josh finished up course study, grind, repeate, University of NH considering changing
Cards - You loose looser
Erin- Entrepreneur of the year and made it into a Coloring Book.
KJ - Brattleboro Tire for honesty car repair covered under warranty
Katja - Brag for Kevin for Brattleboro FM to do advertising for New Years Eve Gala with Bethany from Girls and Boys Club
Josh - Trip with 80 year old father to Cuba for bike trip, people to people trip.  40 miles per day hard core biking but they
Cindy - Joined State of Vermont for Department of Labor district director for workforce development.
Kevin - Brag for daughter Sarah who took another step towards adulthood and bought a new car 2020 Subaru.
Tristam - Food and produce donations from the community.
Toni - Jon and Kerry for hosting the holiday party.
Jon - great time and very easy to host holiday party.
Bowl of Life - Grew up in house where parents drove muscle cars, I have owned three Camaros
Jim - Erin - Josh T. - KJ - Ali - Cindy
Acquired first Camaro while first in high school then acquired her first shortly after in FL.  Then had convertible up until she moved to IN.  
Guest Speaker - Jack and Jackie and Valarie Stewart
3 Programs - Friendly Visitor, Vet to Vet, Senior Companions
All programs targeting loneliness and socially isolated and house bound Vermonter Elderly.
Senior Solutions - Established in 1973 Non Profit 501C3
Friendly Visitor – No age or hourly requirements help support elderly who are socially isolated.  Loneliness leads to depression which leads to dimension.
Vet – to – Vet – Started up locally this past April in partnership with the legion.  Currenltly have about 10 Vet Volunteers.  
Funded by individual contributions, public, and governmental support.
Growth of Program; 2018 – 67 people have visits; 2019 90 people received visits with over 6,310 hours of support.
Often the experience is as valuable for the volunteer as it is for the elderly individual.  “True Blessing in my life!”
Program is always looking for new volunteers or if know someone who is looking for support can reach out to hotline 1-866-673-8376.
Jackie – Americorp- Peace Corp for the US.  When graduated college uncertain what to do, so moved to CO and worked in a social VISTA – Volunteers In Service To America.  Working in the non-profit volunteer work environment.  Vermont has one of the largest Americorp; they will help pay for student loans or more future education.
Jack – moved from Brookline to Brattleboro so joined legion to find Poker game.  Met with Hal Lier and learned about the Vet to Vet program.  Joined and got matched with someone in Newfane.  Then got paired with a 95 year old WW2 Vet.  The Vet had a interest in Politics; brought the vet to a presentation at the River Garden and then lunch.  Ever since then he was a friend for life.  
4 Way Test
Is it the truth
Is it fair to all concerned
Will it build goodwill and better friendships
Is it beneficial to all concerned
Rotary Rag 12/18/19 Nick DuBois 2019-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 12/11/19

Rotary Rag, December 11, 2019
President Jim attempted to reverse entropy by calling the meeting to order at 7:15ish.
Acknowledgement was then offered to the official greeter for today, KJ. No mention was made of the roistrous posse. (You know who you are.)
Meeting schedule: There will be a meeting next Wednesday, Dec 18. You might wonder why there wouldn’t be a meeting. It involves tradition (holiday party on Sunday, and usually we don’t have a meeting that week), calendar (both holidays fall on Wednesday), and a sense that 3 weeks is too long to go without seeing each other. All to the end of recruiting a greeter (Turner volunteered) and someone to get a speaker (Val will try, Josh U volunteered as back-up.)
Dec 18  Greeter - Turner
Dec 18 Speaker Seeker - Val / Josh U
Dec 18 Scribe - Not recorded
This day in history:
  • 1882 - A production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe at Boston's Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.
  • 1930 - As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United States closes its doors.
  • 1941 - The United States declares war on Italy and Germany.
  • 1964 - Frank Sinatra, Jr., is returned home to his parents after being kidnapped for the ransom amount of $240,000.
  • 1972 - Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon's surface, the last time that men visit the moon.
  • 1997 - The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.
  • 2008 - Bernard "Bernie" Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in what was called a $50-billion Ponzi scheme.
Guest - Jon Mabie, member noon club
Fine - Kevin, Jim’s name tag in hand, proposes a fine on the President for failing to wear his tag. Motion passes to general acclaim. President Jim fines himself for failing to look up birthdays and anniversaries in advance. No one argues.
Announcements -
  • Jon Secrest - Party this Sunday, light on main course , will send out email with address. Ali asks that directions go out, Will will to confirm Jon does it.
  • Staci - Reports that the NY Eve Gala committee is looking for silent auction items. Proposes that each member donate at least one of their “favorite things” to be put into gift baskets. Could be food, drink etc. (no mention made of whiskers on kittens). Please bring to the next meeting or call Staci to arrange pick-up/delivery.
  • Tom -  Reports that the Board discussed the results of the member survey on makeup policy and achieved a semblance of consensus which he will attempt to draft into a coherent policy.
  • Josh U - Reporting on Pints for Polio noted that he was unable to acquire a venue for this fall and is working on getting it set up for March.
Student Rotarian Reports
  • Hazel  reports that winter sports have started.  The first Nordic practice this year was on snow (whoopie), an unusual occurrence. They have a lot of new skiers. It’s going to be a good year.
  • Sarah is playing hockey. They lost their first game after getting lost on the way there. (The 5 hour bus ride probably didn’t help). Their first home game is tonight. And, in a non-sports related item, the student council is leading the schools “Feed the Thousands” project participation.
  • Alina is a member of the Athletic Leadership Council which is publishing advance notice for games and competitions to increase attendance. Also noted that PSAT scores are out. (No gnashing of teeth or wailing observed).
President Jim confirms that there are no anniversaries or birthdays.
Cards - With a pot of $59 the Ace of Clubs was drawn. There was no winner.
  • Marcy - Daughter Rowan swam in 9 events (that’s a lot) in the winter classic meet in WRJ. She took time off every event she had a previous time in. In the 50 yd free-style she  beat rival by over a second (“totally on the flip turn”) and broke the 30 second barrier.
  • Sadie - Matilda opens tomorrow night at NEYT. It will be fabulous. If interested, contact her to join her crew tomorrow night. She also reported that Patty Meyer,  musical director for NEYT,  was informed of the death of her daughter in car crash this past Sunday during rehearsal. They are sending all of the light they can to her family.
  • Mona - Reported that she doesn’t get to spend much time with father and step-mother, even though they are close by. Last night they spent 6 hours with them, going  to “Bright Lights” in Springfield MA and then out to dinner. It was “the best night.”
  • Katya - Reported that she attended a memorial service for dear friend named Monty, (96 years old) from Kennebunkport, ME. He was a man of many stories who loved skiing, sailing, and cars. He lived 3 houses down from the senior President Bush. She shared a story from the 1980’s when he had purchased a new Mazda. President Bush saw him in it and asked to drive it (I’m imagining a convertible Miata, but I’m not sure). Some one captured the President driving it  on film (pre-digital, pre-cell phone) and it went viral, that is, into PRINT. Mazda tried many times to get Monty to accept compensation, which he declined. They finally just sent him a check for $50K that he donated to charity. More importantly, he walked Katya down the aisle at her wedding.
  • Will - Updating his presentation a few weeks ago, he reported that 3 people so far have signed up for his AirBnB offering “Learn to Ski with a Vermonter.”
  • KJ - A $2 brag for Monday’s Trivia which had a great turnout and donated $605 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Also a $5 brag for Erin, one of many remarkable women in our midst.
  • Jim - Memorialized the loss of his long time friend and teacher Richard Edelman at 93 years old. He brought Jim to Penn State to learn to act. They worked together in NYC. Richard had great sense of how and why do what you do as an actor. In Vermont, he had an association with Eric Bass at Sand Glass. Jim is going to miss him very much
  • Michelle - She joined Rotary when her daughter was in diapers. Same child is now being proposed for Rotary membership. 
  • Deb - In what I thought was going to be a brag for a new Mexican restaurant in Springfield (which is excellent she says) noted that her daughter was born 31 years ago, She also touted the benefits of moonshine, which doesn’t cause hangovers. Unlike the Margarita(s) she had last night.
  • Damon - Aiden competed in his first NCAA Div I competition in Boston on the “fastest track”. Came in 18th out of 30, half second off his previous personal best. Torin’s first race is Sunday.
  • Bethany - Two brags. First, for her last day of undergraduate studies, even though she has a couple of papers due. She starts a fulltime internship at C&S in the transport dept the first week in January. Second, for another procedure on her back, this time an “invasive surgery.” She anticipates a long road of recovery and his hopeful for relief.
Bowl of LIfe
This Rotaria climbed ¾ of Mt. Kenya. Guesses went in the following order: Dan to Will to Katya to Erin to Tristam to Jon S (who climbed all of Mt. Kenya) to Jason to Kevin to Josh T (not here) to Nick to Damon to Chris to Tom to Jeff to Lisa to Turner to Toni to Michelle to Sadie to KJ to Staci who guess Valerie, correctly She and John tried in their late 20s but couldn’t acclimate to the altitude.
Dinner Raffle Drawing
  • Total proceeds not available
  • Winners
    • Second prize - Kelly Willison, KJ’s sister
    • First price - John Mabie
The meeting adjourned with the Four Way Test at 8:16am
Submitted by Tom, standing in for Cindy
Rotary Rag 12/11/19 Tom Franks 2019-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 12/4/19

Rotary Minutes
Thank you to our Magnanimous Greeter:  KJ
Scribe for next week:  Cindy Delgatto
Ayla Traeger and John Maybe
This Day in History:
U.S. planes make the first raids on Naples, Italy.
Tennessee William’s play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.
The University of Tennessee defies court rulings by rejecting five African American (then called Negro) applicants.
President Ronald Reagan broadens the power of the CIA by allowing spying in the United States.
Bowl of Life:
Fill them out!
This weeks’s bowl of life – Will Shakespeare collected whale bones as a hobby!
Jon Secrest and Damon Kindopp

In the deck. You LOSE losers.
Tristam:   Thanks from Maria for support. Do we want to order more bags of special coffee?
Tom:  Thanks for filling out the survey about makeup meetings. The results will be emailed.
KJ:  Trivia will be next Monday night
Katya:  New Years Gala!
Toni:  Sell those raffle tix! The drawing will be next week.
Mona:   Thank you for helping the overflow shelter. It was a great success.
Board meeting tomorrow at 7am
Xmas Party on 12/15 at Jon Secrest’s house.
Student Report:
Coaching Unified Ball for Special Needs Kids – lots of fun!
National Honor Society N68 Hunger Program. Feeding hungry kids and they are doing Santa letters.
Sadie:  Nice to see everyone and thank you for all of the community service help. And for Matilda at NEYT the next two weekends. Go see it!
Jon S.:  Went to NJ for turkey day and saw the two New York Times reporters, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who chronicled their Weinstein exposé in She Said. And he did the turkey trot and got passed by a donut. Loved his gift of a wallet sized reading glasses from his daughter.
Jen Moyse:  The Brattleboro School of Dance performance of the Nutcracker will be at Landmark this year 12/20-22. Go see it!
Ayla’s first brag! She is collecting pencils and school supplies for needy kids.
Josh T: props to Katya and the rest of the committee for making the New Years Eve gala happen.
Debbie C.:  Give pins and access codes to loved ones. Sold her house in Whitingham and did her own deed and legal work!
Kevin:  Radio food drive at Market 32 for 3 days brought an outpouring so THANK YOU!
KJ:  Rescue Inc Raffle tix for the Dune Buggie!
Toni:  Presentation for prepping for widowhood! Kyle has a job! Sign the student rotarian sheet.
Turner:  His daughter has been around helping Kay prep for Christmas. So nice to have her around the house which hasn't been since college and she is turning 50!
Debra:  Thanks to Dan for selling raffle tix. Started her weekend retreats for couples in town last weekend and it went fantastic.
Damon: Maggie and Torin did NH X Country Banquet Sunday night. Aiden accomplished his first intercollegiate indoor run.
Marcy: Turkey day 5k . She participates by watching them run past her house.
Mona on community service and fundraisers survey:
    We want to continue doing the garden, student rotarians and the overflow shelter and other various community service projects too many to list here. Great work everybody!
There was discussion about which Fundraisers to continue:  Welcome Center, Pints for Polio and Touch a Truck were thrown around. The Touch a Truck topic will be revisited in January. Climate change projects and Veteran and Public Servant Projects were suggested as well. Working with seniors outreach to school principals for how Rotary can be of help to their students, dental problems for soldiers… Email all ideas to Mona and Sadie. President Jimmy suggested building a team to gain support before bringing new project ideas to the club.
President Jimmy V ends the meeting with the 4 way test.
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial for all concerned?
Respectfully submitted by Dan Deitz.
Rotary Rag 12/4/19 Daniel Deitz 2019-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 11/20

November 20 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter : Mona Williams
Volunteer for next week’s Greeter
Scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Debra Cox, Jen stepped in for Debra
Next week’s scribe  – 11/27  no meeting next week
This week’s Speaker – Chris Stoner
Next week Speaker –  Valerie Stewart – no meeting next week
This Day In History
The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg.
The Maryland National Guard is ordered desegregated.
President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing.
The United States announces it will give Turkey $35 million for farmers who agree to stop growing opium poppies.
The United States files an antitrust suit to break up ATT.
Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system.
Rotary Minute
Rotary has a seat in the General Assembly of the United Nations in recognition of the efforts of its membership to foster goodwill and peace across national boundaries
Rotary has the world's largest non-government Foundation providing educational and humanitarian aid
Kelly Dias Principle from Academy elementary
Jeff Morse from River Valley Credit Union and member of the noon club
Richard Davis from Windham Country Heat Fund to whom we will be presenting a check this morning.
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Justin Thompson – our breakfast chef!  Thanks for the yummy eats.
No Anniversaries

Toni:  Time to hand in and sell your raffle tickets.  We have three weeks left and we’re not even half way there.  There’s a Trivia night coming up in December we can sell at.  Put it on your facebook page, send out emails.
Mona: The volunteer book we voted to adopt is now on the table.  There’s an overflow shelter on December 3 for which we need volunteers.  If you’ve offered to pick up for Project Feed the Thousands, you can see the schedule in the tab behind the overflow shelter sign ups.
Katja: We currently selling tickets for the New Year’s Eve gala from on December 31st at 6:30 for $65.  On December 1st the price increases.  But now – dress up in the roaring twenties theme or come as you like.  Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls club of Brattleboro.
Will: Friday January 31st  we have a social outing with the noon club bowling.  Bring family or come by yourself.  Get a team together or join one when you arrive.  Save the date: 1/31/20 from 5:30-7:30pm.
Michelle: Vernon motorcycle group gathers toys for a holiday toy drive but needs help distributing them to families in Vernon.  Anyone willing to help organize this please contact Michelle Pong.
Student Rotarians – no student rotarians today
Cards:  $40 prize, 6 of clubs drawn, it’s in the deck, no winner today
Tristan talked about his heart attack three weeks ago.  He was shopping with his Mom at the Springfield Costco.  While in his car and getting ready to leave he felt dizzy then suddenly “awoke” to his wife shaking his arm asking if he was okay.  He called his doctor and then headed to Baystate Medical Cardiac unit.  After 2 days he was in the cardiac cath lab.  He had a 100% blockage of the left anterior descending coronary artery, often called “the widowmaker”.  They cleared the blockage and the next day he felt better.  A week later he was on a business trip to Vancouver.  He’s feeling grateful and starting the Cardiac Rehab Program at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Tristam said the coffee shop is closed, but we spent $140 to earn a gross of $264 this year to benefit our scholarship student San Pedro Sula Honduras.
Mona thanked everyone who helped with the first overflow shelter of the season.  Laura who runs the program said it went very well.  The group was out by 7:30 and Mona hopes the next one goes just as smoothly.
Turner welcomed Tristan back to Rotary.
Jim said his sister from South Carolina and cousin from Florida are both visiting to help him put in a new kitchen.  They are almost done with the install.
Marcy fined herself for failing to produce meeting notes from a couple weeks ago.  She thought she had lost them, but they’ve been found and she will get them out soon.
Justin thanked his wife, Jessica, who found coverage for his shift yesterday so they could go out for his birthday.
Check Presentations:
We presented a check to Jeff Morse for Project Feed the Thousands who thanked us for our work doing the food pick-ups for so many years and for being such a great Project Feed partner.  We donate more cash than the noon club!  Jeff and Kelly Corbeil have been co-chairs of the program since 1994 and our club has been a partner since our conception in 1995.  Their goal is to raise $85,000 in funds and provide 125,000 meals/non-perishable food items to 17,000-18,000 families/individuals in need.
We presented a check to Richard Davis of the Windham County Heat Fund.  He told us very little work needs to be done because of community organizations and donors like us.  Each year they raise $30,000-50,000 to help 100 families/individuals in need with fuel assistance.  Sometimes there are even more in need due to unexpected emergencies.  The money is given directly to the fuel companies with 0 administrative costs.  Thanks for our donation!
Guest Speaker: Kelly Dias, principle of Academy School
It’s great to see what Rotary does because our initiatives align with those at Academy School.  They are currently identifying families who need holiday gifts and families with food insufficiency who need help with food.
This year’s moto at Academy is Equity, Access, Rigor, and Engagement for all kids.  They encourage the students to be the best they can be.  This is in light of state initiatives which sometimes make it more difficult, such as the cut in funding to ACT 173 which provides funds for special education.  Now that these kids cannot go out for services the school is addressing how they can help all kids in the classroom.  It’s also difficult in light of the transiency of the student body.  There is a 30% turnover of the student population each year.  The school’s core beliefs are to advance learning and achievement for all students by providing a socially productive environment which is also academically rigorous.
Ms. Diaz was a student at Academy since kindergarten and now her daughter is a kindergarten student there, so it’s coming full circle.  Although she taught in Rhode Island after attending UVM she realized she love the Brattleboro schools and ultimately returned to the area.
They work toward their goals be starting with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  On the bottom of the pyramid are physical needs: food, clothing, shelter – necessary for physical survival.  Next is safety.  This is followed by love and belonging – they try to provide the ability to get and give love. 4th is esteem toward which they work by providing care and support.  All this will open the way for self-actualization, a stage at which students will feel complete and be able to experience the joy of life.
Many of the kids at Academy are on the first level – physical needs.  The school provides universal free meal at breakfast, lunch and afterschool snacks for students participating in afterschool programs.  50 students get food backpacks sent home on weekends.  Once a month the Veggie Van Gogh program provides fruits, vegetable and other food items with recipes on how to use them.  Their nurse is always busy taking care of the students’ health.  She rarely gets lunch.  The kids often need to be cleaned, get lice treatment, need clean clothes, medications or just hugs.
To provide safety they work on prevention and emergency planning.  There have been more school shootings than weeks in the year in 2019.  Academy has partnerships with the Fire Department and Police Department to help keep the kids safe.  The work with DCF to keep kids safe when not at the school.  They encourage consistent expectations of a culture of safety.  They provide an increasing number of afterschool clubs to keep kids in a safe environment and provide a sense of belonging.  To promote love and a sense of esteem they celebrate students’ successes and talk about the power of yet to teach persistence.
Their initiatives this year are to develop the Wellness Team which consists of a counselor, social worker, HCRS clinician, a board-certified behavior therapist, the nurse, special educators, the planning room coordinator and the assistant principle.  They identify and make plans for kids who need assistance to succeed.  One Rotarian asked if there was a wellness program for the staff.  Kelly responded they provide regular staff lunches, offer workshops for wellness strategies and plan to have a mindfulness workshop taught by a local yoga teacher.
The school works through universal instruction within the classroom, rather than tiers of instruction which is the old model of instruction.  The Wellness team helps teachers focus on the social and emotional health of each child.  They all help students express their feelings, advocate for themselves and teach them the tools of good health.  There is an increase in the number of kids who experience self-harming thoughts which is alarming.  The wellness committee is working on procedures to deal with these events.
Another initiative for the school is to participate in the Towns Schools’ Green Street Sabers initiative to address emotional stressors.  They have identified that 38% of the Town Schools population deals with emotional stressors.  One Rotarian asked if that’s an increase.  Ms. Diaz responded this is the first year they are collecting the data so it’s hard to know.  She did comment that October is always the highest month of behavioral referrals in the school year.  The group has been discussing that this year’s 5 and 6 year olds are the first class of children of the opioid epidemic.
The way Kelly works to meet the initiatives is by doing lots of check-ins with the student body.  Her favorite part of the day is greeting kids at the door in the morning and afternoon, which either she or the assistant principle, or both, do everyday.  Recently she learned at this time about one student who didn’t have a winter coat and another who had an emotionally stressful experience over the weekend that was out of the ordinary.  It’s also just fun to see all the kids.
The school’s HCRS clinician is on-site full time to work with clients and other students on targeted goals.  She provides the “If Men” positive masculinity group for 5th and 6th graders.  She provides parent coaching for families in need.  The school’s social worker is also on site.  They use money from the state through Title One funds to help increase achievement.  The school has created two clothing pop-up shops this year to provide free clothes to those in need.  Soon they will have the “Share Shed”, created by funds from the Thompson Trust to provide donated clothing and supplies on a regular basis for anyone who needs them.
Another intiative is the “restorative practices” initiative, lead by Assistant Principle John Sessions.  They identify student leaders and offer restorative justice training, recently provided by Mel Motel.  They create a student circle lead by students to dialogue about restorative practices that can help change the behavior when there are behavioral referrals.
Kelly then presented a Case Study on a student now in 6th grade for which they began an intervention when she arrived at the school in 3rd grade.  This was her last stop before being sent to a special behavioral program school.  In 3rd grade she recognized only 3 letters of the alphabet and could only count to 4.  She was constantly acting out, was unable to be independent, had no friends and spent much of her days with staff.  They started by addressing her basic needs.  They did a functional analysis, created a differentiated curriculum, and got outside providers involved for therapy.  She was then partnered with the younger classes as a student leader.  This gave her a sense of belonging.  Her amount of time in general education increased.  Her skills increased.  She now has no behavioral incidents, spends allher time in general education, has friends and enjoys being at school.  A Rotarian asked what the school can do if the outside environment does not meet the needs of the child, as this child’s did.  Ms. Diaz responded that is when they get DCF involved.
Academy also emphasized learning through the natural world.  They have a community garden and have hiking trails created through the donation of land to the school.  The school recently went on a school wide hike through these new trails.  When the students are outside they have zero behavioral incidents and there is an increase in helping and talking amongst the students.
Kelly took questions from Tristam who asked what the school does for the summer vacation when interventions are not ongoing.  Kelly answered there is a significant learning loss over the summer, but they have a 6 week summer session and they try to provide help getting kids in summer camps, often through the Rec camp or HCRS camps.  They also have a summer food program.  They’re hoping to get their school social workers to have summer hours to provide full-time access.  Another questions was if the school has concerns that all the progress will be lost when the students head to BAMS.  Kelly responded there is always a little fear for all 6th graders heading to the middle school, but they meet with the middle school providers to help coordinate the plane.  At some point they just have to trust and let go though.  REMINDER:  The February trivia night will benefit the Academy School PTO so get the word out and attend.
4 Way Test
Is it the truth
Is it fair to all concerned
Will it build goodwill and better friendships
Is it beneficial to all concerned
Rotary Rag 11/20 Jen Moyse 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 11/6

November 6 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Marcy Caulkins
Next weeks scribe – Toni Ciampaglione
This week Speaker – Will Shakespeare
Next week Speaker –  Sandy Shriver
This Day In History
1860- Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th president of the United States.
1861- Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
1911- Maine becomes a dry state.
1973- Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
Rotary Minute
In 1955, the Rotary Club of Brattleboro helped to fund the rope tow of what is now the heart of the ski hill at Living Memorial Park.
Guests - Ruben Garza, from the United Way
Anniversaries & Birthdays
-No Birthdays!
-Rota-versary, Tristam Johnson, November 11, 20 Years!!
Kevin - Project Feed, not all drop off locations are ready, but we are responsible for Price Chopper, Dottie’s, and the Co-op.  Might not need to do PC on Mondays.  Need to separate food by donation location, but Dotties and co-op can be together.  Deliver to Food Works at the former Domino’s building on Canal st between noon and 4 or 4:30.  We already have volunteers on most pick up days.  If you can’t do pick ups on your day, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
Katya- tickets are available for our New Year’s Eve bash.  They will be $65/each early bird pricing through the end of November, then price will go up to $75.  Benefits Boys and Girls Club.  Tickets will be available at Cota and Cota
Josh T. - Chuck for Charity is wrapping up.  We raised $6400 to be split between the two clubs.  Many thanks to all our sponsors.  
Mona - 2 volunteers needed at the Food Bank Sat 11/9, from 9-12.  Monday 11/18 will be our first overflow shelter dinner.  
Jason - keep selling dinner raffle tickets
Jim V. - board meeting tomorrow at 7:15
Student Rotarians
(scribe’s note - apologies for being distracted by a sign up sheet during this segment) Our students from Hinsdale had a successful farm day, raising $2000 in the morning alone.  Also looking forward to a Harlem Globetrotters game this weekend
Cards  4 of spades, you lose, losers
Damon - had some running brags again, for student rotarian Maggie who will be competing in cross county in CT.  And for son Torin who finished 7th overall at a recent meet, and took 4 seconds off his PR in one of his events
Nick - celebrated his 1-9 yesterday
Mona - for her gransdon born last week
Michelle - went to CT to see her daughter sworn into the Bar
Cindy - Sisters on the Fly participating in Luggages of Love, creating suitcases full of women’t supplies for women’s shelters
KJ- for all who helped with Trivia Night, and a reminder to always say that kind word, you never know who might need it
Katya - for trivia night as well.  
Kevin - is feeling the love, but still fines everyone for not wearing a pin.  Also brag for grandson Wyatt’s first haircut
Guest Speaker
Our own Will Shakespeare, talking about retirement and his approach to it.
Will advises to start thinking about retirement now.  Do you plan on downsizing? Moving?  When Will and his wife thought about this, they decided to come up with a “values list” (as in, what do they value, and what values do they want to live by).
They decided they wanted to stay living in Vermont.  Their kids live in Brooklyn and they wanted them to have a place to escape to.  They also wanted to provide the “storybook adventure” opportunity for grandchildren.
They realized they didn’t want to downsize at all, and have maintained the farm, which started with chickens.  After all, retirement is NOT for doing nothing.
Staying healthy was important, and farm living and some amount of self sufficiency was important for that.
Last year, they expanded into the Air BnB world.  So far, they have had 18 visitors at “Shakespeare’s Folly Side Farm”, and have received 5 star reviews from all of them.
Bottom line: Will says - don’t fear retirement, think of it as being 16 again.
4 Way Test
Is it the truth
Is it fair to all concerned
Will it build goodwill and better friendships
Is it beneficial to all concerned
Rotary Rag 11/6 Marcy Caulkins 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Newsletter November 13, 2019

President Jim started her the meeting with this day in History…......  

1835 - Texans officially proclaim independence from Mexico, and calls itself the Lone Star Republic, until its admission to the Union in 1845.

1914 - The brassiere, invented by Caresse Crosby, is patented.

1940 - U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods.

1956 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously strikes down two Alabama laws requiring racial segregation on public buses.

1970 - A powerful tropical cyclone strikes the Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), causing an estimated half-million deaths in a single night; the Bhola cyclone is regarded as the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.

Change in Streaking policy voted by board. No fine for steaking. However, there is a $5 fine if the streaker does NOT say something to the speaker ahead of time.
Katja warmly greeted us this morning and next week will be Mona.
 GUEST SPEAKERS:  Rob Szpila, Grace Szpila, Alex Shriver, Padma Mendelsund, and Sophie Mikijaniec
 Interfaith Youth Group: Trip to South Dakota Indian Reservations
Each person paid for their own travel and basic fees, but the group had also fundraised to be able to pay for other travel costs and for the materials needed to run the camp for a week. They spent two days in Pine Ridge visiting Wounded Knee and projects supported by Rotary before the trip, and then traveled and camp at Standing Rock to learn about the Dakota pipeline and ongoing environmental concerns.
Before the arrival of the Simply Smiles organization 10 years ago to La Plant, the town was one of the poorest and most isolated in the United States. The winters are harsh and the options for employment are few. The nearest grocery store or gas station is almost an hour away and an interstate highway goes through the middle of the sparse homes. Since 2009 the Simply Smiles, with help each year from Brattleboro locals and other volunteer groups from around the nation, have built a horseshoe pit and playground, renovated a community center and constructed homes for local families. This year the group's efforts focused on the children and the painting of a mural. Some 65 children were picked up each day from the surrounding hills to come and play basketball and Frisbee, to bake cupcakes and do crafts, to sing and read books, and the group of 20 from Brattleboro was there from July 4 to 13. Two other groups, one from Connecticut and the other from a Cherokee high school in Nebraska, were there the same week to help.
This year, they meet up with In Sight Photography professor John Willis on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He has developed deep relationships there with artists and activists whom he introduced to the group. He also traveled north to meet the group at the site of the Standing Rock protest after the week in La Plant.
  1. Katja- New Year’s Eve party tickets are available, all proceeds go to The Boys & Girls of Brattleboro
  2. Mona- created a community service binder filled with sign-up sheets for our events that we have committed to. The binder will be available at each meeting to help with the process.
  3.  Jon - hosting the Holiday Party on Sunday December 15th at 5:30, details to come.  
  4. Kevin – Project Feed pick-ups are happening, have 1 day that needs coverage Dec 20th.
  5. KJ- December 9th Trivia Night at 6:30, Big Brothers, Big Sisters is the charity sponsor.
  • Football team won the state championships game, first time in 56 years.
  • Pre-season Nordic has begun
  • Basketball and IBL try outs are starting
  • Finished fundraising for prom, not sure how much they raised but it was enough so that it won’t have to be in the gym.
BIRTHDAYS:    no birthdays                             
ANNIVERSARIES:   Mona – 2 years on 11/15
CARDS:  3 of Diamonds.… no winner~ YOU LOSE, LOSERS!!!!
Rob: bragged for our club for the disc golf tournament
KJ: bragged $5 for spending Sunday with 112 veterans from WW II, Vietnam and the Korean wars. It was a reunion for last year’s Honor Flight.
Damon: bragged the transition from fall to winter sports. They were in Wickham Park last weekend where Torin took 35th out 260 boys at the New England Championship.
John Mabie: bragged for their daughter Lauren who on Sunday did her ruck march to bring awareness to the veteran suicide rate. The march was up in White River Junction this year and 10-12 people participated.
Katja: bragged for Rob and the students and the great presentation, she also bragged for Will’s presentation last week which she enjoyed very much. 
Sandy: dollar-less, bragged for the BUHS boys’ soccer team that won 2 playoff games and made it to the D1 semi-final game.   
Turner: bragged for last Wednesday, he and Kay traveled to Michigan and managed to come back in a snowstorm that created multiple delays along the way.
Will: bragged for his son Nick’s visit home and how thrilled with life he is as storyboard artist in NYC. Currently working on Sesame Street, life is good.  
Rotary Newsletter November 13, 2019 Toni Ciampaglione 2019-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 10/30/19

Thank you to our Magnanimous Greeter:  KJ
Scribe for next week:  Marcy Caulkins
Next week Speaker:      Will Shakespeare
This Day in History:
Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Lorian County, Ohio becomes the first college in the U.S. to admit female students.
John L. Baird performs first TV broadcast of moving objects.
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds is broadcast over the radio by Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. Many panic believing it is an actual newscast about a Martian invasion.
The "Rumble in the Jungle," a boxing match in Zaire that many regard as the greatest sporting event of the 20th century, saw challenger Muhammad Ali knock out previously undefeated World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman.
BET Holdings Inc., becomes the first African-American company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rotary Minute
Josh on Membership:
We have a really fun club.  However we got so popular we kind of got out of the habit of bringing in guests and trying to build it. Natural attrition does decrease numbers.
Let’s have everybody bring a buddy sometime in the next 6 months. (We don't want just a warm body after 2 beers – try to bring someone you think would be an asset to the club)
Ed Dews – October 31
Rotary Anniversaries:
Bethany Martin – 4 years, October 16, 2019
Debbie Cox – 2 Years, October 25, 2019
O'Keefe, Erin Maile – 3 years, November 2
Ciampaglione, Toni – 19 years, November 1, 2000
Damon Kindopp – 19 years, November 1, 2000
Guest Introductions: Damon introducing Steve Perrin from BUHS, our guest speaker.
Josh introducing his lovely daughter Ayla.
In the deck. You LOSE losers.
Ed Dews: If anyone is late you owe .50 cents because of the time change.
KJ:  3 on 3 contact sheets are being handed out. Previous donors on those sheets, update them if you know something about this or add on additional sponsor ideas and hand in next week.
Tristam:   He has only 4 bags of special coffee left but nobody likes whole bean so he will grind them at the coop for us and bring next week.
Katja:  New Year’s Eve party is on the road. Diane Mona and Stacey are joining her in organizing what will be a 1920’s New Year’s Eve party. There will be a silent auction and great food. Profits will go to Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro.
Mona:   Overflow shelter meals we are doing are going to be once a month. First sign up is for 11/18. We need food to be dropped off by 530-6. Our first meal will be pasta, salad. And we need 3 gallons of milk to serve up to 34 people. Nobody gets turned away. Stay away from the spices. Low barrier shelter. If you are bringing a child or teen, you should know that there might be people on substances who don't want to interact with you. Need 3-4 people once a month to do serving and clean up.
This is the last year it will be at Austine School. They are building a new facility at the Austine center that should be up and running.
Ali:   brought her laminator if people want to laminate their posters
Tom Franks:  Official rotary Thank You’s are in the box. If you have a reason to thank someone for a rotary donation, you can give them an official thank you.
Kevin:   Project Feed the Thousands. Locations are Dotties, Price Chopper and the Coop. Groceries are now being delivered to Foodworks, the former Domino’s on Canal St. Christine, the new director of Foodworks, or Kevin, can be called if you get into a pinch.
Toni:   Date for 3 on 3 is 3/21. It will be the 24th annual. Checking in on Raffle Tix – She is appreciating if you hand them in as you go, it makes it easier. Discussion about platform sales has begun.
Diane:   Trivia is Monday night. Proceeds go to $5 Ski Hill.
Justin: $5 for cardiologists. Tristan Toleno had a mild heart attack on Sunday. He stayed in the hospital for a couple of days. Cleared out an artery blockage, had a stint put in and is just fine and healing. He wanted us all to know that he is doing well.
Jim Maxwell: The Reformer Article about Polio Eradication by Rotary merits a fine for everyone of a dollar.
Marcy: Tomorrow is HALLOWEEN. She is in the home stretch. Go!
Chris Stoner: His baby Daughter was born 10/2! Everyone is happy and healthy.
Mona: Her son and his girlfriend are in labor. There will be a new baby boy by the end of the day!
Damon: Feeling good about RUNNING! Maggie St. John, student rotarian, qualified to move onto another running race. Torrin – amazing runner! His teammate Jake won!
Tom Franks: Doesn't run. His wife tho, ran the cape cod marathon on Saturday and almost was sub 2 but she didn't cut the corners.
Josh: Last minute Ayla joined a soccer tournament team and had a great time. Go AYLA!
KJ: Go see American Gothic, Jen Moyse, her son and husband and Staci Leffel’s husband are phenomenal.
Dan: apologizing for the cards debacle last week. WE are letting it go.
Erin: 2500 people came out to the tiny house festival in Sugarbush last weekend. The resort was incredibly staffed and she loved the support but it wasn't downtown Brattleboro. 60 presenters on 3 stages. 26 tiny houses. Art installations. A shopping cart arch was the entrance to the village. Speed design reviews were available from architects and designers. Two 9 yo girls both had designs for tiny houses with popsicle stick houses sitting with the two featured architects from Montreal. Huge success despite pelting rain for the 3rd year in a row! Now she needs to rest. Next year it will be in Brattleboro.
Guest Speaker:
Steve Perrin, Principal of BUHS
What was your most impactful educational experience K-12? Discuss amongst your table for 30 seconds… It is the relationship with the teacher that matters! He started there as a science teacher in 1995. His constant battle is to remind everyone that change is good. The school needs to keep adjusting to the times that are a changing. Physical Plant – the Facility is kept very well and are considered the crown jewel of all schools in district. Cafeteria was renovated, flooring was replaced there and in the gym. Athletic complex and track have been redone and are gorgeous. The field is going to be synthetic turf despite debate. And there is a new softball field where they are now hosting soccer games as well.  
Programming – math, science, social studies, art, foreign language, AP courses, dual credit courses – courses at the high school can also give you credit at partner colleges. Lots of high school students now can graduate with 16-20 college credits.
4 years ago they launched interspace academies – STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math), Visual and Performing Arts, and International Studies. Many of these include career center courses. Such a great addition. LNA program was launched too (nurses), a cyber security strand was launched too.  Maybe Josh Goldberg will teach it?
Faculty - There has been lots of turnover, a young faculty, average age was 75 now it is late 20’s. The student teacher relationship is key. There has been a focus on how to champion students and build better relationships. Leaning into the unmet needs of students, a trauma – informed community. So that all students, regardless of their home context, receive predictability, structure and safety at school. Proficiency based instruction is no longer it. Interact club plug…
President Jimmy V ends the meeting with the 4 way test.
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial for all concerned?
Respectfully submitted by Debra Rosenzweig
Rotary Rag 10/30/19 Debra Rosenzweig 2019-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 10/16/19

Thanks to Greeter  Deb Cox
Volunteer for next weeks Greeter – Will Shakesphere
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Mona Williams
Next weeks scribe – Kevin Yager (10/23)
This week Speaker – Jason Posternak
Next week Speaker – Debra Rosenzweig (10/23)
This Day In History
KJ was filling in for Jim V.
Quote of the day: “ I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Rotary Minute
No rotary minute
Steve Harrison, Asst District Governor – Bellows Falls Rotary
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Rotary Anniversaries
Date Joined Rotary
Bethany Martin       4 years on October 16, 2015.
Sandy Shriver           22 Years on October 10, 1997

Tom Franks – does not want to serve as secretary next year, please someone step up.
Diane – Trivia was awesome, approximately 50 people showed, it was great fun and great food. Next Trivia night will be Nov 4th due to the second Monday of the month being Veterans Day.
Josh Traegger – Huge Thank you for all who helped and participated in the Disc Golf Event. They had 68 players.
Josh Unruh – he is looking to do another Pints for Polio night, this time at the Marina. There is a little bit more space there. Asked when in November might be a good date? Wednesday, November 13th, starting around 6 pm was offered as a good day and time.

Cards – 8 clubs, no winner this week!
Student Rotarians – What have we got? No student Rotarians this week.
Deb Cox – Disc Golf, Josh Goldberg did a great job organizing the volunteers.
Josh Goldberg – Josh T. and Rob really were the backbone of the event. They did so much behind the scenes to make this event great.  
Ali – Thank you Lisa for filling in for here this morning and collecting money.
Michelle – Thank you to Lisa for booking her an amazing trip!!!
Kevin – 1st, fine for anyone not wearing their pin. 2nd , last week Kevin and his wife join the Elks B.P.O.E. 1499 to broaden their civic duty. They give to a lot of organizations and it is a great group.
KJ – 1st, This weekend at Jamaica State Park, Adventure Race on Saturday, Oct 19th. They have a family fun course for ages 6 and up also!!! Bring your family. 2nd, Thursday, Oct 17th is the drawing for the car benefit for Rescue Inc. Drawing to be held at the Marina. I still have tickets.
Jason – Thank you Toni for filling in and distributing tickets for the Dinner Raffle!
Turner – He had a friend visiting from Texas, they came at the perfect peak season for foliage. They visited for 4-5 days and spent the time going for rides, talking about their kids and growing up and had an all-around great visit.
Kevin – Rotary Cares taping tomorrow (Oct 17th) the episode will be about Polio and will feature our own Michelle!!
Toni – Dinner Raffle Tickets – Everyone has raffle tickets 12 Books, Everyone really needs to sell their books, we are down a few Rotarians so if we can sell and help with the extra tickets that would be great. Sell tickets to the Noon time Club, Rotarians who are not here anymore,  at Trivia Night, use Facebook and send emails.
The money from this raffle supports Project Feed the Thousands, the Windham County Heat Fund, Nutrition Program (lunch/meals to kids during school breaks), First Night Brattleboro, Boys and Girls Club, GroundWorks and supporting our community. This fund raiser makes about $9000 for us to support all these projects and groups.
Kevin Yager – Volunteered a tutorial  on “how to close the sale”. ☺
Mona – Thank you to Deb and the noontime club volunteers for a great Food Bank Sort a thon. The Food Bank event will happen the 2nd Saturday of every month, 9 am – 12 pm. We will be looking for volunteers.
Bowl of Life – Sandy Shiver started and guessed correctly the first time!!
“After being a manager at Staples, I became a happy receptionist. This was a stepping stone for this person’s career.” ----- Josh Goldberg
Guest Speaker – Asst District Govenor Steve Harrison
He is filling in for Keith Clark who has recently moved to DC. Steve is a Bellows Falls Rotarian. He is currently on Fall break from Kurn Hatten School and was making a surprise visit to join us this morning. He goes to 5 clubs in our area and is trying to make it to a meeting every quarter at each location.
Steve spoke of the greatness of the Rotary fellowship, comradery and fundraising.  He stated we, Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary, function well as a club and getting things accomplished. Thank you for giving him time to speak and welcoming him to our meeting.
4 Way Test
Is it the truth
Is it fair to all concerned
Will it build goodwill and better friendships
Is it beneficial to all concerned
Rotary Rag 10/16/19 Mona Williams 2019-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 10/9/19

Upcoming scribe & speaker:
Mona Williams Scribe 10/16
Jason Posternak Speaker 10/16
This Day in History:
0028- The Temple of Apollo is dedicated on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
1779- The Luddite riots being in Manchester, England in reaction to machinery for spinning cotton
1949- Harvard Law School begins admitting women
Rotary Minute:
Most Remote Rotary Club – Which Rotarians have to travel farthest for a makeup meeting? You are right if you guessed the 34 members of the Rotary Club of Papeete, Tahiti, which is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is the club that is most remote from any other
Student Rotarians (Hinsdale):
Recent financial aid night for college bound students, Many of the club and committees are chaired by our own student Rotarians!, Saturday is Farm Day at Hinsdale High School complete with haunted hay ride.
Anniversaries & Birthdays:
Sandy Shriver 22 years a Rotarian!
10/6 Happy Birthday Bob Fagelson
-Monday is Trivia Night
-Disc Golf Tournament is this Sunday
-Oct is the month for the nominating committee to pick upcoming officers for the club
-Pints for Polio moved to November with a Halloween costume donation element
-3 volunteers are needed to sort food from 9-noon at the VT Food Bank behind Members 1st Credit Union this weekend
-$7000 raised so far in sponsorships for the disc golf tournament, a big thanks to our sponsors and to those who got our sponsors
-Alex Shriver has is license!
-NEYT has a new SNL style show coming up, go see it
-Raffle tickets are still available for the Rescue, Inc. car raffle
-Sat the 19th is the next Adventure Race, join in
-Proxy brag for Deb: Thanks for all the help with the garden last weekend
-Ali went to visit her mom after successful surgery and survived her time with the rents!
-Ali thanked all the Rotarians that pitch in to help with everything and is thankful for it being burgundy day today at Rotary
-Cindy is heading camping in her new camper with Sisters on the Fly, go visit at the Rutland Fairgrounds!
Sandy Shriver won $22,000 dollars aka $22!
Guest Speaker:
The Creepatorium 2018 video was amazing, they work from Summer to Halloween day to get their Halloween display ready for action. COME CHECK IT OUT THIS YEAR! 5 years running.,,,
Gargoyles, pumpkin heads, and skeletons run by shiatsu massage motors……..:-)
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Rotary Rag 10/2/19

October 2 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter Thanks Josh Goldberg Volunteer for next weeks Greeter
Who is scribe + Speaker
This week scribe – Josh Traeger Next weeks scribe – Josh Unruh
This week Speaker – Erin Maile-O’Keefe- Invited Abby Mnookin with
Next week Speaker – Michelle Pong says Marcy is her guest - Halloween Prep Presentation
This Day In History 1950 The comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schultz, makes its first appearance in newspapers.
1959 The groundbreaking TV series The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, premiers on CBS.
1964 Scientists announce findings that smoking can cause cancer.
1967 Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, is sworn in.
Rotary Minute Rotary Council on legislation has the responsibility of considering and acting upon all “enactments,” which are proposed changes in the Rotary International Bylaws and Constitution and Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Proposals may be submitted by any Rotary club, district or the RI board. The council’s actions are subject to review by all the Rotary clubs of the world before they become final. If 10 percent of the voting strength of the clubs oppose a council action, such legislation is suspended and it is submitted to all the clubs for a final vote.
Guests Erin introduces nephew -Dylan Kyle and Abby Mnookin, and Kevin KJ- sasses president and refuses to welcome student Rotarians Student Rotarians Maggie - Hinsdale Audrey- Hinsdale - Junior
Alena- BUHS- Junior Hazel- BUHS - Junior Sara- BUHS- Junior Conrad- Windham Regional - Senior Elijah- Windham Regional - Junior Don’t forget to sign their sheets
-Board Meeting Tomorrow
-Trivia Monday Oct 14th - we need more volunteers and please put up posters - benefits Company of Muses Dance Scholarship
-Sale of Coffee- raises money for a scholarship and work exchange program - buy more coffee from Tristam - $12 a bag -Thanks for supporting a future leader
-Rotary Romp - Monday October 7th - meet at 5pm Rotary Romp activity and then come back at 6pm for dinner and drinks
-Toni- Email from Dr. Bob says hello and thanks for the card. His son Adam moved back to town which has been wonderful.
-Garden work time Sunday October 6th at 9am, 10am, 11am - 6 bags of mulch donated by Josh Unruh and Leader Home Center
-Rotary Disc Golf - Josh Goldberg-coming up Sunday Oct 13th, great crew of volunteers
-Ali- Pre-pay invoices
-This day in history two years ago
Cards -You lose losers
-Mona- brags for Sadie for her wonderful performance -Damon- for Elm City Rotary Club- Clarence De Mar Half Marathon and full marathon and kids marathon, super seniors - 500 volunteers, 1000 runners , Jen Moyse and Damon -Michelle - 3 brags first two brags for Rotarians - one for Josh Unruh- who was selected by Vermont Business Magazine- as one of Vermonts Rising Starts- for young professionals out of 250 folks- for 40 under 40 as entrepreneur award. For Lisa Fitzgerald- for being a great travel agent- Michelle is going to Italy!! ( Have a great trip!)
And for her daughter for passing the bar!
-KJ- Brags for Hungry Lion bike tour. Many miles biked by group through the green mountains- many mountains were climbed .  Raised over $2K for Whitingham- Halifax Lions Club Adventure Race -Marcy -$1 Halloween is coming and Marcy will be our guest speaker for next week
-Rich- Out in Yellowstone- Grizzlies and Buffaloes engaged in some sort of a dance of nature. Believe it didn’t end well for the bison. ◦ 2month birthday of my grandson
-Cindy- Welcome Student Rotarians. Windham Grows - Wins an Award VBC - thanks to Jim Verizon and he has lead the way
-Jon Secrest - Unfortunately having some issues with his ear and hearing. ( We all hope it heals quickly).
Hungry Lion ride - 75miles great ride but last riders 8:30-4:30 of riding - 6,200 feet of elevation - it was hard but we made it.
Daughter Alena - started hear when she was 6months year old - she has been ◦
-Josh Traeger - brags for Abby Mnookin and commuting by bike year round
-Kevin- brags for student Rotarians and returning members coming back
Speaker ◦-Abby Mnookin with 350 Vermont ◦ ◦-Teacher, Antioch, Past Director of Brattleboro Time Trade, Past VPR Commentator, Teachs Vermont Wilderness School Rise in CO2 Above 400 parts per million
Mission Statement of Organization  -350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice – resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience.
Core Values 1. We are bold, collaborative, and resourceful; we have to be. In all that we do, we’re committed to balancing the urgency of the moment with an intentionality that calls for true partnership. 2. We are committed to inclusivity; we strive to always learn and grow. We seek to elevate and celebrate diversity in our work and continue to center the many ways we’re each impacted by climate change based on the identities we hold and the resources we have at our disposal.
3. We are story-based and relationship-based; we need a nourishing and inviting movement. We believe that listening to and sharing authentic stories can be a powerful source of inspiration and healing, helping us connect to ourselves, each other, and the planet.
We passed 350 PP million in 1990s and that is a safe amount- we are trying to reduce this number
-It comes from fossil fuels and deforestation -How can we keep it to go below 1 degree
We are seeing the effects of Climate change
-Sea ice melting -Massive decline of insects
Intense report - 12 years to stop climate catastrophe- CNN report
Greta Thunberg- “I want you to act as if your house is on fire”
Ways to make Change: 1. Reform- working within the current system
A. Go to the statehouse - with Mother Up- letters for change B. Our youngest speaker was 8 years old C. Children, parents and families are a powerful force to reach out D. Working with the select board - sustainability coordinator hired
2. Resist
-Sept 20th Climate March - approximately 1000 people here in Brattleboro- worker strikes, school strikes and townspeople - worked with the police department in advance to make for a safe march -Also take part in national marches - support people with buses -Most recent action with Coal Fired Power Plant to shut it down- Bucket by Bucket - In New Hampshire. 69 people arrested. Told police department in advance - to make for safe protest. Homeland and police department -Bank Solidarity protest - for investments into oil pipeline -Highway banner protest to raise awareness - stop business as usual -Die-Ins- youth led protest to make situations uncomfortable to tell people business as usual is not ok - we need to make a change
3. Reimagine
-Write for Climate Change- we meet up on Fridays and write letters - All issues connect to climate Change -Reading Books to check out; Hope in the Dark , Active Hope, Sacred Instructions, Emerging strategies
4. Recreate
-Standing Rock - big family, small village - 10,000 people there to protest pipeline that was going to be built on native lands -Mother up - meets monthly at Kidsplayce - shared meal -Climate Mass Bike ride - last Friday every month - 200 riders - kids to adults - youngest age 5 - Whose Streets Our Streets
-VBike - educational outreach for biking -Edible Brattleboro - Food for all -Rich Earth - collect Urine and use it for fertilizers -Restore it - Storing Carbon in the Soil helps support these organizations -Tristam- Climate Ride that did east to west coast ride
Anniversaries & Birthdays Birthdays
Moyse, Jen Oct 01
Rotary Anniversaries Date Joined Rotary Deb Rosenzweig 3 years on October 5, 2016.
4 Way Test 1. Is it the truth 2. Is it fair to all concerned 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships 4. Is it beneficial to all concerned


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Rotary Rag 9/18/19

Members absent: Debbie Cox, Nick DuBois, Lisa Fitzgerald, Josh Goldberg, Rich Hoppe, Bethany Martin, Jen Moyse, Erin Maile O’Keefe, Michelle Pong, Sandy Shriver, Christine Takacs, Tristan Toledo, and Josh Unruh.
This Day In History
Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse.
Patty Hearst is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA; she later takes part in some of the group's militant activities and is captured by FBI agents.
The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio.
Rotary Minute
September is Youth Activities Month. Rotary clubs of the world give special emphasis to the many Rotary-sponsored programs which serve children and young people. During this month, many clubs give increased attention to youth exchange activities.
Anniversaries & Birthdays
No anniversaries.
One birthday: Booie Fagelson on September 17.
Many thanks to today’s greeters Diane and Turner.
Next week our greeter will be Chris Stoner. Jen Moyse will host our speaker.
This week’s scribe was Valerie Stuart. Next week’s scribe will be Christine Takacs.
Next week’s speaker host will be Jen Moyse.
Today’s guests: Ayla Traeger and Kirsten Beske.

Josh Traeger said the bike team for the Whitingham Food Drive is coming along. Their goal is to raise $500 for the Whitingham Food Drive. The ride will take place on the morning of September 28th.
Disk Golf will take place on Sunday October 13 from 12-5pm. Josh Goldberg is organizing the event.
Mona and Sadie are spearheading meals for the Shelter this fall at the Winston Prouty Center. They will send around sign up sheets at an upcoming meeting.
Queen of Spades was pulled. No one won
Sadie bragged for “The Time of Your Life,” which is playing this Thursday, Friday, Saturday at the Actors Playhouse in Chesterfield, NH. She is a member of the cast and invited anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to attend.
KJ bragged for the Rescue Inc Adventure Race, which will feature an obstacle race and family fun course. The event will occur at Jamaica State Park on October 19th. He also pitched the raffle tickets he is selling to raise money for Rescue.
Cindy bragged for the marriage of her son to a wonderful woman and to her son’s conversion to Judaism.
Josh Traeger bragged for Trivia Night this past Monday night, which all who attended agreed was a lot of fun.
Katja bragged about her trip to Italy to visit organic and small family wine producers. She said it was a very inspiring trip. Unfortunately, Air Lingus lost her luggage for 9 days. The upside of that calamity was she was forced to go on an impromptu clothes shopping spree.  Katja noted that she and her husband recently celebrated their 1-8 anniversary. She also thanked KJ and Diane for a really fun Trivia Night.
Dan also bragged for Trivia Night, and highlighted that his team of three placed third.
Kevin spoke about the recent Game Show night at the Latchis Theater. He said they had software, a game board, and buzzers that made it seem like a real TV game show. Six teams competed throughout the night. Between 75 - 100 people attended the fundraiser for the Windham County Safe Kids Advocacy Fun. The event was such a success, they are thinking about hosting another one this winter.
Tristam bragged for his daughter who pulled off a spectacular surprise 60th birthday party for his wife Wendy. What Wendy thought was a biking weekend on Cape Cod turned into a wonderful couple of days celebrating her birthday with family and friends.
The Speakers today spoke about the “3 on 3” tournament.
Toni and Kevin lined volunteers to help with “3 on 3.”
Tom Franks volunteered to contact Chris Sawyer at BUHS to ask for use of the gym for the tournament on March 21st with a back up date of October 14th.
Diane and K.J. will send out donation letters for the event. The letters need to be mailed by December 15th.
Jon will continue to collect the mail and record donations as they come in.
Major sponsors and donors for the event need to be lined up by January 15th.
Toni will be responsible for getting the posters with sponsors, etc. printed at Howard Printing.
Registration letters will be sent out by Turner after major donors are lined up.
Toni will handle the event T-Shirts.
Cindy and Mona will handle the concession stands for the day of the event.
Kevin will contact Pepsi for their donation.
Kevin will obtain tables and chairs for the day of the event.
Tournament day needs don’t need to be filled until December.
The following positions and/or duties will need to be assigned:
Tournament Day Coordinator
Court Monitors
Someone to help with balls
Free Throw Leader – Potentially Josh Unruh
Equipment Coordinator
Clean Up
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Wednesday Wrap-Up - September 11, 2019

Thank you to our Greeter Will Shakespeare! 

