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The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA

The River Log 

     Rotary Logo old

July 18, 2017   


Read "Can capitalism save the world?",

The Rotarian, July 2017, p, 48-56.


News Items:

 Here is the current edition of our SANE/THOUGHTFUL Magazine.

Guaranteed not to be as funny as WRRC, SA's Mad Mag.,

but willing to include anything funny sent in.



Our Meeting:


 The Pledge was led by Past President Brad. The song "America" was led by Phil.

 Thoughtful Moment:

 Nancy said Grace



Visiting Rotarians:  


Happy Dollars: Our own kangaroo judge, Ray, back from the west, performed his usual fine job as Sergeant-at-Arms.

The following Rotarians were happy because:

* Dave L. - he attended a family gathering in Massachusetts. They played a game of "bean toss" for charity. There were 38 teams of two. He had a great time.

* Brad - he is moving into a new  home but it is going slowly. (It takes awhile to sort out where items will be placed ); he built a compost bin (the first of three) and thought Phil would be happy with him. (He is, even though there was some comment about being full of compost); his having fun purchasing equipment for the house and collecting all the items his Dad is giving him. SAD because his wonderful, old cocker spaniel came to the point in health where they had to say good bye.

* Phil - the fruit and nut trees on his minifarm are producing this year. There will be a crop of Apples, peaches, pears, cherries, and hazel nuts; the garden is doing, but slowly - not a good weather year for gardening.

* Jeremy - he can report that the sanding of his floors at home is finished and they are beginning to be able to walk around without tripping on boxes.

* Dave FF - he has finished an outside patio for smokers- now he can ask smokers to go ourside to the patio to smoke. Sad to announce that honorary member Jon Appleton has suffered a stroke. Jon is currently in Hawaii.

* Dave Br. - he can announce that his granddaughter, born at one pound, has now grown to six pounds and he will hold her this weekend; (Dave mentioned something about taking "a shot" for every pound the baby gained.)

* Ray - his daughter and family spent a week with them at their B&B and had a great time.


Late:    Kipp                                                 Cell phone:  Gayle

No Pin:  Dave Briggs                                   No Badge:  Brad   Why?

Leaving Early:  No one                        

Member proposed fines:  Dave Briggs fined Phil, with one of his picturesque soliloquies, for leading the song America in such a fast tempo. Dave complained that it was supposed to be a hymn not a march. (He made some reference to geese, but he will have to explain that)   ;-)

Phil put up no defense, but did comment that usually the complaint is that he leads the songs too slowly. (Can't please all the people all the time) Phil paid the fine for the pleasure of hearing Dave's soliloquy.      

50/50 drawing:

Kipp drew Brad's ticket. Brad chose a white stone and did not win the "pot".

Sing-A-Long:     No songs today. 


Program: Today's meeting was a Club Assemby to conduct business.


A discussion of the Board of Directors Minutes of 7-10 took place;

     Phil suggested that "box" should be taken our of the phrase "inexpensive box lunches."

     Kathi said that Dave S's name as National Night Out Chairperson should be changed to Kathi;

     In reference to the discussion of backpacks Jeremy reported that we have 20 back packs promised and there is money in the budget to purchase more and purchase supplies.

     Ray moved to accept the minutes as amended. Dave FF seconded and the motion passed.

Financial Report;

     Aaron had provided digital copies of the financials which were forwarded to the members. Dave Briggs inquired about the South Africa account. Aaron explained that $3,000 was an accumulation of money being held to send to the "Books in Homes" project which is sponsored by our Twin Club of White River, South Africa. We are waiting for them to create an RI International Funding project to fund the activities of providing literacy activities to people without books. Dave Briggs felt that it was a great project and our community should be aware of our communication and project with South Africa.

     Ray moved acceptance of the Financial statement and Jeremy seconded. The motion was passed.

     In other business Gayle discussed the progress that the Glory Days of the Railroad committee has made. She suggested that the committee could benefit from more Rotarians participating. Their main project is to acquire "rolling stock" for participants to view. The next meeting is Thursday, July 20 at the Municipal Building.

     Phil gave a presentation about the process of moving to sandwich and soup/salad lunches.

He noted the very nice presentation today and moved that the Club consider the price be adjusted to $14.25 to cover expenses more adequately. Dave Landry seconded and the motion passed.              There was agreement that for special meals, i.e. the Governor's visit that we revert back to a hot meal at the $17.25 rate. Brad and Phil will notify the caterer about the August 1 Governor's visit.

     Dave Saturley presented the programs for the next few weeks and agreed to make sure that they were put on the Club's website calendar. 


 PP Brad led The Four Way Test and the Rotary Motto.



 See program. 


 Mon.  July 24          Community Dinner. Please let Zoe know if you can volunteer.

 Tue.   July 25          Regular meeting.  Hotel Coolidge  Meal starts at 12:00 noon. Bell at 12:15.

 Tue.   Aug.  1          Regular meeting. Governor Jon Springer will be our speaker. 

 Tue.   Aug.  8          Regular meeting.  Hotel Coolidge. Meal 12:00.  Bell 12:15

 Tue.   Aug   15        Regular meeting.  Hotel Coolidge. Meal 12:00.  Bell 12:15

 Tue.   Aug   22        Regular meeting.  Hotel Coolidge. Meal 12:00.  Bell 12:15

 Tue.   Aug   29        Regular meeting.  Hotel Coolidge. Meal 12:00.  Bell 12:15


 Dave Landry and Tracy celebrated 18 years of marriage.  We sang Happy Anniversary!

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, 

         Dave Landry, Aaron MacAskill, Kipp Miller, Gayle Ottmann,

         Kathi Perkins, Bob Platt, Brad Rostron, Jim Rostron,

         Nancy Russell, David Saturley,Ray Stanford,             (15)       


(26 - 4 = 22)

     Rotarians in Service to the community:


     Community Members helping Rotary:



     Rotarians at Rotary Social Events:


     Rotarians We Missed:                                                          

          Alice Baird, Scott Hausler, Sean Kuit, Richard Hoffman, Margo Howland, 

          Chip Lewis (H), Skip Nalette, Kim Potter,  Lisa Saturley, PJ Skehan, 

          Brad Vail, George Wenz.         (11)   

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



                                              15 / 22 =  68 % at the meeting.


     Make Ups Reported:

      Awards Committee: Kim-Zoe Potter, Dave Landry, Phil Hammond

     Board of Directors: Past President Brad, President-elect Kim Zoe Potter, Gayle Ottmann, Nancy Russell, Jim Rostron, Treasurer Aaron MacAskill, Phil Hammond, Secretary Margo Howland and P.J. Skehan.

     Community Dinner:     


 Notes by  Gayle Ottmann                                         River Log Construction by Phil Hammond

 Editing by Gloria Hammond                                     Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond