Newsletter Date: June 2
Meeting Date: May 20
Reporter: Sharon Garland
In recognition of Memorial Day, PP Jan Feyler read, “A Naming of the Parts,” by poet Henry Reed. The poem is a striking contrast between the seemingly mundane preparations for war and the enduring beauty of nature.
Dr. Kamalini Pathak, President of the Bombay Powai (India) Rotary Club, visited us with her husband and son,  who recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University. Dr. Pathak gave an overview of her club’s wide ranging activities including literacy programs and disease prevention through water and sanitation projects.
Margaret Kane for the Marriott’s air conditioning since she is a “hot bod.”
Kris David for 40 years of marital bliss.
Anthony Hollingshead for Holly Applegate’s organizing and Liz Messier’s performance in a “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
Priya Banerjee and Wendy Marcus were honored to meet the Rotarians from India.
Terri Adelman for grandson’s first steps.
Caroline Rumowicz for her daughters’ graduation from Wagner College and North Kingstown High School.
Steve Hug his grandson is finally walking!
President Art thanked Cap Willey for an invitation to participate in Providence School Department’s planning session conducted by consultants from Johns Hopkins University.
Liz Tanner, Esq., Director of RI Department of Business Regulation, spoke about her department’s work to make it easier for businesses to access the information and technical support they need to be successful. After running several businesses herself and representing business clients, she understands the frustrations of business owners and developed a plan to streamline procedures and create a customer service focus at DBR.
This process started with a series of listening sessions where businesses identified the many ways their needs were not being met. Poor customer service, inability to access what laws and regulations apply and duplication of paperwork were identified.
In conjunction with the offices of the Governor and Secretary of State, initiatives have been implemented focusing on improving coordination (including between the State and municipalities) increased access to information through technology and technical support. Businesses can now access fee schedules and all regulations on the Secretary of State’s website. There are online wizards/guides on how to start a business or build a building. Applications can now be submitted and monitored online.  DBR is making progress and Ms. Tanner encourages people to reach out to her with problems.
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