Next week’s greeter - Turner

This week’s scribe - KJ - filling in for Mr. Stoner

Next week’s scribe - Val



Shawn Garland

Ed Brimley from Illinois, it was his birthday on Monday and his Rotary Anniversary this month, 24 years of perfect attendance. We are his 68th club and Vermont is his 25th State. The birthday singers sang to our guest who appreciated the song.

John Mabie - Nooner and Law man

Shoshana Bass - our speaker from Sandglass Theatre in Putney


Rotary Anniversaries:

Josh Goldberg - 2 years

Michelle Pong - 9 years in our club (which is really the most important part) and some other years in another club making a total of 20 years. Rumors are that this is impossible, she’s too young for that. 



Coffee Shop: Tristam is changing the way the Coffee Shop works and ordering when he has enough demand, the demand is there so he is placing an order. Don’t forget who said they would buy!


Disc Golf Tournament: coming up on October 13th, need volunteers to help. Contact Josh Goldberg if interested. 


Trivia Night: starting back up September 16th. Thank you to all who have volunteered! Please come out and play, you don’t have to be good at Trivia! It’s just a fun evening out and dinner is always great! 


Hostage Tumbler: Kevin has a tumbler he is holding hostage, it has stickers on it. No word on how it came to be in Kevin’s possession nor why he is holding it hostage, the mystery continues! 


Cards: It’s in the deck! YOU LOSE LOSERS! 

Our Guest Ed suggests we up the ante to $2/card. Josh G proposes a $5 fine on our guest for suggesting such a thing. 



John Mabie: 32 year anniversary and a great get-away to Maine with Val. 



Rescue Inc. raffle tickets - $20 each or 6 for $100, win a car and many other prizes!

Masonic Lodge Raffle: $20/ticket only 500 being sold, Grand Prize is either a Remington .308 (which we heard is a hunting rifle) or $500 cash, 2nd Prize $300 cash and 3rd Prize is $200 cash. 

Rescue Inc. Adventure Race - this year we’re having a family fun race and obstacles for the kids/family, please come out and support our team and our cause. More info at



Aiden at College - settling in nicely, some tears were shed

Torin finished 3rd out of 39 (?) in a big race this week. 



Anniversary trip to Niagara Falls, it was wonderful! If you haven’t been GO! 



$5 brag - Jason found a car for Alina to drive when (if?) she gets her license in a couple of weeks. 

Alina had her first varsity soccer match, it was fun to see his daughter start on Varsity, but not so fun to now have to pay for the opportunity. 

Keri and Jon did a Century ride in NYC. 107 miles in just over 11 hours with 3000 of their closest friends. 


Deb R: 

Sadie is in a play opening this weekend at the Actor’s Theatre Playhouse ( some folks are going on Friday, September 13th, meeting at Echo Restaurant in Brattleboro at 6 PM and then going to the show at 7:30. Let KJ know if you’d like to join. 

Hungry Lion Bike tour coming up! Support your Rotary Team!



Went to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion this past weekend to see some bands, some great, some should retire. 



Her best friend has joined a Rotary Club! 

Linda’s Closet is having their 17th Annual 5K around Granite Lake next Saturday (September 21st), come hear Michelle announce people’s names!

2-10 Anniversary (which her and Chris both forgot about, but never again as her daughter has announced she is getting married on the date of their 2-11 Anniversary! 



Grandkids are amazing. He, of course, has the cutest grandson in the world, even though he was photographed in a Seahawks jersey, everyone (even his other grandma) knows he’s a New England fan at heart. 

Did his own 5K while mowing the lawn, he ran out of gas, then the lawnmower ran out of fuel. 


Shoshana Bass from Sandglass Theatre thrilled us with tales of the Theatre’s beginning in 1982 in Germany by her parents who then moved to Putney in 1986. 

Sandglass uses the art of puppets to dialogue around cultural issues which would be more difficult without the buffer of the puppet. 

About to go on a tour of the West Coast with a piece about refugee resettlement. 

Shoshana is taking a legacy piece (her father’s signature piece) to Korea in the near future. She has spent many months with her father learning this piece and is honored to carry on his work. 

September 14-15 (This weekend!) is the International Puppet Festival “Puppets in Paradise” at the Retreat Farm more info available at

Chocolino or Chucklino (I didn’t get the name for sure) made an appearance after some coaxing in his native German and dragged Shoshana around the room finally going back to his home and letting Shoshana finish her presentation. 

Wednesday Wrap-Up - September 11, 2019 KJ 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter, September 4, 2019

President Jim got us started at 7:15 AM.
Next week’s greeter:  KJ
Next scribe for 9/11: Chris Stoner
Next week’s speaker finder:  Jim Maxwell.  I have someone coming from DC, well not really.  
This Day in History:  1820 Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.
1881 The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.
1957 Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to bar African-American students from entering a Little Rock high school.
1972 Mark Spitz becomes first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.
1998 Google founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Rotary minute:  Ambassadorial Scholarship. 40 - AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships Program is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Since 1947, approximately $242 million has been expended on some 25,000 scholarships for people from more than 125 countries, studying in 105 countries around the world.
The purpose of the Scholarships Program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.
Scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country through both informal and formal appearances before Rotary and non-Rotary groups.
The Rotary Foundation offers three types of scholarships
The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship offered since 1947.
The Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship is awarded for two or three years of specific degree-oriented study abroad.
The Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship provides three or six months of funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion in a language other than their native language.
Rotary Foundation scholarships are investments in the future and one important step in seeking greater understanding and goodwill in the world.
Birthday:  Ali.  Tristan.  
Anni.  Mark Ethier - 9 years.
Announcement:  Board meeting tomorrow.  7:15 AM. Here.  Park elsewhere.  
Guests – Anwyn Darrow.  Just back from Honduras.  Dylan.  Erin’s guest.  Her nephew. Both are looking for housing and employment.
Disc golf.  Sunday, October 13.  Need 9 volunteers.  12 to 5 pm.  
Trivia night:  Sept. 16. 6:30 pm. Here.  Plan to come and play.   
Kevin:  Student Rotarians coming in a couple of weeks.  Fines were collected.  
Josh:  Rotary bike team.  KJ and Will are fundraising like crazy.  Donations needed for others.  
Toni:  Club newsletter is broken.  Read the directions.  Don’t archive it.  Marcy Caulkins is now the Newsletter Guru. E-mail her your notes and she will publish them.   All praise and thank Marcy.  
Anwyn:  4th trip to Honduras.  Visited our school there.  Working on the agricultural university.  Works with Maria to fundraise to build a HS building.  .  Zamorano is the name of the agricultural university.
Tristam.  Next trip should be to the school and also to the agricultural university.  
Cards:  $17 prize.  5 clubs.  You lose losers.
Student Rotarians coming in October.  
KJ:  Go See Sadie perform in Time of my life.  September 12 -28.  At the Actor’s Playhouse.  
Marcy:  Now that she is not President, she does not have to show up on time.  Got to miss a week and see her daughter start 7th grade.
Tristian:  thanked Cindy for being a partner in Strolling of Heifer program.  Malcolm is starting at Columbia.  Empty nesters.  
Justin:  A week off for the first time in 6 years.  He moved.  
Turner:  Went to a bluegrass festival in Maine.  
Josh:  Last Monday, there was a rotary romp in the rain.  Will and Jon Secrest.  First Monday of the month.  See you there next time.   
Erin:  Tiny house festival.  Every other year.  It is up in Mad River Valley at Sugarbush.  
Is in Vermont magazine – with her house.  For Dylan.  2 week design build course at Yestermorrow.  
Tristam:  A decision to take a gap year is a great idea.  Congrats to Dylan.  
Kevin:  For Jeff Dunkley’s new boots.  Forest green.  Ostrich boots.
Debbie:  Tony made it to and from Sturgis and California.  2,000 motorcycle miles, 8000 truck miles.  Grandson just went to pre-school.  
Jim:  6 weeks away, England, Scotland, Midwest.  Duluth, Minnesota.  LA.  Yeah Cindy for covering me.  
SPEAKER:  Tristian Toleno.  Farm to Plate Apprentice.  Quote:  Community is about conversations we hold with ourselves and how we choose to be together and recognizes community.
Opiate question and panhandling.  Good to have these conversations.  Lots of programs are already in place.  Portugal delivers drug to people but offers help at the same time.  We punish as an answer.  And we have nothing to show for it. A call to action.  
His cooking class.  We are fundamentally interdependent.  These students have barriers to participation in the workplace- teaches culinary skills to homeless people and underemployed people.  This is a reset for them.  It is to build confidence.  Re-tell your own story.  Meet them as human first.  Not everyone will succeed.  Barriers are hard.  We are making a difference in people’s lives.  
Once a year program.  Gets support from Brattleboro Retreat.  Group therapy.  Groundworks is involved.  
Run in the summer.  Clients from Groundworks, elsewhere.  
Students are paid while they learn.  
VSAC money pays for the money.  Tristian, Orly and Cindy do lots of volunteer work to run program.
We silo our solutions in this community…. HCRS does one thing, Groundworks does another.  This is an integrated attempt to help a few people.  
Newsletter, September 4, 2019 Sandy S 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

August 28th Newsletter

Posted by William Shakespeare on Sep 03, 2019
August 28th, 2019
American Legion
This day in History:  On Aug. 28, 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Famous Birthdays Virgo birthdays – Jack Black, Shania Twain, Leanne Rimes 

Quote of the Day:  “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ""' we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Greeter: Kevin
Greeter next week:  KJ
Scribe:  Will
Scribe for next Week: Sandy,
Guests:    Suzanna Gramm, Ayla Trager 
Birthday: Katja
Club Business Announcements:
  • Sigh the card for Dr Fagelson, on the table.
  • Rescue inc. thanks letter to BSRC
  • Rotary Romp on September 2nd, 5:00 for run, walk, 6:00- 6:30 at Marina for libations
-Jon: Spent last night on the Pinnacle with family, a tradition for every night before school starts. He ran down the hill this morning to get to get to Rotary.
- KJ, empty nesting with Josh gone from home.
- Katya: Happy birthday thanks and lemon cake. Saw Triston and Isold at Latchis on Sunday. Missing Rotary for 2 weeks, going on wine tour in Italy.
- John: Fundraising for Hungry Lion bike tour on September 28th. Biked around Hamilton Falls in Jamica.
- Kevin: Thanks for Lode the Latchis. Raised $, 2000
- Suzanna: Bragg for Rich Hoppy for
-  Dan up in NH camping with kids. Going to HS next week
- Allie, daughter going to be a Junior yr at college
- Cindy, brag for Tristan T (chef) culinary apprenticeship program at Strolling. Huge impact on young lives. Tristan will speak next week as our guest.
Cards:  3-Hearts.  In the deck, losers
Club Assembly:
  • Membership: We are at 41 fantastic members and want to continue to add incredible people with integrity and community mindedness to our club. We are asking everyone to think of one person they would like to invite to our club. Does this person’s character and actions meet the 4way test? Are they community minded, enjoy volunteerism, ready to get their hands dirty to help others, strong integrity? If so then please invite them to join you for a Rotary breakfast meeting and also notify Josh Traeger the Membership Chair of their interest.  We are a club of action and thrive on making a positive difference in our community for the people that need the most help. We know we can’t do this on our own and need a strong team to move forward. We also love the camaraderie and laughter that make our group who we are.
  • Club Service:  
  • Rotary Romp on the first Monday of each month, starting this Monday, September 2.
  • A fall and spring home pot luck party at a Rotarian’s home.
  • Incoming President hosts the change-over party at their home or their selected venue.
  • Outdoor activities including biking, walking, kayaking, snow shoeing and/or XC or down hill skiing.
  • Fundraising: Sandy is proposing we do a Ghost Tour of Brattleboro as a fundraiser.  We would prepare a test run for this October and then do it for real next year. It will take actors, some research and some publicity money. The Idea is about an hour long walk through Brattleboro and charging something like $20 a person.  
  • New years Eve Party:  In the team are Diane, Stacie, Mona, Lisa and Katja as of right now. 
Katja to present to the club our idea of putting together a Benefit Dinner on December 31st, 2019 at the American Legion to celebrate into the New Year and fund raising for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro. It is important to us to make this a special evening with live music, silent auctions and fun entertainment to set us apart from all the other benefit dinners in town. We are also aware that we try are not to ask for donations from the businesses that are heavy supporters for 3 on 3, the Disk tournament and Dinner Raffle. Board needs to approve that the profits will go to Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro please. 
Next meeting, Monday, September 23rd at 5:30pm at Diane & KJ's house.
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August 7, 2019 Newsletter 

Immediate Past President Marcy started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
On this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit.” The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”
1987-Lynne Cox braves the freezing waters of the Bering Strait to make the first recorded swim from the United States to the Soviet Union. Her rigorous training regimen included regularly swimming in water at between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Cox–who rarely swam in a wetsuit regardless of water temperature–donned just a swimsuit as she set out from the shores of Little Diomede, Alaska, about 350 miles north of Anchorage, in water just above freezing. With a team of physiologists monitoring her swim, Cox stayed in the water for 2 hours and 16 minutes, crossing the international dateline and continuing all the way to Big Diomede on the coast of the Soviet Union, 2.7 miles up the Bering Strait. Her swim is considered one of the most incredible cold-water swims in history.
Quote for the day……”Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it” , Russell Baker
No official greeter this morning but Bethany was there with a smile o say good morning and next week KJ will be there with hugs for everyone.
Christian Heiden - guest speaker
John Mabie- Nooner and Valerie’s husband
  1. Tom- sent around June board meeting minutes and needs them approved, so please respond!!!
  2. Josh T- created a BSR team for the Whitingham Lions Bike Tour on 9/28 (32 miles)This fundraiser will support their food drive. If interested please contact Josh, if you are not into riding 32 miles then make a donation to the cause.
  3. Mona- reminded us that Load the Latchis is coming up on 8/21. If you can’t stop by that day Mona will collect items at the meeting the day before and make the drop off ofr you. 
BIRTHDAYS:           Marcy Caulkins – Thursday
ANNIVERSARIES:   Cindy & Lisa - 3 years
                                      Will - 18 years
                                       Ali & Kevin – 24 years (Charter Members)
CARDS:  6 of Clubs..… and the winner is ~  Michelle   WON  $44!!!!
Damon: Celebrated his 1-24 (First marriage, 24th year) anniversary with Kathryn!!
KJ: Is back finally from his 5-week hiatus in Germany. It was a great trip filled with lots of day drinking, lol. He did not attend any Rotary meetings even though they met literally across the street from where he was staying.
Jon: Bragged for his end of brief bachelorhood. The kids have been away to camp at Neringa and Kerry has been hiking the Long Trail.
Michelle: Bragged for Caroline surviving the bar exam and their recent trip to 6 Flags. Also celebrated Caroline getting engaged the day after taking the bar. 
Toni: Bragged for passing Level 1 of the CFA exam and for the week she got to spend with Brett in NC. Incredible graduation!
Jeff: Was out of town for the weekend connecting with his BFF of 40 years. He went to Texas as his friend is retiring from the Army after 35 years of service. Great trip!
Deb: Bragged for her friend who just had her 94th birthday. She took her out shopping and made a special day of it. 
Josh Unruh: After 16 years at New England Newspaper, Friday will be his last day. He starting a new adventure with Leader Home Center.
Marcy: Bragged for last swimming brag of the season, attended States and Rowan took 18 seconds off her time and placed 4th in the state! She is off to Green Mt. Conservation Camp on Sunday.
BOWL OF LIFE: This Rotarian went to Disney World for the first time as an 18 year old freshman in college.
Jon started us off guessing Mark who guessed me (Toni) who guessed KJ àBethany à Josh T à Deb Cox à Damon à Chris à Josh G à Rich à Kevin à Tom à and finally Jeff Dunklee!!
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Christian Heiden from Levo International
Levo International Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2017. It is committed to enabling individuals to improve the conditions of their lives. Levo does that by advancing food stability in developing countries and food responsibility in the United States. Levo is evidence that we can all make a difference! There is no need to wait to take action.
Levo International came about because the Boy Scouts thought that the founder Christian Heiden’s Eagle Scout proposal was too ambitious. Christian had proposed the construction of a hydroponic greenhouse for an agency operating in Haiti, but the costs and risks associated with the project were outside what the Boy Scouts thought were prudent. Undeterred, Christian completed his Eagle Scout project building a greenhouse for his high school and then set out to do what he had always wanted to do.
With the help of his parents and brothers, a plan was put together and executed to begin to bring sustainable food supply to the most desperately poor country in the Western hemisphere. Thanks to the willing participation and support of Many Hands for Haiti, Christian, Bill and Nate Heiden built a demonstration greenhouse in July of 2016 on the Many Hands compound in Pignon, Haiti. 
A new team of young people joined the effort and in 2017. Eight hydroponic farming units were installed and are currently being piloted. In January 2018, Nate Heiden, our Field Scientist, went to Pignon for an extended stay to train up the Many Hands staff on the ground and to refine the processes they will use to scale up the operation.


  • Saves up to 90% of the water used in traditional agriculture
  • Easier to test and adjust Ph and nutrient levels
  • Less extensive root structures
  • Up to a 30% increase in fruit production
  • Plants mature up to 25% faster
  • Saves land space
  • Does not require arable land
August 7, 2019 Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2019-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Notes July 31, 2019

Posted by Staci Lefel
Sunrise Rotary Minutes July 31, 2019
Katja:  Today’s speakers from Ilusion
Birthdays:  Deb
Staci and Jeff – 2 years on July 26th
Jim – 4 years + 1 with the Noon Club
Jim - Board Meeting at the American Legion on August 1st @ 7:15 AM
Katja - Suggested the website be updated with list of speakers, Tom volunteered to add a list to the website. She has an idea for a New Year’s Eve Rotary event and would like to meet with those interested in helping after the meeting.
Josh T - Let us know that Groundworks is moving from South Main Street to the old Dominoes building on Canal Street. They’re looking for volunteers to help with the move – 2 hour shifts on Wed, Thursday and Friday of next week (August 7th, 8th & 9th).
Deb – Requested volunteers to help with the Rotary gardens. She will be there Sunday @ 9:00 and will send around a sign-up list for those that can help.
Mona - Announced that the “Load the Latchis” event for the Drop-In Center is on August 22nd. She will be delivering donations on the day of the event if people can bring them to Rotary before then.
Sadie - Reminded everyone to record their community service hours on her send-around sheet.  Also announced that Mona is going to join her in organizing community service activities.
Will - Would like to reconsider a 1X per month exercise/social Rotary Romp at the Marina. Could we resume the 1st Monday of every month timeslot?
Cards: 6 of hearts in the deck for 6 million
Damon – Took a great 2-week family trip to France to celebrate Aiden’s graduation and Damon’s 50th birthday. Rented Pat Howe’s place in the South of France and it was a beautiful area to hike and run. Also went to Paris and drove 2200 miles with no accidents!
Rich – Brag 1: Bragged for youngest daughter Meagan’s  second  year at St. Joseph’s College where she received the honor of being the only Sophomore to earn an RA position;  Brag 2: For the 52nd anniversary of his brother Patrick’s passing at the age of 19 while serving in Vietnam;  Brag 3: For new baby Noah Patrick Wilson.
John S – Found a 17th century house in Hungary through the home exchange program. He spent a few days in Dublin before meeting up with the rest of the family in Budapest before driving to the house in Hungary. They were able to take a Segway tour around Budapest since his daughter finally weighs enough to operate one!  He and the family also helped the local medical tourism industry by having their teeth examined. Apparently that’s a thing that they do.
Tom – Running brag for his kids on the Fun Run – both tied for 2nd with the same time.
Michelle – Her daughter Caroline was taking the 3rd session of the Bar exam while we met.
Josh T – Brag for our club, especially Ed and the great work he did at Josh’s house. Who knew Ed could be both competent AND professional? Also expressed thanks for the Paul Harris award.
Kevin – Spent time with his FIL on his 89th birthday. They made the rounds at the local clubs (he’s a member of the Elks, Legion, VFW & others) before having dinner at the Ninety-Nine restaurant and ending the evening at the American Legion.
Deb – Gave a shout-out to Dan for making her birthday special by taking her to a bike shop for a bike trip with her daughters in lieu of a party.
Marci – Announced that her daughters did well in the Rutland swim season championships.
Jim – Had a great time in Scotland; Cindy will be covering for him as president while he travels more in August; Also bragged for the money we raised at the Visitor’s Center event.
Guest speakers:
-Ilusion and Rod spoke about a social Entrepreneurship opportunity organization they helped establish in Guatemala. 
-Originally developed to help the thousands of people whose only source of income was combing through the local dump for recyclable items. Women often had to bring their children so one of the first services they offered was to take care of the children while their parents (usually mothers) worked. Was able to use a church for child-care services and eventually 4 kids turned into 550 kids.
-Turned from a daycare to a full-fledged school with students from Kindergarten through High School. They were able to provide meals and clothes to the school children so the organization became much better than the local Guatemalan school system.
-Eventually the mothers also wanted an education so they developed an adult literacy program. Adults could listen to national educational programs on the radio and take tests at a local facility. But even though they were learning to read and write, the women still had difficulties finding employment because of their age.
-Soon a social entrepreneurship initiative under the name of Creamos developed. Creamos had a mission of improving the lives of families. They were able to train mothers to sew and make jewelry with paper beads. This turned into a store which now provides an income to its workers.
-The store was established in 2008 and has a website:
-Creamos offers other services such as emotional support, exercise sessions, domestic violence support groups and financial literacy classes. The financial planning services encouraged women to save by providing $10 for every $50 saved.
-The organization started with donations and then came under the umbrella of Safe Passage.
Rotary Meeting Notes July 31, 2019 Staci Lefel 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes July 24, 2019

Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of Meeting July 24, 2019
President Elect Cindy wields the gavel
Greeter  - Mona
Scribe – Tom, standing in for Erin
This day in history
1969 – Apollo 11 returns to earth
1974 – US Supreme Court orders Nixon to hand over Watergate tapes
2005 –  Lance Armstrong wins 7th Tour de France
Famous Birthdays 
1951 – Lynda Carter - Wonder Women
1897 –  Amelia Earhart - First Female Aviator
1969 –  Jennifer Lopez - Singer/Performer
Quote of the Day –  "You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness" - Brene Brown
Birthdays – Debra Rosenweig - July 25th - absent
Anniversaries – Staci Leffel & Jeff Dunklee – both 2 years on July 26th - absent 
  • Deb C. introduced speaker for the day Chris French of Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Diane introduced Joshua Daniel
Katja – Welcome Center Event
  • Reported that despite the heat of the day and the inauspicious traffic pattern collected $910.95.
  • Shout outs to Mona, Tom, and Sadie for their efforts
  • Auctioned off a bottle of fine wine from her cellar with a good story I missed to bring the total to over $1000.
Katja – New Year’s Eve Party proposal
  • Noted that she is coming to the club after consulting with the board
  • Proposes hosting an elegant NYE party, perhaps in conjunction with the noon club, as a fund raiser
    • American Legion has been reserved
    • Since it is the centennial of the start of the Roaring Twenties suggests this as a theme
    • Might include a meal, glass of bubbly at midnight, cash bar, and auction
    • Tom moved and Lisa seconded that the club pursue this option. Motion passed unanimously.
    • Katja forming a committee (contact her if interested)
Marcy – Paul Harris Fellow presentation
  • Reported that the club honors past presidents with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship that can be reassigned at their discretion
  • In light of the many years of outstanding and unassuming service to the club, she presented it to Ed Dewes, who hastily avoided any speechifying
  • Old house under contract for closing in August, KJ due back in a week.
  • Rock Voices will be performing a concert of MoTown at Centre Congo on Saturday night at 7pm. It will be hot
Deb – Back after a 3 week adventure
  • Birth of another grandson, Derrick Keith
  • Birth of grandnephew, Jackson Bentley
  • Shared about the funeral of a man she had engaged with a dozen years ago who found a new reason to live on the edge of suicide. It was a remarkable story of redemption.
  • The Apron Theater Company opens Moliere’s Tartuffe on August 8 at 7:30pm. Performances through August 23.
  • Bragged that he got this minutes out this morning, but moreover, he followed directions on posting and got it right the first time.
Toni – Brags that she won’t be here next week, she’s going to her son’s graduation ceremony in North Carolina, culmination of six years of work to earn the honor being a Green Beret  / Special Forces Medical Officer.
Lisa – Welcomed her seventh grandchild, August Sage
Josh T – Bragged for Sadie and the Welcome Center event crew
  • Bragged for “surviving” the Blue Grass Festival, 103 degrees under the tent
  • This week going on a cruise to Bermuda with his son’s family
  • Then visiting his daughter in upstate NY
  • Then to Michigan, Lake Huron area
  • Adventure culminating with his 60th reunion (not sure if it’s high school or college)
Tom – After confirming the coffee was acceptable, bragged that he roasted it.
Cards – The three of diamonds was in the deck.
Bowl of Life – This member played rugby in college. The guesses went from Dan to Josh U to Josh G to Tristam to Katja to Justin to Will to Tristan to Marcy and finally got to Killer Ciampaglione. Toni related that it involved a  lot of drinking, no cursing or unseemly behavior and shared some of the lingo:  “hooker” the shortest person on the team whose job it was to get the ball out from under the “scrum” and a few she declined to define.
Guest Speaker –Chris French presented an Introduction to Body Language
  • He saw a presentation on this, was interested and determined to learn and share more on the topic
  • The impact of communication is based 55% on body language, 38% on voice, and only 7% on the actual words
  • Five principles
    • Combinations affirm assumptions – e.g. multiple cues give the complete picture
    • What happens inside is what you see outside
    • Context influences body language – e.g. if it’s cold, crossed arms may not indicate closed mind
    • Look for change – change in body language is a good indicator of change of attention/attitude/etc.
    • Take account of body language – make it a habit
  • Example hints
    • Smiling super important, even when on the phone
    • 70% eye contact rule
    • Handshakes shouldn’t be too firm, limp, moist, or held for more than 3 seconds
    • “Clinton box” – keep gesturing within the box defined by shoulders and hips
    • Mirroring – language, body language, shows interest and makes connection
  • Recommended  book - Without Saying A Word: Master the Science of Body Language and Maximize Your Success
Meeting adjourned with the Four Way Test
Rotary Minutes July 24, 2019 Tom Franks 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Minutes 07.17.19

Posted by Jim M. on Jul 24, 2019
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting July 17, 2019
  1. Cindy standing in for Jim V today
Thank you to our Greeter - Katja
Who would like to volunteer for next week? Mona is our greeter for July 24th 
Thank you to our scribe Jim Maxwell.
Next week I have Erin as our scribe.
This Day in History
1867 - Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in the U.S. 
1941 - The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games. 
1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA to the cheers of thousands of happy kids and the future moan of thousands of parents with empty wallets. 
1997 - After 117 years, the Woolworth Corp. closed its last 400 stores. 
Famous Birthdays - Phyllis Diller 1917 - Comedian 
David Hasselhoff 1952 Actor ("Knight Rider," "Baywatch"), most recently reviving his career as a singer with tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Quote of the Day   Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace”.  Spirit says “Find peace and everything will fall into place” Marianne Williamson - author
  1. History
1897 Harvard Med School opens
1941 Joe Dimaggio’s 57 game hitting streak ents
1959 Disneyland opens
1997 Woolworths closes
Birthdays:  Phyllis Diller; David Heselhoff
  2. Guests: Kimberly Diemond, Exec. Dir. of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Vermont; Susannah Graham, Big Brothers Big Sisters; John Mabie; Kevin Curry from Meridan Connecticut; and Amy Goldberg
  3. Announcements: Guilford Welcome Center:  we run it this Sunday; see online for food and other donations needed, as well as staffing especially from noon to 2
Encouraging 100% participation, expecting up to 3,000 guests or more
Drop off locations:  Mona, Cota&Cota
  1. Rotary Anniversay:  Jen Moyse, 5 years
  2. Brags
    1. Jim M. : Apron Theater production of Moliere’s play Tartuffe opens August 8 at Next Stage in Putney
    2. Nick: the glory of golfboarding
    3. Will: opening of Shakespeare Mountain Vista, Air BnB at Will’s place in Marlboro
    4. Dan’s daughter has two, count ‘em, two jobs for the summer
    5. Kevin Curry’s 3 of 4 kids on their own now; he spent 3 weeks in Europe including marriage of daughter; son now a Black Hawk pilot; took granddaughter to circus in Keene
  3. Announcements, round two
    1. round two:  Guilford Welcome Center
    2. Debra asks help with our 2 gardens, need folks early mornings Sat or Sun over next few weeks; she’ll send a schedule
(Allie brag for Debra’s energetic work with gardens)
  1. Cards:  Jack of Diamonds no winner
  2. Bowl of life:  this person worked at the Alpenhaus lodge in Jackson Hole as bartender, serving up Shotskis
Nick.  First guess
So we did it again:  this person was on a high school badminton team
Debra.  First guess
  1. Speakers Kimberly & Susannah about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in VT
    1. Now 3 locations:  here, Burlington & Northeast Kingdom
    2. Program now separate from Youth Services, expanding statewide, 48kids in Windham County and a waiting list of 60
    3. Goal is expansion, sustainability
    4. Big Brothers & Big Sisters are models and mentors who establish lifelong relationships that change lives, the Big’s life & the Little’s life
    5. Now have partnership with Bratt Police Dept
    6. Focus on opioid addictions – those at high risk – reaching families; have a clinician’s expertise, at Brattleboro Retreat
    7. How it works:  Littles are
      1. 40% less likely to use drugs
      2. 33% less likely to continue the process of abuse in families
      3. 27% less likely to use alcohol
      4. 67% more likely to join sports teams
      5. 93% more active in the community
Adjourn 8:20
Submitted by Jim M.
Minutes 07.17.19 Jim M. 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Belated 7/3/19 Mtg Notes

President Jim called the meeting to order
Today in history:
-Jackie Robinson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Rotary Minute:
-There are 5 avenues of service in Rotary:  Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, Youth Service
Happy Rota-versary to Jen Moyse
Happy Birthday to Josh Unruh
Club Announcements:
Lisa - has a few leftovers items from the Changeover party, please talk to her if you are missing them
Jim - Board Meeting Thurs 7/11
Tristam - our date for the Guilford Welcome Center is July 21
Debra - calling forth early morning garden crew for tomorrow 7/4
Guests: Rich Hoppe, Jim and Patti Rumrill, Peter Carvell, Ayla, and Luci
Special Presentation:  The club chipped in to get Luci a going away present, and Ali presented it today.  A few club members also shared memories of Luci’s time here:
-Kevin toasted Luci “There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the seas, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!”
-Peter recalled her fondness for chicken wings, basketball, and the Patriots
-Christine mentioned her lack of love for morning and attempts at early morning socializing
-Cindy recalls Luci’s Halloween experience
-Jim R for her sense of humor
-Jim V for her speech at district assembly
Jim M - apologies for missing changeover
Turner - thanks Marcy for taking meeting notes (little did he know it would take me 2 weeks to actually type them and get them out)
Tristam - also missed changeover because he was on a bike trip from Pittsburgh to DC with his wife
Dan - for Lisa Fitzgerald, the hostess with the most-est, and her goofy selfies
Cindy - Also for Lisa, and for convincing Josh U to be this year’s Vice President
Mona - for Jim R and new insight provided by the student exchange program; also for Luci for making this first exchange experience amazing
Bethany - Bargain Alert!  Dress Barn is closing, sales commencing.  Also for finishing the 1st quarter of her junior year of college, and starting second quarter
Jim R- thanks to the club for hosting Luci, and to Mona for her dedication
Josh T - finally able to put the money raised for the disc golf course into new tees.  There will be more calls for assistance as we continue this project
Cards -9 of clubs, Peter Carvell wins it
Speaker; Lisa Whitney of Winston Prouty:
Winston Prouty is celebrating their 50th birthday, and they are having a birthday party on Aug 3 with music, beer, bbq, and activities
Thanks to individuals who have supported Winston Prouty, and the the Rotary for their sponsorship of the Early Learning Express
The staff of Winston Prouty consists of 50 teachers and community service providers.  WP provides services for other childcare providers as well.  Executive Director is Chloe Leary.
3 years ago this week, WP moved to the old Austine School campus.  It was purchase in Jan 2016, they moved in in July, and it has been a challenge but well worth it.  There are 184 acres of land and a lot of history on the property.  WP hosts the Austine Musem celebrating Austine’s 100 years of operation in the area. There is also an extensive trail system, including a disc golf course.
There are 160 people on campus, with 30 different tenants, including VT Association for the blind, BEEC, Groundworks, and many other organizations. WP has focused on building a community feel.
WP is also seeking community input on moving forward.  The property is expensive to maintain, but is a valuable asset to the community.  They are working on “Expedited Strategic Planning”, and are seeking ideas.  There is some land that may be open for development, but there is land that will be set aside for nature presentation. They may be seeking buyers for some of the outlying buildings.  They will be holding community meetings to discuss this. Contact them if you are interested.
Belated 7/3/19 Mtg Notes Marcy 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes Meeting 07-10-2019

Posted on Jul 10, 2019
Minutes Meeting 7-10-2019

President Jim started the meeting at 7:15am

Who is next weeks scribe – Jim Maxwell 
Who is greeter next week - Katja Matthews
This Day In History
1778 In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declares war on England.  
1850 Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th president of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor.        
1890 Wyoming becomes the 44th state.
1985 Coca-Cola Co. announces it will resume selling "old formula Coke,", aka “coke classic” following a public outcry and falling sales of its "new Coke."
Rotary Minute
The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
Debra introduces her daughter Shoshana (Spelling?) and Rich Hoppe, her insurance agent and soon to be newest member of our club

Josh T.: “Chuck for Charity”  on Sunday, October 13th (Columbus / Indigenous Day weekend). Disc Golf Tournament. Mark your calendars. We can teach you how to play before the event. See Josh.
Mona: Lucy made it home safely to Croatia
Jim: Jon Seacrest is away – Sandy will check the mail for two weeks
Jim: card from Windham Regional Career Center to Dan and Mary-Jane
Board Meeting tomorrow 7:15am at American Legions
Jim will not be here for couple of weeks – Cindy will fill in for those meetings.

Welcome Center Event is next Sunday, July 21!!
Everyone is required to either volunteer, bring goods or donate money so somebody else can buy/ make something. If you cannot come, you have to make/bring something – it’s everybody’s responsibility to chip in. Please.
Sunday is not the best day for traffic, as it is going North and most people will go South that day.

Katja signed up for chair of event. My cell is 1-207-641-3729
Consider home baked goods and temperatures on what to bring? Fresh fruit, gluten free products, bagels, cream cheese, donuts, maybe hard boiled eggs. Don’t bring any fruit pies, hard to eat as finger food.
where is the donation box?? Posters and Rotary flag to bring.
Volunteers to wear their t-shirts. If you don’t have a t-shirt, we have more downstairs.

Signup sheet will go out today - thank you Sadie.
Volunteers so far: Ally, Debra, Mona, Turner

What hours are reasonable 8am-3pm?? If we start at 8am, we need set up for 7am sharp
Early crew volunteer: Katja, Will and Mona

Need coffee right away as brewing takes a while.
Need extension cords!! Bring an extra coffee urn. Maybe we take from Tristan, we can take from here coffee urn/ can get wholesale coffee from Legion. Check next Wednesday with American L. Tristan will contribute that for us.
Mona offered to have you drop off things at her house before. Her telephone: 1- 802-380-9974
address 311 Maple Street, Brattleboro – Diagonally across from Austine School. You can drop off paper goods there during the day, but for perishables coordinate with her. Water and no perishables can also be brought to next week’s meeting.

Birthday: Sandy Shriver for his June b-day

Cards: no winner this week

Josh T. for US women’s team to winning the World Cup for second consecutive time.
Will: 35th wedding Anniversary!! Thankful for the family and kids and being in Brattleboro.
Marcy: $1 Fine herself for not doing minutes from last week. Will send ASAP
$1 for a long weekend for July 4th and they went up to Maine/Wells Beach. Great time there!!
Nick: Today he has a tee time where he will be using golf boards instead of golf carts? Where to put your beverage?? He will let us know.
Tristam: For the second year invited to Lakota Dance Ceremony. Sundance ceremony lasts from Sun to Sun. Annual time to focus on community. Will eave Fri. Will learn more about their culture and is really excited about the trip. Enjoy!
Kevin: for Tristan Toleno, for being here alive and healthy. Welcome back to Rotary
Debra: for Christine, not here today. She helped Debra on July 4th in the Rotary garden. Felt grateful to get to know her while beautifying the garden. Also will do Rotary Garden this coming Saturday at 8am – anyone wants to join!!
Bethany: Anybody wants to go Deep-sea Fishing?? Can we get together before end of summer?? Who is interested?

New member:
Kevin to introduce Rich Hoppe (in matching outfits!!). The newest member in the world of Rotary.
Rich to speak about himself: Kevin has been very gently pushing him to join since 4 years. He was an active member of the afternoon club for 10 years. He is very much looking fwd to be part of our club.
Rich is married to Karen, his amazing wife, working for Berkley & Veller. She is his world, also has 2 daughters, Danielle lives in Colorado, Meghan is 19 and attends 2nd year in college in Maine.
He has a story: Spends as much time in Colorado as he can. He is doing a $100 brag for AML for his grandson Cooper, children usually don’t survive. Cooper spent 7 months in isolation in Denver hospital. During that time Rich was commuting 7 months back and forth to Colorado to be with his daughter, son in law and little Cooper. Cooper went through chemo and radiation and after being diagnosed free of AML, it came back. He went to a new hospital in Aurora. He is the first child recipient to get stemcells. He has beaten leukemia twice and underwent a heart transplant at 4 years old. Danielle is expecting again. Rich is so proud of her and her husband to have the courage to do parenthood again!! (Please forgive me if I did not cover the medical records properly)

Michelle has a speaker surprise. She is our speaker coordinator. Everyone should know when they need a speaker!! Please do not call a day before to say you don’t have a speaker. Today was Ross, who is not a member anymore. Her bet for not catching it.
She brought out cards with a name of each one of us on a card and one member will be drawn to speak instead in situations like this.
Today we heard from Chris Stoner: He and his family moved to Chesterfield/Brattleboro about 1 year ago. He is a CFP by training. Grew up in upstate NY, in a rural community. College in upstate NY. Moved to Boston, met his wife Meghan and they lived there for 10 years. Moved to seacoast of NH three years ago. Worked in Portsmouth and commuted to Boston back and forth. It was just like a suburb of Boston. His father in law is afternoon Rotarian Dave Twombley, one day they were discussing the future. Took a drive together to Walpole/ NH and Chris just said "lets do it". He left a great job in Portsmouth. They pulled the trigger and joined Dave in his company. Karen (Rich’s wife) found them a nice home in Chesterfield. Their son Will is 2 years old. He joined us  at our change over dinner this year, very handsome and very lively. Another baby is on the way. Due in October!! It will be a boy. Chris is very happy to be part of our Club. His hair gets done by: Flatter Me Salon.

Respectfully submitted by Katja Matthews

Rotary Minutes Meeting 07-10-2019 Katja Matthews 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag 6-19-19

Quote of the Day: President Marcy chose the following words of wisdom for her final formal meeting:
“I have never in my life learned anything from a man that agreed with me”
 ~ Dudley Field Malone
Today in history:
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on June 19, 1885, aboard the French frigate Isere. A gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, the 151-foot-tall statue was created to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. Designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized freedom and democracy to the nation and to the world for well over a century.
1905: On this day in 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world’s first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis. The storefront theater boasted 96 seats and charged each patron five cents. Nickelodeons (named for a combination of the admission cost and the Greek word for “theater”) soon spread across the country. Their usual offerings included live vaudeville acts as well as short films. By 1907, some 2 million Americans had visited a nickelodeon, and the storefront theaters remained the main outlet for films until they were replaced around 1910 by large modern theaters.
1978: Garfield, the lazy cat makes his debut The first Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis appeared in 41 newspapers on that day. It currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.
  • John Mabie - Noon club
  • Lucy - exchange student
  • Jill & Chris visiting from Scotland
Mini-Rotarians: none in the house today
Greeter / Scribe:
  • Will Shakespeare did a bang up job!
  • 7/3/19 - Kevin Y
Turner is Scribe 7/3/19 & he’s willing to bribe a substitute
Student Rotarian report:
  • None
Committee Reports:
  • None today
  • Change over meeting next week at Chez Fitzgerald in Spofford with 5:30 start - family are invited, pot luck - bring a covered dish to share & BYOB & chairs
    • Directions coming via email
  • Today was Lucy’s 2nd to  last meeting & Mona presented her with a scrap book to help her remember her time here with us! Lucy expressed her gratitude for her time here.
  • Jim V - no board meeting on 7/4/19 & annual dues are due.
  • Speaker list - website needs to be extended.
Bowl of Life: 
  • This Rotarian’s Grandfather was listed in The Who’s Who of America
    • Damon - Kevin - Will - Turner - correct!!!
      • His grandfather on mother’s side & was a professor from Michigan
  • Ace of hearts was chosen - the pot of $16 today was won by Dan Deitz!
Erin, Valerie & Chris were sung to today!
  • None today but President Marcy presented out guests from Scotland with Sunrise Rotary Club flags & we received one from the Lochness Club
  • Tristam - won’t be here next week as he’s going on a 333 mile bike ride from Pittsburgh to DC & for last week’s speaker & the value of “position 5”
  • Sadie - for scholarship presenters & for the Paul Harris the club gave her, KJ finally got her her PH pin
  • Justin - $5, his wife took him to a concert in Essex last night & he overslept this AM so she came into help him prepare breakfast today!
  • Jim V - Windham Grows won the 2019 VT Business for Social Responsibility..... Reward
  • Kevin - $4 - $3 for the days spent in San Diego visiting Wyatt & his family, visited the SD Zoo; Kevin has a college friend there too he hasn’t seen in 40 years & they were able to connect. $1 for Southwest Airlines - all Dads got free socks!
  • Josh T - got back from a 1 week trip to NYC & camping in Catskills & for Josh U for being an amazing business man!
  • Josh U - for Josh T - I hadn’t been to a meeting for awhile for Southern VT Professionals & Josh T questioned his age!!!
  • KJ - bragged for Rotarians getting out for fun - went out to eat & then watched
    • Going to Germany for 5 weeks
  • Jen - bragged for her son finishing 5th grade at Academy school & moving on up!
  • Marcy bragged for everyone for helping make her year as President a great year!
Guest Speaker:   Sadie was our Guest Speaker today
  • She was introduced by President Marcy - she was going to have Pete Moma speak about Phoenix House of New England but he wasn’t able to come to speak
    • PH is moving to the Wheeler House on Austine Campus
  • Sadie spoke today about our community service work this past year
    • We captured 1835 hours of work in our community as a group this Rotary year!
    • 717 hours of work outside of our club commitments
    • The project for which we recorded the most hours (240) - Erin’s Pergola Project
    • Disc golf - 86 hours for the tournament
    • 3 Vs. 3 was the next largest
    • We had 100% club participation
    • Sadie brought a questionnaire for us to provide her with feedback: Projects of interest next year? New projects?
      • Sadie has been reaching out to the Welcome Center to try and secure a date there.
    • If anyone is interested in taking over as Community Service Chair she’s happy to turn over the job!
Adjourn with a recitation of the 4 Way Test!
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
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Copy of Rotary Minutes 12 June 2019

Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jun 13, 2019
President Marcy opened the meeting with a thank you to the Greeter, Turner
Quote for the Day " Any kid will run any errand for you, if you as at bedtime" - Red Skelton
Today in History:
On this day in 1920, Man O'War wins the 52nd Belmont Stakes and sets the record for the fastest mile ever run by a horse.
1942 - On this day, Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father's office. They lived there for 2 years, were captured, and Anne died of typhus one month before the end of the war. Her diary has been translated into 60 languages.
On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall by saying "Secretary General Gorbachev if you seek peace-if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe, come here to this gate, open the gate, tear down the wall".
Linda Hopkins and Jeanette, Josh & Rich Hoppe
Ali for Linda and Jeanette who have been the annually reliable gardeners of our gardens and announced that each will get a $50 gift certificate at Chelsea Royal to use at their pleasure.
Katia back from Europe Germany & Ireland
Jim for his vacation in Puerto Rico
Debbie for the tick she picked up from a lilac tree, and then had to get treatment
Michelle for her evening at the Boston Hall of Fame and a free trip to LA
Turner for a family wedding event in CT with his family and a past-president celebration in Chelsea MA RC
Kevin for Linda and her dedication as club secretary and for Jeanette when they sold cars in an earlier profession
Linda for the two of them and for wall who have not changed
Josh thank you for time with you all and for his upcoming first MT Bike race of 2019
Damian a very very proud father of Aiden and Torin who beat the school record and established impressive academic performances. A very proud Dad indeed!
Ali, chip in for Lucy
Mona please forward pictures you may have of Lucy enjoying her time here
Ali June 26th is Changeover at Lisa's house in Chesterfield, BYOB but also bring a covered dish 
Toni and Will
Rotary Anniversaries
Nic - 6 yrs
Tom Franks - 1 yr
Diane & KJ -  4yrs
Linda wins with the 10 of diamonds
Speaker Dave Kolkabeck, introduced by Mark Ethier
Dave is a driving instructor for the Southern Vermont Driving School
He offered a diagram of the round-a-bout at exit 3, the RT30 intersection with RT9 at the Commons and explained lane change as a "glide" between lanes rather than anything radially abrupt. Offered strategic offensive/defensive driving positions numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and encouraged all to think about which lane position is the most appropriate.
He also countered the traditional 10 & 2 with either 9 & 3 or 8 & 4 as hand positions on the wheel.
Finally, he offered that kids watch parents' driving behaviors and where there may never be conversation about how to, they notice what their role models do and they copy....
Meeting closed with many questions for Dave
Your fumbling and somewhat accurate Scribe
Copy of Rotary Minutes 12 June 2019 Tristam Johnson 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes 12 June 2019

Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jun 13, 2019
President Marcy opened the meeting with a thank you to the Greeter, Turner
Quote for the Day " Any kid will run any errand for you, if you as at bedtime" - Red Skelton
Today in History:
On this day in 1920, Man O'War wins the 52nd Belmont Stakes and sets the record for the fastest mile ever run by a horse.
1942 - On this day, Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father's office. They lived there for 2 years, were captured, and Anne died of typhus one month before the end of the war. Her diary has been translated into 60 languages.
On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall by saying "Secretary General Gorbachev if you seek peace-if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe, come here to this gate, open the gate, tear down the wall".
Linda Hopkins and Jeanette, Josh & Rich Hoppe
Ali for Linda and Jeanette who have been the annually reliable gardeners of our gardens and announced that each will get a $50 gift certificate at Chelsea Royal to use at their pleasure.
Katia back from Europe Germany & Ireland
Jim for his vacation in Puerto Rico
Debbie for the tick she picked up from a lilac tree, and then had to get treatment
Michelle for her evening at the Boston Hall of Fame and a free trip to LA
Turner for a family wedding event in CT with his family and a past-president celebration in Chelsea MA RC
Kevin for Linda and her dedication as club secretary and for Jeanette when they sold cars in an earlier profession
Linda for the two of them and for wall who have not changed
Josh thank you for time with you all and for his upcoming first MT Bike race of 2019
Damian a very very proud father of Aiden and Torin who beat the school record and established impressive academic performances. A very proud Dad indeed!
Ali, chip in for Lucy
Mona please forward pictures you may have of Lucy enjoying her time here
Ali June 26th is Changeover at Lisa's house in Chesterfield, BYOB but also bring a covered dish 
Toni and Will
Rotary Anniversaries
Nic - 6 yrs
Tom Franks - 1 yr
Diane & KJ -  4yrs
Linda wins with the 10 of diamonds
Speaker Dave Kolkabeck, introduced by Mark Ethier
Dave is a driving instructor for the Southern Vermont Driving School
He offered a diagram of the round-a-bout at exit 3, the RT30 intersection with RT9 at the Commons and explained lane change as a "glide" between lanes rather than anything radially abrupt. Offered strategic offensive/defensive driving positions numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and encouraged all to think about which lane position is the most appropriate.
He also countered the traditional 10 & 2 with either 9 & 3 or 8 & 4 as hand positions on the wheel.
Finally, he offered that kids watch parents' driving behaviors and where there may never be conversation about how to, they notice what their role models do and they copy....
Meeting closed with many questions for Dave
Your fumbling and somewhat accurate Scribe
Rotary Minutes 12 June 2019 Tristam Johnson 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rag - June 5th, 2019

JUNE 5, 2019

 - Among those who were thanked, this stand-in Scribe along with our Sgt.-at-Arms, Ed… But does anyone remember who the greeter was actually supposed to have been, because it wasn’t either of us; {some thought maybe Will?} 
Next week’s greeter – Turner (plus anyone else who might also need hugs)
SCRIBE – Drew… but Ali stepped in for him (since the man already works hard enough for our community and inarguably deserves a free pass!!)
Scribes Upcoming weeks:
~ 6-12-19 – Tristam Johnson
~ 6-19-19 – Damon Kindopp
Quote of the Day: “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”  ~ Mark Twain
Today in History:
June 5, 1933 – The US went off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold, when congress enacted a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.  The US had been on a gold standard since 1879, but bank failures during the Great Depression of the 1930’s frightened the public into hoarding gold, making the policy untenable.
June 5, 1968 – At 12:50am PDT, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate, was shot three times in a hail of gunfire at the Ambassador Hotel in LA.  Five others were wounded.  The senator had just completed a speech celebrating his victory in the California presidential primary.  Kennedy, critically wounded, was rushed to the hospital, where he fought for his life for the next 24 hours.  He passed away on the morning of June 6, only 42 years old. 
June 5, 1993 – Julie Krone rode 13-to-1 shot Colonial Affair to victory in the Belmont Stakes to become the first female jockey ever to win a Triple Crown race.  Krone retired in 1999 with 3,545 career wins, the most ever for a woman.  In 2000, she became the first female jockey inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

Rob Wheeler – of Wheeler Farm in Wilmington, VT – And our day’s Guest Speaker
Ayla – daughter of Josh T
Shoshana– daughter of Debra R
No Birthdays nor any Anniversaries to sing about.
Josh has enjoyed being a Student Rotarian in our midst for the past three years, and hopes to return for future visits.  He’ll be splitting his time this summer, working as a trail guide at Berkshire East, bike racing, and preparing for next fall when he’ll be starting at the University of NH with a major in Business.  Josh, you’re welcome back any time, and as Josh T added… ‘Hey, bring the family!’
Tom Franks – future incoming Club Secretary – invited us once more to assist with the herding of the Heifers at this Saturday morning’s stroll (8am - ?).  Any last minute takers are more than welcome to come help and be a part of the fun… Reach out to Tom via ClubRunner (email or phone numbers both available).   Or try:
Marcy reminded us of the Board Meeting tomorrow (Thursday, June 6) which are now held HERE at our own breakfast location / Legion, and no longer at WKVT.  Meeting starts at 7:15am, and all general membership  members are welcome to attend.
Ali (me): Reiterated that the final week of this month – June 26th – (in lieu of the regular morning meeting) we will be enjoying an evening celebration at the annual Changeover Party.  This event celebrates the changing of the guards, from the soon-to-be outgoing President Marcy to the incoming Jim Verzino at the podium.  For our venue again this year we have been invited back to Lisa Fitzgerald’s in Chesterfield, NH.  Our agenda will be light on formalities, heavy on frivolity!  Please mark the date in your calendars as the fuller the attendance the finer the festivities!!  A family-friendly event, and generally a covered dish with a BYOB format.  More details forthcoming and the sign up sheet should get passed around next week.
Jim Verzino – Speaking of parties… As his year at the helm looms nearer, the position of Club Service Chair (a.k.a. the club’s official ‘party planner’) is open.  Upon asking for any takers, Will Shakespeare stepped up to take on the role this year, as Ali is moving into her role as the Counter of Coin. (Lisa cheered nearby.)
Dan – Successful blood drive last week – with a good turn out and (I think) 24 pints of blood collected.  A number of our brethren still sported the bruises from having done their part.  Future blood drive date(s) TBD.
Kevin – As an unofficial fundraiser, our Student Rotarians carry sheets for us to sign throughout the year, which we are to do after introducing ourselves and taking a few moments to get to know them in an effort to help them feel welcome.  Each unsigned sheet later handed in at year’s end represents a dollar due if your name is not upon it.  Well, the sheets are in and the unofficial tallies, minus those not yet counted from Josh’s recently delivered sheet, exceeded $80 this year – yikes!  Kevin relished (with noted glee) doling out fines and publically shaming (albeit all in fun, sorry Debra!!) those of us who’d neglected to officially greet some of the students and sign their sheets.  While Kevin read off each name, I’ll spare members additional public shaming in this newsletter but if you missed today’s meeting, check with Toni who now possesses said list to see what you may owe.
Deb C – With another grandbaby on the way, Deb and hubby Tony had offered to build the family a new bed.  But not just any wooden framed bed… this one was a raised bed and it had specifications any architect would be impressed with including steps, shelves, cubbies and all handmade and hand-stained, a dedicated labor of love.  Deb is truly celebrating the accomplishment, especially since the little one may be arriving weeks sooner than expected – I think she said mom was in early labor as we sat there noshing on breakfast!

