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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Oct 14, 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...

October 11, 2017


This Week

“In 1921, the Standard Times founded the Neediest Families Fund to make the holidays a happier time for underprivileged children and their families…”  This statement came from a flyer provided by this week’s guest speaker, Kristen Lancaster.  Imagine two great New Bedford institutions started in the same year.  Mrs. Lancaster, a nurse in her “real life”, felt a calling to do good in her community and now runs the Neediest Families Fund Prize-a-Palooza.  From sending out hundreds of letters to getting local restaurants to run special events, she does what she needs to do to make this event the largest single one day fundraiser for the Neediest Family Fund.   She shared how she has seen what joy the fund can bring to local families in distress.  This year’s event will be December 3rd, so if ringing the bells the day before did not get you in the spirit, this certainly will.  Also check out Not Your Average Joe’s on Wednesdays in November as they will donate a portion of the check if you mention Prize-a- Palooza.  

Also of note, checks were present to Tom for his Better Community Living Sweet Temptations Fundraiser as well as to Joe M. for the South Coast Chamber’s Hoedown.   Tickets for the Sweet Temptations Fundraiser were offered to those in attendance.  Tickets were available the next day for SCBA’s Oktoberfest Fundraiser.


Rotary Minute 

“Some of our members learned a lesson in animal husbandry. We got involved in what was known as the Heifer Project. Members of the club would help raise sheep at a temporary farm set-up. This was on land belonging to the Interchurch Council in Dartmouth. Teams of two of our members would feed the animals early in the morning and late afternoons. After a week or so the sheep would then be sent to some poor South American country and there would be given to indigent people. This would give them a start in raising a herd.” - From David Salk via our website.


PRESIDENT’S HALLOWEEN MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE:  More folks got the prize this week.  Thank you Jerry and Tammy.  Still time left before Halloween for you to complete the challenge if you haven’t yet.


VISITORS AND GUESTS: Guest Speaker Kristen Lancaster, the Neediest Family Fund's Prizeapalooza Chairperson.


Next Week 

October 18th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our speaker will be Marquis Taylor, President and co-Founder of Coaching 4 Change.



October 25th – Monthly Evening Social.  Join us at the Ice House Bar & Grill in their Harpoon Room located at 136 Huttleston Ave., Fairhaven.  We will be looking for an RSVP the week prior.

November 1st – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Our own Carole J. will present a program entitled “"The Reasons I Give to the Foundation" .  She promises it will be fun.

November 7th – Monthly Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location:  Fire Safety Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. MA. All are invited.

November 8th – Program TBA.

November 26th – Breakfast with Santa.  SAVE THE DATE.  See note below for information.

December 2nd – Ringing of the Bells for the Salvation Army.  SAVE THE DATE.  More information below.


Odds and Ends


If you missed out getting tickets at the meeting, I’m sure Tom would be willing to sell you some.  This goes to support the great programs of BCL. www.bettercommunity.com/uncategorized/11th-annual-sweet-temptations-wine-food/  Tickets also available online



An invitation for Seasons, a reception to support the Community Nurse’s Memory Loss Program on November 7th at the New Bedford Yacht Club.  For more information go to, www.communitynurse.com/seasons-a-cocktail-reception-to-support-the-memory-loss-program/


FROM ADG CHARLENE JAREST – Disaster Aid through Rotary

Hello, Everyone.  The question came forward about how to donate specifically to aid Puerto Rico, with regard to Rotary International’s Disaster Aid fund.  The link below will get any Rotarian to the proper page, where each area of disaster has its own account number (including Puerto Rico and Mexican earthquakes.)  Please let your people know that this exists.  Many thanks!

Warm regards, Charlene


Charlene J. Jarest, Assistant Governor - Area 7

District 7950

Rotary International


RINGING OF THE BELLS (formerly the Battle of the Bells) 

Ellen G. will be chairing the Ringing of the Bells this year. Thank you Ellen from a former chief “Ding-a-Ling”. For those new members, we will ring bells at a Salvation Army kettle location.  Many of you know, by the club serving as bell ringers, it means the Salvation Army does not have to pay ringers allowing more of the donations to go to people in need.

Ellen will be contacting everyone but generally we have two hour shifts.  Friends and family are welcome to join.  So save the date December 2nd and watch for more details.



Yes, Virginia, it’s that time again.  Marc announced that it is time to start to find sponsors and sell placemat ads for our annual Breakfast with Santa.  It is scheduled for Sunday, November 26 at 9am at the New Bedford YMCA.  We will be emailing the forms out to those that did not get them at the meeting.  We have pictures with Santa, a filling breakfast and crafts for the kids.


How can you support this event?  Glad you asked. 

  1. Gold Sponsorships are available for $200.  This includes an ad on all the placements, a poster at the event, a mention in any publicity and tickets for two families of four which can be donated to local charities in your name.  Ask fellow business folks if they want to support this. THANK YOU TO GOLD STAR REALTY AND FIRE SYSTEMS INC FOR STARTING OFF THE SPONSORSHIPS!!
  2. Placemat ads (business card size) are $25 each on a placemat design or be on all 6 placemat designs for $130.  Great for businesses and other people (the Grinch has an ad every year) to support our club. Also includes one adult and one child ticket for the event which can be donated to a local charity.
  3. Individual tickets are available for sale. $10 for adults, $6 for children, under 3 are free.  Do you know any families with small kids that would like to attend?
  4. We can use help on the day serving food, cleaning tables, working with Santa or in the crafts room.


This week was the first week in a while were we got some new followers.  Don’t forget to Like, Follow and whatever else folks do with pages they like on Facebook.  Check us out at www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-New-Bedford-157486620934253/


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

-       ZONE 24 & 32 INSTITUTE, Hartford, CT, October 19-22, 2017 Come and hear Rotary International President Ian Riseley and the first female club president Sylvia Whitlock 


-      FOUNDATION DINNER, Venus De Milo, Swansea, MA, November 9, 2017 More information on the district’s page www.rotary7950.com

-      ROTARY AT THE UNITED NATIONS DAY, United Nations, New York City, November 11, 2017 www.rotary.org/en/un-day

-      P-BRUINS ROTARY DAY FOR POLIO, Providence, RI, December 2, 2017

-      MID-YEAR/PRE-PETS MEETING, White’s of Westport?, February, 10, 2018 – INCLUDES Club Secretary and Treasurer Training.

-      ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Amica Insurnce, Lincoln, RI, March 31, 2018

-      ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2018  www.riconvention.org/en 


One More Thing – “Notes from North Carolina” – Thanks to Alan F. 

“Some people bring happiness wherever they go; Carole brings happiness whenever she goes.”


Alan F 

GAM Contributor


Peter A   

Cub Reporter


Lisa F 

GAM Editor