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We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
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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.
At next Monday's meeting (August 10), we will continue supporting local restaurants.  Rotarians please order your lunch at Fusion Cafe (across Main St) for Rotary's tab.
Other restaurants we've patronized in July & August were:  The Green Tomato, Last Corner, Professor's Market and Christopher's.  Suggestions for other local establishments are welcome.  Let President Jenn know.
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.
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.
Please note our upcoming meetings for August.  We will be meeting via Zoom at lunch time on August 3, 10 and 31.  On Tuesday, August 18, we will have an Evening Social scheduled to be hosted at John Feudo's yard in Tewksbury.  Address and info to follow.  Social distancing and masking is advised.  Please try to check into our meetings when you are available.  We still have a lot of great things to accomplish during the pandemic.
For Monday's meeting we're getting lunch from Green Tomato.  Please order your lunch and put it on Rotary's tab then meet the rest of us on Zoom.
Also, we have a new member application from Kathy Kinney.  Please welcome her to our ranks.  
Congratulations to RMHS Class of '20, who at long last were able to hold their Commencement on Sunday, July 26.  It was a beautiful night, with a stunning sunset.  (Photo credit:  Sharon Collins).
Among the happy graduates are Rotarian children:  Griffin Collins, Mike's son; Samantha Gibbs, Lisa's daughter; Trevor Kinney, brand new member Kathy Kinney's son. (Let me know if I missed anyone.)
The logistics were a tremendous undertaking, with social distancing, masks, staggered arrivals and departing, frequent swapping out of microphones, and RMHS Principal Kate Boynton coordinating with the Board of Health, Police and Fire.
Senior Class President Maura Drummey's speech specifically acknowledged Rotary's creating the Senior sign display on the Town Hall lawn as a highlight of the community coming together to rally around this class during the pandemic.
Since they missed out on so much during the shutdown, it was great to see this special group celebrating this milestone in a totally unique ceremony.
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.
Please note that our meeting schedule for next week has changed.  We will meet for lunch on Monday, July 20 (12:15 pm).  This is a change from the previously scheduled evening meeting for Wednesday.
We are going to patronize Christopher's for lunch.  Please order takeout and come to the Zoom meeting.  (You gotta pick it up, of course.)  Last week we ordered takeout from Last Corner.  This is an initiative to patronize local businesses, many that were shut down during the pandemic.
Hope to see a big crowd online.  Stay well all!
Here's the Zoom link.
Reading Rotary recently installed its new officers and directors in a hybrid live/remote meeting on June 26.  Outgoing Past President Mike Collins hosted the live, socially distanced Installation in his yard. In accordance with its by-laws, the service club elects new leadership annually. Jenniffer Rogers was sworn in as President for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year, John Douglass was sworn in as President-Elect with Michael Bonsey as Treasurer and David Traniello as Secretary.  In addition, the club’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors include Sheila Clarke, Lisa Gibbs, KC Latham, Tim Kelley, Ed Sartell and Brian Snell.  President Jenn, who serves a Business Development Manager at Northern Bank on the corner of Main and Haven Streets, said “I am excited to offer my leadership to Rotary after the club has welcomed me so warmly to Reading.  I look forward to working alongside our Rotarians and volunteers in serving the community.”
The Rotary International Theme for 2020-21 is Rotary Opens Doors. Rotary International President Holger Knaack noted that the theme asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.
Rotary is an international organization dedicated to high ethics and community service.  Rotarians are all volunteers working to contribute to their communities.  Reading Rotary runs the Reading Fall Street Faire (which is being re-imagined due to COVID-19) and the Snack Shack, supports Adopt-a-Family and many local organizations. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”  The pandemic has caused Rotary to move its meetings online to Zoom for now.  Rotary, now more than ever, needs service minded community members to join.  The public is invited to join Rotary at any of their virtual meetings.
As we continue to meet remotely via Zoom, we will email the Zoom link.  Here is the recurring Monday meeting Zoom link info for more handy reference.
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Reading Rotary recently donated $2,500 to the Burbank YMCA to support their COVID-19 relief efforts which include providing emergency child care, groceries, meals and much more to area families.
