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Eagle Scout Bryan Doucette updated us on his Eagle Scout Community Service Project which we supported with a donation.  Bryan completed his project of revitalizing the trail and signage at the Pinevale Conservation Area.  This area runs from Washington Park through the woods behind Minot and Main Streets.  Bryan has completed his Eagle Scout requirements and invited us to his Court of Honor to be held on April 7.  
Congratulations on this achievement, Bryan!
Our speaker today was Stacy Blakeslee from the Residence at Pearl Street.  She and the Residence are planning a Pearl Street School Reunion on May 19.  The Residence at Pearl Street is an Assisted Living facility which was formerly the Pearl Street School.  Pearl Street School was closed around 1982 and was sold and converted into its current beautiful senior living facility around 1995.
Any former students, teachers, staff, local history buffs, curious residents or those otherwise interested in this Reunion Party, contact Stacy at the Residence.  Their phone number is 781-944-9200. 
The Board Meeting scheduled for Tues., Mar. 13 is postponed due to the impending winter storm.  
Tentative date of rescheduled Board Meeting is March 20 at 5:30-7:00 pm.
District 7930 held its World Peace and Understanding Dinner and Showcase on February 28.  It was organized to help education Rotarians on the issues of addition and to build a network of collaboration between Rotary, government and service organizations who provide programs aimed at prevention treatment and recovery.
Reading was represented by both Rotarians and members of the RMHS and Austin Interact Clubs.
Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
The great news we have 22 restaurants confirmed the Taste of Metro North on March 14.  Now we need to make sure we have attendees registered.
We need your to help with the following three things to make this event successful:
1. Go on line to www.tasteofmetronorth.com and sign up, remember its more money at the door and double money for Rotarians, if Gregg catches you.
2. Tell your family, friends and neighbors to sign up.  We were so successful with a great Club effort getting the restaurants on board. We would hate to have a poor turnout for them and Rotary.  
3. Sign up to help us make this a successful event.  Contact Gregg Johnson to fill a volunteer slot.
a. We need help setting up from 3:30-5:00
b. We need help at registration for 2 shifts: 5:00-6:00 & 6:00-7:00
c. We will need some help breaking down between 7:00-8:00.  
It’s great to have plenty volunteers so that everyone will get a chance to walk around and sample the food.
As always, thanks for you anticipated participation and help.
On Sunday, March 4, Reading Rotarian John Halsey presented three Boy Scouts from Troop 728 in Reading with Certificates in honor of their achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  Troop 728 held an Eagle Court of Honor for Michael Flynn, Nick Nastri and Andrew Yatsuhashi at St. Agnes Parish Center.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America and requires the Scout to to earn at least 21 Merit Badges, pass through all lower ranks and complete a public service project.  District Governor David Gardner has made Rotary's association with Scouting to be a priority as both organizations have similar community service focuses.  John Halsey, an Eagle Scout himself, is part of District 7930 initiative to work with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 
Congratulations to Michael, Nick and Andrew for this excellent achievement.
Once upon a time, Reading Rotary was in the movie business.  In 1935, Reading Rotary made a film, "The Movie Queen," which featured a fictional movie star visiting Reading and seeing the sights and people of the town.  
Robert Perry discovered the footage at the Reading Public Library.  Robert operates a film company, Province Line Pictures, and he converted the film and edited it into a short film.
Robert was generous to share his find with us.
Here's the edited version.
Here is the unedited version.  
You can also find them on the right hand side of our homepage at Links: Rotary Video.
Robert has added the music to both.
If you like local history, you're in luck.  Enjoy.
We are having Reading Rotary polo shirts made for all members.  If you have not yet given your size preference to President Brian, please do so by Feb. 23.  We need to order them so they'll be ready for the Taste on March 14.
Contact Brian with your size & style preference.  Available in Navy or Navy color block.  Men's or Women's.  Contact Brian or Tim with any questions.
Commitments from restaurants and all paperwork is now due for the Taste of Metro North.  We are planning this event on an accelerated schedule and need to have all our restaurants committed and all necessary paperwork in for the Board of Health.
All Rotarians need make final follow up with your assigned restaurants.
Any restaurants or caterers who want to be involved, contact us immediately.  Extended deadline for commitments/paperwork is February 15.
At our Monday meeting, Gary Simmerman was our speaker.  Gary is from Citizen Soldier for Life and runs a program assisting National Guard Service Members to find employment.  Gary is based out of Camp Curtis Guild here in Reading.  CSFL provides career readiness services to Guard members in their initial enlistment in the form of financial literacy and education, career readiness standards and employment skills training.  Its goal is to help Guard members find good civilian careers while serving. 
At our meeting on January 29, the Club elected the following to leadership for the 2018-19 Rotary year:
President Tim Kelley
President Elect Mike Collins
Vice President: Open
Treasurer Ed Sartell
Secretary David Traniello
Immediate Past President Brian Snell
Board Members:  Michael Bonsey, Bobbie Botticelli, John Douglass, Gregg Johnson, KC Latham and Mark Beckley
One great thing about Rotary is the opportunity to hone your leadership and public speaking skills.  If you have not served in a leadership role recently or ever, consider putting your name forward in the future.  We are looking to establish a line of succession for the next several years after Mike Collins' Presidency year.
