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Posted on Oct 11, 2017
The Montachusett Area Rotary Club hard at work feeding the hungry supporting the Sholan Farms Harvest Festival.
Sholan Farms 2017 Stephanie Hyles 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, November 12th, our Rotary District and several members of Montachusettes Area Rotary (Monty Broc) packed food for the critically hungry.
See inside for the full story and pics of us wearing red head nets!
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Even our lieutenant governor loves our Rotary chips!
Chips! 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
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More Bandey-Hefler guests 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Fried Dough & Chips 2015 2015-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
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September 17th 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all of our friends who voted for us on the 20 Weeks of Giving program through Enterprise Bank. We won!
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Our current president honoring our past president John
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Awarding more Paul Harris 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Nancy Bishop speaks about the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. Thank you!
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Our new District Governor Jim Fusco makes his first stop at our club today! We are so lucky to have him. Thank you!
Mr Rotary First Visit 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Bharti Bhakta 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Congrats Jim & Nancy 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Jim and Leslie! 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
We are all important pieces of our club
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Our New Officers! 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our New President Leslie! 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Fusco, our new District Governor for 7910. Congrats Mr. Rotary!
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Past President John 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Paul Leclair speaks about life insurance today at John's last meeting as president of our club. Thank you!
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Congratulations to Jim Fusco and Tony Gasbarro for their Paul Harris + awards this morning!
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Thanks guys for speaking about GPhomestay at our club today!
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Steve DiNatale, State Rep, speaks about unemployment and economic development. Thank you!
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Busy speaker day today! Thank you Mr. S for speaking about Clever, our RYLA student, and his progress in school!
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Light up Rotary
Our theme for 2014-15
 
Pledge:  Nick Brindisi
Prayer:  Jay Mayo
Song:  Nick Brindisi led us in “The National Anthem”
Sergeant of Arms:  Gina Wilson stepping for Tony Gasbarro
 
Late Dollars:  Christina, Craig, Rick, Janet, Deb & Maila
Early Dollars:  Jay
Happy Birthday to:  Christina Lashua
 
PE Leslie lit up Rotary this morning in the absence of President John Sbrogna, informed us that we are still matching the max of $10 pp, per week for Foundation until we reach the amount of $500. For example, you donate $10 then it will be matched and you will be then be credited $20 towards Foundation.
 
Happy/Sad Dollars from Week of 3/30/15:
Christina had food $’s, thank you for B-day wishes and happy B-day to me!
Deb had food $’s, and for the 1st all is good…no one in nursing home or sick!
Jeanie happy $ to be back (whatever how long it has been) and hopefully get out of this boot today when she goes to the doctors and had food $’s.
Ali had food $’s, missed a couple of weeks, commented on unfortunate incident at the Doubletree and how the Sentinel published it along with vanilla yogurt pop crackers..?
Jim F. had a happy $ for his son-n-law who will be working at Commonwealth Bank will be both buying house in Chappaqu, NY which is a ½ mile from the Clintons!
Craig had his last $1 on him…..so we asked him to lead us in the 4-way test – thanks for the moment!
Jim H. had food/foundation $’s.
Jay had food $’s
Janet had food/foundation $’s.
Rick had food $’s, great time at wine event and hung out with Gina and John and learned new phrases!
Maila had a happy $ to be here..
Claire Freda had a food $’s, thanked those that came to the wine event, sorry she missed Arc event as her grandson was making confirmation down at the Cape.
Lynn had Foundation $’s, $ for not being late and commented on reunion at City Hall as she had a great time…and the memories!
Gina had a happy $ for Lynn as she has a new job at LifeCare and is very happy – no more 11-7!
Cheryl R. had food $’s, glad to be sitting at the ladies table chatting  and told true story  on whether or not you believe in superstition she had with her Dad last week as it was 10 year anniversary of his passing.
Nick had food/foundation $’s and hot tub is hooked up home!
Leslie had food $’s, thank you Claire for being here and thanked everyone for being here despite school vacation and a beautiful day!
 
Claire Freda pulled ticket #788 and Craig Reynolds was the lucky winner who pulled a “two” for $2.00…Congrats!  She put $5 towards Foundation.
 
