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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. 


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



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.



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



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



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. 



“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



Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of 30 novels,Image including Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, will speak at the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Thursday, September 4 at 12 noon at the Colonial Inn in Concord. You may have seen "Wicked," the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on Maguire's beloved story. Maguire's newest novel, Egg and Spoon, is due to be released September 9. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Maguire. 



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. 



Dolly Sullivan, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, will address the club on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 12:15 at the Colonial Inn. Gold Star mothers are citizens of the US or its Territories whose sons and daughters served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the US or its Allies. Dolly lost her son in Iraq. This is our opportunity to support someone who is engaged in a very meaningful effort,




Satya Mitra, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Worcester will speak at the Rotary Club Imageof Concord's Sunrise Satellite Meeting Aug. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn. Under Mitra's dynamic leadership the Worcester Club added 82 members in 2013-2014. After speaking to our club, he will be be keynote speaker in Denmark's Rotary Convention, then on to St. Petersburg to address Russian clubs. Catch him before he leaves Massachusetts. Please bring a friend who would be a good candidate for Rotary membership. If you know Rotarians from other clubs, alert them to this opportunity to be inspired to "Grow and add more helping hands." We welcome visitors.



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!



Come, meet Concord's new Chief of Police Joseph O'Connor at the Sunrise Satellite meeting July 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn. Drawing on his experience as superintendent of the MBTA Transit Police Department during the Marathon Bombing, O'Connor will talk about "Community Policing in an Age of Terrorism." Let's welcome our new chief with a room full of friendly Rotarians and guests. We will meet in the Thoreau Room. Hope to see you there. Photo: Town Manager Chris Whelan, Chief O'Connor and Rotarian Kerry Cronin at a previous Sunrise Satellite Meeting.Image



Unfortunately due to the threatening weather complete with Hurricane Arthur the Slush Stand is canceled. But it is still the Fourth of July! Hear the Concord Band play at nearby Emerson Umbrella at 3:15 p.m. Plenty of parking and no charge. Stay dry and celebrate our nation's independence.Image



David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, spoke at the Sunrise Satellite meeting on June 24. "April 19, 1775" came alive as Wood linked history with objects collected for the exhibit, "A Shot Heard Round the World...Image", currently showing at the Museum. Photo: David Wood shows President Rosario Rizzo items on view through September 21, 2014. 



David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, will be the speaker at the Sunrise Satellite meeting June 24, Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn. Wood will tell us about "The Shot Heard Round the World," an interesting collection of items from various locations that inform the story of April 19, 1775 currently on display at the Museum. If you have visitors coming this summer, you will want to take them to see this exhibit, and this is your opportunity to learn about it first hand. Among the items, this drum.Image.




Sheila Watts was installed as the 2014-2015 President of the Rotary Club of Concord at a celebration at the Nashawtuc Country Club on June 19, 2014.  President Rosario Rizzo reviewed the the club's busy 2013-2014 year of international and local projects before passing along the gavel to Sheila. Sheila's remarks included thanks to her family, friends and fellow Rotarians for their support and a preview of the year to come as we embrace change along with tradition. Best of luck to Sheila and the Rotary Club of Concord as we "Light Up Rotary" in the year to come.Image



You've seen her picture in the Concord Journal (many times!) Why? Because she is going places. And she will take us along at the Sunrise Satellite meeting June 17, Tuesday morning at 7:30 at the Colonial Inn. Come hear our own Ruth Armknecht explain the why and where of global travel. Hurry before she takes off on another trip! ImageRuth (left) with Kevin McConnell and Sheila Watts served lunch at the VA Hospital on Memorial Day. One of Ruth's brief stops in Massachusetts!



Concord’s Sunrise Satellite continues to bring you “get up and get your day going” speakers on Tuesday mornings, and Tuesday, June 10, will be no exception. WCVB Chanel 5 Field Producer Clint Conley will fill us in on his 24 years’ experience at Chronicle. In recent episodes Conley has featured Hilary Taylor’s Merlin’s Silver Star silver-smithing studio, the Concord Library’s seed loaning program and last Thursday’s Rotary speaker Dr. Cantu’s work on concussion prevention. Google Conley and you will learn that he is a co-founder of Mission of Burma, one of the more influential rock bands in US.  He plays bass guitar and is a vocalist and composer for the band. There is an interesting history here, and it will be tough to fit it all in. Be at the Colonial Inn at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday June 10 to enjoy this unique talk. Attention Lynn Ashe: Mission of Burma will be in Sled Island, Calgary from June 18 – June 22!  



You’ve seen him on TV.  You’ve read his comments in the news. Now hear him in person at the Rotary Club of Concord’s June 5th 12:00 noon luncheon meeting at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Dr. Robert Cantu will address the challenge of protecting our young people from the effects of head injuries.  Cantu recently released his 30th book  “Concussions and Our Kids”, the first prescriptive book to address the issue of head trauma in children’s sports.  You are sure to come away informed and concerned.  Don’t miss this opportunity.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



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



"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!




Michael Goodwin, founder of an unique interdisciplinary experience now offered at Concord Carlisle High School, introduced Rotarians and their guests to the program at the Rotary Club of Concord’s Sunrise meeting on May 13. An English teacher at CCHS, Goodwin has been named one of 50 remarkable teachers in a new book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” by Katrina Fried. Goodwin was accompanied by team member Art Teacher Tracie Dunn. After hearing Goodwin and Dunn, Rotarians understood why “Rivers and Revolutions” is quickly gaining in popularity among students, parents, and educators alike. Here are Goodwin and Dunn, happy to answer any questions before hurrying off to meet their students.Image







At their October 10 meeting members of the Rotary Club of Concord honored Dick Hale, aka Mr. Rotary, for serving the club, District 7910 and Rotary International for 50 years. Dick has not only obtained perfect attendance, he has demonstrated service above self in hundreds of ways, from community service projects like the revitalization of Monument Square and the Veteran's Memorial in Concord to advising area clubs to chairing many years of Pops concerts and much more. Congratulations Dick and many thanks!Image



Concord Rotarians inducted two new members on May 1...Hilary Taylor, owner Imageof Merlin's Silver Star in Concord and Theresa Espinola of the Acton Branch of Enterprise Bank.  Here is Hilary with her Dad, Art, her sponsor and a Concord Rotarian. Hilary is a fourth generation Rotarian. 



At its October 3, 2013 meeting, the members of the Rotary Club of Concord honored the late Christopher M. Curtis II (Chris) for his community service by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow. In a ceremony attended by Chris’s family, Rotarians learned of the many qualities that made Chris a “Rotarian in spirit.”  In testimonials by Chris’s stepfather Maynard Forbes and sister Hilary Curtis-Osmer, the details of Chris’s life revealed a man whose influence reached far beyond his dedicated work as manager of the West Concord 5 & 10.

Chris died in Texas on May 21, 2013 at age 49 while on a storm-chasing expedition. He left behind a legacy of friendship and commitment to all things West Concord including its Family Festival and Discover West Concord Day.  In addition, Chris introduced a wide audience from Cub Scouts to Senior Citizens to the science of tornadoes and all weather-related events through personal appearances, internet blogs and guest columns in Boston-area publications. 




Many thanks to Abe Dane (L), Concord Rotarian Henry Dane (center) and Jan Faust Dane for representing the Rotary Club of Concord in the Iron Chef competition for Open Table's 25th anniversary. Three cheers for "The Rotary Chefs Three" who took third place in the competition. Is three our lucky number?



