Rotary Club

of Danvers, MA

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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Danversport Yacht Club
161 Elliott St.
Danvers, MA  01923
United States
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Club meeting was called to order by President Bill Nolan with an inspirational invocation by Brad Hunt.  What a team to open the meeting.  Three guests were visiting this week; Michael Wise was the guest of Don Desmond, Juliana Sirois  was the guest and daughter of Annelie Sirois, and Scott Shultz from the Institute of Career Transition was the guest of Matt Schroeder.  Great to see guests with us.  

No Meeting Monday, February 19th

Don't forget Monday is President's Day and there will not be a Rotary Meeting. It's a good day to go for a walk, pick up the sticks around the yard if there isn't any snow, and car dealers would say it is a great day to buy a car.  Well for many of us it is a day to work.  Well think about Rotary and how you can help to improve the world.

Rotary Moment:

Matt volunteered a Rotary Moment.  He went to the Peabody Breakfast meeting and learned about the Haven from Hunger and how each month there is a Friday when volunteers help.  Through that contact he was able to have his son do some volunteer work for his school or scouts.  It is amazing how we make these contacts.

District Peace & Understanding Dinner February 28th

Wednesday night, February 28th will be the District Peace and Understanding Dinner, 7:00 PM at Danversport "Yacht Club".  Let President Bill or Gary know if you can make the meeting.  Sure would be good to have a number of Danvers Rotarians there.

St. Patrick's Day Joint Meeting March 15th

On Thursday, March 15th, we will be having a joint meeting for St. Patrick's Day.  We will meet at the Danversport with I know the Beverly Club but can't remember if anyone else will be meeting with us.  This is a Thursday so we will not be meeting on Monday, March 12th, so mark your calendar and set aside the 15th for a fun time.  There will be the traditional St. Pat's meal along with another option for those who would prefer that.  President Bill will be looking for who can attend so we can let them know.  Count me it.

Rich Maloney - Guest Speaker on Monday, 26th

Rich Maloney, Building Code Administrator for Danvers, will be the guest speaker on Monday, February 26th.  He will give us an update on what is new in his department and things we need to be looking at for staying up to date.  Have any questions, this is a great time to bring them.  Rich has been with the town for many years and is a wealth of knowledge on what needs to be done to keep everyone safe.  Let's plan on being at that meeting.

Coats Collected

Shelley thanked everyone for their help with collecting coats for the coat drive that was recently held.  Shelley, Jacki, Mary Beth, Rick and Lenny hosted boxes, collecting coats at their businesses. Many bags of coats were collected to help those in need.  Shelley turned in the coats and reported that anyone wishing to donate can still donate funds to help with the program, but the actual coat collection is complete for now.  Thank you Shelley for doing this.  What a great way to clean out closets and donating those slightly used, new like coats, to help others.  

Family Promise Volunteer Opportunity

Mary Beth is looking for volunteers to help on April 4th, the first Wednesday in April.  Volunteers will work with Mary Beth to cook and serve a meal to a family or couple of families, who are homeless.  Following dinner volunteers will spend some time socializing with the family.  A great way to spend a couple of hours.  Can you help?  Call Mary Beth and get on the list.

Annelie Sirois - Classification

Annelie Sirois did her classification talk this week and what a great talk it was.  She was born and raised in Sweden, leaving home at 19 to come to America as an Au Pair, for a family in Salem.  Having 12 siblings, she explained how things are quite different in Sweden.  High School ends earlier than in America, with most finishing their education around 18 years of age.  Once you move out, you are out and on your own, where we are used to having our kids leave, come back, leave and come back, until around 25 or 30 when they can be out and on their own.  I guess being the second oldest, Annelie must have been used to taking care of kids.  This Rotarian is a single mom with three children 11, 16 and 18.  She has a lot of energy and is a hard worker.  She owns McClair Real Estate in Danvers and was sponsored by President Bill.   With three employees she loves selling homes, loves to renovate them as part of the program.  When asked how often she sees her family in Sweden, she said that she has tried to bring her kids their a couple of times and recently went by herself a couple of years ago as her mom was ill.  Things in Sweden are much slower with family home away from the busy area.  She was educated to be a Preschool Teacher.  Loves the Realty work and home renovations that people need someone to manage.  There were many questions and it was so interesting to hear about her life.  Bill reported that she is a remarkable present wrapper as well.  Great job Annelie and it is wonderful to have you in the club.  

Chris Culkeen Wins Cruise

With a little help from Danversport, President Bill announced the winner of the Cruise.  Chris Culkeen, ticket sold by Jacki wins the cruise.  While we all wanted to win, at least most of us knew the winner.  

Sheriff Brad collected $79.00 from everyone for the Campership Fund.  Many thanks to all.

Cards played by Michael Wise and Matt Schroeder, both loosers.  Sorry you two, better luck next time.

That is about it for this week.  Enjoy what is left of your weekend, remember no meeting on Monday the 19th.  Spend some extra time with family and friends.  
See you on the 26th.

People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.

  - George Matthew Allen

President Bill opened the meeting followed by Chelsea with this week's invocation.  At all the tables, at least at ours there was much talk about the Patriots vs. everything.  Everyone had their opinion as to who will remain, who will retire and who will move on.  We had one visiting Rotarian, Peter Cullen from the Methuen Club.  Hard to think of Peter as a visiting Rotarian after being with our club for so long.  Always great to see him. 

Upcoming Dates To Remember:

  • Board Meeting, Tuesday, February 27th, 8:30 AM at the Work Bar. Staples, Liberty Tree Mall.
  • District Assembly in Danvers, April 19th
  • Peace & Understanding District Event, February 28th at the Double Tree, Ferncroft.  6-9 PM and the club pays

Cruise Raffle Ticket is being pulled this Monday.

This is your last weekend to sell tickets and hopefully everyone has sold the tickets that they have out.  Please bring any ticket stubs and money to the meeting Monday.  I just can't wait to win.  I can taste the food on the ship, can you?????????

Job Fair at the High School

Ted Speliotis mentioned that we should all start thinking about this year's Job Fair for High School Students to look for summer jobs.  I know last year the Y picked up a couple of students that did great jobs with our camping programs.  Surely many of you will be looking for some help this year.  It is also a great way to talk about your businesses to allow kids to decide what they would like to do in their adult lives.  More information will be up soon but Ted said it should be one Friday morning in June.

Family Promise Volunteer Opportunity

With three families being served by Family Promise, they are looking for volunteers to serve an evening meal and spend some time with these families.  Mary Beth is thinking about Monday or Tuesday the week of February 18th.  She is looking for help.  Please let her know if you can help.

Don Desmond Reclassification

This week we were entertained by Don Desmond, who has been a member of the club for many years.  I want to say I remember his saying 24 years but I may be incorrect.  Don has not just been a member, he has been a devoted active member, willing to chair and or work on any committee needed to move the club forward.  He joined the club, not for business but for personal reasons.  His business, Hancock Engineering  has moved many times in Danvers, currently having 5 offices in Massachusetts with Danvers being the headquarters.  Don talked about some of the projects that he has worked on, many large and some small.  Many in the room can talk about how his surveying and engineering has made it possible for design and building of great things.  On the personal side, Don and his wife have five children between the two of them, loves to travel, hike through the mountains and has spent much time sailing.  He has taken up golfing and continues to travel and has been to 31 countries since 2001.  He joined Rotary in 1994.  A great member and surely a great friend to all of us.

Sheriff Larry D. Collected $90.00

Larry went around the room this week collecting $90.00 for a variety of reasons.  Many for changing their efforts to the Celtics now and looking forward to Red Sox Season.  Others for many other reasons. 

Rotary Member John Zannino Takes Plunge

One of our newest members, John Zannino took the challenge and took part in Rotary's Polar Plunge last weekend.  If you want to support his efforts you can go on the District Web Site and make a contribution to the plunge.  May thanks John for your jumping in to represent our fine club with this effort.  The picture is from a previous meeting but John is the young good looking one in the middle.  Sorry Tom and Bill, but he did take the plunge........

Card Game This Week:

Rotarians Chelsea and Larry D. took their chances at cards this week and were both looooooooooooooosers.  I truly was hoping that one of them would win but they did not so the money builds. 

Speaker for Monday - Annelie Sirois

Annelie Sirois will give her Classification Talk this Monday.  Don't miss the opportunity to hear about Annelie.
Sorry I am so late this week with the Rotoracle.  Life just got ahead of me.  See you this Monday.  Don't miss while the cruise raffle is pulled.

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly 

  -- John F. Kennedy

Wow, what a fun day we had at this week's meeting. 

First of all, there is a new Sheriff in Town.

Annelie Sirois stepped in this week as a new Sheriff in Town. She did a great job collecting a total of $83.00 from everyone for their variety of reasons.  Annelie is one of our newer members and she found that it is a great way to get to meet all the members by checking out their name tags or asking a members name who forgot to wear their badge.  With most donating for the New England Patriots, others donated for the speakers, the weather, snow, vacations and even for the new Sheriff.  Great job Annelie and thanks for stepping up.

Food Packing Event (15 Clubs from District Work Together)

What a time we had, last Tuesday, working along side of 14 other clubs, packing food for local Pantries to distribute.  We had 10 volunteers from our club alone, so that shows you how many people worked together to put together, seal and package over 17,000 breakfast meals, with oatmeal, Cinnamon, Apples and other ingredients.  We were sworn to secrecy about the special recipe.  When I got home that night all I could think about was oatmeal.  Boy, I couldn't wait till breakfast to quench my thirst for oatmeal.  Attached at the end you will find two sheets of pictures that were passed around at the meeting.  Have to say the hair net and mustache net did not help with my photographic look.  I at least pulled by the net from the facial hair for the picture.  All food packed went to local pantries for distribution to those in need,  Our 1,000 meals went mostly to the People to People Food Pantry in Danvers, with some meals going to the Pantries in Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton, through the Y.  Many would remember that we have hosted the food packing before and participated in a district packing event in Salem.  Those other events produced dinner meals to be distributed around the world and in US places, like helping out with Katrina.  Rotary helps in many ways, but this event is great because it is a hands on event to help locally and world wide.  Great job Rotarians. 

Polar Plunge this Saturday

President Bill is still seeking someone to represent us in the District Plunge, this Saturday morning in Gloucester.  Are you up for the chill?  If not you are encouraged to go to the District website and sponsor the event with a pledge.  I know, my Outreach Director, at the Y, a Tri Town Rotarian, will be plunging.  I am sponsoring her, Suzanne Malach.  If you are looking for someone to support you can support Suz Malach at the Y.  Remember, the money collected goes to help stamp out Polio.  As Tom Standring would say, "We are so close and look to the future when Polio is gone."    

Raffle only has a week and 1/2 left to sell tickets.  

More than three hundred tickets are in the hands of Rotarians and they should be all sold.  Some tickets were handed out this week.  Remember, being a Rotarian is not just about coming to the luncheons on Mondays at noon.  It is about sharing the responsibility of helping with service projects and for helping the club raise the much needed funds needed to support those projects.  This raffle is one of those important tools we need to work with to raise these funds.  Are you buying any tickets, are you asking your friends, family and business associates to buy a ticket.  You will be giving someone a chance at winning the cruise of a life time or a chance to win $6,000 to help with their finances.  Just think what you could do with $6,000; vacation, paint the house, help with a new car, buy that important person in your life a nice piece of jewelry.  There are probably 6,000 reasons to try to win and it only costs $50 for that chance.  Better odds than the lottery, than betting on the SuperBowl, and surely better odds than gambling.  Boy I think I just talked myself into buying another ticket, just don't tell Diane........................................  How about you.  Tickets are available at Hancock Engineering, second floor, Hancock Engineering building on Centre Street Danvers.  Go to the counter and see Pat.  She has tickets there and will also take money if you want.  

