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Salem Village Wiffle® Tournament 2016

 

Big rush to get ready.  Rotarian's doing what they do best.

Unbelievable Bounce House for the kids.  Caught some adults trying but turned away.....

John Archer sings the National Anthem, getting ready for the games.

And the games began.  What fun.....

 

More pictures:

Rotarian Rick Gilmore trying to recapture his youth.  Looking good.

Captain of the Danvers Y team, Joe Pauline, playing the game.

More Rotarian's working the event, making sure everyone had their coffee and shirts.

Give me your best pitch....

 
These are just a few of the pictures from the day.  Watch for a slide show once we get everyone's pictures.  
 
Many thanks to everyone that helped make the day a success.  What a fun time.  We were very fortunate that the weather held throughout the event.  
 
Dan Doherty did a wonderful job as Tournament Chairman.  His committee made the event successful.
 
Lenny
 
 

 
 

District Governor Sheryl

   Addresses Her Home Club

2016-2017 District Governor Sheryl Meehan had her official visit this week, Assistant Governor Kang Yu, from the Saugus Club.  For her real job, Sheryl works in Danvers as the Director of Volunteer Services at Care Dimension.  She tells me that she can be a bit shy and was even a bit nervous addressing us, her home club.  I understand because I can be a bit shy myself, hard to believe but it is true.  You would have never known that by her presentation.  Governor Sheryl has more energy and she encourages everyone to have it as well.  As a Rotarian to look up to she admits that she did not join Rotary to do service, she joined because she thought it was a group to have fun and share time with.  Well she was right for the right reasons. Individuals who possess her amount of energy and join to have fun do the best work.  Service to your community and to the world can not only be rewarding but can be and should be fun.  After all if you did not enjoy helping others why would you continue to do it.  
 
I am sure that the reason she is Governor is that people are drawn to her personality.  That personality makes doing service projects fun and I am sure that volunteering with Care Dimensions must be fun as well.  She is so excited about her year and mentioned that the District Conference Event will be held this year in Salem, close to home.  She spoke about how Rotary is doing so many great things and encouraged us to be as involved as we can and if we had any questions to ask them and she will get Kang Yu to find the answers for us.  Rotary Serving Humanity is this year's theme and Sheryl want our District's theme to be Rotary is Magical.  She is convinced that there will not be any polio cases found this year and we are on the road to finishing this project.  
 
The Polar Plunge is on for this year and clubs are challenging each other.  It is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation.  In 1917 the first donation to the Foundation was $26.50  Governor Sheryl is asking everyone to dig deep and add this amount to your regular contribution to help bring it over the top.  A Rotoplast mission is also planned for this year, in October.  Sheryl spoke about how our club is serving and having fun at the same time.  Listing the Food Project, the Danvers Mayor, the WiffleBall Tournament, the Veterans Memorial, Pavilion and much more.  She is proud to have Danvers as her home club.
 
We are proud to have her with us as well.  Congrats Sheryl.  Have fun and enjoy your year......................
 
 

 

Wiffle Ball Tournament!!!

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3rd Annual Wiffleball Tournament Announced

 
 

Danvers Rotary Tournament is set for August 6th

 


Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament was held in August 2014 & 15 and proved to be a great addition to the club's fundraising events.  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 two years.  Now plans are complete for the 3rd tournament on Saturday, August 6th.  Rotary has plans for this year's tournament to be bigger and even better that last year.
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.
 
 

 

Click here for more information. 

 

 
 

ROTARIANS HONORED FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE

 
Danvers Rotarians Tom Standring and Bill Lee were honored with District Governor's Service Awards for Rotary Service with the Danvers Club for Fifty Years.  As seen in the photo from left to Right are Tom Standring, Rotary International Director Julia Phelps, Bill Lee and Club President Mary Beth O'Connell.  RI Director Julia Phelps presented the awarded for District Governor Sheryl Meehan, who was away vacationing.  Tom Standring has been just about everything in the club over the years and continues to collect weekly funds and does anything he is asked to do.  He serves as the Assistant Treasurer for our Rotary District as well.  Recently Tom and Larry Raimondi took first place in the joint Bocce Tournament with the Danvers Kiwanis and Danvers Lions Clubs.  Truly he is a great Rotarian, athlete and community citizen.  Bill Lee has spent a a great deal of his time over the years serving the Danvers Rotary Club though the club officer positions, fundraising, served many terms on the Board of Directors and has done anything he has been asked to do, with a smile.
 
