Club of Wakefield

"Service Above Self"

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Posted by Fran Alexakos & Pam Ancheta
Anna Bess Moyer Bell, Founder of COAAST
 
Anna Bess Moyer Bell the founder of COAAST a RI based non-profit organization that offers arts-based education and therapeutic programing to eradicate the opioid epidemic, aid in prevention education for teens, and provides continuing medical education to healthcare providers working in addiction/behavioral health fields. 
 
Anna Bess Moyer Bell won best oral form presentation from NYU for her master’s thesis, which used arts-based-research to examine how therapeutic theater created social change in communities ravaged by the opioid epidemic. She sat on the board of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s student committee and was the Editor and Chief of the student newsletter. She currently works as a Drama Therapy consultant for The BETES Organization creating and implementing programs and generating research for families of children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She previously worked as a drama therapist at Access Community Health Center in Manhattan, NY an outpatient substance abuse clinic. She also held a position as a drama therapist at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT working with patients in hospice, cancer treatment, and PTSD diagnoses. From 2013-2014 she volunteered in San Quentin Prison where she co-facilitated group talk therapy with inmates. She worked for the Siren Theatre Project in Oakland, CA as the community liaison, where she helped collect and perform local women’s issues. California Institute of Integral Studies BA, Interdisciplinary Studies ’13, New York University ’16 MA, Drama Therapy.
IF you need further information please let me know, I may be reached by email alexakos249@gmail.com, text, or phone. 401-474-6560 
TODAY'S PRESENTATION Fran Alexakos & Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Social Meetings Committee - Introduction by Mary Roda:
 
 
 
 
 
More from our Treasurer Triad Team:  After Jay Shartenberg presented the latest on meeting venues, fielded questions, and announced that membership dues statements are on their way to an email address near you.......our accounting-guru Betsy Wisehart asked for help in identifying a few "mystery deposits.'  So Betsy's email is betsy@wisehart.biz 
 
They [mystery deposits] are:
July 12th -  $310
July 26th - $80
August 14th - $1380
August 29th - $297.58
 
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Note:  Regular Club meetings will continue to be Monday nights 5:30pm at the Holiday Inn on Route 1 until the announced date of the new meeting time  which is on the agenda for Monday, Oct. 16th.
ADJOURNMENT Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
HAPPY BUCKS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, September 20th, today's greeter, Elizabeth Candas, will be with her husband and our fellow Rotarian, Sezgin Candas, as he undergos eye surgery in Boston.  They will remain at the hospital as Sezgin recuperates for at least a day.
 
It was good to see Community Service Chair Harvey Whitley back with us to do today's prayer after returning from Oklahoma to be with his terminally-ill sister.
MEMBER NEWS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gene Corl
 
number of members present: 0 /number of visiting Rotarians:  0 /number of guests:  0  
 
 
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT Gene Corl 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
CORRECTION, CORRECTION to Where things stand -- Settling the "when & where" issue of the Wakefield Club's regular meetings:
 
At the special Board of Directors' session on Sept 14th, a consensus was reached based on the data compiled and reviewed from the May 2017 survey of club membership and from an availability-review of a variety of venues in our area:  
 
--Thursday lunchtime for regular club meetings would be the most favorable meeting-time to a majority of club members.  
 
--Three venues - the Holiday Inn; Arturo Joe's (140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882), and Camden's Bar & Grill (756 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879) were the most suitable locations to hold our meeting based on a variety of criteria detailed in a handout distributed at the meeting.
 
--CORRECTION:  At the meeting of Monday, Oct 16th, an announcement about a new location for our first Thursday lunch meeting will be made with an exact date in January 2018.  Until that January day is set, our club will continue to meet on Monday nights at the Holiday Inn on Route one.
 
During discussion about meeting time and place, proposals for prepaying meals quarterly, monthly, etc., via recurring credit card payment through the club's website was also addressed.  This will be further examined by the Board of Directors and a payment plan will be presented to the club.
 
