President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the June 18th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 24 Rotarians attended.> Phil George offered the following meaningful invocation:
"Grant that our joy may arise out of sincere compassion for those who suffer, true solidarity with those who are wronged, and our own conversion to universal kinship... Enable us through inspired words, consoling gestures, and a warm heart to dissipate human darkness so that your light may show us the way and bring joy to life. Amen"
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Jim Haine, Sandy Rouse, and Sophia Howlett.
GUESTS: Visiting Sunrise Rotarian Tom Franks <ED NOTE: Tom will be transferring his membership to our club.>


When was the first Rotary Club established in Italy?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Marty Cohn offered the following joke on behalf of Sandy Rouse:
As a butcher is shooing a dog from his shop, he sees $10 and a note in his mouth, reading: “10 lamb chops, please.”
Amazed, he takes the money, puts a bag of chops in the dog’s mouth, and quickly closes the shop.
He follows the dog and watches him wait for a green light, look both ways, and trot across the road to a bus stop. The dog checks the timetable and sits on the bench. When a bus arrives, he walks around to the front and looks at the number, then boards the bus. The butcher follows, dumbstruck.
As the bus travels out into the suburbs, the dog takes in the scenery.
After a while he stands on his back paws to push the “stop” button, then the butcher follows him off.
The dog runs up to a house and drops his bag on the stoop. He goes back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself -Whap! – Against the door. He does this again and again. No answer. So he jumps on a wall, walks around the garden, beats his head against a window, jumps off, and waits at the front door. A big guy opens it and starts cursing and pummeling the dog.
The butcher runs up screams at the guy: “What the hell are you doing? This dog’s a genius!”
The owner responds, “Genius, no way! It’s the second time this week he’s forgotten his key!”
At our June 25th meeting, Frank Rucker will tell a joke or lead us in song and Ron Stahley will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments, as well as 2020-21 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Carla Lineback reminded us that she is a Rotary Peace Fellow. Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of its peace centers. The 2022-23 application will be available in February 2021. For more info, click here.
At our June 25th meeting, Frank Rucker will tell a joke or lead us in song and Ron Stahley will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments, as well as 2020-21 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
  • 06/27 – Mario Fantini, TBA
  • 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: 2019-20 weekly assignments, as well as 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 47th 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. If you would like to be a sponsor of the club’s website, contact Marty Cohn.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Mara Williams   – for Rotarians who bring their bottles and cans to Putney Road Redemption Center before June 22.
  2. Cathy Coonan ($5)   – for the upcoming Youth Services golf tournament on July 22. For more info, click here.
  3. Rob Szpila – for the last day of school.
  4. Frank Rucker – for the folks in the school system who distribute 3000 meals per day during these past months.
  5. Bill McKim ($5) – for having his own channel on YouTube.
  6. Bill Vermouth – for Tom Franks going from the Rotary JV to Varsity team.
Rotary member Dave Neumeister answered the question, “What does a 24-year old science major need to hear from an old person?
<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 26 – Rotary Youth Exchange
In episode 26 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses Rotary Youth Exchange District Chairperson for Rotary District 7870’s International Student Exchange Program Jim Rumrill who is also a past president of Ludlow Rotary Club and two Youth Exchange students, Sofia from Sweden, and Paul from Germany. The show is directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager and edited 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 first Rotary Club in Milano was founded in 1923.
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