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Rotarians are reminded there is no Monday luncheon meeting this week (9/17).
We will have our monthly Evening Social Meeting on Wed., Sept. 19 from 5:30-7:30 at Bunratty Tavern.  Please come by!  You are encouraged to bring friends, family, partners, etc.  The public is welcome.  We provide a light buffet dinner. Cash bar.
Our next Monday meeting will be Sept. 24 at The Residence at Pearl Street.  DG Bob Wood will be making his Official Visit.
On Sunday, TJ Kelley celebrated his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  TJ is in Troop 702 out of the Old South Church in Reading.  TJ is also the President of the RMHS Interact Club and son of President Tim.
At the Court of Honor, Tim presented a certificate on behalf of Reading Rotary to honor TJ"s achievement.  Reading Rotary has an informal partnership with Scouting; this partnership was created by Past DG David Gardner in recognition of the common purposes of Rotary and Scouting, community service and strong ethics.
TJ has also been active with RYLA, as a participant and on the planning team.  Pictured here is TJ with Keith and Christina Harris, Rotarians and RYLA veterans.
Last Sunday was a great day in Reading at the celebration of the 10th Annual Fall Street Faire. The Rotary Club of Reading, along with loyal volunteers coordinated a special day with plenty of entertainment and activities to keep attendees happy.
“To bring an event of this magnitude to fruition takes a village – not only the dedication of the Rotarians and volunteers, but also the participation of hundreds of vendors and the financial support of our sponsors,” said Event Co-Chair Gregg Johnson.
Event Co-Chair Sheila Clarke echoed Johnson’s praise for the sponsors. 
This year’s gold sponsors were Beacon Consulting and CTA, Eastern Bank, Lahey Health, Northern Bank, Pediatric Dental Associates, Salem Five and Sartell Electric. Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance, Hallmark Health, Horseshoe Grille, RCTV, Spurr Financial and Xfinity were silver sponsors. Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home, Honda Gallery, Leader Bank, Residence at Pearl and the YMCA were bronze sponsors.
“Key to the success of the most popular event in Reading lies with our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and the thousands of you who come for a day of enjoyment and family-oriented fun,” said Clarke. “Thank you to all who take part in this feel-good event.”
After months of feverish preparation, the 2018 Reading Fall Street Faire was a huge success.  Approximately 170 vendors and community groups set up booths along the Faire route on Haven, Main, High, Chute, Linden and Sanborn Streets in Downtown Reading.  There was entertainment on two stages, one or Main Street and one on High Street.  Other features were many blow up apparatuses set up around the route.  The Children's Area at the Reading Coop parking lot was very popular.  The day was kicked off with a 5K Road Race.  
2018 was the 10th Annual RFSF and the second presented by Reading Rotary.  A special shout out to the great team who planned the day:  Sheila Clarke and Gregg Johnson, Co-Chairs, Ed Sartell, Kathi Spurr, KC Latham and Bob Beckman.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of community members, Rotarians and their family members who rolled up their sleeve to participate.  So many people helped including Boy Scout Troops 702 & 728 with the set up and tear down, Samantha's Harvest Club at the Children's Area.
The weather cooperated, too.  There was an autumnal chill in the air, but no rain or wind.
This was a great day for Reading and for Rotary and was enjoyed by so many.
We are moving our location for Luncheon Meetings.  We will be meeting at The Residence at Pearl Street, 75 Pearl St., Reading.  The Residence is an assisted living facility, located in the former Pearl Street School.  Thank you to The Residence for offering us the meeting space.
We want to thank the Reading Public Schools for hosting our lunch meetings for the past several years.  Thank you, RPS and Superintendent Doherty for giving us a home. 
RPS has moved some programs and office space, which makes that conference room not longer open to us as of September.  The School Committee Meetings have also been moved from the conference room to the RMHS Pat Schettini Library.
Hopefully this move will meat we'll see more of Ron Winslow, who lives at The Residence.

The Ninth Annual Fall Street 5k Race will take place at Washington Park, 100 Washington Street, at 8 am on September 9. The race takes place before the Fall Street Faire festivities, which begin at noon.
Lori Haverty of Tread on Linden Street, Tread on the Mill on High Street and their new studio Tread on East in Winchester opening in September, has been involved in planning the race since it joined the activities of the Fall Street Faire in its second year. Lori is coordinating the race sponsored by Salem Five.  
“I am happy to be back at the helm planning a family race at the Street Faire and happy to welcome Salem Five as the road race gold sponsor. We are looking forward to families running together to make the race an annual family-friendly community event,” said Haverty. “While we hope for a cool September morning, this event is rain or shine. Besides, running in the rain is fun!” 
The 5k race has played a popular role in the Faire since 2010 and is a great way for friends and neighbors to get together for some fun and friendly competition after the summer recess. The course for the race is moderate, not only approachable for casual runners, but also a great speed challenge for the pros. Children are encouraged to run with their families. The course starts at Washington Park and winds through some of Reading's most beautiful neighborhoods, including Hillcrest Avenue, Oak Street, Walnut Street and Summer Avenue.
There will be a brief awards ceremony at Washington Park following the race. The times to beat are 15:57 for males and 19:40 for females.
Bib numbers and registration packages will be available at Tread on the Mill, 13 High Street, in the back of the lot behind Square Liquors, on Friday, September 7, from 2-4 pm, or Saturday, September 8, from 10:15 am to noon or at Washington Park on the day of the race at 7:30 am. The first 200 registrants will receive race T-shirts, so register early!
 “Prizes for our race winners will be given out during the ceremony, but, don’t leave yet! You will want to stay for food, drinks, kids’ activities, live music, a chili cook-off, antique car show and so much more at the 9th Annual Fall Street Faire from noon to five,” added Lori.
Cost to participate is $25 registering in advance online; day of race registration $30 cash or check only. There are no refunds. Runners should arrive at Washington Park at 7:45 for a prompt 8 o’clock start. Register online at fallstreetfaire.com.
Just when you thought the Street Faire had something for everyone, the Rotary Club has found something else!  Bring your tossing talents and your competitive friends to the First Annual Corn Hole Tournament at the Reading Fall Street Faire on September 9. Check in at the corner of High and Green Streets any time from noon to 5.
“Cornhole has become a popular game in the region over the last few years,” said Event Co-Chair Sheila Clarke. “It is a lawn game where players take turns throwing bags of corn or beans at a raised platform with a hole in the far end.”
“Grab a friend for a fun day at the Reading Fall Street Faire, the most popular event in Reading,” added Co-Chair Gregg Johnson. “The Cornhole Classic is a double elimination style tournament with official scoring and brackets. There will be first, second and third place gift card prizes, but it’s really about Town bragging rights!”
The players to register by August 24 will get free entrance to the Patriots’ Tailgate event – a $10 value.  Go to the Faire’s website at fallstreetfaire.com and direct any questions about the event to info.fallstreetfaire.com.
On Wednesday evening, August 22, we had our monthly Social Meeting at Bunratty Tavern.  We returned to Bunratty's after a few months at other locales.  It was a good turnout of Rotarians, family and friends and a great time was had by all who attended.  Thanks to Lisa Gibbs for organizing and to Eilish and Bunratty's staff for their hospitality.
The Rotary Club of Reading has secured early gold sponsor commitments from local businesses for the Tenth Annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 9, from noon to 5 pm.
Event Chair Sheila Clarke gives credit to Street Faire sponsors, acknowledging that they are the core of the success of putting on an event of this size. This year’s early gold sponsor commitments are from Beacon Consulting and CTA Construction, Lahey Health, Pediatric Dental Associates, Salem Five and Sartell Electric.
The Reading Fall Street Faire on September 9 from noon to 5 is Reading’s biggest event of the year and relies on the help of many volunteers to put it all together.
Reading Rotary will present the Tenth Annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 9, from noon to 5 pm.  
Event Chair Sheila Clarke has put Rotarians to work gathering sponsors, securing vendors, attracting entertainment, getting publicity and enticing volunteers to offer this adventure to the public. The Faire has become an anticipated and popular event each fall, with estimates of up to 15,000 people attending.
“The Rotary Club is very excited about continuing this affair,” said Clarke. “We had a successful year last year when the Rotary Club took over managing the event after being supported by the Town committees for the previous eight years. A perfect match for Rotary’s mission of service above self, we anticipate another marvelous event. Profits will be re-invested into the community and other Rotary charitable causes.”
Clarke went on to say, “The Reading Fall Street Faire would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors.” 
Early gold sponsor commitments have come from Beacon Consulting & CTA Construction, Lahey Health/Winchester Hospital, Pediatric Dental Associates and Salem Five. Silver sponsors are Hallmark Health, Comcast, Spurr Financial Services, and Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance. Patron sponsors are The Residence at Pearl, Leader Bank, Burbank YMCA and Douglass, Ederley & Bessom.
This family-friendly event is a great way to re-acquaint with friends, neighbors, local politicians, local businesses and opportunities after the summer recess. It will feature two stages, live entertainment, music, food, food trucks, children’s activities and more. A 5K road race open to children and adults under the direction of Lori Haverty of Tread will take place at 8:30 am before the Faire activities.
Those interested in sponsorship, volunteering, reserving a space as a vendor or running in the 5K race can register at fallstreetfaire.com. Vendors are placed on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to secure a prime spot and before the August 21 deadline to avoid a late fee.​
Jams for Jake is Saturday, August 4 at Symonds Field (behind the Burbank Ice Rink).  We are a Sponsor.  Please stop by and check it out.  This is a music festival to build awareness of the problem of opioid abuse.  The BeatHeart Foundation who runs this event and others to create awareness and  provide resources to those effected by the blight of the opioid crisis.  The event runs from 11 am to 8 pm.
Above is a screenshot of BeatHeart Foundation's Facebook post thanking Rotary for our support.
Recently our quarterly invoice has been sent out by email for Dues and Meals.  Please make sure you've received the email.  And please make payment promptly.  It will be greatly appreciated by your President and Treasurer.  If you have questions about any outstanding balances, please ask me or Ed Sartell.
Recently a few members have asked about how many "points" they have, meaning how much have they contributed to the Rotary Foundation as a Sustaining Member.  
A Sustaining Member contributes $100 annually to the Rotary Foundation.  We invoice a voluntary amount of $25 per quarter for Sustaining Member Contribution.  If you contribute $100 Reading Rotary will match your annual $100 contribution to the Foundation. 

