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.
 
Guests:
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
 
Announcements: 
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.
 
Brags:
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.  
Questions:
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. 
    
 
July 18 - Meeting Notes Nick DuBois 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
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
Announcements:
 
  • 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
 
Brags:
 
  • 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
 
Announcements:
Sadie- Penfield Scholarship Recipients and Sunrise Scholarship Recipients for 2018 see link:
 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IwHmVyLl3HOpoXIbX1ZI5qV4L8drFAfgGOFvhMfzRuE/edit?usp=sharing
 
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:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IwHmVyLl3HOpoXIbX1ZI5qV4L8drFAfgGOFvhMfzRuE/edit?usp=sharing
 
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
 
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: by Ed at 7:15
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Yes
 
VP Marcy took over the meeting at this point relieving Ed to go do what he does best…
 
GREETER:
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.”
 
GUESTS:
Tom Franks
Abd Rababah
Peter Libby
Ayla Traegar
 
STUDENT ROTARIANS:
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!
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
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!
 
BIRTHDAYS: None
ANNIVERSARIES:   Nope
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.
 
BRAGS:
 
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.
 
Announcements-
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.
 
BRAGS
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.
Announcements:
-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!
Brags:
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
Speaker:
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
 
GREETER:
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.
 
GUESTS:
Tom Franks- prospective/former member
Kaya – Ross’s granddaughter
Ava & Shoshana- Debra’s daughters
Phil Blackburn- guest speaker
 
 
STUDENT ROTARIANS:
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!
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  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!!!!
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
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!!
 
BRAGS:
 
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.

BRAGS-

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.

Announcements-

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


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May 2, 2018 Newsletter Jacqueline Atwood 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
Greeter
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
 
4/4/2018
Jim Verzino
4/11/2018
Lissa Weinmann
4/18/2018
Kevin Yager
4/25/2018
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
 
Announcements
  • 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!!
 
Justin-
           Under the Sea prom March 31st
           Open House April 19th
           Legions 100 year bday 2020
Dan
           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:
 
 
 
 
 
 
  •   
 
 
Cards-
 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.
 
Brags
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!!
Speaker
 
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.
 
Announcements:

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.  

Brags:

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.

Speaker:

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.    

 

 

Announcements:

 

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.  

 

 

Cards:  

 

9 of Diamonds.  Jim Verzino won.  

 

 

Brags

 

 

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.  

 

 

Speaker

 

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.
Quotes:             
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
2/14/18
Happy Valentines Day!
 
Guests-
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:
WE DO MORE THAN THE NOONTIME CLUB!
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.
 
Announcements:
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.
 
Brags:
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
GREETER:
Debra Cox thank you for all the hugs this week and next week…oops missed that this morning, guess it will be a surprise.
 
GUESTS:
Kevin Quigley- Guest Speaker
Rennie Washburn 
Christine Takacs
Kevin O’Keefe
 
STUDENT ROTARIANS:
Snow Day….no kids this morning!
 
ROTARY MINUTE:
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.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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!!
LOTS OF BRAGS:
 
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.
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
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.
 
GUEST SPEAKER:  
 
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
 
Birthdays:
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
 
Cards:
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.
 
Announcements:
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.
 
Honduras
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.
 
Jacques
The new member project should be available to all so the email list will be provided in Club Runner
 
Brags:
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.
 
Respectfully,
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
 
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
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
 
Quote:
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.
 
Announcements:
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
Brags:
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
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12/27/17
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!
 
Announcements:   
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

Brags:
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?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
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11/22/18

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

 


Cards: You LOOSE LOOSERS! 

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

Brags

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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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.    
Brags:
 
  • 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)
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Rotarians in action!! 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
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
 
GREETER:
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.
 
GUESTS:
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
 
 
STUDENT ROTARIANS:
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.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  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!!!!
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
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!!
 
BRAGS:
 
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

 

Announcements:

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

 

Brags:

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.)

GUESTS - 
Debra Cox – Primerica (member in waiting)
Mona Williams - Cota & Cota 
 
STUDENT ROTARIANS - 
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.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS - 
 
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.
 
BRAGS - 
 
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
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, 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.)

GUESTS - 
Debra Cox – Primerica (member in waiting)
Mona Williams - Cota & Cota 
STUDENT ROTARIANS - 
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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS - 
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.
 
BRAGS - 
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
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, 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

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

 

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

Quote

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

 

Scribe: 

10/4 Lissa (Nick Sub)

10/11 Kevin Yager

10/18 Alisa Berry

 

 

Guests:

Michael Burnett - future member

Larry Bortles - Erin’s Dad

Mona from Cota & Cota 

 

 

Anniversary

Sandy Shriver 20 yrs

Debra 1yr

 

Cards

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.  

 

Announcements:

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. 

 

Brags

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.  

 

Programs:

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!
 
Guests:
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.
 
Cards:
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.
 
Announcements:
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.
 
Brags:
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
8/30/2017
 
CALL TO ORDER
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
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.
 
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
  • 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.
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY
You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something in your life.
Winston Churchill
 
  • GUESTS
 
  • 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.
 
SCRIBES
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.
 
CARDS
You lose, LOSERS!
 
BOWL OF LIFE
This person became a certified scuba diver in high school. After numerous guesses, someone got it right; Jacn was the mystery scuba diver.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS & BRAGS
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.
 
GUEST SPEAKER
 
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. 
 
7.26.17
 
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!

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:

 

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

 

QUOTE

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

 

Scribe:

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.

 

Guests:

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. 

 

Announcements: 

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. 

 

Brags: 

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
MINUTES FROM MEETING ON AUGUST 23. 
 
  • 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. 
 
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
 
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
 
 
QUOTE

“Fools are the only folk on the earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve." – Stephen King
 
 
FUTURE SCRIBES: 
 
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
 
 
FUTURE SPEAKERS: 
 
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. 
 
 
4 WAY TEST OF THE THINGS WE SAY AND DO
 
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.
 
SPEAKER NEXT WEEK:
 
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.
 
GUESTS:
 
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
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
 
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
ANNIVERSARIES:   Nope
CARDS:  No winner, losers.
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
This Rotarian owned a restaurant and bakery in Dover:  Toni!  Now she continues to deal with other people’s money but gets more sleep.
 
BRAGS:
 
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.
 
Guests:
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!!
 
Cards:
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.
 
Announcements:
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.
 
Brags:
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
 
GREETER:
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.
 
GUESTS:
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
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  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!!!!
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
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.
 
BRAGS:
 
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.
 
Announcements:
 
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)
 
Brags:  
 
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

Greeter: 

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

Guests:

  • 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

Birthdays: 

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

Card: 

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.

Brags:

  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.

Speaker:

Alex Wilson

“The Magic of Bhutan”

Slide show by Alex & Jerelyn Wilson

FACTS:

  • 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

ARRIVAL IN PARO

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.

THIMPHU

  • 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)

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP of Bhutan:

  • 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
 
GREETER:
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.
 
GUESTS:
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
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  
  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!!!!
 
 
BOWL OF LIFE:
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!!
 
BRAGS:
 
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.

 

Guests: 

Robin Rieske - guest speaker from Department of Health

Josh Goldberg - prospective member

Mike Burnett - prospective member (career center)

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

Mike Mandrachia - noon club

Stacy Leffel - prospective member

 

No birthdays or anniversaries

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Brags:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Speaker: 

Debra introduces Robin Rieske.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Talk to your kids about drugs!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

----------------DIRECTIONS----------------------------

Directions to Kay and Turner

1716 Thomas Hill Road

Halifax

254-1063

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

2002 - Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
One rude interruption from your recalcitrant scribe; a threat to report only the first 14 syllables of your comments or reports. Alright, that was not a threat but a plea.
Attendance:
There was some, and those that did show were and are the cream of the crop, BUT, for those who did not make it, you too can qualify.
I think the list of those present was greater than those who had other obligations.
The Greeter did a fine job making attendees feel welcome. I think that was Turner
Guests
Deidra had guests; Sandra, Ellisa Pelow, & Karen Blumberg
Birthdays
Our own marvelous super helpful Toni and Past President Will
Rotary Anniversary
KJ & Diane, 17.06.2015
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Change Over Dinner Pot Luck Party
At Turners’ on the 28th from late midday until they kick you out. Please indicate what you are contributing. Look for the directions that will be sent out by Amelia Farnum.
Rotary Romp, or enjoy the West River Trail anyway you like then gather at the Marina for drinks of your choice.
Our club has offered more than 730 community service hours since the beginning of the Rotary Year and all of you who contributed should feel proud. Thanks for tabulating this Sadie.
Rotary Garden needs more time and expertise
September 6th, Dan will be coordinating a second blood drive
New Members have been meeting to figure out how to spend $500 in a community service project that can benefit the town. They are leaning towards a Flat Street revival effort that can be the catalyst for additional efforts, additional funds, and building a collaborative community. This group should be aware of and include other new members that may not be connected to their efforts.
Khards
$50 won by Karen Blumberg, one of the two speakers secured for today, looks like she will create her own EAP now!
Bowl of Life
This (these) Rotarian(s) shook while shaking Bernie’s hand….. Sadie Y Evelyn
Brags
Cindy Delgatto back from Omaha & a tattoo experience with her daughter, the tattoo was not revealed.
Jim Maxwell for rehearsing and the script for Mother Courage
Jon Seacrest, the dauntless sailor,
                2 graduations
                1-17 celebration
                Dog experience and Turner’s guidance
Sad and bittersweet passing of Chuck Cummings, a dear friend & mentor, and incredibly valuable supporter of issues and organizations in Brattleboro; a rare generous & thoughtful person.
Will S for his son, Nick, story boarding and producing his own comic/gothic novel
Jason P and 1-43, Ann deserves a major medal and along vacation!!
Toni, for
Chuck Cummings and all he did
Peter who secretly secured her day off, days, to be able to celebrate her B-day in style..what a guy!!
Sandy Ladd, for Sunrise golf team
Turner, 2 weeks ago he was in OR with a friend/”brother” celebrating their bonds & a very special visitor
Dan D, daughter graduating to 9th grade
Drew, grand opening of Rescue Inc at Townshend and for Chuck
Damon for his awesome son the track star
 
SPEAKERS
Karen Blumberg & Ellisa Pelow of THRIVEeap
Pulled us from our tables and asked where we would rather be and whether being at the meeting was important
Their focus is helping businesses to become healthy, or healthier.
Making employees happy in their workplace, reducing sick days, apathy, and improving commitment. Can give them the tools to improve their performance and relationships in the workplace.
They partner with businesses, secure a one-year fixed fee contract that permits them to work with staff and managers to make the business an effective efficient thriving operation with employees truly and happily committed to the business, the culture, their individual workplaces.
THRIVE offers
 confidential services for employees,
performs continual HR compliance reviews to ensure company meets the law, reviews handbooks,
provides organizational management consulting and reviews, and
a learning center covering themes like conflict management, coaching, workshops, and helping supervisors perform successfully as supervisors.
This local company is 2.5 years old, was established by Jennifer Jacobs, and has many satisfied customers.
June 14th Newsletter Tristam Johnson 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick D
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Meeting began in typical fashion with the gong of the bell!
This Day in History:
 
1893 - Ghandi's first act of civil disobedience.
 
