Club of Wakefield

"Service Above Self"

--follow up on Installation dinner @ Whalers Brewery, Peace Dale / June 22: See attached for installed officers. Mary Roda did a fantastic job of organizing the event considering it was not a traditional venue and the installation program was conducted in a...let's say a non private atmosphere. Thanks to Collin & Katrina who are the duo called Anamcara for providing the music and to “Turtle” our bartender. Along with Mary, thanks to Spencer Seitz, Jim Blackerby, and District Gov. Russ Bertrand for being such great ceremony presenters. Congrats to Steve White - District Award winner; Maureen White – Rotarian Spouse Award winner; Dave Kring - Rotarian of the Year. Thanks to Pres. Pam Ancheta for ending her droning, pitchy, speech right at 7:30pm! Attachments:  Officers & Directors 2017-18
 
Please submit your photos/videos of the installation dinner to our main social media administrator: Deborah Casey, email: dc4of7@aol.com
 
2017-18 Proposed Budget vote: With no golf tournament fundraiser this year—which had been held for the past 3 years—this year's budget faced a $5,000 deficit compared to 2016-17. While the 2017-18 Administrative budget remains the same as 2016-17. The Charitable budget faced necessary reductions. So to maintain the same funding level as 2016-17 for the Charitable committee (line 5513) and International committee (line 5100), student of month (line 5611) was reduce from $1,500 to $500, and scholarship was reduced (line 5611) by $4,250. Also Rotaract (line 5711) was increased from $650 to $1,650. Some comments about the budget are attached.  After some intense discussion and questioning, the budget was approved by the membership, with a few members voting against.
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Joe Giorgio, Year Up – internships for low-income young adults
 
Joe Giorgio, Associate Director of Operations for Year Up - Providence. Joe has had extensive high level corporate management experience throughout his career, such as serving as Vice President of Global Human Resources for Medtronic, the giant medical device manufacturer; Human Resource  Director of Covidien, the  predecessor of Medtronic; and Human Resource director of Liz Claiborne and Rand McNally.  He joined Year Up in 2015 and has bought his vast experience to provide great insight into the management and strategic development of Year Up. 
 
Joe will give us insight into this wonderful national non-profit organization that provides low-income young adults in Providence, ages 18-24 with a one-year, intensive training program that includes a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. Please see the club website for more information on Joe and Year Up Providence. click here
 
Joe mentioned success stories like the young man who's now  working at a bank in Westerly.  He talked about last year's trained class (Class 23) has 95% of its interns are employed or furthering their education.  Average pay of Year Up trained interns just over $16/hour or just over $33,000/yr.    
SPEAKER PRESENTATION - Joe Giorgio Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Herk Herchenroether - missed meetings; congrats to Beth and Ed for a successful art festival
Jeremy Osborn - missed meetings; forgot his anniversary!
Spencer Seitz - joked he was on fentanyl and forgot his badge at home
Jay Shartenberg - glad gypsy moths are all dead at his home
Chris Van Hemelrijck - missed meetings because of Water for Cambodia Fundraiser; was on west coast for daughter's graduation
Bob Horrocks - missed meetings because of reasons that Chris H. listed
Harvey Whitley - June 23rd birthday; missed meetings; Kate, oldest grandaughter got married and DJ at wedding was Jeremy Osborn; his wife got hurt and went to the ER--but all good now
Betsy Wisehart - helping daughter move in Michigan; daughter is an OB/GYN on nightshifts; also her Toyota has faulty airbags but no help from the company yet
Glen Zibolis - "cricket buck" (phone rang)
Judy Fortier -- Balloon Fest sign up time & sorry missed meetings\
Joe Norris -- Birthday on June 22
HAPPY BUCKS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
number of members present:    33   /number of visiting Rotarians:   0    /number of guests:    1     
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Greeter: Gene Corl
Pledge and 4-Way Test by Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Harvey Whitley
Song: Lori Horton
 
RITUALS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Besides today's guest speaker there were no visiting Rotarians or guests.
ROTARIAN & GUEST INTRODUCTIONS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
I am writing to remind you that the speaker for the Wakefield Rotary Club meeting on Monday June 26 will be Joe Giorgio, Associate Director of Operations for Year Up - Providence. Joe has had extensive high level corporate management experience throughout his career, such as serving as Vice President of Global Human Resources for Medtronic, the giant medical device manufacturer; Human Resource  Director of Covidien, the  predecessor of Medtronic; and Human Resource director of Liz Claiborne and Rand McNally.  He joined Year Up in 2015 and has bought his vast experience to provide great insight into the management and strategic development of Year Up. 
 
