FEBRUARY 26, 2014
CHARITY BASKETS were passed by Robin Lovely and Chris Sanford.
VISITING ROTARIANS: Chris David from Providence was welcomed by Bill Palmisciano.
ANNOUCEMENTS: Ed McDonough - $32,000 available to all Clubs in our District. Have to continue giving to Foundation so we can get money back. We received one grant last year. This year we are applying for two (winter coats and dictionaries).
Tom Sanford - March 20 - Million-Dollar Meal at Warwick Career Technical Center. Bill McCaffrey will be the speaker. Many volunteer opportunities in the schools. Volunteer time will count as a make-up.
Carole Ritarossi - See Carole for RYLA paperwork. Do you know a High School Sophomore or Junior who might be interested? Warwick Rotary will sponsor one student.
Janis Constantine and Lara D'Antuono - Gourmet Gala - March 12 - 6 - 8:30 - Twenty confirmed restaurants! Five to six more possibilities. Ticket sales - need them! Need Rotarians to sell just two tickets, which would be over 150 people. See Janis for tickets. Sign up on pink sheet on tables this week to volunteer. Bring your spouse to help volunteer. Get posters from Janis for your office, etc. Committee has worked tremendously hard to make this a huge success.
50/50 Raffle: $375 is the Pot. Lara D'Antuono had the winning ticket but did not pick the "Queen of Hearts".
HAPPY BUCKS was hosted by Steve Tilley and collecting was Randy Shatz.
Josie Dutil - To congratulate the women and men's Olympic Canadian hockey teams.
Steve Tilley - Skiing across the U.S. the last few weeks.
Vanessa Zampini - Will be at President Elect training for three days next week.
Bobby DeGregorio - For Girl Scout who sold 117 boxes of cookies outside marijuana dispensary in two hours in San Francisco, Amazing!
Chris David - Started Facebook page for District 7950. Accepting applications for student exchange. See the website.
Joe Sinapi will be 50 degrees warmer where he is going next week.
Chris Sanford - Had great time in Newport for his birthday weekend with his wife.
Mark McHugh - NECAP results: Both kids - proficient with distinction.
John Howell - Finally figured out how to turn cell phone off.
Ed McDonough - For Janis, excellent job with Gourmet Gala.
Bill Palmisciano - Granddaughter accepted to Bay View. Same school as her Mom and Grandmother.
Carole Ritarossi - Going to District Winter Ball this Saturday.
Mike Holland - Five bloody bucks for Donna for Blood Drive last week.
Bobby DeGregorio - For last week's Blood Drive.
SPEAKER: John Howell - Academic Decathlon and Mark Harris from Wheeler School.
Would love volunteers from Rotary. Started in 1981 in California. Ten event academic challenge including speech and super quiz.
Teams have their own mascots. Lots of cheering.
1983 - Hendricken went to National Competition and came back with some medals.
John then got involved in helping establish Academic Decathlon in Rhode Island.
People from all sectors got involved: government, corporate and education. John told stories of soliciting donations from Ciba-Geigy in Cranston.
Mark Harris - teaching for 42 years. Oversees Academic Decathlon and many other extra-curriculas at the School. The Decathlon has always had someone steady at the helm, John Howell. Do not need to worry about fundraising at the school/student level. Decathlon has its own Board, budget, and fundraising. Many sectors are connected.
Theme this year is World War I. Lots of training goes into the preparation. Academics become a team sport. Many teachers get involved, math, English, history and music. Tremendously rewarding from the teacher's point of view.
Four events not timed into annual theme: essay, interview, speech and_______.
Many organizations around the State annually support the Decathlon.
Please consider volunteering. It is very rewarding.