May 8th Newsletter

Meeting Date:  May 3, 2022

Reporter:  Liz Messier

Due to the illness of President Holly Applegate, Art Norwalk graciously stepped up to run the meeting.

Inspiration – Rob Black

Rob shared Groucho Marx’s quote:  “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be.  Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.  I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”


Anthony Hollingshead introduced two new prospective members: Tracy Hawes and Margaret Rizzuto.  They are the owners of a new company in Providence,
L’Atelier specializing in portraits and personal branding.
Kris David introduced her voice teacher, Joyce Renaud.


On Tuesday, May 31st, all members are encouraged to bring a guest who might be interested in becoming a member.  Lunch fees for the guest will be covered by the Providence Rotary.  Please let Rob know if you will be bringing a guest.
Our meeting on May 17th will be held at the Providence Public Library.  Box lunches will be provided.  A count is necessary, so please reserve with Rob Black if you are planning on attending.
This month’s Providence Monthly Magazine contains an article about Wendy Marcus and her pen pal from Sophia Academy.  The article is called ONCE UPON A TIME and shares how an East Side Rotarian, (Wendy Marcus) and a local third grader write magical stories through Inspiring Minds” pen pal program.  Pen pals are still needed, contact Mary Brewster is you wish to join the magic!
Rotary After Dark – May 19th
Join us for at 400 Benefit Street in Providence for The Player’s last show of the season, Stephen Sondheim’s musical revue – Putting It Together.  A wonderful tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim, the show features songs from his hit musicals over the years including Company, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music and so many more. Students from Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts will be attending as our guests.  Join us for a glass of wine and snacks at our pre-theater reception beginning at 6:30 PM.  The show begins at 7:30PM.  Rotarian Liz Messier is in the cast.  Tickets are available online at or at the door for $30. 

Happy Bucks

  • Margaret Kane – Margaret was chatting with a workman at her home about football and asked him if he knew Pete Brock.  The workman responded that of course he knew Pete Brock and that he was named after him!
  • Richard Applebaum – gave a happy buck for the article in the Rotarian Magazine about using music as therapy for dementia patients. 
  • Wendy Marcus gave a happy buck to thank Richard Applebaum for becoming a pen pal.


Steve Hug introduced our speaker, Katie Aubin who is the head of Youth Services at the Providence Public Library. In 2019, Katie was named RI After School Educator of the Year.  Today, she shared with us what the library has to offer for children, teens and adults.
The Providence Public Library offers so much more than just book collections for all ages. For children there is a play room, a computer room, story time, mentoring by Brown University students, and the Your Creators Series with workshops on music, art, gardening, cooking and more.
Teen programs include in-space tech lending of iPads, laptops, etc., drop-in programs, tutoring, art supplies, and more; with the focus on developing work readiness, critical thinking, and career development.  They can also engage in semester long programs to learn programing and coding, and get an introduction to computer hardware for IT/Technical support.
The Workshop is a new space for all ages with drop-in hours, family nights, a sound studio, and so much more. 
All in all, incredibly impressive and not your library of yesterday!  To learn more about the offerings of the Providence Public Library go to
Club Information
Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Providence Marriott
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
United States of America
Lunch is served at 11:45 AM; meeting begins at noon.
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May 10, 2022
Overdose Prevention/Project Weber/RENEW
May 17, 2022 11:45 AM
Meeting at Providence Public Library
May 24, 2022 11:45 AM
Crossroads RI
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