Coat Drive:

Shelley Silverman reminded us that the drive will be completed this next Monday, February 5th.  Drop off coats at the Y, North Shore Bank, Mountain One Bank, Gilmore and Gilmore, Home for the Deaf at 154 Water Street or bring them to our meeting on Monday.  
Coats will be given to Family Promise for their clients.

Club Project - Apple Orchard

President Bill reported that our board of directors have approved building or rebuilding an Apple Orchard at Endicott Park.  The plan is to plant one tree for each of our members in the orchard.  That is 40 trees to be planted.  New member John Zannino has a friend that is an Arborist at Essex Tech who will help to set up and maintain the orchard.  On Arbor Day or Earth Day, the plan is to have a hands on day of planting of the trees.  Trees will not be little seedlings, but will be trees of decent size to be sure they take to their new home.  No, you name is not on your tree so you can go pick your own apples...  This will be a great project that will continue to flourish for years to come.  The location is by the entrance into the park, where there is still a few apple trees from a previous orchard.  What a great project.

DanversCARES - This week's speaker

Peg Salladae talks about the importance of the program.
Stephanie Beilin discusses the ways DanversCARES works to give those important alternatives.
Peg Salladae, DanversCARES Director and Stephanie Beilin, DHS Social Worker gave a wonderful, in-depth talk about the great work of DanversCARES in town.  This group works closely with other organizations in town, working to give healthy choices to Danvers students and families.  Originally the program was started as Communities that Caress, which was set up to work on keeping kids away from smoking, drugs and alcohol.  Now DanversCARES has a much wider focus to build awareness on all types of behaviors and to help parents learn how to communicate with their students.  Your peer groups are at both the Middle School and High School levels, having Danvers students work to prevent issues before they begin and to problem solve ways to get kids "peers" on the right track.  Making good decisions is an important part of this program with Youth Leadership groups at both the Middle School and High School.  Some of the things they do include mentoring for Athletes, A Parent's University Workshop for faculty and parents to learn how to help youth.  Fun activities are planned to give good alternatives to bad behavior.  Just last Friday night, over 50 Middle School students attended a fun event at the Y.  This event happens a couple times each year with the Y offering the Y facility for he activities and the volunteers and staff from DanversCARES plan the event.  It is great partnerships in Town that help keep our youth on that all so important Right Track.   Peg invited the club to consider having someone from Rotary represent the club on the coalition.  It is all about partnering to make this happen.  Danvers is so fortunate to have Peg working with this program in town for the past 9 years.  Seems like yesterday that Communities that Care was established.  Guess I am getting old.  

Danvers Y Winter Dance this Saturday.

Yes I will continue to pay my fine.  Looking for something to do this week?  Saturday, February 3rd, 7:00 to midnight is the Y annual Winter Dance Fundraiser.  What a deal, $50 each gets you a night out with dinner, wine and beer included at no extra cost, along with coffee, soda and water.  A live band, "Wild Fire" will play dance tunes and a silent Auction, small live Auction, raffles and more will make up the night.  The Y looks forward to seeing many people at this event, celebrating the community and helping to raise needed funds to help youth and families.  Love to see you there.  Call Lenny at the Y 978-774-2055.
Cards were played by Gary Nangle and Dan Doherty.  Truly I was wishing them to win but it did not sound that way.  So sorry that you were both loooooooooooooooooosers...  Better luck next time you two...
Enjoy your week,  

Go Patriots


Life is a long lesson in humility

   --James M. Barrie


Meeting Notes for Members

Everyone was a bit tired after the two football games on Sunday.  The Patriots, in their special way, pulled off the win and move on to the Superbowl for Sunday, February 4th.  Many contributed to the club this week in honor of the Patriots moving forward.  President Bill opened the meeting and called on Jason Allain for this week's invocation.  Larry D. reported to duty this week as Sheriff and the rest will follow.
Shelley shared her Rotary Moment talking about a recent orientation for new Rotarians that she attended at the Wakefield Sheraton.  She spoke about how she and an auditorium full of new Rotarians learned all about Rotary and the great work done around the world.  

Rotary Food Packing

I know it is a bit late, but Tuesday afternoon a great number of Rotarians from our section of the district, met at the Wakefield Sheraton and packed thousands of meals for those in need.  This program designed to stamp out hunger is working to provide families with a balanced meal.  I know that Jacki took many pictures and they will show up soon.  The meal consists of outmeal with additional protein, apples, cinnamon and other special ingredients, carefully measured and sealed in a packet that feeds a family of six.  Many would remember that we have done this project before, once in Salem and the Hathorne Hotel and the other time at night at the Danvers High School.  The previous times were packing food to be shipped to other parts of our country and around the world.  This event was designed to pack food for local use.  Danvers is distributing 1,000 meals to local Pantries.  It was a great time and always fun to be part of a hands on project.  I was scooping oatmeal in my dreams, Tuesday Night and had a yearning for hot oatmeal Wednesday morning.  Luckily there is always oatmeal at home and I was able to satisfy my craving.  I would highly recommend every one of you to participate when we do this the next time.  What a fun time, helping others.

Polar Plunge

The District Polar Plunge is fast approaching and the water isn't getting any warmer.  Date is set for Saturday, February 3rd in the morning, 10:30-12:30.  Surely the plunge will be from 10:30 to 10:30.30 AM.  Everyone was trying to get President Bill to take the plunge but I think he is allergic to salt water.  Past President Matt took the plunge and tried to get President Bill to take the plunge but was not successful.  If you are interested in filling in for Bill and want to have a refreshing dip in the ocean, please let us know so we can sponsor you.  My Community Outreach Director Suz Malach, is one of four Tri Town Rotarians that will be taking the plunge.  I will sponsor her this year.  

Cruise Raffle Ticket Sales

How are you doing with your selling of Cruise Raffle Tickets?  We need everyone to sell as many as possible to see the profit we need to do the projects that our club would like to do.  Please don't hold tickets and expect to turn them in unsold.  There are no extra tickets and everyone needs to be sold for the fundraiser to be successful.  There are only a couple of weeks left to sell tickets and everyone needs to help.  Do I sound like a broken record? Am I being a pain? Am I telling it like it is?  If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then I am doing my job trying to get everyone to work as a team to make this successful.    Just ask your family, coworkers and friends and I am sure you will find some buyers.  I Did.... How about you!

Coat Drive

Rotarian Shelley Silverman has a Coat Drive running for two weeks, collecting new and slightly used coats.  Coats can be brought to the New England Home for the Deaf at 154 Water Street or you can drop them off at the Y or bring them to our meeting this next Monday.  She also has small boxes collecting $5.00 donations to purchase and clean coats.  So check out your closets and bring in those coats and consider making a $5 contribution to help with the cause.

Farmers Market Time Is Fast Approaching

Matt reported that this year's Farmers Market will be held the same day and time as this past year.  He is looking for a few more committee members to help with the planning and operation for this 2018 Market year.  Looking to add some vendors and wishing for some great weather.  Let Matt know you can help.

Speaker for this Monday - Danvers Cares

The speaker this Monday will be Danvers Cares.  We will hear what is happening in town to help our youth and families on the right track.  They are doing great work.

Sheriff Larry Collects $74.00

Lenny, Mary Beth, Matt, Jacki, Bill, Rick, Alden, Ted, Jason and Larry D. all conated in honor of the Patriots and looking to the Superbowl, Don for the Cruise Raffle, Tom Standring is set to be away for two months, Sara was just happy, Chelsea was thankful for being with us after falling down the stairs at home and is ok, Suzanne put in $6 in because she messed up.  She isn't getting out of the job that easily.  Thank you to all for contributing.

Card Game

Both Bill Lee and Jacki Shambaugh played with their tickets being drawn.  Too bad they did not draw the right card.  Sorry you two for being looooooooosers.  So the money builds.

YMCA Dance Saturday, February 3rd

Yes I will pay a fine but want to see some Rotarians at the Dance.  Larry D. will be sitting at my table.  Who else is attending.  For $50 you get a great meal, beer and wine (wine donated by Bill Lee), dancing to the band Wild Fire and a chance at winning or purchasing a number of great items.  Call the Y at 978-774-2055 for details and to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $55.00 at the door.  Always a fun time.
That is about it for now.  
See you all on Monday.

One important key to success is self-confidence.  An important key to self-confidence is perparation.

     --Arthur Ashe

Well, the winter holidays are over and the white weather is certainly here.  What is a New Englander to do.......  One thing to do is to go to a Rotary Meeting.  If you missed this week, here is the overview.  President Bill opened the meeting, followed by Past President Mary Beth with the invocation. Bill asked for any Rotary Moments.  Mary Beth and Kim talked about the Chidren's Holiday Party, held at Danversport.  The kids danced, enjoyed a great meal, sat with Santa and opened presents.    Matt Schroeder thanked everyone that helped with 2 families that were going to go without Christmas presents for their children since they were homeless, living in one of the Danvers Hotels.  Quickly, in the last minute, Rotarians stepped up and saved the holidays for these two families. Thanks Rotarians and thank you Matt for making this happen.

Food Packing Event

A district Food Packing Event will be held January 23rd.  Let Mary Beth, Jackie Shambaugh and Kim Labonte Kay know that you can help.  My hands make easy and fun work.

Polar Plunge is set for February 3rd

Go to the Rotary District Website and make a donation and if you want to dip, let President Bill know so we can support you.

Danvers Rotary Board Meeting January 23rd

The next board meeting for our Danvers Rotary Board will be held on January 23rd, 8:30 AM, at the Staples Work Bar, Liberty tree Mall Staples.  If you haven't been to a board meeting, I would recommend it to give you a great look at what happens behind the scenes.  This is also a great way to make up for a missed meeting.  

Danvers Cares will Speak on January 29th

Danvers Cares will give an update on what is being done in Danvers to help steer youth and teens in the right direction.  

Cruise Raffle Ticket Sales

Have you been selling your tickets for the Cruise Raffle?  We only have a few weeks left to sell the rest of the tickets so we can make some good money to help with our projects.  Don Desmond will be collecting funds from ticket sales and distributing any available tickets.  Tickets are $50 each and the winner will either enjoy the cruise of a lifetime or will take the cash.  Either way the winner will enjoy the winnings.

Sheriff Brad collects funds:

Brad collected from Matt S. for Good NY, Suzanne was happy, Mary Beth for a Happy New Year, Gary for being interviewed, Jackie for the long weekend, Bill N. for skiing Gunstock, Chelsea Happy New Year, Kim just because, Shelley for the Pats, Tom S., Lenny and Becky for the New Year,  Larry R for something, Bill for good Skiing, Larry D for the Pats and Brad for Happy New Year.  Thank you to all.

Cards Played

Bill Lee and Matt took their chances with the cards.  Sorry you two for being loooooooosers.  Better luck next time.
Seek you all on Monday, January 22nd.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

  - Francis Bacon


John Zannino - Newest Danvers Rotarian

John Zannino was inducted this week as the Danvers Rotary Club's newest Rotarian.  John is a local insurance guy who was proposed by Rotary Member Jason Allain.  The induction, led by Tom Standring.  Tom, a dedicated Danvers Rotarian explained the importance of the four way test in today's world, the importance of attending meetings and how we get the most of Rotary when we get involved and stay involved.  We look forward to hearing more about John Zannino when he does his classification talk.  Let's give John a warm Danvers Welcome......

