President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the January 30th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the American Legion. Ron Stahley offered a meaningful invocation in remembrance of the families lost in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.  This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 
Guests: Visiting Rotarians Tristan Johnson (Sunrise), Lise Sparrow, Lorelei Morrissette, and William Morlock (speaker).
As a luncheon of grilled chicken, ham, flavored whole potatoes, Irish corn, mac & cheese, salad rolls and cookies (chocolate chips and white chocolate chips) for dessert was being digested, the meeting continued.


How many Rotary clubs are in China?

 (Answer below.)
For the joke of the week, Al Jerard offered a version of the following:
A guy goes outside to mow the lawn and sees a gorilla up in his tree. He calls animal control, they say the gorilla is from the zoo and they will send an expert over right away. 
The expert shows up in a van, opens up the van and removes a coil of rope, a net, a pointy stick, a pet carrier with a dog in it, and a shotgun. The homeowner looks at these tools and says, "How is this going to work?"
The expert says "I'm going to use the rope to climb up the tree. I poke the gorilla with the stick, the gorilla falls out of the tree, the dog runs over and holds the gorilla by biting him on the balls, then you throw the net over the gorilla until I can get down and put him in the van."
The guy says "OK, but what's the shotgun for?"
The expert says "If the gorilla knocks me out of the tree, you shoot that fricking dog!"
At our February 6th meeting, TBD will tell a joke or lead us in song and Joe Little will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
There was no Rotary minute.  ;-( [ED NOTE: if you read this newsletter, you will know who is scheduled to give Rotary minute.}
At our February 6th meeting, TBD will tell a joke or lead us in song and Joe Little will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 02/06 – Brian Hammer, “US/China Relations”
  • 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 29th 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????


  1. Our newest member, Kevin Kilelee, read the names of those members who had not introduced themselves to him. Of the eleven names, none were present.
  2. The Rotary Nutrition program provided 176 meals over Christmas vacation. [ED NOTE: The effort to provide meals to students during school breaks will be the subject of Rotary Cares, episode 25 that is being taped in February.]
  3. Tristan Johnson, a member of the Rotary cadre, is heading to Guatemala to review a global grant, Project Harvest.
  4. The Vietnam Moving Wall will be in Vermont in September.
  5. The next SOS meal will be on February 9. If you can help serve, contact Stan Nowakowski.
  6. The next Vermont Foodbank Sort-A-Thon will be on February 8. We need three volunteers. If you can help, contact Stan Nowakowski.
  7. Over 40 people have signed up for the club mixer on 1/31 at the Brattleboro Bowl. For more info, contact Stan Nowakowski.
  8. The Brattleboro Rotary Club bestowed the ninth annual "Norm Kuebler Four-Way Test Award" upon Dr. Lise Sparrow. The award honors the late Norm Kuebler, who was a past president of the club, a local businessman and a longtime community volunteer. Kuebler died unexpectedly at the age of 63 in April 2010. Kuebler was a strong proponent of Rotary International's code of ethics, called the "Four-Way Test," which asks, "Of the things we think, say, or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
    PHOTO (l-r) Brattleboro Rotary Club president Carla Lineback, Mara Williams, Lise Sparrow, Cheri Ann Brodhurst, Jim Haine, and Rob Szpila.

BRAGS / Happy dollars

  1. Ron Stahley – for Lise Sparrow and her efforts for the Middle School Leadership Program.
  2. Carla Lineback – for Lise Sparrow being a SIT alum.
  3. Cheri Ann Brodhurst – for Lise Sparrow
  4. Rob Szpila – for Lise Sparrow’s impact on his son with the trip to South Dakota Indian reservations.
  5. Carla Lineback – for Chris Hart lending her a watch.
  6. Jeremy Coleman – for his recent vacation to Mexico.
  7. Rick Manson – for Marty Cohn and the weekly club bulletin. [ED NOTE: This is only the 4th brag for this newsletter this year!]
  8. Cheri Ann Brodhurst – for the 94th birthday of Marvourine Filgate.
Chris Hart presented William Morlock who told us about the Springfield (VT) Master Plan and the Woolson Block.
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...


Rotary announced that, in the past 12 months, it has grown the number of Rotary clubs from two to nine, as well as adding two Rotaract clubs and four Interact clubs.
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