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

Valerie introduced Lissa Weinmann as her guest.

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

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