Important upcoming events:
  • 5/15, 16 & 17 – District Conference @ the Marlboro Holiday Inn
  • 5/16 – Sholan Farms event…will be selling French fries, chili, soda, water and of course our famous “fried dough.” Sign-up sheet going around
  • 6/19/15 – Great Wolf Lodge – Jim F. and Leslie’s installation, 5:30, bring spouse/friend. There will be a make-up table that Thursday before on 6/18; sign-up sheet going around
 
Leslie Storrs introduced Claire Freda of the Leominster Rotary Club and City Councilor of Leominster of the past 22 years. She commented that she looked at our club bulletin and it was a year ago she came and spoke to us and here she is the same very day…April 23rd. Claire has been involved with local government for 28 years and was the 1st female as City Councilor. She spoke about her earlier days on the school committee and loved doing that for 6 years then came onboard as the City Councilor. There are a lot issues that the city deals with but that is good for a strong and healthy community. She spoke about the budget, how that works, free cash from the budgets, taxes, district spending, MS4, OPFA, GASPY and the philosophy in the community and how well you serve. Claire loves speaking about the city so she could have gone on longer. Thank you Claire for the insight you provided to us. Q&A followed.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:29 a.m.
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Claire Frieda from the Leominster Rotary Club speaks about City Council today. Thank you!
Speaker 4/23/15 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Light up Rotary
Our theme for 2014-15
 
Pledge:  Cheryl Owoc
Prayer:  Jim Hohman/Cheryl Owoc
Song:  Tony Gasbarro led us in “Doe a Deer”
Sergeant of Arms:  Tony Gasbarro
 
Late Dollars:  Craig & Maila
 
PE Leslie lit up Rotary this morning in the absence of President John Sbrogna, informed us that the BOD discussed matching the max of $10 pp, per week for Foundation until we reach the amount of $500. For example, you donate $10 then it will be matched and you will be then be credited $20 towards Foundation, reported 15 members in attendance and from BOD meeting last week it was voted to have Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Karen’s Closet and the Daily Bread be chosen for the food $’s we collect every week. We made a separate donation towards Stop Hunger when the event took place a few weeks ago.
 
Happy/Sad Dollars from Week of 3/26/15:
Maila had food $’s and told story of her son, Riley who tapped maple trees over the week and was all excited he made homemade maple syrup!
Cheryl had food $’s, commented on inspired prayer, happy $ that youngest daughter decided to go to University of Pittsburg and will be moving in May for 8 years. And oldest daughter has been dating her boyfriend for 10 years and he proposed to her…of course she said, yes! Two more years they are planning wedding.
Lynn had food/Foundation $’s, leaving early and decided on 4 kids for RYLA.
Deb had food/Foundation $’s, commented that she is a cardiac patient and her hubby has been busy with his Dad…not doing too well!
Jim H. had food/Foundation $’s.
Craig had late $ and glad to see Mr. Ciccone here this morning…
Rick had food $’s, busy and great week!
Michelle had a $ for Jim H’s. eye glass fund, happy $ for they are putting an addition on their summer home 21 years later so between the two of them they had quite the workout moving boxes to the 2nd floor, sell tickets for TMOTTBG and since spring is here official she took down her swag/wreath she bought through Rotary….the wreath was still green!
Jim F. had a happy $ as he attended the PR dinner and Leslie attended, too. She made us proud b’c she helped with a problem and solved it, $ for son-n-law is now a VP at Commercial Bank of Australia and they will be moving to NY which is closer than VA and had food $’s!
Nancy had food/Foundation $’s and happy $ to be here…
Jay had food/Foundation $’s.
Ali had food/Foundation $’s and had sad $ b’c a friend of the family passed away ….”Live everyday to the fullest!”
Nick had food/Foundation $’s.
Jen had Foundation $’s…
PE Leslie had food $’s, gave Mom update as she is having a hard time getting around due to her fractured fibula and commented Health Alliance Hospital doing a paint night on 4/14 $40…cocktails available there to purchase.
 
Dr. Dennis Ciccone pulled ticket #734 and Maila Berry was the lucky winner who pulled a “nine” for $9.00…Congrats!  She put $5 towards Foundation.
 
Important upcoming events:
  • 4/10/15 – TMOTTBG event at the Arc in Fitchburg, $10 admission includes hot dogs, popcorn, beer tasting, live & silent auctions, listen to the streamed live Red Sox vs Yankees game. This event supports The Arc of Opportunity’s Recreation Program.  Sell tickets….let us know if you need more! Also, we are looking for sponsorships - $25 for baseballs and $50 for pennants. We need donations of beer, cola, orange, diet cola, ginger ale and ice. Monty Broc will be donating 4 theme baskets this year which are Beach, Kitchen, Boy and Girl baskets. Also, if you have any auction items at home that are brand-new in the box and you want to get rid of them; please bring them in along with any other donations Michelle spoke about this morning.
  • 4/25/15 – District Assembly in Marlboro @ Holiday Inn
  • 5/15, 16 & 17 – District Conference @ the Marlboro Holiday Inn
  • 5/16 – Sholan Farms event…will be selling French fries, chili, soda, water and of course our famous “fried dough.”
  • 6/19/15 – Great Wolf Lodge – Jim F. and Leslie’s installation, 5:30, bring spouse. There will be a make-up table that Thursday before, 6/18
 
