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It's time to start preparations for the Worcester Rotary Club's annual fundraiser to Celebrate Community.
More details will be coming soon - but save the date, Saturday, June 4th, 2016.
If you would like to nominated anyone for a Celebrate Community Award - Please Click HERE
Contact Barbara Guthrie to get involved!
We had a great meeting last week filled with excitement. We began the meeting early because of all we had to cover. We started off with a fine to Chris Crowley for making the newspaper complete with photo. The article was about sugary drinks and obesity studies.
We had many announcements:
This weeks meetingwill be at the Compass Tavern 90 Harding Street. Please join in as Dave and his committee continue to look for a viable location for our club to meet.
Myra Hiatt Kraft Bridge Dedication:at Elm Park.
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen: 508-835-3492. Also the Bell Ringing schedule is out. Our club has ar Sams Club and Walmart. Please call Bob Johnson for more details at 508-835-3492.4 volunteers needed to serve food - Contact Bob Johnson at
We had a busy past couple of weeks as our club participated in Kids Cafe', Glow Ball Golf and the Business Expo, all very successful! I want to thank everyone that made all these important events possible.This is how we come together and make it all happen!
Val Callahan and Satya Mitra discussed the importance of and need to raise funds for the Foundation and how important grants are and the effect they have on the communities we serve. Since 1997 our Club has had an impact of Foundation dollars of $583,000 (estimated), this is the second largest in the District and we should be proud of this. Satya discussed our impact on the school in Calcutta India where donations and grants reached over $100,000.
Barbara discussed the results of the Glow Ball tournament and began the campaign for "Celebrate Community" .
Speaking of celebrations, please join me in congratulating Satya Mitra as he celebrates 25 successful years in business with The Guru Tax and Financial Services.
Ellen Ganley from the WCAC received a check for $1,200 from the Service Fund to purchase coats for the annual coat drive.
Our guest speaker was Dave McMahon of Dismas House. Dave thanked the club for our support and described how the funds were used to make improvements to the landscaping as well as the facility.
Satya pulled the lucky number and ............. drew the 10........ of Hearts. (we are looking for the 10 of Diamonds). Next weeks pool will begin at $182.00 plus the days take.
Remember the meeting on the 19th will be at the Compass Tavern! (I will not be able to attend as I have a Bank function that day) Past President Dave will run the meeting.
There is also a board meeting on the 19th at the Compass Tavern prior to our regular meeting.
Thank you for everything you do, you can see the results from all the great volunteer work..
Thank you for being members of this club, Thank you for being Rotarians!
Last week Amy Mosher - Berry organized a group of members to serve dinner to 300 children at Kids Cafe' Thank you Amy and all who volunteered. The work you do is so important to these children. So often others will say "someone will take care of this" but not Rotarians. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Our Glow Ball Golf Tournament was fantastic. First I want to thank Barbara and her committee for their hard work. You all deserve a Pat on the Back! I also want to thank everyone that participated and helped to support this Funtastic event as well as the staff and management at Pine Ridge. Barbara will get us the final report next time we meet at Leo's.
We will not be meeting at Leo's this week. We will be at the Business Expo on Thursday at the DCU Center. We now have 10 members that have committed to attend the lunch. I will submit their names so they can gain entry to the dining area. Lunch is $55.00 please make your checks out to the Rotary Club of Worcester. Please feel free to attend the Expo, walk around or join us at our table. This is a great opportunity to Grow Membership, Build Awareness, garner support for our "Celebrate Community" fundraiser and promote our projects - Opioid Addiction and our Be Like Brit clean water project in Haiti.
Next week we will be at Leo's. Our meeting on the Nov 19th will be at the Compass Tavern 90 Harding Street.
Wednesday evening: Tomorrow night is the Foundation Forum at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro. Cost is $25.00, there will be a dinner. Our club will be mentioned along side 2 other clubs that have combined Foundation donations over $500,000 since 1997. Our own Satya Mitra will be a panelist. Join me in supporting Satya and our club.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the DCU Center.
Thank you for making a difference in the World we live in!
Great time by all - click HERE for pictures
The Worcester Rotary Club announces it's "Ghoulish" Glow Ball Tournament on Friday, Oct 30th, 2015.
The Worcester Rotary Club Service Fund supports projects locally and globally. Click HERE for a list of some of the projects supported.
