President Elect Gina Pattison welcomed all to the January 12 2023 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club usually held at the Brattleboro American Legion.
Call to Order by President Elect Gina Pattison and the Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation:  Ted Kramer, filling in for Teddy Kramer, spoke to the importance and impactfulness of Rotary and the new year.
Twenty-nine Rotary members attended and one guest.
Birthday greetings Milt Gilmore
Special messages
President Elect Gina read a thank you note sent to the club for all the senior gifts that were sent.
Stan announced that the next Groundworks meal will be February 8th with a Valentine's Day theme.
Immediate Past President and Christmas Tree committee chair Phil announced that this year's tree sales were a success and on behalf of the club presented a check to long-ago Past President Bill Vermouth for $2,880 for the Gateway Foundation scholarships.
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>


For our joke of the week:  Roger Miller entertained us with a story of how a young lady, who was late for her meeting, was able to get out of a speeding ticket.
ED NOTE: 2022-23 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute,  none this week
Rotary anniversaries : Ana 15 years, Cathy Coonan 31 years, Bill McKim 35 years and Dart 42 years!
January 19th Executive Director from Garden Path ad Bradley House
January 26th Photographer Nicki Steele
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

  • Marcy Jones bragged $100 for his successful open heart surgery in Boston and his cardiac rehab at BMH.
    Jim Haine bragged for his daughter Ali, the new owner of the Guilford store.
    Jennifer Ambler bragged and offered tickets to Friday's performance of Cirque du Soleil.
    Frank Rucker also bragged for Jim's daughter Ali and everything she has done for food service in the school district.
    Rob Spzila bragged for one of our Afghan family's baby recovering from a serious health issue.
Roger Miller introduced Kristen Sullivan, the new Executive Director at the Retreat Farm. Kristen outlined the upcoming projects at the Retreat Farm including renovation of the north barn and the Grafton Cheese factory building. The north barn project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024 and the new space will hold 250 people for concerts, workshops, lectures, and various other functions. The Cheese factory building will be used as a future food center hosting cafe's and retail space. For more information sign up for their newsletter at


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