The Rotary Club of Concord MA, Inc.
Box 455, Concord, MA 01742
We meet Thursdays at 12:15 pm and Tuesdays at 7:30 am,
Come to either meeting, or both!
Concord's Colonial Inn 48 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742
The Rotary Club of Concord's meeting May 23 will be held at Newbury Court at 12:15 p.m. Please come early. Parking is limited and if you are able, please park at the Concord Country Club and walk over. Speaker is Jeanne Paolilli, a pediatric nurse and wife of our own Rotary member, Jerry Paolilli. Jeanne volunteered with the Global Smile Foundation and, along with Dr. Usama Hamdan, will tell us about the Foundation's latest mission to perform surgery on children with cleft palate.
Thanks to Newbury Court for accomodating us for this exceptional meeting. See you there!
Rotarian Frank Rigg returned from England and Spain with a story about his life that had us on the edge of our seats. And he promises that there is more to come. Shown here, Frank presented the Rotary Club of Concord with a banner from the Rotary Club of Billericay...the original English town that spawned our neighboring town of Billerica. Stay tuned.
Thanks to our Future Rotarians for their spirit and pep in carrying the banner and making the Rotary Club of Concord super-proud at Concord's Patriot's Day Parade. Thanks Gwendolyn and Vera Dane, Gracie Chen, and Alexa and Carson Detweiler. Three Cheers for our New Generation!
It was a great night...a sell-out. Lots of "Rotary Energy" as The Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Band joined forces to "Do Good, Feel Great!" Thanks to everyone who helped...our sponsors, our guests and the many members of the Club who volunteered in a myriad of ways. Shown here: President Elect Rosario Rizzo takes the mike to sing our praises!
David Sears, President of the Rotary Club of Lexington, admires the gavel presented to his club by the Rotary Club of Concord on the occasion of the town of Lexington’s 300th anniversary. Concord Rotarians Ken Marriner made the engraved gavel and John Frankiewicz made the handsome container. Nancy Nelson, Superintendent of Minuteman Historical National Park, was the featured speaker at the joint “Patriot’s Day” meeting of the clubs.
Just in time for the last day of bidding, two tickets to the Red Sox versus Kansas City Royals has been added to our online auction. Grandstand 16 Row 2. Bid before the time runs out. Click here. http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?vhost=concordmarotary
Rotary Club of Concord's online auction at biddingforgood.com/concordmarotary will close April 10. Bid now to help Rotary's outreach to the Sharing Foundation in Cambodia, and for other service projects abroad and locally. Lots of great items at bargain prices. You won't know if you don't look. Click on "Bidding for Good" on the banner at the top of the page to go to the site. HURRY! Catch fish like these!
Doesn't this warm weather make you want to head out to the golf course? You can do that AND help Rotary support its important humanitarian outreach...."Click to Care" at Bidding for Good. Click on the banner above to go right to the exciting site.
March 3 – 9 was another busy week for Concord Rotarians. At Tuesday’s Sunrise meeting, Darren Brown spoke about cyber-ransom threats; also Tuesday, Cato Anderson and club-mates cooked up a St. Patrick’s Day dinner for the community supper at Bristol Lodge.. At the Thursday meeting, guest speaker Laura Moore helped us gain “Clutter Clarity.” To top it off, on Saturday Sharon Spaulding and 20+ Rotarians and friends put on our second annual Winter Olympics for Minuteman Arc. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring!
Photo: The clown entertained the Olympians with tricks like this!
Need Clutter Clarity aboutDe-Cluttering and Organizing Your Home, Your Calendar and Your Life?It’s possible to achieve sustainable relief from your mess, and stay organized, but feeling overwhelmed and frustrated gets in the way, doesn’t it? Laura Moore, M.Ed., life coach and professional organizer, will reveal a fresh perspective on three common misconceptions, and provide tangible strategies to stay unstuck, and enjoy de-cluttering and organizing. Come with questions, and enter RAFFLE to win the essential resource guide, Paper Clarity: What to Keep, Where and When to Shred.
Laura Moore, M. Ed.