Jen Peck introduced Dr. Dennis Ciccone who owns Ciccone Family Chiropractic, Inc in South Lancaster. He commented coming into the hotel this morning that he remembered staying here the night before he got married…last day of freedom, lol! My wife is amazing and he has 2 children. Dr. Ciccone spoke about the 5 essentials on how our health helps us heal: 1.) Mind set (goals/behaviors), 2.) Brain-nerves-symptoms- disease, 3.) Exercise (building lean muscles and oxygen; 3 x day for minutes we should incorporate some type of exercise), 4.) Cut all sugar and carbs from diet and 5.) Decrease toxic levels in our body. He stated that doctors will refer you to a chiropractor and it may or not be covered by your insurance.  As a country we getting sicker due to the foods we eat, the air we breathe and how we use our bodies.  In conclusion, we all stood up and completed an exercise at 3 reps for 20 seconds. We pretended to punch with our arms back and forth which increased our heart and breathing levels and this is what you should do on a daily basis as anyone can create an extensive or less workout. Based on stress he can take this out of our bodies. Every Saturday @ 9:00 a.m. there is a class his office offers along with a discount he offered to us that morning. Anyone interested in his services he can be reached at 978-368-3330 or at www.cicconechiro.com.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:26 a.m.
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Thank you Dennis for speaking about Chiropractic therapy today!
Speaker 3/26/15 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you Dick Manalis for speaking about Rotary in El Salvadore!
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Rotary Meeting 3/5/2015
 
Jay Mayo did the pledge.
Rick Vallee did the prayer.
Leslie Storrs the song Gold Bless America
 
Nick Brindisi,  1 food dollar, 1 foundation dollar
James Fusco   1 food dollar, 1 foundation dollar and a happy dollar his granddaughter Arrianna was asked to be president of the Torch Club for the Boys and Girls Club and to take part in a leadership team in Conn.
Michelle Gasbarro  1 happy dollar it’s restaurant week and had a 10.00 fine for her phone ringing
Allison Giangrande 2 sad dollars, 1 for her furnace breaking and 1 for  a classmate that passed away due to cancer she also had 1 food dollar.
Nancy Graves  2 food dollars, 5 for foundation
James Hohman 20.00 foundation, 2 for food
Christina Lashua 5 for foundation, 2 for food, 1 happy dollar for being with us and just had a happy attitude
Jay Mayo 2 for food, and a happy dollar for cleaning the roof.
Barbara Nutting 5 for foundation, 1 food, 1 happy dollar for attending the Cat’s Meow tasting tonight, being able to eat and drink from all the vendors.
Gilbert Parks sent a letter happy to see the bulletin again.
Lynn Sarao  came in very late due to work, 10 for foundation, 2 for food and 1 sad for being late
John Sbrogna 1 happy dollar for Satya being here and  20 for foundation
Jean Storrs  2 for food, 1 happy dollar for being able to speak at the Fitchburg  Rotary club
Leslie Storrs    1 for food and 1 sad for missing last week but she was sick. She also said that the windows in their new place of business are all decorated.
Rick Vallee 1 happy dollar for Carmel the waitress taking good care of us, 1 food dollar
Gina Wilson 5 for foundation and 2 for food
 