Paul Harris Plus 1 Presented to Mary Beth

Gary Nangle carefully pinned Past President Mary Beth with a new pin for attaining her Paul Harris Plus One level with Rotary International's Foundation.  Individuals are awarded a Paul Harris award for contributing One Thousand Dollars to the Rotary International Foundation.  The Thousand Dollars can be paid, pledged over time, showing support for the International Foundation. Many Danvers Rotarians pledge to donate One Hundred Dollars each year.  This adds up quick towards attaining this award.  Our Danvers Club has it's own Endowment Trust that is used to support many of the projects we support.  Danvers Rotarians are encouraged to support both our Danvers Rotary Endowment along with the Rotary International Foundation.  As a side note, everyone should know that 1/2 of the money donated to the International Foundation comes back to the district after a few years, to be used for local projects.  We have been able to utilize these funds for some of our Danvers projects.  Gary represents us on the Foundation Committee.  Great job Mary Beth and we are happy that Gary did not stab you with the Paul Harris pin.  Gary, sorry I need to get some better pictures of you.

Annual Meeting Committee Reports:

Committee Reports
  • Secretary Gary N. reviewed the attendance and statistics for our club.  Would like to see a bit better attendance.  With new members we will see a increase in club membership.  Great job...
  • Treasurer Dan D.:  The club has about $38,000 in two accounts, following a $5,000 payment to the Danvers YMCA for camperships. Finances are in good shape.  
  • Becky reported on community service projects completed includeing meals at Thanksgiving, adoption of a traffic island, support of the rail trail. Upcoming projects include the meal packing. A member asked about Family Promise event, which was also completed, and included several members cooking/feeding families at a short term shelter.
  • Becky reported on our Endowment. Presently there is just under $1/2M in the fund.  Projects funded this past year through the Trust include work at Endicott Park, Great Oak school playground, and senior center vans. Future project includes chess tables at Peabody Institute Library. Members include Becky, Jacki, Bill, Tom, and Neal.
  • Foundation Chair Gary N.: reviewed our commitment to the Rotary International Foundation. This year's pledge is for $4,000 and we are getting close to making our commitment.  Many of our members donate $100 each year.  60% of our membership have contributed so far this year, totaling $3,075 or 77% of President Bill’s goal. Gary also presented Mary Beth with a Paul Harris +1 award pin.  
  • Vice President Kim on Programs and Social Media/PR: Kim asked new members to follow RC Danvers on Instagram, facebook, and ask family and friends to also. Kim noted we have had some good speakers, and working on someone from Workbar, DanverssCares, DEEP, Police and Fire Chiefs, a nutritionist, and a micro-brewer. Please let her know if you have any ideas.
  • Membership Chair Jacki: sick, no report
  • Fundraising chair Don D.: We had wiffleball fundraiser, raised about $13k, and it is on track for next year as well. Matt N. will be taking the lead. Current cruise raffle is in process.
  • Farmers Market Chair Matt S.: Collected $3.9k in vendor fees,a nd $150 in bag and shirt sales. Made 13k, depending on where you allocate about $3k in joint sponsorship of wiffleball sponsors. Thank you to gold and corporate sponsors in the room. Left about $3k in the DFM account, and transferred about $10k into the RC Danvers account. Looking at having a young entrepenuers table at the market, for kids to sell their wares. Also, hope to get an early start with vendors this year to make sur we have a fish vendor, meat vendor, and multiple farm vendors. A member asked if wiffleball and DFM will share sponsors again. Matt not sure, still looking at this issue, but perhaps.
  • Scholarships Mary Beth: Mary Beth is taking chair back over from Jill, who has left the Club. Committee awarded $7k in scholarships this year.
Upon being recognized by the chair, Secretary Gary N. made a final call for nominations from the floor for the position of Director, to take office upon the expiration of the terms of Director Don Desmond and Director Rick Gilmore on 6/30/18. Hearing none, Gary N. presented a single ballot to President Bill and asked him to cast a vote for each of the two candidates on a single ballot for the two expiring terms. President Bill cast such a ballot (below), re-electing Director Gilmore and electing member Sue Contreas to the Board for a three year term beginning on 7/1/18, expiring on 6/30/21.
Gary N.

Holiday Joint Luncheon Tuesday, December 19th

Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Club Members will meet together on Tuesday, at noon, at the Yacht Club to share fun times, laughs, and enjoy the entertainment from the Danvers High Singers.  Always a great time to bring your spouse, friends, coworkers, etc.  We will not be meeting on Monday the 18th this week.  I did not hear anything special but this is always a great meeting to wear your ugly holiday sweater, tie, hat or whatever.    Don't forget, Tuesday is the day and we are not meeting on Monday.  

Other Local Clubs Meet at Night on the 19th

There will be a joint meeting of the clubs in our area on December 19th, 5:30 PM at the Hathorne Hotel in Salem.  $30 each and you need to let Gary know you want to attend asap.  

Bermuda Cruise Raffle Underway

If you need tickets call Don Desmond, Raffle Chair.  Cost of the ticket is $50.00 for an unbelievable cruise that includes a family suite with just about everything you can imagine.  Only 400 tickets are being sold.  Sell, Sell, Sell.

Food Packing

Food Packing will be held on January 13th, with other clubs.  

District Polar Plunge is set for February 3rd

I heard that the ocean will be warm that day and it will be a great time for a dip.  Are you up for it?  Let President Bill know.
Cards were played by Bill Lee and Judy Delorenzo.  Sorry to report they were both loooooooosers.  The money grows.....
Enjoy your weekend and we will see you all on Tuesday, the 19th, with bells on.
Best for the Season.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

   - Vince Lombardi

Notes from December 4th meeting:
Sorry for being so late with this week's Rotoracle but time has been short this week.  President Bill opened the meeting and we enjoyed a great meal and some great company.
Speaking about company we were blessed to have two visitors this week; one was Kang Yu, our Assistant Governor and the other a very special guest Ridab Abutaleb, a visiting Rotarian from Jordan.  

Ridab M Abutaleb visits from Jordan

Ridab was a joy to share conversations with at lunch this week.  She traded banners with President Bill and shared discussions with all of us at the table.  She has been in the Jordan Club for some time and prior to her time there she had been President of the Shanghai Club.  Why is she here you might ask?  She has a brother and sister in Salem and Peabody that she is visiting thru the month of December.  Have to say that she is a remarkable Rotarian and well versed in Service Above Self.  Their big fundraiser is a Grand Dance Social where they raise all sorts of money.  

Two New Danvers Rotarians

Richard Keithahn and Chelsea Rosato were inducted into our club this week.  With Tom Standring away, Neal stepped up and did a great job welcoming them into the club with true excitement.  Rick is a Manager at the Danvers Citizens Bank, located at the Stop and Shop.  Chelsea is a DS Consultant.  We will learn more about these two when they do their classification talk in the near future.  So when you come to the next meeting give these two new Danvers Rotarians a warm welcome.

Cruise Fundraiser

Are you ready cruise???   Well Cruise Raffle Chair, Don Desmond is looking forward to one of the 400 available tickets to win this Nine Thousand Dollar Cruise.  This cruise of a lifetime is going to a lucky winner on February 12th, at our luncheon meeting.  Tickets are $50.00 each with no more than 400 being sold.  So you are not comfortable around the water?  Winner can take $6,000 in cash and fly to Bermuda instead.  Either way there will be a winner and it could be you.  Don was passing out tickets at the meeting and would like to see every Rotarian sell their share of the tickets.  They would make a great holiday gift for that special person that will ask you to go with them.  This year's cruise will be in a two bedroom family suite, featuring a large tub and balcony for seven days.  There are so many extras that go with this package.  I am attaching a copy of the handout that includes all the information to share with your friends, loved ones and others.  SELL, SELL, SELL!!!

Annual Meeting this next meeting

Monday, December 11th, will be the Annual Meeting luncheon when Committee Chairs give their reports on their progress, so far this year.  

Holiday Joint Club Meeting Tuesday, December 19th

The joint meeting for Rotarians, Kiwanians and Lions will be held on Tuesday, December 19th, regular luncheon time.  This is always a fun time to bring your spouse or close friend, co-worker, and others.  The Danvers High Singers will entertain us and who knows, maybe Larry Raimondi will dig out his old holiday sweater for the event.  I think Brad thought his tie was a sweater and posed for the Ugly Sweater contest.  Yes, this picture is from two years ago and I believe Larry won.  He got my vote.
We will not be meeting on Monday that week so don't go to the Yacht Club on the 18th, unless you want to eat with the fishes in the harbor.  Our weekly meeting will be on Tuesday, December 19th.

Gary Nangle talks about his Rotoplast Mission

I know, not the best picture of Gary.  I will have to make that up to him later.  This week Gary gave an overview of his recent Rotoplast Mission that he attended in the Philippines.  He talked about how important this work is and the joy he received from seeing how it changed so many lives.  The cost of the mission was $90,000 to run the mission at the Miller Hospital.  Every volunteer had a special job that they had to do to make the system work.  All volunteers were treated with great respect as they were giving of their special time to help others around the world.  Families were so appreciative.  Some were sadly turned away since they were too old or not prepared for the surgery.  Others that could not be helped during this mission will be placed on the list for the next mission.  The group of volunteers from our district joined a large group from the California area to make it happen.  With no air-conditioning and weather in the 90s and humid, there were no complaints about the conditions since they were there to help.  Gary recommends any Rotarian to go on one of these experiences to get a real taste of what Rotary does around the world.

Upcoming Dates To Remember:

  • December 16th, Saturday, 11-2:00 - Children's Holiday Party at the Yacht Club.  Rotarians are needed to help with the event.  Children will enjoy lunch, games and some time with Santa and receive gifts.  Let Larry and Judy know you can help
  • December 19th, Tuesday - Joint meeting with Kiwanis with the DHS Singers.  Always a great time, dig out that ugly holiday sweater.  Bring your spouse, friend, coworker or even an enemy and make them a friend again.  Rotary will not have a meeting on Monday, December 18th, that week.
  • Rotary will not meet on Monday, December 25th or Monday, January 1st.  You should spend more time with your family and friends on those days, even if you don't want to.  
  • January 23rd will be the Food Packing Event.  We will be working with other clubs to pack meals to be used around the country and the world so many can enjoy an important and healthy meal.  This is a great hands on mission project to take part in.  Please put it on your calendar

Sheriff Brad Collects $84.00

Sheriff Brad collected $84 from the following:  Matt N. for the Roll Tide, Peter Cullen for an announcement about his moving to Methuen abnd he is going to try his best to make meetings, Becky for the Pats Win, Chelsea in memory of her son, Jacki for the Inductees, Barry for the visiting Rotarians, Larry and Judy for being honored for the Youth Enrichment program that they support each year (special award), President Bill for Kang and Ridab, Don Desmond for the Raffle, Kang was happy to be with us, Alden for the Christmas tree in the square, Neal for the guests and inductees, Suzanne for Barry's win in someplace, MaryBeth for the guests, Lenny for enjoyable conversation with our international guest, Brad for the good meeting and good energy and Gary for the Xmas Lights up before Xmas (guess he is always a bit late and must get them up for St. Patricks Day).  Many thanks to all.....
Well that is it for now.  Enjoy your weekend.

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.

