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Lunar New Year
by Irene Fowle
 
Glad to see so many Rotarians and their families at the Lunar New Year party.  There indeed were dragons (two), chinese zodiac fortunes (ask Linda Clapp about these)  and a fun Lunar New Year trivia. Guests were given beautiful name tags (created by local artist, Vicki Haugen) with their Chinese Zodiac sign, then asked to sit at a table with members whose Zodiac sign was the least favorable.  It was a great mixer and led to a room full of laughter and conversation.
 
Demonstrating the change in our membership demographics in the last few years, there were also about eight children, making the night more fun and exciting.  We are so lucky to have a membership committee that has been working hard and attracting new members and also younger members too.  In the last few weeks we have welcomed three new members, Byron Cortez, Sarah Brightman and Douglas Lockwood.  They are all a great addition.
 
This week we welcome our own Marty Helman, past president, past District Governor and so much more.  When I asked her for a paragraph about her talk Thursday, this is what she wrote:
 
Our own Marty Helman, who is racking up the frequent flyer miles representing Rotary (and us!) is back in town and will regale us with stories of some of the people she has met on the road.
 
She will also tell us about the new Rotary Peace Center that is opening in the Middle East, and an amazing opportunity for our club.
 
Marty is an engaging and fun speaker, don’t miss it.
 
The annual winter Barn clean up has been rescheduled to this Saturday February 24, 2024 at 9:00.  We’ll need many hands, trucks, trailers, etc.  Hope for warm weather too.
 
Your Board of Directors met last Monday via Zoom.  (Anyone is welcome to join us, just email Tory for the link.) We welcomed two of the new members and also donated $5400.00 to the CRC for their Fuel Fun, $3000.00 to the Town of Boothbay for a sports equipment storage shed at Clifford Park, $1100 for propane tanks for Homeless Veterans receiving trailers from the amazing VETS project right here in Boothbay.  All this made possible by your hard work at the Big Gray Rotary Barn.  Summer is around the corner, I just know it, so get ready for another fun and productive season at the Rotary Barn.
 
Remember, dues are due.  Send $142.00 to BBH Rotary Club, PO Box 518, BBH, Me  04538.
 
If you're interested in the fun and work of Rotary, join us any Thursday at 6pm at our clubhouse 55 Montgomery Rd, BBH, Me  04538.