Upcoming scribe & speaker:
Mona Williams Scribe 10/16
Jason Posternak Speaker 10/16
This Day in History:
0028- The Temple of Apollo is dedicated on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
1779- The Luddite riots being in Manchester, England in reaction to machinery for spinning cotton
1949- Harvard Law School begins admitting women
Rotary Minute:
Most Remote Rotary Club – Which Rotarians have to travel farthest for a makeup meeting? You are right if you guessed the 34 members of the Rotary Club of Papeete, Tahiti, which is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is the club that is most remote from any other
Student Rotarians (Hinsdale):
Recent financial aid night for college bound students, Many of the club and committees are chaired by our own student Rotarians!, Saturday is Farm Day at Hinsdale High School complete with haunted hay ride.
Anniversaries & Birthdays:
Sandy Shriver 22 years a Rotarian!
10/6 Happy Birthday Bob Fagelson
-Monday is Trivia Night
-Disc Golf Tournament is this Sunday
-Oct is the month for the nominating committee to pick upcoming officers for the club
-Pints for Polio moved to November with a Halloween costume donation element
-3 volunteers are needed to sort food from 9-noon at the VT Food Bank behind Members 1st Credit Union this weekend
-$7000 raised so far in sponsorships for the disc golf tournament, a big thanks to our sponsors and to those who got our sponsors
-Alex Shriver has is license!
-NEYT has a new SNL style show coming up, go see it
-Raffle tickets are still available for the Rescue, Inc. car raffle
-Sat the 19th is the next Adventure Race, join in
-Proxy brag for Deb: Thanks for all the help with the garden last weekend
-Ali went to visit her mom after successful surgery and survived her time with the rents!
-Ali thanked all the Rotarians that pitch in to help with everything and is thankful for it being burgundy day today at Rotary
-Cindy is heading camping in her new camper with Sisters on the Fly, go visit at the Rutland Fairgrounds!
Sandy Shriver won $22,000 dollars aka $22!
Guest Speaker:
The Creepatorium 2018 video was amazing, they work from Summer to Halloween day to get their Halloween display ready for action. COME CHECK IT OUT THIS YEAR! 5 years running.,,,
Gargoyles, pumpkin heads, and skeletons run by shiatsu massage motors……..:-)
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October 2 Rotary Meeting
Thanks to Greeter Thanks Josh Goldberg Volunteer for next weeks Greeter
Who is scribe + Speaker https://www.brattleborosunriserotary.org/sitepage/newsletter-scribe
This week scribe – Josh Traeger Next weeks scribe – Josh Unruh
This week Speaker – Erin Maile-O’Keefe- Invited Abby Mnookin with 350.org
Next week Speaker – Michelle Pong says Marcy is her guest - Halloween Prep Presentation
This Day In History https://www.historynet.com/today-in-history 1950 The comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schultz, makes its first appearance in newspapers.
1959 The groundbreaking TV series The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, premiers on CBS.
1964 Scientists announce findings that smoking can cause cancer.
1967 Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, is sworn in.
Rotary Minute https://rotary1.org/101-things-about-rotary/ Rotary Council on legislation has the responsibility of considering and acting upon all “enactments,” which are proposed changes in the Rotary International Bylaws and Constitution and Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Proposals may be submitted by any Rotary club, district or the RI board. The council’s actions are subject to review by all the Rotary clubs of the world before they become final. If 10 percent of the voting strength of the clubs oppose a council action, such legislation is suspended and it is submitted to all the clubs for a final vote.
Guests Erin introduces nephew -Dylan Kyle and Abby Mnookin, and Kevin KJ- sasses president and refuses to welcome student Rotarians Student Rotarians Maggie - Hinsdale Audrey- Hinsdale - Junior
Alena- BUHS- Junior Hazel- BUHS - Junior Sara- BUHS- Junior Conrad- Windham Regional - Senior Elijah- Windham Regional - Junior Don’t forget to sign their sheets
-Board Meeting Tomorrow
-Trivia Monday Oct 14th - we need more volunteers and please put up posters - benefits Company of Muses Dance Scholarship
-Sale of Coffee- raises money for a scholarship and work exchange program - buy more coffee from Tristam - $12 a bag -Thanks for supporting a future leader
-Rotary Romp - Monday October 7th - meet at 5pm Rotary Romp activity and then come back at 6pm for dinner and drinks
-Toni- Email from Dr. Bob says hello and thanks for the card. His son Adam moved back to town which has been wonderful.
-Garden work time Sunday October 6th at 9am, 10am, 11am - 6 bags of mulch donated by Josh Unruh and Leader Home Center
-Rotary Disc Golf - Josh Goldberg-coming up Sunday Oct 13th, great crew of volunteers
-Ali- Pre-pay invoices
-This day in history two years ago
Cards -You lose losers
-Mona- brags for Sadie for her wonderful performance -Damon- for Elm City Rotary Club- Clarence De Mar Half Marathon and full marathon and kids marathon, super seniors - 500 volunteers, 1000 runners , Jen Moyse and Damon -Michelle - 3 brags first two brags for Rotarians - one for Josh Unruh- who was selected by Vermont Business Magazine- as one of Vermonts Rising Starts- for young professionals out of 250 folks- for 40 under 40 as entrepreneur award. For Lisa Fitzgerald- for being a great travel agent- Michelle is going to Italy!! ( Have a great trip!)
And for her daughter for passing the bar!
-KJ- Brags for Hungry Lion bike tour. Many miles biked by group through the green mountains- many mountains were climbed .  Raised over $2K for Whitingham- Halifax Lions Club Adventure Race -Marcy -$1 Halloween is coming and Marcy will be our guest speaker for next week
-Rich- Out in Yellowstone- Grizzlies and Buffaloes engaged in some sort of a dance of nature. Believe it didn’t end well for the bison. ◦ 2month birthday of my grandson
-Cindy- Welcome Student Rotarians. Windham Grows - Wins an Award VBC - thanks to Jim Verizon and he has lead the way
-Jon Secrest - Unfortunately having some issues with his ear and hearing. ( We all hope it heals quickly).
Hungry Lion ride - 75miles great ride but last riders 8:30-4:30 of riding - 6,200 feet of elevation - it was hard but we made it.
Daughter Alena - started hear when she was 6months year old - she has been ◦
-Josh Traeger - brags for Abby Mnookin and commuting by bike year round
-Kevin- brags for student Rotarians and returning members coming back
Speaker ◦-Abby Mnookin with 350 Vermont ◦ 350.org ◦-Teacher, Antioch, Past Director of Brattleboro Time Trade, Past VPR Commentator, Teachs Vermont Wilderness School Rise in CO2 Above 400 parts per million Www.350vt.org
Mission Statement of Organization  -350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice – resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience.
Core Values 1. We are bold, collaborative, and resourceful; we have to be. In all that we do, we’re committed to balancing the urgency of the moment with an intentionality that calls for true partnership. 2. We are committed to inclusivity; we strive to always learn and grow. We seek to elevate and celebrate diversity in our work and continue to center the many ways we’re each impacted by climate change based on the identities we hold and the resources we have at our disposal.
3. We are story-based and relationship-based; we need a nourishing and inviting movement. We believe that listening to and sharing authentic stories can be a powerful source of inspiration and healing, helping us connect to ourselves, each other, and the planet.
We passed 350 PP million in 1990s and that is a safe amount- we are trying to reduce this number
-It comes from fossil fuels and deforestation -How can we keep it to go below 1 degree
We are seeing the effects of Climate change
-Sea ice melting -Massive decline of insects
Intense report - 12 years to stop climate catastrophe- CNN report
Greta Thunberg- “I want you to act as if your house is on fire”
Ways to make Change: 1. Reform- working within the current system
A. Go to the statehouse - with Mother Up- letters for change B. Our youngest speaker was 8 years old C. Children, parents and families are a powerful force to reach out D. Working with the select board - sustainability coordinator hired
2. Resist
-Sept 20th Climate March - approximately 1000 people here in Brattleboro- worker strikes, school strikes and townspeople - worked with the police department in advance to make for a safe march -Also take part in national marches - support people with buses -Most recent action with Coal Fired Power Plant to shut it down- Bucket by Bucket - In New Hampshire. 69 people arrested. Told police department in advance - to make for safe protest. Homeland and police department -Bank Solidarity protest - for investments into oil pipeline -Highway banner protest to raise awareness - stop business as usual -Die-Ins- youth led protest to make situations uncomfortable to tell people business as usual is not ok - we need to make a change
3. Reimagine
-Write for Climate Change- we meet up on Fridays and write letters - All issues connect to climate Change -Reading Books to check out; Hope in the Dark , Active Hope, Sacred Instructions, Emerging strategies
4. Recreate
-Standing Rock - big family, small village - 10,000 people there to protest pipeline that was going to be built on native lands -Mother up - meets monthly at Kidsplayce - shared meal -Climate Mass Bike ride - last Friday every month - 200 riders - kids to adults - youngest age 5 - Whose Streets Our Streets
-VBike - educational outreach for biking -Edible Brattleboro - Food for all -Rich Earth - collect Urine and use it for fertilizers -Restore it - Storing Carbon in the Soil -350.org helps support these organizations -Www.350vt.org -Tristam- Climate Ride that did east to west coast ride
Anniversaries & Birthdays Birthdays
Moyse, Jen Oct 01
Rotary Anniversaries Date Joined Rotary Deb Rosenzweig 3 years on October 5, 2016.
4 Way Test 1. Is it the truth 2. Is it fair to all concerned 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships 4. Is it beneficial to all concerned


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

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

Next week’s greeter - Turner

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

Next week’s scribe - Val



Shawn Garland

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

John Mabie - Nooner and Law man

Shoshana Bass - our speaker from Sandglass Theatre in Putney


Rotary Anniversaries:

Josh Goldberg - 2 years

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



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


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


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


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


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

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



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



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

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

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



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

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



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



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

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

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


Deb R: 

Sadie is in a play opening this weekend at the Actor’s Theatre Playhouse (http://www.atplayhouse.org/2019/TimeOfMyLife.html) some folks are going on Friday, September 13th, meeting at Echo Restaurant in Brattleboro at 6 PM and then going to the show at 7:30. Let KJ know if you’d like to join. 

Hungry Lion Bike tour coming up! Support your Rotary Team! https://www.pledgereg.com/3120/Team/12224



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



Her best friend has joined a Rotary Club! 

Linda’s Closet is having their 17th Annual 5K around Granite Lake next Saturday (September 21st), come hear Michelle announce people’s names! https://www.lindascloset.org/event/lindas-closet-5k-runwalk

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

September 14-15 (This weekend!) is the International Puppet Festival “Puppets in Paradise” at the Retreat Farm more info available at https://sandglasstheater.org/special-events/puppets-in-paradise

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

Wednesday Wrap-Up - September 11, 2019 KJ 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
President Jim got us started at 7:15 AM.
Next week’s greeter:  KJ
Next scribe for 9/11: Chris Stoner
Next week’s speaker finder:  Jim Maxwell.  I have someone coming from DC, well not really.  
This Day in History:  1820 Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.
1881 The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.
1957 Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to bar African-American students from entering a Little Rock high school.
1972 Mark Spitz becomes first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.
1998 Google founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Rotary minute:  Ambassadorial Scholarship. 40 - AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships Program is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Since 1947, approximately $242 million has been expended on some 25,000 scholarships for people from more than 125 countries, studying in 105 countries around the world.
The purpose of the Scholarships Program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.
Scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country through both informal and formal appearances before Rotary and non-Rotary groups.
The Rotary Foundation offers three types of scholarships
The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship offered since 1947.
The Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship is awarded for two or three years of specific degree-oriented study abroad.
The Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship provides three or six months of funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion in a language other than their native language.
Rotary Foundation scholarships are investments in the future and one important step in seeking greater understanding and goodwill in the world.
Birthday:  Ali.  Tristan.  
Anni.  Mark Ethier - 9 years.
Announcement:  Board meeting tomorrow.  7:15 AM. Here.  Park elsewhere.  
Guests – Anwyn Darrow.  Just back from Honduras.  Dylan.  Erin’s guest.  Her nephew. Both are looking for housing and employment.
Disc golf.  Sunday, October 13.  Need 9 volunteers.  12 to 5 pm.  
Trivia night:  Sept. 16. 6:30 pm. Here.  Plan to come and play.   
Kevin:  Student Rotarians coming in a couple of weeks.  Fines were collected.  
Josh:  Rotary bike team.  KJ and Will are fundraising like crazy.  Donations needed for others.  
Toni:  Club newsletter is broken.  Read the directions.  Don’t archive it.  Marcy Caulkins is now the Newsletter Guru. E-mail her your notes and she will publish them.   All praise and thank Marcy.  
Anwyn:  4th trip to Honduras.  Visited our school there.  Working on the agricultural university.  Works with Maria to fundraise to build a HS building.  .  Zamorano is the name of the agricultural university.
Tristam.  Next trip should be to the school and also to the agricultural university.  
Cards:  $17 prize.  5 clubs.  You lose losers.
Student Rotarians coming in October.  
KJ:  Go See Sadie perform in Time of my life.  September 12 -28.  At the Actor’s Playhouse.  
Marcy:  Now that she is not President, she does not have to show up on time.  Got to miss a week and see her daughter start 7th grade.
Tristian:  thanked Cindy for being a partner in Strolling of Heifer program.  Malcolm is starting at Columbia.  Empty nesters.  
Justin:  A week off for the first time in 6 years.  He moved.  
Turner:  Went to a bluegrass festival in Maine.  
Josh:  Last Monday, there was a rotary romp in the rain.  Will and Jon Secrest.  First Monday of the month.  See you there next time.   
Erin:  Tiny house festival.  Every other year.  It is up in Mad River Valley at Sugarbush.  
Is in Vermont magazine – with her house.  For Dylan.  2 week design build course at Yestermorrow.  
Tristam:  A decision to take a gap year is a great idea.  Congrats to Dylan.  
Kevin:  For Jeff Dunkley’s new boots.  Forest green.  Ostrich boots.
Debbie:  Tony made it to and from Sturgis and California.  2,000 motorcycle miles, 8000 truck miles.  Grandson just went to pre-school.  
Jim:  6 weeks away, England, Scotland, Midwest.  Duluth, Minnesota.  LA.  Yeah Cindy for covering me.  
SPEAKER:  Tristian Toleno.  Farm to Plate Apprentice.  Quote:  Community is about conversations we hold with ourselves and how we choose to be together and recognizes community.
Opiate question and panhandling.  Good to have these conversations.  Lots of programs are already in place.  Portugal delivers drug to people but offers help at the same time.  We punish as an answer.  And we have nothing to show for it. A call to action.  
His cooking class.  We are fundamentally interdependent.  These students have barriers to participation in the workplace- teaches culinary skills to homeless people and underemployed people.  This is a reset for them.  It is to build confidence.  Re-tell your own story.  Meet them as human first.  Not everyone will succeed.  Barriers are hard.  We are making a difference in people’s lives.  
Once a year program.  Gets support from Brattleboro Retreat.  Group therapy.  Groundworks is involved.  
Run in the summer.  Clients from Groundworks, elsewhere.  
Students are paid while they learn.  
VSAC money pays for the money.  Tristian, Orly and Cindy do lots of volunteer work to run program.
We silo our solutions in this community…. HCRS does one thing, Groundworks does another.  This is an integrated attempt to help a few people.  
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Posted by William Shakespeare on Sep 03, 2019
August 28th, 2019
American Legion
This day in History:  On Aug. 28, 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Famous Birthdays Virgo birthdays – Jack Black, Shania Twain, Leanne Rimes 

Quote of the Day:  “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ""' we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Greeter: Kevin
Greeter next week:  KJ
Scribe:  Will
Scribe for next Week: Sandy,
Guests:    Suzanna Gramm, Ayla Trager 
Birthday: Katja
Club Business Announcements:
  • Sigh the card for Dr Fagelson, on the table.
  • Rescue inc. thanks letter to BSRC
  • Rotary Romp on September 2nd, 5:00 for run, walk, 6:00- 6:30 at Marina for libations
-Jon: Spent last night on the Pinnacle with family, a tradition for every night before school starts. He ran down the hill this morning to get to get to Rotary.
- KJ, empty nesting with Josh gone from home.
- Katya: Happy birthday thanks and lemon cake. Saw Triston and Isold at Latchis on Sunday. Missing Rotary for 2 weeks, going on wine tour in Italy.
- John: Fundraising for Hungry Lion bike tour on September 28th. Biked around Hamilton Falls in Jamica.
- Kevin: Thanks for Lode the Latchis. Raised $, 2000
- Suzanna: Bragg for Rich Hoppy for
-  Dan up in NH camping with kids. Going to HS next week
- Allie, daughter going to be a Junior yr at college
- Cindy, brag for Tristan T (chef) culinary apprenticeship program at Strolling. Huge impact on young lives. Tristan will speak next week as our guest.
Cards:  3-Hearts.  In the deck, losers
Club Assembly:
  • Membership: We are at 41 fantastic members and want to continue to add incredible people with integrity and community mindedness to our club. We are asking everyone to think of one person they would like to invite to our club. Does this person’s character and actions meet the 4way test? Are they community minded, enjoy volunteerism, ready to get their hands dirty to help others, strong integrity? If so then please invite them to join you for a Rotary breakfast meeting and also notify Josh Traeger the Membership Chair of their interest.  We are a club of action and thrive on making a positive difference in our community for the people that need the most help. We know we can’t do this on our own and need a strong team to move forward. We also love the camaraderie and laughter that make our group who we are.
  • Club Service:  
  • Rotary Romp on the first Monday of each month, starting this Monday, September 2.
  • A fall and spring home pot luck party at a Rotarian’s home.
  • Incoming President hosts the change-over party at their home or their selected venue.
  • Outdoor activities including biking, walking, kayaking, snow shoeing and/or XC or down hill skiing.
  • Fundraising: Sandy is proposing we do a Ghost Tour of Brattleboro as a fundraiser.  We would prepare a test run for this October and then do it for real next year. It will take actors, some research and some publicity money. The Idea is about an hour long walk through Brattleboro and charging something like $20 a person.  
  • New years Eve Party:  In the team are Diane, Stacie, Mona, Lisa and Katja as of right now. 
Katja to present to the club our idea of putting together a Benefit Dinner on December 31st, 2019 at the American Legion to celebrate into the New Year and fund raising for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro. It is important to us to make this a special evening with live music, silent auctions and fun entertainment to set us apart from all the other benefit dinners in town. We are also aware that we try are not to ask for donations from the businesses that are heavy supporters for 3 on 3, the Disk tournament and Dinner Raffle. Board needs to approve that the profits will go to Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro please. 
Next meeting, Monday, September 23rd at 5:30pm at Diane & KJ's house.
August 28th Newsletter William Shakespeare 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
Immediate Past President Marcy started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
On this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit.” The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”
1987-Lynne Cox braves the freezing waters of the Bering Strait to make the first recorded swim from the United States to the Soviet Union. Her rigorous training regimen included regularly swimming in water at between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Cox–who rarely swam in a wetsuit regardless of water temperature–donned just a swimsuit as she set out from the shores of Little Diomede, Alaska, about 350 miles north of Anchorage, in water just above freezing. With a team of physiologists monitoring her swim, Cox stayed in the water for 2 hours and 16 minutes, crossing the international dateline and continuing all the way to Big Diomede on the coast of the Soviet Union, 2.7 miles up the Bering Strait. Her swim is considered one of the most incredible cold-water swims in history.
Quote for the day……”Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it” , Russell Baker
No official greeter this morning but Bethany was there with a smile o say good morning and next week KJ will be there with hugs for everyone.
Christian Heiden - guest speaker
John Mabie- Nooner and Valerie’s husband
  1. Tom- sent around June board meeting minutes and needs them approved, so please respond!!!
  2. Josh T- created a BSR team for the Whitingham Lions Bike Tour on 9/28 (32 miles)This fundraiser will support their food drive. If interested please contact Josh, if you are not into riding 32 miles then make a donation to the cause.
  3. Mona- reminded us that Load the Latchis is coming up on 8/21. If you can’t stop by that day Mona will collect items at the meeting the day before and make the drop off ofr you. 
BIRTHDAYS:           Marcy Caulkins – Thursday
ANNIVERSARIES:   Cindy & Lisa - 3 years
                                      Will - 18 years
                                       Ali & Kevin – 24 years (Charter Members)
CARDS:  6 of Clubs..… and the winner is ~  Michelle   WON  $44!!!!
Damon: Celebrated his 1-24 (First marriage, 24th year) anniversary with Kathryn!!
KJ: Is back finally from his 5-week hiatus in Germany. It was a great trip filled with lots of day drinking, lol. He did not attend any Rotary meetings even though they met literally across the street from where he was staying.
Jon: Bragged for his end of brief bachelorhood. The kids have been away to camp at Neringa and Kerry has been hiking the Long Trail.
Michelle: Bragged for Caroline surviving the bar exam and their recent trip to 6 Flags. Also celebrated Caroline getting engaged the day after taking the bar. 
Toni: Bragged for passing Level 1 of the CFA exam and for the week she got to spend with Brett in NC. Incredible graduation!
Jeff: Was out of town for the weekend connecting with his BFF of 40 years. He went to Texas as his friend is retiring from the Army after 35 years of service. Great trip!
Deb: Bragged for her friend who just had her 94th birthday. She took her out shopping and made a special day of it. 
Josh Unruh: After 16 years at New England Newspaper, Friday will be his last day. He starting a new adventure with Leader Home Center.
Marcy: Bragged for last swimming brag of the season, attended States and Rowan took 18 seconds off her time and placed 4th in the state! She is off to Green Mt. Conservation Camp on Sunday.
BOWL OF LIFE: This Rotarian went to Disney World for the first time as an 18 year old freshman in college.
Jon started us off guessing Mark who guessed me (Toni) who guessed KJ àBethany à Josh T à Deb Cox à Damon à Chris à Josh G à Rich à Kevin à Tom à and finally Jeff Dunklee!!
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Christian Heiden from Levo International
Levo International Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2017. It is committed to enabling individuals to improve the conditions of their lives. Levo does that by advancing food stability in developing countries and food responsibility in the United States. Levo is evidence that we can all make a difference! There is no need to wait to take action.
Levo International came about because the Boy Scouts thought that the founder Christian Heiden’s Eagle Scout proposal was too ambitious. Christian had proposed the construction of a hydroponic greenhouse for an agency operating in Haiti, but the costs and risks associated with the project were outside what the Boy Scouts thought were prudent. Undeterred, Christian completed his Eagle Scout project building a greenhouse for his high school and then set out to do what he had always wanted to do.
With the help of his parents and brothers, a plan was put together and executed to begin to bring sustainable food supply to the most desperately poor country in the Western hemisphere. Thanks to the willing participation and support of Many Hands for Haiti, Christian, Bill and Nate Heiden built a demonstration greenhouse in July of 2016 on the Many Hands compound in Pignon, Haiti. 
A new team of young people joined the effort and in 2017. Eight hydroponic farming units were installed and are currently being piloted. In January 2018, Nate Heiden, our Field Scientist, went to Pignon for an extended stay to train up the Many Hands staff on the ground and to refine the processes they will use to scale up the operation.


  • Saves up to 90% of the water used in traditional agriculture
  • Easier to test and adjust Ph and nutrient levels
  • Less extensive root structures
  • Up to a 30% increase in fruit production
  • Plants mature up to 25% faster
  • Saves land space
  • Does not require arable land
August 7, 2019 Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2019-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Staci Lefel
Sunrise Rotary Minutes July 31, 2019
Katja:  Today’s speakers from Ilusion
Birthdays:  Deb
Staci and Jeff – 2 years on July 26th
Jim – 4 years + 1 with the Noon Club
Jim - Board Meeting at the American Legion on August 1st @ 7:15 AM
Katja - Suggested the website be updated with list of speakers, Tom volunteered to add a list to the website. She has an idea for a New Year’s Eve Rotary event and would like to meet with those interested in helping after the meeting.
Josh T - Let us know that Groundworks is moving from South Main Street to the old Dominoes building on Canal Street. They’re looking for volunteers to help with the move – 2 hour shifts on Wed, Thursday and Friday of next week (August 7th, 8th & 9th).
Deb – Requested volunteers to help with the Rotary gardens. She will be there Sunday @ 9:00 and will send around a sign-up list for those that can help.
Mona - Announced that the “Load the Latchis” event for the Drop-In Center is on August 22nd. She will be delivering donations on the day of the event if people can bring them to Rotary before then.
Sadie - Reminded everyone to record their community service hours on her send-around sheet.  Also announced that Mona is going to join her in organizing community service activities.
Will - Would like to reconsider a 1X per month exercise/social Rotary Romp at the Marina. Could we resume the 1st Monday of every month timeslot?
Cards: 6 of hearts in the deck for 6 million
Damon – Took a great 2-week family trip to France to celebrate Aiden’s graduation and Damon’s 50th birthday. Rented Pat Howe’s place in the South of France and it was a beautiful area to hike and run. Also went to Paris and drove 2200 miles with no accidents!
Rich – Brag 1: Bragged for youngest daughter Meagan’s  second  year at St. Joseph’s College where she received the honor of being the only Sophomore to earn an RA position;  Brag 2: For the 52nd anniversary of his brother Patrick’s passing at the age of 19 while serving in Vietnam;  Brag 3: For new baby Noah Patrick Wilson.
John S – Found a 17th century house in Hungary through the home exchange program. He spent a few days in Dublin before meeting up with the rest of the family in Budapest before driving to the house in Hungary. They were able to take a Segway tour around Budapest since his daughter finally weighs enough to operate one!  He and the family also helped the local medical tourism industry by having their teeth examined. Apparently that’s a thing that they do.
Tom – Running brag for his kids on the Fun Run – both tied for 2nd with the same time.
Michelle – Her daughter Caroline was taking the 3rd session of the Bar exam while we met.
Josh T – Brag for our club, especially Ed and the great work he did at Josh’s house. Who knew Ed could be both competent AND professional? Also expressed thanks for the Paul Harris award.
Kevin – Spent time with his FIL on his 89th birthday. They made the rounds at the local clubs (he’s a member of the Elks, Legion, VFW & others) before having dinner at the Ninety-Nine restaurant and ending the evening at the American Legion.
Deb – Gave a shout-out to Dan for making her birthday special by taking her to a bike shop for a bike trip with her daughters in lieu of a party.
Marci – Announced that her daughters did well in the Rutland swim season championships.
Jim – Had a great time in Scotland; Cindy will be covering for him as president while he travels more in August; Also bragged for the money we raised at the Visitor’s Center event.
Guest speakers:
-Ilusion and Rod spoke about a social Entrepreneurship opportunity organization they helped establish in Guatemala. 
-Originally developed to help the thousands of people whose only source of income was combing through the local dump for recyclable items. Women often had to bring their children so one of the first services they offered was to take care of the children while their parents (usually mothers) worked. Was able to use a church for child-care services and eventually 4 kids turned into 550 kids.
-Turned from a daycare to a full-fledged school with students from Kindergarten through High School. They were able to provide meals and clothes to the school children so the organization became much better than the local Guatemalan school system.
-Eventually the mothers also wanted an education so they developed an adult literacy program. Adults could listen to national educational programs on the radio and take tests at a local facility. But even though they were learning to read and write, the women still had difficulties finding employment because of their age.
-Soon a social entrepreneurship initiative under the name of Creamos developed. Creamos had a mission of improving the lives of families. They were able to train mothers to sew and make jewelry with paper beads. This turned into a store which now provides an income to its workers.
-The store was established in 2008 and has a website: www.creamosfuturos.com
-Creamos offers other services such as emotional support, exercise sessions, domestic violence support groups and financial literacy classes. The financial planning services encouraged women to save by providing $10 for every $50 saved.
-The organization started with donations and then came under the umbrella of Safe Passage.
Rotary Meeting Notes July 31, 2019 Staci Lefel 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of Meeting July 24, 2019
President Elect Cindy wields the gavel
Greeter  - Mona
Scribe – Tom, standing in for Erin
This day in history
1969 – Apollo 11 returns to earth
1974 – US Supreme Court orders Nixon to hand over Watergate tapes
2005 –  Lance Armstrong wins 7th Tour de France
Famous Birthdays 
1951 – Lynda Carter - Wonder Women
1897 –  Amelia Earhart - First Female Aviator
1969 –  Jennifer Lopez - Singer/Performer
Quote of the Day –  "You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness" - Brene Brown
Birthdays – Debra Rosenweig - July 25th - absent
Anniversaries – Staci Leffel & Jeff Dunklee – both 2 years on July 26th - absent 
  • Deb C. introduced speaker for the day Chris French of Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Diane introduced Joshua Daniel
Katja – Welcome Center Event
  • Reported that despite the heat of the day and the inauspicious traffic pattern collected $910.95.
  • Shout outs to Mona, Tom, and Sadie for their efforts
  • Auctioned off a bottle of fine wine from her cellar with a good story I missed to bring the total to over $1000.
Katja – New Year’s Eve Party proposal
  • Noted that she is coming to the club after consulting with the board
  • Proposes hosting an elegant NYE party, perhaps in conjunction with the noon club, as a fund raiser
    • American Legion has been reserved
    • Since it is the centennial of the start of the Roaring Twenties suggests this as a theme
    • Might include a meal, glass of bubbly at midnight, cash bar, and auction
    • Tom moved and Lisa seconded that the club pursue this option. Motion passed unanimously.
    • Katja forming a committee (contact her if interested)
Marcy – Paul Harris Fellow presentation
  • Reported that the club honors past presidents with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship that can be reassigned at their discretion
  • In light of the many years of outstanding and unassuming service to the club, she presented it to Ed Dewes, who hastily avoided any speechifying
  • Old house under contract for closing in August, KJ due back in a week.
  • Rock Voices will be performing a concert of MoTown at Centre Congo on Saturday night at 7pm. It will be hot
Deb – Back after a 3 week adventure
  • Birth of another grandson, Derrick Keith
  • Birth of grandnephew, Jackson Bentley
  • Shared about the funeral of a man she had engaged with a dozen years ago who found a new reason to live on the edge of suicide. It was a remarkable story of redemption.
  • The Apron Theater Company opens Moliere’s Tartuffe on August 8 at 7:30pm. Performances through August 23.
  • Bragged that he got this minutes out this morning, but moreover, he followed directions on posting and got it right the first time.
Toni – Brags that she won’t be here next week, she’s going to her son’s graduation ceremony in North Carolina, culmination of six years of work to earn the honor being a Green Beret  / Special Forces Medical Officer.
Lisa – Welcomed her seventh grandchild, August Sage
Josh T – Bragged for Sadie and the Welcome Center event crew
  • Bragged for “surviving” the Blue Grass Festival, 103 degrees under the tent
  • This week going on a cruise to Bermuda with his son’s family
  • Then visiting his daughter in upstate NY
  • Then to Michigan, Lake Huron area
  • Adventure culminating with his 60th reunion (not sure if it’s high school or college)
Tom – After confirming the coffee was acceptable, bragged that he roasted it.
Cards – The three of diamonds was in the deck.
Bowl of Life – This member played rugby in college. The guesses went from Dan to Josh U to Josh G to Tristam to Katja to Justin to Will to Tristan to Marcy and finally got to Killer Ciampaglione. Toni related that it involved a  lot of drinking, no cursing or unseemly behavior and shared some of the lingo:  “hooker” the shortest person on the team whose job it was to get the ball out from under the “scrum” and a few she declined to define.
Guest Speaker –Chris French presented an Introduction to Body Language
  • He saw a presentation on this, was interested and determined to learn and share more on the topic
  • The impact of communication is based 55% on body language, 38% on voice, and only 7% on the actual words
  • Five principles
    • Combinations affirm assumptions – e.g. multiple cues give the complete picture
    • What happens inside is what you see outside
    • Context influences body language – e.g. if it’s cold, crossed arms may not indicate closed mind
    • Look for change – change in body language is a good indicator of change of attention/attitude/etc.
    • Take account of body language – make it a habit
  • Example hints
    • Smiling super important, even when on the phone
    • 70% eye contact rule
    • Handshakes shouldn’t be too firm, limp, moist, or held for more than 3 seconds
    • “Clinton box” – keep gesturing within the box defined by shoulders and hips
    • Mirroring – language, body language, shows interest and makes connection
  • Recommended  book - Without Saying A Word: Master the Science of Body Language and Maximize Your Success
Meeting adjourned with the Four Way Test
Rotary Minutes July 24, 2019 Tom Franks 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim M. on Jul 24, 2019
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting July 17, 2019
  1. Cindy standing in for Jim V today
Thank you to our Greeter - Katja
Who would like to volunteer for next week? Mona is our greeter for July 24th 
Thank you to our scribe Jim Maxwell.
Next week I have Erin as our scribe.
This Day in History
1867 - Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in the U.S. 
1941 - The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games. 
1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA to the cheers of thousands of happy kids and the future moan of thousands of parents with empty wallets. 
1997 - After 117 years, the Woolworth Corp. closed its last 400 stores. 
Famous Birthdays - Phyllis Diller 1917 - Comedian 
David Hasselhoff 1952 Actor ("Knight Rider," "Baywatch"), most recently reviving his career as a singer with tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Quote of the Day   Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace”.  Spirit says “Find peace and everything will fall into place” Marianne Williamson - author
  1. History
1897 Harvard Med School opens
1941 Joe Dimaggio’s 57 game hitting streak ents
1959 Disneyland opens
1997 Woolworths closes
Birthdays:  Phyllis Diller; David Heselhoff
  2. Guests: Kimberly Diemond, Exec. Dir. of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Vermont; Susannah Graham, Big Brothers Big Sisters; John Mabie; Kevin Curry from Meridan Connecticut; and Amy Goldberg
  3. Announcements: Guilford Welcome Center:  we run it this Sunday; see online for food and other donations needed, as well as staffing especially from noon to 2
Encouraging 100% participation, expecting up to 3,000 guests or more
Drop off locations:  Mona, Cota&Cota
  1. Rotary Anniversay:  Jen Moyse, 5 years
  2. Brags
    1. Jim M. : Apron Theater production of Moliere’s play Tartuffe opens August 8 at Next Stage in Putney
    2. Nick: the glory of golfboarding
    3. Will: opening of Shakespeare Mountain Vista, Air BnB at Will’s place in Marlboro
    4. Dan’s daughter has two, count ‘em, two jobs for the summer
    5. Kevin Curry’s 3 of 4 kids on their own now; he spent 3 weeks in Europe including marriage of daughter; son now a Black Hawk pilot; took granddaughter to circus in Keene
  3. Announcements, round two
    1. round two:  Guilford Welcome Center
    2. Debra asks help with our 2 gardens, need folks early mornings Sat or Sun over next few weeks; she’ll send a schedule
(Allie brag for Debra’s energetic work with gardens)
  1. Cards:  Jack of Diamonds no winner
  2. Bowl of life:  this person worked at the Alpenhaus lodge in Jackson Hole as bartender, serving up Shotskis
Nick.  First guess
So we did it again:  this person was on a high school badminton team
Debra.  First guess
  1. Speakers Kimberly & Susannah about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in VT
    1. Now 3 locations:  here, Burlington & Northeast Kingdom
    2. Program now separate from Youth Services, expanding statewide, 48kids in Windham County and a waiting list of 60
    3. Goal is expansion, sustainability
    4. Big Brothers & Big Sisters are models and mentors who establish lifelong relationships that change lives, the Big’s life & the Little’s life
    5. Now have partnership with Bratt Police Dept
    6. Focus on opioid addictions – those at high risk – reaching families; have a clinician’s expertise, at Brattleboro Retreat
    7. How it works:  Littles are
      1. 40% less likely to use drugs
      2. 33% less likely to continue the process of abuse in families
      3. 27% less likely to use alcohol
      4. 67% more likely to join sports teams
      5. 93% more active in the community
Adjourn 8:20
Submitted by Jim M.
Minutes 07.17.19 Jim M. 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
President Jim called the meeting to order
Today in history:
-Jackie Robinson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Rotary Minute:
-There are 5 avenues of service in Rotary:  Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, Youth Service
Happy Rota-versary to Jen Moyse
Happy Birthday to Josh Unruh
Club Announcements:
Lisa - has a few leftovers items from the Changeover party, please talk to her if you are missing them
Jim - Board Meeting Thurs 7/11
Tristam - our date for the Guilford Welcome Center is July 21
Debra - calling forth early morning garden crew for tomorrow 7/4
Guests: Rich Hoppe, Jim and Patti Rumrill, Peter Carvell, Ayla, and Luci
Special Presentation:  The club chipped in to get Luci a going away present, and Ali presented it today.  A few club members also shared memories of Luci’s time here:
-Kevin toasted Luci “There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the seas, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!”
-Peter recalled her fondness for chicken wings, basketball, and the Patriots
-Christine mentioned her lack of love for morning and attempts at early morning socializing
-Cindy recalls Luci’s Halloween experience
-Jim R for her sense of humor
-Jim V for her speech at district assembly
Jim M - apologies for missing changeover
Turner - thanks Marcy for taking meeting notes (little did he know it would take me 2 weeks to actually type them and get them out)
Tristam - also missed changeover because he was on a bike trip from Pittsburgh to DC with his wife
Dan - for Lisa Fitzgerald, the hostess with the most-est, and her goofy selfies
Cindy - Also for Lisa, and for convincing Josh U to be this year’s Vice President
Mona - for Jim R and new insight provided by the student exchange program; also for Luci for making this first exchange experience amazing
Bethany - Bargain Alert!  Dress Barn is closing, sales commencing.  Also for finishing the 1st quarter of her junior year of college, and starting second quarter
Jim R- thanks to the club for hosting Luci, and to Mona for her dedication
Josh T - finally able to put the money raised for the disc golf course into new tees.  There will be more calls for assistance as we continue this project
Cards -9 of clubs, Peter Carvell wins it
Speaker; Lisa Whitney of Winston Prouty:
Winston Prouty is celebrating their 50th birthday, and they are having a birthday party on Aug 3 with music, beer, bbq, and activities
Thanks to individuals who have supported Winston Prouty, and the the Rotary for their sponsorship of the Early Learning Express
The staff of Winston Prouty consists of 50 teachers and community service providers.  WP provides services for other childcare providers as well.  Executive Director is Chloe Leary.
3 years ago this week, WP moved to the old Austine School campus.  It was purchase in Jan 2016, they moved in in July, and it has been a challenge but well worth it.  There are 184 acres of land and a lot of history on the property.  WP hosts the Austine Musem celebrating Austine’s 100 years of operation in the area. There is also an extensive trail system, including a disc golf course.
There are 160 people on campus, with 30 different tenants, including VT Association for the blind, BEEC, Groundworks, and many other organizations. WP has focused on building a community feel.
WP is also seeking community input on moving forward.  The property is expensive to maintain, but is a valuable asset to the community.  They are working on “Expedited Strategic Planning”, and are seeking ideas.  There is some land that may be open for development, but there is land that will be set aside for nature presentation. They may be seeking buyers for some of the outlying buildings.  They will be holding community meetings to discuss this. Contact them if you are interested.
Belated 7/3/19 Mtg Notes Marcy 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2019
Minutes Meeting 7-10-2019

