Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meets Thursday @ Noon (except Thursday after 2nd Wednesday & holidays)
Photos:  No photos taken
Greeter: Bob Cruz
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. 
No guests or visiting Rotarians in attendance.
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.  Three items to note: 
Dec. 9th:  Stuff the Truck
Dec. 11th:   Rotaract-Rotary Potluck Fellowship (no registration fee; sign up for a food item to bring)
Dec. 12th:  Balloon Festival Committee meeting
Dec. 13th:  Christmas Holiday-Wednesday Social
Jim Buchanan reminded everyone about contacting him for tickets to the December 2nd Rotary District Hockey Night for Polio plus.
Beth Leconte talked about the URI/Rotarcters' holiday donation projects including requesting diaper donations from our members for Children's Friend.   For further details (click here). 
Details for the December 13th Christmas Holiday Social were covered by Judy Fortier.  To Register and for more details click on the event item under Upcoming Events in the right column.
Charitable Committee Donation Approvals: 
Girl Scouts' summer camp scholarships - $1500;
Equine therapy for children with special needs at  Smithbridge Stables, - $2375;
Commercial-size photocopier for The Education Exchange to produce government compliance forms, certificates, class assignments and provide service to other agencies--copier is used to support all of the workforce development and educational programing, including but not limited to Aquaculture and Hospitality training programs, Teacher Assistant Certification, Courses, GED preparation, ESL classes, Quick Books and other digital literacy programming - $2250;
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at URI) needs special microphones (two portable, handheld transmitters with microphone) for hard of hearing in classes - $537
According to committee chair Harv Whitley, giving to these needs will leave the committee with $7100 which is in line with what we have done in the past 5 years. 
number of members present: 37 /number of visiting Rotarians:  0 /number of guests:  0  
Gene Corl fined 4 members for being late -- including President Pam Ancheta!
Bob Cruz fessed up to having a birthday recently during Happy Bucks.  Marion Humphrey talked about how lovely she thought Doug Wardwell's memorial service at Wakefield Baptist Church was presented. 
Pam Ancheta --  paid late fine; good to see Jeremy Osborn and his lovely bride Mollie at the reception in Kingston's Harbor Church on Nov, 26--saw fellow Rotarians there and apologies for not sending to other club members a second reminder about the event; attended the very efficient URI-Rotaract meeting of Nov. 20th 
Martha Whittier -- bucks for leaving meeting early and 
Judy Fortier --  thanks to Rotaracters and others who helped make Mews' Gear and Bear Run a fundraising success; noted that an Easter Seals client was featured in the Westerly Sun
Dennis McLeavey -- thankful for time spent with family and at a butterfly sanctuary
Sandy Cutting --- spent Thanksgiving in Florida; attended a wedding and ended up meeting a neighbor she didn't realize had been in her neighborhood for 2 years
Elizabeth Candas --  husband and fellow club member Sezgin Candas will be at next week's meeting and announced that Art Nelson will make effort to be part of our meetings again and she's asked him to be a guest speaker at a future meeting
Chris Van Hemelrijck --  leaving meeting early to be at his doctor's appointment and will soon be the Wakefield Foundation treasurer
Ben Bardo -- paid his fine for being late and being 66-years-young
Fran Alexakos -- spent time with family in Austin, Texas
Joe Norris --  in the spirit of Thanksgiving was grateful for being with Rotary club members
Jim Buchanan --  promoted "Stuff The Truck" event at his appliance store on Dec. 9 (check out details in the Upcoming Events section in the right column)
Spencer Seitz --  spent time in Canada and requested the correct address to send the condolence card to Doug Wardwell's widow, Julie, that was return-mailed because Pam Ancheta gave him the wrong address.
Mary Roda --  spent Thanksgiving in Florida and is grateful for lots of things including having the brace off her torso. Yay!
Bob Cruz -- owed up to his birthday and endured a birthday serenade
Marion Humphrey --  spoke about how touching Doug Wardwell's memorial service had been.
PRESENTATION -  The Wakefield Rotary Club Foundation
Update and Review from the Wakefield Rotary Club Foundation (WRCF)- Lori Horton, Chair; Steve White, (outgoing) Treasurer; Mary Roda, member; Ed McLaughlin, member; Chris Van Hemelrijck, (incoming) Treasurer
Lori Horton started the presentation by talking about the make up of the WRCF committee:  5 Rotarians appointed by the club president who are independent from other club activities and therefore can't serve on any committees.  Identified the tax status of the Rotary Club as separate and different from the WRCF.  The Club is a 501(c) (4) -  not income tax-deductible to individuals donations, and the club is not eligible for state sales tax- exemptions.  On the other hand, the WRCF is a 501(c) (3) organization which is tax-deductible for donations and exempt from state sales tax.  Lori mentioned that the WRCF has been asked to make purchases for computer software and audio equipment for the club because of its non-profit tax exempt status.   For further relevant info about the WRCF since its founding in 1997, click here for the pamphlet distributed during the presentation.
Steve White, the outgoing Treasurer, presented the components of the WRCF assets and updated the club on the  current account balances.  Click here for Steve White's report on current balance of accounts.  Please note, this info isn't available to the public; only members who log-in to the club website with a password will be able to access the documents.  Steve briefly talked about the cash flow agreements between the Wakefield Club and the WRCF which is the fundamental process which pays for all the charitable grants and donations made each year.  Click here for the cash flow agreement & policies document which is available only to members who log-in to the website.
Finally, Mary Roda with Ed Mclaughlin talked about the WRCF investment opportunities for Rotarians and others through The Balloon Society:  recognition of donations totalling $1,000 or more through one-time or sustained giving or though estate planned bequests.  Also giving to WRCF can earns points for a  Paul Harris Award--just like donations to Rotary Foundation.  All donations to WRCF no matter the amount should be given to the WRCF treasurer (currently, Steve White).  Donation information is detailed in the pamphlet mentioned in the first paragraph.
NEXT MEETING:  Thursday, December 7, 2017
Upcoming Events
Stuff The Truck
A&B Family Appliance
Dec 09, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rotaract-Rotary Potluck Fellowship
URI Indoor Climbing Wall facility
Dec 11, 2017 5:00 PM
Balloon Festival Committee
1080 Kingtown Road
Dec 12, 2017
Christmas Holiday Celebration - Wednesday Social
Phil's Main Street Grille
Dec 13, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Dec 25, 2017
Board of Directors Meeting
Navatek - conference room
Dec 27, 2017 5:30 PM
New Years Day
Jan 01, 2018
Vocational Service Month
Jan 01, 2018
Balloon Festival Committee
1080 Kingtown Road
Jan 09, 2018
International Assembly, DGE Bill Tennant
San Diego
Jan 14, 2018 – Jan 21, 2018
Dec 07, 2017
Review of Military Maneuvers - Korean Peninsula
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Thank You Notes
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