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