July 22, 2021 Newsletter

Meeting Date: July 20

Minutes By: Art Norwalk


Liz Messier offered lots of good reasons to say YES when you are asked to volunteer for a Rotary service project:
· You'll meet new people
· Acquire new talents
· Personal growth
· Support a good cause
· Build your teamwork skills
· Handle new challenges
· Share your vision


President Holly Applegate presented Jim Gilcreast with a District 7950 citation for his 47 years of perfect attendance. Jim offered thanks.
PP Don Saracen announced that pledges of $15,500 have already been received for the Oct. 26 Legends for Literacy Gala. He urged members to consider taking sponsorships and reaching out to individuals or corporate leaders who might want to support literacy education in Providence schools.
Co-chairs Mary Brewster and Karen Mueller of the Good Works Committee are planning for service activities every 1-2 months through the year. The first will be purchasing classroom supplies for students at Harry Kizirian Elementary School. Contact Mary or Karen if you have ideas for projects or want to help. (See Liz's Inspiration above for a reminder of what to do when  you're asked to volunteer.)
Liz Messier is leading a revival of Rotary After Dark, a series of informal cocktail hour gatherings. First up is Pretty as a Picture, Wednesday, August 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Michael van Leesten pedestrian bridge downtown. Pretty views, a chance to get your picture taken for the online club directory, plus a beer garden and food trucks to patronize as you wish.
Anthony Landi is looking for expressions of interest in attending and/or supporting purchase of tickets to P-Bruins and PC Friars games for needy kids.
Steve Hug reminded all of us to hit the Share and Like buttons whenever we see an interesting post on the club's Facebook page -- it tells all your friends why you like being a Rotarian!


  • Pete Brock was happy to be almost halfway through his Patriots Alumni Youth Camps.
  • Anthony Landi was happy to begin a college tour with his son.
  • Pres. Holly Applegate welcomed the return of Marriott server Sara.
  • Mary Brewster enjoyed a weekend with her son.
  • Don Saracen enjoyed a family reunion including celebration of his son's 50th birthday.
  • Steve Hug enjoyed a visit from his son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
  • Cap Willey and Randy Dittmar enjoyed visits from their respective granddaughters.
  • Wendy Marcus was happy to see Sara and Priya Banerjee.
  • Priya Banerjee was happy to be back with us and to announce plans to become self-employed.
  • Barry Fain (on Zoom) thanked Anthony Landi for arranging a fishing expedition for him, his son and son-in-law, and to wish speaker Josh Fenton success in his new office, located "where Fain’s Carpets used to be."
  • Margaret Kane "for ZOOM and the ability to attend and participate when you can’t attend in person…like me, today."


GoLocalProv: Not The Most Favored By Government Officials, But The Most Vigilant In Town
Guest speaker Josh Fenton, founder and CEO of the news website  , began his presentation by congratulating three club members: Nondas Voll for "doing God's work" for decades; Barry Fain for business leadership; and Margaret Kane for years of public health advocacy.
Acknowledging the concerns of several members, Josh reported that his wife, GoLocalProv news editor Kate Nagle, is recovering at home from injuries suffered when she was hit by a motorcycle last week. He commended the Providence Police for fast work in apprehending the hit-and-run driver.
Fenton describes GoLocalProv as the most vigilant news organization serving Providence and Rhode Island, willing to ask the tough questions and accept disapproval from government officials. He predicted that a grand jury investigation of corruption at the 6-10 Connector construction site -- initiated in response to GoLocal stories -- will become "a big issue" in coming months.
Saying GoLocalProv is now profitable through advertising, he rejected the paywall system used by other online news organizations, preferring free access to everyone.
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