Speaking this week:
Jul 28, 2016
Stu Nunnery
Overcoming Adversity
Aug 04, 2016
Rosemary Ford
365Z Foundation
Aug 11, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
Maureen Binienda
Superintendent of the WPS
 
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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!
 
Barbara Guthrie
 

 
Good morning,
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.  
 
Thank you!
 
Bob Mangan, Immediate Past President, Membership Chair
Rotary Club of Worcester 2016 - 2017
 

 
 
Thank you to Holmes Shusas Florist for their donation of 25 dozen red roses that were made into 25 centerpieces for our 3rd annual Celebrate Community gala held on June 4th
 

 
 
We had a fantastic meeting yesterday! We began our meeting with a moment of silence for the victims of the senseless attack on a popular Orlando FL. night club where 49 people were killed and 53 suffered gunshot wounds. Our prayers go out to each of them.  Reverend Aaron Payson began the meeting with a prayer and sang the National Anthem.
 
Our guest speaker was Paul Provost, Publisher of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Paul discussed the 160 year history of the paper, where it is today and the future of print. He also discussed the many digital opportunities for the newspaper and the delivery channels available. He fielded many questions from members.
 
We inducted a new member, Kimberly Goulette, Executive Director of the American Red Cross. Past District Governor Val Callahan did the honors. Please join me in welcoming Kimberly to the Rotary Club of Worcester!
 
 The Club elections were held and I present you with the 2016 – 2017 Officers and Directors for the Rotary Club of Worcester:
 PRESIDENT:                           Barbara Guthrie
PRESIDENT ELECT:                 Ron Fraser
VICE PRESIDENT:                    Chris Gates
SECRETARY:                             Krista Piazza
TREASURER:                            Matteo Gentile
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Robert Mangan   
                         DIRECTORS:            
                                                Don Deprez
                                                David Frazier
                                                Ken Harling
                                                Satya Mitra
                                                Tom Valentine
Congratulations to all our officers.
 
Tim McGee had the lucky number but could not pull the 3 of Spades out of the deck. So the pot grows to $58.00 + next week.
 
Last week was my last formal meeting as Club president. Barbara will be running the meeting next week as I have a prior engagement with a customer.
 
On June 30th we will not have a regular meeting, but a Member Appreciation event at O’Connor’s Restaurant from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. This will be an informal gathering. There will be appetizers and a cash bar available.  Please let me know if you can make it to the last meeting of the Rotary year!
 
I want to thank the club for a fantastic year. We made a difference in the lives of many people here in Worcester and around the world. You all deserve a “Pat on the Back” Please RSVP if you are planning on attending so we can get a head count for the restaurant.
 
Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Bob Mangan, President 2015 - 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
 
 

 
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I hope all the mothers in the club had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We had our last meeting at Leo’s this past Thursday. There was a good crowd on hand. It’s always good to see members we haven’t seen in a while. Our guest speaker was Ray Pfau. Ray is a member of the Nashoba Valley Club and he talked about an ongoing community service project his club does three times a year. The project is called “The Repair Café”. A few times a year members of the Nashoba Valley Club get together and offer their services and talents to fix anything from a transistor radio to a computer. This service is great for people that can’t afford to replace an item or just don’t want to part with something special. Another thing, it’s also good for the wallet as there is no charge for the service unless parts have to be purchased. Ray talked about the various things they fixed and challenges on items they couldn’t. All in all they have a lot of fun while they work together repairing the broken items.   
 
New Meeting Location: Beginning this week we will be meeting at the Grill on the Hill at Green Hill Golf Course. The address for your GPS is 1929 Skyline Drive Worcester. It is off Belmont Street and neat the Technical High School. This choice was made due to the results of the survey conducted last month.
 
Celebrate Community! Barbara talked about the upcoming Celebrate Community Fundraiser. You can   donate, sponsor, bid and sign up for our fundraiser using BidPal on the club website. Or if you prefer we still accept checks as well. We are 3 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. At some point we can do a live demonstration. We are in need of the following: Sponsors, Attendees, Auction items and in-kind donations. This is open to everyone so please spread the word! 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 coming up fast May 20 – 22 in Plymouth MA. Please go to the District Website to Register. Our club will have a Hospitality Suite!
 
Kids Café: Tuesday May 24th will be our next and last Kids Café until September. Please contact Amy Berry if you are interested in volunteering. If you have not experienced this, I encourage you to do so. This is a wonderful program and for a short amount of your time, you make a big difference in the lives of these kids.
 
Our 50/50 raffle There were no winners in the raffle so that brings our total to $923.00 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.  You must come to a meeting to join in on the fun.
 
