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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. 
Keep our schedule of meetings and events at the tip of your fingers.  You can sync the Club Calendar on ReadingMaRotary.org with Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple Calendar your personal device.  Go to this page, click subscribe and follow the instructions. 
In response to the incidences of racist graffiti found in Town and at RMHS, a group organized by the Reading Clergy is holding an event on October 2 at the RMHS Performing Arts Center.  Please attend if you can.  It would be great to see a Rotary presence there!
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.
We had a great time at Bunratty Tavern during our September Evening Meeting this past Wednesday.  Please note on your calendar that we are now meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:30.  This Evening Meeting takes the place of our regular Monday Luncheon Meeting.  You may also subscribe to the Calendar on our Clubrunner website (this one readingmarotary.org).  October's Evening Meeting, to be on October 18, will be a  membership drive.  Please invite your guests, prospective members, friends of Rotary, etc.  Also, remember that we are piloting a Service Membership geared to people interested in our service mission, but for whom the Monday meeting are not viable.
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. 
Kick-off breakfast and Fall Street Faire are Sunday, Once Upon a Time Saturday night – Sartell sponsors billboard advertising for all to see
 
Reading, MA, September 7, 2017 – Countdown is on for the Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10, with the kick-off breakfast at 8:30 at Washington Park where the 5k race registration takes place. Pediatric Dental Associates (PDA) Group is sponsoring the breakfast, free to the public. Faire activities are from noon to 5 pm. Once Upon a Time is on Saturday evening from 6:30-9 and Sartell Electric is telling the world about the Faire via digital billboard.
“It’s important that the Faire grow each year, not only in attendance, but also with new creative events. We have also grown our advertising in a big way,” said Event Chair Sheila Clarke. “A special thank you to Sartell Electric of Reading who is sponsoring digital advertising about the Faire on the billboard near Jordan’s Furniture. This is seen by thousands traveling Routes 128 and 95 daily.”
“And finally,” said Clarke, “We want to remind you about this year’s Once Upon a Time event that will honor volunteers and former volunteers, Street Faire gold and silver sponsors, Reading residents and businesses,  and those who make Reading a great place to live and work,” said Clarke. “We hope none of you will be modest about attending this event to honor those who have done so much for the Town, including you, over the years.”
“It takes a village and dedication to bring many Town projects to fruition.  This celebration is a culmination of many people’s efforts. Reminisce with old friends and new acquaintances to kick off the next day!” Sheila added.
Once Upon a Time will take place at Lee Kimball at 606 Main Street, Suite 3003, in the Northern Bank building on Saturday, September 9 from 6:30-9 pm. Tickets are $50 and include food, beer and wine. Tickets can be purchased at www.fallstreetfaire.com.

Something for everyone at the Fall Street Faire

 
Plenty of entertainment and activities are planned for this year’s Street Faire as the result of a concerted effort of veteran volunteers and members of the Rotary Club who have taken the responsibility of the Faire from the Town.
 
“We have a fantastic day planned for all for activities straight out of a good old-fashioned Old Home Day right here in Reading,” said Event Chair Sheila Clarke. “In between eating, playing games and socializing, your kids will be dragging you to many fun areas.”
 
Activities include a Sweets Shop, Pie Eating Contest, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Bingo, Ice Cream Social, Basketball Tournament, Photo Booth, Children’s Train and Children’s Activities, Tailgate Party, Antique Car Show and Amusements
 
Bobbie Botticelli, co-owner of Colonial Manor Realty in Reading, and will sponsor a new area called Sweets Shop with the sponsorship of not only Colonial Manor, but also Camelot Special Events & Tents, Paramount Residential Mortgage Group (PRMG), CDM Financial, Chris Coleman, Home Health Aid, Dom Tango Plumbing, Joe Fish, LaPierre School of Dance, Attorney David Traniello, J & B Crosby, John and Diana Halsey. Bobbie is very excited about this new concept at the Street Faire.
 
“Remember the penny candy of your youth? Squirrels, Bullseyes, gum drops, wax bottles, Bit o’ Honey, Raisinets, malted milk balls, Boston Baked Beans, salt water taffy and so much more?” asked Bobbie with a twinkle in her eye. “For today’s generation, there are all their favorites – Sour Patch Kids, gummy everything, flavor straws, button candy, Tootsie Rolls, fireballs, balls, gum balls and sooooo much more.”
 
