The Rotary Club of
Montachusett Area
 
Serve to Change Lives
 
Membership Newsletter 
for March 10, 2022
 
 
Inspiration:
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.  Christian Larson once said, Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.  To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.  To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.  Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.  Live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
 
Club Meeting:

Our next Club Meeting will begin on Thursday March 10th at 7:45am.  We will be meeting again in-person as well as via Zoom only at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85151551208.

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 1876, the first telephone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Thomas Watson.  The first words were “Mr. Watson, come here.  I want to see you”.  Although it was his greatest success, Thomas refused to have a telephone in his own home because it was something he invented by mistake and saw it as a distraction from his main studies.  Rotary’s greatest success lies in making polio eradication its top priority. 
 

Yours in Service,

Michael

 
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!
 
Alley is saving and storing plastic bags to help protect our environment.  Alley is offering to store anyone's recycled plastic bags for the same cause.  Wachusett Area Rotary Club is sponsoring a Plastic Bag Recycling Program on Saturday, March 20th from 10:00am ~ 2:00pm at The Draught House (The Manor) at 44 West Boylston Street, West Boylston.  Their goal is to collect 500 pounds of plastic bags to create 1 park bench from Trex recycling.  Thank you Alley!
 
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
Please bring in any recyclable plastic bags to our meeting, so Alley can deliver them to Wachusett Area Rotary Club for their Plastic Bag Recycling Program.  Thank you Alley!
 
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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