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At Monday's meeting we did a service project for Homeless Veterans.  We make care packages consisting of new pairs of socks and cards from Wood End School students thanking them for their service.  We also included personal notes of thanks from Rotarians.  Shout out to President Brian Snell and Lisa Gibbs for planning and coordinating.  Thanks also to Target for the donation of socks and bags.  The cards from the children were great.  
 
This was a great way to start off the week, to focus on giving a little something back to those who have given so much for us.
 
Reading 375 is holding a Trivia Night fundraiser on November 17 at 7 at RCTV.  Tables of 6 are available for $150.  Tim would like to get a Rotary table together.  If you are interested, please let Tim know.  If we have enough takers we could field a second table, subject to availability.
EMARC is holding their annual gala on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Peabody Marriott.  Reading Rotary is supporting EMARC by buying  table.  If you would like to attend, please contact Brian Snell to reserve a place.  Please let Brian know by Wed., Nov. 8.  We would love to have a full Rotary contingent there.
It was great to have our District Governor David Gardner at our meeting last week.  As you know Dave has often visited us and patronized our events as his home club is Stoneham.  
 
The Jams for Jake event that we are sponsoring was postponed from October 29 to November 12.  James for Jake is an organization working with RCASA (Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse) to raise awareness of opioid substance abuse.  Mark you calendars.
Our next Evening Social Meeting is November 15.  Please keep inviting friends and others who may be a good addition to Rotary. 
We again will be assisting with the Adopt a Family program.  Adopt a Family pairs a family in need with another family who donates a full Thanksgiving meal and for Christmas, donates Christmas dinner and presents for the family.  All donations are given anonymously.  We need both someone to help with the coordination and also volunteers  to help on the distributions days.  Those days are November 21 and December 21.  See Brian Snell for details.
We will be running the Snack Shack on Thanksgiving morning for the RMHS/Stoneham Football Game.  Please make sure to see Gregg Johnson to sign up for a shift.  
 
That morning our RMHS Interact Club will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast at the High School Cafeteria.  Helpers are also needed before that.  You can let John Doherty or Tim Kelley know if you would like to help Interact before the Snack Shack.
Johnny was a little boy who was quick with excuses. One morning when he came to school unprepared (as usual), the teacher asked wearily:  "Well, John, where is your homework assignment this morning?"

"Well, sir, you said yesterday we were to do lesson seventeen."
 
"Yes?" His teacher sort of agreed, continuing to listen to Johnny’s story.
 
"Then last night Jimmy told me it was number eighteen we were supposed to do."
 
"But you didn't bring in either one," the teacher pointed out.
 
"Well, I was afraid to do the wrong one. What good would that do?”
 
When we don't want to do something, we seldom have difficulty finding an excuse—often a very plausible one.  But merely having a good excuse does not mean we can neglect duties which are ours.  Remember Johnny’s story as our year “revs up”and we’re asked to volunteer for service to others!   
 
Let’s hope that we may always serve up GOOD WORKS, instead of serving up GOOD EXCUSES. 
On Wed., Oct. 18, we had a great turnout for our Evening Social Meeting at Bunratty Tavern.  
 
          
 
Don't miss our next one on Wed., Nov. 15.  We regularly have an evening meeting on the third Wednesday in place of that week's Monday meeting.
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Lisa Gibbs and family were honored on the field before the Red Sox game on September  26, 2017.  The Red Sox were celebrating the Mass Down Syndrome Congress's Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Night at Fenway.  Lisa & Rob were recognized for their work through their foundation, Samantha's Harvest.  Congratulations, Gibbs Family!
 
If anyone has any outstanding money, expenses or any invoices related to the Reading Fall Street Faire, please get that to Tim Kelley.  
 
There will be a RFSF wrap up meeting on October 10, 2017 to review what went right and what could be improved for next year.  Please attend if you have input.
 
The 2017 Street Faire Committee wishes to thank all those who helped make this year’s Faire a tremendous success.
 
Event Chair Sheila Clarke credits the overwhelming attendance, organization and collaboration to the many volunteers, sponsors, Committee members, Rotarians, town departments, local newspapers,  cable TV and attendees who made it possible.
 
“I have said this before,” said Clarke, “but it really does take a village to make an event of this magnitude the enormous accomplish-ment that we have all achieved. The ‘village’ of Reading has that special combination of dedication, community spirit and support from its residents, businesses, town employees, local media and volunteers who collaborated for this special day. The Street Faire is a celebration of all of us!”
 