Executive Director of the Y John Feudo is running a basketball tournament, so bring your athletic shoes!
 
Beacon Consulting and CTA Construction are co-sponsoring a football tailgating party.
 
Northern Bank is bringing you the Antique Car Show.
 
Spurr Financial will support the Children’s Entertainment Area.
 
Pediatric Dental Associates (PDA) Group is sponsoring the Kick-off Breakfast at 8:30 am after the 5K race.
 
Lahey Health is sponsoring the Stage on the Common where lots of talented groups will perform.
 
Davis, Clark & Latham will be having fun at the Dunk Tank.
 
RCTV and ReMax will sponsor the Pie Eating Contest.
 
Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom and Lee Kimball will co-sponsor Once Upon a Time at Lee Kimball office, 606 Main Street, Suite 3003, the eve before the Faire on Saturday, September 9. 
 
Open to the public, this event celebrates the people, volunteers and businesses that support the Faire.  Tickets are $50 and includes the cost of food, beer and wine.
 
For information, times and locations of any of these events, please visit the Faire website at fallstreetfaire.com.

Salem Five and PDA additional gold sponsors for Rotary’s Fall Street Faire

 
The Rotary Club of Reading continues to attract gold sponsors for the Ninth Annual Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 5 pm.  
Sponsor Coordinator Meghan Young who has been involved in the planning of the Street Faire in previous years is happy to announce Salem Five and Pediatric Dental Group have joined Spurr Financial, Northern Bank and Lahey Health as gold sponsors of the event.
“We are very excited about attracting businesses in Reading and surrounding communities who are dedicated to the success of the Street Faire,” said Young.  “The Reading Fall Street Faire would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors.”
Salem Five Vice President and Marketing Manager of the Reading Store Shelley Murray, who is also Reading Rotarian, is pleased to  sponsor the Street Faire. Founded in 1855, Salem Five operates 30 branches in greater Boston, including Shelley’s store on Walkers Brook Drive.  They are a leading financial services institution that offers a broad array of products and services for consumers and businesses. They take pride in listening to their customers to forge strong relationships and to aspire innovation.
 
“Salem Five is thrilled to be a part of the Ninth Annual Street Faire! Being involved in the communities we serve and building relationships is our passion,” said Shelley. “The event gives us the opportunity to listen to customers and potential customers to meet their needs like no other bank.” 
 
Salem Five will sponsor the Amusement Area on the Common.
 
For 40 years, the PDA Dental Group has provided dental care to generations of families in Winchester, Reading, and surrounding towns in Massachusetts. Creating caring relationships with their patients and connecting with the community in the greater Boston area, PDA has built a strong reputation for high quality oral healthcare. Their success in treating children and their reputation has allowed PDA to expand beyond pediatric dentistry to include orthodontics and adult dentistry -- treating families from infancy to adulthood. PDA's team of highly trained doctors and staff members dedicated to each specialty are available to help their patients achieve a beautiful smile and a lifetime of good dental health in a safe, friendly facility with the latest equipment and technology.
 
PDA Dental Group recently moved into its new facility at 54 Haven Street in Reading.
 
“We are proud of our connection to the local community and the visibility we enjoy at the Street Faire is something we look forward to. We care deeply about our patients and we treat them like family,” said Gigi
 
Garcia-Rogers DMD, MS of the Reading location. “We are looking forward to the Faire and talking with local residents about our positive, trusting relationships as we strive to serve all family members from infancy through adulthood.”
 
PDA Dental Group will sponsor the kick-off breakfast at Washington Park after the 5k road race.
The Fall Street Faire is a family-friendly event and a great way to re-acquaint with friends, neighbors, local politicians, local businesses and opportunities after the summer recess. It will feature two stages, live entertainment, music, food, food trucks, children’s activities and more. A 5K road race open to children and adults under the direction of Lori Haverty of Tread on the Mill will take place at 8:30 am before the Faire activities.
Those interested in sponsorship, volunteering or running in the 5K race can register at fallstreetfaire.com. Vendor registration closed on August 21, but there may still be spots available, subject to a late fee.     

