Newsletter Date: Sept. 29
Meeting Date: Sept. 23
Reporter: Sharon Garland
Ron Hoak offered an inspiration on value:
The major value in life is not what you get, but what you become.
That is why I wish to pay a fair price foe every value.
If I have to pay for it or earn it, that makes something of me.
If I get it for free that makes nothing of me.
The Legends of Literacy Gala is sold out!
Ray Butterfield, Cranston Rotary president, invited members to participate in a Corn Hole Tournament at Mulligan’s Island in Cranston on Saturday, October 5th at 10 AM.
Terri Adelman introduced Inspiring Minds Director, Melissa Emidy. Inspiring Minds is a non-profit that connects volunteers with opportunities to work with students to increase literacy proficiency. This year they will provide orientation for Rotarians who want to work with Kizirian School students and facilitate volunteer placements in kindergarten classrooms.
Natalie Hartley, Kizirian’s new literacy coach, reviewed the focus of this year’s literacy work. The school is introducing a new curriculum based on a Boston Public School literacy model. It uses play based learning, drama, writing and painting to help kindergarteners move towards proficiency by the third grade. For more information or to volunteer, contact Melissa at or call 401-274-3240.
Thursday night the club's membership committee and several members met with district leaders and Addie Schwartz, a student at Brown, to continue discussing efforts to start a young professionals Rotary Club in Providence. Addie is a cousin of Rotarian Richard Applebaum. Gabby David, Kris and Bill's daughter, has been working with Kris for several months to recruit young professionals. Kris has asked new members Clara Decerbo, a former youth exchange student; Marco Marinelli, a former Rotaractor, and Amanda Parent, a young professional, to help mentor the students and young professionals
Randy Dittmar announced that it’s time to get ready to distribute dictionaries to Providence third grade students. Anthony Landi will store the dictionaries in his office in Cranston. Randy expects students will receive them earlier than last year.
The Club’s bowling league begins the first week in October at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston. Contact Randy or Richard Leone for more information.
Pete Brock
was happy for the Pats 3-0 season and the Game of the Greats fundraiser at Gillette Stadium
Anthony Hollingshead for the new Rotaract Club kickoff planned with the support of Kris David and her daughter.
Ron Hoak for his great granddaughter’s birthday and her trip to Disney.
Phil Gossel for his trip to England and Scotland.
Don Saracen for a visit from his world traveling son, Mike.
Art Norwalk for the updated Kizirian School literacy video that will be shown at the Legends Gala. Art attended the Rotary Zone Public Image Training and found that he had a lot to learn! He’ll share some of that knowledge at the District’s Vibrant Club meeting on Oct. 26.
Pes. Geoff for his daughter, who is a junior at Wellesley, receiving an internship with an astrophysicist at MIT.
FBI Special agent Bob Murphy
Bob Murphy grew up on Providence’s East Side and Washington, DC. When Bob finished high school in Washington, he wasn’t interested in going away to college. He enjoyed the DC area and was happy to attend Georgetown University for both his undergraduate and law degrees. Bob was a law clerk for John Doar, head of the Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department in the 1960’s. This appointment gave him exposure to the beginning of the struggle for civil rights for Black Americans.
Bob’s 35-year career with the FBI included work in field offices in Kansas City, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington. Unlike many agents who specialized in a certain field of investigation, Bob described himself as, “a Jack of all trades,” at the FBI. This generalist approach gave him wide ranging involvement in a number of well known and historical events including riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, protests and bombings in New York involving the Students for Democratic Society, and efforts to break up organized crime in Boston. 
Upcoming Events
Legends for Literacy Gala
Oct 01, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Sep 30, 2019
Changes in RI Tax Law to benefit small business
Oct 07, 2019
Advancing the Clean Energy Future
Oct 21, 2019
Providence College Basketball Insights and Season Preview
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