“All the hard work and preparation paid off and we look forward to bringing you a spectacular celebration next year for our 10th anniversary.”
 
(Pictured here the first Reading Fall Street Faire Committee on the Jumbotron slide show.)
 
 
 
On September 15, Samantha's Harvest held its annual Golf Tournament.  At the dinner following, it awarded Rotarian Brian Tobin with the Samantha's Buddy Award.  Lisa Gibbs, founder of Samantha's Harvest and Rotarian, detailed how selflessly Brian has served that organization by volunteering at its events, including the Golf Tournament.  This year, Brian scooped slush for golfers on the golf course.  Brian has been a pillar helping with Samantha's Harvest's events over the years.  
 
Samantha's Harvest is an organization dedicated to Down's Syndrome awareness, advocacy and support.
 
Brian has also seen all over Reading volunteering as a youth sports coach, including lacrosse, hockey, basketball and baseball.  Brian has organized his high school athletes to shovel driveways for seniors in Reading and lead them in volunteering to clean up the Schoolhouse Condos in the aftermath of the fire.  Congratulations, Brian and Samantha's Harvest.
Reading Rotary does so much good in the community.  We are becoming bigger in prominence in the town with the great success of the Reading Fall Street Faire, Snack Shack and Taste of Metro North.  However, we are in need of Rotarians for the roles of President Elect and Vice President.  If we do not have succession to our current leadership, the Club's future is in jeopardy.  Please consider the possibility of stepping up to offer your gifts of leadership to the Club.  We all know we do Rotary because we are committed to service, but you can raise your profile in the community, especially in light of the Street Faire's great success.
 
The Club has been well organized and we just need people to sit in the big chair.  There is plenty of Club help to make your presidency successful.
 
Whew!  The 9th Annual (& first run by Reading Rotary) Reading Fall Street Faire is in the books.  We had a fantastic Committee of many veterans of past RFSF Committees who made 2017's event bigger and better than ever.  Over 200 vendors (most ever) and more generous  Sponsors than ever.  Plus, early estimates pegged the crowd over 15,000 attendees.  
 
Event Chair Sheila Clarke returned to the RFSF Committee and her leadership and vision were top notch. Sheila had this to say:  I love this event for all it represents to our community and couldn't be more proud to be part of our team.
 
This was such a fantastic community event.  Reading Rotary cannot possible express the extent of our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated.
 
Paraphrasing Belichick:  On to the Snack Shack. 
Reading Rotary enthusiastically extends congratulations to proud parents, KC & Helen Latham, on the wedding of their daughter Deanna to Brett Arnold.  Deanna and Brett were married in a ceremony officiated by grandfather and Rotarian Ken Latham overlooking the Atlantic in Rye, New Hampshire.  Take a moment to give KC you best wishes. 
 
Photo credit to Helen.  Picture borrowed from Facebook.
 
Kudos to Art Hayden and all the faithful Rotarians who volunteer to make the Greater Boston Food Bank run on Thursdays.  
 
If you want to be the list, contact Art.  1 driver and 1 helper are needed each week.
 
Did you know that our Club website has many uses available to members?
 
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District 7930 held its Installation of new Leadership on June 29 at the Danversport Yacht Club.  Governor Dave Gardner and Reading Rotary President Brian assume their new roles on July 1. Hundreds of Rotarians were on hand to celebrate the end of DG Sheryl's year and the turn over to DG Dave.  
 
 
  
 
Reading congratulates and thanks President Brian for stepping up into leadership for 2017-18.  We're looking forward to a fun and exciting year of Service.
 
 
 
The new Rotary Theme for 2017-18 is "Rotary:  Making a Difference."  Ian Riseley is the new President of Rotary International.  Ian hails from Victoria, Australia and is an accountant and business consultant.
 
 
The Club celebrated the installation of its new Officers and Board at a dinner held at St. Agnes Parish Center on Friday, June 23.  In attendance also was the Board of the RMHS Interact Club who was installed by John Doherty, Interact Mentor.  Paul Harris Awards were conferred on John Doherty and Brian Snell.  
 
