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Posted by Barry Kaplan
Jan 11, 2016
President Dan opened today’s meeting with his thanks and appreciation to all who offered condolences on the recent passing of his father.
Today’s lunch was a plate of Chicken Parmesan with roasted veggies, followed by an old standby – chocolate mousse and a chocolate covered strawberry. Who knows? In a hundred years the club may want to compare lunches from the good old days.
Joe Joslin solicited ads for a program book sponsoring the Eddie Garris basketball tournament in February. Eddie was a respected and talented athlete and the event hopes to raise money for 2 scholarships. Call Joe to arrange your ad size which starts at just $50.
Don Desmond whet our appetite for a Bermuda Cruise raffle.
The trip is on a specific date – August 19 -26th – and the winner will get a Balcony stateroom for 2 people, or they can choose a cash prize of $2500. Tickets will be printed soon and there will only be 500 at $20 each. The winner will be drawn at a trivia night at the Polish Club April 15.
Dan announced the club’s newest Paul Harris recipient, Barry Kaplan, who looked as surprised as I did when it was announced.
Matt introduced Charlie Peabody, author of “The Privileged Addict” who spoke about his personal experience with alcohol and drug addiction. His substance abuse history was concentrated between age13 to 28 and during that time he rarely questioned why he was doing it. “I just loved it”. He explained that addicts often don’t respond to therapy until they learn to accept personal responsibility for their actions and how they affect the loved ones in their life. Eventually he saw the pain he was causing those he cared about and began a 12 step process in NH. There he developed a ‘nourishment’ process that included prayer, meditation and service to others that has helped him leave his self-destructive feelings and habits behind. Sobriety is a first step but it’s “the next step” that really counts and he has found service to be one of his best routes to recovery.
Sherriff Pete Cullen collected around $84, not a small part of which was for his early arrival. Other donations were for vacations, the Patriots, our guest speaker and some weather related wishes I’d rather not repeat.
Note! No meeting on MLK day next Monday but all are invited to DHS for the Diversity Day proceedings that start at 3 PM. The BOD will meet Tuesday the 26th at No Sh Bank at 8:30 AM and w hope to see everyone on Jan 25 for the next regular meeting when we can praise ?? for their Polar Plunge. By the way, please visit the district’s Polar Plunge page and donate to Tom Standring’s fund raising. Although he’s not swimming he has visited 17 clubs in the last 4 weeks to get the word out and encourage people to get chilly. Let’s support his hard work!
Submitted by Barry Kaplan
Posted by Len Mercier
2016 is here!!!
VP Mary Beth opened the meeting this week, followed by an invocation and moment of silence for President Dan's family for Dan's Dad "Jack" who died last week, with services this morning. I know many Rotarians went to the wake on Sunday evening and some of us attended the funeral and tribute service this morning. Dan's Dad was quite a guy and will be remembered by many. We continue to keep the Doherty family in out thoughts.
We did not have any guests this week except for the guest speaker. Today's meal was wonderful this week, Seafood Chowder, individual Turkey Pot Pies, Apple Crepe with Ice Cream. I was so hungry and was totally satisfied with everything and for those who really know me, that is tough to do.
Before I forget:
Next week is a "Can't Miss Meeting" for January
Charlie Peabody will be the guest speaker with his topic "Addiction and what he has gone through".
So plan on attending the meeting next Monday.
Brad, Kim and Tom are getting our teams together for this year's Bowling. Anyone interested should call either Brad, Kim or Tom. Dust off those bowling balls and if you own shoes, polish them up and get ready.
Monday, January 18th - No Meeting
On Monday, January 18th, Martin Luther King Day, there will not be a Danvers Rotary Meeting. Instead of having our meeting we encourage everyone attend the Martin Luther King Diversity Event at the High School from 4 to 6 in the afternoon. This free event will include some social time, music the DHS and Prep Singers along with Adult groups.
Brad Hunt, this week's sheriff collected a good amount of money for camperships this week. Tom M, Matt S, Bill N., Tom S, Jason, Larry Raimondi, Larry D, Judy D Rick G, Laura, Mary Beth, Bill Lee, Lenny, Kim, Jackie, and Becky all contributed to the efforts. Becky for a trip to Vietnam, Laura for a vacation, Tom Standring for his grand Daughter being engaged to a LT. Many thanks to everyone..........................