1942 - The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy (USN), under Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy
 
1982 - Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis died five years earlier was kept off-limits.
 
Guest Speakers:  6/7 - Michelle; 6/14 - Jason; 6/21 - Debra; 6/28 is Change Over;
 
Confirm Scribe - 6/7 Drew; 6/14 Tristam; 6/21 Diane
 
Thank Greeter: Josh -  & Arrange Greeter for Next Week - Turner
 
Guests: 
Jon - Stacy potential new member (biotech and commutes to DC) & Josh Goldberg - IT prospective new member Chesterfield NH
Bethany wants to become official non-student member...all in Favor...
KJ & Diane son Josh
 
No Bday or Anniversary this week.
 
Announcements:
Damon-  Black Mountain Estates/Family Living looking for 6 people to help clean up facility & currently seeking member with web skills to help support Clubrunner.
CHANGEOVER PARTY is June 28th at TURNERS House (directions to follow)  NO MEETING THAT WEEK!!!!
Toni- Scholarship committee has reviewed candidates and finalized choices to be announced soon.  Total of $10k in awards given and recipients include BUHS, International, Hinsdale, Adult CE, and the Penfield Scholarship.
Tristam - Coffee shop is OPEN!!! Also Feb 15 & 16th 2018 planning trip to Honduras to go visit where Coffee shop proceeds are hard at work.  Also collaborating with the Nooners on the Pine Ridge Reservation to provide quilting supplies.   More info below;
Wish List -
Cotton or cotton blend
Basic colors we use: black, red, yellow, white, green, blue.
White double or queen size flat sheets
Cotton thread in same colours
Wide cotton hem binding in same colours
Poly fiber sheets for quilts
 
There is also a need for:
 
4 to 5 basic portable sewing machines
 
Shears in sizes medium and large length
Hand quilting needles
Quilting white thread
Assortment of needles for hand finishing projects.
 
Wish list - young women's ceremonial attire
White cotton for lining
Pastel solid colours
Pastel small print design
1" and 2" wide ribbon for trim in 6 basic colors,  and colors to go with pastel fabrics
 
Any of this material can be dropped off at our weekly meeting or at Greg Worden's VT Artisan Design store. It will all get moved to storage until the shipment date. Shipment will take place after August.  If any members have questions about this, they can get in touch with me, 257-7783, 365 7968, tristamjr@gmail.com<mailto:tristamjr@gmail.com>
 
Ali- Monday June 12th is cleanup @ 11AM on the rotary garden in Brattleboro. 
Josh- Band is the Internal communication app of choice, please all enroll so that we can all have quick correspondence in case of dates and times changes. 
Jen- Fiscal year is coming to a close - International Foundation Fund are sent off now.   Now annual DUES are due, still seeking treasurer for next year!
Kevin - Student Rotarian HELLO FEE (those who did not say hello and sign all student Rotarians books pay $1/signature missing)  Biggest offenders Lisa, Drew, and Tristan Toleno with a whopping $5 Fine.
 
Cards:  Ace of Diamonds "You loose, Losers!"   
 
Brags:
Damon- Torren 800M race (Keene MS)  2:02 best yet and qualified for Race/Meet of Champions;  Aiden is off to New England Regionals
Josh - Wonder Women (went to see the movie this weekend, solid review) special brag for all the Wonder Women in our club.
Valarie- headed to CA for 60th bday, Santa Barba, Chino, visiting son and Dad out west.  BDCC updating Windham Econ Development Fund on local Job creation. Also working with New Chapter on a special commission task force on how to attract top talent to area.
Jon- Sandy Shriver for his poor texting skills period...
KJ- Rotarians in and around the strolling of the Hefers parade, Rescue Inc new facility and pig roast, Josh (son) competed in tennis state finals finished 5th in state and also completing his first enduro race (up and down mountain on a bike..YIKES!!!)
Sandy Shriver - back to Jon for following "The Four Way Test..." and not outing his texting skills to a larger group;  Diane and Sandy just returned from an amazing four week honey moon to Europe, Rome, etc.
Michelle- For FB as daughter was in London during recent attack and FB has a "I Am SAFE" mode that immediately alleviated very stressful situation. Marcy is taking president elect duties and KJ is moving into secretary role next year. 
 
Guest Speaker is Michelle and Toni - Topic CLUB RUNNER!
Majority of presentation was focused on how to publish the meeting notes to Club Runner and how to email...for more information please visit the previous post which contains the step by step instructions for completing this task...here it goes!!!! 
See you all next Wednesday!
Best Regards,
Nick  
Rotary Meeting Minutes 6/7/17 Nick D 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2017
Newsletter Directions – eBulletin
 
 
I have had many members ask about sending out the newsletter via Club Runner so I put together the following directions, hope this helps!
 
When you log in it will bring you directly to the Admin page:
 
1. Click on Edit Stories (under website manager).
 
2. Next click on Create New Story. Give the Newsletter a Title (I usually use the date of the mtg), and type your name in for Author, then copy and paste the newsletter into the Story Brief box.
 
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and Publish
 
4. A pop up titled Publish Story will appear, only Display on Story List Page and Display in Bulletins should be checked off. Click Confirm
 
5. This will bring you to the Stories for Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary eBulletin page. You can preview the bulletin from here to make sure it is correct. 
 
6. Next click on the Bulletin tab at the top of the page. Click Manage Bulletins, then click on the Send Bulletins icon on the left hand side of the page.
 
7. Select the Bulletin from the drop box. Select BOTH Active and Honorary Members along with Other Users (this will include the student rotarians).
 
8. Click SEND!!
Newsletter Directions 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Minutes - 5/31/2017

 

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

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

 

This Day in History

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Guest introductions:

Cindy from Noon club.

Josh Goldberg - prospective member

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

Michael Burnet - Career Center Director

Maria Basescu from Next Stage in Putney - Guest Speaker

 

Farewell to our Student Rotarians

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

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

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

 

No Birthdays or Anniversary

 

Announcements:

Board Meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 at WKVT

 

Michelle needs a president elect

 

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

 

Looking for someone to take over Club Runner administration

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Brags: 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Tristam - for the young man who wrote the poem “Only Human”. See all of the entries for this year’s awards here (http://kiplingawards.blogspot.com/) NOTE: “Only Human” appears as “Human” in the link.

 

Speaker: Maria Basescu from Next Stage in Putney. 

Glad for the connections we have in our local Community. 

Next Stage is all about community, much more than a performing arts center. Formed in response to crisis in the community. The community came together to raise money and renovate the space, but they were able to begin programming as they were renovating and fundraising. 

 

Raised almost 2 million dollars and completed the renovation in December 2016. Many of this was from the community. There were a few large donations but much of the money came from smaller community donations of $25-$200. 

 

They have a fully renovated commercial kitchen and dance floor to conduct fundraisers. 

 

Working on dinner and event collaborations with local restaurants to get people out. 

 

They do all sorts of performances, music, theatre, film and spoken word events. 

 

A few things coming up June 3rd, Miros Sprague Quintet (up and coming jazz musician) will be playing, June 10th fundraiser and July will have Apron Theatre’s Mother Courage with Jim Maxwell. 

 

Working to put together a history of the community of Putney to get at the stories and share the stories at Next Stage throughout 2018. 

 

They have a beer and wine license, kitchen and art gallery! 

 

For more information http://nextstagearts.org/about-us/ 

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

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

Rotary Meeting Minutes - May 31, 2017 KJ 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Goldberg on May 25, 2017
Sunrise Rotary
May 24, 2017
Jerry Gee at your service
 
 
Clearly buoyed by the warm, grade school-reminiscent “Good morning, President Damon!”, the very same President Damon opened the meeting with his always engaging This Day in History:
 
*  1844 -- Samuel Morse sends the message, "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation from Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in Washington D.C. to his assistant Alfred Vail in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
*  1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge opened. A total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed what was then the only land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Noted NYC historian Will Shakespeare added that the very first bridge crossers were 20 elephants – performers in the Ringling Bros. circus – to demonstrate to the faithless and fearful that the bridge could handle it.
*  1976 -- In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate California wines higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines.
 
Guests:
 
Josh introduced Jaques (she pronounces it Jacks) Reilly, in Healthcare Clerical, and Caleb Atwood, in Nuclear Security, both of whom would later be inducted as new members. And while he had the floor Josh announced a clean-up request by an assisted living facility on Black Mountain Road for, well, cleaning up on Saturday, 10 June. This is as much detail as I have, so if you need more – and you doubtless will – ask Josh. Operators are standing by.
 
Bethany Martin, former Sunrise Student Rotarian, back again.
 
Student Rotarian report
Sarah covered finals, graduation, fundraising for the California trip – a car wash at the Putney Fire Station.
He (didn’t get the name) talked about the March of Dimes Walk and general getting ready for it all (school, not the M of D) to end.
 
A stalwart few of the Birthday Singers nevertheless performed a rousing – and very much in close harmony – “Happy Birthday, dear Michelle!” 
 
Anniversaries celebrated by Josh, for five years in the club, and Marcy, for 14 years total in Rotary (remember, she started out in, what was it, Springfield?).
 
Announcements:
 
  1. Sadie:  Scholarship committee meeting on Thursday, 1 June, at her place.
  2. Tristam:  The Coffee Shop is open.
  3. Debra: Ready for the next blood drive. As it had gone well last year (the first for us) the sentiment is to do it again. Proposed dates: First two Wednesdays in September. An informal vote was taken and we decided to have it once again during our regular meeting. Sarge o’ Arms Ed’s quite vocal advocacy for doing so won the day.
  4. KJ: Dining for a Cause – for Rescue. Saturday 10 June – 10a-2p – at the West Townsend station.
  5. Ross: Sarah Donohue (spelling of both up for questioning) of the small West B non-profit Family Garden, asked for some painting help at their facility – indoor and outdoor. A show of hands demonstrated a resounding “Yes!”
  6. Dan 1: Our 4th (or is it 5th?) annual announcement re Touch A Truck for BMH: $780 was donated to the hospital. Oh those burgers and dogs!
  7. Dan 2: The club’s participation in Camp for a Common Cause for Groundworks Collaborative netted $1,400. Yay!
 
