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...
May 24, 2017
First, the GAM would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Memorial Day this weekend. We thank all those who have served our country, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
Meeting Street has a new Early Head Start Program. Director of the program, Sharon Terreault, (coworker of member Beatriz) came in talk about this important program. Funded through a new grant, this program helps pre-natal children (and their moms) through age 3. Sharon stressed teaching things important to child development like mirroring, healthy life styles and parental involvement. EHS partners with other local agency to expand their reach of services. While currently a small program, it is continuing to find members of the community that will benefit from this service. Thank you, Beatriz, for inviting her. More information can be found at www.meetingstreet.org/EHS
SaA Tom was unable to attend but President Russ filled in and re-inducted former member, Tammy DeBarros into the club. Welcome back Tammy. It was also nice to see former member Nancy Wood (Dupont? Wood-Dupont? Smith?) at lunch. She even brought a prospective member Marlene Lira, and said we would see them both at the evening social next week.
VISITORS AND GUESTS: Had a few this week - Guest Speaker, Sharon Terreault (invited by Beatriz), director of Early Head Start at Meeting Street. Former Rotarian Nancy Wood. Prospective Rotarian Marlene Lira (invited by Nancy Wood), Branch Manager, Bristol County Savings Bank.
May 31st – Monthly Evening Social. You are cordially invited to attend the Rotary Club's social on Wed. May 31st at the Moby Dick Brewing Co. from 5PM to 7PM. Join us at any time during the evening. Hors d'oeuvre will be served. Cash bar.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (Looking for programs for June)
June 6th – Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location: Fire Systems Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. All are invited.
June 7th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Club Assembly – RotaFest 2017 Final Discussion and other items.
June 14th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Classification Talk from…..Classification talks are Rotary tradition on getting to know about fellow club members.
June 21st – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our guest speaker will be Shelley Cardoos (invited by Beatriz), Executive Director of Entrepreneurship for All Southcoast. She will be talking about the EforAll program.
June 28th – Officer Induction Night. No lunch meeting. More information to follow.
Odds and Ends
DARTMOUTH CLUB INVITE
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has invited us to their Officer Induction night on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30pm. The District Governor Russell Bertrand will be there, as well as Charlie Murphy it will be held at Rachel's Lakeside at 6:30 p.m. and the tickets are just $22.
Needed: Ringing of the Bells chair. Need a person (or pair of persons) to work with the Salvation Army to schedule the annual Ringing of the Bells as well as organize the schedule of ringers. This usually occurs the first weekend in December which seems a long way off, but will be here sooner than we know it. IT IS EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS.
Needed: Editor and/or writers for the GAM.
LUNCH PROGRAMS 2017-2018
Vice President Carole (soon to be President Elect Carole) is looking for Rotarians to be the program coordinator for one month next year. If you did not do it this past year, please consider doing it now. For most months, it would require finding 2 to 3 speakers and picking a place to have the evening social. Speakers could talk about local events, teach a business technique, share a book they wrote, give a classification talk (this would be a Rotary member) or any other number of ideas. Please let Carole know if you can take a month.
We are looking for some members to help spruce up our banners, the ones with the club flags in particular. If a couple of folks want to get together and spread the banners out, clean them up (Magic Sponge maybe), add new ones in the blank spots, re-attach loose ones, etc. Just make them look better really. Might be more fun with a bottle of wine (my treat J )
- On a semi-related note, does anyone have our club’s flags? Rotary Clubs throughout the world have banners that are reflective to their local community. When Rotarians visit clubs in other countries and throughout their home country, it is customary for the clubs to trade banners.
DISTRICT REMINDERS (if you are interested in attending any of these, please ask a board member for more information)
- ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, Atlanta, GA, June 9-14, 2017 www.rotaryconvention2017.org/
- DISTRICT GOVERNOR INSTALLATION DINNER: Union Point, Weymouth, June 23, 2017 http://rotary7950.com/event/dg-steve-certa-installation/
- 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
'Twas Harry who the silence broke: "Miss Kate, why are you like a tree?"
"Because I'm board", she spoke.
"Oh no, because you're woo'd, you see!"
"Why are you like a tree?" she said.
"I have a heart?" he queried low.
Her answer made the young man red. "Because you're sappy, don't you know."
"Once more," she asked "why are you now, a tree?"
He couldn't quite perceive.
"Trees leave sometimes, and make a bow, and you may also bow - and leave."