President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the June 11th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 27 Rotarians attended.> Roger Miller offered the following meaningful invocation:
As we gather here today as members of Rotary we pray that we are ever mindful of opportunities to render service to fellow citizens and to our community. Keeping in mind always the enduring values of life, exerting our efforts in those areas and on those things upon which future generations can build with confidence. Let us continue to strive to make a better world. Amen
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Roger Miller.
GUESTS: Diane Bothfeld (speaker)


Each year, Vermont dairy cows supply enough milk to fill how many standard size swimming pools?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Andy Rome offered a version of the following:
The Pastor came to visit the other day. He said that at my advanced age I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told him, "Oh, I do it all the time. "No matter where I am - in the living room, upstairs, in the kitchen, or down in the basement, I am always asking myself: "Now, what am I here after?"
At our June 18th meeting, Sandy Rouse will tell a joke or lead us in song and Ana Saavdra will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments, as well as 2020-21 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Marty Cohn reported that Vermont Rotary clubs have successfully collaborated to help bring excess milk to summer children’s programs and food-insecure families. This model is being explored in New Hampshire and New York. To learn more about the project click here.
At our June 18th meeting, Sandy Rouse will tell a joke or lead us in song and Ana Saavdra will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments, as well as 2020-21 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
  • 06/20 – Dave Neumeister, “What does a 24-year old science major need to hear from an old person?”
  • 06/27 – Mario Fantini, TBA
  • 07/02 – Carla Grant, Supreme Fitness
  • 07/09 – Club Assembly
  • 07/16 – Steve Ryder, “How to securely work from home”
NOTE: 2019-20 weekly assignments, as well as 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 46th 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. The following members were recognized for their years of service: Bill Vermouth (33), Jenifer Ambler (31), and Bill Bedard (57)
  2. Club dues were due on June 1. Invoices will be sent out for brags and happy dollars.
  3. Please consider your donations to Rotary Foundation before June 30.
  4. Board minutes are available on our website.
  5. If you would like to be a sponsor of the club’s website, 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. Carla Lineback   – for her dad’s birthday.
  2. Carla Lineback   – for her daughter losing her first tooth.
  3. Frank Rucker – for Marty Cohn and all he does as a Rotarian.
  4. Frank Rucker – for the folks in the school system who distribute 3000 meals per day during these past months.
  5. Bill McKim ($20) – for being happy.
  6. Phil George ($5) – for Marty Cohn and his years of service on the board
  7. Lisa Mendelsund ($10) – for the incredibly supportive environment of the public schools
  8. Lisa Mendelsund ($10) – for Jon Sessions and his staff who distribute food to kids.
  9. Jim Haine – for his daughter Alison West who is one of the folks who distribute food.
  10. Carla Lineback – for Alison West and the work she does.
Had time not run out, Marty Cohn would have bragged for his granddaughter Talia getting her first push on a bicycle.
Roger Allbee presented Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services and Dairy Policy Administrator for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, who gave us a report on the state of Vermont’s Agriculture Economy. If you would like a copy of Diane’s informative presentation, contact Martin Cohn.
<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...


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