President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the June 10, 2021, meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 26 members + 1 guest = 27 attended.>. For a motivational thought, Greg Worden offered the following:
Treat others as you would like others to treat you
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 Allbee (6/17).>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Roger Miller.
Guests: Susan McMahon (speaker)


In 1929, the Rotary Foundation made its first gift? How much was the gift and which organization was the beneficiary?
(Answer below)


There was no joke this week. ;-)

<ED NOTE: For bulletin readers …

An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull." Buddy didn't move. Then the farmer hollered, "Pull, Buster, pull." Buddy didn't respond. Once more the farmer commanded, "Pull, Jennie, pull." Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull." And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try!"

At our June 17th  meeting, TBD will tell a joke or lead us in song and Dave Neumeister will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.


For the Rotary Minute, John Meyer told us that the Rotary Foundation received the highest rating from Charity Navigator for the 11th year. To learn more, click here.

At our June 17th  meeting, TBD will tell a joke or lead us in song and Dave Neumeister will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.

  • 06/17 – Dr. Chelkh Thiam “Experiences of COVID from West Africa”
  • 06/24 – Changeover Dinner
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 47th newsletter of the 2020-2021 club year. 
On average, 48% of the readers each week did not attend the meeting.  
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 6 people who have bragged so far. Readers, don't be shy to brag.


