President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the April 30th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 32 Rotarians attended.> Jenifer Ambler offered the following meaningful invocation:

     Some days are better.

     Some days are worse.

     Look for the blessing instead of the curse.

     Be positive, stay strong, and get enough rest.

     You can’t do it all, but you can do your best.

This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Phil George.
Since this was a virtual meeting, everyone was on their own for lunch.


When was the first issue of The Rotarian Magazine published?

 (Answer below.)
For the joke of the week, Marty Cohn told the following:

A couple wants to have sex but their son is in the house. The only way to pull off a Sunday afternoon “quickie” with their 8-year-old son in the apartment was to send him out on the balcony with a popsicle and tell him to report on all the neighborhood activities.

He began his commentary as his parents put their plan into operation.

“There’s a car being towed from the parking lot,” he shouted.

“An ambulance just drove by!”

“Looks like the Andersons have company,” he called out.

“Matt’s riding a new bike!”

“Looks like the Sanders are moving!”

“Jason is on his skateboard!”

After a few moments, he announced, “The Coopers are having sex.”

Startled, his mother and dad shot up in bed.

Dad cautiously called out, “How do you know they’re having sex?”

“Jimmy Cooper is standing on his balcony with a popsicle.”

At our May 7th meeting, Dave Neumeister will tell a joke or lead us in song and Gina Pattison will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Stan Nowakowski thanked the club for its support after the passing of his mother, Gladys. This really demonstrates the meaning of Rotary fellowship.
At our May 7th meeting, Dave Neumeister will tell a joke or lead us in song and Gina Pattison will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 05/07 – Stephanie Bonin, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance
  • 05/14 – Club Assembly
  • 05/21 – John Willis, author/photographer, “Mni Wiconi/Water Is Life: Honoring the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and Everywhere in the Ongoing Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty
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 40th 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. Brattleboro Housing Partnership is in need of 200 masks. For more info, contact Liz Harrison or Carla Lineback.
  2. An ad-hoc committee of members of Brattleboro Rotary Club and Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary met on Monday to brainstorm about potential projects in which the two clubs could be involved in response to COVID-19.
  3. The Rotary Global Grant to benefit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by building a makerspace in Whiteclay, Nebraska is moving forward. A presentation was sent to members of the club via email.
  4. A new BCTV show has been created, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”  The inaugural show was Dr. Peter Eden’s presentation on the impact of the economy on colleges. The plan is to upload the club’s luncheon speaker presentations on a weekly basis.
  5. The Rotary Leadership Education and Development Seminars continue this weekend. Check out the Rotary District website for more information.
  6. A live stream, one-hour telethon will take place on Saturday, May 2 at 11 AM to raise critical funds for disaster response. This Facebook Live event will be simulcast on the Rotary Facebook page. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.>
  1. Cyndi Ferrante – for the handmade mask by Ana Saavedra that she received.
  2. Bill McKim ($5) – for the article about Cheryl Wilfong in today’s Reformer.
  3. Bill McKim ($5) – for Marty Cohn and all he does to keep the club informed.
  4. Bill McKim ($5) – for the 90th birthday of his first girlfriend.
  5. Bill Vermouth – for Jerry Theberge helping him during his tooth emergency.
  6. Rob Szpila – for Marty Cohn chairing a meeting with both Brattleboro Rotary clubs to respond to COVID-19.
  7. Rob Szpila – for Marty Cohn sending out the presentation on the Rotary Global Grant to benefit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by building a makerspace in Whiteclay, Nebraska
  8. Roger Miller – for Marty Cohn stepping in last week to tell a joke in his place.
  9. Roger Miller – for Marty Cohn’s joke being better than the one he had planned.
  10. Mara Williams ($5) – for Marty Cohn running a good meeting on a COVID-19 Rotary response.
  11. Mara Williams ($5) – for Rescue and community-based nursing homes response to COVID-19.
  12. Jenifer Ambler – for logging onto the Church’s ZOOM meeting instead of Rotary’s.
  13. Ron Stahley ($10) – for Randy Holhut being a great community asset with his fair and accurate reporting of the school system.
  14. Ron Stahley ($10) – for Randy Holhut’s coverage of high school sports.
  15. Cheri Ann Brodhurst – for the vital role that local community media play in the community.
Had time not run out, Marty Cohn would have bragged for his granddaughter Talia turning 10-months old and enjoying sheltering in place with her parents.

Marty Cohn presented Commons editor Randy Holhut who discussed the impact of COVID-19 on local journalism. To learn more, click here for a Washington Post opinion piece or click here for a New York Times opinion piece.
<ED NOTE: A recording of Randy's presentation will be available in a few days.>
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 25 – Rotary Takes a Bite Out of Hunger
In episode 25 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses two Rotary community nutrition projects with Gayle Ottmann, Community Service Chair of the Rotary Club of White River and Lorelei Morrissette, Resident Wellness & Services Manager for the Brattleboro Housing Partnership. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager in the studio of 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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