 
Special presentations of Paul Harris Awards were presented first to Josie Benassi, of the Pep's Peddler's MS Ride Team.  John Douglass made the presentation.  John is a long time Rotarian and Pep's Team Member.  Josie has MS and rides on a tandem bicycle with her husband Joe.   Many Pep's Team Members were in attendance.  Their 150 mile ride was this weekend, too.
 
 
The second and third special Paul Harris Awards were presented to Gabrielle Amico and Isabella Tarasuk by Bobbie Botticelli.  Gabby and Bella also happen to be granddaughters of Bobbie.  Both young women have followed Bobbie's footsteps of service in Rotary.  Gabby has been a leader at RYLA every year since she first attended RYLA 4 years agao.  Isabella is currently an Officer in the Interact Club.
 
 
The Club also awarded 4 Service Above Self Scholarships to graduating seniors, Allie Foley, Sam Johnson, Ryan Driscoll and Jamie Azulay.  These scholarships were awarded to students who have shown a commitment to service during their high school years.
 
The evening included a service project, beach bags filled with goodies for foster kids, and guest speakers who talked about the need for foster parents.  Particularly impressive was 16 year old foster child, Jonathan, who spoke about his experience in the foster care system and his current home, the Plummer Home, and his aspiration to become a US Marine.
 
Entertainment was provided by the fabulous band, Common Ground 521, featuring Rotary family member, Alicia Botticelli-Tarasuk.  Common Ground 521 was kind enough to fit us in before their big gig at Hampton Beach Seashell Stage on Saturday.
 
Thanks to all who attended.  Big kudos to incoming President Brian.  It's going to be a great year!
 
Rotary had a great spot at Friends and Family Day at Birch Meadow on Saturday, June 17.  Rotarians and Interact students made cotton candy all day.  We gave away cotton candy and distributed our new brochures.  (Donations were accepted.)  Thanks to John, Brian, Greg, Gregg, David, Mark, Dick, Tim, Caroline & Jolanda who helped out at the Rotary booth.  It was a great event, well attended.
 
 
The Interact Club was on there  in full force with a long line to their Dunk Tank.  Many Interactors volunteered to be dunked.  And yes it was cold!  Thanks also to the Interact crew who broke broke down, cleaned up and put away in storage the Interact and Rotary booths and equipment.   The Interact Dunk Booth is always a very popular stop.  Great job, Interact!
Who remembers the celebrations for Reading's 350th Anniversary?  Well, Reading is turning 375 in 2019.  
 
Allan Foulds, Phil Rushworth and others are heading up an Informational Meeting to discuss and brainstorm possible ideas for celebrations.  There will be an initial meeting on Thurs., June 22 at 7 pm at RCTV.  All interested are invited to be involved.  It would be great for Rotary to be involved.
 
You can contact that committee here.  Or check out their Facebook page, Facebook.com/reading375.
The Reading Fall Street Faire planning has begun.  We need all Rotarians to help.  If you have not yet signed up to help on a subcommittee, please do so.  The subcommittees and Chairs are:  Sponsorship (Meghan Young/Tim Kelley); Food (Kathi Spurr); Marketing/Outreach (John Doherty; Road Race (Lori Haverty); Entertainment (Bob Beckman); PR (Priscilla Gottwald); Children's Area (Lisa DeLeo); Logistics (Gregg Johnson); Registration/Website (John Feudo/Sheila Mulroy); Volunteers (Kristin Bonazoli).  You can speak with anyone one the RFSF Committee or contact Chair Sheila Clarke to put your talents to work.  Sheila is a new Service Member and was RFSF Chair when it started.  Thank you, Sheila!
 
We can especially use help now in seeking Sponsorships.  Our success in obtaining sponsorships will determine if this event will be an effective fundraiser.  
The District Installation Dinner is June 29 at 6 pm at the Danversport Yacht Club.  All are invited.  Incoming Officers & Directors, see you there.
Rotarian and Superintendent John Doherty gave a beautiful speech at Commencement on June 4.  His message to the graduates was to focus on service to the community.  His full remarks can be found here.  Thank you, John.  You really live the Rotary motto:  Service Above Self.  This should be required reading for every Rotarian.  Next time someone asks you about Rotary, remember Dr. Doherty's words.
Reading Fall Street Faire planning is in full swing.  The next RFSF Committee Meeting is Tuesday, June 6 at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent's Conference Room.  All Rotarians are called on to find a Committee they will work on.  We are confident that we will pull off this new (for us), huge event.  Come to the meeting.  Meeting are every other Tuesday.  You know the saying:  Many hands....
 