Rotary takes on Fall Street Faire, Spurr Financial, Northern Bank and Lahey Health Gold Sponsors

 
The Rotary Club of Reading has taken over the reins from the Town of Reading to bring you the Ninth Annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 5 pm.  
 
Event Chair Sheila Clarke who has been involved in the planning of the Street Faire in previous years has put Rotarians to work gathering sponsors, securing vendors, attracting entertainment, getting publicity and enticing volunteers to offer this adventure to the public. The Faire has become an anticipated and popular event each fall, with estimates of up to 15,000 people attending.
 
“We are very excited about continuing this affair,” said Clarke. “After being supported by the Town for eight years under Town committees, it was time to hand over the Fall Street Faire to an outside group. An easy yes to the mission of service above self -- I was lured in, knowing The Rotary Club is a perfect match to the mission of the Street
Faire. Any profits they make will be re-invested into the community and other Rotary charitable causes.”
 
Clarke went on to say, “The Reading Fall Street Faire would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. Early commitments have come from Spurr Financial in Reading, Northern Bank in Reading and Lahey Health in Burlington who are all Gold Sponsors.”
 
Kathi Spurr and her dad Newt Spurr bring over 50 years of investment experience to Spurr Financial Investments. Spurr Financial helps align personal goals with financial decisions. The family has been a part of the Reading community for 100 years. Both are dedicated Reading Rotarians and board members and past presidents and treasurers of the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce, Newt being a founding father. Kathi is also Food Committee Chair for the Street Faire.
 
“We strive to see that clients are protected and prepared. We want our efforts to mean maintaining lifestyles for years to come,” said Kathi. Spurr Financial will sponsor the Children’s Area at the Faire.
 
Northern Bank Assistant Vice President and Reading Branch Manager Virginia Yeanacopolis (Ginnie) is looking forward to being a sponsor for the Street Faire. Northern Bank takes an entrepreneurial, commonsense approach to providing a complete line of banking and investment solutions. Ginnie is on the board of the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce.
 
“The Faire gives us the opportunity to talk to people about our mission. We are deeply invested in the communities we serve and passionately committed to helping our customers grow,” said Ginnie. “Like the many entrepreneurs we serve, our passion is growing our business the right way, one customer, one relationship at a time, in it for the long term.” Northern Bank will sponsor the Antique Car Show at the Faire.
 
Lahey Health is welcomed to the Street Faire as a prominent name in health care, committed to providing a full continuum of health care services close to where patients live and work. Lahey Health includes nearly 1,400 locally based physicians throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Winchester Hospital, a Lahey Health member, and well-known in the Reading community, is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. The 229-bed facility provides comprehensive health care services, including bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/ gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.
 
“We’re pleased to support the Reading Rotary and the Reading Fall Street Faire,” said Christine Healey, Director of Community Relations, Lahey Health. “Participating in community events like this gives us a fantastic opportunity to engage with community members and educate them on health topics that matter most to the Reading community.” Lahey Health will sponsor the Stage on the Common.
 
This family-friendly event is a great way to re-acquaint with friends, neighbors, local politicians, local businesses and opportunities after the summer recess. It will feature two stages, live entertainment, music, food, food trucks, children’s activities and more. A 5K road race open to children and adults under the direction of Lori Haverty of Tread will take place at 8:30 am before the Faire activities.
 
Those interested in sponsorship, volunteering, reserving a space as a vendor or running in the 5K race can register at fallstreetfaire.com. Vendors are placed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Beacon Consulting, CTA Construction, Eastern Bank and RCTV are silver sponsors at the Faire
 
Beacon Consulting, CTA Construction, Eastern Bank and RCTV are adding more silver to the excitement of the Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 5 pm.  
“The Street Faire Sponsor Committee continues to do an outstanding job in securing silver sponsors from not only Reading, but also other communities,” said Event Chair Sheila Clarke.
Beacon, CTA, Eastern and RCTV join other silver sponsors Hallmark Health; Lee Kimball; Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home and Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance Agency and gold sponsors   Spurr Financial, Northern Bank, Lahey Health, Salem Five and Pediatric Dental Associates Group (PDA) in their support of the Faire.                                           
Beacon Consulting Group Inc. is a national consulting firm providing a wide range of consulting services to financial, real estate,  architectural, government, surety and insurance companies.  They have offices in Massachusetts, New York and California.  
 
