Rotary Club of Providence

Meeting Date: March 15, 2022

Reporter: Sharon Garland


Mary Brewster shared excerpts on friendship from My Road to Rotary by Paul Harris.
Why this affection for Rotary? It is the love of man for his fellow man. When stripped of all formalities and creeds, fellowship flourishes. Rotary draws no lines of politics or religion – There is no proselyting in Rotary. Members are entitled to their own opinions on questions of controversial nature. The platform is broad enough to include all sorts and conditions of men just so they be friendly, tolerant of the views of others, and unselfish.
Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together. There is enough atomic energy to in every Rotary club to blow it into a thousand bits were it not for the spirit of tolerance … the Great Powers of the earth are definitely interested in the promotion of international understanding and good will. This is the very essence of Rotary.  God grant that the Great Powers be patient with each other’s shortcomings, and ever remember that this is a predatory world in which we have so long lived.  The spirit of tolerance – which has made it possible for Rotary to form a worldwide fellowship – will make all things possible.


Cap Willey reported that the Board has been discussing ways our Club might help the Ukraine people.  After the conflict is over we may be able to assist Rotary Clubs in the country.  There will be continuing discussions.  He invited members to join him and make donation to the Rotary International’s Ukrainian Relief effort at
Wendy Marcus has been in touch with a former Club member, Yulia Yelle, who came from the Ukraine.  Her family is now in Serbia and her good friend is sheltering with ten women and 17 children in Slovenia.  Wendy hopes to have Yulia give the Club an update soon.
Mary Brewster suggested that we consider reviving the Tent Suppers to support disaster relief and reconnect after two years of shutdowns.  If you are interested in hosting or attending, contact Mary at
Liz Messier reported that the next Rotary after Dark is a game night scheduled at Rob Black’s home on April 14th at 5:30 pm. The committee is providing refreshments. The $10 contribution will go into the game pot.  Save May 19 for a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together at Barker Playhouse.
Kris David said the 7950 District conference is the first weekend in May at the Seacrest Resort on the water in Falmouth.  Rooms are $139 a night. Additional details are on the District website.
Pete Brock shared his thoughts on the recent news that Tom Brady will be back playing for Tampa next year.  Looking back it may not be so surprising since last year he threw more yards than in his 22 years in the NFL and he’ll have the same offense players as last year.  Pete’s fairly certain that he had Mrs. Brady’s approval!

Happy Bucks

  • Margaret Kane started with $2 because she sprung ahead and fell back and didn’t hurt herself!
  • Pete Brock $5 for his dog’s successful training and for Tom Brady giving him a reason to watch the NFL for another year.
  • Wendy Marcus for George Babcock and Mike Kelly attending the meeting.
  • George Babcock $50 because it’s great to back and away from the doctors and his recent test results showing he’s free from colon cancer!
  • Mike Kelly wished all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and because George is here.
  • Don Saracen for the wavering courage of the Ukrainian people and the courage of the person who interrupted a Russian TV broadcast to protest the war.
  • Holly Applegate gave a special welcome back to George.
President Holly invited members to stay and enjoy fellowship after hearing Jim Gilcreast. Jim told Irish stories with, naturally, an Irish brogue!

Some Fellowship Photos

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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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