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is extended to any individual who contributes, outright or cumulatively (or in whose name is contributed), $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund or PolioPlus or as sponsorship of a portion of a Foundation grant.  Your dollar contribution accumulates recognition points which are tracked in My Rotary.
Through your My Rotary account, you can view your Donor History Report which includes your personal contribution history, recognition amount and available Foundation recognition points. Once you log in, click Manage then Club and District Administration then Reports.  You can also request a copy of your Donor History Report from the Foundation at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.   Instructions to create a My Rotary Account are here.
Preparations for the Reading Rotary's 2nd and the 10th Annual Reading Fall Street Faire are furiously underway.  
If you or someone you know wants to be a Sponsor the event, here is the link to info.
If you you or someone you know wants to get a booth, that link is here.
Please block out the day of the Faire (Sept. 9) and we will need all hands on deck to help.
Spread the word!
BSA Scout Kevin Yatsuhashi visited our meeting today to tell us about his planned Eagle Scout Project to install a lighted flag pole at the Reading Library.  Kevin will manage the planning and execution of this project with the assistance of Scout and community volunteers.  Reading Rotary is supporting his project with a $200 donation.  Kevin is a Scout with Troop 728 in Reading.
Rotary District 7930 has been emphasizing a partnership with Scouting, both BSA and Girl Scouts because of our similar values of community service and high ethical standards.  We will support an Eagle or Gold Award Project in with $200 per project up to $1000 per year.  
We mixed up our monthly Social Meeting this month and held it on Thursday July 19 from 2-5.  Shelley Murray and Salem Five Bank hosted us at their Small Business Day at the Walkers Brook Branch.  The highlight was the return of our own Brian Snell, who looked great.  
In addition, Salem Five had many professionals available to discuss services for small businesses, from loans to investments to retirement accounts to payroll services.  Other highlights were the lobster rolls from Laurie's 909 and a visit from Past President Mirela.
Thanks again to Shelley and Salem Five.
On Thursday, July 12th, Superintendent of Reading Public Schools and Rotarian Dr. John Doherty was awarded the Dr. Christos Daoulas award at the M.A.S.S. (Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents) Summer Executive Institute in Falmouth.  This award was named after the late Dr. Christos Daoulas, former longtime Superintendent of Schools in Dracut and for years called the "Dean" of Massachusetts Superintendents for his decades of service.  The award is presented to a superintendent who has provided outstanding leadership and services to the superintendency, including the use of written and spoken word, where Superintendent Daoulas excelled.  John is the 22nd Superintendent to receive the award in the 25 years that it has been in existence. For receiving this award, John will address the Superintendents at the M.A.S.S. Winter Conference which will be held in January.
Congratulations at being recognized for this special acknowledgment by your peers, John!
At the Reading Rotary Installation Dinner on June 19, longtime Rotarian, Ron Winslow, was presented by the Club with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Ron is an Honorary Rotarian and was Club President over 55 years ago.  Ron was recognized for his many years of service to the community and Rotary.  Ron is always filled with enthusiasm and fun.
Pictured here are Bobbie Botticelli, who presented the Award, Ron and family members and President Tim.
Congratulations, Ron!  
David Burnham is presented with his Paul Harris Fellow Award by KC Latham, Foundation Chair.  Congratulations, David!
Tim O'Sullivan and Kelsey Tuminelli were this week's meeting's speakers.  Their HeartBeat Foundation is putting on the Jams for Jake musical festival in Reading at Symonds Field on August 4.  Their foundation concentrates on bring awareness to the opioid crisis.  They hope to help keep open communication with those struggling with addiction and to destigmitize the condition so that those struggling will get the help they need.  Jams for Jake is a benefit festival held in honor of a friend and classmate.  
Those seeking to volunteer or for more info can contact BeatHeart Foundation here.
Candidate for State Representative Darryn Remillard was our Speaker at our lunch meeting on June 25.  Darryn is seeking to fill Jim Dwyer's seat.  Darryn is a Veterinarian and a Veteran.
Thanks for speaking, Darryn.
I had so much fun at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  I highly recommend attending one if you never have.  Here, I'm pictured with Bob Gravino of Ipswich Rotary and Jerome from Nkwazi Rotary in Zambia.  Nkwazi Rotary is the local Rotary Club partner for the Global Grant Healthy Kids/Brighter Future.  It was enlightening to meet several members from Zambia.  
There were Rotarians from all over the world.  In addition to fellow Rotarians from our District, I had the opportunity to meet Rotarians from Canada, South Africa, Austrailia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Brazil, various US States and others I can't remember.  It was inspiring to hear about so much going on in the name of Rotary all over the world.
Speakers at the general sessions included Justin Trudeau, Laura Bush, directors/presidents of the WHO, UNICEF, many RI VIPs.
Toronto is a beautiful city and was very accommodating.
Next year's convention is in Hamburg, Germany.  Who wants to go?
Thanks to all who came to our Club Installation Dinner on June 19.  Our featured speaker was Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan who spoke on the opioid crisis.  She has been on the forefront of innovative initiatives to respond to this growing problem.  Pictured here is District Governor Dave Gardner who presented her with a Paul Harris Fellow for her work in this field.  David has made this a priority and has developed a Rotary program.  He presented at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto this past week.
