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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yarmouth

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 7:00 AM
Hearth & Kettle Restaurant
1196 Route 28
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
United States of America
We have returned to in person meetings every Friday morning at the H&K Restaurant in South Yarmouth, MA. In addition to meeting in person we are also sharing our meeting via zoom. Please join us in either format. For the zoom link, please contact us
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Join us for the Rotary Club of Yarmouth's 31st Annual Golf Tournament!

The event is the club's largest fundraiser. 

  • Started in 1990, the tournament raised $2,000 in its first year and gave four scholarships to DY High School students.
  • Now in its 31st year, this annual event has raised approximately $550,000 in scholarship funds benefiting more than 550 students from DY Regional High School & Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.
  • Proceeds from this charity tournament are also used to help support the Yarmouth Food Pantry, Brite Lights of Cape Cod, the annual Christmas party for deserving children and their families, weekly support of the Meals on Wheels program, and a variety of other local requests through our Good Works committee
For more information, to sponsor, or to register for the event, visit
Just a reminder that Yarmouth Rotary's Zoom Wine Tasting Event is eight days away. This is a chance to enjoy some great new wines via a zoom tasting event.
Not a wine drinker - NO problem. Please still consider donating to the Scholarship Fund to help further the education of Yarmouth Students. Just make a notation "NO WINE". All those participating or donating will be entered into our door prize drawings. Drawings include Cape Cod Beer, a Gift Certificate for dinner, an Adirondack chair for your porch or deck and gift certificates for golf and cart. Attached is the letter with details of how to sign up or donate.onate.

Yarmouth Boy Raises $2,600 For Food Pantry;
Yarmouth Rotary Honors as Youngest Paul Harris Fellow at age 11

IPDG Steve Albright (L) with Jack Bohlin (R)The Rotary Club of Yarmouth recently announced the latest Paul Harris fellow to honor Jack Bohlin, 11, of Yarmouth. Jack has been making bracelets since the pandemic first struck the Cape and has been selling them to raise funds in support of the Yarmouth Food Pantry, a project which the Rotary Club of Yarmouth began over 10 years ago. The Rotary Club of Yarmouth gave Jack a $250 donation to purchase supplies to make the bracelets and Jack sells the bracelets for $5 each. Thus far he has raised over $2,600! His original goal was $2,000, which has now been increased to $3,500. The bracelets are available at Barn & Co. in Dennis.
Rotary’s Immediate Past District Governor Steve Albright and his wife Jill, both members of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth, made a $1,000 donation to The Rotary Foundation in recognition of Jack’s contributions to the community. This donation in Jack’s name made him the club’s youngest Paul Harris Fellow. This recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Jack joins other notable Paul Harris Fellows including Mother Teresa, President Jimmy Carter, polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk, and the entertainer Pearl Bailey through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs of Cape Cod.
Donations can be made directly to the Yarmouth Food Pantry at
The Rotary Club of Yarmouth formally installed President Gerald "Curly" Carey and his Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 club year. On June 26th, outgoing President Kevin Lennon shared the club's success and thanked the club for the support he received from the  members in all the club's efforts and accomplishments throughout the year.
The Rotary Club of Yarmouth has the pleasure of recognizing the area's youth for their exceptional academic or community involvement. For years, the club has brought in high school students from the Dennis- Yarmouth district as well as Cape Cod Regional Technical School to share their accomplishments. 

Rotary Club of Yarmouth Provides Christmas to Many Local Families


The Rotary Club of Yarmouth spent weeks preparing for this annual event that brings so many smiles and laughs to local families that may not otherwise have a joy filled holiday. With a special committee dedicated to this event, members were deployed with their specific action items to ensure a successful day of fun. 

Rotary Club of Yarmouth Donates 6 SafetyNet Tracking Bracelets to Yarmouth Police Department for Community Members

