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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Aug 2, 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...

August 2, 2017 


This Week


A few members we haven’t seen in a while got us back to our “standard 13” members in attendance.   Good to see them again.  Additionally, Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development and Public Policy for the Southcoast Chamber of Commerce and a New Bedford City Councilor helped bring our number up to 14.  Ian spoke of the city budget and the challenges of having 85% of it mandated.  He told of the initiative to deal with absentee landlords and having them keep up the appearance of their properties.  He also spoke of capital funding from both the city and the state for local infrastructure projects including work that started recently on Union Street.  He then opened the floor to questions from our members.  Thank you for coming, Ian.


Rotary Minute – From the plaque under the clock at New Bedford City Hall “CITY HALL SQUARE CLOCK E. HOWARD & CO., CIRCA 1855 - ERECTED BY THE CITY IN 1976 ORIGINAL CLOCKWORKS RESTORED BY ROTARY CLUB of NEW BEDFORD ON THE OCCASION OF ITS CENTENARY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF NEW BEDFORD 2005".  The “centenary” indicated is, of course, for the first Rotary Club started by Paul Harris in Chicago.  Our young club won’t hit the 100 year mark for another 4 years (but you knew that).


Rotary Minute Addendum – An addendum to last week’s RM – Yes, we were.  According to an article on our own website by long time member, the late David Salk, “At our weekly meetings song books with Rotary lyrics were passed out to the members. One or two songs were sung each week.”  Best guess, this was during the 1950’s.


PRESIDENT’S HALLOWEEN MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE: Scary how close Halloween is getting.  Let Peter know who you have reached out to.


VISITORS AND GUESTS:   Ian Abreu of the Southcoast Chamber of Commerce and a New Bedford City Councilor at Large. 


Next Week


August 9th – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Annual Scholarship Luncheon.  We ask all Rotarians to do their best to attend.  Scholarship recipients and their families will be in attendance to accept their (you guessed it) scholarships.  WE WILL BE NEEDING AN RSVP FOR THIS LUNCH AS THIS WILL BE A SIT DOWN MEAL.(not buffet as it is normally)




August 5th – POSTPONED Bridge Home Outing.  Due to staffing issues with the Bridge Home, we are looking to reschedule.


August 8th – Monthly Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location:  Fire Safety Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. MA. All are invited.  This was postponed from August 1st.


August 16th – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Backpack stuffing project.  Come ready to fill some backpacks.


August 23rdSAVE THE DATE Lunch at the Wamsutta.  We ask all Rotarians to do their best to save this date to attend the weekly meeting this week.  This is the incoming District Governor’s annual visit.  We would like to give a strong New Bedford welcome to DG Steve Certa.  He has agreed to forgo the additional board meeting before lunch.  Please come out to support him and our club. 


August 30th – Monthly Evening Social.  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Looking at a local favorite restaurant that is also a RotaFest supporter.  Can you guess which one ?


Odds and Ends




For those of you that have not heard yet, President Peter’s father, William Ashworth, passed away this past weekend after a yearlong battle with leukemia.  “Bill” had been our “contact” to reach Santa for our annual breakfast for the past couple of years.  Peter would like to thank everyone that has reached out to him via social media and other means with their condolences.  There will be no wake.  A mass will be scheduled in the future.




Join the Dartmouth Rotary Club’s Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser on August 18th at 6:45 PM at White’s of Westport.  Always a fun time, tickets are only $15.  The event will have door prizes, a silent auction and a cash bar. Call Claude Gelinas at 774-929-7352 to reserve yours and support a fellow club as they have supported our fundraisers.




Dues are due.  Lisa has got most of the bills out and about ½ of them returned paid.  Please let her know if you have not received one.




ONLY  6  5 SPOTS LEFT.  October is the next available month so plenty of time to find speakers. President Elect Carole has had a few people sign up to do programs this coming Rotary year.  She still needs a few more.  Please consider taking a lunch or two off her hands.  If not, you’ll have to hear her speak each week…. after…. week…. after…. week…. after…. week…. after…


DISTRICT REMINDERS (if you are interested in attending any of these, please ask a board member for more information) 

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

            We are waiting to get specific information from the district on this.  This is a fun night out at the ballpark.

-       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  

“When the Judge ruled that Caldwell had to pay alimony, how did he feel about it?" 


"And, how did his wife feel about it?" 

"She grinned!"


Peter A

Cub Reporter


Lisa F 

GAM Editor