Speaking this week:
May 05, 2016
Ray Pfau
Repair Café
 
 
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We had a great meeting on Thursday. Our guest speaker was President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, James Donahue. Jim discussed the Living Museum that is Old Sturbridge Village, all that OSV offers and that there are almost 300,000 visitors each year. He also mentioned the school groups that come to the Village and learn all about the 1830’s, which includes how food is grown, animal farming and surviving the elements. He also talked about the founders of the Village, the Wells family. Jim answered a lot of questions and proceeded to hand out free passes to anyone that wanted them. He also donated a family 4 pack, hotel stay and a dinner for our Celebrate Community Auction!  Thank you Jim for your generosity.
 
We inducted new members Matt Erskine (rejoining) and David O’Doherty to our club, each had time to discuss who they are and what they do for a living.
 
Dr. Satya Mitra and Sheema Mitra were presented with the 8th level Paul Harris Fellowship Pin and were recognized as Level 2 Major Donors to the Foundation. Thank you Satya and Sheema for making a difference in the world. Your exceptional contributions are a good example for all Rotarians.
 
RYLA: Dave says we need volunteers to help with the program June 24-26 at Fitchburg State. Contact Dave at davemfraz@yahoo.com to join in a great experience. Incoming Co-Governors Pat & Skip Doyle will be installed as Governors on the last day of RYLA.
 
Celebrate Community! We are 7 weeks away…..  Time is getting short and we need your commitment for this year’s annual fundraiser Celebrate Community at the DCU Center Saturday June 4th. Please go to our website to register. If you plan on paying by check you may do so by printing or taking a form and filling it out. You can pay by credit card on our website or make a donation. You can also bid from our website as well. This week we will have a live demonstration. We are in need of the following: Sponsors, Attendees, Auction items and in-kind donations. Remember, this is your fundraiser for your club. We need you to make it a success! If you are willing to help please see Barbara Guthrie.
 
The District Conference is May 20 – 22 in Plymouth MA. Please go to the District Website to Register. Our club will have a Hospitality Suite!
 
Kids Café: Tuesday April 26 at the Boys and Girls Club on Tainter Street Worcester. The Rotaract Club helped last time and they had a blast. Please contact Amy Berry if you are interested in volunteering.
 
The Service Fund Committee meeting will be held prior to our regular club meeting Thursday 4/28.
 
Our 50/50 raffle still has not been won… so that brings our total to $752.00 if a club member should win! If a guest or visiting Rotarian wins they receive ½ of the days take and we roll the pot forward, the joker is worth $10.00.
 
This week’s meeting will be a club meeting. You have heard all about BidPal and our auction! Thursday, Tom Valentine will provide a demonstration of the BidPal process. At this time you can feel free to register or make a donation!  Barbara will discuss our Celebrate Community fundraiser. We will also review Visioning and where we are so far this year.
Please make every effort to attend. I have attached the agenda!
 
Remember, it’s not what we do, it’s who we are. We are Worcester Rotary! Together we make a difference!
Thank you for all you do to serve the community, here and around the world! You do make a difference in the world in which we live!
Thank you,
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 

 
We had a fantastic meeting on Thursday. Our guest speaker was author C.J. Posk and her guest Cheryl Corey. C.J. wrote a book “Worcester Stacks Up”. This is a book about Worcester firsts! Not being from Worcester I learned a lot about what was invented and discovered here in Worcester such as, Shredded Wheat, The first pizza in a box and Near East Rice as well as the Pink Flamingo! C.J. covered the history behind these Worcester firsts as well.
 
RYLA: Our club’s RYLA committee has selected six participants and one alternate from applicants. We are sending 10th grade students from St. Johns, St. Peter - Marian, North High, Claremont Academy and Worcester Tech. Every member of the interview committee agrees that we will be sending great students to RYLA this June. We plan to bring our students to club meetings so members to get an opportunity to learn firsthand about RYLA, which is a great experience for all. Dave says we need volunteers to help with the program June 24-26 at Fitchburg State. Contact Dave at davemfraz@yahoo.com to join in a great experience.
 
Celebrate Community! : Time is getting short and we need your commitment for this year’s annual fundraiser Celebrate Community at the DCU Center Saturday June 4th. Please go to our website to register. If you plan on paying by check you may do so by printing or taking a form and filling it out. You can pay by credit card on our website or make a donation. You can also bid from our website as well. At some point we can do a live demonstration. We are in need of the following: Sponsors, Attendees, Auction items and in-kind donations. Remember, this is your fundraiser for your club. We need you to make it a success! If you are willing to help please see Barbara Guthrie.
 
