Newsletter Date: March 26, 2017
Meeting Date: March 20
Reporter: Sharon Garland

As we long for a real spring, Mary Brewster offered an inspiration from The Enkindled Spring by D. H. Lawrence
This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.
President Anthony awarded Art Norwalk his THIRD Paul Harris Fellow (two presented by the club).  Anthony emphasized the impact of Art’s work, a good deal of which is for people he will never know, making his contributions all that more impressive.  Art’s leadership in the Club is wide ranging, from communications, including the award winning weekly newsletter, to the Kizirian School project.
President Anthony thanked Club members for their impressive donations of food for the Blessing Box at Kizirian School. These donations support the efforts of the Interact students who are creating the Blessings Box to address the food needs of children on weekends.
Kris David invited members to join her and Bill at a dinner in their home on April 2. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will benefit Polio Plus.
Multi-district Conference featuring Rotary International President John Germ takes place in Providence April 28-30. President Anthony urges members to attend; learn more and sign up at
Paul Cooney steps over to the Italian side to assist PDG Kris David in setting out the zeppole for St. Joseph's Day.
Happy Bucks
Collected by Jane Kratsch
John McGinn for his 24 years at the RI Convention Center
Jim Gilcreast for his pilgrimage to Israel and for renewing his marriage vows to Mary Gilcreast at the Miracle at Cana
Don Saracen for the FBI finding Tom Brady’s game shirts
Art Norwalk for the reporters who work on the newsletter
David Hunter acknowledged Rotary for introducing him to the Urban Debate League, an organization helping students increase their academic skills
Paul Cooney for paying off his college loans!
Luis Lourenco - his trip to Florida trip to pick up his mother that was expanded to five days because of the snow last week
Wendy Marcus for South Carolina reaching the Sweet 16
Sharon Garland for Kevin Kernan, Jones Moving, and Residential Properties for helping her move to a new condo in West Greenwich
Kris David for the amazing job club members have done in the past year, she had plenty of material for the District Awards submission
Trinity Rep: Arts and Community
Tom Parrish, Executive Director of Trinity Repertory Company, reviewed Trinity’s development in Rhode Island and the impact it has on our community and to theater around the country since its founding at the Trinity Church in 1963.
He described the pillars of Trinity:  Company, Education and Community Engagement through art with an emphasis on how art builds community. Trinity is one of the last resident theater companies in the country.
Tom gave a brief overview of how theater is made, starting with selection of a balanced season that is appealing to subscription ticket holders. Once the plays are identified, it’s on to design where the physical part of each play is planned and executed including set design, furniture and costumes. Sixty-five full time staff members work in this area. Finally rehearsals start for the actors, music and technical effects.
Trinity has a long history and commitment to education and has developed many partnerships that impact the community:
  • Actors work with Bradley Hospital staff developing programs to reach children with autism and other cognitive disorders.
  • Trinity partners with Brown University for MFA graduate training programs.
  • With less funding for art education, some schools outsource to Trinity for theatre experiences for their students.
  • Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 7,000 eleventh grade students will see A Midsummer’s Night Dream through Trinity.
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
Mar 27, 2017
Apr 10, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
Earth Day
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Immediate Past President
Ryan Buttie
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Guests of
Pat Germani
Visiting Rotarian
Marco Marinelli, Italy
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