Rotary Club

of Danvers, MA

November 5 2018

Great meeting this week.  Nice company, great conversations and great speaker.  Past President Matt opened the meeting and we enjoyed a great meal with each other. 
Dates and things to remember:
  • Fall Winter Raffle - Becky is looking for members to turn in the funds from sold tickets and if you have tickets and know you are not going to sell them, she would like them turned in so she can get them to those that need them.  There are only 500 tickets for the raffle where the winner will enjoy an evening with the Bruins, great overnight in Boston and a wonderful meal for the couple.  For $10 a chance, the odds are unbelievable.  
  • Coat Collection for those in need - Shelley is again collecting coats through the Home for the Deaf, with our help.  Collection boxes are at North Shore Bank, Salem Five, YMCA and the Home for the Deaf.  New or look like new coats are needed for the drive. Coats will be given to local families and the Salvation Army.  
  • Dictionary Project is back on line.  Dictionaries have arrived and Sarah is ready to go. Check the Rotary Calendar on the website at for dates and times.  This is a great project to take part in.  Every third grader in Danvers receives a dictionary and we get the opportunity to see how much they appreciate them with we give them out.  
  • District Unsung Hero Dinner - This Thursday, our nominee Cheryl James will receive the Unsung Hero award.  Event is sold out and we have a table of Danvers Rotarians attending.
  • Collections for Eliminating Polio and the Polar Plunge - Mary Beth, Jackie and Johnie will be taking the plunge for our club and are looking for pledges.  Each week building up to the plunge a collection can will be on each table to collect spare change and any other donations.

Past District Governor Dave Gardner Presentation

We were delighted to have Past District Governor Dave Gardner with us this week.  During his rein leading our District, Dave made challenges to each club on Membership and Fundraising.  This week he presented two citations to Past President Bill for the club's commitment to raising funds for the Foundation and for the hard work put into recruiting new members to the club.  
Membership is and will continue to be a priority for Rotary and all service clubs.  While we are doing well at recruiting members we need to continue with our efforts.

Speaker - Leslie Gould - Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce

Leslie Gould, new head of the Great Beverly Chamber of Commerce was this week's guest speaker.  As everyone is aware, Leslie replaced John Somes when John left the Chamber to replace me, Lenny, as CEO of the YMCA.  Prior to taking over the Beverly Chamber she led the Lynn Chamber for 10 years following a 9 year term with the Marblehead Chamber.  
Between 70 to 80 businesses from Danvers belong to the Greater Beverly Chamber, Rotary being one and Leslie has some great ideas on strengthening the Chamber.  As in information hub and clearing house they have so much to offer the businesses that take membership in the organization.  Membership cost for small businesses is about $300 a year.  A great resource for small businesses as they are connected to other like businesses.  A couple of areas she will work on getting elected officials to host forums and beginning a Gift Certificate program for the Chamber that will encourage people to purchase items from the businesses connected to the Greater Beverly Chamber.  She will continue work on Business after hours and will be attending some of our meetings as she is now a Beverly Rotarian.  

Sheriff Brad Collects:

Sheriff Brad collected $203 this week for the campership fund.   Those who contributed include Dr. Bill 10 for the end of youth, Matthew Giants didn't lose, Ralph for the Patriots win, Brian for all the Veterans, Gary $125 for all the Veterans, Tom for Polio Program, Larry R for a nice weekend at Foxwood, Mary Beth for a lovely weekend, Neal for CRS, John for beterans Day, Becky for the Pat's, Sue for Tom Bradyu just not disappointing, Past Governor Dave Just win baby!!!, Lenny for being here, Annelie for speedy recovery of her daughter and Brad for our speaker.


Past President Matt presented this year's Membership Challenge and how it will work.  The club members are being placed into four teams that will work to bring in new members to the club.  A guest from a team member will earn 3 points for the team, if a guest becomes a member the team will receive 10 points.  Points will be counted and the team with the most points as of Martin Luther King Day will receive a special prize.  Matt will be sending out emails relative to this, with details.  Until that time here is the breakdown of the teams and their leaders.
Boomers led by Suzanne Contreas and Brian Ahern include Len Mercier, Larry DeLorenzo, Becky Kilborn, Barry Kaplan, Neal Waldman, Don Desmond, Sheryl Meehan and Ted Speliotis.  Nesters led by MaryBeth O'Connell and Gary Nangle include Judy DeLorenzo, Sean Driscoll, Shelley Silverman, Jen Breaker, Dan Doherty, John Zannino and Jason Alain.   WD's led by Brad Hunt and Bill Nolan includeJohn Somes, Jim Jezowski and Matt Schroder.  WM's led by Jacki Shambaugh and Annelie Sirois include Sara D'Antonio, Kim LaBonte Kay and Chelsea Rosato.  
Surely more information will be sent to each member from Matt, but this is the breakdown and get ready to build membership.  If your name was not listed you can help the team of your choice.  We need to look beyond just our business associates and friends.  Think about those you see at meetings, those you share time with at church, etc.  Everyone should have the chance to become a Rotarian.  
Cards were play this week by Annelie was a looooooser, Becky won a Joker, Dan won a loaf of bread, Speaker Leslie Gould won a loaf of bread along with Larry Raimondi.  Thank you Brian for baking the three loafs of bread.  
We will not be meeting on Monday, November 12th, in honor of Veteran's Day and for all who have served our great country.
That's it for this week.  See you soon.
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
   - Thornton Wilder