In the first 3 months of the COVID-19 crisis, the Greater Boston YMCA provided free emergency child care across 12 sites to nearly 400 children of essential workers from 132 companies for a total of 133,570 hours of safe and nurturing care. And, along with its partners, delivered over 960,000 grab and go and prepared meals to children and adults and 46,243 bags of groceries, feeding a family of 4 for 3 days and seniors for a week, across 59 locations. 
Area Y's came together to hold the Together We Care Virtual Gala on June 6 and raised over $200,000 to support their vital community programs.  
We are pleased and proud to partner with and sponsor the Y.
There was a nice long feature on Reading Rotary's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency in the Middlesex East insert to the Reading Chronicle.  Please try to pick up a copy of the paper from Wednesday, June 10.
The Reading Rotary Club, which organizes the Fall Street Faire every September, is hard at work reimagining this iconic Reading event for the COVID-19 era. The Fall Street Faire cannot involve thousands of people packed closely together as it traditionally has. But the Rotary has taken on the challenge of creating an alternative celebration that no one in Reading will ever forget.
According to Fall Street Faire co-chair Gregg Johnson, “This is both a challenge and an opportunity. We know the importance of celebrating our town and our local businesses.  Right now, it’s more important than ever.” Fall Street Faire co-chair John Feudo is excited about the event, saying “We know we can bring our community together, even though we have to stay apart.”
Details are still being worked out, and residents can follow Reading Fall Street Faire on Facebook to stay up to date as plans are finalized. Information can also be found at fallstreetfaire.com. Anyone interested in participating, volunteering, or sponsoring the Fall Street Faire is encouraged to email info.readingfallstreetfaire@gmail.com
I'm sure you all know that John Douglass' better half, Laurie, is a medical doctor practicing pediatric neurology at Boston Medical Center.   BMC has a publication, The BMC News, which reaches thousands of workers and patients associated with the hospital.   In a recent article about Palliative Care at BMC, Laurie was quoted comparing the mission of the hospital and Rotary:
"BMC starts with a great foundation. Pretty much everyone who works here does so for the mission. The [Rotary Club’s] motto is, ‘service above self,’ and I think that's BMC. It’s very easy to be inspired by each other because the next story is better than the one you just heard. But our colleagues don't do it for the glory. They really do it for the good."
Laurie Douglass, MD, pediatric neurology.
Thank you, Dr. Laurie, and your medical provider colleagues, for all your selfless service during this public health emergency.
On Saturday morning, May 16, Senior Class Officers, Advisors and Parents planted an array of lawn signs with each graduating Senior’s picture and the message “We Love Our Seniors Reading Memorial High School Class of 2020.”  The signs were arranged in front of the Town Hall and Town Hall Annex facing the Reading Common.  The display was set up as a surprise to students and their families and was spearheaded by Senior parent Mrs. Kathy Kinney and sponsored by Reading Rotary.  The signs were printed by Hayden Specialties.
As the events traditionally held for the graduating Seniors are being cancelled, postponed or re-imagined, parents brought the idea to honor Seniors visually in a central location in Town to Rotary, who happily agreed to be the sponsor for the signs.
The signs will remain on the lawn in front of the two Town Hall building for a week, kicking off Virtual Spirit Week.  Students and their families are encouraged to stop by and take a picture with their sign.  (Social distancing and masks when appropriate are respectfully requested.)
During the pandemic, Reading Rotary is focusing its service on supporting the Reading Food Pantry, supporting essential workers and promoting positive community spirit.
Pictured above is Graduating Senior Yasmine posing with her sign.
Reading Rotary has made a gift of stud earrings to health care workers at the Residence at Pearl Street.  This initiative is part of their recent emphasis on supporting and recognizing essential workers during the pandemic.
The earrings are made by Stat Studs (studsforscrubs.com) a jewelry business in Reading, run by Paul Vultaggio.  They have created a COVID-19 response program.  This campaign is specifically for the nurses and health care workers on the front line fighting the COVID-19 crisis. It is a way to give back to those who are putting their own lives at risk to save those who are in dire need.
The Residence at Pearl Street had been hosting Rotary meetings at their location before the pandemic.  Rotary President Mike Collins said of this campaign:  “We saw this gift to the workers at Pearl Street to be a way to say that the community appreciates all their service to our vulnerable seniors.”
