President Carl welcomed all to the April 8, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 30 members + 12 guests = 42 attended.>. Ron Stahley offered the following invocation:
As we gather today as members of Rotary, during these times of Social Unrest, let us remember times historically and now when people have fought for their rights and we can support them peacefully to ensure Social Justice 
Let us support the principles of social justice in our everyday lives
  • Equity
  • Participation
  • Diversity
  • Human Rights
May this work give us a renewed feeling of love and appreciation for the people we may touch in our lives. 
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: Phil Steckler (4/15), Regina Stefanelli (4/22), Rob Szpila (4/29)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Jerry Theberge.
Guests: DGE John Siemienowicz, Visiting Rotarian Tristam Johnson (Sunrise), Aaron Schoenberg, Eric Corbman, Karen Corbman, John Willis, Karen Carlberg, Ken Marich, Melvin Schoenberg, Sherry Kaplan, Chris Mays and Boyd Bosma (speaker)


What is the most expensive college in the United States?
(Answer below)
For the Joke of the Week, President Carl told the following on behalf of Teddy Kramer:
A poodle and a collie are walking together when the poodle suddenly unloads on his friend. “My life is a mess,” he says. “My owner is mean, my girlfriend ran away with a schnauzer, and I’m as jittery as a cat.” “Why don’t you go see a psychiatrist?” suggests the collie. “I can’t,” says the poodle. “I’m not allowed on the couch.”
At our April 15th meeting, Carla Lineback will tell a joke or lead us in song and John Mabie 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 15th meeting, Carla Lineback will tell a joke or lead us in song and John Mabie will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 04/15 - Patricia Roberts, Chief Operating Officer at Gift of College, Inc.
  • 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”
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 38th 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. Don't be shy to brag, readers.


NONE ;-(


  1. Minutes of board meetings can be found on the club’s Website.
  2. The following member was acknowledged for his years of service: Jeremy Coleman (17).
  3. The online Gala event, "Celebrate our Foundation!" to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 8-9 pm ET (5-6 PT). It will be a fast-paced 60-minute variety style show featuring Rotary dignitaries, celebrities, musicians, entertainers, and more. Details are at the event website:
  4. 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. Tom French ($50)   – for Olivia’s Canadian rugby team winning the first round in Dubai.
  3. Bill McKim ($20) – for his recent vacation in Florida.
  4. George Anthes – for a hike with his wife.
  5. George Anthes – for a hike with his father.
  6. Rick Manson – for the son-in-law being a contestant on Jeopardy.

Tom French presented Boyd Bosma who told us about his role in ending the standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973.  To view Boyd’s Powerpoint presentation, click here.
<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...


In the school year 2019-2020, Harvey Mudd College was the most expensive college in the United States, with a total annual cost of 77,589 U.S. dollars for out-of-state students. The total cost is tuition costs plus room and board.
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