Membership Dues for 2017-18:  Invoices have been emailed. 
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

--Monday, October 2nd-- District Governor Visit!  DG Steve Certa will be meeting with the Board of Directors @ 4:30pm ahead of the weekly meeting and will the the guest speaker at the regular meeting for membership

--Monday, October 9th -- NO MEETING -- Columbus Day observed in Rhode Island

--Monday, October 9th -- Jamestown Rotary Club's 42nd Annual - Jamestown Classic Bike Race, Registration @ 7:00AM /Start @8:30AM, More info, click here

--Thursday, November 9th -- Rotary Foundation Dinner @ at the Venus de Milo restaurant (75 Grand Army Highway, Swansea, MA  02777).  The featured speaker will be our own Razia Jan an inspiring Rotarian who opened a girls school in Afghanistan.  Registration is $46.50 per person / $465 for a table of 10.  Click here for flyer.  

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARY MINUTE Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
VISITING ROTARIAN AND GUEST INTRODUCTIONS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Greeter: 
Pledge and 4-Way Test:  Pam Ancheta
Prayer: 
Song: Marion Humphrey
 
RITUALS Pam Ancheta 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frances Alexakos on Sep 06, 2017
 
the Rotary meeting on September 18 th will be held at 5:30  at the Holiday Inn, Rt. 1 in South Kingstown. the Speaker will be Doctor Salloway who runs the live volunteer multi-year Alzheimer Research study at Butler Hospital. He is chief of Neurology and Director of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital. 
 
Alzheimer and Dementia (AD )is our # 1 public health problem. It is estimated that 125 million people will have dementia worldwide by 2050. Facing this unacceptable future, the US Congress has created a National Plan to fight Alzheimer’s with a major goal of developing breakthrough treatments by 2025. Advances in brain imaging and genetics allow us to detect changes in the brain many years before memory loss opening the era of Alzheimer’s prevention. Treatments are being developed to lower the plaques and tangles in the brain. Treatment breakthroughs will bring hope to dispel the fear and stigma associated with AD. To be successful we need hundreds of thousands of individuals who may be at risk to volunteer for prevention studies. This presentation will review the challenges we face and the options available to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
 
 
If you have  questions regarding the Wakefield Rotary Club or on our speaker, please contact me by email alexakos249@gmail.com or by phone 401-474-6560.
Dr. Salloway to Speak on Sept 18, 2017 Frances Alexakos 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 05, 2017
 
The Wakefield Rotary Club meets every Monday evening at 5:30 pm at the Holiday Inn on Rt. 1 in South Kingstown, RI.  for a dinner meeting with  speakers. The public is invited to attend.
 
The speaker for September 11  will be Deborah Casey will be presenting information on the Rotary Foundation's function and projects that it supports throughout the world. This was sent to the Narragansett Times, the Independent, and the Providence Business newspapers.

 
Press Release Rotary Foundation Speaker Debra Casey 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
FALL SPECIAL EVENT -- NOON on SEPTEMBER 24!!! Pam Ancheta 2017-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
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IT ALL STARTS WITH CARPOOLING TO THE TAILGATE PARTY
 
 
 
 
meet up & head out around 4:15pm @ the Holiday Inn parking lot

arrive at McCoy Stadium to hang-out at Jim Buchanan's grill to share food & refreshments provided by Pawtucket's own Judy Fortier....games provided by Rotarian ingenuity

regroup @ 6:30pm and head to Rotary District 7950's pre-game field procession @ 6:45pm 

Game starts @ 7:05pm
ROTARY NIGHT WITH THE PAWSOX - MCCOY STADIUM - AUGUST 22, 2017 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
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--A Paul Harris Fellow Award pin (+3 - with three sapphires) was presented to Past District Governor Russell Bertrand by our own Assistant District Governor Steve White.  A well deserved recognition considering Russell's very successful term.
 
--plans for a fall social event for Sunday, September 24th at the Matunuck Community House was very briefly described by President Pam Ancheta.
 
