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Good Afternoon! We had a wonderful, stimulating meeting of the Rotary Club of Worcester on Thursday. Great attendance, good food, good flow of information and activity, and an exciting and stimulating presentation by Superintendent of Schools, Maureen Binienda.
The club held a moment of silence for Barbara Andersen who recently passed away. Barbara was the 85th President of the Rotary Club of Worcester and the first woman president.
Dave Frazier announced he is looking for members to serve on a committee to help select the first senior high school student to receive a $2,500 scholarship from our Club next spring. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should contact Dave.
Gary MacConnell, chair of the Education Committee, read two thank you letters from students at Worcester State University who were this year's recipients of Rotary Scholarships at that institution.
Frank Doherty presented a $500 check to the Columbus Day Parade Committee to provide support for one of Worcester's high school marching bands to appear in the parade.
Maureen Binienda, who after holding many positions at South High School for the past 38 years, is now the new WPS Superintendent. Maureen spoke about the many programs that she instituted at South High School to support young people and families, who due to economic conditions, need additional assistance beyond the classroom learning to succeed such as establishing a food pantry and clothing drives. Some of these efforts have now been instituted in other public schools in Worcester. Some of her highlights in her update on what is happening in our schools, included all seniors will apply to at least one college, all 9th graders will be required to take the PSAT's and literacy is a focus in all WPS. The WPS's are in good hands with Maureen Binienda at the helm.
Barbara announced that the club is looking for a third member to serve as an advisor to the WPI Rotaract Club. Duties include attending some of the Rotaract meetings during the school year. Anyone interested, please contact me.
The Service Projects Committee met. Some possible projects for the year include holding a Reality Fair at one of the Public High Schools and Seven Hills Public Charter School, a food drive, a beautification project and a clean up project. More to follow. Anyone interested in joining the committee which meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30 should contact Amy Mosher Berry.
Next week's meeting will be at noontime at Grill on the Hill. Information on the speaker will follow. There will be no club meeting on October 13th. Instead, club members are welcome to join the Rotary Club table at the Business Expo on October 14th at Noon at Mechanics Hall. Cost is $55. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club of Worcester. Please let Bob Mangan know if you are interested in attending.
Enjoy this crisp Fall air!
Message from Worcester Rotary Club President, Barbara Guthrie,
Good Afternoon! Yesterday's Club Meeting was informative and exciting. Our new member to be, Eben Afarikumah was in attendance. Val Callahan led happy dollars. Her goal was to collect $50 in honor of Bengt Hansson's 50th anniversary in the Rotary Club of Worcester. Everyone was so happy for Bengt that we collected $80! Skip Hall reported that his wife is home from the hospital after a four week stay.
Mark Fuller announced that he has raised another $5,000 for the Haiti Project so the project can now move forward to completion. Congratulations, Mark.
Bob Mangan announced that he has reserved two tables at the Business Expo luncheon to be held on October 14th. Anyone interested in attending should let Bob know. The cost is $55. Checks should be made out to the Rotary Club of Worcester. Deadline for reservations is October 5th. There will be no club meeting on October 13th.
Dave Frazier announced that Matthew Johnson, speaker at our meeting on August 25th, may be a candidate for a Rotary peace scholarship.
Aaron Payson distributed a survey asking members for their input into possible speakers for the year. The survey will be posted on club runner as well.
Frank Doherty gave a service fund report. After our current obligations are paid, there will be a remaining fund balance of $17,000. The club voted to appoint Krishna DasGupta to a three year term on the service fund committee. Past Presidents Ken Harling, Satya Mitra, Tim Mc Gee, Brad Wyatt, Ed Hall, Robert Mangan and Chair, Frank Doherty were given a vote of support to serve on the committee this year as well.
Gretchen Antonelli gave a report on the recent fund raising committee meeting. Many ideas were discussed. Gretchen distributed a survey to get ideas from the membership on the types of fund raising events they would be most interested in. The survey will be posted on club runner as well. Barbara noted that it is important that we continue our community service awards as part of our fund raising activities. Gretchen stressed to the membership that it was critical that our fund raising efforts are supported by the full membership.
Meeting with Governor Baker on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Bedford Double Tree Hotel. Please register soon as they anticipate the event will be sold out. Cost is $37. The Governor will discuss Partnering on Humanitarian Projects effecting our local communities.
Next Week's Meetings (September 22, 2016)
Education Fund Committee at 11:00 a.m.
Club Meeting at 12:00 Noon. Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools, Maureen Binienda, will be our speaker
Service Projects Committee Meeting at 1:30 p.m.
At yesterday's meeting, Bengt Hannson celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the Rotary Club of Worcester. He joined on 9/8/1966! Congratulations, Bengt!
