The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Granite Chips
Granite Chips   March 27 2024
Let Us Begin
President Eddie led fifteen Rotarians and two guests in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. He then expressed condolences for the construction workers who were on the Francis Scott Key Bridge at the time of its collapse and gratitude for Easter and the food we were about to eat.
Guests: Nick Marinelli and Riley Stephens
Let us Be Happy
First, let us be sad as Tony rose to give a Sad Dollar because he can’t attend Pie for Brunch, but countered with a Happy Dollar because he was driving comedian Paula Poundstone to Lebanon, NH. (She appears at the Barre Opera House on Friday, April 5th and reappears in Tony’s car on Saturday, April 6th.) In a generous mood, Tony gave another dollar as he told of his dream to be on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and another for his wish for an eulogy by Terry Gross of Fresh Air fame.
Mostaccioli or a BLT
Democracy was at work as President Eddie presented possible menu choices for next week’s joint meeting with Kiwanians and Lions at the American Legion. Options presented included mostaccioli and chicken, soup and sandwich, meatball sub and chicken tenders.  A friendly debate ensued with a BLT (with crispy bacon), minestrone and grilled cheese and tomato sandwich, as the vegetarian selection emerged as the crowd pleasing favorites. It was moved and seconded that these choices constitute the menu for next week’s meeting. The motion passed with a unanimous vote of those assembled.   
Hear Ye Hear Ye!
Caroline was glad to be back from a vacation in Puerto Rico  to attend this meeting and hear a spirited conversation on the merits of soup and sandwich. She enjoyed it so thoroughly that she provided the coffers with a Happy Dollar.
While on the floor she took the opportunity to announce that she would be meeting on Thursday with new members to listen to the answer of the question: “What do you want from Rotary?” She emphasized that this is a “Listening Tour” to hear from the new members.
The President’s Report
President Eddie reported on the board meeting which occurred earlier. Items included: a report from Karl on the concession stand operation for the Vermont Motorsports Expo; an update of the Pie for Brunch and Drop ‘N Swap from Nicole; an update on the Rotary Breakfast from Patrick; paving the parking lot at Rotary Park; and RYLA.
There were some important actions taken by the board: 1) after a brief discussion regarding the name of Annual Rotary Breakfast, it was decided to call it the Aldrich Public Library Rotary Breakfast; 2) adoption of a motion from Tony, seconded by Caroline to sponsor two RYLA participants; 3) authorization for Karl to move forward on determining the feasibility of paving the parking lot at Rotary Park; and 4) approval of Nick Marinelli for membership.
 Since Last We Met
Birthdays: Charlene Rinker  March 23, 2024
Club Anniversaries: Brenda Waterhouse  March 23, 2016  8 years
On this day in history: In 2002 American comedian Milton Berle—who, as a popular entertainer in the early days of television in the United States, became known as “Mr. Television”—died at age 93.
On this day in history: In 1958 Nikita Khrushchev replaced Nikolai Bulganin as premier of the Soviet Union.
Announcements and Reminders
Tony, on behalf of Tom, announced that on May 1st we will meet off site at Massive Dimension which produces robotic additive printing cells, large 3-D printers, pellet extruder heads, and other large format 3-D printing supplies.
Reminder that next week’s meeting at the American Legion is a joint service club lunch featuring Doug Brendel: New Thing - Humanitarian Organization for the Former USSR.
Nicole needs posters distributed for Pie for Brunch as well as pies-from your kitchen, supermarket or favorite bakery-and items for the silent auction. Let her know what you can contribute. 
President Eddie turned the rest of the meeting over to Nicole, Caroline and Jim to continue the visioning process. Nicole explained that we had taken the goals identified from the Club Health  Check results and developed an action plan for each of the goals in three areas of priority (public image, membership and business operations). Goals of two of the three areas were presented for discussion by the members present at Club Assembly. There was a high level of engagement in the process, reflecting a solid commitment to achieving the desired outcomes of the plan. At the next meeting, the goals of the third area will be presented and discussed and next steps in the process will be determined.
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
District Site Icon
District Site
Venue Map
Venue Map
Apr 03, 2024
New Thing - Humanitarian Organization for the former USSR
Apr 10, 2024
Easterseals VT
Apr 17, 2024 12:00 PM
Barre Civic Center
Apr 24, 2024
Club Assembly
May 01, 2024
Offsite visit to there facility at 81 Parker Rd - B. Town Industrial Park
May 15, 2024
HomeShare Vermont
May 29, 2024
Club Assembly
View entire list
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Immediate Past President
Assistant Treasurer
Song Leader
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
Join Date
Jim Catone
March 3, 2010
14 years
Robert Blow
March 20, 1966
58 years
Brenda Waterhouse
March 23, 2016
8 years
Upcoming Events
Mar. 28, 2024 2:00 p.m. –
Mar. 30, 2024 9:30 p.m.
Barre Rotary Club's Meeting April 3, 2024
American Legion
Apr. 03, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
320 North Main Street
Apr. 06, 2024 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Drop & Swap 2024
Barre Auditorium Basement
Apr. 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
20 Auditorium Hill
Apr. 21, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
View entire list
Advertisement for Russell Hampton
Advertisement for ClubRunner
Advertisement for ClubRunner Mobile
Bulletin Editor
Jim Catone