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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.  

Y NAMES BUILDING IN HONOR OF LENNY

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.
 
Lenny
 

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 Crowdrise.com/amalscholahipfund
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.
 
Lenny
 

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

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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------

  Looooooooooosers.

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.
 
Lenny

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 www.nehd.org/golf (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.
 
Barry
 
 

“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 www.nehd.org/golf (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.
 
Lenny
 

The mind is everything.  What you think you become.

  -Buddha

 
 

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 marc.e.lerebours@gmail.com
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Wow, busy week this week.  First we had our meeting on Monday with a very good speaker, followed by a fun time on Tuesday night, at our Installation Dinner at the Salem Country Club.  
 
This will be a relatively quick Rotoracle so I will begin with upcoming events to note:
 

Upcoming Events:

  • District Installation Dinner - Thursday, June 29th, Danversport, See Gary if interested in attending.  Usually a very good take.
  • Rotary Band Concert - Thursday, June 29th, Rotary Pavilion
  • Rotary Navy Band Concert, August 7th
  • Bocce Tournament tonight at the Endicott Park, 5:30 PM.  Thursday, June 22nd.
  • Rotary Annual Reports Meeting, Monday, June 26th, noon Danversport
  • Whiffleball Tournament, August 5th, Saturday.
  • Farmer's Market - Every Wednesday Evening.

Whiffleball Tournament

Dan reminded us that the tournament is fast approaching and the committee is looking for team and tent sponsors for the event.  Usually there are about 40 teams, many paid for by sponsoring businesses and individuals.  Cost to sponsor a team is $250.00.  Always a great event, this tournament is a nice community event.  Plan on attending, playing or helping.
 

Campership Program Funded

This year three children from Danvers will be attending Camp Rotary, an overnight camp in Boxford, through Danvers Rotary sponsorship.  At this week's board meeting the board approved $5,000 to go to the campership program to send Danvers youth to the Y's camp on Stiles Pond in Boxford.  Both programs are wonderful at giving opportunities to our local youth.  
 

Dues are Due

Each Rotarian should have received their bill for this year's dues.  Please get them in asap so the club can remain in good standing.  This is also a great time to make your contribution to the Rotary International Foundation.  Why not include your donation with your dues, that is how I do mine each year and then I don't forget to contribute.  Ideally if every Rotarian gave $100 or more each year, the work that could be done around the world would be unbelievable.  Please consider this.....
 

Speaker, Emily Kearns - Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative

Emily gave an overview about her passion to help those with Dementia.  Attached you will find a couple of handouts about this Massachusetts Initiative.  The main theme is to make businesses, restaurants, and services dementia friendly.  Training people on how to assist others with this area.  She did a wonderful job and spoke about Memory Cafes in the state.  Emily is involved in one of these Cafe's in the Merrimack Valley and is working with the North Andover YMCA on programs for those with Dementia.  Like I said, Ms. Kearns is very passionate about her well deserving cause.  Great speaker.
 
Cars were play by Bill and Suzanne, both were loooooooosers.  Boy do I hate it when that happens...... RIGHT!
 

Installation Dinner - Salem Country Club

Bill's Night A Success

 
 
There were a lot of thank you's going around at the Installation Dinner.  Tom Standring did an outstanding job, as usual, installing the directors and officers of the club for this 2017-2018 Rotary Year.  Great food, a few good drinks and a wonderful social time was had be everyone in attendance.  Newly inducted President Bill Nolan talked about all the great accomplishments that Mary Beth had completed and how she will be a hard act to follow.  Bill's thrust will be on solving local and non-local issues.  He challenged each of us to come up with a problem that Rotary can help solve during this next year.  He is a man with a mission and want's our help.......  I believe we are for it.   Mary Beth surely did a stand up job this year.  
 
Upcoming meetings:
 
July 10th, will be our Scholarship meeting, when we give out the checks and hear about the recipients.
 
July 17th will be the Friends Forever Meeting with the youth come and talk about their conflicts around the world.  
 
Don't forget that this Monday, June 26th we will have the reports from the committee's as to what accomplishments have been completed this year.
 
Money collected by the sheriff this week were attributed to the great Rotary year, led by Mary Beth and the upcoming year with Bill.  Also some for the weather, weekend and such.
 
See you all on Monday,
 
Enjoy your weekend,
 
Lenny
 

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.

