President Carl Lynde welcomed all to the February 18, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 34 members + 6 guests = 40 attended.> Gina Pattison offered the following invocation:
In times of fear and panic,
Let us be a force of calm.
Let those who are trembling,
find us safe to lean upon.
May we be the voice of reason.
May we comfort the oppressed.
May we show our compassion
to those who’re most distressed.
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: Tami Purcell (2/25), Dane Rank (3/4), Andy Rome (3/11)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  
Guests: Richard Schmidt, Stacy Coleman, Andy Skarzynski, Robert Oeser, and Jeff & Cynthia Boethner.


What is the Vermont state butterfly?
(Answer below)
For the joke of the week, Jim Haine told the following:
After a morning fishing, a Rotarian left for a District meeting in the afternoon and his wife decided to motor out into the lake, drop anchor and read her book. A Game Warden pulls up alongside the woman in his boat. "'Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?" "Reading a book" she replies. "You're in a Restricted Fishing Area" he informs her. "I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing, I'm reading". "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up." "If you do that, I'll have to charge you with Sexual assault," says the woman. "But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden. "That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment." "Have a nice day ma'am," the warden said, and he left.
At our February 25th meeting, Liz Harrison will tell a joke or lead us in song and Sophia Howlett will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, Chris Hart reminded us that Milt Gilmore has organized the “Sugar on Snow” project for Winter Carnival for over 40 years. <ED NOTE: To read an article about Milt’s work in the Brattleboro Reformer, click here. <ED NOTE: Unfortunately, “Sugar on Snow” has been canceled this year.>
  • 02/25 – Neil Cass, “Rotary flag subscription fundraiser”
  • 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 31st 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. A quick check of readership reveals that over 50% of the club is reading this newsletter. Don't be shy to brag, readers.


NONE ;-(


  1. Invoices for brags have been issued via email.
  2. The club’s golf tournament generated $3500 for the Gateway Foundation.
  3. Christmas tree sales generated $3900 for the Gateway Foundation.
  4. The club will be giving out over $7000 through the Gift Giving Committee.
  5. Milt Eaton’s wife, Sylvia, passed away. May her memory be a blessing.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Rob Szpila – for his daughter and the Girls Hockey team playing again.
  2. Jenifer Ambler – for the labyrinth at UCC Church in Guilford.
  3. Frank Rucker – for the leadership of Andy Skarzynski during his first year.
  4. Cheri Ann Brodhurst – for the love given by our animals.
  5. Ana Saavedra – for getting a negative COVID test.
  6. Ron Stahley – for the leadership of Andy Skarzynski during his first year.
  7. Ron Stahley – for Frank Rucker’s help during his time as the school superintendent.
  8. Carl Lynde ($10) – for Ron Stahley being club president while he was school superintendent.
  9. Gina Pattison ($5) – for the Girls Hockey Team returning to the ice.
  10. Gina Pattison ($5) – for the Boy’s Varsity Hockey Team going 2 and 0.
  11. Gina Pattison ($5) – for her kids scoring on the ice.
  12. Jerry Theberge – for being able to ski on Thursdays instead of attending club meetings.
  13. Bill McKim ($10) – for the State of Vermont opening up music education.
Rotarian Jeremy Coleman gave a natural history presentation based on his photographs and observations. The focus (no pun intended) was on butterflies and moths in our area.
<ED NOTE: To learn about Rotary’s “Operation Pollination” click here.>
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”
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...


73 of the Acts of 1987, effective July 1, 1987, the General Assembly designated the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as the state butterfly. Monarch butterflies are native to Vermont, and they breed here. They are most common in late summer and early autumn.
Russell Hampton
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