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...
!@#$%^^ - Once again, about half way through, BAM! It's gone. Don't know if it is my fault, or the !@#$%^&* system. Oh well.....
it seems that Rotary gets to be more and more fun each week, and today was no exception. Must be that President Bob has some sort of magic touch!
Our speaker today was an old friend of Pres. Bob, Mike Metzler, Executive Director of Leasership SouthCoast. The mission of this program is ..."to provide our region with an on-going source of diverse leaders... a positive change for the quality of life in the SouthCoast, Mass." Mr. Metzler brings a wealth of strength to the group, having just recently retired from a career as President of Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall Rivber.
Leadership SouthCoast serves the participants, the employers, and the community by exposing emerging leaders to an intense series of ten monthly visits to a host of important organization and activities, dealing in such areas as Science and Technology,Environment, Education, Economics, Social Services, Government and Health Care.
Interestingly, Mr. Metzler was assisted in his presentation by our own Charlene Rocha, who, as it turns out, had just recently graduated with the last class. She rated the program "a fantastic opportunity!"
Mr. Metzler is working on raising some $$$$s for future scholarships. Now in its 5th year, Leadership SouthCoast boasts 100 graduates! More on this program at www.leadershipsouthcoast.org
VISITORS AND GUESTS - We were pleased today to meet Ms. Rae Blumberg, who came along with daughter Ellen Gitlin! Welcome Rae!
Fellowship Committee has organized a dinner/theatre event for Friday evening, July 18th. Dinner at the Candleworks, then to the Z for The Producers . Cost is only $40 per person with the Club picking up a substantial chunk of the nearly $65.00 value. Just a few spots left. Kathy Castro is the person to sign up with.
Sunday, July 26th, is United Way Day at the New Bedford Bay Sox ballgame. RCNB will be purchasing tickets for the event that evening at 6 PM at Paul Walsh Field. There's an opportunity for Rotarians to get involved by volunteering to help out with between innings family activities that are being planned.
....and for Pawsox fans, Rotary District 7950 night at the Pawsox is scheduled for August 18th. DG Terry Humfreys will throw out the first ball.
Odds & Ends
A Jazz Night fund-raiser is being planned for late September/Early October. Jim Oliveira is onrgnizing the event to be held at the Wamsutta Club. Only 200 tickets will be available. For an advance look (and listen) at Jim's Jazz expertise, see him about attending an August 15th event in support of Holy Family Holy Name.
Pres Bob announced that Paula Borges and Dan Pothier have volunteered to be our liaison to the Rotaract group at UMass Dartmouth. More on this to be sure.
Treasurer Nancy needs help with attendance. Ellen Gitlin has stepped up to be our Check-in Gal, but needs a bit of back up help if you'd like to sign up too.
Kathy Castro announced at the 7/7 Board meeting that six $1,000.00 scholarships have been awarded - Three each to NBHS and NBVoke. We'll let you know when the award luncheon will be.
Received a note from Tom Rainford, who has officially resigned membership but wants us to know that he will still be available to assist the club with accounting and tax issues. Thanks for your support, Tom!
A $500 contribution to the YMCA "Y Cares" project was approved by the board at 7/7's meeting.
An e-mail thank you has been received from Geneva expressing thanks for the Happy $$$s donation of $65.00 to the Salone Health Care Services.
Little Tommy was asked by his teacher to illustrzate the difference between prose and poetry. He pondered for a while then said, "There was a young man named Rees, who went into the sea up to his ankles. That's prose", he said, "but if the water had been a few inches higher, it would have been poetry!"