President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the March 4, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 24 members + 4 student Rotarians + 2 guest = 30 attended.> President Carl offered the following invocation:
Let us take a moment to remember all the religions represented in the Rotary family,
Let us also recall that when we were invited to join our Rotary clubs we were not asked are you a Protestant, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Jew, a Catholic or a Buddhist, or a Sikh. You were not asked because all religions are welcome in the Rotary family.
Please join me in a moment of reflection and thanks with these words
With our friends beside us,
And no person beneath us,
With the bonds of Rotary Between us,
And our worries behind us,
With our goals before us,
And no task beyond us,
With a thirst for knowledge,
And a dream of a Polio free world,
We are thankful for our Rotary.
Thank You, Shalom, Amen. 
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: Andy Rome (3/11), Carl Lynde (3/18), Frank Rucker (3/25)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Tom Franks, Mara Williams, and Dart Everett.
Chris Mays and Jack Sugden (speaker)


Who invented transcendental meditation?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Chris Hart told the following:
Believe it or not...this is the transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995.
US Ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
CND reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
US Ship: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert your course.
CND reply: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course!
CND reply: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
<ED NOTE: This story makes the internet rounds every few years and was even part of a commercial. To learn more, click here.>
At our March 11th meeting, Sophia Howlett will tell a joke or lead us in song and Kevin Kilelee will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Ana Saavedra told us about the Springfield, VT Rotary Club’s efforts to provide help with vaccination. For more info, click here.
At our March 11th meeting, Sophia Howlett will tell a joke or lead us in song and Kevin Kilelee will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 03/11 - Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Executive Director, Youth Services
  • 03/18 - Yvonne “Tiny” DeCory, founder, BEAR Project, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
  • 03/25 – Casey Haynes, Welcome Wagon
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 33rd newsletter of the 2020-2021 club year. 
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 5 people who have bragged so far. A quick check of readership reveals that over 50% of the club is reading this newsletter. Don't be shy to brag, readers.


NONE ;-(


  1. The following members were acknowledged for their years of service: Sandy Rouse (19) and Steve Gordon (10)
  2. The Gateway Foundation board will be meeting on March 11 following the club’s regular meeting. 
  3. There are available seats on the Gateway Foundation board.  If interested, contact Foundation president Marty Cohn.
  4. Student Rotarians from BUHS, WRCC, and Hinsdale gave their monthly updates. <ED NOTE: Two Student Rotarians recently appeared in Brattleboro Reformer news articles: Padma Mendelsund  and Alex Shriver
  5. If you are interested in participating in the next Rotary card project to send Easter cards to area nursing home residents, contact Marty Cohn.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Bill McKim ($10) – for getting his second COVID shot at BMH.
  2. Betsy Gentile – for Bill Vermouth helping her when she was hacked.
  3. Dave Twombly ($4.50) – for the work of the Brattleboro Outing Club.
  4. Dave Twombly ($4.50) – for getting his hip replaced on 1/26, his first COVID shot on 2/26, and scheduling his second COVID shot for 3/26.
  5. Roger Allbee ($10) – for getting his second COVID shot at BMH.
  6. Regina Stefanelli ($5) – for Marty Cohn keeping her informed through the club’s newsletter.
  7. Regina Stefanelli - for her children's photo appearing on the front page of Tuesday's Brattleboro Reformer.
  8. Frank Rucker ($5) – for tthe school budget being approved at Town Meeting.
Meg Donahue presented Jack Sugden, a  Certified Transcendental Meditation® Instructor,
 who gave us an introduction to transcendental meditation.
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 33 –
In episode 33 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn talks about Rotary membership with guests Monique Ruth, past president of the Queen City Rotary Club and Seneca Eldredge, president, of the Hooksett Area Rotary Club. 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...


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For more info, click here.
Russell Hampton
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