The public is invited to sail with a group from the Rotary Club of Concord on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the beautiful 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor. An evening to benefit the Rotary Club of Concord’s humanitarian outreach, the event offers guests a taste of what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres, sip wine, laugh, and celebrate the fellowship of new friends and old. Saturday, Sept 21, 5 until 7 p.m. Come early to board at the Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant,  63 rear Rogers Street (Route 127) Gloucester. Tickets are $100 per person and thanks to our generous sponsor, every penny will go toward Rotary’s programs. Tickets are available from Roger Fritz,, or from your Rotarian friends. For more information about the schooner, visit Image



If its Town Cleanup, Spring is about to spring! Thanks to Leigh Ann Crimmings, Michael Woodman, Art Taylor, Doug and Ingrid Detweiler, Dick Hale and Buck and June Grace, Cambridge Turnpike looks a lot neater. Picking up roadside litter is an annual event for the Rotary Club of Concord, along with many other groups in town. Now let the flowers bloom! Image



The Rotary Club of Lexington honored Concord Rotarian Dick Hale with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the joint meeting of the Lexington and Concord Clubs held March 31, 2014 at Waxy O'Connors in Lexington. The award recognized Hale's fifty years of perfect attendance and his fifty years of service to Rotary. This was the third year the two clubs have held a joint meeting in celebration of Patriot's Day and the bond between the clubs that are geographically close but represent different Rotary Districts.Image



Concord Rotarian Judy Carlough was a speed-speaker at the Rotary International District 7910 Project EXPO where she demonstrated in six short minutes, six times, how-to and why-to create Public Service Announcements for television featuring a Rotary club's own message as an introduction to professional Rotary International videos. Here she is resting before the next group of "students" arrive.Image



The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed newest member, Ari Beyranevand of Alpine Property Management on March 13, 2014. Thanks Jerry Paolilli, for proposing Ari. We look forward to sharing many Rotary experiences with Ari. Ari already knows the 4-Way test.Image



Dan Vermouth of Stop Hunger Now, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord at the Colonial Inn on Thursday March 27 at 12:15 p.m.. Come hear how Stop Hunger Now is having an enormous impact on world hunger through the mobilization of community volunteers in the simple act of packaging non-perishable nutritious meals. Image



The Rotary Club of Concord celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 11 by serving a traditional corned beef dinner to our friends at Bristol Lodge. 90 guests were served by 14 Rotarians including family members. Second year in a row. Now it's a tradition. Thanks to our chefs Cato Anderson and John Dow. Photo: Art Taylor and Judy Carlough preside over the cabbage prep.Image



Members of the Rotary Club of Concord enjoyed hosting the Third Annual Olympics and Carnival for our friends at Minuteman Arc on Saturday, March 1. The events included spin art, darts, bowling, golf, Krazy Kans, football challenge, baseball strike zone, and more. The smell of freshly made popcorn drew everyone to the refreshment line, and the clown got folks out of their seats to play percussion instruments in a parade and participate in some magic tricks. Everyone walked the red carpet to receive a trophy and a medal. We all had a great time!Image 

Photo: Rotarian Ana Pantazi pins a star reward to her friend's name tag.



The Rotary Club of Concord is proud to announce that it has been awarded a global grant to provide clean water and  sanitation in rural villages of Kenya. We are partnering with the Karura-Nairobi Rotary Club for this life-giving project.  We are happy to report that we have raised $10,000 toward the entire cost of the $35,000 endeavor, with the remainder of the funds being provided by Rotary International District 7910 ($10,000) and The Rotary Foundation ($15,000). Thank you everyone for your support!Image






Thanks to the efforts of Concord Rotarian Paul D'Oliveira and the support of the Rotary Club of Concord, Rotary International District 7910, The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of New Carlisle, Ohio and the Rotary Club of Jacmel, Haiti, the children of the St. Joseph's Family's schools in Haiti received a much-needed gift on Christmas Eve: a 15-passenger 2013 Toyota Hi-Ace van. This vehicle will save thousands of dollars in transportation costs and thousands of hours on the roads as it transports the special-needs children of the ImageWings of Hope Home in Fermathe and the students of Trinity House in Jacmel to medical appointments and other events. Pictured with the van: children who will soon ride in comfort and safety, thanks to Rotarians who care. See photo album for more. 



Bert Lesneski and Steve Levitsky caught the holiday spirit at the Rotary Club of Concord's Holiday Reception and Dinner Dec. 12 at Newbury Court in Concord. Special thanks to Dick Hale for his ever-helpful energy in arranging an enjoyable evening of fellowship and to Andrea Rizzo for stepping up to the Steinway to add some sparkle to our singing. Image






At Rotary's Dec. 5 meeting, Lauren Ready, Director of Talent Management Initiatives and Marketing at the International Consortium for Executive Development Research in Lexington, presented results of her research on exceptional women leaders. Based on interviews of 60 women executives at 20 different companies in 19 countries, Ready outlined three areas of focus for successful career development: 1. Explore, 2. Own, 3. Repay. See her full report, "Taking Charge" and related video at Photo: Rotarian Rev. Herb Taylor with Lauren Ready.Image



Leslie Perrin Wilson, Curator of Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, spoke at the Sunrise Satellite meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Dec. 3. Leslie's recounting of the history of the Munroes of Lexington and Concord provided glimpses of life in our area from 1651 on, with some special notes about 1776. She pointed out that we have William Munroe to thank for establishing the Library, surmounting many obstacles to obtain the site, erect the building, formulate the administrative structure, and more. All are encouraged to view the collaborative exhibit by the Library and the Lexington Historical Society, currently showing in the art space at the Concord Library.Imagei Photo: Leslie Wilson signs a copy of her Guidebook to Concord for Rotarian Ann Trudeau.




Rotarians and their families hosted the annual Hot Chocolate stand at Concord's Tree Lighting Dec. 1.  Freezing drizzle encouraged lots of friends to drop by for a hot drink, compliments of Dunkin Donuts. Here are our first customers…happy to greet the Holiday season.Image




Guest speaker former N E. Patriot Randy Vataha entertained the CCHS and Bedford football players and cheerleaders, and coaches, guests of the Rotary Clubs of Concord and Bedford at the annual Rotary football banquet Thursday, Nov. 21


It was a beautiful day to play golf, or just to be at the Concord Country Club during the 25th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament August 19. There is no doubt that the students who are awarded Rotary Scholarships are the number one winners.  First place winners with a score of 61 were Cato Anderson, Charlie Blair, Jamie Bruneau and Bob Carr. Andy Mahoney, Mike Phillips, Paul Davis and Dave Swan came in second with a 63. Cato Anderson won the Men's Long Drive and Sheila Watts won the Women's. Watts also won closest to the pin for the women, and Rick Cleary won closest to the pin for the men. Thanks to all the players, sponsors and volunteers who made the day possible.Image



Rotarians from Concord, Bedford and Lexington honored veterans and their families at the VA Hospital in Bedford with a lunch following the Veteran's Day Memorial Service. Pictured here are Rotarians and staff who enjoyed time with the veterans, and joined the nation in thanking them for their service. 



The Rotary Club of Concord congratulates our newest Paul Harris Fellows, Joan and Rick Beers, who received their awards at their "Inn on the Horse Farm" in Sudbury, while they were hosting the club's summer outing. This is the second Paul Harris award for Rick, who was surprised by the honor bestowed on him by the club members. Rick himself arranged for Joan to receive her first Paul Harris Award. The ceremony topped off an evening of fellowship and feasting on a hot but perfectly comfortable July night. Image



On Nov. 3rd 14 Rotarians and 7 volunteers braved snow flurries and biting wind to follow Greg Symko's challenging tour through historic Concord. Drivers and their co-pilots followed written directions to historic sites where they picked up souvenirs or answered questions before heading back to the starting point to complete their runs. Everyone enjoyed the practice event and the information gained will be used to plan a full-blown rally in the spring. Road-worthy vehicles ranged from collectibles to ordinary, motorcycle to truck. Here are two of more to view the cyclists.Image


Thanks to the enthusiasm of Rotarians and their friends who supported Rotary's Annual Golf Tournament, Madeline Mahoney has just received her second Rotary Scholarship. A junior at New York University (NYU), Madeline is an admissions ambassador for NYU and volunteers at an enrichment program for children with disabilities. She spent this summer as a paid intern doing series development at MTV. She will complete a fall semester in Paris before returning to New York City for NYU’s spring semester. A past recipient of Rotary’s Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship, Madeline was president of the Rotary Interact Club while at Concord Carlisle High School. Congratulations Madeline.





The Rotary Club of Concord announced winners of Rotary Scholarships as it prepares to launch its 25th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament Aug. 19, 2013 to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.


