The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
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Sixteen Rotarians joined our virtual meeting hosted by President Eddie. After the pledge and inspiring words from Joe Preddy, several reports and announcements were made.

Rousse Reports as Well as Others

President Eddie reported:

  • That the last ten masks have been given away. 
  • He is trying to contact Alana to visit Wheelock House.
  • here is no word on the district grant for buying and distributing masks.
  • Masks have been delivered to shut-ins in Highgate Springs
            Tom gave an update on Dick Shadroui’s condition. He is much improved and will soon be taken off oxygen.
            Tony reported that he had delivered two bags of masks to the VFW on Route 302. 
            Using a metaphor that he referred to as vulgar, John described again how the COVID-19 virus is transmitted and that the reason for everyone wearing a mask is to slow the spread of the virus. 
            Joe and Tom confirmed that we will join the Green Up effort on May 30th.



A Picnic in the BOR ?

In responding to a question about the Changeover Dinner, John said that he hadn’t given it much thought. Tony offered a suggestion of having a socially distant picnic in the BOR on individual family blankets. John and President Eddie will talk about alternatives in the upcoming weeks.

Since Last We Met

Birthdays: Rebecca Duranleau      April 27

Wedding Anniversaries: Lauren & Matthew Polk  20 years    April 29

Lest We Forget: From The Bulletin April 27, 1931: Suppose each one of us should ask himself “What have I done for Rotary in the past year?” How many could point to some definite accomplishment?

On this day in history: 1968 “Hair” Premieres on Broadway

2004 World War II memorial opens in Washington D.C.

Ballots Voted On

Four ballots have been presented in an email to members to be voted on and cast as single club votes. Caroline discussed each one and votes were cast via hand raising. The only ballot that provoked discussion was the Council on Legislation representative which had four candidates. Jay Polimeno received the support of several members and received our club’s vote. We also voted on the recommendation that Caroline Earle be approved as District Governor for 2022-23.

Aldrich Update and an Idea

Loren’s update focused on allowing people into the library as a public service to the community. She described, in detail, the problem of housing the homeless and its impact on future policies that would affect the library. She also talked about curbside service and the issues involved to keep everyone safe. She noted that clearer instructions need to be provided to Rotarians on how to record stories for “Rotary Reads.” Tony reiterated the need to focus on a library fundraiser alternative.

Bruce summarized his idea for a fundraiser for the Aldrich Library which would involve selling toy race cars, frequenting businesses to acquire miles for dollars spent, businesses becoming sponsors and other yet to be determined “side bets.” Discussion centered on people’s willingness to shop and the timing and duration of the event. Bruce will write up this idea and  present it at a future meeting for further discussion.

Until next time, that’s all folks…...
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We no longer meet at The Legion, 320 North Main Street, Barre, VT, 802.479.9058. Until further notice we only meet online. For more information please click here to contact President Rousse.
May 27, 2020
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