Both were honored with Citations from the House, awarded by Representative Ted Speliotis.
 
 True Rotarians have a hard time saying no to whatever is asked of them.  These two men fit that description of being True Rotarians.  I believe there are a couple of other Rotarians that will also be recognized.  Watch for more details.
 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO ROTARY

Four scholarships were awarded at the Danvers Rotary Club's July 11th, 2016 meeting.  President Mary Beth O'Connell stands proudly with, from left to right, Melissa Freed, Abigail Armstrong, Jason Thompson and Riley Thomson.  Melissa Freed was awarded the Ralph E. Ardiff Award and will be attending McGill University in the Fall.  Abigail Armstrong was awarded the Mark Reagan Award and will be attending University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Jason Thompson was awarded a Mark Reagan Award and will be attending Tufts University.  Riley Thomson was awarded a Mark Reagan Scholarship and Riley will be attending Roger Williams University in September.  All four recipients were in attendance, with their parents to receive their awards.  The Danvers Rotary Club is proud to be able to help these top students.  The club wishes them the best while they begin their higher education, preparing for their future.

 

 
 

2016-2017 Danvers Rotary

Officers & Directors Induction Dinner

Can you believe another year has past and we are beginning the new year of club projects and activity.

Mary Beth O'Connell was sworn in as President, by District Assistant Treasurer, Tom Standring, on Tuesday, June 21st at the Salem Country Club.  
 
Here are a few pictures from the fun evening at the Salem Country Club.
  
I included a couple of selfies as newly inducted President Mary Beth requested that we take these for marking our history.
 
Congrats Mary Beth.  Looking to a great year............
       
 

 
 

Rotary Team Wins At Bocce

Larry Raimondi and Tom Standring did a stand up job, representing our club in the Service Club Bocce Tournament, held on Tuesday, June 28th, at Endicott Park.  This team worked hard, defeating the Kiwanis team of Richard Gilmore and Frank Hershede, who in the past were unbeatable.  Tom and Larry's skills helped them through the first round.  The team then squeezed by the other Rotarian team (Rick and Lenny) in the second round.  These two skillfully beat the Lions in the final round.  Tom Strandring must have some Italian blood with the way he tossed the ball and Larry being the experience bocce player, represented the club quite well.
 
Great job you two.
 
  
 
 
 

 
 

NAVY BAND CONCERT

On June 30th, the Navy Band, from Newport, RI will entertain the Danvers Community with a concert beginning at 7:00 PM.  Sponsored by the Danvers Rotary Club, this concert will help lead off this year's Family Festival.  Rotarian Larry Raimondi arranged for the Navy Band to return this year.  The concert will feature the complete group playing Patriotic Tunes along with a smaller group from the Navy Band entertaining with top 40 hits.  This is a great concert for the entire family.  Come on down to the Rotary Pavilion, on the Library Lawn, by the Mill Pond.  

 

 
 

District Initiative on Homelessness & Hunger

 

Dan Weir, President of the Boxford, Topsfield, Middleton Rotary Club, talked with our club this week, reviewing the District Governor Dave Manzi's Initiative on Homelessness and dealing with Hunger.  This initiative is one that will carry from this year and through the next couple of years.  Fighting Hunger is an area that we, as a club and district has been working on for awhile.  As an issue of every community throughout the world, there are many people in every community in need of healthy food to sustain their health.  Working with Food Pantries, the Boston Food Bank as well as sending food items to other parts of the world, are all ways to help the large numbers of those needing our help.  Even in Danvers we are surprised to see how many families can't put that important meal on their table.  Many children need the help that we can provide.  In Danvers we know how many families are homeless, living in motel/hotels, needing help from the Commonwealth and from our community.  We have been working with the homelessness issue for many years and surely this is not going way anytime soon.  Working with the Commonwealth, our local Community Council's Food Pantry and other community leaders from our community, we can make a difference. Our Danvers Club has been working on this and I am sure will continue to do our best to help support the needs in our community and beyond.  Dan is going club to club talking about this all so important issue.  Thank you Dan for your commitment. 

 
 

 
 
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.