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New Meeting Schedule starting September 2022. (Check Calendar for specific dates.)
1st Monday: Residence at Pearl 12:15 pm. 
3rd Monday:  RCTV at 6 pm. 
4th Monday:  Board Meeting. 
Rotary Tackles the Snack Shack
We are in the midst of running the Snack Shack at Reading High's home football games.  
We have had 2 fun-filled games so far.  Upcoming dates are:
Fri., Oct 28 and Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.
There are likely additional playoff games to be added.
The pizza, burgers, candy and hot chocolate won't sell themselves, so sign up to help.
If you can help this week sign up here:  Snack Shack: SNACK SHACK 10/28 (
Rotarians Making the Best of a Stinky Situation
Please check out our own Jeanne Borawski being interviewed on WBZ TV regarding Reading's ongoing trash mess.  Jeanne and President John brought refreshments to the DPW on behalf of Rotary to show appreciation for all the extra work the Town workers have done to deal with the failings of the Town's trash contractor.  Details are available in the video linked here (or in the many reverse-911 calls from Town Hall advising residents of the trashy goings on).  In a nutshell, the former trash collector was bought by Republic who is very bad at picking up trash.
Thanks to Jeanne and John for doing this and representing Rotary so well.  Town Manager Fidel Maltez and the entire DPW team are working hard to resolve this literal mess.
Rotary Donation to Support Community Garden for Food Pantry
Recently Reading Rotary voted to donate $6,000 to support the expansion of the Reading Community Garden located at the Mattera Conservation Area. This approval comes after two months of collaboration between the Reading Rotary Club and the Community Garden Steering Committee.
Reading Rotary is applying for a districtwide grant to help fund this project.  Rotary districtwide grants support projects that promote the seven focus areas of Rotary: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and protecting the environment.  Sheila Clarke, Reading Rotary Co-President, explains, “I reached out to Town Manager Fidel Maltez to ask if there were local projects that might fit these focus areas.  He was kind enough to connect us with the Community Garden Steering Committee and we began to have discussions to see if Rotary could help.”
Community Garden Steering Committee member Cathy Zeek explains, “We have a local volunteer who maintains a small garden bed that provides fresh produce for clients of the Reading Food Pantry.  This garden plot was able to provide produce for Food Pantry clients this past year but we would love to create a much larger garden plot, fully run by volunteers, to be able to provide a larger amount and greater variety of produce to support the more than 120 households who use the Reading Food Pantry. We currently don’t have funds to buy the supplies to make that happen.”
At its October 17 meeting, Reading Rotary voted to donate $6,000 to make this dream a reality. Planning will start immediately, and the new garden is anticipated to provide a variety of fresh produce for the Food Pantry next year. Reading Rotary Co-President John Douglass is thrilled with this project: “This is what Rotary is all about.  Finding needs in the community and solving them.  Rotarians are not only donating the funds.  We will be on hand next spring to help in the actual build of the garden.”
Rotarian Jeanne Borawski is currently writing a grant to support this project. She explains, “This was a great project for the District grant as it covers so many of our focus areas, particularly fighting disease, saving mothers and children, and protecting the environment.”
This project enjoys the support of the Town of Reading, the Reading Community Garden Steering Committee, the Reading Food Pantry, and Reading Rotary. To learn more about how to support the Reading Community Garden, contact Cathy Zeek at  To learn more about how to support the Reading Food Pantry, visit To learn how the Reading Rotary Club has fun while serving others, explore our website and follow us on social media.
DG Alexander's Official Visit
We welcomed DG Alexander Falk for his official club visit on October 17 at RCTV.  Alexander gave a wonderful presentation about the goings on in District 7930 and Rotary International. 
Here Alexander holds a Tutu desk, which is a project to provide lap desks to African students.  Co-President Sheila will be speaking more to the club about a possible donation for them.
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Upcoming Events
RMHS Home Football
Snack Shack
Oct 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
No Reading Rotary Meeting
Oct 31, 2022
Lunch Meeting
Residence at Pearl
Nov 07, 2022
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
No Reading Rotary Meeting
Nov 14, 2022
Joint Thanksgiving Lunch with Stoneham
St Agnes Parish Center
Nov 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
RMHS Home Football
Snack Shack
Nov 24, 2022 10:15 AM
Board Meeting
Nov 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Lunch Meeting
Residence at Pearl
Dec 05, 2022
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
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