It is with sadness that I have to announce that long-time Rotarian Laurie Cavagnaro passed away on May 9, 2020.  Laurie is a Past President of Reading Rotary.  She was 74.
Laurie was retired and split her time between Reading, Hampton Beach and Boca Raton.  She had been the Customer Service Manager at RMLD for many years.  Since retirement, she has been an Honorary Reading Rotarian.  
Laurie was full of life, loved to talk and make close friends.  She loved Rotary and was very active in the Reading Community for many years, including the Chamber, Town Meeting and St. Agnes Church in addition to Rotary.
Laurie leaves her very close family, including husband Bob, daughters Chris Kelley (Tim) and Lori Foley (Ken) and grandchildren Betsy, Mary Kate and TJ Kelley and Robert, Allison, Emily and Julia Foley, in addition extended family and numerous dear friends.
Laurie planted the seeds of Rotary in our family.  Husband Bob would bartend at our annual Auction, Chris, Lori and Ken help organize and run the Auction for years.  Her grandchildren help found and run the RMHS Interact Club and were pressed into service at many Rotary events.  Not only was Laurie my mother-in-law, she was my Rotary Sponsor.  Rotary is a family affair in the Cavagnaro-Kelley-Foley clan due largely to her.
Arrangements are through Douglass, Edgerly & Bessom Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined.  Donations in Laurie's memory may be made to DJK Foundation or Reading Rotary Charitable Trust.
Reading Rotary is delighted to announce that it recently received a donation of $1,000 from Cummings Properties.  Cummings Community Giving seeks to recognize and support communities of its staff, clients, volunteers and associates.  The gift was made in honor of and at the recommendation of John Bogosian of Reading.  John is a much-appreciated volunteer of the Cummings Foundation.
Bogosian is principal of King & Bishop, leading recruiter and professional service organization focused on staffing, HR consulting and career management services.  John is a Cummings Foundation Committee Chair, serves on the board Of Lahey Health Cancer Institute, is a member of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors.  John serves as an honorary board member of Samantha’s Harvest, an organization that works to raise awareness by providing funding for programs and organizations that directly enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.  John is a member of the Council of Armenian Executives.
The donation from Cummings Community Giving is made for use in the areas of the greatest need of Reading Rotary.  During the pandemic, Rotary has been focused on continued support of the Reading Food Pantry and supporting essential workers.
Reading Rotary has begun placing signs around Reading to encourage those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.  President Mike Collins said, "It's important to recognize the service of those the health care workers, first responders and essential personnel who are doing so much for the community.  We are also reaching out to the town, schools and clergy to see how our Rotary volunteers can be of service now."
Rotarians are asked to pick up one or more signs to place in their yards, at their works or around Reading.  The signs are at Brian Tobin's office in the foyer (159 Haven Street) while they last.  As of Friday afternoon, there were quite a few left.  If you'd like signs dropped off, please contact Brian or Prez Mike.
Reading Rotary is continuing to work closely with the Reading Food Pantry to help those facing food insecurity during the quarantine.  Rotary makes a weekly run into the Greater Boston Food Bank for the Reading Food Pantry and members are working in outreach to RFP clients.
If you can help with the Food Bank Run, please contact Art Hayden.
We received a very sweet thank you note from Mrs. Foresman's 1st grade class at Wood End School for the Rotary Reader Project books and backpacks.  We got through about half our scheduled classes before school was furloughed.
During the coronavirus shutdown, we are continuing to support the Reading Food Pantry by making weekly trips to the Greater Boston Food Bank.  Art Hayden is coordinating the driver & helper schedule.  The RFP is experiencing greater demands as more people are facing food insecurity.
If the RFP needs additional volunteers, they will be contacting us.  
Rotary has made an additional donation of food and gift cards.  If you or anyone else is looking to help the RFP, you can donate food at collection boxes at Stop & Shop and Market Basket.  Gift cards (increments of $25 or less) may be left at drop boxes at the Police Station or at the Town Hall (by the side entrance).  The Reading Food Pantry also has a Paypal for cash donations.
