The Rotary Club of White River Junction, Vermont, USA

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June 19, 2018

 Read "Full Exposure"

  The Rotarian, JUne 2018, p 25 to 29


News Items:


Our Meeting:



    The Pledge to the Flag was led by President Rich. The song "God Bless America" was led by Phil. 


     Ken Baldwin. 

Visiting Rotarians:

   Stephen Dotson, Rutland Town 

Happy Dollars: Rotarian George served as Sergeant-at-Arms.

The following Rotarians were happy because:

* David FF - he can compliment the firefighters for the job they did fighting the fire at the corner of Rt 5 and Rt 4. David is sad for the fire.

* Chip - he could compliment David Br for the talk he gave at the Hartford Historical Society. A happening in 1951 reminded Chip of arriving at White River Junction by train to go to camp in New London. He mentioned that the trip to New London was via pick up truck and they sat on their bags in the back of the truck.He mentioned that he saw on a computer that today was Juneteenth a celebration in 45 states of the end of slavery.


Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved blacks throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states. 
  • Also called: Freedom Day or Emancipation Day
  • Observances: Exploration and celebration of African-American history and heritage
  • Next time: June 19, 2019
  • Observed by: Residents of the United States, especially African Americans Mascogos
  • Significance: Emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the United States
  • Frequency: annual"

* Kipp - he can congratulate PJ on an excellent Quechee Balloon Festival weekend for all.

* Phil - to compliment David Br on his talk at the Hartford Historical Society and mentioned that we were fortunate to have David Br. with us as he told about digging a 12 foot hole in sand and he was at the bottom of it; his son prepared an great meal for Father's Day.

* Nancy - she is just happy

* PJ - he can report that  his 5th Quechee Balloon Festival was very successful and thanked those Rotarians that were able to volunteer to help.

* George - he spent 4 days in Brooklyn with his daughter.

* Rich - to report that the Quechee Balloon Festival brought a lot of business to the area and hoped people were aware of the economic value to the community. 

* Ken - he could report that the QBF provided an entreprenurial opportunity for parking.

* PJ - he noted that the Hartford Police Department was there on one of their new bicycles.

* Dave Br - he could echo the success of the QBF; Dave told about arriving in White River Junction on June Nineteenth, 1979. At that time there was no Chamber of Commerce. After John Carroll did a documentary on the value of downtown - Dave and others (with the help of Larry Chase) raised $20,000 to start a new Chamber organization; in the summer of 1984 the Chamber became David Br and Kipp Miller. The rest is history.


Late:                                                                      Cell phone:

No Pin: George, PJ, Rich, Dave Br.                    No Badge: PJ, Margo

Leaving Early:

Member proposed Fines: The writer heard somone bragging about wearing someone elses badge and getting away with it. You are a rascal, Chip.

50/50 drawing:

   Ken drew Nancy's number. Nancy chose a pink heart shaped rock and did win the "pot".  


Club Assembly - Business meeting

     President Rich reviewed the Board's action on distributing funds to the Community Projects that had submitted applications. The members assembled approved the recommendations.

     Rotarian Phil moved to increase the amount to be transferred to the White River Rotary Charitable Fund. The increase was approved. Answering a question of procedure, George stated that the purpose of the Club Assembly was to approve/disapprove the work of the Board of Directors.  The amended motion was approved. The Charitable Fund will be given $20,000.

     President Rich pointed out in the minutes of the Board meeting that a new process for new members was included. Each new member will be authorized $500 to be spent on an activity of his/her choice to benefit the community. Not to be used as a simple donation. Up to $5,000 was authorized which would support 10 new members.

     After that explanation, George moved to accept the minutes. No other amendments were made and the minutes were approved. The increase of funds to the Charitable Fund was an action of fund distribution, not an actual amendment to the minutes.

     PJ complimented Rich on the job he did conducting the Board meeting in such an efficient manner and conducting a lot of business in a reasonable amount of time.

     Margo welcomed Stephen Dotson who will become a new member as of July 1.

     Kipp complimented George on a successful operation.


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


We will be visited by citizens from Hartford's sister city on June 26.

The changing of the Gavel meeting will be held at the North Hartland Lake Park on June 29.

There will not be a meeting on July 3.


June 26         Regular Meeting. Hotel Coolidge. 12:00 Noon Visitors from Celon, France 

                      The Sister City with Hartford 

June 29        Changing of the Gavel and Awards Program 

                      5:30 PM  Hartland Dam. 

July    3          There will not be a meeting on July 3, 2018

July    9          Visit from the new District Governor 

                       5:30 (?) Cost and place to be determined (Decisions not finalized at Club 

                       Assembly on June 19. President Rich and David Saturley will inform us.)  

July 10           No meeting.  Replaced by July 9 meeting. 

July 17           Regular Meeting.   Hotel Coolidge   12:00 Noon 

July 24           Regular Meeting    Hotel Coolidge   12:00 Noon 

July 31           Regular Meeting    Hotel Coolidge   12:00 Noon 

Aug.07           Regular Meeting    Hotel Coolidge   12:00 Noon  


   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. 

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


   Members at the meeting:

David Briggs, Lori Brown, David F. Ford, Jeremy Greeley, Phil Hammond, Scott Hausler, 

Richard Hoffman, Margo Howland, Renee Hebert, David Landry, Chip Lewis (H),  

Aaron MacAskill, Kipp Miller, Skip Nalette, Gayle Ottmann, 

Jim Rostron, Nancy Russell, Wayne Russell, David Saturley, Lisa Saturley, 

Sue Shaw, PJ Skehan, Ray Stanford, Brad Vail, George Wenz.      (25) 

   Rotarians in Service to the community:   

   Community members helping Rotary:


   Rotarians at Rotary Social Events: 

    Phil and Gloria served supper and cooked breakfast for 28 Bike and Build riders that camped out in Lebanon to work on COVER building projects. The Bike and Build group continues on a Northern Route to Washington State camping and building along the way.

   Rotarians we missed:

     Rotarians not highlighted and underlined were not in attendance. 


                                                        10 /25 = 40% at the meeting.

Make UPs Reported


Notes by Gayle Ottmann                                                  River Log Construction by Phil Hammond

Editing by Gloria Hammond                                             Keyboarding and Email by Phil Hammond