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    Old South Church
    Jul 02, 2020
    10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
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    Jul 13, 2020
    12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
  • Food Bank Run
    Old South Church
    Jul 16, 2020
    10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Evening Zoom Meeting
    Jul 22, 2020
    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Club Zoom Meeting
    Jul 27, 2020
    12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Sheila's Backyard
    Jul 29, 2020
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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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.
Although this year's Rotary International Convention in Honolulu has been canceled as a live event, it will go on virtually online.  This is your chance to participate in RI's Annual Convention from your own laptop or phone.
 It runs from June 20 through June 25.  All are encouraged to check out some of the sessions and report back to the club.
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.
Reading Rotary is proud to be a Leader Sponsor for Greater Boston YMCA's Together We Care Virtual Gala taking place on Saturday, June 6 at 7 PM.  

In response to COVID-19/Coronavirus, the YMCA of Greater Boston recently closed all of its branches for fitness and aquatics and reopened them as "Emergency Child Care Centers" (ECC) for the children of parents who are essential workers - healthcare providers, first responders, police and firefighters and others.

The YMCA of Greater Boston is also working with the City of Boston to prevent hunger by providing two meals a day throughout Boston in partnership with others. 

This Virtual Gala is a fundraiser to make sure that the Y is able to continue to provide this support to the Greater Boston Community as we respond to and recover from the pandemic.

Unlike a typical in-person gala, and in light of the current stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 threat, this will be a live-streamed event. You can join from the comfort of your own home.

The event will consist of a silent auction, live auction, chances to win some great raffle prizes, and an engaging hour-long program. The Y will share the impact that it has had on the Greater Boston Community during this time while they inspire hope for the continued work we can do together during this crisis. All funds raised from the event will go towards the YMCA of Greater Boston's COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

The silent auction will open on Wednesday, May 27 at 12:00 pm.

The virtual gala will begin streaming the pre-show at 6:30 PM and officially begin the program at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 6. Think of the pre-show as the time the doors open for an event with some pre-show entertainment and engagement, with the actual event beginning at 7:00 PM.

It is necessary to register for this event in order to participate in the auctions or make donations through this campaign. It's free to register and attend the virtual gala.

Register for the event! 

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.
Some of you may remember that our club sponsored a District 7930 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2000, Chris Daly.  As an Ambassadorial Scholar, Chris studied New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji in 2000. She was sponsored by Reading Rotary and individually by Richie Lombardo.  

Chris has been named  as one of the “5 Best Mediators in New York” where she mentions her Rotary scholarship:  https://kevsbest.com/best-mediators-in-new-york/

She serves as Associate Director of Training for the New York Peace Institute in NYC.  

Taken from the NY Peace website:  Chris is an attorney, trainer and a certified conflict coach & mediator. She oversees the growth and development of New York Peace Institute’s certified mediators and is a member of the Executive Team. Chris manages our competitive Apprenticeship Program, an education program for aspiring conflict resolution professionals. Prior to joining New York Peace Institute, Chris was a domestic violence prosecutor for 10 years at the District Attorney’s Office in Bronx County. Chris has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a law degree from Boston College. Chris was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji, where she promoted cross-cultural understanding. She is actively involved in the New York State Bar Association, particularly in the Law, Youth & Citizenship Committee. Chris is dedicated to identifying innovative approaches to bringing people together so they can manage disagreements creatively and constructively.

Chris was a supremely impressive young woman during her time as an Ambassadorial Scholar.  It's rewarding to see her success, especially in the areas of peace and conflict resolution.