   - William Ellery Channing

Rotoracle November 20 2017
I hope everyone had a pleasant-or-better Thanksgiving with their favorite people.
As a result of the shortened week, I am behind the curve on the newsletter and apologize!
Monday 11/21 was a most interesting meeting
President Bill welcomed about 20 members and our guests, new inductee Annelie Sirois, and our speaker Cindy King.
We were served baked chicken wrapped around asparagus and an interesting version of meatloaf along with tasty veggies and potato. Dessert of cheesecake followed.
We welcomed a new member today! Tom Standring did his always fine job of induction for Annelie who was sponsored by President Bill. She is a Realtor in Danvers with her own agency. Please make her feel welcome as she acclimates to the Rotary experience.
Our guest speaker was Cindy King who spoke about her struggle with Polio which she acquired at a young age before the vaccines were perfected. Cindy is a lifelong resident of Danvers and hers was the first recorded case of the disease on the North Shore back in 1955. There were 4000 cases in Massachusetts.
Within just a few days of falling ill, she found herself unable to breathe, swallow or talk, and was rushed to MGH with a paralyzed right side. The doctors didn’t think she’d make it through that night alive, but she was placed in the infamous ‘iron lung’ machine that saved her life by forcing her breathing. Her childhood recovery was to leave her with constant pain, weakness and therapeutic treatments that yet have allowed her to continue working and contributing to the public’s awareness of the fight. We have all contributed to the cause and know how Rotary and its partners have been fighting to eradicate Polio overseas but Cindy’s talk brought home the reality of life ‘post - polio’.
Hers is an inspiring story of gratitude to her mother, her friends and her own determination and resolve.
Sheriff Brad, looking especially dapper, rose to the occasion again and collected $103 dollars for his nice white teeth and snappy dress (could it be his impending fatherhood has affected him in such a positive manner?), appreciation for our new member, the Patriots, thanksgiving, the volunteer crew assisting the food Pantry (thanks Becky, Jackie and those who contributed food), congrats to Danvers Gymnastics team, and a happy birthday memory for Joe DeLorenzo.
11/28 Board Meeting at Workbar
12/11 Annual Meeting with committee reports
12/19 Joint meeting w Kiwanis
Director nominations - if you want to serve your club, Gary Nangle and Jackie will put you on the ballot for that annual meeting
Losing cards were down by Ralph and Jackie - so sorry :).
As faithfully reported as possible by Jimmy Olsen.

Danvers Rotary Honors Local Veterans

This week's meeting was devoted to the Veterans who gave of their time, efforts and in many cases their lives, so all Americans can live with freedom and justice.  President Bill Nolan opened the meeting and called on Lenny for this week's invocation, that was built around honoring Veterans for all that they have done.  A number of Veterans were invited to share bread with us in honor of their dedication to country and family.  Annelie Sirois was with us as a visitor, not really a visitor as she is in the works to becoming a Danvers Rotarian.  Welcome Annelie!  
Peter Mirandi, Danvers Health and Veterans Director brought ten Veterans along with his co-worker Leanne Ruleo.  Local Veterans included Alan Weeks who went in the Navy in 1966, Bruce M. Sweeter Navy 1964, Dana S Sweeter Navy 1969, Raymond Young 68 and I think he said Army, Ronald Mercier Army 1965, Frank Geary Army 1990, David W. Woundy from Gloucester Army 68-69, Rich Greenlaw Army 1969, Dick Moody Airforce and well known for his Project Troop Support, Dave Corte Service 1967, Leanne's Husband served 1991 in the Marine Corp.  Also present, from our own club were Veterans Alden Goodnow Navy 1942, Bill Lee Navy and Tom Standring 1957 too 1959 Army.  Danvers Rotarians thank each of our Veterans, for your service and we are so proud to be able to share bread with each of you.  
Peter Mirandi talked about a program titled "Wreaths Across America" that is fast approaching.  On December 16th, at 11:00 AM, a group will be placing wreaths on graves at Walnut Grove Cemetary.  This program is a national program that will take place at Arlington National Cemetery as well as 1,200 other locations across the country.  Peter is looking for support, both money and help with the distributing of wreaths.  I believe each wreath costs $13.00 and people can sponsor one or many wreaths.  Let President Bill know you want to help.

Rotary Moment

Brad Hunt shared a Rotary Moment and I am sorry but I think I will mess it up if I list it.  We will have to ask him to repeat it next Monday.  I was concentrating on my table conversation with the Veterans and missed a good part of it.  Sorry Brad and yes you can fine me for that...

Dictionary Project Finishes This Week

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 9th is the last day for the Dictionary Project this year.  Danvers Rotarians will be handing out dictionaries to third graders at 8:30 AM at the Thorpe Elementary School and at 9:15 at the Highlands School.  Surely Sarah would love to have you join her to give out these dictionaries.  I have to repeat it again, it is wonderful to see the excitement within each of these children when they are given a dictionary, knowing that it is their's to keep and they love learning everything about it.  So show up at either school 5 minutes before the scheduled time and take in the excitement these children bring with them.  

Calling all Nuts

No, not nuts that are people, but cans and jars of nuts, packaged candy, cookies or other specialty items that we can turn over to the Food Pantry to help make the holidays special for the families that are being served.  Becky is collecting them at each meeting and would like to see many more items brought in.  I know I need to make a special effort to bring in some nuts, etc on Monday.  Can we count on you?????

Rotary Foundation 101st Birthday Party - November 14th

This Birthday Party will be held at the Yacht Club with a dinner cost of $60.00 each.  Let President Bill or Gary Nangle know if you can attend.

District Roundtable / Town Meeting - November 15th

District Leadership is looking for Rotarians to attend the Roundtable and give their input on the future direction of the District.  Will be held in the evening at the McClane Law Firm.  Details on the Rotary District Site.  Let Gary know if you can attend.

Sheriff Brad Collects $108 for Camperships

Sheriff Brad collected $108 for Y camperships from the group this week.  Starting off, Brad auctioned off a picture of our 4th place Softball Team, which Tom Manuel paid $2 for Brad to keep the picture.  While most; Rick Gilmore, Anne Lie, Mary Beth, Kim, Becky, Alden, Don, Neal, Tom M and Lenny for the Veterans, Bill Lee for the weather, Suzanne a big thank you, Gary Nangle for his water.  Many thanks to everyone this week.  
Cards were played by Bill and Brad and you guessed it.  They were both loooooooooooosers... Sorry you two....Right!!!

Friends Forever Students Share With Rotary

Ten High School Students from Ireland along with Irish and American Leaders attended Danvers Rotary this week. As a group they have been working together since the beginning of March, preparing for their trip to the United States for two intense weeks of working together, understanding how all faiths can closely relate with one another and how differences of opinion and beliefs should not come between their relationships with others.  These young adults are chosen for their leadership skills and how they are perceived as being teens that can help to make changes in their area.  After enjoying a meal with them today, I have to agree that they are well versed and worthy of being chosen to help with change.  Interesting, they were required to leave their cell phones at home, to come with an open mind to accept others for who they and not for their religion, race, etc.  When asked where their were from they answered that basically they were chosen from two youth centers in Northern Ireland.  Some were Catholic, some Protestant and yet others are Polish.  Around the table we talked about differences in neighborhoods, schools, sports and life in general.  Here in America you don't have to be Catholic to attend a Catholic School, which is the same in Ireland.  Where it differs is that here in America no one gives you a hard time, but in Ireland you would be bullied for not being of the faith of the school.  While that is getting better in Ireland, race is becoming a larger issue.  

Club Notes

Kim opened the meeting and introduced John Zannino, guest of Jason Allain.  John has his application in and should be inducted soon.  Following the opening, Kim called on one of the Friends Forever students to give an invocation, which was done wonderfully.  Shortly after the invocation, President Bill arrived.  
First of two Rotary Moments was from Tom Standring, who talked about how 31 years ago the Friends Forever Program first started and the Irish student who spoke was Karen Woods, who recited a poem that she had written titled, "No Hope For Tomorrow".  Later, Past Danvers Rotarian Al T. put it to music.
The Second Rotary Moment was given by Past President Mary Beth O'Connell, who talked about how meaningful this morning's visit was at St. Mary's School.  When Mary Beth and Lenny arrived there the Fire Department had everyone outside since the fire alarm had gone off.  The Friends Forever group met us there to help with distributing the dictionaries to the 3rd graders.  It was great seeing the 3rd graders and the Friends Forever group interact and how they asked each other questions about life in Ireland vs. live in America.  The teacher for their class went to another grade to get a student that had moved here from Ireland, so they could interact.  A great Rotary time.

Dictionary Project Underway

Yes, it is that time of year when our Danvers Rotary Club gives every third grader in Danvers, a dictionary that they can keep for their own.  If you payed close attention over the past few weeks we have been having College Students, Adults, and High School students talk about receiving their dictionaries and what they have meant to them over the year.  As you can see in the picture to the right, all the children/people are not 3rd graders from St. Mary's Elementary School.  The Friends Forever youth came and helped distribute the books and helped teaching the students the many things that a dictionary can help with.  How it is more than just words and their definitions, but also held great information like sign language, information on counties and the individual states in the United States.  Also there is the largest work in the our language with 1909 letters.  That will be our secret word this next week.  It was a great experience for the children to have the Irish youth attending, giving them a chance to ask questions about Ireland and how things differ there.  The Irish youth were a couple of minutes late, since they had to get up, clean up and get dressed in the dark, travel around all the downed trees and make it to St. Mary's School for the event.  They really were not late as there had been a smoke detector that went off, which brought the Fire Department to the school.  A real life Fire Drill for the students.  Have to say they did a great job getting everyone out in case there was a real fire or emergency.  All and all a fun, exciting time with the 3rd graders.
Next dates for the Dictionary Project are as follows:
Thursday, November 2nd:
  • 8:30 AM Smith School
  • 9:15 AM Riverside School
  • 10:00 AM Great Oak School
Thursday, November 9th:
  • 8:30 AM Thorpe School
  • 9:15 AM Highlands School
If you have not signed up, please let Sarah know you can help.  Guaranteed, you will really enjoy meeting the 3rd graders and seeing their faces light up when you give them their own book.

In Search of Nuts, Etc.

No, we are not looking for people that are nuts, we are looking for cans or jars of nuts, boxed candy and or cookies.  Becky is collecting these extra, fun items, to donate to the Pantry, for distribution with the Thanksgiving and Holiday food packages.  Rotary wants to make sure that families less fortunate, have a complete meal on Thanksgiving.  Yes, they always need turkeys and all the fixings, but we would like to see each family have the complete experience that includes the finger foods like nuts, candies and cookies.  So when you are shopping this week, consider picking up a couple of items to bring to the meeting on Monday, for this collection.  You know, one for me and one to help others.  After all everyone has a sweet tooth, even me..........

Upcoming Events:

  • November 1st - Rotary Means Business Meeting - See District Site for Details
  • November 8th - Welcome Home from Rotaplast Mission Celebration - See District Site for Details.
  • November 14th - Rotary Foundation 101st Birthday Party See District Site for Details.
  • November 15th - Rotary District Round Table - Town Meeting - All Welcome.
  • November 6th - Danvers Rotary Meeting - Classifications
  • November 13th - Danvers Rotary Meeting - Speaker: Mike Stare, Spectrum Fitness
  • November 20 - Danvers Rotary Meeting - Speaker: Cindy King
  • November 27th - Danvers Rotary Meeting - Speaker Andy St. Pierre, DHS Athletic Director
  • November 28th - Danvers Rotary Board of Directors Meeting 

Sheriff Barry's Report

Jason psid 20 for missed Meetings, John Zannino 20 for being with us, Neal, Sarah, Becky, Lenny, Don, Barry, Bill and MaryBeth for the Friends Forever students being with us this week, Matt for "Trunk or Treat", Dan for being up early, Ralph 20 for being back after knee surgery, Kim for new Rotarians, Don for Poland and Gary still has Jet Lag.  $127.00 collected for the Y campership fund.

