Never been to a Chinese Auction? The concept is simple, a night of food, raffles, auctions, fun, and fellowship! A small entry fee of $15 enters you into a door prize of an iPad Mini and all-you-can-eat Chinese cuisine!
New auction and raffle items are being added daily! Red Sox tickets, bottles of wine, a boat owner's survival kit, a lemon lovers basket, as well as gift cards to numerous North Shore restaurants!
Event will be held on Saturday evening, June 18, 2016, starting at 6pm at the Winthrop Yacht Club, 649 Shirley Street, Winthrop!
For tickets and information email Tom Hankard or call 781-454-7668! Every penny raised will go towards the works of the Rotary Club of Belle Isle Foundation Incorporated, a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and registered Massachusetts corporation.
Dowling was born and raised in Saugus, Massachusetts and graduated from Saugus High School in 1998. Directly following high school years, Dowling joined his Dad in the auto body repair business. His father owned a local shop in Saugus and Dowling worked with his dad for nine years until his father retired and the business was ultimately sold. Dowling continued in the auto business and was hired to be an auto appraiser for variety of insurance firms as well as major dealerships.
In 2011, after a few years doing appraisal-work, Dowling and his father decided to return to their roots and, together, they opened another auto body shop, but this time it was located in Marblehead. The shop, situated at 218 Beacon Street, is named - Marblehead Collision.
- Bob Arsenault – Quarter Master - Ipswich
- Ray Bastrache – Patient Transporter - Lynn
- Bill Beckman – Ward Coordinator – Beverly
- Juan Gallego – Sterilizer - Chelsea
- Barbara Hoelfich – Recreation Therapist – Cambridge
- Stephanie Johnson – Medical Records – Peabody
- Jeffrey Newman – Photo Journalist – Melrose
- Rotaplast assigned – Nancy Faletta – PACU assistant – San Francisco
The event netted $4,590 for the Annual Fund SHARE Program! Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities such as vocational training teams. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF. At the end of three years, our district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that our clubs in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund district grants. The remaining DDF may be used for global grants or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district.
We would like to thank all of our generous bidders and the following Rotary Club's for their thoughtful donations: Amesbury, Belle Isle, Burlington, Lexington, Lynnfield, Medford, Reading, Saugus, Swampscott, Wakefield and Winchester. Learn more about the Annual Fund!
Chairs David Manzi and Amy Luckiewicz would like to thank our guests and table hosts Janice Casoli, Terry Curran, and Maria Bertolone as well as Shiela Lally and Fisher College for all of their help. We truly appreciated your support, patience, trust and fun spirit!
For a $10.00 entry fee, enjoy delicious foods and beverages under the tents at the green, "all you can eat"... This event run by Lynnfield Rotary will generate enough funds to feed guests at the Haven from Hunger in Peabody, MA. The Lynnfield Club pays for and serves dinner once a month at the Haven. Come enjoy a delicious evening outdoors while supporting the Haven from Hunger!
Friday night we will be meeting at the Fisher College rooftop, 118 Beacon Street, for a brief wine and beer hour before heading off to who knows where on a mystery dining tour. We’re going to be split up so we meet new people and find out how truly phenomenal Rotarians and friends truly are. I can’t wait for what truly sounds like an awesome time!
Saturday transportation begins at 7:30 am, dropping you off at the service project by 9:00 am, packing meals provided by End Hunger New England, which will be distributed to four food pantries in our district. The goal is to pack 30,000 meals, so we truly need your help. The event is at the Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston. There will be changing rooms (without showers) provided at the Harvard Club (on the second floor) for those that are participating in the Service Project and going on to lunch. For more information on the service project, or to see a video of a meal packaging event, click here!
The District Conference Continues with the combined Conference/Assembly Luncheon at the Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. The event will be in Harvard Hall and will feature Dan Clark, Dave Manzi, Sheryl Meehan and guest speaker, Josh Kraft. Following this amazing lunch will be the Annual District Business meeting, then the District Assembly with breakouts galore. Learn about Rotary, the District and more at your District Assembly.
Saturday night brings a wonderful banquet with no particular agenda. It will be an evening of enjoyment featuring Dan Clark and his wife Mary, Dave Manzi and Keynote speaker Ray Bourque. The four-course meal including wine will be the celebration everyone should have after this amazing year. It will be a review of everything you all have accomplished in all the various fields of veterans awareness, homelessness and hunger, opioid awareness and advocacy. You are all to be congratulated on jobs well done!
