Monday, June 26, 2017
Buffet 5:30PM / Welcome 5:50PM
300 North Restaurant (at the Holiday Inn), 3009 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879
SPEAKER PRESENTATION - Jay Shartenberg - updated
Jay Shartenberg – Balloon Festival Committee
Final plans and instructions for this weekend's balloon festival.
Jay started with the weather forecast:  pretty good - mid to high 80s.  Then discussed the potential for field evacuation which Jay will lead the coordination on if it should be needed.  Jay also praised Cam Ennis for his great work on securing the professional balloonist for this year's fest and praised Judy Fortier for her work on volunteer coordination.  
The professional balloonists versus the amateur balloonists:  the professionals will only do tethered rides - dawn (around 6am) & dusk (around 6pm)  unlike the amateurs there will be no untethered, free-flights.  Tickets for balloon rides will be sold at flight times.  Flight times will be (unless winds exceed 8 knots) Friday evening, Saturday dawn & dusk; Sunday dawn & dusk.  
Tethered ride price is now $20/pp.  Set up for festival will start on Thursday, July 20th at 1pm with another set up shift starting at 8am Friday, July 21.  Set up must be finished by festival start at 4pm on Friday.  Breakdown of festival will start after 4pm on Sunday, July 23.
While "Rag Bag" activity is unlikely to take place because of severe tears in the balloon material, Dave Kring offered to set it up and give it try because--as Chris Pelton says--"it's such a hit."
Jay continued to talk about other attractions at the festival and Judy Fortier mentioned the shifts that need to be filled--especially ticket sales shifts during Friday evening and Saturday evening.  Thanks to everyone who signed up during today's meeting.
Pam Ancheta
Judy Fortier - paid twice!
Betsy Wisehart
Cam Ennis
Herb Mansfield
Elizabeth Candas
Karl Midunsky
Spencer Seitz
Robin McGuigan
Joanne Daly
Please email Pam Ancheta, before meetings, about information to share with the club regarding follow Rotarians who are unable to attend. 
Formerly Sunshine, this part of the meeting --as was mentioned in last week's newsletter--will have it's own committee of 3 to 5 Rotarians who will explore how to make member birthdays/Rotary anniversaries/”members in the news”/member health & convalescence/member remembrance another part of our club's “service above self”.  More details will come following the July 31st meeting.  
number of members present: 38 /number of visiting Rotarians:  2 /number of guests:  4  
Vocational Service's scholarship committee: This Avenue of Service is chaired by Peggy Benz who will not be at today's meeting.  Elizabeth Candas, assisted the two scholarship recipients.
Balloon Festival Committee:  Festival shirts will be available for purchase, $15.  During Happy Bucks, Betsy Wisehart, as Treasurer of Balloon Fest Committee & the one who receives all banking statements for the club, reported that there are "mystery" bank deposits for which she needs clarification in order to update the financials.  Please contact her if you can in any way shed light on these deposits.
Scholarship Recipients:
Isabella Miko-Radzaj graduate of The Prout School will be attending Holy Cross as a freshman this fall focusing on art and expecting to pursue Pre-Med studies. She spoke to the club about art work she submitted for Advanced Placement (AP) credit and displayed for members 5 fine art pieces she'd completed.  Isabella expressed such immense gratitude for the scholarship funds she received from our club and how much it is helping her with college education.
Michael Robinson from South Kingstown High School will be attending URI/Kingston as a freshman this fall.  His intended double major will be in Music Education & Jazz Performance.  Beth Leconte took time to talk to Michael about Rotoract at URI and its connection to leadership training.  He is a veteran of the RYLA program with an impressive staff leadership position.  He is also going to volunteer for Balloon Fest this weekend!!!  
Pam read a thank you note sent from Executive Director of Galilee Mission, our very own Lynn Costigan, expressing gratitude for the $300 donation our club sent to the non-profit & she thanked Ben Bardo, too.
Get your timers ready and set for 60-seconds.....Past-President Spencer Seitz presented today's Rotary Minute as a reminder to use waste-reducing, reusable, refillable, plastic  (or metal, or composite) beverage cups during Balloon Fest volunteering this weekend.