--FOR CLUB APPROVAL:  The membership dues have been approved by the Board of Directors and details are available on the website's Documents section under "2017-18 Membership Dues."  Please review the document and be prepared to vote on the dues amount for this term.  Here are the steps to access docs:  1) after logging-in, click on MEMBER AREA at the top of the page; 2) click on ORGANIZATION, among the top row of tabs; 3)  click on Documents, listed horizontally under the tabs.
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Jim Buchanan introduced: 
The two guest speakers Lt. Col. Richard Courtney & Civil Air Patrol Cadet Corinna Dennen.  Corinna's mother Pamela Dennen was also present.  Anne DeLorenzo was a representative corporate-member of Brightview Commons.  And Joe Picano, a visiting Rotarian, from the Cranston Club was also in attendance.
VISITING ROTARIAN AND GUEST INTRODUCTIONS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
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number of members present: 35* /number of visiting Rotarians:  1 /number of guests: 3 .  
 
*Anne DeLorenzo attended as a Brightview Commons corporate member for Sheryl Peno or Darlene Lepore Lema.
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT Gene Corl 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Lt. Col. Richard Courtney, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) &
Senior CAP Cadet Corinna Dennen
 
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is "the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization."
 
Lt Col Courtney Director of Emergency Services spoke about his duties at the squadron, wing and region levels.  Cadet Dennen talked about CAP cadet service at the Wakefield Rotary South County Balloon Festival, The Air Guard Air Show , and the Army Guard Leapfest.  
 
Cadet Dennen presented a powerpoint detailing her training and experience in CAP.  She talked about the CAP mission:  aerospace education; emergency services; and cadet programs.  Regarding aerospace education, Cadet Dennen talked about her plans to train as a pilot.  Dennen mentioned that CAP emergency services saves, on average, 71 lives a year.  Cadet Programs include intense physical training and competitions; Dennen's cadet group recently beat a ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) team in a recent competition.
 
Corinne Dennen was very impressive....and a 15-year-old high school student!
TODAY'S PRESENTATION - Civil Air Patrol - Lt Col Richard E. Courtney & Senior CAP Cadet Corinna Dennen Elizabeth Candas & Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Elizabeth Candas -- grateful regarding Sezgin Candas' health
 
Betsy Wisehart -- talked about her cats....and one with its own passport!
 
Joseph Dziobek -- thanked Rotary for the recent donation & Welome House has a new hire
 
Herk Herchenroether -- thanked Linda Hennessey for paying for his dinner & thanked Russ Bertrand for being a great District Governor and inspiration as a Rotarian
 
Glen Zibolis -- honored his golden retriever, Captain, that he and Beth Leconte had to "put down"...they miss him greatly; 15th wedding anniversary vacation on Prince Edward Island
 
Beth Leconte -- mentioned her beloved Captain and presented the club with North Kingstown Rotary's banner (needs to get a Wakefield banner in return)
 
Robert Cruz -- his son graduated from the RI Police Academy!
 
Marion Humphrey -- proud of grand-children's college (both undergraduate and graduate) diplomas
 
Harvey Whitley -- was recently visiting relatives in Pennsylvania; promoted a 5K run/1K walk in North Kingstown that benefits local charities including Welcome House
 
Sandy Cutting -- recently became someone's grandma for the 4th time; recently attended a niece's wedding in New York City; got to test drive a Tesla car that was self-driving--but not fully so because that would be illegal
HAPPY BUCKS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Doug Wardwell announced his recent 17th wedding anniversary to his lovely wife Julie.  Welcome back to Monday dinner with Rotary, Deborah Casey...good to see you as you continue to recover from hip replacement surgery (with more surgeries scheduled, too).
MEMBER NEWS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation:  Steve White gave a Paul Harris Award pin to Russ Bertrand.
 
