Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meeting Thursday @ Noon
Meeting Called to Order; President Tom Tarzwell
4 Way Test; President Tom
Pledge; President Tom
Prayer; Harv Whitley
Song; God Bless America
Steve Black, husband of Lynn Wagner;
Craig Bryant, Director of the South Kingstown Recreation Center, guest of Linda Hennessey;
Cindy Fish, Peace Dale Congregational Church;
Fred Frostic, former club member;
Allison Tarzwell, Tom’s daughter
Posted by Gene Corl & Glen Zibolis
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When paying with a Credit Card, fees approach $1 per transaction, Cash is preferred.
  • Wakefield Rotary Club and Chariho Rotary Club will have a joint meeting on the evening of April 16 at the Richmond Country Club. The speaker, a polio survivor from New Jersey, will talk about the importance of the Polio Plus campaign. Please plan to join the group for fellowship with our neighboring club.
  • Jay Shartenberg announced that the Events Committees next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:00 PM at Easter Seals.
  • Harv Whitley presented the club’s check for $1000 to Cindy Fish, in support of the Peace Dale Dinner Table, a community project hosted by the Peace Dale Congregational Church. The sit-down dinners, served every Wednesday evening, involve about 70 volunteers, who work in teams to prepare, serve, and clean up afterwards. Many community members participate, including several other churches and organizations.
Thank you for your service above self!
Happy Bucks
  • Betsy Wisehart, giving $60 in honor of her “big birthday”
  • Herb Mansfield, in honor of Fred Frostic’s visit
  • Bill Cloxton, thankful that the Coast Guard got paid after the partial government shutdown
  • Dick Pike, happy that he lost weight on Jenny Craig
  • Allison Tarzwell, sharing her discovery of fan fiction, “Swan Lake”
Speaker and program: Dave Mann, WWII Veteran and Author
Dave Mann is 93 years old. He served for three years with General George Patton in a construction battalion that built bridges over the Rhine. He had many experiences that he recalls in his book, What I Fought For. Here are a few of his recollections:
  • US Army Intelligence reported that Gen. Rommel was sending an armada of tanks to a supply depot for fuel. Gen. Patton gave orders to destroy the depot and wait for the tanks to arrive. They destroyed the depot, surprised Rommel, and he surrendered.
  • General Patton always stood up in his vehicle and insisted on wearing a shiny helmet, even though it made him a target. He never said people worked “for” him, always “with” him.
  • Dave’s unit was off duty in a French town friendly to the Allies when an incoming shell scored a direct hit on the house where they were staying, killing 12 Americans but sparing Dave.
  • He had a 30-day leave in Devens, MA just before his discharge and was so excited to be able to get pastrami sandwiches that he ate one every day for a month. He gained so much weight that the buttons on his uniform were bursting. A lieutenant ordered him to get fitted for a new uniform, even though he was discharged the next day.
Dave was wounded three times and received the Purple Heart. His advice to us is not just to thank service members and veterans for their service but to ask them what they did and listen to their stories. So many veterans of World War II are passing away that soon there will not be any more left, so their memories are important history. Dave stayed after the meeting to shake hands and sign copies of his book for the Rotarians.
Membership Video
By Lawrence Furbish, ARC, Zone 32
This month's video.has to do with whether or not your club is really welcoming. It is Part I with Part II coming next month.  Here is the link;
Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 14, 2018!
Many thanks to Nancy for reporting this week!
Please make every effort to attend our next meeting!!!!!
Upcoming Events
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 12, 2019 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 20, 2019 5:00 PM
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 12, 2019 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 20, 2019 5:00 PM
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Apr 09, 2019 5:00 PM
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