Pictured here are Jeanne Borawski and son Ray making the Food Bank Run this Thursday.  Jeanne has caught on to Reading Rotary's tradition of roping in family members to help with our projects.  Thanks, Jeanne & Ray!
What service can be done during this pandemic, consistent with prudent social distancing?
We have been continuing to support the Reading Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry is very busy with more than usual requests.  We are continuing to help the Food Pantry with the weekly food run into the Greater Boston Food Bank.  If you can help with this, please email Art Hayden who coordinates this with Bruce and Phyllis Maxwell at the Food Pantry.  The Food Bank Run is each Thursday, leaving from the Old South Church at around 10:15 am.
The Food Pantry is also changing how they allow their customers pick out and pick up their food.  Right now, it appears that they have adequate volunteers, but they will reach out to us if they can use more hands.
We hope everyone is doing as well as they can be during this public health emergency.  This crisis is unprecedented. 
If any of our Rotarians are in need of assistance with shopping or errands or anything else, please let me know.
Rotary would like to help, but we, like you, are in uncharted waters.  Rotary has members and volunteers who are willing to be of service, but we need help identifying persons or populations in need.
We know there are individuals, whether they be senior citizens or families, who may be in need of help with shopping or errands or other things.  If you know of someone who needs help in the community, please let us know.  We may be able to help or may be able to identify other resources.
We also know there are businesses that are hurting.  Local businesses, especially restaurants, are the first to be asked by local charities for donations of gift certificates, sponsorships, goods and services.  Those local businesses are the ones who have supported Rotary and so many other local groups in the past.  Now they are in dire need of our support.  Please consider ordering takeout, purchasing gift certificates or patronizing their business in some way (appropriate social distancing required).
We are struggling to see how we can help.  Please reach out to us with your ideas and let's stay a strong, united community during this crisis.  Perhaps as important as our physical needs now are social and emotional needs.
Our motto is Service Above Self.  This ethic can help keep us connected and lift our spirits.  
Best wishes to all from Reading Rotary.
On Feb. 26 we held a Dementia Friendly training session, hosted by Gregg & Bruce Johnson at Lee Kimball Design Studio.  Dementia Friendly Reading is an initiative through the Town's Elder Services partnering with the DKJ Foundation.  It's goal is to train people, business and organizations about living with dementia, how to understand those with dementia symptoms.  Dementia Friendly Reading has been training individuals and businesses.  
Reading Rotary has now become the first civic organization to be certified Dementia Friendly.  It was a wonderful presentation by Meagan Putney.  We had a healthy crowd of around 50 people.  This was the largest group DFR has presented to.  Thanks to all who made it out to attend this very important training. 
Bruce Johnson encouraged all in attendance to spread the word about DFR.  If you or your company or organization want to be trained, DRF will coordinate a training session for you.  It is approximately 60 minutes and offers very helpful information and tips.
DFR's website can be found here.  Dementia Friends is part of an international initiative to create awareness and understanding of dementia.
Welcome to new members, Jeanne Borawski, Andrea Evans Zoia and Gabe Moraga, who were inducted at our Membership Open House on January 15.  Membership Chair Lisa Gibbs and a team including, John Douglass, Brian Tobin and Mike Collins, organized a very successful Open House at RCTV.  We had 11 additional potential new members attend and it was a great time.
Jeanne is a well known volunteer in town.  She serves on the School Committee, but will be stepping down from that elected position in March at the end of her second term.  Jeanne is a former teacher and was very involved in the planning of the hugely successful Reading 375 festivities.
Andrea is an employment law attorney, with her office in Boston.  Andrea is coming is as a  Service Member and as has said she is looking to become involved in community service in the town.  Andrea is the mother of two children ages 3 and 18 months.
Gabe is the branch manager of Salem Five on Walkers Brook Drive.  He is taking Shelley Murray's place as Rotary rep from the bank.  Gabe has been a regular attendee of lunch meetings and has already make the Food Bank Run and spun some cotton candy at the Festival of Trees.
Please join with us in welcoming these bright, new faces and make them feel at home in our club.  
The Polar Plunge will be held on February 29.  We have 3 Rotarians registered so far.  It's not too late to sign up.
Please spread the word, plunge and donate to this exhilarating but freezing cause.