At its Feb. 28 meeting the Rotary Club of Concord inducted six new members. Here they are with their 4-way tests: from left, John Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and Concord Public Schools; Judy Carlough, Residential Realtor, Coldwell Banker; Patrick Woods, Development Officer, Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston; Charles Blair, Residential Real Estate, Keller Williams; Diana Rigby, Superintendent, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and Concord Public Schools, and Peter Badalament, Principal, Concord-Carlisle High School. Welcome to Rotary!
The Rotary Club of Concord will sponsor an on-line auction in early April through “Bidding for Good” to support the work of The Sharing Foundation. We are currently seeking auction items and would encourage anyone wishing to contribute to contact Ann Trudeau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1992, local pediatrician Dr. Nancy W. Hendrie of Concord MA founded The Sharing Foundation (TSF), whose mission is to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia. In the years since its inception, TSF’s outreach has expanded to serve over 1,500 children daily, through numerous ongoing programs. These include the Roteang Orphanage, a Montessori-based preschool, Khmer literacy and English language programs, high school and college student sponsorships, a farming cooperative, a computer school, and a sewing school.
At their Feb. 28 luncheon meeting, Concord Rotarians had the pleasure of hearing local author Andrew Goldsteintein tell his own story...and that of his novel,The Bookie's Son. Relating how what he learned in the Bronx of the 60s as a bookie's son contributed to his success as entrepreneur of Thoughtforms Corp. Construction, Goldstein transitioned smoothly into a reading of an excerpt from his book. What happens? Only those who read the novel will find out. But everyone learned once again that communication skills are of utmost importance in any field.
Past President Sean McCarthy unwraps the mystery of the Four-Way Test as he presents a plaque to new inductee to the Rotary Club of Concord, Lynn Ashe of AnnieMac Home Mortgage. Noel Choquette (left) proposed Lynn, and Immediate Past President Steve Levitsky presented her with her pin and name badge. Welcome Lynn.
Emmy-winning photographer Allegra Anderson of This Old House Productions recounted her experiences in connecting with survivors of Hurricane Katrina five years after the storm to learn how their lives had changed since they were first featured on This Old House's program. Interesting story, but just as interesting was the trophy awarded for the documentary Allegra and her team produced. Shown here is Allegra (right) with Concord Rotarian Therese Oliver. It takes two to lift that Emmy!
The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Ryan Azinger of Centinel Financial Group to membership at its January 24, 2013 meeting. Speaker of the day was Concord Rotarian Dan Cook, president of Conservation Solutions Corporation. Dan spoke on water issues and innovative water efficiency opportunities, a timely and important topic for all Rotarians worldwide. Photo: New Concord Rotarian Ryan Azinger with Steve Levitsky (left) and Neal Walker (far right).
Due to the blizzard warning, our Minuteman Arc Olympic event has been rescheduled to March 16. This will be fun for everyone, so plan to attend and lend a hand.
The Rotary Club of Concord honored Robert McWalter for his 47 years of perfect attendance at their regular meeting Thursday January 17, 2013. In attendance were (from left) Grace McWalter, one of the first women to join the Rotary Club of Concord (1988), and her husband Rotarian David McWalter, Jack McWalter and the honoree, Rotarian Bob McWalter. Just beginning their Rotary membership were Leigh Ann Crimmings and Ana Pantazi, shown here being inducted by Past President Sean McCarthy with assistance from Sandra Cassella and Ann Trudeau. Congratulations to all!
ROTARY CLUB OF CONCORD
MINUTES JANUARY 31, 2013
A much improved singing performance was led by President June, with song sheets provided by Suzanne; Rick C started the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moving prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. John Lombard
Guests were introduced by Ann (John Faucett), Andy (Sophie Wadsworth)
The Question of the week was asked by John Lombard which concerned Legos, the famous toy building blocks which are celebrating their 55th anniversary.
Steve who announced a great January in the stock market with a gain of more than 5%. He also brought the predictions that Club members made a couple of weeks ago regarding the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the end of December 2103, a copy of which is attached to these minutes
Sandy who celebrated her daughter’s 42nd birthday
Chris honored John Lombard who is sharing the Question of the Week responsibilities with Chris.
Frank R in honor of Susan who donated a 1931 Rotary Program Book to the Archives Project
Dave who reported that it could have been a sad fine, but turned out OK
Sheila who is happy that John Faucett is visiting this week
John D in honor of Ken for hosting the Question of the week for many years.