The District Conference is May 20 – 22 in Plymouth MA. Please go to the District Website to Register. Our club will have a Hospitality Suite!
 
Kids Café: Tuesday April 26 at the Boys and Girls Club on Tainter Street Worcester. The Rotaract Club helped last time and they had a blast. Please contact Amy Berry if you are interested in volunteering.
 
The Board of Directors meeting will be held prior to our regular club meeting this Thursday 4/14.
 
Our 50/50 raffle still has not been won… so that brings our total to $731.00 if a club member should win! If a guest or visiting Rotarian wins they receive ½ of the days take and we roll the pot forward, the joker is worth $10.00.
 
This week’s speaker will be: President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, Jim Donahue
 
We will also be inducting new members into our club, Matt Erskine (rejoining), David O’Doherty Captain Daniel Brunelle who was recently voted by the Board of Directors will be indicted on April 28th.
 
Please make every effort to attend and welcome our newest members!
Remember, it’s not what we do it’s who we are. We are Worcester Rotary!
Thank you for all you do to serve the community, here and around the world! You do make a difference in the world in which we live!
Thank you,
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 

 
We had a great meeting last week with Captain Daniel Brunelle as our guest speaker. Captain Brunelle also volunteered to deliver the invocation and to top that he filled out an application for membership. Captain Brunelle discussed the various programs the Salvation Army supports and how they appreciate our help.
 
We welcomed back the Hall brothers from their winter escape as well as Chris Gates returning from the DL.
 
Patrick Maloney and Alex Zequeira from the Nativity School of Worcester were on hand as they were presented with a check from the Service Fund for $500.00.
 
Sponsorship pins were presented to Ken Harling and Clarence Plante for sponsoring new members to the club. Membership is the lifeblood of our club, we are very appreciative and proud of our sponsors. Thank you for sponsoring new members.
 
Speaking of new members we have two new members Matt Erskine and David O’Doherty. The board will vote on Captain Brunelle’ s application and we have 2 more in the pipeline. So that will be 5 new members in the past month. Let’s keep up the good work!
 
Kids Café’ - We have a Kids Café coming up on April 26th please contact Amy Berry to sign up.
 
District Conference – May 20 – 22 Plymouth MA. Our club has a hospitality suite. If you are planning on going please register soon through the district website.
 
Post PETS Training – This Friday evening there will be a Post Pets training at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. This is an opportunity to meet members from other clubs. The training is for club officers as well as committee chairs. However all are welcome to attend. The cost is $20.00.
 
Service Fund Committee – The Service Fund Committee will be meeting April 28 at 11:00. If you have any requests please submit them to Frank Doherty by April 14th.
 
50/50 Raffle – We had time for two drawings and ………. There were no winners last week. The jackpot stands at $683.00 plus half of whatever we take in at the meeting. Hopefully a lucky member will walk out tomorrow with the top prize! By the way I stand corrected this is not tax free money…. Just thought I would disclose this!
 
This week’s guest speaker is C.J. Posk, author of a book, Worcester Stacks up. Please make every effort to attend. I look forward to seeing you.
Attached is the agenda for the meeting.
 
Thank you for all you do to support the community and helping to make the world a better place!
 
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 

 
Good afternoon,
 
We opened the meeting with a moment of silence for the loss of Diane McConnell and the victims of the attacks in Brussels.
 
Reverend Payson opened with a prayer and also led us in song in his fantastic voice, God Bless America. I think there were golfers saluting at the 9th hole.
 
We had a great meeting yesterday at The Grill on the Hill (Green Hill golf Course). The location, food and hospitality were good.
 
We had a good crowd on hand for our guest speakers Steve Ives and Nawal Ahmed from the Islamic Community. They gave a powerful talk about the Muslim culture and community here in Worcester. We had a lengthy discussion after during Q & A. I found it very educational. As I mentioned to Steve, too many times we focus on our differences and we should look at what we all have in common.
 
We have a Kids Café’ coming up next week 3/29 (4 people needed) and on 4/26 from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Boys and Girls Club 65 Tainter Street. Please contact Amy at amy@expressivecapital.com if you are interested in serving 300 hungry children.
 
Celebrate Community! We need you to step up to the plate and hit it out of the park! Please contact Barbara Guthrie with any donated auction items, sponsorships or seating at our annual event!
 
District Conference! Don’t forget to sign up for the District Conference May 20 – 22 in Plymouth! Our club will have a Hospitality Suite. A great escape to the Cape for the weekend!
 
The Rotary Foundation! I know I keep asking and asking for help and I need a lot of help! But I would like to see our club be an Every Rotarian every Year club. Please donate what you can the TRF.
 
