President Phil George welcomed all to the October 28, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the American Legion in Brattleboro. <ED NOTE: 24 members attended.>. President Phil offered the following invocation:
Rotarians worldwide acknowledge the expectation that we are of service to mankind. Let us renew our obligation to fulfill that expectation with a new commitment to help others in our community, our nation, and our world. With the power, influence, and wealth that we as leaders in this place most certainly have, let us always remember that that charity is more fulfilling than decadence, and the Golden Rule a much richer yardstick than any bank account. Amen
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 


When did Project Feed the Thousands start?
(Answer below)


There was no joke this week ;-(
<ED NOTE: for newsletter readers, the following joke is offered:
An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven: there, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man? Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life. The aged and withered hand, shakingly made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife. "Stay out of those, she said, they are for the funeral!"
ED NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
There was no Rotary Minute this week ;-(
NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
  • 11/04 – Club Assembly
  • 11/11 – “Salute to Veterans”
  • 11/18 – TBA
  • 11/25 – No meeting. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  • 12/2 – Senior Gift Wrapping
NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.


  • Please bring your bottles and cans to the 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 10th newsletter of the 2021-2022 club year.   The editor would like to thank the 2 people who bragged so far this year. Readers, don't be shy. Brag!


President Phil was fined for hanging the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary banner instead of the one for our club.


  1. Ron Stahley was acknowledged for his 22 years of service.
  2. Ana Saavedra was named chair of this year’s Senior Gift Giving Committee.
  3. Andy Rome is recovering from his bicycle accident.
  4. Bill Bedard would welcome phone calls.
  5. The Golf Committee has four bottles of maple syrup for sale at $10 each.
  6. Last week, the club raised $140.21 for World Polio Day.
  7. The luncheon fee from today’s meeting will go to Project Feed the Thousands. $312 was raised.
  8. Student Rotarians will be starting with the 11/4 meeting.
  9. The third meeting of each month will be conducted via ZOOM.
  10. The Gateway Foundation Annual Meeting will take place during next week’s regular club meeting.
  11. If you are interested in helping with the 45th annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Sugar on Snow project, contact Milt Gilmore.
  12. This year we will be selling 200 Christmas trees for $65 each. For more info, contact Carl Lynde
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Marty Cohn ($14)   – for his upcoming move to Springfield, Vermont. <ED NOTE: Marty’s last meeting as a member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club will be November 11. He will be joining the Springfield Rotary Club.>
  2. George Weir ($20) – for Marty Cohn’s 14-years of service to the Brattleboro Rotary Club.
  3. Sophia Howlett ($5) – for the opening of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc
  4. Greg Worden ($2) – for Marty Cohn’s 14-years of service to the Brattleboro Rotary Club.
  5. Tom Franks ($2) – for Brattleboro’s new Chief of Police, Norma Hardy.
  6. Cyndi Ferrante ($5) – for her artwork being shown at the Harmony Collective Artist Gallery
  7. Carl Lynde ($20) – for Marty Cohn’s 14-years of service to the Brattleboro Rotary Club.
Gina Pattison presented Ruben Garza who told us about the United Way of Windham County’s goals.  For more information, visit

<ED NOTEWindham County schools have worked tirelessly to provide creative outdoor learning opportunities for our children. A very important component of the success of these outdoor education opportunities is equitable access to warm clothing. Donations to the United Way of Windham County's Kids in Coats fund have dwindled significantly over the years and we need your help now more than ever to ensure that all of our children have access to warm coats, allowing them fully participate in this unique opportunity to learn outdoors in all seasons. As Vermonters, outdoor learning and warm clothing are something we can all get behind. If standing by our children during these unprecedented times is something you are ready to invest in, then please donate to the United Way of Windham County's Kids in Coats fund today. Our local children need warm coats right now, and we need your help making it happen. To make a donation, click here.>
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”>


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...

Answer to the trivia question

Project Feed the Thousands, the largest annual food drive in Southeastern Vermont and Southwestern New Hampshire, was started in 1994. Last year, Project Feed the Thousands far exceeded its goals by raising almost $125,000 in cash AND collecting non-perishable food items equating to more than 340,000 meals! For more information, click here.
Russell Hampton
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