More on Friends Forever:

Students from Ireland speak of their experiences in the top left picture, Leader Bethany gives an overview of the program and how the kids are doing in the top right picture,  In lower left picture, American Leader Leah, gives a lesson on history of the program and Darren, in the lower right picture talks about the youth and the great potential they possess.  
Lastly was the card game this week.  Even with everyone at my table wishing me the chance to win, the cards were pulled for President Bill, "late Bill", not the late Bill, and also for Sarah.  While you all know I was routing them on, they were unsuccessful in picking the right card and as you might expect were both looooooooooooooooooooooooosers.  The money builds.......
That is it for now.  Enjoy your week and sign up to help or just drop in to help on Thursday with the Dictionary Project.  You will be glad you did...

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

   Emily Dickinson -

Jason Colombino - High School Principal

Jason Colombino, new High School Principal was with us this week.  Jason recently worked with the Salem School System and is building his new team for DHS.  He is very energetic and young.  Young is a good thing as surely he is bringing some new ideas and programs to our school.   Along with Jason we had the Business Manager Keith Taberna, Superintendent Lisa Dana and new Highlands School Principal Paula Jones.

Paula Jones - Highlands School Principal

Paula Jones is the new Highlands School Principal this year.  Paula come to Danvers following many years in the Marblehead School System and is also a resident of Danvers.   Like Jason, Paula is fast at work, with her team, working to make the Highland School the best it can be.  You can tell that Superintendent Dana is proud to have these new Administrators on her team.  Danvers is a well run system and I am sure it will continue to flourish.  

Meeting Notes:

Well, Well, Well!  What a great day we had on Monday, weather wise and this week we had the new Administration from the Danvers High School with us.  President Bill opened the meeting and called for the invocation.  Besides the four guests from the school system we were honored to have Chelsea Rosato as a guest of Jackie Shambaugh.  We enjoyed some great table conversations this week.  Topics included the old Nike Missal Site off North Street, about school plans for the future and discussed how the actual class sizes are so different now.  I was remembering back 40+ years ago when our High School Graduating class had well over 500-550 students, compared to half that now.  How we all fit into the high school when it was 1/2 the size and now it is tight with half the number of students.  Surely we were smaller then and did not take up as much space, RIGHT!!!!!.  Also discussed how the Woodvale and Northfield Developments changed the town, bringing so many more children into the system.  Statistics show that over the next 5 to 10 years Danvers will see in increase in children entering the school system by 15%.  It is amazing at how computers and other statistic things can predict numbers as they do and be correct at doing it.  Another discussion was on how we are known for our onions and carrots.  Yes, the Danvers Carrot came from here.  Did you know that Binney and Smith "Crayola Crayons" started in the building now housing Hotwatt, in the square?  When I was in the 4th grade I interviewed the owner as a school project and left with a box of 64 crayons.  I was on cloud 9 for weeks.  Danvers Bricks also originated here and were shipped all over the country for building.  Very interesting history and discussions were shared.  I guess I am getting old, since I remembered all of those things.  Danvers is quite a town to be proud of, don't you think?
Barry Kaplan spoke of his Rotary Moment this week.  He was at a function, wearing his Rotary Pin I have to add, when a woman asked him about the pin and what it stood for.  When he explained Rotary to her she was so excited she is going to look into taking part in Rotary in her home area.  We did not pick up a new Rotarian but Barry sparked the interest to help another club out with a potential member.  Great job Barry, you should get an extra credit for wearing that pin.

Rotoplast Mission Completed

Gary Nangle has returned from spending two weeks in the Philippines, volunteering with the Rotary Districts' Rotoplast Mission.  Gary reported that it was an unbelievable experience and encouraged everyone to try to fit it in for the future.  One hundred and fifty plus were operated on for clef lips and clef pallets.  There were a number of children turned away and or put off for another mission as time was such that they could only operate on a certain number.  The Clef Pallet also can't be repaired on individuals once they reach a certain age.  Everyone had a certain job to do and sometimes you had to wait a bit to do your job since an operation may have taken longer than expected.  They took great care of the volunteers and he was surprised that he did not gain any weight as there was always a variety of food to eat.  All in all he was so happy that he was able to go on this mission and help these children.  Such a great program sponsored by Rotary, showing our commitment to helping around the world.

World Polio Day - October 24th

Yes, I know I am late but I am just the messenger...  Tom Standring, Danvers Rotarian that is so committed to the Rotary World Program to Alleviate Polio, reported about that in 2005, Rotary's 100 Anniversary was when Rotary International decided to make this project a main goal and we are so close.  in the next couple of years we hope to be able to say that Polio has been Eliminated.  There are only three countries that are in the waiting period for Polio.  Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are the only three countries left and once each has been able to certify no new cases for a third year in a row Rotary will be able to close the books on this.  Over the past 6 years the District's Polar Plunge has raised over $600,000 towards this effort and the Gates Foundation has matched that with a 2 to 1 pledge for the program.  Many thanks go to the Gates Foundation for their joint commitment with Rotary on this process.  

Dictionary Project News

The Dictionary Project is underway with the first schedule visit planned for this Monday, 8:30 AM, at St. Mary's Elementary School.  Sarah is chairing the program this year and would love some help with the distribution of the books.  I plan on attending on Monday and surely some of you would like to as well.  On November 2nd at 8:30 AM the dictionaries will be distributed at Riverside and then Smith.  On November 9th 8:30 AM, we will b e distributing to Highlands and then to Thorpe.  At this Monday's meeting we will take a few minutes and put stickers and letters in each of the dictionaries for the children to bring home.  Other than St. Mary's signups will be taken at club meeting on Monday.  Check your calendar to see if you can help.  Have to tell you it is one of the best things we do, interacting with the third graders.  

Sheriff Barry took in $140 from the small group this week:

In looking over the notes I believe Matt paid $85 for the nice weather, others for the weather, Tom S. for his Grand Daughter's wedding in Cincinnati, some for the guests, Alden is going to Houston, President Bill for Youth Football Playoff win 20-0, Gary for a great mission, Jackie for the guests and Sheriff and Chelsea in memory of Kayla.  Thank you to all.

Other Danvers School System Notes:

Smith School is beginning a feasibility study for a replacement school to be built for 465 students, two times the size it is now.  There are about 3,600 students in Danvers right now and expected to see an increase of 15% in the next 5 to 10 years.  Lisa thanked the club for our contribution to the Great Oak School Playground that is being dedicated this week.  There was a question about volunteerism with the high school students.  As part of their schooling requirements each student must complete 40 hours of volunteer work over their 4 years of school.  Some do much more as required by certain programs.  It was great to have the School Administrators visiting with us this week.
Cards were played by Becky and Alden.  Sorry to report they were both looooooosers.  So the money builds.
Have a great weekend.
What a great Monday to start off Rotary.  If you did not make the meeting you missed an unbelievable great meal, which I will get to later in the this week's news.  Suzanne Contreas brought her mother Rose and brother Vini Contreas.  Always nice to see Rose and have to report she is 88 years young as of this Friday and looking wonderful.  It was great seeing Vini as he was one of my fellow counselors at the Y camp back, when I first started.  I guess that must be why both his and my hair are white.  So the Contreas group sat with Larry and Judy DeLorenzo, so that table was referred to as the family table.  Now Shelley was sitting with them but I guess she fit right in.  
President Bill opened the meeting and called on Shelley for this week's inspirational words, which she did a great job with making them fit our mission.  Our speakers this week were from the Essex Tech School; the combined school previously being Essex Aggie and our local Tech Schools, now all under one roof or should I say many roofs.   

Speakers from Essex Tech High School

We changed it up a bit this week as the students from the school had to get back early for educational commitments at Essex Tech.  Lisa Berube and Marissa at senior staff from the school that reviewed the set up of the school that included an explanation of how students from all over the state are allowed to apply for entrance into the school with most of the actual students attending, represent the many towns in our North Shore area.  There are 1,400 students attending in the 24 different programs.  To give an idea of how many young adults seek this great education, for the 350 Freshman seats over 1,200 applied.  This shows the importance of vocational and agricultural education and how important and lucky we are to have it right in our community.  The two students Amy and Meghan, both seniors, spoke of how proud and lucky they are to have been able to have this education and how challenging it is.  Staff member, Lisa, works the Co-Op department, placing the students in working jobs in the state, in their local communities.  There are four new programs that are going to be offered, but the faculty were sworn to secrecy until the formal announcement is made about their areas.  Students are given the opportunity to compete in their area's of expertise.  Larry Raimondi has a grand child that is graduating from this school and echoed the quality of education that the kids are receiving there.  Some of the students have taken part in RYLA, Rotary's Youth Leadership program, held at Camp Rotary in Boxford.  Neal Waldman asked if they would be interested in having a Rotary Interact club, for the students to take part in.  The Interact club is a Rotary Club for High School Students to take part in, giving them a great taste of community service and leadership.  They seemed excited about the opportunity and President Bill will follow up with them.    

Rotoplast Report from the Philippines:

Danvers Rotarian, Gary Nangle, reported on how the Rotoplast Mission is going in the Philippines.  When he arrived things were going slow and he thought he was going to be bored.  Well that was the farthest from the truth.  49 children had been operated on through Sunday, with many more to take place.  Surely Gary is far from bored with his mission to the Philippines.  Can't wait to hear what Gary has to report when he returns.  We are so lucky to have him represent our club with this program.  Thank you Gary Nangle, for your commitment to the world through Rotary.  
What a wonderful way to change a child's life.  Thank you Rotary for helping around the world.

Upcoming Items To Remember:

  • October Rotary Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 24th.  President Bill wants those who have reviewed strategic notes to comment to him prior to the meeting.
  • Dictionary Project Begins October 30th:  Sarah is chairing this year and will be looking for help to distribute the dictionaries to the students.  The first date will be on October 30th, 8:30 AM at St. Mary's School.  Other Danvers Elementary Schools will be distributed to on November 2nd and 9th.  The times/schedule will be announced.  Think about when you can help.  I have to say, this is one of the best projects since we get to interact with the children and talk about Rotary.  Some ask if dictionaries are still relevant since the world of computers and smart phones.  One of the Vocational Students said she remembers receiving her dictionary at the Smith School and still uses it today.  Check out my desk and you will find one as well.  So, that answer is yes.
  • Turkeys for Food Pantry:  Becky reported that it was approved to purchase 25 turkeys, to help with the Food Pantry, for distribution for Thanksgiving.  This represents a portion of the many turkeys that are distributed to families in need.  The club is also seeking other sweet/nutty items to donate to the pantry as well.  Can you pick up a box of candy, nuts, or other item and bring them to our meetings.  Becky will be collecting these to help the Food Pantry make Thanksgiving special for families in our community.  Just bring them to Rotary.  Also, if you have any connections for other turkeys, etc. please let Becky know.
  • Children's Holiday Party:  Judy and Larry DeLorenzo reported that Judy had met with Barbara Remon, at the Food Pantry, and due to popular demand, this year's Children's Holiday Party will be held on December 16th at the Yacht Club.  Children, who's families utilize the Pantry, ages 6 to 12 will be at the Yacht Club on the 16th of December, from 10:00-2:00 for a meal, some fun games and even a visit from Santa.  A DJ will provide great music and the Pantry will provide the gifts.  Last year 42 children took part in the event.  Judy will chair it this year.  

Danvers Rotary Endowment Approves Special Donation

The Danvers Rotary Endowment Committee approved a special project that will have two Chess / Checker Tables specially made out of granite and installed in the outside front of the Library.  Through Swenson Granite, these tables will be installed on cement platforms, allowing people to enjoy chess and checkers outside.  Chess and Checker materials will be at the Library front desk for sign-out.  

