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...
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Our meeting this week at the Waterfront Grill was quite an experience, to say the least. Great location, basically; definitely good food . . four, count 'em four, different choices (but no cookies); service for a sit-down lunch a bit erratic, but one waitress for thirty-two diners is a lot of work; nice view, poor acoustics (except for singing, and would have been too small if the ten or so "regulars" who were missing, had come. And, oh yes, we had a tiny flag to salute, thanks to VP David who proudly held up his tie.
Today's meeting was a Classification talk by Dan Berry - an interesting and informative look at a man who once aspired to a career with a professional sports team until he realised the reward and personal satisfaction of helping people of all ages and all lifestyles through the programs of the YWCA and YMCA . . . A man who has belonged to three different Rotary Clubs, is "thrilled to belong to the Rotary Club of New Bedford", is a Paul Harris fellow, and who has had the experience of attending the Centennial RI Convention in Chicago in 2005, where he was inspired by the magnitude and scope of Rotary's service impact upon the world. NB is the 6th YMCA that he has been involved with over the past fifteen years. Dan and his wife have been married 11 years, and have three children, ages 6, 3 and 1 year old.
VISITORS AND GUESTS - We were joined today by former member Ivan Ketcham, guest of Holly; Sharon Stiffle, for her second visit; and little Alexa Rae, who is becoming quite comfortable as a Rotarianette what with all of the attention she gets!
NEW MEMBER - OBR had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Jennifer Costa. Jennifer is a Marine Biologist with the Ocean Explorium. How appropriate that she would be inducted into our Club within a few feet of the Atlantic Ocean. Welcome aboard, Jennifer.
Mark your calendar for the June 17th induction of pres. Bob Smith and his officers and directors. That will take place at the Cafe Funchal, an evening event replacing the noon meeting that day.
Next Week - Back to the Wamsutta
Odds & Ends
Happy to report that DG Steve Silverman is well, at home, and recovering from recent open heart surgery. His wife Amy-Jo says that while he is not the "Energizer Bunny" he is progressing well and doing okay.
A judge was lunching one day - it was a very hot day - when a politician paused at his table. "Judge", said he, "I see that you are drinking coffee. That's a heating drink. In this weather you want to drink iced drinks, Judge - sharp iced drinks. Did you every try gin and ginger ale?" "No", said the Judge, smiling, "but I have tried several fellows who have".