July 17th Newsletter

Meeting Date:  July 12, 2022

Reporter:  Bob Murphy


Herb Altman cited two Latin phrases for today’s inspiration. One was from The Aeneid and translates as “Perhaps at some future date we will look back on these days with delight”.  The other is “Nil Carborundum Illegitimi” which translates as “Don’t let the bastards get you down”.


Nondas Voll advised that at the August 23rd meeting there will be a debate by the candidates running in the Primary for nomination as candidate for the election of the Mayor of Providence.  The meeting will be open to the public and will be moderated by Boston Globe reporter Dan McGowan.
Mary Brewster reported that the fund raising by the Good Works Committee for supplies for the Harry Kizirian School has been successful and that supplies will be loaded in boxes by Club members at the meeting on August 30.
Kris David announced that Mary Brewster was being awarded the Level Five Paul Harris Fellow award for her financial support of The Rotary Foundation and participation in many Club service projects.
President Steve Hug advised that Margaret Kane had suffered a stroke and was recuperating at the Bethany Home in Providence.  Flowers and a card have been sent.  A friend of Margaret from The UK has come to RI to assist Margaret but has no driver’s license so Club members have been providing transportation as needed.
President Hug also announced that a letter has been received from Roberta Segal thanking the Club members for their kindness after the death of Paul and advising that a donation to the Rotary Foundation in Paul’s name will be given.
Liz Messier announced the August birthdays, paired with famous people with the same birthday:  Susan Fabrizio (John Quincy Adams - 6th President); Bob Murphy (Author Alexandre Dumas); Mary Brewster (John Jacob Astor - first US billionaire); Pete Brock (William Hanna - creator of Flintstones & Jetsons); Mary Cullen & Don Ross (Actress Sally Struthers); Marion Avarista & Alex David (Country Singer Martina McBride; and Connie Donnelly (J.K. Rowling – the Harry Potter author).  Liz concluded with a quote from Mark Twain - “Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Happy Bucks

  • Mary Cullen $5 for her return to RI from travels and looking forward to regular meeting attendance.
  • George Babcock advising of check for $200 from Arthur Robbins in memory of Paul Segal.
  • Kris David $5 happy to have former District Governors Joe Clancy and Dave Clifton at today’s meeting and also for Mary Cullen assisting her in assembling auction items for the upcoming Gala.
  • Rob Black for his son Rob Jr. having his 39th birthday today.
  • Anthony Hollingshead $5 for attendance by our former District Governors and for his guest Judith Clinton who may be interested in membership.
  • Mary Brewster $5 in appreciation for the Paul Harris Fellow award and for seeing her daughter in Japan where she is an exchange student.
  • Joe Clancy for the outstanding service projects of Providence Rotary.
  • Dave Clifton $5 for his son-in-law receiving his second star as a US Marine Corps General making him the youngest member of the US Armed Forces to attain that rank.
  • Don Saracen $5 for flowers sent him by Club for his recovery and congratulations to Mary Brewster for her award.


Former District Governor Dave Clifton spoke to the Club on the issue of CPR.  Dave is a certified CPR Trainer and has conducted numerous training sessions including at Rotary functions and at Massachusetts State Police Academy. On several occasions he has utilized his training to save a life, once at a Rotary Conference in Bermuda. 
He instructed members on the details of proper CPR procedure by lecture and demonstration on mannequins of both an adult and a child as different procedures apply depending on age.  He also brought an AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator) and demonstrated its use, advising that these machines are on walls of many facilities now and that if readily available they can be more effective when manual CPR doesn’t help.
Dave also spoke on the separate issue of the situation in which someone is choking on food and is losing breathing ability.  In this case the solution is to take hold of the person from behind and by compressing the hands against the stomach to force the food out - known as the Heimlich Maneuver.  He demonstrated this procedure with the assistance of Anthony Hollingshead portraying the person in distress.
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