President Carl welcomed all to the April 1, 2021 meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held via ZOOM. <ED NOTE: 301members + 5 student Rotarians + 2 guests = 38 attended.>. <ED NOTE: This meeting was facilitated by five student Rotarians, Alex Shriver, Kailyn Fleury, Padma Mendelsund, Arth Pattel, and Elias Gradinger),> Ana Saavedra offered the following invocation, “Like the First Hint of Green” by Jennifer McGlothin:
As the first hint of green begins to peek through the barren ground
As that little sprig grows into a healthy stem
As that stem grows into a stalk and forms a bud
As that bud slowly opens with each new day
To form a yellow daffodil
Let us be, like that first hint of green, renewed by the warm of the sun’s rays
And ready to emerge with a new energy, ready to face the day.
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: Ron Stahley (4/8), Phil Steckler (4/15), Regina Stefanelli (4/22), Rob Szpila (4/29)>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance
Guests: Chris Mays and Rich Holschuh (speaker)


How long did the siege at Wounded Knee last in 1973?
(Answer below)
For the Joke of the Week, Ted Kramer offered the following:
  1. How do you know when it’s raining cats and dogs? When you step in a poodle.
  2. What did the drummer call his twin daughters? Anna one, Anna two!
  3. How do you make holy water? You take normal water and boil the hell out of it.
  4. Did you hear about the restaurant on the Moon? Great food but no atmosphere.
At our April 8th meeting, Teddy Kramer will tell a joke or lead us in song and Joe Little will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary minute, Carla Lineback once again reminded us about the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program. To learn more, click here.
At our April 8th meeting, Teddy Kramer will tell a joke or lead us in song and Joe Little will offer a Rotary Minute.  2020-21 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
  • 04/08 - Boyd Bosma, "Ending the standoff at Wounded Knee"
  • 04/15 - Patricia Roberts, Chief Operating Officer at Gift of College, Inc.
  • 04/22 - Laura Carbonneau, Food Connects
  • 04/29 – Arnold Coombs “Tales of 7th Generation Maple Farmer”
  • 05/06 - Olivia Apps, "Rugby Life Lessons"
  • 05/13 – Club Assembly
  • 05/20 – Rob Szpila, “Passing On”
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 37th newsletter of the 2020-2021 club year. 
The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the 5 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.


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  1. Student Rotarians from BUHS, WRCC, and Hinsdale gave their monthly reports.
  2. The following members were acknowledged for their years of service: Chris Hart (9), Jeremy Coleman (17), Liz Harrison (18), Dave Twombly (27).
  3. The Rotary Clubs of Brattleboro, with matching funds, raised $10,000 for the Dick DeGray watering truck.
  4. Twenty members of the Rotary Clubs of Brattleboro sent over 240 Easter cards to residents of area nursing homes.
  5. The online Gala event, "Celebrate our Foundation!" to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 8-9 pm ET (5-6 PT). It will be a fast-paced 60-minute variety style show featuring Rotary dignitaries, celebrities, musicians, entertainers, and more. Details are at the event website:
  6. The club will be rehabbing garden boxes for The Gathering Place on Saturday, April 17.  If you can help, contact Joe Little
  7. Additional protective face masks were delivered to area non-profits.
  8. The annual club golf tournament will take place on Thursday, August 26.
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Tom French   – for his granddaughter, Olivia Apps, being named national spokesperson for the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation
  2. Dart Everett ($5) – for his 50th wedding anniversary.
  3. Carl Lynde ($25) – for the five student Rotarians excellent job facilitating today’s meeting.
  4. Stan Nowakowski ($21) – for his 21 years of Rotary service.
  5. Stan Nowakowski ($4) – for Arth’s leadership at today’s meeting.
  6. Greg Worden ($10) – for the 34th anniversary of Vermont Artisans.
  7. Mara Williams ($5) – for Cheri Ann Brodhurst providing handmade Easter cards for her to send for the card project.
  8. Cheri Ann Brodhurst ($5) – for CT Valley Oral Surgeons helping her 95-year old friend.

Mara Williams presented Rich Holschuh who told us about a cultural collaboration between the Atowi Project and Brattleboro Museum. To learn more, click here
<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...


On February 27, 1973, a team of 200 Oglala Lakota (Sioux) activists and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized control of a tiny town with a loaded history -- Wounded Knee, South Dakota. They arrived in town at night, in a caravan of cars and trucks, took the town's residents hostage, and demanded that the U.S. government make good on treaties from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Within hours, police had surrounded Wounded Knee, forming a cordon to prevent protesters from exiting and sympathizers from entering. This marked the beginning of a 71-day siege and armed conflict.
For more info, click here.
Russell Hampton
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