Installed were our new slate of Officers and Directors:  President Tim Kelley, President Elect Mike Collins, Past President Brian Snell, Treasurer Ed Sartell, Secretary David Traniello, Board Members, Mark Beckley, Michael Bonsey, Bobbie Botticelli, John Douglass, Gregg Johnson and KC Latham.
Among those also honored at the event with Paul Harris Fellow Awards were:  Ron Winslow, Troy DiNapoli, Chris and Laura Wilson (presented on behalf of Chris' father Philip WIlson).
A highlight was having Linda and Tricia Snell attend on behalf of Brian, who was in the hospital.  The great news on this front is that Brian has been released and is now home.  Congratulations, Brian.  
I want to take this opportunity to sincerely and heartily thank all our Club Members, family and friends who have been so wonderful during this transition, including Brian's health scare.  I feel very supported by this Club and am looking forward to a fun-filled and productive year.
The RMHS Interact Club ran their Dunk Tank at Friends and Family Day on Saturday.  They did a great job and raised funds for their projects.  TJ Kelley and Pat Freeman deserve hazard pay for being the only two dunkees.  They were great sports.  Also, staffing their booth were Kathryn, Jess and Ava.
Interact is the high school age Rotary club.  Reading Rotary sponsors Interact Clubs at both RMHS and Austin Prep.  RMHS's club is in its 8th year.  Austin Prep is starting their 2nd year. 
Greg Ryan and Mike Collins visited the Ipswich Rotary Club on June 14 to present a check for $3,150 for District 7930 Global Grant in Zambia, Healthy Kids/Brighter Future.  The Global Grant was initiated in our District by the Ipswich Club and partners with a Rotary District in Maine.  The grant supports a school-based healthcare system for vulnerable children in Zambia’s capital city of Lusaka. The grant trains teachers as community health workers and connects children to the free and available Zambian national health care system, so that basic medical care and health education are more effectively and efficiently provided.  Under a Global Grant the our donation is matched one and a half times.  We have matched Ipswich's donation amount.  Ipswich is looking for additional Clubs to support his important project.
We had a great day at the Lion's Friends and Family Day (a/k/a Town Day) this past Saturday.  Our cotton candy was a big hit.  There was a steady line for it all day long.  Thanks to all the Rotarians who came out and family members, too.  Special kudos to Owen Collins and Maxwell and Harrison Clarke who made and distributed cotton candy.  Cotton candy making is a sticky business and they were great sports and great help.  Rotarians who came to enjoy the day and help out were:  Gregg, Mike B., Mike C., Dick, Dave T., Kathi, Brian T., Don W., Lisa and Tim.  We also distributed Rotary tote bags and literature about the Club.
The weather was perfect.  It was a super community event, a great opportunity to come together for our Reading community.  Great job to our friends at the Lions Club!
As most of you know by now, our President Brian has has a medical emergency and is currently in the hospital.  Please keep Brian and the Snells in your prayers as he faces his recovery.
The RMHS Robotics Team presented to us at our Monday Luncheon Meeting this week.  We have been a supporter of this team (the Robockets) since its inception 5 years ago.  Their organization is impressive, with several areas of specialization, Business and Technical Presidents and Leads in the following areas:  Media, Mechanical, Strategy, Programming, Awards, Design, Project and Electrical.  They hosted a regional competition at the RMHS Fieldhouse for the past several years.  They have won several high awards in the FIRST Robotics.  Pictured here are Business President Tanya and Strategy Lead Brett.  Tanya and Brett, along with Thomas and Jack, gave a powerful presentation about their team, although they were slightly upstaged by the maneuvering  of the robot.  A great presentation.
At this week's meeting Anne Johnson Landry visited us for lunch as our Speaker.  Anne is running for State Representative representing parts of Reading and Woburn.  Anne can be reached at her website.  Anne is our second candidate seeking Rep. Jim Dwyer's seat to visit our Club.  Jim Dwyer is not running for re-election.  Anne is a Reading resident and serves on the Finance Committee and Town Meeting and she works as counsel to Sen. Brownsberger. 
Gregg Johnson will be honored by District 7930 as our Club Rotarian of the Year at the District Installation Dinner on June 14 at 6 at the Danversport Yacht Club.  This is well deserved as Gregg always takes on so much whether it be with the Fall Street Faire or the Snack Shack or any of our many other service projects.  Kudos, Gregg!
Please let Brian Snell know if you can make the event to support Gregg and me as incoming President.
Richie Lombardo won the (almost) weekly raffle with only 3 cards left in the deck of cards.  There's no hiding your winnings from Patty.  Congratulations!  We'll be starting a new pot at our next lunch meeting.
To all Rotarians, family members, friends and community members everywhere who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Country, we thank you this Memorial Day weekend.  We were proud to participate with other Rotarians across the District to serve at the New England Center and Home for Veterans this past week.
Take this Memorial Day to Remember and thank a Veteran.
On Monday, May 21, a crew of Reading Rotarians traveled to downtown Boston to help serve lunch at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV).
NECHV is a national leader in housing and serving Veterans who are at-risk of homelessness. NECHV supports Veterans with innovative services that enable success, meaningful employment, and dignified independent living.
NECHV serves over 350 Veterans each day in their home communities.  It contains 60 affordable apartments, a distinct and separate 24 bed female Veterans transitional dormitory, and over 185 transitional and emergency beds.  250 Veterans reside at NECHV each night.  Each year, NECHV serves over 100,000 resident meals.  450 Veterans complete NECHV training programs each year.  More than 400 Veterans find permanent homes through NECHV each year.
