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We have had two Snack Shack Friday nights so far this season.  The good news is that sales have been brisk.  The crowds have been quite large for the RMHS football's first two home games.
 
There is certain to be at least two more home games on the schedule:  October 8 and 15.  With the MIAA playoff scheme, Reading is likely to have at least one home playoff game and perhaps more.  We will not have confirmation of those until the week of the games in November.

 
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Reading Rotary ran the first Reading Fall Street Faire since the beginning of the COVID-19 era.
 
Rotary worked closely with the Town of Reading in planning the event, including the Health Department, DPW, Facilities and Police and Fire Departments.
 
The weather cooperated as it was a beautiful, sunny day.  Crowds were estimated upwards of 8,000 attendees.
 
Are you Reading's number one Cornhole Player?  Now's the time to prove it at the Fall Street Faire.
 
$30 per player or team of two for $60.  Prize money will be awarded to the winners but nothing beats bragging rights.
 
New this year:  Sponsor Custom Logo Board. 
 
Have you ever wanted a personalized Cornhole Logo Board?  Your company (or you personally) can sponsor a board for $500.  A Cornhole Board will be painted with your logo or name and you get to keep it at the end of the tournament.  You get recognition during the tournament and your own personalized Custom Board.
 
Starting September 10, Rotary will be staffing the Snack Shack for RMHS Football games.  Brenda Simblaris is scheduling the games.  You should have received an email from Brenda to sign up.  Please volunteer.
 
On August 21, a crew of Rotarians scrubbed clean the Snack Shack and spruced up the island in front.
 
In addition, the first two games are scheduled for September 10 and 17.  Those are the dates of the DKJ Golf Tournament and the Samantha's Harvest Golf Tournament.  Many regulars will be unavailable, so please drum up extra help if you can.
On August 23, District Governor Terry Curran visited Reading Rotary along with DGE Alexander Falk and our AG Dom Rebello.  Terry spoke about the goings on in the District and her hopes for a new start coming out of pandemic times.
 
We were fortunate also to have Terry induct our two newest members, Nina Haddad and Pat Calley.  Terry also presented Tim Kelley with his Paul Harris Fellow plus 6.
 
Prez John has already installed four new members. In addition we have a new member application from Phil Stewart, who is sponsored by John.
The Reading Fall Street Faire is fast approaching and the planning is going fast and furious.
 
Please spread the news.  Sponsors, Vendors and Volunteers can be sign up on our RFSF website:  www.fallstreetfaire.com.
 
This is our biggest event and fundraiser.  If you or your business can Sponsor, please contact Jenn Rogers or check out the RFSF website.
 
And, of course, keep September 12 open to help out.
 
The RFSF Committee is meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 4.  John Feudo and Gregg Johnson are co-chairing.  
More local fun is on the calendar for the RFSF weekend.  The 3rd Annual Porchfest is Saturday, September 11 throughout Town.  Porchfest was started by the Reading 375 Committee and features local musicians or bands playing at various houses through Reading.  (Info can be found on their Facebook page.)
 
In addition, Jeanne Borawski is heading up a commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on the Town Common.  This year is the 20th anniversary.
 
Rotary is partnering with Porchfest in sponsoring an essay writing contest.  Three selected entrants will read their essays on the impact of those events on the common.  The detail are listed below:
 
9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration
 
“Light in the Darkness”
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Town Common
 
Live music starts at 11AM
 
Commemoration Starts at 11:30 AM
 
The Community is invited to a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We will honor the memories of those lost, the suffering of the family and friends they left behind, and the bravery and sacrifice of first responders that day. We will join together in hope for a more peaceful and just world.
 
Presented by the PorchFest Committee and the Reading Fall Street Faire.
Reading Rotary recently awarded two Service Above Self Scholarship awards to two graduating seniors.  The recipients, Allison Wallace and Emma Lloyd, are are members of Reading Memorial High School Class of 2021.  
 
The scholarship recipients were chosen from among a list of applicants who demonstrated leadership and community service.
 
Scholarship Committee Mike Bonsey said:  "We are happy to be able to award these scholarships to two students who have distinguished themselves in  leadership and service in keeping with Rotary ideals.  Congratulations and best of luck to Emma and Allison."
Reading Fall Street Faire needs sponsors.  If you or your business can sponsor, please contact Jenn Rogers.
 
Information about sponsorship and vendor sign ups are on our RFSF website:  fallstreetfaire.com.
 
