Past President Paul Segal expressed gratitude for overcoming some health issues, for having loving parents, for celebrating a 56th wedding anniversary with his high school classmate, for his two children and six grandchildren, and gratitude for his return to counseling at nursing homes. He considers himself a pretty lucky fellow.


President Anthony asked for a moment of silence for the recent passing of Rotarian Richard Leone’s longtime companion, Mary Swanson.

Wendy Marcus led the celebration of March birthdays for Maxine Cohen, Anthony Landi, Barry Fain and Bill DiBiasio. She congratulated the following for years of service: Rev. Ralph Barlow 46 years, Paul Segal 26, John Buffum 25, Rob Gessman and John McGinn 19, and Mary Brewster 6.

Upcoming events were announced: Trade Show - March 27, District Assembly - April 1, and District Conference – April 28-30.

On April 2 Kris and Bill David will host a dinner for 20 people at $50 per person as a benefit for The Rotary Foundation.

Terri Adelman of Inspiring Minds invited Rotarians to volunteer for reading books to fourth-grade students in 24 Providence classrooms one day in April or May. A book is then donated to each child.

The Rotary Youth leadership Academy of college students is collecting personal items, such as toothpaste, razors, and soap, to be presented at the District Conference.


Pete Brock paid tribute to Margaret Kane, stressing the importance of highlighting members’ activities. He looks forward to hosting his granddaughter for 5 days.

Randy Dittmar gave in memory of Mary Swanson.

Wendy Marcus honored Phil and Debbie Gossel who were married on Valentine’s Day.

Richard Gregory told of attending a funeral but enjoying the fiddlers’ music.

Jan Feyler celebrated being finished with jury duty.

Bob Morse returned from The Villages in Florida where they have an active Patriots Club. He appreciated visiting with his granddaughter and grandson.

Walter Adamowicz reported on his visit to a small Rotary Club in Sebastian, Florida.

David Hunter received a text from his son saying that he had been invited to lunch with the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway.

Kris David returned from a trip to California with her 90-year old mother.

Don Saracen related a story about the gift of a garbage truck to his little grandson.

Barbara Harris is looking forward to the birth of a second grandchild (and a ski trip to Vail).

Cy Wyche learned that he does not have to pay state taxes on the sale of his home.

Jane Kratsch is pleased that her visit to the dentist this morning is over.



Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, shared the results of PBN’s recent Biannual Business Survey. He reported that three-quarters of respondents noted that their net income in 2016 had increased. Expectations are higher as sixty percent expect to hire in the next quarter and the same number plan to buy capital equipment. Murphy said that the Dow-Jones has increased fifteen percent since the election. He anticipates the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the near future.  

Discussing challenges to growth, the editor cited a lack of qualified workers. He said that Rhode Island’s labor force is shrinking. He told how workers in construction have moved away or retrained themselves. Although 60,000 are unemployed, there are only a couple hundred job training slots available.

Murphy said that Information Technology employees need social as well as technical skills.

Moreover, he learned from a major employer that performs drug testing that Rhode Island has a much higher rate of drug users than elsewhere.

Responding to questions, Murphy replied that he supports Governor Raimondo’s proposal to provide a model of free higher education saying: “It’s a good investment in intellectual capital. It keeps talent in the state.”

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