Current NECHV Veteran programs include Education, Clinical Support, Employment and Housing.  It is open 24/7 every day of the year, serving Veterans.
Rotary served lunch and dinner all week at NECHV.  Reading kicked off the week and was the first Club, with the help of Boston Rotary to start off this excellent service project.  
On May 12, Troop 702 held a Court of Honor to confer the rank of Eagle Scout on Dustin Rosh and Harrison Fiscus.  As part of the ceremony, Rotary presented both Eagles with a Certificate of Congratulations.  
Rotary District 7930 District Governor Dave Gardner has launched an initiative to partner more closely with Scouting.  Reading Rotary has also sought to work with Scouts and has contributed to several Eagle Scout Community Service Projects, including Harrison's. Rotary and Scouting are natural partners as both are committed to service and high ethical conduct. 
Reading Rotary will contribute $200 to a qualifying Eagle Scout Project or a Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
Harrison's Eagle Project was a boardwalk in the Town Forest.  Dustin's Eagle Project was a beautification of the landscaping at Church of the Good Shepherd and installation of a Peace Pole.
Both young men are graduating high school this spring.  Dustin will attend Wake Forest.  Harrison will attend University of California at Berkeley.  Congratulations and thank you for your service to the community, Dustin and Harrison.
Picture above are Scoutmaster John Meyers, Dustin Rosh, Harrison Fiscus and Rotarian Tim Kelley.
The Coolidge Science team is off to Nationals at Fort Collins, Colorado.  This year the Coolidge Team won its 25th State Title earlier this year at Assumption College.
The Team is comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who compete in the Science Olympiad program.  The Olympiad consists of 23 events covering diverse science and engineering areas.  This years events include:  herpetology; hovercraft; potions and poisons; and rocks and minerals.
The Team spends many hours practicing with the help of many volunteer Coaches, including Rotarian Mark Beckley.  This photo above shows Coach Mark presenting the Coolidge Science Team with Rotary's donation of $500.00 at their Rally on May 15.  Mark is a dedicated Coach and has been with the Team for many years.  Rotary is proud to support their exemplary efforts as we have done in the past.
The Coolidge Science team must fundraise to cover the costs of materials and supplies and the costs of bringing the Team and supplies to competitions.  The Team is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  You can find more information or donate to them here.
Good luck in Colorado.  Reading is proud!
Reading will be well represented at RYLA again this year.  The District RYLA weekend starts today at a new camp, Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH. 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary International’s leadership training program for young people.  Rotary District 7930 has a long-running annual program for high school students. Sophomores and juniors are invited to attend a weekend long event, where they learn leadership and life skills including goal setting, cultural understanding, problem solving, communication, public speaking, networking, community building, low and high ropes challenges, team building and more!
Our club is sponsoring four juniors and sophomores.  Students are from RMHS and Austin Prep.  We also have four (or five?) youths who will be staffing the weekend.
Pictured here are Reading RYLA participants waiting to board a bus to camp.  (They are taking a charter bus to NH, not the Logan Express, fyi.)
President Brian attended the Multi District Summit at Bretton Woods this past weekend.  Here he is with our friend Eric Evans of the North Reading Club (and Assistant DG).
Thanks, Brian, for representing Reading!
Bob Gravino, an Ipswich Rotarian, was our Speaker this past Monday.  Bob presented information about an exciting Global Grant project in Zambia, Africa.  The project, Healthy Kids/Brighter Future., is in Lusaka, Zambia.  In this project, Rotary has worked to develop an innovative model of school based healthcare, which improves the health and learning of school children by dramatically improving their access to healthcare.  Selected teachers are trained as health workers and work to connect schools to the national health system.  Ipswich Rotary is taking the lead to raise commitments of $60,000 from Rotary Clubs, which will yield, when matched in the Rotary grant matching funds to yield $200,000 in funds for the project.  
In three years of Health Kids/Brighter Future health centers have reported a dramatic increase in visits to health care workers which has caused a 44% reduction in disease incidence, 48% increase in de-worming and vitamin A coverage and 22% improvement in student knowledge of health.
To become a full partner in this project, our Club or any other will need to donate $1,050.00 (which covers the $1,000.00 contribution and processing fee to the Foundation).
Thannks to Bob for coming and sharing such an inspirational project.  Mike Bonsey is interested in visiting this project in the future.  Any other takers?
At Monday's meeting, we had Carey Ann Gallini and Lisa Sobhian from the Alzheimer's Association as our speakers.  They gave us a lot of good information and spoke of resources form families dealing with dementia.  Everyone seems to have a loved one effected by Alzheimer's or dementia.
In addition the Alzheimer's Association will hold a fundraising walk, a Walk to End Alzheimer's, on September 16 in Andover (and through out the country at other locations).  Carey Ann walks for her mother and is currently the top fundraiser for Andover.  Follow the link for info or to donate.
On April 27, a group of Rotarians delivered trees to every Reading Public Schools 5th Grade Student.  This year's tree, specially chosen by our resident botanist, KC Latham, was a Lilac tree.  Rotarians visit each of the five elementary schools, tell them about Arbor Day, the importance of trees to our ecology and a little about Rotary.
