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Rotary Club of Reading, Massachusetts, USA

Rotarians have fun serving the community.  Join us!

Meeting Schedule (subject to adjustment due to holidays). 
1st Monday Lunch: Residence at Pearl, 12:15 pm. 
3rd Monday Dinner: RCTV, 6 pm.   3rd Monday Board Meeting, 5 pm
 
Home Page Stories
This Member Spotlight is on Sheila Clarke.  Sheila is our Immediate Past President, having just finished serving 2 years as Club President.  Sheila served as Co-President in 2022-23 with John Douglass and again as President in 2023-24.  Sheila is on the Board of Directors and the Reading Fall Street Faire Planning Committee.  Outside Rotary, Sheila runs her own Interior Design business M&H Interiors.
 
How long have you been in Rotary: 6 years.
 
Reason you joined Rotary: When Rotary agreed to take over running the Reading Fall Street Faire from the Town, some members reached out to me to assist in running it.  I had previously served on the Town’s Economic Development Committee, the committee that originated the RFSF.
 
Favorite thing about Rotary: You really get to see the impact the group has on the community.
 
Why should someone join Rotary: Volunteering is a very personal decision.  We are all pulled in many directions.  I think Rotary gives you the ability to be as involved in whatever is important to you and to whatever extent you want to be involved.
 
Something people may be surprised to learn about you:  I failed my driving test twice!  Although, I actually thought it should have been only once 😊
 
Share something special about your Rotary journey/experience. 
I have met the most wonderful, generous people throughout all levels of Rotary.  The friendships that have come out of my membership have been fantastic and unexpected.
 
You can find Sheila’s business M&H Interiors here:  www.MandHinteriors.com.
I have a Regional Leader role as Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator (ARPIC) for Zone 32.  Our PI team will be hosting a webinar on July 29 at 7:30 pm on 3 Actions to Impact Public Image Today!
 
I would love it if some club members would support me and sign on the to webinar.  We will talk about things Rotary clubs can do immediately to enhance their Public Image.  Rotary does so much.  Telling the stories of the great things is key to building awareness and attracting members.  I hope you can attend.
 
Meeting ID: 816 9761 2476
Passcode: 271897
It was a great District Installation Dinner this past Thursday at Danversport.  Congratulations to AG's Peter, John and Tim for their new and/or expanded District role.  You exemplify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self" and are a great representative of the Reading Rotary Club.
 
Having a full table of Reading Rotarians at the event speaks well for the future of our Club.   Amy Walsh will serve as this year's Vice President and next year's Co-President.  
 
I have seen Sheila's smile over the past year, but never as wide as it was after I was sworn in.  You are going to be a hard act to follow.
 
I hope to see all club members attend our Club Installation Celebration on July 22 at 6 pm at Cafe Escadrille.  I appreciate all the work you all do for our community and am looking forward to a great year of Service and Fun.
Richie Lombardi and wife Patty sent in this update on June 21:  "We have been busy attending our granddaughter's graduation at Duke University. She just got a job at Space X in California as a rocket propulsion engineer. Patty and I are now in Dublin Ireland on a cruise. Headed to Paris for a few nights after the cruise. Hope to see everyone soon."
 
If you have news to share, please send updates to Tim.
From time to time we will feature a profile on our members.  Our first spotlight is on John Feudo.
 
John is Executive Director of the Burbank YMCA and has been in Rotary for over seven years.  He is the past and current Chair of the Reading Fall Street Faire and a club Board Member.
 
Reason you joined Rotary: I love everything Rotary Stands for and giving back to the community.
 
Favorite thing about Rotary: It’s the friends I have made.  I also love doing the Greater Boston Food Bank runs.  If feels good and very mission based.
 
Why should someone join Rotary: It’s a great way to get networked in the community while giving back. 
 
What is something people may be surprised to learn about you?  I don’t eat fish.  Everyone thinks all Italians eat fish, well this one does not.
 
Share something special about your Rotary journey/experience.  I have made some deep friendships with people I only knew as acquaintances.  I have, on numerous occasions, called upon other Rotarians for support or ideas.
 
How to find John:  https://ymcaboston.org/burbank/
 
Members can find a member profile form here.  Please return completed form to Amy or Tim.
 
Come one, come all to Rotary District 7930's Installation of Presidents and District Leaders at Danversport, 161 Elliot St., Danvers, MA 01823, Thursday, June 27 starting at 6 pm.
 
A big get for our District is Rotary Director Drew Kessler will be in attendance.
 
Tickets are still available for our Happy Rotary New Year Celebration at Danversport Yacht Club. The fun starts at 6 pm. Along with fun and laughter, a full Chinese food buffet will be served.

Please come out to support Phil Stewart as he is installed as Club President.  We also have 3 members in District Leadership to be inducted:  Peter Majane, AG Coordinator; John Douglass, AG and Tim Kelley AG and Governor's Aide. It would be great to have a big contingent from Reading there!
 
Do not miss out on the celebration! Register online here.  Our Club will reimburse Rotarians for their registration.
Reading Rotary officially welcomed two new members at our meeting on Monday, May 17. 
 
Rob Minor is the new Executive Director of the Reading North Reading Chamber of Commerce.  Rob was previously with the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and had worked closely with former RNR Chamber head Lisa Egan.
 
Chris Kowaleski is the Elder and Human Services Administrator with the Town of Reading.  Chris' office is located in the Senior Center on Pleasant Street.  Chris has been in this role for some time.  Before Reading Chris was in a similar position with Somerville.
 
John Douglass presided over the induction ceremony assisted by President Elect Phil Stewart and Margaret O'Sullivan.
 
The meeting was held at Cafe Capri due to a last-minute scheduling change.  We must say that Capri was very accommodating.  In 2024, Rotary must be willing to adapt!
 
Welcome, Rob and Chris!
Please save the date for our Club Installation Dinner to install President Phil Stewart and the officers and directors of Reading Rotary 2024-25.
 
Our Club's event will be on Monday, July 22 at 6 pm at Cafe Escadrille, 26 Cambridge St., Burlington, MA 01803.
 
Watch your email for an RSVP or Signup Genius for the headcount.
The Reading Fall Street Faire is September 8, from noon to 5 pm.  Registration as officially opened for Vendors.  See our RFSF websitereadingfallstreetfaire.com. So please spread the news to your networks.
 
If you or your organization would like to sponsor, please see the website OR contact Sheila Clarke or Jenn Rogers for options.
 
We need help in so many areas.  Please be prepared to lend a hand.
 
Our next RFSF meeting is June 26 at 5:30 pm at the Reading Public Library.
If you have any news to share about your work, your family, other events you want posted on our Calendar, please let Tim know.
 
Here is some news about our members:
 
Dick Haggerty has been hospitalized with pneumonia.  According to his son Rich, Dick has been released to rehab and is making progress.  Best wishes to Dick on a steady recovery.
 
Graduations.  Congratulations to Jenn Rogers on her son Nathan's graduation from Dracut High.  Nathan is heading off to Northeastern U.  Congrats to John Feudo on his son Ryan's graduation from Shawsheen Tech.  Ryan studied to become an electrician.  Congrats to Pooja Parson on her daughter Meera's high school graduation.  Brian Tobin's son Michael finished a post Bachelor's year at UMass while dominating Division 1 lacrosse.  Michael is headed to the US Army this summer for Officer Candidate School.