President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the May 28th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 29 Rotarians attended.>
Joe Little offered the following meaningful invocation.
As we have the 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, we must consider the sorrow felt by so many who have lost loved ones.  Heavenly Father, Teach us that even if we can’t do great things, we can at least do small things in a great way. May we always be sincere in our efforts to help others in need. Now bless this food to our use and us to Your service. AMEN.
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 
GUESTS: Mike Saavedra and Michael Clough (Speaker)
Since this was a virtual meeting, everyone was on their own for lunch.


What is the most endangered mammal in Vermont?
(Answer below)
There was no joke this week. <ED NOTE: For readers of this bulletin, I offer the following:
At our June 4th meeting, Dane Rank will tell a joke or lead us in song and Sandy Rouse will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Marty Cohn reported that the $10,000 goal has been met and that our Rotary project of recovering raw milk from being disposed of while creating a new, temporary food supply for the Vermont Foodbank. This was a collaboration with VT Agency of Agriculture, VT Community Foundation, VT Foodbank, Commonwealth Dairy, Ploughgate Creamery, and Rotary.
Here’s where the money is coming from:
Rotary District 7850
Brattleboro Rotary Club
Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club
Manchester VT Rotary Club
Wallingford VT Rotary Club
White River Junction VT Rotary Club
Rotary Youth Exchange
Individual Rotarians
Rotary Club of Goffstown
An event is being planned for mid-June to showcase how this project could be a model for the nation. Rotary in Action!
At our June 4th meeting, Dane Rank will tell a joke or lead us in song and Sandy Rouse will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 06/06 – Josh Davi9s, Groundworks Collaborative
  • 06/13 – Diane Bothfeld, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • 06/20 – Dave Neumeister, “Transitioning from a rural dental practice to a University Medical Center; One person's view"
    NOTE: 2019-20 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 44th newsletter of the new club year. 
If you like this newsletter, please brag at next Club meeting. 
So far, there have been only 8 brags! 
Since everyone is home, there should be an increase in readership and subsequent brags!


  1. We are all set for supplying a meal to The Seasonal Overflow Shelter Friday, May 29th.
  2. The Rotary Clubs of Brattleboro Ad Hoc COVID-19 Committee has sent cards (92) to all residents of Vernon Green this week. Next week cards will be sent to residents of Pine Heights.
  3. Carl Lynde sent an email to all members about his proposed Flag Project. If you have any questions about it, please contact Carl.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Ana Saavedra  – for upgrading her office.
  2. Cheri Ann Brodhurst ($25) – for her son’s 25th birthday and for the unjust treatment for men of color that stops them from achieving their maximum potential.
  3. Marcy Jones – for John Meyer’s beard.
  4. Marcy Jones – for seeing Phil Steckler on a riding lawn mower
  5. Bill McKim ($20) – for the heroism of healthcare workers.
  6. Phil Steckler ($10) – for his lawnmower actually starting after years of non-use.
  7. Greg Worden – for Vermont Artisans reopening.
  8. Marcy Jones – for his wife, Dee Dee Jones’s work being shown at Vermont Artisans.
Had time not run out, Marty Cohn would have bragged for his granddaughter Talia turning 11 months old.
John Meyer presented Michael Clough, Assistant Director, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum who gave us an informative update about the museum’s expansion plans.
<ED NOTE: On BCTV you can now watch the club’s new show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series” by clicking here.>
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 26 – Rotary Youth Exchange
In episode 26 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses Rotary Youth Exchange District Chairperson for Rotary District 7870’s International Student Exchange Program Jim Rumrill who is also a past president of Ludlow Rotary Club and two Youth Exchange students, Sofia from Sweden, and Paul from Germany. The show is directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager and edited 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...


Little Brown Bat.
To learn the species protected by Vermont’s Endangered Species Law (10 V.S.A. Chap. 123), click here.
Russell Hampton
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