Team Reading Rotary picks up the saplings at the DPW garage.
The students were excited to receive and plant their trees.  Below, Kyle, a Joshua Eaton School 5th Grader, prepares to dig the hole for his tree.
Today Rich Haggerty visited us at our Luncheon Meeting.  Rich was our Speaker and is running for State Representative to succeed Rep. Jim Dwyer.  Rich is the son of Reading Rotarian Dick Haggerty.  Rich works for the Chronicle and has been a great friend to Rotary, always helping us with getting information in the paper about our events.  Rich is also a frequent visitor at our events and socials.
Rich has been on the Board of Alderman for 10 years and is in his third term as President of the City Council.  Rich spoke about important public policy issues that our Rep would need to address, including local aid, supporting local economies, fiscal health, public health, transportation, opioid addiction and treatment.
Rich is pictured here with President Brian.
Today, the RMHS Interact Club took time from their April Vacation to prepare and serve lunch at Rosie's Place in Boston's South End.  Rosie's Place is a women's shelter which provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security.  Rosie's Place provides meals and shelter and helps 12,000 women a year with wide ranging support including housing, and education services.  Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women's shelter in the United States.
Rosie's Place has a volunteer program for community organization who donate the cost of the meal and also prepare, serve and clean up.  This also offers the opportunity for our members to interact with the clients of Rosie's.  This day they served 160 meals.  Reading Rotary sponsored Interact's trip today. 
Also, helping with the meal were chaperones, Superintendent John Doherty and recently appointed Assistant Superintendent Christine Kelley.
Thanks to all the Interact Club members for their service today!
Our speakers at today's meeting were senior members of the Girls' and Boys' Varsity Basketball Teams to tell us about their experience serving meals at Rosie's Place, a soup kitchen for women in Boston's South End.  Kalli Doherty, Matt Panacopolous, Alex Perez, Katie Nestor and Alec Gibbs recently went with  other members of the basketball squads to prepare and serve meals at Rosie's Place.  Rosie's Place has a program where groups can sponsor a meal and prepare and serve it.  Reading Rotary paid the cost for these athletes to participate.
They spoke about how moved they were by the experience.  They had the opportunity to meet and speak with women in need and each expressed that the experience made them more appreciative of what they have.
On April 7, Reading Rotarian and Eagle Scout John Halsey presented certificates of congratulations to Troop 702's new Eagle Scouts, Ben House and Bryan Doucette at their Eagle Court of Honor.  John has been working with District Governor David Gardner to strengthen the partnership between Rotary and Scouting.  John is also on a Council Member for the Spirit of Adventure Council, which includes Reading.  John has been busy attending Eagle Courts of Honor in Reading as Troop 702 (sponsored by Old South Church) and Troop 728 (sponsored by St. Agnes) have been producing a lot of Scouts reaching the Eagle rank.  In his remarks during the Court of Honor, John said that Reading is known in the Spirit of Adventure Council as the Eagle's Nest because the town has produced more Eagle Scouts over the past 12 years than any other municipality in the Council, including Boston and much larger cities and towns.
Reading Rotary will contribute to Boy Scouts working on their Eagle Service Project and Girl Scouts working on their Gold Award Project.  We donated $200 to Bryan's Eagle Project, improvements to the Pinevale Conservation Area trail.
Ben's Eagle Project was the creation of over 70 care packages that were sent to veterans overseas.
The Eagle Scout Service Project requires the Scout to conceive of and oversee a community service project involving many volunteers.  The beneficiary of the project must be a charitable or municipal entity.  The Scout must obtain approval from his Troop and Council, raise all the funds needed, then oversee the project to completion, following all required safety and other requirements.  
Rotary partners with Scouting because we both share the same mission of service to the community.
Congratulations, Ben and Bryan, on your impressive achievements.
Jane Burns from Reading Elder Services was our Speaker this week.  She spoke about Reading becoming Dementia Friendly.  The initiative has been spearheaded by the Council on Aging and the DKJ Foundation.  To date, a leadership team has been installed.  Jane spoke about How the initiative began in the UK and then to Minnesota.  Massachusetts has been making strides in this effort since 2015 to the point that Governor Baker has encouraged every municipality in the Commonwealth to become either Dementia or Age friendly.
Senator Jason Lewis was our speaker today.  Jason discussed a range of local issues including economic development, infrastructure, Massachusetts economy and employment and other topics of current concern at the State House.  Jason fielded questions from members and wanted to stress that he is available to be contacted about any issues.  Thanks, Senator Lewis, for the information for reaching out to us.
Despite the weather conspiring against us, the Taste of Metro North went off well, thanks to our team of Rotarians, the restaurants who were so flexible to be able to make or snow date and the many guests who attended.  There was plenty of food and a great opportunity to socialized.
Singers from RMHS serenaded guests as they arrived and we were also treated to a middle school instrumental quartet.
Thanks to the school custodians and staff for their yeoman's work in set up and break down.
Photographs by Bruce Hilliard.
Eagle Scout Bryan Doucette updated us on his Eagle Scout Community Service Project which we supported with a donation.  Bryan completed his project of revitalizing the trail and signage at the Pinevale Conservation Area.  This area runs from Washington Park through the woods behind Minot and Main Streets.  Bryan has completed his Eagle Scout requirements and invited us to his Court of Honor to be held on April 7.  