--BALLOON FESTIVAL, JULY 21 – 23 – SIGN UPS – who has & who hasn't and deserves another email reminder. Get family, friends & colleagues to sign up at

--PAWSOX on Tuesday, August 22!  Pawtucket Red Sox Rotary Night at McCoy Stadium.  For info. click here.  For registration, click here.  For attendance details, click here.


--NO MEETING on July 3


--BOARD MEETING TIME CHANGE:  the agenda for the last regular, weekly meeting of a month will be a board of directors' agenda, typically no guest speakers...all members are invited and encouraged to voice opinions, but only officers & boards of directors are allowed to vote.


--BALLOON FESTIVAL, JULY 21 – 23 – SIGN UPS – who has & who hasn't and deserves another email reminder. Get family, friends & colleagues to sign up at


Introduce this agenda item. It is a timed- presentation: 1-minute! Rotary related information that informs members to do something. Russ Bertrand will do a Rotary Minute on July 10th meeting to inspire membership enthusiasm. Past-President Spencer Seitz has graciously offered to present a Rotary Minute for July 17th.
--follow up on Installation dinner @ Whalers Brewery, Peace Dale / June 22: See attached for installed officers. Mary Roda did a fantastic job of organizing the event considering it was not a traditional venue and the installation program was conducted in a...let's say a non private atmosphere. Thanks to Collin & Katrina who are the duo called Anamcara for providing the music and to “Turtle” our bartender. Along with Mary, thanks to Spencer Seitz, Jim Blackerby, and District Gov. Russ Bertrand for being such great ceremony presenters. Congratulations to the latest Paul Harris Award recipients including Elizabeth Candas and Spencer Seitz.  Congrats, also, to Steve White - District Award winner; Maureen White – Rotarian Spouse Award winner; Dave Kring - Rotarian of the Year. Thanks to President Pam Ancheta for ending her droning, pitchy, speech right at 7:30pm! Attachments:  Officers & Directors 2017-18
Please submit your photos/videos of the installation dinner to our main social media administrator: Deborah Casey, email:
2017-18 Proposed Budget vote: With no golf tournament fundraiser this year—which had been held for the past 3 years—this year's budget faced a $5,000 deficit compared to 2016-17. While the 2017-18 Administrative budget remains the same as 2016-17. The Charitable budget faced necessary reductions. So to maintain the same funding level as 2016-17 for the Charitable committee (l ine 5513) and International committee (line 5100), student of month (line 5611) was reduce from $1,500 to $500, and scholarship was reduced (line 5611) by $4,250. Also Rotaract (line 5711) was increased from $650 to $1,650. Some comments about the budget are attached.  After some intense discussion and questioning, the budget was approved by the membership, with a few members voting against. Of particular note was Lori Horton's clarification regarding the amount of funds and how those funds from Balloon Festival proceeds are released each fiscal year between immediate charitable distribution and investment for future charitable distribution through The Wakefield Foundation.
--Filed Under “Old Business"/Charitable Committee:   A Matching District Grant for 2016-17 which our club's charitable committee budgeted $1,500 for was never submitted by our partnering applicant, The Chariho Club.  This was a very recent revelation.  Therefore, the Charitable Committee had a $1,500 surplus in its budget and took steps to use the money for our local needs.  The five organizations proposed to receiving $300 were:  Welcome House, Jonnycake, Habitat for Humanity, Galilee Mission, & Domestic Violence Resource Center.  Club membership voted to approve Charitable Committee's proposal to donate the monies to these 5 worthy organizations in our community.
--Meeting Time Committee: This committee submitted a report on a membership survey ranking meeting time options for our club's regular meetings. See attached:  Meeting Survey. With this new information, the process to change regular meeting times will be as follows:
  • on Monday, July 31st – the board will consider and take a vote on meeting times
  • on Monday, Aug. 7 - the board's decision will be voted on by membership
  • during the week of Oct. 9th – the new meeting time will be implemented
Rationale for starting the new schedule in October: 1-District Governor visit on Oct. 2 was first in August, then Oct. 30—don't want to mess with it again; 2- our great guest speakers committee (Jim Blackerby, Sandy Cutting, Fran Alexalos. Elizabeth Candas) have booked a couple months ahead--they're set until September.
--follow up on Narragansett Art Festival : (note:  the following are the written details from Art Fest Co-chair Ed McLaughin)  
Many thanks to all club members for their assistance at the Narragansett Art Festival this past weekend.  After a bit of rain on Saturday morning, all was good when the sun showed up.

