Newsletter Date: March 17
Meeting Date: March 11
Reporter: Holly Applegate
As we are focusing on childhood literacy at the Harry Kizirian School, Bill David wants us to know more about Harry Kizirian, a son of Armenian immigrants.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after he graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1944. For his exploits on May 11 and June 11, 1945, the 19-year-old earned a Bronze Star with Combat V, the Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts and many other commendations on his way to becoming Rhode Island’s most decorated warrior. His most notable feat was charging into the line of fire on his hands and knees and killing all 12 Japanese.
He also was a widely admired postmaster at the Providence facility - the country’s first automated post office that later was named for him.
President Art thanked Rob Black and Richard Applebaum for checking everyone in at the front desk and Holly Applegate for doing the meeting notes.
There were 2 guests, Don Saracen’s wife, Cherie, and a potential new member, Michaela Hermann.
President Art mentioned that fellow Rotarian Arthur Robbins was recently recognized as the 2019 Northeast Health Care and Philanthropy Award recipient.
Randy Dittmar reported that there are only two schools that still need dictionaries and Phil Gossel volunteered to handle one of them.
Walter Adamowicz announced the upcoming Evening at the Pops on June 6th featuring Leslie Odom performing Nat King Cole songs. Walter and Paul Segal are coordinating this event this year for the last time. They are looking for someone to take over next year.
Jackie Gourd is doing well after open heart surgery. A get well card was circulated for signatures.
Art Norwalk talked about how important our support is for The Rotary Foundation’s campaign for every Rotarian to give $100 every year ($8.33 per month). The Rotary Foundation is us!! Currently, each member of the club board has either given or pledged, and Art encouraged all club members to join them. Make your donation online at or give a check to Rob Black or Kris David. “We are doing good in the world.”
Wendy Marcus announced March Birthdays: Anthony Landi, Bill DiBiasio, Maxine Cohen, Barry Fain, and Laraine Beck!
Pete Brock: Happy Bucks for spring-like weather and for his one-month Anniversary with Emily.
Wendy Marcus, Paul Segal, Don Saracen, Bill DiBiasio and Jim Gilcreast for Mike Kelly, who was the Grand Marshall of the Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Geoff Gaunt gave 5 Happy Bucks for attending the great PETS training over the past weekend.
Walter Adamowicz for his great vacation in Florida.
Our guest speaker, John Kramb, gave a Happy Buck for Bill and Kris David’s wonderful hospitality during his visit.
Mike Kelly gave 5 Happy Bucks in gratitude for all the support from so many Rotarians.
Bryan Cook gave Happy Bucks for two coincidences. Last week, he ran into Sharon Garland in the security line at TF Green airport, then he read a story about a Patriots’ cheerleader in Blackstone Valley Express and there was a picture of Pete Brock.
Yoni Sunshine’s Happy Buck was for the support of Rotarians Anthony, Bob, Kris, and Pete Brock who was MC for a special Boys Scout event that raised $15,000.
Phil Gossel gave 3 Happy bucks for a great time delivering dictionaries to 3rd graders at the Martin Luther King School.
Maxine Cohen gave a Happy buck to thank Wendy for wishing her a Happy Birthday!
Don Saracen for Arthur Robbins’ award.
Kris David gave a Happy buck for our Rotary Literacy project being implemented with 5-6 Rotarians reading to kindergarten classes at Harry Kizirian School.
Bill David gave 5 Happy bucks for the 5th winning chess match at San Miguel School.
Our guest speaker, Past District Governor John Kramb from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, has been involved in global projects such as Polio Plus in Southeast India. He himself is a polio survivor and continues to be passionate about eradicating the disease. He recently helped immunize 5 and under children in Chandigarh, India. Each child receives two drops of the vaccine which needs to be stored in cool temperatures.  
To avoid giving the the same child more than one dose, the child’s left pinky fingernail is painted with purple marker. John encourages all Rotarians to support this very important effort.
John joined Rotary in 2005. He has served in many leadership positions and has attended many international conventions.  He has been recognized for perfect attendance and wearing crazy socks, which he displayed.
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