Good Afternoon!  We had a wonderful, stimulating meeting of the Rotary Club of Worcester on Thursday.  Great attendance, good food, good flow of information and activity, and an exciting and stimulating presentation by Superintendent of Schools, Maureen Binienda.
The club held a moment of silence for Barbara Andersen who recently passed away.  Barbara was the 85th President of the Rotary Club of Worcester and the first woman president.
Dave Frazier announced he is looking for members to serve on a committee to help select the first senior high school student to receive a $2,500 scholarship from our Club next spring.  Anyone interested in serving on the committee should contact Dave.
Gary MacConnell, chair of the Education Committee, read two thank you letters from students at Worcester State University who were this year's recipients of Rotary Scholarships at that institution.
Frank Doherty presented a $500 check to the Columbus Day Parade Committee to provide support for one of Worcester's high school marching bands to appear in the parade.
Maureen Binienda, who after holding many positions at South High School for the past 38 years, is now the new WPS Superintendent.  Maureen spoke about the many programs that she instituted at South High School to support young people and families, who due to economic conditions, need additional assistance beyond the classroom learning to succeed such as establishing a food pantry and clothing drives.  Some of these efforts have now been instituted in other public schools in Worcester.  Some of her highlights in her update on what is happening in our schools, included all seniors will apply to at least one college, all 9th graders will be required to take the PSAT's and literacy is a focus in all WPS.  The WPS's are in good hands with Maureen Binienda at the helm.
Barbara announced that the club is looking for a third member to serve as an advisor to the WPI Rotaract Club.  Duties include attending some of the Rotaract meetings during the school year.  Anyone interested, please contact me.
The Service Projects Committee met.  Some possible projects for the year include holding a Reality Fair at one of the Public High Schools and Seven Hills Public Charter School, a food drive, a beautification project and a clean up project.  More to follow.  Anyone interested in joining the committee which meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30 should contact Amy Mosher Berry.
Next week's meeting will be at noontime at Grill on the Hill.  Information on the speaker will follow.  There will be no club meeting on October 13th.  Instead, club members are welcome to join the Rotary Club table at the Business Expo on October 14th at Noon at Mechanics Hall.  Cost is $55.  Checks should be made out to Rotary Club of Worcester.  Please let Bob Mangan know if you are interested in attending.
Enjoy this crisp Fall air!