Thanks to Jay Shartenberg and team for the Friday layout; Ben Bardo for the PR efforts; Linda Hennessey for organizing the Rotarian volunteers; Beth Leconte for handling all the registration efforts and site layout; and a big Rotary thank you to Herk Herchenroether and Sandy Cutting for stepping up as our new co-chairs.

Final numbers still being work on, however, looks like at least $13,000 raised to support scholarships and club projects.
number of members present:    33   /number of visiting Rotarians:   0    /number of guests:    1     
MEMBER NEWS -updated
Introduce this agenda item. Formerly Sunshine, this part of the meeting will have it's own committee of 3 to 5 Rotarians who will explore how to make member birthdays/Rotary anniversaries/”members in the news”/member health & convalescence/member remembrance another part of our club's “service above self”. More details will come in future meetings.
Herk Herchenroether - missed meetings; congrats to Beth and Ed for a successful art festival
Jeremy Osborn - missed meetings; forgot his anniversary!
Spencer Seitz - joked he was on fentanyl and forgot his badge at home
Jay Shartenberg - glad gypsy moths are all dead at his home
Chris Van Hemelrijck - missed meetings because of Water for Cambodia Fundraiser; was on west coast for daughter's graduation
Bob Horrocks - missed meetings because of reasons that Chris H. listed
Harvey Whitley - June 23rd birthday; missed meetings; Kate, oldest grandaughter got married and DJ at wedding was Jeremy Osborn; his wife got hurt and went to the ER--but all good now
Betsy Wisehart - helping daughter move in Michigan; daughter is an OB/GYN on nightshifts; also her Toyota has faulty airbags but no help from the company yet
Glen Zibolis - "cricket buck" (phone rang)
Judy Fortier -- Balloon Fest sign up time & sorry missed meetings
Joe Norris -- paid for having a June birthday
Joe Giorgio, Year Up – internships for low-income young adults
Joe Giorgio, Associate Director of Operations for Year Up - Providence. Joe has had extensive high level corporate management experience throughout his career, such as serving as Vice President of Global Human Resources for Medtronic, the giant medical device manufacturer; Human Resource  Director of Covidien, the  predecessor of Medtronic; and Human Resource director of Liz Claiborne and Rand McNally.  He joined Year Up in 2015 and has bought his vast experience to provide great insight into the management and strategic development of Year Up. 
Joe will gave us insight into this wonderful national non-profit organization that provides low-income young adults in Providence, ages 18-24 with a one-year, intensive training program that includes a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. Please see the club website for more information on Joe and Year Up Providence. click here
Joe mentioned success stories like the young man who's now  working at a bank in Westerly.  He talked about last year's trained class (Class 23) which has 95% of its interns employed or furthering their education.  Average pay of Year Up trained interns just over $16/hour or just over $33,000/yr.    
Pam Ancheta ended the meeting by reciting Rotary's 4-Way Test.  She would be remiss if she didn't acknowledge her failure to uphold the standard of the test at today's meeting by not allowing enough time for the Art Festival update agenda item.  So in an attempt to rectify the omission, Festival Chair Ed McLaughlin dutifully submitted requested notes for this newsletter to inform our membership.  
Thank you, Ed, for the follow up and for your 5-years of service to the art fest and organizing a crucial fundraising program for our club.  Thanks to you, too, Co-Chair Beth Leconte!  Also a big thank you to Chris Hart for your technical help in setting up the art fest's online registration.  Many thanks to Herk & Sandy for taking on the fundraiser for next year!
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