Feb. 12 Newsletter

Meeting Date:  Feb. 7, 2023

Reporter:  Don Saracen

INSPIRATION - Richard Applebaum
“With the world in turmoil with Ukraine, Russia, China North Korea and Iran all making us worried, we need the wisdom of real leaders who did the right thing in spite of the risks that confronted them. As I look around the world, I find that true leadership is often lacking both here and abroad.
Perhaps the leader in the 20th century that I most admired was Winston Churchill and he has blessed us with a litany of quotable quotes. For example here are some words of his wisdom:"
  • “All of the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word, such as: Freedom; Justice; Honor; Duty; Mercy; Hope.”
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is courage to continue that counts.”
  • “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
  • “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
  • “In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.”
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
  • “The true guide of life is to do what is right.”
By the way Winston Churchill was a member of the Rotary Club of London
Members Online: Bryan Cook, Sam New, Ben Hadsell, P.J. Fox, Rob Brewster
Guests: Emily Burnstein, and Dave Hamel. Anna Knes guests are Bill Paulson, visiting Rotarian from the Needham Club, and Sara Paulson.
Get Well Wishes To: Rev. Barlow, Sharon Garland and Margaret Kane
Pres. Steve congratulated Rep. Ray Hull, just named Deputy Speaker of the RI House of Representatives. He also thanked Past Presidents Peter Loescher holding a Past Presidents meeting and Anthony Hollingshead hosting at Swan Point.
Mary Brewster gave us an update on the tent suppers to raise money for Ukraine. Please contact Mary if you’d like to host or attend one of the suppers. It’s a great fellowship opportunity as well as a great cause.
Anthony Landi, Chairman of our foundation, announced last year we gave grants totaling $49,000 to 26 small agencies. This year grant applications are due April 15th and will be given out in June. Details are on the club website.
Kris announced our Rotaract Club collected canned goods for the Warwick Food Pantry. Kris & Jonathan will redistribute access to a Providence food outlet.
Sunday, Feb 26th is Rotary night at the P-Bruins.
Marriott signs charging for parking does not apply to us. Parking for club members, guests and speakers is Still Free.
New Member: Welcome to Anna Knes a neuroscience researcher who was sworn in as our newest member Sponsored by PP Anthony Hollingshead. Anna is looking forward to participating in our clubs activities to give back to the community.
  • Pete led us off with $7 in honor of his friend and seven time Super Bowl Champion and greatest player in NFL history, Tom Brady for his recent retirement.
  • $98 Jim for $49 to celebrate his 49 years in Rotary. Joined in 1974 and served as President 1980-81 in Massachusetts and $49 for 49 years of perfect attendance!!
  • $20 Bill Paulson. $19 for the talented our New Member Anna and $1 for Tom Brady brought our family many happy Sundays.
  • $5 P.J. Congratulation to Rep Hull for his new Deputy Speaker position.
Lew Hassell III is a Judicial Officer, assistant vice president in the personal lines products division of Amica Mutual Insurance Co. in Lincoln. He’s responsible for four large offices. He has been a long time friend and associate of our past President Bryan Cook. Lew began working for Amica in 1990 as an associate adjuster.
Lew grew up in Warwick, is a graduate of Tollgate High School and the University of Southern Maine. He was taking grad courses at PC when he met two fellow students who worked at Amica which led to his career path.
He met his wife on a blind date. They just celebrated 30 years of marriage. His wife is a school teacher and they have three son’s 26, 23 and 20 years old.
Lew is an elder in his church and works with their Thriving care Ministry. His family enjoys working giving back to their community. He and his wife thought our gala for literacy was incredible and he’s proud to be a Providence Rotarian. 
Corporations such as AMICA Insurance has a long history of supporting Rotary clubs and the good works that we provide to the community.
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Providence, RI 02904
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