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.
On March 20, we held an Open House for prospective new members.  Membership Chair John Douglass organized the event, which was held at RCTV Studios.  As part of the evening, Sheila Clarke and Pooja Parsons were formally installed as Members, although both have been actively participating in Rotary for quite some time.  Pictured here are Gregg Johnson (Sheila's sponsor), Sheila Clarke, John Douglass, Pooja Parsons and Brian Snell (Pooja's sponsor).
It was a marvelous event with several prospective members in attendance to learn a little bit about all Rotary does in the community.
It was a beautifully sunny but brutally cold and windy day at Long Beach this past Saturday for the 2019 Polar Plunge.  Rotarian Plungers were Mike Bonsey, Gregg Johnson and KC Latham.  Plungers from Interact were TJ Kelley, Kyle Dumas and Mike McHugh.
District 7030 has set a high bar with a goal of raising $125,000 this year for polio eradication.   Polio is the signature cause of Rotary International.  The Gates Foundation has partnered with Rotary and has committed to matching donations 2 to 1, that is Gates will contribute $2 for every $1 we raise.  Rotary has the opportunity be the major mover in eradicating only the second disease in history.  We're close, but not quite there yet.
Our club is as of now is 7th in the District with $3,050 raised.  Our neighbor Wakefield has raised over $9K.  Great job, Wakefield.
Here's our Team link for donations.  Please spread the word and let's see how much we can raise to this vitally important cause.
Tim Kelley and Bobbie Botticelli were on hand at the Residence at Pearl for Ron Winslow's suprise 93rd Birthday Party on February 2.  Ron's family pulled off quite a feat to surprise Ron, who is as sharp as ever.  Ron has been a Rotarian for over 60 years and was Club President about 50 years ago.  The Winslow Family had a fly swatter themed cake.  Ron was the business manager for Reading Public Schools and he and wife, Doris, ran Winslow's store on lower Haven Street for years.
Happy Birthday, Ron!
Congratulations are in order for newly sworn in Massachusetts State Representative Rich Haggerty.  
Here is His Honor at the State House with proud parents Elaine and Dick Haggerty.
At today's Meeting Foundation Chair KC Latham (far right) presented Muhammad Khan, Michael Bonsey (PH+2) and Mark Beckley with Paul Harris Recognitions.  Named after Rotary's Founder, the Paul Harris Award is one of Rotary's highest honors.  It is awarded by donation to the Rotary Foundation.  Congrats, Muhammad, Mike and Mark!  Keep up the great work.
Reading Rotary was again a proud supporter of Reading Education Foundation's Festival of Trees this weekend at Parker Middle School  We were the Event Sponsor and sold cotton candy, pizza, candy and other refreshments all weekend.  Thanks to all Rotarians, Interacters, family and friends who helped out.  A great way to kick off the Christmas season.
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.  
At this week's meeting, BSA Scout Thomas Walsh presented about his Eagle Scout Service Project.  Thomas will be leading a crew to place reflective bands on utility poles near fire hydrants.  The bands will show Reading Firefighters the distance to a nearby hydrant easily; the bands are especially needed when snow buries the fireplugs.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank in BSA Scouts and requires advancing through the 6 lower ranks, earning at least 21 Merit Badges, holding leadership positions in the Troop, performing community service and planning and overseeing a major community service project.
Rotary supported this project with a $200 donation.  Congratulations, Thomas, on an impressive presentation and project.
Reading Rotary is pleased to announce that Erica McNamara, Director of Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA), is the recipient of the Club's first Unsung Hero Award. Ms. McNamara will be honored as part of Rotary District 7930’s first Unsung Hero Awards Night to be held on November 8 from 6:00 to 9:30 pm at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield.  Reading Rotary selected Erica as special person in our community who wakes up every morning and puts others before herself and dedicates her work to helping others in need, truly embodying the Rotary motto:  “Service above Self.”
Reading Rotary will present Erica 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.
Erica serves as the Director RCASA.  RCASA mobilizes community partners, residents and youth to build collaborative approaches and reduce youth substance abuse. RCASA offers educational programs for residents in Substance Abuse Prevention and has been a model of for creating substance awareness and programs.  Erica has been Director of RCASA since its inception and is recognized by her peers as exceptional in her field.
For those interested in joining in honoring Erica McNamara, please contact Reading Rotary President Tim Kelley at 781-942-9838 or timkelleylaw@me.com or through the Reading Rotary website:  www.readingmarotary.org.
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.
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!  
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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