Category Archives: Roast Committee

A Roast or A Toast?

submitted by Ellie Schatz; photos by Mary Ellen O’Brien and Mike Engelberger

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President Jason Beren joined the Rotary Past President’s Club, riding out of office with respect, appreciation and fond memories of his leadership experiences. In his year in office he was impressed with the breadth of work of our club committees and endeavored to fulfill his intention of being a person of action who would help the club grow. In order to meet the challenges of the office, he noted that he exchanged 1400 emails with Pat Jenkins.

The Roast Committee paid tribute to Jason by telling his story “Otto Preminger style: as if all the world’s a stage and this one man plays a major part.” Establishing the scene as a courtroom of Rotarian lawyers and judges, Jason’s fellow Rotarians were asked to sit in judgement of his year.

The prosecution began by stating 4 violations of Rotary law made by Jason:

  1. High crimes in the gross mispronunciation of last names.
  2. Obsession with aquatic activities.
  3. Engaging in geeky mechanical engineering behaviors.
  4. Having an overt desire to be roasted.

The accused pled not guilty. The prosecution set out to prove that this person who began life as a child of promise took the road less traveled. The first witness called was Pat Jenkins (played by Heidi Frankson), who proclaimed she had to phonetically spell out most words in his weekly notes. It cost her valuable time in preparing what should have been 1-2 page documents but became 250 page tomes. When asked if by speaking nothing but the Rotarian truth he admitted to these elocution crimes, Jason refused to answer “on the grounds it might ’incinerate’ me.”  It was brought to the jury’s attention that his difficulty with pronunciation might be a by-product of his other hobby/misdemeanor: wine. Jason then named several of his favorites, attesting to the fact that he has impeccable pronunciation when it comes to wine.

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Photo 1: “Jason Beren” played by Mark Westover; Photo 2: Judge Stephen Ehlke played by Judge Stephen Ehlke; Photo 3: Prosecuting Attorney Ken Kraus played by Ken Kraus; Photo 4: “Pat Jenkins” played by Heidi Frankson

Regarding his second violation, the prosecution stated that Jason was obsessed with controlling events as life “saver” at his swimming pool. One example is when he tells swimmers, “Don’t mess with the whistle!” In rebuttal, the defense avers he is simply a trained professional whose motto is: “When I guard, I guard hard.”

With geeky behaviors, such as wearing a pocket protector not to be denied, Jason proceeded to declare his desire was not to be roasted but just to be Rotary President because of his love of his fellow Rotarians. His proof: photos he’s taken of Rotarians at their weekly luncheons.

Although the defense declared the charges preposterous and thanked Jason for being an exemplary Rotarian, his peers declared him guilty. His sentence? One glass of Carlo Rossi burgundy and 50% attendance in the upcoming Rotary year.

Thank you Jason, enjoy a glass on us in appreciation of your year of outstanding Rotary leadership.

   Our thanks to Ken Kraus and new members of the Roast Committee for providing an entertaining program; to Mary Ellen O’Brien and Mike Engelberger for serving as photographers; to Brian Basken and Paul Ranola for serving as videographers  and to Ellie Schatz for preparing this review article.   Visit our club’s Facebook Page for more photos.

Michelle Ma Belle — New Fellowship Groups for 2017-18?

–submitted by Carol Toussaint; photos by Mike Engelberger


Michelle McGrath & Donna Hurd

There are many good stories about “roasting” the outgoing President, but only a few that can be printed in a family newsletter.  Over the years it has been an assignment given to the New Member Class and is always the program for the last day of the Rotary year.  Each past president who lives to tell the tale looks forward with relief that today is not the day they will be roasted.   The performance this year proved that the 2016-17 group was up to the challenge and that President Michelle McGrath was a cheerful and engaging target.

This was a truly participatory event.  Rotarians in the audience were given an opportunity to raise hands or stand in response to questions from co-chair Casey Oelkers or committee member Eric Salisbury.

How many of you have had your own name  ”creatively interpreted” from the podium or had a friend ask after lunch if Michelle had meant a comment to be about you “because she didn’t say your name right”?  This is what prompted the creation of what will be called the Pronuncilation Fellowship.

