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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. 
 
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The day we've all been waiting for all year is coming this Sunday, Sept. 11.  Don't miss the excitement in Downtown Reading.
 
There will be vendors, food, car show, amusements, kid's area, entertainment on 3 stages, community groups, dunk tank, cornhole tournament, NFL tailgate.
 
Stop by the Rotary booth to say hi and grab a cotton candy.
 
Volunteers can still sign up.  Register ahead of the Faire for the Cornhole Tourney.
 
All info is available on our dedicated Reading Fall Street Faire website.  Come out have a great time and celebrate our Town.
Congratulations to Immediate Past Prez/Current Co-Prez John Douglass for leading Reading Rotary to achieve the RI Presidential Citation for 2021-22.
 
Reading is one of 9 clubs in District 7930 who are being so recognized.
 
The Rotary Citation recognizes the hard work clubs do throughout the year.  This Citation is awarded to Rotaries that set and achieve goals in areas such as membership, service projects and annual fund giving.  Taking action toward achieving the citation goals helps clubs engage their members, stay relevant in their communities, and run more efficiently.  A welcoming and engaging club also reflects the values of Rotary.  
We know, we know...no one wants to talk about the summer coming to an end but Samantha's Harvest Tournament is something we all look forward to! 
 
We will again be holding our annual golf tournament at the Members Only Championship Course at Thomson Country Club in North Reading!
 
Our fun-filled day kicks off with lunch and registration at 11:30am and we will tee off promptly at 1pm.  There will be many tastings and contests throughout the course for your enjoyment and dinner will be held right at the clubhouse!
 
We'd love to have your assistance as a volunteer for the day and if so, you will be our guest for lunch and dinner. We will be honoring some folks at dinner who have gone above in beyond in helping us to realize our mission. If you can't join us for golf, please consider joining us for dinner for this and the auction!
 
At our last board meeting we went over several topics one of which is our meeting days and times.  Starting after the RFSF, we are going to hold club meetings the first and third Mondays of every month.  We will meet:
 
1st Monday:  Residence at Pearl in Reading at 12:15
 
3rd Monday:  RCTV at 6pm.  All lunches and dinners will be catered. 
 
Our Board Meetings will now be held on the 4th Monday of every month.  The first meeting after the RFSF will be Monday, September 19 at RCTV at 6PM. We are hoping that with the changes in time and location will allow us to accommodate all the members and their busy schedules.
 
I encourage everyone to check our Calendar on our website.  Please subscribe to the Calendar to sync to your computer and phone.  Any questions please reach out to Sheila or me.
It’s become a tradition at the Reading Fall Street Faire – the Cornhole Classic Tournament. Every year the Fall Street Faire Committee invites interested residents to enter and compete to be named the best Cornhole player in Reading.  All players are invited to enter – from casual backyard players to hardcore Cornhole enthusiasts.  Organizer and Rotarian Sheila Clarke says, “The great thing about Cornhole is pretty much anyone can play.  It’s fun and easy and always a good time.”  Last year father/daughter team “Daddy’s Girl” took home the crown after facing down impressive competition.  There’s some excitement to see if they return and can repeat their victory.
 
The Cornhole Classic Tournament, now in its third year, is held on lower Haven Street.  It is part of the Reading Fall Street Faire Tailgate area that includes the Patriots game streaming on a big screen and a beer garden (for those 21 and older).
 
Cornhole Classic registrations are now open The Cornhole Classic is tournament style and professionally run by Wicked Cornhole. Registration begins at 1, and bags fly at 2. There is a $60 fee to enter a two-person team. The top two teams win cash prizes, but Ms. Clarke says what everyone is really playing for is bragging rights. Register for your spot to play at fallstreetfaire.com.
 
Sponsorship opportunities. For a $500 sponsorship, local businesses and organizations can have a professional set of Cornhole Boards made up with their name/logo. These boards will be used throughout the tournament and sponsors get to take them home at the end of the day. They are a great addition to corporate events, backyard BBQs, in an employee break space, or even in a customer area to bring a little fun to your business. See fallstreetfaire.com for more information on how to become a Cornhole Classic Sponsor.
 
All proceeds from the Cornhole Classic will go to the Reading Rotary Club and the Fall Street Faire.
 
Follow Reading Fall Street Faire on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all the fun.
The RFSF Committee is in full swing.  If you want to Sponsor the event, contact Jenn Rogers or Pat Calley.  Levels of Sponsorship can be found on the RFSF website.  If you are sponsoring, we prefer you pay by check to avoid the service charge.  Please coordinate with Jenn Rogers.
 
Booth and volunteer sign-ups are also on the RFSF website.  Please plan on being available to help on September 11.  This is our biggest fundraiser and event and participation of all (plus many dozens of other volunteers) is needed to pull it off.
 
Any questions about the RFSF can be directed to Chair John Feudo and/or Co-Chair Jeanne Borawski.
The Reading Fall Street Faire is quickly approaching, and the committee is hard at work.  As our major fundraiser of the year, it is important that all Reading Rotarians get involved.  The volunteer website is now active and here is the link.
 
Please sign up for one or more slots.  Also, please forward the link to anyone or any group that may be interested in volunteering.  If you have any questions or find any problems with the website, please let me know.  I'd prefer an email outside of the Rotary website or the Sign Up Genius website.  My direct email is mfc723@verizon.net
 
Thanks, Mike Collins
Chair, Volunteer Committee
On July 12 we gathered to celebrate the installation of Sheila Clarke as new Co-President of Reading Rotary.  She is sharing the role with Co-President John Douglass.  Pictured here is Sheila with some Board Members, Directors Phil Stewart, Kathy Kinney, Pat Calley and Lisa Gibbs and Secretary Jeanne Borawski.
 
Sheila and husband Phil also graciously hosted the event in their yard.  It was a wonderfully fun time and we are looking forward to another great, service-filled Rotary year.
 
Imagine Rotary!
Reading Rotary is one of three top clubs in our District in growing membership.  You all have received information about the District Membership Webinar on August 17 on Zoom.  We will be on a panel discussion and it would be great for Reading Rotarians to participate in the Zoom webinar.
 
To register follow the link in this District story (by our own Peter Majane, District Membership Co-Chair).  A direct link to register can be found here.
 
Pictured here is Co-President Sheila accepting a certificate for 2nd most net growth along with Presidents of Arlington and Lynn and Peter Majane.
 
Congratulations to our entire Club for this achievement and especially John Douglass (President '21-'22) and Membership Chair Lisa Gibbs.  
We are looking forward to ringing in the new Club leadership with Co-Presidents, Sheila Clarke and John Douglass.
 
Our Club event is coming:
 
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Place:  Sheila Clarke's home
            536 Haverhill St.
            Reading, MA 01867
Time:   6-6:45 cocktails
            6:45-7:30 Dinner
            7:30 Installation of Officers and Board of Directors.
 
This is for all members and their spouses/significant others as well. 
 
PLEASE RSVP to Kathy Kinney by Friday July 8.
 
Pictured here is Sheila accepting a District Membership Award.  Reading is number 2 in District 7930 in increasing membership this past year.  Presenting the award is Past District Governor Terry and our own Peter Majane, District Membership Chair.