Newsletter Date: August 4
Meeting Date: July 29
Reporter: Art Norwalk
Barbara Harris read words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Nearly two dozen Providence Rotarians, friends and prospective members turned out for Thursday's after-hours meeting at Flatbreads Pizza. General Manager (and club member) Amy Manchester told us how Flatbreads uses community service instead of advertising to attract customers and how the great food keeps 'em coming back. Thanks, Amy. We'll be back!
Margaret Kane welcomed Jim Alexander as her guest and thanked Anthony Hollingshead for giving her his chair at the pre-meeting board gathering.
Anthony Hollingshead to welcome DG Steve and announce that we have two new member applications.
Kris David to welcome AG Ed McDonough, First Lady Jill Albright and DG Steve Albright.
Kevin Kernan to praise his wife’s idea for a public information campaign to save kids left in locked cars during hot weather.
Don Saracen to welcome guests Ed, Jill, Steve and Jim.
Jim Gilcreast has a buck so he’s happy (continuing Cy’s tradition).
Ave Cohen for a great two-week trip to Greece.
Wendy Marcus reported that her youngest son found a new job.
Barbara Harris to welcome DG Steve.
Pete Brock for a successful Patriots Alumni Association Clay Shoot and completing his football camp season.
Kevin Oates enjoyed a weekend on Block Island.
Priya Banerjee for pulling off a successful surprise 75th birthday party for her mother.
DG Steve Albright – happy to be here!
Barbara Kenerson (guest & member applicant) appreciated her welcome to the club, enjoyed a trip with grandkids and warned of a phone scam seeking private Social Security information.
Pres. Geoff to welcome DG Steve and report that his stepfather passed away peacefully over the weekend.

In his official visit remarks, District Governor Steve Albright set out a challenge to us and all the clubs of Rhode Island and Southeast Mass: to achieve a net increase of at least two members in Rotary year 2019-20. Since we know members will leave for any number of reasons during the year, that means we need to bring in enough new Rotarians to be +2 by next June 30.
DG Steve’s key recommendations included having an active and diverse membership committee to lead the effort with a plan and strategy, constantly monitoring progress and reinforcing membership as a top priority, forming new kinds of clubs to attract different kinds of members in communities where Rotary already exists, and looking at the structures of our meetings to make sure they’re still relevant.
(Editor’s Note: the Rotary Club of Providence is doing everything on that list.)
“We need to take our existing clubs and turn them into irresistible experiences for our current and future members,” Steve concluded. “We need to ask: What is preventing people from joining our club? Then we need to make our clubs into clubs where people are asking us: Can I join your Rotary Club?”
Thanks for the inspiration, Steve. We’ll do our best.
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