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Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
Sometimes we mix it up. Check out our schedule: http://www.readingmarotary.org/events/calendar
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The results of our recent election have been tabulated and certified.  Congratulations to next year's Officers and Directors!
President:  John Douglass
President Elect: Vacant
Vice President:  Vacant
Immediate Past President: Jenniffer Rogers
Secretary: David Traniello
Treasurer: Mike Bonsey
Directors: Lisa Gibbs; Mike Collins; Sheila Clarke; Kathy Kinney; Gregg Johnson; Tim Kelley.
Thanks to all who volunteered to serve in club leadership.  Special thanks to John for stepping into the President's role again.
Please note that we need a President Elect and a Vice President.  Volunteers for these roles are welcome.  Please don't be shy.
Please join us for our evening meeting this week, Wed., Feb. 17 at 6 pm on Zoom.
We will be featuring a speaker, Jennifer Cummings Hillery.  Jennifer is a Reading resident, who many likely know.  She belongs to Speaker Sisterhood, a public speaking club.
Jennifer will present on "Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch."  Elevator pitches are useful not just in the business setting for for any volunteer work.  Jennifer recently presented to the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.  Please attend and bring friends.
We are excited to start this new year with great news: The Rotary Foundation has been honored with Charity Navigator's Four Star rating for the 13th year in a row. 
"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
You may have noticed that I am now the Editor of the Rotary District 7930 eBulletin.
This year, I joined the District Public Image Committee.  Andy Maddox of Rockport Rotary and I have taken on this role from Tracy Arabian.  Tracy was Editor for several years.  She stepped down because she will be the incoming President of the Gloucester club.
The District eBulletin is bi-weekly.  Please review to stay updated on District goings on.  I will greatly appreciate it!
I am not so rigid in sending out the Reading Rotary Nut, which is "periodic," or whenever we have enough content.  Please let me know if you have any news Rotary or not to be included.
Each year Reading Rotary partners with the community for the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Rotary works with the local organization ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meals for Thanksgiving and meals and gifts at Christmas.  Donor drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift. 
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 Gregg Johnson and John Douglass.
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.
Join us in congratulating Art Hayden on two recent milestones.  Number one, Art recently retired from his printing business.  Congrats and well wishes on this new chapter.  Enjoy yourself.
Number two, Art was recently married to his new bride, Patty.  Those of us who could make it to our Holiday Evening Meeting on Dec. 16 were lucky to meet Patty remotely.  Congrats to Art and Patty.  Here's to the happy couple!
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of Reading Fall Street Faire Bingo, Laura DeMichele!
Laura was the lucky winner drawn from the qualifying entries.  The winner was eligible to receive $500 in gift cards to local businesses.  Laura generously donated $250 of her winnings to the Adopt-a-Family Program.  In addition, Laura opted to gift cards to the Tin Bucket, Pamplemousse and Whitelam Books.
Thanks to our sponsor for this event:  Northern Bank.
Thanks also to Lisa Egan and the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce for running this promotion with us.  
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Reading Chamber held a Santa Parade throughout Reading and North Reading.  Playing the part of Mrs. Claus and driving Santa in the parade in a sharp silver Corvette convertible was our own President Jenniffer Rogers.
The Parade was in place of the traditional Tree Lighting festivities run by the Chamber and was changed due the COVID-19 situation.
This was a fun kick off to the Christmas season with a tour through dozens of neighborhoods and hundreds of streets in Town.  Also in the parade were many Chamber member organizations flanked front and rear by Reading Police.
Congrats on a job well done, Mrs. Claus!
Rotary District 7930 and Reading Rotary encourages our friends and neighbors to shop local this holiday season.  So many of our local businesses struggling to get through this rough 2020.  These same community partners are often the first to help Rotary and other community organizations with their fundraising and projects.  Please try to patronize your local business and enjoy this Christmas and Holiday Season.
In collaboration with the DKJ Foundation and Reading Elder and Human Services, Neighborly Notes is a message writing program that helps our community stay connected to our senior neighbors.  The program is easy, fun, and a great way for our seniors to feel connected to our community, especially during this time, when many older adults must remain socially isolated.
Are you a community organization, a youth looking for a service project, or just an individual who wants to give back to the community? Neighborly Notes is an easy, fun project that can make an immediate impact.

It’s Simple.  Write a note, drawing, quote, or simple message.  Get Creative! Tell them something about yourself, something you did, or a story you want to share. Be sure to let them know they are valued, not forgotten, and that they are an important part of our community.

Drop it in the designated mailbox located outside the Pleasant Street Center, no envelope required; or email it to meagan@dfreading.org.  Your letter, note, message, or drawing will be delivered to a senior in our community.  
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Please check your email for dues billing in a new format.  Treasurer Mike Bonsey recently sent out invoices.  Please check to see they are correct.  You can now pay your dues online.  Please check that out, too.  Kudos to Mike for putting this new system in place.  The Treasurer's job is a lot of work and often thankless.  Paying your bill online will make his job easier.
Thank you all!
Reading Rotary has been designated as one of the few clubs in District 7930 to receive the RI President Citation with Platinum Distinction.  PDG Joan Arsenault will be presenting this on October 19 during our Zoom meeting.  When you see Past Prez Mike Collins, please congratulate him of a stellar year of leadership, especially given all the pandemic related challenges.
Please check out the Clubrunner mobile app.  It has been improved.  I've had it on my phone for a long time and rarely used it.  It has our website calendar, stories, contacts as well as the same for the District.  If you've never tried it, please do.  If you've downloaded it before and not been impressed, it's worth a look as the new improved app.
This is another reason for all to log into their Clubrunner account to made sure their info is up to date and there's a sharp headshot for reference.
There is exciting news in Rotary's campaign to End Polio.  The WHO has certified the entirety of Africa Polio Free.
From Time magazine:
It was Rotary, an international nonprofit service organization, that kicked off the polio endgame in 1988 with the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). That program aimed to leverage the power of Rotary’s 35,000 clubs and 1.22 million members in 200 countries and territories worldwide to make polio only the second human disease—after smallpox—to be pushed over the brink of extinction. The job was made easier by the partners Rotary immediately attracted: the WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined in 2007, followed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, just last year. The 32-year initiative has depended on volunteer workers and charitable donations, which together have produced an army of 20 million field workers administering vaccines to over 2.5 billion children at a cost of $17 billion.
All Rotarians should be immensely proud of this tremendous milestone.  Our annual giving as Sustaining Members and participation in and sponsorship of our District's Polar Plunge have played an important part in this accomplishment.
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 today's meeting (August 10), we continued supporting local restaurants.  We ordered take out from Christopher's for our Zoom meeting.
Other restaurants we've patronized in July & August were:  The Green Tomato, Last Corner, Professor's Market and Christopher's (again).  Suggestions for other local establishments are welcome.  Let President Jenn know.
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.
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.  
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Donate to Reading Rotary via PayPal.  Reading Rotary Charitable Trust is a 501(c) tax exempt organization.  Tax Id 47-7416401.  You may designate the purpose of your donation.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Director - Membership Chair
Director - Public Image Chair
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