President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the April 29, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 32 members + 2 guests = 34 attended.>. For a motivational thought, Rob Szpila offered the following quote by Sitting Bull:

   “Behold, the Spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!

   Every seed is awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we, therefore, yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

   Yet, hear me, people, we have now to deal with another race – small and feeble when our fathers first met them but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

   They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. The nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all that is in its path.

   We cannot dwell side by side. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that away from us. My brothers, shall we submit or shall we say to them: 'First kill me before you take possession of my land”

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: Jerry Theberge (5/6), Dave Twombly (5/13), Bill Vermouth (5/20), George Weir (5/27)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  Birthday greetings were extended to Cyndi Ferrante and Phil George.
Guests: Chris Mays and Arnold Coombs (speaker)


Where was the first official rugby club?
(Answer below)


There was no joke this week ;-(


<ED NOTE: For bulletin readers, the editor offers the following:
A papa mole, a mama mole, and a baby mole all live together in a little mole hole.
One day, papa mole sticks his head out of the hole, sniffs the air, and says, “Yummy, I smell maple syrup.”
The mama mole sticks her head out of the hole, sniff’s the air, and says, “Oh yummy, I smell honey.”
Now baby mole is trying to stick his head out of the hole to sniff the air, but can’t because the bigger moles are in the way.
This makes him whine, “Geez, all I can smell is moleasses.”>
At our May 6th meeting, Mike Mandracchia will tell a joke or lead us in song and Bill McKim will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For this week’s Rotary Minute, Rick Manson reminded us about Rotary’s 4-way test:  
"Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
At our May 6th meeting, Mike Mandracchia will tell a joke or lead us in song and Bill McKim will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 05/06 - Olivia Apps, "Rugby Life Lessons"
  • 05/13 – Club Assembly
  • 05/20 – Rob Szpila, “Passing On”
  • 05/27 - Roger Allbee, 
  • 06/03 - Chloe Learey, "Winston Prouty Campus Update"
NOTE: 2020-21 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 41st newsletter of the 2020-2021 club year. 
On average, 42% of club members read this newsletter each week.
48% of the readers each week did not attend the meeting.  
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 5 people who have bragged so far. Readers, don't be shy to brag.


NONE ;-(


  1. The following members were recognized for their years of service: Chris Hart (9) and Dave Twombly (27)
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. John Mabie ($10)   – for the $393,000 given out in local scholarships by Gateway Foundation since 2002.
  2. John Mabie ($10)   – for his daughter, Lauren, graduating from law school.
  3. Mara Williams ($10) – for Lauren Mabie graduating law school.
  4. George Weir ($10) – for harvesting his own asparagus.
  5. Bill McKim ($5) – for West Brattleboro Congregational Church getting its own piano.
  6. Phil Steckler – for Carl Lynde not singing birthday greetings anymore.
  7. Phil Steckler – for playing golf with Dave Underhill.
  8. Carl Lynde – for TD Bank being named one of the best companies for diversity by Forbes.
  9. Rob Szpila ($5) – for winning second place in the Disc Golf league night.
  10. Marty Cohn – for presenting the Rotary Dairy Project at the May 1 Rotary district conference


Jim Haine presented Arnold Coombs who told us about changes to the maple industry from the perspective of a 7th generation sugar maker.


<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.” by visiting
Rotary Cares - TV Show 
Rotary Cares, Episode 34 – Rotary Youth Exchange
In episode 34 of the award-winning, monthly show, Rotary Cares, Brattleboro Rotary Club past president Marty Cohn discusses Rotary Youth Exchange with guests Chairperson, District 7870 Youth Exchange Jim Rumrill, and Rotary Youth Exchange student Paul Metzer from Germany. Both guests appeared in episode 26. Directed by Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club past president Kevin Yager. 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 first official rugby club was at the University of Dublin in Ireland in 1854.
Russell Hampton
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