Charitable Committee: had a committee meeting at 5pm to review previous donations and consider requests.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

--PAWSOX Tuesday, August 22 -TOMORROW!  Pawtucket Red Sox Rotary Night at McCoy Stadium.  For game info/flyer: click here.   For attendance details from District Governor Steve Certa, click here.  If you have already signed up, please bring cash or check made to Pam Ancheta to today's meeting.

--SAVE THE DATE for fun & games:  Sunday, September 24th @ noon....more details to come!

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Greeter: Kathy Lindvall
Pledge and 4-Way Test:  Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Herb Mansfield
Song: Marion Humphrey
RITUALS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
NEXT WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE A BOARD AGENDA -- NO GUEST SPEAKER..... BUT WE WILL DO HAPPY BUCKS!
 
 
ADJOURNMENT Pam Ancheta 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Vocational Service:  Service Above Self Scholarship recipient Emily McNeiece talked about her freshman year.
 
 
Charitable Committee: Co-Chair Marion Humphrey proposed two donation requests that were approved by the club's membership:
 
1. Boy Scout camp scholarships for boys in our area who need financial assistance - $1500.
2. One set of commercial coin-operated washer/ dryer stacked for use in Welcome House. The units are used by both shelter guests and night guests in the winter who stay at the Peace Dale Congregational Church. Laundry Systems - $2768.
 
Upon approval of laundry unit for Welcome House, Robin McGuigan suggested that the Charitable Committee post--signage and/or a Rotary logo--on or around the units so that Rotary's contribution to this convenience for clients of Welcome House is known.  Marion Humphrey said she'd report this suggestion back to the committee.
 
 
Board of Directors (BOD)- July 31st meeting - a few details.....
FOR CLUB APPROVAL:  The membership dues have been approved by the BOD and details are available on the website's Documents section under "2017-18 Membership Dues."  Please review the document and be prepared to vote on the dues amount for this term.  Here are the steps to access docs:  1) after logging-in, click on MEMBER AREA at the top of the page; 2) click on ORGANIZATION, among the top row of tabs; 3)  click on Documents, listed horizontally under the tabs.
 
BOARD MINUTES:  The minutes for this meeting, when finished, will be available, to members only, on the website's Documents section (see steps above for how to access docs). 
 
MEETING TIME & PLACE:  The board recommends a new meeting time of Thursday breakfast--based on the the results of a committee survey* prepared and conducted during the last term.  The board will review information gathered about meeting places in the area (both restaurants & non-eatery venues) and make a final determination about the meeting time & location as soon as possible. The goal is to have the issue settled so that the new time will start the week of October 9th.  Please email Pam Ancheta--before the August 21st meeting-- if you care to suggest a meeting venue that might be easily overlooked, so it can be checked against the list of locations already considered.
 
*Around 80% of membership participated with approx. 45% voting that Thursday breakfast was a "good" meeting-time. But of those who said either "good" or "OK, but not first choice" the majority, around 69%, chose Thursday lunch--which may not be a popular time when it comes to recruiting new members.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Emily McNeiece, the 2016 Narragansett High School recipient of the "Service Above Self" Scholarship, talked to the club about her freshman year at Emerson College in Boston.  She wants to become a screenwriter and was grateful for the Rotary Club's scholarship money to help with her degree. She is learning a lot from helping with the production of shows at school. She's excited to start sophomore year this fall.
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Among today's Happy Bucks Rotarians:
Betsy Wisehart
Martha Whittier
Cameron Ennis
Spencer Seitz
HAPPY BUCKS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Pelton & Elizabeth Candas
Ryan Doyle, Senior, South Kingstown High School
 
Ryan spoke about her Rotary Exchange to Germany.  Our Club sponsored her as an outbound student in Exchange for our inbound student, Mint (Wipatsayaporn Tirapongprasert).  She is currently going into her senior year at SKHS.  Ryan left for her exchange adventure on August 1, 2016, and  spent her 10 months based in and around the town of Bremen, Germany.  She stayed with two families.  One was an older couple who didn't have their own children living in the house and they took Ryan sailing.  The other family living outside of town on a farm and had three children.  Ryan talked about all the bread she ate during her time away and claims all those carbohydrates took a toll on her body...she had a "healthy" diet of bread & butter.  
 
