The Rotary Club of
Montachusett Area
Serve to Change Lives
Membership Newsletter 
for March 24, 2022
Train your mind to see the good in everything.  Positivity is a choice.  The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.  Dale Carnegie
Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.
Club Meeting:

Our next Club Meeting will begin on Thursday March 24th at 7:45am.  We will be meeting again in-person at Leominster Credit Union located at 18 Adams Street in Leominster as well as via Zoom at

Board of Director's Meeting

Will be held the 2nd Thursday of the month.
President's Message: Michael Caslin
My fellow Rotarians,
On this date in 1163, the cornerstone for the Notre-Dame cathedral was laid by King Louis the 7th and Pope Alexander the 3rd.  The famous rose stained glass window that has become synonymous with the building was completed in 1255 and the construction of the building wasn’t completed until 1345.  This building is not a stable entity.  It has been destroyed, pillaged, rebuilt, loved, hated, burned, and rebuilt again.  The church itself is built upon ancient ruins of a time long forgotten.  Here we are again in the 21st century we are rebuilding the cathedral not with renovation in mind but restoration and preservation.  The saying that, “all roads lead to Notre Dame” is actually true.  There’s a marker in front of the church today that acts as “Position 0” where all roads in the city direct to.  Notre Dame is truly the heart of Paris.  Similarly, Rotary has been the heart of communities all over the globe.  Service Above Self is our cornerstone.

Yours in Service,


Last Week's Club Meeting
Alley had a great idea about co-sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive due to national blood shortages.  Ellen has found a location to host the event at at Andrew's Hall in Lunenburg.  Thank you Alley and Ellen!
The Club discussed possibly having a Joint Club Cornhole Tournament this summer and possibly making it an annual event.  It would be great doing some joint projects among the Clubs.  I have spoken to Neil, who has generously offered to host one or all of the events at The Gardeners' Spot in Leominster.  He says that he has the space available to host the event and will not charge anything for the venue.   There is additional parking at the High School nearby and he can get a 1-day liquor license and have a food truck on site.  Thank you Neil!
The Club discussed our Krispy Kreme fundraiser event.  I spoke to Neil who will pick up the doughnuts on Wednesday, April 20th.  We will change our Club meeting from Thursday, April 21st to Wednesday, April 20th at 5:00pm.  Neil has generously offered to the Club his upper patio space at no cost.  If the weather is not great, Neil has offered his greenhouse for our meeting.  Our Club meeting will be about fellowship, introducing Rotary to new attendees, and a location pick up for the doughnuts.  The Club decided on selling a box of the Original Glazed Doughnuts at $12.00 per dozen.  I will reach out to the other Club Presidents to see if they are interested in joining our fundraiser with $2.00 per box sold going to their Clubs.   Thank you Neil!
Diane Flanagan said that the Worcester Red Sox are hosting a Leominster Day at Polar Park on Sunday, July 24th.  Thank you Diane!
This Week's Club Meeting
I spoke with Neil about having our May Flowers fundraising event on Saturday, April 30th.  Neil said that the Mother's Day may not be ready for delivery before May 5th, so he suggested that we hold our event on Saturday, May 7th instead.  
Neil confirmed that we can distribute our Krispy Kreme doughnuts at The Gardeners' Spot located at 66 Granite Street in Leominster on Wednesday, April 20th at 5:00pm.  Neil said that we can cook hot dogs and hamburgers on gas grills if our Club wants to purchase the food items.  Thank you Neil!
I spoke to Linda (860) 862-4681 about our Krispy Kreme fundraiser.  We have to sell a minimum of 50 boxes of doughnuts at a cost to us of $5.25 per dozen.  We can only buy the Original Glazed Doughnuts.  People usually sell the boxes between $10.00 ~ $12.00.  We can additionally sell Original Glazed Dozen Doughnuts Certificates at a cost to us of $5.25 per certificate.  We can also sell Krispy Kreme Coffee in 4 flavors of Classic Coffee, Classic Decaf Coffee, Bold 1937 Coffee, and Original Glazed Coffee at a cost to us of $6.50 per 12oz bags.  I reached out to Neil who generously offered to help out with the pick up of orders from Mohegan Sun at 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd in Uncasville, CT 06382 on April 20th and store at the Gardeners' Spot for our Rotary meeting that evening at 5:00pm.  I need to call Linda at least 1 week ahead of our pick up date to give her our final order count.  Thank you Alley and Neil!
Discuss adding a Webmaster/Social Media Chair to update our website to show all of the recent service projects and fundraising events that we have worked on and to become more inviting to potential new members.
Neddy Latimer the Executive Director of the Spanish American Center would like to invite the Montachusett Area Rotary Club to a future Breakfast at their facility located at 112 Spruce Street in Leominster.
Upcoming Speakers
March 24th:  Chris Grubel or Mike Hurley from the Fitchburg East Club.  They are in the process of writing an international grant for a water project in Uganda.
March 31st:  Bill Brady the Owner/Chef of Brady's Restaurant in Leominster.
April 20th:  Diane Flanagan, Ryan Nesbit, and Smiley Ball the team mascot of the WooSox. 

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