Sheriff Brad's Report

Brad collected $145 from the 15 Rotarians in the room.  Suzanne for her Mom Rose's 88th Birthday and for Brother Vini's visit, Lenny was glad to be here, Neal for the blonds, Alden for the Patriots, Mary Beth for her Anniversary "with Hubby that is", Bill Lee for the desert, Kim for no special reason, Larry R. for Essex Tech, Larry D. for the happy family table, Shelley for the Pats, Judy for cutting trees, Jackie and Dr. Bill for the guests, Brad for his Birthday and for missed meetings.  Many thanks to all.

Cards played by Lenny and Suzanne.  Sorry we were both looooosers, again.....

Enjoy your week and we will see you Monday.

The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what be becomes by it.

   -John Ruskin

Well, Fall is here but you wouldn't believe it with the weather we are having this week.  I think President Bill must have been daydreaming or he was spending some time at the beach.  For some reason and I am not going to ask why, President Bill was going to be a bit late so Past President Mary Beth took the gavel back and opened the meeting.  Annelie Sirois from McClair Real Estate was a guest of President Bill.  Annelie is very nice and would make a great Rotarian and Suzanne gave her the Rotary talk.  Shortly after the meeting opened Bill showed and Rotary life went on.  This month's Board of Directors meeting was yesterday, Tuesday the 26th at 8:30 am at the Work Bar, Staples Store, Liberty Tree Mall.  Beginning next month the time will change to either 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM.  Sorry but I forgot.  Gary Nangle passed around a sheet for everyone to write down their volunteer hours from the Whiffleball Tournament and the Farmer's Market nights.  Speaking about the Farmers Market, President Bill asked if we, meaning you, me and other Rotarians, could collect up the Farmers Market signs and drop them off to Matt Schroeders office.  He will store them for next year.  Membership Forum is planned for tomorrow.  It is probably too late but if you are interested in attending, please let Gary Nangle know.  

Town Manager, Steve Bartha, addresses Danvers Rotary

Steve Bartha addressed our club as our speaker but not only as our speaker.  Steve is an honorary Danvers Rotarian.  He started talking about how Bill asked him to speak and a good topic was his topic from a recent presentation about Danvers and how underappreciated the roll of recreation plays in the community.  Standing a bit stiff, Steve joked about a recent injury he had from playing Pickle Ball.  Last spring the town conducted a survey to help plan the future of the community.  Information was compiled from 400 personal calls and 350 online responses.  After evaluating the survey results it was shown that there is a 95% satisfaction.  Statistics have shown that in the next 10 years Danvers will see an increase of 15 to 20% students being educated in our Public School System.  Danvers has a vast amount of Open Space Recreational Facilities; Endicott Park, Rail Trail, LeBelle's Grove, Dog Park and a number of other parks as some of these spaces, along with the harbor, beach, Science and Nature Center, afterschool and summer programs.  Danvers offers reasonable utilities and has a balanced mix of residential and business properties.  Put it all together and Danvers is a much sought out community to live, work and bring up a family.  Comprehensive planning, such as the Maple Street Industrial Rezoning would help with the lack of residential space.  Questions about the Traffic Downtown, Water restrictions and public transportation was discussed.  There is a need to increase storage of water during the wet seasons.  While hard to permit before, the hope is that future storage ponds, etc. will be a possibility.  Georgia Wilson from Danvers Town Hall was a guest of Karen Nelson.

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff Rick collected $72.00 for the following reasons: Rick for Zack turning 13, George for a great Weekend in Maine, Becky for a trip to Denver, Neal for a it being a Nice Day, Tom also for the nice day, Larry Raimondi for Fall Foliage and football season, Karen for Georgia as her guest and being a brown nose'r, Lenny for a successful Trail Run Fundraiser at the Y camp this past Saturday, Suzanne for Tommy Brady, Dan for the Pat's Win and Don Desmond for the Redsox.  Shelley for the hurricane victims, MaryBeth for Steve Bartha being with us, Sheryl for the Walk for Hospice, President Bill for his 12 year old son's big win, Ted, Bill Lee, Jackie and Alden for great weather and for Steve Bartha attending.  Many thanks to all...............................
Cards were played by Lenny and President Bill.  Have to say I real sorry to see that both were loooooooooooooooooooooosers.  Even if I was a looooser.  
That's about it for this week.  See you all on Monday.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

  -Henry David Thoreau

Quick notes from October 2nd meeting.
Past President Matt Schroeder filled in this week for President Bill.  He opened the meeting saying he was President Bill and called on Gary Nangle for this week's Invocation.  The club held a moment of silence and thought for those affected from the massacre in Las Vegas.  Very sad and hard to understand how so many people can loose their lives at an event that should be fun loving.  Just don't get it.  Surely this will be in our thoughts for along time.  
There were not any guests this week and no speaker so Matt called on Larry for a joke.  Catching Larry without a chance to prep, Larry told a joke that was hard to grasp.  He laughed so we all did.  Next time we will have to give him some lead time for thought.  

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Foundation Training event will be held at the Yacht Club on November 14th.  Those interested should let Bill or Gary know.
  • October 30th the Friends Forever young adults will be visiting and for some reason I believe I understand they will be helping with the Dictionary Program, delivering dictionaries to the 3rd graders in town.
  • October 19th is the DEEP Wine Tasting, during the evening at the Yacht Club.  This is alway a great event.  Matt would like to know who is attending so he can reserve a table and let people know that a number of Rotarians were attending the event, supporting education in Danvers.
  • Topsfield Fair is being held all week.  Don't miss the fun......

Farmer's Market Review:

Matt reviewed the Market and thanked everyone for their help with making it successful.  Lahey Hospital sponsored the Food Voucher Certificates this year and 70% of the certificates handed out were used to purchase food along with a couple of certificates clipped out of the program book.  We believe Lahey is happy with the results and hopefully will continue this program for next year.  After all the expenses for this year's weekly market, the club will see approximately $9,000.   Thank you to all that helped this year.  

No Meeting Monday, October 9th

There will not be a meeting on Monday October 9th, Columbus Day.  Spend some extra time with your family or stay in your office and get a few things done.  

Sheriff Matt Nastasia collected $62.00 this week:

Many gave sadly for the Patriots, wanting them to get some defense going.  Others for the weather and many for Gary's Rotoplast Mission.  Some for the Red Sox.  Thank you to everyone.......

Gary Nangle leaves this weekend for the Rotoplast Mission.  Here is to wishing you well and safe travels.


Dan Wins At Cards This Week

I don't know the amount but the cards were played by Gary and Dan.  Gary came up short but Dan pulled the right card and gets the money.  We were down to 11 cards so it should have been a good take.  Congrats Dan!  Don't spend it all at once.
Enjoy your week off and we will see all of you on October 16th.

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

   -Mohandas Gandhi


District Governor Visits Danvers

District Governor Dave Gardner visited our Danvers Club this week, sharing some great PR and messaging that he would like each club to share and use this year.  Along with Dave was District Governor Elect Bob Wood and our District Assistant Governor Kang Yu.  Ross Billings from Cross County Mortgage was a guest of Jackie Shambaugh this week.
It was great having them in our club's luncheon meeting on Monday, sharing great food and ideas on how to share the word about Rotary.  As part of his presentation he showed a video that showed the great work of Rotary, internationally, within the District and locally with our club.  This video can be used for our PR and can also be updated to keep current.  The PR piece "Peaple of Action, Service to Others" is a short presentation that frames the work that we all do.  A great deal of his talk with us included how we can do more, how to get members involved and how to engage new members to join in the spirit of Rotary.  Many of our Rotarians and across the world have never asked someone else to join.  As a major emphasis this year, Governor Dave would like every Rotarian to ask at least 2 people to do something with Rotary; like help with a project, support our efforts and join us for a meal to see what the club does.  You know how much we love Rotary and usually or friends tend to be like us, since the consider us friends and that means that if we like Rotary and it's mission, chances are they will as well.  If your friends are located in other communities you should recommend they get involved in Rotary within that community.  Can't hurt.  Many clubs are forming an evening club or a Service Club that meets monthly.  A Service Club allows those who can't commit to a weekly meeting and want to be part of the projects.
A great deal of the Governors talk was on retaining members and taking advantage of the District Grant program to better serve our efforts.  If we do not apply for a District Grant we are just throwing that money to other communities or other club's projects.  He also encouraged participation with District and International Projects, like the Rotoplast Mission that Gary Nangle is going to take part in.  Gary leaves on October 8th for 2 weeks and this year they will celebrate helping their 1000th patient, through the 13 missions each year.  
Question was asked what Rotary was doing for the Hurricane Victims and Dave mentioned that Rotary is not designed specifically to handle this on a District Level but some clubs are collecting items and funds to help with these efforts.  He is not against it and would help coordinate it to help. Great having Governor Dave with us this week.  Quite inspiring, of course we were partial to our Sheryl Meehan, who was a tough act to follow.
Sheriff Larry collected $110 for a variety of reasons that included the following:
Many, many for Governor Dave, Gov. Elect Bob and Assistant Gov Kang being with us this week, Lenny for the YMCA Golf Tournament being successful, Don for the Patriots Win, Judy not going anyplace, Larry D. for readying for a trip to Marco Island, Matt for his son scoring his first soccer goal, Suzanne for Brady being back on the field, Jackie for her guest, President Bill for the Danvers Youth Football C Team beating Masco 38-6, Gary has a new Bike, Neal for Gary going on the Rotoplast Mission, Alden for his class of 42 celebrating their 75th High School Reunion.  Many thanks to all for your contributions.  
Cards were played by Barry and Jackie.  I am so sorry to report that they were both loooooooooooooooooosers......  Maybe next time...  The pot builds.
Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Monday.  Remember, when you miss a Rotary meeting you are missing time spent with good friends and a chance to share experiences.

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

 - Buddha




What a funny meeting! Of Course we did do some Rotary business but we had a great time, at least at the table I sat at.  To start off, President Bill could not attend today and Kim was not in attendance as well so after passing the duties around it was decided to have Past President Dan step up to the podium and take charge of the meeting.  Jason "Hollywood" Allain led the invocation and followed with introducing his guest this week, John Zannino of Zannino Insurance of Peabody.  Peter Cullen was more on time than usual and the meal was wonderful; breaded fish, salad, pizza, potatoes, carrots and I think broccoli.  Oh yes and a great desert.  If any of my writing sounds a bit slurred it is because Larry D's red wine spilled onto my phone, note book and the table cloth, via Don Desmond's hand movements.  
It looked like I did the spill but having to return to work, I was not enjoying the wine down my throat but was able to enjoy smelling the full bodied wine.  Now later you will hear that Ralph Ardiff paid his funds this week for my spilling the wine, but remember it was not me.  I just reaped the benefits of it.  Anyway, let's move on.  

Rotarian Travelers

Becky just returned from a trip to the Outer Banks and is looking forward to a trip next month to another location in our fine country.  Boy I can't wait to retire just so I can do some of these trips.  Larry D. reported to us that he was driving to Ohio with Tom Manuel and eight of Tom's closest friends.  After being questioned by everyone as to why anyone would want to venture in a closed vehicle with all those guys for so many hours to go to Ohio, Larry followed up with that they were going to a Sox game, which they could watch on TV without the travel.  I guess it is about the travel, 99 bottles of beer on the wall, and so on.  Surely when they return they will not be able to talk.  Should be a good program for our luncheon, when they return.  

Bill Nolan's possible virus email

If you received an email from Bill and I believe we all did receive two of them, the email might be a virus so don't open it, like most of us did.  Poor Bill, now no one will ever open his email again.

Board Meeting and Dues

Tomorrow 8:30 AM, the Danvers Rotary Board Members will be meeting at the Staples Work Bar, Staples Store at the Liberty Tree Mall.  If you have not been to a Board Meeting, this is a great way to see what actually happens at these meetings.  The board decides how to spend the money and the direction of the club.  It is a great way to get a makeup as well as a chance to check out the Staples Work Bar.  If you have not paid your dues bill, you are now beyond late and need to get it in.

