President Carla Lineback welcomed all to the January 23rd meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the Brattleboro Retreat. Dane Rank offered a meaningful Chinese invocation. This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. Birthday greetings were extended to Dane Rank, Al Jerard, and Gina Pattison.
Guests: Visiting Rotarians Mona Williams (Sunrise) and Katja Matthews (Sunrise), as well as Melissa Trainer and Judy Miller.
As a luncheon of beef stew, pork loin, chickpea medley, carrots, rice, salad rolls and brownies for dessert was being digested, the meeting continued.


Where is Vermont’s oldest one-room schoolhouse, the Eureka Schoolhouse, located?

 (Answer below.)
For the joke of the week, Carla Lineback offered the following:
A child asked his mother, "How were people born?" So his mother said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on." The child then went to his father, asked him the same question and he told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his mother and said, "You lied to me!" His mother replied, "No, your father was talking about his side of the family."
At our January 30th meeting, Al Jerard will tell a joke or lead us in song and Ted Kramer will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Marcy Jones told us about Rotary’s history with microloans. For more info, click here.
At our January 30th meeting, Al Jerard will tell a joke or lead us in song and Ted Kramer will offer a Rotary Minute. 2019-20 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 01/23 – Katja Matthews, “All About Wine”
  • 01/30 – William Moclock, “Revitalization of Downtown Springfield, VT”
  • 02/06 – Brian Hammer, “US/China Relations”
  • 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 28th 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. This is last week 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.]
  2. Sunrise Rotary is looking for families to participate with next year’s Rotary Youth Exchange. For more info, contact Mona Williams. [ED NOTE, you can learn more about Youth Exchange, check out episode 16 of Rotary Cares.
  3. Board minutes can be found on the club website.
  4. The Golf Committee will be meeting on 2/13 at 4:30 pm at the Brattleboro Country Club.
  5. The next trip to South Dakota Indian reservations will take place June 27 – July 5. For more info, contact Rob Szpila.
  6. A meeting of club past presidents will take place following today’s club meeting. [ED NOTE: To view a list of club past presidents, click here.
  7. The Windham Orchestra performs a thoughtful and varied program of two evocative compositions Monday, January 27, at 7 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, in Brattleboro.
  8. The next SOS meal will be on February 9. If you can help, contact Stan Nowakowski.

  1. 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.
    [ED NOTE: 40 folks have signed up to date.]

BRAGS / Happy dollars

  1. Steve Gordon – for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and the United Way of Windham County being named Members of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce for their collaborative work in establishing the Windham County Dental Center.
  2. Dave Twombly – for becoming president of the Brattleboro Outing Club.
  3. Dave Twombly – for BOC offering free admission for the Retreat's Uniformed Service Program participants.
  4. Rob Szpila – for the generosity of BOC for the Retreat's Uniformed Service Program.
  5. Tami Purcell – for Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club’s trivia night. [ED NOTE: Next Trivia Night is 2/10]
  6. Carl Lynde – for Fred Yeadon.
  7. Carl Lynde – for Carla Lineback and Gina Pattison being on the Chamber of Commerce board.
  8. Sophia Howlett – for sparing the club her telling of a joke or singing.
  9. Greg Worden – for the 25th anniversary of Kitchen Sync.
Liz Harrison presented Katja Matthews who told us about organic, biodynamic, and natural wines. For more info, click here.
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 24 – The life of Rotary District Governor
In episode 24 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses the life of a Rotary District Governor with Rotary District 7870 Governor Nancy Russell. 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.


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