Please share our posts on Facebook, email, etc.  We need members' help getting the word out.  If you have any leads on vendors, sponsors or anything else, please pass them along.  John Feudo and Gregg Johnson are co-chairing the RFSF Committee this year.
 
Remember the Reading Fall Street Faire is back on September 12.
Welcome to our new Rotarians inducted on July 12 at the Club Installation Celebration.  
 
Brenda Simblaris is joining a Corporate Member from Austin Prep.  Brenda is the Assistant Director of Admissions at Austin.  Brenda joins along with other AP members Sue Belanger and Dr. Jim Hickey.  Fun fact about Brenda is that she is married to Peter Simms of Simms Jewelry.  A little bird also told us that it is Brenda and Peter's Wedding Anniversary today.
 
Kathy Kinney was officially inducted on July 12, but she has been a member of Reading Rotary for over a year.  She joined just about the time the pandemic hit.  And it took us a while formally to induct her.  Kathy is on the Board of Directors.  Kathy has been very involved in volunteer activities in Reading.  Kathy coordinated our first Senior Sign project, from the parent side in 2020. 
 
Welcome, Brenda and Kathy.
 
Also, note that we have a new member application from Nadia Haddad, branch manger for Northern Bank in Reading.  We look forward to Nadia's induction coming soon.
Our Club Installation Celebration was a fun time and great kick off to a new year.  John Douglass was installed as the once and present President.  DG Terry Curran was on hand to administer John's oath.  The celebration was held at the Horseshoe Grille outside in the tent.  The rains subsided and it was a lovely evening.
 
Joining John's Board of Directors are:  Treasurer Mike Bonsey, Directors Sheila Clarke, Gregg Johnson, Kathy Kinney, Mike Collins, Lisa Gibbs and Tim Kelley.
 
Dear Rotarians, the Club is in need of a Secretary and a President Elect.  Please consider whether you can help out with either positions.  John will also consider people sharing roles.
 
We had a large crowd of Rotarians, family and guests.
 
Another highlight of the evening was the inducting of two new members:  Kathy Kinney (who joined as COVID hit, so her installation was delayed) and Brenda Simblaris (joining as a Corporate Member from Austin Prep).  Please make sure to welcome them to our numbers.
 
Pictured here is District Governor Terry Curran with President John.
 
Congratulations, John, and thank you for volunteering your leadership!
 
 
Looking for a place that offers outdoor dining or a want to pick up a gift curbside?  Support our local businesses and find these options and more on the business directory at www.ShoptheReadings.com.  Sign up for the Friday Preview text of local happenings and promotions by texting “ShopReadings” to 313131.  Be Loyal, Buy Local and Shop the Readings.  Thank you for your support!
 
For Rotarians or local businesses, the Chamber has lawn signs and posters for store windows that they are happy to share with any local businesses.  Folks can request those by emailing Lynn at Lynn@rnrchamber.com.  RNR Chamber is dropping them off over the next week or so.  Please help spread the word on this project, which is partially grant funded and aims to support local businesses.  
Please let Art Hayden know if you can help out with any of the Food Bank Run dates he has sent out by email.
The Fall Street Faire committee met last Wednesday to start our accelerated planning of the Faire.  
 
Please be ready to step up and volunteer.  We have the following committees:  Sponsorship; Food; Marketing/Outreach; Entertainment; Public Relations; Children's Area; Amusements; Logistics; Registration and Website; and Volunteers.
 
We will be meeting bi-weekly until further notice.  When you are approached and asked to help, please have mercy on us and say yes.
 
You can direct questions to John Feudo, Gregg Johnson, Sheila Clarke, Jeanne Borawski or Tim Kelley.
 
Remember to save the date of September 12 for the Faire.
 
Please direct people to the website:  fallstreetfaire.com.  Online booth and sponsor registration will be up and running soon.  Jeanne has already been working on website updates.
 
Of note we are partnering with Porchfest on September 11 to provide support through our website and publicity and we are sponsoring a writing contest to be part of a commemoration on the Common on 9/11.
We will hold our Club Installation on July 12 at the Horseshoe Grille in North Reading.  John Douglass will be enthroned as our new Club President.  Tentative start time is 6 (time to be confirmed).
 
With the pandemic restrictions over, we hope to see a good crowd there to support our incoming Prez an Board.
 
You should have received an invite from Sheila.  Please respond. If you haven't received it, please contact Sheila.
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