Rotary Club of New Bedford, MA - Weekly GAM


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December 12, 2018


The Last Time We Met

It was almost like a trip down the artist’s alley at comic con, as we had Craig Rousseau as our speaker this week.  Craig is a freelance artist that has worked for Marvel, DC Comic and Disney among others.   Having started toward a career in graphic design, he told how life brought him back to the world of comic books.   He works locally out of his home in Somerset, saying how the world of creating comic books has become an online experience.  (We were glad he decided wear pants today.)  As well as working on Captain America, Iron Man, Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn and Kim Possible, he also co-created a superhero team consisting of cryptids and creatures from urban legends call The Perhapanauts.  A very interesting talk that ended with some Rotarians able to get some very unique gifts for loved one as Craig signed books and made sketches for them.  Check out his work at and 


Look in the NEXT TIME WE MEET section to see who we have coming up next.  SPOILER: Elf work


VISITORS AND GUESTS: Guest Speaker - Craig Rousseau, Co-creator of The Perhapanauts.


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The Next Time We Meet

December 19th – Lunch 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.  We will be wrapping presents for 17 children.  Please feel free to bring coworkers, friends and family to help.


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

December 25th – Merry Christmas

December 26thNo 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 9thLunch at the Wamsutta (returns).  Annual Yankee Swap.  Please bring a wrapped gift to exchange with a value of no more than $10.

January 16th Lunch at the Wamsutta.  Program TBA

April 25th – ROTAFEST 2019 – SAVE THE DATE


Odds and Ends



As stated in the UPCOMING EVENTS section above, the meeting this Wednesday (12/19) we will be wrapping gifts for 17 children at the Bridge Home/STARR program.   With 4 gifts per child, this could take a while.  Feel free to invite friends, family, coworkers and strangers to help with the wrapping.  And just as important, join us as we help Santa hand out the gifts at the Bridge Home.  All are welcome.  Hate to be short handed like we were for the bell ringing.



Always a fun event, we ask everyone attending the meeting on January 9th at the Wamsutta to bring a wrapped gift of about $10 value.  It can be something new, something you are re-gifting or something you cleaned out of your workshop as Mark T. used to do.  


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) 

-      Global Grants/International Projects Intensive Training Seminar will be held on Saturday January 5, 2019 from 9am – noon. Venue TBD. A panel of experienced Global Grant writers will go through the application process step by step and answer all your questions. Bring your devices.  For more information and to register, contact Paulette Boudrot, or 617-750-7511.

-      Rotary Leadership Institute:  Upcoming dates in 2019 are Jan. 26 in Marlborough, MA, March 16 in Concord, NH, and March 30, in Lincoln, Rhode Island.  Get more information at and register at  It is for new members, seasoned members and potential leaders.

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

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

-      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

The teacher was telling the class about the discovery of the law of gravity.   She said:  "Sir Isaac Newton was sitting on the ground looking at a tree. An apple fell on his head, and from that he discovered gravitation. Just think, wasn't that wonderful?"  "Yes'm, an' if he had been settin' in school lookin' at his books, he wouldn't have discovered nothin',” piped a small boy in the back row.


Peter A  

GAM Editor