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Service Above Self

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35 Beach St.
Manchester, MA  01944
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Member Birthdays:
  • Kim Hofeldt
    September 7
  • David Ray
    September 9
  • John Bubrouski
    September 9
  • Brendan O'Donoghue
    September 15
  • Kathryn Howe
    September 29
  • Bridget Murray
    October 3
Anniversaries:
  • Andy Harris
    Kate Culhane
    September 6
  • Brendan O'Donoghue
    September 9
  • Debbie Marcus
    Chet Marcus
    September 14
  • David Ray
    Debbie Ray
    October 8
  • Paul Murphy
    October 11
 
 
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At last night's evening meeting Remko Brueker and Tim Collins gave an informative presentation on the Manchester-Essex Regional School District's plans for building a new Memorial Elementary School. 

 Mark Your Calendar for Fall Town Meeting!

The Memorial School Building Committee has completed the Schematic Design for a proposed new Memorial Elementary school and the MSBA has approved the project, scope, and budget.  The next step in the process is to bring the project forward to the community for local approval. 

Each town needs to vote twice - once at Fall Town Meeting and once at the ballot.

  • Manchester -October 15th  
  • Essex - October 16th
  • Election Day- November 6th
 
 
Following the tradition of Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, M-E Rotary sponsored two Little Free Libraries (LFL), one for the Manchester Public Library and one for TOPH Burnham Library in Essex. Essex Library Director Deb French has establish their LFL at Conomo Point, check it out. Manchester Library Director, Sara Collins, is considering Masconomo Park or the train station. Stay tuned for the next chapter.
  
M-E Rotary is a sponsor of the Manchester Parks & Rec summer music series. In addition to supporting a band's appearance we also provide free hotdogs, chips and lemonade to the many people who attend the concert. This community event is what makes small town life special.
                             
President Mike Storella started out his term with a road trip to Ipswich, True North Ale. Members and guests enjoyed a relaxing evening in the tap room tasting the many varieties of beers.
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS  
On June 20th The Manchester Essex Rotary Club honored four individuals with Paul Harris Fellowships. – 2 Club Members and 2 members of the Manchester Community.  The recipients were honored for exhibiting the true spirit of Rotary - “Service Above Self”.  Pictured L-R are Michael Storella, Club President, Recipients: Brian DesRosiers, Richard Sullivan, Jennifer Doane, and George Nickless with Chris Shea, Past President

This Saturday, June 30, rain or shine:

The Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will usher in the Fourth of July holiday for Manchester and surrounding communities.
 
Who: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club host the event
What: The 29th annual town-wide Pancake Breakfast
When: June 30, 7:30-11am, rain or shine
Where: Tuck's Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, free parking for non-residents
Why: start or renew a family tradition, memories are priceless
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; kids under 8 eat free
Ticket sales, downtown this Saturday morning; Parks & Rec Office, Nor'east Frameworks, American Legion
Questions? email me Dotsieradzki@gmail.com

Cape Ann Rotary Night May 16

Madame Defarge (World Premiere)

New Musical inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

BUY TICKETS (be sure to mention "Rotary")

By Wendy Kesselman  |  Directed by Ellie Heyman
A passionate re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ infamous female icon, from A Tale of Two Cities, illuminates this new musical by Wendy Kesselman (The Diary of Anne Frank, My Sister in This House, The Black Monk). This is the untold story of Madame Defarge, the woman whose revenge sparked a revolution.
Against the turmoil of the French Revolution, two men similar in face but separate in fate weave a story of sacrifice and salvation all driven by Madame Thérèse Defarge battling oppression with longings for love, freedom, justice, and revenge. C’était le meilleur des temps, c’était le pire des temps…
With the breakthrough director, Ellie Heyman leading the charge – Madame Defarge runs May 11 through June 2nd at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 5-8:30pm at the American Legion Hall, Manchester-by-the-Sea

$30 per person includes a buffet dinner, wine tasting, cash bar. Watch the Derby live then bid on the large screen TV. Unique silent and live auction items, sports tickets, hat contest (for men and women) guest auctioneer Sen. Bruce Tarr. It's a great party for a good cause.
Hope Violette and Sean Zahn were inducted into our club at our February evening meeting by President Chris Shea and President-elect Mike Storella. Welcome Sean and Hope.
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will once again be awarding scholarships to deserving High School Seniors of Manchester-Essex residents.  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.
 
Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who attend Manchester-Essex Regional High School or Essex Technical High School and/or whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) reside in Manchester or Essex, Massachusetts. Students must be enrolling as full-time students in a four-year or two-year degree-granting program. 
 
Ideal candidates are those who embody Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" either in their school or community demonstrating leadership, integrity and academic success.  
 
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Scholarship Committee will interview selected finalists in April and will make the final determination of scholarship awards after the interview, review of the candidates’ past academic and extra-curricular activities, demonstrated financial need, and letters of recommendation. 
Applications are available through the High School Guidance Office and at the end of this articel.  Completed applications, SAR/FAFSA info, and two (2) letters of recommendation must be postmarked by the March 31 deadline to: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club, P.O. Box 403, Manchester, MA 01944.
The M-E Rotary Club holds three major fundraisers throughout the year to support our Scholarship Fund and mission of giving back to the community. We invite you to attend our Kentucky Derby Auction in early May, our Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast at Tuck’s Point, and participate in our annual golf tournament in the Fall. By doing so, you are also helping to give back to our community.
Brian DeRosiers pre-Plunge
Brian DesRosiers volunteered to be the club Polar Plunger. He has raised $700 which the club will match. Together with the Bill and Melinda Gates 2 for 1 match, that's $4200 to end polio. Great job Brian. You have until April 1 to contribute to Brian's campaign:

http://igfn.us/vf/polio/BrianDesRosiers

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club prepares a meal every quarter, from planning, to shopping to cooking and serving. For Ash Wednesday the club prepared baked haddock, a treat for the clients in Gloucester. From the left, volunteers Chris Shea, Joanne Donnelly, Deb D, Chet Marcus, Debbie Marcus, Lauren (from Stock Exchange), Gregg Genis, Maryann Singleton, Brian Sollosy.
 
Our next evening meeting, Feb 21, 6:30pm will include a friendly cribbage tournament. After a short business meeting and a brief presentation by Sue Todd of Pathways for Children, the club will hold a cribbage tournament with a $50 prize.
Buffet dinner is $25. Cribbage entry fee is $5.
President Chris Shea and club members were pleasantly surprised at this morning's breakfast meeting by Bob Wicks, Assistant District Governor, who presented a certificate of "Membership Development Recognition." The award acknowledges a 44% overall increase in membership this year, a net increase of 11 new members.
Manchester-Essex Rotarians enjoy some holiday cheer at 7 Central. This luncheon is the traditional passing of the "Leg Lamp," to be held for one year by a deserving member. Sarah Willwerth-Dyer was bestowed the honor for 2018.
Debbie Marcus, last year's honoree, passes the "leg" to Sarah.
 
   Elves Rob and Jo with their shopping stash to be donated to Pathways for Children in Gloucester.  Special thanks for help from one of our newest elves, Judy Laspesa (not pictured), who joined us at Walmart and did a terrific job of putting together outfits for tween and teenage girls.
Four new Rotarians were inducted at our evening meeting, November 15. From the left, President Chris Shea, Treasurer Sarah Willwerth-Dyer, Chris Langathianos, Judy Laspesa, Gregg Genis and Brian Sollosy. Welcome to the Club!

The Gloucester Rotary Club wants to know,

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME CRIBBAGE???

WHAT:  5th Annual One-Day “Friendly” Cribbage Tournament

When: SATURDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 2nd

***Sign in at 1 p.m. – Play Starts at 2***

WHERE:  The Gloucester House Restaurant

How Much:  $25 Per Person
Individual Play - $$$Cash Prizes!!!
 
*** Proceeds will benefit the Antonio Gentile Bandstand and Stage Fort Park Playground***
 
Note:  This WILL NOT be double elimination as in the past!
Current Format:  Everyone plays 5 games!!!
 
Pre-Register prior to event to quality for special drawing!
 
Please contact Julie Nicastro at (978) 283-7841,
via email at mtpleasantmemorials@gmail.com, or stop by
Mount Pleasant Memorials at 150 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester.
This is our club's favorite meeting place. We wish we could meet here all year long.smiley
Mike Storella demonstrates Plein Air painting. Our club supports the second annual Cape Ann Plein Air event, coming in October.
           
