May 14th Newsletter

Meeting Date:  May 9, 2023

Reporter: Liz Messier


Anthony Hollingshead shared a quote from Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary International:
“I have no hesitation in saying that world peace could be achieved and made permanent if reared on Rotary’s firm foundation of friendliness, tolerance and usefulness.”


District Governor, Dave Sampson

Zoom Attendees: 

Rob Brewster, Lew Hassell


Save the date!  Induction of our new slate of officers and board of managers will take place on June 27, 2023 at a luncheon event to be held at the Squantum Club in East Providence.  Last day for submission of your votes is May 12, 2023.
Get Well wishes go to Margaret Kane, Reverend Barlow and Mary Lou Ryan.
May 20th will be Family Fun Day at Kizarian Elementary School.  Volunteers are needed to assist the kids with rock painting, flower planting and various other activities.  Contact Kris David to volunteer.  15 Volunteers are needed.

Distribution of Awards:

President Steve introduced Rotary’s District Governor, Dave Sampson who presented awards to the Providence Rotary Club.  Steve Hug accepted an award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Mary Brewster accepted the International Service award and Jim Gilcreast was presented an award for 49 years of perfect attendance.
Art Norwalk
Mary Brewster
Jim Gilcreast
District Governor Sampson congratulated the club for being a club that is growing, a club that is active and a club that has a lot of worthwhile activities going on. 

Happy Bucks

  • Pete Brock gave 10 happy bucks for a wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
  • Rob Black gave happy bucks to thank Art Norwalk and all who helped out covering for him at the front desk.  He had a great trip to Amsterdam and to Pittsburg where he helped move his daughter.
  • Alex David gave a happy buck for Mother’s Day.
  • Kim Gilcreast gave a happy buck in honor of District Governor Dave Sampson and thanked him for his perfect attendance award.
  • Steve Hug gave a happy buck as we are about to have more than 10 new members during his term as President
  • Art Norwalk gave 10 happy bucks in honor of the email received from the New England Patriot’s Association talking about Pete Brock’s retirement.  He encouraged all of us to read the great tribute to Pete from Robert Kraft.
  • Kris David gave 5 happy bucks to thank District Governor Dave Sampson for his hard work, and also for that of his partner, Beth, who supports him behind the scenes.


Elizabeth McGann is the program manager for Girls on the Run in Rhode Island.  Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run International is a nonprofit that has served more than 2 million girls across North America.  Here in Rhode Island, 4700 girls have been impacted. Teaching critical life skills is the cornerstone of their research based programs.  Trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. 
Elizabeth talked about how girls today are exposed to many gender stereo types, societal obstacles and cultural challenges that can be detrimental to their emotional and physical health.  Yes, the program is about running, but they are geared to making an impact at a critical age when confidence and physical activity typically decline. Different programs are offered for several critical age groups – all working to develop self-confidence and to learn life skills in a fun, collaborative environment.  The 5 C’s best describe the goals of Girls on the Run:  Character.  Care.  Connections. Competence. Contribution.
Want to volunteer or learn more?  Go to for more information.
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1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
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