Posted by Selim Matta on Jun 14, 2013
The 51st Annual meeting of the Andover Chamber of Commerce included recognition for five local service clubs on June 8 at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.
“A community doesn’t function without community volunteers” explained Robert Lavoie, Andover Chamber Chairman. “Service is really the common theme of everyone in this room.” Receiving awards for their contributions to the civic well being of Andover and surrounding communities were the Exchange Club of Lawrence, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence, Quota International of Andover, The Rotary Club of Andover and the Service Club of Andover.
Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce President Joseph Bevilacqua (left) Rotary Club of Andover President Mark Spencer (center) and Andover Chamber of Commerce Chairman Robert Lavoie recognizing the Rotary Club of Andover’s community service.
Posted by Selim Matta on May 10, 2013
Volunteering is a way of life in the Andovers and annually recognizing extraordinary volunteers who contribute beyond their normal job description is what the Rotary Club of Andover has been doing for 16 years with Citizens of the Year and the last 5 years with Educator of the Year.
A May 23rd recognition Gala starts at 6pm at the Wyndham Andover Hotel featuring Guest Speaker John Palfrey, Phillips Academy Head of School. The 2013 CWC recipients were selected from a larger pool of nominees by a Rotarian committee and the Educator of the Year was selected from a pool of nominees by a committee of 3 Andover educators. The spirit of volunteerism is embodied in gallery portraits of each recipient for display throughout the year in Andover Town Hall, several banks, commercial buildings and eventually archived at the Andover Historical Society.
Here are the names of the 2013 award winners:
Citizens Who Care 2013:
Kathleen Bates, Don Borenstein, Bud Crowninshield, Carolyn Fantini, Stephen Janivicus’, Dr. Richard Lindsay, Ellen Marcus, Nancy Mulvey, Mary Beth Nason, Susan Novick, Aileen Peters, Fred Snell.
Educator of the Year 2013:
Posted by Selim Matta on Apr 12, 2013
The Andover Townsman
---- — The Rotary Club of Andover has awarded $5,000 in grants to help local and international organizations further their efforts in support of stronger communities, families, and health and educational programs.
Several times each year, the Rotary Club presents grants to boost various initiatives. In the past, the club has sponsored international exchange students and members have volunteered at food drives/turkey distributions, delivered holiday presents for children, read to students at local elementary schools and offered a hand building with Habitat for Humanity in Lawrence.
Posted by Selim Matta on Mar 30, 2013
Andover Rotarians support Andover Fund for Education while improving their Spelling skills.
It took a lot of courage for seven Andover Rotarians to show up at the March 23rd Annual Spelling Bee to support the Andover Fund for Education. The fund was founded in 1991 to enrich and support Andover Public Schools.
Even with a real dummy helping the 'Dummies' team of Mark Spencer, Howard Perkins and Al Getler and a world class speller named Jillian Gelter, the team couldn't overcome other teams that could spell in Round One.
Hopes for victory relied upon Rotary Team 2 in Round 2- 'Russell's, Ringers' with Paul Russell, Jan McClure Brown, Chuck Humphrey and Ken Fey. It didn't go as planned, but Fun was had by everyone.
See you next year!
We need all the help we can get ...
Posted by Christine Krupa on Mar 08, 2013
Andover Rotary Club hosted a food drive to benefit Lazarus House on SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013 from 10am to 2pm. Shifts will run from 10am to 12pm and 12pm to 2pm or certainly for those of you that would like to participate for the entire time that is fabulous! This very worthwhile cause!
Posted by Selim Matta on Mar 08, 2013
Posted by Selim Matta on Dec 09, 2012
left to right: Marty, Diandra Lamas, Marketing Team Leader Whole Foods, Mark Spencer, President of the Andover Rotary Club, Alex and Diana Kiesel, Owners of Yang's Fitness & Wellness Center
Yang’s Fitness Center (Yang’s), Whole Foods Andover, and the Andover Rotary Club joined forces this year to provide Thanksgiving dinners to needy families. Since 2001, members of Yang’s and the Rotary have helped to provide more than 2,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to local residents. This year, Whole Foods Andover joined in this effort.