Tracking Bracelets Available to Families at No Cost

The Rotary Club of Yarmouth secured a Rotary District 7950 matching grant to purchase 6 SafetyNet tracking bracelets to distribute to members of the community. These bracelets are designed for people with cognitive disorders, such as autism or Alzheimer’s. The person will wear the bracelet and should s/he wander, a caregiver or family member can call the Yarmouth Police Department (YPD) to locate the person. The YPD has radio signal receivers to begin tracking the individual starting at the person’s last known location. The Rotary Club of Yarmouth has donated 6 of these bracelets to the YPD for distribution to families. The club also purchased extra bands and spare batteries, so there are no ongoing maintenance costs for families. The YPD will register the individual and follow-up quarterly with the family/caregiver to make sure the bracelet is still intact and being worn. The SafetyNet Tracking bracelets are waterproof and lightweight, so are comfortable and should remain on the person at all times.
Rotary Club of Yarmouth Collects Over 600 Mobility Devices - Mobility Devices to Help Disabled in Africa
Thanks to many local donors, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth has concluded its latest project of collecting unused mobility devices on Cape Cod to send to disabled adults and children in developing countries in Africa. Many of the intended recipients are the victims of the polio disease and have been left disabled. They are often unable to be active members of their communities because of the lack of mobility. These devices will help people be able to reach their villages to collect water, go to school, accept jobs, and be active members of their communities.
In total, over 600 devices were collected, including 410 walkers, 109 pairs of crutches, 35 canes, 43 wheelchairs, and miscellaneous leg braces, air casts, boots, and other devices. Special credit and thanks go to the many collection sites in the mid-Cape area include, including Adrene Jewelers, CapeAbilities, Cape & Islands Boy Scout Council, Community Connections, George Davis Builders, Glivinski & Associates, Platinum Auto Service, ReStore South Yarmouth, Subway of South Yarmouth, the Town of Yarmouth Disposal Area and the Brewster Baptist Church. Frank Mastromauro, owner of Lighthouse Landing plaza in South Yarmouth, donated the use of a storage facility to store the items until pickup. These locations made it easy for donors to discard their unused and unwanted devices.
This is the second collection the club has conducted, the first being in April of 2016, where over 750 devices were collected and sent to Africa. This project links the local community is to help those in need globally and puts to use the many unused mobility devices found in the many area senior centers, in attics, basements, and garages around the Cape.
The mobility devices were loaded into a trailer on Wednesday, May 2, and were transported to Biddeford, Maine, where they will be combined with other collected devices and shipped to Africa in the coming months in a shipping container.
The Rotary Club of Yarmouth needs your help and support! During the month of April, the club is collecting mobility devices which will be sent to disabled adults and children in developing countries in Africa. Many are the victims of the polio disease and have been left disabled. They are often unable to be an active part of their communities because of their lack of mobility. These devices will help people be able to reach their village to collect water, go to school, accept jobs, and be active participants in their communities.
If you have any crutches, canes, walkers, leg and knee braces, wheelchairs or other mobility devices lying around your home, please donate to Help Change a Life. Drop-off locations are listed below, thanks to our wonderful volunteers. 
1198 Route 28, South Yarmouth
1848 Main St, Brewster
895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis
247 Willow Street, Yarmouthport
261 Whites Path, South Yarmouth
33 North Main Street, South Yarmouth
261 Whites Path, Suite 5, South Yarmouth
27 Commercial Street, South Yarmouth
28 White’s Path, South Yarmouth
851 Route 28, South Yarmouth
606 Forest Road, South Yarmouth
Come visit Yarmouth Rotary's last meeting of 2017! Exchange Student Martina will be presenting on Christmas traditions in Argentina and President-Elect Lieutenant Kevin Lennon, YPD, will be teaching us all what to do in a Hostile Intruder situation. Join us at 7am at the H&K in South Yarmouth! 
It is not too late to sign up to attend this year’s Annual Holiday Fellowship with our Rotarian neighbors from across the Bass River!
However, we need to know if you will be joining us by 1:00PM Tuesday, December 12, as we must let the Riverway know how many to expect.
We hope you will join us for an evening of joyous spirits, appetizers, and good will.
Where: The Riverway Restaurant
When: Wednesday, December 13th, from 6:00-8:00
Cost: $25 per person
RSVP: To Roby Whitehouse
This Sunday at 8am we will be meeting inside Kmart in Hyannis for the annual Children's Christmas party shopping. Children are welcome to help with the shopping. See you there!
New Club President, Matthew Fitzsimmons, Introduces Club’s Focus for 2017-18