Ryan was asked about how she knew about the Rotary Exchange program.  She mentioned being influenced by a casual conversation with Wakefield Rotary's past outbound exchange student from South Kingstown High School, Chapin Graham (currently attending George Washington University, Washington, D.C.).  Ryan thought it was such an interesting idea to be an exchange student she looked up Rotary Exchange and immediately began to fill out the application.  Even after her mother, Donna, had suggested researching the idea more thoroughly before committing to the Rotary program--Ryan refused and didn't even check out any other exchange option.
TODAY'S PRESENTATION - Ryan Doyle, Outbound Exchange Student Christine Pelton & Elizabeth Candas 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
This part of the agenda is still being developed as a committee.  Until then.....club members were asked about any August birthdays (1st - 14th); club anniversaries; member health news?  Mary Roda and Christine Pelton--being the upstanding, "4-Way-Test" honoring-Rotarians that they are--acknowledged that this month is their club membership anniversary!  Thanks, ladies.
MEMBER NEWS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gene Corl
 
number of members present: 25 /number of visiting Rotarians:  0 /number of guests: 4  
 
 
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT Gene Corl 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Ancheta
Get your timers ready and set for 60-seconds....It's August and the Rotary theme for the month is:  Membership & New Club Development Month.  And while we're not a "new" club, we are one aiming to work on development and boosting membership --both in morale & roster numbers.  
 
So, it would behoove our club members to be up on Rotary International's latest policies & procedures.  Click on these attachments:  2016 Council on Legislation Updates / 2016 COL - Essential Changes for Clubs.   Please pay particular attention to: "Flexibility in meeting frequency, format, and attendance."
ROTARY MINUTE Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

--PAWSOX on Tuesday, August 22!  Pawtucket Red Sox Rotary Night at McCoy Stadium.  For game info/flyer: click here.   For attendance details from District Governor Steve Certa, click here.  For sign up:  register online, preferably by Aug 14th, and hand payment (cash or check/$12pp) to Pam Ancheta at tonight's meeting or the August 21st meeting.

 

--NO MEETING, August 14th - VICTORY DAY (state holiday)

 

 

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Valerie Szlatenyi introduced:
 
Today's speaker, Ryan Doyle, and her mother, Donna Doyle.  Also introduced were Service Above Self scholarship recipient Emily McNeiece and her mother, Tammy McNeiece.
VISITING ROTARIAN AND GUEST INTRODUCTIONS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Greeter: David Kring
Pledge and 4-Way Test:  Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Ben Bardo
Song: Marion Humphrey
 
RITUALS Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK (AUG 14 - HONOR VICTORY DAY!).  
 
COMMITTEES COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEXT WEEK, THOUGH, AND BEGIN PLANNING AND ESTABLISH REGULAR MEETINGS -- FOR WHEN THE COMMITTEE MEETS & WHICH CLUB MEETING OF THE MONTH (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) TO BE ON THE AGENDA.
ADJOURNMENT Pam Ancheta 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Ancheta
Get your timers ready and set for 60-seconds.....Please read this article shared by our Past District Gov Russ Bertrand and written by Michael Brand, an Oregon City, Oregon, Rotarian (click on the title):  Why Our Service Organizations Are Dying (and how to fix them) and be prepared to participate in a quick, 5-question yes/no survey. The write up is a realistic and useful analysis which I, as club prez, take a bit of guidance from as I plan and set goals for this term.
 