Suzanne in honor of her Birthday
Andy who learned his daughter made the Dean’s List at Bucknell
June in honor of a project at Emerson Hospital and to recognize her daughter who visited from Alaska
Minuteman Arc Special Olympics on February 9
Pops Concert with an auction in April: MORE auction items are needed!
February 11 – Information Meeting for those interested in joining Rotary
February 27 – Mixer for New Members
Sharon introduced our speaker, Allegra Anderson, who is an Emmy Award winning Producer for This Old House, and a free-lance photographer. Allegra discussed a video she helped produce following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, “Getting Back to Normal”. In the video, local residents, business owners and others were interviewed and described the hard times they faced following the Hurricane. Their loyalty and optimism shined throughout the video. The Scribe was amazed how much Allegra and Sharon seem to display the same personality attributes!
The door prize was won by Dick Hale
Attachment – 2013 Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Contest hosted by Steve. The closest prediction will win a pair of red Sox Tickets for a game in 2014. Predictions made on January 3, 2013:
Arnold R 10,000
Rosario R 12,000
Henry D 12,120
Ana P 12,605
Bob M 12,900
Ken M 13,100
Leigh Ann G 13,500
Frank R 13,783
Chris S 13,820
Sharon S 13,900
Noel C 13,905
Dick H 14,000
Dick L 14,070
Rick C 14,200
Herb T 14,222
John L 14,237
Doug D 14,250
Sheila W 14,250
Ann T 14,333
Paul D 14,375
Steve K 14,379
Andy M 14,650
Karla M 14,720
Art T 14,800
Rick B 14,944
June G 15,000
John D 16,800
Tameka G 18,575
espectfully Submitted, Steve L
The A-Team of Concord Rotarian Chefs prepared a hearty meal of pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted winter squash, and salad for 70at Bristol Lodge's soup kitchen at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Waltham on January 8. Here Rick Copland and Art Taylor work quickly to get the warm roast to the table.
Past President Sean McCarthy (right) conducted a ceremony to welcome Karla Mansur (left) and Tameka Grantham to membership in the Rotary Club of Concord. Here, Henry Dane presents name badges and pins to our newest members. Congratulations Karla and Tameka.
The Rotary Club of Concord will not meet Dec. 27. It's been a busy month with the Festival of Wreaths on Dec. 2; Hot Chocolate Stand on Dec. 2; Annual Meeting on Dec. 13; Holiday party with gifts to the children at the Northeast Correctional Center on Dec. 15 and our own Holiday Dinner on Dec. 20. We will hit the ground running on January 3, with the induction of new members and plans for serving a delicious meal to the homeless in Waltham on January 8. Stay tuned.
Photo: Our treasured treasurer Kevin McConnell received a gift from Santa (aka Steve Kirk) at the Holiday Party.
Who are these people and why are they smiling? Why, they are reveling at the Rotary Club of Concord's Holiday Party at Newbury Court. This year it will be held on Thursday Evening, Dec. 20. at 5:30. Bring a guest and greet old friends and new. RSVP to Dick Hale, email@example.com.
Sunday December 2, 2012 brought Concord Rotarians together with many community friends as they hosted two events...the Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths for the benefit of the Domestic Violence Services Network and the Hot Chocolate Stand, where crowds enjoyed cocoa donated by Dunkin Donuts with tiny marshmallows (thanks Heidi!) while they waited for Santa to come by on the fire engine at Concord's Tree Lighting night. Here is Concord Rotarian Herb Taylor serving some eager customers.
On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. the Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Concord, will be open to the public in the lobby of Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord Center. Wreaths creatively decorated by local establishments will be on display for viewing and purchase. Also for sale, chances on a huge collection of gift certificates decorating a “Gift Tree.” The winner of the raffle takes home all of the certificates, and does not need to be present to win. Admission is free.
Proceeds from this unique event will go to support the Domestic Violence Services Network, (DVSN) a collaboration of Central Middlesex non-profit agencies, clergy, volunteers, and police departments.
