The Pledge of Allegiance Takes Center Stage
With rituals completed, seventeen Rotarians helped themselves to a buffet of salad, lasagna, rolls and bread pudding. Tony was first on his feet and waiting in silence before proposing a fine of one-and-nine on “this guy,” pointing to Ray, for using the wrong rhythm when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Before Ray could defend himself, Tom proposed an amendment of a fine on Tony for referring to Ray as “this guy.”  Both passed. Scott gave two Happy Dollars in celebration of getting his fall clothes out and for being in Vermont where we don’t have violent storms. John proposed a fine of one-and-nine on Tony for letting outside forces influence the pace of his recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. An amendment was made to fine John for not respecting President Liane (standing and making a proposal before being recognized). In his defense, Tony said that he wanted to bathe in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance and he did not want to rush. Both fines passed. Eddie gave a Happy Dollar for a successful RFGT (Rousse Family Golf Tournament). He also pointed out that it has been suggested the Preamble to the Constitution replace the Pledge of Allegiance. That brought a quick response from Ray who addressed Lady Madam President: “We should never get rid of the Pledge of Allegiance.” Bertil offered a Happy Dollar as he extolled the virtues of his homeland, Sweden, from which he had recently returned. Karl threw a Happy Dollar into the basket in praise of Kristin’s great job on last week’s Granite Chips. Liane gave a Sad Dollar in observance of the anniversary of 9/11 and a Happy Dollar in thanks for Eddie running last week’s meeting. Tony then addressed Madam President to propose a fine on Eddie for wearing his wife’s badge. Eddie offered no defense except to say that he wanted to see if anyone noticed. Karl is going through “stuff”  that he received from Claire and brought a metal file box to the meeting and offered it to those assembled. Scott took it off his hands. Tony proposed a fine of one-and-nine on John for not following protocol (not offering a raffle ticket to President Liane).  President Liane defended John by recounting that she was in a hurry and threw a check at John and left the money-taking scene. Ted rose to point out that John was in training and that he should not be held accountable at this point in that training. Tony opined that it wasn’t John’s first rodeo. Fine did not pass. Scott presided over one of his Membership Moments and pointed out that the M&Ms on the tables were not chocolate, but he had plenty more in his bag and he asked someone to step up to take over for him next year. Tony and Caroline expressed thanks for the cards that Scott had distributed last week inviting potential members to a meeting.
Announcements, Reports and a Request
  • President Liane announced for a second time that Lauren Polk has applied for membership.
  • Caroline reported that she had appeared before the Barre City Council and presented slides of the mural wall panels. It has been decided that the panels will be worked on during the winter at the Granite Museum. A documentary of the making of the mural will be produced.
  • President Liane asked if anyone was interested in heading up the Trash Pickers group. Eddie plans to meet with Claire to gather details of this community effort.
  • Kristin reported that honorees have been selected for the Joint Service Clubs Recognition Dinner and that they have all confirmed acceptance. We are responsible for donating $150 to help cover the costs of the dinner.
  • Tony announced that he is trying to get a better price for the Rotary Annual Ball dinner.
A Motion, a Fine and Two More Happy Dollars: The Finale
After a brief discussion, Scott moved and Kristin seconded that the Annual Ball this year be an exhibition instead of a competition. Motion passed unanimously.
Eddie proposed a fine on Karl for not wearing a badge. Tom quickly proposed an amendment of one-and-nineteen on Karl for a mistake in the directory that he had just passed out: instead of Karl, his first name is Char. No defense for either fine was provided and it passed easily.
Caroline gave two Happy Dollars: one for receiving a check from Bob Pope for $6200.00 from the Barre Rotary Breakfast ticket sales and another for Dunkin’ Doughnuts Athletic Support Coupons which can be purchased from Eddie as a fundraiser.
Today the club received a great speech by our District 7850 Governor, Larry Varrs.
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After his presentation, Governor Vars asked member to share their passions. Those sharing included George, Tony, Eddie, Doug, Caroline and Liane who all received a special pin from Larry.
Liane, on behalf of the club, received the District Governor’s banner and a scarf. 
He also presented Caroline with a banner for accepting a  district position as an assistant governor.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott on the right helps Renald Hebert cook pancakes at the 35th, Barre Rotary Club annual breakfast in 2018 on the Aldrich Public Library lawn. All proceeds go to the library. 
This past year, Barre Rotarians – as people of action – proudly accomplished the following, often with the collaboration of others as noted:
Barre Rotary Club past president, Caroline Earle and Liane Martinelli, current president present Mark Browning with a $1000.00 check  that he won from a recent club raffle that raised $3,900.00 to put toward the new mural that The Club will be putting up on the Summer Street wall in Barre.
Mayor Lucas Herring picked the winning ticket at the Barre City council meeting June 26, 2018.
Thank you for making a difference by giving to The Rotary Foundation. It is because of your support that Rotarians are empowered to create lasting, meaningful change. Because of your gift, Rotarians are hard at work leading service projects that improve lives both close to home and around the world.