Satya Mirta was our guest speaker today, talking about Helping Hands. He was meeting with several clubs to see how he could help to being in more people to join our clubs.
He came from India and grew up homeless, his wish was that someday he would help others. In 2008 he joined the Worcester Rotary to do just that help people.
No matter how many members you have you can always use more, in his club 82 members joined last year and he brought in 55 of them.
He joined Rotary to change lives but when you do you see that it changes you.
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Satya Mitra, past president of the Worcester Rotary Club comes to our club today to speak about "Helping Hands". Thank you!
Speaker 3/5/15 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you Richard from the Wachusett Rotary for speaking about Liver Health and Hepatitis C today!
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Winner of the annual raffle! 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
We welcome Deborah Weymouth, CEO of Health Alliance Hospital, to our club today!
Speaker 2/12/15 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Updated Rotary Schedule 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
District Governer 2015-2016 talks about the 2015 Rotary International Assembly. Thanks Jim!
Speaker 1/29/15 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you Mayor Lisa Wong for speaking at our club today!
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Rolie from Health Alliance is our guest speaker today. He talks about our local emergency department. Thank you!
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Thank you to Brenda-Anne and the Sky View Chorus! Christmas Carols were sensational!
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Gino went to 6 Rotary meetings this week! Did you know there is a pin for that?! Congrats! Thank you for the $2 story!
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Thank you Jason for speaking today about the Westminster Police Dept!
Speaker 12/4/14 Nick Brindisi 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Check Presentation 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
New Members Induction 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker 11/13/14 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Project Apples 2014 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Cormier Park 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Staff Sargeant Cademartori & Starkie speak to us about the US Army. Thank you for your service!
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Rotary Schedule 2014-2015 Updated 11/04/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Oct 31, 2014

Monty Broc is doing Purple Pinkie Day today in Fitchburg! We are also handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters!Image

Purple Pinkie Day 2014 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Oct 29, 2014

Spooky meeting today with our guest speaker Joni Mayhan. We talk about the paranormal and our fears. Thank you!Image

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Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Oct 22, 2014

Christine Bradshaw speaks today about the Shriver Center. Thank you!Image

Speaker 10/23/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Fall Fried Dough at Sholan Farms Nicholas Brindisi 2014-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Oct 08, 2014

Thank you to Scott Lanciani for speaking to our club today about New Whalom Park!Image

Speaker 10/9/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Scapparone/Ficarra Golf Tournament at Westminster Country Club Nicholas Brindisi 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Oct 01, 2014

Look at all of us in TD Bank's Board Room! Thank you John for speaking and having us today! Great meeting!

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Speaker 9/25/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Updated speaker schedule 2014/2015 (9/25/14) Nicholas Brindisi 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Great niece of the fantastic author E.B. White! Nicholas Brindisi 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers for Breakfast with the Mayor 9/11/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker 9/4/2014 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Aug 28, 2014

June 2, 1974. Opening ceremonies of the 1st Montachusett Amateur Golf Open

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1974 Golf Tournament Nicholas Brindisi 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
8/28/2014 Speaker Nicholas Brindisi 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Aug 20, 2014

Congratulations to Michelle Gasbarro for receiving the 2013-14 Presidential Citation w/ Distinction award!

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Congratulations Michelle! Nicholas Brindisi 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Monty Broc Rotary Schedule 2014-2015 Updated 8/8/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Aug 06, 2014
Monty Broc welcomed our 7910 District Governor Val Callahan this morning!
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Speaker 8/7/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 30, 2014
Thanks to John Rossman for speaking to our club this morning about the Gbarnga project!
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Speaker 7/31/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 23, 2014
Happy to have past District Governor Carl Kaliszewski with us this morning!
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Speaker 7/24/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 16, 2014

Thank you to Gail Feckley, Ward 1 Leominster Councilor, for speaking to our club today!

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Speaker 7/17/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 11, 2014

Jim Fusco officially installed as the District Governor Elect of District 7910

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District Governor Elect! Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 09, 2014
Guest speaker, Kalia Yang from Monty Tech that participated in RYLA

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Guest Speaker 7/10/14 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 09, 2014

Congratulations Michelle Gasbarro on winning the club's Rotary International Membership Award!Image

Michelle Gasbarro awarded! Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jul 02, 2014
Thanks to Karin Gaffney for speaking to our club today and for joining us on Friends and Family Day!

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Speaker 07/03/2014 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Installation of President John Sbrogna 2014-2015 Nicholas Brindisi 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jun 18, 2014

What a great year we had with Michelle Gasbarro as our president! Thank you so much! We love you!

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Thank you Michelle! Nicholas Brindisi 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Brindisi on Jun 18, 2014

Thanks to Jim Lattanzi of Hollis Hill Farms at Marshall Farm for speaking to our club today!!

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June 19, 2014 Guest Speaker Nicholas Brindisi 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker 6/5/14. Mr. Marshall from The Arc of Opportunity. Nicholas Brindisi 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Fried Dough at the Sholan Farm Apple Blossom Festival James Fusco 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Take Me Out To The Ball Game! Leslie Storrs 2014-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fusco on Nov 11, 2013
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Project Apples was held on Tuesday. Nov. 12th at Leominster City Hall and Monty Broc sponsored a booth for the 9th straight year. This is a literacy event at which local organizations, schools & business sponsor hands-on events for elementary school students. As in the past Monty Broc distributed free books to any student visiting our booth.

