Posted by Bob Farwell on Dec 05, 2018
Presiding: El Presidente, Mr. Jim Daley
Invocation: Rodney
Fellowship: Nancy Gentes spoke glowingly of the recent Norwich Magazine articles featuring Kathleen Stauffer and Jim O’Shea. Nancy segued to a series of puns originating in Colorado that were sidesplitting.
 None admitted to.
Rotarian Anniversaries:
A series of discreet inquiries failed to identify any candidates.
Mayor Peter Nystrom
Visiting Rotarians: 
Announcements:  by President Mr. Jim
  • Bountiful thanks came from Haitian Healthcare for the meals prepared by club members, UCFS for the winter coats and Norwich Housing Authority for the gift cards. President Mr.  Jim offered boundless kudos to Rodney for again accommodating the club meeting.
  • Next week: We repair to the Courtyard and henceforth call it home.
Happy Dollars: With Barry.
Barry admitted to a tough week, including the death of his brother-in-law. He also allowed that he was wearing interesting socks. No one asked for proof.
Bill Champagne wished Larry Fowler Happy Birthday. In Larry’s absence, the group adopted December 6 as their birthday. Bill also passed around the Norwich Magazine article in which club members receive considerable coverage.
John Bolduc reported that Susy Hurlbut was absent because of the Eastern Connecticut Realtors annual community benefit at Lake of Isles Golf Club.
 Mike Cooney announced the completion of a club PayPal account in time for Giving Tuesday. He and Matt watched the Patriots play the Vikings. Matt was fascinated by the players in Purple-the Vikings-were were from Minnesota. He announced that a big ball of soda was also from Minnesota. No one disagreed.
Nancy G. filed an ECAR grant for Rotary and reported on Madonna Place’s successful application for a state grant.
Gary Young told a joke which your reporter forgot to write down.
Peter Nystrom recounted his attendance at several notable events, including the Ellis Ruley 130th birthday party at NFA, his son’s cross-country motor trip, the great success enjoyed by Gunner the cat’s Instagram page and his meeting with the late president George H.W. Bush.
 Lottery: with Barry! The crowd surged forward as the cards were draw in the following order:
  • Mary R.-No!
  • Andy N.-No!
  • Bill C.-Alas, NO!
As quickly as it surged the crowd receded and took refuge in various corners.
Program: Mayor Nystrom introduced Norwich City Historian Dale Plummer, who introduced the club to the history of the WWI howitzer currently under consideration for restoration. It is of German origin, part of war reparations and arrived in Norwich in 1926. Until 1996 it sat on Chelsea Parade but suffered considerably from wear and weather. In 1926 Norwich Rotary was an early supporter of its ensconcement and Mr. Plummer hoped that the club would assist with the gun’s restoration, which is estimated at $60,000. Mr. Plummer displayed a number of images reflecting Norwich’s involvement in the Great War including photographs of several who died or were wounded in combat and early memorials to local participants.
 President Mr. Jim closed with words of inspiration.