Cindy – was camping all weekend – and her relaxed glow was noted by many.   She visited the Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt library and mansion, located in Rhinebeck (Hyde Park?), NY.  Cindy was ‘incredibly impressed’ with the body of good work and great accomplishments the Roosevelts have both done for our country.  The place was a ‘must see’ for history buffs and casual enthusiasts alike.
Chris – Good news to share: Chris’ wife is pregnant and they are happily expecting child #2, although noting some level of concern around anticipated sleepless nights soon to be the new norm.  Hearty and heartfelt congratulations!
Jon – remembering back that far himself bragged for his daughter Alina who has gone from attending Rotary in her car seat to now Sweet- 16.
Josh T – Daughter Ayla is about to celebrate her 9th birthday and will also be moving from lower elementary to upper elementary, which is really exciting.  Also for an epic adventure over the past weekend exploring 5 (that’s FIVE!) different golf courses in central Massachusetts with other fellow disc golf aficionados.  He nearly glowed with love and fond memories for all the disc golf he’d been able to play – over 80 holes of disc golf, which our table was marveling over, in that for many of us – one single hole could take upwards of 20 minutes!
Debra – A brag for Shoshi for her upcoming graduation from 6th grade later this week, and for a big presentation ‘Sho-Sho’ will be giving on Harry Houdini!
Lisa F – Survived her first week with two Swamp Bat boys who are staying with her family for the rest of the summer.  Feeding them so far has been the biggest challenge, as they are teenage boys, after all.  But also two of the nicest and most well-behaved boys she’s ever known, aside from her own children.
Jen – Had a parental brag, starting with for her father who passed away 5 years ago.  She and her mother attended his 50th reunion from Princeton Univ last weekend, down in Jersey… something she’s been doing with her parents ever since she was a little girl.  She enjoyed marching in the parade with her mother and reconnecting with her father’s former classmates (Class of ’69), as she’s known them most of her own life.  The brag then segued to Mom with her strength that continues to inspire and amaze Jen, who was so glad to help her mom honor Dad’s memory.
Mona – with an absentee brag on behalf of Christine Takacs who couldn’t come but wanted to thank Turner and Kay for a lovely dinner they put on for Lucy over the weekend.
Dan – Over the weekend he took our Rotary exchange student Lucy off-road jeeping… Lucy experienced her American redneck fantasy driving in 4 feet deep swamps filled with mud, over fallen trees and many rock obstacles!  There was one nail-biting moment when the threat of rolling felt fairly imminent … but they were able to hold on and with a little help from gravity and the Jeeping swamp gods, they landed back safely!
Picked was the Jack of Hearts – held by the lucky Papa-to-be – Chris.  Making Ed’s assessment accurate – monies raised from these card shenanigans DO in fact go towards (future) educational funds. 
Rob Wheeler – a third generation dairy farmer – out in Wilmington, VT talked to us about dairy trends.
Back in the 1950’s, Vermont had 14,660 dairy farms and a population of only 379,000 people.  Calculating that ratio, that was 25 people: 1 farm.
Now in 2019, Vermont has only 687 dairy farms remaining, but now almost double the population at 626,000 people.  That ratio is now 912 people: 1 farm.  Vermont still continues to make 63% of the milk for New England.  Today we know more about health and welfare of cows than we do humans!  With advances, cow production is up even though the number of cows doing that producing is down.  Efforts to become more efficient have yielded other improvements to the industry such as the development of manure digesters, 16 of which in VT alone which make energy to power more than 4000 VT homes annually.  
Due to industry improvements and gained knowledge, today a gallon of milk is produced with 65% less water and 63% less carbon than it took to produce a gallon of milk in 1944. Now we are able to make better products, supply nutrients to the world (Agri-Mark ships whey products that are sold in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Egypt and the Netherlands), and continue high standards of sustainability.
Another cool milk-fact – on average, milk travels less than 300 miles in under 48 hours to get from the dairy farm to your local grocery store. 
Rob’s Wheeler Farm is a member of one of the three largest dairy co-ops in VT, called Agri-Mark.  Agri-Mark consists of 1,000 dairy farm families from all six New England States and NY.  Agri-Mark markets a full truckload of milk every six minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  By working together in co-ops like Agri-Mark, farmers can accomplish more than they can individually. 
Meeting Adjourned.
Please excuse any errors or omissions, as they can be blamed on the fact that the entire meeting long I forgot to take any notes what-so-ever and had to recall most of what you just read from memory. 
Rotary Rag - June 5th, 2019 Ali Barry 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes 5/29/19

May 29, 2019
Greeter - Bethany
President Marcy welcomed us at 7:15am.
Nick was fill in scribe on 5/29, followed by Drew on 6/5.
Quote of the day
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus” – Mark Twain
Megan and Conrad from FBLA Brattleboro
Danny and Maggie from Hinsdale Student Rotarians
John Maybe
Stan Nowakowski
Davey and Lucy.
No Birthdays this week...
Katja 6 years and Marcy 16 years
Dan - Blood drive Wednesday 5/29.
Tristam – Lauriel Morrisette - Brattleboro Housing Authority food program has been a tremendous success and integral part of community.
Tom Franks still needs marshals at the Strolling of the Heifers on 6/8.
KJ – Deerfield Rotary Putt & Pour event 6/7. Lots of fun!
Mona – two host families needed for next year
Stan - VT Food bank collaboration with Mona picks back up in August.  Ali and Stan were on TV for Rotary.
Ali - Trash clean up.
Marcy - Next Week Board of Directors meeting at Legion.  
Student Rotarians
Celebrated and recognized each Student Rotarian for this year.  Each student were presented with a certificate and a small token of appreciation.  Each student also gave a brief speech...
Megan - thanks for support as she is headed to VT Tech for degree in business management.
Davy - Back for another year next year...
Maggie - thanks and also coming back for another year....
Conrad - brand new to club so thanks for welcoming him in such a short period of time.
Danny - achieved 2nd in class and is presenting to entire school...normally nervous but his work throughout the year presenting to the rotary group has made him tremendously comfortable with public speaking.  Thank you for all the support.
Deb - Happy Rotary Day
Jacques - Son has job in CA!!!! A company called Reverb Inc. - Video Game progamming
Jon - Great weekend in Seattle pseudo college reunion and 50 birthday.
Lisa - Hosting two Swamp Bat baseball players - Come out to the games!
Toni - Kyle is back home (living in East Windsor CT)
William - 11 months ago had fire at the house.  Came home to fire trucks and neighbor property on fire with a complete and total sad. Called wife ahead of time to prepare her that it was not their home on fire.
Cindy - Towing camper by her self, practiced at high school...asking for everyone's thoughts, prayers, and well wishes!
Stan - Rotary Golf tournament coming up June 6th ...."Defend your Championship!"
Jeff - 13 year old daughter Brittany played last AAU basketball tournament of season in ME.  Lost last game but she scored 7 of her teams 21 points!!! Normally she is more of a rebounder and defender....WAY TO GO!!!
Dan - nor present at meeting due to daughter receiving mysterious  award at her school.
Deb - Blood Drive starts at 8AM; 14 months ago she broker her Femur....after tireless effort and PT she is now back again for first time playing Tennis!!!!!
Jon - Dan and Jon took Lucy out for some authentic American fun....Guns in the woods!
Damon - 1000mi drive around New England and Canada and New York; running, visiting friends and family, and watching kids break running records!  Meanwhile got a call from son Aiden to explain recent charges on his CC.....ugh oh!!! Come to find out it was his son buying a homeless couple a warm meal and some food to last them for a bit....what a great Junior Rotarian. 
Kevin - Took father in-law to Brewfest, despite leaving him for extended period alone (totally content with beer and comfy chair)...some would suggest neglect...Kevin proceeded to fine other Rotarians for leaving him for Beer refills...NO fine was paid.  
Bethany - Attended the Brewfest with her dad now that she is officially 21.
Marcie - Tree removal and lawn care that has been waiting way too long.  Working on house when daughter asked to "Go Froggin," at Grafton Pond...about to claim too much to do she stopped herself and dropped everything to "GO FROGGIN!"
Nick - EPIC trip to ME also logged close to 1K miles with a great visit to Caribou ME to see Father, 94 year old Grandmother, old family property in Little Madawaksa Lake ME with Brother.  Ended the trip in OOB ME with some late night arcade game play with Son before the usual late night skate and scoot back to the condo.  Beautiful weekend getting back in touch with roots of family.   
Student Rotarian Maggie won!!! $8 yahoo....
Bowl of Life
None - ran out of time.
Guest Speaker
No speaker scheduled for today due to a last minute conflict...however worked out well with more time to honor student Rotarians and support the blood drive.
Adjourned at 8:30am with the Four Way test.
Rotary Minutes 5/29/19 Nick DuBois 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Minutes 05152019

Posted by Josh Goldberg
Greeter was Turner
Next week greeter - Debbie Cox
Verify scribe:
5/15/19 - Josh Goldberg
5/22/19 - Diane Hashagen
5/29/19 - Tristan Toleno
Quote of the day:  “Have patience.  All things are difficult before they become easy” -Saadi
Today in History:
1942 - On this day in 1942, gasoline rationing began in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort during World War II. By the end of the year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ensured that mandatory gasoline rationing was in effect in all 50 states. Rubber was the first commodity to be rationed, after the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies cut off the U.S. supply; the shortage of rubber affected the availability of products such as tires. Rationing gasoline, it was reasoned, would conserve rubber by reducing the number of miles Americans drove.
1756 - The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially begins when England declares war on France. However, fighting and skirmishes between England and France had been going on in North America for years.  In the early 1750s, French expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought France into armed conflict with the British colonies. In 1756–the first official year of fighting in the Seven Years War–the British suffered a series of defeats against the French and their broad network of Native American alliances. However, in 1757, British Prime Minister William Pitt (the older) recognized the potential of imperial expansion that would come out of victory against the French and borrowed heavily to fund an expanded war effort.
1972 - During an outdoor rally in Laurel, Maryland, George Wallace, the governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate, is shot by 21-year-old Arthur Bremer. Three others were wounded, and Wallace was permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The next day, while fighting for his life in a hospital, he won major primary victories in Michigan and Maryland. However, Wallace remained in the hospital for several months, bringing his third presidential campaign to an irrevocable end.  Wallace, one of the most controversial politicians in U.S. history, was elected governor of Alabama in 1962 under an ultra-segregationist platform, although ultimately his politics shifted dramatically and he received overwhelming support from the black community when elected to his last term in 1983
Sandy Shriver introduced his dog Mosley and wife Diane.  Mosely is 9 weeks old, and is a Shetland sheep dog or ‘Shelty’
Valerie introduced her husband John Mabie, Noon Club member
Lucy, student exchange from Croatia
Vicky Case, Retreat Farm
Wendy Ferris, Retreat Farm
Buzz Schmidt, Retreat Farm, speaker
Birthdays Michelle Pong, 5/16
Michelle was serenaded by the Sunrise Rotary Singers from the actual stage at the Legion, very nice.
Anniversaries: None
Student Rotarian report: None
Club Announcements:
  • Tom apologized for volunteering Rotary for Marshalling for the Strolling of the Heifers, BUT…June 8th marshals are needed to help with the parade.  There will be a brief training the week before.  No badge included.  This year’s theme is ‘Farmers are our Hero’s’
  • Sadie announced that the community service signup sheet is circulated
  • Scholarship committee needs extra help if anyone would like to help read the essays, score them, and decide
  • Dan announced that the Touch a Truck grilling fundraiser was successful, last round of the club commitment to that event.  Raised around $500, and almost sold out of food.  Great day, great team effort.  Chris Stoner may be the new grill master, did a great job under pressure of a long line!  Will was fined for $5 for not showing for grilling, as well as committing to blood donationJ
  • Camp for a Common Cause is Friday night (5/15), come help grill.  Be there around 5:15 pm, see Sadie for details.
  • May 29th will be a blood drive, sign up ahead of time, will occur during the Wednesday meeting.
  • Kevin announced an additional fine on Will Shakespeare, who has agreed to step in for Rotary Cares this week, but seemed to have forgotten when they occur (Thursday afternoon)
  • Josh announced another ‘Pints for Polio’ sometime this summer, gauging interest.  $700 was raised last night; lots of interest was expressed.  Northstar Nuclear will be the sponsor.
Jack of Clubs was drawn, Mark Ethier won!!
  • Michelle bragged about her daughter graduating from Quinnipiac Law School, and she has a job!
  • John and Valerie bragged about their daughter completing 4 years in the Army, coming home to go to VT Law School
  • Jacques bragged for her son graduating from college
  • Will Shakespeare bragged about his daughter taking a trip to Rome, and getting engaged!  Spent Mother’s Day looking at dresses!
  • Ali for her daughter travelling and coming home Sunday! 
  • Kevin bragged about his grandson, who took first steps last week, Wyatt James Yager
  • Tom bragged for the Noontime Rotary, very welcoming when visiting their meeting.
  • KJ for his wife Diane watching their daughter graduating from college
  • Lisa for her son Stephen receiving his master’s degree along with his wife!
  • Toni for her daughter being at Ft. Hood and missing her own graduation for her Master’s degree
  • John Mabie bragging for Aly working on the Rotary garden, ‘was wondering where everyone else was’.  Aly reminded that catcalling is mandatory.
  • Nick was up all through the night between dogs and young children, reminding all of the parents of graduating students what that was like.
  • Ali let us all know that Michelle is celebrating her 50th birthday, 7-11 at the Eagles Club.  Live music AND a bar.
Bowl of Life
  • This person lived upstairs from a famous flautist (related to another Rotarian) and could hear lessons. 
    • Will guessed Aly (no)
    • Aly guessed Cindy (no)
    • Cindy guessed Michelle (nope, left town at 18)
    • Jaques – Toni?
    • Toni – Sadie?
    • Toni to Jim V
    • Jim to Nick (no, Nick didn’t know what a flautist was)
    • Nick to Damon (never lived in Brattleboro)
    • Damon guessed Katya
    • Katya to Sandy
    • Sandy guessed that it was Tom (and it was!)
      • It was in Montpelier actually, 20 years ago, no one said this was in Brattleboro!
Cindy Delgatto introduced Buzz Schmidt of Retreat Farm, who serves as chair of the FB Heron Foundation and on the boards of Vermont Council on Rural Development and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children.  He founded and led GuideStar and subsequently GuideStar International.  He served on the boards of the Nonprofit Quarterly (President), TechSoup Global, The Institute for Philanthropy (London), The National Philharmonic Trust, and Preservation Virginia.  The Nonprofit Times named him National Executive of the Year in 2000 and one of the 25 most influential nonprofit actors over the past 25 years (2014).  Time Magazine named him one of six visionary leaders in philanthropy in 2000.  He is a graduate of Princeton (AB) History and Stanford (MBA and MA Education).
Buzz recalled getting his driver’s license in 1968 at the Gibson Aiken building, remembers driving Route 30 past Maple Valley, kayaking on the West River, always seeing the very large red barns on the left.  Saw again years later, but never stopped.
5 years ago, he moved back to town in retirement, and asked the chair of the Windham Foundation how he could be helpful in rural VT?  “Join the board of the Windham Foundation, and figure out what to do with the Retreat Farm” was the advice.
Retreat Farm Facts
150 years old, amazing architecture and history
In 2016, the Foundation gave the Farm to Retreat Farm Ltd (separate non-profit)
Provides restorative therapy for Brattleboro Retreat patients
500 acres, 9 historic barns, forest and meadows
Goal is to restore all aspects of the property to become a significant aspect of the region
Children’s Farm and Forest program, Community Events program (24 events last year, 50 this year) incl VT Land Trust Celebration, the Governors Cabinet, CT River Conservancy, and Food Truck Thursdays
The property is a 4-season recreation center, to be expanded, with 7 activity areas
The Retreat Farms does need community help and investment to promote the restoration of the barns, volunteer on the trails, etc.
North Barn Restoration project was the location of the petting farm, beautiful and very large barn featuring hand hewn beams.  This barn will become a very important community meeting/event space, with capacity for up to 300 occupants.  All are invited to come by anytime for a tour.
  • Are there hours that the public can come by?  
    • Yes, 8-5 M-F
  • In the North Barn, are they planning on kitchen space? 
    • They have permission to put a catering kitchen in the North Barn, but the preference is to put a very large kitchen in the Ox Barn to satisfy catering needs for all barns and to supply a café.  This plan is still in the works.
  • How does the Retreat Farm relate to the VT Land Trust?
    • VT Land Trust has a use easement that controls how the property can be used.  The majority of the forest and meadows are protected as agricultural only. Retreat Trails are on land owned by the Retreat and the Retreat Farm.  Care of the trails are divided between the two groups.
  • Will there still be goat yoga
    • Yes, weekly goat yoga starting in mid-June (Yoga with goats walking on your back)
  • What is changing about the children’s program?
    • Animals will remain for petting, will be expanded
    • Educational garden and nature trail will be new features, along with a ‘forest playground’
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m. with the four-way test –
  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Sunrise Rotary Minutes 05152019 Josh Goldberg 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019
President Marcy welcomed us at 7:15am.  Thanks to our Greeter, Mona.    Turner is our greeter next week.  Josh Goldberg is the scribe next week, followed by Diane Hashagen on May 22.
Quote of the day
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S. Truman
This day in history
1899 – The Countess Cathleen by William Yeats opens at the Irish Literary Theater in Dublin, the theater’s inaugural performance.
1973 – On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, armed members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) surrendered to federal authorities, ending their 71-day siege of Wounded Knee, site of the infamous massacre of 300 Sioux by the US Cavalry in 1890.
2010 – 88-year-old actress Betty White becomes the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live.  The show had its highest ratings in 18 months and White earned an Emmy award for her appearance.
Mike Mandracchia, our speaker today. 
Jeff Dunklee was serenaded by the Birthday Singers.  Bethany had a birthday but wasn’t here, so we will keep her on the list.
Tristam informed that the coffee shop is open, three bags left.
Tom Franks sent out a sheet to sign-up to be marshals at the Strolling of the Heifers.
Marcy had a reminder about dues.  Dues are due before July 1st.  Very important because we get a bill from Rotary that bills us for people on our roster as of July 1st.  Therefore, if you know you will not be returning next year, please let the club know ASAP.
Toni – May 29th is the last day we will be collecting for RI Foundation – Rotary would like each Rotarian to give $100 each year.  Marcy gave a plug for the Foundation.
Dan had a reminder about Touch-A-Truck this Saturday, May 11.  If volunteered to help, please show up on time.  If you volunteered to bring stuff, make sure to contact Dan on when you will be dropping off.  Toni will send a reminder to those who missed this meeting. 
Josh Trager said there is a Disc Golf clean up this Saturday from 9am to 1pm.  If you aren’t grilling, come help out at the course.
Student Rotarians
Megan and Conrad – Last FLA meeting was recently, bittersweet.  Megan cried as it was her last meeting.  Conrad missed it due to illness.  Conrad said that they are looking forward to national FLA trip to San Antonio this summer.
Jim Maxwell – Six years
Check Presentation
For Rescue Inc. – Kevin presented a check to Rescue, Inc.  One of the benefits of holding three-on-three is having Rescue part of the tournament as they have been the medical presence for the past 10 years.  In turn, we make a donation back to Rescue.  The annual contribution is $500 which was presented to Rotarian Drew Hazelton.  Drew thanked the club for the support.  Every year, they use the contribution for special projects.  This year’s money will continue the investment in thermal imaging equipment.
Bowl of Life
Cindy explained last week’s Bowl of Life since she wasn’t here to explain last week.
Damon – For people who ordered flowers for Mother’s Day and for self.
Mona – Thanked KJ for helping to get Lucy to the district conference.  Reported that it was very emotional for Lucy as it was one of the last times that the students were getting together.  Michelle added on to the brag.
Cindy – For self.
Tristam – For self and for eagles (the bird) at the Retreat Meadows.
Drew – Rescue was recipient of the Share the Love event from Brattleboro Subaru which they are going to use to buy equipment.
Toni – For self.
Kevin – For self.
Tom – For Rotarian magazine, May issue as it stirred optimism in him.
Dan – For self.
Ali – For Deborah for gardening together.
Three of Diamonds.  No winners.
Guest Speaker
Mike Mandracchia from the Noon Club and The Richards Group, introduced by Dan.  Even though not here to talk about the Wheels event, he informed us that it will be held June 29th at the Retreat.
Mike spoke about Skid School, which he did for us six or seven years ago.  In 1921 there was 24.1 fatalities per MVD (million vehicles driven).  In 2017, it was one-point-two per MVD.  Reason is vehicle safety improvements, many that came from racing arena – seat belts, air bags, tires, hand position (10 and 2, s/b 9/3 due to air bags), ABS/ESC, high strength steel/crumple zones.  Mike got into this when he started racing Miatas when he moved to Vermont.  He met a guy (state Trooper) who taught defensive driving where Mike learned a great deal about safe driving.
What hasn’t changed: Traditional driver’s education because US is one of the easiest places to get a license because kids just taught how to pass the test.  It really takes ~1,000 hours of driving experience to get fully experienced in driving.  Skid School tries to condense these 1K hours into meaningful areas to get people ready to drive e.g. ABS straight-line braking, slalom (like skiing).  In accidents, people, on average, only use ~35% of the cars full capabilities.  We tend to either understeer or oversteer.  Key is to look where you want to go and head the car in that direction.  After the first two exercises, they then do the ‘Moose Drill’ (see YouTube).  Goal is to avoid the ‘moose’ and be able to control the car as a roll-over is a common outcome – first brakes, then steering.  Another exercise in about tailgating – it is not about the length to the next vehicle: you should be three seconds behind the next vehicle and this adjusts for speed.  Pick a stationary object and count out three seconds e.g. one-Mississippi etc. to give enough room.  Also, keeps your eyes up.  Mike went through Skid School class takeaways:
  • First break, then steer
  • Adjust seat and hands
  • Eyes up – as far down the road as possible
  • Check tire pressure - don’t over or under inflate.  Despite what you drive, you only have four slim patches of rubber touching the road; critically important.
  • Cars safer than SUVs and trucks
  • 2/10 second to blink = 18 feet @ 60mph
  • Hands free doesn’t mean distraction free
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Don’t pump anti-lock brakes.
  • Most common damage a car receives happens in a parking lot
Final Word – “Impairment”, it is all the same. 
  • Texting and cellphones
  • Alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Time pressure – “not breathing”
  • Adrenaline
  • Sirens
Closest Skid School is in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.  Rotary (aka Roundabouts) driving is becoming an increasing concern though Mike not sure if addressed in the school.
Adjourned at 8:30am.
Rotary May 8, 2019 Ross Gibson 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes 5/1/19

May 1, 2019
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary
President Marcy called the crowd to lower level of disorder at 7:15 followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Marcy’s Opening Remarks
  • Happy rainy chilling morning
  • Thanks Jacques for greeting
  • Solicits greeter for next meeting and Mona volunteers
  • Notes that Ross Gibson (5/8) and Josh Goldberg ((5/15) are the next scribes
  • Quote of the day - “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” Napoleon Bonaparte
Today in History
  • In 1852 Calamity Jane is born near Princeton, MO. The myths and fabrications concerning her life are so numerous it is difficult to discover the truth. Given to hard drinking and carousing, she attracted public attention with stunts like riding a bull down the main street of Rapid City. Ultimately, Jane was  a performer, providing the public with the appropriately grand and mythic image of the West.
  • In 1926 The Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour work week for factory workers (Thank the unions?). Extended to office workers the following August. Other Ford labor firsts: In 1914 upped pay of male factory workers $5 per 8-hour day from $2.34 for nine hours, did the same for females in 1916. Nearly double the industry average it turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, immediately boosting productivity and building a sense of loyalty and pride among workers (ah, the good old days).
  • In 1931 President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates NYC’s Empire State Building pressing a button in the White House that turns on the building’s lights. The gesture was symbolic, someone else flicked the switches (It’s gotten a lot harder to know what or who is behind the curtain).
Notes that the Board Meeting is at the Legion at 7:15am on May 2.
Announcements, Part 1
  • Debbie – Noted that schedule speakers couldn’t make it, but they are willing to come some other time. See her to arrange a speaker swap or fill a gap.
  • Josh T- Notes that disc golf started and some work has been done on the course. Another work day is scheduled for May 11 from nine to noon
  • Rob Szpila from the Brattleboro Noon Club  invited us to the Golf Tournament on June 6, noting that there is a tournament within the tournament for Rotary teams, e.g. a team with at least one Rotarian.  
  • Toni introduced students who need no introduction -  Lucy, Josh, and Davie from BUHS
  • Dan introduced John Mabbe from the noon club and Drew (guest or member, who knows)
  • Josh G introduced another who needs none, - Ailaya
  • Michelle introduced Rob Szpila, aforementioned
Announcements, Pt 2
  • KJ- June 7th, Mt Snow, 3rd annual put and pour for Deerfield Valley Club. 1 pm
  • Tristam -  Three announcements 1) Coffee, 5 bags left, $12 each. 2) Conclusion of nutrition project, donations from the Works, Commonwealth Dairy, and Hannaford. Served 691 kids, 736 meals. Some kids go back for seconds. On Friday give food for kids to take home, average cost $1.25 per meal. 3) Canupa Gluha Mani, the primary contact at the Pine Ridge Reservation Arizona, has spoken at parole board on behalf of members of three tribes to advocate for permission for the performance of cultural cleansing rituals. One member acknowledged after 10 hours that their policies were acts of racism. “Just incredible” is how he described.
  • Tom – Noted that he will have a sign up for Strolling of the Heifer parade marshals (a Rotary Community Service project) by next meeting
  • Dan – Recruiting members to sign up for Touch a Truck and Camp for a Cause
  • Will – Bragged for a great trip including Paris, Berlin and Prague. Described dancing to Edith Piaff with Tina on the deck of boat on Seine. He has eggs for sale, a dollar goes to Rotary
  • Josh T - $5 brag for the nutrition project and notes that May 18 is Girls on the Run
  • Debbie - back from travel to Nashville where she did the whole scene including the  Grand Ole Opery and getting new boots. Also her grandson turned 3 years old and the next one is due in June. Also, Tony got a new saw, going up to work on her house.
  • Mark - Davie got new shoes for the prom and he missed out on the purchase. In consolation other members noted he could probably buy her another pair.
  • KJ - $2 brag for becoming a grandfather on Friday. His daughter in MN gave birth to a little girl, Nancy Lou.
  • Michellle – Brag for Linda’s Closet in Keene which offers nice clothes at no charge. She is on the board and selling raffle tickets for a Mother’s Day raffle $10/ticket. First prize Red Sox tickets (4), second prize weekend stay at 4 bed home outside Mt. Snow, and more. Sadie suggested a club round up of donation for Linda’s Closet and Michelle said she’ll take any offered..
  • Jim M – His son is graduating MFA in Acting from Perdue, heading to NYC.
  • John – Brag for both clubs to ongoing commitment to scholarships. Estimated that we have provided $220K and the noon club $500K.
  • Mona – Asked Lucy to stand up and share a bit, joint brag. The brag is for the exchange student weekend in NYC. Sixteen students, four chaperones (lost not one student)  did and “saw everything”, including Lion King, Statute of Liberty, Ellis island, United Nations. Amazing how much foreign students know about this country
  • Rob Szpila - Bragged for the club for welcoming student traveling to South Dakota. Students noticed the fun, you guys have something special here.
  • Nick - back from Savannah, saw his father, awesome place, great eats, great history, shrimp and grits, feels like Burlington south, very alive. An awesome weekend.
Birthdays -  Drew Hazelton (apparently is a member, despite some understandable confusion) hasn’t been here since his birthday on the  30th of January. He was appropriately serenaded.
Cards - 7 of hearts was in the deck. Ed added extra flair to the usual and customary announcement to the joy of the assembled.
Student Rotarian reports
  • Davie - First day of long block ace (sic?), kind of like a study hall with teacher you pick, gives you a longer period of time for your own discretion. Student Council put it into effect. Another round of SATs May 4th, same day as prom.
  • Josh – The National Honor Society is doing a fund raiser to cover costs: he’ll pass around a sheet. Lacrosse against MAU tonight. He took a hard crash mountain  biking and will be out for a week. Fortunately, no head injury.  
Bowl of life – This Rotarian broke into many hotels in their youth - Josh G, guessed Dan Dietz, who asserts he has never been arrested or convicted. Deb suggested we ask what he took home from hotel. Dan fessed to a glass from the bar and guessed Debbie Cox, The thread was from Debbie to Toni to Sandy, to Tom to Josh U to Turner, to Will to Val to Jim M until we got the hint “She is not in the room” Jim guessed Allie, then Sadie, and finally Cindy, who  was it. NOTE: Lisa later reported that Cindy texted that they were thirteen and the hotel was abandoned. (In retrospect, shouldn’t the President have been fined for allowing it to go on so long with the party absent)
Speaker – Michelle Pong
  • She is the speaker coordinator. She thanks the club for their efforts and will try to make arrangements when things fall through. She notes that everybody in the room is an expert at something. If you can talk about something for 10 minutes please let her know. She wants to have people in hopper to call the night before.
  • Putting  on an old hat from the time when she worked at Lead Safe and Healthy Homes and was arguably was the expert on lead in Southern VT. She can talk about lead for 8 hours and will share a little bit of knowledge today.
  • Kids don’t get poisoned by eating paint chips, but mostly by typical hand-to-mouth behavior.
  • Lead disrupts brain development and it can’t be retroactively repaired.
  • In Windham Cty have some of the highest levels in VT. Fortunately they have come down in last 15 years.
    • 10% of kids in Bellows Falls at one point had lead in their blood
    • State of VT requires testing at age of 1, and another test at 2, although it is not being done uniformly
    • State of VT requires landlords to be certified and that every painted with more than one square foot of peeling paint be repaired.
    • EMP - essential maintenance practice. Make sure you get your certification if you are a landlord (class about 3 hours).
    • Contractors must be certified and take appropriate precautions for remediation.
    • Thresholds 1 sq ft interior for Vermont. Federal are more than 20 sf exterior or 6 sf interior
    • If you hire somebody, make sure they are certified.
    • Less than a teaspoon of lead in 700sf of soil will poison a child.
    • Recounted the case of child in MN circa 1998/99. The child swallowed Reebok charm, died because it was 99% lead.
    • Don’t allow your children to drink from garden hoses (lots of lead)
    • Keys all contain lead, get plastic keys for kids
    • Lead is a cumulative poison, it can be chelated out, which is physically demanding, but that won’t reverse the damage.
    • The US is/was behind most other countries. As a result of a 1918 outbreak in Australia in 1920 it was banned by League of Nations, most countries stopped using lead in paint a long time ago. We kept slapping it on our homes until 1978. Taking lead of gasoline cut blood levels in half, children were inhaling it all. All that lead in gasoline is still in the dirt. Lead doesn’t travel and it’s everywhere.
    • Dan asked if there wasn’t a ban on lead containing objects in VT. Michelle said there is a consumer products ban, but you can’t count on it being observed, e.g toys from dollar stores.
Meeting closed on time with the Four Way Test.
Please inform me of errors and omissions. Thank you. Tom Franks
Meeting Notes 5/1/19 Tom Franks 2019-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes 4/10/19

Thank you to Debbie Cox, Suds and others for greeting

Next week greeter is Kevin

Scribe today (stand in) KJ

Scribe next week is Mark Ethier, week after is Sadie


Quote of the day:  “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop” -Mother Teresa


Today in History:

On April 10, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh, 54.  As the pioneer and innovator of the humane movement, the ASPCA quickly became the model for more than 25 other humane organizations in the United States and Canada. And by the time Bergh died in 1888, 37 of the 38 states in the Union had passed anti-cruelty laws. Bergh’s dramatic street rescues of mistreated horses and livestock served as a model for those trying to protect abused children. After Mary Ellen McCormack, 9, was found tied to a bed and brutally beaten by her foster parents in 1874, activists founded the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Bergh served as one of the group’s first vice presidents.


On this day in 1879, Sandor Herz—the future John Hertz, the man behind what will one day be the world’s largest car-rental company—is born in present-day Slovakia. Hertz immigrated to America with his family as a child and grew up in Chicago. In 1915, he founded the Yellow Cab Company as a means of providing affordable transportation to average citizens. In 1932, the Hertz company opened its first car rental shop, at Chicago’s Midway Airport. In 1950, Hertz’s inaugural European facility debuted in France. Within five years after that, Hertz became the first rent-a-car business to open 1,000 locations throughout the world. John Hertz, who was also a philanthropist and raised thoroughbred horses, died at the age of 82 on October 8, 1961.

1933 -The Civilian Conservation Corps, a tool for employing young men and improving the government’s vast holdings of western land, is created in Washington, D.C. One of the dozens of New Deal programs created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was primarily designed to put thousands of unemployed young men to work on useful public projects. The training provided by the CCC proved particularly valuable to the 77,000 Native and Hispanic youths who worked in the Southwest. Many of these young men left the CCC able to drive and repair large trucks and tractors, skills that proved highly employable during WWII.



Lady Shoshana - Debra’s daughter

Student Rotarian - Meghan Forrett

Ayla Traeger - Josh’s daughter

Still waiting for Caleb and Drew to show up so we can sing happy birthday to them! 


Debbie Cox - just got back from San Francisco, highlight was sitting with the fund managers in San Mateo. Was able to see her nephew who survived a brain tumor when he was 7, now he’s 30 and working in technology. Great to spend time with him.

Josh T - was in New Orleans for work - loves hanging out down there. Josh and Ayla biked in Keene this weekend, it was a great time.

Will - Tina and Will are going on vacation for two weeks (no fresh eggs… boooooo) heading to Dublin, Paris, Prague and Berlin. Josh T helped Will out with how to say “Water of Life” in Gaelic so he can order Whiskey.

Mark Ethier - for Devi selected as a senior model rep for a local photographer.

Sadie - last weekend to see Malcolm Toleno on stage at NEYT

Tom - for Jim, Ali, and student Rotarians who went to training this weekend for their rolls. It was a great time.

Michelle - daughter is graduation from Law School next weekend! She received four outstanding awards, woot! woot!

Kevin - doesn’t want Josh T to read this as anything other than a brag.  The NCAA Running Rebels bracket; Kevin is the winner.

Ali - the folks that went to training and Jim Verzino’s self driving car.  The district assembly was really great, Ali was the only member who had an organized system for accounting, maybe we’re not as bad as we think.

Turner - was down in Tampa at the Woman’s final four NCAA tournament. He was able to go with his favorite nephew, cousin and brother (don't tell his other brothers!)

Dan - Storytellers on a Mission fundraiser - was a super fun time. Sat in the front row in the center, tried not to make eye contact.

Debra - Brag for Lady Shosh, in a big show at her school tomorrow - she has 73 lines and is in charge of all of the costumes, only one costume is ready! Debra and Dan will be in Italy next week.

Cards - 2 of Hearts - Tom Franks is the winner!

Student Rotarian Meghan - presented to the advisory board hoping to get more funding. Getting their farewell speeches ready, that will be an emotional time for the seniors.

Bi-Laws - they have been distributed via email - tried to incorporate common language and coincide with RI relaxed requirements for attendance and how our club operates. Added a piece on honorary membership. Good to go back and review the Bi-laws regularly as some folks found some things we were supposed to be doing that we are not doing.

Bi-Laws vote: Vote passes by voice vote

Kevin is now the Rotary rules guy (apparently this is in the bi-laws)… I jest.

Club Announcements:

Touch-a-Truck - May 11th - two slots to sign up 8 - 11 and 11 - 2. There is also a slot for supplies, please sign up. Fast Eddies will order items and sells it to us at half his cost.

Vermont Food Bank - this coming Saturday, need four Rotarians to help out from 9 - Noon. Contact Kevin via email if interested.

Coffee shop is open - buy it now it’s delicious!

Exchange student - Ali reports some noon club members were interested in hosting a student. There was some discussion around hosting an exchange student.

Meghan’s birthday! The singer’s wow’d us all with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for Meghan.

In club service project took the rest of the meeting time.

Four Way Test of the things we think, say and do.

Meeting Notes 4/10/19 Kris Johnston 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

March 27, 2019

Thank you to Mona for Greeting!  Thank you to Cindy for Scribing!  Nick scribes on 4/3 and Jeff Dunklee on 4/10
Quote of the Day “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” Dr. Seuss
Today in History:
1905 – Fingerprint evidence is used to solve a British murder case.  The neighbors of Thomas and Ann Farrow, Shopkeepers in South London discover their badly bludgeoned bodies in their home.  The brutal crime was solved using the newly developed fingerprinting technique.  Only three years earlier, the first English court had admitted fingerprint evidence in a petty theft case.  The Farrow case was the first time that the cutting-edge technology was used n a high-profile murder case, ultimately leading to the conviction of Alfred and Albert Stratton for the crime.
1939 – The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46-33 on this day to win the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  “March Madness” as the tournament became known, has grown exponentially in size and popularity since 1939.  For the first 12 years of the men’s tournament only eight teams were invited to participate.  That number grew steadily until a 65-team tournament format was unveiled in 2001.  In 2011 the field expanded even further allowing 68 teams to qualify.
On this day in 1973, the actor Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his career reviving performance in The Godfather.  The Native American Actress Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando’s place stating that the actor very regretfully could not accept the award as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.  After Brando’s name was announced as Best Actor, the presenter Roger Moore attempted to hand the Oscar to Littlefeather, but she brushed it aside saying that Brando could not accept the award.  Littlefeather read a portion of a lengthy statement Brando had written, the entirety of which was later published in the press.  The motion picture community has been as responsible as any Brando wrote for “degrading the Indian and making a mockery of his character, describing his as savage, hostile and evil”.
Honorary Rotarian Presentation - Justin – Board has the authority to offer honorary membership to club affiliates.  Justin serves us breakfast and takes very good care of us all the time.  Voted to offer honorary membership into our club. One of the better attendances because if he is not here, we don’t eat.  Rotary discounts around the world. Ha ha.  Free use of the disc golf course!! 
Guest introductions – Valerie introduces her husband John Mabie – member of the afternoon club.
ToniStudent Rotarians – Danny & Maggie from Hinsdale – please sign their sheets if you have not already.
Birthdays – Mark Ethier on 3/30 – Beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday!  Diane does guest appearance.
Anniversary – Bob Fagelson– 17 years on 4/2
Damon – Liked Dr. Seuss quote – Damon no longer a Hockey coach – has done is for 14 years for youth hockey.  Emotional day for both Damon and Torin.  He is a full-time runner now.  Here’s to many miles of hockey.  Aiden is 18 today.  Club has watched him grow up.  Three adults in the house now!
Ali – Encouraging brags today – be inspired. Big brag – KJ makes the greatest breakfast – Bethany and Allie enjoyed breakfast while Diane was out of town.  We will leave that it at that.   So much fun – great friend breakfast.  
Toni – Mini milestone – mailed last package to Kuwait as daughter come homes in May.  She has been in Kuwait since July.  Toni very excited to have her home.
Debbie Cox– Will be gone for the month of April – Trip to San Mateo and NC – will miss everyone while travelling.
Nick – for everyone who bowled last Saturday and was patient for his daughter that picked out her Minnie Mouse ball and purple roller.  Very special moment watching her have fun.
Marcy – IOU brag – end of swim team.  Rowen had a good event, but Marcy is happy not to have to transport to swim team.
Josh - Brag for daughter – got up at 5am this morning for rotary – was not feeling well so could not make it.  Great ski season.  Fast and learning fast.  She is figuring out on her own. 
Mark – announcement – sponsor little league in town. April 20th opening day Tech Rick throwing out first pitch.
Diane – Took granddaughter to dance competition.  Wonderful to see her dance.
Erin – Brag for Museum of African American culture in DC great experience enjoyed it as she has been on the road a lot teaching. Museum is very moving and important
Josh – Josh Davis – Story Tellers on a Mission at the Latchis – NPR story tellers. Fundraiser to Groundworks.  This Saturday at 7:30
Kevin – Fine everyone for pins.  Extra fine for not wearing U Houston Pin.  Go Coos??  Brag for Jeff Dunklee show how slick a dresser he is every week.  Special cowboy boots – setting the bar high. Way to go Jeff
Jon – Brag for Josh Unruh for Pints for Polio – Great Fundraiser – lots of fun – raised some money.  All Josh and the Whetstone.  Rotary Polio Beer is listed on the Whetstone board. 
Announcement -
Sadie – Thank you for last overflow dinner.  Pasta needed.  Need two people to make – please contact Sadie for help.  Main dish of Pasta.  Ali offered to make Pasta. 
Scholarship committee starting up very soon. Contact Sadie if you are interested in reading scholarships.  Community Service sheet is going around - please sign up. 
Mona – Reminder – if someone wants to host a student next year.  Need host families if we can do so.  Looking to talk to noon club to see if they can participate as well.  2- 4 families would be ideal.  Only 2 months each.  The more host families the best.  Better for the student experience.  If you are interested this is the time to reach out to Mona.  We might want to go to BUHS to see if they would accept students from families who live in NH. 
Debra – Bowling event last Saturday – Big Brother Big Sister 126.00 raised. 
Ali – April 1st Turner party – Wicked good time – Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it but we really would love it if you could – 5:30 cocktails 6:30 dinner $10 per person.  Student Rotarians are more than welcome to come. Monday night – not going to be too late.
Kevin – 11 people are doing a little tournament – he sent the email via link.  Still some time to join. Sandy Shriver believes he is already the winner but unfortunately, he is currently last.  Josh and Kevin have a debate on the relevance of this announcement. 
Kevin – In 2 weeks we will have a club wide vote on revised bylaws.  5-6 weeks worked on by committee.   Sandy thinks we can consider them brand new rather than amend them all.  Committee took template from Rotary International.  Significant changes.  Board has provided feedback. Will be sent out via email. Please review so that we can vote in two weeks.  Once they are reviewed, they will be put on website, so any new members can look.   Huge thank you to the committee!  This should be good for many years. 
Toni– old bylaws should be on the website for reference to compare. 
KJ – confirmed old bylaws in club runner
Jim V – Tom and Ali – Saturday to Hanover for training Treasurer and Secretary.
Student Rotarians Maggie – Town meeting – very busy – class ran concessions.  NHS – babysitting calendar fundraiser ends this Thursday.  Track just started.
Danny – Town meeting was first he sat in.  Hinsdale gets heated.  NHS babysitting as well.  Yankee Candle fundraiser 1500.  Five scholarships due in April.
Cards – Will won 9 of spades!!  50 something dollars
Kevin coffee is still available to be sold – supports scholarship.  12.00 per bag.  mostly ground left 4 bags left.  3 on 3 t shirts still available.  Give to sponsors
Invitation Pine Heights 4/23 1pm.  Volunteer appreciation lunch
Ali began conversation on Club Assembly and opened the opportunity for the rest of the meeting to go into groups.
In meeting service project – coming up in a couple of weeks.  Everyone in the club should be on at least one committee. 
Minor interruption with the chafing dishes burning.   Meeting close at 8:18
Respectfully submitted by Cindy Delgatto – please excuse any errors or omissions.
March 27, 2019 Cindy Delgatto 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter March 20, 2019 meeting 

Posted by Daniel Deitz on Mar 22, 2019
Rotary Minutes
March 20, 2019
Volunteer greeter for next week – Mona!
Guest Introductions:
• Kevin introduces two exceptional student Rotarians – Megan and Conrad who were working at the Windham Career Center, They kicked a*s and took names! Language Fine
• Best two daughters classification – Ava and Shoshana
• Damon – His foot hurts. Torin was invited to join the freshman class of Keene Interact! They choose only 30 kids for the incoming class and it is hardcore.
• Josh – Bragged for Damon and for bowling night with the noon club.
• Mark Ethier – Bragged for Davi who is now licensed! Perfect score on her test.
• Debra – Shoshi rocked it in Wrinkle in Time last weekend. 
• Jon Secrest – Bragged for Costa Rica trip with Aleksa, enjoying being finally back together as a family, fighting and sarcastic as ever. Kerry having shaved her head a couple of months ago is now less chia pettish than she was. He was happy for the adventure.
• KJ – for Rotarians, Will and Josh who stepped up this am to help set up.
• Debbie Cox – 4/3-4/7 – going to CA, San Mateo, she won the trip through Primerica, her company
• Kevin – Bragged for everyone who came out and helped with 3 on 3 last weekend, ended up with a very successful 18 teams!
• Bill Maxwell – Bragged for Kevin and Toni, a poetic brag about them being profiles in courage and moving through the foggy mist…
• Ali – The bowling event with the noon club was actually fun. She was surprised by how much fun she had. Let the record show that and she thanked Kevin for his sappy rotary appreciation email.
• Marcy – Put a dollar in for spring, metaphorically. She has had an extreme rough winter with a tragic losses and serious illness in her family. She is looking forward to spring and reminds us to remember to appreciate what wehave when we have it.
In the deck. Josh called us losers with aplomb!
Student Rotarians Report:
Meghan and Conrad - Just got back from state conference and had no sleep during their travels. They placed first in all of the chapter events, FBLA, they placed first in marketing with Alex Shriver who is still sleeping, and Megan won future Business Leader, Miss FBLA! Conrad placed 2nd in accounting. 
• Ali - April first is Turner’s 50th anniversary party. Dress code is to be cute! 
• Jacques – Caleb doesn't have a guest speaker for next week. Does anyone have one?
• Debra – Come “Bowl for Kids’ Sake to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters – join the Sunrise Rotarian Team this Saturday at 1 pm. The form collecting donations went around and generous Sunrise Rotarians have already contributed $86 to the Big Brothers and Sisters. Click here: if you would like to join the team or donate or just show up at Brattleboro Bowl on Saturday.
• Mona – Do we want to have a student exchange next year? Not that anyone can top Lucy!
• Josh U. – Pints for Polio tonight. He is going to drink till close. Get a blue ticket for $25 and that will get you a free beer in a fancy Pints for Polio glass. Or go have lunch at the Whetstone today and that money will go to Sunrise Rotary as Well.
• Kevin – Tomorrow he is hosting the 16th edition of Rotary Cares. Marty Cohen is getting his retina surgery so Kevin is stepping up. Mona and Lucy will be guests on the International Exchange program. Lucy will be a star!
Debriefing the 3 on 3 with Kevin:
Thank You’s to all. Raised ($3-400) with just the team fees. There is a manual they have developed over the years with all the info. Thank you to all who stepped up and compensated for Sandy Shriver who decided that ping pong was more important. Raised $230 for concessions. Some refinements need to get made.
Dan needs volunteers to carry soda and water to basement. Thanks to Rescue for volunteering their time to be there. We will make a donation to Rescue for that. Toni brought t-shirts – magically appearing as soon as her name was mentioned.
Toni suggests separating fundraising from the tournament itself. She will continue to help with the fundraising which worked very well this year. Mona said if we do it a little later it will be easier to get the schools to participate. Setting up committees to see about keeping the ship going.
President Marcy ends the meeting with the 4 way test.
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build good will and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial for all concerned?
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Newsletter February 20, 2019

Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Feb 22, 2019
President Marcy started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
On this day in 1792, President George Washington signs legislation creating the U.S. Postal Service. Prior to the American Revolution, correspondence between parties depended largely upon hired private couriers, friends and the help of merchants.  President Washington formally created the U.S. Postal Service with the signing of the Postal Service Act, which outlined in detail Congressional power to establish official mail routes. The act allowed for newspapers to be included in mail deliveries and made it illegal for postal officials to open anyone’s mail. In 1792, a young American nation of approximately 4 million people enjoyed federally funded postal services including 75 regional post offices and 2,400 miles of postal routes. The cost of sending a letter ranged from 6 cents to 12 cents
1962From Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. After separating from its launching rocket, the bell-shaped Friendship 7 capsule entered into an orbit around Earth at a speed of about 17,500 miles per hour. Toward the end of Glenn’s third and last orbit, mission control received a mechanical signal from the spacecraft indicating that the heat shield on the base of the capsule was possibly loose. The capsule would be incinerated if the shield failed to absorb and dissipate the extremely high reentry temperatures, so the craft’s retrorockets, usually jettisoned before reentry, were left on in order to better secure the heat shield. During Glenn’s fiery descent back to Earth, he lost radio contact with mission control. After four minutes of radio silence, Glenn’s voice crackled through loudspeakers at mission control, and Friendship 7 splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean. He was picked up by the USS destroyer Noa, and his first words upon stepping out of the capsule were, “It was hot in there.” He had spent nearly five hours in space.
In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives. Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. 
Quote for the day……”Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt” , Herbert Hoover
Chris greeted us this morning with smiles and next week turner will be there with hugs for everyone.
Emma Stewart - guest speaker
  1. May 25th – Blood Drive
  2. Jim Rumrill wants to know if anyone is interested in hosting another exchange student next.
  3. Lucy- our exchange student from Croatia will have lots of free time after basketball and it would be a great time to include her in your activities. Invite her over for dinner or family game night…anything to make her more connected to the members of our club!!
  4. April 1st SAVE THE DATE- we will be throwing a party to honor Turner and his 50 years as a Rotarian! More details to come!
  5. One month from today will be having the PINTS FOR POLIO fundraiser at the Whetstone.
  6. Monday is our next Overflow Shelter dinner. Lots of slots open for food donations. Many members volunteered on the spot so check the list from Sadie to see what is still needed. 
  7. March 9th is the next sort a thon at the Vermont Food Bank. Need 2 volunteers from 9-12, please email Kevin to volunteer. 
  8. 3 on 3 is coming up on March 16th. Need members to get posters and registration forms into the hands of players. Also need help with concessions, Dan & Debra volunteered to coordinate it, but they will need lots of donations.
BIRTHDAYS:           Dan Deitz – Wednesday
                                    Tom Franks – Tuesday
                                    Turner Lewis- Better late than never!!
ANNIVERSARIES:   No Anniversaries
CARDS:  5 of Clubs..… and the winner is ~  Marcy   WON  $43!!!!
Turner: Just got back from a trip in which he made up a meeting in Jerusalem. Small club but very fun. He sat next t an 83 year old women and got to “chit chatting” and he told her they had visited the Holocaust Museum to which she replied that she and her mother were in one of the camps. He was very humbled to have met such a resilient woman.
Ali: 1. Announced a fundraiser for Winston Prouty on March 9th and 10th. The Annual Par for the Cause Mini-Golf Classic will be held at the Winston Prouty Campus, 209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro. Stay updated on the Par for the Cause Facebook event page or get tickets in advance at  Additionally, she is no longer in the infant room but has moved up to the Pre-School room being assaulted daily by toddlers BUT loving every minute of it. She also bragged for Nikki’s semester aboard in Vietnam. They talk every day and has been getting daily pictures of the adventure. 
Diane: Bragged for Josh who should be home sleeping because it is his school vacation but instead he was at the meeting filling in for Ed as Sergeant at Arms. AND Thursday was his 18th Birthday!!
Jon: Bragged for his “Old Dogs, New Tricks” weekend with his friend Steve. This year they went to Montreal where they went to a Boeing 737 flight simulator, participated in a fight club where they practiced street fighting for 2 hours and then managed to find a place that had them ax throwing. In between there was lots of drinking!!
Kevin: Bragged for his vacation in Mexico!! Thanked Lisa the travel agent extraordinaireLiberato their pool bar bartender who keep them very well hydrated and Alma their server in the dining room who set up a very special table for them for Valentine’s Day complete with rose petals. Ginny is trying to talk him into a 2 week stay next year. 
Jim: Jennifer is thankfully back to work with her 9-week-old baby in tow, which has been very good for business because everyone loves babies.
Mark: Bragged for Devi who just finished drivers ed and the bought her car. So be on the look out for her racing around town in a Jetta.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Emma Stewart from Great River Terrace
The Windham Windsor Housing Trust built a new "neighborhood" in north Brattleboro at the former Lamplighter Hotel. Great River Terrace has apartments for 22 individuals in the community who have experienced persistent homelessness or may be struggling with addiction or mental health issues.
In July 2017, the WWHT received final approval to transform the dilapidated Lamplighter Hotel on North Putney Road into an apartment complex. WWHT partnered with Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Vermont and Groundworks Collaborative to provide services on site in a central office building between the site's two strips of apartments. The central office building also has a gathering area and a kitchen.
It is the first permanent supportive housing project in southern Vermont. According to WWHT, "supportive housing combines affordable housing with services — most often located on-site — that can help people who face complex challenges live with stability and dignity.
Supportive housing targets the most vulnerable people and gives them the support they need to live a full and healthy life. It provides chronically homeless people a way out of expensive emergency public services, and into their own homes and communities."
According to WWHT, permanent supportive housing is a "housing first model," with no conditions for sobriety or other preconditions to obtain or maintain housing and there is no time limit on occupancy. 
On-site services, which are voluntary, include health counseling, substance abuse counseling and support, life skills education and coaching, employment referral and support, financial capability support, health and wellness coaching, and 24-hour crisis services.
Newsletter February 20, 2019 Toni Ciampaglione 2019-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Minutes of Meeting December 19 2018

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
Minutes of Meeting December 19 2018 Jim Maxwell 2018-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

December 12, 2018 Newsletter 

Posted by Sandy Shriver on Dec 13, 2018

President Marcy got us started at 7:15 AM.

Greeter:  Kevin Y.  

Next week’s greeter:  Ali – December 19.  

Next scribe for 12/19:  Jim M. (subbing for Valerie). 

No meeting on the 26th of December.  

Breakfast is running late… ovens are not working according to Ed, the Sargent at Arms

Quote of the Day:  There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.  Harry Truman.

Today in history:  First message sent across the Atlantic by radio.   It was morse Code for the letter S. 

1913:  Mona Lisa stolen from the Louve.

2000 GM phases out Oldsmobile. Eli Olds invented it 103 years before.  

Guests:  Lucy.  Chris.  Prospective members.  Davie- student Rotarian- long time guest.  Sign her sheet.  Josh N- student Rotarian.  Jason Pasternak.  Sort of .  Kevin O’Keefe.  



