Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Monday, July 17, 2017
Photos:  Sandy Cutting
Greeter: no one designated (whoops!)
Pledge and 4-Way Test:  Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Harvey Whitley
Song: Pam Ancheta "Grand Ole Flag"
David Kring introduced:
Visiting Rotarians Nancy Beeley, North Kingstown Club President; Joe Picano, member of Cranston Club.  Guests:  Isabella Miko-Radzaj & her father Tom Miko-Radzaj; Michael Robinson; Jean Miller, Lori Horton's mother.
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.

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.
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.
number of members present: 38 /number of visiting Rotarians:  2 /number of guests:  4  
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.  
Pam Ancheta
Judy Fortier - paid twice!
Betsy Wisehart
Cam Ennis
Herb Mansfield
Elizabeth Candas
Karl Midunsky
Spencer Seitz
Robin McGuigan
Joanne Daly
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.
Upcoming Events
39th South County Balloon Festival
URI Athletic Fields
Jul 21, 2017 – Jul 23, 2017
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