50/50 raffle! – There were no winners this week so we continue on as the pot grows! There is one joker worth $10.00 left in the deck as well as the 10 of diamonds which is worth $643.00 (plus half of the day’s take next week) TAX FREE DOLLARS should a member win!
 
Next week we will be meeting at Leo’s and our guest speaker will be Captain Dan Brunelle of the Salvation Army.
Please make every effort to attend and let’s fill up the room for Captain Dan Brunelle!
 
I will send out a brief survey on Monday regarding possible meeting locations for our club.
 
Thank you for all you do to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
Thank you for being valuable members of this club!
Thank you for being Rotarians,
 
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 

 
Happy Birthday to the Rotary Club of Worcester!
Our Club is 104 today!
 
We had a fantastic meeting yesterday! Lisa Brennan and Beth Tingly from Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England) were our guest speakers.  Although Ascentria Care Alliance provides many social services for families, children, the elderly and disabled the discussion focused on Refugees and Immigrants to America! In Massachusetts, Ascentria offers refugee resettlement services; legal services for immigrants; foster care for refugee children through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URMP); and the micro-enterprise development program to train and assist refugees to start or strengthen their own business and attain economic self-sufficiency through self-employment.
 
Prior to the meeting the Board of Directors approved a membership application brought in by Satya Mitra for David O’Doherty. David is a Universal Services Advocate at Veterans Inc. and specializes in housing. David’s application was accepted unanimously by the board. David was also in attendance at the meeting. Please join me in Welcoming David to the Club!
We also had another application and new member attending yesterday as a guest of Mark Fuller. Matt Erskine. Matt came to the meeting, application in hand. The board will vote on his application via e-mail.
Matt is a past member of the club and wishes to rejoin. He is an attorney in Worcester at Erskine & Erskine LLC. He is also the son of a long standing member Matt Erskine.
Once Matt’s application has been voted I will schedule an induction for both our new members.
 
The Club received a nice thank you letter from Kaska Yawo and ACE for our donation of $2,500 to provide food for breakfast and lunch for youth and families in the ACE program.
 
Kids Café – Amy is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Kids Café programs on Tuesday March 29th and Tuesday April 26th please contact Amy at amy@expressivecapital.com if you would like to volunteer to serve 300 hungry children at the Boys and Girls Club.
 
District Convention – Brad has sent all members the link to sign up for the District Convention in Plymouth MA. Please let us know if you plan on attending the convention. The Rotary Club of Worcester will have a Hospitality Suite. For more information please contact Chris Gates at cjgates@charter.net.
 
Celebrate Community! – As you know this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a true celebration of 4 members of the Worcester community who demonstrated Service Above Self! At this time we need your help to make this year’s fundraising efforts a success! Your club is seeking auction items, in-kind donations, sponsorships, booklet ads and attendees for our fundraiser. This is going to be a lot of fun as we will have a full dinner, live music, silent and live auctions and the presentations of our Service Above self awards!
 
50/50 raffle – Ken Harling had the lucky number but not the 10 of Diamonds. The pot has grown to $570.00 plus whatever we take in next week. It could build up to over $600…. Should a member win!
 
Our Guest speaker next week will be Rob Antonelli Assistant Director of the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Department for the City of Worcester. He is also the husband of club member Gretchen!
 
Please make every effort to attend. Attendance is so important because you make a difference in the lives of others and YOU are a GIFT to the WORLD!
 
Thank you,
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 

 
We had good meeting on Thursday. We opened the meeting with a prayer and pledge. However our Patriotic Song was provided by Mark O’Flaherty. He provided a link that went to a YouTube video of Kate Smith singing God Bless America! It was the extended version so we had to cut it short.
 
Unfortunately our guest speaker canceled at the last minute so Carl Gomes talked about the Rotaract Advisors training last Monday at Framingham State University (finally something in my neck of the woods).
Emily and I both attended the training which was very good. Carl talked about the importance of guiding and mentoring the Rotaract club members. He discussed possibly having a Rotaract version of PETS for incoming club presidents as well as other ongoing training to grow and retain membership.
 
Roger Frost talked about scanning pictures of his family to the cloud, so years from now family members will have access to what could end up being lost photos. He also talked about Rotary, membership, Service and committees and how important these things are to our club. Roger, I can’t agree with you more!
 
Every member should be on a committee. Every committee is important to the function of the club, its members and the community we serve. I have always said “Many Hands Make Little Work”
 
Barbara updated us on our Annual fundraiser Celebrate Community. There will be a Celebrate Community meeting following our regular club meeting on Thursday!
 
Kids Café’ upcoming dates: Tuesday March 29 and Tuesday April 26.
 
