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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yarmouth


Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Hearth & Kettle Restaurant
1196 Route 28
South Yarmouth, MA  02664
United States
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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!
The Rotary Club of Yarmouth will be holding it's 28th Annual Golf Tournament on September 25, 2017 at Cummaquid Golf Club presented by The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. This year, golfers will be able to enjoy lunch beginning at 11:30 and a buffet dinner and awards following tournament play. The shotgun start is at 1pm. 
Thanks to the following sponsors, we are off to a great start for the 28th Annual Yarmouth Rotary Golf Tournament:
Lunch/Registration Sponsor:
George Davis, Inc.
Dinner Sponsor:
Seaside Alarms Inc
Putting Green Sponsors:
The Law Offices of Paul Tardif
Norm & Constance Weare
General Sponsors:
Charles & Barbara Adams Antiques 
Gammons-Adams Insurance Agency 
Charlie LoBue/Ameriprise Financial
The tournament will sell out and golfer registration prior to September 15 is strongly encouraged. 
Team of Four Golfers: $700
Individual: $175
Sponsorship opportunities available, contact Mike Duffy for information, 508-737-0682
• 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 28th year, this annual event has raised approximately $450,000 in scholarship funds benefitting more than 450 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, 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.
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,
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