Newsletter Date: October 27
Meeting Date: October 21
Reporter: Holly Applegate
Ralph Barlow’s Inspiration was delivered by Walter Cotter because Ralph had a fall a couple of weeks ago and was unable to be with us:
“We despair about the chaos in Washington------the political upheavals, the loss of a sense of direction. We can, though, take hope in the people of this country. Carl Sandburg strikes just the right note when he says in his book The People, Yes:
“Hope is a tattered flag and a dream out of time.
 Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white.
The evening star inviolable over the coal mines.
The shimmer of northern lights across a bitter winter night……
Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.”
President Geoff thanked Anthony Landi and Rob Black for checking everyone in at the front desk. Thank you to Holly Applegate for greeting and writing this newsletter.
Bryan Cook introduced his guest, Melissa Kurbec, the wife of our speaker, Kevin Kurbec. She also is a colleague of Bryan’s at Amica Insurance.
Health updates: Ralph Barlow is recovering from a fall and Walter Adamowicz hurt his back and will be out for the next couple of months.
Terri Adelman reported on the status of Rotary Reads program. There are six volunteers who have signed up. Training was offered in the classroom at Kizirian. There will be more training offered for additional volunteers. Most volunteers want to go to the school every other week. Holly Applegate and Liz Messier will be participating in Coming Books Alive, selecting a story to read and act out.
Our own Rotarians, Kris Bill David and Art Norwalk were presenters at Saturday’s Vibrant Club district training. Kris led a detailed discussion on grant application procedures and Art gave tips for clubs to boost their public image.
The Rotary Foundation dinner will be November 14, 2019 at Whites with guest speaker, Michael McGovern.
The UN Day on November 9th has been put on hold for Rotarians to attend. Check with Kris David about the status.
Margaret Kane led off with 5 Happy Bucks because the New York Yankees were knocked out of the playoffs!!
Jim Gilcreast gave a buck because he is happy!
Kevin Kernan gave 5 Happy Bucks because he still had money in his pocket after playing Poker.
Mary Brewster gave a Happy Buck because she viewed the wonderful video about Rotary’s literacy projects at Kizirian School. This video was produced for the Legends Gala. Thank you to Art Norwalk for producing the video.
Christy Clausen gave a Happy Buck because she was able to come to the meeting for a change.
Anthony Hollinghead gave Happy Bucks for Connie Donnelly and Mary Brewster for organizing the alternate time meeting on last Thursday night, at Plant City!! It was a great event with delicious plant based pizzas!!

Guest speaker Kevin Kurbec, Director of Operations for Providence College Basketball, described the three top goals of the Friars’ hoop program:
  1. To have 100% graduation with a college degree
  2. To be the most respected program in the country (on the court and off the court),
  3. To compete and win championships.
Kevin, a 2002 graduate of PC, enters his 9th season under coach Ed Cooley. His primary duties are monitoring players’ academic progress, organizing on-campus recruiting, serving as a liaison between Friar programs and community, organizing team travel and overseeing day to day operations. He is also the Director of the PC Summer Basketball season.
They are focusing on a strong team this year with more seasoned players. There are five seniors on the team with some sophomores with more experience. They had their first exhibition game against Stoneham College (Ed Cooley’s alma mater). They have another pre-season game playing Purdue. Their goal is also to keep their players healthy and be competitive!
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Nov 04, 2019
Nov 18, 2019
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