President Carl welcomed all to the April 15, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 30 members + 4 guests = 34 attended.>. Phil Steckler offered the following invocation:
As we gather today as Rotarians, let us be mindful of opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters, our community, our nation, and the world.  And let us help make the world a better place for ourselves and for future generations.  To further peace on earth and love and goodwill to all.   Amen
<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: Regina Stefanelli (4/22), Rob Szpila (4/29), Jerry Theberge (5/6), Dave Twombly (5/13)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Rick Manson.
Guests: Joshua Roberts, Andrew George, Maggie Lewis, and Patricia Roberts (speaker)


What is the state pie of Vermont?
(Answer below)
For the Joke of the Week, President Carl told the following on behalf of Carla Lineback:
On their 25th anniversary, a husband took his wife to dinner. Their teenage daughters said they'd have dessert waiting for them when they returned. After returning home, the couple saw that the dining room table was beautifully set with china, crystal, and candles. There was a note that read: "Your dessert is in the refrigerator. We are staying with friends, so go ahead and do something we wouldn't do!" "I suppose," the husband responded, "we could vacuum . . ."
At our April 22nd  meeting, Joe Little will tell a joke or lead us in song and Mike Mandracchia will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
There was no Rotary Minute this week ;-(
At our April 22nd  meeting, Joe Little will tell a joke or lead us in song and Mike Mandracchia will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 04/22 - Laura Carbonneau, Food Connects
  • 04/29 – Arnold Coombs “Tales of 7th Generation Maple Farmer”
  • 05/06 - Olivia Apps, "Rugby Life Lessons"
  • 05/13 – Club Assembly
  • 05/20 – Rob Szpila, “Passing On”
  • 06/03 - Chloe Learey, "Winston Prouty Campus Update"
NOTE: 2020-21 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 39th newsletter of the 2020-2021 club year. 
On average, 42% of club members read this newsletter each week.
48% of the readers each week did not attend the meeting.  
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 5 people who have bragged so far. Readers, don't be shy to brag.


NONE ;-(


  1. Maggie Lewis was acknowledged as the newest member of the club. Because we are not able to sign her "ABCs of Rotary" book, members are asked to send her an email to say hello.
  2. The club will be rehabbing garden boxes for The Gathering Place on Saturday, April 17.  If you can help, contact Rob Szpila.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Tom French ($50)   – for his granddaughter, Olivia Apps, being named national spokesperson for the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation
  2. Mara Williams ($20)   – for Sandglass Theater performing for residents at Holton Home and Bradley House.
  3. Cheri Ann Brodhurst ($10) – for a moment of silence for the suffering in the world.
  4. Dave Neumeister – for Bill Schmidt and all that he’s done to benefit the area.
  5. Rick Manson ($24) – for his son-in-law winning $24,000 as a contestant on Jeopardy.


Phil George presented Patricia Roberts, Chief Operating Officer at Gift of College, Inc. who told us about 529 College Savings Plan. <ED NOTE: Patricia recently wrote a book “Route 529: A Parent's Guide to Saving for College and Career Training with 529 Plans”>

<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.” by visiting
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 34 – Rotary Youth Exchange
In episode 34 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses Rotary Youth Exchange with guests Chairperson, District 7870 Youth Exchange Jim Rumrill, and Rotary Youth Exchange student Paul Metzer from Germany. Both guests appeared in episode 26. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager. 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...


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 1 V.S.A. § 512 is added to read:
§ 512. STATE PIE
The state pie shall be apple pie.
When serving apple pie in Vermont, a "good faith" effort shall be made to meet one or more of the following conditions: (a) with a glass of cold milk, (b) with a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 ounce, (c) with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Sec. 3. 1 V.S.A. § 513 is added to read:
The state fruit shall be the apple.
Approved: May 10, 1999
Russell Hampton
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