Note - No Regular Meeting on Thursday, Oct 29th, or Thursday, Nov 5th. (Rather, we will be attending Glowball on Friday, Oct 30th, and the Worcester Business Expo on Thursday Nov 5th)
We had a fantastic meeting yesterday as we inducted 3 new members to the Rotary Club of Worcester. Please join me in welcoming Tom Valentine and Gretchen Antonelli from Forward Financial and Mark O'Flaherty from the Odd Fellows Home. We look forward to your service! Our guests were Assistant Governor John Sprogna, Brian Ford and Lisa Casillo from Edward Jones who will be joining our club soon. We also had Carl Gomes visiting from the Nashoba Valley club but also representing the WPI Rotaract Club. Click HERE for pictures
Yesterday was Purple Pinkie Day as our Happy dollars went to End Polio Now! We raised $69.00 Thank you for all your happiness.
Glow Ball Golf - We need your commitment- Please let Barbara Guthrie know if you plan on going to the dinner on Friday evening 10/30 at Pine Ridge, or if you plan on golfing. we need to have all the names in so the course manager can plan. This is going to be a fun time! Remember there is no meeting on the 29th.
Business Expo- We also need to know who is coming to the Business expo. Please sign up with Ron Fraser at email@example.com If you can work the table for a couple of hours that would be great. If you want to attend the lunch we need to know as the Chamber is looking for our numbers and the names of participants.Lunch is $55.00 per person and you can make your check out to the club (cash is also accepted). Remember there is no meeting at Leo's on .
Our guest speakers were Cassandra Andersen - Health Department and Eric Batista - City Managers office. Eric and Cassandra discussed the project our club is considering taking on. This is a great opportunity for the city and our club. As you have heard in the news, from presidential candidates and Governor Baker, the Opioid addiction problem is nation wide as well as in central Ma. We have been presented with an opportunity to help battle drug abuse and Opioid addiction in the City of Worcester. This problem goes across every socioeconomic line. Helping an individual helps entire families. I firmly believe that this will take off just like the NICU camera's did a few years ago.
Road Trip! -we will be meeting at the Compass Tavern 90 Harding Street Worcester. Dave Frazier and the search committee want us to try this location to see if it will suit our needs.
Kids Cafe - We can use a couple more volunteers to help out firstname.lastname@example.org - 6:00 at the Boys and Girls Club on Tainter Street. Please contact Amy Mosher Berry at
50 / 50 raffle - the lucky number was drawn to give Charlie Houston a chance at the $160.00 but Charlie did not find the 10 of Diamonds.
Hope to see you at Pine Ridge on Friday evening Tee time is at!
Please click HERE for past videos of club meetings.
We had a fun filled packed meeting yesterday!
We had 16 Junior National Honor Society students from Seven Hills Public Charter School visiting the club, congratulations on your achievement! The students helped open the meeting by leading us in the National Anthem.
We also had a number of guests on hand, Keith Kirkland from Southbridge Savings Bank, Emmanuel Bibi - African Community Education, Kofi Tonto - African Youth Excellence - Kofi has applied for membership!, Candice Cramer - Visiting Rotarian from the Scituate Club, Val introduced two ladies from England that have come to us through the Bandy Hefler Program - Maggie Heath and Maureen Bell.
Our Guest Speaker was Cha Chi Loprete, Cha Chi is the resident expert at CBS Radio on all that is The Beatles. He gave a fantastic talk about his experience with the Beatles as well as sharing part of his collection of Beatles memorabilia.
The raffle pool is now up to $121.00. Ken Harling had the lucky number but not the 10 of Diamonds.
Glow Ball - Please confirm your commitment of support by sending your check and filling out the form. Please let me know if you need a registration form.
There are only a few days left to sign up for the Membership Forum and Dinner - ets show good support from our club!
We had a great meeting yesterday!
Lots of fun and Steve Loring let us know that today is national Smile Day. I hope you put your Smile on!
Our guest speaker was Elizabeth Bacon, Director of the Clemente Project at the Worcester Art Museum. This is a year long course in humanities for 30 students. This course can help students advance to college as well as inspire students to complete college. There are professors from local colleges involved in this project. Elizabeth provided details in the courses. She was a fantastic speaker!
We had a guest, Maureen Harrington who is joining under the corporate membership at the Greater Worcester Foundation. Maureen is already engaged by joining the fundraising committee.
Past President Dave discussed RYLA and how the district is looking for a new location in Worcester to accommodate 250 students and staff.
We need GOLFERS, AUCTION ITEMS, SPONSORS for our Glow Ball tournament.
Please sign up for the District Membership Dinner and Forum, this is free to the first 10 members to sign up. Let's give Satya a huge turnout from the Worcester Club!