Congratulations on this achievement, Bryan!
District 7930 held its World Peace and Understanding Dinner and Showcase on February 28.  It was organized to help education Rotarians on the issues of addition and to build a network of collaboration between Rotary, government and service organizations who provide programs aimed at prevention treatment and recovery.
Reading was represented by both Rotarians and members of the RMHS and Austin Interact Clubs.
On Sunday, March 4, Reading Rotarian John Halsey presented three Boy Scouts from Troop 728 in Reading with Certificates in honor of their achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  Troop 728 held an Eagle Court of Honor for Michael Flynn, Nick Nastri and Andrew Yatsuhashi at St. Agnes Parish Center.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America and requires the Scout to to earn at least 21 Merit Badges, pass through all lower ranks and complete a public service project.  District Governor David Gardner has made Rotary's association with Scouting to be a priority as both organizations have similar community service focuses.  John Halsey, an Eagle Scout himself, is part of District 7930 initiative to work with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 
Congratulations to Michael, Nick and Andrew for this excellent achievement.
Once upon a time, Reading Rotary was in the movie business.  In 1935, Reading Rotary made a film, "The Movie Queen," which featured a fictional movie star visiting Reading and seeing the sights and people of the town.  
Robert Perry discovered the footage at the Reading Public Library.  Robert operates a film company, Province Line Pictures, and he converted the film and edited it into a short film.
Robert was generous to share his find with us.
Here's the edited version.
Here is the unedited version.  
You can also find them on the right hand side of our homepage at Links: Rotary Video.
Robert has added the music to both.
If you like local history, you're in luck.  Enjoy.
At our Monday meeting, Gary Simmerman was our speaker.  Gary is from Citizen Soldier for Life and runs a program assisting National Guard Service Members to find employment.  Gary is based out of Camp Curtis Guild here in Reading.  CSFL provides career readiness services to Guard members in their initial enlistment in the form of financial literacy and education, career readiness standards and employment skills training.  Its goal is to help Guard members find good civilian careers while serving. 
On the blustery Saturday morning of February 3, Reading Rotary joined District 7930 and participated in the Polar Plunge to End Polio at Long Beach, Gloucester.  Rotarians Gregg Johnson, KC Latham and Mike Bonsey along with RMHS Interact Students TJ Kelley and Kyle Dumas plunged into the icy Atlantic with approximately 125 Rotary Plungers.  It was a bright a clear day, but it the cold.  The District had raised around $70,000, which is short of the $125k goal.  However, donations are still coming in and there is time for Rotarians and supporters to donate.  Donation online is secure and easy.  The link is here.  Donations accepted through April 1.  Please donate now if you haven't already.
Polio eradication is Rotary International's signature cause.  Donations are matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.  Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged and additional $150 million through 2020 for this cause.  Polio will be only the second disease ever to be eradicated by human effort.  We're this close.
At the District Mid-Year Leadership Meeting on Jan. 11, our Club's work in obtaining a grant for a new stage to be used at the Reading Fall Street Faire (& by the schools and community) was featured in a presentation of District Designated Fund Grants.
Congrats to us!
John Doherty ran in and finished the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Florida on January 7.  What an accomplishment!
John was cheered on by wife Laurie, daughters, Erin and Shealagh, and Mickey and Minnie.
A hearty congratulations to Brian Snell who's daughter Kate was married this past weekend.  Best Rotary wishes to Brian and Linda Snell and the new Stephen and Kate Philips.
Pictured here is Brian walking Kate down the aisle.
Dec. 21 was the Drop Off and Distribution Day for Adopt-a-Family.  Rotary with Reading Cares coordinates this community giving program.  There were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Special thanks to President Brian for coordinating Reading Rotary's efforts.  
This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming.
Thanks also to DPW employees, Reading Elder Services, RPD and all the other folks (especially the donors) who bring this together.  Service Above Self, indeed.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all!
One Dec. 20, at our monthly Evening Social Meeting, we inducted three new Rotarians to our club.  Bob MacDonald (sponsor John Douglass and Mike Collins), John Bogosian (sponsor Lisa Gibbs) and Fred Reilly (sponsor Brian Tobin) were each installed into membership by Steve Chuha.  The induction took place at Bunratty Tavern with around 40 members and guests there.  Members, please make it a point to introduce yourself and welcome them aboard.
Picture here are President Brian Snell, Bob MacDonald, John Douglass, John Bogosian, Lisa Gibbs, Fred Reilly and Brian Tobin.
Note that we are participating in a Multi Club Food Packing Event at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield.  It will be held on Tues., Jan. 23 from 11 am to 2 pm.  There will be no meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.
At our meeting on December 4, we heard from Troop 702 Boy Scouts Ryan Monahan and Bryan Doucette about their recently completed Eagle Scout Projects.  Reading Rotary donated $200 each toward these endeavors.
Ryan's project is a serious of raised community garden boxes at the Baptist Church.  His project was completed this fall.
Bryan's project was the clean up, enhancement and creation of signage for the Pinevale Reservation area (extending from Center Street to Pinevale Road).
Both Scouts needed to create a project, receive approval from the Troop and Council, raise funds, and manage volunteers and completion of their respective project.
