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Newsletter (The GAM) - Archive Dec 20, 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 19, 2018


The Last Time We Met

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!  Santa’s elves met at the Wamsutta Club this past Wednesday in order to wrap the gifts for the Bridge Home.  This hard working group managed to wrap 80 gifts in record time.  Then a small group, led by the “Big Man in the Red Suit” (not Spiderman), climbed in the sleigh caravan of cars and headed over to the Bridge House.  Starting with some caroling led by elf Marc, Santa helped these young boys and girls kick off their holiday season.  Thank you to all the Rotarians that wrapped and delivered, the "Walmart" team of Linda and Lisa for picking up the gifts, the Wamsutta Club for giving us additional gifts collected from their members and especially Santa (“contacted” for us by our own Tom) for spreading a little bit of holiday cheer for families that are not having the best of times right now.


Look in the NEXT TIME WE MEET section to see what we have coming up next.  SPOILER: Won’t be until next year.




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The Next Time We Meet

December 25th – Merry Christmas

December 26th – No Meeting


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

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

January 2ndNo 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


It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of David Biggs, Club President 2010-2011.  It appears the funeral will be January 18th in Bourne.  We will keep the club informed as we get more details.  We don’t have any more information currently.



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

An old man at an evening function bowed his head and wept quietly but copiously while a young woman rendered the plaintive ballad "My Old Kentucky Home".  The hostess tiptoed up to him and inquired tenderly, "Pardon me, are you a Kentuckian?".  "Nay, Madam", the tearful one replied, "I'm a musician!".


Peter A  

GAM Editor