Stay tuned for a new Zoom link for our meetings coming up soon!
Date in history
  • 1932 Mahatma Ghandi began hunger strike in opposition to Britain’s laws and inspired non-violent protest
  • 1940 Selective Training and Service Act signed into law by FDR; it was the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history
  • 1963 Beatles release “She Loves You” in the U.S.
  • 1956 David Copperfield born in NJ; his TV series ran from 1977-2001
In lieu of the Rotary minute, Cindy shared a Mahatma Ghandi minute: (Much abbreviated version here) He talked about mutual toleration as the golden rule of conduct. Consciousness is not the same for everyone. There will always be room for differences of opinion and perspective. Forgiveness is the quality of the soul.
  • Booie Fagelson's birthday is tomorrow if you see her!
  • October 1, 6-8 PM, is the presentation of Jim Verzino’s Paul Harris award at Saxton’s River Distillery. Dress warmly!
  • Jim is exploring the Rotary Zoom account options. Hopefully, before the next meeting we will have a new link. Thank you, Josh G., for letting us use yours!
  • Rotary masks came in. They are for people doing Rotary volunteer work. You can get one from Josh T.
  • Disc golf tournament is coming up. Josh and Josh are working on that together. The park wanted us to do insurance this year and they figured out a way to do that. It is certified by the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) this year. There will be additional requirements and a few changes related to that and COVID. That will mean we need fewer volunteers. If you have questions check in with Josh T. or Josh G. After COVID, because of the link with PDGA connection, we will mean we have more people participating from all over. Josh shared video of some of the kind of talent we might expect. Next year we will hopefully also have spectators as well.
    Thank you for all the work you are doing! What an evolution from an idea to this. Great work!!
  • Community service:
    Thank you for those who have volunteered to Everyone Eats! (If you sign up, get a Rotary mask!) They are putting out 700 meals per day. Dates are 9/22, 9/24, 10/1; there will be more dates likely into the winter. Everyone is masked so it feels very safe. It is very well organized.
    The Cathedral project is on hold; we were supposed to do some work this weekend. We are waiting on the date/confirmation for the island clean up.
  • We decided to send $250 to South Dakota effort and the Noon Club met the challenge to meet that donation. Thank you Noon Club!
  • There is a message from the Rotary President on the FB page. Check it out. It invites people to join us. Please share around! You can also share on Linked In.
  • Come to Saxton’s River tomorrow evening (5.30 or after) to connect if you are interested and available. Frederick Noyes and Kathy Urfer (prospective members) might also be there! Introduce yourself if you see them.
  • Debra bragged for Josh for getting us more active, being a good team leader, and general positive energy.
  • Katja added on and thanked Josh for the mileage challenge. She is going to get her bicycle out as well. Also she had her anniversary (1/9) last week and it was a great celebration.
  • KJ bragged that their house is under contract. They found a house to buy in Brattleboro and they have an option on an apartment as well (just in case). They are sticking around—yay! Thank you to everyone for the help in finding a place. He also bragged for the folks at Rescue; they have been working through COVID. They have stricter protocols in place that involve things like sleeping in masks, etc. It’s amazing to see the hard work they do every day. Thank you to our first responders.
  • Lisa bragged that Michael is retiring. It was a long thought process and it is time. The family is very excited and proud. Other people added their appreciations of Mike. He was 21 years in the Marine Corps and 21 years as a police officer. There will be a retirement party in January and they are then going away to a surprise location.  We are hoping he will join us as a member!
  • Jon thanked everyone for reaching out about the death of his brother. He was 63 years old and it was very unexpected. It was a strange (and crowded) experience. Jon has been quarantined in the house, even from his family.
  • Will congratulated Lisa and Michael on his move into retirement. He also thanked Josh for giving back to the community. He also apologized for all the email that resulted from his calendaring. Will is also in isolation at the request of his children—both of whom are expecting! He also has about 80 miles left on the Long Trail; it has been a great experience. Half the time he has been alone and half the time with other people; he is doing some writing about that. He recommends giving it a try.
  • Cindy bragged that her 2 sons and her daughters-in-law have wanted to come visit, but have been cautious as NYers and volunteer firefighters. They diligently tested ahead of their visit. Her “love bucket is full” after their visit. They are 8 years apart and are very different yet they have a strong connection and are a lot of fun to be around.
We ended with the 4-way test
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?