Thanks to the generous support of the community for last season’s Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, the Rotary Club of Concord was able to give $19,750 in scholarships to graduating seniors and previous winners who are continuing their college educations. Among the winners are Jack Struck, recipient of the William L. Eaton Memorial Scholarship, who will attend American University and Rose Paleologos, recipient of the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship, who will attend Emerson College. Other graduating high school seniors who received scholarships are Casey Mandrioli, attending Bryant College and Stephanie Malis, attending Syracuse University. Receiving Rotary Scholarships for a second time, Kendra Lisenby is a student at New England College, Anthony Perugini continues at the University of Virginia, and Madeline Mahoney at New York University. Willliam Moss, who was awarded a Rotary scholarship for the third time, will return to the University of Richmond. The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund selected these students from among applicants who meet Rotary’s ideals for community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility. Congratulations students!




On June 19, 2013, Concord Middle School 8th graders held their End of the Year Celebration. The Rotary Club of Concord congratulates all the students, who showed generous enthusiasm for the 19 winners of Rotary Academic Excellence Awards as well as for the winners of the Amy Osgood Upstander Award, the Philip A Jones Award, the Nick Ressler Award and the Morton R. Seavey Award. As Applied Tech teacher Douglas Shattuck said in his presentation to Tech winner Gabrielle Wilson, "For more than 100 years, Rotary International has supported educational programs that foster and encourage individual achievement, initiative, independence, and the entrepreneurial spirit." Thank you, Concord Middle School Faculty, for fostering such an outstanding class of students. Photo: Mr. Shattuck congratulates Gabrielle Wilson.





The Rotary Club of Concord's own Past President Doug Detweiler began his year as the new District Governor on Thursday evening, June 6, when he was installed by The Rotary Foundation Trustee Michael McGovern. Past District Governors, Assistant Governors for 2013-2014, Club Presidents and many other distinguished guests enjoyed an evening of Rotary fellowship at the Nashawtuc Country Club. The Concord Club's incoming President, Rosario Rizzo, was also installed. along with the Club officers for 2013-2014. Stay tuned as we "Engage Rotary to Change Lives."  Photo: 7910 District Governor for 2012-2013 pins Doug as Doug's wife Ingrid enjoys the moment. Image



The Rotary Club of Concord's Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund will be held Monday August 19 at the Concord Country Club. Come at 11 a.m. to register and enjoy lunch and a chance to warm up on the putting green before the 1 p.m. start. Afterward, chat with old and new friends over drinks and dinner. Play in a foursome of your choosing or be assigned to one. Players could win any of a number of prizes, and maybe even have their names engraved on the trophy. Buy Mulligans to improve your score. Make a hole-in-one and win big. Bid on items in the silent auction. Escape work or work a deal on the golf course. For $250 a player, you will get 18 holes of golf at one of New England's premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments and most important, help provide scholarships to worthy students who really need your support. Double your support by sponsoring a tee or green for $250. Or go all out and become a major sponsorSEE SIGN-UP FORMS UNDER DOWNLOADS IN THE LEFT HAND COLUMN OF THIS SITE. REGISTER NOW, CONTACT PHYLLIS MAURER AT or 508-254-7900. TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT DETAILS,Image CALL JOE SAIA AT WEST CONCORD LIQUORS, 978-369-3872.



The Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Concord and Lexington served ice cream sundaes and cake to Veterans, patients at the Bedford VA Hospital on May 27, a beautiful Memorial Day. The event followed a special Memorial Day service held at the chapel. The veterans and their families enjoyed eating out in the sunshine and the Rotarians and Boy Scouts enjoyed thanking the vets for their service in person. This was the second year the Rotarians held this joint service project. Special thanks to Sharon Spaulding and Karla Mansur for coordinating the event and to Rancatore's Ice Cream for bringing the ice cream and fixins. 

Photo: Bert Lesneski, Gracie and Frank ChenImage



Rotarian Frank Rigg returned from England and Spain with a story about his life that had us on the edge of our seats. And he promises that there is more to come. Shown here, Frank presented the Rotary Club of Concord with a banner from the Rotary Club of Billericay...the original English town that spawned our neighboring town of Billerica. Stay tuned.Image



Rotary Club of Concord Summer Outing
July 18, 2013   5:30 p.m.  Rain or Shine. Meeting of the Week.
Hosted by Rick and Joan Beers at their Inn on the Horse Farm in Sudbury
277 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27)  978-443-7400

Delicious cook-out. Bring an appetizer or dessert. Bring a friend. Bring your kids. Just come!

You will enjoy fellowship with your club members at this beautiful family-friendly location so dress informallyImage.

Directions: (The Inn is not visible from the road, so look for the horse statues on the stone wall on either side of the driveway.) Go to Route 27 in Sudbury.  From Sudbury Center, at the traffic light where Rt. 27 intersects Concord Road (landmarks are a church, town buildings, a little park and the Hosmer House,) go South on 27 and prepare to almost immediately turn right. Look for a large granite post with “277” engraved on it and two large horses standing on top of the stone wall on each side of the driveway. Turn in and drive down the lane. (If you come to the Methodist Church you’ve gone too far.)



Thanks to our Future Rotarians for their spirit and pep in carrying the banner and making the Rotary Club of Concord super-proud at Concord's Patriot's Day Parade. Thanks Gwendolyn and Vera Dane, Gracie Chen, and Alexa and Carson Detweiler. ImageThree Cheers for our New Generation!



The Rotary Club of Concord is proud to host the installation of our own Past President Douglas J. Detweiler as Governor, 2013-2014 of Rotary District 7910 on Thursday evening, June 6 at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. We will also install Rosario Rizzo as Club President for 2013-2014 along with the Board of Directors for the year. Guest of Honor is Michael K. McGovern, Trustee of The Rotary Foundation. Doug is only the second District Governor from the Concord Club, and this will be an historic occasion. Sign up at a Rotary meeting or contact Dick Hale, 508-878-6577 to RSVP. Don't miss it. 

Photo: Ingrid & Doug Detweiler with 2013-2014 Rotary International President Ron Burton and Jetta Burton Image



It was a great night...a sell-out. Lots of "Rotary Energy" as The Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Band joined forces to "Do Good, Feel Great!"  Thanks to everyone who helped...our sponsors, our guests and the many members of the Club who volunteered in a myriad of ways. Shown here: President Elect Rosario Rizzo takes the mike to sing our praises!Image



Here is an easy, rewarding way to honor our hospitalized veterans. Join Rotarians from three clubs, Bedford, Concord and Lexington, in serving ice cream sundaes at a picnic on the VA Hospital Grounds following a Memorial Service held in the chapel. The Rotary Club of Concord, under the leadership of Sharon Spaulding, has organized this opportunity. Rancatore's Ice Cream will deliver the supplies and we will deliver the labor and the fellowship. 11:30 a.m.  The weather looks promising. You will be glad you came.



David Sears, President of the Rotary Club of Lexington, admires the gavel presented to his club by the Rotary Club of Concord on the occasion of the town of Lexington’s 300th anniversary.  Concord Rotarians Ken Marriner made the engraved gavel and John Frankiewicz made the handsome container.  Nancy Nelson, Superintendent of Minuteman Historical National Park, was the featured speaker at the joint “Patriot’s Day” meeting of the clubs. 




Just in time for the last day of bidding, two tickets to the Red Sox versus Kansas City Royals has been added to our online auction. Grandstand 16 Row 2. Bid before the time runs out. Click here. Image



Rotary Club of Concord's online auction at will close April 10. Bid now to help Rotary's outreach to the Sharing Foundation in Cambodia, and for other service projects abroad and locally. Lots of great items at bargain prices. You won't know if you don't look. Click on "Bidding for Good" on the banner at the top of the page to go to the site. HURRY!Image Catch fish like these!



Doesn't this warm weather make you want to head out to the golf course? You can do that AND help Rotary support its important humanitarian outreach...."Click to Care" at Bidding for Good. Click on the banner above to go right to the exciting site. 




March 3 – 9 was another busy week for Concord Rotarians.  At Tuesday’s Sunrise meeting, Darren Brown spoke about cyber-ransom threats; also Tuesday, Cato Anderson and club-mates cooked up a St. Patrick’s Day dinner for the community supper at Bristol Lodge.. At the Thursday meeting, guest speaker Laura Moore helped us gain “Clutter Clarity.” To top it off, on Saturday Sharon Spaulding and 20+ Rotarians and friends put on our second annual Winter Olympics for Minuteman Arc. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring!

ImagePhoto: The clown entertained the Olympians with tricks like this!