The following Monty Broc members are in the photo left to right Abrianna Fusco (Jim's granddaughter), Literacy Chair Joan Ficarra, President Michelle Gasbarro & PP Jim Fusco, DGN.


PROJECT APPLES 2013 James Fusco 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Peck on Aug 07, 2013

The Montachusett Area Rotary Club collaborates with Christian Party Rental and Leo Gould for a special golf tournament in memory of Douglas Nadeau on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Overlook Golf Club in Hollis NH with an 8:30am shotgun scramble.  A donation of $125 per person includes golf fees, cart, gifts and a delicious meal provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill with the hole-in-one sponsored by Banks Chevrolet.  Proceeds of the tournament will go to The Hope Lodge in Boston MA and The Arc of Opportunity in North Central Massachusetts.

Doug Nadeau was a member of the Montachusett Area Rotary Club for over 20 years, past Executive Director of Matson Community Services now merged with The Arc of Opportunity, and a very dear friend of Leo Gould.  “Doug would do anything for anybody, no matter how long it took him to do,” Leo Gould states.

Doug worked tirelessly as the main liaison for the Montachusett Area Rotary Club Scapparone-Ficarra Memorial Golf Tournament for 9 years that took a one-year hiatus due to Doug’s passing in late 2012 of cancer.  The tournament provided over ¼ million dollars towards The Arc of Opportunity’s Recreation program over the past 25 years.

Leo Gould approached the club to collaborate on his last benefit golf tournament.  Leo’s wife recently won her own battle with cancer and his personal experience with The Hope Lodge in Boston left him wanting to give back to the program for their generous hospitality for people suffering cancer.  The Hope Lodge is a state of the art facility located in Jamaica Plain for people receiving treatments for cancer who live farther than 40 miles from the treatment center.  There is no charge to stay at The Hope Lodge for the patient and their caregiver.

The Montachusett Area Rotary and Christian Party Rental are currently looking for event sponsors and registrations for golfers.  For more information, to sponsor the tournament, or register as a golfer contact:  Joan Ficarra at 978-549-1455, Leo Gould at 603-759-3846, or John Sbrogna at 508-890-6212.  Image

Doug Nadeau Memorial Golf Tournament Jennifer Peck 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Club Awards The Arc of Opportunity with check from Take Me Out to the Ball Game Jennifer Peck 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fusco on Jul 10, 2013
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Club President Michelle Gasbarro presided over our first meeting of the 2013-2014 Rotary year. Although this was Our Million Dollar Meal the highlight was the induction of new members.

DGN Jim Fusco installed the following members:

Tony Gasbarro: Charter Member of Monty Broc reclassified from Honorary to Active

Gina Wilson: Estate Attorney from Pusateri & Pusateri

Eric Sun: Information Technology Consultant form Hitachi Consulting

The Arc of Opportunity Team: Jennifer Peck as Lead Member and Cheryl Owoc & Cheryl Robillard

Genesis Keystone Team: Ellen Gale as Lead Member and Jonathan Schreck & Tania Brooks

TD Bank Team: John Pacheco as Lead Member and Donna Daigle

Four Points by Sheraton: Joanne Rossley as Lead Member and Paula Lawrence, & Jessica Nalewcjk

 

 

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Posted by James Fusco on May 20, 2013
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Twenty high school students in the Fitchburg school system were awarded cash scholarships on 5/21/13 for their efforts in writing essays on the "Laws of Life". Nick Storrs of Monty Broc joined up with Dick Vaughn of FHS to implement this program over 7 years ago. Nick passed away in 2012 and the local project has been named in memory of him.
Nick Storrs "Laws of Life" James Fusco 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fusco on Apr 23, 2013
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The Monty Broc Rotary Club continued the effors to beautify Cormier Park in Leominster. Since the club adopted this park over 6 years ago a flag pole and memorial monuments have been installed. The next phase of the project in summer of this year will include the installation of 3 granite benched.7944 4/24
Cormier Park Beautification James Fusco 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fusco on Feb 27, 2013
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Christina Lashua was inducted as a member of our club. Christina is a former Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of Leominster. She was sponsored by Leslie DelMonaco and inducted by Assistant Governor Karen Fusco.
Christina Lashua Inducted as Our Newest Member James Fusco 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Barbara Nutting & Maryann Tivnan Inducted as Our Newest Members James Fusco 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fusco on Nov 13, 2012
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Project Apples was held on Wed. Nov. 14th at Leominster City Hall and Monty Broc sponsored a booth for the 8th straight year. This is a literacy event at which local organizations, schools & business sponsor hands-on events for elementary school students. As in the past Monty Broc distributed free books to any student visiting our booth.