Damon:  Running. Student Rotarian Maggie St. John is a cross country runner. She was one of 60 kids at NH cross country banquet.  Torin 3rd freshman boy to ever be invited.  He won AllState, and All Star.  

Debbie:  Good to be back.  From vacation.  Busy November.  Change of plans.  Her mother forgot Debbie was going to Florida for Thanksgiving and booked a trip to Vermont.  Tony retired.  Did a Nascar event.  Air boat ride. Only saw 5 alligators, and she was OK with that.  Trying to work with a retired partner is hard.  


Sadie: Last chance to see Rags this weekend.  Malcolm Toleno’s last NEYT show.  Shows including tomorrow night:  Thursday. 

Jon:  Did the Jingle Bell jog.  Ross Gibson waved him through an intersection.  Nice community day.  Skating on the Retreat Meadows.  This is a great town. 

Jason:  For Toni.  The best assistant fundraiser ever.  We took in a ton of money today.  Toni does a phenomenal job. 

Nick: $5 brag.  CFP exam passed.    Holiday open house.  Thursday. 12 to 6.  

50 year Rotary Anniversary:  December 17.  Turner has been a Rotarian for 50 years.  


Student Rotarian:  Davie:  Working hard on Project Feed the Thousands fundraising but also looking forward to 11 days offfrom school.  Josh: Took SAT and ACT.  

Raffle Drawing; Josh N. picked second place first.  $50 gift cert for Vt. Country Deli.  Whitney. Jeff Dunkley’s daughter.  

Grand prize:  Melanie Howe.  Lisa’s person.  We called her at work.  Went to voicemail.  Lisa says she buys tickets every year.  Called her cell phone.  Voicemail was full. 

Marcy thought it was all weirdly anticlimactic. 

Cards:  $9.  Ace of Clubs.  A misfire.  5 of diamonds. Moneygoes to President Marcy. 

Announcement: Josh T. was sorry he could not be here.  Ayla is not feeling well. 


Sadie. Next Overnight Shelter meal.  December 30. Sunday night.  Going to raise money to have Justin make the meat meal.  

Turner. This coming Saturday.  December 15.  Starts at 4.  Tree is in.  Cats are ready.  Bring kids and spouses/friends.  We WILL NOT do a Yankee Swap.   Bring a $10 donation for the Club or socks for Danny’s sock drive. 


Josh T (by text).  Deerfield Valley Club is doing a food distribution event, this Saturday.  If anyone can help, contact Josh Traeger or just show up at Saturday at 9-9:30 AM to deliver food to people in need.   Meet at the old High School in Wilmington.  The event is going on from 8 to noon.  

Marcy:  Bring clean socks to the Christmas Party for Danny’s sock drive in Hinsdale.  

Bowl of Life.   Rotarian started cutting trees after school when he was 12 to build our family house.   

Will:  Guessed the Canadian:  Damon.  Damon:  There were no trees in his part of Canada.  Damon guessed Dan D.  Dan Dietz was the tree chopper.  One of the toughest jobs in world-dom.  There were injuries.  Used an old bull dozer.  His brother injured himself in anger.  Knocked himself in the face with a thrown pipe.  



SPEAKER:  Kevin O’Keefe and Erin O’Keefe.  Our trip to India.  Mumbai airport is beautiful.  Got lots of leis.  Different roofing materials everywhere. Food was fantastic.  99 degrees the whole time.  

Did teacher training.  Taught circus yoga teacher training.  Goals:  Inclusion Connection Co-Authorship.  Leads to empathy and compassion.  Did events on streets of Mumbai.  

Lived eating Puny Puttie:  Small fried cup of dough.  Very spicy.  Great picture of Erin’s first taste.  Deep fried.  Street food. Kevin sang the song. Hung out at beach.  We were not the weirdest thing going on in the streets.  It is easy to get a crowd.  Mumbai. 

Malacom.  Indian circus on pole with rope.  Circus is already in India.  But are there no youth circus.  Training teachers to be in residences at Orphanages.  Wants to create social circus.  Using circus as a way to empower/entertain at risk kids.  

People are getting PhD in circus for seeing affect on youth.  

Circus is a group event.  Does not need common language.  Orphanages are full of kids who use different languages.  

Other notes;  Cows are everywhere.  They are sacred.  Cows walked through the classroom.  Walked up the stairs of the temple.  

Went to Our Children camp. Taught in a house that was a replica of Ghandi’s house.  Camp is 50 years old.  


Ran into a Rotary project.  A bus full of books about Ghandi.  Lots of Rotary projects and signs seen.    


Indian kids are not used to seeing themselves in photos.  This is the first trip out of the city for many of these kids.  Every night is a dance party.  The boys and girls camp are separate.  A guy from Lincoln, Vermont, Tom, was there.  He runs Magicians Without Borders.  

Questions:  Debra thanked them for the slide show and asked what the difference between India program and US program.  Circus is so universal.  Vermont is the circus capital of the US.  Much more novel in India.  In India:  People are much more comfortable touching within gender than US kids.  But won’t touch cross gender.  

December 12, 2018 Newsletter Sandy Shriver 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

November 7, 2018 Newsletter 

President Marcy started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
On this day in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office. FDR remains the only president to have served more than two terms. Roosevelt rose above personal and political challenges to emerge as one of the nation’s most revered and influential presidents. In 1921, at the age of 29, he contracted polio and thereafter was burdened with leg braces; eventually, he was confined to a wheelchair. From the time he was first elected to the presidency in 1932 to mid-1945, when he died while in office, Roosevelt presided over two of the biggest crises in U.S. history: the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.
1972Richard Nixon defeats Senator George McGovern (D-South Dakota) and is re-elected President of the United States. With only 55 percent of the electorate voting, the lowest turnout since 1948, Nixon carried all states but Massachusetts, taking 97 percent of the electoral votes.
1943Joni Mitchell is born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort MacLeod, Alberta Canada. Even as a child taking piano lessons, Joni Mitchell showed more interest in composing her own melodies than in playing the pieces her teacher assigned her. When the folk-music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s came to Saskatoon—the college town in which she spent most of her childhood—Mitchell resolved to learn the guitar in order to become a competent accompanist at sing-alongs. A bout with polio as a child had left Mitchell unable to form the chords with her left hand that her ear wanted to hear, so early on she began experimenting with non-standard guitar tunings that would later become part of her signature sound.
Quote for the day……We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. Kin Hubbard
Turner very warmly greeted us this morning with hugs and smiles and next week …I missed this as I didn’t realize I was taking notes for Jason this morning.
Shoshana- Debra’s daughter
Ayla- Josh’s daughter
Jenna Rae - guest speaker
Hugh Keelan - guest speaker
Danny and Maggie from Hinsdale reported this morning.
~First quarter is wrapping up.
~Danny has completed applications for Fairfield University and NE College. He is still working on applications for UNH and URI. 
~The Hinsdale High School Class of 2019 will be hosting the annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th from 9am-3pm at Hinsdale Middle High School. There will be craft and food vendors set up in the gymnasium and food will be sold in the cafeteria. Lots of Raffles, too….Plus Santa will be available for pictures! Krispy Kreme donuts will also be available for sale in the cafeteria while supplies last!
~Red Ribbon Week last week, it is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.
~Need to get rid of scrap metal? We have a time & place the HHS Travel Club is collecting.
  1. Board Meeting Thursday November 8th at WKVT.
  2. Friday November 9th at 7am the final Bylaw’s meeting will be held at the River Garden.
  3. Project Feed is gearing up and Kevin circulated a sign-up calendar. We will only be picking on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Food needs to be to the Drop In Center by 4:30pm
  4. Raffle tickets have been distributed. If you haven’t received yours yet please contact Toni. Several Rotarians have made individual Facebook posts that have been very successful. Ask if you need help with selling.
  5. The coffee shop is open. They only have 4 bags left and are out of coffee mugs. See Tristam for details. Remember the proceeds go to help send a student to the Agriculture School in the mountains of Honduras
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   Ross- 6 years and Tristam- 19 years
CARDS:  7 of Spades..… and the winner is ~  Jenna our guest speaker WON!!!!
Josh T: Bragged the Strolling of the Heifers which is throwing a Pizza Party to benefit Project Feed the Thousands. Saturday November 10th from 12-3 pm at the River Garden. He had posters available to hang in your place of business.
Damon: Bragged for his and Kathryn’s trip to Calgary, Alberta for the 25th class reunion from Physical Therapy school. They left the boys home alone for an entire week and the house was still standing when they arrived home. Also, the boys had a Division 1 NH meet last week where Aidan came in 9thand Torin came in 8th. The team came in 4th overall and Torin is officially the fastest freshman in NH.
Will: Also had a running brag, his son Nick and his wife Rebecca ran the NYC marathon this past weekend. There was 50,000 people running in the marathon. It took them 6.5 hours to complete. He and Tina went and hung out in Brooklyn and waited at the 8-mile mark to catch a glimpse of them. Great energy at the race and great weekend with kids.
Michelle: Fined herself for not getting the newsletter out last week….I didn’t realize that was an option as I sit here typing Jason’s newsletter. Also, she bragged for Caroline who now has a job with an LA law firm (working remotely) doing trademark and licensing work in the video game industry.
Dan: Another self-imposed fine as he lost the list of sponsors for the Adventure Race for a few weeks. Now that he has found out, members need to pay up. 
Ali: Bragged for Marcy’s Haunted House---- AMAZING. Well worth the trip to Springfield. You really could feel how the community loved this event.  
Marcy: Wanted to thank everyone who helped out with the Haunted House. Michelle for taking over the meeting, Cindy for the awesome video and Rocco the traffic Jedi. It was an all-day event getting it all assembled but it came together in the end.
Toni: Also wanted to brag for Marcy’s Haunted House. Lucy was so looking forward to Halloween and Ali and Marcy made her night. Ali just happened to have an extra costume in her car for Lucy to wear and she took her to a few houses in Springfield to go Trick or Treating. 
Katya: Wanted to brag for our speakers and a recent performance at the Latchis Theatre. (sorry couldn’t hear what the performance was). Also, she was with a friend this past week and she amazed to find out that in Austria the children are required to get a Lyme vaccination to protect from the disease. Whereas we have nothing here in the US and the tick-borne diseases have increased every year.
KJ: It’s official he is going to be a grandpa. His daughter is letting him tell everyone. He’s decided to grow out his beard to see if it is as grey as Kevin’s.
Kevin: Stood to fine everyone a quarter for not wearing their pin….AND BADGES DON’T COUNT. Who pissed in his Corn Flakes this morning, ALI?!?!?!
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Hugh Keelan and Jenna Rae, The Windham Orchestra
The Windham Orchestra, with Music Director Hugh Keelan, features local musicians and composers who take pride in providing symphonic music to Southeastern Vermont and their commitment to keeping classical music vital and building future audiences.
The Windham Orchestra serves a number of important roles in the musical community:
·         Performing live orchestral music in Brattleboro and surrounding towns;
·         Providing performance opportunities for musicians of all backgrounds;
·         Educating local school children;
·         Providing performance opportunities for young musicians through the annual Concerto Competition; and
·         Providing an orchestral ensemble for performance of music by local composers.
Hugh and Jenna run a company called TUNDI Productions. It was named after Wagner’s opera Tristan UND Isolde. They perform music that summons the deepest emotions and the most burning issues of being human, so you can experience transcendence and interact with the music and musicians and share about your experience and engage in your own creativity.  They bring large scale operatic works to life so that you can be immersed in the experience, lost in the emotion and create a fulfillment that is only available through music.
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Sunrise Meeting 10-24-2018

Sunrise Rotary Meeting 10-24-18

Scribe: Katja Matthews for Erin O'Keefe
10/31/18 Michelle Pong
11/7/18 Jason Posternak

Quote of the Day: "We were born naked, everything else is drag" Ru Paul

Today in History:
On this day in 1901, a 63-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Knocked violently from side to side by the rapids and the propelled over the edge of Horseshoes Falls, Taylor reached the shore alive, if a bit battered.

1945 - Less than two months after teh end of WW2, the United Nations is formally established with the ratification of the United Nations Cahrter by the five permanent members of the Security Council and a majority of other signatories.

On October 24, 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the ATlanta Braves in the sixth game of the World Series to win the championship. It was the first time a Canadian team had ever won the trophy, and it was a truly international victory - the Blue Jay's 25-man roster included several players of Puerto Rican descent, a Jamaican, three Dominicans and no actual Canadians!

Rotary Minute: Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. These 6 areas are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation, and hydration; saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

Guest speaker: Kerry E. Secrest – Honorary Consul of Lithuania to Vermont
Guests: Ela, daughter of Josh, a wonderful person, she is 8 + years old. They have a new fish and she is looking forward to ski season!
Susannah Grand, office mgr HR Block
John Secrest introducing his wife Kerry - married in 2000, she has turned her life around since then
Davie, Mark’s daughter who is also a Rotarian (if I understood correctly?)

Birthday: Diane Hashagen (not present, so we could not serenade her)

Anniversary: Debbi Cox, Oct 25 - 1 year

Board of Director Meeting November 8
Tristam: Just back from Honduras, was there for 10 days. Only 5 bags of coffee left, $12. Coffee gets shipped to PA, where Maria lives. Now also offer coffee mugs, with symbol of organization who is funding the organization, 5 mugs available. Use the banana peels to seal the clay. $10 offer
Jon: Board bring to our attention: looking into new signs for garden areas. Best advert we have as club. 3 signs
considered. Can do it for $400 - 4 x 8 sheet of metal from Lotus. Does Club have interest? Will pass around list for small signs.
Kevin: Rotary cares episode 11 is now up and available on you tube, subject on Polio. Probably one of best segments to date. Tomorrow 6-8 pm BC TV winner of 2018 Non Profit Award on 118 Elliot Street.
Josh: Thanks to everyone for help with tournament. Over 70 people on the hill playing. So many Rotarians helping. Raised $7,500 this year, the most so far. We are splitting the $7,500 with Afternoon Club.

Student Rotarian Report: Davie from BUHS
Playoffs are starting, soccer won yesterday
Field Hockey starting soon as well
grades are closing soon for Mid terms

Cards: Three of Diamonds - in the deck, nobody won.

Tristam: Trip to Honduras on behalf of Rotary. To make sure the money from Rotary gets to the projects and will make a difference. Had to get Maleria drugs prior and the closet place to get them was at Dartmouth Hitchcock to get proper drugs. Training women to take on jobs, which was very powerful
1st project all about water

Josh: For Kevin doing the Rotary Cares broadcasting. Did you know, that he is actually directing the show!! Together with Marty Cohn from Noon Club!

Jennifer: For husbands production of Frankenstein, this weekend and next weekend at the Hooker Dunham Theater. Bragging for Jacques and Caleb for bringing group of 10pp. Jenn is in as role of Elizabeth.

Tristam: does anyone need a harp??

Bowl of life:
I was touring Guatemala and was forced to leave suddenly due to troubles with Election: Tristam – John S. – Tom – Toni – Will – Mark – Ross – Jimmy V and YES it is him. Went for three weeks, studying Spanish. It is very different there. It was a mess, not even cellphones back then. He needed to leave suddenly, but ended up for a week in Costa Rica. About 2000 – 2002.

Kerry E. Seacrest, introduced by hubby John
Leadership Coach at Marlboro College, but today here as Honorary Consul of Lithuania to Vermont
Her story with Lithuania:
Great grand parents came over to America at turn of century for economic reason. She did not grow up speaking the language. Went to Neringa Camp, when she was from ages 9-16, did counseling afterwards, send her children there, they got married there as well.
Living in Lithuania after the East Block collapsed, 3-11-1990 independence from Russia, declared but not received until 1991. She was there July 1991. In January in 1991 there was big trouble with Russians trying to close communication… Lots of non violent protesters.
Hands across the Baltic, three countries where holding hands  and singing the whole time (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) Millions of people, holding hands and singing. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometres (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which were considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union. On August 23, 1989. See video:

While Kerry was there no communication to the Outside world, took two days to make  a phone call . She only called 3 times in two years home. During Uni all students had to go to collective farms to pick fruits. She was lucky to pick apples, juniors had to pick berries ☹ Had a lot of fun as well.
Underneath her bed in dormitory, big thing of potatoes, stock piled. Had vodka stash as well. Russia cut off all hot water to the Baltics. Didn't have heat in university, building was too big. Bundle up!
Had a boyfriend, they went shopping, cooked what you found in supermarkets. Xmas dinner there. Really cool guys knew how to can
apples. Mushrooming was big.
She taught English there, had a radio program reading news in English, and radio show as well.
In soviet period could not talk about independence, musicians had culture of hidden meaning. Played clip.
Montego Bay: Vyktautis Kernagis. Tongue in check about force containment. Subculture below soviet comprehension.
Lithuanians have a really important relationship to nature, much more outdoors on weekends. Country is Catholic.
Shifting with westernization.
There was not much going out, there was not much there, but people made something out of nothing and had fun.
Country had no money, the country was bankrupt.
She had a day, where the embassy was closed down and everyone came in and everyone was cooking food for the first independent post liberation.

Her role now is to build cultural experience between Lithuania and USA
This year they celebrated centenary of Lithuanians Independence
Lithuania is third smallest country in EU, but one of the highest educated ones. Oldest university in Vilnius
A lot of activity happening now, huge in Business and to attract foreigners to start businesses. It is very open to migrants, but nobody wants to come.
Movie: The Other Dream Team about Lithuanian Basketball teams in Soviet occupation. Availalble on Netflix. Watch it, no dry eye
Check out Ruta Sepetys Author: Between Shades of Grey, Salt to the Sea.
Honorary Consul. - Volunteer post, official extension of diplomatic core. Take on one activity per year.
Have fun. Jugas cheese available at Grafton. Russia closed 75% of export. Did collaboration with VT
Performance Lab. This year celebrating independence. 28 years since independence. Clips
1) Study in Lithuania - video.
2) Do Business in Lithuania -
Lots of cutting edge stuff happening there. Also has bitcoin technology. Biotech, financial tech, Beautiful country. Go and visit!
Ačiū Kerry :-)

Four way test and good bye.

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Minutes 10.17.18

Posted by Jim Maxwell
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting October 17, 2018
Convene 7:15
Jim Verzino, nom de plume “Jimmy V”, president-in-waiting, stands in for Marcy for today’s meeting
Quote:  “The world is round so that friendship may encircle it” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [Editor’s note:  Chardin, 1881-1955, was a Jesuit paleontologist & philosopher known for his thoughts and writings on the relation of evolution and faith.  I didn’t know this, I looked it up]
Today in history:
1906 - Wilhelm Voigt, 57 year-old shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads a squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks – no way to make this long story short, you had to be there.
1968 – Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.  Smith and Carlos wore no shoes, to symbolize the poverty of so many black Americans; Carlos wore a necklace of black beads, “for those that were lynched or killed that no one said a prayer for . . . .”
1974 – Benji, film about stray dog that helps rescue kidnapped children, opens in theaters and goes on to become a family, certainly not cult, classic [Editor’s comment]
Late breaking news: noon on Wednesday: Pictures arrive from KJ with his mom in Ireland, having a great time
Birthday: Sadie
Anniversary: Debbie Cox one year
            From Hinsdale H.S. Maggie and Danny
            Ava & Shoshanna at Debra’s table
            Josh at Diane’s table
Student Rotarians Danny & Maggie report on National Honor Society food drive & blood drive, Farm Day (for Project Graduation)
  • Kevin:  the Rotary Cares program for BCTV will be about Rotary’s polio eradication efforts; also, the program has won the nonprofits award from BCTV
  • Kevin: Bylaws committee will meet November 9 at River Garden
  • Sadie:  Groundworks/overflow hours will commence November
  • Tom: thanks to those who participated in the dry run for Rotary survey, it was successful, will be a tool for Rotary reach-out around the world
  • Allie: will be treasurer
  • Diane: Rotary mixer, noon club, tomorrow night somewhere
Cards:  4♦  Winner: Will S.  Take:  he took a loss on it
  • Cindy: Southern Vermont Career Expo tomorrow with Occupations & Libations at Hermit Thrush in the evening
  • Jon S.: Adventure Race, he and Dan and Bethany and Jen Moyse been there and done that real good; Drew impressed as always; Bethany special mention for Sudoku (Sodaku? Sokadu?) solutions
  • Sadie brag for Josh and John “full course”  (sorry, missed the rest of the details on this)
  • Sadie brag on behalf of Kathy Urffer for Dan, for his help with Connecticut River Conservancy Clean-up
  • Katya: she and Richard spent his birthday in Chatham, on the Cape, and brag also for the Windham Orchestra production of Puccini’s Turandot, Hugh Keelan music director, Jenna Rae as Turandot
  • Deb brag for Sadie’s help with Disc Golf and also for “tour de force” in The Father at Actor’s Theater
  • Deb brag for Ava’s bat mitzvah & Shoshanna’s backup “girl group”
  • Valerie brag for those who serve in the armed forces as, hopefully, the next “Great Generation”
  • Jon brag for Neringa Camp in Brattleboro this Sunday, 100 years of independence for Lithuania
  • Josh U. brag for Toni as finalist for Women In Service award by Reformer
  • Damon: Keene boys championship (sorry, missed the rest of this)
  • Erin brag for the American Circus Educator’s Conference, which was founded by her main man Kevin some 20 years ago and is going strong; also, upcoming trip to India to teach social workers and educators to start youth circus programs in orphanages
  • Drew brag for his wife & son who both stayed the course, 9.4 miles, in Adventure Race
Program:  Halloween, as only the Marcy Caulkins family can serve it up . . .
Adjourn 8:30
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Sunrise Minutes 10.17.18

Posted by Jim Maxwell
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting October 17, 2018
Convene 7:15
Jim Verzino, nom de plume “Jimmy V”, president-in-waiting, stands in for Marcy for today’s meeting
Quote:  “The world is round so that friendship may encircle it” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [Editor’s note:  Chardin, 1881-1955, was a Jesuit paleontologist & philosopher known for his thoughts and writings on the relation of evolution and faith.  I didn’t know this, I looked it up]
Today in history:
1906 - Wilhelm Voigt, 57 year-old shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads a squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks – no way to make this long story short, you had to be there.
1968 – Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.  Smith and Carlos wore no shoes, to symbolize the poverty of so many black Americans; Carlos wore a necklace of black beads, “for those that were lynched or killed that no one said a prayer for . . . .”
1974 – Benji, film about stray dog that helps rescue kidnapped children, opens in theaters and goes on to become a family, certainly not cult, classic [Editor’s comment]
Late breaking news: noon on Wednesday: Pictures arrive from KJ with his mom in Ireland, having a great time
Birthday: Sadie
Anniversary: Debbie Cox one year
            From Hinsdale H.S. Maggie and Danny
            Ava & Shoshanna at Debra’s table
            Josh at Diane’s table
Student Rotarians Danny & Maggie report on National Honor Society food drive & blood drive, Farm Day (for Project Graduation)
  • Kevin:  the Rotary Cares program for BCTV will be about Rotary’s polio eradication efforts; also, the program has won the nonprofits award from BCTV
  • Kevin: Bylaws committee will meet November 9 at River Garden
  • Sadie:  Groundworks/overflow hours will commence November
  • Tom: thanks to those who participated in the dry run for Rotary survey, it was successful, will be a tool for Rotary reach-out around the world
  • Allie: will be treasurer
  • Diane: Rotary mixer, noon club, tomorrow night somewhere
Cards:  4♦  Winner: Will S.  Take:  he took a loss on it
  • Cindy: Southern Vermont Career Expo tomorrow with Occupations & Libations at Hermit Thrush in the evening
  • Jon S.: Adventure Race, he and Dan and Bethany and Jen Moyse been there and done that real good; Drew impressed as always; Bethany special mention for Sudoku (Sodaku? Sokadu?) solutions
  • Sadie brag for Josh and John “full course”  (sorry, missed the rest of the details on this)
  • Sadie brag on behalf of Kathy Urffer for Dan, for his help with Connecticut River Conservancy Clean-up
  • Katya: she and Richard spent his birthday in Chatham, on the Cape, and brag also for the Windham Orchestra production of Puccini’s Turandot, Hugh Keelan music director, Jenna Rae as Turandot
  • Deb brag for Sadie’s help with Disc Golf and also for “tour de force” in The Father at Actor’s Theater
  • Deb brag for Ava’s bat mitzvah & Shoshanna’s backup “girl group”
  • Valerie brag for those who serve in the armed forces as, hopefully, the next “Great Generation”
  • Jon brag for Neringa Camp in Brattleboro this Sunday, 100 years of independence for Lithuania
  • Josh U. brag for Toni as finalist for Women In Service award by Reformer
  • Damon: Keene boys championship (sorry, missed the rest of this)
  • Erin brag for the American Circus Educator’s Conference, which was founded by her main man Kevin some 20 years ago and is going strong; also, upcoming trip to India to teach social workers and educators to start youth circus programs in orphanages
  • Drew brag for his wife & son who both stayed the course, 9.4 miles, in Adventure Race
Program:  Halloween, as only the Marcy Caulkins family can serve it up . . .
Adjourn 8:30
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Sunrise Rotary Minutes 10-10-2018

Scribe: 10/10/18 Katja Matthews
10/17/18 Jim Maxwell
10/24/18 Erin O'Keefe

Quote of the Day: Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do, doesn't mean it is useless - Thomas Edison.

Today in History:
1845 - The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. Known as the Naval School until 1850, the curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850, and a new curriculum went into effect, requiring midshipmen to study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer - the basic format that remains at the academy to this day.

1973 - Less than a year before Richard M. Nixon's resignation as president of teh United States, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice president to resign in disgrace. The same day, he pleaded no contest to a charge of federal income tax evasion in exchnage for a dropping of charges of political corruption. He was subsequently fined $10,00, sentenced to three years probation, and disbarred by the Maryland court appeals.

On this day in 1881, Charles Darwin published The Formation of Vegetable Mold Through the Action of Worms. He considered the worka more important accomplishment than his The Origin of Species (1859), which turned out to be one of the most influential and controversial books in history.

Student Rotarians:
Meghan Ferrette and Orion Stone

Meghan is the President of FBLA team and Orion is an officer
FBLA starting busy season, starting to raise money for March of Dimes, $150 raised in one event
Blood Drive – This year on Halloween, want to dress up as vampires!
Just finished their first fund raiser at Yankee Candle

Birthday: Sadie Fischesser (not here today) Happy Birthday!!!

Sandy Schriver – today 21 years
Bethany as of 16th – 3 years

Club Announcements:
Tom:  survey to send out about Rotary. Please do let Tom know, that you filled out the survey, so
This is only a test!!
It will ask what have you done in Service in the last four weeks

Kevin: Friday 12th next meeting of By laws
KBT at 7am. There have not been a ton of edits so far.
Hopes to have presentations to board by December meeting

Josh: Disc Golf tournament on this Sunday. If you are volunteer know, your jobs. We have two Rotarian teams, one is playing for Brattleboro Reformer. Jim, Sandy, Dan are playing… Toni is playing for Bank. Debra, Michelle is playing…
Who ever just wants to come, please do come
12:30pm start
will do BBQ and grill burger
Money raised will be donated at the end

Dan: 4 Rotarian's are in race for Rescue Inc. Looking for pledges now, sign up for pledge
Looking for grill master to grill some burgers!! Starting at 2pm, at the shelter.
There is a sign up sheet for food donation, going around a sheet

Cards: $9 goes to Jack in Diamonds – All loosers, card is still in the deck

Jacques – 2 kids in College. She organized an evening with other parents to do care packages with items for kids in College

Jennifer: Currently participating in husband's play: Frankenstein, Shoot the moon theater
Fri and Sat 7:30pm, starting on October 19 at the Hooker Dunham Theater

KJ; $20
Tom for taking board meeting minutes last week
Jim for MC duties at Trivia
Thu: Rescue Inc draw for the Car, come to the Marina, there will be appetizers
Gone for 2 weeks to Ireland with mom
Anniversary as well of 5 years with Diane (but going off with mom instead of celebrating!!)
Also went to sister's wedding last weekend, his very good friend married her, now two very good friends are married to his sisters. Most love filled wedding he has experienced in his life!!

Cindy: Lisa who is an amazing human being!

Damon: apology to Marcy. Neglected to change dates of speakers. Marcy was helping this am!!

Turner: 1- will donate $10 to Tom who did the notes last week
75th birthday celebration for his wife yesterday, his daughter came from PA, plus his son came as well. He doesn’t remember when he was the last time alone with his family of 4. Nice day!!

Kevin: brag for an award, Rotary Cares got an award from BC TV for best program. It is a joined program from both Rotary Clubs!!
Award show on October 25th at118 Ellliot Street – award to receive. Come to it if you have time.
It has been a labor of love, great experience for all, will keep it going, show number 11 is going to be recorded later this month.

Jeff: Milestone - 20 Year anniversary to wife Kelly. Will buy her a romantic gift of Dishwasher. Love it!

Bowl of life: My grandfather started one of the very first ambulance services in Brattleboro:
John Seacrest guessed Mona and it was her!! 1953 her father started one of the first ambulance services, the vehicles used to start in old Duttons building  and then often drive to Mount Snow, bringing skiers from Mount Snow to town hospital, had it for about 5 years before moving down to CT. His name is  Joseph Houle.

Debra: very tired. The past weekend was Eva’s Bar Mitzvah , she did the lead services at the  Synagogue  in Keene, her whole family flew in from all over the country. Coming of age celebration for 13 year old girls. Eva was singing and reading out of the Torah, in Hebrew!!
Coming home, her sink was plugged with 4” water. Handyman told her to sell the house!! What does that mean??

Guest speaker: Pamela Corbett

VT Department of Health, working at the local level in Brattleboro
working primarily with the hospitals

Topic: Personal and Community Emergency Preparedness
She wants us to think about ourselves first vs Service above self!!
Motto: Hope for the best and prepare for the worst!
Why prepare? Winter ice storms, Hurricane Irene, heat waves,, power outages, long time extreme cold.
Non weather related:  water condemnation , terrorist attacks
VT: highest probability: Erosion and Flood 4/4; Ice 3/4; Snow and Wind 4/4……. Infection disease 2/4
what to prepare for:
Delay in help
Power outages
road closure
Property damage
lack of clean water
limited communication
If you choose to stay put, be prepared for it!!
How to prepare??
Make a personal kit
Make  a plan
Be informed
get involved
Water has a shelf life!!
3 days of nonperishable/ non cook food, water (1 gallon per person per day), medication.
Flashlight, battery operated radio, extra batteries, extension cord
First Aid kit, cash, cell phone and charger.
ID cards, information (Dr. meds, allergies), family and friends contacts, toothbrush/ toothpaste, blanket, wash clothes.
Clothes, baby or pet supplies if you need them.
You could have a box in your car or in the house in a closed box.
Think about pet supplies and have  a kit ready (ID, vaccine history, toys…)

Make  a plan:
Have  a plan for: Home, work, school
Components of a plan: Communication (out of State contact), evacuation routes, meet up location.
Does your family know, where you will be in an emergency?/ Have an evacuation route…
Are we all signed up for VT alert??
weather Info
Vermont Road Info – call 511

Community Emergency Preparedness
Middle school, VFW – they can go in and operate clinics
Leland and Gray
Landmark College
Willmington – old high school

Couple years ago they rehearsed a scenario where they played to pretend that we have an disaster and had people to rehearse.
That there was a plaque. For two weeks couple years ago they did a full program.
Need to be able to operate clinic in an emergency situation but only have staff of 12 employees
Help from MRC, founded in 2002 after the happenings of 9/11. Medical Reserve Corps are supported by Department of Heath
many volunteer organizations are working together during emergencies.
Have social workers to help with mental issues as well, during emergency situation

MRC volunteers can participate in a wide variety of public health activities and are not limited to emergency incidents. Volunteers receive liability and worker’s compensation coverage through the VT Dep of Heath when the Unit Coordination is activating an emergency.

POD – Point of Distribution
Volunteer Activation: constantly being trained and exercises ensure an efficient response during an actual events. Volunteers can be trained or asked to exercise in any of the previous mentioned incidents.

If you are interested in signing up, please do!!
If you own a business, you can sign up for your employees and and their families. That will safe time and people crowds when there is an emergency.

Finished with the Four Way Test!

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Rotary Rag 10/03/18

Rotary Weekly Newsletter
A.K.A. Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag
DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
GREETER: Jim Maxwell
            NEXT GREETER: Turner
SCRIBE: Tom scrambled to fill in for Turner, who had no idea he was up next. (I guess reading the newsletter is a smart defensive move, whether you’re here or not. –TF)
  • Future Scribes
    • 10/10 – Katja Matthews
    • 10/17 – Jim Maxwell
    • 10/24 – Erin O’Keefe

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” (Attribution pending finding of President Marcy’s notes.)
  • On this day in 1932 – Iraq gained independence from Great Britain
  • On this day in 1967 – Woody Guthrie died
  • On this day in 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Thomas Jefferson was opposed to the prayer component
  • Erin introduced Chris Stoner, in the field of finance, recently moved to his spouse’s home town and interested in Rotary; and Sebastion Mitre, a mural painter attending the Marlboro MBA program who grew up in Mexico City
  • Kevin expanded his range of services for hire to include surrogate introductions of the guest speaker, Stephanie Gale Maynard, Director of Development and Community Investment at United Way of Windham County and compatriot Cody, Americore staffer
  • Toni introduced three student Rotarians: Danny Roberts, Hinsdale HS senior, soccer, track & field, and college search; Maggie St. John, Hinsdale HS junior, cross counry; Devi Ethier, BUHS junior, field hockey; and our exchange student Lucy Gacic from Croatia.
  • Marcy – The board meeting is tomorrow (10/4) 7:15pm at WKVT
  • Josh T – The disc golf tournament is Sunday, 10/14. Volunteers and participants encouraged.
  • Dan, master of food service – He is seeking an assistant against the possibility (probability?) that things go horribly wrong in the Adventure Race (see Jon brag below), volunteers, and contributions of supplies. A signup sheet was circulated.
  • Tristam – The coffee shop is open and down to the end of the shipment. Get yours before it’s gone.
  • Sadie – Circulating community service log and encouraging rapid movement through the meeting this morning.
  • Sandy – Trivia night coming up on the second Monday (10/8). Asks that the regular volunteers inform him if they will not be participating, encourages other volunteers, and note this month’s proceeds benefit the Strolling of the Heiffers.
  • Kevin – Next meeting of the by-laws committee is 10/12. He also noted that that episode 10 of Rotary Cares is up (he will send a link) and is available on Youtube.
  • Erin – Bragged for Team Pergola and the assistance of Will and Debra. 62 volunteers participated over 3 weeks.
  • Damon – Announced that Elena Barron, former member, was married last weekend.
  • Bob Fagelson, not present
  • Jen Moyse, absent last week. Bravely wore all three hats. A stunning rendition of the classic by Kevin, Will, Jon, Turner and Jim.
CARDS: Raised $14 for the club since the seven of diamonds was in the deck.  YLL
  • Sadie – Bragged for a local performance of Florian Zeller’s “The Father” at the Actors Theater Playhouse running Fridays and Saturdays through 10/13.
  • Will – Kudos to Erin as both the inspiration and a major motive power for the pergola project. He is “impressed by her organization and commitment.”
  • Debra – Ditto, highlighting the way she “organized with generosity of heart and spirit.”
  • Marcy – Ditto
  • Damon – Your weekly fix of running dispatches; 1) Running of the Clarence DeMar Marathon and Half Marathon, one of the oldest in New England. Damon set a personal record of 1:31:03, fourth in his division and 13th overall in the half. 2) The Keene boys competed in Northfield and bested 15 other teams. 4) As a freshman competing against all classes, Torin is fourth in the state overall
  • Jon – 1) Lithuania 100 event celebrating 100 years of the restoration of Lithuania, will be celebrated on 10/21 between 1pm and 5pm at Camp Neringa in Marlboro. 2) Team Bruisers, named in honor of Bethany, is seeking pledges for this fund raiser for Rescue, Inc. A pledge sheet is circulated. The team is Bethany, Dan, Jon, and potentially Jen.
  • Tristam – A brag for the great work and focus on evaluation of RI, on whose behalf he will be traveling to Honduras in support of a potable water project in the remote southeast corner of the country and work-force readiness project for at risk youth in Tegucigalpa.
  • Allie – For her baby girl that turned 20.
  • Josh – All of Rotary for the way that people show up and do the job. Special mention of Ed for doing the same job every week, forever as far as anyone can recall.
  • Mona – To Cota & Cota for their outstanding grill support services at the softball tournament. They came out twice to address issues. The grill squad served over 300 burgers, 100 dogs, and 150 breakfast sandwiches to family, friend and spectators for the 11 teams that participated (numerical errors attributable to the scribe).
GUEST SPEAKER:  Kevin introduced Stephanie Gale Maynard, United Way of Windham County (“UWWC”)
  • Stephanie recently joined United Way, coming from Youth Services where she was involved with the restorative justice program (a great program –TF) and previously served the United Way of Franklin County (Greenfield, MA) in comparable position to her present.
  • Noted that UWWC is celebrating “60 Super Years”
  • Described HOPE initiative, a collaborative community impact approach
    • Health - Improving people's health and well being
    • Opportunity - Building skills and capacity among people and organizations to connect and engage
    • Prosperity - Promoting financial stability and independence
    • Education - Helping adults, children, and youth to achieve their potential
  • UWWC gave grants to 7 agencies supporting 13 programs
  • UWWC other programs include
    • VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
    • Windham County Smiles – Provides dentures, notes that since no dentists in the county accept Medicaid, there is a great need.
    • Day of Caring – In its 9th year on one day about 50 -60 volunteers contributed over 150 hours on one day to improve the capacity of local organizations, e.g. infrastructure improvement as compared with direct service
    • VT 211 referral service
    • FamilyWise – discount prescription medication program
  • 99% of funds stay in Windham County
  • UWWC is active recruiting members for the HOPE initiative, especially the Health and Prosperity teams
  • Q&A
    • Erin – the arrival of the orange-shirted Day of Caring volunteers to help with the pergola project was “an awesome sight” and much appreciated.
The meeting was adjourned with the recitation of the Four Way Test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  And ...
Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
Respectfully* Submitted by Tom -- standing in for Turner
(*Disclaimer: Accuracy of this newsletter falls under President Marcy’s presidential jurisdiction and this scribe claims neither fault nor consequence for any errors or omissions, inadvertent or otherwise.)
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Sunrise Rotary Rag - September 12, 2018

Rotary Weekly Newsletter
A.K.A. Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag
DATE: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
GREETER: MANY hands (and arms) helped greet this morning – and all hugs were appreciated.
          NEXT WEEK’S GREETER: Lois hopes to make it on time!
SCRIBE: This week’s fill-in scribe – Ali - stepping in for Tristam who begged out (is that even a ‘thing’?)
   NEXT WEEK’S SCRIBE – 9/26/18 - Josh Goldberg - in for Damon Kindopp.   
                              And on 9/26/18 – Staci Leffel
QUOTE OF THE DAY:          “Every child is an artist. 
            The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up
                            ~ Pablo Picasso
On This Day in 1940 -- Lascaux cave paintings are discovered.  Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern.  The 15,000-17,000 year old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.
On This Day in 1909 -- the world’s first patent for synthetic rubber is granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann.
Kevin introduced an old softball pal and Rotary Noon’er -Ted Kramer;
Lady Di ‘produced’ then introduced our Guest Speakers: Tom Green & Marilyn Chiarello from Edible Brattleboro;
And Josh T introduced Mary Hayward – ‘Queen of Empty Bowls’ – Saturday, October 6th at 5:00pm & again at 6:30pm seatings will include a simple meal of homemade soup, bread, cheese and a handcrafted bowl you get to keep.  Area potters donate 1,000+ bowls each year; and local food vendors donate over 110 gallons of soup!
Booie Fagelson is ‘somewhere out there’… so if you see her, wish her a happy one.
Josh G – September 13th celebrates his FIRST year anniversary as a Sunrise Rotarian!
Michelle – September 14th celebrates her 8th year as a Brattleboro Sunrise’r (although many years past was a member of some OTHER lesser club, so exact time actually a member of RI is unclear.)
Sadie so good with so many details had reminders for the following club events requiring our participation:  (See your email Inbox for similar details… thanks Sadie!)

                1) September 22nd – OUR CLUB PROJECT: Build the Turning Point Pergola and BBQ Bash!  You can participate that day and/or beforehand if you can’t be there.  Sign up w/this link and get times/info:

                2) September 29th – CT River Conservancy Clean Up day – We have had 2 presentations from this group and they are a Fall Trivia charity partner as well.  This is NOT an official rotary event, but the Noon Rotary has started a team.  You can sign up with their team, being organized by George Weir here:

                3) October 5th and 6th – Groundworks Empty Bowls Dinner – we have a strong relationship with Groundworks and the Noon Rotary is helping out with this one as well.  They need help on the 5th setting up 7-10pm OR on the 6th in a 2 (or more)-hour shift doing all kinds of things from checking people in to floral arrangements, 2-9pm.  For more information or to sign up, contact Stan (Noon Rotarian) at  Let him know for which shift(s) you’re available.

               4) October 14th – A JOINT PROJECT w/the Noon Rotary club—Disc Golf Tournament 2018.  This will be an afternoon event.  You can help organize and/or come and play!  For info and to sign up, contact Josh Traeger –
THIS MONDAY: Sandy Shriver is preparing for our upcoming Trivia Night – Monday, September 17th – 6:00-9pm.  We still need another scorer or two – Turner can easily explain the rules – and it’s an easy and fun evening.  Consider coming as a trivia player and participant if keeping score isn’t your thing… This month’s Charity Partner will be the Boys and Girls Club.
Tristam – Coffee for Sale – Yummie Stuff!  (Ali swears by it) $12/bag – with half going to support our Honduran scholarship program.
Erin – Pergola Project – ground work will start this Saturday and they are looking for volunteers to help; they’ll be digging 4 holes 4 feet deep.  Big push still for signing up to volunteer on September 22nd for the Big “BBQ and Build” – a project affiliated with United Way’s Day of Caring, so there should be some community support with construction.  See link above (in announcements) to sign up to volunteer.
8 of Clubs drawn – Diane won an undocumented sum, but some inside sources were thought to hear mumblings of about $29 THOUSAND Dollars having accrued.
Marcy -- Hungry Lion Bike Tour (flyers present) – Held on the last Saturday in September at Town Hill, Whitingham, VT.  Participants can choose from several rides to satisfy every cyclist level:  from 5 to 75 miles.  Plus, a challenging Gravel Grinder for back-road cyclists.  Post-ride party with live music and BBQ.  Great Raffle Prizes and Goodie Bags for participants – For more info:

Toni – A brag for Dan, Deb, Ali and Josh for taking Lucy out last Sunday to play a bit of Disc Golf.  This opportunity with Lucy visiting from Croatia for the school year is one to consider sharing with your whole family – Lucy is great company, a very interesting and fun loving girl who has bravely come across the world to experience America, and self-reports that she’d like any/all experiences we might want to share with her.   Check with Toni if you have any upcoming weekend ideas or plans that would be fun to include Lucy in.

Alisa – (who guiltily admits to still owing the dollar for this brag – oops!)  Ali seconded Toni’s sentiment that she greatly enjoyed time spent playing disc golf and getting to know Lucy, and will be looking forward to more opportunities to plan Rotary social activities Lucy would be interested in joining. 

Valerie – Celebrating her 1-31 Anniversary with hubby John.  Also they traveled to Aruba to enjoy nuptials Venezuelan-style.  They were witness to the bad shape the country is currently in… for instance, the bride rode her procession in an armored car.  However, it was still beautiful and despite the turmoil there, the people can still party!

Lois – She’s sorry to’ve missed the past 3 weeks of Rotary meetings!   While delivering training in India to Madrassa teachers a month ago, she had an accident on the stairs and pulled a tendon in her foot.  But a brag for her – she still finished the training with a wobbly walker!  After a long period of recovery, today marks her FIRST DAY without crutches to assist – this garnered her group applause.

Kevin – First of all, Kevin proposed a fine on EVERYONE not wearing their rotary pin.  And bragged, first -one ‘huge brag’ for our own Ed Dews who really stepped up and contributed from Champion Overhead Doors so that the fire department could purchase 8 new life vests!  Kevin thanked Ed who always tirelessly demonstrates the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self’.   Then a brag for son Eric who was recently promoted to manager, complete with a raise and a company car!

Damon – with his Running-Brag-of-the-Day --  Keene High School won this past weekend’s Cross Country event with both sons placing: Torin posting a 4th place finish and Aidan came in 6th … out of 107 boys total!   (Numbers were intentionally captured and verified for authenticity to ensure that Jon Secrest in absentia doesn’t miss all the details he has been known to long for and appreciate.)

Josh – New England Street Food Fest – September 22nd – 11am – 6pm at Kampfires Campground in East Dummerston.  15 food vendors will be present and everyone has been asked to offer at least one $6 item on their menu so that folks can come and enjoy and eat without going broke.  Music by Guilty Pleasures and Gas Light Tinkers.  Also offering entertainment from NECCA throughout the day.

Debra – One brag for the beautiful mums Damon provided from his boys’ school fundraiser.  Another for Ali for watching over her little babies – Ava and Shoshanna --between small delays in parent swaps, so the girls can feel safe.

Toni – Lucy will be playing in a few BUHS games coming up and she’d love to have some of us Rotarians cheering her on… Toni will share the schedule with us or we can also research the schedule online:

Marcy – Seemed to’ve forgotten to acknowledge hubby’s new job in food services.  Marcy notes it’s nice for him to finally have a job that he deserves. 

Josh – Disc Golf volunteers needed – See Josh for more details.  Also, a brag about successfully completing a roller skating development project in California that has been his focus for the past 3 years!


Tom Greene and Marilyn Chiarello – He a retired teacher leaving behind a trail of gardens everywhere he’s lived, she a self-reported “re-wired” teacher from NY.
You may’ve noticed the community garden down by the Food Co-op, one of a handful that make up Edible Brattleboro -- A not-for-profit group, started as one 4’x8’ raised garden bed, the cedar wood for which was their very first donation.  They began taking over the garden at Turning Point.  In September 2016 they received their first grant for $1,000.  Their current goal is to raise their profile and increase community awareness of their efforts. 
They use an interesting method called Sheet Mulching - a way of working the ground with layers to form raised beds in order to ensure healthy soil for growing edible produce.  You start with the ground as it is… Existing Soil.  Then add a layer of Unfinished Compost, then a Weed Barrier, Green Material, Finished Compost, and lastly a layer of Mulch.  Tom finds the results to be so lush and successful; he will never go back to doing it any other way.  He strongly suggests to all garden enthusiasts that we do our research and implement this super cool garden bed process.
Edible Brattleboro is transforming public spaces in Brattleboro into a help-yourself edible landscapes.  They’ve started small but enthusiastically, and continue to grow significantly.  Even though their gardens post signs clearly stating, “Help Yourself”, it remains difficult for people to believe what they are reading. 
Edible Brattleboro is looking to pioneer growth and increase the number of their volunteers.  Knowing how up-front gardening labor can yield huge pay-offs, they will assist groups with initial set up and construction of gardens if we have donate-able public spaces for them, but then they’ll need volunteers to continue maintaining these newly developed spaces.
For more information visit:
To contact Marilyn:

The meeting was adjourned with the recitation of the Four Way Test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  And ...
Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
Respectfully Submitted* by Alisa -- standing in for Tristam
(*Disclaimer: Accuracy of this newsletter falls under President Marcy’s presidential jurisdiction and this scribe claims neither fault nor consequence for any inadvertent errors or omissions.)
Sunrise Rotary Rag - September 12, 2018 Ali Barry 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter  September 5,  2018


9/5/18 Sunrise Rotary Meeting Minutes


President Marcy rings the bell. 


Quote of the Day:

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

~George Bernard Shaw


Today in History:

On this day in 1774, in response to the British Parliament’s enactment of the Coercive Acts in the American colonies, the first session of the Continental Congress convenes at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia.  Fifty-six delegates from all of the colonies except Georgia drafted a declaration of rights and grievances and elected Virginian Peyton Randolph as the first president of Congress.  


On this day in 1836, Sam Houston is elected as president of the Republic of Texas, which earned its independence from Mexico in a successful military rebellion.  



Toni introduced our youth exchange student Lucy from Croatia.  Make sure you introduce yourselves, and – if you have any fun things to do - let Toni know, so that Lucy doesn’t become too bored.

Introducing the lovely Shoshana – daughter of Debra; 

Meg Lyons and Mary Greene – from Brattleboro Music Center (BMC), ‘fine human beings’.


Rotary Minute:

Space for two members at large.  Anyone interested should attend board meetings, a good way to get in and Kay makes treats which are always good.  



Ali the Magnificent and Tristan Toleno got serenaded by the Sunshine Choir. The ACCOUSTICS were phenomenal!


Cards – it’s in the deck. You lose LOSERS.


Tristam announces that the Coffee Shop is open. Yes they have Whole Bean. The bag costs $12. Half goes to the scholarship forRuby, the student from Honduras who is going to an agricultural school. 

Mona requests we take a group picture before the BMC tour with Lucy. Don't forget to sign her Welcome banner. 

Cindy is looking for volunteers to take a two-hour shift during the Pergola build for Turning Point, on September 22nd. She will bring gloves of all sizes. No experience necessary. Also the Pergola Project is looking for donations of food for the barbecue. Click the attached link to sign up to donate food or volunteer your time.

Sandy announces that Trivia Night will be resuming on Monday, 9/17 at the Legion. We will be supporting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. Please plan on attending to play or if you would like to volunteer, contact


Sadie described upcoming volunteer opportunities (which are good for attendance makeups) in our near future. Projects include: 


Sept 22-- Turning Point Pergola Build and BBQ.  Sign up here and get info:


Oct 14-- Disc Golf Tournament 2018. 

To volunteer contact Josh Traeger at


Sept 29--CT River Conservancy Clean Up day—

To sign up with the noontime Rotary team, here: 


Oct 5 or 6--Groundworks Empty Bowls dinner—

For info or to sign up, contact Stan (Noon Rotarian) at  


Kevin – A reminder of the upcoming Byaws Committee meeting for Sept 7 (now passed).  NEXT meeting is now scheduled for Friday, Sept 28th -- 7am at WKVT.


KJ - He is not the Rotary Police. But make ups are important and they make our club look good. (Any rotary volunteering will give you a make-up attendance credit). Email KJ if you do a makeup,


Josh T – Eloquently pointed out that “Attendance matters.  The club runs off of members’ hot air. We are missed if we are not here.”
Then a huggable moment was shared between Josh T and Kevin!




Poor Kevin, “Nobody noticed I wasn’t here last week...” He moved his father in law and cat into his house last week. Looking forward to new normal. Gabapentin cat tranquilizer worked successfully.  


Ali – Thanked her birthday friends for dinner (Sadie, Debra, Dan) and an extra brag for Dan who helped her with a flat tire.  Then another thanks to Michelle for lending her a great book, which was then redistributed to a lucky recipient.  Finally - a gift for Jon, who always makes her laugh – an original edition of his LEAST favorite comic strip. 


Michelle – Extraordinary Women of Cheshire County – and she knew 3 of them; she’s clearly hanging out with the right people! Damon’s extraordinary wife Kathryn was there too.


Josh – Plugged in his electric car here in the parking lot of BMC. He is offering lessons on this.


KJ – Went to Tanglewood and got to see Steve Martin and Martin Short. He laughed so hard he had a headache all the next day!


Damon – His superstar sons Aiden and Torin ran really fast and worked to beat their personal best time again!  




Meg and Mary told us a bit about the BMC’s efforts to create this new amazing facility, and then took us on a tour.  Most notable were the acoustics specially created by creative panels and architecture making every room both soundproof from outside and acoustically optimal from within.  


So far about 400 families have contributed to the BMC’s new home on Blanche Moyse way (across from Living Memorial Park), generously ensuring that music education and performance will continue to enrich our community for future generations.  So close to their capital campaign goals, they remain only $400,000 away from their goal of building this new facility completely debt-free. The new BMC is a beautiful asset to our community.


For tickets or information about the Brattleboro Music Center’s 2019 Season Calendar of events:  call - 802-257-4523 or go to


4 Way Test   

Have a wonderful week!