How many of you might join the Inspiring Moments Fellowship which was inspired by the many inspiring quotes Michelle included in comments from the podium.  It was noted that many came from a country song by Rascall Flatts or Luke Bryan whom we later met in The Dating Game portion of the program.

HO7A4387How many of you stood up because you were wearing cowboy boots?  The story is that Michelle has 9 pair of cowboy boots and in her honor the SK Fellowship has been organized.  Eric (what a great hat!) Salisbury gave the full name of Fellowship group but as was mentioned earlier, this is a family newsletter so you’ll have to ask him privately for that information.

There was even a show of hands by anyone single (as in not currently married) which prompted the recommendation of a Dating Fellowship.   The audience was then treated to an episode from The Dating Game in which bachelors were #1: J.J. Watt, #2: Luke Bryan, and #3: (guy they found in the parking lot). Michelle’s choice was #3 who is believed to be Paul Bova, Michelle’s real live boyfriend, as he was thanked for joining the group on stage.

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Using the latest technology, members were invited to vote by telephone keypad which reportedly showed a tie-vote which means that we have just voted in a new Fellowship – The Michelle McGrath Fan Fellowship!   It was declared that the Fellowship would meet weekly next to the Breakfast Table.

Michelle received gifts from the 2016-17 New Members, and they received the enthusiastic appreciation of the entire audience for presenting a clever and fitting tribute to our leader, Michelle McGrath.


LaBelle Terimaat, Sarah Bova, Jake Bova, Fletcher McGrath, Michelle McGrath, Grace McGrath, Paul Bova & Jim Terimaat

Our thanks to this year’s Roast Committee for doing such a fabulous job and to Carol Toussaint for preparing this review article.

Tears & Laughter: The Changing of the Guard

DSCF2341In relinquishing the gavel, President Renee Moe (’13-’14) cited many of our club’s accomplishments among which were moving up to 5th largest Rotary Club in the world and the Foundation’s Endowment breaking the $10 million amount.  She thanked her parents who were present, her fellow workers at United Way, the Rotary office staff and her family, especially her husband, Jason.  All of this with her usual modesty.  (CLICK HERE to read her thank you to the club.)

President Renee concluded by saying to us what her parents taught her as a little girl, “Thank you for inviting me. I had a wonderful time.”  All of this, of course, accompanied by tears.

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(Pictured above from left in Photo 1: Monique Scher, Mike (“Cafe Renee”)  Bress & Bill Haight.  Mike Casey served as chef at Cafe Renee.)

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(Photo 1: Charles Tubbs, Sr. & Renee Moe; Photo 2: Renee Moe & Cartoonist Phil Hands; Photo 3: Front row from left: Al Ripp, Stan Kitson, Jason Beren, Barb Wiley and Laura Gallagher; Back row from left: Dan Larson, Kris Ashe and Phil Hands.)

Finally, the new members’ Roast Committee introduced us to “Café Renee” after Chief Charles Tubbs, Sr. served her with a bench warrant for her arrest with the chief complaint being “excessive modesty.” The “Café” motif was that of running on time and using strategic planning.

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(Photo 1: Ellsworth Brown & Juli Aulik; Photo 2: Paul Riehemann & Wes Sparkman; Photo 3: Tim Stadelman & Renee Moe)

One of the diners was Jason Salus, Renee’s husband, who shared his view of the past year.  It was so successful the committee concluded that he would be invited back for President Tim’s Roast.

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(Photo 1: Renee Moe & Pat Jenkins; Photo 2: Mike Kosolcharoen & Renee Moe; Photo 3: Mike Bress, Renee Moe & Andrea Kaminski)

Words cannot do justice to the entertainment that the Roast Committee provided us this year at the Changing of the Guard, nor the service Renee Moe has given us.

Our thanks to this year’s Roast Committee co-chaired by Kris Ashe and Stan Kitson; to Laura Gallagher of The Creative Company for video services including a “PRESS” FILM prepared for the Roast Committee; to John Bonsett-Veal and Valerie Johnson for photography and video; and to Larry Larrabee for this review article.