Posted by Bob Farwell on Nov 07, 2018
Presiding: Club President Mr. Jim Daly Esq.
Invocation: Cathy Croteau
Fellowship: Bob Farwell. As the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending the fighting between Germany and the Allies approaches, we contemplated John McCrea’s epic poem, In Flanders Field, composed following the death of a close friend during the April 1915 battle of Ypres. 
In Flandders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.
None admitted to.
Rotarian Anniversaries:
Alas, an intense search revealed none.
Rotarians with guests:
Polite inquiries proved bootless.
Visiting Rotarians:
A check of the parking lot, local businesses and historic sites was unsuccessful.
Announcementsby Pres. Mr. Jim D.
  • The club will return to the Courtyard for next week’s meeting.
  • Silence all cell phones or endure weeks of knock-knock jokes and harmonica solos.
  • The club was victorious at the Madonna Place Trivial Pursuit Challenge.
  • Certificates of achievement were presented to the participants.
  • Suggestions for Happy Dollars resulted in a $750 contribution.
  • Thank you notes were received from Uncas and Wequonnoc schools for the dictionary deliveries.

Happy Dollars: With President Mr. Jim

The president, Mr. club president, offered encomiums to the members of the winning Trivial Pursuit team.



Bill Champagne spoke glowingly of the William B. Stanley Lecture Series and Tom Clavin’s presentation. He lavished praise on Pres. Mr. Jim D. and Jennifer G. for their acuity during the Trivial Pursuit Challenge and called Jim Konrad’s contribution “incredible.” The Norwichtown Burger King dispute was resolved through compromise.



Mike C. reported a great scout camping trip featuring Katy, a clock radio and the Carpenters.



Mike Gordon described his paving woes and the discovery of rotting stumps and running water beneath the pavement.



Gary  was grateful for the respite from singing, luncheon brownies, our speakers and tennis.

No auction today. A bemused audience expressed their dismay by humming a selection of tunes from Oklahoma!
Due to its distance from the podium and its location in a different time zone, the lottery results were delivered by carrier pigeon several hours after the meeting concluded. The following narrative, written in berry juice, is the only extant description of the results: Emotions ran high as Gary Y., Jim D. and Mike M. vied unsuccessfully for the winning card. This may be our final communication as we fend off an attack by marauding Wildebeests.
Wendy Bury and Deb Mathiasen of the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition were our speakers. Wendy described in detail the impact of the arts in our region and stressed the importance of the organizations mission to “fosters region-wide economic growth in New London County by optimizing existing and new arts and cultural activities to assure that the cultural sector and creative business assets are central to the vitality of the region.” Reference was made to reports analyzing the arts on economic development. Details can be found at
Concluding the meeting, President Mr. Jim as always, proffered a useful aphorism.