Plan now to drop in to see the wreaths, get decorating ideas, and support a worthy cause. Then stop by the Rotary Club of Concord’s Hot Chocolate Booth right outside the Middlesex Savings Bank where you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts. Frosty and Santa will be coming by on the fire engine for the tree-lighting and carol sing on Monument Square. What better time to be in Concord Center? What better time to help those experiencing tough circumstances by supporting the Rotary Club of Concord’s Festival of Wreaths?
On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 the Rotary Club of Bedford's mighty team of muscle-men quickly pulled the determined team from the Rotary Club of Concord through the mud at Bedford's Paul Bunyan Field Day. But it was all in good fun, and Bedford served the losers some mighty good steak. Concord's team included men, women, and kids, no match for an all-he-man team from Bedford. Wait til next year!
Kylie Copland and brother Thomas let it be known that Rotary will close the gap in the fight against polio. Here they are in front of Crosby's Marketplace in Concord, at Rotary's Purple Pinkie Day event.
The Rotary Club of Concord will hold its meeting at the Masonic Hall onMonument Square in Concord Center on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:15 p.m. Members will bring a lunch instead of the Colonial Inn's hot meal, and the money saved will be donated to Rotary International’s effort to End Polio Now. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Club sponsored its fourth annual Purple Pinkie Day, chatting with the public about ending polio and coloring the pinkie finger of those who donated to the cause with a purple mark, as is done to identify children who have been vaccinated in countries where Immunization Teams go door to door.
Pictured: from left, Rotarians Frank Rigg and Frank Chen, with Gracie Chen, greeted customers in front of Crosby’s Market on Purple Pinkie Day Oct. 20, 2012
Enthusiastic golfers teed off under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures on Aug 20 2012 at the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, Rotary Club of Concord’s 24th annual golf event. No Hurricane Irene this year!
Many Rotary and community volunteers worked to assure the success of the tournament, chief among them tournament chairs Rick Beers, Sandra Cassella, Phyllis Maurer and Joe Saia. Scholarships will be funded for students entering college in September 2013, thanks to the major sponsors, Hammond Residential Real Estate and Middlesex Savings Bank, along with Tee and Green Sponsors. Generous donations to the silent auction, and generous bidders who supported the auction, provided an added benefit.
First place winners Andy Mahoney with his teammates B. Kelly, Dave Swan and W. Muggie came in at 139 (one under par) narrowly edging out the second place foursome of Ed Fitzgerald, Frank Vumbaca, T. White and R. Saha whose score was 140. But all agreed it wasn’t just the challenge of the game that made for a great day, it was the camaraderie and the chance to support an important cause, the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund. Photo: The winners!
SAIL FOR A CAUSE WITH ROTARY
Join your friends from the Rotary Club of Concord on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the beautiful 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor. An evening to benefit the Rotary Club of Concord’s international humanitarian outreach, the event offers guests a taste of what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres, sip wine, laugh, and celebrate the fellowship of Rotary. Sunday, Sept 16, 5 until 7 p.m. Come early to board at the Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 rear Rogers Street (Route 127) Gloucester. Tickets are $100 per person and available from Roger Fritz, firstname.lastname@example.org, or from your Rotarian friends.
As part of a global network of community volunteers, the Rotary Club of Concord focuses on giving back to our community, both here and abroad. Concord’s recent international projects include providing technology tools and know-how to three schools in Haiti, purchasing a bus for special needs students in Haiti, supporting cleft palate surgery in Central and South America through the Global Smile Foundation, providing earthquake response to Japan, supporting a school for hearing impaired in India, giving educational help to girls in Cambodia through the Sharing Foundation, providing support to Gift of Life International for open heart surgery in Central America, participating in a literacy project in the Philippines, and sponsoring events to further polio eradication in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
The Rotary Club of Concord is a great group of over 70 members, men and women. The Club holds two meetings each week…breakfast on Tuesdays from 7:30 until 8:15 AM and lunch on Thursdays from 12:15 until 1:30 PM. Both are held at the Colonial Inn in Concord. You are invited to attend a meeting. With interesting speakers and an energized group every week, you will come away inspired.
And do join us for the Sunset Sail for Rotary’s International Outreach.
