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Rotary Club of Reading, Massachusetts, USA

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New Meeting Schedule starting September 2022. 
1st Monday: Residence at Pearl 12:15 pm. 
3rd Monday:  RCTV at 6 pm. 
4th Monday:  Board Meeting. 
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The town of Reading celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, at the Reading Memorial High School (RMHS) Performing Arts Center.
The day starts with a joyous community breakfast at 9:30 am and is followed by an Interfaith Invocation by Reading Clergy Association, performances by the RMHS Jazz Band, Mixed Choir, and other student groups. There will be a Trees of Peace interactive art exhibit and more. The guest speaker, Lynnette Marshall, is the co-founder and Director of Learning and Collaboration for The Flourish Collective, a racial and social justice organization based in Danville, CA. This year’s program theme is “True peace is the presence of justice.” Everyone is welcome to attend this commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ongoing influence in the world.
For more details, contact the Reading's Office of Equity & Social Justice,
It would be great to have a Rotary showing at the event.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Each year Reading Rotary partners with ReadingCares and the Town of Reading and many community donors partner to run the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Christmas distribution day was December 21. 
These community partners coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meal and gifts at Christmas and meals at Thanksgiving.  Donors drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift. 
This year there were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Reading Rotary’s efforts were coordinated by Rotarian Sasha DiPietro.  Special thanks to Betsy Schneider of ReadingCares and Kerry Valle of Reading’s Elder and Human Services Department for their work in organizing this program. 
This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming as evidenced by the many smiling faces as well as some tears of thanks.  Reading Rotary is proud of and grateful for its partners ReadingCares and the Town of Reading in this community giving event.  A huge thank you to all the donor families and groups. Their generosity makes this all possible.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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Join us on the Town Common for Reading Public Menorah Lighting on Monday, December 19 at 5:30 pm.  (Before our Holiday Party at 6 at RCTV.)
Reading Rotary is one of the partner/sponsors along with Reading North Reading Chamber, Clergy Association and CATO.
This is a part of Town Hall's statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and being welcoming to all.
At their meeting on December 5, the Reading Rotary Club was delighted to hear a presentation from Reading Community Garden steering committee member Cathy Zeek and Reading Food Pantry Board Member Simone Payment.  The women shared plans for a planned expansion of the Community Garden on public land at the Mattera Cabin site next spring.  Their presentation focused on the creation of a large garden that will produce vegetables dedicated to clients of the Reading Food Pantry.  This garden plot will be tended by local volunteers and all produce will be given away to residents struggling with food insecurity.
Reading Rotary Co-President Sheila Clarke says, “This is such an exciting project for Rotary to be part of.  We are thrilled to have a meaningful impact on improving access to healthy, fresh food for all residents.”  Co-President John Douglass agrees: “The Rotary Club not only plans to support this project financially to buy supplies and materials, but our members will also be out there this spring getting our hands dirty actually building the garden.”
At the end of the meeting, the Reading Rotary co-presidents presented the two women with a symbolic check for $6,000, representing the money the Rotary has committed toward this project in spring 2023.
Our Holiday Party will be on Monday, 12/19 at 6:00 pm at RCTV, guests/spouses are welcome.  Please use the following link to RSVP by Monday, 12/12 for catering
We will have a Yankee Swap.  To participate bring a wrapped gift.  Value of $25.
A few notes:
  • John Douglass is conducting a coat drive, please bring any gently used coats for donation ( all genders/sizes needed)
  • We will be making a donation to the Reading Food Pantry - please bring one or more of the following requested items:
  • Spam - Low sodium
  • Raspberry jelly or jam
  • Apricot jelly
  • Orange marmalade
  • Instant decaf or regular coffee
  • Cheerios - any variety
  • Cookies
  • Spaghetti sauce with meat
  • Laundry detergent
We look forward to seeing everyone there to celebrate a wonderful year.
Thank you,
Sheila & John
Reading Rotary is pleased to announce that Denise Eaton is the recipient of the Club's 2022 Hero Award. Denise was honored as part of Rotary District 7930’s Robert C. Wood Heroes Celebration at its Foundation Dinner held on November 10 at Danversport Yacht Club.  Reading Rotary selected Denise as an extraordinary person in our community who puts others before herself and is dedicated to helping others in need, truly embodying the Rotary motto: “Service above Self.”
Reading Rotary presented Ms. Eaton with a Paul Harris Fellow 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 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.
Denise exemplifies Rotary’s value of selfless service.  In particular, Reading Rotary decided to honor Denise for her years of being a crucial volunteer for the Reading Fall Street Faire.  Denise has worked on the Faire since its inception in 2009 and has continued to do so since Rotary took over management of the Faire in 2017.  Denise masterfully heads the enormous task of plotting out vendor locations along the Faire route.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Thanksgiving Day Shack Shack crew of Rotarians and family!
Special shout out to Mike Collins for managing the hectic Shack Shack season.  Lots of fun and spreading the good will of Rotary.  
 This Monday, Stoneham and Reading Rotary Clubs met jointly for the 46th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  It was held at St. Agnes Parish Center and catered by our great friend Laurie Rizzo of Laurie's 909.  The luncheon is a traditional run up to the Reading-Stoneham Thanksgiving Day game.  Reading is home team this year.
Among the crowd were the football captains, cheer captains, coaches, athletic directors, town manager, superintendent of schools, fire and police chiefs, school administrators and, of course, Rotarians.  Shown here are the captains and head coaches holding the trophy sponsored by Stoneham Bank and Reading Cooperative Bank.
The program included football captains addressing the crowd with their thoughts on football, teamwork and leadership.  Both teams have had very successful seasons.  The Rockets were undefeated into the playoffs, before being knocked off by Bishop Feehan, whose defensive coordinator is none other than Patriot legend Tedy Bruschi.  The Spartans have made it to play in their Division Superbowl in Gillette Stadium.
The Thanksgiving game is 10 am at Reading Memorial High School.  Rotary Shack Shack will be open for business.