March 19th Newsletter

Meeting Date:  March 14, 2023

Reporter:  Don Saracen


Emily Bernstein led the pledge


Jim Gilcreast for St. Patrick’s Day: “Ireland! That I love with the fondest aspirations, your men are too brave, your women are too beautiful, and good – you are too elevated, among the nations of the earth, too moral, too religious to be slaves, I promise you that you shall be free.” Daniel O’Connell, June 12, 1843


President Steve recognized our members on Zoom: Sharon Garland, Nondas Voll, Lew Hassell, Sam New, Bob Morse and great to see Richard Leone at lunch.
Get Well to Rev Barlow, Herb Altman, and Margaret Kane. And sad news of the passing of Mary’s dad.
On Tuesday, April 11th we will be holding a special “Bring a Guest Meeting” at 5:30pm at India Restaurant on Hope St. Providence. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Cost $15. There will be a cash bar.
Mary updated us on the tent dinners held at the Brewster, Kelly, Applegate and Landi homes, which was a great success raising $1,975 for feeding Ukraine. And providing an opportunity for members to meet and socialize.
Our club will be participating in a Day of Service on May 20th at the Kizirian Elementary School. Details will be coming soon.
Past President and Past Assistant District Governor Richard Applebaum gave an update on a slate of officers and board members which will be announced soon.
Jim said updated By-Laws will be presented for the club to vote on by March 28th.
There is a new environmental committee consisting of Anna, Sam and Emily

Happy Bucks:

  • PJ Led us off with $20 bucks inviting members to Saturdays, March 18th St. Patrick’s Parade that he runs. And for all the Happy Bucks he owes.
  • $5 Liz enjoyed the wonderful dinner and fellowship at the Applegate’s with Holly and Chef Bill. Also in attendance were Art & Mary, Jane, Walter & Sharon.
  • $10 Mary in honor of her dad who just past. He was such an inspiration to her. He had a long-time law practice and in retirement became the local historian of his community.
  • $1 Steve recently attended a retirement party in Mid-Hudson Valley for his former intern.

Our speakers:

Anna Knes is a Chicago native and a graduate researcher with five years of experience as a neuroscience researcher, two years as a forensic scientist, and over 25 years as an inquisitive being. Seeking to find the intersection of cognitive bias, forensic science and science communication.
Anna is currently applying to schools for her PhD in Criminal Justice. She has an undergraduate degree and research grad experience from Wesleyan University and a master in forensic science from University of Amsterdam. As an American international student, the university asked her to create weekly and then monthly vlogs which she edited to show us her experience.
Her interest in phycology led her to watching programs such as the Mentalist and CSI. She decided at college age to focus on decision making. She has done research on various types of addiction with Professor Robinson of Wesleyan University. Anna joined our Club to serve the local community and to be a part of an international organization that promotes Service Above Self.
As a female, an Asian American, she is the youngest inductee at 26 in our club, she plans to use her platform to promote greater diversity and inclusion. Anna has joined our new Environmental Committee.
Emily Bernstein grew up in Michigan and moved to Rhode Island eleven years ago with her husband. She holds a BS in International Relations and French from the College of Wooster, a master’s degree in international and Comparative Education from SIT and a Certification for Patient Advocacy from UCLA Extension. Her dad and family friends are Rotarians. Emily was a member of an Interact club where she traveled to Honduras where she rebuilt stoves and met other international students.
She has dedicated her career to connecting with individuals from new and exciting cultures. Emily worked for Collette tours for a number of years before taking a position as Development and Database Associate with Dorcas House.
Emily is now principal of her own business named Navigate Health which provides professional services for clients who need to understand and navigate the incredibly complex healthcare system. Her goal is to partner with community resources to create advocacy programs. Emily has recently joined our new Environmental Committee.

By-Law Changes

The By-Law Committee has recommended the following by-law changes for the club.  The membership will be voting on these on March 28, 2023 at the noon meeting.  A quorum of one-third of the members is needed.  They can be read here.
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