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.

 

Guests: 

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!

 

Brags:

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.

 

Speaker: 

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----------------------------

Directions to Kay and Turner

1716 Thomas Hill Road

Halifax

254-1063

 

 

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
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.
Attendance:
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
Guests
Deidra had guests; Sandra, Ellisa Pelow, & Karen Blumberg
Birthdays
Our own marvelous super helpful Toni and Past President Will
Rotary Anniversary
KJ & Diane, 17.06.2015
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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.
Khards
$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
Brags
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
 
SPEAKERS
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.
They partner with businesses, secure a one-year fixed fee contract that permits them to work with staff and managers to make the business an effective efficient thriving operation with employees truly and happily committed to the business, the culture, their individual workplaces.
THRIVE offers
 confidential services for employees,
performs continual HR compliance reviews to ensure company meets the law, reviews handbooks,
provides organizational management consulting and reviews, and
a learning center covering themes like conflict management, coaching, workshops, and helping supervisors perform successfully as supervisors.
This local company is 2.5 years old, was established by Jennifer Jacobs, and has many satisfied customers.
June 14th Newsletter Tristam Johnson 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
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
 
Guests: 
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.
 
Announcements:
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, tristamjr@gmail.com<mailto:tristamjr@gmail.com>
 
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!"   
 
Brags:
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 task...here it goes!!!! 
See you all next Wednesday!
Best Regards,
Nick  
Rotary Meeting Minutes 6/7/17 Nick D 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
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!!
Newsletter Directions 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

Announcements:

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!

 

Brags: 

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 (http://kiplingawards.blogspot.com/) 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 http://nextstagearts.org/about-us/ 

See shows listed and sign up for their mailing list at http://nextstagearts.org/

Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nextstagearts/

Rotary Meeting Minutes - May 31, 2017 KJ 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Guests:
 
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?).
 
Announcements:
 
  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 way down these scientists I was travelling with told me that I wouldn’t be able to skate. I tried and nearly fell on my face. Seems the ice is just too cold to let the skate blades do any melting at all. Your skates turn into like cleats!
 
Cahds 
 
$14.  Five o’ diamonds – in the deck.
 
Brags
 
  1. Bob F: A $53 brag for 53 years of marital bliss (my words!)
  2. Lisa F 1: $1 for Michelle for making me laugh like I hadn’t for years!
  3. Lisa F 2: $1 for Dan for rescuing me with my new set of tires.
  4. Jon: For Marc for reconnecting a couple propane tanks to his home stove, saving Jon “in oh so many ways.”  In other words:  Don’t try this (yourself) at home!
  5. Evie: As ever enthusiastic about a musical event her group performed at. This time a concert of… She’ll tell you if you ask!  Evie’s got it down!!!
  6. Michelle 1: For Lisa for putting together a cruise for M’s folks – to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
  7. Michelle 2: For her daughter who’s just completed her first year at law school. First grade to come in was an A. Booked herself into Trinity College in Dublin for a summer course.  One to watch!
  8. Rob S: For Damon and Ed and their magic tractor and chipper. Something about a golf course and hard work. 
  9. Bethany:  For myself for finishing my freshman year. For BUHS’s pop concert soon at the BUHS auditorium. Didn’t get the date. And for the Memorial Day participation at the celebration on the Common.  (Note from your scribe:  If you’re wondering where the next lump in your throat is coming from, be there at 11am on Mem Day and you’ll find out.) 
  10. Toni: For daughter Kyle for graduating, earning a Bachelor degree in Business.
  11. Tristam J: For son Blake’s enlightening road trip up the California coast, helping him trade in his Boston “box“ for a future of exploration and opportunity. Nice!
  12. Damon 1: For Jaques and Caleb for choosing to become members of the club
  13. Damon 2: For wife Catherine (Katherine, Katharine?) who works at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland NH. Seems her board just voted for a $36M bond for a total re-do of the facility.
  14. Damon 3: For sons Aidan and Toren with good luck for this weekend’s championship track tourney.
 
Speaker
 
Our rep to the state -- singular pride and joy, and fellow Rotarian Tristan Toleno -- gave us an update, as promised in January at the beginning of the legislative session.
 
TT started off by alerting us that Valerie Stuart woulda been there if she coulda, but she couldn’ta because she’s at an economic development conference – and we all know how critical eco dev is to us, don’t we?!
 
So dear reader:  Rather than try to make sense of my notes here which, truth be told, will put me away and I’m afraid will distort irrevocably TT’s brilliance, I shall give you my jottings down as best deciphered. Think Faulkner. Think Joyce.
 
TT assistant majority leader of the house. New man in leadership position. 24 new Dem members. TT is “Whip”. 13 committees, not particularly partisan. Government Operation, which TT is on, can get political. New on the Strategic Thinking in Leadership team. Emily Long, rep from Newfane, is Assistant Whip.  1) Veto threat re budget. Teacher/Staff Healthcare is big issue.  2) Pot Bill – will Governor Scott sign or veto.  Vermont alone among states has no binding referenda. There have been only 23 non-binding referenda in Vermont history.  Vermont’s is the first legislature to take a modest step: personal possession of under one ounce and cultivation of two plants per dwelling. Next year. Intervening year – needs 77 votes? The New York Times editorial board urged Gov. Scott NOT to veto the bill. Tax and regulate model. Only 1/3 of Republicans support any bill at all. The original bill is still in…………………..  Gov’s top staff poobah (my word) is influencing Scott re the vote ‘no’ on pot. Gov: One more thing. Wants his way on the teach/staff healthcare issue.  Possible drop in Vermont’s bond rating from AAA to AA. 
 
Jim V’s question (sorry if I’ve screwed it up, Jim) about why the big deal about the teacher/staff health issue with all the rest that’s wrong with the state’s school system, etc.? TT answered it in ways that defied my note-taking. He was brilliant. By that point I was far from it!
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Jerry Goldberg
 
 
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Newsletter Jerry Goldberg 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
President Damon welcomed us at 7:15am.  Thanks to our Greeter, KJ.    Bob is our greeter next week. Ross is today’s scribe followed by Jerry on the 24th and Diane on the 31st.  This day in history:
1990 - Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
 
2004 - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
 
1973 - Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
 
Upcoming Guest Speakers: 5/17 - Sandy Ladd; 5/24 - Turner; 5/31 - Jim M.; 6/7 - Michelle
 
Not In attendance: The members who did not attend.   
Guest Speaker –  Alexis Chesney of Sojourns Community Health Clinic spoke about tick born disease and prevention.  Sojourn is a Children’s Community Health Clinic.  Key is prevention.  The history started in Lyme CT where they saw a lot of cases juvenile arthritis.  Lyme disease is a great imitator – symptoms present in many ways.  Common is joint pain, headaches and fever.  Then becomes neurological – neuralgia, nerve pain, psychiatric illness.  Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and treat.  Started in Long Island but has spread all over the country though concentrated on the eastern part of the US.  Some of this is by bird migration.  Vermont is seeing a lot of Lyme disease and a spread of ticks – large increase over the past few years.  Warmer winters hurt because it takes temperatures of at least minus 20 Fahrenheit to kill ticks.  Ticks become active at 28 degrees Fahrenheit.  Without cold winters, people can potentially get bit all year long. 
Lyme disease incidences in the US:  #1 state is Vermont (2015 statistics).  This is per capita.  Thirty thousand cases of Lyme disease were reported in 2013 this could possibly be only 10% or less of all cases.  It could be as high as twelve million not including misdiagnosis since it masks as other things.  It is quite an epidemic.  Incidence within Vermont – Bennington County is number one and Windham county is number two (2015).  Vermont Department of Health report that there are 13 species of ticks in the state; five of which bite humans.  Black legged deer tick is the main culprit and carrier of Lyme disease.
Black legged tick deer tick carries Lyme disease.  They are reservoirs of the disease and they spread the illness.  When engorged, they get bigger.  They typically bite and stay on their victim for three to five days then fall off.  The way to identify the type of tick is to look at dorsal shield.  It may be very hard to identify; you need to carefully inspect the between the legs.  There is a solid black shield on the deer tick.  Dog tick shields are greyish/whiteish.  Ticks carry multiple tick-borne diseases.  Ticks from different areas carry different diseases.  You can contact tickreport.com – at UMass Amherst – and can send ticks there to get examined.  49% of deer ticks carry Lyme disease.
Prevention - #1 is to do tick checks every night.  Do all over – make sure to check moist damp warm places – you know where these are on your body!  Can get lost in hair so check carefully.  The sooner you find the tick, the better.  #2 is to use tick repellent such as DEET.    Cedar Oil is the best and is 100% effective.  Very safe.  Can get it at Sojourn.  It repels and kills.  Put on before you go out and reapply as needed as it doesn’t last all days.  Permethrin is something that you should put on shoes if out where ticks are hiding.  Can use this on your clothes as well.  It is very toxic so be careful.
She reviewed the options if you do have a tick bite.  There are homeopathic choices.  For your land, use the Cedar product to spray on your lawn or your perimeter.  Ticks love where there are land transitions e.g. woods to meadow.  They also like places like leaf piles.  You can use tick tubes – tubes with cotton with Permethrin and mice take cotton to their nests.  Ticks tend to go to mice nests so this can be very effective.  Be very careful in pulling a tick off.  The more you upset it, the more it may regurgitate back into the bite area.  Best to twist it off, don’t burn.  Different opinions on how long a tick can be on you transmit Lyme disease.  Can be at 6 hours or longer.  Other diseases can transmit quicker.  Tip – if bitten, put on calendar to track.  Look for fever, flu symptoms, muscle or bone pain.  Happens usually three to thirty days after a bite.  Call Sojourn for more information.
Junior Rotarians – Evelyn, Natalie, Davie, Shoshanna
Student Rotarians –  From BUHS: Christol Long and Jack Spanierman.  Graduation is right around the corner.  Trying to get sashes for National Honor Society members to wear at graduation.  They are selling raffle tickets.  Money is also for general funds.  Tomorrow is youth government day.
 
Announcements
Josh – Friday is Camp for a Common Cause.  Need help so show up and help.  Grilling is 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  Saturday there is another disk golf green-up.  8am to noon.
Coffee shop is open.
Brewers Fest is on the 27th.
Green Mountain clean up on the 10th.
Birthdays –  Sandy Ladd was serenaded by the Birthday Singers
Cards
Three of heats –  KJ was the winner.
No Bowl of Life, Brags or Four Way Test
Adjourned at 8:30am.
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Posted by Lisa Fitzgerald on May 11, 2017
Lisa is scribe for the very first time. Lisa always takes terrible notes and has a short memory so I apologize in advance for any information that I may not get exactly right.
 
Future Scribes: 5/17 Ross; Jerry 5/24; Diane 5/31
 
Guest Speakers: 5/10 - KJ; 5/17 - Sandy Ladd; 5/24 - Turner; 5/31 - Jim M.
 
Student Rotarians: Friday will be the ELO Expo. Only the second ELO in event in history. The even brings in visiting guests who discuss their careers.   The National Honor Society is working on a children's hunger program. The program started with 6 children and they are up to 18.  The National Honor Society is also selling Krispy Cremes for their fund raiser.
 
We had no birthdays this week and we did not have any Rotary Anniversaries this week.
 
Jax was approved to be a member by the board! Welcome Jax!
 
Announcements:
Damon's children are selling hanging flower baskets at $22 a basket.  If you would like to have one or two, please email Damon
 
We are looking for a new Webmaster as Jeff is experiencing health issues. If you know anyone with talent and the gift of patience, please let us know so we can move forward with updating our page.
 
The noon club still needs help at the Brewfest with parking from 12 - 5.  If you are assist, please contact Mike from the noon club
 
Final Trivia night was a success with 52 attendees.  The successful winner was the Garland School.  Sadie said that we would regroup in the summer and talk about next season.
 
Ally and the Garden Plot.  Calling all Rotarians willing to assist with the Rotary Garden Plot.  Anyone with a flatbed would be more than welcome. Any tools, help spread mulch.  The more the merrier.
 
Jim would like to know if we have any volunteers to help manage groups for the Strolling of the Heifers.  The shifts are 1 to 2 hours. Please contact the River Garden or the Strolling website to sign up
 
Dan and Touch a Truck really needs help to flip burgers and serve this Saturday! Need cooks and servers from 11 to 1 PM.  
 
A list was passed around also for people to sign up for Camping for a Cause
 
The yummy coffee shop is open as always!  Deliciousness with a cause $12 a bag
 
CARDS! Cindy won $9,000,000.  
 
Brags: Evelyn announced a fund raiser car wash (brrr cold) and Sadie announced the 5K Tulip Trot if anyone wants to run. Saturday at 10 AM at the Green Street School.   Green Street band Monday night was amazing and fun to see how the kids progress.
 
Jon was in Miami for 4 days doing fun things at a Russian Resort (LOL) He and his guys being cool in their Honda cruising down the avenue. His friend was very sore and Jon had to drive the rest of the weekend
 
Jen reminded us of the Rotary Every Member Every Year program.  Every member recommended $100 donation per year. This is a great reminder that our donations go to greater things.    SPEAKING OF WHICH, the generous gauntlet has been dropped by Jim Challenge: Rotary International for every member that joins in giving new money, he will match up to $10!  
 
Josh took an amazing 1000 work trip through the Midwest. Totally worth traveling during May, Indy, Cleveland, Colorado and Detroit are amazing places to check out.  Did you know that Superman was conceived in Cleveland? 
 
Saturday is the 22nd Annual Mountain Days. BCBS promoting a healthy lifestyle. Hiking, T-shirts and fun giveaways 
 
This is a good weekend to Run with Sadie, Touch a Truck with Dan and get healthy with Sandy
 
Mark, Zepher is receiving her Masters at Marlboro College.  Congratulations. She will then be looking to start her PHD and is looking at other colleges now.
 
Turner had an absolute amazing and sentimental journey to Allentown. It was amazing to see his family members share the same musical talent at the same venue.
 
Damon, it was an expensive week with braces and Aiden received his driver's license! 
 
GUEST SPEAKER  Lt Mark Fountain of Springfield VT.  He came to talk about the amazing program called Honor Flight New England. This is an amazing program that touched my heart personally. Please go to the Honor Flight New England website and read about how this incredible opportunity helps WWII and Korean Vets pay tribute to their comrades.
 
Have a good week! Lisa
 
 
 
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ROTARY RAG
APRIL 12, 2017
President Damon called the meeting called to order at 7:15am and started us off with
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: April 12th
1945 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; Vice-president Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
1961 – The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight.
1955 – The Polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

ROTARY PROJECT OF THE WEEK:
Donation of My Rotary Personal English Dictionary
LAGOS Nigeria
Approximately 500 students and their families will benefit from having this standard reference tool.  Receiving the dictionaries from Rotarians is very beneficial to the students, their siblings, families, and the community.  Besides the improvement in their academic performance, the young people meet successful adults (Rotarians) in their community who care enough about them to purchase these dictionaries and come to their school to present them personally.
GUESTS: Student Rotarian Sam brought a friend: Mariah (“Mo”) Nichols, and Guest Speaker – Meghan Rigali – Educator at Twin Valley Middle/High School in Dover, VT
Also, a few “Junior Rotarians” – Young, talented offspring of our dear members.
ABSENT MEMBERS:
(Missed grabbing this info, so sorry)
TODAY’S GREETER: Ali
Next Week… Lisa
SCRIBE:
Today: Ali* – Standing in for Booie (who made it worth her while!!)
*This scribe enjoyed the first hour of note taking with a highly generous loan from Evelyn who let her borrow her fancy Hogwarts wand/pen… (Despite having to take notes, I felt very lucky indeed!)
Next Week’s Scribe (4/19) – Bob;  4/26 – Amelia; 5/3 – Sadie; and on 5/10 - Lisa
GUEST SPEAKER:
Today: Jerry (in absentia)
Next Week (4/19): Diane; 4/26 – Ross; and 5/3 – Tristam
 
Switching the format of the meeting to accommodate the Guest Speaker, we let her go first while we munched on breakfast, as she would need to leave immediately following her presentation in order to get to work/school on time…
 
TODAY’S GUEST SPEAKER: Meghan Rigali – Twin Valley Middle School Instructor
Meghan told us much about a wonderful trip she recently took in Ethiopia…
Five educators went along, 2 Exec Directors of Non-profit organizations, and 3 dancers/writers/musicians/and teachers… all collaborating and sharing cultural knowledge about the way we educate our youth.
“One Love Theater” is the group they joined up with in Ethiopia… their efforts on creating consciousness around gender equality, aids, self defense, etc… through performance, dance, theater, music, and art. Free for audiences in market-places and schools throughout Ethiopia, One Love performances serve as a dynamic vehicle to educate Ethiopians of all ages and walks of life about the threat of HIV and harmful traditional practices.  One Love workshops educate Ethiopian youth and empower them to find their own voice through making art.  Over the last 15 years, One Love has performed for hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians.  They celebrate youth-lead initiatives where students teach other students…
The idea behind this type of learning is that – if you teach today’s youth (tomorrow’s leaders) all they need to know about equality and bettering human-kind… they will grow up skilled and versed in all important matters in order to better lead their own generation when their time comes.
The first things Meghan noticed about Ethiopia when she arrived were that the things that we Americans think of as “normal” are resources easily taken for granted… Once there, it’s clear that the few resources the Ethiopians live on are eye-opening. 
Exhibition coming… with a date to be determined.  Now they are enjoying a guest who came back with them from Ethiopia, who is now collaborating with Meghan and the high school kids.  The project they are excited about is a T-Shirt screen printing activity, whereby each student will have their own T-memento from the beautiful and educational cultural exchange they were able to experience.
 
STUDENT ROTARIAN REPORT:
National Honor’s Society – raised money to help end hunger.  Classes began to compete to see who could raise the most money.  More money was raised than they had hoped.  It was very exciting. 
Also got a few sports highlights, but this scribe was experiencing operating difficulties with note taking at this particular time.
 
BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES:
None to sing to, as the Birthday Girl Amelia was absent… If you see her, wish her well!!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Sadie – Scholarship Committee is meeting briefly after today’s meeting.
Also, if you wore any blue today (either accidentally or on purpose), please allow a group photo to be taken in honor of Wear Blue Day… To raise awareness/support for Child Abuse prevention.
Damon – 28th and 29th – District Conference.  Tristam expressed some interest in attending.
Sandy Shriver – TRIVIA NIGHT(S)
     ~ April 17th – Battle of the Boards
     ~ May 8th – Battle of the Schools – For this one, we need help reaching out to schools – info blast them with the information and get as much participation as possible (Jon Secrest, Kevin, and Deborah offered to help with this.  Any more interest, or if anyone knows school contacts worth contacting, see Sandy S.) 

Will –  The ducks are laying, so duck eggs-a-plenty are available… take some if you’d like – Will has to streak so can’t stay but will leave these delicious yolky wonders for any interested takers.
Tristam – Coffee, both ground and whole beans deliciously roasted in Honduras, $12/lb provides a $7 donation to a Honduras student’s education scholarship.
Dan - Touch-a-Truck (Brattleboro Memorial Hospital fundraiser) is where we have flipped burgers in the past to help raise money – all proceeds going back to the hospital… This year it will be MAY 13th - Dan needs some help soliciting for food donations.  At this time he has not heard back from C&S yet, nor has he been able to contact another contact he was given.  Dan could use a hand… please contact him with available time to help him follow up with these tasks.

CARDS: Drum Roll… xxxxxxxxxxx … 10 of Clubs… No one has it, so … We ALL LOSE, LOSERS!! (No Srgt at Arms present, so we all chanted in unison the familiar phrase… with great gusto.)

BOWL OF LIFE:
Skipped this week.
 
BRAGS:
Ali – with $10 – Provided by the uber generous Booie in exchange for my typing the newsletter this week… (Thanks Booie, for that AND my breakfast!!)… $1 for everyone who got here before I did today… As I was the greeter, but failed to make it before 10 members who beat me to it!  (Terminally late as I always am, I should know better than to volunteer for this job…)

Jon – Been 12 years since he’d last sailed, but he is freshly tanned and just back from a recent vacation – a great time in Puerto Rico with a few old sail buddies.  Jon played ‘captain’ as they took their craft to a beautiful undeveloped island off the mainland, where there were turtles in the water and it was just beautiful.  Jon regaled us of tales of shoring off the ship’s mooring pin (that which anchors the craft) which then sent them floating, and bobbing … slowly drifting out to sea.  Luckily they enjoyed cell phone service the entire time.
Nick – $5 for this past weekend starting on Friday when we got hit with that snow storm – Spent time in Boston with his son, “Kinder-moon”? (Just having hit Kindergarten age) – Jack got 100% of his daddy’s attention at the Science Museum and also a Celtics game, where the Celtics won by 1 exciting point!

Sadie – Evelyn got to see her big (20 yr old) step sister in Boston too (Thanks, Nick, for reminding her to brag for their Boston trip)… They went to a great show Sadie highly recommends… “The Improv Boston Family Show” in Central Square.  “PG” improvisation; having never seen it despite living in Boston for 15 years, Sadie highly recommends this family-friendly and entertaining show.

Ali – One more brag… for my baby girl who got accepted to, and has decided on Skidmore College for her new life’s adventure.  Mom is busting buttons, so proud!!
 
Damon ended the meeting at 8:26 with the 4-way Test of the things we think, say or do…
And the meeting adjourned.
 
Respectfully Submitted, with the usual disclaimers attached.
Alisa

 
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Some of the moments from this year's Nothin' but Net 3 on 3 tournament!
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President Damon called the meeting to order.
 
This day in history….
 
1894: Hockey’s first Stanley Cup championship game was played in Montreal.  That city’s Amateur Athletic Association beat the Ottawa Capitals 3-1.
 
1982: NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3.
 
1993: The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586) featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64-bit data path. 
 
Thanks to KJ for greeting.  Greeter next week - Josh
 
Rotary project of the week:  Slovenia
 
In November 2015, Rotary Club Ljubljana 25 successfully closed last year’s charitable project with a solemn handover in the maternity hospital where they donated means in the aggregate amount of EUR 196,595 ($210,000 USD) to the intensive care unit for nursing and therapy of newborns.
 
Scribe today – Cindy
 
Scribe dates ahead: Nick 3/29, Mark 4/5, Booie 4/12, Bob 4/19
 
Guest Speakers: Today Amelia, 3/29 Sadie
 
Guests today:  Former student Rotarian John Lonardo, Josh Unruh – Brattleboro Reformer, former Sunrise Rotarian/Landmark College Ellen Smith as well as Devi, Lucy & Evelyn.
 
Current Student Rotarians Rachael & Samantha from Hinsdale HS talked about the Hinsdale town meeting day this past Saturday.  One of the items up for vote was the expansion of the elementary school which passed with 280 votes (18 people voted no!).  The Student Athletic Leadership provided childcare during the vote for up to 40 kids.  In other news, the girls’ basketball team unfortunately lost but with Monday came spring sports and all eyes are now looking toward Softball, Baseball and Track.
 
Birthdays & Anniversary’s - none this week so no lovely singing.
 
Announcements:
 
Damon - The District conference will be on April 1st in Keene and it looks like perhaps Jim V. has been nominated to go unbeknownst to him.  Those details are still working out. 
 
Damon - Mixer with noon club at the Brattleboro Country Club had a nice turnout.  Country Club has undergone some renovations that were noticed.
 
Damon – Deerfield Valley rotary has a putt and pour golf event on 6/9 at Mount Snow.
 
3 on 3 update Kevin & Toni – A wonderful success with only one very minor kerfuffle. We came close if not matched last year’s $9000 in revenues.  Totals are still being tallied.  “Thank you” letters are next to go out as well as last minute invoicing to those in need.  There are a lot of extra shirts available to be given out to all sponsors.  We had a robust turnout of volunteers with new faces.  As always more volunteers than jobs available but one of the best days yet in terms of how it was organized and run.  15 teams played.  Unfortunately, no participation from any Brattleboro area schools.  Looking to have a conversation perhaps on how the proceeds are distributed.  BUHS has not had a girls or boys team in years so maybe it would be a good idea to distribute the proceeds to the athletic department for disbursement.  They have been very good to us for this event. 
 
Sadie – Sign-up sheet going around for Overflow Shelter dinner service for 4/3
 
Sadie – We are putting together two teams for bowling which benefits the Big Brother & Big Sisters fundraiser “bowl for kids” on 4/1.  Sign-up sheet going around. 
 
Josh – Facebook following is high with 167 followers which is very good for a club with 38 members.  In that same vain a “members only” site like FB has been set up called BAND.  Can be used to communicate amongst members but not post new dog pictures (Jon)
 
Tristam – Trip to Honduras in August is a no go…. but good news is that the Coffee Shop is indeed open and not any longer online and virtual.  You can go and touch it, smell it and bring some home today!!
 
Sandy S. – Trivia night updates:  Battle of the Boards will be on 4/17 and Battle of the Schools will be on 5/8.  Thank you to all who participate.
 
Multiple club members - There were 3 extraordinarily dedicated Rotarians who braved wind, snow and other awful things to make their way to our meeting last Wednesday to only find that alas it was cancelled.  Kudo's to Tristam, Michelle & Ali……  
 
Cards
The potential for $42.00 but no one was a winner…. the Jack of Diamonds was not a friend to any.   
 
Bowl of Life:
 
This Rotarian met their spouse on the first day of college. 
 
Will picked Booie & Bob. NO. Then Will picked Turner. NO. well wait a minute, yes per Jon who had a conversation with Turner and thought that is what happened.  No worries, Nick did meet his wife on the first day of college so all is good.  
 
Brags: 
 
Evelyn: Saturday at the Bellow Falls Opera House there was a wonderful production of Sweeney Todd with a lot of participation from NEYT in both performance and costuming. 
 
Jon:  A little bit more conversation about Turner and his wife.  Also, shared that the Secrest family has welcomed a new addition and long anticipated member to the family, 6-year-old Aubrey(sp) who is a Shih Tzu. Dog allergies aside everyone is adjusting nicely and it was an arduous process of getting accepted by the rescue organizations to make this happen.   
 
Sandy L: Sandy and John finally had the opportunity to take a well-deserved vacation to St. Croix.  First real vacation in 2 years!! Wonderful time snorkeling.   
 
Erin: Wishes everyone Aloha and is so happy to be back.  Thank you to everyone for the tremendous amount of support and lovely card.  She had the amazing opportunity to be on what was described as an epic journey of courage and beauty as she was with her mother during the last three weeks of her life.  Her mother being a musician and dancer was blessed to have a house filled with music and many many members of her hula troop.  She in wonderful spirit danced from her wheelchair with up to 19 visitors at one time.  Erin’s mother was very courageous as she transitioned and Erin stated how grateful she was to celebrate her mother’s life in the way they did.  She hopes to have another celebration of life in Brattleboro in the near future.  Erin also attended rotary on the island at the oldest established rotary there which was formed on July 1st 1915.  The meeting was a lunch meeting and the setting and food was spectacular.  She presented a flag from the island to our rotary. 
 
Tristam: Tribute to Bernie Sanders for his commitment to all of us and his travels all over the country from being in Brattleboro and Springfield for town hall meetings in one day then traveling to West Virginia then back to Vermont on Monday to speak at a VA Clinic. 
 
Amelia: Brag for Hilltop Montessori and the upcoming Tag Sale which will be on 4/10.  Tables are going for $10.00 and Sunrise Rotary could have a table.  Come on out on that day to either re-home some items or acquire a new collection of stuff!  And there will also be a Pancake Breakfast!!
 
Turner: Spoke a little more about how he met his wife by circumstance when a previous interest (Jeanette) turned him down for a date because he did not have a car!!  He also reported that the Iditarod was very good.
 
Cindy: Had two brags – one for her oldest son who just returned from a trip to Cuba & Panama and for her youngest son who turns 21 tomorrow!! 
 
Kevin: A big thank you to Toni for all her dedication and help to the 3 on 3.  It has been going on for 21 years and during this past 5 years of his involvement he is so grateful for Toni’s assistance and all the club member’s participation.  A great event.  Also, a brag for his son and new wife who will be moving on 4/1 to a cottage in Alameda CA and leaving their condo. This will be a good move and much excitement for the next chapter of their lives.  Also, Kevin’s wife has had her 2nd carpel tunnel surgery and despite doctors’ advice is still doing too much around the house.   
 
Josh: Loves the March snow storms and in honor of all of this snow is wearing a pretty cool circa 1970’s sweater that he got from his dad.  Josh also shared how his daughter is a budding art teacher and is having a lot of practice teaching Josh how to paint - with a great deal of care and patience. 
 
Lissa:  Inviting everyone to a Cuban dance party at 118 Elliot for some food and (BYOB) drink and the great sounds of the Cuban band Criollo Clásico on April 1st.
 
Guest Speaker Ellen Smith – VP Institutional Advancement Landmark College
Ellen spoke about what she has been doing at Landmark College in the 2 ½ years that she has been there.  Landmark College was established in 1985 in Putney as a school for individuals that learn differently.  It currently has students that come from a large spectrum of learning differences (LD’s).  Starting only offering associate degrees they currently have added three bachelor degree programs to include Liberal Studies, Computer Science & Studio Art.  There is a staff of 208 and a student body of 480.  One unique feature to Landmark is the FY course that requires each student to study their LD and identify what might assist them to be successful in school This modeling of a course is being training across the country by representatives of Landmark College.  Ellen has the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places and enjoys her time with her daughter who also is a world traveler either in DC or when her daughter is on break to visit locally. 
 
Meeting was adjourned and all went forth to do their good work!!
 
Meeting notes respectfully submitted by Cindy Delgatto
 
 
 
 
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7:15 - Pledge and Kick Off by Empress Michelle
Thanks greeter KJ
 
Today in history:
399 BC Socrates sentenced to death by Athens
1842 Adhesive postage stamp used for the first time
1903 Teddy Bear introduced to the US
2002 GW Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain for long term nuclear radioactive storage
 
Scribe
Jim V. Today
Kevin Yager next week Feb 22
Ali on April 1
 
Guest Speaker responsibilities
Nick next week
Mark on the first
 
Student Rotarians
Career center classes are being cut including personal finance
Raffle tickets for FBLA Trip to states coming soon.
 
Birthdays
Dan Dietze - Thank you Debra!
 
Announcements
  1. Coffee Shop is open supports danny in Honduras
  2. Nutrition project starts next monday.
  3. March 9 at Brattleboro Country Club mixer???
  4. Volunteers still needed for Ski Jump
  5. Still looking for host families for State Music Festival
  6. Trivia night was a success
    1. Next month charity is Brattlboro Womens Chorus
    2. April will be battle of the schools
  7. 80’s dance march 4
 
Cards - Mark Ethier won $12
 
Bowl of Life - Who was Frederick van Hienewhopper - Debra
 
Brags
Jon Seacrest - Did home exchange in Quebec, saw ice hotel and bought damon a chocoalate hockey player
 
Sandra Ladd - Celebrating her 3/28 year marriage
 
Turner - Went on country music cruise and visited sister in FL. Its too hot and humid there
 
Sadie - March Shelter can’t snow. Camp Campalot this weekend.
 
Sandy - Battle of the schools on April trivia night also changing April date to April 17 if room is available.
 
Josh - Trivia volunteer brag
 
Jim - Brag for Lissa on her work on humanities grant
 
Michelle - daughter just landed an internship with a great lawyer. Big happy cry
 
Speaker
Sheila Humphreys - Supports orphanage in Haiti. - Foyer Evangelique Orphanage
Cofounder Haiti Orphanage Sponsorship Trust
Fundraiser on May 6 at 118 Elliott - Looking for a musician.

 
February 15, 2017 Meeting Minutes Jim Verzino 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Verzino
February 1 meeting notes:
 
7:15 Meeting called to order by Damon
 
Guests:
Evelyn and Ava Rosenswieg
 
Student Rotarian Report: Hinsdale
Elementary school expanding to meet fire codes
Midterms just finishing
GIrls basketball currently second place. Record 10-1
 
BIrthdays: Turner
 
Rotary Anniversary: Jason since 1996
 
Board Meeting Tomorrow Feb 2 at WKVT
 
Overflow Shelter Thursday Feb 9
 
3 on 3 - Letters went out to sponsors
High school secured, printing done
Posters are available if wanted, see Toni
Dan and Amelia are heading up concessions. Dan is second in command.
Rescue is volunteering - thank you
Registration is $50 for adult team and $40 for school age children
Adult winners get cash, everyone gets a t-shirt
Still need teams. Last year they had 32 teams
 
Trivia on Feb 13
Charity Brattleboro Library
 
Saturday March 4 - Back to the 80’s dance by Sons of American Legion and Sunrise Rotary. Proceeds go to Pure Water for the World.
 
Thursday March 9 - Mixer with Nooners - 5-7 pm
 
Erin received our card and will be bringing back a flag. Deb read email from Erin.
 
Wil Shakespeare has a speaker that wants to speak in March if anyone is looking for a substitute
 
Cards - 9 of spades. You lose losers
 
Bowl of Life - Lisa Fitzgerald met and hung out with Katie Holmes in Florida. She puts her pants on one leg at a time.
 
Ameilia - Dan donated tires to Hilltop Montessori van.
 
Nick - son turns 5 tomorrow, go Pats
 
Ali - Champion overhead doors fixed the brand new garage door that she had run into
 
Josh - Had a great trip to England
 
Sandy - Jason and Brattleboro Subaru and Dan Brattleboro tire - thanks for helping nin car purchase
 
Lissa - BUHS Nordic team is rockin’ it
 
Speaker - Toni talking about what we do with our money
  1. $50 for each guest speaker to Brattleboro heat fund
  2. $1,000 to project feed the thousands
  3. $500 to Rescue Inc. every year
  4. $1,000 to shelter box
  5. 1,000 to Rotary Foundation
  6. Turners sorts individual donations
  7. 3 on 3 goes to scholarships
  8. High school touch a truck
  9. Camp for a common cause
  10. Groundworks - Shelter dinner
  11. We give out almost 10K in scholarships per year
  12. Nutrition project
  13. Disc Golf
 
Projects
  1. Disk Golf
  2. Playground at Morningside
  3. Gathering place deck
  4. West river park 5K raised
  5. Stone porch painting
  6. Post Irene Boys and Girls club
  7. Whetstone cleanout
  8. Gardens
  9. Car Washers
  10. Poker tournaments
  11. Clothing drive
  12. Harlem Globetrotters
  13. Pumpkins welcome center
 
8:33 meeting closes
February 1, 2017 Meeting Minutes Jim Verzino 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
February 8th, 2017
Scribe- Josh
 
This day in History
 
1952
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom
 
1971
NASDAQ Stock Market Opens for the first time
1998
First Female Hockey Game in Olympic History: Finland beats Sweden 6-0
 
 
Speaker Next week
Ed
 
Scribe Next Week
Jim
 
Light Crowd for breakfast
Good work to our adventurous members who were able to chisel their car out of the glacial ice storm that covered much of the region last night and make it to meeting.
 
Student Rotarians
Past Friday High School Acapella Concert – Good turn out and fundraiser for Insight photography. If you are interested in hearing more then click or paste this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71ZS3SpP7bo
 
 
Hosting a Communicate and Dine event – To talk about issues in our High School- to find out the major issues happening and then take it to the faculty.
  • The new grading system
  • No student representation in administration
 
No Birthdays and No Rotary Anniversaries
 
 
 
Guests:
Richard Davis- Windham County Heat Fund Recipient
$1500
  • Need to give people more fuel, however the number of recipients is down
  • Donations are way up
  • Average fuel out to recipients $30,000-$50,000 to community
  • They give out wood, pellets, propane, kerosene
  • Bob has known Richard for many years- these two guys have been doing this selflessly for so many years. These guys give 100% of every dollar out to the people who
  • 12 year in operation, raised close to $300,000
  • No solicitations, no mailing list, no website and the money just comes in
  • Run By Richard and Daryl
 
Announcements
Rotary App for your smart phone or Ipad
  • Club Runner App – and has most peoples phone number
  • Please update clubrunner with your preferred phone number
 
 
We are looking for a social media chair?
  • To increase our reach in the community
  • For every event we do
  • Please contact Damon if you are interested
 
Overflow February 9th
  • Please cook for 30 people
  • Serving – Sara, KJ, Josh, Cindy
  • Dinner- Tristam, Diane and KJ
  • Beverages – Jim
  • - See recent Sadie Email for other food items
and details
 
Rotary Foundation 100th Year Anniversary
  • Please donate and lets have 100% participation this year
    • What is the Rotary Foundation – click on link below to learn more
    • https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
 
March 4th
80’s Dance to support American Legion and Rotary 8pm-12am at Legion
 
Honduras Possible Trip-
- Long weekend to see the work we are doing down there. Possible times Thursday – Sunday.
 
Strolling of the Heifers
  • Looking for Volunteer to be Marshalls- talk to Jim V.
Trivia- Coming up Monday February 13th for the Library
 
Cards-
Booey wins it and then promptly donates it to the Windham heat fund- Thanks Booey!
 
Brags
  • Evie- Camp Campalot opens on Friday
  • Sadie- high school Acapella
  • Damon- for his son for running and to Michelle for covering while he travels to Maui
  • Cindy- Cota and Cota for offering free apprenticeship program to becoming a plumber, think about lockers for the homeless
  • Ali- thanks to Cindy for helping me
  • KJ- thanks to rescue for the new building and the garage door
  • Toni- Kyle participated in the best warrior competition – the only female to compete- She has been in this unit for 1.5 years. Brett started his training and has been at Fort Bragg for 4 month. Then he starts selection school.
  • Kevin- Syracuse Orange Man- Huge Win, wish that his son was with him for the Patriots game, going on vacation to Mexico 10 days,
 
 
 
Speaker
Toni and Kevin
3 on 3 Basketball
Saturday March 18th
Set up on Friday Afternoon
Concessions – Amelia and Dan
  • Vermont Country Deli and Pepsi helps out
Registration 8:30
Games at 9:00
Done by 2:00
Would love to have 30 teams last year we had 20.
 
Double Elimination
Help Needed with:
  • Posters out
  • Talking to coaches
  • Court Monitors- to keep track of time, not really a referee, but to help mediate if arguments come up
  • Set-up
  • Clean Up
Sponsorship Letters
  • Sent out 100 letters
  • Revamped letter with more information about the scholarship
  • Up to $3,400 already with some new companies
    • Against the Grain
    • Members First increased their pledge
  • Our goal is $15,000
  • Last Year we raised $11,525
  • Toni – will send out email-able letter to club if we want to send out to our own network of contacts
February 8, 2017 Josh Traeger 2017-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ethier on Feb 08, 2017
Volunteer request from Harris Hill
 
Contact info;
 
Naomi Pollica npollica@gmail.com
 
Kathryn Einig kathryneinig@myfairpoint.net
Volunteers needed for Harris Hill Ski Jump Mark Ethier 2017-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

January 25 Rotary Minutes

 

This day in history - first transcontinental flight in 1959; first transcontinental telephone call

 

Guests: no guests today :(

 

Student Rotarians , John and Sarah:

 - getting ready for State Competition for FBLA - looking for donations - they can pick specialty - he’s doing sports marketing

 

  • Spring raffle - they’re looking for donations for the raffle - Raffle starts today - they will sell them next week

 

Jim Maxwell’s BIRTHDAY! woo hoo!!!

 

Announcements:

- Board meeting next Thursday at WKVT

- Last night was overflow meal next one is February 9th

 

Three on Three Update: Saturday, March 18th

  • Annual basketball tournament, biggest fundraiser money goes towards scholarship - really need everyone to get involved in helping out
  • We’ll be asking for help getting sponsorships
  • Amelia and Dan chairing concessions
  • Sign up sheet going around for concessions help
  • needing volunteers for court monitors etc.
  • If you know of groups or teams to cultivate for participation - get in touch - goal is 30 teams

 

Coffee shop is open! Name of mountain range where the coffee comes from is posted on the bags! Good stuff! Buy lots!

 

Cards

Queen of Spades - Losers. All of us.

 

Letters of thanks

Windham Housing Trust - thanks for the $400 trivia night

Feed the Thousands

 

Bowl of Life:

This Rotarian had an uncle who was football coach of West Virginia University -

Lisa picks Jason. NO. Jason picks Ally. NO. Ally picks Nick. NO. Nick picks Sandy. NO. Sandy picks Turner. YES. Good job, Sandy.

 

Brags:

 

Sadie: Went to DC for the March. Incredible experience. Positive and enthusiastic experience. Now work starts. Two women in Brattleboro organized 2 buses got everyone there and back.

 

Lots of help at the overflow shelter last night. Many thanks to all who showed up. Special thanks to Sarah! (Junior Rotarian)

 

Josh: $20 for folks who marched this weekend. Other brag for Lisa for helping Josh plan a business trip to GB.

 

Jim Maxwell: His wife and sisters are moving their parents both in their 90’s to a home. Second brag - tickets for BMC Windham Orchestra event. Conductor is fabulous! Brought a opera to town - something amazing for a town this size. Please attend a BMC event!

 

KJ: Shameless plug for Tech Rescue team - weekend outing with Keene student who went in water to help train Rescue workers. Come out and have fun with them!

 

Dan: Adventure without needing Rescue - Pittsburgh NH for annual snowmobile trip! 600 miles, baby!

 

Marcy: apologizes for speaker not being able to make it

 

Kevin: For wife - coming back from trip, encountered fog bank, she was driving, scary, she made it all the way to Wilmington - then they switched drivers - still bad weather. Kudos to her for bravery! Second brag - for Sarah Gauthier one of 3 students of the month at the Windham Regional Career Center!!! Woo Hoo!

 

Jen: Brag for great weekend her husband’s birthday - went to Celtics game. Great game! Game went into overtime! Celtics lost, but the crowd was polite.

 

Ally: Brag for her daughter who is in Equador - she’s there for 10 weeks. She left beach scene before people were mugged! She’s grateful that her daughter is safe! Second brag: Debra for compassion in the parking lot of North End butcher and for timely gift of lentil soup.

 

Lissa: Brattleboro historical society is working on Humanities grant - an audio tour of Brattleboro. Marlboro College will be agent. This is huge! We might get this grant - if there is a historical figure or bit of history that is unnoticed, let her know…

 

Sandy Shriver: Marjorie, his daughter - working 3 jobs! Saved up $7000! She’s going to be buying a new car from Jason!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

 

Damon: for Tito’s vodka which can be traded for lift tickets at Mount Snow. Katherine is a terrific skier and she doesn’t get to ski that much… they picked a date to go skiing, her birthday, and Damon was able to score some lift tickets for vodka.

 

Kevin: WKVT 5-7pm, Whetstone giving away ski tickets tonight.

 

Nick: Last minute speaker… Financial advice…

What’s the next “Apple” Stock? New startup that’s not public yet, there are some new organizations that are coming up with IPOs.  There are some stalwarts that have some new things coming (Tesla for example). 

 

Is there a push by people for socially responsible investing? The Home office doesn’t really have anything like that right now and Nick has asked about that.  Nick then went into a really great explanation of ETF’s and other acronyms that I couldn’t follow. 

Yes, there are a lot of people who are divesting of their non-socially responsible investments. 

 

Is there a way to invest in the marijuana industry? Lot of companies, lots of interest and lots of penny stocks.  The way Nick see’s this is to invest in companies that are adding this to their portfolio.  

 

A lot of non-profits in town have foundations and have cash sitting “under the mattress”, what is your advice to foundations who have a few thousand dollars they would like to put to work. Tough question because the nonprofits usually have specific guidelines they have to invest their money.  Timeline is a big question, especially with the possibility they may need access to that money quickly. 

 

Consensus is market timing is a losing game; however all indicators show stocks are overpriced, how do you factor this when advising clients.  The market is at an all time high. The main questions are what is your timing, if it’s 1 year, yeah it’s not a good time to jump in.  If it’s 10-20 years get in; since Trump has been in office things have bounced around a bit, not everything is up.  So it takes a lot more analysis of the individual and their goals. 

 

What about Trump’s protectionism, what will that change for international organizations? Nick is bullish on this right now.  There are a lot of things going on, thinks the domestic companies will continue to do well and we’ll need to keep an eye on the international companies.

January 25, 2017 Amelia Farnum 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Shriver
Rotary Newsletter:  January 18, 2017
 
President Damon opened with “this day in history”: 
 
 
January 18, 1788:        The First Fleet was the name given to the 11 ships which left Great Britain on May 13, 1787 to found a penal colony that became the European settlement in Australia.  It arrived on this day in 1788. 
 
1912.  English Explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition reached the South Pole, only to discover that Ronald Amundsen had gotten there first. 
 
 
2005.  The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.
 
 
 
Greeter:  K.J.  Thanks KJ.
 
Next week’s greeter:  Josh Traeger. 
 
Speakers coming up:  1/25:  Marcy.  2/1 Toni.  2/8:  Dan D.
 
Next two scribes are Valerie and Tristan so that is probably going to have to be re-worked.  More info to follow on that. 
 
Guests:  Josh Unruh.  Ad Director for the Brattleboro Reformer.  Also a member of the Vernon Selectboard.  Guest of Michelle Pong. 
 
Absent:  Lots of people. 
 
Student Rotarian:  Chrystol, It is exam week.  Everyone is stressing out.  The student council is selling non-sports related BUHS merchandise.
 
Jack:  All state auditions are coming up on Saturday.  He plays drums.  Project Feed the Thousands:  They raised $2,000 and collected c. 400 meals.
 
Morgan:  Talked about the proficiency based grading system.  Seems to focus more on tests instead of homework or class participation. 
 
Girls’ basketball team is 4 and 4 but losses have been to all the power house schools. 
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
Birthday:  Cindy and Tristam.  The singing was Gooooood.
 
The Board has approved the idea of new member projects.  $500 will be allocated to the new members within the last year to do a project of their own choice.
 
Max Kram, the recipient of one of our 3 on 3 scholarships, wrote a nice thank you note to the Club.
 
Sadie:  Overflow dinner is Tuesday, the 24th.  People should sign up. 
 
3 on 3.  Ali rewrote the scholarship letter, mentioning the John Penfield scholarship.  .  Turner mailed out 500 registrations. 
 
Tristam:  The coffee shop is open. 
 
Cards:   
 
5 of Hearts.  Bob Fagelson won $18.  Congrats.
 
Bowl of Life: 
 
“I was a guest on a national sports talk radio show.” 
 
Guesses that were RIGHT:  Kevin Yager.  It was the first guess.  We know you Kevin.  In the early 90s.  He got to talk Syracuse basketball on “One of One Sports”.  Called in at the right time.  Syracuse won the game. 
 
Brags
 
Tristam: Family is all visiting for his birthday.  They are filling 3 Landmark properties.
 
Evie:  It was Alexander Hamilton’s 260 birthday on January 11.
 
Sadie: Evie and 3 Moms are travelling to DC for the march. 
 
Jennifer:  Company of Muses is selling raffle tickets for Valentine’s Day.  A $1500 necklace is the first prize.  See her for raffle tickets. 
 
Bob:  Apologized for not making it to be the greeter 2 weeks ago.  Suffered an injured arm in the ice storm earlier that week.  He is doing better now. 
 
Speaker
 
Ali led a discussion concerning a vision statement for our Club.  Some of the comments made were: 
 
We are figuring out our vision for every purpose, not just how we spend our money. 
 
We talked about John Penfield and his effort to make the Club fun.
 
We should find out what holes there are in the community.  But not reinvent the wheel. 
 
Various people said the reason they come is to contribute to society. 
 
Fun and friendship is important.  Networking is important too. 
 
Ali’s notes from the meeting were: 
 
 
Our major focus surrounds issues of poverty including: food, housing, education, jobs, and mental health
 
 Our Passions: community, food, children, education, heat, security and shelter, as well as international partnering and outreach
 
> Why do we come to Rotary???
 Service above self
 Community outreach
 Youth
 Camaraderie through service
 Social responsibilities
 Support
 Networking
 Fun and friendships
 Multi generational sharing
 Mingling with other "doers"
 Together we are strong!
 
 
                                                                                    Your scribe:  Sandy S.
 
Rotary Newsletter: January 18, 2017 Sandy Shriver 2017-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Shakespeare
President Damon took the helm with quote:
 
“This Day in History: 1935 - Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California; 1922 - First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient; 1908 - Grand Canyon National Monument is created.”
 
Rotary Project of the Week: LIGHTING THE WAY TO A BETTER LIFE: Since the installation of more than 175 solar lights, families living on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, USA, can now read, work, and study long after the sun sets.
 
 
Guest Speaker: Club Assembly. No Guest speakers
 
Guests:
Bill Stevens, Bethany.
 
Scribes:   1/11 (today) = Will.   1/18 = Sandy S.  1/25 = Valerie.  2/1 = Tristan.
 
Birthdays:   Lisa Fitzgerald
 
 
New Member Inductions: Damon welcomed Lissa Weinmann, the owner and manager of “118 Elliot Street” with a classification “Communications”, with the Rotary wrap. Welcome, Lissa.
 
 
 
Committee Reports and Announcements:
 
Damon: Board meeting on Thursday, 1/12 at WKVT.
 
Deb: Erin’s mom is sick so Erin is in Hawaii with her providing care and support
 
Sandy S: We had about 55 players and ten tables at the Brattleboro the Boards Trivia night on 1/9. The Windham/Windsor Housing Trust board won the grand prize of about $400.
 
Kevin gave a wrap-up summary of the “Feed the Thousands” food drive. Thanks for your organizational skills in keeping us all on task.
 
Josh reported that Rob Spilla dropped by to let us know that we made $2,762 at the disk golf tournament. Well done!
 
Tristan reported that we have send over $700 to Honduras as proceeds from the coffee sales project.  Thanks all you coffee drinkers for your support.  Lets keep it going! Great coffee and great help.
Toni announced that the 3-on-3 Rotary event is scheduled for March 18th and we need to promote the event with posters, letters, registrations, etc.  Lots of work but one of our oldest and most productive fundraisers.  Business sponsors are critical to our success so if you know of a business that would like to sponsor us, reach out to them. More info and sign-ups for the work to come.
 
Cards: The Queen of Diamonds was pulled.
 
Brags:
  • Ali’s adventurous daughter is back in Ecuador for ten-weeks. 
  • Josh is going to the UK to look at “Pop-Up” roller-skating rinks that can be moved from place to place. Some people have really fun jobs!
  • Will invited folks to come out to the Latchis this weekend to hear the Brahms’s Requiem done by the Brattleboro Music Centers Concert Choir.
  • Lissa invited folks to a training on how to apply for a Vermont Humanities Council grant on strengthening institutions. The date is January 17th, lunch meeting at 118 Elliot Street.
  • Bill S made it to rotary today even though the roads were slick and dangerous. A true friend of our club.
  • Damon thanked Empress Michelle for covering for him last week at the podium while he went off to the World Junior Tournament in Montreal where his brother was playing. Eight hockey games at the Bell Center. That is true Canadian dedication to hockey.
  • Dan gave a brag for “studded snow tires” in helping get him off Woodford Hill and safely to Rotary. He made little mention of where one can get these special times.
  • Sandy L has four nieces and nephews who are visiting her grandpa in Florida. He is no longer driving so they are setting him up with an Uber account and teaching him how to use voice text so he can get his Uber car to come pick him up. Wow! What a great way to get around!
 
Club Assembly: 
 
Damon presented the topic for the Club Assembly after Tristam went to a Vision Team training.
 
Do we want to use the Rotary “Visioning Team” tool and consultant to help us define what our vision is for this club?
  • Do we need and/or want to do a visioning process as a group?
  • How and when would we do this to include as many members as possible?
  • Can we get community health and welfare data to help us in the process? (Sadie and United Way should have access to some of this data).
  • What are other clubs in the community doing? (Rotary, Elks, BPOE, etc.)
 
More discussion over the next few meetings to get a clearer picture of what this might look like.
 
 
 
Minutes provided by Will Shakespeare, 
January 11, 2017 Newsletter William Shakespeare 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
21st annual Nothin' but Net 3 on 3 basketball tournament 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Several of our Sunrise Rotarians gathered at the Restless Rooster for a cozy, pre-Christmas breakfast. What a fine looking group. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah!
 
Rotarians on the go! 2016-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim M on Dec 05, 2016
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes for November 30, 2016
 
This day in history  Missed it
 
Thanks to Greeters: Ed and KJ
 
Welcome guests :  Lissa Weinmann of “118 Elliot”; student Rotarians Cristol, Morgan and Jack from BUHS.
 
Thanks for the student report from Cristol, Morgan and Jack
  • BUHS Feed The Thousands kicks off today.  Drop items at BUHS.  (Sunrise also involved with FTT, and we’ll bring bags to a meeting this month for BUHS to take away)
  • BUHS played the Brattleboro Police Department in basketball and the outcome was explained by Morgan but the explanation was too complicated for the Scribe to follow.  Anyway, the event raised $500 for Vets At Home
  • Music Dept. fall concert over with; next event will be Acapella
 
No anniversaries
 
3 Birthdays:  Jerry, Jon and Damon
 
Kevin’s weekly fine list:  Michelle and Jeff for stealing the student Rotarians from Kevin’s table
 
Raffle drawing!
  • 2nd runner up (Vermont Country Deli)            Laura from Subaru
  • 1st runner up (Grafton Cheese)                       Joe Hesselin
  • WINNER:                                                       Jon Secrest
 
Board meets tomorrow (Dec 1) All welcome
 
Announcements
  • Overflow Shelter: December 6; next January 23
  • Blood drive in two weeks, on December 14
  • Project Feed The Thousands continues for 2nd month
  • Amelia query:  holiday party?—we’ll call Bethany at Duo’s.  Jon Secrest will put up the first $50 bar tab from his winnings
  • Tristam’s coffee on sale.  UVM student Amwynn Darrow will be returning to Honduras to train people in composting
 
Brags
  • $50 from Jon, for the good fortune and friendship in his life, but he will not wear a hairpiece, that won’t happen, no way
  • Evelyn brags with magnificent gestural dancelike rendition of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious--Mary Poppins, playing at NEYT
  • Jason $10 for the raffle ticket sellers
  • Ali brag for Trivia Night and Linda Torunski in attendance—Linda brought banner from Florida club
  • Sandy L brag for visit with her dad
  • Amelia’s brag for 100% participation in Hilltop’s annual fundraiser
  • KJ brag for the Christmas tree unloaders and the Reformer’s good judgment in printing photos of Sunrise people (Diane and someone else, sorry don’t remember who); also the Alstead music festival; also Sandy Shriver’s 2nd place finish in table tennis
  • Kevin bragging KVT’s PFTT outside Price Chopper and the $500 donor, what great support in this community for PFTT; also Mark Ethier coming thru with transport of food, etc.
  • Turner’s granddaughter one of 6 bassists in the National Youth Orchestra
  • Damon’s son Torin (sp?) running in junior Olympic cross country trials (?)
  • Ali brags for no-shave November, student Rotarians, Trivia Night, and a great Thanksgiving at Michelle’s
 
Speaker:  This Is Your Life:  one of our newest Rotarians, Lisa Fitzgerald, with bio, passion for waterways & being a travel agent, & family
 

Adjourn 8:35 a.m.
                                                                                                            Jim Maxwell
 
 
Future guest speaker assignments:  Next week: Will.  Week after: Sandy.  Week after:  Valerie.
 