Need Clutter Clarity about
De-Cluttering and Organizing Your Home, Your Calendar and Your Life?

It’s possible to achieve sustainable relief from your mess, and stay organized, but feeling overwhelmed and frustrated gets in the way, doesn’t it? Laura Moore, M.Ed., life coach and professional organizer, will reveal a fresh perspective on three common misconceptions, and provide tangible strategies to  stay unstuck, and enjoy de-cluttering and organizing. Come with questions, and enter RAFFLE to win the essential resource guide, Paper Clarity: What to Keep, Where and When to Shred. 


Laura Moore, M. Ed.



At its Feb. 28 meeting the Rotary Club of Concord inducted six new members. Here they are with their 4-way tests: from left, John Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and Concord Public Schools; Judy Carlough, Residential Realtor, Coldwell Banker; Patrick Woods, Development Officer, Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston; Charles Blair, Residential Real Estate, Keller Williams; Diana Rigby, Superintendent, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and Concord Public Schools, and Peter Badalament, Principal, Concord-Carlisle High School. Welcome to Rotary!



The Rotary Club of Concord will sponsor an on-line auction in early April through “Bidding for Good” to support the work of The Sharing Foundation. We are currently seeking auction items and would encourage anyone wishing to contribute to contact Ann Trudeau at


In 1992, local pediatrician Dr. Nancy W. Hendrie of Concord MA founded The Sharing Foundation (TSF), whose mission is to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia. In the years since its inception, TSF’s outreach has expanded to serve over 1,500 children daily, through numerous ongoing programs. These include the Roteang Orphanage, a Montessori-based preschool, Khmer literacy and English language programs, high school and college student sponsorships, a farming cooperative, a computer school, and a sewing school.



At their Feb. 28 Imageluncheon meeting, Concord Rotarians had the pleasure of hearing local author Andrew Goldsteintein tell his own story...and that of his novel,The Bookie's Son. Relating how what he learned in the Bronx of the 60s as a bookie's son contributed to his success as entrepreneur of Thoughtforms Corp. Construction, Goldstein transitioned smoothly into a reading of an excerpt from his book. What happens? Only those who read the novel will find out. But everyone learned once again that communication skills are of utmost importance in any field.



Past President Sean McCarthy unwraps the mystery of the Four-Way Test as he presents a plaque to new inductee to the Rotary Club of Concord, Lynn Ashe of AnnieMac Home Mortgage. Noel Choquette (left) proposed Lynn, and Immediate Past President Steve LevitskyImage presented her with her pin and name badge. Welcome Lynn. 



Emmy-winning photographer Allegra Anderson of This Old House Productions recounted her experiences in connecting with survivors of Hurricane Katrina five years after the storm to learn how their lives had changed since they were first featured on This Old House's program. Interesting story, but just as interesting was the trophy awarded for the documentary Allegra and her team produced. Shown here is Allegra (right) with Concord Rotarian Therese Oliver. It takes two to lift that Emmy! Image



The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Ryan Azinger of Centinel Financial Group to membership at its January 24, 2013 meeting. Speaker of the day was Concord Rotarian Dan Cook, president of Conservation Solutions Corporation. Dan spoke on water issues and innovative water efficiency opportunities, a timely and important topic for all Rotarians worldwide. 
Photo: New Concord Rotarian Ryan Azinger with Steve Levitsky (left) and Neal Walker (far right). 



Due to the blizzard warning, our Minuteman Arc Olympic event has been rescheduled to March 16. This will be fun for everyone, so plan to attend and lend a hand.Image



The Rotary Club of Concord honored Robert McWalter for his 47 years of perfect attendance at their regular meeting Thursday January 17, 2013. In attendance were (from left) Grace McWalter, one of the first women to join the Rotary Club of Concord (1988), and her husband Rotarian David McWalter, Jack McWalter and the honoree, Rotarian Bob McWalter. Just beginning their Rotary membership were Leigh Ann Crimmings and Ana Pantazi, shown here being inducted by Past President Sean McCarthy with assistance from Sandra Cassella and Ann Trudeau. Congratulations to all! 





A much improved singing performance was led by President June, with song sheets provided by Suzanne; Rick C started the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moving prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. John Lombard

Guests were introduced by Ann (John Faucett), Andy (Sophie Wadsworth)

The Question of the week was asked by John Lombard which concerned Legos, the famous toy building blocks which are celebrating their 55th anniversary.


Steve who announced a great January in the stock market with a gain of more than 5%.  He also brought the predictions that Club members made a couple of weeks ago regarding the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the end of December 2103, a copy of which is attached to these minutes

Sandy who celebrated her daughter’s 42nd birthday

Chris honored John Lombard who is sharing the Question of the Week responsibilities with Chris.

Frank R in honor of Susan who donated a 1931 Rotary Program Book to the Archives Project

Dave who reported that it could have been a sad fine, but turned out OK

Sheila who is happy that John Faucett is visiting this week

John D in honor of Ken for hosting the Question of the week for many years.

Suzanne in honor of her Birthday

Andy who learned his daughter made the Dean’s List at Bucknell

June in honor of a project at Emerson Hospital and to recognize her daughter who visited from Alaska


Minuteman Arc Special Olympics on February 9

Pops Concert with an auction in April:  MORE auction items are needed!

February 11 – Information Meeting for those interested in joining Rotary

February 27 – Mixer for New Members

Sharon introduced our speaker, Allegra Anderson, who is an Emmy Award winning Producer for This Old House, and a free-lance photographer. Allegra discussed a video she helped produce following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, “Getting Back to Normal”. In the video, local residents, business owners and others were interviewed and described the hard times they faced following the Hurricane. Their loyalty and optimism shined throughout the video. The Scribe was amazed how much Allegra and Sharon seem to display the same personality attributes!

The door prize was won by Dick Hale

Attachment – 2013 Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Contest hosted by Steve. The closest prediction will win a pair of red Sox Tickets for a game in 2014. Predictions made on January 3, 2013:

Arnold R                        10,000

Rosario R                      12,000

Henry D                                    12,120

Ana P                             12,605

Bob M                           12,900

Ken M                           13,100

Leigh Ann G                  13,500

Frank R                          13,783

Chris S                           13,820

Sharon S                       13,900

Noel C                           13,905

Dick H                             14,000

Suzanne                        14,021

Dick L                             14,070

Rick C                             14,200

Herb T                            14,222

John L                             14,237

Doug D                           14,250

Sheila W                         14,250

Ann T                              14,333

Paul D                             14,375

Steve K                           14,379

Andy M                           14,650

Karla M                           14,720

Art T                                14,800

Rick B                              14,944

June G                             15,000

John D                               16,800

Tameka G                         18,575

espectfully Submitted, Steve L



The A-Team of Concord Rotarian Chefs prepared a hearty meal of pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted winter squash, and salad for 70Imageat Bristol Lodge's soup kitchen at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Waltham on January 8. Here Rick Copland and Art Taylor work quickly to get the warm roast to the table. 



Past President Sean McCarthy (right) conducted a ceremony to welcome Karla Mansur (left) and Tameka Grantham to membership in the Rotary Club of Concord. Here, Henry Dane presents name badges and pins to our newest members. Congratulations Karla and Tameka.Image



The Rotary Club of Concord will not meet Dec. 27. It's been a busy month with the Festival of Wreaths on Dec. 2; Hot Chocolate Stand on Dec. 2; Annual Meeting on Dec. 13; Holiday party with gifts to the children at the Northeast Correctional Center on Dec. 15 and our own Holiday Dinner on Dec. 20. We will hit the ground running on January 3, with the induction of new members and plans for serving a delicious meal to the homeless in Waltham on January 8. Stay tuned.

Photo: Our treasured treasurer Kevin McConnell received a gift from Santa (aka Steve Kirk) at the Holiday Party.Image



Who are these people and why are they smiling? Why, they are reveling at the Rotary Club of Concord's Holiday Party at Newbury Court. This year it will be held on Thursday Evening, Dec. 20. at 5:30. Bring a guest and greet old friends and new. RSVP to Dick Hale, Image



Sunday December 2, 2012 brought Concord Rotarians together with many community friends as they hosted two events...the Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths for the benefit of the Domestic Violence Services Network and the Hot Chocolate Stand, where crowds enjoyed cocoa donated by Dunkin Donuts with tiny marshmallows (thanks Heidi!) while they waited for Santa to come by on the fire engine at Concord's Tree Lighting night. Here is Concord Rotarian Herb Taylor serving some eager customers.Image



On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. the Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Concord, will be open to the public in the lobby of Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord Center. Wreaths creatively decorated by local establishments will be on display for viewing and purchase.  Also for sale, chances on a huge collection of gift certificates decorating a “Gift Tree.” The winner of the raffle takes home all of the certificates, and does not need to be present to win. Admission is free.

