President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the January 14, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 23 members attended.> John Meyer offered the following thought:
As uncertainty consumes our country, let us remember those in danger, those fighting for our democracy, and those working for our collective health.
May we who must cancel planned trips remember those who have nowhere to go, have no close loved ones to visit, or can’t afford a ski pass.
While we must miss the annual Harris Hill ski jump let us remember those who cannot leave their long-term care facilities to enjoy a walk in the out of doors.
May those who can work from home remember those on the front lines helping the masses and the less fortunate and those essential to our way of life.
If we must settle in for quarantine at home may we remember those who have no home?
May those of us who are inconvenienced remember those whose lives are in danger and those who are most vulnerable.
May our leaders see the light to do their part to bring us through these trying times.
And let us remember how fortunate we are to be part of the global community that is Rotary.
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website. The following would be the next people on the list: Roger Miller (1/21), Jeff Morse (1/28)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 


What is the greatest distance from Chicago that a Rotary Club banner has been displayed?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, President Carl Lynde told the following submitted by Tom Franks:

Two nerds are riding along on a tandem bicycle when, suddenly, the one on the front slams on the brakes, gets off, and starts letting air out of the tires.
The one on the back says: "HEY! What are you doing that for?!"
The first nerd says, "My seat was too high and was hurting my butt. I wanted to lower it a bit."
So the one in the back has had enough. He jumps off, loosens his own seat, and spins it round to face the other direction.
Now it's the first guy's turn to wonder what's going on. "What are you doing?" he asks his friend.
"Look, mate," says the rider in the back, "if you're going to do stupid stuff like that, I'm going home!!"
At our January 21st meeting, Betsy Gentile will tell a joke or lead us in song and Milt Gilmore will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Phil George talked about how to set up a Satellite Club. For more information, click here.  
At our January 21st meeting, Betsy Gentile will tell a joke or lead us in song and Milt Gilmore will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 01/21 – Rosie Freier, Singing Horse Trading Post, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
  • 01/28 - Archer Mayer “Orphan’s Guilt”
  • 02/04 – Karen Carroll, Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court
  • 02/11 - Jon Ruybalid, founder, Whiteclay Makerspace
  • 02/18 – Jeremy Coleman
  • 03/11 - Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Executive Director, Youth Services
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 26th newsletter of the 2020-2021 club year. 
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 4 people who have bragged so far. 


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  1. The following members were acknowledged again for their years of service: Ana Saavedra (13), Cathy Coonan (29), Bill McKim (33), Dart Everett (40), Dave Neumeister (44).
  2. Minutes of board meetings can be found on the club’s Website.
  3. Student Rotarians will be given the opportunity to run a future club meeting.
  4. Another round of PPE was distributed this week under the leadership of Rob Szpila and Regina Stefanelli.
  5. The Living Memorial Snow Sports program is in need of money and volunteers. For more info, contact Lisa Mendelsund.
  6. An anonymous donor contributed $600 to the club for its good works.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
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At today’s Club Assembly, President Carl reminded us of his idea for a Brattleboro Rotary Club Flag Project. Additional information will be presented at future meetings.
<ED NOTE: Last week’s presentation by Dr. Kat McGraw on the COVID-19 vaccine can be seen in episode 24 of the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.” To view, click here
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 31 – International Service
In episode 31 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses international service with his guests, District 7870 Past District Governor Venu Manohar Rao representing the Hollis-Brookline, NH Rotary Club and, Lawrence Penna, Secretary, Niskayuna Rotary in Schenectady, New York. 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...


The distinctive banner of the Rotary Club of Space Center, depicting an astronaut in an Extra-Vehicular Activity of “Space Walk” while orbiting the Earth, is like the banner which was carried by Rotarian Colonel Frank Borman on Apollo VIII Lunar Mission December 21-27, 1968 and which was later presented to Rotary International President Togasaki in Honolulu, Hawaii by Colonel Borman. 
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