Upcoming Events
District Governor Betsy Manzelli
Sep 28, 2020 12:15 PM
DG Visit
Daphne Pariser
Oct 05, 2020 12:15 PM
Past DG Joan Arsenault
Oct 19, 2020 12:15 PM
Rotary Citation Presentation
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Mondays at 12:15 PM
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
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Over the past week, 768 white boards were distributed to 3 elementary schools in Reading. I got many replies for help to deliver and I appreciate that very much. Thank you to Brian, Tim, and John for making the rounds. 
We also received good news from the district that we were approved to spend $426 in PPE for our Police, Fire, and First Responders.
And lastly, MORE good news, Mike & I received the following note from our district past governor, Joan Arsenault:
Congratulations on your Club receiving the Rotary Citation with Platinum Distinction, for 2019-2020!!!!.  The Rotary Citation is the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve. An unbelievable accomplishment and during a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world!!  Your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve your goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
I want to thank John Fuedo for hosting us last week. I enjoyed seeing many of you at the evening social.
We have a lunch meeting this Monday, 9/14 @ 12:15 via ZOOM. Please order lunch from Professors Market by 1:30PM.
Samantha's Harvest is holding their Annual Golf Tournament next Friday 9/18. Good luck to all the golfers. Check in with Lisa to see if she could use any more volunteers. Good luck Lisa!
Please check out the Clubrunner mobile app.  It has been improved.  I've had it on my phone for a long time and rarely used it.  It has our website calendar, stories, contacts as well as the same for the District.  If you've never tried it, please do.  If you've downloaded it before and not been impressed, it's worth a look as the new improved app.
This is another reason for all to log into their Clubrunner account to made sure their info is up to date and there's a sharp headshot for reference.
On Tuesday, September 1, John Feudo has graciously volunteered to host an in person evening Social Meeting at his home, located at 52 Ballard Street, Tewksbury.  This will be an outdoor event with social distancing and masks as appropriate.  Thank you to John and family for opening your home to Rotary.  We hope to see a good crowd there!
Please also note we have our regular Monday Zoom on August 31, the day before the Social.  Never too much Rotary, right?
Past President Mike Collins is in the process of performing an audit on the Rotary accounts.  Report on the completed audit is expected to be available to the club in September.
There is exciting news in Rotary's campaign to End Polio.  The WHO has certified the entirety of Africa Polio Free.
From Time magazine:
It was Rotary, an international nonprofit service organization, that kicked off the polio endgame in 1988 with the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). That program aimed to leverage the power of Rotary’s 35,000 clubs and 1.22 million members in 200 countries and territories worldwide to make polio only the second human disease—after smallpox—to be pushed over the brink of extinction. The job was made easier by the partners Rotary immediately attracted: the WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined in 2007, followed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, just last year. The 32-year initiative has depended on volunteer workers and charitable donations, which together have produced an army of 20 million field workers administering vaccines to over 2.5 billion children at a cost of $17 billion.
All Rotarians should be immensely proud of this tremendous milestone.  Our annual giving as Sustaining Members and participation in and sponsorship of our District's Polar Plunge have played an important part in this accomplishment.
Reading Rotary has the following subcommittees.  If you can help out with one or more, please contact its Chair.
Foundation Committee, Chair Mike Bonsey.
Public Image, Chair Tim Kelley.
Membership, Chair Lisa Gibbs.
Donations, Chair David Traniello.
Reading Fall Street Faire, Co-Chairs John Feudo, Gregg Johnson and Sheila Clarke.
Food Bank, Coordinator Art Hayden.
Speakers, contact John Douglass.
Please note some recent schedule changes.  Our (appropriately social distanced, etc.) Evening Social for August is moved to September 1 at John Feudo's backyard in Tewksbury.  Please try to make it.  
Please check the Calendar for meetings.  We are also looking for your ideas about ways to make our Zoom meetings perhaps more lively.  Please bring any ideas you've come across in the million Zoom meetings you've had since March to President Jenn.
Congrats to KC Latham and crew for a Second Place Award for our Rotary Adopt an Island located at Reading High by the Snack Shack.  The Award also came with gift certificates for $30 to Calareso's.  Thanks to the Garden Club for running this beautiful program in town.
At today's meeting (August 10), we continued supporting local restaurants.  We ordered take out from Christopher's for our Zoom meeting.
Other restaurants we've patronized in July & August were:  The Green Tomato, Last Corner, Professor's Market and Christopher's (again).  Suggestions for other local establishments are welcome.  Let President Jenn know.
All Rotarians are asked to log into our website and update the information on your Membership Profile t to make sure your information is up to date. Pro tip:  add a photo to your profile.  If you have trouble logging in, you can contact Tim. 
Also, please note that there is a Clubrunner mobile app for your mobile device.  Please take a look at it.
You can also subscribe to the website Calendar so that our club calendar automatically syncs with your phone.  Follow the instructions there to subscribe to the Calendar.
Due to COVID-19, the Reading Fall Street Faire cannot be held as it has traditionally with a large crowd in the Downtown.  Reading Rotary is looking instead to hold a series of satellite events to replace the one day RFSF.
We also understand that many groups have likewise cancelled events this year.  We are reaching out to other local groups and community partners if they would like to hold some pandemic appropriate event as part of a fall community celebration in Reading.  Rotary is working on plans including a Car Show, Drive-in Movie, Cornhole Tournament and 5K race type activity.  We’re looking for other ideas that can be done with socially distancing or can be virtual.
If your organization is interested in participating in or partnering with us for a fall community celebration, please contact us.  If you have had to cancel a fundraising event, this may also be a way for you to fundraise for your organization.
Your event would be your own.  We offer that we can help with support and publicity as part of a fall celebration for the Town.
Thank you for all you do for the Reading Community and we look forward to less complicated times.
Do you have news to share with your fellow Rotarians?  If you are aware of any good news, accomplishments, milestones or other events that you'd like shared with the Club, please let Tim know.  
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Foundation Chair
Director - Membership Chair
Director - Public Image Chair
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