While just a small percentage of members at the meeting had said they read the article.  A few positive emails were sent by members about the value of the article's information.
ROTARY MINUTE Pam Ancheta 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
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number of members present: 38 /number of visiting Rotarians:  2 /number of guests:  4  
 
 
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT Gene Corl 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Greeter: no one designated (whoops!)
Pledge and 4-Way Test:  Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Harvey Whitley
Song: Pam Ancheta "Grand Ole Flag"
 
RITUALS Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Get your timers ready and set for 60-seconds.....Past-President Spencer Seitz presented today's Rotary Minute as a reminder to use waste-reducing, reusable, refillable, plastic  (or metal, or composite) beverage cups during Balloon Fest volunteering this weekend.
ROTARY MINUTE - updated Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Jay Shartenberg – Balloon Festival Committee
 
Final plans and instructions for this weekend's balloon festival.
 
Jay started with the weather forecast:  pretty good - mid to high 80s.  Then discussed the potential for field evacuation which Jay will lead the coordination on if it should be needed.  Jay also praised Cam Ennis for his great work on securing the professional balloonist for this year's fest and praised Judy Fortier for her work on volunteer coordination.  
 
The professional balloonists versus the amateur balloonists:  the professionals will only do tethered rides - dawn (around 6am) & dusk (around 6pm)  unlike the amateurs there will be no untethered, free-flights.  Tickets for balloon rides will be sold at flight times.  Flight times will be (unless winds exceed 8 knots) Friday evening, Saturday dawn & dusk; Sunday dawn & dusk.  
 
Tethered ride price is now $20/pp.  Set up for festival will start on Thursday, July 20th at 1pm with another set up shift starting at 8am Friday, July 21.  Set up must be finished by festival start at 4pm on Friday.  Breakdown of festival will start after 4pm on Sunday, July 23.
 
While "Rag Bag" activity is unlikely to take place because of severe tears in the balloon material, Dave Kring offered to set it up and give it try because--as Chris Pelton says--"it's such a hit."
 
Jay continued to talk about other attractions at the festival and Judy Fortier mentioned the shifts that need to be filled--especially ticket sales shifts during Friday evening and Saturday evening.  Thanks to everyone who signed up during today's meeting.
 
 
SPEAKER PRESENTATION - Jay Shartenberg - updated Sandy Cutting & Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Please email Pam Ancheta, before meetings, about information to share with the club regarding follow Rotarians who are unable to attend. 
 
Formerly Sunshine, this part of the meeting --as was mentioned in last week's newsletter--will have it's own committee of 3 to 5 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 following the July 31st meeting.  
MEMBER NEWS Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Vocational Service's scholarship committee: This Avenue of Service is chaired by Peggy Benz who will not be at today's meeting.  Elizabeth Candas, assisted the two scholarship recipients.
 
Balloon Festival Committee:  Festival shirts will be available for purchase, $15.  During Happy Bucks, Betsy Wisehart, as Treasurer of Balloon Fest Committee & the one who receives all banking statements for the club, reported that there are "mystery" bank deposits for which she needs clarification in order to update the financials.  Please contact her if you can in any way shed light on these deposits.
COMMITTEE REPORTS - updated Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Scholarship Recipients:
Isabella Miko-Radzaj graduate of The Prout School will be attending Holy Cross as a freshman this fall focusing on art and expecting to pursue Pre-Med studies. She spoke to the club about art work she submitted for Advanced Placement (AP) credit and displayed for members 5 fine art pieces she'd completed.  Isabella expressed such immense gratitude for the scholarship funds she received from our club and how much it is helping her with college education.
 
Michael Robinson from South Kingstown High School will be attending URI/Kingston as a freshman this fall.  His intended double major will be in Music Education & Jazz Performance.  Beth Leconte took time to talk to Michael about Rotoract at URI and its connection to leadership training.  He is a veteran of the RYLA program with an impressive staff leadership position.  He is also going to volunteer for Balloon Fest this weekend!!!  
 
Correspondence:
Pam read a thank you note sent from Executive Director of Galilee Mission, our very own Lynn Costigan, expressing gratitude for the $300 donation our club sent to the non-profit & she thanked Ben Bardo, too.
 