President Jim started the meeting at 7:15am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birthday: Sandy Shriver for his June b-day

Cards: no winner this week

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted by Katja Matthews

Rotary Minutes Meeting 07-10-2019 Katja Matthews 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Day: President Marcy chose the following words of wisdom for her final formal meeting:
“I have never in my life learned anything from a man that agreed with me”
 ~ Dudley Field Malone
Today in history:
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on June 19, 1885, aboard the French frigate Isere. A gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, the 151-foot-tall statue was created to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. Designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized freedom and democracy to the nation and to the world for well over a century.
1905: On this day in 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world’s first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis. The storefront theater boasted 96 seats and charged each patron five cents. Nickelodeons (named for a combination of the admission cost and the Greek word for “theater”) soon spread across the country. Their usual offerings included live vaudeville acts as well as short films. By 1907, some 2 million Americans had visited a nickelodeon, and the storefront theaters remained the main outlet for films until they were replaced around 1910 by large modern theaters.
1978: Garfield, the lazy cat makes his debut The first Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis appeared in 41 newspapers on that day. It currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.
  • John Mabie - Noon club
  • Lucy - exchange student
  • Jill & Chris visiting from Scotland
Mini-Rotarians: none in the house today
Greeter / Scribe:
  • Will Shakespeare did a bang up job!
  • 7/3/19 - Kevin Y
Turner is Scribe 7/3/19 & he’s willing to bribe a substitute
Student Rotarian report:
  • None
Committee Reports:
  • None today
  • Change over meeting next week at Chez Fitzgerald in Spofford with 5:30 start - family are invited, pot luck - bring a covered dish to share & BYOB & chairs
    • Directions coming via email
  • Today was Lucy’s 2nd to  last meeting & Mona presented her with a scrap book to help her remember her time here with us! Lucy expressed her gratitude for her time here.
  • Jim V - no board meeting on 7/4/19 & annual dues are due.
  • Speaker list - website needs to be extended.
Bowl of Life: 
  • This Rotarian’s Grandfather was listed in The Who’s Who of America
    • Damon - Kevin - Will - Turner - correct!!!
      • His grandfather on mother’s side & was a professor from Michigan
  • Ace of hearts was chosen - the pot of $16 today was won by Dan Deitz!
Erin, Valerie & Chris were sung to today!
  • None today but President Marcy presented out guests from Scotland with Sunrise Rotary Club flags & we received one from the Lochness Club
  • Tristam - won’t be here next week as he’s going on a 333 mile bike ride from Pittsburgh to DC & for last week’s speaker & the value of “position 5”
  • Sadie - for scholarship presenters & for the Paul Harris the club gave her, KJ finally got her her PH pin
  • Justin - $5, his wife took him to a concert in Essex last night & he overslept this AM so she came into help him prepare breakfast today!
  • Jim V - Windham Grows won the 2019 VT Business for Social Responsibility..... Reward
  • Kevin - $4 - $3 for the days spent in San Diego visiting Wyatt & his family, visited the SD Zoo; Kevin has a college friend there too he hasn’t seen in 40 years & they were able to connect. $1 for Southwest Airlines - all Dads got free socks!
  • Josh T - got back from a 1 week trip to NYC & camping in Catskills & for Josh U for being an amazing business man!
  • Josh U - for Josh T - I hadn’t been to a meeting for awhile for Southern VT Professionals & Josh T questioned his age!!!
  • KJ - bragged for Rotarians getting out for fun - went out to eat & then watched
    • Going to Germany for 5 weeks
  • Jen - bragged for her son finishing 5th grade at Academy school & moving on up!
  • Marcy bragged for everyone for helping make her year as President a great year!
Guest Speaker:   Sadie was our Guest Speaker today
  • She was introduced by President Marcy - she was going to have Pete Moma speak about Phoenix House of New England but he wasn’t able to come to speak
    • PH is moving to the Wheeler House on Austine Campus
  • Sadie spoke today about our community service work this past year
    • We captured 1835 hours of work in our community as a group this Rotary year!
    • 717 hours of work outside of our club commitments
    • The project for which we recorded the most hours (240) - Erin’s Pergola Project
    • Disc golf - 86 hours for the tournament
    • 3 Vs. 3 was the next largest
    • We had 100% club participation
    • Sadie brought a questionnaire for us to provide her with feedback: Projects of interest next year? New projects?
      • Sadie has been reaching out to the Welcome Center to try and secure a date there.
    • If anyone is interested in taking over as Community Service Chair she’s happy to turn over the job!
Adjourn with a recitation of the 4 Way Test!
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
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Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jun 13, 2019
President Marcy opened the meeting with a thank you to the Greeter, Turner
Quote for the Day " Any kid will run any errand for you, if you as at bedtime" - Red Skelton
Today in History:
On this day in 1920, Man O'War wins the 52nd Belmont Stakes and sets the record for the fastest mile ever run by a horse.
1942 - On this day, Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father's office. They lived there for 2 years, were captured, and Anne died of typhus one month before the end of the war. Her diary has been translated into 60 languages.
On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall by saying "Secretary General Gorbachev if you seek peace-if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe, come here to this gate, open the gate, tear down the wall".
Linda Hopkins and Jeanette, Josh & Rich Hoppe
Ali for Linda and Jeanette who have been the annually reliable gardeners of our gardens and announced that each will get a $50 gift certificate at Chelsea Royal to use at their pleasure.
Katia back from Europe Germany & Ireland
Jim for his vacation in Puerto Rico
Debbie for the tick she picked up from a lilac tree, and then had to get treatment
Michelle for her evening at the Boston Hall of Fame and a free trip to LA
Turner for a family wedding event in CT with his family and a past-president celebration in Chelsea MA RC
Kevin for Linda and her dedication as club secretary and for Jeanette when they sold cars in an earlier profession
Linda for the two of them and for wall who have not changed
Josh thank you for time with you all and for his upcoming first MT Bike race of 2019
Damian a very very proud father of Aiden and Torin who beat the school record and established impressive academic performances. A very proud Dad indeed!
Ali, chip in for Lucy
Mona please forward pictures you may have of Lucy enjoying her time here
Ali June 26th is Changeover at Lisa's house in Chesterfield, BYOB but also bring a covered dish 
Toni and Will
Rotary Anniversaries
Nic - 6 yrs
Tom Franks - 1 yr
Diane & KJ -  4yrs
Linda wins with the 10 of diamonds
Speaker Dave Kolkabeck, introduced by Mark Ethier
Dave is a driving instructor for the Southern Vermont Driving School
He offered a diagram of the round-a-bout at exit 3, the RT30 intersection with RT9 at the Commons and explained lane change as a "glide" between lanes rather than anything radially abrupt. Offered strategic offensive/defensive driving positions numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and encouraged all to think about which lane position is the most appropriate.
He also countered the traditional 10 & 2 with either 9 & 3 or 8 & 4 as hand positions on the wheel.
Finally, he offered that kids watch parents' driving behaviors and where there may never be conversation about how to, they notice what their role models do and they copy....
Meeting closed with many questions for Dave
Your fumbling and somewhat accurate Scribe
Copy of Rotary Minutes 12 June 2019 Tristam Johnson 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jun 13, 2019
President Marcy opened the meeting with a thank you to the Greeter, Turner
Quote for the Day " Any kid will run any errand for you, if you as at bedtime" - Red Skelton
Today in History:
On this day in 1920, Man O'War wins the 52nd Belmont Stakes and sets the record for the fastest mile ever run by a horse.
1942 - On this day, Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father's office. They lived there for 2 years, were captured, and Anne died of typhus one month before the end of the war. Her diary has been translated into 60 languages.
On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall by saying "Secretary General Gorbachev if you seek peace-if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe, come here to this gate, open the gate, tear down the wall".
Linda Hopkins and Jeanette, Josh & Rich Hoppe
Ali for Linda and Jeanette who have been the annually reliable gardeners of our gardens and announced that each will get a $50 gift certificate at Chelsea Royal to use at their pleasure.
Katia back from Europe Germany & Ireland
Jim for his vacation in Puerto Rico
Debbie for the tick she picked up from a lilac tree, and then had to get treatment
Michelle for her evening at the Boston Hall of Fame and a free trip to LA
Turner for a family wedding event in CT with his family and a past-president celebration in Chelsea MA RC
Kevin for Linda and her dedication as club secretary and for Jeanette when they sold cars in an earlier profession
Linda for the two of them and for wall who have not changed
Josh thank you for time with you all and for his upcoming first MT Bike race of 2019
Damian a very very proud father of Aiden and Torin who beat the school record and established impressive academic performances. A very proud Dad indeed!
Ali, chip in for Lucy
Mona please forward pictures you may have of Lucy enjoying her time here
Ali June 26th is Changeover at Lisa's house in Chesterfield, BYOB but also bring a covered dish 
Toni and Will
Rotary Anniversaries
Nic - 6 yrs
Tom Franks - 1 yr
Diane & KJ -  4yrs
Linda wins with the 10 of diamonds
Speaker Dave Kolkabeck, introduced by Mark Ethier
Dave is a driving instructor for the Southern Vermont Driving School
He offered a diagram of the round-a-bout at exit 3, the RT30 intersection with RT9 at the Commons and explained lane change as a "glide" between lanes rather than anything radially abrupt. Offered strategic offensive/defensive driving positions numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and encouraged all to think about which lane position is the most appropriate.
He also countered the traditional 10 & 2 with either 9 & 3 or 8 & 4 as hand positions on the wheel.
Finally, he offered that kids watch parents' driving behaviors and where there may never be conversation about how to, they notice what their role models do and they copy....
Meeting closed with many questions for Dave
Your fumbling and somewhat accurate Scribe
Rotary Minutes 12 June 2019 Tristam Johnson 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
JUNE 5, 2019

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

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

Cindy – was camping all weekend – and her relaxed glow was noted by many.   She visited the Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt library and mansion, located in Rhinebeck (Hyde Park?), NY.  Cindy was ‘incredibly impressed’ with the body of good work and great accomplishments the Roosevelts have both done for our country.  The place was a ‘must see’ for history buffs and casual enthusiasts alike.
Chris – Good news to share: Chris’ wife is pregnant and they are happily expecting child #2, although noting some level of concern around anticipated sleepless nights soon to be the new norm.  Hearty and heartfelt congratulations!
Jon – remembering back that far himself bragged for his daughter Alina who has gone from attending Rotary in her car seat to now Sweet- 16.
Josh T – Daughter Ayla is about to celebrate her 9th birthday and will also be moving from lower elementary to upper elementary, which is really exciting.  Also for an epic adventure over the past weekend exploring 5 (that’s FIVE!) different golf courses in central Massachusetts with other fellow disc golf aficionados.  He nearly glowed with love and fond memories for all the disc golf he’d been able to play – over 80 holes of disc golf, which our table was marveling over, in that for many of us – one single hole could take upwards of 20 minutes!
Debra – A brag for Shoshi for her upcoming graduation from 6th grade later this week, and for a big presentation ‘Sho-Sho’ will be giving on Harry Houdini!
Lisa F – Survived her first week with two Swamp Bat boys who are staying with her family for the rest of the summer.  Feeding them so far has been the biggest challenge, as they are teenage boys, after all.  But also two of the nicest and most well-behaved boys she’s ever known, aside from her own children.
Jen – Had a parental brag, starting with for her father who passed away 5 years ago.  She and her mother attended his 50th reunion from Princeton Univ last weekend, down in Jersey… something she’s been doing with her parents ever since she was a little girl.  She enjoyed marching in the parade with her mother and reconnecting with her father’s former classmates (Class of ’69), as she’s known them most of her own life.  The brag then segued to Mom with her strength that continues to inspire and amaze Jen, who was so glad to help her mom honor Dad’s memory.
Mona – with an absentee brag on behalf of Christine Takacs who couldn’t come but wanted to thank Turner and Kay for a lovely dinner they put on for Lucy over the weekend.
Dan – Over the weekend he took our Rotary exchange student Lucy off-road jeeping… Lucy experienced her American redneck fantasy driving in 4 feet deep swamps filled with mud, over fallen trees and many rock obstacles!  There was one nail-biting moment when the threat of rolling felt fairly imminent … but they were able to hold on and with a little help from gravity and the Jeeping swamp gods, they landed back safely!
Picked was the Jack of Hearts – held by the lucky Papa-to-be – Chris.  Making Ed’s assessment accurate – monies raised from these card shenanigans DO in fact go towards (future) educational funds. 
Rob Wheeler – a third generation dairy farmer – out in Wilmington, VT talked to us about dairy trends.
Back in the 1950’s, Vermont had 14,660 dairy farms and a population of only 379,000 people.  Calculating that ratio, that was 25 people: 1 farm.
Now in 2019, Vermont has only 687 dairy farms remaining, but now almost double the population at 626,000 people.  That ratio is now 912 people: 1 farm.  Vermont still continues to make 63% of the milk for New England.  Today we know more about health and welfare of cows than we do humans!  With advances, cow production is up even though the number of cows doing that producing is down.  Efforts to become more efficient have yielded other improvements to the industry such as the development of manure digesters, 16 of which in VT alone which make energy to power more than 4000 VT homes annually.  
Due to industry improvements and gained knowledge, today a gallon of milk is produced with 65% less water and 63% less carbon than it took to produce a gallon of milk in 1944. Now we are able to make better products, supply nutrients to the world (Agri-Mark ships whey products that are sold in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Egypt and the Netherlands), and continue high standards of sustainability.
Another cool milk-fact – on average, milk travels less than 300 miles in under 48 hours to get from the dairy farm to your local grocery store. 
Rob’s Wheeler Farm is a member of one of the three largest dairy co-ops in VT, called Agri-Mark.  Agri-Mark consists of 1,000 dairy farm families from all six New England States and NY.  Agri-Mark markets a full truckload of milk every six minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  By working together in co-ops like Agri-Mark, farmers can accomplish more than they can individually. 
Meeting Adjourned.
Please excuse any errors or omissions, as they can be blamed on the fact that the entire meeting long I forgot to take any notes what-so-ever and had to recall most of what you just read from memory. 
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May 29, 2019
Greeter - Bethany
President Marcy welcomed us at 7:15am.
Nick was fill in scribe on 5/29, followed by Drew on 6/5.
Quote of the day
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus” – Mark Twain
Megan and Conrad from FBLA Brattleboro
Danny and Maggie from Hinsdale Student Rotarians
John Maybe
Stan Nowakowski
Davey and Lucy.
No Birthdays this week...
Katja 6 years and Marcy 16 years
Dan - Blood drive Wednesday 5/29.
Tristam – Lauriel Morrisette - Brattleboro Housing Authority food program has been a tremendous success and integral part of community.
Tom Franks still needs marshals at the Strolling of the Heifers on 6/8.
KJ – Deerfield Rotary Putt & Pour event 6/7. Lots of fun!
Mona – two host families needed for next year
Stan - VT Food bank collaboration with Mona picks back up in August.  Ali and Stan were on TV for Rotary.
Ali - Trash clean up.
Marcy - Next Week Board of Directors meeting at Legion.  
Student Rotarians
Celebrated and recognized each Student Rotarian for this year.  Each student were presented with a certificate and a small token of appreciation.  Each student also gave a brief speech...
Megan - thanks for support as she is headed to VT Tech for degree in business management.
Davy - Back for another year next year...
Maggie - thanks and also coming back for another year....
Conrad - brand new to club so thanks for welcoming him in such a short period of time.
Danny - achieved 2nd in class and is presenting to entire school...normally nervous but his work throughout the year presenting to the rotary group has made him tremendously comfortable with public speaking.  Thank you for all the support.
Deb - Happy Rotary Day
Jacques - Son has job in CA!!!! A company called Reverb Inc. - Video Game progamming
Jon - Great weekend in Seattle pseudo college reunion and 50 birthday.
Lisa - Hosting two Swamp Bat baseball players - Come out to the games!
Toni - Kyle is back home (living in East Windsor CT)
William - 11 months ago had fire at the house.  Came home to fire trucks and neighbor property on fire with a complete and total loss....so sad. Called wife ahead of time to prepare her that it was not their home on fire.
Cindy - Towing camper by her self, practiced at high school...asking for everyone's thoughts, prayers, and well wishes!
Stan - Rotary Golf tournament coming up June 6th ...."Defend your Championship!"
Jeff - 13 year old daughter Brittany played last AAU basketball tournament of season in ME.  Lost last game but she scored 7 of her teams 21 points!!! Normally she is more of a rebounder and defender....WAY TO GO!!!
Dan - nor present at meeting due to daughter receiving mysterious  award at her school.
Deb - Blood Drive starts at 8AM; 14 months ago she broker her Femur....after tireless effort and PT she is now back again for first time playing Tennis!!!!!
Jon - Dan and Jon took Lucy out for some authentic American fun....Guns in the woods!
Damon - 1000mi drive around New England and Canada and New York; running, visiting friends and family, and watching kids break running records!  Meanwhile got a call from son Aiden to explain recent charges on his CC.....ugh oh!!! Come to find out it was his son buying a homeless couple a warm meal and some food to last them for a bit....what a great Junior Rotarian. 
Kevin - Took father in-law to Brewfest, despite leaving him for extended period alone (totally content with beer and comfy chair)...some would suggest neglect...Kevin proceeded to fine other Rotarians for leaving him for Beer refills...NO fine was paid.  
Bethany - Attended the Brewfest with her dad now that she is officially 21.
Marcie - Tree removal and lawn care that has been waiting way too long.  Working on house when daughter asked to "Go Froggin," at Grafton Pond...about to claim too much to do she stopped herself and dropped everything to "GO FROGGIN!"
Nick - EPIC trip to ME also logged close to 1K miles with a great visit to Caribou ME to see Father, 94 year old Grandmother, old family property in Little Madawaksa Lake ME with Brother.  Ended the trip in OOB ME with some late night arcade game play with Son before the usual late night skate and scoot back to the condo.  Beautiful weekend getting back in touch with roots of family.   
Student Rotarian Maggie won!!! $8 yahoo....
Bowl of Life
None - ran out of time.
Guest Speaker
No speaker scheduled for today due to a last minute conflict...however worked out well with more time to honor student Rotarians and support the blood drive.
Adjourned at 8:30am with the Four Way test.
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Posted by Josh Goldberg
Greeter was Turner
Next week greeter - Debbie Cox
Verify scribe:
5/15/19 - Josh Goldberg
5/22/19 - Diane Hashagen
5/29/19 - Tristan Toleno
Quote of the day:  “Have patience.  All things are difficult before they become easy” -Saadi
Today in History:
1942 - On this day in 1942, gasoline rationing began in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort during World War II. By the end of the year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ensured that mandatory gasoline rationing was in effect in all 50 states. Rubber was the first commodity to be rationed, after the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies cut off the U.S. supply; the shortage of rubber affected the availability of products such as tires. Rationing gasoline, it was reasoned, would conserve rubber by reducing the number of miles Americans drove.
1756 - The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially begins when England declares war on France. However, fighting and skirmishes between England and France had been going on in North America for years.  In the early 1750s, French expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought France into armed conflict with the British colonies. In 1756–the first official year of fighting in the Seven Years War–the British suffered a series of defeats against the French and their broad network of Native American alliances. However, in 1757, British Prime Minister William Pitt (the older) recognized the potential of imperial expansion that would come out of victory against the French and borrowed heavily to fund an expanded war effort.
1972 - During an outdoor rally in Laurel, Maryland, George Wallace, the governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate, is shot by 21-year-old Arthur Bremer. Three others were wounded, and Wallace was permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The next day, while fighting for his life in a hospital, he won major primary victories in Michigan and Maryland. However, Wallace remained in the hospital for several months, bringing his third presidential campaign to an irrevocable end.  Wallace, one of the most controversial politicians in U.S. history, was elected governor of Alabama in 1962 under an ultra-segregationist platform, although ultimately his politics shifted dramatically and he received overwhelming support from the black community when elected to his last term in 1983
Sandy Shriver introduced his dog Mosley and wife Diane.  Mosely is 9 weeks old, and is a Shetland sheep dog or ‘Shelty’
Valerie introduced her husband John Mabie, Noon Club member
Lucy, student exchange from Croatia
Vicky Case, Retreat Farm
Wendy Ferris, Retreat Farm
Buzz Schmidt, Retreat Farm, speaker
Birthdays Michelle Pong, 5/16
Michelle was serenaded by the Sunrise Rotary Singers from the actual stage at the Legion, very nice.
Anniversaries: None
Student Rotarian report: None
Club Announcements:
  • Tom apologized for volunteering Rotary for Marshalling for the Strolling of the Heifers, BUT…June 8th marshals are needed to help with the parade.  There will be a brief training the week before.  No badge included.  This year’s theme is ‘Farmers are our Hero’s’
  • Sadie announced that the community service signup sheet is circulated
  • Scholarship committee needs extra help if anyone would like to help read the essays, score them, and decide
  • Dan announced that the Touch a Truck grilling fundraiser was successful, last round of the club commitment to that event.  Raised around $500, and almost sold out of food.  Great day, great team effort.  Chris Stoner may be the new grill master, did a great job under pressure of a long line!  Will was fined for $5 for not showing for grilling, as well as committing to blood donationJ
  • Camp for a Common Cause is Friday night (5/15), come help grill.  Be there around 5:15 pm, see Sadie for details.
  • May 29th will be a blood drive, sign up ahead of time, will occur during the Wednesday meeting.
  • Kevin announced an additional fine on Will Shakespeare, who has agreed to step in for Rotary Cares this week, but seemed to have forgotten when they occur (Thursday afternoon)
  • Josh announced another ‘Pints for Polio’ sometime this summer, gauging interest.  $700 was raised last night; lots of interest was expressed.  Northstar Nuclear will be the sponsor.
Jack of Clubs was drawn, Mark Ethier won!!
  • Michelle bragged about her daughter graduating from Quinnipiac Law School, and she has a job!
  • John and Valerie bragged about their daughter completing 4 years in the Army, coming home to go to VT Law School
  • Jacques bragged for her son graduating from college
  • Will Shakespeare bragged about his daughter taking a trip to Rome, and getting engaged!  Spent Mother’s Day looking at dresses!
  • Ali for her daughter travelling and coming home Sunday! 
  • Kevin bragged about his grandson, who took first steps last week, Wyatt James Yager
  • Tom bragged for the Noontime Rotary, very welcoming when visiting their meeting.
  • KJ for his wife Diane watching their daughter graduating from college
  • Lisa for her son Stephen receiving his master’s degree along with his wife!
  • Toni for her daughter being at Ft. Hood and missing her own graduation for her Master’s degree
  • John Mabie bragging for Aly working on the Rotary garden, ‘was wondering where everyone else was’.  Aly reminded that catcalling is mandatory.
  • Nick was up all through the night between dogs and young children, reminding all of the parents of graduating students what that was like.
  • Ali let us all know that Michelle is celebrating her 50th birthday, 7-11 at the Eagles Club.  Live music AND a bar.
Bowl of Life
  • This person lived upstairs from a famous flautist (related to another Rotarian) and could hear lessons. 
    • Will guessed Aly (no)
    • Aly guessed Cindy (no)
    • Cindy guessed Michelle (nope, left town at 18)
    • Jaques – Toni?
    • Toni – Sadie?
    • Toni to Jim V
    • Jim to Nick (no, Nick didn’t know what a flautist was)
    • Nick to Damon (never lived in Brattleboro)
    • Damon guessed Katya
    • Katya to Sandy
    • Sandy guessed that it was Tom (and it was!)
      • It was in Montpelier actually, 20 years ago, no one said this was in Brattleboro!
Cindy Delgatto introduced Buzz Schmidt of Retreat Farm, who serves as chair of the FB Heron Foundation and on the boards of Vermont Council on Rural Development and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children.  He founded and led GuideStar and subsequently GuideStar International.  He served on the boards of the Nonprofit Quarterly (President), TechSoup Global, The Institute for Philanthropy (London), The National Philharmonic Trust, and Preservation Virginia.  The Nonprofit Times named him National Executive of the Year in 2000 and one of the 25 most influential nonprofit actors over the past 25 years (2014).  Time Magazine named him one of six visionary leaders in philanthropy in 2000.  He is a graduate of Princeton (AB) History and Stanford (MBA and MA Education).
Buzz recalled getting his driver’s license in 1968 at the Gibson Aiken building, remembers driving Route 30 past Maple Valley, kayaking on the West River, always seeing the very large red barns on the left.  Saw again years later, but never stopped.
5 years ago, he moved back to town in retirement, and asked the chair of the Windham Foundation how he could be helpful in rural VT?  “Join the board of the Windham Foundation, and figure out what to do with the Retreat Farm” was the advice.
Retreat Farm Facts
150 years old, amazing architecture and history
In 2016, the Foundation gave the Farm to Retreat Farm Ltd (separate non-profit)
Provides restorative therapy for Brattleboro Retreat patients
500 acres, 9 historic barns, forest and meadows
Goal is to restore all aspects of the property to become a significant aspect of the region
Children’s Farm and Forest program, Community Events program (24 events last year, 50 this year) incl VT Land Trust Celebration, the Governors Cabinet, CT River Conservancy, and Food Truck Thursdays
The property is a 4-season recreation center, to be expanded, with 7 activity areas
The Retreat Farms does need community help and investment to promote the restoration of the barns, volunteer on the trails, etc.
North Barn Restoration project was the location of the petting farm, beautiful and very large barn featuring hand hewn beams.  This barn will become a very important community meeting/event space, with capacity for up to 300 occupants.  All are invited to come by anytime for a tour.
  • Are there hours that the public can come by?  
    • Yes, 8-5 M-F
  • In the North Barn, are they planning on kitchen space? 
    • They have permission to put a catering kitchen in the North Barn, but the preference is to put a very large kitchen in the Ox Barn to satisfy catering needs for all barns and to supply a café.  This plan is still in the works.
  • How does the Retreat Farm relate to the VT Land Trust?
    • VT Land Trust has a use easement that controls how the property can be used.  The majority of the forest and meadows are protected as agricultural only. Retreat Trails are on land owned by the Retreat and the Retreat Farm.  Care of the trails are divided between the two groups.
  • Will there still be goat yoga
    • Yes, weekly goat yoga starting in mid-June (Yoga with goats walking on your back)
  • What is changing about the children’s program?
    • Animals will remain for petting, will be expanded
    • Educational garden and nature trail will be new features, along with a ‘forest playground’
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m. with the four-way test –
  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Sunrise Rotary Minutes 05152019 Josh Goldberg 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
May 8, 2019
President Marcy welcomed us at 7:15am.  Thanks to our Greeter, Mona.    Turner is our greeter next week.  Josh Goldberg is the scribe next week, followed by Diane Hashagen on May 22.
Quote of the day
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S. Truman
This day in history
1899 – The Countess Cathleen by William Yeats opens at the Irish Literary Theater in Dublin, the theater’s inaugural performance.
1973 – On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, armed members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) surrendered to federal authorities, ending their 71-day siege of Wounded Knee, site of the infamous massacre of 300 Sioux by the US Cavalry in 1890.
2010 – 88-year-old actress Betty White becomes the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live.  The show had its highest ratings in 18 months and White earned an Emmy award for her appearance.
Mike Mandracchia, our speaker today. 
Jeff Dunklee was serenaded by the Birthday Singers.  Bethany had a birthday but wasn’t here, so we will keep her on the list.
Tristam informed that the coffee shop is open, three bags left.
Tom Franks sent out a sheet to sign-up to be marshals at the Strolling of the Heifers.
Marcy had a reminder about dues.  Dues are due before July 1st.  Very important because we get a bill from Rotary that bills us for people on our roster as of July 1st.  Therefore, if you know you will not be returning next year, please let the club know ASAP.
Toni – May 29th is the last day we will be collecting for RI Foundation – Rotary would like each Rotarian to give $100 each year.  Marcy gave a plug for the Foundation.
Dan had a reminder about Touch-A-Truck this Saturday, May 11.  If volunteered to help, please show up on time.  If you volunteered to bring stuff, make sure to contact Dan on when you will be dropping off.  Toni will send a reminder to those who missed this meeting. 
Josh Trager said there is a Disc Golf clean up this Saturday from 9am to 1pm.  If you aren’t grilling, come help out at the course.
Student Rotarians
Megan and Conrad – Last FLA meeting was recently, bittersweet.  Megan cried as it was her last meeting.  Conrad missed it due to illness.  Conrad said that they are looking forward to national FLA trip to San Antonio this summer.
Jim Maxwell – Six years
Check Presentation
For Rescue Inc. – Kevin presented a check to Rescue, Inc.  One of the benefits of holding three-on-three is having Rescue part of the tournament as they have been the medical presence for the past 10 years.  In turn, we make a donation back to Rescue.  The annual contribution is $500 which was presented to Rotarian Drew Hazelton.  Drew thanked the club for the support.  Every year, they use the contribution for special projects.  This year’s money will continue the investment in thermal imaging equipment.
Bowl of Life
Cindy explained last week’s Bowl of Life since she wasn’t here to explain last week.
Damon – For people who ordered flowers for Mother’s Day and for self.
Mona – Thanked KJ for helping to get Lucy to the district conference.  Reported that it was very emotional for Lucy as it was one of the last times that the students were getting together.  Michelle added on to the brag.
Cindy – For self.
Tristam – For self and for eagles (the bird) at the Retreat Meadows.
Drew – Rescue was recipient of the Share the Love event from Brattleboro Subaru which they are going to use to buy equipment.
Toni – For self.
Kevin – For self.
Tom – For Rotarian magazine, May issue as it stirred optimism in him.
Dan – For self.
Ali – For Deborah for gardening together.
Three of Diamonds.  No winners.
Guest Speaker
Mike Mandracchia from the Noon Club and The Richards Group, introduced by Dan.  Even though not here to talk about the Wheels event, he informed us that it will be held June 29th at the Retreat.
Mike spoke about Skid School, which he did for us six or seven years ago.  In 1921 there was 24.1 fatalities per MVD (million vehicles driven).  In 2017, it was one-point-two per MVD.  Reason is vehicle safety improvements, many that came from racing arena – seat belts, air bags, tires, hand position (10 and 2, s/b 9/3 due to air bags), ABS/ESC, high strength steel/crumple zones.  Mike got into this when he started racing Miatas when he moved to Vermont.  He met a guy (state Trooper) who taught defensive driving where Mike learned a great deal about safe driving.
What hasn’t changed: Traditional driver’s education because US is one of the easiest places to get a license because kids just taught how to pass the test.  It really takes ~1,000 hours of driving experience to get fully experienced in driving.  Skid School tries to condense these 1K hours into meaningful areas to get people ready to drive e.g. ABS straight-line braking, slalom (like skiing).  In accidents, people, on average, only use ~35% of the cars full capabilities.  We tend to either understeer or oversteer.  Key is to look where you want to go and head the car in that direction.  After the first two exercises, they then do the ‘Moose Drill’ (see YouTube).  Goal is to avoid the ‘moose’ and be able to control the car as a roll-over is a common outcome – first brakes, then steering.  Another exercise in about tailgating – it is not about the length to the next vehicle: you should be three seconds behind the next vehicle and this adjusts for speed.  Pick a stationary object and count out three seconds e.g. one-Mississippi etc. to give enough room.  Also, keeps your eyes up.  Mike went through Skid School class takeaways:
  • First break, then steer
  • Adjust seat and hands
  • Eyes up – as far down the road as possible
  • Check tire pressure - don’t over or under inflate.  Despite what you drive, you only have four slim patches of rubber touching the road; critically important.
  • Cars safer than SUVs and trucks
  • 2/10 second to blink = 18 feet @ 60mph
  • Hands free doesn’t mean distraction free
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Don’t pump anti-lock brakes.
  • Most common damage a car receives happens in a parking lot
Final Word – “Impairment”, it is all the same. 
  • Texting and cellphones
  • Alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Time pressure – “not breathing”
  • Adrenaline
  • Sirens
Closest Skid School is in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.  Rotary (aka Roundabouts) driving is becoming an increasing concern though Mike not sure if addressed in the school.
Adjourned at 8:30am.
Rotary May 8, 2019 Ross Gibson 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
May 1, 2019
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary
President Marcy called the crowd to lower level of disorder at 7:15 followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Marcy’s Opening Remarks
  • Happy rainy chilling morning
  • Thanks Jacques for greeting
  • Solicits greeter for next meeting and Mona volunteers
  • Notes that Ross Gibson (5/8) and Josh Goldberg ((5/15) are the next scribes
  • Quote of the day - “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” Napoleon Bonaparte
Today in History
  • In 1852 Calamity Jane is born near Princeton, MO. The myths and fabrications concerning her life are so numerous it is difficult to discover the truth. Given to hard drinking and carousing, she attracted public attention with stunts like riding a bull down the main street of Rapid City. Ultimately, Jane was  a performer, providing the public with the appropriately grand and mythic image of the West.
  • In 1926 The Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour work week for factory workers (Thank the unions?). Extended to office workers the following August. Other Ford labor firsts: In 1914 upped pay of male factory workers $5 per 8-hour day from $2.34 for nine hours, did the same for females in 1916. Nearly double the industry average it turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, immediately boosting productivity and building a sense of loyalty and pride among workers (ah, the good old days).
  • In 1931 President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates NYC’s Empire State Building pressing a button in the White House that turns on the building’s lights. The gesture was symbolic, someone else flicked the switches (It’s gotten a lot harder to know what or who is behind the curtain).
Notes that the Board Meeting is at the Legion at 7:15am on May 2.
Announcements, Part 1
  • Debbie – Noted that schedule speakers couldn’t make it, but they are willing to come some other time. See her to arrange a speaker swap or fill a gap.
  • Josh T- Notes that disc golf started and some work has been done on the course. Another work day is scheduled for May 11 from nine to noon
  • Rob Szpila from the Brattleboro Noon Club  invited us to the Golf Tournament on June 6, noting that there is a tournament within the tournament for Rotary teams, e.g. a team with at least one Rotarian.  
  • Toni introduced students who need no introduction -  Lucy, Josh, and Davie from BUHS
  • Dan introduced John Mabbe from the noon club and Drew (guest or member, who knows)
  • Josh G introduced another who needs none, - Ailaya
  • Michelle introduced Rob Szpila, aforementioned
Announcements, Pt 2
  • KJ- June 7th, Mt Snow, 3rd annual put and pour for Deerfield Valley Club. 1 pm
  • Tristam -  Three announcements 1) Coffee, 5 bags left, $12 each. 2) Conclusion of nutrition project, donations from the Works, Commonwealth Dairy, and Hannaford. Served 691 kids, 736 meals. Some kids go back for seconds. On Friday give food for kids to take home, average cost $1.25 per meal. 3) Canupa Gluha Mani, the primary contact at the Pine Ridge Reservation Arizona, has spoken at parole board on behalf of members of three tribes to advocate for permission for the performance of cultural cleansing rituals. One member acknowledged after 10 hours that their policies were acts of racism. “Just incredible” is how he described.
  • Tom – Noted that he will have a sign up for Strolling of the Heifer parade marshals (a Rotary Community Service project) by next meeting
  • Dan – Recruiting members to sign up for Touch a Truck and Camp for a Cause
  • Will – Bragged for a great trip including Paris, Berlin and Prague. Described dancing to Edith Piaff with Tina on the deck of boat on Seine. He has eggs for sale, a dollar goes to Rotary
  • Josh T - $5 brag for the nutrition project and notes that May 18 is Girls on the Run
  • Debbie - back from travel to Nashville where she did the whole scene including the  Grand Ole Opery and getting new boots. Also her grandson turned 3 years old and the next one is due in June. Also, Tony got a new saw, going up to work on her house.
  • Mark - Davie got new shoes for the prom and he missed out on the purchase. In consolation other members noted he could probably buy her another pair.
  • KJ - $2 brag for becoming a grandfather on Friday. His daughter in MN gave birth to a little girl, Nancy Lou.
  • Michellle – Brag for Linda’s Closet in Keene which offers nice clothes at no charge. She is on the board and selling raffle tickets for a Mother’s Day raffle $10/ticket. First prize Red Sox tickets (4), second prize weekend stay at 4 bed home outside Mt. Snow, and more. Sadie suggested a club round up of donation for Linda’s Closet and Michelle said she’ll take any offered..
  • Jim M – His son is graduating MFA in Acting from Perdue, heading to NYC.
  • John – Brag for both clubs to ongoing commitment to scholarships. Estimated that we have provided $220K and the noon club $500K.
  • Mona – Asked Lucy to stand up and share a bit, joint brag. The brag is for the exchange student weekend in NYC. Sixteen students, four chaperones (lost not one student)  did and “saw everything”, including Lion King, Statute of Liberty, Ellis island, United Nations. Amazing how much foreign students know about this country
  • Rob Szpila - Bragged for the club for welcoming student traveling to South Dakota. Students noticed the fun, you guys have something special here.
  • Nick - back from Savannah, saw his father, awesome place, great eats, great history, shrimp and grits, feels like Burlington south, very alive. An awesome weekend.
Birthdays -  Drew Hazelton (apparently is a member, despite some understandable confusion) hasn’t been here since his birthday on the  30th of January. He was appropriately serenaded.
Cards - 7 of hearts was in the deck. Ed added extra flair to the usual and customary announcement to the joy of the assembled.
Student Rotarian reports
  • Davie - First day of long block ace (sic?), kind of like a study hall with teacher you pick, gives you a longer period of time for your own discretion. Student Council put it into effect. Another round of SATs May 4th, same day as prom.
  • Josh – The National Honor Society is doing a fund raiser to cover costs: he’ll pass around a sheet. Lacrosse against MAU tonight. He took a hard crash mountain  biking and will be out for a week. Fortunately, no head injury.  
Bowl of life – This Rotarian broke into many hotels in their youth - Josh G, guessed Dan Dietz, who asserts he has never been arrested or convicted. Deb suggested we ask what he took home from hotel. Dan fessed to a glass from the bar and guessed Debbie Cox, The thread was from Debbie to Toni to Sandy, to Tom to Josh U to Turner, to Will to Val to Jim M until we got the hint “She is not in the room” Jim guessed Allie, then Sadie, and finally Cindy, who  was it. NOTE: Lisa later reported that Cindy texted that they were thirteen and the hotel was abandoned. (In retrospect, shouldn’t the President have been fined for allowing it to go on so long with the party absent)
Speaker – Michelle Pong
  • She is the speaker coordinator. She thanks the club for their efforts and will try to make arrangements when things fall through. She notes that everybody in the room is an expert at something. If you can talk about something for 10 minutes please let her know. She wants to have people in hopper to call the night before.
  • Putting  on an old hat from the time when she worked at Lead Safe and Healthy Homes and was arguably was the expert on lead in Southern VT. She can talk about lead for 8 hours and will share a little bit of knowledge today.
  • Kids don’t get poisoned by eating paint chips, but mostly by typical hand-to-mouth behavior.
  • Lead disrupts brain development and it can’t be retroactively repaired.
  • In Windham Cty have some of the highest levels in VT. Fortunately they have come down in last 15 years.
    • 10% of kids in Bellows Falls at one point had lead in their blood
    • State of VT requires testing at age of 1, and another test at 2, although it is not being done uniformly
    • State of VT requires landlords to be certified and that every painted with more than one square foot of peeling paint be repaired.
    • EMP - essential maintenance practice. Make sure you get your certification if you are a landlord (class about 3 hours).
    • Contractors must be certified and take appropriate precautions for remediation.
    • Thresholds 1 sq ft interior for Vermont. Federal are more than 20 sf exterior or 6 sf interior
    • If you hire somebody, make sure they are certified.
    • Less than a teaspoon of lead in 700sf of soil will poison a child.
    • Recounted the case of child in MN circa 1998/99. The child swallowed Reebok charm, died because it was 99% lead.
    • Don’t allow your children to drink from garden hoses (lots of lead)
    • Keys all contain lead, get plastic keys for kids
    • Lead is a cumulative poison, it can be chelated out, which is physically demanding, but that won’t reverse the damage.
    • The US is/was behind most other countries. As a result of a 1918 outbreak in Australia in 1920 it was banned by League of Nations, most countries stopped using lead in paint a long time ago. We kept slapping it on our homes until 1978. Taking lead of gasoline cut blood levels in half, children were inhaling it all. All that lead in gasoline is still in the dirt. Lead doesn’t travel and it’s everywhere.
    • Dan asked if there wasn’t a ban on lead containing objects in VT. Michelle said there is a consumer products ban, but you can’t count on it being observed, e.g toys from dollar stores.
Meeting closed on time with the Four Way Test.
Please inform me of errors and omissions. Thank you. Tom Franks
Meeting Notes 5/1/19 Tom Franks 2019-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to Debbie Cox, Suds and others for greeting