 
The 19th Hole
 
Will S: HCRS 10th Annual Golf Tournament“ to benefit the Children, via HCRS’s summer and after-school programs.  Friday, 9 June at the Woodstock Country Club. 11am Registration and silent auction. 11:30 Lunch Buffer. 1pm Shotgun start. 6pm Buffet Dinner and awards. 
Guest from Noontime Rotary Rob Spylla: Brattleboro Rotary Club’s 42nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to help support Brattleboro area community projects. Proceeds this year will benefit local youth initiatives and the BMH Campaign for the Emergency Department. 11 am registration, 12 shotgun start, 5:30 Dinner, prizes, silent auction and raffle.
Ali: The garden needs you. Responding “yes”: Bethany, Sandy L, Jon S, Debra, Jen, Sadie, Jaques and of course Ali.
 
Kevin: Sticking a pin in the proceedings, stickler Kev called for fines to be levied on the pinless. Aaargh.
 
Bowl of Life 
 
“I found out that you can’t ice-skate in Antarctica.” Toni to Michele to Jon to Marc E and bingo! Way to go, Jon. From Marc:  I went down to Antarctica on a work project. I’d thrown my skates into my bags and on the way down these scientists I was travelling with told me that I wouldn’t be able to skate. I tried and nearly fell on my face. Seems the ice is just too cold to let the skate blades do any melting at all. Your skates turn into like cleats!
 
Cahds 
 
$14.  Five o’ diamonds – in the deck.
 
Brags
 
  1. Bob F: A $53 brag for 53 years of marital bliss (my words!)
  2. Lisa F 1: $1 for Michelle for making me laugh like I hadn’t for years!
  3. Lisa F 2: $1 for Dan for rescuing me with my new set of tires.
  4. Jon: For Marc for reconnecting a couple propane tanks to his home stove, saving Jon “in oh so many ways.”  In other words:  Don’t try this (yourself) at home!
  5. Evie: As ever enthusiastic about a musical event her group performed at. This time a concert of… She’ll tell you if you ask!  Evie’s got it down!!!
  6. Michelle 1: For Lisa for putting together a cruise for M’s folks – to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
  7. Michelle 2: For her daughter who’s just completed her first year at law school. First grade to come in was an A. Booked herself into Trinity College in Dublin for a summer course.  One to watch!
  8. Rob S: For Damon and Ed and their magic tractor and chipper. Something about a golf course and hard work. 
  9. Bethany:  For myself for finishing my freshman year. For BUHS’s pop concert soon at the BUHS auditorium. Didn’t get the date. And for the Memorial Day participation at the celebration on the Common.  (Note from your scribe:  If you’re wondering where the next lump in your throat is coming from, be there at 11am on Mem Day and you’ll find out.) 
  10. Toni: For daughter Kyle for graduating, earning a Bachelor degree in Business.
  11. Tristam J: For son Blake’s enlightening road trip up the California coast, helping him trade in his Boston “box“ for a future of exploration and opportunity. Nice!
  12. Damon 1: For Jaques and Caleb for choosing to become members of the club
  13. Damon 2: For wife Catherine (Katherine, Katharine?) who works at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland NH. Seems her board just voted for a $36M bond for a total re-do of the facility.
  14. Damon 3: For sons Aidan and Toren with good luck for this weekend’s championship track tourney.
 
Speaker
 
Our rep to the state -- singular pride and joy, and fellow Rotarian Tristan Toleno -- gave us an update, as promised in January at the beginning of the legislative session.
 
TT started off by alerting us that Valerie Stuart woulda been there if she coulda, but she couldn’ta because she’s at an economic development conference – and we all know how critical eco dev is to us, don’t we?!
 
So dear reader:  Rather than try to make sense of my notes here which, truth be told, will put me away and I’m afraid will distort irrevocably TT’s brilliance, I shall give you my jottings down as best deciphered. Think Faulkner. Think Joyce.
 
TT assistant majority leader of the house. New man in leadership position. 24 new Dem members. TT is “Whip”. 13 committees, not particularly partisan. Government Operation, which TT is on, can get political. New on the Strategic Thinking in Leadership team. Emily Long, rep from Newfane, is Assistant Whip.  1) Veto threat re budget. Teacher/Staff Healthcare is big issue.  2) Pot Bill – will Governor Scott sign or veto.  Vermont alone among states has no binding referenda. There have been only 23 non-binding referenda in Vermont history.  Vermont’s is the first legislature to take a modest step: personal possession of under one ounce and cultivation of two plants per dwelling. Next year. Intervening year – needs 77 votes? The New York Times editorial board urged Gov. Scott NOT to veto the bill. Tax and regulate model. Only 1/3 of Republicans support any bill at all. The original bill is still in…………………..  Gov’s top staff poobah (my word) is influencing Scott re the vote ‘no’ on pot. Gov: One more thing. Wants his way on the teach/staff healthcare issue.  Possible drop in Vermont’s bond rating from AAA to AA. 
 
Jim V’s question (sorry if I’ve screwed it up, Jim) about why the big deal about the teacher/staff health issue with all the rest that’s wrong with the state’s school system, etc.? TT answered it in ways that defied my note-taking. He was brilliant. By that point I was far from it!
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Jerry Goldberg
 
 
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Newsletter Jerry Goldberg 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
President Damon welcomed us at 7:15am.  Thanks to our Greeter, KJ.    Bob is our greeter next week. Ross is today’s scribe followed by Jerry on the 24th and Diane on the 31st.  This day in history:
1990 - Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
 
2004 - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
 
1973 - Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
 
Upcoming Guest Speakers: 5/17 - Sandy Ladd; 5/24 - Turner; 5/31 - Jim M.; 6/7 - Michelle
 
Not In attendance: The members who did not attend.   
Guest Speaker –  Alexis Chesney of Sojourns Community Health Clinic spoke about tick born disease and prevention.  Sojourn is a Children’s Community Health Clinic.  Key is prevention.  The history started in Lyme CT where they saw a lot of cases juvenile arthritis.  Lyme disease is a great imitator – symptoms present in many ways.  Common is joint pain, headaches and fever.  Then becomes neurological – neuralgia, nerve pain, psychiatric illness.  Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and treat.  Started in Long Island but has spread all over the country though concentrated on the eastern part of the US.  Some of this is by bird migration.  Vermont is seeing a lot of Lyme disease and a spread of ticks – large increase over the past few years.  Warmer winters hurt because it takes temperatures of at least minus 20 Fahrenheit to kill ticks.  Ticks become active at 28 degrees Fahrenheit.  Without cold winters, people can potentially get bit all year long. 
Lyme disease incidences in the US:  #1 state is Vermont (2015 statistics).  This is per capita.  Thirty thousand cases of Lyme disease were reported in 2013 this could possibly be only 10% or less of all cases.  It could be as high as twelve million not including misdiagnosis since it masks as other things.  It is quite an epidemic.  Incidence within Vermont – Bennington County is number one and Windham county is number two (2015).  Vermont Department of Health report that there are 13 species of ticks in the state; five of which bite humans.  Black legged deer tick is the main culprit and carrier of Lyme disease.
Black legged tick deer tick carries Lyme disease.  They are reservoirs of the disease and they spread the illness.  When engorged, they get bigger.  They typically bite and stay on their victim for three to five days then fall off.  The way to identify the type of tick is to look at dorsal shield.  It may be very hard to identify; you need to carefully inspect the between the legs.  There is a solid black shield on the deer tick.  Dog tick shields are greyish/whiteish.  Ticks carry multiple tick-borne diseases.  Ticks from different areas carry different diseases.  You can contact tickreport.com – at UMass Amherst – and can send ticks there to get examined.  49% of deer ticks carry Lyme disease.
Prevention - #1 is to do tick checks every night.  Do all over – make sure to check moist damp warm places – you know where these are on your body!  Can get lost in hair so check carefully.  The sooner you find the tick, the better.  #2 is to use tick repellent such as DEET.    Cedar Oil is the best and is 100% effective.  Very safe.  Can get it at Sojourn.  It repels and kills.  Put on before you go out and reapply as needed as it doesn’t last all days.  Permethrin is something that you should put on shoes if out where ticks are hiding.  Can use this on your clothes as well.  It is very toxic so be careful.
She reviewed the options if you do have a tick bite.  There are homeopathic choices.  For your land, use the Cedar product to spray on your lawn or your perimeter.  Ticks love where there are land transitions e.g. woods to meadow.  They also like places like leaf piles.  You can use tick tubes – tubes with cotton with Permethrin and mice take cotton to their nests.  Ticks tend to go to mice nests so this can be very effective.  Be very careful in pulling a tick off.  The more you upset it, the more it may regurgitate back into the bite area.  Best to twist it off, don’t burn.  Different opinions on how long a tick can be on you transmit Lyme disease.  Can be at 6 hours or longer.  Other diseases can transmit quicker.  Tip – if bitten, put on calendar to track.  Look for fever, flu symptoms, muscle or bone pain.  Happens usually three to thirty days after a bite.  Call Sojourn for more information.
Junior Rotarians – Evelyn, Natalie, Davie, Shoshanna
Student Rotarians –  From BUHS: Christol Long and Jack Spanierman.  Graduation is right around the corner.  Trying to get sashes for National Honor Society members to wear at graduation.  They are selling raffle tickets.  Money is also for general funds.  Tomorrow is youth government day.
 
Announcements
Josh – Friday is Camp for a Common Cause.  Need help so show up and help.  Grilling is 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  Saturday there is another disk golf green-up.  8am to noon.
Coffee shop is open.
Brewers Fest is on the 27th.
Green Mountain clean up on the 10th.
Birthdays –  Sandy Ladd was serenaded by the Birthday Singers
Cards
Three of heats –  KJ was the winner.
No Bowl of Life, Brags or Four Way Test
Adjourned at 8:30am.
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!
 
Announcements:
Damon's children are selling hanging flower baskets at $22 a basket.  If you would like to have one or two, please email Damon
 
We are looking for a new Webmaster as Jeff is experiencing health issues. If you know anyone with talent and the gift of patience, please let us know so we can move forward with updating our page.
 
The noon club still needs help at the Brewfest with parking from 12 - 5.  If you are assist, please contact Mike from the noon club
 
Final Trivia night was a success with 52 attendees.  The successful winner was the Garland School.  Sadie said that we would regroup in the summer and talk about next season.
 
Ally and the Garden Plot.  Calling all Rotarians willing to assist with the Rotary Garden Plot.  Anyone with a flatbed would be more than welcome. Any tools, help spread mulch.  The more the merrier.
 
