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Newsletter - Current Jan 9, 2018
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The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA

The River Log 

     Rotary Logo old

January 9, 2018   


Read "The President's Message",

The Rotarian, January 2018, p, 1.


News Items:


Our Meeting:


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

 Thoughtful Moment:

 Invocation was given by Margo.



Visiting Rotarians:

PDG Dennis McMann - Nashua West

Happy Dollars:  Rotarian Ray Stanford served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Our Kangaroo Judge!

The following Rotarians were happy because:

* Jeremy - his family became a skiing family as his youngest daughter (3) became an avid skier.

* Dave L - he is here.

* Margo - sad dollar as two of her friends died recently.

* Dennis - White River is a very unique club; and he is here.

* Jim - he had a good trip to Colorado to visit family.

* Phil - the Chariable Fund notebooks are in their storage place and should only be taken out to a meeting if required.

* Rich - his daughter begins her new job as a college professor, today; his son-in-law works as the supervisor of the college nuclear program.

* Dave FF - sad that his El Dorado has three flat tires.

* PJ - after 20 years we have found a basement in the train station which we can use for storage; the Polar Express was a great success.

* Gayle - paid $3 for her birthday

* Ray - paid $3 for his birthday


Late:  Dave FF                                             Cell phone:    

No Pin: Rich, Dave Br.                                 No Badge:    

Leaving Early: Aaron 

Member proposed fines:                      

50/50 drawing:

 Dennis drew JIm's ticket. JIm  chose a pink stone heart and did not win the "pot".

 Sing-A-Long:  With maestro Gayle tinkling the ivories we sang Auld Lang Syne to move from 2017 to 2018.


 Dennis McMann spoke to us about Pure Water for the World.


     Dennis has made several trips to Haiti for Pure Water for the World. He is amazed at the poverty of the people in the slum that is known as the worst slum in the Northern Hemisphere.

Dennis spoke about the need for water, there is none there, and sanitation, there is virtually none there for the 400,000 person slum. Dennis noted that there is one toilet facility for the entire area.

     Water for drinking in the area is taken from the brook type run off that goes through the area. This water way has all kinds of impurities put into it including human waste. And then it is used for washing and drinking.

     Rotary's Pure Water for the World has been supplying sand filters to homes to purify the water that families drink and wash with. A work shop has been established where the plastic filters are made. This provides jobs for about 30 people. Sand for the filters is provided by three high school students. Several sizes of sand are used. Water is poured into the top of the filter and drains through to a spigot and into a collection vessel. An organic layer of material forms on the top of the filter which helps remove 90% of the impurities.

     Dennis related a conversation with a mother. When he asked her if the sand filter had made a differrence in the family's life, she stated that now her babies survived.

     It was noted that a first generation sand filter was made of cement. These had been produced in the area providing jobs, but are not anymore as the filters were so heavy it took too much energy to transport them to remote familes. Dennis was direct about looking for funds. He noted that $500 would provide filters for 4 families.*

     Two business items were noted. The position of President Elect for 2019-2019 is being "pondered" by the person asked to take the position.

     Ballots of the 14 chosen in the first ballot were distributed. This vote is to choose the 7 Board of Directors for 2018-2019.


A Moment of Silence was observed in memory of the late

Rotarians Frank Ballou (Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club) and Jeffrey A.

Larson, husband of Fair Haven Rotary Club President Jennifer Larson,

and a founding member of the Fair Haven Club.


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


* Comment:      The White River Rotary has made a collection of change at its meeting since the Change for Change project was started sometime around 2005. This has created a donation to Pure Water for the World of approximately $500 each year. Sometimes it is less. That would add up to nearly $6500 contributed to PWftW. The real point is the club donates on a yearly basis and has for the past 12-13 years. 


01/16/18 - Regular Meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:00 Noon

01/23/18 - Regular Meeting. HACTC. 12:00 Noon  

01/30/18 - Regular Meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:00 Noon


 Gayle, birthday; Ray, birthday. We sang to both of them.

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,

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

 Gayle Ottmann, Jim Rostron, Nancy Russell, Wayne Russell, PJ Skehan, Ray Stanford,   (16)     

(26 - 4 = 22)

     Rotarians in Service to the community:

     Community Members helping Rotary:


     Rotarians at Rotary Social Events:

     Rotarians We Missed:                                                          

       Scott Hausler, Skip Nalette, Tad Nunez, Kim Potter, Brad Rostron,  

       David Saturley, Lisa Saturley, Sue Shaw, Brad Vail, George Wenz.       (10)        

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


                                              16 / 24 = 67% at the meeting.

     Make Ups Reported: 

     Board of Directors, 1-8-2018: Philip Hammond, Kim-Zoe Potter, Aaron MacAskill,

     Nancy Russell, Margo Howland, Rich Hoffman, Gayle Ottmann, P.J. Skehan, Lisa O'Neil,

     Jim Rostron, Dave Landry.


 Notes by Gayle Ottmann                                           River Log Construction by Phil Hammond

 Editing by Gloria Hammond                                      Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond



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