The Rotary Club of Concord hosted winners of Rotary Scholarships at the June 14, 2012 luncheon meeting of Rotary at the Colonial Inn. Winners shown below include (from the left) Kendra Lisenby, winner of the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship; Keith Man, Rotary Club Scholarship Chair, Jennifer Robinson, Christian Wesselhoeft, and Anthony Perugini. Winners not present include Jonah Lovy, winner of the William L. Eaton Memorial Scholarship, Abigail Bruins, and William Moss.
Thanks to the generous support of the community for the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, the Rotary Club of Concord was able to give $19,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Concord Carlisle High School, Concord Academy and Minuteman Regional High School. The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund selected these students from among applicants who meet Rotary’s ideals for community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility.
Check out the information about the Aug 20, 2012 Golf Tournament at Concord Country Club on this webpage!
Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Concord and Lexington honored veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford on Memorial Day. Following a special Memorial Service, veterans and their families were served lunch in the grassy courtyard outside the Chapel. Rotarians scooped ice cream topped with hot fudge, M&Ms and whipped cream supplied by Rancatore’s Ice Cream. The Rotary Club of Lexington brought a beautifully decorated “Rotary Wheel” cake that said it all, “Thank you American Veterans on this Memorial Day…Bedford, Concord & Lexington.” We were all inspired as we chatted with men and women still bearing the wounds of many battles fought on our behalf. Thanks to Sharon Spaulding and the Sunrise Satellite Club of Concord for organizing the event.Photo: Doesn't this just take the cake?
Rotary Club of Concord Summer OutingJuly 19, 2012 5:30 p.m. Rain or Shine. Meeting of the Week.Hosted by Rick and Joan Beers at their Inn on the Horse Farm in Sudbury277 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27) 978-443-7400If you haven't already signed up call June, 978-369-6346 or Dick Hale, 508-878-6577
The menu includes beef tenderloin, corn on the cob, vegetarian pasta, and all the delicious appetizers, salads and desserts Rotarians bring.
You will enjoy fellowship with your club members at this beautiful family-friendly location so dress informally and bring the kids.
Directions: (The Inn is not visible from the road, so look for the blue and yellow balloons and the horse statues on the stone wall on either side of the driveway.) Go to Route 27 in Sudbury. From Sudbury Center, at the traffic light where Rt. 27 intersects Concord Road (landmarks are a church, town buildings, a little park and the Hosmer House,) go East on 27 and prepare to almost immediately turn right. Look for the balloons, a large granite post with “277” engraved on it and two large horses standing on top of the stone wall on each side of the driveway. Turn in and drive down the lane. (If you come to the Methodist Church you’ve gone too far.)
Donate a silent auction item, or bid on a silent auction item to support deserving students while enjoying yourself at the Rotary Pops April 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. In 2011, the Rotary Club of Concord donated $18,000 in scholarships to eight students…five entering college and three previous winners who needed help to continue their college careers.In addition, part of the Silent Auction proceeds will support those whose lives were disrupted by the devastating twister that leveled their high school this Spring. Funds will be administered by a local Rotary Club there.If you would like to help people like these by donating to the Silent Auction, please contact Sharon Spaulding, email@example.com. For tickets to the Pops ($25 per guest), contact Dick Hale, 508-878-6577.
The Rotary Club of Concord Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Concord organized the first Annual Minuteman ARC Winter Olympics Saturday February 11, 2012 at the Doug Flutie Gym on Baker Avenue in Concord. Guests enjoyed a cakewalk, bowling, basketball shoot, a bean bag throw, and a ring toss on rubber ducks in a pool along with popcorn and drinks. A juggler entertained and generously taught tricks of his trade. Everyone donned a Rotary-Minuteman tee shirt, and everyone won a first place trophy. A rewarding outing for all.
