The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA
The River Log
July 20, 2021
Read "Cultural immersion"
The Rotarian, July 2021, p 22-24.
Today we held our first Hybrid meeting with President Carson Wenz.
The Pledge to the Flag was led by Phil. "America the Beautiful" was led by Phil.
Gayle quoted a Chinese Proverb. "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else."
Happy Dollars: Rotarian Ray served as Sergeant-at-Arms.
The following Rotarians were happy because:
* Phil - Carson is leading; the rain is helping the garden, we have a new light in the dining room.
* Bret - Carson is safe and leading.
* Gayle - to see everyone and be back in person; to be looking forward to more "in person" meetings; dining room is now attached to the house.
Someone asked Carson if she had eaten blubber, yet. (Carson is not in Alaska, yet, but she said she had a piece of steak that tasted fishy.
* PJ - we are back in person; Ray remembered his name.
* Kipp - we are back in person. (Kipp registered his dislike of Zoom meetings.)
* David S - to give prayers for Wayne who is in the hospital waiting for an EKG.
* Jan - she is on the conference call for the meeting.
* Carson - to show the map of their travels; showed pictures representing the places they have stayed/camped. Spoke about a Paul Bunyon meeting.
* Ray - to give an apology to PJ for forgetting his name; reported that he collected $200 at the meeting held at Dave Brigg's home.
No drawing: Sergeant-at-arms will research the tickets for future meetings.
Club Assembly/Business meeting.
Financials: Motion to accept was made and seconded and passed.
Board of Directors Minutes: Motion to amend was made by Carson
to include additional members to the committees:
The Committees established are as follows:
International Service: Phil, Brett, Nancy, Jan, Dave S, Ray.
Vocational Service: Ken, Gayle, Dave S, Wayne.
Membership: Phil (Ad Hoc), PJ, Wayne, Dave S.
Program: Nancy, PJ,Dave S., Wayne.
Public Relations: Joe, Dave S., Gayle, Wayne.
Awards: Brett, Nancy, Wayne, Dave S. Rich, Scott.
Fundraising: Ken, Phil (Ad Hoc) Ray, Jan, Gayle.
Polar Express: Ken, Gayle, PJ will serve as tri-chairs, Phil (Ad Hoc)
Club Service/By-Laws: Dave S., Nancy, Wayne.
The amendment was accepted by the maker of the motion so one vote was required.
"The motion to accept the minutes as amended passed.
Polar Express Committee Report:
PJ and Ken gave an update on the issues to date.
There are issues with the train. Green Mountain Railroad will not run the train if there are any requirements such as wearing masks. Amtrack currently requires masks and will make a decision to abandon them in early September. Also, GMRR is required to pay $8,000 to use the tracks the train runs on. They are transfering that cost to running the train this year. Another club uses the train for a similar project and PJ will contact them about sharing the cost.
There are issues with the train station in WRJ. The Amtrack room is available. The larger middle room is unoccupied at the moment. Inquiries will be made by the tri-chairs about renting the room for the PEX. The Vermont State person in charge, Mark Fitzgerald, will be contacted.
Ray moved that the Tri Chairs move forward and do all necessary to get things organized and for PEX 2021. Kipp moved to amend the motion to include a deadline to make the decision to run PEX or not. Discussion and suggestion by Carson to set the date at September 30 was agreed. The amended motion was passed.
Political unrest in SA has resulted in fires and battles to the point many buildings and materials have been destroyed. The Wallingford Club, which has an international project in the area, is asking for a contribution of $104.00 from all clubs to send to their SA partners.
Ray moved to send $250.00, our usual contribution to disasters. Motion was seconded and passed.
Carson inquired if there were any new members suggested.
One new member accepted in the minutes - Aiden Saturley. A member of the membership committee will induct him when he attends.
President Carson led the 4-Way test and the Rotary motto.
Gayle annouced that the Annual Meeting of the Charitable Fund will be held Thursday, July 29 at 5:30 PM. The meeting is to be held in the Comfort Inn meeting room. Gayle reminded all that the voting members of the Charitable Fund are the CF Board of Directors and the Rotary Board of Directors. (Other members are welcome to attend as visiting guests.)
One anniversary was mentioned in passing, but no specifics were stated.
Students of the Month: Honored every month between October and May on the second Tuesday at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. Hopefully will restart in October.
Service Above Self Awards: Presented two or three times a year to high school students who have served their community in a vounteer program. A program to reinstate.
Members at the meeting:
Ken Baldwin, David Briggs, Stephen Dotson, David F. Ford, Erin Fredieu,
Phil Hammond, Scott Hausler, Richard Hoffman, Margo Howland, Carson Wenz,
David Landry, Aaron MacAskill, Brett Mayfield, Joe Major, Kipp Miller, Skip Nalette,
Gayle Ottmann, Heather Potter, Jan Hebert, Randy Hodge, Jim Rostron, Nancy Russell,
Wayne Russell, David Saturley, PJ Skehan, Ray Stanford, Lynn Towne, Brad Vail,
George Wenz. 10 (29 COUNTED)
Rotarians in Service to the community:
Community members helping Rotary:
Rotarians at Rotary Social Events:
Rotarians we missed: Are not highlighted above.
10 / 29 = 34% at the meeting.
Make UPs Reported
No make ups reported.
Notes by Phil Hammond River Log Construction by Phil Hammond
Editing by Gloria Hammond Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond