President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the January 21, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 34 members attended.> Mara Williams offered the following thought:
As we come together at this special time, let us pause a moment to appreciate the opportunity for good company and to thank all those past and present whose efforts have made this event possible. We reap the fruits of our society, our country, and our civilization, and take joy in the bounties of nature on this happy occasion. Let us also wish that, someday, all people on Earth may enjoy the same good fortune that we share.
<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: Jeff Morse (1/28), Dave Neumeister (2/4), Stan Nowakowski (2/11), Gina Pattison (2/18), Tami Purcell (2/25)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. Birthday greetings were extended to Bill Bedard, Dane Rank, and Gina Pattison.
Guests: Visiting Rotarian Tristam Johnson (Sunrise), Mary Collins, Lise Sparrow, JoEllen Tarallo, John Willis, and Rosie Freier (speaker)


Who was the first and only Native American US vice president?
(Answer below)
For the song of the week, Betsy Gentile told led us in a rousing “God Bless America
At our January 28th meeting, Phil George will tell a joke or lead us in song and Steve Gordon will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Milt Gilmore offered the following:
Throughout the history of the Brattleboro Rotary, many hours and dollars have been invested in making our community and the Town of Brattleboro making it a better place to share with visitors, bring up our children and grandchildren and live. 
Just one example of our labors has taken place at the Living Memorial Park.   Over time our projects have been numerous starting with:
  • First Rope Ski Tow
  • First Ski Patrol (Many Rotarians were members)
  • Water Park
  • Amphitheater
  • Snow Guns
  • Replaced the decking at the Kiwanis Shelter
  • Helped with the disc golf course
  • Upgraded the chapel
I may have missed some, but this is a reminder of our contribution and involvement in our community. 
At our January 28th meeting, Phil George will tell a joke or lead us in song and Steve Gordon will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 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
  • 02/25 - Rob Szpila "The Passing On"
  • 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 27th 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. 


NONE ;-(


  1. Another round of PPE supplied by Rotary will be distributed in the next few weeks.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Roger Miller – for Mara Williams stepping in with today’s thought.
  2. Roger Allbee ($5) – for Marty Cohn's leadership with the Rotary Dairy Project which got written up in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture weekly news.
  3. Carl Lynde ($7) – for the seven runs he did this morning at Mt. Snow
  4. Stan Nowakowski ($10) – for the members who participated in the meals for Groundworks on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
  5. Carla Lineback – for Gina Pattison becoming the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce board president.
  6. Carla Lineback – for Tami Purcell celebrating the 55th anniversary of Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors.
Rob Szpila presented Rosie Freier, owner of the Singing Horse Trading Post, who told us about her life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the past 27 years. To learn more, click here.
<ED NOTE: You can purchase some beautiful Native American art through Rosie’s website.>
<ED NOTE: You can watch many of the presentations  to the club on 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...


Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was an American attorney and Republican politician from Kansas who served as the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1933, becoming the first Native American and the first biracial person to hold the office of vice president. To learn more, click here.
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