Birthdays  Amelia and Kevin, belated
 
Anniversary Again, it’s Bob Fagelson, now for 21 years whereas last week it was 14 years, so time really flew over the past 7 days . . .
 
Brags
 
Todd on moving
Bob Fagelson on travels
Sandy L. on Seder in Brooklyn, the golf tournament, and prayers for Syrian refugees
Tristam on vacation in Arizona
KJ on youngest daughter turning 18
Jill on what great people we are (!) and she’ll miss us (and we’ll miss her and Maysa)
Josh on vacation to New Orleans
Kevin on Bethany and the joy of sharing Franklin Pierce
Diane on the Montpelier Rotary Club and singing
Dan on Natalie turning 13
Michelle on canoe racing with her dad (74)
Drew on KJ’s tough persistence in the training regimen
Marcy on Nature Camp with her daughter (home on spring break) and 6 Flags
Shannon on Restaurant Week and the medicinal use of psychotropic drugs
 
Card was something of Diamonds and no winner
 
No bowl of life, get those life-changing experiences into the bowl!
 
For This Is Your Life we heard from Diane, totally native Brattleborian, big family, happy in her job and glad that soon she and KJ will have an empty nest.  Question:  if you could go anywhere today, where would it be?  -- Ireland.  And it’s ok for KJ to come along.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Jim M
Sunrise Rotary Minutes for November 30, 2016 Jim M 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club
Meeting minutes for November 16th 2016
 
This Day in History: 1938 LSD synthesized for the 1st time in Switzerland by Dr. Albert Hoffmann; 1933 the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Soviet leader Maxim Litinov expressing hope that United States-Soviet relations would “forever remain normal and friendly.”; 1945 Cold War: Operation Paperclip: The United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.
 
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON 11/23!!
 
Scribe Duties: 11/30 Jim Maxwell; 12/7 Michelle Pong
Greeter: Thank you Cindy! Greeter for 11/30 will be Will
Speaker Duties: 11/30 Sandy Shriver – Association for the Blind
 
Guests:
Chris Willette
Annie
Lissa
Davey 
Lucy
Evelyn
 
No birthdays or anniversaries this week.
 
Student Rotarians: Rachel and Sam presented this week. The National Honor Society at the Hinsdale High School is collecting donation for a project to end hunger. This Saturday from 9-2 at the Hinsdale High School is the Annual Christmas Bazaar; craft fair and silent auction.
 
Announcements:
Josh - Guests were given a brief introduction about Rotary membership
Sadie - Shelter Meal on 11/10 was a success! Next one on 12/6
Kevin – Project Feed the Thousands collections have begun (Dottie’s, Coop and hopefully Price Chopper).
Dan – Blood drive on 12/13
Toni – Dinner raffle tickets are due ASAP – the drawing will be on 11/30
Sandy – Trivia Night next Monday 11/21 6:30-8:30 to benefit Southern Therapeutic Riding Center
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON 11/23!!
 
Cards: 4 of Hearts…You Lose Losers!!
 
Bowl of Life: Who has taken part in a polio vaccination clinic overseas? Michelle! Over 20 years ago in India; she administered the polio vaccination to lots of babies.
 
Brags:
Damon - (did you know his kids run a lot?) Aiden KHS finished 10th in all NE; Torren finished 7th at NE regionals at 5.49 a mile (!) and he may be going on to Saratoga then the Nationals in Alabama.
Josh – Brattleboro Women’s Choir concert this Saturday 11/19 at 7:30 and Sunday 11/20 at 4:00 at All Souls Church. Also, Toni is now a disc golfer!
Kevin – Lisa did a great job selling tickets – she sold all of hers to his wife!
Toni – Had a great time playing disc golf; brought Peter along and he likes it too.
Also, her daughter is almost finished with Air Assault School down in Ft Benning; set to graduate in 3-4 weeks. Amazing kid!
 
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Bonin, owner of Duo’s Restaurant, came to speak with us this morning. Stephanie is a Brattleboro native and her parents owned the Book Cellar on Main Street. She grew up learning about running a business in downtown Brattleboro as well as learning to garden and visiting the Farmers Market.  She moved away after high school and met her future husband on her first job interview at a restaurant. Since that time they have enjoyed visiting and critiquing restaurants and eventually opened up Duo’s in Denver about 9 years ago. About 2 years ago they moved back to Brattleboro and opened Duo’s downtown.
Duos’ is a “Farm-to-Table” restaurant that features seasonal food. The menu changes about 6 times a year. The mission is to “Deliver WOW with great food and great service”. They have recently opened The Lounge which has live music on Wednesday and Friday nights as well as a more casual menu. If you haven’t been to Duo’s yet, I strongly recommend it!
 
**Did I mention that there’s NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON 11/23!!**
 
President Damon closed the meeting with the four-way test.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!
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Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club
Meeting minutes for November 2nd 2016
 
Due to the scribe’s late arrival, there is no quote nor fascinating facts about what Rotary accomplishes
Likewise, those who slept in or had other obligations were missed, but not identified
Guests:
Shoshana & Ava
Carolyn Meub
Erin Maile O’Keefe
Mark’s daughter
Ameila Farnum’s daughter
Bill Stevens
 
Speaker Duty:
Next week Jason and the following week John Seacrest, the “sea” was intentional
 
Student Rotarians:
Morgan, Crystal & Jack who reported on Feed the 1000’s project and the sport season
 
New Member Induction:
Erin Maile O’Keefe, classification Creative Place Maker
 
Rotary Anniversaries:
Ross Gibson & TBJJR, that’s me
 
Birthday:
Shoshana
 
Announcements:
Board meeting Thursday, as I write this
Coffee sale scholarship for Dany
Trivia has been moved to 11/21 as Tristan Toleno double booked the space and did get fined
Jim regarding Rotary Foundation and that $$ is available, there is a multiplier, and any club can apply. Go to MyRotary, select “Take Action” and there you will find the grant tools & instructions.
Overflow shelter support, Nov 11th
Da Dietz & blood drive scheduled for Dec 14th don’t eat after midnight
 
Brags:
Marcy: $1 for Halloween, $1 for mother nature who knocked down her lilac, $1 for Rocco her interior decorator, $1 for helpers who made the Halloween scene super, $1 for the event
Booie for the last Santa Helper year, they are retiring, and they deserve an enormous public Thank YOUfor having helped so many families over the years
Lisa; $1 for 12 days in a car with her husband and they are still married, $1 Brattleboro Police Dpt recognition at International Police Chiefs convention, $1 for being on the finalist list
Jen: Silent Auction to raise scholarship $$$ for Brattleboro School of Dance and a preview this Friday at Hooker Dunham
Kevin: $10 for his son’s wedding, time with Danielle’s family, learning how to toast & survive, & Riverside Farms venue
 
Guest Speaker
Michelle introduced Carolyn Meub, Executive Director of Pure Water for the World
This started with Peter Abell who noticed how unsanitary the water was in El Salvador and the poor health of impoverished marginalized populations. He started a series of medical mission visits offering dental and optical care then decided to solve filthy contaminated water problem. Secured Matching grants for solar panels, there were as many as 8 installed but all failed due to poor training and inadequate follow up. The design then switched to bio-sand filters and that has been very very successful.
There is a trip planned to Haiti in January so for any interested in going get in touch with Carolyn through www.purewaterfortheworld.org and their Rutland office.
I’ve attached her power point and global grant proposal for Haiti.
 
Humbly submitted by your unbiased objective and not so prompt scribe
 
Have a great week
 
TJ
November 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes Tristam Johnson 2016-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club is now selling tickets for their annual Dinner Raffle to raise funds for Project Feed the Thousands and other Rotary projects.
 
This year’s first prize is five (5) $100 gift certificates to the following Brattleboro area restaurants: Duo; Whetstone Station; Panda North; The Marina; and Peter Havens. That’s five special evenings at five amazing local restaurants!
 
Two second place prizes are a $50 gift certificate to the Vermont Country Deli and a $50 gift certificate to Grafton Village Cheese.
 
Tickets can be purchased for $5 each or a package of five (5) for $20, and are available through any Brattleboro Sunrise Rotarian or by contacting either Jason (802-380-0848) or Toni (802-254-0047).
 
Members of the public can also purchase tickets on Wednesday mornings from 7:15 am to 8:30 am at the American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro during the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club’s weekly meeting.
 
The raffle drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
 
The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 at the American Legion Post 5. More than 35 members of the club work toward improving the community through business and civic partnerships that benefit area programs serving a variety of charitable causes. The public is always welcome.
 
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Rotary Minutes - October 26

Open at 7:15

Thanks to our greeter - Jim Verzino

Josh has volunteered to greet next week

This day in history: 

10/26/1881 - Gunfight @ OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ (President Damon even assumed the position of a gun fighter!)

1977 - last natural case of Small Pox discovered in Somalia

1825 - Erie Canal opens

 

Speaker today - Jim Maxwell (he didn't know)

Speaker next week - Carolyn Meub (Pure Water for the World)

Guests:

Lissa Wyman - prospective member (and pinch hitting guest speaker!)

Rachel and Sam from Hinsdale High School

Erin Maile O'Keefe (not a guest for long!)

Rob Szpila - Nooner

Davey

Evelyn (Steve-O :-))

 

Student Rotarian Report:

National Honor Society participated in “Making Strides walk for Breast Cancer” raised about $500.

Woman Can do Conference at Vermont Tech - about professions dominated by men, got to participate and broaden their horizons. 

 

Rotary Anniversary's - 16 years for Toni and Damon

 

Birthdays - Ed Dews - serenaded by our singing quartet (who did a fine job despite Kevin's absence - kid's weddings sheesh!)

 

Announcements:

Next Thursday (Nov 3rd) 5:30 at the Marina mixer with the Noon club

Dinner for overflow shelter, Nov 10, this year is a bit different, information sheet will be handed out (one is attached to these minutes).  Deliveries need to be there by 5:15 for 5:30 dinner. 

Upcoming Dates:

Dec 6

Jan 23

Feb 9

March 7 

April 3 

 

Tristam: Coffee for sale today!  Communications from Danny (the student our coffee sales support) will be posted this morning.  You have the opportunity to  view/read them in Spanish OR English!

Dan: Blood Drive December 14th @ 8 AM.  

Jim V: Going to a Rotary grant writing seminar this Saturday, think about ideas and talk with Jim V.  

Toni: Raffle tickets! Jason has sold 19 books! 

Next week: Carolyn Meub will be our speaker

Use http://smile.amazon.com and support Pure Water for the World

 

CAHHHDS: $10 - 4 of Spades - it's in the deck! You LOSE LOSERS!

 

Bowl of Life: This persons relatives had a hand in founding Ossippee New Hampshire: Sandy S, Dan, Jason, Ali(sa), KJ (they are here), Cindy, Jon, Debra, Michelle, Will, Diane (HE is here), Turner, Ed, Mark guesses Damon (CORRECT!) abandoned Ossippee for Saskatchewan. 

 

Brags: 

Rob Spilza (Nooner) - Still glowing and happy about the tournament.  The fun we had creating the course and the tournament.  Grateful for the collaboration and getting to know people better. 

 

Damon: Torin finished his season running in the rain on Saturday.  9th for most of the race, sprinted the last 10 meters, passed 2 kids for a 7th place finish!  All are happy some of the faster kids are aging out to the “older” division.  

 

Marcy: Rowan started swim team back up for the winter. AND Come see her Halloween Haunted House @ 134 Park Street in Springfield, VT. (I believe this is on Saturday night, emails to the host were not immediately returned :-))

 

KJ: for Shannon - Jam for Jodie a 2 1/2 year old who is battling leukemia at Boston Children’s hospital.  Jodie’s dad is a bartender at Fireworks in Keene.  All proceeds from the Thursday night event (at Fireworks in Brattleboro beginning at 6:30 PM) will go directly to the Heal Jodie Fund.  If you can’t make the fundraiser, please donate online @ https://www.gofundme.com/2r4herw?ssid=783662301&pos=1

 

Debra: First Brag as a Rotarian! She sits for very long hours, having a lot of pain while sitting, went to see Damon for physical therapy, Damon worked his magic and Debra has no pain!  

Two weeks ago noticed Ed does garage doors, asked him about fixing her doors, she came home and her garage doors were fixed! (that’s how we do it in Rotary!)  

 

Jason: Ed Dews came to the house and told him he needed new garage doors. Brand new garage doors installed yesterday. 

 

Josh: Ayla she's 6 now, excited for winter.  Taught herself how to read! Way to go Ayla!

 

Will: Son Nicholas, getting married in about a month (on a mountain top!).  Needs a suit jacket and no kilts allowed. :-(  

 

Toni: Drove to North Carolina last week and dropped off Brett's car.  Thanks to the friends who called along the way. Fayetteville was hit pretty hard by the recent hurricane. 

 

Speaker:

Valerie introduces: Lissa Wyman to tell us about a movie which premieres Nov 3rd at the Latchis. 

Great and inspiring crowd. Is ready to join the Sunrise Rotary!

Owns 118 Elliott gives low prices and tries to help out Non-profits. Very satisfying to work hard and help the community. (check out http://www.118elliot.com

 

Helped found the Woman's film festival and the Brattleboro Film festival.  Been consulting on a film about Vermont Yankee for about 6 years; almost didn't move to Brattleboro due to the plant. 

 

“Power Struggle” is the film, it chronicles the five years leading up to the closure of the plant. This is an important and interesting film.  HBO is a co-producer and will be aired on HBO next year.  

 

Sneak preview will be on Thursday, November 3rd @ 7 PM, Gov Shumlin will be introducing it.  There is a mixer prior to the film from 6 - 7 PM. 

Nov 4th starts the Bratt film festival (check out website)

 

The great value of the film is the view of both sides of this divisive issue. 

  

There is still no solution to the nuclear waste we have created in this country, over the past 70 years; we must learn to deal with this issue positively.  

 

Film tells us a bit about where we've been and how Vermont has played a role nationally in trying to have a voice in the issue of nuclear waste. 

 

There is a Haitian relief gig at 118 Elliott next weekend, check out the website. 

More about 118 Elliott - Couldn't find a place to have ADA compliant meetings. Were looking for a place to start and have meetings.  Found chemicals in the well (site of the old Lawrence water cure); took 2.5 years to get the certificate of clean water. Brownfields was entered in to.  Many different types of things happen in this space; a lot of arts and education happen here.  There is even going to be a funeral (with a body) there! 

 

President Damon closed the meeting with the four-way test @ 8:32

October 26th Meeting Minutes KJ Johnston 2016-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Goldberg on Oct 19, 2016
October  19, 2016
 
At 7:15, following the ritual Pledge of Allegiance, President Damon bade us welcome. We thanked our greeter and ray of sunshine, KJ -- and, keeping it all in the family, acknowledged Diane as next week's scribe. 
 
On this day in history
  • 1987 -- They called it Black Monday, after the Dow plummeted (interesting how that word seems reserved for gi-normous financial failure) a whopping (that one, too) 22%, or 508 points. 
  • 2004 -- Curt Shilling (in better days) led the Sox to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees in game six of the Americal League Championship Series
  • 2010 -- Chicago-born Tom Bosley passed away. Bosley, who worked like mad, is probably best know for his role as Ron Howard;s dad, Howard Cunningham, in "Happy Days."  He also had a recurring role, Sheriff Amos Tupper, in "Murder, She Wrote," and won a Tony Award for his title role as NYC's diminutive mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia in the 1959 Broadway musical, "Fiorello!"  Note from scribe: I saw it and can sing or at least hum the score for you if neither of us has anything better to do... 
Not around: Mark Ethier, Lisa Fitzgerald, Drew Hazelton (too much "adventure," say what?), Jeff Keliher, James Maxwell and Sandy Shriver  
 
Rites of Passage  
  • "Happy Birthday to You," Bob, Booie and Diane, was delivered with triple gusto by the Sunrise Birthday Singers  
  • There were no Rotary anniversaries to celebrate 
New to You! 
Erin O'Keefe (approved as a member) will be formally inducted next week.
 
Guests 
  • Amelia introduced Lucy Farnum
  • Kevin intro'd our two Windham Regional Career Center Student Rotarians, Sean Donovan and Sara Gauthier, as well as Evie and mom, Sadie
  • Ross introduced visiting Bill Bennyan (sp?), visiting New England from somewhere in Colorado
  • Turner introduced Kimberly Diamond, on hand to speak to us about Big Brothers, Big Sisters 
Student Rotarian Report 
  • Sean, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, told us about the frozen food sale and Yankee Candle Sales, both held to raise money for field trips and other special needs.
  • Sara, secretary of the FBLA, received $500 from these sales to help finance her trips to Lake Morey, Anaheim CA and Lake Morey once again.     
                        Full disclosure for absentees: We broke here for our speaker, who had to leave way earlier than 8:30. The report on her presentation will                               follow at end of these notes.    
 
Announcements
  • Josh reported on the great success of last Sunday's Disc Golf tournament. About 74 had registered and 68 showed up to play. The take was maybe $7K which, after expenses, will yield the club about $3K -- pretty awesome! -- as is the PR value. We gave Josh a much-deserved standing O!
  • Tristam read us a letter from Danny, one of our Honduran students, who also sent photos.  Tristam's posting all on his presentation board so you can check it out at a future meeting. Among other things Danny wrote about the School Garden program which provides much-needed vegetables as well as medicinal plants.
  • Dan reported as much as he could on the upcoming blood donation program. He and Debra R are partnering on this one. More to come. 
Cahds 
The Three o' Spades was plucked out of the deck for the second week in a row. This time, however, there was a winner -- Nick -- who claimed the $28.
 
Bowl of Life 
No bowl, so life goes on............
 
Brags
  • KJ bragged for Josh and Rob and Sadie for the Disc Golf event... for for the Adventure Race (we came in third)... for Jim Maxwell, who has volunteered to take over the emcee duties at next month's Trivia Night because KJ will be away getting orientated (is that a word?) for his new job... and finally for his and Diane's celebration of their anniversary 
  • Jen for "Seven by Poe" at the Hooker-Dunham (Halloween-themed theatrical presentation)
  • Shannon for a fundraiser next week (at Fireworks) to raise funds to help the family of a young person just diagnosed with leukemia 
  • Jim V once again for Josh and the whole Disc Golf team and to tell us about Windham Grows, being officially kicked off on 26 Oct, 5-6:60 at the River Garden
  • "15-Second Jon S" with a very funny accounting of the aforementioned Adventure Race, assisted by "The Almost Man," Dan D.  
  • Ali for her daughter, now back from Madagascar
  • Toni with more on the Adventure Race, and for her daughter Kyle on her promotion (she's in the military)
  • Kevin with his chestnut -- a fine for not wearing one's Rotary pin and a special fine for Jon's 10-minute brag and finally for his son Eric and fiancee Danielle who are to be marrked next week in Pittsfield VT
  • Damon, ever-proud of his Aidan, who "ruled" at the Homecoming Races in Keene.  
Guest Speaker – Turner re-introduced Kimberly Diamond, director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. with the organization for two years. Kimberly's BB/BS highlights (with apologies to her for this distillation of her excellent presentation): 
  • BB/BS began in 1904 
  • Largest national org serving this young population 
  • 350 BB/BS across the country -- with two in Vermont (ours and one in Bennington County). 
  • 41 years in Brattleboro 
  • Serves average of 50+ young people at any one time
  • Two basic programs -- community, where mentors and kids see each other out in the community, and school-based, which means they meet during school day at the school and only during the school year
  • Mentors make a one-year commitment
  • Why mentor?
  • So many young people come from less than ideal home and family circumstances and are subject to less than ideal forces outside the home as well.
  • Helps mentors or partners... check in monthly... offer trainings, etc.
  • Has staff of three
  • Takes a great deal of care making matches
  • Requires annual commitment
  • Mentoring is a preventative measure that studies have shown works.
  • Prepares kids to want to sit around tables like these (she meant those we are sitting at) in the future... (what a great way of putting it)
  • Main annual fundraising event: Bowl for Kids Sake
  • Many volunteers help raise money
  • Are building an advisors council
  • Is a give and take organization -- "We ask (for your support), and we also give (assisting you as needed)... "
  • Current goal: 30 Bigs in 30 Days (to make these matches by the end of the year)
  • Ages of kids: 6 to 18
Q/A: 
  • How do kids "get in?" / Referrals, interviews, many conversations. 
  • Tell me more about mentoring. / It's about relationship-building. Supporting kids around their likes. Mentors introduce their world to the kids
  • What's the time commitment? / It varies, but there's a four hours per month "minimum" 
  • What kinds of homes do most of the kids come from? / All different. Many from foster homes. "Bigs" do NOT play a parental role in the kids' lives. 
  • What's the age of most of your mentors? / Mentors have to be 18 and older.  Most are in the 40-70 year-old range. 
  • What's the gender split? / Pretty even between M and F here in Brattleboro -- against the national trend.  
  • How many do you now have in the program? / Currently 65 matches. Again, there are 30 on on our waiting list. 
Three of our club members have been BB/BS mentors: Ali, Michele and Diane. Each spoke very positively about their experience.      
 
Damon gave us the four-way test and, satisfied that we responded with positive enthusiasm, adjourned the meeting at 8:30 a.m. 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Jerry
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Minutes October 12 R Gibson 2016-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2016
We welcomed 1 returning and 6 new students into our Student Rotarian program this morning. If we haven't scared them away yet, we'll be enjoying the company and fellowship of Sean Donovan and Sara Gauthier from the Windham Regional Career Center; Samantha Lynch and Rachael Girroir from Hinsdale High School plus Christol Long, Jack Spanierman and Morgan Mazelli from Brattleboro Union High School. Let the fun begin!!
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Sunrise Rotary Minutes

9/28/16

Scribe: Amelia

Greeter: Thanks to Ross. No idea who next week's greeter is, but I'm sure they'll be friendly.

 

Guests: Erin O’Keefe, Davey, Evelyn and Lucy (Junior Rotarians)

 

Announcements

Josh: Disc Golf Tournament coming up. Kudos to Toni and Kevin for all their assistance. He is still working on sponsorships. Deadline is next week. If you have questions, see Josh. He’ll be there tomorrow around 5pm if you want to come and play.Be sure to sign up for the tournament. There’s a great score board and prizes too!

Dan: is organizing the concessions and needs assistance. Also looking for food to be donated. Give him a call if you can help.

 

Tristam: the coffee shop is open

 

B-Days: We still need to celebrate Booie’s birthday, but she’s not here. Singing to Jen! Her B-day is October 1st. Happy Birthday, Jen!

 

Cards: 8 spades. Valerie won and donated money back to the club

 

Bowl of Life: used to carry up to 5 ice cream sundaes and sing for work

Mark: not him - he guessed Josh

Josh: he guessed Ed

Ed: he guessed John Secrest

John: Ally not her - Tristam

Tristan: Jen! It was Jen!  When she was in college - Long Beach Island New Jersey. She worked two jobs in the summer! Striped uniform themes and she sang for us! 

 

Brags: 

Ally: thanks to all who checked in on her - recovering from third surgery. She received great text from John Secrest. 

Sandy: $10 brag! After 4 years encouraging her dad to move into assisted living, he’s doing it!

Shannon: Hike for the Homeless next Saturday the 1st and Empty Bowls Dinner next week too celebrating 90 days of sobriety today!

Josh: Hike for the Homeless - thanks for all your help. He’s passing around pledge sheet

Drew: Raffle tickets for sale! Also trying to drum up teams for the adventure race. Sign up on-line. There’s a Rotary team brewing…

Ally: daughter in Madagascar, teaching kids for gap year! Awesome adventure for her and mom.

KJ: daughter is in China has been there since May. Her birthday is on Monday turning 20! Last Wednesday went to conference in Burlington and had lunch with other daughter who is at UVM. Awww…

Tristam: Blissful ignorance - no idea he was responsible for having a speaker come! And for banging Ally on her sore knee.

Damon: Catherine had special annual meeting for her work and they left kids for the weekend and went to Portsmouth. Ran 1/2 marathon this past weekend. He finished 28th overall in a field of over 300!!!! Brag to Keene Elm City Rotary for bringing this race back to life.

Erin: went to school for architecture and she is building her own tiny house and she put her windows in!

Kevin: $1 for short brag

 

No speaker today so we discussed our committee structure. 

Kevin PR: making sure our club is in the forefront of the community - getting the word out about what we do. Paper, radio, social media… Lisa can help with Instagram and Shannon is helping with Twitter. Lisa could help us by giving a talk about Twitter and Instagram.

 

Tristam: International - think about the level of impact that we’re having are you satisfied? Think about that. He thinks that there is something more that could be done.

 

Josh: Community Service - coordinating with Dan, cooking for events, taking care of the gardens; overflow shelter dinners; help out with discrete jobs as they come up.

 

Toni: Fundraising: 3 on 3 usually raises about $10,000 for scholarships; Dinner Raffle; made just shy of $8000 last year; idea for lip synch contest - Vermont’s Got Talent - was super successful. Cooking competitions? 

 

Josh: Membership committee - recruiting new members

 

Amelia: Club Service Committee

 

Turner:  Donations 

 

Toni: Vocational Service - recruits student Rotarians

Sunrise Rotary Minutes 9/28/16 Amelia 2016-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
President Damon started our meeting with this day in History…......  
 
8/24 AD- Mt. Vesuvius erupts buying Pompeii and in 1814 British invade DC and in 1992 Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida (category 5)….not a very uplifting history lesson this morning.
 
On a happier note he shared current Rotary projects from around the globe with us. In Thailand they are promoting peace and conflict prevention/resolution as one of Rotary’s 6 areas of Focus through a meditation program in youth detention centers. The meditation program was set up for the juvenile offenders in order to reduce the recidivism rate.
 
GREETER:
Cindy (our brand spanking new member) very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Josh will be at the door with a smile  to say good morning.
 
GUESTS:
Anwyn Darrow- guest speaker
Amelia Darrow- guest speaker’s mom
Nicholas No Last Name Nephew of Ed Dews
Nicole Barry (aka Nikki)
Debra Rosenweig- prospective member
Cindy Ferrante- Nooner
 
 
Those who couldn't get out of bed this morning:
Nick DuBois
Mark Ethier
Arden Fagelson
Robert Fagelson
Diane Hashagen
Drew Hazelton
KJ Johnston
Jeff Kelliher
Todd Murchison
Jason Posternak
Valerie Stuart
Jim Verzino
    ……working from memory and that is not exactly as reliable as I’d like to admit.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  1. Trivia Night starts again on Monday September 12th. Charity is Brattleboro Literary Fest. No teams signed up yet!! Share the event on Facebook and get the word out. Flyers are available for display!
  2. Thank You card was received from the new District Governor Dennis McMann from his visit last month.
  3. Dan- would like to consider some sort of project/fundraising to help flood victims in Baton Rouge.
  4. Speaking of Louisiana…Linda Tourunski extended a greeting and let us know that she hopes to be in the area around Thanksgiving and may stop in for a visit.
  5. Next Thursday is a board at 7:15 am at WKVT….all are welcome.
  6. Josh- updated us on the disc golf course. They met on the course to discuss the grand opening and played a round…just to test it out J Having a soft opening this Saturday if anyone wants to head up and check it out.
  7. Kevin fined everyone without a pin and fined Josh and KJ for being the Reformer for the V Bikes.
 
 
 
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today L
CARDS:  10 of Spades..… and the winner is ~  YOU LOSE LOSERS!!!!
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
This Rotarian worked for 5 months on remote Pearl Farm and I’m not Jon Secrest…..Jerry was picked to go first and he guessed Will who guessed Tristam who guessed Jim who guessed Josh (who evidently is the only member who believes women can do anything) who guessed Shannon which was the correct choice!!
 
BRAGS:
 
Sadie:  Lots to brag for. First wanted to brag from Jim and his Gaye for their performance in Eurydice at Next Stage in Putney. Second brag for mom being town…for the BIG DAY. Third for the wedding gift from the club, she is going to wait to open it until she gets home with John. Fourth for Lisa who helped plan their trip to France and lastly for Dan for fixing her tire.
 
Tristan: Apologized for hiding in the kitchen, promises to join us soon. Also he and Susie celebrated their 1-20 anniversary ( I think it was today??, I missed the date)
 
Lisa: First official brag as a Rotarian…YEAH Just returned from an amazing (totally unplugged) vacation in Jamaica. She also bragged for us for inviting her to join the club, we already know that we are the lucky ones!!
 
Dan: Went to the car show last Saturday that was put on by the noon club. He brought down his old Buick and parked next to an amazing pick up……..he proceeded to tell some wild tale of getting the pick up dusty and the guy making him clean his truck. Anyway, the truck owner turned out to be Shannon’s dad, small world.
 
Jen:  Bragged for Brattleboro School of Dance is having its fall open house this Saturday. Classed start on September 6th. They will be offering free classes on Saturday…Zumba, theatre jazz, etc…
 
Shannon: Bragged even though Dan hijacked her brag….her father’s truck won “Best Truck in old car party thing” (her words not mine)
 
 
Bethany: Got up to thank us all for including her past year. This will be her last meeting as she is leaving for college early Saturday morning….we expect great things for you missy!!!
 
Ross: Bragged for the importance of practice!!! There was a fire at Thompson House last week were his mother in law resides and the time from the first alarm until the last resident was out was 3.5 minutes!!! Fire trucks weren’t even there yet.
 
Michelle: Bragged for their vacation to Florida….Harry Potter World amazing, Disney not so much. Her husband asked her why they decided to vacation on the sun…a little hot in Florida in August, especially when there is no trees for shade at Disney. Also bragged for her daughter who is starting her first week of law school at Quinnipiac, won’t see her unitl Christmas.
 
Turner: This upcoming Saturday he and Kay will celebrate their 1-51 anniversary….we have to start calling her Saint Kay.
 
Damon- also bragged for his parents who last Saturday celebrated their 1-51 anniversary
 
Kevin:  Believe it or not did not brag this week ;)
 
 
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Anwyn Darrow, a former BUHS student who spent 4 months in Honduras teaching English to students. Anwyn kept a blog while she in Honduras and I pasted some sections below. What an incredible kid…..  https://anwyngrace.wordpress.com
 
                             
San Pedro Sula is the industrial capital of Honduras. A university student I had the awkward pleasure of conversing with told me that the college retention rate in Honduras is 10%. And that out of the eight (almost nine) million people in the country only 1 million have college degrees. The cities are really pretty dangerous. I’ve barely spent any time there, but I hear about deaths frequently. The boys here have spoken to me some about the gangs and their symbols and hand signs and such.
 
On Sunday morning we sat in dark wooden pews and sweated through a nice church service. As we were leaving a small man came in asking for money. He was walking like he wore a high heel on one foot, limping hard, and I saw that the flesh was completely falling off his battered up leg in a really gross open wound. I’m not sure if it was a disease or his leg got run over by a car and he couldn’t pay for medical help but it was really bad. I’ve never seen something like that. My stomach turned and heart broke at the same time.
 
You know how you’re young and insecure and you wonder when you’ll stop feeling insecure and second guessing your every move? Well one day you lift your head up and look out at the Honduran scenery and you don’t know when it happened but you left that self behind long ago.
 
At this point living Central America is so normal to me. It doesn’t feel like I’m really traveling, I’m just living, nothing different.
I’ve taken a nice trip outside my comfort zone. It seems at this point I’ve misplaced it, but I’m happier without it.
Something that has returned to me many times is the feeling of missing going out to dinner or tea with my friends and family. Of course I miss my friends, family, and sitting in the daylilies and eating black raspberries a hundred times more than the actual going out to lunch part, but I miss the luxuries.
 
It’s that feeling of sitting at a nice cafe and feeling like my whole life is ahead of me, unending opportunities, romance, travel, adventure. But it’s all because I have money. I’m so privileged. I get to live a movie-like life. And most of the people around me in the U.S. do as well. And I can’t even imagine the millions of lives of suffering. But we also rarely think about the lives of so many kids, so much like me, who just don’t have the money, the opportunities, and their lives aren’t like the movies. They don’t get a car when they turn sixteen, they don’t get to hang out with their friends after school or go on spring break. They don’t go out to cafes and sit and feel all fancy and talk about the opportunities they have in their privileged lives. They’ve just been dealt a different hand. Their culture is different, their families different, everything around them is built differently. It’s just crazy all the stuff we take for granted.
 
On Thursday night they threw me a surprise party. I wasn’t completely surprised because I saw them decorating and all, but it was a complete surprise how special and meaningful it would be.
 
They dedicated the whole evening to me, made a video of pictures of my time here and just filled me with love and gratitude. They performed traditional dances, songs, gave me gifts and invited all the parents and teachers too. I am so thankful. I have never ever, ever had something so amazing done for me. They made me feel like the most special person to ever walk on the earth.
I can not describe it to you fully because what made it absolutely incredible was every single person here who loves me and the connection we share. Some connections are small, some are loud, some are based on smiles, some are based on swear words. Some connections are deep like a ravine that has been carved with incredible conversation and laughter. Some are light and small like the wind. But whatever kind of connection it is, every single one is special and absolutely bursting at the seams with love.
Jesus Cristo I cant even put it into words. Out of everything they did for me I will never, ever in my life or afterlife forget what one of my friends did for me.
 
This fifteen year old boy who I’ve known for less than 3 months, performed out loud— in front of everyone (students, teachers, parents)— a poem written by him, about me, and then proceeded to perform a dance to Lady Gaga’s Alejandro. At which point I got up and danced with him— just the two of us dancing to a lady gaga pop song in front of everyone. It was f***ing great. He even made a shirt to go along with the presentation that said “We love you Any.” This is a fifteen year old boy who fools around in class, loves soccer and Jennifer Lawrence and is a complete goofball of charisma. How is it that I got so lucky? I am head over heels in love with all of the students here. I can say with confidence that overall, the people here are more openly loving and more generous than generally people are in the United States.
 
Now that I know that someone I just recently met loves me enough to do that, I don’t think I could ever give myself to someone romantically who wouldn’t do the same.
 
And to top it all off, the earth new it was a day for me and gave me a sunset unlike one I’d ever seen. I knew it would. Clouds outlined in tiny intricate gold pink in a sunset better than The Lion King. In honor of me.
 
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Posted by Ali Barry on Aug 18, 2016
ROTARY RAG
AUGUST 17, 2016
President Damon called the meeting called to order at 7:15am and started us off with
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: August 17th
1969 – Woodstock Music Festival concluded
1982 – First Compact Discs are released (Germany)
2008 – Michael Phelps wins 4x100 Relay to become 1st Olympian to win 8 Gold Medals in the same Olympics

ROTARY PROJECT OF THE WEEK:
The Moraine Rotary (Moraine, OH) partnered with the city of Moraine with their National Night Out by providing free hot dogs and ice cream to Moraine residents that attended the event.  The National Night Out campaign is designed to get the community and first responders together to help with a better relationship between the two constituents.  In addition to providing financial support, the Moraine Rotary accepted donations to the Pirate Pack Program to help hungry students in a local school district to have something to eat on the weekends during the school year.  One Rotarian accepted $1 donations for allowing attendees to combine foods to create a weird culinary taste that the Rotarian would then eat; such as ice cream, mustard, and jalapeño peppers!
 
GUESTS:
Phil Steckler (Commercial Business Broker), and Cheri Brodhurst (BMH) – BOTH from the Noon Brattleboro Rotary Club
Bethany Martin -- Our Best Ever Student Rotarian

SCRIBE:
Today: Ali(sa)
Next Week: Toni… Followed next week by Dan
 
GUEST SPEAKER:
Today: Amelia (oops – she forgot…!!)
Next Week: Booie – Although Tristam plans to fill in with a special guest from Honduras
 
BIRTHDAYS:
August 20th Todd Murchison (Although on a leave of absence, please sing to him if you see him in your travels)
August 22ndShannon enjoyed a birthday serenade by our own Sunrise Rotary Birthday Quartet

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Sadie – Card for Timberly going around – congrats on the arrival of Baby Joshua!!!
Ali – Need fill in for me (as I was going to fill in for Sadie) at next month’s Trivia Night… but Surgery #3 on my poor knee the following day will make my own participation impossible… Amelia steps up to bat… thanks Amelia!
Marcy – Belatedly hands out the new members’ informational membership packets – now they have the swag needed to be official! 

BRATTLEBORO ON WHEELS – (A Noon Brattleboro Rotary Project)
This Saturday, August 20th at BUHS – 8am opening – Day includes Car and Cycle Show, Breakfast and Lunch, Scavenger Road Rally and Music, 50-50 raffle, prizes ongoing…
FREE ADMISSION for spectators; $10 per show vehicle entry

CARDS: 46 MILLION dollars… uh wait, accounting error – that’s 46 dollars…
Drum Roll… xxxxxxxxxxx … 4 of Diamonds … and it’s in the deck - so Srgt. at Arms Ed Dews assures us that we all LOSE LOSERS!!

BOWL OF LIFE:
“Drove with Danny Sullivan around the track…” (And sadly, this scribe was unable to hear the details of said tidbit due to a raging air system overhead)…
Mark Ethier guessed Sandy Shriver, who promptly and unceremoniously associated driving with our own Jason Posternak… and the guess work was over.
 
BRAGS:
Jim M – Next Stage and the Apron Theater Company in Putney present the final weekend of Eurydice – A modern take on the ancient myth of Orpheus – a retelling of the story from the heroine’s point of view… $15 at the door.  Also a brag for his “teeny tiny” part in an Australian film for which he continues receiving teeny tiny residuals.

Amelia – Been away a few weeks but upon her return she noted that a kind stranger from across the world sent her an image of a Syrian refugee child wearing a Hilltop Montessori School T-shirt, which is really quite remarkable!  (What they won’t do for a little advertising!)

Jen – A brag for Vermont State Parks… Each year her family picks a new one to camp at… This year the black bear said to be roaming round the grounds didn’t visit their camp, and all was well.  Also a big “1-16” Anniversary brag for her and her husband (First marriage, 16th year).

Marcy – Fines herself for getting membership packets in so late… but at least her name tag ordering was prompt and efficient.  Also another Anniversary brag for her “1-18”!  And finally a big Mother-Daughter brag that her and Rowan enjoyed a girl’s get-away to the Rhode Island beach, aquarium, and 6-flags… a mini 2.5 day vaca extraordinaire!

Phil – Anniversaries abound… he and his wife Marsha are celebrating their “1-47”… but they’ve learned the secret to marital bliss as Marsha was up celebrating on her own at Lake Winnipesaukee!

Valerie – Enjoyed a great visit to Germany to see her daughter she hadn’t seen in 6 months; enjoyed the Rhine River and saw many castles.  Also Anniversaries might just be contagious… Val and John celebrated their “1-29”.

Sandy Ladd – Enjoyed a summer 2-week get-away in northern Rangely, Maine where she and John played golf and went kayaking.  Upon returning, she helped her sister celebrate her 60th birthday by crossing something off sis’ bucket list – Zip Lining at Lake George…  Family talk ensued about everyone ushering in their birthdays this way with a bucket list adventure… which begins a concerning precedent, as her nephew mentioned his great wish to sky dive.  Last brag for a trip to Rigley Field in Chicago where Sandy was lucky enough to enjoy watching the Cubs win!

KJ – First big brag for Drew at his Rescue Open House where he helped young ones (kiddos as little as 3 ys old!) cross a ropes course.  Drew came alive and it was great to watch.  Also, for Jim in Eurydice – a fantastic show KJ highly recommends.

Kevin – Daughter Sarah employed as a nurse for one month now, just endured her first 12 hour shift… and survived to tell about it.  Another brag for his Syracuse buddies – friends for 35 years.  Classmates bond time reunion touring the newest Syracuse facilities… reminisced with jokes, stories and old photos (yes, Kev… you used to look like that!!)

Mark – brag for enjoying some vacation time and surfing in the salty sea… only to discover that if you put your contacts back in too soon when the salt is still in your eye, you can burn holes in your corneas!!  (Food for thought, folks)… Big thanks to Doctor McGinn for his excellent care – he’s seeing fine again.

Cindy DelgattoNewly Initiated Member – Her eldest son (28) Joseph holds two jobs and is a volunteer fire fighter on the side … This week he was on call at a fire and he was conscientious enough to save family photos he saw by tucking them away safely under a mattress to protect them from the fire.

Jon – Mom in Residential care… sneaky son “snuck” in a couple drinks he and his mom could enjoy while he visited… mom had fun and enjoyed the “dirty deed” (which was fully legal, although mom didn’t need to know that, lest the enjoyment of the deed wane)… and while Jon felt great about his gesture, the next check in call proved to be of some concern… Mom may’ve overindulged a bit and had trouble with dinner later that evening (Hard Lemonade went right to her head.)

Drew – Rescue Inc is again teaming up with Brattleboro Subaru to raffle a GRAND PRIZE adventure package to include: a 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Roof rack and Kayak!  Other prizes to win include Dinner for two at Peter Havens, and cash prizes.  Drawing at The Marina on October 13th – 5:30-7pm.  Tickets only $20!!  Drew has about 3,000 more tickets to sell, so see him before they’re all gone… (heheh)  Also coming soon is the next Obstacle Adventure and Family Fun Run 5K Races to benefit Rescue.  Saturday, October 15th at Jamaica State Park, in Jamaica Vermont.  See Drew for details or check it out online at: adventurerace.rescueinc.org.  This year’s obstacles promise to be even better than last year’s (last year’s participants asked for greater challenges!)

Dan – Speaking of adventures… he’s been training for this Rescue obstacle race with his daughter and nephew visiting from France this summer.  Bromley Adventure Park was where they headed this past weekend, but the park opens late, so they started at nearby water hole (with 30 foot drop offs to the water – real sinus stoppers!!)  He finally conquered the diamond trail at Bromley with daughter, proud to say.

Shannon – cruising in her intrepid Toyota Corolla, got her car to summit Mt Washington.  (Although the journey’s visibility was about 20%, with 80 mile/hr winds, and she cried 3 times in her trek)… arriving at the summit, woefully underdressed, freezing, she ate a chili dog and went directly home.

Sadie – Also adventured (with daughter Evelyn) at Bromley… although with her fear of heights, her mere 5 feet jumps had her heart racing… with Evie leading the way, “C’mon Mom!!”  Super fun!

Toni –Participated in yet another Tough Mudder after much arm twisting by her daughter. This TM event was at Loudon and she dragged along one of her older sisters. The 11 mile course with 23 obstacles was a lot of fun– All crossed the finish line!

Tristam – for he and for Phil… They know (or perhaps their wives do!) how to usher in auspicious anniversaries… Tristam celebrates with Wendy his 2-28… and she’s not upstate, but actually across the country!  (How to keep a marriage fresh – take note.)

Nick – Ongoing brag for mom whom we heard a few weeks ago suffered a brain aneurism… This week she was released from the hospital, walking, high-fiving (with an arm previously unable to move)… and the healing continues – Inspirational!!

Damon – Camping with the boys and Kathryn… his adventurous water skiing spirit not to be poo-pooed… he FINALLY was able for the first time to stay up with only one ski!

No Guest Speaker (Amelia… tsk tsk… haha!)  So our newest member Cindy Delgatto regales us with personal tidbits in another helping of…
THIS IS YOUR LIFE:
 
New to Brattleboro, they just moved from the Midwest (Indiana) and happy to be here as  she reports she’s not a Midwestern girl.  She finds folks here are homey, warm, and genuine.  Family was from NY, and her husband’s family was from here, so they moved back to NE.  They bought Curly Worden’s home (Town Celebrity Curly - conversationally this made a great way to meet people… “Oh, you’ve bought Curly’s house…?”!!) 
An only child herself, Cindy grew up in the Catskills where her own mother was the very first female matre’ de manager at a resort in the Catskills (where she jokes that she learned about service above self at a very young age!)  Picture Dirty Dancing, Cindy relates.
They have three children – Joseph (28), Danielle (26), and Matthew - the baby (who prefers to NOT be called a baby at 20)… also a large dog Belle.
Her hobbies include gardening, kayaking, snow skiing, cooking, and trying new things.
Hair previously cut at Enright and Company… she’s been growing it in for some time, and is due to return for another cut soon.
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Posted by Jim Verzino on Aug 03, 2016
Guests –
 
Cindy DelGato – prospective member
Jeff Kelliher
Claire Thomas – BUHS graduate and scholarship winner.
Lisa Fitzgerald- prospective member
 
Rotary Anniversary – Jim Verzino
 
Announcements
  • Disc Golf – Total of 75 volunteer shifts in last two weeks, 14 from our club, only 12 from noon club
  • Need volunteers to help organize the tournament for October 2 (tentative date)
  • Cindy and Ross and Tristam volunteered
  • Monday, August 8 is Rotary Romp. Marina parking lot at 5:30 for those that want to romp. Marina for drinks and fellowship at 6:30.
  • Pure Water Golf Challenge in Keene August 19. Nick is playing
  • Board Meeting tomorrow morning at WKVT
  • Fenway Park Trip is Sandy Shriver thing. Marty from noon club is trying to put together 20 people at the end of August. Sandy can’t go so is trying to hand off the job.
  • Open Ring Circus event August 13 at NECCA
  • Marcie birthday on August 8. Singing Ensued
 
Cards
6 of Spaids – Losers
Bowl of Life
Who was a Whitewater Rafting Guide out West – Todd
 
 
Brags
  • Marcie – Went on a date with her husband. Sorry but I missed the rest.
  • Nick – Family rented a camp at Big Sebago. Brag is for Mrs. Dubois who had a brain aneurysm on vacation. All signs are good given how bad things were.
  • Michelle – Went to NE Horror Writers Convention. Encourages us all to find meetups of like-minded people. Her husband gave it to her this as Christmas present, and he is so AWESOME!
  • Drew told us about Rescue Raffle. Adventure race is October 15, Building project in Townsend broke ground last week.
  • Toni – Driving to GA to Fort Benning to see her son.
  • Damon – 21 year wedding anniversary this Friday
  • Tristam – Yellow Barn music festival is coming
  • Sadie – NEYT this summer – Three Sisters – Supreme costumes because they have had a costume designer class with “costumers” (def: people that make costumes). Shows are August 12, 13 and 14.
  • Everybody but Valerie has a pin on. She paid a fine
Speaker
Claire Thomas – Scholarship Recipient from BUHS
Claire will read her essay and is going to the University of Chicago. Wants to study international relations and has an interest in writing.
Went to Germany with Experiment in International Living last year
 
Meeting adjourned at 8/19
 
Meeting Notes Wednesday August 3, 2016 Jim Verzino 2016-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Minutes - 7/27/2016
President Damon rang us in at 7:15 (Ed immediately started the Pledge to the Flag)
 
Today in history:
Bugs Bunny was introduced in 1940
Korean War ended in 1953
 
Thanks to Kevin for greeting this week!
Greeter next week: Shannon
 
KJ humbly subbing in as scribe for the traveling Mr. Traegger
Scribe Next week: Jim then Kevin
 
Guests:
Bill Stevens - Assistant District Governor
Lisa Fitzgerald - prospective member
Jill and Maysa and Jill's Dad David
Cindy Delgatto - prospective member
Dennis and Donna McMann - District Governor
 
Rotary Anniversary: Drew Hazelton - 2 year anniversary (Yay Drew!)
 
Announcements:
Frisbee Golf Course: work is going well - Thanks to everyone for putting in their blood, sweat and tears.
 
Todd Murchison - Requesting a leave of absence, medical issues are preventing him from joining us regularly.  Todd sends his best wishes and is still committed to the club.
 
August 19th - Pure Water for the World Golf Tournament in Keene.  Would love to have a team, but if we can't put a team together they will put us with another group.  Tickets are available to attend the after party if you're interested.  Please see Damon with questions (LINK)
 
Rotary Romp - August 8th @ the Marina @ 5:30 - come walk, run, bike, or stumble! Just join us for fun and exercise. 
 
Red Sox tickets are available for a Rotary group of 20 or more people, see Sandy Shriver if interested.
 
Scott Gordon-Macey's birthday - Happy Birthday Scott.
Happy Birthday to Jill's dad David (and Maysa, birthday tomorrow)) who were serenaded by our wonderful singers.
 
6 of clubs - You are all winners just for playing.
 
Brags:
Sadie:
Dinner last night with District Governor, thank you North End Butchers!
Today only! Flyers for WOW Frozen yogurt to have a portion of the bill is contributed to United Way Kid's in Coats fund.  Kids in Coats hasn't been as well funded as the old Christmas Stocking, trying to raise funds, a long way to go, any support is welcome.
Sandy Shriver:
Got Married!  Raining, but was able to move inside on short notice.  Apparently the officiant sat in the rain and drank, but they found someone to perform the ceremony. 
The next week went to California to see his niece get married.  Southwest Airline's extended his honeymoon by three days (Thanks Southwest!)
 
Sandi Ladd:
What the heck is that?  It's a HUGE cucumber!
 
Jim Maxwell:
Bragging for the people who have participated in the Frisbee Golf Course ($5)
Performing at "The Next Stage" with Apron Theatre company opening on August 12th, Eurydice (LINK) (another $5!  Jim is feeling flush today)
 
Jill:
Just accepted a full time job with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and starts next week (and they have onsite child care!)
The move has been pretty good, other than our first two months spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital with Maysa and difficulty breathing, diagnosed as baby asthma.  She is doing great now with medication. 
 
Bill Stevens:
$5!  Moved to Bellows Falls Rotary Club, too difficult to get back to Keene for mid-day meetings. 
Excited to see two prospective members and hear about us working with the noon club.
Looking for a CEO for the United Way Monadnock region, if you know anyone qualified have them submit a resume.
Last Sunday went skydiving!  It was awesome!  Highly recommend the folks in Orange Massachusetts. 
 
Will:
Bonardi Family of Chevy Chase Maryland, parents of Rebecca who is marrying Will’s son in November. Bonardi’s are coming to Marlboro this weekend.  Very excited to meet them for the first time!  Trying to get their act cleaned up (putting lip stick on an old cow, I don’t know why they will be spending time with the old cow).
 
Damon:
Had a great time visiting family. 
Parent's are getting a new basement due to flooding
Taking the last harvest of winter wheat off of the family farm, this is the last harvest on the family farm, a bit of a bittersweet. 
 
District Governor Dennis McMann:
Small town boy from northern New Hampshire
Four years in the Army after a year at UNH
Worked his way through college after his return
Short time Rotarian - 11 years
Has retired 6 times, this is the last one!
Had a great meeting with our board last night, it was the best board meeting he's been too, it was interactive and enjoyable.
 
What are we about this year?
John Germ is our president this year, one of the best Rotarian's Dennis has ever met.
John Germ says there are SO many rules in Rotary.  We're working to change the rules, if there are rules in your way, ignore the rules and get the work done. 
#1 priority is to retain members, we gain 100,000 a year, but lose 120,000.  We, as a group, need to engage our members to retain them. 
Engage our members in our communities and make a difference in our community and the world.
 
Polio, last year there were 17 cases of Polio, down from 360,000 in 1986.  We're making a big deal about Polio and the Foundation this year.  If each Rotarian gives $10 more to the foundation we will add $12,000,000 to the fund (1.2 million Rotarian's)
Dennis is a polio survivor, he takes polio eradication very personally.
Donna and Dennis were able to attend an immunization day in India, they immunized 10 million kids under the age of 5 (in one day! (Dennis says they had some help)).  If you have a chance to work at one of these days do it! It will change your perspective and your life. 
 
Pure Water for the World.  Almost all of the serious diseases in the world are caused by bad water and bad sanitation.  In Haiti 2 out of 5 kids die before the age of 5.  PWFTW helps to train people about hygiene and clean water, build the units in Haiti and work with the people to raise awareness. 
The district is putting in $25,000 (with matching grants and donations) we are trying to raise $200,000 to put in filters for 200-500 families in Haiti. 
 
District Conference: Bill Stevens will be Sargent at Arms which is also the entertainment! :-) We're trying to do something different this year, usually have 200 Rotarian's (out of 2,100) who come.  We'll hold our meeting in Nashua this year, it will only be two days instead of three, Friday and Saturday.  Golf Friday morning, lunch, meeting in the afternoon.  Evening is casino night (this is for you Jason!), professional dealers will be running the tables.  We have a room block of $129/night, trying to keep the cost per couple below $600 for the two day event.  April 28-29, 2017, Saturday will be the normal session, exchange students will be there to say goodbye.  Saturday afternoon we'll have a service project working with End Hunger in New England.  You can stay another night at the hotel or head home. 
 
Training: We're trying to setup training on our tools.  Stay tuned for more info.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute, everyone should try to attend as many they can, they have 3 standard courses and 1 graduate level course.  Clubs who have RLI trained members have a higher retention rate than other clubs.  This is a training run by Rotarian's NOT Rotary.  Members who got together to train Rotarian's.  Many clubs pay for their members to attend, $65 - $95 to attend.  October 15, 2016 at Dartmouth Hitchcock for $85 (LINK). 
 
International Convention: The most motivating event Dennis has ever attended (outside of the trip to Haiti and World Immunization day).  June 2017 in Atlanta is expecting around 50,000 attendees.  Go if you can!
 
Dennis was presented with the HUGE cucumber and a (very prized) Rotary flask.
 
We were rung out by President Damon @ 8:26
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Michelle is standing in for President Damon
In attendance: Summer here, summer not
 
Quote: Pokémon Go – “Pokémon Go has done more for childhood obesity than Michelle Obama has for the last eight years.”  Random Twitter post
Thanks to our Greeter, Ali, who fined herself for not greeting.  Next week, Bethany will be greeting and Tristan will be scribing. 
 
Guests (names may not be fully correct) – Lisa Fitzgerald (prospective member), Amber Thibodaux and Meredith Canyon
 
Student Rotarian – Bethany is still attending!
 
Announcements
Josh announced the schedule for Frisbee golf starting this weekend.  He passed around a schedule.  Please sign up with Josh or with the on-line sign-up.
The District Governor is visiting at the end of the month.
Speaker assignments were sent via e-mail.
Thank-you notes received from Rescue and two scholarship recipients and passed around     
 
Birthdays – None.
 
Cards –   Our guest Meredith won $30.
 
Bowl of Life – “Spent two years living on an aircraft carrier.” – Jason but everyone knew.  “I don’t like chocolate, cantaloupe or the color red.”  Josh – Amelia – Jen – Sadie – Drew – Diane – Kevin – Nick – Mark (correct)
 
Brags
Sadie – For everyone at Rotary Romp this past Monday.  Next one will be in August
Jon – For trip to Lithuania with daughter Alexa and for owning a hearing aid.
Ali – For Rotary Romp and the people who attended.  Also, for new garage doors and thankful Ed was not there, for her daughter who is going to Madagascar.
Marcy – For nephew and wife who had a child.
Jim V. – For Rotary Romp, for Jon’s daughter Alina who walks his dog and for wayward skunk on Main St. who tangled with his dog.
Tristan (through his proxy as he is teaching) – Serving pizza at Lilac Ridge tonight from 5 to 7 tonight.  Also for a Groundworks fund raiser, 80’s dance music party.
Jim M. – For his assistant Jen who had a 9lb. baby boy.
Amelia – Won’t be here for the next three weeks as she will be vacationing in the Outer Banks.
Will – BMC Board member and BMC will be moving to the current Winston Prouty Center on Guilford Street.
Sadie – Into The Woods performance includes some Rotarian kids; amazing show.
Drew – Went on annual sea kayak trip up north and took his wife this year and he is still married.
Kevin – Propose a fine for anyone not wearing a pin.  Also, for daughter Sarah who is starting he nursing career today at Grace Cottage.
 
