Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, January 18, 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
Greeter:  Dave Kring
Pledge and 4-Way Test: Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Harv Whitley
Song:  Elizabeth Candas, "Auld Lang Syne"
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. 
Joe Norris introduced today's guest visiting Rotarian from East Greenwich Club & our Assistant District Governor- Elect Chuck Sauer.
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:  The club's Board of Directors meeting on January 31st.  Also, 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.
Fundraising Idea From East Greenwich
Upon President Pam's comment concerning late-fines, though very small, helping to offset costs to our club and the need for more member involvement in fundraising -- Past-Prez Spencer Seitz offered a suggestion in light of AG-Elect Chuck Sauer's visit.  His East Greenwich club does an annual fundraiser "on the Friday after Good Friday"  called Wine & Wonderful which is a wine-tasting evening event that raised $13,000 last year.  Spencer and a few of our fellow Wakefield Rotarians attended that event.  So, Spencer suggested that our members attend this year's Wine & Wonderful fundraiser on April 6th to get inspired to do a similar fun event like it later this year.
Rotary Foundation
Co-Chair Deb Casey after getting some clarification about "Million Dollar Meal" contributions that were included in member dues--announced that she will be collecting  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.
Paul Harris Awards
Also, Deb Casey is asking members to offer nominations of individuals from our community who demonstrate "Service Above Self" to receive a Paul Harris Award from our club, this does not exclude Rotarians.
number of members present:28 /number of visiting Rotarians: 1 /number of guests:  1
Gene handed out late fines to Martin Vincent, Dave Baud, Betsy Wisehart, Steve White, Brenda Celani, and Chris Hart.  
Marion Humphrey's husband, Bob's, health continues to improve so she hopes to attend the meeting next week.  Yeah!
Elizabeth Candas --  trip to visit family in California was fun while Rhode Island froze
Val Szlatenyi -- new car (unfortunately a deer hit her old one) & closing on new house
Martin Vincent --  regaled the club with stories of 6 weeks of camping in the country of Namibia in southern Africa
Russ Bertrand -- fun continued with story about the club's bench contributions in 2002 to the bike path in Narragansett
Dave Baud --  back from fun skiing, skiing, skiing in Colorado and New Hampshire
Deb Casey -- son's engaged after 15 year courtship!
Steve White -- thanks to Chuch Sauer for visiting & was grateful for the work of the Balloon Committee's hired help with sponsorships for the festival and asked members to contact committee for business sponsorship ideas (during this mention -- Mary Roda said her organization is seriously considering sponsoring at this year's balloon fest because of the sponsorship letter she received)
Gene Corl -- all his grandchildren made their schools' academic Dean's List....he's not taking any credit, though
Martha Whittier --  Her family had a great Christmas!
PRESENTATION  -  Investment Market Outlook & Social Security Overview
JIM BLACKERBY & SPENCER SEITZ - Blackerby, Seitz & Associates:   Investment Market Outlook & Social Security Overview
Jim's presentation was based upon his financial planning expertise and other information sources in reviewing consensus market and economic outlook.  Essentially Jim talked about where equity markets values might be in the near future and his handout regarding past down market histories showed precedents to anticipate upcoming ones.   Spencer Seitz gave an overview of Social Security and focused on major considerations. Spencer's emphasis was about the benefits of waiting to collect Social Security benefits at 70 years of age.  Spencer's handout showed a comparison of benefit amounts collected a variety of ages.
Next Meeting:  January 25, 2018!
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
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
Mar 15, 2018
Jan 25, 2018
Review of New Tax Law
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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.