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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Nov 3, 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...

November 1, 2017

This Week

Words from our speaker - “I want to thank everyone for coming today. Rotarians make the world a better place for everyone. You make a difference in the lives of people you will never meet.  You are doing good in the world.”

Our own Foundation Chair, President Elect and today’s speaker, Carole J. helped us celebrate the start of Rotary Foundation Month with a stirring talk about her life to explain why she gives to the Rotary Foundation.  And what would a celebration be without cake and candy, which Carole also brought.  Through her life many folks have both helped and challenged her to do things that she didn’t always think she could do (or other people thought she couldn’t do).  “Every day of my life someone helped me…We all rely on each other.  That’s why I give to the Rotary Foundation.”  Thank you Carole for inspiring us in our Rotary work.


Rotary Minute 

More from “What was going on in the world in 1921, the year our club was founded” file.  The year 1921 saw the passing of Gunfighter Bat Masterson and Chief Justice Edward Douglass White. A Massachusetts jury found Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti guilty of first degree murder following a widely publicized trial. (Remember this from your US history class?)  Insulin is discovered. And in World Series news, the NY Giants beat the NY Yankees.


PRESIDENT’S HALLOWEEN MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE: With Halloween past, this ends this challenge.  Thank you to over half the club that asked someone to join Rotary.  KEEP ASKING.  If you have not gotten your pin, please let Pres. Peter know.  Join us next week for the new PRESIDENT’S VALENTINE MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE.


VISITORS AND GUESTS: Carole’s sister-in-law Lorraine Johnson


Next Week 

November 8th – Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Our guest speaker will be Kevin Kertscher, founder of and director/producer at Big Ocean Media Group and co-organizer of the TEDx New Bedford event at the Z



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

November 15th – Program TBA

November 22nd – NO MEETING.


November 26th – Breakfast with Santa.  SAVE THE DATE.  New Bedford YMCA.  9 am to 11:30 am.  See note below for more information.

November 29th – Monthly Evening Social. 5-7pm. Join us at...

December 2nd – Ringing of the Bells for the Salvation Army.  9am to 3 pm.  Shaw’s, State Road, Dartmouth, SAVE THE DATE.  More information below.

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

December 6th – Lunch at the Salvation Army.  This week's meeting will be the Annual Stacking of Toys at the Salvation Army at 619 Purchase St, New Bedford.  We will need RSVP's the week before. Start time will be at noon.

December 13th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our speaker will be Kelly Morrell, budding local author.  Her topic will be "Discovering Coping Skills", just in time for the holiday season.

December 20th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. This will be the Annual Wrapping of Gifts and Santa Visit to the Bridge Home.  If you can take the time, please join us at the Bridge Home after lunch to distribute the presents.


Odds and Ends


Poster and tickets now available.  Marc would like to receive all ads and donations by Wednesday, November 8th, with a "drop-dead" date of Wednesday, November 15th, the last Club meeting before the event, so he can provide all the ads for the preparation of the placemats.

In addition, he asks everybody to inform him of the number of donated tickets they require to give to "needy families" to attend the event In addition, he needs to know the number of tickets sold from everybody so he can order the right amount of food for the event

Special thanks to the Texas Roadhouse for donating a great door prize.  What is it?  You'll have to show up to find out.


How can you support this event?  Glad you asked.

1. Gold Sponsorships are available for $200.  This includes an ad on all the placemats, the business name on a sponsors poster at the event and tickets for two families of four which can be donated to local charities in your name (or used by the sponsor).  Ask fellow business folks if they want to support this.

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, the second option includes one adult and one child ticket for the event which can be donated to a local charity (or used by the purchaser).

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.


RINGING OF THE BELLS (formerly the Battle of the Bells) – December 2nd 

Ellen thanked everyone that signed up to cover all the shifts.  She’s hoping a few more folks will sign up to back up folks in case something happens.  As a reminder, we will be at Shaw’s on State Road in Dartmouth from 9 am to 3 pm ringing bells for the Salvation Army. 



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/



As many you know the event is an End Polio Now fundraiser that has become a great Rotary District 7950 tradition. The game night is Saturday, December 2 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The game starts at 7:05 and the P-Bruins will be recognizing End Polio Now and Rotary 7950 throughout the pregame festivities and during the game including booths on the concourse, the center-ice video scoreboard and a check presentation at ice level. The tickets for all Rotarians, family and friends are only $15.00 each (looks like tickets run between $24 to $36 normally) and a $5.00 donation will be made to the End Polio Now Campaign for every ticket sold as Rotary District 7950 and the Providence Bruins team up to End Polio Now!  Contact Peter if you are interested.

*** Added bonus: The first 2,000 fans receive a free Dunkin' Donuts Mug.


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

-      FOUNDATION DINNER, Venus De Milo, Swansea, MA, November 9, 2017 More information on the district’s page www.rotary7950.com Last day to sign up was 11/1/17 but if interested we might be able to get you in.

-      ROTARY AT THE UNITED NATIONS DAY, United Nations, New York City, November 10, 2017 www.rotary.org/en/un-day

-      P-BRUINS ROTARY DAY FOR POLIO, Providence, RI, December 2, 2017 TALK TO PETER IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND. A 1/3 of the ticket price will be donated to End Polio Now.  We are “this close”.

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

-      ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Amica Insurance, 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. 

Last time I was in New Bedford I went out to dinner with President Peter A., who ordered the entire dinner in Portuguese.  I was surprised.

So was the waitress, we were at Ying Dynasty.


Marc S 

GAM Contributor


Carole J.

GAM Contributor


Alan F.

GAM Contributor


Peter A   

Cub Reporter


Lisa F 

GAM Editor