Guest Speakers – Marcy introduced our speakers Amber Thibodaux and Meredith Canyon from the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center.
SVTRC has been in existence since 2010.  Started with one staff and one rider.  Now have two employees and lots of riders.  Have moved to Wilmington with a presence in Newfane.  They see a vast array of people who need their services, ranging in age and in need.  Currently have three horses who are incredible beings; they are the mirror of our beings.  Horses are able to read people’s emotions and feelings and respond accordingly.
Meredith spoke as a participant though she is also a SVTRC Board member.  She discovered SCTRC three years ago.  She did not grow up around horses however with MS she developed a need for these services.  She looked around a service and found it by Googling.  Initially she was one of two adults in the program as it was mostly younger people.  She finds it really fantastic as it allows you to really clear your mind and be present with the riding.  When she started, she asked “what’s in it for the horse?” and found it is very beneficial for the horse.  She has found this a profound experience physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  She also spoke about the benefit for younger people who benefit immensely from the program.  She mentioned the program is growing and they are looking for staff, participants as well as volunteers.
Amber mentioned that they are PATH – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International which certifies all of their professional staff.  PATH is a large organization with many member ‘chapters’.  She explained some of the techniques and specific skills that are worked on in training/riding session.  The program is funded through lesson fees ($40/half hour) and through donations.  Each half hour costs them $66 so they need to make up the $26 difference through a variety of fund-raisers.
Ali bragged for the work SVTRC has done for kids at Kindle Farm.  Amber spoke about critical strategic relationships e.g. Kindle Farms, Landmark College, local schools, etc.
Adjourned at 8:23am.
July 13, 2016 Ross Gibson 2016-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
7/6/16
 
MEMBERS ABSENT
Ed Dews, Mark Ethier, Amelia Farnum, Timberly Hund, Turner Lewis, Jim Maxwell, Todd Murchison, Shannon Primrose, Jon Secrest, Will Shakespeare, Sandy Shriver, Tristan Toleno, Jim Verzino.
 
FUTURE SCRIBES
Ross Gibson is July 13. Tristan is July 20. Josh is July 27.
 
GUESTS
Debra Rosenwag (spelling), potential member. Future member Jeff Keliher. Afternoon club member John Mabie. Visiting Rotarian Bill Vinson from Tarpin Springs, Florida. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Todd and Jen’s Rotary membership anniversaries were celebrated.
 
Rotary Romp is scheduled for this coming Monday, May 11.
 
Josh announced that the Frisbee Golf Course work schedule for six dates at the end of July is up on-line for volunteers interested in doing trail crew work and other tasks. The work on the park is being done in partnership with the noon club. 
 
Tristam sent $600 dollars to CAFÉ, which enables mountain community kids in Honduras to stay in town to go to school all week. Tristam thanked club members for purchasing coffee and for making very generous donations far beyond the actual coffee sales.
 
BOWL OF LIFE
This Rotarian played rugby in college. The answer was our very own tough mudder Toni!!!
 
BRAGS
Sandy did a $20 brag for her 88-year-old father who is staying with her. She said he is her hero and that she loves him dearly.
 
Ali bragged regarding her daughter’s gap year in Honduras.
 
Josh bragged for the Frisbee Golf Course. Our club’s 40 percent participation in volunteering to work on the course has made him proud.
 
Marcy’s daughter is on swim team, and she is “smoking it” on her backstroke.
 
K.J. bragged for Bethany’s great graduation party several weeks ago. He also bragged for Diane painting their living room and dining room and redoing their deck while he was away at a family reunion.
 
Drew passed the test and became the third Rescue member now certified as a para medic.
 
Kevin bragged for his kids. The wedding of his son Eric in October is now officially “real. He had this epiphany when the actual wedding invitations arrived. He said it will be the most expensive party he has ever given. His daughter Sarah is now a registered nurse as of last month. She recently received her orientation at Grace Cottage Hospital.
 
Damien bragged regarding president elect Michelle. For the next two weeks, Michelle will fill in for him while he, Katherine and the boys are in Canada visiting their relatives. He also bragged that he and Katherine are now half owners of a 2005 motor boat on Spofford Lake.
 
Nick bragged about this family’s 4th of July weekend at Orchard beach. Although his son is officially no longer afraid of firework, unfortunately, his two-year-old daughter is!  He also bragged about his upcoming vacation next week in the Caribbean.
 
Tristam and Wendy decided to test to see whether they could successfully bring their dogs along on a vacation in the wilderness. Their four-legged friends passed the test with flying colors by quietly staying in the tent for the entire night. The dogs will be rewarded by joining them on their wilderness expeditions henceforth.
 
GUEST SPEAKER
 
Our guest speaker was Dan. He talked about the John Penfield scholarship. We recently awarded $2,000 to a student for an automotive technology scholarship.  Ali said she got to know John when we founded the club in the early 90’s. (Valerie, Kevin and Ali are three of the club’s current members who were among the club’s founders). Ali said she is very glad we’re doing the scholarship to keep John’s memory alive.
 
A brainstorming session followed on how to raise money for the scholarship in the future.
 
Damien suggested a fundraising event with an automotive theme.  Kevin noted that the scholarship supports a Career Center student who has an interest in pursuing an automotive career.
 
Jason recalled a classic car show that was held in the past. But someone pointed out that the noon club does a car show.
 
Josh said that a Frisbee tournament is in the planning stages for this fall.
 
Someone suggested a golf tournament but that got shot down on the grounds that golf tournaments are too labor intensive and that there are already too many in our area.
 
Michelle suggested a ducks unlimited style event. The one she is involved in raises approximately $15,000 - $20,000 a year.
 
Damien threw out the idea of a lip synching contest such as a Brattleboro Idol contest.
 
Dan talked about an escape contest. Jason said escape rooms are becoming a fad at bowling alleys all over the country. Jason said his son could give us instructions on how to one set up.
 
The fundraising committee will consider these and other ideas at a future date.
 
 
Meeting Minutes 7/6/16 Valerie Stuart 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
Enjoying last night's Change Over Party at Hilltop Montessori School. What a fabulous venue. Great view of the valley. Thanks to Amelia for hosting. I sense a push for a road trip in our future this summer! (click on the photo albums to see all the photos from the festivities)
Passing of the Gavel 2016 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Service above self: Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club raises funds for disaster survivors a world away
 
Brattleboro, Vermont, June 2016 -- The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club recently raised $1,000 from their Dinner Raffle to benefit ShelterBox, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disaster and humanitarian crises around the globe. “Our members, along with those of the more than 33,000 clubs worldwide, focus on 'service above self', the Rotary mission,” said Alisa Barry, the current President of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club. “We are passionately committed to helping others in need, both locally and globally. This modest donation to ShelterBox is one of the many ways we as Rotarian's can reach beyond our local community to assist others throughout the world in times of great tragedy.” The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club members work toward improving the community through business and civic partnerships that benefit area programs serving a variety of charitable causes.
 
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
 
The organization is currently responding to disasters in Ecuador, Fiji, Paraguay, Democratic Republic of North Korea, Niger, Cameroon and Syria region. “You never know when the next disaster might strike,” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “With generous donations such as this one from the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club, we can continue our mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world including the most recent earthquakes in Ecuador.”
 
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary raises funds for disaster relief 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2016
Our members having too much fun flipping burgers and turning dogs at this year's Touch A Truck!
Rotary members in action at 2016 Touch A Truck! 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2016
This morning we bid farewell to four of our six Student Rotarians. The time has passed quickly but the memories we have shared will last a lifetime. We wish them the best and know that they will all accomplish great things!
Farewell to our Student Rotarians 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

5/4/16

Quote of the Week: “Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” Tony Robbins

Special Quote of Week from Darth Vaderlyn “May the Fourth Be With You”.

 

Thanks to our greeter: KJ        Volunteer for next week:

Thanks to Amelia our morning scribe filling in for Ralph followed by next week: Michelle will scribe for Jen; after that Todd; then Michelle again. June 1st is Jason

Guests: Eli Young; scouting Rotary Clubs!!! Pick us!!! He’s a master plumber. 

Student Rotarian Reports: Sam reported on the Variety show on the 30th was a great hit!  Krispy Kreme fundraiser sold 100 boxes!!!! Bethany: Book drive is going well for Honduras. National Honor Society inducted 14 more students. Total of 40 kids! Really terrific!

Announcements: Board Meeting tomorrow at 7:15am at WKVT

Bowl for Kids Sake:  This Saturday, May 7th @1pm - Jen: we have 2 lanes at 1pm - probably next to the noon club. Wear your crazy hat - not crazy socks or just come crazy. The per bowler minimum is $60 to raise. We still have a couple slots - so show up if you can. 

May 9th - Battle of the Boards Trivia Night - Last trivia night until September! Registration starts at 5:30pm

Camp for a Common Cause: We’ve got Rotary team doing Camp for Common Cause. KJ and Dan are raising $$ — May 20th 

Tristam: Nutrition project: began with paper bags and 1 community now it’s grown to 3 and! The communities have had to take over the commitment and it’s been up and down. These communities can be unstable. We’re providing food for kids during vacation whose food source is not reliable. We have a good program and we’re providing great service!!!!

Touch a Truck: June instead September!!! Yikes!!! We’ve got grill and C&S and Country Kitchen supplying food. Set up will be at 8am; June 11th. Dan will send around a sign up sheet next week. If anyone has a lead on donations for condiments; paper products etc. KJ - Country Kitchen needs a letter for donations.

Next week speaker assignment is Sandy Shriver then 5/18 hosted by Valerie and 5/24 Tristan Toleno.

No Birthdays

Cards: no winners

Anniversaries: Josh Traeger??? Club Runner says 13?! Can it be?!

Brags: 

Mark: Volunteered with Ludlow Rotary - Penny Sale. It was a huge success! It was nice to participate and they offered to help out at our club. Bellows Falls Penny Sale is this weekend at the BF High School. Dan shared his story of a Penny Sale - he had fun and won wonderful prizes.

Sandy: This Saturday, the 7th is the 16th Annual Mountain Day for BCBS up at Mount Wintastiquiet. They give out lunch; snacks; t-shirts; prizes galore. Rain Date is next Saturday. 10am

John: Went to 30th HS Reunion in Maryland. Great to have time to himself!!! Lolling around going to bookstore - read AARP guide to you iPhone!!!!

May 6th - Carrie and John and Randy Solens: Hosting fundraiser for Matt Dunn candidate running

Marcy talked about turtle crossing.

Bethany: She’s in the American Legion Band - next Wed spring concert here at 7:30pm

Sandy: golfing for Rotary in the 41st Annual Brattleboro Rotary golf tournament 

Dan- Took his daughter to Herrick’s cove and swap meet at Vermonster Mud Bog… Monster Trucks were her choice when he posed a few Sunday activities to her… and he’s never been a prouder papa !

Will – Brattleboro Music Center concert coming up next weekend… All vocals – Russian/Rachmaninoff.  At the Center Congregational Church on 5/14 at 7:30pm… Sunday, 5/15 at 4pm.

Tristam – Coffee is in… Organic, delicious… both whole bean and ground

KJ – Daughter turning 18… going off to school next year…  almost a full ride

Alisa – regaled everyone with another horror tale of her klutzy nature and fiercely (foolishly) independent streak causing her to break yet another bone – this time her big toe

GUEST SPEAKER:

Our own Will on Farming…

 

Wednesday Morning breakfasts have been brought  to us all by Shakespeare’s Follyside Farm eggs. 

He’s got 10 hillside acres, on which he and wife Tina progressed recently from owning goats, to building a barn, to having chickens – which at first failed to produce eggs… then to sheep (who eat at different levels from the goats, making lawn and acre maintenance that much easier.)  Ducks were the next phase, which – thanks to Walt Disney – we all think of as sorta cool.

Major problems with chicken ownership was attrition – between hawks, foxes, and heavy wet weather causing mini landslides, he was losing on the average one fox each day! 

Saving the day was a Maremma dog – all white, very big sheep/guard dog they adopted, named Gertie.  Since acquiring her, they’ve lost nary a single chicken!  She sits high on the property and keeps guard, like the regal queen of the land that she is.

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 2016 Amelia Farnum 2016-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2016
 
Quote:  “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”  - Albert Einstein
 
Thanks to our Greeter:  Diane, KJ and Turner – who did a rousing, job.  Todd Murchison has agreed to greet next week.
 
Thank you to our morning’s scribe, Jen, filling in for Turner’s fill-in.
 
Welcome Guests:  Kevin Curry, a fuel distributor from Connecticut, Jeff Kelliher of the Brattleboro Retreat, and Lewis Josefson the new CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat
 
Announcements:
 
Bowl for Kid’s Sake:  We are booking two lanes for 1pm, Saturday May 7th.  We need some team members to fill those lanes.
 
Overflow Shelter Dinners are over for this year – let Jen know of any feedback before the next board meeting
 
Farewell Party for Jill – Marina, Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30pm all are welcome
 
Battle of the Boards Trivia Night – May 9th.  Reserve early through Sandy Shriver
 
Future Guest Speaker Assignments:  4/27 Jon Secrest, 5/4 hosted by Will Shakespeare, 5/11 hosted by Sandy Shriver, 5/18 hosted by Valerie
 
Birthdays:  Nick 4/23 and Amelia 4/13
 
Anniversaries:  Bob Fagelson 14 years of rotary service!
 
Cards:  2 of hearts – no winner
 
Brags:
 
Toni bragged for Kevin and WKVT for many 3 on 3 radio spots donated to our event
 
Damon:  Kudos to Ali and North End Butchers for the extra entrée just in the nick of time, and the whole club for all the Overflow Shelter Dinners.  Great success.
 
Toni:  leaves Friday for her wedding N.C.  They’re driving down and will be married when they return in two weeks.
 
Todd:  $600 brag for Jill, whose apartment he is moving into and even buying some of her furniture.  Fined himself $1 for missing last weeks greeting
Jon:  5 days remaining as a solo parent while Keri is in Lithuania with Alinna (sorry for spelling errors)
 
Turner:  Thanks Jen for scribing – no problem, Turner – and what a pleasure to sit with two guests, Kevin and Jeff, welcome!
 
Jill:  4.5 years at the Brattleboro Retreat – loved it and it’s hard to say goodbye.  Her last day is Friday.  Brags to Jeff Kelliher and the Outreach and Education Department
 
Kevin Curry:  bought a house in Chesterfield, but usually only here on weekends.  He bragged for making it up on a weekday to check out our Rotary Club – he called a friend in Sugar bush to come this morning, but he didn’t answer the call.
 
Bowl of Life:  I was once part of a food relief caravan to help Native Americans in Arizona:  Jen guessed Todd, who guessed Turner, who guessed Damon, who guessed KJ, who guessed Dan, who guessed Drew (who wasn’t here) so then guessed Tristam, Jon Secrest, Tristan toleno, Kevin, Jim V, Bob Fagelson and finally we got the answer…..  Josh Traegger!
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Jason introduced Lewis Josefson, the new president and CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat
 
The Brattleboro Retreat is the largest employer in Windham County with 900 staff.  It serves 7,000 people each year.  Most people think only of the in patient psychiatric care, but it has lots of other programs.  The average length of stay in in-patient care is 7 days.  There are 7 different units.  Some examples are state hospital patients, emerging adult, adolescent, child, LGBT (the only one in the country), to name a few.  There are also many out- patient programs for which patients have to be fully subscribed.  Patients have a lot of rights in Vermont and cannot be treated with the patient’s permission.  This is a challenge for the staff to manage the needs of patients.  Examples of the out patient programs are:  hub and spoke for opioid dependency, residential care for adolescents and kids, first responder and uniformed services program.  The goal of the Retreat is to get patients back into their lives.
 
Their challenge is funding.  They just got hit with a provider tax bill of 1.2 million dollars (6% of net revenue).  The state gets these funds matched by the federal government, but these bills are unmanageable for the organization and they have to negotiate them down.
 
Lewis Josefson started as a therapist in NYC, and was there for 9/11.  He studied social work at Columbia in undergraduate and NYU for his graduated degree.  He then worked in the mental health field in Concord, N.H. and Vista Del Mar, CA before coming to Vermont.  His daughter is graduating in May in Los Angeles and going to college in New York.  His son, who’s 22, will be staring in Los Angeles.  He currently lives in Chesterfield, N.H.
 
Damon thanked Dr. Jim Benton of the Retreat for the mind and body program, providing intervention for people with chronic pain that’s not drug based.
 
Sadie thanked Lewis Josefson for explaining the patient’s rights law and the challenges it presents.  Where might the Retreat fit in the new Global healthcare initiatives?  The answer – the upside could be moving away from paying for each service provided and therefore putting an end to incentivizing billing.  The fees should be base on population numbers.  Chronic illness and mental health are the most expensive costs of health care because they often end up in the E.R.  Managing mental health could decrease the over costs of the health care industry.  But the Retreat is always the last one in the pool when it comes to budgeting.
 
Jon asked how does Vermont differ from N.Y., N.H. and CA?  Lewis Josefson answered that mental health is poorly funded everywhere but wishes the Medicaid commissioner in the state of Vermont would work smarter, rather than nickel and diming everything.  The overall restructuring is what needs to be looked at in the budget. 
April 20 Meeting Minutes Jen Moyse 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Ladd on Apr 15, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 13, 2016
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag

Quote of the Day:   “The problem with quotes on the internet is it is hard to verify their authenticity” Abraham Lincoln
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” Dalai Lama
Greeter this week was Bethany and John, student Rotarians, next week will be Turner and KJ
Guests Introductions: Cindy from the Noon club, classification Tour Guide
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.
Student Rotarian Reports: John and Bethany. HS first track meet did well.
Student council is having an Olympic competition which should be fun.
Bethany also thanked those who attended her performance and reported how much she enjoyed it.
Announcements: .
Rotary District Conference in Portsmouth, NH Fri 4/29- Sunday May 1st.
Trivia  Night 4-11 went well for our own Jen‘s Company of Muses. Next Month May 9th there will be another “Battle of the Board” and should be a big turnout.
Last Overflow shelter dinner is scheduled for This coming Monday 4-18 from 5-7. Sign up sheet went around .
Sign up sheet for a Rotary team also went around for Big Brother/Sister Bowl event on May 7th at 11AM
May 20th Groundwork’s “Camp for a Common Cause” is looking for our help again for Barbecue tenders.
Tristam announced the coffee shop is open, also announced that the nutrition program is having some help by Black River Produce, The Works and The yogurt company.
Farmer Will has eggs
There is going to be a gathering to wish Jill , Maysa and Simo farewell April 26th, keep eye out for an email from Amelia.
Birthdays: Amelia Farnum, But she wasn’t there so we will get her next week.
Cards: Ace of Hearts in the deck “Losers”
Speaker  and Scribe schedule:  Check the newsletter for when you are responsible.
BRAGS:
Jen for this past Trivia to benefit Company of Muses. Thanked the winners Blind Squirrels who won and donated the money back to her Dance company so she ahs enough for 1 dancer to dance for a year. Also bragged fro her son who advanced his level in Karate and now has a green stripe on his white belt.
Jim M.  for his son Windham going to graduate school for theatre and his daughter who chose her major in History. Obviously not in it for the financial benefit.
Damon for his son Aiden who did well in HS track and lettered in Hockey as a freshman. Also for his breaking the 6000 mile mark in running.
Sadie for Evelyn who was in NEYT production Lion King and sleeping Queen and  for Bethany who will be helping at a  Building Bright Futures  event doing child care and also for Ali for her score keeping at Trivia on Monday.
Turner for his delightful family time in Indianapolis for Final 4 Basketball.
Kevin , after again fining  club members for lack of Rotary pin donning bragged for daughter Sarah and trip to Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame as well as Brewery in the area.
Damon also mentioned that pin can be a conversation starter and wears it daily.
Nick also bragged for wearing his pin regularly and has multiples which he leaves on his suit lapels. Also for Sandy Shriver and winning the Basketball pool
Shannon for her Hospice training and encouraged everyone to discuss Advanced Directives with family members. Having a directive is at no cost in Vermont and Can be filed through a VT registry.
Tristam announced that Coffee will not be available next week as he will be on a family vacation in Arizona.
Josh for the trivia teams Blind Squirrels with KJ and Dianne as well as for My Drinking team has a trivia problem and lots of fun at the event.
KJ mentioned that he wore his pin to the dentist and told the dentist our club is not the old club, those are the Nooners.
Dan thanked Kevin for the tip on the brewery in Cooperstown. Sorry not sure of the spelling of “Omegagong” and also for Trivia getting a question on Crocheting correct.
Jill for her brother who is now in Afghanistan on a project and he will be home in a week .  Thanked our military for keeping brother safe. Father who again is in hospital, was before when her brother was traveling.

Guest Speaker: Our own Michelle Pong
Lead Safe and Healthy Homes now doing more of a Holistic approach to keeping Homes healthy with Air Quality and health issues around mold as well as numerous pests.  Trying natural remedies rather than chemicals which again causes air control issues , especially for asthmatic kids. Bed bugs huge problem and that has led her to investigate natural remedies for other pests as well. Including Mice, spiders and ants. Very informative and couldn’t’ keep up with all her suggestions. Best way to deal with them is not have them come in the house in the first place.
Submitted by Sandy Ladd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 6, 2016
 
Quote of the Day: President Barry:  
 
 “It is good to have an end to journey toward… but in the journey that matters in the end.” – Earnest Hemingway
 
Guest Introductions:  – Mayah Murchison & Natasha Diamonstone
 
Vacationing, Frozen or Otherwise Indisposed Today: Tristam Johnson; Valerie Stuart; Josh Trager; Sandy Ladd; Bob Fagelson; Booie Fagelson; Tristan Tolena; Sadie Fischesser; Jerry Goldberg; Scott Gordon-Macey; Will Shakespeare; Jim Verzino; Toni;
 
Scribe Duties: Damon is today’s scribe
  • Sandy Ladd has next week’s duties
  • Future Scribes: 4/20 Turner; 4/27 Jim M.; 5/4 Ralph*
 
Junior Rotarian(s): Mesa
 
Greeter:
  • KJ – thank you! J
  • Next week’s volunteer – Todd Murchison
 
Student Rotarian report:
  • Hinsdale happenings from Sebastian & Samatha:
    • Performance – Variety Show 4/30/16
      • Dance; music; drama; improv;
    • Blood Drive 4/27/16 through National Honor Society
 
Committee Reports:
  • Tristam
    • Coffee Store is open
    • The Works will donate 3 dozen bagels to nutrition project for the 1st time
  • Sandy S
    • Trivia night 4/11/16 – volunteers covered
      • Dance scholarship will benefit
  • Kevin Yager
    • Reminded members that we need to introduce ourselves to our student & sign their sheets or be fined at the end of the year!
 
Announcements:      
  • Board Meeting
    • Tomorrow AM 8/6 7:15 @ WKVT
  • Rotary District Conference
    • Portsmouth, NH 4/29 to 5/1/16
  • Leave of Absence Request
    • Ralph Meima
  • Overflow Shelter Dinner
    • Monday 4/18/16 (last one for this season)
  • Trivia Night
    • 4/11/16
  • NCAA Bracket Competition Update
    • Winner is……. Sandy Shriver won $75which he donated back as he won over $1000 in the Elks pool!!!
  • Fare-Thee-Well Party
    • Sadly sending Jill & Simo off to Boston
      • 4/26/16 – details to follow
  • Bowl For Kid’s Sake
    • 5/7/16
 
 
Bowl of Life: 
  • Today’s Clue: This Rotarian road their bike 94 miles to their 48th high school reunion
    • Guessing began with Jon who guessed Tristam – correct on the 1st try!
      • He was riding his bike a lot during that time so he had his son drop him off at Dover Elementary School – took him 8 hours! Tremendous amount of downhill……. And there was a shower at the end!
 
Cards:
  • The 5 of Spades was drawn with no winner – carries over to next week!!
 
Birthdays:
  • Mark Ethier was serenaded to celebrate by the illustrious Sunrise Barber Shoppers!
 
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • None today
 
Brags
  • Ali bragged for Jason as she has a spanky new Subaru Impreza for which she’s extremely grateful & for Jim Maxwell for his riveting performance last week as the time traveling Guest Speaker
  • Amerlia bragged for Story Tellers on a Mission
    • This Saturday night Story Tellers on a Mission – the best yet & possibly the last
    • Went to Kurn Hattin with some colleagues for a tour & it’s an amazing place & will change your outlook on life!!
  • Kevin bragged for:
    •  Bethany who wanted to announce Windham Orchestra
      • 4/8 @ BFUHS & 4/9 @ BUHS
    • Syracuse’s excellent seasons for both men’s & women’s basketball
  • KJ bragged for Rescue Technical Team which KJ is going to join as well as for the performance that Bethany will be in as his daughter is also playing in it
  • Tristam bragged for the WRJ VA Hospital where he recently had surgery – his surgeon introduced himself pre-surgery so he’s very pleased with their customer service & communication
  • Kevin fined for those not wearing their Rotary Pin
  • Jill bragged for Carry Me Home – a new non-profit that’s sending mother/baby items to Syrian refugees in Greece & are doing amazing work
    • Donations are being accepted at Centre Congregational Church
      • They also have a Facebook Page
         
Guest Speaker:
  • Todd Murchison introduced is daughter Mayah Murchison
    • Her “moral support” with her was Natasha Diamonstone
    • Mayah spoke about her experiences with Kroca
    • http://www.kroka.org/page/index.shtml
    • Mayah spent 8 months traveling with the school
      1. Marlow, NH
    • Weeks of preparation leading up to a XC ski trip & winter camping
      • They got a break every couple of weeks at farms
      • Got high school credit
  • 4/4/15 got off trail at Northern base camp
    • Drove to northern Quebec & spent a couple of weeks with Native peoples there
    • Returned & prepared for spring & then paddled for a week into Champlain
      • Rowed for the length of the lake
    • Typically up 6 to 6:30 AM;
    • Small groups – about 13
    • 1-3 teachers depending on their studies but very self-directed study
    • When skiing – 8 to 20 km/day
    • Biked all over VT
  • Returned to Kroca about 6/1/15
    • Worked on individual projects upon return
    • Responsibilities changed every 2.5 months
  • Graduated 6/13/15 & then went on a personal bike trip
  • Returned for another semester & went to Ecuador beginning of September & went for 3.5 months
    • This was her 1st international travel other than Canada
    • Stayed at an organic dairy farm owned & operated by 3 brothers & their families
    • Biked through Ecuador & was able to experience a wide variety of people & climates
    • Did a mountaineering expedition – could see volcanic activity
  • Returned to Kroca & graduated
  • It was an incredible experience that has changed her a lot & has created lifelong friendships
  • Slideshow ensued of incredibly beautiful & inspiring photos!
 
 
Future Guest Speaker List:
  • 4/13 – Michelle; 4/20 – Jason; 4/27 – Jon; 5/4 - Will
 
Adjourn!
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
April 13,2016 Sandra Ladd 2016-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kindopp on Apr 06, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 13, 2016
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag

Quote of the Day:   “The problem with quotes on the internet is it is hard to verify their authenticity” Abraham Lincoln
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” Dalai Lama
Greeter this week was Bethany and John, student Rotarians, next week will be Turner and KJ
Guests Introductions: Cindy from the Noon club, classification Tour Guide
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.
Student Rotarian Reports: John and Bethany. HS first track meet did well.
Student council is having an Olympic competition which should be fun.
Bethany also thanked those who attended her performance and reported how much she enjoyed it.
Announcements: .
Rotary District Conference in Portsmouth, NH Fri 4/29- Sunday May 1st.
Trivia  Night 4-11 went well for our own Jen‘s Company of Muses. Next Month May 9th there will be another “Battle of the Board” and should be a big turnout.
Last Overflow shelter dinner is scheduled for This coming Monday 4-18 from 5-7. Sign up sheet went around .
Sign up sheet for a Rotary team also went around for Big Brother/Sister Bowl event on May 7th at 11AM
May 20th Groundwork’s “Camp for a Common Cause” is looking for our help again for Barbecue tenders.
Tristam announced the coffee shop is open, also announced that the nutrition program is having some help by Black River Produce, The Works and The yogurt company.
Farmer Will has eggs
There is going to be a gathering to wish Jill , Maysa and Simo farewell April 26th, keep eye out for an email from Amelia.
Birthdays: Amelia Farnum, But she wasn’t there so we will get her next week.
Cards: Ace of Hearts in the deck “Losers”
Speaker  and Scribe schedule:  Check the newsletter for when you are responsible.
BRAGS:
Jen for this past Trivia to benefit Company of Muses. Thanked the winners Blind Squirrels who won and donated the money back to her Dance company so she ahs enough for 1 dancer to dance for a year. Also bragged fro her son who advanced his level in Karate and now has a green stripe on his white belt.
Jim M.  for his son Windham going to graduate school for theatre and his daughter who chose her major in History. Obviously not in it for the financial benefit.
Damon for his son Aiden who did well in HS track and lettered in Hockey as a freshman. Also for his breaking the 6000 mile mark in running.
Sadie for Evelyn who was in NEYT production Lion King and sleeping Queen and  for Bethany who will be helping at a  Building Bright Futures  event doing child care and also for Ali for her score keeping at Trivia on Monday.
Turner for his delightful family time in Indianapolis for Final 4 Basketball.
Kevin , after again fining  club members for lack of Rotary pin donning bragged for daughter Sarah and trip to Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame as well as Brewery in the area.
Damon also mentioned that pin can be a conversation starter and wears it daily.
Nick also bragged for wearing his pin regularly and has multiples which he leaves on his suit lapels. Also for Sandy Shriver and winning the Basketball pool
Shannon for her Hospice training and encouraged everyone to discuss Advanced Directives with family members. Having a directive is at no cost in Vermont and Can be filed through a VT registry.
Tristam announced that Coffee will not be available next week as he will be on a family vacation in Arizona.
Josh for the trivia teams Blind Squirrels with KJ and Dianne as well as for My Drinking team has a trivia problem and lots of fun at the event.
KJ mentioned that he wore his pin to the dentist and told the dentist our club is not the old club, those are the Nooners.
Dan thanked Kevin for the tip on the brewery in Cooperstown. Sorry not sure of the spelling of “Omegagong” and also for Trivia getting a question on Crocheting correct.
Jill for her brother who is now in Afghanistan on a project and he will be home in a week .  Thanked our military for keeping brother safe. Father who again is in hospital, was before when her brother was traveling.

Guest Speaker: Our own Michelle Pong
Lead Safe and Healthy Homes now doing more of a Holistic approach to keeping Homes healthy with Air Quality and health issues around mold as well as numerous pests.  Trying natural remedies rather than chemicals which again causes air control issues , especially for asthmatic kids. Bed bugs huge problem and that has led her to investigate natural remedies for other pests as well. Including Mice, spiders and ants. Very informative and couldn’t’ keep up with all her suggestions. Best way to deal with them is not have them come in the house in the first place.
Submitted by Sandy Ladd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 6, 2016
 
Quote of the Day: President Barry:  
 
 “It is good to have an end to journey toward… but in the journey that matters in the end.” – Earnest Hemingway
 
Guest Introductions:  – Mayah Murchison & Natasha Diamonstone
 
Vacationing, Frozen or Otherwise Indisposed Today: Tristam Johnson; Valerie Stuart; Josh Trager; Sandy Ladd; Bob Fagelson; Booie Fagelson; Tristan Tolena; Sadie Fischesser; Jerry Goldberg; Scott Gordon-Macey; Will Shakespeare; Jim Verzino; Toni;
 
Scribe Duties: Damon is today’s scribe
  • Sandy Ladd has next week’s duties
  • Future Scribes: 4/20 Turner; 4/27 Jim M.; 5/4 Ralph*
 
Junior Rotarian(s): Mesa
 
Greeter:
  • KJ – thank you! J
  • Next week’s volunteer – Todd Murchison
 
Student Rotarian report:
  • Hinsdale happenings from Sebastian & Samatha:
    • Performance – Variety Show 4/30/16
      • Dance; music; drama; improv;
    • Blood Drive 4/27/16 through National Honor Society
 
Committee Reports:
  • Tristam
    • Coffee Store is open
    • The Works will donate 3 dozen bagels to nutrition project for the 1st time
  • Sandy S
    • Trivia night 4/11/16 – volunteers covered
      • Dance scholarship will benefit
  • Kevin Yager
    • Reminded members that we need to introduce ourselves to our student & sign their sheets or be fined at the end of the year!
 
Announcements:      
  • Board Meeting
    • Tomorrow AM 8/6 7:15 @ WKVT
  • Rotary District Conference
    • Portsmouth, NH 4/29 to 5/1/16
  • Leave of Absence Request
    • Ralph Meima
  • Overflow Shelter Dinner
    • Monday 4/18/16 (last one for this season)
  • Trivia Night
    • 4/11/16
  • NCAA Bracket Competition Update
    • Winner is……. Sandy Shriver won $75which he donated back as he won over $1000 in the Elks pool!!!
  • Fare-Thee-Well Party
    • Sadly sending Jill & Simo off to Boston
      • 4/26/16 – details to follow
  • Bowl For Kid’s Sake
    • 5/7/16
 
 
Bowl of Life: 
  • Today’s Clue: This Rotarian road their bike 94 miles to their 48th high school reunion
    • Guessing began with Jon who guessed Tristam – correct on the 1st try!
      • He was riding his bike a lot during that time so he had his son drop him off at Dover Elementary School – took him 8 hours! Tremendous amount of downhill……. And there was a shower at the end!
 
Cards:
  • The 5 of Spades was drawn with no winner – carries over to next week!!
 
Birthdays:
  • Mark Ethier was serenaded to celebrate by the illustrious Sunrise Barber Shoppers!
 
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • None today
 
Brags
  • Ali bragged for Jason as she has a spanky new Subaru Impreza for which she’s extremely grateful & for Jim Maxwell for his riveting performance last week as the time traveling Guest Speaker
  • Amerlia bragged for Story Tellers on a Mission
    • This Saturday night Story Tellers on a Mission – the best yet & possibly the last
    • Went to Kurn Hattin with some colleagues for a tour & it’s an amazing place & will change your outlook on life!!
  • Kevin bragged for:
    •  Bethany who wanted to announce Windham Orchestra
      • 4/8 @ BFUHS & 4/9 @ BUHS
    • Syracuse’s excellent seasons for both men’s & women’s basketball
  • KJ bragged for Rescue Technical Team which KJ is going to join as well as for the performance that Bethany will be in as his daughter is also playing in it
  • Tristam bragged for the WRJ VA Hospital where he recently had surgery – his surgeon introduced himself pre-surgery so he’s very pleased with their customer service & communication
  • Kevin fined for those not wearing their Rotary Pin
  • Jill bragged for Carry Me Home – a new non-profit that’s sending mother/baby items to Syrian refugees in Greece & are doing amazing work
    • Donations are being accepted at Centre Congregational Church
      • They also have a Facebook Page
         
Guest Speaker:
  • Todd Murchison introduced is daughter Mayah Murchison
    • Her “moral support” with her was Natasha Diamonstone
    • Mayah spoke about her experiences with Kroca
    • http://www.kroka.org/page/index.shtml
    • Mayah spent 8 months traveling with the school
      1. Marlow, NH
    • Weeks of preparation leading up to a XC ski trip & winter camping
      • They got a break every couple of weeks at farms
      • Got high school credit
  • 4/4/15 got off trail at Northern base camp
    • Drove to northern Quebec & spent a couple of weeks with Native peoples there
    • Returned & prepared for spring & then paddled for a week into Champlain
      • Rowed for the length of the lake
    • Typically up 6 to 6:30 AM;
    • Small groups – about 13
    • 1-3 teachers depending on their studies but very self-directed study
    • When skiing – 8 to 20 km/day
    • Biked all over VT
  • Returned to Kroca about 6/1/15
    • Worked on individual projects upon return
    • Responsibilities changed every 2.5 months
  • Graduated 6/13/15 & then went on a personal bike trip
  • Returned for another semester & went to Ecuador beginning of September & went for 3.5 months
    • This was her 1st international travel other than Canada
    • Stayed at an organic dairy farm owned & operated by 3 brothers & their families
    • Biked through Ecuador & was able to experience a wide variety of people & climates
    • Did a mountaineering expedition – could see volcanic activity
  • Returned to Kroca & graduated
  • It was an incredible experience that has changed her a lot & has created lifelong friendships
  • Slideshow ensued of incredibly beautiful & inspiring photos!
 
 
Future Guest Speaker List:
  • 4/13 – Michelle; 4/20 – Jason; 4/27 – Jon; 5/4 - Will
 
Adjourn!
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
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Posted by Kindopp on Apr 06, 2016
April 6, 2016
 
Quote of the Day: President Barry:  
 
 “It is good to have an end to journey toward… but in the journey that matters in the end.” – Earnest Hemingway
 
Guest Introductions:  – Mayah Murchison & Natasha Diamonstone
 
Vacationing, Frozen or Otherwise Indisposed Today: Tristam Johnson; Valerie Stuart; Josh Trager; Sandy Ladd; Bob Fagelson; Booie Fagelson; Tristan Tolena; Sadie Fischesser; Jerry Goldberg; Scott Gordon-Macey; Will Shakespeare; Jim Verzino; Toni;
 
Scribe Duties: Damon is today’s scribe
  • Sandy Ladd has next week’s duties
  • Future Scribes: 4/20 Turner; 4/27 Jim M.; 5/4 Ralph*
 
Junior Rotarian(s): Mesa
 
Greeter:
  • KJ – thank you! J
  • Next week’s volunteer – Todd Murchison
 
Student Rotarian report:
  • Hinsdale happenings from Sebastian & Samatha:
    • Performance – Variety Show 4/30/16
      • Dance; music; drama; improv;
    • Blood Drive 4/27/16 through National Honor Society
 
Committee Reports:
  • Tristam
    • Coffee Store is open
    • The Works will donate 3 dozen bagels to nutrition project for the 1st time
  • Sandy S
    • Trivia night 4/11/16 – volunteers covered
      • Dance scholarship will benefit
  • Kevin Yager
    • Reminded members that we need to introduce ourselves to our student & sign their sheets or be fined at the end of the year!
 
Announcements:      
  • Board Meeting
    • Tomorrow AM 8/6 7:15 @ WKVT
  • Rotary District Conference
    • Portsmouth, NH 4/29 to 5/1/16
  • Leave of Absence Request
    • Ralph Meima
  • Overflow Shelter Dinner
    • Monday 4/18/16 (last one for this season)
  • Trivia Night
    • 4/11/16
  • NCAA Bracket Competition Update
    • Winner is……. Sandy Shriver won $75which he donated back as he won over $1000 in the Elks pool!!!
  • Fare-Thee-Well Party
    • Sadly sending Jill & Simo off to Boston
      • 4/26/16 – details to follow
  • Bowl For Kid’s Sake
    • 5/7/16
 
 
Bowl of Life: 
  • Today’s Clue: This Rotarian road their bike 94 miles to their 48th high school reunion
    • Guessing began with Jon who guessed Tristam – correct on the 1st try!
      • He was riding his bike a lot during that time so he had his son drop him off at Dover Elementary School – took him 8 hours! Tremendous amount of downhill……. And there was a shower at the end!
 
Cards:
  • The 5 of Spades was drawn with no winner – carries over to next week!!
 
Birthdays:
  • Mark Ethier was serenaded to celebrate by the illustrious Sunrise Barber Shoppers!
 
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • None today
 
Brags
  • Ali bragged for Jason as she has a spanky new Subaru Impreza for which she’s extremely grateful & for Jim Maxwell for his riveting performance last week as the time traveling Guest Speaker
  • Amerlia bragged for Story Tellers on a Mission
    • This Saturday night Story Tellers on a Mission – the best yet & possibly the last
    • Went to Kurn Hattin with some colleagues for a tour & it’s an amazing place & will change your outlook on life!!
  • Kevin bragged for:
    •  Bethany who wanted to announce Windham Orchestra
      • 4/8 @ BFUHS & 4/9 @ BUHS
    • Syracuse’s excellent seasons for both men’s & women’s basketball
  • KJ bragged for Rescue Technical Team which KJ is going to join as well as for the performance that Bethany will be in as his daughter is also playing in it
  • Tristam bragged for the WRJ VA Hospital where he recently had surgery – his surgeon introduced himself pre-surgery so he’s very pleased with their customer service & communication
  • Kevin fined for those not wearing their Rotary Pin
  • Jill bragged for Carry Me Home – a new non-profit that’s sending mother/baby items to Syrian refugees in Greece & are doing amazing work
    • Donations are being accepted at Centre Congregational Church
      • They also have a Facebook Page
         
Guest Speaker:
  • Todd Murchison introduced is daughter Mayah Murchison
    • Her “moral support” with her was Natasha Diamonstone
    • Mayah spoke about her experiences with Kroca
    • http://www.kroka.org/page/index.shtml
    • Mayah spent 8 months traveling with the school
      1. Marlow, NH
    • Weeks of preparation leading up to a XC ski trip & winter camping
      • They got a break every couple of weeks at farms
      • Got high school credit
  • 4/4/15 got off trail at Northern base camp
    • Drove to northern Quebec & spent a couple of weeks with Native peoples there
    • Returned & prepared for spring & then paddled for a week into Champlain
      • Rowed for the length of the lake
    • Typically up 6 to 6:30 AM;
    • Small groups – about 13
    • 1-3 teachers depending on their studies but very self-directed study
    • When skiing – 8 to 20 km/day
    • Biked all over VT
  • Returned to Kroca about 6/1/15
    • Worked on individual projects upon return
    • Responsibilities changed every 2.5 months
  • Graduated 6/13/15 & then went on a personal bike trip
  • Returned for another semester & went to Ecuador beginning of September & went for 3.5 months
    • This was her 1st international travel other than Canada
    • Stayed at an organic dairy farm owned & operated by 3 brothers & their families
    • Biked through Ecuador & was able to experience a wide variety of people & climates
    • Did a mountaineering expedition – could see volcanic activity
  • Returned to Kroca & graduated
  • It was an incredible experience that has changed her a lot & has created lifelong friendships
  • Slideshow ensued of incredibly beautiful & inspiring photos!
 
 
Future Guest Speaker List:
  • 4/13 – Michelle; 4/20 – Jason; 4/27 – Jon; 5/4 - Will
 
Adjourn!
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
April 6, 2016 Meeting Notes Kindopp 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
 

Rotary Meeting 3/30/2016

Quote of the week: “Oh you hate your job?  Why didn’t you say so?  There’s a support group for that.  It’s called EVERYBODY and they meet at the bar!”  George Carlin

Thanks to our Greeter: Josh

Guests: Defending Trivia champion (and District Governor) Billl Stevens.  

Jon's daughters; who were introduced using words that are too big for me to remember, let alone type and spell.  :-)

Student Rotarians: Molly and Emily - both FBLA Officers: had their second blood drive of the year, very successful.  Their goal was 27 pints, they were able to collect pints. Both ladies were at States last week at Lake Morey resort, 16 people attended (from BUHS), 7 officers and 9 members.  Monday night just the Bratt folks and State Officers, had the whole resort to themselves.  After the competition the Brattleboro chapter came away with $20,000 in Vermont Tech scholarships.  Brattleboro FBLA took home the first place Chapter award!

Announcements:

Tristam - the coffee shop is open!  

Needs help with the nutrition project, needs someone on Monday April 18th to pickup yogurt and butcher and deliver to the communities. Jim volunteered (Thanks Jim!)

Dan - Brag/announcement - Overflow shelter dinner - sold out all the food! (Not supposed to sell it Dan!) Had a HUGE bowl of salad, three entrees and desserts were all gone, people were asking for more food.  Thanks to everyone who helped out.  Next one is Monday, April 18th.  

 

Sadie - Card back here for Carmen; she is ill.  

After the meeting is a scholarship committee meeting.  Please let Sadie know if you're interested in joining.

 

Trivia Night - Monday, April 11th to benefit the Company of Muses scholarship fund.

 

Next board meeting is April 7th at WKVT

 

Club Membership drive: Please submit names to Josh by  email, postcard, call, text or send carrier pigeon.  Josh will not contact these folks directly, but will assist you in contacting if you’d like.

 

Bracket Leaderboard: After Round 4 - Toni, Sandy S, Kevin, Dan.

 

Amelia: PARTAY!!  (she exclaimed, then more somberly added) Jill is leaving us; we'd like to have a party to celebrate her and send her off.  Need to get some dates and venues together.  Maybe have a party at Hazel restaurant take over the bar?  More details to follow.

 

President Ali added a serious note regarding our handling of the Bowl of Life tidbit last week.  We made some jokes and may have pushed the envelope a bit.  Remember what Rotary stands for.    

 

Future Guest Speakers: Todd's daughter, Maia, is coming next week (4/6), 4/13 - Michelle, 4/20 - Jason, 4/27 - Jon Secrest

 

Birthday: Mark Ethier - not here

Rotary Anniversary: Bob Fagelson - 14 years and not here

Cards: 10 of Diamonds - it's in the deck - YOU LOSE LOSERS!  

Brags:

Damon: Rotary (and Aidan in a roundabout way) and the Interact club in Keene.  Keene club is known Globally.  90 kids involved, 30 from each class (and over 60 kids on waiting list).  Have to be nominated by a teacher.  Aidan was nominated!  Damon challenges our club (and the noon club) to get a club going here in Brattleboro.  Anyone interested in being a liaison between our club and the school please let Damon know.  Keene club is willing to help.

 

Turner (clean shaven): Went to three Rotary clubs while away in Alaska, was able to get one banner (and one makeup card).  One of the warmest Iditarod's he has ever been too.  It was 10 - 30 degrees above zero, when it is usually -10 to -30 below zero.  

 

Michigan State decided to lose in order to give Syracuse a chance (You’re welcome, Kevin)

 

This is Turner’s last Iditarod, he has been at 37 sled races, he has run the course and has trained some folks (three or four) to take over his job.  

 

Amelia: More like I'm looking for some help hanging up posters.  Thanks to Phillips, Dunn, Shriver, Carrol for being sponsors of our concert at the Latchis.  Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, it should be a great family show! (http://www.hilltopmontessori.org/2016/03/family-concert-at-latchis-to-benefit-hilltop/)

 

Kevin: (clothed in Orange) A dollar for each of the Syracuse Teams for the first time advancing to the final four (I think he’s talking about basketball).  Eric got Danielle (his fiancé) to wear a Syracuse jersey.  GO 'CUSE!  Kevin was boo'd off the stage after it was brought to the Club’s attention he did not have 'CUSE on his final four bracket.  (Kevin tried to explain he made his bracket with his head, not his heart)

 

Bill: $10 - Aidan, the club, trivia night, Jill (we'll miss you), Drew - great presentation at the noon club, BF raffle tickets for sale, the rest is a donation.

 

Drew: KJ the newest member of the Technical Rescue Team, will be thrown into the water on Saturday.  (Scribe note: I was unaware of this, if I’m not there next Wednesday, please see if Drew forgot me in the water)

 

Dan: Rescue - friend had to use their services and those guys were great!

 

Jill: for the Club, wants to continue in Rotary, as she reads the news she is reminded of the good work Rotary does.  Wishes she could brag One Million dollars for our club.

Found an Apartment in Boston area!  The Maxwell's watched Mesa.  Apartment is in Belmont, come visit!  3/4 mile from the Alewife station.  Two bedrooms, two baths.  

 

Guest Speaker: Jen introduced Jim Maxwell's surprise guest speaker, who will take us to a different place and time, imagine you are in 1905 a rural meeting hall in England.  We were then treated to a ‘lecture’ entitled “On the Harmfulness of Tobacco” by non other than our own Jim Maxwell!   

Jim “dusted off” this piece, written by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov a few months ago to share his talents with our club.  Jim has been performing this piece (on and off) since 1973.  He first performed it during the summer he was working with Glenn Close.

March 30, 2016 Meeting Notes Kris Johnston 2016-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tristam Johnson
Sunrise Rotary
Morning Meeting Minutes Modestly Modified Morbidly Miniscule…(mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm)
 
“Good morning Rotarians, Good Morning President Ali”
 
Pledge
 
“If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?”
 
Members at home diligently painting/decorating Easter eggs:
Nick DuBois, Bob Fagelson, Booie Fagelson, Jerry Goldberg, Drew Hazelton, Turner Lewis, Todd Murchison, Jason Posternak, Shannon Primrose, Will, “The Egg Man” Shakespeare, Jim Verzino
 
Morning Greeter:            ??           Next Week:        Josh
 
Guests:
James Ferris by Bethany
 
Student Rotarians:
John boasted about common core testing, sports, and half day classes
Bethany about performing in B.F. choral group, participating in Carmina Burana, (from your outrageously biased scribe this production is fabulous, moving, and infectious. The pulse of the music is hypnotic!), and fund raising for National Honor Society.
 
Announcements:
Jenn, next Tuesday, the 29th, is Overflow Shelter Dinner and thanks to all who signed up.
 
Scholarship Committee, needs to meet, needs another warm thoughtful volunteer, Diane offered/accepted, so now the S.C. is Toni, Diane, Sadie, & Damon
 
NCAA, Josh is winner of first round, but final winner qualifies by having the most points
 
Membership, Josh asked that club members offer names of perspective candidates
 
Birthdays:           None
 
Speakers:
Jenn needs a slot for her speaker who fell ill and missed her date. Sadie has some folks lined up.
 
Kevin asked that all those without pins be fined.
 
Caaaards:            Dan Deitz wins $75 big ones!!!!
 
Brags:
 
Amelia family concert at Latchis on the 27th
 
Damon for his kids who closed out an exceptionally successful hocking season
 
Josh for the Scott Farm and the Stone Trust and this set of fabulously helpful useful historically important community assets ,(alright, a little biased prejudicial promotion of the businesses I manage)
 
Jill’s very bad news, and a terrible brag, that sadly she will be moving with her family to Boston by May 1st and we will all be very sad and sorry to lose her, and all those surrogate parents who have had a chance to remember being a new Mom or Dad will now have to live with the wonderful memory of time spent with Jill’s child
 
Kevin Y, men’s & women’s Syracuse basketball teams
 
KJ and the college acceptance letter their daughter received from Ithaca College
 
…I have a note about Bethany & a gymnastics team but no “meat” so I don’t know what to say.
 
Sandy s, March 25th  he will suffer through a sleep-over family night birthday for 7 teenage boys.. good luck!!
 
Bowl of Life:      KJ for “one brush with a famous people, Glenn Beck, and garden gnomes. ?which was the famous one?
 
FINALLY, my left hand is tired
 
3-on-3
Thank you’s to Michelle & Sadie for their volunteer efforts. There still are T shirts available for our sponsors, so please pick some up. We collected just over $11K but have yet to deduct expenses. Over 10 years we have raise $200K that has been awarded. Future efforts need help and there were many discussions about new ideas, focus of the scholarships, advertising to gain more female teams, contacting scholarship recipients to provide testimonials, start planning earlier, line up volunteers sooner, & Jim Maxwell offered to work with Howard Printing & Jenn simply volunteered, which is fabulous
 
Respectfully submitted by your biased & limited scribe
 
March 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes Tristam Johnson 2016-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary meeting 3/16/16
 
The meeting started on time with a ring of the bell and pledge.
 
The riddle of the morning “why should you never iron a four-leaf clover…?  You don’t want to press your luck”
 
We thanked Jen and Ed for greeting.
 
Next week scribe, Tristan followed by KJ on 3/30 and Damon on 4/6
 
No guests were introduced.
 
Student Rotarian reports:  Sebastian and Samantha updated on National Honor society projects that included sticking teachers to the wall with tape and pie in the face as a fundraiser for their “Stick it to Cancer” campaign.  Bethany reported that she is collecting books for kids in Honduras
 
Announcements: The Rotary Mixer was reported to be “wild & crazy”
 
Toni reported on 3 on 3, 17 teams participated; she thanked Jen for finding some high school teams. The numbers are not complete yet.  The work is not done yet.  Assistance is needed with updating the mailing list and sending thank you letters.
 
Jen passed a sign-up sheet for the overflow shelter dinner for 3/29.
 
Trivia night was successful under fill-in MC KJ with 55 players.  Same time next month
 
Damon updated the club on his experience at PETS and gave some insights into the goals of his presidency.
 
A moment of silence was taken to think of future members.
 
The coffee shop appeared to be closed.
 
NCAA Brackets were handed out for those interested $5 and don’t forget your name.
 
Cards: No winning card this week, the pot continues to grow
 
Brags: Jim Maxwell for a trip to Morocco and advice from Jill and for KJ covering as MC
 
Sandy Ladd for receiving her Medicare card and a return trip to Florida to see her father
 
Jill for Wilmington OH high school boys’ basketball team making the state championship
 
Damon for his kid’s exceptional hockey season
 
Josh for his trip to Mount Snow with his daughter
 
Jim for his Brother and sister-in-law for taking him into their home
 
Kevin for Bethany getting accepted to all five schools that she applied to
Syracuse woman’s basketball and the entire club for the help on 3 on 3
 
Toni for Kevin and his hard work behind the scenes of 3 on 3
 
Allie payed up for her email blast
 
Dan for Kevin and Toni and their 3 on 3 work
 
Michelle for her trivia team and April 9th ducks unlimited
 
This is your life: Shannon described her life starting in Keene high school, cooking on tall ships and working with the homeless with much greater detail than this
March 16th 2016 Meeting Minutes Drew Hazelton 2016-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
3/9/16 Rotary Meeting Minutes
 
President’s Quote:
“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
Kim Hubbard – American Cartoonist, Humorist, Journalist (1868-1930)
 
Thanks:
Many thanks to our greeter this morning, Josh Traeger; and Jen Moyse has graciously volunteered to be our greeter next week. Thanks to our “first-timer” scribe, Diane.  Next week 3/16 our scribe will be Drew (if his busy schedule allows); then on 3/23 will be Tristam, 3/30 will be KJ and 4/6 will be Damon.
 
Guest Intros:
Welcome to our guests: Christian Craig of the Edgar May Center (our speaker this morning…more to come later) and Sandy Shriver’s nephew Chris, who came up for the week from Philly.
 
Student Rotarian Reports:
Molly and Emily gave this morning’s Student Rotarian reports: The FBLA had a fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes: “Dime Wars”. They raised $80 for the charity. Also, the FBLA is organizing a blood drive on March 15th through the Red Cross. The ladies are both planning on going to “States” up at Lake Morey and must take intensive tests in order to participate. Good luck Molly and Emily!
  
