Newsletter Date: Feb. 23
Meeting Date: Feb. 10
Reporter: Bob Murphy
 
INSPIRATION  
Ron Hoak read the "Law Of Auto-Suggestion" –
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but think you can't, it is almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster person, but sooner or later the person who wins is the person who thinks they can win.   
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS, Etc.
One hundred fifteen years ago, on Feb. 23, 1905, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered in downtown Chicago, in an office that looked like this, for what would later be known as the first Rotary club meeting.
 
Pop Quiz: Whose office was it? Answer at end of the newsletter.
 
Mary Brewster advised that five of the Fellowship "Tent Suppers " have been scheduled to raise funds for shelter tents for victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Suggested supper donation is $50 and those not going can donate by giving her checks for "Disaster Aid USA". 
 
   
Holly Applegate, Maxine Cohen, Richard Applebaum and Richard Leone are among the members donating luggage and personal care items for use by local kids in foster care.
 
Nominating Committee chair Art Norwalk announced the results of the club election.
Officers
President - Bryan Cook
President Elect - Holly Applegate
First Vice President - Christy Clausen
Second Vice President - Steve Hug
Secretary – Kris David
Treasurer - Luis Lourenco
Asst. Treasurer – Peter Loescher
 
New Directors
Mary Brewster
Connie Donnelly
Michaela Hermann
Liz Messier
Phil Gossel   
 
HAPPY BUCKS 
Don Saracen for a trip to San Diego to see his son Michael and twin grandchildren.
 
Steve Hug for members’ donations of luggage and personal care items for foster children.
 
Barry Fain for visit to his new grandson Louis in New York City.
 
Kris David for great talk by ex New England Patriot Steve Nelson at the Feb. 6 District Meeting and for her son in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career with a recent successful audition.
 
Liz Messier for her daughter's recent promotion at The Providence YMCA.
 
President Geoff for the successful completion of the relocation of his business.
 
Jim Gilcreast for being happy.   
 
RADIO BUILDS COMMUNITIES
IN WEST AFRICA  
Topher Hamblett, president of The Foundation For West Africa, told us how as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone in the 1980s he noted that among the many problems of this impoverished country was a lack of reliable radio programming.
 
Mr. Hamblett and some other volunteers and donors helped establish the country's first community based radio station based on the concept of our PBS and later established a network of these stations known as the "Independent Radio Network". These stations are viewed as reliable by the public and have been a valuable unifying element in the country, particularly during elections and the Civil War which devastated the country from 1991 to 2002.
 
It was most vital during the Ebola disease health crisis to prevent panic and get accurate health notices to the populace. Based on their success in Sierra Leone, the foundation has extended its work to Liberia, Gambia and Senegal.
 
Quiz Answer: Gustavus Loehr’s office. (If you guessed Paul Harris you probably had lots of company.)
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 24, 2020
Giving Beyond The Box
Mar 02, 2020
2020 Democratic Primary Process
Mar 09, 2020
Branding
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Executives & Directors
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President-elect
 
1st Vice President
 
2nd Vice President
 
Acting Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
Assistant Treasurer
 
Executive Administrator
 
Director to 2021
 
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Director to 2020
 
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Immediate Past President
 
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