Rotary Club of Providence

Meeting: Date Oct 12, 2021

Reporter: Don Saracen


Jim Gilcreast led us in the pledge


Rob shared a quote from Desmond Tutu.
“Instead of separation and division, all distinctions make for a rich diversity to be celebrated for the sake of unity that underlies them. We are different, so that we can know our need of one another.”


Guest today was PDG Charlene Jarest
President Holly asked the Gala Chairs to give an update.
Pete reported that John Rook voice of PC Basketball and Gillette Stadium will be our MC. Legends and former Pat’s players such two time Super Bowl Champ Jarvis Green, Steve King and Max Lane to name some of the players who will attend. And last gala’s Richard Kaplan award winner Super Bowl Champ Malcolm Mitchell will be on hand.
Don gave an update on the Sponsors at the four levels. We are currently at  $47,000.
Jim reviewed our Silent and Live Auctions. Items such as Pat’s tickets, Newport boat cruise and Morin Catering will be on tap. He’s still looking for additional items.  
Liz said the seating plan is in progress. Don’t forget we are also selling single tickets.

Happy Bucks:

  • $10 Margaret for the Red Sox
  • $5 Pete for his new dog Yaeger who he brought with him today
  • $2 Anthony H for Karen at work and PDG Charlene Jarest
  • $3 Jim one in memory of Cy and No Happy Bucks for the Red Sox doesn’t want to jinx them.
  • $1 Kris for PDG Charlene Jarest sorry she couldn’t attend club meetings.
  • $2 PDG Charlene Jarest pleased to be able to attend in person and thanks for Kris and Art’s help this past year.
  • $12 President Holly for PDG Charlene Jarest great job this past year and the Red Sox.
  • $5 Art PDG Charlene Jarest couldn’t ask for a better boss.
  • $5 Bryan for PDG Charlene Jarest her wonderful leadership and enjoyed attending at the #3 rank Cincinnati Bearcats football team win.

Our Speaker:

PDG Kris introduced Diane Houle, District Account Executive of Renaissance Learning, the producers of the myON Reader. She has a BA from Hesser College and thirty-five year career in the educational technology space. She presented a slide presentation.
Their mission is to provide teachers tools with a purpose to accelerate learning for all children and adults of all ability levels and ethnic and social backgrounds. The myON Reader offers an extensive digital library at various levels and numerous titles.
Teachers can elevate and motivate students, track their progress and identify areas for improvement. She shared examples of students progress before and after using the myON Reader. She discussed studies of how the impact of Covid is having a big effect on children literacy now and in the future. Each week students have the opportunity to read up to five articles that are age appropriate.
The myON Reader constantly upgrades titles and tracking abilities to help with constant improvement.
Club Information
Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Providence Marriott
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
United States of America
Lunch is served at 11:45 AM; meeting begins at noon.
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