Joe will give us insight into this wonderful national non-profit organization that provides low-income young adults in Providence, ages 18-24 with a one-year, intensive training program that includes a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. Please see the club website for more information on Joe and Year Up Providence. 
Joe Giorgio, Year Up Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
--Filed Under “Old Business"/Charitable Committee: Past President Spencer Seitz will present to the club a proposal to address a 2016-17 District Grant Funds issue....more details to follow. 
 
--Meeting Time Committee: This committee submitted a report on a membership survey ranking meeting time options for our club's regular meetings. See attached:  Meeting Survey. With this new information, the process to change regular meeting times will be as follows:
  • on Monday, July 31st – the board will consider and take a vote on meeting times
  • on Monday, Aug. 7 - the board's decision will be voted on by membership
  • during the week of Oct. 9th – the new meeting time will be implemented
 
Rationale for starting the new schedule in October: 1-District Governor visit on Oct. 2 was first in August, then Oct. 30—don't want to mess with it again; 2- our great guest speakers committee (Jim Blackerby, Sandy Cutting, Fran Alexalos. Elizabeth Candas) have booked a couple months ahead--they're set until September.
 
 
--follow up on Narragansett Art Festival : (Details to follow)
COMMITTEE REPORTS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
NEXT WEEK, July 3 – NO MEETING “HAPPY JULY 4TH!!!"  START THE CELEBRATION EARLIER
ADJOURNMENT Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

--NO MEETING on July 3

 

--BOARD MEETING TIME CHANGE:  the agenda for the last regular, weekly meeting of a month will be a board of directors' agenda, typically no guest speakers...all members are invited and encouraged to voice opinions, but only officers & boards of directors are allowed to vote.

 

--BALLOON FESTIVAL, JULY 21 – 23 – SIGN UPS – who has & who hasn't and deserves another email reminder. Get family, friends & colleagues to sign up at https://southcountyballoonfest.com/volunteer/

 

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Introduce this agenda item. Formerly Sunshine, this part of the meeting will have it's own committee of 3 Rotarians who will explore how to make member birthdays/Rotary anniversaries/”members in the news”/member health & convalescence/member remembrance another part of our club's “service above self”. More details will come in future meetings.
 
But if there is any necessary announcements about members or their families to make at this meeting please share.
MEMBER NEWS Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Introduce this agenda item. It is a timed- presentation: 1-minute! Rotary related information that informs members to do something. Russ Bertrand will do a Rotary Minute on July 10th meeting to inspire membership enthusiasm. Someone will be selected to do a Rotary minute for July 17th.
 
ROTARY MINUTE Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
39th South County Balloon Festival
Presented by the Rotary Club of Wakefield, RI

July 21, 22, & 23rd
URI Athletic Fields, Kingston, RI

More Info CLICK HERE

 
39th South County Balloon Festival Pam Ancheta 2017-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
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Greeter: Elizabeth Candas
Pledge and 4-Way Test by Spencer Seitz
Prayer: Harvey Whitley
Song: Chris Pelton
RITUALS Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
International Committee recommended dividing up the $2,000 taken from the District's Pure Water Committee into four $500 donations to the four projects mentioned at last week's meeting, which included the Congo projects, Guatemala and Pure Water and other projects for Cambodia. Members approved the $10,000 total awards unanimously.
 