Jim would like to know if we have any volunteers to help manage groups for the Strolling of the Heifers.  The shifts are 1 to 2 hours. Please contact the River Garden or the Strolling website to sign up
 
Dan and Touch a Truck really needs help to flip burgers and serve this Saturday! Need cooks and servers from 11 to 1 PM.  
 
A list was passed around also for people to sign up for Camping for a Cause
 
The yummy coffee shop is open as always!  Deliciousness with a cause $12 a bag
 
CARDS! Cindy won $9,000,000.  
 
Brags: Evelyn announced a fund raiser car wash (brrr cold) and Sadie announced the 5K Tulip Trot if anyone wants to run. Saturday at 10 AM at the Green Street School.   Green Street band Monday night was amazing and fun to see how the kids progress.
 
Jon was in Miami for 4 days doing fun things at a Russian Resort (LOL) He and his guys being cool in their Honda cruising down the avenue. His friend was very sore and Jon had to drive the rest of the weekend
 
Jen reminded us of the Rotary Every Member Every Year program.  Every member recommended $100 donation per year. This is a great reminder that our donations go to greater things.    SPEAKING OF WHICH, the generous gauntlet has been dropped by Jim Challenge: Rotary International for every member that joins in giving new money, he will match up to $10!  
 
Josh took an amazing 1000 work trip through the Midwest. Totally worth traveling during May, Indy, Cleveland, Colorado and Detroit are amazing places to check out.  Did you know that Superman was conceived in Cleveland? 
 
Saturday is the 22nd Annual Mountain Days. BCBS promoting a healthy lifestyle. Hiking, T-shirts and fun giveaways 
 
This is a good weekend to Run with Sadie, Touch a Truck with Dan and get healthy with Sandy
 
Mark, Zepher is receiving her Masters at Marlboro College.  Congratulations. She will then be looking to start her PHD and is looking at other colleges now.
 
Turner had an absolute amazing and sentimental journey to Allentown. It was amazing to see his family members share the same musical talent at the same venue.
 
Damon, it was an expensive week with braces and Aiden received his driver's license! 
 
GUEST SPEAKER  Lt Mark Fountain of Springfield VT.  He came to talk about the amazing program called Honor Flight New England. This is an amazing program that touched my heart personally. Please go to the Honor Flight New England website and read about how this incredible opportunity helps WWII and Korean Vets pay tribute to their comrades.
 
Have a good week! Lisa
 
 
 
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ROTARY RAG
APRIL 12, 2017
President Damon called the meeting called to order at 7:15am and started us off with
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: April 12th
1945 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; Vice-president Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
1961 – The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight.
1955 – The Polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 25 Rotary Minutes

 

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

 

Guests: no guests today :(

 

Student Rotarians , John and Sarah:

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

 

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

 

Jim Maxwell’s BIRTHDAY! woo hoo!!!

 

Announcements:

- Board meeting next Thursday at WKVT

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

 

Three on Three Update: Saturday, March 18th

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

 

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

 

Cards

Queen of Spades - Losers. All of us.

 

Letters of thanks

Windham Housing Trust - thanks for the $400 trivia night

Feed the Thousands

 

Bowl of Life:

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

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

 

Brags:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Marcy: apologizes for speaker not being able to make it

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Nick: Last minute speaker… Financial advice…

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Adjourn 8:35 a.m.
                                                                                                            Jim Maxwell
 
 
Future guest speaker assignments:  Next week: Will.  Week after: Sandy.  Week after:  Valerie.
 
Birthdays  Amelia and Kevin, belated
 
Anniversary Again, it’s Bob Fagelson, now for 21 years whereas last week it was 14 years, so time really flew over the past 7 days . . .
 
Brags
 
Todd on moving
Bob Fagelson on travels
Sandy L. on Seder in Brooklyn, the golf tournament, and prayers for Syrian refugees
Tristam on vacation in Arizona
KJ on youngest daughter turning 18
Jill on what great people we are (!) and she’ll miss us (and we’ll miss her and Maysa)
Josh on vacation to New Orleans
Kevin on Bethany and the joy of sharing Franklin Pierce
Diane on the Montpelier Rotary Club and singing
Dan on Natalie turning 13
Michelle on canoe racing with her dad (74)
Drew on KJ’s tough persistence in the training regimen
Marcy on Nature Camp with her daughter (home on spring break) and 6 Flags
Shannon on Restaurant Week and the medicinal use of psychotropic drugs
 
Card was something of Diamonds and no winner
 
No bowl of life, get those life-changing experiences into the bowl!
 
For This Is Your Life we heard from Diane, totally native Brattleborian, big family, happy in her job and glad that soon she and KJ will have an empty nest.  Question:  if you could go anywhere today, where would it be?  -- Ireland.  And it’s ok for KJ to come along.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Jim M
Sunrise Rotary Minutes for November 30, 2016 Jim M 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club
Meeting minutes for November 16th 2016
 
This Day in History: 1938 LSD synthesized for the 1st time in Switzerland by Dr. Albert Hoffmann; 1933 the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Soviet leader Maxim Litinov expressing hope that United States-Soviet relations would “forever remain normal and friendly.”; 1945 Cold War: Operation Paperclip: The United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.
 
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON 11/23!!
 
Scribe Duties: 11/30 Jim Maxwell; 12/7 Michelle Pong
Greeter: Thank you Cindy! Greeter for 11/30 will be Will
Speaker Duties: 11/30 Sandy Shriver – Association for the Blind
 
Guests:
Chris Willette
Annie
Lissa
Davey 
Lucy
Evelyn
 
No birthdays or anniversaries this week.
 
Student Rotarians: Rachel and Sam presented this week. The National Honor Society at the Hinsdale High School is collecting donation for a project to end hunger. This Saturday from 9-2 at the Hinsdale High School is the Annual Christmas Bazaar; craft fair and silent auction.
 
Announcements:
Josh - Guests were given a brief introduction about Rotary membership
Sadie - Shelter Meal on 11/10 was a success! Next one on 12/6
Kevin – Project Feed the Thousands collections have begun (Dottie’s, Coop and hopefully Price Chopper).
Dan – Blood drive on 12/13
Toni – Dinner raffle tickets are due ASAP – the drawing will be on 11/30
Sandy – Trivia Night next Monday 11/21 6:30-8:30 to benefit Southern Therapeutic Riding Center
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON 11/23!!
 
Cards: 4 of Hearts…You Lose Losers!!
 
Bowl of Life: Who has taken part in a polio vaccination clinic overseas? Michelle! Over 20 years ago in India; she administered the polio vaccination to lots of babies.
 
Brags:
Damon - (did you know his kids run a lot?) Aiden KHS finished 10th in all NE; Torren finished 7th at NE regionals at 5.49 a mile (!) and he may be going on to Saratoga then the Nationals in Alabama.
Josh – Brattleboro Women’s Choir concert this Saturday 11/19 at 7:30 and Sunday 11/20 at 4:00 at All Souls Church. Also, Toni is now a disc golfer!
Kevin – Lisa did a great job selling tickets – she sold all of hers to his wife!
Toni – Had a great time playing disc golf; brought Peter along and he likes it too.
Also, her daughter is almost finished with Air Assault School down in Ft Benning; set to graduate in 3-4 weeks. Amazing kid!
 
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Bonin, owner of Duo’s Restaurant, came to speak with us this morning. Stephanie is a Brattleboro native and her parents owned the Book Cellar on Main Street. She grew up learning about running a business in downtown Brattleboro as well as learning to garden and visiting the Farmers Market.  She moved away after high school and met her future husband on her first job interview at a restaurant. Since that time they have enjoyed visiting and critiquing restaurants and eventually opened up Duo’s in Denver about 9 years ago. About 2 years ago they moved back to Brattleboro and opened Duo’s downtown.
Duos’ is a “Farm-to-Table” restaurant that features seasonal food. The menu changes about 6 times a year. The mission is to “Deliver WOW with great food and great service”. They have recently opened The Lounge which has live music on Wednesday and Friday nights as well as a more casual menu. If you haven’t been to Duo’s yet, I strongly recommend it!
 
**Did I mention that there’s NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON 11/23!!**
 
President Damon closed the meeting with the four-way test.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!
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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
Guests:
Shoshana & Ava
Carolyn Meub
Erin Maile O’Keefe
Mark’s daughter
Ameila Farnum’s daughter
Bill Stevens
 
Speaker Duty:
Next week Jason and the following week John Seacrest, the “sea” was intentional
 
Student Rotarians:
Morgan, Crystal & Jack who reported on Feed the 1000’s project and the sport season
 
New Member Induction:
Erin Maile O’Keefe, classification Creative Place Maker
 
Rotary Anniversaries:
Ross Gibson & TBJJR, that’s me
 
Birthday:
Shoshana
 
Announcements:
Board meeting Thursday, as I write this
Coffee sale scholarship for Dany
Trivia has been moved to 11/21 as Tristan Toleno double booked the space and did get fined
Jim regarding Rotary Foundation and that $$ is available, there is a multiplier, and any club can apply. Go to MyRotary, select “Take Action” and there you will find the grant tools & instructions.
Overflow shelter support, Nov 11th
Da Dietz & blood drive scheduled for Dec 14th don’t eat after midnight
 
Brags:
Marcy: $1 for Halloween, $1 for mother nature who knocked down her lilac, $1 for Rocco her interior decorator, $1 for helpers who made the Halloween scene super, $1 for the event
Booie for the last Santa Helper year, they are retiring, and they deserve an enormous public Thank YOUfor having helped so many families over the years
Lisa; $1 for 12 days in a car with her husband and they are still married, $1 Brattleboro Police Dpt recognition at International Police Chiefs convention, $1 for being on the finalist list
Jen: Silent Auction to raise scholarship $$$ for Brattleboro School of Dance and a preview this Friday at Hooker Dunham
Kevin: $10 for his son’s wedding, time with Danielle’s family, learning how to toast & survive, & Riverside Farms venue
 
Guest Speaker
Michelle introduced Carolyn Meub, Executive Director of Pure Water for the World
This started with Peter Abell who noticed how unsanitary the water was in El Salvador and the poor health of impoverished marginalized populations. He started a series of medical mission visits offering dental and optical care then decided to solve filthy contaminated water problem. Secured Matching grants for solar panels, there were as many as 8 installed but all failed due to poor training and inadequate follow up. The design then switched to bio-sand filters and that has been very very successful.
There is a trip planned to Haiti in January so for any interested in going get in touch with Carolyn through www.purewaterfortheworld.org and their Rutland office.
I’ve attached her power point and global grant proposal for Haiti.
 
