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Mondays at 12:15 PM
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107 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
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Although it is just the beginning of summer, one group of Reading residents is already looking ahead to autumn.  The Reading Rotary Club is gearing up to host the 14th annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 11.  Members of this committee are hoping to host the biggest, best Fall Street Faire yet.
 
Under the leadership of YMCA Executive Director, Rotarian and Fall Street Faire Chair John Feudo, the fourteen-person committee has already started meeting and planning for the town’s biggest annual downtown event.  According to Feudo, “This would be way too much work for one person to do alone.  We have an incredible team.  Some of the members are relatively new and bring great energy and enthusiasm.  Some of the members have been doing this for years and just know how to get the job done.  At the end of the day, we’re all proud to be able pull off an event of this scope for the whole town to enjoy.”
 
Among the challenges are the logistics of closing down several blocks of downtown Reading for an entire Sunday to accommodate food vendors, multiple stages with live entertainment, amusements, activities, games, and more than one hundred booths. Rotarian Gregg Johnson of Lee Kimball Design and Build has been involved in planning logistics for the Fall Street Faire for years.  He says, “It would be impossible without the partnership we enjoy with the Town of Reading.  We work well with the Town Manager, Department of Public Works, and Police and Fire Departments to ensure this huge e event is fun and safe.”
 
The Reading Fall Street Faire is offering corporate sponsorships at various contribution levels for local businesses that want to support this fun community event that draws thousands every year. Registrations are also now open for local businesses, clubs, non-profits, or organizations that want to reserve a booth at the Faire.  All information can be found at fallstreetfaire.com. Residents are encouraged to follow Reading Fall Street Faire on Facebook and Instagram.
District 7930 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee has created a Citation for clubs to achieve progress toward DEI.  In reviewing the Citation requirements (25 suggested action steps, Club must achieve 13 of the 25 for certification) Reading has already taken many of the action steps suggested by the Committee.  With a few additional modest steps, we have achieved the requirements.  Our DEI Tracker can be viewed here.
 
Rotary values a commitment to individual and Club efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equality and self-esteem.
The Reading Fall Street Faire Committee has begun regular meetings.  The date is set for September 11.  If you want to get involved in the planning, please contact John Feudo.  Or come to one of our planning meetings.  Many hands make light work.
 
Please block out the day of September 11.  We need all Rotarians and many additional community volunteers to help.  We will have more details, but we will be working that day starting around 7 am through breakdown and clean up.  All Rotarians will be expected to take a shift during the day.
 
Our next planning meeting is June 21 at 5 pm at Reading Library.
District Installation:  June 30.
 
Club Installation:  July 12
 
Please note the other dates in the Calendar.  In June we will not have another regular lunch meeting.
 
Please consider going to the District Installation on June 30 at Danversport Yacht Club 6 pm (doors open at 5:30).  Our weekly meeting is canceled to encourage people to attend the District Installation.  It would be great to have a good crowd supporting Sheila as she takes the co-reigns as Co-President.  Please email Jeanne Borawski if you can attend.  The Club will pay for members to attend.  I will be away on vacation.   Also, Peter and Tim will be installed as Assistant Governors.
 
Our Club Installation event will be on the evening of July 12.  Exact time and place to be announced shortly. 
 
Thank you all for what you do for Reading and the community!
We had a good crew of Rotarians at Reading Lion's Friends and Family Day at Birch Meadow on June 11.  We spun and gave out cotton candy and distributed informational flyers to all vendors about our upcoming Fall Street Faire (Sunday, September 11).  The cotton candy line was long and steady all day, until we ran out of product.  Lots of goodwill on display all day.
 
In addition, we were one of the Sponsors of the event.
 
The Reading Rotary cornhole boards (not pictured here) were also on display.
 
Congrats to the Lions Club on ramping up this event after the pandemic derailed it in recent years.
 
It was such a great family and community event.  Thanks to all the members who came out to work and support Rotary!
Samantha's Harvest 5K Run and Walk is Back!
 
SH's race is back in person after a two-year virtual hiatus. Lisa and team put in an order for another beautiful day and hope you will join the fun on Sunday, June 12!
 
