President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the January 28, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 27 members attended.> Carl Lynde offered the following thought from Bernadette Noll: 
I want to age like sea glass. 
Smoothed by tides, not broken. 
I want to ride the waves, go with the flow and feel the impact of the surging tides.
When I am caught between the rocks and a hard place, I will rest. 
And when I am ready, I will catch a wave and let it carry me where I belong.
I want to be picked up and held gently by those who delight in my well-earned patina, 
And appreciate the changes I went through to achieve this luster.
I want to enjoy the journey and let my preciousness be, not in spite of the impacts,
But because of them. 
I want to age like sea glass.
<ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website. The following would be the next people on the list: Dave Neumeister (2/4), Stan Nowakowski (2/11), Gina Pattison (2/18), Tami Purcell (2/25)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. 
Guests: Visiting Rotarian Mona Williams (Sunrise), Gabriel Ferrante, and Archer Mayor (speaker)


Who holds the Guinness World Record for most published works by one author?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Phil George told the following:
A couple lived near the ocean and used to walk the beach a lot. One summer they noticed a girl who was at the beach pretty much every day. She wasn't unusual, nor was the travel bag she carried, except for one thing. She would approach people who were sitting on the beach, glance around, then speak to them. Generally, the people would respond negatively, and she would wander off, but occasionally someone would nod and there would be a quick exchange of money for something she carried in her bag. The couple assumed she was selling drugs and debated calling the cops, but since they didn't know for sure they just continued to watch her. After a couple of weeks, the wife asked, "Honey, have you ever noticed that she only goes up to people with boom boxes and other electronic devices?" He hadn't and said so. Then she said, "Tomorrow I want you to get a towel and our big radio and go lie out on the beach. Then we can find out what she's really doing." Well, the plan went off without a hitch, and the wife was almost hopping up and down with anticipation when she saw the girl talk to her husband and then leave. The man walked up the beach and met his wife at the road. "Well, is she selling drugs?" she asked excitedly." "No, she's not," he said, enjoying this probably more than he should have. "Well, what is it, then?" his wife fairly shrieked. The man grinned and said, "Her name is Sally and she's selling batteries." "Batteries?" cried the wife. "Yes," he replied. "Sally sells C cells by the Seashore."
At our February 4th meeting, Milt Gilmore will tell a joke or lead us in song and Jim Haine will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Gina Pattison gave us an update about the modernization project at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. For the past few years, some of the proceeds of the club’s annual golf tournament has gone towards this project.
At our February 4th meeting, Milt Gilmore will tell a joke or lead us in song and Jim Haine will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 02/04 – Karen Carroll, Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court
  • 02/11 - Jon Ruybalid, founder, Whiteclay Makerspace
  • 02/18 – Jeremy Coleman
  • 02/25 - Rob Szpila "The Passing On"
  • 03/11 - Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Executive Director, Youth Services
NOTE: 2020-21 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.


  • Please bring your bottles and cans 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 2020-2021 club year. 
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 4 people who have bragged so far. Don't be shy, readers.


NONE ;-(


  1. The motor for the snow guns at Living Memorial Park is in need of repair. If you are interested in donating towards their repair, contact Lisa Mendelsund.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Mara Williams – for just being happy today.
  2. Dave Neumeister ($20) – for his 44 years of Rotary service.
  3. Rob Szpila – for Sunrise Rotarian Tristam Johnson organizing a meeting to discuss how to help residents of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
  4. Cyndi Ferrante ($5) – for selling her condo.
  5. Frank Rucker ($5) – for cross country skiing the Appalachian Trail in Vermont.
  6. Mara Williams – for sledding down Tyler Hill.
  7. Bill McKim ($10) – for Mara Williams and Frank Rucker inspiring him to take advantage of the snow.
  8. Andy Rome – for skiing down Mt. Snow today.
  9. Mara Williams ($10) – for receiving a copy of “Open Season” when she arrived in Vermont in 1989 and learning about I91.
Rhonda Calhoun presented local author Archer Mayor who discussed his writing style of the Joe Gunther series over the past 31 years.
<ED NOTE: Last week’s presentation by Rosie Freir about Pine Ridge Indian Reservation can be seen in episode 25 of the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”  To see the show, visit:
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 32 –
Meet the District 7870 Governor Steve Puderbaugh
In episode 32 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn talks to District 7870 District Governor Steve Puderbaugh. The show is 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...


The most published works by one author is 1,084 by L. Ron Hubbard (USA) whose first work was published in February 1934 and the last in March 2006.
Russell Hampton
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