May 28th Newsletter

Meeting Date:  May 23, 2023

Reporter:  Holly Applegate

Zoom Attendees

Ben Hadsell and Jonathan Kaufman
President Steve Hug presided over the meeting.


Past President Mike Kelly led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Meeting Inspiration

Past President Peter Loescher gave the Inspiration for George Babcock who is recovering from pneumonia.
Memorial Day 2023 – A Day of Remembrance.
DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY. These are the words that the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America live by. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice that allow us to live the life we choose. We honor their memory on Memorial Day.
Originally called Declaration Day, it established one day each year to be set-a-side, not for celebration, but to remind us to remember those who gave their life for this country. They are truly our heroes.
One very powerful symbol of this spirit of gratitude for their sacrifice is the TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER.  Since 1937 the tomb has been guarded, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. 365 days/year in good and bad weather alike by the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the US Army.  Never failing to keep their watch despite hurricanes, blinding snowstorms, or torrential rain.
Carved on the side are three figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. Carved on the West side are the words, “HERE RESTS, IN HONORED GLORY, AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.
Honor them all this Memorial Day.
Immediate Past President Holly Applegate sang an a cappella version of Simple Gifts, a song written in 1848. Aaron Copeland, a well-known American Composer used this song in his Appalachian Spring Orchestral Ballet Score in 1944.


Get well wishes go to Margaret Kane (who has the newsletter read to her every week), Reverend Ralph Barlow, and George Babcock. President Steve expressed our sincere condolences to Maury Ryan for the loss of his beloved wife, Mary Lou. Services for her will be announced to our members. Steve thanked fellow Rotarians who reached out to Maury when he was in the hospital.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians: Assistant District Governor Marcel D’Auteuil.
President Steve announced our speaker next week is the new RI Secretary of Commerce, Liz Tanner.
Steve reminded everyone about signing into the App at Premium Parking with “Rotary” as a code to use for parking at The Marriott.
Steve thanked all who were involved in The Rotary Regional Day of Service at the Harry Kizirian Elementary School Family Day on Saturday, May 20. He was particularly grateful to President-Elect Kris David for coordinating this event. Also thank you to Alex David, Art Norwalk, Mary Cullen, Cap Willey, Mike Kelly, Karen Mueller and Anna Knes.  Also, special thanks to Anthony Hollingshead and Swan Point for providing flowering plants that were planted in front of the school. Thank you to Cap Willey for bringing pizza for everyone to enjoy.
The Installation of New Officers and Board Members is on June 27, 2023 at the Squantum Club.
President Steve thanked Peter Loescher and Luis Lourenco for preparing the budget for July 1, 2023 to June 29, 2024.

Assistant District Governor

Assistant Governor, Marcel spoke briefly about his history in Rotary beginning with his tenure as President of the Cranston Club. He joined Rotary in 2012. As Assistant District Governor, he will oversee the Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, Warwick, and Pawtucket Valley. He will be visiting every club once a quarter. He is a resource for our efforts to fund special projects, and to continue to grow our membership and to encourage new young members who bring a different perspective and talent in technology.

May Birthdays

presented by Liz Messier
According to researchers, people born during May have a lucky star shining down on them and are highly driven individuals destined for success in life. A 2004 British survey of more than 40,000 people found babies with May Birthdays are luckier than those born in any other month. They are
Art Norwalk- May 18. Lucky you, you were born on the same day as Tina Fey.
Barbara Harris-May 26 On this day in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel was released for sale.
Three Birthdays on May 28 for Holly Applegate, Jackie Gourd, Luis Lourenco.
Did you know you have something in common with McDonalds? You do, you were all born on National Hamburger Day, celebrating America’s most iconic food and the start of the grilling season!
Bob Morse-May 29 You have the weekend of fun ahead for your Birthday, as you celebrate Memorial Day this year on your Birthday.
Lottery tickets were given to the lucky May babies. May good luck prevail.

Happy Bucks

collected by Lou Hassel
  • Lou Hassel gave 20 bucks for coming to the meeting.
  • Kris David gave Happy Bucks for her upcoming 44th Year Anniversary.
  • Anthony Landi gave 10 Happy Bucks for a check for $1600 given to our Foundation from Amica.
  • Liz Messier gave a Happy Buck for an upcoming cruise to Bermuda. She had an interior room on the 5th floor balcony and won an upgrade to a balcony room on the 15th floor deck.
  • Alex David gave a Happy buck for being cast in the show, Is that you, Norm? at Newport Playhouse.
  • Emily Bernstein gave 5 Happy Bucks for her trip to Denmark and Norway. She attended a Rotary meeting in Copenhagen!
  • Art Norwalk gave 8 Happy Bucks to recognize Jane Berkowicz, Robert Watt and Anna Knes for reading to the children at The Harry Kizirian School, and an unhappy Buck because his Lottery ticket didn’t score.
  • President Steve Hug announced that we will have 10 new members before the end of his Rotary year. Congratulations to Anthony Hollingshead for his great job as Membership chair.


Kris David asked Mary Cullen who serves on the Literacy Committee to introduce our speakers: Natalie Hartley, Literacy Coach at The Harry Kizirian School and Gina Souza, Literacy Coach at the George J. West Elementary School.  
They shared information about the reading programs that Rotary contributed to the schools through a detailed power point presentation which can be viewed here.
They thanked us for our generosity, the longtime support, the volunteering, all the books and materials, and all of the other initiatives like the recent Family Day which will soon be a Tradition.  
There are 600 students, K through 5 at George J West Elementary which is the largest elementary school in the district and The Harry Kizirian has 568 children.
The Reading Horizons Program provided by our contributions has been fully implemented in many classrooms.  The results have been incredible with increased proficiency in all grades.  The district is now looking into adopting this program in all the elementary schools. Also, the phonetics awareness curriculum provided by our support has been loved by the teachers and students.  
Our efforts to continue to provide meaningful programs for the schools would not happen without the success of our annual Gala to raise needed funds.
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Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Providence Marriott
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
United States of America
Lunch is served at 11:45 AM; meeting begins at noon.
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