Reading Education Foundation held another super successful Festival of Trees at Parker Middle School on December 2-3.  We had a very good turnout of Rotarians to volunteer with selling refreshments.  We donated the sales of our cotton candy and candy in the amount of approximately $600.  Congrats to REF for putting on another great community event and raising funds to support Reading Public Schools.
At Monday's meeting we did a service project for Homeless Veterans.  We make care packages consisting of new pairs of socks and cards from Wood End School students thanking them for their service.  We also included personal notes of thanks from Rotarians.  Shout out to President Brian Snell and Lisa Gibbs for planning and coordinating.  Thanks also to Target for the donation of socks and bags.  The cards from the children were great.  
This was a great way to start off the week, to focus on giving a little something back to those who have given so much for us.
Lisa Gibbs and family were honored on the field before the Red Sox game on September  26, 2017.  The Red Sox were celebrating the Mass Down Syndrome Congress's Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Night at Fenway.  Lisa & Rob were recognized for their work through their foundation, Samantha's Harvest.  Congratulations, Gibbs Family!
If anyone has any outstanding money, expenses or any invoices related to the Reading Fall Street Faire, please get that to Tim Kelley.  
There will be a RFSF wrap up meeting on October 10, 2017 to review what went right and what could be improved for next year.  Please attend if you have input.
On September 15, Samantha's Harvest held its annual Golf Tournament.  At the dinner following, it awarded Rotarian Brian Tobin with the Samantha's Buddy Award.  Lisa Gibbs, founder of Samantha's Harvest and Rotarian, detailed how selflessly Brian has served that organization by volunteering at its events, including the Golf Tournament.  This year, Brian scooped slush for golfers on the golf course.  Brian has been a pillar helping with Samantha's Harvest's events over the years.  
Samantha's Harvest is an organization dedicated to Down's Syndrome awareness, advocacy and support.
Brian has also seen all over Reading volunteering as a youth sports coach, including lacrosse, hockey, basketball and baseball.  Brian has organized his high school athletes to shovel driveways for seniors in Reading and lead them in volunteering to clean up the Schoolhouse Condos in the aftermath of the fire.  Congratulations, Brian and Samantha's Harvest.
Whew!  The 9th Annual (& first run by Reading Rotary) Reading Fall Street Faire is in the books.  We had a fantastic Committee of many veterans of past RFSF Committees who made 2017's event bigger and better than ever.  Over 200 vendors (most ever) and more generous  Sponsors than ever.  Plus, early estimates pegged the crowd over 15,000 attendees.  
Event Chair Sheila Clarke returned to the RFSF Committee and her leadership and vision were top notch. Sheila had this to say:  I love this event for all it represents to our community and couldn't be more proud to be part of our team.
This was such a fantastic community event.  Reading Rotary cannot possible express the extent of our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated.
Paraphrasing Belichick:  On to the Snack Shack. 
Reading Rotary is part of Rotary International.  There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.  The work of Rotary begins in the community and every community has unique needs.  Rotary International has 6 key Areas of Focus to maximize our efforts.  They are:
Promoting Peace.  RI has up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships annually at Rotary Peace Centers at universities around the world.  Rotary Clubs participate in service projects in other parts of the world to promote understanding and peace.
Fighting Disease.  Most notably, Rotary is working with the Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO and the CDC to eradicate Polio.  This will make Polio the second disease that humans have eradicated.  In 2016 there were 37 cases of Polio in the 3 countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria.  This year to date there are 5 to date.  We are so close to Ending Polio Now.
Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.  Rotary service projects improve sanitation and facilities, promote good hygiene habits, build wells, implement rainwater harvesting in areas lacking basic necessities we take for granted here.
Saving Mothers and Children.  Rotarians support programs that provide immunizations, prevent HIV transmission, promote good nutrition, provide information about and access to health care.
Supporting Education.  Rotarians support child and adult literacy programs, volunteer in schools and after school programs, serve as mentors and promote student enrollment throughout the world.  Locally we are large supporters of the Reading Education Foundation, provide scholarships, support Reading Schools and sponsor student Interact Clubs.
Growing Local Economies.  Rotarians provide equipment and supplies, partner with microlenders to provide access to financial services, help with agricultural opportunities and Adopt a Village using strategies to break the cycle of extreme poverty in impoverished areas.
There are opportunities to provide service and humanitarian assistance locally, nationally and worldwide.  We are always looking for ways that we can help our community.  Our motto is Service Above Self.
14 students from the RMHS Interact Club traveled to Philadelphia this past weekend to serve meals at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a soup kitchen serving homeless.  Interact served over 175 meals on Saturday evening.  The Interact also made fleece blankets for donation to Sunday Breakfast for distribution to their clients.  They also did some sightseeing of Philly, including visiting the Liberty Bell.  They toured the Philadelphia Museum of Art after first running the stairs made famous by Rocky.  Note that chaperone Dr. John Doherty won the race up the steps.  Reading Rotary presented a donation of $500 to Sunday Breakfast.  Interact Club Co-President Allie Foley, who coordinated the planning of the trip, said:  "We were excited to take this fieldtrip and see Philadelphia.  Giving service to people who are so needy made us feel good but also opens our eyes to how important it is to work to reduce homelessness and hunger."
Reading Rotary Charitable Trust is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donors can deduct contributions under IRC Section 170, including tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.  Reading Rotary Charitable Trust's EIN is 47-7416401.
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