APRIL 17, 2014
CHARITY BASKETS were passed by Richard Taylor.
There were no visiting Rotarians.
Guests: Janis Constantine (1) potential new member, Renee.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chad Bjorklund: 50/50 Raffle - $627 jackpot. Jim Rassol had the winning ticket, but did not pick the Queen of Hearts.
Board Meeting Monday 5:30 PM Washington Trust in Apponaug.
Richard Taylor – Sat, April 26 Rotary Park Clean-Up 8:30 AM. Bring yard tools.
Carole Ritarossi – RYLA Weekend May 9, 10, 11. Need volunteers for bus pick-up and drop-off. 5/9 10 AM parking lot on Rt. 117 and 5/11 8:45 PM. Vanessa and Chris Harkins will do 10 AM on 5/9.
Bob Ridgway – Fireside Chat for Rotary minute. 1985 – 125 polio epidemic countries. Killing 1,000 people/day. That year Rotary started Polio Plus. Still working tirelessly today. Immunized 2.5 billion children.
Fred Colardo – Rotary Bowling Night. April 25 at Town Hall Lanes. 6 PM – 8 PM. $10 pp. 2 games, shoes, 1 drink. Freddie will collect $ next week.
Tom Sanford – Warwick Schools looking for volunteers for Senior Projects judging. May 22. Handouts coming around with all pertinent details.
Joe DesRoches – 5/2 May Breakfast. Trying to raise a lot of money for our charities. Sign-up for placemat ads.
HAPPY BUCKS was hosted by Joe DesRoches and collecting was Steve Hinger.
Dan Pendergast – Back from 5 weeks in Florida. Great to be back in 30 degree weather.
Divine Miss L – Thanks to all who supported Sat night event. Raised over $50,000!
Janis Constantine – Had a great time at the Boys & Girls Club event.
Steve Tilley (Happy Buck paid by Lara) – Paid big money for apple pie – that was eaten by another table.
Chris Sanford – Great 10 day vacation with wife to visit Navy friends in Japan.
Paul Wyrostek – Happier Bucks. Happier last week on Marco Island.
Scott Seaback – Son got engaged. Spent time last week in horse country.
Tanner Green – Sunburned from Easter Egg Hunt and baseball game. Church moving from movie theater to Crowne Plaza.
Carole Ritarossi – Went to Rotary International Night at White’s. Met incoming and outgoing kids.
Frank Ferri – Thank you Lorna. Was on committee for Carole Murray.
Paula Hurd – Jury Duty on Monday. Cases ended up settling. Now all set for 3 years.
Christine Harkins – Thank you Steve Tilley for the good work you do helping with fundraising.
SPEAKER: North Africa
Victim of polio. Many bad side effects of Polio. USA is the best country in the world.
Works at Progresso Latino.
Became paralyzed at four years old. Going to school was very difficult. Had to walk. Both parents died when he was a child. God takes care of the down trodden.
Worked with the Peace Corps in Africa and then moved to Cape Verde. Got VISA to come to the US. Coming to the US as an immigrant is not easy if you don’t speak English. Came here to finish his education. Worked as volunteer for 18 months for Cape Verdean nonprofit. Now works for Progresso Latino as GED teacher. Students age 18-80. Speak all different languages. Have to be patient.
In Africa, have to pay to go to High School.
Speaks 6-7 languages.
Harder today to be an immigrant than the 1940’s and earlier if you don’t speak English.
Originally came to Florida, then Brooklyn, then RI. RI easier because of the transportation and the people.
In the process of becoming an American citizen. Approximately $800 for application to be US citizen.