Next week greeter is Kevin

Scribe today (stand in) KJ

Scribe next week is Mark Ethier, week after is Sadie


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


Today in History:

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


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

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



Lady Shoshana - Debra’s daughter

Student Rotarian - Meghan Forrett

Ayla Traeger - Josh’s daughter

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bi-Laws vote: Vote passes by voice vote

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

Club Announcements:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting Notes 4/10/19 Kris Johnston 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Mona for Greeting!  Thank you to Cindy for Scribing!  Nick scribes on 4/3 and Jeff Dunklee on 4/10
Quote of the Day “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” Dr. Seuss
Today in History:
1905 – Fingerprint evidence is used to solve a British murder case.  The neighbors of Thomas and Ann Farrow, Shopkeepers in South London discover their badly bludgeoned bodies in their home.  The brutal crime was solved using the newly developed fingerprinting technique.  Only three years earlier, the first English court had admitted fingerprint evidence in a petty theft case.  The Farrow case was the first time that the cutting-edge technology was used n a high-profile murder case, ultimately leading to the conviction of Alfred and Albert Stratton for the crime.
1939 – The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46-33 on this day to win the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  “March Madness” as the tournament became known, has grown exponentially in size and popularity since 1939.  For the first 12 years of the men’s tournament only eight teams were invited to participate.  That number grew steadily until a 65-team tournament format was unveiled in 2001.  In 2011 the field expanded even further allowing 68 teams to qualify.
On this day in 1973, the actor Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his career reviving performance in The Godfather.  The Native American Actress Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando’s place stating that the actor very regretfully could not accept the award as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.  After Brando’s name was announced as Best Actor, the presenter Roger Moore attempted to hand the Oscar to Littlefeather, but she brushed it aside saying that Brando could not accept the award.  Littlefeather read a portion of a lengthy statement Brando had written, the entirety of which was later published in the press.  The motion picture community has been as responsible as any Brando wrote for “degrading the Indian and making a mockery of his character, describing his as savage, hostile and evil”.
Honorary Rotarian Presentation - Justin – Board has the authority to offer honorary membership to club affiliates.  Justin serves us breakfast and takes very good care of us all the time.  Voted to offer honorary membership into our club. One of the better attendances because if he is not here, we don’t eat.  Rotary discounts around the world. Ha ha.  Free use of the disc golf course!! 
Guest introductions – Valerie introduces her husband John Mabie – member of the afternoon club.
ToniStudent Rotarians – Danny & Maggie from Hinsdale – please sign their sheets if you have not already.
Birthdays – Mark Ethier on 3/30 – Beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday!  Diane does guest appearance.
Anniversary – Bob Fagelson– 17 years on 4/2
Damon – Liked Dr. Seuss quote – Damon no longer a Hockey coach – has done is for 14 years for youth hockey.  Emotional day for both Damon and Torin.  He is a full-time runner now.  Here’s to many miles of hockey.  Aiden is 18 today.  Club has watched him grow up.  Three adults in the house now!
Ali – Encouraging brags today – be inspired. Big brag – KJ makes the greatest breakfast – Bethany and Allie enjoyed breakfast while Diane was out of town.  We will leave that it at that.   So much fun – great friend breakfast.  
Toni – Mini milestone – mailed last package to Kuwait as daughter come homes in May.  She has been in Kuwait since July.  Toni very excited to have her home.
Debbie Cox– Will be gone for the month of April – Trip to San Mateo and NC – will miss everyone while travelling.
Nick – for everyone who bowled last Saturday and was patient for his daughter that picked out her Minnie Mouse ball and purple roller.  Very special moment watching her have fun.
Marcy – IOU brag – end of swim team.  Rowen had a good event, but Marcy is happy not to have to transport to swim team.
Josh - Brag for daughter – got up at 5am this morning for rotary – was not feeling well so could not make it.  Great ski season.  Fast and learning fast.  She is figuring out on her own. 
Mark – announcement – sponsor little league in town. April 20th opening day Tech Rick throwing out first pitch.
Diane – Took granddaughter to dance competition.  Wonderful to see her dance.
Erin – Brag for Museum of African American culture in DC great experience enjoyed it as she has been on the road a lot teaching. Museum is very moving and important
Josh – Josh Davis – Story Tellers on a Mission at the Latchis – NPR story tellers. Fundraiser to Groundworks.  This Saturday at 7:30
Kevin – Fine everyone for pins.  Extra fine for not wearing U Houston Pin.  Go Coos??  Brag for Jeff Dunklee show how slick a dresser he is every week.  Special cowboy boots – setting the bar high. Way to go Jeff
Jon – Brag for Josh Unruh for Pints for Polio – Great Fundraiser – lots of fun – raised some money.  All Josh and the Whetstone.  Rotary Polio Beer is listed on the Whetstone board. 
Announcement -
Sadie – Thank you for last overflow dinner.  Pasta needed.  Need two people to make – please contact Sadie for help.  Main dish of Pasta.  Ali offered to make Pasta. 
Scholarship committee starting up very soon. Contact Sadie if you are interested in reading scholarships.  Community Service sheet is going around - please sign up. 
Mona – Reminder – if someone wants to host a student next year.  Need host families if we can do so.  Looking to talk to noon club to see if they can participate as well.  2- 4 families would be ideal.  Only 2 months each.  The more host families the best.  Better for the student experience.  If you are interested this is the time to reach out to Mona.  We might want to go to BUHS to see if they would accept students from families who live in NH. 
Debra – Bowling event last Saturday – Big Brother Big Sister 126.00 raised. 
Ali – April 1st Turner party – Wicked good time – Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it but we really would love it if you could – 5:30 cocktails 6:30 dinner $10 per person.  Student Rotarians are more than welcome to come. Monday night – not going to be too late.
Kevin – 11 people are doing a little tournament – he sent the email via link.  Still some time to join. Sandy Shriver believes he is already the winner but unfortunately, he is currently last.  Josh and Kevin have a debate on the relevance of this announcement. 
Kevin – In 2 weeks we will have a club wide vote on revised bylaws.  5-6 weeks worked on by committee.   Sandy thinks we can consider them brand new rather than amend them all.  Committee took template from Rotary International.  Significant changes.  Board has provided feedback. Will be sent out via email. Please review so that we can vote in two weeks.  Once they are reviewed, they will be put on website, so any new members can look.   Huge thank you to the committee!  This should be good for many years. 
Toni– old bylaws should be on the website for reference to compare. 
KJ – confirmed old bylaws in club runner
Jim V – Tom and Ali – Saturday to Hanover for training Treasurer and Secretary.
Student Rotarians Maggie – Town meeting – very busy – class ran concessions.  NHS – babysitting calendar fundraiser ends this Thursday.  Track just started.
Danny – Town meeting was first he sat in.  Hinsdale gets heated.  NHS babysitting as well.  Yankee Candle fundraiser 1500.  Five scholarships due in April.
Cards – Will won 9 of spades!!  50 something dollars
Kevin coffee is still available to be sold – supports scholarship.  12.00 per bag.  mostly ground left 4 bags left.  3 on 3 t shirts still available.  Give to sponsors
Invitation Pine Heights 4/23 1pm.  Volunteer appreciation lunch
Ali began conversation on Club Assembly and opened the opportunity for the rest of the meeting to go into groups.
In meeting service project – coming up in a couple of weeks.  Everyone in the club should be on at least one committee. 
Minor interruption with the chafing dishes burning.   Meeting close at 8:18
Respectfully submitted by Cindy Delgatto – please excuse any errors or omissions.
March 27, 2019 Cindy Delgatto 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Deitz on Mar 22, 2019
Rotary Minutes
March 20, 2019
Volunteer greeter for next week – Mona!
Guest Introductions:
• Kevin introduces two exceptional student Rotarians – Megan and Conrad who were working at the Windham Career Center, They kicked a*s and took names! Language Fine
• Best two daughters classification – Ava and Shoshana
• Damon – His foot hurts. Torin was invited to join the freshman class of Keene Interact! They choose only 30 kids for the incoming class and it is hardcore.
• Josh – Bragged for Damon and for bowling night with the noon club.
• Mark Ethier – Bragged for Davi who is now licensed! Perfect score on her test.
• Debra – Shoshi rocked it in Wrinkle in Time last weekend. 
• Jon Secrest – Bragged for Costa Rica trip with Aleksa, enjoying being finally back together as a family, fighting and sarcastic as ever. Kerry having shaved her head a couple of months ago is now less chia pettish than she was. He was happy for the adventure.
• KJ – for Rotarians, Will and Josh who stepped up this am to help set up.
• Debbie Cox – 4/3-4/7 – going to CA, San Mateo, she won the trip through Primerica, her company
• Kevin – Bragged for everyone who came out and helped with 3 on 3 last weekend, ended up with a very successful 18 teams!
• Bill Maxwell – Bragged for Kevin and Toni, a poetic brag about them being profiles in courage and moving through the foggy mist…
• Ali – The bowling event with the noon club was actually fun. She was surprised by how much fun she had. Let the record show that and she thanked Kevin for his sappy rotary appreciation email.
• Marcy – Put a dollar in for spring, metaphorically. She has had an extreme rough winter with a tragic losses and serious illness in her family. She is looking forward to spring and reminds us to remember to appreciate what wehave when we have it.
In the deck. Josh called us losers with aplomb!
Student Rotarians Report:
Meghan and Conrad - Just got back from state conference and had no sleep during their travels. They placed first in all of the chapter events, FBLA, they placed first in marketing with Alex Shriver who is still sleeping, and Megan won future Business Leader, Miss FBLA! Conrad placed 2nd in accounting. 
• Ali - April first is Turner’s 50th anniversary party. Dress code is to be cute! 
• Jacques – Caleb doesn't have a guest speaker for next week. Does anyone have one?
• Debra – Come “Bowl for Kids’ Sake to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters – join the Sunrise Rotarian Team this Saturday at 1 pm. The form collecting donations went around and generous Sunrise Rotarians have already contributed $86 to the Big Brothers and Sisters. Click here: if you would like to join the team or donate or just show up at Brattleboro Bowl on Saturday.https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/sunrise-rotary-bowls-for-a-cause
• Mona – Do we want to have a student exchange next year? Not that anyone can top Lucy!
• Josh U. – Pints for Polio tonight. He is going to drink till close. Get a blue ticket for $25 and that will get you a free beer in a fancy Pints for Polio glass. Or go have lunch at the Whetstone today and that money will go to Sunrise Rotary as Well.
• Kevin – Tomorrow he is hosting the 16th edition of Rotary Cares. Marty Cohen is getting his retina surgery so Kevin is stepping up. Mona and Lucy will be guests on the International Exchange program. Lucy will be a star!
Debriefing the 3 on 3 with Kevin:
Thank You’s to all. Raised ($3-400) with just the team fees. There is a manual they have developed over the years with all the info. Thank you to all who stepped up and compensated for Sandy Shriver who decided that ping pong was more important. Raised $230 for concessions. Some refinements need to get made.
Dan needs volunteers to carry soda and water to basement. Thanks to Rescue for volunteering their time to be there. We will make a donation to Rescue for that. Toni brought t-shirts – magically appearing as soon as her name was mentioned.
Toni suggests separating fundraising from the tournament itself. She will continue to help with the fundraising which worked very well this year. Mona said if we do it a little later it will be easier to get the schools to participate. Setting up committees to see about keeping the ship going.
President Marcy ends the meeting with the 4 way test.
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build good will and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial for all concerned?
Newsletter March 20, 2019 meeting Daniel Deitz 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Feb 22, 2019
President Marcy started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
On this day in 1792, President George Washington signs legislation creating the U.S. Postal Service. Prior to the American Revolution, correspondence between parties depended largely upon hired private couriers, friends and the help of merchants.  President Washington formally created the U.S. Postal Service with the signing of the Postal Service Act, which outlined in detail Congressional power to establish official mail routes. The act allowed for newspapers to be included in mail deliveries and made it illegal for postal officials to open anyone’s mail. In 1792, a young American nation of approximately 4 million people enjoyed federally funded postal services including 75 regional post offices and 2,400 miles of postal routes. The cost of sending a letter ranged from 6 cents to 12 cents
1962From Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. After separating from its launching rocket, the bell-shaped Friendship 7 capsule entered into an orbit around Earth at a speed of about 17,500 miles per hour. Toward the end of Glenn’s third and last orbit, mission control received a mechanical signal from the spacecraft indicating that the heat shield on the base of the capsule was possibly loose. The capsule would be incinerated if the shield failed to absorb and dissipate the extremely high reentry temperatures, so the craft’s retrorockets, usually jettisoned before reentry, were left on in order to better secure the heat shield. During Glenn’s fiery descent back to Earth, he lost radio contact with mission control. After four minutes of radio silence, Glenn’s voice crackled through loudspeakers at mission control, and Friendship 7 splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean. He was picked up by the USS destroyer Noa, and his first words upon stepping out of the capsule were, “It was hot in there.” He had spent nearly five hours in space.
In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives. Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. 
Quote for the day……”Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt” , Herbert Hoover
Chris greeted us this morning with smiles and next week turner will be there with hugs for everyone.
Emma Stewart - guest speaker
  1. May 25th – Blood Drive
  2. Jim Rumrill wants to know if anyone is interested in hosting another exchange student next.
  3. Lucy- our exchange student from Croatia will have lots of free time after basketball and it would be a great time to include her in your activities. Invite her over for dinner or family game night…anything to make her more connected to the members of our club!!
  4. April 1st SAVE THE DATE- we will be throwing a party to honor Turner and his 50 years as a Rotarian! More details to come!
  5. One month from today will be having the PINTS FOR POLIO fundraiser at the Whetstone.
  6. Monday is our next Overflow Shelter dinner. Lots of slots open for food donations. Many members volunteered on the spot so check the list from Sadie to see what is still needed. 
  7. March 9th is the next sort a thon at the Vermont Food Bank. Need 2 volunteers from 9-12, please email Kevin to volunteer. 
  8. 3 on 3 is coming up on March 16th. Need members to get posters and registration forms into the hands of players. Also need help with concessions, Dan & Debra volunteered to coordinate it, but they will need lots of donations.
BIRTHDAYS:           Dan Deitz – Wednesday
                                    Tom Franks – Tuesday
                                    Turner Lewis- Better late than never!!
ANNIVERSARIES:   No Anniversaries
CARDS:  5 of Clubs..… and the winner is ~  Marcy   WON  $43!!!!
Turner: Just got back from a trip in which he made up a meeting in Jerusalem. Small club but very fun. He sat next t an 83 year old women and got to “chit chatting” and he told her they had visited the Holocaust Museum to which she replied that she and her mother were in one of the camps. He was very humbled to have met such a resilient woman.
Ali: 1. Announced a fundraiser for Winston Prouty on March 9th and 10th. The Annual Par for the Cause Mini-Golf Classic will be held at the Winston Prouty Campus, 209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro. Stay updated on the Par for the Cause Facebook event page or get tickets in advance at http://winstonprouty.org/parforthecause/  Additionally, she is no longer in the infant room but has moved up to the Pre-School room being assaulted daily by toddlers BUT loving every minute of it. She also bragged for Nikki’s semester aboard in Vietnam. They talk every day and has been getting daily pictures of the adventure. 
Diane: Bragged for Josh who should be home sleeping because it is his school vacation but instead he was at the meeting filling in for Ed as Sergeant at Arms. AND Thursday was his 18th Birthday!!
Jon: Bragged for his “Old Dogs, New Tricks” weekend with his friend Steve. This year they went to Montreal where they went to a Boeing 737 flight simulator, participated in a fight club where they practiced street fighting for 2 hours and then managed to find a place that had them ax throwing. In between there was lots of drinking!!
Kevin: Bragged for his vacation in Mexico!! Thanked Lisa the travel agent extraordinaireLiberato their pool bar bartender who keep them very well hydrated and Alma their server in the dining room who set up a very special table for them for Valentine’s Day complete with rose petals. Ginny is trying to talk him into a 2 week stay next year. 
Jim: Jennifer is thankfully back to work with her 9-week-old baby in tow, which has been very good for business because everyone loves babies.
Mark: Bragged for Devi who just finished drivers ed and the bought her car. So be on the look out for her racing around town in a Jetta.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Emma Stewart from Great River Terrace
The Windham Windsor Housing Trust built a new "neighborhood" in north Brattleboro at the former Lamplighter Hotel. Great River Terrace has apartments for 22 individuals in the community who have experienced persistent homelessness or may be struggling with addiction or mental health issues.
In July 2017, the WWHT received final approval to transform the dilapidated Lamplighter Hotel on North Putney Road into an apartment complex. WWHT partnered with Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Vermont and Groundworks Collaborative to provide services on site in a central office building between the site's two strips of apartments. The central office building also has a gathering area and a kitchen.
It is the first permanent supportive housing project in southern Vermont. According to WWHT, "supportive housing combines affordable housing with services — most often located on-site — that can help people who face complex challenges live with stability and dignity.
Supportive housing targets the most vulnerable people and gives them the support they need to live a full and healthy life. It provides chronically homeless people a way out of expensive emergency public services, and into their own homes and communities."
According to WWHT, permanent supportive housing is a "housing first model," with no conditions for sobriety or other preconditions to obtain or maintain housing and there is no time limit on occupancy. 
On-site services, which are voluntary, include health counseling, substance abuse counseling and support, life skills education and coaching, employment referral and support, financial capability support, health and wellness coaching, and 24-hour crisis services.
Newsletter February 20, 2019 Toni Ciampaglione 2019-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Maxwell on Dec 29, 2018
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting October 17, 2018
Greeting:         Ed and others
Quote:  “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.  That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  Ernest Hemingway (who never learned his lesson, by the way)
Today in history:
1998: Clinton impeached
1917: First National Hockey League games, all Canadian:  Montreal had two franchises, Ottawa, Quebec and Toronto
1843: “A Christmas Carol” is published
Our guests today:
Daryl Pillsbury, who will speak about the Windham County Heat Fund
Meghan, our Windham Regional Career Center student Rotarian
Student Rotarian report
Meghan:  FBLA earmuffs for the homeless and participation in Feed The Thousands ($1,000!)
The fabulous Jim Verzino
Rotary anniversaries
Josh Unruh with us happily for one year
Jon Secrest still happy after 15 years
  • Damon
    • For Turner & Kay’s hospitality
    • For Aiden’s race at Dartmouth, setting a record, and his brother running 3rd
  • Will
    • Ran from Fletcher’s Auto Repair to the Chelsea Royal Diner, reasons not noted by your scribe, but good outcome apparently
    • Big brag for the BMC Concert Choir’s upcoming “Mozart: Beginnings and Endings” – January 11 and 12
  • Josh T. – for KJ, who embraced the cold and joined Josh for lunch and disc golf on a bitter day
  • Cindy
    • by contrast, back from balmy Bermuda
    • for VT-NH Veterinary Clinic, for taking good care of her dog
  • Ali – daughter Nicole will be spending the next semester in Argentina, South Africa and Vietnam as part of her Skidmore anthropology/environmental studies
  • Turner – thanking all guests for reading the signs at gathering at his home
  • Kevin – to student Rotarian Meghan for keeping things together, calm in the storm, at the WRCC/FBLA Hannaford’s fundraiser HOWEVER, imposing a 25-cent fine for appearing in the paper – bowling – HOWEVER Kevin paid it HOWEVER there was a second photo he missed and Meghan declined to pay for that one so the controversy is now resolved
  • Tristam – the Nutrition Project, which we support every year, starts Monday Dec 24, for Moore Court and Ledgewood, organized by Lorelai Morrisette
  • Kevin –
    • this month’s Rotary Cares will tape with KJ
    • Project Feed ends pickups Friday the 21st, thanks to all who participated & supported
Check presentation:  To Windham County Heat Fund, Daryl Pillsbury
  • Effort begun by Daryl and Richard Evans 14 years ago
  • Bernie Sanders a supporter from the start
  • Thousands of families have benefitted
  • This is one of Sunrise’s regular support commitments
Club assembly:  Overview of the club’s mission, objectives, operations, from members of the board of directors (everyone welcome at any BOD meeting)
(NOTE: the information I’ve put in here may have omissions or errors, we covered a lot of ground; corrections and additions would be important so if you catch them please let us know)
  • Minutes of last BOD meet
  • Treasurer, Toni:
    • Our annual support commitments, the Heat Fund, Project Feed, International donation, the nutrition project (co-sponsored by noon club; 10 years; provides meals for children during school vacation days in the school year)
    • Scholarship
    • Our operations account is separate from the Brattleboro Sunrise Foundation account, which is a 501(c)(3), donations deductible. 
    • How we raise funds for
      • Dinner Raffle is our largest fundraiser.  If our 41 members each sold the max tickets, we’d raise $9,600.  This year was a nail-biter but last minute tickets brought us in at $8,000
      • Disc golf is now also a prime fundraiser for us
      • The 3-on-3 basketball tournament has historically been a major fundraiser for the Penfield scholarships & for our Honduras scholarships (along with the coffee sales)
  • Our involvement is primarily local
    • Community service, e.g. the pergola
    • New members projects on Elliot Street
    • Other kids and local projects
  • We support and participate also in international projects, e.g., the Lakota that Tristam is heavily involved with
  • Cindy & Marcy propose an in-meeting service project, suggesting we create warming kits; we’ll discuss after next meeting
  • Jim Verzino, incoming president
    • We will need a secretary to take over from outgoing KJ
    • Need also a chair for Club Service (social events that keep us connected)
    • Need a Foundations chair (Rotary International)
    • Committees, see the Minutes of the BOD
Bylaws revision: Bylaws are in final review by committee and will go to board, then to membership in January
Meeting adjourned 8:35
Jim Maxwell
Minutes of Meeting December 19 2018 Jim Maxwell 2018-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Shriver on Dec 13, 2018

President Marcy got us started at 7:15 AM.

Greeter:  Kevin Y.  

Next week’s greeter:  Ali – December 19.  

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

No meeting on the 26th of December.  

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

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

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

1913:  Mona Lisa stolen from the Louve.

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Marcy thought it was all weirdly anticlimactic. 

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

December 12, 2018 Newsletter Sandy Shriver 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
President Marcy started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
On this day in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office. FDR remains the only president to have served more than two terms. Roosevelt rose above personal and political challenges to emerge as one of the nation’s most revered and influential presidents. In 1921, at the age of 29, he contracted polio and thereafter was burdened with leg braces; eventually, he was confined to a wheelchair. From the time he was first elected to the presidency in 1932 to mid-1945, when he died while in office, Roosevelt presided over two of the biggest crises in U.S. history: the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.
1972Richard Nixon defeats Senator George McGovern (D-South Dakota) and is re-elected President of the United States. With only 55 percent of the electorate voting, the lowest turnout since 1948, Nixon carried all states but Massachusetts, taking 97 percent of the electoral votes.
1943Joni Mitchell is born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort MacLeod, Alberta Canada. Even as a child taking piano lessons, Joni Mitchell showed more interest in composing her own melodies than in playing the pieces her teacher assigned her. When the folk-music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s came to Saskatoon—the college town in which she spent most of her childhood—Mitchell resolved to learn the guitar in order to become a competent accompanist at sing-alongs. A bout with polio as a child had left Mitchell unable to form the chords with her left hand that her ear wanted to hear, so early on she began experimenting with non-standard guitar tunings that would later become part of her signature sound.
Quote for the day……We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. Kin Hubbard
Turner very warmly greeted us this morning with hugs and smiles and next week …I missed this as I didn’t realize I was taking notes for Jason this morning.
Shoshana- Debra’s daughter
Ayla- Josh’s daughter
Jenna Rae - guest speaker
Hugh Keelan - guest speaker
Danny and Maggie from Hinsdale reported this morning.
~First quarter is wrapping up.
~Danny has completed applications for Fairfield University and NE College. He is still working on applications for UNH and URI. 
~The Hinsdale High School Class of 2019 will be hosting the annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th from 9am-3pm at Hinsdale Middle High School. There will be craft and food vendors set up in the gymnasium and food will be sold in the cafeteria. Lots of Raffles, too….Plus Santa will be available for pictures! Krispy Kreme donuts will also be available for sale in the cafeteria while supplies last!
~Red Ribbon Week last week, it is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.
~Need to get rid of scrap metal? We have a time & place the HHS Travel Club is collecting.
  1. Board Meeting Thursday November 8th at WKVT.
  2. Friday November 9th at 7am the final Bylaw’s meeting will be held at the River Garden.
  3. Project Feed is gearing up and Kevin circulated a sign-up calendar. We will only be picking on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Food needs to be to the Drop In Center by 4:30pm
  4. Raffle tickets have been distributed. If you haven’t received yours yet please contact Toni. Several Rotarians have made individual Facebook posts that have been very successful. Ask if you need help with selling.
  5. The coffee shop is open. They only have 4 bags left and are out of coffee mugs. See Tristam for details. Remember the proceeds go to help send a student to the Agriculture School in the mountains of Honduras
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   Ross- 6 years and Tristam- 19 years
CARDS:  7 of Spades..… and the winner is ~  Jenna our guest speaker WON!!!!
Josh T: Bragged the Strolling of the Heifers which is throwing a Pizza Party to benefit Project Feed the Thousands. Saturday November 10th from 12-3 pm at the River Garden. He had posters available to hang in your place of business.
Damon: Bragged for his and Kathryn’s trip to Calgary, Alberta for the 25th class reunion from Physical Therapy school. They left the boys home alone for an entire week and the house was still standing when they arrived home. Also, the boys had a Division 1 NH meet last week where Aidan came in 9thand Torin came in 8th. The team came in 4th overall and Torin is officially the fastest freshman in NH.
Will: Also had a running brag, his son Nick and his wife Rebecca ran the NYC marathon this past weekend. There was 50,000 people running in the marathon. It took them 6.5 hours to complete. He and Tina went and hung out in Brooklyn and waited at the 8-mile mark to catch a glimpse of them. Great energy at the race and great weekend with kids.
Michelle: Fined herself for not getting the newsletter out last week….I didn’t realize that was an option as I sit here typing Jason’s newsletter. Also, she bragged for Caroline who now has a job with an LA law firm (working remotely) doing trademark and licensing work in the video game industry.
Dan: Another self-imposed fine as he lost the list of sponsors for the Adventure Race for a few weeks. Now that he has found out, members need to pay up. 
Ali: Bragged for Marcy’s Haunted House---- AMAZING. Well worth the trip to Springfield. You really could feel how the community loved this event.  
Marcy: Wanted to thank everyone who helped out with the Haunted House. Michelle for taking over the meeting, Cindy for the awesome video and Rocco the traffic Jedi. It was an all-day event getting it all assembled but it came together in the end.
Toni: Also wanted to brag for Marcy’s Haunted House. Lucy was so looking forward to Halloween and Ali and Marcy made her night. Ali just happened to have an extra costume in her car for Lucy to wear and she took her to a few houses in Springfield to go Trick or Treating. 
Katya: Wanted to brag for our speakers and a recent performance at the Latchis Theatre. (sorry couldn’t hear what the performance was). Also, she was with a friend this past week and she amazed to find out that in Austria the children are required to get a Lyme vaccination to protect from the disease. Whereas we have nothing here in the US and the tick-borne diseases have increased every year.
KJ: It’s official he is going to be a grandpa. His daughter is letting him tell everyone. He’s decided to grow out his beard to see if it is as grey as Kevin’s.
Kevin: Stood to fine everyone a quarter for not wearing their pin….AND BADGES DON’T COUNT. Who pissed in his Corn Flakes this morning, ALI?!?!?!
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Hugh Keelan and Jenna Rae, The Windham Orchestra
The Windham Orchestra, with Music Director Hugh Keelan, features local musicians and composers who take pride in providing symphonic music to Southeastern Vermont and their commitment to keeping classical music vital and building future audiences.
The Windham Orchestra serves a number of important roles in the musical community:
·         Performing live orchestral music in Brattleboro and surrounding towns;
·         Providing performance opportunities for musicians of all backgrounds;
·         Educating local school children;
·         Providing performance opportunities for young musicians through the annual Concerto Competition; and
·         Providing an orchestral ensemble for performance of music by local composers.
Hugh and Jenna run a company called TUNDI Productions. It was named after Wagner’s opera Tristan UND Isolde. They perform music that summons the deepest emotions and the most burning issues of being human, so you can experience transcendence and interact with the music and musicians and share about your experience and engage in your own creativity.  They bring large scale operatic works to life so that you can be immersed in the experience, lost in the emotion and create a fulfillment that is only available through music.
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Sunrise Rotary Meeting 10-24-18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anniversary: Debbi Cox, Oct 25 - 1 year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tristam: does anyone need a harp??