Reading attended in the 7930 District Conference this past weekend.  Here at the luncheon on Friday.  Congratulations to DG Sheryl on a successful year.
 
Reading Rotary donated $1,000 to St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in memory of Paul Kelley, father of Reading Rotarian Tim Kelley.  Tim's parents, Paul and Barbara Kelley, have been very involved with raising funds for this Foundation through the Haiti Support Group at St. Agnes Parish, Reading.  St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is dedicated to providing essential health services to the people of Southern Haiti and is committed to building comprehensive, efficient health system to provide high quality care.  SBHF is a model health care system in resource poor settings around the world.  
 
Pictured here are Barbara Kelley, center front, accepting a check from Rotarians, from left to right, John Crosby, Steve Chuha, Richie Lombardo, Don Washburn, Newt Spurr, KC Latham, Barbara Kelley, Gregg Johnson, Debby Small, Art Hayden, Bobbie Botticelli and Brian Crosby.  This presentation was made at Artis Senior Living, who hosted a Rotary Social at their beautiful new facility.  Thanks to Debby Small and the Artis staff for their hospitality.
Please come to the Rotary Social on Wed., 5/10, from 5-7 pm at Artis Senior Living, 1100 Main Street.  Please come to socialize and for refreshments.  The public is invited.  Please join us to learn more about the things Rotary does.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the Fall Street Faire.  Oh, and you can come to check out Artis and their wonderful new facility.
 
On May 5, Rotary distributed trees to all Reading schools 5th graders for Arbor Day. This year's tree was the hearty Colorado Blue Spruce tree.  This is an annual tradition which it's so much fun. The kids are great.  Thanks to Kevin Barile for coordinating and all the Rotarians who took time out of their day.  
On Tues., May 2, the Town Street Faire Committee appeared before the Board of Selectmen formally requesting to dissolve the Town committee and to transfer the running of the Reading Fall Street Faire to Reading Rotary.  The BOS voted 5-0 to transfer responsibility to Reading Rotary.  Thanks to the Town Committee members, including our own Brian Snell, for their dedication to the Reading Fall Street Faire.  Please think of what role you will take in planning the RFSF.  The RFSF will be held on Sunday, September 10.  
 
Not yet a Rotary Member, you are invited to join as a regular Member, a Service Member or to be a Rotary Volunteer.  
 
Come one, come all to our Rotary Social on Wed., May 10 at 5-7 pm at Artis and learn more.
 
Reading Rotary is part of Rotary International.  There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.  The work of Rotary begins in the community and every community has unique needs.  Rotary International has 6 key Areas of Focus to maximize our efforts.  They are:
 
Promoting Peace.  RI has up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships annually at Rotary Peace Centers at universities around the world.  Rotary Clubs participate in service projects in other parts of the world to promote understanding and peace.
 
Fighting Disease.  Most notably, Rotary is working with the Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO and the CDC to eradicate Polio.  This will make Polio the second disease that humans have eradicated.  In 2016 there were 37 cases of Polio in the 3 countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria.  This year to date there are 5 to date.  We are so close to Ending Polio Now.
 
Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.  Rotary service projects improve sanitation and facilities, promote good hygiene habits, build wells, implement rainwater harvesting in areas lacking basic necessities we take for granted here.
 
Saving Mothers and Children.  Rotarians support programs that provide immunizations, prevent HIV transmission, promote good nutrition, provide information about and access to health care.
 
Supporting Education.  Rotarians support child and adult literacy programs, volunteer in schools and after school programs, serve as mentors and promote student enrollment throughout the world.  Locally we are large supporters of the Reading Education Foundation, provide scholarships, support Reading Schools and sponsor student Interact Clubs.
 
Growing Local Economies.  Rotarians provide equipment and supplies, partner with microlenders to provide access to financial services, help with agricultural opportunities and Adopt a Village using strategies to break the cycle of extreme poverty in impoverished areas.
 
There are opportunities to provide service and humanitarian assistance locally, nationally and worldwide.  We are always looking for ways that we can help our community.  Our motto is Service Above Self.
 
 
 
Reading Rotarians Bobbi, Richie, John and KC got their hands dirty doing the spring cleaning and planting on Reading Rotary's sponsored Island.  Thank you.  It looks great!
 
