Start: President Elect Ed McDonough led the meeting while President Vanessa enjoyed her vacation.
Pledge: Joe McGair
Song: Armeny and Robin
Four Way Test Steve Tilley
Invocation: Bob DeGregorio
Charity Baskets: David Campanello & Chris Harkins
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Joe D- Bill Donahay: John Howell- Mike Gemma
Announcements: President Elect Ed - Board Meeting on Monday- 5:30 Washington Trust
A thank you from Kent County Y for the Charity Grant was at the Sign-In Table.
50/50: Tom Sanford winning ticket but not Queen.
Happy : Joe McGair
Joe kicked it off by saying he was happy to attend his first meeting this month and promised to be a better Rotarian.
Scott Seaback gave to invite Rotarians to participate in a golf tournament celebrating the 50th Anniversary of CCRI. The Alpine Country Club will host the event on Sept 15.
Robin Lovely was happy to be back and this was her birthday. Husband John's gift was sailing lessons and they were starting to look at boats.
John Howell thanked Christine for providing horse rides to his daughter and grand daughters who were visiting from Wyoming.
Donna Caccia thanked Armeny and Robin for their song selection as her mother used to sing.
President Elect Ed introduced his brother Tom McDonough.
As a member of the RI Reds Hockey Heritage Association, Tom entertained us with a very interesting history of the Providence Reds Hockey Team (alias Rhode Island Reds for out-of -staters).
The Reds played their first game in 1926 at the RI Auditorium, an outstanding Sport venue. It was the second professional hockey organizations in the US.
In 1929/30, the Reds won their first Fountaine Cup. They did it again in 1933/34. The depression caught up with the Reds owner and bankruptcy was declared. Arnold Jones bought the RI Auditorium in 1932. He, Lou Pieri and two others vowed to keep the Reds in action. Lou Pieri twice made player trades that dramatically improved results. As a successful businessman, he became a half-owner of the Boston Celtics and the Ice Capades.
The old Can-Am League went bankrupt after the 1935/36 playoff and was replaced by the Amercan Hockey League. The Reds won their first Calder Cup in 1938/39. They won it on defense as the offense was so weak that no player finished among the top ten scorers in the AHL. The rookie goalie allowed 86 goals in the season’s 48 games. The 1.79 goals per game earned the goalie the title “Mr. Zero” and remained the record for at least 63 years and might still be.
Regarding the Calder Cup, after winning it in 1938/39, the Reds won it again in 1939/40, 1948/49 and 1955/56.
The Reds did not become a farm team until 1955 when they affiliated with the New York Rangers for five years. In 1977, they left Providence when sold to Bingington, NY.
The 750 members of the RI Reds Hockey Heritage Association meet annually with players and fans from the US, Canada, Sweden and else where. Attendance had declined as members have aged.
• Although Tom was a stick boy for the Reds as a youth, there was a period when he connived different ways to get into practices and games.
• The Reds had four logos and Tom showed us three jerseys with different logos.
• All arenas used chicken wire to stop pucks from flying into the stands but the wire would mangle players faces when they were forced into it face first.
• Providence had the third Zamboni machine in the world.