Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield,
Rhode Island
Thursday, 04/16/2020
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meeting Thursday @ Noon

Meeting called to order  President Bob Cruz   
Club Business and Announcements
To all Rotarians,
In accordance with CDC recommendations supported by Mark Daniel Maloney, President Rotary International our weekly meetings are cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 2nd. This decision was made in attempts to keep us all safe and healthy.
Yours in Rotary,
Fellow Rotarians
So far, these virtual meetings have been working out great. We've successfully held two virtual membership meetings and one board meeting with up to 24 members participating at a time, not unlike our regular meetings.
I am aware some of you have never done this before and want to participate,  but are unable to do so because you either don't know how or are having trouble installing the necessary software or app onto your computer or smartphone. 
I can help and it's easier than you think. I'd be delighted to personally walk you through the process over the phone and have a practice session with you to try it out.
If you're interested, shoot me an email or give me a call. It should take no more than 15 -20 minutes. Perhaps we can set a time over the weekend, to do this.
If you call and get my voice mail, please leave a message and I will return your call.
Yours in Rotary,
Glen Zibolis
Meeting date April 16, 2020,  Reporter Ben Bardo
Moderator: Glen Zibolis
President:Bob Cruz
Virtual Meeting :Zoom
Members: 24
Speaker  next week: Dr Chris Van Hemelrijck, on COVID 19
Presidents Announcements and Club Business:
President Bob Cruz gave a recap of  last night’s board meeting.
 Lori Horton and Betsy Wisehart will be reviewing the club financial statements. 
Happy Bucks –
Steve White has finished renovating his Pool table
Dike Pike told a joke suitable for all audiences
Bob Cruz was happy about the number of  members who attended the meeting today.
Club Discussion by the membership
Beth Leconte Spoke about the diaper donation program, Beth will be accepting checks made out to her and she will then purchase diapers which will then be donated to local charities. Depending on the quantity purchased, they will go to Domestic Violence, Jonnycake, and Thundermist.
Steve White asked about the disbursement from the Wakefield Charitable Foundation, and also suggested that our club could look at investing in the stock market while the market is down.
Bob Horrocks asked if the Wakefield Rotary Club Foundation  could make payments to a PayPal account for an international charity donation. 
Dick Pike asked about the scholarship money that has been promised to students, Lori Horton said that Karen Bertram has an accounting of all payments to the students and for what amount. 
Sandra Cutting discussed the June Art Festival, as to reschedule it, cancel it, refund the payments, roll payments to next year, or ask for a donation from the artists towards the scholarship fund.  Sandra will make a decision May 1, 2020.
Ed  McLaughlin suggested that the Art Festival be canceled and not rescheduled as the Veterans park is usually booked for the entire summer.
Dr Chris Van Hemelrijck discussed the Wakefield Charitable Foundation, which has approved funds for the club’s charitable committee requests.  In addition the trust had approved the creation and printing of a brochure, and Dennis McLeavey has created a Facebook page for the Wakefield Rotary Club Charitable Foundation.
Linda Hennessey proposed that club members donate the $20.00 that they would have spent on lunch to the club, and the money be sent to local charities.
Next Meeting:  Thursday, April 23, 2020
Many thanks to the reporters and photographers!
Please make every effort to attend our next Wakefield Rotary meeting.
Better yet, bring a friend!
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