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Newsletter - Current May 23, 2017
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The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA

The River Log 

     Rotary Logo old

May 23, 2017   

Read "Your Health is at Risk",

The Rotarian, May 2017, p, 55-57.


News Items:


Our Meeting:


The Pledge was led by President Elect Rich. The song "America the Beautiful" was led by Phil.

Thoughtful Moment:

Grace was given by Gayle 


    Jeremy Greeley, Julia Lou 

Visiting Rotarians:


Happy Dollars:  Dave Landry filled the job of Sergeant-at-Arms admirably.

The following Rotarians were happy because:

* Jim - his church (which buned) has developed a floor plan and they are on their way.

* Kathi - attended her nephew's graduation at Colby College. Former Vice President Joe Biden gave the speech. He shook hands with every graduate.

* Phil - Happy for the nice day and that we will be doing a nice thing later in the meeting.

* Dave S - he can report that our District (7870) has contributed more to The Rotary Foundation than our goal. Saturday night was the Jr. Prom and son Aiden is Big!  (Most of them do grow up.)

* Dave Br. - reported that his granddaughter, who was born at one pound, has doubled her weight and is doing well.

* Dave FF - he did some office work and some weeding today but wondering where summer is.

* Margo - she got her garden planted this past weekend.

* Rich - his daughter-in-law received her Masters degree in counseling. His garage floor is poured.

Dave L - he helped on the Community Dinner Monday night and served 70 meals of pulled pork.


Late:   Kipp, Margo, Dave Br.                      Cell phone:    

No Pin: Dave Br.                                          No Badge:    

Leaving Early:                           

Member proposed fines:                     

50/50 drawing:

Guest speaker Julia drew Dave L's ticket. Dave chose a white stone and did not win the "pot". 

Sing-A-Long:     WOW !  after a few dry weeks we sang two songs. They were "Smile" (and the world smiles with you) and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     A point of view from the Song Leader.  The age of a song has no bearing on the enjoyment of singing or listening to it. A message or story contained in the lyrics, the pleasant effect of the melody, or the pure pleasure or fun of singing it are far more important than when it was written.

     In addition, the proven medical benefits of singing outweigh any reticence to sing. Very few sing as the opera singers do. So, Sing and Enjoy!

     The singing of a song or two should come immediately after the 50/50 drawing. There is always time for a song.  


     A few items of business were taken discussed.

Membership: A motion was made by Phil to suspend the rules of voting in a member and vote in Jeremy Greeley as a member as of today. (Jeremy was introduced to Rotary several weeks ago by Rotarian Aaron MacAskill and has attended every meeting since. A series of events precluded presenting to the BOD and publishing the name to the membership. In the several weeks of Jeremy's attendance club members have had an opportunity to ask questions and seek information. In the light of the recent rulings by RI giving Clubs the decision making authority on such matters the above motion seemed appropriate in this case.)  The club voted yes unanimously.




Congratulations Jeremy


Quechee Balloon Festival: Dave Landry distributed raffle tickets for the Hot Air Balloon ride. Rotary sells 50 tickets for $10 apiece to reimburse the Club for a $500 donation to the QBF.

Charitable Fund Scholarships: Kathi reported that the Charitable Fund BOD has chosen the winners of the 2017 scholarships and awards. Kipp will present the Richard Miller award. The HACTC chef will present the Jerry Cote award. A family member will be asked to present the Frank Kenison scholarship. She is looking for presenters for the Larry Chase award, the Al Kerr scholarship and the Barwood-Drown scholarship.


     Julia Lou, a member of Hartford Area Career and Technology Center faculty, presented a program she conducts on the Integration of Mathematics into the HACTC curriculum. Julia works with faculty and students. (Faculty members are sometimes non-education educated and students are sometimes those who have shied away from math in their first two years of high school.)

     Julia meets with the faculty to provide mathematics understanding, create ways to integrate math into their classes, and works with the students co-teaching with the faculty members in the classroom.

     Julia demonstrated one of her lessons on getting participants to think math by asking the Rotarians to participate in the game of NIM. Ten tokens are presented to a pair of participants and they are asked to play the game in order to determine how to win. Participants have the option of removing 1, 2, or 3 tokens in turns in such a fashion that one of the partners loses by having to take the last token. 

     HACTC is an area school receiving students from surrounding schools (public and private) so Julia communicates with each sending school with monthly reports on the progress of each student.

     Julia provided a very interesting and informative program. 


 President Elect Richard led The Four Way Test and the Rotary Motto. 


See below for pictures of the Community Dinner.


 See Program.


Tues   May  30     Regular meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:15 PM

Tues  June  06     Regular meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:15 PM

Wed   June  07    Block Party - Listen Center - Food Service. Volunteers needed.

Tues  June  13     Regular meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:15 PM

Tues  June  20     Regular meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:15 PM

Mon   June  26     Community Dinner. Listen Center.  3:00 - 6:00 PM

Tues   June  27     Regular meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:15 PM?


 No one fessed up!

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.




     Members at the meeting:

           David Briggs, David F. Ford, Jeremy Greeley, Phil Hammond, Richard Hoffman,

           Margo Howland,  Dave Landry, Aaron MacAskill, Kipp Miller,

           Gayle Ottmann, Kathi Perkins, Bob Platt, Kim Potter, Jim Rostron,

           David Saturley,            (15)


(27 - 4 = 23)

     Rotarians in Service to the community:


     Community Members helping Rotary:



     Rotarians at Rotary Social Events:


     Rotarians We Missed:                                                          

         Alice Baird, Kenneth Baldwin  Nico Bekker, Chip Lewis (H), Skip Nalette, 

         Brad Rostron, Nancy Russell Lisa Saturley, PJ Skehan, Ray Stanford,

         Brad Vail, George Wenz. (12)


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



                                              15 / 23 =  65 % at the meeting.


     Make Ups Reported:


     Board of Directors: Community Dinner:




   The call went out and the  faithful responded.

   Rotarians doing service for  the community.






 Notes by Gayle Ottmann                                          River Log Construction by Phil Hammond

 Editing by Gloria Hammond                                     Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond



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