The following Monty Broc members are in the photo left to right VP John Sbrogna, PE Michelle Gasbarro, Literacy Chair Joan Ficarra, Literacy Committee Member Nancy Graves & Foundation Chair Jim Hohman.


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Posted by James Fusco on Nov 08, 2012
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On November 9, the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area (Monty Broc) visited the 3d grade students at Northwest Elementary School in Leominster.  There are 4 public elementary schools in Leominster so when the Dictionary Project is completed we will have also visited Southeast, Johnny Appleseed and Fallbrook Elementary Schools and over 500 Dictionaries will have been presented. The photo below was taken at Northwest Elementary School.  Principal Steve Mammone was our guide as we visited the five 3d grade classrooms to present the dictionaries. Literacy Chair Joan Ficarra coordinated the visit and was accompanied by Club President Jim Fusco and Rotarian Maila Berry.

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Posted by Cindy Testa on Nov 02, 2012
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 Rotary International designated  "National Polio Awareness Day" as October 24th but we decided to do our part on November 3, 2012.  We joined forces with the Rotary Club of Fitchburg in downtown Fitchburg on Main Street during the downtown "Trick or Treat".  We handed out candy to the over 1,000 kids that stopped by and gave promo literature and Rotarian magazines to the parents.

 

In the photo from left to right are Jim Fusco, Rick Vallee, Karen Fusco (Fitchburg), Gloria Mayberry (Fitchburg), Mary Whitney (Fitchburg), PE Michelle Gasbarro.

 

This event was organized by Leslie DelMonaco and Karen Fusco. Leslie was missing for the photo.

 

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Posted by Cindy Testa on Aug 08, 2012
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Cindy Testa was inducted as Monty Broc's newest member by Assistant Governor Karen Fusco. Cindy was sponsored by John Sbrogna  and the induction took place at the club's meeting.

 

In photo left to right: AG Karen Fusco, Cindy Testa and John Sbrogna.

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Posted by James Fusco on Jan 04, 2012
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Lisa Lastella was inducted as Monty Broc's newest member by Assistant Governor Jim Fusco.  Lisa was sponsored by Veronica Rosa and the induction took place at the club's meeting. In photo left to right: President Cindy Roche, Veronica Rosa, Lisa Lastella & AG Jim Fusco

 

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Posted by James Fusco on Dec 13, 2011
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Monty Broc has been supporting the local food pantries and continued its way by making a $1,000 donation to Ginny's Food Pantry in Leominster. Last month Monty Broc donated $1,000 to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Donations are down 30% and clients requiring assistance are up 20% so this donation was greatly appreciated. John Owings chaired the Food Pantry and applied for a District Simplified Grant to help make this donation possible. In photo is left to right: President Cindy Roche, Ginny & John & Ginny's Helper..
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Posted by James Fusco on Dec 04, 2011
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Monty Broc has been supporting the local food pantries and continued its way by making a $1,000 donation to Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Patricia Stern. Patricia said that "This year donations are down 30% and clients requiring assistance are up 20% so this donation is greatly appreciated." John Owings chaired the Food Pantry and applied for a District Simplified Grant to help make this donation possible. In photo is left to right: President Cindy Roche, John Owings & Executive Director Patricia Stern.
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Posted by James Fusco on Nov 25, 2011
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Monty Broc has been Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army for 25 years and this year was no exception. Over 18 Rotarians and Family  joined to gether for the Ringing at the Mall at Whitney Field on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. With 3 or 4 people per 2 hour shirt the Bell was manned from 10am-8pm. Thank you to all who participated.

Sorry that photos could not be taken at every shift but here is a photo from the 10am-noon shift. In the photo left to right:  Jim Fusco, Jay Mayo, Joan Ficarra, Jack Dube & Tom Tarara

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Posted by James Fusco on Nov 21, 2011
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Monty Broc has been Fundraising by selling Wreaths and Pointsetias  for over 10 years. Not only has this become a great fundraiser but also a great Fellowship event as the members & family come to gether to do the decorating.

Thank you to all who sold Wreaths and Pointestias and special thanks to Rich Palmer & jack Dube for coordinating the Fundraiser. Also a thank you to the following members & family who help with the decorating:   Gib Parks, Anita Dube, Leslie DelMonaco, President Cindy Roche, Jack Dube, Joan Ficarra, Doug Nadeau, Nick Storrs, Jim Fusco & Tom Tara.