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS - updated Peggy Benz & Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
SEE YOU ALL AT THE 39th SOUTH COUNTY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL!
ADJOURNMENT Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Pam Ancheta
Judy Fortier - paid twice!
Betsy Wisehart
Cam Ennis
Herb Mansfield
Elizabeth Candas
Karl Midunsky
Spencer Seitz
Robin McGuigan
Joanne Daly
 
 
HAPPY BUCKS Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Pam Ancheta 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARIAN & GUEST INTRODUCTIONS Pam Ancheta 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Introduce this agenda item. Formerly Sunshine, this part of the meeting will have it's own committee of 3 to 5 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.
MEMBER NEWS -updated Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
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--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
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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 gave 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
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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) which has 95% of its interns 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 Jim Blackerby & Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
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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 -- paid for having a June birthday
HAPPY BUCKS Martha Whittier 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Pam Ancheta ended the meeting by reciting Rotary's 4-Way Test.  She would be remiss if she didn't acknowledge her failure to uphold the standard of the test at today's meeting by not allowing enough time for the Art Festival update agenda item.  So in an attempt to rectify the omission, Festival Chair Ed McLaughlin dutifully submitted requested notes for this newsletter to inform our membership.  
 
Thank you, Ed, for the follow up and for your 5-years of service to the art fest and organizing a crucial fundraising program for our club.  Thanks to you, too, Co-Chair Beth Leconte!  Also a big thank you to Chris Hart for your technical help in setting up the art fest's online registration.  Many thanks to Herk & Sandy for taking on the fundraiser for next year!
 
NEXT WEEK, July 3 – NO MEETING “HAPPY JULY 4TH!!!"  START THE CELEBRATION EARLIER
ADJOURNMENT Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
--Filed Under “Old Business"/Charitable Committee:   A Matching District Grant for 2016-17 which our club's charitable committee budgeted $1,500 for was never submitted by our partnering applicant, The Chariho Club.  This was a very recent revelation.  Therefore, the Charitable Committee had a $1,500 surplus in its budget and took steps to use the money for our local needs.  The five organizations proposed to receiving $300 were:  Welcome House, Jonnycake, Habitat for Humanity, Galilee Mission, & Domestic Violence Resource Center.  Club membership voted to approve Charitable Committee's proposal to donate the monies to these 5 worthy organizations in our community.
 
--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 : (note:  the following are the written details from Art Fest Co-chair Ed McLaughin)  
Many thanks to all club members for their assistance at the Narragansett Art Festival this past weekend.  After a bit of rain on Saturday morning, all was good when the sun showed up.

Thanks to Jay Shartenberg and team for the Friday layout; Ben Bardo for the PR efforts; Linda Hennessey for organizing the Rotarian volunteers; Beth Leconte for handling all the registration efforts and site layout; and a big Rotary thank you to Herk Herchenroether and Sandy Cutting for stepping up as our new co-chairs.

Final numbers still being work on, however, looks like at least $13,000 raised to support scholarships and club projects.
COMMITTEE REPORTS - updated Pam Ancheta 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
--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. Congratulations to the latest Paul Harris Award recipients including Elizabeth Candas and Spencer Seitz.  Congrats, also, to Steve White - District Award winner; Maureen White – Rotarian Spouse Award winner; Dave Kring - Rotarian of the Year. Thanks to President 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 (l ine 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. Of particular note was Lori Horton's clarification regarding the amount of funds and how those funds from Balloon Festival proceeds are released each fiscal year between immediate charitable distribution and investment for future charitable distribution through The Wakefield Foundation.
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS - updated 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. Past-President Spencer Seitz has graciously offered to present a Rotary Minute for July 17th.
 
 
ROTARY MINUTE - updated 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
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. 
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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.   
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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.
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Herb Mansfield 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
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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.   
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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 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
    Providence Bruins Rotary Night 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
    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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    Leslie F. Thompson Christopher Hart 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
    Archives at Original Website Christopher Hart 2015-03-07 05:00:00Z 0