President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the January 9th meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the Brattleboro Retreat.  For today’s invocation, John Mabie offered the following invocation:
Spirit of love and life,
Be with us in these moments as we gather to do the business of Rotary.
May we remember to listen well and speak clearly.
May we be present to one another here and at other times.
And, gathering in the service of Rotary, let us always remember its work –
--to mend what is broken.
--to offer a word of healing where there is pain and trouble.
--to serve others in need.
--to speak a word of hope and peace.
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 
Guests: Konstantin von Krusenstiern and Mike Cancellieri (speaker)
As a luncheon of grilled chicken, spinach quiche, Caesar salad, rice pilaf and cookies for dessert was being digested, the meeting continued.


When did the American Psychiatric Association officially recognize "posttraumatic stress disorder"?

 (Answer below.)
For the joke of the week, Liz Harrison offered the following:
An American businessman goes to Indonesia on a business trip, but he hates Indonesian food, so he asks the concierge at his hotel if there's any place around where he can get American food. The concierge tells him he's in luck; there's a pizza place that just opened, and they deliver. The concierge gives the businessman the phone number, and he goes back to his room and orders a pizza. Thirty minutes later, the delivery guy shows up to the door with the pizza. The businessman takes the pizza and starts sneezing uncontrollably. He asks the delivery man, "What the heck did you put on this pizza?" The delivery man bows deeply and says, "We put on the pizza what you ordered, pepper only."
[ED NOTE: Liz blamed her husband Ian for the choice of this joke]
At our January 16th meeting, Marty Cohn will tell a joke or lead us in song and Al Jerard will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Marty Cohn talked about the Rotary response to the fires in Australia. Rotary is considered a “Second Responder”.  First Responder organizations are the Salvation Army, Salvos, and Vinnies who provide initial shelter, food, and clothing to all in need. Rotary would be a “secondary” responder and we would provide donations, and manpower for any rebuilding of infrastructure/  reconstruction necessary after the first responder phase is complete. To make a donation, click here.  If you do make a donation, please inform Deerfield Valley Rotary President Angel Balch so that we can track the amount of money generated by our district.
[ED NOTE: President Carla announced that the club will donate $250 towards this relief action]
At our January 16th meeting, Marty Cohn will tell a joke or lead us in song and Al Jerard will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 01/16 – District Governor Nancy Russell
  • 01/23 – Katja Matthews, “All About Wine”
  • 01/30 – William Moclock, “Revitalization of Downtown Springfield, VT”
  • 02/06 – Sophia Howlett, TBD
  • 02/13 – Club Assembly
  • 02/20 – Al Jerard, TBD
  • 02/27 – Margaret Atkinson, “The Basics Vermont”
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 26th newsletter of the new club year. 
If you like this newsletter, please brag at next Club meeting. 
So far, there has been only 3 brags! 
Does this mean you are not reading this newsletter????


  1. Please check the 3-ring blue binder to sign up for upcoming club projects.
  2. Don’t forget to introduce yourself to our newest member Kevin Kilelee. [ED NOTE: club members are required to introduce themselves to Kevin and sign his book. Otherwise, prepare for the “walk of shame” fundraiser.]
  3. We received a thank you note from the Bradley House for the senior gifts we donated.
  4. The following members were recognized for their years of service: Ana Saavedra (12), Cathy Coonan (28), Bill McKim (32), Dart Everett (39) and Dave Neumeister (43).
  5. Student Rotarians from Hinsdale, Leland & Gray, BUHS and WRCC gave their monthly reports.
  6. Student Rotarians have volunteered to work at the VT Foodbank Sort-A-Thon on Saturday.
  7. The next meal for the Seasonal Overflow Shelter will be served on January 13. We have a full crew.

  8. A fun time right up your alley. 
    Please plan to attend the Brattleboro Rotary Club Bowling Night on Friday, January 31st from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Brattleboro Bowl. 
    Come to not only have some fun but also support the Brattleboro Bowl that generously helps the club’s Christmas Tree fundraiser.
    While the club will provide rental shoes, two hours of bowling, a bumper lane, and pizza, donations will gladly be accepted. Also, the bar will be open for all types of drinks.
    Remember, you don’t have to come to bowl to have your mind in the gutter. 
    Please RSVP by January 29th to Stan Nowakowski.

BRAGS / Happy dollars

  1. Dave Twombly – for the accomplishments of Student Rotarians both scholastically and athletically.
  2. Chris Hart – for Marty Cohn taking her place to tell a joke next week.
  3. Regina Stefanelli – for George Anthes taking her place as secretary in February.
  4. John Mabie – for celebrating his dad’s 94th birthday.
  5. John Mabie – for Marty Cohn staying on top of Jesse Corum Scholarship.
  6. Gina Pattison – for the two student Rotarians taking her place at the VT Foodbank Sort-A-Thon.
  7. Roger Miller – for Marty Cohn and the weekly club bulletin.
  8. Roger Miller – for his wild train adventure between Orlando and Washington, DC
  9. Bill McKim – for Marty Cohn and the weekly club bulletin.
Rob Szpila presented Mike Cancellieri  who told us about the Brattleboro Retreat’s Uniformed Service Program. For more info, click here.
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 23 – International Service
In episode 23 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn talks to Ed Dinnany, a director of the Rotary Club of the Bellows Falls and Ann Henderson, International Service Chair for the Rotary Club of Keene-Elm City about their club’s international service projects in El Salvador and Kenya. 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...


The term "posttraumatic stress disorder" came into use in the 1970s in large part due to the diagnoses of U.S. military veterans of the Vietnam War. It was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III). For more info, click here.
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