The recent move from the Legion to 7 Central prompted a review of our Rotary signs at the entrances to town. The Board voted to replace the 4 signs on Pine St, School St, Bridge St and Southern Ave, in Essex. The old signs dated from 2002 when the club was formed.
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club provides a dinner at Open Door once a quarter. We shop, cook and serve dinner to about 40 clients.
   Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is proud to be annual sponsors of the town Parks & Rec summer music series. On Tuesdays nights, mid June till mid August, enjoy a pleasant evening of music; bring a picnic, many sponsors provide food, visit with friends, face painting for the rambunctious kids, all in our beautiful Manchester-by-the-Sea.
  
Josephine and Sarah hand out pink lemonaide and Rotary information while President Chris entertains the crowds with the Erstwhiles, an Irish ballads band. That's Chris' son and grandson facing the camera.

In less than a week, the Fourth of July four-day weekend will be here!

The 28th annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, July 1, rain or shine, at Tuck’s Point. The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club needs volunteers to host this event. We have many returning workers, most notably Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Brad Hill who return every year to flip pancakes. We welcome all volunteers, new faces and regulars. Please email RSVP@manchesteressexrotary.org to help us plan. Students in need of community service hours are welcome.

Look for Rotarians selling tickets in front of the Post Office and Crosby’s Saturday mornings, 9am-noon, beginning June 10, or stop in at the Parks & Rec Department or Nor’East Frameworks. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the event. Children 6 and under are free.

This breakfast is a true-blue slice of Americana and draws crowds of all ages, townies and newcomers alike. Start or continue a tradition with your family by volunteering to serve at this event. If you don’t have email, call Dot at 526-8040, and leave a message.

Sadly, we wish Courtney Bratica good bye and good luck in her new location at People's Bank. And we welcome Aaron Thomas, new member from People's Bank in Manchester. Courtney will be gaining 3 hours a day, now that she was transferred to a bank near her home. Aaron has a short commute, from Gloucester to Manchester.

Kentucky Derby Auction & Party May 6 at 5:00pm

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will host a Kentucky Derby Party & Auction at the American Legion in Manchester.  The $25 ticket includes a live screening of the race, wine tasting, dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as prizes for the best “his” and “her” Derby Day hats. It is a lively evening for a good cause. Senator Bruce Tarr is the auctioneer.  This event is the club’s major fundraiser of the year; proceeds fund scholarships to Essex and Manchester graduates, community activities such as Open Door meals, sponsorships such as Cape Ann Symphony and Music in Masconomo Park.

Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian or at the door. For more information contact Dorothy Sieradzki, club secretary, at Info@manchesteressexrotary.org, or visit our website, http://manchesteressexrotary.org/.

Cape Ann Rotaries, Rockport, Gloucester and Manchester-Essex, will partner for an evening at Gloucester Stage.


Cape Ann Rotarians will meet and get to know each-other at the Gloucester Stage Company. The Bank Job is a comedy, the perfect medium for a mixer.
Sandwiches and antipasto from Virgilio's and a cash bar complement the evening.

Rotarians should book their tickets early, $40 each. Use promo code Rotary17

www.gloucesterstage.com or phone 978-281-4433.

There will be a cut-off date (TBA) when the box office will be opened to the public.

267 East Main St
Gloucester, MA 01930
Free parking on street and on Rocky Neck Ave.

 

New location - new signs needed

Our move to a new location has prompted a review of our street signs. At the very least we need to replace the location and possibly refresh the 15 year old signs.
Let Josephine know if you have a suggestion.
Pine St.   School St.   School St.   Southern Ave.   Southern Ave.

Congratulations Brendan and MERC members, we surpassed our goal of $600. Team effort does the trick!

Brendan O'Donoghue will plunge for the 3rd year running, for team Manchester-Essex!

Please support him, cheer him on February 4 at Long Beach in Gloucester and make a donation, online or via cell phone. Click here OR text polio359 to 71777 to see Brendan's fundraiser page.
 
 
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW

 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International?
 
 
 

January 11, 2017

Alex Marshall, with President Josephine McCullough, and Caitlin Malloy receive checks for the coming semester.  Caitlin is a marketing major at Bentley, and studies service learning. Alex is a freshman at St. Michael's College in Vermont, with a dual major of biology and business.

Scholarship Winners Brendan Driscoll and Molly Lynch attend Breakfast meeting to receive checks

Molly Lynch, President Josephine McCullough, and Brendan Driscoll.  Brendan is a freshman at University of Rhode Island studying computer science. Molly is an early childhood education major at Penn State.

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
 
 
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