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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
Home Page Stories
District Governor Terry Curran visited our club this week to present a Certificate from the Rotary Foundation for our support of End Polio Now in the 2020-21 year.
 
Reading was one of only four clubs in District 7930 to receive this Certificate.  We were recognized for our continued support of the Rotary Foundation (Sustaining Member Contributions, etc.). 
 
Congrats to Past President Jenn Rogers and all Rotarians who continued to support the Rotary Foundation, especially during a pandemic year.
Reading Education Foundation's Festival of Trees will be held December 4 (10 am to 8 pm) and December 5 (10 am to 4 pm) at Parker Middle School.
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Reading Rotary is the Event Sponsor.  Please check it out this weekend.  (Unlike past years, Rotary will not be selling food, but there will be food trucks and other options outside.)
 
REF's annual holiday fundraiser is a great family event! Visitors will be delighted and inspired by a winter wonderland of decorated holiday trees that are raffled off to lucky winners!
 
Saturday evening activities consist of a special reading of Polar Express and a pajama party for kids among a forest of fun.  Masks will be required for all festival attendees.
 
Decorated trees are donated by local families, businesses, organizations, and schools. With a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and themes to choose from, there is something for everyone.
 
Laurie Douglass, MD was honored at Epilepsy Foundation New England’s (EFNE) 38th Annual Hope Gala. Dr. Douglass, Division Director of Pediatric Neurology and Director of Pediatric Epilepsy & EEG at Boston Medical Center, is known for her activism and dedication to ensuring that people living with epilepsy receive the care they need.  She is a pioneer in using technology to allow patients to access tele-health and tele-services.  Her commitment and resulting services were emulated by many during the pandemic, which forced patients and providers to develop comfort and skill in using technology to deliver care.  Dr. Douglass and her family members were past EFNE Volunteers of the Month, recognizing the many hours of service they contribute as volunteers to summer camps for children living with epilepsy.  “Laurie not only provides expert advice on managing campers’ health and safety, but rolls up her sleeves to play with children – taking the time to get to know each one,” said Camp Coordinator Sarah Specht. 
 
“Beyond her breakthrough thinking and practice, Laurie is known for her collaborative spirit. She ensures that patient care is paramount and brings people, institutions, and communities together behind a common vision.  It’s our honor to pay tribute to Laurie at the 2021 gala,” said Susan Linn, EFNE’s President and CEO. 
 
District Governor Terry Curran will visit our meeting on Monday, November 29 to present a Certicate.  
 
Please attend if you can.
Phil Stewart, one of our new members, has taken over the role of coordinating the Food Bank Run.  Phil takes over this job from Art Hayden, who handled the scheduling for years.  
 
The Reading Food Pantry does a run for food into the Greater Boston Food Bank two or three times a month on Thursday mornings.  We need one driver with an SUV, truck or van and one helper.  We meet at Food Pantry at Old South Church at 10:15 am.  The trip usually is completed and unloaded by noon.
 
It is a great community service opportunity.  If you have questions or want to put yourself on the schedule, please contact Phil.
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.  Donors drop off at the DPW garage in the first shift, then recipient families pick up during a later shift. 

Reading Rotary thanks one of our newest members, Adam Sandberg, for coordinating our work with Adopt-a-Family.  Along with Reading Cares and the Town of Reading, our goal is to make sure every family in town has a happy Thanksgiving.  Pictured here are Rotarians and other volunteers at the Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family on November 22.
 
Reading Rotary is pleased to announce that Betsy Schneider of ReadingCares will be honored as Hero for her service to our community.  Ms. Schneider will be honored as part of Rotary District 7930’s A Celebration of our Heroes on November 11 at Danversport Yacht Club starting at 5:30 pm.  Reading Rotary selected Ms. Schneider as a special person in our community who wakes up every morning and puts others before herself and dedicates her work to helping others in need, truly embodying the Rotary motto:  “Service above Self.”
 
Reading Rotary will present Betsy with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honors Rotary can give to an individual.  In addition to the recipient's recognition exemplifying the highest ideals of Rotary, Clubs or Rotarians recognize Paul Harris Fellows from donations made The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.
 
Betsy Schneider heads the volunteer organization ReadingCares.  A founding member, Betsy has developed Reading Cares from a concept to an active and depended on part of the Reading town community.

 
At our meeting last night, we wished Art Hayden a fond farewell.  Art has sold the Hayden homestead on King Street and will be relocating with Patty.
 
Art has been a Reading Rotarian since 1988.  He plans on joining a local Rotary Club when he settles into his new home.

Art has been our coordinator for the monthly Food Bank Runs, communicating with Bruce and Phyllis at the Reading Food Pantry and scheduling Rotarians to do the pick up at the Greater Boston Food Bank.
 
Art recently closed his long time printing business and we are sorely challenged in finding a replacement for all our club printing needs.
 
Thank you for all your years of service to Rotary and the community.
 
Best wishes to Art and Patty.  Please visit us when you're in the area.
 
 
Please mark your calendars for Nov. 5 and (likely) Nov. 12 for Snack Shack events.  Brenda Simblaris has sent out a sign up for the first one.
 
Please sign up to help out.  It's a lot of fun and a great way for Rotary to be visible in the community.  
 
Please contact Brenda or reply to her Google form email to volunteer.  Spouses and family members are welcome and encouraged.  Thanks to these families who have volunteered their non-Rotarian members:  Kinney, Douglass, Collins, Gibbs!
We are re-ordering Reading Rotary polo shirts.  For newer members who did not receive on of the navy blue collared shirts from our last order (around 2018), the shirt cost will be paid by the club. (Members who have not received a navy polo, please return order form and indicate $0 for the polo in Amount column.)
 
In addition to the polo shirts we have the opportunity to order other clothing items with our embroidered club logo.  Cost to the member is noted on the order form.  They are offered at our cost.
 
The order form is here.  Please return it to Tim Kelley with payment (if any) to Reading Rotary.  (Deadline: Nov. 8.)
 
The entire catalog is linked in the order form and can be found here.  If you have questions, you can let Tim know.
 
Pictured is our Prez John modeling club apparel.