President-elect Carl Lynde welcomed all to the February 6th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the American Legion. <ED NOTE: President-elect Carl has a few months to work on his bell ringing skills.>
Mara Williams offered the following invocation:
As we come together at this special time, let us pause a moment to appreciate the opportunity for good company and to thank all those past and present whose efforts have made this event possible. We reap the fruits of our society, our country, and our civilization, and take joy in the bounties of nature on this happy occasion. Let us also wish that, someday, all people on Earth may enjoy the same good fortune that we share. 
 <ED NOTE: President-elect Carl felt the need for a second invocation, Ode to the Snow God:
Let it snow!! Let it Snow!! Let it Snow!!
Oh gods of snow,
let the winds blow.
from north, south, east and west
send us the stuff we love the best!
Make our mountain snowy white,
so we can ski from day to night!
Please grant us this, like seasons past,
to make millennium a blast.>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 
Guests: Brian Hammer (speaker).
As a luncheon of meatballs, sausage/peppers, spaghetti, a medley of pesto, cannellini beans, tomatoes, spinach and pine nuts, salad, bread, and cookies for dessert was being digested, the meeting continued.


On what date was Rotary founded?

 (Answer below.)
For the joke of the week, Carl Lynde offered a version of the following:
The IRS suspected a log truck owner wasn’t paying proper wages to his driver and sent an agent to investigate him.
 IRS auditor: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.
Log truck owner: Well, there is Dave, my driver, he’s been with me for three years. I pay him $1000 a week plus insurance and retirement benefits. Then there is the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of the work around the shop. He makes about $10 per week, Pays his own insurance and retirement and I buy him a bottle of Jack Daniels every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also gets to sleep with my wife occasionally.
IRS: That’s the guy I want to talk to.
Log truck owner: That would be me. What would you like to know?
At our February 13th meeting, Marcy Jones will tell a joke or lead us in song and Carl Lynde will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For today’s Rotary Minute, Joe Little reminded us of some famous Rotarians. For more info, click here.
At our February 13th meeting, Marcy Jones will tell a joke or lead us in song and Carl Lynde will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 02/13 – Club Assembly
  • 02/20 – Alison West, “Nutrition”
  • 02/27 – Margaret Atkinson, “The Basics Vermont”
  • 03/05 – Jerry & Nicholas Theberge, “Dental Implants”
NOTE: 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.


  • Bottles and cans can be brought 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 30th newsletter of the new club year. 
If you like this newsletter, please brag at next Club meeting. 
So far, there has been only 4 brags! 
Does this mean you are not reading this newsletter????


  • The next Vermont Foodbank Sort-A-Thon will be on February 8. We need two volunteers. If you can help, contact Stan Nowakowski.
  • The next SOS meal will be on February 9.
  • The next club mixer will take place on Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 pm at Saxtons Distillery. There will be no noon club meeting that day.
  • Volunteers are needed for the club’s annual Sugar on Snow (Feb. 15 at Living Memorial Park). If you can help, contact Milt Gilmore.
  • Volunteers are needed to help Harris Hill Ski Jump (Feb. 15-16). If you can help, contact Mike Mandracchia.

BRAGS / Happy dollars

  1. Joe Little – for Carl Lynde’s son serving him a subpoena
  2. Joe Little – for the review of his daughter’s third book, The Misfortunes of Family.
  3. Mara Williams – for the “Norm Kuebler 4-way Test Award” winner appearing in the Reformer and Commons.
  4. Mike Mandracchia – for the birth of his twin granddaughters. <ED NOTE: No photos supplied. Clearly, Mike has a lot to learn about being a grandfather.>
  5. Bill Vermouth – for a successful trip to the DMV despite misplacing (and then finding) key documents.
  6. George Anthes – for the Brattleboro Bruins selecting the Brattleboro Hockey Association to see a game.
  7. George Anthes – for the Squirts performance at the Invitational.
  8. Roger Allbee – for the retirement party of Orly Munzig and his photo on page one of Reformer.
  9. Carl Lynde – for the Rotary Bowling Night in which he bowled five consecutive gutter balls.
[ED NOTE: Had time not run out, Marty Cohn would have bragged for his granddaughter, Talia, and her first Super Bowl party]
Carl Lynde presented Brian Hammer who talked about US and China relations and the establishment of a new SIT course, Malaysia and China: International Relations and New Economies
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 24 – The life of Rotary District Governor
In episode 24 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses the life of a Rotary District Governor with Rotary District 7870 Governor Nancy Russell. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager in the studio of Brattleboro Community Television.
To view 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...


February 23, 1905.
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