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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Fusilli's usually (check our schedule)
107 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
Sometimes we mix it up. Check out our schedule: http://www.readingmarotary.org/events/calendar
Home Page Stories
President John Douglass recently presented two local Eagle Scout candidates with donation checks on behalf of Reading Rotary.  Pictured here are Ryan Segalla, President John and Wyatt Meyers.
 
Ryan's project is to replace and reconstruct a concrete path around the flagpole at the RMHS track.  Ryan is still accepting donations here.
 
Wyatt's project is the building of rolling storage tables for the Reading Food Pantry.  Donations toward Wyatt's project can be made here
 
Reading Rotary has a policy of donating $200 toward any approved Eagle Scout Project or Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
 
An Eagle Scout Project is an extensive service project which is organized, and managed by the Eagle Scout Candidate.  
 
Ryan and Wyatt are currently Life Scouts in Troop 702.  Troop 702 has been having their weekly meetings outside on the field at Wood End School since the start of the pandemic.
On Friday, October 8, Rotarians again took to the Snack Shack to provide the hungry gridiron fans with all the pizza, cheeseburgers, dogs, popcorn, candy, hot chocolate and Gatorade they could ask for.
 
The Rockets took on the Woburn Tanners, a contest of two undefeated teams.  RMHS prevailed 26-17.
 
It was another beautiful night for high school football.  TV 25 was on hand covering this big Middlesex League match up.
 
Reading is currently ranked 7 in EMass and has playoff aspirations.
 
Next home game is October 15 vs Arlington Spyponders.  Come by and see us and the Snack Shack.  (Volunteers welcome!)
The 2021 Reading Fall Street Faire is in the books and the RFSF Committee gathered for a social debriefing.  Thanks to Jeanne and Mike Borawaski for hosting the get together.
 
The Committee worked hard over a much abreviated schedule to plan the Faire this year.
 
As the final bills and numbers come in, there will be more info about how the event went from the the fundraising side.  However, considering the additional challenges we faced this year, and the public reaction, it was a rousing success.
 
We are so appreciative of all our sponsors, vendors, non-Rotarian volunteers and Rotarian volunteers.  The RFSF is a testament to Service Above Self.
 
What a crew!
On October 17, the Burbank YMCA will hold its annual Laurel Kluge 5K Ribbon Run & Walk at 9:00 am.
 
Cancer touches nearly every life—either directly or through a relative or friend. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all proceeds from this fun, family-friendly fundraiser benefit PINK and Enhance Fitness at the YMCA—our outstanding free exercise and support programs dedicated to making life better for local cancer patients and survivors. 
 
The Burbank Y is asking our local businesses to help with support the LK5K with prizes and giveaways.  They are looking for great prizes that will range from $10 gift cards to cool gift baskets.  Donors will be recognized for these in-kind donations on race day! 
 
Here are ways you can help the Y:
 
Donate a prize for the race;
 
Provide items for race day bag (Coupons, Samples, Promo Items) (200 needed by 10/14);
 
Donate to help support the PINK and Enhance Fitness Program at the Burbank YMCA.  Please make checks out to the Burbank YMCA – LK5K.  Tax ID 04-2103551.
 
If you have questions, please contact John Feudo:  jfeudo@ymcaboston.org.
 
On September 17, 2021, Samatha’s Harvest, a non-profit organization founded to provide support and raise awareness for individuals with Downs Syndrome, awarded the Samantha’s Buddy Award to John Feudo, Executive Director of the Burbank YMCA in Reading.  Samantha's Harvest was founded by Reading Rotarian Lisa Gibbs and husband Rob.
 
The Samantha’s Buddy Award was presented to John at the organization’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament held at Thomson Country Club in North Reading.  John was presented this Award in recognition for his providing an Internship to Samantha Gibbs at the YMCA and for going above and beyond in his support for Samantha and individuals with Downs Syndrome.  Samantha’s Harvest has goals of seeing people with Down syndrome are welcomed in their schools and community with a goal towards independence.  Samatha’s Harvest recognized John’s exceptional work towards these goals.
 
John is also a Reading Rotarian who most recently Co-Chaired the 2021 Reading Fall Street Faire Committee.
 
More information about Samantha's Harvest can be found here.
We have had two Snack Shack Friday nights so far this season.  The good news is that sales have been brisk.  The crowds have been quite large for the RMHS football's first two home games.
 
There is certain to be at least two more home games on the schedule:  October 8 and 15.  With the MIAA playoff scheme, Reading is likely to have at least one home playoff game and perhaps more.  We will not have confirmation of those until the week of the games in November.

 
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Reading Rotary ran the first Reading Fall Street Faire since the beginning of the COVID-19 era.
 
Rotary worked closely with the Town of Reading in planning the event, including the Health Department, DPW, Facilities and Police and Fire Departments.
 
The weather cooperated as it was a beautiful, sunny day.  Crowds were estimated upwards of 8,000 attendees.
 
Are you Reading's number one Cornhole Player?  Now's the time to prove it at the Fall Street Faire.
 
$30 per player or team of two for $60.  Prize money will be awarded to the winners but nothing beats bragging rights.
 
New this year:  Sponsor Custom Logo Board. 
 
Have you ever wanted a personalized Cornhole Logo Board?  Your company (or you personally) can sponsor a board for $500.  A Cornhole Board will be painted with your logo or name and you get to keep it at the end of the tournament.  You get recognition during the tournament and your own personalized Custom Board.
 
Starting September 10, Rotary will be staffing the Snack Shack for RMHS Football games.  Brenda Simblaris is scheduling the games.  You should have received an email from Brenda to sign up.  Please volunteer.
 
On August 21, a crew of Rotarians scrubbed clean the Snack Shack and spruced up the island in front.
 
In addition, the first two games are scheduled for September 10 and 17.  Those are the dates of the DKJ Golf Tournament and the Samantha's Harvest Golf Tournament.  Many regulars will be unavailable, so please drum up extra help if you can.
On August 23, District Governor Terry Curran visited Reading Rotary along with DGE Alexander Falk and our AG Dom Rebello.  Terry spoke about the goings on in the District and her hopes for a new start coming out of pandemic times.
 
We were fortunate also to have Terry induct our two newest members, Nina Haddad and Pat Calley.  Terry also presented Tim Kelley with his Paul Harris Fellow plus 6.
 
Prez John has already installed four new members. In addition we have a new member application from Phil Stewart, who is sponsored by John.