Newsletter September 5, 2018 Debra Rosenzweig 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes 8-29-2018

Minutes 8-29-18
Posted by Diane Hashagen
**Note: Our 9/5/18 meeting will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center (BMC)**
72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Quote of the Day:
“Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us”. ~ Earl Nightingale
Today in History:
  • August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast brining floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.
  • 1957: the Senate gave final congressional approval to a Civil rights act after South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond ended a filibuster that lasted 24 hours.
  • 1965: Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles “Pete” Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after 8 days in space.
Thanks to Jim V (and Suds), our greeters this morning.
Next week Mona will be our greeter at the BMC.
Today: Diane Hashagen
Next week: Deb R stepped up for Drew
  • Toni introduced us all to our new exchange student, Lucy Gacie, who has joined us for the year from Croatia. Lucy will be going to BUHS and playing on the soccer team this fall.
  • Ross introduced Kevin Curry, our CT Rotarian friend, who is up in the area dropping his son off at college.
  • Dave Twombly joined us from the noon club and introduced himself and his son-in-law Chris Stoner, who has recently joined the business and moved to Chesterfield with Megan and their daughter.
  • Tristam: The coffee shop is open! Proceeds support the scholarship for Ruby in the Honduras.
  • Josh T: Disc tournament is coming October 14th. Looking for volunteers to help out and play. The sign-up sheet is making its rounds.
  • Deb R: The Pergola build and BBQ is scheduled for September 22nd. Also need volunteers to prep for the build on September 15th. Looking for donations for the BBQ. Sign-up sheet is going around.
  • Jim M: $5 fine on self for losing name tag. Looking for a temporary assistant as Jennifer is going out on maternity leave soon. If you have any referrals, get in touch with Jim.
Cards: King of Diamonds. You lose, Losers!!
  • Mona for Toni driving with her to Boston to pick up Lucy. Also, 2/1 anniversary.
  • Katja is going to Germany for her dad’s 75th birthday then on to Dublin to visit Richard’s family.
  • Kevin (CT) is now an empty nester. His last kid was dropped off at college in ME this week. Also, he is now a grandparent!
  • Deb C is going to Vegas for a Womens’ Primerica conference. Also, a shout-out to Damon for helping with her sciatica.
  • Jon S gave us the sad news of his mom’s passing. She was 87 and lived a full life.
  • Sadie just had her 2/2 anniversary with John. She will be driving to NJ over Labor Day weekend for her brother-in-law’s 70th birthday party. Safe travels!
  • Turner has returned from Russia on a cruise from St Peters burg to Moscow. He and Kay are celebrating their 1/53 anniversary!
  • Damon’s wife, Katherine, is being recognized at The Sentinel’s sixth annual Extraordinary Women reception on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.
  • Tom will be on vacation next week. He made another plea for the need for Guardian ad Litem volunteers in our area (see notes from our guest speaker on 8/15/18).
  • Jim V gave a shout-out to Deb R for all of her hard work organizing the Pergola project.
  • Toni thanked Mona for driving all the way to Boston (and back) with her to pick up Lucy. Welcomed Lucy to our meeting. Kyle is in Kuwait for a year – it’s hot there too!
  • Drew is going to Vegas, too…unfortunately, it is for a cost reporting meeting. He asked if someone could scribe for him and Deb R graciously stepped up – thanks Deb!
  • Dave (nooner) mentioned his wonderful experience hosting an exchange student – they still keep in touch.
  • Jeff’s 13 year old daughter is off to 8th grade today.
  • Marcie’s Rowan starts today up in Springfield.
  • Sadie’s Evelyn starts 7th grade.
  • Jacques’ son Dillan is starting his freshman year at Franklin Pierce.
  • Marc’s 3 daughters are all starting school this week: College, High School and Kindergarten.
  • Jen’s son Daschel starts 5th grade at Academy.
  • Damon’s sons have their last year together at the same school as a freshman and a senior.
  • Dan’s daughter starts 10th grade.
  • Jon’s daughters start the 8th and 10th grades.
Ross Gibson’s speaker bailed at the last minute but Ross came through with a fun presentation about the need for laughter. Jim Valvano has advised us to do three things every day:
  • Laugh
  • Think
  • Have emotions move you to tears
Ross punctuated his points with humorous YouTube videos. Great presentation, Ross! (you should seriously consider doing this for a living).
Adjourned with the 4 Way Test
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Rotary Rag 8-22-18

Posted by Michael Kindopp
Quote of the Day: President Marcy chose the following words of wisdom:
“Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers.”
 ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Today in history:
1776: British arrive on Long Island with 24,000 men
1864: International Red Cross was born
Introductions: Olivia Howe who is one of our scholarship recipients & future Brown University student; ADG Sherriff Keith Clark of the Bellows Falls club
Rotary Minute: 4 Way Test – We are challenged to incorporate and live the test – Olivia can enlighten us on how she used the 4 Way Test in her scholarship application
Mini-Rotarians: none in the house today
  • KJ greeted members as they arrived J
  • Jim V.
Student Rotarian report:
  • None – it’s summer!!
Committee Reports:
  • None today
  • Jim M. reminded us that our 9/5/18 meeting will be at the Brattleboro Music Center
  • Mona reminded us that our exchange student Lucy arrives on Friday
  • We have a thank you from St. Brigid’s Kitchen for our donation of food
Bowl of Life: 
  • This Rotarian’s Grandmother was the House Mother of Syliva Black @ Smith College
    • Cynthia guessed Katja who guessed Christine who guessed Sandy S who correctly guessed Will Shakespeare
  • Jack of Spades was drawn by Jason P - with Olivia Howe winning - $9!!!!
  • Katja was serenely serenaded by our stellar barber shoppers!
  • None today
  • Cindy bragged for Erin O’Keefe & her work on the Pergola project – her organization is phenomenal
  • Katja – bragged for Ed for the VIP escort in during the rain with an umbrella
  • Tom bragged for the Guardian ad Lidem program & the critical work that they do
  • Jon bragged for a spontaneous bike vacation last week on Maine coast – ended with a 60 mile unplanned bike ride back to their car – 52 miles on a flat tire!!!
  • Josh T bragged for a bike trip without a flat tire!
  • Debbie C. bragged for the Backpack program & for relief of her sciatic pain that she had all weekend
  • Kevin started by fining everyone not wearing a Rotary pin this AM; He went on to brag $3 – a dollar for friendship & every decade he knew his good friend Ben Underhill who lost his battle with cancer but never lost his sense of humor
  • Bethany bragged $5 – she’s returning to school so won’t be here regularly for a while; she also bragged for the American Legion Band as they are competing in Minneapolis
Guest Speaker:  Olivia Howe Guest Speaker today
  • She was introduced by President Marcy
    • Studying French, German & Arabic at Brown this fall
    • Wants to work as a translator
    • She read us the Essay that she wrote for her application for our scholarship that was tied into the 4 Way test
      • Her essay eloquently discussed the issue of gun violence & the rallies & divergent viewpoints presented by students on both sides of the issue.
    • There was a discussion among the members present about what Rotary is & what we value about our Club & Rotary at large.
ADG Keith Clark spoke to us about the district & his job to help connect us to the resources available to us in 7870. He has been a member since 2004. He appreciates the energy that every club has & how every club runs differently. He’s on his 3rd term as Windham County Sherriff & is running unopposed. He’s had enough write in votes to be included both the Republican & Democratic tickets even though he’s officially a Democrat. Married to another Rotarian for 34 years with 4 grandchildren! He indicated that he’ll be stopping in every couple of months to visit our club.
Adjourn with a recitation of the 4 Way Test!
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
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Minutes 8-15-18

President Caulkins welcomed us at 715.
Greeting & Scribe – Thanks to our Greeter who was not really identified but there were greeters greeting so we were good.    Our greeter next week is KJ.  Ross is the scribe today.  Josh Goldberg is the scribe next week but needs a substitute.  This day in history in 1969 Woodstock started in the New York upstate town of Bethel.  In 1899 Henry Ford resigns his position with the Edison Illuminating Company to focus on building cars.  In 1947 the Indian Independence Bill, which carved out the countries of India and Pakistan our of the former Mogul Empire, comes into force at the stroke of midnight.
Rotary Minute – Marcy spoke about the Board and the different positions on the Board.  Marcy asked for volunteers for the Board and to be chairs of the various committees of the Board.  Hoping to have as club assembly next month.  Every member should be on at least one committee.  Marcy stated, “ask not what your club can do for you but what you can do for you club.”
T-Shirts – Toni announced that the new T-shirts are in.  If you ordered one, please see Toni.  They look awesome and are reported to be very soft.
Guests – Diane Shamas, our speaker who will be discussing the Guardian Ad Litem program.
Birthdays – Josh Traeger was serenaded by the gender diverse Birthday Singers.
Anniversary – Lisa Fitzgerald is celebrating her second anniversary however there is some controversy about her actual anniversary date.  It was nice to hear Lisa, nonetheless.
Mona – Nine days away from Lucy’s arrival.  Everything is falling into place.  Mona needs a headcount for picking Lucy up at 3pm on 8/24 at Logan.  Also, she needs headcount for the orientation at Okemo (Ludlow) on 8/26 from 12 to 3 (she thinks).  There are 16 students in the district who are coming in.  Mona needs to get the headcount to the higher ups for planning purposes.  Kids are welcome as there will be play space.
Tristam – The coffee shop is open.  Sales last week were fabulous.  Funds go to support our Honduran student, Ruby.  No cash; make checks out to Sunrise Rotary.
Josh T. – DISC golf tournament is Sunday, October 14 to raise money for scholarships and have fun.  Looking for three different shifts and will be sending out sign-up sheets.  Done in conjunction with the noon club.
Sadie – Thanking everyone who is participating in today’s back-pack event including grillers.  Marcy said the Reformer put a shout out about the event and including our participation.  Sadie also reminded us to enter our community service time, including non-Rotary activities, onto the sheet. 
Erin – Update on the Elm Street project with Turning Point.
Cards – Ten of spades.  Bethany won though the amount is a little murky.
Bowl of Life – This person used to work in bovine artificial insemination.  Will – Jeff – Jim M. – Mark (correct).  Mark reports his arms are 35 inches in length; very mooooving.
Marcy – 1-20 anniversary
Damon – Running brag
Josh T. – Family brag
Erin – Brag for member Valerie Stuart’s eight years of service and giving her all in service.
Sadie – Family brag
Ali – Brag for Jim Maxwell and his recent performance of Love and Information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Extra exclamation points requested by Ali!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Toni – Brag for Ben Underhill who passed away recently.  Ben was a wonderful person who despite challenges was an amazing human and community member.  Memorial service at the park at 5:30pm this Sunday.
Guest Speaker
Tom introduced Diane Shamas who is speaking on the Guardian Ad Litem program.  Diane left posters and bookmarks for everyone.  She has been a Guardian Ad Litem for over ten years as a court appointed guardian for children.  She became a Guardian Ad Litem so she could work directly with kids.  The reasons for needing one vary such as neglected kids or children out of control.  It comes from federal law as well as VT law.  Guardian Ad Litem speaks on behalf of children, stepping into the role that parents usually hold.  Guardian Ad Litems go to hearings and other court events as well as a lot of work outside of court.  When Guardian Ad Litem does this, there are a lot of questions and a lot of related issues such as substance abuse, family issues, poverty, homelessness etc.  Guardian Ad Litems are an extra set of eyes and role is to know everything you can about the child you are handling.  All cases are confidential.  A Guardian Ad Litem have a voice and a role.  You understand what the child wants others to know.  Volunteers to be a Guardian Ad Litem come from all walks of life.  Just need time.  They screen all applicants and train once on board.  No magic time that guardians give and can work with multiple children.  Can schedule time with children but not court time.  Diane learned so much about the community as a Guardian Ad Litem.  There is a real strain on our court and social system.  We need more Guardian Ad Litems to help out.  Either you or someone you know should help.  A training will be held September 26 – 28.   Question about differences state to state – every state is different and have different regulations re: Guardian Ad Litem.  In Vermont, it is a volunteer position though there is reimbursement for mileage.  This program is Windham county-based.
Adjourned at 8:21am after the four-way test.
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Aug 1 2018 meeting notes 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

July 18 - Meeting Notes

Greeter: Jim V – Thank you!
Scribe: Nick J
Quote of the day: “I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch” – Ella Maillart
Today in History:
The great fire of Rome breaks out and destroys much of the city on this day in the year 64. Despite the well-known stores, there is no evidence that the Roman emperor Nero, either started the fire or played the fiddle while it burned. Still, he did use the disaster to further his political agenda.
Mona –  Jim Rumrell  Student Exchange
Sadie – Moriah Nichols scholarship recipient; Kim KJ sister from Brattleboro
New Member
Lois Scott Connoly – Welcome to the Family!
Mariah Nichols – Scholarship recipient graduated from Hinsdale High.  Graduated fourth in her class.  Interested in pursuing animal science.
Cards: Bethany Wins massive pot
Josh – Membership announcement working on some new initiatives.  Came across some data average club size international is 37(our club is 48) and average men/women ratio 80/20 our club is 50/50. 
Sadie – Thanks for participating in the welcome center.  Almost entire group participated in the event. Special thanks to Katjia, Ali, and Cindy helping out throughout the entire day.  Overall great success and made about $1k.  Most importantly a great fun day!
Debra – picked a day for the pergola building for September 22th and join forces with Untied Way day of caring.  Meeting at turning point today to get the basics of build and BBQ.  Going to be sending around sign-up sheets to parce out specific building aspects.   More to follow…
Kevin – By-laws review special thanks to Josh, Josh, Stacy, Marcy Michelle, Kevin;  available to access by-laws on the website.  Need to update to reflect current Rotary International standards.
Marcy – District Governor visiting next week. Board meeting next Tuesday July 24th 5:30 at Marina. 
Josh – Partners with united way and auto mall hand out 200 backpacks with all school supplies.  Making it more of a family friendly event with bounce houses and maybe Rotary volunteer with BBQs August 15th 2018.
KJ – moving over the hill to new house.  New house has pool for changeover party.
Second Brag- Kim sister she is going to chat about her work at Gathering Place during job transition.  Working to put together larger event 5k run; Looking for community support to launch larger scale event to put together community board; specifically couple people to be on committee; Admin – registration; Volunteers management; and Marketing. 
Erin – Event with West Bratt association to determine any grants available for community center or historic center.  Melrose Terrace project village center in West Brattleboro.  
2nd Brag – huge steel canopy that needs to install large steel structure anyone know someone who could help; Boom truck ideal.
Katja – ATG gave whole case of cookies; Bagel works gave 5 bags of bagles and cream cheese. 
2nd Brag – World Cup amazing tournament and great Final between France – Croatia.  Great to see so many nations united peacefully. 
Jon – great week with family in Canada and Grand Isle lean to.  Traveled in Burlington to see KJ bus picture.  Did home exchange with family in Canada and locked the sauna.
Bethany – finally got to out on date with Ali in Keene.  Friday morning Jeff Dunkley gave tour of dairy Farm and was very exciting.
Ali – pumped to be one brag above the cows.     
Valarie – picture of club from original members and a blast back in the past.  Live in a period of time where people forget history in moments.  Important to revisit our past.  Propose show and tell from Ali.
Brag 2 – West Brattleboro lock farm field preserved for public space. 
Mona – Shout out to Mark and the Cota team to replace heating system in the house on the hottest days of the year.
Lois - Mentor Christine who brought her into the group.  Also to the rest of the club for being so kind and welcoming and inspiring.
Guest Speaker
Jim Rumrell – Rotary Student Exchange – Lucy from Croatia
Overall 8,000 high students participate over the world.  In our region roughly about 16 have come in and 20 have gone to other countries.  Currently Lucy is begin in process going to US consulate to apply for J-1 Visa for high school year. Lucy speaks fluent English and is a very smart and well educated individual.   Paperwork provided regarding timeline of the process.  Anticipated arrival on August 20th.  There are still some steps required, complete the vetting process by visiting; click on volunteer and provide basic information and complete basic back ground check.  Rotary only receives a no/yes and contractor provides the answer with no details to approve host family and anyone that will be spending time with the student.  Once complete you are vetted and all set to go.  Treat her as a young Rotarian and invite her to all events and volunteer activities.   Get her involved in all activities as this is a cultural exchange and include her in any event.  If having pro-longed 1 on 1 visits with student you should go through vetting process, otherwise the occasional visit or drive to school is ok.   Remember this is a cultural exchange and try to include her and get to know her.  She will be a full citizen of Brattleboro High and will eventually develop her own social group at Brattleboro and eventually that could occupy much of her time. 
Sunday August 26th 12-4PM holding annual welcoming picnic; BBQ with families, youth exchange committies, host families, and others affiliated with process.
Mona has contact info for Jim if any additional information is requested.  
Valarie – are there any training or information provided about US Culture and behavior?
They have many steps along the way to provide orientation and information regarding cultural differences.  Host families provide the guidelines at the beginning of the household rules.  Also a clear understanding of legal drinking ages and other US laws. 
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Rotary Meeting Minutes - June 21, 2018

June 21st, 2018 Rotary Meeting minutes – presented by Cindy Delgatto
President Michelle called the meeting to order.  Pledge of Allegiance. 
This day in history….
  • 1782: Congress approves Great Seal of the United States and the bald eagle as its symbol.
  • 1840: Samuel Morse patents his telegraph.
  • 1863: 1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa).
  • 1893:  Lizzie Borden acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River Massachusetts. 
Thanks to Ed for greeting.  No greeter next week, changeover party at Lisa’s. 
  • Rotary minute:  Please consider becoming club officers, president is the easiest job, club officers do a lot to keep the club running.  KJ and Lisa will be celebrating 3 years in the club.
  • Quote:  There are no happy endings.  Endings are the saddest part.  So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.  Shel Silverstein. 
  • Birthdays today:  Happy Birthday Debra Cox & Sandy Shriver
  • Guests:  Alina and Alexa Secrest;   Annamarie Pluhar
  • Sandy – Ping Pong Party that our club is co-sponsoring at 118 Elliott Street 6/23 5pm-11pm
  • Lisa – Reminder that club dues will be payable on 6/29.  $160.00.   Please settle your account upon receipt of your statement.  Lisa would like not to have to send out reminder notices for nonpayment of dues.
  • Sadie – Sign up sheet going around for community service hours.  July 14th is our fundraiser at the Guilford Welcome Center.  Still need people for the afternoon shift.  Need coolers with ice.  Need dog treats.  Need donation box (Cindy will make).    
  • Lisa – Needs high quality, high resolution photos for poster board.  Send to
  • Lisa – Changeover party at her house.  Directions handed out today.  Bring your own lawn chairs and beverages.  Sign up sheet went around for what to bring.  Parking is limited, Lisa will be out there directing. 5:30 – till…..Club is providing Burgers & Hot Dogs.  Items needed: paper products, deserts, appetizers, salads. 
  • Ali – Grateful for gardening help!
  • Kevin – Offered to be a surrogate bragster
  • Damon – Accomplished a year early his goal of completing a ultra-marathon which is a 50km (31 mile) race.  He finished in 6.5 hours which is amazing with a 4000 ft elevation change.  His motivation was the tremendously sad and unexpected passing of Rob Lind and the realization that time is short and not to wait to do things.
  • Sadie – Congratulations for Evelyn who graduated 6th grade  - everyone very happy, no tears.
  • Josh Unruh also had a 6th grade graduate who received the presidential award from Vernon Elementary.  Celebrating 20 years total coaching and very proud of the 4 team members that will be heading to the All-Star Game in Winchester.
  • Kevin1 Surrogate brag for Dan Deitz who took a recent trip to California.  While the traffic and smog were not to his liking he had a very nice time with Debra.  2.  Thank you to Jacques, Caleb, Bethany and Ali for their tremendous help with cleaning out the garage.  Ginny and Kevin are so very grateful for the help.  3.  Will not be at the changeover party as they will be on their way to California to visit their new grandson.
  • Ali – Sorry for being not a good greeter and thank you to those who have been pitching in her place. Congratulations to Cindy for joining the short hair club.  (your welcome 😊)
  • Jon – had tried to explain to his daughters what a surrogate is but they already knew and schooled Jon that a surrogate is what Kim Kardashian used to have a baby.  Jon shared that Alexa is on the Swim Team and Alina started track season.  They are both having a great summer so far.
  • Nick – Congratulations to son who graduated Kindergarten and is now on to 1st grade.
Someone declared today wonderful dude sock day, and everyone shared their great socks.
  • Jacques – Congratulations to son who graduated Keene High School of which she is an alum.
  • Turner – He and Kay took a great trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and they were beautiful and then they went to Tanglewood for a concert to see Alison Krauss.  Wonderful performance.
  • Michael – Announced that he accepted a new job at a Keene Tech School and will be leaving Windham Regional Career Center as well as the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary.  We all wished Michael the best of luck.
  • Toni – Kyle performed her last horse show and there was an absolutely beautiful tribute to her service which was a very emotional dedication.  She received a Blue Ribbon, did a Victory Ride and they played America the Beautiful – there was not a dry eye in the arena. 
  • Josh T.  – Thank you, Michelle, for being a great president and for bringing so many new faces from the “southern” region into the club.
  • Debra – Thank you Dan for travelling to California with her to visit with her family.  She is grateful for his patience with environments that are not to his liking.  Also, congratulations to her daughter for joining the 6th grade graduation club and she will be in horse camp this summer.  Thank you, Ali, for all your hard work in coordinating the garden work. 
Cards – Ace of Clubs – Congratulations to Michelle for winning!!
Guest Speaker – Annmarie Pluhar – BrattleMasters (hosted by Dan Deitz)
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro, Vermont-based chapter of Toastmasters International, meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. We normally meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro.
At our meetings and contests, guests are always welcome, and refreshments are provided. There is no pressure to speak, and members are working at their own pace and with assigned mentors to help them meet their speaking and leadership goals. You can be a guest for as long as you like at no charge.
 The meetings have agendas and about 2-3 people prepare speeches to present.  During the meetings there are assigned roles.  Timers, umm,ahh counters, grammarians, snack masters and evaluators  Each given speech is evaluated  in a safe, loving environment.  It is the best and cheapest form of professional development at $120.00 per year.  Many individuals utilized BrattleMasters to include Becca Balint when she was considering running for office. 
Members of our Rotary community have used Toastmasters in different locations and attested to the benefits and features of the program.
Jimmy V rounded out the praise for Toastmaster with this to say – “Amazing program that is full of very friendly people!”
A word from your scribe – I hope I have captured the essence of what you all said and felt, and I apologize if there are any errors or omissions
Don’t forget to support the Tiny House Festival this Saturday June 23rd 10am-5pm Brattleboro
Rotary Meeting Minutes - June 21, 2018 Cindy Delgatto 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

June 13, 2018 Rotary Minutes

Posted by Debra Cox on Jun 14, 2018
June 13, 2018:   Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Minutes
     Empress Michelle Pong called to order at:  7:15 am
     Greeter today:  Josh Goldberg                                
     Pledge of Allegiance
     This Day in History:
                      1774 Rhode Island becomes first colony to prohibit importation of slaves.
                      1866 US House of representatives passes 14th Amendment (civil rights)
                      1920 US Post Office says children cannot be sent by parcel post (after
                      Various instances)
                      1922 Longest recorded attack of hiccups begins:  Charlie Osborne get the
                      Hiccups and continues for 68 years, dies 11 months after it stops.
                      1948 Babe Ruth’s final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he died August 16th
                      1978 Film “Grease” opens, starring John Travolta * Olivia Newton-John, based on
                      1971 musical
     Quote of Day:  Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. - Oscar Wilde.
     Rotary Minute:  If you leave the meeting you have to pay a streaking fee of $2.00.
                                   Braggs are running very long- keep short please!  Side note: Speakers
                                   Generally allowed 15 minutes + 5 Q&A time.        
Guest:   Mona introduced Kathy Urffer from Connecticut River Conservancy “” (Cindy’s speaker).  Kevin introduced Tom Franks prospective member.  President Pong welcomed Tom Franks back and indoctrinated to the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club!  KJ presented the Rotary pin.  Ed wanted to make sure he knows that you can’t drink at Rotary anymore 😊 Tom spoke about the energy efficiency he has been involved with because he really likes solving problems.  In transition phase in life leaving job he has done last decade and felt he could find things to do here.  Missed the “community” aspect and very glad to be back.
Student Rotarians:  done for this year
Sadie- Penfield Scholarship Recipients and Sunrise Scholarship Recipients for 2018 see link:
Jeremy Lacke & Victoria Gassett are the Penfield Scholarship Recipients 2018.  John Penfield was a Charter Member and was the founding President of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club.  This scholarship was created to honor his spirit of giving in the community, his dedication to service and his expertise in the automotive field.  Sunrise Scholarship Recipients for 2018 are:  Rachel Giroir, Hinsdale graduate, Olivia Howe, BUHS graduate, Nicole Barry, Freshman at Skidmore College, Mariah Nichols, Hinsdale Graduate, Madison Howe, Jr. at Elmira College and Alejandro Toledo Cornman, BUHS graduate.
  2nd:  2 sign ups for the welcome center, we need “stuff” or “staff”.  3rd:  Community Service projects sign -up sheet going around, please put your hours down.
Tristam:  Sadie this is incredible!
  Kevin:  as you know you are to sign the sheet, introduce yourself on the student Rotarians sheets.  If you have not done so it will cost you $$$$.  Only collecting $24 this time, Caleb $1, Dan D $1, Josh G $2, Drew $1, Stacie $2, Turner 1, Bethany $1 Deb R. $3, John S. $1, Valerie S. $1, Tristin $3, Jim R. $2.  John S. says come see him for the appeals process.  Absolve Katja for not knowing!  Empress Pong said “read your newsletter” (Scribe error=missed a name or two of penalties)—Kevin slow down when talking!  Just sayn’ 😊
Sign up sheet for Welcome Center:
Info about scholarship recipients:
Marci-2 weeks from today: change over party hosted by Lisa.  We need deserts, appetizers, salads, BYOB, family friendly.  Will announce again.
Ali:  gardening crew; Bethany and self, please come by and help right after the meeting. 
KJ- new speaker mugs showed a sample.  Can purchase for $10 each.
Birthday’s:  Valerie & Toni’s birthday, and Saturday it is Wil Shakespeare’s birthday.  All assembled for the best men’s quartette ever!  Note it is $2.00 for a Birthday song.
Cards:  Wil picked 3-Diamonds won by Jim V.
Bowl of Life (not done)
Braggs:  Josh-shamed that someone else was going to do bragging. (aka Kevin).  Amelia is wrapping up LNA program off to Wynona State University.  Lots of awards at sports banquet, my daughter got the most fowls in one basketball season!
Turner- out to Michigan, visit family and went to 50th graduation class of veterinarian.  Looked up Great grandparents and had a great time.
Jason- $50 brag Married 44 years; knows he won’t get change back from Ed!
John- daughter Alina just turned 15, just went as freshmen track relay, now this year becoming an athlete.  Last night took out to home depot parking lot—has learning permit.  Has video of first attempt at gas pumps!  Read instructions, “choose fuel” Alina retorted with “there are so many buttons”!
KJ- and wife went to the Put and pour in Dover with Stacie & Collin.  Had so much fun, raised a ton of $.  Also: the rescue raffle tickets are in, more prizes kayak, two- night stay at Scott Farm.  $20 per ticket or stack for $100. (double check prices with KJ)
Kevin- surrogate brag for Whitney Dunkley just finished AAU season, did very well.  Great on defense $5.  $10.15 yesterday morning Eric & Danielle had a healthy baby boy Wyatt James Yager 7lbs 10.5 oz 21” long.  While Face-timing he already likes to have his hand near his face.  As saying good bye Wyatt raised his hand and waved!  It’s mind blowing being a grandfather.  All healthy and doing well going out in two weeks, can’t wait to hold him and love him up.
Dameon- last two brags for running season of the boys.  Aiden ran in 4 x 8.  UNH championships was amazing and great.  Torren got MVP for cross country and track, great to finish off has 5 school records.   On the theme of grandparents; they were here for the graduation and able to see them compete in their sports.   Torren’s best mile time is 4 44/12.
Marcie-Rowen starting swim team will be swimming 4 times a week, most over an hour at a time.  Glad Rowen is so excited to be swimming this years with new coach.
Valerie – Daughter First LT Lauren will do 22 for 22.  22 miles for 22 vets a day committing suicide, (now down to 18 but will keep name of 22 for 22) Sat July 8th.   When she comes back August 2019 will do Memorial Day weekend when she comes back to study at law school.  Her father is 88 years old will be flying out to see him.  Going to Women in Government conference.  Carmen Durbey put on the most wonderful event on at Scott Farm.  So wonderful 60 years at the united way.  $60 to go but got fabulous lunch.  Valerie volunteered to send past Rotarian’s birthday cards each year.  Ali Berry used to take the most amazing pictures!
Empress Michelle Pong-failed in communications skills when did not show up at Rotary last week or give Marcie info for the meeting.  Paying her fine.  Thank you, Marcie for filling in!
Chris and I will be hosting a casual, fun 4th of July celebration Saturday, June 30th, 3pm
Fireworks at dusk.
This is a family friendly event that will include water hazards along with any other games I can think of that will keep kids entertained. We would love to see you. Stop by for a few minutes or stay the day. Maybe bring a chair in case I run out, but food and beverages will be plentiful.  Our address is 303 Poocham Road, West Chesterfield, NH (GPS will bring you right there.)
Guest Speaker: Kathy Urffer (local River Steward, 802-258-0413, from the Connecticut River Conservancy, celebrating 65 years.  Who owns our rivers?  The answer to that question surprises many:  you do!
 Last time here we talked about the dams and restoring rivers.  Today talking about phosphorus vs Nitrogen.  You can support clean water and farming at the same time.  The River Celebration 2018.  It’s an annual event and our turn to have it up here this year.  It will be at the Retreat Farm.  Round table moderated by David Zuckerman, Ron will speak on what we do, Michael Colby is radical in view pushing for Organic.  Content of work we do is like River keeper, although we have not applied for “keeper” status.  Act 64 marked regulations on how water is handled in the state.  Protecting all waters in the State of VT.  Reason Jeff had to leave today is people coming to look at his farm.  Specific agricultural purposes.  Our point of view we need to help farmers with the money needed to make changes recommended.   We also work with road crews if roads close to waterways.  New standards when water runs off it is caught and infiltrated and not contaminating the waterways.   Please see our web site at  New England Green River Marathon is Sunday, August 26 2018.  This brand- new Boston qualifying marathon starts at Marlboro College, VT and ends at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.   Space limited for further information see  22nd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be September 28 & 29, 2018.  NH, VT, MA & CT.  Visit for more information about this fun and meaningful river cleanup event. NOTE:  it’s your River!  Tag your photos with #MyCTRiver to show your family, friends and the world what you love about YOUR river!
 Rotary Anniversary’s:  KJ & Dianne Sunday - 3 years.  Nick Dubois today has 5 years.
Greeter for June 20th:  Ali Barry
Is it the Truth?  Is it Fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Cox
June 13, 2018 Rotary Minutes Debra Cox 2018-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

June 6 2018

JUNE 6, 2018
VP Marcy took over the meeting at this point relieving Ed to go do what he does best…
Thank you Mona for greeting us this morning. Good job Will by providing the muscle to back her up for the difficult to handle members.
ON THIS DAY:  It seems for once nothing of note occurred.
QUOTES:  No actual official quote for the day. But this scribe will take the liberty to propose a belated Mother’s Day message by oft quoted Irish poet, author and playwright, Oscar Wilde:
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”
Tom Franks
Abd Rababah
Peter Libby
Ayla Traegar
Josh, Rachel, Danny and Natalya attended their last rotary meeting for this school year.  As a wonderful going away gift, Marcy honored them with water bottles! How awesome is that!
 Welcome back to Sam, a former Student Rotarian, making a return visit!
Jim M. – Brattleboro Music Center to invite Rotarians to breakfast  - date TBD.
KJ – Last reminder that the 2nd annual Putt and Pour tournament 6/8 @ 1pm at Mount Snow Golf Club.  Benefit for the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club; the Brattleboro Sunrise club’s godchild club.
Kevin – On July 14th all day there is a club fundraiser at the Guildford Welcome Center that we all need to pitch in and contribute time and/or supplies.
Kevin  Part Two - Also graciously offered to be a “brag surrogate” for our shy members for a nominal fee that he surely will pass along to the club and not pocket. It seems, to this scribe, that perhaps Kevin offers his service as he is empathetic to those introverts and socially awkward amongst us. As some of you may surmise, this condition is something he has personally struggled with, but has been able to camouflage for most of his life.
Damon – Reminder that three weeks from now (June 27th) there will be the changeover from present club officers to new officers for the upcoming Rotarian year. No regular meeting that morning. Be sure to thank currently serving officers before the 27th!
BOWL OF LIFE: Not this one either
CARDS: Four of Clubs…. No winner… only losers. And everyone’s self-esteem again took a major blow when Ed called us “Losers!” There were numerous sniffles in the room due to hurt feelings.
Josh T: This noted mad scientist bragged for his daughter, Ayla, who knows the best time to make slime is when Dad is distracted on a conference call.
Jon: Bragged for his four days away on a sail boat with AC and TV in the Chesapeake Bay.  Had a great time with buddies … one highlight being served drinks by one of the oldest (95 years young!) bartenders/bar owners in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. The gentleman has been slinging drinks since 1962 – before many of us were born!
Valerie: Bragged for her daughter in the military and stationed in Poland. She also bragged about a beautiful funeral for her sister-in-law’ father she attended at a synagogue in NYC.
Debra R: Bragged for her daughters, Ava and Shoshana, on the Brattleboro softball team.  She’s excited they are becoming spots jocks!
Also, her broken femur is healing and she has made the progression from wheel chair to walker to cane now.
And a thanks to Ali for watching the house and, most importantly, Debra’s cat.
Damon: Bragged for Mark and Cota & Cota helping to get his barn hooked up for propane. Damon’s son, Torin, raced in a 4X8 team competition where the guys finished in 2nd. Off to NE Championships next.. Torin also raced for his Middle School last night in the Connecticut Valley League comp in the 1600.
Nick: Put in a brag for his kids: His son’s T-ball team made great strides this season in their batting skill level. After starting out with a ball on the T and taking 50 swings on average to hit a ball into play.. the kids, by the end, were taking Ruthian swats without a T. These kids were knocking the batted ball with blistering speed out of the infield. Better learn to duck, Pitcher Dude!
Nick’s daughter was in Kelli’s Dance Studio for the last recital of the season. She bravely battled through a bad cold and a short case of stage fright to absolutely nail the Moana tumbling part of the event.
Marcy: Bragged for her daughter, Rowan, headed off to middle school this Fall. No more packing lunches from now on!
GUEST SPEAKERS: Our very own Debra Cox was the guest speaker today. She gave a presentation on her financial services company, Primerica. She has worked for over 28 years with Primerica and is second generation. The goal is to create financially independent families.
Founded in 1977, their mission is to help families earn more income, become properly protected, debt free and financially independent.
Primerica is a leading distributor of financial products to middle income households with over 126,000 life insurance licensed representatives. Primerica representatives educate their clients about how to better prepare for a more secure financial future by assessing their needs with a free complimentary Financial Needs Analysis then offering financial solutions through term life insurance, investments and other financial products that both fit family needs and budget.
Scribe: Jeff Dunklee… Disclaimer: all errors or omissions are not my fault. I write slow and you talk too fast.
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May 30, 2018

Posted by Jacqueline Atwood on Jun 05, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Michelle at 7:15
Pledge of Allegiance
Thanked Erin for being the greeter today
On this Day:
1431- Joan of Ark was burned at stake
1783- 1st Daily newspaper published in Philadelphia
1868- Decoration Day, Later called Memorial Day 1st observed
1908- Workman’s Compensation law was approved
1935- Babe Ruth played his final game
1967- Evel Knievel jumps 16 cars on his motorcycle
Quote- “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention”- Oscar Wilde
Rotary Minute-
Rotary PeaceFellowships                                                                                                                              Each year award 100 to study in Rotary Peace Centers (partner universities -6 around the world) Develops leaders who become catalysts for peace & conflict prevention & resolution.     
Lauren Seibert agent for Child Protection & Advocate for Children’s Rights
Scott Martin founded Mediators Beyond Borders International
Guests- Kevin introduced student Rotarian Sarah Gauthier whom just completed freshman year at SNHU and Tom Franks a new prospective member
Junior Rotarian Report- Josh updated with events going on at the high school including SAT this Saturday.
Sadie- 1.Community volunteer hour sheet being passed around / our group has great numbers.   2. Seasonal overflow shelter report is now available. Total served for 2017/2018 155 unduplicated individuals, opened 168 nights and total beds provided 5,544 Please contact Sadie for whole report 3. Upcoming VT Welcome Center bake sale coming up in July 14th, lots of ways to support: donate items, man the table, decorate donation can. Email with link to sign up was sent out.
Mona- Info being passed around about Lucy our exchange student coming to us from Croatia
Josh- liked the photo albums that Alissa brought of past years of Sunrise Rotary gatherings. Reminded us with the tech world we no longer print out pictures. Ali commented that if anyone had printed pictures she would keep the albums going.
KJ- June 8th Deerfield Valley Rotary Club Putt & Pour Reminder
5 year Anniversary- Katia
Cards- Ace of Diamonds- It’s in the deck- You lose losers
Bowl of Life- “Played Tennis in High School and only lost one match during that time” Katia guessed Nick who guessed Sadie who guessed Diane who guessed Erin who guessed Jon who guessed Michael who guessed Kevin who guessed Josh Y who correctly guessed Josh U. Josh played for 2 years from his parents rule sport or job. He choose Tennis.
Sadie- bragged for the BUHS Band/ Chorus who just performed a great POPS concert,
Debbie bragged for Bethany and Christine who played in the Memorial Day Parade, which was such a pleasant thing after digging a trench for septic line for tenant.
Turner- First grandchild graduated college in Allentown PA as the valedictorian.
Nick- Relatives still have available two weeks rental in Ocean Park, Maine. Sleeps  8. Near Old Orchard Beach
Dan- Grandson turned 4yrs old and was very impressed with his new tune up kit for his power wheels truck which increased the speed.                                                                                          Kevin- Imposed a fine for all members not wearing their pin. Also gave Dan a fine for questionable attitude towards a fellow Rotarian at the recent Beer Fest.  Many Rotarians attended and Kevin wanted to mention Josh U.  T-shirt that was worn at the event but he did not give all the details.                                                                                                                              Jon S.- Engaged in a bet to lose weight prior to a upcoming trip. He had targeted date & weight and lost which obligated him to write out a check for $100.00 to a friend who did reach his goal.         Erin- Bragged has being living in tiny house for one month now. Next week she will be in Hawaii for her 35th class reunion                                                                                                                        Michelle – bragged for Mark who came to her cold home within one hour to assist when they ran out of oil.
Kevin   Recognized the Brattleboro Rescue for being a part of the 3 on 3 basketball tournament this last year and many years prior who send 2-3 volunteers for safety precautions. He presented Drew and Steve a check for $500.00 from the rotary to thank and help support the department.
Steve spoke to the group about the usage of a new drone that has joined the Rescue dept for a couple months now that would be able to assist with search and rescue situations. Drones are great tools to map out and area, flooded areas, night vision, drop feature that can utilize supplying a life vest. Drones can be programmed with spot light features. Flight time is about 25 minutes and can go up to 40 miles per hour. Rain, Wind and cold weather negatively affect the drone and battery.  Fail safes can be pre-programmed into drone (low battery head back k to base). Some groups are being put together to organize coordination of drone usage in time of need (as example-SWARM)    Drones can be used to assist with Farming, Surveying, Construction, Real Estate. There is a wide range of prices for drones and their accessories.
Brattleboro Rescue is looking for volunteers interested in training to become drone pilot.
Josh T. has a drone and for a 50.00 donation to the Rotary he would fly and take footage of a fellow Rotarians home if interested.
Michelle brought the meeting to a close with the four way test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill & Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
May 30, 2018 Jacqueline Atwood 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

May 16, 2018

Rotary Meeting Minutes:

Guests:  Former Rotarian Tom, Lois Conley, Jana Zellor, and Ayla Traeger
Student Rotarian:  Rachael from Hinsdale reports; she has been busy with scholarship applications, and is about to take her AP Calculus test.  On Friday, she will be participating in an exposition of learning from her ELO (which stands for Extended Learning Opportunity, NOT Electric Light Orchestra), and she will be featuring a dairy cow, as she worked with a large animal veterinarian this year.
-Josh - Camp for a Common Cause is this Friday, we will be grilling from about 5:15-8:30 with the Cota and Cota grill.
-Jim Verzino - Green Street school thanks us for helping the 3rd and 4th grade be able to attend the Sandglass theatre puppet show; 400 local schoolchildren came to the show at the Latchis.
Ali - we are having a mixer with the Noon club at the Kiwanis shelter Thursday, May 24.  They have decided to hire a caterer, so dinner will be $13.00 a head.
Dan - last Saturday was Touch a Truck.  It was cold and rainy, and it was a smaller crowd than usual, but our brave grillers still cooked up 200+ burgers and 100+ dogs.  No final count on money raised.
KJ - Deerfield Valley Putt and Pour fundraiser is happening on June 8th.  $75/person
Mona - the school needs one more thing to be able to approve inbound exchange student Lucy; we should have an answer by Friday
CAAAAAHDs- 10 of hearts, Christine wins it!
Happy Birthday to Michelle and Bethany!
Josh - He and Ayla biked to town for lunch at Duo’s this weekend, fulfilling Ayla’s lifelong dream of riding her bike to town.
Damon- Torin had a track meet Monday in Bratt, ran shorter distance races than usual, and broke the school record for the 400.
Valerie- one of her favorite things in legislature is recognizing non-profits; HCRS (celebrating 50 years), Brattleboro Garden Club (also 50 years), Brooks Memorial Library among others were recognized for the great work they do.   
-also in honor of Angela Prodin who recently passed away at age 50Brattleboro Garden Club is having a plant sale at the Green Mountain Chapel on Rt. 9.  Also looking for members
Kevin- rose to propose a fine on the front table for always sitting in the same place
-For daughter Sarah - Kevin, Ginny, and Sarah were heading to Rochester, NY for a wedding.  Sarah had left from Burlington, and mom and dad were worrying about her, and kept calling her to see where she was.  She finally called them back when she was right behind them on the NY State Thruway.
Jeff- warned Kevin he will be sitting next to him next week
Erin- Tiny House Festival is happening June 23rd, please take posters to hang up
Cindy- thanks to the Deerfield Valley emergency vet, who took care of her dog this weekend
Bethany- thanks for the birthday wishes.  And if anyone needs a tent to camp in for Camp for a Common Cause, she and Ali have room in Bethany’s 6 person tent
Our own Michael Burnett, the Director of the Career Center, spoke to us about the Career Center and what it can offer.  Michael himself is a product of a career/tech program, which helped him stay in school and convinced him to go to college.
The Career center is one of 17 CTE (Career and Technical Education) centers in VT, offering classes in shop, automotive, film, and culinary arts, for example.  Students can earn college credits as well.  
Some students are able to graduate and start right out in careers offering 40-50,000 salaries.  Adult programs are available as well.
Many students also earn Industry Recognized Credentials.
The program typically starts in the Junior yr of High School, and goes through the Senior.
Sadly, seeing declining enrollment, partially because some High Schools are hesitant to send students, as they lose money when they send kids to the Career Center.
Due to declining enrollment, some programs are being decreased or cut, but they will be offering an LNA program next spring.
May 16, 2018 Marcy Caulkins 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

May 9, 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on May 10, 2018
Empress Pong started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
1865-President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring the end of the Civil War.
1914- President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day
1916- US 1st country to legalize the birth control pill.
1980 – Horror film Friday the 13th is released.
1992-Final episode of the Golden Girls aired.
Quote for the day……If at first you don’t succeed try doing it the way mom told you to do in the beginning…Unknown
Mona very warmly greeted us this morning with hugs and smiles and next week …Turner will be at the door with a smile to say good morning.
Tom Franks- prospective/former member
Kaya – Ross’s granddaughter
Ava & Shoshana- Debra’s daughters
Phil Blackburn- guest speaker
Josh from BUHS reported this morning.
~Start of spring standardized testing has begun…today is SBAC with PSAT and SAT soon to follow
~Prom was this past weekend…he has pictures to share if anyone would like to see them.
~Playing Woodstock today in Tennis and played Rutland this past Monday ending a 4year losing streak to Rutland!
  1. Touch a Truck this coming Saturday May 12th----please sign up to volunteer
  2. Trivia Night is coming up on May 14th. Grab some friends and head to the Legion for a very entertaining night.
  3. The club has made a donation to BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming) which will be receiving a 1 for 1 matching grant from the Tarrant Foundation. If anyone is interesting donating personally please see Turner. 
  4. Every Rotarian Every Year – EREY!! It is our annual $100 donation to the foundation. Jim reminded us that we can contribute just a couple a week to meet this commitment.
  5. The lovely Shoshana wanted to let us know that she will be participating in the Girls on the Run 5k this coming Saturday and she is raising money for scholarships to help others participate in the program so consider donating.
  6. We collected 25 pints of blood last week in our Blood Drive at the American Legion.
  7. May 24th we will be having a joint social at the Kiwanis Shelter at Memorial Park for both clubs. Starting right after work…bring the family for an evening of fun and Rotary camaraderie.
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   No Anniversaries
CARDS:  Jack of Clubs..… and the winner is ~  AVA WON!!!!
Grampa worked with Thomas Edison at his plant in South Orange, NJ…..started the guessing Sandy who incorrectly guessed Christine who picked Turner~~Jason~~Nick~~Marcy~~Jim Maxwell~~Diane ….at that point we gave up and made the mystery Rotarian fess up because they forgot to put their name on the clue WILL SHAKESPEARE!!
Tristam: Bragged for Girls on the Run. Wendy has been a coach for 10 years and he is so impressed the program. It’s a powerful story and the girls learn so much as the form a unit. He also wanted to clarify his announcement last week when he mentioned Tina from Moore Court. His point was to make us all aware that we as a society tend to judge people by their appearances without getting to know them. We should get beyond first impressions because if we did we would get to know people for their intelligence and compassion. Tina is an amazing person in so many ways and that community is very lucky to have her.
Jon: Bragged for his daughters and teenage sports. Alina qualified for states in track and Alexa is trying a new sport Lacrosse!! He also let the club know that Angela Prodan, a partner in the law firm, passed away this weekend. She had been battling cancer the past few years. She was an amazing attorney that has helped a lot of people thru the years and was a beautiful person. 
Erin: Bragged for just finishing up a few weeks in NJ teaching kindergarteners. Also, they finished their tiny house and in between the NJ weekends they moved into their 300 sq foot house. It’s all new and hi-tech….a dream come true.
Sadie: Thank you for everyone who bought raffle tickets from Evie last week! Dan & Michele won “real prizes” (compared to her stuffed animal). Also this is the last weekend you can see Evie in James and the Giant Peach at NEYT. 
Will: Brattleboro Concert Choir is having a show on Sat & Sun May 19th & 20th at Marlboro College. Susan Dedell will be directing a program that contains Poulenc’s Gloria and Mozart’s Vespers. Will has tickets if you are interested or they will be available at the door.
Jim Maxwell: Also bragged for Brattleboro Concert Choir, it will be all local people and quite extraordinary.
Sandy: Bragged for the Noon Club program that will be sending local high school students to a Cheyenne reservation the first week of July. Alec will be going with other 9th, 10th and 11th graders who will be camp counselors, so if you know of anyone interested get them in touch with noon club. He also bragged for Marjorie who has been accepted and will be attending Smith College next fall (her first choice). 
Turner: Went to PA a couple of weeks ago to attend his grandson’s graduation from college. He is a double major in music and anthropology. Amazing time watching him perform as a graduation requirement. Also they replaced their 2 Siamese cats they lost a last year and Turner “the vet” forgot just how active kittens are.
Damon: Torin had a race for Keene Middle School and set a new school record for the 1500 and the 800…not his personal best but the kid is still on fire!! Also, Damon and Torin both ran in the Chesterfield Fun Run…Torin won the 5k and Damon placed 3rd in the 10k
Michelle: Bragged for Evie and her raffle because after her last vacation she realized she needed a Kindle paperwhite because she couldn’t read on the beach….no wonder Sadie wasn’t thrilled with her stuffed animal.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Phil Blackburn; President and Board Chair from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Vermont was our guest speaker today.
NAMI Vermont is a statewide volunteer organization comprised of family members, friends, and individuals living with a mental illness. They have experienced the struggles and have joined together in membership to help themselves and others by providing support, information, education and advocacy.
NAMI Vermont began as a spontaneous, grassroots family movement in 1983, just six years after NAMI National was founded. NAMI Vermont was incorporated as a state organization affiliated with NAMI in 1984, and today offers family and peer recovery support groups as well as Family-to-Family, Mental Illness and Recovery, and Provider Education classes. With a dedicated board, over one hundred volunteers, and four staff members, NAMI Vermont provides education, advocacy and support to those in need.
Mission: NAMI Vermont supports, educates and advocates so that all communities, families, and individuals affected by mental illness or mental health challenges can build better lives.
Vision: A world where Vermonters affected by mental illness or mental health challenges have the care, support and knowledge that they need.
If you are interested in helping you can become a Member. Join a group of dedicated members, receive NAMI Vermont’s bi-annual newsletter, and enjoy member discounts on a variety of events throughout the year. The cost of membership goes directly to support, education and advocacy for mental health. 
They also need Volunteers!
They are looking for Champions to transport people who need services to support groups, stuff envelopes, write newsletter articles, serve as active members on their committees, and assist with fundraisers like MINDwalk!
May 9, 2018 Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

May 2, 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Jacqueline Atwood on May 02, 2018

Wednesday 5/2/18

President Pong called to order at 7:15

Pledge of Allegiance

Thanked this morning’s greeter- Ed Dews​​Next week greeter will be Mona

This day in history:​​​​​​​​​​​1878 US stops minting 20 cent coin​​​​​​​​​1970 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)​​​​​​1994 Dr. Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicide​​​​​​​2011 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI most wanted man is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakinstan​​​​​​2015 Fight of the Century: Floyd Mayweather, Jr beats Manny Pacquiao in 12 for the welterweight boxing title.

Quote​​​​​​​​​​​               Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. –Oscar Wilde​​​​​​​​           Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? – Abraham Lincoln​​​      There is no safety for honest men except for believing all possible evil of evil men – Edmund Burke        Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together- Woodrow T. Wilson​    Dream as if you’ll like forever, live as if you’ll die today- James Dean​

Rotary Minute-​​​​​​​​​​​         The Term “Four Avenues of Service” is frequently used in Rotary literature and information. The “Avenues” refer to the four elements of the Object of Rotary: Club service, Vocational Service and International Service.​​​​​​​​​​​Describes the primary areas of Rotary activity.​​​​​​      “Club Service” involves all of the activities necessary for Rotarians to perform to make their club function successfully.​​​​​​​​​         “Vocational Service” is a description of the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club.​​​​        “Community Service” pertains to those activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. It frequently involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for better life.​​​​​     “International Service” describes the many programs and activities which Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. International service projects are designed to meet humanitarian needs of people in many lands.​​​

When a Rotarian understands and travels down the “Four Avenues of Service” the object of Rotary takes on even greater meaning.                            


Today’s Scribe Caleb Atwood- Next week is Toni Ciampaglione​​​​​   Today’s speaker hosted by Jacques Atwood- Next week is Alisa Barry

Guest introductions: Jacques introduced Adam Grinold and Kristin Brooks from BDCC,  Rotarian youngsters  Evelyn and Ava were recognized.


Evelyn spoke to let us all know she was selling raffle tickets for the Green Street School Sports program. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 for some great prizes.

Sadie told about upcoming show James and the Giant Peach at New England Youth theatre this weekend with Evelyn performing a role.

Josh T. celebrating 15 years of marriage to his best friend.

Cindy bragged for her daughter, Danielle who spent hours on the phone helping her brother.

Debbie- told the group about a great restoration project of eleven 1800’s coalmine homesteads in Bramwell, West Virginia that offers tours. Debbie stated the workmanship is incredible.

KJ- Shared his daughter sent him a beautiful phot will Colorado scene with sign saying “We got married today”

Kevin bragged for Christine who was very helpful with scholarship committee. Then he fined the rest of us for anyone not wearing the rotary pin and also Josh Hashagen for being the paper and Michael for being on his cell phone when President Pong was talking.

Deb- Standing up on crutches wanted to let everyone know how much she appreciated all the support and kindness from fellow Rotarians after her accident resulting in a break of her femur and 3 week stay at Grace Cottage.

Nick fined Kevin for excessive fines and announced new member in family, 8 week old lab mix puppy from the Windham County Humane Society.

Ali announced excitement of daughter coming home from college.

President Pong bragged for Lisa who helped plan her vacation which even included an upgrade. Michelle’s daughter being published in her law review.


Social with noon time Rotary group 5/24 from 5-7pm. Bring appetizer to share and beverage (non-alcoholic) Kiwanis Shelter at Brattleboro Memorial Park. Optional disc golf

Upcoming Fund raiser event 7/14 at the Vermont Welcome Center. Baked sale items for sale by donations. Need members to volunteer to organize with presentation, beverage & bake sale choices and shift schedules. Other members are encouraged to man a shift or donate baked items.

Nutritional project completed for the year. Very successful at two locations. One recently serving 53 meals and the other Ledgewood serving 99 breakfast and 111 lunches.  

2nd annual Putt and Pour tournament 6/8 at 1pm Mount Snow Golf Club.  Benefit for the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club. $75 per person includes the tournament and dinner. *Prizes *Raffles* Auction*  To register by phone call 802-423-7535

Trivia Nite- Battle of the Boards! Monday, May 14th 6:30-8:30PM American Legion 32 Linden Street, Brattleboro. Sign up with a team of 4-6 or come alone! $20 each includes dinner. “Remember your Smarty Pants” Winnings go to Non-profit of winner’s choice.

Mona gave update with exchange student.  Steve Perrin, Principal of BUHS is reviewing submitted documentation. Looking for 3-4 members to serve on this exchange student committee- Josh T, Jon Seacrest, Marcy and Mona volunteered. Rotary would need to approve funds to support this. Meeting tomorrow.

Josh T. gave a plug for the BAND app for smart phones and a great use for Rotary communication.

Deb announced Red Cross blood drive happening today at this meeting.  Over 30 people signed up for this drive.  Need volunteers to sign up to plan and build a pergola for the Turning Point on Flat Street. Deb will work with Sadie to pick dates. 

CARDS- 9 of Hearts was in the deck. “YOU LOSE LOSERS”

ANNIVERISARY- Jim Maxwell 5yr Rotary Anniversary.

BIRTHDAYS- Recognized Jeff’s birthday who first told us all he did not like silly hats or goofy songs. He was serenaded anyway. 

BOWL OF LIFE- “Played my High School Base Ball League Championship game at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY” ………Christine guessed Josh G. who guessed Will who guessed Kevin correctly. Kevin shared they won and it was a highlight of playing baseball and has a photo of his dad with him from that day.

Jacques’ introduced our guest speakers:

Adam Grinold, BDCC Executive Director 

Kristin Brooks, BDCC Cooperative Internship Coordinator

Adam spoke about the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) and the Southern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) and its roles to help people create new businesses, jobs and opportunities. Connect people with opportunity in the Windham region. Connect towns, non-profits and businesses with the resources they need to grow.  Help with great initiatives, organizations and businesses grow here.  Help employees find and develop the talent they need to succeed.

