Newsletter Date: July 24
Meeting Date: July 17
Reporter: Nondas Voll
Nondas Voll quoted from Steve Jobs:
“Here’s to the ones who see things differently. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do it.”
President Don Saracen began the meeting with a moment of silence for the recent passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori following surgery.
Past District Governor Kris David installed Mary Cullen as a new Board member and Pres. Don applied her pin.
President Don announced that Sharon Garland has been named a new trustee of Providence Rotary Charities Foundation.
Paul Segal introduced Susan Kearney, widow of the late club treasurer Richard Kaplan. She has donated his bequest as a member of the 1911 Society to the foundation. Susan explained that she will be riding along with 155 others this August as a member of the Patriots Platelets.
Richard Applebaum encouraged members to enjoy the PawSox on August 22. The cost is $12.
President Don noted that the first board meeting of this Rotary year will be on Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 a.m. at Swan Point.
He welcomed George Babcock back and noted that Ken Conde and George Burman are recovering from surgery.
The president welcomed Rev. Barlow and his daughter Ann. A memorial service for Evonne Barlow will be held at Swan Point on August 5.
Randy Dittmar spoke about the recent death in a plane crash of John Everson, son of late Rotarian Kirke Everson.
Jane Kratsch collected the contributions with her usual humor.
Steve Hug expects to welcome his first grandchild around December 20
Tributes to Rich Kaplan were offered by President Don Saracen, Pre-elect Art Norwalk, Jackie Gourd Jim Gilcreast and PPs Paul Borelli, Richard Applebaum, Barry Fain and Paul Segal.  
Holly Applegate for a trip to New York City with her husband along with Walter Cotter and his wife.
Bryan Cook for his son landing a position on the law review.
Kevin Kernan for a trip to Vegas.
Kevin Oates for his daughter having a new job.
Marc Harris for a family vacation in New Hampshire.
Mike Kelly for the late John Everson and for Asst. District Governor Ed McDonough.
AG Ed McDonough for returning to his home club saying, “It’s the best.”
Jan Feyler for transferring the leadership of Providence Rotary Charities Foundation to Paul Segal.
Susan Kearney for Rich Kaplan’s 31 years in Rotary.
PP Anthony Hollingshead introduced three new members, Marc Harris, David Salvatore and James Scott, who described their backgrounds, experiences and reasons for joining Rotary.
James, Assistant Principal of Kizirian Elementary School, grew up in Middletown and graduated from URI. During his school days he worked for an ice factory where he observed jobs being replaced by machines and learned that you have to keep reinventing yourself. Later he attended Boston University and taught in Quincy, MA. Today he serves on the board of Smith Hill CDC. He believes that there is much hope along with challenges for schools today. By joining Rotary, James plans to make the world better.
Marc, involved with sales for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of RI, was born in Greensboro, NC, and graduated from Appalachian State University in advertising and marketing. He became a TV photo journalist, fundraised for the Boy Scouts, and served as a Rotarian. He hopes to give back to the community by re-joining Rotary, saying that he endorses this year’s Rotary theme: “Making a Difference.” He joined our Book Club and urged the audience to call upon him for any help in the future.
David, Director of Government Relations for the RI Association of Realtors, is also a City Councilor for Ward 14 comprising the Elmhurst and Wanskuck neighborhoods. A graduate of Rhode Island College, he is studying for an MBA at Roger Williams University. He was employed with Staples for 13 years before taking positions within state government. He hopes to give back to the City of Providence and its nonprofit organizations while recruiting more young people to join Rotary.
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