Sheryl Meehan Awarded Paul Harris +7

Gary Nangle called Sheryl Meehan up to the podium to receive her Paul Harris Plus 7 pin for her continued contribution to the Rotary International Foundation.  Paul Harris was President of Rotary in 1905 with three other Rotarians, started the Foundation.  Surely Sheryl believes in the system to have made such a commitment.  Great job Sheryl.

Sheriff Peter Cullen Reports

$86.00 was collected by Sheriff Peter Cullen.  I am sorry to report that I either can't find the actual list of reasons or they were lost in the big wine spill of 2017 but I will talk about the ones that I remember.  Ralph claims his money is for my spilling the wine that Don actually spilled, Don for spilling the wine, Sheryl "Gertrude" Meehan for the Sheriff (had to be there), Larry for his upcoming trip to Ohio, Jason for his guest, others for having fun.  


Neal Waldman reported that this last Wednesday, the Y honored Lenny with naming the Arts and Crafts building at the Y's Stiles Pond Camp, the Mercier Lodge.  Lenny and Diane are shown with the building in the back.  This was done as a surprise to Lenny.  Prior to becoming CEO, Lenny directed the camp for many years as part of his Y duties.  

Other Notes to Remember:

Wednesday is the deadline for anyone wishing to participate in Rotary Day with the Red Sox.  Check with the District site for details.
Walk for Hospice is set for September 24th.  Care Dimensions needs everyone's help, can you walk, donate or sponsor the event?  Sheryl Meehan talked about the need for volunteers and for the donations.  The funds collected help those that do not have insurance or do not have enough insurance.  They do not turn people away through everyone's help.  Mark your calendar.
Lastly, cards were played by Karen Nelson and Larry D.  Larry was hoping to win to help pay for his trip to Ohio.  Both were loooooooooooooooooooooosers, so the money builds.  
See you next week.

To have joy one must share it.  Happiness was born a twin.

- Lord Byron

This week's notes:
Attendance was a bit light this week but it was great to see everyone that attended.  President Bill opened the meeting and called on me, Lenny, for the invocation.  We had one visitor besides the speaker and that was visiting Rotarian and Associate of Don Desmond, Dan Bremser.  The meal was fine as usual but the deserts came out and our table all picked the Ice Cream Sundae's which were fantastic.  Sorry for those that did not get a sundae but not toooooo sorry.

Thank you for Camp Rotary Scholarship from Danvers Rotary

President Bill read a thank you note from the mother of her son, who attended Camp Rotary on our Danvers Rotary Scholarship.  In the quite moving letter the mom talked about her son's life changing experience.  They were very appreciative.  The mom also happens to be a patient of Bill and she would like to come to a meeting and thank us as well.  

Dues are Past Due

Have you paid your dues to Danvers Rotary yet?  If you have not, they are late and you should get the money in.  

Rotoplast Mission Seeks Help

This year's Rotoplast Mission is planned for October 2nd to the 16th.  The district is looking for Rotarians or friends of Rotary to help out with the mission.  Presently, Gary Nangle is signed up to go and would love to have another Danvers Rotarian go with him.  Expenses are paid for with the exception of the flight, which is estimated at about $1,500.  There are a number of volunteer positions available to make this mission work.  Can you spare the two week time to make a difference in numerous children's lives.  Let Gary know if you can help.

Farmer's Market Continues

This week the Farmer's Market featured Kids Week, with a number of things available for children from the Music Man leading songs to decorating cookies.  Here are a couple of pictures from last week at the market.

Navy Band Concert

The Navy Band Concert was a big success, even know it was held inside at the Maple Street Church.  Larry Raimondi reported that it was well attended and even though we "Rotary" were not mentioned, it received good press.  Larry reported that they, the Band, is looking forward to next year.  Great job Larry and thank you to Tom Manuel for working to get it relocated to the church.   This is a true showing of service above self.  

Rotary Board Meeting

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is planned for Tuesday, August 22nd, AM at the Staples Work Bar, Liberty Tree Mall.

Other Upcoming Events

September 13th will be Rotary at Fenway Park.  For further information check out the District Website.
Walk for Hospice is set for Sunday, September 24th.

Speaker - Julie Whitaker

Julie Whitaker, graduate from Fairfield and Jordan Universities, then a Masters from Princton, talked about her passion and dedication to helping people from Syria, who have been displaced to Jordan and beyond.  These Syrian refugees in Jorgan  were and continue to be her major focus.  This Syrian crisis represents the highest displacement of human beings since World War II.  Half of the Syrian population has been displaced for the past six years.  These refugees face many challenges each day from Dust Storms, to not being able to work for pay and live in camps that cover up to 2 square miles.  Julie spend quite a bit of time in one camp, helping with education and working on social skills.  Students get special permits to leave the camps to pursue their education and higher education costs about $4,000 each year with the four year degree costing only $16,000.  Julie has established the Amal Foundation that provides scholarships to individuals for their education.  She is always looking for ways to raise funds for this foundation.  Georgetown University did a Walk for Refugees, others have raised fund through
She would love to see any help with this project.  In September she is going to spend time in Jeruselum with the Catholic Relief Group.  
Quite a nice presentation.

Sheriff Barry collected $82.00

Barry for the speaker, Matt S. for good PGA Golf (Justin), Matt N for daughter at University of Alabama and rushing sorority.  Larry R for the Navy Concert, Alden and Bill for the same,  Tom Standing $58.00 for his 58th wedding anniversary, Laura King for this being her last meeting (Leaving for promotion to Melrose), Jackie for Farmers Market, Lenny for good weekend, Suzanne for the Navy Concert, Gary for Camping Trip, 2nd year, Neal for inviting people to consider going to Rotoplast, Don and President Bill for the speaker.  Thank you to all.

Laura King leaving for new position

Laura has been promoted to the Melrose Eastern Bank position and this was her last day with us.  We wish her well with her new position and will miss her greatly.

Cards were played by Both Gary and Neal.  Sorry they were both loooooosers as they were going to donate the funds to the flight cost for Rotoplast, much better than spending it on a night out.

That's it for this week.  Enjoy and will see you next Monday.

There are three ingredients in the good life; learning, earning and Yearning.

-Christopher Morley

Wow, what a busy week we have going on this week, including this past weekend.  First the Wiffleball Tournament, then the Navy Band Concert on Monday, today if I get this out in time, then Wednesday, August 9th is the Farmers Market.  We are all over the town and proud to be there.
President Bill Nolan opened the meeting today and called on Laura to give the invocation, that included a message about August being Rotary Membership month.  This served as a pep talk about recruiting members to the club.  The club needs members to be able to do the work that we do, locally and around the world.  This is a good time to invite someone you know to attend one of our meetings and check out what we are all about.  

President Elect, Laura King News

President Elect Laura King has accepted a new position with Eastern Bank and will be moving her job to Melrose.  Because of that move she will be transferring to the Melrose Club, the end of August.  This will move Kim up a bit quicker than expected but I am sure she will be up for the challenge.  We will miss you Laura, our loss will be Melrose' gain.  Even know we are disappointed that that you are leaving we all can understand the importance of promotions.  So, lets all wish her a great future with her new position.

Danvers Rotary - Endicott Park 

Becky reported that there is a picture of the Endicott Park accepting the contribution from our Danvers Rotary Trust.  To view the picture and public thank you from the town, go to the Town of Danvers Web site and scroll down to view the picture and read the thank you.

Have you paid your dues yet?

If you have not paid your dues yet, you are late.  Remember, the club needs your dues paid, so the club can pay it's obligations to the District and Rotary International.  So please remind the person at home or at work that makes out the checks to get it in to make life easier for the club.  

August Board Meeting - August 22nd 

President Bill noted that the next meeting of the Danvers Rotary  Board of Directors will  be on Tuesday, August 22nd, 8:00 AM at the Staples Work Bar.  The Work Bar is at the Staples Store at the Liberty Tree Mall.  

Wiffle Tournament Success in the Rain

Past President and Wiffle Chair Dan Doherty reported that the tournament was very successful even with the rain on Saturday.  He reported that when all is done we should do better than last year.  There are some outstanding pledges and sponsors that should be in soon.  He thanked the entire club for all the work they did, getting team sponsors, lead sponsors and putting teams together for the event.  He thanked everyone that worked the tournament for their devotion to helping the club and working in the rain.  He specially thanked Rick Seward for his hard work on the grill and Suzanne for her running the Home Run Derby throughout the rain.  Great job everyone.  Your work is well appreciated with this great fundraiser.

Pictures taken by Jason Allain


Upcoming events in town:

New England Homes for the Deaf Golf Tournament

Download information below.

Walk for Hospice - September 24th

Cards were played by both President Bill and Past President Becky.  You know how sorry I am to report that they were both------


I know that is not nice, but I know you all understand.
Special thank you to Barry for filling in last week for me while I baked in Mexico.  He did such a great job we should work him in more often.
Enjoy and remember Service Above Self.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

  - Theodore Roosevelt


Navy Band Concert - Moved to Maple Street Church

The Navy Band Concert will be held at Maple Street Church, tonight at 7:00 PM, due to the rain predicted for this evening.  Public is encouraged to attend. Concert will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.
July 31, 2017
President Bill opened today's meeting with a moment of silence to the memory of Joe DeLorenzo, one of the kindest, most generous gentlemen many of us will ever know.
Gary read these words to us;
"Our friend, Joe DeLorenzo passed away Tuesday July 25, 2017 at Beverly Hospital, after 89 years of life that included 70 years of marriage, 2 daughters, 4 sons, many many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joe joined The Rotary Club of Danvers in 1972 - he was a Rotarian in every sense of the word for 42 years.
Please keep Joe, his wife Barbara, Rotarians Larry and Judy,, and the entire DeLorenzo family in your thoughts and prayers."
Thank you Joe for your friendship and service to the DRC and the community.
Neal and Kim welcomed everyone at the desk in the newly renovated Garden Terrace room. Our guests today were Assistant District Governor Kang Yu and Jack Good from the Beverly Club.
Dan, Kim and Don
A hot meal of baked chicken and seafood was followed by a tasty brownie-mousse combo. Only got a photo of lunch so you can use your imagination for the brownie thing.
There was no program today but we have updates and activities to report on.
The Wiffle Ball Tourney is this weekend! See below for details. Please make the effort to come if you can and think hard about any last minute sponsors or teams you think should be part of this fun event and profitable fundraiser. It's not too late to volunteer.
Late breaking news - there will be a bouncy house for kids! 
An impromptu Board vote was taken to allow a payment of $125 to the Beverly Chamber of Commerce to create an 'email blast' to its membership to promote the upcoming US Navy Band concert next Monday. Larry Raimondi reports that social media and printed ads have been placed and should help with attendance. I can vouch that this is a good show for all ages. They are a talented group of accomplished musicians who have found a way to also serve the country. We should all be there to support them.
Tom Standring gave an update on the tree planting project at Endicott Park. He made a photo board with 'legacy technology' to tell the story. Each tree planted will represent a Danvers Rotary member (if you've paid your dues) and is part of the global effort proposed by our RI President.
Speaking of which - have you paid your dues? It's the most basic part of your responsibility as a Rotarian so if not, please do so asap.

Sheriff's Report

The dynamic duo of Larry D and Peter C tamed up to collect $120 today. Many donations were left to honor Mr Joe (Grampy) DeLorenzo. Bill, Kim, Neal, Sheryl and Laura for time off, Mary Beth came back from Maine for the meeting (and 3 closings..way to go!), Dan and Don for a successful Wiffle Ball Event, Pete for Sheriff Larry, and Kang for Mary Beth.

