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Newsletter - Current Oct 17, 2017
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The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA

The River Log 

     Rotary Logo old

October 17, 2017   

 

Read "Italy's Disappearing Villages",

The Rotarian, November  2017, pps. 22 - 31

 

 

  

Our Meeting: We met at the Hotel Coolidge for Club Assembly.


Opening:

 

The Pledge was led by President Rich Hoffman.  There were no songs because the song leader was absent.

 

Thoughtful Moment: Gayle read an Irish prayer for the Invocation.

 

Guests:  Forrmer Rotarian Ken Baldwin.

 

Visiting Rotarians: None.


Happy Dollars:  We had no formal Sergeant-at-Arms, but a couple of Rotarians paid happy dollars anyway.


The following Rotarians were happy because:


P.J. Skehan was happy to be back after five weeks (recovering from heart bypass surgery) and thanked Rotarians for their good wishes.

 

President Rich echoed P.J. and paid two happy dollars because P.J. was back.

 

Fines:

 

Late:  George Wenz was late but was not fined.       Cell phone:  None

  

 No Pin:   None                                                           No Badge:   None

   

Leaving Early:  None                        

 

Member proposed fines:   None                  

  

50/50 drawing:

 

Ken  drew Kipp's  ticket. Kipp  chose a pink stone heart and diid  win the "pot".

 

Sing-A-Long:      No songs :-(

 

 Program: The program was our Club Assembly. President Rich passed around copies of the Minutes and the Financial Report of the October 9 Board of Directors meeting (which were also circulated by e-mail) and highlighted a few items:

• The Board approved donations from our Disaster Relief Fund of $250.00 each for Puerto Rico and Florida/Louisiana which were devastated by recent hurricanes (and in Puerto Rico's case, also an earthquake). Those funds, along with $250.00 approved last month for disaster relief in Texas, will be sent to three "Rotary Foundation Donor-Advised Funds" set up by Rotary International to accept and handle donations for hurricane relief.

 

• Rotarian Bob Platt has resgigned from the club and is moving to South Carolina for work purposes.

 

•  The names of three prospective members were approved by the Board and announced by President Rich.  They will be formally published to the membership once their applications have been received, he said.

 

 The minutes were approved.  President Rich then announced that Kim-Zoe Potter has tendered her resignation as President-elect, due to personal and work-related reasons, but wll remain a member of the Club. Work on the nomination process for officers and directors for the 2018-2019 year will start next week.

 

•  Polar Express website is up and running. The website went live last Thursday and already there have been 1,060 tickets sold!  Rich said that since PEX Chair P.J. is now back, he will not look for a co-chair, but will "help P.J. as much as I can."

 

Ken Baldwin asked about the club's participation in the monthly LISTEN dinners.  He said he could get enough people to help out for the next dinner, on Monday, October 23, but wondered about the Club's involvelment going forward.  Apparently we will not need to participate in the LISTEN dinners in November and December, due to the proximity of Thanksgiving and Christmas. President Rich said he hopes there will be a chair  lined up by January, at which time the club's continued involvement could be reviewed.

 

• President Rich announced that Phil Hammond was in the hospital for five days last week and was released on Sunday. He talked with Phil on the phone and offered to bring over a meal, but that Phil said he is all set for food.  A get-well card was circulated for the members to sign.

 

 • George Wenz  said he could take payments in advance for those Rotarians who will be bringing guests to the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at the Quechee Club. (The Rotary Club's Fun Fund will cover the cost for Rotarians and will partially subsize the cost for guests, who will pay a reduced price of $25.00.  Checks are payable to White River Rotary.)

 

• David Saturley announced that Bethel Rotary Club's International Dinner will be held next Monday, October 23 at 6 p.m. The 17  international exchange students in the district will be attending.  They meet at the White Church in Bethel.

 

Gayle Ottmann said she and Nancy Russell will coordinate Rotary's participation in the "Trunk or Treat" program sponsored by the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department and for club members to let her know if they wish to become involved. The theme for this year will be "Peanuts" (the comic strip) and decorations in accordance with that theme are needed. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Hartford Town Hall and people are asked to decorate their vehicles and wear costumes. The Halloween treats will be handed out from the open trunks of the vehhicles. The event is from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.  That will be followed by the Gory Daze Halloween Parade at 8 p.m.

 

  Closing:

 

 President Rich led The Four Way Test and the Rotary Motto.

 

 

 Calendar:

10/23/17 -- LISTEN Community Dinner, 3-5 p.m.  Please sign  up.

10/24/17 -- Regular Rotary Club meeting, noon, Hotel Coolidge.

10/28/17 -- Trunk or Treat with Hartford Parks & Rec Department, 4-6 p.m., Hartford Town Hall parking lot. Decorate your cars and bring Halloween goodies for the kids! Wear a costume!

10/31/17 -- Regularl Rotary Club meeting, noon, Hotel Coolidge.

 

Anniversaries/Birthdays:

 

Students of the Month:   Honored every month between October and May on the second Tuesday at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center.

 

Service Above Self Awards: Presented two or three times a year to high school students who have served their community in a volunteer program.

 

 

Engagement:

     Members at the meeting:

         

        

Richard Hoffman, Margo Howland,  Kipp Miller,  Gayle Ottmann, Jim Rostron, David Saturley, P.J Skehan,  George Wenz.

     

(28 - 4 = 24)

    

     Community Members helping Rotary:

      Gloria Hammond, Ken Baldwin

      

     Rotarians We Missed:       

Alice Baird, David Briggs, David F. Ford, Jeremy Greeley, Phil Hammond, Scott Hausler, Sean Kuit, David Landry, Aaron MacAskill, Skip Nalette, Tad Nunez, Kathi Perkins, Kim-Zoe Potter, Brad Rostron, Jim Rostron, Nancy Russell, Wayne Russell, Lisa Saturley, Sue Shaw, Ray Stanford, Brad Vail.                                                   

                         

(See the Website www.whiteriverrotaryusa.org for make up times and locations.)

 

     Attendance:

                                                7 / 25 =     28 % at the meeting.

    

     Make Ups Reported:

 

     Board of Directors:


     Community Dinner:

      

 

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 Notes by Margo Howland                                     River Log Construction by Phil Hammond

 Editing by Gloria Hammond                                 Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond

                                              Pictures by Kim-Zoe Potter

   

 

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