Humbly submitted by your unbiased objective and not so prompt scribe
 
Have a great week
 
TJ
November 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes Tristam Johnson 2016-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club is now selling tickets for their annual Dinner Raffle to raise funds for Project Feed the Thousands and other Rotary projects.
 
This year’s first prize is five (5) $100 gift certificates to the following Brattleboro area restaurants: Duo; Whetstone Station; Panda North; The Marina; and Peter Havens. That’s five special evenings at five amazing local restaurants!
 
Two second place prizes are a $50 gift certificate to the Vermont Country Deli and a $50 gift certificate to Grafton Village Cheese.
 
Tickets can be purchased for $5 each or a package of five (5) for $20, and are available through any Brattleboro Sunrise Rotarian or by contacting either Jason (802-380-0848) or Toni (802-254-0047).
 
Members of the public can also purchase tickets on Wednesday mornings from 7:15 am to 8:30 am at the American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro during the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club’s weekly meeting.
 
The raffle drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
 
The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 at the American Legion Post 5. More than 35 members of the club work toward improving the community through business and civic partnerships that benefit area programs serving a variety of charitable causes. The public is always welcome.
 
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Rotary Minutes - October 26

Open at 7:15

Thanks to our greeter - Jim Verzino

Josh has volunteered to greet next week

This day in history: 

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

1977 - last natural case of Small Pox discovered in Somalia

1825 - Erie Canal opens

 

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

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

Guests:

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

Rachel and Sam from Hinsdale High School

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

Rob Szpila - Nooner

Davey

Evelyn (Steve-O :-))

 

Student Rotarian Report:

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

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

 

Rotary Anniversary's - 16 years for Toni and Damon

 

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

 

Announcements:

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

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

Upcoming Dates:

Dec 6

Jan 23

Feb 9

March 7 

April 3 

 

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

Dan: Blood Drive December 14th @ 8 AM.  

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

Toni: Raffle tickets! Jason has sold 19 books! 

Next week: Carolyn Meub will be our speaker

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

 

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

 

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

 

Brags: 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Speaker:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

9/28/16

Scribe: Amelia

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

 

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

 

Announcements

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

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

 

Tristam: the coffee shop is open

 

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

 

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

 

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

Mark: not him - he guessed Josh

Josh: he guessed Ed

Ed: he guessed John Secrest

John: Ally not her - Tristam

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

 

Brags: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin: $1 for short brag

 

No speaker today so we discussed our committee structure. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Josh: Membership committee - recruiting new members

 

Amelia: Club Service Committee

 

Turner:  Donations 

 

Toni: Vocational Service - recruits student Rotarians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Guest Speaker (Amelia… tsk tsk… haha!)  So our newest member Cindy Delgatto regales us with personal tidbits in another helping of…
THIS IS YOUR LIFE:
 
New to Brattleboro, they just moved from the Midwest (Indiana) and happy to be here as  she reports she’s not a Midwestern girl.  She finds folks here are homey, warm, and genuine.  Family was from NY, and her husband’s family was from here, so they moved back to NE.  They bought Curly Worden’s home (Town Celebrity Curly - conversationally this made a great way to meet people… “Oh, you’ve bought Curly’s house…?”!!) 
An only child herself, Cindy grew up in the Catskills where her own mother was the very first female matre’ de manager at a resort in the Catskills (where she jokes that she learned about service above self at a very young age!)  Picture Dirty Dancing, Cindy relates.
They have three children – Joseph (28), Danielle (26), and Matthew - the baby (who prefers to NOT be called a baby at 20)… also a large dog Belle.
Her hobbies include gardening, kayaking, snow skiing, cooking, and trying new things.
Hair previously cut at Enright and Company… she’s been growing it in for some time, and is due to return for another cut soon.
Rotary Rag   August 17,2016 Ali Barry 2016-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Verzino on Aug 03, 2016
Guests –
 
Cindy DelGato – prospective member
Jeff Kelliher
Claire Thomas – BUHS graduate and scholarship winner.
Lisa Fitzgerald- prospective member
 
Rotary Anniversary – Jim Verzino
 
Announcements
  • Disc Golf – Total of 75 volunteer shifts in last two weeks, 14 from our club, only 12 from noon club
  • Need volunteers to help organize the tournament for October 2 (tentative date)
  • Cindy and Ross and Tristam volunteered
  • Monday, August 8 is Rotary Romp. Marina parking lot at 5:30 for those that want to romp. Marina for drinks and fellowship at 6:30.
  • Pure Water Golf Challenge in Keene August 19. Nick is playing
  • Board Meeting tomorrow morning at WKVT
  • Fenway Park Trip is Sandy Shriver thing. Marty from noon club is trying to put together 20 people at the end of August. Sandy can’t go so is trying to hand off the job.
  • Open Ring Circus event August 13 at NECCA
  • Marcie birthday on August 8. Singing Ensued
 
Cards
6 of Spaids – Losers
Bowl of Life
Who was a Whitewater Rafting Guide out West – Todd
 
 
Brags
  • Marcie – Went on a date with her husband. Sorry but I missed the rest.
  • Nick – Family rented a camp at Big Sebago. Brag is for Mrs. Dubois who had a brain aneurysm on vacation. All signs are good given how bad things were.
  • Michelle – Went to NE Horror Writers Convention. Encourages us all to find meetups of like-minded people. Her husband gave it to her this as Christmas present, and he is so AWESOME!
  • Drew told us about Rescue Raffle. Adventure race is October 15, Building project in Townsend broke ground last week.
  • Toni – Driving to GA to Fort Benning to see her son.
  • Damon – 21 year wedding anniversary this Friday
  • Tristam – Yellow Barn music festival is coming
  • Sadie – NEYT this summer – Three Sisters – Supreme costumes because they have had a costume designer class with “costumers” (def: people that make costumes). Shows are August 12, 13 and 14.
  • Everybody but Valerie has a pin on. She paid a fine
Speaker
Claire Thomas – Scholarship Recipient from BUHS
Claire will read her essay and is going to the University of Chicago. Wants to study international relations and has an interest in writing.
Went to Germany with Experiment in International Living last year
 
Meeting adjourned at 8/19
 
Meeting Notes Wednesday August 3, 2016 Jim Verzino 2016-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Minutes - 7/27/2016
President Damon rang us in at 7:15 (Ed immediately started the Pledge to the Flag)
 
Today in history:
Bugs Bunny was introduced in 1940
Korean War ended in 1953
 
Thanks to Kevin for greeting this week!
Greeter next week: Shannon
 
KJ humbly subbing in as scribe for the traveling Mr. Traegger
Scribe Next week: Jim then Kevin
 
Guests:
Bill Stevens - Assistant District Governor
Lisa Fitzgerald - prospective member
Jill and Maysa and Jill's Dad David
Cindy Delgatto - prospective member
Dennis and Donna McMann - District Governor
 
Rotary Anniversary: Drew Hazelton - 2 year anniversary (Yay Drew!)
 
Announcements:
Frisbee Golf Course: work is going well - Thanks to everyone for putting in their blood, sweat and tears.
 
Todd Murchison - Requesting a leave of absence, medical issues are preventing him from joining us regularly.  Todd sends his best wishes and is still committed to the club.
 
August 19th - Pure Water for the World Golf Tournament in Keene.  Would love to have a team, but if we can't put a team together they will put us with another group.  Tickets are available to attend the after party if you're interested.  Please see Damon with questions (LINK)
 
Rotary Romp - August 8th @ the Marina @ 5:30 - come walk, run, bike, or stumble! Just join us for fun and exercise. 
 
Red Sox tickets are available for a Rotary group of 20 or more people, see Sandy Shriver if interested.
 
Scott Gordon-Macey's birthday - Happy Birthday Scott.
Happy Birthday to Jill's dad David (and Maysa, birthday tomorrow)) who were serenaded by our wonderful singers.
 
6 of clubs - You are all winners just for playing.
 
Brags:
Sadie:
Dinner last night with District Governor, thank you North End Butchers!
Today only! Flyers for WOW Frozen yogurt to have a portion of the bill is contributed to United Way Kid's in Coats fund.  Kids in Coats hasn't been as well funded as the old Christmas Stocking, trying to raise funds, a long way to go, any support is welcome.
Sandy Shriver:
Got Married!  Raining, but was able to move inside on short notice.  Apparently the officiant sat in the rain and drank, but they found someone to perform the ceremony. 
The next week went to California to see his niece get married.  Southwest Airline's extended his honeymoon by three days (Thanks Southwest!)
 
Sandi Ladd:
What the heck is that?  It's a HUGE cucumber!
 
Jim Maxwell:
Bragging for the people who have participated in the Frisbee Golf Course ($5)
Performing at "The Next Stage" with Apron Theatre company opening on August 12th, Eurydice (LINK) (another $5!  Jim is feeling flush today)
 
Jill:
Just accepted a full time job with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and starts next week (and they have onsite child care!)
The move has been pretty good, other than our first two months spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital with Maysa and difficulty breathing, diagnosed as baby asthma.  She is doing great now with medication. 
 
Bill Stevens:
$5!  Moved to Bellows Falls Rotary Club, too difficult to get back to Keene for mid-day meetings. 
Excited to see two prospective members and hear about us working with the noon club.
Looking for a CEO for the United Way Monadnock region, if you know anyone qualified have them submit a resume.
Last Sunday went skydiving!  It was awesome!  Highly recommend the folks in Orange Massachusetts. 
 
Will:
Bonardi Family of Chevy Chase Maryland, parents of Rebecca who is marrying Will’s son in November. Bonardi’s are coming to Marlboro this weekend.  Very excited to meet them for the first time!  Trying to get their act cleaned up (putting lip stick on an old cow, I don’t know why they will be spending time with the old cow).
 
Damon:
Had a great time visiting family. 
Parent's are getting a new basement due to flooding
Taking the last harvest of winter wheat off of the family farm, this is the last harvest on the family farm, a bit of a bittersweet. 
 
District Governor Dennis McMann:
Small town boy from northern New Hampshire
Four years in the Army after a year at UNH
Worked his way through college after his return
Short time Rotarian - 11 years
Has retired 6 times, this is the last one!
Had a great meeting with our board last night, it was the best board meeting he's been too, it was interactive and enjoyable.
 
What are we about this year?
John Germ is our president this year, one of the best Rotarian's Dennis has ever met.
John Germ says there are SO many rules in Rotary.  We're working to change the rules, if there are rules in your way, ignore the rules and get the work done. 
#1 priority is to retain members, we gain 100,000 a year, but lose 120,000.  We, as a group, need to engage our members to retain them. 
Engage our members in our communities and make a difference in our community and the world.
 
