President Phil George welcomed all to the July 8, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 20 members + 2 guests = 22 attended.>. George Anthes offered the following motivational thought: When people say, “we have made it through worse before” by Clint Smith:
all I hear is the wind slapping against the gravestones
of those who did not make it, those who did not
survive to see the confetti fall from the sky, those who
did not live to watch the parade roll down the street.
I have grown accustomed to a lifetime of aphorisms
meant to assuage my fears, pithy sayings meant to
convey that everything ends up fine in the end. There is no
solace in rearranging language to make a different word
tell the same lie. Sometimes the moral arc of the universe
does not bend in a direction that will comfort us.
Sometimes it bends in ways we don't expect & there are
people who fall off in the process. Please, dear reader,
do not say I am hopeless, I believe there is a better future
to fight for, I simply accept the possibility that I may not
live to see it. I have grown weary of telling myself lies
that I might one day begin to believe. We are not all left
standing after the war has ended. Some of us have
become ghosts by the time the dust has settled.
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings George Weir <ED NOTE: George was beautifully serenaded by Bill McKim>
Guests: Abbie Hazelton and Ruben Garza


Why does the Rotary year begin on July 1?
(Answer below)


For our joke this week, George Weir told a joke about a fellow who sought a cure for his incontinence. 
ED NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
There was no Rotary Minute ;-(
NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
  • 07/15 - Kristin Cassidy "Life, Health, and Wellness Coaching"
  • 07/29 - DG John Siemienowicz
  • 08/05 - Maggie Lewis
  • 08/12 - Kris Pavek - The Van Lady
NOTE: 2021-22 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
This is the 2nd  newsletter of the 2021-2022 club year.   The editor would like to thank the 6 people who bragged last year. There will be ample opportunity for readers to brag this year! 


NONE ;-(


  1. The following members were acknowledged for their years of service:  Sophia Howlett (3)
  2. First posting for a new member, Ruben Garza who is the Director of Development and Community Impact at United Way.
  3. Six area high school students received $2,750 scholarships from the club. One student, Abbie Hazelton, reported that she is going to UVM.
  4. Board is suggesting that the first face-to-face meeting of the year will take place on August 5.
  5. Upcoming events:
    1. July 22 – Club mixer at Saxtons River Distillery. For more info, Rob Szpila
    2. Aug. 7 – Welcome Center. For more info, Greg Worden
    3. Aug. 26 – Annual Club Golf Tournament. For more info, Gina Pattison
    4. Sept. 18 – Brattleboro on Wheels. For more info, Mike Mandracchia.
  6. The club will be conducting its annual Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser.
  7. The club is exploring how it can help bring “The Moving Wall” to Brattleboro
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Tom French ($20)   – for Marty Cohn and the reach of the “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series
  2. John Mabie ($20) – for both of his children planning to get married in 2022.
  3. Bill McKim ($8) – for having eight condensers in his home.

President Phil George conducted a club assembly to discuss this year’s member committee assignments. To learn more, click here.
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”>
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 Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 36 – Passing the Gavel
In episode 36 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses “passing the gavel”, a time when a club president steps down with his guests Brattleboro Rotary Club Past President Milt Gilmore and Brattleboro Sunrise Club Past President Tristam Johnson. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager and produced by Brattleboro Community Television.
To watch 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...


When Rotarians had their first convention, way back in 1910, the New Year was set as the day after the convention ended in August. They made the same decision in the lead-up to the 1911 and 1912 conventions, which also took place in August. At the 1912 meeting, the Rotary board of directors ordered a financial audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. The auditors went on to recommend that the Rotary fiscal year-end on June 30, in order to give clubs time to prepare their financial statements in advance of the convention. They’d also be able to determine an accurate number of delegates to send, so convention organizers would be able to prepare. These were all good reasons, but in an age of wool suits and no air conditioning, it didn’t take long for practical considerations to change the date of the conventions again. In 1916 the Rotary decided to hold their future annual conventions in June to avoid the hottest days of the year. However, the July 1 date for the Rotary New Year had already become a tradition
For more info, click here.
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