The Rotary Club of
Montachusett Area
 
Serve to Change Lives
 
Membership Newsletter 
for December 2, 2021
 
 
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.  Pema Chodron once said, If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
 
Club Meeting:
For everyone's health and well-being, we are requiring everyone to wear a mask during our in-person meetings.  Thank you
 
Our next Club Meeting will begin on Thursday December 2nd at 7:45am via Zoom https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84875930762?pwd=NlF3RW96VzhUTC9mVGVkUUorMDc4QT09
Meeting ID: 848 7593 0762/Passcode: QsRp6z or in person at the Leominster Credit Union located at 18 Adams Street in Leominster.
 
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 (December 2nd) in 1766, Swedish parliament approves the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act and implements it as a ground law, thus being first in the world with freedom of speech.  Our Nation’s First Amendment protects the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.  Herbert Hoover once said, Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.  At Rotary, helping others feels good, creates a sense of belonging, gives you a sense of purpose, and promotes freedom.
 
Yours in Service,
Michael
 
Last Week's Club Meeting
Please support the Sweats for Vets program.  Please drop off a Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, or Boston College sweatshirt in size large or larger to a local homeless shelter or contact Mark Vital directly at (508) 494-9410 or sweats4vets@gmail.com to learn more about how you can help.  Please bring in your sweatshirts or hoodies to Alley at our Rotary meeting and she will drop them off in December.  Thank you Alley!
 
John and Nancy handed out fliers for our Poinsettia fundraiser.  All poinsettia plants are attractively foiled, suitable for any decor.  The plants are all high quality.  The poinsettia's have 9" pot size are in colors of red, pink, and which.  the cost for the poinsettias are $27 each.  Please make the checks out to Monty Broc Rotary Club.  Orders are due by Thursday November 18th and the pick-up date is Friday November 26th.  Please contact Nancy directly at (978) 534-1605 if you want a poinsettia, so she can get the correct final order in to Neil.  Thank you Nancy!
 
Please support the Hats for the Homeless and Less Fortunate program that This initiative is to collect warm items such as hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to help keep less fortunate men, women, and children warm during the cold winter months.  Please bring your items to a club meeting and give contents to Joan or leave your bags/boxes of hats and mittens at the following locations, no need to call in advance.  Be sure to leave your contact information so we know who to thank!  Donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves can be dropped off any time during normal business hours at the British American Club at 1 Simonds road in Fitchburg.  The BAC opens at 12:00pm Tuesday ~ Sunday and is closed on Mondays.  The Senior Center at 14 Wallace Street Monday ~ Friday from 8:00am ~ 4:30pm.  or you can drop off at J'J's Helping Hands at 16 Clearview Avenue in Fitchburg at anytime.  If you have any questions please reach out to Cheryl Cucchiara (978) 855-1712 jjshelpinghands@yahoo.com.  Please bring in your hats and warm items to Joan at our Rotary meeting and she will drop them off on December 15th.  Thank you Joan!
 
Our Guest Speaker Nick Pelletier from Rise Above spoke about the Rise Above program which focuses on supporting foster care children.
 
Sydney Huckabee of LUK dropped off 25 new Giving Tree Program Tags to our Rotary Club on November 18th.  Individual club members can take a tag if they choose and spend between $25 ~ $30 per tag to help a local youth enjoy the holiday season.  Sydney will pick up the 25 gifts from our Rotary Club on December 16th
 
Thank you to Jay, Rick, and Jim for volunteering to help clean up Cormier Park on November 11th!
 
Thank you to Joan, Nancy, and Jeanie for handing out dictionaries 
JR Briggs Elementary School on November 18th!
 
Upcoming Events
November 21st:  Fitchburg & Leominster Rotary Clubs are having the Breakfast for the Bands fundraiser on Sunday November 21st from 8:00am ~ 11:30am at Fitchburg High School at 140 Arn-How Farm Road in Fitchburg.  Breakfast tickets are $8, Placement Ads are $50 for 5 Complimentary Tickets, Corporate Sponsors are $150 for 10 Complimentary Tickets, Banner Sponsors are $300 for 20 Complimentary Tickets, and QR Code Sponsor are $500.  Make a donation of an Item or a Basket or a Gift Certificate to our Ticket Raffle.  If you have any questions please contact Dean Valliere at (978) 534-4637 deanvalliere@yahoo.com 
 
November 22nd:  Neil could use as much help as we can provide Monday morning in unloading 800 Christmas Trees at The Gardeners' Spot located at 66 Granite Street in Leominster.  Neil is very generous in donating Christmas Trees to veterans.  Neil didn't become Leominster's Favorite Son by sitting on his hands.  Thank you Neil for all you do!
 
November 27th: Jim said that the Salvation Army Bell Ringing will be at the Walmart in Leominster on Saturday November 27th from 10:00am ~ 6:00pm rotating in 1-hour shifts.  The morning shifts are covered, but there are still open slots in the afternoon between 1:00pm ~ 6:00pm
 
 

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