Polio, last year there were 17 cases of Polio, down from 360,000 in 1986.  We're making a big deal about Polio and the Foundation this year.  If each Rotarian gives $10 more to the foundation we will add $12,000,000 to the fund (1.2 million Rotarian's)
Dennis is a polio survivor, he takes polio eradication very personally.
Donna and Dennis were able to attend an immunization day in India, they immunized 10 million kids under the age of 5 (in one day! (Dennis says they had some help)).  If you have a chance to work at one of these days do it! It will change your perspective and your life. 
 
Pure Water for the World.  Almost all of the serious diseases in the world are caused by bad water and bad sanitation.  In Haiti 2 out of 5 kids die before the age of 5.  PWFTW helps to train people about hygiene and clean water, build the units in Haiti and work with the people to raise awareness. 
The district is putting in $25,000 (with matching grants and donations) we are trying to raise $200,000 to put in filters for 200-500 families in Haiti. 
 
District Conference: Bill Stevens will be Sargent at Arms which is also the entertainment! :-) We're trying to do something different this year, usually have 200 Rotarian's (out of 2,100) who come.  We'll hold our meeting in Nashua this year, it will only be two days instead of three, Friday and Saturday.  Golf Friday morning, lunch, meeting in the afternoon.  Evening is casino night (this is for you Jason!), professional dealers will be running the tables.  We have a room block of $129/night, trying to keep the cost per couple below $600 for the two day event.  April 28-29, 2017, Saturday will be the normal session, exchange students will be there to say goodbye.  Saturday afternoon we'll have a service project working with End Hunger in New England.  You can stay another night at the hotel or head home. 
 
Training: We're trying to setup training on our tools.  Stay tuned for more info.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute, everyone should try to attend as many they can, they have 3 standard courses and 1 graduate level course.  Clubs who have RLI trained members have a higher retention rate than other clubs.  This is a training run by Rotarian's NOT Rotary.  Members who got together to train Rotarian's.  Many clubs pay for their members to attend, $65 - $95 to attend.  October 15, 2016 at Dartmouth Hitchcock for $85 (LINK). 
 
International Convention: The most motivating event Dennis has ever attended (outside of the trip to Haiti and World Immunization day).  June 2017 in Atlanta is expecting around 50,000 attendees.  Go if you can!
 
Dennis was presented with the HUGE cucumber and a (very prized) Rotary flask.
 
We were rung out by President Damon @ 8:26
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Michelle is standing in for President Damon
In attendance: Summer here, summer not
 
Quote: Pokémon Go – “Pokémon Go has done more for childhood obesity than Michelle Obama has for the last eight years.”  Random Twitter post
Thanks to our Greeter, Ali, who fined herself for not greeting.  Next week, Bethany will be greeting and Tristan will be scribing. 
 
Guests (names may not be fully correct) – Lisa Fitzgerald (prospective member), Amber Thibodaux and Meredith Canyon
 
Student Rotarian – Bethany is still attending!
 
Announcements
Josh announced the schedule for Frisbee golf starting this weekend.  He passed around a schedule.  Please sign up with Josh or with the on-line sign-up.
The District Governor is visiting at the end of the month.
Speaker assignments were sent via e-mail.
Thank-you notes received from Rescue and two scholarship recipients and passed around     
 
Birthdays – None.
 
Cards –   Our guest Meredith won $30.
 
Bowl of Life – “Spent two years living on an aircraft carrier.” – Jason but everyone knew.  “I don’t like chocolate, cantaloupe or the color red.”  Josh – Amelia – Jen – Sadie – Drew – Diane – Kevin – Nick – Mark (correct)
 
Brags
Sadie – For everyone at Rotary Romp this past Monday.  Next one will be in August
Jon – For trip to Lithuania with daughter Alexa and for owning a hearing aid.
Ali – For Rotary Romp and the people who attended.  Also, for new garage doors and thankful Ed was not there, for her daughter who is going to Madagascar.
Marcy – For nephew and wife who had a child.
Jim V. – For Rotary Romp, for Jon’s daughter Alina who walks his dog and for wayward skunk on Main St. who tangled with his dog.
Tristan (through his proxy as he is teaching) – Serving pizza at Lilac Ridge tonight from 5 to 7 tonight.  Also for a Groundworks fund raiser, 80’s dance music party.
Jim M. – For his assistant Jen who had a 9lb. baby boy.
Amelia – Won’t be here for the next three weeks as she will be vacationing in the Outer Banks.
Will – BMC Board member and BMC will be moving to the current Winston Prouty Center on Guilford Street.
Sadie – Into The Woods performance includes some Rotarian kids; amazing show.
Drew – Went on annual sea kayak trip up north and took his wife this year and he is still married.
Kevin – Propose a fine for anyone not wearing a pin.  Also, for daughter Sarah who is starting he nursing career today at Grace Cottage.
 
Guest Speakers – Marcy introduced our speakers Amber Thibodaux and Meredith Canyon from the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center.
SVTRC has been in existence since 2010.  Started with one staff and one rider.  Now have two employees and lots of riders.  Have moved to Wilmington with a presence in Newfane.  They see a vast array of people who need their services, ranging in age and in need.  Currently have three horses who are incredible beings; they are the mirror of our beings.  Horses are able to read people’s emotions and feelings and respond accordingly.
Meredith spoke as a participant though she is also a SVTRC Board member.  She discovered SCTRC three years ago.  She did not grow up around horses however with MS she developed a need for these services.  She looked around a service and found it by Googling.  Initially she was one of two adults in the program as it was mostly younger people.  She finds it really fantastic as it allows you to really clear your mind and be present with the riding.  When she started, she asked “what’s in it for the horse?” and found it is very beneficial for the horse.  She has found this a profound experience physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  She also spoke about the benefit for younger people who benefit immensely from the program.  She mentioned the program is growing and they are looking for staff, participants as well as volunteers.
Amber mentioned that they are PATH – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International which certifies all of their professional staff.  PATH is a large organization with many member ‘chapters’.  She explained some of the techniques and specific skills that are worked on in training/riding session.  The program is funded through lesson fees ($40/half hour) and through donations.  Each half hour costs them $66 so they need to make up the $26 difference through a variety of fund-raisers.
Ali bragged for the work SVTRC has done for kids at Kindle Farm.  Amber spoke about critical strategic relationships e.g. Kindle Farms, Landmark College, local schools, etc.
Adjourned at 8:23am.
July 13, 2016 Ross Gibson 2016-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
7/6/16
 
MEMBERS ABSENT
Ed Dews, Mark Ethier, Amelia Farnum, Timberly Hund, Turner Lewis, Jim Maxwell, Todd Murchison, Shannon Primrose, Jon Secrest, Will Shakespeare, Sandy Shriver, Tristan Toleno, Jim Verzino.
 
FUTURE SCRIBES
Ross Gibson is July 13. Tristan is July 20. Josh is July 27.
 
GUESTS
Debra Rosenwag (spelling), potential member. Future member Jeff Keliher. Afternoon club member John Mabie. Visiting Rotarian Bill Vinson from Tarpin Springs, Florida. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Todd and Jen’s Rotary membership anniversaries were celebrated.
 
Rotary Romp is scheduled for this coming Monday, May 11.
 
Josh announced that the Frisbee Golf Course work schedule for six dates at the end of July is up on-line for volunteers interested in doing trail crew work and other tasks. The work on the park is being done in partnership with the noon club. 
 
Tristam sent $600 dollars to CAFÉ, which enables mountain community kids in Honduras to stay in town to go to school all week. Tristam thanked club members for purchasing coffee and for making very generous donations far beyond the actual coffee sales.
 
BOWL OF LIFE
This Rotarian played rugby in college. The answer was our very own tough mudder Toni!!!
 
BRAGS
Sandy did a $20 brag for her 88-year-old father who is staying with her. She said he is her hero and that she loves him dearly.
 
Ali bragged regarding her daughter’s gap year in Honduras.
 
Josh bragged for the Frisbee Golf Course. Our club’s 40 percent participation in volunteering to work on the course has made him proud.
 
Marcy’s daughter is on swim team, and she is “smoking it” on her backstroke.
 
K.J. bragged for Bethany’s great graduation party several weeks ago. He also bragged for Diane painting their living room and dining room and redoing their deck while he was away at a family reunion.
 
Drew passed the test and became the third Rescue member now certified as a para medic.
 
Kevin bragged for his kids. The wedding of his son Eric in October is now officially “real. He had this epiphany when the actual wedding invitations arrived. He said it will be the most expensive party he has ever given. His daughter Sarah is now a registered nurse as of last month. She recently received her orientation at Grace Cottage Hospital.
 
Damien bragged regarding president elect Michelle. For the next two weeks, Michelle will fill in for him while he, Katherine and the boys are in Canada visiting their relatives. He also bragged that he and Katherine are now half owners of a 2005 motor boat on Spofford Lake.
 
Nick bragged about this family’s 4th of July weekend at Orchard beach. Although his son is officially no longer afraid of firework, unfortunately, his two-year-old daughter is!  He also bragged about his upcoming vacation next week in the Caribbean.
 
Tristam and Wendy decided to test to see whether they could successfully bring their dogs along on a vacation in the wilderness. Their four-legged friends passed the test with flying colors by quietly staying in the tent for the entire night. The dogs will be rewarded by joining them on their wilderness expeditions henceforth.
 
GUEST SPEAKER
 
Our guest speaker was Dan. He talked about the John Penfield scholarship. We recently awarded $2,000 to a student for an automotive technology scholarship.  Ali said she got to know John when we founded the club in the early 90’s. (Valerie, Kevin and Ali are three of the club’s current members who were among the club’s founders). Ali said she is very glad we’re doing the scholarship to keep John’s memory alive.
 
A brainstorming session followed on how to raise money for the scholarship in the future.
 
Damien suggested a fundraising event with an automotive theme.  Kevin noted that the scholarship supports a Career Center student who has an interest in pursuing an automotive career.
 
Jason recalled a classic car show that was held in the past. But someone pointed out that the noon club does a car show.
 
Josh said that a Frisbee tournament is in the planning stages for this fall.
 
Someone suggested a golf tournament but that got shot down on the grounds that golf tournaments are too labor intensive and that there are already too many in our area.
 
Michelle suggested a ducks unlimited style event. The one she is involved in raises approximately $15,000 - $20,000 a year.
 
Damien threw out the idea of a lip synching contest such as a Brattleboro Idol contest.
 
Dan talked about an escape contest. Jason said escape rooms are becoming a fad at bowling alleys all over the country. Jason said his son could give us instructions on how to one set up.
 
