The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
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February 2023 Club Assembly
Being Here
After twelve Rotarians and five guests completed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing a rousing rendition of My Country 'Tis of Thee, President Nicole asked if anyone had an expression of gratitude and John LaPage,a guest, expressed that, after a traumatic experience, he was glad to be here.  She followed with an expression of gratitude for the presence of John La Page, Miranda Myer and Angelina Debeaupuis.
Since Last We Met
No birthdays or anniversaries.
On this day in history: On this day in 1997, a team of British scientists working under the direction of Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh announced the birth of Dolly the sheep, the first clone of an adult mammal.
During the 1980 Winter Olympics, against the backdrop of the Cold War, the U.S. ice hockey team defeated the favored Soviet team in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Olympic Games.
On this day in 1732, George Washington, first president of the United States, was born in Westmoreland, Virginia.
Guests: Dylan Woodrow; Angelina Debeaupuis; Miranda Myer; John La Page and Art Zorn.
A Constitutional Moment 
DG Caroline’s focus was the 26th Amendment which lowered the legal voting age in the United States from 21 to 18. She reported that ratifying the 26th Amendment ended a long debate that began during World War II and intensified during the Vietnam War. In the late 1960s, with the United States embroiled in a long costly war in Vietnam, youth voting rights activists held marches and demonstrations to draw lawmakers attention to the hypocrisy of drafting young men who lacked the right. “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote” was supported by presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Nixon.  In March 1971, Congress passed the 26th Amendment, the states promptly ratified it and President Nixon signed  it into law that July. 
DG Caroline, thanks for another look at our great Constitution!
Logical Fallacy
Loren presented another Logical Fallacy: Ad Hominem: Guilt by Association. It is defined as: “To attach an opponent to a demonized group of people or a bad person in order to discredit his or her argument. For example, “I don’t eat meat-it’s healthier” is responded to by “You know who else didn’t eat meat---thinking of Hilter.” To correct this fallacy you should: “Focus on identifying and eradicating the ‘bad,'' not the common.” She told us to “remember the difference between correlation and causation” and reminded us that “Hilter loved chocolate.” She ended with tenets of the Four Way Test: Is it FAIR to all concerned? Is it the TRUTH? Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
Animals Garner the Most Dollars
  • Karl started things off with a HapSad Dollar: four pig sculptures and a bear are on their way after weeks of delay, but it is the wrong bear (standing vs. sitting?).
  • John La Page, a guest, gave a Happy Dollar because he is more aware of those in  the community whose lives have been threatened.
  • Loren came through with a Happy Dollar for all the art in the room and for future art featuring a sitting bear sculpture in front of the Aldrich. 
  • Eddie threw another Happy Dollar in the basket and into the net in recognition of the Spaulding’s Girls Hockey and Boys Basketball teams for their successes on the rink and on the court.
  • Art gave three Happy Dollars for Liane’s recent visits and for his seventeen year old dog, Carlotta.
  •  President Nicole gave thirteen Happy Dollars for living with her dog for thirteen years.
  • Guest Dylan added to the coffers by giving a Happy Dollar for being invited. Massachuettes born, he moved to Vermont and loves it!
  • Joe, in the form of an IOU, gave a Happy Dollar, grateful to be here and to distribute a poster of the Church of the Good Shepherd’s fundraiser Turkish Dinner.
  • DG Caroline threw in two dollars for polio and Happy Dollars for John and Miranda being here and for the effort her son’s sister put forth tutoring him in chemistry which resulted in his passing the last test at Norwich.
Rotarian of the Month
Going above and beyond, the brains behind our website, our front person with RI, 
established the Barre Art Splash and known to get things done “come hell or high water,” is how President Nicole described the Rotarian of the Month----Karl Rinker. Well desired congratulations were marked by a standing ovation from fellow Rotarians and guests in attendance.
Keith Jache Gives Classification Talk
“Off the cuff,” Keith gave a shortened Classification Talk. He is the commanding officer (major) and pastor of the Salvation Army headquartered in Barre and serving Central Vermont. He began with a brief history of the Salvation Army, formed because the eventual founders were rejected by existing churches at the time (1865). He considers him and his wife partners in the work that they do. Among those services provided are: a pantry where families select the foods that they need; serving 300 meals per month; providing family Christmas boxes including gifts for children; serving 300 Thanksgiving meals: helping those in need with utilities, fuel and rent; operating the Thrift Store and; running a summer camp for kids. He and his wife have three children and two grandchildren. Everyone enjoyed his humor and getting to know him and his work better.
  • Angelina Debeaupuis was approved for membership in our Club.
  • Casella will train volunteers how to separate trash, recycling and compost; these Waste Warriors will put their newly acquired skill set to work at the Annual Rotary Breakfast.
  • Rotary After Dark has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at the Aldrich from 6-9 pm. No regular meeting.
  • Pie for Brunch is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2023 from 11-1 pm at the American Legion.
  • Help is needed for the Basketball Tournament occurring in early March.  Contact Ted Goulette to sign up.
  • Volunteers needed for project TreePlenish scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2023.
The meeting ended with automatic fines levied on Eddie for being on television twice and Karl for having his picture in the paper.

Until next time, that's all folks......

Club Information
We meet every Wednesday
at 12:00 at the
Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington Street
Barre, VT.
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Call 802.476.07550 for more information
or email President Nicole DiDomenico 
Mar 01, 2023
Bringing Cival War artifacts back to Vermont
Mar 08, 2023
Five Avenues of Service
Mar 15, 2023
Advance Care Planning
Mar 22, 2023
Why pollinators are so important and what we can do to restore their populations.
Mar 29, 2023
Club Assembly
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Go Global VT
Apr 12, 2023
Five Avenues of Service
Apr 19, 2023
Classification talk
Apr 26, 2023
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