The Rotary Club
of Concord MA
, Inc.

Box 455, Concord, MA 01742

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THE ROTARY CLUB OF CONCORD MA, INC.

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 pm and Tuesdays at 7:30 am,

Come to either meeting, or both!  

Concord's Colonial Inn 
48 Monument Street,
Concord, MA 01742

 

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Warmed by the fellowship and possibly a few drinks before dinner, Rotarians conversed, sang, clapped, congratulated and went home bearing a festive poinsettia after the annual Holiday Banquet at Newbury Court. Highlights of the evening included induction of Stuart Weeks and Sally Faccenda as new members, recognition of the committee that helped the Club get the new Christmas Tree for the town, among them Dick Hale and Henry Dane, and the awarding of Paul Harris Fellows to Ingrid Detweiler, Kevin McConnell, Roger Fritz, and June Grace.  Photo: Stuart and Sally
 

 
Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 marked the dedication of the new Christmas Tree donated to the town by the Rotary Club of Concord. It was a cold and windy night, but our members spoke eloquently at the occasion despite annoying mike feedback. The tree looked spectacular. Thanks to all who staffed the Hot Chocolate stand, including the future Rotarian grandchildren of Doug Detweiler and Roger Fritz. And thanks to Dunkin Donuts for donating the hot chocolate. The tree in this picture is not the new town tree! It was too dark to get a good photo.   
 

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Bedford hosted a great football luncheon Nov. 27 at the joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Concord. Both the Bedford and CCHS football teams were present, along with their coaches, principals, town police chiefs, and other dignitaries. Even after consuming a delicious turkey dinner, everyone stayed wide awake to hear an inspiring message from cancer-survivor Jeff Boylan (seen here). Representing the Rotary Foundation, Ralph Hammond held the monies for the traditional bet between club presidents Sheila Watts and Kevin Sullivan (Bedford).
 

 
 
Tom Doe, founder of Municipal Market Advisors, an independent research firm based in Concord. reported on his study of the financial impact of legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado at the Nov. 20 Rotary Club of Concord meeting. Andy Mahoney (left) introduced Tom,  seen here with President Sheila Watts. 
 

 
 

Rotarians in attendance at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Club were treated to a talk by Concord Carlisle student and Interact Club member Julia Nelson. Interact is a very active club with many impressive service projects. Many thanks to Rotarian Sharon Spaulding for her continuing efforts to support Interact...a behind the scenes task that she quietly accomplishes with great success.

 
 

 
 
 
November 11, 2014 will be a busy day for Concord Rotarians. Sunrise Satellite Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn, serving lunch to veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford at 11 a.m. and preparing and serving supper for the homeless at Bristol Lodge's community supper from 2 - 5 p.m. Click on the specific event on the left hand column to get details for these events. Seen here: These Rotarians served lunch on Nov. 11, 2013. 
 

 
 
Satya Mitra of the Rotary Club of Worcester sounded an inspirational call to arms when he addressed the Rotary Club of Concord at its Thursday luncheon meeting Oct. 30. As Past President of his club, he added 82 new members and earned the position of Membership Chair for District 7910. His challenge: that each member of each club in the district bring in at least one new member. Why? to double Rotary's ability to extend help to the millions around the world in need. No excuses! Clubs in the District are taking the challenge and so are we. Here, Mitra kids Dave Robertson about lining up some prospects while Ruth Armknecht enjoys the moment.
 

 
 

The Rotary Club of Concord donated a white fir to replace the dying Colorado Blue Spruce that for many years served as the town's famous Christmas Tree, lit during the holidays to add cheer to the winter nights. Here is the new tree atop a truck from Fairview Farm. The planting took place on the flagpole island in Monument Square on Tuesday October 7. Watch for more information and photos. A formal dedication is being planned. Image

 

 
  Haunted? You decide after you hear Arthur Martin, Colonial Inn's ghost expert, recount the many incidents surrounding the famous ROOM 24 at the Colonial Inn. Come to the Sunrise meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 a.m. to start your day with your pulse racing, and not just from drinking too much coffee! Be informed this Halloween. Know where the real ghosts are. Bring a gullible friend. This meeting has a four crypt rating. And its open to the public.
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Concord will meet at Newbury Court Oct. 23 at 12:15 p.m.  (BYOL) Bring Your Own Lunch. It is our traditional participation in the Rotary Million Dollar Meal, a collective effort to raise money to stamp out polio. World Polio Day is Oct. 24 so the money the Club would ordinarily pay for lunches will be sent to support polio immunization programs. Steve Verrill of Verrill Farm fame is our keynote speaker, educating us about sustainable agriculture. Verrill farmland is in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program. This promises to be a great meeting. The public is invited. 
 

 
 
 

Speaker for the September 18 Rotary Club of Concord luncheon meeting, Museum Director Neil Gordon, will overview the programs of The Discovery Museums where kids do more than look at exhibits...they interact. If you have kids, grandkids or an inquiring mind, you will enjoy this presentation. Please note the venue change. The Sept. 18 luncheonImage will be held at Chang An's Restaurant on Sudbury Road in Concord at 12:15 p.m.

