President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the June 25th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 32 Rotarians attended.> Liz Harrison offered the following meaningful invocation:
May those assembled here today enjoy the many offerings of Rotary. May we abide by the rules we have established, those of trust, fellowship, and ethics, and may we place Service above Self, in our daily endeavors. And may we always test ourselves and our efforts to be sure they are the truth, good for all concerned, of benefit to mankind, and provide peace and understanding. Amen.
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Dave Twombly and Ted Kramer.
GUESTS: Alvino Mario Fantino (speaker) all the way from Vienna.


Why is July 1 the start of the Rotary year?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Sandy Rouse told the following:
After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married.
On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.
Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched - with a raised eyebrow. The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze.
The therapist turned to the husband and said, 'This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?'
'Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I golf.
At our July 2nd meeting, Ana Saavedra will tell a joke or lead us in song and Phil Steckler will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Ron Stahley talked about our recent efforts to help the VT Foodbank by diverting excess milk into dairy products. This project benefitted Vermont farmers, summer child programs, and food-insecure families. You can read a recent article in this week’s Commons by clicking here.
<ED NOTE: We would like to convert more excess milk into dairy products for both the Vermont Foodbank and the New Hampshire Foodbank. This time, our goal is to provide yogurt, butter, AND cheddar cheese. We need to raise $30,000 in Vermont and $30,000 in New Hampshire. Please talk to your fellow club members and friends and consider a donation towards this project to benefit Vermont and New Hampshire dairy farmers, summer children programs, and food-insecure families. Contact Marty Cohn with any questions or concerns.>
At our July 2nd meeting, Ana Saavedra will tell a joke or lead us in song and Phil Steckler will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 07/02 – Carla Grant, Supreme Fitness
  • 07/09 – Club Assembly
  • 07/16 – Steve Ryder, “How to securely work from home”
  • 07/23 – Steve Puderbaugh, 2020-21 Rotary District 7870 District Governor
NOTE: 2020-21 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 48th and final newsletter of the 2020 club year. 
There have been only 11 brags with a club readership of 35% .
Survey question:
Should this weekly newsletter continue?
Send your answer here.


Dart Everett was fined for forgetting his list of club birthdays. <ED NOTE: This is the first fine since the April 9, 2020 meeting.>


  1. Close to 300 cards were sent to area nursing homes by 14 members of the two Brattleboro Rotary Clubs. The activity director reported that “many smiles were put on residents’ faces” and “the cards touched peoples’ hearts.”
  2. If you haven’t paid your membership dues then you will be removed from the club roster. If you have any questions, contact Rhonda Calhoun.
  3. If you would like to be a sponsor of the club’s website, contact Marty Cohn. <ED NOTE: The list of sponsors for 2020-21 is The Richards Group, BMAC, and Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors>
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Dave Twombly ($5) - for daughter Emmie's return to work with promotion;
  2. Mara Williams ($10) – for Marty Cohn's excellence in Covid-19 planning as well as club newsletter and most especially external PR
  3. Mara Williams ($4) - for the BMAC reopening:
  4. Mara Williams ($50 - for President Carla Lineback's leadership this year;
  5. Liz Harrison ($10) - for President Carla Lineback's leadership this year
  6. Liz Harrison ($10) - for Marty Cohn producing the club newsletter each week and most especially external PR
  7. Bill McKim ($10) -  for his grandson's piano recital, including Beethoven.

  8. Mario Fantini ($10)- for his sister, Carla Lineback.
  9. Dave Twombly ($15) – for President Carla Lineback's leadership this year
  10. Dart Everett – for bringing Carla Lineback into the club.
  11. Dart Everett - for Marty Cohn producing the club newsletter each week
Had time not run out, Marty Cohn would have bragged for his granddaughter Talia's first birthday! 
Dart Everett presented Mario Fantini who told us about the history of OPEC meetings. To learn more about OPEC, click here.
<ED NOTE: On BCTV you can now watch the club’s new show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series” by clicking here.>
The following Rotarians received Paul Harris Awards: Mara Williams (4th), Cheri Ann Brodhurst (2nd), Gina Pattison, and Andy Rome. Bill Vermouth presented Carla with the Christmas tree ornament in recognition of her becoming chair of the committee. Immediate Past President Carla reflected on her year of inspiration. President Carl told us that he will be utilizing survey monkey to help reach decisions affecting the club. He will be sending out committee assignments. The July 9th club assembly will focus on membership.
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 27 – Passing the Gavel
In episode 27 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses “passing the gavel”, a time when a club president steps down. Our guests are Brattleboro Rotary Club Past President Sandy Rouse and Brattleboro Sunrise Club Past President Kevin Yager. The show is produced by 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...


1910 Rotary Clubs of America Convention (Image courtesy of Rotary International)
When Rotarians had their first convention, way back in 1910, the New Year was set as the day after the convention ended in August. They made the same decision in the lead up to the 1911 and 1912 conventions, which also took place in August. At the 1912 meeting, the Rotary board of directors ordered a financial audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. The auditors went on to recommend that the Rotary fiscal year-end on June 30, in order to give clubs time to prepare their financial statements in advance of the convention. They’d also be able to determine an accurate number of delegates to send, so convention organizers would be able to prepare. These were all good reasons, but in an age of wool suits and no air conditioning, it didn’t take long for practical considerations to change the date of the conventions again. In 1916 the Rotary decided to hold their future annual conventions in June to avoid the hottest days of the year. However, the July 1 date for the Rotary New Year had already become a tradition, one that continues 110 years later.
Russell Hampton
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