President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the May 14th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 27 Rotarians attended.> Phil Steckler offered the following “Thinking Good Thoughts” from Phillippians 4.8 for an invocation:
Finally brethren
Whatsoever things are true
Whatsoever things are honest
Whatsoever things are just
Whatsoever things are pure
Whatsoever things are lovely
Whatsoever things are of good report
If there be any virtue and
If there be any praise
Think on these things
Phil also offered the following tip from nature: Cut oranges in half, put them on your bird feeder and it is likely you will attract Eastern Orioles.  They are gorgeous birds.  And the oranges will attract other species: woodpeckers of various sizes, goldfinches and more. 
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. Birthday greetings were extended to Bill Vermouth.
Since this was a virtual meeting, everyone was on their own for lunch.


Who won the first Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance?
(HINT: 1959)
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Stan Nowakowski offered some vintage Henny Youngman one-lliners:
  • Every time I ask what time it is … I get a different answer
  • I told the doctor  .. I broke my leg in two places.  The doctor said stop going to those places
  • Doctor …  my leg hurts ..  what can I do ??  doctor says .. limp
<ED NOTE: If you want to see a classic Henny Youngman monologue from a 1959 Ed Sullivan Show, click here.
At our May 21st meeting, Gina Pattison will tell a joke or lead us in song and Dane Rank will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Mara Williams reminded us that the Putney Road Bottle Redemption Center is open and accepting bottles and cans from Rotarians. The proceeds go to “Pure Water for the World.”
At our May 21st meeting, Gina Pattison will tell a joke or lead us in song and Dane Rank will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 05/21 – John Willis, “Mni Wiconi/Water Is Life: Honoring the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and Everywhere in the Ongoing Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty
  • 05/28 – Michael Clough, Vermont Natural History Museum
  • 06/06 – Mara Williams, TBA
  • 06/13 – Diane Bothfeld, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • 06/20 – Dave Neumeister, “Transitioning from a rural dental practice to a University Medical Center; One person's view"
    NOTE: 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.


  • Please bring your bottles and cans to Putney Road redemption center to benefit Pure Water for the World. Please remember to inform the staff that the bottles and cans should be credited to the club.
  • “Like” the club’s Facebook page.
This is the 42th newsletter of the new club year. 
If you like this newsletter, please brag at next Club meeting. 
So far, there have been only 8 brags! 
Since everyone is home, there should be an increase in readership and subsequent brags!


  1. Students from Windham Regional Career Center and Brattleboro High School gave their monthly reports.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. The following members were acknowledged for their years of service: Rhonda Calhoun (6), Cheri Ann Brodhurst (6), Tami Purcell (9), John Meyer (22), John Mabie (24), and Mara Williams (30)
  2. Please send your check made payable to “Brattleboro Rotary Club” for dues, happy dollars, and donations for the Dairy Project to Brattleboro Rotary Club, PO Box 336, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0336
  3. Please send your check made payable to “Rotary Foundation” for annual contributions to Brattleboro Rotary Club, PO Box 336, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0336
  4. The annual golf tournament has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 24.
  5. Brattleboro on Wheels will take place on June 27 as a parade.
  6. Plans for the June 25 Changeover event will be announced in the coming weeks.
  7. Rotary Community Service Project - Board members of the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is  hosting a cleaning day on Saturday May 16th 8am-noon. This is in preparation for reopening.  We are in need of a few more volunteers to help with lifting. We will be wearing masks and gloves and the large garage door on flat street will be open for air flow.  We appreciate any time people can give.  for details contact Lisa Ford 802-579-7433 or
  8. Rotary Community Service Project – Weekend Food Delivery for School-Aged Children - On Fridays, from Academy School (860 Western Ave, Brattleboro), weekend food boxes are loaded on school buses to be delivered to children’s homes. Volunteers are needed to load the boxes (about 50 each weighing 15-25 lbs.) onto buses and ride the route, dropping boxes off on front steps. These are no contact drops but masks and gloves are required.  There are two shifts with 3 people per shift. The first shift is from 9:45 to noon and the second shift is noon to 2 pm. To sign up, email Jon Sessions at early in the week. He will send an email back confirming. On Thursday evenings, he will send a reminder with instructions to the volunteers. 
  9. Rotary Community Service Project – Sending letters to residents of area nursing homes. There are 297 residents who would love to receive a letter during these difficult times. If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Cyndi Ferrante.
  10. Rotary Community Service Project – Painting a wall at Retreat Farm.  If interested, contact Andy Rome.
  11. Students will not be traveling to South Dakota this year. However, the students are participating with a fundraiser for “Simply Smiles,” the organization that is helping residents of the Cheyanne River Indian Reservation. To view the students' fundraising page, click here
Had time not run out, Marty Cohn would have bragged for his granddaughter Talia who has started to crawl.
President-elect Carl Lynde previewed the budget for 2020-21.
<ED NOTE: On BCTV you can now watch the club’s new show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series” by clicking here.>
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 25 – Rotary Takes a Bite Out of Hunger
In episode 25 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses two Rotary community nutrition projects with Gayle Ottmann, Community Service Chair of the Rotary Club of White River and Lorelei Morrissette, Resident Wellness & Services Manager for the Brattleboro Housing Partnership. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager in the studio of Brattleboro Community Television.
To watch the show, click here.
To listen to the podcast, click here.


Past President Martin Cohn who attempts to give a gist of the meeting respectfully submitted this bulletin.  However, it is always better to attend.  If you have any complaints about the contents of this bulletin...


In 1959, Ross Bagdasarian Sr. won the first Grammy Award for Comedy Performance for his work "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"
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