Newsletter Date: March 25 
Meeting Date: March 19

Reporter: Holly Applegate

Reverend A. Ralph Barlow read an excerpt from Carl Sandburg’s “The People, Yes” concluding:
Who speaks for the Family of Man?
They are in tune and step
With constellations of universal law.
President Don thanked Rob Black and Anthony Landi for checking everyone in and for Bryan Cook for greeting everyone.
The New York Rotary Foundation sent thanks for our foundation’s donation of $5,000 to help those in desperate need in Puerto Rico as a result of the devastating hurricane.
Tiffany Bumgardner-Scheffler, COO of the Boy Scouts of RI, pinned our newest member, Yoni Sunshine, development director of the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts of RI is the first organization to take advantage of our club’s new corporate membership opportunity. Yoni has been a member of Rotary in Fall River and Louisiana.
Don urged members to attend the upcoming Rotary Rocks Plymouth District Conference on May 18-20. Sign up on the club or district web site.
Peter Brock gave 2 Happy Bucks for the 92nd anniversary of the greatest person in his life, his dad!! And for his new hearing aids!!
Bob Murphy gave 9 Happy Bucks for the excellent show he attended at Barker Playhouse, 12 Angry Jurors, and for the 9th Juror, Steve Hug’s fabulous portrayal of an old person.
George Burman is happy and gave a Buck!!
David Hunter gave 2 Happy Bucks!
Christy Clausen gave a Happy Buck because she only has 6 more boxes of Dictionaries in her office!
Maury Ryan and Richard Applebaum gave Happy Bucks for the show at Barker Playhouse and Steve Hug’s performance!
Kris David gave a Happy Buck for St. Joseph’s Day!!
Priya Banerjee gave a Happy Buck for spending a fabulous weekend of fun with her daughter!!
Don Saracen gave a Happy Buck for his grandson, Jack who has been cast in The Vault.
President Don began a review of club operations by recognizing Rob Black for the great job he is doing as administrator, including setting up new systems to streamline billing, new member application and orientation, follow up on member attendance.
Don also recognized late member Richard Kaplan for his many years of service to our club.
John McGinn presided over presentations by Committee chairs.
President-elect Art Norwalk recognized Rob Black for prompt, capable assistance.
Upcoming meeting programs of note include
  • Million Dollar meal on April 16th at the Johnson and Wales building on Narragansett Blvd in honor of Mo Gaebe, past president and chancellor of Johnson & Wales and past president of Providence Rotary.
  • On May 29, Dr. Paul George of Brown University Medical School will report on local efforts to stem the opioid crisis.
  • June 4th will be the presentation of Rotary Foundation grants.
  • June 11th will be a Service Above Self Luncheon honoring George Babcock and former Providence Fire Chief George Farrell.
Art spoke about the PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) he attended. There were 300 in attendance to learn and to be “inspired.” His key takeaway: service is the prime motivator for recruitment, retention and engagement of new members. 
There will be an initial planning meeting for new and continuing board members to talk about relevant ideas and goals for next year. The meeting will be Thursday, March 29 from 8am-9am at Swan Point Cemetery.
Treasurer: Luis Lourenco presented financials with Year End as of June 2017 a net-profit of $757.00. This year, they have budgeted a surplus of $1400 with total cash of $53,454. As of Feb 2018, there is $39,248 in cash. There are 84 members paid with 4 partial paid members. Our total membership is 88.
Paul Segal, chair of the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation gave special thanks to past chairs, Ron Hoak, Bryan Cook, and Jan Feyler and to Randy Dittmar as a long-standing administrator.
Grant Applications must be received no later than March 31. The trustees review the requests and select recipients. Last year the foundation awarded $56,000 to 39 organizations.
They currently have $1,543,000 in our portfolio that is managed by Rockland Trust. The trustees are Richard Applebaum, George Babcock, Barry Fain, Sharon Garland, Dick Gregory, Kevin Oates and Randy Dittmar as administrator.
Reporting for the Membership Committee, Holly Applegate thanked Rob Black for creating a streamlined new member procedure with tracking mechanism. The committee created two new membership classifications, Family and Corporate. The recent BAG lunch was successful with over 30 guests in attendance. The committee is following up with Rotarians who brought guests to see if there is interest in becoming members. The committee tracks attendance and checks in with members who have not attended for a long period of time. Christy Clausen and Jane Kratsch have volunteered to lead new member orientation in the coming year. Mary Brewster has composed a nice phrase to use when encouraging potential and new members:
“Rotary offers a proven path to build strong friendships through your club, while you are also giving back to the community. This combination leads to a stronger civic visibility through your work in the club and on projects. Networking is a great by-product of clubs, but their primary purpose is larger. Rotary will amply reward your effort, but you must be involved to benefit.”
The membership committee is pleased to tell you that we have had 7 new members so far this year.
Terri Adelman spoke about the Rotary Reads program. This year the efforts will be streamlined to include books and story-telling for the children from kindergarten through 2nd grade at the Harry Kizirian School. Terri put sign up sheets at all the tables for volunteers!
Christy Clausen talked about the Interact Club for high school students and Rotaract Club for college students. She said there have been growing pains with Interact with 5 kids including 3 seniors. She has a March 29th meeting scheduled. She is hoping to have the students come to an April Rotary meeting.
Bryan Cook talked about the Nominating Committee who prepares and presents a slate of candidates for upcoming executive and Board positions to be voted by our membership. He thanks everyone who has served.
Kris David as past chair of Street Painting Festival gave a report on this event. She thanked Richard Applebaum for all his efforts in obtaining needed city licenses. Art Norwalk for all the marketing, Anthony Landi for coordinating the volunteers, Mary Brewster for the creating the squares, and Peter Loescher and Randy Dittmar for all the finances.  This past year’s event was faced with reduced number of sponsors and lost grant from the city. We need every member to secure a sponsor. Next year’s event will be on October 20th at the downtown skating rink. John McGinn will be the chair. Also the artists will not be charged for participating in the event.
Kris also mentioned that she is planning a Country-Western Birthday party for Anthony Hollingshead on April 16th.
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 26, 2018
Apr 02, 2018
RI Coalition of Entrepreneurs
Apr 09, 2018
Narrows Center for the Arts
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