The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
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Happy Dollars Edge Fines
Opening Round Score: Happy Dollars-$6/Fines-$2
With rituals complete, twenty Barre Rotarians and four guests helped themselves to a buffet of salad, meatballs, gnocchi, zucchini, garlic bread and cookies. President Liane was first to toss a buck in the basket disguised as a Happy Dollar in celebration of seeing all the faces at the meeting. She gave another in announcing the steak cookout to take place at Karl’s on August 1st. Bertil was next with a Happy Dollar in recognition of fifty years of marriage to Gladys. He then went on to propose a fine of one-and-nine on Karl for parking that “big black truck” in a handicapped spot. Karl said that he had not seen the sign and that he was sorry. Fine passed anyway. Doug Bullett gave a Happy Dollar because his nine year old granddaughter is visiting for three weeks. Tony finally got to his feet to propose a fine of one-and-nine on Sue for making him feel like a reaper. Without much of a defense, the fine passed. He then offered a Happy Dollar for winning two Red Sox tickets as the result of a drawing for “power red” donors sponsored by the American Red Cross. Another dollar was offered because of the pride Rotarians at a NECI event felt after extolling the virtues of the Rotary Foundation and the good work that it does around the world.
A Fine Squeezed in Between a Discussion and a Report
There was a brief discussion of breakfast details which included a volunteer status report, setting up on Friday, posters and placemats. Then a brief return to fining occurred as Tom proposed a fine of one-and-nine on Tony for hiding his badge. With another weak defense, the fine easily passed. Tom, who is part of the Boy Scout monument effort, asked for space at the breakfast to sell cobblestones to be used in the construction of the plaza at Depot Square where the statue will be located. Cobblestones are $100. Contact Tom or see him at the breakfast to purchase one.  Request granted. Caroline still has tickets for the breakfast if you need more of them. Doug Bullett, our summer resident, took ten. Hey Doug! She then gave a progress report on the Summer Street Mural Project. The budget is $6,850; $4000 dollars has been raised. Applications have been submitted for a District Grant and a Vermont Arts Council Grant. The committee is seeking corporate sponsors. An initial design has been completed and will be sent to members.
Secretary’s Report and Fines Tagged on in Emerging Chaos
Various Rotarians introduced our guests: Lauren Polk, Acting Director of the Aldrich Library; Matt Villemaire from the Willston-Richmond Rotary Club; Bruce Fisher from the Ellsworth, Maine Rotary Club; and Doug Bullett from the Bon Air, Virginia Rotary Club. Sue also announced that Reta Sanders is officially a member of the Barre Rotary Club. Tony’s back: one-and-nine on Ted for getting Bruce Fisher’s name wrong (Bill). Bruce came to Ted’s defense as did Tom pointing out that we should never fine Ted because of all the work he does. In the midst of all this, Karl proposed a fine of one-and-nine on Sue for not doing her job by not introducing Doug Bullet with the other guests. He was introduced by Sue in ritardo.  Regarding Bruce Fisher, Sue claimed that she was given the incorrect name. With the discussion going into chaos mode (Tony’s favorite flavor) and with time fleeting for our guest speaker, President Liane took command and declared that the fines passed and introduced the speaker by asking him to introduce himself.
Final Score: Happy Dollars $6/Fines-$5 (FYI Tony for goal setting in the future.)
Hallstrom is a Winner at the Rotary Club of Barre
  • Evan Hallstrom, sixteen years old, attended Randolph Tech last year and will attend Spaulding Tech this coming year. He is a pro race driver who has teamed up with Midstate Dodge. He is also in his second year working with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, representing the Click It or Ticket Program as well as the No Texting and Driving Initiative.  Evan showed slides of these various programs in which he is involved and explained their goals and described the activities for achieving them. For example, the goal of Governor’s Highway Safety Program is: “To teach my peers and others around the importance of buckling up and no texting and driving.” He brings his race car to schools to demonstrate safety equipment and to emphasize the importance of “phones down and heads up” to students. He is on a media tour to promote the programs listed above with students in schools across the state. He also talked about how he and his dad are building a race car. In addition to the late model car that they race at Thunder Road, they have a super late model car and race it throughout the country. He and his team participate in community support projects such as “stuff a truck.” He passed around a helmet and safety harness as examples of equipment that keep him safe during a race.  During a question and answer period, he admitted to beating Governor Scott last week and that he was ranked as the most consistent driver who finishes in the top. In the winter months he practices driving using a simulator. His favorite tracks are in Groveton, N.H., Oxford, ME. and Thunder Road. Helping with some of answers to questions was his mother Lisa who was in attendance to support and assist her son with his talk. Rotarians enjoyed a winning presentation and they showed their appreciation with a warm round of applause at its conclusion.
Until next time, that's all folks.....
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We will be cooking up pancakes, eggs & sausage at our 35rd annual breakfast on the Aldrich Library lawn on July 28, 2018. Serving 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Mark your calendars.We are looking for volunteers and corporate sponsors. Please contact Ed Rousse ( for additional information.

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