July 3rd Newsletter

Meeting Date:  June 28, 2022

Reporter:  Barbara Harris

Outgoing President Holly Applegate called the meeting to order and handed off to Past President Peter Loescher as master of ceremonies for the Installation of the 112th Board and Officers of the Providence Rotary Club, where the theme of the year 2022-23 is “Imagine Rotary.”


Jim Gilcreast lead  the Pledge of Allegiance with great inspiration from Red Skelton who asked that we focus on each word of the pledge and appreciate how fortunate we are to live in a country that protects freedom and unity of government by the people.


Paul Harris (aka Walter Cotter) gave us inspiration and honored Holly Applegate and congratulated incoming President Steve Hug.

Rotary Singers

Holly Applegate and Liz Messier led the club in a rousing
a cappella rendition of
America the Beautiful.



Honorary Dignitaries in Attendance

Past District Governor, Charlene Jarest, and Sharon Johnson DG elect nominee.


Margaret Holland McDuff, CEO of Family Services of Rhode Island; PP Cynthia Leonard, Jennifer Renone of Family Services, Laura McNamara (“significant other” of Steve Hug), PP Roger DeFelice, Parker Smith, Janet Collins, Suzanne Cannon, Roberta Segal, Roberta Segal’s daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dan Blinn.


Liz Messier reminded members to donate to the Good Works Committee for back to school student kits, $55 each.  There is a link on the club's website or you can click here.
Well wishes for speedy and complete recovery to Margaret Kane who was in the hospital.

Happy Bucks

Cap Wiley conducted “happy bucks”
  • Cap Wiley gave $5 , $ 1 in memory of Paul Segal and $4 for Margaret Kane’s recovery.
  • Anthony Landi:  $5 for his anniversary.
  • Walter Adamovic: $5 in memory of good friend Paul Segal.
  • Steve Hug: Happy buck for year ahead.
  • Kris David: $3 for Charlene Jarest, Sharon Johnson, Billy Roberts, Holly, and Steve.
  • Holly Applegate: $5 in honor of Steve Hug and get well wish for Margaret Kane.
  • Cynthia Leonard: in honor of Holly and Steve.
  • Suzanne Cannon: $5 in memory of Paul Segal.
  • Nondas Voll: happy buck for Roberta and Paul Segal.
  • Art Norwalk: $10 for Steve Hug, Margaret Kane, and Don Saracen knee surgery recovery.
  • Linda and Dan Blinn: $20 in memory of Paul Segal.
  • Barry Fain: $5 for Steve Hug and Margaret Kane.
  • Jim Gilcreast: $5 for Roberta and Paul Segal.
  • Charlene Jarest: $5 for her love of the Providence Rotary Club.
  • Sharon Johnson: $5 for Holly and Steve.
  • Maury Ryan: $5 for Rotary Book Club.
  • Richard Applebaum: $10 for thank you to Charlene, Sharon, Kris, Holly, Steve, and Roberta and Paul Segal.
  • Don Saracen: $10 for Steve Hug as the 112th club president and in gratitude of the contribution made by Paul Segal.

Paul Harris Awards

Richard Applebaum presented the following special Paul Harris awards:
Mary Brewster – for her Good Works Committee,
Paul Segal (posthumously) – for a lifetime career of giving back to the community,
Holly Applegate – for her success at guiding the club through the Pandemic crisis with unparalleled leadership.


Peter Loescher then began the installation of the following 2 year tenured Board Members who were installed by Sharon Johnson:  Bill Applegate, Sharon Garland, Jim Gilcreast, Liz Messier, and Bill Murphy.  A collective thank you was given to the outgoing board members for their excellent service to the club.
Officers were then installed by Sharon Johnson: Luis Laurenco - Treasurer, Peter Loescher - Asst. Treasurer,  Mary Brewster - Secretary, Cap Wiley 2nd - VP, Pete Brock - 1st VP, Kris David - President-Elect, and Steve Hug - 112th President.
Peter Loesher introduced our new club President as born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jesuit educated, 25 year career as an executive with Family Services of Rhode Island, 17 years as a Rotarian, father of 2 children, an actor, singer, and song writer.  He then proceeded to play a YouTube clip of Steve Hug’s early career as DJ “Steve Valentine” for B101 radio.


President Steve Hug then gave his first Presidential remarks:  thanking all who worked on his installation, especially Kris David.  He asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Paul Segal and his great works as a Rotarian.  He then thanked Margaret Holland McDuff and Jennifer Ranone of Family Services, PP Cynthia Leonard, who invited him to join Rotary, and Laura McNamara, Exec. Dir. East Providence Chamber of Commerce (and his significant other) for their attendance at the installation.
Steve then addressed what he hoped to accomplish in his presiding year, chief among the list is a return to in-person meetings, building on Legends for Literacy, and having speakers from under-represented communities.  Steve wishes for his term to be known as “The Great
Re-engagement” with Rotary and to accomplish this he will reach out to new and existing members to make the club larger and more engaged with good will and better friendship as his objectives.
The club then rose to give Steve Hug a standing ovation.
Peter Loescher adjourned the meeting.
Club Information
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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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There will not be a luncheon meeting on July 5!
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
President's Message
Steve Hug
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Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Event
The Warwick Rotary Club will be having Joe Small, chair of the district’s DEI committee, speak at their noon meeting on July 21.  They invite all Rotarians to attend. They meet at Chelo's at 2225 Post Road in Warwick at noon on Thursdays.   Lunch is $22.
If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail  bill.palm@cox.net
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