Proceeds from this unique event will go to support the Domestic Violence Services Network, (DVSN) a collaboration of Central Middlesex non-profit agencies, clergy, volunteers, and police departments.

Plan now to drop in to see the wreaths, get decorating ideas, and support a worthy cause. Then stop by the Rotary Club of Concord’s Hot Chocolate Booth right outside the Middlesex Savings Bank where you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.  Frosty and Santa will be coming by on the fire engine for the tree-lighting and carol sing on Monument Square. What better time to be in Concord Center? What better time to help those experiencing tough circumstances by supporting the Rotary Club of Concord’s Festival of Wreaths?

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On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 Imagethe Rotary Club of Bedford's mighty team of muscle-men quickly pulled the determined team from the Rotary Club of Concord through the mud at Bedford's Paul Bunyan Field Day. But it was all in good fun, and Bedford served the losers some mighty good steak. Concord's team included men, women, and kids, no match for an all-he-man team from Bedford. Wait til next year!



ImageKylie Copland and brother Thomas let it be known that Rotary will close the gap in the fight against polio. Here they are in front of Crosby's Marketplace in Concord, at Rotary's Purple Pinkie Day event.



The Rotary Club of Concord will hold its meeting at the Masonic Hall onMonument Square in Concord Center on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:15 p.m.  Members will bring a lunch instead of the Colonial Inn's hot meal, and the money saved will be donated to Rotary International’s effort to End Polio Now.  On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Club sponsored its fourth annual Purple Pinkie Day, chatting with the public about ending polio and coloring the pinkie finger of those who donated to the cause with a purple mark, as is done to identify children who have been vaccinated in countries where Immunization Teams go door to door.

Pictured: from left, ImageRotarians Frank Rigg and Frank Chen, with Gracie Chen, greeted customers in front of Crosby’s Market on Purple Pinkie Day Oct. 20, 2012


On October 4 Irina Tuule brought her Bandy Heffler guests, Rotarian John Rowlinson and his wife from the Rotary Club of Fareham, UK, near Portsmouth, Imageto visit the Rotary Club of Concord. John told us about his Rotary Club and about the history of the area, including a mention of UK's own "Ironsides" now on display at the nearby Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Pictured, John presenting his Rotary Club's banner to the Rotary Club of Concord. 

Image The Rotary Club of Concord's sunset cruise on the schooner Thomas Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor on September 16, 2012 brought out sailors and landlubbers alike to support the club's international outreach. Smooth sailing, great company, and fantastic weather made it a very special event


Enthusiastic golfers teed off under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures on Aug 20 2012 at the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, Rotary Club of Concord’s 24th annual golf event. No Hurricane Irene this year!  Image

Many Rotary and community volunteers worked to assure the success of the tournament, chief among them tournament chairs Rick Beers, Sandra Cassella, Phyllis Maurer and Joe Saia. Scholarships will be funded for students entering college in September 2013, thanks to the major sponsors, Hammond Residential Real Estate and Middlesex Savings Bank, along with Tee and Green Sponsors.  Generous donations to the silent auction, and generous bidders who supported the auction, provided an added benefit.

First place winners Andy Mahoney with his teammates B. Kelly, Dave Swan and W. Muggie came in at 139 (one under par) narrowly edging out the second place foursome of Ed Fitzgerald, Frank Vumbaca, T. White and R. Saha whose score was 140.  But all agreed it wasn’t just the challenge of the game that made for a great day, it was the camaraderie and the chance to support an important cause, the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund. 

Photo: The winners!




Join your friends from the Rotary Club of Concord on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the beautiful 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor. An evening to benefit the Rotary Club of Concord’s international humanitarian outreach, the event offers guests a taste of what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres, sip wine, laugh, and celebrate the fellowship of Rotary. Sunday, Sept 16, 5 until 7 p.m. Come early to board at the Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant,  63 rear Rogers Street (Route 127) Gloucester. Tickets are $100 per person and available from Roger Fritz,, or from your Rotarian friends.

As part of a global network of community volunteers, the Rotary Club of Concord focuses on giving back to our community, both here and abroad. Concord’s recent international projects include providing technology tools and know-how to three schools in Haiti, purchasing a bus for special needs students in Haiti, supporting cleft palate surgery in Central and South America through the Global Smile Foundation, providing earthquake response to Japan, supporting a school for hearing impaired in India, giving educational help to girls in Cambodia through the Sharing Foundation, providing support to Gift of Life International for open heart surgery in Central America, participating in a literacy project in the Philippines, and sponsoring events to further polio eradication in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

The Rotary Club of Concord is a great group of over 70 members, men and women. The Club holds two meetings each week…breakfast on Tuesdays from 7:30 until 8:15 AM and lunch on Thursdays from 12:15 until 1:30 PM. Both are held at the Colonial Inn in Concord. You are invited to attend a meeting. With interesting speakers and an energized group every week, you will come away inspired.  Image

And do join us for the Sunset Sail for Rotary’s International Outreach.




Tory De Fazio of the Rotary Club of Wellesley enlightened Concord Rotarians on Aug. 16, 2012 when he overviewed many of the programs supported through the Rotary Foundation. Of special interest was his explanation of the Ambassadorial Scholars program. The Rotary Club of Concord is currently sponsoring two Ambassadorial Scholars, Dabin Kim from South Korea, and Suschita Shah from England.      Image
Shown here, Tory with Sharon Spaulding, Concord Rotarian who is serving as host for both scholars.

At the August 9, 2012 Rotary Club meeting, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Scholarship winner Caroline Hall recounted highlights of her RYLA experience as she thanked the Concord Rotarians for the opportunity to attend the RYLA weekend this past June. Caroline said she gained leadership skills and confidence as she took place in such activities as breaking a board and speaking in public. If Caroline's poise is any indication, she is already an outstanding leader. 

Pictured: RYLA Scholar Caroline Hall (left) with Rotarian Sharon Spaulding


Photo: from left, PDG Tom Polito; Past President Steve Levitsky, President June Grace,  
Foundation Chair Jack Dresser and Membership Chair Therese Oliver

Past District Governor Tom Polito attended the July 12, 2012 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord to present the club with a Presidential Citation Award for 2011-2012. PDG Polito reviewed the criteria for the award, noting that the club added at more than one new member and kept 85% of its membership, in addition to meeting the Every Rotarian Every Year goal, with an average of $100 per member being donated to the Rotary Foundation by March 31, 2012. 



The Rotary Club of Concord hosted winners of Rotary Scholarships at the June 14, 2012 luncheon meeting of Rotary at the Colonial Inn. Winners shown Image
below include (from the left) Kendra Lisenby, winner of the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship; Keith Man, Rotary Club Scholarship Chair, Jennifer Robinson, Christian Wesselhoeft, and Anthony Perugini.  Winners not present include Jonah Lovy, winner of the William L. Eaton Memorial Scholarship, Abigail Bruins, and William Moss.

Thanks to the generous support of the community for the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, the Rotary Club of Concord was able to give $19,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Concord Carlisle High School, Concord Academy and Minuteman Regional High School. The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund selected these students from among applicants who meet Rotary’s ideals for community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility.

Check out the information about the Aug 20, 2012 Golf Tournament at Concord Country Club on this webpage! 



Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Concord and Lexington honored veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford on Memorial Day. Following a special Memorial Service, veterans and their families were served lunch in the grassy courtyard outside the Chapel. Rotarians scooped ice cream topped with hot fudge, M&Ms and whipped cream supplied by Rancatore’s Ice Cream. The Rotary Club of Lexington brought a beautifully decorated “Rotary Wheel” cake that said it all,  “Thank you American Veterans on this Memorial Day…Bedford, Concord & Lexington.” We were all inspired as we chatted with men and women still bearing the wounds of many battles fought on our behalf.  Thanks to Sharon Spaulding and the Sunrise Satellite Club of Concord for organizing the event.

