President Phil George welcomed all to the November 11, 2021meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club held at the American Legion in Brattleboro. <ED NOTE: 24 members + 2 guests = 26 attended.>.
Jim Haine offered the following invocation:
Lord, bless this gathering of fellow Rotarians today. Please help us to see those in need and give us the strength and wisdom to serve our community as we should. Help us to lift the burdens of others while we maintain the dignity of humankind. Soften our hearts to be sensitive and loving as we serve together as Rotarians. Amen.
ED NOTE: Weekly assignments for the invocation or motivational thought can be found on the club website.>
This was followed by the pledge of allegiance. Birthday greetings were extended to Carl Lynde.
Guest: Major Steve Robertson and Andrew George.


Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. When did it become a national holiday?
(Answer below)


For the Joke of the Week, Roger Allbee told a version of the following:
It was a bright and cold winter morning, Mom and sister were at the mall so Dad decided it was a good time for a father and son to chat about "the birds and the bees" with his 10-year-old boy. "I don't want to know!" the child cried, bursting into tears and running away to his room. The confused father followed, and as his son lay face down on his bed sobbing, dad asked what was wrong. "Oh, Dad," the boy cried, "At age six, I got the 'there's no Santa' speech. "At age seven, I got the 'there's no Easter Bunny' speech.” Then, at age 8, you hit me with the 'there's no tooth fairy' speech! "If you're going to tell me now that grown-ups don't really have sex, I've got NOTHING left to live for!"
ED NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments are posted on the club website.
For the Rotary Minute, George Anthes reflected on this being Marty Cohn’s last meeting as a member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club and reminded us of other members that left the club. His list included June Howe, George Ruhe, Dana Lewis, Cindy Jerome, and Chuck Cummings.
ED NOTE: 2021-22 weekly assignments, are posted on the club website.
  • 11/18 – Liz Harrison, "What we should eat" <ED NOTE: This meeting will be via ZOOM>
  • 11/25 – No meeting. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  • 12/2 – Senior Gift Wrapping
  • 12/9 - Sheriff Mark Anderson
  • 12/16 – TBA
  • 12/23 – No meeting. MERRY CHRISTMAS
  • 12/30 - No meeting. HAPPY NEW YEAR
NOTE: 2021-22 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 12th newsletter of the 2021-2022 club year.   The editor would like to thank the 3 people who bragged so far this year. 
For the past six years, I have had the privilege and honor of producing the weekly Brattleboro Rotary Club newsletter. This issue is my last as a member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club. I will be transferring to the Springfield (VT) Rotary Club next month. Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly musings.  I hope you have found them to be interesting and fun. Yours in Rotary, Marty Cohn


No fines this week ;-(


  1. The following members were acknowledged for their years of service: Mike Mandracchia (24).
  2. Please consider donating to the Rotary Foundation.  If you have any questions, contact Carla Lineback.
  3. The club will be participating in meals for the Overflow Shelter this winter.
  4. If you can help with this year’s Secret Santa program where you adopt a family in need, send an email to
  5. The 2021 Community Thanksgiving in Brattleboro will take place on 11/24. To learn how you can help, click here.
  6. A meal train is being organized for Sunrise Rotarian Debra Rosenzweig. If you can help, click here
  7. The annual Christmas Tree Sale will begin on November 27. To sign up, contact Carl Lynde
<ED NOTE: Yes, we are keeping track of these happy dollars and brags.
Unless noted, happy dollars and brags are $1>
  1. Phil George – for Marcy Jones attending today’s meeting instead of getting a free lunch at 99 Restaurant.
  2. Bill McKim – for Carl Lynde’s attire.  
  3. Ruben Garza ($22) – for fellow Veterans who lost their lives.  (ED NOTE: 22 veterans commit suicide each day)
  4. Marty Cohn ($5) – for WW2 decorated veteran Stanley Cohn who continues to inspire each day.
Tami Purcell presented members who served the military. Each member recounted some memories from their service. The club thanks the following members for their service: Phil George, Jim Haine, Tom French, Milt Eaton, Dart Everett, Roger Allbee, Marcy Jones, Ruben Garza. In addition, we acknowledge the service of our guests Andrew George and Major Steve Robertson.
<ED NOTE: You can watch past presentations on the BCTV show, “Brattleboro Rotary Club Speaker Series.”>


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...

Answer to the trivia question

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
Russell Hampton
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