Polio eradication has been Rotary International's signature global initiative for many years and with the final push and partnership with the Gates Foundation, we have the opportunity to get over the goal line finally.  Remember that your donation is matched 2 to 1 by Bill and Melinda Gates.  A $100 donation becomes $300.
I also encourage all, even if you're not plunging, to attend the event.  The energy and enjoyment of so many Rotarians (yes, even beyond Reading) will inspire you.
The dedication for the Service is Timeless Clock in memory of Camille Anthony is this Friday at noon.
Rotary had a hand in the creation of the fund for the donations collected from the community.  Any Rotarian who can make it, please do so.
The clock is already in place at the foot of Haven Street at the train Depot.
The Adopt a Family drop off and pick up day is Tues., Nov. 26.  Thanks to all who have signed up to help.
Location:  DPW Garage.
We had a wonderful crowd for the 44th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon with Stoneham Rotary.  Since this year's Rockets vs Spartans game is in Reading on Thursday morning, Reading Rotary hosted the event at St. Agnes Parish Center today.
Pictured here are coaches and captains from the RMHS and Stoneham teams.  It should be a well played game at on Thanksgiving.  Game time is 10 am.  Also in attendance were many officials from the respective Towns' Administration, school departments, police and fire departments, parents of the players, cheerleaders, Interactors, and a State Representative, too (Rep. Haggerty).
So please come out to watch the teams at Hollingsworth Field at RMHS on Thanksgiving morning.  While you're there, stop by the Snack Shack for some hot chocolate, donuts or other snacks to warm up for the big meal.
Reading Rotary is pleased to announce that RPD Patrolman David Savio is the recipient of the Club's 2019 Unsung Hero Award. Officer Savio was honored as part of Rotary District 7930’s Unsung Hero Awards Night at its Foundation Diner held on November 7 at Andover Country Club.  Reading Rotary selected Patrolman Savio as a special person in our community who wakes up every morning and puts others before himself and dedicates his work to helping others in need, truly embodying the Rotary motto: “Service above Self.”
Reading Rotary presented Patrolman Savio with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award, one of the highest honors Rotary can give to an individual.  In addition to the recipient's recognition exemplifying the highest ideals of Rotary, Clubs or Rotarians recognize Paul Harris Fellows from donations made The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.
Patrolman Savio exemplifies the core values of duty, honor and selfless service.  He has served the Reading community for 25 years and has been recognized countless times by the community for his support and dedication.  Serving as Safety Officer, Officer Savio was awarded the AAA Gold Award for traffic safety and the MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) Officer of the Year Award.  He has been awarded 4 Commendations from the RPD for distinction in service, including saving the life of a man trapped under a car in 2009.  In addition, Officer Savio is a Field Training Officer and has been featured in an educational documentary entitled “Behind Blue Lights.”  In his spare time, Officer Savio is also an active supporter of “Sean’s Ride” for MIT Officer Sean Collier who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings and an active member of the Road Dawgs Motorcycle Club which supports active and retired law enforcement. 
Also honored at the Foundation Dinner was Cpl. Micaila Britto, USMC Ret.  Cpl. Britto is medically retired from the armed forces due to injuries she received in service.  She currently serves as Director of Veterans Services in Raynham.  Rotary District 7930, which funding from Clubs including Reading, donated funds for a Great Dane service dog for Micaila.  Rabbit, the service dog, allows Micaila to be more mobile and assist her with balance.  Rabbit was trained at the Service Dog Project, Inc in Ipswich. (servicedogproject.org).
It's always wonderful when our dear friend David Gardner visits our club.  Dave, of course, is a Past District Governor from the Stoneham Club.  At this week's meeting, Dave gave an update on the District 7030 and RI's Polio progress and the Polar Plunge in February 2020 on Leap Day.  Rotary International is working hard with partners like Bill and Melinda Gates to Eradicate Polio, which will be a huge milestone for all Rotary and all humanity.
All brave Plungers (and Virtual Plungers) are called to Long Beach on Feb. 29.  The Gates Foundation continues the 2:1 match for donations.  The District hopes to go over the one million dollar mark in fundraising for Polio this year.  Fundraising is very streamlined with the mobile app.
Thank you, Dave!