The Rotary Island is located at the entrance to the Hollingsworth Field at Reading High.   This is part of the Garden Club's Adopt and Island program.  Rotary has maintained the Island since we took over responsibility for running the Snack Shack.  This is one of Reading Rotary's many public service projects.  Rotary is always looking for members or volunteers who are interested in helping with our public service.  Join us!
Reading Rotary has adopted a new pilot program to add a Service Membership category.  The Service Membership is geared to service-minded individuals who may work outside of Reading and cannot make our regular Monday Luncheon meetings.  Reading Rotary is committed to community service and we need you to help with our projects.  Every week we go into the Boston Food Bank to bring back stock for the Reading Food Pantry.  Also, we run the Snack Shack at the High School for Friday Night Football games.  We have just agreed to take over planning the Reading Fall Street Faire.  In addition, we perform other community service throughout the year.  Contact any Reading Rotarian or come to a Social Meeting or any other meeting to learn more about joining Rotary.  Check out our Calendar for meetings.
 
Reading Rotary has agreed to take over the coordination of the very popular Reading Fall Street Faire.  The Street Faire has been run by the Town of Reading through an appointed Town Street Faire Committee.  The Town has sought to transition away from task of running the Street Faire and Reading Rotary has agreed to oversee its planning and running.  Reading Rotary will be looking for many volunteers to help with the planning and the day of the event.  More details to follow.  If you are looking to help, please email us!
Congratulations are due to Kevin and Michael Tobin, sons of Member Brian Tobin, who were named Middlesex League All-Stars for Hockey in the Boston Globe.  The RMHS Boys Hockey team had a great run into the playoffs this year, lead by the Tobin line.  Kudos!  And now onto lacrosse for the Tobin boys.  Work Hardah!
All Reading Rotarian Members are asked to log in to your Clubrunner account to update your information.  You can add contact, bio, profile photo.  The information contained there is what is on record with Rotary International.  Please take time to update your info.  You access it on www.readingmarotary.org and go to Member Login.  If you have lost your login info, email Tim.  
 
The 6th Annual Taste of Metro North was held on March 29 at the RMHS Fieldhouse.  It was a great success.  Thanks to Kathi Spurr and Gregg Johnson who chaired the committee comprised of Reading and North Reading Rotarians.  Great job, all!
 
John Doherty, Advisor/Mentor of the RMHS Interact Club, brought students to Rosie's Place today to prepare and serve dinner for the women.  Rosie's Place is a women's shelter in Boston's South End.  Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding. 
 
Rotary and Interact have both been supporters of Rosie's Place by volunteering to prep and serve meals.
 
 
 
14 students from the RMHS Interact Club traveled to Philadelphia this past weekend to serve meals at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a soup kitchen serving homeless.  Interact served over 175 meals on Saturday evening.  The Interact also made fleece blankets for donation to Sunday Breakfast for distribution to their clients.  They also did some sightseeing of Philly, including visiting the Liberty Bell.  They toured the Philadelphia Museum of Art after first running the stairs made famous by Rocky.  Note that chaperone Dr. John Doherty won the race up the steps.  Reading Rotary presented a donation of $500 to Sunday Breakfast.  Interact Club Co-President Allie Foley, who coordinated the planning of the trip, said:  "We were excited to take this fieldtrip and see Philadelphia.  Giving service to people who are so needy made us feel good but also opens our eyes to how important it is to work to reduce homelessness and hunger."
Reading & North Reading Rotaries are once again bringing you the Taste of Metro North.  This year's event will be held on March 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the RMHS Fieldhouse.  Tickets are available online at the Taste of Metro North website.  Restaurants, now is the time to sign up.  Don't be left out.  We will hundreds of people sampling food from numerous places.  Business, you can sponsor, too.  Get your name out to our guests.  Information is on the Taste website.
 
Rotarian Tim Kelley presents Harrison Fiscus with a donation supporting his Eagle Scout Project.  Also pictured is Troop 702 Scoutmaster John Meyers.  
 