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

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

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

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

Four way test and good bye.

Sunrise Meeting 10-24-2018 Katja Matthews 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Maxwell
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting October 17, 2018
Convene 7:15
Jim Verzino, nom de plume “Jimmy V”, president-in-waiting, stands in for Marcy for today’s meeting
Quote:  “The world is round so that friendship may encircle it” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [Editor’s note:  Chardin, 1881-1955, was a Jesuit paleontologist & philosopher known for his thoughts and writings on the relation of evolution and faith.  I didn’t know this, I looked it up]
Today in history:
1906 - Wilhelm Voigt, 57 year-old shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads a squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks – no way to make this long story short, you had to be there.
1968 – Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.  Smith and Carlos wore no shoes, to symbolize the poverty of so many black Americans; Carlos wore a necklace of black beads, “for those that were lynched or killed that no one said a prayer for . . . .”
1974 – Benji, film about stray dog that helps rescue kidnapped children, opens in theaters and goes on to become a family, certainly not cult, classic [Editor’s comment]
Late breaking news: noon on Wednesday: Pictures arrive from KJ with his mom in Ireland, having a great time
Birthday: Sadie
Anniversary: Debbie Cox one year
            From Hinsdale H.S. Maggie and Danny
            Ava & Shoshanna at Debra’s table
            Josh at Diane’s table
Student Rotarians Danny & Maggie report on National Honor Society food drive & blood drive, Farm Day (for Project Graduation)
  • Kevin:  the Rotary Cares program for BCTV will be about Rotary’s polio eradication efforts; also, the program has won the nonprofits award from BCTV
  • Kevin: Bylaws committee will meet November 9 at River Garden
  • Sadie:  Groundworks/overflow hours will commence November
  • Tom: thanks to those who participated in the dry run for Rotary survey, it was successful, will be a tool for Rotary reach-out around the world
  • Allie: will be treasurer
  • Diane: Rotary mixer, noon club, tomorrow night somewhere
Cards:  4♦  Winner: Will S.  Take:  he took a loss on it
  • Cindy: Southern Vermont Career Expo tomorrow with Occupations & Libations at Hermit Thrush in the evening
  • Jon S.: Adventure Race, he and Dan and Bethany and Jen Moyse been there and done that real good; Drew impressed as always; Bethany special mention for Sudoku (Sodaku? Sokadu?) solutions
  • Sadie brag for Josh and John “full course”  (sorry, missed the rest of the details on this)
  • Sadie brag on behalf of Kathy Urffer for Dan, for his help with Connecticut River Conservancy Clean-up
  • Katya: she and Richard spent his birthday in Chatham, on the Cape, and brag also for the Windham Orchestra production of Puccini’s Turandot, Hugh Keelan music director, Jenna Rae as Turandot
  • Deb brag for Sadie’s help with Disc Golf and also for “tour de force” in The Father at Actor’s Theater
  • Deb brag for Ava’s bat mitzvah & Shoshanna’s backup “girl group”
  • Valerie brag for those who serve in the armed forces as, hopefully, the next “Great Generation”
  • Jon brag for Neringa Camp in Brattleboro this Sunday, 100 years of independence for Lithuania
  • Josh U. brag for Toni as finalist for Women In Service award by Reformer
  • Damon: Keene boys championship (sorry, missed the rest of this)
  • Erin brag for the American Circus Educator’s Conference, which was founded by her main man Kevin some 20 years ago and is going strong; also, upcoming trip to India to teach social workers and educators to start youth circus programs in orphanages
  • Drew brag for his wife & son who both stayed the course, 9.4 miles, in Adventure Race
Program:  Halloween, as only the Marcy Caulkins family can serve it up . . .
Adjourn 8:30
Minutes 10.17.18 Jim Maxwell 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Maxwell
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting October 17, 2018
Convene 7:15
Jim Verzino, nom de plume “Jimmy V”, president-in-waiting, stands in for Marcy for today’s meeting
Quote:  “The world is round so that friendship may encircle it” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [Editor’s note:  Chardin, 1881-1955, was a Jesuit paleontologist & philosopher known for his thoughts and writings on the relation of evolution and faith.  I didn’t know this, I looked it up]
Today in history:
1906 - Wilhelm Voigt, 57 year-old shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads a squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks – no way to make this long story short, you had to be there.
1968 – Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.  Smith and Carlos wore no shoes, to symbolize the poverty of so many black Americans; Carlos wore a necklace of black beads, “for those that were lynched or killed that no one said a prayer for . . . .”
1974 – Benji, film about stray dog that helps rescue kidnapped children, opens in theaters and goes on to become a family, certainly not cult, classic [Editor’s comment]
Late breaking news: noon on Wednesday: Pictures arrive from KJ with his mom in Ireland, having a great time
Birthday: Sadie
Anniversary: Debbie Cox one year
            From Hinsdale H.S. Maggie and Danny
            Ava & Shoshanna at Debra’s table
            Josh at Diane’s table
Student Rotarians Danny & Maggie report on National Honor Society food drive & blood drive, Farm Day (for Project Graduation)
  • Kevin:  the Rotary Cares program for BCTV will be about Rotary’s polio eradication efforts; also, the program has won the nonprofits award from BCTV
  • Kevin: Bylaws committee will meet November 9 at River Garden
  • Sadie:  Groundworks/overflow hours will commence November
  • Tom: thanks to those who participated in the dry run for Rotary survey, it was successful, will be a tool for Rotary reach-out around the world
  • Allie: will be treasurer
  • Diane: Rotary mixer, noon club, tomorrow night somewhere
Cards:  4♦  Winner: Will S.  Take:  he took a loss on it
  • Cindy: Southern Vermont Career Expo tomorrow with Occupations & Libations at Hermit Thrush in the evening
  • Jon S.: Adventure Race, he and Dan and Bethany and Jen Moyse been there and done that real good; Drew impressed as always; Bethany special mention for Sudoku (Sodaku? Sokadu?) solutions
  • Sadie brag for Josh and John “full course”  (sorry, missed the rest of the details on this)
  • Sadie brag on behalf of Kathy Urffer for Dan, for his help with Connecticut River Conservancy Clean-up
  • Katya: she and Richard spent his birthday in Chatham, on the Cape, and brag also for the Windham Orchestra production of Puccini’s Turandot, Hugh Keelan music director, Jenna Rae as Turandot
  • Deb brag for Sadie’s help with Disc Golf and also for “tour de force” in The Father at Actor’s Theater
  • Deb brag for Ava’s bat mitzvah & Shoshanna’s backup “girl group”
  • Valerie brag for those who serve in the armed forces as, hopefully, the next “Great Generation”
  • Jon brag for Neringa Camp in Brattleboro this Sunday, 100 years of independence for Lithuania
  • Josh U. brag for Toni as finalist for Women In Service award by Reformer
  • Damon: Keene boys championship (sorry, missed the rest of this)
  • Erin brag for the American Circus Educator’s Conference, which was founded by her main man Kevin some 20 years ago and is going strong; also, upcoming trip to India to teach social workers and educators to start youth circus programs in orphanages
  • Drew brag for his wife & son who both stayed the course, 9.4 miles, in Adventure Race
Program:  Halloween, as only the Marcy Caulkins family can serve it up . . .
Adjourn 8:30
Sunrise Minutes 10.17.18 Jim Maxwell 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Scribe: 10/10/18 Katja Matthews
10/17/18 Jim Maxwell
10/24/18 Erin O'Keefe

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

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

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

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

Student Rotarians:
Meghan Ferrette and Orion Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy: Lisa who is an amazing human being!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest speaker: Pamela Corbett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finished with the Four Way Test!

Sunrise Rotary Minutes 10-10-2018 Katja Matthews 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Weekly Newsletter
A.K.A. Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag
DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
GREETER: Jim Maxwell
            NEXT GREETER: Turner
SCRIBE: Tom scrambled to fill in for Turner, who had no idea he was up next. (I guess reading the newsletter is a smart defensive move, whether you’re here or not. –TF)
  • Future Scribes
    • 10/10 – Katja Matthews
    • 10/17 – Jim Maxwell
    • 10/24 – Erin O’Keefe

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” (Attribution pending finding of President Marcy’s notes.)
  • On this day in 1932 – Iraq gained independence from Great Britain
  • On this day in 1967 – Woody Guthrie died
  • On this day in 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Thomas Jefferson was opposed to the prayer component
  • Erin introduced Chris Stoner, in the field of finance, recently moved to his spouse’s home town and interested in Rotary; and Sebastion Mitre, a mural painter attending the Marlboro MBA program who grew up in Mexico City
  • Kevin expanded his range of services for hire to include surrogate introductions of the guest speaker, Stephanie Gale Maynard, Director of Development and Community Investment at United Way of Windham County and compatriot Cody, Americore staffer
  • Toni introduced three student Rotarians: Danny Roberts, Hinsdale HS senior, soccer, track & field, and college search; Maggie St. John, Hinsdale HS junior, cross counry; Devi Ethier, BUHS junior, field hockey; and our exchange student Lucy Gacic from Croatia.
  • Marcy – The board meeting is tomorrow (10/4) 7:15pm at WKVT
  • Josh T – The disc golf tournament is Sunday, 10/14. Volunteers and participants encouraged.
  • Dan, master of food service – He is seeking an assistant against the possibility (probability?) that things go horribly wrong in the Adventure Race (see Jon brag below), volunteers, and contributions of supplies. A signup sheet was circulated.
  • Tristam – The coffee shop is open and down to the end of the shipment. Get yours before it’s gone.
  • Sadie – Circulating community service log and encouraging rapid movement through the meeting this morning.
  • Sandy – Trivia night coming up on the second Monday (10/8). Asks that the regular volunteers inform him if they will not be participating, encourages other volunteers, and note this month’s proceeds benefit the Strolling of the Heiffers.
  • Kevin – Next meeting of the by-laws committee is 10/12. He also noted that that episode 10 of Rotary Cares is up (he will send a link) and is available on Youtube.
  • Erin – Bragged for Team Pergola and the assistance of Will and Debra. 62 volunteers participated over 3 weeks.
  • Damon – Announced that Elena Barron, former member, was married last weekend.
  • Bob Fagelson, not present
  • Jen Moyse, absent last week. Bravely wore all three hats. A stunning rendition of the classic by Kevin, Will, Jon, Turner and Jim.
CARDS: Raised $14 for the club since the seven of diamonds was in the deck.  YLL
  • Sadie – Bragged for a local performance of Florian Zeller’s “The Father” at the Actors Theater Playhouse running Fridays and Saturdays through 10/13.
  • Will – Kudos to Erin as both the inspiration and a major motive power for the pergola project. He is “impressed by her organization and commitment.”
  • Debra – Ditto, highlighting the way she “organized with generosity of heart and spirit.”
  • Marcy – Ditto
  • Damon – Your weekly fix of running dispatches; 1) Running of the Clarence DeMar Marathon and Half Marathon, one of the oldest in New England. Damon set a personal record of 1:31:03, fourth in his division and 13th overall in the half. 2) The Keene boys competed in Northfield and bested 15 other teams. 4) As a freshman competing against all classes, Torin is fourth in the state overall
  • Jon – 1) Lithuania 100 event celebrating 100 years of the restoration of Lithuania, will be celebrated on 10/21 between 1pm and 5pm at Camp Neringa in Marlboro. 2) Team Bruisers, named in honor of Bethany, is seeking pledges for this fund raiser for Rescue, Inc. A pledge sheet is circulated. The team is Bethany, Dan, Jon, and potentially Jen.
  • Tristam – A brag for the great work and focus on evaluation of RI, on whose behalf he will be traveling to Honduras in support of a potable water project in the remote southeast corner of the country and work-force readiness project for at risk youth in Tegucigalpa.
  • Allie – For her baby girl that turned 20.
  • Josh – All of Rotary for the way that people show up and do the job. Special mention of Ed for doing the same job every week, forever as far as anyone can recall.
  • Mona – To Cota & Cota for their outstanding grill support services at the softball tournament. They came out twice to address issues. The grill squad served over 300 burgers, 100 dogs, and 150 breakfast sandwiches to family, friend and spectators for the 11 teams that participated (numerical errors attributable to the scribe).
GUEST SPEAKER:  Kevin introduced Stephanie Gale Maynard, United Way of Windham County (“UWWC”)
  • Stephanie recently joined United Way, coming from Youth Services where she was involved with the restorative justice program (a great program –TF) and previously served the United Way of Franklin County (Greenfield, MA) in comparable position to her present.
  • Noted that UWWC is celebrating “60 Super Years”
  • Described HOPE initiative, a collaborative community impact approach
    • Health - Improving people's health and well being
    • Opportunity - Building skills and capacity among people and organizations to connect and engage
    • Prosperity - Promoting financial stability and independence
    • Education - Helping adults, children, and youth to achieve their potential
  • UWWC gave grants to 7 agencies supporting 13 programs
  • UWWC other programs include
    • VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
    • Windham County Smiles – Provides dentures, notes that since no dentists in the county accept Medicaid, there is a great need.
    • Day of Caring – In its 9th year on one day about 50 -60 volunteers contributed over 150 hours on one day to improve the capacity of local organizations, e.g. infrastructure improvement as compared with direct service
    • VT 211 referral service
    • FamilyWise – discount prescription medication program
  • 99% of funds stay in Windham County
  • UWWC is active recruiting members for the HOPE initiative, especially the Health and Prosperity teams
  • Q&A
    • Erin – the arrival of the orange-shirted Day of Caring volunteers to help with the pergola project was “an awesome sight” and much appreciated.
The meeting was adjourned with the recitation of the Four Way Test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  And ...
Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
Respectfully* Submitted by Tom -- standing in for Turner
(*Disclaimer: Accuracy of this newsletter falls under President Marcy’s presidential jurisdiction and this scribe claims neither fault nor consequence for any errors or omissions, inadvertent or otherwise.)
Rotary Rag 10/03/18 Tom Franks 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Weekly Newsletter
A.K.A. Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Rag
DATE: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
GREETER: MANY hands (and arms) helped greet this morning – and all hugs were appreciated.
          NEXT WEEK’S GREETER: Lois hopes to make it on time!
SCRIBE: This week’s fill-in scribe – Ali - stepping in for Tristam who begged out (is that even a ‘thing’?)
   NEXT WEEK’S SCRIBE – 9/26/18 - Josh Goldberg - in for Damon Kindopp.   
                              And on 9/26/18 – Staci Leffel
QUOTE OF THE DAY:          “Every child is an artist. 
            The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up
                            ~ Pablo Picasso
On This Day in 1940 -- Lascaux cave paintings are discovered.  Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern.  The 15,000-17,000 year old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.
On This Day in 1909 -- the world’s first patent for synthetic rubber is granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann.
Kevin introduced an old softball pal and Rotary Noon’er -Ted Kramer;
Lady Di ‘produced’ then introduced our Guest Speakers: Tom Green & Marilyn Chiarello from Edible Brattleboro;
And Josh T introduced Mary Hayward – ‘Queen of Empty Bowls’ – Saturday, October 6th at 5:00pm & again at 6:30pm seatings will include a simple meal of homemade soup, bread, cheese and a handcrafted bowl you get to keep.  Area potters donate 1,000+ bowls each year; and local food vendors donate over 110 gallons of soup!
Booie Fagelson is ‘somewhere out there’… so if you see her, wish her a happy one.
Josh G – September 13th celebrates his FIRST year anniversary as a Sunrise Rotarian!
Michelle – September 14th celebrates her 8th year as a Brattleboro Sunrise’r (although many years past was a member of some OTHER lesser club, so exact time actually a member of RI is unclear.)
Sadie so good with so many details had reminders for the following club events requiring our participation:  (See your email Inbox for similar details… thanks Sadie!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

9/5/18 Sunrise Rotary Meeting Minutes


President Marcy rings the bell. 


Quote of the Day:

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

~George Bernard Shaw


Today in History:

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


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



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

Introducing the lovely Shoshana – daughter of Debra; 

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


Rotary Minute:

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



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


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


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

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

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


Sandy announces that Trivia Night will be resuming on Monday, 9/17 at the Legion. We will be supporting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. Please plan on attending to play or if you would like to volunteer, contact Sandyashriver2011@gmail.com.


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


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



Oct 14-- Disc Golf Tournament 2018. 

To volunteer contact Josh Traeger at JoshTraeger@comcast.net


Sept 29--CT River Conservancy Clean Up day—

To sign up with the noontime Rotary team, here:



Oct 5 or 6--Groundworks Empty Bowls dinner—

For info or to sign up, contact Stan (Noon Rotarian) at stan@firsthomeland.com.  


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


4 Way Test   

Have a wonderful week!


