Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield,
Rhode Island
Thursday, 05/21/2020
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meeting Thursday @ Noon

Moderator: Glen Zibolis,
President: Bob Cruz
Virtual Meeting : Zoom
Members: 22
Guests: (3), Larry Forton, Rick Lawrence, Tricia Driscoll, prospective member
Happy Bucks - Sunshine
  • Sandra said that she was happy to be able to go for a walk with her brother.
  • Donna was at the meeting with her grandchildren playing nearby,
  • Lori had her first open water swim at an undisclosed location.
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. 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 30 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
Bob also said that the club received thank you letters from the Johnny cake center and the DVRC of SC.
 Lori and Betsy are making progress on the club’s financials.
Bob Cruz also asked for additional volunteers to fill in for Ben Bardo, reporter for the Wheel, when he is unable to make a meeting. Judy Fortier and Steve White volunteered.  Nancy Kleniewski continues to fill in for Ben, and Harry Cesario helped out when we had lunch at  Arturo Joes, hopefully he will continue. Many thanks to all the reporters!!
Bob Cruz discussed the recent board meeting 
The request for funds from the International Charitable committee.  The funding of the projects will come from the money disbursed from the Wakefield Rotary Charitable Trust.  The International Charitable committee requested $6,000.00 to fund 5 projects at $1,200.00 each.  Guatemala Water Project, Safe Passage, Water For Cambodia, Rock Paper Scissors and Africa Unite. The club members then voted on these projects individually.
The funding for Africa Unite was tabled due to the lengthy discussion, the funding of the other projects passed. 
Discussion points; Are the organizations registered as 503c, and are their headquarters in the USA?  The funding could go farther if the money only went to the 3 projects where Rotary Grant money is also being provided, this would make the money go farther.  Due to international rules and regulations, reporting to the IRS has concerns of money  being funneled to fund terrorist organizations.  It was also brought up that the funds should be used in this country rather than being sent overseas.
DGE Charlene Jarest and DG Steve Albright have put together a series of online events offering much of the educational content that was planned for the District Conference and District Business Meeting.

  • May 27 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM “It’s a New Day” aka District Assembly – For all Rotarians. Presenters Include
    --Membership – Louisa Horne, DG District 7820 - Rotary Club of Halifax Harborside
    --Public Image – Laura Spear, ARPIC (Asst. Rotary Public Image Coordinator Zone 32)
    --Foundation – Henry Atterbury, District Polio Plus Chair and George Camp (Tentative)
  • June 17 – 7:00 PM District Business Meeting - For all Current Club Presidents – All Rotarians are invited.
We hope you can join us on some or all of these meetings. They are open to all Rotarians and links will be sent out for each of them. If you don’t receive the link, check with your club President or Secretary.
No program this week due to time restrictions.
Next Meeting:  Thursday, May 28, 2020
Many thanks to the reporters and photographers!
Please make every effort to attend our next Wakefield Rotary meeting.
Better yet, bring a friend!
Upcoming Events
Event Planning Committee
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jun 10, 2020 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jun 17, 2020 5:00 PM
Wakefield Rotary Instalation Dinner
Spain Resturant
Jun 18, 2020
5:30 PM – 9:54 PM
Event Planning Committee
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jul 08, 2020 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jul 15, 2020 5:00 PM
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