Upcoming Events
  • Food Bank Run
    Old South Church
    Jun 17, 2021
    10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
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Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
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Home Page Stories
This week's evening social meeting (5/19) is postponed due to scheduling issues.  It will be rescheduled.
Congratulations to Brian and Linda Snell on becoming grandparents to Margaret Claire born May 14.  According to Linda, Mom Kate and baby are reportedly doing well.
2021 is looking up.
In another year of Corona, RMHS Senior Class Parents and volunteers planted an array of lawn signs with each graduating Senior’s picture and the message “We Love Our Seniors Reading Memorial High School Class of 2021.”  The signs were arranged in front of the Town Hall and Town Hall Annex facing the Reading Common.  The display is sponsored by Reading Rotary.  The set up was spearheaded by Senior parent Mrs. Maria Casarano.  The signs were printed by Boyd’s Direct in Stoneham.
Rotarian Mike Collins, who chaired this project said:  “We are so happy to be able to provide these signs for the Seniors who have faced a lot of adversity this year.  It makes it worth our efforts to see so many people enjoying them.” 
We have received lots of beautiful Thank You Notes from our Rotary Readers project.
Pictured here are a bunch from Birch Meadow School.
Can't wait for the next time we can do this project in person.
Art Hayden is looking for drivers and helpers for the Food Bank Run.  The Food Pantry now goes into the GBFB twice a month.  If you can help, please respond to Art.  If you did not receive an email from Art recently, please let Art or me know.
Shout out to Art for coordinating this important ongoing service project.
Please note the meeting schedule for May.  The schedule is updated on the website calendar and you can subscribe to it so that it automatically updates to your phone calendar.
Monday, May 3:  No Meeting
Monday, May  10:  In person meeting at Fusilli's.  Masking, social distancing, etc. are respectfully requested.
Monday, May 17:  No Meeting.
Wednesday, May 19:  In person Evening Social (weather permitting).  Tentative location:  Kelley house, deck & patio.  If rain is expected, meeting will be remote.
Monday, May 24:  Board Meeting (no lunch meeting).
Monday, May 31:  No meeting (Memorial Day).
Please mark your calendars and try to attend.  
Reading Rotary is pitching in with another project to help boost RMHS Graduating Seniors with the community Adopt a Senior project.  Parents of the Class of 2021 have organized this project to match enthusiastic community helpers with each Senior to give them some gifts and goodies over several weeks.  To make sure every Senior was included, the parents reached out to the community. 
Reading Rotary has adopted 10 Seniors.  Thanks to the following Rotarians for jumping in to help with these 10 individual Seniors:  Michael Bonsey; Lisa Gibbs; Jenniffer Rogers; John Douglass; Tim Kelley; Andrea Zoia; Brian Tobin; Pooja Parsons; and Kathy Kinney.
We are likewise impressed by the many community members who volunteered to help make this pandemic class feel a little more special.
Pictured here is Caroline showing off some of her new swag.
We have had an inspiring initial response to our fundraising effort for RMHS Senior Signs.  Since March 23, the community has donated over $2,300.00.  We are close to fully funding this project and there is time for people to donate, if they would still like to do so.
Here's the Paypal link or send a check to Reading Rotary Charitable Trust, PO Box 61, Reading, MA 01867.
We were so pleased how this project turned out last year, especially seeing so many students and their family and friends walking through the Town Hall lawn to find their sign.
We are again so delighted to head up this community project for the Class of 2021.  
A heartfelt thank you from Reading Rotary for the generosity of all those who have donated to support the Senior Class.
We have had a such a great response from the elementary schools regarding our Rotary Readers books and backpacks delivered to all Reading Public Schools Kindergarteners and First Graders.  
We have had just two Rotarians send videos of them reading, so we can use more to send along to the schools.  Thanks John Douglass and Lisa Gibbs for your videos.
Please forward a video of you (or anyone else for that matter) reading a picture book for K or Grade 1 to me and I'll forward it to the schools.
For the first time in over a year, we held our first in person lunch meeting this Monday.  Thanks to Fusilli's for accommodating us with a private meeting room.  People were masked and distanced and many have received their vaccines.  We are testing out how receptive people are to meeting this way.  Please check the calendar for the schedule and whether we're meeting on Zoom on in person.
Our next meeting will be and Evening Social on April 14, the location to be determined. We are also working on doing this meeting as a hybrid, so people can participate both in person and remotely.
In 2023 Reading Rotary will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary.  Other Rotaries in District 7930 who will also marking their Centennial are:  Danvers, Newburyport, Marblehead, Gloucester; Ipswich, Medford, Somerville and Stoneham
District Governor Nominee Alexander Falk is organizing a meeting of these Clubs on Monday, March 29 at 7 pm via Zoom to begin discussions regarding a large joint celebration.