Announcements:
Board Meeting tomorrow – March 10th at 7:15am
 
Another Rotary Mixer is happening this Thursday evening, March 10th, at the Brattleboro Country Club between 5:30-7:30pm. This gives us a great opportunity to mingle with the “nooners” and the Dover Club.
 
The 3-on-3 Tournament is this Saturday! We expect a good turn-out and have many of our members participating in some fashion. Friday volunteers please be at the school at 4:15 and Saturday morning volunteers be there by 7:30/8:00 depending on your duties. Kevin has the sign-up sheet so you can direct specific questions his way. Amelia is in charge of concessions and will email the list as a reminder.
 
This is the last week to collect socks for the Groundworks Collaborative; please see Kevin by Friday 3/11 if you have socks to donate. Children’s books are still being collected for the Honduras trip as well (see Ali).
 
Our next Trivia Night is coming right up on Monday, March 14th at 6:30 and will benefit the Green Mountain Camp for Girls. Our very own illustrious (and handsome, if I might add) KJ will be filling in for Jim Maxwell as emcee next week while Jim is on vacation.
 
The next overflow Shelter Dinner will be on Tuesday, March 29th.  More information to come as it gets closer.
 
The Rotary T-shirts are now in – see Toni if you ordered one.
 
Tristam has coffee for sale at $12/bag as a fundraiser to support scholarships to the Honduran community which provides the coffee.
 
Future Guest Speaker Assignments: 
Next week 3/16: Jen Moyse - Friends Forever, Inc.
3/23: 3-on-3 debrief (and perhaps ”This is your life” - newbies prepare yourselves!)
3/30: Hosted by Jim Maxwell
4/6: Hosted by Todd
 
Birthdays: No singing today.
 
Cards: Three of diamonds - no winner today. There is $50 in the card kitty now so make sure you buy a card next week!
 
Brags:
Sadie earned three brags for her amazing performance in “On the Verge”. She also impressed us all with an excerpt from the play. Very impressive!
 
Jon bragged that his mom is up from DC, settling in well and graduating from the nursing home to assisted living! Way to go Jon’s mom!
 
Tristam told us about Rotary International’s involvement in the Dominican Republic and their project around proper hygiene training.
 
Shannon is now a member of the Planning Commission as well as being involved in a hospice program.
 
Kevin bragged for the public service folks in town and informed us of an opportunity to volunteer to assist the crisis response team to be the “parents” for an evacuation drill on 3/24. Also, he mentioned that it is MS awareness week: there are 2.3 million people afflicted with this disease and many live among us and we are not aware of it. We continue to hope for a cure.
 
Bowl of Life: no time for the bowl today with all the announcing and bragging going on.
 
Speaker: 
Sandy Ladd introduced Christian Craig, executive director of the Edgar May Center (incidentally, he is also President of the Springfield Rotary Club). Christian is on the steering committee for the Leadership Southeast Vermont program.
 
“Leadership Southeast Vermont prepares leaders to affect change in our communities. The program is designed to create an understanding of obligation and commitment to becoming “trustees” of our communities.
Participants: Leadership Southeast Vermont brings together people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and views, who have a strong interest in becoming active leaders in their communities. What is required is a genuine concern about the future of Vermont.
Sessions: Leadership Southeast Vermont meets once a month for 10 months. It is an intensive interactive program. Each meeting focuses on a community theme. Through presentations, group discussions, field trips, and class projects, participants are immersed in the many aspects and complexities facing our communities.
Community: Leadership Southeast Vermont is designed to develop an increased knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges facing our communities. The curriculum creates an awareness of the needed resources and their ability to meet those challenges.”
 
There will be an informational meeting on May 4th at The New England House in West Brattleboro from 5:00-7:00pm. The next program begins in September.
 
Contact information:
Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce
56 Main St.  Suite #2
Springfield, VT 05`56
802 885-2779
 
Thanks all and have a great week!
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes for February 17th
 
Todd Murchison stood in as president today for Ali who just had knee surgery and welcomes all friendly texts.  Todd offered us these quotes.  “When an individual, a sect, a clique or a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique or nation, inevitably they simply do not actually know the objects of their hatred.  Ignorance is always at the bottom of it.”  Paul Harris (founder of Rotary) ; and also “Always remember you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.”  Margaret Mead
 
Thanks to our greeters – Bethany and Turner  Bob Fagelson volunteered for next week.
 
Jen filled in as scribe for Ross.  2/24 Jerry; 3/2 Scott will need a fill in; 3/9 Diane
 
Guests:  Kevin introduced his daugher Sarah
 
Bethany was our student Rotarian, but only reported that they’re on school break.
 
Announcements:
 
Sandy:  Thursday, March 10th 5:30-7:30pm the noon club is having a mixer at the Brattleboro Country Club.  Let’s try to get more than just 4 of us to join them this time.
 
Toni is ordering Rotary shirts.  She’ll send out an e-mail to see who needs one, but you must reply to get one.  There will be an opportunity to purchase other Rotary-wear for warmer weather needs at a later date.
 
Tristam has coffee for sale again.
 
KJ and Sandy are going to the noon club to run a couple rounds of trivia as a promo.  They need a score-keeper.  Beathany volunteered.
 
Jen will e-mail out assignments for overflow shelter dinner this Friday 2/19 from 5-7.  Still need a server.  Dan volunteered.
 
Kevin reminded us of the 3 on 3 on March 12th.  The set up people will get in Friday afternoon for about an hour, hopefully at 4pm, but depending on high school sports.  The registration deadline is three weeks away.  The deadline is Wednesday this year, which is earlier than in the past, to eliminate last minute scrambling with the brackets.  Bob was curious if it will affect numbers.  Pepsi’s on board with drinks.  Kevin will have them co-ordinate with Dan for a pick up of fewer sodas and more water and sports drinks this year.
 
Sarah Yaeger let us know about a school community service project for VT Tech.  A sock drive for Groundworks Collaborative collecting socks, personal care and feminine hygiene products.  Drop them off at Vermont Tech or with Kevin at Rotary.  Kevin is offering a 40 sock challenge (I assume that’s forty pairs…..)
 
 
Birthdays:  Dan Deitz this Saturday 2/20
 
Cards:  4 of hearts – no winner
 
Brags:
 
Jill bragged for Mesa wearing her United Way onesie who just graduated from her infant car seat to her convertible car seat.
 
Kevin bragged for an amazing trip to Jamaica at an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay.  His new favorite drink is the dirty banana, a chocolate coffee mikshake with a run kick.  Wonderful staff, friendly guests.  They met a couple from South Dakota, the husband used to ride through Brattleboro on deliveries to C&S wholesale.  He also bragged for his daughter who house sat for them and who had two dirty bananas waiting for them when they arrived home.
 
Speaker:  Drew from Rescue Inc.
 
Rescue Inc serves 15 communinites and has since 1966.  They celebrate 50 years this year.  They’ve been paramedics since the 1970’s.  They take care of the area’s EMS training.  They were the first ambulances with full scope critical care transport, which has invasive monitoring and allows for critical care transport to Dartmouth, Boston and more.  They have 46 members that go ANYWHERE.  They do CPR, AED and advanced training.
 
On-site advanced level care is your best chance of survival in an emergency, rather than transporting to a hospital, but life-saving equipment is expensive and disposable.  But they only get reimbursed by medicaid for transport and that reimbursement is .13 cents on the dollar.  Transportation is much different that advanced treatment and they are not allowed to bill patients for treatment, so they have to pay for it.  Each time they administer heroine over-dose drugs it costs them $60.  In the last year, the state has gone from 18% of its population on Medicaid to 35%.  This increase has created a huge gap in projected budget shortfalls for the year.  There is also a 10 to 20 % increase in mental health and drug related call volume, due to suicides and overdoses.
 
Drew is working hard to lobby the state government to change it’s health care billing structure.  The federal government reduced it’s rate by ½% on January 1st, but the state hasn’t changed it’s rates since 2008.  Medicaid is 45% state funded and 55% federally funded, which means when the state falls short of increasing its funds to Rescue Inc. it leaves 3 million dollars of matching grant funds on the table uncollected.  They need to replace their stretchers this year or they can’t get new ambulances because the code on the new ambulances is different and won’t allow for the old stretchers.  Eventually these costs may fall back on the property owners.  But they try to fundraise as much as possible.  Their ADVENTURE RACE is set for October 15th.  Those who were here saw awesome photos of Josh and Toni suspended from harnesses at last year’s race!
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Posted by Amelia Farnum

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” 

- Albert Camus

 

(It’s so cold, I swear, I just saw a teenage boy with his pants pulled up)

 

Thanks to our greeter, Booie! Volunteer for next week is: Turner!

 

Thanks to the scribe, me, Amelia. Next week Ross - he needs to find a replacement, then Jerry, then Scott ? and then Diane - Remember, being scribe earns you attendance credit!

 

Guest intros: 

Sandy introduces noon club member Dave Twombley; Tristam introduce Stan Nowakski noontime member.

 

 

Student Rotarian Reports:

Molly and Emily: FBLA representing career center - just had chapter meeting went over old business and upcoming states; fun activities, welcome new kids; States coming up Spring leadership conference going up to Lake Moring compete in different events - sounds fun! Win prizes and money? Let’s go! heard there’s a zip line too. 

 

Spring raffle $1 a piece; help kids pay their way to States. They have tickets to sell.

 

Bethany: Rent! opening night tomorrow night and this weekend at BUHS. Tristan Toleno’s son is in it.

 

Announcements and Committee Reports:

 

Trivia Night: turn out not but great because of snow - raised $200 for Kids with Coats - Todd won the 50/50 - the Blind Squirrels won -  KJ not on the team???? what?! Hmmmm….

 

Tristam: Coffee is BACK - get it while it’s hot $12 a bag - profits go to great cause.

 

Overflow Dinner: Next dinner is next Friday the 19th 5-7pm; need folks to sign up.

 

Tristam: Nutrion project - for kids during break - donations from Black River and Commonwealth Dairy - he needs help with delivering yogurt next Wednesday. Bethany and Ally will do it.

 

Sandy is going on Friday night to see RENT at the highschool- his daughter is doing costumes. If you want to join him - get in touch.

 

Other Announcements/ Committee Reports

 

Future Guest Speak Assignments:

2/17 - KJ presents Drew; 2/24 - Damon (Josh Davis from Groundworks); Sandy Ladd; Turner Lewis (Brattleboro Town Manager - Peter Ewell) Sadie will contact Peter Ewell about a sooner date. Damon has someone in mind too.

 

 

Birthdays: NONE.

 

Cards: seven of diamonds. NO WINNERS

 

Brags:

Stan: for Pres. Ally - Mixer on March 10th at the Country Club for area Rotary Clubs - 5:30 - 7:30pm - apps and good fun! Counts as an attendance credit.

 

Bethany: $5 brag. Winter carnival is happening. She’s participating - Sunday pancake breakfast on Sunday at 8am; Mon and Tues variety show night - she’s going do gymnastics thing and singing thing at the show; her dad’s last day of radiation; she found book that was donated to her from Rotary club years ago

 

John: Bethany got first college acceptance - Franklin Pierce

 

John: travel story - weekend in DC - stuck behind 3 plows all the way in MA - got there and was denied boarding!!!! Next flight 7:30pm!!! drove back then there was accident on 91. Ugg.. finally got to DC to see mom.

 

Timberly: new job and new baby!!!!

 

Sandy: on way to Florida next week. Trying to get dad not to drive… working on it for a year. Dad bought a new car!!! Her mission is to try to get dad to a more convenient situation for living and transportation. She won’t be her next 2 weeks.

 

Ross: Brattleboro Skating Club - show on Sunday! Kaya is a skater! Go see her!

 

Ally: Book program for Honduras! Bring in used books for Ally to bring to her daughter - The kids love them to learn English. 

 

Bowl of Life: I met Kafi Anon in 2007. Ran 100 mile xc ski race from Montreal to Ottawa in 2 days. ANONYMOUS.

 

My great uncle got robbed and killed in 1910 bringing the bankroll to the bank. not Todd, not Turner, not Jim, not Toni, not KJ, not Amelia, not Jerry, not Kevin, not Dan, not Michelle, not Scott, not Jill, It was Sandy Shriver!!!!!

 

3 on 3: Annual basketball tournament 20th year! All the money goes out to graduating seniors and adults going back to school - goal $15,000. Comes from sponsorships. Need someone to go to PO box to get the mail - Todd will check mail. We’re looking for the lost key to the PO box! Where is the missing key! It’s the great mystery. Next week, Toni will bring in list of donors and people can  identify who they can call. She needs list of donors for the marketing. If you can’t volunteer that day - there’s tons of stuff to do ahead of time! donors to contact; Turner mailed tons of forms out!!! Thank you letters to go out afterward. Concessions, we need fruit, bagels, brownies - healthy foods. Lots of set up; take down; taking score; free throw contest; t-shirt table… lots of work to pull this off. Get the word out!

 

Let’s put good energy in it this year and reassess after the event to see if it’s viable. If everyone chips in - would make it more manageable. We need a list of jobs and timeline.

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Posted by Robert Fagelson
BRATTLEBORO SUNRISE ROTARY
February 3, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by President Aly at 7:15 AM
 
Quotes:
       “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.”
               Leo Tolstoy
        “He was a bold man who first ate an oyster”
               Jonathan Swift
Guests:
         Nicole Barry and Anna Wojenski--- Guest Speakers
Students:
         John and Bethany spoke to the new grading system at the high school (I will reserve comment on this stupid idea)
Announcements:
          Mark announced his newsletter will be soon forthcoming
          Kevin reminded us of 3-on-3 Wants t get out sign-up sheets. We need people for concessions, clean-up and set-up. Posters are also available.
         Tristam gave nutritional project update
         Sandy S. Trivia next Monday. Needs scratch pads. Recipient will be clothes for kids and announced we have received thank-yous from previous trivia recipients
        Aly announced the next overflow dinner will be Feb. 19. We are also looking into a joint meeting with the nooners. Also, there will be a Club Assembly next week.
Birthdays:
        Turner and Ralph
Cahds:
         Five of Spades. Anna Wojenski was the winner
Brags:
         Sandy L. For husband Jon who is going to Florida to help with her father. In doing so he will miss his bowling night.
         Nick For son's 4th birthday. Had a party Saturday with Star Wars theme
        Toni 1. Thanks to Turner for something which I cannot read my writing
               2. To Kevin and WKVT for receiving the Corporate Citizens Award from the Chamber
         KJ To everyone who participated in the overflow shelter dinner
         Kevin 1. Thanked Toni for her brag
                   2. He's going to Jamaica Friday.
                   3. Use of seat belts. Eric and his girl friend were in an acident over the weekend. It was a rollover, but no one was hurt, thanks to seat belts.
         Marcy Planning Rowan's b'day party. Its going to be a pool party
          Dan 1. Grandson's 5th birthday
                 2. Overflow shelter dinner
         Jill She and her husband will be at the Strolling of the Heifers bld'g Monday at Noon to demonstrate their olive oil
         Tristam for Maria Leonard the coffee lady.
 
Guest Speakers;
          Nicole Barry and Anna Wojenski spoke of their recent triup to Honduras. It was arranged through Maria Leonard the coffee lady, thanks to help from Tristam. They planned the trip at the last minute so it was too late to get the shots and meds they would need, but their hosts made sure they were well protected. They spent time in a school grade K-6, spending a day in each grade. They are asking for children's books to be sent to the school.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 AM

 
Bob Fagelson

 
February 3, 2016 meeting Robert Fagelson 2016-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arden Fagelson

Rotary minutes 1/27/16

 

President Ali called the meeting to order at 7:17 am with the pledge of allegiance.

 

Quote : “ I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. then I want to live with them. Phyllis Diller

 

Thank you to our greeter Shannon Primrose . KJ (Kris Johnston,) volunteered for next week.

Guests were introduced -Rick Hashagen, bearing both the title of Diane's father and KJ's Father in-law. and John Potter who were the guest speakers for this meeting.

 

Our Hinsdale High student rotarians present at the meeting -Samantha and Sebastian gave school reports. There is to be a concert, Sebastian playing Guitar and a vocal and an improv play with paintings to be reviewed by the audience.

 

Announcements & Committee reports-

Jen - Overflow Shelter Dinner –1/28

3-on3B-Ball Tourney-Sat 3/12 Volunteers needed. Also volunteers to make followup calls on donation letters.

Board meeting 2/4 -7:15 at WKVT

Future Scribes- 2/3 Bob, 2/10Amelia, 2/17-Ross

Guest Speaker assignments- (2/3 Drew, 2/10 Lucky Tristam, Club Assembly) 2/17 K.J. 2/24- Damon

 

Birthdays-Turner, Ralph & Jim Maxwell

Cards-In the deck!

 

Brags-Amelia house hunting. In need of a larger abode.

Damon bragged for Aiden's GPA 4.25 and Toren being bumped up to the first line hockey team.Scored 2 times on Sunday.

Sadie bragged for Evie in King of thieves the NEYT production. Also for Stephen Stearn”s retirement

Josh in addition to Jim Verzino for Jill's Appearance on BCTV featuring her and her husband's new olive oil company Being sold at the CO-OP and Vermont Country Store. Rave reviews!

Sandy Shriver for Farnums' Insulation Co. “Let there be Heat and there is!!! And also for Dan installing new tires.

Ali's mother doing well after surgery.

 

 

The guest speakers Rick Hashagen, President of the Latchis board and Jon Potter executive Director were introduced by Diane Hashagen.

Spiro Latchis bought the parcel of land which has been home to the Latchis Hotel and theater. A local group took over the buiding and formed the Latchis Arts Initiative. It is a community Treasure, soon to celebrate its 80th birthday, and requires continuous maintenance and restoration.

Meeting Minutes 1/27/16 Arden Fagelson 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ethier on Jan 20, 2016
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary
Meeting Minutes
January, 20, 2016
 
President Alisa opened the meeting with the following quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." also, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
 
Thanks to Josh Treager for being our greeter this morning. Our greeter next week will be Shannon. Thank You Shannon for volunteering.
 
This morning's Rotary scribe is Mark Ethier. Next week is Booie Fagelson then Dr. Bob.
 
There were no guests in attendance this morning.
 
Announcements and committee reports;
- Jen Moyes announced that it's our turn for the Overflow shelter dinner Thursday, January, 28.
     -- Looking for 1 entree & 1 Salad.
- Kevin Yeager announced that there will be a meeting after next weeks meeting to discuss 3 on 3.
- Not mentioned during the meeting but Mark would like to announce that there are volunteer opportunities at the Harris Hill Ski Jump this year.
     -- Event Ps.O.C are Kathryn Einig kathryneinog@myfairpoint.net for ticket sales and Naomi Pollica npollica@gmail.com for pretty much everything else. Commitments need to be in by 1/29.
- Tristam Johnson announced that he, on the behalf of RI, will be taking a closer look at how Rotary projects are designed and implemented.
- President Ally announced the we should all check our attendance log. It was available at the meeting. for those not in attendance... it's available on Clubrunner.
     -- It was noted that there are ways to boost our attendance.
- Josh Treager announced that Project Feed is over for this year but there are still bins out there getting filled up. If you see one contact the VT foodbank at 802-246-0993 or 800-585-2265.
 
There was no Guest Speaker Today. Diane will be hosting next week.
 
Birthdays
 
Jason Posternak and Tristam Johnson were in attendance celebrating in absentia, Ralph Meima and Jim Maxwell.
 
Cards
 
It was Kevin Yeager's lucky day today with a 9 of something.
 
Brags.
 
- Sadie bragged about NEYT's Princess Willow and the queen of Bees production featuring her daughter.
     -- Show times and details at neyt.org
- Marcy bragged/fined herself about misplacing, washing and subsequently finding Past President Todd Murchison's Past President pin. It's nice and shiny now.
- Todd bragged about losing weight and the irony about cell phone dependancy. Apparently Todd has been a critic of those of us who are tied to our cell phones and recently he lost his phone.
- Michelle bragged about the durability of her iPhone. it's been stomped on and run over and still works.
- Michelle also bragged that Caroline got into her first Law School.
- Damon bragged about an All you can eat wings fundraiser at Joe Peanuts in Keene to support Keene hockey
     -- $12.00 contact Damon for further details menu for JoePeanuts at joepeanuts.com
- Toni bragged about her sister who flew up for the week. and that Kyle is officially a reservist and back in school.
- Kevin bragged about 'cuse beating Duke.
- Jill bragged about the Brattleboro Retreat's new president and CEO Dr. Louis Josephson replacing Dr. Rob Simpson. More details at www.brattlebororetreat.org/louis-josephson-appointment
- Sandy bragged Jonathan's great Aunt's 90th birthday celebration. It was a Chinese banquet in Brooklyn's Chinatown. Sandy was stiuffed.
 
Bowl of Life;
 
"I was a Dude Ranch Foreman fo 5 years."
 
We started with Sandy to Dan to Ross to Josh to Jen? to Bob(not present) Then Turner then Damon who correctly guessed Tristam.
     - For those of you who would like to try to relive Tristam's experience in wyoming take a look at www.duderanch.org/wyoming-dude-ranch
 
 
Respectfully submitted
Mark
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Newsletter for January 13 Nick 2016-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Santa and her elves were assembled at 7:15 and regaled with the following quote from Arthur C. Clarke, the British author and co-writer of "2001 - A Space Odyssey":
"the best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale."
 
Greeter: Thanks St. Nick. Next time is will be Turner.
 
Scribe: Kevin. Next will be Dan, Nick, Mark Ethier and Booie. Please check the website for updates.
 
Guests: Sara Gordon-Macey, Lucy Farnum and Ross's granddaughter Kaya Gibson
 
Announcements: Tristam - the Christmas Coffee store is open! last chance to get a great stocking stuffer!
                            Ross: fined me for having my photo appear in the paper showing me loading the school bus with groceries for Project Feed The Thousands.
                            Turner - invited everyone to come visit the "Christmas Room"  at his home. (I've seen it. It's quite impressive!)
                            Tristam - Nutrition project. Westgate will not be participating this vacation period. Ledgewood and Moore Court will
 
New members: MIA or just doing a little last minute Christmas shopping - Timberly Hund, Kyle LaPointe and Shannon Primrose.
 
NO MEETING ON DECEMBER 30TH. Next meeting: January 6th.
 
Announcements:
 
Dinner Raffle final tally of $$: still waiting for money to come in. Hopefully will have it all by next meeting so a final amount can be shared with the class.
 
Trivia Night: December Trivia Night was our best ever so far!! Next event will be Monday, January 11th at 5:30. It will feature a Battle of the Boards. Already have 4 teams signed up.
 
3 on 3 tournament date: Saturday, march 12th. This is a full club event so everyone is expected to participate. Playbooks will be distributed soon.
 
Future Guest Speaker dates: These are posted on the website. Please check them and let Sadie know if you need a speaker or are swapping dates with someone. Please practice safe swapping!
 
Birthdays: KJ and Jim Verzino. The Sunrise Singers serenaded the twosome to the tune of Happy Birthday in fabulous fashion!
 
Cards: 3 of Diamonds. The fix was in as Ed won the pot of $25.
 
Brags: 
Ali - Holiday party was a great success. Great venue. Had a lot of fun.
 
Scott - has ski tickets to Mt. Snow for sale to benefit the B&G Club.
 
Tristan - No Justin this morning and how he misses him! Justin covers for him when he's late getting to the dance! Also - As a board member of the Scott Farm, thanks for going to the Holiday Party.
 
Jon - Thanks to Tristam for hosting and leading the tour of Kipling's home. He then told us a Christmas story about Siberian reindeer, a herder with a stick, some barking noises............ask him to tell you the story as only Jon is able to do.
 
Ross - for Jen and the Nutcracker. She directed and performed.
 
Turner - for the Christmas party. "It was spectacular!" It was then announced by Marcy that Turner has 47 years in Rotary! All with 100% perfect attendance!!!
 
Josh - for his daughter's inquisitiveness about Christmas. Also for Jen and her "incredible job with the Nutcracker."
 
KJ - for a fantastic holiday party. Also - his daughters are home from college. had brunch with one, dinner with the other.
 
Marcy - Ed didn't go to the party BUT took the tour and thus received a make-up credit. Also - another successful Breakfast with Santa event. Persuaded her husband and others to volunteer their time. More money was raised this year than last! And, oh yea, Santa was GREAT!
 
Toni - Kyle is (was) home for the holiday. Picked her up at the train station in Poughkeepsie. Many, many family members present to greet her. She goes Back on the 29th.
Watched her son Brett get sworn in on Tuesday (the 22nd). Now has two kids in the military. Who'd a thunk it!!!
 
Ali - has 2 jobs. One at the Greenwood School. Each year for the holiday's the school buys $25 gift cards from Amazon and other raffle prizes for the staff. This year Ali won $150 to Fireworks. She has it burning a hole in her pocket and desperately needs to spend it!! Looking for volunteers if it isn't already spent.
 
Tristam - thank you for letting him play host for the holiday party. He loves to show off the Scott Farm and Kipling's home. He meets great people who have stories to tell about their previous experiences at Kipling's.
 
BOWL OF LIFE: "I have flown as a student for my pilot's license but never obtained it." Ok, please keep up. Jon, Jim V, Josh, Michelle, Kevin, Sandy L, Ed, Tristan, Ross, Jim M, nick, Drew, mark, Tristam, Turner, Dan and....ding, ding, ding - KJ our winner!!!
KJ was sitting in the doctor's office getting his medical clearance for the license on September 11th when that whole mess occurred. Then sometime later his flight instructor flew into a mountain. KJ stopped. A few years later, he took up lessons again. passed his test but never flew again.
 
NO GUEST SPEAKER so we adjourned about 8:20am and with a finger aside of her nose she was heard to exclaim, Merry Christmas to all and to all a Happy Chanukah!
 
Respectfully submitted and not responsible for errors and omissions.
Kevin
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Rotary minutes – 11/25
Quote:  “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.” – Kent M. Keith
Thank you to Jen for being our greeter this week. Jill is our scribe today, and next week it will be Tristan followed by Josh on 12/9, Jim V on 12/16 and Kevin on 12/23.
Announcements:
Overflow Shelter:  We do not have the same day each month, so that everyone will have a chance to help out. We do not have a day in December. Our days are as follows:  Thursday, Jan 28; Friday, February 19; Tuesday, March 29; Monday, April 18.
Guests:  Becca Freeman, Casey Manning, Shannon Primrose (of Flat St, Brattleburger), Evie
Sell raffle tickets! If you’re having trouble, talk to Kevin; Jill and Jim will attend the noon Rotary meeting next week to sell tickets
Honduran coffee for sale – see Tristam
Holiday party – Tues, Dec 15 at Scott Farm, more details to come
Feed the Thousands pick-up:  slots available next week; Kevin will talk to the committee to resolve a few issues; Kevin will resend the calendar and will let us know about the Christmas closings
Food drive – bring nonperishable items to next week’s meeting when we will give a check to Project Feed the Thousands.
Secret Santa letters:  if anyone is interested in buying for a family, talk to Ali
Birthdays:  Please update your birthday in ClubRunner.
Brags:
  • Sandy:newly renovated kitchen
  • Damon:thank you to Sandy for 15 years of mentorship and working together; Physical Therapy Services are moving their practice to a location next to the Richards Group; Katherine went to visit her mother, Bev, in the hospital; hockey – Keene Ice opened on Monday (newest rink)
  • Will:brag for Ali’s organizational skills; brag for Toni’s help with ClubRunner; inviting everyone to join for bon fire at his house on Friday afternoon
  • Sandy S:thanks to Toni for doing his minutes a couple of weeks ago
  • Dan:thanks to all who helped with Overflow Shelter meal (and his daughter who did all of the dishes); thanks to Ross for the Heady Topper
  • Kevin:fines anyone who isn’t wearing their pin this morning; Saturday afternoon Eric got engaged and will be getting married next October in Vermont
  • Jill:Asra Olive Oil sold at VT Country Deli, Brattleboro Food Coop, and soon North End Butchers
  • Josh:brags for the Club; Brattleboro Women’s Chorus concert this past weekend
  • Ali:brags for her daughter who got accepted into her first college and has been working very hard for the past several months preparing
  • Will:All should attend the Guilford Friends of Music sing-along concert on Dec 5
  • Jim V:thanks for welcoming his dog to Rotary last week
Announcement
Penfield Project – a no go; the preliminary plan didn’t pass due to Act 250 (original permit requires this portion of the property to stay undeveloped); back to the drawing board for this project. Josh suggested small library stands for the Club to fill each year.
Ross will take minutes next week in Tristan’s absence.
Have a great day everyone!
Meeting adjourned.
 
Rotary minutes – 11/25
Quote:  “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.” – Kent M. Keith
Thank you to Jen for being our greeter this week. Jill is our scribe today, and next week it will be Tristan followed by Josh on 12/9, Jim V on 12/16 and Kevin on 12/23.
Announcements:
Overflow Shelter:  We do not have the same day each month, so that everyone will have a chance to help out. We do not have a day in December. Our days are as follows:  Thursday, Jan 28; Friday, February 19; Tuesday, March 29; Monday, April 18.
Guests:  Becca Freeman, Casey Manning, Shannon Primrose (of Flat St, Brattleburger), Evie
Sell raffle tickets! If you’re having trouble, talk to Kevin; Jill and Jim will attend the noon Rotary meeting next week to sell tickets
Honduran coffee for sale – see Tristam
Holiday party – Tues, Dec 15 at Scott Farm, more details to come
Feed the Thousands pick-up:  slots available next week; Kevin will talk to the committee to resolve a few issues; Kevin will resend the calendar and will let us know about the Christmas closings
Food drive – bring nonperishable items to next week’s meeting when we will give a check to Project Feed the Thousands.
Secret Santa letters:  if anyone is interested in buying for a family, talk to Ali
Birthdays:  Please update your birthday in ClubRunner.
Brags:
  • Sandy:newly renovated kitchen
  • Damon:thank you to Sandy for 15 years of mentorship and working together; Physical Therapy Services are moving their practice to a location next to the Richards Group; Katherine went to visit her mother, Bev, in the hospital; hockey – Keene Ice opened on Monday (newest rink)
  • Will:brag for Ali’s organizational skills; brag for Toni’s help with ClubRunner; inviting everyone to join for bon fire at his house on Friday afternoon
  • Sandy S:thanks to Toni for doing his minutes a couple of weeks ago
  • Dan:thanks to all who helped with Overflow Shelter meal (and his daughter who did all of the dishes); thanks to Ross for the Heady Topper
  • Kevin:fines anyone who isn’t wearing their pin this morning; Saturday afternoon Eric got engaged and will be getting married next October in Vermont
  • Jill:Asra Olive Oil sold at VT Country Deli, Brattleboro Food Coop, and soon North End Butchers
  • Josh:brags for the Club; Brattleboro Women’s Chorus concert this past weekend
  • Ali:brags for her daughter who got accepted into her first college and has been working very hard for the past several months preparing
  • Will:All should attend the Guilford Friends of Music sing-along concert on Dec 5
  • Jim V:thanks for welcoming his dog last week
Penfield Project – a no go; the preliminary plan didn’t pass due to Act 250 (original permit requires this portion of the property to stay undeveloped); back to the drawing board for this project. Josh suggested small library stands for the Club to fill each year.
Ross will take minutes next week in Tristan’s absence.
Have a great day everyone!
Meeting adjourned.
 
 
November 25, 2015 Jill Terrell-Ouazzani 2015-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
President Ali presents a donation check to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital's Development Director Gina Pattison. This is part of our club's five year commitment to support BMH programs through proceeds generated from the annual Touch A Truck event.
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Richard Davis, co-founder of the Windham County Heat Fund, receives a donation from President Ali. In honor of our weekly guest speakers, the club allocates funds to this important community program. 
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Posted by William Shakespeare
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club
11/18/2015
Quote: “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday”  ~ Don Marquis, Humorist, Journalist and Author.
            “You may delay, but time will not” ~ Ben Franklin
Greeter:  Turner.  Nest week, Jen
Scribe:   Will this week.  11/25=Jill, 12/2=Tristan, then Josh, Jim V, Kevin.
 
Guest Intros:  Timberly Hund, architect, potential new member. Gina Pattison, BMH. Richard Davis, Windham Heat Fund.
 
Student Rotarian Report: Emily and Molly reported on projects in the school including their Project Feed the Thousands.
 
Announcements:
~  Richard Davis gave a brief history of the Windham County Heat Fund. They have a goal of raising 50K for fuel assistance this year to serve about 100 households. We presented Richard with a check for $1,500 to go to the fund.
~  Gina Pattison from BMH joined us to accept a check for $750 that we raised from the Touch a Truck event.
~  Jen went over the schedule for the overflow shelter dinner that we will be providing this evening. We will be serving between 5:00 and 7:00pm at the Baptist Church so be sure all food and servers are there.
A big thanks to Sadie, Jen, and Stephanie for their work on the garden. You all keep us looking good in the community.
Dinner Rafle should be going strong right now. Keep selling tickets. Go to the noon club and sell there if you still have books to sell.
Booie went over the Secret Santa process again.  They are NOT a 501-c3, so you take your own risk in claiming a charitable deduction for your gift to this great program.
The “Feed the Thousands” food drive is under way. Three pick locations, Hannafords, the Coop and Price Chopper. You may need to ask Hannaford’s where the pick ups are as they may be in a back room.
Kevin has nailed down a date for the “Nothing but Net” event this spring. It will be Saturday, March 12th, 2016. All members should plan on being on-board with one of the many activities that make this a great fundraiser.
Birthdays – None. Too bad. No song.
Caads – Richard Birkfield, our guest from Food Connect, won the prize with a 5 of Spades. Sign him up for membership!
 
Richard Berkfield from Food Connect has returned for his second presentation to the club. Richard reviewed the history of Food Connect (previously known as “Post-Oil Solutions”).
He played the video “Universal School Meals”. 1 in 4 kids in school are hungry and have food insecurity. 60% of kids eligible for free meals do not access them. USM looks to eliminate the divide between kids who can afford food and kids who need subsidized food by having all school lunch available at no cost.  Eliminating the administrative cost of the subsidized food program would pay for the non-subsidized food.
Food Connect also has the Farm-to-School program where they delivered over $200K in fresh food produce.
Food Connect also runs the School Harvest Farm where students come to learn and practice how to grow and harvest fresh produce.
 
In addition, F-C has a food buying club where people can purchase farm-raised produce and pick up at 6 local schools.
November 18th meeting William Shakespeare 2015-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Shriver on Nov 11, 2015
Sunrise Rotary Newsletter:  Veterans Day; November 11, 2015.
 
Greeter this week:  Jim V. and his new dog Suds.
Greeter next week:  Turner
 
Scribe next week:  11/18:  Will S. then Jill, Tristan.
 
Thank you from the Brattleboro Fire Department.  $500 donation for flag replacement.
 
Children Rotarians:  Davie, Alexsa and Alina.
Jon introduced Davey:  “Who you know and love.” 
Other guests;  Timberley Hund,   guest
Kyle LaPoint standing in for Drew H; using their Corporate Membership. Rescue is the corporate membership.
Returning member:   Marcy Rushford.   Kevin: “Marcy is in the house”.
Student Rotarian:  John:  Thanked all Veterans.
Intramural Basketball League just started.  But less teams this year.  Only 6 teams.
 
Bethany: Bragged for the National Honor Society.  14 new members. 25 seniors are in it.  Student Counsel went to the Drop in Center.  They are making a film about Project Feed the Thousands.  Their kick off is next week.  The High School Fall concert: Next Wednesday.   The school is looking into student missing class time.
 
Ali:  Thanks to the Student Rotarians for coming when they don’t have school.
 
Announcements
Jason:  $575 collected so far for the raffle.  Sell your tickets.  Sell your tickets.  Drawing date is December 9.  We are hoping to sell 10 books per person in Rotary.  Hope to raise $5,000 - $7,000.
Tristam:  Buy Honduran coffee:  for $12.  $7 donation.
 
Amelia:  Holiday party at Kipling’s House.  Thank you Tristam.  Date to be announced.
Kevin:  Project Feed the Thousands start next week.  Sign up.  2 people should sign up on each Monday.  Do your pickups so you arrive at the Drop in Center by 4:30.  Yada yada yada.
 
Sadie:  Trivia night. 50 people in attendance.  $250 in donations for time trade.  Next event is December 14.
 
Overflow dinner:  Next Wednesday, November 18.  Looking for servers.  Talk to Jen if you can volunteer.
 
Garden clean up:  Next Sunday. The 15th.  Sadie will send an e-mail if it is going to be cancelled. :  10:30.  Bring a rake, pruners if you come.
 
New Membership Chair needed:  Ross is stepping down.  Josh is considering it.
Future speaking assignments:  Nick on Nov. 18.  Mark E. – Nov 25.  Booie:  Dec. 2.
 
Birthday;  Ross Gibson:  Not here.
 
Card:  Jason and KJ were Ed Dews today.  Jill won an IOU.  The money is at home with Evie.  But got $8 today and will get the roll over money later.
 
Kevin:  Announced Bethany has interesting hobbies... .. She rows and sews.  Talk to her for more information.
 
Jim V. Al Roker is in town: 8:30 PM. Thursday night.
Ralph:  Has a Rotary pin:  “Engage Rotary, Change lives.”    Has had a foster child for the last 5 months.  Went to a Christmas Stocking warehouse and learned this is their last year.  Marcy Rushford:  They are unable to get coats, etc. at cost because stuff is shipped just in time.  United Way is looking into what they can do.  Drop in Center also has a clothing shelf.
 
Mark E. Bragged for Veterans.  An Air force vet.  Toni is an army mom:  Kyle just graduated basic training.  Fort Sills is a city onto itself.  Brett signed up for army training too.
 
Josh: Bragged for Trivia night.  It was fun and it is a good event. Raises lots of money for good causes. 
Turner:  Bragged for our Veterans.
Damon:  Aiden as a freshman got to play on the varsity squad.  Did not get to race.  Raced in the Meet of Champions. New Hampshire.  Finished 101 out of c. 150 runner. Finished 5th on his team.  17:37.1 in a 5K.  His best run ever.
KJ:  2 $5 brags.  For Veterans.  For Turner:  Came up and looked at him his dog.
 
Tristam:  On behalf of Rotary International.  For Wendy:  travelled on two 18 hour travel days.  Micro finance project in Mexico.
 
Marcy R:  120 anniversary of the X-Ray.
Jon:  Bragged to Jim who let the girls walk his dog.
 
Justin:  Wants to brag.  $5 brag for the Veterans.  American Legion, VFW fight for Veterans rights.  Join a Club.  You don’t have to be a Vet. Can join the sons of the American Legion/woman auxiliary.  This Saturday:  Hunters Breakfast. 4 AM to 10 AM.   Raises money for good causes.
Dan Dietz:  Daughter’s boyfriend wanted to have a chat.  Daughter got engaged.   
 
Kevin:  For Marcy and the radiology Department at BMH.  Everyone was helpful and friendly.  He still has some grey matter up there.
Jill:  Mother and husband came to visit from SC.  Malika, her mother in law is here through January. Maysa was smothered in grandmotherly love.
Marcy C:  There are still a lot of incorrect birthday dates on our website.  Make sure you are not listed as being born in 2011. 
 
That’s all folks.
 
November 11, 2015 Meeting Minutes Sandy Shriver 2015-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Minutes 11/4/15
Scribe: Valerie Stuart
 
Members absent: Mark Ethier, Jerry Goldberg, Drew Hazelton, Jim Maxwell, Ralph Meima.
 
Quote: “The early bird gets the worm, but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese.” Stephen Wright
 
Many thanks to our greeter: Nick D. Next week Jim V. will be our greeter.
 
Next week our scribe will be Sandy S. On 11/18 Will S. will record our meeting minutes. And on 12/2 Tristan will be our scribe.
 
Our guest today was Joseph Lynch, Manager of Government Affairs, Entergy Vermont Yankee.
 
Student Rotarian Reports
 
Sam, one of our Hinsdale High School (HHS) Student Rotarians reported that the school has a Christmas Bazaar and Chinese Auction coming up on November 21.
 
Sebastian, who also attends HHS, focused on the school’s Extended Learning Opportunity program, which permits students to get involved in a business or profession that interests them and receive school credit for this learning opportunity.
 
Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS) Student Rotarian John noted,
that the high school has a Dodge Ball Tournament coming up.
 
Molly, another BUHS Student Rotarian, spoke about the success of the high school’s Future Business Leaders of America’s recent blood drive.
 
Emily, our third Student Rotarian from BUHS, said the high school is now gearing up for its Ear Muff drive. She also reported that the high school’s Feed the Thousands Kick Off will be on November 17.  
 
Committee Reports
 
Jen informed everyone that our club will be in charge of providing dinner at the Overflow Shelter at the Baptist Church on the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30. She passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers. Contact Jen, if you would like to volunteer.
 
Amelia said that she and Tristam have discussed having our club’s holiday party at Naulakha. They will provide additional details soon.
 
Tristam is still offering coffee for a good cause at $12 a bag. He also talked about his visit to Detroit’s Centennial Club, which was the 16th Rotary Club founded in the world. He said he was there to evaluate a literacy program there that has been operating for 31 years. He noted that it is featured in the most recent issue of Rotary magazine on the World Round Up page in the section on the United States.
 
Kevin gave us an update on Project Feed the Thousands, which will kick off on November 13th. Our club’s pick-ups will start on November 16th. He passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers and said all pick-ups must be delivered by 4:30 pm. We also need people to put up posters advertising the food drive at their places of business. For a poster or to sign up to help, see Kevin.
 
Kevin also encouraged everyone to get to know our Student Rotarians by chatting with them. This morning in a conversation with Molly he found out that she is a lacrosse player and a horseback rider. He horse’s name is Chai. She also has a dog whose name is Ginger.
 
Jason gave us a report on the Dinner Raffle. The club’s goal is to have each member sell 10 raffle books, which cost $25 for 6 tickets or $5 a chance. Top prizes are 5 $100 gift certificates to Duo, Peter Havens, Whetstone Station, Panda North and The Marina. Two runners up will receive $50 gift certificates to T.J. Buckley’s and Fireworks. Contact Jason for flyers promoting the dinner raffle or to get your tickets.
Proceeds from the Raffle will be used to fund the pavilion honoring our club’s charter president, John Penfield, and our club’s 20th anniversary.
 
Sandy S. announced that Trivia Night is on November 9th. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
 
Ali noted that the club’s board meeting will take place tomorrow morning (11/5/15) at WKVT at 7:15 AM.
 
Ali also notified club members that future speaker assignments are as follows:
 
Nov. 11 – Ed (Club Assembly), Nov. 18 - Nick B., Nov. 25 – Mark E. , Dec. 2 – Booie.
 
No birthdays were celebrated.
 
And we were all losers when it came to cards!
 
Brags
 
Turner said he and Kay has a wonderful vacation, visiting relatives in New York and Michigan. They also attended Kay’s 50th high school reunion in San Jose, Michigan as well as his high school reunion. They also had a great time visiting Nashville.
 
Marcy said that her Haunted Halloween House was a frightful success and attracted over 300 trick or treaters.  She said that she and her husband adopted one of the smallest visitors, who they learned through Facebook, was a neighborhood kitten without a home. Guess what the named the kitty. Boo!
 
Speaking of Boo, I mean Booie, she and Bob are again running their annual Secret Santa program to ensure that needy children in our area receive gifts for the holidays. She noted that the program has grown from providing gifts to 75 children the year they first started, to 4-500 kids a year. If you would like to participate contact Booie at Dr. Robert Fagelson’s office in Brattleboro. You can select the age and gender of the child (or children) you would like to share the holiday spirit with.
 
Jill bragged regarding the Retreat’s new CEO Louis Josephson. He will be at the institution’s helm as of March 1, 2016. Rob Simpson steps down at the end of December 2015.
 
Jill also noted that the unfiltered all natural olive oil from Morocco that she and her husband sell is now being offered at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. She will be bringing some of the products to our meeting next week if you are interested.
 
Sandy L. said that she will miss our meeting next week because she will be visiting her father in Florida.
 
Will S. recounted that his 29-year-old son, Nick, recently popped the question to his sweetheart recently during a romantic get away in the Florida keys. The couple plans to have the wedding here in the Green Mountain State sometime next year.
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
Joseph Lynch, Manager Government Affairs, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee was our speaker. He brought us up to date on the plant’s recent and future history. The highlights of his presentation follow.
 
VY’s Current Plant Status & Milestones
 
Vermont Yankee ceased power operations on December 29, 2014 after 633 days of continuous power operation – a record for the site.
 
On January 12, 2015, all nuclear fuel was removed from the reactor and placed in the Spent Fuel Pool (SFP).
 
On January 12, 2015, VYNPS certified to the NRC that the reactor had permanently ceased operations and was permanently defueled.
 
VYNPS continues to be overseen by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) as part of its Decommissioning Inspection Program.
 
Vermont Yankee’s Timeline
 
August 27, 2013Entergy announces it will cease operations.
September 23, 2013 – Entergy submits notification of intent to cease operations to NRC.
January 12, 2015 – Fuel permanently removed from reactor vessel.
February 5, 2015 – Implemented post-shutdown emergency plan.
April 2016 – Implement permanently defueled emergency plan.
 
Phase 1 of Safstor began in February of 2015 and will continue until April of 2016. Phase 2 of Safstor will take place from April 2016 until 2020.
Implementation of the ISFSI emergency plan will occur in 2020.
 
Staffing Transition to Decommissioning
 
Between 2013 – 2014 during the plant’s final years of operation the plant’s staff tasked with handling the reactor’s  operation, safety and decom planning was 550 personnel.
 
From 2015 until roughly the middle of 2016 there will be 275 personnel responsible for the first phase of Safstor and wet fuel (hot) management.
 
From approximately the second half of 2016 until 2020 during the second phase of Safstor there will be 127 personnel in charge of wet fuel (cool) management.
 
From 2021 on there will be 75 people responsible for dry fuel management and security at the plant.
 
Current Dry Fuel Storage Status
 
Thirteen (13) Dry Fuel Storage Casks are safely loaded and stored on the first of two (2) Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) pads.
 
Application for a second ISFSI pad was submitted on June 30, 2014 to the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) seeking a Certificate of Public Good (CPG).  Approval expected in May 2016
 
An additional forty-five (45) Dry Fuel Storage Casks for a total of
fifty-eight (58) will be loaded and stored on the two pads.
 
Current plan is to transfer all spent fuel to Dry Cask Storage by 2020.
 
 
Decommissioning Cost Estimate Breakdown
 
License Termination: $817 million
 
Spent Fuel Management: $368 million
 
Site Restoration: $57 million
 
Total Cost: $1.242 billion
 
 
Decommissioning Cost Estimate and Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT)
 
Spent Fuel Management - $368 Million
 
  • Operational costs -               $225 Million
  • Transfer to dry storage -     $143 Million
    • To fund “transfer to dry storage”, ENVY established two (2) credit lines totaling $145 Million
    • Reduces Spent Fuel Management impact to NDT
 
VY Decommissioning Update
 
Decommissioning Preparation Activities
  • System Draining/Lay-Up
  • Building Power and Services Removal - Ongoing
  • Security Modifications/Enhancements Ongoing
 
Completed Select Structure/Building Removal
 
Emergency Plan Drill Conducted – October 21, 2015
  • Part of ongoing training and Emergency Response Organization (ERO) qualifications.
  •  
Completion of Second ISFSI Pad and Commence Transfer of Remaining Spent Fuel from Pool to Pad
 
Vermont State Agency Interactions
 
  • Agency of Natural Resources (ANR)
    • Site Visit/Inspection on May 18, 2015 noted minor issues with labeling, waste characterization and inventory records.
    • Received a Notice of Alleged Violation (NOAV) from ANR with a response provided on September 9th. All issues have been corrected.
    • Working with ANR Waste Management & Prevention Division as well as the River Corridor & Floodplain Protection Division on interface issues.
 
  • Department of Health (VDH)
    • Response to April 2, 2015 Request For Information (RFI) provided to VDH on April 22nd, as well as invitation for face-to-face meeting to discuss any questions.
 
  • Public Service Board (PSB)
    • Status Conference held before the PSB on April 29, 2015 to discuss Docket No. 8300 seeking a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) authorizing the construction of a 2nd ISFSI pad and related improvements including installation of a new 200 kW diesel generator.
    • PSB issued a Scheduling Order on May 6, 2015.
    • Public Hearing was conducted on June 4, 2015.
    • Intervention was granted to NEC, WRC and the Town of Vernon.
    • Approval expected in May of 2016.
 
  • Public Service Department
    • State intervention in approvals from NRC regarding decommissioning regulatory issues (Emergency Planning, NDT)
 
Open Communications and Transparency
 
Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) – Next meeting November 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Vernon (Elementary School)
 
Stakeholder Outreach: Speaking Engagements, Community Involvement, and Facility Tour
 
Employee Communications
  • ‘Making the Transition’ Website
Vermont Yankee Decommissioning website:
      
www.vydecommissioning.com
 
Keys to Project Success
 
Collaboration not Confrontation
  • All Stakeholders (including Entergy) Working Together as a Team Ensures Project Success
 
Stewards of the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT)
  • Awareness that the current set of issues is eroding the NDT and impacting the start of Decommissioning.
 
With the Closure of VY, Change will Continue
  • Reductions in Staff/Project Costs/Project Plan
 
Our Employees and our Commitment to Safety will Always be our Key Focus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting Minutes for November 4, 2015 Valerie Stuart 2015-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jonathan Secrest on Nov 02, 2015
Quotation (the noun form of the verb "quote"):  "The best argument against Democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."  Winston Churchill.
 
Greeter this week:  Nick
Next week?  (Sorry, I was distacted).
 
Scribe next week:  Will, then Sandy Shriver, then Valerie
 
Sandy announced Trivia is coming up November 9th at 6:30; Sadie is passing around a sign-up sheet.
 
Kevin, announced that the dinner raffle is coming up; tickets are being printed.
 
Next speaker choosers:  Dan, then Ed, then Nick
 
We celebrated the birthdays of Diane and Ed.
 
Former member Tom Franks sent Ali a nice letter donating $100.00! to the club on behalf of Ed "Trick or Treat Baby" Dewes who repeatedly declined to bill him for work done on his garage door.  Nice gestures all around.
 
Brags:
 
Sadie:  Come see Clownton Abbey (a comedic take on Downton Abbey) at the New England Youth Theater, their big fall production.  Evie will be playing the part of a chef.  "Mayhem ensures."
 
Damon:  His boys continue to rip through their former personal records ("PRs", apparently, they're called).  Aidan is #8 out of 7 varsity runners and only a freshman; Torin rocked the states again, finishing 12th out of 242.  Kids may need free physical therapy at some point.
 
Marcie:  bragged showing off her Rotary Bling with a new pin from Sadie.  She's collecting sharp Rotary pins for a loop around her neck in a form of chiropractice/acupuncture.
 
Josh bragged for Marcie's impressive Halloween presentation last week.
 
Jill:  The Olive Oil has arrived!  Fresh, artisanal, and exotic.  Plus proceeds will fund Maysie's college fund if profit is achieved.  Buy directly from Jill to save a bit, otherwise it can be found at the coop and, eventually, North End Butchers in the floating section.
 
Kevin:  The Board meeting next week will be back at WKVT.  Also, using the secret Rotary password and handshake he was able to get mention in the Rotary District newletter of our new student Rotarians, and it also included info about our trivia night.
 
Dan:  Having cleaned house in the last trivia night, he took his secret store of knowledge to yet another trivia victory at the 99, building on previous poker wins and general luckiness mixed with great skill and strategic prestidigitation.
 
Jon:  Bragged for Dan with the hope that he'll win the lottery on behalf of the club and make us all rich.  I also bragged for the doctor at Dartmouth this week who jammed a needle through my ear drum in the hopes of making it better.  We'll see.  The club's response was a unison query, "WHAT??"
 
Drew:  For those of us who participated in his awesome adventure race.  And no, he hasn't caught up on his sleep.
 
Secret fact:  "I play a card game called 'Clubiash."" Sandy Ladd, it seems, after much guessing.
 
Marty Cohen was the speaker at the invitation of Tristam Johnson.
 
Marty was inspired after watching several years ago a 20/20 special about the difficulties faced by the 40,000 Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  In particular, one 11 year-old was interviewed about why she'd tried to kill herself the year before.
 
A few stats:
90% unemployment
8 times the national diabetes rate
8 times the national tuberculosis rate
80 percent alcoholism rate
Life expectancy lowest in the Western Hemisphere other than maybe Haiti
 
He connected with John Willis, a Brattleboro local who he found out had been going to the reservation for years taking photographs. He championed  making a difference through the Brattleboro Rotary Club.  It's being funded as an international project because the reservation is a sovereign entity.  He tried first to work with local South Dakota Rotary Clubs but they weren't interested, though they help other countries.
 
The first project was sending them twelve used sewing machines, though unfortunately it turned out that only six worked.  Then he eventually built trust and arranged to send funds to help their local radio station, and so far they have sent $12,000.00 from the Rotary Club to Kili Radio Station to buy equipment..  The noon club''s website has a link whereby you can stream the radio station.  The next big push is that for every $3,000 Rotary raises, a local tribe member with a solar business will add $3,000 plus donate $18,000 of solar equipment in order to built solar panels there.  Query whether our club can help.
 
Also, continuing to donate used laptops to the reservation, which are refurbished for free by nooner Marcy Jones's son.  So far they've given 151 laptops.  They're also working with traditional quilter women to buy and sell their quilts.  Next big project in the works:  trying to get a grocery store built on the reservation, because there are only convenience stores with limited fresh produce.  Tristam Johnson is particularly interested in this piece, and visited the reservation recently.
 
Great work, Marty!
October 28, 2015 Newsletter Jonathan Secrest 2015-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Quotation (the noun form of the verb "quote"):  "The best argument against Democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."  Winston Churchill.
 
Greeter this week:  Nick
Next week?  (Sorry, I was distacted).
 
Bad attendance this week; only about half the club showed.  Come on, people!
 
Scribe next week:  Will, then Sandy Shriver, then Valerie
 
Sandy announced Trivia is coming up November 9th at 6:30; Sadie is passing around a sign-up sheet.
 
Kevin, announced that the dinner raffle is coming up; tickets are being printed. 
 
Next speaker choosers:  Dan, then Ed, then Nick
 
We celebrated the birthdays of Diane and Ed. 
 
Former member Tom Franks sent Ali a nice letter donating $100.00! to the club on behalf of Ed "Trick or Treat Baby" Dewes who repeatedly declined to bill him for work done on his garage door.  Nice gestures all around.
 
Brags:
 
Sadie:  Come see Clownton Abbey (a comedic take on Downton Abbey) at the New England Youth Theater, their big fall production.  Evie will be playing the part of a chef.  "Mayhem ensures."
 
Damon:  His boys continue to rip through their former personal records ("PRs", apparently, they're called).  Aidan is #8 out of 7 varsity runners and only a freshman; Torin rocked the states again, finishing 12th out of 242.  Kids may need free physical therapy at some point.
 
Marcie:  bragged showing off her Rotary Bling with a new pin from Sadie.  She's collecting sharp Rotary pins for a loop around her neck in a form of chiropractice/acupuncture.
 