50/50 Steve Loring pulled the lucky number but not the 10 of Diamonds - carryover will be $101.00 plus!
Next weeks speaker will be Cha Chi Loprete. Cha Chi is the Marketing Director at WZLX Boston Radio and has been with the station since the WBCN days. He has a great story to tell as he has met all the Beatles except John and is a friend of Tony Bennett
We had a fantastic meeting Click HERE for pictures.. We had good attendance and a few guests as well.
Tim McGee was awarded a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, or as Tim says MPH award. Thank you Tim for all you do for our club and your outstanding generosity to the club and TRF.
Our guest speaker was the Hon.Mel Greenberg. Mel discussed the Market Basket Saga and what lead up to the dismissal and reinstatement of Arthur T. Demoulas.Mel talked about the family background and how the grocery chain started then how greed played a roll in the family business. I hope we got Mel to seriously consider joining the club.
The Service Fund Committee approved funding of $1,000 to Nicole Scavone. Nicole is a teacher at the West Tatnuck School and teaches severely handicapped children. Our donation will help Nicole purchase computers for her classroom. Nicole thanked the club and also brought a poster with the students pictures on it, there was also a story about making a difference. This is why we are Rotarians! Making a difference in the lives of others.
Glow Ball: We are looking for Golfers! Sponsors! Auction Items! Items for the goodie bags for the golfers! (we should have 60 golfers. Anything with your company logo should do). This is going to be a lot of FUN! You don't want to miss this one...
Barbara and I were on the Hank Stolz Experience TV show discussing Rotary, our club and the Glow Ball Tournament. The show will air on Charter cable Channel 3at and 6:0 AM and again at . Please tune in!
Membership Forum and Dinner:
Please join Dr.Satya Mitra (District 7910 Membership Chair) at the annual Membership Forum and Dinner at the Holiday Inn Boxborough District 6970 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The cost is $25.00 however the first 10 members to sign up will be reimbursed by the club, Thank you Satya! Lets have a great Worcester Rotary Club presence at this event!from . The keynote speaker, Art MacQueen, past district governor of
Kids Cafe' - We are once again supporting Kids Cafe' this year. The next Kids Cafe' isfrom at the Boys and Girls Club on Tainter Street in Worcester. We need 8 volunteers - please contact Amy Mosher-Berry to sign up. This is very rewarding as we serve 300 hungry children.
Locations Committee: The locations committee has sent out a survey via e-mail. Please take the survey so the committee will have the information needed to begin the search for a new meeting location. It is important that we have a good location to meet that will work for the club, guests and most importantly guest speakers. There were also concerns regarding food and price. Dave Frazier is the chair of the committee, please see Dave with any comments or concerns. PLEASE TAKE THE SURVEY. your input is needed.
50/50 Raffle: Dr. Richard Prager drew the lucky number but not the 10 of Diamonds. The pool has grown to $77.00 in 3 weeks so we will begin next weeks meeting with $77.00 plus 1/2 of the days take. - good luck!
Happy September! It is not only the beginning of the school year but the beginning of Pumpkin Spice Season. That usually lasts until December first, but if a college student see their shadow on 12/1 there will be Pumpkin Spice everything for 6 more weeks! Yesterday's meeting was another great one! We had several guests and potential new members. Tom Valentine and Gretchen Antonelli submitted a corporate application as did Mark O' Flaherty. Our guest speaker was our own Ellen Sachs, Ellen is the founder of My Self Plan. This is a researched based curriculum founded in self-efficacy and mindfulness that impacts learning for teachers as well as students. Ellen discussed her success with a student. Great work Ellen. Corrie Groth , a representative from the Boy Scouts will be leaving the club as she will be moving to Michigan, however she has brought in Ian Snyder to take her place as the Boy Scout Representative. Please join me in welcoming Ian to the club. There were many Happy Dollars for Tom Brady as he was vindicated yesterday! Also we were happy to nominate Past President Satya Mitra for District Governor 2018-2019! Mark O' Flaherty won the 50/50 raffle. Speaking of the 50/50 raffle, I would like to mix it up a bit and add the idea of not only having your number picked but also picking the correct card out of the deck. This will add excitement as the pot grows each week.