The Balloon Festival Committee will have 2 more meetings before the event. Tuesday, 6 pm, Navatek.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
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Val Szlatenyi had a great visit with Agnes Doody. Marion Humphrey's granddaughter, Ami, graduated from UNH in chemical engineering. Don Wisehart bought a new car. Elizabeth Candas enjoyed her trip to Milwaukee for niece's wedding. Donna Gilton enjoyed train rides to visit friends in NC and Wash. DC. John Tarasevich was happy to see “old” faces, and commended the membership on its many good projects. Julia Yang, back from Hong Kong, was happy to report that her medical project for children was very successful helping more than 50 children with cleft pallets. Chris Pelton has been busy working to raise funds for the high school hockey program with needs of $15,000. Harvey Whitley reported on the graduation of a grandchild. Joe Dziobek, wearing a Red Sox hat, told a good news/bad news baseball story. Rick Medeiros of the Pawtucket Red Sox was happy to report there are fireworks every Saturday night at the ball games. Mark Johnson said that his daughter will be married in July and that his son is engaged. Joanne Daly said that her daughter arrived safely this evening from overseas.
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Club News: Dick Pike. Birthdays: Jay Shartenberg. Several others admitted to birthdays since Jan. 1st.
Dick Pike then turned into Mr. Rogers and donned the soft sweater and memorable lines and tunes from old TV.   
MEMBER NEWS Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Linda Hennessey reminded us of the Installation Dinner on the 22nd with registration on-line. No Monday evening meeting next week! Linda also said that the Art Festival has volunteers for Friday and Saturday, but needs more help on Sunday, the 25th.
CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
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Spencer said that the Time of Meeting survey has 71% of members voicing an opinion. More on this at another time.
 
The Club Budget was sent out by E-mail. A second mailing will be done.
 
Amani, our Rotarian friend from the Congo, gave us a 5 minute up-date on the amazing projects his club and his District are doing. He gave strong praise to our club for being involved and helping to get things going. His club received a grant from Rotary International to put in place 27 pure water taps, but by economizing and carefully watching expenses they were able to put in 52 water taps and allow 81,000 people from 10 neighboring countries to have pure water. The District recognized this project as the “most successful” at their annual conference. He also mentioned the “Congo Peace School” and the purchase of 50 acres by Rotary friends to give a new homestead for the relocated pygmys.
 
Spencer Seitz said that this is why we work at the balloon and art festivals, etc. to make things like Amani's projects possible.
 
Chris Pelton told us the tragic news that one of the Rotary Exchange Students from Thailand drowned off Cape Hatteras, NC. He was not part of our District, but the sadness was felt by all.
 
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Bob Cruz. Amani from the Congo and Mark Johnson, former member; John Tarasevich,
past president, guest of Steve White. Don Wisehart introduced his son, Ted Wisehart. Bob Hartman was the guest of Harvey.   
ROTARIAN & GUEST INTRODUCTIONS Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
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Jim Blackerby introduced Dr. Charles Steinberg, president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, who gave a most interesting mostly biographical talk on his career in baseball. Though he collected only 2 hits in 2 years in little league his love for baseball has been a major part of his life for the past 41 years. In his senior year in a Baltimore high school he was able to intern with the Baltimore Orioles for one month in their PR work. He put together slides on the team and took them to 3 TV stations. He promoted the sale of T-shirts and giveaway bats. He was asked to come back the next summer. He worked on statistics with his boss, Earl Weaver. He followed his father into dentistry, hoping to be his own boss, and allowing him the opportunity to continue his love of baseball with the Orioles. Though initially against the new ballpark idea in Baltimore, he saw how the Camden Yards park rejuvenated the city. His then boss asked him to go with him to the San Diego Padres and again watch how a new stadium would enliven a big city.
 
Dr. Steinberg was part of persuading the Padres to grant 25 middle school students $5,000 scholarships to the college of their choice. It was important for him to reach those kids at a turning point in their lives and give them a goal and direction before moving in a negative life style. After Petco Park was constructed he moved back with his boss to Boston in 2002. The Red Sox organization provided $10,000 scholarships to middle school students.
 
Now that he is president of the Pawsox Red Sox organization he intends to see that $10,000 in scholarships are given out. Since their funds are quite limited, they will begin with 2 middle school scholarships, one from Pawtucket and one from Central Falls.
 
