The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Granite Chips
Granite Chips   March 6, 2024
Gratitude and Guests
After ten Rotarians and two guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance, President Eddie asked Tony to express gratitude. Tony spoke of our club and Rotary International and how he gets positive comments for the work done by Rotary.
Guests: Zach Lyle-Delong and Nick Marinelli
Let the Bucks Roll In
Karl started the bucks rolling in with a self-fine of two dollars because his picture was in The World and the Time Argus.
Tony, decked out in his Wilkinson shirt, gave a Happy Dollar for the honor of being one of the judges at the chili cookoff with forty entrants. Wilkinson raised over $3000 for the Vermont Food Bank.
George donated $20 to the Barre Rotary Foundation in recognizing all that our club did for his 90th birthday.
Bob Pope rose to give a Happy Dollar for Garrett’s win in the election for the school board.
Joe offered a dollar for polio plus, a Happy Dollar for Garrett’s victory and a self-fine dollar for his earlier angry response to Bob.
Caroline gave two dollars to polio plus and Happy Dollars for her forthcoming trip to Newton Massachuettes for PET’s;  for Garrett’s win; and a welcome to Zach who is succeeding Keith Jache as head of the local Salvation Army.
Garrett threw in a dollar in appreciation for club members who provided him with so many insights.
Bob donated $5.00 to polio plus in honor of Joe and gave a Happy Dollar because George didn’t “ screw up the cookies” this week: no birthday cake means cookies for dessert.
President Eddie gave two Happy Dollars: one for his birthday and one for his daughter coming home for spring break. She will be attending an Original Six hockey game in Montreal with him on March 14th. The Original Six were the first teams which formed the NHL (Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs).
Caroline reminded us that Round 2 of our Rotary Youth Speech Contest will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at 6 pm at the Methodist Church in Northfield, VT - 152 South Main Street, Northfield.  Round 2 is being hosted by our AG Louisa Tripp and the Northfield Rotary Club and will feature our SHS participant Charlotte Kellett.  Charlotte will be awarded her Round 1 Club prize of $200 and certificate at this event and she will also present her speech for Round 2 of the contest.
Karl announced that we will be operating the concession stand at the BOR for the Vermont Motorsports Expo taking place on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, 
March 30. There will be thirty vendors and over a thousand people are expected to attend. Volunteers will be needed to take three to four hour shifts. Karl will post a sign up sheet on our website.
Since Last We Met
Birthdays: Angelina Debeaupruis  March 1 
Eddie Rousse  March 2
George Milne  March 2
Diane Rossi  March 5
Club anniversaries: Jim Catone  March 3, 2010  14 years
On this day in history: In 1946 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill popularized the term “Iron Curtain”—describing the separation of the Soviet Union and its eastern and central European allies from Western nations—in a speech at Fulton, Missouri.
On this day in history: In 1963 American country and western singer Patsy Cline—who was one of the classic performers of the genre, known for such ballads as I Fall to Pieces and Crazy—died in an airplane crash at age 30.
President Eddie Goes to LA
President Eddie took center stage to present his exciting account of his trip to the PGA US Open at the Los Angeles Country Club. He and his brother Mike were paid volunteers (translation= they paid to volunteer) who worked four hours per day as cashiers in the huge golf apparel and paraphernalia facility with fifty registers. Photos showed the wide range of products available and his commentary “supplied” us with brand names and “over the top” prices. Oh, yes there were also slides which included shots of the golf course and videos of players in action. Occasionally President Eddie would mention “brushing elbows” with the “well-known” of the golf world. We also enjoyed his tales of side trips to Pacific Palisades (homes of the “rich and famous”) and to Huntington Beach where Baywatch was filmed (not shown were sand sculptures of Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff). Along with photos and videos, President Eddie regaled us with stories that were especially appreciated by the golf aficionados in the audience. His enthusiasm and obvious passion for the sport was clearly in evidence. For delivering an informative and interesting account of his adventure, Rotarians gave him a warm round of applause. Eddie, you shot a “hole in one.” 

Until next time...that's all Rotarians.....
Club Information
Barre, VT
Service above self!
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
The Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington Street
Barre, VT 05641
United States of America
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Mar 20, 2024
Cental Vermont Council on Aging
Mar 27, 2024
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Apr 03, 2024
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Apr 17, 2024 12:00 PM
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Apr 24, 2024
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Angelina Debeaupuis
March 1
Eddie Rousse
March 2
George Milne
March 2
Diane Rossi
March 5
Bertil Agell
March 11
Spouse Birthdays
Char Rinker
March 23
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Jim Catone
March 3, 2010
14 years
Robert Blow
March 20, 1966
58 years
Brenda Waterhouse
March 23, 2016
8 years
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Apr. 20, 2024
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Apr. 21, 2024
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