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Posted by James Fusco on Nov 16, 2011
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Project Apples was once again held at Leominster City Hall and Monty Broc sponsored a booth for the 7th straight year. This is a literacy event at which local organizations, schools & business sponsor hands-on events for elementary school students. As in the past Monty Broc distributed free books to any student visiting our booth.

The following Monty Broc members are in the photo left to right  Rick Vallee, Jack Dube, Lynn Sarao,  PE Chris Sousa,  Rich Palmer, & Jim Hohman & Tom Tarara.. 


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Posted by James Fusco on Nov 16, 2011
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Monty Broc received three awards from Rotary International Zone 32. The Community Service, Literacy & PR Awards were earned for 2010-2011 under the leadership of Club President joan Ficarra. The awards were presented to PP Joan by Assistant Governor Jim Fusco.

In photo left to right: President Cindy Roche, Past President Joan Ficarra & Assistant Governor Jim Fusco

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Posted by James Fusco on Oct 27, 2011
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Rotary International designated October 24th as National Polio Awareness Day. Several Clubs in District 7910 organized Purple Pinkie Day activities for this effort. Monty Broc teamed up with the Rotary Club of Fitchburg by setting up Purple Pinky booths at Market Basket in Fitchburg.

Thanks go out to Leslie DelMonaco and Karen Fusco for organizing this event and to all the Monty Broc & Fitchburg members who participated. 

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Posted by Leslie Delmonaco on Oct 19, 2011
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Monty Broc recently donated funds for the purchase of a male breeding pig for the Veteran Homestead Victory Farm.

 

Veteran Homestead, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Fitchburg, MA.   The organization was founded by CEO Leslie Lightfoot in 1993 in Leominster, MA.  

DONATION TO HOMESTEAD VICTORY FARM: MEET MONTY THE PIG Leslie Delmonaco 2011-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fusco on Aug 26, 2011
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Despite the weather the German Oktoberfest at Siama Park sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fitchburg East was held. Monty Broc did our part by setting up our famous Fried Dough Stand. Thank you to all the Monty Broc Rotarians, Spouses, Family & Friends who made this a sucessful event.
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Posted by James Fusco on Aug 10, 2011
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John Sbrogna was inducted as Monty Broc's newest member by assistant Governor Jim Fusco.  The induction took place at the Million Dollar Meal as John's wife Linda looked on. John's sponsor is PE Chris Sousa. 

 

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The Montachusett Area Rotary Club held it's third Million Dollar Meal Thursday (8/11/10) at the home of Rotarian Jack Dube. The concept of the Million $ Meal is that a club holds their meeting in a place other than the regular venue and the money normally paid is allocated to the RI Polio Eradiation effort. This was a very successful event with an attendance of 39 people.

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MONTY BROC DONATES $500 TO VETERAN'S HOMESTEAD FARM James Fusco 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
MONTY BROC SENDS 2 STUDENTS TO RYLA AT WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY James Fusco 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
INSTALLATION OF CINDY ROCHE AS CLUB PRESIDENT James Fusco 2011-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
MONTY BROC DONATES $500 TO ST. ANNA'S FOR FOOD PANTRY James Fusco 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
24TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT Arc SERVICES OF FITCHBURG James Fusco 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
CORMIER PARK CLEANUP James Fusco 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
FRIED DOUGH AT SHOLAN FARM APPLEBLOSSOM FESTIVAL James Fusco 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
LAWS OF LIFE 2011 James Fusco 2011-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
MONTY BROC PRESENTS $500 TO GINNY'S FOOD PANTRY James Fusco 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
HOLIDAY PARTY 2011 James Fusco 2011-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by John Sbrogna

THANK YOU to all who attended installation of officers on Thursday June 26th at The DoubleTree by Hilton.

THANK YOU to Brenda Gale and the Leominster Sky View Girls Choir. They Lit Up Rotary !

THANK YOU to Joanne Rossley and The DoubleTree for rolling out the red carpet for Monty Broc, the Girls Choir and invited guests. You helped Light Up Rotary!

THANK YOU to Michelle Gasbarro for her emceeing and help in planning the entire event.

THANK YOU to Gina Wilson and her delivery from memory of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Congratulations to Rick Valley and his wife Shari for being named Rotarian(s)winkof the Year !

Last but not least Thank You for your support of The Foundation contributing $772.00.YOU LIGHT UP ROTARY!