      - George MacDonald

 
 
June 12th Rotoracle Worthy Notes:
 
First: We are meeting this Monday, June 19th, noon at the Yacht Club.  Please plan on attending.  Speaker will be Emily Kearns, Jewish Family and Children's Service.
 
So, this week the weather was great, the harbor is full of boats and the heat is on.  President Mary Beth opening the meeting and brought us up to date on everything that was happening with Danvers Rotary.  Last week Four Reagan Scholarships and One Ardiff Scholarship were awarded at the Senior Event.  A North Shore Community Scholarship is also being awarded this year that will be $1,000 each of three years for a total of $3,000 being given to the recipient.  This is wonderful to help these individuals move forward with education.  Well done Danvers Rotarians. The Danvers Rotary Trust awarded two checks recently, one to the Senior Center and the other to help sponsor the Playground at the Great Oak School.  Great to see Jason "Hollywood" Allain with us this week.  Missed you Jason.    Meal this week was an indoor cookout; hamburgers, hotdogs, all the fixins and great company.  Who could want for more........
 
The Town of Danvers has a large senior population who take advantage of the many programs provided at the Danvers Senior Center located on Stone Street. Danvers Rotary is pleased to support the seniors, and recently presented the Senior Center with a check for $10,000 for two new vans, which will provide transportation to seniors in Danvers.  The vans transport senior citizens to medical appointments, adult day care, shopping, and educational trips. 

Upcoming Dates To Remember:

Softball Game, Wednesday, June 14th

This Wednesday's game is in Chelsea under the Bridge.  Coach Tom is looking for everyone wanting to play to get in touch with him.  Tom also reported that the Softball Picnic is planned for all teams to come to Danvers on July 17th.  Two fields are booked and everyone will get to play.  He is calling alums to come and play and if they don't want to play they can attend and encourage their team.  All Rotarians can take part in this picnic.  
 

Danvers Rotary Installation Dinner - Bill's Night - June 20th

Have you signed up to attend this year's Installation Dinner.  It is being held June 20th, in the evening, at the Salem Country Club.  Last year Mary Beth had it at the Salem Country Club and it was a fun night and this year should be no different.  Bill Nolan will be taking over the gavel and Mary Beth will be retiring.  What a great year we had with Rotary.  Surely Bill is planning a fun year as well.  If you have not signed up for the event, call Bill ASAP so you can get on the list.  
 

District Rotary Installation Dinner - June 29th, at Danversport

Thursday, June 29th, the District Installation Dinner will be held at Danversport.  Sheryl Meehan, District Governor from our Danvers Club, will be finishing up her year as Governor of our fine District.  Sheryl has done a great job this year with Rotary, always on the go and working hard to make our District the best.  Can you keep a secret????? Larry D will be receiving a special award at the June 29th Dinner.  Don't worry, Larry does not get the Rotoracle so he won't see this, but don't tell him........  Sure would be good if we could get a couple of tables of Danvers Rotarians for this event to show support for both Sheryl and Larry.  Gary Nangle is looking for Rotarians to let him know if they can attend.  Email Gary at gpnangle@nangleengineering.com to let him know you want to attend.  
 

Rotary Board Meeting - June 20th

This months Board meeting will be held at North Shore Bank on Tuesday, June 20th at 8:00 AM.  This is a great way to make up for a missed meeting and is also a great way to see what actual business goes on with Rotary.  
 

Band Concert - June 29th at the Pavilion

Danvers Rotary is sponsoring the Band Concert on Thursday, June 29th, by the Danvers Library.  POP DISASTER is the band playing.  Soon to be President Bill Nolan tells us that they are a family friendly band that plays all types of music from old to tunes from today.  Rotarians not attending the District Installation should show up at the Band Concert to support our efforts there.  
 

U.S. Navy Band Concert is planned for Monday, August 7th

Larry Raimondi is in contact with the Navy Band and firming up the details.  Presently planned for the 7th of August, this band of 18 to 22 pieces from Newport Rhode Island is surely to give another unforgettable concert for the Danvers Community.  Thank you Larry for putting this together.  
 

Bocce Tournament - Service Clubs

This year's Bocce Tournament is planned for Thursday, June 22nd and is sponsored this year by the Danvers Lions Club.  I believe the Tournament will be held at Endicott Park and will feature Chick-fil-A, and more.  Usually we meet around 5:30 to 6:00, directly after work and the cost is usually $10.00   Surely if you have Bocce balls you should bring them to the tournament.  
 