Together, we can continue to make a difference and create a more peaceful future. Thank you for your dedication and continued support of The Rotary Foundation.

Paul A. Netzel
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2017-18
Tony Campos, Tom Babic, Ted Goulette, Joe Preddy, Bob Pope, Dick Shadroui and Brenda Waterhouse pose with some of their trash they picked up In Barre. 
                                                                         JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR / STAFF PHOTO
A concrete retaining wall that has seen better days won’t be the canvas for a massive mural Barre Rotarians are planning for Summer Street. It will be the frame.
The Barre Rotary Club moved it's weekly meeting to Spaulding High School March 21, 2018 to present a certificate to the new school Interact Club and hear a presentation from the new club.
A wonderful meal was provided by the school for all.
Club members receive the new certificate from Barre Rotary Club President, Caroline Earle third from left.
Pictured from left to right, Jordan Fecher (Sr.), Interact Club Incoming President, Ella McCarthy (Jr.), Earle, Justin Thurber (Jr), Jillian Tosi (Jr), and current club president, Randi Dudley (Sr).

The tree whisperer

The forests of New England prepared Paul Harris for a lifetime in Rotary

By Geoff Johnson

When he was a boy growing up in Vermont, Paul Harris made a startling discovery: “Trees talk to each other in a language of their own.” How else could they flawlessly orchestrate the brilliant display of color that each fall without fail set New England ablaze? It seemed obvious: In order to dazzle, the trees must first plan, they must plot, they must converse. 

Ipil: Intsia bijuga Reforestation: Logging and slash-and-burn farming have led to the near-extirpation of the ipil in parts of Southeast Asia; the tree’s wood is used for furniture and flooring. District 3830 (Philippines) planted ipil seedlings to reforest 5,000 hectares of the Irawan Watershed on the Philippine island of Palawan. In a project led by the Rotary Club of Makati Olympia, Rotarians also gave 24 indigenous Batak families 50 seedlings each of kalamansi, a native citrus tree.  

Illustration by Laszlo Kubinyi

Club co-hosts it's first blood drive ever with The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce office in Berlin.
Many club members volunteered to give blood and work at the drive.
From left to right, Ray Bettis, Tony Campos, Eddy Rousse, Rebecca Duranleau
Ed Rousse and Sarah Costa man the Rotary Table.     
                   As do David Gold and Scott Funk.
All in all 23 pints of blood were drawn. Some folks were denied for various reasons as they tried to give. Lives will be saved by the club efforts!
For the second year in a row, Spaulding High School Junior Lia Rubel won the Barre Rotary Club Youth Speech Contest on February 21st.   Lia tied this year’s Rotary Theme (Making a Difference By Applying Rotary’s Four-Way Test) into her participation in a newly created Spaulding High School group called Student Voice.
Pictured above Bob Pope, Tom White,  Rob Spring, Elizabeth LaPerle and Sarah Costa with the huge check that the Barre Rotary Club donated to the Aldrich public library with proceeds from the club breakfast held each year in July.

Lucas Herring stopped by our meeting February 7 and Sue Higby stopped by February 28 to tell us about their campaigns for Barre City mayor. 
The Barre Rotary Club recently joined forces with The Central Vermont Rotary Club, The World Santa Fund, and the Central Vermont Young Professionals to pack over 110 coats with hat and mitten sets, for the Salvation Army to distribute to community members who are in need of a warm coat for the winter.  
With the original artwork faded, the Summer Street retaining wall in Barre may soon be getting a more permanent mural decorating it. Karl A. Rinker Photo
BARRE — Local Rotarians don’t want to build a wall, but they’d sure like to beautify one.
Hoping to turn a neglected retaining wall on Summer Street into a welcoming piece of public art, Barre Rotarians are actively exploring what president Caroline Earle described this week as a “legacy project” for the local club.
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Nov 14, 2018
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