Eric Torkornoo, Vice President at TD Bank and a former member was a guest. We anticipate Eric will join the club again.
Our speaker was Michael Feltz who is a volunteer representative of the Falun Dafa Association of New England. They are the local host and organizer of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra and Dancers. Michael discussed the history of the Shen Yun dancers and orchestra who perform around the world except in China. Communist China rejects the culture behind the Shen Yun movement. The audiences was lulled by the beautiful music played by the orchestra. We were also treated to the lovely sounds of several of the Chinese musical instruments. Michael is a graduate of Clark University where he majored in psychology and art. He has been a volunteer helping Shen Yun with community outreach since their debut in 2006. The orchestra will be performing in Boston in October at Symphony Hall.
The District is holding an interact training on Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 - 2:30 p.m. If anyone is interested, the registration link is:
September 27, 2016: Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell and Shrewsbury are hosting an event at the Double Tree Hotel in Bedford, MA from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Governor Charlie Baker will speak on "Partnering on Humanitarian Projects effecting our local communities." If you are interested in attending, car pooling can be arranged. Cost is $37.
The Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Luncheon will be held on Friday, October 14th. Thee Rotary Club of Worcester will sponsor a table. Cost is $55. Please let Bob Mangan know if you are interested in attending.
Worcester Rotary is sponsoring Kids Café on Tuesday, October 25th and Tuesday, November 29th, from 4-6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Please let Amy Mosher Berry know if you can help out on either of these 2 dates.
Education Fund Committee will meet on Thursday, September 22nd, 11:00 a.m., Grill on the Hill
Community Service Projects Committee will meet on Thursday, September 22nd, 1:30 p.m. at Grill on the Hill
Club Meeting next Thursday, September 15th.
Today was "shorts" day at the Rotary Club of Worcester's meeting. Twenty-seven members came in their shorts which earned over $1,000 for the club! Matt Erskine was especially charming in his Scottish Kilt and Dick Nevers took the prize for the most "colorful" pair of shorts. Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun. Click HERE for more pictures
We had a very productive club meeting today. The operating budget for 2017 and the financial statement for the June 4th fund raising event were both reviewed. The net amount made on the fund raiser was $45,182.
Membership Chair, Bob Mangan, reviewed his plans for the membership committee this year. We will participate in the Business Expo again. Bob also plans to hold a breakfast meeting for business leaders in the community,
Gary MacConnell reviewed the history of the Education Fund from when it ceased to be a loan fund to becoming a scholarship fund.
The Club meeting was so well received, that another one will be scheduled for either September 8th or September 15th. More to come.
The Club is seeking nominations to fill a three year term on the Service Fund Committee. The Service Fund Committee is the group that reviews grant requests. The funds the Club distributes are the funds the club earns through its fund raising efforts. If anyone is interested in this position, please let me know.
Happy Labor Day Weekend.
We had a terrific meeting this week. It was a beautiful day at "Grill on the Hill." Membership Chair, Bob Mangan announced that August is "membership month." Bob is putting together a membership committee so please contact Bob to help out on this very important committee..
Satya Mitra, Foundation Chair, is also looking for committee members. Satya reviewed the various incentives to giving to the Foundation from becoming a Paul Harris Fellow (a $1,000 donation) to making a bequest to the Foundation. To give to the Foundation, checks should be made out to the "Rotary Foundation" and given to Satya for club credit. Satya noted that this is the 100th year anniversary of the Foundation. Satya's goal is to raise one million dollars in honor of the 100th year anniversary.
Rosemary Ford, a founder of the 365Z Foundation gave an inspirational talk about the Foundation's work in the schools to make children aware of the need to have empathy for others and to carry out kind deeds as part of every day living.
If you are interested in participating in the Service Projects Committee mini retreat on Friday, August 19th, please contact Amy Mosher Berry or myself. The meeting will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and will include a cookout.
Meeting speakers for the rest of August are:
August 11, 2016: District Governors, Pat and Skip Doyle
August 18, 2016: Worcester Police Chief, Steven Sargent
August 25, 2016: Matthew Johnson, Director of Social Innovation at Worcester State University
September 1, 2016: Shorts Day!!
We had a terrific Rotary meeting this week. Great comraderie, good food and an interesting speaker! Next year's Nashoba Valley Club President, Mary Garcia, was a visitor. Bob gave out Certificates of Appreciation to 2015-2016 board members, Krista Piazza and Don Deprez. Bob also alerted club members that he will be looking for people to serve on the membership committee. Dick Nevers volunteered. Skip Hall indicated he was interested in serving on the public relations committee. Barbara noted that Amy Mosher Berry will lead a mini retreat on Friday, August 19th for anyone interested in serving on the Community Service Projects committee. More to come on that event.