Dennis O’Neill is president and owner of Beacon.  A native of Medford, he established the company in New York City in 2003 and returned to Massachusetts to open additional offices in Medford and later in California.  
 
“Although Beacon has expanded into a national consulting practice, we still depend upon the local businesses in the community in order to deliver the high-quality service our clients demand,” said O’Neill. “The Rotary Club and the Reading Fall Street Faire promote this type of collaboration.”
 
In his spare time, Dennis coaches youth sports and along with Pat Tompkins of CTA, he is co-founder of the Middlesex Multisport Athletic Club, which promotes amateur athletics, road races and triathlons in the community. 
 
Dennis and Pat have also partnered to utilize their entrepreneurial skills in establishing Beacon Films, a film production company. To date they have produced Fairhaven which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Manhattan Romance, which was screened at the New York, New Orleans and New Hampshire Film Festivals.
 
“Producing films is very similar to the construction industry – you start with a plan and idea and work with numerous parties and a budget to create the end product,” said O’Neill.
 A proponent of community involvement, Dennis is very pleased to be a sponsor of the Reading Fall Street Faire and extends many thanks to all involved in coordinating this great event. Dennis resides in Reading with his wife Laura and three children.  For more information about Beacon Consulting click here.
 
CTA Construction is a full-service construction management firm specializing in municipal construction. Located in Waltham, CTA is owned by Reading resident Pat Tompkins.  CTA has completed local projects at Wakefield Municipal Light Department on North Ave in Wakefield, the Woburn High School football stadium and athletic complex, as well as the Marshall Simonds Middle School and the Memorial Elementary School, both located on Winn St. in Burlington.   CTA is also currently constructing the new Hurld-Wyman Elementary School on Wyman St. in Woburn.  More information can be found at www.ctaconstruction.com
 
Pat is a member of the Town of Reading Building Committee and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of EMARC.  Pat and his wife Marianne are involved in multiple community and charitable endeavors. They have three children in the Reading Public School System. 
 
Pat is co-founder with Dennis O’Neill of the Middlesex Multisport Athletic Club and Beacon Films.
 
“As long-time residents, we have been regulars at the Town Faire for the past nine years.  It’s a great community event where we catch up with friends old and new.  We wanted to thank the Rotary Club for stepping up and taking over the Faire and we are proud to be sponsors,” said Pat and Marianne.
 
CTA and Beacon Consulting are co-sponsors of the Tailgate Party.
 
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $10 billion in assets and over 120 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has topped more than $100 million in charitable giving over the past 20 years.  An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900 deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues and communities. Eastern Bank is located in Reading at 123 Haven Street.  Join them for good at www.easternbank.com.
 
“At Eastern Bank, we do good things to help people prosper,” said Muhammad Khan, who manages Eastern’s office in Reading. Part of that commitment includes suppoting the towns and cities where we live and work. In that spirit, we are proud to support the ReADING Fall Sreet Faire.”
Reading Cable TV (RCTV) is Reading’s non-profit community television station. The state-of-the-art media center opened in the winter of 2010, providing more resources, including four cameras, fully lighted digital video studio with chroma key. The studio can be used for film, photo, video and audio productions and can be operated by a six member crew or open person. They have the ability to record or go live. These resources are available to the public.
RCTV offers a multi-purpose room that can be used to host member events, guest speakers, performances, film festivals and screen 
RCTV programming. They can also host your cocktail party, potluck dinner, corporate event, movie night, sporting event or trivia night.
Seen around town for many years, Executive Director Phil Rushworth and his crew film local government meetings and attract young students with classes from beginning media production, music video, TV acting and behind the scenes goings on.
“RCTV is happy to support a great community event like the Reading Fall Street Faire and we will once again provide live coverage,” said Rushworth. 
RCTV and ReMax Leading Edge will sponsor the Pie-Eating Contest.
There is a silver lining for an already golden event for the Rotary Club of Reading as it continues to attract local businesses to support the Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 5 pm. 
 
