June 19 Newsletter

Meeting Date:  June 14, 2022

Reporter:  Don Saracen


Jim Gilcreast led us in the pledge of allegiance.


Mary Brewster brought us back to our first day in school. Remember the fresh smell of crayons, and your pencil case. You began with school supplies. A lot of the city school kids including those at the Harry Kirzirian School don’t have that luxury. This year as in the past Mary’s committee will be raising funds to support these students. $55 will sponsor a classroom. She asks all to help make that first day a special day.


We welcomed Suzanne Cannon who works with the foundation.


President Holly has been in touch with Marion Avarista who was very appreciative of the club signed get well card and hopes to return in the Fall.
Next week the District Governor, Billy Roberts, will attend to present club awards; and Roberta Walden, President of the Rotary Club of Uvalde will join us via zoom.
Kris David gave us an update of the Rotary International Convention recently held in Houston. To date Rotary International has earmarked $15 million dollars as relief funds to Ukraine. Her son Alex was asked to make presentations on Rotaract representing our club.
President Elect Steve Hug reminded the Gala committee will meet following our normal luncheon next Tuesday.

Happy Bucks

  • $1  President Elect Steve Hug gave Happy Bucks for his son for not injured when a deer ran into his car.
  • $5  Randy Dittmar announced he has been cured and is happy to be back.
  • $5  Barry Fain to welcome back Randy and congratulations on his recovery.

Our Speakers

Past President Jan Feyler, who Chairs the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, welcomed our Grant recipients. She thanked the Trustees, our generous members and Corporate sponsors for making these grants possible. 
Em McManamy and Robert D. Watt, Jr., Esquire spoke on the rejuvenation of the Alternatives to Violence Project here in Rhode Island, now that they can get back to face to face involvement in the city and the prisons.
Claire Spaulding McVicker gave a brief history of the Katie Brown Education Program and stated that the need for the program still exists after all these years since Katie's death.
Jan announced the 26 agencies who were granted a total of $49,000 for the past year.  The recipient organizations were:
134 Collaborative
To support the Out of School Jam program
Adoption RI -
To support the Educational Success program
Alternatives to Violence Project – RI (d/b/a AVPRI) -
To support the Educational In-Person program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island -
To support the Family Empowerment Investment Fund program
Books Are Wings -
To support the Literacy Partnership program
Camp JORI -
To support Scholarship Assistance for Neediest Children program
Community Boating Center, Inc. -
To support the Eco Adventure Sailing Camp Scholarships program
Community Preparatory School -
To support the Scholarship Sponsor program
Everett: Company, Stage & School -
To support the After-school Performing Arts Classes program
FirstWorks -
To support FirstWorks Arts Education program 
Inspiring Minds -
To support the Tutoring and Mentoring Services program
Katie Brown Educational Program -
To support the Relationship Violence Prevention Education in Providence program
New Urban Arts -
To support the Youth Mentorship in the Arts and Summer Art Internships program
Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth -
To support the Broad Street Studio Classes program
Providence Community Opportunity Corporation -
To support the Youth Internship program
Providence Promise -
To support the Providence Promise's Family Engagement & Early Scholarships program
Providence Public Library -
To support the Passport to Summer Learning program
Read to Succeed -
To support the Read to Succeed 2022 Summer program
Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES) -
To support the 2022 RITES Summer program
Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) -
To support the Mentoring & Wrap Around Supports for Children of Incarcerated Parents program
Saint Mary’s Home for Children -
To support the Finding Hope and Healing through Reading program
San Miguel School -
To support the purchase of 20 new soccer athletic uniforms for the 2022-2023 academic year
Save the Bay -
To support the Explore The Bay – Project-based Watershed and STEM Programming for Providence Students program
Sojourner House -
To support Camp Eureka – the free week-long summer camp for children, ages 5-13, who have witnessed violence in their homes
Sophia Academy -
To support the Farm School Class Trip program
Stages of Freedom -
To support the Swim Empowerment program
Club Information
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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