IMPORTANT! There is a change of registration and finish line location due to construction on the stadium field at RMHS.  Registration will be located at the locker room doors behind the field house at RMHS, right next to the stadium.  The route will also finish there and they will have plenty of volunteers throughout the course to tell you exactly where you need to go! 
 
Registration starts at 8am and the race begins promptly at 9.  The race will be officially timed, they will have a pacer on a bicycle and the first male and female finishers in their age groups will receive prizes!  Families come out and walk with us! 
 
Register in advance here.  CASH ONLY ACCEPTED TO REGISTER ON RACE DAY!
 
Please sign up or volunteer! Email Zack at zacksahagian@gmail.com or call at 781.354.0544 if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer.
 
Come out and support fellow Rotarian John Feudo at Burbank Y's Best Summer Ever Celebration on June 2 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at Austin Prep.
 
The event is golf themed and the live auction has already opened.  Check it out here.
On May 23 we had a Membership Open House at RCTV.  It was well attended with lots of good fellowship.
 
President John also inducted several new members, including Sherilla, Phil, Allain and Reading Cooperative Corporate members Veronica, Jessica and Jean.
 
Local dignitaries included Rep. Brad Jones and Select Board Chair Mark Dockser.
 
It was also wonderful to see quite a few prospective members who attended to learn more about Rotary.
 
Well done, Lisa Gibbs and team, who planned the Open House.
We had a lot of fun cleaning up several landings on the Ipswich River as part of Rotary 7930's District Wide Day of Service.
 
There are four landings in or around the headwaters of the Ipswich.  The Ipswich River originates in our area.  These landings include:  Jenks Bridge, Woburn Street, Wilmington; Mill Street, Reading; Central Street, North Reading; and Shopping Center, North Reading.
 
Mike Bonsey, Gregg Johnson, D7930 District Governor Elect Nominee Lori Karas and Tim Kelley spent the morning of May 21 on the clean up.
High school seniors are invited to apply for Reading Rotary's Service Above Self Scholarship. 
 
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE SERVICE ABOVE SELF SCHOLARSHIP
Service Above Self Scholarships from Reading Rotary will be awarded to selected outstanding high school seniors who demonstrated the following:
 
• Leadership and volunteerism that personify Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, whether in the school or other areas of the community.
• Consistent effort and commitment toward improving the quality of life for others.
• An awareness of and action toward raising awareness or addressing humanitarian needs in the immediate community or elsewhere in the world.
• A commitment to dedicating him- or herself to these ideals even into college and professional life.
• Interest in Interact and Rotary throughout high school.
 
Each scholarship will be for an amount up to $1,000 award to the selected candidate (the final number of candidates and scholarship amounts will be determined by the Club).  We hope that this scholarship will foster a lifelong association between Rotary International and the recipient!
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS
Each applicant must complete the worksheet, below, and submit an essay addressing his/her leadership in demonstrating Service Above Self during their lives.  The essay must focus on those elements of service in the candidate’s background and not on GPA and courses of study.  Tailoring the essay to the qualifications listed above is strongly recommended.
 
Successful applicants are expected to participate in the following activities:
 
• Attend a future meeting of the Reading Rotary Club to present what you are doing in college and how you have embedded service into your future plans.
• Attend an event in July to receive your scholarship (if available).
• Participate in at least one service project for the Reading Rotary Club, your college, or a Rotary Club in the community in which you are studying.
• Make yourself available for public relations interviews.
• Maintain full-time, post-secondary academic studies with distinction, giving equal importance to all aspects of the Service Above Self Scholarship.
 
If you are awarded the Service Above Self Scholarship, you will receive your funds after the following documents have been provided to the Reading Rotary Club Scholarship Coordinator:
 
• Evidence that the student is enrolled in an institute of higher education
 
Please complete the application available here and sign the certification document.
 
Submit the completed application by email to smwclarke1@gmail.com no later than midnight on July 1, 2022. Applications received after that date will not be considered.  You may use this form or submit the information in a different format provided it is complete.