The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Granite Chips
No Speaker: A Play in Three Acts
Act I: Fines and Announcements
After the rituals, thirteen Rotarians and two guests helped themselves to meatball subs, salad and assorted pastries and cherry pie. President Liane was first up to propose a fine of one-and-nine on all club members for not fining. Tony defended by noting that since her mother was here, we wanted her (President Liane) to be able to eat her lunch without interpretation. That defense went nowhere and so we all anteed up. John asked President Liane to pass the gavel and then proceeded to propose a fine of one-and-nine on her for failure to follow the Four Way Test provision: Is it the Truth? She asked us to be on our best behavior because her mother was here, but that’s not being real and, furthermore, she encouraged us not be our true selves by using a fine as stick. With another weak defense, the fine passed.
Caroline gave an update on the Mural Wall Project. Sufficient funds have been raised; the protectorate arrives Friday and will be applied by members and volunteers. Caroline will develop a work schedule. The panels should go up in mid to late May.
President Liane reminded us to register for the District Conference. She read the following from District Governor Larry Vars’ Newsletter:
  • April 18: Stowe is doing a service project (Easter Dinners) for the local food Bank. More information email
  • May 2, Wine & Cheese event in Sherbrooke, kicking off the 2019 District Conference. Under $113 US per person. Only a few tickets remain. Let me know if the wine and cheese tickets are not available when registering for the conference. As of today, I have 3 tickets and can be purchased with Conference registrations.
Elizabeth made the following announcements:
  • Our RYLA candidate has accepted and will be attending leadership training at Northern Vermont University in Lyndon in June.
  • She and three Rotarians will be visiting Billy Rossi in Shelburne on Saturday.
  • Step-Up Day at Spaulding will take place on May 23rd and we will be present to present information on RYLA and recruit for Interact along with students.
A brief discussion of Interact commenced and Nicole offered several recruitment strategies and suggested starting fresh in the fall.
Act II: Announcements and Happy, Sad and Advertisement Dollars
Caroline read from an email sent by District Governor Larry Vars regarding substance use and prevention. The Town of Williston is hosting a substance use and prevention forum with a focus on our community's youth. This will be the first in what is hoped to be an ongoing dialogue about the brain chemistry of addiction and strategies for prevention. The forum will include the latest data from Christine Johnson, the Executive Director of the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, new educational videos, breakout group discussions, a keynote speaker and a facilitated full group discussion.
Dinner Provided: Come at 6 PM for a free meal and to network with members of our community before the main program starts at 6:30 PM on April 10, 2019. Child Care Available: Please reserve ahead of time by contacting Erik Wells at or 876-1168.
Karl offered a Happy Dollar for beating his old record of number of skiing days which is now at 50. He threw in a Sad Dollar for all of the mishaps Tom has had this season including showing up today at Karl’s with no ski poles.
Eddie gave a Happy Dollar because he is happy to see Karl without his beard.
Nicole followed up with the same and another dollar for advertising a fund raising event at Applebee’s.
John tagged on the advertisement “stick” with a dollar for plugging Spaulding’s Theatre Group performance of Into the Woods this weekend.
Part III: An Apology and a Pitch for Cooperation
President Liane apologized for “messing up” the name of the chairs of two of committees.
President Liane then introduced Mark Tatro, a member of the Lions Club Fund Raising Committee, to present a joint service club (Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary) fund raising idea. He proposed a cooperative effort which includes a bonfire, a band concert, fireworks and a corn roast at the Paquete Farm. There would be membership information booths for each organization as well.  It would be called the Barre Palooza.  Mark suggested the second or third weekend in September. Funds raised would be split three ways.  Several members suggested ideas and raised various issues. We will discuss the idea in the next couple of weeks and make a decision regarding our participation.
Until next....that's all folks.
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Wednesdays, 12:00 PM
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320 North Main Street
Barre, VT  05641 USA
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