President Phil George welcomed all to the July 15, 2021, meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 20 members + 3 guests = 23 attended.>. Cheri Ann Brodhurst offered the following invocation:
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day, she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”
Oh, Lord, we've made a mess of things.  You created a beautiful world and filled it with children you love, children you designed with variety, intentionally, and purpose, children deserving of a voice, of dignity, of value. But we've constructed systems of ranking: castes, strata of status, gender gaps, and racism. We've found ways to elevate those who are like us and diminish those who are somehow not.  We've treated others unjustly and then silenced their cries. Bring a spirit of confession on our land, our homes, on our world.  Help us to see, to listen, to understand, to acknowledge, to apologize. May your followers model your character by demonstrating love and by defending those who need it.  May we live out the truth that EVERY HUMAN bears YOUR image. May we be advocates of change, pursuing peace for all.  Bring justice and healing Lord.  We ask this in the name of the GREATER One we acknowledge by many and called by many different names.
A moment of silence to acknowledge the "going home" of our fellow Rotarian Linda Dierks. Peace is Hers.
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Rob Szpila.
Guests: Ruben Garza, Debra Rosensweig, and Kristin Cassidy (speaker)


When did the Brattleboro Reformer print its first daily edition?
(Answer below)


For our joke this week, Gina Pattison told a version of the following:
Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and, realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf.  So he told the Associate Priest that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.  
As soon as the Associate Priest left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.  
When he arrived at the first tee, he was alone; after all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!  
At about this same time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"   
The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."  
Just then, Father Norton hit the ball.  It shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 420-YARD HOLE IN ONE!    
St. Peter was astonished.  He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?" 
The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"
ED NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Roger Allbee talked about plans for the Rotary Clubs of Brattleboro to help bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Brattleboro from September 16-20, 2021.
NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
  • 07/29 - DG John Siemienowicz
  • 08/05 - Maggie Lewis
  • 08/12 - Kris Pavek - The Van Lady
NOTE: 2021-22 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 3rd newsletter of the 2021-2022 club year.   The editor would like to thank the 6 people who bragged last year. There will be ample opportunity for readers to brag this year! 


NONE ;-(


  1. Second posting for a new member, Ruben Garza who is the Director of Development and Community Impact at United Way.
  2. Board is suggesting that the first face-to-face meeting of the year will take place on August 5.
  3. Upcoming events:
    1. July 22 – Club mixer at Saxtons River Distillery. For more info, Rob Szpila
    2. Aug. 7 – Welcome Center. For more info, Greg Worden
    3. Aug. 26 – Annual Club Golf Tournament. For more info, Gina Pattison
    4. Sept. 18 – Brattleboro on Wheels. For more info, Mike Mandracchia.
    5. Oct. 2 – Southern Vermont Disc Golf Tournament. For more info, Rob Szpila
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Rhonda Calhoun   – for Cathy Coonan faithfully picking up the club mail for the past ten years.
  2. Cathy Coonan ($10) – for Ana Saavedra taking over her job to pick up the club mail.

Ted Kramer presented Kristin Cassidy who told us about “Life, Health, and Wellness Coaching"
For more info, visit
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”>
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...


When the Brattleboro Reformer printed its first daily edition on March 3, 1913, it had already gone through a number of transformations and mergers. The Reformer was first published as the Windham County Reformer, a weekly paper, in August 1876, when Charles Davenport, a local lawyer, decided to print a newspaper to contend with what he saw as the Republican bias in the Vermont Phoenix, the most popular statewide paper at the time. Davenport was looking to help "Reform" the people in Windham County. Davenport's Reformer started as a weekly and was published as a semi-weekly between 1897 and 1901. Howard C. Rice, who would eventually become the first editor of the daily Reformer, bought an interest in the paper in 1905, a few years after the Vermont Printing Co. purchased it from Davenport.
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