Josh bragged for Marie's impressive Halloween presentation last week.
 
Jill:  The Olive Oil has arrived!  Fresh, artisanal, and exotic.  Plus proceeds will fund Maysie's college fund if profit is achieved.  Buy directly from Jill to save a bit, otherwise it can be found at the coop and, eventually, North End Butchers in the floating section.
 
Kevin:  The Board meeting next week will be back at WKVT.  Also, using the secret Rotary password and handshake he was able to get mention in the Rotary District newletter of our new student Rotarians, and it also included info about our trivia night.
 
Dan:  Having cleaned house in the last trivia night, he took his secret store of knowledge to yet another trivia victory at the 99, building on previous poker wins and general luckiness mixed with great skill and strategic prestidigitation.
 
Jon:  Bragged for Dan with the hope that he'll win the lottery on behalf of the club and make us all rich.  I also bragged for the doctor at Dartmouth this week who jammed a needle through my ear drum in the hopes of making it better.  We'll see.  The club's response was a unison query, "WHAT??"
 
Drew:  For those of us who participated in his awesome adventure race.  And no, he hasn't caught up on his sleep.
 
Secret fact:  "I play a card game called 'Clubiash."" Sandy Ladd, it seems, after much guessing.
 
Marty Cohen was the speaker at the invitation of Tristam Johnson.
 
Marty was inspired after watching several years ago a 20/20 special about the difficulties faced by the 40,000 Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  In particular, one 11 year-old was interviewed about why she'd tried to kill herself the year before.
 
A few stats: 
90% unemployment
8 times the national diabetes rate
8 times the national tuberculosis rate
80 percent alcoholism rate
Life expectancy lowest in the Western Hemisphere other than maybe Haiti
 
He connected with John Willis, a Brattleboro local who he found out had been going to the reservation for years taking photographs. He championed  making a difference through the Brattleboro Rotary Club.  It's being funded as an international project because the reservation is a sovereign entity.  He tried first to work with local South Dakota Rotary Clubs but they weren't interested, though they help other countries.
 
The first project was sending them twelve used sewing machines, though unfortunately it turned out that only six worked.  Then he eventually built trust and arranged to send funds to help their local radio station, and so far they have sent $12,000.00 from the Rotary Club to Kili Radio Station to buy equipment..  The noon club''s website has a link whereby you can stream the radio station.  The next big push is that for every $3,000 Rotary raises, a local tribe member with a solar business will add $3,000 plus donate $18,000 of solar equipment in order to built solar panels there.  Query whether our club can help.
 
Also, continuing to donate used laptops to the reservation, which are refurbished for free by nooner Marcy Jones's son.  So far they've given 151 laptops.  They're also working with traditional quilter women to buy and sell their quilts.  Next big project in the works:  trying to get a grocery store built on the reservation, because there are only convenience stores with limited fresh produce.  Tristam Johnson is particularly interested in this piece, and visited the reservation recently. 
 
Great work, Marty!
Minutes October 28, 2015 Jon Secrest 2015-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, October 21st the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed its incoming group of Student Rotarians. These six young men and women represent the Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro Union High School and Hinsdale High School. They are a great group of kids and we are looking forward to getting to know all of them.
 
L to R: Samantha Lynch, Hinsdale; Sebastian Smith, Hinsdale; Emily Whitworth, WRCC; Molly Atamaniuk, BUHS; Bethany Martin, BUHS and John Lonardo, WRCC.
 
Welcome Student Rotarians! Kevin Yager 2015-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Minutes from 10/21/15
Minutes from 10/21/15 Amelia Farnum 2015-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
10/7/2015
Rotary Meeting Minutes: “Sunrise Rotary goes to Brattleboro Fire Department, Fire Department survives (barely).”
 
President’s Quote: “Women who seek to be equal with men… lack ambition” Timothy Leary
 
Thanks to our greeter Bob Fagelson (who looked very chipper outside the Firehouse this chilly morning).  Turner volunteered to greet next week, back at our “home” meeting space. 
Thanks to our scribe, KJ (that’s me! hey look, my name in print!) next week Michelle (cheers were heard!)
 
Guest introductions
Attorney John Mabie, nooner who seems to enjoy coming to visit us, a lot!  J
Cyndi Ferrante – Nooner who Jim V found up at the Legion, good thing Jim forgot we were at the Firehouse this week, we’re all glad you found Cyndi.
Our Student guests: Davey, Lucy and our youngest Mesa. 
 
Announcements
Sandy S: Trivia night is on Monday, October 19th this month, asked for three volunteers to proofread and immediately received three volunteers.  Deciding he was having good luck he asked for two volunteers to score keep (in Turner’s absence, yes it takes TWO to replace Turner) and promptly received two more volunteers.  (I hope you bought a card Sandy, your luck is holding)
 
Toni: Has received two gift certificates for the raffle.  If you volunteered to try to find gift certificates please let Toni know how it’s going.
 
Kevin: Announcement for Noon club, having a social next Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Marina. The food is free, but the drinks are “on the individual”.  If you can attend, please let President Ali know. 
 
President Ali:
Club Assembly is next week, pick a committee, share ideas!
Future Speaker assignments: 10/14 – Club Assembly, 10/21 Marcy, 10/28 – Toni, Nov 4 – Dan.
Coffee for Sale: See Tristam
Some housekeeping items: Please arrive on time! If you miss the bell and the pledge you owe a quarter (Ed is watching!).  If you have a birthday, you owe $2 (it’s worth $2 for the song, no?).  Streaking (leaving early), please remember to tell the speaker you have to leave AND pay your $2 streak fee (taking kids to school is an exception).  If you have financial hardship, please see President Ali. 
 
Birthdays
None!
 
Cards
7 of Hearts – Ed wins!  What a WINNER!  Free lunch on Ed (he won $8)
 
Brags
Amelia: $5 brag for Hilltop Montessori.  Hosted a group from Alabama – 11 folks came to Vermont, some of whom have never left Alabama before.  Shared their quilt work and performed a play.  Thanks to WKVT for the advertising.
 
Sadie: Mom is here this week, so Sadie could stay for the whole meeting!  Sadie is doing a staged reading at the Actor’s Theatre Playhouse in West Chesterfield.  Entitled “Love, Loss & What I Wore”, shows are October 10 and 17 (Saturdays) @ 7:30 PM. (http://www.atplayhouse.org/2015/LITLOVELOSS.html)
 
Jon: Brag for mothers-in-law, Keri is out of town for a week and Jon’s mother-in-law has been very helpful picking up kids and just being there as a backup.  AND… Jon got a smart-phone! 
 
Nick: Brag for single parents.  Got a taste of it this past week and it was challenging.  AND Nick is teaching his semi-annual investment class, 4 week class, begins next Thursday, October 15 @ 6 PM.
 
Dan: Breakfast!!!  $5 brag for the Brattleboro Fire Department a world-class group!
 
Sandy L: After 20 years finally deconstructed the kitchen as best they can, now the pros are there with sledgehammers! 
 
Sandy S: Engagement Party on October 17th, please come, please RSVP!
 
Marcie: Favorite Family Fall event the Medieval Fare at the Putney Grammar School this weekend, Saturday from 10 – 4.  (http://thegrammarschool.org/medieval-faire/)
 
Jill: Thursday, October 8, a free workshop Communication of the Heart, from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Brattleboro Retreat.  Jill participated in this workshop last year, it is a great workshop, please RSVP! (http://www.brattlebororetreat.org/communication-heart)
 
Kevin: $1 for the Houston Astros for eliminating the Yankees from the playoffs.  AND Seconds Dan’s brag for Brattleboro Fire guys, these are the guys you want onsite when you need them.
 
Jim M: Proud bragger for the Yankees ($5! – putting Kevin’s $1 to shame)
 
Ross: for the woman who’s obituary was in the New York paper yesterday, said she was a lifelong Yankees fan, except for Alex Rodriguez. 
 
Jen: Son attended his first Yankees game where he saw them retire Andy Pettitte’s number. 
 
Toni: for Jen – she found the directions and did the newsletter on her own!
 
Damon: The Blue-Jays!
 
Guest Speaker: Brattleboro Fire Chief Mike Bucossi
He is blessed to have some of the best Firefighters in the country. 
 
Brattleboro Fire has a carrier staff of 25 people, 21 on shift, the Chief, Assistant Chief, Alarm Superintendent and Administrative Assistant.  They also have a small
staff of 10 on-call firefighters who train alongside the career staff.
 
Career staff work 24/48, this means they work 24 hours on shift and then have 48 hours off.  Five firefighters on in the downtown house and two at the West Brattleboro house.  Their lives, personal and professional, revolve around the firehouse as they spend a minimum of 1/3 of their lives there.  When off shift every firefighter has a pager and an app on their smart phone to ensure they are always reached if they are needed.  These people eat/sleep/drink the firehouse.
 
Brattleboro Fire Department serves 12,500 residents over 36 square miles and, on average, responds to 2,000 calls per year.   Not a week goes by where Brattleboro Fire doesn’t provide mutual aid to Hinsdale, Putney, or Chesterfield.  On average they assist Keene NH every month, whether it be to cover as a rescue team for Keene as they work a fire or to assist with other needs. 
 
Brattleboro Fire has a budget of $1.8M (not including capital expenses), spread out over the tax base it costs less (daily) to fund the fire department than to have a smart phone in your pocket. 
 
The Firefighters are very busy otherwise as well, with the Assistant Chief serving as health officer and fire inspector among other things.  The Brattleboro Fire Department is well respected around the State and region, members serve on the 13th Ambulance district (chair), State training curriculum committee, per diem State fire instructors, Governor’s committees, and the New England division for Fire Chiefs (Board members).
 
Brattleboro Fire Department has an insurance of 3/3Y, only two other departments in the state share this rating, there are none lower in Vermont (1 is really good!).  This is based on a number of criteria including training levels and response time.  This all boils down to mean Brattleboro residents have a reduced home owner’s insurance rate.
 
Brattleboro Fire is an “all hazards” department, all career staff are level 2 certified, and this is the highest hazard training available.  They respond (in conjunction with Rescue Inc.) to all P1 (life threatening) calls, there are 19 EMT’s and 5 EMT-I’s on staff, everyone on the department is defibrillator trained. 
 
Brattleboro Fire Department has one of eleven of Vermont’s technical rescue teams and one of seven of Vermont’s Decontamination teams. 
 
Please take time to read the memo regarding Town Manager Peter Elwell’s recommendations to the Select board regarding the future of the Brattleboro Police and Fire facilities.  Please come lend your voice in support of this project.    (Copies available online @ http://www.brattleboro.org/vertical/Sites/%7BFABA8FB3-EBD9-4E2C-91F9-C74DE6CECDFD%7D/uploads/Police-Fire_Memo_10-5-15_CORRECT.pdf)
 
Over the next five years Brattleboro Fire has requested some new equipment, two engines a ladder truck and a Rescue truck, and these cost $500,000 - $900,000.  These are not new requests, but have been deferred for many years. 
 
This is National Fire Prevention week – “Hear the Beep where you sleep”, most fire related deaths occur between 11 PM and 7 AM, 50% of these deaths could be prevented with working smoke detectors in bedrooms.  Brattleboro has at least one reported fire every year where smoke detectors saved lives.
 
Thank you Chief and the folks at Brattleboro Fire Department.
 
10/7/2015 - Rotary Meeting Minutes: “Sunrise Rotary goes to Brattleboro Fire Department, Fire Department survives (barely).” Kris Johnston 2015-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
9/30/15 Rotary Meeting Minutes
 
President’s Quote:  Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.”  Nikos Kazantzakis
 
Thanks to our greeter, Jim Maxwell, who offered thanks for the assist to the group who helped him.  Next week Bob Fagelson will greet at the Brattleboro Fire Station.
 
Thanks to our scribe, Jen.  Kris (KJ) will sub for Todd next week at the Fire Station.
 
Welcome to our guests – Baby Mesa, Dave Cohen, and Davey and Evie as family guests
 
Tristam has coffee for sale at $12/bag as a fundraiser to support scholarships to the Honduran community which provides the coffee.
 
Board Meeting tomorrow – October 1st, 7:15am at Jon Secrest’s Office
 
Garden Clean Up Saturday 10/3 10:30am-12:30pm, rain cancellation will be sent via email that morning – Followed by bulb planting Sunday at 11am if garden clean up is not cancelled.
 
Next week’s meeting will be held at the Brattleboro Fire House – we’re striving for 100% attendance to raise funds for the organization – the parking lot behind the building is available to us and can be accessed from school street.
 
Club Assembly is Wednesday October 14th
 
Future Speaker Assignments: 
 
10/21 – Marcy
10/28 – Toni
11/4 – Dan
 
Birthdays – Jill, Booie, Bob, and Jen – Happy Birthday!
 
Booie won $29 in the card drawing (6 of diamonds)
 
Brags:
 
-Bob bragged about their annual trip to Maine as well as the Cubs making the playoffs
-Damon bragged for his son Torin who took 6 seconds off his pace on the two mile and finished in 4th this past weekend.
-Toni bragged for Kyle who ran the two mile in 17 minutes and is the leader in the platoon in push-ups.  She loves basic training and they communicate via written letter.
-Josh bragged for Peter Elwell last week.  After Josh mentioned a pot-hole on Hinesburg Road to him, there was a road crew there that afternoon fixing the problem.  He bragged a dollar for the $200,000 worth of road work (wink, wink…)
-Jill bragged for Mesa’s first flight to Charleston, South Carolina, where they visited her Mom and sister and family.  She slept like a baby all four flights.
-Jon bragged for his family climbing Mount Monadnock last weekend with friends.  It’s the second most climbed mountain in the world.
-Will bragged for his daughter, Justine, who’s Amherst employer, Verite, just moved her to New York City and also had her meet with Apple in silicon valley to discuss world-wide forced labor situations, which is the work of the company, Verite.
-Toni bragged for Drew and the Adventure Trail fundraiser happening at Jamaica State Park on Saturday 10/17.  They’d like to get a rotary team together.  Jon may be a
contender…
 
Bowl of Life:  I was thrown from my vehicle after crashing into a tree.  With two broken legs, I calmly smoked a cigarette while waiting for the EMTs.  Josh guessed Kevin, who guessed Jim, who guessed Sandy, who guessed Turner, who correctly guessed Dan.  It was a snow-mobiling accident and resulted in his quitting smoking after a pulmonary embolism, a side effect of the broken legs, sent him to intensive care for a week.  No smoking there…
 
Speaker:  Dave Cohen, for VBike
 
Many cities are promoting bikes for transportation: NYC, Washington DC, Portland, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis.  Biking is an indicator species for the health of a community.  Since the 1960’s Americans have put on 25 pounds, which corresponds to 1 billion gallons of gas, and 1.7 million cars.  The cargo bike is the ultimate hybrid.  And it is driving population growth in cities that create the infrastructure for it.  According to the New York Times, cargo bikes are the new station wagon, lead by companies like Yuba and Xtracycle who are developing new technologies for the use of bicycles for transportation.  The long tail cargo bike can carry multiple kids as well as cargo.  Technology is improving to allow for an easier ride up hills.  The electric assist motors, such as the mid-drive motor, front-hub motor, and rear-hub motor are joining new models of bikes like the Liberty trike, the step-through frame, and the Elf (solar-powered assist) to broaden the offerings to families, cargo carriers, and seniors who wish to be pioneers in the re-imaging of bicycles as a form of transportation.  The bike is not just for recreation anymore!
 
VBike, is an organization promoting the shift to bicycling for transportation in the state of Vermont.  Their first order of business was to join forces with Go Vermont to achieve this goal.  They work with organizations such as VSECU to offer financial assistance to those who wish to convert to biking.  They work to make bike shops more relevant to this growing shift towards bicycles as transportation.  They have a fleet of bikes and will be implementing “Bring It Home”, a program to get this fleet to interested participants next spring.
 
Thanks to Dave Cohen who answered Ross’s question about the Elf and how much road space it would take, or if it would fit in the bike lanes.  Dave says although it fits in some bike lanes, it’s primarily a road bike and tops off at a speed of 20 miles per hour, so would require come negotiating on the part of automobile motorists.  In answer to Jen’s question about safety concerns, he responded that the new motor assist technologist allow for great speed and control, creating a safer ride, but there would need to be pioneers in the movement to drive a change in infrastructure to make it even safer.  But think of the dangerous way of life we’ve created for ourselves as we use automobiles to move faster.  This tied into a question from Jon about Time constraints in our current life.  Josh answered about the total change in his life that biking has brought about.  He adds only 5-10 minutes to his commute, but his perspective on life is happier and more rich, even his daughter seems more alive as a passenger on the bike, as opposed to sleepy when riding in the van.  A question from Kevin about whether an increase in bicyclists on the road would force more safety education in the training of automobile motorists, prompted Dave’s response about the efforts being made to educate bicyclists in things they can do to increase their own safety.  Jill asked about the cost of these possibilities.  A new cargo bike can run around $2500, but you can create a built up cargo bike with and electric assist from any currently owned bike for about $800.  That does not include studded tires for the winter, but those are available.
 
Thanks all!
 
Buy coffee from Tristam
September 30 Meeting minutes Jennifer Moyse 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
September 16th Minutes Amelia Farnum 2015-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2015
 
President Ali started our meeting with a quote from P.J. O’Rourke, American Political Writer and Satirist…......  
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it”.
 
GREETER:
Turner very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Jen (volunteered by Jason) will be at the door with a smile  to say good morning.
 
GUESTS:
Kay Lewis- Turner’s much better half
Adam Grinold- BDCC
R.T. Brown - WCEDP
 
Those who couldn't get out of bed this morning:
Mark Ethier
Arden Fagelson
Robert Fagelson
Ross Gibson
Jerry Goldberg
Diane Hashagen
Drew Hazelton
Todd Murchison
Jon Secrest
Valerie Stuart
Jill Terrell-Ouazzani
Jim Verzino
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  1. Trivia Night starts again on Monday September 14th. Sandy has enough volunteers but needs to spread the word. No teams signed up yet!! Share the event on Facebook and get the word oout.
  2. Tristam – International committee is having a quick mtg right after this mornings mtg to discuss a possible Shelter Box for Syria and traveling to Honduras to check out the Justa Stove project.
  3. Dan- Touch a Truck is this Saturday at BMH. If you are available please contact Dan for volunteer opportunities. Don’t forget this would count as a makeup!!
  4. Ali- Is considering starting a 100% attendance pool to recognize those members who make (or make up) all of our meetings….the start of the poll is pending Ali’s organizational skills (her words, not mine).
  5. Turner had a presentation for Ali (and the club). He purchased a past presidents plaque which we can display at the Legion. Sandy Shriver is looking into having Newton’s do the engraving.
  6. October 7th is our Road Trip to the Brattleboro Fire Dept. We are going to donate the $10 breakfast fee to the Fire Dept as they don’t charge us anything for being there. We would like 100% participation from club members, so if you are unable to attend the Oct 7th mtg please consider making a $10 donation in advance. The breakfast income if everyone contributed (or attended the mtg) would total $370. The club will also be making a contribution, so hopefully we will be close to $500 for our donation to them.
  7. Club Assembly on October 14th.
 
BIRTHDAYS: Jill’s birthday this week….we will catch up with her the next she attends a meeting.
 
CARDS:  5 of Diamonds..… and the winner is none other than one of our own Sandy Shriver, a whopping $38!!! See what happens when you buy multiple cards.
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
I owned and drove a 1961 Corvette…..Sandy Shriver (since he was flush with cash) was picked to go first and he guessed Jason (because that wasn’t too obvious) who guessed Michelle (because isn’t always Michelle)  who guessed Turner who was the correct choice!!
 
BRAGS:
 
Amelia:  Bragged for Hilltop Montessori as they sponsoring residents of Gee’s Bend Alabama. They will display their renowned quilts share their stories and perform the play Gee’s Band. October 1st thru 3rd.
 
Kevin: Bragged for WKVT and the 2015 Baconfest going on this weekend at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11am.
 
Sandy Ladd: Bragged and paid her $5 donation to the Fundraising Committee for having Toni post the newsletter last week on clubrunner.
 
Turner: Bragged and paid a $10 donation to the Fundraising Committee for having Toni not only post the newsletter to clubrunner but for also taking the minutes for him….quite a deal because my hourly rate is much more than that.
 
Josh: A very sleep deprived Josh bragged for his daughter starting her first year of kindergarten this week….implying she maybe in kindergarten for a while??? He was appropriately mocked by the group. Also thanked everyone for donating to Hike for the Homeless, our Rotary team has raised $230.
 
Ali: Bragged for her birthday celebration which her family came all the way up from New Jersey to help her ring in a new decade. When they left she was then able to celebrate with some of her Rotary family, big brags for Sadie and Michelle for pulling it together and getting her a wonderful birthday cake.
 
Toni: Bragged for Peter celebrating his 50th birthday this past weekend. In true Peter fashion, it was celebrated like he was turning 13 with ice cream, movies, shopping and lots of food.
 
Sandy Shriver: Also bragged for Peter as he ran into him last week and a very excited Peter asked Sandy if heard the good news? Sandy said yes he had heard we had gotten engaged and Peter’s response was “No, almost as good as that…Tom Brady is FREE!!” Glad I rate somewhere above Tom Brady!
 
Kevin:  Proposed a fine on everyone not wearing their Rotary pin this morning.
 
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Adam Grinold, Executive Director  BDCC
                                     R.T. Brown, Project Manager WCEDP
 
BDCC is a private, nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to creating and retaining a flourishing business community that supports vibrant fiscal activity and improves the quality of life of all its residents.
 
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) is dedicated to assisting start-up companies, growing companies, and global businesses alike, in order to support continued success stories in our region. As one of 12 certified Vermont Regional Development Corporations (RDCs), we serve the following towns in Southeastern Vermont: Athens, Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston, Grafton, Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Londonderry, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Readsboro, Rockingham, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, Weston, Whitingham, Wilmington, Windham, and Winhall.
 
The six main areas of business expertise can help you create a business, relocate your business, or grow your business in Southeastern Vermont.
  • Business Assistance Partners
  • Financing & Incentives
  • Relationship Building
  • Manufacturing Assistance
  • Entrepreneurial Support
  • Commercial Rental Space
 
Some of the wide variety of BDCC services include: connecting you with business assistance partners at the local, state, and federal levels; providing business mentoring and advising for risk assessment, financial projections, funding resources, marketing strategy, engineering assistance, etc.; offering guidance and connections for available financing and incentives, such as revolving loan funds, state development banking, and tax incentive programs; connecting you with manufacturing assistance and training possibilities to improve your company's operations and increase competitiveness; and offering low-cost viable commercial rental space.
 
They own and manage an Act 250-approved industrial park and two business parks/incubators in Brattleboro, offering low-cost viable rental space.
September 9, 2015 Newsletter 2015-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Ladd on Sep 03, 2015
September 2, 2015
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag
 
 
 
President Ali opened with a reminder for us to check the paper copy email roster to make sure our info is correct and updated.
 
Quote of the Day:   “Life is really simple; but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius
 
Greeter this week was Bob F, next week will be Turner
 
Guests Introductions: Jr. Rotarians and our guest speaker Dave Snyder of Guilford Sound
 
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.
 
Announcements: A card was sent around for us to sign thanking our district governor for her visit with us last week and Ali read the poem she sent out in her e-mail mentioning our club.
 
Upcoming events are touch a truck on 9-12. Dan needs volunteers to cook and serve at the event. Sign up sheet went around.
 
Trivia returns on 9-14 and we have a Jeopardy champion from Putney who has volunteered her services to bring in extra money with Trivia teams bidding for her membership and assistance. This months beneficiary is Windham Childcare.
 
Josh mentioned an event also on 9-12 to benefit homelessness  with a virtual hiking team.
 
Sadie mentioned our last Rotary romp scheduled for 9-21 at the West River trail head and then refreshments following at the Marina
 
October 7th our breakfast meeting will be held at the Brattleboro Fire department. Do not go the Legion.
 
There was an email from another club member requesting more information from us about our 3 on 3 Basketball tournament and that email will be passed on to ? To send further information.
 
Board meeting is scheduled for 7:15 on  Thursday 9-3, but at Jon Secrest’s office not Kevin’s radio station this month.
 
Speaker schedule: 9/2 is Will S, next week is Valerie S, then Tristan T , Josh T and Kevin Y. If you do not have a speaker let Sadie know as she does have some potential speakers waiting in the cue.
 
Birthdays: Our president Ali is having a milestone birthday (3rd time she turned 30, do the math) And Tristan T were serenaded by the club today.
 
Cards : 8 of diamonds. In the deck and we lose again.
 
Bowl of Life: Lived 2 years on an aircraft carrier. Dan guessed Jason and we heard about his adventures while in the service in late 1960s. Was on the Constellation and traveled to exotic ports and then spent time in California  before shipping out again to travel. He  was the service manager for the aircraft on the carrier.
 
Brags:
Bob F for his son Bill who got tickets to see the cubs play a no hitter. Didn’t happen at that game, but they did win with a no hitter next time. .
Mark- bragged for his daughter and her first days in 8th grade.
Michelle -  2-6 anniversary.
Josh hit a milestone on his bike for transportation hitting 1000 miles and saving more than $600 in fuel and getting great exercise.
Chris bragged for his stepdaughter and wife driving down to bring her daughter to college in Tampa. Some tears. Also bragged for his daughter Amy who is in her 2nd year at UVM.
Jill for her outpouring of love  and support and that Maysa is already a month old and her great experience at BMH.
Jon S also reported that he and Kerry also had a great experience at BMH when their 2nd daughter was born and it helped that their neighbor was in charge of Food service. Very different when first child was born.
Marcy mentioned that as the 8th child nothing phased her mother
Dan bragged for Pig Night ;and Beer night at Turners this past weekend needed to help finish the kegs from his 50th wedding anniversary.
Ali bragged for her lucky daughter who inherited her grandmothers car a 1996 Toyota Corolla with <39, 000 miles.
 
Guest Speaker: Dave  Snyder.
Studied music in NYC and became involved in the recording industry. He and his wife wanted to relocate out of Manhattan as their children were beginning to enter school for financial reasons and came to Guilford. His background in the music industry gave him the tools and equipment to build a recording studio in Guilford. State of the Art facility has been built. Needs more business to help it succeed financially and to one day bring in some of the big name performers. They also needed housing for the Artists who arrive at the studio and so that was also built and is available for renting as a Corporate Retreat.
Location is at 542 Fitch Road.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd
 
 
September 2, 2015 Newsletter Sandy Ladd 2015-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
September Trivia Night Amelia Farnum 2015-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag
 
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
 
 
 
 
Quote of the Day: President Barry (sporting a crutch & fancy knee immobilizer) chose the following words of wisdom (& humor):  
 
 “Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy” – Sara Avant Stover (The Way of the Happy Woman)
 
Guest Introductions:  – Jim Verzino Nooner soon to be Sunriser!
 
Vacationing or Otherwise Indisposed Today: Dan Dietz; Amelia Farnum; Ross Gibson; Scott Gordon-Macy; Diane Haghagen; Drew Hazelton; Tristam Johnson; Kris Johnston; Mark Loevy-Reyes; Ralph Meima; Jen Moyse; Todd Murchison; Valerie Stuart; Jill Terrell-Ouazzani; Josh Trager
 
Scribe Duties: Damon is pinch hitting for Scott Gordon-Macey today, Drew Hazelton has duties 8/12 & Tristam Johnson has 8/19/15
 
Junior Rotarian(s): none today
 
Greeter:
  • Bob Fagelson – thank you Bob! J
  • Next week – Booie volunteered to greet
     
    Student Rotarian report:
  • None – duh, it’s summer!
     
    Committee Reports:
  • None today
     
    Announcements:      
  • Toni – acknowledged that we are still struggling to get our weekly newsletter out
    • Ali added to this, PLEASE READ the newsletter!
    • Ali also asked that we resume adding members who have missed the meeting to our minutes
  • Baby Born – Jill & Simo welcomed their daughter, Maysa Gretchen Ouzzani last Tuesday AM
    • Ed Dews won the pot
  • Jim Maxwell apologized that he had errantly described Bob & Booie Fagelson as guests!
  • Board Meeting
    • Tomorrow AM 8/6 7:15 @ WKVT
  • Rotary Romp
    • 8/10/15 6 to 7 for exercise, 7 to 8:30 PM @ West River Trail/Marina Restaurant
  • Treasurer Coverage needed 8/26/15
    • Michelle will cover
  • OVERDUE DUES
    • $160/member for the Rotary year
  • Upcoming Speakers
    • 8/12 Marcy; 8/12 Jon; Sandy Shriver 8/19/15; Skip week of 8/26/15 (District Governor) (Sandra McGonagle)
  • Touch a Truck – 9/12/15
 
New Member Induction: Jim Verzino Nooner was inducted as a Sunriser (Classification – Environmental Consultant)
 
Bowl of Life: 
  • Today’s Clue: I am a published poet.
    • Sandy Shriver started he guessing – he guessed Turner Lewis, who in turned guessed Jim Maxwell, who guessed Will Shakespeare, who guessed Jerry Goldberg, who guessed Jason Posternak (much snickering ensued), who guessed Mark Either, who guessed Jon Secrest, who guessed Marcy Caulkins, who guessed Kevin Yager, who guessed Bob Fagelson, who successfully guessed Michelle Womack!!
      • She was published in a Readers Digest contest in junior high school.
 
Cards:
  • The 5 of Clubs was drawn with no birthday girl Marcy Caulkins winning $35!
 
Birthdays:
  • Marcy Caulkins was serenaded to celebrate by the illustrious Sunrise Barber Shoppers!
 
Brags
  • Nick bragged for a vacation in Sebago Lake as well as his Subaru purchase that Jason helped him procure – Nick had an amazing experience!
  • Jim Maxwell bragged for his daughter who is vacationing in Vienna
  • Ed Dews bragged for Mark Either, Ed bought a new motorcycle – Ed’s sister dumped his new motorcycle (uninjured thankfully), Mark was driving by & stopped to help
  • Kevin bragged, 2 X $5; 2 weeks ago his daughter Sara sat her Nursing Board Exam & passed & is an LPN & is now working on her RN; he also bragged for closing on the sale of his parent’s home in NY – it had been in his family for 56 years; he also bragged for his son Eric who is interested in joining a Rotary Club in the Oakland, CA area – he’s checking them out but is very interested!
  • Jon Secrest bragged for Summer Sleep Away Camp – the girls are at the Lithuanian Camp in Marlboro, VT again this year (former WW II Calvary Camp); he also bragged for his Mother who had been very ill but has had an amazing recovery & is heading home in a couple of weeks
  • Ali bragged that Nicole is back from her trip to Honduras which Tristam Johnson helped facilitate
  • Ali also bragged for everyone who came to her aid after her injury!
    • Michelle brought her fruit, took out her trash, brought her videos
    • Sandy Ladd drove her to her appointment with Dr. Thatcher & back to work
    • Kevin lent her his West Wing Season 7 fresh out of the box!
  • Damon bragged $10 for his 1-20 anniversary with Kathryn as well as the return of Aidan & Torin from Saskatchewan & their trip to Maine next week

    Guest Speaker:
  • Jason Posternak didn’t remember so………..!
    • Jim Verzino did: This is My Life
      • Coffee addict
      • Grew up in Syracuse, went to college outside of Rochester, NY
      • Moved to Brattleboro 6 years ago after living in Boston for nearly 20 years & San Francisco
      • Was trying to start a business in the world of Environmental Consulting
      • Brattleboro afforded him the opportunity to start his business financially
      • He has saved over a Million Tons of environmental pollution from affecting our environment
        • Works with a CEO of a company to reduce their environmental foot print
          • Big manufacturing firms such as paper or wood producers
      • He has felt tremendously supported in the Brattleboro Community
      • Likes to: hike; be involved in our community (Downtown Alliance; BCTV); cooking; travelling
      • He has 4 siblings – 2 sisters & 2 brothers
      • His family is well known for their spaghetti & meatballs
      • He gets his hair cut at Becks!
 
Adjourn!
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
Rotary Rag 8-5-15 Michael Kindopp 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Minutes of meeting July 15, 2015 Greeter: Ralph. Next week: Todd Scribe: Jim. Next week: Ross 1. Guests Bob and Booie Fagelson, Todd’s wife Coretta, and Scott’s son Matthew 2. Announcements Dues due July 30 $160/member Dan—Touch A Truck September 12 Tristam—Honduras has received the $1,000 Next week’s speaker inviter is Jennifer, then Michele, and so on in alphabetical order Board meets tomorrow (16th) at KVT No birthdays 5. Billy Joel tickets, see Kevin 6. The BABY POOL! $2.00 for a square. 7. Brags Josh has biked 3,000 + miles and 90% of the cars on the road give him a bubble. Except Kevin didn’t. Allie’s daughter Nicole going to Honduras, many thanks for Tristam for the contact with Maria Tristam—Maria is fabulous bringing students down there, a great experience Bob—Congratulations to Colorado and Washington for millions in revenue from sale of marijuana. And shout out to the Blackhawks, of course. Scott—Circus Maximus at the NEYT this weekend Todd—going to the Oak Hill 5-day music festival Sandy & Toni are engaged. Not to each other Nick—back from some island, good vacation Jill—thanks for last week’s gifts and cards 8. Speaker was Ralph, a personal history including international residences, time in Sweden, IT and phones, the world that was long distance is now shrinking; culture contrasts; social democracy; dimensions of culture.
Minutes July 15 2015 Jim 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Minutes of meeting July 15, 2015 Greeter: Ralph. Next week: Todd Scribe: Jim. Next week: Ross 1. Guests Bob and Booie Fagelson, Todd’s wife Coretta, and Scott’s son Matthew 2. Announcements Dues due July 30 $160/member Dan—Touch A Truck September 12 Tristam—Honduras has received the $1,000 Next week’s speaker inviter is Jennifer, then Michele, and so on in alphabetical order Board meets tomorrow (16th) at KVT No birthdays 5. Billy Joel tickets, see Kevin 6. The BABY POOL! $2.00 for a square. 7. Brags Josh has biked 3,000 + miles and 90% of the cars on the road give him a bubble. Except Kevin didn’t. Allie’s daughter Nicole going to Honduras, many thanks for Tristam for the contact with Maria Tristam—Maria is fabulous bringing students down there, a great experience Bob—Congratulations to Colorado and Washington for millions in revenue from sale of marijuana. And shout out to the Blackhawks, of course. Scott—Circus Maximus at the NEYT this weekend Todd—going to the Oak Hill 5-day music festival Sandy & Toni are engaged. Not to each other Nick—back from some island, good vacation Jill—thanks for last week’s gifts and cards 8. Speaker was Ralph, a personal history including international residences, time in Sweden, IT and phones, the world that was long distance is now shrinking; culture contrasts; social democracy; dimensions of culture.
July 15, 2015 Jim Maxwell 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2015
President Todd started our meeting with a quote from Aldo Leopold....  
“In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No men can heed all those anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them”
And another quote from Florence Shinn....  
“Giving opens the way for receiving”
GREETER:
Kevin Yager very warmly greeted us this morning and next week…….well we kind of skipped over that part this week…Ooopps, anyone want to volunteer????
 
GUESTS:
Debra Loevy Reyes – Mark’s wife
John Mabie – Nooner
 
Those who couldn't get out of bed this morning:
Mark Ethier
Sadie Fischesser
Ross Gibson
Drew Hazelton
Ralph Meima
Sandy Shriver
Josh Traeger
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  1. Invoices for the 2015-2016 dues have been sent out. Check your email for them.
  2. Club will be making a memorial donation in honor Alan Jordan.
  3. Jill will be totaling up RI donations made throughout the year and sending them in for 2014-2015. So if you want to make up the remainder submit your payment to her.
  4. Changeover will be on July 1st at Sandy Ladd’s house. Directions will be forthcoming. Sign-up sheet circulated; please let us know if you are attending. BYOB!!!!
  5. Marcy- birthday collections are low so she is going to leave it to honest Rotarians to catch up and pay up for their missed birthdays. Also she has purchased lanyards for anyone that interested, she her if you want one.
 
 
CARDS:  5 of Clubs..… YOU LOSE LOSERS….again!!
 
BIRTHDAYS: no birthdays this week……….
BOWL OF LIFE:
My parents teach bridge on cruise ships.... Tristam was picked to go first and he guessed Jim who guessed Nick who guessed Michelle (because isn’t that always the answer)  who KNEW it Ali……great gig for retired folks, they take 3 or 4 cruises a year and love it!!
 
BRAGS:
 
Amelia: Bragged for everyone that helped out with Alan’s memorial service….the amazing crew of Dan Deitz and his posse!!
 
Michelle: Fined herself for volunteering to do the minutes for last week’s meeting and then promptly forgot to get them out.
 
Damon: Bragged for Kathryn’s brother Jeff who visiting last week. They dragged him everywhere, church picnic, graduation party, etc….. They also took him to a Red Sox game as they were playing the Blue Jays, in which the Blue Jays actually won. They didn’t stay for the entire game because Damon called it “like watching paint dry” but it gave Kathryn a new appreciation for hockey!!
 
Jon: Bragged for his 1-15 with Kerry. She had a gig in Maine that he tagged along for as the trophy husband, so they were able to spend a beautiful weekend up there. He also bragged for Alina who graduated 6th grade and was 1 of 2 students chosen to speak at the ceremony. She prepared the speech all on her own. She did an amazing job…..her timing was perfect and she was poised and even cracked a joke that got a laugh from all
 
Kevin: Bragged for his 1-29 with Ginny…you can imagine the comments that ensued from there. He also bragged for Golden State Warriors win , as they share a stadium with the A’s, this is big news in the Yager household.
 
Turner: Bragged for Women’s Final Four in Tampa also. Had a great time with Sadie and John…..and made a cryptic comment about Matt (John’s son) and the fun they had without Sadie and John. Pretty sure I dropped the pen at that point and stopped taking notes!!
 
Sandy Ladd: Bragged for Ed Dews for helping him with his garage door woes. He also bragged for Jon who helped him out with POA as he is heading off to Europe…..which he is taking his granddaughter on. She plays classical bass in PA and has a seat on the state orchestra and was asked to try out for the National Orchestra which she also has a seat on now.
 
Will: Had a $10 brag for his wife Tina who will be graduating her last 6th grade class from Wardsboro ending a 40 year teaching career. She will be teaching college level courses for new teachers and Will let us all know that she will have plenty of extra time to cook and clean for him….OH YES THIS IS DEFINITELY GOING TO TINA!!!
 
Jill: Bragged for her and Mo going to a B&B in Chester this past weekend. Nice get away up to Windsor as they went to the Path of Life sculpture garden, had a terrific time.
 
Todd: Bragged his new contract at SIT and adjusting to having an employer. He also bragged for his daughter Mayah who completed a 600 mile circumnavigation of VT by ski, canoe, bicycle and foot. Started in January and they finished last week, 6 months of camping and traveling, no phones or computers. This was the first time they had seen each other in 6 months.
 
INDUCTIONS:
 
Today we welcomed into Rotary Kris Johnston (Computer Software Mgmt) and Diane Hashagen (Insurance). Kevin as their sponsor introduced them to the club (very graphically). They were told of Rotary’s 4 way test and admitted into membership by President Todd. They were approved for membership because we believe they are both individuals who are ethical and who believe in compassion and putting energy into helping others. Welcome Kris and Diane!!!
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER:       Tristan Toleno
 
Tristan is in his 3rd year - 2nd term as a representative for Windham County. This past year he made a move to the House Committee on Corrections and Institutions, which considers matters relating to the department of corrections, public buildings, and state lands and property. As every year has its challenges this year was no exception with starting out trying to balance the budget, which they did through new revenue sources, cuts, and not hiring for vacant positions. Comprises were made but a balanced budget was agreed upon…no small feat I’m sure. This year he was the lead sponsor on the earned sick leave bill. This is an act relating to absence from work for health care and safety, more than 60,000 working Vermonters lack access to paid leave. The purpose is to promote a healthy work environment by ensuring that employees are provided with sick leave time and that employers do not penalize employees who use paid sick leave benefits. This bill was passed by the house and is now sitting with the Senate.
 
Sorry Tristan I know you covered several other topics that I missed but I can only write so fast and notes are a little sketchy!!!
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May 29th was the Camp for a Common Cause and Sunrise Rotary was represented again. People from the community showed their support for others experiencing homelessness by camping out for one night on the Brattleboro Common. Folks involved had a great time. Rotarians ran the BBQ in the evening. Together, the Sunrise and Brattleboro Rotary Clubs raised over $1,800 for Groundworks Collaborative!
Sunrise Rotary and the noon club camp for Groundworks Collaborative Sadie Fischesser 2015-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Stuart on May 27, 2015

 

Members absent: Nick DuBois, Scott Gordon-Macy, Turner Lewis, Mark Lovey-Reyes

Jim Maxwell, Ralph Meima, Michelle Pong.

 

Many thanks to our lovely greeters, Becca and Casey!

Amelia Farnum volunteered to be the greeter next week.

 

Guests: Bill Morlock, Diane Hashagen, Chris Johnson, John Mabie. 

 

Announcements

Sadie invited everyone to attend the Rotary Romp on June 8 at 6:00 PM. Meet at the Marina trail head at that time and run, bike or walk until 6:50 when everyone will meet at the Marina for drinks and/or dinner. Come for either or both parts of the evening. 

Josh talked up Camp for Common Cause, a fundraiser that starts tomorrow night (Friday, May 29th) to benefit the Brattleboro Drop In-Center and Morningside Shelter.  Josh, Dan and other fundraisers will pitch tents on the Brattleboro Common starting at 4:00 PM.  The family-friendly, overnight camp out will include a Community Barbecue, hosted by our club (I think!) that starts at 6:00 PM. There also will be live music. BBQ tickets are $10 ($5 for 12 and under) and are available at Morningside Shelter, The Brattleboro Drop-In Center and The Shoe Tree. Dan will be hosting a card game in his tent. All campers will pack up the next morning by 10 AM after a light breakfast. If you want more information about the event or would like to contribute to Josh and/or Dan’s fundraising effort, go to: www.firstgiving.com/team/293658.

Tristan is selling coffee ($12 a bag) to benefit children in Honduras. Please see him if you are interested. At the upcoming board meeting, our board will talk about whether or not our club will participate. 

 

Brags

Future Business Leaders of America’s recent car wash exceeded its fundraising goal.

Sandy S. bragged for Brattleboro Tire for solving his problem of getting the batteries for his golf cart to work

Amelia applauded her husband’s exemplary mechanical skills. He took their entire Scotty Camper apart and rebuilt it so it’s just like new (almost!). 

Aly shared how excited she is about her upcoming 3 week project working at Kindle Farm. It may pave the way for a job at Kindle Farm in the fall. That would mean she might have two job possibilities come September!

Damian bragged about the wonderful trip he and Katherine took to Ottawa over Memorial Day weekend to visit Katherine’s 80-year-old grandparents. They visited the Canadian War Museum while they were there, which was fascinating. 

Afternoon Rotarian and guest, John Mabie, told of his daughter’s recent graduation from American University in Washington, D.C., and her commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  He and his wife, Valerie, made a road trip with Lauren last week to Fort Knox in Kentucky where she is taking part in a two month training.

Jerry Goldberg recounted the great job the American Legion did on Memorial Day commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. He also took the opportunity to praise all the brave men and women who have stepped up over the years to serve and protect our country.

Jon Secrest praised the club’s two state legislators, Valerie and Tristan, for their service to Vermont.

Toni bragged about her son Bret’s recent graduation from Norwich University. She talked about how phenomenal all the kids were at Norwich and about how proud she is of Bret who now has a “big boy” job in Arizona. 

Todd recounted how he recently turned his office into a geek lab in honor of “Touch a Geek Day” and about how dangerous it is for geeks to play with batteries and BBs.  After he inadvertently shot a BB right through his office wall and into a tree outside, he instantly understood why people who live in neighborhoods shouldn’t play with batteries and BBs.  :)

Kevin thanked everyone for donating to get him out of jail last Sunday. He also bragged about having shaved off his beard, which he had hoped would shave 10 years off how he looks — in terms of his age. Last, but not least, he praised our student Rotarians, Casey Manning, for being a stellar softball player, and Becca Freeman, for winning a race as part of BUHS’s championship track team 

Linda, Jeanette and Sadie received a shout out for their great work keeping the Rotary gardens in town in tip top shape.

 

Bowl of Life

This person’s family owns two farms. One of them is 6,000 acres, and the other 20,000 acres. Damian submitted this clue. These two farms are owned by his family and Katherine’s family. Both of them are located in Canada. He talked about how high tech each of the farms is and how they have divisions, ranging from trucking to auctions, and are big business. 

 

Guest Speaker

Bill Morlock, Executive Director of the Springfield Housing Authority, was our guest speaker. He has lived in this area for 14 years and is married to Chris Hart, the Executive Director of the Brattleboro Housing Authority. 

Bill said that Vermont is the 13th most expensive state to live in and that housing costs exceed many state residents financial capacity. This problem has been exacerbated by the fact that housing costs have gone up while wages have remained stagnant. As a result, many hub towns, such as Springfield, Brattleboro, Montpelier, and Bennington, must offer more affordable options. This cost shift puts stress on these towns’ fiscal resources. 

Bill talked at length about a project for youth in transition he is interested in starting in the Springfield area. Youth Services and the Vermont Land Trust recently formed a program, which inspired him to want found a program in his area that would provide wrap around services that include housing for youth in transition. His goal is to help 4-5 young people each year. 

Tristan noted that the housing vacancy rate in Brattleboro and Burlington is very low and asked what the vacancy rate is in Springfield.  Bill said it is roughly 5%. 

Bill said building new housing is very expensive. He pointed out that it cost $4.6 million to build a 20,000 square food building in Springfield that has 15 micro units. The micro units are bedrooms for single adults who share a kitchen and eating spacing. The building also includes four store fronts. 

He said a movie theater with six housing units that the Springfield Housing Authority recently renovated cost $4.9 million. The housing authority had to pool 9 different funding sources to underwrite the project. 

He noted that the Melrose Terrace project here in Brattleboro has a $13 - $14 million price tag. 

He also discussed the challenge of housing people after they are released from prison. Tristan noted that approximately 10% of prisoners are eligible to get out of prison but cannot due to a lack of suitable housing. Two hundred forty of these individuals are sex offenders, which makes finding housing for them even more difficult.  

 

Rotary Meeting Minutes Valerie Stuart 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
SUNRISE ROTARY NEWSLETTER
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
 
President Todd took the helm with quote;
 
 
Greeter of the week:
Ed was our greeter this morning.
 
Guests:  Jeff Morse from River Valley Credit Union and the noon club joined us, along with Stan Nor, Bill Stevens, Coretta Bliss. Jon also had his two daughter, Alina and Alexa.
 
Announcements:
  • Sadie announced that the Winston Prouty Center is having their mini-golf event.
  • Sandy announced that the annual BC/BS Mountain Day walk up Mt Wantastiquit is next Saturday the 16th at 10:00am.
  • Jen announced that the Brattleboro School of Dance will be putting on its performance of “City Lights” at the New England Youth Theater.
  •  
 
Brags
 
Michelle announced that her daughter is looking for a paid internship this summer.
 
Amelia bragged for her husband, Chad, who is the best fundraised for the Cam for a Common Cause” campaign.
 
Stan N brought out the Golf Tournament trophy and reminded the club that we had our name on this plaque for winning two times and encouraged us to go for a third win.
 
Damion was in another running race, this time the Fun Run.
 
Jon, bragged for his two daughters who jumped into the spirit of Green-Up day with a cleaning of part of the Upper Dummerston road, collecting 17 big green bags of litter and trash, including lots of milk jugs form someone’s secret empty milk jug stash.
 
Kevin bragged for his daughter, Sarah, will be graduating from Vermont Tech with her LPN this spring. She was highly recommended to be a tutor in the RN program.
 
Toni bragged for Bret who is also, and with great relief on his mother’s part, graduating from his program at Norwich this week.
 
Ali bragged for her daughter who just got back from an exchange program in China, to be greeted with a letter from Keene High School announcing that she was elected to the National Honor Society. She will be working at Hannaford’s this summer.
 
Bill announced that he had been wearing President Todds name tag for most of the morning and only three people noticed it. I think that just shows that Bill is a regular member and we no longer even look at his name tag. As for Todd’s name tag, ..??
 
Todd bragged for his role as the equipment schlepped to the blue-grass band that Coretta plays in. someone has to do it and he is a gentleman.
 
 
 
 
Caaads:   With a grand total of twenty eight ($28) dollars in the pool, the 10 of Clubs was pulled from the deck, which made Dan the lucky winner.
 
Birthdays:   There were no birthdays so no serenade. 
 
Bowl of Life: “Once went skiing with President Carter”. Started with Damon to Jason to Tristam to Will to Drew to Jerry to Sandy to Josh, who fessed up to his encounter. Seems he was skiing in Cressed Butte, Colorado, and skied into the line for the chairlift. Seeing an older gentleman surrounded by a bunch of thugs, he thought he would come to the rescue and join the fellow for a ride up together until he was grabbed by one of the thugs and re-positioned in back of the line. Seems he was trying to hitch a ride with the past-president.
 
Club Assembly and Committee MeetingsThe group broke up into our committees for the rest of the meeting and then did a brief read-out from each committee. Committee note are attached from  those committees that sent them.
 
Membership:
 
  • Ali as the President ‘elect should provide the committee with what she would like to see as our goal for membership. # members, mix of ages, professions, etc.
  • Will is going to be transitioning the Chair position over to Ross, who will take the Chair after the July changeover.
  • We do not have a formal interview process. We invite for a few breakfasts, meet with the Membership chair for a brief conversation, and then vote. Do we need to do a more extensive interview?
  • Recruitment ideas included;
    • Sponsor one of the Chamber Mixers and do a meet-and-greet with community members
    • Invite the Brattleboro Young Professionals group to a dedicated Sunrise rotary
      Breakfast. Jill to Follow up.
 
 
Fundraising Committee:
 
What we do now:
3 on 3
Trivia Night
Dinner Raffle
 
New Ideas:
Flag Football
Poker Run
Get More Members to help
 
Instead of working on a new event, we should concentrate on improving those that we have.      Discussion centered around the Dinner Raffle, which once brought in $8,000-$10,000 and only brought in around $3,000 last year. What can we do to bring our numbers back to where they were?
  1. If we change the ticket price to $20.00 from $25.00 will it be easier to get people to give up the money since no change is involved?
  2. Create easy way to purchase raffle tickets online with a credit card. This was discussed before but deserves another look.
  3. Motivate members to sell more tickets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minutes provided by Will Shakespeare.
 
 
 
 
Meeting Minutes, May 6, 2015 Will Shakespeare 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Newsletter  April 22, 2015 – Earth Day
 
 
President Todd opened with the following:         “To bring sunshine into the lives of others is to bring twice as much to ourselves.”  A very paraphrased James Barrie
 
More philosophical:  “A day without sunshine is like …. You know….. night.” Steve Martin
 
Greeter:  Turner
 
Next week’s greeter:  Ross
 
Next two week’s scribes:  Will Shakespeare (April 29) and Jon Secrest (for Sandy Shriver) (May 6). 
 
Guests:  LeRoy a SIT student from Alabama.  Brad Ellis of the Vernon Advent Home.  Shelia a SIT student from Uganda (and a Rotarian).  Diane West 
 
 
Committee Reports:
 
Tristam:  Coffee is still available for sale.  Also, if you want to visit Hondoras, our contact in the Rotary Club we are working with on the stove project would love to host you and has mapped out a 7 day tour….Which is much better than a 3 hour tour. 
 
Dan:  Camping for a cause with Josh and Damon…. Looking for donations. 
 
 
 
Birthday:  None…. But there is a big one next week.  Watch out. 
 
Cards:   
 
Jack of Hearts:  You lose losers.
 
Bowl of Life: 
 
My daughter’s first phrase was:  “stupid car”.  Marcy… Ross (but he has no daughter – at least that he knows about), Dan (he has lots of cars), Mark, Kevin, Toni …. Michele:  She has a car with a big backseat that broke down all the time…… Needless to say she was always saying “stupid car”.  One day when the car came to a sudden stop, she heard that phrase coming from the back seat.
 
Brags
 
Ali:  For technology which is letting her stay in touch with her daughter in China. 
Marcy:  For the return of the frogs.
 
Tristam:  For Commonwealth Yogurt who supported the nutrition project by donating 60 squeezable, suckable yogurt tubes. 
 
Kevin:  For the Reformer (Bob Audette in particular) which ran his letter to the editor regarding the 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
 
Todd;  For the blue Bonnet ice cream company, with a Board full of Rotarians, for pulling all their ice cream off the shelves because of a listeria outbreak.  A decision that was “beneficial to all concerned.”
 
Jill:  For the Community Health Assessment done by the Retreat which had a response rate of over 800 people.
 
 
Speaker
 
Brad Ellis from Vernon Advent Christian Homes.  They own Vernon Green and several other facilities on their campus.  It has been 15 years since the last nursing home was built in Vermont. 
 
They were established in 1919 when the South Vernon Advent Christian Church bought an old hotel near the state line and turned it into a home for retiring ministers and missionaries.  Bought Vernon Green in 1955.  1965 built 35 bed facility.  72 built congregate living facilities. 77 built 15 independent apartments_  Vernon Birches.  88 built an Alzheimer unit.  93:  bought 13 unit building in Kittery Maine.  The future is a small house model, each house with 11 or so residents. 
 
 
The End
 
 
The small print:  This newsletter is only a rough facsimile of what actually occurred.  If you really want to know what happened, you should have been there because, after all, a lot happens at our meetings. 
 
 
                                                                                    Your scribe:  Sandy S.
                                    Pinch hitting for Jon Secrest.  You owe me in 2 weeks. 
 
 
 
  
April 22 Newsletter - Earth Day Sandy Shriver (for Jon Secrest) 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Every year, Rescue, Inc. is there for us and the players at our 3-on-3 tournament. They provide expertise and triage in case there are any bumps during the action. It was our pleasure to say "thank you" with a donation. Guest Kyle LaPointe from Rescue, Inc. accepts a $500 check from 3 on 3 co-chair Kevin Yager.
A 3-on-3 Thank you Sadie Fischesser 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2015
President Todd started our meeting with a quote from Douglas Adams author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy....  
When asked about his plans for the next year his reply was “Oh, I’m spending a year dead for tax reasons.”.
 
GREETER:
Michele Pong very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Turner will be at the door with a smile  to say good morning.
 
