Newsletter Date: Aprl 16
Meeting Date: April 3
Reporter: Bryan Cook

Jim Gilcreast delivered a prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson as our inspiration.
President Anthony thanked Rob Black for working the registration desk and noted that this is his 1st Official day as our Club Administrator. Congratulations to Rob!
Thanks to Kris and Bill David for hosting the Polio Plus fundraiser at their home. A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all and $500 was raised for the fight to end Polio.
Marion Avarista and Phyllis Fern are both doing well and miss being at Rotary.
Wendy announced April Birthdays—Sharon Garland, Tiffany Bumgardner-Scheffler, John McGinn, Peter Loescher, Mike Kelly, Pres. Anthony, and Kris David. Don Saracen is celebrating 24 years as a Rotarian.
Bob Murphy announced that the fishing derby for San Miguel will be on Saturday 5/20/17 and plans are moving ahead for an enjoyable outing.

Pres. Anthony exchanged club flags with Nancy Hampton Beeley of North Kingstown Rotary, accompanied by Parker Smith, a longtime North Kingstown Rotarian before joining us.
Terri Adelman reported that 6 schools have been selected for the Rotary Reads program. On 4/27 the group will meet at the Kizirian school to put Rotary labels in the books. Actual reading dates are being chosen and will run through 5/22/17.
Geoff Gaunt pointed out that an email was recently sent promoting the Paint Off which will be held this coming Friday, April 21. Rotarians are asked to register and buy tix for the event at, provide any silent auction items that may be appropriate, and pass along the flyer for the event to all friends and contacts.
Don Saracen reported on the recent District Assembly where polio survivor Ann Lee Hussey appeared via skype due to inclement weather in Maine. Don highly recommends hearing her story as it is inspirational.
There will be a multi-District Conference in Providence at the end of this month bringing 4 Rotary districts together. Since the event is in our home city, President Anthony encourages all Rotarians to take part in either a meal or the many interesting sessions.
HAPPY $$$$$
Pete Brock—happy the Pats will report for mini-camp in the next week and for quickly melting snow.
Don Saracen—Red Sox opening day—Sox were undefeated at the time he made his pledge.
Kris David—opening day for the hated NY Yankees.
Nancy Beeley—happy to be visiting the Prov. Club.
Richard Applebaum—happy for lovely drives up and down the NJ turnpike for family visits and a wedding.
Dick Gregory—1st day in his garden this spring.
Paul Segal—happy to see his friend, Jane Haynes at the meeting.
Jim Gilcreast—happy to hear Tom Brady would like to play 6-7 more years.
Art Norwalk—happy $ for Kris and Bill’s dinner and for Terri Adelman setting up the label party at the Kizirian school.

The Ocean State Job Lot Foundation is focusing on hunger and food insecurity through their 3 Square Meals program, reported guest speaker David Sarlitto, executive director of the foundation. They have created something that is sustainable beyond the current corporate leadership and have ingrained this endeavor into the fabric of the company.
OSJL Foundation is the largest (by far) donor to the RI Food Bank as well as 15 other food banks in 8 states. All donations going into the 3 Square Meals program are spent entirely on food, no money is taken out for expenses and in fact, much of the donations are matched by OSJL ownership.
OSJL is very good at logistics and finding exceptional deals on food. They also understood that it was inefficient to deliver to smaller food pantries and neighborhood organizations so they consolidated deals with larger food banks under the condition that the donated food would not be re-sold to these smaller operations. The larger food banks received unprecedented amounts of food which are then passed along to smaller organizations at no cost.
Each year, OSJL has a convoy event with a send-off of 30 or so tractor trailers at a time to 8 states from ME to NJ. Last year, a total of 113 tractor trailers carried 3.3 million lbs. of food with an ultimate value of $4.2 million. They hope to reach 300 tractor trailer loads during their even in September of this year.
Upcoming Events
Providence Rotary Paint-off
Apr 21, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Multi-District Conference
Apr 28, 2017 – Apr 30, 2017
Upcoming Speakers
Apr 17, 2017
Earth Day
Apr 24, 2017
May 01, 2017
Caritas Smile
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Jane Haynes
Guest of Pete Brock
Fran Musco
Kris David’s mom
Visiting Rotarians:
Nancy Hampton Beeley
North Kingstown
Betty Galligan
East Prov./Seekonk
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