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Dec 05, 2022 12:15 PM
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Jan 09, 2023 12:15 PM
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Feb 06, 2023 12:15 PM
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Rotary Club of Reading, Massachusetts, USA

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New Meeting Schedule starting September 2022. 
1st Monday: Residence at Pearl 12:15 pm. 
3rd Monday:  RCTV at 6 pm. 
4th Monday:  Board Meeting. 
 
Home Page Stories
Happy Thanksgiving from the Thanksgiving Day Shack Shack crew of Rotarians and family!
 
Special shout out to Mike Collins for managing the hectic Shack Shack season.  Lots of fun and spreading the good will of Rotary.  
 This Monday, Stoneham and Reading Rotary Clubs met jointly for the 46th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  It was held at St. Agnes Parish Center and catered by our great friend Laurie Rizzo of Laurie's 909.  The luncheon is a traditional run up to the Reading-Stoneham Thanksgiving Day game.  Reading is home team this year.
 
Among the crowd were the football captains, cheer captains, coaches, athletic directors, town manager, superintendent of schools, fire and police chiefs, school administrators and, of course, Rotarians.  Shown here are the captains and head coaches holding the trophy sponsored by Stoneham Bank and Reading Cooperative Bank.
 
The program included football captains addressing the crowd with their thoughts on football, teamwork and leadership.  Both teams have had very successful seasons.  The Rockets were undefeated into the playoffs, before being knocked off by Bishop Feehan, whose defensive coordinator is none other than Patriot legend Tedy Bruschi.  The Spartans have made it to play in their Division Superbowl in Gillette Stadium.
 
The Thanksgiving game is 10 am at Reading Memorial High School.  Rotary Shack Shack will be open for business.
 
 
 
 
Have you ever asked, how can I easily learn about all the offerings of Rotary?  Have you wondered where you can find out answers to many questions about all things Rotary?
 
Well, you are in luck.  Rotary International has a Learning Center which offers many online courses/modules with information about all aspects of Rotary.
 
All these courses are E-Learning.  They consist of videos that you can review from the convenience of your computer.  Catalog areas include:  
 
About Rotary
Club Leadership
District Leadership
General
Membership
Professional Development
Public Image
Service
Rotary Foundation
Trainer
 
The Learning Center can be found here.  You will need to login with your My Rotary login.  If you do not already have one, you can follow the prompts to register.  This is different from your Clubrunner login.
We welcomed DG Alexander Falk for his official club visit on October 17 at RCTV.  Alexander gave a wonderful presentation about the goings on in District 7930 and Rotary International. 
 
Here Alexander holds a Tutu desk, which is a project to provide lap desks to African students.  Co-President Sheila will be speaking more to the club about a possible donation for them.
Recently Reading Rotary voted to donate $6,000 to support the expansion of the Reading Community Garden located at the Mattera Conservation Area. This approval comes after two months of collaboration between the Reading Rotary Club and the Community Garden Steering Committee.
 
Reading Rotary is applying for a districtwide grant to help fund this project.  Rotary districtwide grants support projects that promote the seven focus areas of Rotary: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and protecting the environment.  Sheila Clarke, Reading Rotary Co-President, explains, “I reached out to Town Manager Fidel Maltez to ask if there were local projects that might fit these focus areas.  He was kind enough to connect us with the Community Garden Steering Committee and we began to have discussions to see if Rotary could help.”
 
Community Garden Steering Committee member Cathy Zeek explains, “We have a local volunteer who maintains a small garden bed that provides fresh produce for clients of the Reading Food Pantry.  This garden plot was able to provide produce for Food Pantry clients this past year but we would love to create a much larger garden plot, fully run by volunteers, to be able to provide a larger amount and greater variety of produce to support the more than 120 households who use the Reading Food Pantry. We currently don’t have funds to buy the supplies to make that happen.”
 
Please check out our own Jeanne Borawski being interviewed on WBZ TV regarding Reading's ongoing trash mess.  Jeanne and President John brought refreshments to the DPW on behalf of Rotary to show appreciation for all the extra work the Town workers have done to deal with the failings of the Town's trash contractor.  Details are available in the video linked here (or in the many reverse-911 calls from Town Hall advising residents of the trashy goings on).  In a nutshell, the former trash collector was bought by Republic who is very bad at picking up trash.
 
Thanks to Jeanne and John for doing this and representing Rotary so well.  Town Manager Fidel Maltez and the entire DPW team are working hard to resolve this literal mess.
 
 
We are in the midst of running the Snack Shack at Reading High's home football games.  
 
We have had 2 fun-filled games so far.  Upcoming dates are:
 
Fri., Oct 28 and Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.
 
There are likely additional playoff games to be added.
 
The pizza, burgers, candy and hot chocolate won't sell themselves, so sign up to help.
 
If you can help this week sign up here:  Snack Shack: SNACK SHACK 10/28 (signupgenius.com)
The Town is organizing another Beer Garden on the Common on October 22 from 1-7.  If you haven't checked out the previous ones, you should.
 
Town Manger Fidel Maltez has asked us to help spread the word.  So, come on down and bring a few friends.  Also, please spread the word as you can, on social media, email, word of mouth, etc.
 
There will be beer and non-alcoholic refreshments, food vendors and games for children.  It is a family friendly event and it would be great for Rotarians to support it.
Our own KC Latham has bagged himself a huge tuna.  Earlier this month, KC caught a 107 inch bluefin tuna on his boat.
 
Aside from running his insurance agency, Davis, Clark and Latham, KC is known for his love of fishing and the sea.  Over the years we ran the Auction, KC donated dozens of charter boat excursions.  KC's secret Rotary classification is Fisherman.
 
Congrats, KC, on landing the big one!
Congratulations to Ed Fitzgerald on his Paul Harris Recognition.  Shown here is Co-President John Douglass presenting the PHF to Ed.
 
We ask each Rotarian to make a voluntary Sustaining Member contribution of $100 to the Rotary Foundation.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 
 
Many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including Mother Theresa, former President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.