GUESTS:
Kyle LaPointe – Rescue
Jim Verzino – Nooner
Marissa Semenovich -  all grown up former student Rotarian
 
Those who couldn't get out of bed this morning:
Alisa Barry
Amelia Farnum
Mark Ethier
Jerry Goldberg
Jim Maxwell
Ralph Meima
Jen Moyse
Josh Traeger
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  1. Trivia Night has a new winner…..the Honey Badgers, had to be decided by a tie breaking True or False question. The next Trivia Night is May 11th….it will be the last one before a summer hiatus. It is being done as  a Battle of the Boards so the money will go to the winning team.
  2. Tristam has more coffee (whole bean and ground) from Honduras for the scholarship program.
  3. Tristam informed us that the Nutrition Project that provides lunches during school breaks will not be running at Westgate this school vacation as they have no coordinator at this time but Moore Court and Ledgewood are all set. They have received donations from Black River Produce and Commonwealth Dairy.
  4. Tristam (busy little Rotarian he is) let us know that we now have the wiring instructions for the Justa Stove Project and will be sending the $700 we raised to them soon. At $100 per stove this will allow them to buy stoves for 7 households in Honduras.
 
Kevin on behalf of the club presented a $500 check to Rescue. This is an annual contribution we make to them in part as a thank you for their continued support of our 3 on 3 tournament and in part because we as a community are very lucky to have them here in Brattleboro.
 
 
STUDENT ROTARIANS:  
Marissa is just finishing up her 1st year at GCC (4.0 for her fall semester) and starting to think about where to go afterwards…considering UMass Amherst for Business Administration.
 
Casey announced that the FBLA held their raffle but she does not have the winners to announce because Ms. Cornell’s Business Procedures class is in charge of notifying the winners…she did let it slip that some members should be getting phone calls.
 
Becca let us know that their sports management class will be having a fundraiser to help Ms. Sweeney’s (an art teacher at BUHS) nephew who has Cystic Fibrosis. They will be having a “Lock Up” on May 31st at the Common so be prepared to either be “arrested” or help bail out a Rotarian.
 
 
CARDS:  2 of Diamonds..… and the winner is none other than one of our Student Rotarians Casey Manning….again!!
 
BIRTHDAYS: no birthdays this week……….
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
My spouse and I took our motorcycle safety course at the same time and I did worse….but we both passed.. Will was picked to go first and he guessed Michele (because isn’t that always the answer) who guessed Toni who guessed Dan who guessed Drew who guessed Jason (he evidently has never seen Jason in action) who guessed Nick…..at this point President Todd called it quits and had the member give it up. It was Damon….which should have been no great surprise because I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything that Katherine can’t do (she is amazing and Damon is very lucky)!!!
 
BRAGS, BRAGS AND MORE BRAGS (good thing we didn’t have a speaker):
 
Sadie: Bragged for Scott who was taking Evie to school so she can stay at the meetings. She also bragged for Turner and the Women’s Final Four down in Tampa, they had a great time. Sadly it was followed up by a funeral for her Grandmother Rose who passed away 30 days after her Grandfather. On another note she also mentioned that the Hatch  will be presenting the Storytellers on a Mission this Saturday night at 7:30 to benefit the Winston Prouty Center at the Latchis Theatre. They could use 8-10 volunteer ushers for the event.
 
Tristam: Bragged for the Commons, Richard Henke. The article he wrote for them that covered the benefit performance at Rudyard Kipling’s house was so successful that they had to run a second night.
 
Jon: Bragged for his Elantra and not getting stuck all winter with his very low to ground vehicle. Mud season took care of that for him, on his way to a Rotary Board meeting he decided to go over East Orchard St and managed to slide off the side of the road and get stuck. Tried putting sticks and rocks under the wheel to no avail, decided he would call Dan since he would be at the board meeting but since he doesn’t ever use his cell phone he has no numbers programmed in it so he was forced to call Kerri and have her come to his aid. After some time and Kerri driving up and down Upper Dummerston and not finding him, they finally connected and he was able to haul his car out of the mud. After all was said and done he gets to the board meeting only to realize he had the wrong week and there was no meeting….bet you he was using some of Damon’s hockey vocabulary that morning too!!
 
Sandy Shriver: Going to a Red Sox game today with best friend from high school. They have tickets in the front row behind the catcher, so if you’re watching the game today you’ll probably see Sandy in the background waving. He also bragged for Potter Stewart Law offices as they have moved to 147 Western Avenue and have changed their name to Phillips Dunn Shriver & Carroll Law Offices.
 
Scott: Bragged for his son turning 10 on Sunday and for his daughter who for a third semester in a row has made High Honors at the Middle School
 
Jason : Bragged $10 because it was his turn to be the scribe but he managed to talk me into doing this for him. Don’t worry he isn’t getting off that easy……
 
Marcy: Bragged for her first power-lifting meet this weekend. She wanted to have a total meet weight of 500 lbs and ended up with 520…Go Marcy!! Her back squats were 175 lbs, deadlifts were 225 lbs (my hammies hurt just thinking about that) and bench press was 120 lbs.
 
Mark: Gracefully admitted his Trivia defeat this week by stating that his team let him down. Don’t worry they’ll be back in fighting shape next month…..they’re starting their 2-a-days next week!! He also bragged for Talia who goes to Hilltop Montessori and her class wrote their own play and will be performing it tomorrow night @ 5pm….anyone in the neighborhood should stop by.
 
 
Turner: Bragged for Women’s Final Four in Tampa also. Had a great time with Sadie and John…..and made a cryptic comment about Matt (John’s son) and the fun they had without Sadie and John. Pretty sure I dropped the pen at that point and stopped taking notes!!
 
Michele: Bragged for her Trivia Night team and consistently coming in second to last (at least it’s not last)!!! She also bragged for the Duck’s Unlimited Fundraiser they had last weekend which raised $23,000, of which $10,000 will be donated to wildlife preservation.
 
Kevin: Made a public service announcement reminding members to introduce yourself to the Student Rotarians and sign their sheets because their time is almost up and the fines will begin!! He also bragged for his daughter Sara who is a nursing student with Vt Tech, she recently completed her 2nd of three the semesters. Her last exam this semester was Monday, it was a pharmacology exam  that she was anxious about but nailed it with a 95!!! Go Sara!!!
 
Drew: Bragged for Rescue and their weekend of training out on the river. They had scenario based trainings in which they got to do rescues in real time and did an excellent job! He also bragged because the family is flying out Saturday to Arizona to pick up the RV(??? sorry missed that). They will head over to the Grand Canyon and Utah before heading back home.
 
Sandy Ladd: Bragged because she has a conference in Florida next week. It is the 30th anniversary of the Upledger Institute and Sandy was invited as they will be presenting the movie they made back in 2014 that she was a part. She will also be visiting her father and helping him make the guests bedrooms a little more comfortable and homey!
 
Damon: Has 2 fundraising events coming up for Chesterfield School. Tonight they are having the 8th grade spaghetti dinner for graduation…so if you don’t feel like cooking head on over. On Saturday May 2nd the school will be holding its 7th annual Fun Run with a 1 mile, 5k or 10k option for all abilities. He will be on the radio with Fish next Wednesday morning promoting the event (and missing Rotary). I’m not sure if this last brag was for the use of his colorful hockey vocabulary, his plumbing ability or quiet possibly still having his sanity intact after installing a new dishwasher in their kitchen….now that I think about it I’m sure it was for all 3.
 
Dan: Bragged for all of the volunteers who helped with the Over-Flow Shelter dinners this past winter. We had our last one Friday night which served approx. 25 people. He also bragged for Trivia Night well because someone has to be last…..to be fair his team name is The Biggest Losers!
 
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER/THIS IS YOUR LIFE:       JASON POSTERNAK
 
At 67 years old he has lots of stories to tell…….most of which are not appropriate for this newsletter. He was born in Lawrence, MA back when it was a nice place to live (so he says). Was in college during the draft with a 2S deferment status that somehow got changed to a 1A status which means you’re draft letter was on the way. The government was looking into the error but he was running out of time so on some really good advice from friends he dropped out of college and enlisted in the Navy because somehow that was better than getting drafted. After a few months in the Navy the correction letter came and his status was put back to 2S deferment.  So he went to his commander telling him it was all mistake and his commander explained to him the meaning of a contract and told he could get out in 4 years. Spent 2 years on the aircraft carrier, Constellation, off the coast of Vietnam with 5300 other sailors. Traveled to the Philippine’s, Hong Kong and Japan…..I know there is a story about Tijuana somewhere in there but he failed to mention it this morning! When his time was up he was sent back to San Diego were he thought he would settle. Came back to MA and ended up in the car business. Met his wife Anne at the car dealership, hated each other until his boss forced him to take her out to lunch and was told not to come back until they were friends. A few drinks later they managed to kiss and make up…the rest is history!  
 
He went to tell the story of the Richard Petty driving school he went to with John Penfield back in 1998. Of course John talked smack for weeks before they went telling everyone that he was going to beat Jason. When the time sheets came in Jason was 7th or 8th and John was 12th or 13th. John complained to the instructor that he had a bad car but after that he never brought up the subject again.
 
And of course someone asked where he gets his hair cut – Beck’s Studio. Just in case you’re wondering she does not except bribes to give him a real haircut……….that shag on his head is here to stay.
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Rotary – Happy April 1st
Speaker for next week hosted by – Mark E.
Scribe- Josh T
 
Guests:
Christina Marchfield- Trivia team
 
Brags
Mark- Giving thanks to Drew and Rescue Inc
 
Nick- Apology to the club- two sick little babies – missed the speaker last week and will get new one at some point
 
Drew- up in Montpelier  and thanks to Windham county reps
 
Scott- To his daughter Sarah
 
Turner- Back from the great white North and had a great time at the Iditarod
 
Todd- Rotary pin power – great connection in North Hampton that stemmed from rotary pin conversation
 
Dan – for his daughter being a ham like him
 
Kevin- brag for his daughter for bonding with her brother in California
 
Jill- Annual road trip in Vermont – this year to Plymouth – went for nice walk and finally beat husband in Scrabble
 
Justin- got married this weekend thanks for the great accommodations at Landmark Trust and  North End Butcher for Center  pieces
 
Over Flow Shelter – Next time April 10th Jen will pass around signup sheet
 
Trivia Night April 13
Kevin to put out information to advertise this event
 
Board Meeting Tomorrow at 7:15 a.m.
 
Todd and Dan Folgleberg – lived in Colorado and Todd was his ski guide and friend – also did some sailing
 
Bowl of Life- bowlers each raise $50 – 2pm April 4th
 
How can we help with members that are having trouble- Amelia to talk with Ellen about how we can help- If you have ideas please check in with Amelia
 
Student Rotarians- State comps  in Burlington- Over 100 kids total- average we competed in 2-3 events each – Cheer competition- They had awards- 2nd place overall as a region, 1st place for scrap book and 1st group to raise money, 39 wins,
And both placed in a couple different areas
 
Happy Birthday- Mark!!
 
Cards - It’s in the deck you lose losers
 
Bowl of life-
Baseball- Turner
I attended midweek afternoon baseball game in St. Louis in Aug 1955 between the Phil athletics and the St. Louis team and left the baseball park with 13 baseballs which I then sold for $5 each while waiting for my dad to pick me up.
 
Club Assembly
 
Garden- Carmen- we will need to start working on this soon
 
Will- Membership- developing co-chair for our committees and Ross will be picking membership soon with next president
 
Jim – International – Hustav Stove project, possible trip to Honduras
 
Jen- Community Service- Overflow dinner- do we want to still do once a month? Or less or split  with Noon time club
 
Kevin- PR- looking into promoting  Rotary with noon club via a radio campaign
Please post pictures and events to Facebook, inviting friends to like our page. Business Cards to invite new members
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Posted by Marcy Caulkins on Mar 10, 2015
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary
Meeting Notes 3/11/15
 
Quote:  “spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush” - Doug Larson
“spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party!’” - Robin Williams
 
Greeter:  thanks to Thalia and dad Mark Loevy-Reyes.  President Todd will greet next week
 
Guests:  Victoria Chertok, guest speaker
 
Announcements:
Kevin- 3 on 3 is Saturday; hopefully weather won’t be an issue.  We should be in pretty good shape for volunteers, including 2 from FBLA.  We may need some help with tear down, so we may need a couple folks to stay a little late to help with that.  We have enough court monitors; Kevin will have one more meeting with them.  We should be able to get into the school around 4:30 on Friday to start setting up.  3 point contest will be a little different, they will have a choice of where they can shoot from.  Saturday morning, set up 7:30, registration starts at 8, games start at 9.  Court monitors should arrive by 8:15.
Toni- prior to 3 on 3, someone needs to pick up gift certificates from Sam’s; Todd will take care of that.  Someone needs to pick up scones - Jerry will volunteer.  If anyone knows any teams (we have 3 so far), please get them to sign up, last chance!!  We are now at $11,825 in donations, thanks to all who did follow up calls
Jill- drop in center dinner, please don’t forget if you volunteered to make something!  If you don’t remember, please check in with Jen
Sandy S.- we had 43 participants for the Trivia Night on Monday.  Mark won again.  A good time was had for all.  Winning team donated their prize money.  Monday April 13 is the next date; Food Connects will be our beneficiary that month.
Marcy- please log attendance make-ups in notebook which will be available at the sign in table
Tristam- we have raised $150 for the scholarship fund in Honduras from the coffee fundraiser.  We raised about $750 dollars for the stove project from an anonymous donor plus the graham cracker breakfast
 
Brags:
Tristam:  in S Dakota last week.  Had the opportunity to visit Pine Ridge Reservation; in Rapid City, was uncomfortable to be addressed as “sir” by a Native American just because he is white, indicating the endemic racism; he encouraged us to be aware and speak out against such double standards at all opportunities
Damon:  for hockey; in play off tournament, Aiden’s team took out top seed team to make it to the finals, but lost in the finals (but put up a good fight).  Torin’s team finished in 2nd place in his league.  Playing against a tough team tonight.
Josh:  for Trivia night and for the FBLA girls Casey and Becca who were awesome volunteers
Kevin:  has been invited to speak at the FBLA meeting today about 3 on 3 and will pass on our compliments to them.  And for son Eric who finally registered his car in CA.  So he is one step closer to being a real Californian
Jill:  last Wednesday, had ultrasound, got to see baby and got a picture of HER (the baby’s) feet
Jason:  wants to start a pool/fundraiser to guess when Jill’s baby will be born; need someone to draw up a chart so we can pick slots
Sandy S:  for all the volunteers who helped out at Trivia Night
Will:  recognize 2 heroes of Rotary:  for Ed who comes early and sets out all our accoutrements for the day.  And for Jim, MC extraordinaire
Nick:  for vacation just south of Cancun and good family time
Jon:  to shame Jill for getting his name wrong twice this morning (yes, Jon, it is just the pregnancy hormones)
 
Birthdays:  none
 
Cards:  4 of hearts, in the deck, no winner
 
Speaker:  Carmen introduced Victoria Chertok
Just started at United Way a few months ago.  She has a masters in Conflict Transformation, has done some teaching, primarily music and art.  
United Way is a worldwide network of local organizations to help coordinate resources and create lasting changes.  HOPE for Windham is the goal:  Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, Educa
You can register as a volunteer at www.unitedwaywindham.org
Adult Dental Care day is coming up Saturday April 25
Day of Caring will be coming up in September
Handbags of Hope coming up in May
Meeting Notes 3/11/15 Marcy Caulkins 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Day:   President Todd opened with 2 quotes from Paul Harris
“It is easier to interest man in war than in peace- It requires more moral courage to talk peace than war” 1917
“Friendship is the foundation on which Rotary was built” 1915

Greeter this week was Josh, next week will be Mark
Thanks to Tristan and Jason for setting up the potluck breakfast.

Guests Introductions:
Peter Carvel- BS&L  and former Sunrise Rotarian here to assist with 3-3 Tournament
Ted Kramer- Lawyer and noon member who will bring back information to his club for us.
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.

Brags:
Amelia- Hill Top Montessori  will be raffling a Tiny House- sharing proceeds with Morningside shelter. Go to Website to see the great Tiny house and purchase tickets.
Sandy S- Bragged for speakers “ Be Better “ Setting up and having an open house for their business this Saturday on Brown Court.
Mark- bragged for his Fit Bit and how much fun it is
Carmen -bragged for her daughter who is back from Africa and now working in NYC doing health care with AIDS and HIV. Looking for an apartment.
Michelle - husband is now not needing her full attention and can be back with us. Announced Ducks unlimited dinner and annual auction, games 4/11/15 Let her know if you are interested in attending.
Damon- bragged for his trip to Maui with family including parents and mothering law. Great family time with whale watch trip and surfing lessons
Jen- bragged for her son Dashel who turned 7, although he is a leap year baby they celebrated on March 1. They had sledding party with mustache disguises.
Mark -bragged for his daughter on trip to London and how well they did with navigating public transportation guiding their parents.
Ali bragged for Ross, didn’t get why , sorry and also that daughter is taking her drivers test and for someday seeing Hawaii. Also for New Baker Patricia taking over space from Jasmine at The  North End Butcher.
Jill -bragged for her husband Simo and herself or going to the Noon club and presenting their new business Olive Oil from Morocco.

Birthdays: None today.

 Cards: 2 of hearts.  No winner still in the deck.

Bowl of Life: “ Dated  former  member of US Olympic Volleyball Team”
Ali guessed Jen, Jen guessed Dan D, who guessed Amelia , Got clue that she is in the room and Amelia guessed Jill and Jill guessed Michelle who did date a member of the team while she was at UMass. He was a shaved man which we can’t even imagine. He now hopefully has grown back his leg and is a coach.

No Speaker, but Club assembly, business meeting:

Josh reported on nutrition program for vacation weeks at Ledgewood, Westgate and Moores Court. Last week 200 nutritious lunches were provided.
Proceeds from today’s meeting since we didn’t have to pay for breakfast due to our pot luck will go to the international stove project.

Jen 3/13 dinner at the overflow shelter. It is the night before the 3-3 tournament so very busy weekend for our club. We should do 3 Main dishes as there has been a lot of folks. Each dish should serve 15 people. Sign up sheet sent around.

Ali, president elect is going to PETS President elect training program.

Marcy- give heads up to her for makeup’s with volunteering . Should be within 2 weeks of meeting missed, but some leeway. Also we need to have a president elect and VP to fill into president elect position for continuity of leadership of the club.
Also since Jill will be doing more important things in June/ July will need to have a treasurer and sooner than later so Jill can do the training. Also would help to have an assistant treasurer for when person can’t attend.

Tony- Vocational. FBLA speaker last week really told us all that the students do. Make sure you sign their sheets . The students do know about volunteering at the shelter and our fund raising events .

3-3 Tournament. We have $7000 goal is $13000 so we are still needing follow-ups for our court sponsors and deadline for sponsors for printing shirts is  end of this week.

Kevin went over our sign up sheet Carmen and Jill in charge of concessions this year. OK for set up on Friday 4:30
Brackets are Sandy L, Michelle and Tony at HS Friday around 5:30 after teams are known and schedule is made.
Registration Tony and Sandy and possibly students who will be there all day helping out where needed.
Jim and Tristam will begin breakdown in middle school gym when we finish there usually around noon. All depends on number of teams signing up as to how the schedule and use of gyms goes.  Breakdown in big gym in the past has been around 3PM.
Set with court monitors this year.
Need re-bounders for 3 point contest.
Free Throw Sandy S , Ross will help
Prizes and T shirts can begin as early as 10AM after double elimination and teams start leaving.
Still need everyone to take posters and registration forms and talk it up. Sent out over 400 forms to past players, but ? If they check the mail.
Will order additional staff  Rotary T shirts, let Tony know size and will get made with tournament shirts. Face book her?
Concessions will set up in entryway. Tables will be placed the night before . Dan will pick up and deliver the water and sports drink, donated by Leader Beverage.
Still could use some items to sell.
Amelia is donating the hot dog steamer
Could use some sliced oranges, bananas, carrot sticks and other healthy snacks.
Has 2 shifts set up 7:30-10:30  and 10:30 to noon.


Trivia night this coming Monday 3-9. Sign up via e-mail by Sandy Shriver. Remind regulars who played in the past that Trivia night is back at the legion  Ted Kramer will bring reminder to noon club for us.

PHOTOS needed for Trivia and our tournament so we can post on our website.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 of 1:5 and opportunities for older campers at age 14 to be CIT’s, counselors in training
There is a perspective of the location as being very magical and is fondly etched in many campers minds and is there go to place when needing to de-stress.
United Way has many projects at the Camp this year and Billie also mentioned other organizations that have helped the camp in the past.  
C&S helped with fixing some roofing and also gave a grant for composting and planting.
Billie is hoping anyone with experiences to contact her to help fill in gaps in the Archives and history of the camp. Carmen mentioned that her 10 year old cousin was planning to go for the day and asked to stay for the overnight session. When she returned she mentioned that there was no mirrors. They focus on who they really are and not what they look like.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 
Sunrise Rotary Rag 3-5-15 Sandra Ladd 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
March 4, 2015
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag

Quote of the Day:   President Todd opened with 2 quotes from Paul Harris
“It is easier to interest man in war than in peace- It requires more moral courage to talk peace than war” 1917
“Friendship is the foundation on which Rotary was built” 1915
Greeter this week was Josh, next week will be Mark
Thanks to Tristan and Jason for setting up the potluck breakfast.
Guests Introductions:
Peter Carvel- BS&L  and former Sunrise Rotarian here to assist with 3-3 Tournament
Ted Kramer- Lawyer and noon member who will bring back information to his club for us.
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.
Brags:
Amelia- Hill Top Montessori  will be raffling a Tiny House- sharing proceeds with Morningside shelter. Go to Website to see the great Tiny house and purchase tickets.
Sandy S- Bragged for speakers “ Be Better “ Setting up and having an open house for their business this Saturday on Brown Court.
Mark- bragged for his Fit Bit and how much fun it is
Carmen -bragged for her daughter who is back from Africa and now working in NYC doing health care with AIDS and HIV. Looking for an apartment.
Michelle - husband is now not needing her full attention and can be back with us. Announced Ducks unlimited dinner and annual auction, games 4/11/15 Let her know if you are interested in attending.
Damon- bragged for his trip to Maui with family including parents and mothering law. Great family time with whale watch trip and surfing lessons
Jen- bragged for her son Dashel who turned 7, although he is a leap year baby they celebrated on March 1. They had sledding party with mustache disguises.
Mark -bragged for his daughter on trip to London and how well they did with navigating public transportation guiding their parents.
Ali bragged for Ross, didn’t get why , sorry and also that daughter is taking her drivers test and for someday seeing Hawaii. Also for New Baker Patricia taking over space from Jasmine at The  North End Butcher.
Jill -bragged for her husband Simo and herself or going to the Noon club and presenting their new business Olive Oil from Morocco.
Birthdays: None today.
 Cards: 2 of hearts.  No winner still in the deck.
Bowl of Life: “ Dated  former  member of US Olympic Volleyball Team”
Ali guessed Jen, Jen guessed Dan D, who guessed Amelia , Got clue that she is in the room and Amelia guessed Jill and Jill guessed Michelle who did date a member of the team while she was at UMass. He was a shaved man which we can’t even imagine. He now hopefully has grown back his leg and is a coach.
No Speaker, but Club assembly, business meeting:
Josh reported on nutrition program for vacation weeks at Ledgewood, Westgate and Moores Court. Last week 200 nutritious lunches were provided.
Proceeds from today’s meeting since we didn’t have to pay for breakfast due to our pot luck will go to the international stove project.
Jen 3/13 dinner at the overflow shelter. It is the night before the 3-3 tournament so very busy weekend for our club. We should do 3 Main dishes as there has been a lot of folks. Each dish should serve 15 people. Sign up sheet sent around.
Ali, president elect is going to PETS President elect training program.
Marcy- give heads up to her for makeup’s with volunteering . Should be within 2 weeks of meeting missed, but some leeway. Also we need to have a president elect and VP to fill into president elect position for continuity of leadership of the club.
Also since Jill will be doing more important things in June/ July will need to have a treasurer and sooner than later so Jill can do the training. Also would help to have an assistant treasurer for when person can’t attend.
Tony- Vocational. FBLA speaker last week really told us all that the students do. Make sure you sign their sheets . The students do know about volunteering at the shelter and our fund raising events .
3-3 Tournament. We have $7000 goal is $13000 so we are still needing follow-ups for our court sponsors and deadline for sponsors for printing shirts is  end of this week.
Kevin went over our sign up sheet Carmen and Jill in charge of concessions this year. OK for set up on Friday 4:30
Brackets are Sandy L, Michelle and Tony at HS Friday around 5:30 after teams are known and schedule is made.
Registration Tony and Sandy and possibly students who will be there all day helping out where needed.
Jim and Tristam will begin breakdown in middle school gym when we finish there usually around noon. All depends on number of teams signing up as to how the schedule and use of gyms goes.  Breakdown in big gym in the past has been around 3PM.
Set with court monitors this year.
Need re-bounders for 3 point contest.
Free Throw Sandy S , Ross will help
Prizes and T shirts can begin as early as 10AM after double elimination and teams start leaving.
Still need everyone to take posters and registration forms and talk it up. Sent out over 400 forms to past players, but ? If they check the mail.
Will order additional staff  Rotary T shirts, let Tony know size and will get made with tournament shirts. Face book her?
Concessions will set up in entryway. Tables will be placed the night before . Dan will pick up and deliver the water and sports drink, donated by Leader Beverage.
Still could use some items to sell.
Amelia is donating the hot dog steamer
Could use some sliced oranges, bananas, carrot sticks and other healthy snacks.
Has 2 shifts set up 7:30-10:30  and 10:30 to noon.

Trivia night this coming Monday 3-9. Sign up via e-mail by Sandy Shriver. Remind regulars who played in the past that Trivia night is back at the legion  Ted Kramer will bring reminder to noon club for us.
PHOTOS needed for Trivia and our tournament so we can post on our website.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd
 
March 4, 2015 Sandy Ladd 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 05, 2015
Quote of the Day:   President Todd opened with 2 quotes from Paul Harris
“It is easier to interest man in war than in peace- It requires more moral courage to talk peace than war” 1917
“Friendship is the foundation on which Rotary was built” 1915

Greeter this week was Josh, next week will be Mark
Thanks to Tristan and Jason for setting up the potluck breakfast.

Guests Introductions:
Peter Carvel- BS&L  and former Sunrise Rotarian here to assist with 3-3 Tournament
Ted Kramer- Lawyer and noon member who will bring back information to his club for us.
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.

Brags:
Amelia- Hill Top Montessori  will be raffling a Tiny House- sharing proceeds with Morningside shelter. Go to Website to see the great Tiny house and purchase tickets.
Sandy S- Bragged for speakers “ Be Better “ Setting up and having an open house for their business this Saturday on Brown Court.
Mark- bragged for his Fit Bit and how much fun it is
Carmen -bragged for her daughter who is back from Africa and now working in NYC doing health care with AIDS and HIV. Looking for an apartment.
Michelle - husband is now not needing her full attention and can be back with us. Announced Ducks unlimited dinner and annual auction, games 4/11/15 Let her know if you are interested in attending.
Damon- bragged for his trip to Maui with family including parents and mothering law. Great family time with whale watch trip and surfing lessons
Jen- bragged for her son Dashel who turned 7, although he is a leap year baby they celebrated on March 1. They had sledding party with mustache disguises.
Mark -bragged for his daughter on trip to London and how well they did with navigating public transportation guiding their parents.
Ali bragged for Ross, didn’t get why , sorry and also that daughter is taking her drivers test and for someday seeing Hawaii. Also for New Baker Patricia taking over space from Jasmine at The  North End Butcher.
Jill -bragged for her husband Simo and herself or going to the Noon club and presenting their new business Olive Oil from Morocco.

Birthdays: None today.

 Cards: 2 of hearts.  No winner still in the deck.

Bowl of Life: “ Dated  former  member of US Olympic Volleyball Team”
Ali guessed Jen, Jen guessed Dan D, who guessed Amelia , Got clue that she is in the room and Amelia guessed Jill and Jill guessed Michelle who did date a member of the team while she was at UMass. He was a shaved man which we can’t even imagine. He now hopefully has grown back his leg and is a coach.

No Speaker, but Club assembly, business meeting:

Josh reported on nutrition program for vacation weeks at Ledgewood, Westgate and Moores Court. Last week 200 nutritious lunches were provided.
Proceeds from today’s meeting since we didn’t have to pay for breakfast due to our pot luck will go to the international stove project.

Jen 3/13 dinner at the overflow shelter. It is the night before the 3-3 tournament so very busy weekend for our club. We should do 3 Main dishes as there has been a lot of folks. Each dish should serve 15 people. Sign up sheet sent around.

Ali, president elect is going to PETS President elect training program.

Marcy- give heads up to her for makeup’s with volunteering . Should be within 2 weeks of meeting missed, but some leeway. Also we need to have a president elect and VP to fill into president elect position for continuity of leadership of the club.
Also since Jill will be doing more important things in June/ July will need to have a treasurer and sooner than later so Jill can do the training. Also would help to have an assistant treasurer for when person can’t attend.

Tony- Vocational. FBLA speaker last week really told us all that the students do. Make sure you sign their sheets . The students do know about volunteering at the shelter and our fund raising events .

3-3 Tournament. We have $7000 goal is $13000 so we are still needing follow-ups for our court sponsors and deadline for sponsors for printing shirts is  end of this week.

Kevin went over our sign up sheet Carmen and Jill in charge of concessions this year. OK for set up on Friday 4:30
Brackets are Sandy L, Michelle and Tony at HS Friday around 5:30 after teams are known and schedule is made.
Registration Tony and Sandy and possibly students who will be there all day helping out where needed.
Jim and Tristam will begin breakdown in middle school gym when we finish there usually around noon. All depends on number of teams signing up as to how the schedule and use of gyms goes.  Breakdown in big gym in the past has been around 3PM.
Set with court monitors this year.
Need re-bounders for 3 point contest.
Free Throw Sandy S , Ross will help
Prizes and T shirts can begin as early as 10AM after double elimination and teams start leaving.
Still need everyone to take posters and registration forms and talk it up. Sent out over 400 forms to past players, but ? If they check the mail.
Will order additional staff  Rotary T shirts, let Tony know size and will get made with tournament shirts. Face book her?
Concessions will set up in entryway. Tables will be placed the night before . Dan will pick up and deliver the water and sports drink, donated by Leader Beverage.
Still could use some items to sell.
Amelia is donating the hot dog steamer
Could use some sliced oranges, bananas, carrot sticks and other healthy snacks.
Has 2 shifts set up 7:30-10:30  and 10:30 to noon.


Trivia night this coming Monday 3-9. Sign up via e-mail by Sandy Shriver. Remind regulars who played in the past that Trivia night is back at the legion  Ted Kramer will bring reminder to noon club for us.

PHOTOS needed for Trivia and our tournament so we can post on our website.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 of 1:5 and opportunities for older campers at age 14 to be CIT’s, counselors in training
There is a perspective of the location as being very magical and is fondly etched in many campers minds and is there go to place when needing to de-stress.
United Way has many projects at the Camp this year and Billie also mentioned other organizations that have helped the camp in the past.  
C&S helped with fixing some roofing and also gave a grant for composting and planting.
Billie is hoping anyone with experiences to contact her to help fill in gaps in the Archives and history of the camp. Carmen mentioned that her 10 year old cousin was planning to go for the day and asked to stay for the overnight session. When she returned she mentioned that there was no mirrors. They focus on who they really are and not what they look like.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 
Rotary Rag 3-4-15 - Sandy Ladd Michael Kindopp 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Day:   President Todd opened with 2 quotes from Paul Harris
“It is easier to interest man in war than in peace- It requires more moral courage to talk peace than war” 1917
“Friendship is the foundation on which Rotary was built” 1915

Greeter this week was Josh, next week will be Mark
Thanks to Tristan and Jason for setting up the potluck breakfast.

Guests Introductions:
Peter Carvel- BS&L  and former Sunrise Rotarian here to assist with 3-3 Tournament
Ted Kramer- Lawyer and noon member who will bring back information to his club for us.
Absent:  Did not get the list, but you know who you are.

Brags:
Amelia- Hill Top Montessori  will be raffling a Tiny House- sharing proceeds with Morningside shelter. Go to Website to see the great Tiny house and purchase tickets.
Sandy S- Bragged for speakers “ Be Better “ Setting up and having an open house for their business this Saturday on Brown Court.
Mark- bragged for his Fit Bit and how much fun it is
Carmen -bragged for her daughter who is back from Africa and now working in NYC doing health care with AIDS and HIV. Looking for an apartment.
Michelle - husband is now not needing her full attention and can be back with us. Announced Ducks unlimited dinner and annual auction, games 4/11/15 Let her know if you are interested in attending.
Damon- bragged for his trip to Maui with family including parents and mothering law. Great family time with whale watch trip and surfing lessons
Jen- bragged for her son Dashel who turned 7, although he is a leap year baby they celebrated on March 1. They had sledding party with mustache disguises.
Mark -bragged for his daughter on trip to London and how well they did with navigating public transportation guiding their parents.
Ali bragged for Ross, didn’t get why , sorry and also that daughter is taking her drivers test and for someday seeing Hawaii. Also for New Baker Patricia taking over space from Jasmine at The  North End Butcher.
Jill -bragged for her husband Simo and herself or going to the Noon club and presenting their new business Olive Oil from Morocco.

Birthdays: None today.

 Cards: 2 of hearts.  No winner still in the deck.

Bowl of Life: “ Dated  former  member of US Olympic Volleyball Team”
Ali guessed Jen, Jen guessed Dan D, who guessed Amelia , Got clue that she is in the room and Amelia guessed Jill and Jill guessed Michelle who did date a member of the team while she was at UMass. He was a shaved man which we can’t even imagine. He now hopefully has grown back his leg and is a coach.

No Speaker, but Club assembly, business meeting:

Josh reported on nutrition program for vacation weeks at Ledgewood, Westgate and Moores Court. Last week 200 nutritious lunches were provided.
Proceeds from today’s meeting since we didn’t have to pay for breakfast due to our pot luck will go to the international stove project.

Jen 3/13 dinner at the overflow shelter. It is the night before the 3-3 tournament so very busy weekend for our club. We should do 3 Main dishes as there has been a lot of folks. Each dish should serve 15 people. Sign up sheet sent around.

Ali, president elect is going to PETS President elect training program.

Marcy- give heads up to her for makeup’s with volunteering . Should be within 2 weeks of meeting missed, but some leeway. Also we need to have a president elect and VP to fill into president elect position for continuity of leadership of the club.
Also since Jill will be doing more important things in June/ July will need to have a treasurer and sooner than later so Jill can do the training. Also would help to have an assistant treasurer for when person can’t attend.

Tony- Vocational. FBLA speaker last week really told us all that the students do. Make sure you sign their sheets . The students do know about volunteering at the shelter and our fund raising events .

3-3 Tournament. We have $7000 goal is $13000 so we are still needing follow-ups for our court sponsors and deadline for sponsors for printing shirts is  end of this week.

Kevin went over our sign up sheet Carmen and Jill in charge of concessions this year. OK for set up on Friday 4:30
Brackets are Sandy L, Michelle and Tony at HS Friday around 5:30 after teams are known and schedule is made.
Registration Tony and Sandy and possibly students who will be there all day helping out where needed.
Jim and Tristam will begin breakdown in middle school gym when we finish there usually around noon. All depends on number of teams signing up as to how the schedule and use of gyms goes.  Breakdown in big gym in the past has been around 3PM.
Set with court monitors this year.
Need re-bounders for 3 point contest.
Free Throw Sandy S , Ross will help
Prizes and T shirts can begin as early as 10AM after double elimination and teams start leaving.
Still need everyone to take posters and registration forms and talk it up. Sent out over 400 forms to past players, but ? If they check the mail.
Will order additional staff  Rotary T shirts, let Tony know size and will get made with tournament shirts. Face book her?
Concessions will set up in entryway. Tables will be placed the night before . Dan will pick up and deliver the water and sports drink, donated by Leader Beverage.
Still could use some items to sell.
Amelia is donating the hot dog steamer
Could use some sliced oranges, bananas, carrot sticks and other healthy snacks.
Has 2 shifts set up 7:30-10:30  and 10:30 to noon.


Trivia night this coming Monday 3-9. Sign up via e-mail by Sandy Shriver. Remind regulars who played in the past that Trivia night is back at the legion  Ted Kramer will bring reminder to noon club for us.

PHOTOS needed for Trivia and our tournament so we can post on our website.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 of 1:5 and opportunities for older campers at age 14 to be CIT’s, counselors in training
There is a perspective of the location as being very magical and is fondly etched in many campers minds and is there go to place when needing to de-stress.
United Way has many projects at the Camp this year and Billie also mentioned other organizations that have helped the camp in the past.  
C&S helped with fixing some roofing and also gave a grant for composting and planting.
Billie is hoping anyone with experiences to contact her to help fill in gaps in the Archives and history of the camp. Carmen mentioned that her 10 year old cousin was planning to go for the day and asked to stay for the overnight session. When she returned she mentioned that there was no mirrors. They focus on who they really are and not what they look like.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 
Rotary Rag 3-4-15 - Sandy Ladd Michael Kindopp 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Shriver on Feb 25, 2015
Rotary Newsletter:  February 25, 2015
 
President Todd opened with the following:         “Curses upon this cold morning air”  Todd M. written about 20 minutes before but he might have used slightly different words. 
 
Greeter:  Student Rotarians. 
 
Next week’s greeter:  Josh Traeger. 
 
Guests:  Cindy Ferrante from the Noon Club, Kay Lewis from the Lewis family, Evie, Davie, Barb Vinci and Mary Beth Cornell from the Career Center. 
 
Absent:  Lots of people. 
 
 
Announcements:
 
There will be a Club Assembly next week. It is also a cracker breakfast.  If you signed up to bring some food, don’t forget. 
 
Tristem:  He is meeting with the three directors of the nutrition program next week.  Drop him a line if you would like to join him or if you want Honduras coffee (totally unrelated). 
 
Kevin:  3 on 3 is coming up three and a half weeks from now.  It is coming along but please sign up for assignments when the list goes around. 
 
Toni C. on 3 on 3.  There will be an opportunity soon to help call sponsors. 
 
Jill on 3 on 3:  Food items are needed.  She will be e-mailing a request around.
 
Sadie:  Trivia will be on March 9.  Please advertise it, talk it up, forward the flyer, post it on Facebook. 
 
 
 
Birthday:  None.
 
Cards:   
 
3 of Hearts.  You lose losers.
 
Bowl of Life: 
 
My fly fishing was interrupted by 3 big bull moose. 
 
Guesses that were WRONG:  Jon S., Josh, Toni C.
 
Guesses that were RIGHT:  Toni C. …. Tristem. 
 
Brags
 
Sadie;  For Evie and Lucy in Sherlock Holmes at NEYT.  There are shows this coming weekend and tickets are still available. 
 
Jim:  For having to leave early.  Really not a brag, more of a streaking fine. 
 
Marcy:  Starting the series of birthday brags:  For Rowan who turned 8:  “Best birthday ever.” 
 
Jill for her new niece:  Susanna.  Isn’t that the name of a song from the 80s? 
 
Ali:  For Nikki who is turning 16 and whose alarm broke or else she would have been in attendance.     
 
Casey Manning,  For her brother who is now the father of a new baby girl.  Thanks to Jason for paying for the brag. 
 
And last but not least and off topic:  For Josh Traeger who enjoyed swimming in Florida while on vacation. 
 
Student Rotarians:
 
Raffle tickets are still available.  Going to States next week.  Good luck.  And they are doing a blood drive in March. 
 
Speaker
 
Mary Beth Cornell from the Career Center.  She got recruited to speak by the Student Rotarians, who came to her will good news a few weeks ago ……. No, not that we had donated more money …… but that they wanted her to be the speaker. 
 
She talked about FBLA.  Its officers have to apply for the job, not be elected. 
 
They do all sorts of cool projects… organize blood drives, particulate in March of Dines, etc.
 
Now they are prepping for States a really important competition in Burlington each spring.  The kids do lots of preparation and study and then they do two days of competition.  It is all about critical thinking.  We are teaching professionalism.  Teaching them how to present.  It shows the power of involvement. 
 
She concluded by describing the fall FBLA conference in New Orleans where they met with one of FBLA’s biggest supporters.  Warner Thomas a BUHS Class of 1983 graduate who has done well and is the CEO of a huge company based in NO.  He took them out to dinner, acknowledged them in a speech, took them to the Saints game, etc. 
 
Mary Beth was a great speaker. 
 
 
 
The End
 
 
The small print:  This newsletter is only a rough facsimile of what actually occurred.  If you really want to know what happened, you should have been there because, after all, a lot happens at our meetings. 
 
 
                                                                                    Your scribe:  Sandy S.
 
Pinch hitting for Damon who owes him.
Or maybe whoever it was who was supposed to cover Damon owes him.    
Newsletter February 25, 2015 Sandy Shriver 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jen Moyse
Meeting Minutes from 2/18 Jen Moyse 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2015
Quote of the Day: President Murchison chose the following words of wisdom (& humor) :
 
 “Snow & adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.” – Earl Wilson
 
Introductions: Cindy Ferrante – Nooner (Classification – Artistic Director)
 
Junior Rotarian(s): Evelyn, Lucy & Talia
 
Greeter:
  • Mark Loevy-Reyes – thanks Mark! J
  • Next week – Amelia Farnum volunteered to greet
     
     
     
     
    Student Rotarian report:
    • Casey Manning & Rebecca Freeman from BUHS
      • Raffle to for FBLA to go to States (10% for March of Dimes)
        • Many prizes!
      • Blood Drive 3/17/15
         
    • Anthony Gringeri from Hinsdale
      • Winter Semi-Formal this week
      • < >
        Selling carnations
      • ACS Fundraiser being planned – selling duct tape by the yard to tape a teacher to a wall;
      • Blood Drive upcoming
         
        Committee Reports:
  • None today
     
    Announcements:      
  • Jennifer reminded everyone about the Overflow Shelter Dinner this Friday night @ 5:15 PM
    • All the shifts & food donations are covered.
  • Marcy announced about attendance – if you participated in a club activity you can count it as a makeup meeting
    • She’ll send an email to encourage people to report to her that activities that they helped with to get attendance credit
  • Tristam announced that he received a $850 donation, $600 to Moore Court & Ledgewood Heights & $250 to Westgate – these funds help with the vacation week
    • Tina Dunham-Hill has done a great job managing the project & is very good at accounting what’s left over, etc.
    • Tristam is seeking help to solicit food donations as the cost of the program has gone up – contact him if you’d like to help
  • Next Club Assembly will be 3/4/15 (it will be the 1st Wednesday of every month)
  • Speakers – please let Sadie know who you have scheduled & she’ll put it on the website
  • Graham Cracker Breakfast plan still being formulated
 
Bowl of Life: 
 
  • Today’s Clue: This person won $500 in a Coloring Contest as a 7 year old….
    • Ali guessed Toni, who guessed Sadie – which was correct!
      • She also won another contest later that year in which she won a giant Easter Bunny as well!
  • Jon Secrest was asked to explain last week’s BOL Clue about the legislation that he helped get passed by President Clinton.
    • He got an anonymous call that showed that 1M kids will be put into poverty if the proposed legislation passed so he worked to orchestrate a leak to get the word out! It was THEE topic on the talk shows & Clinton wound up vetoing the proposed legislation!
 
Cards:
  • The 10 of Spades was drawn with no one winning – try your luck next week!
 
Birthdays:
 
  • None today
 
Brags
  • Sadie bragged $5 for Lucy & Evelyn for NEYT – they’re participating in the production of Sherlock Holmes & the Speckled Band!
  • Jon Secrest bragged for ski trip to Montana & British Columbia – the irony of his struggles to get there due to the massive amounts of snow in the East to just get to Montana to ski in the worst skiing conditions he’s ever experienced.
    • He has a $350 voucher for a future trip to Montana……..
    • Flight home was messed up by the NEXT massive snow storm
  • Dan Dietz told Jon he has an Okemo ticket to trade Jon! He had a safe trip to northern NH for snow mobiling!
    Mark Loevy-Reyes – Talia played in her first basketball game!
  • < >
    Josh was at Five Guys Burgers in Keene & he saw a Student Rotarian – Connor who came over & introduced his friend who wasMarine Recruiter
  • Will Shakespeare bragged that his daughter was sent to Hong Kong & Manila for work – they were worried as they hadn’t heard from her until this AM, she sent a picture of herself on the beach with a cabana…..
  • Todd bragged that he’s on the DRB & Time Trade Board as well as going to a music festival this weekend
  • Kevin bragged for the FBLA “bookies” as they did very well today with their fundraising efforts!
     
    Guest Speaker:
  • Alisa Barry is her own guest speaker this AM!
    • Ali’s topic today about our Trivia Night Fundraising Effort
    • Volunteering counts as a make up
    • Ali had us play a mock round of the game with questions from the last TN
      • Fact checking needs to be done for the questions
    • Ali provided us with a guide to the TN from pre-event preparations to post-event wrap up!
    • Amelia volunteered to work on promoting the event & taking over doing the flyer/poster for each event.
    • Sadie & Sandy S. will do the fact checking/choosing of the questions
    • Jill pointed out it’s a great way to possibly recruit new members as well!
    • Jon pointed out that the charity is chosen should be encouraged to market the event aggressively as well
    • Club Members who haven’t participated significantly in club activities will be called upon to help!
    • Battle of the Boards? Faith Leaders?
    • Monthly or Bi-monthly?
    • Sandy S. will be the contact number for registration.
    • We’ll email past participants – FBLA will take that on!
      • If they provided us with their email addresses they can win a door prize
      • Mail Chimp is free & can be used.
 
Adjourn!
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
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February 4th Rotary Meeting
 
Quote: If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. But, if you want to be happy, practice compassion.
 
Next week greater is Mark.
 
Guests & Kids: Amelia Farnum’s guest is the styling Lucy Farnum, her daughter.  Mark’s daughter, Talia, with a Michigan State sweatshirt.  Bill Stevens, the district rotary governor from Keene, NH. Matthew and Sarah Gordon-Macey, apples of my eye!
 
Announcements:
  • 2/13 for overflow shelters, people needed to assist.  See Jen.
  • Honduran Coffee Sale- $140 sales last week. Proceeds supports scholarship program for education. See Tristam to buy coffee.
  • Brags-
    • Rescue Inc.- very busy and dedicated employees
    • Ali- Got a binder, how to be a President. Juiced up and ready to go!
    • Josh- Morningside Shelter: cold days, greater services in town that have place to go for less fortunate.
    • Amelia- Hilltop Montessori House- building another house raffling with proceeds to Morningside Shelter.
    • Jill- Stone Church dance- 7:00 -8:00 p.m., ballroom dancing really fun!
    • Kevin Yager- Josh Trager is great example for a Rotarian.
Cards- 9 of Clubs: Talia won.
Bowl of Life- Credited with causing President Clinton to veto a piece of major legislation: Jon Secrest.
Club Assembly:
                Who is Rotary? What do we do?
Projects: Polio Immunization, Clear Water Project, eye sight and vision project.
 
Club Assembly
Our Club issues:
Strengths and weaknesses-
  • Attendance accountability
  • New member orientation & groups
  • Club Assembly
  • Increase membership- trivia night, and competition to increase membership.
  • Bring back Happy Hours (2/25 @ 5:00 p.m. at the Marina)
  • Transition planning for each Rotary President. Set goals, financial, projects, membership, and committee chairs
  • Being consistent with time, big fun fundraiser per year at start of new president year creates an identity for the club.
  • Start conversations within group members to get to know each other.
  • Board- Sandy, Tristan, Toni, Kevin, Will, and Marcy, Todd, Ali, Josh.
  • Joint club assembly
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Sunrise Rotary of Brattleboro
Notes of a Very Early Very Late January Morning
 
Having survived the Little Storm that Didn’t, a valiant 22 of us lucky Vermonters made it to the Legion.  
Smiling through were members Ali B, Marcy C, Toni C, Dan D, Ed D, Mark E, Amelia F (with Lucy), yours truly, Drew H, Tristam J, Damon K, Turner L, Mark L-R (with Talia), James M, Jennifer M, Todd M, Jason P, Will S, Sandy S, Jill T, Josh T (with speaker), and Kevin Y.  Student Rotarians Becca Freeman and Casey Manning were on hand as well.  
 
President Todd, uncharacteristically smug about Vermont keeping its cool while all around us were losing theirs as they declared states of emergency, themed his quotation to snow.  His choice of Coleridge was brilliant!  “Advice is like show.  The softer it fals, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”      
 
We acknowledged Turner for greeting us and thanked Ali for agreeing to do so next week.
 
Student Rotarians Becca and Casey told us about a raffle they’re working on to raise money for attendees going to State.  10% of their haul will be given to the March of Dimes. 
 
Todd kicked off Announcements with several of his own:
  1.  Promoting the Rotary Survey that’s been distributed.  (Note: I completed it yesterday during a break in TCM’s Donna Reed’s Birthday Film Festival in about seven minutes – even giving serious thought to some of the questions… ).
  2. Reminding us about the need for volunteers for the Harris Hill Ski Jump in February.
  3. Bringing greetings and gratitude from M. J. Penfield for our expression of condolence on John’s passing.
  4. Bringing same from the Project Feed gang for our participation and for the $2K gift this year.
  5. Bringing same again from Isaac Roach, one of the recipients of the 2014 Sunrise Rotary Scholarship.  (Note:  I think it was a lovely gesture, one all too frequently not made… ) 
  6. Finally, bringing thanks from BMH for the club’s contribution of $600 to the Perpetual Care effort. 
 
Tristam J followed with a Coffee update. 
  1.  First, to announce that the coffee is here! 
  2. Then, to answer a few astute questions (I guess posed by Toni) about where the funds raised  via the selling of this coffee would go. I didn’t take detailed notes on this.  Just a few key words might help you get there:  Little mountain village.  Only an elementary school.  Scholarship program.  Job preparation.  Not much, I know, but you can reach Tristam who will I’m quite sure fill you in over a cup of coffee and an apple!
Fresh on the heels of the whole Club Runner / Website thing of last week, Toni announced that the site has been redesigned and there are new directions on how to navigate your way.  (Note:  Having taken Jon S up on last week’s challenge this Rotarian managed to make it through the ‘send-email’ process.  I have serious doubts that I can learn to do this again with new rules……………  Sorry!)
 
Brags
  1.  Someone bragged for the very same Jon who would, undoubtedly, thank me and whoever else (Nick?  Josh?) took him up on his challenge.  Apparently Jon’s taken off for Whitefish, Montana.  (Whitefish?  He could more easily have gone down the Crown Deli in West Hartford for that…).       
  2. Sandy S bragged for Cota & Cota, hired by Sandy’s law firm to set up the heating system in the firm’s new offices.  C & C met the handily challenge of deceased feline removal.  Nuff said about that.  Sandy also told us about a football game this Sunday.  Something about Ann Arundel County in Maryland and their Rotary Club and our……… well………… I just didn’t understand what, so.
  3. Kevin bragged for Dr. McClarney for the great job she did on K’s wife Ginny’s carpal tunnels.  He also cited the nursing staff for their excellence.
  4. Will did a great sell for the Northern Roots Celtic Music event and the Traditional Music Festival coming up next weekend.  He will distribute a schedule.
  5. Jill filled us in on the pre-apocalyptic air travel comings and goings of her mother and her husband.  Both managed to avoid delays, etc.
 
“Happy Birthday, dear Turner, happy birthday to you!”
 
Cahds:  The 9 o’ hearts was in the deck, in the deck, in the deck……    
 
Bowl o’ Life
“Last year I walked 2,000 miles while in my office.”    
Will to Marcy to Jason to Mark E to Damon to, yay!, Josh!!!  Seems Josh set up a treadmill with a desktop at the head of it and he spends about half the day desk-working whilst treading.  We did not believe, however, that mumbo jumbo about doing it on skates!
 
Somehow Kevin slipped in that lots of us should be fined for not wearing our Rotary pins. Geeeeeeeeez!
 
Josh then introduced his speaker:  Richard Berkfield, Executive  Director and co-Founder of Food Connects, a rather new non-profit promoting Healthy Families, Thriving Farms, Connected Communities. 
 
A quite lovely Annual Report stated the organization’s mission:  To cultivate healthy food and farm connections in classrooms, cafeterias, and communities in and around Windham Country, Vermont.
 
Random notes on partnership and parsnips:
  • Improve meals kids are having in schools
  • Farm to School:  serving 30 schools in Windham and some in Windsor Counties.
  • Offices at VABEC (the old Famolari Farm)
  • Harvest of the Month (a quite lovely calendar)
  • Good – kids eat more veggies
  • Working on strategic plan:  questioning whether to expand out from or concentrate in on Brattleboro
Questions:
  • James M asked how the program works for schools?  Do they each have their own kitchens? Answer:  Academy school only elementary school with kitchen, so that serves for all.
  • Tristam J asked about the balance between the produce grown during the harvest season and the academic year (not coinciding too much).  Richard answered that there are more and more local farms doing winter production.
  • Tristam then asked about the percentage of the total food requirement for local schools is provided locally.  Answer:  Over 50 % comes from local.
  • Josh asked about private schools in the program.  Richard answered that this has not yet happened.
  • Amelia jumped in with a cryptic something about Montessori and working with Food Connects on some garlic project.  
  • Will asked about the larger providers (food contractors) like the Abbey Group.  Richard said that more is done by that sort of enterprise in other parts of the state.
  • Toni asked who cooks the food?  I don’t remember the answer except that Tristam jumped in with something about someone called Chef Joe (of the Abbey Group) who works on this sort of thing willingly and is great. 
 
Todd thanked Richard Berkfield for presenting and all of us for coming.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Jerry Goldberg
January 28, 2015 Minutes 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2015
January 21, 2015
In attendance: Some are here, some are not, and summer’s coming.
 
We were led today by our own P.I.T. (President-In-Training) Ali Barry.
 
Quote:
 
“Whether we want to or not,
the new year will bring new challenges;
whether we seize the or not,
the new year will bring new challenges.”
                                                - Michael Josephson
 
Our esteemed greeter was Jen who was fined a dollar, 25 cents for each of the four people who arrived prior to her.  Ali reminded all future greeters that they need to arrive first or bear the wrath of Ali and a 25 cent per person fine.  At this point in the proceedings the Sergeant-at-Arms informed the PIT that she was talking too much which is duly noted.  Greeter next week is Dr. Turner Lewis.
Your faithful and diligent scribe this week is me (Ross) to be followed next week by scribe extraordinaire and all around good guy, Jerold (Jerry to most of us) Goldberg.  The list is alphabetical for those keeping score at home.
Guests (all under the age of 18 so we kept things PG):
  • Davey, daughter of Mark Ethier
  • Sarah and Matt, offspring of Scott Gordon-Macey
  • Evelyn, daughter of Sadie Fischesser
  • There were no other guests which was (no longer) secretly good for our PIT, our PIT whispered, forgetting the microphone was on.
Announcements
Tristam – Reminded everyone of the Honduran coffee project.  He is researching a question from Toni which I didn’t hear as people were yakking at our table.  Sorry Tristam.  If you make the announcement again, I will pay a fine for our yakkers (and you know who you were).
Dan – Reminded everyone that we need volunteers for the 3:3 tourney concessions at which point two volunteers to co-chair concessions emerged: Carmen Derby and Jill Terrell-Ouazzani.  As a reminder, the date of the tourney is March 14.
Tristam – As he couldn’t remember when he had the floor, he stood again and mentioned attending the 15th anniversary of Pure Water of the World which was held in New Hampshire.
Carmen – She reminded everyone of the awesome service that the United Way provides: tax preparation services for people in need (below certain income levels).  She asked for assistance in distributing flyers.
PIT Ali – Mentioned that she is diligently preparing to be president by attending PET (President Elect Training) sessions.  It sounds like great fun.  Ali also mentioned that we will be holding members more accountable for attendance.  General guideline is attendance at least 50% of meetings though you can get credit for meetings by attending other club events.  Just show up was the takeaway as we miss you when you aren’t here (though I am one to write).  Attendance can be tracked on ClubRunner (CR).
Ali also mentioned later in the meeting but I am putting here, where it belongs, that we will not have a Trivia night in February.  This will be a topic of an upcoming club meeting so that we can reorganize and regroup.
 
