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The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meets Thursday @ Noon (except Thursday after 2nd Wednesday & holidays)
Photos:  No photos taken
RITUALS
Pledge and 4-Way Test: Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Spencer Seitz
Song:  Pam Ancheta
 
About the meeting program:  The bell will be rung at 12:15PM to help the staff with food service timing and a final attendance count.  Also, a subtle "two minute warning" reminder before the end of the meeting will be signaled to help the program end promptly at 1:30PM. 
VISITING ROTARIAN AND GUEST INTRODUCTIONS
Except for today's two guest speakers , no guests or visiting Rotarians.
ROTARY MINUTE
Inspired by the latest issue of The Rotarian's cover article "What It's Like...Ordinary Rotarians, Extraordinary Tales" Pam Ancheta suggested that club members consider their own experiences for future ROTARY MINUTES.  Club members are encouraged to share an interesting, unusual anecdote about themselves (or fellow Rotarians) without having to take lots of prep time for a full speakers presentation, yet get more coverage than a happy buck mention.   Just let Pam know you want a Rotary Minute story to share.
CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
For all the latest details concerning club related meetings or events click on any and all items listed in the Upcoming Events section in the right column. 
 
Please note: 
There is a new location for the monthly meetings for both the Balloon Festival Committee and the Club's Board of Directors:  213 Robinson St, Wakefield, RI 02879;  Phone: (401) 284-1000.  Time and day of the month stays the same--so Balloon Fest Committee meets at 6:00pm on the second Tuesdays and Board of Directors meet at 5:30pm on the last Wednesday of the month.
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Scheduling Club Assembly
Our first club assembly is tentatively planned for early February.  There will be more about this plan at the next regular meeting.  At a club assembly there is typically a review of the budget; standing committees; adhoc committees; & proposed initiatives.  The Speakers Committee, please be advised that there should be no speaker at that meeting.  Confirming a date will be announced soon.
 
Thank You Notes
Check out the donation thanks from Girl Scouts & the Vets hospital in Providence which were added to the thank you letters in the right column of the newsletter.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Charitable Committee Request
Three URI/Rotaract students & Beth Leconte applied for the URI Service Corps spring 2018 programs and all 4 of them were accepted.  In March, two students will be headed to Houston, Texas, to help with the continuing need from hurricane disasters last fall; one student will be headed to Guatemala to work with Habitat for Humanity; and Beth will be headed to Arizona to work with Habitat & Navajo Reservation School.  The donation request for $1,000 will be divided evenly among the four ($250/pp) to offset the costs of being at these locations to provide their service work.  This would be the 2nd or 3rd year that our club has supported this endeavor that is a service oriented "spring break."  Club membership approved this request.
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT
 
number of members present: 14 /number of visiting Rotarians:  0 /number of guests:  2
 
 
MEMBER NEWS
Marion Humphrey's husband, Bob,  continues to recuperate at home with the loving help of family.
HAPPY BUCKS
Betsy Wisehart -  grateful for a heated steering wheel;  and relayed a story about her kitty cats
 
Glen Zibolis -  talked about awaiting the arrival of Bailey the new dog!
PRESENTATION  -  South Kingstown Public Libraries
LAUREL CLARK, DIRECTOR OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARIES (SKPL)  & BETTY COTTER PRESIDENT OF SKPL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Clark and Cotter will bring a new perspective to what is happening in the Library and how the SK Library System meets the needs of the citizens of the town. Betty Cotter is an author, teacher and book reviewer. She was also Managing Editor of the SC Independent for 14 years.  Here is information about Laurel Clark from a Narragansett Times article from November 12, 2016:  "Laurel Clark, of Warwick, took over as library director on Oct. 11 [2016]....Clark takes the place of Shirley Long, who retired from the position in July, after 12 years on the job... Clark earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2002...After graduating from URI, Clark worked in the special collections department at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport and then at the Warwick Public Library before landing a job at the Fall River Public Library, in Fall River, Mass."  Here is more information that was distributed during the presentation:
ADJOURNMENT
 
 
Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Jan 31, 2018 5:30 PM
 
Deadline for reporting officers to RI
Feb 01, 2018
 
Mid-Year Meeting/Pre-PETS, DGE Bill Tennant
Feb 10, 2018
 
Balloon Festival Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 13, 2018
 
NO THURSDAY MEETING
Feb 15, 2018
 
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 28, 2018 5:30 PM
 
Water and Sanitation Month
Mar 01, 2018
 
Balloon Festival Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 13, 2018
 
North East PETS
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
Mar 15, 2018 – Mar 17, 2018
 
NO THURSDAY MEETING
Mar 15, 2018
 
Thank You Notes
Medical Center/U.S. Depart. of Veterans Affairs - Dec. 2017
Girl Scouts of Southern New England - Dec 2017
Easter Seals Rhode Island - Oct. 2017
Jonnycake Center - received October 2017
Welcome House
Habitat for Humanity
Jonnycake Center - July 5, 2017
Galilee Mission
Bulletin Editor
Pam Ancheta
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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