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Newsletter - Current Jan 25, 2022
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The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA

The River Log 

   Rotary Wheel

Rotary Logo

 January 25, 2022

 Read "Innovate to recruit"

                                                 The Rotarian, January 2022, p. 58-59


News Items:


Our Meeting:



    The Pledge to the Flag was led by President Carson. Phil lead the song "America the Beautiful" 

Quiet Moment:

    Joe Major gave an invocation stating he was thankful for being invited to join Rotary and being accepted.


    No guests.

Visiting Rotarians:

    No visiting Rotarians 

Happy Dollars: Rotarian Ray Stanford served as Sergeant-at-Arms.

The following Rotarians were happy because:

* Dave S. $5 the women's hockey team is doing well; Nancy's granddaughter made her first varsity goal.

* Phil - $20 to catch up on Happy Dollars; happy to be here.

* Ray -  Phil  held his age to 76, but he is actually 77.

* Wayne - he is here and meeting with Rotarians in person.

* Nancy - They found more masks and delivered  them where needed.

* Scott H. - the Kansas Chiefs beat the Bills.

* Brett - $20 for past meetings and seeing all in person, today.

* Carson - she heard the Alarm this AM to be on the Zoom meeting at 3:00 AM Alaska time.

* Joe - he is here and can see all in person.


  No fines, giving Joe a pass for being tardy. 


     No songs, what a bummer. We'll get on track sometime.  ;-) 

50/50 drawing:

     No ticket sales. No drawing. Should somebody be fined?


    Brett Mayfield, Hartford Health Officer Presented.


     Brett spoke today about the Restorative Justice Program; a program for people who have been incarcerated and need help getting back into the community. The program initially was a function of the Town of Hartford, but has since become a non-profit.

     The program has expanded its service population to include: people on the fringes of being incarcerated, young people in trouble, reaching out to landlords who have tenants who are living on the edge and helps by supervising their housing and tenants.

     Restorative Justice works in two ways helping the victim and the perpetrator. They create a circle of peace that includes communty members who meet with the clients and help them move back into the community.

     Brett's outline of services can be viewed at: Restorative Justice program Hartford VT 1 14 21 - word: which has been forwarded to you by President Carson. 

     Nancy added that she and Mary Springer were responsable for establishing the Restorative Justice Program giving it a Rotary presence in its establishment.


     Two Rotarians were asked to present their history for people who are new, not aware of their history and service.


     Phil Hammond presented his experiences in the following categories:

 Born and raised in the seacoast of New Hampshire. Joined 4-H and earned honors in Gardening.

Joined Boy Scouts and was an initial member of Rye's Troop 181 and later was Senior Patrol Leader. Served Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster and earned the Wood Badge training beads. Attended Rye Elementary School, Portsmouth High School and Keene Teachers College. During summers at Keene Teachers College and the first teaching years Phil served an apprenticeship as a brick, block, cement and plaster mason earning the Journeman designation. Phil then attended Boston University and earned a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Education Administration with the help of an appointment as a Doctoral Fellow. He served two Rotary clubs as President. Spent time as a teacher of Four year olds, Grade six elementary grade, Supervisor of Student Teachers for Northeastern University, Principal of three elementary Schools, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools. Earned certification in financial services for insurance and became an investment principal. Earned a designation as a Master Composter from UVM. He currently serves as a Deacon at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon.

     Married his college sweetheart, became a parent of three children and are now in the 65th year of his marriage with Gloria. None of the above could have been accomplished without her help. 


     Ray Stanford presented his experiences in the following categories.: 


     Early years: Rotarian 1984 to present: 19 years in PA and 18 years with WRJ Rotary.   

Born in Bellows Falls, VT in 1945. Moved to WRJ 1951. Went to White River Grammar School at current municipal building then moved to Wilder and attended HHS graduate ‘63.  Lettered in 3 Sports: football, basketball and track. Lifeguard and first manager of Hartford outdoor swimming pool ‘63 

     Active with Boy Scouts, Jr asst scout master. 

     Dad was long time WRJ Rotarian in ‘60’s to 80’s while he worked as Manager of Green Mt Power in WRJ.  He served as Secretary many years and a term as President.  Received Paul Harris Fellow.  

     I am 54 years married to Susan (Patterson) HS sweetheart.  2 kids Chris and Karen.  Married with 2 boys and 1 girl grand children. 

     Professional history:  Training  in Sports, Outdoor Recreation and Property Management,

and Real Estate:

     BS Springfield College ‘67 & MS University of Illinois ‘68.  US Peace Corps (with Susan) ‘68-‘70.  Served in Marshall Island.  We traveled in Japan then returned to VT.    

     Work:  Town of Hartford, South Pacific, City of Philadelphia, Cheltenham Township PA, Dauphin Co. PA,  Hideout POA, PA and many others.  Returned to live at Crystal Lake, Enfield, NH worked with Moseley Associates 15 yrs, 2003 - Retired 5/2018.   


    President Carson led the 4-Way test and the Rotary motto.


* Carson noted that not many had signed up for the 5K Ski/Snowshoe fund raiser, yet.

* Ray noted that his first requests for Silent Auction donations were gladly accepted. He encouraged all to work toward their 5-10 items.

* In addition Ray encouraged members to solicit people/organizations not on their list, or swap suggested contacts with other members.




  None admitted to.

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

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 service to be reinstituted.



   Members at the meeting:               Are highlighted below.

David Briggs, David F. Ford, Scott Farnsworth, Erin Fredieu,

Phil Hammond, Scott Hausler, Jan Hebert, Randy Hodge,Richard Hoffman,

Margo Howland, Carson wenz, David Landry, Aaron MacAskill, Brett Mayfield,

Joe Major, Kipp Miller, Skip Nalette, Gayle Ottmann, Heather Potter,

Nancy Russell, Wayne Russell, Aidan Saturley, David Saturley, PJ Skehan, 

Ray Stanford, Lynn Towne, Vicky Trombly, Brad Vail, George Wenz.      (29 COUNTED) 


   Rotarians in Service to the community:   

   Community members helping Rotary:


   Rotarians at Rotary Social Events: 

   Rotarians we missed:                 Are not highlighted above.



                                                       9 / 29 = 31% at the meeting.

Make UPs Reported


Notes by Phil Hammond                                                   River Log Construction by Phil Hammond

Editing by Gloria Hammond                                             Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond