Lynn Journal Publishes story on Lynn Club

The following is reprinted from the Lynn Journal, with permission.
 
Service Above Self: Bill Reilly, Lynn Rotary Club Continues Their Impressive Work
by Cary Shuman • May 28, 2020 • 0 Comments
 
Rotary Club of Lynn President Bill Reilly hasn’t convened any in-person meetings since mid-March, but the members are still performing a high level of public service in the community – true to the organization’s motto: Service Above Self.  Story continues below.
 
Rotary Club President Bill Reilly prepares peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are part of the lunches that are distributed at My Brother’s Table in Lynn.
Lynn Journal Publishes story on Lynn Club Bill Reilly 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Miracle in Lynn — Salvation Army

This short video shows a little bit of what Lynn Rotarian Captain Kevin Johnson and volunteers have been doing recently to assist Lynn families in need.
 
 
 
 
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PB&J Sandwiches - Part II Bill Reilly 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Stimulus Relief Funds

I recently sent the note below to members of the club.  If you are still looking for a local charity to share your stimulus funds the Salvation Army has an on-line Red Kettle  https://give.salvationarmy.org/team/295493 )
I hope all are well during this Coronavirus crisis.
 
Some of us may have received a direct deposit from the IRS from the recent stimulus package passed by congress of up to $1,200 or $2,400 if married.  The stimulus package was partially designed to assist those who may have lost employment due to the Coronavirus situation.  Those of us who are retired have not lost employment during this crisis.  If you are in this situation please consider the following:
 
I would like to suggest that for those who can afford to do so, they donate at least part of their stimulus to: a local charity, a Soup Kitchen, the Salvation Army, the Boys & Girls Club or their place of worship.  All these places have suffered a decrease in donations as a result of people being out of work, or not being able to hold religious services and they could use the financial help.
 
No pressure.
 
Thank you for your consideration.
 
Be safe,
 
President – Bill Reilly
 
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Salvation Army - Captain Johnson

Capt. Kevin Johnson, who runs the Salvation Army in Lynn, is really something special.   He only has 3 full time employees the rest are volunteers.  He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Lynn.
 
 
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Brigade

For the past couple of weeks members of the Rotary Club of Lynn have assisted My Brother’s Table in fulfilling its mission of providing meals to those in need.  Members of the Bastarache and Reilly families have made numerous brown bag lunches at home and delivered them to the Table.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Brigade Bill Reilly 2020-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Meetings Suspended until ???

The Rotary Club of Lynn has suspended all meetings until at least Mid-May 2020.  Hopefully our next meeting can be May 14th, 2020.  Only time will tell.
Be safe and practice social distancing!
 
I will send out a note about the next meeting.
 
Bill Reilly,
Club President
Meetings Suspended until ??? Bill Reilly 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Mobile Food Distribution

On Saturday February 29th, 2020 five members of the Lynn Classical High Interact Club assisted Lynn Rotarians in the distribution of fresh produce at the monthly food distribution.  
Mobile Food Distribution Bill Reilly 2020-02-29 05:00:00Z 0

Gretchen Sionkiewicz

On February 20, 2020 Gretchen Sionkiewicz was the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Lynn weekly luncheon at the Old Tyme restaurant on Boston Street.
Gretchen Sionkiewicz Bill Reilly 2020-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Michele Desmarais 

On February 13, 2020 Michele Desmarais, Public Health Director City of Lynn spoke at the Rotary Club of Lynn.  Michele shared with the Club that a current focus of the Health department is trying to help with the growing issue of vaping at the Middle School level in the city.
Michele Desmarais Bill Reilly 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Patrick McGrath Lynn Developer

On February 6, 2020 Lynn real estate developer Patrick McGrath spoke at the Rotary Club of Lynn at its weekly luncheon at the Old Tyme restaurant on Boston Street, Lynn.

Mister McGrath shared with the Club that he grew-up in Lynn in the West Lynn area, not far from where the Old Tyme is located.  At one time he did move out of Lynn, but he missed the city of his roots and moved back.  He got his start in Lynn real estate when he purchased a three-family house in 1973. 

Patrick McGrath Lynn Developer Bill Reilly 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

8th Grade Program - January 30, 2020

The Rotary Club of Lynn held its first Eighth Grade Recognition Program of 2020 on Thursday, January 30th  at the Old Tyme Italian Cuisine before a large crowd of students, teachers, family members and Rotarians.
 
 
8th Grade Program - January 30, 2020 Bill Reilly 2020-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

The Jared Monti Story

On January 23rd, 2020 author Len Sandler, retired adjunct professor at Boston University; spoke at the Rotary Club of Lynn’s weekly luncheon.  His presentation was about a recent book he wrote about Jared Monti a Medal of Honor recipient from Massachusetts.  The following is a brief description of the event where Jared sacrificed his life for others.
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SkillsUSA Presentation Jan 16, 2020

On January 16, 2020 two advisors for the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute SkillsUSA team and a team member spoke at the weekly Rotary Club of Lynn luncheon meeting. Team advisor Jason McCuish and co-advisor Claire Price, along with team member Bryan Lopez addressed the Rotarians.  They spoke about a project the SkillsUSA team is leading this school year, which is the project to have built an all-inclusive playground at the Harrington elementary school.  Inclusive playgrounds are designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together, and are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities. 
SkillsUSA Presentation Jan 16, 2020 Bill Reilly 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

String Sextuplets Performs Dec 12, 2019

Posted on Dec 19, 2019
On Thursday December 19th, a Sextuplet of String Players from the Lynn Public School system entertained the Rotary Club of Lynn at its weekly luncheon meeting at the Old Tyme restaurant.  The Sextuplets played some Christmas themed selections, as well as classical selections.  Five of the players were from Lynn Public High schools:  four from Lynn English and one from Lynn Classical.  They were led by Ms. Etleva Hima-Buli from the Music Department.  School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwhiler and Assistant Debra Ruggiero were invited guests.  This has been an annual Rotary event for the past several years.  

The Rotary Club of Lynn and the school systems, both public and private have a very close relationship: annually several scholarships are awarded to Lynn Seniors; every January we provide each public school third grade student a dictionary; and 4 to 5 times a year several eighth grade students are recognized for their success in overcoming various adversaries.
String Sextuplets Performs Dec 12, 2019 Reilly 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

99th Annual Football Luncheon 11-26-19

On Tuesday, November 26th 2019 the Lynn Rotary Club hosted the 99th Annual Football Luncheon prior to the traditional High School Thanksgiving football games.  Please click on Read More for the full story, as it appeared in the Daily Lynn Item.
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New Lynn Rotary Signs Erected Bill Reilly 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. P. Tutwiler Oct 24, 2019 Bill Reilly 2019-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

K-9 Officers from ECSD Visit Lynn Club

On September 19, 2019 four members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) addressed the Lynn Rotary Club at their weekly luncheon at the Old Tyme restaurant.
 
Visiting from the ECSD were: Captain Thomas Cote, and his K-9 Dash; Sergeant Scott Sousa, and his K-9 Patton.  Captain Cote explained that in Essex County the K-9’s have a variety of duties, such as: apprehensions, locating illicit drugs, searching for people both criminal and non-criminal, crowd control and other law enforcement related items.
K-9 Officers from ECSD Visit Lynn Club Bill Reilly 2019-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Last Meal in Dining Hall at Camp Rotary

On September 7, 2019 Camp Rotary hosted a dinner for over 250 guests in celebration of the last meal in the original dining hall, built in 1921.  Several Members of the Lynn Rotary Club, legal owners of Camp Rotary, were included as guests of honor.  The original dining hall is scheduled for demolition the week of September 9th to make way for a new and expanded hall. The new hall will be ready for the opening day of Rotary Camp in 2020.
Last Meal in Dining Hall at Camp Rotary Bill Reilly 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Presentation of Paul Harris Pins Bill Reilly 2019-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

August 24, 2019 Mobile Food Bank

On Saturday August 24th the Lynn Rotarians and friends assisted in distributing produce and other items to needy Lynn families at the Salvation Army Headquarters.  Over 400 people received some much needed items, such as: Potatoes, Chicken Breasts, milk, bananas, fresh corn, apples, carrots, pears and a few other items.  In the picture below, left to right, are:  Mackie Bastarache, Diane Reilly, Bill Reilly, Ray Bastarache, Lorry Willis, Paul Price, Paula Clancy, Dan Cahill, and Claire Price, Paul’s daughter and Steve Upton.  The other pictures show some of them in action.
 
The Rotarians and friends were a significant part of the volunteer group, since school was not in session there were not any high schools students there.  Also some of the regular adult volunteers were not there.  As a result the Rotarians comprised about one third of the volunteers, we were busy from about 6:30 to 9:00 at which time the last of the food was passed out to the final recipients.  A good time was had by all and seven of the volunteers reconvened at Andy’s Breakfast place on Boston Street, Lynn for some well-deserved nourishments. 
August 24, 2019 Mobile Food Bank Bill Reilly 2019-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

June 1, 2019 Lynn MA Mobile Food Distribution 

Posted on Jun 06, 2019
On June 1, 2019 Lynn Rotary members participated in the monthly Mobile Food Distribution, mainly fresh produce, at the Lynn Salvation Army Headquarters.  Rotarians Richard Ruth, Steve Upton, Paul Price, Kathy Gupta Dan Cahill and Bill Reilly assisted with the distribution to over 400 families.  In addition to those Rotarians, friends of them, Sally Chapman, Lorry Willis, and Diane Reilly were a great addition to the effort.  Some students from both the Lynn Classical and Swampscott Interact clubs also were there to lighten the load.  There are other volunteers as well, but sometimes the Rotary volunteers make the difference between an easy distribution and a more difficult one.
 
We generally arrive about 7:00 am, and finish around 9:30 am.  Prior to the actual distribution of the food items it generally is necessary to take some of the loose produce items: apples, bananas, mangoes, oranges, and bag them to make for easy distribution once the guests start coming in around 7:30.  We also bag other items such as cans of tuna, tomato sauce, rice, barley, navy beans to make for smooth distribution.  This past month fresh eggs were also available.
 
The mobile food distribution is coordinated by Greater Lynn Catholic Charities and is open to all low income residents.  It is quite rewarding to be able to provide fresh produce and other items to the guests.  They are very appreciative of what they receive.  The Lynn Rotarians have been involved in this activity for about the past four year.
 
In addition to the food items, Dan Cahill, a member of the Swampscott Rotary Club, brings in clothing from Swampscott schools.  Primarily unclaimed clothing from the lost and found boxes.  Most of the clothing is well known brands and in very good condition.
 
Special thanks to Rotary member and Salvation Army Commander Kevin Johnson for making the facility available.
 
Click on Read More to see Pictures.  The first picture shows Richard Ruth and Sally Chapman awaiting the guests.  The second picture is Kathy Gupta and Paul Price bagging items for distribution.  The other pictures show the guests waiting for the doors to open and going through the line.
 
 
June 1, 2019 Lynn MA Mobile Food Distribution Willliam Reilly 2019-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Posted on Mar 20, 2019
Hank Phillippi Ryan will be the speaker at the Lynn Rotary April 4th meeting. Hank is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV. She's won 34 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. She is also a nationally bestselling author of 11 mysteries. We are opening up this meeting to our friends in the community. The meeting will begin promptly at 12:15pm at Old Tyme restaurant on Boston street. The cost is $25 with lunch included. If you are interested in attending please RSVP by April 2nd by sending an email to bperal@beverlybank.com.
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8th Grade Recognition Program

Posted on Feb 04, 2019
This past Thursday was our first 8th Grade Recognition Program of the year. Each year the Rotary Club of Lynn recognizes one 8th grade student from every middle school in Lynn each month between January and May. The students are awarded with a certificate, a $25 credit to open a savings account at Riverworks Credit Union and a Barnes & Nobles gift card. We would like to give a shout out to Riverworks Credit Union for sponsoring this wonderful program.
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Salvation Army

Posted on Jan 27, 2019
Lynn Rotarians spent their Saturday morning participating at the Mobile Food Distribution at The Salvation Army, Lynn Massachusetts. If you would like to join us you can catch us there the last Saturday of each month.
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Dictionary Project

Posted on Jan 08, 2019
Lynn Rotarians spread out across the city this morning and visited every elementary school in Lynn to hand out dictionaries to our 3rd graders. This was our 11th year and we would like to thank Equitable Bank for sponsoring this great project each and every year 😃📚📖 Special  shout out to Jim Harris, Rotarian and Past President, for organizing this great project for the past 11 years!

 

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Captain's Luncheon

Posted on Nov 20, 2018
Thank you to all who attended our 98th Annual Captains Luncheon yesterday at the Lynn Museum/LynnArts. Special shoutout to co-chairs Richard Ruth and Mikki L. Wilson for putting this all together. Also, a very special thank you to our sponsors at RiverWorks, Brotherhood & St. Jeans Credit Unions. Best of luck to all the players, cheerleaders and band members this evening and tomorrow morning.
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
 
 
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Visit from Jay Ash - MA Secretary of Housing & Development

Posted on Nov 02, 2018
It was a pleasure to have Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Jay Ash, as our speaker at yesterday’s Rotary meeting. It was also nice having Mayor Tom McGee, Senator Brendan Crighton & State Representative Dan Cahill join us. Not only did we receive an update on what is going on in Lynn and across the state but we also enjoyed many funny stories from the secretary. Lastly, shout out to the Wyoma & Shoe City Lions for joining us as well!
 
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Smoke Detector Installation w/ Red Cross 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Lynn Rotarians

Posted on Oct 16, 2018
We hosted the first “Meet Lynn Rotarians” event. We invited the community to join us for an evening of networking and to learn about what we do and who we are. We are extremely pleased with the turn out and would like to THANK all who attended! #LynnRotary #RotaryInternational #ServiceAboveSelf 🔑
 
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New Members

Posted on Sep 13, 2018
A couple of weeks ago we inducted two new members to our club. Brian Thierrien is the new Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club in Lynn. Reggie Peral is a new Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services. We are very excited to have them both!
 
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New Lynn Schools Superintendent Dr. Tutwiler

Posted on Aug 17, 2018
Thank you to the new superintendent of Lynn schools, Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, for coming to our club and being our guest speaker. Dr. Tutwiler spoke about his personal background and also shared some interesting information on what is going at Lynn schools. We really enjoyed having you.
 
New Lynn Schools Superintendent Dr. Tutwiler 2018-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Installation Of Officers 2018 - 2019

Posted on Jun 29, 2018
We held our installation of officers June 28th. We would like to thank outgoing President Stephen Upton for his guidance and hard work this past year. We would also like to welcome incoming President Brenda Ortiz Peral. We wish her a very successful year.

 

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Senior Scholarship Awards

Posted on Jun 01, 2018

The Rotary Club of Lynn's Scholarship Committee had a very difficult time, after reviewing some 29 applications from nine area high schools where Lynn seniors attend, before finally reaching consensus on four truly outstanding students to be recipients of the Richard Maloney and Robert Hastings Memorial Scholarships. Valerie Von and Olga Hernandez of Lynn English, Sara Melara of Lynn Vocational Technical Institute and Rebecca Smalley of Essex Technical High School were announced by Committee chairman Dr. Ray Bastarache as the “best of the best” at Thursday's luncheon meeting at the Porthole Restaurant.

 

Senior Scholarship Awards Brenda Ortiz Peral 2018-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Mayor Visit

Posted on May 24, 2018

Thank you Tom McGee - Mayor of Lynn for speaking at yesterday’s luncheon meeting. We all enjoyed your presentation and update on what’s going on in the city of Lynn. 

 

We wish you all a happy and safe Happy Memorial Day weekend!

 

Lynn Mayor Visit Brenda Ortiz Peral 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

8th Grade Award Program

Posted on May 18, 2018
Here are some photos from our April & May 8th grade student of the month program. Congratulations to all the students! We would also like to thank River Works Credit Union for being the sponsor of this great program and Rotarians Wendy Silva, Drew Russo & Ray Bastarache for all their hard work.
 
8th Grade Award Program Brenda Ortiz Peral 2018-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU

Posted on May 03, 2018

The Rotary Club of Lynn, MA would like to thank all those who attended our 100th Year Celebration Wednesday evening. We had a great time and enjoyed catching up with Rotarians from all around, District leadership, city officials, community members and Rotary International President Ian Riseley. 

 

It was our pleasure to present Rotarian Obie Barker with a very well deserved Paul Harris Award. 

 

Thank you to the Lynn Item for this great article. 

 

https://www.itemlive.com/2018/05/02/rotary-club-lynn-celebrates-100-years-service/

 

 

 

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Lynn Rotary Celebrates 100 Years of Service

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Please join us on May 2, 2018 at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield, MA. We will be celebrating 100 years of Service! Our celebration will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, raffles and a presentation from our keynote speaker Ian Riseley, Rotary International President.
 
 
 
Lynn Rotary Celebrates 100 Years of Service Brenda Rondon Ortiz 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary at My Brother's Table

Lynn Rotary at My Brother's Table

Here is a photo of the Lynn Rotarians and guests who recently helped serve a meal at My Brother's Table.  Many thanks to those who came out for the night and helped.  It was a successful night and many folks were fed.
Lynn Rotary at My Brother's Table Steve Upton 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Succeed in Style

Donate Professional Attire to “Succeed in Style”

The Rotary Club of Lynn will be collecting professional attire for men and women, in support of the Lynn Shelter Association’s program called “Succeed in Style”.  This program provides clothing to Shelter clients who need professional attire as they apply for jobs or begin work.  The Club is going to support that program by collecting professional attire to donate to the Association at our meeting of June 22, 2017. 
 
Members and friends are urged to bring donated clothing to the June 22 meeting so that the clothing can be sorted by type and size.  Donated items should be clean, current fashion, and in good condition.   Please provide the clothing on hangers for ease of handling.  Professional clothing is accepted as well as close toed shoes in good condition.  Members are urged to pick up donations from friends and bring them to the meeting.
Succeed in Style Steve Upton 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Landscaping project for Lynn Shelter Association

Landscaping Service Project

Lynn Rotarians recently joined fellow Rotarians from Cambridge and Woburn to do landscaping at the Great Hills project of the Lynn Shelter Association.  The landscaping service project was organized as a service opportunity of the District 7930 Annual Conference.
 
 
 

 

 
 
Landscaping project for Lynn Shelter Association Steve Upton 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

8th Grade Program, March 23, 2017

Lynn Rotary Awards Another Great Group of 8th Grade Students

Recently the Rotary Club of Lynn held its Eighth Grade Recognition Program at the Porthole Restaurant. The program has been a mainstay on the Lynn Club calendar for over a decade and is underwritten by Riverworks Credit Union.  The awards ceremony is held several times a year and presents awards to middle school students who have overcome something in their life, and who are doing well in school.  Students, teachers, and families are invited to a great luncheon where letters of recommendation from teachers are read aloud in honor of each student.  Each student is then given an award citation, a letter of commendation, a gift certificate, and a cash award toward a savings account.  These award ceremonies are very popular with students, families, teachers, and among Rotarians too.  The Lynn Rotary Club is greatly appreciative of Riverworks Credit Union in their support of the program.
 

 

 

8th Grade Program, March 23, 2017 Steve Upton 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Classical Interact Club at My Brothers Table

Lynn Classical High Interact Club volunteers at My Brother's Table

 
The Interact Club from Classical High School volunteered at My Brother's Table on Monday night recently.  Although it was school vacation week, these dedicated members showed  up and gave back to the Community!  We are very proud of everything that this club has accomplished in a short amount of time!
Lynn Classical Interact Club at My Brothers Table Steve Upton 2017-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary Gives out 3 Scholarships

Lynn Rotary Club Awards Scholarships to 3 Students

The Lynn Rotary Club recently gave out three $1,000 scholarships to students from Lynn High Schools.  Students had to submit applications which were reviewed by a committee of 3 Rotarians. The chosen students were invited, along with family members, to a luncheon meeting where the awards were given out.

