Newsletter Date: March 19
Meeting Date: March 13
Reporter: Jan Feyler
Walter Cotter opened the meeting with “Character”
To attain a respectful character requires several primary factors.
  • A knowledge base of the values you believe represent what is most important to you to be respected.
  • Aligning what you practice with what you preach.
  • A continuous internal awareness of the example you set each day.
  • The understanding that character is earned, never given.
President Anthony thanked Jane Kratsch for the St. Patrick’s Day decorations and named Christy Clausen the winner of the Irish outfit prize!
And don't forget to wear red for St. Joseph's Day celebration on 3/20!
Kris David announced that she will sponsor a dinner at her house on April 2 to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus campaign. She can accommodate 20 people and the cost is $50 per person.
Kris reminded us of the Multi-District Conference to be held the weekend of April 28 at the Convention Center. The President of Rotary International will be the featured speaker on 4/28.
John McGinn reminded us of the Trade Show scheduled for 3/27. 11 members have signed up to date. There is still room!!
Christy Clausen said that the Interact Club is collecting items for a Blessings Box at the Kizirian School. Please bring any of these to club meetings:
  • cereal
  • powdered milk
  • crackers
  • bread
  • p b & j
  • canned goods - easy open
  • Ramen
  • applesauce
  • oatmeal
  • mac and cheese
  • fruit cups
  • juice
  • toilet paper
  • first aid items
  • diapers
  • winter coats,gloves, mittens
  • school supplies
Next painting day at Kizirian School is Saturday, April 1. No fooling!
Pete Brock is happy that his granddaughter Ellie spent some time with him and that Cardinal O’Malley gave a special dispensation allowing corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day.
Dan Saracen talked about his weekend at the Rotary PETS Conference with over 600 incoming Rotary presidents. He found out that our club does lots that other clubs don’t.
Don and other District 7950 leaders gathered for a photo with Rotary International President-elect Ian Riseley.
Mike Kelly is happy that his station has gas again since getting new pipes. He and Kathy are headed to Florida again.
Richard Leone thanked everyone for their kind thoughts and Anthony and Swan Point for doing such a nice job with Mary Swanson’s funeral.
Art Norwalk is happy that the Providence City Council  set May 2 as the date for an election to recall indicted East Side City Councilman Kevin Jackson.
Kevin Kernan for URI at the NCAA
Jan Feyler, chair of the Board of Trustees of our club’s foundation, introduced representatives of three not-for-profit organizations which received grants last spring to report on how the grants were used. They represent less than 10% of the organizations funded last year.
President Anthony presents Four-Way Test paperweights to (l-r) Aimee Davidson of the YWCA of RI, Alaina Stern and Amanda Mastronardi of RICJ.  Not pictured is Shannon Smith of the Center for Resilience.
Center for Resilience; Shannon Smith, teacher
Shannon teaches this year-long emotional and social learning curriculum in Providence Schools. She teaches them to utilize their new skills to reduce stress at school. These skills enhance academic growth and improve classroom culture by reducing disruptive behavior and bullying. She told of how a third grader and a tenth grader used these life lessons at school.
Rhode Island for Community and Justice; Alaina Stern, youth coordinator, and Amanda Mastronardi , juvenile justice coordinator
Alain and Amanda told us about Project RESPECT, a week-long summer youth leadership institute for high school students. Youth develop facilitation, communication and public speaking skills in developing and leading workshops around prejudice, diversity, identity and building a more inclusive community. The youth plan and develop their programs themselves. They continue utilizing these skills at weekly meetings of their year round Youth Action Council.
YWCA of Rhode Island; Aimee Davidson, site coordinator, Rosie’s Girls
Aimee talked about Rosie’s Girls a six week summer program for middle school girls in Providence. Girls are challenged to develop a broader sense of themselves and their capabilities. They learned basic carpentry skills and improved their STEM skills. Summer learning loss was mitigated. 97% of the girls knew more about trades and that girls and women can do more than they thought. 99% said they have new ideas about what they can do when they grow up.
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