Newsletter Date: July 4
Meeting Date: June 29
Reporter: Erica Busillo Adams
Inspiration by Paul Harris
(who looks a bit like Walter Cotter!):
Paul could think of no better inspiration than the story of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation itself. “When a man plants a sapling in the springtime, can he be sure it will grow into a tree?…When the first growth appears, he can begin to think of the shade.” Thank you to Bryan Cook and Holly Applegate for tending to the shade!
Family of incoming President Holly Applegate
In Person:
Bill Applegate (husband),
Brecken Schneider (daughter)
Via Zoom:
Burgundy Applegate –London (daughter),
Austin Applegate - West Orange, NJ (son),
Gren Blackall – Addison, Maine (brother)

Additional Guests:
In Person:
Assistant District Governor – Sharon Johnson
Vincent Buonanno
Amy Cook, (First Lady)
Liz Mauran
Cynthia Hewitt
Jocasta Mendez
Cynthia Leonard
Seth Kern
Deb Harris
Kathy Murphy
Jane Tonn
Sally Lapides
JP Pagano
Via Zoom:
Charlene Jarest District Governor 2020-21
Connie Donnelly
Thank you to Richard Hundley of Avery Music for providing piano music today and to Ritchee Price for his trumpet rendition of the National Anthem!
Thank you to Peter Loescher for securing the great location.
Margaret Kane: $10 happy bucks, $5 for outgoing President Bryan Cook and $5 for incoming President for Holly Applegate.
Pete Brock: $10 happy bucks for Bryan and Holly (out with Bryan, in with Holly!).
Charlene Jarest: $10 happy bucks – for Bryan and Holly!
Austin Applegate: $20 happy bucks – for Holly!
Erica Busillo Adams: $10 happy bucks for Bryan and Holly and for the newest member of her family, due August 24!
Gren Blackall: $100 happy bucks, for a wonderful sister, Holly!
Jim Gilcreast: $5 happy bucks for Bryan and Holly, $1 happy buck for being happy, $1 sad buck for a former active Rotarian from North Kingstown who passed away.
Holly Applegate: $46 happy bucks for 46th wedding anniversary!
Bill Applegate: “I guess I better match what Holly said - $46 happy bucks!”
Burgundy Applegate: $46 happy bucks in honor of her parents’ anniversary!
Art Norwalk: $2 sad bucks to note PP John McGinn’s resignation from the club, and $4 happy bucks – two each for Bryan and Holly.
Providence Rotary’s 111th Installation!
New Directors,
2021-2022 Officers
Sworn in by
Past Assistant District Governor
Past President of the Rotary Club of Providence
Richard Applebaum:
New Directors (serving to 2023)
Herb Altman
Pete Brock
Mary Cullen
Karen Mueller
Caroline Rumowicz
Directors (serving to 2022)
Erica Busillo Adams
Kimberly Dumpson
Michaela Hermann
Lisa Hill 
Elizabeth Messier
2021-2022 Officers  
Holly Applegate – President
Steve Hug  – President-elect
Kristine David - First Vice President
Cap Willey – 2nd Vice President
Mary Brewster – Secretary
Luis Lourenco  – Treasurer
Peter Loescher – Asst. Treasurer
Bryan Cook, Immediate Past President
New Officers: Steven Hug, Luiz Lorenco, Peter Loesher, Mary Brewster, Cap Wiley, Kristine David, and Officiator Richard Appelbaum (in the background)
The Event:
Following heartfelt and humorous introductions by daughter Brecken Schneider and MC Don Saracen, President Holly began her remarks with thanks to the many friends and family members who have supported her Rotary journey. She gave particular credit to the seven women who preceded her as club presidents.
Holly recounted her most memorable volunteer experience -- traveling by mule to give polio and tetanus vaccinations to residents of remote areas in Guatemala in 1969 – foreshadowing her commitment to Rotary’s Polio Plus effort.
She said she’s looking forward to an active year including the Childhood Literacy Initiative, hands-on service through the Good Works committee and renewed fellowship through Rotary After Dark – all efforts with new leaders.
Holly’s message in closing: Let’s dream big and make things happen!
President' Message
Thank you everyone who attended the June 29th installation at The Squantum Club! It was wonderful to see all your smiling faces enjoying being together! Thank you to Don Saracen as the MC, Anthony Hollingshead as co-chair, Wendy Marcus for your amazing table decorations, Liz Messier for organizing the meal, Richard Applebaum for installing us, Cynthia Leonard for the invitation and program, Jim Gilcreast for our Pledge of Allegiance, Walter Cotter as Paul Harris, Jackie Gourd for your calligraphy, Peter Loescher for securing the Squantum Club, and Geoff Gaunt for framing the Presidential certificates and Steve Hug and Art Norwalk for publicity. A special thank you to Rob Black for reservations and setting everything up for our meeting for in-person and zoom.
Congratulations to all our newly installed Board members as well as our Paul Harris Fellows: Susan Kearney, Pete Brock, Mary Cullen, Connie Donnelly, and George Babcock.
I want to wish all of you a wonderful July 4th!! We do not have a meeting next Tuesday, July 6. We will be having our next meeting at the Marriott on Tuesday, July 13. We would like to start lunch at 11:45 am and begin our meeting at 12 pm, speaker on at approximately 12:15 pm and end by 1:00 pm. We want to provide the best experience for both attendees and Zoomers! We still need you to make reservations by the Friday before our meeting.
Upcoming Speakers
Jul 13, 2021 12:00 PM
New Book: Without Shame
Jul 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Jul 27, 2021
Historical cruise through the Ocean State
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