Harrison is a Life Scout in Troop 702 in Reading working to complete the Eagle rank.  Harrison's Eagle Project was to construct a sixty one foot long boardwalk on a trail in Town Forest.  The trail was  extremely muddy and a hazard for hikers.  Harrison's project added to the network of boardwalks throughout the Town Forest.  Harrison had to plan with and get the approval of the Town Forest Committee, the Trails Committee and Conservation in Town.  A Boy Scout Eagle Project must help a non-profit or community entity for the improvement of the community.  Troop 702 Boy Scouts have completed many Projects in the Town Forest.

 

Reading Rotary's donation is part of an initiative in Rotary District 7930 to forge a partnership with Boy and Girl Scouts as there is a natural commonality of purpose in these organizations.  Reading Rotary is happy to be able to help Harrison achieve his lifelong goal of obtaining the Eagle Scout Rank. Harrison's Project was completed this past fall.

Congratulations, Harrison!

   
To raise awareness and critically-needed funds to fight polio, one dozen members from the Reading Rotary Club and Rotary-sponsored RMHS Interact Club joined over 250 volunteers and Rotarians who plunged into the icy waters off of Gloucester as part of the Rotary District 7930’s 7th Annual Polar Plunge on February 4th. The effort benefited The Rotary Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year’s effort raised over $55,000 thus far and will again be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At just 60 cents per vaccine, the effort will pay for over a quarter of a million polio vaccines for children worldwide. This year’s event added to the over $510k raised by local Rotary clubs since the Polar Plunge began seven years ago. “The pain of dunking is worth it because this is such a vitally important cause worldwide,” said Plunger and Reading Rotary President KC Latham.

The Polar Plunge comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.
 
Rotary, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed US$1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9%. The Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and Europe in 2002. A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. One Rotarian noted, “We’re going to fight this crippling disease until the end because Rotary keeps promises.” 
A fun morning with another version of Reading's Adopt-a-Family.  100 donors came in with full meals and gifts for the children of 50 families in need in this area.  Their generosity is heartwarming especially when we see our senior citizens giving to the next generation of families.  Brian Snell again did an amazing job organizing this service.  Reading Cares, the DPW and Reading Rotary work together  to set up and deliver to recipients.  It was a fun atmosphere and put all the volunteers in the Spirit of the Holidays.  If you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah or any other Holiday, it's all good when you are helping people in need.  Wishing all good health and more laughs in 2017.
 
Reading Rotary is proud to support Mission of Deeds.  Mission of Deeds is a non-profit in Reading which provides furniture, bedding, housewares, etc. to those in need. They serve men, women, and children of all ages, including: veterans, disadvantaged families, the previously homeless, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees, the elderly, survivors of fire and other disasters, and those with disabilities. Over 70 percent of the households served have children under 18, and most live at or below the federal poverty level.  Their sole mission is to provide basic home necessities, without charge, to those in need. If you need help, or if you know someone who does, please call MOD at 781-944-9797.
 
Please view this video from Mission of Deeds.  During this Holiday Season, it is important to remember why Service is so important to Rotary and to our friends at the Mission of Deeds.
 
Pictured:  Rotarian Tim Kelley presents MOD Board Member Art Triglione and Director Bruce Murision with Reading Rotary's $500 contribution.
 
 
Rotary Readers are visiting all Kindergarten classes in Reading to read and give Literacy Bags to each student. Literacy is one of the 6 main focus areas of Rotary throughout the world.  
 
Our 17th Annual Fall Auction was a great time and a tremendous success!  200 guests packed Montvale Plaza with outstanding energy.  Heartfelt thank yous go out to all our Sponsors, Donors, Members, Guests, Friends and Family Members who came together for a great time and to raise funds for Reading Rotary's many community service commitments.  This was a remarkable community effort.  We can't thank you enough for your support!
 
Pictured below, Steve Chuha and John Doherty induct Debby Small into membership of Reading Rotary.  Debby is a longtime Reading Resident and has been very active in the community including with the Chamber of Commerce.  Debby is Director of Community Relations with Artis Senior Living, which will be opening in Reading on the old Eric's Greenhouse site.
Reading Rotary is now on the scoreboard at the RMHS football field.  
 
Again this fall, Reading Rotary will be running the Snack Shack at the RMHS football field for the Friday Night football games.  Please come by and see us and grab a snack and a drink.
 