District Conference May 20 – 22 in Plymouth MA. Book now! Brad has sent out the link from Karin Gaffney.
 
We have a Board of Directors Meeting coming up this week 3/10 11:00 at Leo’s
 
Bengts’ friend and fellow Rotarian Jan had two chances to pick the 10 of Diamonds but could not find it… There are 30 cards left in the deck which includes two jokers = $10.00 each and the 10 of Diamonds which (to a Worcester club member) is worth $536.00.
 
Our guest speaker this week is Beth Tingely from Ascentria Social Services.
 
Please make every effort to attend!
Thank you for being Rotarians and thank you for your Service Above Self!
Bob Mangan
 

 
We had a fantastic meeting last week as our guest speakers were Lois Melican, President of the American Chestnut Society Chapter and her staff member Dennis. Lois discussed the blight that killed all of the American chestnut trees from the 1930’s and 1950’s and what the American Chestnut Society is doing to regenerate and re-introduce these lost trees to our country.
 
We also had a couple of guests from the WPI Rotaract Club – Mike Figueroa and Andrew Joshua Nagal. Kaska also had a guest from ACE, Amy Corneliussen.
 
RYLA - Past President Dave Frazier discussed RYLA and that we are looking for 6 students to apply. The club has paid for 6 slots. If you know of any students that are interested please contact Dave Frazier, Krista Piazza or Dianne Bruce.
 
Service Fund Check Presentation – Service Fund Committee Chair Frank Doherty presented a check for $2,500 to Kaska Yawo for the ACE food program. This will provide meals for students in the ACE program.
 
Kids Café – We have 2 dates scheduled for Kids Café Tuesday March 29 from 4-6 PM at the Boys and Girls Clun on Tainter Street and Tuesday April 26th. Please contact Amy Mosher-Berry if you are interested in helping to serve 300 hungry children. This is a great community service project. We would like the Rotaractors to get involved as well.
 
Celebrate Community – I will be sending out the flier for our annual fundraiser Celebrate Community flier to each of you. Your support is needed. We need Sponsors, Auction items and attendees. Please help us reach our goal of $100,000! Remember, our success is not dependent on a few people on a committee, but our entire club! This is why we joined Rotary!
 
TRF – Also don’t forget to contribute to the Rotary Foundation. Please donate what you can so we can be an Every Rotarian Every Year club! Every little bit helps!
 
This week Emily and I attended a Rotaract Advisors training at Framingham State University. Carl and Steve did a fantastic job organizing the evening and the presenters were fantastic. The content was great as our own WPI Rotaract members Mike and Rita presented.
 
Board of Directors Meeting – Thursday March 10th 11:0 at Leo’s.
 
There were no winners in the 50/50 so the total this week is $506 plus our take on Thursday. The pot continues to grow as the deck of cards gets smaller…
This week we are meeting at Leo’s, please make every effort to attend.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place!
 
Click HERE for pictures from Satya Mitra's talk about his trip to India
 
Feb 24th notes
I understand that things went well at El Basha last week and our guest speaker was fantastic! I am sorry to have missed the meeting but I know that Barbara did a great job! Thank you Barbara for filling in. I understand the jackpot still has not been won. That means we start off the day with $475.00 plus the day’s take. The deck is getting smaller and the pot continues to grow!
 
This week we will be meeting at Leo’s Restaurant. We have folks from the American Chestnut Association addressing the club. Following our meeting we will have a Celebrate Community meeting!
 
Please let us know if you plan on going to the District Conference May 20-22 in Plymouth MA. We are planning on having a Hospitality Suite at the conference. The theme this year is Sweets and Rock and Roll. Chris Gates has taken the lead on this. I have made a few suggestions such as contacting Hebert’s Candies for a donation of chocolates and perhaps we could have a lip sync contest or maybe Karaoke!
 
At this time I would also like to remind members to give to the Rotary Foundation. This is an important part of what we do. It gives our club and others the power to provide needed goods and services here and abroad through the grant process. To date we have only 12 members that have made donations. We are a club of 91 members so please donate what you can and let’s make this year an “Every Rotarian Every Year”
 
The club has made some purchases, I have asked for funding to upgrade the club computer and purchase a trunk to put our stuff in. Over the weekend I purchased a trunk with locks as well as QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Professional 2016 as well as antivirus software and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This will make our laptop more useful to the club. We may be able to automate what we currently do at check in and monthly reporting.
 
Please make every effort to attend our meeting! Let’s fill up the room and show our guests what a great club we have!
Thank you for all you do to help those in need.
 
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 

 
The Bare Hill Band will be performing at Celebrate Community.
 

 
 
 

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