Newsletter September 5, 2018 Debra Rosenzweig 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary Minutes 8-29-2018 Diane H 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kindopp
Quote of the Day: President Marcy chose the following words of wisdom:
“Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers.”
 ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Today in history:
1776: British arrive on Long Island with 24,000 men
1864: International Red Cross was born
Introductions: Olivia Howe who is one of our scholarship recipients & future Brown University student; ADG Sherriff Keith Clark of the Bellows Falls club
Rotary Minute: 4 Way Test – We are challenged to incorporate and live the test – Olivia can enlighten us on how she used the 4 Way Test in her scholarship application
Mini-Rotarians: none in the house today
  • KJ greeted members as they arrived J
  • Jim V.
Student Rotarian report:
  • None – it’s summer!!
Committee Reports:
  • None today
  • Jim M. reminded us that our 9/5/18 meeting will be at the Brattleboro Music Center
  • Mona reminded us that our exchange student Lucy arrives on Friday
  • We have a thank you from St. Brigid’s Kitchen for our donation of food
Bowl of Life: 
  • This Rotarian’s Grandmother was the House Mother of Syliva Black @ Smith College
    • Cynthia guessed Katja who guessed Christine who guessed Sandy S who correctly guessed Will Shakespeare
  • Jack of Spades was drawn by Jason P - with Olivia Howe winning - $9!!!!
  • Katja was serenely serenaded by our stellar barber shoppers!
  • None today
  • Cindy bragged for Erin O’Keefe & her work on the Pergola project – her organization is phenomenal
  • Katja – bragged for Ed for the VIP escort in during the rain with an umbrella
  • Tom bragged for the Guardian ad Lidem program & the critical work that they do
  • Jon bragged for a spontaneous bike vacation last week on Maine coast – ended with a 60 mile unplanned bike ride back to their car – 52 miles on a flat tire!!!
  • Josh T bragged for a bike trip without a flat tire!
  • Debbie C. bragged for the Backpack program & for relief of her sciatic pain that she had all weekend
  • Kevin started by fining everyone not wearing a Rotary pin this AM; He went on to brag $3 – a dollar for friendship & every decade he knew his good friend Ben Underhill who lost his battle with cancer but never lost his sense of humor
  • Bethany bragged $5 – she’s returning to school so won’t be here regularly for a while; she also bragged for the American Legion Band as they are competing in Minneapolis
Guest Speaker:  Olivia Howe Guest Speaker today
  • She was introduced by President Marcy
    • Studying French, German & Arabic at Brown this fall
    • Wants to work as a translator
    • She read us the Essay that she wrote for her application for our scholarship that was tied into the 4 Way test
      • Her essay eloquently discussed the issue of gun violence & the rallies & divergent viewpoints presented by students on both sides of the issue.
    • There was a discussion among the members present about what Rotary is & what we value about our Club & Rotary at large.
ADG Keith Clark spoke to us about the district & his job to help connect us to the resources available to us in 7870. He has been a member since 2004. He appreciates the energy that every club has & how every club runs differently. He’s on his 3rd term as Windham County Sherriff & is running unopposed. He’s had enough write in votes to be included both the Republican & Democratic tickets even though he’s officially a Democrat. Married to another Rotarian for 34 years with 4 grandchildren! He indicated that he’ll be stopping in every couple of months to visit our club.
Adjourn with a recitation of the 4 Way Test!
Respectfully Submitted,
Damon Kindopp
Rotary Rag 8-22-18 Michael Kindopp 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
President Caulkins welcomed us at 715.
Greeting & Scribe – Thanks to our Greeter who was not really identified but there were greeters greeting so we were good.    Our greeter next week is KJ.  Ross is the scribe today.  Josh Goldberg is the scribe next week but needs a substitute.  This day in history in 1969 Woodstock started in the New York upstate town of Bethel.  In 1899 Henry Ford resigns his position with the Edison Illuminating Company to focus on building cars.  In 1947 the Indian Independence Bill, which carved out the countries of India and Pakistan our of the former Mogul Empire, comes into force at the stroke of midnight.
Rotary Minute – Marcy spoke about the Board and the different positions on the Board.  Marcy asked for volunteers for the Board and to be chairs of the various committees of the Board.  Hoping to have as club assembly next month.  Every member should be on at least one committee.  Marcy stated, “ask not what your club can do for you but what you can do for you club.”
T-Shirts – Toni announced that the new T-shirts are in.  If you ordered one, please see Toni.  They look awesome and are reported to be very soft.
Guests – Diane Shamas, our speaker who will be discussing the Guardian Ad Litem program.
Birthdays – Josh Traeger was serenaded by the gender diverse Birthday Singers.
Anniversary – Lisa Fitzgerald is celebrating her second anniversary however there is some controversy about her actual anniversary date.  It was nice to hear Lisa, nonetheless.
Mona – Nine days away from Lucy’s arrival.  Everything is falling into place.  Mona needs a headcount for picking Lucy up at 3pm on 8/24 at Logan.  Also, she needs headcount for the orientation at Okemo (Ludlow) on 8/26 from 12 to 3 (she thinks).  There are 16 students in the district who are coming in.  Mona needs to get the headcount to the higher ups for planning purposes.  Kids are welcome as there will be play space.
Tristam – The coffee shop is open.  Sales last week were fabulous.  Funds go to support our Honduran student, Ruby.  No cash; make checks out to Sunrise Rotary.
Josh T. – DISC golf tournament is Sunday, October 14 to raise money for scholarships and have fun.  Looking for three different shifts and will be sending out sign-up sheets.  Done in conjunction with the noon club.
Sadie – Thanking everyone who is participating in today’s back-pack event including grillers.  Marcy said the Reformer put a shout out about the event and including our participation.  Sadie also reminded us to enter our community service time, including non-Rotary activities, onto the sheet. 
Erin – Update on the Elm Street project with Turning Point.
Cards – Ten of spades.  Bethany won though the amount is a little murky.
Bowl of Life – This person used to work in bovine artificial insemination.  Will – Jeff – Jim M. – Mark (correct).  Mark reports his arms are 35 inches in length; very mooooving.
Marcy – 1-20 anniversary
Damon – Running brag
Josh T. – Family brag
Erin – Brag for member Valerie Stuart’s eight years of service and giving her all in service.
Sadie – Family brag
Ali – Brag for Jim Maxwell and his recent performance of Love and Information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Extra exclamation points requested by Ali!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Toni – Brag for Ben Underhill who passed away recently.  Ben was a wonderful person who despite challenges was an amazing human and community member.  Memorial service at the park at 5:30pm this Sunday.
Guest Speaker
Tom introduced Diane Shamas who is speaking on the Guardian Ad Litem program.  Diane left posters and bookmarks for everyone.  She has been a Guardian Ad Litem for over ten years as a court appointed guardian for children.  She became a Guardian Ad Litem so she could work directly with kids.  The reasons for needing one vary such as neglected kids or children out of control.  It comes from federal law as well as VT law.  Guardian Ad Litem speaks on behalf of children, stepping into the role that parents usually hold.  Guardian Ad Litems go to hearings and other court events as well as a lot of work outside of court.  When Guardian Ad Litem does this, there are a lot of questions and a lot of related issues such as substance abuse, family issues, poverty, homelessness etc.  Guardian Ad Litems are an extra set of eyes and role is to know everything you can about the child you are handling.  All cases are confidential.  A Guardian Ad Litem have a voice and a role.  You understand what the child wants others to know.  Volunteers to be a Guardian Ad Litem come from all walks of life.  Just need time.  They screen all applicants and train once on board.  No magic time that guardians give and can work with multiple children.  Can schedule time with children but not court time.  Diane learned so much about the community as a Guardian Ad Litem.  There is a real strain on our court and social system.  We need more Guardian Ad Litems to help out.  Either you or someone you know should help.  A training will be held September 26 – 28.   Question about differences state to state – every state is different and have different regulations re: Guardian Ad Litem.  In Vermont, it is a volunteer position though there is reimbursement for mileage.  This program is Windham county-based.
Adjourned at 8:21am after the four-way test.
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Greeter: Jim V – Thank you!
Scribe: Nick J
Quote of the day: “I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch” – Ella Maillart
Today in History:
The great fire of Rome breaks out and destroys much of the city on this day in the year 64. Despite the well-known stores, there is no evidence that the Roman emperor Nero, either started the fire or played the fiddle while it burned. Still, he did use the disaster to further his political agenda.
Mona –  Jim Rumrell  Student Exchange
Sadie – Moriah Nichols scholarship recipient; Kim KJ sister from Brattleboro
New Member
Lois Scott Connoly – Welcome to the Family!
Mariah Nichols – Scholarship recipient graduated from Hinsdale High.  Graduated fourth in her class.  Interested in pursuing animal science.
Cards: Bethany Wins massive pot
Josh – Membership announcement working on some new initiatives.  Came across some data average club size international is 37(our club is 48) and average men/women ratio 80/20 our club is 50/50. 
Sadie – Thanks for participating in the welcome center.  Almost entire group participated in the event. Special thanks to Katjia, Ali, and Cindy helping out throughout the entire day.  Overall great success and made about $1k.  Most importantly a great fun day!
Debra – picked a day for the pergola building for September 22th and join forces with Untied Way day of caring.  Meeting at turning point today to get the basics of build and BBQ.  Going to be sending around sign-up sheets to parce out specific building aspects.   More to follow…
Kevin – By-laws review special thanks to Josh, Josh, Stacy, Marcy Michelle, Kevin;  available to access by-laws on the website.  Need to update to reflect current Rotary International standards.
Marcy – District Governor visiting next week. Board meeting next Tuesday July 24th 5:30 at Marina. 
Josh – Partners with united way and auto mall hand out 200 backpacks with all school supplies.  Making it more of a family friendly event with bounce houses and maybe Rotary volunteer with BBQs August 15th 2018.
KJ – moving over the hill to new house.  New house has pool for changeover party.
Second Brag- Kim sister she is going to chat about her work at Gathering Place during job transition.  Working to put together larger event 5k run; Looking for community support to launch larger scale event to put together community board; specifically couple people to be on committee; Admin – registration; Volunteers management; and Marketing. 
Erin – Event with West Bratt association to determine any grants available for community center or historic center.  Melrose Terrace project village center in West Brattleboro.  
2nd Brag – huge steel canopy that needs to install large steel structure anyone know someone who could help; Boom truck ideal.
Katja – ATG gave whole case of cookies; Bagel works gave 5 bags of bagles and cream cheese. 
2nd Brag – World Cup amazing tournament and great Final between France – Croatia.  Great to see so many nations united peacefully. 
Jon – great week with family in Canada and Grand Isle lean to.  Traveled in Burlington to see KJ bus picture.  Did home exchange with family in Canada and locked the sauna.
Bethany – finally got to out on date with Ali in Keene.  Friday morning Jeff Dunkley gave tour of dairy Farm and was very exciting.
Ali – pumped to be one brag above the cows.     
Valarie – picture of club from original members and a blast back in the past.  Live in a period of time where people forget history in moments.  Important to revisit our past.  Propose show and tell from Ali.
Brag 2 – West Brattleboro lock farm field preserved for public space. 
Mona – Shout out to Mark and the Cota team to replace heating system in the house on the hottest days of the year.
Lois - Mentor Christine who brought her into the group.  Also to the rest of the club for being so kind and welcoming and inspiring.
Guest Speaker
Jim Rumrell – Rotary Student Exchange – Lucy from Croatia
Overall 8,000 high students participate over the world.  In our region roughly about 16 have come in and 20 have gone to other countries.  Currently Lucy is begin in process going to US consulate to apply for J-1 Visa for high school year. Lucy speaks fluent English and is a very smart and well educated individual.   Paperwork provided regarding timeline of the process.  Anticipated arrival on August 20th.  There are still some steps required, complete the vetting process by visiting exchangestudent.org; click on volunteer and provide basic information and complete basic back ground check.  Rotary only receives a no/yes and contractor provides the answer with no details to approve host family and anyone that will be spending time with the student.  Once complete you are vetted and all set to go.  Treat her as a young Rotarian and invite her to all events and volunteer activities.   Get her involved in all activities as this is a cultural exchange and include her in any event.  If having pro-longed 1 on 1 visits with student you should go through vetting process, otherwise the occasional visit or drive to school is ok.   Remember this is a cultural exchange and try to include her and get to know her.  She will be a full citizen of Brattleboro High and will eventually develop her own social group at Brattleboro and eventually that could occupy much of her time. 
Sunday August 26th 12-4PM holding annual welcoming picnic; BBQ with families, youth exchange committies, host families, and others affiliated with process.
Mona has contact info for Jim if any additional information is requested.  
Valarie – are there any training or information provided about US Culture and behavior?
They have many steps along the way to provide orientation and information regarding cultural differences.  Host families provide the guidelines at the beginning of the household rules.  Also a clear understanding of legal drinking ages and other US laws. 
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June 21st, 2018 Rotary Meeting minutes – presented by Cindy Delgatto
President Michelle called the meeting to order.  Pledge of Allegiance. 
This day in history….
  • 1782: Congress approves Great Seal of the United States and the bald eagle as its symbol.
  • 1840: Samuel Morse patents his telegraph.
  • 1863: 1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa).
  • 1893:  Lizzie Borden acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River Massachusetts. 
Thanks to Ed for greeting.  No greeter next week, changeover party at Lisa’s. 
  • Rotary minute:  Please consider becoming club officers, president is the easiest job, club officers do a lot to keep the club running.  KJ and Lisa will be celebrating 3 years in the club.
  • Quote:  There are no happy endings.  Endings are the saddest part.  So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.  Shel Silverstein. 
  • Birthdays today:  Happy Birthday Debra Cox & Sandy Shriver
  • Guests:  Alina and Alexa Secrest;   Annamarie Pluhar
  • Sandy – Ping Pong Party that our club is co-sponsoring at 118 Elliott Street 6/23 5pm-11pm
  • Lisa – Reminder that club dues will be payable on 6/29.  $160.00.   Please settle your account upon receipt of your statement.  Lisa would like not to have to send out reminder notices for nonpayment of dues.
  • Sadie – Sign up sheet going around for community service hours.  July 14th is our fundraiser at the Guilford Welcome Center.  Still need people for the afternoon shift.  Need coolers with ice.  Need dog treats.  Need donation box (Cindy will make).    
  • Lisa – Needs high quality, high resolution photos for poster board.  Send to lisa@fitzgeraldtravel.com
  • Lisa – Changeover party at her house.  Directions handed out today.  Bring your own lawn chairs and beverages.  Sign up sheet went around for what to bring.  Parking is limited, Lisa will be out there directing. 5:30 – till…..Club is providing Burgers & Hot Dogs.  Items needed: paper products, deserts, appetizers, salads. 
  • Ali – Grateful for gardening help!
  • Kevin – Offered to be a surrogate bragster
  • Damon – Accomplished a year early his goal of completing a ultra-marathon which is a 50km (31 mile) race.  He finished in 6.5 hours which is amazing with a 4000 ft elevation change.  His motivation was the tremendously sad and unexpected passing of Rob Lind and the realization that time is short and not to wait to do things.
  • Sadie – Congratulations for Evelyn who graduated 6th grade  - everyone very happy, no tears.
  • Josh Unruh also had a 6th grade graduate who received the presidential award from Vernon Elementary.  Celebrating 20 years total coaching and very proud of the 4 team members that will be heading to the All-Star Game in Winchester.
  • Kevin1 Surrogate brag for Dan Deitz who took a recent trip to California.  While the traffic and smog were not to his liking he had a very nice time with Debra.  2.  Thank you to Jacques, Caleb, Bethany and Ali for their tremendous help with cleaning out the garage.  Ginny and Kevin are so very grateful for the help.  3.  Will not be at the changeover party as they will be on their way to California to visit their new grandson.
  • Ali – Sorry for being not a good greeter and thank you to those who have been pitching in her place. Congratulations to Cindy for joining the short hair club.  (your welcome 😊)
  • Jon – had tried to explain to his daughters what a surrogate is but they already knew and schooled Jon that a surrogate is what Kim Kardashian used to have a baby.  Jon shared that Alexa is on the Swim Team and Alina started track season.  They are both having a great summer so far.
  • Nick – Congratulations to son who graduated Kindergarten and is now on to 1st grade.
Someone declared today wonderful dude sock day, and everyone shared their great socks.
  • Jacques – Congratulations to son who graduated Keene High School of which she is an alum.
  • Turner – He and Kay took a great trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and they were beautiful and then they went to Tanglewood for a concert to see Alison Krauss.  Wonderful performance.
  • Michael – Announced that he accepted a new job at a Keene Tech School and will be leaving Windham Regional Career Center as well as the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary.  We all wished Michael the best of luck.
  • Toni – Kyle performed her last horse show and there was an absolutely beautiful tribute to her service which was a very emotional dedication.  She received a Blue Ribbon, did a Victory Ride and they played America the Beautiful – there was not a dry eye in the arena. 
  • Josh T.  – Thank you, Michelle, for being a great president and for bringing so many new faces from the “southern” region into the club.
  • Debra – Thank you Dan for travelling to California with her to visit with her family.  She is grateful for his patience with environments that are not to his liking.  Also, congratulations to her daughter for joining the 6th grade graduation club and she will be in horse camp this summer.  Thank you, Ali, for all your hard work in coordinating the garden work. 
Cards – Ace of Clubs – Congratulations to Michelle for winning!!
Guest Speaker – Annmarie Pluhar – BrattleMasters (hosted by Dan Deitz)
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro, Vermont-based chapter of Toastmasters International, meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. We normally meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro.
At our meetings and contests, guests are always welcome, and refreshments are provided. There is no pressure to speak, and members are working at their own pace and with assigned mentors to help them meet their speaking and leadership goals. You can be a guest for as long as you like at no charge.
 The meetings have agendas and about 2-3 people prepare speeches to present.  During the meetings there are assigned roles.  Timers, umm,ahh counters, grammarians, snack masters and evaluators  Each given speech is evaluated  in a safe, loving environment.  It is the best and cheapest form of professional development at $120.00 per year.  Many individuals utilized BrattleMasters to include Becca Balint when she was considering running for office. 
Members of our Rotary community have used Toastmasters in different locations and attested to the benefits and features of the program.
Jimmy V rounded out the praise for Toastmaster with this to say – “Amazing program that is full of very friendly people!”
A word from your scribe – I hope I have captured the essence of what you all said and felt, and I apologize if there are any errors or omissions
Don’t forget to support the Tiny House Festival this Saturday June 23rd 10am-5pm Brattleboro
Rotary Meeting Minutes - June 21, 2018 Cindy Delgatto 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Cox on Jun 14, 2018
June 13, 2018:   Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Minutes
     Empress Michelle Pong called to order at:  7:15 am
     Greeter today:  Josh Goldberg                                
     Pledge of Allegiance
     This Day in History:
                      1774 Rhode Island becomes first colony to prohibit importation of slaves.
                      1866 US House of representatives passes 14th Amendment (civil rights)
                      1920 US Post Office says children cannot be sent by parcel post (after
                      Various instances)
                      1922 Longest recorded attack of hiccups begins:  Charlie Osborne get the
                      Hiccups and continues for 68 years, dies 11 months after it stops.
                      1948 Babe Ruth’s final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he died August 16th
                      1978 Film “Grease” opens, starring John Travolta * Olivia Newton-John, based on
                      1971 musical
     Quote of Day:  Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. - Oscar Wilde.
     Rotary Minute:  If you leave the meeting you have to pay a streaking fee of $2.00.
                                   Braggs are running very long- keep short please!  Side note: Speakers
                                   Generally allowed 15 minutes + 5 Q&A time.        
Guest:   Mona introduced Kathy Urffer from Connecticut River Conservancy “ctriver.org” (Cindy’s speaker).  Kevin introduced Tom Franks prospective member.  President Pong welcomed Tom Franks back and indoctrinated to the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club!  KJ presented the Rotary pin.  Ed wanted to make sure he knows that you can’t drink at Rotary anymore 😊 Tom spoke about the energy efficiency he has been involved with because he really likes solving problems.  In transition phase in life leaving job he has done last decade and felt he could find things to do here.  Missed the “community” aspect and very glad to be back.
Student Rotarians:  done for this year
Sadie- Penfield Scholarship Recipients and Sunrise Scholarship Recipients for 2018 see link:
Jeremy Lacke & Victoria Gassett are the Penfield Scholarship Recipients 2018.  John Penfield was a Charter Member and was the founding President of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club.  This scholarship was created to honor his spirit of giving in the community, his dedication to service and his expertise in the automotive field.  Sunrise Scholarship Recipients for 2018 are:  Rachel Giroir, Hinsdale graduate, Olivia Howe, BUHS graduate, Nicole Barry, Freshman at Skidmore College, Mariah Nichols, Hinsdale Graduate, Madison Howe, Jr. at Elmira College and Alejandro Toledo Cornman, BUHS graduate.
  2nd:  2 sign ups for the welcome center, we need “stuff” or “staff”.  3rd:  Community Service projects sign -up sheet going around, please put your hours down.
Tristam:  Sadie this is incredible!
  Kevin:  as you know you are to sign the sheet, introduce yourself on the student Rotarians sheets.  If you have not done so it will cost you $$$$.  Only collecting $24 this time, Caleb $1, Dan D $1, Josh G $2, Drew $1, Stacie $2, Turner 1, Bethany $1 Deb R. $3, John S. $1, Valerie S. $1, Tristin $3, Jim R. $2.  John S. says come see him for the appeals process.  Absolve Katja for not knowing!  Empress Pong said “read your newsletter” (Scribe error=missed a name or two of penalties)—Kevin slow down when talking!  Just sayn’ 😊
Sign up sheet for Welcome Center: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JKzgDp0LJtUi41bg520U9tc4N_bcvhiKIvyn7K9Cc1E/edit?usp=sharing
Info about scholarship recipients:
Marci-2 weeks from today: change over party hosted by Lisa.  We need deserts, appetizers, salads, BYOB, family friendly.  Will announce again.
Ali:  gardening crew; Bethany and self, please come by and help right after the meeting. 
KJ- new speaker mugs showed a sample.  Can purchase for $10 each.
Birthday’s:  Valerie & Toni’s birthday, and Saturday it is Wil Shakespeare’s birthday.  All assembled for the best men’s quartette ever!  Note it is $2.00 for a Birthday song.
Cards:  Wil picked 3-Diamonds won by Jim V.
Bowl of Life (not done)
Braggs:  Josh-shamed that someone else was going to do bragging. (aka Kevin).  Amelia is wrapping up LNA program off to Wynona State University.  Lots of awards at sports banquet, my daughter got the most fowls in one basketball season!
Turner- out to Michigan, visit family and went to 50th graduation class of veterinarian.  Looked up Great grandparents and had a great time.
Jason- $50 brag Married 44 years; knows he won’t get change back from Ed!
John- daughter Alina just turned 15, just went as freshmen track relay, now this year becoming an athlete.  Last night took out to home depot parking lot—has learning permit.  Has video of first attempt at gas pumps!  Read instructions, “choose fuel” Alina retorted with “there are so many buttons”!
KJ- and wife went to the Put and pour in Dover with Stacie & Collin.  Had so much fun, raised a ton of $.  Also: the rescue raffle tickets are in, more prizes kayak, two- night stay at Scott Farm.  $20 per ticket or stack for $100. (double check prices with KJ)
Kevin- surrogate brag for Whitney Dunkley just finished AAU season, did very well.  Great on defense $5.  $10.15 yesterday morning Eric & Danielle had a healthy baby boy Wyatt James Yager 7lbs 10.5 oz 21” long.  While Face-timing he already likes to have his hand near his face.  As saying good bye Wyatt raised his hand and waved!  It’s mind blowing being a grandfather.  All healthy and doing well going out in two weeks, can’t wait to hold him and love him up.
Dameon- last two brags for running season of the boys.  Aiden ran in 4 x 8.  UNH championships was amazing and great.  Torren got MVP for cross country and track, great to finish off has 5 school records.   On the theme of grandparents; they were here for the graduation and able to see them compete in their sports.   Torren’s best mile time is 4 44/12.
Marcie-Rowen starting swim team will be swimming 4 times a week, most over an hour at a time.  Glad Rowen is so excited to be swimming this years with new coach.
Valerie – Daughter First LT Lauren will do 22 for 22.  22 miles for 22 vets a day committing suicide, (now down to 18 but will keep name of 22 for 22) Sat July 8th.   When she comes back August 2019 will do Memorial Day weekend when she comes back to study at law school.  Her father is 88 years old will be flying out to see him.  Going to Women in Government conference.  Carmen Durbey put on the most wonderful event on at Scott Farm.  So wonderful 60 years at the united way.  $60 to go but got fabulous lunch.  Valerie volunteered to send past Rotarian’s birthday cards each year.  Ali Berry used to take the most amazing pictures!
Empress Michelle Pong-failed in communications skills when did not show up at Rotary last week or give Marcie info for the meeting.  Paying her fine.  Thank you, Marcie for filling in!
Chris and I will be hosting a casual, fun 4th of July celebration Saturday, June 30th, 3pm
Fireworks at dusk.
This is a family friendly event that will include water hazards along with any other games I can think of that will keep kids entertained. We would love to see you. Stop by for a few minutes or stay the day. Maybe bring a chair in case I run out, but food and beverages will be plentiful.  Our address is 303 Poocham Road, West Chesterfield, NH (GPS will bring you right there.)
Guest Speaker: Kathy Urffer (local River Steward, 802-258-0413, kurffer@ctriver.org) from the Connecticut River Conservancy, celebrating 65 years.  Who owns our rivers?  The answer to that question surprises many:  you do!
 Last time here we talked about the dams and restoring rivers.  Today talking about phosphorus vs Nitrogen.  You can support clean water and farming at the same time.  The River Celebration 2018.  It’s an annual event and our turn to have it up here this year.  It will be at the Retreat Farm.  Round table moderated by David Zuckerman, Ron will speak on what we do, Michael Colby is radical in view pushing for Organic.  Content of work we do is like River keeper, although we have not applied for “keeper” status.  Act 64 marked regulations on how water is handled in the state.  Protecting all waters in the State of VT.  Reason Jeff had to leave today is people coming to look at his farm.  Specific agricultural purposes.  Our point of view we need to help farmers with the money needed to make changes recommended.   We also work with road crews if roads close to waterways.  New standards when water runs off it is caught and infiltrated and not contaminating the waterways.   Please see our web site at www.ctriver.org.  New England Green River Marathon is Sunday, August 26 2018.  This brand- new Boston qualifying marathon starts at Marlboro College, VT and ends at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.   Space limited for further information see www.newenglandgreenivermarathon.com.  22nd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be September 28 & 29, 2018.  NH, VT, MA & CT.  Visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup for more information about this fun and meaningful river cleanup event. NOTE:  it’s your River!  Tag your photos with #MyCTRiver to show your family, friends and the world what you love about YOUR river!
 Rotary Anniversary’s:  KJ & Dianne Sunday - 3 years.  Nick Dubois today has 5 years.
Greeter for June 20th:  Ali Barry
Is it the Truth?  Is it Fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Cox
June 13, 2018 Rotary Minutes Debra Cox 2018-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
JUNE 6, 2018
VP Marcy took over the meeting at this point relieving Ed to go do what he does best…
Thank you Mona for greeting us this morning. Good job Will by providing the muscle to back her up for the difficult to handle members.
ON THIS DAY:  It seems for once nothing of note occurred.
QUOTES:  No actual official quote for the day. But this scribe will take the liberty to propose a belated Mother’s Day message by oft quoted Irish poet, author and playwright, Oscar Wilde:
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”
Tom Franks
Abd Rababah
Peter Libby
Ayla Traegar
Josh, Rachel, Danny and Natalya attended their last rotary meeting for this school year.  As a wonderful going away gift, Marcy honored them with water bottles! How awesome is that!
 Welcome back to Sam, a former Student Rotarian, making a return visit!
Jim M. – Brattleboro Music Center to invite Rotarians to breakfast  - date TBD.
KJ – Last reminder that the 2nd annual Putt and Pour tournament 6/8 @ 1pm at Mount Snow Golf Club.  Benefit for the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club; the Brattleboro Sunrise club’s godchild club.
Kevin – On July 14th all day there is a club fundraiser at the Guildford Welcome Center that we all need to pitch in and contribute time and/or supplies.
Kevin  Part Two - Also graciously offered to be a “brag surrogate” for our shy members for a nominal fee that he surely will pass along to the club and not pocket. It seems, to this scribe, that perhaps Kevin offers his service as he is empathetic to those introverts and socially awkward amongst us. As some of you may surmise, this condition is something he has personally struggled with, but has been able to camouflage for most of his life.
Damon – Reminder that three weeks from now (June 27th) there will be the changeover from present club officers to new officers for the upcoming Rotarian year. No regular meeting that morning. Be sure to thank currently serving officers before the 27th!
BOWL OF LIFE: Not this one either
CARDS: Four of Clubs…. No winner… only losers. And everyone’s self-esteem again took a major blow when Ed called us “Losers!” There were numerous sniffles in the room due to hurt feelings.
Josh T: This noted mad scientist bragged for his daughter, Ayla, who knows the best time to make slime is when Dad is distracted on a conference call.
Jon: Bragged for his four days away on a sail boat with AC and TV in the Chesapeake Bay.  Had a great time with buddies … one highlight being served drinks by one of the oldest (95 years young!) bartenders/bar owners in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. The gentleman has been slinging drinks since 1962 – before many of us were born!
Valerie: Bragged for her daughter in the military and stationed in Poland. She also bragged about a beautiful funeral for her sister-in-law’ father she attended at a synagogue in NYC.
Debra R: Bragged for her daughters, Ava and Shoshana, on the Brattleboro softball team.  She’s excited they are becoming spots jocks!
Also, her broken femur is healing and she has made the progression from wheel chair to walker to cane now.
And a thanks to Ali for watching the house and, most importantly, Debra’s cat.
Damon: Bragged for Mark and Cota & Cota helping to get his barn hooked up for propane. Damon’s son, Torin, raced in a 4X8 team competition where the guys finished in 2nd. Off to NE Championships next.. Torin also raced for his Middle School last night in the Connecticut Valley League comp in the 1600.
Nick: Put in a brag for his kids: His son’s T-ball team made great strides this season in their batting skill level. After starting out with a ball on the T and taking 50 swings on average to hit a ball into play.. the kids, by the end, were taking Ruthian swats without a T. These kids were knocking the batted ball with blistering speed out of the infield. Better learn to duck, Pitcher Dude!
Nick’s daughter was in Kelli’s Dance Studio for the last recital of the season. She bravely battled through a bad cold and a short case of stage fright to absolutely nail the Moana tumbling part of the event.
Marcy: Bragged for her daughter, Rowan, headed off to middle school this Fall. No more packing lunches from now on!
GUEST SPEAKERS: Our very own Debra Cox was the guest speaker today. She gave a presentation on her financial services company, Primerica. She has worked for over 28 years with Primerica and is second generation. The goal is to create financially independent families.
Founded in 1977, their mission is to help families earn more income, become properly protected, debt free and financially independent.
Primerica is a leading distributor of financial products to middle income households with over 126,000 life insurance licensed representatives. Primerica representatives educate their clients about how to better prepare for a more secure financial future by assessing their needs with a free complimentary Financial Needs Analysis then offering financial solutions through term life insurance, investments and other financial products that both fit family needs and budget.
Scribe: Jeff Dunklee… Disclaimer: all errors or omissions are not my fault. I write slow and you talk too fast.
June 6 2018 Jeff Dunklee 2018-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacqueline Atwood on Jun 05, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Michelle at 7:15
Pledge of Allegiance
Thanked Erin for being the greeter today
On this Day:
1431- Joan of Ark was burned at stake
1783- 1st Daily newspaper published in Philadelphia
1868- Decoration Day, Later called Memorial Day 1st observed
1908- Workman’s Compensation law was approved
1935- Babe Ruth played his final game
1967- Evel Knievel jumps 16 cars on his motorcycle
Quote- “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention”- Oscar Wilde
Rotary Minute-
Rotary PeaceFellowships                                                                                                                              Each year award 100 to study in Rotary Peace Centers (partner universities -6 around the world) Develops leaders who become catalysts for peace & conflict prevention & resolution.     
Lauren Seibert agent for Child Protection & Advocate for Children’s Rights
Scott Martin founded Mediators Beyond Borders International
Guests- Kevin introduced student Rotarian Sarah Gauthier whom just completed freshman year at SNHU and Tom Franks a new prospective member
Junior Rotarian Report- Josh updated with events going on at the high school including SAT this Saturday.
Sadie- 1.Community volunteer hour sheet being passed around / our group has great numbers.   2. Seasonal overflow shelter report is now available. Total served for 2017/2018 155 unduplicated individuals, opened 168 nights and total beds provided 5,544 Please contact Sadie for whole report 3. Upcoming VT Welcome Center bake sale coming up in July 14th, lots of ways to support: donate items, man the table, decorate donation can. Email with link to sign up was sent out.
Mona- Info being passed around about Lucy our exchange student coming to us from Croatia
Josh- liked the photo albums that Alissa brought of past years of Sunrise Rotary gatherings. Reminded us with the tech world we no longer print out pictures. Ali commented that if anyone had printed pictures she would keep the albums going.
KJ- June 8th Deerfield Valley Rotary Club Putt & Pour Reminder
5 year Anniversary- Katia
Cards- Ace of Diamonds- It’s in the deck- You lose losers
Bowl of Life- “Played Tennis in High School and only lost one match during that time” Katia guessed Nick who guessed Sadie who guessed Diane who guessed Erin who guessed Jon who guessed Michael who guessed Kevin who guessed Josh Y who correctly guessed Josh U. Josh played for 2 years from his parents rule sport or job. He choose Tennis.
Sadie- bragged for the BUHS Band/ Chorus who just performed a great POPS concert,
Debbie bragged for Bethany and Christine who played in the Memorial Day Parade, which was such a pleasant thing after digging a trench for septic line for tenant.
Turner- First grandchild graduated college in Allentown PA as the valedictorian.
Nick- Relatives still have available two weeks rental in Ocean Park, Maine. Sleeps  8. Near Old Orchard Beach
Dan- Grandson turned 4yrs old and was very impressed with his new tune up kit for his power wheels truck which increased the speed.                                                                                          Kevin- Imposed a fine for all members not wearing their pin. Also gave Dan a fine for questionable attitude towards a fellow Rotarian at the recent Beer Fest.  Many Rotarians attended and Kevin wanted to mention Josh U.  T-shirt that was worn at the event but he did not give all the details.                                                                                                                              Jon S.- Engaged in a bet to lose weight prior to a upcoming trip. He had targeted date & weight and lost which obligated him to write out a check for $100.00 to a friend who did reach his goal.         Erin- Bragged has being living in tiny house for one month now. Next week she will be in Hawaii for her 35th class reunion                                                                                                                        Michelle – bragged for Mark who came to her cold home within one hour to assist when they ran out of oil.
Kevin   Recognized the Brattleboro Rescue for being a part of the 3 on 3 basketball tournament this last year and many years prior who send 2-3 volunteers for safety precautions. He presented Drew and Steve a check for $500.00 from the rotary to thank and help support the department.
Steve spoke to the group about the usage of a new drone that has joined the Rescue dept for a couple months now that would be able to assist with search and rescue situations. Drones are great tools to map out and area, flooded areas, night vision, drop feature that can utilize supplying a life vest. Drones can be programmed with spot light features. Flight time is about 25 minutes and can go up to 40 miles per hour. Rain, Wind and cold weather negatively affect the drone and battery.  Fail safes can be pre-programmed into drone (low battery head back k to base). Some groups are being put together to organize coordination of drone usage in time of need (as example-SWARM)    Drones can be used to assist with Farming, Surveying, Construction, Real Estate. There is a wide range of prices for drones and their accessories.
Brattleboro Rescue is looking for volunteers interested in training to become drone pilot.
Josh T. has a drone and for a 50.00 donation to the Rotary he would fly and take footage of a fellow Rotarians home if interested.
Michelle brought the meeting to a close with the four way test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill & Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
May 30, 2018 Jacqueline Atwood 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Minutes:

Guests:  Former Rotarian Tom, Lois Conley, Jana Zellor, and Ayla Traeger
Student Rotarian:  Rachael from Hinsdale reports; she has been busy with scholarship applications, and is about to take her AP Calculus test.  On Friday, she will be participating in an exposition of learning from her ELO (which stands for Extended Learning Opportunity, NOT Electric Light Orchestra), and she will be featuring a dairy cow, as she worked with a large animal veterinarian this year.
-Josh - Camp for a Common Cause is this Friday, we will be grilling from about 5:15-8:30 with the Cota and Cota grill.
-Jim Verzino - Green Street school thanks us for helping the 3rd and 4th grade be able to attend the Sandglass theatre puppet show; 400 local schoolchildren came to the show at the Latchis.
Ali - we are having a mixer with the Noon club at the Kiwanis shelter Thursday, May 24.  They have decided to hire a caterer, so dinner will be $13.00 a head.
Dan - last Saturday was Touch a Truck.  It was cold and rainy, and it was a smaller crowd than usual, but our brave grillers still cooked up 200+ burgers and 100+ dogs.  No final count on money raised.
KJ - Deerfield Valley Putt and Pour fundraiser is happening on June 8th.  $75/person
Mona - the school needs one more thing to be able to approve inbound exchange student Lucy; we should have an answer by Friday
CAAAAAHDs- 10 of hearts, Christine wins it!
Happy Birthday to Michelle and Bethany!
Josh - He and Ayla biked to town for lunch at Duo’s this weekend, fulfilling Ayla’s lifelong dream of riding her bike to town.
Damon- Torin had a track meet Monday in Bratt, ran shorter distance races than usual, and broke the school record for the 400.
Valerie- one of her favorite things in legislature is recognizing non-profits; HCRS (celebrating 50 years), Brattleboro Garden Club (also 50 years), Brooks Memorial Library among others were recognized for the great work they do.   
-also in honor of Angela Prodin who recently passed away at age 50Brattleboro Garden Club is having a plant sale at the Green Mountain Chapel on Rt. 9.  Also looking for members
Kevin- rose to propose a fine on the front table for always sitting in the same place
-For daughter Sarah - Kevin, Ginny, and Sarah were heading to Rochester, NY for a wedding.  Sarah had left from Burlington, and mom and dad were worrying about her, and kept calling her to see where she was.  She finally called them back when she was right behind them on the NY State Thruway.
Jeff- warned Kevin he will be sitting next to him next week
Erin- Tiny House Festival is happening June 23rd, please take posters to hang up
Cindy- thanks to the Deerfield Valley emergency vet, who took care of her dog this weekend
Bethany- thanks for the birthday wishes.  And if anyone needs a tent to camp in for Camp for a Common Cause, she and Ali have room in Bethany’s 6 person tent
Our own Michael Burnett, the Director of the Career Center, spoke to us about the Career Center and what it can offer.  Michael himself is a product of a career/tech program, which helped him stay in school and convinced him to go to college.
The Career center is one of 17 CTE (Career and Technical Education) centers in VT, offering classes in shop, automotive, film, and culinary arts, for example.  Students can earn college credits as well.  
Some students are able to graduate and start right out in careers offering 40-50,000 salaries.  Adult programs are available as well.
Many students also earn Industry Recognized Credentials.
The program typically starts in the Junior yr of High School, and goes through the Senior.
Sadly, seeing declining enrollment, partially because some High Schools are hesitant to send students, as they lose money when they send kids to the Career Center.
Due to declining enrollment, some programs are being decreased or cut, but they will be offering an LNA program next spring.
May 16, 2018 Marcy Caulkins 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on May 10, 2018
Empress Pong started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
1865-President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring the end of the Civil War.
1914- President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day
1916- US 1st country to legalize the birth control pill.
1980 – Horror film Friday the 13th is released.
1992-Final episode of the Golden Girls aired.
Quote for the day……If at first you don’t succeed try doing it the way mom told you to do in the beginning…Unknown
Mona very warmly greeted us this morning with hugs and smiles and next week …Turner will be at the door with a smile to say good morning.
Tom Franks- prospective/former member
Kaya – Ross’s granddaughter
Ava & Shoshana- Debra’s daughters
Phil Blackburn- guest speaker
Josh from BUHS reported this morning.
~Start of spring standardized testing has begun…today is SBAC with PSAT and SAT soon to follow
~Prom was this past weekend…he has pictures to share if anyone would like to see them.
~Playing Woodstock today in Tennis and played Rutland this past Monday ending a 4year losing streak to Rutland!
  1. Touch a Truck this coming Saturday May 12th----please sign up to volunteer
  2. Trivia Night is coming up on May 14th. Grab some friends and head to the Legion for a very entertaining night.
  3. The club has made a donation to BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming) which will be receiving a 1 for 1 matching grant from the Tarrant Foundation. If anyone is interesting donating personally please see Turner. 
  4. Every Rotarian Every Year – EREY!! It is our annual $100 donation to the foundation. Jim reminded us that we can contribute just a couple a week to meet this commitment.
  5. The lovely Shoshana wanted to let us know that she will be participating in the Girls on the Run 5k this coming Saturday and she is raising money for scholarships to help others participate in the program so consider donating.
  6. We collected 25 pints of blood last week in our Blood Drive at the American Legion.
  7. May 24th we will be having a joint social at the Kiwanis Shelter at Memorial Park for both clubs. Starting right after work…bring the family for an evening of fun and Rotary camaraderie.
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   No Anniversaries
CARDS:  Jack of Clubs..… and the winner is ~  AVA WON!!!!
Grampa worked with Thomas Edison at his plant in South Orange, NJ…..started the guessing Sandy who incorrectly guessed Christine who picked Turner~~Jason~~Nick~~Marcy~~Jim Maxwell~~Diane ….at that point we gave up and made the mystery Rotarian fess up because they forgot to put their name on the clue WILL SHAKESPEARE!!
Tristam: Bragged for Girls on the Run. Wendy has been a coach for 10 years and he is so impressed the program. It’s a powerful story and the girls learn so much as the form a unit. He also wanted to clarify his announcement last week when he mentioned Tina from Moore Court. His point was to make us all aware that we as a society tend to judge people by their appearances without getting to know them. We should get beyond first impressions because if we did we would get to know people for their intelligence and compassion. Tina is an amazing person in so many ways and that community is very lucky to have her.
Jon: Bragged for his daughters and teenage sports. Alina qualified for states in track and Alexa is trying a new sport Lacrosse!! He also let the club know that Angela Prodan, a partner in the law firm, passed away this weekend. She had been battling cancer the past few years. She was an amazing attorney that has helped a lot of people thru the years and was a beautiful person. 
Erin: Bragged for just finishing up a few weeks in NJ teaching kindergarteners. Also, they finished their tiny house and in between the NJ weekends they moved into their 300 sq foot house. It’s all new and hi-tech….a dream come true.
Sadie: Thank you for everyone who bought raffle tickets from Evie last week! Dan & Michele won “real prizes” (compared to her stuffed animal). Also this is the last weekend you can see Evie in James and the Giant Peach at NEYT. 
Will: Brattleboro Concert Choir is having a show on Sat & Sun May 19th & 20th at Marlboro College. Susan Dedell will be directing a program that contains Poulenc’s Gloria and Mozart’s Vespers. Will has tickets if you are interested or they will be available at the door.
Jim Maxwell: Also bragged for Brattleboro Concert Choir, it will be all local people and quite extraordinary.
Sandy: Bragged for the Noon Club program that will be sending local high school students to a Cheyenne reservation the first week of July. Alec will be going with other 9th, 10th and 11th graders who will be camp counselors, so if you know of anyone interested get them in touch with noon club. He also bragged for Marjorie who has been accepted and will be attending Smith College next fall (her first choice). 
Turner: Went to PA a couple of weeks ago to attend his grandson’s graduation from college. He is a double major in music and anthropology. Amazing time watching him perform as a graduation requirement. Also they replaced their 2 Siamese cats they lost a last year and Turner “the vet” forgot just how active kittens are.
Damon: Torin had a race for Keene Middle School and set a new school record for the 1500 and the 800…not his personal best but the kid is still on fire!! Also, Damon and Torin both ran in the Chesterfield Fun Run…Torin won the 5k and Damon placed 3rd in the 10k
Michelle: Bragged for Evie and her raffle because after her last vacation she realized she needed a Kindle paperwhite because she couldn’t read on the beach….no wonder Sadie wasn’t thrilled with her stuffed animal.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Phil Blackburn; President and Board Chair from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Vermont was our guest speaker today.
NAMI Vermont is a statewide volunteer organization comprised of family members, friends, and individuals living with a mental illness. They have experienced the struggles and have joined together in membership to help themselves and others by providing support, information, education and advocacy.
NAMI Vermont began as a spontaneous, grassroots family movement in 1983, just six years after NAMI National was founded. NAMI Vermont was incorporated as a state organization affiliated with NAMI in 1984, and today offers family and peer recovery support groups as well as Family-to-Family, Mental Illness and Recovery, and Provider Education classes. With a dedicated board, over one hundred volunteers, and four staff members, NAMI Vermont provides education, advocacy and support to those in need.
Mission: NAMI Vermont supports, educates and advocates so that all communities, families, and individuals affected by mental illness or mental health challenges can build better lives.
Vision: A world where Vermonters affected by mental illness or mental health challenges have the care, support and knowledge that they need.
If you are interested in helping you can become a Member. Join a group of dedicated members, receive NAMI Vermont’s bi-annual newsletter, and enjoy member discounts on a variety of events throughout the year. The cost of membership goes directly to support, education and advocacy for mental health. 
They also need Volunteers!
They are looking for Champions to transport people who need services to support groups, stuff envelopes, write newsletter articles, serve as active members on their committees, and assist with fundraisers like MINDwalk!
May 9, 2018 Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacqueline Atwood on May 02, 2018

Wednesday 5/2/18

President Pong called to order at 7:15

Pledge of Allegiance

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ali announced excitement of daughter coming home from college.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANNIVERISARY- Jim Maxwell 5yr Rotary Anniversary.

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

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

Jacques’ introduced our guest speakers:

Adam Grinold, BDCC Executive Director 

Kristin Brooks, BDCC Cooperative Internship Coordinator

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

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

May 2, 2018 Newsletter Jacqueline Atwood 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Minutes from April 4, 2018 2018-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Notes
March 28th, 2018
Scribe- Josh
Next week, April 4th, Road Trip!!  Sunrise Rotary Breakfast will be held at Boys and Girls Club on Flat Street – DO NOT COME TO LEGION FOR BREAKFAST.
Thanks, Turner
Next Weeks Greeter- KJ
This day in History
Big Dinosaur Bone Found-
Michelle didn’t know which one, but luckily Diane said it was the left thigh bone of the TRex, Marcy said it was a BIG DINO BONE, and Will said it wasn’t a bird.
 Moment of Silence for Victims of Violence and All our Service Men and Women
Speaker Next Couple of weeks
Apr 04, 2018
At the Boys and Girls Club!!!
Apr 11, 2018
Sharing their experience with kidney donation
Apr 18, 2018
Apr 25, 2018
Scribes Next Couple of Weeks
Jim Verzino
Lissa Weinmann
Kevin Yager
Alisa Barry
Hinsdale Student Rotarians
Spring sports just started and just took SAT. Still selling calenders and cost $20. Money is for senior party.
Rachelle is going to UNH and also going to Blue Man Group . Woohoo!!!
BUHS- FBLA – Chapter Came in First Place – Josh came in 2nd place out of 34 students on Student speaking. Great Job!!!
Guests: Mike Root- Our speaker
  • Sadie- Community Service
    • Bowl for Kids Sake – April 7th – follow the link on FB
    • Overflow Shelter is – April 11th Wednesday – We Need more volunteers only have 1
    • May two grilling events
Kevin- 3 on 3 thoughts and best practices – today
           - looking to move the event to fall
           - Raised $8,000 for Tournament- Great Job!!
           Under the Sea prom March 31st
           Open House April 19th
           Legions 100 year bday 2020
           May 2nd Blood Drive at Breakfast
           May 12th Grilling for Camp for a Common Cause
           May 13th Touch a Truck
           Debra broke her leg and will be out for the next couple months
           She is on the mend up at grace cottage but will be on crutches for a       long time.
           If you would like to help Debra and her family out please see this link:
 You Lose Loosers 3 of clubs
Bowl of life
Who was born under Russian occupation?
Katja- born North of Berlin , everything was very organized, food was inexpensive and wellness of the people was very important. Everyone was taken care of . You would have to wait about 16 years for a new car. When the wall came down in 1989 you couldn’t believe it.  When we went the first time over they gave us welcome money. We were aloud to go to Cuba. Happy the wall came down otherwise I wouldn’t be here.
Damon- friends got married, living large – Aiden turned 17 yesterday
Sandy Shriver-  College Basketball Bracket – You all have lost except for Dan
Michael – WRCC- FBLA – We had 19 students compete last week they represented their school and class very well. Great accomplishment . They brought a huge trophy back . Congratulations to our students.
Michelle- Daughter just came back from San Francisco- Gamers Convention and came back with a Lawyers job- Congrats!!
Josh Unruh guest speaker is : Mike Root
Mike Root of Expert Exchange – Served 12 years in the military
Now calling the director Anthony in Cambodia to talk to us about the program EXPERT EXCHANGE
  • built wells
  • www.expert-exchange.org
  • Returning Vetrans who find
  • We founded expert exchange back in 2014
  • Non-profit
  • We have been working Cambodia since then with Education and Medical
    • We have a doctor helping us do needs assessment
    • We have been training people with basic first aid
    • We have been doing follow up medical assessment for clinics
    • We are trying to build a program that can be run by the locals
    • Two months ago a veteran came over and brought educational supplies to schools – pens, backpacks, paper
    • We are also training with carpentry, medical and other skills
    • Questions
      • What’s the scale of this?
        • We are smaller focused
        • 1 or 2 Veterans with an expert
        • cautious of  our impact- not looking to exploit them so its not like a volunteer tourist trip
        • 10 veterans so far
      • How well do the Cambodians receive the veterans?
        • Extremely well
        • They are just gracious that people want to help
      • What’s your long term vision?
        • Develop as an option for veterans like a peace corp for veterans.
        • Looking to use Cambodia as a project template and then spread to other countries over time
      • Silent Meditation and retreat?
        • We need to be prepared for veterans when they land.
        • They are looking for a new chapter in their lives and this course could be an option for them.
        • This could be tremendously beneficial for them
      • What’s the personal journey documentation look like?
        • I want to respect their privacy so its now very limited
        • If they choose to share it then we will put up the narrative.
      • Where are you right now?
        • I am in Phnom Penh in a French style home-
        • Yesterday in a coastal community
        • Cambodia has a good surge of tourism so some areas are developed
        • 80% of Vietnam is Farm Land
      • Where do the veterans come from?
        • Its word of mouth
        • Or I will meet veterans that are over here
        • The veterans fund themselves
Newsletter March 28th, 2018- Also Reminder Next Weeks Meeting at Boys and Girls Club Josh Traeger 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Takacs on Mar 14, 2018

Rotary Newsletter: March 14, 2018

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

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

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

Kevin + Toni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

~Your pinch-hitter scribe: Christine

Newsletter: March 14, 2018 Christine Takacs 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Shriver on Mar 11, 2018

Rotary Newsletter: March 7, 2018


President Michele opened with “this day in history”:  


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


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


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


Next week’s greeter:  Cindy Delgatto 


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


New member induction:  Christine Takacs.  Welcome Christine.  


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


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


Absent: Lots of people.  


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


Bowl of Life: 



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





Damon:  Sandy Ladd hopes to come back soon.  


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


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


Debra:  The VSAC catalogue is listing our scholarship.  


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





9 of Diamonds.  Jim Verzino won.  






Cindy:  Son got into North Adams Community College.  


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


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


Jon Secrest;  Went to Lithuania and Iceland.  


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


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


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


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





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


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


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


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




Your scribe:  Sandy S.