I have attached the agenda for next week’s meeting.  Our speaker will be Richard Moore. Richard is a victim of the civil war in Ireland in the 70s, he made peace with his shooter, met the Dali Lama and is helping children in war-torn regions of Africa. 
 
Please make every effort to attend.
Thank you for all you do to serve the community, here and around the world! You make a difference in the world in which we live!
Thank you,
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
Rotary Club of Worcester
Please support the Worcester Rotary Club 'Celebrate Community' event on Saturday, June 4th.
 

 
 
We had a great meeting on Thursday. This was a club meeting where we took the opportunity to review the year as well as Visioning. We seem to be doing well meeting and / or working on our goals.  Barbara talked about the upcoming Celebrate Community Fundraiser and Tom Valentine showed club members how to donate, sponsor, bid and sign up for our fundraiser using BidPal on the club website.
 
We had two guests, Peter Caruso, Partner at CHK Group with Patrick English and Kimberly Goulette, Executive Director of the Red Cross. (She has submitted a membership application). Frank Doherty presented a check to the American Red Cross for disaster relief from the Service Fund in the amount of $1,500.00.
 
RYLA: We had a guest RYLA student that Dave introduced to the club, Shadrack Kihara from St. Peter Marion High school. If you would like to volunteer to help with the program June 24-26 at Fitchburg State, contact Dave atdavemfraz@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.
 
Slate of Officers for 2016 – 2017: Dave Frazier announced the slate of officers. Attached is the notice for the slate of officers for 2016 – 2017 for the Rotary Club of Worcester. Dave will conduct the election in 4 weeks. (now 3 weeks)
PRESIDENT:                             Barbara Guthrie
PRESIDENT ELECT:                Ron Fraser
VICE PRESIDENT:                   Chris Gates
SECRETARY:                            Krista Piazza
TREASURER:                          Matteo Gentile
Immediate Past President: Robert Mangan  
 
                   DIRECTORS:              
                             Don Deprez
                                      David Frazier
                                      Ken Harling
                                      Satya Mitra
                                      Tom Valentine
 
Celebrate Community! We are 6 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. 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.
 
Barbara and I recorded a show with Dr. Matilde Castiel on Soap Box WCCA TV Channel 194 Worcester. This will help bring awareness to our fundraiser and why we are raising the money. Below are the times:
Your show will air on WCCA TV Ch 194 in Worcester
  and stream live online at wccatv.com :
Wed ., May 4 at 8:30pm
Thur., May 5 at 1pm
Sat., May 7 at 10:30pm
Sun., May 8 at 6:30pm
 
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: On Tuesday April 26 we served over 300 children. Please contact Amy Berry if you are interested in volunteering for our next Kids Café in May. If you have not experienced this, I encourage you to do so. This is a wonderful program and for a short amount of your time, you make a big difference in the lives of these kids.
 
The Service Fund Committee meeting will be held prior to our regular club meeting Thursday 4/28.
 
Celebrate Community Fundraising Committee meets this week following our regular club meeting.
 
Our 50/50 raffle still has not been won… so that brings our total to $830.00 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.
 
Our guest speaker this week is Lauren Falco of the American Cancer Society.
Please make every effort to attend.
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 make a difference in the world in which we live!
Thank you,
Bob Mangan, President 2015 – 2016
 
 
We had a very busy but good meeting on Thursday. Our guest speaker was Lauren Falco from the American Cancer Society. Lauren talked about one of their fundraisers, Relay for Life. She discussed how the program works and how to sponsor or participate in the program. She also talked about where the raised funds go and how they help people suffering with cancer.
 
New Member Induction: We inducted new member Capt. Dan Brunelle to the Rotary Club of Worcester! Dan came up to the podium with his sponsor Bob Johnson and Membership committee chair Ron Fraser. Please join me in welcoming Dan to the club!
 
RYLA: Dave talked about RYLA as we need volunteers from the club to help out.  If you would like to volunteer 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. I have attached the weekend schedule so pick a time!
 
Celebrate Community! Barbara and Ken talked about the upcoming Celebrate Community Fundraiser. You can   donate, sponsor, bid and sign up for our fundraiser using BidPal on the club website. Or if you prefer we still accept checks as well. We are 4 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. At some point we can do a live demonstration. We are in need of the following: Sponsors, Attendees, Auction items and in-kind donations. This is open to everyone so please spread the word! 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 May 24th will be our next and last Kids Café until September. Please contact Amy Berry if you are interested in volunteering. If you have not experienced this, I encourage you to do so. This is a wonderful program and for a short amount of your time, you make a big difference in the lives of these kids.
 
Our 50/50 raffle Ron Fraser had the lucky ticket this week and he had Lauren Falco pick the card…It was the 2 of Diamonds… so that brings our total to $873.00 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.  You must come to a meeting to join in on the fun.
 
 
 

 
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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