Thank You,

John V.Sbrogna

President 2014-2015

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Members of the club got together is beautify Cormier Park in Leominster. Monty Broc has been maintaing the park since 2007and this has become a popular park for the locals. This year neighbor Tom Mammone helped out & hopefully we'll get more neighbors to participate in this project.

In photo left to right: Jay Mayo, John Owings, John Sbrogna, Rick Vallee, Jim Hohman, neighbor Tom Mammone & Jim Fusco. Missing when photo was taken: Leslie Delmonico
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Patti Carvin was inducted as Monty Broc's newest member by Assistant Governor Jim Fusco.  Patti was sponsored by Rick Vallee.  The induction took place at the club's regular meeting.

In photo left to right: Rick Vallee, Patti Carvin & AG Jim Fusco.
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Monty Broc once again had a very successful golf tournament. We gladly donated $15,000 to the ARC Services of Fitchburg which was generated from our 24th annual golf tournament. Thank you to all those who helped in this event.


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Project Apples was once again held at Leominster City Hall and Monty Broc sponsored a booth for the 6th straight year. This is a literacy event at which local organizations, schools & business sponsor hands-on events for elementary school students. As in the past Monty Broc distributed free books to any student visiting our booth.

The following Monty Broc members participated at the event: Barbara Abraham, Tom Tarara, Nancy Graves & Jim Fusco. 

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Monty Broc members participated in United Way of Caring. This event is chaired by our own Rich Palmer. Monty Broc's assignment was to paint and spruce up the Loaves & Fishes property at Devens. Monty Broc has supported Loaves & Fisches with donations for their food pantry and this time was no different as we donated a check for $1,000.
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A retirement party for Rich Palmer was held at the Fitchburg YMCA where he was honored for his 23+ years of service. Monty Broc was well represented at this event with 16 fellow Rotarians, spouses and friends in attendance. Jack Dube presented Rich with a Paul Harris Plus 1 (PH+1) recognition pin in behalf of Monty Broc. We're sure that during Rich's retirement he will have plenty of time to be even more active in the Monty Broc Rotary Club. 

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The Montachusett Area Rotary Club held it's second Million Dollar Meal Thursday (8/19/10) at the home of Rotarian Jack Dube. The concept of the Million $ Meal is that a club holds their meeting in a place other than the regular venue and the money normally paid is allocated to the RI Polio Eradiation effort. This was a very successful event with an attendance of 27 people.

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For the 3rd time this year the Montachuset Area Rotary Club showed off its fried dough skills.

Fried dough has become our premier fundraising activity and it was the 2nd time that Monty Broc has participated in the Forger's Festival in Fitchburg. Despite the gusty winds, the enthusiasm of the Monty Broc members was evident.
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Rotary International designated Saturday Oct 23th as National Polio Awareness Day. District 7910 organized Purple Pinkie Day for this effort and 26 of the district Rotary Clubs participated. Monty Broc teamed up with the Rotary Club of Fitchburg by setting up Purple Pinkie booths at Market Basket in Fitchburg.

Thanks go out to Leslie DelMonaco and Karen Fusco for organizing this event and to all the Monty Broc & Fitchburg members who participated. 

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Monty Broc once again had a very successful golf tournament. We gladly donated $15,000 to the ARC of Fitchburg which was generated from our 23nd annual golf tournament. Thank you to all those who helped in this event.


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Laws of Life is a essay contest for high school students. Our own Nick Storrs introduced this program to the area in 2007 and has chaired the event along with FHS teacher Dick Vaughn since it's inception. Almost 2,000 essays have been introduced into competition since this event began 4 years ago and this year 730 essays were submitted. Cash prizes and recognition was given to 42 freshmen, sophmore, junior & student students from the Fitchburg Area Schools. The top cash prize of $1,000 was awarded to a senior from Fitchburg high School, $500 to a junior, $300 to a sophmore and $200 to a freshman.

Along with Nick Storrs Monty Broc was represented by President Rick Vallee & Doug Nadeau.

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This annual January event brings together Monty Broc members to celebrate the Holiday season. As usual a gift swap of "previous gifted" items was held. Many great items were seen & many of them will most likely be seen again at next year's Holiday Party. One gift we are sure we will see again was a $50.00 gift card to CircuitCity.

Our thanks go out to Seth Firmani and Tom Tarara for doing a great job, as usual, in organizing this event.at the Townsend Ridge Country Club.Tom Tarara was suprised when Jack Dube and Jim Fusco presented him with a Paul Harris Fellow compliments of the Monty Broc Rotary Club.

If you didn't attend the party then you missed a great event!!!!!!!!!!  
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