Newsletter March 7, 2018 Sandy Shriver 2018-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Shakespeare on Feb 28, 2018
This day in History:         
1983: Final TV episode of MASH airs (CBS) record 125 million viewers.
1991: Gulf war ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait.
1993: Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI raid.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction – Ronald Reagan.
Rotary Minute: 
Visiting other clubs: As a member of Rotary, you are invited to visit other clubs each time you travel, almost anywhere in the world. Remember to grab a banner from KJ  to take with you and “exchange” with the club you are visiting. 
Greeter:   Will 
Speaker:   There was no speaker for today. March 7, Deb will host Chloe Learey from the Winston Prouty Center who will be talking on Economic Development and Early Childhood.
Guests:  Bahati, a student at SIT and originally from the Congo was a guest of Sadie’s.  Bahati has an eight year old daughter and an new baby son. We hope Bahati will come back and be a regular visitor to our club while he is here in Brattleboro.
Jennifer Mayhew, from BAYADA, joined us today as she will be inducted as our latest member to join.
Junior Rotarian Update:  Our Jr Rotarian and familiar face Josh Hashagan updated us on what is happening at BUHS. They are conducting their 2nd annual blood drive. Last year they got 80 pints of blood and tis year they have over 125 people signed up to give blood so they should beat last years number.  He is also going to a National Leadership Conference at Lake Morey. Seems there will be lots of testing involved so we wish Josh the best on his tests.
New Member Induction: empress Michell conducted an induction ceremony welcoming Jennifer Mayhew to the club. Secretary KJ presented the official Rotary Pin.  Welcome Jen.
A side Note: Our president left her script and told a  brief story of how her husband, recognizing the name of a college student who was applying for an internship at C&S as a young and esteemed Rotarian, let Michelle know that he was very impressed with her interview/presentation on the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club and they offered our very Bethany Martin the position. Congratulations to Bethany!
CARDS:  8 of Hearts.  The winner is…………. Turner! (this was his first time winning)
Bowl of Life: This will be a long and circuitous line of guesses starting with Erin > Ross > Will > Jim > Tristam > Caleb > Katry >  KJ > Michael > Toni > Stacie > Sadie > Turner > Sandy > Josh G > Mark > Ali > Josh U > Marci > Kevin > and finally ending with Kevin 
February 28, 2018 Newsletter William Shakespeare 2018-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2018
Happy Valentines Day!
Damon introduced Shoshana and Ayla. Kevin introduced Jennifer Mayhew from Biatta home health who is visiting and considering membership. Project feed the thousands speakers
To be listed
We are giving them a donation check and will get an update on the project
Natalia student rotarian report. Josh is in Colorado – Man of LaMancha is in full rehearsals, performances begin tomorrow. Break is next week.
Stacey and Dan got serenaded by the magnificent birthday quartet.
Cards – in the deck. You lose LOSERS.
Kevin introduces the guests – Feed the Thousands speakers, Jeff Morse from River Valley Credit union and Kelly Corbeil  from WTSA.
Jeff Morse:
Groundworks Collaborative feeds 7000 individuals each year, huge considering the size of the area.
53% of school age kids get free or reduced meals at school.
Originally the majority got donated by CNS wholesale.
WTSA does the marketing muscle. Schools spread worth of mouth too. Local businesses providing help abounding. They can buy food at 15 cents on the dollar. Groundworks collaborative get the most of it. Kevin has been a steadfast and energetic driving force on the volunteering despite being from a different station… Impressive.
Majority of donations are under $50. But they also want volunteers to come help.
Kevin presented them with a check for $1000 on Behalf of Groundworks Sunrise Rotary. Woo Hoo!
Bowl of Life –
Played the lead in Annie Oakley – our own KEVIN YAGER, who blanked on his lines before stage and then he recovered and the show went on.
He won’t share the photos.
Ali - asked who would be willing to check the 3 on 3 mailbox. We got lots of volunteers and Cindy won the job.
Tristam – new president of SIT is going to speak tomorrow night.
Jim Maxwell – not going to Honduras with Ali and Tristam but he  supports them and also that the BMC is interested in hosting local groups for meetings, planting that notion that we might meet there. The noon club is already scheduled.
Marcy – announces our new vice president elect – Cindy Delgatto. Think not what your club can do for you but what you can do for your club.
Jimmy V – we contributed the most
Toni – we have 5 student rotarians, Natalya is here today. Take a few minutes to say hello and sign the sheet so you don't get fined.
Kevin – 3 on 3 basketball is 5 weeks away, lots of leg work happening. Kevin suggests we send out letters to get more donations, make assumptions that people want to give, this is the money that goes to scholarships. March 17th is the day.
Damon – iphone update for clubrunner allows you to text, download it
Dan – Is there willingness to do a blood drive on May 1st? Yes. Yay.
Tristam – bragging for Honduras trip next week and for Stacey
Jacques – went skiing for first time in 20 years, pitching holiday lights in chesterfield, they made tons, maybe do that at the austine school, was a huge success in chesterfield
Ali – bragging for going to Honduras. We hope she comes back. Lisa planned it all. And she loves Kelly’s shoes.
KJ – bragging for technology, got awoken by emergency services from his family
Damen – bragging for his trip to Maui next week.
Dan - bragging for crashing his snowmobile into his brother.
4 Way Test  
Have a wonderful week!
Valentines Day Newsletter 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Posternak on Feb 07, 2018
Debra Cox thank you for all the hugs this week and next week…oops missed that this morning, guess it will be a surprise.
Kevin Quigley- Guest Speaker
Rennie Washburn 
Christine Takacs
Kevin O’Keefe
Snow Day….no kids this morning!
Is Sunrise Rotary a 501c3?  Yes and No!! The club itself is not a 501c3 but several years ago, thanks to the work of Sandy and Jon we established the Brattleboro Sunrise Foundation which is a 501c3.
Succession Planning – Marcy announced that KJ and Lisa agreed to stay on Secretary and Treasurer for next. Jim Verzino will be our President Elect and she is currently hoping to get someone to volunteer for VP position.
Trivia- is February 12th at the Legion. Boys & Girls Club is the charity this month. We just found out this morning that the Legion is having renovations done on March 12th so we have no home for Trivia that month…lots of good suggestions made and Sandy will be looking into it. 
Past District Governor - Dennis McMann’s wife Donna is in the hospital. Please keep them in our thoughts.
Over Flow Shelter Dinner – is tonight and everything looks to be all set….even with the snowstorm.
Touch a Truck & Camp for a Common Cause – there will be some overlap this year as Camp for a Common Cause is Friday night and Touch a Truck will be the next day on Saturday. Looking to see what kind of support  we will get from club members as we will need a lot of help to cover both events. 
Coffee Shop – is not open today…the LACK of purchases has temporarily closed the shop but if you are looking for coffee please let Tristam know and he will bring it to the meeting.  If you are wondering the coffee sales supports a scholarship for a high school student in the mountain regions of Honduras that would otherwise not be able to attend…SO PLEASE BUY COFFEE!! It makes a great gift.
CARDS:  2 of clubs…KJ is the winner!!!
BIRTHDAYS: It’s Stacy’s birthday but she missed being serenaded this morning so if see her miss a very happy birthday!!
Damon: Bragged for the Keene Indoor Track Team and Aiden. Sunday was the end of their season with an event at Dartmouth College were Keene came in 7th overall and Aiden had a great day with his events. Happy to have a break before the outdoor season starts in March. 
Turner: Bragged for his 3-week vacation Africa. He and Kay went on 2 separate safaris in which he did not try to play vet to any of the animals he came across.
Cindy: Bragged for her husband who has been a crane operator for 30 years and was contacted last week by the union to act as the Business Agent for VT and NH in which he will handle all contracts for both states.
Kevin Quigley (guest speaker): Bragged for 2 Marlboro College students who will be competing in the Harris Hill Ski Jump this year.
Ali: Bragged for Marlboro College as they are the reason she moved to Brattleboro. She had a friend from college who got jog at Marlboro and talked her into moving to Vermont. 
Jon: Is off to Lithuania and won’t be missing “our ugly mugs” (his words not mine) for a couple of weeks. Lithuania will be celebrating their 100th anniversary of their independence from Russia. On their way back to the states they will have a 5 day stop in Iceland because where else should you go in the winter when you haven’t had enough snow.
Will: Bragged for his daughter Justine who lives and works in NYC…she doesn’t make a lot with her job but the benefits are great. She will be spending 5 days in London for a conference. She was recently in Thailand doing research on labor standards and will be at Rotary on March 14th to tell us all about her work.
Tristam: In response to Jon’s ugly mug comment Tristam said his facial affliction was caused by the lack coffee sales and it may not improve until sales do.
Josh T: Possibly the cheesiest brag per Josh but getting to know his fellow Rotarians as people and appreciating their inner beauty is a great joy and wanted to let everyone know about Jon’s inner beauty and his penchant for happy socks. That sparked quite the conversation and many individuals showing off their socks this morning.
Cyber Stalked: Book Bit 108
Nick: Bragged for big family vacation outside of Orlando. Had 9 kids under 9….like on big house party. Also bragged for Valentine’s Day next week and he decided to up his game this year by surprising his wife a ski day at Mt. Snow.
This Rotarian played Walter Mondale in high school in 1984in a mock Presidential Debate.
Started the guessing with Diane who guessed Damon (right time frame, wrong country) who guessed Jon Secrest who guessed Jim Verzino who guessed Mark (surprisingly enough Mark did actually do that but not 1984 and it was middle school…what are the odds??) and finally Sandy Shriver who claimed that Walter Mondale who won 1 out 50 states actually did better than he did in the debate.
Kevin F. F. Quigley, President of Marlboro College
The ninth president of Marlboro College, began serving in July 2015. Before coming to Marlboro, he served as Peace Corps country director in Thailand, and as president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, a global alumni organization for the more than 200,000 former Peace Corps staff and volunteers.
He started off his presentation by apologizing to the club because he went to the Noon Club to speak and thought that they were the go to club.....OUCH!!!
Marlboro College is a small, close-knit learning community that provides the rare opportunity for independent thinkers to direct their own studies, working collegially with world-class professors. The goal of Marlboro College is to teach students to think clearly and to learn independently through engagement in a structured program of liberal studies The college promotes independence by requiring students to participate in the planning of their own programs of study and to act responsibly within a self-governing community.
Like most liberal arts colleges in US they are facing the challenges of falling enrollment. They have started addressing this through their partnership with Marlboro Music. They have been on the campus for 67 years and are shifting landlord /tenant relationship to a full fledge partnership. Starting with the construction of 2 new buildings on campus to house them. This $10,000,000 project is a major investment in the college.
They are also collaborating with other area colleges in Southern Vermont so that the 4 small colleges can share services to be more efficient. They have been in contact with Putney Student Travel to have them use their campus. They would like to have the group leaders spend a few weeks at the college to build their leadership skills. Conversations have been started to also provide academic credit to the Putney Student Travel group.
They are gaining momentum and focusing on the college…...”all this about our students”. They are very passionate about what they do and it is evident in the way they talk about the students currently enrolled at Marlboro College. 
As an aside he did mention the Annual Wendell-Judd Cup – a Ski and snowshoe event
These beautiful trails are suitable for all skiers, from novice to veterans, and snowshoes are also encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Adam Katrick at 258-9253 or katrick@marlboro.edu. Rain Date: Sunday, March 4th.
February 7, 2018 Newsletter Jason Posternak 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Maxwell on Jan 26, 2018
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting January 24, 2018
  1. Ed was greeter
  2. Guests today: 
    1. Tom Mosakowski, who heard about us at the Stone Soup Social, and is especially interested in our stove project in Honduras
    2. Christine Takacs, a friend of Sandy’s who works in marketing
    3. Vale, a visiting student from Costa Rica, guest of student Rotarian Natalya
  3. Rotary minute:  Paul Harris founded Rotary on February 23, 1905, for professionals to exchange ideas and give back to the community.  Rotary because they would rotate offices in the group.  Unfortunately, only men until 1987.  Until then the wives were known as “Rotary Anns”
  4. Birthdays: Cindy, Tristam, Drew, Jim M.  A hearty, clear-throated, soaring rendition of that great old song . . .by the usual chorus
  5. Student Rotarians Josh & Natalya.  Report that the new semester starts today.  Eleven students and teacher visiting from Costa Rica, of whom Vale is one.  The visitors have been introduced to snowballs and ice skates thus far
  6. Card was not drawn
  7. From the Bowl of Life we learn that Mona went to Montana with her grandfather at a very young age (she, not the granddad) and for some unknown reason a 2-week planned stay turned into 2 months due to lack of transport home or something like that but Mona enjoyed it so what the heck
  8. Announcements
    1. The nutrition project at Moore Court and Wedgewood turned out very well with a total of 180 meals served and help from volunteer kids
    2. Katya and Tristam went out to South Dakota to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to learn more about the quilting initiative we are participating in.  The project is developing into something much larger for helping create a sustainable economy for the reservation
    3. The Tristam coffee shop was opened for business
  9.  Community service opportunities upcoming:  Overflow Shelter on February 7; volunteers for the Harris Hill Ski Jump February 16-18; Trivia February 12
  10. Community service past:  Our club helped out with the Hungry Lions project in the Deerfield Valley area, delivering holiday groceries to families
  11. Erin reported on a great group gathering in support of the Flat Street Revival and to exchange ideas for development, renewal, growth there
  12. Collection to help the Green Street 3rd Graders attend puppet show
  13. Brags:
    1. Jon Secrest daughter Alina participated reluctantly but brilliantly in high school Nordic ski, placing 1st in JV category
    2. Jeff spoke on the rite of passage for his daughter, being the purchase and sole ownership of a stand-alone, just-mine cell phone, with all the terrible rights and responsibilities that go along with that awesome power
    3. Deborah’s daughter Ava will be Robin Hoods ##4 and 5 in the upcoming NEYT production
    4. Jeff and Josh U. both have daughters in AAU basketball.  Josh’s daughter’s team, Vernon, beat Hinsdale 22-2, an impressively decisive victory.
    5. Tristam’s daughter in Americorps in Arizona, moving force behind projects and presentations for MLK day
    6. Kevin’s daughter starts Monday as staff RN at the UVM pain clinic
    7. No news of anyone’s sons.
  14. Speakers Kevin and Toni with preview of this year’s 3-on-3, March 17
    1. Sponsors
    2. Teams
    3. Full club participation
    4. Volunteers already: Josh T. to stuff and mail; Lisa for labels; Jim print letters; Cindy will help with concessions
Adjourn 8:40 am
Meeting minutes January 24 2018 Jim Maxwell 2018-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jan 11, 2018
Sunrise Rotary Club
January 10th , 2018
Meeting at American Legion
Our dear President Michelle called the meeting to order lest we become an unruly Animal House
This Day in History:
1776 “Common Sense” pamphlet was published by Thomas Paine advocating American Independence
1861 Florida secedes from the Union
1951 UN Headquarter opens in Manhattan, NY
Quote for the Day:
Find what you love and let it kill you  ~ Charles Bukowski
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why ~ Mark Twain
Scribe Duties:
She surprised the scribe of the day in the midst of his drinking coffee so he left to get a note pad. Herewith are the notes/minutes of the day
Guest Speakers:
Turner is up on January 10th but replaced by Katia Matthew who presented Keller Allen
Lisa Fitzgerald who was serenaded with harmony!
Ex- Former Student Rotarian
Bethany was invited to tell us about her life, an unexpected invitation to speak
Toni won $10,000,000 with the 4 of clubs and was escorted out by her bodyguard the Sargent-at-Arms
Bowl of Life:
Lived in Steamboat Springs, CO, for 2 years after completing undergraduate degree. Mike admitted to this and hours of joy cruising Rocky Mountain slopes.
Rotary International Notes:
The leadership institute for District 7870 is scheduled for March 3rd at the Concord Community College, Concord, NH. It will be held in the Nursing Building adjacent to McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Register at rlinea.org. Topics include Leadership Development, Rotary Knowledge, Project Leads, Team Building, etc.
Stone Soup Social
Sign ups included Katia Matthew, Josh Goldberg, Drew Hazelton, & Mona Williams. The sign up sheet was left in the room.
Please buy the coffee and Danny’s thank you notes were read
Ali will be joining the February trip to San Pedro Sula and the Merendon mountain range where Danny lives
Luncheon at Turning Point a Flat Street revitalization committee took place Wednesday at 1PM. She is excited about building a pergola in the spring.
The new member project should be available to all so the email list will be provided in Club Runner
Ali for Lisa who arranged travel for all 4 to Honduras, for Ali’s daughter who is visiting the Grand Canyon, and for the chance to meet Maria Leonard who influenced her daughter
John Secrest for having married someone smarter than he is
Cindy for having chosen SUNY NY and stayed away from party schools
Josh for Saturday event on Flat Street, Twinkle Town, 2-9
Jim going to Cuba Feb 15th
Turner for also having married someone smarter than he is and for being away in South Africa & Tanzania
Jeff for Monday Night Trivia and having created Bar Baby team
The Speaker introduced by Katia
Keller Allen, an Anticoh grad, has been committed to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Lakota Sioux for 7 years. Feels very emotionally connected to their cause and described the genocide practiced by our political, military, and capitalist leaders since the mid 1800’s. The lemma was “Kill the Indian save the man” so kids were sent off to boarding schools where their Indian identity was stripped away, hair cut, clothing burnt, language forcibly prohibited, in fact they were punished severely if they spoke their native tongue. Life on the Rez is extremely difficult; poverty is 97%, unemployment 85%, heart disease is 2X the national average, juvenile suicide is 2X the national average, families have little money for gas to get to full grocery stores so depend on the junk at convenience stores.
He asks of them “what can we do to help, to improve your lives” and hears, always ask, never forget, keep coming back.
He & his wife travel and live there each year and now are creating a retreat resource center. They have purchased a saw mill, harvest and process their own lumber and now build the structures they need. They have 1 acre of land dedicated to food and hope to expand that to 2 acres and then a mobile farm market that can provide better quality locally grown foods that ought to improve diet and health.
They have 3 main objectives:
Expand the farming and create the mobile food market, create a buffalo herd, & create jobs. The herd will be “managed”, or rather each cow will be owned and the calves can be sold to support the owner’s needs, like Heifer International.
He believes that the needs of the indigenous, especially the Lakota, should be must be his generations cause celebre. This way of life is disappearing, reduced eliminated by successive decisions by governments and as there is a threatened species list there should also be a threatened populations list. Keller is passionately committed to these people which we all saw in his very emotional message. He is looking for partnerships whose synergy can make a greater difference than the work he and his wife make.
He ended by saying they would love to buy a tractor to help till the ground they are farming.
Your partially attentive, almost prepared scribe……. tristam 
January 10, 2018 Newsletter Tristam Johnson 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary
Wed Jan 3, 2018
7:21 Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Greeter this week was Turner, thank you! Next week – Josh Goldberg
Scribe this week: Drew Hazelton (Ellen Walsh by proxy), next week Tristam
1749 Benning Wentworth issues first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont
1890 1st US college-level dairy school opens at the University of Wisconsin
1987 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin
If I had asked what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses”. – Henry Ford
Guests: Jesse Kreitzer – guest speaker/filmmaker hosted by Jim M., Ellen Walsh – Rescue Inc
Dues: they are due on July 1.  It can be an option to be billed quarterly for breakfast, cost is $130/quarter
Birthdays: Happy Birthday KJ and Jason!
Anniversary: Dan Deitz – 12 years with Rotary!

Jr Rotarian: Natalya was in attendance (BUHS). She reported they are back from holiday break and coming into finals week. She is hosting an exchange student from Costa Rica and may have her at the next meeting! She also mentioned that Project Feed the Thousands was successful and she believed the Junior class won.
Michelle: Board meeting tomorrow morning.  
Sadie: Overflow Dinner – Next Tuesday (Jan 9), need people to sign up. Dinner is at Winston Prouty Campus shelter. Sign up to at least bring food (soup or stew requested) or to serve also. Sign up with Sadie
Sandy: Not doing Brattleboro hockey grilling this weekend
Sandy: Monday January 8 is Trivia night at the Legion. Battle of the Boards – spread the word for board teams of 4-6. Winner organization takes prize  
Tristam: coffee is available - $12/bag – go to kids of San Pedro Sula of Honduras. Tristam and co will be traveling to the area Feb 16-19 and will identify the next kid that will receive support as Danny has graduate. School nutrition project – holidays meals/ breaks when school is closed. Supplied food to Moore court and Ledgewood heights (had 30 kids/day). Commonwealth dairy donated yogurt. Very successful in number of kids served
Cards: Josh Traeger won the $10 prize
Bowl of Life:  “At the age of 16 attended a two week artificial insemination certification course”  Jeff, who has a dairy farm, learned this process that is used with cattle – Jeff Dunklee
Damon: Josh Goldberg had given him a 115,000 Btu kerosene heater which this year has saved his NYE party in the barn as well as defrosted a tractor. Thank you Josh
Jim: Thank you to Cota & Cota for getting heat up and running
Turner: hosted 30 people over the holidays, they left yesterday
Michelle: pulled together dinner for 15 in 20 minutes
Guest Speaker: Jesse Lockwood Kreitzer:
Local filmmaker from Marlborough, VT. Currently working on a documentary centered around elder care in rural Vermont titled Caregivers.  Partnered with VT symphony orchestra, the film will feature live accompaniments and focuses on the grassroots neighbor taking care of neighbor culture of Vermont. Jesse wrote and produced a drama called Black Canaries in 2016 that was loosely based on his family’s coal mining history in Iowa.  For more information visit: www.laternafilm.com/caregivers
Meeting ends at 8:31 am
Rotary Minutes - 1/3/2018 Drew Hazelton 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Call to order
Pledge of allegiance
Greeter: thank you Ali; next week - Turner 
Rotary minute:  President Pong on “streaking”. This has nothing to do with one’s state of undress, rather it is a fine for leaving the meeting early, before the speaker starts. Remember to introduce yourself to the speaker beforehand and apologize for missing their presentation.
Scribe: this week Diane; next week – Drew
Guest introductions: Eric Albright – speaker (more to come); Kevin – Erin’s Husband; Kevin & Larry – visiting Rotarians from CT
Junior Rotarians: none in attendance due to holiday week. 
Birthday Singers: Happy Birthday to Jim V & Josh G.
Rotary Anniversary: Jon with 14 years in Rotary. Congrats!
Induction: Newest member - Josh Unruh – Welcome Aboard!
Sadie - Community Service sign-up to track rotary service hours. Overflow dinner 12/18 was a success; next one is 1/9 – sign-up is coming.
Erin – New Sunrise Rotary member’s “Flat Street Revival” group hosting lunch meeting 1/10 to generate ideas with local Flat Street community/businesses.
Cards: Staci was our winner! 
Bowl of life: This person met “The Bachelor” in person. <hint: it is a male member in attendance> The group went through every man in the room until we finally landed on Josh Unruh -  who had become a member just moments before! The story is: Josh had recognized and finagled a meeting with Arie Luyendyk Jr when his filming team was in New England for the taping of the new season of The Bachelor

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

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

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

Pledge of allegiance

Thank greeter - next week - Turner 

Rotary minute:  Jon Secrest History of Club Meeting locations

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

    This day in history 1963-jfk assassinated

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

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

Junior Rotarians - not in attendance due to holiday week. 

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

Tristam - Insight Photography Studio job opportunity seeking Executive Director

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

Josh - Disc Golf Course cleanup

Jon - Cheers to all immigrants on Thanksgiving

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

Marcy - Halloween Cats now have total of four.

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

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

Guest speaker.  Club Assemblée

Club Social - Ali

Fundraising Chair - Toni and Jason

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

Vocational Chair - Toni - Supporting our Student Rotarians

Community Service Chair - Sadie

Membership Chair - Josh

International Chair - Tristam

Donation Chair - Turner

Scholarship Committee - Toni

3 on 3 - Kevin and Toni

4 way test of the things we say and do

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

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Newest Student Rotarians Kevin Yager 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary meeting -  Wednesday November 15, 2017
Our esteemed President Pong called the meeting to order
Pledge of Allegiance -
Thank you to our greeter KJ!
Michelle will be switching up the meeting a bit and starting with the Rotary minutes.  For new members this will be a time to share interesting rotary facts.  There are rotary clubs all around the world and members can visit any of these clubs.  It is a great time to brag about your club and exchange banners while doing so.  See KJ if you will be traveling and would like to bring a banner to a new club.  On a side note, you can make up attendance time even though there are no attendance requirements for our club.
This day in history:
1777 - Articles of confederation were adopted.
1914 - Federal reserve bank opens
1920 - 41 nations start 1st League of Nations session
Quote - he is a wise man who invented beer. Pluto
There is no confirmed scribe or guest for next week, so we will have a club assembly.
Welcome New Member Mona Williams from Cota & Cota today into Sunrise Rotary today. 
Guests – Josh Unruh, Brattleboro Reformer and Jennifer Wallace, Director of Home Care BAYADA
Student Rotarians – Josh and Megyn (BUHS/WRCC) talked about FBLA meetings and a new fundraiser. Megyn was accepted into Franklin Pierce College.  Congratulations!!
Announcements - Tomorrow board meeting.   Toni – 3 meetings before the raffle – who needs help?  Kevin discussed this years Feed the Thousands program and the locations will be Dottie’s, Price Chopper and the Food Coop.  Bring plastic bags and mark locations on the bag.  If you sign up and can’t do your day you will be responsible for getting someone to help.  Mark from Cota said his guys can help if needed.  KJ – this Saturday is a Disc Golf work day from 9am -noon and 12:30 – 3:00 to make the course an 18-hole course.  Pizza for the morning crews.   Jon is looking for ideas for the rotary minute.  No results yet from the visioning session but Michelle will check in with Jim V.
Cards– no winner – we are all losers once again but in my eyes, everyone is a winner!
Bowl of life - “Since not allowed to have any pets as a child I brought a frog to a pet contest” After many unsuccessful guesses it was finally guessed to be Jacques who shared how she won the smallest pet award with her adorable and tiny tree frog.    
  • Cindy - The GPI construction workers who were her hero’s after a car accident.
  • Evelyn –Classmates doing a spelling bee and if they continue to do well will be going to states.  Last year took 2nd and this year hoping for 1st place.
  • KJ – 3 brags – one for Jim Maxwell for helping at Trivia Night, one for visiting with his daughter in Florida and one for the class he took in the White Mountains for 8 days on Wilderness First Responder training.
  • Damon – Aiden for the NE Championship in Belfast Maine he was 1st in his group and came in with a time of 16:47. Torrin came in 18th in a field of 200 at the Jr. Olympics and 1st in all those who were born in 2004.  Will be going to nationals.
  • Tristam – for our Sergeant of Arms Ed who was calm and collected during the temporary disappearance of the fine container.  Also for the VA hospital that provides excellence in care with wonderful staff.
  • Jon – for turning 50 - congratulations on joining the 50 club.  Visited with Dr. McLarney and was given the not so wonderful news that he has arthritis in his knees and will need to ice them forever.  He now has a new-found sympathy for the noon club.  He is also very excited to be beginning the rebuild of his sauna.
  • Kevin – daughter Sara took a very sick car to the good folks at Brattleboro Tire and it now has a new lease on life as well as many new parts.  "Drew" the car will be just fine.  Kevin also gave a shout out to Sadie for doing a great job in the 2nd Rotary Cares radio spot.  Tristam is next in December to talk about International.
  • Marcy – Thank you to all who came to the haunted Halloween extravaganza at her house - if you did take pictures, especially of the actors please send them to her as she is trying to create a first-time video of the event.
  • Mona – first brag and she would to thank Jim Maxwell and the team from Cota and Cota in making her recent house purchase a success.  She also mentioned that her son just started a job that will be near his college campus.
  • Jeff – bragged about his mutual love of the French language with Jon and how they both found the language from different pathways and for different reasons.
Guest speaker - Ross Gibson and the wonders of our brave little state - Vermont.   Ross presented a lot of cool fun facts about Vermont.  14th state to join the union in March 4th, 1791.  Part of the problem as to why it could not join the union is that states needed clear state borders which it did not have because of pesky New York’s land grab.  In addition to Vermont being independent was Texas, Hawaii and California.  Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery.  Vermont is 45th in land size.  Vermont is equal to the size of Macedonia.
Mt. Mansfield is the highest point and Lake Champlain is the lowest.  Milk is the state beverage.  Derby Line has the only spot that is not a recognized border crossing in the library which shares two countries within.  Last state to bring in a Walmart and only recently will have the 1st Target.  Only state capital that doesn’t have a McDonalds.  The 251 club is a great way to log all places that you visit in Vermont.   www.vt251.com 
4-way test of the things we say and do:
1 - is it the truth?
2 - is it fair to all concerned?
3 - will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4 - will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Respectfully submitted by Cindy Delgatto (apologies for any errors or omissions)
Newsletter - November 15th, 2017 Cindy Delgatto 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Nov 01, 2017
Empress Pong started her the meeting with this day in History…......  
1892- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.
1800- John Adams becomes first president to live in the White House.
1870- US Weather Bureau made 1st meteorological reports.
1952 – US explodes 1st hydrogen bomb on Eniwetok Atoll in Marshall Islands
1968- Tens of thousands of refugees fled to the west when East Germany opened its border to Czechoslovakia.
1994- Amazon.com domain name was registered.
Quote for the day……If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace…Thomas Paine
Josh very warmly greeted us this morning and next week …I missed who is going to be at the door with a smile to say good morning because I forgot that I was supposed to be taking the minutes.
Mona Williams – the most AWESOME prospective member…who has been busy selling Mark’s raffle tickets AND asked for more!!!
Tracy Benet Perrin – guest speaker
Amy Goldberg- guest speaker
Danny and Rachel from Hinsdale High School reported this morning.
~Nutrition project that supplies food for students over the weekends has begun. They have collected approximately 30 bags so far.
~They have an exchange student from Belgium that has just joined them.
~Project Graduation 2018 is under way. They have had 2 fundraising events already and raised a couple thousand dollars.
  1. Board meeting tomorrow morning 7:15 am at WKVT….all are welcome.
  2. Trivia Night benefiting BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark Is Coming) is coming up on November 13th. Jim Maxwell be our question master (filling in for KJ). Grab some friends and head to the Legion for a very entertaining night.
  3. SELL YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS…..maybe at Trivia Night or ask Mona how to do it!
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   Toni and Damon joined Rotary 17 years ago (YIKES), Ross joined 5 years ago and Erin just completed her first year...time flies!!
CARDS:  2 of Diamonds..… and the winner is ~  ME!!!!
This Rotarian turned 21 in Hong Kong…..we started the guessing with Nick who incorrectly guessed Sandy Shriver who knew it was Jason ….wow no money made on that one!!
Lisa: Bragged for Ali for all the times she has filled in for her as she been traveling the globe these past few months.
Kevin: Bragged for his daughter Sarah the nurse who decided to be a patient for Halloween this year. Landed herself in the ER while attempting to carve a pumpkin, must be all the heavy lifting she does for her job because with shear brute strength she snapped the spoon she was using to clean out the pumpkin. Luckily no stitches and no tendon damage.
Jon: Had a bittersweet brag for his dad as today is the anniversary of his passing in 1991 at 66 years old. Was a fantastic father with many great memories.
Josh: Bragged for the Noon Club as he went for a visit last week and he would like to incorporate a few of their exploits into our club such as…having all members give a brief bio about themselves (3 significant things) not just new members and also they have a $5 fine for any member whose cell phone rings in the meeting and they answer it.  
KJ: Should have bragged a few weeks ago that he and Diane celebrated their 2-4 anniversary. Really should be bragging that she has put up with him for that long…..his words not mine!!
Jerry: Explained his recent absence as he went back to work for Insight Photography. They are having their 19th Annual Exhibition and Benefit Auction starting November 3rd. This annual show presented live at the Vermont Center for Photography and online, features works submitted by a wide range of international, national and local contributors, from renowned Guggenheim fellows, cutting-edge professionals and accomplished locals -- some of whom may even be In-Sight alumni who have chosen to embrace photography in their lives.
Cindy: Bragged for the volunteers and team that helped her put together the recent Career Expo. This past week they surprised her flowers….wow what a great team!
Will: After 40 years he has finally decided to retire at the end of this year. Tina retired 2 years ago and has been patiently waiting for him….I see more chickens in their future.
Jim V: Bragged for Marcy’s Halloween exhibition. A few adventurous Rotarians made the road trip p to Springfield last night to soak in this unbelievable display, well worth the trip.
Lissa: Added to Jerry’s brag for Insight Photography. John Willis the founding director is being honored by the Society of Photographic Education at 118 Elliot.
Diane: Bragged for Josh being inducted into the National Honor Society tonight. 
Kevin PART 2: Attended the mixer last Thursday at the Marina, Sunrisers closed things down…. probably past the other club’s bed time.  Also, he felt compelled to brag for Jeff’s boots this morning. Giving the ladies a run for their money, Jeff was sporting a pair of ostrich cowboy boots that we all should be jealous of!
Michelle: Bragged for Caroline being honored for having the highest grade in  her Irish legal system course.
Val: Bragged for Lauren who has been accepted into NY Law School (where her father went). Won’t be going until after she gets out of the Army in 2019. Also, she and John will be going to Germany for Thanksgiving to visit with Lauren. She also bragged for hiking Mt. Philo last week, it is a pretty little mountain in Charlotte, Vermont (near Burlington) with great views over the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Range across the lake in New York.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Amy Goldberg & Tracy Benet Perrin - ACE Master Training Education
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in human understanding of the origins of physical, social, mental, and societal health and well-being.  We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). 
The momentum around ACEs is stunning. Demand for presentations and education about the ACE concepts and their community applications has grown rapidly.  Desire for education, solutions and partnership in this pioneering work is growing; and so is the importance of providing accuratetimely,and actionable information to diverse audiences.  These facts are critical elements in the decision to form ACE Interface.
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to
  • risky health behaviors,
  • chronic health conditions,
  • low life potential, and
  • early death.
The ACE Pyramid represents the conceptual framework for the ACE Study. The ACE Study has uncovered how ACEs are strongly related to development of risk factors for disease, and well-being throughout the life course.
  • https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/images/acestudy/ace_pyramid_lrg-medium.png
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are common. Almost two-thirds of study participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one in five reported three or more ACEs.
The ACE score, a total sum of the different categories of ACEs reported by participants, is used to assess cumulative childhood stress. Study findings repeatedly reveal a graded dose-response relationship between ACEs and negative health and well-being outcomes across the life course.
As the number of ACEs increases so does the risk for the following*:
Dose-response describes the change in an outcome (e.g., alcoholism) associated with differing levels of exposure (or doses) to a stressor (e.g. ACEs). A graded dose-response means that as the dose of the stressor increases the intensity of the outcome also increases.
  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Fetal death
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Poor work performance
  • Financial stress
  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Smoking
  • Suicide attempts
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Early initiation of smoking
  • Early initiation of sexual activity
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Risk for sexual violence
  • Poor academic achievement
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Meeting called to order at 7:15


Thanks to Turner for greeting


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


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


Guests:  prospective new member Mona


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

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

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

One final thought, of the things we say or do

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

Newsletter for October 18th Kevin Yager 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes Wednesday October 18, 2017
Madame President, the Empress Michelle Pong gaveled the meeting to order at 7:15.
The weekly meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a look back in history:
On This Day in History - 
1867 - The US takes possession of Alaska for 7.2 million
1878 - Thomas Edison makes electricity available for every household.
1892 - The first commercial long-distance phone line opens.
1929 - Women are considered persons under Canadian law.
Today's quote: Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone - Pablo Picasso
Today's greeter: Thank you Ali.
Next week: Turner
Today's Scribe: Kevin
Next week: Marcy
(See the complete list on our website brattleborosunriserotary.org.)