The Rotary Club of Reading recently participated in a project with End Hunger New England to prepare, pack and pay for 30,000 meals. Members of the Rotary Club joined a team of over 70 Rotarians, friends and family at the Non-Profit Center in Boston on an early Saturday morning in May. The project started at 7:30 am when Rotarians brought the production line and raw materials from curb side on South Street up to the second floor where the event was held. Matthew Martin, the area director for Outreach, Inc., parent company of End Hunger New England, provided a brief overview of their mission and instructions on how to maximize the process.
 
As part of the Rotary District 7930's Conference and Assembly, the project funded the first 10,000 fortified macaroni and cheese meals. Project Coordinator and Stoneham Rotarian David Gardner explained, "It was up to those in attendance to package those meals as well as fund the additional meals to reach our goal of 30,000 meals. As the meals were packaged and the results reported, the donations began. Peabody Rotary began with an initial donation of $500 and Stoneham, Topsfield/Boxford/Middleton Rotary, Wakefield Rotary, and Winchester Rotary followed suit with matching pledges." Reading Rotary also contributed $500.  An additional $1,750 was donated personally by volunteers during project. By the end, with the final pledge of $250 from the Rotary District, the project fully funded the 30,000 meals.
 
Already, the delivery process has begun with meals being delivered to our local community food pantries and outreach centers. Rotary District Governor David Manzi noted, “We’re well aware that many people in our communities are just a paycheck away from needing their local pantry. It’s been our honor to begin our Homelessness and Hunger Initiative this year and seemed appropriate that we spend some time during our conference in service to others.” Reading Rotary Club President Bob Hayes added, “We at Reading Rotary are especially glad to work on another hunger project; we have Rotarians delivering food from the Boston Food Bank to the Reading Food Pantry every week all year.  So this kind of community service means a lot to us.”
Students and faculty from Austin Prep spoke to the Reading Rotary on May 2 about their service trip to rural Peru.   AP students, Pedro, Kate and Crystal were our Speakers.  They were among 18 total students on a trip this February who dedicated their off time to help those in need. They were accompanied by two AP faculty members, including Reading Rotarian Michael McLaughlin, Head of Austin Prep Middle School.
 
They traveled to the Sacred Valley of the Incas near Cusco and Machu Picchu.  They stayed with host families and preformed community service, including painting classrooms in the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Urubamba.  They mixed bricks the traditional way, with their feet, and repaired walls and improved paths leading to the school in the Andes.  They also had the chance to visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and learn salsa dancing.
 
The student speakers were very impressive as they related how these families in this very remote area had so little, including limited access to sanitary facilities and clean water.  The Austin students also interacted with homeless children putting together packs of items and food and distributing them.  This was a first time Austin conducted this service trip to Peru, but there are hopes to be able to repeat this service project.
 
Cadette Girl Scout Samantha presented her Silver Award Project to Reading Rotary on March 28.  She is raising money to install Buddy Benches at all 5 Reading elementary Schools.  Reading Rotary has agreed to purchase one of the benches.  Most Silver Award Projects are group projects, however, Samantha is working on this project by herself.  A Buddy Bench is a place at the playground for children to sit when they can use a Buddy to play with.  Donations can be maid to the Buddy Bench Fund c/o Gibbs, 9 Priscilla Road, Reading or contact Lisa Gibbs for details.  Sammy gave an impressive presentation. 
Reading Rotary Charitable Trust is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donors can deduct contributions under IRC Section 170, including tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.  Reading Rotary Charitable Trust's EIN is 47-7416401.
Reading Rotarians along with RMHS Interact Students are participating in the Polar Plunge for polio eradication.  Dr. John Doherty, Gregg Johnson and KC Latham are among those braving the icy waters for this District 7930 Fundraiser. 
 
Your donation will help the cold waters feel warmer.  To donate online:  https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/polio/team/Reading%20Rotary
 
This week Reading Rotarians will be visiting the Kindergarten classes in all 5 Reading elementary schools to read stories and give each Kindergarten student reading books together with a drawstring backpack.  This Reading Rotary project is in RI's Literacy Area of Focus.  Our Project was inspired by Mary Kate Kelley's Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  Mary Kate is one of the founding members and a Past President of the RMHS Interact Club. 
Please come join us for lunch to see what Rotary is all about.  We meet most Mondays at Sanborn Place at 12:15 for lunch.  In lieu of our regular Monday meeting usually once a month we have a Rotary Social Night at a local restaurant or business on a Wednesday evening.  See our calendar for dates.
 
 
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