If interested in participating, let Jenn Rogers know for the Zoom info.  
Another note is that Reading needs a President for 2022-23.  This could be you at the helm during this momentous year.  Please feel free to discuss with Jenn, John Douglass, Mike Collins or any other Past President.  It's the best job in Rotary and something all Rotarians should experience (at least once).
Rotary Readers is our annual literacy project where we give 2 reading books and a backpack to Reading Public Schools students in kindergarten and first grade.  Over 550 literacy bags were delivered by Rotarians to the five Reading elementary schools.  We delivered them to the school offices.  In non-pandemic times, we would schedule Rotarians to read to each class.  This year we are doing the reading virtually.
This literacy project has been adapted from our previous dictionary, then thesaurus giveaways.  We heard from teachers that they preferred to have the younger students receive reading books.
This is one of our most rewarding and fun projects to bring these bookbags into the classrooms.  Here's hoping that 2022 will allow us to get back into the schools to read.  (Mask up and stay safe, all!)
We are still looking for readers.  If you can record a video of yourself reading a book appropriate for K or Grade 1, please send it to Tim this week..
Reading Rotary will again lead a community project to place a sea of signs in front of Town Hall for each RMHS Senior.  The pandemic has forced us all to adapt and graduating Class of 2021 has had to re-imagine the big events of their Senior year.  Last year, Rotary printed a sign for every Senior.  We will oversee the printing of sign for this year's Senior, too.  The costs have risen and all donations will be appreciated by Rotary and by these students.
Please consider making a donation to defray the cost.  https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LZAU2626ULBYC
The results of our recent election have been tabulated and certified.  Congratulations to next year's Officers and Directors!
President:  John Douglass
President Elect: Vacant
Vice President:  Vacant
Immediate Past President: Jenniffer Rogers
Secretary: David Traniello
Treasurer: Mike Bonsey
Directors: Lisa Gibbs; Mike Collins; Sheila Clarke; Kathy Kinney; Gregg Johnson; Tim Kelley.
Thanks to all who volunteered to serve in club leadership.  Special thanks to John for stepping into the President's role again.
Please note that we need a President Elect and a Vice President.  Volunteers for these roles are welcome.  Please don't be shy.
Please join us for our evening meeting this week, Wed., Feb. 17 at 6 pm on Zoom.
We will be featuring a speaker, Jennifer Cummings Hillery.  Jennifer is a Reading resident, who many likely know.  She belongs to Speaker Sisterhood, a public speaking club.
Jennifer will present on "Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch."  Elevator pitches are useful not just in the business setting for for any volunteer work.  Jennifer recently presented to the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.  Please attend and bring friends.
We are excited to start this new year with great news: The Rotary Foundation has been honored with Charity Navigator's Four Star rating for the 13th year in a row. 
"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
You may have noticed that I am now the Editor of the Rotary District 7930 eBulletin.
This year, I joined the District Public Image Committee.  Andy Maddox of Rockport Rotary and I have taken on this role from Tracy Arabian.  Tracy was Editor for several years.  She stepped down because she will be the incoming President of the Gloucester club.
The District eBulletin is bi-weekly.  Please review to stay updated on District goings on.  I will greatly appreciate it!
I am not so rigid in sending out the Reading Rotary Nut, which is "periodic," or whenever we have enough content.  Please let me know if you have any news Rotary or not to be included.
Each year Reading Rotary partners with the community for the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Rotary works with the local organization ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meals for Thanksgiving and meals and gifts at Christmas.  Donor drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift. 
There were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Reading Rotary’s efforts were coordinated by Gregg Johnson and John Douglass.
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.
Join us in congratulating Art Hayden on two recent milestones.  Number one, Art recently retired from his printing business.  Congrats and well wishes on this new chapter.  Enjoy yourself.
Number two, Art was recently married to his new bride, Patty.  Those of us who could make it to our Holiday Evening Meeting on Dec. 16 were lucky to meet Patty remotely.  Congrats to Art and Patty.  Here's to the happy couple!
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of Reading Fall Street Faire Bingo, Laura DeMichele!
Laura was the lucky winner drawn from the qualifying entries.  The winner was eligible to receive $500 in gift cards to local businesses.  Laura generously donated $250 of her winnings to the Adopt-a-Family Program.  In addition, Laura opted to gift cards to the Tin Bucket, Pamplemousse and Whitelam Books.
Thanks to our sponsor for this event:  Northern Bank.
Thanks also to Lisa Egan and the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce for running this promotion with us.  
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Club Executives & Directors
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Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Director - Membership Chair
Director - Public Image Chair
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