Meeting Notes

Harpoon Notes for April 10, 2019

Joan Knoertzer’s piano prelude drifted gracefully through the ballroom, providing, like Dante’s Virgil, a soothing guide to the ceremonious rattle of the Rotary bell. All stood to sing “God Bless America,” and a fine rendition it was. President Greg, who would deliver the day’s Inspiration, quoted historian Jon Meachum on the Civil War: “as ‘a […]

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Winter Dispatched March 20

Winter wound down with our April 20 meeting the day of the Vernal equinox. it was a gloomy day but Brendan Black lightened our mood with a very bad joke and then an Inspiration that drew parallels between the life skills our speaker Coach Berenson instilled in his hockey players and our Rotary MOTTO. And […]

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Harpoon Notes for March 13, 2019

Past President John Ackenhusen’s piano was as beautiful as always. The Weber’s ballroom was crowded, with everybody enjoying lunch, though it seemed less animated than usual — probably the result of losing fellow member, Howard Cooper. President Greg said it best: “Since the first of the year, it’s been my sad duty to ring the […]

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Harpoon Notes for March 6, 2019

President-Elect Rosemarie Rowney struck the Rotary bell, concluding Allison Pollard’s beautiful piano prelude. “America the Beautiful,” which hadn’t been sung for a while, was given full-throated emphasis by an enthusiastic assembly. Amy Goodman came to the podium and shared a moving, and often funny, Inspiration. “For over three quarters of a century children have been […]

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Harpoon Notes for February 27, 2019

President Greg rang the Rotary bell, and the assembly rose to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which PP John Ackenhusen, on piano, played with particular elan. Indeed, John’s prelude earlier had deftly lulled the lunching Rotarians and guests into a meeting mindset. Barbara Niess-May then came forward for the Inspiration: “In [commemoration] of our speaker, I […]

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