The fundraising committee will consider these and other ideas at a future date.
 
 
Meeting Minutes 7/6/16 Valerie Stuart 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
Enjoying last night's Change Over Party at Hilltop Montessori School. What a fabulous venue. Great view of the valley. Thanks to Amelia for hosting. I sense a push for a road trip in our future this summer! (click on the photo albums to see all the photos from the festivities)
Passing of the Gavel 2016 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Service above self: Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club raises funds for disaster survivors a world away
 
Brattleboro, Vermont, June 2016 -- The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club recently raised $1,000 from their Dinner Raffle to benefit ShelterBox, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disaster and humanitarian crises around the globe. “Our members, along with those of the more than 33,000 clubs worldwide, focus on 'service above self', the Rotary mission,” said Alisa Barry, the current President of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club. “We are passionately committed to helping others in need, both locally and globally. This modest donation to ShelterBox is one of the many ways we as Rotarian's can reach beyond our local community to assist others throughout the world in times of great tragedy.” The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club members work toward improving the community through business and civic partnerships that benefit area programs serving a variety of charitable causes.
 
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
 
The organization is currently responding to disasters in Ecuador, Fiji, Paraguay, Democratic Republic of North Korea, Niger, Cameroon and Syria region. “You never know when the next disaster might strike,” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “With generous donations such as this one from the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club, we can continue our mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world including the most recent earthquakes in Ecuador.”
 
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary raises funds for disaster relief 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
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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5/4/16

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

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

 

Thanks to our greeter: KJ        Volunteer for next week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Birthdays

Cards: no winners

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

Brags: 

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

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

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

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

Marcy talked about turtle crossing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GUEST SPEAKER:

Our own Will on Farming…

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary Meeting 3/30/2016

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

Thanks to our Greeter: Josh

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

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

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

Announcements:

Tristam - the coffee shop is open!  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Next board meeting is April 7th at WKVT

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Birthday: Mark Ethier - not here

Rotary Anniversary: Bob Fagelson - 14 years and not here

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

Brags:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

March 30, 2016 Meeting Notes Kris Johnston 2016-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tristam Johnson
Sunrise Rotary
Morning Meeting Minutes Modestly Modified Morbidly Miniscule…(mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm)
 
“Good morning Rotarians, Good Morning President Ali”
 
Pledge
 
“If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?”
 
Members at home diligently painting/decorating Easter eggs:
Nick DuBois, Bob Fagelson, Booie Fagelson, Jerry Goldberg, Drew Hazelton, Turner Lewis, Todd Murchison, Jason Posternak, Shannon Primrose, Will, “The Egg Man” Shakespeare, Jim Verzino
 
Morning Greeter:            ??           Next Week:        Josh
 
Guests:
James Ferris by Bethany
 
Student Rotarians:
John boasted about common core testing, sports, and half day classes
Bethany about performing in B.F. choral group, participating in Carmina Burana, (from your outrageously biased scribe this production is fabulous, moving, and infectious. The pulse of the music is hypnotic!), and fund raising for National Honor Society.
 
Announcements:
Jenn, next Tuesday, the 29th, is Overflow Shelter Dinner and thanks to all who signed up.
 
Scholarship Committee, needs to meet, needs another warm thoughtful volunteer, Diane offered/accepted, so now the S.C. is Toni, Diane, Sadie, & Damon
 
NCAA, Josh is winner of first round, but final winner qualifies by having the most points
 
Membership, Josh asked that club members offer names of perspective candidates
 
Birthdays:           None
 
Speakers:
Jenn needs a slot for her speaker who fell ill and missed her date. Sadie has some folks lined up.
 
Kevin asked that all those without pins be fined.
 
Caaaards:            Dan Deitz wins $75 big ones!!!!
 
Brags:
 
Amelia family concert at Latchis on the 27th
 
Damon for his kids who closed out an exceptionally successful hocking season
 
Josh for the Scott Farm and the Stone Trust and this set of fabulously helpful useful historically important community assets ,(alright, a little biased prejudicial promotion of the businesses I manage)
 
Jill’s very bad news, and a terrible brag, that sadly she will be moving with her family to Boston by May 1st and we will all be very sad and sorry to lose her, and all those surrogate parents who have had a chance to remember being a new Mom or Dad will now have to live with the wonderful memory of time spent with Jill’s child
 
Kevin Y, men’s & women’s Syracuse basketball teams
 
KJ and the college acceptance letter their daughter received from Ithaca College
 
…I have a note about Bethany & a gymnastics team but no “meat” so I don’t know what to say.
 
Sandy s, March 25th  he will suffer through a sleep-over family night birthday for 7 teenage boys.. good luck!!
 
Bowl of Life:      KJ for “one brush with a famous people, Glenn Beck, and garden gnomes. ?which was the famous one?
 
FINALLY, my left hand is tired
 
3-on-3
Thank you’s to Michelle & Sadie for their volunteer efforts. There still are T shirts available for our sponsors, so please pick some up. We collected just over $11K but have yet to deduct expenses. Over 10 years we have raise $200K that has been awarded. Future efforts need help and there were many discussions about new ideas, focus of the scholarships, advertising to gain more female teams, contacting scholarship recipients to provide testimonials, start planning earlier, line up volunteers sooner, & Jim Maxwell offered to work with Howard Printing & Jenn simply volunteered, which is fabulous
 
Respectfully submitted by your biased & limited scribe
 
March 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes Tristam Johnson 2016-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary meeting 3/16/16
 
The meeting started on time with a ring of the bell and pledge.
 
The riddle of the morning “why should you never iron a four-leaf clover…?  You don’t want to press your luck”
 
We thanked Jen and Ed for greeting.
 
Next week scribe, Tristan followed by KJ on 3/30 and Damon on 4/6
 
No guests were introduced.
 
Student Rotarian reports:  Sebastian and Samantha updated on National Honor society projects that included sticking teachers to the wall with tape and pie in the face as a fundraiser for their “Stick it to Cancer” campaign.  Bethany reported that she is collecting books for kids in Honduras
 
Announcements: The Rotary Mixer was reported to be “wild & crazy”
 
Toni reported on 3 on 3, 17 teams participated; she thanked Jen for finding some high school teams. The numbers are not complete yet.  The work is not done yet.  Assistance is needed with updating the mailing list and sending thank you letters.
 
Jen passed a sign-up sheet for the overflow shelter dinner for 3/29.
 
Trivia night was successful under fill-in MC KJ with 55 players.  Same time next month
 
Damon updated the club on his experience at PETS and gave some insights into the goals of his presidency.
 
A moment of silence was taken to think of future members.
 
The coffee shop appeared to be closed.
 
NCAA Brackets were handed out for those interested $5 and don’t forget your name.
 
Cards: No winning card this week, the pot continues to grow
 
Brags: Jim Maxwell for a trip to Morocco and advice from Jill and for KJ covering as MC
 
Sandy Ladd for receiving her Medicare card and a return trip to Florida to see her father
 
Jill for Wilmington OH high school boys’ basketball team making the state championship
 
Damon for his kid’s exceptional hockey season
 
Josh for his trip to Mount Snow with his daughter
 
Jim for his Brother and sister-in-law for taking him into their home
 
Kevin for Bethany getting accepted to all five schools that she applied to
Syracuse woman’s basketball and the entire club for the help on 3 on 3
 
Toni for Kevin and his hard work behind the scenes of 3 on 3
 
Allie payed up for her email blast
 
Dan for Kevin and Toni and their 3 on 3 work
 
Michelle for her trivia team and April 9th ducks unlimited
 
This is your life: Shannon described her life starting in Keene high school, cooking on tall ships and working with the homeless with much greater detail than this
March 16th 2016 Meeting Minutes Drew Hazelton 2016-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
3/9/16 Rotary Meeting Minutes
 
President’s Quote:
“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
Kim Hubbard – American Cartoonist, Humorist, Journalist (1868-1930)
 
Thanks:
Many thanks to our greeter this morning, Josh Traeger; and Jen Moyse has graciously volunteered to be our greeter next week. Thanks to our “first-timer” scribe, Diane.  Next week 3/16 our scribe will be Drew (if his busy schedule allows); then on 3/23 will be Tristam, 3/30 will be KJ and 4/6 will be Damon.
 
Guest Intros:
Welcome to our guests: Christian Craig of the Edgar May Center (our speaker this morning…more to come later) and Sandy Shriver’s nephew Chris, who came up for the week from Philly.
 
Student Rotarian Reports:
Molly and Emily gave this morning’s Student Rotarian reports: The FBLA had a fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes: “Dime Wars”. They raised $80 for the charity. Also, the FBLA is organizing a blood drive on March 15th through the Red Cross. The ladies are both planning on going to “States” up at Lake Morey and must take intensive tests in order to participate. Good luck Molly and Emily!
  
Announcements:
Board Meeting tomorrow – March 10th at 7:15am
 
Another Rotary Mixer is happening this Thursday evening, March 10th, at the Brattleboro Country Club between 5:30-7:30pm. This gives us a great opportunity to mingle with the “nooners” and the Dover Club.
 
The 3-on-3 Tournament is this Saturday! We expect a good turn-out and have many of our members participating in some fashion. Friday volunteers please be at the school at 4:15 and Saturday morning volunteers be there by 7:30/8:00 depending on your duties. Kevin has the sign-up sheet so you can direct specific questions his way. Amelia is in charge of concessions and will email the list as a reminder.
 
This is the last week to collect socks for the Groundworks Collaborative; please see Kevin by Friday 3/11 if you have socks to donate. Children’s books are still being collected for the Honduras trip as well (see Ali).
 
Our next Trivia Night is coming right up on Monday, March 14th at 6:30 and will benefit the Green Mountain Camp for Girls. Our very own illustrious (and handsome, if I might add) KJ will be filling in for Jim Maxwell as emcee next week while Jim is on vacation.
 
The next overflow Shelter Dinner will be on Tuesday, March 29th.  More information to come as it gets closer.
 
The Rotary T-shirts are now in – see Toni if you ordered one.
 
Tristam has coffee for sale at $12/bag as a fundraiser to support scholarships to the Honduran community which provides the coffee.
 
Future Guest Speaker Assignments: 
Next week 3/16: Jen Moyse - Friends Forever, Inc.
3/23: 3-on-3 debrief (and perhaps ”This is your life” - newbies prepare yourselves!)
3/30: Hosted by Jim Maxwell
4/6: Hosted by Todd
 
Birthdays: No singing today.
 
Cards: Three of diamonds - no winner today. There is $50 in the card kitty now so make sure you buy a card next week!
 