Brags
Scott bragged for his thespian son Matt who will be appearing in ‘Jack and the Devil’s Three Golden Hairs’ as the Devil himself.  Scott reports that Matt is a natural for the role.
Jon bragged for daughter Alexa who, on a school outing, saw a dead and coyote-ravished deer by the side of the road with her teacher and classmates.  The teacher proceeded to drag the deer to their destination where the teacher demonstrated skinning and gutting skills, yielding their venison lunch.  (This ended the eating of breakfast at most tables for which there should have been a fine.)
Josh bragged for the NECCA clown class he attends, a Hanukkah gift from his wife.  It provides stress relief and exercise and is helping Josh be more of a clown than he normally is.
Turner bragged for the celebration in his home of his son’s 42nd birthday which coincidentally was attended by said son and Turner’s daughter and family.
BRAG OF THE YEARJill made a “Belly Brag”, announcing that she and her husband are expecting their first child in July. 
Jim bragged for a mini-vacation trip to Boston with his wife.  They went to the symphony and the Gardner museum as Jim was too impatient to wait for the Goya exhibit at the MFA.  More importantly, Jim was able to use his Verizon app to watch the football games on his smartphone, meaning his wife drove home while Jim had a good time.
Drew bragged (1) for his cross country trip during the holiday season which ended in Arizona and (2) for going to Missouri to get Rescue’s new ambulance.  He also mentioned that Rescue is 50% towards their fundraising goal to purchase new cardiac monitors. 
Dan followed all of these brags by bragging about his annual snowmobile excursions.  Children were still in the room at this point so Dan wisely spared us any details.
Ali bragged about her daughter who is in driver’s ed and will soon be scattering people off sidewalks everywhere.  Her daughter is also going to China on a school trip, preparing for the SAT’s and looking to leave the womb as she is getting ready to look at colleges.
 
Birthdays – Ralph (in hiding), Tristam and Jim were serenaded by the Sunrise Singers.
 
Cards – After 19 years of buying cards, Jason won today’s pot of $24 with the four of clubs.  This means his cumulative return-on-investment, adjusting for inflation (something the Patriots don’t do) is -3,481%.
 
Bowl of Life – This person, who was in attendance but left and then returned to explain herself, appeared in three productions of The Nutcracker as a child.  The guesses were Ed (yah, right)-Sandy L-Jen-Marcy C-Jim who was given a club list which he read from until he hit the winner, Sadie.  Sadie appeared in The Nutcracker as part of the Cincinnati Junior ballet program.
 
Speaker – Toni took the speaker spot to explain how, once again, to post meeting minutes in CR. The directions can be found in CR as follows:
  • Log in (if you need user name and/or password, see Toni)
  • Once you have logged in, you will land on the Admin page
  • Under the heading “My ClubRunner”, select “View Club Documents”
  • Click on “e-Bulletin Directions” – a document will open with the directions.
For those of you who don’t want to do all of that but still need the directions, here they are:
 
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 Add New Story. Give the Newsletter a Title (I usually use the date of the mtg), then copy and paste the newsletter into the Brief box.
 
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and under Show In section check Home Page as NO and Bulletin as YES
 
4. Click Save and this should bring you back to the Stories page.
 
5. Next click on the Admin tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on email bulletin to members and follow the confirmation prompts..…that should do it. (you can view the bulletin first if want to)
 
Dan reminded us that if you are typing directly in CR rather than cut/paste, you run the risk of timing out and having to start over.  Josh thanked Toni for her patience with our technical brilliance and reminded everyone about our Facebook page.  Sadie reminded everyone that CR has a lot of good and useful information, not just the minutes.  Jon suggested that everyone should get on CR at least once before our next meeting which Dan suggested was like being asked to drive on the freeway in LA.  Damon showed that there is an app for CR available.
 
Once we had beaten this topic to a pulp, Ali put an end to the meeting at 8:25am.  A good time was had by all or so I was told.
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Posted by Kevin Yager on Nov 29, 2014

Quote:  President Todd was in a very giving mood this morning and thus shared not one but THREE quotes: #1 - “If you have a warm place to sleep, food, clean water, clothes on your back……you are in the top ten percent richest bracket in humanity” – Smithsonian Magazine

#2 – “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get” – Frank Clark

#3 – “I celebrated Thanksgiving the old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had a wonderful enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land” – Jon Stewart

 

Guests:  Gifford (sp?) Shriver, sister of Sandy, visiting from Atlanta.

 

Student Rotarian: They are all sleeping in today. What’s up with that!

Greeter: Thanks Jen. Great job! Next week: Ali

Next week's scribe: Ali

Next week's speaker: Will Shakespeare

Announcements: Normal meeting schedule until Dec. 24th (no meeting), no board meeting on Jan. 1st.  Club assembly on Jan 7th.

We are officially a 501-c3!

Trivia night – Monday, Dec. 8th here at the Legion. Talk it up, tell your friends, bring your team of up to 6 people. Cost is now $20 per person.

If you wish to pay for breakfast in advance – see Jill. She’ll bill you.

Turner – Our club Holiday party will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17th. No meeting that morning!!! Signup sheet going around the next 2 weeks. Gift swap returns by majority vote of those members present this morning!

We will be receiving a donation from noon club to help with our nutrition program.

Cards: $23 in the pot. 2 of Diamonds. You lose losers!

Birthdays:  Jerry and Jon S. – neither is in the house!

Bowl of Life: “My father met every U.S. President from Hoover thru Nixon” Will x2, Sandy S., Tristan T., Ralph, Jerry, the winner is: Ross!

Brags: Carmen – Daughter surprised her by coming home from Ethiopia last Sunday! She actually lied to her parents about her homecoming but it was well worth the surprise.

Jill – Her family members including her brother, sister in law, 2 dogs, kids and her father are on the way to lake Placid. Jill will see them in a couple of weeks.

Josh – spent a few weeks celebrating his Grandmother’s 90TH B-DAY in Florida. Had a great time.

THIS MY LIFE: Jen and Drew.

Diver – Junior Jazzersizer – Born in Madison Wisconsin, maiden name Johnson Met Husband while still at NYU (*theater director) decided to go to grad school in Cali – trekked to LA, lived there 10 years and pursued work in television and theater. Began teaching dance there.  Hubby ended up teaching for a theater teacher on sabbatical in Marlboro which proved to be his foot in the door, so they returned to Brattleboro where she bought a dance studio (akin to adopting triplets!) Had our son Dashiell, who is now 6 ½.  Been here 5 yrs.  Has an older sister who is living in LA w/her family… although she spent some time living in Guam.  My father’s father was born in China, and just found out he was in the Rotary in Indiana. He started the very first Conflict Resolution in Indiana – one of the first ones in the country.  Definitely don’t miss the heat there, but the wealth of culture and resources are missed.  Miss year round produce and sushi.  Don’t miss traffic *(at all!)  Do miss riding bike to work year round.  Oh, I’m a Libra, and I get my hair done at Salon Jacque.

DREW:  My life is far more boring than that.  I get my hair cut anywhere there’s a pair of scissors. Started working in emergency medicine when I was 16.  Delivered my first baby at 16… (first of apparently many!) Went to school for firefighting, lived in Gorham, Maine for 4 yrs. in a fire house. Didn’t like it as much as I’d thought I would.  Liked the medical aspects more, so started doing mountain rescue.  At 20, I began to work as a paramedic. Returned here and had 3 children – who are now 4, 8 and 11 yrs. old *(Who I did not deliver myself.)  Have been at Rescue for 15 yrs.  Run a construction crew “on the side” where I build houses. When asked about ‘some of the more interesting cases… “Got called to behind Wal-Mart where a few students decided they were going to climb straight up the mountain in their t-shirts and sneakers. While they were free climbing a rock face, a young lady fell down on her head. Used over 6oo ft. of rope to lower her…one of the most amazing things was that she actually split her C2 vertebrae in half, but recovered with NO nerve damage.  Camping is my hobby. Enjoy that with my kids.  Taking off this Christmas and heading for Arizona with the camper, which we’ll leave out there until April.  Will then fly out in April to bring it home. Inquiry about the O’D’ing of heroin usage…good news is that Heroin use hasn’t changed, just more publicized. Suicide rate is higher in Windham County than anywhere else in the state. More than 15 suicides in the last year. Unfortunately the Mental Health in this area is messed up. 

Kevin – a belated brag for Toni… Toni reminded me that Hannaford’s and the Co-op have groceries not getting picked up thru the holiday, so she got Ross to cover their pick-ups thru this holiday. Brag for Ross too.  And thanks to everyone for stepping up to make this thing work.

Drew – anybody gets in a pinch, I’ll volunteer my staff to pick up groceries if necessary.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin and my ghost writer Ali.

*not responsible for errors and omissions.

 

 

Newsletter for November 26, 2014 Kevin Yager 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Yager on Nov 18, 2014

Club President Todd Murchison presents Project Feed the Thousands co-chair Jeff Morse with a check in the amount of $1,000.00 as part of our annual commitment to this worthwhile community initiative (not pictured is PFTT co-chair Kelli Corbeil). Club members also perform community service during the two month campaign by collecting groceries from various drop off locations and delivering them to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. 

 
Image                                                                   Members also contributed almost 30 bags of groceries to the campaign this morning as well! Nice job folks. Rotary Strong!!! 

 

Club makes donation to Project Feed the Thousands Kevin Yager 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Yager on Nov 18, 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Image                                                                             Former Sunrise Rotarian Peter Carvell was honored for his service to the club as organizer of the annual Nothin' but Net 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Club President Todd Murchison presented Carvell with a certificate signifying the purchase of a personalized brick at the West River Park Recreation facility. The personalized bricks, which The Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department is selling to raise money for park lighting, will be part of the new walkway at the West River Park site. 

Peter Carvell honored Kevin Yager 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Yager on Nov 11, 2014

The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club officially welcomed all three of our Student Rotarians this morning - Casey Manning, Rebecca Freeman and Anthony Gringeri We look forward to your stay with us this year!  

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We officially welcomed Hinsdale HS Senior Anthony Gringeri as our 3rd and final Student Rotarian Kevin Yager 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Yager on Nov 09, 2014

SEON and New Chapter honored at first ever BDCC/SEVEDS joint annual meeting

Welch herald's small business value to economy

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) and Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) met at the Vermont Foodbank in Brattleboro for their first joint annual meeting. BDCC President Dan Normandeau and SeVEDS Chairman Adam Grinold welcomed the public to the event as well as Vermont's Congressman Peter Welch.

Welch offered comments on the value of Vermont small businesses to the Vermont economy following speakers from two of the regions businesses Nancy Cain of Against the Grain Gourmet and Peter Yost of Building Green. Cain and Yost's businesses endeavors are considered entrepreneurial bright spots in the Southeastern Vermont economy and both spoke about growth in their industries.

BDCC announced New Chapter founders Paul and Barbi Schulick as the recipients of the 2014 Founder's award. Normandeau explained that the winner of the annual Founders award is an individual that makes things happen in the community, is known for creating value added jobs and for promoting a climate that enhances the economic vitality of the region. Their efforts and actions make a difference to the area and to the business climate.

SeVEDS announced Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) as the recipients of the 2015 SoVermont Leadership Award for Excellence in Economic Development. Grinold asked Executive Director Guy Payne to accept the award on behalf of SEON and explained that the annual award is presented annually in recognition of sustained and effective efforts to mobilize leadership in the development of programs and projects, planning and designing of new and creative economic development activities and deep commitment as a leader and advocate for economic development in Southern Vermont.

BDCC (Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation) is a private, nonprofit regional economic development organization serving as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont, including Windham County and the towns of Readsboro, Somerset, Searsburg, and Weston. BDCC's primary objective is to create and retain a flourishing business community that supports vibrant fiscal activity, and improves the quality of life of all its residents.  BDCC is affiliated with the State of Vermont as the certified Regional Development Corporation (RDC) serving the greater Windham County area.  BDCC is one of 12 RDCs throughout Vermont.  BDCC provides some funding and contract staffing for SeVEDS. More information can be found at www.brattleborodevelopment.com

SeVEDS (Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies) is an affiliate of BDCC that grew from a 2008 grass roots effort, initiated by BDCC, to reverse the economic decline of the Windham Region.  It is guided by a regional board of 18 public and private sector individuals and staffed by BDCC. SeVEDS has solicited and received broad municipal and private sector support within the region, and completed the region's first ever Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in 2013. More information can be found at www.seveds.com

For more information contact Laura Sibilia, Director of Economic Development, BDCC 384-0233

 

Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) Kevin Yager 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shawna Parker on Sep 23, 2014

The scribe was not available and so Shawna Parker, who was to scribe the next week, stepped in. However, she was late to the meeting and missed the call to order and the pledge.

Quote:

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence

Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence

Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance

  • John Lennon

 

Greeter: Ross Gibson

Guests:

Mark Ethier’s daughter

David Potter

Mark Lovines (spelling?) and his daughter

Todd fined himself for having the guests introduce themselves

Announcements:

Kate is taking a leave of absence

Morningside is collecting stuff. Marci filled her trunk with items last week. They are looking for linens, dishes, pots, pans. Get them to Josh or Jen. They also need storage for items—there is a sign-up sheet

Jill: Taking vacation two weeks in October and needs her treasurer duties covered, which subs have been found for

Jason: Dinner raffle wraps up next week. We are only ¼ of the way to our goal. If you don’t sell yours, you can buy them. Please help out the last week. Trying to get $1,000 the last week.

Linda: Third Charity Quiz Challenge Trivia at Ramunto’s on Putney Road from 6:15-8:45 on Wednesday, October 8. Going to have 9 tables for 36 participants this round. Reservations recommended. Contact Linda at 603-819-8146. Need a volunteer still to collect payments and keep score.

Brags:

Ellen for Jason: Daughter came up lasck week to have her car looked at by Dan and it was decided that it wasn’t worth fixing so they went car shopping and Jason found a great deal for them on a Camry and it all worked out well. She also wanted to remember a donor at Monadnock family services that gave her her shoe necklace. There is a new Beards for BMH Flamingo campaign. Herds of flamingos with beards will show up on your lawn and you have to pay to move them once “you’ve been flocked.”

Shawna: Her mom hasn’t been doing well and she had to go out to California to help out. Her mom was in the hospital and is now moving into assisted living and doing better. Will be returning to California later in October again to help out. Turns out to be a thyroid problem and gave a shout out to Jill and the Retreat for all the great mental health work they do—saw first hand how hard it is and what a difference good care makes. Also, it’s important to have your thyroid checked, especially if thyroid issues run your family.

Dan: Daughter came to him with a loose tooth and wanted him to tie it to a golf cart to pull it out. He suggested an arrow instead and that worked!

Damon: Certified in dry needling, the western version of acupuncture. Works with nerves and muscle tissue. Getting good results already.

Alisa: Proposes a Rotary social at Whetstone on 9/25.

Card: 7 hearts. Ellen wins! $8

Bowl of life: Dan Dietz: recently took up yoga. Ellen had the answer.

This one was so short, we did a second:

Bowl of life 2: Once sailed passed great rays off the Sea of Cortez in Baja. It was Nick. Prior to going to UVM, did a semester of NOLS hiking, kayaking, and sailing.

Speaker: Tristam Johnson

Discussion of Rotary’s international project work.

The Rotary Foundation
Cadre of Technical Advisers and the Stewardship of Grant Funds

  • Ensuring TRF funds are used effectively and for the purpose for which they were given 
  • Administering transparent and thorough financial and project management
  • Monitoring and evaluating grants
  • Investigation of allegations
  • Stewardship training
  • Grant report tracking
  • Overseeing Future Vision Qualification

Cadre are a volunteer group of Rotarians who  use their professional expertise to evaluate and monitor grant projects and help ensure the proper stewardship of TRF grant funds. Sectors:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Financial Auditing

The cadre is particularly in need of Rotarians:

  • living in Africa, East Asia and Central America
  • speaking Spanish, Portuguese, and French
  • possessing professional expertise in water and sanitation and health

TRF Grants

Humanitarian Program Grants

  • Matching Grants
  • 3-H Grants
  • District Simplified Grants

Future Vision Grants

  • Global Grants
  • District Grants

If you are interested in joining the cadre or for more information, contact:

Senior Cadre Coordinator

Christian Pepera

christian.pepera@rotary.org

+1 847.866.3357

3H Grants:

3H Grant – 62898

Hosting Rotary Club:

Usula, San Pedro Sula

International Partner Rotary Club:

Plymouth, Michigan

Honduras - United States of America.

El Merendon

 

Justa stoves project: 898 installed as of Jan 2012

Biodigestors. 52 have been installed

Community ovens for Micro business, 37 installed

Planting trees: 30,000+

Bio-sand filters: 890 installed

 

I had to leave for a meeting at 8:20am.

  • Shawna

 

 

 

 

Meeting Notes: Wednesday, September 24, 2015 Shawna Parker 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Meima on Sep 09, 2014

Notes – Sunrise Rotary – September 10

 

President Todd, Presiding

 

Quote of the Day: Fred Harris quote [text requested from Todd]

 

Guests:

Mark Aaron (?) and Talia

Davi Ethier

Jerry Carbone (today’s speaker, Brooks Memorial Library)

Jeannie Walsh (today’s speaker, Brooks Memorial Library)

 

Announcements

Toni: Walk to End Alzheimers this Sunday – go to Alzheimers.org

Jen & Ellen are co-chairs of the community service committee – How can we support Morningside better?  Had a meeting last week with them – What might this look like?  The need a few staples: sheets, pillowcases, pillows etc. … see Ellen’s list!  Donations welcome.  See pledge forms for Morningside – Josh has them.  October 4th event!

Linda T: Reminder - Tonight is quiz night at Ramunto’s – could use one more scorekeeper.  See you there!

Dan D: Saturday was Touch a Truck.  Big thanks to all who took part!  List: Turner, Dan, Linda, Todd, Chris, Ross Gibson, Will S., Aviva, Mallory, Eli, Damon, Toni, Amelia, Josh, Sandy, …  see Dan for complete list.  Raised about $700 to donate to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital capital campaign.

Jason P: Lottery tickets are out!  Sell them.

Tristam J offers to pass on an Archer Mayor book!  Also: on 9/24 he will be our speaker on the Rotary Cadre of International Advisors and its work in Honduras. Please come!

 

Brags

Amelia for Ellen Smith – the guru!  Also, on 9/24 there will be a talk at Hilltop with Bonnie Harris – “When Your Kids Push Your Buttons”

 

Ellen: A brag for all the Touch a Truck volunteers who flipped burgers – just under $1000

Sadie: brag for Carmen and the United Way crew – got a lot done on the Day of Caring. (Mentioned all the sites/projects people did.)

Sandy L.: brag for her adventures last week in the Bahamas – dolphin therapy experience. Reconnected with some of the same animals from a previous visit.

Josh T.: 2 brags: for the Town of Brattleboro & Chesterfield – saw “Copenhagen” at the Actor’s Playhouse – really great – and a brag for living in a town that has goats (sheep?) that mow loans

Kevin Y: 2 brags – one for daughter Sarah who just started 3rd year of nursing school at VTC and doing well – and for son Eric’s new job:  now working for the Oakland A’s

Ellen: brags that she will be teaching again at World Learning – Excited!

Turner: Happy to announce he’s going to Oktoberfest in Germany tomorrow. 

Ali: Had a recent birthday, paid an uncollected fine.  AND, she installed her own mailbox!

 

Birthdays: Jill! [The usual ceremony with the Sunrise Rotary Sextet was then inflicted…]

 

Cards

10 of Clubs: No winner

 

Bowl of Life:

Whose spouse’s family is related to Bobby Orr? A:  Damon K. is the man (was identified almost instantly) – Long story!

 

Our Speakers (introduced by Jerry G. – a member of the Brooks Memorial Library’s board of trustees): Jerry Carbone and Jeannie Walsh

Interesting points and tidbits:

  • 1st Wednesday of every month is the BML lecture series
  • The BML has an art collection
  •  Function of the BML continually changes
  • Technology keeps changing but the Library keeps surviving, reinventing its purpose
  • Subscribe to about 30 databases that cost money – Google doesn’t use them.  Website has numerous search tools.  You get access to some using your library card.  Others are accessible via the website.  Others require use of a terminal in the BML.
  • Catamount Library Network is a consortium of 6 libraries that share databases.
  • Children’s Room: A very fine one.  On the second floor.  Just completed a Summer Reading Program. Had a STEM component, with projects and experiments. Always craft tables. Rhyme Time weekly.
  • Doing a survey now – How do people use technological resources in the BML? Come in and take the survey!
  • Are raffling off Archer Mayor’s newest book!
  • Job seekers/job applications is one of the things that happen in the BML.
  • E-book technology has gotten better.
  • Anyone who lives in Brattleboro or owns a business in town gets a free card. Also kids who go to school in town.  Others have to pay a fee.
  • Idea: a state-wide library card!  (Tristan T. was here to duly note this.]
  • Have looked at subscribing to The Foundation Center, but found the VT Directory of Foundations (free) meets the need most of the time.

 

Meeting closes

Sunrise Rotary Meeting Notes, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Ralph Meima 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shawna Parker on Aug 31, 2014

President Todd called the meeting to order at 8:15 with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Quotes: Paul Harris “when an individual, a sect, a click or, a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique, or nation, they simply do not know the objects of their hatred--ignorance is always at the bottom of it.  – Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary

Greeter: Will Shakespeare, Ed Dews, and Ed’s nephew Nicholas Coughlin

Greeter Next Week: Nick duBois

Announcements:

Jason: There is a container that will be on the table each week for members to add tickets and money for the dinner raffle. The dinner raffle grand prize is $500 in restaurant gift certificates. Runner up prizes are $50 gift certificates to North End Butchers and Windham Wines

Linda: Second Charity Quiz Challenge Trivia at Ramunto’s on Putney Road from 6:15-8:45 on Wednesday, September 10. Reservations recommended: 603-819-8146. Goal of 60 participants this time.

Jill: Windham Health Festival September 20 from 11am-2pm. The three county hospitals are putting it on. The event is free and they’re looking for volunteers. Contact Jill with questions.

Tristam: International projects meeting after the morning meeting today.

Touch a Truck on Saturday, September 6. All proceeds go to BMH. Need help between 11am-1pm when they’ll be the biggest rush.

Todd: Board meeting next week. Regular place and time: 7:15pm at WKVT.

Bill Stevens: Representing past Dist Governor David Hoops. If Sunrise’s immediate past president had attending, he would have received his gift then, but as he didn’t and was the only one, Bill delivered it in person.

Carmen: If you’re not going to Touch a Truck, United Way is holding a Day of Caring on Saturday, September 6 and a back to school supply drive and so if you want to purchase supplies for students. Can  bring them to day of caring or rotary next week. She has cards with details.

 

Brag:

Turner: 49 years ago today, he woke up and his guts were churning and he had three bowls of oatmeal, and then he went to the church to get married with the lump sitting there all day.

John: Two brags: one is for the state of VT for providing a new coat of pave on Western avenue. The second is he completed his first 80km dirt road bike tour. Shooting for the 50.

Jon: has been away for much of the summer, not for lack of affection but because of timing of events. Had friends for Lithuania, and before that two weeks away, one of which took Will’s canoe, and spent 7 days and nights with six other friends white water canoeing. The longest portage around a waterfall was a mile. Kids in sleep away camp. No cell service. Got a sudden invite to go to Martha’s vineyard. Couldn’t take the car, so took backpacks with everything and peddled two hours to our friend’s house. Reserved a place called the pinnacle a lean to in Westminster. Camped on the mountain and hiked out at 5:15am this morning to see the District Governor and all of us. Good to be back.

Todd: Misspelled district in the email about our district governor joining.

Sandy: apologies for not being here next wed or touch a truck or day of caring. Will be in the Bahamas working with dolphins in an integrative therapy program working with dolphins treating patients.

Jill: In St. Louis for the weekend for a conference. Went up the arch which was fun. The retreat President was given an award was exciting to be there and meet with other mental health and addiction treatment centers across the us.

Kevin: Will be away next week. Kevin and his wife are flying to Oakland to meet son who is driving on his own from Mobile, Alabama who is starting with the Oakland athletics baseball team. Daughter Sarah started third year of nursing. Excited about the process of becoming nurse.

Jennifer: Brattleboro School of Dance starts fall classes Monday, September 8. Open house 5pm-8pm Friday September, 5 (gallery walk night). Drop in and say hello.

Drew: Took last two weeks. Supposed to go to Maine but as he cannot go in the water, the family went south instead and camped, biked, hiked all over Pennsylvania. Kids all back to school.

Card: 2 hearts. In the deck. You lose, losers.

Bowl of life: Jon Seacrest: My Ancestors include a deaf man run down by a train from behind and a drunken Hessian mercenary who was captured when General Washington cross the Delaware River on New Year’s Eve.

Guests: District Governor Richard A. Berryman, DDS (2014-2015 District 7870) and Bill Stevens from Keene, Junior Rotarian Nichols Coughlin, Billie Slaid, and Mark Rayes.

Speaker: District Governor Richard Berryman

Excerpted Notes from Governor Richard’s talk:

“Had a lovely dinner last night. Like the vacation food program that our chapter runs and the charity quiz thing is fantastic. Congratulates us for all we do in our community. Told the board that he likes to prepare for each club. Read a half dozen Archer mayor book. Gave away copies to anyone who hadn’t read any of Mayor’s books.

It is the responsibility of the District Governeror to help you be a better club. If you have questions or concerns, call Bill. If he can’t answer the issue, he will reach out to Rich. Gets to go around all year and talk with wonderful Rotarians and talk about what happening on the rest of the world.

September 16 is the district golf event. This year wanted to make it central so it’s in Grantham. Noon shotgun start. Box lunch, golf, dinner, $125.

October 24 is world polio day. Have been awarded public image grants for our district—used for public service. No grants this year and our district budget is $3K only so trying to come up with creative ideas. Vermont residents can get a Rotary license plate.

October 25 is district membership conference at the Brattleboro Retreat. It’s a great day. Need to send people. There is an exchange of ideas at the conference. Typically rotary clubs lose 8-12% of members. At times new members are told oh we tried that. And so in 1-3 years, they drop out. Some take the newest members and give them a little money and say go do a project. They did that and three weeks ago they did a basic business seminar for nonprofits-had 17 nonprofits attend.

November date TBD have two foundation dinners one in Nashua, NH one in Ludlow, VT to learn about international projects. Peterborough eyeglass exam in n Thailand, project in Mongolia. Doug Rupert’s $188K for water projects in Honduras. Have five or so more in process as well.

Last but not least, district conference going back to Portland, Maine. District 787 conference will be May 28-31, 2015. Have three plenaries and play golf. Indoor lemans cart racing. Will have reserved time at the lemans cart racing and a tour of the Portland art museum.

Discussing ways to increase district conference attendance. Distance and cost are issues and have to hold part of it on Friday. Are discussing different options. Please think about have you been to a conference, what did you like, didn’t like. Think about it and Todd will ask for our feedback in a few weeks. There isn’t a good place in the district to hold a conference of this size.

In addition to membership, public awareness is an issue. Rotarians do incredible things and people don’t know what we do. If we do a better job telling people what they do, they will want to be Rotarians or friends. People join Rotary for three reasons: Fellowship, community service, networking.

 “Rotarians are selfish because they feel good when they do something for someone else”

Dentist and wife. Seven months after moving to Concord, was asked to join rotary. Joined concord rotary. Thought about dropping out and stayed because someone asked him to do something.

This year’s theme is light up rotary. You all have a pin now.

Need to let our communities know what we’re doing. Rotary is not included in End of Plagues, except once, so wrote the author a letter detailing rotary international work on the eradication of polio.

Update on polio eradication: as of last year contained to three countries. Rotary no longer able to go into Pakistan. Southeast Asia now polio free. India has not had a case in three years. Pakistan is the big problem. 6 cases in 2013. 54 so far this year. Several other countries with 1-3 cases. 2018 had been the eradication goal. Gates foundation has a 2-1 match on Rotarian dollars.

Rotary foundation is our bank. We are rotary international, not just sunrise or Vermont or New Hampshire, so one of the obligations is to put money in. pays for the work we do out of interest. Now if you give $100 to the foundation, $50 goes to the int’l projects and $50 goes to the district, which can be used for grants, up to 50%.

If we use money for international projects combined with another rotary club, you multiple the money by 3.5x.

Rotary has sent more scholars around the world than Rhodes, Fulbright, Truman combined. Now have 431 peace grant scholars.

President Huang wants every club to have a Rotary DA

Meeting adjourned at 8:27.

Meeting Notes: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Shawna Parker 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kindopp on Aug 12, 2014

Quote of the Day: President Murchison chose the following words of wisdom:

 

President Todd had 2 quotes for today: “I’m sorry, if you were right, I would agree with you.” & “No matter what people tell you, words & ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

 

Introductions: Natalie Dietz is here with Dan this AM!

 

Mini-Rotarian(s): Natalie Dietz

 

Greeter:

  • Great job Will Shakespeare! J
  • Next week – Turner Lewis volunteered to greet (again – thanks Turner!!!)

 

Student Rotarian report:

  • None – its summer!!

 

Committee Reports:

  • See below

 

Announcements:      

  • Jason has begun distributing tickets for the Dinner Raffle.
    • Drawing is 10/1/14 @ our meeting
      • 5 X $100 gift certificates
      • Whetstone Station; Panda North; Dandelion & Sage; Peter Havens; The Marina
        • 2 runner up prizes
          • $50 @ North End Butchers & $50 for Windham Wines
      • $6000 profit will be made if every member sells 6 books
      • All gift certificates are in hand – 1st time in 6 years of doing this raffle; all were donated except for Panda North
  • President Todd announced that Bob Fagelson is resigning from the club.
  • Linda announced that tonight will be the 1st Charity Trivia Night @ Ramunto’s @ 6:15 pm.
    • Bring teams of people to play!
    • Advertising has been on WKVT & in the paper as well as on the Drop in Center’s Facebook page.
  • Dan – 9/6/14 is Touch a Truck, he’s sending around a sign up sheet
  • Linda printed up hard copies of member lists for a

 

Bowl of Life: 

  • Today’s Clue: This Rotarian spent the night with Warren Beatty
    • The guessing began with: Sandy Shriver who guessed Jill; she guessed Jason who guessed Booie who wasn’t here so Jason guessed again, this time choosing Marcy Rushford, who also wasn’t here so he then guessed Valerie who also wasn’t here so he then guessed Kate O’Connor & he was correct!

 

Cards:

  • Three of Diamonds was drawn with Mark winning the $17!

 

Birthdays:

  • Josh Traeger but he wasn’t here to be the recipient of our club’s awesome singers tribute!!!

 

Brags

  • Mark bragged for Brattleboro Pop Warner Football – they’re starting a Mighty Mite team
  • Tristam will be celebrating 2 – 26 years & will be celebrating this evening.
  • Turner bragged that this past weekend he was in Norwich, CT celebrating his buddy’s 1 – 50 wedding anniversary.
    • He also had fresh green beans to give away
  • Linda bragged for a nice day with her sister on Sunday @ Saratoga
    • She won once but the day was a net loss financially
  • Sandy Ladd bragged for a trip to Saratoga too to visit with her sister & brother on Monday
  • Todd bragged that he’s seen his chin for the 1st time in 5 years having shaved off his facial hair!

 

Guest Speaker: none today as we had a Club Assembly.

          

The Committee Chairs described the responsibilities of their various committees with our new members present today.

          

Committees & their Chairs for 2014-15

  • Public Relations                                 Kevin
  • Club Service                                      Open
  • International                                      Tristam
  • Community Service                           Ellen / Jennifer ?
  • President Elect/Director of Board   Ali
  • Donation Committee                         Turner
  • Events Coordinator                          Dan
    • 3 on 3 Chair                           Toni & Kevin
    • Relay for Life                                    Dan
    • Touch a Truck                      Dan
    • Trivia                                      Linda
  • Foundation Chair                             Todd
  • Fundraising                                       Jason
  • Membership                                       Will
  • Sargent at Arms                                Ed
  • Speaker Coordinator                        Sadie
  • Vocational                                          Toni
  • Scholarship                                        Toni
  • Club Runner website                        Linda
  • Facebook Page                                  Todd

 

Adjourn!

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Damon Kindopp

 

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Sunrise Rotary Notes 2/12/2014

Submitted by Ralph Meima, scribe, on 2/13

 

Quote of the Day: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

 

President Jon called the meeting to order.

 

Guests

Jon introduced the following guests: Joyce St. Jean, Patrina Lingard, and Mary Rodriguez of VABIR’s (the Vermont Association of Business and Industry Rehabilitation) “Creative Workforce Solutions” program

Sandy introduced guests: Rita Ramirez, President of HATCH; Libby Bennett, Development Director of the Morningside Shelter; and Lucy

Guest Announcement

Rita Ramirez and Libby Bennett shared the following information with us:

HATCH is partnering with the Morningside Shelter for a performance to benefit the latter.  You are invited: “Storytellers on a Mission,” with Peter Sagal, Host of NPR’s “Wait, wait… Don’t tell me.”  April 19, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Latchis Theatre.

This is a way to make fundraising fun.  HATCH brings in talent to attract a good crowd.  They perform at the Latchis.  There is storytelling.  A goal is to make charitable donations affordable and fun.  MATCH partners with a non-profit that needs support.  Net proceeds go to the partner organization.  For the Peter Sagal event, they want to net $35,000.  Rita and Libby are here to talk about the potential for SRR participation in these events.  Morningside Shelter is in its 35th year.  They are trying to increase their profile in the community – get their name out there – clear up some confusion among various centers like the Drop-In Center and Overflow Shelter.  They have undertaken Project ReVamp: improve condition of 19-bed shelter.  Maintenance projects.  1890s farmhouse.  29 beds.  A lot to do.  This is an opportunity to help out.  Consider a ticket package for $350.  They did an NEYT show and raised about $25K for NEYT.  If you buy the package, you enjoy premium seating and an after-party, along with two $40 tickets.  If interested, talk to Libby or Rita.  HATCHVT.org is the website. Please come!

To contact HATCH: http://hatchvt.org/contact/

 

Club business resumed

Thanks to today’s greeter, Todd M!

Next week’s greeter: Turner

 

Initiation

President Jon invited Kate O’Connor to be initiated.  This proceeded as is customary, with a recollection of the motto “Service Above Self”.  Jon presented her with “Songs for the Rotary Club,” and encouraged her (in jest?) to learn them and found a Song Committee.  Welcome Kate!

 

Kate noted that: “We are way more fun than [other unnamed Rotary club in region]” to much applause!

 

Announcements:

1.     Jon: Streaking dollars are a little short; if you need to leave early, find the speaker, tell them about prior engagement and apologize profusely; $1 fine!

2.     Tristam: Nutrition project.  This supports meals during vacations; working with Moore Court, Ledgewood, and Westgate.  Won’t happen now at Moore Court, and can’t find a volunteer for Ledgewood, but Westgate will proceed as intended.  Contact him for details/to volunteer.

3.     Ellen: This Friday is the Overflow Shelter day.  We need fettuccini, another salad.  She is passing around signup sheet.  Contact Ellen for details/to volunteer.

4.     Peter Carvell: One month from Saturday is 3 on 3 basketball; corporate sponsorships are coming in, registration forms for teams are starting to come in.  Thanks for your support!  Is passing around a signup sheet.  Many have volunteered already.  Plenty to do.  Registration forms for teams are being sent around.  Will have a club assembly geared to 3 on 3 as tournament gets closer.  Any questions?  Needs lots of volunteers.  Contact Peter for details/to volunteer.

5.     Dan D: Reminder about Harris Hill ski jump this weekend.  If you volunteered, you know who you are.  Call Kathryn Einig, or Dan can connect you with her.  Kathryn Einig, 254-4447; kathryneining@myfairpoint.net

 

Student Rotarians

Caitlin turned 18.  Is now spending time at the Career Center (WRCC).

FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America – is going to States, so is raising money for this.  Lots of prizes.  Tickets are $1.  They need our support.

Caitlin just gave WRCC tours to 8th graders.  Fun.

Horticulture is selling roses for Valentine’s Day in the BUHS cafeteria.

 

Birthday Serenade

The Birthday Crooners sang for Caitlin (Kevin Y, Jon, Turner, Jim M, Will S, Jerry G)

 

Cards

Ed: Caaaaads - $21 pot – Winning: King of clubs – No winner – Pot grows for next week!

 

Brags:

Damon: Going to Maui to see mother in law.

Turner: Did not go to Alaska because of wife’s surgery; all looks well; very relieved.

Dan: for annual February vacation to N VT and N NH – group of friends went snowmobiling; conditions were spectacular.  They covered 650 miles.

Ellen: had a getaway for 4 days to Miami.  Was in 80s.

Carmen: for volunteers that help people with taxes; all volunteers made it in on Saturday to compensate for the Wednesday snow day.

Rita guest brag: think that Sandy has bought a package!  True?

Jon: Kerry and Alexa are on their way to Vilnius for a job + family trip.

Kevin: for daughter Sarah who is pursuing nursing; taking a class at CCV in nutrition; also looking for jobs; hired to sub in elementary schools; Rec Dept also getting her help; this morning she got to be 1st grade teacher at Academy School.

Amelia: Bragging for her daughter, starring in Treasure Island

Ralph M: for daughter Kristina, who is both starring in the BUHS musical “The Boyfriend” this week and singing the National Anthem at Sunday’s Harris Hill ski jumping opening ceremony.

 

Today’s Guest Speaker

Damon: Introducing today’s guest speaker – VABIR and “Creative Workforce Solutions”

Joyce St. Jean: described who sit on their team; they carry a caseload of job-seekers; these are Vermonters who need more intensive job-placement services, especially people with disabilities; they serve both business clients and job-seeking clients.  The goal: to grow the workforce by better matching capabilities with needs.

Joyce showed a video, sponsored by Walgreens, which presented examples of people with disabilities succeeding in the workplace as a result of Creative Workforce Solutions.

Creative Workforce Solutions works one-on-one with job-seekers and works with the business community to match needs and abilities.

Mary R.: Specializes in working with deaf and heard of hearing people; is fluent in ASL; gave examples of cases she works with.

Patrina: works with a Vermont state cash benefits program; specializes in placing parents in work experiences.

 

Contact information for VABIR:

Joyce St. Jean -- jstjean@vabir.org

Mary Rodriguez --mrodriguez@vabir.org

Patrina Lingard -- plingard@vabir.org

28 Vernon Street, 05301, (802) 430-4380

 

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Sunrise Rotary 2/12/2014 Meeting Notes Ralph Meima 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ethier on Jan 28, 2014
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

Registration is now open for this years District Conference at Stowe Mountain Lodge, a Luxury New England Resort in Stowe, VT.   This lodge is around 5 years old and has very spacious rooms and great activities in the area.

Go to http://www.rotary7870.org to register.  On the right hand side under events, click on District Conference 2014.  You can either register online or by mail in form.

Hope to see you at what will be a great event.

Click link below to view short 2 minute video.

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Yours in Rotary,

PDG Alley Boucher
District Conference Mark Ethier 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ethier on Jan 28, 2014
We are saddened to report the passing on Saturday of PDG Jan McElroy of the Henniker Rotary Club after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a passionate  and dedicated Rotarian and will be greatly missed.
 
There will be a Memorial Service honoring and remembering Jan this Saturday, February 1st at 1:00 PM at the Congregational Church in Henniker at 33 Maple Street, Route 114, Henniker. Donations in Jan's memory may be made to:
 
 
PDG Janice H. McElroy Scholarship Fund
c/o The Rotary Club of Henniker, NH
P.O. Box 695
Henniker, NH 03242
 
 
Husband Jim McElroy's address is P.O. Box 325, Henniker, NH 03242
PDG Jan McElroy Mark Ethier 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ethier on Jan 28, 2014
Last week when we were at rotary we brought up our next sales campaign for FBLA, a raffle. I am just following up to see if any of the Rotarians are willing to donate anything? If they do have something, Kate or I can pick it up by Saturday February 1st, the raffle starts February 3rd. If you need tax write-ups we have those for you. Anything works, we have items ranging from napkins to snowboards. Thank you!
 
 
Marissa Semenovich
Business Student
FBLA Historian
WRCC, Brattleboro, VT
Student Rotarian Marissa Mark Ethier 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Select Member on Jan 14, 2014

President John opened the meeting with, I believe;

"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows"  Buddha... (that is if I could really read John's hand writing)

Guests were introduced that included Doug Cox, Mark Ethier's daughter and a friend of Sadie..

Our dear dependable Sargent-at-Arms, Ed as our greeter who will be supplanted by our more reliable Ross..

Student Rotarians reported on finals, college acceptance, Feed the Thousand efforts, Santa Letter fund raising campaign, a college preview to be held at UVM, and finally a raffle to be held between February 3rd and 24th.

Pres. John received a book that was not on his legal reading list consequently auctioned if off for an astounding $4.00. Josh now has the book, 40 Chances, Finding Hope in a Hungry World.

Kate O'Conner has accepted the Club's offer of membership and she will join us next meeting for induction.

Jason announced Poker Tournament training, tonight, Thursday, 6-8 at the Legion and asked for more volunteers to help distribute chips, deal cards, assist with registration and clarified that only those 18 or older would be permitted to play.

Peter announced the 3-on-3 Basketball tournament to be held Saturday, March 15th, at BUHS, and all club members are expected to assist. This will be the 18th and we have raised more than $175K with this tournament.

Tristam requested that fund raising efforts include reference to annual club fund raising goals and objectives so that all efforts are thought of in terms of objective, not just an event.

Linda announced that March 12th she will hold the first Charity Challenge, a trivia contest modeled after one she learned about in FL that can be great fun and successful. Cost is $15 per person.

 Turner announced that he will be giving a talk on the Iditarod Friday night the 17th in Halifax as there is sufficient space. All are welcome.

Cards: 2 of Hearts and "it's in the deck............................"  you know the rest

Birthday: Ralph serenaded by the astounding vocal talents of Kevin, John, Turner, & Will..

Brags:

Sadie for her daughter's skating and first stitches

Booie for all the help during Sub for Santa

Mark for his alma mater and the Orange Bowl Monkey Stomp, a new southern dance imported from Thailand, and his daughter who scored consistently high during gymnastic competition

Ralph for his daughter who is lead in the HS musical & will be singing the National Anthem at Harris Hill jump, & for his son Joseph who learned the values of paying attention to parental guidance

John for Green ST ski program and that we can take time for it in rural America

Sandy S for Ping Pong and Amelia's amazing resourcefulness not to mention those now showering sans curtain

Jill for CofC training session and yoga trainer in Putney

And finally the grand entry for the morning, Sadie and her guest speaker Doug Cox who did a magnificent job explaining hsi long commitment to the art of making violins, of experimenting with maple and other woods, for offering sections of works in progress, and for explaining that it takes him a year for one and can manage with some luck to produce 24 -25 violins per year.. he has completed 825 to date but more important has learned how to work with local woods, that bow making is not his passion, and that having a business manager let's him focus on what he knows best..

this was an excellent presentation that held everyone's attention and deserves your time to get to know him and his process.

 

your humble faulty scribe....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Notes from Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 Select Member 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Gordon-Macey on Jan 07, 2014
January 8th Meeting Scott Gordon-Macey 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sadie Fischesser on Dec 03, 2013
On December 4, Phil Stimmel visited the group and shared some fun facts about the Estey Organ Company. To learn more, visit the Estey Organ Museum or become a member, visit www.esteyorganmuseum.org.
Who knew?! We learned some great facts about the history of Estey Organs Sadie Fischesser 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sadie Fischesser on Dec 03, 2013

Sunrise Rotary Rag 12.4.13

“Big minds think about ideas, average minds think about events, and small minds think about people.”
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Guests (apologies for misspellings): Neil Senior, Phil Stimmel, Pat McMahon, Loretta Corbin-Bliss, Matthew Gordon-Macey, Sarah Gordon-Macey, Evelyn Woliver, Lucy Farnum

Thank you, Bob Fagelson for greeting. Ellen will greet next meeting.

Absent: not listed by busy Secretary this week.

Student Rotarian report: Conner, BUHS
Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which is an activity day. The re-accreditation process went well. Progress reports are coming out soon. Try-outs for basketball are starting. Girls and Boys Hockey play tonight. There are lots of things happening that the note taker mostly missed.
Yay, Conner got into his top choice, Elon, in North Carolina!

Raffle drawing
We made about $3,600—ok but not great. We had budgeted for $5,000.
Winner of North End Butchers gift certificate: Susan Wilmont
Winner of Windham Wines gift certificate: Arlene Hanson
Winner of 5 $100 restaurant gift certificates: Linda Aiken

Announcements
We will have a joint holiday party with the Noon club 5-7 next Wednesday (the 11th) at the Marina. Potter Stewart law offices are buying the food. (Sandy)
Saturday, January 4th, will be the Ping Pong Tournament. A sign-up sheet went around for table monitors, registration, set up, clean up, etc. There was a ping pong meeting right after the meeting. (Sandy)
The annual holiday dinner at the Secrests’ house will be the 18th. A sign up is going around and consider “heavy appetizers” and fancy finger foods. It is BYOBeverages. The event will be 5.30 PM and kids are welcome. There will not be a Yankee Swap, but bring an unwrapped toy if you can for a child. 904 Upper Dummerston Rd. (Jon S.)
A week from this Friday (the 13th) we are doing dinner at the overflow shelter. We are asked to make pasta. A sign up sheet went around. (Ellen)
There is a Board meeting tomorrow. (Jon S.)

Cards
2 of Spades was drawn by Sarah G. but was nowhere to be found. Matthew drew the Jack of Diamonds and Kevin Y. was the winner of $12.

Birthdays
Damon Kindopp was serenaded and congratulated.

Brags
Tristam missed 2 meetings and the 15-19 of November, he was in Honduras. He reviews and looks at projects for Rotary International. It was designed to protect the watershed in the Merendon Forest Reserve on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula. The Usula Rotary Club was the key organizer in Honduras and worked with 8-12 Rotary Clubs near Plymouth, MI, to secure funding and support. There were 7 primary objectives; install justa stoves, water filters, community ovens, biogas, digesters, plant fruit trees, reduce threats of chagas & leishmaniasis, and build compost. It was amazing. He will present at a future meeting (Feb. 5).
Ellen bragged for all the Rotarians who did Beards for BMH. We challenged the Noon Rotary, and they won. But Ed Dews was one of the people who had the most sponsors.
Val invited everyone to Emerge VT event at the Dianich Gallery (in the Hooker Dunham). Madeline Kunin will be there. It is part of the Emerge America movement and the goal is to get women in government. The event is December 5. $25 is the suggested donation, there will be a cash bar and food.
Sandy L. had an emergency trip to FL. She and her siblings went down because her father had surgery. She also bragged for her 14 week old puppy, whose name is Edie.
Sandy S. bragged for Sandy L. and Linda T. for helping with the ping pong tournament.
Ellen bragged for her daughter who is going to a schmancy event in DC and called mom for advice on her outfit.
Sadie bragged for ALL the junior Rotarians who are in Oliver! at NEYT. It opens tomorrow and runs 2 weekends. It is fabulous and is selling out! Visit www.neyt.org for tickets.
Jill bragged for Dan who got her some snow tires when he was very busy.
Val bragged for Tristan who has kidney stones. Ouch.
Damon bragged for the Gray Hawks who are raising money for the Brattleboro Hockey Assn. Sunday Dec. 15 at 1 PM (available at Burrows or online) by playing Bruins alumni! He also bragged for President Jon who brought over some beer to Damon’s office and broke it open thereby making the whole office smell like beer. Damon also bragged for the Red Clover Rovers Turkey Trot. He finished just ahead of Conner. Torin had an amazing run.

Guest Speaker: Phil Stimmel from Estey Organ Museum
Booie introduced Phil Stimmel. He is the Managing Director of the Estey Organ Museum in Brattleboro. He has a Masters of Divinity in Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary and is an accomplished organist. (See below for summary of his presentation.)

Respectfully noted by Sadie Fischesser with apologies for misspellings and editing errors.

Rotary Meeting Rag December 4, 2013 Sadie Fischesser 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Torunski on Oct 01, 2013
 

Quote of the day: To live is the rarest thing in the world most people exist that is all.  Oscar Wilde

Guests: Pat McMann-classification Dairy, Bob & Becky Anderson (today’s speakers), Evie, and Bill Stevens ( our Assistant Governor)

Student Rotarians – Abigail, Katelyn, Marissa, and Conner

Greeter: Jim Maxwell, Todd will greet us next week

Those who didn’t make it today:  Carmen Derby, Mark Ethier, Ross Gibson, Erich Hoyer, Tristam Johnson, Ralph Meima, Jason Posternak, Sandy Shriver, Ellen Smith, Valerie Stuart, Jill Terrell-Ouazzani, Josh Traeger.

Announcements:

·         Board meeting tomorrow at WKVT

·         Annual buddy walk is Saturday, Oct 5th.  Proceeds for this year's event will go toward the development of an Inclusive Community Center.

·         Habitat volunteers needed in Dummerston- See Scott

·         Next week we will be at the Brattleboro Fire Dept (same time)-Todd already went there today.

·         Polio Day Oct 24th! Almost everyone has made their $10.50 donation to meet our goal. 

·         Raffle tickets – sell, sell, sell.  Next week Linda will have posters.  Raffle Benefits Feed the Thousands. $5 each or 6/$25. Drawing on 12/4. If you want more, see Toni.

Speaker Next week: Kevin Yager

Newsletter Scribe next week: Josh Traeger

Cards: Somehow I didn’t write down the cards, but I think it was one of the student Rotarians.

Student Rotarians Introduction:  We have all seniors this year.  Marissa from Brattleboro plays field hockey and lacrosse.  She is the FBA historian.  Kayla from Brattleboro plays soccer and lacrosse.  She is the FBA secretary.  She would like to major in Business at the University of North Carolina.  Connor from Brattleboro has returned from last year.  He is the Captain of the soccer team.  Abby from Hinsdale is the President of the National Honor Society.  She will be on the track team in the spring.  She plans to be an Electrical Engineer.

Bowl of life: This person was with a group of fraternity brothers and they stole horns from a stock yard in Chicago.  The guessing went around and finally Turner was identified as the person.  It was on a pledge trip.  He drove the car and they staged a fight and they took the horns which he tried to stick under his coat and they kept it for many years in their room.

Birthdays: A wonderful serenade for Bob Fagelson. Happy Birthday!!

Brags:

·         Jon – Away for a week up north then drove to the airport and flew to DC.  He then went to Annapolis for a post wedding party.  Next he got on the on the subway, there were only 4 people on the platform.  He said HI to a woman with a suit and hair in bun—it was Justine – Wills daughter.  Then he went to Ohio to a funeral and then got back last night.  He had to make sure that he would be here today because he couldn’t face the wrath of all of us if he didn’t come today.

·         Bob F – Although he is a Cubs fan, now his youngest son is in Pittsburgh he found himself enjoying the Bucks

·         Bill – Sold 2 bundles of tickets and he also wanted to congratulate us.  With all the reports that are run it was discovered that our club is in the top 3% of the entire rotary club in the globe for having the youngest members.  Congratulations to all thoses who are under 30 (in Club Runner).  Peter Carvell, Marcy Caulkins, Ed Dews, The Fagelsons, Amelia Farnum, Jerry Goldberg, Scott Gordon-Macey, Tristam Johnson, Ed Lewis, Jim Maxwell, Tom- MaRae, Jon Seacrest, Ellen Smith, Valerie Start, Jill Terrell-Ouazzani, Tristan Toleno, and Kevin Yager.--This is also one of the few clubs that have undeclared gender members.  Michelle said the members know how to update their information, and it’s up to them to put in their age. J

·         Tom earned a performance bases achievement award from the firm and he got a trip with his wife to Hawaii.

·         Marcy C reported that the open house went really well.  She also noted that her Dad had heart attack and the care he received at Dartmouth was very good.

·         Kevin Y shared that last Thursday the KVT food drive called “Overflow the Opera House” was a success and they collected over 600 bags of groceries.

·         Also Kevin is on fantasy football with son and last week the wife did so well that she is queen of the house!!!  She only missed one game and that was Buffalos & Ravens.

·         Damian and Katherine were in the Rugged Maniac with a group of 11 others.  The Elm City Rotary is prime sponsor of   and Damian was 150th.  He ran it in 3:56 & 44, which allowed him to make his goal!!

·         Ali just got back from seeing her Aunt in NJ who celebrated her 75th birthday. He 14 year old daughter is in an exchange program and they have a Chinese exchange student.  Allie was very impressed on how well she spoke English.

Speaker: Bob Anderson is on the board of the Brattleboro Country Clud and he deals with its publication.  He has a background in book publishing and is the author of four e-book mysteries.  He was the master and huntsman of the Guilford Hounds.

Bob shared the history of the Brattleboro Country Club and how it came to be.  It was founded in 1914.  The initial layout was designed by Tom MacNamara and 3 time runner up in the US Open.  The land and the buildings were leased from the Brattleboro Retreat.  When the course first opened there were 350,000 people playing golf, ten years later there were 2 million people who play golf.

In 1930 the club hired architect, Wayne Styles to revise the course.  The farmland was purchased from the Retreat and the course hired a French chef and was open year round.

Today the club has revived the Bridge club and in the winter the land is used for cross Country skiing.  They also have a program call SNAG (Starting New at Golf) where they teach children the game of golf.  The have lawn bowling.

Come join us!!

Rotary Rag 10-2-13 Linda Torunski 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander D. Shriver on Sep 15, 2013

Better late than never?

 

-         

Sunrise Newsletter: September 4, 2013. Only a little late Alexander D. Shriver 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sadie Fischesser on Aug 06, 2013

Quotation from President Jon: “What’s the difference between men and vegetable gardens? Vegetable gardens mature.” Toni Sewing

Missing: Carmen Derby, Booie Fagelson, Bob Fagelson, Erich Hoyer, Sandy Ladd, Jason Posternak, Ellen Smith

Greeter: Kevin covered for Dr. Fagelson; Ralph next week

Guests: Natalie Dietz, Matthew Gordon Macey, Laura Schairbaum (United Way of Windham County)

Red Sox: Carmen investigated a Rotary Red Sox trip. It would be a minimum of $100 ($49 for ticket, $30-50 per bus); the two dates are Sept. 4 (v. Tigers) or Sept. 17 (v. Orioles). Spouses, guests, and are children welcome. Both games are at 7.10 PM so that means a departure around 3 PM from Brattleboro. We need 20 people to commit; contact Sandy if you are interested in one or other of the dates

Touch a Truck: We will be doing food and drinks on Sept. 7; we need someone to get rolls and drinks so if you have a contact, let Dan know. Next week we will have a sign up sheet.