Wiffle Ball Tournament

Fast approaching, the Wiffle Ball Tournament is set for Saturday, August 5th.  Check in for volunteers is at 8:00 AM, Rules at 9:00 AM and the first pitch is at 9:30 AM.  Team sponsors are needed at $250.00 for each team.  Please consider sponsoring a team for this year's Tournament.  The club will find the players through the groups in town.  Dan is looking for volunteers from the club to help with setup, cooking, and other various jobs related to this event.  This has been a great fundraiser.  Side line sponsorship is $350.00 and should be in ASAP as the banners are being orders as I write.  Please consider sponsoring a team for $250.00 and help out where needed.

Navy Band Concert

Larry Raimondi asked people to talk it up with their friends and to post the posters and flyers that Lenny had printed for the event.  Concert will be on Monday, August 7th, 7:00 PM, at the Rotary Pavilion.  We need as many Rotarians there as possible and a great crowd from the community.  Up to 30 Navy Band Members will entertain the community with national favorites and today's music.



Golf Tournament - New England Homes for the Deaf

Under other announcements, Rotarian Shelley Silverman reported that her New England Homes for the Deaf will be holding a Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Monday, August 14th, at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club.  Information is attached along with the following from Shelley:
Sponsor names show up in several places, depending on the level of sponsorship.
All sponsor names are printed in the program book on golf day.  They are listed by level of sponsorship from Gold all they way down to Cart sponsors.  A copy of the program book is given to each golfer, placed on dinner tables and also sent to the sponsor in a thank you letter after the event.
Sponsors at the level of Tee or higher are listed on the golf page of our website (it's up now if you want to see it).  It has their logo, or name if they don't have a logo, and a link to their own website.  This stays up until July 1 when I clear it out to set up for the next tournament.
Silver and Gold sponsors get a banner with their name and/or logo that hangs in the registration area.  They also have their name/logo on a sign in the dining room, and they have a tee sign.
Finally, all sponsors at the level of Tee or higher have a sign in the tee area of a golf hole.    Cart sponsors get a small sign on a golf cart (this is only for individuals and families, not organizations).

Lastly, cards were played by Alden (again! what's his secret?) and Gary

Both were loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosers.  Boy Lenny hates it when people lose.  
If you've read this far, congratulations - the first and fifth emails I receive mentioning this note will win a prize at our next meeting.
Enjoy your week.

“Every Rotary club should be made a forum before which vital economic and social problems may be fairly and intelligently discussed. Club programs should stimulate thought, widen the horizon, and deepen conviction.”

— The Program for the Year, THE ROTARIAN, August 1920 


Friends Forever Youth Visit

Nine youth from Israel visited our club this week to talk about how religion is affecting the ability for people to get along in their country.  They, these teenagers can't understand how people can dislike "hate" others purely because of their religious beliefs.  This group is one of many that are hand chosen to participate in this program, started by deceased Rotarian, Bob Raiche.  They are chosen because of their leadership potential to make change, to lead by example and to show how people of all faiths can live and work together.  A discussion, question and answer time took place with Rotarians challenging their minds and showing support.  Rotarian Peter Cullen told the young adults to think about what american's can do to improve how we live.  How can we make the world better and how can we better help them to make a difference.  These youths were smart, well spoken and very enjoyable to speak with.  After the Rotary meeting the group of youth went to the Y and helped out with the camp program.  This program started small with one group each year from Ireland and now hosts many groups from Ireland and Israel each year.  A program that is making a difference around the world.  

Youth speak at Rotary and help out at YMCA

July 24th, 2017
V.P. Laura opened the meeting and called on Sara to give the invocation.  We had one visitor this week; Marion Spark, Newburyport Club President.  Meal this week was sliders, salads, apple pie with ice cream.  Great meal and great company.  Marion, from Newburyport, sat at our table and we enjoyed discussions about the fundraisers that we do and the ones that the Newburyport Club does.  A big fundraiser they do is selling Hotdogs and Beer at the Newburyport Bed Race.  Teams put wheels on beds and race them as teams through Newburyport, obviously ending with a dogger and beer.  The race is well attended and is a huge tradition in the coastal city.  I guess it could be sweet dreams on the run.....
This week was relatively quiet, with only 18 in attendance.

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's report was taken by each table.  Our table collected for sharing ideas and conversation with Marion Sparks, Barry for flowers, Matt for Maine, Neal for no reason, Gary for no reason, Larry R and Laura for the Navy Band, Sara for going away and getting 12 hours of sleep, Shelly for the New England Home for the Deaf's Golf Tourney on August 14, Bill L getting ready for a family wedding, Alden for Booth Bay Harbor, Rick for President Bill's 1/2 thru baseball and Mary Beth for missed meetings and vacation.

Wiffle Ball Tournament

Fast approaching, the Wiffle Ball Tournament is set for Saturday, August 5th.  Check in is at 8:30 AM, Rulles at 9:00 AM and the first pitch is at 9:30 AM.  Team sponsors are needed at $250.00 for each team.  Please consider sponsoring a team for this year's Tournament.  The club will find the players through the groups in town.  Dan is looking for volunteers from the club to help with setup, cooking, and other various jobs related to this event.  This has been a great fundraiser.  Side line sponsorship is $350.00 and should be in ASAP as the banners are being orders as I write.  Please consider sponsoring a team for $250.00 and help out where needed.

Navy Band Concert

Larry Raimondi asked people to talk it up with their friends and to post the posters and flyers that Lenny had printed for the event.  Concert will be on Monday, August 7th, 7:00 PM, at the Rotary Pavilion.  We need as many Rotarians there as possible and a great crowd from the community.  Up to 30 Navy Band Members will entertain the community with national favorites and today's music.  I am attaching a copy of the poster/flyer that can be printed.

Softball Team Picture

Golf Tournament - New England Homes for the Deaf

Under other announcements, Rotarian Shelley Silverman reported that her New England Homes for the Deaf will be holding a Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Monday, August 14th, at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club.  Information is attached along with the following from Shelley:
Sponsor names show up in several places, depending on the level of sponsorship.
All sponsor names are printed in the program book on golf day.  They are listed by level of sponsorship from Gold all they way down to Cart sponsors.  A copy of the program book is given to each golfer, placed on dinner tables and also sent to the sponsor in a thank you letter after the event.
Sponsors at the level of Tee or higher are listed on the golf page of our website (it's up now if you want to see it).  It has their logo, or name if they don't have a logo, and a link to their own website.  This stays up until July 1 when I clear it out to set up for the next tournament.
Silver and Gold sponsors get a banner with their name and/or logo that hangs in the registration area.  They also have their name/logo on a sign in the dining room, and they have a tee sign.
Finally, all sponsors at the level of Tee or higher have a sign in the tee area of a golf hole.    Cart sponsors get a small sign on a golf cart (this is only for individuals and families, not organizations).
See Attachment-----

Lastly, cards were played by Alden and Neal

Both were loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosers.  Boy I hate it when people lose.  
I will be away next week for a trip to Mexico.  Yes, I know not to drink the water.  I promise to only drink the tequila.  Barry Kaplan will be writing next week's notes.
Enjoy your week.

The mind is everything.  What you think you become.



Danvers Rotarians Honor Seniors with Scholarships

President Bill Nolan stands with five recipients of Danvers Rotary Scholarships for their achievements and plans for future education.  Four, Mark Reagan Scholarships were awarded to Rhianna Leslie, Kelly Black, Angel Nguyen and Marisa Belthoff.  Mark Reagan was a Danvers Rotarian who tragically lost his life in an automotive accident in Newburyport.  At the time of this accident Mark had children at the High School age and the Danvers Rotary Club continues to honor his memory through these Scholarships.  Jessica Boutchie is awarded the Ralph E. Ardiff Sr. Scholarship that is awarded to the Valedictorian each year.  Ralph Ardiff Sr. was one of the founding Danvers Rotarians who had a strong love for education.
Danvers Rotary has been awarding scholarships to High School Seniors for many years and is proud to continue the honoring of higher education of young adults.  These adults will surely become leaders in our community and beyond.  

2017 Recipients


Dear Fellow Rotarians......    
That surely does sound official.  Well enough of that.  Let's get into the meeting notes to keep everyone up to date.  
This was President Bill's first official meeting and it was a busy one at that.  We started off with a great opening and enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Yacht Club.  Hey, you can tell last year is over as Sheryl Meehan, Past Governor, was in the room.  Great seeing her and hope that she isn't too burned out from all that work last year.  Have to say, she did a great job and we can all be proud that she is from our club.  

Marc Lerebours - Danvers Rotary Social Media 

Marc is a graduate student at Endicott College and is working closely with our club.  Helping our club with Social Media, making sure that we are keeping posts up-to-date on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.  We have a matching grant, from the district, to pay Marc for his help.  Being a Millennial, Marc has a much better understanding about Social Media and how it works.  While some of us understand it a little, Marc will help us in attracting younger members.
Each of us can help Marc do his job by supplying him with photos when we take them with our phone or camera.  Best to email those pictures to him at
I sent him the pictures that I am using in this edition of our newsletter.  Now it's your turn. 

New Rotary Theme for 2017-2018

President Bill spoke about the new theme for Rotary around the world.  "Rotary: Making a Difference" is what Rotary will work on this year.  Along this route, President Bill would like each of us to think about how Danvers Rotary can make a difference in our community and beyond.  Got some ideas?

This week's Rotary Moment

Becky talked about the Rotary Island at the corner of Maple Street and Poplar Street.  The new sign has been installed and it lights up at night.  I went by it yesterday and it really looks great and it is a great location.  Check it out.......

Farmers Market Update

Matt went over how things are going at the Farmers Market.  We are all encouraged to go the market each week and purchase something to show our support.  The vouchers for Seniors are a hit.  Many were used last week and more will be handed out this week.  

Board Meeting

The next Danvers Rotary Board Meeting is set for July 18th, AM, at the Northshore Bank.  Great to see what goes on and a great way to get attendance make-ups.

Bocce Tournament cancelled for this year

Due to the bad weather last week this year's Bocce Tournament was cancelled and will not be held this summer.  All Bocce enthusiasts should practice and be prepared to beat the Lions and Kiwanians next year.  Those other service club members will never have a chance playing against our exceptional team players.  Raimondi and other Rotarians make a mean team.

Whiffleball Tournament - August 5th

Dan reported on the progressive of this year's tournament.  The lead sponsors are in place and sponsors are being solicited for Banners for side lines at $750.00 each and many team sponsors are needed at $250.00 each.  Teams are also being collected for the tournament.  National Anthem is at 9:00 AM at the Danvers High School.  Please get on collecting sponsors for the teams and look for Banner Sponsors to help with the major profit that we need to to the work that we do.

Recognition for Years of Service

Three Danvers members were recognized for their 51 years of service; Alden Goodnow, Bill Lee, Ralph Ardiff all have been members of our club in great standing.  One additional member was honored for 51 years of perfect attendance in our Club.  That perfect attendance member is Tom Standring, who continues to not only do work for our club but Tom continues to work at the District level.  Congratulations go to all four Danvers members for their year's of service, showing the importance of "Service Above Self"  I can't be more proud to be part of a club that includes these mentors.  What a group to look up to...

Navy Band Concert set for August 7th

Larry Raimondi reported on the 20 to 30 Navy Band members that will be entertaining our community at 7:00 PM, at the Rotary Pavilion, by the Mill Pond.  We need everyone to work at getting people there to enjoy the concert.  Posters are available for your businesses and to post around town.  Rotarians are also needed to be at the event to help that night.  Let Larry know you can help.
Danvers Rotary Sponsors