 

The Thomas P. Maloney and Robert A. Hastings Rotary Club of Lynn Memorial Scholarship 2016

 All three scholarship winners are all excellent students, role models and student leaders in their respective high schools and shared some very compelling and deeply personal stories in their application narratives.

 

Christina Behen, Lynn Classical High School - Christina ranks 51st in her senior class of 377. She has a Grade-point average on 3.82 in all Honors and Advanced Placement courses. She participates in softball, basketball, spring track and volleyball. Christina is a religious education kindergarten teacher and attended SNOWCAMPS. Christina plans attend St. Anselm’s College in NH where she was accepted in the school’s highly competitive nursing program.

 

Kaylin Deschenes, St. Mary’s High School - Kaylin is an outstanding athlete and top student for the Spartans. Like Christina and Marie, Kaylin is enrolled in Honors and Advanced Placement courses and her GPA is 2.45. She participates in lacrosse, soccer and is a two-time National Champion in Judo. She is a member of the Student Council, a Student Ambassador, volunteers at My Brother’s Table and at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Marie Tchoumi, Lynn English High School - Marie currently ranks 12th in her class of 311 seniors, Her GPA is 3.9. Marie is a mentor at the Barbizon School of Modeling. She volunteers at My Brother’s Table, LIFT, a food pantry of the homeless and Upward Bound. She’s a teen leader at the Lynn Public Library and hopes to attend UMAss-Dartmouth. Her goal is to become a surgeon.

Lynn Rotary Gives out 3 Scholarships Steve Upton 2016-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

2016 Polar Plunge

The 2016 Polar Plunge, a Howling Good Time!

Four stalwart Lynn Rotarians joined hundreds of other District Rotarians in participating in the 2016 Polar Plunge recently.  President Ray, Drew Russo, Mike Clancy, and Sean Donahue all braved the January temperatures and an “angry” sea to help raise funds for the District fundraiser for Polio Eradication in this world.
 
The plunge was held in Gloucester on a day when a massive storm was belting much of the Eastern seaboard with the far reaches of the storm coming into Massachusetts.  Though the snow had not yet fallen in Gloucester, the wind was howling and the surf was rough with big swells coming in toward land.
 
A big crowd of Plungers and supporters gathered along the beach in Gloucester waiting for the moment to dive in (and get out fast)!   Many huddled in the tent provided or in the waiting room of the motel there, to get out of the wind and have coffee and snacks.  After the obligatory speeches and pictures, and at the appointed time, there was a rush to the water with cheers from plungers and supporters alike.  It was an awesome sight to see the dedication of Rotarians and supporters in their effort to help people from countries around the world to avoid the scourges of polio.
 
The Lynn Polio Plungers raised over $1,660 toward the Plunge.  The whole District has already received $65,000 toward their goal of $120,000.  All in all, it was a great experience for the plungers and the friends and Rotary supporters who were there to cheer on the plungers.  As one plunger put it, “it was a howling good time!”.
2016 Polar Plunge Steve Upton 2016-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary Welcomes 3 New Members

Lynn Rotary Club Welcomes 3 New Members

 
The Rotary Club of Lynn welcomed 3 new members as part of the Club recently.  Their induction was held during the meeting during which the speaker was our District Governor Dave Manzi.  The new members of the Lynn Rotary Club are:  Jeanette Andrews, Sean Donohue, and Sean McCarthy.
 
Jeanette Andrews joins the Lynn Club as a transfer from her club in Marblehead.  She is the owner of Andrews & Associates, a financial advisory service company featuring accounting, auditing, and bookkeeping.  Jeanette was sponsored by Joyce Elliott.  Welcome Jeanette! Thanks for joining our club.
 
Sean Donohue is the Operations Manager for the Lynn Community Access & Media Group which is beginning the process of establishing a new community cable television broadcast for the City of Lynn. Sean has indicated that the new station will begin by televising the City Council meetings.  Among his interests is coaching football and lacrosse.  Sean was sponsored by Drew Russo and can hopefully help our club to get the word out about Rotary activities to the City.
 
