The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Granite Chips
After-Review of the 2022 Breakfast

History Repeats Itself
On August 17th fourteen Rotarians and five guests gathered to have lunch and enjoy lively conversations at the Aldrich Public Library.
Tony was first up with a fine of one-and-nine on Karl for being a “pig pen” as he had left a trail of cookie crumbs from the serving table to his seat. Bob defended Karl’s behavior by pointing out that he was a cripple and he is not responsible for his actions.  Karl noted that this was the second time (last week being the first) that Bob had defended him in the history of their joint membership in Barre Rotary. Fine passed.
Happy Days Are Here Again
In recognition of the return of the Barre Club’s Annual Breakfast Fundraiser for the Aldrich Public Library, Arthur Zorn proposed the singing of a single refrain of Happy Days Are Here Again.
Happy days are here again!
The skies above are clear again,
Let us sing a song of cheer again,
Happy days are here again!
Not a Fist, But a Basket Full of Dollars
Holding a spoon in his hand, Karl boasted that, although temporarily disabled as a result of recent knee surgery, he managed to retrieve a spoon under the deck at poolside dropped by one of his guests at the Annual Cookout. He wanted to know if yours truly would like to pay a fine of one dollar to have the spoon back. My defense, that my wife Ginny had dropped it and it fell threw a crack in the deck, was not well received. I paid the fine and Karl returned the spoon. Carol Dawes added five dollars to the basket for being here and missing meetings. She added another one for Bill Hedberg, a former Barre Rotary Club President, whom she had seen recently.  Doug threw five more dollars in the basket for a great birthday and a forthcoming cruise. Additional dollars were coughed up by Ted, noting that our weekly guest, Art Zorn, has paid for lunch several weeks in advance, and by DG Caroline for learning that Carol Dawes is a “card sharp”. Yours truly threw a Happy Dollar in the basket for the wonderful Celebration of Life of Dick Shadroui Program at the Barre Opera House. Eddie and Caroline added a dollar each for missing the event. 
Aldrich Donates
Loren donated two children books to Barre Rotary based on principles of Rotary International including The Four-Way Test.
Since Last We Met
Birthdays: Doug Bullet  August 15  
Nicole DiDomenico  August 15
Wedding Anniversaries: John Steinman and Lynne Addiego 
On this day in history: 1962 Ringo Starr joins the Beatles, replacing Pete Best on drums. Best had been fired from the group the previous day.
1998 President Bill Clinton acknowledged to a grand jury and the nation on television that he had an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Guests: Art Zorn; Sue Poczabut; Carol Dawes; Bob Woodward; and Pete Gagne.
Secretary’s Report Interruptus 
Bob Pope noticed that the Rotary Wheel mounted on our lectern had been repaired and he was so happy that he had not been involved that he interrupted the Secretary to give a Happy Dollar. Several members gave credit to Bertil for the repair. Bob was not fined for his unusual rude behavior.
A Constitutional Moment 
DG Caroline provided us with some interesting not well known facts about the Constitution.
  • It is the least amended Constitution in the world.
  • It is the oldest Constitution in the world.
  • There is no mention of democracy in the Constitution.
  • 39 of 55 attendees of the Constitutional Convention voted for its adoption.
  • The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both ratified in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.                      
  • Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe were not in attendance at the Constitutional Convention.

A Rotary Moment
Back to the Rotary Wheel. President Nicole quoted the following regarding the Rotary Wheel: 
“A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made (1905) by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization, Movement and Service work in action." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.”
Yours truly, Editor of Granite Chips,  added some additional information:
“In 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. So, the present gear wheel, with 24 teeth and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." The gear teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership via the classification system. Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community, vocations and businesses that our members represent.”
After-Action Review of the 2022 Rotary Breakfast
 President Nicole conducted an After-Action Review of the 2022 Rotary Breakfast starting with a compilation of feedback that she had received from Rotarians and volunteers. She solicited additional feedback from those present focusing on the topic at hand: what went well; challenges; and suggested changes. She logged responses which were viewed on the screen as she did so. She will revise the document and it will be used to guide the 2023 Breakfast Committee in planning for next year’s event.
Doug reminded us of his invitation to attend a Cookout/Oyster Tasting on September 7th at his home on #10 (Mirror) pond. Invitations will be going out this week with details and an RSVP date of Friday, August 26th.
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 
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Song Leader
Youth Exchange
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Member Birthdays
Robert Pope
August 6
Doug Bullett
August 15
Nicole DiDomenico
August 15
Spouse Birthdays
Lenis Bullett
August 31
Karl A. Rinker
Char Rinker
August 9
Tony Campos
Cindy Campos
August 9
Timothy Boltin
Stacie Boltin
August 10
John Steinman
Lynne Addiego
August 14
George Milne
Linda Milne
August 22
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John Steinman
August 29, 2018
4 years
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Aldrich Public Library
Aug 21, 2022 12:00 PM –
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