Posted by Selim Matta on Dec 06, 2012
A BIG "THANK YOU" to Raymond Cannon and Family for hosting our Christmas Party.
Posted by Selim Matta on Dec 06, 2012
The sixty members of the Rotary Interact Club of Andover High School spent the first weeks of November organizing the contribution of 300 coats and blankets to Lazarus House in Lawrence. Not an obvious choice with all the other activities in which teenagers can invest their time and energy. The Rotary Club of Andover sponsors the AHS INTERACT Club.
“It’s terrible to be cold” commented Ali the Club President, “and a lot of people do have old coats
they can contribute.”. The AHS Club is one of 10,900 INTERACT Clubs in 109 countries with over 200,000 young people ages 12-18 as members.
Amy LaMarche, the Rotary Club of Andover Advisor to AHS INTERACT, was proud of the community service spirit displayed by the INTERACT Club members. Amy commented that each year the Club must complete at least two community service projects that help develop leadership skills and personal integrity, while demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others.
On November 16, Lazarus House Community Development Director Dennis McCarthy thanked the teens for their individual and club efforts in an outstanding community service project at Andover High School.
Dennis McCarthy from L:azarus House and some INTERACT Club members- no particular order.Susan- Alexis, Eri-,Shannon, Julia, Ali, Emily, Monika, Megan and Mackenzie.
Posted by Selim Matta
We have a long-standing tradition as a global organization whose purpose is to encourage and provide a helping hand to those in need.
Are you someone working in the business community?
Are your ethics beyond reproach?
Are you able to value community service?
Are you able to commit your time to weekly meetings?
Are you able to allocate the resources in time and money?
Are you interested in helping people in need anywhere in the world?
Posted by Mark Spencer on Oct 13, 2012
Comedy night was an unqualified success. I am still hurting from laughing so much. Two friends who head other service groups asked me how we were able to pull off an event of this magnitude. To coin an oxymoron, Comedy Night is an instant classic. It will serve the club for years to come and selling tickets will get easier every year.
I was especially glad that our attendance was 8 greater than last year
Megan already sent out her thanks so I don't need to repeat the kudos--except to thank Megan for making last night go without a hitch. A lot of details go into an event like this and Megan got them all right.
Posted by Selim Matta on Sep 26, 2012
Left (Donald Gottfried, Selim Matta, Jan Mcclure-Brown, Megan Loughney, Howard Perkins, Al Getler)
Posted by Selim Matta on Sep 15, 2012
Posted by Selim Matta on May 18, 2012
The mission of Rotary is why I belong to this great organization. From the 4-way test we recite each week, to the countless lives that have been impacted by Rotary’s programs, to the sense of giving back to man-kind, I embrace this mission and want it to live on.
Being surrounded by others who have this shared feeling is awesome. These fellow Rotarians, whether in my town or on the other side of the globe, are connected to me by Rotary’s cause and our shared values
Posted by Selim Matta on Jan 05, 2012
A exchange student from France is staying with an Andover family while their daughter studies in Denmark this school year.
Jeanne Guesdon-Vennerie, 18, is the Rotary Club of Andover's 2011-2012 exchange student. She makes regular visits to the club. Her Andover hosts are Wes Brown and Jan McClure-Brown, parents of Susan Alexis Brown, who is studying in Denmark with the Rotary Exchange Student Program.
Posted by Selim Matta on Feb 18, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Andover is a group of men and women area business and community leaders who exemplify the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self," by contributing to our local and international communities through a variety of rewarding civic projects. All of this is accomplished in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship.
Rotary Club of Andover Massachusetts
P.O. Box 1152
Andover, MA. 01810