President Roger Allbee welcomed all to the May 25 2023 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club usually held at the Brattleboro American Legion.
Call to Order by President Roger and the Pledge of Allegiance was given.
Invocation:   The invocation was offered by Regina Steffanelli
28 Rotary members attended, no  Student Rotarians
Guests:  Regina Steffanelli’s mother, Joanne
Rotary anniversaries :
Years of Service in our Club for May:
Mara Williams              33 years
John Mabie                   27 years
John Meyer                   25 years
Tamara Purcell              12 years
Rhonda Calhoun             9 years
Cheri Ann Brodhurst      9 years
On Behalf of our Club and all Rotarians, thank you for your Service Above Self
Birthday greetings - None today
Special messages
Next Groundworks meals –
Friday, June 9th
Wednesday, July 12th
Wednesday, August 16th
Golf Tournament, June 8th SAVE THE DATE.  On facebook, please share.
  • Bill Vermouth announced that Rotary Golf Tourney Raffle Tickets were on sale at today’s meeting and Golf Tournament Silent Auction today.  There is also a Sign up sheet for volunteering for different shifts.  This is a mandatory project and we need members to sign up.  Raffle tickets are available via email: or at the meetings.  The raffle is drawn by name, not number, and you do not need to be present to win. 
  • There are a lot of activities planned for the fall including:
    • Car show
    • Welcome center
    • Almost Oktoberfest, Sept 30
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>


For our joke of the week: 
George Weir told a story about a talking frog
ED NOTE: 2022-23 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute  President Roger reflected on past Rotary memories and recognized the two past-presidents who were in attendance – Milt Gilmore and Roger Miller.
  •     Jim Haine announced that next week we will hear from the Bonnyvale Environmental Center, and the following week is the Rotary Golf Tournament. (Stay tuned for a soon-to-be Rotary meeting at the Saxton’s River Distillery !)
NOTE: 2022-23 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

FINES & Happy Dollars

  • Tom Franks bragged that he also had raffle tickets for sale (to benefit the Winston Prouty Center)
                Mara Williams bragged that this is the 33rd anniversary of her joining the Brattleboro Rotary Club
                Frank Rucker bragged that there is a muskrat that drains a swap which shortens his drive time
                Frank LaGrande bragged that his son made the Dean’s List at Keene State College
Guest Speaker:
Our Speaker today was Ellen Wolfe, who travelled to Kenya, Africa where she lived among the villagers and brought with her seeds to plant vegetables to help struggling families. If you would like to learn more, but missed this Rotary meeting, go to her website: https://gofundme/28c97237
Scribe of the Day: Roger Miller


Weekly changing scribes and questionable IT may have resulted in oversights and errors. We regret any mistakes.
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