October 27, 2010
Dateline: Wamsutta Club. Ghosts were reported at the Rotary Club meeting this Halloween week scaring many members away from lunch. A light but enthusiastic crowd was seen at this week’s meeting. Pres. David had mentioned the program would be making calls for the Jazz Festival but it turned into more of an open forum meeting.
Jim Oliviera (“…and you’re not”) laid out how the Jazz Festival was progressing. With most of the heavy lifting down, there are about ½ as many tickets sold currently as came last year to the event (about 130 last year). Currently, there are 7 sponsorships sold, but it would be great to get it up to an even dozen. The music is expected to be phenomenal as well very accessible to non jazzaphiles (jazzophites? jazz nerds?). Jim asked that everyone target a dozen (or more) people on their email lists and ask them to attend. His recommendation? “I need to talk to you about Rotary. Please give me a call”. Pres. Dave will send around a copy of the poster via email to use in the email if you like. You can also send in invite via Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=1482699322&k=Z2M56W5XW3TF6BD1PJ53WQXUZSIB4UWF3RGY1&oid=1710617650032
Please show up at 6:00 pm at the Jazz Festival (November 6) to help. Jim will need help with tickets and the raffle. Keep selling the tickets and sponsorships. Next week, club members will be hitting the WBSM airwaves to promote the show.
VISITORS AND GUESTS - We were joined today by UMass Rotaract members Samatha Brody, Club Secretary and Elana Fennesy, Club Treasurer. And after visiting our booth at the Business Expo last week, George Costello of Whaling City Environmental and Bill Raus of Mass Mutual joined us for lunch and both are considering membership.
Two important RCNB, one Rotaract, and one Dist. 7950 events are on the horizon.
MOTOWN MEETS JAZZ – (In case you forgot…) Our second annual Jazz Fest is just a week away, on Saturday, November 6th at the Wamsutta. Ticket sales and sponsor sales are important. Nancy has tickets available and wants to give you more if you've run out. Tickets are $50 for the concert and reception and $20 for just the show. (Be sure to mark the tickets accordingly when you sell them) Sponsorships are $250 and come with 6-$50 tickets. Posters are available and just looking for places to go to attract Jazz fans to our event. If you are helping at the event, please arrive at 6:00pm.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - is not that far away either... Scheduled for November 28th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Marc is standing by ready to help you with placemat ad sales, and Jen is heading up the event itself. Business card size ads are $25.00 for a spot on one placemat, and $130.00 gets your message on all six different ones. Don’t forget to contact the people and companies you got last year. Jen held a committee meeting this week and all seem to be well in hand at this stage of the game. From this meeting, she will be putting together a wish list of items needed for the event.
OXFAM HUNGER BANQUET – The UMass Dartmouth Rotaract Club is holding this annual event to raise hunger awareness. It will be at the Woodland Commons on campus on Tuesday November 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Our own District Governor Charlie Murphy and Professor Michael Baum of the Political Science Department will be the featured speakers. A free dinner will be provided. Our newest member (by seconds) Courtney Kurzweil is organizing this event. She tells how it will be a fun and educational time and invites you to bring your kids to help learn about hunger awareness. Contact Courtney for more information.
DISTRICT 7950 PAUL HARRIS FOUNDATION DINNER - Thursday, November 18th at the Cafe Funchal. Tickets are $50.00. As this event is right in our own back yard and in the past we have always had to travel a distance for this event and we still filled at least one table, Pres. Dave will be asking the BOD next Tuesday to cancel our weekly luncheon meeting on 11/17 thereby making the 18th our meeting....and asking that the club buy two tables for our members. Sarah is the event chair and will be happy to give you more info.
Next Week -
Updates from Share the Harvest and other items.
Odds & Ends
This past weekend, the UMass Dartmouth Rotaract (yes, them again!) held their annual Halloween party for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club on New Bedford. Courtney gave away bags of candy to all the youth in attendance in the name of our Rotary Club. In return, Pres. Dave gave our collection of happy bucks to the Rotaract Club.
There once was a king who lived in two-story grass hut. Every holiday the king demanded to be given a new throne as a gift. As soon as a new throne arrived, he would store the old throne on the second level of his hut and use the new one instead. But one day the hut collapsed from the weight of all the thrones, and everyone was crushed and killed. The moral of this story? Those who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.