President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the March 12th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the American Legion. Marty Cohn offered the following meaningful invocation - Coronavirus: A Prayer for Medical Scientists:
God of wisdom,
Bless medical scientists and researchers around the world
With insight and skill, dedication and fortitude,
As they combat coronavirus,
So that their work yields knowledge and understanding,
Speedily finding a vaccine, treatments, and deterrents to its spread.
Source of life,
Grant public health and government officials
The strength to act swiftly and decisively,
With compassion and understanding,
In service to humankind,
Fighting this outbreak
And the other diseases that still plague the planet,
Diseases threatening the lives of our brothers and sisters,
Nations and communities,
Young and old.
Rock of Ages,
Bring an end to disease and suffering,
So that all may know
Your compassion and Your grace.
Praised are You, God, healer of flesh, maker of wonders. Amen
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 
GUESTS: Visiting Rotarian Toni Ciampaglione (Sunrise)
As a luncheon of baked chicken, ham, cheesy sweet potatoes, mac&cheese, roasted vegetables, salad, rolls and brownies for dessert was being digested, the meeting continued.


What was the world's first pandemic?

 (Answer below.)
For the joke of the week, Carl Lynde proposed a club fundraiser by auctioning a roll of toilet paper.
At our March 19th meeting, Mike Mandracchia will tell a joke or lead us in song and Lisa Mendelsund will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Carla Lineback urged us to start thinking about making a donation to Rotary Foundation before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. For more info, contact Carla Lineback. <ED NOTE: If you participated in a club project, the club will match your donation up to $50.>
At our March 19th meeting, Mike Mandracchia will tell a joke or lead us in song and Lisa Mendelsund will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 03/19 – Carla Grant, Supreme Fitness
  • 03/26 – Annamarie Pluhar, Shared Housing
  • 04/02 – Carl Lynde, PETS part two
  • 04/09 – Val Stuart, Senior Solutions
  • 04/16 – Club Assembly
NOTE: 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.


  • Bottles and cans can be brought 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 35th newsletter of the new club year. 
If you like this newsletter, please brag at next Club meeting. 
So far, there has been only 6 brags! 
Does this mean you are not reading this newsletter????


  1. Student Rotarians from BUHS and WRCC gave their monthly reports.
  2. The following members were acknowledged for their years of service: Lisa Mendelsund (2), Gina Pattison (4), Rob Szpila (8), Steve Gordon (9), Greg Worden (36).
  3. Two more volunteers are needed for the next Foodbank Sort-A-Thon on March 14. For more info, contact Stan Nowakowski.
  4. If you cannot or do not want to attend a club meeting, you can easily “make-up” the meeting by visiting e-club one. For more info, click here.
  5. Steve Gordon told us about the preparations that are in place at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital to deal with the coronavirus.  To learn more, click here.
  6. To celebrate pi day on 3/14, the club sold pumpkin pies for $10 each. Six pies were sold; leaving 8 in the freezer. If you would like a pie, contact Marty Cohn.


There were no fines ;-(

BRAGS / Happy dollars

There were no brags / happy dollars ;-(
President-elect Carl Lynde gave us a brief overview of his time at The Northeast Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (NEPETS).   He came back with many ideas that he hopes to implement next year. His report will continue at the April 2 club meeting.
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 25 – Rotary Takes a Bite Out of Hunger
In episode 25 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses two Rotary community nutrition projects with Gayle Ottmann, Community Service Chair of the Rotary Club of White River and Lorelei Morrissette, Resident Wellness & Services Manager for the Brattleboro Housing Partnership. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager in the studio of 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...


The Black Death, the devastating global epidemic of bubonic plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s, was probably the earliest recorded pandemic. It took around four years to make its way along the Silk Road from the Steppes of Central Asia, via Crimea, to the Westernmost parts of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. In Europe alone, it wiped out an estimated one to two-thirds of the population. For more info, click here
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