He believes that the Pawsox need to develop a good PR program that reaches each of RI's 39 cities and towns. He closed with a touching story about an 11 year old boy teary-eyed because he did not get Jason Varetek's autograph. The line was too long at a mall signing ceremony, and the 3 Red Sox players had to split up in order to get to another event in Conn. So, the Red Sox player who got to this boy was not the idol he was waiting to meet. Understanding the child's grief Dr. Steinberg personally walked the boy to the waiting bus, had him meet his idol, get the autograph. Two years later the boy's father, a Gulf Oil Co. exec., told Dr. S. that what he did changed his son's life. How could Gulf not reward the Red Sox in a large financial endorsement after what they had done for his son?
 
SPEAKER PRESENTATION Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

WAKEFIELD ROTARY CLUB OFFICERS' INSTALLATION DINNER

FUN & FEASTING WITH CLUB'S 2017-18 OFFICERS, MEMBERS & THEIR GUESTS

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 * 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Whalers Brewing Company  401-552-0002

Wakefield Rotary 2016-17 Officers' Installation Dinner Pam Ancheta 2017-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Russell Bertrand had the pleasure of presenting the 2017 Dr Percy Hodgson Memorial Award to our very own Herbert Mansfield at the recent Multi-District Conference. Shown below, Herb receives the award in the presence of many from our club who attended the conference. 
This award is the highest award given by District 7950! It is a 27 year tradition not to be taken lightly. All Clubs are asked to nominate one of their members. A panel of seven members determine the awardee and a DG or PDG is not eligible.  Congratulations Herb, we are all very proud of you, our fellow club member for receiving this honor. 
 
     
     
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     It's that time again!  The 2017 South County Balloon Festival is just around the corner and we need your help making it the most successful year ever! 
    Click the “Volunteer Signup” button to view the list of all of the volunteer opportunities available over the weekend of the festival.
    While jobs are available for all, Members are encouraged to scroll to the second category listed as "Volunteer Opportunities for Rotary Members Only" as these will need to be filled from within our club.  
    2017 South County Balloon Festival- Volunteer Sign-up! Chris Hart 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

    District 7950

    Plan to support District 7950's annual Providence Bruins Hockey game to benefit "End Polio Now!" 

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    Kickoff Dinner Event: 
    Starting Monday, Sept 12th, the Wakefield Rotary Club weekly meetings are changing from Thursday lunchtime to Monday Evening Dinner Meetings! 
    While the meetings will still be held in the same location, the new weekly meeting time will be from 5:30-7pm. 
     
    Special Guest speaker, WW2 veteran, Don McCarthy, 92, will be recounting his memories of coming ashore at Normandy on D-Day! As a private first class in the 116th Infantry of the 29th Division, he was among the first to invade Omaha Beach, where the Allies took the most casualties.  Invite a friend and arrive early as many guests are anticipated to be there for this historic club kickoff! If you are expecting to bring a guest, please inform Spencer so that we plan enough food for everyone. 
     
      
    PVT Don McCarthy, then and now
     
     
    Other News:  www.wakefieldrotary.com now points to our www.wakefieldrotary.org site. 
     
     
     
    Big News!! Meetings Moving to Monday Dinners! Chris Hart 2016-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
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    SIGN UP TODAY!!  The  Wakefield Rotary Club opens its 38th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kingston, RI. this Friday (Jul 22nd)  and we still need Volunteer help in many areas. Please consider signing up for a role in one or more areas, from taking tickets to helping montitor some of the rides. For a list of volunteer opportunities and open time slots, click the link below.  
    Note that non-Rotary volunteer positions are listed at the top and Rotary Volunteer slots are toward the bottom.
    Once you sign up, you will receive an email with more info from your coordinator. Thank you!! 
    Balloon Festival Volunteer Signup!! 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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    If you use a smartphone, you need to try out the  Clubrunner App!! 
    It's available on multiple devices including Iphone, Android, Blackberry and others.  
     It's free! For more info at Clubrunner : Click Here   
    [note- first set up your CR username and password at our homepage, then login to the app]
     
    ClubRunner Mobile App Now Available! Christopher Hart 2016-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

    notes from DIstrict 7950 Training Assembly

    On April 30 Wakefield District Governor Elect (DGE) Russell Bertrand hosted  the District 7950 Training Assembly in Newport, Rhode Island.
    The day was an over whelming success! 
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    For Archives, see original website at:   

    www.wakefieldrotary.com

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