Photo: Doesn't this just take the cake?Image


      The Sunrise Club welcomed Kerry Cronin, Director of the Concord Free Public Library, to their ranks on May 1, 2012. Kerry is an alumna of the Rotary Club of Concord and has worked on many Rotary-sponsored community projects in the past. Guest Speaker Past District Governor Ralph Hammond, Concord's Club Advisor, outlined strategies for engaging Rotarians with other community volunteers to achieve common goals. The group discussed plans for volunteering at the VA Hospital in Bedford on Memorial Day with Fr. Luke and Samantha Grant of the VA Hospital.
      The Sunrise Club meets weekly at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord. The public is invited to attend a meeting.

Photo courtesy of Sue Merlino: June Grace (L) greets Kerry Cronin with a packet of information!



Rotary Club of Concord Summer Outing
July 19, 2012   5:30 p.m.  Rain or Shine. Meeting of the Week.
Hosted by Rick and Joan Beers at their Inn on the Horse Farm in Sudbury
277 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27)  978-443-7400
If you haven't already signed up call June, 978-369-6346 or Dick Hale, 508-878-6577

The menu includes beef tenderloin, corn on the cob, vegetarian pasta, and all the delicious appetizers, salads and desserts Rotarians bring.

You will enjoy fellowship with your club members at this beautiful family-friendly location so dress informally and bring the kids.

Directions: (The Inn is not visible from the road, so look for the blue and yellow balloons and the horse statues on the stone wall on either side of the driveway.) Go to Route 27 in Sudbury.  From Sudbury Center, at the traffic light where Rt. 27 intersects Concord Road (landmarks are a church, town buildings, a little park and the Hosmer House,) go East on 27 and prepare to almost immediately turn right. Look for the balloons, a large granite post with “277” engraved on it and two large horses standing on top of the stone wall on each side of the driveway. Turn in and drive down the lane. (If you come to the Methodist Church you’ve gone too far.)



On May 23, 2012 at Concord Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) the Rotary Club of Concord honored 47 students who demonstrated community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility in their various clubs, sports and organizations. The students and their parents enjoyed a cookout prepared by the Rotarians, then heard Jesse Moran (CCHS Class of 2000) tell about his experience at Two Degrees Food, a company that manufactures and distributes food to malnourished children in impoverished areas of the world. Winners of the Class Act Awards received Rotary Clocks and certificates to commemorate the achievement. Photo: These Rotarians are ready to greet the students.Image
The Rotary Club of Concord's Ambassadorial Scholar Dabin Kim was the guest speaker at the club's April 19 meeting. Dabin, a native of South Korea, was beautifully dressed in her native costume. She used slides to inform the audience about Korean customs, dress, and even the modern and traditional housing styles. Dabin fielded many questions with poise and humor. She is a charming ambassador for Rotary and for South Korea. Concord Rotarian Sharon Spaulding is Dabin's mentor. 

ImagePhoto: Rotarian Peter Taylor chats with Dabin Kim at the Rotary meeting.

Starting with the Town Cleanup March 31, Concord Rotarians enjoyed a whirlwind of activities. District Assembly on April 4; Rotary Club of Acton's 50th Anniversary April 7; joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Lexington on April 9; Charter Dinner of the new Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley on April 12; Rotary Club of Concord's 37th Annual Pops Night on April 13; marching in the Patriot's Day Parade April 16; and District 7910's Foundation Forum on April 17.  Now its back to the regularly scheduled meetings Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Don't worry, there is more excitement ahead. 


Concord Rotarians Naeem Rathore and Ken Marriner were part of a Rotary International project to support literacy in Guatemala. They recently presented the flag they received from the Rotary Club they partnered with in Guatamala to their home club in Concord.



Reserve your table now for the exciting 37th Annual Rotary Spring Pops Night April 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Concord Center for the Performing Arts, 51 Walden Street, Concord. Once again The Concord Band will feature popular jazz vocalist Amanda Carr and a program of light classics, show tunes, jazz and a march or two. Tickets are just $25, or $100 for a table of four. The silent auction will benefit the Rotary's Scholarship Program. Ticket sales will benefit the Rotary Club's community and international projects, including support for residents of Henryville, Indiana, whose homes and high school were recently flattened by a tornado. You will have fun doing good at this event. For reservations: Dick Hale, 508-878-6577. See you there!
Photo: Amanda Carr with the Concord Band at the 2011 Rotary Pops.




Jonathan Davis, awarded a second Rotary Scholarship to continue his studies at Ithaca College

Donate a silent auction item, or bid on a silent auction item to support deserving students while enjoying yourself at the Rotary Pops April 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord.  In 2011, the Rotary Club of Concord donated $18,000 in scholarships to eight students…five entering college and three previous winners who needed help to continue their college careers.

In addition, part of the Silent Auction proceeds will support those whose lives were disrupted by the devastating twister that leveled their high school this Spring. Funds will be administered by a local Rotary Club there.

If you would like to help people like these by donating to the Silent Auction, please contact Sharon Spaulding, For tickets to the Pops ($25 per guest), contact Dick Hale, 508-878-6577.

On May 23 at 6 p.m. in Concord Carlisle Regional High School cafeteria, the Rotary Club of Concord will present the Class Act Awards to students who demonstrate community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility within their clubs, sports and school organizations at CCHS. The Club will treat the students and their families to a cookout and an inspiring speaker, before handing out the awards to the winners. Join in the fun, help decorate, flip burgers, or just enjoy. Co-chairs, John Frankiewicz and Helen Halloran.

ImagePhoto: Grill masters prepare for the hungry Class Actors


Reverend Luke Odor and Father Ugochukwu spoke about their work as chaplains at the VA Hospital in Bedford at the March 27 meeting of the Sunrise Club of the Rotary Club of Concord.  They gave Sunrise members suggestions regarding volunteer activities club members could undertake
and made plans with those present to tour the hospital.

The Sunrise Club meets will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Image
Guests are always welcome so do drop by.  Attendance credit is given to Rotarians.

Photo: from left: Father Ugochukwu, Samantha Grant, from VA Hospital, Garnet Glover, Rotary Club of Concord Sunrise Club Chair



The Rotary Club of Concord Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Concord organized the first Annual Minuteman ARC Winter Olympics Saturday February 11, 2012 at the Doug Flutie Gym on Baker Avenue in Concord.  Guests enjoyed a cakewalk, bowling, basketball shoot, a bean bag throw, and a ring toss on rubber ducks in a pool along with popcorn and drinks.  A juggler entertained and generously taught tricks of his trade. Everyone donned a Rotary-Minuteman tee shirt, and everyone won a first place trophy.  A rewarding outing for all.




On Feb. 2 the Rotary Club of Concord heard an inspiring report of the results of a project jointly sponsored by the club and the Rotary Club of Trujillo, Peru.  With a Humanitarian Grant awarded by the Rotary Foundation, the clubs were able to assist The Global Smile Foundation in Trujillo in June 2011 when a comprehensive staff of US and Peruvian professionals completed, among other things, 38 cleft palate-related surgeries and 303 dental procedures.  Dr. Usama Hamdan, Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon and Founder of the Global Smile Foundation, presented a slide show with before and after photos of patients whose lives were changed by the project, along with statics illustrating the breadth of the work undertaken. Thanks to Concord's International Chair Rene Fauchet for his leadership in obtaining the grant. Photo: Rotarian Gerald Paoilli with Dr. Hamdan of the Global Smile Foundation.    Image



ImageThe Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Erin Duggan, Youth Services Coordinator for Concord and Carlisle, as speaker on January 12, 2012.  After one year in the position, Duggan has expanded programming for young people in the area, including events for middle school students during half-day Tuesdays. A new initiative for high school students is “Open Mike Night” at Reasons to Be Cheerful (ice cream emporium in West Concord) and teen movies on Friday nights at the Concord Library branches.  Duggan’s awareness of and involvement in many of the issues facing youth in our area is a great asset to Concord and Carlisle.