The Street Faire Sponsor Committee has been successful in securing silver sponsors Hallmark Health; Lee Kimball; Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home and Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance Agency.  They join other silver sponsors Beacon Consulting, CTA Construction and RCTV and gold sponsors Spurr Financial, Northern Bank, Lahey Health, Salem Five and Pediatric Dental Associates Group (PDA).
 
“This is more good news for the Rotary Club and the local residents who attend the Street Faire,” said Event Chair Sheila Clarke.  “The sponsors are so important to the success of this event.”
           
Hallmark Health is a coordinated system of hospitals, physician practices and community-based services providing care for communities throughout north suburban Boston.  Since its inception in 1997, Hallmark Health has been committed to its mission of providing quality care for its communities and achieving clinical excellence for the patients it serves. The system includes Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health Medical Associates; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; and Lawrence Memorial/Regis College School of Nursing.
 
Hallmark Health is a founding member of Wellforce, along with Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health. For more information, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.
Hallmark has been a loyal sponsor of the Street Faire for the past four years and a participant since 2009. Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading is located at 30 New Crossing Road.
 
“We are proud to be a sponsor of the Reading Fall Street Faire once again,” said Alan Macdonald, president and CEO of Hallmark Health. “As active members in the Reading community, we always enjoy participating in this important and festive occasion.”
 
Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance has been in Reading since 1964 and incorporated in 1966 under the leadership of Ken Latham, KC’s dad, until 2005 when KC Latham took over the reins as president. A major provider of personal lines, as well as small start-up commercial insurance, Davis, Clark & Latham takes pride in remaining an independent agency with the flexibility to change insurance companies when they feel under-writing requirements or claims practices are not in policyholders’ best interests. They are located at One Pleasant Street.
 
“Our motto is personal service is our policy. I believe this ties in naturally in being part of community events such as the Street Faire,” said KC. “We’re just a local business supporting a local cause. Being able to socialize and have fun with our customers goes a long way in customer relations.”
 
KC is a Reading Rotarian and Davis, Clark & Latham is sponsoring the dunk tank at the Street Faire.        
 
For three generations, Lee Kimball has been dedicated to award-winning design, expert craftsmanship, and an old-fashioned work ethic. Creativity, quality, full service and accountability in all their projects is their trademark.
 
Lee Kimball designs, remodels and cares for homes that deliver joy, day after day, year after year. They are accountable to their clients from their first meeting to long after the project is completed with communication and respect the keys to the success of their jobs. Lee Kimball is the client’s advocate, whether working with architects, subcontractors, suppliers or obtaining permits from local zoning boards or condo associations. All on the Lee Kimball team share the same values, work ethic and a relentless quest for perfection. They are located in the Northern Bank Building at 606 Main Street, Suite 3003.
 
“We are happy to be a part of the Street Faire,” said Lee Kimball’s Gregg Johnson, also a Reading Rotarian and member of the Street Faire Committee. “I am a lifelong resident of Reading and we moved our business here a few years ago. It is a great experience to live, work and serve the people of this fine town.”
 
Established by John Douglass Sr. in 1960 under the name of Douglass Funeral Home, Edgerley & Bessom joined the business in 2001. Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom is a well-respected Reading business located at 25 Sanborn Street. John Douglass II joined the business 1989, and the father and son still work together today.  Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom delivers a wide variety of services at the highest standard possible. With attention to detail on the needs and desires of the individual, Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom provides the services with professionalism, integrity and compassion, understanding that each person is unique, each service is personal and designed to celebrate a reflection of a life lived.
 
“I am proud to be a resident of Reading and a supporter of the Fall Street Faire and showing, not only our residents, but also residents of surrounding communities the great spirit we have in our town,” said Owner/Director John Douglass II.
 
Douglass II is well known to the community and also a Reading Rotarian, past president of the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce (RNRCC) and recognized as Citizen of the Year by the RNRCC, among other honors in his profession.   
 
Lee Kimball and Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom are co-sponsors of Once Upon a Time, an event on the Faire’s eve, Saturday, September 9, from 6:30-9 pm at Lee Kimball offices, 606 Main Street, Suite 3003. This event honors residents, volunteers and business owners in Reading, open to the public.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased on the Faire website fallstreetfaire.com. Ticket price includes food, beer and
wine.
The Reading Fall Street Faire will kick off in style hosting its first annual Once Upon a Time party on Saturday, September 9, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the office of Lee Kimball, 606 Main Street, Suite 3003. in Reading.
 