Note also there are several Committee Chair positions (Foundation, Membership, Public Image) which Tim will need to fill, either from the Board or the general membership.  Don't be shy to volunteer.
We will be hosting the 7th Annual Taste of Metro North at the Reading High Field House on March 14 from 5-7 pm.  We are currently recruiting restaurants to participate.  Commitments and paperwork are due in at our meeting on February 12.  
Any local restaurants or business who want to participate, please contact us ASAP!
On the blustery Saturday morning of February 3, Reading Rotary joined District 7930 and participated in the Polar Plunge to End Polio at Long Beach, Gloucester.  Rotarians Gregg Johnson, KC Latham and Mike Bonsey along with RMHS Interact Students TJ Kelley and Kyle Dumas plunged into the icy Atlantic with approximately 125 Rotary Plungers.  It was a bright a clear day, but it the cold.  The District had raised around $70,000, which is short of the $125k goal.  However, donations are still coming in and there is time for Rotarians and supporters to donate.  Donation online is secure and easy.  The link is here.  Donations accepted through April 1.  Please donate now if you haven't already.
Polio eradication is Rotary International's signature cause.  Donations are matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.  Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged and additional $150 million through 2020 for this cause.  Polio will be only the second disease ever to be eradicated by human effort.  We're this close.
At the District Mid-Year Leadership Meeting on Jan. 11, our Club's work in obtaining a grant for a new stage to be used at the Reading Fall Street Faire (& by the schools and community) was featured in a presentation of District Designated Fund Grants.
Congrats to us!
John Doherty ran in and finished the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Florida on January 7.  What an accomplishment!
John was cheered on by wife Laurie, daughters, Erin and Shealagh, and Mickey and Minnie.
A hearty congratulations to Brian Snell who's daughter Kate was married this past weekend.  Best Rotary wishes to Brian and Linda Snell and the new Stephen and Kate Philips.
Pictured here is Brian walking Kate down the aisle.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year.  Our next meeting will be Monday, January 8 at 12:15, then Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 at Bunratty's.  We will have no meeting on Monday, January 22, as we are participating in a District Food Packaging event that week. 
We'd love to have you as our guest at any of our meetings.  Please consult our Calendar for dates.
Dec. 21 was the Drop Off and Distribution Day for Adopt-a-Family.  Rotary with Reading Cares coordinates this community giving program.  There were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Special thanks to President Brian for coordinating Reading Rotary's efforts.  
This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming.
Thanks also to DPW employees, Reading Elder Services, RPD and all the other folks (especially the donors) who bring this together.  Service Above Self, indeed.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all!
One Dec. 20, at our monthly Evening Social Meeting, we inducted three new Rotarians to our club.  Bob MacDonald (sponsor John Douglass and Mike Collins), John Bogosian (sponsor Lisa Gibbs) and Fred Reilly (sponsor Brian Tobin) were each installed into membership by Steve Chuha.  The induction took place at Bunratty Tavern with around 40 members and guests there.  Members, please make it a point to introduce yourself and welcome them aboard.
Picture here are President Brian Snell, Bob MacDonald, John Douglass, John Bogosian, Lisa Gibbs, Fred Reilly and Brian Tobin.
Note that we are participating in a Multi Club Food Packing Event at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield.  It will be held on Tues., Jan. 23 from 11 am to 2 pm.  There will be no meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.
Remember our December Evening Social Meeting will be held on December 20 from 5:30-7:30 at Bunratty Tavern.  
Please RSVP to President Brian if you are coming (& bringing guests).

There will be business and induction of 3 new members.  See you there!
At our meeting on December 4, we heard from Troop 702 Boy Scouts Ryan Monahan and Bryan Doucette about their recently completed Eagle Scout Projects.  Reading Rotary donated $200 each toward these endeavors.
Ryan's project is a serious of raised community garden boxes at the Baptist Church.  His project was completed this fall.
Bryan's project was the clean up, enhancement and creation of signage for the Pinevale Reservation area (extending from Center Street to Pinevale Road).
Both Scouts needed to create a project, receive approval from the Troop and Council, raise funds, and manage volunteers and completion of their respective project.
Congratulations, Dr. Don Green on receiving your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.  Pictured here, President Brian presenting Don with his PHF.
Reading Education Foundation held another super successful Festival of Trees at Parker Middle School on December 2-3.  We had a very good turnout of Rotarians to volunteer with selling refreshments.  We donated the sales of our cotton candy and candy in the amount of approximately $600.  Congrats to REF for putting on another great community event and raising funds to support Reading Public Schools.
Thanks to all who made the Annual Joint Reading-Stoneham Thanksgiving Luncheon come together.  President Brian did fantastic job pulling everything together and presiding over the luncheon.  It's great to see representatives from both communities at this annual event.  
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.
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.  
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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 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 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.
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.  
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.
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."
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!

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!
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.
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