We need to continue to bring in a Member per Member. We have 4 members that have done this already! Keep up the good work! We have our Glow Ball Tournament coming up and we need the following:
Golfers, Sponsors, Hole sponsors, auction items. This is limited to 60 golfers the tournament is onat Pine Ridge GC in North Oxford. Please keep in mind that there will not be a meeting on the 29th, All are welcome for dinner on the 30th. Dinner is $40.00 and is a Prime Rib dinner, or Vegetarian. We will also ask for other options for members with food allergies.
Our speaker next week will be the City Manager Edward Augustus. Please make every effort to attend as Ed will talk about the City and also address where we are with the Elm Park Bridge!
I think I covered everything!
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place!
President 2015 - 2016
Weekly Update Posted 8/28/2015
Good morning all,
Well we did it! I would say we had 90% participation in yesterdays Shorts Challenge at our club meeting yesterday. It was a lot of fun and we raised $1,000 for the general fund thanks to Ken Harling, Patrick English, Satya Mitra and Mark Fuller. These four Rotarians donated $250 each if 75% of the club showed up in shorts..... A salute to you!
Yesterdays meeting was fun filled and packed with information about all the great work you are doing in the community and the world!
We had a record happy dollar collection as Satya threw in some extra happy bucks to encourage members to follow suite (and we did). I have a couple of Shout Outs!
1) Congratulations to Amy Mosher on her wedding (Is it still Mosher?)
2) Happy Birthday to Rod White and Welcome to the Service Fund Committee as a member at large.
We did not have a speaker this week so we had several overviews on what is happening in the club. Barbara Guthrie discussed the Goulish Glow Ball Tournament which is CLICK HERE for more details. CLICK HERE for pictures from previous Glowball outings!at Pine Ridge Country Club. Barbara knows how to put the FUN in Fundraiser. We need golfers (limited to 60 please register fast), Sponsors and auction items. Please see our website and
Frank Doherty discussed the approved items from the Service Fund Committee, West Tatnuck School- Learning aids for disabled children and a donation to Loves and Fishes food pantry to purchase a refrigerator, we will be seeking a District Grant for this. Krishna gave us a brief overview on the project in India and Mark Fuller talked about Haiti.
Brad won the 50/50 raffle and donated it back to the Salvation Army.
Our guests were Fellow Rotarian (and is joining our club thanks to Clarence Plant) Mark O' Flaherty and Krishna's daughter Swati who is visiting from California.
1) The Odd Fellows Home - is having a fundraising Golf Tournament on 508-853-6687 X124. All proceeds to benefit the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Home, MA.at Green Hills Golf Course in Worcester. There is a shotgun start, individual golfers are $150 and $600 for a foursome. For more information or registration please contact Nancy Cyr at
2) Seven Hills Charter Public School - Call for Speakers! This is a fantastic program where volunteers discuss with students how and why they chose the profession they have or had, how they got there and where they when to school. This is a great opportunity to encourage students to continue their education and help them choose a career path. Please contact Mike Barth if you are interested in volunteering. Mike can be reached at 508-314-6453
See everyone next week!
Last weeks meeting was a fun filled packed meeting. It is amazing what we can do in a short amount of time. There were many Happy dollars! Tim McGee won the 50/50 raffle. Our guest speaker was Lynn Thomas. Lynn is the author of a book "Wow your way to profit" She discussed the different approaches to use in a business to retain customers as well as employees. She was dynamic and interactive.
At Large members were elected by the club to the Service Fund Committee: Chris O'Keefe, Steve Loring, Chris Gates. Also elected by the club to the Education Fund Committee - At Large are: Gary McConnell and Mary Knittle. Please join me in congratulating these fine Rotarians in their new posts.
There has been a challenge to the members of our club to wear shorts on. The challenge was made by; Satya Mitra, Ken Harling, Mark Fuller and Patrick English. Each have pledged a donation to the General Fund of $250.00 each if 75% of members that show up for the meeting are wearing shorts! There are no consequences if you don't wear shorts but this is for FUN and a good chunk of change for the general fund!
Please if you are planning to come to the meeting consider wearing shorts!
I forgot to send this clip along to the club. This is our appearance on Exposure with Mosher! Amy Mosher had Kaska, Barbara and myself on her show which aired on the local cable channel WCCA. Here is the link to Episode 41.
There will be a Service Fund Committee meeting onprior to our regular meeting.!
We will not have a guest speaker this week but will have a briefing on Glow ball and the Rotary Foundation along with Global Grant projects. Remember without you these things don't happen.
Please attend the meeting if you are able! This should be fun filled...
I hope to see you there!
Thank you for all you do, Thank you for helping others, Thank you for being Rotarians!
President Bob Mangan
Don't forget your shorts!
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