NONE ;-(


  1. While matches to the Rotary Foundation have been completed, you can still donate to RF
  2. The bench project for the Living Memorial Disc Golf Course was successfully completed.  All tees now have benches.
  3. Reminder to respond to President Carl’s email about attendance at Changeover Dinner on 6/24 at BCC.
  4. Reminder to respond to President Carl’s email about whether there should be the 57th annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser.
  5. A community project is scheduled for June 19 at Turning Point 39 Elm Street in Brattleboro. We will be gardening/weeding numerous flower and vegetable beds; landscaping around the pergola; removal of left-over construction material and general clean up. Tools will be provided but you should bring your own work/gardening gloves and tools to weed & garden. If you could please arrive by 9 AM, the project should be easily done by noon If you can participate, please contact Stan Nowakowski by Tuesday, June 15th to ensure that we have enough Rotarians.
  6. If you are interested in being on the “Brattleboro on Wheels” committee, please contact Mike Mandracchia.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Rob Szpila ($20)   – for the Disc Golf bench crew.
    Bill McKim ($8) – for Carl Lynde’s year as club president
    Bill McKim ($8) –for the Rotary Foundation.
    Bill McKim ($9) –for Rob Szpila’s leadership for the disc golf bench project.
    Bill Vermouth – for Carl Lynde’s year as club president
    Bill Vermouth – for Rob Szpila and Josh Trager’s leadership at the Living Memorial Disc Golf Course
    Bill Vermouth – for Cheri Ann Brodhurst’s good nature.
    Bill Vermouth ($33) – for Bill McKim’s years of service as a Rotarian.
    Carla Lineback ($5) – for the good times her family had at Landmark Trust USA properties over the past decade.
    Mike Mandracchia ($2) – for the Landmark Trust USA property in Whitingham.
    Dart Everett – for Carl Lynde’s year as club president.
    Dart Everett – for Marty Cohn’s work on behalf of the club.
    Dart Everett – for Student Rotarian Alex Schriver’s speech at the Green Street School graduation.
    Hello everyone. My name is Alex Shriver and I was in your very shoes, graduating from Green Street six years ago. Believe me, before you know it, you’ll be in my shoes: only a few days away from graduating high school. Gosh, I feel like it was just yesterday I was sitting in the gym for all-school-sing. I’m sure you feel the same way… well, except for you I guess it probably was just yesterday. I really liked my time here at Green Street. It prepared me for what was next: a whole new world. I’m not just talking about a new, bigger school with lockers and new teachers, I’m talking about everything that accompanies the next stage of your lives.
    I’m about to give you a little metaphor. You might have heard it before, but I want to flesh it out a little bit more. You are all sponges; really cool sponges. You got that? Not sea sponges who live in a pineapple under the sea… no, definitely not. You’re the kind of sponge that expands when you run it underwater. And as these sponges, you have become damp with knowledge and experience from the last seven years of elementary school. You have learned a great deal about things like math and science and reading, and you have also learned about the world around you, learned about the importance of respecting your fellow man, and become a bit more independent. Think of this knowledge and experience as water that has made your spongey-selves damp. You could have avoided getting wet, but then you would just be dry sponges who hadn’t learned nor become prepared to graduate, as I know you all are now. Because you’re damp, you are ready to take on middle school and eventually high school and all the joys and challenges you’ll face.
    Think of these next levels of school and of your lives as big puddles. Once again, the water of this puddle is knowledge and experience. You are all going into that puddle of life, whether you like it or not. The question is, how much will you absorb? How much of that knowledge will you take in? Here’s a quick fact about sponges: when they’re damp, they can absorb more water because of the cohesion of water molecules. Remember how I said you’ve all become damp sponges here at Green Street? Because you’re a damp sponge, you are more prepared to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. However, you must be careful, because a sponge can dry out. All the good work you’ve done so far will be for nothing if you don’t continue to apply yourself and keep absorbing water. You all can take advantage of the experience you carry with you into middle school so that you can stay damp and soak up even more of that water.
    This puddle of water is so much more vast than I ever realized when I was your age. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “the world is at your fingertips.” Well, that’s true! The world is just a giant puddle ready to be soaked up. In middle school, you will continue to expand your knowledge, you’ll meet new people who can enrich your life more than you ever knew, and you’ll have the opportunity to try all sorts of new things. There are no limits to what you will be able to soak up. No drop of water is out of your spongey reaches!
    If something interests you in school, pay attention to it, dive into it. If you want to make a sports team and be a great player, work your butt off and make it happen! If you want to make friends with a new classmate, go for it! Because chances are, they want to make new friends as well. With every passing moment from now on, you will have more and more opportunities to be who you want to be.
    Each of you is positioned for great success. Remember, you’re damp sponges ready to absorb more and more and more water! Please, keep up the good work and continue to put yourselves in great, big puddles. You’re graduating… graduating to new desks, independent schedules, many new teachers, more students, lockers, sports teams, school clubs, and a whole lot more. I’ve laid some pretty lofty expectations on you. It is understandable if you’re nervous about moving on. I remember I was. But here’s the thing: most everyone else is too. We all just show it differently You’re taking on the world together. With everyone by your side and your own self-drive pushing you forward, you have an incredible foundation to be great! And believe me, I know what I’m talking about. It feels like just yesterday I was one of you, listening to a speaker, moments away from graduating sixth grade. The world awaits, Green Street class of 2021! Remember, you’re all brilliant sponges, ready to soak up every bit of what this world has to offer. Take advantage of your opportunities! Good luck and congratulations!

Chris Hart presented Landmark Trust USA executive director Susan McMahon who updated us about the organization. For more info, visit
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”>
<ED NOTE: You can read an article in the Brattleboro Reformer on last week's presentation by Chloe Learey by clicking 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...
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 36 – Passing the Gavel
In episode 36 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses “passing the gavel”, a time when a club president steps down with his guests Brattleboro Rotary Club Past President Milt Gilmore and Brattleboro Sunrise Club Past President Tristam Johnson. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager and 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...


$500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. 
Why the International Society for Crippled Children? Rotary member Edgar F. Allen started the International Society for Crippled Children (Easter Seals) in 1919, after his work to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio, USA, had made him aware that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Other Rotary members were also working to help children with disabilities, and Rotary’s 1922 convention encouraged clubs to take similar action. Hence, Easter Seals seemed a logical choice for the Foundation's support.
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