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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Apr 7, 2017
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Rotary Club of New Bedford, MA - Weekly GAM


GAM...A nautical term describing the exchange of news between vessels departing from and returning to their ports...


April 5, 2017  


This Week 


THREE WEEKS!!  THREE WEEKS!!  This is not a drill!  RotaFest is less than three weeks away.  See updates below.


The Dirty Dozen of Rotary really moved their cans at the M.O. Food = L.I.F.E. Food Pantry this week.  Our brave band of intrepid stackers lugged boxes, bags and cans helping the food pantry organize for the next shipment of food (and ate a little pizza).  Thank you to Lenira Pires, manager of the food pantry for directing us in our efforts. Anyone else still a little sore?  According to their website “Each month, over 300 people in need receive food from the pantry.”  This was a MILLION DOLLAR MEAL so don’t forget that everyone owes even if you did not attend.


VISITORS AND GUESTS:  Lenira Pires of the M.O. Food = L.I.F.E. Food Pantry was more of a host than guest.


Next Week


April 12th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our guest speaker will be David Pleteau, (invited by Cheryl), student director for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Service Project Team.  He will be talking about Rotary’s RYLA program.  Please bring in bottles of  wine and scratch tickets for RotaFest.  We request each Rotarian try to bring in one of each.  (You did see the words “request” and “try”, right?)

Brief RotaFest meeting to follow.  Please attend if you can.




April 19th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our guest speaker will be David Buck, (invited by Cheryl), sommologist for Traveling Vineyards. He will be discussing sommology, the art of pairing food and wine.


April 26th – No meeting.  We will meet at the Seaport on the 27th for lunch so we can set up for RotaFest.


April 27th – Lunch at the Seaport Inn to set up for RotaFest. 12:00 pm.


April 27th – ROTAFEST. 5:30 pm. Location: The Seaport Inn, Fairhaven, MA. All the cool kids will be there.


May 2nd – Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location: Fire Systems Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. All are invited.


May 3rd – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Our guest speaker will be local author Ralph Hickok of Vagabond Halfback: The Saga of Johnny Blood McNally. Come learn about Johnny Blood, one of the most colorful characters in NFL history.        


May 10th – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Our guest speaker will be Jennifer Downing (invited by Beatriz) , executive director of Leadership Southcoast.  She will speak about Leadership Southcoast and alumni retention.


May 17th – Program TBD


May 24th – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Our guest speaker will be Sharon Terreault (invited by Beatriz), director of Early Head Start at Meeting Street.  Her talk will be about supporting pregnant women with a history of substance abuse.


Odds and Ends


Board meeting report: 

The board approved new member Bunny Mogilnicki.  Bunny is the owner of Bunny's Bouquet's.  WELCOME Bunny!!

The boad approved allocations for Better Community Living's Annual Fund, the Narragansett Council's Friends of Scouting Drive and.... Tune in next week when I'll find my notes....



ROTAFEST UPDATE:  April 27th 5:30pm Seaport Inn, Fairhaven (Information below is as of 3/23/17)                 www.facebook.com/events/1908499759372144/ (Please share the event with your Facebook friends)


We will meet briefly after lunch until RotaFest.


Posters – Post them.  Peter can bring them to you if needed.


Auction items – Find them. (Please start bringing in bottles of wine and scratch tickets in addition to the other items.  Look to see if you have a bottle of wine that was given to you as a gift but you probably won’t drink.)

            Ellen has secured two tickets for Festival Theatre this summer.  Bunny has donated two chairs as well.

            See prior GAMS or Rotafest update emails for prior items already received.


            Tickets – Sell them.  $50 each

                        Don’t really know how many.  Only a dozen confirmed so far not including sponsors.

                        See prior GAMS or Rotafest update emails for prior tickets reported sold.


Sponsorships –  Sell them. $1,000 - $500 - $300

            Could always get more.

            See prior GAMS or Rotafest update emails for prior sponsorships already received or pledged.


Restaurant partners – Not too late to get someone new….

                        See prior GAMS or Rotafest update emails for prior restaurant already attending.


            Clarification? – Just ask (I’m guessing you know how RotaFest works)


District Reminders – Some new stuff here as well as some old.  Will give more info as events come closer.

-       MULTI-DISTRICT  ROTARY CONFERENCE, Providence Convention Center, April 28-30, 2017   For more information go to www.rotaryconference2017.org  .(See prior GAMs for details)

-       ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI), Rotary Leadership Training, Peabody, May 6, 2017

-       DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL NIGHT, (formerly PH dinner?), White’s of Westport, May 15, 2017

-       ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, Atlanta, GA, June 9-14, 2017

-       DISTRICT GOVERNOR INSTALLATION DINNER: Union Point, Weymouth, June 23, 2017

-       PAW SOX ROTARY DAY FOR POLIO, Pawtucket, RI, August 22, 2017

-       RIDE FOR POLIO, Foxboro?, MA, September  9, 2017

-       P-BRUINS ROTARY DAY FOR POLIO, Providence, RI, October TBD

-       ZONE 24 & 32 INSTITUTE, Hartford, CT, October 19-22, 2017  


One More Thing – An Orren Classic 

"And what", asked the chief of the Cannibal Islands, in his kindest tones, "was your business before you were captured by my men?"  "I was a newspaper man," answered the captive. "An editor?"  "No, merely a sub-editor", was the reply.  "Well, cheer up, young man!  Promotion awaits you. After dinner you shall be editor-in-chief."


Peter Ashworth

Cub Reporter


Lisa Faria

GAM Editor