Lee Kimball and Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home are sponsoring the party to honor people in Reading who have made the town a great place to live and work.
 
“The Fall Street Faire is a celebration of our community,” said Street Faire Event Chair Sheila Clarke. “We wanted to do something extra special this year to honor our great citizens and celebrate those who have contributed to the vitality of Reading. The event is open to the public and we hope to see volunteers, supporters, organizers and friends to kick off this year’s celebration.”
 
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fallstreetfaire.com for $50 per person, which includes beer, wine and complimentary food.  Lee Kimball’s convenient 606 Main Street location is in the Northern Bank building and offers convenient on-street parking and in the municipal lot
behind CVS on Main Street. All proceeds to benefit the Reading Rotary Club.
 
Please contact Sheila Clarke with any questions.
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.
 
 
The Reading Fall Street Faire is less than 2 weeks away.  We need all Rotarians to help to make this a success for our Club and for the community.
 
We will not have a regular Club meeting before the RFSF (Sunday, September 10), so please make sure to do the following:
 
1.  Sign up to volunteer on the RFSF website.  The Volunteer link is here.
 
2.  Register for your tickets to the Once Upon a Time kick off event to be held on Saturday, September 9 from 6:30-9 pm at Lee Kimball.  This event is sponsored by our own Lee Kimball (Gregg Johnson) and Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom (John Douglass).  So please make every effort to come and support them and the RFSF.  Register for Once Upon a Time here.
 
3.  If you are prayerfully inclined, pray for good weather on RFSF Day.
 
The 8th Annual Fall Street 5k Race will take place at Washington Park, 100 Washington Street, at 8:30 am on September 10. The race takes place before the Fall Street Faire festivities, which begin at noon. Lori Haverty of Tread & Tread on the Mill, who has been involved in planning the race in previous years, is coordinating the race sponsored by the Rotary Club of Reading.
 
The 5k race has played a popular role in the Faire since 2010 and is a great way for friends and neighbors to get together for some fun and friendly competition after the summer recess. The course for the race is moderate, not only approachable for casual runners, but also a great speed challenge for the pros. Children are encouraged to run with their families. The course starts at Washington Park and winds through some of Reading's most beautiful neighborhoods, including Hillcrest Avenue, Oak Street, Walnut Street and Summer Avenue. 
 
“I am happy to be back at the helm planning a family race at the Street Faire. We are looking forward to families running together to make
the race an annual family-friendly community event,” said Haverty. “While we hope for a cool September morning, this event is rain or shine. Besides, running in the rain is fun!”
 
There will be a brief awards ceremony at Washington Park following the race. The times to beat are 15:57 for males and 19:40 for females.
Bib numbers and registration packages will be available at Tread on the Mill, 13 High Street, in the back of the lot behind Square Liquors, on Friday, September 8, from 2-4 pm, or Saturday, September 9, from 10:15 am to noon or at Washington Park on the day of the race at 7:30 am. The first 200 registrants will receive race T-shirts, so register early!
 
 “Prizes for our race winners will be given out during the ceremony, but, don’t leave yet! You will want to stay for food, drinks, kids’ activities, live music, a chili cook-off, antique car show and so much more at the 9th Annual Fall Street Faire from noon to five,” added Lori.
 
Cost to participate is $25 and there are no refunds. Runners should arrive at Washington Park at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start. Register online at fallstreetfaire.com.
To kick off the Reading Fall Street Faire, Reading Rotary will be holding an evening entitled Once Upon A Time.  It will be on Sat., Sept. 9 from 6:30-9 pm at Lee Kimball, 606 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Reading.  The event sponsors are Lee Kimball and Douglass, Edgerly & Bessom Funeral Home.  
 
This is a time to enjoy beverages, food and fun with those people who have made and continue to make Reading special. Wine & beer open bar included with ticket. Sponsors and the Reading Community will be invited.
 
Tickets are $50.
 
We hope all will plan on attending with your guests.  
 