Photo: President Steve Levitsky with Concord Carlisle Youth Services Coordinator Erin Duggan 



ImageThe Rotary Club of Concord's skillful chefs created an awesome meal for many guests at Bristol Lodge January 10.  Because Rotarians donated warm clothing, including 40 brand new winter coats, clients of Bristol Lodge will brave the cold wrapped in comfort.  Thanks to everyone who donated clothes, food, and time to this important outreach project of the Rotary Club of Concord.  

Photo: How many Rotarians does it take to stir a pot? 



The Rotary Club of Concord enjoyed a busy meeting December 15, with the induction of Susan Merlino as a new member, the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow plus four to Past President Edward Fitzgerald, the introduction of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Seoul, Dabin Kim, and an absorbing presentation by speaker Marc Fields, Emmy-winning writer, producer and director for “The Banjo Project” and the recent PBS broadcast “Give Me the Banjo.”  Do join us for a meeting sometime…Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Or come to the “Early Bird Special” at our Sunrise meeting, Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. also at the Colonial Inn.  Hope to see you there.

 See GIVE ME THE BANJO on line: 



WHO DOESN’T LIKE HOT CHOCOLATE?  The Rotary Club of Concord served steaming cups of hot chocolate donated by Dunkin’ Donuts Dec. 4 during Concord’s Holiday Parade.  Kids and adults alike warmed up on the cocoa as they waited for Santa to arrive aboard a fire engine.  Held outside the Middlesex Savings Bank where the Rotary Club was just wrapping up its third annual Festival of Wreaths, the event marked the beginning of the holiday season for Rotarians and their friends alike.


The Rotary Club of Concord has chosen Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) as beneficiary of its third annual Festival of Wreaths to be held on Sunday December 4th in Concord as part of Concord's holiday parade and tree lighting celebration. The wreaths will be on display from 1 until 5 p.m. at Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord. All wreaths will be available for sale through a silent auction. Come and bid on your favorite. 

Last year's wreaths ranged from sparkling and whimsical to elegant and elaborate with over 30 wreaths being auctioned. This year's will be equally exciting. Stop in to enjoy the beautifully crafted selection, all generously donated and decorated by local businesses, clubs, organizations, and individuals. There will also be a raffle for a Gift Tree festooned with many $25 gift certificates from a wide variety of local businesses. Raffle tickets will be available at the event. 

If you would like to create a wreath for the Festival, please contact Phyllis Maurer at 
The Rotary Club of Concord invites you to help support C4RJ, a nationally acclaimed program begun here. Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a community-police partnership that offers restorative justice to those affected by crime. Its “circle” process recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just a violation of law. C4RJ receives police referrals and seeks to include those affected by crime in the decision-making: victims, offenders, loved ones, supporters, community members, and law enforcement officials. Every wreath purchased, every raffle ticket purchased will help support this worthy organization, so please stop by on your way to Concord's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting! 

 In anticipation of a long and friendly rivalry, the Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord entertained their high school football squads, cheerleaders, school dignitaries and many guests at their combined meeting September 17 at the Nashawtuc Country Club. Speaker Fred Smerlas, former American football defensive lineman who was a 5-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during a 14-year career as a nose tackle with the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots inspired the players (and the entire audience of 150) with his advice to "keep at it, don't give up, work on the weak areas." Presidents Christine Pinney and Steve Levitsky placed a twenty dollar bet, held by Ralph Hammond, to support the work of the Rotary Foundation. Winner of the $300+ raffle, parent of a Bedford player, also donated his prize to the Rotary Foundation. Now, on to the Thanksgiving game. May both teams win! 

Join your fellow Rotarians in hosting an afternoon of bowling with our guests from Minuteman ARC at the Bowlardrome on Rte. 27 in Acton on Saturday, November 5 from 1 - 3 p.m.  This is always an enjoyable event, much appreciated by everyone in attendance.  Come hear those pins hit the floor as you help the Rotary Club of Concord with this always-popular community service event.  



Rotary Club of Concord’s Purple Pinkie Day helps take on $200 million challenge from the Gates Foundation

On Saturday October 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Rotary Club of Concord will hold its third annual “Purple Pinkie Day” in Concord Center to help “End Polio Now.”  Rotarians worldwide join on World Polio Day to rid the world of this crippling disease. In Concord, as elsewhere, they will greet the public and invite them to join in the fight by making a contribution of any amount.  Contributions will earn the donor a “purple pinkie” and the Rotarian will apply purple color to his or her finger as is done to children throughout the world signifying that they have received their polio vaccine. The purple pinkie will serve as a personal reminder of helping one child become free from polio forever.ENDPOLIONOW_4p

Rotary clubs here and around the world are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a world free of the crippling disease polio. A key component of that effort is fundraising. Rotary members are working to raise $200 million in response to a challenge grant of $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

That may seem a daunting task, but Rotary’s track record shows it can be done with perseverance and hard work. Since launching its landmark PolioPlus Program in 1985, the volunteer service organization already has contributed more than $900 million to the cause, not to mention countless volunteer hours logged by Rotary members.

Although the polio epidemic may be a distant memory to many-- cases have been slashed by 99 percent worldwide -- it still threatens children in parts of Africa and South Asia.  

Steve Levitsky, President of the Rotary Club of Concord, urges everyone in Concord to help close that final gap and eliminate polio from the earth once and for all.  Together let’s get ‘er done.”

Indeed, for as little as 60 cents worth of oral polio vaccine, a child can be protected for life. However, a major funding gap now faces the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which Rotary is a spearheading partner (along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF). More than twenty years of steady progress is at stake, and polio -- now on the ropes -- stands to stage a dangerous comeback unless the funding gap is bridged.

In response to the funding crisis, Rotary eagerly accepted a US$355 million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation, which Rotary will match with an additional US$200 million over three years, raising a much needed US$555 million, all of it dedicated to polio eradication.

Rotary’s worldwide membership of 1.2 million men and women -- representing about 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries -- immediately embraced the effort by digging deeper into their own pockets, planning special fundraisers and rallying community support. Rotary invites everyone who wants to learn more about this historic opportunity to end polio to visit

The Rotary Club of meets weekly at the Colonial Inn in Concord at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays.  For more information visit





The Rotary Club of Concord wants you to join them on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Concord Country Club to play in its Thomas  R. Huckins Memorial Tournament to benefit their Scholarship Fund.  Registration will open at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.  Take the bagged lunch on the course with you, and when your foursome finishes eighteen holes, relax over drinks and refreshments, have dinner and celebrate the awarding of prizes. The entry fee of $250 includes golf at one of New England’s premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch and dinner, tournament gifts and prizes. Mulligans will be available for purchase.  You may play in a foursome of your choosing or be assigned to a foursome.  Register by contacting Phyllis Maurer at  To discuss the tournament call Joe Saia at West Concord Liquors, 978-369-3872 or Rick Beers at Colonial Motors, 978-369-3316. 







"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." ~Herman Melville

The Rotary Club of Concord has recently partnered with The Walden Street School for Girls, a therapeutic residential program for girls. In this perfect partnership, the Rotarians are providing the eager students with first hand experiences to practice Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self." The students, in turn, are providing the Rotarians with an opportunity to work side by side with the "New Generation," a Rotary avenue of service. The connection has been natural and easy....and promises to be one of the "thousand fibers" that will connect adult and student to each other and to their fellow men and women.

The Rotary Club of Concord meets weekly at the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Sunrise Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:30 am. Luncheon meetings are on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.



The Rotary Club of Concord enjoyed a visit from District Governor Tom Polito on Thursday Oct. 22. Tom’s sense of humor kept breaking through as he reviewed this year’s District and RI goals and activities, His light touch did not distract from his important message, that the District officers and committees are there to help the clubs.  In turn, Concord President Steve Levitsky promised full support from the Concord Club. Thanks Governor Tom for dropping by and thanks for the pins and banner.


 Ed Bernard of Concord, Publicity Chair of the Concord Players and freelance advertising writer, appeared at the September 15, 2011 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord in garb from the French Revolution, The Scarlet PimImagepernel, to be exact. Bernard’s overview of how the Players create and put on a production left no one in doubt about the dedication and talent of the Players, both on stage, and most notably, behind the scenes.  We look forward to seeing this season’s productions: The Drowsy Chaperone beginning November 4, Amateurs, Feb. 10, and Little Women beginning April 27.  Learn more about the Concord Players at and the Rotary Club of Concord at

 The Rotary Club of Concord invites interested guests to  attend their breakfast meetings on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 at  the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square in Concord. This informal breakfast  meeting fits the bill for those who want to be part of Rotary’s many  activities, but cannot make a luncheon meeting. Full attendance credit is given  to Concord Rotarians and Rotarians visiting from other clubs.