Danvers Rotary Annual Meeting

On Monday, June 26th, we are having our Annual Meeting, which usually means report time for Committee Chairs.  If you are a committee chair please get your report together to update the club on what your committee has been doing this year.  
 

Shelly is Riding for Emmaus House

Shelley is looking for sponsors for her riding for the Emmaus House in Haverhill on July 23rd.  Let her know if you can support her efforts.
 

Whiffleball Tournament - August 5th

Dan reported that this year's Tournament is set for August 5th, Saturday, at the Danvers High School.  He is looking for people and businesses to sponsor teams at $250.00 a team.  They will find people to play.  Always a fun time, this event does well at raising money for the cause.
 

Dues Bills going out this week:

Treasurer Dan reported that the Dues Bills are going out this week.  Please get your dues in ASAP so we can meet our obligations with Rotary International, the District and anyone else we need to pay.  Mary Beth also said that she will be getting out the quarterly meal bills for those who are in that plan.
 

Sheriff Tom collected $107.00

This week's collections included Gary for being low on cash, MaryBeth $10 for accounts payable, Jim J. 5 for summer time in the city, Larry R for his grand daughter's new job, Bill Nolan for good weekend and Field Hockey, Ralph 5 for being back, Tom Standring was sorry about Ralph's Golf Game, Dan D. 5 for DHS Victory tonight, Barry for the new faces, Rick Gilmore for Mary Beth's great year, Bill L $10 for the next meeting that we have at Berry Tvern, Alden for the good time, Shelley 5 for riding for the shelter, Jacki 5 for Good Harbor Beach day with kids, Neal for adding a trip to Vietnam to his bucket list, Lenny for summer finally arriving, Suzanne for the good weather and Karen N. for summa.....   Many thanks to all.......
 
Cards were played by Shelly and Bill Nolan.  Sorry to report that they were both looooooooooooooooooooooooooooosers!  Not really sorry but sounds good.
 
Enjoy your week and plan on being at our club meeting Monday, at the Yacht Club at lunch.
 
Lenny
 

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

- Mohandas Gandhi

From February 1st - February 14th Danvers Rotary will be collecting coats (New or Gently Worn) to donate to local groups in need.  A portion of the coats will benefit Family Promise of the North Shore and the remaining coats will be donated to the Salvation Army.  With some cold days ahead a great way to feel warm inside is to do a good deed to help out someone in need.  
 
Coats can be dropped off at the following Rotary businesses:
North Shore Bank(Mary Beth O'Connell) - 48 Elm St
Salem 5 Bank(Brad Hunt) 85 High Street
Century 21 North Shore Realtors(Anne Casale-Skinner) - 98 High St
Danvers High School - At Front desk - attention Jackie White
New England Home for the Deaf (Shelley Silverman)
 
If you have any questions please contact our Drive Chair:
Shelley Silverman
 
Please share this message with friends!!
 
 
Danvers Rotary has been serving this community since 1923....but the club continues
to evolve to meet the changing needs of our town and our members.
 
 
Here is what you need to know about Danvers Rotary in 2016:

Salem Village Wiffle® Tournament 2016

 

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

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

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

And the games began.  What fun.....

 

More pictures:

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

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

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

Give me your best pitch....

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

District Governor Sheryl

   Addresses Her Home Club

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

Wiffle Ball Tournament!!!

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3rd Annual Wiffleball Tournament Announced

 
 

Danvers Rotary Tournament is set for August 6th

 


Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament was held in August 2014 & 15 and proved to be a great addition to the club's fundraising events.  With the hard work of the club's members to find advertisers, to sign up teams for play and run the event on game day, this tournament could not have gone better for it's first two years.  Now plans are complete for the 3rd tournament on Saturday, August 6th.  Rotary has plans for this year's tournament to be bigger and even better that last year.
The committee is hard at work making sure that everything will be ready.  The food is ordered, the fields are mapped out and the teams are being put together.  Looking to play?  Click on the link below and register your team.  Looking to get your business or name seen, then click below to see how you can sponsor or take out an ad.  
 
All funds raised go to programs and projects that benefit the community and beyond.  
 
Check out the special site set up for this Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament.
 
 

 

Click here for more information. 

ROTARIANS HONORED FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE

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

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO ROTARY

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

2016-2017 Danvers Rotary

Officers & Directors Induction Dinner

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

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

Rotary Team Wins At Bocce

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

NAVY BAND CONCERT

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

 
 
Danvers Rotary Sponsors