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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Dec 11, 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...


December 5, 2018


The Last Time We Met – (Contributed by Cheryl B.)

This year, instead of setting up toys for distribution at the Salvation Army, we helped pack items for families from Wareham that could not be at the distribution day and we organized and set up racks of clothing for the distribution being held in New Bedford.  An even dozen of Rotarians were on hand as well as our longtime Rotary friend Lori Biggs and three FSI employees (and newer Rotary friends) Jim Sullivan, Sergio Antunes and Roger Sobreiro.  Don’t forget this was a Million Dollar Meal so you owe even if you didn’t go.


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


VISITORS AND GUESTS: Lori Biggs and three FSI employees – Jim Sullivan, Sergio Antunes and Roger Sobreiro (or maybe we were all “visitors” as we were at the Salvation Army.)


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

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. 


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

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 25th – Merry Christmas

December 26th – No Meeting

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

January 2nd – No Meeting

January 8th Monthly 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).  Annual Yankee Swap.  Please bring a wrapped gift to exchange with a value of no more than $10.

January 16thLunch at the Wamsutta.  Program TBA

April 25th – ROTAFEST 2019 – SAVE THE DATE


Odds and Ends



We were short handed this year but got the job done!!  Thank you Ellen for organizing and taking a shift as well.  Thank you to John for staying with Ellen for a large portion of her shift after completing his own (Carl also hung out for a while past his shift).  The cold didn’t completely freeze out the holiday spirit.  Michelle even brought out her sister to help out during her shift.  (Please thank her for us, Michelle). Cheryl was her cheery, elfy self delivering hot drinks as needed.   Thanks to everyone else that rang.



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, pljadmin@comcast.net 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 rotary7950.com and register at rlinea.org.  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 www.riconvention.org/en/hamburg

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



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One More Thing – An Orren Classic

The bottle of perfume that Willie sent

Was highly displeasing to Millicent

Her thanks were so cold

They quarreled I'm told,

Through that silly scent Willie sent Millicent.


Cheryl B

GAM Contributor

Peter A  

GAM Editor