Sean McCarthy is a Senior Loan Officer at the Salem Five Bank.  He is also a board member of the Arts After Hours theater group in Lynn and is already contributing to the community.  Among his interests are running, volunteering and sports.  Sean was sponsored by Ray Bastarache and is a welcome addition to our club.
 
The Club is excited about our three new members and by their prospects in becoming good Lynn Rotarians dedicated to “Service Above Self”.  Club members are reminded to introduce themselves to our new members and to initial their club member list!
Lynn Rotary Welcomes 3 New Members Steve Upton 2015-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary welcomes 5 new members

Lynn Rotary Club welcomes 5 new members

The Rotary Club of Lynn welcomed 5 new members as part of the Club recently.  Their induction was held during the meeting in which the incoming President was sworn in along with board members.  The new members make up the new Satellite Club which will meet at 7:30am on Tuesday mornings at the Eastern Bank branch on Boston Street in Lynn.  The first meeting was held on June 23, 2015 and served to help each new member get to know the others.  The new members of the Lynn Rotary Club are:  Drew Russo, Jeff Weeden, Mike Clancy, Harvey Rowe, and Jared Nicholson.
 
Drew Russo was nominated by President Ray Bastarache and has already been involved in Club Activities.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Lynn Arts and the Lynn Museum.  He has also worked in the community at St. Mary’s High School, and later on for Representative John Tierney.
 
Jeff Weeden was nominated by Steve Upton and has also already been involved in Club activities.  He is currently a Planning and Development Specialist for the Lynn Housing Authority.  He is interested in skiing and snowboarding, and has been involved in political activities within the community.
 
Mike Clancy is a senior consultant for IBM and was nominated by President Ray.  He has been involved in the community through Wyoma Little League as a parent and a coach.  His interests include running, coaching and his family.  Mike often travels for IBM but wants to make Rotary meetings and be involved in Club activities.
 
Harvey Rowe is an attorney and public adjuster for Panakio Adjusters, LLC.  He was nominated by President Ray and has been involved in community service projects for a number of years.  Harvey has been on missionary trips to the Ozarks and to other areas of poverty in the USA.  He has already joined in a Club activity and promises to be a great Rotarian.
 
Jared Nicholson is an attorney and Skadden Fellow.  He is employed by Northeast Legal Aid and his work involves helping people of limited means with the legal aspects of setting up businesses. He also is interested in politics and is currently a candidate for School Committee in Lynn.
 
The Club is excited about our five new members and by the start of our new Satellite program.  They all promise to become good Rotarians dedicated to “Service Above Self”.
 
Lynn Rotary welcomes 5 new members Steve Upton 2015-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Service and Fraternity at My Brother's Table

Service and Fraternity at My Brother's Table

A group of members and guests from the Rotary Club of Lynn volunteered recently to prepare and serve food at My Brothers Table, a soup kitchen in Lynn.  Members and guests worked on the serving line and in the kitchen providing important service to people in need.  Those attending were Bill and Peg Simpson, Rich Cuffe, Art Horgan, Steve and Linda Upton, Tom Lynch, and Ray and Mackie Bastarache.  Everyone agreed that the time was well spent both for the community and for us as individuals.  As usual, it was a busy night, with lots of people going through the line to get a great meal provided by the kitchen at no cost to them.  While all members were busy serving various foods on the line, club member Art Horgan had the most challenging food to serve; ice cream…rock hard ice cream!  Club members may have had tired feet from serving on the line, but all were happy to have had the experience of helping people in need.  It was a good night of service and fraternity, a great expression of the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
Service and Fraternity at My Brother's Table Steve Upton 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Polio Fact Sheet

Rotary and Polio Fact Sheet

(Reprinted from Rotary International)
 
Polio. Poliomyelitis (polio) is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five.
 
Polio Today. Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Fewer than 250 polio cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don't stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.
 
