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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Nov 8, 2018
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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 7, 2018


The Last Time We Met

A larger than usual crowd was at the mansion this week to greet several guests from The Public’s Radio (aka Rhode Island public radio)  CEO Torey Malatia and his team spoke about how Rhode Island Public Radio will be opening a bureau at the “Star Store”.  With a signal purchased from UMass Dartmouth, 89.3 FM will look to do lots of local news stories from this location starting in January.  (They are broadcasting now if you want to check them out.)  You can find them also online at www.thepublicradio.org or get their app from where ever you get your apps from.  They kept the crowd captivated with this interesting discussion.  Look in the NEXT TIME WE MEET section to see who we have coming up next.  SPOILER: Reiki…


VISITORS AND GUESTS:  Guest Speaker – Torey Malatia, CEO of The Public’s Radio/Rhode Island Public Radio as well as members of his team: Kim Millette, Ann Alguist and a member of their board who we forgot to get a name from. 


Missed last week’s GAM?  You can check it (or any past issue) out at http://newbedfordma.clubwizard.com/NewsletterArchive.cfm


The Next Time We Meet

November 13th – RESCHEDULED Monthly Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location:  Fire Safety Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. MA. All are invited.

November 14th  – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our guest speaker will be Caroline Paradis, Owner and Founder of Clarity Wellness, to talk about the healing technique of Reiki.


UPCOMING EVENTS:  What would you like to see at a Rotary meeting? Let us know

November 21stNo meeting.

November 22nd – Happy Thanksgiving.

November 25th – Breakfast with Santa.  See below for details.

November 28th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our guest speaker will be Al Vitale of Your Theatre to talk about the Historic First Baptist Church Restoration project.

December 4th – Monthly Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location:  Fire Safety Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. MA. All are invited.

December 5th – Toy Stacking at the Salvation Army.  This will be a MILLION DOLLAR MEAL.  (That means members owe for it even if they don’t go.)   We will be unpacking boxes of toys for the Salvation Army’s toy distribution.  We welcome help from friends, family and coworkers of Rotarians as well.

December 8th – Ringing of the Bells.  See below for details.

December 12th – Lunch at the Wamsutta. Our guest speaker will be Craig Rousseau, freelance comic book artist who has drawn Spiderman, Batman Beyond and other well-known characters as well as being a co-creator of THE PERHAPANAUTS. 

December 19thLunch at the Wamsutta.  Annual Toy Wrapping and Bridge Home Santa visit.  We will start at the club wrapping gifts then proceed to the Bridge Home with Santa to distribute them. If you want to get in the holiday spirit  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU TAKE THE AFTERNOON TO JOIN US.

December 25thMerry Christmas

December 26th No Meeting

January 1st Happy New Year.  Board Meeting moved to the following week.

January 2nd No meeting

January 8thMonthly Board Meeting. 5:00 pm. Location:  Fire Safety Inc., 955 Reed Rd, N. Dartmouth. MA. All are invited.

January 9th – Lunch at the Wamsutta (returns).  Program TBA.


Odds and Ends


We will be working the kettles for the Salvation Army at Shaw's State Road (15 State Rd, Dartmouth, MA) on Saturday, December 8th.  Shifts are 9-11, 11-1 and 1-3.  Ellen asks you contact her for the shift you can take.  Thank you to Stu and Tom for being the first to volunteer. Each member that is able is asked to do a 2 hour shift ringing bells.  You can bring friends and family to help you.  “Elves” often even bring coffee and cocoa mid shift.  By our club volunteering to do this, it saves the Salvation Army from paying bell ringers. Contact Ellen for more information and to sign up.  If you can’t ring on this day, Major Jung (our newest member) says to contact him at the Salvation Army and he can give you another time or day. 



We still need more Sponsors.


Here are Gold Sponsors ($200 Donation) so far (either Check received or informed Marc that Check will be sent):

  • Fire Systems Inc. (Cheryl B).
  • Linda S
  • Marine Hydraulics (Jerry W, who also send his regards to the Club).
  • Bristol County Savings Bank (Marlene L)
  • Better Community Living (Tom Riley).

Last year we had 8 Gold Sponsors and 18 Donors overall, totaling $2,365. So far this year, including the 5 Gold Sponsors mentioned above, we only have 8 overall Donors aggregating $1,180 of Contributions.


Best regards,




Please let Marc know if you need sponsor forms. (2)



President- Elect John wants to invite all the club members and guests to a fun night of music and food at the Freetown VFW Post 6643 on November 17th. Come see renowned entertainer Robert Black perform as Johnny Cash.  Feast on chicken, pulled pork and corn chowder as DJ Johnny Angels spin the hits.  (I think we’re all familiar with Johnny Angel.).  Dinner starts at 6 pm with Robert Black performing at 8 pm.  Tickets are only $15 and can be gotten from John or the VFW hall located at 89 Middleboro Road, East Freetown.


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

-      THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ROTARY ASSEMBLY- DESIGNED FOR PRESIDENT ELECTS AND DEVELOPED FOR ALL ROTARIANS, November 10, 2018, 8 am to 2 pm. White’s of Westport. Lunch included. https://rotary7950.com/event/the-nut-s-and-bolts-of-rotary/

-      FOUNDATION DINNER, 5:30-6:45 pm Social Hour/ 7 pm Dinner, November 15, 2018, Rosebrook Event Center, Wareham, www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50054/EventPlanner/d41bba93-358a-4afc-972f-d948582c158e/13524/Foundationdinnerflyer.pdf

-      MID-YEAR MEETING/PrePETS, February 9, 2019

-      NORTHEAST PETS, March 7-9, 2019, Sheraton, Framingham MA

-      ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI), March 30, 2019, Amica, Lincoln, RI

-      DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL NIGHT, April 1, 2019, Double Tree, Danvers, MA


-      MULTI DISTRICT CONFERENCE, May 3-4, 2019, Double Tree, Danvers, MA

-      ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, June 1-5, 2019, Hamburg, Germany

-      DISTRICT GOVERNOR INSTALLATION, June 17, 2019, Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA



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One More Thing – An Orren Classic

(Why did he use so many lawyer jokes?)

Bob: "Smith certainly is a foxy fellow.  He's drawn up his will in such a way that the lawyers can't get more out of it than his heirs."  

Rob: "How's that?"

Bob: Why he left half of his fortune to one of the best lawyers in the country, providing he saw to it that the other half went to Smith's children intact."

Marc S

GAM Contributor


Peter A  

GAM Editor