The River Log
The Rotary Club of White River
August 23, 2005
The meeting was held at the Veterans Administration Building #44. This is the second in the series of three trial meeting places and times.
Present: Bill Miller, Larry Chase, Pat Kerrigan, George Wenz, Kipp Miller, Ray Stanford, Harold Wright, Carol Buckley, Lu Beaudry, Gloria Hammond, Phil Hammond, Gayle Ottmann, Al Kerr, Marcia Johnson.
Guests: Ed Nichols – Sebring, FL., District Governor Hugh Haggerty and wife Betty.
Pres. Pat opened the meeting with the Salute to the Flag. Phil led the group in singing both the introduction to and the song God Bless America.
Thoughtful Moment: Pres. Pat asked all to remember our service men and women wherever they are serving.
Announcements: Phil asked everyone to read the River Log and visit the Website. www.whiteriverrotaryusa.org. He reminded us that Simplified Grant Applications are due August 31, 2005. TheDistrict Golf Tournament is being held in Canterbury, NH on Friday, September 16.
Happy Dollars: There were seven Happy Dollars presented. They are listed below.
50/50 Drawing: Al Kerr held the winning number but did not pick the white Diamond.
Program: Pres. Pat introduced District Governor Hugh Haggerty who began by presenting Pres. Pat with a theme banner. Governor Hugh reported that RI President, Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar is emphasizing "Service Above Self" and the Rotary Wheel as the Year’s theme. Hugh reminded the group that Polio has not been eradicated. We are within 1%.
The membership goal this year is 1 new member net gain in each club. This District would have 60 new members, translating to 30,000 worldwide. The Presidential Citation this year will be based on the 1 member net gain and conducting projects in all 4 avenues of service.
Literacy and education and global water crises are emphasized as continuing themes for the year as well as raising $100 per member for the Rotary Foundation. Governor Hugh encouraged the continuation of our Twin Club Program with the White River Rotary of South Africa as a literacy program. The Governor emphasized that all of our youth programs should receive more publicity. Those programs include: Interact Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, Youth Exchange, 4-Way Test Speech Contest, the World Peace Scholarship, and the Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Closing: Pres. Pat closed the meeting with the 4-Way Test and the Rotary Motto, "Service above Self".
Our next meeting on August 30, 2005 will be at the Hotel Coolidge.This will be a breakfast meeting beginning at 7:30 AM. This will be our third sampling of meeting place and time.
The speaker for the meeting will be Anna Abetti - our sponsored Ambassadorial Scholar for 2005-2006.
News Flash ! Anna and Jim got married last Sunday "under a sycamore tree on a misty day" There will be another ceremony when they return from Jordan and the Rotary will be invited to the party.
Congratulations Anna and Jim. See picture below.
August 23 was a very busy Rotary Day. Starting at 11:00 AM with a Board of Directors meeting with Governor Hugh, continuing on to a meeting at 12:15 with Governor Hugh, and topping the day off with a Dinner Cruise on Lake Sunapee on the ship Mt Kearsarge.
Dinner Cruise: A glorious night. Magnificient Food. A lot of fun. It was good to see some old friends, Todd Winslow and Allen Hall and his wife.
We even survived Marcia steering the "boat". Pres. Pat may have created a finable event when he suggested that a tradition of throwing the past President overboard should be started. However, he may have redeemed himself when he sang us a solo at the microphone! Aaaaahhhhhhh ! what a rendition! ;-)
Our thanks are extended to Rotarian George Wenz for continuing this tradition by making arrangements and administering the event. Thank you George.
Announcements, Calendar:Aaugust 30 Breakfast meeting 7:30 - 9:00 AM Hotel Coolidge.
September 8: International Literacy Day.
September 10: Glory Days of the Railroad. AND Rotary Yard Sale at Hartford Motors.
September 16: District 7870 Rotary Golf Tournament, Cantebury Woods Country Club
September 26: Speaker VT Governor Jim Douglas. Monday Location TBA
September 17: Chester Rotary Penny Sale, Green Mountain Union High School, Chester.
October 15: Audition for Murder mystery Dinner. Benefit Pure Water Program
May 19 - 21: District 7870 Annual Conference, Stowe, Vermont
Happy Dollars:Carol, because Burlington Free Press can make typos; Al Kerr read from After All a book by a Past RI President from New Zealand; Ray,for good weather for the Lake Sunapee Cruise; Bill, for not getting fined for getting caught going the wrong way in the parking lot by the VA Police; Gayle,for her grandson getting off to college, AND for serving breakfast to the "Ride for Aids" cyclists (around 100); Kipp for the good turnout for Volunteer Night party by the Chamber of Commerce held at the Quechee Gorge; Pat, that his daughter was off to college.
Students of the Month:Beginning in October.