And finally, CALLING ALL VETERANS! Sunday morning will be a memorial service for those Rotarians that have passed since the last District Conference, followed by our Veterans’ Memorial Brunch. The brunch will feature guest speakers from the VA Secretary Franceso Urena, Jen DeLuca, ED of Fisher House, Boston, Andy McCawley, President New England Center and Home for Veterans, and Giselle Sterling, Commissioner, City of Boston Veteran’s Services Department. This is a not to be missed event.
The entire conference is a la carte, so you can pick and choose or sign up for all of the above. Wednesday is our cut-off at 3:00 pm, so do it now!
- Wakefield Police K9 Unit
- Wakefield Unified Prevention
- Beebe Library
- Camp Rotary Scholarships
The Homelessness and Hunger Initiative Committee has been actively presenting our video. Filmed on the premise of educating Rotarians and then their communities, we are making it available to all who want it, spreading the word about what you can do to help. In this arena the video has proven a huge success.
The committee has presented to 14 Clubs throughout the District with 3 more scheduled presentations. It has presented to several non-profits and to a gathering of Foundation donors. The purpose of the presentations is to familiarize Rotarians about homelessness and the statistics of poverty and hunger in their communities. This is followed by the HHI video, seen here in this newsletter, and then there is a call to help, not for dollars, but for dialing and drafting digits, making a call or sending letters to your senators and representatives. If your club has not had this presentation, now is the time to contact Bob Wood to schedule a one and be prepared to see your club moved to action.
HHI lends itself perfectly to applying for District Foundation Grants, so if your club is not qualified, now is the time to do so. The next Qualification Seminar is on May 19th at a location to be decided soon. We are encouraging all Clubs in our District to seek out and partner with a local non-profit in the fields of Homelessness or Hunger to provide a grant for something that an agency might need in the upcoming Rotary year. Interestingly enough, the Clubs presented to only had to go out and ask the question "What can Rotary do to help?" Many have gotten the answer!
And where, you ask, does the District get the money for these grants? Well, every dollar contributed to the Rotary Foundation in any given year by Rotarians is invested for three years. The Foundation lives on the interest of those investments. After the third year, 50% of the monies contributed by any given District returns to that District in the form of Managed Grants (local community grants), Global Grants and District Designated Funds. So as the saying goes, if you don’t give, you probably won’t get. So now is the time to give to the Foundation so you Club can continue to do local District Managed Grants!
The committee will meet again in July to determine the next steps. The committee is to be commended for its insight and foresight in the production of this video.
District clubs may sponsor up to five students from their community. The cost to sponsor a student is $150. This covers the program, housing and food.
There are still spaces available for this year's RYLA. If your club hasn't submitted applications yet, please consider participating. This is an amazing program.
For information about RYLA, contact Rotarians Jim Babbin, Evan Diamond, Andy Maddox, Peter Majane, Tracy Arabian, Julie Geary, Mike McLaughlin, or Dave Gardner. All have several years of RYLA experience and can answer your questions.
- About $12,500 in scholarships to assist worthy Burlington students attending college.
- A gala Dinner Dance for over 200 Burlington senior citizens.
- Providing over 100 Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families.
- Sponsorship of Concerts on the Common and other Burlington recreational activities
- Sponsoring four Burlington High Juniors at a Rotary Youth Leadership Camp (RYLA).
- Assistance to the Burlington Food Pantry helping needy families.
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from all the 534 districts around the world gather in Chicago to consider and vote on proposed changes to policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect July 1, 2016.
Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule, allowing clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month, but also allowing flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements.
The Council also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership. The dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that is Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. As RI Vice-President Greg Podd put it, “We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo. We must think about our future.”
Also because of this Council’s decisions:
- A Council on Resolutions will meet annually online to consider resolutions – recommendations to the RI Board. The Council on Resolutions will free the Council on Legislation to concentrate on enactments – changes to Rotary’s governing documents.
- Rotaractors will be allowed to become members of Rotary Clubs while still in Rotaract. Too few Rotaractors join Rotary, and it’s hoped that giving them more options will boost the members of qualified young leaders in Rotary.
- The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated, now that clubs have been given more flexibility.
- The reference to “admission fees” will be removed from the bylaws, as the words do not advance a modern image of Rotary.
- A Standing Committee on membership was established, in recognition that membership is a top priority of the organization, and polio was reaffirmed to be a goal of the highest order.