Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meets Thursday @ Noon (except Thursday after 2nd Wednesday & holidays)
Photos:  None taken
Pledge and 4-Way Test: Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Harv Whitley
Song:  Marion Humphrey
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. 
Judy Fortier introduced today's guests  Dina Mancini Godinez, Harv Whitley's guest on behalf of the Charitable Committee; Anne Vincent, Martin Vincent's wife; and to help today's guest speakers Tracy Kubricky from General Federation of Women's Clubs.
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:  Feb. 13 - Balloon Fest Committee meeting @ 6pm & February Fellowship on Thursday - Feb. 15th.
Club Assembly - March 1
Club assembly is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st.   At a club assembly there is typically a review of the budget; the standing committees; any ad-hoc committees; and any proposed initiatives.  There will be no guest speaker presentation.
Interview: Charitable Committee Donation Recipient - Horses Bring Hope
Harv Whitley interviewed Head Instructor Dina Mancini Godinez about her non-profit Horses Bring Hope (HBH).  The committee's donation helped with the HBH special needs students' Therapeutic Riding services. Harv and Dina also discussed the extra care needed for the facility and especially the horses during the extremely cold weather this winter.  Also, HBH now has a total of 17 horses.  Two documentaries were produced about the HBH's program and students that are available online.  Click here to view the 2016 video and here to view 2017's.
Balloon Fest Committee:  Your Sponsorship Help Made Easy
Judy Fortier announced that the promotions team (fellow Rotarians, by the way) hired to help develop the Balloon Fest this year are very eager to get your contact info leads to businesses or organizations about festival sponsorship opportunities.  All you need to do is get the details to Tarah by email or phone and SHE'LL TAKE IT FROM THERE & DO ALL THE WORK:
TMW Productions
Tarah M. Warner, President & CEO
phone: 401-589-1321
[if you're old fashioned:  P.O. Box 1052, East Greenwich, RI  02818]
Paul Harris Awards nomination Deadline - February 22
Again, Deb Casey & Fran Alexakos set out the application forms for Paul Harris Award nominations of those individuals within our community who demonstrate "Service Above Self".  Rotarians are not excluded from nomination.  The application form is also available as a pdf download on Wakefield Rotary's homepage under Downloadable Files. Again, deadline to submit nominations:  the last meeting of this month, February 22.
Rotary Foundation - EREY Contribution
Co-Chairs Deb Casey and Fran Alexakos collected at this meeting--and will collect at the next few meetings--a $10 or more contribution from members for the "Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)" program.  The goal is that our membership have 100% participation in this EREY donation.  Please contact Deb Casey <> for further info.
number of members present:   33   /number of visiting Rotarians:  0   /number of guests:   5   
Gene gave fines to:  Dennis McLeavey, Lori Horton & Jim Buchanan for being too busy with the important work they do to get to the restaurant before 12:15pm.
Jim Blackerby -- Pens, pens, pens & $35 in happy to commemorate his 35 years as a financial advisor he had pens made.  Unfortunately, 25 years of service were printed on them.  We got "free" pens!
Linda Hennessey -- regaled us with a story about her harrowing trip to Tampa, Florida, that included 12-hours stranded in Reagan International Airport,  then facing the unexpected (for her) throngs in town for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest.  Argh, Matey!
Betsy Wisehart -- she had a Florida trip, too to meet with her daughter & visit family
Dennis McLeavey -- today's guest, Dina from Horses Bring Hope, reminded Dennis of being in the Saskatchewan Province of Canada in his younger days and dealing with horses in cold weather.
Val Szlatenyi -- MOVED INTO HER NEW HOME!!!!!
Herb Mansfield --  health of his lovely wife Bernadette is improving
Jim Buchanan --  misses the foot traffic that B82enny's brought to his store before it he's promoting a raffle for an 82" flatscreen TV; he's timing this event with NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament
Joanne Daly -- is happy to have today's guest speakers present and she's been a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs for 10 years and she was a former president.
Steve White -- informed the club that HBH is the second time the club donated to such a program & he reminded us all that our support for such programs reminds the public about the good we do in our community
Karl Midunsky --  this veteran international traveler beautifully sang happy birthday in German with a perfect Bavarian accent.  Martin Vincent requested that membership should then sing that song "the right way."  Pam tried to save us--especially the guests--from such brutal behavior....but she couldn't hold back the cacophonous performance that's within every Wakefield Rotarian.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KARL!
PRESENTATION  -  General Federation of Women's Clubs
Kim Hanson & Mary Grace Varnum, Co-Presidents
General Federation of Women's Clubs of South County
How the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) of South County makes a difference in our community.
Mary Grace talked about the history of the organization overall and their community service work is very similar to Rotary's "Service Above Self" goals and organization.  It was founded in 1890!  "Our Mission:  The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service."  Mary Grace chronologically highlighted the endeavors and accomplishments of GFWC.  Click here for more details.
Kim Hanson talked about the work being done by GFWC of South County and its annual events and programs.  The Women's Club of South County has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars which we have matched with thousands of volunteer hours.  Our legacy community outreach programs and initiatives include:
Annual Book & Author Luncheon
C.A.N.E. Day Care Reading Program
Essay Contest
GROW HOPE - Community Grants Initiative
Rolling Library
Scholarship Program
Balloon Fest Meeting:  Wednesday, February 13th
Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 22!
Upcoming Events
Mid-Year Meeting/Pre-PETS, DGE Bill Tennant
Feb 10, 2018
Balloon Festival Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 13, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
February Fellowship on Thursday*
ChopHouse Grille
Feb 15, 2018
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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
Mar 15, 2018
North East PETS
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
Mar 15, 2018 – Mar 17, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 28, 2018 5:30 PM
Feb 08, 2018
How does an "Interdisciplinary" approach to patient care affect outcomes?
Feb 22, 2018
What is Rhode Island Doing to Prepare for Climate Change?
Mar 01, 2018
Committee Presentations & Other Updates
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Thank You Notes
OLLI @ URI - received January 2018
Kingston Chamber Music Fest - received January 2018
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.