Rotary Club of Lynn, MA

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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

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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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

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

(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

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


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!
Lynn Rotary again helps with Special Games Steve Upton 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
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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
Mark Kennard Makes Recovery a Reality Steve Upton 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0