From the board: It was proposed that we have the option to pay quarterly for breakfast (with no refunds if you are not there). This was proposed because it might increase attendance and be easier for people whose organizations pay for their breakfasts to get reimbursement; guests (including young Rotarians in training) would be pay-as-you-go. The consensus was that it is a good idea. The executive team will discuss it and let people know when we will start; likely it will be at the beginning of the quarter, October 1.

Birthdays: Marcy C. was serenaded (one of the best I’ve heard) and congratulated on the anniversary of her birth.

Bowl of Life: After looking through several entries that we can only assume were his own, President Jon read: “This person peed blood for 5 days after an accident.” Marcie guessed Peter: Todd: Kevin: Josh: Sadie: Tristam: Dan: Damon: Turner: Ed relieved us by guessing Will. Will was on the ski jumping and cross country ski team in high school. He went over a ski jump on cross country skis, landed poorly, and went to the hospital, and it was a ruptured kidney so he has only one kidney to this day. 

Brags:

Damon bragged for his parents who drove over to visit. He also ran a half marathon in Holyoke (in preparation for the full in September) and finished 20th overall and won a pint glass as the first place male finisher in his age group.

Marcy R. just returned from a college visit with her two children. There were some good possibilities.

Jill honored her uncle who passed away last week and was a Rotarian in CA. She also celebrated her 1-5!

Kevin bragged for CT Valley Oral Surgeons who extracted 4 of Sarah's wisdom teeth. She is progressing, but it put her out of commission for a couple of days. His son is interning with a minor league team in Elmira and they are in the playoffs. Hopefully a job offer will follow…

Dan bragged for boys night out and the rescue by Nancy and Natalie. On the way to town they got run on the sidewalk by someone else who should not have been driving at 1 AM. Good call, Dan.

Turner bragged for going home early on Friday—which was a smart move. His granddaughter is visiting for the week and they are having a great time.

Jim bragged for his in-laws in Princeton. They are 90 and 88 and wheelchair bound, but they are very sharp and wonderful folks. They are also great story tellers.

Ali bragged about her mom. She was sorting through some stuff and found some retro Nothin’ but Net t-shirts. Ali has a bag of them and considering their value, she wanted other Rotarians to share in the wealth.

Marcy C. bragged because Rowan is visiting a friend for the week, so she enjoying the freedom and ability to get rid of old toys.

Cards: The pot was $32 and the scribe won.

Helping the Community Engage via United Way of Windham County’s Volunteer Management System

Toni introduced Laura Schairbaum, the Volunteer Coordinator for the United Way of Windham County.

The UWWC is starting a volunteer center for the County. They have been able to do this through some of the work that they did with disaster recovery. They purchased a volunteer management system that other United Ways use. It will be implemented September 7 with the Day of Caring. It will be rolled out in phases starting in the fall.

United Ways worldwide have together been focusing on how to engage people as volunteers and impact the areas of health, education and income. This is way to create connection, expand understanding, and strengthen community.

Laura gave the group a sneak preview of the system for registering. The system will be live starting Monday. You can scroll down and see the opportunities/projects where help is needed. You can click on the project and register yourself or a group to volunteer (like Sunrise Rotarians). Once you register, Laura will communicate with you about the project. If you register a group, it will give you a link to invite people via email and they can go sign up. They will be training organizations in the fall on how to register projects.

In addition to project-specific registration, there is a general registration for volunteers. That will provide a match between skills needed and volunteers who have those skills. There will be a fee for service for groups who want to set up opportunities unless they are doing a campaign with United Way of WC.

There was a question about the growth of the Day of Caring over time. Although this is Laura’s first year, she explained that in the past they have done smaller days over the year. The last few years, they have had about 100 people (with the exception of the year of Irene when there were over 250 volunteers). They have moved the date to try to engage people (so it’s not on Labor Day). They are also expanding the geography of the projects so they are spread across the county. Laura, as the new Volunteer Coordinator, will be working on continuing to expand the event. Peter shared what a great opportunity it is to do something and reminisced about doing West River clean up with some other Rotarians a few years ago.

Opportunities will be both short, finite projects, and ongoing longer-term volunteers. It will help people volunteer with different skills, schedules, etc.

Laura reminded us that a few dedicated energetic people can get a lot done for an organization. It will be a big benefit for organizations that don’t necessarily have the capacity to recruit, train, manage or organize volunteers. It will build the volunteer capacity of local non-profits. Eventually the system will be able to email potential volunteers based on the need and skills (for individuals or groups).

Working with other disaster response organizations in the area, the United Way of Windham County volunteer site will link to a national database so that in the event of a disaster, people can engage more quickly. The SEVT LTRC  is winding down as we approach the 2 year anniversary of Irene. The work of helping people recover will continue as there are still about 40 families who have unmet needs. Windham Regional Commission is leading an effort to start a VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) in the community that will be an on-going group in place to support people in a disaster situation. There will be a meeting to start that process on Tuesday Sept. 17. Contact Laura or Sadie for information.

Closing: We received resignation letters from Linda Hopkins and Janette Smuts. They wanted to make clear that they felt it was time for them to move on, not because we are all offensive brutes. They offered to keep running one of our gardens for a year. This is an extra push for us to think about new members.

Yours in all things Rotary, Sadie Fischesser

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Posted by Ross Gibson on May 29, 2013

Directions to Kaya and Turner
1716 Thomas Hill Road
Halifax
254-1063


First and foremost, do NOT follow your GPS; it will take back roads

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 mile 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 pave 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!

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Attendance – Please check with Michelle if interested who was there/not there.  I noted some were, some were not.

Quote-of-the-Day - There was no quote-of-the day as President Sandy was distracted by an unnamed Rotarian.  However, being quick on his loafers, he made the executive decision to commence a new tradition: the “Riddle of the day”.  Today’s riddle: Q: If my house has four wall that are all facing south and a bear is walking around the house, which color is the bear?  A: White (Toni)

Thanks to Turner for fabulous greeting today.  Todd is next week’s greeter.

Guests - John Dreyfuss, several members of the Gordon-Macy family,  Sadie’s ever spunky daughter Evie, and Davie, Mark’s gymnastic daughter.

Announcements

·         Party Sunday June 9, 2-6pm.  Sign up please.  There will also be an e-mail reminder.  Since there will be a meeting next Wednesday, we will be reminded again.  Please don’t call Turner’s house – there us a penalty for calling!  Directions to Turners are attached. 

·         Cancel meeting on Wednesday June 12. (Include directions)

·         Jerry is up for notes next week.  Sandy reviewed the speaker’s list (you know who you are).

·         Scott – Rotary golf tourney June 6, sponsored by noon club.  You can sign up on-line.  Scott looking for players ASAP as he is currently in a one-some (not to be confused with a onesy).  Talk to Scott or Sandy if interested.

·         Toni – Next week is our last meeting with this year’s student Rotarians.  Toni reminded all to make sure to sign each student’s roster sheet.  If you don’t, she will have Ed serenade you with a personal “loser” epitaph.  So, sign the sheets, please.

·         Dan – reminder that the car wash fundraiser will be this Saturday at Brattleboro Tire.  Sign up to help out.

Student Rotarian – Tanner

·         Tanner stated he hadn’t been in awhile.  He recently had the AP calculus and did well. There was a class trip to Boston including a river cruise, IMAX show, and Quincy Market shopping.  The Prom at a farm in Keene.  He took limo.

·         Hinsdale High sports coming to an end.  Softball playoffs today, baseball team young but not very good, and track meets happening.  Tanner was 11th in 400m.

·         Graduation on June 15th, class day June 14th.  Tanner – RPI and has a scholarship

Cards - 2 heartsEd quietly wept for all of us losers.

Bowl of Life – “I stood on a home plate at Shea Stadium”

Dan – Josh? Josh – Jill? Jill – Kevin? Kevin – Sadie? Sadie – Michelle? (Where the hell is Shea?) Michelle – Jeanette?, Jeanette – Ally? Ally – Sandy Ladd? Carmen!!  At Bruce concert, she lifted cover she was standing on revealing home plate.

Brags

·         Dan - Signup sheet to every table for Car Wash.  Wife’s birthday last week and tried to do something out of ordinary.  Went to Okemo and did slide and zip line – awesome experience

·         Tom - (1) Youngest daughter got new teaching job in Springfield MA and will live in Tom’s house and (2) having a seminar tonight.  We wished him well in collecting the rent.

·         Tristan – Easing back into Rotary life.  $5 for surviving legislative session with Valerie (in a good way).

·         Valerie – Thanks for allowing maintain membership while serving in the legislature.  Bad battle story: at end of session went to OKC to see elderly aunt who was in ICU, )who eventually recovered and made it home).  While in the ICU , Valerie contracted cornea-eating bacteria (not in med books).  Ulcers in both eyes.  Called local optometrist.  Ended up in Fletcher Allen clinic.  Asked doc where he went to school – Stanford, Harvard etc.  Figuring he was Italian, she commented that she got the Maserati not the Porsche.  Her doc, being Iranian, did not quite get the joke. Valerie also commented on her boy-toy nurse which meant her eyes were getting better.  Other:  Felt legislature did great work last session:  Death w/dignity bill, marijuana bill, balanced budget etc.  Brag to VT legislature.  Cheers to Vermont.

·         Jon Seacrest – Mother in law undergoing bypass surgery.  Brag for all she does for family even though he had reservations when moved here (Ally inquired if they hotel reservations.)

·         Sandy – Brag for Peter for watering his lawn while out of town.

·         Jill – Brag for SIT folks.  It is Capstone week and she is seeing old friends come back through town. 

No speaker this week – club assembly.

Membership – Sandy

·         Membership is everyone’s role – invite people to breakfast.  Can do whenever you want.

·         To facilitate, Will S put together a two-page brochure.  Will circulate by e-mail and bring to a meeting.

·         Committee will look into sponsoring a Chamber mixer where we would sponsor with a soft sell on membership.

·         Invite all members (especially new members of the past couple years) to a more formal mixer with drinks at Metropolis on June 20th – details to be confirmed.  It was unanimously voted that Will will personally buy all drinks

Community Service – Dan

·         Another reminder: car wash Saturday

·         June 20th: Relay for Life.  Opportunity to grilling burger – at BUHS.

·         Josh suggested doing a food drive.

·         Kevin – WKVT will be doing Load the Latchis again this summer – could coordinate with food drive.

·         Soliciting projects – let Dan know.  (Ally needs yard work)

·         Still supporting nutrition projects

Social – Carmen

·         Discussed changeover

International – Ross

·         Student exchange – need to get more information

·         Speakers – (1) World Learning will be hosting a breakfast road show for the club featuring their new CEO; and (2) Will develop list of recommended international speakers

·         Project in Bogota through a Rotary club – cultivate relationships.  Need more information

·         Ralph to visit two Rotary clubs in Sweden over the next two weeks, one an international club – Ralph will be speaking at one of the meetings!

·         If people travel internationally, go to a meeting!

Scholarship – Toni

·         Good shape

Fundraising - Jon

·         Stated humbly that this is the core of the entire group

·         One idea is to fashion a “Brattleboro Idol”  model off of Keene.  Could be in a bar over several nights

·         Michelle had idea of doing a fishing tournament

Announcement – Board meeting on Thursday June 6th – usual time and place. 

Adjourned 8:24am.

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Posted by Judith Brownlow on Apr 03, 2013

Rotary Rag. April 3, 2013 Sunrise Rotary club 

Absent: Jerry Goldberg, Linda Hopkins, Sandy Ladd, Frank Larkin (excused leave), Jack Mann, Jason Pasternak, Michelle Pong, Neil Senior, Ellen Smith, Jeanette Smuts, Barbara Sontag,Tristram Toleno, and Linda Torinski. 

Turner Lewis was the greeter.

President Sandy Shriver opened with an inspirational quote, from Eddie Cantor: "It takes 20 years to become an overnight success." 

 The greeter next week will be Bob Fagelson.

Introduction of guests

 Marker Ethier introduced his daughter Davie, a 5th grade student at St. Michaels' School in Brattleboro. He introduced Jim Rumrill, member of the Ludlow club, coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program. Todd Murcheson introduced Tom McRea of Edmund Jones and his daughter. 

President Sandy said there will be a Board meeting tomorrow to vote on the membership of Tom McRae. It was the beginning of the month and time for the Rotarian of the Month Award: It went to Dan Dietz. There are only 2 more months for the Rotarian of the Month award (or until all the rare collector's item Rotary Symbol flasks are used up) 

 

Announcements 

Tristam Johnson said the noon club sponsored collection of laptop computers for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 17 were refurbished and provided by Todd Murcheson. The School nutrition project is serving all 3 communities. 

 Toni Sewing said it was the responsibility of all members to introduce themselves to student Rotarians and sign their attendance sheets. They will only be here until June. Members not signing will be fined. Present today were Brattleboro High School students Carrie Meddon and Sam Sherlock

Ali Barry got signatures for Bowl for Kid's Sake, a fund raiser. 2 lanes reserved for our club for 2 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2013. 

Ross said there was a free leadership training course on May 31, 2013, for nonprofits sponsored by IBM and World Learning. It is posted on the United Way website. 

Will Shakespeare said the potential new member breakfast was only attended by one person due to inclemency of the weather. Peter asked if the use of the word "inclemency" was correct in this context, rather than the word "inclement" - and does "inclement" mean the opposite of "clement"? There was some discussion on this issue which entertained us for a few minutes. 

Dan Dietz invited the club to participate in the Noon club project of handicap access ramps at the end of the month - this is presumed to be physical work, although some jobs for on site directors may be there. 

Josh Traeger reported on what Student Rotarians at his table, Sam and Carrie are doing. Spring break is coming up Sam is checking out playing fields for colleges in Chicago, Cincinnati and Pittsburg. Carrie is checking out Durham, NC. The Student Rotarians gave a report. The high school quarter ending this week, boy's Lacrosse game is coming up. There was a band concert last night. 

 Card drawing. Ed Dews said there no winners. 

 Birthdays: Frank Larkin not here - on leave. 

 The Bowl of Life: "I used to get paid for jumping off cliffs." (It was not Jon Secrest.) Jon guessed Carmen. It was not Carmen. It was not Jill. Todd Murcheson was the right guess. He is an ex ski instructor and expert skier, has skied all over the world in various capacities. In this process broke his neck and back, but his knees are still in good shape. 

Brags: Bob Fagelson bragged for Eddie Cantor, a great vaudevillian performer. Booie Fagelson bragged for Toni Sewing, who gave her a speaker providentially. Kevin Yaeger bragged for both his Alma Mater men's basketball teams: The Franklin Pearce Ravens and the Orangemen. Sadie bragged for the great trip she and Evelyn had, Jill asked for participation in the March of Dimes for babies, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 through the Brattleboro Retreat. The URL is http://www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=2050207. Ali bragged for Jason who saved her from a leased vehicle that cost too much. She leased a highlander and Jason noticed she was driving a scratched and dented vehicle. He gave her a new lease for $170 less a month for a red Subaru Imprezza. 

Speaker: Jim Rumrill from the Ludlow Club, spoke about foreign exchange students. He spoke to the Surise Rotary club last July trying to get a student placed in 3 weeks, the student ended up being placed in New York State. The Rotary District has 15 inbound students from 15 countries. (formerly16 students, but one dropped out). They are going to New York City next month; and going on a Bermuda cruise for a District Conference. Our Rotary district has 16 students all over the world, in a one year supported exchange. This provides valuable life experience in the last years of High school or year between high school and college. He is looking for 3 clubs to host students next year. We are sending 20 out and need to host 20. The Rotary Club must set up a committee to look in local high schools and recruit. They must set up a minimum of 2 families to host staring the third week of August. He said "Youth exchange is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you will get." Exchanges are not done with Australia, New Zealand or England, due to a policy made a long time ago not to exchange with English speaking countries.

Marcy Caulkins spoke about the power of creating bonds across country and religious boundaries, exchanges due to her own experience with Philippe from Brazil, sponsored by the Bellows Falls club years ago. Philippe's family hosted a student from India after he had his exchange experience in the US. Living with a person from India made him realize that barring culture, religion and language, they are really alike.

 President Sandy closed the meeting at approximately 7:40 AM.


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ROTARY RAG
February 13th, 2013


Quote of the Day: 
“Worse excuse for not turning in homework:  I couldn’t find anyone to copy it from.”

GREETER:
Thank you, Bob.  Next week... we won't need one as we are scheduled to hold an evening joint meeting w/our 'cousins' - the Nooner's.  The following week's Greeter volunteer:  Will Shakespeare (We all hope he can remember.)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Treasure needed for next week... ?  It may be Sandy Shriver standing in as Dave's stunt-double collecting money for us at our joint meeting.

** Next Week No Meeting At Regularly Scheduled Morning Time! **

Instead we will have a joint Wednesday evening meeting ('here') at the Legion with the Noon club, where our guest speaker will be our past District Governor who has tales and slides of having climbed Mount Everest.  $25.00 dinner cost per person.  Cash Bar (Not an Open Bar... However, the Cash Bar WILL be Open!)  Sign up passed around, and guests welcome to join us.  Drinks start at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00.  Slide Show at 7:00pm.

February 27th - Club Assembly scheduled in lieu of a guest speaker, so we can discuss the upcoming 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

March 20th - Potential New Member Breakfast (invite friends now, so they can put the early time slot on their calendars with plenty of advance, and have fewer excuses to say no.

Harris Hill Ski Jump this weekend.  Because Will DID sign up to help, but can't remember when he did so (fine on Will proposed, carried to second, and probably paid although this editor can't be sure), maybe a few of us can give Will an email reminder to ensure he shows?  The rest of us who signed up, please show at our allotted time slots as noted in Sandy Shriver's recent email blast.  (Don't worry about the cold... just bundle up...  And then when you get there, simply visit the Beer Tent!)

3-on-3 Nothing But Net Tournament - Peter mentioned that sign up for the day's event is still light, so the sign up sheet was passed around again.  Ellen interrupted Pete w/a variety of committee questions, causing a ruckus, and a TON of Ellen-bashing, to which someone offered the helpful - "Even a broken clock is right twice a day" - under appreciated by Ellen, to be sure.

Will spoke about the Membership Committee's suggestions to look at our work associates and peers, and the folks we do daily business with as possible guests to invite to the Potential New Members meeting (see date above.)

Dan reminded us he was spearheading the Quilt Raffle fundraiser - the drawing for which is this Friday.  Last chance to win a beautiful quilt for a fraction of its cost.

While Dan spoke, President Shriver's cell phone rang, and while he took a personal call mid-meeting, an uproar of attempts to fine him ensued for his blatant disreguard for common courtesy presidential protocol.  (Must've been something really important daughter Marjorie wanted to tell him!)

Anyone out there good at spelling?  Wanna form a team and participate in the latest fundraiser.  Sandy Shriver has flyers (that I should've grabbed, so I could go on more about it.)  News from Ellen is she heard a request for participants that may not necessarily be good spellers, but might have good senses of humor instead.  Comic relief stands in higher regard for this event than does any particular spelling tallents, so keep this in mind.

GUESTS:
Completely out of Rotary order, Sandy then called upon us to introduce our guests.  Many of us were STUNNED to catch sight of one Jason Posternak, Car Salesman at large, as most of us imagined he didn't really exist and was just a viscous rumor.  The only REAL guest was our morning's guest speaker Josh Davis, Director of Morningside Shelter.

STUDENT ROTARIAN REPORT:
Carrie was our morning's Student Rotarian, but Sandy Ladd was called upon first to tell us something she'd learned about her - And it must be plenty, as she's known her from birth.  Many of us chimed in with other facts about Carrie we'd learned, and finally poor Carrie was allowed to follow with her Student Rotarian Report...  The BUHS musical "Gypsy" is going to start tomorrow afternoon, and will also have shows Friday and Saturday evening this weekend.  Very exciting, and many are participating, so it should be a good show.  Nordic Race this afternoon too.  Also, girls hockey game upcoming w/face painting and bake sale, all to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  Go and support a worthy cause.

CARDS:  Bob picked the 8 of Spades.  We all Lose Losers.

BIRTHDAYS:  Birthday Barb was MIA, so Dan alone got an early song (since next week when he'll really be celebrating, we'll be with the Nooner's and President Sandy chose not to subject them to our birthday song traditions.)

BRAGS:

Dan began w/ a brag for Jason who apparently saw the Dietz's at the Putney Diner this past week, and proceeded to pay the family's tab for breakfast.  Dan was equal parts grateful and irritated, as he now owes Jason TWO breakfasts in gratitude -- It was Jason's second time playing 'Santa' to Natalie Dietz, and Dan wants to return the favor before Jay makes it three!

Toni - also for Jason - as she had asked him to pick up 600 stamps for the 3-on-3 mailing... something Linda Hopkins always did, but since she's in Hawaii, Jay volunteered.  He should've known how difficult it would be to fill Linda's shoes, and it was - it only took Jason stops at 3 separate post offices to collect that many postage stamps. (frigging small towns... eh Jason?)  

Dave: Talked about the 3 envelopes he 'inherited' from Sadie when he took over the post as Treasurer last year.  He said she'd suggested to him that he save them if he ever got into treasury trouble.  Well, having gotten himself into a tiny bit of trouble a while back, Dave opened up the first envelope, to read, "Blame Everything On ME! (Sadie)"  Well that worked for Dave.  Time passed, and then he hit another treasury snag... so he opened up the second envelope to read... "Hit more trouble?  Try to restructure."  Which he did.  Recently, the final envelope was needed.  Dave opened the third envelope, and it said very simply: "Prepare 3 Envelopes..." ;o) ... which he will be happy to do, as...
Dave and his wife will be retiring this year to Pensicola, Florida.  They will enjoy the final sale of their home next week.  And this year they will both officially retire.  Officially.  And it's official.  SO, ... who wants to be the next treasurer?  Dave assures us the position comes with three very useful envelopes...

Jon - wanted to add to his ongoing mice-as-family-pets saga, merely a brag for "Coffee Cake, and the Secrest 'Cage of Death'!"  Most uncharacteristic of Jon, no elaboration was forthcoming.  (Truly, none was needed as we could all use our imaginations, but for sure we would've laughed heartily if he'd wanted to share more of the story!)

Jill and her hubby figured themselves to be pretty slick last Friday as they thought they were avoiding the snow by taking the whole day off to leave early morning for a Washington, VT weekend get-away.  They caught the beginnings of the storm about 10 miles before their destination, as it began to snow... HEAVILY... and before long, they were stuck in the thick of the blizzard and required a tow for the final few miles.  At least they got to ride in their dead car as it was towed, which sounded like fun.  Jason offered Jill his number for future automobile emergency reference.

GUEST SPEAKER

Judith introduced our day's guest speaker - the new Director of Morningside Shelter, Josh Davis.  

Josh was a graduate of SIT, getting his degree in Non-Profit Management.  He served in the Peace Corps, and taught English in Japan for 2 years, among other impressive resume notes.  Beginning at Morningside only part time, he was hooked and drawn in to all their good work and is now thrilled to be the Director.  He thanks our club for our continued support of Morningside Shelter.

The efforts of Morningside are specifically to create "individualized solutions" for everyone.  Homelessness has many faces: Sleeping in one's car; Doubling up w/friends and other families; or Couch hopping.  These faces are not as visible as someone whom you might see living right on the street.  

Reasons people find themselves homeless include problems like: Lack of livable wage, Lack of full-time employment, and Lack of affordable housing.  Another issue for the homeless is that public transportation is unreliable in the outlying, more rural areas surrounding Brattleboro.

Abuse recovery, mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as recent jail release are some of the reasons why people find themselves homeless.

Morningside has 3 main programs: a Dry Shelter; Housing Support; and Representative Payee

Morningside's dry shelter has been running for 30 years, and is the only year round shelter in Southern Vermont.  29 beds now in house, and they are currently running at full capacity with a waitng list of between 30-50 households waiting for help.  The average stay of people at the shelter is about 70 days.  Case managers work 24 hours a day 7 days a week at Morningside.  The first thing someone talks about with their case manager when arriving at the shelter is their plans for transitioning OUT of the shelter.  Morningside works with local agencies to connect people to necessary assistance.  The population at Morningside Shelter has changed; they are now seeing more families w/children in need than ever before.  

Housing Support is another program whereby Morningside helps with both Section 8 vouchers, and also helps transition assistance to maintain some support even after people transition to their housing situation.

Representative Payee - or Homelessness Prevention is the final page of what Morningside offers.

Through a grant w/United Way and working together w/Youth Services, they've set up another shelter just for youth.  Reasons being, youth seem to thrive among their peers, and do NOT seem to do so when in the regular shelter, according to data.  This new facility is filled all the time, and they are always working together colaboratively with other organizations, like Youth Services.

Asked if they saw much repeat-folks, the answer was about 5 out of every 100 were repeat assistance-needy.

Asked why children and youth end up homeless, the answer was adolescents were mostly either fleeing abusive homes, poor family situations, kicked out of their homes due to their own drug use/abuse, and/or aging out of the Foster Care system.  

Overall, the level of need has DRAMATICALLY increased since 2008, and cases in general have become more intense.

 

Meeting Adjourned.
Omissions, Errors, Flaws, Grievances - Sorry, but no money back guarantees!

Stand-In Scribe for Janette ~ Alisa Barry  ;o)

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11/28/12 Newsletter

November 28, 2012

Speaker for next week: Ellen
Speaker for today: Sandy

Announcements:

  • Sandy: Next board meeting is 12/6 at WKVT
  • Linda: Holiday party will be 12/12 at The Marina Restaurant. We’ll have a Yankee Swap, so everyone should bring a gift.
  • 3x3 Basketball Tournament Committee is looking for more members - please contact Peter if interested
  • Jon: raffle drawing will be held at next week’s meeting. Please sell all your tickets.
  • Todd is in the process of scanning all Rotary photographs and will put them on discs. A huge thank you to Todd!
  • Tristam: Westgate food program is in need of more volunteers. If interested in getting involved, please contact Tristam.
  • Kevin: Thank you to everyone who is helping with Feed the Thousands pickups - it’s all going well. And all of the December slots are filled - thank you! When it’s your pickup, keep in mind that Hannaford’s has the largest collection, and we’re only doing the pickup at the Coop on Mondays.

Cards: Marcie was the winner. Congrats!

Happy birthday to Jon Secrest. He enjoyed a lovely birthday song from the quartet.

Brags

  • Booie: Secret Santa has received over 400 requests, and we’re still looking for donations. If interested in participating (even donating one gift), please contact Booie at her office.
  • Bob: Claims that Booie is married to Sean Connery.
  • Will: Well Bob, Will has been mistaken for Woody Allen. And a brag to the wonderful Brattleboro community and the many talented artists and musicians here. Sharon Loredo are performing December 10th, another great concert on December 11 and the Ceremony for the Arts will be on December 10th- all encouraged to attend.
  • Linda: celebrating 32 years of marriage.
  • Tristan: going to new state legislator orientation, and his son was on the winning state spelling bee team.
  • Tristam: grateful to Todd for fixing his computer (and for the evening free of technology while his computer was getting repaired).
  • Damon: family participated in this year’s Turkey Trot (and made a personal best) and Damon completed his second half marathon last weekend and made another personal best.
  • Ali: Toni’s shoes are amazing and Ellen should consider herself challenged for the next shoe competition; North End Butchers is hiring for an after-school position (and has great fringe benefits) - please share with everyone you know.
  • Marcy R.: her daughter took her driver’s ed test and passed; BMH opened their new MRI suite this week.
  • Kevin: both children came home for Thanksgiving and the family had a wonderful holiday together; he feels so much love from the club each and every time he stands up to speak.
  • Scott: daughter Sara will be in the Annie production at NEYT (December 6 to 16).
  • Mark: first daughter was born on 11/19! Harper Zoe is healthy and doing well. Mark is extremely grateful to the wonderful staff at BMH for making the birth experience wonderful for his family.

Toni introduced the 2012-2013 student Rotarians to us: Tanner attends Hinsdale High School; Carrie, Kelly, Sam and Connor who all attend BUHS. Each student shared a short bio with the club, including their educational goals, reason for joining the Rotary Club, extracurricular activities and plans for the future. We warmly welcome them to Rotary and look forward to getting to know them over the course of the school year they are with us. Toni reminded us all that we need to introduce ourselves to each student Rotarian and get to know them. Toni keeps a record of who talks to the student Rotarians.

Have a great week everyone!

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Posted by Michael Kindopp on Nov 12, 2012
Super Storm Sandy ReliefThe Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club and the Brattleboro Rotary Club combined efforts on Saturday 11/10/12 & Monday 11/12/12 to gather items to be trucked down to those devastated by Super Storm Sandy. 
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 HARLEM AMBASSADORS TOUR IS COMING YOUR WAY

 

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Brattleboro, VT for a game at the Brattleboro Union High School Gym on April 10, 2011 at 5pm.

 

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

 

The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and delivers a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

 

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For Brattleboro’s event the Ambassadors have partnered with Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club to help raise funds for Rotary projects.

 

The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars – an accomplishment of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud.

 

“It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.”     

 

 

 

To purchase a ticket please contact Jason Posternak at

802-254-6750.

 

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Posted by Toni Ann Sewing on Feb 15, 2011

The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club will host its 15th Annual "Nothin' But Net" 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.....Sunday, March 20th at the Brattleboro Union High School. We invite you to put a team of 4 together and compete in this annual fundraising event. Registration deadline is Friday, March 11th. Entry fees are $50 for Adult Teams, $40 for Junior High and High School teams.

There will be a 50-50 raffle, a 3 Point shooting competition for both men and women plus a Free Throw Contest. All team members will recieve a t-shirt and prizes will awarded to all division winners including CASH for the Adult divisions! So get your team together, mail in your registration form and be part of teh 15th Annual  Nothin' But Net" 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.

ALL Net proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund.

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Posted by Jason Posternak on Dec 02, 2010
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MEMBERS PRESENT

Alisa Barry, Marcy Caulkins, Tony Ciampaglione, Dan Dietz, Carmen Derby, Ed Dews, Amelia Farnum, Sadie Fischesser, Jerry Goldberg, Drew Hazelton, Tristan Johnson, Damon Kindopp, Sandy Ladd, Turner Lewis, Mark Lovey-Reys, Jim Maxwell, Ralph Meima, Jennifer Moyse, Todd Murchison, Shawna Parker, Michelle Pong, Jon Secrest, William Shakespeare, Valerie Stuart, Jill Terrell-Ouazzani, Tristan Toleno, Linda Torunkski, Aviva Wertkin, Kevin Yager. 

 

STUDENT ROTARIANS 

Anthony Gringeri (Hinsdale High School), Rebecca Freeman (Brattleboro Union High School), Casey Manning (BUHS).  

 

MEMBERS ABSENT

 Nick DuBois, Mark Ethier, Arden Fagelson, Ross Gibson, Scott Gibson, Scott Gordon-Macey, Jason Posternak, Marcy Rushford, Sandy Shriver, Ellen Smith, Josh Traeger.  

 

GUESTS

John Mabie, Carrie Simmons, Michael Clough, Ralph Meima’s son Alex, Sadie Fischesser’s daughter Evie, Amelia Farnum’s daughter Lucy, and  Mark Lovey-Reys’ daughter Talia. 

 

STUDENT ROTARIAN REPORTS

Anthony Gringeri noted that Hinsdale High School’s Annual Christmas Bazaar would take place this Saturday, November 14 at the high school from 9-2 pm.

Casey Manning gave us an update on the activities of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Brattleboro Union High School. FBLA recently hosted a career-training event with Skills USA where participants learned how to be effective leaders.  She also told us about how she spoke to BUHS’s freshman class about FBLA and encouraged them to join. Ninety students attended the FBLA’s first meeting.  Other recent FBLA activities included a trip to the Big E, an extracurricular fair at the Career Center, and attendance at a State Leadership Conference in Montpelier.  The FBLA finished its Yankee Candle fundraiser, which raised $9,000. They also hosted a blood drive that brought in 27 pints of blood. Next week, the FBLA is going to New Orleans for its fall leadership program.  A highlight of that trip will be attendance at a Saints game where they have sky box seats. 

Rebecca Freeman said Brattleboro Union High School’s Christmas food fundraiser just finished. It raised $8,000.  They are now focusing on their fall fundraiser for the March of Dimes. They will host another fundraiser for the March of Dimes in the spring.  In addition, to raise awareness for National Premature Baby Day, which is coming up on November 17, purple streamers will appear soon all over the school.  Additional activities the FBLA will be involved with this semester include Project Feed the Thousands and a campaign of customized letters from Santa to area children.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jennifer passed around a sign-up sheet for the dinners our club will provide at the Shelter over the next few months.

Tristam announced that Brattleboro’s Afternoon Club has decided to co-fund the vacation nutrition project our club has been running for the last six or seven years at Westgate, Ledgewood Heights and Moore Court.  Tristam also noted that our Board of Directors recently approved the International Committee’s request for funding and support for the Justa Stove project in the mountains outside of San Pedro Sula Hondurans.  

Kevin notified members that next Wednesday, November 19 our club will present our donation check to Kelli Corbeil and Jeff Morse for Project Feed the Thousands.  All club members are encouraged to attend and asked to bring in food donations to our breakfast meeting that morning.

Sandy alerted members that if they are picking up food for Project Feed the Thousands at Hannaford’s to speak to personnel at the store’s front desk if the food collection box is not visible. She noted that when she went to do a pick up, donated food had been placed in the conference room rather than in the big box that is supposed to be in the front of the store. The Drop In Center’s Lucy Fortier is getting in touch with Hannaford’s to ensure they put the collection box back out where it is supposed to be.  If you have any problems like this, please let Project Feed the Thousands Committee members know so they can address them.  

Linda announced that as of next month, Quiz Triva Night will take place on Monday nights.  

 

BRAGS

Amelia noted with glee that she had the opportunity to meet Lyle Lovett at a concert recently thanks to a tweet from Tom Bodette. Tom’s tweet broadcasting that he was attending Lovett’s concert instead of sitting at home waiting for election results on November 4 sparked a rapid response from Lovett who invited Amelia, Tom and their spouses to meet him backstage after the concert.

Sandy made a brag in celebration of the birth of her college roommate’s first grandchild. 

Michelle bragged on behalf of Veterans Day.  She said she comes from a long line of veterans, was formerly married to a vet and praised all veterans for their service.  

Jennifer bragged for her fantastic group of dancers at the Brattleboro School of Dance. She also recounted how much fun they had in Boston where they had Chinese food for dinner prior to attending the ballet Swan Lake. 

 

BOWL OF LIFE

The bowl of life question of the day was: Whom does Aleksa Secrest call the one with the spiky hair. Answer was Aly during her punk rocker phase.  

 

GUEST SPEAKER’S REMARKS

Michelle introduced our guest speaker, Michael Clough, who is the director of the Southern Vermont National History Museum up on Hogback Mountain. Michael described the institution as an old-fashioned style natural history museum. It is home to the historic Luman R. Nelson natural history collection, one of the largest collections of native species on exhibit in the Northeast. The museum also displays live birds of prey, native fish, reptiles and amphibians as well exhibits on natural history, mineralogy and local history.  He noted that the birds of prey and live animals are a major attraction. The museum is located next to Hogback Mountain Conservation Area and Molly Stark State Park, which has over 600 acres of protected land and hiking trails.

Michael said that the museum has recently been in a state of constant growth due to a tremendous amount of outreach. It currently has one and a half staff members and was visited by 13,000 people last year.  Museum staff made 150 off site presentations during 2014.  Michael informed us that the museum plans to move to Brattleboro in the near future and is currently considering several possible locations. He noted that the institution’s goal is to be more accessible to school groups and to work to build a regional presence. The museum currently does not have a parking lot that can accommodate school buses.  He said the Museum’s long-term goals are to hire a fundraiser, grow its staff and do more school programming.  

The star of the show was the red tail hawk Michael brought to visit the club.  The hawk’s name is Piper. She came to the institution for rehabilitation 12 years ago after she was hit by a car and lost her ability to fly.  Most of the museum’s live inhabitants were either injured at some point and came to the museum to be rehabilitated as Piper was or were donated former pets.  Red tail hawks get their red tail when they turn two years old.  In captivity, they can live into their thirties. As Will Shakespeare can attest to, they also are known as chicken hawks because they love to eat chickens.  Their daytime vision is 8 – 10 times sharper than a human being’s eyesight.

Michael concluded by inviting everyone to visit the museum.  For more information about the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum go to www.vermontmuseum.org

                         

 

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Sunrise at Rotary

November 5, 2014

 

Members smilin’ thru this ayem:

            Alisa B, Marcy C, Dan D, Nick DuB, yours truly, Scott G-M, Tristam J, Sandy L, James M,    Lawyer, Jen M, President T, Jason P, Jon S, Toni C, Will S, Valerie S, Jill T, Linda T, Josh T, and       Kevin Y.

 

Guests enjoying our company (oh, and we theirs): 

            Joe Little (Nooner), Mlle. Murcheson, Talia Loevy-Reyes, John Mabie (also Nooner, I think), and the two Gordon-Macey heirs. 

 

Alas, no student Rotarians today!  (… and I was like totally gonna sign their sheets!)    

 

Led by Jon Secrest we pledged our allegiance to a far-flung flag.

 

President Todd’s quotation for the day expressed a lesson he’s confessedly “still working on:” 

            “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it            and remove all doubt.”

                                    Who else but Mark Twain, right?

 

Announcements:

  • Linda T – A reminder re Trivia Night -- next Wednesday 12th).  From December forward TN will move to the second Monday of the month and will happen at the American Legion Hall.  $20 required to pay for a bartender (I think I got that right… ?).
  • Kevin Y – Project Feed pickups will start on Monday, 10 November.  A calendar was sent around to fill in…  If you weren’t at the meeting, contact Kevin and he’ll slot you in.
  • James M – Levied a $5 fine on himself for streaking.
  • Someone:  There’s a Board Meeting tomorrow (probably took place this morning as you read this).  Board could use “Members at Large.”  So show up at WKVT at 7:15 a.m.  There are usually donuts.

 

Brags:

  • Tristam J for Josh T for good inter-club relationship building (he attended a Nooner meeting and ate the salad!).
  • Sandy L re her widowed Dad and how “schlepping” Sandy’s late Mon’s jewelry from here to there opened a door to his feelings on his wonderful life with his wife… A lovely brag, Sandy.
  • Marcy C re Halloween at the Caulkins’s – all pumpkins and 300 trick or treaters
  • Kevin re his current MS condition… how his latest MRI (done at BMH) revealed that he’s stabilized.   No significant changes in his brain lesions.  And no new lesions.  SUCH GOOD NEWS, KEV!
  • James M, L re working with the gang on the Morningside Shelter project.  Although they didn’t finish, Jon, Sadie, Josh and Todd did great work!
  • Dan Deitz re celebrating “2-15” with his Nancy. 
  • Linda T re havin’ a good time at a Fleetwood Mack (love them!) concert in Connecticut.
  • Josh re Noontime Rotary.  Nice lunch.  Marty Cohn’s illustrious speakers made the day!
  • Alisa B re Jen Moyse’s latest show:  “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”  Excellent!
  • Joe Little re Josh, thanking him for nice brag re the Noon Club and re Toni for being, well, Toni.
  • Todd re his daughter’s 600 mile, six-month biking and skiing sojourn to Canada.  There’s a raffle!!!

 

Cahds.  Will S held the 3 o’ Hearts, winning the $8 pot! 

 

Late announcement by Jen M:

The club has a commitment to serve dinner at the Overflow on the second Fridays of each month.  We think it’s pasta night.  (Mine:  Think beyond lasagna, right?

 

The Bowl of Life:

            “I had my picture taken with Ronald Noble, the Secretary General of Interpol.” 

Turned out it was Linda T, who’d attended a UNH graduation at which Secretary Noble was the guest speaker. Circumstance brought them together -- and the rest is photo history!  Note:  Too few of us seemed to know what Interpol is!!!

 

Today’s Speaker:  Mark Loevy-Reyes

  • Mark did a splendid job telling us all about the Court Diversion Program and Youth Service’s Restorative Justice Program – and the work he and his colleagues do with young people who’ve gotten themselves into difficulty.
  • There are panels that meet once a month for two hours – open to whoever would like to volunteer. Contact Mark to find out more.
  • Mark also talked about the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program (YSASP) that works with about 300 young people a year whose actions have resulted in difficulty in driving, etc. (suspended licenses, unpaid fines, etc.) and how to work plans out so they can regain their mobility, etc.  
  • Attorney John Mabie, who has experience with clients caught up in some of this, heartily endorsed Mark’s program.
  • Thanks to Mark for an eye-opener… well worth hearing about!

 

Respectifully submitted, voluntarily:    Jerry G

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Image                                 We welcome two new Student Rotarians to our club: BUHS Seniors from the Career Center and members of FBLA, Casey Manning and Rebecca Freeman.

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Posted by Toni Ciampaglione

President Todd started our meeting with 2 quotes from Paul Harris....

In the clashes between ignorance and intelligence- ignorance is generally the aggressor!

 

Permanent superiority has never been realized by any nation in history. Hundreds of empires show….”After the rise, comes the fall.”

 

GREETER:

Josh Traeger greeted us this morning and Turner will be collecting hugs next week!

 

GUESTS:

Bill Stevens- Assistant District Governor, Keene Rotary Club
Evie Woliver
Mark Loevy- Reyes
Davi Ethier
Guy Payne
John Mabie (snuck in late)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  1. Josh announced that the playground work at Morningside Shelter is not complete. He is planning on another work session this Saturday (Sunday if it is raining) from 10am to 1pm. Really needs volunteers, especially people who know how to use tools!!!
  2. Kevin passed around the schedule for the Project Feed the Thousands pick-ups. It will start on November 7th and continue through the first of the year. There are few holes in the schedule that could use volunteers.
  3. Linda announced that the next Charity Quiz Night will be on November 12th at Ramunto’s. Sign-up sheet was passed around….volunteers are needed.

 

INDUCTED NEW MEMBER:

 

President Todd inducted Mark Loevy-Reyes who is an attorney here in Brattleboro. Make sure to say hello and introduce yourself to him.

 

CARDS:  Ace of Diamonds..… and the winner is none other than one of our new student Rotarians Casey Manning!!

 

BIRTHDAYS: We paid tribute to Jonas Salk who would have been 100 today, as he is the creator of the Polio vaccination…..a cause very near and dear to all Rotarians! Additionally Ed Dews was serenaded by our own Rotary Birthday Singers. Ed was actually born on Halloween….explains a lot!

BOWL OF LIFE:

  1. This member was the Station Manager at his/hers college radio station. Will Shakespeare was picked to go first and he guessed the obvious Kevin Yager who guessed Jon (because he was heckling him) who guessed Sandy Shriver who guessed Jim who wasn’t there so he guessed Sandy Ladd. Sandy correctly guessed Sadie. Sadie explained that she first was the music director then the station manager at WDUB….yes it was called the dubbie!

BRAGS:

Linda: Bragged for Sandy Shriver and Aviva Wertkin who volunteered to co-chair the Charity Quiz Bowl after she moves. She also bragged for her recent trip and house hunting expedition in New Orleans.

Mark: Happy to be a member so he could brag....excited to be a member! Also bragged for a panel in which he will take part in tonight at Keene State.                                      Race and Criminal Justice Post-Ferguson: A Discussion With Experts
Young Student Center - Mountain View Room
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 · 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

 

Toni: Has been a while since last bragged- had a little catching up to do. Ran my first 5k in Florida in the beginning of October. Bragged for Jason who is helping out finding a new car for son Brett as he totaled his car Friday driving home from work. Bragged/Fined Sandy Shriver for not only giving me grief about changing my last name in last week’s newsletter but he couldn’t even count the letters in it correctly.

Jill: Bragged for the Boston Gay Mans Chorus performing at the Latchis on November 1st, a benefit concert for the Retreat. If you want tickets call soon, as of yesterday not a lot left.

Bill Stevens: Apologized for being absent as of late but promises he will be attending more often. Also welcomed new member Mark and had a dollar left to give me grief about the length of my brag. “Longest brag he could remember that didn’t include Kevin Yager”.

Sadie: Fined herself for forgetting to introduce Bill this morning and also invited members to join her at Jen Moyse’s show on Saturday night at the Hooker Dunham Building. Contact her if you would like to go to the show and have a Rotary group.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Guy Payne from SEON- Sustainable Energy Outreach Network

 

SEON is not a project management organization that directs resources to a particular issue.  It is a facilitative organization that supports the development and commercialization of renewable energy and energy efficiency by linking people, information, and resources.

The mission of SEON is to create an interrelated concentration of local businesses, educational institutions, and public sector participants dedicated to improving the economic sustainability of the SE Vermont RegionThey promote the development and commercialization of renewable energy / energy efficiency technologies, products, services, and processes.  Core to development is the advancement of learning for seasoned and entry-level practitioners, those exploring the field of sustainable energy, students, and the general public

Their vision is for Southeastern Vermont and neighboring regions will be one of the foremost centers of sustainable energy and resiliency in rural America

Goals

  • Promote the region as an innovative leader in the renewable energy and  energy efficiency sectors
  • Increase energy efficiency, health, safety, and durability improvements in residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial, and municipal buildings.
  • Increase net metering and other renewable energy projects/installations
  • Attract and retain young talent to the area
  • Advance the professional development of energy professionals in the region as well as the energy literacy of our citizenry.
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Posted by Alexander D. Shriver

 

Quote:  Missed it.  Sorry.  I was not assigned newsletter duties until after the quote. 

Greeter:  Turner Lewis

Next week’s greeter:  Josh Traeger. 

Next week’s scribe:  Toni Ciampaglione.  Who is that?  And did I spell that name right?  11 letters.  Why would you change your name to an 11 letter word? 

I digress, sorry. 

Please check the scribe list on the website.  It has been updated and the dates have all changed.  The two scribes after Toni are Ellen Smith (Nov. 5) and Valarie Stuart (Nov. 12). 

Guests:  Dave Evans, from WVEW, John Mabie, Esq., a nooner, Davie, Evie and Lucy. 

Absent: Ooops.  I forgot to get the list.  But not many.  We had good attendance.

 

Announcements:

We got mentioned in the World Rotary Magazine.  Yes, the one you get every month and recycle unread.  I will buy 5 cards for the first person who e-mails me with what page we are mentioned on and what the topic was.   

Noon Club will be meeting at the American Legion every Thursday at 12:15 starting on October 23.  A great place to get make ups and get a wonderful lunch.  Congratulations to Tristian for the new customer. 

Toni C introduced the student Rotarians and gave them sage advice:  “Don’t listen to Will.”  2 of our three student Rotarians are, courtesy of BUHS, the FBLA program and Ms. Cornell: 

  • Rebecca Freeman and Casey Manning. 

We will get another Student Rotarian from Hinsdale shortly. 

Please introduce yourself, make them feel at home, and sign their list.  Ed will be watching. 

Event:  This Saturday, October 25.  We are building a playground at Morningside Shelter.  Please volunteer by contacting Ellen.  We need volunteers from 9 AM to 11 AM and then 11 AM to 1 PM.  Bring tools, or you can play with other’s tools. 

Overflow Shelter:  We are making meals the 2nd Friday of each month, starting in November. 

3 on 3 tournament will be on Saturday, March 14th.  Save the date.  Toni recruited Jerry and Shawna to help her with the contact list and Sadie to update the mailing list.  If you have ideas for new sponsors or know who to contact at a certain business, please share that with Toni.  Our sponsorships have been falling off. 

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition will be asking the Board for $150.  Board Members:  Please plan on attending the next meeting, Thursday, November 6, so we have a quorum. 

Event:  This Monday, October 27, Ross will be the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Retreat from 7 AM or 9 AM on employee engagement.  All are welcome to come to support one of our members. 

Tristem:  Will be meeting with the noon club in December to make a pitch for support of the nutrition project.  Todd agreed to join him. 

Kevin:  Project Feed the Thousands starts on November 7.  A signup sheet was circulated.  We don’t do the pick up on weekends.  Please plan on signing up for at least one pick up.  Best time to do them is 2 or 3 in the afternoon as the Drop In Center closes at 4:30 every day.  Bring plastic grocery bags. 

Birthdays:  None.    

Cards:   

Something of Diamonds.  Drew won.  Congratulations.    

 

Bowl of Life: 

 

No time for the bowl. 

Brags

 

Shawna:  A small and a big brag worth $20. Her Mom has been moved into an assisted living facility now and is happy.

Big brag:  She has a new job.  She is going to be the Senior Director of Marketing at Vista Higher Learning in Boston.  Congratulations.  She will be asking the Board for a leave of absence but still hopes to be involved in projects as she will still live in the Brattleboro area. 

Damon:  For his very fast sons who did great in a couple of recent races.  Torin is the second fastest 5th grader in the State of New Hampshire.  Pretty cool. 

Ellen:  She is 8 days into her new job at Landmark and is loving it.  They are really transforming kids there. 

Marcy:  For Jason and Brattleboro Subaru who got her into a 2013 Nissan Sentra.  Also for her daughter who is on track to cover the “3 foundations of physical fitness for young people: swimming, gymnastics and track and field.’ 

Jill:  Who just got back from a 2 week vacation in Morocco and Portugal. 

Also, she announced the Saturday, November 1 benefit concert for the Retreat:  The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. 

Drew:  For Rescue, Inc. who had three crews at the Keene Pumpkin Festival riots.  They treated 30 plus patients. 

Speaker

Jim Maxwell introduced Dave Evans from WVEW.  The successor of Radio Free Brattleboro.  They are a legitimate low power FM radio station.  They use 100 watts and have offices in the Hooker Dunham Building and an antennae at the Austine School. 

Jim hosts “Art talk” on Friday afternoons between 4 and 5.  Tune in and call in. 

They are a 501©(3) and are an independent non-commercial station with c. 42 different DJs.  They broadcast for 3 to 5 miles and you can stream their station on line. 

Apparently they have listeners all over the country because they get about 20 e-mails a week asking for shows from outside the area. 

“Come down, check it out, get a show.” 

 

The End

 

The small print:  This newsletter is only a rough facsimile of what actually occurred.  If you really want to know what happened, you should have been there because, after all, a lot happens at our meetings. 

 

                                                                                    Your  scribe:  Sandy S.  

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Sunrise Rotary Sept 2, 2014

Greetings Sunrise, here are the Sept 2 highlights.

Thought for the day from Woody Allen, but I didn’t write it down b/c I had forgotten I was scribe.

Guests Davy, Evie, Matthew; also John Mabie

Announcements

  • Linda about the charity quiz, next Wed (Sept 10), 6:15, at Ramunto’s, Exit 3
  • Sadie is gathering speakers, please let her know your ideas, and please respond to her emails
  • Toni invites participants, walkers or sponsors, for Team Steve, to walk for Steven Steidel as part of the Walk To End Alzheimer’s, Sept. 14; go to the Alzheimer Association website for more
  • Jason holds high the raffle jar, showing us it’s low and there are only 3 ½ weeks to go; there are plenty of posters thanks to Shawna
  • Jill announces the Wellness in Windham health festival at the Retreat on Sept 20
  • Carmen invites us to the 2014 United Way Day of Caring, Sept 6, 8 to noon, go to volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org
  • Sandy: board meeting Thursday morning
  • Dan: Touch-A-Truck this Saturday (6th), with Dan as the go-to guy with “Ask The Expert” and Ross as the newly appointed/elected/dragooned chef

Brags

  • Dan passed every certification exam for ASE, Automobile Service Excellence
  • Jason bragged for Dan
  • Gordon has achieved Senior Financial Planning status as CHFC, and also a brag for his son Matthew’s cardboard arcade and donation of portion of proceeds to the homeless shelter
  • Linda took care of her 20-month old granddaughter all weekend and as a consequence her butt was wore out
  • Jennifer brags about the Brattleboro School of Dance terrific new admin assistant, Alison Fonsby (sp?) and an open house at the studio this Friday, 5 to 8 pm
  • Turner attended his 4th and final bluegrass festival for the year
  • Todd was taught bass by a nuclear physicist
  • Will’s son is enjoying great success as a storyboard artist for movies, notably an upcoming Batman sequel; also, a brag for his dog that eats chickens

Birthdays:  Tristan and Allie.  The choir was smooth and sexy, as usual.

Cards: Ten of spades wins, everyone else a loser

Bowl of Life:  Jennifer’s very unfortunate fall from a piano and sliced tongue

Speaker:  Ross came on as a substitute and roused us all with a presentation on themes of success: Be Excellent At Anything, by Tony Schwartz; with a group exercise on body, heart, mind and spirit.

 

Submitted by Jim Maxwell

Sunrise Rotary Sept 2 2014 Jim Maxwell 0
Posted by Ross Gibson

Ideas Generated by the Brattleboro Sunshine Rotary Club, September 3, 2014

Physical (LIVE)

  • More moving, less sitting
  • Pack lunches
  • Provide healthy snacks
  • Walking meetings
  • Organize running club
  • Walking desk
  • Install gym at work
  • Cross country ski at lunch
  • Discourage coffee/cigarette breaks
  • Remove vending machines
  • Standing desks
  • No junk food at desks
  • Lunch time exercise
  • Company sports team
  • Golf
  • Charity activities

 

Social/Emotional (LOVE)

  • Compliments
  • Team-building events
  • Encouragement
  • Communications
  • Rewards
  • Family time
  • Gratitude
  • More fun at work
  • Honesty
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Collaboration
  • Practice forgiveness
  • Don’t complain
  • Be nice
  • Smile/laugh
  • Space to discuss issues
  • Ask about family
  • Listening
  • Give employees family support

 

 

 

Mental (LEARN)

  • Tune into NPR
  • Organize Book Club
  • Journal reviews
  • Peer-run professional development
  • Exercise at lunch
  • Walking break with co-worker
  • Training
  • Continuing education
  • Time off
  • “Roundtable”
  • Keep an open mind/listen to new ideas
  • Volunteer for ROTARY

 

Spiritual (TO LEAVE A LEGACY)

  • Morning meditation
  • Affirmations (with) co-workers
  • Brown bag lunches
  • Start work volunteer group
  • Book club
  • Nature/outdoor activities
  • Connect work with community improvements
  • Moment of silence/contemplation
  • Less judgment
  • Community service projects
  • Organize volunteer teams
The Four Dimensions of Renewal at Work Ross Gibson 0
Posted by Ross Gibson

Not present: Summer here, summer not, more less or more.

Quotes:  (1) “If you could kick the person who is responsible for most of your troubles you wouldn’t sit for a month.” Theodore Roosevelt (2) “A day without sunshine is like……you know, night.”  Steve Martin

Greeter today: Thanks to Ed for pitching in</