On Feb. 2 the Rotary Club of Concord heard an inspiring report of the results of a project jointly sponsored by the club and the Rotary Club of Trujillo, Peru. With a Humanitarian Grant awarded by the Rotary Foundation, the clubs were able to assist The Global Smile Foundation in Trujillo in June 2011 when a comprehensive staff of US and Peruvian professionals completed, among other things, 38 cleft palate-related surgeries and 303 dental procedures. Dr. Usama Hamdan, Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon and Founder of the Global Smile Foundation, presented a slide show with before and after photos of patients whose lives were changed by the project, along with statics illustrating the breadth of the work undertaken. Thanks to Concord's International Chair Rene Fauchet for his leadership in obtaining the grant. Photo: Rotarian Gerald Paoilli with Dr. Hamdan of the Global Smile Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Erin Duggan, YouthServices Coordinator for Concord and Carlisle, as speaker on January 12,2012. After one year in theposition, Duggan has expanded programming for young people in the area, includingevents for middle school students during half-day Tuesdays. A new initiativefor high school students is “Open Mike Night” at Reasons to Be Cheerful (icecream emporium in West Concord) and teen movies on Friday nights at the ConcordLibrary branches. Duggan’sawareness of and involvement in many of the issues facing youth in our area isa great asset to Concord and Carlisle.
Photo: President Steve Levitsky with Concord Carlisle Youth Services Coordinator Erin Duggan
The Rotary Club of Concord's skillful chefs created an awesome meal for many guests at Bristol Lodge January 10. Because Rotarians donated warm clothing, including 40 brand new winter coats, clients of Bristol Lodge will brave the cold wrapped in comfort. Thanks to everyone who donated clothes, food, and time to this important outreach project of the Rotary Club of Concord.
Photo: How many Rotarians does it take to stir a pot?
The Rotary Club of Concord enjoyed a busy meeting December 15, with the induction of Susan Merlino as a new member, the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow plus four to Past President Edward Fitzgerald, the introduction of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Seoul, Dabin Kim, and an absorbing presentation by speaker Marc Fields, Emmy-winning writer, producer and director for “The Banjo Project” and the recent PBS broadcast “Give Me the Banjo.” Do join us for a meeting sometime…Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Or come to the “Early Bird Special” at our Sunrise meeting, Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. also at the Colonial Inn. Hope to see you there.
See GIVE ME THE BANJO on line: http://video.pbs.org/video/2164506461/
WHO DOESN’T LIKE HOT CHOCOLATE? The Rotary Club of Concord served steaming cups of hot chocolate donated by Dunkin’ Donuts Dec. 4 during Concord’s Holiday Parade. Kids and adults alike warmed up on the cocoa as they waited for Santa to arrive aboard a fire engine. Held outside the Middlesex Savings Bank where the Rotary Club was just wrapping up its third annual Festival of Wreaths, the event marked the beginning of the holiday season for Rotarians and their friends alike.
Rotary Club of Concord’s Purple Pinkie Day helps take on $200 million challenge from the Gates FoundationOn Saturday October 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Rotary Club of Concord will hold its third annual “Purple Pinkie Day” in Concord Center to help “End Polio Now.” Rotarians worldwide join on World Polio Day to rid the world of this crippling disease. In Concord, as elsewhere, they will greet the public and invite them to join in the fight by making a contribution of any amount. Contributions will earn the donor a “purple pinkie” and the Rotarian will apply purple color to his or her finger as is done to children throughout the world signifying that they have received their polio vaccine. The purple pinkie will serve as a personal reminder of helping one child become free from polio forever.
Rotary clubs here and around the world are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a world free of the crippling disease polio. A key component of that effort is fundraising. Rotary members are working to raise $200 million in response to a challenge grant of $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
That may seem a daunting task, but Rotary’s track record shows it can be done with perseverance and hard work. Since launching its landmark PolioPlus Program in 1985, the volunteer service organization already has contributed more than $900 million to the cause, not to mention countless volunteer hours logged by Rotary members.
Although the polio epidemic may be a distant memory to many-- cases have been slashed by 99 percent worldwide -- it still threatens children in parts of Africa and South Asia.
Steve Levitsky, President of the Rotary Club of Concord, urges everyone in Concord to help close that final gap and eliminate polio from the earth once and for all. Together let’s get ‘er done.”
Indeed, for as little as 60 cents worth of oral polio vaccine, a child can be protected for life. However, a major funding gap now faces the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which Rotary is a spearheading partner (along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF). More than twenty years of steady progress is at stake, and polio -- now on the ropes -- stands to stage a dangerous comeback unless the funding gap is bridged.
In response to the funding crisis, Rotary eagerly accepted a US$355 million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation, which Rotary will match with an additional US$200 million over three years, raising a much needed US$555 million, all of it dedicated to polio eradication.
