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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Fusilli's usually (check our schedule)
107 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
Sometimes we mix it up. Check out our schedule: http://www.readingmarotary.org/events/calendar
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Annual Open House:  Monday May 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  RCTV, 557 Main Street, Reading.
 
Want to give back to the community but not sure where to start?
 
Want to expand your social circle but not sure how to meet new neighbors?
 
Have a local business and want to build your network?
 
Join Reading Rotary at our annual Open House.  Drinks and appetizers will be provided.  Mingle with great neighbors and learn how we have friends while serving others.
 
This event is FREE and open to the public but an RSVP is required for entry.  Email your RSVP to lisa@samathasharvest.org.
 
Our District is organizing a District Wide Day of Service on May 21 to clean up areas along the Ipswich River.  Two of the spots are in our immediate area of Reading and North Reading.  The Ipswich River's headwaters originate in Reading.
 
If you can help, please contact Tim Kelley.
 
Here are the details from Past District Governor Joan Arsenault on the area to be cleaned up in our area:
 
9am to 12pm Spring 2022 Rotary Club Ipswich River Landings Work Day:  approximate teams of 4 people per site.  The goal of this project will be to support our River Warden program by helping to prepare canoe/kayak landings on the Ipswich River for the paddling season via picking up trash, pruning and cutting back vegetation, and checking the condition of kiosks and signage at the following landings:
 
a. Woburn St., Wilmington and Mill St., Reading; and
b. Central St. landing and shopping Center, North Reading.
 
I'm looking for 4-6 people or more to help with some 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.
 
This Arbor Day Reading Rotary distributed tree saplings to every 5th Grader in the Reading Public Schools.  This year’s tree is a hawthorn which is a lovely flowering tree.  Reading Rotary has been giving out trees annually to Reading students for over 30 years. Thanks to KC Latham for heading up this project.  It was great to return to this project after a pandemic caused hiatus.
 
Rotary partners with the Town's DPW to package and distribute hundreds of trees.  Rotary's sponsorship of this annual project is part of Reading's designation as a Tree City.
Happy Mother's Day to all our Rotary mothers.  Enjoy the day!
Samantha's Harvest is hosting a fundraising event.  It's a win-win.  Taste some beer and spirits and support a great cause.  May 21 from 1-4 pm at Bunratty Tavern.  
 
Many different brews to taste as usual when we meet at Bunratty Tavern!
This weeks special vendor highlight:  Lord Hobo Brewing Co
 
Bunratty Tavern is hosting this fun event!  Not only will there be great beers to sample there will also be a terrific raffle.  Enter for a chance to win a day or night for Reading's own Wee Irish Pub and other fun things!
 
 
Admission is $20 CASH AT THE DOOR ONLY AND YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE. It is always a fantastic day and we have missed you! We look forward to seeing you there - come anytime between 1 and 4pm on Saturday, May 21 at Bunratty Tavern, 620 Main Street, Reading!
 
Congratulations to Immediate Past President Jenniffer Rogers on her graduation from Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday.  Jenn graduated from college while working full-time in a new position with a new employer.  During the time she was in school she also served as our President during the COVID year.
 
What an accomplishment!
 
Pictured here is Jenniffer with son Nathan and husband Steve.
President John is also Captain of the Pep's Peddlers MS Bike Team.  They are hosting a fundraiser on May 13 from 7-11 pm at the Wakefield Elks.
 
Pep's Peddlers is on the top teams in Massachusetts raising money for multiple sclerosis.
 
Please consider supporting John and his team.  Tickets can be purchased here.  Plus this event is a blast!
We had a fantastic program at our evening meeting on April 11.  Dr. Phil Haydon spoke on epilepsy awareness and his charity www.sailforepilepsy.org.  Dr. Phil will be sailing across the Atlantic to the Azores then to Spain and Morocco among his stops.  A great turnout and inspirational.
 
Also attending were quite a few community members including new Town Manger Fidel Maltez, new Select Board Member Jackie McCarthy and new Director for Equity and Social Justice Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee.
 
Thanks also to the staff at the Charles at Bunratty Tavern for an excellent evening.