With President Gina Pattison unavailable, Past president Roger Allbee opened the meeting at our new lunch meeting site; Heart Rose Club in the Shriner’s building, Roger welcomed all to the August 24, 2023 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary
Invocation - Cheri Ann offered a message of thankfulness, reminded us how fortunate area to live are and to have escaped disasters that have recently affected many others.
Roger led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance .
16 members and 3 guests attended
Years of Service in our Club for August:

8/12/2022 – George Karabakakis – 1 year

8/12/2022 – Frank LaGrande – 1 year 

On Behalf of our Club and all Rotarians, thank you for your Service Above Self
Birthday greetings -

Rhonda Calhoun – August 21st

Special messages
Starting 8/24/23: Meeting location - New Location  – The Heart Rose Club – 11 Green Street in Brattleboro

      Rob – Disc golf tournament is coming up – 9/30 and 10/1-  special thanks to Tami and Berkley & Veller; Edward Jones; Mara and the Brattleboro Art Museum; Rich and his colleagues; George is sponsoring again – very thankful for the sponsors already coming in

      Reminder for Stan -we have a Groundworks dinner on September 13th; Yesterday’s Groundworks dinner was very good-special thanks to all who contributed.

      The Retreat Farm is looking for 4 volunteers to help with a painting project on 9/8/23 from 3-5pm; if we can identify at least 4 volunteers, then we will be able to receive 100% of the Brattleboro on Wheels event proceeds, whereas last year we received 50%. Reach out to Stan if you’re willing and able to help!

      Events coming up:
      Car show
    • Disc golf tournament is coming up – 9/30 and 10/1
    • Almost Oktoberfest, Sept 30
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>


For our joke or song of the week: George -
How many Vermonters does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three. One to screw in the bulb and 2 to talk about how much they liked the old one.
ED NOTE: 2022-23 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute 

Ron Staley spoke about the district Maui relief fund that involves 8 clubs, and also about the Vermont flood fund effort sponsored by Ludlow Rotary.

Note for future presenters; The Rotary Minute could also have the speaker talk about their personal involvement in Rotary or personal background.
Jim Haine announced:
  • 8/30/23 -Ellen and Mike’s restless adventures

     November – Steven Fox from BMH is coming 

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

FINES – everyone behaving today.
Happy Dollars:
Bill McKim spoke of the time he was a member in both the Lions and Rotary clubs. He mistakenly wore his Lions cap to Rotary work day, and the cap disappeared, only to be awarded to him somewhat later by Art Greenbaum.
Mara bragged for Don Stockwell and his fund raising efforts.
Bill Vermouth spoke about his training for an upcoming marathon and also for a recent racing effort.
Carla spoke about the wonderful visit her family enjoyed with relatives in Bolivia.
Rob made a combined brag/announcement about the upcoming cotton candy project at the Retreat Farm.
Guest Speaker:

Speaker: George Anthes introduced Peter Elwell and Libby Bennet from Groundworks,

Libby Bennett asked for this followup to the presentation.
I wanted to share this podcast for distribution to the Rotary Club membership:  
“When you have an hour to listen, I can't recommend this episode of the Ezra Klein Show enough.  It is densely packed with a highly comprehensive look at the many complexities of systems failures, housing policies, myth busting, and a very clear set of circumstances that are true for California and mirror many of Vermont's challenges (among them: high housing costs and the myth that people move here because our social services are so great). 
You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on: AppleSpotifyAmazon MusicGoogle or wherever you get your podcasts.”


Your scribe George W

Scribe of the Day: Regina Stefanelli


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