Newsletter Date: August 6
Meeting Date: July 31
Reporter: Sharon Garland
Steve Hug, in the spirit of the Newport Folk Festival, shared lyrics by songwriter Fred Neil:
I'm not the one to tell this world
How to get along
I only know the peace will come
When all hate is gone
President Don presented past president Anthony with a montage of photos signed by club members in recognition of his year as president.
This is no meeting on August 14 because of the Rhode Island Victory Day holiday. We will not meet on Tuesday August 15.
Kris David gave an update on the Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival scheduled for Saturday October 14th. She and Bill David have been busy working with committee chairs on the event which will have some new activities including a family friendly area where children will be shown how to work with chalk to create their own art and entertainment by area bands throughout the Festival. More info to come …..
Geoff Gaunt, Paint Off!  chair, announced that the next Paint Off! is scheduled for Thursday, December 7th. Although the date is close to the Providence Street Painting Festival, they are complimentary events that appeal to different audiences. Geoff feels that his customers, who already support the event, will respond to opportunities to bid on presents for the holidays.
Avram Cohen shared info on this year’s Rotary Day at PawSox on August 22 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and everyone will be seated together. DG Steve will do the ceremonial p.itch with all Rotary members on the field
Wellness – Both Ken Conde and George Babcock continued to make progress.
Christy Clausen thanked the Club for supporting the summer Backpack program for families in Providence and urged members to keep bringing in non-perishable food items for children to take home over the weekend – this may be the only food available on the weekend since the children aren’t in any programs – your food gift makes a huge difference!
Right now 15 families are being helped, but there is a waiting list of another 15! Here’s how it works: Food donated by club members is packed into the backpacks donated by Ocean State Job Lot by Interact Club members on Thursday. Christy distributes to families on Friday and the backpack is returned during the week and the process repeats. 
Many happy bucks wishing DG Steve Certa and his team success this Rotary year!
Pete Brock for the Football for You program organized by the Patriots Alumni to bring the football fundamentals to 130 children around New England.
Pat Germani for her nephew joining an elite traveling baseball team.
Anthony Hollingshead thanked everyone for his Rotary year photo and wished Steve Certa a great year as district governor.
Wendy Marcus for attending the American Music Festival in Colorado.
Snowbird Jim Williams is happy to be back at the club and for the 20th anniversary of the Providence Rotary delivering 35,000 pounds of medical equipment to Argentina.
Barbara Harris for all of the hard work the district guests put into Rotary.
Richard Applebaum for a great trip with Hilary to San Francisco and Oregon.
Kris David for hosting and cooking a dinner for the head chef of Parkside Rotisserie and Bar.
Don Saracen for “Johnny Blue Eyes” getting a new bed, except now he can get out of it!
District Governor Steve Certa began his remarks by acknowledging the club’s board of directors for a great presentation on the club’s work and plans for this year. He complimented the club on already doing what he normally encourages other district clubs to do. He specifically mentioned the club’s 4,890 volunteer hours; $88,260 in cash donations and $28,700 in in-kind gifts.
His personal goal this year as District Governor is to help Rotarians in the district find their passion for making a personal difference as a Rotarian. He encouraged members to check out the district website for updates and
DG Steve brought information on a number of Rotary projects:
  • Environmental sustainability has a goal of planting one tree for every Rotarian for a total of 1.2 million trees.
  • Rotary International Foundation has committed to raising and donating $50 million for three years towards the final eradication of polio. This $150 million will be matched $2 to $1 by the Gates Foundation for a total of $1.2 Billion by 2020! This is so expensive because each newborn in a country where polio is present must be immunized and then testing for three years before a country can be declared polio free.
  • The goal of RI Foundation is that each Rotarian would contribute $100 a year to the annual fund (approximately $2 a week, barely the cost of a cup of coffee) 50% of member’s gifts come back to the district and the rest goes to global grants.
Upcoming Events
District 7950 Night at the Pawsox
McCoy Stadium
Aug 22, 2017 6:00 PM
Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival
Alex and Ani Center
Oct 14, 2017 12:04 PM
Upcoming Speakers
Aug 07, 2017
The state of the bay
Aug 14, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Providence politics
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Executives & Directors
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Executive Administrator
Director to 2019
Director to 2019
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Director to 2018
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Director to 2018
Director to 2018
Director to 2018
Immediate Past President
Visiting Rotarians
Steve Certa - DG
Ed McDonough - AG
Russ Bertrand - PDG
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