Rotary’s worldwide membership of 1.2 million men and women -- representing about 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries -- immediately embraced the effort by digging deeper into their own pockets, planning special fundraisers and rallying community support. Rotary invites everyone who wants to learn more about this historic opportunity to end polio to visit www.rotary.org/endpolio.
The Rotary Club of meets weekly at the Colonial Inn in Concord at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information visit www.rotaryclubofconcord.org.
The Rotary Club of Concord wants you to join them on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Concord Country Club to play in its Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Tournament to benefit their Scholarship Fund. Registration will open at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Take the bagged lunch on the course with you, and when your foursome finishes eighteen holes, relax over drinks and refreshments, have dinner and celebrate the awarding of prizes. The entry fee of $250 includes golf at one of New England’s premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch and dinner, tournament gifts and prizes. Mulligans will be available for purchase. You may play in a foursome of your choosing or be assigned to a foursome. Register by contacting Phyllis Maurer at firstname.lastname@example.org. To discuss the tournament call Joe Saia at West Concord Liquors, 978-369-3872 or Rick Beers at Colonial Motors, 978-369-3316.
PHOTO: RICK BEERS ASSURES GRANDSON COLIN BEERS THAT HE WILL WIN THIS TROPHY SOMEDAY. IN THE MEANTIME, WHY NOT TRY TO WIN IT YOURSELF?
The Rotary Club of Concord has recently partnered with The Walden Street School for Girls, a therapeutic residential program for girls. In this perfect partnership, the Rotarians are providing the eager students with first hand experiences to practice Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self." The students, in turn, are providing the Rotarians with an opportunity to work side by side with the "New Generation," a Rotary avenue of service. The connection has been natural and easy....and promises to be one of the "thousand fibers" that will connect adult and student to each other and to their fellow men and women.
The Rotary Club of Concord meets weekly at the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Sunrise Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:30 am. Luncheon meetings are on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.
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THIS IS THE WEEK. JOIN US SUNDAY FOR A FABULOUS SUNSET CRUISE AND A GREAT TIME!
The Sunrise Satellite of theRotary Club of Concord invites you to join them on a two-hour sunset cruise ona 65-foot schooner in Gloucester harbor on September 25 at 5 p.m. This fundraising event is organized bythe members of the new Rotary Club of Concord’s morning club to raise funds fortheir projects with the Walden Street School for Girls in Concord and the StJoseph Schools in Haiti. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling PaulD’Oliveira at Paul Bryan Inc., 978-369-0450.
We sail from Seven Seas Wharf / Rogers St (rt 127)/Gloucester, MA. 01930. Photos of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon are on thewebsite www.schooner.org.
Join us for cocktails (cash bar), hors d'oeuvres andlaughs as we enjoy the view and the fresh air. Meet the early-risers whomake up Rotary’s Sunrise group in Concord.
The Sunrise Club of Rotary in Concord meets Tuesdays from7:30 – 8:15 a.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Stop by for breakfast and an stimulatingstart to your morning.
By Ryan Hyland Rotary International News -- 9 November 2009
Rotary's longstanding relationship with the United Nations is a great testament to the great achievements that can be attained when civil societies work hand-in-hand with international organizations,'' said Maria-Luisa Chavez, UN chief of NGO relations for the UN Department of Public Information.
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Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today's challenges -- including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns -- while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
As the world's largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with serve prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master's degree in peace and conflict resolution.
PolioPlus is Rotary's flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world's first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.
Yours in RotaryDoug DetweilerPresident 2009-2010
The Sunrise Satellite of the Rotary Club of Concord is sponsoring an "urban farmers" session at Gaining Ground, 315 Virginia Road, Concord, on Saturday morning August 6 from 9 a.m. until noon and you are invited to participate. This is an opportunity to help at the community's organic farm where crops are raised to distribute to guests at ares food pantries. Kids are invited. The Sunrise group would like to know if you plan to come (but even if you do not sign up, come anyway.) Show up anytime after 9 and stay as long as you can. Wear comfortable clothes and sunblock. Attendance makeup credits will be awarded (let Rosario Rizzo know if you want credit.) For more information or to sign up, contact Sharon Spaulding email@example.com.
Learn more at www.gainingground.org