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

One final thought, of the things we say or do

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

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

BANG of the GONG - Meeting Begin




Thanks to Ed Dews for Greeting

Next week is Ali


This Day in History

1931. Dick Tracy Comic Strip by Chester Gould debuts

1949 United Nations permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated

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

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


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



10/4 Lissa (Nick Sub)

10/11 Kevin Yager

10/18 Alisa Berry




Michael Burnett - future member

Larry Bortles - Erin’s Dad

Mona from Cota & Cota 




Sandy Shriver 20 yrs

Debra 1yr



Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Ali 


Bowl of Life: 

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Josh - Leave from absence from pledge of allegiance 

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

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


Guest Speakers 

Cindy Intro - Susie Walker & Ella-Turning Point

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


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



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

12 step Programs

Smart Recovery - Less religious version of 12 steps

Acupuncture every Tuesday afternoon

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

Volunteerism is opening new doors to opportunities.  

Sunrise Rotary - October 4, 2017 Nick DuBois 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Deitz on Sep 25, 2017
“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.” ~ Mark Twain
Scribe for next week is Jimmy V who is facilitating the Visioning Process so the morning meeting is CANCELLED!
Ann Black and Aaron Phillips from the Warrior Connection were the speakers for this week, hosted by Toni.
Josh Hashagen – Diane and KJ’s son who is a Rotarian to be.
Ace of Heart’s – Was in the deck (or Ed’s sleeve).
Bowl of Life:
 “I saved a porcupine and a raccoon over the course of one week.”
It was Tristam J. He used a blanket and threw it over the porcupine and pulled it from the road. A couple of days later he used the same blanket to urge a raccoon off the road.
Josh – Disc golf tournament is 10/1. Sign up to compete or volunteer!
Sadie – volunteer time estimate sheet is going around. We are trying to track the hours that each Rotarian volunteers their time and energy.
            -Saturday is the United Way Day of Caring. They are doing a clean up at Winston Prouty for the new overflow shelter. Come help out and wear your Rotary shirts.
Tristam – Bad news – the coffee shop is closed.
  • Good news – the coffee shop is closed because he sold out all his coffee!
Jimmy V – Next Wednesday will be the Visioning Process. 5-9pm at the New England House. They want AIS at 5pm!
Damon – Open house at BUHS for Interact was last week. There were 3 Interact students who came to talk about it, from Keene. They are moving forward with establishing the Interact club at BUHS.
Jon S – and his wife, Carrie, went on a very nice hike on the Long Trail. Check out the App Peak Finder.
Damon – Torrin set more records in X Country!  They got 2 kittens, or family members, from the Monadnock Humane Society. They went boating this past weekend and had a great time.
Val – told about an article that her dad wrote. He was a veterinarian. It was about a parrot that had to be put down, to help Damon make lemonade out of lemons.
Lissa – was appointed to the commission about Vermont Yankee and they are making decisions about how to use the VY property.
Marcy – There is a fairy house tour at the Grafton Outdoor Center this weekend. Take the kids. Frogs and Salamanders. September 30. The Springfield Parents Association is having a comedy night at Springfield HS. See Marcy if you want tix. It sounded really good.  Some great talent will be there and it benefits a bunch of high school students.
Josh     – bragged for Dan and Debra for agreeing to co-scribe for him today.
KJ         – Search and Rescue at Pico Mountain. Vermont State Police and Fish & Wildlife were there. Buy raffle tickets for a brand new Subaru, to benefit Rescue Inc.
Kevin   – Sara went to Brueggers last Saturday and saw a car accident with an elderly driver. She was very quick to call for help and Kevin is proud of her.
Our Speakers:
Toni introduced Ann Black and Aaron Phillips from the Warrior Connection. They have been supporting our military veterans since 2010 and have received much volunteer and community support. They provide programs for military men and women and their spouses. It is FREE and open for all veterans and their families. Programs include creativity, mindfulness, expressive arts, six day journey / retreats, etc. The goal is to scale this program nationally and keep it free, to engage funders and vetrepeneurs.
Traditional treatment with veterans has a 70% failure rate. Veterans have a much higher incidence of suicide, mental health requests, divorce and PTSD than the rest of the population. This program was run last year on a budget of 38k. 
They use Individual Mentoring, Group Coaching, Expressive Arts, Nature, Mindfulness and Physical Therapy. It is veteran run and mentored by clinicians.
If you can help or be a part of the program, there is a fundraiser on 10/7 at the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club.
Newsletter September 20, 2017 Daniel Deitz 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Stuart
GREETER: Many thanks to Cindy for warmly welcoming everyone!
MEMBERS ABSENT: Booie & Bob, Caleb, Drew, Erin, Jen, Jerry, Jim M, Kevin, Lisa, Lissa, Mark, Nick, Ross, Sandy L, Sandy S.
Kudos and many thanks to our greeter, Cindy.
  • 1890 -- President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products.
  • 1945 – Hong Kong was liberated from the Japanese.
  • 1954 – Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast.
  • 1967 – US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as first black Chief Justice.
  • 1979 – US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, GA.
You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something in your life.
Winston Churchill
  • Outgoing Rotary District Governor (DG) Bill Stevens.
  • Former president of the Lyons Club in Whittingham, Debbie Cox. She works for Primerica and is a prospective (or was it new?) member. 
  • Annie Guyon (sp?), who heads the Windham County Humane Society also is a prospective new member.
  • District Governor Jon Springer and his lovely wife Mary.
  • We celebrated two birthdays by serenading Allie, whose birthday is September 4, and Tristan, whose birthday is September 5.
Valerie was the scribe today. She swapped dates with Will who be the scribe for her next week when Valerie is attending the “Catalysts for a Climate Change Economy” conference (September 6-8) in Burlington, Vermont, which was her brainchild. 
Tristan will be the scribe on September 13. Josh follows him on September 20 with Jim to follow on September 27.
You lose, LOSERS!
This person became a certified scuba diver in high school. After numerous guesses, someone got it right; Jacn was the mystery scuba diver.
Please bring any cotton or silk scraps you have to Vermont Artisans Design and give them to Greg Worden who will store them for Tristam. Tristam is collecting this material for a quilting project he is working on in conjunction with the Lakota Indians who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Someone, I think it was Josh(?), announced that there will be a fundraiser for our Club to raise money for a selected charity. “Feeding Frenzy” will take place at Elliott Street Fish and Chips on September 12. Our club will get 50% of the money spent on food at this eatery between 5:00 – 8:00 PM that evening. Help us raise money for a good cause by bringing your appetite, friends and family.
On October 1, the Club will host its second annual “Disk Golf Tourney.” Volunteers are needed to help set up and run this event. Contact person: Josh?
On September 11, the Club will host another “Trivia Night.” We currently need charity sponsors for the Trivia Nights coming up in October and November. If you have any ideas regarding prospective charity partners, or would like to help find some, please contact Sadie. Charity partners help spread the word about the event and fill three tables with event participants. They also reap half of the event’s of profit.
Deb announced that there will be a blood drive on September 6. If you haven’t signed up yet, 16 donor spots that need to be filled. If you sign up, remember to drink a lot of water before and after donating blood.
Sadie saw lots of family last week during her week away. She and John also celebrated their 2-1 anniversary. She bragged that Evie, who has sprouted into a tree. She will enter grade 6 this year and will be the big kid on her elementary school’s campus.
Cindy bragged for the the Car Show at BMH, which was a big success. Josh won the trophy.
Allie bragged that she is bringing her daughter to Skidmore.
Turner thanked Ross for taking over for Dan at the Car show. Lisa was out in San Diego at the Awards Ceremony for Real Estate Agencies, which she won! Congratulations Lisa!
Dan announced that his daughter Natalie was beginning 9th grade. He also noted that his other daughters are all in college and are a senior, junior and a sophomore.
KJ noted that there will be fundraiser on October for Rescue. See him for more information if you are interested being a member of a Rotary team.
Speaking of a different kind of rescue, KJ just became a certified member of the Brattleboro Fire Department’s Dive Team. Hats off to him and many thanks for signing up to be a critical component of our public safety team!
Notably, there will be a benefit Pancake Breakfast for the Brattleboro Fire Dept’s Dive team on ?????? (Mea culpa, I didn’t hear the date. The breakfast will be held at the West Brattleboro Fire Station. The funds raised will help the all volunteer dive team purchase the gear necessary for this public safety service.
Marcy won the Chili Contest at a recent Springfield High School boys sports team fundraiser.
Annie announced that there will be a “Walk for Animals” to benefit the Windham County Humane Society on September 23. Everyone is encouraged to participate by walking or sponsoring walkers.
Deb bragged that Sadie did a “magnificent” job acting in her recent show. She also thanked Allie for taking care of her cat, fish and garden while she was away.
Last, but not least, she gave Dan credit for charing her family when they recently visited them in Canada.
Our new District Governor (DG), was introduced by our outgoing District Governor.
Our new DG Jon Springer and his lovely wife Mary have been longtime Rotary members.
Jon’s favorite thing about his involvement with Rotary to date has been the people.  Jon is an attorney and is from the Rotary Club of Windsor. He unexpectedly ascended to DG when the next in line for the post moved to Seattle.  Unfortunately, shortly after he became DG, the Windsor Club Treasurer embezzled $13K from that Club. Thankfully, many other clubs like ours gave generously to help bail them out.He noted that to date he and his wife, Mary, have visited 44 Rotary Clubs.
ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE will be the theme under his governorship.
There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. The club’s membership is very diverse. Several months ago he asked all the President Elects of the Clubs in Vermont what their clubs’ fundraising goals were. He also asked them to send him the number of volunteer hours their clubs had contributed to their communities. Michelle sent him a list of the service projects our club has undertaken as well as how many volunteer hours our members have donated.
Our new DG estimated that we had raised over $27K over the course of the preceding year. Our volunteer hours added up to over 6,000 hours.
DG Springer asked all 60 clubs in Vermont for this information. Approximately 42 clubs responded. The total amount raised by all the clubs that responded was somewhere between $1.8 and $2 million. The total number of service projects completed was 183. The grand total of volunteer hours added up to 50,000 hours.
DG Springer noted that polio has begun to occur again in countries including our own, as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the former Congo, among others.
His goal as DG is to run an END POLIO NOW campaign. To make a splash, he plans to get an ad placed in every newspaper in Vermont about the importance of eradicating polio to raise awareness about the recurrence of polio. 
312,000 Americans were afflicted by polio in the 1920s. By 1960, polio had been wiped out in the US. Shortly, thereafter, north and South America eradicated polio as well. Rotary took the program worldwide in 1985. Since that date, Rotary has been the lead organization on the drive to stamp out the disease.For every dollar the Gates Foundation invests in the fight against polio, Rotary invests one.
Our plan is to eradicate this scourge on humanity. It will be the second disease to be ended worldwide since the termination of the small pox epidemic.
For more information and specifics on this initiative and others that our DG plans to spearhead, please see the presentation that Jon sent to all our club’s members per my request. You should find that email in your in box.
DG Springer concluded by noting that the annual Rotary District Celebration will take place June 1-3 of 2018. It will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. It will include a dinner cruise on the Ethan Allan. Some of the other activities will include a Burlington train , the kick off of the Burlington Jazz Festival, lots of other activities, and many interesting speakers. They have booked the entire hotel for the District Celebration. The cost will be $750, and covers most meals and activities. 
Our guest speaker last week was one of our club members and founders, State Representative Valerie Stuart. Valerie discussed her work as the Representative of Brattleboro’s District 1 (West Brattleboro) and focused on the last session’s highlights.
Valerie said she has been a legislator for almost eight years. She began by serving on the House Education Committee for two terms. For the past three years, she has been a member of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. She said one of the issues she is most passionate about as a Commerce Committee member is  marketing Vermont and strengthening its position as a desirable place to work, recreate and live in order to grow our population, create jobs and strengthen the state’s economy. She noted that this year the Commerce Committee’s work in this area over the past three years paid off. During another fiscally tight year, the General Assembly voted to appropriate $200,000 to continue the work the Commerce Committee worked hard to secure X years ago to create a marketing plan that would position Vermont as an innovative, pristine green state that is wonderful to work in and live. The $200,000 appropriated by the General Assembly this year will enable the State to implement the marketing plan developed by the two XXX firms that a $250,000 allocation two ??? years ago underwrote. 
Valerie noted that one reason the Vermont Chamber of Commerce endorsed the 2017 legislative session as “a success” was She said that the Democratically led legislature has worked diligently over the past three years to pass a sustainable budget that doesn’t rely on any one-time revenue and doesn’t impose any new mandates on business. both in and out of state and did so without raising any new taxes.
workforce development. She has been working on legislation designed to more effectively utilize Career and Technical Education Centers (CTEs) to prepare Vermonters for current and future job openings in Vermont and nationally.
During the last three sessions, Valerie said the legislature has worked hard to put Vermont on sounder fiscal footing. She noted that as a Commerce Committee member one of her key goals has been to ensure Vermont is marketed effectively both in- and out-of-state. Another one of her objectives is to ensure Vermonters are aware of and educationally prepared to fill the roughly 4,000 job openings in Vermont. Valerie also noted that she has worked to leverage the wealth of in-state expertise to continue to create jobs and grow companies in the renewable energy sector.
Valerie noted that she and Representative Mollie Burke have attended the Climate Economy Summit convened by the Council on Rural Development over the past few years. She added that at that summit several years ago, she came up with the idea for hosting a conference her in Vermont that would position our state nationally as a leader in renewable energy jobs that combat global climate change. That idea led to the 
that will help secure a brighter future for Vermont and all who call this great state home.
This will allow the state to begin economic development marketing for the first time. 
The Governor’s proposal to support the build-out of housing for low and middle income families was also a priority for the Vermont Chamber. The Vermont Futures Project has indicated that as we recruit more people to work here, we will need 5,000 new housing starts annually and this initiative will go a long way toward meeting that goal. While that has yet to be finalized, we are encouraged by the widespread support for the concept. 
While many tax proposals were considered and rejected, the lodging industry saw the most pressure as varying occupancy tax proposals were brought up four times. Ultimately the Legislature agreed with the Vermont Chamber and decided against levying a tax on these businesses, many of them small, family-owned properties that struggle in a very competitive and evolving marketplace. 
We instituted Act 250 permitting flexibility to allow for more growth to occur in designated areas. 
  • We removed the moratorium on tax increment financing to allow an additional six TIFs to be  created in the state.
Newsletter August 30, 2017 and remarks from July 26, 2017 meeting Valerie Stuart 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to our Greeter: Josh T! 


Next week Greeter: Cindy!




1788 NY City becomes 1st capital of US

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

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

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

1977 1st TV viewer discretion warning-Soap



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



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

9/27 - Jim Verizon

10/4 - Lissa Weinmann

10/11 - Kevin Yaher

10/18 - Ali(sa) Barry

10/25 - Marcy Caulkins


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



Ava - Debra’s Daughter

Evelyn and Debra’s other daughter - Shoshana

Debra Cox - Financial Services - Primerica

Michael Burnett, Director of the Career Center

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

Kevin Curry visiting Rotarian from Connecticut


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Michelle - speakers - Toni and Marcy are coming up. 



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

September 13 - Meeting Minutes KJ 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Shriver on Aug 30, 2017
  • I’m so sorry they are so late.  – Sandy Shriver
GREETER FOR NEXT WEEK – Cindi.  Of course that was for August 30, so hopefully she showed up and did not need a reminder. 
1891 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont
1954 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
1969 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY

“Fools are the only folk on the earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve." – Stephen King
8/30/2017              Will Shakespeare
9/6/2017                Valerie Stuart – She was not available but was looking for a substitute.  Maybe she found one already. 
9/13/2017              Tristan Toleno
9/20/2017              Josh Traeger
9/27/2017              Jim Verzino
Hosted by Kevin Yager
Sep 06, 2017
Hosted by Marcy Caulkins
Sep 13, 2017
Hosted by Toni Ciampliogne
Sep 20, 2017
GUESTS:  Anwyn Darrow, Amelia Darrow, Fred Lawrence, Josh Goldberg, Torin Kindopp, Annie Gouin. 
Birthdays –    KATYA from the Noon Club but who is shifting to our Club and becoming a member.  Welcome Katya.  She was sung to beautifully and Jim Maxwell was heard to say:  “We were exceptionally good.”  Perhaps that was because Valerie joined the singers.
Katya told us a little bit about herself.  She is German but has been in the US since 2001.  She is in the wine distribution business but also works at Renaissance Fine Jewelers on Mondays and Tuesdays.  She has been a member of the noon club since 2013.  Her rotary focus is on woman and girl projects around the world. 
CARDS –  10 of Hearts and I was the winner.  That’s right.  It pays to be the scribe.  I won $51.  I’ve been too busy spending my winnings to type up these notes but sadly the money is gone …..
Bowl of Life – Met and had dinner with Jerry West.  Toni knew who Jerry West was and correctly guessed Turner.  Good job.  That was correct.  Jerry West was a basketball play who played for the Lakers. 
Announcements ---
Tristam went to South Dakota and the Pine Ridge Reservation with Marty Cohn and came back with a solstice stick.  More info on their work was sent out recently by e-mail. 
Jim Maxwell handed out some tuber ware he had from his time at the homeless shelter. 
He also showed off some wonderful “Rotarians at Work” t-shirts that Michael Granger from Granger Real Estate in Newfane had given us.  Thank you to Michael Granger. 
Damon announced the September 14 Open house at BUHS at 6 PM where he was going to pitch the Interact Club. 
Josh announced the October 1 Disc Golf Tournament.  The noon club is in charge of grilling this year. 
Jim V. pushed the Visioning survey.  If you have not done it, fill out the thing.  It only takes 11 minutes and 30 seconds which is a lot less time than it takes to type out these damn notes. 
He is thinking about doing the visioning session on the night of October 2 or September 27.  Perhaps the notes from August 30 will have more details on this. 
Josh: September 12.  Elliot Street Fish and Chips from 5 to 8.  Be there.  50% of the revenue from meals ordered goes to our Rotary Club. 
Dan:  Talked about the plans for the other Club’s car show which happened last Saturday so that ship (car?) has already flown so I have nothing else to say about that. 
Lissa and Erin:  Talked about the new member’s project.  Debra and Cindi are involved too.  They are doing some Flat Street Revival work.  In particularly, they are working on the MILES project which is a mobile educational display.  You should go to Brattleboro IOBY to donate. 
Anwyn talked about her trip to Honduras last year.  She got a UVM award of $2,800 and worked on a sustainable garden project with Danny and Maria.  She did a seminar on agro tourism and built a garden with 15 kids from Danny’s school. 
Brags –
Turner:  Celebrating 1-52.  Very impressive.  Donated $52.  Way to go Kay- says Empress Michelle.    He also lost his cat in other sad news. 
KJ:  Saw the eclipse.  Flew to Lincoln, Nebraska.  It was ineffable. 
Damon:  Keene Interact has Mums for sale.  $7 payable to him or Aiden.  Also, they are building a barn/shed.  Also, bragged for his sons who spent the summer scanning documents in his office.  They learned the value of an education. 
Valerie:  For the River Valley School.  And for Dr, Rebecca Jones Also, she is excited for the Global Climate Conference she is going to in early September. 
Katya:  For the wonderful birthday celebration she had in Oquanent (sp?), Maine.
Guest Speaker:  Annie from the Windham County Humane Society.  She is also considering becoming a member.  She gave a great talk. 
The WCHS moved over 1,000 animals through the shelter in 2016.  They are transporting animals up from the South.  Shelters in the South have a 50% euthanasia rate. 
Locally, they are focusing on animals in low income houses.  The offer a pat care assistance program where volunteer vets provide low cost or free assistance.  They have low cost spay/neutering and do flea and tick care for cost.  They are the only shelter in Vermont with that kind of program.  Yeah WCHS. 
The average pet stay is 10 days at the Shelter. 
September 23 is the Walk for Animals.  It takes $50 of donations to participate and you get a t-shirt.  It starts at Grafton Cheese.  They will be serving blueberry haus ice cream. 
Their budget is c. $500,000 a year and 70 to 80% comes from donations.  They have a half million in an endowment. 
They are a local private non-profit on Route 30 on the way out of Brattleboro. 
Come on by and adopt a pet. 
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
August 23, 2017 Newsletter Sandy Shriver 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jon Secrest
The Great Empress Pong started her first meeting with this day in History…......  
1891- President Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington
1954- Sports Illustrated Magazine is published
1969- Second day of the Woodstock concern in NY
Quote for the day……Fools are the only folks on Earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve.  –Stephen King
Sorry, I forgot to get the attendance list.  If you were too lazy to get out of bed then for shame; if you had a good excuse, we still like you.
Some confusion here, but I think you know who you are.  In a pinch, Attorney Secrest will discuss, “How to Disinherit Your Children and Give Everything to the Cabana Boy.”  Actually, Tristam said Anwyn is speaking—I think he meant as the main speaker.  See below.
Sarah Gauthier, former Student Rotarian, now at Southern New Hampshire Univ.
Michelle Simpson, our Speaker
Jennifer Jacobs, from the Tiny House Fest, guest of Erin
Katya Matthews, almost a transferee from the noon club
Rotary car show coming up—we’re grilling.  Sign up.
Tristam:  Buy coffee.  Plus he’s flying out with Marty Cohn of noon club as the advance team for the quilting materials being donate.
Alisa:  Rotary Romp coming up!  August 28th:  run/walk/bike at 5:30, then everyone can meet at Marina for drinks and food around 6:30, to counter any calories burned.  Some discussion about whether the dude who is blocking part of the trail in a legal dispute would ruin the Romp, but Dan pointed out that none of us will get that far.  (But Damon and Sadie might).
Kevin:  Fines for no pins.  Also, he’s leading a “Rotary Cares” segment on BCTV in conjunction with noon club, to start in September.  Great idea!  Free PR for the clubs to promote Rotary, and will feature speakers from the clubs.  Half-hour shows, LIVE!  No pressure.
Jim:  You should be getting an online (non-anonymous) survey which you should really complete, to start the club’s visioning process.
Me:  My colleague Amelia Darrow’s daughter (Anwyn?) just got back from spending the summer at our Honduras project, and will be here next week to talk about it. 
Damon:  the first meeting was had with the principal and others to strategize about starting our Interact club at the high school this fall.
Damon also:  Presented a Paul Harris scholarship to . . . Empress Pong!  She actually teared up, because in the 60 years she’s been in Rotary, this is her first.  Yay!
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
CARDS:  No winner, losers.
This Rotarian owned a restaurant and bakery in Dover:  Toni!  Now she continues to deal with other people’s money but gets more sleep.
KJ: Was in Canada visiting family.  He forgot the real purpose was for a wedding, but fortunately he evidently packs a spare suit on all trips. Also Rescue is selling raffle tickets again for a Subaru. $20 apiece or 5 for $100, great deal, drawing is in October.  Ed actually won this last year by buying almost all the tickets.
Lisa: Thanks to Michelle and her daughter Caroline for providing fashion advice to Lisa to help make her presentable for photos she needs to take—she won a huge national award as a top travel agent.  Use her, she’s clearly good.  And now well-dressed (sartorially savvy!).
Erin: for Jennifer Jacobs, present at our meeting.  Jennifer is running volunteer efforts for the Tiny Housefest.  Sign up, it’s coming in just over a week.  Limited tickets for the education tent, which includes local and national speakers.
Val: She met Jennifer Jacob’s father!  Except it turns out it was the father of the other Jennifer Jacobs.  She went on to describe him anyway—he’s a great guy who moved to the area.  Also, kudos to Lyssa who got the $150,000 grant.  Also, she had two great weeks in France and Germany with daughter Lieutenant Lauren and Lauren’s boyfriend, a Captain (Von Trapp?) Lauren has two more years there.  Val et al rented an awesome place in Brittany, France.  (Vive le Bretagne, ou tous les fermiers sont bien populaires avec des vaches!).  (Your scribe was a French major). 
Nick: Bragged for Kevin and KVT organizing a really cool visit to the Patriots practice, where Nick took his son.  They had perfect seats among 20,000 fans.
GUEST SPEAKERS:    Michelle Simpson was our guest speaker today.  She’s the Exec Director of Oak Meadow, now an anchor tenant of the Brooks House, but still has a presence in the Cotton Mill where they started.  Publishes homeschooling materials nationwide and has a local school without doors. 
But she was here today as volunteer head of the Brattleboro Downtown Alliance, formerly Building a Better Brattleboro.  They are a communications hub.  They do lots—run the downtown lighting, supervise the flowers that Dick DeGray tends daily, and keep the town’s best event calendar, at Brattleboro.com.
They work with merchants between the coop and the courthouse.  When Tiny House Fest reached out to them, they recommended that the festival not bring in out-of-town vendors, and the local businesses were swamped with business.
Focused on economic development.  Have been doing Facebook marketing to towns and cities in Massachusetts and New York to draw visitors.
Started the successful February Brattleboro Pub Crawl (a vocal “Huzzah” from Josh was heard).  In the second year attendance was up 30 percent even though it was a blizzard.   Typical of the mission of People, Profit, Planet.
They did the popular Golden Ticket parking promotion, to educate the public that the parking situation isn’t bad and folks should come.
They are working on getting lots of grants.
Working with the police on the panhandling issue.
The Board meets the second Monday of the month at noon; public welcome.
Val said there should be free parking, and Michelle said ask Peter Elwell, he has persuasive reasons why not.
I asked about how to judge efficacy of online marketing.  Michelle says they can tell who clicks on what, like someone then going to Brattleboro.com, but no great way of telling how many people then actually come.
Have a great week, and don’t go blind staring at the eclipse.
August 16, 2017 Jon Secrest 2017-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Our newest Paul Harris Fellows 2017-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Rosenzweig on Aug 15, 2017
Thank you to Jen Moyse for being our greeter this morning.
Jim Verzino was the speaker for this week, hosted by Josh Traeger.
Jon Secrest introduced his progeny Alexis Secrest as well as Phil Steckler, classification  - noontime rotarian, and prospective Sunrise Rotarian to great applause. Phil is a business broker and a local dignity. Erin O’Keefe introduced Jocelyn Roderick, an SIT graduate and budding entrepreneur, working on a mobile coffee shack.
Jon Secrest then introduced Jill and her daughter Mesa who fled our club and we miss her dearly.
Josh Traeger introduced John, a former student rotarian, and phenomenal disc player
Debra introduced her progeny, Ava and Shoshana.
Josh’s birthday is on Tuesday 8/15!
The birthday singers crooned beautifully and he was happy.
Rotary anniversaries :
Cindy and Lisa celebrated one year this week. Will has 16 years. Ali and Sandy Ladd and Kevin are all at 22 years!!
Debra won the pot and didn't notice. She gave it to Ava and Shoshana for their college funds.
Bowl of Life:
 “I was a judge at a children’s beauty contest in Atlantic City.”
Jon Secrest guessed Diane, the 1986 Winter Carnival Queen, who guessed Turner, who guessed Sadie, who guessed Caleb, who guessed Mark who guessed Jon again who guessed Dan Deitz. Finally we found out it was Cindy.
Dan Deitz – Sunrise Rotary is cooking at a car show on 8/26, a fundraiser for the club, he needs volunteers as he wont be in the country. It will be at the BUHS parking lot, on Saturday at lunch time
Sandy – Description of Trivia night. Trivia night is always the 2nd Monday of the month, coming up on 9/11 this year, Charity partners each month recruit members and players and they benefit from the admissions, We raise $200-$300 per month, per event!
Ross is question master, KJ is emcee. Sandy needs two volunteers to proofread the questions for Ross.
We need to replace Amelia Farnum for PR, Lissa Weinman agreed to take over.
Ali –  announced about the first rotary romp of the summer, scheduled for 8/28 It will be so much fun. Get a little exercise at your own pace, and a social at the marina after that hour of exercise. Josh requests that it gets put on Band App, Ali said to ask a younger person.
Toni – got the first gift certificate for the dinner raffle, from the Marina, she needs more restaurants
Josh – Disc golf tournament is 10/1, a meeting was scheduled for after the meeting this morning, let Josh know if you would like to be on the committee,
Jim – 50 questions, monkey survey
Dan – Blood Drive 9/6. Please put up posters and sign up to give if you can.
Jen Moyse – She bragged $17 because it is the tradition to do a dollar for each year you are married! Jen and her husband Josh celebrated this past Saturday by going to a softball team reunion. Very romantic. She said, $17 doesn't even begin to cover it. Aw.
Damon  – They went to Saskatchewan, and Katherine and he went to a reunion from the 1980’s, they missed their flight to Winnipeg because Toyota Rad 4’s get stolen and he wanted to keep his.
Marcy – Her 1-19 is coming up and she has been loving the weather and she is tasting October…
Kevin – one dollar for WKTV’s Latchis Event tomorrow. They will be there from 6am-6pm, for every $10 you give, it will be converted to a bag of groceries for Groundworks Collaborative.
If you will be around to help out, their goal is to fill all 750 seats of the Latchis with grocery bags.
If you can help that would be awesome.
Erin – TINY HOUSE FEST is 25 days away. Pre sale tickets available and posters to put up. Luau is on noon at Saturday 8/26 and everyone is invited. It is an amazing event. She will post on club runner and everyone is invited.
Turner – Jill being here is a delight. For the next 4 nights he is singing at the Yankee male chorus. 730 pm. Please come.
Lissa – We got the big NEH grant, peoples places and words and the history of words in Brattleboro VT and the opening thing is the mobile literary exhibition space called MILES
Great thing for the town. Milesbrattleboroioby Site and make a donation
Ali – looking for a dishwasher for 3 hours a day at the Butcher shop
Sadie – NEYT Twelth Night, Table Manners with Sadie in West Chesterfield and one more. Lots of theater out there to support.
Jill – left a little over a year ago, welcoming visitors. They are doing well. Mesa has just turned two. Selling olive oil at the coop.
Empress Michelle – Lisa put together her parent’s cruise, was very involved and caretaking of Michelle’s typically driving parents. And her daughter Caroline made Law Review!!
Damon – last gasping act of his presidency, Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Josh Traeger! Paul Harris Fellows are not strictly Rotarian, can be earned by anyone donating $1000 to the fund but it is probably based on merit too? Josh deserves it.
Our Speaker:
Jim Verzino –– Windham Grows. Josh is on the steering committee. It is a food and agriculture business accelerator. They take existing food businesses and help them grow. Jocelyn Roderick, a guest today, has a brewed coffee business idea, could be in it if she were working in the business full time. It is basically a jobs program. The goal is to replace all 600 jobs lost from the Vermont Yankee shutdown. It is a 9 month program – teaching, Sell globally. Spend locally.
Because the pie of money doesn't grow if we only sell to each other. It is a great place to start but the value of Made in Vermont is huge.  Jim knows a Virginian who comes up here and slaps the made in VT label on her product, maple popcorn.
3 legs of the stool: – a rigorous 9 month curriculum, social support and individual consulting.
All part of Strolling of the Heifers, trying to give a place so that young people don't have to leave VT to start a business. Provide access to capital, mentors and markets.
First year of graduates are coming out now, Good Body products, True North granola, Whetstone Station Brewery, Tavernier Chocolates, Sweet Basil Food Company, Restless Rooster, and Wonderland Yarns.
Entrepreneurship, starting your own business, basically requires the opposite skills we are taught in school.
In school, the authority figure says deliver me this and you will be rewarded.
In entrepreneurship, you have to figure that all out on your own.
No infrastructure for teaching that. As a result, programs like this are springing up all over the country, being funded by larger companies or venture capital firms.
But no space for someone like a Jocelyn who is just getting out of the gate, starting at the Farmer’s Market and all the hundreds of people starting together.
Career centers are set at this date in high schools. Ross teaches an amazing Visioning course.
Good Questions – Where does the funding come from?
USDA grant, Vermont Yankee settlement funds, and two others.
What is the follow up / accountability?
Employee count is the metric, is tracked for 9 years after the program ends.
Empress Michelle ends the meeting with the 4 way test.
August 9, 2017 Newsletter Debra Rosenzweig 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Aug 02, 2017
Empress Pong started the meeting with this day in History…......  
1790- 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves. Today there is over 325 million in the US.
1819- First parachute jump from a balloon in the US.
1875- First roller skating rink opens (in London)
1990- US President George H W Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia
Quote for the day……”There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” Stephen King
Sadie very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Ross is going to be at the door with a smile to say good morning.
Linda Torunski- former member visiting from New Orleans
John Kohler– Nooner
Katja- Nooner and possible convert
Camille & Paul Peter- visiting Rotarian from Virginia Beach, VA
Chad Reilly- Jacques son
  1. Board Meeting tomorrow morning 7:15 am at WKVT.….all are welcome.
  2. Sadie- passed around a list in hopes to accurately capture the amount of community service hours we put in for the club. YTD total  23.5 hours.
  3. Tristan & Sadie…our new parking police gently reminded all members that if a spot is posted for state employees only and you are not a state employee please don’t park there. Michelle mentioned that fines and public shaming will be enforced going forward in case anyone plans on parking in those spots!!
  4. Jim V- Foundation Chair, received notice of a district grant available for our club up to $2500 (matching). However the application is due by August 15th so if you have a plan…. JOSH, talk to Jim soon!
  5. Josh- Sunday October 1st will be our 2nd annual Disc Golf Tournament, need committee help with event. Side note- a brag for Rob Spilza who donated 20 discs (from his personal stash) to the park for campers to play on the course.
  6. John Kohler- put out information about material donations for quilt making for the Pine Ridge Reservation. Collection has started and if you have anything to donate you can bring it to Vt Artisan Designs on Main St. Also as a side note the noon clubs proceeds from the Disc Golf tournament are going to Pine Ridge.
  7. Paul- visiting Rotarian from VA mentioned he went to a very moving church service this past Sunday in Brattleboro and was very moved by a display from kids from Israel. Rev Canon Nicholas Porter is the director for Jerusalem Peacekeepers and he thought these kids would make excellent Peace Scholars for Rotary.
  8. Debra- her and Ali will be spending some time at the Rotary garden if anyone wants to join them (guess this newsletter will be a little too late for that). Also a sign-up sheet for our 2nd blood drive on September 6th was circulated. The 8-9 am slots were blocked off for Rotarians.
  9. Jacques- had a free Rotary guide that she picked up in Hillsborough and thought it maybe a god idea for our club to pursue.
BIRTHDAYS: Marcy was serenaded by our very own Sunrise crooners.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Jim Verzino joined our Rotary club 2 years ago...time flies!!
CARDS:  King of Diamonds..… and the winner is ~  YOU LOSE LOSERS!!!!
This Rotarian’s family member was a first round draft pick for the NY GIANTS in the very first NFL draft!!!…..Kevin was picked to go first and he guessed Doc Bob who wasn’t there so he guessed Lisa ( a New Yorker and Giant fan) who guessed Jim Verzino (another New Yorker) who guessed Nick who guessed Ross who correctly guessed Turner….so Art Pappy Lewis from Ohio University was ninth overall for the first NFL Draft in 1936.
Bethany: Had 3 brags…first for Santiago, the exchange student that spent last year with them. He came for a visit and has is spending a month with them. 2nd for KJ the great Rock Voices Choir they all went to on Friday night which prompted a possible fundraiser of karaoke with Ali. 3rd brag was for Jessica’s Closet a non-profit in Wilmington that rents out designer dresses for various special events. They had their Blueberry Ball fundraiser this past weekend.
Nick: Bragged for his daughter sweet Caroline who just turned 3 recently . He also bragged for the crazy Red Sox’s game last night and for their incredible week spent in Maine.
Turner: Bragged for the play he wet saw Sadie performing in …Table Manners….spectacular. Also Turner will e performing in the Yankee Male Chorus 4 nights in a row. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week.  The Wednesday show will be at the First Congregational Church in West B at 7:30pm. He will give us more info on the remaining dates next week.
Cindy: Bragged for her husband and Yankee frugality. He has been driving his 1999 Chevy Silverado for 18 years, it had 357k miles on it and he refused to replace it until it broke down recently. Finally bought a new truck and Cindy said it’s like watching Rip Van Winkle wake up to technology.
Jacques: Bragged for son Chad being home from college. He was part of the Keene Interact Club and went to El Salvador twice, it was his involvement n Rotary that made her want to join the club….Thanks Chad!!
Jim V: Bragged for the business pitch competition going on today at 3pm at the River Garden. A group of investors on motorcycles will ride into Brattleboro to hear business pitches and award prizes. Public is welcome.
Ross: Bragged for Kevin O’Keefe’s 15th year putting Circus Minimums. Pours his heart and soul into and continues to build the kids confidence and self-assurance.
Jon - Bragged for all the community support that NECCA rec’d in the past weeks that helped it survive the bad leadership that almost ended the school. Wanted to thank Peter and Dan from BS&L for being integral to the behind the scenes help that made the school staying open possible. It also wouldn’t have been possible without the community that rallied around them and showed their love for the organization.
Sadie: Bragged a $1 for each member that serves on a non-profit board.
Kevin: Was not here last week because Ginnie’s mother passed away after a 6-7 year battle with colon cancer. He bragged for the hospice workers who are very special people and for Ginnie for keeping her father together. His message was GET SCREENED because things like this can be caught early and treated!! His second brag was that he managed to fill up his car for $1.35 last week after using his Price Chopper Advantage Card points…..that must be some grocery bill!!
Jeff: Bragged a $1 for his very astute 12 year old daughter. She was looking through his new member packet and found the red ribbon that attaches to the name badge stating he is a new member…so we can take the time to introduce ourselves to him (hint, hint). Anyway, she pulled out the ribbon and look dad you came in second place!!
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Tristan Toleno       Farm to Table Apprenticeship
In 2015, Strolling of the Heifers organized its first Farm-to-Table Apprenticeship Program, which recruited, trained, and placed 11 formerly unemployed or underemployed people into permanent, full-time employment in the culinary field.  They are currently in their 3rd season.
This program is designed to tackle several significant:
  • Underemployment in the region among certain population sectors
  • A shortage of adequately trained workers for the region’s food production enterprises, restaurants and institutional kitchens
  • Other economic factors including an aging population, a lack of in-migration by younger people, and a tight housing market with high rents.
The Program is designed to have a positive impact on the region’s economic challenges, simultaneously raising family incomes in the target groups, improving the regional economy, and boosting growth in the farm/food business sector, a key component targeted for growth in the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
The Apprenticeship Program addresses these issues through a comprehensive training and apprenticeship program that enabled motivated individuals to learn food-related skills, gain knowledge about food production, food safety, the regional food system, and the value of locally sourced food, in a classroom and kitchen laboratory setting. They are then placed in internships at local food establishments for on-the-job experience, and receive further coaching and follow-up. The program provides permanent job placement for trainees who successfully complete the program; and by solving the workforce problem of local food enterprises, it helps build a stronger local food-related economy.
The program begins with three weeks of classroom and kitchen lab. Classroom/lab topics include:
  • Food processing skills: basic food preparation, knife safety and techniques, kitchen safety, commercial dishwashing, culinary math skills, customer etiquette, nutrition, plating and presentation, expediting, minimizing food wastage
  • Exposure to higher level concepts such as inventory and cost control, management
  • Commercial food basics: sanitation, cooking science, nutrition information, sourcing
  • Understanding the nature of the local food system and the value of maximizing use of local food
  • Job readiness skills: timeliness, cleanliness, grooming and appropriate dress, personal finance, time management, being supervised, resume building
After the classroom component, participants spend 9 weeks in internships at one of the internship host locations, which include local restaurants, food producers, or institutional kitchens, 4 days per week, 7 hour shifts. On the 5th day of each week, they return to classroom and kitchen lab for additional knowledge and skills training, and to review as a group their work at the internship host locations.  Participants are monitored by the job coaches who touched base frequently during both the classroom and internship periods.
Outcomes: We set the following goals for desired outcomes as part of planning and fundraising for the program.
(a) The training and internships in this program result in permanent paid positions. All internships are pre-arranged such that if the participant successfully completes the program, the internship automatically converts into a permanent job.
(b) The internship and subsequent employment create references for use with future potential employers.
(c) Participants gain highly desirable skill sets, increased knowledge and understanding, and improved confidence in their ability to be gainfully employed.
(d) The participants become more financially independent, by means of earning higher wages and having more permanent employment.
(e) Participants gain enough skills, knowledge and motivation to potentially enable them to launch independent business enterprises.
(f) An workforce with better food-related skills and knowledge will enable more food-related enterprises to be launched and to thrive.
(g) Farmers and other enterprises will benefit from the increased use of locally-sourced foods.
(h) Our goal is that 95% of participants who start program will complete it and receive job placements.
(i) This will be regarded as an exemplary program that can be used as a model for implementation in other communities.
August 2, 2017 Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
President Michelle Pong called the meeting to order at 7:15am
Members Present:  Caleb Atwood, Ali Barry, Marcy Caulkins, Toni Ciampaglione, Daniel Deitz, Cindy Delgatto, Ed Dews, Jeff Dunklee, Sadie Fischesser, Lisa Fitzgerald, Ross Gibson, Diane Hashagen, Drew Hazelton, Tristam Johnson, Kris Johnston, Damon Kindopp, Staci Leffel, Turner Lewis, Bethany Martin, Jim Maxwell, Jen Moyse, Erin Maile O’Keefe, Michelle Pong, Jason Postern, Jacques Reilly, Debra Rosenzweig, Jon Secrest, Will Shakespeare, Sandy Shriver, Valerie Stuart, Tristan Toledo, Josh Traeger, Jim Verzino
Thank you to Bethany Martin, our greeter.  Sadie will greet next week.
This Day In History:
1775 - US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin
1788 - New York becomes 11th state to ratify US constitution
1993 - Mars Observer takes 1st photo of Mars, from 5 billion km
Quote:  You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… Do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt
Jen is scribing for Erin today.  The following members will scribe on… 
8/2/17 Jason Posternak
8/9/17 Debra Rosenzweig
8/16/17 Jon Secrest
Upcoming Speakers…
Tristan Toleno will host our speaker next week 8/2/17.
Josh Traeger will host Jim Verzino as speaker on 8/9/17.
Jim Verzino will host Michelle Simpson of Windham Grows on 8/16/17.
Valerie Stuart is today’s speaker.
We celebrated Debra Rosenzweig’s birthday today.
The following guests were introduced:
-Katia from the noon Rotary club
-Amber Round of Richard’s Insurance
-Staci Leffel and Bethany Martin, soon to not be guests in addition to Jeff Dunklee, a dairy farmer and Vernon select board member.
Today we inducted new club members Staci Leffel, Bethany Martin, and Jeff Dunklee.  Staci told us she joined the club because she telecommutes for work and wanted the opportunity to meet people in the community and enjoys coming despite not liking to wake early.  Bethany Martin is a 19 year old attending Franklin Pierce College who was a  student rotarian and loved the club so much she wanted to come back.  Jeff Dunklee is a self-employed dairy farmer from South Vernon who’s also on the town planning commission and the Vernon town select board.  He believes in serving our communities and this gives him a chance to do so.
Cards:  $25 to the winning card - Jack of spades - no winner.  You lose losers!
Bowl of life:  Rode a mechanical bull at Tequila Cowboy in Nashville.  Ali guessed KJ, who guessed Marcy, who guessed Jim Maxwell, who guessed Drew, who guessed Diane, who guessed Toni - yes it was Toni.
“There was not much alcohol involved.  We went to Nashville- my daughter Kyle and my sisters and family.  We had to talk Kyle into it.  I had to ride it first.  I made it 4 or 5 seconds.  They tell you not to hold it with your dominant hand which doesn’t sound like a solid plan, but…” Toni told us.
Valerie collected her things left at Turner’s - lipstick, argan oil and handkerchief.
Sadie:  Community service hours are being recorded on the sheet that’s going around.  Examples include work on the visioning process, making up new member packets, typing the notes - all yes.  Not social events like drinking with rotary members (not so much…)
Jim Verzino:  The Visioning process will happen on a Wednesday night mid-September to mid/late-October.  At least 15 people are needed.  (5-9pm on a Wednesday)
Sadie has a really good life that’s why she brags so much
   - Evie’s new haircut
    -Sandy and Diane hosted at their house dinner before Mother Courage.  They then all attended the play Mother Courage, featuring Jim Maxwell.  The Apron theater company does incredible work.
    -Also, at Actors theater playhouse the next four weekends - Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn featuring Sadie! An interesting play about family wars.
Valerie had a bad year, losing many people in her inner circle and now her niece Paige Stuart has Dengue fever in Thailand.  Please say a prayer for Paige.
     -Also, their daughter, a second lieutenant, made it home from
     -She and John will be traveling to Brittany with three couples for their 60th birthday  and a much needed vacation.
Jim Maxwell mad a $10 brag for Rotarians who came to support him in Mother Courage.  It’s a challenging play with depth, richness and tough themes.  Brecht was a genius and what Apron Theater does for community theater is amazing - great plays that big theaters can’t put on because they’re too expensive.  Regional theaters can’t afford to do a play with 9 or 10 actors.  And it’s hard to cultivate an audience.  Theater stimulates the brain and the heart.
Debra turned 50 this week.  She realized her dream of riding her bike through the lavender fields of Provence.  Dan and Debra were able to do this together because Dan’s sister lives in Provence.  They also went to Paris.  It was a dream come true.
KJ bragged for Jim Maxwell’s play and Sandy hosting dinner.  Also,  Rescue Inc raffle tickets are available through him. The drawing is in October. KJ also has 2 free tickets to the Rock Voices show at BUHS (Diane is singing in it). Friday at 7pm.  You can go with KJ.  The concert features 80’s music.  It’s really cool and fun and KJ would love to have dinner before hand.
Sandy bragged for Lissa Weinmann and John Loggia and their event at 118 Elliot St. on Saturday, an informal ping pong tournament, featuring food by Tito’s Tacos and music.  6pm registration, 6:30 tournament.  The event is to help raise funds for 118, which heavily subsidizes the arts and community events held there.  These funds help cover the costs.  $15 donation per player.
Marcy bragged for her daughter Roan who’s swimming again this summer.  They had a meet in Bennington last night.  Roan swam the Individual Medley and took 11 secs off her time.  Their relay team swam in a mixed relay and placed second.
Valerie bragged Happy birthday Lissa Weinmann.  
Ed bought 6 bags of coffee from Tristam’s coffee project and gave them out to club members.
Michelle bragged for Lisa Fitzgerald who attended the Burlington Brew Fest with her last weekend - a great time was had by all.
Michelle proposed a fine for Jim Verzino who was on the front page of The Commons newspaper.  For new members, if you catch a fellow rotarian being featured in the media you are encouraged to solicit fines from those members.  It has to be a picture in the paper though, a mention of the radio (not advertisements)
Valerie Stuart, our speaker, gave an update on her work in the legislature this year.
She is on the Education and Commerce committees.  Education, workforce development and economic development are the top problems for our area.  She believes everything else will work itself out if we can solve these problems.
*I will post Valerie Stuart's remarks in a separate post.  She is writing out her remarks for us*
Jim Maxwell thanked Valerie for her energy and activism.  Although our population is aging it is an energetic and active population.
Jim Verzino said education and commerce are not sexy (except for you Valerie).  He thought it would be nice to see the inclusion of adult education with regards to the Career Pathways Coordinator.  
Valerie responded that adult education is very important and poverty is another important issue.  The Micro-business Development Program will help provide the resources and possibly the capital help with economic growth. The Community Action Agencies were granted the authority and ability to help adults with financial education and training.
The state did green light $200,000 to promote Vermont and the ability to live here.
Poverty awareness day is about lifting people out of poverty.  We have a shrinking middle-class and a burgeoning underclass. 
Sadie pointed out that the Community Action agency in our area is SEVCA.  She also commented that the Agency of Education employment structure is such that pay grades are lower than any other state agency.  They also have the lowest job satisfaction rating.
Valerie responded that Rebecca Holcombe, the Vermont State Secretary of Education, and her assistant care deeply.  The help to write the legislative language.  They are hard-working and passionate and we’re lucky to have them.
Sadie asked how much telecommuting comes up as a topic in economic development.  She noted that within our state we don’t even allow for telecommuting from Waterbuy to Bennington.
Valerie responded that broadband challenges as well as the digital economy make it difficult, but the commerce committee is aware.  They also feel the transportation challenges and the housing stock are challenges to moving to Vermont.
Thanks Valerie and all for your input.
Happy Rotary anniversary to Drew Hazelton for three years and to Bouie for 14 years.
We closed the meeting with the 4-way test.
July 26, 2017 Meeting Minutes Jen Moyse 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erin Maile O'Keefe on Jul 19, 2017