Brags:
Sadie earned three brags for her amazing performance in “On the Verge”. She also impressed us all with an excerpt from the play. Very impressive!
 
Jon bragged that his mom is up from DC, settling in well and graduating from the nursing home to assisted living! Way to go Jon’s mom!
 
Tristam told us about Rotary International’s involvement in the Dominican Republic and their project around proper hygiene training.
 
Shannon is now a member of the Planning Commission as well as being involved in a hospice program.
 
Kevin bragged for the public service folks in town and informed us of an opportunity to volunteer to assist the crisis response team to be the “parents” for an evacuation drill on 3/24. Also, he mentioned that it is MS awareness week: there are 2.3 million people afflicted with this disease and many live among us and we are not aware of it. We continue to hope for a cure.
 
Bowl of Life: no time for the bowl today with all the announcing and bragging going on.
 
Speaker: 
Sandy Ladd introduced Christian Craig, executive director of the Edgar May Center (incidentally, he is also President of the Springfield Rotary Club). Christian is on the steering committee for the Leadership Southeast Vermont program.
 
“Leadership Southeast Vermont prepares leaders to affect change in our communities. The program is designed to create an understanding of obligation and commitment to becoming “trustees” of our communities.
Participants: Leadership Southeast Vermont brings together people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and views, who have a strong interest in becoming active leaders in their communities. What is required is a genuine concern about the future of Vermont.
Sessions: Leadership Southeast Vermont meets once a month for 10 months. It is an intensive interactive program. Each meeting focuses on a community theme. Through presentations, group discussions, field trips, and class projects, participants are immersed in the many aspects and complexities facing our communities.
Community: Leadership Southeast Vermont is designed to develop an increased knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges facing our communities. The curriculum creates an awareness of the needed resources and their ability to meet those challenges.”
 
There will be an informational meeting on May 4th at The New England House in West Brattleboro from 5:00-7:00pm. The next program begins in September.
 
Contact information:
Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce
56 Main St.  Suite #2
Springfield, VT 05`56
802 885-2779
 
Thanks all and have a great week!
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes for February 17th
 
Todd Murchison stood in as president today for Ali who just had knee surgery and welcomes all friendly texts.  Todd offered us these quotes.  “When an individual, a sect, a clique or a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique or nation, inevitably they simply do not actually know the objects of their hatred.  Ignorance is always at the bottom of it.”  Paul Harris (founder of Rotary) ; and also “Always remember you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.”  Margaret Mead
 
Thanks to our greeters – Bethany and Turner  Bob Fagelson volunteered for next week.
 
Jen filled in as scribe for Ross.  2/24 Jerry; 3/2 Scott will need a fill in; 3/9 Diane
 
Guests:  Kevin introduced his daugher Sarah
 
Bethany was our student Rotarian, but only reported that they’re on school break.
 
Announcements:
 
Sandy:  Thursday, March 10th 5:30-7:30pm the noon club is having a mixer at the Brattleboro Country Club.  Let’s try to get more than just 4 of us to join them this time.
 
Toni is ordering Rotary shirts.  She’ll send out an e-mail to see who needs one, but you must reply to get one.  There will be an opportunity to purchase other Rotary-wear for warmer weather needs at a later date.
 
Tristam has coffee for sale again.
 
KJ and Sandy are going to the noon club to run a couple rounds of trivia as a promo.  They need a score-keeper.  Beathany volunteered.
 
Jen will e-mail out assignments for overflow shelter dinner this Friday 2/19 from 5-7.  Still need a server.  Dan volunteered.
 
Kevin reminded us of the 3 on 3 on March 12th.  The set up people will get in Friday afternoon for about an hour, hopefully at 4pm, but depending on high school sports.  The registration deadline is three weeks away.  The deadline is Wednesday this year, which is earlier than in the past, to eliminate last minute scrambling with the brackets.  Bob was curious if it will affect numbers.  Pepsi’s on board with drinks.  Kevin will have them co-ordinate with Dan for a pick up of fewer sodas and more water and sports drinks this year.
 
Sarah Yaeger let us know about a school community service project for VT Tech.  A sock drive for Groundworks Collaborative collecting socks, personal care and feminine hygiene products.  Drop them off at Vermont Tech or with Kevin at Rotary.  Kevin is offering a 40 sock challenge (I assume that’s forty pairs…..)
 
 
Birthdays:  Dan Deitz this Saturday 2/20
 
Cards:  4 of hearts – no winner
 
Brags:
 
Jill bragged for Mesa wearing her United Way onesie who just graduated from her infant car seat to her convertible car seat.
 
Kevin bragged for an amazing trip to Jamaica at an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay.  His new favorite drink is the dirty banana, a chocolate coffee mikshake with a run kick.  Wonderful staff, friendly guests.  They met a couple from South Dakota, the husband used to ride through Brattleboro on deliveries to C&S wholesale.  He also bragged for his daughter who house sat for them and who had two dirty bananas waiting for them when they arrived home.
 
Speaker:  Drew from Rescue Inc.
 
Rescue Inc serves 15 communinites and has since 1966.  They celebrate 50 years this year.  They’ve been paramedics since the 1970’s.  They take care of the area’s EMS training.  They were the first ambulances with full scope critical care transport, which has invasive monitoring and allows for critical care transport to Dartmouth, Boston and more.  They have 46 members that go ANYWHERE.  They do CPR, AED and advanced training.
 
On-site advanced level care is your best chance of survival in an emergency, rather than transporting to a hospital, but life-saving equipment is expensive and disposable.  But they only get reimbursed by medicaid for transport and that reimbursement is .13 cents on the dollar.  Transportation is much different that advanced treatment and they are not allowed to bill patients for treatment, so they have to pay for it.  Each time they administer heroine over-dose drugs it costs them $60.  In the last year, the state has gone from 18% of its population on Medicaid to 35%.  This increase has created a huge gap in projected budget shortfalls for the year.  There is also a 10 to 20 % increase in mental health and drug related call volume, due to suicides and overdoses.
 
Drew is working hard to lobby the state government to change it’s health care billing structure.  The federal government reduced it’s rate by ½% on January 1st, but the state hasn’t changed it’s rates since 2008.  Medicaid is 45% state funded and 55% federally funded, which means when the state falls short of increasing its funds to Rescue Inc. it leaves 3 million dollars of matching grant funds on the table uncollected.  They need to replace their stretchers this year or they can’t get new ambulances because the code on the new ambulances is different and won’t allow for the old stretchers.  Eventually these costs may fall back on the property owners.  But they try to fundraise as much as possible.  Their ADVENTURE RACE is set for October 15th.  Those who were here saw awesome photos of Josh and Toni suspended from harnesses at last year’s race!
February 17th minutes Jen Moyse 2016-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amelia Farnum

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 

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

- Albert Camus

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Guest intros: 

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

 

 

Student Rotarian Reports:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Announcements and Committee Reports:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Other Announcements/ Committee Reports

 

Future Guest Speak Assignments:

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

 

 

Birthdays: NONE.

 

Cards: seven of diamonds. NO WINNERS

 

Brags:

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

 

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

 

John: Bethany got first college acceptance - Franklin Pierce

 

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

 

Timberly: new job and new baby!!!!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Minutes 2-10-16 Amelia Farnum 2016-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Fagelson
BRATTLEBORO SUNRISE ROTARY
February 3, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by President Aly at 7:15 AM
 
Quotes:
       “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.”
               Leo Tolstoy
        “He was a bold man who first ate an oyster”
               Jonathan Swift
Guests:
         Nicole Barry and Anna Wojenski--- Guest Speakers
Students:
         John and Bethany spoke to the new grading system at the high school (I will reserve comment on this stupid idea)
Announcements:
          Mark announced his newsletter will be soon forthcoming
          Kevin reminded us of 3-on-3 Wants t get out sign-up sheets. We need people for concessions, clean-up and set-up. Posters are also available.
         Tristam gave nutritional project update
         Sandy S. Trivia next Monday. Needs scratch pads. Recipient will be clothes for kids and announced we have received thank-yous from previous trivia recipients
        Aly announced the next overflow dinner will be Feb. 19. We are also looking into a joint meeting with the nooners. Also, there will be a Club Assembly next week.
Birthdays:
        Turner and Ralph
Cahds:
         Five of Spades. Anna Wojenski was the winner
Brags:
         Sandy L. For husband Jon who is going to Florida to help with her father. In doing so he will miss his bowling night.
         Nick For son's 4th birthday. Had a party Saturday with Star Wars theme
        Toni 1. Thanks to Turner for something which I cannot read my writing
               2. To Kevin and WKVT for receiving the Corporate Citizens Award from the Chamber
         KJ To everyone who participated in the overflow shelter dinner
         Kevin 1. Thanked Toni for her brag
                   2. He's going to Jamaica Friday.
                   3. Use of seat belts. Eric and his girl friend were in an acident over the weekend. It was a rollover, but no one was hurt, thanks to seat belts.
         Marcy Planning Rowan's b'day party. Its going to be a pool party
          Dan 1. Grandson's 5th birthday
                 2. Overflow shelter dinner
         Jill She and her husband will be at the Strolling of the Heifers bld'g Monday at Noon to demonstrate their olive oil
         Tristam for Maria Leonard the coffee lady.
 
Guest Speakers;
          Nicole Barry and Anna Wojenski spoke of their recent triup to Honduras. It was arranged through Maria Leonard the coffee lady, thanks to help from Tristam. They planned the trip at the last minute so it was too late to get the shots and meds they would need, but their hosts made sure they were well protected. They spent time in a school grade K-6, spending a day in each grade. They are asking for children's books to be sent to the school.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 AM

 
Bob Fagelson

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

Rotary minutes 1/27/16

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Announcements & Committee reports-

Jen - Overflow Shelter Dinner –1/28

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

Board meeting 2/4 -7:15 at WKVT

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

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

 

Birthdays-Turner, Ralph & Jim Maxwell

Cards-In the deck!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Ali's mother doing well after surgery.

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Jim Maxwell, Ralph Meima, Michelle Pong.

 

Many thanks to our lovely greeters, Becca and Casey!

Amelia Farnum volunteered to be the greeter next week.

 

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

 

Announcements

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

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

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

 

Brags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bowl of Life

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

 

Guest Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Birthdays: None today.

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

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

No Speaker, but Club assembly, business meeting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Ladd

 of 1:5 and opportunities for older campers at age 14 to be CIT’s, counselors in training
There is a perspective of the location as being very magical and is fondly etched in many campers minds and is there go to place when needing to de-stress.
United Way has many projects at the Camp this year and Billie also mentioned other organizations that have helped the camp in the past.  
C&S helped with fixing some roofing and also gave a grant for composting and pl