Kristin spoke about the partnerships in Southern Vermont with Six colleges & BDCC Collaborative Internship Program. Paid internship opportunities for local business and current or recently college students. For more information or interest contact Kristin at or 802-257-7731

May 2, 2018 Newsletter Jacqueline Atwood 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Minutes from April 4, 2018 2018-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter March 28th, 2018- Also Reminder Next Weeks Meeting at Boys and Girls Club

Rotary Notes
March 28th, 2018
Scribe- Josh
Next week, April 4th, Road Trip!!  Sunrise Rotary Breakfast will be held at Boys and Girls Club on Flat Street – DO NOT COME TO LEGION FOR BREAKFAST.
Thanks, Turner
Next Weeks Greeter- KJ
This day in History
Big Dinosaur Bone Found-
Michelle didn’t know which one, but luckily Diane said it was the left thigh bone of the TRex, Marcy said it was a BIG DINO BONE, and Will said it wasn’t a bird.
 Moment of Silence for Victims of Violence and All our Service Men and Women
Speaker Next Couple of weeks
Apr 04, 2018
At the Boys and Girls Club!!!
Apr 11, 2018
Sharing their experience with kidney donation
Apr 18, 2018
Apr 25, 2018
Scribes Next Couple of Weeks
Jim Verzino
Lissa Weinmann
Kevin Yager
Alisa Barry
Hinsdale Student Rotarians
Spring sports just started and just took SAT. Still selling calenders and cost $20. Money is for senior party.
Rachelle is going to UNH and also going to Blue Man Group . Woohoo!!!
BUHS- FBLA – Chapter Came in First Place – Josh came in 2nd place out of 34 students on Student speaking. Great Job!!!
Guests: Mike Root- Our speaker
  • Sadie- Community Service
    • Bowl for Kids Sake – April 7th – follow the link on FB
    • Overflow Shelter is – April 11th Wednesday – We Need more volunteers only have 1
    • May two grilling events
Kevin- 3 on 3 thoughts and best practices – today
           - looking to move the event to fall
           - Raised $8,000 for Tournament- Great Job!!
           Under the Sea prom March 31st
           Open House April 19th
           Legions 100 year bday 2020
           May 2nd Blood Drive at Breakfast
           May 12th Grilling for Camp for a Common Cause
           May 13th Touch a Truck
           Debra broke her leg and will be out for the next couple months
           She is on the mend up at grace cottage but will be on crutches for a       long time.
           If you would like to help Debra and her family out please see this link:
 You Lose Loosers 3 of clubs
Bowl of life
Who was born under Russian occupation?
Katja- born North of Berlin , everything was very organized, food was inexpensive and wellness of the people was very important. Everyone was taken care of . You would have to wait about 16 years for a new car. When the wall came down in 1989 you couldn’t believe it.  When we went the first time over they gave us welcome money. We were aloud to go to Cuba. Happy the wall came down otherwise I wouldn’t be here.
Damon- friends got married, living large – Aiden turned 17 yesterday
Sandy Shriver-  College Basketball Bracket – You all have lost except for Dan
Michael – WRCC- FBLA – We had 19 students compete last week they represented their school and class very well. Great accomplishment . They brought a huge trophy back . Congratulations to our students.
Michelle- Daughter just came back from San Francisco- Gamers Convention and came back with a Lawyers job- Congrats!!
Josh Unruh guest speaker is : Mike Root
Mike Root of Expert Exchange – Served 12 years in the military
Now calling the director Anthony in Cambodia to talk to us about the program EXPERT EXCHANGE
  • built wells
  • Returning Vetrans who find
  • We founded expert exchange back in 2014
  • Non-profit
  • We have been working Cambodia since then with Education and Medical
    • We have a doctor helping us do needs assessment
    • We have been training people with basic first aid
    • We have been doing follow up medical assessment for clinics
    • We are trying to build a program that can be run by the locals
    • Two months ago a veteran came over and brought educational supplies to schools – pens, backpacks, paper
    • We are also training with carpentry, medical and other skills
    • Questions
      • What’s the scale of this?
        • We are smaller focused
        • 1 or 2 Veterans with an expert
        • cautious of  our impact- not looking to exploit them so its not like a volunteer tourist trip
        • 10 veterans so far
      • How well do the Cambodians receive the veterans?
        • Extremely well
        • They are just gracious that people want to help
      • What’s your long term vision?
        • Develop as an option for veterans like a peace corp for veterans.
        • Looking to use Cambodia as a project template and then spread to other countries over time
      • Silent Meditation and retreat?
        • We need to be prepared for veterans when they land.
        • They are looking for a new chapter in their lives and this course could be an option for them.
        • This could be tremendously beneficial for them
      • What’s the personal journey documentation look like?
        • I want to respect their privacy so its now very limited
        • If they choose to share it then we will put up the narrative.
      • Where are you right now?
        • I am in Phnom Penh in a French style home-
        • Yesterday in a coastal community
        • Cambodia has a good surge of tourism so some areas are developed
        • 80% of Vietnam is Farm Land
      • Where do the veterans come from?
        • Its word of mouth
        • Or I will meet veterans that are over here
        • The veterans fund themselves
Newsletter March 28th, 2018- Also Reminder Next Weeks Meeting at Boys and Girls Club Josh Traeger 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter: March 14, 2018

Posted by Christine Takacs on Mar 14, 2018

Rotary Newsletter: March 14, 2018

President Michelle broke with tradition to offer St. Patricks Day Facts:  St. Patrick was actually British and his saintly color was blue not green. Traditionally in Ireland, you weren't supposed to drink on this religious holiday. But no matter, we have more Irish people in America anyway and we spent $5.3 Billion in Bars and Retail last St. Paddy's.
Quote:  "Luck is believing you're lucky.”  Tennessee Williams.  
Greeter:  Cindy Delgatto offered flex options: Hugs or shakes.
Upcoming Speakers:  Justine Shakespeare hosted by Will S.
Disclaimer about the verity of this record: Christine Takacs, Rotary virgin, shot up her hand, volunteering to scribe about a bunch of unfamiliar matters and unfamiliar names. Next two scribes are Tristan 3/21 and Josh 3/28
No guests today
Absent: Lots of people.  
Bowl of Life:  7th generation Vermonter, 11th Generation New Englander on both sides.
First try, someone guessed correct: Jeff Dunklee’s family has been in Vermont since 1770s. Mother’s side came to New England from original England, Father’s from Glasgow, Scotland in 1660.
Birthdays: None
Anniversaries: Tristan 12 years.
Student Rotarians: Natalya Forkin described new initiative Power Hour which will be enhanced study hour sessions.
Josh Nordheim will be attending Leadership Conference this Spring at the Lake Morey Resort. There will be testing, public speaking, presentations. Event is not free. Josh passed around an envelope for donations.

Tristan:  From his recent visit, Tristan presented the flag of Rotary Club in Colombia, an interesting and dynamic club, established in 1928. They just completed a great vision document and sponsor powerful community projects. They routinely pass around a wooden box to collect extra cash to put toward projects. Tristan learned more about the initiative to help kids from poverty, often lacking parents and role models, to develop healthy value systems and self esteem in order to make better life decisions. Tristan heard many testimonials from youth who'd benefitted from program.  

Sadie: Overflow Shelter was a success, thanks to all who helped. Next one is April 11, sign-up will be posted soon.
Community service hours: reminder to keep track on sheet, not services performed during meeting-times, but outside. Members have posted 561 hours so far! 

Kevin + Toni

  • 3 on 3 this weekend, March 17.  All set for official volunteers, but feel free to jump in to help wherever help is needed; ex, ball-chasing during shooting contest at noon. 
  • Please wear rotary T-shirt if you are attending. If you do not have one, get an event shirt. 
  • Hoping to get enough registrations by tomorrow’s deadline to run an actual tournament. 
  • Big thanks to new sponsors who stepped up and old ones who increased support. 
  • Great job to Kevin, Dan, Sandy and Jon for last-minute fund-raising lifting total to $10,000+!

Toni:  Will send out email to get sizes for members who do not have rotary Ts.

Marcy:  Attended President Elect Training Seminar, with 500 people from all over. Was inspired and energized by speakers and breakout sessions. Bill Stevens will be stepping down from Assistant Governor position. Sherriff Keith Clark will step up and will be attending one of our meetings. Someone shouted out a hurrah for impending law and order.
Also, District Assembly will be April 7, 2018 in Hopkinton. A good event for secretary, treasurer, committee-type people to learn about Rotary inner workings.

Ali: Trivia night was a classy event. Winston Prouty was a nice venue. Restaurant Hazel kindly provided drink service at fair price. Erin piped in that she is hooked on Trivia now.

Josh: Reformer is hosting a World War II History presentation at the Latchis this Thursday the 15th.

At which point Prez Pong interjected a Rotary Minute:  The difference between a brag and an announcement: Announcement = Club-related news, matters. Brag = Non-rotary appeals, events, congrats, etc. 

Cards: 7 of Hearts. Great riches were bestowed on winner Empress Pong.  


Tristan: Appreciated living here and waking to see a doe outside his window.

Jacques: For her Son Dylan whose Keene High team won the NH Division II State Championships in Ice Hockey.

Mona: For Mark who delivered emergency Cota&Cota heating oil to the house of a man who was hospitalized after truck was hit in a car accident. The guy’s usual oil company couldn’t make it.


Kris Johnston shared his experience with the Mankind Project and a rite of passage in the New Warrior Training Adventure. The Mankind project is a Global Men’s Community for the 21st Century; a network of peer-facilitated groups for personal development, with offshoots like leadership trainings. The project encourages Integrity, Authenticity and Service; encourages men to take responsibility for the pain that men and male culture have inflicted, and empowers men to make a difference in the lives of others.  

Kris found it to be a pivotal experience where he developed his personal mission to help people’s lives be better, whether through volunteer work, Rotary or other organizations. He still attends annual gatherings and serves in training events. One of his favorite aspects is the constituencies, which include Elders who are revered and sought for their wisdom and experience.

Erin’s husband also joined the Mankind Project and found it a life-changing experience.

Kris could not share details about the secretive warrior training adventure, but there may have been boulders and fires involved. Not too many fart jokes though.

Four Way Test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

~Your pinch-hitter scribe: Christine

Newsletter: March 14, 2018 Christine Takacs 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter March 7, 2018

Posted by Sandy Shriver on Mar 11, 2018

Rotary Newsletter: March 7, 2018


President Michele opened with “this day in history”:  


My favorite:  2011 Charlie Sheen is fired from “Two and a Half Men.”  


Quote:  Always do sober what you said you would do drunk.  That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  Ernest Hemingway.  


Rotary Minute:  About Rotary Peace Centers and Peace Fellowships.  Partnerships with Universities. In one decade have trained 1,000 fellows for careers in peacekeeping.  


Next week’s greeter:  Cindy Delgatto 


Speakers coming up:  Check the website.  KJ is speaker next week.  


New member induction:  Christine Takacs.  Welcome Christine.  


Next two scribes are Valerie and Tristan so that is probably going to have to be re-worked.  More info to follow on that.  Check the website.  


Guests:  Evelyn, Shoshanna and Eva --- the children at the bar.  


Absent: Lots of people.  


Student Rotarian:  Danny and Rachel from Hinsdale.  Hinsdale Girls Basketball won the State championship.  Waaaaa Hooooo.  Very cool.  Rachel is deciding between UMass and UNH.  Danny is working on Project Graduation- An alcohol and drug free celebration.  He is selling calendars.  


Bowl of Life: 



Beat the entire freshman recruiting class in a game of knock out as a 7th grader…. Diane, Mike, John, Aaorn, Sadie, Katja (basketball in Germany?), Damon (basketball in Canada?), Josh Unruh:   Correct.  He grew up in Indiana and went to a Tim Knight basketball camp.    





Damon:  Sandy Ladd hopes to come back soon.  


Kevin:  3 on 3 next weekend (March 17).  Need volunteers.  


Mona:  Running concessions at 3 on 3.  Looking for fruit donations.  


Debra:  The VSAC catalogue is listing our scholarship.  


Ali:  Still working on Rotary Romp.  More details to follow.  





9 of Diamonds.  Jim Verzino won.  






Cindy:  Son got into North Adams Community College.  


Damon:  Had fun on his trip to Maui.  Did an Escape room.  It was fun.  There is one in Easthampton.  We should do a road trip (editorial comment).  


Josh Traeger:  Got stuck in NYC.  Debra helped him escape the city.  


Jon Secrest;  Went to Lithuania and Iceland.  


Katya:  Enjoyed watching the German team beat the Canadian team in ice hockey.


Christine:  For her daughter Isabella who is on the Nordic SkiTeam in the U16 division.  Representing Vt. in the NE Regional Championships.  


Michele:  Bragged for her daughter who raised $19,000 for public interest law society.  And bragged for town employees everywhere in Vt. Who made it through Town Meeting week.    


Michael:  Who bragged for his fellow Springfielder Marcy who helped him retrieve his truck from the shop.  





After a fierce wrestling match of words, Jon Secrest prevailed over Tristan Toleno and was our speaker.  


Jon talked about his Estate planning practice.  The only thing I remember him saying was Sandy Shriver and Jim Maxwell were great real estate attorneys.  


No actually, he was full of all sorts of other wisdom including: definitely get a Durable Power of Attorney for someone to control your finances if you are in a coma, makes sure everyone in your family knows your termination of life desires by doing an Advanced Directive (also known as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care).  You can’t rely on your Mother’s off the comment:  “Johnny, if I get really bad, just close the door and put a pillow over my head.”    If you have dependents, consider a life insurance policy if you are the primary money maker.  Make sure the beneficiaries on your investment accounts/ pensions are listed properly….. Especially if you are working on marriage two… or three… or four.  


Consider life estates for your real property to avoid Probate.  And there was lots more.  Everyone should call Jon and talk to him about your individual Estate needs.  




Your scribe:  Sandy S.


Newsletter March 7, 2018 Sandy Shriver 2018-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

February 28, 2018 Newsletter

Posted by William Shakespeare on Feb 28, 2018
This day in History:         
1983: Final TV episode of MASH airs (CBS) record 125 million viewers.
1991: Gulf war ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait.
1993: Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI raid.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction – Ronald Reagan.
Rotary Minute: 
Visiting other clubs: As a member of Rotary, you are invited to visit other clubs each time you travel, almost anywhere in the world. Remember to grab a banner from KJ  to take with you and “exchange” with the club you are visiting. 
Greeter:   Will 
Speaker:   There was no speaker for today. March 7, Deb will host Chloe Learey from the Winston Prouty Center who will be talking on Economic Development and Early Childhood.
Guests:  Bahati, a student at SIT and originally from the Congo was a guest of Sadie’s.  Bahati has an eight year old daughter and an new baby son. We hope Bahati will come back and be a regular visitor to our club while he is here in Brattleboro.
Jennifer Mayhew, from BAYADA, joined us today as she will be inducted as our latest member to join.
Junior Rotarian Update:  Our Jr Rotarian and familiar face Josh Hashagan updated us on what is happening at BUHS. They are conducting their 2nd annual blood drive. Last year they got 80 pints of blood and tis year they have over 125 people signed up to give blood so they should beat last years number.  He is also going to a National Leadership Conference at Lake Morey. Seems there will be lots of testing involved so we wish Josh the best on his tests.
New Member Induction: empress Michell conducted an induction ceremony welcoming Jennifer Mayhew to the club. Secretary KJ presented the official Rotary Pin.  Welcome Jen.
A side Note: Our president left her script and told a  brief story of how her husband, recognizing the name of a college student who was applying for an internship at C&S as a young and esteemed Rotarian, let Michelle know that he was very impressed with her interview/presentation on the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club and they offered our very Bethany Martin the position. Congratulations to Bethany!
CARDS:  8 of Hearts.  The winner is…………. Turner! (this was his first time winning)
Bowl of Life: This will be a long and circuitous line of guesses starting with Erin > Ross > Will > Jim > Tristam > Caleb > Katry >  KJ > Michael > Toni > Stacie > Sadie > Turner > Sandy > Josh G > Mark > Ali > Josh U > Marci > Kevin > and finally ending with Kevin 
February 28, 2018 Newsletter William Shakespeare 2018-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Valentines Day Newsletter

Posted on Feb 14, 2018
Happy Valentines Day!
Damon introduced Shoshana and Ayla. Kevin introduced Jennifer Mayhew from Biatta home health who is visiting and considering membership. Project feed the thousands speakers
To be listed
We are giving them a donation check and will get an update on the project
Natalia student rotarian report. Josh is in Colorado – Man of LaMancha is in full rehearsals, performances begin tomorrow. Break is next week.
Stacey and Dan got serenaded by the magnificent birthday quartet.
Cards – in the deck. You lose LOSERS.
Kevin introduces the guests – Feed the Thousands speakers, Jeff Morse from River Valley Credit union and Kelly Corbeil  from WTSA.
Jeff Morse:
Groundworks Collaborative feeds 7000 individuals each year, huge considering the size of the area.
53% of school age kids get free or reduced meals at school.
Originally the majority got donated by CNS wholesale.
WTSA does the marketing muscle. Schools spread worth of mouth too. Local businesses providing help abounding. They can buy food at 15 cents on the dollar. Groundworks collaborative get the most of it. Kevin has been a steadfast and energetic driving force on the volunteering despite being from a different station… Impressive.
Majority of donations are under $50. But they also want volunteers to come help.
Kevin presented them with a check for $1000 on Behalf of Groundworks Sunrise Rotary. Woo Hoo!
Bowl of Life –
Played the lead in Annie Oakley – our own KEVIN YAGER, who blanked on his lines before stage and then he recovered and the show went on.
He won’t share the photos.
Ali - asked who would be willing to check the 3 on 3 mailbox. We got lots of volunteers and Cindy won the job.
Tristam – new president of SIT is going to speak tomorrow night.
Jim Maxwell – not going to Honduras with Ali and Tristam but he  supports them and also that the BMC is interested in hosting local groups for meetings, planting that notion that we might meet there. The noon club is already scheduled.
Marcy – announces our new vice president elect – Cindy Delgatto. Think not what your club can do for you but what you can do for your club.
Jimmy V – we contributed the most
Toni – we have 5 student rotarians, Natalya is here today. Take a few minutes to say hello and sign the sheet so you don't get fined.
Kevin – 3 on 3 basketball is 5 weeks away, lots of leg work happening. Kevin suggests we send out letters to get more donations, make assumptions that people want to give, this is the money that goes to scholarships. March 17th is the day.
Damon – iphone update for clubrunner allows you to text, download it
Dan – Is there willingness to do a blood drive on May 1st? Yes. Yay.
Tristam – bragging for Honduras trip next week and for Stacey
Jacques – went skiing for first time in 20 years, pitching holiday lights in chesterfield, they made tons, maybe do that at the austine school, was a huge success in chesterfield
Ali – bragging for going to Honduras. We hope she comes back. Lisa planned it all. And she loves Kelly’s shoes.
KJ – bragging for technology, got awoken by emergency services from his family
Damen – bragging for his trip to Maui next week.
Dan - bragging for crashing his snowmobile into his brother.
4 Way Test  
Have a wonderful week!
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February 7, 2018 Newsletter 

Posted by Jason Posternak on Feb 07, 2018
Debra Cox thank you for all the hugs this week and next week…oops missed that this morning, guess it will be a surprise.
Kevin Quigley- Guest Speaker
Rennie Washburn 
Christine Takacs
Kevin O’Keefe
Snow Day….no kids this morning!
Is Sunrise Rotary a 501c3?  Yes and No!! The club itself is not a 501c3 but several years ago, thanks to the work of Sandy and Jon we established the Brattleboro Sunrise Foundation which is a 501c3.
Succession Planning – Marcy announced that KJ and Lisa agreed to stay on Secretary and Treasurer for next. Jim Verzino will be our President Elect and she is currently hoping to get someone to volunteer for VP position.
Trivia- is February 12th at the Legion. Boys & Girls Club is the charity this month. We just found out this morning that the Legion is having renovations done on March 12th so we have no home for Trivia that month…lots of good suggestions made and Sandy will be looking into it. 
Past District Governor - Dennis McMann’s wife Donna is in the hospital. Please keep them in our thoughts.
Over Flow Shelter Dinner – is tonight and everything looks to be all set….even with the snowstorm.
Touch a Truck & Camp for a Common Cause – there will be some overlap this year as Camp for a Common Cause is Friday night and Touch a Truck will be the next day on Saturday. Looking to see what kind of support  we will get from club members as we will need a lot of help to cover both events. 
Coffee Shop – is not open today…the LACK of purchases has temporarily closed the shop but if you are looking for coffee please let Tristam know and he will bring it to the meeting.  If you are wondering the coffee sales supports a scholarship for a high school student in the mountain regions of Honduras that would otherwise not be able to attend…SO PLEASE BUY COFFEE!! It makes a great gift.
CARDS:  2 of clubs…KJ is the winner!!!
BIRTHDAYS: It’s Stacy’s birthday but she missed being serenaded this morning so if see her miss a very happy birthday!!
Damon: Bragged for the Keene Indoor Track Team and Aiden. Sunday was the end of their season with an event at Dartmouth College were Keene came in 7th overall and Aiden had a great day with his events. Happy to have a break before the outdoor season starts in March. 
Turner: Bragged for his 3-week vacation Africa. He and Kay went on 2 separate safaris in which he did not try to play vet to any of the animals he came across.
Cindy: Bragged for her husband who has been a crane operator for 30 years and was contacted last week by the union to act as the Business Agent for VT and NH in which he will handle all contracts for both states.
Kevin Quigley (guest speaker): Bragged for 2 Marlboro College students who will be competing in the Harris Hill Ski Jump this year.
Ali: Bragged for Marlboro College as they are the reason she moved to Brattleboro. She had a friend from college who got jog at Marlboro and talked her into moving to Vermont. 
Jon: Is off to Lithuania and won’t be missing “our ugly mugs” (his words not mine) for a couple of weeks. Lithuania will be celebrating their 100th anniversary of their independence from Russia. On their way back to the states they will have a 5 day stop in Iceland because where else should you go in the winter when you haven’t had enough snow.
Will: Bragged for his daughter Justine who lives and works in NYC…she doesn’t make a lot with her job but the benefits are great. She will be spending 5 days in London for a conference. She was recently in Thailand doing research on labor standards and will be at Rotary on March 14th to tell us all about her work.
Tristam: In response to Jon’s ugly mug comment Tristam said his facial affliction was caused by the lack coffee sales and it may not improve until sales do.
Josh T: Possibly the cheesiest brag per Josh but getting to know his fellow Rotarians as people and appreciating their inner beauty is a great joy and wanted to let everyone know about Jon’s inner beauty and his penchant for happy socks. That sparked quite the conversation and many individuals showing off their socks this morning.
Cyber Stalked: Book Bit 108
Nick: Bragged for big family vacation outside of Orlando. Had 9 kids under 9….like on big house party. Also bragged for Valentine’s Day next week and he decided to up his game this year by surprising his wife a ski day at Mt. Snow.
This Rotarian played Walter Mondale in high school in 1984in a mock Presidential Debate.
Started the guessing with Diane who guessed Damon (right time frame, wrong country) who guessed Jon Secrest who guessed Jim Verzino who guessed Mark (surprisingly enough Mark did actually do that but not 1984 and it was middle school…what are the odds??) and finally Sandy Shriver who claimed that Walter Mondale who won 1 out 50 states actually did better than he did in the debate.
Kevin F. F. Quigley, President of Marlboro College
The ninth president of Marlboro College, began serving in July 2015. Before coming to Marlboro, he served as Peace Corps country director in Thailand, and as president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, a global alumni organization for the more than 200,000 former Peace Corps staff and volunteers.
He started off his presentation by apologizing to the club because he went to the Noon Club to speak and thought that they were the go to club.....OUCH!!!
Marlboro College is a small, close-knit learning community that provides the rare opportunity for independent thinkers to direct their own studies, working collegially with world-class professors. The goal of Marlboro College is to teach students to think clearly and to learn independently through engagement in a structured program of liberal studies The college promotes independence by requiring students to participate in the planning of their own programs of study and to act responsibly within a self-governing community.
Like most liberal arts colleges in US they are facing the challenges of falling enrollment. They have started addressing this through their partnership with Marlboro Music. They have been on the campus for 67 years and are shifting landlord /tenant relationship to a full fledge partnership. Starting with the construction of 2 new buildings on campus to house them. This $10,000,000 project is a major investment in the college.
They are also collaborating with other area colleges in Southern Vermont so that the 4 small colleges can share services to be more efficient. They have been in contact with Putney Student Travel to have them use their campus. They would like to have the group leaders spend a few weeks at the college to build their leadership skills. Conversations have been started to also provide academic credit to the Putney Student Travel group.
They are gaining momentum and focusing on the college…...”all this about our students”. They are very passionate about what they do and it is evident in the way they talk about the students currently enrolled at Marlboro College. 
As an aside he did mention the Annual Wendell-Judd Cup – a Ski and snowshoe event
These beautiful trails are suitable for all skiers, from novice to veterans, and snowshoes are also encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Adam Katrick at 258-9253 or Rain Date: Sunday, March 4th.
February 7, 2018 Newsletter Jason Posternak 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting minutes January 24 2018

Posted by Jim Maxwell on Jan 26, 2018
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting January 24, 2018
  1. Ed was greeter
  2. Guests today: 
    1. Tom Mosakowski, who heard about us at the Stone Soup Social, and is especially interested in our stove project in Honduras
    2. Christine Takacs, a friend of Sandy’s who works in marketing
    3. Vale, a visiting student from Costa Rica, guest of student Rotarian Natalya
  3. Rotary minute:  Paul Harris founded Rotary on February 23, 1905, for professionals to exchange ideas and give back to the community.  Rotary because they would rotate offices in the group.  Unfortunately, only men until 1987.  Until then the wives were known as “Rotary Anns”
  4. Birthdays: Cindy, Tristam, Drew, Jim M.  A hearty, clear-throated, soaring rendition of that great old song . . .by the usual chorus
  5. Student Rotarians Josh & Natalya.  Report that the new semester starts today.  Eleven students and teacher visiting from Costa Rica, of whom Vale is one.  The visitors have been introduced to snowballs and ice skates thus far
  6. Card was not drawn
  7. From the Bowl of Life we learn that Mona went to Montana with her grandfather at a very young age (she, not the granddad) and for some unknown reason a 2-week planned stay turned into 2 months due to lack of transport home or something like that but Mona enjoyed it so what the heck
  8. Announcements
    1. The nutrition project at Moore Court and Wedgewood turned out very well with a total of 180 meals served and help from volunteer kids
    2. Katya and Tristam went out to South Dakota to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to learn more about the quilting initiative we are participating in.  The project is developing into something much larger for helping create a sustainable economy for the reservation
    3. The Tristam coffee shop was opened for business
  9.  Community service opportunities upcoming:  Overflow Shelter on February 7; volunteers for the Harris Hill Ski Jump February 16-18; Trivia February 12
  10. Community service past:  Our club helped out with the Hungry Lions project in the Deerfield Valley area, delivering holiday groceries to families
  11. Erin reported on a great group gathering in support of the Flat Street Revival and to exchange ideas for development, renewal, growth there
  12. Collection to help the Green Street 3rd Graders attend puppet show
  13. Brags:
    1. Jon Secrest daughter Alina participated reluctantly but brilliantly in high school Nordic ski, placing 1st in JV category
    2. Jeff spoke on the rite of passage for his daughter, being the purchase and sole ownership of a stand-alone, just-mine cell phone, with all the terrible rights and responsibilities that go along with that awesome power
    3. Deborah’s daughter Ava will be Robin Hoods ##4 and 5 in the upcoming NEYT production
    4. Jeff and Josh U. both have daughters in AAU basketball.  Josh’s daughter’s team, Vernon, beat Hinsdale 22-2, an impressively decisive victory.
    5. Tristam’s daughter in Americorps in Arizona, moving force behind projects and presentations for MLK day
    6. Kevin’s daughter starts Monday as staff RN at the UVM pain clinic
    7. No news of anyone’s sons.
  14. Speakers Kevin and Toni with preview of this year’s 3-on-3, March 17
    1. Sponsors
    2. Teams
    3. Full club participation
    4. Volunteers already: Josh T. to stuff and mail; Lisa for labels; Jim print letters; Cindy will help with concessions
Adjourn 8:40 am
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January 10, 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jan 11, 2018
Sunrise Rotary Club
January 10th , 2018
Meeting at American Legion
Our dear President Michelle called the meeting to order lest we become an unruly Animal House
This Day in History:
1776 “Common Sense” pamphlet was published by Thomas Paine advocating American Independence
1861 Florida secedes from the Union
1951 UN Headquarter opens in Manhattan, NY
Quote for the Day:
Find what you love and let it kill you  ~ Charles Bukowski
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why ~ Mark Twain
Scribe Duties:
She surprised the scribe of the day in the midst of his drinking coffee so he left to get a note pad. Herewith are the notes/minutes of the day
Guest Speakers:
Turner is up on January 10th but replaced by Katia Matthew who presented Keller Allen
Lisa Fitzgerald who was serenaded with harmony!
Ex- Former Student Rotarian
Bethany was invited to tell us about her life, an unexpected invitation to speak
Toni won $10,000,000 with the 4 of clubs and was escorted out by her bodyguard the Sargent-at-Arms
Bowl of Life:
Lived in Steamboat Springs, CO, for 2 years after completing undergraduate degree. Mike admitted to this and hours of joy cruising Rocky Mountain slopes.
Rotary International Notes:
The leadership institute for District 7870 is scheduled for March 3rd at the Concord Community College, Concord, NH. It will be held in the Nursing Building adjacent to McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Register at Topics include Leadership Development, Rotary Knowledge, Project Leads, Team Building, etc.
Stone Soup Social
Sign ups included Katia Matthew, Josh Goldberg, Drew Hazelton, & Mona Williams. The sign up sheet was left in the room.
Please buy the coffee and Danny’s thank you notes were read
Ali will be joining the February trip to San Pedro Sula and the Merendon mountain range where Danny lives
Luncheon at Turning Point a Flat Street revitalization committee took place Wednesday at 1PM. She is excited about building a pergola in the spring.
The new member project should be available to all so the email list will be provided in Club Runner
Ali for Lisa who arranged travel for all 4 to Honduras, for Ali’s daughter who is visiting the Grand Canyon, and for the chance to meet Maria Leonard who influenced her daughter
John Secrest for having married someone smarter than he is
Cindy for having chosen SUNY NY and stayed away from party schools
Josh for Saturday event on Flat Street, Twinkle Town, 2-9
Jim going to Cuba Feb 15th
Turner for also having married someone smarter than he is and for being away in South Africa & Tanzania
Jeff for Monday Night Trivia and having created Bar Baby team
The Speaker introduced by Katia
Keller Allen, an Anticoh grad, has been committed to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Lakota Sioux for 7 years. Feels very emotionally connected to their cause and described the genocide practiced by our political, military, and capitalist leaders since the mid 1800’s. The lemma was “Kill the Indian save the man” so kids were sent off to boarding schools where their Indian identity was stripped away, hair cut, clothing burnt, language forcibly prohibited, in fact they were punished severely if they spoke their native tongue. Life on the Rez is extremely difficult; poverty is 97%, unemployment 85%, heart disease is 2X the national average, juvenile suicide is 2X the national average, families have little money for gas to get to full grocery stores so depend on the junk at convenience stores.
He asks of them “what can we do to help, to improve your lives” and hears, always ask, never forget, keep coming back.
He & his wife travel and live there each year and now are creating a retreat resource center. They have purchased a saw mill, harvest and process their own lumber and now build the structures they need. They have 1 acre of land dedicated to food and hope to expand that to 2 acres and then a mobile farm market that can provide better quality locally grown foods that ought to improve diet and health.
They have 3 main objectives:
Expand the farming and create the mobile food market, create a buffalo herd, & create jobs. The herd will be “managed”, or rather each cow will be owned and the calves can be sold to support the owner’s needs, like Heifer International.
He believes that the needs of the indigenous, especially the Lakota, should be must be his generations cause celebre. This way of life is disappearing, reduced eliminated by successive decisions by governments and as there is a threatened species list there should also be a threatened populations list. Keller is passionately committed to these people which we all saw in his very emotional message. He is looking for partnerships whose synergy can make a greater difference than the work he and his wife make.
He ended by saying they would love to buy a tractor to help till the ground they are farming.
Your partially attentive, almost prepared scribe……. tristam 
January 10, 2018 Newsletter Tristam Johnson 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes - 1/3/2018

Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary
Wed Jan 3, 2018
7:21 Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Greeter this week was Turner, thank you! Next week – Josh Goldberg
Scribe this week: Drew Hazelton (Ellen Walsh by proxy), next week Tristam
1749 Benning Wentworth issues first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont
1890 1st US college-level dairy school opens at the University of Wisconsin
1987 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin
If I had asked what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses”. – Henry Ford
Guests: Jesse Kreitzer – guest speaker/filmmaker hosted by Jim M., Ellen Walsh – Rescue Inc
Dues: they are due on July 1.  It can be an option to be billed quarterly for breakfast, cost is $130/quarter
Birthdays: Happy Birthday KJ and Jason!
Anniversary: Dan Deitz – 12 years with Rotary!

Jr Rotarian: Natalya was in attendance (BUHS). She reported they are back from holiday break and coming into finals week. She is hosting an exchange student from Costa Rica and may have her at the next meeting! She also mentioned that Project Feed the Thousands was successful and she believed the Junior class won.
Michelle: Board meeting tomorrow morning.  
Sadie: Overflow Dinner – Next Tuesday (Jan 9), need people to sign up. Dinner is at Winston Prouty Campus shelter. Sign up to at least bring food (soup or stew requested) or to serve also. Sign up with Sadie
Sandy: Not doing Brattleboro hockey grilling this weekend
Sandy: Monday January 8 is Trivia night at the Legion. Battle of the Boards – spread the word for board teams of 4-6. Winner organization takes prize  
Tristam: coffee is available - $12/bag – go to kids of San Pedro Sula of Honduras. Tristam and co will be traveling to the area Feb 16-19 and will identify the next kid that will receive support as Danny has graduate. School nutrition project – holidays meals/ breaks when school is closed. Supplied food to Moore court and Ledgewood heights (had 30 kids/day). Commonwealth dairy donated yogurt. Very successful in number of kids served
Cards: Josh Traeger won the $10 prize
Bowl of Life:  “At the age of 16 attended a two week artificial insemination certification course”  Jeff, who has a dairy farm, learned this process that is used with cattle – Jeff Dunklee
Damon: Josh Goldberg had given him a 115,000 Btu kerosene heater which this year has saved his NYE party in the barn as well as defrosted a tractor. Thank you Josh
Jim: Thank you to Cota & Cota for getting heat up and running
Turner: hosted 30 people over the holidays, they left yesterday
Michelle: pulled together dinner for 15 in 20 minutes
Guest Speaker: Jesse Lockwood Kreitzer:
Local filmmaker from Marlborough, VT. Currently working on a documentary centered around elder care in rural Vermont titled Caregivers.  Partnered with VT symphony orchestra, the film will feature live accompaniments and focuses on the grassroots neighbor taking care of neighbor culture of Vermont. Jesse wrote and produced a drama called Black Canaries in 2016 that was loosely based on his family’s coal mining history in Iowa.  For more information visit:
Meeting ends at 8:31 am
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Newsletter 12-27-2017

Call to order
Pledge of allegiance
Greeter: thank you Ali; next week - Turner 
Rotary minute:  President Pong on “streaking”. This has nothing to do with one’s state of undress, rather it is a fine for leaving the meeting early, before the speaker starts. Remember to introduce yourself to the speaker beforehand and apologize for missing their presentation.
Scribe: this week Diane; next week – Drew
Guest introductions: Eric Albright – speaker (more to come); Kevin – Erin’s Husband; Kevin & Larry – visiting Rotarians from CT
Junior Rotarians: none in attendance due to holiday week. 
Birthday Singers: Happy Birthday to Jim V & Josh G.
Rotary Anniversary: Jon with 14 years in Rotary. Congrats!
Induction: Newest member - Josh Unruh – Welcome Aboard!
Sadie - Community Service sign-up to track rotary service hours. Overflow dinner 12/18 was a success; next one is 1/9 – sign-up is coming.
Erin – New Sunrise Rotary member’s “Flat Street Revival” group hosting lunch meeting 1/10 to generate ideas with local Flat Street community/businesses.
Cards: Staci was our winner! 
Bowl of life: This person met “The Bachelor” in person. <hint: it is a male member in attendance> The group went through every man in the room until we finally landed on Josh Unruh -  who had become a member just moments before! The story is: Josh had recognized and finagled a meeting with Arie Luyendyk Jr when his filming team was in New England for the taping of the new season of The Bachelor

Damon: His family spent Christmas and Boxing Day skiing – great snow; great day!
Toni: She got to have both kids home for the Holidays.
Kevin: Brought his father-in-law up for the holidays (first Christmas since his mother-in-law passed away); good to have him up here with the family.
Erin: We all had a wonderful time at the Secrest’s Holiday party last week. Thanks so much Jon and Kerry! The 2-week circus program at BAMS/BUHS/special needs kids went well.
Jason: Thanks to Ed, Jason can watch TV! Ed climbed up onto Jason’s roof in the snow to clean off his satellite dish.
Dan: Gave his daughter Natalie the most thoughtful Christmas present ever! She collects signed original books and Dan commissioned a quilt depicting those books as they appear on her bookshelf.
Sadie: Praising Dan for his awesomely thoughtful gift – and his assistance with her tires.
Jon: Proposed a fine for Dan for making the rest of us look like slackers!

Guest speaker:  Det. Sgt. Eric Albright gave us a report on the Vermont State Police. Eric has been with the VSP for 24 years. He was raised (and still lives) in the greater Brattleboro area; he graduated from BUHS in 1988.
VSP was founded back in 1947. Statewide, there are currently 332 troopers and 58 dispatchers. VSP covers 200 towns, 90% of VT (geographically), and 50% of the VT population. There are 3 divisions: Field (“uniforms”), BCI - Bureau of Criminal Investigators (detectives), and support (operations). In 2016, the new VSP barracks opened in Westminster which covers Southeastern VT (Windham, Windsor & some Bennington counties).  From these barracks, they patrol I-91 from the MA border to Exit 9 and they back-up local police as needed.
VSP is in a personnel crisis. More than 1/3 of the current staff will be leaving in the next few years (retirement, moving, pursuing other opportunities, etc.) and there are already 21 vacancies statewide. Quality people are needed and VSP is actively hiring.
VSP has been involved in community outreach and has a community advisory board. Any interested parties are welcome to visit the new barracks and even go on a ride-along with one of the troopers.

The Four-Way Test
 Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Rotary Newsletter November 22, 2017


Call to order

Pledge of allegiance

Thank greeter - next week - Turner 

Rotary minute:  Jon Secrest History of Club Meeting locations

  • Sunflower Café West Bratt
  • Quality Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Riverview Café (Old Whetstone)
  • Country Club
  • Retreat
  • Ramuntos
  • VFW/American Legion

    This day in history 1963-jfk assassinated

    Quote - gratitude unlocks the fullness in life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. - Melody Beattie

    Guest introductions
  • Josh Unruh
  • Caroline Wannak
  • Kevin - Erin Husband

Junior Rotarians - not in attendance due to holiday week. 

Announcements - tomorrow board meeting. 
KJ - Project Feed the Thousands all spots are filled for pickup through December.  See Kevin for dates and location pickups are Price Chopper/Dottie's/Coop

Tristam - Insight Photography Studio job opportunity seeking Executive Director

Ali - Holiday Party Jon Secrest house on December 20th.

Jason/Toni - Dinner Raffle Tickets; SELL SELL SELL!

Sadie - Community Service Sheet passed around to track rotary service hours

Mark - 1000 reasons to be thankful Chester Rotary Club and Polar Express Fund Raisers



Bowl of life - "Saw Yankees Playoff Game in Box Seats at new Yankee Stadium"  Ali - Sandy - Sadie


Damon - Torren raced in RI and finished 31st just missed qualifying for nationals

Erin $5 brag Tiny house project now has institutional partner in Yestermoro School - Taking over all Admin, Website duties etc.  Targeting June 23rd as event date.

Sadie - Evie has been chosen as Shofar blower for the interfaith thanksgiving ceremony (Rams Horn call to worship)

Josh - Disc Golf Course cleanup

Jon - Cheers to all immigrants on Thanksgiving

Toni - Brett is coming home for Thanksgiving last time kids will be together for holidays for awhile.

Marcy - Halloween Cats now have total of four.

Tristam - four boxes of cloth went to South Dakota and now have point person delegating materials.

Kevin - Recently returned from Mumbai with Our Children project that provides holiday camp circus and poetry.  Then spent an additional week in Ledok Cahmir for social circus work.

Guest speaker.  Club Assemblée

Club Social - Ali

Fundraising Chair - Toni and Jason

Foundation Chair - Jim V. (Raise $$ for international causes)

Vocational Chair - Toni - Supporting our Student Rotarians

Community Service Chair - Sadie

Membership Chair - Josh

International Chair - Tristam

Donation Chair - Turner

Scholarship Committee - Toni

3 on 3 - Kevin and Toni

4 way test of the things we say and do

1 - is it the truth
2 - is it fair to all comcerned
3 a will it build goodwill and better friendships
4 - will it be beneficial to all concerned.

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Newsletter - November 15th, 2017

Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary meeting -  Wednesday November 15, 2017
Our esteemed President Pong called the meeting to order
Pledge of Allegiance -
Thank you to our greeter KJ!
Michelle will be switching up the meeting a bit and starting with the Rotary minutes.  For new members this will be a time to share interesting rotary facts.  There are rotary clubs all around the world and members can visit any of these clubs.  It is a great time to brag about your club and exchange banners while doing so.  See KJ if you will be traveling and would like to bring a banner to a new club.  On a side note, you can make up attendance time even though there are no attendance requirements for our club.
This day in history:
1777 - Articles of confederation were adopted.
1914 - Federal reserve bank opens
1920 - 41 nations start 1st League of Nations session
Quote - he is a wise man who invented beer. Pluto
There is no confirmed scribe or guest for next week, so we will have a club assembly.
Welcome New Member Mona Williams from Cota & Cota today into Sunrise Rotary today. 
Guests – Josh Unruh, Brattleboro Reformer and Jennifer Wallace, Director of Home Care BAYADA
Student Rotarians – Josh and Megyn (BUHS/WRCC) talked about FBLA meetings and a new fundraiser. Megyn was accepted into Franklin Pierce College.  Congratulations!!
Announcements - Tomorrow board meeting.   Toni – 3 meetings before the raffle – who needs help?  Kevin discussed this years Feed the Thousands program and the locations will be Dottie’s, Price Chopper and the Food Coop.  Bring plastic bags and mark locations on the bag.  If you sign up and can’t do your day you will be responsible for getting someone to help.  Mark from Cota said his guys can help if needed.  KJ – this Saturday is a Disc Golf work day from 9am -noon and 12:30 – 3:00 to make the course an 18-hole course.  Pizza for the morning crews.   Jon is looking for ideas for the rotary minute.  No results yet from the visioning session but Michelle will check in with Jim V.
Cards– no winner – we are all losers once again but in my eyes, everyone is a winner!
Bowl of life - “Since not allowed to have any pets as a child I brought a frog to a pet contest” After many unsuccessful guesses it was finally guessed to be Jacques who shared how she won the smallest pet award with her adorable and tiny tree frog.    
  • Cindy - The GPI construction workers who were her hero’s after a car accident.
  • Evelyn –Classmates doing a spelling bee and if they continue to do well will be going to states.  Last year took 2nd and this year hoping for 1st place.
  • KJ – 3 brags – one for Jim Maxwell for helping at Trivia Night, one for visiting with his daughter in Florida and one for the class he took in the White Mountains for 8 days on Wilderness First Responder training.
  • Damon – Aiden for the NE Championship in Belfast Maine he was 1st in his group and came in with a time of 16:47. Torrin came in 18th in a field of 200 at the Jr. Olympics and 1st in all those who were born in 2004.  Will be going to nationals.
  • Tristam – for our Sergeant of Arms Ed who was calm and collected during the temporary disappearance of the fine container.  Also for the VA hospital that provides excellence in care with wonderful staff.
  • Jon – for turning 50 - congratulations on joining the 50 club.  Visited with Dr. McLarney and was given the not so wonderful news that he has arthritis in his knees and will need to ice them forever.  He now has a new-found sympathy for the noon club.  He is also very excited to be beginning the rebuild of his sauna.
  • Kevin – daughter Sara took a very sick car to the good folks at Brattleboro Tire and it now has a new lease on life as well as many new parts.  "Drew" the car will be just fine.  Kevin also gave a shout out to Sadie for doing a great job in the 2nd Rotary Cares radio spot.  Tristam is next in December to talk about International.
  • Marcy – Thank you to all who came to the haunted Halloween extravaganza at her house - if you did take pictures, especially of the actors please send them to her as she is trying to create a first-time video of the event.
  • Mona – first brag and she would to thank Jim Maxwell and the team from Cota and Cota in making her recent house purchase a success.  She also mentioned that her son just started a job that will be near his college campus.
  • Jeff – bragged about his mutual love of the French language with Jon and how they both found the language from different pathways and for different reasons.
Guest speaker - Ross Gibson and the wonders of our brave little state - Vermont.   Ross presented a lot of cool fun facts about Vermont.  14th state to join the union in March 4th, 1791.  Part of the problem as to why it could not join the union is that states needed clear state borders which it did not have because of pesky New York’s land grab.  In addition to Vermont being independent was Texas, Hawaii and California.  Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery.  Vermont is 45th in land size.  Vermont is equal to the size of Macedonia.
Mt. Mansfield is the highest point and Lake Champlain is the lowest.  Milk is the state beverage.  Derby Line has the only spot that is not a recognized border crossing in the library which shares two countries within.  Last state to bring in a Walmart and only recently will have the 1st Target.  Only state capital that doesn’t have a McDonalds.  The 251 club is a great way to log all places that you visit in Vermont. 
4-way test of the things we say and do:
1 - is it the truth?
2 - is it fair to all concerned?
3 - will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4 - will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Respectfully submitted by Cindy Delgatto (apologies for any errors or omissions)
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Newsletter November 1 ,2017

Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Nov 01, 2017
Empress Pong started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
1892- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.
1800- John Adams becomes first president to live in the White House.
1870- US Weather Bureau made 1st meteorological reports.
1952 – US explodes 1st hydrogen bomb on Eniwetok Atoll in Marshall Islands
1968- Tens of thousands of refugees fled to the west when East Germany opened its border to Czechoslovakia.
1994- domain name was registered.
Quote for the day……If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace…Thomas Paine
Josh very warmly greeted us this morning and next week …I missed who is going to be at the door with a smile to say good morning because I forgot that I was supposed to be taking the minutes.
Mona Williams – the most AWESOME prospective member…who has been busy selling Mark’s raffle tickets AND asked for more!!!
Tracy Benet Perrin – guest speaker
Amy Goldberg- guest speaker
Danny and Rachel from Hinsdale High School reported this morning.
~Nutrition project that supplies food for students over the weekends has begun. They have collected approximately 30 bags so far.
~They have an exchange student from Belgium that has just joined them.
~Project Graduation 2018 is under way. They have had 2 fundraising events already and raised a couple thousand dollars.
  1. Board meeting tomorrow morning 7:15 am at WKVT….all are welcome.
  2. Trivia Night benefiting BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark Is Coming) is coming up on November 13th. Jim Maxwell be our question master (filling in for KJ). Grab some friends and head to the Legion for a very entertaining night.
  3. SELL YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS…..maybe at Trivia Night or ask Mona how to do it!
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   Toni and Damon joined Rotary 17 years ago (YIKES), Ross joined 5 years ago and Erin just completed her first year...time flies!!
CARDS:  2 of Diamonds..… and the winner is ~  ME!!!!
This Rotarian turned 21 in Hong Kong…..we started the guessing with Nick who incorrectly guessed Sandy Shriver who knew it was Jason ….wow no money made on that one!!
Lisa: Bragged for Ali for all the times she has filled in for her as she been traveling the globe these past few months.
Kevin: Bragged for his daughter Sarah the nurse who decided to be a patient for Halloween this year. Landed herself in the ER while attempting to carve a pumpkin, must be all the heavy lifting she does for her job because with shear brute strength she snapped the spoon she was using to clean out the pumpkin. Luckily no stitches and no tendon damage.
Jon: Had a bittersweet brag for his dad as today is the anniversary of his passing in 1991 at 66 years old. Was a fantastic father with many great memories.
Josh: Bragged for the Noon Club as he went for a visit last week and he would like to incorporate a few of their exploits into our club such as…having all members give a brief bio about themselves (3 significant things) not just new members and also they have a $5 fine for any member whose cell phone rings in the meeting and they answer it.  
KJ: Should have bragged a few weeks ago that he and Diane celebrated their 2-4 anniversary. Really should be bragging that she has put up with him for that long…..his words not mine!!
Jerry: Explained his recent absence as he went back to work for Insight Photography. They are having their 19th Annual Exhibition and Benefit Auction starting November 3rd. This annual show presented live at the Vermont Center for Photography and online, features works submitted by a wide range of international, national and local contributors, from renowned Guggenheim fellows, cutting-edge professionals and accomplished locals -- some of whom may even be In-Sight alumni who have chosen to embrace photography in their lives.
Cindy: Bragged for the volunteers and team that helped her put together the recent Career Expo. This past week they surprised her flowers….wow what a great team!
Will: After 40 years he has finally decided to retire at the end of this year. Tina retired 2 years ago and has been patiently waiting for him….I see more chickens in their future.
Jim V: Bragged for Marcy’s Halloween exhibition. A few adventurous Rotarians made the road trip p to Springfield last night to soak in this unbelievable display, well worth the trip.
Lissa: Added to Jerry’s brag for Insight Photography. John Willis the founding director is being honored by the Society of Photographic Education at 118 Elliot.
Diane: Bragged for Josh being inducted into the National Honor Society tonight. 
Kevin PART 2: Attended the mixer last Thursday at the Marina, Sunrisers closed things down…. probably past the other club’s bed time.  Also, he felt compelled to brag for Jeff’s boots this morning. Giving the ladies a run for their money, Jeff was sporting a pair of ostrich cowboy boots that we all should be jealous of!
Michelle: Bragged for Caroline being honored for having the highest grade in  her Irish legal system course.
Val: Bragged for Lauren who has been accepted into NY Law School (where her father went). Won’t be going until after she gets out of the Army in 2019. Also, she and John will be going to Germany for Thanksgiving to visit with Lauren. She also bragged for hiking Mt. Philo last week, it is a pretty little mountain in Charlotte, Vermont (near Burlington) with great views over the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Range across the lake in New York.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Amy Goldberg & Tracy Benet Perrin - ACE Master Training Education
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in human understanding of the origins of physical, social, mental, and societal health and well-being.  We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). 
The momentum around ACEs is stunning. Demand for presentations and education about the ACE concepts and their community applications has grown rapidly.  Desire for education, solutions and partnership in this pioneering work is growing; and so is the importance of providing accuratetimely,and actionable information to diverse audiences.  These facts are critical elements in the decision to form ACE Interface.
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to
  • risky health behaviors,
  • chronic health conditions,
  • low life potential, and
  • early death.
The ACE Pyramid represents the conceptual framework for the ACE Study. The ACE Study has uncovered how ACEs are strongly related to development of risk factors for disease, and well-being throughout the life course.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are common. Almost two-thirds of study participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one in five reported three or more ACEs.
The ACE score, a total sum of the different categories of ACEs reported by participants, is used to assess cumulative childhood stress. Study findings repeatedly reveal a graded dose-response relationship between ACEs and negative health and well-being outcomes across the life course.
As the number of ACEs increases so does the risk for the following*:
Dose-response describes the change in an outcome (e.g., alcoholism) associated with differing levels of exposure (or doses) to a stressor (e.g. ACEs). A graded dose-response means that as the dose of the stressor increases the intensity of the outcome also increases.
  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Fetal death
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Poor work performance
  • Financial stress
  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Smoking
  • Suicide attempts
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Early initiation of smoking
  • Early initiation of sexual activity
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Risk for sexual violence
  • Poor academic achievement
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Newsletter 10/25/17


Meeting called to order at 7:15


Thanks to Turner for greeting


Today in history:  1924, first Little Orphan Annie comic strip published; 1962 John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; 1978 “Halloween” was released; 2001 Windows XP becomes available


Quote:  “Next time you’re afraid to share ideas, remember - someone once said, at a meeting, ‘let’s make a film with a tornado full of sharks.’”  - some church sign somewhere


Guests:  prospective new member Mona


Student Rotarians:  Josh Nordheim and Megyn Ayotte gave us the report in spectacular tag team fashion.  Josh has a new haircut for soccer playoffs against Middleburg.  He is also doing outreach for FBLA.  They enjoyed a recent trip to the Big E, and the had (or are going to have?) the fall FBLA leadership meeting.  There is a business management pathway (through FBLA?) which will earn students 9 college credits by the end of the year


New Member Induction:  Welcome to Debbie Cox, our newest member



Tristam- met Maria Leonard this past weekend and ironed out the February trip to Honduras.  Lisa is working on a quote for the travels, but estimated cost for the entire trip is $900/person


Sadie - community service list is going around, remember to fill out your hours.  1st night of overflow shelter dinners will be in December.  The shelter will be at Winston Prouty, and they will be hosting 33 people per night.  Leftover food will go to the drop in center the next day


Damon- will be meeting with faculty at BUHS regarding Interact club on Wed, Nov 7 at 3:30; members are welcome to attend


Toni - Sell your Raffle Tickets!!  Turn them in ASAP once they are sold.  Michelle will email the poster to the club so you can print them out


Jon - offered to host the holiday party, offering a date of December 20


Sandy - organizing a Halloween Road Trip.  Meet at Ramunto’s at 7.


