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American Legion Hall
14 Church Street
Manchester, MA  01944
United States
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Member Birthdays:
  • Robert Lipkowitz
    January 3
  • Jennifer Doane
    January 25
  • Paul Murphy
    January 29
  • Kevin Potter
    December 9
  • Michael Gray
    December 15
  • Mike Storella
    December 24
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Manchester's new police chief, Ed Conley, was the speaker at our Breakfast meeting.
Rotary Josephine McCullough with Chief Ed Conley

Once a quarter our club prepares a dinner for the Open Door clients in Gloucester. Capt. Deb Marcus was assisted by Rotarians Andy Harris, Dot Sieradzki, Heidi Hanson and Heidi's children Ollie and Jack.
Who says volunteering can't be fun too?

Our club invited local veterans to breakfast this morning, to recognize their service to our country. Our speaker was Fred Hardy, VP of Patriot Riders of America, a service organization for veterans.

Our club helped sponsor the Beatles cover band, Studio Two and we gave out hotdogs and lemonade to the crowd.
The summer concert series put on by the Manchester Parks & Rec Dept is very popular, and the location, by the harbor can't be beat.

Sheryl Meehan, new DG, installed the new officers for 2016-2017.
     President, Josephine McCullough
     President Elect, Mike Storella
     Treasurer, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer
     Secretary, Dot Sieradzki
     Foundation, Dave Ray
     First V.P., Mike Storella
     Second V.P., Chris Shea
     Third V.P., Rob Lipkowitz
     Membership, Bridget Murray
     Public Relations, Dot Sieradzki
     Web Site, Sarah Buck


Nice Photo essay of the Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast in the July 4 edition.

Our club filled a table at the Danvers Yacht Club Installation of new officers night.
Congratulations Josephine!
At our June evening Rotary meeting, outgoing President Bridget Murray recapped some of the year's accomplishments while members enjoyed an Italian dinner at the Ravenswood Nature Center. After a short walk and historical presentation by Ramona Latham, the Engagement Manager for Cape Ann properties of The Trustees and an expert environmental educator, Bridget walked the club through the past 12 months, scholarship awards, sponsorship of cultural, educational, and civic organizations, while building friendships and networking with the community. VP Josephine McCullough, incoming president, presented Bridget with the coveted "Past President" pin and plaque, as well as a memento of the club's appreciation of her hard work. Bridget showed her appreciation of club members with gifts of flower baskets. After a short hiatus, namely the Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast, the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will resume meeting July 6 at the American Legion Hall.

The 27th annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, July 2 at Tuck's Point.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids under 6 are free.
Meet your friends and neighbors, enjoy the view, and kick-off your July 4th weekend.

Diane Lindquist was inducted into the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club at their breakfast meeting, March 30. President Bridget Murray welcomed Diane in a brief ceremony describing Rotary's commitment to "service above self" and reciting Rotary's four-way test: Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? The members then welcomed Diane to the club.

Stephanie Clark of Amirah and Christina Bain of Babson College
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club hosted the MERHS Global Issues classes at its February 10 breakfast meeting.  Manchester resident Christina Bain, of Babson College, gave an informative talk on the topic of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Ms Bain discussed the history of national and international legislation designed to stop the exploitation of adults and children worldwide, and as close to home as Peabody, MA.  Guests included faculty members Donna McKay and James Walliman, and Stephanie Clark, Executive Director of Amirah Boston.  Amirah is a non-profit organization located in the Boston area, offering a refuge and transformative whole-person care for survivors of commercial exploitation.

Join us for Sports Night at Seven Central, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a guest and potential new members.

Josephine recently attended the Presidents' elect meeting. Next year's theme is "Rotary Serving Humanity."

The annual Polar Plunge to end Polio is next Saturday, Jan 23, 11:15 AM at Long Beach in Gloucester. Participants should arrive early, park at Good Harbor Beach and take the shuttle to Long Beach. Our Club has pledged $250 which will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Click here to donate : When we work together we can accomplish miracles.

Members of the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club welcomed 2 new members to its ranks this morning. Jennifer Doane, an Educational Consultant with Talbot's Inc. and Andy Harris, an Environmental Noise Consultant, both of Manchester, were sworn in by Club President Bridget Murray at the Breakfast Meeting.
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club celebrated Veterans' Day by inviting area veterans to breakfast. Red Bullock, father of member Betsy Bullock, spoke to the assembly about his experience in WWII. Red was in high school when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was determined to become a Navy pilot. He was assigned to the Pacific front. Red commented that WWII was a young man's war; every family was affected by the war. He contrasted today's military, where a few people bear the burden of war, not necessarily a better system.
Manchester-Essex Rotarians send a big thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who helped make this year's Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast a huge success. In addition to the good times had by all, and the memories made, $350 dollars from the raffle will go directly to the scholarship fund, plus proceeds from the breakfast.  The 50/50 raffle winner was a member of the  O'Malley family. Click here for a photo slide show.
The West Beach Cook-out is a popular auction item at our annual spring fund raiser. The lucky winner enjoys a picnic for 15 of his/her family and friends at the exclusive West Beach of Beverly Farms. Rotary members cook burgers, hotdogs, and sausages, served with salads, corn-on-the-cob, and watermelon. The scenery is spectacular. Live music from "Just Like Newman" provides just the right mood for a relaxing evening.
The Manchester-Essex Rotary and the Town of Manchester Parks Department have partnered to replace the handicap-accessible wheelchair for the beach. The wheelchair, which is designed to be used on sand,  is kept at Singing Beach bath house. Anyone needing assistance should speak with a life guard. Rotary is a service organization with over 1.2 million members worldwide. Local members dedicate their time and talent to make a difference at home and abroad. Manchester-Essex Rotary sponsors an Interact Club which is a service organization for young adults at the MERHS. Are you interested in giving back to the community? Join us for a breakfast meeting on Wednesdays, 7:15 AM, at the American Legion Hall.
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club held their 2015 Kentucky Derby Party and Auction.  Over 100 guests, in their best Derby attire, helped raise $18,000. Auctioneers Senator Bruce Tarr, Dave Peterson, Paul Murphy, and Mike Storella stirred the crowd to reach deep into their pockets for a good cause. Proceeds go towards local scholarships as well as other community needs. The Club extends its most sincere thanks to all of the local sponsors, businesses, organizations, and individuals who donated items for auction. 
December 2016
Upcoming Events
Manchester Fire Chief George Kramlinger
Dec 07, 2016
Update from the New Chief
Sophie Wadsworth and Jennifer Johnson
Dec 14, 2016
The Nature Connection
Annual Yankee Swap
Dec 21, 2016
Suggested Value of $20
No Meeting
Dec 28, 2016
Happy Holidays