Rotary Notes 7/19/2017

Empress Pong residing

This Day in History:

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

Quote of the day:

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


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


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


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


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

Club Announcements:

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


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


Alex Wilson

“The Magic of Bhutan”

Slide show by Alex & Jerelyn Wilson


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


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


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


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

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

Facts about Bhutanese buildings:

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

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

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

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


Thank you!

Rotary Minutes 7/19/2017 Erin Maile O'Keefe 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Maxwell on Jul 13, 2017
Sunrise Rotary
Minutes of meeting July 11, 2017
  1. We have cards for Amelia and for Sandy Ladd, circulating for signature.
  2. Guests Nick Shakespeare, our speaker today; Jeff Dudley and Josh from the Vernon Selectboard; Bill Stevens
  3. No birthdays.  Anniversaries:  Booie Fagelson, 14 years; Jen Moyse, 3 years
  4. Card was the 3 of Hearts, and we’re all losers
  5. Bowl of Life:  Todd Murchison, 30 hours toward pilot license
  6. Announcements
    1. Jen Moyse gets a scholarship, she’s going to nursing school
    2. We have a thank-you from Maria, our Honduras contact for coffee scholarships
    3. Bill presents Damon with certificate for his service as president
    4. Several other thank-you’s from among others Samantha Lynch, the Haiti orphanage, BMH (for Touch A Truck), HCRS (for the golf tournament)
  7. Brags
    1. Evelyn touts the NEYT musical Drowsy Chaperone
    2. Sadie brags Evelyn’s summer camp
    3. Jim brags Mother Courage at the Next Stage in Putney
    4. Erin brags the Vermont Performance Lab presentation this weekend, also developments in the “tiny house” festival and a new feature, “Pebl Bike” (sp?)
    5. Jim V. brags Sadie’s acceptance of an exhausted but intrepid dog that made it back to Brattleboro from Grafton or something like that, and can now stay w/ Sadie’s tenant
    6. Damon, about the passing of the hamster and the life lesson for Torin (sp?); also an excellent time in the Jr Olympics for his other son (I just don’t get all these names in here do I?)
    7. Allie, 2 years since she fell and now finally back to running, those fabulous endorphins
    8. Toni brags Allie as new service chair; also Elana Baron’s engagement
    9. Josh brags the 8-person table a la clown car; also, the members that bring in new members should be mentor
    10. Tristam backpacked the White Mountain “Huts” trail, posh
    11. Lissa, Jerusalem Peacebuilders are here every year, see film at 118 Elliot, July 27, and this year a hopeful co-existence example with group of Israelis and Iraqis joining together, and the great work of the World Affairs Council
  1. Speaker was the very talented and personable Nick Shakespeare, talking about and illustrating w/ examples his very successful storyboard career and a fabulous comic he has laboriously, lovingly, created over the past several years.  Lissa likes the shows he has drawn for.  Jim
July 12th Newsletter Jim Maxwell 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Ciampaglione on Jul 06, 2017
Empress Pong started her first meeting with this day in History…......  
1865- US Secret Service begins operations under the Treasury Department.
1643- First recorded tornado in the US was in Essex, MA.
1841- Thomas Cook opens the first travel agency.
Quote for the day……Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi
Josh very warmly greeted us this morning and next week Will is going to be at the door with a smile  to say good morning.
Bob Spencer- guest speaker
Jeff Dunklee - prospective member
Staci (no last name given) - prospective member
Kevin- visiting Rotarian from CT
Allie & Sarah – from the Family Garden
  1. Allie & Sarah – from the Family Garden are looking for help with some projects. Painting a porch before the end of the summer. Ross volunteered to be project leader for the club and will try to organize a work crew of 6 to 8 people to help out….More details to come!!
  2. Marcy presented Damon with his Past President plaque and pin. Thank you for a great year Damon, now you can relax and heckle from the group like everyone else.  
  3. Thursday 7/6/17 is a board at 7:15 am at WKVT….all are welcome.
BIRTHDAYS: No Birthdays today
ANNIVERSARIES:   Jen Moyse joined Rotary 3 years ago...time flies!!
CARDS:  6 of Diamonds..… and the winner is ~  YOU LOSE LOSERS!!!!
This Rotarian spent a winter in Jackson Hole, WY boarding and bartending at the Alpenhof…..Jason was picked to go first and he guessed Will who guessed Josh who guessed me of all people who guessed KJ who guessed Sadie who guessed Drew>>> Ross>>> Jim M>>> Deborah>>>Lisa>>> Dan who finally guessed Nick….wow that was a money maker!!
KJ: Has a request…. A friend is looking for a place to store an airstream for the winter, preferably inside. Contact him if you have something available. Also Rescue is selling raffle tickets again for a Subaru. $20 apiece or 5 for $100, great deal, drawing is in October.
Jim M: His jury duty has been put off from July to September….must be a slow time for the courts. He’ll be in good company with Sadie.
Marcy: Bragged a $1 for everyone who remembered that it was Wednesday and made it the meeting.
Ali: Bragged for our new President Michelle and for the fireworks last night, had fun with Sadie, Da and Deborah.
Dan: Bragged for surviving having his 2 grandkids for a week, he even brought them to changeover. Married off his daughter a few weeks back and watched the kids while they were away on honeymoon.
Val: Bragged for her birthday celebration out in California with her father, son and sister who live out there. Lots of family celebrating a big birthday. She also wanted to brag for the “passing of the old guard” , Chuck Cummings and Barbara Smith were both friends who truly embodied the sense of community that is Vermont. She also wanted to brag for Turner hosting the changeover, great time.
Will: Reminder that next week his son Nick will be our guest speaker presenting on graphic design and storyboard artistry.  
Damon- Bragged for all the Tough Mudders in the room. Caleb and Jacques were on his team and completed their first TM event (and maybe last).They had 16 people on his teams ranging from 16 to 63…long day. Nick also participated in his first TM at Mt Snow, Toni completed her 4th TM and Damon his 5th…he is already signed up for next year!!
Michelle: Bragged for the clubs new officers and wanted to thank everyone for stepping up this year as we had a lot of turnover. Also bragged for meeting a bunch of Chris’s niece’s and nephew’s this past weekend and becoming the most FAVORITE AUNT EVER!!! She was well armed with 250 water balloons, fireworks and sidewalk chalk and she was happy to report everyone left with all their fingers and toes intact.
 Before our Guest Speaker took the podium Sandy Shriver stood and fined himself as he had numerous people turn him down for his speaker spot so he finally had to texted Michelle looking for help ……actually I think he texted her “I suck” but my notes may be off.
GUEST SPEAKERS:       Bob Spencer Executive Director from Windham Solid Waste Management was our guest speaker today.
The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) was formed in 1988.  At that time, only eight towns were members of the District. These towns cooperatively managed a 30 acre landfill.
In 1995, federally mandated landfill operation regulations forced WSWMD to seek alternative landfill sites or an alternative to landfill disposal. After much debate, WSWMD opted to get out of the landfill business and start recycling
"The Windham Solid Waste Management District's (WSWMD) mission is to provide solid waste education, recycling management, and disposal services for its member's towns and other entities as the need arises." This means the WSWMD is responsible for providing public education programs on all aspects of solid waste and hazardous waste management to member communities, and collection and diversion services for all wastes banned from Vermont landfills. In 1995, the WSWMD adopted the following goal: "each item of waste generated within the District (should) be directed to the highest level of the solid waste management hierarchy as is possible." 
The WSWMD's headquarters are based on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, Vermont where it maintains the following:
• a 30 acre closed landfill that was among the first in the nation to use its methane gas to generate electricity 
• a compost facility
• a transfer station that accepts non-recyclable solid waste  (often called Municipal Solid Waste, or MSW), and construction and demolition (C&D) debris 
• a drop-off facility (recycling drop-off center) for paper, cardboard, commingled containers, waste oil, tires, batteries, textiles, white goods, metal, books, computers and other electronic waste, compostable material, and yard waste
• a Swap Shop for reusable items
Since 1994, WSWMD has operated a materials recovery facility, or MRF, to sort, bale, and market recyclable materials collected from member towns, as well as from “out-of-district” towns. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 8, 2016, the Board voted to cease operation of the MRF at of the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2017.
The decision to close the MRF was controversial, but has been carefully studied by District staff and Board members for the past two years as single-stream recycling has become increasingly popular with trash haulers, and the towns they serve. This is due to the fact that all recyclable materials can be put in one container, and collected with conventional trash trucks rather than special trucks with two compartments; one for paper/cardboard, and the other for bottles and cans. This results in lower collection costs for recyclables as mandated by Vermont’s Act 148 (For more information, (see Vermont's Universal Recycling Law, Act 148).
On Tuesday, December 6, the Brattleboro Selectboard voted to switch to single stream recycling, diverting over 20% of the total tons of recycling processed at the District’s dual stream MRF to Casella’s single stream MRF in Rutland, Vermont.  Due to the fixed costs of operating the District’s MRF, and the loss of revenue associated with the diverted recyclables, the economic viability of the District’s MRF is greatly reduced, and therefore the Board of Supervisors voted 13 to 10 to close the facility.
By the end of June, the District removed recycling roll-off boxes from transfer stations in Dover, Jamaica, Readsboro, Townshend, Wardsboro, Whitingham, and Wilmington. The 24-7 recycling roll-off containers was also removed from Brattleboro’s Fairground Road, Brookline, Dummerston, Halifax, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Vernon, and Westminster. Recycling containers will still be available for use by District residents at the recycling convenience center at Old Ferry Road.
District residents can purchase a sticker for just $25 per year to use the District’s convenience center for trash and construction & demolition debris disposal. WSWMD will continue to operate its transfer station and recycling convenience center at Old Ferry Road, as well as the swap shop, and food and yard waste composting facility. The District is also required by state law to provide other solid waste recycling services: household hazardous waste collection; recycling education for residents, schools, and businesses.
Another priority is to expand the District’s food and yard waste composting facility to serve a growing number of businesses, schools, and residents in accordance with Act 148 mandates.  It is possible that the District will develop a food waste methane anaerobic digester that would generate electricity, replacing the closed landfill’s diminishing supply of methane gas.
July 5th Newsletter Toni Ciampaglione 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes - 6/21/2017


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

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

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


This Day in History:


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


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


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


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



Robin Rieske - guest speaker from Department of Health

Josh Goldberg - prospective member

Mike Burnett - prospective member (career center)

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

Mike Mandrachia - noon club

Stacy Leffel - prospective member


No birthdays or anniversaries


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Debra introduces Robin Rieske.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Talk to your kids about drugs!


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


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


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


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



Directions to Kay and Turner

1716 Thomas Hill Road





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


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


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


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

Rotary Minutes 6/21/2017 KJ 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tristam Johnson on Jun 20, 2017
Sunrise Rotary Club
Wednesday Meeting, June 14th, 2017
Opening Comments from our rapidly fading, retiring President:
This Day in History:

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

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

2002 - Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
One rude interruption from your recalcitrant scribe; a threat to report only the first 14 syllables of your comments or reports. Alright, that was not a threat but a plea.
There was some, and those that did show were and are the cream of the crop, BUT, for those who did not make it, you too can qualify.
I think the list of those present was greater than those who had other obligations.
The Greeter did a fine job making attendees feel welcome. I think that was Turner
Deidra had guests; Sandra, Ellisa Pelow, & Karen Blumberg
Our own marvelous super helpful Toni and Past President Will
Rotary Anniversary
KJ & Diane, 17.06.2015
Change Over Dinner Pot Luck Party
At Turners’ on the 28th from late midday until they kick you out. Please indicate what you are contributing. Look for the directions that will be sent out by Amelia Farnum.
Rotary Romp, or enjoy the West River Trail anyway you like then gather at the Marina for drinks of your choice.
Our club has offered more than 730 community service hours since the beginning of the Rotary Year and all of you who contributed should feel proud. Thanks for tabulating this Sadie.
Rotary Garden needs more time and expertise
September 6th, Dan will be coordinating a second blood drive
New Members have been meeting to figure out how to spend $500 in a community service project that can benefit the town. They are leaning towards a Flat Street revival effort that can be the catalyst for additional efforts, additional funds, and building a collaborative community. This group should be aware of and include other new members that may not be connected to their efforts.
$50 won by Karen Blumberg, one of the two speakers secured for today, looks like she will create her own EAP now!
Bowl of Life
This (these) Rotarian(s) shook while shaking Bernie’s hand….. Sadie Y Evelyn
Cindy Delgatto back from Omaha & a tattoo experience with her daughter, the tattoo was not revealed.
Jim Maxwell for rehearsing and the script for Mother Courage
Jon Seacrest, the dauntless sailor,
                2 graduations
                1-17 celebration
                Dog experience and Turner’s guidance
Sad and bittersweet passing of Chuck Cummings, a dear friend & mentor, and incredibly valuable supporter of issues and organizations in Brattleboro; a rare generous & thoughtful person.
Will S for his son, Nick, story boarding and producing his own comic/gothic novel
Jason P and 1-43, Ann deserves a major medal and along vacation!!
Toni, for
Chuck Cummings and all he did
Peter who secretly secured her day off, days, to be able to celebrate her B-day in style..what a guy!!
Sandy Ladd, for Sunrise golf team
Turner, 2 weeks ago he was in OR with a friend/”brother” celebrating their bonds & a very special visitor
Dan D, daughter graduating to 9th grade
Drew, grand opening of Rescue Inc at Townshend and for Chuck
Damon for his awesome son the track star
Karen Blumberg & Ellisa Pelow of THRIVEeap
Pulled us from our tables and asked where we would rather be and whether being at the meeting was important
Their focus is helping businesses to become healthy, or healthier.
Making employees happy in their workplace, reducing sick days, apathy, and improving commitment. Can give them the tools to improve their performance and relationships in the workplace.
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
Jon - Stacy potential new member (biotech and commutes to DC) & Josh Goldberg - IT prospective new member Chesterfield NH
Bethany wants to become official non-student member...all in Favor...
KJ & Diane son Josh
No Bday or Anniversary this week.
Damon-  Black Mountain Estates/Family Living looking for 6 people to help clean up facility & currently seeking member with web skills to help support Clubrunner.
CHANGEOVER PARTY is June 28th at TURNERS House (directions to follow)  NO MEETING THAT WEEK!!!!
Toni- Scholarship committee has reviewed candidates and finalized choices to be announced soon.  Total of $10k in awards given and recipients include BUHS, International, Hinsdale, Adult CE, and the Penfield Scholarship.
Tristam - Coffee shop is OPEN!!! Also Feb 15 & 16th 2018 planning trip to Honduras to go visit where Coffee shop proceeds are hard at work.  Also collaborating with the Nooners on the Pine Ridge Reservation to provide quilting supplies.   More info below;
Wish List -
Cotton or cotton blend
Basic colors we use: black, red, yellow, white, green, blue.
White double or queen size flat sheets
Cotton thread in same colours
Wide cotton hem binding in same colours
Poly fiber sheets for quilts
There is also a need for:
4 to 5 basic portable sewing machines
Shears in sizes medium and large length
Hand quilting needles
Quilting white thread
Assortment of needles for hand finishing projects.
Wish list - young women's ceremonial attire
White cotton for lining
Pastel solid colours
Pastel small print design
1" and 2" wide ribbon for trim in 6 basic colors,  and colors to go with pastel fabrics
Any of this material can be dropped off at our weekly meeting or at Greg Worden's VT Artisan Design store. It will all get moved to storage until the shipment date. Shipment will take place after August.  If any members have questions about this, they can get in touch with me, 257-7783, 365 7968, 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!"   
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,
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!!
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Rotary Minutes - 5/31/2017


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

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


This Day in History

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

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

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


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


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


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


Guest introductions:

Cindy from Noon club.

Josh Goldberg - prospective member

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

Michael Burnet - Career Center Director

Maria Basescu from Next Stage in Putney - Guest Speaker


Farewell to our Student Rotarians

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

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

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


No Birthdays or Anniversary



Board Meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 at WKVT


Michelle needs a president elect


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


Looking for someone to take over Club Runner administration


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


Tristam - for the young man who wrote the poem “Only Human”. See all of the entries for this year’s awards here (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.
Josh introduced Jaques (she pronounces it Jacks) Reilly, in Healthcare Clerical, and Caleb Atwood, in Nuclear Security, both of whom would later be inducted as new members. And while he had the floor Josh announced a clean-up request by an assisted living facility on Black Mountain Road for, well, cleaning up on Saturday, 10 June. This is as much detail as I have, so if you need more – and you doubtless will – ask Josh. Operators are standing by.
Bethany Martin, former Sunrise Student Rotarian, back again.
Student Rotarian report
Sarah covered finals, graduation, fundraising for the California trip – a car wash at the Putney Fire Station.
He (didn’t get the name) talked about the March of Dimes Walk and general getting ready for it all (school, not the M of D) to end.
A stalwart few of the Birthday Singers nevertheless performed a rousing – and very much in close harmony – “Happy Birthday, dear Michelle!” 
Anniversaries celebrated by Josh, for five years in the club, and Marcy, for 14 years total in Rotary (remember, she started out in, what was it, Springfield?).
  1. Sadie:  Scholarship committee meeting on Thursday, 1 June, at her place.
  2. Tristam:  The Coffee Shop is open.
  3. Debra: Ready for the next blood drive. As it had gone well last year (the first for us) the sentiment is to do it again. Proposed dates: First two Wednesdays in September. An informal vote was taken and we decided to have it once again during our regular meeting. Sarge o’ Arms Ed’s quite vocal advocacy for doing so won the day.
  4. KJ: Dining for a Cause – for Rescue. Saturday 10 June – 10a-2p – at the West Townsend station.
  5. Ross: Sarah Donohue (spelling of both up for questioning) of the small West B non-profit Family Garden, asked for some painting help at their facility – indoor and outdoor. A show of hands demonstrated a resounding “Yes!”
  6. Dan 1: Our 4th (or is it 5th?) annual announcement re Touch A Truck for BMH: $780 was donated to the hospital. Oh those burgers and dogs!
  7. Dan 2: The club’s participation in Camp for a Common Cause for Groundworks Collaborative netted $1,400. Yay!
The 19th Hole
Will S: HCRS 10th Annual Golf Tournament“ to benefit the Children, via HCRS’s summer and after-school programs.  Friday, 9 June at the Woodstock Country Club. 11am Registration and silent auction. 11:30 Lunch Buffer. 1pm Shotgun start. 6pm Buffet Dinner and awards. 
Guest from Noontime Rotary Rob Spylla: Brattleboro Rotary Club’s 42nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to help support Brattleboro area community projects. Proceeds this year will benefit local youth initiatives and the BMH Campaign for the Emergency Department. 11 am registration, 12 shotgun start, 5:30 Dinner, prizes, silent auction and raffle.
Ali: The garden needs you. Responding “yes”: Bethany, Sandy L, Jon S, Debra, Jen, Sadie, Jaques and of course Ali.
Kevin: Sticking a pin in the proceedings, stickler Kev called for fines to be levied on the pinless. Aaargh.
Bowl of Life 
“I found out that you can’t ice-skate in Antarctica.” Toni to Michele to Jon to Marc E and bingo! Way to go, Jon. From Marc:  I went down to Antarctica on a work project. I’d thrown my skates into my bags and on the 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!
$14.  Five o’ diamonds – in the deck.
  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.
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.
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
Three of heats –  KJ was the winner.
No Bowl of Life, Brags or Four Way Test
Adjourned at 8:30am.
Rotary Rag 5-17-17 Ross Gibson 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
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!
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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APRIL 12, 2017
President Damon called the meeting called to order at 7:15am and started us off with
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.

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.
(Missed grabbing this info, so sorry)
Next Week… Lisa
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
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.
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.
None to sing to, as the Birthday Girl Amelia was absent… If you see her, wish her well!!

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.)

Skipped this week.
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.

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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.
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……  
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.  
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
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.
Dan Dietze - Thank you Debra!
  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
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
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
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February 1 meeting notes:
7:15 Meeting called to order by Damon
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
  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
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February 8th, 2017
Scribe- Josh
This day in History
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom
NASDAQ Stock Market Opens for the first time
First Female Hockey Game in Olympic History: Finland beats Sweden 6-0
Speaker Next week
Scribe Next Week
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
Richard Davis- Windham County Heat Fund Recipient
  • 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
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
Booey wins it and then promptly donates it to the Windham heat fund- Thanks Booey!
  • 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,
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
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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!!!



- 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!



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.




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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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
 Camaraderie through service
 Social responsibilities
 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
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.
  • 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!
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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
  • 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
  • $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 . . .
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.
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
Chris Willette
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.
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
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.
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!!
Meeting minutes for November 16th 2016 Diane Hashagen 2016-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Notes from the meeting Sandra Ladd 2016-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Halloween Fun with Marcy. 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tristam Johnson on Nov 04, 2016
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
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
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 $$ is available, there is a multiplier, and any club can apply. Go to MyRotary, select “Take Action” and there you will find the grant tools & instructions.
Overflow shelter support, Nov 11th
Da Dietz & blood drive scheduled for Dec 14th don’t eat after midnight
Marcy: $1 for Halloween, $1 for mother nature who knocked down her lilac, $1 for Rocco her interior decorator, $1 for helpers who made the Halloween scene super, $1 for the event
Booie for the last Santa Helper year, they are retiring, and they deserve an enormous public Thank YOUfor having helped so many families over the years
Lisa; $1 for 12 days in a car with her husband and they are still married, $1 Brattleboro Police Dpt recognition at International Police Chiefs convention, $1 for being on the finalist list
Jen: Silent Auction to raise scholarship $$$ 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
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)


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


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!)



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. 



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. 



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.
  • 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.    
  • 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. 
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............
  • 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
  • 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,
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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


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)



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! 



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.
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.
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.
  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!!!!
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!!
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.
August 24, 2016 Newsletter 2016-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ali Barry on Aug 18, 2016
AUGUST 17, 2016
President Damon called the meeting called to order at 7:15am and started us off with
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

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!
Phil Steckler (Commercial Business Broker), and Cheri Brodhurst (BMH) – BOTH from the Noon Brattleboro Rotary Club
Bethany Martin -- Our Best Ever Student Rotarian

Today: Ali(sa)
Next Week: Toni… Followed next week by Dan
Today: Amelia (oops – she forgot…!!)
Next Week: Booie – Although Tristam plans to fill in with a special guest from Honduras
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

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!!

“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.
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…
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
  • 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
6 of Spaids – Losers
Bowl of Life
Who was a Whitewater Rafting Guide out West – Todd
  • 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
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
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!)
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.
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)
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. 
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).
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!
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)
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
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.
Ross Gibson is July 13. Tristan is July 20. Josh is July 27.
Debra Rosenwag (spelling), potential member. Future member Jeff Keliher. Afternoon club member John Mabie. Visiting Rotarian Bill Vinson from Tarpin Springs, Florida. 
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.
This Rotarian played rugby in college. The answer was our very own tough mudder Toni!!!
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.
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)
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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.
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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!
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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?!


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


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.