 
Everyone Rotarian's continued participation and support is needed to make the Street Faire a success for Reading Rotary.
How would you like to join 200 Rotarians and friends from around New England to root for our hometown heroes – The Boston Red Sox vs. the Oakland A’s at the beloved Fenway Park? Hopefully, on September 13th, they will still be on top of the AL East, and will be on their way to the playoffs and maybe another World Series banner! Districts 7910, 7930, 7950 and 7780 are all part of this extravaganza, so you are sure to meet some new friends and get a few new ideas on how to make more impact.
 
Purchase your tickets early and make sure you don’t get left out.
 
For ticket price and registration, click through to this link: https://groupmatics.events/event/Rotaryinternational
 
​Registration closes on August 18!
Rotary Takes on Fall Street Faire
Spurr Financial, Northern Bank and Lahey Health Gold Sponsors
 
The Rotary Club of Reading has taken over the reins from the Town of Reading to bring you the Ninth Annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 5 pm.  
Event Chair Sheila Clarke who has been involved in the planning of the Street Faire in previous years has put Rotarians to work gathering sponsors, securing vendors, attracting entertainment, getting publicity and enticing volunteers to offer this adventure to the public. The Faire has become an anticipated and popular event each fall, with estimates of up to 15,000 people attending.
“We are very excited about continuing this affair,” said Clarke. “After being supported by the Town for eight years under Town committees, it was time to hand over the Fall Street Faire to an outside group. An easy yes to the mission of service above self -- I was lured in, knowing The Rotary Club is a perfect match to the mission of the Street Faire. Any profits they make will be re-invested into the community and other Rotary charitable causes.”
Clarke went on to say, “The Reading Fall Street Faire would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. Early commitments have come from Spurr Financial in Reading, Northern Bank in Reading and Lahey Health in Burlington who are all Gold Sponsors.”
Kathi Spurr and her dad Newt Spurr bring over 50 years of investment experience to Spurr Financial Investments. Spurr Financial helps align personal goals with financial decisions. The family has been a part of the Reading community for 100 years. Both are dedicated Reading Rotarians and board members and past presidents and treasurers of the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce, Newt being a founding father. Kathi is also Food Committee Chair for the Street Faire.
“We strive to see that clients are protected and prepared. We want our efforts to mean maintaining lifestyles for years to come,” said Kathi. Spurr Financial will sponsor the Children’s Area at the Faire.
Northern Bank Assistant Vice President and Reading Branch Manager Virginia Yeanacopolis (Ginnie) is looking forward to being a sponsor for the Street Faire. Northern Bank takes an entrepreneurial, commonsense approach to providing a complete line of banking and investment solutions. Ginnie is on the board of the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce.
 
“The Faire gives us the opportunity to talk to people about our mission. We are deeply invested in the communities we serve and passionately committed to helping our customers grow,” said Ginnie. “Like the many entrepreneurs we serve, our passion is growing our business the right way, one customer, one relationship at a time, in it for the long term.” Northern Bank will sponsor the Antique Car Show at the Faire.
         
Lahey Health is welcomed to the Street Faire as a prominent name in health care, committed to providing a full continuum of health care services close to where patients live and work. Lahey Health includes nearly 1,400 locally based physicians throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Winchester Hospital, a Lahey Health member, and well-known in the Reading community, is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. The 229-bed facility provides comprehensive health care services, including bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/ gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.
“We’re pleased to support the Reading Rotary and the Reading Fall Street Faire,” said Christine Healey, Director of Community Relations, Lahey Health. “Participating in community events like this gives us a fantastic opportunity to engage with community members and educate them on health topics that matter most to the Reading community.” Lahey Health will sponsor the Stage on the Common.
This family-friendly event is a great way to re-acquaint with friends, neighbors, local politicians, local businesses and opportunities after the summer recess. It will feature two stages, live entertainment, music, food, food trucks, children’s activities and more. A 5K road race open to children and adults under the direction of Lori Haverty of Tread will take place at 8:30 am before the Faire activities.
Those interested in sponsorship, volunteering, reserving a space as a vendor or running in the 5K race can register at fallstreetfaire.com. Vendors are placed on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to secure a prime spot and before the August 21 deadline to avoid a late fee.      
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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2.  You can send emails to Members and Friends, through our Clubrunner website.
 
3.  You can Subscribe to the Calendar and have it display on your iPhone or Outlook.
 
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6.  There is a Clubrunner app for iPhones.
 
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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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