Challenges. The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
 
Ensuring Success. Additional funding will help to end polio now. Thanks to a new campaign, every dollar donated to Rotary will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
 
PolioPlus. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication, in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to fewer than 250 and remain committed until every child is safe from the disease. Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to  protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $9 billion to the effort.
 
Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership including Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.
 
Rotary in Action. More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by- side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotarians work with partners like UNICEF to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to share the message with those isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
 
‘This Close’ Campaign. Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in the “’This Close’ to ending polio” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archie Panjabi, Jackie Chan, Jack Nicklaus and Psy. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.
Rotary and Polio Fact Sheet Steve Upton 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

Special Games Co-Sponsored by the Lynn Rotary Club

Special Games Co-Sponsored by the Lynn Rotary Club

On May 7, 2014, the Lynn Rotary again co-sponsored the Special Games for the special education students in the Lynn Public Schools.  Several Rotarians attended the games which provided great fun for these students at the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute that day.  Over 280 students were treated to a wide variety of games including:  Bounce houses,  Slides, throwing games, bowling games, bike riding games, games of skill, and the opportunity to ride ponies and view Curious Creatures like snakes, lizards, and others.  The Lynn Tech students helped to man the many different game stations available to the special education students.  The festivities started off with the arrival of the runners from the Lynn Police who ran from their police station to the Tech Fieldhouse, and who formed a lane of honor along with members of the Rotary and other dignitaries in attendance.  The students, many of whom carried the banner of their school marched in procession prior to the start of the games, smiling and welcoming the applause for them.  It was a thrill to see the happiness on the faces of the students while they marched and later on during the games.  The Superintendent of Schools and other system-wide administrators were in attendance and were pleased that the Rotary had again helped fund part of the day’s festivities.  Special  thanks are given to the following Rotarians who attended the event;  Dave Richardson , Bob Dugas, Steve Upton, Maria Cacciola, Wendy Silva, Diana Moreno, Ray Bastarache, Obie Barker, and of course, Rich Cuffe, program chairman.  Regrets were sent in by Jim Harris and Bill Simpson who were unable to attend at the last moment.  Each and every Rotarian agreed that this was a great morning for the student and for themselves.  The smiles on the faces of these students were, in itself, worth it.  For an idea of the scope of the day, please see the photo album on our website, www.lynnrotary.org.
 
Special Games Co-Sponsored by the Lynn Rotary Club Steve Upton 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary again helps with Special Games

Lynn Rotary again helps with Special Games


Club member Rich Cuffe wants to remind members that the Special Games are going to be held this year on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Lynn Tech Field House beginning at 8:30AM.  The Special Games are a wonderful event held for students in Special Education classes in Lynn and provide a great time for those students.  The Lynn Rotary has been involved with the Special Games for many years and helps fund the games.  Rotarians are asked to attend the Games at least for the opening of the games.  The opening ceremony is a fun colorful event and Rotarians are always there to participate.  Please plan to attend for some time that morning.  This event always leaves Rotarians with a great feeling for having been involved.  Come and enjoy!
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Lynn Rotarians ring the bells for the Salvation Army

Lynn Rotarians ring the bells for the Salvation Army

Club members recently contributed to Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men, by participating in the annual Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army.  Our location this year was at the Christmas Tree Shop on Route 1 in Saugus and it was a great day for all involved.  The site was busy as usual, and after a confused start, the members and guests ringing the bells were grateful to see the response from the customers going into the shop.  Many people like to see the Rotarians there, knowing that our time is volunteer time and that the funds received would be put to good use by the Salvation Army. 
 
The following members and alumni were ringing the bells of good will: Bob Kennedy, Rich Cuffe, Mary Ann Rooney, Obie Barker, Maria Cacciola, Bill and Peg Simpson, Mark Kennard, Art  Horgan, Bob and Nora Dugas, Jan Reardon, and Tom Lynch.  Additionally there were several volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club Keystone group.
 
Thanks are given to all who participated in this fundraiser, and volunteered for such a good cause.  It was another example of how Rotarians give back to the community and how well they displayed the true spirit of Christmas.
Lynn Rotarians ring the bells for the Salvation Army Steve Upton 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
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