July marks the fiscal year for every Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of Yarmouth is no exception. On June 21 at Cummaquid Golf Club in Barnstable, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth installed its new Board of Directors, Officers, and new President, Matthew Fitzsimmons. As part of the installation ceremony, Past President Patricia Armstrong installed incoming President Fitzsimmons and Assistant District Governor Stephen Albright swore in the remaining officers and board members. Past President Dick Corsini, who is a founding member and also the club’s first president, was the master of ceremonies during the evening.
Several awards were presented to Rotarians by outgoing president Melissa Farrell. The Rotarian of the Year award was presented to Bill Lemoine for his hard work and dedication to several of the club’s main events. Lemoine has chaired the scholarship committee for many years, which recently awarded over $17,000 to students attending Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and Cape Cod Tech. Service Above Self (Presidential Citations) were awarded to Kevin Lennon, Gerald “Curly” Carey, and Past President Tammy Glivinski-Saben for their commitment and contributions throughout the past Rotary year.
During his first address to the club, President Fitzsimmons announced that the Rotary Club of Yarmouth was awarded a District Grant to fund the purchase of GPS wristbands. These wristbands will assist the Yarmouth Police Department and families with loved ones suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s to locate the individual should they wander from home. These devices will be available to the public in the coming months thanks to the District Grant and matching donation from the club.
The 2017-18 Rotary International theme, “Making a Difference”, was introduced and Fitzsimmons commented, “We make a difference every year for the graduates of our schools through our annual golf tournament, and for youth of families in tough financial situations through our auction and Children’s Christmas Party. We volunteer at Champ House, some of us run races, and some deliver food for meals on wheels or volunteer at the Food Pantry or at a town clean up. Some of us may do different things, but all of us DO GOOD, and doing well for our community, both locally and globally, is making a difference.”
Fitzsimmons also announced that with the help of Ann Knell, the Principal at Mattacheese Middle School, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth will introduce the first EarlyAct program for middle schoolers this coming fall. This will allow children attending the school to be able to begin volunteering through Rotary at the middle school level and carry on their volunteerism through the Interact club at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. By offering the EarlyAct club at Mattacheese, the club will be the first in the district, which covers southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to have such a program.  
Outgoing Secretary Jim Saben presented the Perfect Attendance awards to those members who have not missed a club meeting, or have gone to other clubs to make up missed meetings. Of note there were 11 members that received the Perfect Attendance award, including John Herr who marked 48 years of perfect attendance, Jim Walker with 28 years, Rick Cannon with 27 years, Sally Bowles with 25 years, and Phil Morris with 20 years. 
Officers and Directors sworn in during the installation night were:
  • President Elect – Kevin Lennon
  • Vice President – Gerald “Curly” Carey
  • Secretary – Rafi Chaprut
  • Treasurer – Liam Butler
  • Community Service Director – John Gilligan
  • International Service Director – Mike Riley
  • Vocational Service Director – Mary Vilbon
  • Club Service Director – James Saben
  • Public Image Director – John Cooke
  • New Generations Director – Ann Knell
  • Sergeant at Arms – Gerald “Curly” Carey
  • Past President – Melissa Farrell
On Friday, June 9, two new members were inducted to Yarmouth Rotary. Andi Taylor and Paul Chatelain joined the club to serve the local and global community. 
Andrea (Andi) Taylor is the new Rector at St. David's Episcopal Church.  She has special interest in children and youth, literacy, fundraising and club programs.
Paul Chatelain is a Real Estate agent/manager at Realty Executives. He is involved with many local organizations including NABT, NSTA, Cape Cod Fish and Game, CCYP, UMASS Amherst Alumni and Phi Beta Kappa.  He has interest in Children/ youth, Local Concerns and projects through his vocation.  
Pictured from Left to Right are: Melissa Farrell, president of Yarmouth Rotary '16-'17; Jim Leighton, member; Andi Taylor, new member; Paul Chatelain, new member; and John Cooke, member and director.
New Members Allison McEachern and Hollie Handrahan
Yarmouth Rotary is happy to announce two new members, Allison McEachern and Hollie Handrahan have joined the club!
Allison McEachern is the Senior VP of Human Resources for Rogers & Gray  Insurance Agency.  She has been involved with the March of Dimes and the Society for Human Resoures Management.  She has special interest in children and youth, disabled persons, local concerns, club programs, fellowship and Interact.
Hollie Handrahan is the Assistant General Manager of Resort Operations at the Red Jacket Beach Resort. She has been involved with the Town of Yarmouth at various events, the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and Hockey Association. She joins us ready to help with community service and giving back to the local community. 
