Newsletter Date: May 17
Meeting Date: May 11
Reporter: Sharon Garland
Jim Gilcreast offered: life is perpetually changing and, “this, too, will pass away.”
The club board will make a decision on this year’s Gala at the June meeting. An in-person dinner event seems doubtful because of continuing restrictions, but the board is looking at alternatives including online auctions and a virtual gala.
Kris David announced that our club is one of three in the district that have submitted for awards this year. Thank you, Kris, for submitting the paperwork on behalf of the club!
Kris also shared that Rotary work, like 2020-2021 officer training, is going forward online and that members will have the opportunity to attend this year’s International conference online – details to follow.
Art Norwalk reported that this week a team of teachers and Inspiring Minds will deliver 200 books and learning supplies purchased by the club’s literacy initiative to over 200 Kizirian School Kindergarten and first grade students.
Paul Segal announced that the Providence Rotary Foundation Board will meet in June to consider 2020 grants.
Jim Gilcreast has a buck, he’s happy.
Don Saracen was happy to send a $50 check for the Happy Bucks he committed during past Zoom meetings. He offered another for his son who is busy offering virtual Covid training to hospitals around the world, including the second largest in Italy.
President Geoff gave $20 for welcoming his first customers to his new Providence Picture Frame building.
Kris David had a, “sad buck,” because her daughter had to postpone her wedding until next year.
Lt.Gov. Dan McKee reviewed efforts to help RI small businesses deal with the impact of the CODIV virus. The Lt. Gov. shared his cell number (465-6204) and a resource website: that has registered 1,000 businesses and received 100,000 hits in six weeks. Businesses can join calls for updates on Tuesday and Thursday at noon and Wednesday evening at 7pm. Individual owners can reach out to his office for help in navigating stimulus loan applications and finding additional banking resources.
An extraordinary effort by the state, in partnership with banks and local government, is needed to support reopening and beyond. Sharing info and data across states and internationally on what’s working as businesses reopen is important to monitor.
Most businesses have already depleted the average 27 days of cash reserves they may have had. How will they reopen without access to face masks and disinfectant? So far 200,000 masks have been donated and securing more is now a critical focus of the Lt. Gov.’s office. 
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