Exchanging Services, Creating Connections, Strengthening Communities

August 2019 Newsletter

    The July BTT Potluck is THIS SUNDAY!!!
Please Join us at BEEC, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
This Sunday, July 28th,  5-8pm
1223 Bonnyvalle Road, West Brattleboro

The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) is a BTT member organization. There's plenty of time to eat hearty, play a game (Bocci, Frisbee, whatever people bring), take a short hike--trail maps available--or take the four minute walk up to see the great view from the hilltop! (If walking is problematic, you can drive or be driven to the top.)

A Few Details:
  • Besides the BTT time credit you can log for bringing a potluck dish --which we hope you'll do-- if you are a July-birthday member you can get a credit hour just for being born!
  • Children are always welcome!
  • Bring a croquet set, beanbag toss, Frisbee or other outdoor game if you like.
  • Tick protection is a good idea everywhere outdoors. Recommendations: tick repellent, shoes, long pants and socks to tuck them into, long-sleeved shirt
  • Rain location: The Root Justice Ctr, Williams Brattleboro. If the weather outlook is unclear, we'll make a location decision by 2pm, send out an email and post it on the member webpage.                                  
Any questions? Need help? Please contact your Potluck Committee--Donna, Philip, Laura, Tom and Rose-- at or call Laura Evans: 802-254-2151.

We'd love to see you on Sunday!


  • Sunday, July 28th: July Potluck at the Bonnyvalle Environmental Education Center (BEEC)!   5:00-8:00pm, at 1223 Bonnyvalle Road, West Brattleboro. Please bring a dish to share if you can, and remember to credit yourself one time trade hour!  Hope to see you!
  • Monday, July 29th: Potluck Team Meeting: 1:30-3:00pm at the Time Trade office on 15 Grove Street. The potluck team will meet to plan the upcoming August Pot Luck. Bring your thoughts and suggestions. Everyone is welcome.
  • Wednesday, August 15th: BTT Board Meeting: 6:00 at the Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room.  The meeting is open to all, and the space is accessible.  Please come!  All time trade members  are welcome at all board meetings, and we hope you will attend!

Our Community

A huge thanks to everyone who helped make the I-91 Coffee Break Fundraiser event a tremendous success!!! There were some trying circumstances!  The Welcome Center construction meant that several parking lots were closed, and the weather - whoa nelly! It was HOT!  But we managed to have a great time, and raised a total of $959!  So thank you to everyone who prepared food, who staffed the table, who contacted time trade members and local businesses, and organized the Sign-Up Genius!  Be sure to record an exchange for your time and your food contributions!
Take the Two-Month Time Trade Challenge!

Hello Time Trade Community!

We know you love the Brattleboro Time Trade!  You love the potlucks! You come out for the annual meeting.  You volunteer to bake for the annual I-91 Coffee Break fundraiser. We LOVE to see you at these events!

So here’s a question: When was the last time you had a time trade exchange with someone?  

Getting to know our neighbors by exchanging skills and services with them is the very heart of our organization; it’s how we build and strengthen our community.  So, we’re setting this two-month challenge to you. During the months of August and September, we challenge every time trade member to commit to responding to at least one time trade request per month. One for August, one for September.  

As a board member, who attends meetings, and works monthly on this newsletter, and who is working on the grant writing team, I rack up tons of time trade hours.  Mostly, I forget to log them, but if I did log them, I’d never have to do an exchange with another member of the time trade. But, I realize that doing trades is the whole reason this organization exists!  And so, I am committing to this challenge myself; from now on, I’m going to attempt to respond to at least one time trade request per month for as long as I’m in the organization. I encourage you to do the same!!  And when you do, let me know how it went! I’ll put your exchange stories into the newsletter!


Dena Marger

What is a repair cafe?

The Brattleboro Time Trade has begun organizing to host a repair cafe in conjunction with a number of other local organizations, and tentatively scheduled for this coming October. In addition to helping people to maintain their possessions and keep them out of the waste stream for just a little bit longer, this event will 
be a great way to strengthen our relationships with our community members, and to further build our time trade organization,.

We are currently looking for people who are excited to participate in this project!

Do you know anyone who:
  • Has repair skills?  We're looking for folks with electrical skills, machinery skills, carpentry/woodworking skills, sewing skills, technology skills, etc.
  • Is excited to help organize such an event?
  • Would like to help us on the day of the event, by organizing snacks, or entertaining kids, or providing music?
Please get in touch with Kip Tewksbury or Tony Duncan if you'd like to be part of making this event happen.  And, stay tuned for announcements of upcoming planning/organizing meetings!

Office News

We can always use your help around the office! Please get in touch with Donna Faith K-Brooks if you are interested in staffing the office in exchange for hours added to your time bank!

Staffed office hours can vary. Please call ahead to make sure that someone is available: 802-246-1199

Photo credit: Kip Tewksbury
Time Trade Teams

Get involved with a Time Trade Team and help keep your time trade healthy and functional! Your participation is highly valued!!!

Office Team:
contact Donna Faith K. Brooks

Buddy Team:
contact Katherine Barratt

Newsletter Team:
contact Dena Marger

Grantwriting Team:
contact Lucinda McGovern

Fundraising Team and Finances Team:
Kip Tewksbury

Information Technology for the Time Trade:
Alan Baker

Potluck Team:
contact Philip Coolbeth or

Our Mission
Brattleboro Time Trade provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of goods and services for the benefit of the community. It creates a system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. By promoting the skills and knowledge of each member and enabling reciprocity, the organization empowers each of us to share our wealth of experience with others, thereby enriching the local economy.

Got an item you want listed in the next (September) Time Trade Newsletter? 

If you have news from a time trade member organization, or had a particularly successful time trade exchange, or know of community events of interest, feel free to submit them to the Newsletter team, c/o Dena, Katherine, and Beth, at  Put the word "Newsletter" in the subject line. Please send that information by July 25th!  Thanks!
Brattleboro Time Trade
15 Grove St. Suite 5, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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