President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the April 22, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 26 members + 2 guests = 26 attended.>. For a motivational thought, Regina Stefanelli offered Shel Silverstein’s Zebra Question:
I asked the zebra
Are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Or you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.
I'll never ask a zebra
About stripes
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: Rob Szpila (4/29), Jerry Theberge (5/6), Dave Twombly (5/13)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  
Guests: Vicki Case and Laura Carbonneau (speaker)


What is the first agricultural crop of the calendar year in Vermont?
(Answer below)
For the Joke of the Week, Joe Little told a version of the following:

A lawyer is driving a car down the street and instead of stopping at the stop sign, the lawyer slows down. A policeman sees this and pulls the car over and asks the man why he didn’t stop at the stop sign? It’s the same thing,” the lawyer stated, “I don’t believe there is a difference between stop and slow down. Allow me to prove it to you,” the policeman said. He asks the lawyer to step out of his car and suddenly starts hitting him with his baton. After a lot of pain that the lawyer endured, the policeman asked him, “Now do you want me to stop, or slow down?”

At our April 29th meeting, John Mabie will tell a joke or lead us in song and 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 29th meeting, John Mabie will tell a joke or lead us in song and will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 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”
  • 05/27 - Roger Allbee, 
  • 06/03 - Chloe Learey, "Winston Prouty Campus Update"
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 40th 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. Readers, don't be shy to brag.


NONE ;-(


  1. A moment of silence was observed to honor the memory of Tom Yahn.
  2. A “Tom Yahn Scholarship Fund” has been established. Tom Yahn began a career dedicated to inspiring students to find entryways to learning that valued their experiences and abilities and working to tear down barriers of class, financial hardship, and rigid academic traditions. Tom was a founder and the director of the Windham Regional Collegiate High School. An innovative program in partnership with area colleges, allowing students to earn college credit for courses tailored to prepare them for the transition to a collegiate learning environment. Tom’s educational philosophy, accounting for his beloved status among generations of students: “The best teachers learn quickly to bring their students into the conversation, often turning it over to them.” This scholarship will be awarded to a high school graduate who best exemplifies a creative inquisitiveness and enthusiasm for learning. Awarded annually in the names of Ann Fielder and Thomas Yahn. Donations should be made payable to Windham Southeast School District and noted on the check for the Tom Yahn Scholarship Fund. 
  3. Don’t forget to send a welcome email to the club’s newest member, Maggie Lewis
  4. At the May 13 club meeting, we will be voting on next year’s slate of officers: Phil George, President; Roger Allbee, President-elect; Gina Pattison, Vice President; Rhonda Calhoun, Treasurer; Regina Stefanelli, Secretary.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Joe Little ($10)   – for the crew that rehabbed garden boxes for The Gathering Place
  2. Cyndi Ferrante ($5)   – for her birthday tomorrow.
  3. Rick Manson – for his son-in-law continued winning as a contestant on Jeopardy.
  4. Bill McKim ($10) – for the crew that rehabbed garden boxes for The Gathering Place
  5. Maggie Lewis ($10) – for the crew that rehabbed garden boxes for The Gathering Place
  6. Carla Lineback – for Rich Berkfield, executive director of Food Connects and a graduate of SIT
  7. Betsy Gentile ($5) – the Guilford Country Store offering a $250 matching challenge today for Food Connects’ Summer Garden Program. This is an opportunity to add an additional $500 to the program, helping more gardens and children grow side by side. 


Betsy Gentile presented Laura Carbonneau who gave us an update about Food Connects.

<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...


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