Satya turned in $3,100 in additional donations/sponsorships for our June 4th gala. Steve Tankanow is another $1,000 member sponsorship donor for which Satya us donating an additional $100.
Save the date: Thursday, August 25th is shorts day at the Rotary Club of Worcester. Last year, thanks to Satya and Ken Harling, the club raised around $1,000 on "shorts" day. Please come prepared!
Our speaker this week was Michele Miller, founder of the Central Mass Lyme Foundation. Michele lost her mother to Lyme disease because she had been misdiagnosed as having ALS. Michele discussed the difficulty of detecting the disease, how easy it is to get the disease and ways you can protect yourself from getting the disease. Her discussion of how little the medical community knows about the disease and that testing for the disease is not always accurate was somewhat disturbing. To learn more, visit their web site: CentralMassLyme.com
Enjoy the weekend. Barbara
A message from new club president Barbara Guthrie,
I want to thank everyone who attended Thursday's meeting. We have 45 people in attendance, gained one new member who is transferring from Arizona and had another potential new member in attendance. Aaron Payson gave a powerful invocation followed by a robust patriotic song led by Val Callahan. Bob honored 2015-2016 board and committee members with certificates of appreciation. Chris Gates, Dave Frazier and Mark Fuller received "Service Above Self" recognitions and Satya Mitra received the President's award for his generous support of the Rotary Foundation. I was humbled to receive the Rotarian of the Year Award.
John Sbrogna, our Assistant District Governor, installed our 2016-2017 officers and directors. It was an honor to receive my president's pin from my daughters. Rich Prager did his usual terrific job capturing the moments with his photography. Please take a moment to look at the pictures on our web site.
As your new president, I plan to carry on with Bob's theme of teamwork. We need all members to get involved to help our club successfully carry out our club visions. Please volunteer for a committee that interests you. Committee chairs are: Bob Mangan, Membership; Amy Mosher Berry, Service Projects; Brad White and Frank Doherty, Co-Chairs, Public Relations; Tom Valentine and Gretchen Antonelli, Co-Chairs, Fund Raising; Chet Caswell & Aaron Payson, Co-Chairs, Speakers; Dave Frazier, RYLA; Satya Mitra, Foundation; Gary MacConnell, Education Fund; and Frank Doherty, Service Fund.
Satya Mitra reported that our net profit from our June fundraiser is approximately $20,000. Our fund raising goal to the City alone was $41,000. Sayta is in the process of continuing to collect sponsorship funds for the event. He presented Bob with checks totaling around $16,000. Satya also recognized Steve Loring, Bob Johnson, Al Biscelgia,Tim McGee, Ken Harling, Rod White and Dave Frazier for donating $1,000 or more in sponsorships. Satya will add an additional $100 for each of these donations. Satya encouraged other club members/friends to provide additional sponsorships so that we might reach and surpass our goal.
Thank you for a memorable installation!
I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! I want to thank everyone for a fantastic 2015 - 2016 Rotary year! We have had the privilege of helping many people in need in our community this year through our community service and our Service Fund. We have raised funds, increased membership, and worked on some great projects.
Our club is continuing to finalize the Haiti project as well as the Opioid Addiction project (as soon as the fund raising efforts are tallied).
This year we have made a few changes, our meeting location for one, the 50/50 raffle was changed to a more challenging method. We finally got the club laptop working and a new banner is on the way. We participated in many district activities such as the annual district convention where we had a hospitality suite. Our club was recognized at the district convention for our outstanding community service. Our club hosted 6 students for RYLA and many members participated at RYLA. This year, as we have for the past few years we have participated in the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo where we were able to showcase our club, what we do and advertise our fundraisers. We had some fantastic guests and guest speakers throughout the year as well as some challenges. When we were faced with challenges we came through. The theme was TEAMWORK. We are a team of club members. When something needs to be done we ask how can I help? What can I do?
I hope I covered everything....
I am proud to be a member of the Rotary Club of Worcester and proud to have served as president last year.
Thank you all for making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate here in Worcester and around the world. We are blessed and You are truly a Gift to the World!
Our next meeting will be July 14th at The Grill on the Hill, Green Hill Golf Course, 12:00 - 1:30. This will be the induction of officers for the 2016 - 2017 Rotary Year. I can't stress enough that all members should attend. Assistant Governor John Sbrogna will induct Barbara Guthrie as the Club President and her Board of Directors.
Bob Mangan, Immediate Past President, Membership Chair
Rotary Club of Worcester 2016 - 2017