Ali - we have a social with the Nooners tomorrow, 10/26, from 5:30-7:30; appetizers will be paid for by the club


CAAAAAHDS:  9 of Hearts, (student Rotarian) Josh wins it



Jim M - for his daughter who will be working for Planned Parenthood


Jeff - harkening back to last week’s description of a “bull market”, Jeff attested to the attack methods of a bull by recalling a bull he used to have who left him sore for a week and a half


Kevin - sent out the link for the inaugural episode of Rotary Cares, featuring Empress Michelle.  It will be a monthly youtube video show, and Sadie will be a guest on the next edition


Cindy - for her career expo, which attracted 250 job seekers, and 40ish employers


Erin - missed us for 3 weeks; her husband is currently in Mumbai, India, working at an orphanage; and for a film maker friend whose film “Break the Silence” will be showing at the Latchis on Sunday


Ali - thanks to Jon for the drive by catcalls while she was working at the Rotary garden; also for 4 great tires from Dan


Debra - for Cindy - Debra had a booth at the career expo, and got her picture on the front page of the newspaper as a result


Damon - son Aiden was inducted into the NHS; son Torin finished 2nd in state Cross Country finals


Marcy - won’t be here next week due to recovering from Halloween, hoping to see lots of you come through her haunted house (at 134 Park St. in Springfield!!)


Valerie - is recovering from a 50 mile bike ride; she is also going to a farm to plate conference tomorrow, and notes that the state has grants and programs to promote and help agriculture related businesses.


Guest Speaker:  Jim Rumrill, with the District Youth Exchange program, and Josefine Peterson, exchange student from Denmark


Jim wants to open up more clubs to Youth Exchange, noting it is a great opportunity for the club, the community and the student.  We currently have 17 exchange students in our districts, they come for a full HS year.  We have 10 students out on exchange, in places like Romania, Bosnia


Overall, 8-9,000 students participate in this program per year.  They receive extensive support through their host clubs.  


Jo spoke to her experience so far…  she appreciates that she has people to support her if she needs it, which has helped her to feel comfortable and not homesick.  She is on the soccer team (Black River High School).  She was asked “is school easier here”, to which she answers “yes”.  Her best experience so far has been being part of the soccer team on game days.  She might try skiing.  Jo chose to be an exchange student to make friends across the world.  


To be a host club, we would need a Youth Exchange officer, a counsellor, and committee members to help with rides.  Jim would be willing to work with us if we wanted to set this up.  Students do not need to be with a Rotarian, and it is OK if they are house out of town, as long as it is OK with the school.  They need 2-3 host families for the year.



He didn’t get away with it… Ed thought we were going to miss his birthday, but the entire club sang him Happy Birthday at the end… 

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Newsletter for October 18th

Meeting Notes Wednesday October 18, 2017
Madame President, the Empress Michelle Pong gaveled the meeting to order at 7:15.
The weekly meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a look back in history:
On This Day in History - 
1867 - The US takes possession of Alaska for 7.2 million
1878 - Thomas Edison makes electricity available for every household.
1892 - The first commercial long-distance phone line opens.
1929 - Women are considered persons under Canadian law.
Today's quote: Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone - Pablo Picasso
Today's greeter: Thank you Ali.
Next week: Turner
Today's Scribe: Kevin
Next week: Marcy
(See the complete list on our website

Debra Cox – Primerica (member in waiting)
Mona Williams - Cota & Cota 
Dan Roberts, Junior. Hinsdale
Rachel Girroir, Senior. Hinsdale
Josh Nordheim, Junior. WRCC (BUHS)
Megyn Ayotte, Senior. WRCC (BUHS)
INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND SIGN THEIR SHEETS!!! Get to know them. They are a great group of young adults. Make them feel welcome!!!
BIRTHDAY -  Diane. She looking fetching in her official birthday chapeau and was more than adequately serenaded by the Sunrise Singers.
CARDS - J of Diamonds. Mark walked away with $10 or a free breakfast.
Toni - SELL YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS! Toni will send emails and keep checking on you until they are sold. Jason has already sold 15 books. Will has a good email template he'll share. Send letters, email, use FB, twist arms, bribe or any other means. If you need help, ASK! 
Ali - tomorrow October 19th is the Vermont Employment Expo. She misstated the date in last week's newsletter. 
October 26th is the joint mixer with the Noon club at the Marina 5:30 - 7:30. Cash bar & appetizers. Families are invited. RSVP to Ali please!
Jim V – Email from Rich Perriman. We have $2,000 in foundation grants - $1,500 for Josh’s project and $500 for the Miles project. Some dispute as to the actual total but……
Kevin – Date for 3 on 3 is set for Saturday, March 17th. Volunteers to help in the planning are welcome. See Toni or Me. Sadie prepared a very comprehensive  "3 hour on 3" manual so it would be easy to jump in and take on a piece of the process. 
PROJECT FEED THE THOUSANDS. See Kevin you would like to or have an interest in being a liaison from the club or helping him with the club's execution of our commitment to his project. 
BOWL OF LIFE - "this Rotarian drove cross country in a '66 Red GTO"- Josh, Diane, Jason!! “Nothing to tell.” Bought the GTO in San Diego. He drove it from California across the southern part of the US to New York with an expired credit card and about $12 cash. He ate and bought gas at truck stops on the expired credit card because back then, they didn't check it if the charge was less than $25. Had no money left when he got to PA, but had all these toll bills waiting for him when he got home.
KJ - thanks to all who purchased tickets to Rescue raffle. Applauded Jim Maxwell for teaching an acting class in Putney with in which KJ is a student. Finally, a $5 brag having his peaceful outing by a gurgling stream interrupted by someone sliding down an embankment yelling "hey KJ". It was none other than own Dan Deitz. It was all part of the Rescue Adventure Race. 
Valerie - $5 for Jason. He gave $100 to the "22 4 22" walk to raise awareness about suicides among military personnel last Saturday. The walk was a 22 mile loop from BUHS to the Putney Co-op and back. 
Turner - $$5 -  he and Kay spent the better part of 5 weeks on a Viking cruise to the Shetland Islands, the Farrow Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Quebec and Montreal. Found the weather in the North Atlantic to be less then optimal with all the Hurricanes churning up he oceans. Kay did not venture far from her stateroom. Then they spent 2 weeks in Italy. Turner's brother arranged that because his daughter is attending college in Florence. 
Jon - felt sorry for Bethany's bruises acquired during the Rescue Adventure Race. Ask him to explain how she came to acquire them. 
Dan picked up the story from Jon and applauded his teammates for camaraderie. Our 4-person Rotary team placed first among all other 4-person teams....of which there were none! 
Michelle - bragged for our esteemed treasurer Lisa, secretary  KJ and Toni for the work they do to keep our club on course and running smoothly. 
GUEST SPEAKER - our very own Nick DuBois. His focus was to give a market update. However, his presentation became exclusively a Q&A session. He fielded questions about index funds, the advantages of having a portfolio manager, mutual funds, Bear vs Bull market, passive vs active management of stocks, target dates for 401K's, Bitcoins, municipal Bonds, etc. Edward Jones DOES NOT deal in Bitcoin investments. Too volatile, no regulation There was a lot of good material discussed and I recommend if you have investment questions, see Nick. 

One final thought, of the things we say or do

Respectfully submitted, Kevin (not responsible for errors and omissions)

Newsletter for October 18th Kevin Yager 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for October 18h

Meeting Notes Wednesday October 18, 2017
Madame President, the Empress Michelle Pong gaveled the meeting to order at 7:15.
The weekly meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a look back in history:
On This Day in History - 
1867 - The US takes possession of Alaska for 7.2 million
1878 - Thomas Edison makes electricity available for every household.
1892 - The first commercial long-distance phone line opens.
1929 - Women are considered persons under Canadian law.
Today's quote: Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone - Pablo Picasso
Today's greeter: Thank you Ali.
Next week: Turner
Today's Scribe: Kevin
Next week: Marcy
(See the complete list on our website

Debra Cox – Primerica (member in waiting)
Mona Williams - Cota & Cota 
Dan Roberts, Junior. Hinsdale
Rachel Girroir, Senior. Hinsdale
Josh Nordheim, Junior. WRCC (BUHS)
Megyn Ayotte, Senior. WRCC (BUHS)
INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND SIGN THEIR SHEETS!!! Get to know them. They are a great group of young adults. Make them feel welcome!!!
BIRTHDAY -  Diane. She looking fetching in her official birthday chapeau and was more than adequately serenaded by the Sunrise Singers.
CARDS - J of Diamonds. Mark walked away with $10 or a free breakfast.
Toni - SELL YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS! Toni will send emails and keep checking on you until they are sold. Jason has already sold 15 books. Will has a good email template he'll share. Send letters, email, use FB, twist arms, bribe or any other means. If you need help, ASK! 
Ali - tomorrow October 19th is the Vermont Employment Expo. She misstated the date in last week's newsletter. 
October 26th is the joint mixer with the Noon club at the Marina 5:30 - 7:30. Cash bar & appetizers. Families are invited. RSVP to Ali please!
Jim V – Email from Rich Perriman. We have $2,000 in foundation grants - $1,500 for Josh’s project and $500 for the Miles project. Some dispute as to the actual total but……
Kevin – Date for 3 on 3 is set for Saturday, March 17th. Volunteers to help in the planning are welcome. See Toni or Me. Sadie prepared a very comprehensive  "3 hour on 3" manual so it would be easy to jump in and take on a piece of the process. 
PROJECT FEED THE THOUSANDS. See Kevin you would like to or have an interest in being a liaison from the club or helping him with the club's execution of our commitment to his project. 
BOWL OF LIFE - "this Rotarian drove cross country in a '66 Red GTO"- Josh, Diane, Jason!! “Nothing to tell.” Bought the GTO in San Diego. He drove it from California across the southern part of the US to New York with an expired credit card and about $12 cash. He ate and bought gas at truck stops on the expired credit card because back then, they didn't check it if the charge was less than $25. Had no money left when he got to PA, but had all these toll bills waiting for him when he got home.
KJ - thanks to all who purchased tickets to Rescue raffle. Applauded Jim Maxwell for teaching an acting class in Putney with in which KJ is a student. Finally, a $5 brag having his peaceful outing by a gurgling stream interrupted by someone sliding down an embankment yelling "hey KJ". It was none other than own Dan Deitz. It was all part of the Rescue Adventure Race. 
Valerie - $5 for Jason. He gave $100 to the "22 4 22" walk to raise awareness about suicides among military personnel last Saturday. The walk was a 22 mile loop from BUHS to the Putney Co-op and back. 
Turner - $$5 -  he and Kay spent the better part of 5 weeks on a Viking cruise to the Shetland Islands, the Farrow Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Quebec and Montreal. Found the weather in the North Atlantic to be less then optimal with all the Hurricanes churning up he oceans. Kay did not venture far from her stateroom. Then they spent 2 weeks in Italy. Turner's brother arranged that because his daughter is attending college in Florence. 
Jon - felt sorry for Bethany's bruises acquired during the Rescue Adventure Race. Ask him to explain how she came to acquire them. 
Dan picked up the story from Jon and applauded his teammates for camaraderie. Our 4-person Rotary team placed first among all other 4-person teams....of which there were none! 
Michelle - bragged for our esteemed treasurer Lisa, secretary  KJ and Toni for the work they do to keep our club on course and running smoothly. 
GUEST SPEAKER - our very own Nick DuBois. His focus was to give a market update. However, his presentation became exclusively a Q&A session. He fielded questions about index funds, the advantages of having a portfolio manager, mutual funds, Bear vs Bull market, passive vs active management of stocks, target dates for 401K's, Bitcoins, municipal Bonds, etc. Edward Jones DOES NOT deal in Bitcoin investments. Too volatile, no regulation There was a lot of good material discussed and I recommend if you have investment questions, see Nick. 

One final thought, of the things we say or do

Respectfully submitted, Kevin (not responsible for errors and omissions)

Newsletter for October 18h Kevin Yager 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary - October 4, 2017

BANG of the GONG - Meeting Begin




Thanks to Ed Dews for Greeting

Next week is Ali


This Day in History

1931. Dick Tracy Comic Strip by Chester Gould debuts

1949 United Nations permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series Victory being the Yankees in 7 Games

1990. US Premier of Fox TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210” starring Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, & Shannon Doherty


Great spirits have always encountered violet opposition from mediocre minds - Albert Einstein



10/4 Lissa (Nick Sub)

10/11 Kevin Yager

10/18 Alisa Berry




Michael Burnett - future member

Larry Bortles - Erin’s Dad

Mona from Cota & Cota 




Sandy Shriver 20 yrs

Debra 1yr



Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Ali 


Bowl of Life: 

Parents built first one bedroom home with own hands and dug in-ground pool in back yard. 

Ali - Jeff - Damon - Jacques - Dan - Josh - Debra - Marcy - Lisa - Cindy - Tristan - Tristam - Toni - Josh - Ed - Kevin - Sandy - Jim - Will Shakespear 

Mom returned from war, father was engineer in Franconia, built home from logs off land, also had a martini party to dig pool, had a lot of people over passed out but pool was dug, filled pool with hose from river.  



Sell Raffle Tickets - Mis-print on the tickets new ones being printed

Josh Disc Golf - What is success, funds raised, fun had for all, fellowship, all around success. 

Tristam - Meeting with Maria Leonard Oct 21st in Boston.  February 16-19th travel to Honduras for anyone interested follow up with Tristam.  Letter from sponsor kid Danny, he is now about to graduate and wrote letter to club thanking for all the support.  

Sandy Shriver - Trivia Night still need score keepers 1-2 volunteers for Monday night 1.5hrs 10/9. 



Cindy - Kevin advertising at the career expo.  Mothers senior housing facility caught fire, volunteer first responders saved many lives.

Ali - New job training to be Claremont NH wrap around social work to help most at risk. 

KJ - Rescue raffle,  tickets are 1 for $20 or 6 for $100.  Donations cover what medicare, medicaid and private insurance wont cover

Damon - Bob is dropping off materials for project;  Cousin and wife visited to do half marathon, Red Sox games at Blue Jays, Keene Rotary Club sponsor for full and half marathon; personal record 13th out of 300+ runners Wahoooo!

Erin - father Larry is moving with wife to Fredericton CAN Utilizing medical canabis to treat war veterans victims.  

Josh - Leave from absence from pledge of allegiance 

Kevin - visit with family in CA, wine tour, 10 facilities to visit the newly weds.  Also fine any member not wearing pin.  PAY UP!

Michelle - Attending 30th high school reunion; class of 239 people 139 attended, began on Friday BUHS 1987.  Jeff treated Michelle to long lesson on Dairy Farming. 


Guest Speakers 

Cindy Intro - Susie Walker & Ella-Turning Point

Dealing with addiction in the community and good news that recovery through community and support.  Drinking and substance abuse often are peoples method of dealing.  Providing the resources and collaboration with Brattleboro Retreat and HCRS to help serve the vulnerable population.  After going to treatment what next?  Center provides new playground and playmates, supporting through 12 step programs, but doesn’t work with everyone, so need to custom tailor the strategy.  Regardless of the program that the individual chooses for recovery the turning point focuses on health and well being.  Providing each other hope and support to take the leap and work on sobriety.  Looking back Susie reflects that her process to sobriety was picking back the pieces of her life that she left behind.  


Ella - six years in recovery, waking up in an out of body experience.  Found substances at age 18 and seemed to make her life better.  First time picked up substance their life got a little better, now its the daily experiences that provide that life improvement.  Got very lucky to have Dad help with recovery, provided a chance to have something valuable in life to protect.  At the bottom all relationships were destroyed, educational leave, arrests, there was no longer any care left for anything at that point.  It all changed when she found something that she really cared about protecting and that was the relationship she had with her father.   The decision to stop is easy, but the hard part is the decision to stay stopped.  Through work at the Turning Point was able to rebuild her strategies to deal with challenges in life other than substances.  Began by removing all negative influences in her life, which left huge vacancies in her life.  Had to fill voids with hiking, group meetings, lunch with father, photography, anything that gave her strength and got her excited.  



1 on 1 coaching and support to provide and identify next steps towards recovery providing work, life recovery.  Being cheerleader to help offset the negative experiences.

12 step Programs

Smart Recovery - Less religious version of 12 steps

Acupuncture every Tuesday afternoon

Outreach Programs - helping to pay it forward through volunteerism; sitting around all day and inactivity is dangerous.  

Volunteerism is opening new doors to opportunities.  

Sunrise Rotary - October 4, 2017 Nick DuBois 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter September 20, 2017

Posted by Daniel Deitz on Sep 25, 2017
“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.” ~ Mark Twain
Scribe for next week is Jimmy V who is facilitating the Visioning Process so the morning meeting is CANCELLED!
Ann Black and Aaron Phillips from the Warrior Connection were the speakers for this week, hosted by Toni.
Josh Hashagen – Diane and KJ’s son who is a Rotarian to be.
Ace of Heart’s – Was in the deck (or Ed’s sleeve).
Bowl of Life:
 “I saved a porcupine and a raccoon over the course of one week.”
It was Tristam J. He used a blanket and threw it over the porcupine and pulled it from the road. A couple of days later he used the same blanket to urge a raccoon off the road.
Josh – Disc golf tournament is 10/1. Sign up to compete or volunteer!
Sadie – volunteer time estimate sheet is going around. We are trying to track the hours that each Rotarian volunteers their time and energy.
            -Saturday is the United Way Day of Caring. They are doing a clean up at Winston Prouty for the new overflow shelter. Come help out and wear your Rotary shirts.
Tristam – Bad news – the coffee shop is closed.
  • Good news – the coffee shop is closed because he sold out all his coffee!
Jimmy V – Next Wednesday will be the Visioning Process. 5-9pm at the New England House. They want AIS at 5pm!
Damon – Open house at BUHS for Interact was last week. There were 3 Interact students who came to talk about it, from Keene. They are moving forward with establishing the Interact club at BUHS.
Jon S – and his wife, Carrie, went on a very nice hike on the Long Trail. Check out the App Peak Finder.
Damon – Torrin set more records in X Country!  They got 2 kittens, or family members, from the Monadnock Humane Society. They went boating this past weekend and had a great time.
Val – told about an article that her dad wrote. He was a veterinarian. It was about a parrot that had to be put down, to help Damon make lemonade out of lemons.
Lissa – was appointed to the commission about Vermont Yankee and they are making decisions about how to use the VY property.
Marcy – There is a fairy house tour at the Grafton Outdoor Center this weekend. Take the kids. Frogs and Salamanders. September 30. The Springfield Parents Association is having a comedy night at Springfield HS. See Marcy if you want tix. It sounded really good.  Some great talent will be there and it benefits a bunch of high school students.
Josh     – bragged for Dan and Debra for agreeing to co-scribe for him today.
KJ         – Search and Rescue at Pico Mountain. Vermont State Police and Fish & Wildlife were there. Buy raffle tickets for a brand new Subaru, to benefit Rescue Inc.
Kevin   – Sara went to Brueggers last Saturday and saw a car accident with an elderly driver. She was very quick to call for help and Kevin is proud of her.
Our Speakers:
Toni introduced Ann Black and Aaron Phillips from the Warrior Connection. They have been supporting our military veterans since 2010 and have received much volunteer and community support. They provide programs for military men and women and their spouses. It is FREE and open for all veterans and their families. Programs include creativity, mindfulness, expressive arts, six day journey / retreats, etc. The goal is to scale this program nationally and keep it free, to engage funders and vetrepeneurs.
Traditional treatment with veterans has a 70% failure rate. Veterans have a much higher incidence of suicide, mental health requests, divorce and PTSD than the rest of the population. This program was run last year on a budget of 38k. 
They use Individual Mentoring, Group Coaching, Expressive Arts, Nature, Mindfulness and Physical Therapy. It is veteran run and mentored by clinicians.
If you can help or be a part of the program, there is a fundraiser on 10/7 at the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club.
Newsletter September 20, 2017 Daniel Deitz 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter August 30, 2017 and remarks from July 26, 2017 meeting

Posted by Valerie Stuart
GREETER: Many thanks to Cindy for warmly welcoming everyone!
MEMBERS ABSENT: Booie & Bob, Caleb, Drew, Erin, Jen, Jerry, Jim M, Kevin, Lisa, Lissa, Mark, Nick, Ross, Sandy L, Sandy S.
Kudos and many thanks to our greeter, Cindy.
  • 1890 -- President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products.
  • 1945 – Hong Kong was liberated from the Japanese.
  • 1954 – Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast.
  • 1967 – US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as first black Chief Justice.
  • 1979 – US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, GA.
You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something in your life.
Winston Churchill
  • Outgoing Rotary District Governor (DG) Bill Stevens.
  • Former president of the Lyons Club in Whittingham, Debbie Cox. She works for Primerica and is a prospective (or was it new?) member. 
  • Annie Guyon (sp?), who heads the Windham County Humane Society also is a prospective new member.
  • District Governor Jon Springer and his lovely wife Mary.
  • We celebrated two birthdays by serenading Allie, whose birthday is September 4, and Tristan, whose birthday is September 5.
Valerie was the scribe today. She swapped dates with Will who be the scribe for her next week when Valerie is attending the “Catalysts for a Climate Change Economy” conference (September 6-8) in Burlington, Vermont, which was her brainchild. 
Tristan will be the scribe on September 13. Josh follows him on September 20 with Jim to follow on September 27.
You lose, LOSERS!
This person became a certified scuba diver in high school. After numerous guesses, someone got it right; Jacn was the mystery scuba diver.
Please bring any cotton or silk scraps you have to Vermont Artisans Design and give them to Greg Worden who will store them for Tristam. Tristam is collecting this material for a quilting project he is working on in conjunction with the Lakota Indians who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Someone, I think it was Josh(?), announced that there will be a fundraiser for our Club to raise money for a selected charity. “Feeding Frenzy” will take place at Elliott Street Fish and Chips on September 12. Our club will get 50% of the money spent on food at this eatery between 5:00 – 8:00 PM that evening. Help us raise money for a good cause by bringing your appetite, friends and family.
On October 1, the Club will host its second annual “Disk Golf Tourney.” Volunteers are needed to help set up and run this event. Contact person: Josh?
On September 11, the Club will host another “Trivia Night.” We currently need charity sponsors for the Trivia Nights coming up in October and November. If you have any ideas regarding prospective charity partners, or would like to help find some, please contact Sadie. Charity partners help spread the word about the event and fill three tables with event participants. They also reap half of the event’s of profit.
Deb announced that there will be a blood drive on September 6. If you haven’t signed up yet, 16 donor spots that need to be filled. If you sign up, remember to drink a lot of water before and after donating blood.
Sadie saw lots of family last week during her week away. She and John also celebrated their 2-1 anniversary. She bragged that Evie, who has sprouted into a tree. She will enter grade 6 this year and will be the big kid on her elementary school’s campus.
Cindy bragged for the the Car Show at BMH, which was a big success. Josh won the trophy.
Allie bragged that she is bringing her daughter to Skidmore.
Turner thanked Ross for taking over for Dan at the Car show. Lisa was out in San Diego at the Awards Ceremony for Real Estate Agencies, which she won! Congratulations Lisa!
Dan announced that his daughter Natalie was beginning 9th grade. He also noted that his other daughters are all in college and are a senior, junior and a sophomore.
KJ noted that there will be fundraiser on October for Rescue. See him for more information if you are interested being a member of a Rotary team.
Speaking of a different kind of rescue, KJ just became a certified member of the Brattleboro Fire Department’s Dive Team. Hats off to him and many thanks for signing up to be a critical component of our public safety team!
Notably, there will be a benefit Pancake Breakfast for the Brattleboro Fire Dept’s Dive team on ?????? (Mea culpa, I didn’t hear the date. The breakfast will be held at the West Brattleboro Fire Station. The funds raised will help the all volunteer dive team purchase the gear necessary for this public safety service.
Marcy won the Chili Contest at a recent Springfield High School boys sports team fundraiser.
Annie announced that there will be a “Walk for Animals” to benefit the Windham County Humane Society on September 23. Everyone is encouraged to participate by walking or sponsoring walkers.
Deb bragged that Sadie did a “magnificent” job acting in her recent show. She also thanked Allie for taking care of her cat, fish and garden while she was away.
Last, but not least, she gave Dan credit for charing her family when they recently visited them in Canada.
Our new District Governor (DG), was introduced by our outgoing District Governor.
Our new DG Jon Springer and his lovely wife Mary have been longtime Rotary members.
Jon’s favorite thing about his involvement with Rotary to date has been the people.  Jon is an attorney and is from the Rotary Club of Windsor. He unexpectedly ascended to DG when the next in line for the post moved to Seattle.  Unfortunately, shortly after he became DG, the Windsor Club Treasurer embezzled $13K from that Club. Thankfully, many other clubs like ours gave generously to help bail them out.He noted that to date he and his wife, Mary, have visited 44 Rotary Clubs.
ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE will be the theme under his governorship.
There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. The club’s membership is very diverse. Several months ago he asked all the President Elects of the Clubs in Vermont what their clubs’ fundraising goals were. He also asked them to send him the number of volunteer hours their clubs had contributed to their communities. Michelle sent him a list of the service projects our club has undertaken as well as how many volunteer hours our members have donated.
Our new DG estimated that we had raised over $27K over the course of the preceding year. Our volunteer hours added up to over 6,000 hours.
DG Springer asked all 60 clubs in Vermont for this information. Approximately 42 clubs responded. The total amount raised by all the clubs that responded was somewhere between $1.8 and $2 million. The total number of service projects completed was 183. The grand total of volunteer hours added up to 50,000 hours.
DG Springer noted that polio has begun to occur again in countries including our own, as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the former Congo, among others.
His goal as DG is to run an END POLIO NOW campaign. To make a splash, he plans to get an ad placed in every newspaper in Vermont about the importance of eradicating polio to raise awareness about the recurrence of polio. 
312,000 Americans were afflicted by polio in the 1920s. By 1960, polio had been wiped out in the US. Shortly, thereafter, north and South America eradicated polio as well. Rotary took the program worldwide in 1985. Since that date, Rotary has been the lead organization on the drive to stamp out the disease.For every dollar the Gates Foundation invests in the fight against polio, Rotary invests one.
Our plan is to eradicate this scourge on humanity. It will be the second disease to be ended worldwide since the termination of the small pox epidemic.
For more information and specifics on this initiative and others that our DG plans to spearhead, please see the presentation that Jon sent to all our club’s members per my request. You should find that email in your in box.
DG Springer concluded by noting that the annual Rotary District Celebration will take place June 1-3 of 2018. It will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. It will include a dinner cruise on the Ethan Allan. Some of the other activities will include a Burlington train , the kick off of the Burlington Jazz Festival, lots of other activities, and many interesting speakers. They have booked the entire hotel for the District Celebration. The cost will be $750, and covers most meals and activities. 
Our guest speaker last week was one of our club members and founders, State Representative Valerie Stuart. Valerie discussed her work as the Representative of Brattleboro’s District 1 (West Brattleboro) and focused on the last session’s highlights.
Valerie said she has been a legislator for almost eight years. She began by serving on the House Education Committee for two terms. For the past three years, she has been a member of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. She said one of the issues she is most passionate about as a Commerce Committee member is  marketing Vermont and strengthening its position as a desirable place to work, recreate and live in order to grow our population, create jobs and strengthen the state’s economy. She noted that this year the Commerce Committee’s work in this area over the past three years paid off. During another fiscally tight year, the General Assembly voted to appropriate $200,000 to continue the work the Commerce Committee worked hard to secure X years ago to create a marketing plan that would position Vermont as an innovative, pristine green state that is wonderful to work in and live. The $200,000 appropriated by the General Assembly this year will enable the State to implement the marketing plan developed by the two XXX firms that a $250,000 allocation two ??? years ago underwrote. 
Valerie noted that one reason the Vermont Chamber of Commerce endorsed the 2017 legislative session as “a success” was She said that the Democratically led legislature has worked diligently over the past three years to pass a sustainable budget that doesn’t rely on any one-time revenue and doesn’t impose any new mandates on business. both in and out of state and did so without raising any new taxes.
workforce development. She has been working on legislation designed to more effectively utilize Career and Technical Education Centers (CTEs) to prepare Vermonters for current and future job openings in Vermont and nationally.
During the last three sessions, Valerie said the legislature has worked hard to put Vermont on sounder fiscal footing. She noted that as a Commerce Committee member one of her key goals has been to ensure Vermont is marketed effectively both in- and out-of-state. Another one of her objectives is to ensure Vermonters are aware of and educationally prepared to fill the roughly 4,000 job openings in Vermont. Valerie also noted that she has worked to leverage the wealth of in-state expertise to continue to create jobs and grow companies in the renewable energy sector.
Valerie noted that she and Representative Mollie Burke have attended the Climate Economy Summit convened by the Council on Rural Development over the past few years. She added that at that summit several years ago, she came up with the idea for hosting a conference her in Vermont that would position our state nationally as a leader in renewable energy jobs that combat global climate change. That idea led to the 
that will help secure a brighter future for Vermont and all who call this great state home.
This will allow the state to begin economic development marketing for the first time. 
The Governor’s proposal to support the build-out of housing for low and middle income families was also a priority for the Vermont Chamber. The Vermont Futures Project has indicated that as we recruit more people to work here, we will need 5,000 new housing starts annually and this initiative will go a long way toward meeting that goal. While that has yet to be finalized, we are encouraged by the widespread support for the concept. 
While many tax proposals were considered and rejected, the lodging industry saw the most pressure as varying occupancy tax proposals were brought up four times. Ultimately the Legislature agreed with the Vermont Chamber and decided against levying a tax on these businesses, many of them small, family-owned properties that struggle in a very competitive and evolving marketplace. 
We instituted Act 250 permitting flexibility to allow for more growth to occur in designated areas. 
  • We removed the moratorium on tax increment financing to allow an additional six TIFs to be  created in the state.
Newsletter August 30, 2017 and remarks from July 26, 2017 meeting Valerie Stuart 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

September 13 - Meeting Minutes

Thank you to our Greeter: Josh T! 


Next week Greeter: Cindy!




1788 NY City becomes 1st capital of US

1956 IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton

1969 "Scooby-Doo Where are You" by Hanna-Barbera debuts on CBS in the US

1971 11 guards & 31 prisoners die in take over at Attica State Prison

1977 1st TV viewer discretion warning-Soap



The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein



Next week - Josh T (Looking for someone to take his place, any volunteers?)

9/27 - Jim Verizon

10/4 - Lissa Weinmann

10/11 - Kevin Yaher

10/18 - Ali(sa) Barry

10/25 - Marcy Caulkins


NO MORNING Meeting on September 27th, come to the New England House from 5-9 PM for our visioning meeting.



Ava - Debra’s Daughter

Evelyn and Debra’s other daughter - Shoshana

Debra Cox - Financial Services - Primerica

Michael Burnett, Director of the Career Center

Josh Nordheim from BUHS, Student Rotarian in waiting (as soon as the school notifies us officially)

Kevin Curry visiting Rotarian from Connecticut


Happy Birthday to Booie, if you see her, sing to her. :-)


CAAAAHDS - $11 million… oops Ed stands corrected, it is $11 dollars.  8 of Hearts! It’s in the deck! You LOSE LOSERS!


Bowl of Life: This Rotarian bought a house that another Rotarian’s husband used to play in as a child: Lissa guesses Jim V, who guesses Tristam, who guesses Josh T, who guesses Sadie, who guesses Cindy. It was Cindy! Bought Curly Worden’s house, Mike Fitzgerald (Lisa’s husband) used to play there as a child.


Induction of Josh Goldberg in to our Club. Welcome Josh! Josh gave us a brief bio of himself. Lives in Chesterfield with his wife Amy and two daughters, Amelia and Madeline. 



KJ - the monthly Board minutes are posted to ClubRunner after they are approved.  Please take a look at them to keep informed on what is happening with the Board. If you have questions about accessing them, please contact KJ


Sandy - Good trivia night. 58 players and 4 Rotarians, $430. Next month is Meals on Wheels on October 9th. 


Josh T - Feeding Frenzy, thanks to everyone for coming out! We got $450 for the club, they gave us 50% of their revenue.  Disc golf tournament is coming along, we have a lot of sponsors and volunteers. Come on out and play, it is a fun sport that anyone can play. 


Jim V - Visioning session is September 27th at the New England House from 5-9 PM. $20 per person, buffet dinner. The bar will be a cash bar.  There is NO MORNING MEETING on September 27th.


Tristam - Coffee supply is dwindling!  Quilt project is coming along, thanks to the donors this morning. Woman on the reservation are not able to buy woman’s clothes so some of the cloth will be used to make clothing for the woman. 


Jon - the formation of the 3rd annual adventure race team! Jon, Dan, Toni and (after much deliberation and many applications) Bethany!  They will soliciting donations for Rescue Inc. 


Damon - Open house at BUHS (next week?) presence will be there to try to rope in some Interact folks. Three Keene High Schoo Interact participants will be there to help talk to kids.


Josh N - Yankee Candle fund raiser is going around, today is the last day


Dan - Blood drive last week, thanks to everyone for coming out and participating. No final number yet, but between 25-30 pints is estimated. 


Michelle - speakers - Toni and Marcy are coming up. 



Cindy - 2-24 anniversary - YAY!  Her son Joseph was just promoted to 2nd Lieutenant at the Tarrytown Fire department. 


Valerie - 1-30 anniversary - YAY!  Climate change conference last week, over 500 attendees!  Mike Burnett, for all the work he does.


Josh - $10 for the club! A group of action, the amount of things this club is involved in is humbling and exciting. 


Kevin - Fine for anyone who doesn’t have their pin on today. For the best travel agent in the country! Competed against some of the bigger travel agents in the country and our own Lisa Fitzgerald won! 


Michelle - for everyone who showed up for Fish and Chips and for her husband for shipping her off to NYC to shoe shop!


Debra C - very successful Vermont financial services meeting last night, has a rep that got licensed yesterday and her granddaughter who broke her arm, not as bad as first thought, so that is the good news. 


Kevin C - happy to back and to visit this club. Son is going to tour Dartmouth for the second time. If everything works out maybe he’ll be able to visit us more! 


Club assembly: we will break out in to groups/committees and discuss what the committees do and how folks can help. 

September 13 - Meeting Minutes KJ 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

August 23, 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Sandy Shriver on Aug 30, 2017
  • I’m so sorry they are so late.  – Sandy Shriver
GREETER FOR NEXT WEEK – Cindi.  Of course that was for August 30, so hopefully she showed up and did not need a reminder. 
1891 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont
1954 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
1969 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY

“Fools are the only folk on the earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve." – Stephen King
8/30/2017              Will Shakespeare
9/6/2017                Valerie Stuart – She was not available but was looking for a substitute.  Maybe she found one already. 
9/13/2017              Tristan Toleno
9/20/2017              Josh Traeger
9/27/2017              Jim Verzino
Hosted by Kevin Yager
Sep 06, 2017
Hosted by Marcy Caulkins
Sep 13, 2017
Hosted by Toni Ciampliogne
Sep 20, 2017
GUESTS:  Anwyn Darrow, Amelia Darrow, Fred Lawrence, Josh Goldberg, Torin Kindopp, Annie Gouin. 
Birthdays –    KATYA from the Noon Club but who is shifting to our Club and becoming a member.  Welcome Katya.  She was sung to beautifully and Jim Maxwell was heard to say:  “We were exceptionally good.”  Perhaps that was because Valerie joined the singers.
Katya told us a little bit about herself.  She is German but has been in the US since 2001.  She is in the wine distribution business but also works at Renaissance Fine Jewelers on Mondays and Tuesdays.  She has been a member of the noon club since 2013.  Her rotary focus is on woman and girl projects around the world. 
CARDS –  10 of Hearts and I was the winner.  That’s right.  It pays to be the scribe.  I won $51.  I’ve been too busy spending my winnings to type up these notes but sadly the money is gone …..
Bowl of Life – Met and had dinner with Jerry West.  Toni knew who Jerry West was and correctly guessed Turner.  Good job.  That was correct.  Jerry West was a basketball play who played for the Lakers. 
Announcements ---
Tristam went to South Dakota and the Pine Ridge Reservation with Marty Cohn and came back with a solstice stick.  More info on their work was sent out recently by e-mail. 
Jim Maxwell handed out some tuber ware he had from his time at the homeless shelter. 
He also showed off some wonderful “Rotarians at Work” t-shirts that Michael Granger from Granger Real Estate in Newfane had given us.  Thank you to Michael Granger. 
Damon announced the September 14 Open house at BUHS at 6 PM where he was going to pitch the Interact Club. 
Josh announced the October 1 Disc Golf Tournament.  The noon club is in charge of grilling this year. 
Jim V. pushed the Visioning survey.  If you have not done it, fill out the thing.  It only takes 11 minutes and 30 seconds which is a lot less time than it takes to type out these damn notes. 
He is thinking about doing the visioning session on the night of October 2 or September 27.  Perhaps the notes from August 30 will have more details on this. 
Josh: September 12.  Elliot Street Fish and Chips from 5 to 8.  Be there.  50% of the revenue from meals ordered goes to our Rotary Club. 
Dan:  Talked about the plans for the other Club’s car show which happened last Saturday so that ship (car?) has already flown so I have nothing else to say about that. 
Lissa and Erin:  Talked about the new member’s project.  Debra and Cindi are involved too.  They are doing some Flat Street Revival work.  In particularly, they are working on the MILES project which is a mobile educational display.  You should go to Brattleboro IOBY to donate. 
Anwyn talked about her trip to Honduras last year.  She got a UVM award of $2,800 and worked on a sustainable garden project with Danny and Maria.  She did a seminar on agro tourism and built a garden with 15 kids from Danny’s school. 
Brags –
Turner:  Celebrating 1-52.  Very impressive.  Donated $52.  Way to go Kay- says Empress Michelle.    He also lost his cat in other sad news. 
KJ:  Saw the eclipse.  Flew to Lincoln, Nebraska.  It was ineffable. 
Damon:  Keene Interact has Mums for sale.  $7 payable to him or Aiden.  Also, they are building a barn/shed.  Also, bragged for his sons who spent the summer scanning documents in his office.  They learned the value of an education. 
Valerie:  For the River Valley School.  And for Dr, Rebecca Jones Also, she is excited for the Global Climate Conference she is going to in early September. 
Katya:  For the wonderful birthday celebration she had in Oquanent (sp?), Maine.
Guest Speaker:  Annie from the Windham County Humane Society.  She is also considering becoming a member.  She gave a great talk. 
The WCHS moved over 1,000 animals through the shelter in 2016.  They are transporting animals up from the South.  Shelters in the South have a 50% euthanasia rate. 
Locally, they are focusing on animals in low income houses.  The offer a pat care assistance program where volunteer vets provide low cost or free assistance.  They have low cost spay/neutering and do flea and tick care for cost.  They are the only shelter in Vermont with that kind of program.  Yeah WCHS. 
The average pet stay is 10 days at the Shelter. 
September 23 is the Walk for Animals.  It takes $50 of donations to participate and you get a t-shirt.  It starts at Grafton Cheese.  They will be serving blueberry haus ice cream. 
Their budget is c. $500,000 a year and 70 to 80% comes from donations.  They have a half million in an endowment. 
They are a local private non-profit on Route 30 on the way out of Brattleboro. 
Come on by and adopt a pet. 
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
August 23, 2017 Newsletter Sandy Shriver 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

August 16, 2017

Posted by Jon Secrest
The Great Empress Pong started her first meeting with this day in History…......  
1891- President Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington
1954- Sports Illustrated Magazine is published
1969- Second day of the Woodstock concern in NY
Quote for the day……Fools are the only folks on Earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve.  –Stephen King
Sorry, I forgot to get the attendance list.  If you were too lazy to get out of bed then for shame; if you had a good excuse, we still like you.
Some confusion here, but I think you know who you are.  In a pinch, Attorney Secrest will discuss, “How to Disinherit Your Children and Give Everything to the Cabana Boy.”  Actually, Tristam said Anwyn is speaking—I think he meant as the main speaker.  See below.
Sarah Gauthier, former Student Rotarian, now at Southern New Hampshire Univ.
Michelle Simpson, our Speaker
Jennifer Jacobs, from the Tiny House Fest, guest of Erin
Katya Matthews, almost a transferee from the noon club
Rotary car show coming up—we’re grilling.  Sign up.
Tristam:  Buy coffee.  Plus he’s flying out with Marty Cohn of noon club as the advance team for the quilting materials being donate.
Alisa:  Rotary Romp coming up!  August 28th:  run/walk/bike at 5:30, then everyone can meet at Marina for drinks and food around 6:30, to counter any calories burned.  Some discussion about whether the dude who is blocking part of the trail in a legal dispute would ruin the Romp, but Dan pointed out that none of us will get that far.  (But Damon and Sadie might).
Kevin:  Fines for no pins.  Also, he’s leading a “Rotary Cares” segment on BCTV in conjunction with noon club, to start in September.  Great idea!  Free PR for the clubs to promote Rotary, and will feature speakers from the clubs.  Half-hour shows, LIVE!  No pressure.
Jim:  You should be getting an online (non-anonymous) survey which you should really complete, to start the club’s visioning process.
Me:  My colleague Amelia Darrow’s daughter (Anwyn?) just got back from spending the summer at our Honduras project, and will be here next week to talk about it. 
Damon:  the first meeting was had with the principal and others to strategize about starting our Interact club at the high school this fall.
Damon also:  Presented a Paul Harris scholarship to . . . Empress Pong!  She actually teared up, because in the 60 years she’s been in Rotary, this is her first.  Yay!
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
CARDS:  No winner, losers.
This Rotarian owned a restaurant and bakery in Dover:  Toni!  Now she continues to deal with other people’s money but gets more sleep.
KJ: Was in Canada visiting family.  He forgot the real purpose was for a wedding, but fortunately he evidently packs a spare suit on all trips. Also Rescue is selling raffle tickets again for a Subaru. $20 apiece or 5 for $100, great deal, drawing is in October.  Ed actually won this last year by buying almost all the tickets.
Lisa: Thanks to Michelle and her daughter Caroline for providing fashion advice to Lisa to help make her presentable for photos she needs to take—she won a huge national award as a top travel agent.  Use her, she’s clearly good.  And now well-dressed (sartorially savvy!).
Erin: for Jennifer Jacobs, present at our meeting.  Jennifer is running volunteer efforts for the Tiny Housefest.  Sign up, it’s coming in just over a week.  Limited tickets for the education tent, which includes local and national speakers.
Val: She met Jennifer Jacob’s father!  Except it turns out it was the father of the other Jennifer Jacobs.  She went on to describe him anyway—he’s a great guy who moved to the area.  Also, kudos to Lyssa who got the $150,000 grant.  Also, she had two great weeks in France and Germany with daughter Lieutenant Lauren and Lauren’s boyfriend, a Captain (Von Trapp?) Lauren has two more years there.  Val et al rented an awesome place in Brittany, France.  (Vive le Bretagne, ou tous les fermiers sont bien populaires avec des vaches!).  (Your scribe was a French major). 
Nick: Bragged for Kevin and KVT organizing a really cool visit to the Patriots practice, where Nick took his son.  They had perfect seats among 20,000 fans.
GUEST SPEAKERS:    Michelle Simpson was our guest speaker today.  She’s the Exec Director of Oak Meadow, now an anchor tenant of the Brooks House, but still has a presence in the Cotton Mill where they started.  Publishes homeschooling materials nationwide and has a local school without doors. 
But she was here today as volunteer head of the Brattleboro Downtown Alliance, formerly Building a Better Brattleboro.  They are a communications hub.  They do lots—run the downtown lighting, supervise the flowers that Dick DeGray tends daily, and keep the town’s best event calendar, at
They work with merchants between the coop and the courthouse.  When Tiny House Fest reached out to them, they recommended that the festival not bring in out-of-town vendors, and the local businesses were swamped with business.
Focused on economic development.  Have been doing Facebook marketing to towns and cities in Massachusetts and New York to draw visitors.
Started the successful February Brattleboro Pub Crawl (a vocal “Huzzah” from Josh was heard).  In the second year attendance was up 30 percent even though it was a blizzard.   Typical of the mission of People, Profit, Planet.
They did the popular Golden Ticket parking promotion, to educate the public that the parking situation isn’t bad and folks should come.
They are working on getting lots of grants.
Working with the police on the panhandling issue.
The Board meets the second Monday of the month at noon; public welcome.
Val said there should be free parking, and Michelle said ask Peter Elwell, he has persuasive reasons why not.
I asked about how to judge efficacy of online marketing.  Michelle says they can tell who clicks on what, like someone then going to, but no great way of telling how many people then actually come.
Have a great week, and don’t go blind staring at the eclipse.
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August 9, 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Debra Rosenzweig on Aug 15, 2017
Thank you to Jen Moyse for being our greeter this morning.
Jim Verzino was the speaker for this week, hosted by Josh Traeger.
Jon Secrest introduced his progeny Alexis Secrest as well as Phil Steckler, classification  - noontime rotarian, and prospective Sunrise Rotarian to great applause. Phil is a business broker and a local dignity. Erin O’Keefe introduced Jocelyn Roderick, an SIT graduate and budding entrepreneur, working on a mobile coffee shack.
Jon Secrest then introduced Jill and her daughter Mesa who fled our club and we miss her dearly.
Josh Traeger introduced John, a former student rotarian, and phenomenal disc player
Debra introduced her progeny, Ava and Shoshana.
Josh’s birthday is on Tuesday 8/15!
The birthday singers crooned beautifully and he was happy.
Rotary anniversaries :
Cindy and Lisa celebrated one year this week. Will has 16 years. Ali and Sandy Ladd and Kevin are all at 22 years!!
Debra won the pot and didn't notice. She gave it to Ava and Shoshana for their college funds.
Bowl of Life:
 “I was a judge at a children’s beauty contest in Atlantic City.”
Jon Secrest guessed Diane, the 1986 Winter Carnival Queen, who guessed Turner, who guessed Sadie, who guessed Caleb, who guessed Mark who guessed Jon again who guessed Dan Deitz. Finally we found out it was Cindy.
Dan Deitz – Sunrise Rotary is cooking at a car show on 8/26, a fundraiser for the club, he needs volunteers as he wont be in the country. It will be at the BUHS parking lot, on Saturday at lunch time
Sandy – Description of Trivia night. Trivia night is always the 2nd Monday of the month, coming up on 9/11 this year, Charity partners each month recruit members and players and they benefit from the admissions, We raise $200-$300 per month, per event!
Ross is question master, KJ is emcee. Sandy needs two volunteers to proofread the questions for Ross.
We need to replace Amelia Farnum for PR, Lissa Weinman agreed to take over.
Ali –  announced about the first rotary romp of the summer, scheduled for 8/28 It will be so much fun. Get a little exercise at your own pace, and a social at the marina after that hour of exercise. Josh requests that it gets put on Band App, Ali said to ask a younger person.
Toni – got the first gift certificate for the dinner raffle, from the Marina, she needs more restaurants
Josh – Disc golf tournament is 10/1, a meeting was scheduled for after the meeting this morning, let Josh know if you would like to be on the committee,
Jim – 50 questions, monkey survey
Dan – Blood Drive 9/6. Please put up posters and sign up to give if you can.
Jen Moyse – She bragged $17 because it is the tradition to do a dollar for each year you are married! Jen and her husband Josh celebrated this past Saturday by going to a softball team reunion. Very romantic. She said, $17 doesn't even begin to cover it. Aw.
Damon  – They went to Saskatchewan, and Katherine and he went to a reunion from the 1980’s, they missed their flight to Winnipeg because Toyota Rad 4’s get stolen and he wanted to keep his.
Marcy – Her 1-19 is coming up and she has been loving the weather and she is tasting October…
Kevin – one dollar for WKTV’s Latchis Event tomorrow. They will be there from 6am-6pm, for every $10 you give, it will be converted to a bag of groceries for Groundworks Collaborative.
If you will be around to help out, their goal is to fill all 750 seats of the Latchis with grocery bags.
If you can help that would be awesome.
Erin – TINY HOUSE FEST is 25 days away. Pre sale tickets available and posters to put up. Luau is on noon at Saturday 8/26 and everyone is invited. It is an amazing event. She will post on club runner and everyone is invited.
Turner – Jill being here is a delight. For the next 4 nights he is singing at the Yankee male chorus. 730 pm. Please come.
Lissa – We got the big NEH grant, peoples places and words and the history of words in Brattleboro VT and the opening thing is the mobile literary exhibition space called MILES
Great thing for the town. Milesbrattleboroioby Site and make a donation
Ali – looking for a dishwasher for 3 hours a day at the Butcher shop
Sadie – NEYT Twelth Night, Table Manners with Sadie in West Chesterfield and one more. Lots of theater out there to support.
Jill – left a little over a year ago, welcoming visitors. They are doing well. Mesa has just turned two. Selling olive oil at the coop.
Empress Michelle – Lisa put together her parent’s cruise, was very involved and caretaking of Michelle’s typically driving parents. And her daughter Caroline made Law Review!!
Damon – last gasping act of his presidency, Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Josh Traeger! Paul Harris Fellows are not strictly Rotarian, can be earned by anyone donating $1000 to the fund but it is probably based on merit too? Josh deserves it.
Our Speaker:
Jim Verzino –– Windham Grows. Josh is on the steering committee. It is a food and agriculture business accelerator. They take existing food businesses and help them grow. Jocelyn Roderick, a guest today, has a brewed coffee business idea, could be in it if she were working in the business full time. It is basically a jobs program. The goal is to replace all 600 jobs lost from the Vermont Yankee shutdown. It is a 9 month program – teaching, Sell globally. Spend locally.
Because the pie of money doesn't grow if we only sell to each other. It is a great place to start but the value of Made in Vermont is huge.  Jim knows a Virginian who comes up here and slaps the made in VT label on her product, maple popcorn.
3 legs of the stool: – a rigorous 9 month curriculum, social support and individual consulting.
All part of Strolling of the Heifers, trying to give a place so that young people don't have to leave VT to start a business. Provide access to capital, mentors and markets.
First year of graduates are coming out now, Good Body products, True North granola, Whetstone Station Brewery, Tavernier Chocolates, Sweet Basil Food Company, Restless Rooster, and Wonderland Yarns.
Entrepreneurship, starting your own business, basically requires the opposite skills we are taught in school.
In school, the authority figure says deliver me this and you will be rewarded.
In entrepreneurship, you have to figure that all out on your own.
No infrastructure for teaching that. As a result, programs like this are springing up all over the country, being funded by larger companies or venture capital firms.
But no space for someone like a Jocelyn who is just getting out of the gate, starting at the Farmer’s Market and all the hundreds of people starting together.
Career centers are set at this date in high schools. Ross teaches an amazing Visioning course.
Good Questions – Where does the funding come from?
USDA grant, Vermont Yankee settlement funds, and two others.
What is the follow up / accountability?
Employee count is the metric, is tracked for 9 years after the program ends.
Empress Michelle ends the meeting with the 4 way test.
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August 2, 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Aug 02, 2017
Empress Pong started the meeting with this day in History…......  
1790- 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves. Today there is over 325 million in the US.
1819- First parachute jump from a balloon in the US.
1875- First roller skating rink opens (in London)
1990- US President George H W Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia
Quote for the day……”There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” Stephen King
Sadie very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Ross is going to be at the door with a smile to say good morning.
Linda Torunski- former member visiting from New Orleans
John Kohler– Nooner
Katja- Nooner and possible convert
Camille & Paul Peter- visiting Rotarian from Virginia Beach, VA
Chad Reilly- Jacques son
  1. Board Meeting tomorrow morning 7:15 am at WKVT.….all are welcome.
  2. Sadie- passed around a list in hopes to accurately capture the amount of community service hours we put in for the club. YTD total  23.5 hours.
  3. Tristan & Sadie…our new parking police gently reminded all members that if a spot is posted for state employees only and you are not a state employee please don’t park there. Michelle mentioned that fines and public shaming will be enforced going forward in case anyone plans on parking in those spots!!
  4. Jim V- Foundation Chair, received notice of a district grant available for our club up to $2500 (matching). However the application is due by August 15th so if you have a plan…. JOSH, talk to Jim soon!
  5. Josh- Sunday October 1st will be our 2nd annual Disc Golf Tournament, need committee help with event. Side note- a brag for Rob Spilza who donated 20 discs (from his personal stash) to the park for campers to play on the course.
  6. John Kohler- put out information about material donations for quilt making for the Pine Ridge Reservation. Collection has started and if you have anything to donate you can bring it to Vt Artisan Designs on Main St. Also as a side note the noon clubs proceeds from the Disc Golf tournament are going to Pine Ridge.
  7. Paul- visiting Rotarian from VA mentioned he went to a very moving church service this past Sunday in Brattleboro and was very moved by a display from kids from Israel. Rev Canon Nicholas Porter is the director for Jerusalem Peacekeepers and he thought these kids would make excellent Peace Scholars for Rotary.
  8. Debra- her and Ali will be spending some time at the Rotary garden if anyone wants to join them (guess this newsletter will be a little too late for that). Also a sign-up sheet for our 2nd blood drive on September 6th was circulated. The 8-9 am slots were blocked off for Rotarians.
  9. Jacques- had a free Rotary guide that she picked up in Hillsborough and thought it maybe a god idea for our club to pursue.
BIRTHDAYS: Marcy was serenaded by our very own Sunrise crooners.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Jim Verzino joined our Rotary club 2 years ago...time flies!!
CARDS:  King of Diamonds..… and the winner is ~  YOU LOSE LOSERS!!!!
This Rotarian’s family member was a first round draft pick for the NY GIANTS in the very first NFL draft!!!…..Kevin was picked to go first and he guessed Doc Bob who wasn’t there so he guessed Lisa ( a New Yorker and Giant fan) who guessed Jim Verzino (another New Yorker) who guessed Nick who guessed Ross who correctly guessed Turner….so Art Pappy Lewis from Ohio University was ninth overall for the first NFL Draft in 1936.
Bethany: Had 3 brags…first for Santiago, the exchange student that spent last year with them. He came for a visit and has is spending a month with them. 2nd for KJ the great Rock Voices Choir they all went to on Friday night which prompted a possible fundraiser of karaoke with Ali. 3rd brag was for Jessica’s Closet a non-profit in Wilmington that rents out designer dresses for various special events. They had their Blueberry Ball fundraiser this past weekend.
Nick: Bragged for his daughter sweet Caroline who just turned 3 recently . He also bragged for the crazy Red Sox’s game last night and for their incredible week spent in Maine.
Turner: Bragged for the play he wet saw Sadie performing in …Table Manners….spectacular. Also Turner will e performing in the Yankee Male Chorus 4 nights in a row. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week.  The Wednesday show will be at the First Congregational Church in West B at 7:30pm. He will give us more info on the remaining dates next week.
Cindy: Bragged for her husband and Yankee frugality. He has been driving his 1999 Chevy Silverado for 18 years, it had 357k miles on it and he refused to replace it until it broke down recently. Finally bought a new truck and Cindy said it’s like watching Rip Van Winkle wake up to technology.
Jacques: Bragged for son Chad being home from college. He was part of the Keene Interact Club and went to El Salvador twice, it was his involvement n Rotary that made her want to join the club….Thanks Chad!!
Jim V: Bragged for the business pitch competition going on today at 3pm at the River Garden. A group of investors on motorcycles will ride into Brattleboro to hear business pitches and award prizes. Public is welcome.
Ross: Bragged for Kevin O’Keefe’s 15th year putting Circus Minimums. Pours his heart and soul into and continues to build the kids confidence and self-assurance.
Jon - Bragged for all the community support that NECCA rec’d in the past weeks that helped it survive the bad leadership that almost ended the school. Wanted to thank Peter and Dan from BS&L for being integral to the behind the scenes help that made the school staying open possible. It also wouldn’t have been possible without the community that rallied around them and showed their love for the organization.
Sadie: Bragged a $1 for each member that serves on a non-profit board.
Kevin: Was not here last week because Ginnie’s mother passed away after a 6-7 year battle with colon cancer. He bragged for the hospice workers who are very special people and for Ginnie for keeping her father together. His message was GET SCREENED because things like this can be caught early and treated!! His second brag was that he managed to fill up his car for $1.35 last week after using his Price Chopper Advantage Card points…..that must be some grocery bill!!
Jeff: Bragged a $1 for his very astute 12 year old daughter. She was looking through his new member packet and found the red ribbon that attaches to the name badge stating he is a new member…so we can take the time to introduce ourselves to him (hint, hint). Anyway, she pulled out the ribbon and look dad you came in second place!!
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Tristan Toleno       Farm to Table Apprenticeship
In 2015, Strolling of the Heifers organized its first Farm-to-Table Apprenticeship Program, which recruited, trained, and placed 11 formerly unemployed or underemployed people into permanent, full-time employment in the culinary field.  They are currently in their 3rd season.
This program is designed to tackle several significant:
  • Underemployment in the region among certain population sectors
  • A shortage of adequately trained workers for the region’s food production enterprises, restaurants and institutional kitchens
  • Other economic factors including an aging population, a lack of in-migration by younger people, and a tight housing market with high rents.
The Program is designed to have a positive impact on the region’s economic challenges, simultaneously raising family incomes in the target groups, improving the regional economy, and boosting growth in the farm/food business sector, a key component targeted for growth in the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
The Apprenticeship Program addresses these issues through a comprehensive training and apprenticeship program that enabled motivated individuals to learn food-related skills, gain knowledge about food production, food safety, the regional food system, and the value of locally sourced food, in a classroom and kitchen laboratory setting. They are then placed in internships at local food establishments for on-the-job experience, and receive further coaching and follow-up. The program provides permanent job placement for trainees who successfully complete the program; and by solving the workforce problem of local food enterprises, it helps build a stronger local food-related economy.
The program begins with three weeks of classroom and kitchen lab. Classroom/lab topics include:
  • Food processing skills: basic food preparation, knife safety and techniques, kitchen safety, commercial dishwashing, culinary math skills, customer etiquette, nutrition, plating and presentation, expediting, minimizing food wastage
  • Exposure to higher level concepts such as inventory and cost control, management
  • Commercial food basics: sanitation, cooking science, nutrition information, sourcing
  • Understanding the nature of the local food system and the value of maximizing use of local food
  • Job readiness skills: timeliness, cleanliness, grooming and appropriate dress, personal finance, time management, being supervised, resume building
After the classroom component, participants spend 9 weeks in internships at one of the internship host locations, which include local restaurants, food producers, or institutional kitchens, 4 days per week, 7 hour shifts. On the 5th day of each week, they return to classroom and kitchen lab for additional knowledge and skills training, and to review as a group their work at the internship host locations.  Participants are monitored by the job coaches who touched base frequently during both the classroom and internship periods.
Outcomes: We set the following goals for desired outcomes as part of planning and fundraising for the program.
(a) The training and internships in this program result in permanent paid positions. All internships are pre-arranged such that if the participant successfully completes the program, the internship automatically converts into a permanent job.
(b) The internship and subsequent employment create references for use with future potential employers.
(c) Participants gain highly desirable skill sets, increased knowledge and understanding, and improved confidence in their ability to be gainfully employed.
(d) The participants become more financially independent, by means of earning higher wages and having more permanent employment.
(e) Participants gain enough skills, knowledge and motivation to potentially enable them to launch independent business enterprises.
(f) An workforce with better food-related skills and knowledge will enable more food-related enterprises to be launched and to thrive.
(g) Farmers and other enterprises will benefit from the increased use of locally-sourced foods.
(h) Our goal is that 95% of participants who start program will complete it and receive job placements.
(i) This will be regarded as an exemplary program that can be used as a model for implementation in other communities.
August 2, 2017 Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