This Friday, Nov. 1, RMHS Football will be hosting a playoff game under the lights.  Rotarian help is needed to staff the Shack.  
This game was only scheduled on this past Saturday, after the Rockets beat Lexington to secure first place in their Division.
Also please note we may have home games to run the Shack on November 15 and 22.  Please pencil those dates in your calendar, as we may need Rotarians to sell snacks on short notice.
If you can help this Friday, please contact Mike Collins.
We had a good crowd at today's lunch meeting with Representative Rich Haggerty as our Speaker.  Rich gave an overview of legislative highlights, bills under consideration and projects being appropriated for Reading.  Rich represents Reading and Woburn.  Oh yeah, Rich also happens to be the son of Reading Rotarian Dick Haggerty and has had something to do with the Reading Chronicle.
We also noted and congratulated Rich's recent wedding to Haley.  Both Rich and Haley have been frequent patrons of Reading Rotary events.
Thanks to Rep. Haggerty for coming to visit us.
Reading Rotary is once again working the Snack Shack at Friday Night RMHS football games.  It is a fun way to provide a community service and some food to local football fans.  The Rockets are first in their division and are hoping to have some home playoff games before Thanksgiving.  Mark your calendar for Thanksgiving morning.  Reading will host Stoneham in the annual Turkey Day game.
We are grateful that the 2019 Reading Fall Street Faire was such a huge hit!  The weather was absolutely perfect and the crowd was huge.  Lots of people are saying it was the best one yet.
Thanks to the Committee, including Chair John Feudo, Sheila Clarke, Gregg Johnson, Ed Sartell, Jenn Rogers, Kathi Spurr, Mark Beckley, KC Latham, Tim Kelley, Denise Eaton, Bob Beckman, Kristen Bonazali, Paul Gargano.
Also we need to thank our generous sponsors.  See our major sponsors' banners still hanging on Haven Street.  Thanks also to all the vendors and groups. We had tremendous support from hundreds of community volunteers with the set up and breakdown.  Last but by no means least, thanks to the Town staff including DPW and Facilities who did an outstanding job all day with the set up and clean up.
We are appreciative of the partnership with the Town of Reading, the RPD, the RFD and Health Department.  It was a team effort from the whole community and we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for.
On to 2020!
Reading Rotary is partnering with Reading Cooperative Bank and the friends and family of Camille Anthony to provide a fund for donations in the memory of Camille for a clock to be erected in downtown Reading.
Camille was a long time community volunteer, service notably on the Select Board, Conservation Committee, Town Meeting and numerous other Town committees.  She was a steady hand in Reading.
Camille always wanted to see a prominent clock somewhere in Downtown Reading.  To help see her vision as a reality, you may donate to the Service is Timeless Fund at Reading Cooperative Bank.  You may make your donation online also here.
Congratulations are in order for the following members who received Paul Harris Fellow recognition at this week's lunch meeting:  David Traniello & Brian Tobin received their first PHF.  Don Washburn received his PHF Plus 8.  Rotarians who contribute $1000 to the Rotary Foundation are named Paul Harris Fellows after Rotary's Founder.  Congrats and thank you for your contributions to the wonderful humanitarian projects funded by the Rotary Foundation.
Pictured here with President Mike are Don and David.  Brian does not tolerate the paparazzi. 
Rotary recently made a donation to St. Vincent De Paul Society.  SVDP is an organization run out of St. Agnes and St. Athanasius Churches in Reading and provides emergency assistance to community members in need.   Here SVDP Chair Bob Finigan and team are pictured with Rotarian Tim Kelley.
On April 26 a crew of Rotarians delivered trees to every 5th grade student in Reading Schools.  This is a tradition in our club since at least 1985, when Rotary took over the project from the defunct Jaycees.  Rotary partners with the Town, we purchase and deliver the trees, the DPW packages the saplings, as an important part of Reading's designation as a Tree City.  This year we gave out Eastern Redbud trees, a beautiful flowering tree.  Thanks to KC for organizing the project and the team of Bobbie, Mark, John, Pooja, Mike and Tim who delivered them to the students at the 5 elementary schools.  Pictured here is Bobbie with students at Birch Meadow School.
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.  
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.
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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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Director - Membership Chair
Director - Public Image Chair
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