Paul Pollack - Speaker this week
Paul has spoken to us before, mainly about his career in management with the NFL. He brought in two NFL rings that he was awarded during his times working with teams. That was a side line for this meeting. This week's meeting was centered around diversity and his involvement with the Danvers Diversity Committee and the upcoming Martin Luther King celebration and program scheduled for everyone, at the Danvers High School from 4:00-6:00 PM, on Monday, January 18th. This diversity program will take place for the second year, at the Atrium of the High School. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. One speaker will be Howard Mandell from Merrimack College. Choral groups from the High School and from the Prep, the Universalist Church will also be singing and others. There will be artwork posted from the students and a social time for everyone. Donations are always welcome but there is no cost to attend this event. The committee has been working with the school system to better understand diversity and how it pertains to everyday life. Paul spoke passionately about the importance of the Diversity Committee and program in Danvers. He closed with a few good stories about his career in the NFL world. How Brady was picked and the variety of personalities with the coaches, managers, etc. Great talk.
Enjoy your weekend and don't forget that Monday is a can't miss meeting with Charlie Peabody as the speaker.
Cards were played and Jackie won the big pot. I guess drinks should be on her at the next fun time. Congrats Jackie......
A most important key to successful leadership is your ability to direct and challenge the very best that is in those whom you lead.
-Author Unkown, probably from Lenny
Posted by Len Mercier
Danvers Rotarians honored four well deserving students with scholarships for their first year of college. Traditionally the Danvers Club honors High School Seniors with scholarship awards to those students that best fit the criteria which includes an essay and student achievement.
This year's recipient of the Ralph E. Ardiff Scholarship was awarded to Rachael Leslie, who will be attending Harvard in September. The Ardiff award is presented in memory of past Rotarian and father of now Rotarian Ralph Ardiff, given to the valedictorian of the graduating Danvers High School Class.
Three graduated students were awarded Mark Reagan Scholarships for their achievements during High School. The Reagan Scholarships are in memory of Past Rotarian Mark Reagan, who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident. Mark was a town employee and a true Rotarian in every way. The three recipients include Jacqueline Beach who will be attending George Washington University, Jason Treffrey who will be attending Babson and Sean Londergen.
Pictured here are President Dan, Justin Treffrey, Rachael Leslie and Jacqueline Beach.
Danvers Rotarians are proud to be able to give these students a boost towards their first year of continued education. Parents were honored as well for their very important contributions to these students.
Wiffle Ball Tournament!!!
2nd Annual Wiffleball Tournament Announced
Danvers Rotary Tournament is set for August 8th
Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament was held in August 2014 and proved to be a great addition to the fundraising events for 2014. With the hard work of the club's members to find advertisers, to sign up teams for play and run the event on game day, this tournament could not have gone better for it's first year. Now plans are ready for the 2nd tournament this August 8th. Rotary plans this to be bigger and hard to believe better event.
The committee is hard at work making sure that everything will be ready. The food is ordered, the fields are mapped out and the teams are being put together. Looking to play? Click on the link below and register your team. Looking to get your business or name seen, then click below to see how you can sponsor or take out an ad.
All funds raised go to programs and projects that benefit the community and beyond.
Check out the special site set up for this Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament.
Posted by Len Mercier
Danvers Rotarian's Polar Plunge
Barry Kaplan, not being able to take part in the rescheduled, rescheduled Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 11th, took the initiative to make his own plunge the weekend before. Dedication is what Barry is all about and he wants everyone that sponsored him to know that he makes good on his promises, even if he has to freeze to do it.
See Barry's Plunge Video by clicking on the following Video Link: Barry's Polar Plunge Video
Great Job Barry!!!!!
Posted by Len Mercier
On Thursday, September 11th, Rotarians and Danvers High School Students worked together to pack food packages to help Stop Hunger Now. A total of 10,000 meals were packed during this evening project..
Lenny was there, but was taking the picture.
Posted by Len Mercier