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Dick HaleThanks to the suggestion of PDG Ralph Hammond, the Rotary Clubs of Concord, Bedford and Billerica were able to land a Simplified Grant to help fund the Concord River Boater's Trail Map. On August 2, the "map" was officially launched, with a tour of the Concord River on a pontoon boat. Attending were Rotarians Dawn Marshall and John Peterson of Billerica, Christine Pinney and Ralph Hammond of Bedford and June Grace and Dick Hale of Concord, along with Alison Field-Juma and Julia Khorana of OARS, a conservation organization focusing on the Assabet. Sudbury and Concord Rivers.. The map, a guide down the historic and scenic Concord River, is the first of its kind for the river, and has both an online and pocket version. To get your very own copy, go to or stop by the Concord Visitor Center of South Bridge Boat House. Notice the Rotary Wheel on every copy!
Take a look: RC Concord BLOG and the Sunrise Blog, 
 Rotary District 7910 held an event in March to celebrate the public relations efforts of Rotarians throughout the district of 54 clubs, because the District leadership firmly believes in the necessity of publicizing the good Rotarians do in order to perpetuate both membership and fundraising abilities.



The Sunrise Satellite of the Rotary Club of Concord invites you to join them on a two-hour sunset cruise on a 65-foot schooner in Gloucester harbor on September 25 at 5 p.m.  This fundraising event is organized by the members of the new Rotary Club of Concord’s morning club to raise funds for their projects with the Walden Street School for Girls in Concord and the St Joseph Schools in Haiti. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling Paul D’Oliveira at Paul Bryan Inc., 978-369-0450.  

We sail from Seven Seas Wharf / Rogers St (rt 127) /Gloucester, MA. 01930. Photos of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon are on the website

Join us for cocktails (cash bar), hors d'oeuvres and laughs as we enjoy the view and the fresh air.  Meet the early-risers who make up Rotary’s Sunrise group in Concord.

The Sunrise Club of Rotary in Concord meets Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Stop by for breakfast and an stimulating start to your morning. 


 The Rotary Club of Concord invites the public to its 36th Annual Pops Night featuring renowned jazz vocalist Amanda Carr and the Concord Band on April 8, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. for guests to enjoy refreshments and browse a selection of unique silent auction items. The pops-style concert with table seating offers the audience a chance to unwind, visit with friends, and support Rotary’s many charitable projects, including aid to survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Tickets are $25 a person and may be purchased from members of the Rotary Club of Concord, or by calling Dick Hale at 978-369-1500. All seats are reserved.
 Are you an early bird? Can’t do lunch? The Rotary Club of Concord has added a second meeting to their weekly schedule.  Rotarians and their guests may now attend a breakfast meeting from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. at the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square in Concord. Featuring a breakfast from the menu and an  informal format, the meeting fits the bill for those who want to be part of Rotary’s many activities, but cannot make a luncheon meeting. Full attendance credit will be given to Concord Rotarians and Rotarians visiting from other clubs.  Please drop in and experience an inspiring start to your day. Learn about upcoming Rotary projects and discuss timely topics.

David McWalter received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rotary Club of Concord on October 28, 2010 at a Rotary luncheon at the Colonial Inn in Concord.
The Rotary Club of Concord asks the community to join with them in the fight to eradicate polio from our world on "Purple Pinkie Day". On Saturday, October 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rotarians will be in Concord Center collecting funds to help in their efforts to inoculate the children of the remaining four countries in the world with polio infections, so that this dreaded disease will never spread again. For any donation, the Rotarian volunteers will mark the pinkie finger of the donor with a purple marker to signify how the children have their pinkie fingers dyed purple when they receive the polio vaccine.
At the Rotary Club of Concord's Installation Banquet on June 24, 2010, Past President Jane Barrett installed her daughter Ann Trudeau, as President for 2010-2011. This is a Rotary First! Congratulations to Jane and Ann, two outstanding women and two outstanding Rotarians.

The Class Act Awards at Concord Carlisle High School starred over 70 winners.
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Concord presented international flags at the Paul Harris Luncheon at Dist 7910's conference on May 14, 2010.
Concord Rotarians and their families greeted many friends along the route as they marched in Concord's Patriot's Day Parade.
On May 7, 2010 the Interact Club at Concord Carlisle High School presented "CCHS TALENT SHOW 2010."

JA Perspective: Deployment to Haiti
Shared by Rosario Rizzo

The Shelter Box, replete with assembled tent and contents, has been on display at many sites. In the tent at the Concord Free Public Library, Rotarian Paul D'Oliveira chatted with children about life in Haiti and how we can help.
Renee Dietrich of St. Joseph's Family spoke at Rotary's Feb. 11 meeting, describing the before and after of St. J's 3 schools' situation and how their mission will be carried forward.
"Power of ONE", a story in the February 15, 2010 issue of TIME Magazine. Check it out! CLICK HERE
The Rotary Club of Concord will send a minimum of five ShelterBoxes to Haiti immediately. You may help. Read more.

By Ryan Hyland  Rotary International News -- 9 November 2009   

Rotary's longstanding relationship with the United Nations is a great testament to the great achievements that can be attained when civil societies work hand-in-hand with international organizations,'' said Maria-Luisa Chavez, UN chief of NGO relations for the UN Department of Public Information.


What have you learned from being a Rotarian? 


If the world was a global village with only 100 people in it:
… in a global village
57 are Asians;
21 are Europeans;
14 are Americans (north, south and central);
and 8 are Africans in our village.
52 are women;
48 are men;
30 are Christian;
70 are non-Christian;
30 are Caucasian;
70 are non-Caucasian;
6 people from our village would possess 59% of all the wealth
(and they are all from the USA);
80 live in poverty;
70 are illiterate;
50 suffer from hunger;
1 is dying;
1 is being born;
1 owns a computer;
and 1 (only one) has a college degree
In 1905..... 37 year old attorney Paul Harris changed the world.  From the years 1891-1896 Paul Harris, who was raised by his New England grandparents with values of tolerance toward all, gained his law degree in 1891. 1In his senior year, a former graduate told his class that they should "Go to a small town for five years make a fool of themselves, then go to the big city!" Paul decided to hit the road for the entire world. He worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, 1891; manual laborer on a fruit ranch, then raisin packing plant, teacher at the L.A. Business College in 1892. Denver, Colorado, 1892: Actor in a stock company, reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, cowboy, reporter for The Republican. Jacksonville, Florida: St. James Hotel night clerk, traveling granite/marble salesman 1892/93, reporter on the Washington Star, cattleman on a ship 1893, haymaker and cannery worker 1893, sub-foreman of the gang of cattlemen 1893, (where he wrote that, on his first voyage, he experienced sub-human conditions); orange picker in Florida 1893, back to Jacksonville selling marble granite. His territory included the southern states, Cuba, the Bahamas and Europe. When he announced that he was going to Chicago to practice law his employer said, "Whatever the advantages of settling in Chicago may be, I am satisfied you will make more money if you remain with me." To which Paul replied: "I am sure you are right but I am not going to Chicago for the purpose of making money; I am going for the purpose of living a life."

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Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today's challenges -- including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns -- while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

As the world's largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with serve prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master's degree in peace and conflict resolution.

PolioPlus is Rotary's flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world's first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.

Yours in Rotary

Doug Detweiler

President 2009-2010




The Sunrise Satellite of the Rotary Club of Concord is sponsoring an "urban farmers" session at Gaining Ground, 315 Virginia Road, Concord, on Saturday morning August 6 from 9 a.m. until noon and you are invited to participate. This is an opportunity to help at the community's organic farm where crops are raised to distribute to guests at ares food pantries. Kids are invited. The Sunrise group would like to know if you plan to come (but even if you do not sign up, come anyway.) Show up anytime after 9 and stay as long as you can. Wear comfortable clothes and sunblock. Attendance makeup credits will be awarded (let Rosario Rizzo know if you want credit.) For more information or to sign up, contact Sharon Spaulding

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