Please welcome these two new members!
Yarmouth Rotary Unwanted Prescription Drug Box at Yarmouth Police Department
The Yarmouth Rotary Club has sponsored the unwanted prescription drug box at Yarmouth Police Department headquarters. The next scheduled drop-off day is Saturday, April 29 from 10am-2pm, however, the box is available 24/7 in the lobby of the police station. 
Accepted Medications:  Prescription medications including prescription patches, medications & ointments.  Over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, medications for pets, ointments, lotions, liquid medications in glass or leak-proof containers. Unaccepted:  Needles (sharps), thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, medications from businesses or clinics, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers 
Syringe Disposal: Under Massachusetts law, syringes must be properly disposed of.  Sharps containers are available and may be picked up at the front counter of Yarmouth Police Department.  If you find a syringe on your property or in a public place, please call Yarmouth Police Department immediately for officer dispatch and proper disposal.
For more information, click here to view the Yarmouth Police Department's website. 
Pictured are from left to right, John Cooke, Yarmouth Rotary's Director of Public Image and AVP - Online Banking Manager at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; Lieutenant Kevin Lennon, Yarmouth Rotary's Vice President and a Lieutenant at Yarmouth Police Department, Janice Matheson, Yarmouth Rotary club member and RN Case Manager at Caregiver Homes; and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson.
Rising Star: Jessica Holbrook, D-Y Regional High School
Josh Clarkin, of the D-Y Guidance Department, called upon the enthusiasms of his professional experience to illuminate the plethora of reasons why Jessica Holbrook is a Rising Star. Starting with the profile of her academic prowess (GPA of 3.69 and 12th in her class of 179), Josh outlined examples of Jessica’smeeting challenges, high intellect, and work ethic.” An observer would note that she has to be an outstanding time manager: holding down two jobs, has a black belt in Tai Kwando, is president of the National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, secretary of her Class of 2017, president of the Art Club, member of the National Art Society, and winner of the Regis College Book Award.
She not only is a student who does these things well, but Jesse does them with “passion and purpose,” pushing herself to grow in all aspects of life. While holding herself to high expectations, she exhibits an empathetic approach to everyone else. Her career plans for becoming a Nurse are well on their way with a full scholarship to UMass Boston’s Nursing Program. Jessica, in response to her introduction, said there was “nothing left to say.” She then proceeded to laud credit to Mom, other parents, D-Y’s opportunities, clubs and volunteers, the Class of 2007, teachers, the School to Careers Program, and interning at the Cape Cod Hospital. “It will be quite difficult to leave.”
Election of officers for the Yarmouth Rotary Club were held recently with the following results for the 2017 - 2018 Rotary Year:
President - Matthew Fitzsimmons
President Elect - Kevin Lennon
Vice President - Gerald "Curly" Carey
Secretary - Rafi Chaprut
Treasurer - Liam Butler
Director - Public Image - John Cooke
Director - New Generations - Ann Knell
Director - Vocational Service - Mary Vilbon
Director - Club Administration - Jim Saben
Director - International Service - Mike Riley
Director - Community Service - John Gilligan
Past President - Melissa Farrell
Congratulations to all of you,
Yarmouth Rotary's 30th Annual Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Yarmouth will be holding it’s 30th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod at the Cummaquid Golf Club on September 24th.
Registration and Lunch will begin at 11:30am with a 1:00pm Shotgun start. A buffet dinner with awards will follow the tournament play.
The tournament will sell out and golfer registration prior to September 1st is strongly encouraged. 
Team of Four Golfers: $700 and Individual: $175,
Sponsorship opportunities available please contact John Cooke for information, 508-568-3286.
  • The Yarmouth Rotary Annual Golf Tournament is the club’s largest fundraiser.
  • Started in 1990, the tournament raised $2,000 in its first year and gave four scholarships to DY High School students.
  • Now in its 30th year, this annual event has raised over $475,000 in scholarship funds benefitting more than 475 students from DY Regional High School & Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.
  • Last year the event allowed the club to provide over $24,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors.
  • Proceeds from this charity tournament are also used to help support the Yarmouth Food Pantry, the annual Christmas party for deserving children and their families, weekly support of the Meals on Wheels program, and a variety of other local requests through ourm Good Works comittee.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Director, Vocational Services
Director, Public Image
Director, Club Administration
Director, New Generations
Director, International Services
Director, Community Service
Yarmouth Rotary Foundation Chair
Past President
The Rotary Foundation Chair
Past District Governor 2000-2001
Past District Governor 2019-2020