Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meeting Thursday @ Noon
President Tom and Today's Speaker Bill David
Meeting Called to Order; President Tom Tarzwell
4 Way Test; President Tom
Pledge; President Tom
Prayer; Harv Whitley
Song; God Bless America
Chris Tanner friend of Linda Hennessey
Posted by Gene Corl & Glen Zibolis
Number of members present:    25 
Visiting Rotarians:   0 
Number of guests:   1  
When paying with a Credit Card, fees approach $1 per transaction, Cash is preferred.
  • Wakefield Rotary Club and Chariho Rotary Club will have a joint meeting on the evening of April 16 at the Richmond Country Club. The speaker, a polio survivor from New Jersey, will talk about the importance of the Polio Plus campaign. Please plan to join the group for fellowship with our neighboring club.
  • Jay Shartenberg announced that the Events Committee met on Tuesday to follow up on the presentation by the fireworks firm on a possible fireworks festival for our club. After discussion, the committee decided that there was too little time to secure contracts for the coming summer. Therefore their goal is to plan on a possible event in the summer of 2020. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:00 PM at Easter Seals.
Thank you for your service above self!
Happy Bucks
  • Beth Leconte, thanking the club for its donation to support her service project to the Dominican Republic. Her flight was cancelled, however, so she did not get to go.
  • Linda Hennessey, bringing a greeting from former club member Deirdre and noting that Marion is absent because of illness.
  • Jay Shartenberg in honor of the Super Bowl — Go Pats!
  • Sandy Cutting, thankful that she did not accept the $9 million “inheritance opportunity” that was offered by someone purporting to represent TD Bank in Canada.
  • Glen Zibolis, happy that he thwarted a fraud for one of his clients.
  • Dick Pike, encouraging everyone to come next week when the speaker will be a 92-year old World War II veteran.
  • Sheryl Pino, happy that Brightview Commons in South Kingstown was selected as Community of the Year by the organization.
  • Betsy Cunningham, happy about the new Sam Adams beer in honor of Tom Brady: “Too Old, Too Slow, and Still Here.”
  • Chris Vanhemelrijck, thankful that his recent service trip to Cambodia was successful.
  • Spencer Seitz, whose nonprofit is helping people get training and jobs.
Tom and Bill Cloxton
Bill's Installation as a Rotarian with Russell and Sponsor Jay
Member Bill Cloxton gave his classification talk.
Bill is a Cranston native whose father worked for the phone company and mother ran a gift shop. His family (including two brothers) lived near Del’s Lemonade. Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout and played hockey for Cranston West High School.
At URI, Bill played hockey under Coach Connie Hill. He majored in Management Information Systems, which was such a new major that only three people in his class received the degree. Bill was recruited by Ross Perot’s firm, Electronic Data Systems, as a systems engineer and moved to Dallas. He was in the first wave of non-military people to work for EDS, so learning about the military culture was more of a challenge than the programming. He was then hired by Texas Instruments Government Services Division which made the laser-guided bombs used in the Iraq War.
Bill was next offered a position doing IT consulting for banks, using his systems expertise and management skills. It required extensive travel, which led him to switch jobs again, this time going to Computer Services Corporation. He finally decided to open his own business in 2006 and moved to Rhode Island to be closer to his family. He is now semi-retired and living in Charlestown.
Bill’s interests include coaching, taking classes at OLLI, volunteering at the Charlestown Seafood Festival, golf, and taking his boat to Block Island. He is a member of the Eagle Scout review team and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Bill is currently working on his “bucket list” and has spent a week on a fishing trawler, has rebuilt an MGB, and with a friend has built three homes. He is divorced and has a son who lives in Dallas and a daughter in South Carolina. Bill is happy to be back in Rhode Island.
Membership Video
By Lawrence Furbish, ARC, Zone 32
This month's video.has to do with whether or not your club is really welcoming. It is Part I with Part II coming next month.  Here is the link;
Next Meeting:  Thursday, January 31, 2018!
Please make every effort to attend our next meeting!!!!!
Upcoming Events
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 12, 2019 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 20, 2019 5:00 PM
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 12, 2019 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 20, 2019 5:00 PM
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