 

 
 

Rob Mitchell, Director of the Concord Festival of Authors, the preeminent annual literary event the Boston area, will be the Sunrise Satellite speaker Tuesday Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn.  Mitchell founded the event in 1993. The Festival consists of two weeks of talks, readings and discussions celebrating the written and spoken word. Plan now to come to breakfast and hear about the exciting authors and forums that will be featured at this year's festival. Feel free to bring a friend. Image

 

 
 

On September 11,  2014-2015 District 7910 Governor Val Callahan delivered an inspiring message about plans for this Rotary year, pointing out that the Rotary Club of Concord has an important role to play in reaching its own and the district goals. Thank you Val, for your leadership. May you have a great Rotary year. Here are 7910 Assistant Gov.,Concord Rotarian Dean Benedict, Rotary Club of Concord President Sheila Watts, Gov. Val Callahan and Assistant Gov. Pam Anastasi.Image

 

 
 

“Let your kids be bored” advised Concord author Gregory Maguire (see story below), as he spoke to the Rotary Club of Concord at the Sept. 4 luncheon meeting, illustrating his point that boredom encourages creativity and imagination with photos from his own childhood – stories, sketches, story boards, and more.  Maguire’s captivating presentation made us look forward to reading his next novel, “Egg and Spoon”.  We wish him all the best.Image

 

 
 

ImageImmediate past president of the Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast (near Charleston, SC) and twice named Rotarian of the Year by her district, Andra Watkins has recently walked 444 miles on the Natchez Trace to celebrate the release of her novel and deepen her appreciation of Lewis' situation. Few people know that Lewis died of two gunshot wounds on Oct. 11, 1809. Few people know that the Natchez Trace is an ancient trail between Natchez MS and Nashville TN. But Watkins has revived interest through her "genre-bending" novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriweather Lews." Come to breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 9,7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn to meet this enthusiastic Rotarian and business woman. 

 

 
 

Thanks to every Rotarian, Sponsor, Golfer, Silent Auction Donator, Concord Country Club Staff, Dinner Guests, Media Outlets, Scholarship Winners and especially our Co-Chairs, Phyllis Maurer, Joe Saia and Rick Beers, Imagefor making the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament a success. It was a beautiful day. Here is a glimpse of our own Sharon Spaulding volunteering at the Registration guest, handing a "golfer's bag" to the "Best Dressed" golfer, Concord Rotarian Henry Dane. 

 

 
 

What a beautiful evening at a beautiful place. Rotarians and guests enjoyed food and fellowship at the Inn on the Horse Farm in SudburyImage hosted by Rick and Joan Beers. The lobsters made a big hit, but so did Rick's grandson, who drove guests around to see the horses, the pond, and all the rest. Here is Rotarian Ken Marriner, ready to start his tour. Thanks everyone, especially Rick and Joan!

 

 
 

On May 21, 2014 the Rotary Club of Concord presented Class Act Awards to over 70 Concord Carlisle students representing a broad range of clubs, sports and community service organizations at the school. Club advisors and coaches nominated the students based on Rotary values of community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility. Each student received a Rotary clock. Seen here, Concord Rotarian Arnold Roth who helped prepare the awards for the ceremony.Image

 

 
 

ImageThe Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Concord and Lexington joined forces to help host a picnic lunch for patients and their families at the VA Hospital in Bedford following a Memorial Day Service held there on May 26, 2014.  This is the third year the three clubs have participated in this meaningful event, thanks to the organizing efforts of Concord Rotarian Sharon Spaulding.  Some of those present are shown here:

From left: Rosario Rizzo, President, Rotary Club of Concord and Retired US Air Force Lt. Colonel; Tracey Claudio, Gold Star Spouse, Disabled US Navy Veteran and Patient Advocate at Bedford VA Hospital; Sheila Watts, President Elect, Rotary Club of Concord; Christine Croteau, Acting Hospital Director, Bedford VA Hospital; Michael Carey, US Air Force Reserves, Veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm, VA Quality Manager; Mary Ann Petrillo, Acting Director of Patient and Nursing Services, Bedford VA Hospital; Ruth Armknecht and June Grace, Concord Rotarians

 

 
 

"Hale Hale, the Gang's All Here!" echoed through the hall at the Concord Rod and Gun Club on Oct. 25 as we sang to welcome our very surprised hero, Dick Hale, at a celebration of his 50 years of perfect attendance and unparalleled dedication to the principles of Rotary. Rotarians and guests, family and friends heard stories of completed projects, persuasive outreach and historic significance from those who had worked side by side with Dick over the years. The biggest surprise was the announcement of the new Richard L. Hale Scholarship to be given to a graduating Concord Carlisle Senior who exemplifies the standards of Rotary International and Richard L. Hale's leadership. Congratulations Dick. Keep up the good work!

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