July 26, 2017 Meeting Minutes

President Michelle Pong called the meeting to order at 7:15am
Members Present:  Caleb Atwood, Ali Barry, Marcy Caulkins, Toni Ciampaglione, Daniel Deitz, Cindy Delgatto, Ed Dews, Jeff Dunklee, Sadie Fischesser, Lisa Fitzgerald, Ross Gibson, Diane Hashagen, Drew Hazelton, Tristam Johnson, Kris Johnston, Damon Kindopp, Staci Leffel, Turner Lewis, Bethany Martin, Jim Maxwell, Jen Moyse, Erin Maile O’Keefe, Michelle Pong, Jason Postern, Jacques Reilly, Debra Rosenzweig, Jon Secrest, Will Shakespeare, Sandy Shriver, Valerie Stuart, Tristan Toledo, Josh Traeger, Jim Verzino
Thank you to Bethany Martin, our greeter.  Sadie will greet next week.
This Day In History:
1775 - US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin
1788 - New York becomes 11th state to ratify US constitution
1993 - Mars Observer takes 1st photo of Mars, from 5 billion km
Quote:  You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… Do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt
Jen is scribing for Erin today.  The following members will scribe on… 
8/2/17 Jason Posternak
8/9/17 Debra Rosenzweig
8/16/17 Jon Secrest
Upcoming Speakers…
Tristan Toleno will host our speaker next week 8/2/17.
Josh Traeger will host Jim Verzino as speaker on 8/9/17.
Jim Verzino will host Michelle Simpson of Windham Grows on 8/16/17.
Valerie Stuart is today’s speaker.
We celebrated Debra Rosenzweig’s birthday today.
The following guests were introduced:
-Katia from the noon Rotary club
-Amber Round of Richard’s Insurance
-Staci Leffel and Bethany Martin, soon to not be guests in addition to Jeff Dunklee, a dairy farmer and Vernon select board member.
Today we inducted new club members Staci Leffel, Bethany Martin, and Jeff Dunklee.  Staci told us she joined the club because she telecommutes for work and wanted the opportunity to meet people in the community and enjoys coming despite not liking to wake early.  Bethany Martin is a 19 year old attending Franklin Pierce College who was a  student rotarian and loved the club so much she wanted to come back.  Jeff Dunklee is a self-employed dairy farmer from South Vernon who’s also on the town planning commission and the Vernon town select board.  He believes in serving our communities and this gives him a chance to do so.
Cards:  $25 to the winning card - Jack of spades - no winner.  You lose losers!
Bowl of life:  Rode a mechanical bull at Tequila Cowboy in Nashville.  Ali guessed KJ, who guessed Marcy, who guessed Jim Maxwell, who guessed Drew, who guessed Diane, who guessed Toni - yes it was Toni.
“There was not much alcohol involved.  We went to Nashville- my daughter Kyle and my sisters and family.  We had to talk Kyle into it.  I had to ride it first.  I made it 4 or 5 seconds.  They tell you not to hold it with your dominant hand which doesn’t sound like a solid plan, but…” Toni told us.
Valerie collected her things left at Turner’s - lipstick, argan oil and handkerchief.
Sadie:  Community service hours are being recorded on the sheet that’s going around.  Examples include work on the visioning process, making up new member packets, typing the notes - all yes.  Not social events like drinking with rotary members (not so much…)
Jim Verzino:  The Visioning process will happen on a Wednesday night mid-September to mid/late-October.  At least 15 people are needed.  (5-9pm on a Wednesday)
Sadie has a really good life that’s why she brags so much
   - Evie’s new haircut
    -Sandy and Diane hosted at their house dinner before Mother Courage.  They then all attended the play Mother Courage, featuring Jim Maxwell.  The Apron theater company does incredible work.
    -Also, at Actors theater playhouse the next four weekends - Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn featuring Sadie! An interesting play about family wars.
Valerie had a bad year, losing many people in her inner circle and now her niece Paige Stuart has Dengue fever in Thailand.  Please say a prayer for Paige.
     -Also, their daughter, a second lieutenant, made it home from
     -She and John will be traveling to Brittany with three couples for their 60th birthday  and a much needed vacation.
Jim Maxwell mad a $10 brag for Rotarians who came to support him in Mother Courage.  It’s a challenging play with depth, richness and tough themes.  Brecht was a genius and what Apron Theater does for community theater is amazing - great plays that big theaters can’t put on because they’re too expensive.  Regional theaters can’t afford to do a play with 9 or 10 actors.  And it’s hard to cultivate an audience.  Theater stimulates the brain and the heart.
Debra turned 50 this week.  She realized her dream of riding her bike through the lavender fields of Provence.  Dan and Debra were able to do this together because Dan’s sister lives in Provence.  They also went to Paris.  It was a dream come true.
KJ bragged for Jim Maxwell’s play and Sandy hosting dinner.  Also,  Rescue Inc raffle tickets are available through him. The drawing is in October. KJ also has 2 free tickets to the Rock Voices show at BUHS (Diane is singing in it). Friday at 7pm.  You can go with KJ.  The concert features 80’s music.  It’s really cool and fun and KJ would love to have dinner before hand.
Sandy bragged for Lissa Weinmann and John Loggia and their event at 118 Elliot St. on Saturday, an informal ping pong tournament, featuring food by Tito’s Tacos and music.  6pm registration, 6:30 tournament.  The event is to help raise funds for 118, which heavily subsidizes the arts and community events held there.  These funds help cover the costs.  $15 donation per player.
Marcy bragged for her daughter Roan who’s swimming again this summer.  They had a meet in Bennington last night.  Roan swam the Individual Medley and took 11 secs off her time.  Their relay team swam in a mixed relay and placed second.
Valerie bragged Happy birthday Lissa Weinmann.  
Ed bought 6 bags of coffee from Tristam’s coffee project and gave them out to club members.
Michelle bragged for Lisa Fitzgerald who attended the Burlington Brew Fest with her last weekend - a great time was had by all.
Michelle proposed a fine for Jim Verzino who was on the front page of The Commons newspaper.  For new members, if you catch a fellow rotarian being featured in the media you are encouraged to solicit fines from those members.  It has to be a picture in the paper though, a mention of the radio (not advertisements)
Valerie Stuart, our speaker, gave an update on her work in the legislature this year.
She is on the Education and Commerce committees.  Education, workforce development and economic development are the top problems for our area.  She believes everything else will work itself out if we can solve these problems.
*I will post Valerie Stuart's remarks in a separate post.  She is writing out her remarks for us*
Jim Maxwell thanked Valerie for her energy and activism.  Although our population is aging it is an energetic and active population.
Jim Verzino said education and commerce are not sexy (except for you Valerie).  He thought it would be nice to see the inclusion of adult education with regards to the Career Pathways Coordinator.  
Valerie responded that adult education is very important and poverty is another important issue.  The Micro-business Development Program will help provide the resources and possibly the capital help with economic growth. The Community Action Agencies were granted the authority and ability to help adults with financial education and training.
The state did green light $200,000 to promote Vermont and the ability to live here.
Poverty awareness day is about lifting people out of poverty.  We have a shrinking middle-class and a burgeoning underclass. 
Sadie pointed out that the Community Action agency in our area is SEVCA.  She also commented that the Agency of Education employment structure is such that pay grades are lower than any other state agency.  They also have the lowest job satisfaction rating.
Valerie responded that Rebecca Holcombe, the Vermont State Secretary of Education, and her assistant care deeply.  The help to write the legislative language.  They are hard-working and passionate and we’re lucky to have them.
Sadie asked how much telecommuting comes up as a topic in economic development.  She noted that within our state we don’t even allow for telecommuting from Waterbuy to Bennington.
Valerie responded that broadband challenges as well as the digital economy make it difficult, but the commerce committee is aware.  They also feel the transportation challenges and the housing stock are challenges to moving to Vermont.
Thanks Valerie and all for your input.
Happy Rotary anniversary to Drew Hazelton for three years and to Bouie for 14 years.
We closed the meeting with the 4-way test.
July 26, 2017 Meeting Minutes Jen Moyse 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes 7/19/2017

Posted by Erin Maile O'Keefe on Jul 19, 2017

Rotary Notes 7/19/2017

Empress Pong residing

This Day in History:

  • 1848 First US Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY
  • 1860 First railroad reaches Kansas
  • 1957 First rocket with a nuclear warhead was fired in Yucca Flat Nevada
  • 1961 First inflight movie was shown

Quote of the day:

“All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears—of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words “Some Assembly Required.” —Dave Barry


Cindy shined brightly as our greeter this morning. Next week Bethany will be our greeter.


  • Guest speakers: Alex & Jerelyn Wilson
  • John Seacrest’s clan: Kerry, Alina and Aleksa
  • Soon to be new member: Staci Leffel
  • The always fabulous: Bethany Martin


Lissa was serenaded by our brilliant rotary choir and Debra is celebrating hers in the lavender fields of France.


Jack of Spades… in the deck… “You lose you you losers”

Club Announcements:

  1. Sadie—Sadie is our Community Service Chair. The committee focuses on all of our community projects. Anyone can bring volunteer and community service opportunities to the committee. They have been tracking volunteer hours by project. Michelle had new idea for the club… pass around a list weekly and log your weekly hours of Rotary community service so we can capture personal and total club hours. This will begin next week, I believe. Look for it at the check-in table.
  2. Jim Versino—The Club Visioning Process is coming up. It’s a 4-hour event where district facilitators help our club examine and create our current vision. It’ll be a Wednesday evening. At least 15 members need to be attendance. We will come away with guiding principles that will help guide us with future projects. Participation is encouraged. Stay tune for possible dates.
  3. Allie—Please sign cards for Sandy Ladd who will be away caring for her sister who has had a very serious accident, and for Amelia Farnum who is taking a leave of absence to support her family business.
  4. Tristan—Has been on a few visioning processes, and enjoyed the process of the guided focusing. Has see some powerful visions coming out of the process that continue to lead clubs. 
  5. Tristan—Coffee shop is open! Club agreed to another $1000 scholarship. It’s making a big difference in a really bright kid’s life.
  6. Damon—Getting the Interact Program off the ground at BUHS. This is a great way to get your volunteer hours.
  7. Lissa—There are 10 students that want to come to BUHS next year from Thailand, China, France, and Spain. They offer so much to our community. Looking for home placements. These homes are necessary so that these student can come.
  8. Jen—Glasses left on table last week.


  1. Sandy—See Mother Courage with Jim on Saturday and dinner before at his house. 166 Oak Grove Ave.
  2. Cindy—TED Talk “Everyday Leaders” … recommends we watch. Will email.
  3. Valerie—Daughter Lauren is a second lieutenant in the Navy stationed in Lithuania. Son, Ian was just promoted at Uber. Val was in Chicago for a week for an Insurance Legislators Conference. Went on a boat tour and highly recommends it. Val will be at a conference Friday on renewable energy in Vermont. She’s working on new legislation about new jobs in renewable energy.
  4. Turner—Thanks for coming to the party! Thanks Damon for the GREAT job he did last year! The day after party, he and Kaye left for Michigan had great time with Kaye’s Family. Then went to a Blue Grass Festival.
  5. John Seacrest—His family did another home exchange. This time with no burning casualties. They went to Spain their home for a house at beach in Valencia and a house in the mountains. Loved it! And visited Barcelona!
  6. Kevin—“First dollar for all of you.” He missed the camaraderie and friendships. It’s been 3 weeks since he’s been at Rotary. So glad to be back. He now has a cane. Beware. Second dollar for his son who flew in to see his gramma battling cancer. Good to see him. “Having family close is the most important thing… Sarah, Eric and the rest of the family.”
  7. Lissa—Dollar for Jen Austin DBA (Downtown Brattleboro Alliance) who got the initial grant for the M.I.L.E.S. Project (Mobile Interactive Literary Exhibition Space). Dollar for our own Erin. She designed the mobile exhibition space on an 18-foot trailer. The initial build of M.I.L.E.S. will be featured as a live demo Tiny House Fest Vermont on Sunday, September 3rd in Downtown Brattleboro.


Alex Wilson

“The Magic of Bhutan”

Slide show by Alex & Jerelyn Wilson


  • Bhutan between China and India
  • 1.5 the size of Vermont
  • 750,000 population
  • Used to be hard to visit, no anymore
  • Never a colony
  • Winter’s are cold. Tall mountains. Mountains are sacred and not allowed to be climbed.
  • They are on their 5th King
  • Very few cars
  • no coal and oil combustion
  • lots of trees
  • wood heat in country sides
  • electric resistance heat in cities
  • Controlled tourism— Limits tourist influence
  • Buddhist culture
  • $250 per day includes food, lodging, driver
  • You are a guest of their country
  • Just introduced TV 15 years ago
  • Has wifi now


Only 20 pilots certified to land in Paro. Very difficult to land between Himalayas. Exciting flight weaving in and out of mountains! Greeted by unique airport terminal of Bhutanese design.


  • Capital of Bhutan
  • Population 100,00
  • Elevation of about 8,000 feet
  • 60% of the nation’s vehicles
  • Extensive new construction
  • Dogs everywhere and cared for
  • No road kill
  • The only traffic light was replaced by a kiosk and human directing traffic
  • Strict architectural standards
  • Bamboo scaffolding
  • Most Bhutanese wear traditional dress (go and kiras)


  • Gross National Happiness as a metric of well being—rather than GDP 
  • GNH index was created by K4 (4th King) 15 years ago (Institutes around the world and in Vermont studying this now)
  • The first country with a goal of becoming carbon-neutral—achieved that goal in 2009
  • Emits just 0.8 metric tonnes of carbon per person per year (World Bank data) versus 20 metric tonnes per person per year in the USA
  • The only country that is a carbon sink (1.5 million tonnes per year emitted and 6 million tonnes per year absorbed)
  • First Country with the goal to transition to 100% organic agriculture—by 2020
  • Set aside 51% of land area as parks and preserves
  • Working to connect protected areas with wildlife corridors
  • Constitution calls for at least 60% of land area to be forested
  • Goal of zero-waste by 2030; nationwide ban on plastic bags

Alex and Jerelyn were in Bhutan for the Second International Conference on Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development and Design.

Facts about Bhutanese buildings:

  • no insulation
  • no double paned windows
  • perfect climate for passive solar
  • Strong architectural guidelines
  • Hip roofs with overhangs
  • detailed “dental work” wood detailing
  • Guidelines are flexible and honor change with respect for traditional

Visit to the JSW Law School in Paro. First project in Bhutan that will have insulation (mineral wool), hard hats, fall protection. Solar water heating.

Visit to Dzong, a temple fortress, where they saw amazing woodwork, festival celebration, dancing.

Visit to Punakha, where they saw agriculture, organic practices, terracing.


Thank you!

Rotary Minutes 7/19/2017 Erin Maile O'Keefe 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

July 12th Newsletter

Posted by Jim Maxwell on Jul 13, 2017
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting July 11, 2017
  1. We have cards for Amelia and for Sandy Ladd, circulating for signature.
  2. Guests Nick Shakespeare, our speaker today; Jeff Dudley and Josh from the Vernon Selectboard; Bill Stevens
  3. No birthdays.  Anniversaries:  Booie Fagelson, 14 years; Jen Moyse, 3 years
  4. Card was the 3 of Hearts, and we’re all losers
  5. Bowl of Life:  Todd Murchison, 30 hours toward pilot license
  6. Announcements
    1. Jen Moyse gets a scholarship, she’s going to nursing school
    2. We have a thank-you from Maria, our Honduras contact for coffee scholarships
    3. Bill presents Damon with certificate for his service as president
    4. Several other thank-you’s from among others Samantha Lynch, the Haiti orphanage, BMH (for Touch A Truck), HCRS (for the golf tournament)
  7. Brags
    1. Evelyn touts the NEYT musical Drowsy Chaperone
    2. Sadie brags Evelyn’s summer camp
    3. Jim brags Mother Courage at the Next Stage in Putney
    4. Erin brags the Vermont Performance Lab presentation this weekend, also developments in the “tiny house” festival and a new feature, “Pebl Bike” (sp?)
    5. Jim V. brags Sadie’s acceptance of an exhausted but intrepid dog that made it back to Brattleboro from Grafton or something like that, and can now stay w/ Sadie’s tenant
    6. Damon, about the passing of the hamster and the life lesson for Torin (sp?); also an excellent time in the Jr Olympics for his other son (I just don’t get all these names in here do I?)
    7. Allie, 2 years since she fell and now finally back to running, those fabulous endorphins
    8. Toni brags Allie as new service chair; also Elana Baron’s engagement
    9. Josh brags the 8-person table a la clown car; also, the members that bring in new members should be mentor
    10. Tristam backpacked the White Mountain “Huts” trail, posh
    11. Lissa, Jerusalem Peacebuilders are here every year, see film at 118 Elliot, July 27, and this year a hopeful co-existence example with group of Israelis and Iraqis joining together, and the great work of the World Affairs Council
  1. Speaker was the very talented and personable Nick Shakespeare, talking about and illustrating w/ examples his very successful storyboard career and a fabulous comic he has laboriously, lovingly, created over the past several years.  Lissa likes the shows he has drawn for.  Jim
July 12th Newsletter Jim Maxwell 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

July 5th Newsletter

Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Jul 06, 2017
Empress Pong started her first meeting with this day in History…......  
1865- US Secret Service begins operations under the Treasury Department.
1643- First recorded tornado in the US was in Essex, MA.
1841- Thomas Cook opens the first travel agency.
Quote for the day……Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi
Josh very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Will is going to be at the door with a smile  to say good morning.
Bob Spencer- guest speaker
Jeff Dunklee - prospective member
Staci (no last name given) - prospective member
Kevin- visiting Rotarian from CT
Allie & Sarah – from the Family Garden
  1. Allie & Sarah – from the Family Garden are looking for help with some projects. Painting a porch before the end of the summer. Ross volunteered to be project leader for the club and will try to organize a work crew of 6 to 8 people to help out….More details to come!!
  2. Marcy presented Damon with his Past President plaque and pin. Thank you for a great year Damon, now you can relax and heckle from the group like everyone else.  
  3. Thursday 7/6/17 is a board at 7:15 am at WKVT….all are welcome.
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   Jen Moyse joined Rotary 3 years ago...time flies!!
CARDS:  6 of Diamonds..… and the winner is ~  YOU LOSE LOSERS!!!!
This Rotarian spent a winter in Jackson Hole, WY boarding and bartending at the Alpenhof…..Jason was picked to go first and he guessed Will who guessed Josh who guessed me of all people who guessed KJ who guessed Sadie who guessed Drew>>> Ross>>> Jim M>>> Deborah>>>Lisa>>> Dan who finally guessed Nick….wow that was a money maker!!
KJ: Has a request…. A friend is looking for a place to store an airstream for the winter, preferably inside. Contact him if you have something available. Also Rescue is selling raffle tickets again for a Subaru. $20 apiece or 5 for $100, great deal, drawing is in October.
Jim M: His jury duty has been put off from July to September….must be a slow time for the courts. He’ll be in good company with Sadie.
Marcy: Bragged a $1 for everyone who remembered that it was Wednesday and made it the meeting.
Ali: Bragged for our new President Michelle and for the fireworks last night, had fun with Sadie, Da and Deborah.
Dan: Bragged for surviving having his 2 grandkids for a week, he even brought them to changeover. Married off his daughter a few weeks back and watched the kids while they were away on honeymoon.
Val: Bragged for her birthday celebration out in California with her father, son and sister who live out there. Lots of family celebrating a big birthday. She also wanted to brag for the “passing of the old guard” , Chuck Cummings and Barbara Smith were both friends who truly embodied the sense of community that is Vermont. She also wanted to brag for Turner hosting the changeover, great time.
Will: Reminder that next week his son Nick will be our guest speaker presenting on graphic design and storyboard artistry.  
Damon- Bragged for all the Tough Mudders in the room. Caleb and Jacques were on his team and completed their first TM event (and maybe last).They had 16 people on his teams ranging from 16 to 63…long day. Nick also participated in his first TM at Mt Snow, Toni completed her 4th TM and Damon his 5th…he is already signed up for next year!!
Michelle: Bragged for the clubs new officers and wanted to thank everyone for stepping up this year as we had a lot of turnover. Also bragged for meeting a bunch of Chris’s niece’s and nephew’s this past weekend and becoming the most FAVORITE AUNT EVER!!! She was well armed with 250 water balloons, fireworks and sidewalk chalk and she was happy to report everyone left with all their fingers and toes intact.
 Before our Guest Speaker took the podium Sandy Shriver stood and fined himself as he had numerous people turn him down for his speaker spot so he finally had to texted Michelle looking for help ……actually I think he texted her “I suck” but my notes may be off.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Bob Spencer Executive Director from Windham Solid Waste Management was our guest speaker today.
The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) was formed in 1988.  At that time, only eight towns were members of the District. These towns cooperatively managed a 30 acre landfill.
In 1995, federally mandated landfill operation regulations forced WSWMD to seek alternative landfill sites or an alternative to landfill disposal. After much debate, WSWMD opted to get out of the landfill business and start recycling
"The Windham Solid Waste Management District's (WSWMD) mission is to provide solid waste education, recycling management, and disposal services for its member's towns and other entities as the need arises." This means the WSWMD is responsible for providing public education programs on all aspects of solid waste and hazardous waste management to member communities, and collection and diversion services for all wastes banned from Vermont landfills. In 1995, the WSWMD adopted the following goal: "each item of waste generated within the District (should) be directed to the highest level of the solid waste management hierarchy as is possible." 
The WSWMD's headquarters are based on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, Vermont where it maintains the following:
• a 30 acre closed landfill that was among the first in the nation to use its methane gas to generate electricity 
• a compost facility
• a transfer station that accepts non-recyclable solid waste  (often called Municipal Solid Waste, or MSW), and construction and demolition (C&D) debris 
• a drop-off facility (recycling drop-off center) for paper, cardboard, commingled containers, waste oil, tires, batteries, textiles, white goods, metal, books, computers and other electronic waste, compostable material, and yard waste
• a Swap Shop for reusable items
Since 1994, WSWMD has operated a materials recovery facility, or MRF, to sort, bale, and market recyclable materials collected from member towns, as well as from “out-of-district” towns. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 8, 2016, the Board voted to cease operation of the MRF at of the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2017.
The decision to close the MRF was controversial, but has been carefully studied by District staff and Board members for the past two years as single-stream recycling has become increasingly popular with trash haulers, and the towns they serve. This is due to the fact that all recyclable materials can be put in one container, and collected with conventional trash trucks rather than special trucks with two compartments; one for paper/cardboard, and the other for bottles and cans. This results in lower collection costs for recyclables as mandated by Vermont’s Act 148 (For more information, (see Vermont's Universal Recycling Law, Act 148).
On Tuesday, December 6, the Brattleboro Selectboard voted to switch to single stream recycling, diverting over 20% of the total tons of recycling processed at the District’s dual stream MRF to Casella’s single stream MRF in Rutland, Vermont.  Due to the fixed costs of operating the District’s MRF, and the loss of revenue associated with the diverted recyclables, the economic viability of the District’s MRF is greatly reduced, and therefore the Board of Supervisors voted 13 to 10 to close the facility.
By the end of June, the District removed recycling roll-off boxes from transfer stations in Dover, Jamaica, Readsboro, Townshend, Wardsboro, Whitingham, and Wilmington. The 24-7 recycling roll-off containers was also removed from Brattleboro’s Fairground Road, Brookline, Dummerston, Halifax, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Vernon, and Westminster. Recycling containers will still be available for use by District residents at the recycling convenience center at Old Ferry Road.
District residents can purchase a sticker for just $25 per year to use the District’s convenience center for trash and construction & demolition debris disposal. WSWMD will continue to operate its transfer station and recycling convenience center at Old Ferry Road, as well as the swap shop, and food and yard waste composting facility. The District is also required by state law to provide other solid waste recycling services: household hazardous waste collection; recycling education for residents, schools, and businesses.
Another priority is to expand the District’s food and yard waste composting facility to serve a growing number of businesses, schools, and residents in accordance with Act 148 mandates.  It is possible that the District will develop a food waste methane anaerobic digester that would generate electricity, replacing the closed landfill’s diminishing supply of methane gas.
July 5th Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes 6/21/2017

Rotary Minutes - 6/21/2017


President Damon called the meeting to order at 7:15 AM

Thank you to our greeter - Ali forgot so Ed greeted :-)

Josh will be our greeter on July 5th, after a valiant effort to try to be assigned greeter for Wednesday, June 28th THERE IS NO MEETING IN THE MORNING!


This Day in History:


1788 - The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution, originally comprising seven articles, delineates the national frame of government.


1982 - John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. 


2006 - Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.


Changeover next week - NO MEETING WEDNESDAY MORNING! Come to Turner and Kay’s house for our changeover party.  See directions at the end of this newsletter.



Robin Rieske - guest speaker from Department of Health

Josh Goldberg - prospective member

Mike Burnett - prospective member (career center)

Nicole Barry - Ali’s daughter (and world traveler extraordinaire!)

Mike Mandrachia - noon club

Stacy Leffel - prospective member


No birthdays or anniversaries


Changeover Party at Turner and Kay’s anytime after 3 PM. Amelia is sending out a list of what people will be bringing, please take a look at the list. 


Nicole Barry is presented with a scholarship $1,500. Spent a year traveling and doing some amazing things (maybe she will come tell us her story?!)! She is headed to Skidmore to study International Affairs. 


Thank you cards from BMH for help with Touch a Truck and from Green Mountain Camp for donation AND from Groundworks for help at the Camp for a Common cause.


Rotary Romp tonight: Meet at the Marina parking lot at 5:30 and romp down the West River trail. If you’re not in to romping, you can meet at the Marina at 6:30 for refreshments. 


Brag for Brattleboro on Wheels put on by the Noon club. Share and like Brattleboro on Wheels on Facebook!  Wednesday, August 26th, Sunrise club is doing the lunch as a fundraiser.


Foundation: every Rotarian every year shoots for $100 per year, Jim will be working to get us to that mark. 


CAAAAHDS: Nicole pulls the Jack of Hearts and Jacques (who is sitting NEXT to Nicole) won!  COLLUSION! Congrats Jacques!


Bowl of life: Recently, and for the third time, met a major party candidate for President and each time this person lost.  Lisa guesses Ross Gibson DING!  Met John McCain, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. He told the story of meeting each one, very interesting!



Lisa: survived foot surgery; daughters all came and helped her after surgery. Going to be a grandmother again (6 grandchildren). Her son just landed a job at a public school. Mike (hubby) cooked breakfast, cleaned and made sure she had her medicine, she milked it for six days!


Evelyn: Looking through Instagram and found a thank you to Rotarians for helping to eradicate Polio, signed “The World”. 


Sadie: for Evelyn, going in to 6th grade, lost her last baby tooth (pulled by the dentist, OUCH!). A lot going on at New England Youth Theatre, check out their website and go see some great shows! 10-minute play festival at Actor’s Theatre Play House, go check it out, this weekend is the last weekend. 


Josh: for daughter Ayla (who turned 7 on Sunday), who stayed at the Green Mountain Camp for Girls on Monday night in the torrential rain!  Made it through the night and wanted to stay another!


Ross: for our local Recreation Department, pool opened a day late this year, everything is fixed and looks great!  Shows what a community can do if they pull together.


Jon: Alina graduated with high honors from BAMS and starting high school next year. Aleksa just finished 6th grade and starting BAMS next year. Doing some home exchanges, it’s been a lot of fun, until the Maine couple burned down their sauna (which the Lithuanian Ambassador has called the most beautiful sauna in America). “We shall rebuild!”


Marcy: Article she saw in the Reformer for Jack Spanierman for all that he has done in High School and that he was a student Rotarian. 


Nick: $5 brag for his son’s big Pre-K graduation. Caps and sunglasses and a red carpet! Missed last week due to a fantastic conference.  Doing his first Tough Mudder next weekend!


Ali: Nicole for being awesome. Ed, thanks for greeting! Debra for getting her out gardening. Sadie for getting her out to the 10-minute plays. Jon thanks for the cat calling while Debra and Ali were working on the garden. 


Dan: Jim Verzino for presenting the awards to the High School this year. Our Student Rotarians received a lot of scholarships. Will be at the changeover party with grandchildren in tow as his daughter is getting married on Saturday. 


Lissa: her son graduated from BUHS this year with High Honors and a dual degree with Project Lead the Way, 10 kids started and only Spencer finished. He has an internship at a Web company this summer who offered to double the salary after they interviewed him. 


Damon: Torin raced on Saturday finished 5th and will be racing in the Junior Olympics regionals. Monday night was the athletic awards at Chesterfield, he received the MVP award (in absentia due to the weather). And for himself and his team who ran 116 miles in less than 20 hours, finished 11th overall and 2nd in the sub-Masters class.



Debra introduces Robin Rieske.


Robin has done three Tough Mudders, just got back from Germany where she saw Henry Winkler (and his body guards). 


Narcan is available for free if you give it to someone who has overdosed it may reverse the effects. If you give it to someone who doesn’t need it, it won’t hurt them. 


Vermont is part of the national registry for prescriptions which is now cross state lines, this will help reduce people prescription shopping.


Free place to drop off unused drugs (at Brattleboro PD). 


Free needle exchange and counseling programs to help people who are battling addiction, also a free program for people to receive methadone and other treatments. 


It is important to delay the onset of the “brain ways” that contribute to the use of opioids by delaying the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana in our kids. 


Question the over prescription of opioids by doctors. Ask for a lesser prescription with the option to refill if needed. 


The reason we’re seeing more heroin use is because it is harder to get prescription drugs so people are turning to heroin. 


Law Enforcement is doing a lot to help and work through this issue. If you wonder why it looks like they aren’t doing anything talk to a police officer, they are probably as frustrated as you are. 


Talk to your kids about drugs!


Robin does work with the Frost/Elm/Elliott Street triangle area to help reduce the amount of drugs and increase the safety of people living in the area. They did a survey after the flood and found that people felt disconnected. Sponsored six GreenUp days, block parties, neighborhood pride groups.  Meet with landlords to try to curb the “drug houses” by explaining the DEA can seize houses to try to get landlords to police their own properties. 


Painting of telephone poles along Elliott Street, hopefully will have the street open during September gallery walk for people to view. These are painted by members of the community who have adopted the telephone poles. 


Vermont had 109 OD deaths last year, New Hampshire had over 500. This difference has to do with Vermont activating people to deal with this epidemic sooner than New Hampshire and other states. 


Schedule of Narcan distribution locations will be sent at a later time. 



Directions to Kay and Turner

1716 Thomas Hill Road





Follow route 9 west to South Road (8.7 miles from I91 Exit 2).  South Road is a left hand turn; you will come to it after you pass the Marlboro elementary school and there is a sign to Marlboro College and also to Marlboro.  There is a cemetery on your left.


Follow South Road two miles to Lucier.  Go the full two miles, do not take Ames Hill Road which turns left across from the Whetstone Inn. At two miles, the paved road curves right to continue on to Marlboro College (there is a sign for the college there) – veer left (straight) to follow Lucier, a gravel/dirt road, for two miles.  Watch for oncoming cars and for the sharp left hand curve which almost touches an old white farmhouse.


Lucier ends at a 90 degree intersection with Thomas Hill Road.


After you turn right we are on your immediate left – Welcome!

Rotary Minutes 6/21/2017 KJ 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

June 14th Newsletter

Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jun 20, 2017
Sunrise Rotary Club
Wednesday Meeting, June 14th, 2017
Opening Comments from our rapidly fading, retiring President:
This Day in History:

1775 - The Continental Army was formed after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War by the colonies that became the United States of America. Established by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, it was created to coordinate the military efforts of the Thirteen Colonies in their revolt against the rule of Great Britain.

1940 - World War II: Paris falls under German occupation, and Allied forces retreat.

2002 - Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
One rude interruption from your recalcitrant scribe; a threat to report only the first 14 syllables of your comments or reports. Alright, that was not a threat but a plea.
There was some, and those that did show were and are the cream of the crop, BUT, for those who did not make it, you too can qualify.
I think the list of those present was greater than those who had other obligations.
The Greeter did a fine job making attendees feel welcome. I think that was Turner
Deidra had guests; Sandra, Ellisa Pelow, & Karen Blumberg
Our own marvelous super helpful Toni and Past President Will
Rotary Anniversary
KJ & Diane, 17.06.2015
Change Over Dinner Pot Luck Party
At Turners’ on the 28th from late midday until they kick you out. Please indicate what you are contributing. Look for the directions that will be sent out by Amelia Farnum.
Rotary Romp, or enjoy the West River Trail anyway you like then gather at the Marina for drinks of your choice.
Our club has offered more than 730 community service hours since the beginning of the Rotary Year and all of you who contributed should feel proud. Thanks for tabulating this Sadie.
Rotary Garden needs more time and expertise
September 6th, Dan will be coordinating a second blood drive
New Members have been meeting to figure out how to spend $500 in a community service project that can benefit the town. They are leaning towards a Flat Street revival effort that can be the catalyst for additional efforts, additional funds, and building a collaborative community. This group should be aware of and include other new members that may not be connected to their efforts.
$50 won by Karen Blumberg, one of the two speakers secured for today, looks like she will create her own EAP now!
Bowl of Life
This (these) Rotarian(s) shook while shaking Bernie’s hand….. Sadie Y Evelyn
Cindy Delgatto back from Omaha & a tattoo experience with her daughter, the tattoo was not revealed.
Jim Maxwell for rehearsing and the script for Mother Courage
Jon Seacrest, the dauntless sailor,
                2 graduations
                1-17 celebration
                Dog experience and Turner’s guidance
Sad and bittersweet passing of Chuck Cummings, a dear friend & mentor, and incredibly valuable supporter of issues and organizations in Brattleboro; a rare generous & thoughtful person.
Will S for his son, Nick, story boarding and producing his own comic/gothic novel
Jason P and 1-43, Ann deserves a major medal and along vacation!!
Toni, for
Chuck Cummings and all he did
Peter who secretly secured her day off, days, to be able to celebrate her B-day in style..what a guy!!
Sandy Ladd, for Sunrise golf team
Turner, 2 weeks ago he was in OR with a friend/”brother” celebrating their bonds & a very special visitor
Dan D, daughter graduating to 9th grade
Drew, grand opening of Rescue Inc at Townshend and for Chuck
Damon for his awesome son the track star
Karen Blumberg & Ellisa Pelow of THRIVEeap
Pulled us from our tables and asked where we would rather be and whether being at the meeting was important
Their focus is helping businesses to become healthy, or healthier.
Making employees happy in their workplace, reducing sick days, apathy, and improving commitment. Can give them the tools to improve their performance and relationships in the workplace.
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Rotary Meeting Minutes 6/7/17

Posted by Nick D
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Meeting began in typical fashion with the gong of the bell!
This Day in History:
1893 - Ghandi's first act of civil disobedience.
1942 - The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy (USN), under Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy
1982 - Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis died five years earlier was kept off-limits.
Guest Speakers:  6/7 - Michelle; 6/14 - Jason; 6/21 - Debra; 6/28 is Change Over;
Confirm Scribe - 6/7 Drew; 6/14 Tristam; 6/21 Diane
Thank Greeter: Josh -  & Arrange Greeter for Next Week - Turner
Jon - Stacy potential new member (biotech and commutes to DC) & Josh Goldberg - IT prospective new member Chesterfield NH
Bethany wants to become official non-student member...all in Favor...
KJ & Diane son Josh
No Bday or Anniversary this week.
Damon-  Black Mountain Estates/Family Living looking for 6 people to help clean up facility & currently seeking member with web skills to help support Clubrunner.
CHANGEOVER PARTY is June 28th at TURNERS House (directions to follow)  NO MEETING THAT WEEK!!!!
Toni- Scholarship committee has reviewed candidates and finalized choices to be announced soon.  Total of $10k in awards given and recipients include BUHS, International, Hinsdale, Adult CE, and the Penfield Scholarship.
Tristam - Coffee shop is OPEN!!! Also Feb 15 & 16th 2018 planning trip to Honduras to go visit where Coffee shop proceeds are hard at work.  Also collaborating with the Nooners on the Pine Ridge Reservation to provide quilting supplies.   More info below;
Wish List -
Cotton or cotton blend
Basic colors we use: black, red, yellow, white, green, blue.
White double or queen size flat sheets
Cotton thread in same colours
Wide cotton hem binding in same colours
Poly fiber sheets for quilts
There is also a need for:
4 to 5 basic portable sewing machines
Shears in sizes medium and large length
Hand quilting needles
Quilting white thread
Assortment of needles for hand finishing projects.
Wish list - young women's ceremonial attire
White cotton for lining
Pastel solid colours
Pastel small print design
1" and 2" wide ribbon for trim in 6 basic colors,  and colors to go with pastel fabrics
Any of this material can be dropped off at our weekly meeting or at Greg Worden's VT Artisan Design store. It will all get moved to storage until the shipment date. Shipment will take place after August.  If any members have questions about this, they can get in touch with me, 257-7783, 365 7968,<>
Ali- Monday June 12th is cleanup @ 11AM on the rotary garden in Brattleboro. 
Josh- Band is the Internal communication app of choice, please all enroll so that we can all have quick correspondence in case of dates and times changes. 
Jen- Fiscal year is coming to a close - International Foundation Fund are sent off now.   Now annual DUES are due, still seeking treasurer for next year!
Kevin - Student Rotarian HELLO FEE (those who did not say hello and sign all student Rotarians books pay $1/signature missing)  Biggest offenders Lisa, Drew, and Tristan Toleno with a whopping $5 Fine.
Cards:  Ace of Diamonds "You loose, Losers!"   
Damon- Torren 800M race (Keene MS)  2:02 best yet and qualified for Race/Meet of Champions;  Aiden is off to New England Regionals
Josh - Wonder Women (went to see the movie this weekend, solid review) special brag for all the Wonder Women in our club.
Valarie- headed to CA for 60th bday, Santa Barba, Chino, visiting son and Dad out west.  BDCC updating Windham Econ Development Fund on local Job creation. Also working with New Chapter on a special commission task force on how to attract top talent to area.
Jon- Sandy Shriver for his poor texting skills period...
KJ- Rotarians in and around the strolling of the Hefers parade, Rescue Inc new facility and pig roast, Josh (son) competed in tennis state finals finished 5th in state and also completing his first enduro race (up and down mountain on a bike..YIKES!!!)
Sandy Shriver - back to Jon for following "The Four Way Test..." and not outing his texting skills to a larger group;  Diane and Sandy just returned from an amazing four week honey moon to Europe, Rome, etc.
Michelle- For FB as daughter was in London during recent attack and FB has a "I Am SAFE" mode that immediately alleviated very stressful situation. Marcy is taking president elect duties and KJ is moving into secretary role next year. 
Guest Speaker is Michelle and Toni - Topic CLUB RUNNER!
Majority of presentation was focused on how to publish the meeting notes to Club Runner and how to email...for more information please visit the previous post which contains the step by step instructions for completing this it goes!!!! 
See you all next Wednesday!
Best Regards,
Rotary Meeting Minutes 6/7/17 Nick D 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Newsletter Directions

Posted on Jun 07, 2017
Newsletter Directions – eBulletin
I have had many members ask about sending out the newsletter via Club Runner so I put together the following directions, hope this helps!
When you log in it will bring you directly to the Admin page:
1. Click on Edit Stories (under website manager).
2. Next click on Create New Story. Give the Newsletter a Title (I usually use the date of the mtg), and type your name in for Author, then copy and paste the newsletter into the Story Brief box.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and Publish
4. A pop up titled Publish Story will appear, only Display on Story List Page and Display in Bulletins should be checked off. Click Confirm
5. This will bring you to the Stories for Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary eBulletin page. You can preview the bulletin from here to make sure it is correct. 
6. Next click on the Bulletin tab at the top of the page. Click Manage Bulletins, then click on the Send Bulletins icon on the left hand side of the page.
7. Select the Bulletin from the drop box. Select BOTH Active and Honorary Members along with Other Users (this will include the student rotarians).
8. Click SEND!!
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Rotary Meeting Minutes - May 31, 2017

Rotary Minutes - 5/31/2017


President Damon called the meeting to order at 7:15 AM

Thank you to our greeter KJ - Thanks to Josh for volunteering for next week. 


This Day in History

1790 - The Copyright Act of 1790 was the first federal copyright act to be instituted

1859 - The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time. 

1929 - The first talking Mickey Mouse cartoon, "The Karnival Kid", is released.


Rotary Project of the Week: “India - Health care costs keep on increasing. If talented students from socially and economically “backward” communities are trained and supported to become doctors, they will give back to society they came, which will allow socially and economically “backward” peoples to have access to affordable healthcare.


Project is to create 10 Doctors every year from socially and economically “backward” students.  We will select students based on their 10th marks and motivate them to take medicine as profession and help them to clear NEET exam. They should be able to get seat based on merit in government medical colleges.”


Guest Speakers:  5/31 - Jim M.; 6/7 - Michelle; 6/14 - Jason; 6/21 - Debra; 6/28 is Change Over;


Guest introductions:

Cindy from Noon club.

Josh Goldberg - prospective member

Bethany (not a guest, she’s “our” Bethany!)

Michael Burnet - Career Center Director

Maria Basescu from Next Stage in Putney - Guest Speaker


Farewell to our Student Rotarians

Christol Long gave a farewell address thanking all of the Rotarians for their work and coming together to make something larger and better than themselves.

It is sad to see them go, but we hope they’ll come back to join us and update us on all of the cool things they all do. 

The fine students shared with us their plans for the next year. 


No Birthdays or Anniversary



Board Meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 at WKVT


Michelle needs a president elect


Black Mountain Family assisted living is looking for volunteers for a cleanup on June 10th


Looking for someone to take over Club Runner administration


Coffee Shop is open! We have had three people who have been down to Honduras and visited Maria, one of them has obtained a grant to go back and work with the folks in Honduras. Tristam’s work is being multiplied. 


Noon Rotary Club Golf tournament, Thursday, June 8th - Brattleboro Tire is looking for a ringer, let Dan know if you’re interested. 


Rescue Inc. Grand Opening in West Townshend on June 10th from 10-2


Jen: Not going to be able to stay on as Treasurer next year. It’s pretty easy, Toni does the QuickBooks portion. Let Michelle or Jen know if you’re interested. 


Amelia: Change over Party on June 28th - we have a bit of a snag. We are moving the party to Turner’s house. Thank you Turner! 


Marcy: If someone would like to step in to the Secretary job, Marcy will take the President elect job. If you’re interested in being Secretary please see Marcy. 


CARDS - 7 of Hearts - in the deck - YOU LOSE LOSERS!


Bowl of Life - Done professional stints as dumpster painter, house painter, inner city cab driver and sommelier. Jason, Jim Maxwell, Jimmy V (it is!)  Jim shared with us the awesomeness of being a dumpster painter!



Lissa - for BUHS track team and daughter Allery, broke the record for 4x4 relay. 


Will - HCRS Golf Tournament Friday, June 9th @ Woodstock Country Club


Josh - Dan Deitz for being the grill master of Rotary for his work at the different events we’ve had. 

A Challenge to the group - if you can make it to Rotary without driving a car three times, Josh will buy your breakfast. 


Cindy - for herself and the Amtrak train to Nebraska next week. 


Kevin - for our student Rotarians, we have great students who have been part of our club. 

Son and daughter-in-law returned from honeymoon in Croatia. Sarah and Kevin went to a concert together, saw Zach Brown, had a great afternoon/evening.


Valerie - brag for the State of Vermont and the Legislature for the work they have done this year. They have done great work this year. 

President Damon for the work he did getting her in for PT working around her schedule.

Glad for the great people who have joined our club - particularly Lissa for joining our club. 


Tristam - for the young man who wrote the poem “Only Human”. See all of the entries for this year’s awards here ( NOTE: “Only Human” appears as “Human” in the link.


Speaker: Maria Basescu from Next Stage in Putney. 

Glad for the connections we have in our local Community. 

Next Stage is all about community, much more than a performing arts center. Formed in response to crisis in the community. The community came together to raise money and renovate the space, but they were able to begin programming as they were renovating and fundraising. 


Raised almost 2 million dollars and completed the renovation in December 2016. Many of this was from the community. There were a few large donations but much of the money came from smaller community donations of $25-$200. 


They have a fully renovated commercial kitchen and dance floor to conduct fundraisers. 


Working on dinner and event collaborations with local restaurants to get people out. 


They do all sorts of performances, music, theatre, film and spoken word events. 


A few things coming up June 3rd, Miros Sprague Quintet (up and coming jazz musician) will be playing, June 10th fundraiser and July will have Apron Theatre’s Mother Courage with Jim Maxwell. 


Working to put together a history of the community of Putney to get at the stories and share the stories at Next Stage throughout 2018. 


They have a beer and wine license, kitchen and art gallery! 


For more information 

See shows listed and sign up for their mailing list at

Check them out on Facebook at

Rotary Meeting Minutes - May 31, 2017 KJ 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Newsletter

Posted by Jerry Goldberg on May 25, 2017
Sunrise Rotary
May 24, 2017
Jerry Gee at your service
Clearly buoyed by the warm, grade school-reminiscent “Good morning, President Damon!”, the very same President Damon opened the meeting with his always engaging This Day in History:
*  1844 -- Samuel Morse sends the message, "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation from Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in Washington D.C. to his assistant Alfred Vail in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
*  1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge opened. A total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed what was then the only land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Noted NYC historian Will Shakespeare added that the very first bridge crossers were 20 elephants – performers in the Ringling Bros. circus – to demonstrate to the faithless and fearful that the bridge could handle it.
*  1976 -- In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate California wines higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines.
Josh introduced Jaques (she pronounces it Jacks) Reilly, in Healthcare Clerical, and Caleb Atwood, in Nuclear Security, both of whom would later be inducted as new members. And while he had the floor Josh announced a clean-up request by an assisted living facility on Black Mountain Road for, well, cleaning up on Saturday, 10 June. This is as much detail as I have, so if you need more – and you doubtless will – ask Josh. Operators are standing by.
Bethany Martin, former Sunrise Student Rotarian, back again.
Student Rotarian report
Sarah covered finals, graduation, fundraising for the California trip – a car wash at the Putney Fire Station.
He (didn’t get the name) talked about the March of Dimes Walk and general getting ready for it all (school, not the M of D) to end.
A stalwart few of the Birthday Singers nevertheless performed a rousing – and very much in close harmony – “Happy Birthday, dear Michelle!” 
Anniversaries celebrated by Josh, for five years in the club, and Marcy, for 14 years total in Rotary (remember, she started out in, what was it, Springfield?).
  1. Sadie:  Scholarship committee meeting on Thursday, 1 June, at her place.
  2. Tristam:  The Coffee Shop is open.
  3. Debra: Ready for the next blood drive. As it had gone well last year (the first for us) the sentiment is to do it again. Proposed dates: First two Wednesdays in September. An informal vote was taken and we decided to have it once again during our regular meeting. Sarge o’ Arms Ed’s quite vocal advocacy for doing so won the day.
  4. KJ: Dining for a Cause – for Rescue. Saturday 10 June – 10a-2p – at the West Townsend station.
  5. Ross: Sarah Donohue (spelling of both up for questioning) of the small West B non-profit Family Garden, asked for some painting help at their facility – indoor and outdoor. A show of hands demonstrated a resounding “Yes!”
  6. Dan 1: Our 4th (or is it 5th?) annual announcement re Touch A Truck for BMH: $780 was donated to the hospital. Oh those burgers and dogs!
  7. Dan 2: The club’s participation in Camp for a Common Cause for Groundworks Collaborative netted $1,400. Yay!
The 19th Hole
Will S: HCRS 10th Annual Golf Tournament“ to benefit the Children, via HCRS’s summer and after-school programs.  Friday, 9 June at the Woodstock Country Club. 11am Registration and silent auction. 11:30 Lunch Buffer. 1pm Shotgun start. 6pm Buffet Dinner and awards. 
Guest from Noontime Rotary Rob Spylla: Brattleboro Rotary Club’s 42nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to help support Brattleboro area community projects. Proceeds this year will benefit local youth initiatives and the BMH Campaign for the Emergency Department. 11 am registration, 12 shotgun start, 5:30 Dinner, prizes, silent auction and raffle.
Ali: The garden needs you. Responding “yes”: Bethany, Sandy L, Jon S, Debra, Jen, Sadie, Jaques and of course Ali.
Kevin: Sticking a pin in the proceedings, stickler Kev called for fines to be levied on the pinless. Aaargh.
Bowl of Life 
“I found out that you can’t ice-skate in Antarctica.” Toni to Michele to Jon to Marc E and bingo! Way to go, Jon. From Marc:  I went down to Antarctica on a work project. I’d thrown my skates into my bags and on the w